This is now the third article in our series concerning the "TRIBULATION SAINTS and THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM."
As used in the New Testament, the word "gospel" means "good news" and it deals with the differing aspects of divine revelation that God has bestowed on man, and labels each aspect as "good news."
The first "gospel" is the "Good News of Salvation" which vouchsafes to man personal salvation. The second gospel – the "Good News of the Kingdom" – announces the soon-coming to earth of Christ Himself to set up His Millennial Kingdom. [Please see Chapter II of the New Antipas Papers, "Salvation – What Does It Mean?" [PRESS HERE]
NOTE: There is also a third gospel – ie., the "Eternal Gospel." This gospel is intimately connected to the Gospel of the Kingdom and promises the soon-destruction of Babylon the Great."
This, of course, is not the first time that the Kingdom has been announced to be close "at hand." It was announced the first time 2,000 years ago when the angels proclaimed it to the shepherds "in the field" at the time of Christ's birth in Luke 2:10-11):
"And she (ie., Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL people.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:7-8, 10-11)
Shortly after - and in conjunction with what the angels declared to the shepherds - the Kingdom was announced to be "at hand" by John the Baptist; then by Christ Himself, and finally by the Twelve. BUT THE KINGDOM WAS REJECTED BY THE JEWS in fulfillment of the Scripture that says –
Now, after an interval of some 2,000 years, the Kingdom is once again "at hand!" The so-called "church age" is all but past, and the Jews - once dispersed over the whole earth because of the rejection of their king - have now been re-gathered again to their land. [Please see Part 6 of chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Two Witnesses."] [PRESS HERE]
EVERYTHING IS READY – AND GOD IS RAISING UP A PEOPLE TO PROCLAIM TO THE WORLD THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ONCE AGAIN AT HAND!! This is the great work to which those Christians who have been called to transit through the seven-year tribulation period have been called. It is precisely this "gospel" – ie., THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGSOM – that Jesus was referencing when He said in Matthew 24:14:
"And this GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14)
Now be very clear here!! – Christ was not speaking here of the Gospel of Salvation; after all, thanks to the great work of all those saints who have preceded us, the gospel of salvation has all but permeated the nations and peoples of the earth, and this has been so for many, many decades. Christ was referencing the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM:
"And as he 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?
"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
"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 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.
"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 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. (Matthew 23:3-24:14)
Now it is exceedingly important to keep in mind the central point of this passage of Scripture; specifically the connection between the end of days and the preaching of the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.
Moreover, this is not the only passage of scripture where Christ connects the preaching of the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM to the "end of days," and introduces the fact that those REAL Christians who oppose the alliance apostate Christians have made with Trump’s New World Order System to the persecution of those Christians who support the alliance that the apostate church has made with Trump’s New American World Order System will have to endure persecution from their own brethren. Matthew 10:21-23 puts it this way:
"And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name' sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
"... brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death."
These two passages of scripture - ie., Matthew 10:21-23 and Matthew 24:14 - indicate that the "beginning of the end" will occur WHEN THIS GOSPEL -ie., THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM - has been preached throughout the world.
Observe carefully that these passages of scripture indicate that those who persist in preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom during this period of time will place themselves and their loved ones in great jeopardy; and so much so that -
"... they - ie., apostate Christians including one's loved ones - shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them." (Mark 13:9)
Sadly, this passage of Scripture also indicates that one's loved ones will rise up against them if only to escape the persecution that has enveloped REAL Christians:
"... brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death."
What then should we do with regard to this crisis? Crawl into a hole and keep our mouths shut just as German Christians did sixty years ago as many of their brothers and sisters who dared to speak out against Hitler were rounded up, imprisoned and even killed; and make no mistake about it; it is getting ever more dangerous to speak out against what’s occurring. Take, for example, the following FACTS that reveal the extent to which - under both Republican and Democratic regimes our freedoms have been curtailed- :
Take just one example of how the government is "cracking" down on those who oppose it; OUR ABILITY TO TRAVEL FREELY – an ability that is essential to our capacity to announce the Gospel of the Kingdom: the WSWS news agency has discovered that the TSA (the U.S. Transportation Security Agency) has given the go-ahead for new screening programs at U.S. airports: the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening program, known as CAPPS 2.
NOTE: The government claims that both the CAPPS 1 and CAPPS 2 programs have been" discontinued. BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE. ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT BOTH PROGRAMS WERE SLICED AND DICED UP INTO SMALLER MORE DISCREET PROGRAMS.
These new hush-hush programs involve a two-stage process for determining who will be subjected to additional security checks at airports, and who will be denied the right to fly. Denied the right to fly?! WSWS reports that -
"[THESE PROGRAMS REPRESENT] A MAJOR BUILDUP OF THE POLICE-STATE APPARATUS THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPING UNDER THE GUISE OF THE "WAR ON TERROR" – AND IN DOING SO, TURNING AIRPORTS INTO INTERNAL CHECKPOINTS, SIMILAR TO ROADBLOCKS. IT CREATES A BLANKET SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE COMINGS AND GOINGS OF CITIZENS AND NON-CITIZENS."
TRAVEL BECOMES A PRIVILEGE RATHER THAN A RIGHT - A PRIVILEGE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOLLS OUT TO ITS SYCOPHANTS AND TOADIES, AND DENIES TO THOSE WHO AREN'T TOEING THE PARTY-LINE.
As described by WSWS, stage one of these programs compels the airlines to turn over each passenger's reservation data, including name, address, telephone number, and even travel itinerary to the government, which will now also require airlines to obtain the passenger's date of birth when he makes a reservation. The data is given in turn to a private contractor, who checks it against large databases developed commercially from public records and other sources such as credit bureaus and marketing lists. Social Security numbers are added to the passenger data from these records.
The contractor assigns a numerical value to each traveler, designed to rate the likelihood that he is the person he says he is. The rating is then passed back to the TSA, which then cross-checks the information against federal "do-not-fly" lists. Up until now the government has claimed that only suspected terrorists were tracked. Now, however, the TSA has expanded the list to include supposedly violent criminals. The TSA has not said whether a conviction or simply an arrest will earn someone a place on the list, nor exactly what crimes are considered violent. Furthermore, the list of criteria appears to have been vastly expanded in recent years to include almost anyone deemed inimical to the American New World Order System - but the government refuses to discuss the precise criteria that will land one on the "do-not-fly" list.
The seemingly gradual expansion of the "no-fly-list" is having (has had) a very chilling effect on passengers since anyone pulled from a passenger line at a terminal will be deemed by others to be a common criminal , a terrorist, or a traitor to the country. Think how embarrassed people will be - YOU for instance! - being pulled out of line and taken away. And remember here, under these new programs you're being pulled out of line not so much as the result of a so-called "random search," but because you don't score high enough on the CAPPS 2. And what was the reason for that? What will your friends be thinking?
Hand-in-hand with these new "safety programs" another program for "trusted travelers" (has been) is being instituted under which "good toadies" and "trusted sycophants" of the state can submit their personal data - possible to include a fingerprint and retina scan - in advance to the TSA, which will issue them an identity card that automatically earns them "green status" when they check in. WSWS says,
"This creation of a preferred class of travelers will automatically throw greater suspicion on those who have not obtained the special ID (i.e., the "green pass"), adding to the pressure for people to participate. One would expect that soon the identity card would be used in other business sectors - perhaps to check into a hotel - as well."
Wow! - a "Green Card" - kind of like having a gold or platinum Visa card: something that says, "I'm better than the rest of you. I don't have to stand in line like the peons." One can only imagine the brown-nosing that will go on to get one of these cards! - and the concomitant embarrassment that will accrue to those who don't qualify for such a card!
In addition to being an extensive identity check, the stage one numerical rating incorporates an assessment of whether the traveler is "rooted in the community." Does this mean that someone without a long credit or shopping history will be considered a high risk, which means anyone who uses cash rather than credit or debit cards? Now stop and think about the implications of that for those of you who think you can outsmart the government by using only cash - USE CASH ONLY AND YOU RISK BEING ASSIGNED A "YELLOW" OR "RED" RATING FOR NOT BEING "ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY." Then go ahead and try traveling around the country and see how far you get.
The real truth of the matter is, this system has been specifically designed to "target" political opponents by placing them in the "red" category without having to make any accounting of that action. Someone who finds himself banned from travel has no recourse.
In truly KAFKAESQUE fashion, he cannot find out how his name got on the "do-not-fly" list, nor how he would be able to get it removed. He may suspect the reason why he is on the "do-not-fly" list, but he cannot know for sure. TSA spokesmen expect that the new system will reduce the number of passengers subjected to additional searches from the current 14 percent to as low as 5 percent. However, the computerized background and criminal record checks are expected to significantly increase the number of people who are denied permission to fly. If you have ever spoken out against the government, if you have ever demonstrated against any of the institutions of the American New World Order System expect that someday soon you will receive a "yellow" or "red" rating. [Please see our article on Kafka, "Sei Vorsichtig."] [PRESS HERE]
Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice writes that these surveillance programs -
" ... are not the innocuous, though annoying, collection of information done by telemarketers and other so-called solicitors that are used to deluge our postal boxes and computer accounts with targeted junk mail. This is a compilation of private information, from various sources, that you may not want collected and distributed without your knowledge or consent ... Once this coloring scheme (i.e., green, yellow and red) is in place, why limit it to airline passengers? To maximize homeland security, the government could extend this system to railroad depots, bus stations and beyond."
And Hentoff is right! - if turning airports into "internal security checkpoints" is REAL NOW, can establishing checkpoints for private cars passing through bridges, tunnels, and expressway toll booths be far behind? The fact is, the implementation of just such a CAPPS 2 Program for car, bus and rail travel has already begun. Those who have already earned a "green rating" insofar as air travel is concerned will, no doubt, be issued an electronic pass; all others will have to stop and submit to a "search" to get through - analogous to the search at airports for those passengers having a "yellow rating."
Already there is a good deal of evidence that the government is moving quickly to implement surveillance systems on all forms of travel. Consider the following instances (and in doing so, you must understand that the instances cited below are just the tip of the ice berg):
What will Christians do under this kind of system - especially when so much "face" is involved? What will they do when their business associates are passed through the security gates at an airport or through security check points for car, bus and rail traffic because their friends and associates possess "green passes" and they don't? The pressure on Christians at this point to cave into the system, compromise their faith, and obtain a "green pass" will be overwhelming.
And, moreover, the pressure to break off any relationship with a brother or sister in the Lord who has the courage to stand up against the system will be enormous; after all, to continue in such a relationship with a person like that could not help but jeopardize one's "green status." And then what? [And, again, remember here, we're not talking about some kind of imaginary Orwellian program to be implemented sometime in the obscure future, but one that is being implemented right now!]
It is a crisis that is often FALSELY portrayed as a crisis that pits moderation against radicalism.
Take, for example, Menachem Begin, the former Prime Minister of Israel; he faced a similar crisis in his life and in the life of the Jewish People in the early 1940s.
The crisis he faced had to do with whether or not he should wait for the end of World War II and the plodding negotiations of Jewish "mainline moderates" like Dr. Chaim Weizmann and the World Zionist Organization to press the British Mandate Authority to facilitate Jewish immigration to Palestine (all this in addition to having to rely on the maddening timidity of the mainline Jewish defense organization - the Haganah - to secure their safety in Palestine), or whether he should join up with the radicals, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and the Irgun Zvai Leumi - and hang the "niceties of diplomacy."
He finally chose Jabotinsky and the Irgun! - and he never looked back. Years later, in remarking on the single-mindedness of the organization he finally joined - i.e., the Irgun - he said: "In times like those, there is no greater force than people who -
Begin believed that the rest didn't matter! And so it is with us today, the rest doesn't matter! - one's natural talent, one's standing within the church, one's ability to speak, one's wealth, one's education, one's personality, the number of mistakes one has made in his or her life, one's age, one's sex, etc. - all of that is inconsequential in comparison.
Antipas, is addressing this call to the same kind of people who joined themselves to Vladimir Jabotinsky and the Irgun; to the kind of people who possess vision and the capacity for self-sacrifice. It's a call for them to speak out against the alliance the apostate church has made with Trump’s American New World order System! And to do it NOW! - before it's too late.
To wait is to make prophecy of no effect - after all, prophecy is meaningless to those who refuse to do anything about it. As we have said over and over again, prophecy is nothing more than a road-sign telling us of the danger that's ahead and warning us to take action BEFORE we get to the danger. If we do nothing until we finally get there, it will be too late.
Prophecy is like a road sign saying:
"Slow down, sharp right hand turn ahead!"
But if we fail to heed the sign, if we fail to slow down before we get to the turn, it will be too late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely slide off the road and crash. Like a road sign, prophecy tells us things before they happen so that we can take evasive action. If we wait until they finally overtake us, it will be too late to do anything - we will crash! Watch, therefore, for the "signs of the times," and don't wait to take action. You may wait too long! Jesus said,
"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
And Paul warns us,
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (I Thess. 5:4-6)
It is to those persons who possess the courage to speak out against the church’s alliance with President Trump that we now turn and to whom we now direct the following remarks: first, there are many things that will hinder you from getting involved - and sadly, your greatest hindrance will probably be those dear Christian brothers and sisters who claim to see what you see, but who caution "moderation." Those who do, however, are usually people who have a stake in the status quo - in other words, there's a reason behind their so-called "moderation" - they probably have a lot more to lose than you do. The fact of the matter is, not many rich, not many successful, not many "high church officials" will abandon "moderation" - they have too much to lose. This is why Jesus said,
"... It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matt. 19:24)
And why Paul said,
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called ..." (1 Cor. 1:26).
Mostly, those who caution "moderation" are people who - while they might see objectively what you're talking about and who might even find it stimulating to sit in the safety of their living rooms for hours on end discussing this or that "end-times scenario" - will go ballistic if you actually suggest doing something about it. That's when the "moderates" panic! That's when people get labeled a "Jim Jones," a "Branch Davidian," a reckless and irresponsible radical, an "Unloving Person;" but look beyond the labels and you might see something else at work here! - a selfish effort by the "moderates" to shame you into silence and inaction.
Why? - because if such thinking were to really catch on, they will be shown to be what they really are - spiritual cowards who have too much at stake in this world and in the status quo of today's church to get involved - whether it be pastors who have their reputation and pay checks to guard, ministry leaders who depend on "compromised" sources of income, wives who have their "nests" to protect from the "irresponsibility" of a husband who has hit the "nut circuit," Christian business people and professionals who have their "reputations" to protect, etc. - and in order to hide that fact, they are willing to stop at nothing to put the "radicals" to an open shame.
"Moderates" are the people who are given to writing time-consuming memoranda, holding "bigwig" conferences, "reasoning" with the opposition, discussing things endlessly - and not for the purpose of finding out the truth, but of "buying time" and "confusing the issue" - "Did so and so really say such and such? - I don't care whether a thousand witnesses heard him - let's find out what really happened." The object here, of course, is not to get to the bottom of what happened - after all, if a thousand witnesses won't suffice, nothing will - the real object is to get everything so tied up in red tape that by the time it's "sorted out," everyone will have "gone home."
To the "moderates," we would simply say this, What does one do with people who want to tie the church to the American New World Order System? - reason with them? What's there to reason about? These people know what they're doing! - and you are not the first to question them on these matters. They've heard all the arguments before. What value is there in meeting with such people? What does one say to a Benny Hinn, for example, when he says that those who are standing against the church's alliance with the American New World Order System should be shot? Discuss with him the kind of gun that is best for such a purpose? Negotiate with him over the ammunition that should be used? What utter nonsense!" - after all, what's at stake here is the church's soul! There is nothing to negotiate about! And if those you love in the church refuse to go along, and you think to stay for their sake, be assured, you'll accomplish nothing - you're "going" will accomplish more than your "staying" ever could by showing them by deeds rather than words how serious matters really are - Remember, what's at stake here is eternity! - your eternity! Get involved! Don't wait until it's too late!
More next time [but please take the time to read this article and the two articles that have preceded it].
God bless all of you.