NO ONE LOVES A PROPHET
By: S.R. Shearer
May 30, 2003
LIKE A RAVEN ALWAYS
CROAKING OUT THE SAME CRY
The well-known Italian Christian Giovanni Papine wrote more than three-quarters
of a century ago,
"... 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 truthtellers
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 ..."
And Papine was right - no one loves a prophet! And so it is today with
Antipas Ministries and the message that God has committed into our hands,
ESPECIALLY AS THAT MESSAGE RELATES TO THE "ESTABLISHED CHURCH"
AND THE NECESSITY OF OBEYING GOD'S WORD WHEN HE COMMANDS
US TO -
"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not
partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
"FOR HER SINS HAVE REACHED UNTO HEAVEN, and God
hath remembered her iniquities." (Rev. 18:4-5)
And in this regard, one should bear in mind that by "established
church" we mean the evangelical church of today, THE CHURCH
THAT HAS MADE "COMMON CAUSE" WITH GEORGE BUSH AND THE AMERICAN
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM - the church of people like C. Peter Wagner,
Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye,
the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter,
Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry
Falwell, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle,
Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John
Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson,
James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon,
Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley
Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum
DON'T "PLAY-ACT" AT BEING A RADICAL: BE ONE!
It seems that there are a great many people out there who are what
I call "SALON RADICALS" - "radicals"
ONLY when no one is looking, "radicals" ONLY
in the privacy of their own living rooms (i.e., their "salons").
These are the kind of people who will never take their "radicalism"
to the streets - and who will oppose YOU if you try to
do so. In the ANTIPAS PAPERS I wrote,
But if we fail to heed the sign, if we
fail to slow down before we get to the turn, it will be too
late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely
slide off the road and crash.
" The ANTIPAS PAPERS is first and foremost A
CALL TO ACTION - a call to Christians ... to get involved!
And to do it NOW! - before it's too late. To wait is
to make prophecy of no effect - after all, prophecy is meaningless
to those who refuse to do anything about it. Prophecy is nothing more
than a roadsign telling us of the danger that's ahead and warning
us to take corrective action BEFORE we get to the danger.
If we do nothing until we finally get there, it will be too late.
Thus, if the only reaction the ANTIPAS PAPERS can elicit
from someone who has read the book is 'Wow! - what a wonderful book'
- then we have utterly failed in what we set out to do, and that person
has missed the point of the book altogether. KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES
NOT PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS.
"It is to those persons who possess the willingness to 'take
action' that we now turn, and to whom we now direct the following
remarks: first, there are many things which will hinder you from getting
involved (especially as that involvement means leaving the "established
evangelical church" and beginning a "house-church"
in your home) - AND, SADLY, YOUR GREATEST HINDRANCE WILL PROBABLY
BE THOSE DEAR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO CLAIM TO SEE WHAT
YOU SEE, BUT WHO CAUTION 'MODERATION'. Those who do, however,
are usually people who have a stake in the status quo - in
other words, there's a reason behind their so-called 'moderation'
- they probably have a lot more to lose than you do. The fact of the
matter is, not many rich, not many successful, not many 'high church
officials' will abandon 'moderation' - they have too much to lose.
This is why Jesus said,
'... It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God' (Matt. 19:24)
"And why Paul said,
'For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called ...'
(1 Cor. 1:26).
"Mostly, those who caution 'moderation' are people who - while
they might see objectively what you're talking about, AND
WHO MIGHT FIND IT STIMULATING TO SIT IN THE SAFETY OF THEIR LIVING
ROOMS FOR HOURS ON END DISCUSSING THIS OR THAT 'END-TIMES SCENARIO'
- WILL GO BALLISTIC IF YOU ACTUALLY SUGGEST DOING SOMETHING ABOUT
IT. That's when the 'moderates' panic! That's when people (for
instance, people like me) get labeled a 'Jim Jones', a 'Branch Davidian',
a reckless and irresponsible radical, an 'UNLOVING PERSON'.
"But look beyond the labels and you might see something else
at work here! - a selfish effort by the 'moderates' to shame you into
silence and inaction. Why? Because if such thinking were to really
catch on, they will be shown to be what they really are: SPIRITUAL
COWARDS who have too much at stake in this world and in the
status quo of today's church to get involved (i.e., to leave
it) - whether it be pastors who have their reputations and pay checks
to guard, ministry leaders who depend on 'compromised' sources of
income, WIVES WHO HAVE THEIR 'NESTS' TO PROTECT FROM THE 'IRRESPONSIBILITY'
OF A HUSBAND WHO HAS HIT THE 'NUT CIRCUIT', Christian business
people and professionals who have their 'social standing' to protect,
etc. - and in order to hide that fact, they are willing to stop at
nothing to put the 'radicals' to an open shame.
"'Moderates' are the people who are given to writing time-consuming
memoranda, holding 'bigwig' conferences, 'reasoning' with the opposition,
discussing things endlessly - and not for the purpose of finding out
the truth, but of 'buying time' and 'confusing the issue' - 'Did
so and so really say such and such? - I don't care whether a thousand
witnesses heard him - let's find out what really happened'. The
object here, of course, is not to get to the bottom of what happened
- after all, if a thousand witnesses won't suffice, nothing will.
The real object is to get everything so tied up in red tape that by
the time it's 'sorted out', the main issues have been forgotten about
and the whole thing blown over.
"To the 'moderates,' we would simply say this, What does one
do with people who PURPOSEFULLY are leading the church
into apostasy and into a ... (an unholy union with the American New
World Order System)? - reason with them? What's there to reason about?
These people know what they're doing! - and you are not the first
to question them on these matters. They've heard all the arguments
before. What value is there in meeting with such people? What does
one say to a Paul Crouch, for example, when he says that those who
are standing against the church's rapprochement with the Catholics
(and its involvement with George Bush and the Republican Party) should
be shot? Discuss with him the kind of gun that is best for such a
purpose? Negotiate with him over the ammunition that should be used?
What utter nonsense! - after all, what's at stake here is the church's
soul! There is nothing to negotiate about! AND IF THOSE YOU LOVE
IN THE CHURCH REFUSE TO GO ALONG, AND YOU THINK TO STAY FOR THEIR
SAKE, BE ASSURED, YOU'LL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING - YOUR 'GOING'
WILL ACCOMPLISH MORE THAN YOUR 'STAYING' EVER COULD by showing
them by deeds rather than words how serious matters really are. Remember,
what's at stake here is eternity! - YOUR eternity and
the eternity of your loved ones!"
KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT
PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS
And we mean it! - again we say, if the only reaction the ANTIPAS
PAPERS or the other material on our two websites can
elicit from you is "Wow! - what insightful material"
- then we have utterly failed in what we set out to do, and
you have missed the point of the ANTIPAS PAPERS
and all that we are trying to accomplish.
You must understand something here! - in God's eyes, KNOWLEDGE WHICH
DOES NOT PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS. That's what the Bible is all
about! - producing action in those who read it. That's what the Prophetic
Scriptures are all about. Beware the warning of Christ when He said
to the inhabitants of Capernaum who had heard His words, but who had
failed to act upon them:
"And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be
brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done
in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this
"But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the
land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." (Matt.
And the warning of the Apostle James when he said,
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not,
to him it is sin." (James 4:17)
THE DUTY OF THE PROPHET
There are some who say that it is the duty of the Prophet merely to
speak God's Word and let the people decide what to do; to say, in essence,
that there is a catastrophe coming and to describe that catastrophe
in as much detail as he can, and then to go his way without offering
a solution. To let the "hearers" decide on the "solution"
that is best for them. But that's UTTER NONSENSE.
The Bible says,
"There hath no temptation (i.e., trial or test) taken you but
such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer
you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1
HE WILL MAKE A "WAY OF ESCAPE." NOT YOU! IT IS HIS "WAY
OF ESCAPE" THAT YOU MUST TAKE. That's what the Bible is saying
here. You MUST take His way, not your way! For someone
to say otherwise is INSANE.
It is the duty of any true prophet of God not only to describe the
coming catastrophe, but to show the people GOD'S WAY OF ESCAPE
from the impending cataclysm.
GET OUT NOW
catastrophe that faces all of us as Christians relates directly
to the condition of the church at the "end of the age." In
describing that condition, the Bible depicts it as a WOMAN RIDING
A BEAST, and that woman is pictured as a WHORE, a
PROSTITUTE, a woman who sells her sexual favors for MONEY!
- and isn't that PRECISELY what the evangelical church
of today is doing with George Bush's American New World Order System?
Then who is the "GREAT WHORE" the Bible is describing
here? Come on now! - Be honest! Indeed, so great is her whoredom that
the Bible says "HER SINS HAVE REACHED UNTO HEAVEN,"
and "God hath remembered her iniquities" (Rev. 18:4-5) and
that, as a result, we should get out right away. (Please see our articles,
"A Woman Riding a Beast Going Forth Conquering and to Conquer.")
Come on now, isn't that what the Bible says:
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT
OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
the Bible warns us that if we fail to come out, we will eventually be
compromised by our staying - and so much so, that we will reach a point
where we will become "partakers of her sin" and that we will
"RECEIVE OF HER PLAGUES." That's pretty heavy!
THE "FOOLISHNESS OF GOD" IS WISER
THAN THE WISDOM OF MAN
Some argue - very foolishly - that we should stay in order to help
the "saints" who remain. Moreover, these same people assert
- again, very foolishly - that people are better off staying if they
have no where to go; that to go into "spiritual isolation"
is worse than staying. But that's not what the Bible says! That may
be what your "feelings" are telling you, but it isn't what
the Scriptures are telling you. The Bible does not say that we are to
stay, but that we are to go - and to do so as QUICKLY as
GOD'S "WAY OF ESCAPE" IS FOR YOU TO GO! - and
in your going, HE WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR YOU, or do you think
that it is beyone the ability of God to provide you with fellowship?
Is that what you think? If so, your faith in God is very weak.
The very real fact of the matter is, to stay is to bring down on your
head the plagues that God has stored up for all those in the church
who make "common cause" with George Bush and his American
New World Order System. That's what Revelation 18:4 says - or do you
somehow doubt the veracity of these verses?
Please, please don't be misled here by some who would tell you that
you have some kind of choice in the "timing" of your "going"
- AS IF WHAT GOD WOULD TELL YOU "IN SPIRIT" AND IN THE
PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN "PRAYER CLOSET" WOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT
FROM WHAT HE WOULD TELL YOU IN THE SCRIPTURES. That's INSANE!
That's utter NONSENSE! - and it is nothing more than
an excuse for INACTION; of having to make an unpopular
decision insofar as your friends and loved ones are concerned. ANYONE
WHO WOULD TELL YOU THIS - i.e., that you have some kind of a choice
in the "timing" of your "going" - IS DOING YOU
A GREAT DISSERVICE! He is putting your soul in jeopardy. If there
is a difference here, be sure that the truth of the matter lies in the
WRITTEN WORD of God, not in how you feel with regard to
Believe me when I say, those who "toy" with the Word of God
in this fashion are making a big mistake! The Bible warns us against
trifling with the Word of God! Indeed, Jesus said,
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom
of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be
called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:18-19)
THIS IS NOT SOME KIND OF GAME
Listen to me, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ - THIS IS NOT
A GAME THAT WE IN ANTIPAS ARE INVOLVED IN HERE where all that is
at stake is "hurt feelings" and "foolish pride."
THIS IS "FOR REAL." What we are telling you is the truth
- AND IF THIS OFFENDS YOU, SO BE IT! BETTER TO OFFEND YOU NOW AND
BE CALLED "HARSH" AND "UNLOVING" THAN TO SAY NOTHING
AND LATER BE CALLED "UNCARING" FOR NOT DELIVERING UNTO YOU
THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD!
OUR SITUATION TODAY IS ANALOGOUS TO
THE ONES THE JEWS FACED SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
In the ANTIPAS PAPERS I wrote:
"As evangelicals, we say that we believe we are living in the
"Last Days," but we live as though they will never come
- as if ignoring it all will make it go away and give us time to relax
and enjoy the "Good Life" that we - as citizens of the richest
and most powerful nation on earth - think accrues to us as a result
of "divine right."
"Of course, insofar as God is concerned, it doesn’t really
matter what we think. His plans do not exist for our convenience -
they will come to pass whether we approve of them or not. In the long
run, it only matters to us - AND TIME FOR RECOGNIZING THIS FACT
IS RUNNING OUT! To continue to ignore God’s Word with regard
to the "end of days" is as stupid as what the Jews did with
regard to Hitler on the eve of the Second World War. L.S. Dawidowics,
in her authoritative account of the Holocaust, War Against the
Jews, 1933-1945, wrote:
'The Jews, whose dazzling success in business blinded them to the
encroaching blackness of National Socialism (Nazism), were caught
unaware by the onslaught of Hitler. The model German Jew was
metropolitan, a businessman or professional, (moderate) ... in his
practice of Judaism ... (and) in his politics, with a more passionate
attachment to Germany than to his Jewishness (a fact which strangely
parallels the seemingly stronger attachment of American Christians
to America than to their own Christianity - editor). Most German
Jews regarded Zionism (the longing of certain Jews to return to
their ancient homeland) as an alien doctrine; the son who left Judaism
for Communism was less likely to be rejected than the one who chose
"Yet Zionism was the very vehicle that God had chosen to fulfill
His promise to bring back the Jews from out of the nations to which
they had been driven nearly two thousand years before by the Roman
general Titus. Zionism was rooted in the Hebrew Bible and was toasted
once every year at the Feast of Passover with the words, "Next
Year in Jerusalem." But the toast had become a meaningless, empty
ritual, and success in the world had blinded the Jews to the words
of their own prophets. It was not so much the fact that they had denied
their own Jewishness as it was the fact that they wanted to have the
best of both worlds - the wealth that their success in Europe had
brought them, as well as their own Jewish heritage. It could never
be! Yet the Jews pathetically persisted. Heinz Kellerman, a Jew writing
shortly after the advent of Hitler to power in Germany, wrote the
astonishingly naive words:
'The time has now come which requires a renewal of the synthesis
of Germandom and Jewry; holding on to one’s German identity
and acquiring a Jewish one.'
"But Kellerman wasn't alone in his breathtaking naivete. There
were many others! For example, Joseph Lehman, Rabbi of Berlin, blindly
wrote in the Spring of 1933:
'Fleeing Germany is cowardly, just because five months of pain
lie behind us and probably years of misjudgment, hate, and need
lie ahead of us. Practically speaking, we as Jews reaffirm a life
in Germany and for Germany.'
"Hans Joachim Schoeps, a young German Jewish intellectual who
organized the Deutsche Vortrupp, also wrote in the same period:
'Germany is more than merely a community of blood and race. It
is also a community of fate and history. Through the acknowledgment
of fate and history, we are consciously German.'
"IN HIS MEMOIRS WRITTEN AFTER THE WAR, SCHOEPS DESCRIBES
HIS NIGHTMARISH REMORSE FOR NOT HAVING ADVISED THOSE MILLIONS AND
MILLIONS OF JEWS WHO WERE LATER MURDERED TO FLEE RIGHT AWAY
- NO MATTER WHAT THE COST!"
THE FEAR OF OSTRACISM
God help us all if we fail the way Schoeps failed here! - even if it
means ostracism from our loved ones and all those we care for. Ostracism
is, no doubt, a fearful thing, but still, it is not YET
as if we have resisted unto death. (Heb 12:4) Indeed, the contention
by some well-meaning Christians that in confronting the errors of our
leadership today and by establishing "house churches" in the
stead of the churches over which this leadership presides, we as evangelicals
are facing the same difficulties the Reformers faced 500 years ago is
beneath contempt. American evangelicals are not YET in
danger of losing their lives when they confront the power of their leadership;
they're not YET in danger of having their property confiscated;
they're not YET in danger of torture for speaking out.
The most they face is ostracism, and if they can't face that, then they
have no right to call themselves "Christian." Jesus said,
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not
to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance
against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter
in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they
of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more
than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more
than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his
cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that
findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my
sake shall find it." (Matt. 10:34-39)
The fact is, however, evangelical lay people do fear losing the respect
of their families and friends, even for the sake of conscience - and
this, more than anything else, explains why they refuse to speak out.
They care more for the love and respect that their friends and families
offer than they care for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately,
what they are really demonstrating by this fear is their "unworthiness"
for citizenship in the "Kingdom of Heaven" - their unworthiness
of being called disciples of Christ! Isn't this what Jesus said? Isn't
this what He meant when He said, "He that loveth father or mother
more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter
more than me is not worthy of me?" - surely it is!
BUT AS FOR YOU - "BE OF GOOD COURAGE" (Joshua 1:6)
So, once again, we commend to you our article, "COAXING CHRISTIANS
OUT OF THEIR HIDING PLACES DESPITE THE DANGER THEY MIGHT FACE."
Read it and take courage for all that is before you, for He who has
called you is FAITHFUL.
God bless you all!
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
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