Much of the material for this "plan of action" resulted from or was finalized at our conference at Forest Grove Lodge Ranch in British Columbia between July 25th and July 31st 2004. A number of vital decisions were made during the conference (see below); in addition, we made plans to seek "legal status" for our school and formally "define" the Antipas Foundation as a "Society" in Canada. Don Hansen, Lucy Shearer, Fred Palmquist and Sean Mayfield will be handling this. Decisions were also made by almost all the participants to get up here as soon as possible; the Palmquists will be moving up in the next six to eight months to head-up the school.
At present, there are eighteen people on the ranch - eleven adults and seven children, pretty evenly divided between Canadians and Americans. The Canadians who have joined us on the ranch came "straight out of heaven" as far as we are concerned. One of the Canadian families that has joined us has taken over the operation of the ranch; they've taken up residence in the three bedroom log cabin on the property. Another dear Canadian brother is a gifted carpenter who has been helping renovate all the buildings on the ranch. Please continue to pray fervently for us!
For those interested in coming to Forest Grove on a permanent basis, we urge you to contact Canadian emigration. Also, feel free to visit us any time.
Plans, of course, are very dangerous things; they exist only so long as they are not put into action; then everything changes, unforeseen events occur, and modifications have to be made. Still, they are useful, because they form a blueprint around which action can be formulated - and they propel us to get off our duffs and move ahead.
That was especially true regarding our move up to Canada. Almost nothing went according to plan: as we have indicated previously, the border crossing was much more difficult than we first imagined (and as restrictions along the border are strengthened, it will become even more difficult - let that be a warning to those who wait); in addition, it was much more expensive than we had planned for; the work up here is more arduous than we foresaw; and acquiring "permanent legal status" has been much more complex than we anticipated. Finally, and very sadly, we have sustained "casualties" that we had not expected insofar as some of our most BELOVED members are concerned, brothers and sisters who - when "push came to shove" - just couldn't break free of the hold Babylon had on them. But, then, casualties are a part of the kind of war in which we are engaged. [Please see our article, "The Aliya Foundation."]
But, for those of us who survived, we're here; and things are moving ahead. The plan we put in place - while it didn't work out the way we anticipated - at least got us moving in the right direction. Now we can begin making plans insofar as the wider interests of Antipas are concerned. The plan we have tentatively come up with is a six-part plan that entails (1) the Internet Ministry, (2) the ALIYA Foundation, (3) the School, (4) the Ranch, (5) the "Traveling Teams," and (6) Reaching out to the World with the "Gospel of the Kingdom!"
THE FOCUS OF THIS SIX-PART PLAN IS TO SEE THAT THE "GOOD NEWS" OF THE COMING KINGDOM OF CHRIST (i.e., THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM"), AS WELL AS ITS SISTER GOSPEL, THE "GOOD NEWS" OF THE SOON DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON (i.e., THE "ETERNAL GOSPEL") IS PUBLISHED ALL OVER THE WORLD IN PREPARATION FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST. [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON. THAT'S WHAT ANTIPAS MINISTRIES IS ALL ABOUT. WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE FOCUS ON THESE THINGS, THERE WILL BE A HARVEST OF SOULS COMING SO GREAT THAT IT WILL STAGGER THE IMAGINATION. THESE ARE THEY THAT "WILL COME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION" AND WHO HAVE "WASHED THEIR ROBES IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB:"
"And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Rev. 7:11-14)
Brothers and sisters, we've said it before, and we say it again now, RADICAL times demand RADICAL answers, and we cannot pursue these answers while still tethered to ordinary "middle-class" lives and conventional "middle-class" ways of doing things. It's just not possible to live that way at the "end of the age" (and be true to God's calling on our lives) anymore than it would have been possible for the early Zionists to emigrate to the Holy Land and still maintain a middle-class life, or for the radical Jews to join themselves to Vladimir Jabotinsky's Irgun and still maintain a semblance of what the world calls "normalcy." If we are truly living in the "end of the age" - if we really believe that - then it's about time that our lives reflect that fact; it's about time that we begin taking seriously verses like Luke 18:22 where Jesus urged the "rich man" to -
"... SELL ALL THAT THOU HAST ... and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, FOLLOW ME." (Luke 18:22)
And Mark 8:34-37 where Jesus told His disciples -
"... Whosoever will come after me, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross, and FOLLOW ME.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPEL'S, THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
"Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37)
The fact of the matter is, we stand at the edge of a vast abyss today - the place where Christians are confronted with the reality of verses like Matthew 10:37 ("He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me"). This is where - under the impress of verses like this - that prophecy reconstructs itself into fact and takes on substance; where it becomes reality and ceases to be a game. Leaving sons and daughters, and fathers and mothers; selling all that we have; and taking up our cross and following Him not just in word, but in deed - that's something very hard to contemplate.
It's here - it's PRECISELY here - that most Christians hesitate and draw back in fear; they're just not prepared to cross over. It's too frightening; too risky; too many friends and loved ones who will have to be left behind; but Jesus said that those who think so are UNWORTHY of Him. That's what Matthew 10:37 says. Pretty heavy! - but if that offends you, your argument is with God, not with me.
We are all there now - in the VALLEY OF DECISION - whether we want to be there or not. We must make a decision on what we are going to do with our lives: Live them for ourselves, or live them for God?
"Multitudes, multitudes [that's you and I!] in the VALLEY OF DECISION: for the day of the LORD is near ..." (Joel 3:14)
The central core around which Antipas Ministries revolves is our internet ministry. It's how we have made our initial contact with just about everyone associated with the ministry. EVERYTHING flows out of this particular ministry, and all our other ministries are ancillary to it. This ministry is an EXTREMELY time-consuming and labor-intensive operation that pretty much takes up the time of all those involved; for example, it's not unusual for the brothers immersed in this work to put in ten or twelve hours a day, six and sometimes even seven days a week in order to keep up the flow of high-quality articles, answer the huge volume of emails coming in, and work on our other projects, etc.
At present, our two Antipas Ministry websites - i.e., www.antipasministries.com and www.isrp.org - are among the most visited CHRISTIAN websites on the internet, and that's true both in this country and abroad (indeed, in the last few months, one out of every two new subscriptions to our websites have come from abroad). The fact is, at any one given moment in time we have over 2,000 separate individuals on the website - and that's separate individuals, not just "hits."
We are currently engaged in a very time consuming project creating a program on our websites similar to Daniel Brandt's "Name-Base" Project which has the potential of greatly increasing the number of "hits" on our two websites. In addition, we have been praying about advertising our website using Sean's artwork in some of the principle newspapers around the world. All of this together could propel us into the atmosphere insofar as the number of "hits" we have on the site - and that's important if we are to get our message out.
It's for this reason that we are installing a T-1 line and purchasing our own "server" to handle all the traffic, as well as the additional traffic that we anticipate once we go to a multi-media format including film clips, interviews, etc. In addition, we will be working on our own browser and a host of other exciting innovations for the internet portion of our ministry. We have rented a separate office in 100-Mile House where we are installing everything. Please pray for us in this endeavor. It's a huge step ahead in the ministry. All this will help us to reach thousands and thousands of additional people all over the world with our message. The bad news in all of this is that we have fallen behind on this particular project because the expenses of getting up here pretty much drained us of our resources. [The Hansens and the Shearers got hit with a $37,000 charge for the property that we had not anticipated, which pretty much shrank our surplus down to nothing.] We need $2,400 to install the line, and $500 a month to run it, and we are believing that the Lord will somehow provide these funds.
Another great concern of the ministry is to encourage as many of YOU as possible to follow our example - and get out of the United States as quickly as possible. Things are "tightening up" there at a very rapid pace, and if you don't get out soon, you may get trapped. [Please see our article, "Closing the Trap: The Draft; Catching Those Christians Who Think Prophecy Is Just a Game;" please also see our articles, "Get Out Before It's Too Late" and "John Ashcroft, Theodore Olson, and the New National Security State."]
As each ALIYA group leaves the United States, it will be acting as a testimony against the American New World Order System and the church that has partnered with it, i.e., the church of Ted Haggart, C. Peter Wagner, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Pat Robertson, etc.); that these people and the evil system with which they have allied themselves 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)
That's "good news" for the poor of the earth, but very bad news for most American Christians. [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]
Fred Palmquist is heading up the Aliya Foundation. He is there to help as many of you as possible make "good your escape." You may reach Fred via email at [email protected]. You can reach him by phone at (916) 455-1719; you may also reach him while he is on the road by calling his cell phone number which is (916) 730-7099. [NOTE: After the conference here in late July, Fred and Cheryl Palmquist made the decision to move up here to Forest Grove to run our school as well; so, in addition to handling the Aliya Foundation, he will be running the school. BUT be sure, Fred and Cheryl will continue in their work of traveling throughout the country helping to establish Aliya groups, and encouraging as many of you as possible to come up for the training at the school and "get into the action" as quickly as possible insofar as the great "Harvest of the Lamb" at the end of this present age is concerned.]
In saying all this, I realize that some of you still feel called to stay in the United States. Exceptions to just about every rule do exist, and if you feel you are such an exception - if you REALLY feel you have a word from God to that effect - then we will NOT desert you; we will work with you, and we will integrate you into the ministry in the location where you are. There is so much that you can do for us: you can host ALIYA groups (even if you are not planning on going), you can pass out our literature, you can act as a host for Fred and others from the ministry when they pass through, you can operate as a "way station" on our underground railway system in the United States, etc.
Fred is planning another Aliya trip across the country in late summer or early fall, and he would be happy to try and schedule you in for a visit. Sitting down and talking things out with Fred and Cheryl is like taking a breath of fresh air. No matter what your problem is, they can help. They are the ones who can see you through on these difficult matters - whether you decide to stay or leave. They can talk everything over with you - honestly, forthrightly and with loving care and concern for YOUR welfare. Again, we urge you to give Fred a call at (916) 455-1719, or you may reach him on his cell phone at (916) 730-7099.
But regardless of whether you decide to stay or go, we URGE you to get involved in an ALIYA group. As we have indicated previously, these groups have been patterned after the turn of the century (1899-1900) Jewish "Lovers of Zion" groups that were formed to prepare Jews for emigration (ALIYA) out of Europe. These poor "lovers of Zion" of some one hundred years ago met in obscure, tiny discussion groups scattered throughout Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. where they gathered to draw strength from one another in pursuit of what most people thought was an impossibly difficult goal: emigration to Palestine. They dedicated themselves to preparing one another for ALIYA, and out of these small groups wave after wave of emigrants came out of Europe bound for the Holy Land. [Please see section 5 in this article on the "Traveling Teams," specifically the subsection entitled "Speaking Truth in Sackcloth and Ashes," for how we intend to meld the ALIYA groups with the "Traveling Teams."]
A lot of good, practical "know how" came out of these groups insofar as developing the tactics of emigration were concerned, and as these groups began meeting together, they gradually acquired the ability to focus their dreams into practical activity 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.
Insofar as all this is concerned, I am sure that many of you would be surprised at the number who have signed up already to start ALIYA groups in their homes. In addition, there are also a great number who have expressed a desire to come up to the school we are starting here in Forest Grove. Indeed, there have been more than one hundred different requests for information on the school and / or starting ALIYA groups down in the states. Altogether these separate requests represent between two or three hundred different individuals (counting children and spouses). We will be getting in touch with everyone soon with additional information on the school and the ALIYA groups.
It is our hope that we can form a network out of all those of you who have signed up for the school and / or have agreed to form an ALIYA group in your homes, a network that can act in a number of different capacities:
All this can be accomplished as you go about your main business of preparing yourself and others for ALIYA, or while you are waiting for a "slot" to open up here at the school at Forest Grove Lodge Ranch. [Again, please see section 5 in this article on the "Traveling Teams," specifically the subsection entitled "Speaking Truth in Sackcloth and Ashes," for how we intend to meld the ALIYA groups with the "Traveling Teams."]
One of the saddest things we found in our travels around the country last year was the appalling superficiality of most Christians' understanding of what Christianity is really all about; how little Christians really know about the "Fundamentals of the Faith," the Prophetic Scriptures, what it means to be "saved," how to walk in the spirit, how to relate to others within a "church environment," whats really happening in the world today economically, culturally and politically, how to form and lead a "house-church," church history, false doctrine, how to effectively preach the Gospel, etc.
To most Christians today, Christianity is all about "DOs and DON'Ts" and NOTHING about a vibrant relationship with a LIVING Person.
As a result, even those who know how trite today's Christianity is, have very little idea about who Christ really is, and what Christianity is truly all about.
The real fact of the matter is, today's Christianity is little more than a very shallow prescription or "how to formula" for getting rich (e.g., the teachings of the late Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, etc.)
It's a method for - in the case of a man - finding a "submissive" wife (a robot or an automaton) to service his interests and "his sexual needs," and - in the case of a woman - finding someone who can "bring home the bacon;" a magician's handbook for "signs and wonders" (C. Peter Wagner, John Kelly, the late John Wimber, etc.); a means of taking control over the lives of other people (to wit, the perverted teachings of the "Apostles and Prophets Movement").
It's a means of achieving Nirvana or a method of embarking upon a "Grail Quest" for a kind of personal perfection that is unattainable in this life (a quest that leads inevitably into a life of duplicity and hypocrisy), and - when forced on others - turns the lives of those against whom this hypocrisy is directed into lives filled with horror, fear, and cruelty.
What attraction is there in any of this for unbelievers? All this is a "TURNOFF" to them. These kinds of Christians have UTTERLY forgotten what Jesus said to His disciples when He warned them:
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matt. 7:3-5)
The purpose of our school is to "wash out" this spiritual garbage from the minds and souls of those who want to serve God in conjunction with Antipas. We want all those who choose to serve the Lord in our ministry to go out "into the work" that God has given us grounded in the Faith and in the knowledge of the Prophetic Scriptures; we want them to know how to "walk in the spirit" (cf. Rom 8:1, 4; Gal. 5:16, 25), to start house-churches (or, in the case of the U.S., ALIYA groups), and to teach others to do the same; finally, we want them to know how to equip others for leadership, and how to relate to others in these "Last Days" so that men and women everywhere will know that we have been with Jesus because of the love we have one for another. (cf., John 18:35)
Essentially, then, we hope to draw upon the thousands and thousands of "contacts" we have developed over the years both here and abroad as a result of our internet ministry, bring some of them up to our ranch in Canada, train them (which should take no more than six months per team), and then send them out as teams to cities all over the world. They will be sent into those places where we have "hosts" able to receive them and provide them with "hospitality" for the duration of their stay. They will stay as long as it takes to form a an ALIYA group in the United States (or a house-church outside the U.S.), and to train the brothers and sisters there to take the leadership in these groups for themselves.
Thats what Jesus did:
"And he called ... the ... (disciples), and began to send them forth ... And commanded them that they should take NOTHING for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, IN WHAT PLACE SOEVER YE ENTER INTO AN HOUSE, THERE ABIDE TILL YE DEPART FROM THE PLACE (i.e., the city) ... And they went out, and preached ..." (Mark 6:7-10, 12)
Again, the training will be about six months in duration. It will consist of very INTENSE classroom training in -
Finally, there is this reason why we consider the school to be so very, very critical in what we are doing: 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 with which we do not agree.
The cost of the training will be kept to a minimum (hopefully, no more than $300 a month per person - AND THAT WILL INCLUDE ALL THE TRAINING PLUS ROOM AND BOARD). If you dont have the money, there is the possibility that you can "work it off" by helping out on the ranch.
As things now stand, we have available 11 bedrooms, of which 3 are currently available (the others are filled). In addition, we are renovating a number of other buildings which - when the renovations are completed - will add eight more bedrooms. That would bring the number of bedrooms on the ranch up to 19, of which 11 will be available to students. Assuming two students per bedroom, that's twenty-two students per class - more if we put three to a bedroom (some of the bedrooms are quite large), and less if families or single moms or dads bring their children with them. We also have building projects planned for more student housing on the ranch which we hope to get started on next summer.
Ancillary to the school operation, we are planning to turn the "Trading Post" into a "coffee house" / library / computer room area. This will be a place where people can relax and fellowship.
The idea of the ranch in Canada developed out of our very real concern that it is probably getting too dangerous for us to keep the internet portion of the ministry in the United States. [Please see our article, "Now Is The Time To Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow" for the story of what happened to Sherman Austin and his website; you will find this very sad story at the end of the article.]
In this connection, we want to make it very clear that the idea of a ranch in Canada did NOT originate out of some utopian idea for "communal living." Indeed, we envision that most of those who join us up in British Columbia to work with the ministry, teach at the school, participate in the church-life, etc. will probably want to make their own private living arrangements. The very real truth of the matter is, housing can be secured very inexpensively in the "100-Mile House" area. For those interested in coming to Forest Grove on a permanent basis, we urge you to contact Canadian emigration.
Forest Grove is not a primeval "wilderness area" as some might suppose, and there are plenty of rentals; there is also a great abundance of very inexpensive houses for sale. The ranch is 155 acres with about one-half of it in lumber and the other half of it in pasture and alfalfa; it consists of five houses (one a large six bedroom log house, one a five bedroom ranch house, one a 3 bedroom log cabin, and finally, two one room cabins; in addition there are two large barns, a general store, a green house, a very large shop, and several other "out buildings." All the building need work - and anyone who wants to help in this matter is certainly welcome to come and help.
It is our fervent hope that most of those who complete the school at Forest Grove Lodge Ranch will join the "Traveling Teams" or will help establish CENTERS in other localities throughout the world like the one we have here at Forest Grove. This is especially true of those who leave the U.S. early enough and are able to get out with some funds intact. Forest Grove Lodge Ranch was purchased from the sale of property that was sold in the states. Think what the proceeds from such sales could do in Ghana, Pakistan, etc. I know that this is NOT the capitalist way, but then the early church was not a capitalist enterprise either. [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity."]
We are dedicated to making the ranch a "working proposition:" hay, "market gardening," cattle, and lumber are all farm activities that the ranch has engaged in, in the past. We are seeking cattle, sheep and chickens for the ranch (Don Hansen is particularly interested in getting the "chicken operation" going). In addition, we are tilling and preparing several areas on the ranch for "market gardening" next year. It is our fervent hope to produce as much food for our needs as possible next year.
We want to get the ranch "up and going" because WE HOPE TO USE THE PROCEEDS FROM THE RANCH TO HELP THOSE WHO COME TO TRAIN FOR THE MINISTRY BUT CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR THEIR "ROOM AND BOARD."
THEY WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY FOR THEIR "ROOM AND BOARD" BY WORKING ON THE RANCH. There are jobs for young and old alike.
In addition to providing income for those who come to train for the ministry, the proceeds from the ranch will be divided up among those who work "full-time" for the ministry and our "tTaveling Teams." In this respect, we hope to pattern the ranch's operation after the kibbutzim of the early Zionists in Israel. [Please see our article, "Coaxing Christians Out Of Their Hiding Places."] In this sense, we do hope to instill a "pioneer spirit" of self-sacrifice into those who come up to work with the ministry, and - maybe - to that extent our ideas concerning the ranch are "utopian."
However, working with others in a spirit of self-sacrifice is surely a goal - however "utopian" - that we should all want to foster in the ministry. It's "good medicine" to wash out the self-centered gospel of wealth that the perverse ministries of people like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Stanley, etc. have wickedly insinuated into our mindsets over the past fifty years.
Finally, the ranch will act as the CENTER of our activities worldwide. It will house our internet ministry and our school; it will also provide housing for most of those who come to Canada to train for the ministry. We also hope to make it into a conference center - to transform it into a kind of Lauzanne for our "movement" (so to speak) much as Frances Schaeffer did at La Brie (Switzerland).
When we first came up with the idea of "Traveling Teams," we still had the hope that it was possible to start a house-church movement in the United States. WE NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT'S POSSIBLE!
As I have indicated previously - and without meaning to impugn what's really in the heart of any one specific person that I met as I traveled all over the country this last year - what I discovered is that while almost everyone was more than willing to sit down and talk with us, not very many were actually willing to put themselves at risk insofar as the "message" was concerned; to actually start a house-church in their homes and do the "heavy-lifting" necessary for such an endeavor; to help us out on any kind of a consistent basis with the "phone ministry;" to give financially to the ministry on a regular basis so that we can expand its outreach, etc. A few, yes! - but not many. For most people, this kind of effort is just too disruptive of the "ordinary routine" of their "ordinary lives." The sad truth of the matter is, not one "house-church" resulted from all of our travels. People everywhere seem more than willing to "groove" (to use a '60s term) on our material and download it free of ANY charge (and we would have it no other way), but they are UTTERLY unwilling to help us "stay afloat" financially so that we can "keep on keeping on."
Now make no mistake about it, all these people are GOOD people - and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Nonetheless, most are playing the "prophecy game" at our expense - and that's the problem! While they would never admit it, prophecy is nothing more than a GAME to them; it's not real, and - as a result - no real sacrifices (financial or otherwise) are needed. In the case of Antipas, it's a kind of "on-line" computer game like "EverQuest" that one can play with hundreds and hundreds - indeed, thousands and thousands - of other "on-line" players, and there is no risk to it. After all, it's just a game. And it's FREE. Antipas does all the work; it has all the expenses. All everyone else has to do is "log on" and play.
That led me to wonder, What is it about the United States that makes it so unreceptive to the Word of God? - and I mean the REAL Word of God, not the words of IDIOTS like C. Peter Wagner, John Kelley, D. James Kennedy, etc. What's going on here? So I diligently sought the Lord on this matter, and I was led to this verse of Scripture concerning Babylon:
"... 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) [Again, please see our article, "The Aliya Foundation" for a commentary on this verse - though I should imagine that it's meaning is plain to most people.]
There are, of course, other confirming scriptures (see below), but this is the main one, just as their are many scriptures which speak of the rapture and the resurrection, but the main scripture is 1 Thess. 4:16-17:
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
These words, of course, had always been there, staring me in the face. I just hadn't really seen them before or taken cognizance of them. Now - under the impress of everything that had happened - I was ready to hear God's SEVERE word on Babylon, much more severe than I had ever previously imagined.
Brothers and sisters, the hard fact of the matter is, America is a very, very DARK place - and that darkness has had an extremely profound effect on all of us. A dark place? The United States? Yes! Of course! - what else can be said of a nation that the Scriptures say is "... DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE;" that "DEVOURS" and "BRAKES IN PIECES" (Daniel 7:7); and one that Isaiah describes as an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - a "BEAST-NATION" (Dan. 7:7). As a result, God intends to DESTROY this nation completely and totally from the face of the earth, and EVERYONE associated with Babylon will be destroyed along with it! In this particular instance, there IS "guilt by association" - even if the association has only been passive. Why? - because Babylon has made a mockery of God by trying to unite to itself God's great name (through the church), and by doing so, making God appear to be a "partner" in the evil it (i.e., Babylon) has been perpetrating on the world. THAT IS INTOLERABLE TO GOD!
And make no mistake about it, that is precisely what has happened insofar as the church in America is concerned: it has united itself to Babylon! Concerning the union between the two (i.e., Religious Babylon and Political Babylon), the Bible says that the two have become so INSEPARABLE that it's no longer possible to tell the difference between them. Pentecost writes:
"The political empire [i.e., the United States (please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?")] is seen to have been so closely united with the false religious empire [i.e., the church of C. Peter Wagner, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Ted Haggart, etc. (please see our article, "Making Zombies out of Christians: The Apostles and Prophets Movement")] that both are called by the same name, even though two different entities are in view ..."
So God warns His people to "get out," because He is bringing judgment, not only to Babylon, but even those who are "called by His name" but who refuse to react MEANINGFULLY to the dishonor and horror that all this has caused God. To such people God thunders in His disgust:
"How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
"Because I have called, and YE REFUSED; I have stretched out my hand, and NO MAN REGARDED;
"But YE HAVE SET AT NOUGHT ALL MY COUNSEL, and WOULD HAVE NONE OF MY REPROOF:
"I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
"When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
"Then shall they call upon me, BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER; they shall seek me early, BUT THEY SHALL NOT FIND ME ..." (Prov. 1:22-28)
Hence, the Bible says:
"The BURDEN of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles." (Is. 13:1-2)
In other words, "Listen up, God is going to bring judgment on Babylon and EVERYONE who is associated with Babylon!" We're talking about damnation here. That's what Scofield says too. He writes that the word "burden" used in verse 1 of Isaiah chapter 13 (above) indicates "A DIVINE MESSAGE OF JUDGMENT." (Scofield: notes on Isaiah 13:1) And be clear here: the Babylon that Isaiah has in mind is the Babylon of the "end of days." Scofield writes:
"This prophecy concerning Babylon ... applies ... to the totality of Gentile world power [which] ... culminates at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ ..."
"And they (i.e., the inhabitants of Babylon) shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, CRUEL both with WRATH and FIERCE ANGER, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners ...
"For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine." (Is. 13:8-10)
Now note carefully here: the Bible says that when God's wrath finally falls on Babylon, the "stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine," (Isa. 13:10) and that this destruction will come suddenly and without warning, just as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (see below).
Now none of these things happened when ancient Babylon was destroyed by the Medo / Persians. The fact is, when the Medo / Persians took the city in B.C. 541, they took it with such stealth that some of the inhabitants did not know until the third day that Belshazzar the king had been slain and the city taken. This hardly comports to the Scriptures given above (i.e., Isa. 13:10). Obviously, then, the Scriptures have another Babylon in mind here other than the ancient city of Babylon. Isaiah continues:
"EVERYONE that is found shall be thrust through; and EVERYONE THAT IS JOINED UNTO THEM (i.e., the inhabitants of Babylon) shall fall by the sword.
"Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
"Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
"AND BABYLON, THE GLORY OF KINGDOMS, THE BEAUTY OF THE CHALDEES' EXCELLENCE, SHALL BE AS WHEN GOD OVERTHREW SODOM AND GOMORRAH.
"It shall NEVER be inhabited [again], neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
"But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there." (Is. 13:15-16, 17-21)
Now none of these things happened in 541 B.C. The fact is, the environs of ancient Babylon have continued to be inhabited up to this very day; indeed, Peter wrote one of his epistles from that city some 600 years after the Medo / Persians took the city under Cyrus. So, again, we are talking about something else entirely here! - specifically, the Babylon of the "end of days." [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?"]
Now the warning to the inhabitants of Babylon is this: "EVERYONE that is JOINED UNTO BABYLON" shall be destroyed (judged). No distinction is made here between Christian and non-Christian. That should be frightening to you! EVERYONE that is connected to Babylon is to be destroyed. That comports with the warning of Revelation 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 warning - like the one given in Prov. 1:22-28 - is, if you don't "come out" of Babylon, you will be destroyed (i.e., judged): And that God is talking to Christians here is made plain by the fact that He calls those whom He is warning, "MY PEOPLE." Again, this is the same kind of warning that God gave to His people in Prov. 1:22-28.
In other words, if Christians in Babylon (i.e., "my people") fail to "come out," they will "receive of her plagues" (i.e., her judgments) and be destroyed. This confirms the Scripture in Isaiah 13:15 - that EVERYONE connected to Babylon, Christian and non-Christian alike, will "be overthrown" if they fail to "come out."
The Bible continues:
"Her cities will become 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)
Brothers and sisters, as the Bible suggests (Isa. 13:18), only two other places have ever been so utterly and totally destroyed by God: SODOM and GOMORRA:
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorra brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven ..." (Gen. 19:24)
And even here, the constellations were not darkened, and the sun and moon continued to give their light! Not so when Babylon the Great is destroyed. This is nothing to "fool around with!" How is it, then, that Christians can be found in Babylon when it is destroyed? - because they have been compromised (i.e., "made partakers in her sins.")! - and so much so that they have "shipwrecked" their faith. If you stay, you will be "shipwrecked!" This is what happened to two of Paul's colleagues, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who -
"... having put away faith and a good conscience have made shipwreck their faith:
"Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan ..." (1 Tim. 1:19-20)
This is also what happened to Ananias and Sapphira his wife in Acts 5:1-5. And this is what Paul says will happen to all those who desire wealth in this life (which is precisely what traps those Christians who are caught in Babylon in the "end of days"):
"... they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION." (1 Tim. 6:9)
All this is plain enough; there's nothing complicated here: The Bible says that if Christians stay in Babylon, they will "shipwreck" their faith, and they will be judged for it (Rev. 18:4 and Is. 13:15) - or what part of the word "EVERYONE" in Is. 13:15 don't you understand?
WHAT DOES THAT SAY, THEN, ABOUT THE UNITED STATES? Plainly and very, very obviously it says that it is a far, far worse place than Sodom and Gomorra ever were!! (Isa. 13:18) AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN HOW DARK A PLACE IT IS IN WHICH WE ARE LIVING. [Please see our article, "Inside the American New World Order System;" please also see our recent article, "Now Is The Time To Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow."]
All this gives us some reason to understand why Christians in this country - even those associated with Antipas - seem so unable to respond to the Prophetic Scriptures on any kind of a practical and meaningful level. One cannot dwell in such a place without being deeply affected by it. That's what happened to Lot and his family in Sodom (cf. Gen. 18:20 - 19:26), and that's what has happened to us in Babylon (i.e., the United States). The Bible says:
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
By that, the Bible means that evil is contagious, and when people dwell in the midst of evil, they will be affected by it! - and one of the first things that is affected is their ability to see their own condition, so that their -
"... heart is waxed gross, and their ears become dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; LEST AT ANY TIME THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART ... AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM." (Matt. 13:15)
This is PRECISELY what happened to the church in Laodicea, about whom the Lord said,
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (i.e., vomit) thee out of my mouth.
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked ..." (Rev. 3:15-17)
Laodicea was a rich city, and the people of that city had been corrupted by their wealth - and this corruption extended even into the church, rendering the saints there blind to their real condition; that they were in the eyes of the Lord "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked ..." even though they thought of themselves as being "rich" and having "need of nothing."
In the light of all this, and while we were in much prayer, the Lord gave us the idea about ALIYA - of starting Aliya groups, at least insofar as the United States is concerned. These groups would possess the testimony of Noah and Lot, in fulfillment of the Scriptures which say,
"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
"They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
"But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
"Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." (Luke 17:26-30)
It was Noah's actual building of the ark and Lot's actual "coming out" of Sodom that were their testimonies to that wicked and perverse generation. So also with us: Our testimony is NOT so much our words, but our deeds. Words are cheap, deeds cost us a lot. OUR GOING IS WHAT COUNTS HERE AS A TESTIMONY! WORDS ARE CHEAP! - something some of our past colleagues have forgotten.
What we're talking about here insofar as the United States is concerned, is the "Eternal Gospel:" That judgment is coming to Babylon and the people of Babylon! As a result, the testimony that is appropriate to Babylon is one that is given in "sackcloth and ashes" - the same testimony given by the TWO WITNESSES! [Please see chapter XII of the Antipas Papers, The Two Witnesses."]
The "Traveling Teams" that we are now planning to raise up insofar as the United States is concerned will be involved principally with two matters: (1) helping in the formation of ALIYA groups throughout the country, and (2) demonstrating against the church's alliance with the American New World Order System.
In the first instance above, the "Traveling Teams" will be sent out to help get ALIYA groups started in those places where the brothers and sisters have indicated they want to start an ALIYA group and they need help to do so. If that's the case, we will "dispatch" a "Traveling Team" to that locality, where it can act as a catalyst to get an ALIYA group started using contacts the ministry already has in the area; they (i.e., the members of the Traveling Team) can also pass out our literature on local college campuses, union halls, wherever - even local churches. When the ALIYA group is up and functioning, the "Traveling Team" will leave.
Of course, the brothers and sisters who request the help of a "Traveling Team" will have to be willing to provide hospitality (room and board) and, if possible, a little "walking around" money - but at least room and board.
In the second instance above, we hope to have "Traveling Teams" present at all the "anti-globalist" and / or political demonstrations in the country to demonstrate against the alliance the church has made with the American New World Order System - for example, in the Republican and Democratic Party conventions, as well as WTO, World Bank, IMF, G-8 meetings, etc. across the country.
Insofar as the "outside world" is concerned, we hope to create "Traveling Teams" to do all the things that these teams do in the United States, but instead of building-up ALIYA groups, they will be building-up house churches and working with already established churches insofar as the message of Antipas is concerned. For example, in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan there are right now brothers and sisters who want to involve themselves in creating websites (in local languages) and distributing our literature (once again, in local languages). There is also an immediate need for this in Ghana and South Korea; also in various locations in Central and South America.
Believe me when I say that this is probably the fastest developing part of the ministry at this present time. We have invitations from all over the world to come and speak. The most pressing need now is to get to Pakistan - specifically to Karachi and Lahore; then there is Ghana, South Korea, Belarus, as well as various places in Central and South America. We hope to develop "Traveling Teams" for this work.
We fervently hope that the work we are pioneering at Forest Grove Lodge Ranch can be duplicated all over the earth. Indeed, we pray that what the Hansens and the Shearers have done by selling their homes in Hawaii and Sacramento will inspire others to do the same in order to come up with the money to establish ranches or other types of communes in Mexico, Honduras, Pakistan, Ghana, India, etc.
Finally, one of the most important missions our "Outside Traveling Teams" will have wherever they go is to encourage the "indigenous peoples" to BREAK OFF contact with the polluted churches in the United States. The sad fact of the matter is, wherever the members of the American church go, they bring with them the disease with which they have been infected. They pollute the earth with it, and MONEY is the enticement that they use to get their way with churches and Christians outside the United States - although, they NEVER really deliver on what they promise. We must QUARANTINE ourselves from this church; we must stay away from it.
The sad fact of the matter is, THE AMERICAN CHURCH DOES NOTHING BUT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM; this evil, apostate church; this church of Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, 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 nauseum, ad infinitum. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]
This then is our plan. But it's only a plan, that's all it is. Our plans are not always exactly God's plans. We must always bear in mind that God is in charge. The Apostle James writes:
"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
"For that ye ought to say, IF THE LORD WILL, we shall live, and do this, or that." (James 4:13-15)
Moreover, that's why Paul - as he said good-bye to his companions in Ephesus, and promising to return to them as soon as he could - said:
"... I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, IF GOD WILL. And he sailed (away) from Ephesus." (Acts 18:21)
And why he said to the Romans,
"That I may come unto you with joy BY THE WILL OF GOD, and may with you be refreshed." (Rom. 15:32)
And why he said to the Hebrew brethren:
"And this will we do, IF GOD PERMIT." (Heb. 6:3)
We can plan, but it's God who permits! (Heb. 6:3)
Now that doesn't mean that we shouldn't plan. Paul was planning things all the time, as were the other apostles and disciples of Christ. There is nothing wrong with making plans. But it's God that permits! (Heb. 6:3)
On the other hand, we must NEVER assume that when things go wrong, when bad things happen, we are outside the will of God. By no means. It was God's will that Paul should go to Lystra and preach the Gospel there. But the Bible says:
"And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
"Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe." (Acts 14:19-20)
Paul - to put it in the vernacular - had the "crap kicked out of him."
And then when Paul was - by the will of God - in Phillipi, he was beaten up again, and jailed:
"And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
"And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely ..." (Acts 16:22-23)
And what about Paul's admonition to the Corinthian brethren about the many, many difficulties that encompassed his life on an almost regular basis: "in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses ... in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings" (and on and on and on) 2 Cor. 6:4-5). These are the things that "PROVED" him as a "minister of God" (2 Cor. 6:4).
Of course, that's not what most Christians think anymore. The first difficulty that confronts them, they scatter and run - believing that difficulties encountered prove that God is not with them. That's what several former members of the ministry thought too. But Paul said these difficulties "PROVED" that he was a minister of God.
So, we make plans in these "Last Days" - but we must always remember that we are in the hands of God. We plan, but He PERMITS! (Heb. 6:3)
More next time!
Until then, God bless you,
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