By: SR Shearer
Recently the ministry received an email from a dear sister concerning our stand regarding God's COMMANDMENT in Revelation 18:4:
After admitting to the fact that the U.S. is the "Babylon of Revelation 18:4," she wrote:
- as if the COMMAND in Revelation 18:4 is not enough.
She followed this email up with a second one, which read in part:
These two email are very typical of the many emails we receive on a somewhat regular basis regarding Revelation 18:4. It is especially typical insofar as the FALSE paradigm that she has set up is concerned — specifically, that the COMMAND by God to "COME OUT" of Babylon is something that has emanated out of my own "fevered imagination," and (2) that the COMMAND in Revelation 18:4 cannot be acted upon without confirmation from one's own "feelings" regarding the "right" or "wrong" of the matter — which would seem to place one's "feelings" above God's WRITTEN WORD.
FIRST, with regard to #1 (above), I assure you that I have had NOTHING to do with the very plain wording of Revelation 18:4. If I had my "druthers," it would have been excised from the Scriptures early on. No one can embrace the possibility of emigration without a good deal of fear and trepidation.
I further assure you that it is "no skin off my nose" if people choose to ignore this COMMAND. Contrary to what my many detractors might think, I am NOT trying to lead a movement of the saints out of the United States: whether Christians decide to go or not, is no direct concern of mine. I have no interest at all in being the Pied Piper of such a movement.
SECOND, with regard to #2 (above), I can only state the obvious: what one "feels" CANNOT ever take precedence over the WRITTEN WORD of God. If there is a conflict between how one "feels" and what is plainly stated in the WRITTEN WORD OF GOD, that conflict MUST always be resolved in favor of the WRITTEN WORD. To resolve such a conflict in favor of what one "feels" is "right" is to take the first step down the road into a Luciferic form of Christianity. [We urge you to read our articles, "Luciferic Christianity" and "The God-Men of America's new World Order System."]
THE SIMPLICITY & FRANKNESS OF
Insofar as the simplicity and frankness of God's COMMAND in Revelation 18:4, there should be no real question as to its meaning; judge for yourself:
Rev 18:4 can be divided into three parts:
The first part speaks for itself: "COME OUT;" most Christians in the United States want to believe that this verse applies only to the "Apostate Church," as if there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. But that, of course, is absurd. As the great Bible expositor F.C. Jennings tells us, Babylon the Great is a two-part entity, physical Babylon [America] and religious Babylon [America's apostate church], and the two are indissolubly co-related: To escape the one NECESSITATES escaping the other. Hence, the words of Scripture "Come out of her" must also mean - in addition to leaving the "Apostate Church" - emigrating out of the United States. [Please see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]
Now this is VERY important! The reason that the Lord gives is NOT because we face martyrdom if we fail to do so, as most Christians naively suppose. What God is concerned about here is that if we stay in Babylon we will be TAINTED by Babylon's sin and spiritually CORRUPTED. Moreover, believe me when I say, When one so cavalierly dismisses the ability of Babylon to corrupt, it only proves that such a person does not appreciate the POWER of Babylon to contaminate one's soul.
The fact of the matter is, just as the life (so to speak) of the Nazi state became so intertwined and twisted together with the lives of Germany's individual citizens that it became impossible to function any longer as a human being in Germany without at the same time being involved intimately with the crimes of that nation, SO NOW IT IS FAST BECOMING IMPOSSIBLE TO FUNCTION ANY LONGER AS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE GREAT WICKEDNESS THIS COUNTRY IS VISITING ON THE REST OF THE WORLD.
And that brings us to the third part of Revelation 18:4. - the JUDGMENT that will accrue to us if we fail to obey the heavenly command and - as a result - become "partakers in her sins:" We will be JUDGED with Babylon and the people of Babylon:
THERE ARE, AFTER ALL, CONSEQUENCES IN THE CHOICES ONE MAKES - AND IF ONE DECIDES TO REMAIN IN BABYLON DESPITE GOD'S VERY PLAIN COMMAND IN REVELATION 18:4, THERE WILL BE A HEAVY COST TO BE PAID "ON THAT DAY."
REVELATION 18:4 IS A COMMAND;
The king must be obeyed.
Moreover there is NO hint here - NONE AT ALL - that should give any justification whatsoever to anyone to believe that the Lord will consider favorably any reason for disobedience. The Lord does not say, "Those of you who are able, Come Out;" OR "Those of you who don't have the money to do so, you are excused," OR "Those of you who don't have your sh-t together, you are pardoned;" OR "Those of you who are too deeply in debt, you are permitted to remain behind;" OR "Those of you whose spouses and loved ones refuse to follow you, you will be forgiven for not obeying;" OR "Those of you who are sick, or who have relatives who are sick, OR those of you who have been unable to secure a job where you are going - you too are excused;" ad nauseum, ad infinitum. The COMMANDMENT is simple - "Come out" and that's the end of it!
The King MUST be obeyed; if He is YOUR King, you MUST obey Him. The simple question in all of this is: Is Christ king over your life? If He is, you will OBEY Him; if not, you won't. The proof of your discipleship insofar as the King is concerned is your OBEDIENCE to Him. Jesus said,
"... A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
"And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
"AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee HAVE ME EXCUSED. [In addition, Matt. 8:21 says, "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father."]
"And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee HAVE ME EXCUSED.
"And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I CANNOT COME.
"So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being ANGRY said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
"For I say unto you, That NONE OF THOSE MEN WHICH WERE BIDDEN SHALL TASTE OF MY SUPPER.
"And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
"IF ANY MAN COME TO ME, AND HATE NOT HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.
"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, CANNOT be my disciple." (Luke 14:16-21, 24-27)
Now that's HARSH! In fact, it's BRUTAL! Where is there here any circumstance that one can use as a legitimate excuse for not obeying Him? If none of the excuses given in Luke 14:16-21, 24-27 (and Matt. 8:21) were considered "good" excuses by the Lord, what chance do you have? - and they were "good" excuses.
Think about it:
The one "brother" said that he simply needed a little time to bury his father (what's wrong with that; I certainly would have given him the time).
Two others said that they had some business matters to which they had to attend (and no doubt, after they were finished, they would be able to contribute that much more to the expense of the feast; that sounds like a good deal; I would have excused them).
The fourth said he had to take care of his beloved wife (well, one can certainly understand that; doesn't the Bible encourage us to love and take care of our spouses? - I think that's reasonable).
These are all good justifications for not going - at least as far as I'm concerned; and I'm sure that all these dear "brothers" would have attended the feast after they were finished with those things that were "holding them back."
But the Lord would have NONE of it. He brushed all of the excuses aside, and said instead, "NONE of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper" (Luke 14:24), and He went on to say something so shocking that one is left reeling at its severity:
"If any man come to me and HATE not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he CANNOT be my disciple." (Luke 14:26)
- but I suppose that you believe you will be given a "pass" insofar as this portion of Scripture (i.e., Rev. 18:4) is concerned?
It does you no good to get angry with me insofar as all this is concerned. If you find all this inconvenient and annoying, don't blame me - as so many of you are obviously doing - BLAME GOD.
"My problem is the SHRILL, STRIDENT demands of Mr. Shearer that the U.S. is Babylon, the source of evil, so it is the will of God for all of God's people to 'come out of her', flee from it, save ourselves ... I suspect that your more spiritually mature subscribers have signed off your list who got lectured rather than respected for their Spiritual input."
By "spiritual input," I suppose he means their arguments as to why they are unable to obey God; and by "more spiritually mature," I suppose he means those who are able to see the "nuances" and "subtleties" (the differing shades of meaning) that "very plainly revolve around this verse" - or so he suggests. But what nuances is he talking about? What subtleties? There are none - except the excuses that can be found in the fevered imaginations of those who are desperately looking for a way out of "leaving Babylon."
"... while I love him (meaning me) as a brother, his ABRASIVE writing style isn't helping me on a personal level. Steve sees himself as Jeremiah (figuratively). It's just his nature to come across a bit rough around the edges. I've accepted that - what choice do I have? If I don't turn my other cheek to him, what sort of Christian would I be."
What sort of Christian, indeed? Yes! - that's what I love to do, make people hate me! That's just my nature!
Still another reader says simply to one of my co-workers,
"You are allowing Mr. Shearer to blind your eyes. You are no different than any other cult follower ... Fear of the things of the flesh is what is causing you to flee ..."
I guess that makes those who obey Christ regarding Rev 18:4 "cult followers;" they're in the flesh, and not in the spirit. This makes me a "cult leader" - i.e., a religious "wacko," a "kook," a "dingbat," a "weirdo."
Finally, this brother says,
"Your rantings have more the character of a Judas Iscariot ... than a purveyor of the Gospel."
Judas Iscariot? - oh well, all I can do is take heart from Christ when He said,
"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?" (Matt. 10:25)
And, believe me, these are just a tiny few of the "slings and arrows" that have been hurled in my direction. There are many, many more - some much worse. I've been called a "Jim Jones," a "David Koresh," a "Rev. Moon" and countless other slurs and epithets. But, again, all I can say is that you are directing your anger at the wrong person! These are NOT my words, they are God's. It is NOT on account of any delinquency on my part that God did NOT offer you a way out nor provide you with an excuse for staying. I would gladly have done so for all of the trouble that it has caused me - the hatred of so many, the lost friendships, the stinging affronts and infamies. I have grown weary of it all. Seriously, I really have. What advantage is all this to me?
Then, of course, there are those who say that we are being simple-minded about the meaning of Rev. 18:4 (and other similar verses - see below). For example, another of my former colleagues upbraids me for being CARNALLY-minded with regard to these verses, not SPIRITUALLY-minded - like him, I suppose. writes:
"The only separation that counts from the world is spiritual - not physical ... We are 'in' the world, but not 'of' the world."
The irony here - as with so many who oppose us for being "of the flesh" in taking Rev. 18:4 too literally - is that his objections are nothing more than facades behind which he is attempting to hide his failure to act - to "come out of her;" in this case a facade behind which he can chase "filthy lucre" using other peoples' money to invest in Ponzi schemes (investment pyramids) and multilevel marketing (MLM) stratagems (which are nothing more than Ponzi schemes with a worthless product attached to it in order to get around the Supreme Court injunction against them), linking people up to Imelda Marcos's ill-gotten (and now lost) fortune, "magic gold accounts," etc. Of course, most of these brothers say they are chasing money for the Lord's sake; but in the end, it's the money that catches them rather than the other way around.
A sister writes:
"It looks to me like you all have chosen this present world over Christ by going and hiding yourselves and trying to get as many people as possible to go with you. You have no trust in the Lord Jesus Christ at all, because if you did, you would stay right here and preach the gospel and not be worried about what's coming ... Fear of the things of the flesh is what has caused you to flee ..."
There's that "flesh" stuff again.
Still another brother writes:
"All I can say is WOW! I have never read such factually incorrect material. Sadly you don't even back up your claims with facts. Just quotes from other liars. Pretty typical actually. Thankfully, most are able to think for themselves and people like you never make a difference. Scare tactics only work on the uneducated. Although those people are probably exactly what you are after. Too lazy to think for themselves ... You haven't a clue."
"Scare tactics of the uneducated?" Eee gads!
Another writes very sarcastically,
"You deal in fear ... Of course God is unable to protect His people in America. Poor, puny, weak God. Thwarted by the GOP and the NWO (New World Order). Defeated, even. Ordered a retreat, did He?"
Again, these are just a tiny example of all those who have written to condemn me (us) for being CARNALLY-minded, and not spiritually-minded; of not being able to discern the simple truth that "we are 'in' the world, but not 'of' the world;" that Babylon is a "spiritual matter," and not a physical matter - a matter of the heart, and not of the flesh. How "carnal" of us! How "worldly!" How "temporal!" How "UNSPIRITUAL" - at least that's certainly what most Christians would like to believe: That there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. After all, it's so much easier for people to think that the only thing they have to do to "come out of her" is to "come out" of the "apostate church." To suggest that to escape "Religious Babylon" necessitates escaping "Physical Babylon" (i.e., America) makes everything so much more difficult.
You don't see what we're talking about here? You really don't see it? Well, all I can say then, is if you don't, it's because you have - like so many of my erstwhile colleagues - PURPOSEFULLY chosen NOT to see it. It's not that hard to see - OR do you think that it's really possible to stay connected to "physical Babylon" (i.e., the United States) without being affected spiritually by your union with it. If that's the case, you have UTTERLY failed to appreciate what "Babylon the Great" is all about, and the power it possesses to CORRUPT people - even the BEST of people, even YOU.
The truth is, the force of APOSTASY has now broken out of the "meeting halls" of the super-church, and has poured out into the streets. The power of D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, C. Peter Wagner, etc. has morphed into "street power;" it is no longer confined to the pulpit. Just because you do not "attend church" on Sundays does not mean you have escaped the power of Religious Babylon: it now holds the nation in its grip, and it is infusing itself into the nation's political and even its military institutions.
Finally, I feel that it is imperative for me to warn you AGAINST the great evil of FATALISM with regard to not only the issue of emigration, but all the other issues that you are being confronted with in these "Last days." To that end, I urge you to review the article which appears below.
God bless you all!
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