AS THE TIME DRAWS NEAR ...
By: SR Shearer
"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair
weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it
will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and
lowering. O ye HYPOCRITES,
ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not
discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
As the time draws near for us to begin our journey east to
New York City to take our stand with the so-called "hippie rabble"
and "union thugs" who are occupying Wall Street, we find ourselves
besieged by disdain and ridicule from many quarters of the Christian
community. It seems today that any Christian - whether acting
as an individual or together as a group - who dares to stand
up against the alliance that the church has made with the American
New World Order System is declared to be a wild-eyed "extremist"
- a "Jim Jones," or a "David Koresh." It's not so much that
many who view us as "crazed lunatics" don't recognize that there
are things that are seriously wrong with today's church, it's
just that they advocate "working within the system"
to change things: that's certainly what many Christians would say.
But the very idea that one can effectively battle the corruption
that is in today's church - the kind of sleaze and "money-grubbing"
that has led the church to embrace the wicked concept that in
identifying oneself with the nation's poor one has embraced
MARXISM - is absurd on the face of it.
What all these so-called Christians are really afraid of, as
Glenn Greenwald suggests, is the frightening POWER
of the American Super-State, and the willingness of its minions
to "wield the state's growing apparatus of terror and intimidation
"There is a sprawling apparatus of federal and local militarized
police forces and private corporate security designed to send
this message: IF YOU PARTICIPATE
IN PROTESTS OR OTHER FORMS OF DISSENT OUTSIDE OF HARMLESS
APPROVED CHANNELS, YOU
ARE GOING TO BE HARMED IN NUMEROUS WAYS."
"I'm beginning to wonder whether the right to assemble is
effectively dead in the US. No one today can afford to
have an arrest record, even a misdemeanor, in this age of
short job tenures and rising use of background checks. This
is all designed to deter any meaningful challenges to the
government and the corporate institutions which are suffocating
them; to bully those who consider such challenges into accepting
its futility. And it works'."
"Given the costs and risks one incurs from participating
in protests [whether directed against the established church
or the American super-state] -- to say nothing of the widespread
mockery one receives - ... [is it any wonder that only
those perceived to be "crazies" and "nuts" would dare to take
up the challenge]."
I tell you the truth when I say that it hasn't been easy to
suffer the calumny and ridicule that has been heaped upon us
- and I speak most especially of those who say that they differ
with us not so much in the ideas we promulgate, but only in
the methodologies we use.
We are slandered and called "unloving" because we
refuse to link ourselves to others who wish to mitigate our
message; we are
called "elitist" and that we are altogether too rash
and irresponsible in the actions we take; that we demand too
much of "ordinary people."
Still, as Bob Dylan said so many years ago -
"YOU DON'T NEED A WEATHER MAN
TO KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS."
... Look out kid
It's something you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again ...
... The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie (or, in my case, Lucy, my RADICAL wife of almost
50-years) says that many say
They must bust out in early May (or, insofar as Antipas is concerned,
in early October)
Orders from the DA ...
... Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try 'No Doz' (i.e., caffeine pills)
Keep a clean nose (i.e., stay out of trouble)
Watch the plain clothes (i.e., the secret police)
YOU DON'T NEED A WEATHER MAN
TO KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS.
"Subterranean Homesick Blues"
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind
blows!" That's what Dylan said back in the 1960s; but Jesus
said it much earlier than that, though not that much differently,
when He said -
"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather:
for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather
today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye HYPOCRITES,
ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern
the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
HYPOCRITES! - that's
what Jesus called those who are unable to discern which way
the wind is blowing and the "signs of the times."
And, plainly, when He said so, He was speaking to the "Religious
Establishment" of His day, people who claimed to know what
God wanted, but about whom Jesus said, "I NEVER KNEW
YOU" (Matt. 7:23). These are those leaders about whom
the prophet Ezekiel warned:
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds (i.e., the
pastors and leaders of today's church) ... and say ... Woe
be to the shepherds ... As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely
because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to
every beast of the field ... Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold,
I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at
their hand ..." (Ezek. 34:2, 7-10)
These so-called "shepherds of God," these hypocrites,
these charlatans and fakes - they are "expert" at
only one thing: HIDING THE TRUTH from God's people. As
Dylan put it,
Look out kid They keep it ALL hid
Better jump down a manhole
And LIGHT YOURSELF A CANDLE!
Concerning such leaders and the half-witted, asinine proclivity
of Christians to listen to them, Jesus said:
"... the children of this world are ... wiser than the
children of light." (Luke 16:8)
In other words, unbelievers are more able to tell "which
way the wind is blowing" than Christians. Sadly, however,
Christians are unable to tell NOT because they CAN'T
know the truth, but because they DON'T WANT to know the
truth, fulfilling the words of Christ when He said,
"... in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which
saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears
are 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 should
be converted, and I should heal them." (Matt. 13:14-15)
Dylan understood back in the 1960s. He and his generation knew
what the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and
Martin Luther King augured for the future: that the elites were
prepared to do ANYTHING to preserve their wealth - that
they were even willing to resort to REGICIDE (in this
case, the killing of a president) to guard their privileges
Yes! - the unbelievers understand! Christians don't, but unbelievers
do. AND THE SO-CALLED "HIPPIE RABBLE" AND THE SO-CALLED "UNION
THUGS" WHO ARE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE FINANCIAL ELITES ON
WALL STREET - they know too.
Brothers and sisters, I earnestly
and solemnly warn you, do not walk away from YOUR responsibility
to speak out against the American New World Order System and
the church that supports that system. If you do, there will
be a heavy price for you to pay ON THAT DAY.
THIS IS A COPY OF THE FLYER WE WILL
BE PASSING OUT ON WALL STREET
MAKE A COPY OF IT AND PASS IT OUT
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
BLESSED BE YE POOR, FOR YOURS
IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
"Blessed be ye poor: FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM
OF HEAVEN." (Luke 6:20)
This same verse is rendered "Blessed are the poor
in spirit: FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN"
in Matthew 5:3 - "poor in spirit" being but
the natural outcome of the condition of poverty, WHICH
IN THIS LIFE IS ALMOST ALWAYS THE RESULT OF THE OPPRESSION
OF THE RICH OVER THE POOR. It is these - the poor
in spirit, those whose spirits have been broken by the
greed of the wealthy - that Christ is coming "to set things
right for"; - those who make Nike shoes for the "DAUGHTERS
OF BABYLON" for pennies a day in sweatshops scattered
across the globe; those who have been chased off their
farms in Mexico by American agri-businesses and forced
to migrate surreptitiously to the United States to work
as "Illegals" picking tomatoes on plantation
farms owned by the same companies that chased them off
their farms in Mexico; those in this country who work
two jobs for minimum wage and still cannot feed their
families — or who have been left unemployed or underemployed
by the current recession/depression caused by the greed
and excess of Wall Street.
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[Antipas Ministries, which is responsible for this flyer,
is NOT part of any church or denomination; it is
simply a loose-knit group of Bible-believing Christians
concerned about the corrupt relationship that exists today
between the Religious Right and the Political Right in
God bless you all!
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WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER
WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses
where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems
too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone
poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post
them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden,
near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):
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
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