A JOURNEY DOWN THE RIVER STYX

By: SR Shearer
December 15, 2013

The River Styx - taking those caught up in its current to hell.


"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course [current] of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" ... (Ephesians 2:2)



PREFACE

I have been utterly amazed at the heated reaction Antipas has suffered through as a result of our notion that Revelation 18:4 should be accepted on its face without equivocation. As most of our readers are aware, the passage reads as follows:

"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF [PARTICIPANTS IN] HER SINS, and that ye RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES [ie., judgments, punishments]." (Rev. 18:4)

Rev 18:4 can be divided into three parts:

  • FIRST, the COMMANDMENT itself: "COME OUT OF HER."
  • SECOND, the REASON why we must "Come out."
  • THIRD, the JUDGMENT that will accrue to us if we fail to obey the heavenly command.

The first part speaks for itself: "COME OUT OF HER;" most Christians in the United States want to believe that this verse applies only to the "Apostate Church" - ie., that we are merely to "come out" of the apostate church - as if there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. But that, of course, is absurd. [Please see our article, "The Weatherman Cometh."]

And now we come to the second part of Rev. 18:4, the REASON why we must "Come out of her." The reason is:

"... THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF [PARTICIPANTS IN] HER SINS ..."

Now this is VERY important! The reason that the Lord gives is NOT because we face martyrdom if we fail to do so, as most Christians naively suppose, or that we should "COME OUT" only if we can be assured that we will be able to preach the Gospel and form churches in the places to which we flee, though one would very much hope that such would be the case. What God is concerned about in this solitary passage of Scripture is that if we stay in Babylon we will be TAINTED by Babylon's sin and be spiritually CORRUPTED. [Again, please see our article, "The Weatherman Cometh."]

And that brings us to the third part of Revelation 18:4. - the JUDGMENT that will accrue to us if we fail to obey the heavenly command and - as a result - become "partakers of" [participants in] her sins:" We will be JUDGED with Babylon and the people of Babylon:

"... (1) come out of her, my people, (2) that ye be not partakers of [participants in] her sins, and (3) THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES (judgments)." (Rev. 18:4)

Despite the plain meaning of this passage of scripture, however, it seems that Christians are utterly unwilling to accept it at face-value. They are staggered by its implications - at the great discomfort that obedience to its demand would entail - and, as a result, they refuse to take Part 3 (see above) of this passage of Scripture literally. As a defense against their disobedience, many have embraced FATALISM, and fall back on the worn-out shibboleth "that it's best to do nothing" - God will eventually sort things out. BUT THAT IS A VERY DANGEROUS ATTITUDE TO TAKE.

-- Antipas

PART 1
THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD

The energy behind the current of the River Styx is "the Prince of the power of the air," the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience.

THE COURSE OF THIS AGE

The Bible speaks of the –

"COURSE [RIVER CURRENT] OF THIS WORLD" (Ephesians 2:2) --

-- and the fact that if you are caught up in this current, you will be swept into the depths of hell. Why? – because the power fueling this fast-flowing current is –

"... the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." (Again, Ephesians 2:2)

The River Styx - a river that empties itself and all those caught in its current into hell.

CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT OF THE AGE: THE RIVER STYX

Fatalism (see Preface above) is an EXTREMELY dangerous mindset - a mindset that suggests that we yield ourselves up to whatever currents are working in our lives; a way of thinking that proposes that we are nothing more than a leaf in a river that is flowing down to the sea; a helpless captive of the stream's relentless current; an object that has no will of its own, and cannot act in its own right, but can only be acted upon. Though those who have embraced this concept would probably never admit it, what they have done is to surrender themselves to a kind of pseudo-spirituality that makes "doing nothing" a virtue and "doing something" a sin - hence to do nothing is "spiritual" (Christians call it "trusting in the Lord") and "to act" betrays a "rashness" that is not only carnal, but "ungodly" and "untrusting."

But this is pure nonsense! Fatalism is nothing more than an EXCUSE FOR INACTION, a pathetic reason for Christians to avoid uncomfortable choices and to put off hard decisions that might inconveniently impact the way they live and cause friends and loved ones to disassociate themselves from them. Fatalism is a dissimulation - a hypocrisy that allows Christians to cheat insofar as their responsibility to God is concerned.

BUYING INTO THE CONCEPT OF FATALISM

FATALISM OPERATING UNDER THE GUISE OF CHRISTIAN PIETY.

The sobering fact of the matter is, when Christians "buy into" this kind of mindset – they have submitted themselves to a one-way trip to hell, while all the time pretending to be "obedient to the will of God" – as if the current in which they find themselves is God-ordained.

This kind of thinking makes "free-will" – ie., choice – the enemy of so-called "right-thinking Christians." BUT without free-will, there could be no such a thing as faith. Without free will, we would be rendered as nothing more than programmed, mindless automatons merely going through the motions of life.

ONE CANNOT HAVE
CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT CHOICE

CHOICE is essential to the Christian walk. One cannot have Christianity without choice. We begin our Christian-life by making a choice:

"... CHOOSE you this day whom ye will serve ..." (Joshua 24:15) (by choosing to repent and to be born-again) --

-- and we continue in our Christian walk by CHOOSING to be obedient to the commands of God day-by-day. (cf., John 14:15)

The idea of fatalism, on the other hand, suggests that we should just let what happens happen. BUT if this were the case, entire swaths of Scripture would have to be removed, and the command to obey, to repent, or any statement that God loves a humble and obedient heart would be rendered meaningless.

PART 2
THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES
ARE ABOUT CHOICE

I AM UTTERLY APPALLED ...

And so it is that as I look around today - even among those who are biblically oriented and seem to genuinely grasp what's happening insofar as the unfolding events of the "end of the age" are concerned - I am UTTERLY appalled at how unwilling Christians are to make CHOICES regarding the Prophetic Scriptures; to orient their lives around these Scriptures. There seems to be no way to get through to them; to convince them that NOW is the time for action, not tomorrow, nor the next day, nor the day after that.

Most Christians today seem to be helpless prisoners of the "here and now," and though from time to time they may be excited by a particular calamity that augurs for the "end of the age," once the commotion of the event dies down, they tend to gravitate back to their old habits of doing things and their old ways of thinking.

Yes, they understand how hopelessly apostate today's Christianity is; how inextricably bound the church is to the crimes of the American New World Order System; and yes, they're planning to take action someday - but not today; maybe tomorrow. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio – Political – Corporate Terrorist State, Part 1."]

There are more pressing "responsibilities" to be taken care of: there are payments to be made on visa and mastercards, mortgages to be met, businesses to run; there are "responsibilities" to children and aged parents - and on and on and on; and in taking care of all these things they forget the admonition of the Scriptures concerning "Last Things:" that we who "know His will" concerning the "end of the age" are to "prepare ourselves for it:"

"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

"Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

"But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

"The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers." (Luke 12:43-47)

Listen dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, none of these things – ie., making payments on our visa and mastercards, on our mortgages; running a business; taking care of one's children and aged parents, and on and on and on - are "bad things." They're not sins; they're the legitimate "responsibilities of life" – but when they interfere with one's responsibilities to God, THAT'S SOMETHING ELSE. That's when a CHOICE must be made. That's the kind of CHOICE that Simon, Andrew, James and John had to make – a choice that seemingly caused them to renege on their responsibility to their father:

"Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

"And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

"And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

"And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

"And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him." (Mark 1:16-20)

And they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

And that's the kind of CHOICE that Matthew had to make – which seemingly caused him to renege on his contractual duties and responsibilities to the Roman state:

"And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him." (Matthew 9:9)

Matthew at the receipt of customs - which he deserted in order to follow Jesus

And, sadly, that's the kind of CHOICE that the "rich young ruler" failed to make:

A Chinese Painting of
the Rich Young Ruler

"And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

"He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

"Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

"The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

"Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

"But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions." (Matthew 19:16-22)

OBEYING THE DEMANDS OF
THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES

And so it is with the DEMANDS of the Prophetic Scriptures, and most especially to the COMMAND in Revelation 18:4 to -

"... COME OUT OF HER [BABYLON], MY PEOPLE ..."

Revelation 18:4 is NONE of these things

Now, brothers and sisters, you must understand something with regard to this portion of Scripture: The COMMAND to "COME OUT" is

  • NOT a suggestion;
  • NOT a "clever" proposal that someone can take or reject at his convenience;
  • NOT simply "good" advice;
  • NOT just a recommendation.

It is a COMMANDMENT; it is a holy DICTATE; it is a divine DECREE - and it must be treated as such. It MUST be obeyed!

Moreover there is NO hint here - NONE AT ALL - that should give any justification whatsoever to anyone to believe that the Lord will consider favorably any reason for disobedience. The Lord does not say,

  • "Those of you who are able, Come Out,"
  • OR "Those of you who don't have the money to do so, you are excused,"
  • OR "Those of you who don't have your sh-t together, you are pardoned,"
  • OR "Those of you who are too deeply in debt, you are permitted to remain behind,"
  • OR "Those of you whose spouses and loved ones refuse to follow you, you will be forgiven for not obeying,"
  • OR "Those of you who are sick, or who have relatives who are sick,
  • OR those of you who have been unable to secure a job where you are going - you too are excused;" ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

The COMMANDMENT is simple - "COME OUT," and that's the end of it!

The King MUST be obeyed; if He is YOUR King, you MUST obey Him. The simple question in all of this is: Is Christ king over your life? If He is, you will OBEY Him; if not, you won't. The proof of your discipleship insofar as the King is concerned is your OBEDIENCE to Him.

PART 3
OBEDIENCE IS BETTER
THAN SACRIFICE

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:22)

Brothers and sisters, listen to me here. I know that it is a very difficult thing to contemplate leaving the country. I also realize that it's hard to admit to the possibility that our faith could actually be compromised if we stay. But then, what do you think the middle part of Rev. 18:4 could possibly mean? - "... come out of her, my people, THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF [PARTICIPANTS IN] HER SINS, and that ye receive not of her plagues [judgments]."

Obviously, the Lord is speaking to His people (ie., to believers – that's what He says), and by implication He is plainly saying that if you don't "Come out" there exists the possibility that your faith will be subverted -- OR do you have another explanation for what that could possible mean? And then there is the matter of the third part of that verse, "THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES (JUDGMENTS)." What does that mean? You tell me.

THE SUBVERSION OF OUR FAITH

And don't think that it is beyond reason that one can lose his salvation: after all, what does the Bible mean when it says:

"If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, AND OUT OF THE HOLY CITY, and from the things which are written in this book"

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, AND OUT OF THE HOLY CITY, and from the things which are written in this book" (Rev. 22:18-19) ???

Plainly, the Bible is saying that it's possible to be REMOVED from out of the Book of Life. Obviously, to be REMOVED from the Book of Life means that one was in it prior to his removal.

These are frightening verses, and not ones to be trifled with. Do you really want to take a chance here that by disobeying the heavenly command to "COME OUT" your faith will not be subverted, despite what Rev. 18:4 says - "... that ye be not partakers of [participants in] her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (judgments)" ? I don't!

Wishing away these verses won't wash! Ignoring them won't cut it. What are we to do? - pretend they don't exist, or apply to these verses a convoluted and clearly dishonest interpretation that makes them of no effect. Is that what you really want us to do? I don't think so.

Maybe you're right. Maybe it's not possible to lose your salvation. But as my mentor in the Lord, Don Morsey, once told me, "Steve, the object of the Christian life is not to see how close you can get to the edge of the cliff without falling off." Eternity is at stake here!

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN "STRAIGHT" WITH YOU

We have always "shot straight with you," and we are doing so now, even though "shooting straight" with you has caused many of you to stop giving to the ministry. We are doing so because we love you, and you are very precious to us - and God help us if we fail to be honest with you. The Bible says:

"Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." (Ezekiel 33:2-6)

More next time.

God bless all of you.

SR Shearer,
Antipas

Prophecy is nothing more than a roadsign telling us of the danger that's ahead and warning us to take appropriate action BEFORE we get to the danger. If we do nothing until we finally get there, it will be too late.

Knowledge that does not produce
MEANINGFUL action is worthless!


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