[Extending a helping hand to all those who are preparing for the difficult ordeal of Aliya (emigration) OUT OF the United States and preparing them to be ministers of the Good News of the Coming Kingdom.]
March 24, 2004
The Bible speaks of a great "Latter Day" nation that shall rise up at the "end of the age;" a nation that will glorify herself as a dazzlingly beautiful QUEEN (Rev. 18:7), but a nation that the Bible says is -
"... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE, and STRONG EXCEEDINGLY with great iron teeth: that DEVOURS and BRAKES IN PIECES, and stamps the residue (i.e., those who remain) with its feet ..." (Daniel 7:7)
Isaiah describes this nation as an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - and the Bible goes on to say that this "BEAST-NATION" will gain mastery over the entire earth and establish a ONE-WORLD EMPIRE that will bring ruin and poverty to the peoples and nations of the world. [For a detailed Scriptural identification of this great "Latter Day" nation, please see our article, "In Search of Babylon; What Does the Bible Say?"]
A one-world empire that will dominate the earth and bring it under its control? A nation that the Bible says will be "DREADFUL," "TERRIBLE," and "STRONG EXCEEDINGLY?" One that "DEVOURS" and "BRAKES IN PIECES?" Now, what nation is that? - Mozambique? Zambia? Costa Rica?
The answer is obvious to anyone outside American Christian circles, proving once again that -
"... the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)
For example, Thomas Donnelly, Deputy Executive Director of the Project for the New American Century and a proponent of the American New World Order System, writing for the magazine, Foreign Affairs (a CFR publication), writes:
"THE FACT OF A (ONE-WORLD) AMERICAN EMPIRE IS HARDLY DEBATED THESE DAYS.
"Even those who fear and oppose it - in this country, the libertarian right and the remnants of the new left; abroad, a variety of voices from Paris to Baghdad to Beijing - define international politics almost entirely in relation to U.S. power, and especially U.S. military power." [Please see our article "The New American Imperialism" for a discussion concerning the Project for the New American Century."]
Arundhati Roy of India - a courageous opponent of the American New World Order System, also knows who this BEAST-NATION is; she writes:
"FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, A SINGLE EMPIRE (i.e., THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM) WITH AN ARSENAL OF WEAPONS THAT COULD OBLITERATE THE (REST OF THE) WORLD IN AN AFTERNOON HAS COMPLETE, UNIPOLAR, ECONOMIC AND MILITARY HEGEMONY."
"It uses different weapons to break open different markets (and bend them to its will). There isn't a country on God's earth that is not caught in the cross-hairs of the American cruise missile and the IMF checkbook. Argentina's model if you want to be the poster boy of neoliberal capitalism, Iraq if you're the black sheep. Poor countries that are geopolitically of strategic value to Empire, or have a 'market' of any size, or infrastructure that can be privatized, or, God forbid, natural resources of value - oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, coal - must do as they're told or become military targets. Those with the greatest reserves of natural wealth are most at risk. Unless they surrender their resources willingly to the corporate machine, civil unrest will be fomented or war will be waged." [Please see our article, "Inside the American new World Order System."]
The Bible calls this nation (i.e., the United States) BABYLON THE GREAT (Rev. 14:8, 16:19, 17:5, 18:2, 18:19, 18:21), and the relatively SUDDEN appearance of this great nation on the stage of world history as the SINGLE, dominant world power has changed everything for mankind. What this means for all of us - believer and unbeliever alike - is that we are now at the very doorstep to the "end of the age."
It's very difficult to believe that it's possible for history to catch up with us. Great events are something one reads about in books, not something one actually goes through: a hurricane, a war, an earthquake, etc. That's what happens to other people, not to us.
We think of ourselves as creatures of the ordinary. Normal, every day routines govern our lives: get up in the morning, kiss the children and wife good-bye, and off to work. Come home in the evening, greet the kids and wife, have supper, watch a little television, go to bed. Not particularly exciting, but - on the other hand - comforting and SOLID in its regularity, and we imagine that the very solidity of these routines somehow or other keeps the tumult that engulfs other people in other places in other times at arms length.
Then something seemingly unexpected happens; it strikes with the terrible, hideous force of a hurricane - churning, twisting, and smoldering as it comes. It overwhelms the psyche and stuns and shocks the senses. The old routines of life are swept away. Social institutions which seemed durable and steady disappear, family relationships dissolve - in an instant, all is gone.
The people who survive such events will insist that what happened to them occurred without warning. But when you catch them alone, and there is no crowd for them to pander to, many of them will admit that there had been signs of what was to come - signs that they had ignored and brushed aside.
So also with us! - the Bible warns us:
"... 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)
Brothers and sisters, listen to me now: those signs are plain enough for anyone to see who wants to see: the FACT that America has embarked on a policy of ENDLESS war; the FACT that the re-imposition of the draft is only a hair's breadth away - a draft that will enlist your sons and daughters in this war to be maimed and killed in the service of corporate greed; the FACT that our country is sliding inexorably into dictatorship; the FACT that our right to assemble and protest the policies of the government is being restricted to the point where it no longer has any practical meaning; the FACT of the increasing restrictions on our right to travel; the FACT of the new and massive increase of government surveillance; the FACT of the massive "militarization of the police;" the FACT that the government can wiretap our phones, monitor our email and Internet usage, search our homes and businesses, and seize documents all without a warrant; the FACT that the government can now arrest people without charges and hold them indefinitely (i.e., "disappear" people); the FACT that the government is blurring the wall between the police functions of the state and its intelligence functions, and so forth and so on.
This is all plain enough to see - and the time YOU take to recognize what's happening, and the manner in which YOU react to these changed circumstances will determine what happens to YOU in the near future. But you should understand, brothers and sisters, that it's not the Lord's will for any of you to be overtaken suddenly and without warning by these events. The Bible says:
"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)
However, if you are to be "children of the light," you have to start paying attention to what's happening, and certainly one of the most obvious signs of the "end of the age" is THE VERY REALITY OF BABYLON THE GREAT. ITS PRESENCE ON THE STAGE OF WORLD HISTORY CANNOT ANY LONGER BE SERIOUSLY DISPUTED.
But, if that's the case, does the Bible have anything to say about what we are to do in the face of this reality? You bet it does! The Bible says:
"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev. 18:4)
Think about that! - no such warning was ever given to Christians living in the old Soviet Union, or in China, or in any of the nations of the Islamic world; only to Christians in the United States.
Now that's heavy! That's very heavy! - IT MAKES THE UNITED STATES VERY SPECIAL IN THE EYES OF THE LORD; VERY SPECIAL INDEED, but not in a good way, but in a very, very bad way.
Now note carefully here: when the Lord says for us to "come out of her," the Lord is not making a suggestion - some kind of proposal that we can accept or reject depending on our differing circumstances and situations. It's a COMMANDMENT, and it MUST be treated as such.
Rev 18:4 can be divided into three parts:
First, concerning part 1, the commandment to "COME OUT OF HER." As we just indicated, the initial thing to consider here is that this is a COMMANDMENT, it's not a suggestion.
It is a DIVINE DICTATE which we are obligated to obey. There is no room for argument, discussion, or debate. The commandment is to "COME OUT OF HER."
The question then presents itself, To come out of what? Most Christians have understood that to mean to "come out" of the "Apostate Church," as if there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. But that, of course, is absurd. Babylon the Great is depicted in Scripture as a two part entity: a woman riding a beast. F.C. Jennings writes:
"Turning then to the seventeenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, we see the whole stage filled with two personalities only: a 'Beast' and a 'Woman' There can be no argument or discussion as to this speaking of both the CIVIL [political, economic, and military] and ECCLESIASTICAL [religious] conditions [of the empire] ... the 'Beast' (which answers to the Civil Power) and the 'Woman' (which answers to the Religious Power) are thus INDISSOLUBLY co-related "
The "beast" and the "woman" INDISSOLUBLY co-related? - is that what Jennings is saying here? Yes! - that precisely what Jennings is saying! But if, indeed, physical and spiritual Babylon are so intertwined, doesn't there have to be a physical dimension to the command to "COME OUT OF HER?" Plainly so! - and if that's true, doesn't that suggest that to escape the one (i.e., the "apostate church") NECESSITATES escaping the other (i.e., the United States). Hence, the words of Scripture "Come out of her" must also mean - in addition to leaving the "apostate church" - emigrating out of the United States.
Of course, it's so much easier for people to think that the only thing they have to do to "come out of her" is to "come out" of the "apostate church." To suggest that to escape the one necessitates escaping the other makes everything so much more difficult. But come on now, what other conclusion is possible? The plain meaning of Scripture here is that insofar as Babylon the Great is concerned, it's impossible to separate one's self from "spiritual Babylon" (i.e., the "Woman" - specifically, the church of Charles Stanley, Bennie Hinn, D. James Kennedy, C. Peter Wagner, Tim LaHaye, etc.) without at the same time separating one's self from "physical Babylon" (i.e., George Bush's American New World Order System). [Please see our article, "A Woman Riding a Beast Going Forth Conquering and to Conquer" for an explanation of the relationship between George Bush's American New World Order System and the church of Charles Stanley, et. al.]
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 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 people naively suppose. The truth of the matter is, up through the years, God's people have routinely been -
"... STONED (to death), ... SAWN ASUNDER ... tempted ... SLAIN WITH THE SWORD: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented ..." (Heb. 11:37)
The fact of martyrdom, persecution, and heinous tribulation is a reality that Christians throughout the centuries have had to face. Indeed, Paul, writing about the tribulations he routinely faced in his journeys, encouraged the saints by -
"... exhorting them to continue in the faith, and THAT WE MUST THROUGH MUCH TRIBULATION enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
And to this end, the Bible encourages us by saying,
"... fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul ..." (Matt. 10:28)
Obviously then, the Lord is not that much concerned that we should lose our lives if we stay in Babylon." No! - in COMMANDING us to come out of Babylon, God is not doing so because he wants to spare us the anguish of persecution, tribulation and even martyrdom. The reason is:
"THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS."
What God is concerned about here is that if we stay in Babylon we will be TAINTED by Babylon's sin and spiritually CORRUPTED. That's the reason that we are told to -
"COME OUT OF HER ..."
You don't see what we're talking about here? You really don't see it? Well, all I can say then, is if you don't, it's because you have PURPOSEFULLY chosen NOT to see it. It's not that hard to see - OR do you think that it's really possible to stay connected to "physical Babylon" (i.e., the United States) without being affected spiritually by your union with it.
If that's the case, you have UTTERLY failed to appreciate what "Babylon the Great" is all about, and the power it possesses to CORRUPT people - even the BEST of people, even YOU.
The fact of the matter is, just as the life (so to speak) of the Nazi state became so intertwined and twisted together with the lives of Germany's individual citizens that it became impossible to function any longer as a human being in Germany without at the same time being involved intimately with the crimes of that nation - SO NOW IT IS FAST BECOMING IMPOSSIBLE TO FUNCTION ANY LONGER AS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE GREAT WICKEDNESS THIS COUNTRY IS VISITING ON THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Indeed, it's in this regard that I must somberly warn you that if one becomes entangled, no matter how peripherally, with this great "latter-day" nation and the crimes it is committing against the peoples and nations of the world, AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, IN LINKING CHRIST'S PRECIOUS NAME TO THESE CRIMES, THERE WILL BE "HELL TO PAY." God will not hold such a person guiltless. [Please see our article, "The American System of Client States."]
The fact is, the one "saving grace" of the old Soviet Union, China, etc. is that they never claimed - as the adherents of George Bush's American New World Order System are doing - that the conquest they were engaged in, they were engaged in for the sake of "Christ and the church," and that's precisely why the judgment of "Babylon the Great" - when it finally comes - will be so severe, so TOTAL, and so COMPLETE; and so much so that it will be said of her (i.e., Babylon) -
"Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43).
"... they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be DESOLATE FOREVER, saith the Lord" (Jer. 51:26).
Finally, in all of this please don't make the asinine and sophomoric mistake that some do who say that eventually all the world will become part of the American New World Order System; and, therefore, to leave the United States will - in the long run - accomplish little or nothing for you. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE! THAT'S A CONVENIENT BUT VERY WICKED CONTRIVANCE AND SUBTERFUGE.
It's true, all the world will eventually be absorbed by the American New World Order System, just as all of Europe was eventually conquered and absorbed by Nazi Germany; but there was still a great difference to be remarked upon insofar as Germany's conquered territories were concerned (i.e., France, Denmark, Poland, the Ukraine, Norway, Holland, Belgium, etc.) and Germany herself; and there was a GREAT DISTINCTION to be remarked upon insofar as the conduct of these different populations were concerned vis a vis the people of Germany.
Germany's population actually PARTICIPATED in Germany's crimes; the population of Germany's "slave states" SUFFERED as a result of these crimes. There is a big difference here; it is, to put it in the vernacular, the difference between the "screwer" and the "screwee;" the difference between the one who is being raped, and the one who is doing the raping; the difference between the perpetrator and the victim; the difference between MASTER and SLAVE - SO ALSO INSOFAR AS AMERICA IS CONCERNED vis a vis HER CLIENT-STATES, i.e., HER SLAVE STATES.
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 - we become "partakers in her sins:" We will be JUDGED with Babylon and the people of Babylon:
"... come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, AND THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES (judgments)." (Rev. 18:4)
Hebrews 10:30 tells us that God will -
"... judge his people."
Furthermore it goes on to warn us -
"... how much SORER PUNISHMENT, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, WHEREWITH HE WAS SANCTIFIED, an unholy thing ..."
Wow! That's all I can say: WOW! That's no small thing. So, before you discard the COMMANDMENT of Revelation 18:4 to "COME OUT OF HER," you should think long and hard about this; after all, this life isn't forever. The Bible says:
"Thou carriest them (i.e., our lives) away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
"In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth." (Ps. 90:5-6)
Clearly, then, brothers and sisters, the call for all of us - the remnant that remains in Babylon - is to "COME OUT" - not only spiritually, but physically. The fact is, an exodus from one necessitates an exodus from the other.
Yes, it will cost us much in material things, but it's something that all of us must do, at least all of us who can say with the prophet Habakkuk -
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Hab. 3:17-18)
If we love God, and we value our relationship with Him, we MUST be obedient to His command. When God speaks, we must obey; we must be able to say with Paul when he stood before King Agrippa:
"Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision ..." (Acts 26:19)
The ALIYA FOUNDATION is a part of ANTIPAS MINISTRIES, and has been established to help prepare the people of God for the difficult task of emigration (ALIYA) out of the United States. It has been patterned after the turn of the century (1899-1900) Jewish "Lovers of Zion" groups that were formed to prepare Jews for emigration (ALIYA) to Palestine.
These poor "lovers of Zion" of some one hundred years ago met in obscure, little discussion groups scattered throughout Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. - even in the United States - where they gathered to draw strength from one another in pursuit of what most people thought was an impossibly difficult goal: emigration to Palestine.
Those who attended these long-ago meetings revealed themselves to be irrepressible romantics - dreamers: all of them. After all, only dreamers could entertain such madness. Their detractors called them Luftmenschen - "people who live in the air" or in the clouds, and they were mercilessly made fun of and even persecuted by the Jewish religious establishment which was bitterly opposed to what they were doing.
They dedicated themselves to preparing one another for ALIYA, and out of these small groups wave after wave of emigrants proceeded out of the lands of Europe that in less than thirty-five years would swallow all those who remained in the fires of the Holocaust - bound for Israel.
These tiny few possessed a unique ability to focus their dreams into ALIYA and marshal their few resources to get first one family, and then the next, and then the next, and then maybe two families together, or maybe three out and on their way. As each individual family or group of families and / or individuals left, new members would join the small ALIYA group to take the place of those departing for the Promised Land.
FRED PALMQUIST will in the very near future begin traveling across the country in a small car and / or by Greyhound bus (yes! - you heard it right, the Greyhound bus). He will be "heading up" the ministry's effort to establish small ALIYA groups where Christians can be made ready for ALIYA. The purpose of these ALIYA groups - like the old Jewish "Lovers of Zion" groups at the turn of the last century (1899-1900) - will be to provide a place where Christians can go LOCALLY and receive support - both spiritually and materially - for emigration.
No doubt, the need for such "support groups" (that's what these groups really are) will be great, because the task (really, the ORDEAL) before them is so great. The local ALIYA groups will be places where Christians can come and discuss the problems each faces: Some have a husband or wife who is unwilling to go; what to do? Some don't have the money to go; what to do? Some are grieved by those they will have to leave behind; others will have to give up good jobs; some will have to drop out of school; some will have to sacrifice careers. Many will need answers to questions, others will need encouragement and prayer; others simply need fellowship; and still others are very, very frightened. Whatever the need, it will be met by the local ALIYA group.
Now in all of this - and this is very important - it will NOT be the purpose of our ALIYA groups to necessarily form house-churches in this country - though, by the very fact of their meeting, they will be establishing a testimony. But their testimony will be the testimony that Noah had who prepared an ark in plain sight of all the people. The testimony did not lie so much in the fact of his much talking, but in his much building. He was preparing to go; in his own way, he was preparing for ALIYA, AND IN THAT VERY PREPARATION, HE WAS A TESTIMONY TO THE PEOPLE ALL AROUND, and so shall be fulfilled the Scripture which says:
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matt. 24:37)
The SINGLE and SOLE purpose of our ALIYA groups will be to prepare saints for EMIGRATION out of the country in accordance with Rev. 18:4:
"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev. 18:4)
The success of each group will not be measured by how large it becomes and how good its meetings are, but how many people the group is able to launch out into the world on ALIYA.
As each ALIYA group or individual comes out of the United States, he (or they) will pass through Canada for TRAINING. Some, of course, will no doubt want to stay in Forest Grove to help with the ministry there; but most will continue on into the outside world.
Some probably will ask, what's the purpose of the TRAINING? The answer is simple: We do NOT want people going out in the name of Antipas, contacting people that are on our website and representing to them beliefs and doctrines that we do not agree with. The training will insure that this will NOT happen; they will go out into the world grounded in the Faith, in the knowledge of the Prophetic Scriptures, and they will know how to "walk in the spirit" (cf. Rom 8:1, 4; Gal. 5:16, 25); in addition, they will know how to start house-churches, and they will know how to teach others to do the same; finally, they will know how to equip others for leadership and to stand in these "Last Days" so that men everywhere will know that they have been with Jesus because of the love they have one for another. (cf., John 18:35)
The training will be about six months in duration and will consist of very INTENSE classroom training in -
Initially, at least, many of those who come will come out in possession of a good deal of money from the sale of their homes, property and businesses. This will be especially true for those who leave earliest - before the real CLAMPDOWN in this country begins. They can use that money after they are trained in Canada to establish centers in the countries to which they are going. That's what we have done insofar as Canada is concerned.
Indeed, in a very real way, the Canada group at "100-Mile House" (i.e., at Forest Grove Ranch) is Antipas Ministry's very first ALIYA group. It has a unique mission: (1) to act as the ministry's HEADQUARTERS (we are permanently moving the headquarters of the ministry from Sacramento to Forest Grove), (2) to act as the focus for our Internet Ministry, and (3) to establish a school through which our ALIYA groups will pass and be trained for service in the "outside world." It is our fervent hope that other centers like Forest Grove Ranch will be established throughout the world, and that Forest Grove Ranch can serve as a model for others to come.
Forest Grove Ranch was purchased by two families - the Shearers in Sacramento and the Hansens in Santa Cruz - who "teamed up" together to purchase the property. The Hansens sold a property they had in Hawaii, and the Shearers sold their house in Sacramento. Another dear brother - Jeff Chandler in Texas - SACRIFICIALLY gave a large amount of money, and numerous other dear saints of God sacrificially gave as well. We even received funds from some very dear Jewish saints in Israel who are associated with Antipas and who SACRIFICE daily for the Christian communities in that BELOVED land.
Everybody SACRIFICED TOGETHER, pooled their resources, and came up with the money. Of course, not everyone who is going to Forest Grove Ranch had money to give, but they too are as much a part of the "team" as those who gave the money. In doing all of this, we were doing nothing more than what the early saints in Jerusalem did so many years ago:
"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
"Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
"And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
"And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
"Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet." (Acts 4:32-37)
It is this spirit of SACRIFICE that enabled us to acquire Forest Grove Ranch, and it is this spirit of SACRIFICE that will enable YOU to acquire "centers" in the lands to which you will be going as well.
Many of you will team yourselves up BEFORE you come to Canada for the training. In fact, I am sure that many of the ALIYA groups that FRED PALMQUIST will be helping to establish in the United States will "team themselves up" BEFORE they arrive at Forest Grove for training. Of course, many of you will be teamed up AFTER you arrive in Canada at Forest Grove Ranch. Some will arrive with a lot of money; others will arrive with nothing more than the shirt on their backs.
The ranch in Forest Grove cost a substantial amount of money - again, most of which came from just two families and a small number of other individuals. But THINK WHAT THAT KIND OF MONEY COULD DO IN CALCUTTA, OR GHANA, OR EL SALVADOR, etc. - and that's just out of the sale of a few houses and the giving of a few GENEROUS saints.
Each group that leaves Forest Grove will be "teamed up" with a "HOST" in the country to which they are traveling - and we have many such "hosts" all over the earth - from Belarus in the Old Soviet Union to Karachi in Pakistan. It is our hope that these new "Forest Grove Ranches" (so to speak) can act as centers from which teams can fan out across the host countries to establish "house-churches." [Please see our article on house churches, "House-Churches: A New Way To Go On."]
As each ALIYA group leaves the United States, they will be acting as a testimony against it and the form of Christianity that it has partnered with; in effect, they will be saying that this "BEAST" (i.e., the United States) and this "WOMAN" (the church of Ted Haggart, C. Peter Wagner, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Pat Robertson, etc.) are none of Christ's, and the so-called "gospel" that they preach and the so-called "Christ" that they worship have nothing to do with the Gospel and the Christ OF THE BIBLE. This "preaching" is called the GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) OF THE KINGDOM," and the Bible says that -
"... this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)
Now, it's important to note in this connection that we are not talking here about the "Gospel of Salvation:" i.e., that "... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ..." (I Tim. 1:15) [That's true, of course, and this Gospel will always be FIRST and FOREMOST on our hearts.] But this new Gospel (i.e., the "Gospel of the Kingdom") is something different: the "Gospel of the Kingdom!"
And why has this Gospel been made necessary: because Satan has befouled the "established church" to such an extent that he has rendered the church's TESTIMONY ineffectual insofar as the poor and destitute of the world are concerned, making it in their eyes a rich, white man's religion having nothing to do with them; a religious system that is irrevocably tied to their hated oppressor, the American New World Order System. The truth is, whether American Christians today want to believe it or not, unbelievers can no longer see the Savior because of the church.
Never before - NOT EVEN IN LUTHER'S DAY - has the church been as polluted as it is now - and so much so that the Bible depicts it as a WHORE who has sold herself out to the world (i.e., the elites) for money. [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]
A WHORE! - that's what the Bible calls her:
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great WHORE that sitteth upon many waters:
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls ..." (Rev. 17:1, 4)
Don't think - even for a minute - that the poor of the earth can see Jesus while standing in the shadow of this WHORE. They can't.
The word "gospel" means "GOOD NEWS" - and the "good news" here is for the poor and oppressed of the earth: that God is soon going to "make things right" insofar as they are concerned. The "Gospel of the Kingdom" JUXTAPOSES the poor of the world over and against the rich, and places God on the side of the poor. This is "BAD NEWS" for the rich:
"Go to now, ye rich men (and be clear here; it's not just unbelievers that the Bible is talking about here, but believers as well), WEEP AND HOWL FOR YOUR MISERIES THAT SHALL COME UPON YOU.
"Your riches are CORRUPTED, and your garments are MOTHEATEN.
"Your gold and silver is CANKERED; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. YE HAVE HEAPED TREASURE TOGETHER FOR THE LAST DAYS.
"Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you KEPT BACK BY FRAUD, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (people you have worked to death in your sweatshops in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, China, etc.).
"Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
"Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. (James 5:1-6)
But for the poor, the "Gospel of the Kingdom" is the "GOOD NEWS OF LIBERATION" - that Jesus is coming again to free the poor from the oppression of the rich; and when He comes -
"Every valley shall be filled (the poor shall be lifted up), and every mountain and hill shall be brought low (the rich shall be brought down); and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth (those who have been hurt by the rich shall be made whole);
"And all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3:5-6)
THIS IS GOOD NEWS INDEED! - and we have been commissioned by God to preach it to the WHOLE world, and then - and only then - will the end come.
God bless you all!