THE BACKGROUND FOR THE
"END OF THE AGE:"
RICH vs. POOR
By: SR Shearer
The shameless attitude toward the poor of those Christians who have allied themselves with the rich; the attitude, for example, of C. Peter Wagner, Gary North, Sarah Palin, John Hagee, Charles Stanley, etc.
"A measure of wheat for
a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek coin which represented
a WHOLE DAYS wages in the ancient world], and three measures
of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the
wine." (Rev. 6:6)
meaning of this lyric is that the condition of man during
this era (i.e., the "end of days") will be reduced
to such that he will have to labor a whole day simply
to buy a loaf of bread or three measures of barley. But
the second part of the lyric [i.e., "... and see
thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means that
the "hard times" of this period will not extend
to the elites. This is the common interpretation - the
one subscribed to by such authorities as Ryrie, Pentecost,
Ironside, Gaebelein, etc.
Another way to measure
the divide between
the rich and the poor
The Occupy Wall Street Movement that has taken hold
of the country and is aimed at the greed and avarice of
the rich is symptomatic of the prophetic imperative described
in Revelation 6:6 (see above). This imperative is being
played out today not only in the United States, but throughout
the world: in Greece, in Italy, in Spain, in Portugal,
in Egypt, etc. (to say nothing of the so-called "Third
Rev. 6:6: "A measure of wheat for a penny ..."
It is THIS imperative more than anything else
that defines what is happening in the world today.
There is a great and very pestilent effort today by the "religious
establishment" of the evangelical church to portray the backdrop
of the "end of the age" as anything but what it really
is; for instance, a clash of values, a clash between Christianity
and Islam; a clash between Christianity and secularism (with a
"New Age" twist); but it is none of these things,
and neither does it have much to do with the occult (per se),
or the Freemasons, or the so-called "Protocols of the
Learned Elders of Zion," ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
[Please see our articles, "The
Origins of the Illuminist Myth."]
the "end of days" is all about.
The fact is, the backdrop or environment in which the "end
of the age" plays itself out - the framework around which
all the great events of the "latter years" revolve
- is the oppression of the POOR by the RICH.
This, of course, is NOT what most well-to-do
American Christians want to hear; but those who don't want to
hear about it are grossly underestimating the lust for money
in human hearts - their own hearts - and the propensity that
it has to corrupt. Dom Helder Camara of Brazil has written:
Dom Helder Camara
"I used to think, when I was a child, that Christ might
have been exaggerating when He warned about the dangers of
wealth. Today I know better. I know how ... (impossible) it
is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness. Money
(or the desire for money) has a dangerous way of putting scales
on one's eyes, a dangerous way of freezing people's hands,
eyes, lips and hearts."
The Bible calls money "FILTHY lucre"
(cf., I Tim. 2:3, I Tim 3:8, Titus 1:7, I Pet. 5:2) and goes
on to say:
"... the love of money is the root of ALL
evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from
the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
(1 Tim. 6:10)
That's ALL evil; not some, but ALL!
That certainly reduces all the other bugaboos that Christians
worry about to secondary status.
Moreover, the Bible goes on to warn:
"... 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" (i.e.,
damnation; hell). (1 Tim. 6:9)
What's the Bible saying here? It's saying that if you desire
wealth - if that's what you want, and you are an unbeliever
- your desire for it will prevent you from finding Christ as
"... Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly
enter into the kingdom of heaven.
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a (sewing) needle, than for a rich
man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:23-24)
And if you are saved, your desire for money will inevitably
drown out Christ in your life and "choke the word of God"
in your heart (Matt. 13:22). Indeed, Peter says that those Christians
who desire wealth will inevitably find that insofar as their
Christian life is concerned, they have become -
"... wells without water, clouds that are carried
(about) with a tempest ..." (2 Pet. 2:17)
It's not without reason that Jesus said:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate
the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Pretty heavy! No equivocation here: IF
A MAN LOVES MONEY HE WILL HATE GOD! - I know that's
hard for American Christians to grasp, but that's what the New
Testament says, and it says it in very unambiguous terms - and
if that's the case, that really makes the elites of the Republican
Party - THE VERY ELITES WITH WHOM THE LEADERS OF THE EVANGELICAL
CHURCH IDENTIFY THEMSELVES - "GOD-HATERS,"
all their protests to the contrary notwithstanding. [It is,
after all, not without some justification that the Republican
Party is known as the party of "Big Money."]
Moreover, not only are the elites "haters of God,"
they are also "haters of man"
- an aristocracy of wealth that doesn't want anything to do
with ordinary men and women, and who want to put as much distance
between themselves and average people (especially the poor)
as is humanly possible. That, of course, is - as historian Edward
S. Herman points out - exactly what's been happening. [Please
see our articles, "The
Measure of a Man's Worth," "The
Elites, Money, and the End of the Age" and "In
Search of Babylon: What Does The Bible Say?"]
Indeed, Herman says that one of the many ironies of the American
New World Order System is the way in which the elites who control
this empire of greed increasingly meet in remote places out of
the reach of their citizenry, like Qatar and Cancun, and how within
each country larger and larger areas are blocked off to prevent
protesters from getting within range of TV cameras and the media.
[Please see our article, "Lee
Kyang: the Rich and the Poor! America and God."]
at which today's
evangelical leaders worship
Moreover, this is no haphazard process of alienation: it is
one that has been carefully designed by the rich to disconnect
themselves from the poor, and to cruelly oppress and heartlessly
subjugate them - and it is being pursued with a ruthless, unyielding
efficiency. [Please see our article, "The
For example, in the United States this process has been carried
out for years under the misleading name of the "War on
Drugs," and has been aimed largely at minority communities
and "white, trailer-park trash;" but it is now being
expanded to encompass a broader cross-section of the American
public under the rubric of the "War on Terror." [We
URGE you to see our
article, "Measuring the
Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor through Drug Addiction."]
The truth of the matter is - despite their sometimes shrill
protests to the contrary - the rich are simply not open to the
"things of God," and so much so that when Jesus -
"by whom all things were made ... and without him was not
any thing made that was made ..." (John 1:3) - came into
the world 2,000 years ago, He didn't much bother with the rich,
but instead was born into the lowly home of a poor carpenter
and made the downtrodden of the earth His friends. (Luke 2:7)
Indeed, when Jesus announced Himself to the world and began
His public ministry, He said:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE
HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH
ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR (To whom?
- the poor, not the rich); he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight
to the blind, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED
..." (Luke 4:18) [Please see our article, The
American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom
Clearly, the great danger to the Gospel in all of this
is as the American elites continue to separate themselves from
ordinary people, they are dragging the church (with whom they
have partnered) along with them, and in the process alienating
it from the poor and dispossessed of the earth, the very people
that Luke 4:18 (see above) says that Christ came to preach the
If you fail to grasp this dynamic that is being "played
out" in the world today, you will - in your effort to understand
what's occurring - be forever consigned to chasing phantoms
and shadows (e.g., the Freemasons, the Illuminati, "New
Agers," etc.), stabbing at the air with a stick, and fruitlessly
tilting at windmills like Don Quixote.
The facts are as plain as the nose on your face, and you had
better "wise up to them" because the war that the
elites have unleashed on the poor is coming directly at YOU,
and by the time it is finished rolling over you, you may find
that you have joined the blacks, Hispanics, and "white,
trailer park trash" on the economic, social and even criminal
"trash heap," or - WORSE - you may find that
you've been co-opted by the "system."
In battling against "New Agers," the Masons, the Illuminati, the Catholic Church, etc., all that Christians are doing is tilting against windmills like Don Quixote.
God bless you all!
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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
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