Unmasking the
"Merchants of Tarshish"

By: S.R. Shearer
February 9, 2011

David Koch (left); Charles Koch (right) - PLAYING GOD TO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS.


PREFACE

This is the story of the "big money" behind the film Iranium, which is being released today in theaters across the nation, and is being relentlessly promoted by FOXNEWS; the film is a precursor to the multifaceted effort by today's Christian Right and America's business elites (an alliance epitomized by the relationship between business leaders such as the Koch Brothers — who are anything but "lovers of Jesus" - and the Christian Right and other right-wing populist groups such as the Tea Party Movement) to prepare the American public for a war of annihilation against the Muslim world.

Writing on the alliance between today's Christian Right and America's business elites, Thomas Frank writes in his excellent book, What's the Matter with Kansas:

Frank

"The big-money sponsors of the Christian Right may talk Christ, but they walk corporate. Values may 'matter most' to Christian conservatives, but they always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won ... This derangement is the signature expression of today's ... [conservatism], a style of conservative politics that first came snarling onto the national stage in response to the protests of the late sixties ... [The Republican Party] mobilizes Christian voters with explosive social issues — summoning public outrage over everything from busing to un-Christian art — which it then marries to pro-business economic policies. Cultural anger is marshaled to achieve economic ends."

- Thomas Frank

Concerning what Frank has written here, we are once again forced to admit with Jesus,

"The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)

You don't necessarily have to be the Koch brothers to be ruined by money; take relatively unimportant people like Dene McGriff and Loel Passe and their wicked MLM stratagems: they too have been "infected" by the "love of money" - see our article, "The Titanic."

The Bible says,

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in DESTRUCTION and PERDITION.

"For the love of money is the root of ALL evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 "But thou, O man of God, flee these things [i.e., money] ..." (1 Timothy 6:9-11)

And,

"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)

But if that's the case, How is it possible that "financial assistance" coming from such MONEY-GRUBBERS as the Koch brothers — WHO ARE EMBLAMATIC OF THE "DEEP POCKETS" BEHIND THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND TEA PARTY MOVEMENT - can in any way advance the Kingdom of God? — especially money that is derived from the LUST for "Black Gold," i.e.,  OIL. It is, of course, IMPOSSIBLE. [Please see our article, "Sowing the Seeds of the Gog / Magog War."]

This is EXACTLY the thought Jesus was trying to convey when He said:

"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

"And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?" (Matthew 12:25-26)

The point here is this: One cannot use the instrumentalities of the Kingdom of Satan to build up the Kingdom of God; and — naturally enough - the opposite is true. Nonetheless, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO — build up the Kingdom of God using money derived from the LOVERS OF MAMMON, those that Matthew 6:24 says "HATE" and "DESPISE" God.

A rose is a rose by any other name: the Tea Party Movement and the Christian Right are essentially the same thing.

NOTE: Lest anyone doubt that when speaking of the Tea Party Movement and the Christian Right, one is essentially speaking about the same phenomenon, there's a new survey just out from the Public Religion Research Institute that shows -

  1. More than 8-in-10 (81%) who are members of the Tea Party Movement identify themselves as Christian.

  2. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and 82% are against allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry; both are "signature issues" of the Religious Right.

  3. More than three-quarters say they identify with the Republican Party. More than 8-in-10 (83%) say they are voting for or leaning towards Republican candidates in their districts, and nearly three-quarters (74%) of this group report usually supporting Republican candidates.

Commenting on these facts, Michelle Goldberg writes in The American Prospect:

"The tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian, or anti-government, if it ever was. IT IS THEOCRATIC. Indeed, after several months [i.e., their seeming defeat in the 2008 presidential election] in which the religious right seemed lost and dispirited, it has found a way to ride the tea-party express into renewed relevance." [In other words, the Christian Right has captured the Tea Party Movement and is using it to take control of the country under the guise of a broad-based "populist revolution."]

Tea Party activists are attempting to build up the Kingdom of God using money derived from those that Matthew 6:24 says "HATE" and "DESPISE" God.

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Jane Mayer and The New Yorker

WHO ARE THE KOCH BROTHERS?

The Koch Brothers: Minimal social services for the poor.

Jane Mayer writes in an article that appeared recently in The New Yorker:

"The Kochs are multi-billionaires; they are also longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes and minimal social services for the needy ..."

 Speaking about David Koch, she continues,

"With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett."

Mayer describes them as the "MONEY-MEN" behind the Tea Party Movement. She writes:

"Over the [2010] July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in Austin ... Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials 'have a socialist vision for this country'. Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. 'Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests', it said. 'But you can do something about it'. The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders — THE KOCH BROTHERS."

Peggy Venable has worked in public policy and grassroots campaigns - in government, the political arena and the private sector - for more than 30 years. Peggy is director of Americans For Prosperity, which has a membership of more than 90,000 individuals who support free-market public policies. The organization was founded by David Koch in 2004 and is the means through which the Koch brothers control the Tea Party Movement.

Mayer continues:

"The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser, says, "WHAT THEY DON'T SAY IS THAT THIS IS A GRASSROOTS CITIZENS' MOVEMENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY A BUNCH OF BILLIONAIRES."

No doubt, many Christians will see this statement as nothing more than a "slam" against the Tea Party Movement by an Obama devotee; IT IS, NONETHELESS, TRUE.

SHAPING AND CONTROLLING THE TEA PARTY
MOVEMENT AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

Mayer goes on to say:

"The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to 'educate', fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, 'The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it's been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven't been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.' With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, 'everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there—people who can provide real ideological power'. The Kochs, he said, are 'TRYING TO SHAPE AND CONTROL AND CHANNEL THE POPULIST UPRISING INTO THEIR OWN POLICIES'."

"A REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT WHO HAS DONE RESEARCH ON BEHALF OF CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH SAID OF THE TEA PARTY, 'THE KOCH BROTHERS GAVE THE MONEY THAT FOUNDED IT. It's like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they're our candidates'!"

David Koch once ran as the Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party on a platform that proposed the legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. One cannot help but wonder how committed Christians could link themselves to such people.

STOKING THE FLAMES OF ISLAMOPHOBIA

But there is more to the Koch brothers' agenda than merely "... lowering personal and corporate taxes, and providing only minimal social services for the needy ..."

The Koch brothers: Men with little minds but lots of money

Alex Kane, a journalist for the Indypendent, a free New York City-based newspaper, writes:

"Now, more has emerged about the Koch brothers' agenda, and it's not just limited to advocating for 'drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation'.  An investigation by CounterPunch's Pam Martens has revealed that 'a secretive libertarian nonprofit with ties to Charles Koch bankrolled what was widely perceived to be a fear mongering effort to throw the Presidential election to Senator John McCain in 2008'." [We urge you to see our articles on the McCain / Palin political alliance, "Things Aren't Always What They Appear to Be" and "McCain & Palin: The Business Right Marries the Religious Right."]

Pam Martens, the author of the article in CounterPunch to which Kane is alluding, writes:

"The 'fear mongering effort' in question [see above] was the documentary Obsession:  Radical Islam's War Against the West, which was distributed to millions of people in 'swing states' around the country in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election through corporate newspapers. The documentary features interviews with notorious Islamophobes such as Steven Emerson, Daniel Pipes and Caroline Glick. [We urge you to see our article, "The Theory of the Just War;" for information on Daniel Pipes, please see our articles, "The Rise of Fascism in Europe" and "The Neo-Conservatives."]

From left to right: Pipes, Glick, Emerson. All are involved in pushing for a war of annihilation against the Muslims of the Middle East and Central Asia. [Again, please see our article, "The Theory of the Just War."]


NOTE: It is precisely here that one should take note of the fact that when the Koch brothers decided to lend financial assistance to the McCain / Palin presidential ticket in the 2008 campaign, both David and Charles were essentially indicating a WILLINGNESS TO BRING IN THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT AS A "FULL PARTNER" IN GOVERNING THE NATION. And more than that, they were willing to lend financial support to the Christian Right's RELIGIOUS obsession (in contrast to Koch brothers ECONOMIC obsession] to destroy Islam - and if they had to "hold their noses" (as it were) and join forces with the likes of Pastor John Hagee and CUFI (Christians United for Israel), so be it. [Once again, we urge you to see our articles on the McCain / Palin political alliance, "Things Aren't Always What They Appear to Be" and "McCain & Palin: The Business Right Marries the Religious Right."]

The Koch's Rosemount refinery

Kane writes:

"The CounterPunch investigation adds a whole new layer to the overlap between anti-Muslim activists and the Tea Party."

That is to say, in addition to allying themselves with the domestic agenda of the Christian Right, the Koch brothers have crawled into bed with those in the Christian community (e.g., Pastor John Hagee and his ilk in CUFI) who are wickedly involved in fanning the flames of Islamophobia in order to wage a war of annihilation against the Muslims of the Middle East and Central Asia. [Please see our article, "Crossing the Rubicon."]

BUT THEN WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE EXPECT FROM PEOPLE (e.g., the Koch brothers) WHOSE MONEY IS DERIVED FROM THE PROFITS OF BIG OIL? — that is, after all, what Koch Industries is all about — BIG OIL.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Martens' report in CounterPunch reads in part:

"CounterPunch can now report what this race-baiting, fear-mongering campaign involving the movie, Obsession:  Radical Islam's War Against the West, cost and where the money came from. 

NOTE: This film is a "mild" precursor to the film being released today, Iranium.

"28 million DVDs of the film - Obsession:  Radical Islam's War Against the West - were produced at a cost of $15,676,181 by Artist Direct Media which does mass manufacturing of CDs and DVDs with volume discounts.  The big media buy for Sunday newspaper insertions ran up the tidy tab of $719,436 and was conducted by NSA Media, a unit of the global ad giant, Interpublic Group, parent of McCann-Erikson. That figure seems decidedly on the light side so there may be other funding sources involved that have not yet surfaced. (NSA Media is a powerful ad buyer, representing some of the biggest print buyers and consumer brands in the country, which might help explain why so few questions were asked by the largest newspapers about this unseemly project.) The full tab, and then some, was paid by the super secretive libertarian nonprofit, Donors Capital Fund.  In 2008, Clarion Fund became Donors Capital Fund's largest grantee by a large margin, receiving $17,778,600.  That sum constituted 96 per cent of all funds received by Clarion in 2008 and 9 times its revenue in 2007."

To simplify what was going on here, Clarion acted as a conduit for money emanating out of Donor's Capital Fund and Donor's Trust Fund (both controlled by the Koch brothers — see below) the purpose of which was the production and distribution of the hate-filled, anti-Muslim film, Obsession:  Radical Islam's War Against the West.

NOTE: It is through this exact same nexus of shadowy "players" and "money conduits" that Iranium is being funded and released to the public.

Shadows of the Koch brothers are all over Donor's Capital and Donor's Trust - this is the kind of labyrinth through which Koch money flows to the Religious Right and the Tea Party Movement.

THE SHADOWS OF THE KOCH
BROTHERS ARE EVERYWHERE

Marten continues:

"There are shades of Charles Koch all over Donors Capital and Donors Trust.  Two grantees receiving repeat and sizeable grants from Donors Capital are favorites of the Koch foundations: George Mason University Foundation and the Institute for Humane Studies.  Another tie is Claire Kittle.  A project of Donor's Trust is Talent Market.org, a headhunter for staffing nonprofits with the 'right' people.  Ms. Kittle serves as Talent Market's Executive Director and was the former Program Officer for Leadership and Talent Development at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.  Then there is Whitney Ball, President of both Donors Capital Fund and Donors Trust.  Ms. Ball was one of the elite guests at the invitation-only secret Aspen bash thrown by Charles Koch in June of 2010, as reported by ThinkProgress.org.  Also on the guest list for the Koch bash was Stephen Moore, a member of the Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Moore is a Director at Donors Capital Fund.  Rounding out the ties that bind is Lauren Vander Heyden, who serves as Client Services Coordinator at Donors Trust.  Ms. Vander Heyden previously worked as grants coordinator and policy analyst at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation."

The liberal Jewish periodical Tikun elaborates on the CounterPunch article:

"The Counterpunch exposé about the Clarion Fund takes the story to the next level.  This is a development I've been awaiting for two years.  We knew that Clarion was the ostensible producer of the three anti-Muslim films, Third Jihad, Obsession and the latest, Iranium

The three anti-Muslim films produced by Clarion: From left to right: the first film, The Third Jihad, the third film, Iranium and the second film, Obsession.

"There are several aspects of this that shock me.  I always figured Shelly Adelson or Irwin Katsof, billionaires much more closely associated both with pro-Israel and anti-jihadi political forces, to be the suspect donors. 

From left to right: Shelly Adelson and Irwin Katsof; Adelson's fortune is based on gambling properties in Las Vegas; Katsof is a Wall Street billionaire and founder of Aish HaTorah.

"This latest news takes things in a far more radical libertarian direction, and generally Jews have stayed clear of right-wing libertarianism because it's always had a whiff of anti-Semitism about it.  While the Koch family is Jewish, their philanthropy has never been visible in that community nor has their interest in far-right Israeli politics been evident."

NOTE: The Koch brothers are Jewish by ethnicity, but Catholic by religion.

The 1932 poster reads, "The meaning behind the Hitler Salute" - meaning Nazis taking money from Germany's financial elites. THIS APPLIES WITH EQUAL FORCE TO THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT OF TODAY.

THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE PURSUING
THEIR OWN FINANCIAL INTERESTS

That seems to have changed as the Koch brothers have become ever more involved with the Tea Party Movement; but that change has NOTHING to do with the absurd notion that the Koch brothers have suddenly found religion or that they have any real concern for the fate of the Jewish state or the Islamic menace that threatens that state. They have no such concerns.

Instead — like so many other corporate entities - the Koch brothers have attached themselves to the Tea Party Movement (and, ipso-facto, the Christian Right) and are molding and shaping the movement to serve their own FINANCIAL ends.

These are people about whom the late Professor C. Wright Mills of Columbia University writes,

"The pursuit of the moneyed-life is ... their commanding value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined, so ... that THEY HAVE BECOME MORALLY RUTHLESS IN ITS PURSUIT ..."

That moral ruthlessness of the Koch brothers is on exhibit in the three anti-Muslim films they have produced and distributed: Third Jihad, Obsession and Iranium - films that are helping to generate in the souls of countless numbers of Americans the HATRED necessary to wage a war of annihilation against the people of Central Asia and the Middle East — THE WAR THE BIBLE REFERS TO A THE GOG / MAGOG WAR.

And the instrumentality they have chosen to use to accomplish their aims is the Tea Party Movement and, ipso-facto, the Christian Right. [We urge you to read Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

The solution for the Middle East and Central Asia towards which the Koch brothers and their allies (together with the "Christian Right") are pressing - the Religious Right because they seek to destroy Islam as a religious opponent, and the Koch brothers because they - and others of their ilk - seek to steal the oil of the Middle East and Central Asia.

IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT ...

It is sometimes difficult for ordinary people to believe that there exists the kind of people (e.g., the Koch brothers and others of their ilk) who are so past all feeling toward their fellow man, and so lacking in any kind of compassion that they are able to involve themselves in this type of venal and despicable behavior. This is, however, what elite power is all about; this is what it ultimately leads to: for the elite (and, again, we are specifically speaking here of the Koch brothers), money-making and the accumulation of wealth has become the raison d'être of life. They have no real sense of "right" and "wrong." "Right" to such people is simply that which advances their own selfish pecuniary ends; "wrong" is that which hinders them; these words possess no other meaning beyond this. Their loyalty is to themselves and to their personal enrichment, and hang all those who get in their way.

Like Caesar, they bestride the narrow world like a mighty colossus.

Mills describes people like the Koch brothers:

"This elite (of power) is composed of men and women who have transcended the ordinary environments of ordinary people; by their decisions they set up and break down the destinies of others - their daily lives, the places where they live, the security which is ultimately afforded them, etc. They are not 'confined' by their 'responsibilities' as are 'ordinary' people. They are not bound by their communities. They need not merely 'meet the demands of the day and hour'; in some part, they create these demands, and cause others to meet them. Whether or not they profess their power, they wield it in a manner which far transcends that of the underlying population. What Jacob Burckhardt said of great men, could be said of them: 'they are all that ordinary people are not'."

Concerning such people, the Bible says:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with ... [these people]: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

"And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

But this particular Scripture has fallen on deaf ears insofar as the leaders of today's church are concerned. These are precisely the people about whom Jesus said —

"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew 13:15)

UNMASKING THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH

As we delve into the mindset of the Koch brothers — a mindset that has caused them to ally themselves with the Christian Right in their malignant crusade against the Muslims of the Middle East and Central Asia - we find ourselves coming face-to-face with a series of enigmatic Scriptures in the book of Ezekiel that deal with a collection of puzzling figures that the Bible refers to as "Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants of Tarshish." They come to our attention in relation to the soon-to-be-fought Gog / Magog War. [We URGE you to see chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

NOTE: The Gog / Magog War is described in Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11. It is impossible to understand this war and how it will unfold without referencing the pertinent chapters in both of these books of the Bible. Again, we URGE you to see chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."

Gog's Invasion: "Art thou come to take a spoil?"

Concerning Gog's invasion of the Holy Land, these enigmatic figures — i.e., Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants of Tarshish - are said to raise a protest against Gog's invasion:

"Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (i.e., Gog), ART THOU COME TO TAKE A SPOIL? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?" (Ezek. 38:13)

The question that fairly begs to be asked in connection with this verse is, Who exactly are "Sheba" and "Dedan," and the "Merchants of Tarshish" who raise a protest against what Gog is doing? Evidently, they're not particularly interested in the safety of Israel per se; what they're interested in is the SPOIL that will accrue to Gog if his attack proves successful.

The king of Tyre

Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish" are all mentioned in Ezekiel chapter twenty-seven as merchants of great wealth who made the ancient kingdom of Tyre "roll and go," so to speak. Speaking to the king of Tyre, the prophet says:

"TARSHISH WAS THY MERCHANT by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.

"DEDAN WAS THY MERCHANT in precious clothes for chariots.

"THE MERCHANTS OF SHEBA ... they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.

"The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. (Ezekiel 27:12, 20, 22, 25)

IN OTHER WORDS, THESE MEN WERE, SO TO SPEAK, THE CEOs OF THE GREAT "MERCHANT HOUSES" OF THEIR TIME; men of "high finance" - the "Robber Barons" who made the Kingdom of Tyre (again,, the kingdom referenced in Ezekiel twenty-seven) the wealthiest nation of its day. THE "KINGDOM OF TYRE" AND THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED TOGETHER IN HOLY WRIT.

Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants of Tarshish: The "Robber Barons" of their age.

Again we say, one does not have to be in the same league with the Koch brothers to be infected as badly as the Koch brothers are for the lust for money - remember Loel Passe and Dene McGriff: [Please see our article, "The Titanic."]

That, of course, brings us to the matter of Tyre's empyreal ("spiritual") identity; what Tyre was really all about in the ancient world. Concerning Tyre, the great Bible expositor, J.N. Darby writes :

"TYRE ... REPRESENTS THE WORLD AND ITS RICHES, in contrast with Israel as the people of God; and rejoices [over the destruction of Israel] not like the other nations of the world from personal hatred, but because, having opposite interests, the destruction of that which restrained its career gave free course to its natural selfishness."

What Darby is saying here is that unlike most other peoples of the ancient world who hated Israel with an open and very PERSONAL hatred, Tyre had a hidden distaste for Israel; but not out of any PERSONAL animosity, but simply because Israel hindered Tyre from its quest for worldly wealth. [Please see our article, "The Real Enemy of Israel; It's Not What You Think;" please also see our article, "The Republican Party and the Jews."]

NOTE: It's interesting to note in this connection that for a time Israel had proved itself useful to Tyre's own selfish ends; but eventually Tyre came to view Israel as an impediment to its continued aggrandizement. The parallel to what's happening today with Israel in connection to the United States and what happened centuries ago between Israel and Tyre should be plain enough for anyone to see. AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHY THIS CONNECTION IS MADE IN THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES.

Tyre was driven by GREED, and when it eventually turned on Israel, there was nothing particularly ideological or theological in its "breach of faith" insofar as Israel was concerned.  Israel had become an obstacle to the riches that Tyre wanted to take unfettered possession of. For that reason Israel had to be expunged, much as a robber would brush aside a yelping puppy that stood in his way of burgling a house - which is precisely what America will do to Israel shortly after the Gog/Magog War.

Covenant with Death

In the Scripture, TYRE IS TO AMERICA AS THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" ARE TO THE CEOs OF AMERICA'S GIANT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. BOTH VIEW ISRAEL AS NOTHING MORE THAN A USEFUL TOOL THAT CAN BE THROWN AWAY AFTER ITS USEFULNESS HAS PASSED.  Hence God's warning to Israel concerning its alliance with America:

"... your COVENANT WITH DEATH shall be disannulled, and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then YE SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT." (Isaiah 28:18)

THE KING OF TYRE

Thy builders have perfected thy beauty (Ezek. 27:4)

And now - in case anyone still misses the point - the Bible very clearly draws the parallel forward to today and links the King of Tyre to the AntiChrist, and it does so in a most marvelous way. The prophet begins by first addressing the kingdom of Tyre as a whole:

"The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

"Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;

"And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate in the ... [midst] of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I AM OF PERFECT BEAUTY.

"Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, THY BUILDERS HAVE PERFECTED THY BEAUTY. (Ezekiel 27:1-4)

NOTE: This is a nation, then, that glories in its beauty and what it sees as its perfection. It dwells in the midst of the seas. It is bounded by the seas. What nation could that possibly be? Come on now - be honest. [Please see our articles, "The American Empire: In Search of Babylon; What Do the scriptures Say?" and "The Image of the Beast."]

And then the prophet turns his attention to the king of Tyre:

Thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches.

"The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

"Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I AM A GOD, I SIT IN THE SEAT OF GOD, IN THE MIDST OF THE SEAS; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

"Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

"With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

"By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and THINE HEART IS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF THY RICHES:

"... thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God ..." (Ezekiel 28:1-6)

Up to this point, it could be said that the Bible is describing a man - a very impressive and remarkable (though extremely egocentric) man - but still a man.

Thou art the anointed Cherub that covereth

Then, however, the Bible goes beyond what could be the description of a mere mortal - way beyond:

"Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; THOU SEALEST UP THE SUM, FULL OF WISDOM, AND PERFECT IN BEAUTY.

"THOU HAST BEEN IN THE EDEN OF GOD; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

"THOU ART THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH; and I have set thee so: THOU WAST UPON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD; THOU HAST WALKED UP AND DOWN IN THE MIDST OF THE STONES OF FIRE."

These are words that could not possibly be said of a mere man:

  1. "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty."
  1. "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God."
  1. "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth."
  1. "Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God."
  1. "Thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."

THE LANGUAGE GOES BEYOND THE KING OF TYRE TO SATAN

Obviously, we're no longer talking about a mere man. The great Bible expositor, C.I. Scofield, writes:

"Here, as in Isa. 14:12, THE LANGUAGE GOES BEYOND THE KING OF TYRE TO SATAN, the inspirer and unseen ruler of all such pomp and pride as that of Tyre. Instances of thus indirectly addressing Satan are: Gen. 3:14, 15; Matt. 16:23. The unfallen state of Satan is here described ... The vision is not of Satan in his own person, but of Satan fulfilling himself in and through an earthly king who arrogates to himself divine honours, so that THE PRINCE OF TYRUS FORESHADOWS THE BEAST (i.e., the AntiChrist - Dan. 7:8; Rev. 19:20)."

Darby writes:

"In chapter xxviii [28], it is the prince and the king of Tyre that are judged for their pride. Verses 1-10 set Tyre before us the prince of this world's glory as a man, exalting himself and seeking to present himself as a god, having acquired riches and glory by his wisdom. Verses 11-19, while continuing to speak of Tyre, go ... much farther, and disclose, though darkly, the ... ways of Satan, become through our sin the prince and god of this world. The prince of Tyre represents Tyre and the spirit of Tyre. The verses which follow (11-19) are much more personal. I do not doubt that, historically, Tyre itself is referred to; verses 16-19 prove that. But ... the mind of the Spirit goes much farther [toward Satan]."

NOTE: In this connection, it should be noted that Hiram, the king of Tyre, promoted himself as the friend of Israel. Indeed, Hiram had allied himself with Solomon and had even helped Solomon build the Temple. Darby writes: "The special relation of Tyre with Israel added something to the position of the merchant city, and gave room also for the use made here of the history of its king as a type or figure of the prince of this world" - who will, in the 'end of days' attempt to pass himself off - like Hiram before him - as Israel's friend."

The Bible continues concerning the king of Tyre:

"They have filled thee with violence"

"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

"BY THE MULTITUDE OF THY MERCHANDISE THEY [i.e., SHEBA, DEDAN, AND THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH"] HAVE FILLED THE MIDST OF THEE WITH VIOLENCE, AND THOU HAST SINNED: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

"THOU HAST DEFILED THY SANCTUARIES BY THE MULTITUDE OF THINE INIQUITIES, BY THE INIQUITY OF THY TRAFFICK; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

"All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. (Ezekiel 28:12-19) [Please see our article, "The Elite, Money and the End of Days;" please also see our articles, "Greed, Avarice and the Coming Dictatorship" and "The Measure of a Man's Worth."]

BY THE MULTITUDE OF THY MERCHANDISE ...

America has been corrupted by the greed and avarice of its business elites such as the Bank of America's Ken Lewis.

Tyre and the prince of Tyre have defiled themselves, and one should take careful note of the manner in which they have done so:

  1. "By the multitude of thy merchandise they (i.e., Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish") have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned."

  2. "Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick."

What's the Bible saying here? - it's saying that Tyre and the Prince of Tyre have been corrupted by the GREED and COVETOUSNESS of their business leaders. When the Bible speaks here of "traffick," it's speaking of "economic activity."

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION."

Once again, believe me when I tell you that the Bible wasn't blowing smoke when it said:

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION.

"FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL ..." (I Tim. 6:9-10a) [Again, not some evil, but ALL evil.]

Moreover, the Bible sets up a kind of formula here, a social equation, as it were: The search for wealth - i.e., "the ceaseless quest for money to make still more money," as Michael Parenti puts it - leads INVARIABLY to VIOLENCE. That's what the Bible is saying when it says, "They [i.e., Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish] have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned." [Please see our article, "Promoting Violence in the Interest of the American New World Order System."]

Come on now! - is it that hard to see the parallel between Tyre and the "Merchants of Tarshish (on the one hand) and America and her business elites (on the other hand)? Can there be any real doubt that in today's world, the American business elites stand in exactly the same place to America as the "Merchants of Tarshish" stood in relation to the kingdom of Tyre. IT IS, THEREFORE, NOT WITHOUT REASON THAT THE BIBLE DRAWS THIS PARALLEL FORWARD TO TODAY'S WORLD IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: Those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear" (Mark 8:18) will easily make the connection.

IN THIS PARTICULAR EPOCH ...

And make no mistake about the centrality of the American business elites to the way America (and, ipso facto, the world) is run today. Mills writes:

"... in this particular epoch a conjunction of historical circumstances has led to the rise of an elite of power ... the men of the circles composing this elite, severally and collectively, now make such key decisions as are made; and that, given the enlargement and the centralization of the means of power now available, the decisions that they make and fail to make carry more consequences for more people than has ever been the case in the world history of mankind." [Please see our article, "Greed, Avarice and the Coming Dictatorship."]

Mills Continues:

"The pursuit of the moneyed-life is ... (the elite's] commanding value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined ... [They have] narrowed the meaning of 'success' to big money and in these terms condemn [financial] failure as the chief vice, raising money to the plane of absolute value."

"Whenever the standards of the moneyed-life prevail, the man with money, NO MATTER HOW HE GOT IT, will eventually be respected. [In America], it is not only that men want money; it is that their very standards are pecuniary. In a society [i.e., the American society] in which the money-maker has ... no serious rival for repute and honor, the word 'practical' comes to mean 'useful for private gain' and 'common sense', 'the sense to get ahead financially'."

New York City Elites, c.1910, The high society of New York was comprised of influential elites such as these guests at Harrison Grey Fiske's elaborate dinner. Fiske was the editor of the drama magazine the New York Mirror. A notable drama critic and playwright, Fiske produced some of the most significant New York plays in the early twentieth century. Cultural, financial, and political elites overlapped to form New York City's high society and supported the development of cultural and economic institutions in the city. Source: Andre Barret, Les Premiers Reporters Photographes, 1848-1914 (Paris, 1977).

Just as the moneyed elites of Tyre filled Tyre and Tyre's tribute states with bloodshed and violence, so also America's moneyed elites have filled America and her "client-states" with violence and bloodshed, except it's not called that when America's business elites "traffic" in it. When they rob the poor, dispossess them of their land and houses, pollute the environment, ship their jobs overseas to "slave-labor factories," instead of calling it what it is - i.e., "criminality" - they call what they are doing "sound business practices." [Please see our article, "The American Empire and the New Global Elite;" please also see "The American Empire and the U.S. System of Client-States."]

Oil executives -- aka robber barons -- from left, BP America Chairman Robert Malone; Shell Oil President John Hofmeister; Chevron Vice Chairman Peter Robertson; ConocoPhillips Executive Vice President John Lowe; and ExxonMobile Senior Vice President J. Stephen Simon, are sworn in this week on Capitol Hill.

BUYING UP THE SYSTEM

And its just not that they openly practice such things; they then buy up legislators, take control of the judiciary, co-opt the administrative organs of the government, and buy up the electoral process in order to insure that they are immune from the consequences of their felonious acts. Commenting on the kind of "democracy" they have created for themselves in America, Michael Parenti writes that as things stand now, the American people -

"... might better think of [their system of government] ... as a dual political system. First, there is the symbolic political system centered around electoral and representative activities including party conflicts, voter turnout, political personalities, public pronouncements, official role-playing and certain ambiguous presentations of some of the public issues which bestir presidents, governors, mayors and their respective legislatures. Then there is the substantive political system, involving multi-billion dollar contracts, tax write-offs, protections, rebates, grants, loss compensations, subsidies, leases, giveaways and the whole vast process of budgeting, legislating, advising, regulating, protecting and servicing major producer interests - now bending or ignoring the law on behalf of the powerful, now applying it with full punitive vigor against heretics and 'troublemakers'. The symbolic system is highly visible, taught in schools, discussed by academicians, gossiped about by newsmen. The substantive system is seldom heard of or accounted for."

And its not just that the elites rob the poor, dispossess them of their land and houses, pollute the environment, ship their jobs overseas to "slave-labor factories;" they then buy up legislators, take control of the judiciary, co-opt the administrative organs of the government, and buy up the electoral process in order to insure that they are immune from the consequences of their felonious acts.

The fact is, THE RICH IN AMERICA ARE NOTHING MORE THAN CRIMINALS IN BUSINESS SUITS, But unlike the Mafioso (who have, in relative terms, only a few "hit men" at their disposal to enforce their will), the CEOs of General Electric, Ford Motor Company, Haliburton, Exxon-Mobil, etc. have the entire U.S. military at their disposal to enforce their will. AND SO WE NOW UNDERSTAND THE CRYPTIC REFERENCE TO "SHEBA, DEDAN AND THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" IN EZEK. 38:13:

"Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (i.e., Gog), ART THOU COME TO TAKE A SPOIL? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?" (Ezek. 38:13)

It is a protest that will act as a catalyst to the Gog / Magog War and - again - it reveals whose ox is really being goaded by the forces of Islamic Radicalism (i.e., the CEOs of America's multinational oil companies), and who really is behind what's going on in the Middle East (i.e., these very same rapacious oil companies who - again - are more than willing to sacrifice America's sons and daughters for the sake of their "bottom lines").

And so now we come to the truth of what David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser, has said about the Tea Party Movement —

"... THAT THIS IS A GRASSROOTS CITIZENS' MOVEMENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY A BUNCH OF BILLIONAIRES."

The kind of people about whom Matthew 6:24 says "HATE" and "DESPISE" God.

THE BIBLE WASN'T KIDDING AROUND ...

Listen to me dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The Bible wasn't kidding around when it warned:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with ... [these people]: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

"And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

Gossipy old women like Gloria Cooper

Still, countless numbers of Christians refuse to recognize the insistence and importance of these verses insofar as the safety of their souls are concerned. These are precisely the people about whom Jesus said —

"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew 13:15)

These are people like Gloria Cooper who stubbornly thinks we have been too harsh in our assessment of Loel Passe and his wicked involvement — along with Dene McGriff - in "get-rich-quick" MLM stratagems, and continue to be haunted by an irrational fear of Obama and the fiction of an Islamic Antichrist; she is the kind of person about whom Paul the Apostle wrote:

"Refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7) [Please see our article, "The Titanic."]

These are people who are described by Paul the Apostle as -

"... children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men ..." (Ephesians 4:14) [And be clear here, this is not an indictment against women per se, as it is an indictment against all those women and MEN — who indulge themselves in spreading these kinds of fables.]

Brothers and sisters, listen to me here: When Christians refuse to take seriously Christ's warning against Mammon as Gloria Cooper so plainly has (which is evidenced by her refusal to take what has happened to Loel Passe seriously, and by her continual "excuse-making for him) then, in the end, one cannot help but be drawn away — bit by bit — into the deception that has taken hold of the church today — a deception which has allowed the church to ally itself with the likes of the KOCH BROTHERS; a deception that makes Christians co-conspirators with America's business elites in a plot to annihilate the peoples of the Middle East; a deception that makes them co-conspirators in the production and distribution of Iranium. [WE URGE YOU TO READ OUR ARTICLE, "A WARNING TO THOSE WHO MISREPRESENT GOD'S WORD" IF YOULIKE MY TWIN BROTHER, DENE McGRIFF, RICHARD PARADISE, DOUG KRIEGER, et.al - FAIL TO SEE WHAT'S WRONG WITH ALL THIS.]

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries


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