As the time draws near for us to begin our journey east to New York City to take our stand with the so-called "hippie rabble" and "union thugs" who are occupying Wall Street, we find ourselves besieged by disdain and ridicule from many quarters of the Christian community. It seems today that any Christian - whether acting as an individual or together as a group - who dares to stand up against the alliance that the church has made with the American New World Order System is declared to be a wild-eyed "extremist" - a "Jim Jones," or a "David Koresh." It's not so much that many who view us as "crazed lunatics" don't recognize that there are things that are seriously wrong with today's church, it's just that they advocate "working within the system" to change things: that's certainly what many Christians would say.
But the very idea that one can effectively battle the corruption that is in today's church - the kind of sleaze and "money-grubbing" that has led the church to embrace the wicked concept that in identifying oneself with the nation's poor one has embraced MARXISM - is absurd on the face of it.
What all these so-called Christians are really afraid of, as Glenn Greenwald suggests, is the frightening POWER of the American Super-State, and the willingness of its minions to "wield the state's growing apparatus of terror and intimidation against them."
"There is a sprawling apparatus of federal and local militarized police forces and private corporate security designed to send this message: IF YOU PARTICIPATE IN PROTESTS OR OTHER FORMS OF DISSENT OUTSIDE OF HARMLESS APPROVED CHANNELS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE HARMED IN NUMEROUS WAYS."
"I'm beginning to wonder whether the right to assemble is effectively dead in the US. No one today can afford to have an arrest record, even a misdemeanor, in this age of short job tenures and rising use of background checks. This is all designed to deter any meaningful challenges to the government and the corporate institutions which are suffocating them; to bully those who consider such challenges into accepting its futility. And it works'."
"Given the costs and risks one incurs from participating in protests [whether directed against the established church or the American super-state] -- to say nothing of the widespread mockery one receives - ... [is it any wonder that only those perceived to be "crazies" and "nuts" would dare to take up the challenge]."
I tell you the truth when I say that it hasn't been easy to suffer the calumny and ridicule that has been heaped upon us - and I speak most especially of those who say that they differ with us not so much in the ideas we promulgate, but only in the methodologies we use.
We are slandered and called "unloving" because we refuse to link ourselves to others who wish to mitigate our message; we are called "elitist" and that we are altogether too rash and irresponsible in the actions we take; that we demand too much of "ordinary people."
Still, as Bob Dylan said so many years ago -
"YOU DON'T NEED A WEATHER MAN
... Look out kid
... The phone's tapped anyway
... Look out kid
Keep a clean nose (i.e., stay out of trouble)
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!" That's what Dylan said back in the 1960s; but Jesus said it much earlier than that, though not that much differently, when He said -
"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye HYPOCRITES, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
HYPOCRITES! - that's what Jesus called those who are unable to discern which way the wind is blowing and the "signs of the times." And, plainly, when He said so, He was speaking to the "Religious Establishment" of His day, people who claimed to know what God wanted, but about whom Jesus said, "I NEVER KNEW YOU" (Matt. 7:23). These are those leaders about whom the prophet Ezekiel warned:
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds (i.e., the pastors and leaders of today's church) ... and say ... Woe be to the shepherds ... As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field ... Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand ..." (Ezek. 34:2, 7-10)
These so-called "shepherds of God," these hypocrites, these charlatans and fakes - they are "expert" at only one thing: HIDING THE TRUTH from God's people. As Dylan put it,
Look out kid They keep it ALL hid
Concerning such leaders and the half-witted, asinine proclivity of Christians to listen to them, Jesus said:
"... the children of this world are ... wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)
In other words, unbelievers are more able to tell "which way the wind is blowing" than Christians. Sadly, however, Christians are unable to tell NOT because they CAN'T know the truth, but because they DON'T WANT to know the truth, fulfilling the words of Christ when He said,
"... 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; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matt. 13:14-15)
Dylan understood back in the 1960s. He and his generation knew what the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King augured for the future: that the elites were prepared to do ANYTHING to preserve their wealth - that they were even willing to resort to REGICIDE (in this case, the killing of a president) to guard their privileges and power.
Yes! - the unbelievers understand! Christians don't, but unbelievers do. AND THE SO-CALLED "HIPPIE RABBLE" AND THE SO-CALLED "UNION THUGS" WHO ARE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE FINANCIAL ELITES ON WALL STREET - they know too.
Brothers and sisters, I earnestly and solemnly warn you, do not walk away from YOUR responsibility to speak out against the American New World Order System and the church that supports that system. If you do, there will be a heavy price for you to pay ON THAT DAY.
BLESSED BE YE POOR, FOR YOURS
God bless you all!
IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
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):