May 27th 2020

Separating the wheat from the chaff (or tares).

So, I was going to wait a few more days to write something but decided I wanted to do something different tonight; plus, I will be off for the next couple of days and usually too tired to do anything. For the past week, I have been working on my father’s book – adding or removing images and fixing the design. I’m hoping to finish the entire site or at least most of the articles and my father’s book within 6 months – making the site compatible for tablets and phones.

Ever since they started creating dynamic pages for all devices, I have been redoing much of the site to the new technology. I actually started about two years ago when I stumbled upon framework CSS, which they call responsive websites so that images and layouts are display visually appealing than the old way. I use Bootstrap 4 for those who know about responsive framework, but I don’t delve too much into the hardcore backend of the framework. I don’t think many people will understand what I am talking about so I’ll move onto what’s on my mind for this blog, which I think I need to talk about since it will open up to the whole picture of the Tribulation.

So, I wanted to talk little about the Winnowing tonight but not too much into detail because I’m at work and have to get up every 15 minutes to check on patients. So, what exactly is the winnowing and why should any true Christian be too concerned about it? Because, the process of the winnowing is what will separate the true Christians from the false ones. Let us go back in history at the start of the Church because it is here where we will understand what the winnowing is.

Andrew Miller

I started reading again one my father’s favorite author’s Andrew Miller. He wrote a book back in the 19th century on the history of the Church. So, his writing on the Church ended in the late 1800’s. But he was able to expound on most of the Church history and how God was able to keep for himself those dedicated to the true word of God. Up through the history of the Church, there has always been people who had not bow their knee to the false system and had kept to true sound doctrine.

Andrew Miller

As I said before, I am not going to go into great detail about facts, places or people but give you a sense of what and how bad the Tribulation will be because there are many Christians who think they will be able to weather the storm when it comes. And like my father would say many times in his writings, “Really, you really think you will make a stand when you are called to. If you don’t stand now, what makes you think you will stand then” – I’m paraphrasing. It’s true what he has said over and over again. If you don’t take an action now and come together with other believers, the storm will knock you over and you will be found to be naked and ashamed at the Lord’s return.

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)

So, let’s open the door on the winnowing and take a peek - what exactly is the winnowing and why should anyone be concerned especially Christians. In Miller’s book, Andrew explains that the seven Churches mentioned in the first part of Revelation represent seven ages in Church history and is the foundation of his book. Each Church or age describes the condition of the Church, those that are faithful or what the Christian needs to do to reconcile themselves back into God’s grace. Each of these ages may end on the next age or it extends to the very end, but each church age represents a significant turning point in the Church, which includes those dedicated to God and the false Church that has risen to twist the word of God by Satan. But I’m only concerned with one Church age in this blog – Smyrna. This age started at the second century and ended at Constantine. And what was striking about this age? It is what the winnowing is all about and what will occur again.

Nothing is more horrible and fearful than persecution. Most Christians today don’t even know what persecution is unless one is living in a very hostile country that has a law where Christianity is illegal. But for most Christians today like in the US, Canada, UK, most of Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and etc., none of them had to face persecution that so many Christians down through the history of the Church had to endure – the fear at any moment you could be whisked away to the gallows, burned at the stake, or endure the lions in the colosseum in Rome.

And it is here that the Lord revealed to me what the winnowing is but more precisely when I was reading about the emperors of Rome during Smyrna age. Andrew Miller explained that during this time the Christians would have to endure ten days as described in Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Andrew Miller explains that the ten days are actually ten emperors that will persecute the Church during this time. Each emperor will have a degree on how bad the persecution will be against the Christians. But during this time as well, Christians would have period of rest from persecution so Christianity could flourish.

Diocletian - The last of the Roman
emperors to persecute Christians.

So, the winnowing process as the Lord describes is the separation of the false Christians from the true Christians. The separation is to take the tares out first and then the wheat would be gathered. Many Christian theologians and historians never could explain the details of the winnowing but pass it off that the Church would be gone first, but as my father, S.R. Shearer, explained in his book and of course many of his other articles, the separation occurs at the end or during the Tribulation, but it’s the tares that are taken out first and it reveals who the Tares are:

“Now it is important to note in this process [winnowing], that the wheat itself is not being tested at all. Wheat is wheat!! Tares are tares!! There is nothing in this process which is meant to test the quality of the wheat. Neither is there anything in this process that the wheat is supposed to do. The wheat is required to do nothing. Works are not involved!! The wheat needs to do only one thing - be what it is inherently - wheat. The process is a SEPARATING PROCESS. It is not a process of works. The purpose of the entire process is quite simple: to separate, and by separating to MANIFEST or DISCLOSE, or REVEAL (Romans 8:19) the wheat from the tares and the chaff.”

"And how will He accomplish this winnowing? By the Tribulation! The Tribulation is to be the great winnowing of God spoken of by John the Baptist! And what will this winnowing accomplish? A great separation between those who truly love Christ and those who merely claim to love Him, but whose hearts are far away."

And it is this process that the tares are revealed because up to this point, they had professed being Christians. They went to Church, they obey their own commandments, and were law-abiding citizens. So, they look like Christians and act like Christians, but they are not Christians. And it is in the Tribulation that will reveal true Christians from the false Christians. But where does this process takes place in the Tribulation – in the 1st half or the 2nd half? The 2nd half.

The 2nd half of the Tribulation marks the beginning of Satan’s reign and the end of the false Church. It is here that Satan turns on the false church and destroys it, but it also here where Satan attacks the true Church of God too. This whole process is the winnowing. It separates the tares from the wheat. [Please note: the tares are not people who don’t believe in God or is another religion like the Mormons. The tares are people who profess being Christians.]

And now back to Andrew Miller’s book, during the times of rest, the Church was able to grow and add believers to their numbers, but it would also add people professing to be Christians but were not. So, when a new person became an emperor hateful towards Christianity, he began to persecute them, which would cause a winnowing affect. Those who profess to be Christians but were not would recant and join the old ways of the Roman empire – sacrificing to the Roman gods. And the true Christians were fed to the lions in the colosseum or worse. And this is precisely what will happen again when Satan starts his campaign against the Wheat and Tares. The Tares during the 2nd half of the Tribulation will recant and follow Satan, and the Wheat will be persecuted.

Christians facing lions in a Roman colosseum.

And this is where I will have to stop. But I will go further into the horrors of the 2nd half of the Tribulation next time.

God bless you all.

Jack Shearer
Antipas Ministries

May 19, 2020

Well, I know it has been awhile since my last blog, but I have been really busy with work and taking care of my mother. I work at a detox facility on the graveyard shift or what we call in the medical field the NOC shift. My duties are to make sure the patients are being monitored every 30 or 15 minutes, which is determined by their background history (e.g., suicide attempts or thoughts). The facility only has 6 beds so only 6 people at a time, but I am the only nurse at night. It may sound easy, but I have to get up every 15 minutes and document the patient, so by the time I get back to my chair, I only have 5-8 minutes to rest before I have to get up again. I have other duties like medication pass, checking vitals, admitting new patients if they arrive late at night (and it has happened many times), discharges usually early in the morning and documenting. Then I go home to take care of my mother.

When my father had his heart attack just before the 2016 elections, my mother was able to walk and take care of herself, but after many strokes and cardiac events, she is now unable to care for herself and is pretty much bedbound. I have to clean her, feed her and take her to dialysis 3 times a week. And some of those days I have to work, so when I get home in the morning, I sleep for a few hours, take my mother to dialysis, come home and sleep a few more hours, go back and pick her up, sleep a couple more hours and head into work. It has literally left me exhausted to do anything but sleep even on my days off – I work 5 days a week. I’m not in my 20’s anymore – now approaching 52 in June – so I do not possess the energy like I used to.

So, I had to come up with another idea to stay on top of the blogs and keep people inform on my plans and the future of Antipas Ministries. Even though I only have about 5-8 minutes between each round, I figure I could still write and work on my father’s articles and books. But what device could I use to accomplish this. I have iPad mini but it’s very limited on what it can do with regards writing and html editing. Plus, it doesn’t have a very big screen. Then I looked around for other devices like a Windows tablet or Android tablet but none of them had the features I was looking for. But I could get a laptop, which has more computing power than a tablet has but which one – PC or Mac? I could get a PC laptop because they are cheaper, or I could get Mac but tend to be more expensive.

As you know or don’t know, I converted all of my father’s works to html, and I created and maintain the website throughout the history of Antipas. So, I am very tech savvy and have been the IT of Antipas Ministries. I have built my own computers – PC desktops – and fixed them as well including laptops. So, I know what to look for in buying new computers or parts. I thought hard about what system I should use but knew which one I probably should get – a Mac. Why? My father only liked Macs. He never liked using a PC, so his computer was always a Mac. Plus, back in 2007 when my father and I created the video, “Greed is Good,” it was done on a Mac and I still have all the files. So, I got Mac Laptop but not a new one, an eBay special. And right now, I am at work writing this blog on my Mac and still getting up to do my rounds.

So, what will I be blogging about in the coming weeks and months ahead? I know I said I would just blog about the 2nd part of the tribulation and I will, but I started thinking about the Church’s role in the Tribulation. My dad wrote extensively on the parts of the Tribulation and the need to get out of Babylon, but he delved also into the Church as being one of the Two Witnesses of the Last Days. If you go back to my father’s book and read through chapters 8 and Chapter 10, there’s a winnowing coming that will separate the true Church of God from the false church, which is persecution. This persecution will be so horrific that it will dwarf all other persecutions down through the history of the Church. And it is the reason why we need to flee Babylon at the time of Abomination of Desolation – when Satan enters the Antichrist declaring him to be like God.

So it is very important - no vital - for the Church during the 1st half of the Tribulation to be a witness against the false Church, Babylon and the Antichrist. So after talking about the 2nd half of the Tribulation, I will talk about the importance of the Church to come together as bodies of believers of the true Church because we can’t sit on the sidelines anymore, but we need to be doers of our faith in Christ Jesus and obedient servants to God.

Many will ask why I am going to talk about the 2nd half of the Tribulation first before the 1st half of the Tribulation because it is important for you to see how dangerous and horrifying the 2nd half of the Tribulation will be. It will help you put in perspective just how important it is for the Church to get off its rump and do something. And when I start talking about the Church, I will let you know what my plans are and the future of Antipas Ministries, which will hopefully include everyone who has the same mindset of this ministry because we need to have the same mind in truth.

As I said before with regards to support, I do not need any support since I am still working and have a good tent-making skill – a nurse. My father had always encouraged me to become a nurse. Back when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I had no desire to become a nurse. But my dad never let up about me becoming a nurse and why it would help me in the future. And now I know. I pretty much can leave a job at any time I wish and head for another city or state and get employment as a nurse there. My field is a revolving door at most businesses and hospitals. Ask any nurse and they will confirm this as truth. My mother is a retired RN and I remember my mother could quit work at one job and get employment at another hospital or business within days or a week.

So why am I mentioning this again? Because I will discuss what the Lord has put on my heart to do with regards to the Church. But I don’t want to talk about it until I have talked about the Tribulation. So, I will stop here and say God bless, and I will try to get out another blog next week.

God Bless,

Jack Shearer
Antipas Ministries