A PLAN OF ACTION
FOR ANTIPAS MINISTRIES
August 10, 2004
by: S.R. Shearer
Please note: Much has changed since this article was written. We no longer
reside in Canada due to people's commitments and willingness to help out which
has resulted in a bust in Canada. We are now living in Sacramento, CA
waiting to move to Germany or somewhere the Lord may lead us.
AN OVERALL PLAN
Plans, of course, are very dangerous things; they exist only so long
as they are not put into action; then everything changes, unforeseen
events occur, and modifications have to be made. Still, they are useful,
because they form a blueprint around which action can be formulated
- and they propel us to get off our duffs and move ahead.
That was especially true regarding our move up to Canada. Almost nothing
went according to plan: as we have indicated previously, the border crossing
was much more difficult than we first imagined (and as restrictions along
the border are strengthened, it will become even more difficult - let
that be a warning to those who wait); in addition, it was much more expensive
than we had planned for; the work up here is more arduous than we foresaw;
and acquiring "permanent legal status" has been much more complex than
we anticipated. Finally, and very sadly, we have sustained "casualties"
that we had not expected insofar as some of our most BELOVED
members are concerned, brothers and sisters who - when "push came to shove"
- just couldn't break free of the hold Babylon had on them. But, then,
casualties are a part of the kind of war in which we are engaged. [Please
see our article, "The Aliya Foundation."]
But, for those of us who survived, we're here; and things are moving
ahead. The plan we put in place - while it didn't work out the way we
anticipated - at least got us moving in the right direction. Now we
can begin making plans insofar as the wider interests of Antipas are
concerned. The plan we have tentatively come up with is a six-part plan
that entails (1) the Internet Ministry, (2) the ALIYA Foundation,
(3) the School, (4) the Ranch, (5) the "Traveling Teams," and (6) Reaching
out to the World with the "Gospel of the Kingdom!"
THE FOCUS OF OUR PLANS
THE FOCUS OF THIS SIX-PART PLAN IS TO SEE THAT THE "GOOD NEWS" OF
THE COMING KINGDOM OF CHRIST (i.e., THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM"),
AS WELL AS ITS SISTER GOSPEL, THE "GOOD NEWS" OF THE SOON DESTRUCTION
OF BABYLON (i.e., THE "ETERNAL GOSPEL") IS PUBLISHED ALL OVER THE
WORLD IN PREPARATION FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST. [Please see our article,
"The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON. THAT'S WHAT ANTIPAS MINISTRIES IS ALL
ABOUT. WE BELIEVE THAT IF WE FOCUS ON THESE THINGS, THERE WILL BE A
HARVEST OF SOULS COMING SO GREAT THAT IT WILL STAGGER THE IMAGINATION.
THESE ARE THEY THAT "WILL COME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION" AND WHO HAVE
"WASHED THEIR ROBES IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB:"
"And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the
elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their
faces, and worshipped God,
"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving,
and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.
"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these
which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, THESE
ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Rev.
RADICAL TIMES DEMAND RADICAL ANSWERS
Brothers and sisters, we've said it before, and we say it again now,
RADICAL times demand RADICAL answers, and
we cannot pursue these answers while still tethered to ordinary "middle-class"
lives and conventional "middle-class" ways of doing things. It's just
not possible to live that way at the "end of the age" (and be true to
God's calling on our lives) anymore than it would have been possible
for the early Zionists to emigrate to the Holy Land and still maintain
a middle-class life, or for the radical Jews to join themselves to Vladimir
Jabotinsky's Irgun and still maintain a semblance of what the world
calls "normalcy." If we are truly living in the "end of the age" - if
we really believe that - then it's about time that our lives reflect
that fact; it's about time that we begin taking seriously verses like
Luke 18:22 where Jesus urged the "rich man" to -
"... SELL ALL THAT THOU HAST ... and thou shalt have
treasure in heaven: and come, FOLLOW ME." (Luke 18:22)
And Mark 8:34-37 where Jesus told His disciples -
"... Whosoever will come after me, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF,
and take up his cross, and FOLLOW ME.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but WHOSOEVER
SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPEL'S, THE SAME SHALL
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
"Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37)
WE STAND IN THE "VALLEY OF DECISION"
The fact of the matter is, we stand at the edge of a vast abyss today
- the place where Christians are confronted with the reality of verses
like Matthew 10:37 ("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"). This is where - under the impress of verses
like this - that prophecy reconstructs itself into fact and takes on
substance; where it becomes reality and ceases to be a game. Leaving
sons and daughters, and fathers and mothers; selling all that we have;
and taking up our cross and following Him not just in word, but in deed
- that's something very hard to contemplate.
It's here - it's PRECISELY here - that most Christians
hesitate and draw back in fear; they're just not prepared to cross over.
It's too frightening; too risky; too many friends and loved ones who
will have to be left behind; but Jesus said that those who think so
are UNWORTHY of Him. That's what Matthew 10:37 says. Pretty
heavy! - but if that offends you, your argument is with God, not with
We are all there now - in the VALLEY OF DECISION - whether we
want to be there or not. We must make a decision on what we are going
to do with our lives: Live them for ourselves, or live them for God?
"Multitudes, multitudes [that's you and I!] in the VALLEY OF DECISION:
for the day of the LORD is near ..." (Joel 3:14)
(1) THE INTERNET MINISTRY
The central core around which Antipas Ministries revolves is our internet
ministry. It's how we have made our initial contact with just about
everyone associated with the ministry. EVERYTHING flows
out of this particular ministry, and all our other ministries are ancillary
to it. This ministry is an EXTREMELY time-consuming and
labor-intensive operation that pretty much takes up the time of all
those involved; for example, it's not unusual for the brothers immersed
in this work to put in ten or twelve hours a day, six and sometimes
even seven days a week in order to keep up the flow of high-quality
articles, answer the huge volume of emails coming in, and work on our
other projects, etc.
At present, our two Antipas Ministry websites - i.e., www.antipasministries.com
and www.isrp.org - are among the most visited CHRISTIAN
websites on the internet, and that's true both in this country and abroad
(indeed, in the last few months, one out of every two new subscriptions
to our websites have come from abroad). The fact is, at any one given
moment in time we have over 2,000 separate individuals on the website
- and that's separate individuals, not just "hits."
We are currently engaged in a very time consuming project creating
a program on our websites similar to Daniel Brandt's "Name-Base" Project
which has the potential of greatly increasing the number of "hits" on
our two websites. In addition, we have been praying about advertising
our website using Sean's artwork in some of the principle newspapers
around the world. All of this together could propel us into the atmosphere
insofar as the number of "hits" we have on the site - and that's important
if we are to get our message out.
It's for this reason that we are installing a T-1 line and purchasing
our own "server" to handle all the traffic, as well as the additional
traffic that we anticipate once we go to a multi-media format including
film clips, interviews, etc. In addition, we will be working on our own
browser and a host of other exciting innovations for the internet portion
of our ministry. We have rented a separate office in 100-Mile House where
we are installing everything. Please pray for us in this endeavor. It's
a huge step ahead in the ministry. All this will help us to reach thousands
and thousands of additional people all over the world with our message.
The bad news in all of this is that we have fallen behind on this particular
project because the expenses of getting up here pretty much drained us
of our resources. [The Hansens and the Shearers got hit with a $37,000
charge for the property that we had not anticipated, which pretty much
shrank our surplus down to nothing.] We need $2,400 to install the line,
and $500 a month to run it, and we are believing that the Lord will somehow
provide these funds.
(2) THE ALIYA FOUNDATION
GETTING YOU OUT
Another great concern of the ministry is to encourage as many of YOU
as possible to follow our example - and get out of the United States as
quickly as possible. Things are "tightening up" there at a very rapid
pace, and if you don't get out soon, you may get trapped. [Please see
our article, "Closing the Trap: The Draft; Catching Those Christians Who
Think Prophecy Is Just a Game;" please also see our articles, "Get Out
Before It's Too Late" and "John Ashcroft, Theodore Olson, and the New
National Security State."]
As each ALIYA group leaves the United States, it will be acting
as a testimony against the American New World Order System and the church
that has partnered with it, i.e., the church of Ted Haggart, C. Peter
Wagner, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch,
Pat Robertson, etc.); that these people and the evil system with which
they have allied themselves are none of Christ's, and the so-called "gospel"
that they preach and the so-called "Christ" that they worship have nothing
to do with the Gospel and the Christ OF THE BIBLE. This
"preaching" is called the "GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) OF THE KINGDOM,"
and the Bible says that -
"... this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt.
That's "good news" for the poor of the earth, but very bad news for most
American Christians. [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming
BEGINNING ALIYA GROUPS
In saying all this, I realize that some of you still feel called to
stay in the United States. Exceptions to just about every rule do exist,
and if you feel you are such an exception - if you REALLY
feel you have a word from God to that effect - then we will NOT
desert you; we will work with you, and we will integrate you into the
ministry in the location where you are. There is so much that you can
do for us: you can host ALIYA groups (even if you are not planning
on going), you can pass out our literature, you can act as a host for
Fred and others from the ministry when they pass through, you can operate
as a "way station" on our underground railway system in the United States,
Fred is planning another Aliya trip across the country in late summer
or early fall, and he would be happy to try and schedule you in for
a visit. Sitting down and talking things out with Fred and Cheryl is
like taking a breath of fresh air. No matter what your problem is, they
can help. They are the ones who can see you through on these difficult
matters - whether you decide to stay or leave. They can talk everything
over with you - honestly, forthrightly and with loving care and concern
for YOUR welfare.
But regardless of whether you decide to stay or go, we URGE
you to get involved in an ALIYA group. As we have indicated previously,
these groups have been patterned after the turn of the century (1899-1900)
Jewish "Lovers of Zion" groups that were formed to prepare Jews for
emigration (ALIYA) out of Europe. These poor "lovers of Zion"
of some one hundred years ago met in obscure, tiny discussion groups
scattered throughout Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania,
Estonia, etc. where they gathered to draw strength from one another
in pursuit of what most people thought was an impossibly difficult goal:
emigration to Palestine. They dedicated themselves to preparing one
another for ALIYA, and out of these small groups wave after wave
of emigrants came out of Europe bound for the Holy Land. [Please see
section 5 in this article on the "Traveling Teams," specifically the
subsection entitled "Speaking Truth in Sackcloth and Ashes," for how
we intend to meld the ALIYA groups with the "Traveling Teams."]
A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS ARE BIRTHED
BY OUR COMING TOGETHER AND PRAYING
A lot of good, practical "know how" came out of these groups insofar
as developing the tactics of emigration were concerned, and as these
groups began meeting together, they gradually acquired the ability to
focus their dreams into practical activity and marshal their few resources
to get first one family, and then the next, and then the next, and then
maybe two families together, or maybe three out and on their way. As
each individual family or group of families and / or individuals left,
new members would join the small ALIYA group to take the place
of those departing for the Promised Land.
Insofar as all this is concerned, I am sure that many of you would
be surprised at the number who have signed up already to start ALIYA
groups in their homes. In addition, there are also a great number who
have expressed a desire to come up to the school we are starting here
in Forest Grove. Indeed, there have been more than one hundred different
requests for information on the school and / or starting ALIYA
groups down in the states. Altogether these separate requests represent
between two or three hundred different individuals (counting children
and spouses). We will be getting in touch with everyone soon with additional
information on the school and the ALIYA groups.
FORMING A NETWORK
It is our hope that we can form a network out of all those of you who
have signed up for the school and / or have agreed to form an ALIYA
group in your homes, a network that can act in a number of different
- To act as a "stop-over" for those "further down the road from you"
trying to reach Canada (or Mexico) and the larger world;
- To act as a magnet to draw others into ALIYA;
- To act as a distribution point for our literature (Fred has hard
copies and CDs of all our literature, and when he passes through,
it is our hope that while he is there, you will make copies of both
the CDs and the "hard copies" of our articles and pass them out in
- To act as "information gatherers" for what's happening in your local
areas, and report on it to us so that we can keep track of the apostasy
as it spreads, and the "progress" (so to speak) that the "National
Security State" is making in "tightening things up" in the states;
- You can host Fred and others of the ministry as they pass through;
- You can host our "Traveling Teams" as they pass through or are "stationed"
in your area for work they are trying to do for the ministry.
All this can be accomplished as you go about your main business of
preparing yourself and others for ALIYA, or while you are waiting
for a "slot" to open up here at the school at Forest Grove Lodge Ranch.
[Again, please see section 5 in this article on the "Traveling Teams,"
specifically the subsection entitled "Speaking Truth in Sackcloth and
Ashes," for how we intend to meld the ALIYA groups with the "Traveling
(3) THE SCHOOL
A VERY SAD THING
One of the saddest things we found in our travels around the country
last year was the appalling superficiality of most Christians' understanding
of what Christianity is really all about; how little Christians really
know about the "Fundamentals of the Faith," the Prophetic Scriptures,
what it means to be "saved," how to walk in the spirit, how
to relate to others within a "church environment," whats
really happening in the world today economically, culturally and politically,
how to form and lead a "house-church," church history, false
doctrine, how to effectively preach the Gospel, etc.
To most Christians today, Christianity is all about "DOs and
DON'Ts" and NOTHING about a vibrant relationship with
a LIVING Person.
As a result, even those who know how trite today's Christianity is,
have very little idea about who Christ really is, and what Christianity
is truly all about.
CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS A SERIES OF
"HOW TO FORMULAS" AND NOTHING MORE
The real fact of the matter is, today's Christianity is little more
than a very shallow prescription or "how to formula" for getting rich
(e.g., the teachings of the late Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo
It's a method for - in the case of a man - finding a "submissive" wife
(a robot or an automaton) to service his interests and "his sexual needs,"
and - in the case of a woman - finding someone who can "bring home the
bacon;" a magician's handbook for "signs and wonders" (C. Peter Wagner,
John Kelly, the late John Wimber, etc.); a means of taking control over
the lives of other people (to wit, the perverted teachings of the "Apostles
and Prophets Movement").
It's a means of achieving Nirvana or a method of embarking upon a "Grail
Quest" for a kind of personal perfection that is unattainable in this
life (a quest that leads inevitably into a life of duplicity and hypocrisy),
and - when forced on others - turns the lives of those against whom
this hypocrisy is directed into lives filled with horror, fear, and
IT'S A "TURN-OFF"
What attraction is there in any of this for unbelievers? All this is
a "TURNOFF" to them. These kinds of Christians have UTTERLY
forgotten what Jesus said to His disciples when He warned them:
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but
considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou
say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and,
behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out
the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to
cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matt. 7:3-5)
WASHING OLD THINGS AWAY
The purpose of our school is to "wash out" this spiritual garbage from
the minds and souls of those who want to serve God in conjunction with
Antipas. We want all those who choose to serve the Lord in our ministry
to go out "into the work" that God has given us grounded in the Faith
and in the knowledge of the Prophetic Scriptures; we want them to know
how to "walk in the spirit" (cf. Rom 8:1, 4; Gal. 5:16,
25), to start house-churches (or, in the case of the U.S., ALIYA
groups), and to teach others to do the same; finally, we want them to
know how to equip others for leadership, and how to relate to others
in these "Last Days" so that men and women everywhere will
know that we have been with Jesus because of the love we have one for
another. (cf., John 18:35)
Essentially, then, we hope to draw upon the thousands and thousands
of "contacts" we have developed over the years both here and
abroad as a result of our internet ministry, bring some of them up to
our ranch in Canada, train them (which should take no more than six
months per team), and then send them out as teams to cities all over
the world. They will be sent into those places where we have "hosts"
able to receive them and provide them with "hospitality" for the duration
of their stay. They will stay as long as it takes to form a an ALIYA
group in the United States (or a house-church outside the U.S.), and
to train the brothers and sisters there to take the leadership in these
groups for themselves.
Thats what Jesus did:
"And he called ... the ... (disciples), and began to send them
forth ... And commanded them that they should take NOTHING
for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money
in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
And he said unto them, IN WHAT PLACE SOEVER YE ENTER INTO AN HOUSE,
THERE ABIDE TILL YE DEPART FROM THE PLACE (i.e., the city)
... And they went out, and preached ..." (Mark 6:7-10, 12)
THE SCHOOL PROGRAM
Again, the training will be about six months in duration. It will consist
of very INTENSE classroom training in -
- The "Fundamentals of the Faith."
- The Prophetic Scriptures.
- What it means to be "saved."
- How to walk in the spirit.
- How to relate to others within a "team environment" and outside
- What's really happening in the world today economically, culturally
- How to form and lead a "house-church."
- Computers (i.e., how to use the internet insofar as Antipas is concerned).
- Church history.
- False doctrine.
- How to effectively preach the Gospel.
- Music - for those who are able, we plan to teach the rudiments of
the guitar (and maybe other instruments), and how to worship and preach
the Gospel through music.
Finally, there is this reason why we consider the school to be so very,
very critical in what we are doing: We do NOT want people
going out in the name of Antipas, contacting people that are on our
website and representing to them beliefs and doctrines with which we
do not agree.
COSTS FOR TUITION PLUS "ROOM AND BOARD
The cost of the training will be kept to a minimum (hopefully, no more
than $300 a month per person - AND THAT WILL INCLUDE ALL THE TRAINING
PLUS ROOM AND BOARD). If you dont have the money, there is
the possibility that you can "work it off" by helping out
on the ranch.
SPACE AT THE SCHOOL
As things now stand, we have available 11 bedrooms, of which 3 are
currently available (the others are filled). In addition, we are renovating
a number of other buildings which - when the renovations are completed
- will add eight more bedrooms. That would bring the number of bedrooms
on the ranch up to 19, of which 11 will be available to students. Assuming
two students per bedroom, that's twenty-two students per class - more
if we put three to a bedroom (some of the bedrooms are quite large),
and less if families or single moms or dads bring their children with
them. We also have building projects planned for more student housing
on the ranch which we hope to get started on next summer.
THE TRADING POST
Ancillary to the school operation, we are planning to turn the "Trading
Post" into a "coffee house" / library / computer room area. This will
be a place where people can relax and fellowship.
(4) THE RANCH
WE ARE NOT SEEKING AFTER NIRVANA
The idea of the ranch in Canada developed out of our very real concern
that it is probably getting too dangerous for us to keep the internet
portion of the ministry in the United States. [Please see our article,
"Now Is The Time To Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow" for the
story of what happened to Sherman Austin and his website; you will find
this very sad story at the end of the article.]
In this connection, we want to make it very clear that the idea of a
ranch in Canada did NOT originate out of some utopian idea
for "communal living." Indeed, we envision that most of those who join
us up in British Columbia to work with the ministry, teach at the school,
participate in the church-life, etc. will probably want to make their
own private living arrangements. The very real truth of the matter is,
housing can be secured very inexpensively in the "100-Mile House" area.
For those interested in coming to Forest Grove on a permanent basis, we
urge you to contact Canadian emigration at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.html.
Forest Grove is not a primeval "wilderness area" as some might suppose,
and there are plenty of rentals; there is also a great abundance of
very inexpensive houses for sale. The ranch is 155 acres with
about one-half of it in lumber and the other half of it in pasture and
alfalfa; it consists of five houses (one a large six bedroom log house,
one a five bedroom ranch house, one a 3 bedroom log cabin, and finally,
two one room cabins; in addition there are two large barns, a general
store, a green house, a very large shop, and several other "out
buildings." All the building need work - and anyone who wants to
help in this matter is certainly welcome to come and help.
It is our fervent hope that most of those who complete the school at
Forest Grove Lodge Ranch will join the "Traveling Teams" or will help
establish CENTERS in other localities throughout the world
like the one we have here at Forest Grove. This is especially true of
those who leave the U.S. early enough and are able to get out with some
funds intact. Forest Grove Lodge Ranch was purchased from the sale of
property that was sold in the states. Think what the proceeds from such
sales could do in Ghana, Pakistan, etc. I know that this is NOT
the capitalist way, but then the early church was not a capitalist enterprise
either. [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity."]
MAKING THE RANCH A WORKING PROPOSITION
We are dedicated to making the ranch a "working proposition:" hay,
"market gardening," cattle, and lumber are all farm activities that
the ranch has engaged in, in the past. We are seeking cattle, sheep
and chickens for the ranch (Don Hansen is particularly interested in
getting the "chicken operation" going). In addition, we are tilling
and preparing several areas on the ranch for "market gardening" next
year. It is our fervent hope to produce as much food for our needs as
possible next year.
We want to get the ranch "up and going" because WE HOPE TO
USE THE PROCEEDS FROM THE RANCH TO HELP THOSE WHO COME TO TRAIN FOR
THE MINISTRY BUT CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR THEIR "ROOM AND BOARD."
THEY WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY FOR THEIR "ROOM AND BOARD"
BY WORKING ON THE RANCH. There are jobs for young and old alike.
In addition to providing income for those who come to train for the ministry,
the proceeds from the ranch will be divided up among those who work "full-time"
for the ministry and our "tTaveling Teams." In this respect, we hope to
pattern the ranch's operation after the kibbutzim of the early
Zionists in Israel. [Please see our article, "Coaxing Christians Out Of
Their Hiding Places."] In this sense, we do hope to instill a "pioneer
spirit" of self-sacrifice into those who come up to work with the ministry,
and - maybe - to that extent our ideas concerning the ranch are "utopian."
However, working with others in a spirit of self-sacrifice is surely
a goal - however "utopian" - that we should all want to foster in the
ministry. It's "good medicine" to wash out the self-centered gospel
of wealth that the perverse ministries of people like Creflo Dollar,
Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Stanley, etc. have wickedly
insinuated into our mindsets over the past fifty years.
Finally, the ranch will act as the CENTER of our activities
worldwide. It will house our internet ministry and our school; it will
also provide housing for most of those who come to Canada to train for
the ministry. We also hope to make it into a conference center - to
transform it into a kind of Lauzanne for our "movement" (so to speak)
much as Frances Schaeffer did at La Brie (Switzerland).
(5) TRAVELING TEAMS
[IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALIYA & OUR OUTSIDE MINISTRIES]
FIRST THOUGHTS CONCERNING OUR "TRAVELING TEAMS"
When we first came up with the idea of "Traveling Teams," we still
had the hope that it was possible to start a house-church movement in
the United States. WE NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT'S POSSIBLE!
As I have indicated previously - and without meaning to impugn what's
really in the heart of any one specific person that I met as
I traveled all over the country this last year - what I discovered is
that while almost everyone was more than willing to sit down and talk
with us, not very many were actually willing to put themselves at risk
insofar as the "message" was concerned; to actually start a house-church
in their homes and do the "heavy-lifting" necessary for such an endeavor;
to help us out on any kind of a consistent basis with the "phone ministry;"
to give financially to the ministry on a regular basis so that we can
expand its outreach, etc. A few, yes! - but not many. For most people,
this kind of effort is just too disruptive of the "ordinary routine"
of their "ordinary lives." The sad truth of the matter is, not one "house-church"
resulted from all of our travels. People everywhere seem more than willing
to "groove" (to use a '60s term) on our material and download it free
of ANY charge (and we would have it no other way),
but they are UTTERLY unwilling to help us "stay afloat"
financially so that we can "keep on keeping on."
PROPHECY IS A GAME TO MOST AMERICANS
Now make no mistake about it, all these people are GOOD
people - and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Nonetheless, most
are playing the "prophecy game" at our expense - and that's the
problem! While they would never admit it, prophecy is nothing more than
a GAME to them; it's not real, and - as a result - no
real sacrifices (financial or otherwise) are needed. In the case of
Antipas, it's a kind of "on-line" computer game like "EverQuest" that
one can play with hundreds and hundreds - indeed, thousands and thousands
- of other "on-line" players, and there is no risk to it. After all,
it's just a game. And it's FREE. Antipas does all the
work; it has all the expenses. All everyone else has to do is "log on"
COMING TO A NEW REALIZATION ABOUT THE U.S.
That led me to wonder, What is it about the United States that makes
it so unreceptive to the Word of God? - and I mean the REAL
Word of God, not the words of IDIOTS like C. Peter Wagner,
John Kelley, D. James Kennedy, etc. What's going on here? So I diligently
sought the Lord on this matter, and I was led to this verse of Scripture
"... 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) [Again,
please see our article, "The Aliya Foundation" for a commentary on this
verse - though I should imagine that it's meaning is plain to most people.]
There are, of course, other confirming scriptures (see below), but
this is the main one, just as their are many scriptures which speak
of the rapture and the resurrection, but the main scripture is 1 Thess.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
in Christ shall rise first:
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
These words, of course, had always been there, staring me in the face.
I just hadn't really seen them before or taken cognizance of them. Now
- under the impress of everything that had happened - I was ready to
hear God's SEVERE word on Babylon, much more severe than
I had ever previously imagined.
A VERY DARK PLACE
Brothers and sisters, the hard fact of the matter is, America is a
very, very DARK place - and that darkness has had an extremely
profound effect on all of us. A dark place? The United States? Yes!
Of course! - what else can be said of a nation that the Scriptures say
is "... DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE;" that "DEVOURS"
and "BRAKES IN PIECES" (Daniel 7:7); and one that Isaiah
describes as an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - a
"BEAST-NATION" (Dan. 7:7). As a result, God intends to
DESTROY this nation completely and totally from the face
of the earth, and EVERYONE associated with Babylon will
be destroyed along with it! In this particular instance, there IS
"guilt by association" - even if the association has only been passive.
Why? - because Babylon has made a mockery of God by trying to unite
to itself God's great name (through the church), and by doing so, making
God appear to be a "partner" in the evil it (i.e., Babylon) has been
perpetrating on the world. THAT IS INTOLERABLE TO GOD!
And make no mistake about it, that is precisely what has happened insofar
as the church in America is concerned: it has united itself to Babylon!
Concerning the union between the two (i.e., Religious Babylon and Political
Babylon), the Bible says that the two have become so INSEPARABLE
that it's no longer possible to tell the difference between them. Pentecost
"The political empire [i.e., the United States (please see our article,
"In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?")] is seen to have
been so closely united with the false religious empire [i.e., the
church of C. Peter Wagner, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Ted
Haggart, etc. (please see our article, "Making Zombies out of Christians:
The Apostles and Prophets Movement")] that both are called by the
same name, even though two different entities are in view ..."
So God warns His people to "get out," because He is bringing judgment,
not only to Babylon, but even those who are "called by His name" but who
refuse to react MEANINGFULLY to the dishonor and horror
that all this has caused God. To such people God thunders in His disgust:
"How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners
delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto
you, I will make known my words unto you.
"Because I have called, and YE REFUSED; I have stretched
out my hand, and NO MAN REGARDED;
"But YE HAVE SET AT NOUGHT ALL MY COUNSEL, and WOULD
HAVE NONE OF MY REPROOF:
"I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear
"When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh
as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
"Then shall they call upon me, BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER; they
shall seek me early, BUT THEY SHALL NOT FIND ME ..." (Prov.
THE WORDS OF ISAIAH THE PROPHET
Hence, the Bible says:
"The BURDEN of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz
"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto
them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles."
In other words, "Listen up, God is going to bring judgment on Babylon
and EVERYONE who is associated with Babylon!" We're talking
about damnation here. That's what Scofield says too. He writes that
the word "burden" used in verse 1 of Isaiah chapter 13 (above) indicates
"A DIVINE MESSAGE OF JUDGMENT." (Scofield: notes on Isaiah 13:1)
And be clear here: the Babylon that Isaiah has in mind is the Babylon
of the "end of days." Scofield writes:
"This prophecy concerning Babylon ... applies ... to the totality
of Gentile world power [which] ... culminates at the return of the
Lord Jesus Christ ..."
"And they (i.e., the inhabitants of Babylon) shall be afraid: pangs
and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a
woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their
faces shall be as flames.
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, CRUEL both with
WRATH and FIERCE ANGER, to lay the land
desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners ...
"For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not
give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not cause her light to shine." (Is. 13:8-10)
Now note carefully here: the Bible says that when God's wrath finally
falls on Babylon, the "stars of heaven and the constellations thereof
shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not cause her light to shine," (Isa. 13:10) and
that this destruction will come suddenly and without warning, just as
when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (see below).
Now none of these things happened when ancient Babylon was destroyed
by the Medo / Persians. The fact is, when the Medo / Persians took the
city in B.C. 541, they took it with such stealth that some of the inhabitants
did not know until the third day that Belshazzar the king had been slain
and the city taken. This hardly comports to the Scriptures given above
(i.e., Isa. 13:10). Obviously, then, the Scriptures have another Babylon
in mind here other than the ancient city of Babylon. Isaiah continues:
"EVERYONE that is found shall be thrust through;
and EVERYONE THAT IS JOINED UNTO THEM (i.e., the inhabitants
of Babylon) shall fall by the sword.
"Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
"Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall
have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare
"AND BABYLON, THE GLORY OF KINGDOMS, THE BEAUTY OF THE CHALDEES'
EXCELLENCE, SHALL BE AS WHEN GOD OVERTHREW SODOM AND GOMORRAH.
"It shall NEVER be inhabited [again], neither shall
it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the
Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their
"But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses
shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there,
and satyrs shall dance there." (Is. 13:15-16, 17-21)
Now none of these things happened in 541 B.C. The fact is, the environs
of ancient Babylon have continued to be inhabited up to this very day;
indeed, Peter wrote one of his epistles from that city some 600 years
after the Medo / Persians took the city under Cyrus. So, again, we are
talking about something else entirely here! - specifically, the Babylon
of the "end of days." [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon:
What Do the Scriptures Say?"]
THE WARNING TO THE
INHABITANTS OF BABYLON
Now the warning to the inhabitants of Babylon is this: "EVERYONE
that is JOINED UNTO BABYLON" shall be destroyed (judged). No
distinction is made here between Christian and non-Christian. That should
be frightening to you! EVERYONE that is connected to Babylon
is to be destroyed. That comports with the warning of Revelation 18:4:
"... 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 warning - like the one given in Prov. 1:22-28 - is, if you don't
"come out" of Babylon, you will be destroyed (i.e., judged): And that
God is talking to Christians here is made plain by the fact that He
calls those whom He is warning, "MY PEOPLE." Again, this
is the same kind of warning that God gave to His people in Prov. 1:22-28.
In other words, if Christians in Babylon (i.e., "my people") fail to
"come out," they will "receive of her plagues" (i.e., her judgments)
and be destroyed. This confirms the Scripture in Isaiah 13:15 - that
EVERYONE connected to Babylon, Christian and non-Christian
alike, will "be overthrown" if they fail to "come out."
The Bible continues:
"Her cities will become a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness,
a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son
of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43).
"...they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a
stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the
Lord." (Jer. 51:26)
Brothers and sisters, as the Bible suggests (Isa. 13:18), only two
other places have ever been so utterly and totally destroyed by God:
SODOM and GOMORRA:
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorra brimstone and fire
from the LORD out of heaven ..." (Gen. 19:24)
And even here, the constellations were not darkened, and the sun and
moon continued to give their light! Not so when Babylon the Great is
destroyed. This is nothing to "fool around with!" How is it, then, that
Christians can be found in Babylon when it is destroyed? - because they
have been compromised (i.e., "made partakers in her sins.")! - and so
much so that they have "shipwrecked" their faith. If you stay, you will
be "shipwrecked!" This is what happened to two of Paul's colleagues,
Hymenaeus and Alexander, who -
"... having put away faith and a good conscience have made shipwreck
"Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto
Satan ..." (1 Tim. 1:19-20)
This is also what happened to Ananias and Sapphira his wife in Acts
5:1-5. And this is what Paul says will happen to all those who desire
wealth in this life (which is precisely what traps those Christians
who are caught in Babylon in the "end of days"):
"... 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." (1 Tim. 6:9)
All this is plain enough; there's nothing complicated here: The Bible
says that if Christians stay in Babylon, they will "shipwreck" their
faith, and they will be judged for it (Rev. 18:4 and Is. 13:15) - or
what part of the word "EVERYONE" in Is. 13:15 don't you
WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE UNITED STATES?
WHAT DOES THAT SAY, THEN, ABOUT THE UNITED STATES? Plainly and
very, very obviously it says that it is a far, far worse place than Sodom
and Gomorra ever were!! (Isa. 13:18) AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN HOW
DARK A PLACE IT IS IN WHICH WE ARE LIVING. [Please see our article,
"Inside the American New World Order System;" please also see our recent
article, "Now Is The Time To Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow."]
THE LEAVEN OF AMERICA
All this gives us some reason to understand why Christians in this country
- even those associated with Antipas - seem so unable to respond to the
Prophetic Scriptures on any kind of a practical and meaningful level.
One cannot dwell in such a place without being deeply affected by it.
That's what happened to Lot and his family in Sodom (cf. Gen. 18:20
- 19:26), and that's what has happened to us in Babylon (i.e., the United
States). The Bible says:
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
By that, the Bible means that evil is contagious, and when people dwell
in the midst of evil, they will be affected by it! - and one of the
first things that is affected is their ability to see their own condition,
so that their -
"... heart is waxed gross, and their ears become 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 I SHOULD HEAL THEM." (Matt. 13:15)
This is PRECISELY what happened to the church in Laodicea,
about whom the Lord said,
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would
thou wert cold or hot.
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I
will spue (i.e., vomit) thee out of my mouth.
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked ..." (Rev. 3:15-17)
Laodicea was a rich city, and the people of that city had been corrupted
by their wealth - and this corruption extended even into the church,
rendering the saints there blind to their real condition; that they
were in the eyes of the Lord "wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked ..." even though they thought of themselves
as being "rich" and having "need of nothing."
SPEAKING TRUTH IN "SACKCLOTH AND ASHES"
In the light of all this, and while we were in much prayer, the Lord
gave us the idea about ALIYA - of starting Aliya groups,
at least insofar as the United States is concerned. These groups would
possess the testimony of Noah and Lot, in fulfillment of the Scriptures
"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days
of the Son of man.
"They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given
in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the
flood came, and destroyed them all.
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
"But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
"Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."
It was Noah's actual building of the ark and Lot's actual
"coming out" of Sodom that were their testimonies to that wicked and
perverse generation. So also with us: Our testimony is NOT
so much our words, but our deeds. Words are cheap, deeds cost
us a lot. OUR GOING IS WHAT COUNTS HERE AS A TESTIMONY! WORDS ARE
CHEAP! - something some of our past colleagues have forgotten.
What we're talking about here insofar as the United States is concerned,
is the "Eternal Gospel:" That judgment is coming to Babylon and the people
of Babylon! As a result, the testimony that is appropriate to Babylon
is one that is given in "sackcloth and ashes" - the same testimony given
by the TWO WITNESSES! [Please see chapter XII of the Antipas
Papers, The Two Witnesses."]
THE PURPOSE OF THE "TRAVELING TEAMS" IN THE U.S.
The "Traveling Teams" that we are now planning to raise up insofar
as the United States is concerned will be involved principally with
two matters: (1) helping in the formation of ALIYA groups throughout
the country, and (2) demonstrating against the church's alliance with
the American New World Order System.
In the first instance above, the "Traveling Teams" will be sent out
to help get ALIYA groups started in those places where the brothers
and sisters have indicated they want to start an ALIYA group
and they need help to do so. If that's the case, we will "dispatch"
a "Traveling Team" to that locality, where it can act as a catalyst
to get an ALIYA group started using contacts the ministry already
has in the area; they (i.e., the members of the Traveling Team) can
also pass out our literature on local college campuses, union halls,
wherever - even local churches. When the ALIYA group is up and
functioning, the "Traveling Team" will leave.
Of course, the brothers and sisters who request the help of a "Traveling
Team" will have to be willing to provide hospitality (room and board)
and, if possible, a little "walking around" money - but at least room
In the second instance above, we hope to have "Traveling Teams" present
at all the "anti-globalist" and / or political demonstrations in the
country to demonstrate against the alliance the church has made with
the American New World Order System - for example, in the Republican
and Democratic Party conventions, as well as WTO, World Bank, IMF, G-8
meetings, etc. across the country.
THE USE OF "TRAVELING TEAMS" OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Insofar as the "outside world" is concerned, we hope to create "Traveling
Teams" to do all the things that these teams do in the United States,
but instead of building-up ALIYA groups, they will be building-up
house churches and working with already established churches insofar
as the message of Antipas is concerned. For example, in Karachi and
Lahore, Pakistan there are right now brothers and sisters who want to
involve themselves in creating websites (in local languages) and distributing
our literature (once again, in local languages). There is also an immediate
need for this in Ghana and South Korea; also in various locations in
Central and South America.
(6) REACHING OUT TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Believe me when I say that this is probably the fastest developing
part of the ministry at this present time. We have invitations from
all over the world to come and speak. The most pressing need now is
to get to Pakistan - specifically to Karachi and Lahore; then there
is Ghana, South Korea, Belarus, as well as various places in Central
and South America. We hope to develop "Traveling Teams" for this work.
We fervently hope that the work we are pioneering at Forest Grove Lodge
Ranch can be duplicated all over the earth. Indeed, we pray that what
the Hansens and the Shearers have done by selling their homes in Hawaii
and Sacramento will inspire others to do the same in order to come up
with the money to establish ranches or other types of communes in Mexico,
Honduras, Pakistan, Ghana, India, etc.
Finally, one of the most important missions our "Outside Traveling
Teams" will have wherever they go is to encourage the "indigenous peoples"
to BREAK OFF contact with the polluted churches in the
United States. The sad fact of the matter is, wherever the members of
the American church go, they bring with them the disease with which
they have been infected. They pollute the earth with it, and MONEY
is the enticement that they use to get their way with churches and Christians
outside the United States - although, they NEVER really
deliver on what they promise. We must QUARANTINE ourselves
from this church; we must stay away from it.
The sad fact of the matter is, THE AMERICAN CHURCH DOES NOTHING
BUT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM; this
evil, apostate church; this church of Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Ken Metz,
Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan
Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, 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 nauseum, ad infinitum. [Please see our article,
"Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist
This then is our plan. But it's only a plan, that's all it is. Our
plans are not always exactly God's plans. We must always bear in mind
that God is in charge. The Apostle James writes:
"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such
a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your
life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and
then vanisheth away.
"For that ye ought to say, IF THE LORD WILL, we shall
live, and do this, or that." (James 4:13-15)
Moreover, that's why Paul - as he said good-bye to his companions in
Ephesus, and promising to return to them as soon as he could - said:
"... I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem:
but I will return again unto you, IF GOD WILL. And he
sailed (away) from Ephesus." (Acts 18:21)
And why he said to the Romans,
"That I may come unto you with joy BY THE WILL OF GOD,
and may with you be refreshed." (Rom. 15:32)
And why he said to the Hebrew brethren:
"And this will we do, IF GOD PERMIT." (Heb. 6:3)
We can plan, but it's God who permits! (Heb. 6:3)
Now that doesn't mean that we shouldn't plan. Paul was planning things
all the time, as were the other apostles and disciples of Christ. There
is nothing wrong with making plans. But it's God that permits! (Heb.
On the other hand, we must NEVER assume that when things
go wrong, when bad things happen, we are outside the will of God. By
no means. It was God's will that Paul should go to Lystra and preach
the Gospel there. But the Bible says:
"And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium,
who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out
of the city, supposing he had been dead.
"Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and
came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to
Derbe." (Acts 14:19-20)
Paul - to put it in the vernacular - had the "crap kicked out of him."
And then when Paul was - by the will of God - in Phillipi, he
was beaten up again, and jailed:
"And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates
rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
"And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them
into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely ..." (Acts
And what about Paul's admonition to the Corinthian brethren about the
many, many difficulties that encompassed his life on an almost regular
basis: "in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses ... in stripes,
in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings"
(and on and on and on) 2 Cor. 6:4-5). These are the things that "PROVED"
him as a "minister of God" (2 Cor. 6:4).
Of course, that's not what most Christians think anymore. The first
difficulty that confronts them, they scatter and run - believing that
difficulties encountered prove that God is not with them. That's what
several former members of the ministry thought too. But Paul said these
difficulties "PROVED" that he was a minister of God.
So, we make plans in these "Last Days" - but we must always remember
that we are in the hands of God. We plan, but He PERMITS!
More next time!
Until then, God bless you,
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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