SETTING MATTERS STRAIGHT

PART 1: Things that have come to pass, are
coming to pass and / or will shortly come to pass

By: S.R. Shearer
August 21, 2012

VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE

"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matt. 24:37-39)

INTRODUCTION

One of the great criticisms leveled against Antipas is that we have a very checkered history insofar as any of the solutions we have advocated as a way of motivating people to prepare themselves for the "end of days;" specifically,

  • Indeed, all that my efforts seemed to accomplish as I tried to gather people together to participate in a church-life was to engender the charge that I was attempting to set up a "Branch-Davidian" compound.

    our FAILED 1990s effort to gather people in Sacramento to begin a church-life capable of sustaining Christians as the "end of the age" draws near;

  • our FAILED attempt to flee the country to Canada in the late 1990s and early 2000s, begin a church-life there, and provide a refuge for Christians;

  • our FAILED endeavor regarding the Aliya Foundation;

  • our recently FAILED effort to "hit the road" in our motor-home to protest the unholy alliance the church has made with the American New World Order System;

  • and a whole host of lesser endeavors to provide at least a partial solution to the dilemma we all face as the "end of the age" approaches, not the least of which have been my many, many trips around the country over the last fifteen years encouraging readers on a personal, face-to-face basis to do something with us on some kind of coordinated basis – all to little or no avail.

  • Finally, while this has nothing per se to do with our many failures in motivating people to take MEANINGFUL action regarding the "end of the age," it must be admitted that we have occasionally over-estimated the speed at which the Tribulation Period is approaching, and in this way we have not added much to our repute – though I fear that in saying this, all I may be doing is contributing to the apathy of some of our readers.

    In this connection, however, it would behoove us to remember what the Lord's seeming "slackness" in these matters is all about; the Bible says:

    "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

    Tilting at windmills

    In other words, it's the Lord's mercy that has slowed our advance toward the Tribulation Period.

    But I tell you the truth when I say that while we have been somewhat "off the mark" regarding the timing of the coming Tribulation WE HAVE NOT FAILED IN ANY WAY IN DESCRIBING THE RELENTLESS AND UNREMITTING NATURE OF OUR MARCH TOWARD ARMAGEDDON. Thus, while this process has proceeded on a slightly slower pace than we had at first anticipated, it has nonetheless proceeded in an inexorable manner that is terrifying and very menacing.

Still, I must admit that in all of these things, I feel rather like Don Quixote - i.e., that I have very foolishly been tilting at windmills.

Naturally enough, most of the blame for these failures has fallen on me, and – no doubt - rightfully so; but I can tell you with all honesty, I did my best to make these efforts a success – and in the end, that's all one can ever do. Was it the very best that could have been done? Most likely not; but it was the best I could do.

So there it is: the best that I was able to do in motivating Christians to participate in a COORDINATED and MEANINGFUL solution to the difficult situation we all face as the "end of the age" draws near has not been good enough, and it is with this in mind that I now invite (without any rancor or bitterness in my heart) others to enter the fray and do a better job than I have been able to do.

NOTE: When we speak of something MEANINGFUL to do as the "end of the age" draws near, we speak of being POSITIVELY engaged in the Gospel of the Kingdom, and not merely in Christian activity that other well-meaning Christian groups are engaged in, and probably doing a far better job than any of us could possibly do: feeding the poor, visiting prisoners, etc. [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]

If this is what one is called to do, he should involve himself in the work of the Salvation Army and groups such as the Union Gospel Mission, and I mean that in all sincerity; OR if one is engaged in protesting the activities of the American New World Order System without any real reference to the Gospel of the Kingdom and the "end of the age," one could get a lot more done by engaging himself in the activities of the "Occupy Movement." (In saying this, please be advised that we have NO specific individuals in view here; we make this comment because inevitably there will be those who think we are subtly aiming these remarks at them, when such is not the case at all.)

The fact remains, however, that unless these and/or other similar "good works" are tied MEANINGFULLY to the "Gospel of the Kingdom" they count for little insofar as the "end of the age" is concerned. [Again, please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom;" please also see "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand," "The Principles of the Kingdom" and "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."

Indeed, all you may be doing is feeding the people you reach into the clutches (so to speak) of today's apostate church because you have provided them with no where else to go to get fellowship except the apostate church -– please see our article, "What to Do as the End Approaches" -- and in doing so giving meaning to the words of Christ:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." (Matthew 23:15) [The scribes and Pharisees were the leaders and "activists" of the "established religion" of Christ's day.]

While all this may sound HARSH and BRUTAL, it is nonetheless true; and when one under-estimates the severe meaning behind Matthew 23:15, one has under-estimated the gravity of Christ's harsh attitude toward the apostasy of today's American church and the unholy magnetism of that apostasy on God's people. Indeed, I cannot begin to tell you of all the people I know who are engaged in these kinds of "good works" and think that by doing so they can escape Christ's judgment on those who participate – directly or indirectly, no matter - in this apostasy because of the so-called Christian activities they are engaged in, despite the fact that they have tied none of these "acts of righteousness" to the "Gospel of the Kingdom."

ON THE OTHER HAND ...

On the other hand, there is a fear that lurks ominously in the back of my brain that maybe – just maybe - I have been engaged in nothing more than a rather hollow attempt to circumvent the implications of Christ's admonition regarding the apathy of Christians as the "end of the age" draws near, and most especially the apathy of American Christians:

"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:37-39). [And one must remember here that Christ directed this warning not so much to unbelievers, but to His own disciples.]

BUT LEAVING ALL THIS ASIDE ...

But leaving all this aside –- specifically, our many failures to properly motivate Christians to do something MEANINGFUL as the "end of the age" draws near -- I reiterate the fact that we have NOT been failures regarding our biblically-based depiction of the "end of the age:" For example – and as I indicated in my last "Main Article" – I warned of the mortgage meltdown in my 1998 article, "Ponzi Schemes, the Investment Craze and the End of Days" (10 years before that crisis broke out in this country); the derivatives crisis in my 1999 article, "It's Later than We Think" (many years before most people even knew what derivatives are, and 9 years before that crisis broke out into the open); the Islamization of the Middle East in my 2002 article, "Radical Islam" (8 years before the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions); and, finally my warning concerning the inexorable process of the prophetic imperative described in Revelation 6:6 – specifically, the separation of the world's population into a tiny elite of "richy-riches" and a mass population of poverty-stricken "peasants." [Please see my article, "The Background for the End of the Age: Rich verses Poor."]

NO! – we have NOT failed in any of our depictions concerning the events of the "end of the age."

WATCHMAN ON THE WALL

WATCHMAN on the wall

And so it is – at least for the time being – that I leave off proposing solutions regarding what to do as the "end of the age" draws near (which, again, may have been nothing more than my dim-witted attempt to circumvent the certitude of Matt. 24:37-39), and return to the original calling God placed on our hearts: which is simply to be WATCHMEN on the wall:

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel [in the context of the "end of the age, the church]: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

"Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

"Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE HATH DONE SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

"Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:17-21)

CHRISTIANS BEWARE

Now, it is very important to note carefully what is being said here: while the first part of this warning is directed generally at unbelievers (cf. verses 17-19), THE SECOND PART OF THIS WARNING IS CLEARLY DIRECTED AT PERSONS WHO ARE NUMBERED AMONG "GOD'S PEOPLE" (cf. verses 20-21), the clear implication being that there will be many "righteous men" (cf. verse 21) who will not heed the warning of God's "WATCHMAN" and will, as a result, be cut off from the "household of God." It's with this in mind that I say, take heed to the warning:

"When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, I will lay a STUMBLINGBLOCK before him (i.e., the "righteous man") ... and he shall die in his sin, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE HATH DONE SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED ..." (cf. verse 20)

NOTE: I refer you back to my (the Lord's) earlier admonition: the fact that one's "righteous works" in the "end of days" will count for little (i.e., will not be remembered) unless they are tied MEANINGFULLY to the Gospel of the Kingdom. [Again, please see our articles, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom," "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand," "The Principles of the Kingdom," "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."

Now listen to me here, brothers and sisters: it will do you no good to get mad at me regarding the very clear meaning of these verses. Your argument is with God, not with me: Very plainly, the Bible says that God is laying STUMBLINGBLOCKS before those who call upon His name. It's a test to see if those who call themselves "Christians" at the "end of the age" are REAL Christians OR simply Christians out of convenience - people willing to compromise themselves in the "end of days" to make matters less difficult for themselves and their loved ones. [Please see Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

It is, sadly, in this connection that one must bear in mind the seemingly callous and hard-hearted admonition of Christ in Matthew 10:37 concerning one's loved ones in relation to the "end of the age:"

"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:37)

The Bible and
only the Bible

RELYING ONLY ON THE WRITTEN
WORD OF GOD FOR OUR GUIDANCE

It is thus in the light of the obligation that has been laid upon us to elucidate the Prophetic Scriptures - first to the world in general, and second to Christians in particular - that we return now to what we have been doing on the pages of this website for the past two decades. (And yes, it's really been that long.)

We begin by reviewing those things that we have already "predicted" (if I can use that word) regarding the "end of the age" – and we note the fact that we have done so not by resorting to the empty ramblings of those who justify their prophetic babbling with extra-biblical "prophetic utterances" that have little or no real intersection with the Written Word, but by relying only on the WRITTEN WORD OF GOD: the Bible and only the Bible.

THINGS THAT WE HAVE FORETOLD
THAT HAVE COME TO PASS OR

ARE NOW COMING TO PASS

We begin first with those events that we have been overtly discussing on the pages of this website "for lo, these many, many years;" specifically,

  1. The division of the world's population into a tiny financial elite and a huge body of people who have been reduced to a state of abject poverty. [Please see our article, "The Background for the End of the Age: Rich verses Poor."]

  2. The development of a CHRISTIAN (so-called) super-state that the Bible says will be a nation that is -

    "... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE, and STRONG EXCEEDINGLY with great iron teeth: that DEVOURS and BRAKES IN PIECES, and stamps the residue (i.e., those who remain) with its feet ..." (Daniel 7:7)

    - but, nonetheless, a nation that will seemingly champion the religious goals of the church. [Please see our article, "Something Strange Is Afoot."]

    NOTE: In this connection it is important to take note of the fact that we were one of the very first ministries to EVER posit the belief that "BABYLON THE GREAT" has little or nothing to do with Europe (or any other such entity), and everything to do with the United States. [Please see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "In Search of Babylon;" please also see our article, "Inside the American New World Order System."]

  3. ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH: Prostituting themselves out to the antiChrist and the American New World Order System

    The emergence of an antiChrist figure that will be very UNLIKE what most Christians expect – that is to say, he will NOT be a Guru-like "New Age" figure promoting his policies through "peace initiatives," but rather a tyrant and a BLOODY man of war. [Please see our article, "Beware the Prophetic Daydreams of False Prophets and Empty-Headed Dreamers."]

  4. An antiChrist figure that will champion the interests of the nation of Israel. [Please see our article, "Israel: Prostituting Herself out to the American New World Order System."]

  5. The convergence of Christianity's many different factions into a vast political movement based on HATE and directed against all those who oppose the "re-making" of America into a "Christian state." [Please see our articles, "Hardening Our Hearts: Becoming Prisoners of a Pathology of Hate," "Teaching American Christians to Hate: Beginning a Crusade against the Gay and Lesbian Community" and "The War against Women."]

  6. The emergence of a radical form of Islam that will challenge the interests of the United States in the Middle East and Central Asia, and that will threaten the existence of the Jewish state in the Middle East. [Please see our articles, "Radical Islam."]

    NOTE: In all of this we make the assumption that everyone reading this article is clear regarding the rapture of the church; that the rapture and resurrection of the saints will occur at the END of the Tribulation Period, not at the beginning, or – as some naively suppose – in the middle of the Tribulation Period. [Please see Chapter VII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture."]

SPECIFICALLY ...

  • "A measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." (Rev. 6:6)

    MASS POVERTY

    The FIRST thing to take note of regarding those things we have been discussing on the pages of this website is the fundamental importance of Revelation 6:6; we speak here of the MASS POVERTY that is rapidly spreading not only in the world at large, but here in the United States:

    "A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek coin which represented a WHOLE DAYS wages], and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." (Rev. 6:6)

    The pyramid of wealth as depicted by Revelation 6:6 that characterizes society at the "end of the age"

    NOTE: The meaning of this lyric is that the condition of man during this era (i.e., the "end of days") will be reduced to such that he will have to labor a whole day simply to buy a loaf of bread or three measures of barley. But the second part of the lyric [i.e., "... and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means that the "hard times" of this period will not extend to the elites. This is the common interpretation - the one subscribed to by Ryrie, Pentecost, Ironside, Gaebelein, etc.

    The importance of this verse lies in the fact that MASS POVERTY – the kind that Revelation 6:6 envisages – NECESSITATES the establishment of a DYSTOPIAN society. A dystopian society is characterized by lies, repression and brutality that feature police-state controls and an absence of individual freedoms.

    Newspeak, "doubleplusungood" is an adjective in a dystopian society that means "really, really bad." The make-up of this word is as follows: doubleplus - as opposed to just "plus," which would mean "really" ungood - opposite of "good," or "bad." For example, "That movie was doubleplusungood" means that it was horrible!

    A dystopian society is made necessary when the advantages of society have been gobbled up by the elites to such an extent that the elites can no longer rely on the forms of a democratic society to justify the wealth and power they possess, but must rely on a dictatorship. [Please see our article, "The Third-World as a Model for the New World Order."]

  • The union of church and state which is exactly what the alliance between the Religious-Right and the elites of the Republican Party foreshadows.

    THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHRISTIAN SUPER-STATE

    The SECOND thing to take note of regarding those things we have been discussing on the pages of this website is the emergence of a "CHRISTIAN" super-state BASED IN THE UNITED STATES; a super-state with a two-fold character: (1) a CIVIL [political, economic, and military] character, and (2) an ECCLESIASTICAL [religious] character; we speak here of the union of an APOSTATE form of Christianity with "BABYLON THE GREAT" (i.e., the United States) – which is exactly what the emerging alliance between the Religious-Right in this country and the financial elites of the Republican Party foreshadows – FOR IN NO OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH DOES CHRISTIANITY POSSESS THE POLITICAL POWER THAT THE RELIGIOUS-RIGHT POSSESSES IN THIS COUNTRY; certainly not in Europe where Christianity has been passé for years and years. [Please see Chapter XII of THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Beast of Revelation 17."]

    Concerning this matter, the well-known Bible expositor F.C. Jennings writes as follows:

    "Turning then to the seventeenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, we see the whole stage filled with two personalities only: a 'Beast' and a 'Woman' ... these two ... picture ... the future prophetic earth ... there can be no argument or discussion as to this speaking of both the CIVIL [political, economic, and military] and ECCLESIASTICAL [religious] conditions that will rule and characterize that part of the earth that is within the limits or boundaries of Prophecy. The whole of it will be filled with what shall answer to this 'Beast' and this 'Woman'. The two [the 'Beast' (which answers to the Civil Power) and the 'Woman' (which answers to the Religious Power)] are thus indissolubly co-related, and tell us to what end all [this is] trending; and that is that there will eventually be a one World-Empire and a one World-Church, and these will cover the whole of what is now called CHRISTENDOM; the one Empire supporting the one Church, [as] the 'Beast' in the picture supports the 'Woman', and the 'Woman' is supported by the 'Beast' ..." [Please see our article, "Regnum and Sacerdotium."]

    Prophetic Babylon will thus be the indissoluble union of the APOSTATE Church [the "Woman"] with GENTILE world power [the "Beast"] as pictured in Revelation 17 in the description of a woman drunk with the blood of the saints and riding on the back of a beast.

    NOTE: It is extremely important at this point to describe what the word "APOSTASY" means; IT MEANS TO "FALL AWAY." Given this meaning, it is impossible to believe that the term "APOSTATE Christianity" refers to unbelievers, for how would it be possible for an unbeliever to "fall away" from something he had never before embraced? - that is to say, Christianity. Put another way, how would it be possible for a man to "fall away" from the second story of a building if he had never been up there before? - but only on the ground floor. Very obviously, then, we are talking here of a form of Christianity that at one time was Christian in the fullest meaning of that word.

    ON THE BASIS OF THIS FACT ALONE, THE BELIEF BY MOST CHRISTIANS TODAY THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL EMERGE OUT FROM A SECULAR-HUMANIST MILIEU OR AS A RESULT OF AN OBAMA-TAKEOVER OF THE GOVERNMENT IS ASININE; it's just not biblical. And the same could be said concerning the belief that antiChrist will emerge out of the milieu formed by the Democratic Party. Obama, secular-humanists and most Democrats think of themselves as multiculturalists; they reject the idea that the United States should ever be linked directly with the Christian religion – apostate or not. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]

    More likely, the antiChrist will emerge out from a milieu made possible by the union of the Religious-Right with the financial elites of the Republican Party. [Please see our article, "Preparing the Groundwork for the Emergence of the AntiChrist: Part 2: CUFI: Promoting Israel's Agreement with Death and Hell."]

    The greedy, selfish elites of the Republican with whom the Religious-Right has made "common cause" to "return America to Christ and the church."

    Listen to me, brothers and sisters: Whenever Christianity (so-called) has operated in alliance with the financial elites of the world – as today's American Church is doing - it has inevitably become an instrument of spiritual horror designed by the elites to justify their oppression over the poor. When Christianity operates in this capacity, IT HAS BECOME APOSTATE. That is what apostasy is all about! - AT LEAST IN THE FIRST INSTANCE!! [Please see our article, "The Organized Church and the End of Days."]

    This form of Christianity has NOTHING TO DO WITH COMPASSION, TENDERNESS AND MERCY, AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE EXERCISE OF BRUTE POWER - and this is why the poor and the dispossessed of the earth have always hated STATE-sanctioned religion. The false doctrine that inevitably follows this condition of things - i.e., APOSTASY - is made necessary to conform the church to its "new" reality as a servant to the rich rather than to the poor; as a servant to the elites rather than to the downtrodden; as a servant to the state rather than to the kingdom of heaven. After all, what do the elites want with a religion whose Originator says:

    "LAY NOT UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES UPON THE EARTH, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

    " But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

    " For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6:19-21)

    Or what good is a religion to the elites that would tell the rich -

    "... if thou wilt be perfect, GO SELL (ALL) THAT THOU HAST, AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." (Matt. 19:21) ?

    Pretty hard to be a member of the elite if you don't have any money - that is, after all, the basis of the elite's power.

  • THE EMERGENCE OF AN ANTI-CHRIST FIGURE
    UNLIKE
    WHAT MOST CHRISTIANS EXPECT

    The antiChrist: a ruthless dictator and a BLOODY man of war

    The THIRD thing to take note of regarding those things we have been discussing on the pages of this website is the CHARACTER of the antiChrist who will emerge during the "end of days" – IT IS NOT WHAT MOST CHRISTIANS EXPECT: In both the Old and New Testaments we are told of a MYSTERIOUS and TERRIBLE person who shall be revealed in the "Last Days;" a person whose coming will be accompanied by -

    "... great earthquakes ... fearful sights and great signs from heaven" (Luke 21:11)

    - AS IF GOD WERE BENDING OVER THE PARAPET OF HEAVEN CALLING UPON NATURE TO DEMONSTRATE TO US IN A "CASCADE OF DISASTERS" THAT TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

    This mysterious and terrible person is known by various names and appellations in the Scriptures; indeed, there are more than twenty different appellations attached to him. Arthur W. Pink lists the various names the Scriptures give to him: "The Bloody and Deceitful Man" (Ps. 5:6), "The Wicked One" (Ps. 10:2-4), "The Enemy" (Ps 10:18), "The Adversary" (Ps. 74:8-10), "The Head of Many Countries" (Ps.111:6), "The Violent One" (Ps. 140:1), "The King of Babylon" (Isa. 14:2), "The Sun of the Morning" (Isa. 14:12), "The Spoiler" (Isa. 16:4; Jer. 4:26), "The Nail" (Isa. 22:25), "The Profane Wicked Prince" (Ezek. 21:25-27), "The Little Horn" (Dan. 7:8), "The Prince That Shall Come" (Dan. 9:26), "The Vile Person" (Dan. 11:21), "The Willful King" (Dan. 11:36), "The Idol Shepherd" (Zech. 11:16-17), "The Man of Sin" (2 Thess. 2:3), "The Son of Perdition" (2 Thess. 2:3), "The Lawless One" (2 Thess. 2:8), "The Antichrist" (1 John 2:22), "The Angel of the Bottomless Pit" (Rev. 9:11), "The Beast" (Rev. 11:7); in addition, Dwight Pentecost includes the following names to the list: "The One Coming in His Own Name" (John 5:43), "The King of Fierce Countenance" (Dan. 8:23), "The Abomination of Desolation" (Matt. 24:15), and "The Desolator" (Dan 9:27).

    And in all of this we would call upon you to note carefully that NONE of these titles and appellations describe him as a kind of "New Age Guru" preaching love and peace, as most Christians suppose; indeed, many of these titles and appellations imply just the opposite:

    • The Violent One
    • The Desolator
    • The Bloody and Deceitful Man
    • The Wicked One
    • The Adversary
    • The Spoiler
    • The Nail
    • The Vile Person
    • The Son of Perdition
    • The Abomination of Desolation

    Where, then, does one get the idea that Antichrist will present himself as a "Man of Peace?" - certainly not in any of his biblical titles and appellations. The stupid and inane idea that antiChrist will be a kind of "New Age" guru preaching love and peace has emerged out from the ridiculous fantasies surrounding the so-called "Illuminist Conspiracy" – fantasies that are anti-Semitic in nature and have NOTHING to do with the Scriptures. These are the kind of fantasies about which Paul warned Timothy:

    "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron ..." (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

    The kind of fantasies that Paul referred to as "old wives fables:"

    "But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7) [Please see our article, "The Origins of the Illuminist Conspiracy."]

    Sadly, however, most Christians today "buy into" this anti-Semitic myth, and this myth has been made even more cogent as the economic crisis has deepened. [Please see our article, "Anti-Semitism and the Bad Economy: the Two Go Hand-in-Hand."]

The Illuminist Myth is an anti-Semitic myth without any ties whatsoever to the Bible. It has always functioned as an instrument of the rich over the poor; for example, as a tool through which the Russian aristocracy attempted to preserve themselves in power in the late 1800s and early 1900s; as an instrument that Hitler used against socialists in Germany; and as the elites are subtly doing today against the poor in this country - using dupes in the Religious-Right to shamelessly spread the myth - a myth that places the blame for today's economic crisis on JEWISH BANKERS, rather than on America's white, Anglo-Saxon elite which is really responsible. [Please see our article, "The Origins of the Illuminist Myth."]

  • AN ANTICHRIST FIGURE THAT WILL SEEMINGLY
    CHAMPION THE INTERESTS OF THE JEWISH STATE

    The FOURTH thing to take note of regarding those things we have been discussing on the pages of this website is the fact that the coming antiChrist will present himself not only as the champion of the church, but also as the champion of Israel. [Again, please see our article, "Preparing the Groundwork for the Emergence of the AntiChrist; CUFI: Promoting Israel's Agreement with Death and Hell."]

    NOTE: It would seem that this fact alone would eliminate the belief that the antiChrist will emerge out of a Left-Wing conspiracy; and most certainly it negates the idea that he will have much to do with Barack Obama who has on numerous occasions taken very public positions that are inimical to the interests of the state of Israel. The fact is, all of Israel's champions in the United States are unequivocally linked to the Republican Party.

    And now we come to a verse that seemingly vitiates what we have been saying: that the antiChrist will -

    "... by peace destroy THE MANY ..."

    - which is a verse that has been used erroneously time and time again to paint the antiChrist as a "man of peace."

    But there is more to this verse than most people realize: This expression - i.e., "THE MANY" - is an Old Testament reference TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL; it is NOT a reference to humanity as a whole and certainly has nothing to do with Christianity per se, and this fact has been recognized by the vast majority of evangelical scholars.

    Take, for example, the way this expression is used in Daniel 9:27; and the interpretation given to it by Arthur Pink, Charles Ryrie, Sir Robert Anderson and John Nelson Darby:

    "And he shall confirm the covenant with THE MANY for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week [after 3 1/2 years] he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27) [For an explanation of these terms, please see the subsection, "The Seventy Weeks" under Part 1 of Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers.]

    Giants of evangelicalism; From left to right: Arthur Pink, Charles Ryrie, Sir Robert Anderson and John Nelson Darby.

    Plainly, the Scriptures are referencing ISRAEL here; and in particular Israel's participation in a Defense Pact with the Antichrist [i.e., "Babylon the Great" (that is to say, the American New World Order System)] - a defense pact that Isaiah calls "... your [Israel's] COVENANT WITH DEATH" and your "AGREEMENT WITH HELL:"

    "Wherefore, hear the word of the Lord, ye ... men that rule this people [i.e., "THE MANY"] which is in Jerusalem.

    "Because ye have said, We have made a COVENANT WITH DEATH, AND WITH HELL [Prophetic Babylon (i.e., the U.S.)] are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us ... [Again, please see Chapter XII of THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Beast of Revelation 17."]

    "[But] ... 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 28:14-15, 18) [Please see Part 6 of Chapter XV of THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, the "Gog / Magog War;" please also see our article, "Israel: In that Day There Shall Stand Up a Root of Jesse."]

    Concerning this defense pact, J. Dwight Pentecost writes:

    "According to Daniel 9:26-27 ... [Babylon (i.e., the United States – again, please see Chapter XII of THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Beast of Revelation 17")] will make a covenant with Israel for a seven year period. This covenant evidently ... guarantees Israel's integrity [i.e., is a defense pact] ... [and] also is a Satanic imitation of the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant which ... [guaranteed] Israel

    Interestingly, the fact that the antiChrist is depicted with a bow minus any arrows in the bow is taken as a sign by many that he will "conquer the world" using peace as his weapon of choice (cf. Rev. 16:2). But this is nonsense; it's tantamount to picturing a modern-day soldier with a rifle in his hands without at the same time depicting the ammunition magazines he uses to load his weapon. The stupidity of it all is mind-boggling.

    title deed to the land. This action is pictured by John (cf. Rev. 16:2) as a rider going forth to conquer [i.e., as the first horseman in the Apocalypse] ... This condition exists for three and one-half years, after which the covenant is broken by the ... [Antichrist]." [Please see Parts 1 and 2 of Chapter VI of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "A Commitment to Literalism" and "The Unconditional Covenants that God Made with Israel."]

    Sir Robert Anderson elaborates on the prophetic circumstances surrounding this treaty and its connection to the Tribulation Period:

    "... the Seventieth Week [i.e., the seven year period of the Tribulation Era] will be a definite period of time, of which the beginning, the middle, and the end are definitely marked [by certain well defined events]. [Just as the beginning of the first sixty-nine weeks were signified] ... not by the return of the Jews from Babylon, nor yet by the rebuilding of their Temple, but by the SIGNING OF THE PERSIAN DECREE [TREATY] which restored ... [the Jews to their land], so also the beginning of the Seventieth Week will date not from their restoration to Judea [May 14, 1948], nor yet from the future rebuilding of their shrine, but from the SIGNING OF THE [DEFENSE] TREATY BY THE COMING PRINCE [ANTICHRIST]." [Please see Chapter IX of THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

    John Nelson Darby, the "father," so to speak, of evangelicalism, also recognizes that the Old Testament term "THE MANY" is a reference to Israel and NOT to humanity in general; and that it is referencing Israel in connection with the defense pact that Israel will make with the Antichrist; specifically he says:

    "He [the Antichrist] is very subtle, and succeeds in destroying the Jews by lulling them into a security [pact] in which THEY [the Jews] FORGET JEHOVAH."

  • THE ISLAMIZATION OF THE MIDDLE EAST

    The SIXTH thing we should take note of regarding those things we have been discussing on the pages of this website is the growing radicalization (Islamization) of the Middle East and Central Asia - all this in preparation for the Gog / Magog War. [Please see our article, "And So It Begins."]

    At present, America's Client-State System in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa (see map below) includes most of the nations of that area - beginning with Morocco on the western extreme of North Africa and continuing east in a large arc through the nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, all the nations of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait), Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and even Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    NOTE: We speak here mainly of those nations colored in dark brown - excluding Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia and the Palestinian territories.

    THIS SYSTEM IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN AND IS BEING THREATENED BY REVOLT FROM THE MASSES THAT ARE SUFFERING UNDER ITS BRUTAL OPPRESSION.

    While it is true that the United States has so far been able to "MANAGE" the revolt, how long it will be able to do so is anyone's guess: the fact is, for example, the American effort to "MANAGE" the disintegration of its puppet-state in Egypt is strikingly similar to its ill-fated effort to support the interim government in Iran of Shapour Bakhtiar that existed for a short time between the fall of the Shah and the seizure of power by the followers of Khomeini in early 1979. [Please see our articles, "What's Happening Now in Egypt" and "Libya: Lies, Lies and More Lies."]

    As the ugly reality of what the US has been up to in its puppet-regimes throughout the area reaches "the Muslim street" (i.e., the ears of the Muslim people), and as the strength of the radical jihadists inevitably increases, America's position throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa will become increasingly untenable.

    Feeding into the instability of America's puppet regimes is the precipitous rise in food prices throughout the area as Chicago and Wall Street commodity speculators and a growing world-wide drought have driven grain prices through the roof, leading to more and more hunger and – ipso facto – unrest. Economist Ellen Brown reports on what's happening:

    "Underlying the sudden, volatile uprising in Egypt and Tunisia is a growing global crisis sparked by soaring food prices ... Analysts estimate that food price inflation in Egypt is currently at an unsustainable 17 percent yearly. [Please see our recent article, "Capitalists of Chaos: Speculating on Food while the World Starves;" please also see our article, "Grain Markets Soar on Worldwide Crop Downgrades."]

    "Underlying the sudden, volatile uprising in Egypt and Tunisia is a growing global crisis sparked by soaring food prices ..."

    THE GROWING COLLAPSE OF AMERICA'S CLIENT-STATE SYSTEM IN NORTH AFRICA, CENTRAL ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST IS SIGNIFICANT IN A MOST OMINOUS AND THREATENING WAY BECAUSE ITS DISINTEGRATION INDICATES THAT THIS AREA OF THE WORLD IS BREAKING-UP INTO ITS FINAL THREE-PART CONFIGURATION PRIOR TO THE GOG / MAGOG WAR. [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

    NOTE: It is vitally important here that one differentiates between the Gog / Magog War (which will occur at the very beginning of the Tribulation Period) and Armageddon (which will end the Tribulation Period). [Please see Part 4 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Differentiating between the Gog/Magog War and Armageddon.]"


    Please see below for a synopsis of
    the key events of the Tribulation Period

    Press here to see this chart properly

    The first of the three divisions into which the nations of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa are breaking-up consists of those nations the United States considers INVIOLABLE to its position as the world's leading economic power: specifically, Iraq and the Persian Gulf Nations - Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. These are the nations where the prophet Daniel indicates the "HIDDEN TREASURES" of the Middle East are located: OIL. (Daniel 11:41-44)

    America's inviolable fallback position: Iraq and the Persian Gulf outlined here in black

    The Merchants of Tarshish:
    the American oil elites

    All of these states have significant revenues from oil and gas, and - with the exception of Iraq - have small local populations which ultimately make them easy to control. Together they produce almost 35 percent of the world's oil and control possibly as much as one-half of the world's oil deposits (proven and unproven). THESE ARE NATIONS FOR WHICH THE UNITED STATES WOULD RISK NUCLEAR WAR TO RETAIN WITHIN ITS EMPIRE.

    The assumption that these nations – Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia - represent an INVIOLABLE fallback position for the US is made not only on the basis of REALPOLITIK, but also on the basis of Scripture (Daniel 11:41-44 and Ezekiel 38:13). These are precisely the nations about which the "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" (i.e., the American oil elites) complain to GOG:

    "Art thou [i.e., Gog] come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?" (Ezekiel 38:13) [We URGE you to read our article, "Unmasking the Merchants of Tarshish."]

    Very obviously, such a complaint would be meaningless if these nations - Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia – had already been captured by GOG and had succumbed to the fires of radical jihadism.

    This notion is supported by the prophecies of both Ezekiel and Daniel where the military forces of both Israel and the United States (which are prophesied as being "in league" with one another) are pictured as being caught IN THE MIDDLE of a giant pincer movement with one pincer emanating out of the north and the other pincer emanating out of the south.

    VERY OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS POSSIBLE ONLY IF THE US AND ISRAEL OCCUPY A MILITARY POSTION BETWEEN THE TWO FORCES CONTROLLED BY GOG'S LIEUTENANTS, THE "KING OF THE NORTH" AND THE "KING OF THE SOUTH." [Please see Section 2 of Part 6 in our series on the Tribulation, "The Prophecies of Isaiah and the Treaty with Death and Hell;" also we again URGE you to see Part 5 in our series on the Tribulation, "The Gog/ Magog War and the Merchants of Tarshish" and the whole of Part 6 in the same series, "The Gog / Magog War and the Prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah."]

    IT IS HERE THAT ONE SHOULD TAKE PARTICULAR NOTE OF THE SPIRITUAL (as it were) CONVERGENCE OF ANCIENT BABYLON WITH THE BABYLON OF TODAY (i.e., the United States) BECAUSE IT IS PRECISELY THE FORCES OF TODAY'S NEW BABYLON THAT OCCUPY THE PRECINTS OF ANCIENT BABYLON (i.e., Iraq). HOW REMARKABLE IS THE PRECISION OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES!! [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?"]

    NOTE: The New York Times reports that the United States is planning to keep long-term access to military bases in Iraq despite its pretense of withdrawing from the area. [It should also be noted that the U.S. continues to maintain a massive mercenary presence in the country controlled by the U.S. embassy there, which is America's largest embassy not only in the area, but in the world – a massive fortress comparable to the ancient Templar fortress in Accra by which the Templars controlled the Middle East in the early part of the last Millennium.]

    US officials, wary of a backlash, reported that they were merely looking at developing a continued military relationship with the Iraqi Government that will involve long-term "access" to its old military bases rather than a permanent operational presence. The four bases they are interested in are said to be (1) the former Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad, (2) the Tallil air base near Nasiriyah in the south, (3) the air base known as H-1 in the western desert, and (4) the Bashur airfield in northern Iraq. H-1 (#3 above), is where special forces teams are currently based; it sits strategically on the route of the oil pipeline to Jordan.

    This view of things is supported also by the fact that the nations of the Arabian Peninsula are not mentioned in the prophecies of either Ezekiel or Daniel, indicating that they will not be participants in these twin attacks against Israel and the US; if this is so - i.e., that these nations are not involved in the Gog/ Magog War - it can only be because they have been "taken over" by the American military.

    NOTE: Again, from the standpoint of REALPOLITIK, it is inconceivable that America would allow the nations of the Arabian Peninsula (with their small, easily-controlled populations) to slip out of its grasp given the oil wealth of that region; this fact is substantiated by the way the US has so ruthlessly acted to suppress the revolt in Bahrain. [Please see our article, "US-Trained Death Squads in Bahrain."]

    Beyond the area of Iraq and the Persian Gulf states –-- i.e., those Muslim nations that the US considers inviolable insofar as its world-wide empire is concerned --- the Bible identifies two additional Muslim areas into which the region is breaking-up: one to the north of Iraq and the Persian Gulf states, and one to the south of that area.

    THE NORTHERN CONFEDERATION: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan - possibly also Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (although it is doubtful that the Russians would permit such a turn of events).

    THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERATION: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Northern Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen as well as parts of Mali, Niger, Chad.

    These are those nations that the Prophet Daniel identifies as being under the control of (1) the "King of the North" and (2) the "King of the South," both of whom are acting as GOG's lieutenants.

    NOTE: The Bible (specifically, the prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel) makes IN NO INSTANCE any reference to Russia or the nations of the European Community, as some ignorantly suggest (and we speak here of Pastor John Hagee and his CUFI supporters – please see "Preparing the Ground in America for the Emergence of Antichrist – Part 2." The term "ROSH" as used in Ezekiel chapters 38 through 39 IS NOT A PSEUDONYM FOR "RUSSIA" as some have ignorantly suggested; it is rather an ancient designation for the tribes north of the Taurus mountains (i.e., in the Caucuses area) ..." [Please see the Biblical and Theological Dictionary and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.]

THINGS THAT MUST
SHORTLY COME TO PASS

  • The probable break-up of the European Union as we have known it, and the re-formulation of its most powerful former members into a ten-nation confederacy under the leadership of the United States. [Please see the sub-section of Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers entitled "The Younger Horn."]
  • An attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities that will precipitate the final Islamic radicalization of the Middle East, and that will set the stage for the "Gog / Magog War."

    NOTE: Bret Stephens reports that events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Unlike Israel's air strike against Iraq's reactor in 1981 or Syria's in 2007, both of which were planned in the utmost secrecy, the Israelis have gone out of their way to advertise not only their fears, but their purposes and capabilities as well. [Again, please see our article, "And So It Begins."]

  • The absorption of the great MASS of Christians into the APOSTATE church, which is precisely what happened to Christians in Hitler's Germany.

    When Hitler took power in Germany in early 1933, the German church was divided equally among three different factions: (1) the Reich Church that was totally given over to Hitler; (2) the Establishment Church (i.e., the moderates); and (3) the so-called Confessing Church which opposed Hitler. But by the time the war broke out in September 1939 (six years later), the entire church had gone over to Hitler. As German Pastor Hans Asmussen remarked after the war,

    "Many German Christians say today that they opposed Hitler; BUT I NEVER MET ANY IN 1939!

    Naturally enough, most Bible-believing Christians would most likely say that that would never happen to them; that they would never be absorbed by the APOSTATE church. But the Bible says,

    "... when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)

    "GOTT MIT UNS" - This is the slogan worn on all the belt buckles of Germany's soldiers during World War II. The slogan means, "God is on our Side."

    and

    "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets [people like C. Peter Wagner and those we described in our article, "Making Zombies out of Christians: the Prophets and Apostles Movement"], and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24) [It should be noted in this connection that the words "if it were possible" are NOT found in the original manuscripts – and this is indicated by the italics in the KJV.]

    Finally, in conjunction with all this, especially as these things impact the unholy alliance between the church and the American New World Order System, one would do well to monitor carefully the current struggle between the elites of the Republican Party and its mass following, i.e., the members of the Religious-Right (which constitutes today about one-third of the American population). As things stand now, the elites have emerged the stronger of the two, and that fact is borne out by the callous way the elites crushed all the candidates favored by the Religious-Right in the Republican Party primaries, and ruthlessly promoted Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's standard bearer in the 2012 election.

    If Romney succeeds in winning the presidency, then the Religious-Right will emerge as the very apparent LAPDOG of the elites. If, however, Romney fails in his contest with Obama in the 2012 election, the Religious-Right could very well emerge as the stronger of the two – much as the Nazis emerged supreme in their contest with Von Papen, Ernst Schleicher and the financial elites of the German Reich in the early 1930s. We will know in less than 75 days.

Kafka

AND SO WE HAVE PARTIALLY COMPLETED OUR
TASK OF BEING A WATCHMAN ON THE WALL ...

All of these things – these prophetic events – we have discussed over and over again on the pages of this website, and in doing so we have at least partially discharged our obligation to the Lord to act as a WATCHMAN on the wall.

What you do with this information is up to you; to be very blunt, it's no skin off our noses IF you decide to ignore these things; IF you allow yourselves to take "the easy way out" and be subsumed by the blandishments of the APOSTATE church; IF you decide to ally yourselves directly or even indirectly - no matter – with the American New World Order System; IF you decide to rely on FATALISM to get you through the "end of the age;" IF you decide that it's simply "too much" to study these matters in detail in answer to Paul's injunction to Timothy:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [interpreting] the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) [Please see our article, "Kafka: Der Prozess."]

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries



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