THE BROTHER SHALL BE DIVIDED
AGAINST THE BROTHER FOR THE
SAKE OF THE WORD OF GOD

By: S.R. Shearer

Ostracized from the company of one's friends.

"Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

"Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me." (Ezekiel 33:1-7)

This morning I received an email from my BELOVED brother. He wrote in response to the recent "main articles" that have been posted on our website: e.g. "A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump," "Understanding What You Will Be Facing during the Tribulation," and several of our recent "banner articles;" but most especially, our most recent "main article," "Proposition 8: How Will the Church Respond to Its Defeat." In part, Doug wrote:

"I love you much; but I've decided to unsubscribe from your newsletter. It's so filled with anger."

He went on to say:

"I'm just not where you're at."

Presumably, he meant that from an eschatological standpoint - that is to say, he was not prepared to go as far as I have gone insofar at the Prophetic Scriptures are concerned." He went on to say:

"We share so many of the same concerns, but the anger that fills the pages of your "up-dates" - it's just too much for me. You've insulted me and so many of my friends; but it's not so much that as it is the anger that's there. I don't want to spend the rest of my life filled with anger swirling around me."

He concluded by saying:

"Steve, you were always the happiest guy I knew. Growing up, I envied your upbeat frame of mind and the smile that was always gracing your face. We've all had our fair share of traumas and "betrayals" - though I'm more than willing to acknowledge that your experience in Vietnam is something I will never be able to get my mind and heart around. And in that sense the disappointments and traumas you've had to wrestle with are probably far more than the ones I've had to deal with."

Naturally enough, my brother is not the only one who accuses me of being filled with anger: many others believe the same thing; but there is a very earnest and somber reason that I "name names" in my articles; why I refuse to deal simply in generalities; the reason is this: To force out into the OPEN those who claim to understand what the Prophetic Scriptures are saying to the people, but who refuse to take any MEANINGFUL action with regard to them. My earnest hope is to SHAME them (if it were possible) into taking a stand one way or the other rather than hiding behind bland generalities. To do so, I require REAL people as examples of what I am talking about; people who I know are attempting to hide in the NACHT AND NEBEL of feeble generalities.

The murky world of Nacht und Nebel.

Take, for instance, my brother comment to me:

"We share so many of the same concerns."

Well, let's consider some of these "concerns;" for example, my brother's understanding that America is BABYLON THE GREAT. He has admitted to me on more than one occasion that he concurs with me on this subject. BUT IF THAT IS SO, WHY DOESN'T HE SCREAM THIS TRUTH OUT FROM THE TOP OF HIS HOUSE; FROM HIS PULPIT; ON THE PAGES OF HIS WEBSITE? The obvious reason is, he would be ostracized from his circle of friends if he did so. He does not want to be labeled a "nut" - a "crazed lunatic" - like me.

Moreover, if - in fact - America is God's great enemy, which my brother has on innumerable occasions admitted to me that such is the case - why doesn't he take an open and public stand against what most of his so-called "friends" are trying to do: linking Israel up with America in a defense pact? - a defense pact that my brother understands that the Bible says is:

"YOUR [i.e., ISRAEL'S] COVENANT WITH DEATH" and "YOUR AGREEMENT WITH HELL." [We urge you to see Chapter XV of The New Antipas Papers, The "Gog/Magog War," and particularly Part 6, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."]

Why doesn't he scream out against Richard's efforts to link New Hope Christian Fellowship up with such apostate ministries as Rick Joyner's MorningStar ministry, ministries that openly embrace a form of Dominionism (post-millennialism) that Doug says in his book, Calvin on the Ropes, he opposes.

Again, the reason is obvious: To do so would mean that he would be ostracized like me from fellowship with the "biggies" in the evangelical community who are attempting to seduce Israel into such an agreement.

My brother goes on to say:

"I'm just not where you're at."

And what does he mean by that: Well, it couldn't mean that somehow or other he is not "where I am at" insofar as understanding what America is all about; nor can it mean that he doesn't understand what a defense pact between Israel and the United States would constitute in the eyes of God. No! - it's not any of these things. My brother gives the answer:

"I don't want to spend the rest of my life filled with anger swirling around me."

In other words, he doesn't want to be ostracized from his circle of friends; and so my brother retreats to the same charge: THAT I AM FILLED WITH ANGER:

"... the anger that fills the pages of your 'up-dates' - it's just too much for me. You've insulted me and so many of my friends ..."

And, as if to soften the blow, he goes on to say:

"I'm more than willing to acknowledge that your experience in Vietnam is something I will never be able to get my mind and heart around. And in that sense the disappointments and traumas you've had to wrestle with are probably far more than the ones I've had to deal with."

My brother has picked up on the line that many brethern are "pushing:" That it is not my concern that they and others like them are treating the Prophetic Scriptures in a cavalier fashion as it is the fact that I am filled with anger - and if that's the case, than I can be "blown-off" as a "crazed Vietnam vet" who is trying to "get back" at the country that "betrayed" him and others of his generation in Vietnam. What I need is counseling to get me back to the "... upbeat frame of mind and the smile that was always gracing your face."

It's not that I am concerned with warning him and his friends of the danger that is gathering about them; it's not that I refuse to "compromise" the Prophetic Scriptures in order to placate my Christian compatriots - it all has to do with the trauma I suffered in Vietnam. Poor Steve - don't get angry at him, just pity him.

And so now, my dear brothers and sisters, you see what you are up against. What is happening to me, will happen to you - that is, if you refuse to compromise the Prophetic Scriptures, AND IF YOU REFUSE TO SPEAK ONLY IN GENERALITIES, AND IF YOU CHALLENGE YOUR LOVED-ONES OPENLY AND PUBLICLY WITH THEIR CAVALIER TREATMENT OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES: YOU WILL BE CHARGED WITH BEING NOTHING MORE THAN AN EMBITTERED PERSON who is taking his bitterness out on the United States and the church that supports it. As a result, you too will be ostracized - and if you have not yet been ostracized from the "community of saints," than it only proves that you have not yet had the "guts" to speak out."

Jesus said:

"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

"For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

"The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." (Luke 12:5153)

GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD COMPROMISE THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES AND NOT OPENLY AND PUBLICLY TAKE MY LOVED-ONES TO TASK INSOFAR AS THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO "SPEAK THE WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD."

It's not just my soul that is at stake here, it's their souls as well, and if I can SHAME them into embracing the "full council of God," I will do so.

I remind you of the words of Giovanni Papine:

"... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice, hated by the church's leaders and out of favor with the church's members. Like a wild, ragged, unkempt coyote scenting from afar the smell of carrion, like a raven always croaking out the same cry, like a ... wolf howling on the mountain top, the prophet travels throughout the church ... followed by suspicion and hatred... He is ... a man who sees with a troubled heart - but with clear eyes - the compromises the church is making with the world today, and the consequences that will accrue to it tomorrow ... as a result. Like all truth tellers who disturb the slumbering majority and who unsettle the peace of the church's leadership, he is avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy and those with a reputation in the church for 'being somebody' detest him. The prophet is an accuser, but today's Christians do not want to admit their guilt. He is an intercessor, but Christians do not want to be shown their error ... He is an announcer, but Christians do not want to hear ..."

"... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice, hated by the church's leaders and out of favor with the church's members "

We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

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