By: SR Shearer

The shameless attitude toward the poor of those Christians who have allied themselves with the rich; the attitude, for example, of C. Peter Wagner, Gary North, Sarah Palin, John Hagee, Charles Stanley, etc.

"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek coin which represented a WHOLE DAYS wages in the ancient world], and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." (Rev. 6:6)

NOTE: The meaning of this lyric is that the condition of man during this era (i.e., the "end of days") will be reduced to such that he will have to labor a whole day simply to buy a loaf of bread or three measures of barley. But the second part of the lyric [i.e., "... and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means that the "hard times" of this period will not extend to the elites. This is the common interpretation - the one subscribed to by such authorities as Ryrie, Pentecost, Ironside, Gaebelein, etc.

Another way to measure the divide between the rich and the poor


Rev. 6:6: "A measure of wheat for a penny ..."

The Occupy Wall Street Movement that has taken hold of the country and is aimed at the greed and avarice of the rich is symptomatic of the prophetic imperative described in Revelation 6:6 (see above). This imperative is being played out today not only in the United States, but throughout the world: in Greece, in Italy, in Spain, in Portugal, in Egypt, etc. (to say nothing of the so-called "Third World").

It is THIS imperative more than anything else that defines what is happening in the world today.

-- Antipas


What the "end of days" is all about.

There is a great and very pestilent effort today by the "religious establishment" of the evangelical church to portray the backdrop of the "end of the age" as anything but what it really is; for instance, a clash of values, a clash between Christianity and Islam; a clash between Christianity and secularism (with a "New Age" twist); but it is none of these things, and neither does it have much to do with the occult (per se), or the Freemasons, or the so-called "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," ad nauseum, ad infinitum. [Please see our articles, "The Origins of the Illuminist Myth."]

The fact is, the backdrop or environment in which the "end of the age" plays itself out - the framework around which all the great events of the "latter years" revolve - is the oppression of the POOR by the RICH. (Rev. 6:6)

Bishop Dom Helder Camara

This, of course, is NOT what most well-to-do American Christians want to hear; but those who don't want to hear about it are grossly underestimating the lust for money in human hearts - their own hearts - and the propensity that it has to corrupt. Dom Helder Camara of Brazil has written:

"I used to think, when I was a child, that Christ might have been exaggerating when He warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know better. I know how ... (impossible) it is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness. Money (or the desire for money) has a dangerous way of putting scales on one's eyes, a dangerous way of freezing people's hands, eyes, lips and hearts."

The Bible calls money "FILTHY lucre" (cf., I Tim. 2:3, I Tim 3:8, Titus 1:7, I Pet. 5:2) and goes on to say:

 "... the love of money is the root of ALL evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Tim. 6:10)

That's ALL evil; not some, but ALL! That certainly reduces all the other bugaboos that Christians worry about to secondary status.

THE LUST FOR MONEY: It seems that even Christians - regardless of the fact of whether they are poor - are manipulated by this lust; they remain addicted to the "Gospel of Prosperity." [Please see our articles, "The Rich Have Taken Control of the Church" and "Luciferic Christianity."]

Moreover, the Bible goes on to warn:

"... 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" (i.e., damnation; hell). (1 Tim. 6:9)


What's the Bible saying here? It's saying that if you desire wealth - if that's what you want, and you are an unbeliever - your desire for it will prevent you from finding Christ as your savior:

"... Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a (sewing) needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:23-24)

And if you are saved, your desire for money will inevitably drown out Christ in your life and "choke the word of God" in your heart (Matt. 13:22). Indeed, Peter says that those Christians who desire wealth will inevitably find that insofar as their Christian life is concerned, they have become -

 "... wells without water, clouds that are carried (about) with a tempest ..." (2 Pet. 2:17)

It's not without reason that Jesus said:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24)

Pretty heavy! No equivocation here: IF A MAN LOVES MONEY HE WILL HATE GOD! - I know that's hard for American Christians to grasp, but that's what the New Testament says, and it says it in very unambiguous terms - and if that's the case, that really makes the elites of the Republican Party - THE VERY ELITES WITH WHOM THE LEADERS OF THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH IDENTIFY THEMSELVES - "GOD-HATERS," all their protests to the contrary notwithstanding. [It is, after all, not without some justification that the Republican Party is known as the party of "Big Money."]

Moreover, not only are the elites "haters of God," they are also "haters of man" - an aristocracy of wealth that doesn't want anything to do with ordinary men and women, and who want to put as much distance between themselves and average people (especially the poor) as is humanly possible. That, of course, is - as historian Edward S. Herman points out - exactly what's been happening. [Please see our articles, "The Measure of a Man's Worth," "The Elites, Money, and the End of the Age" and "In Search of Babylon: What Does The Bible Say?"]

The altar at which today's
evangelical leaders worship

Indeed, Herman says that one of the many ironies of the American New World Order System is the way in which the elites who control this empire of greed increasingly meet in remote places out of the reach of their citizenry, like Qatar and Cancun, and how within each country larger and larger areas are blocked off to prevent protesters from getting within range of TV cameras and the media. [Please see our article, "Lee Kyang: the Rich and the Poor! America and God."]

Moreover, this is no haphazard process of alienation: it is one that has been carefully designed by the rich to disconnect themselves from the poor, and to cruelly oppress and heartlessly subjugate them - and it is being pursued with a ruthless, unyielding efficiency. [Please see our article, "The Versailles Phenomenon."]

For example, in the United States this process has been carried out for years under the misleading name of the "War on Drugs," and has been aimed largely at minority communities and "white, trailer-park trash;" but it is now being expanded to encompass a broader cross-section of the American public under the rubric of the "War on Terror." [We URGE you to see our article, "Measuring the Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor through Drug Addiction."]

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR

The truth of the matter is - despite their sometimes shrill protests to the contrary - the rich are simply not open to the "things of God," and so much so that when Jesus - "by whom all things were made ... and without him was not any thing made that was made ..." (John 1:3) - came into the world 2,000 years ago, He didn't much bother with the rich, but instead was born into the lowly home of a poor carpenter and made the downtrodden of the earth His friends. (Luke 2:7) Indeed, when Jesus announced Himself to the world and began His public ministry, He said:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR (To whom? - the poor, not the rich); he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED ..." (Luke 4:18) [Please see our article, The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

 Clearly, the great danger to the Gospel in all of this is as the American elites continue to separate themselves from ordinary people, they are dragging the church (with whom they have partnered) along with them, and in the process alienating it from the poor and dispossessed of the earth, the very people that Luke 4:18 (see above) says that Christ came to preach the Gospel to.

If you fail to grasp this dynamic that is being "played out" in the world today, you will - in your effort to understand what's occurring - be forever consigned to chasing phantoms and shadows (e.g., the Freemasons, the Illuminati, "New Agers," etc.), stabbing at the air with a stick, and fruitlessly tilting at windmills like Don Quixote.

The facts are as plain as the nose on your face, and you had better "wise up to them" because the war that the elites have unleashed on the poor is coming directly at YOU, and by the time it is finished rolling over you, you may find that you have joined the blacks, Hispanics, and "white, trailer park trash" on the economic, social and even criminal "trash heap," or - WORSE - you may find that you've been co-opted by the "system."

In battling against "New Agers," the Masons, the Illuminati, the Catholic Church, etc., all that Christians are doing is tilting against windmills like Don Quixote.


God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries







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):