PART 3: Are you able to understand?

By: S.R. Shearer
June 23, 2013

The Mystery of the "Two Witnesses"

"Many shall be purified by great trials and persecutions. But the wicked shall continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO LEARN WILL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS." (Daniel 12:6-10)


Some 600 years prior to the Scriptural passage on the "Two Witnesses" given in the Apocalypse (Rev. 11), a second lesser known (but no less important) prophecy concerning these two enigmatic figures was given: Daniel 12:6-10. The similarity between these two passages of Scripture is truly remarkable.



There is additional material in Daniel that adds even more to its remarkable nature; specifically, that passage of Daniel 12:6-10 that reads:

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:4)

"I heard what he said, but I didn't understand what he meant, so I said, 'Sir, how will this come out'?

"But He said, 'Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is not to be understood until the time of the end (i.e., until the latter days).

"'Many shall be purified by great trials and persecutions. But the wicked shall continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are willing to learn will know what it means."

There are two facts here to which one should pay particular attention:

  1. The mystery concerning the "Two Witnesses" will not be disclosed until "... the time of the end ..." – which is a "back-handed" way of saying that "at the time of the end" the mystery of the "Two Witnesses" will be revealed.


  1. "Only those who are willing to learn will know what it [i.e., the mystery of the "Two Witnesses] means."


Teetering on the very edge of the Tribulation Period

Concerning the first point, Can there be any doubt that we are now teetering on the very edge of the Tribulation Period? – AND IF THAT'S SO, THEN PLAINLY IT'S TIME FOR THE MYSTERY OF THE "TWO WITNESSES" TO BE UNVEILED; and isn't that exactly what we established in our last article – THAT IS, IF YOU ARE "ONE OF THOSE WILLING TO LEARN WHAT IT MEANS." (Daniel 12:6-10). [Please see our article, "A Witness for the Kingdom, Part 2."]

Sadly, however, while most of today's Christians are willing to give "lip service" to the concept that we are "at the time of the end," deep in their consciousness they harbor the thought:

"Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 peter 3:4)

Then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."

Naturally enough, one might ask how that's possible given the condition of today's world?

Well, be sure, it isn't the fact that most Christians are not aware of the prophetic turmoil that now encompasses the world; but they have lived so long with it that they are by now inured to it – at least insofar as any practical impact it might have on their lives. [Please see our articles, "Something to Think About," "The Beginning of Sorrows" "Unusual Volcanic Activity Is Becoming Ubiquitous in Today's World" and "The Ground Is Giving away underneath Our Feet."]

The mindset of most of today's Christians is similar to the mindset that often attends a father and a mother's thinking during the mother's pregnancy, and for that reason the Bible warns:

"... when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:3)


What happened here? The signs of her pregnancy were there for both the father and mother to see, but these signs had become so much a part of their lives that they hardly noticed them any longer.

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There had been so many false alarms; so much senseless running around -- and so much so that despite the fact that she looked like she was going to explode at the eighth month of her pregnancy, they had become habituated to it all.

AND THEN IT HAPPENED – THE BABY WAS COMING AND THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO TO STOP IT. The baby wasn't going to wait until they got back from their camping trip or whatever; until they could get to a hospital. The time was NOW – and there "was no escape." [Please see our article, "Now Is the Time to Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow."]

This is precisely what Daniel warns will happen to many:

"... But the wicked shall continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand." (Daniel 12:10)

NOTE: Clark's Commentaries on Daniel make it clear that the term "wicked" here applies to those whose hearts have been hardened to the Scriptures. Note carefully how those who are called "wicked" are likened to those who "do not understand." These are those about whom Jesus said:

"... it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given ...

"Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

"And 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 ..." (Matthew 13: 11, 13-15)

Very obviously, we are speaking about the leaders of today's apostate church and NOT merely about "unbelievers" per se, for what do "unbelievers" care what the Prophetic Scriptures say; no need for Christ to hide anything from them – they don't care. These are people such as Rick Warren, C. Peter Wagner, Tim LaHaye, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, ad infinitum, ad nauseum? [Please see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians – The Prophets and Apostles Movement."]


And now we come to the second point listed above: The fact that "... only those who are willing to learn will know what it [i.e., the mystery of the "Two Witnesses"] means."

What's happening today as the "time of the end" draws near is very similar to what happened when the APOSTATE kingdom under Saul was passing into the hands of David (circa. 1000 B.C.). [Please see Chapter XIV of the New Antipas Papers, "Apostasy: The Great Falling Away."]

At that time the Bible says that a group of men from the Tribe of Issachar joined themselves to David and – in the eyes of many - rebelled against what appeared to be the established (God-ordained) authority of Saul; but the Bible commends what the children of Issachar did, calling them -

"... men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ..." (1 Chronicles 12:32)

"And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ..."
(1 Chronicles 12:32)

Now it is important to observe - as we did in our previous article (please see our article, "A Witness for the Kingdom, Part 2") - that the word for "understanding" is the Hebrew word binah, which means "to have insight or to act with good sense." According to Strong's Concordance, it comes from a root verb that means to separate something mentally, and distinguish its parts. The word reflects the presence of intelligence and wisdom, even cunning and skill: This is not just an understanding of the facts, but a skillful analysis of what something truly means.

And isn't that EXACTLY what the prophecy of the "Two Witnesses" demands of those who wish to know its meaning? – a skillful analysis of Revelation 11 and Daniel 12? An analysis based on "intelligence," "cunning" and "cleverness." Isn't that what Daniel means when he says:

"Only those who are willing to learn will know what it means" (Daniel 6:10) ?


The question that you must ask yourself is, Are you willing to learn? Are you a "Son of Issachar?" [Please see our article, "The Power of Self-Sacrifice; Taking up Your Cross and Following Him."]

Are you willing, as it were, to join David's little band in Adullam's cave? -

"David therefore departed thence, and escaped [from Saul] to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.

"And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men." (1 Samuel 22:1-2)

In other words, all the seeming "ner-do-wells" gathered themselves to David – and among these "ner-do-wells" were the "Sons of Issachar" who, as we just indicated –

"... had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ..." (1 Chronicles 12:32)


And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them.


Those who are wise will glitter like stars forever.


Daniel then makes a truly remarkable statement regarding those who are wise concerning the "end of days" and who are willing – again, as it were - to join David in Adullam's cave:

"... those who are wise [i.e., those who have had the cunning and skill to understand what the mystery of the "Two Witnesses" is all about] shall shine as brightly as the sun's brilliance, and ... will glitter like stars forever." (Daniel 12:3)

Now, consider carefully what is being said here; this is astounding! - those who are able to piece together the mystery of the "Two Witnesses" – and even more – those who are willing to take POSITIVE action with regard to its IMPERATIVE will –

"... glitter like stars forever" and "shine as brightly as the sun."

NOTE: The IMPERATIVE (see above) being that one sees himself as an actual participant in the mystery of the "Two Witnesses" - as an active WITNESS against the false pretensions of today's apostate church and the American New World Order System.


These are those about whom the prophet says are destined to -

"... be purified by great trials and persecutions ..." (Daniel 12:10)

[Please see our article, "The Tribulation: Part 7: The Abomination of Desolation, and Israel and the Church as Prophesied in Daniel 12 and Revelation 7, 11 and 14."]

It is for this reason that the Apostle Paul writes:

"... WE GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

"And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Romans 5:3-5)

And why he goes on to confidently say -

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

"As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39)

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"



As we indicated to you in our last article, God has a calling on YOUR life, and it involves much more than just sitting around with other people of "like-mind" discussing the "ins and outs" of prophecy in the privacy of your own home or on Skype. [Please see our article, "The End of Days: Becoming a Player rather than a Member of the Audience."]

God has called you to be "DOER" of the Word of God, and not a "hearer" only:

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:22-25)


This brings us back to Sophie Scholl, and while you may be weary of me pressing home the example of Sophie again and again, there remains no better illustration for what God is calling you to do in these "Last Days." Sophie and her fellow Christians believed that it was impossible for true believers to stand aside while Hitler claimed that Nazism was akin to Christianity. So also today! - IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY TRUE CHRISTIAN TO STAND ASIDE AND LET THE PRETENTIONS OF TODAY'S APOSTATE CHURCH GO UNCHALLENGED. It is because so many Christians have done so in the past that Jesus said:

"My name is blasphemed among the heathen (i.e., unbelievers) because of you." (Romans 2:24)


Sophie believed that Christians MUST stand up for what they believed, even if they had to stand alone. Is that what's worrying you? – that when you pass out our flyers denouncing the alliance the leaders of today's apostate church have made with the elites of the American New World Order System you will be standing alone? But it is EXACTLY here that God will meet you in the way, and strengthen you with His presence. It is here that God will -

and that you will at last –

"... be able to comprehend ... what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that you will be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Stand up for what you believe in, even if you have to stand alone.

-- Sophie Scholl

Sophie urged all who would listen:

"I ask you, you as a Christian wrestling for the preservation of your conscience, do not wait for ... someone else to go first. Has God not given you the strength, the will to fight? How can we expect God to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to the cause?"


As we pointed out in the earlier portion of this article, soon – very soon now – we will be entering the Tribulation Period, a period when, according to the Prophet Daniel -

"... there will be a time of anguish for God's people greater than any previous suffering in their history..." (Daniel 12)

"... there will be a time of anguish for God's people greater than any previous suffering in their history..." (Daniel 12)

The Bible is not exaggerating here. The suffering will encompass BOTH Israel and the church. BUT IT WILL FALL FIRST ON THE CHURCH! (more about this in our next article) – again, those who stand up against the pretensions of today's APOSTATE church and its impious alliance with the elites of the American New World Order System. THIS IS WHAT THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" IS ALL ABOUT: that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming in answer to the petition contained in the Lord's Prayer "THY KINGDOM COME" (Matthew 6:10) and that it has NOTHING to do with today's church and the American New World Order System. [We URGE you to see our article, "The Entwined Destinies of Israel and the Church."]

It is for this reason that the Bible says:

"... take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them." (Mark 13:9)


Now one must constantly bear in mind here that the "Gospel" that is in question here is not so much the Gospel of Salvation, but the Gospel of the Kingdom – that very Gospel that Christ first came to publish among His brethren, the Jews some 2,000 years ago; the gospel the Jews rejected. [Please see our article, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]

C.I. Scofield

C.I. Scofield writes:

"The good news of this kingdom was announced by the Old Testament prophets (Is. 9:6-7), by Christ in His first coming (Matt. 9:35) AND WILL BE PROCLAIMED DURING THE ... TRIBULATION." [Note carefully for future reference when Scofield says this Gospel will be proclaimed: during the TRIBULATION period.]

The kingdom being proclaimed here will be a kingdom grounded in social justice for ALL mankind, a world of equity where men are not divided up between the "owners of capital" on the one hand and "labor" on the other hand, and where men and women are not divided up on the basis of their race or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress the poor; where every man has equal access to God; where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease, and no room for oppressors of any kind. [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity."]

Very obviously, such a kingdom would be TOTALLY at variance to the world we now live in and with the American New World Order System that now prevails on the earth - especially the kind of world we described in our article, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and everything He Represents." [Please see that article plus our article, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful, Two-Tiered Economic System the U.S. Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States."]

A world based on social justice where the rich do not oppress the poor? A world where there are no John Dimitri Negropontes, no Liamine Zerouals and no Augusto Pinochets? This, of course, is something much more than the "good news" of salvation, because while the "good news" of salvation promises redemption to the INDIVIDUAL, it does not promise to "make over" the world per se, and this is evidenced by the fact that from Pentecost until now there has been NO social justice and NO equity between and among men; tyranny and oppression have continued to flourish; and sickness, poverty and hunger have continued to wreak their horrible work on mankind.

The COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM against which the Two Witnesses prophesy

This is NOT to take anything away from the "good news" of salvation, but very plainly social justice and social equity have yet to be established on the earth, which the coming Kingdom of Christ is calculated to accomplish.


Again, this is not the first time that the Gospel of the Kingdom has been announced. It was announced the first time 2,000 years ago when the angels proclaimed it to the shepherds "in the field" at the time of Christ's birth.

Shortly afterwards - and in conjunction with what the angels declared to the shepherds - the Kingdom was announced to be "at hand" by John the Baptist, then by Christ Himself, and finally by the Twelve.

BUT THE KINGDOM WAS REJECTED BY THE JEWS in fulfillment of the Scripture, that -

"... they [i.e., Israel] without us [i.e., the church] should not be made perfect." (Heb. 11:40) [Please see Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction Between Israel and the Church."]

Now, after an interval of some 2,000 years, the Kingdom is once again "at hand!" The so-called "church age" is all but past, and the Jews - once dispersed over the whole earth because of the rejection of their king - have now been re-gathered again to their land. Everything is ready! - and God is raising up a people to proclaim that the Kingdom is again "AT HAND." THIS IS "GOOD NEWS!" [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1, "God's Love for Israel Is Based on Grace, Not on Works."]


"... shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME." (Matthew 24:14)



- and by doing so fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah,

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me [Christ] whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him [Christ], as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [sorrow] for him, as one that is in bitterness [sorrow] for his firstborn.

"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon [when the Lord rescues Israel at Armageddon, at the end of the Tribulation Period].

"And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

"The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

"All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:10-14) [Please see our article, "Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision: The Question of Israel and the Jewish People."]

They shall look upon me [Christ] whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him [Christ], as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [sorrow] for him


The entwined destinies of Israel and the church

More next time.

God bless you all,
S.R. Shearer,



Do what Sophie Scholl did some eighty years ago: PASS OUT OUR FLYERS.

One should not think that it is necessary to hand out our leaflets (flyers) personally; it is enough that one should do what the members of the White Rose did: post the flyers on walls, trees, utility polls, leave them in union halls, in libraries, etc. Eventually the flyers distributed by the White Rose were copied and circulated throughout all of Germany.

Some even made it into Allied hands where they were then copied and dropped from Allied planes over Germany. That's the beauty of such leaflets (i.e. the written word); they possess a life of their own after they pass from your possession.

NOTE: Why use our flyer? - there are a number of reasons:

  • First, our flyer directs people to our website where they can obtain the information they need to take a stand against the connection between the elites of the American New World Order System and today's church.
  • Second, the website will arm those who access it with the theology and eschatology needed to take the stand mentioned above. Remember the words of the Apostle Peter:

    "... be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear ..." (1 Peter 3:15)

  • Third, it describes those of us connected to Antipas much in the same way the members of the White Rose described themselves:

    "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 connection between the elites of the American New World Order System and today's church."

  • Fourth, it provides a means for others who contact the ministry from your area to be re-directed back to you; in this way – and over time – you can build up a group in your area to stand with you in your efforts.

    Remember the words of the Lord to Elias when he thought he was all alone in his struggle against God's enemies:

    "... I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal [the god of money]." (Romans 11:4)

    These "faithful ones" are there, and if you go "fishing" for them using our flyers, you will in time find them; but it will take much diligence and patience on your part to "fish" for them.



They are as follows:

  1. Our "B-52" flyer
  2. Our "Blessed By Ye Poor" flyer
  3. Our "Religious Right, Business Right, Political Right" flyer
  4. The "Christ of Today's Evangelical Church" flyer


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.







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):




At first glance, it would seem that Hitler's Holocaust is a nightmare that could never be repeated. The Götterdämmerung in which Hitler's Valhalla went up in flames in a Wagnerian Twilight of the Gods should have consumed this horrible disease - AND PUT TO AN OPEN SHAME ALL THOSE WHO HATE THE JEWS. But like a nightmare which won't go away, like a cancer which goes into remission - feigning a cure - only to reappear again in some other part of the body and in a more virulent form, anti-Semitism is once more rearing its ugly head - and Jews have very REAL reasons to fear for their lives again.

To a very large extent, today's anti-Semitism revolves around the existence of a new and UNEXPECTED phenomenon: the reappearance in world history of the state of Israel, a phenomenon which the Jews felt they had no other choice but to FORCE on the world in order to forestall their own eventual extermination. The Jews have learned through grievous experience that unless they act to save themselves, unless they hold their own fate in their own hands, they are powerless to fend off the world's hatred against them - and no assurances to the contrary (even when proffered by the liberal democracies of the West) can ever suffice to make the Jews believe otherwise. The Jews have learned how truly WORTHLESS such assurances are.

For example, in May 1938, as Germany's "orgy of hatred" against the Jews was reaching new heights of sadism, the governments of Great Britain, France and the United States protested. While the world might not remember what happened next, the Jews certainly do: although Hitler was annoyed at this protest, he convened the Evian Conference and offered "his Jews" to the "international community," and to Great Britain, France and the United States in particular. He knew the offer would be refused. And that's precisely what happened: the nations of the earth - and in particular the "Western Democracies" - refused to take them.

German opinion smirked at the hypocritical posturing of the "Anglo-Americans." Goebbles laughed! - had he not known all along that no "civilized" nation would ever accept that "accursed" race? A German newspaper of that era commented,

"One likes to pity the Jews as long as one can use this pity for a wicked agitation against Germany, but no state is prepared to accept even a few thousand Jews. The conference (i.e., Evian) serves to justify Germany's policy against Jewry."


It is precisely the remnants of these people - the people the world turned their back on at Evian and later during the Holocaust - who, as frightened hordes of desperate refugees fleeing from Hitler's death camps, arrived in Israel to build a sanctuary against the unrelenting HATRED of the world. They knew at the time they were dispossessing people who had been there for centuries, BUT THEY HAD NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. No other nation - not even the United States - wanted them. If they were going to live, they would have to force the issue.

They came as the outcasts of Europe; the downtrodden of the shoddy Jewish ghettos of the Near East and North Africa; people with childhood memories of the sound of hammers boarding up doors and windows against the unrelenting pogroms directed against them in Russia, Hungary, Poland, etc.; they came as the remnants of Hitler's death camps and as people fleeing the indifference of the French, the Belgians, the Dutch, the Swedes, and all the other "do-gooder" nations of the earth to their plight.

They are people who had at last been driven to frantic desperation to hold their OWN fate in their OWN hands for a change, which meant having their OWN nation and their OWN army with which to defend themselves - again, even if that meant forcing themselves onto the people of the Middle East and dispossessing Arabs from land they had inhabited for generations.

The Jews were seeking a place of refuge where, when all else fails, Jews could flee to without having to depend on the capricious consent of other nations and peoples who experience had shown were at best indifferent to their fate!


A place of refuge; of shelter; of asylum, of sanctuary! - that's what Israel means to the worldwide Jewish community. AND IT'S A PLACE WHOSE IMPORTANCE IS ONLY GROWING IN THE FACE OF A RESURGENT WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM. Indeed, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. of the New York Times reports that in France there is a rising tide of anti-Semitic incidents. In Marseilles the Orthodox Jewish Or Aviv synagogue was burned to the ground. An additional three other French synagogues were set on fire over the Passover-Easter weekend, and a synagogue in Strasbourg had its doors set ablaze the day after an anti-Israel demonstration there. In addition, in Lyon, 15 masked men crashed two cars through the gates of a synagogue and set them afire. Finally, shots were fired at a kosher butcher shop in Toulouse, and a young Jewish couple were badly beaten in Villeurbanne in the Rhone region.

The Central Jewish Consistory in Paris, in a statement sent to Agence Frence-Presse, called the weekend's attacks "the beginning of a new Kristallnacht, with the government totally passive about what was happening." Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," on November 9, 1938, was named for the sweeping attacks that the Nazis incited on Jews and Jewish shops and places of worship.

In the face of all this, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced that 1,110 additional police officers would be deployed to guard France's synagogues and Jewish schools - and, as a result, police officers, some carrying submachine guns, now are posted outside dozens of synagogues and Jewish schools throughout the country.


This is a shocking development for Jews in France. Until recently, leaders of France's 600,000 Jews have believed that they were living in a country where they were safe from the scourge of anti-Semitism. But with the growing number of anti-Semitic incidents, they no longer believe that's the case - especially in light of the fact that when they have publicly complained about the attacks, there has not been any genuine public outcry to stop them.

They just keep on occurring, ranging from anti-Semitic graffiti that is appearing on walls all over the country, to threatening phone calls received by rabbis, to shootings, to burnings, etc. Similar incidents have occurred in Belgium where five firebombs were thrown at a synagogue last weekend. And it's not just in France and in Belgium that this new anti-Semitism has taken hold. The fact is, it's happening all over Europe: in Germany, in Austria, in Denmark, in Italy - everywhere!


In addition to all this, Newsweek Magazine reports that there has been a marked revival of all the old "BLOOD LIBELS" against the Jews - including stories that the pastries used in the Jewish Purim festivities contain human blood; and that at Passover the blood of Christian children under the age of ten is used in the rituals. And while these stories are still confined to the fascist fringe in Europe, they are REGULAR FARE in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world.

Indeed, devotees of these stories and myths can be found not just among the uneducated there, but among the university-trained elite as well. Take Dr. Umayma Ahmad al-Jalahma of King Faisal University Hospital in Saudi Arabia: Newsweek reports that she believes that at Passover,

"A needle-studded barrel (in which the Christian or Muslim child-victim is locked into) is used (to obtain the blood). The victims suffer dreadful torment - torment that affords the Jewish vampires great delight ..." [We URGE you to read our detailed account of these "blood-libels" in our article, "Pat Robertson, ILLUMINISM, and the New World Order."]


Finally, as if to add insult to injury, a venomous anti-Jewish press has re-surfaced "big time," and is peppering the world with anti-Semitic CONSPIRACY THEORIES. In Egypt, according to Newsweek, the press regularly features stories denying the Holocaust and accepting as fact the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. [Please see our article, "The Origins of the Illuminist Myth: The Fabrication of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" for a detailed account of the Protocols and the many other conspiracy theories that surround the Jewish people; please also see our article, "The Business Right and The Christian Right An Alliance Made In Hell" for an interesting historical discussion on the intersection of interests in anti-Semitism between the American business community and the Religious Right; finally, please see our short article on "Holocaust deniers" entitled, "The Institute for Historical Review."]

Even the oft repeated story attributed falsely to Benjamin Franklin that the Jews would take over America if allowed to immigrate to the United States - a theory concerning the so-called "squalid" and "immoral" effect of Jewish power that most in the Religious Right in this country already subscribe to (see below) - is standard reading throughout the Middle East. This particular theory is a popular one because it seems to give an answer to many Muslims (and not a few Christians as well) concerning what many perceive to be America's slavish and unreasonable devotion to the Jewish state; a theory predicated upon a belief by many in the existence of a NEW YORK-JERUSALEM AXIS controlled by a mysterious cabal of Satan-worshipping Jewish financiers associated with the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.


And these stories just keep on coming. For instance, the events of September 11th have given rise to the theory that Israel was the "hidden hand" behind the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon - a theory that was given a certain amount of "legitimacy" in Pakistan a few days after the attacks when General Rashid Qureshi, the public-relations chief for President Pervez Musharraf, told Newsweek that the attacks were carried out by the Israeli Mossad, and that all the Jewish employees of the WTC had mysteriously failed to show up for work on the day of the attack. [In fact, Jews suffered far more deaths from the attack on the WTC than any other group in relation to their percent of the population - editor]

These stories - and many others beside - give evidence to the fact that anti-Semitism is making a big "comeback" not only in the world at large, but in this country as well. The truth is, a great many Americans today would not find it particularly difficult to agree with Daniel Bernard, France's ambassador to Great Britain, when - according to Newsweek - he was overheard to say at a private dinner party in London:

"... that shitty little country (i.e., Israel)! Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of these people (i.e., the Jewish people)?"


Indeed, one of the great "open secrets" of today's America is that there remains a HUGE reservoir of anti-Jewish hostility in this country, especially in the Religious Right - THE CORE ELEMENT OF GEORGE BUSH'S POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY; and this hostility is clearly reflected in their hate-filled rhetoric against the ACLU. [Please see "The Republican Party And The Jews."]

Why? - because, in the artful phraseology which has over the years come to surround anti-Semitism in the United States, THE ACLU HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A CODEWORD FOR THE JEWS. The truth is, there are a lot of Christians who would have little trouble echoing Billy Graham when he told Richard Nixon that the Jews had established a stranglehold on the country, and that -

"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's GOING DOWN THE DRAIN."

Pretty harsh stuff! Going down the drain! - i.e., that the Jews are responsible for ruining the United States! Wow! Nonetheless, if words are to be taken at their face value - that's what Graham was saying here! - i.e., that Jewish influence in the United States was ruining the country. That sounds like something Hitler, or Goering, or Goebbles, or Himmler would have said about Germany sixty years ago. And, indeed, it is! [Please see "The Jews, The Minorities And The Multicultural Imperative."]

Graham continues,

"... there is a powerful bloc of Jews in this country that are putting out the pornographic stuff."

Plainly, Graham believes that Jews are responsible for America's lapsed morality. This, of course, is what Hitler et. al. believed too. Graham persists with even more caustic remarks about the Jews,

"A lot of Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me ... THEY DON'T KNOW HOW I REALLY FEEL."

Since these remarks surfaced a few months ago as a result of recently de-classified and released Nixon tape recordings from the National Archives, a great number of "Graham-experts" and apologists have been hauled out to cite Graham's "unstinting support" for Israel over the years and to "write off" Graham's anti-Semitic remarks as something that "should not be taken out of context" - in other words, what people should do is ignore the implications of Graham's "unguarded" White House "table talk."


But come on now! What is more likely to be representative of the REAL Graham? - his "unguarded" remarks about the Jews to close confidants and friends? Or his carefully contrived public statements?

Come on! - be honest here! Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch Magazine believes that such thinking is very representative of the white, country club kind of Christian that - SADLY - Graham has come to mirror over the years.

Cockburn writes knowingly and very sarcastically,

"Don't people know that this sort of stuff is consonant with the standard conversational fare at 75 percent of the country clubs in America, not to mention many a Baptist soiree. Nixon thought American Jews were lefty peaceniks who dominated the Democratic Party and were behind the attacks on him. Graham reckoned it was Hollywood Jews who had sunk the nation in porn."


Moreover, one should not be thrown off track with regard to Graham and the many others like him in the evangelical Christian community because of their "unstinting support" for the state of Israel. While it's true that there is a lot of support from evangelicals like Graham, Robertson, Falwell, etc. for Israel, that does not seem to detract a great many of them from their disgust of the Jewish people in general.

Evangelicals are SCHIZOPHRENIC on this point - and that SCHIZOPHRENIA has a lot to do with their view of the Jewish people as "Supermen" or Obermenschen (or sometimes as Untermenschen) [Please see "Pat Robertson, Illuminism, And The New World Order."].

Like the nursery rhyme about the "little girl with the cute little curl in her forehead," evangelicals somehow or other believe that when the Jews are "... good, they are very, very good, but when they're bad, they're horrid" - i.e., that when Jews accept Christ, they become almost superhuman in their Christianity, but when they reject Him, they become anti-Christs in their hatred of God. But the Bible doesn't admit to this kind of distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles; on the contrary, the Bible says:

"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ..." (Rom. 3:23)

And it goes on to say:

"... there is NO difference between the Jew and the Greek (i.e., the gentiles) ..." (Rom. 10:12)


All this to say nothing about the very obvious PERPETUAL hatred that the Islamic world has for Israel - a hatred that is poised to finish what Hitler tried to do: Drive the Jews of Israel into the ocean and TOTALLY annihilate them.

There is no bridging this hatred; no way to resolve it. There is no longer any room for common ground between the Islamic world and the Jews.

Even if Israel were to withdraw to its so-called 1967 borders, give up its defensive positions along the Jordan River, withdraw from all its settlements on the West Bank and Gaza, that would probably still not be the end of it. This is what Hussein Ibish and Ali Abunimah, both Palestinians, believe. They write:

"... the occupation is only one of two major issues standing in the way of an end to the century-old conflict. The denial of the right of millions of Palestinian refugees, those displaced in the 1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants, to return to their homes and land is also a fundamental obstacle. Unlike the occupation, it is an issue which has never been seriously addressed or properly understood in the U.S. All recent American and Israeli proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace have been predicated on an unworkable and disastrous concept: that the world's largest group of refugees would renounce or be denied this basic human right."

But if the Israelis grant the Palestinians the "Right of Return," it will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Contra wise, if the Jews refuse to grant the Palestinians this concession, the suicide bombings will no doubt continue endlessly into the future. As Newsweek suggested last week,

"Israelis know - as should the rest of the world - that the real division among Palestinians is not between those who want peace in the Western sense - i.e., as a point after which the world lives free of tensions with a consciousness of reconciliation. In reality, the number of Palestinian leaders holding this view is minuscule. THE FUNDAMENTAL SCHISM IS BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL BY CONTINUING THE PRESENT STRUGGLE, AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT AN AGREEMENT NOW WOULD BE A BETTER STRATEGY TO RALLY FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN LATER ON."

Either way, Israel will eventually have to go if the Islamic world is to be satisfied!


All these things - the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism, the irreconcilable differences between the Muslims and the Israelis over Israel's presence in the Holy Land - have conspired together to produce a feeling of dreadful PARANOIA in the Jews regarding how the rest of the world feels about them, and a parallel sense THAT WAR WITH THE PALESTINIANS (AND INDEED THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY) IS INEVITABLE. The very real fact of the matter is, Israel's back is up against the wall, and so much so that Jewish historian Amos Elon writes:


But the Bible says:

"And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; SO WILL I SAVE YOU, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:

"So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: FEAR YE NOT." (Zech. 8:13-15)


And so God warns Israel's enemies, and most especially those Muslim nations in the Middle East who have arrayed themselves against Israel's presence in the Holy Land:

"Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir (i.e., those nations that immediately surround Israel), and prophesy against it,

"And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I AM AGAINST THEE, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.

"I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:1-4)

Listen brothers and sisters: it is a fearful thing for someone to hear those words from God, "I AM AGAINST THEE." There can be no more frightening thing in all the world, because we are dealing with God here. The Bible says:

"... fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (i.e., God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)

And why is it EXACTLY that God is against Mt. Seir? The Lord explains:

"BECAUSE THOU HAS HAD A PERPETUAL HATRED (against Israel), and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword ..." (Ezek. 35:5)

Now I ask you, Who is it today that has A PERPETUAL HATRED against Israel? Is it not CLEARLY those who are carrying out the suicide bombings in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Natanya, etc? SUICIDE BOMBING! - now that's hatred!

The Bible says that God is AGAINST THEM (i.e., all those who hate Israel in this way) and He will PURSUE THEM UNTO BLOOD!

Specifically, the Bible says:

"Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith (since) thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

"Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.

"And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.

"I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:6-9)


Listen to me: you do not want to be found on the "RECEIVING" end of these verses for any reason! God is warning you! Get away, and get away fast! He is warning all those that are "round about" Israel - all those who will hear Him out on this matter - get away as quickly as possible. SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, and you do not want to be around when it occurs.

All you believing Arabs who dwell in the vicinity of Mt. Seir, all you who believe and are "called according to His purpose," get away - and get your friends and families away too.

A great calamity is coming. Something horrible is about to happen: all those who today say that Israel has no right to be where she is; all those who think that the Jewish people are trespassing on Palestinian land, you SHALL BE DESTROYED:

"I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee." (Ezek. 35:6)

What's that say, then, about those who believe that Israel has no right to the so-called "West Bank?" Who say that they are going to drive Israel into the sea? Who say that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians? Who say that Israel should give up East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount? Who hate Israel with a PERPETUAL HATRED? - it says that God -

"... will even do according to thine anger (i.e., HATRED), and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy HATRED against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee." (Ezek. 35:11)

In other words, what the Bible is saying here is that God will hate these people to the degree that they have hated the Jewish people and the state of Israel.


God is going to HATE them to the degree that they hated Israel? Wow! - you say that that's not fair? - well, I tell you something, WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S NOT FAIR? The Bible says:

"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST AGAINST GOD? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Rom. 9:20-21)

We must understand something here! HE IS THE POTTER AND WE ARE THE CLAY. There is nothing more to be said - and God help those who would dare to say otherwise and challenge God's UTTER and TOTAL supremacy and sovereignty in this matter! The Bible says:

"Who is this (i.e., man) that darkeneth counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?

"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me (if you can).

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

"Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

"When the morning stars sang together ...?

"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

"When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

"And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

"And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

"Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

"That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

"It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

"And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

"Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

"Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

"Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

"That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

"Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

"Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

"Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

"Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

"Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

"Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

"Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty (if you can)." (Job 38-22, 31-33, 40:2, 6-9)


Of course we can't!


Again, I say: He is the Potter, and we are the clay. But one should be perfectly clear here, God certainly did not choose the Jews because the they were somehow or other congenitally better than any other people on earth; or because they were a people morally superior to the people who surround them; or that they possess some kind of innate spiritual DNA that predisposes them toward God. He chose them in order to make an open show of His MERCY - i.e., that His dealings with man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR (i.e., GRACE) and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:

"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." (Ps. 103:10-14)


And His mercy toward Israel is an OPEN and PUBLIC demonstration to that effect - a historical display of His KINDNESS and COMPASSION for ALL to see who seek after God - for the Bible says that with regard to this matter (i.e., His mercy), He is - as Peter says:


"But in EVERY nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)

And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by the word "work:"

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29).

What's that mean? - it means that our relationship with God - whoever we are - is based on His mercy toward us and not on any innate righteousness on our part; that if we try to approach God on the basis of anything we can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:

"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Is. 64:6)

And again, the Bible says:

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10, 12)


And so it is that we must trust in God's mercy to clothe us with His righteousness. But what assurance do we have that He will do so? For those of us who believe, we have, of course, the assurance of the Written Word:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (that surely includes everyone, no matter who they are or what they've done) believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

And the Bible goes on to say:

"For by GRACE (i.e., unmerited favor) ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

"NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)

And Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and IN THE EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man on the basis of His mercy alone, and not on the basis of any righteousness we think we possess. After all, if God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain faithful to ALL those who call upon His name - and that He will fulfill ALL the promises He has made to us and bring us safely through to the end.


Contra wise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the basis of Israel's unfaithfulness, than we also stand in jeopardy of our future - for surely the church has been as unfaithful to God as Israel has been - OR HAVE YOU BEEN READING OUR MATERIAL FOR NAUGHT? The very real truth of the matter is, the church's historical record is every bit as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's, and to think otherwise is to reveal yourself as an IDIOT.

It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because she supposedly is no different from any other nation are so wrong. While THEY ARE RIGHT that she possesses no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians, no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and purity, they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT THE POINT!

The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. That's the point - and that if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save you on that basis as well - whether you are Jew or Arab, Iranian or Turk, Russian or Chinese (China, of course, is today the home of more REAL Christians than anywhere else on earth, despite the fact of their unrelenting persecution by the Chinese government) - whoever you are! All this to say that God will surely save NATIONAL Israel, for the Scriptures say that on THAT day,

"... THEY (i.e., Israel) SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED (very obviously the Lord), and they shall mourn for him (i.e., Jesus), as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for him (i.e., Christ, whom they rejected), as one that is in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:8)

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