CHRISTIANS IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

Examining the matter of Christian immunity
during the testimony of the Two Witnesses

By: SR Shearer
February 16, 2014


TIMELINE FROM 1948 TO THE
TESTIMONY OF THE TWO WITNESSES

[PLEASE SEE PART 2 OF CHAPTER IX OF THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS,
"THE PROPHECY OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK."]


PREFACE

The question as to the dangerous status of Christians during the Tribulation Period is inextricably connected to the identification of the church to one of the Two Witnesses:

"And if anyone wants to harm ... [it – meaning the church as one of God's Two Witnesses], fire proceeds from ... [its (ie., the church's)] mouth and devours ... [its] enemies. And if anyone wants to harm ... [it], he must be killed in this manner." (Revelation 11:3) [Please see Part 6 of Chapter VIII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Two Witnesses."]

THE CHURCH: The PILLAR & GROUND OF TRUTH

Very obviously, there is to be a grant of immunity regarding the police-state activities of the anti-Christ that is to be extended to Christians during the Tribulation Period – that's plainly what Revelation 11:3-4 indicates. But this grant of immunity is NOT to be extended to Christians standing simply as individuals, BUT ONLY TO CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PART OF A VIABLE CHURCH-LIFE. Christians who find themselves outside such a church-life will remain bereft of any such grant of immunity.

Moreover, when we speak of a "VIABLE CHURCH-LIFE" we are not referencing Christians who merely meet together, BUT CHRISTIANS WHO NOT ONLY MEET TOGETHER, BUT WHO AS A CHURCH EMBRACE THE TRUTH OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES AS EXPRESSED BY REVELATION CHAPTER 11. The Bible says that the church is -

"... the PILLAR and GROUND of the TRUTH" (1 Tim. 3:15)

If, then, a church (so-called) no longer "abides in that truth" (I John 2:27) can it really be called a church? The answer is obviously, No! Just because people who call themselves Christian meet together does not in itself mean that they meet as the church. The Mormons, the Moonies, the Jehovah Witnesses and countless other similar sects call themselves Christian - but does that mean that when they meet together, they meet as (or constitute) the church? - No, of course not! Why? - because they do not meet on the "ground of truth," despite the fact that they call themselves Christian.

Plainly, that means that if during the Tribulation Period a church refuses to WHOLLY embrace the truth of the Prophetic Scriptures as articulated by Revelation 11, they are no longer a church and will not receive the grant of immunity detailed in Revelation 11.

The Bible says:

"... God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in TRUTH. (John 4:24)

And it goes on to say,

"Whosoever ... abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, HATH NOT GOD ..." (2 John 1:9)

CLEARLY, THEN, THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER FIND THEMSELVES OUTSIDE SUCH A CHURCH-LIFE – OR WHO NO LONGER SEE FIT TO MEET REGULARLY AS THE CHURCH - WILL BE SUBJECT TO ALL THE TERRIBLE VISSITUDES OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

It is for this reason that the Bible warns us,

"Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: AND SO MUCH THE MORE AS YE SEE THE DAY APPROACHING." (Hebrews 10:25)

SECTION 1
A QUICK REVIEW OF THE PROPHETIC
FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED
ALREADY ON PLANET EARTH

ISRAEL
 

FACTS CONCERNING ISRAEL ESTABLISHED

BY THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES

SPECIFIC SCRIPTURES

VOUCHSAFING
THESE FACTS

1.

Israel is reborn in the "Promised Land, May 14, 1948.

EZEKIEL 37:1-8a

2.

Israel becomes a "cup of Trembling" to all nations.

ZECHARIAH 12:2-3

AMERICA; BABYLON THE GREAT
 

FACTS CONCERNING AMERICA ESTABLISHED BY THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES

SPECIFIC SCRIPTURES

VOUCHSAFING
THESE FACS

3.

America has transitioned into the most powerful nation on earth.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN CHAPTER XII OF THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "THE BEAST OF REVELATION 17;" ALSO IN OUR ARTICLE, "IN SEARCH OF BABYLON – WHAT DO THE SCRIPTURES SAY?"

4.

America has established an ersatz omniscience over the earth.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLE, "ESTABLISHING THE OMNISCIENCE OF ANTICHRIST."

5.

America has becomes the "… habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit …"

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLE, "AMERICA HAS BECOME INUNDATED BY EVIL SPIRITS AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH."

6.

The Bible equates America with Death and Hell

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLE, "THE BIBLE EQUATES AMERICA WITH DEATH AND HELL."

7.

America has become a place where it is impossible to find any "life-giving" water.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLE, "DWELLING IN A LAND WHERE THERE IS NO WATER."

8.

A right-wing military dictatorship will be established over the United States.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLES, "WHAT, ME WORRY" AND "PRESSURE IS BUILDING TOWARD A PROPHETIC BREAKING POINT."

9.

The apostate church will partner (ie., "prostitute herself"] with this dictatorship.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN CHPATER XIII OF THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "THE WOMAN OF REVELATION 17."

10.

The person who will eventually take control of this dictatorship (ie., the antiChrist) will not be a man of peace, but will instead be a ruthless and bloody man of war.

PLEASE SEE ANCHOR VERSES NOTED IN OUR ARTICLE, "A THIRD ILLUSION BROKEN: THAT ANTICHRIST WILL BE A MAN OF PEACE."

11.

America has become the ENEMY OF GOD

Revelation 18:2 and Jeremiah 51:7 describe America as a nation that at one time was a God-fearing nation [a "Golden Cup in the Lord's hand" (Jer. 51:7)], but a nation that has transformed itself into "THE ENEMY OF GOD"

INTRODUCTION

In our last main article - "WHAT, ME WORRY?" – we established the fact that soon – very soon now – a military dictatorship will be instituted in the United States: Chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation 17 establishes this as FACT (see #8 in chart above). America's financial elites are being inexorably propelled in this direction as a result of the severe pressure they are under to move quickly in order to stave off what amounts to be a socialist revolution against them – a naked reality reinforced by the election of a SOCIALIST mayor in New York City, Bill de Blasio; after all, AS NEW YORK GOES, SO GOES THE NATION; all this to say nothing of the socialist policies of the Obama administration – which remain very popular despite the growing unpopularity of Obama himself.

NOTE: The fear that the financial elites have with regard to socialism is that it aims to strip them of their ill-gotten wealth. [Please see our article, "Capitalism: Is It Really God-Ordained?"]

How much longer the rich can sustain themselves against the poor in this incendiary environment is anyone's guess; but, again, it can't go on for much longer. [Please see our articles "The Reichstag Fire of 1933 and 9-11: Portents of Things to Come."]

Exactly how a military dictatorship will be established in the U.S. is left open to conjecture insofar as the prophetic scriptures are concerned; BUT THAT SUCH A DICTATORSHIP WILL SOON BE ESTABLISHED IN THE HEIMAT IS ITSELF VOUCHSAFED FOR BY THE SCRIPTURES. [We urge you to see our article, "The New Permanent Obama Coalition."]

The military junta that takes control of the United States will undoubtedly do so under cover of a "MANUFACTURED" 9/11-type event and under the rubric of saving the country from the ISLAMIC THREAT, but in reality it will done in order to save the hides of America's financial elites.

NOTE: The fact is, there has already been an attempt to install a right-wing dictatorship under the leadership of General Petraeus. [Please see our article, "Seven Days in May: a Failed Coup Attempt;" also "Gunfight at Dupont Circle" and "Obama Draws First Blood."]

There can be little doubt that the dictatorship that the military junta will set up will be many times more severe and omniscient than the one that Hitler imposed on the German people – and it's severity will be directed against the enemies of America's financial elites, and - in due course of time - against the so-called enemies of Christian Civilization – red meat thrown to its partners in this vile endeavor, THE APOSTATE CHURCH. [Again, we urge you to see our article, "WHAT, ME WORRY?"]

THE PROPHECY OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK:
THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS:
THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION

[We urge you to see our documentary, "Greed Is Good."]

The Seventieth Week, which will be of a seven year duration, can be divided into two periods, each of a three and a half year duration [1,260 days, 42 months, "time (1 year), times (2 years) and half a time (one half year)"], the first half being known commonly as the "Beginning of Sorrows" (Matt. 24:8), and the second half as the "Great Tribulation" (Rev. 7:14). [Click here to see chart #2.]

Thus, we have a course of events which spans a period of seven years and which is marked off into two distinct periods by three well defined events. [We urge you to see CHAPTER IX OF THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS: "THE COURSE AND CHARACTER OF THE 'LAST DAYS'."]

These events are as follows:

  1. The nature of the first half of the Seventieth Week – ie., the Tribulation Period - will be defined by the partnership of America's new military dictatorship with the Apostate Church.

    It will commence with the signing of THE TREATY WITH DEATH AND HELL through which Anti-Christ, as "King of Babylon," will guarantee Israel's security in a defense pact against the Northern Powers; this treaty will provoke the events of the Gog/Magog War and the first half of the Seventieth Week.

  2. The middle: the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.
  3. The End: the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

[Click here to see chart #3.]

SECTION 2
THE CHURCH, IMMUNITY AND THE
TWO WITNESSES OF GOD

THE TESTIMONY OF
THE TWO WITNESSES

The TWO WITNESSES:
ISRAEL and the CHURCH

The Eleventh Chapter of the Book of Revelation establishes the ministry of the Two Witnesses, which we now understand to be Israel and the Church. [Please see Part 6 of Chapter VIII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Two Witnesses."]:

"And I will give power to my TWO WITNESSES and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3-1/2 years], clothed in sackcloth. [In other words, poverty]

NOTE: Very obviously, those who join themselves to the testimony of the Two Witnesses will have to accept poverty as the result of their testimony. They will be cut off from the so-called benefits of the American New World Order System.

Sackcloth and ashes were used in Old Testament times as a symbol of debasement, mourning, and/or repentance. Those Christians associated with the testimony of the Two Witnesses are shown to be repentants of the church's identification with the rich.

The passage in Revelation 11 continues:

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

"And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.

"These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire." (Revelation 11:1-4)

The church

Leaving aside the question of the "immunity" that will be extended to Israel during this period, please pay very close attention to the other entity that is given immunity (Rev. 1:3) from the persecution of the antiChrist: IT IS THE CHURCH! – but NOT to Christians as individuals, but the CHURCH WHICH "ASSEMBLES ITSELF TOGETHER." (Hebrews 10:25)

In this regard, it is extremely important to note that the Bible speaks of the church in two ways:

  1. The church universal.
  1. The church LOCAL ie., the church that "assembles itself together" in a specific location.

For example, in I Cor. 12:28 the Bible says:

"And God hath set some in the church (singular), first apostles, secondly, prophets, thirdly, teachers ..." (1 Cor. 12:28)

However, in the Revelation God says,

"I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches (plural) which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." (Rev. 1:11)

And again, in I Cor. 14:23 we read,

"... the whole church assembled together ..." (I Cor. 14:23)

In the first instance (I Cor. 12:28), the Bible is speaking of the church universal, and in the second and third instances (Revelation I:11 and I Corinthians 14:23), the Bible is referencing the church LOCAL.

NOTE: When speaking of the church universal, the Bible is referencing all those believers of every race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, locality, language, and civilization - and even those who have died and are now with the Lord.

When speaking of the church LOCAL, the Bible is referencing those believers who "assemble together" because they are physically able to do so - that is to say, they live in proximity to one another as in the case referenced above in I Cor. 14:23.

Speaking concerning (1) the church universal and (2) the church LOCAL, it is essential to note that it is the church LOCAL with which the Book of Revelation is primarily concerned. This is signified by the opening of the Book of Revelation – the fact that it is addressed to SEVEN LOCAL CHURCHES; specifically -

  1. Ephesus,
  2. Smyrna,
  3. Pergamos,
  4. Thyatira,
  5. Sardis,
  6. Philadelphia,
  7. Laodicea.

THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF
THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Evangelical Christians are in the habit of thinking of the "SEVEN CHURCHES" in a theoretical fashion - or as indicative of seven church ages through which the history of the church has passed. However, the belief that they might represent various church ages is at best merely a supposition, and nothing more.

These churches were first and foremost REAL, "LIVING," LOCAL churches - and they must be understood in this way - not as abstractions, and not necessarily even as "church ages" - after all, in point of fact they existed contemporaneously with each other.


Now listen to me very carefully here: It is in the church LOCALWHERE THE CHURCH MAKES PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE WORLD AND THE UNSAVED. It is here – in the church LOCAL - that the words of the Apostle Paul come true:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his INHERITANCE IN THE SAINTS,

"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." (Ephesians 3:17-23)

Now pause and think what the apostle is praying here; he is praying -

  • That the Father of glory, may give unto you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM;
  • That the EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING MAY BE OPENED;
  • That ye may know what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING;
  • That ye may know what the RICHES OF THE GLORY of his inheritance in the saints;
  • And that ye may know what is the EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF HIS POWER to us-ward who believe Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come

Pay particular attention to verse 18: Where are all these riches and wisdom to be found? - "IN THE SAINTS!" (verse 18) [that is to say, in the church, specifically, the church LOCAL (verse 22)] - "which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all" (verse 23).

"Gather together in one;" "fellowship;" "with the saints" - what is all this speaking about? - "community!" - "community" with God, and "community" with man! Where? - in the church!

The LOCAL CHURCH manifests practically CHRIST'S TESTIMONY IN THE EARTH so that -

"... THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME." (John 17:21) ?

The Church

If we do not assemble together with other saints on a regular and meaningful basis, there is NO way that we can be considered a meaningful testimony for Christ, and hence one of the Two Witnesses.

IT IS PRECISELY THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF SUCH A CHURCH THAT WILL BE GRANTED IMMUNITY DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIPBULATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH REVELATION 11:3. But again, it must be a church LOCAL that is dedicated to the truth of the Prophetic Scriptures – ie., one that challenges the pretensions of the American New World Order System and the apostate church - after all, that's what the testimony of the Two Witnesses is all about.

Are you a member of such a church? IF NOT, YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED THIS PROTECTION. You are on your own. If you are caught outside such a church, you will fall prey to the persecutions of the antiChrist; and what's worse, to having your faith co-opted by the apostate church – WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT REVELATION 18:4 SUGGESTS WILL OCCUR TO THOSE "CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN" (as it were.) [Please see our article, "A Journey Down the River Styx."]

Let all of us, therefore, resort to the church LOCAL as the end draws near; here we are reminded of Martin Luther's great hymn. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

THE CHURCH: A Mighty Fortress.

ONE LAST WARNING

For those who think that they will be able to form or attach themselves will-nilly to such a church AFTER the imposition of the right-wing dictatorship (again, please see #8 in chart above) you are undoubtedly making a very grave mistake. Your ability to move together with other saints of like-mind will no doubt be restricted by the decrees of the new dictatorship.

Therefore, what you do to alleviate your vulnerability, YOU SHOULD DO NOW. [Please see our last main article, "What! Me Worry."]

More later.

SR Shearer,
Antipas

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