A VERY INTERESTING EXCHANGE OF EMAILS REGARDING REVELATION
Many have written me over the years for a picture; I have thought it best not to provide one given the number of people who are on the "outlook" for me and who do not wish me well; but you can get some sense as to how I look and the somewhat harsh manner with which I conduct myself by reading one of Rex Stout's books about Nero Wolf - the main difference being I am much older (70 years) than Wolf, have a beard, and am graced with a wonderful wife of fifty years. Like Wolf, I have many Archie Goodwins who, I must say, like Archie do most of the work and deserve most of the credit.
You will note that I don't look much like I looked
forty years ago when I was in Vietnam (please see "About
S.R. Shearer"); but again Wolf didn't much
look like the svelte person he was when he was in Montenegro
years before moving to New York in the 1930s. Time has
a way of altering us all.
The exchange was initiated by the following email to the ministry
by a dear sister that I shall refer to as "D:"
Bless the Lord! RE: America & Babylon...I get
it. God has shown me since 2003, although I realize many
others have known for much longer than that. I'm grateful
to know this truth. Here's a question for you; if people
know that America is Babylon, why are they moving to different
hiding places here in America? Just wondering. I'm willing
but so far I haven't heard any specific direction from
the Holy Spirit as yet. Also, it may have to do w/ my
family...He's working. Anyway, I have to know from the
Lord God myself. I suppose you live outside of America.
I was out of town, so Jack replied to her as follows:
Steve is out of town right now.
I advise you to read his article, "Our
Failure in Canada."
God bless you,
"D" wrote back:
I do remember many yrs. ago that Steve was planning
to move to Canada & then what happened when he got
there & for awhile afterwards. I didn't feel comfortable
at that time about moving & I don't feel comfortable
about moving at this time in my life either. I believe
that God speaks to individuals & many people do not
hear Him b/c they don't belong to Him or are not interested
or they're too busy, etc. But I do know the Lord's voice
& His faithfulness to me so I don't doubt that if
He wants me to move at some point in time, He will make
that clear & make a way.
I get it that America is the nation of Babylon &
that NYC is the Babylon city. I get it that we're the
only nation that is across from Russia & the Arab
block nations that could attack us, whereas, Iraq is across
from the ocean--could not be Babylon. Israel also could
not be Babylon as it is across from the ocean. I know
we are a mingled people as the bible says about Babylon
& also that the UN is the beast. At the same time,
I believe that Babylon is a system which pervades the
I do endeavor to be aware & I can see the Lord
increasing my understanding of what goes on behind the
scenes (for me, since 2003) however, I have to also be
careful not to be distracted from the truth of the beauty
& greatness & sovereignty of the Lord. I think
there will always be this debate, even though I see that
people were told to leave or they fled in bible days &
in the history of wars in later years. So we shall see.
I appreciate Steve's other writings, yet no one can
"tell" others what to do unless they hear it
from the Lord. Here's how people get into trouble....not
listening to the Lord & obeying Him, whether to stay
or go in any situation OR listening to someone who tells
them what to do without searching it out or seeking the
Lord for the answer for themselves. I will trust the witness
within b/c He's never wrong. When I'm wrong, that means
I missed the witness within.
By the time the ministry received her second email, I had returned
and responded by writing our most recent "BANNER"
article, "A Renewed Effort to Emigrate
out of Babylon."
"D" responded with the following stinging email:
I have read your update & would like to give an
answer b/c you posted 2 of my quotes from an email I sent
to you in your update. PLEASE POST THIS EMAIL SO THAT
OTHERS MAY SEE MY REPLY.
So first of all where is your understanding re: me
or anyone else who hasn't moved when you yourself have
lived here in America for many years after you found the
verse in Rev. 18:4 & even after you returned from
Canada.As I write you are still here in America. I believe
that the Rhema word of the Lord must be spoken to each
one &/or also that ppl [people] must be moved by the
Spirit of God in HIS TIMING.
You misquoted Rev. 18:4 b/c you said that it said,
SIN, when it clearly says PLAGUES which means plague,
stripe, wound. It does not say sin. Yes, we can partake
of others' sins IF we are in agreement w/ them or we are
cowards or in fear, etc. But the point here is that
you misquoted scripture!
And just to clarify something here, I was NOT in
the least bit angry when I wrote my email to you nor was
I implying that your information re: moving out of Babylon
came out of your own "fevered imagination,"
" YOUR WORDS. Here's another quote of yours: I will
not allow Christians to twist the Scriptures in such a
way that they feel they have an "out" with regard
to Revelation 18:4.But that is exactly what you did when
you replaced the word plagues, w/ sin & besides that
you twisted my words & presented me wrongly to others.
NOWHERE in my email did I imply or say that I had
FEELINGS! I wrote about the WITNESS WITHIN, NOT FEELINGS
re: my future actions of moving or not moving.
And for sure I am no longer a part of the Apostate
Church, for many years, thanks only be to the Living God!
And as well, He, in His faithfulness, continues to expose
all manner of darkness re: this evil, wicked world.
As well, I do not dismiss the ability of Babylon
to corrupt--we are all in spiritual warfare on a daily
basis. We have all been influenced by the corruption of
the world wherever ones lives. We are to fight against
the wiles of the devil each new day!
To not leave at this particular time is NOT a matter
of DISOBEDIENCE but rather a waiting on God for His Timing
& His ways. If your statement re: DISOBEDIENCE IS
TRUE, THEN YOU SIR, according to your writing, ARE AS
GUILTY AS ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS NOT LEFT. God's timing is
not yours, or mine or anyone else's!
Your writing re: the EXCUSES was taken totally
OUT OF CONTEXT! Jesus was talking about following Him
& being His disciple,as you stated, but it was NOT
about the excusesconcerning the leaving Babylon!
Just to clarify, not that you directed this to
me, but it was on your website--B/C I disagree w/ your
attitude DOES NOT MEAN I WILL BLAME YOU, NEITHER DOES
IT EVER MEAN I WILL BLAME THE LIVING GOD FOR ANYTHING
THAT HE HAS SAID OR INSPIRED TO BE WRITTEN FOR MANKIND.
The point for each one of us is to be close enough
to the Lord so that we recognize His voice & directions
whether to physically leave or not b/c He is Sovereign
& He interweaves all things together for His will
to be executed.
The Lord God & time will tell--this issue is important
but it should not be a distraction which causes anyone
to do anything else but to seek the Lord & wait on
Him for His direction.
In Christ, "D"
I responded to "D" with the following email:
First of all, there was no intention to slam you
personally — that is why your name was omitted.
Secondly, I have written over and over again that
we are in an 'IN-BETWEEN" TIME" — and that there
is time for people to PREPARE to leave. Eventually, that
time will run out, but it has not yet.
Third, I quoted Revelation 18:4 correctly!! The verse
reads: "... Come out of her [meaning Babylon], my
people, that ye be not partakers of her SINS, and
that ye receive not of her PLAGUES [meaning JUDGMENTS]."
(Rev. 18:4) I DID NOT MISQUOTE SCRIPTURE
Fourth, I am very much afraid of people who speak
of the so-called Rhema of God. All too often it is nothing
more than a way to elevate one's "FEELINGS" to a level
with God's WRITTEN WORD. This is the excuse that so many
of today's leaders such as Bennie Hinn, C. Peter Wagner,
etc. have elevated their "FEELINGS" above the WRITTEN
WORD OF GOD. That is just a fact.
God bless you,
"D" responded to me by copying my email and making her own
point at the end of each point I had made. [My portion is in
green; her portion
is in dark brown.]
First of all, there was no intention
to slam you personally — that is why your name was omitted.
Secondly, I have written over and
over again that we are in an 'IN-BETWEEN" TIME" — and
that there is time for people to PREPARE to leave. Eventually,
that time will run out, but it has not yet. So
that is what I believe also, if in fact, I am to leave, &
I am grateful for any time of preparation.
Third, I quoted Revelation 18:4
correctly!! The verse reads: "... Come out of her [meaning
Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her SINS,
and that ye receive not of her PLAGUES [meaning JUDGMENTS]."
(Rev. 18:4) I DID NOT MISQUOTE SCRIPTURE. That
was my mistake & I am sorry about that.
Fourth, I am very much afraid of
people who speak of the so-called Rhema of God. All too often
it is nothing more than a way to elevate one's "FEELINGS"
to a level with God's WRITTEN WORD. This is the excuse that
so many of today's leaders such as Bennie Hinn, C. Peter Wagner,
etc. have elevated their "FEELINGS" above the WRITTEN WORD
OF GOD. That is just a fact. All
those leaders & thousands upon thousands more belong in
agarbage bag, ready to be dropped into the sea!!! Once again,
this issue of feelings is not mine. I am NOT for feelings,
& certainly NOT whenthey are NOT in agreement w/ God's
Word. God gave us our spirit man to be in touch w/ so that
we wouldn't have to go by our feelings. God help all of us!
Of course, the written
word by His Spirit is first. And what you shared
in this email is essentially what I wrote about in my first
email.I will continue to seek the Lord for HIS TIMING &
HIS direction in all things! God bless you,
I wrote back:
You are a wonderful and very brave person!!
May God continue to lead and bless.
END OF EXCHANGE
Finally, one last thing. I would be remiss in not pointing
out the fact that in the article which lies at the heart of
this exchange — I speak here of "A
Renewed Effort to Emigrate out of Babylon" — I
placed a NOTE which said the following:
The fact that we all should ultimately plan for
emigration out of the US should in no way detract us from
forming "house-churches" while we remain - and using those
"house-churches" not only as sanctuaries against the evil
of the day, but also as bases our from which we can preach
the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Believe me when I say, if we truly give ourselves
to preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom in these "Last
Days" we will not have to worry about making the difficult
choice to emigrate — THE DECISION
WILL BE MADE FOR US BY OUR ENEMIES. WE WILL BE OSTRACIZED
NOT ONLY FROM THE CHURCH, BUT FROM THE COUNTRY AS WELL
— EXPELLED AS TRAITORS TO THE FAITH AND THE NATION.
[We URGE you to acquaint yourself with what
we mean here by studying our articles, "The
Good News of the Coming Kingdom" and "The
American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom
This NOTE appeared at the very beginning of the
article and was meant to encourage Antipas readers to begin
the serious effort of forming house-churches — what Leonardo
Boff referred to as 'Basic Church Communities' [Comunidades
Eclesiaia de Base (CEBs) — Christian communities which
have rejected a Christianity that allies itself with the rich.
Gustavo Gutierrez said it best when he wrote:
"We must take the church to the poor. We must bypass
the rich. We must construct at the local level a multiplicity
of small communities of the faithful. Through these communities
the faithful poor can minister to their own needs without
having to rely on the vicissitudes of the rich. These communities
must be more than what we today understand as the 'church'.
They must be 'communities' in the meaning of Acts 2:44 ('And
all that believed were together, and had all things common').
These communities must minister to the needs of the whole
man: body and soul." [Please see our recent article,
"The Kingdom of God Is
at Hand — Part 1: Building the Commune of God."]
I tell you the truth: If you do these things — i.e.,
build basic church communities out from which you faithfully
preach the Gospel of the
Kingdom — a way will be ultimately opened up for
you to obey the COMMAND in Revelation 18:4.
God bless you all!
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