THE TRIBULATION

[Part 1: Preparing the church to give testimony]

Written By:
S.R. Shearer
October 20, 2009

This is the beginning of a eight-part series on the "Tribulation;" it's a "follow-on" to our series on anti-Semitism. In reading the following material it should become abundantly clear why it was so necessary to spend so much time on the subject of anti-Semitism. That series should be read as a precursor to this series.

PREFACE

A prisoner before the bar at the Nuremberg Trials

INTRODUCTION

A Roman Tribune
To review: The word "Tribulation" - as it is used by the Bible in connection with the "end of the age" - means "to test" or "put on trial." This is evidenced by Revelation 3:10 where Jesus refers to the Tribulation as "the hour of temptation" or "TESTING."

NOTE: The English word, "tribulation" is derived from the Latin word, Tribulum. The Roman word, Tribune, is also derived from the Latin word Tribulum. A Tribune in ancient Rome was a magistrate or judge appointed to hear civil and criminal proceedings. It is the word from which our modern English word, "Tribunal," is derived - which means a "Seat of Judgment." This is the exact sense that the translators of the King James version of the Bible were trying to convey when they translated the Greek word, Thlipsis, as "Tribulation" in Revelation 7:14. As with the Latin word, Tribulum, the Greek word, Thlipsis, means to "put to the test."  

For a full biblical exposition of Revelation 7:14, please see Part 5 ("An Examination of Pre-Tribulational Proof-Texts"), in Chapter VII ("The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture"); specifically, the subsection entitled  "The Church in Philadelphia").

View of the Supreme Court
in Washington D.C.

THE WORLD IS TO BE "TESTED"

And precisely, what is to be "tested" or put "on trial?" - The WORLD.  The Bible says:

"He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …" (Acts 17:31)

And why is that?  Because -

"… the whole world lieth in the evil one." (1 John 5:19)

The world as it exists today is an affront to God. It is not at all what God intended - and come on now, is it really that difficult to see? Is it that problematic to "figure out" that the world – again, as it exists today - is NOT what God originally wrought; it is what Satan has made of it.

The world that God created was a place where -

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

"And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

"And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' (scorpion's) den.

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain …" (Isaiah 11:6-9)

Does this sound like the world that we today inhabit? Of course not! The world that we today inhabit is the antithesis of God; it is the ENEMY OF GOD – and so much so that Jesus said of it:

"If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (John 2:15)

Pretty frightening, isn't it?

And be clear here, these words, when they were originally spoken, were directed at a Christian audience – specifically at Christians who, while they claimed they loved God, had "befriended the world." The Bible calls such Christians "ADULTERERS" and "ADULTERESSES:"

"Ye ADULTERERS and ADULTERESSES, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD." (James 4:4)

NOTE: In the Bible, an "adulterer" and/or an "adulteress" is a person who is MARRIED to one person, but who sells himself or herself out to another for MONEY.

Christians as hookers - prostituting themselves out to the world. AND THIS IS EXACTLY HOW THE BIBLE PICTURES CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LIVING ON "FRIENDLY TERMS" WITH THE WORLD." Now, don't get angry at us here: This is God's imagery, not ours.

This is serious "stuff!" - Are you a friend of this world? Is the world a friend of yours? Are you comfortable with it. If so, GOD IS YOUR ENEMY.

WHAT'S THAT SAY ABOUT THE UNITED STATES?

 

America as a
"city on a hill"

And there is more – and it transcends us as individuals and extends itself to our relationship with America: If, indeed, America is "Babylon the Great," SATAN'S MASTERPIECE, HIS "NEW JERUSALEM" (AS IT WERE), WHAT'S THAT MEAN FOR THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO LIKE RONALD REAGAN CALL AMERICA "A SHINING CITY ON A HILL"  – A REFERENCE TO MATTHEW 5:14 – AND THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO LIKE SENATOR ALBERT BEVERIDGE OF INDIANA (1862 – 1927) BELIEVE THAT AMERICA HAS A "MANIFEST DESTINY" TO -

"ACT AS THE TRUSTEE OF GOD, TO BRING CIVILIZATION TO THE WORLD AND TO ACT IN ITS REGENERATION ..."

NOTE: We URGE you to see Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Beast of Revelation 17;" please also see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order" (which has been published in Iran), "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago," "A Dreadful Nation: An Overflowing Scourge," "The Congo and American Greed," "Lee Kyang: The Rich and the Poor! God and America," "Inside the American New World Order System" and "Christians in Africa: Awake!" Finally, please see our movie, "GREED IS GOOD."

Ronald Reagan and Albert Beveridge

No doubt, many Christians – especially American Christians - will revolt at the thought that "America is Satan's grand creation and that he has directed all of his strength and ingenuity into causing it to flourish." There are, after all, so many "good" things about America. They fail to recognize, however, that when the Bible speaks of "this world" (Gk. Kosmos), the term encompasses ALL that is of this life and of this present world; everything: both the "good" and the "bad;" the beautiful and the ugly, the sweet and the bitter - i.e., all those goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc. which, though hollow and fleeting, stir our desires and make us feel "at home" and "comfortable" in (with) this life.

Feeling at home in this world.

"If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (John 2:15)

Moreover, the Bible's use of the word kosmos indicates that it has in view more than just the material world; that it's view of the "world" encompasses abstract things as well which have spiritual and moral value (e.g., I Cor 2:12, "the spirit of the world;" 3:19, "the wisdom of this world;" 7:31, "the fashion of this world;" Titus 2:12, "worldly lusts;" 2 Peter 1:14, "the corruption that is in the world;" 2:20, "the defilements of the world;" I John 2:16, 17, "all that is in the world, the lust ... the vainglory ... passeth away;" etc.).

There are no exceptions - both the "good" and the bad," the "spiritual" and the "material" are included; it is, therefore, futile for those who think that asceticism is a way out; a special means or path to holiness and purity, and that if they somehow or other avoid the material things of this life, they will escape the lusts thereof. Nothing could be further from the truth. Asceticism is just another road to corruption - and a very uncomfortable one at that.

Why?  Because when Adam sinned, he brought ALL the world - again, the "good" and the "bad," the "material" as well as the "abstract" - under the curse of sin. As a result, and regardless of the differing guises in which the world may from time to time present itself (and no matter how it tries to hide its real character), it is IMPLACABLY hostile to God. The Bible is very clear on this matter: I Corinthians 1:21 says that the world "knows not God" - and more than that, John 14:17 says that it is not even capable of receiving (i.e., competent or able to comprehend) "the Spirit of Christ." Indeed, John 15:18 says that the world "HATES" Christ. John puts it this way:

"If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (John 2:15)

CARNALITY VS. WORLDLINESS

Manifest Destiny - bringing Christianity and "civilization" to the "New World."

Christians confuse "worldliness" with "carnality" (i.e., the "bad" of this world - e.g., lust, lewdness, eroticism, sensuality, etc. - and even such mundane things as watching TV, going to the movies, listening to "rock and roll" music, etc.) - and, as a result, they naively think that if they can avoid carnality everything will be okay; AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, IF THEY CAN RID AMERICA OF THE "BAD" (so to speak) EVERYTHING WILL "WORK OUT."  And isn't this exactly what Christian leaders such as Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum are attempting to do? - DRIVE EVIL (AS THEY UNDERSTAND IT) OUT OF AMERICA: When, for example, Harold Caballeros says:

"When a territory has been inhabited by persons who have chosen to offer their worship to demons, the land has been contaminated and those territorial spirits have obtained a right to remain there, keeping the inhabitants captive. It is then necessary to identify the enemy and to go into spiritual battle until we obtain victory and redeem the territory."

This, of course, is exactly what America was doing to its "native-American" population when it "cleansed the land" of these so-called "blood-thirsty savages" – "instruments of the devil" who were standing in the way of white Christianity's "MANIFEST DESTINY to act as "agents of God."

How white, European Christians viewed themselves: As bearers of Christianity and civilization (left); what "Native Americans" thought of the Christianity that whites brought to the "New World." (right)


Please see video on the slaughter at "Wounded Knee." The slaughtered "Indians" were all Christians -


This is PRECISELY the kind of Christianity (so-called) that has "turned off" so many in the world to the message of the gentle carpenter of Nazareth.

This is the kind of Christianity that white Christians practiced against the Cherokee Nation in 1838; an "Indian" Nation that had long before accepted Christ into their hearts, but who were, nonetheless, treated as "savages."

This is the kind of Christianity that was practiced against Chief Joseph and the Nez Percι Indian Nation when in 1863, following a gold rush into Nez Percι territory, the federal government seized almost six million acres of Nez Percι land and attempted to "resettle" them on a reservation in Idaho that was only one tenth the size of their former reservation.

Chief Joseph, upon hearing of this treachery, denounced the United States, destroyed his American flag and burned his Bible. If this is what Christianity was all about, Chief Joseph and the Nez Percι wanted nothing to do with it.

The Cherokee nation on the "trail of tears (left); Chief Joseph and the Nez Percι being forced back to their tiny "reservation" in Idaho (right).

AND WHEN THIS KIND OF CHRISTIANITY – THE KIND THAT HAS LINKED ITSELF TO THE BLOODY TREACHERY OF "MANIFEST DESTINY" – CLAIMS THAT IT (AND THE NATION THAT IT HAS UNITED ITSELF TO, AND WE SPEAK SPECIFICALLY OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM) IS GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH, THEN GOD MUST ACT TO EXPOSE THIS CLAIM FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS: A FRAUD AND A DECEIT!

Invoking the name of Christ in a CRIMINAL activity

And that is what the Tribulation is all about: A CRIMINAL PROCEEDING DIRECTED AGAINST THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM AND THE APOSTATE CHURCH THAT SUPPORTS IT.

SECTION 1:
CALLING WITNESSES
BEFORE THE BAR

INTRODUCTION

Once again, TO REITERATE: the Bible says that God -

"… hath appointed a day, in the which HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD." (Acts 17:31) [We URGE you to read Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

The world (and, specifically, we are speaking here of the American New World Order System) is going to be put on trial, AND ITS CLAIM TO BE GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH IS GOING TO BE "TESTED." To this end witnesses are going to be called against the accused, i.e., the American New World Order System. [We URGE you to see Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Beast of Revelation 17;" please also see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order" (which has been published in Iran), "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago," "A Dreadful Nation: An Overflowing Scourge," "The Congo and American Greed," "Lee Kyang: The Rich and the Poor! God and America," "Inside the American New World Order System" and "Christians in Africa: Awake!" Finally, please see our movie, "GREED IS GOOD."]

In this trial, GOD'S TWO WITNESSES ARE Israel and the church. These are the ones about whom Christ said:

"I will give power to my TWO WITNESSES and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3-1/2 years], clothed in sackcloth.

"These are the TWO OLIVE TREES and the TWO LAMPSTANDS standing before the God of the earth." (Revelation 11:3-4)

NOTE: Once again, we URGE you to read Part 4 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Two Witnesses;" please also read Part 5 of Chapter VIII, "Parables and Ciphers," Chapter X of the New Antipas Papers, "The 144,000 and the Last Half of the Seventieth Week." In addition, Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church" and Chapter VII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture," should be read as background material to the articles just listed.]

Naturally enough, IT'S IN THE INTERST OF SATAN TO PREVENT THE TESTIMONY OF GOD'S "TWO WITNESSES" whose testimony will without a doubt result in his conviction and the destruction of his great masterpiece, "BABYLON THE GREAT" – i.e. the American New World Order System. 

And so - like some great MAFIOSO DON against whom a case has been brought – Satan has moved to silence both witnesses; his chosen method insofar as Israel is concerned has been MURDER; and it is here that one can by examining the way the Mafia deals with "snitches" (which, of course, is exactly how Satan perceives Israel) one can quickly discover the crude and bloody way Satan has been attempting to deal with Israel over the years, with each attempt more bloody and horrific than before.

Indeed, the way that "Crazy Joe" Gallo was dealt with by the Mafioso is PRECISELY the way that Satan has been dealing with Israel and the Jewish people.

"Crazy Joe" Gallo was hit by the Mafioso before he could give testimony to the "feds" against the Gambino crime family in 1972. The place where he was "hit" was Umberto's Clam House in "Little Italy" on New York's Lower East Side. All figures seen on the video (above) were "hit" for the same reason. This is the way "witnesses" are dealt with by the "Mob" - AND THIS IS PRECISELY THE WAY SATAN IS ATTEMPTING TO DEAL WITH THOSE WITNESSES WHO HAVE BEEN ARRAYED AGAINST HIM AS HIS "DAY IN COURT" DRAWS NEAR; this is especially true insofar as Israel is concerned. The bloody trail left by Satan in his so-far futile attempt to "do away" with Israel and the Jewish people runs like some stinking, corpse-strewn ditch up through the centuries; there is no country on earth through which this path does not run.


Please see the following video:


Constantine: The man who prostituted the church with the world.

MURDER, HOWEVER, HAS NOT PROVEN TO BE THE BEST WAY FOR SATAN TO DEAL WITH THE CHURCH. The fact is, by the year 312 A.D. (and despite ten bloody persecutions of the church), Christianity had become far too wide spread to be dealt with in this fashion. Instead, what Satan has done is attempt to "BUY THE CHURCH OFF;" to make the church a "partner" in "plundering" the earth. And up through the centuries, this is EXACTLY the way the church has been perceived by countless numbers of the poor throughout the world: AS A PARTNER WITH THE RICH in the subjugation of the poor. This is certainly the way the poor perceived the church during the French Revolution in 1789; the Russian Revolution in 1917; and the Mexican Revolution in 1911 – and on and on and on. [Please see our articles, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church," "Regnum & Sacerdotium (Church and State)," "Political Christianity," "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State" and "Making Merchandise out of the People of God."]

WHAT A HORRIBLE TURN OF EVENTS FOR THE "POOR CARPENTER OF NAZARETH" WHO SAID OF HIMSELF:

Pictures from the French, Russian and Mexican Revolutions - all revolutions that were aimed as much at the "established church" as they were aimed at the rich who controlled the state and subjugated the poor.

"Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9:58)

And who said of the rich:

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a [sewing] needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)

And, finally, about whom the Scriptures say that when He comes again, He will

"… fill the hungry with good things; and the rich he will send empty away." (Luke 1:53)

THE PROBLEM THE "PROSECUTION" FACES

This is an ABOMINATION to God! - that Israel would ally herself with the American New World Order System.

Naturally enough, the attempts by Satan to "kill off" Israel and the Jewish people," on the one hand, and "buy-off" the church, on the other, has presented the Prosecution with a number of problems, not the least of which is -

  1. To merely keep the one (i.e. Israel and the Jewish people) alive for the trial, and

  2. To break the hold the accused has on the other (i.e., the church).

To compound the problem insofar as Israel is concerned, Satan has resorted to a second tactic in preventing Israel and the Jewish people from giving testimony at his upcoming trial: Since "buying-off" the church has worked so well over the years, he has now been attempting with some considerable success to "buy-off" Israel by tying her irrevocably to the fortunes of the American Empire.

In furtherance of this effort, Satan – using the American New World Order System as his conduit - has been lavishing both entities (i.e., Israel and the church) with untold amounts of money and other largess with the result that neither is disposed any longer to give evidence against the "accused" at his upcoming trial.

Very obviously, then, if the church and Israel are going to testify against the world (and we speak here particularly of the American New World Order System), it is necessary that they be shown to not be a part of that system; that both Israel and the church be once and for all separated from the world, i.e., the American New World Order System, and that somehow or other Israel be preserved alive through the upcoming Tribulation (Trial). [Once again, we URGE you to read Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

SECTION 2:
WINNOWING THE CHURCH BY
BREAKING THE CONNECTION
BETWEEN IT & MONEY

INTRODUCTION

Jesus said:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve [both] God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)

Either money
OR Christ,
but not both.

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."

Obviously, if this is true, one need only break the tie between money and Christianity, and one will find out rather quickly who really loves Christ as opposed to those who are merely "playing at" Christianity for the sake of convenience.

THE AMERICAN FORM OF CHRISTIANITY

Max Weber

It's here that we must stop and pay attention to the American form of Christianity from which the Tribulation is meant to break Christians away: A form of Christianity that German sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) called the "Protestant Ethic" – an ethic that emphasizes success in the world (especially in the business world) as a sign of God's grace. [Please see our articles, "Capitalism and Christianity" and "The Deceitfulness of Riches and the Marxist Paradigm."]

NOTE: It is interesting to take note of the fact that Weber first took note of this form of "Protestant Christianity" after his examination of the way it was being practiced in the United States. Weber wrote: "What person, who keeps his eyes open, has not met representatives of this view-point (i.e., people who see the acquisition of wealth as the sine qua non of the Christian life), even in the present? The idea of a man's duty to his possessions, TO WHICH HE SUBORDINATES HIMSELF AS AN OBEDIENT STEWARD, or even as an acquisitive  MACHINE, bears with chilling weight on his life ... for holding wealth ... and increasing it by restless effort ..." It is also interesting to note that Weber was HORRIFIED by this form of Christianity.

To be sure, Weber noted, there were certain "restrictions" laid upon those who practice this form Christianity, especially insofar as their manner of living is concerned; but they were minimal given the "freedom" it allowed American Christians to involve themselves in the pursuit of money. Weber describes the nature of these "restrictions:"

"With the belief that he is standing in the fullness of God's grace and that he has been VISIBLY blessed by Him (as evidenced by his wealth), the ... (Christian) business man, as long as he remains within the bounds of formal correctness, as long as his moral conduct is spotless, and the use to which he puts his wealth is not objectionable, he could follow his pecuniary interests as he would and feel that he is fulfilling a divine duty in doing so ..."

In other words, Christians can chase after money and still be called "good Christians" so long as they do not APPEAR to be vulgar and crass in the way they spend their money. For example, for those practitioners of this form of Christianity in TODAY'S world, one can spend money on the kind of "UNDERSTATED" luxury that expresses itself in a $65,000 Saab or Lexus but not on the ostentatious luxury of a Lincoln or a Corvette, even at half the price of the Saab or the Lexus; one can spend $35,000 on a "country-kitchen," but not $15,000 on a sound system or a wide-screen TV; similarly, it would be acceptable to spend six hundred dollars on top-of-the-line hiking boots, but it would be vulgar to buy four hundred dollar Italian dress shoes; it would be acceptable to spend $4,400 on a Merlin XLM bike, but it would be superficial and showy to buy a power boat; it would be unacceptable to spend money on a $35,000 tour of the capital cities of Europe, but it would be acceptable to spend $55,000 on a tour of the Andes - so long as it included an occasional side trip into the villages of the indigenous population to leave behind a few Bibles.

Disgraced Christian businessmen Kenneth Lay of Enron and Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom; both were very well-respected members of the American Christian community - AND BOTH WERE CORRUPTED BY THEIR WEALTH! - It's not without reason that Christ said, "You cannot serve both God and money." (Matthew 6:24)

Nonetheless – and despite all the evidence to the contrary that is evinced in the lives of countless numbers of so-called "Christian businessmen" who are every bit as ruthless in their pursuit of money as are non-believers - this is EXACTLY the kind of morality (and, ipso facto, Christianity) that Religious Right leaders such as Charles Stanley, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Joel and Victoria Osteen, and Jack Hayford preach from their pulpits Sunday after Sunday ad infinitum to countless numbers of Christians throughout the country; a Christianity of APPEARANCE, not SUBSTANCE.

From top and left to right: Charles Stanley, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Jack Hayford.

Weber continues:

"The Protestant Ethic gave him (i.e., the American Christian) the comforting assurance that the unequal distribution of the goods of this world was a special dispensation of Divine Providence, which in these differences, as in particular grace, pursued secret ends unknown to men."

From left to right, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Leland Stanford, E.H. Harriman, J.P. Morgan. All claimed to be "Christian businessmen," but all were extremely ruthless in their pursuit of money. THESE WERE THE PRACTIONEERS OF THE "PROTESTANT ETHIC" WITH WHOM WEBER CAME IN CONTACT.

WHAT A MARVELOUS RELIGION

Wow! What a marvelous religion - and so much more comfortable and self-assuring than the old biblical kind of Christianity that so RUDELY insisted that "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)

Think about it: A religion that so elegantly contradicts (or at least neutralizes) verses like Matthew 6:24, and by doing so, saying that, "You can have your cake and eat it too;" a religion that justifies the rich in their wealth, and excuses them in the miserable way they work the poor in their hideous "Third World" sweatshops for wages calculated to just barely keep body and soul together. NOW THAT IS THE KIND OF RELIGION THAT CAN MAKE THE MOGULS OF WALL STREET AND THEIR "TOADIES" IN THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT SIT UP AND NOTICE.

Finally, Weber took note of the fact of how American Christians looked on the poor of the earth: THEY WERE POOR BECAUSE OF MORAL FAILURE (either as a society – as in the case of Africa, etc., or as individuals). Financial failure equaled moral failure.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF CHRISTIANITY – THE KIND THAT FORMS THE "MORAL" UNDERGIRDING OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM – THAT THE TRIBULATION AIMS AT EXPOSING AND THEN DESTROYING.

THE CHURCH IS GOING TO BE WINNOWED

The wheat and the tares
grow up together

Yes! – The church is going to be winnowed, and when the winnowing is finished, all that will be left is the wheat; and it is for this reason that the Bible says when He comes again, His winnowing -

" … fan will be in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." (Luke 3:17)

Jesus said:

"The kingdom of heaven [the church] may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

"But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

"And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?

"And he said to them, An enemy has done this! And the slaves said to him, Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?

"But he said, No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them.

Reaping the harvest

"Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn. Then He left the multitudes, and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.

"And He answered and said, The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

"And the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

"Therefore just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. And will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

"Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43)

Winnowing the harvest

Now in connection with the parable above, it is interesting to note how the harvest was carried out in the ancient world and how the wheat [the good seed] was separated from the tares and the chaff [the bad seed]. BOTH WERE HARVESTED TOGETHER! Then through a process of winnowing, the wheat was separated from the tares and the chaff. [Please see Chapter VII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture."]

The process of winnowing was accomplished in this manner: First, the harvest was crushed and spread out on a large floor; then workers took shovels (or pitchforks) and threw the harvest into the air by the shovel-full. The tares and chaff, being lighter than the kernels of wheat, were blown away by the wind, usually into another bin (or pile), while the kernels of wheat, being heavier, fell again to the threshing floor. In this way the wheat was separated from the tares and the chaff. The chaff and tares, being good for nothing, were then gathered together and burned, while the wheat was gathered together, bundled and stored in the barn.

SUFFERING IS THE WIND THAT GOD WILL USE TO SEPARATE THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF (FAKE CHRISTIANS FROM REAL CHRISTIANS) AT THE END OF THE AGE; IT IS THE METHOD THROUGH WHICH GOD WILL MANIFEST THE CHURCH.  IT IS IN THIS WAY THAT THE HOLD THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM HAS OVER THE CHURCH WILL BE BROKEN.

The Bible says:

"For [even the whole] creation ... waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons [the Church] to be made known - waits for the REVEALING, the DISCLOSURE of their sonship." (Romans 8:19, Zondervan, the Amplified Bible)

The manifestation of the
sons of God (Romans 8:19)

The King James Version translates it in this way:

"For the earnest expectation of the ...[creation] waiteth for the MANIFESTATION of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19)

And the NASB Version translates it this way:

"For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the REVEALING of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19)

In this Paul is saying that the whole universe is waiting for something to happen insofar as the Church is concerned. It is waiting for the church to be "REVEALED," "DISCLOSED," "MANIFESTED." These "manifested ones" are the ones about whom the Bible says:

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

"And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

"And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

Habakkuk

"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9-14)

THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD?

Who, then, are the sons and daughters of God? – They are the ones who can say with the prophet Habakkuk:

"Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock be cut off from the fold, And there be no heard in the stalls - "YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION." (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

The Bible says

Job and his friends

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was BLAMELESS, UPRIGHT, fearing God, and turning away from evil. Now there was a day when the sons of God [angles] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where do you come'? Then Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it'. And the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a BLAMELESS, UPRIGHT man, fearing God and turning away from evil'. Then Satan answered the Lord, 'Does Job fear God for nothing? [Why shouldn't he respect you since you take care of him so well?] 'Hast Thou not made a hedge about him [haven't you put a wall around him to protect him from me?] and his house [his family] and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 'But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face' [but take away the wall and let me at him, and he will hate you]. The Lord said to Satan, 'BEHOLD, ALL THAT HE HAS IS IN YOUR POWER ...'" (Job 1:1, 6-12)

HOW DOES A RICH MAN KNOW … ?

Satan had said that Job loved God only because of the "things" God bestowed upon him. What a terrible thing to say. It is the curse of wealth.

How does a rich man ever know that he is truly loved? The sad truth is, he doesn't so long as he retains his wealth. But should he lose it, then he will find out. Great crowds of people followed Jesus so long as he fed them and healed them of their diseases. But when tribulation arose because of the Word He spoke, the crowds disappeared. Oh, to be loved because of who you are, and not just because of the "things" you have! This is the love that God desires from those who follow Him.

Naomi and Ruth

It is the love that Ruth gave to Naomi, and this even after Naomi had asked Ruth to depart from her because she [Naomi] had nothing further to give Ruth - she no longer possessed any "things" with which to "purchase" Ruth's love:

"But Ruth said, 'Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me'." (Ruth 1:16-17)

It is precisely this kind of love for the Lord that will separate the wheat from the chaff.

"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." (Matthew 13:43)

SECTION 3:
WHETHER YOU REALIZE IT OR NOT,
YOU ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS
OF BEING WINNOWED

INTRODUCTION

A storm on the horizon

Dear Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are now in the process of being winnowed by God. The ax is already laid to the root of the tree; His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He is going to thoroughly purge His church (Luke 3:17) - and the tempest it is creating will soon change life for all of us, especially for those dear Christians who live in the so-called "West," and most especially those Christians who live in the United States.

An economic hurricane is coming our way, and no matter how the so-called "mainline media" tries to deny this fact, its arrival is imminent. [Please see our articles, "America's Economic Crisis," "A Real-Life Picture of the Economic Collapse," "Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions by 2012," "A Permanent 30% Unemployment Rate for the United States" and "Presenting a Lie as the Truth."]

How will you, dear Christian, react to this impending crisis? Will the winds of this tribulation drive you (1) closer to the Lord, OR (2) will it drive you further into the arms of the American New World Order System? In the first instance you will be revealed as wheat; in the second instance, you will be revealed as chaff.

Wheat or tares; which are you? IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE, IT'S WHAT YOU DEMONSTRATE YOURSELF TO BE. The Bible says: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2:14-18)

THE PHENOMENON OF GLEN BECK

Take for example the way millions and millions of Christians are reacting to Glen Beck's crusade to take the country back for Christ and the Church?" - To wrest control of the country from Barack Hussein Obama and his left-wing band of secular-humanists and deliver it back into the hands of "right-thinking Christians." And believe me when I tell you that huge numbers of Christians from all over the country and from all walks of life are "joining up."

Great crowds composed mostly of so-called Christians are flocking behind Glen Beck's banner. Picture of huge Glen Beck rally in Washington D.C. (left); an "American patriot" holding up his Bible at the rally (right).

David Von Drehle, editor-at-large for Time Magazine, writes about Beck's recent rally in Washington:

"On Sept. 12, a large crowd gathered in Washington to protest … the goals of Congress and the Obama Administration … If you get your information from liberal sources, the crowd numbered about 70,000, many of them greedy racists. If you get your information from conservative sources, the crowd was hundreds of thousands strong, perhaps as many as a million, and the tenor was peaceful and patriotic. Either way, you may not be inclined to believe what we [at Time] say about numbers, according to a recent poll that found record-low levels of public trust of the mainstream media.

"At any rate, what we can say with confidence is that Deanna Frankowski was there. A cheery woman of 49 from Leeds, Ala., Frankowski said she had come to Washington as part of a group of 100 or more protesters. They filled two buses. And they were motivated by a concern about runaway government spending - that, plus an outraged feeling that their views as citizens are not being heard. 'We are sick and tired of being ignored', she said …

"ONE PERSON [IS] LISTENING, Frankowski believes, and that's why back home in Alabama she arranged to have 10 large signs made on white foam board, nine of them marked with a big letter and the tenth with 'we' and a heart. Raised aloft, the signs spelled out 'We ♥ G-l-e-n-n B-e-c-k'."

Von Drehle continues:

"… Our hot summer of political combat is turning toward an autumn of showdowns over some of the biggest public-policy initiatives in decades. The creamy notions of postpartisan cooperation - poured abundantly over Obama's presidential campaign a year ago - have curdled into suspicion and feelings of helplessness. Trust is a toxic asset, sitting valueless on the national books. Good faith is trading at pennies on the dollar. The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called "the paranoid style" - the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country - is aflame again … [and] you'd think the Palm [an upscale restaurant] in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall."

Von Drehle concludes:

Christians enlisting to take the country back for "Christ and the church."

"No one has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as Beck. He is the hottest thing in … [politics today] … A man with his ear uniquely tuned to the precise frequency at which anger, suspicion and the fear that no one's listening all converge. On that frequency, Frankowski explained, 'the thing I hear most is, People are scared'."

And all this from Time Magazine – one of the main pillars of the so-called mainline press. Yes! – There is a "Bubba Revolution" brewing in the heartland – and Christians everywhere are enlisting. [Please see our article, "The Coming Bubba Revolution;" please also see our article, "The Christian Right: Creating a New & Ominous Strategy against the Left."]

NOTE: Christians who are tempted like Frankowski to get involved with Beck and others of his ilk should be very careful lest they find themselves allied with a MONSTER that is calculated to turn them into racists.


Glenn Beck's scary anti-black ramblings calculated at turning whites against blacks


As brands in the fire

Listen, dear Christian: As Christians enlist and "take up arms" to recapture America for "Christ and the church," they are investing themselves that much more into the "good fortune" of the American New World Order System to save them from the horror of destitution – and so much so that as time progresses they will be so deeply invested in this HATEFUL system, that there will be no way of extricating themselves from it.

IN ALL OF THIS, WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS DEMONSTRATING THAT THEY ARE CHAFF, NOT WHEAT; THEY'VE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THE WINDS OF THE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL CRISIS THAT HAS TAKEN HOLD OF THE COUNTRY – and in so doing proving that they are fit only to be –

"… gathered up and burned in the fire." (Matthew 13:40)

Brothers and sisters, you must understand something here: It is not without reason that Jesus said:

"Ye ADULTERERS and ADULTERESSES, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD." (James 4:4)

And be clear here, insofar as the "end of days" are concerned, "friendship with the world" means friendship with the American New World Order System – the very system that God has accused of defaming His holiness by claiming that it is God's representative on earth.

With whom do you identify? - The Bride, the Lamb's wife? OR are you a prostitute? It's not what you say that counts, it's what you demonstrate yourself to be. If you have allied yourself with the American New World Order System, then you are a PROSTITUTE WHO SELLS HERSELF FOR MONEY - and remember here, this is God's imagery, not ours.

And so now it begins, and even now has begun - the separation of the wheat from the tares, the good seed from the bad seed, the real Christians from those who had merely professed Christianity for advantage or gain.

"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Mark 13:12-13)

Next time: WINNOWING ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

God bless all of you!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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