"Things are not always what they appear to be."
- Paul Neuman to Sally Fields
Does this seem right to you? If it does, you have surely lost your way as a Christian - and we URGE you to read the following article!
Once a year in the fall (during the Jewish festival of Succoth) thousands of "born-again" Christians gather together in Jerusalem under the auspices of the so-called INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM (ICEJ) to celebrate the FEAST OF TABERNACLES, an event which - despite its Jewish-sounding name - is largely a "born-again" Christian affair, but one that over the years has come to be considered so important by the Israeli government that EVERY Israeli prime minister since 1980 (both Labor and Likud) has taken the time to address this so-called "holy convocation."
Now that's something! - when the head of state takes the time to address what amounts to be an organization's "annual convention" - and not just every now and then, but on a regular, on-going basis!
Now it has happened again! Three Sundays ago, Ariel Sharon - in the midst of a new siege by his forces of Yasser Arafat's headquarters on the West Bank - took time out of his frantic schedule to address almost two thousand wildly cheering Christians gathered together at the "Feast of Tabernacles" in Jerusalem - and it was broadcast LIVE from the ICEJ by the BBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. to the entire world. One would have to say that the "Feast of Tabernacles" has surely arrived on the stage of world history.
Although the ICEJ has no official status with Israel insofar as its claim to be an "embassy" for the evangelical Christian community, it enjoys what it calls an "open door" relationship with government leaders in Israel. It is located in the former Chilean Embassy in Jerusalem and has a full-time staff of over FIFTY people with many more times that number as part-time workers.
It was founded in 1980 by Jan Willem van der Hoeven (Holland), Johann Luckoff (South Africa) and four others when 13 foreign embassies moved their offices from West Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in protest to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's annexation of East Jerusalem.
The International Christian Embassy! - standing up for Israel when no one else will! Isn't that something that we should all applaud? That we should all be grateful for? Isn't that something that we should support as Christians? Doesn't God plainly say that,
"... I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 12:3)
Yes, that's true! - but as Paul Neuman said to Sally Fields in the film Absence of Malice, "Things are not always what they appear to be," and that certainly is true when it comes to the ICEJ. There is a lot more afoot with this organization than meets the eye, and it has very, very somber implications not only for Christians, but for Israel. People would be well advised to bear that in mind. In linking up with the ICEJ, one may in the end be found "fighting against God" while all the time thinking that he is serving Him:
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not ... in thy name ... done many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY." (Matt. 7:22-23)
The real fact of the matter is, there is NOTHING concerning the ICEJ that "is as it seems to be."
For example, the ICEJ likes to bill itself as an "international" organization, and it carefully guards its "international status" by subtly and very, very astutely limiting American participation on its Board of Directors and on its staff (though over the years this has become less and less true as the weight of the American evangelical community has made itself felt); but the plain fact of the matter is, the "Dominionist Theology" it subscribes to is purely a North American invention, and most of the money it receives comes from donors in the United States; this is also very much the case insofar as the great majority of the participants in the ICEJ's annual "Feast of Tabernacles" celebration.
The truth is, "Christianity" is largely a DEAD affair in Europe insofar as the "MASSES" of people there are concerned. Only in America is Christianity (so-called) "alive and well" on any kind of a "NATIONAL" or "SOCIETAL" basis. THE PHENOMENON OF A MAN (i.e., GEORGE BUSH) WHO DESCRIBES HIMSELF OPENLY AS A "BORN-AGAIN" CHRISTIAN SEIZING THE PRESIDENCY OF A NATION AT THE HEAD OF A "MASS EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN POLITICAL MOVEMENT" IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE ANY LONGER IN EUROPE OR, FOR THAT MATTER, ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. This makes the "game" the ICEJ is playing by billing itself as a "mass international evangelical organization" seem kind of lame.
While the leaders of the ICEJ are most likely cognizant of these facts, most American evangelicals - living as they habitually do without any real idea of what's happening in the rest of the world - are almost totally oblivious to these facts, WHICH MAKES THEM SUCH "SUCKERS" FOR THE "CON-GAME" THE ICEJ IS PLAYING ON THEM. Make no mistake about it, however: it's the American connection that Israeli leaders think that the ICEJ has that makes them (i.e., the ICEJ) so attractive to the Israelis. [Please see our article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership" for a thorough discussion of George Bush in connection with his evangelical Christian followers.]
In addition, the ICEJ lends credence to its "international" facade by establishing affiliated "embassies" in some sixty countries around the world. However, most of these so-called "embassies" are little more than "storefront operations," or the home and apartment addresses of people who have been "deputized" by the ICEJ to act as a "FRONT" for the organization in their home countries (where they often represent little more than themselves). So things are not exactly what they seem to be here.
And, interestingly, where this is not the case - as in countries like Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, etc. - one invariably finds that these countries are almost always "pariah nations" that have been associated with AMERICAN evangelical groups that have in the past been involved up to their necks in the U.S. war against "godless communism," or that are presently involved in America's "War on Drugs," or its "War on Terror." For example, Jorge Lopez - who founded the ICEJ's "embassy" in Guatemala City - is a product of the ultra right-wing Liberty Bible College in Pensacola, Florida; and Gerald Derstine - who founded the ICEJ's "embassy" in Honduras - heads Gospel Crusade of Brandenton, Florida and has been closely linked to the CIA.
The question that fairly begs to be answered here is, How did the ICEJ - whose main "sphere of operation" is supposed to be limited principally to the Middle East and Israel - get involved with such countries? What's it doing cavorting in the jungles of Central and South America with repressive regimes like the murderous governments of Honduras and Guatemala? There is something very strange afoot here - so strange in fact that the only way the ICEJ's activities in Central and South America were discovered was that they appeared "on the radar screen" (so to speak) of an organization - Group Watch - that has nothing to do with the Middle East at all, but instead is involved in profiling the activities of American churches and other private organizations related to U.S. foreign policy in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Again, things are not what they appear to be here!
Moreover, insofar as both Lopez and Derstine are concerned (see above), neither of these men are stellar examples of Christians who are really "indigenous" to the countries they claim to represent; instead, just the opposite: They are examples of how closely linked the ICEJ's so-called "embassies" throughout the world are to America's despotic New World Order System and to AMERICAN evangelical groups that are closely linked to that system, MAKING THE ICEJ LITTLE MORE THAN A WRETCHED "CAMP-FOLLOWER" OF THE CIA AND THE U.S. MILITARY - in complete CONTRAVENTION to what the ICEJ bills itself as - an "international" Christian organization. Again, things are not what they seem to be.
You doubt? - well, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate just how tightly the ICEJ and the evangelical groups that they are associated with are tied to the "American New World Order System! Take, for example, the evangelical church in Guatemala City known locally there as Verbo. Verbo is very representative of the kind of churches that the ICEJ is linked to in Central and South America - churches that the ICEJ says are representative of the Christian population they claim to be representing in Jerusalem.
Verbo was founded by the late Jim Durkin's group, Gospel Outreach of Eureka, California. Gospel Outreach was linked to the U.S. State Department and the CIA during Reagan's homicidal "Contra War;" Verbo was also the home church of the right-wing Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, who was responsible for running death squads in Guatemala during the 1980s that mercilessly butchered thousands and thousands of men, women, and children - again, all in the service of America's New World Order System, and - ostensibly - for "Christ and the church."
Indeed, during the time that Montt was running his death squads, he would appear each Sunday at the Ministry of Information in Guatemala City to give a Bible class to the nation over the government radio. And it wasn't just Montt that was engaged in this kind of oxymoronic activity: It was later discovered by the magazine Covert Action Quarterly that several members of Verbo's singing ministry were involved directly in death squad activity during this time. Montt, who is still an active member of the Verbo church, is now president of the Guatemalan Senate.
Group Watch reports that other individuals that the ICEJ is (or has been) involved with -- for instance, Marta Rodriguez, who is married to a former right-wing official in the Honduran government, and Luis Monge, the former president of Costa Rica -- have also been linked either directly or indirectly to groups that support death squad activity in Central and South America. Once again, as Paul Neuman said to Sally Fields, "Things are not what they appear to be." [Please see our articles, "The New American Imperialism," and "Inside the American New World Order System; please also see our article, "The American Empire: The Corporate, Pentagon, CIA, Missionary Archipelago."]
What all this does is EXPOSE THE ICEJ's "INTERNATIONAL" CHRISTIAN CREDENTIALS AS A FRAUD, AND REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ICEJ: THAT IT IS JUST ANOTHER FLUNKY CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL ORGANIZATION IN THE SERVICE OF AMERICA'S NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM.
Now one would think that all this would be a source of embarrassment to the ICEJ - i.e., that it is living such a lie, and that it is so heavily involved with groups that one would think are inimical to the precious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; but Group Watch reports that not only is the ICEJ NOT embarrassed by all this, it sees nothing wrong with what it is doing; that in fact, as Group Watch alleges,
"... the ICEJ acknowledges that it has been and will continue to be POLITICALLY involved around the world, (and that) IT WILL (CONTINUE TO) TAKE (POLITICAL) ACTION AS 'GUIDED BY THE SCRIPTURES'."
Political action involving the association of Christ's name with people embroiled in death squad activity? - this is guided by the Scriptures? And make no mistake about it; the ICEJ has been involved "up to its neck" in the most WRETCHED kind of associations imaginable. You doubt? - well, a lot of it is on film: For example, in December 1987 a film crew making a Bill Moyers' documentary in Honduras entitled "God and Politics" caught representatives of the ICEJ unloading boxes of supplies stamped "ICEJ" that were destined for the death squads the Contras were running out of Honduras into Nicaragua; as the Scriptures say:
"... be sure your sin will find you out." (Num. 32:23)
And there's more! - all this happened at an airport where drugs (cocaine and heroin) were routinely being stored, and then transshipped from Colombia to the United States, much of it destined for the veins and/or noses of American school children - a fact, I suppose, that the ICEJ will claim it was oblivious to; kind of like the way the "good people" of Germany claimed they were "unaware" of what was going on in Hitler's extermination camps. Again, "Be sure your sin will find you out."
What does the ICEJ take people for? - nincompoops? Supplying aid to the Contras? This is the kind of activity that the ICEJ thinks the Scriptures sanction? Come on now! That's insane! - the same Contras that ROUTINELY butchered defenseless villagers loyal to the duly elected socialist government of Nicaragua (the Sandanistas), while all the while "praising God" "speaking in tongues," and "singing Christian hymns" the way they did when they raided the tiny Nicaraguan village of San Francisco del Norte on the western border with Honduras in the early 1980s. [The Contras involved in the raid reported that their pastors back home at their "base camps" (pastors connected to Phil Derstine, Pat Robertson, Larry Lea, Jim Durkin, John Jimenez, John Mears, etc.) said that all this was okay; one pastor - when asked to explain why it was okay, elaborated, "... they dont massacre people ... They massacre demons, and these people are demon possessed: theyre communists ..."]
Again, all we can say is Wow! - is all this what the ICEJ means when it says it is being "guided by the Scriptures?" God help us all, then! - because when people can look at black and call it white, or white and call it black, they are very close to creating the public mindset necessary to the emergence of a new Hitler figure. And that is exactly what the ICEJ is doing! - PREPARING THE WAY FOR A NEW HITLER FIGURE! They think, of course, that what they are doing is helping Israel, and preparing the way for Christ's Second Coming; but it's certainly not the Christ of the Bible! Maybe antichrist; but certainly not Christ - AND THE THEOLOGY THEY SERVE MAKES THAT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR!
It might fairly be asked then, What is it exactly in the ICEJ's "worldview" that is impelling them toward the creation of a new Hitler? The clue as to what it is, is made apparent in the ICEJ's fascination with (and emphasis on) the FEAST OF TABERNACLES, the very "thing" the ICEJ uses to identify or characterize itself with.
Probably few Christians have any real clue about the "typology" connected to the "Feast of Tabernacles," and the connection this "typology" has with the SUPERMAN DOCTRINE of the MANIFEST SONS OF GOD. But if you don't know, you should! - because if you end up embracing this doctrine (even in an unthinking and willy-nilly way), you will most certainly end up "FIGHTING AGAINST GOD" as the "end of the age" approaches, while all the time you think you are "doing service for Him." (John 16:2)
What is it, then, about the "typology" connected to the FEAST OF TABERNACLES that makes it so dangerous? - for surely it must be admitted that the fascination by today's Christians with this ancient Jewish feast is something very new and very novel in the history of the church.
It all began with George Warnock's book, THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. We will let Warnock speak for himself on this matter, and we will comment on it as we go. Warnock writes:
"It was in the spring of 1948 that God came forth in answer to the prayer and fasting of his children, poured out the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and REVEALED THE FACT THAT NOW AT THIS TIME HE WOULD BRING HIS BODY TOGETHER, AND MAKE OF HIS CHURCH ONE GLORIOUS CHURCH, WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE. It was a day long treasured up in the counsels of God. On February 12 and 13, 1948, the Revival started ..."
Thus, in the first paragraphs of his book, The Feast of Tabernacles, Warnock gets right to the point: that BEFORE the Lord returns in the Second Coming, the church will have been made perfect - i.e., "without spot or wrinkle." Now we as Christians may WISH that such were the case; but wishing it won't make it so! The fact is, if we let the Scriptures speak for themselves, we find that the Bible plainly teaches that the church will be in a STATE OF APOSTASY as the "end of the age" draws near. Paul writes:
"LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ..." (2 Thess. 2:3)
Now be clear here, Paul is talking about BELIEVERS: Apostasy means to "FALL AWAY." Fall away from what? - obviously from the faith. Unbelievers cannot "fall away" from the faith - they were never there to begin with. And - again - one should take careful note of the fact that the "FALLING AWAY" that Paul is talking about here describes the state of the church just PRIOR TO the "revealing of the SON OF PERDITION" (i.e., the antichrist) and BEFORE "THAT DAY" (i.e., the day of the rapture and the resurrection) - so very obviously, whatever else is meant by these verses, the Scriptures plainly do not picture a church "without spot of wrinkle" (i.e., in a state of perfection) just prior to the Lord's return. It says quite the reverse: the church will be in a "state of apostasy." BY TEACHING THE EXACT OPPOSITE, WHAT'S THAT MAKE WARNOCK? ACCORDING TO 2 THESS. 2:3, IT MAKES HIM A DECEIVER.
AND WHAT A DECEIVER HE IS - because what Warnock is promoting here is the SUPERMAN CONCEPT of sinless perfection. Warnock continues:
"Hath He spoken and shall He not do it? Hath He promised and shall He not bring it to pass? Did He not mean what He said concerning the Holy Spirit, that He was given to search out the 'depths of God', even the things that have not entered into the heart of man? And were His words falsely spoken when He declared, 'The glory which thou gavest me I have given them'? Shall the first Adam who brought desolation and chaos into the world be permitted to live almost a thousand years, and the sons of the Last Adam (i.e., Christ) be accounted blasphemers and fanatics FOR PREACHING DIVINE HEALTH AND DIVINE LIFE (by which Warnock means sinless perfection in this life - even to the point where one takes on IMMORTALITY) ... Shall the great Husbandman admit defeat, and thrust in the sickle before the grain is ripe and fully formed in the ear? Shall He prove the impatience of His Spirit to His people and set the ministers of Christ in the Church for the perfecting of the saints, and then rapture them all before they attain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ ...?"
"No! A thousand times no! God's Sons shall yet be MANIFESTED in this great hour ... and shall display before this wicked and perverse generation the unveiled glory of God in a manner not hitherto revealed or even imagined. The prayers of sorrow and bitterness and travail throughout this long wilderness journey of the Church from Pentecost until now - have all been bottled up in the heavenly vials, and soon they shall be poured upon the world in great Heaven-shaking events, dethroning the powers of darkness and of Satan, AND ESTABLISHING THE OVERCOMER (i.e., the "overcomers" in the church) in authority on Zion's mountain" (i.e., in Jerusalem).
As fantastic as this might at first sound, THE DOCTRINE THAT WARNOCK IS TEACHING HERE IS REMARKABLY SIMILAR TO THE SUPERMAN CONCEPTS OF NAZI GERMANY: MAN BECOMES GOD - WITH THE JEWS PLAYING THE PART OF THE PROTAGONISTS STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE CHURCH BEING PERFECTED. You say, how can this be? - after all, the people who "buy into" this concept - i.e., those who support the ICEJ - are among Israel's greatest supporters!
Oh? Are they really? Well let's examine their doctrine and find out for ourselves. What you may find out is that their support for Israel and the Jewish people is PRECONDITIONED on their CONVERSION to Christianity - and if that doesn't happen - AND HAPPEN PRECISELY ON SCHEDULE - that friendship could very well turn to hatred.
What do we mean here? Well, it's not that difficult to unravel, although to do so, we will have to turn aside for a short time to examine some of the "darker" aspects that surround the doctrine that undergirds the ICEJ's "FEAST OF TABERNACLES." We implore you to bear with us while we do so, because unless you understand the theology behind all this, you cannot possible understand the malevolent spiritual forces that gather around this INSANE belief-system.
Moreover, as we examine all this, you might be interested to know that THE PEOPLE WHO "BUY INTO" THE "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" DOCTRINE THAT THE ICEJ IS PROMOTING ARE EXACTLY THE SAME PEOPLE WHO "BUY INTO" THE LUNATIC CONCEPTS THAT UNDERGIRD THE "APOSTLES AND PROPHETS" MOVEMENT. Moreover - and this is extremely important for you to bear in mind - THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE AT THE LEADING EDGE OF GEORGE BUSH'S CORE POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY. So what we are talking about here is NOT something that influences the fringe of today's politics, but something that is MOVING and SHAKING America (and the world) at its very center! It's time people started to take this theology very seriously. [Please see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians - the Prophets and Apostles Movement."] Concerning the so-called "Apostles and Prophets" who are pushing this wacko theology (people like C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, John Paul Jackson, Bill Hamon, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, etc.), the Bible says:
"For such are FALSE APOSTLES, deceitful workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST.
"And no marvel (i.e., don't be so surprised by all this); for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
"Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15)
And the Bible goes on to say:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matt. 7:15)
THESE PEOPLE ARE NO FRIENDS OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE, despite the fact that they stand on the rooftops to declare their love for them. They are false prophets! DECEIVERS! - everyone of them - who are pushing a doctrine [i.e., the doctrine of "human deification" (more about that later)] that is so hideous in the sight of God that their involvement in it cannot help but cast serious doubt as to their salvation: people like Paul Crouch, David and Justin Du Plessis, Jack Hayford, Dr. Kevin Ranaghan, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum
Warnock sees the history of the church from its earliest days to the day it reaches "perfection" just prior to the Second Coming of the Lord (see above) as typified in the three annual Jewish feasts of the Old Testament: the first feast, the Feast of Passover (which consists of three separate events: the Passover, the Unleavened Bread, and the Sheaf of Firstfruits); the second feast, the Feast of Pentecost; and the third feast, the Feast of Tabernacles (which - like the Feast of Passover - consists of three events: the Blowing of the Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the actual Feast of Tabernacles). Warnock writes:
"Before we begin to deal with the 'typical' significance of the various Feasts of the Lord, it will be necessary for us to establish the fact that the Old Testament, in 'type' and prophecy, is applicable to the Church of Jesus Christ on a spiritual plane.
Warnock then discusses the "familiar typology" of the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Pentecost; and then he says:
"But for some strange reason this pattern of Biblical exposition is forsaken, and men seek to postpone the last three events compromising the Feast of Tabernacles to some future age ... And whereas the first four events (i.e., events specific to the Feasts of Passover and Pentecost) are generally taught as being applicable to the Church in a spiritual way, the last three events (which pertain specifically to the Feast of Tabernacles) are completely obscured and lost ..."
"The three great annual feasts of the Lord in Israel's worship are set forth in considerable detail in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. IN A VERY REAL SENSE THESE FEASTS 'PREFIGURE' AND 'TYPIFY' THE WHOLE CHURCH AGE BEGINNING WITH THE CROSS AND CONSUMMATING IN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD (in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles) ...
"The feasts ... begin with the Passover, and end with the Feast of Tabernacles; AND IN BETWEEN WE HAVE THE VARIOUS STEPS AND DEGREES BY WHICH THE CHURCH IS BROUGHT OUT OF DEATH AND INTO LIFE, OUT OF REJECTION AND INTO EXALTATION, OUT OF SUFFERING AND INTO THE KINGDOM ... It is certain that God is now preparing His people for the greatest feast of her long history - the Feast of Tabernacles ... We have now come to the 'ends of the ages' when the glory ... must be restored ... (to the church) ..."
Now look carefully here! - what is it that Warnock says will be "manifested" at the Feast of Tabernacles? THE SONS OF GOD! - i.e., THE MANCHILD COMPANY, a group of PERFECTED SAINTS that shall convert Israel, conquer the earth for Christ, and prepare the way for Christ's Second Coming. Warnock writes:
"This victory of which we speak is the very victory of Christ Himself. When we attain to this victory, there will be no need to formulate weak excuses why the victorious Christian can again fall into sin and suffer defeat - for this place in Christ knows no defeat. We will not have to explain how Satan gained an advantage over us and planted a new seed of sin in the heart, and the victory we once had was lost: for this victory is the very victory of Christ."
"There is no doubt, therefore, that from now till the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement (which, remember, is an integral part of the Feast of Tabernacles) in the Church, God's people are going to be subjected to great times of testing and trial WITH A VIEW TO PERFECTING THEM, AND REWARDING THEM AS OVERCOMERS ... God is sifting, sifting, sifting His people as never before, in preparation for the Day of Atonement AND THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES ... THERE IS NO QUESTION AS TO WHAT GOD WOULD TEACH US BY THE DAY OF ATONEMENT. IT IS THE ACTUAL TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONGREGATION OF THEIR SINS AND CARNAL WAYS."
Again, what Warnock is suggesting here is PERFECTION in this life - and (now pay attention here; this is very important) PERFECTION not because we mirror or reflect Christ's perfection as the moon reflects the light of the sun, but because WE ACTUALLY BECOME CHRIST as His body (i.e., His church). In other words, we become INTRINSICALLY one with Christ, not merely one in fellowship, but one in substance. We become God just as much as Christ is God. Warnock writes:
"To many, of course, this truth of our (intrinsic) identification with Christ the Head is nothing less than BLASPHEMY. But this is to be expected. When Jesus called Himself the Son of God they said, 'Thou blasphemest'. And yet now we hail Him King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, Man of very Man, and God of very God. And the ages to come are going to reveal, what is now revealed by the Spirit to those whose understandings have been quickened, that Christ is the Body - the WHOLE Body (meaning the church), and not just the Head."
And one should be clear here - what Warnock is saying is that we are to become God every bit as much as Christ is God; that because we are the Body of Christ (i.e., the church) WE ARE CHRIST! WE ARE GOD!
This, of course, is BLASPHEMY - plain and simple, and Warnock seems to know that he is treading on very dangerous ground here when he remarks, "To many, of course, this truth of our (intrinsic) identification with Christ the Head is nothing less than BLASPHEMY." Nonetheless, this is plainly what Warnock believes, and what he teaches in his book, The Feast of Tabernacles. And this is EXACTLY how Warnock's devotees understand Warnock; for example, Kenneth Hagin, a Warnock devotee, says concerning our "identification" with Christ as His Body -
"... the Church is called Christ. The Church has not yet realized that we are Christ. When we do, we'll start doing the work we're supposed to do" (i.e., take over the world).
"... there is a real incarnation in the new birth."
And he goes on to say that in this "incarnation," God imparts -
"His very NATURE, SUBSTANCE, and BEING to our human spirits."
Hence, Hagin maintains,
"... every born again man is an incarnation" and that "THE BELIEVER IS AS MUCH AN INCARNATION (OF GOD) AS JESUS OF NAZARETH (IS)."
And lest the reader think that Hagin is only speaking metaphorically, one has only to consider the following additional quotation:
"THAT'S WHO WE ARE; WE'RE JESUS." (In other words, we're God)
D.L. McConnell writes that what these men are teaching is the "DOCTRINE OF HUMAN DEIFICATION!" And what a powerful dream that is - the dream to be like the gods - to reach for the heavens. Indeed, it permeates our legends and myths, and echoes back down through the corridors of time to Camelot and Valhalla - the thought that man has the potential to become a god - that he has a god's role in the universe. The concept of a super-human brotherhood of men (i.e., Warnock's "overcomers") characterized principally by their perfection is PRECISELY what Warnock is teaching in his MANIACAL doctrine of the "Feast of Tabernacles."
This is what Warnock thinks Christianity is all about: MAN BECOMES GOD! And this is EXACTLY what the "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" (as envisioned by Warnock) is all about. Warnock writes:
"These truths, we realize, are difficult for us to grasp. Of necessity this must be so; for as yet we see 'as through a glass darkly', But as truly as Jesus said, 'Father, the hour is come ...' the time is at hand when the Body shall be able to say, 'Lord Jesus, the hour is come ..." Identification with Christ is a truth of infinite and eternal significance, IT MEANS MUCH MORE THAN THE FACT THAT WE ARE JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD AND SAVED FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM. IT GOES ON TO EMBRACE NOT ONLY THE WORK OF REDEMPTION, BUT THE PERSON OF THE REDEEMER HIMSELF; SO THAT THE BODY (i.e., the church) BECOMES THOROUGHLY ONE WITH HIM IN THE 'ETERNAL PURPOSE' which God purposed 'in Christ Jesus'. Does not the apostle Paul affirm, 'The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit ... A life-giving spirit! CREATIVE POWER!"
CREATIVE POWER? - again, what Warnock is saying here is that Christians are going to share in God's divinity! - i.e., that they shall possess the ability to create ex nihilo (out of nothing by merely "speaking things into existence;" this is, of course, what the "prosperity seekers" like Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Bennie Hinn, etc. are "pushing"). Warnock continues:
"SUCH IS THE HERITAGE AND THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE LAST ADAMIC RACE."
And should anyone miss what Warnock is saying here, he writes:
"And should some insist that this refers only to Christ, the Last Adam, let us continue: 'As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly'. SO THOROUGH AND REAL AND VITAL IS OUR IDENTIFICATION WITH THE LAST ADAM, THAT IN ALL RESPECTS - HIS WORK, HIS MINISTRY, HIS DEATH, HIS LIFE - WE ARE TO BECOME LIKE UNTO HIM."
Obviously, then, Warnock believes in the concept of "human deification."
Brothers and sisters in the Lord, THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF! This is LUCIFERIC sin - the desire to be God! THIS IS THE ORIGINAL SIN! - the sin that in ages far, far past, long before this present world, caused God to "cast Satan (Lucifer) down:"
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground ...
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH.
"Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Is. 14:12-15)
And it is precisely this sin (i.e., the sin to be like God) that Satan tempted Eve with:
"Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
"But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, AND YE SHALL BE AS GODS ..." (Gen. 3:1-5)
Listen to me, brothers and sisters! - all those who go this way shall -
"... be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Is. 14:15)
THIS IS NOTHING TO BE TRIFLED WITH. YET THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WARNOCK IS DOING HERE - AND HE IS SEEKING TO INVOLVE YOU IN THIS ANCIENT SIN: HUMAN DEIFICATION! - and many evangelical leaders have already been caught up in this primordial sin. Take, for example, Charles Capps, a contemporary of Warnock. He writes,
"In August of 1973, the Word of the Lord came unto me saying, 'If men would believe me, long prayers are not necessary. Just speaking the Word will bring what you desire. My Creative power is given to man in Word form. I have ceased for a time from my creative work and have given man ... MY CREATIVE POWER'."
Creative power again! - this is what the Godhead is all about! [Only God can create ex nihilo (out of nothing)]!
William Branham, another Warnock contemporary, also believed that it was possible to achieve such complete "ONENESS" and "INTRINSIC UNITY" with God that truly "holy men" - "Master's of the Faith" - could create ex nihilo through the use of their own words. These are the supermen of the "Manifest Sons of God," the "Manchild Company" - the people that Warnock is talking about in his book, The Feast of Tabernacles.
"The ultimate end of ... (this kind of thinking) is deification (man becomes God). Deification may be defined as the process whereby men are transformed into gods ..."
And make no mistake about it, this kind of thinking is everywhere today. For example, Paul Cain, a one-time associate of John Wimber of Vineyard Fellowships International, and who today works closely with C. Peter Wagner, Reuven Doren, Rick Joyner, John Paul Jackson, etc., etc. believes that it's possible for "Overcoming Christians" to attain "immortalization" after coming to perfection - again, the kind of perfection that Warnock is "pushing" in his book, The Feast of Tabernacles. Cain writes,
"So my point is this, that there will be a MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD (the same "manifestation" that Warnock believes is prefigured in the Feast of Tabernacles). And it won't be this baloney that we've heard of in the past; I mean, there's been a few people tried to walk through a wall like this over here and knocked their brains loose, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a manifested son of God; if anyone walks through this wall over here, they're not going to tell you about it - I mean, they're just going to do it. And sons of God don't tell you they're sons of God, they'll just show you! Amen."
"Can we not see from this what God has promised His people in this great hour (i.e., the Feast of Tabernacles)? ... All the glory and power of the early Church combined with all the glory and power which rightfully belongs to the triumphant Church of the last days! All her former glory (i.e., the glory of the so-called 'early rain') combined with all her latter glory (i.e., the glory of the so-called 'latter rain')! Truly we cannot begin to imagine the great and tremendous things which God hath prepared for them that love Him! 'And He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain ... The Lord will do a quick work in the earth. This is the FOCAL HOUR OF CHURCH HISTORY ... We shall have a veritable deluge of rain from the gates of Heaven! No wonder the prophet (Joel) prophesied, 'The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former ...'"
THIS IS WHAT THE "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" IN WARNOCK'S VIEW IS ALL ABOUT - THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD (i.e., HUMAN DEIFICATION)!
AND THIS IS WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM IS ALL ABOUT - ACTING AS THE "STAGING AREA" WHERE THE "MANIFESTATION" WILL OCCUR [i.e., WHERE THE CHURCH (THE CHURCH THAT IS NOW BEING "PERFECTED" BY THE "APOSTLES AND PROPHETS MOVEMENT") WILL BE MANIFESTED TO THE WORLD]. [Again, please see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians - the Prophets and Apostles Movement."]
THE CHURCH WILL THEN CONQUER THE EARTH AND PRESENT IT TO CHRIST FOR HIM TO RULE AND REIGN OVER. And how exactly will that be accomplished? - growing numbers of Christians in the United States believe that's what George Bush and the U.S. military is all about - the "instrumentality" through which the church will "cleanse the world of unrighteousness." Cleanse the world of unrighteousness? - the same army that, as J.W. Smith of the California-based Institute for Economic Democracy (EID) writes, has -
"... been overthrowing democratic governments, installing and protecting dictators, and PREVENTING peace, freedom, justice, rights, and majority rule (all over the world); an effort that has led to the SLAUGHTER OF TWELVE TO FIFTEEN MILLION MOSTLY INNOCENT PEOPLE in furtherance of America's New World Order System) ..."
Is this the SLAUGHTER that Jack Deere of Vineyard Fellowships is writing about when he says:
"When this army comes, it will be large and mighty. It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before ... "begin the SLAUGHTER ... And they walk through the world and they start and they begin to SLAUGHTER ..."
Slaughter? - IN THE NAME OF CHRIST? A slaughter that the church is going to participate in, in order to prepare the way for Christ's Second Coming? Wow! - that heavy stuff - and it's also totally INSANE!
This is the theology (or eschatology) that the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem embraces. THIS IS WHAT THE "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" (in type) PREFIGURES, again, according to Warnock. In a very REAL and HORRIBLY SINISTER way, THE FEAST OF TABERNACLE CELEBRATIONS ARE TO THOSE WHO EMBRACE ITS THEOLOGY OF "MAN BECOMING GOD" WHAT THE BAYREUTH FESTIVALS WERE TO HITLER - WHICH EMBRACED THE VERY SAME THEMES.
"When I hear Wagner," Hitler said, "it seems to me that I rear the rhythms of a world to come" - where man will become God. AND JUST AS MAN BECOMES GOD IN THE WORKS OF WAGNER (AND EPITOMIZED WHAT THE NAZIS WERE AIMING AT), SO THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (as people like Warnock, Cain, Doren, Joyner, etc. conceive it) EPITOMIZES WHAT THEIR TWISTED ESCHATOLOGY IS LIKEWISE AIMING AT. IT'S ALL THE SAME: MAN BECOMES GOD.
Himmler derived much of the "doctrine" that came to underpin the SS from the writings of Jorge Lanz von Liebenfels, a former Cistercian monk who lived in Vienna at the turn of the century, and his friend, Guido von List. Both List and Lanz were devotees of the Grail Quest which postulated that individual sanctity when practiced on a "group level" would lead to the creation of a whole class of super-beings (Himmler's SS and Warnock's "overcomers) that could lead mankind into a "higher plain of existence."
Lanz created The Order of the New Templars; List began Armanen. The membership of both groups was to a large degree interlocking. As a child, Lanzs greatest wish had been to become a Knight Templar. In 1893, at the age of nineteen, he entered the Cistercian monastery of the Holy Cross. The following year he published a work about the meaning of the Crusades. In 1899 he left the Cistercians and started his own order, usurping the name and rituals of his beloved Templars. Lanz quickly found people who were willing to believe - and some of the believers were very wealthy men, ready to help Lanz make his wildest dreams come true.
With the help of these wealthy devotees, he acquired three castles - one at Werfenstein in Lower Austria, one at Marienkamp near Ulm, and the third at Rugen, an island in the Baltic - where he conducted elaborate ceremonies based on the Grail Quest. Lanz taught the concept of "man-gods" - a notion which promoted the idea that through dedication to individual purity, man could progress to perfection - to the point where he could begin to take on god-like dimensions. And what exactly is so important about the concepts which List and Lanz were purveying? - according to John Toland, the thinking of both men had a great and very profound impact on Hitler. THE PARALLEL BETWEEN LIST AND LANZ (on the one hand) AND CHRISTIANS LIKE WARNOCK AND HAGIN (on the other hand) IS NO ACCIDENT. ALL OF THESE MEN ARE DRAWING WATER FROM THE SAME WELL.
AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SHARON WAS ADDRESSING THREE SUNDAYS AGO AT THE ICEJ's "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" CELEBRATIONS? - Wow! Israel is as blind as the church is today! And that is saying a whole lot! - a fact that is made ABUNDANTLY clear as one begins to understand the role the Jews are slated to play in Warnock's maniacal SUPERMAN theology.
According to Warnock, the proof that the church has made herself ready for this "great manifestation" will be THE CONVERSION OF ISRAEL. Reuven Doren explains the part the Jews are EXPECTED to play in this scenario:
"The Jews were hardened TO MAKE THEM THE HARDEST TO REACH. In this way, they have become the barometer of humanity, reflecting the overall condition of the state of man. When the gospel is preached that grafts the natural branches back into the tree, the church and Israel will then be able to reach the whole world. This is why Paul said that the gospel should be preached to the Jew first. This was not just out of favoritism, but because the Jew represents the greatest challenge of the gospel, and one which we must have ... Even so, our relationship to the Jews is not meant to be a stumbling block, but a stepping stone ... The final joining together of both into one new man ... resulting in the healing of all spiritual and cultural wounds."
All this sounds well and good. Nothing for the Jews to fear here. In fact, Abe Foxman - a Jew, the President of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and an ardent supporter of friendship with evangelical Christians - sees this as a "NO-BRAINER." He says:
"We have no problem with these people! - all we have to do is ask Messiah when he comes, Is this your first visit, or is this your second?"
Pretty nifty, huh? - to be able to dismiss the crazed theology of his new Christian "friends" in such a nonchalant and cavalier fashion. The problem is, however, Foxman's "timing" is all wrong! The Jews won't get the chance to ask this question of Messiah when He comes because - according to Warnock's scheme of things - they have to convert BEFORE Christ comes again, not after. Doren explains:
"WHEN (i.e., AFTER) THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL HAVE BEEN GRAFTED TOGETHER ... THE TIME OF "THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS" (i.e., THE LORD'S SECOND COMING) MAY BEGIN.
Rick Joyner says the same thing; he writes:
"The Jews have historically represented the greatest test for the ... (church) ... In a sense, Jews are the ACID TEST of our message. UNTIL THE CHURCH COMES TO THE SPIRITUAL STATURE (MATURITY) WHERE SHE PROVOKES THE JEW TO JEALOUSY, WE HAVE NOT YET ATTAINED TO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CALLED."
So, again, What is it that Warnock, Doren, and Joyner are saying here? What they are saying is that Christ cannot return UNTIL the church has been perfected, and the proof that the church has been perfected is Israel's conversion.
In a back-handed way, that means - according to Warnock - that UNTIL Israel is converted, Christ CANNOT return. That begs the question, what happens to the Jews if they refuse to convert? - AND THEY WON'T CONVERT, at least not on the timetable nor in the way that the Warnock model calls for! Remember, the Scriptures teach that NATIONAL salvation for Israel will not come to the Jewish people until - "THEY SHALL LOOK UPON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED" (Zech 12:10), and that won't happen until Christ's Second Coming - approximately seven years after the Gog/Magog War. [NOTE: We URGE you, if you have not already, to read our article, "Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land" for a detailed discussion of the Gog/Magog War and its eschatological importance insofar as the "end of the age" is concerned; we also urge you to read Chapter V of the Antipas Papers, "Understanding the Book of Revelation" for a discussion of the chronology of the events of the "end of the age;" finally, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Scriptural difference between Israel and the church, and God's plan and purpose for each of these entities, we urge you to read Chapter III of the Antipas Papers, "The Distinction Between Israel and the Church."]
Until the Second Coming, the Jews AS A NATION will remain in unbelief. THIS DOESN'T MEAN, OF COURSE, THAT MANY JEWS AS INDIVIDUALS WON'T BE SAVED BETWEEN NOW AND THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (as they have been doing all along for centuries - like all the other peoples of the earth). Thousands and thousands, no doubt, will! But the conversion of Israel AS A NATION will have to wait for the end of the Tribulation period - WHEN CHRIST RETURNS! At which time, the Bible says:
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the SPIRIT OF GRACE (i.e., UNMERITED FAVOR) and of supplications: and THEY SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED (very obviously the Lord), and they shall mourn for him (i.e., Jesus), as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for him (i.e., Christ, whom they rejected), as one that is in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for his firstborn.
"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
"And one shall say unto him, WHAT ARE THESE WOUNDS IN THINE HANDS? Then he shall answer, THOSE WITH WHICH I WAS WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF MY FRIENDS." (Please see Zech. 12:8-14, 13:1, 6)
[NOTE: It's important to bear in mind here that what Warnock and "his crowd" are after is securing the INSTITUTIONS of Israel's government for themselves - they really don't give a "whit" for the souls of individual Jews per se. What they are after is control of the government of Israel. That's what's important to them. Winning the Jews over on an individual basis without capturing Israel's INSTITUTIONS OF POWER won't advance Warnock's insane theology one bit.]
Plainly, then, NATIONAL salvation for Israel will only happen AT the moment of Christ's Second Coming, not BEFORE - and if that's the case, it does violence to Warnock's time line, and leaves those Christians who believe that the Jews and Israel will flock to them with palm branches in their hands out in the cold like jilted lovers. WOW! - THE WRATH THAT WILL FALL ON ISRAEL AS A RESULT WILL BE HORRIBLE! THERE IS, AFTER ALL, NOTHING SO HATEFUL AND MEAN-SPIRITED AS A JILTED LOVER.
And more than that, what will Christian dominionists think when Israel refuses not only to convert, but - after her victory in the Gog/Magog War [please see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, "The Gog/Magog War"] - rebuilds the temple, excludes any Christian participation in its rebuilding and in the subsequent revived Temple service, and then - as if to add insult to injury - CLAIMS THAT SHE (i.e., ISRAEL) - AND NOT THE CHURCH - IS GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH? What will happen then? Think of the wrath that this will provoke among Christian dominionists!
The gloves will come off, the smiles will disappear, and the knives will surely be unsheathed then. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO LUTHER when the Jews refused to come over to him after he broke with Rome - and you can be sure that it will happen again! The fact is, the continued existence of the Jewish people (and the state of Israel) as a separate, distinct and UNBELIEVING entity OUTSIDE the church will have to be explained somehow - this isn't the way things are supposed to happen according to the "dominionist model." The presence of unconverted Jews in the Holy Land could not help but be a festering sore to the dominionist eschatology of George Warnock, Reuven Doren, C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, D. James Kennedy and the like.
WHAT TO DO?
The answer is simple enough! - picture those Jews in the Holy Land who refuse to convert as agents of the Devil (after all, the church has been doing that for centuries and centuries). There certainly exists a large enough body of literature in the countless CONSPIRACY THEORIES about the Jews that abound in Christian circles to accommodate such thinking. THE DEVIL IS ANIMATING THE JEWS that refuse to convert - that must be the answer! The Jews MUST be a tribe of witches. Certainly "Prophets and Apostles" like John Eckhardt and James Ryles would have very little trouble in believing such a thing - after all, by Eckhardt's own testimony, those who refuse to recognize the authority of the church (so-called) are motivated by a spirit of WITCHCRAFT. That's what he says:
"... false teachers (meaning those who oppose "The New Apostolic Reformation") carry a spirit of WITCHCRAFT."
Sadly, the Jews are so intent on establishing friends, that when a group - any group - holds out its hand purportedly in friendship, the Jews are prone to take it. As one Israeli official put it -
"Israel doesn't have a lot of friends around the world, and to write off (this group of Christians) I think would be foolish."
No! - insofar as most government officials in Israel are concerned, "friendship" with the very community that constitutes the CORE political constituency of the most powerful man on earth is worth a little "blindness" insofar as what might be motivating these people - and that's not just our observation here at Antipas, many others have taken note of this fact. For example, Mark O'Keefe, writing for the Newhouse News Service, reports that solidifying its relationship with American evangelicals - and, ipso facto, President George Bush's CORE political constituency in the United States - is considered vital by Israeli officials to the continued survival of the state of Israel. INGRATIATING THEMSELVES TO THE AMERICAN EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY - THAT'S WHAT THE GAME IS ALL ABOUT NOW IN ISRAEL. The fact is, many in Israeli government circles have come to believe that this devotion toward Israel extends even to George Bush himself, who is - supposedly - also a "born-again," evangelical Christian. Indeed, Moshe Fox, Israel's Washington-based Minister of Public Affairs, writes:
"It's one of the common explanations (of) ... why and how Bush is sympathetic to Israel and its cause ... I haven't had a chance to talk to the president about this, but that view is out there and it is quite common (in Israeli government circles)."
No wonder, then, that solidifying its relationship with American evangelicals has become a top priority for the Sharon government - even to the extent that it has hired TouchPoint Solutions, a Colorado Springs consulting agency to manage its effort in this regard (NOTE: Colorado Springs has become a center of Christian evangelical activity in the last few years; it is the headquarters of such huge Christian enterprises as Dr. Dobson's Focus on the Family, the Navigators, Youth for Christ, etc.).
Highlights of TouchPoint's effort include (1) persuading the top 30 evangelical leaders (including Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, John Hagee, Tim LaHaye, etc.) to promote political support of Israel in their congregations; (2) sending a letter to the pastors of the largest 100,000 evangelical churches in the country (and a postcard to another 350,000) urging them to encourage their members to support Israel; and (3) conducting "Israeli Solidarity Days" in 100 cities including public prayer for Israel, stressing Israel's biblical importance insofar as evangelical Christianity's eschatology is concerned, and encouraging pastors, business people, and Christian athletes to make "solidarity trips" to Israel (some of whom will have their trip expenses paid for by the Israeli government).
TouchPoint President Butch Maltby says,
"The idea is to sell the sellers." [In other words, to influence evangelical Christian leaders in America to ratchet up support of Israel among their American congregations in juxtaposition to the growing influence of the worldwide Islamic community.]
So important is this effort to Israel - along with a whole host of other similar Israeli-sponsored endeavors aimed at currying the support of American evangelicals - that the Israeli government has established an "Interreligious Affairs Office" in its embassy in Washington and similar positions in all of its consulates throughout the United States to "manage" and "coordinate" the undertaking.
Shari Dollinger, an American Jew who grew up in Kansas and was educated at Brandies University, is the Israeli Embassy's "Interreligious Affairs Officer" in Washington. While growing up in Kansas, Dollinger became aware of the impulse of American evangelicals to support Israel. At Brandies, Dollinger wrote her senior thesis on the support of evangelical Christians for Israel. She later served as an intern for Senator Sam Brownback, a Republican evangelical Christian who is one of Congress' most pro-Israel legislators, and who has been a participant in the ICEJ's "Feast of Tabernacles" on several occasions over the years.
So intense are Dollinger's efforts (and the efforts of many in the Israeli Embassy as well as others in Israel's many consulates around the country) in promoting a good relationship with American evangelicals, that it is not at all unusual for one to believe that he has walked into an evangelical Christian "praise and worship" meeting when entering the Israeli Embassy (or one of its consulates). For instance, in a January 18, 2002 meeting held in the Israeli Embassy in Washington, loud "Amens," "Praise the Lords," and "Hallelujahs" could be heard echoing up and down the hallways of the building as evangelical leaders met with Dollinger to discuss ways of how Christian college students could lead pro-Israel events on campuses. Can you imagine! - that would certainly turn many old-line Jews over in their graves if they heard it.
This strategy (i.e., the strategy of working intimately with American evangelicals to promote close links between the United States and Israel) extends even to the highest levels of Israel's government says Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, an Israeli and American citizen who has become a Jerusalem-based, unpaid adviser on Christian affairs to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Eckstein - a good friend of the former head of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, and who founded and still heads the Chicago-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews - says,
"There's a greater recognition (in the Israeli government) ... that the evangelical community is NUMEROUS, POWERFUL and INFLUENTIAL, particularly with this president (i.e., Bush)."
It's in the midst of all this American evangelical fervor on behalf of Israel (and the reverse: fervor on the part of Israel for American evangelicals) that the ICEJ has managed to place itself as a "broker" between the two [i.e., between the Israeli government (on the one hand) and the American evangelical community (on the other hand)] - AND IN DOING SO, BRINGING "FRONT AND CENTER" ITS WARPED THEOLOGY CONCERNING THE "END OF DAYS" AND THE "FEAST OF TABERNACLES." The very real fact of the matter is, over the years the ICEJ has morphed itself "willy nilly" into a "coordinating agency" - a center for almost all Christian activity in Israel. And that's exactly the way the ICEJ wants to see itself: as a CENTER -
"... where Christians throughout the world can learn what is happening in Israel in order to stimulate Christian leaders, organizations, and churches to work on behalf of Israel."
And make no mistake about it, there are a lot of organizations the ICEJ is "brokering for" in Israel; for example, Bridges For Peace, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (which claims 250 "messianic synagogues" and 350,000 members), Americans for a Safe Israel, David Lewis Ministries, etc. Indeed, it is conservatively estimated that the ICEJ brokers in one way or another for over 240 different American evangelical Christian groups. So successful has the ICEJ been in this effort that many countless numbers of American evangelical Christian groups that hitherto had no connection at all to the DERANGED theology that the ICEJ is promoting, now accept it without even batting an eye or knowing what it's all about. The problem with all this, however, is that over the years as their relationship with the ICEJ has deepened and strengthened, they have begun to imbibe its theology as well: Paul was right when He said:
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
Of course, the insane ideas of Warnock would - under normal circumstances - remain just that: insane ideas, just as the crazed ideas of both List and Lanz (et. al.) would have remained just that - INSANE IDEAS and nothing more - if it hadn't been for the fact that in Hitler (and the Nazi Party) these ideas were wed to German military power.
AND THE SAME IS TRUE TODAY: the LUNATIC ideas of Warnock and Hagin (et. al.) would be about as impotent and infirm as the ideas of List and Lanz (minus the fact of Hitler) - except for the that in George Bush and his "Promise Keepers"-kind of Christianity, they are being wed today to American military power (again, please see our article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership").
AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY! The truth is, the invasion of Afghanistan and the coming invasion of Iraq are to Bush what Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland were to Hitler: PORTENTS and PREMONITIONS of things to come - with Bush's brand of "Promise Keepers Christianity" (Warnock's "Overcomers" and "Manifest Sons of God") acting in the stead of Hitler's SS.
With this in mind, the reality of what the ICEJ is promoting under the rubric of the "Feast of Tabernacles" takes on a very menacing and Hitler-like quality - and, indeed, it is precisely for this reason that we can say that THE FEAST OF TABERNACLE CELEBRATIONS ARE TO THOSE WHO EMBRACE ITS THEOLOGY OF "MAN BECOMING GOD" WHAT THE BAYREUTH FESTIVALS WERE TO HITLER AND THE NAZIS.
AND - AGAIN - ONE SHOULD BEAR IN MIND HERE THAT WHILE NOT ALL AMERICANS "BUY INTO" THIS IDIOTIC THEOLOGY, THOSE WHO DO FORM THE "CORE CONSTITUENCY" OF GEORGE BUSH'S POLITICAL SUPPORT. [Indeed, the fact is, those who subscribe to the ideas that undergird Warnock's theology do not even form a majority of "born-again" Christians; but they are by far its most active and vocal proponents - and that's what counts. Just as that's what counted during the Nazi era, that's what counts today insofar as American evangelicals are concerned.]
Moreover, one should consider the fact that in "legitimizing" Warnock's theology and making it the raison d'être for American conquest (a process that has already taken root and is growing in the American mindset), it's not as if there is no foundation upon which to lay it. The very real fact of the matter is, Americans - and not just American evangelicals - have a messianic image of themselves and the United States. Indeed, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., an avowed secularist, writes:
"(In the seventeenth century) THE CALVINIST MIND PRONOUNCED AMERICA THE REDEEMER NATION; in the eighteenth century it was Jonathan Edward's theology of Providence; in the nineteenth century it was Josiah Strong's theology of expansion ("Manifest Destiny"); in the twentieth century it was Woodrow Wilson's gospel of world order and John Foster Dulles' summons to a holy war against godless communism."
Clearly, Schlesinger recognizes the fact that Americans of "all stripes" - religious or otherwise - believe that America has some kind of "special mission" to perform in the world; a "uniqueness" that places it above all the other nations of the world. Moreover, Schlesinger perceives the fact that more often than not, this "uniqueness" has been expressed in religious terms. For example, Schlesinger sees President Wilson wanting to "REDEEM" the world; sees Reagan as representing a mighty comeback of "MESSIANISM;" refers to Dulles as the "HIGH PRIEST" of the Cold War; and notes Reagan's use of the terms "CRUSADE" and "HOLY WAR." Historian Charles Potts believes that Schlesinger is right on this point. Concerning the accuracy of Schlesinger's observation, Potts writes:
"Three centuries of American political history have their compass read and almost boxed with RELIGIOUS nomenclature in this brief quote."
OBVIOUSLY, THEN, THIS REPRESENTS A POWERFUL FOUNDATION UPON WHICH AMERICAN EVANGELICALS CAN CONSTRUCT AN IDEOLOGY THAT CAN JUSTIFY A HOLY CRUSADE to REDEEM the world. And, moreover, once war is entered upon, as is happening right now in Afghanistan, and as it soon will occur in Iraq, RELIGION HAS A WAY OF COMING EVER MORE TO THE FRONT. The fact is, as Potts suggests, once war is embarked upon - for whatever REAL reason, whether economic, political, social or whatever - leaders of the "war party" are not apt to be able to throw their populations into the cataclysm of war using as a reason a "Cost/Benefit Analysis." As the German philosopher Oswald Spengler once said:
"It is necessary to make a metaphysical virtue of intellectual necessity, AND DRAG GOD INTO IT."
In other words, it is necessary for the "war party" to HIDE IN GOD'S ROBES, even if the REAL reason for going to war is to "heap up profits to the elites" - as is surely the reason in the case of Iraq.
IT'S HERE - PRECISELY HERE - THAT WAR BECOMES A RELIGIOUS DUTY; It's then that war becomes religion. America: going forth to CONQUER and REDEEM the world: it's practically "HOLY WRIT" in the United States - and when war becomes religion, there is no answer to it. As psychologist and philosopher William James writes:
"One cannot meet them (i.e., the warmakers) effectively by mere counter-insistency on war's expensiveness and horror. The horror makes the thrill; and when the question is of getting the extremist and supremist out of human nature, talk of expense sounds ignominious. The weakness of so much merely negative criticism is evident - pacifism makes no converts from the military party. The military party denies neither the bestiality nor the horror, nor the expense; it only says that these things tell but half the story. It only says that war is WORTH them ... that mankind cannot afford to adopt a peace-economy."
WHEN WAR IS CONDUCTED UNDER THE COLOR OF THIS KIND OF THINKING, IT BECOMES A HOLY SACRAMENT. The rituals, the myths, the ideological controls that are then placed on the population in pursuit of the war are now taken as articles of faith. They are beyond reproof. War has been made holy. The National Security State is erected under the rubric of "Christ and the church" - and to oppose its repression is to oppose the rule of God.
IT IS HERE - EXACTLY HERE - THAT AMERICAN EVANGELICALS WILL SURELY COME INTO THEIR OWN. IT IS HERE THAT WARNOCK'S DEMENTED AND MANIACAL THEOLOGY ABOUT CHRISTIAN "SUPERMEN" AND THE "MANIFEST SONS OF GOD" WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IT'S WAR THAT MAKES ALL THIS POSSIBLE! And - sadly - it's here that the Christ of the Gospels will surely become irrelevant to the purposes of America's New World Order System - the Christ who said:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but WHOSOEVER SHALL SMITE THEE ON THY RIGHT CHEEK, TURN TO HIM THE OTHER ALSO.
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
"But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHICH DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU;
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matt. 5:38-45)
The Christianity depicted in the above Scriptures is certainly NOT the Christianity of George Warnock; this is NOT the Christianity of Kenneth Hagin nor Bennie Hinn, nor C. Peter Wagner, et. al. And this is certainly NOT the Christianity of George Bush and his "Promise Keepers"-kind of Christians. Oh well, as the Bible says:
"... wisdom is justified of her (own) children." (Matt. 11:19) [And none of these men are wisdom's children.]
When religion and power are mixed together, the religious begin to see in the very power they wield proof of their DIVINE calling. As Michael Parenti writes,
"A nation which has spent the better portion of its history captivated by its own chosen people mythology will have little difficulty in believing it is preeminently qualified to uplift mankind. THIS SALVATION IMPULSE IS COMPOUNDED WHEN NATIONAL VIRTUE IS WEDDED TO NATIONAL POWER FOR AMERICANS THEN BEGIN TO SEE PROOF OF THEIR DIVINE CALLING IN THE VERY POWER WHICH ENABLES THEM TO THRUST THEMSELVES ON OTHERS."
These are precisely the people who - as one church recently did in Walla Walla, Washington - have flag raising ceremonies in conjunction with their Sunday morning worship services, while all the people sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. These are people who see in the flag and the pledge of allegiance the sacraments of religion.
Potts says that the "patriotism" these people (for example, the "Christians" in Walla Walla) promote is absolute conformity to the dictates of the state - and opposition to these dictates is not merely a matter of dissent or even a matter of "treason," but matters of BLASPHEMY AND HERESY.
It's here that religion - whether the secular religion that Himmler and Hitler promoted, or the "Christian religion" (so-called) that George Warnock, George Bush, John Ashcroft and the "Promise Keepers" are promoting - comes closely to resemble the institutions of the Inquisition. Those who oppose this kind of "flag-waving" - once it takes hold - like Henry David Thoreau during the Mexican War, Mark Twain during the Spanish American War and the Aguinaldo Insurrections, Senators Frank Church and Wayne Morse at the beginning of the Vietnam War, don't have a prayer.
THE POINT TO BE MADE IN ALL THIS IS SIMPLE: IT'S NOT AS IF THE DEVOTEES OF GEORGE WARNOCK'S "SUPERMAN THEOLOGY" ARE BUILDING FROM SCRATCH. THEY'RE NOT!! THERE IS ALREADY A POWERFUL FOUNDATION LAID UPON WHICH THE DEVOTEES OF GEORGE WARNOCK'S "FEAST OF TABERNACLES" CAN BUILD - and, as we have already connoted, that's precisely what's happening. WARNOCK'S IDEAS ARE BEING WED TO AMERICAN MILITARY POWER JUST AS SURELY AS THE IDEAS OF LIST AND LANZ WERE WED TO GERMAN MILITARY POWER.
Brothers and sisters in the Lord, we stand today at the cross roads of history, and while that may be a worn-out phrase, it is surely the truth of the matter in this situation. What we do in deciding which fork of the road we will take will determine eternity for us - and that's NOT an exaggeration. The fact of the matter is, we find ourselves racing "back to the future" to the same place the German people stood just prior to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland - only in our case, it's Afghanistan and Iraq with the "Promise Keepers"-brand of Christianity standing in the stead of Himmler's SS. Only this time the kind of military power that America wields in the world makes the kind that Germany wielded sixty years ago seem puny and feeble in comparison.
And there should be no mistake today about the reality of American military power and the stark truth (substance) of the "American New World Order System." Only a MORON could miss this reality. As Thomas Donnelly, Deputy Executive Director of the Project for the New American Century, writing for the magazine, Foreign Affairs [a CFR publication], writes:
"THE FACT OF A (ONE-WORLD) AMERICAN EMPIRE IS HARDLY DEBATED ANYMORE THESE DAYS.
Soon - very soon now - America will embark upon its war of conquest in the Middle East (a war that will eventually culminate in the Gog/Magog War) AND ITS CHIEF ALLIES IN THIS WAR WILL NOT BE BRITAIN OR FRANCE OR ANY OTHER SUCH NATION, BUT INSTEAD THE AMERICAN EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL. [The fact of the matter is, there is nothing that any other nation can add to or detract from American military power except to allow America to pose its murderous activities in the garb of "internationalism" or multilateralism."]
Indeed, so intertwined have the affairs of both communities [i.e., George Bush's America (undergirded as it is by the American evangelical Christian community) and the state of Israel, that the PRO-PALESTINIAN group, "FRIENDS OF AL-AQSA," can say without too much fear of contradiction:
"FOR CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS (i.e., American evangelicals) ... AMERICA IS SEEN AS THE GREAT REDEEMER, HER ROLE IN THE WORLD PROVIDENTIALLY AND POLITICALLY PREORDAINED. THE TWO NATIONS OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE LIKE SIAMESE TWINS, LINKED NOT ONLY BY COMMON SELF INTEREST, BUT MORE SIGNIFICANTLY BY SIMILAR RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS. TOGETHER THEY ARE PERCEIVED TO BE PITTED AGAINST AN EVIL WORLD ... (OF TERRORISTS) AND ISLAMIC REGIMES, ANTITHETICAL TO THE VALUES OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL."
Most Christian evangelicals couldn't have said it better! - and it's not as if secular historians have not taken note of this fact. [Again, We URGE you, if you have not already, to read our article, "Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land" for a detailed discussion of the Gog/Magog War and its eschatological importance insofar as the "end of the age" is concerned.]
Isn't this precisely what John Hagee of the huge Conerstone Church is promoting in his advertisement below? - of course it is!
What a pathetic and miserable sight both Israel and the church make here! They think to use the forces of greed and avarice that control the United States for their purposes, but in the end, it's these forces that will use Israel and the church for their purposes. That's what happens when one strikes a deal with the devil. [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Does the Bible Say" for a thorough discussion concerning the United States and prophecy."]
The Bible calls this agreement (i.e., the very agreement that Hagee is promoting in his advertisement above) - YOUR "COVENANT WITH DEATH;" AND YOUR "AGREEMENT WITH HELL!" - AND IT IS PRECISELY THIS AGREEMENT THAT WILL PRECIPITATE ALL THE EVENTS OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD - DANIEL'S SEVENTIETH WEEK!
Concerning the utter blindness that has overtaken us, and the monsters we as Christians have become as a result of our ugly association with George Bush's American New World Order System, Robert Burns said it best when he wrote:
"Would that some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us."
Many ask, What can we do? Well, there is something you can do! You can take a stand AGAINST what's occurring - against THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM AND CHRISTIANITY'S TERRIBLE AND HORRID ASSOCIATION WITH IT. [Please see our article, "Get Out Before It's Too Late."] You don't have to go along with what's happening - whether in Israel or in the United States; whether you are an Israeli, or you are a Christian. Do what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did when they stood against THE SYSTEM of their day - just STAND; REFUSE TO BOW DOWN TO IT! The Bible says:
"Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of BABYLON (just as our Nebuchadnezzar, George Bush and his Christian evangelical FLUNKIES have done).
"Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. [Bush and his cronies want us to WORSHIP the New World Order System they have made - to bow down and serve it.]
"Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
"Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
"That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: [e.g., it is commanded, all you nations - Germany, England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Mozambique, ad infinitum - to bow down and serve the American New World Order.]
"And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. [And whosoever shall not fall down and worship THE SYSTEM shall be destroyed just as surely as Afghanistan and Iraq are slated for destruction.]
"Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up." (Dan. 3:1-7)
This is what George Bush and his minions want insofar as the nations of the earth are concerned - that they all should fall down and WORSHIP the American New World Order System that they have set up "in the plain of Dura, in the province of BABYLON" [Again, we URGE you to read our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say."]
But the Bible says that there were some who refused to fall down and worship THE SYSTEM that Nebuchadnezzar, the KING OF BABYLON, had created - and Nebuchadnezzar was informed of their disobedience. [Please see Chapter XIII of the Antipas Papers, "Antichrist: King of Babylon."] The Scriptures continue:
"Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans (i.e., Babylonians) came near, and accused the Jews.
"They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
"Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
"And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
"There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." (Dan. 3:8-12)
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord! - that's what you must do. Do what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did! REFUSE TO WORSHIP THE SYSTEM THAT GEORGE BUSH AND HIS FLUNKIES HAVE SET UP ON THE PLAINS OF DURA - IN THE PROVINCE OF BABYLON; THE VERY SYSTEM THAT OUR CHURCHES HAVE NOW BECOME SO MUCH A PART OF - AND NOT JUST ANY PART, BUT ITS VERY CORE. The Bible goes on:
"Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. (Dan. 3:13)
And, of course, this is EXACTLY what will happen to you when you REFUSE to WORSHIP the SYSTEM that the KING OF BABYLON has set up in the "the plains of Dura, in the province of BABYLON." You will be brought before "... councils; and in the ... (churches) ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them." (Mark 13:9) The Bible continues:
"Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
"Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
"IF IT BE SO, OUR GOD WHOM WE SERVE IS ABLE TO DELIVER US FROM THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE, AND HE WILL DELIVER US OUT OF THINE HAND, O KING.
"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that WE WILL NOT SERVE THY GODS, NOT WORSHIP THE GOLDEN IMAGE WHICH THOU HAST SET UP," (Dan. 3:14-18)
We will NOT serve the SYSTEM that Nebuchadnezzar (i.e., George Bush and his coterie of religious and economic fanatics) has set up "in the plains of Dura, in the province of Babylon." And how do we do that? - WE JUST REMAIN STANDING WHEN ALL THE OTHERS AROUND YOU (your friends and loved ones, your co-workers, your families, etc.) BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP THE SYSTEM. Believe me! - you will get noticed. Everyone will notice you - BECAUSE YOU WILL BE STANDING WHILE EVERYONE ELSE IS KNEELING.
And how do you do that practically? Well, I'll tell you how! BEGIN BY ORDERING OUR CD. IT'S FREE! There are now some 80 articles on the CD, including the ANTIPAS PAPERS. They are in PDF format and have been arranged in book form. THE CD IS YOURS FREE OF ANY CHARGE. You don't even have to send money for postage (even if you live in a foreign country). It's yours FREE.
Once you get the CD, make copies of it, and pass it out to your friends AND IN YOUR CHURCHES. Or, if you wish, print the articles out (then make additional copies at a Kinkos) and distribute them in your church. THAT'S WHEN THINGS WILL START HAPPENING! From that point on, your journey out of today's apostate church to your (our) "Holy Land" - i.e., to "that city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10) - will really begin, THUS FULFILLING THE LORD'S COMMANDMENT TO YOU IN THESE "LAST DAYS" TO -
"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)
And believe me, you will not have to make the first move insofar as this commandment is concerned - YOU WILL BE "INVITED" TO LEAVE post haste. Just STAND against THE SYSTEM that your elders and leaders want you to "bow down to" and "worship," and as you STAND, pass out these CDs. Believe me, the commotion you will cause will be great! And why is that? - BECAUSE IN CHALLENGING THE CHURCH'S CONNECTION TO GEORGE BUSH'S NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM, YOU WILL BE - IPSO FACTO - CHALLENGING THE VERY BASIS OF HIS HOLD ON POLITICAL POWER. STRIP BUSH OF HIS EVANGELICAL FOLLOWING, AND YOU WILL STRIP HIM OF HIS POWER; OR - PUT ANOTHER WAY - STRIP THE CHURCHES WHO SUPPORT HIM OF THEIR "PARISHIONERS," AND YOU WILL RENDER HIS BASE IMPOTENT.
Either way, you will be striking a blow at him in a way that no other group on earth can do; but in doing this, you must be motivated NOT out of any earthly political considerations, but simply because of the GREAT SHAME this connection (i.e., the connection between the church and America's New World Order System) has brought on the church, and on the name of our precious Lord and Savior. The Bible is right when it says that the Lord's name is blasphemed among the unbelievers because of these things. THIS OUGHT NOT TO BE - AND IT IS WORTH ANY PRICE TO "MAKE IT RIGHT." And for those of you in Israel, and who care for Israel's great name, the same is true: the connection between Israel and the American New World Order System that the ICEJ is so shamefully promoting must be broken. It's God that will save Israel, NOT the greedy and avaricious powers that hold sway in the United States.
Yes, there will be persecutions! But persecutions are the lot of any real Christian in this life. If you are not persecuted for your faith, you should stand in fear as to its reality. Jesus said:
"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you ..." (John 15:20)
But be of "good cheer" - there will be people in your churches watching what you do. They will take note of your courage and read the material, and, eventually - IF you are PERSISTENT enough - they will come to you and ask questions; some will even "rally to your cause."
As we said in our last article, take these people, and begin meeting with them. There doesn't have to be many. Meet in your homes - in your living rooms. This is what the churches in China do! In the early church, meetings rarely numbered more than twelve people or so. Remember what Jesus said:
"For where TWO or THREE are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt. 18:20)
AND IT IS HERE - IN THESE SMALL MEETINGS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY DEVELOP AROUND YOU AS YOU PERSIST IN DISTRIBUTING THIS MATERIAL - THAT YOU WILL FIND THAT - READY OR NOT - GOD HAS MADE YOU A SHEPHERD IN HIS FLOCK. YOU HAVE THE WORD (i.e., the BIBLE); AND YOU HAVE HIS SPIRIT IN YOU - and if such is the case, you can say with Paul -
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:13)
The hope of the church now rests with people like YOU - the kind of people who possess vision and the capacity for self-sacrifice - to get involved! To begin, all you need to do is write away for our CD, and start passing it out. [Please Note: The CD has been discontinued due to lack of money (i.e. support). In replace of this, the site is undergoing a face lift which will make all articles, including "The Antipas Papers," available in HTML, PDF and a print version - Webmaster]
God bless you all!
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