A WITNESS FOR THE KINGDOM

[Very important article]

PART 2:
Making the Prophetic Scriptures come alive to YOU!

Please see note concerning Fred Palmquist at end of this article.

By: S.R. Shearer
June 9, 2013

Please see note concerning Fred Palmquist at end of this article.


The Two Witnesses & Babylon the Great


NOTE: We URGE you to read (or re-read) our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom." If one fails to understand what the "Gospel of the Kingdom" is all about, then he will surely fail to understand what the "Last Days" are all about, and the Prophetic Scriptures will remain an enigma to him.

SECTION I:
Speaking out against the Counterfeit Kingdom of the "end of days"

INTRODUCTION

In the eleventh chapter of the Apocalypse – that is to say, the Book of Revelation – the Bible speaks of God's WITNESSES in the "Last Days;" they are TWO in number - each single WITNESS being represented by two different cryptograms: in the case of the first WITNESS, by two OLIVE TREES; and in the case of the second WITNESS, by two LAMPSTANDS. Specifically, the Bible says,

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

These are the TWO OLIVE TREES and the TWO LAMPSTANDS standing before the God of the earth.

And the Bible goes on to say:

"And I will give power unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [42 months, 3- 1/2 years; in other words, the first half of the Tribulation Period], clothed in sackcloth [garments worn by mourners]." (Revelation 18:3)

"And I will give power unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [42 months, 3- 1/2 years - in other words, the first half of the Tribulation Period], clothed in sackcloth [garments worn by mourners]." (Revelation 18:3)

Then the Bible exclaims something quite remarkable:

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast [antiChrist] that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.

"And their dead bodies [shall] lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually [symbolically – NEB] is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:7-8)

NOTE: It must constantly be borne in mind that the Prophetic Scriptures have been written as parables, as puzzles. Their meaning has been shrouded in a mystery. Why? - to protect them from those against whom their message is directed: from governments, peoples, and organizations, and most especially, to protect them from the false religious leaders of today's apostate church, who - if they truly knew what had been written - would destroy the Scriptures if they could. As it is written:

"Therefore I [Jesus] speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear nor do they understand.

"And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive ...' " (Matthew 13: 13-14)

Christian leaders (so-called) from whom the Prophetic Scriptures have been concealed: From top and left to right, Alex Jones (who has been involved in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories), Tim LaHaye, C. Peter Wagner, Mike Bickle, John Hagee, Francis Frangipane, Pat Robertson, Dr. James Dobson, etc., etc. [Please see our articles, "Luciferic Christianity" and "The God Men of the American New World Order;" please also see "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem."]

But parables are surely clever devices, for while their purpose is to obscure truth from some, at the same time their purpose is to reveal truth to others. To some the prophetic Scriptures will always remain an enigma, while to those called according to His purpose they can be unraveled.

Very obviously, the message that the TWO WITNESSES have been commissioned to deliver has – to put it mildly - not been very well-received by the denizens of Babylon the Great – and so much so that the Bible says that when the Two Witnesses are killed -

"... they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them ..." (Revelation 11:10)

"And they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them ..." (Revelation 11:10)

And against what, exactly, have these TWO WITNESSES been prophesizing? - "the presence of a COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM on earth in the "Latter Days" – a COUNTERFEIT to the kingdom proclaimed by Christ at the "Last Supper;" specifically when Jesus -

The Last Supper

"... took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

"And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

"But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM." (Matt. 26:26-29) [Please see our article, "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

THE COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM AGAINST
WHICH THE TWO WITNESSES PROPHESY

The COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM against which the Two Witnesses prophesy

It's a COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM to which Christian leaders such as C. Peter Wagner, Tim LaHaye, Beverley LaHaye, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Bob Dugan, Ron Godwin, Robert Grant, Rebecca Hagelin, Bob Jones, Alan Keyes, Peter Marshall, Sam Moore, Pat Robertson, Duane Motley, Ralph Reed, Oliver North, Phyllis Schafley, Jim Woodall, John Ankerberg, E.V. Hill, James Robison, Jay Sekulow, Larry Burkett, Reed Larson, etc., etc., etc. have pledged themselves – leaders of a church that has given itself over to the Gospel of Prosperity, and thinks nothing of supporting the armies of America when they ravage and pillage the earth. [Please see our articles, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death," "Weep for the People of Iraq," "Dealing with the Human Trash of the American New World Order System" and "Inside the American New World Order System."]

A COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM based on greed and violence

IMPOSING FALSE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH

C. Peter Wagner

Take, for example, what C. Peter Wagner - who presumptuously styles himself as the "PRESIDING APOSTLE" of the "INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF APOSTLES" – says regarding the effort by this COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM to rob the people of the Middle East of their God-given oil riches under the rubric of the "WAR ON TERROR." [Please see our article that deals with the origins of the so-called Islamic threat, "Radical Islam."]

Wagner says,

"The apostles must be prepared to rule over the saints and prepare them for war ..."

And he goes on to say:

"... church leaders must thwart and defeat any PACIFISTIC, ANTI-WAR mood" from taking hold of the church ... Accordingly, the saints must be brought UNDER THE DISCIPLINE OF THEIR PASTORS and elders, who in turn must SUBMIT themselves to the RULE (i.e., the government) of the "Apostles and Prophets." [We urge you to see our articles, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Today's Christians" and "The God-Men of Today's American New World Order System."]

What's Wagner saying here? – that Christians should ignore the Scriptures which plainly teach them -

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

"But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHICH DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU;

"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?" (Matt. 5:38-46)

"Ye lust, and have not: [so] ye kill, and desire to have [more], and cannot obtain: [so] ye fight and war [all the more] ..." (James 4:2)

TURNING THE BIBLE ON ITS HEAD

The Bible instructs us that wars result from COVETOUSNESS:

"From whence come wars ... ? come they not hence, even of your lusts ... ?" (James 4:1)

Plainly, what the Bible is saying here is that wars are not really about ideology or God, or any other such things. These are just the masks behind which those who indulge themselves in the rapacity of war hide themselves. In the end, it's all about GREED and AVARICE:

"Ye lust, and have not: [so] ye kill, and desire to have [more], and cannot obtain: [so] ye fight and war [all the more] ..." (James 4:2)

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The only person EVER to have won two Congressional Medals of Honor

"War is a racket. It always has been. A racket is best described as something that IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It (i.e., war) is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many."

Words of a radical peacenik? According to Mike Ferner - the coordinator of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy -- that's true only if a Marine Corps Major General-General Smedley Butler -- qualifies as such. And it hasn't been just Butler who has felt this way, and admitted as much: for example, President Dwight Eisenhower, Admiral Hyman Rickover and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara also came to this way of thinking in the "twilight years" of their lives.

Butler went on to say:

"I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys (i.e., the Rockefeller-Lodge nexus - today known as Citibank) to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers (now a part of Halliburton) in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies (i.e., the United Fruit Company now known as Chiqita Brand) in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

In short, according to Butler,

"I was a racketeer and a gangster for capitalism."

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Michael Parenti - one of the most astute observers of today's "world condition" - writes in the magazine Covert Action Quarterly about the greed and avarice that drives the "richy-riches" of this world, and most particularly, those in charge of the American New World Order System:

The elites with whom the leadership of today's church have allied themselves

"The goal of conservative rulers around the world, LED BY THOSE WHO OCCUPY THE SEATS OF POWER IN WASHINGTON, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards ..."

Parenti calls those who are a part of this "ruling class" a "RABIDLY ... [anti-leftist] PLUTOCRACY."

NOTE: A plutocracy is an oligarchy that measures its worth by the money it possesses; and isn't this what today's corporate culture is all about? - the corporate culture of Bernie Ebbers, Ken Lay, etc. [Please see our article, "The Elite, Money and the End of Days."]

Parenti goes on to say that the only thing this plutocracy wants is "EVERYTHING:"

So outrageous and contradictory to the teaching of the New Testament is the greed and avarice displayed by Wagner here, that it can only be foisted on the church using the iron discipline of the church's apostate leadership.

"All the choice lands, forests, game, herds, harvests, mineral deposits and precious metals of the earth; all the wealth, riches, and profitable returns; all the productive facilities, gainful inventiveness, and technologies; all the surplus value produced by human labor; all the control positions of the state and other major institutions; all public supports and subsides, privileges and immunities; all the protections of the law with none of the constraints; all the services, comforts, luxuries, and advantages of civil society with none of the taxes and costs. Every 'ruling class' has wanted only this: all the rewards and none of the burdens." [Please see our article, "The Marxist Paradigm" and "Capitalism and Christianity."]

So outrageous and contradictory to the teaching of the New Testament is the greed and avarice displayed by Wagner here, that it could only be foisted on the church using the iron discipline of the church's apostate leadership.

CLEANSING THE CHURCH
OF VACILLATORS

Rick Joyner

Speaking concerning the discipline that the "government of the church" must be prepared to impose on believers who "vacillate" insofar as the false teaching of the "apostles and prophets" are concerned, Rick Joyner - another "apostle" - writes,

"SOME PASTORS AND LEADERS WHO CONTINUE TO RESIST THIS TIDE ... MUST BE REMOVED FROM THEIR PLACE."

And again,

"... there will be many 'stumbling blocks' circulating in the church ... . Those serving in leadership must trust their discernment and REMOVE the 'stumbling blocks."

It's here – it's precisely here – that one begins to get some idea as to the meaning of verses such as Mark 13:9 where we are warned against today's mean-spirited religious establishment:

"Take heed to yourselves: for they [i.e., the religious establishment] shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues [churches] ye shall be beaten ..." (Mark 13:9) [Please see our article, "The Image of the Beast."]

IMPOSING CHURCH DISCIPLINE ON RECALCITRANTS

"Take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues [churches] ye shall be beaten ..." (Mark 13:9)


SECTION II:
The location where the prophecy is given

The Bible says that the TWO WITNESSES are to prophesy -

"... in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified ..." (Revelation 11:8)

Most Christians assume that the Bible is referencing Jerusalem because it is said that they are killed in the streets –

"... where also our Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:7-8)

However the name of Jerusalem is not mentioned here. The reference given is simply to "... that GREAT city" which, "ALLEGORICALLY" (symbolically, NEB), is called "Sodom and Egypt."

SODOM

EGYPT

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually [symbolically] is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:7-8)

But never once - in all of Scripture - is Jerusalem referred to as "great," let alone as "Sodom and Egypt."

NOTE: The King James and the New King James version of the Bible mistranslated the words in Revelation 21:10 as that "great city, New Jerusalem." But the Revised, Emphasized and the New American Standard Bible) correctly render the same phrase as that "holy city..." The word "great" does not appear in the older Greek manuscripts, in reference to Jerusalem, only the word Holy.

Thus, while Jerusalem is referred to as the "Chosen City" (II Chron. 6:6), the "City of Peace" [which is its meaning], the "Holy City" (Neh. 11:1, Rev. 21:10), the "Throne of the Lord" (Jer. 3:17), the "City of Truth" (Zech. 8:3), the "City of the Great King" (Matt. 5:35), and the "City of the Living God" (Heb. 12:22), it is never referred to as a "great city." Indeed, Psalm 122:3 says that Jerusalem is a small, compact city - a city limited in space and area. Jerusalem has never derived its prominence because it was one of the great cities of the earth - a Babylon, a Ninevah, a Rome, a Paris, a London, or a New York; rather, it is because Jerusalem is a "holy city" that its fame is known throughout the earth. Why then would God here [in Revelation 11:8] refer to "Holy Jerusalem" as "great?"

GOLGATHA:
OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS

After the Passover meal Judas led a contingent of soldiers to Gethsemane to arrest Jesus (1). From there Jesus was led to Annas (location unknown), who sent him to his son-in-law Caiaphas, the high priest (2). The Jewish leaders then appealed to the Roman governor Pilate to have Jesus put to death (3). Luke records that Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas (4), who questioned Jesus but returned him to Pilate without rendering any judgment (5). Pilate then sent Jesus to be crucified at Golgotha (6). VERY OBVIOUSLY, GOLGATHA LAY OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF JERUSALEM which are shown in this picture as a dotted line.

But you say, "the passage refers to the city where Jesus was crucified - and clearly He was crucified in Jerusalem!"

But Jesus was NOT crucified in the city of Jerusalem at all. The Scripture is quite clear about this! All the Gospel accounts are extraordinarily careful to point out the fact that Jesus was crucified OUTSIDE the city walls at a place called Calvary or Golgotha, a place close to Jerusalem, but definitely OUTSIDE the city proper! [Please see Davis, Dictionary of the Bible, Baker, pg. 110.]

GOLGATHA: OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS

After the Passover meal Judas led a contingent of soldiers to Gethsemane to arrest Jesus (1). From there Jesus was led to Annas (location unknown), who sent him to his son-in-law Caiaphas, the high priest (2). The Jewish leaders then appealed to the Roman governor Pilate to have Jesus put to death (3). Luke records that Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas (4), who questioned Jesus but returned him to Pilate without rendering any judgment (5). Pilate then sent Jesus to be crucified at Golgotha (6). VERY OBVIOUSLY, GOLGATHA LAY OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF JERUSALEM which are shown in this picture as a dotted line.

This is substantiated by Hebrews 13:11-12:

"For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, ARE BURNED OUTSIDE THE CAMP.

"Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood suffered [was crucified] outside the gate [Jerusalem]." (Hebrews 13:11-12)

"For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, ARE BURNED OUTSIDE THE CAMP.

"Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood suffered [was crucified] outside the gate [Jerusalem]." (Hebrews 13:11-12)

The reference, then to "that great city which ALLEGORICALLY (NEB) is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified ..." could not possibly be to Jerusalem.

But while Jerusalem is NEVER referred to as "great" in the Holy Scriptures, there is such a city to which this adjective is appended over and over again:

"... mystery, 'BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." [Please see our article, "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth."]

BABYLON: WHERE FALSE AND APOSTATE
RELIGION HAS ALWAYS THRIVED

J.P. Lange writes:

"While Jerusalem cannot be supposed to be this city ... another collective city, Babylon, might easily correspond."

The term "great city" must then have reference not to "holy Jerusalem," but "Babylon the Great," for within Babylon are both the beauty of Egypt and the wretchedness of Sodom. Both Egypt and Sodom constitute the "make-up" of Babylon; Egypt with its treasure, civilization, art, education, etc; and Sodom with its sin - both are a part of Babylon the Great. It is here, in the streets of Babylon that the Two Witnesses shall lie.

BABYLON THE GREAT

HOLY JERUSALEM

This is where God's WITNESSES
will testify and die

Not here

Again, Jesus was NOT crucified in the city of Jerusalem at all. The Scripture is quite clear about this! All the Gospel accounts are extraordinarily careful to point out the fact that Jesus was crucified OUTSIDE the city walls at a place called Calvary or Golgotha, a place close to Jerusalem, but definitely OUTSIDE the city proper!

It is here in the streets of Babylon - where false and apostate religion has always thrived, as Lange puts it – where God's Witnesses shall give their witness (i.e., testify) and be killed.

THE STREETS OF BABYLON

FALSE & APOSTATE RELIGION

It is here in the streets of Babylon - where false and apostate religion has always thrived - that God's Two Witnesses shall testify, and be killed - and there can be little doubt that John Hagee (above holding a gun) will be one of those doing the killing. [Please see our article, "Preparing the Ground in America for the Emergence of antiChrist, Part 3".]


SECTION III:
The two witnesses
as corporate persons

IDENTIFYING THE TWO WITNESSES

As we have already indicated, Chapter 11 of the Apocalypse has been written as a parable; its meaning shrouded in a mystery. Why? - to protect it from those against whom its message is directed: from governments, peoples, and organizations - and most especially, to protect them from the false religious leaders of today's apostate church, who - if they truly knew what had been written - would destroy the Scriptures if they could;

EXAMPLES OF TODAY'S
FALSE PROPHETS

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24) [Please see our article, "Crossing the Rubicon."]

- as it is written:

"Therefore I [Jesus] speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear nor do they understand.

"And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive ...' " (Matthew 13: 13-14)

[We URGE you to read Part 4 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Two Witnesses;" please also read Part 5 of Chapter VIII, "Parables and Ciphers," Chapter X of the New Antipas Papers, "The 144,000 and the Last Half of the Seventieth Week." In addition, Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church" and Chapter VII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture."]

The prophetic Scriptures have been written as parables, a puzzle. Their meaning has been shrouded in a mystery, a seemingly impenetrable haze.

Who, then are these TWO WITNESSES?

"... You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive ..." (Matthew 13:14)

It's a puzzle. Certain Christians have attempted to answer the puzzle by contending that these two witnesses are Moses and Elijah (some say Moses and Enoch or Elijah and Enoch) who shall come back to earth and testify in the city of Jerusalem for 3-1/2 years, breathing fire from their mouths like human torches. But such a view is absurd and unreasonable, and the Scriptures are neither absurd nor unreasonable. Moreover, such an interpretation makes a mockery of the evidence which is presented in the chapter. It's a mystery, a puzzle, a cipher, a PARABLE - the purpose of which is to obscure the meaning from those against whom it is directed, so that:

"... You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive ..." (Matthew 13:14)

With all this in mind, let's look now at the mystery of the Two Witnesses.

Solving the puzzle

THE OMNIPRESENCE OF THE TWO WITNESSES

The Scripture indicates that these Two Witnesses have power over the whole earth and their "presence" extends evidently to every continent and land (Rev. 11:6). Now is such a thing possible for two single individuals? Not even the angels have such power. Only God - and He alone - is omnipresent, that is to say, capable of being everywhere at once.

Even Christ, though Himself God, confined Himself to the limitations of humanity and restricted His presence during His earthly ministry to just one location at one given time, just as you or I are so restricted [and the angels for that matter also]. Indeed, those living in Rome, Spain, Gaul [France], Britain, Germany, etc., never heard of Christ or knew of His presence during His time here on earth. Only later, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in acting through the agency of the apostles and disciples [the Church], did these lands and peoples hear of Jesus Christ.

THE TWO WITNESSES:
everywhere at one time!

Could two single human beings [or angels, for that matter] extend their presence beyond the limits that even Christ imposed upon Himself during His own earthly sojourn? Could their human [or angelic] presence be translated from the finite to the infinite? If the answer is no - which it obviously must be - how then can we account for the apparent omnipresence of the Two Witnesses?

And more, what does one REASONABLY do with that portion of the Scripture cited above which says that when the Two Witnesses desire to injure anyone, "fire goeth forth out of their mouth?" Can anyone reasonably suppose that literal fire will issue forth from their mouths? If this is so, then one should apply such reasoning equally across the board and make the same supposition with regard to the references in Scripture which state that a sword will issue forth from Christ's mouth (Rev. 1:16).

Such reasoning on the face of it is absurd! – and, as we have already indicated, the Scriptures are neither unreasonable nor absurd. If such statements were made in any other piece of literature, they would, on the face of it, be judged ALLEGORICAL (or symbolic). The Bible must be read in the same fashion! The Bible is speaking in parables.

THE WAR BETWEEN THE TWO
WITNESSES AND THE ANTICHRIST

Moreover, Revelation 11:7 states that:

"... the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit [Antichrist] will make war against them [the Two Witnesses], overcome them, and kill them ..." (Revelation 11:7).

Once again, certain Christians have attempted to interpret this verse as meaning that the Antichrist will seize the Two Witnesses in the city of Jerusalem [where they supposedly will be preaching] and murder them. But is this an adequate explanation? It hardly seems so.

Let's examine this verse in greater detail, for we know from the context that Antichrist does something to them, but exactly what, we are not yet sure. The verse says that he makes war with them. The interpretation we have just examined has watered the word war down in latitude to murder. Now, while both war and murder are heinous in themselves, their scope is vastly different! The word war implies killing on a huge scale, while the word murder implies killing on a much more limited scale.

The Greek word for murder is phoneuo and means killing in the same sense that the word murder means in the English language, usually the criminal killing of a single isolated individual [or, rarely, individuals, plural]. But that is specifically NOT the GREEK word that is used here. So, whatever it is that Antichrist does to the Two Witnesses, it is much more than this.

POLEMOS

War between the Two Witnesses and the Antichrist.

Let's continue our examination by looking at the actual Greek word for war. There are two words for war in the Greek language - mache and polemos . The word mache means battle, while the word polemos means war. Their meaning is the same, but, once again, their scope is vastly different. A battle is a single isolated engagement between two opposing armies which - though it can be terribly intense in and of itself - is still limited in time and space, while polemos is a whole SERIES of battles fought over a much longer period of time and over a much greater stretch of territory. While the scope of killing implied by mache is obviously much greater than what is implied by the word phoneuo, the scope of slaughter implied by polemos is that much greater still than that which is implied by mache. These distinctions are observed by Trench [New Testament Synonyms], Thayer [Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament], and Vincent [Word Studies in the New Testament].

POLEMOS IS THE WORD USED IN REVELATION 11:7. Even if the word mache had been the one used in connection with the Two Witnesses, the use of that word in connection with two single human beings would have been rendered unintelligible. But to use the word polemos in reference to the murder of two single individuals in the city of Jerusalem is akin to using a nuclear bomb to kill a gnat. It renders it impossible - it's sheer idiocy.

PARABLES & CIPHERS

Who, then, are these two witnesses? Now, once again we must remind ourselves that parables are puzzles - ciphers. They must be decoded. But in decoding a cipher, we need to bear in mind that parables are never unreasonable. They do not demand illogical conclusions such as the perception of the Two Witnesses as human torches breathing fire from their mouths.

NOTE: There is no instance in the Bible where humans are depicted as breathing fire from their mouths; only in this one instance where it is plainly labeled as symbolical.

With this in mind, let's start.

DECODING REVELATION 11

DECODING CIPHERS - THE ENIGMA MACHINE

Parables are puzzles - ciphers. They must be decoded. But in decoding a cipher, we must stay within the bounds of Scripture and reason. Parables are never unreasonable. They do not demand illogical conclusions such as the perception of the Two Witnesses as human torches breathing fire from their mouths.

Let's begin our examination by inquiring into the apparent omnipresence of the Two Witnesses during the Tribulation. They appear to be everywhere at once. Yet we know that it's not possible for any creature to possess the divine quality of omnipresence - so we seem to have reached an impasse. This means then that the Two Witnesses could not possibly be two single human beings; neither could they be angels, for even the angels do not possess omnipresence. It's a puzzle, it's a cipher.

THE TWO WITNESSES AS CORPORATE PERSONS

It is EXACTLY here and NOW that we come face-to-face with the REALITY of Revelation 11 – i.e., the real message contained in the cipher: it is a demand for action on your part - THE SAME KIND OF ACTION THAT SOPHIE SCHOLL AND HER FRIENDS IN THE WHITE ROSE SOCIETY TOOK SEVENTY YEARS AGO AGAINST THE FALSE "CHRISTIAN" PRETENTIONS OF NAZI GERMANY.

Stand up for what you believe in, even if you have to stand alone.

-- Sophie Scholl


You might ask, How does all this relate to me as an individual? It relates to you in exactly the same way it related to Sophie Scholl who saw herself as a member of a community which was being slandered by the pretensions of Hitler; she identified herself as a member of Christ's body on earth – that is to say, the church, which is the sum total of each of its members. It is what we today call a "CORPORATE BEING."

Now what is a corporate being? A corporate being is a body or group of people united together in a common cause. The everyday business corporation is an example of a corporate being - for instance, General Motors. General Motors is composed of thousands of single human beings united together to build automobiles. All the members of General Motors work as a team, and they all work under one authority.

Furthermore, General Motors [like all CORPORATIONS] is not limited in time and space as is a single human being; it is, in a very real sense, OMNIPRESENT! Moreover - unlike a single human being whose activities can be carried on only in one place and at one time - its activities are GLOBAL.

It exists simultaneously in Detroit, New York, and San Francisco; in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. It makes automobiles on one continent and sells them on another, and it does all this simultaneously from city to city, nation to nation, continent to continent.

Its members come and go, live and die, but General Motors just continues on. Moreover, the laws of the United States treat General Motors as if it were a citizen like any other citizen. It is a "Corporate PERSON."

Corporate Persons

It even possesses all the protection afforded to you and me as citizens by the Constitution. It can sue and be sued at a court of law; it can buy and own property; it can sell property. And all this is as true in any other country as it is here in the United States.

Business corporations derive their existence from man - specifically from the nations in which they are chartered. Indeed, nations themselves are another type of corporate being - though much broader in scope.

The number and variety of corporations, CORPORATE BEINGS or CORPORATE PERSONS, are staggering. There are nations, from Uganda to China, and from France to Italy; there are business corporations from General Motors to IBM, and from Nissan to Standard Oil; there are farm trusts, charity trusts, hospitals, and so on, and so on. It's almost endless.

And in all these instances, these CORPORATE PERSONS are the creations of man - EXCEPT FOR TWO: ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH!

SECTION IV:
Identifying the two witnesses
as Israel and the church

ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH -
GOD'S CORPORATE PERSONS

Israel and the Church stand alone! For they, and they alone, derive their existence from God! For what business corporation, or for that matter, nation, can say with Israel? -

Israel

"Look down from heaven, and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. ...

"Doubtless You are our Father, ... You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name." (Isaiah 63:15-16)

And again, to what other nation or corporate person did God ever say? -

"... For I am a Father to Israel, ... "Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say,

"He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.

"For the Lord has redeemed Jacob [Israel], and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he." (Jeremiah 31:9-11) [Please see our article, "Israel: In that Day Shall Stand up a Root of Jesse."]

And to what corporation of man did Christ ever say [as He does to the Church] that it is,

The
church

"... His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." (Ephesians 1:23)

And again,

"... Christ ... loved the church and gave Himself up for her;

"that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

"that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

"... for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church ..." (Ephesians 5:25-27, 29)

ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
AS GOD'S WITNESSES

Moreover, these divine corporate beings are referred to SPECIFICALLY as God's witnesses. To Israel, God says:

"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

"Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled ... Let them bring out their witnesses ...

"'[But] YOU ARE MY WITNESSES', says the Lord, 'And My servant whom I have chosen' ..." (Isaiah 43:1,9-10)

And to the Church, He says:

"... and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) [Please see our article, "The Entwined Destinies of Israel and the Church."]

THE OLIVE TREE AND THE LAMPSTAND

Finally, let's examine the two objects to which the Two Witnesses are compared:

(1) The OLIVE TREE.

(2) The LAMPSTAND [Candlestick].

These are code words. Ciphers. But ciphers for what? Again, it's really not all that difficult.

Almost all biblical scholars agree that the term "Olive Tree" is a Scriptural reference, not to a single individual such as Moses or Elijah, but to a whole people and nation - a CORPORATE being or person - Israel (Romans 11).

The same is true with the term, "Lampstand." It is common knowledge in the church that the term "Lampstand" is a Biblical reference to the Church. In fact, in the book of Revelation, the seven Churches (Revelation 1-3) are all represented by a lampstand.

Finally, the Scriptures, as if to emphasize further the corporate nature of the Two Witnesses, represent each single witness with two objects, not one. Why? Why should not the one witness be represented by just one lampstand, and the other witness by just one olive tree? The reason, again, is simple: the number "two" in this case signifies PLURALITY and indicates that the Scripture has in mind here two CORPORATE or PLURAL beings rather than single individuals.

These are the TWO OLIVE TREES and the TWO LAMPSTANDS standing before the God of the earth.

THE MYSTERY UNVEILED

If we once see the Two Witnesses as CORPORATE PERSONS - ISRAEL and the CHURCH - than the entire puzzle falls into place. The cipher is solved.

While it was ridiculous to speak of the Beast [Antichrist] making war [polemos] against two individual saints, such in not the case if these Two Witnesses are Israel and the Church - for both Israel (including those Jews in the Dispersion) and the church [especially the latter] are world-wide in their reach, touching in their presence every continent and every nation. And while it bordered on the absurd to speak of fire coming out of the mouths of two single individuals, like dragons in a fairy tale or human torches at the circus, one can with J.P. Lange [in his Commentaries on the Holy Scriptures], apprehend that fire now as the fire of judgment:

"When they [the Two Witnesses] desire to injure anyone, fire goeth out of their mouth. This can of course only be spiritual fire; just as the sword issuing forth from the mouth of the Lord. Nevertheless, it is the fire of judgment; it devoureth their enemies."

It is like the fire of judgment that devoured Ananias and Sapphira, his wife:

"But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit' ... "And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and ... [died]; and great fear came upon all who heard of it." (Acts 5:3, 5)

The Death of Ananias, by Raphael

THE TWO WITNESSES OF DANIEL 12

In addition to the references to the "Two Witnesses" in Revelation 11, there are additional references to them in the Scriptures; one is found in Daniel 12 and it substantiates Revelation 11. It reads as follows:

"Then I Daniel, looked and saw TWO MEN [lit. persons, the Two Witnesses] on each bank of the river. And one of them [one of the Two Witnesses] asked the man in linen robes [Christ] who was standing now above the river [hovering over it], 'How long will it be before the terrors end'? [i.e., the terrors of the last half of the Tribulation]. He [i.e., Christ] replied, with both hands lifted to heaven ... that they will not end until three and a half years [i.e., the last half of the tribulation; other translations read "time, times, and half a time"] after the power of God's people [Israel and the church] has been crushed."

"... and there will be a time of anguish for God's people greater than any previous suffering in their history (i.e., the Tribulation) ...

"And those who are wise - the people of God (Israel and the church) - shall shine as brightly as the sun's brilliance (because of the purging effects of persecution and tribulation), and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever (because of their righteousness and testimony).

"Then I, Daniel, looked and saw TWO MEN (lit. persons, the Two Witnesses) on each bank of the river. And one of them (one of the Two Witnesses) asked the man in linen robes (Christ) who was standing now above the river (hovering over it). 'How long will it be before the terrors end'? (i.e., the terrors of the last half of the Tribulation).

"He (i.e., Christ) replied, with both hands lifted to heaven ... that they will not end until three and a half years (i.e., the last half of the tribulation; other translations read "time, times, and half a time") after the power of God's people (Israel and the church) has been crushed.

"I heard what he said, but I didn't understand what he meant, so I said, 'Sir, how will this come out'?

"But He said, 'Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is not to be understood until the time of the end (i.e., until the latter days).

"'Many shall be purified by great trials and persecutions. But the wicked shall continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are willing to learn will know what it means'." (Daniel 12:6-10)

Are you willing to learn what it means?

SECTION V:
The sons of Issachar;
making the Prophetic Scriptures come alive to

you!

THE SONS OF ISSACHAR

It is against the wicked pretensions of the false prophets and apostles of the American New World Order System – people like C. Peter Wagner and Rick Joyner (please see Section I of this article) - that God is raising up in these "Last Days" a band similar to the "Sons of Issachar" in the days when the Kingdom of Israel was passing out of the hands of Saul and into the hands of David; these -

"... were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ..." (1 Chronicles 12:32)

The word for "understanding" is the Hebrew word binah, which means "to have insight or to act with good sense." According to Strong's Concordance, it comes from a root verb that means to separate something mentally, and distinguish its parts. The word reflects the presence of intelligence and wisdom, even cunning and skill, in the process. In other words, this is not just an understanding of the facts, but a skillful analysis of what something truly means – AND COME ON NOW, ISN'T THAT PRECISELY WHAT WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED INSOFAR AS THE MYSTERY OF REVELATION 11 IS CONCERNED? And so it can be said of you -

"Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

"For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Matthew 13:16-17)

YOU HAVE A PROPHETIC
CALLING ON YOUR LIFE

BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD,
AND NOT HEARERS ONLY

"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
"For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
"For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:22-25)

I tell you the truth when I say that God has a calling on YOUR life, and it involves much more than just sitting around with other people of "like-mind" and discussing the "ins and outs" of prophecy in the privacy of your own home.

Moreover, you should not be disheartened because you are a person of no reputation. It is exactly such people that God is calling! Indeed, the Apostle Paul wrote:

"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

"And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (I Cor. 1:26-28)

ONCE AGAIN, THE EXAMPLE
OF SOPHIE SCHOLL

Sophie and her fellow Christians in the Third Reich believed that it was impossible for true believers to stand aside while Hitler claimed that Nazism was akin to Christianity; for example, when Hitler declared in his first radio address to the German people after coming to power,

"The national government ... will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality."

And two weeks later when Hitler asserted,

"Today Christians ... stand at the head of Germany ... I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity ... We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... [few] years."

THE PRESERVATION OF
ONE'S CONSCIENCE:

Sophie believed that if she waited to speak out against the evil of the Nazi regime and its pretensions regarding Christianity, she would make shipwreck of her faith.

"Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
"Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." (1 Timothy 1:19-20) [Please see our article, "Your Blood Be upon Your Own Heads."]

If Christianity could be equated with Nazism then, what Christ said some 2,000 years ago is still true today:

"My name is blasphemed among the heathen (i.e., unbelievers) because of you." (Romans 2:24)

THE PRESERVATION OF
YOUR CONSCIENCE

Sophie urged all who would listen:

"I ask you, you as a Christian wrestling for the preservation of your conscience, do not wait for ... someone else to go first. Has God not given you the strength, the will to fight? How can we expect God to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to the cause?"

Powerful words from a women who was only 22 who truly lived in her time and space; I pray we are brave enough to truly live in our own day.

It's with this in mind that we can now say:

"WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE WHITE ROSE SOCIETY NOW."


NOTE: One should not think that it is necessary to hand out our leaflets (flyers) personally; it is enough that one should do what the members of the White Rose did: post the flyers on walls, trees, utility polls, leave them in union halls, in libraries, etc. Eventually the flyers distributed by the White Rose were copied and circulated throughout all of Germany.

Some even made it into Allied hands where they were then copied and dropped from Allied planes over Germany. That's the beauty of such leaflets (i.e. the written word); they possess a life of their own after they pass from your possession.

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ADDITIONAL NOTATION: Why use our flyer? - there are a number of reasons:

  • First, our flyer directs people to our website where they can obtain the information they need to take a stand against the connection between the elites of the American New World Order System and today's church.
  • Second, the website will arm those who access it with the theology and eschatology needed to take the stand mentioned above. Remember the words of the Apostle Peter:

    "... be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear ..." (1 Peter 3:15)

  • Third, it describes those of us connected to Antipas much in the same way the members of the White Rose described themselves:

    "Antipas Ministries, which is responsible for this flyer, is NOT part of any church or denomination; it is simply a loose-knit group of Bible-believing Christians concerned about the connection between the elites of the American New World Order System and today's church."

  • Fourth, it provides a means for others who contact the ministry from your area to be re-directed back to you; in this way – and over time – you can build up a group in your area to stand with you in your efforts.

    Remember the words of the Lord to Elias when he thought he was all alone in his struggle against God's enemies:

    "... I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal [the god of money]." (Romans 11:4)

    These "faithful ones" are there, and if you go "fishing" for them using our flyers, you will in time find them; but it will take much diligence and patience on your part to "fish" for them.

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More next time!

God bless you all,
S.R. Shearer,
Antipas

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