A WITNESS FOR THE KINGDOM: PART 5:

[Please see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4]

THE TRIBULUM (The Trial) &
THE MANIFESTATION [REVEALING
]
OF THE SONS [AND DAUGHTERS] OF GOD

By: SR Shearer
September 2, 2013



PREFACE

The Bible references three "messages of GOOD NEWS" or gospels in the New Testament – that's what the word "gospel" means, "good news:"

  1. The "good news" (or gospel) of SALVATION;
  1. The "good news" (or gospel) of the COMING KINGDOM;
  1. The "good news" (or gospel) concerning the destruction of Babylon (i.e., the ETERNAL GOSPEL).

It is this second message of "good news" that is most closely connected to the "end of days" – i.e., the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM - and it is this specific gospel that Jesus was referencing when He spoke about "end of days" in Matthew 24 – specifically, the "BEGINNING OF SORROWS" or the first half of the Tribulation Period:

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

"All these are the BEGINNING OF SORROWS ...

"And this GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet ... stand in the holy place ...

"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be ... (cf., Matthew 24:7-22)

Note carefully the four prophetic events associated with this passage of Scripture:

  1. The Beginning of Sorrows (or the first half of the Tribulation Period
  1. The Abomination of Desolation
  1. Great Tribulation
  1. The end of days

All these events are connected to the "end of days;" THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IS GOD'S ANTIDOTE TO THE FALSE PRETENTIONS OF THE APOSTATE CHURCH AND THE AMERICAN EMPIRE; it is precisely this gospel that has been delivered into the hands of the TWO WITNESSES. PLEASE BEAR THIS IN MIND AS YOU READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE.

[We URGE you to see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]

- Antipas

INTRODUCTION

The first half of the Tribulation -–- i.e., the "Beginning of Sorrows;" specifically, that time frame of the Tribulation Period that lies between the Gog / Magog War and the Abomination of Desolation (please see Chart # 2 below) --- has been calculated by God to accomplish two things:

  1. to manifest (reveal) the true sons and daughters of God, and
  1. to bring judgment on -
    • the apostate church, and
    • the American New World Order System. [We urge you to see Part 5 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The World," for information on this subject.]

THE MANIFESTATION (REVEALING) OF
THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD

Central to the entire mystery of the Seven Seals – the first half of the Tribulation Period – is the so-called winnowing of the church – a necessary precursor to what the Bible refers to as the "MANIFESTATION (REVEALING) OF THE SONS OF GOD" (Romans 8:19) – a process designed to separate the true followers of God from the frauds in response to Matthew 13:24-30:

"But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."

"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

"But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

"But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

"So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

"He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

"But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

"Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30)

Today's church is surely a mixture of "good seed" and "bad seed" - a church largely given over to the acquisition of material wealth, which makes it such a compatible partner to the elites of the American New World Order System; it's a church that readily accepts the perversion of the so-called "Gospel of Prosperity;" a church where God has been reduced to nothing more than a "SUGAR-DADDY" whose sole purpose is to dispense material goodies on his followers; a church that extols the message of greed inherent in such popular Christian books as the Prayer of Jabez:

"If you didn't ask God for a blessing yesterday, you didn't get all that you were supposed to have. And be sure to ask EXTRAVAGANTLY; for you nothing but God's fullest blessings (meaning, of course, MATERIAL blessings) will do. Don't worry about coming across as selfish, for this is exactly the kind of request our Father longs to hear ... you will be so overwhelmed ... that you will find yourself saying, 'It's too much! Hold some of your blessings back'."

Bruce Wilkinson' trifling, silly book, The Prayer of Jabez - is the very essence of "Another Gospel" against which the Apostle Paul warned the disciples. (Galatians 1:6-7)

It's precisely this kind of thinking that makes it all but impossible for a rich man to ever know who is REAL friends are. The sad truth is, he never will so long as he retains his wealth. But should he lose it, then he will find out. Great crowds of people followed Jesus so long as he fed them and healed them of their diseases. But when tribulation arose because of the Word He spoke, the crowds disappeared. Oh, to be loved because of whom you are, and not just because of the "things" you have!

The Lord is looking for such to follow Him - those who will follow Him long after the "things" are gone, the crowds have left, the popularity faded; when the clothes are tattered and torn, there is no food on the table, and persecution rages all around. These are the TRUE disciples of Jesus! It is this kind of love that separates the fraud from the genuine, the wheat from the tares. And it is only in tribulation that this love is truly revealed.

This is what the suffering and anguish intrinsic to the "BEGINNING OF SORROWS" (i.e., the first half of the Tribulation Period) is all about: separating the genuine from the frauds, and in that process REVEALING THE "TRUE" SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD.

NOTE: The word "manifestation" as used in Romans 8:19 means "TO REVEAL."

This is made clear in Daniel 12, and Romans 8.

Daniel 12 declares:

"They shall shine as brightly as the sun's brilliance, and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever. (Daniel 12:3)

"... there will be a time of anguish for God's people greater than any previous suffering in their history... (Daniel 12:1)

But, Daniel goes on to say that out of this suffering something wonderful will occur: The "MANIFESTION [REVEALING] OF THE SONS [and daughters] OF GOD" who -

"... shall [then, as the residue (that which is left over)] shine as brightly as the sun's brilliance..." (Daniel 12:3)

The verses in Daniel 12 and Romans 8 are "mirror images" of one another.

Romans chapter 8 echoes Daniel 12; reporting on the same time frame referenced by the prophet Daniel, the apostle Paul, like Daniel before him, declares that the sufferings of this period are –

"... not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

And he – again, like Daniel - goes on to declare that the anguish of this period (i.e., the "Beginning of Sorrows") will produce the "MANIFESTATION [REVEALING] OF THE SONS OF GOD." (Romans 8:19)

The verses in Daniel 12 and Romans 8 are "mirror images" of one another.

What a WONDERFUL, MAGNIFICENT event; indeed, Paul says that all of God's creation is waiting "expectantly" for this to happen; it is longing (yearning, aching, hungering) for this "REVEALING" to occur. (Romans 8:19) – at which time the Bible says God's creation will at last be delivered -

"... from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:21)

"... delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:21)

WITH THIS IN MIND ...

With this in mind, we turn now to charts 1, 2, and 3 (below) that depict the actual events inherent in the "Beginning of Sorrows;" these charts reveal:

  • The course and character of the first half of the Tribulation Period as outlined in Matthew chapter twenty-four. (Chart 1)
  • The appearance of the Seven Seals. (Chart 2)
  • The testimony of the Two Witnesses. (Chart 3)

CHART 1

The course and character of the first half of the Tribulation
Period as outlined in Matthew chapter twenty-four

PRELUDE

"And as he (Christ) sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you

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THE SEVEN SEALS

1st half of 70th Week
(i.e., the Tribulation)
The "Beginning
Of Sorrows"

1,260 days, 42 months,
"time, times and half a time"

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ: and shall deceive man.

"AND YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

"FOR NATIONS SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

"ALL THESE THINGS ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

"And then shall many (who have merely professed to be Christians) be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.

ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION


CHART 2

THE SEVEN SEALS: BEGINNING OF SORROWS

First half of the Tribulation Period – 1,260 days
Gog / Magog War Abomination of Desolation


CHART 3

THE TESTIMONY OF THE
TWO WITNESSES

THE SEVEN SEALS

The Seven Seals, which are the descriptors (so to speak) of the first half of the Tribulation Period, relate specifically to the Antichrist and result from his terrible rule and wars of conquest, beginning first with the Gog/Magog War, and extending from there over the entire length of the so-called "Beginning of Sorrows." They are as follows:

  • The First Seal [The White Horse of the Apocalypse]: Antichrist going forth to conquer.
  • The Second Seal [The Red Horse of the Apocalypse]: war and bloodshed that inevitably follow in the wake of conquest.
  • The Third Seal [The Black Horse of the Apocalypse]: famine that always follows in the path of war. And in the hand of this terrible personage is a pair of balances; and there is a proverb that issues forth from this horseman: "A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek coin which represented a WHOLE DAY'S wages], and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." The meaning of this is that the condition of man during this era 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 saying ["... and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ... "] means that the famine in these days will not extend to what might be called a "global elite of worthies" who have evidently allied themselves to the anti-Christ's policy of conquest - only the rich in the ancient world could afford oil and wine.
  • The Fourth Seal [The Pale Horse of the Apocalypse]: pestilence and death that follow famine and war.
  • The Fifth Seal [The Persecutions of the Tribulation]: oppression directed against the saints of God [by both CIVIL and RELIGIOUS authorities] because of their testimony during the course of the first half of the Tribulation: "Take heed to yourselves: For they shall deliver you up to councils [the CIVIL authority]; and in the synagogues [churches - the RELIGIOUS authority] ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake for a testimony against them" (Mark 13:9).
  • The Sixth Seal [Casting out from Heaven of Satan & his angels]: (cf. Revelation 12:7-9) this seal has particular reference to the Abomination of Desolation and indicates [though indirectly] that the effect of these seals do not simply end with the close of the first half of the Seventieth Week, but continue on through to the end of the tribulation - that is to say, pestilence, death, martyrdom, etc. will continue to be felt; it's just that the effects of the Seven Trumpets will be added now to the effect of the Seven Seals.
  • The Seventh Seal [The Seven Trumpets].

THE THEMES OF THE SEVEN SEALS

Thus, a picture of the first half of the Seventieth Week (the "Beginning of Sorrows") begins to emerge; a number of themes become apparent; the first theme is one of incessant war, confusion, and chaos - at least in those parts of the world and within those circles that resist the cajolery and blandishments of Babylon the Great and the Antichrist; their sole object is the establishment of Satan's Counterfeit Kingdom on earth, and where flattery and "sweet talk" fail to make followers of mankind, brute force and military conquest take over. [Please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days" for an explanation of the so-called "Seventieth Week."]

WAR

CONFUSION

CHAOS

"... There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the Beginning of Sorrows. (Matthew 24:7-8)

ALL THIS TO SAY NOTHING OF A PLETHORA OF NATURAL DISASTERS THAT WILL BESET THE WORLD DURING THIS TIME. [Please see our articles, "The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse," "Something to Think About," "New and Sobering News" and "Unusual Volcanic Activity Is Becoming Ubiquitous in Today's World."]

The second great theme of the Seven Seals reveals the iniquitous partnership between the apostate church (what the late David Wilkerson referred to as the "super-church") and the American New World Order System.

THE ERA OF THE SUPER-CHURCH
& THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS


A SHORT WORD ON THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

The Apostate Church

The "Beginning of Sorrows" will end with the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, AT WHICH TIME THE INIQUITOUS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE ANTICHRIST AND THE APOSTATE CHURCH (which the Scriptures refer to as a "WHORE") WILL BE DISOLVED (Revelation 17:15-16), THE ANTICHRIST'S PRETENSE TO BE A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST WILL BE TERMINATED, AND HE WILL BE REVEALED FOR WHAT HE REALLY IS: SATAN'S PERSONIFICATION.

[Please see Part 4 of Chapter IX in the New Antipas Papers, "The Abomination of Desolation."]

And now something extremely horrifying: UNREPENTANT MAN LOSES HIS SPIRIT AND IS FOREVER CUT-OFF FROM GOD. Please pay close attention here: Man is a human being precisely and only because he is a three part being - because he possesses in addition to his body and soul, a spirit. In other words, man is a tri-part being; he is "structured" (as it were) in the same fashion as the Temple of God in Jerusalem, and for that matter the image of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

It is man's possession of a spirit, which sets him apart from the beasts, not his mind (or soul). Through his spirit, man was meant to commune or have fellowship with God; the beasts were never meant to have such an intimate fellowship with God; and, thus, do not possess a spirit, only a body and a soul. The "Abomination of Desolation" is an attack against man's very humanity, and in this connection, it should be noted that after the occurrence of this evil act, the Antichrist is no longer referred to as a man, but as a BEAST!! - no more a human being, but a beast possessing no longer any possibility of ever again touching God, his spirit forever deadened and given over to another, HIS HUMANITY FOREVER LOST. [We URGE you to see Chapter 1 of the New Antipas Papers, "The Nature of Man: Body, Soul and Spirit;" Please also see Part 4 of Chapter IX in the New Antipas Papers, "The Abomination of Desolation."]

THE WINNOWING OF THE CHURCH

In a day when it has become so popular - even fashionable - to be referred to as "born-again" (at least in conservative circles) that political figures [whom the Bible calls the basest or lowest of human-kind (Daniel 4:17)] refer to themselves as "born-again" to get votes, there certainly can be no doubt concerning this matter.

So, Yes! - there is a great winnowing coming!

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me [i.e., in the "end of days"] is mightier than I ...

"His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff [tares] with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:11-12)


NOTE: "Wind winnowing" is an agricultural method developed by ancient cultures for separating grain from chaff (tares). Threshing, the separation of grain or seeds from the husks and straw is the step in the chaff-removal process that comes before winnowing. "Winnowing the chaff" is a common expression. In its simplest form it involves throwing the mixture into the air so that the wind blows away the lighter chaff, while the heavier grains fall back down for recovery. Techniques included using a winnowing fan (a shaped basket shaken to raise the chaff) or using a tool (a winnowing fork or shovel) on a pile of harvested grain.

John the Baptist, speaking prophetically concerning this pending event, said:

THE WIND OF TRIBULATION: Blowing the chaff (tares) away.

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me [i.e., in the "end of days"] is mightier than I ...

"His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff [tares] with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:11-12)

And how will He accomplish this winnowing? By the Tribulation! The Tribulation is to be the great winnowing of God spoken of by John the Baptist! And what will this winnowing accomplish? A great separation between those who truly love Christ and those who merely claim to love Him, but whose hearts are far away. This is the EXACT context in which John uttered his prophecy and his stern admonition:

"Then Jerusalem [i.e., the entire Jewish religious community], all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him [John]

"And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "BROOD OF VIPERS! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matthew 3:5-7)

BROOD OF VIPERS

C. Peter Wagner, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, the late D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, Chuck Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Charles Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, Etc.

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matthew 3:5-7) AND AS IT WAS IN THE TIME OF CHRIST, THESE ARE EXACTLY THE SAME KIND OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO RULE OVER TODAY'S APOSTATE CHURCH.


The work of tribulation is first and foremost a SEPARATING work. It separates the wheat from the tares; specifically, those who merely profess Christianity from those who truly believe.

John the Baptist was a forerunner, a precursor to Jesus. His work was a work of separation - to separate the hypocrite from the believer, the wheat from the chaff, the Pharisees and the Sadducees from those in Israel who genuinely longed for the Messiah. So also with Jesus in the work of the Tribulation - to which John specifically pointed in this prophecy.

We repeat, the work of tribulation is first and foremost a SEPARATING work: It is a work directed not at separating the atheist from the believer, or the idolater from those who worship the one true God (idolaters and atheists are people who obviously and openly are not Christians), or any other such thing; but rather it is a work SPECIFICALLY directed at separating those who claim to be Christian (out of convention or advantage) from those who truly are. And this is precisely the work of tribulation in the Parable of the Sower. Concerning those who accept Christianity and profess it superficially for material advantage, Jesus had this to say:

"But he who received the seed [Gospel] on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

"Yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when TRIBULATION or PERSECUTION arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles [other translations say 'wither away']." (Matthew 13:20-21)

TRIBULATION: A WORK OF
TRANSFORMATION IN THE BELIEVER'S HEART

Yes, tribulation SEPARATES, but there is another more sublime work of tribulation; and this work of tribulation is not a separating work, but a purifying work directed not at the hypocrite, but at the believer.

This work elevates, ennobles, glorifies, and transforms the believer. Paul says:

"... but we also EXULT in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:3-5)

"... but we also EXULT in our tribulations, knowing that

    1. TRIBULATION produces,
    2. PERSEVERANCE; and perseverance produces
    3. PROVEN CHARACTER; and proven character produces
    4. HOPE, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:3-5)

Indeed, tribulation is the gate through which all true believers must pass into the kingdom of heaven; transformation is impossible without it. The Bible says:

"And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying,

'We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God'." (Acts 14:21-22)

Tribulation is the gate through which all true believers must pass into the kingdom of heaven; transformation is impossible without it.


"'Hast Thou not made a hedge about him [haven't you put a wall around him to protect him from me?] and his house [his family] and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
"'But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face'." [But take away the wall and let me at him, and he will hate you]
"The Lord said to Satan, 'BEHOLD, ALL THAT HE HAS IS IN YOUR POWER ...'" (Job 1:1, 6-12)

And again, the Bible -- speaking of those saints who through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit (during the Great Tribulation) have been translated to the very throne of God -- says:

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands...

"Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?

"And I said to him, Sir, you know. So he said to me, THESE ARE THE ONES WHO COME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9,13-14)

TRIBULATION: GOD'S WAY OF
MANIFESTING [REVEALING
] HIS
GLORY IN THE SAINTS

The Bible says:

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

Why does God allow
his servants to suffer?

Why does God allow his servants to suffer? Why does God allow Satan access to them? Why does God allow tribulation to enter their lives? Many in today's Church, of course, deny that God does - but this is obviously not what the Scriptures say. But these same people would retort that God only allows suffering when there is sin - and, apparently, this is what Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, Job's friends, said about Job during his sufferings: that Job was suffering because there was "hidden sin" in Job's life, and that this was the only reason that God would allow such suffering in one of his servants.

But God was greatly angered by such thinking:

"And it came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, 'My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. 'Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has'." (Job 42:7-8)

GOD'S PURPOSE IN TRIBULATION: TO MANIFEST
& DISPLAY HIS OWN GLORY IN THE SAINTS

GOD WAS GLORIFIED IN JOB!! Satan had said that Job loved God only because of the "things" God bestowed upon him. What a terrible thing to say. As we said earlier, it is the curse of wealth. How does a rich man ever know that he is truly loved? The sad truth is, he doesn't so long as he retains his wealth. But should he lose it, then he will find out. Oh, to be loved because of whom you are, and not just because of the "things" you have! This is the love that God desires from those who follow Him.

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

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

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

Again we say, the Lord is looking for such to follow Him - those who will follow Him long after the "things" are gone, the crowds have left, the popularity faded; when the clothes are tattered and torn, there is no food on the table, and persecution rages all around. These are the disciples of Jesus - with such people one can repose trust and friendship, true love is here to be found!

These are the disciples who can say with the prophet Habakkuk:

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

Habakkuk

"Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock be cut off from the fold, And there be no heard in the stalls - 'YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION'." (Habakkuk 3:17-1)

It is in this kind of love that the TRUE Church will be "revealed," "disclosed," "manifested" (Romans 8:19)! It is this kind of love that will expose the hypocrites for what they really are.

It is this kind of love that will separate the wheat from the tares. And it is only in tribulation that this love is truly revealed in all of its splendor and peerless beauty.

THE TESTIMONY OF
THE TWO WITNESSES

And it is this kind of love that will motivate the Two Witnesses at the end of the age.

Once again we refer you to the following chart:

THE TESTIMONY OF THE
TWO WITNESSES

And this brings us at last to the actual testimony of the Two Witnesses. Concerning their testimony, the Bible says:

"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

"These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

"These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will."

PARABLES & CIPHERS

[We urge you to see Part 7 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Parables and Ciphers."]

Very obviously, the Bible is presenting us here with a puzzle - a riddle that is meant to obscure its meaning to those against whom its message is directed; from governments, peoples, and organizations - and most especially, 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. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]

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)

Gill's Exposition on the Bible explains the mystery:

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible

"These [i.e., the Two Witnesses] have power to shut heaven ... For these have the keys of the kingdom of heaven given them, and whatever they bind or loose on earth is bound or loosed in heaven; in other words, they possess ... [the truths of the Prophetic Scriptures] given them, and whatever they declare ... [to be truth], according to the word of God ... [IS TRUTH] ... and they have the power so that it rain not in the days of their prophecy; that is, on their enemies ... [in the apostate church]; for otherwise it must rain on those to whom they minister, their prophecy itself being rain in a spiritual sense: so rain is explained of prophecy in the Targum on Isaiah 5:6, which paraphrases the words thus;

'I will command the prophets that they do not prophesy [forecast] upon them prophecy [prediction] ...'

The prophecy in the Targum on Isaiah 5:6

"God is the author and giver of rain, and he only; none of the vanities, or idols [or science] of the Gentiles, can give it; has the rain a father? It has, but not on earth, only God who is in heaven; and so the Gospel [of the Kingdom – please see our article, "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand"] is of God ... the rain falls, according to divine direction, in one place, and not another, on one city, and not another; and so the Gospel [of the Kingdom] is sometimes in one place, and sometimes in another; it is forbid here, and ordered there."

NOTE: John Gill (1697 – 1771) held a mixed Amillennialist / Post- Millennialist view of the Prophetic Scriptures – and when speaking about the Gospel (i.e., "good news") the Two Witnesses were proclaiming, he had in mind the "Gospel of Salvation." He was wrong on this point, but understandably so: He lived at a time (almost 300 years ago) when it was all but impossible for so-called "reasonable men" to believe that the nation of Israel could ever be re-gathered again to its homeland, making it extremely difficult for Christians at that time to embrace LITERALLY the notion that Israel would ever again be a literal nation as proclaimed in the Apocalypse and other prophetic books in the Old Testament. Nonetheless, many of the truths he exposited remain valuable aids in the exposition of the Prophetic Scriptures. [Please see Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church" for an explanation on the differences between Amillennialism, Post-millennialism and pre-Premillennialism.]

Gill continues:

"Showers of rain moisten and soften the earth, and make it susceptive of seed; and the Gospel [of the Kingdom] is the means of softening hard hearts, and of making them capable of receiving suitable impressions: rain refreshes the earth, revives the plants and trees, and makes them fruitful; and so the Gospel [of the Kingdom], attended with a divine blessing, refreshes drooping saints, revives the work of God in them, and is the means of filling them with all the fruits of righteousness. [Please see our article, "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

NOTE: In the Bible water represents the TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD: to wit,

"Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and CLEANSE it with the WASHING of WATER by the word." Ephesians 5:25,26

"Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

"Now the withholding of this rain denotes a famine, not of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of the Lord; and as it is a judgment on a nation, or on a city, not to be rained upon, so it is a spiritual judgment upon a people, when God commands his clouds, his ministers, to rain no rain of the Gospel [of the Kingdom] on them; and it is one of the judgments upon the ... [apostate church], that they have NOT the Gospel [of the Kingdom] preached unto them, nor any dew of powerful and efficacious grace distilled on them, but are left to their blindness, darkness, and hardness of heart: and these [two] witnesses carrying the Gospel [of the Kingdom] along with them, where they [the Two Witnesses] do not prophesy and preach is called a shutting up heaven, so that it rain NOT on [those associated with the apostate church] ... from whom they [the Two Witnesses] separate themselves ...

NOTE: Gill makes clear the necessity for those who wish to follow Christ at the "end of the age" to SEPARATE themselves from the apostate church. It is absolutely wrong for one to believe that he can maintain a connection with it under the pretense of "influencing" it. Leaven, once it has taken hold of a body of believers will not let go until the whole is leavened (ruined). The Bible says:

"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Galatians 5:9)

"The allusion is to the withholding of rain in the times of Elijah, one of the types of these witnesses, because of the idolatries of Ahab and Jezebel, 1 Kings 17:1. In like manner is the rain of the Gospel [of the Kingdom] withheld during the reign of antichrist [on those associated with the apostate church] ... the apostasy [i.e., their "falling away" from the faith.] [Please see Chapter XIV of the New Antipas Papers, "Apostasy: the Great Falling Away."]

NOTE: This has a frightful (and even appalling) application insofar as those who ally themselves with the Apostate Church and the American New World Order System are concerned, even on those who have done so on a "willy-nilly" basis! – It means that they are to be PURPOSEFULLY blinded to the testimony of the Two Witnesses during the 1,260 days of their prophesying.

"And they [the Two Witnesses] have power over waters to turn them to blood; by 'waters' are meant people, multitudes, nations, and tongues, and particularly those over whom antichrist reigns, Revelation 17:15, and turning of them into blood designs the confusions and wars raised among them on account of the prophesying of these witnesses, and the persecutions and bloodshed which followed upon it; which eventually are the end and issue of preaching the Gospel [of the Kingdom]; see Matthew 10:34. The allusion is to one of the plagues of Egypt, and to Moses and Aaron, who were types of these witnesses turning the waters of Egypt into blood, Exodus 7:20; and answers to the second and third vials, Revelation 16:3. [We URGE you to see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom." It is imperative for Christians to understand the difference between the Gospel ("Good News") of Salvation and the Gospel ("Good News") of the Kingdom; without such an understanding, the Prophetic Scriptures will remain an enigma.]

Arthur W. Pink

NOTE: Arthur W. Pink writes:

"The water turning into blood represents life turning into death. And the water being poured out on dry land means there's no recovery or turning back. Once it's done it's done; once it's gone it's gone."

NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS IS PRETTY SCARY STUFF.

WHAT HAS NOW BEEN ACCOMPLISHED ...

The "Old Bailey" - London's central criminal court

As the end of the first half of the Tribulation Period – i.e., the "Beginning of Sorrows" – draws to an end, we find that God has in His wisdom accomplished a number of critical goals insofar as His "Plan and Purpose in the Ages" is concerned:

  • An indictment has been brought against Satan's counterfeit kingdom, and a trial has been held. That is, after all, what the Tribulation is all about. The word, "Tribulation," means "test" or "trial." It is derived from the Latin word, Tribulum from which the Roman word "tribune" is derived. [We urge you to see Part 2 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Judgment."]

    In ancient Rome a tribune (which is a word derived from the word "tribulation" – Latin, tribulum) was a magistrate or judge appointed to hear civil and criminal proceedings. It is this legal sense of the word "tribulation" that the translators of the King James version of the Bible were trying to convey when they translated the Greek word Thlipsis as "tribulation" in Revelation 7:14. As with the Latin word, tribulum, the Greek word, Thlipsis, means to "test" or "put on trial." In other words, we are to understand that the Tribulation is – in the final analysis - A TIME OF TESTING!! This is substantiated by Revelation 3:10 when Jesus referred to the Tribulation as –

  • "... the hour of testing." (Revelation 3:10)

    Witness at the "Old Bailey" - circa 1890.

  • Witnesses have been called against the accused (once again, Satan's counterfeit kingdom), and have spent more than 1,260 days testifying against the accused – it's been a very long trial.

    These witnesses have given FIRST-HAND TESTIMONY against both -

    1. The apostate church, and

    2. The American New World Order System.

On a second, but no less important, level -

  • The church has been purified and the "Sons and daughters of God have been "manifested" or REVEALED.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: It should be observed in this connection that the "Sons and Daughters of God" are linked inextricably by the Bible to the Two Witnesses and the function that the Two Witnesses have been called upon to perform: TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY AGAINST THE APOSTATE CHURCH AND THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM. If one fails in this function, it is difficult to imagine that he / she is truly a Son or Daughter of God.

It's not what one says that he is that counts, but what one proves himself to be by his actions. The Apostle James wrote:

"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? ...

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2:14, 17-18)

  • Israel has been prepared to receive Christ as king - "I will provoke you [Israel] to jealousy [SHAME] by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you." (Romans 10:19)

    [We URGE you to see our article, "The Entwined Destinies of Israel and the church.]

And now we come to the matter of the GREAT WHORE OF REVELATION 17 – a prophetic mystery that depicts the UTTER futility of dealing with the Apostate Church of the American New World Order System; the UTTER futility of trying to "save her" (as it were) a WHORE fit only for JUDGMENT!

Believe me when I say, this WHORE is no "Sally Frump;" she is a WHORE very much like the one described in Proverbs 7:

"With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
"He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
"Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
"Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
"Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
"For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
"Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death." (Proverbs 7:21-27)

NOTE: Some, no doubt, will be shocked by the above depiction of the Whore of Revelation 17; but it's time that people realize the kind of allure we are dealing with insofar as the apostate church is concerned. For Christians to naively assume that they will be able to resist her allure, I can only say that they are probably the very ones who will fall victim to what can only be described as her "seduction" WHEN CONFRONTED BY HER BEAUTY. Portraying her as a "Sally Frump" does no one any good; best to portray her as she really is.

The Bible warns us:

"Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

"For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, MANY STRONG MEN have been slain by her."

Being forewarned is being forearmed!

More next time.

God bless you all,

SR Shearer
Antipas

BECOME A PARTICIPANT IN THE MYSTERY OF THE "TWO
WITNESSES:" HAVE THE COURAGE OF SOPHIE SCHOLL

Do what Sophie Scholl did some eighty years ago: PASS OUT OUR FLYERS.

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.

NOTE: 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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WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT OUR FLYERS; THERE ARE NOW FOUR OF THEM.

They are as follows:

  1. Our "B-52" flyer
  2. Our "Blessed By Ye Poor" flyer
  3. Our "Religious Right, Business Right, Political Right" flyer
  4. The "Christ of Today's Evangelical Church" flyer

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE FLYERS BY
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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.



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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.

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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.


Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):

We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

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