And be clear here, Jesus was NOT speaking to "unbelievers," but to His own disciples!! Moreover, Jesus went on to say that as the "end of days" draws near, this conflict will grow PHYSICAL - even to the extent that your "brothers in Christ" will -
Brothers and sisters, let me be very clear with you: "RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF GOD IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in these, the "end of days" - and this is especially true for Christians in the United States. And why is that? - because the Bible warns that those Christians who choose to stay in the United States are in very grave danger of not only "making shipwreck their faith," but of becoming active participants in the sins of God's great enemy, "Babylon" (i.e., America). Take a good, hard look at Revelation 18:4 and judge for yourself:
Rev 18:4 can be divided into three parts:
The first part speaks for itself: "COME OUT" - Most Christians in the United States want to believe that this verse applies only to the "Apostate Church," as if there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. But that, of course, is absurd. As the great Bible expositor F.C. Jennings tells us, Babylon the Great is a two-part entity, physical Babylon [America] and religious Babylon [America's apostate church], and the two are indissolubly co-related: To escape the one NECESSITATES escaping the other. Hence, the words of Scripture "Come out of her" must also mean - in addition to leaving the "Apostate Church" - emigrating out of the United States.
And now we come to the second part of Rev. 18:4, the REASON why we must "Come out of her." The reason is:
When one so cavalierly dismisses the ability of Babylon to corrupt, it only proves that such a person does not appreciate the POWER of Babylon to contaminate one's soul. The fact of the matter is, just as the life (so to speak) of the Nazi state became so intertwined and twisted together with the lives of Germany's individual citizens that it became impossible to function any longer as a human being in Germany without at the same time being involved intimately with the crimes of that nation, SO NOW IT IS FAST BECOMING IMPOSSIBLE TO FUNCTION ANY LONGER AS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE GREAT WICKEDNESS THIS COUNTRY IS VISITING ON THE REST OF THE WORLD.
And that brings us to the third part of Revelation 18:4. - the JUDGMENT that will accrue to us if we fail to obey the heavenly command and - as a result - become "partakers in her sins:" We will be JUDGED with Babylon and the people of Babylon:
"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" - Humphrey Bogart ("Rick") to Claude Raines (Captain Renault) in CASABLANCA.
As I have indicated previously, I am totally shocked and "flabbergasted" at how Christians are able to disregard God's command in Revelation 18:4.
You must understand something here: This is NOT a suggestion; it's NOT a "clever" proposal that someone can take or reject at his convenience; it's NOT simply "good" advice; it's NOT just a recommendation; it is a COMMANDMENT; it is a holy DICTATE; it is a divine DECREE, and it must be treated as such. It MUST be obeyed!
Moreover there is NO hint here - NONE AT ALL - that should give any justification whatsoever to anyone to believe that the Lord will consider favorably any reason for disobedience. The Lord does not say, "Those of you who are able, Come Out;" or "Those of you who don't have the money to do so, you are excused," or "Those of you who don't have your sh-t together, you are pardoned;" or "Those of you who are too deeply in debt, you are permitted to remain behind;" or "Those of you whose spouses and loved ones refuse to follow you, you will be forgiven for not obeying;" or "Those of you who are sick, or who have relatives who are sick, or those of you who have been unable to secure a job where you are going - you too are excused;" ad nauseum, ad infinitum. The COMMANDMENT is simple - "Come out" and that's the end of it!
Where is there any room for argument, discussion, or debate here? Where is there any space to believe that God will excuse your DISOBEDIENCE? There is none! The COMMANDMENT to YOU is "COME OUT." Obedience is what's demanded, and nothing else. This is the KING speaking, not "good ol' Uncle Eddie" down the street hollering at you to get off his lawn.
The King MUST be obeyed! IF He is YOUR King, you MUST obey Him. The simple question in all of this is: Is Christ king over your life? If He is, you will OBEY Him; if not, you won't.
The proof of your discipleship insofar as the King is concerned is your OBEDIENCE to Him. Jesus said,
"... A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
"And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
"AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee HAVE ME EXCUSED. [In addition, Matt. 8:21 says, "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father."]
"And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee HAVE ME EXCUSED.
"And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I CANNOT COME.
"So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being ANGRY said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
"For I say unto you, That NONE OF THOSE MEN WHICH WERE BIDDEN SHALL TASTE OF MY SUPPER.
"And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
"IF ANY MAN COME TO ME, AND HATE NOT HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.
"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, CANNOT be my disciple." (Luke 14:16-21, 24-27)
Of course, many brethern contend that we are being altogether carnal in our interpretation of Revelation 18:4. For example, one brethern once wrote:
"The only separation that counts from the world is spiritual - not physical ... We are 'in' the world, but not 'of' the world."
How "carnal" of us! How "worldly!" How "temporal!" How "UNSPIRITUAL.": That there is no PHYSICALITY attached to Babylon. After all, as we have said on previous occasions, it's so much easier for Christians to think that the only thing they have to do to "come out of her" is to "come out" of the "apostate church." To suggest that to escape "Religious Babylon" necessitates escaping "Physical Babylon" (i.e., America) makes everything so much more difficult.
The Woman and the Beast
"Turning then to the seventeenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, we see the whole stage filled with two personalities only: a 'Beast' and a 'Woman' ... There can be no argument or discussion as to this speaking of both the CIVIL [political, economic, and military] and ECCLESIASTICAL [religious] conditions [of the country] ... the 'Beast' (which answers to the Civil Power) and the 'Woman' (which answers to the Religious Power) are thus INDISSOLUBLY co-related ..."
The "beast" and the "woman" INDISSOLUBLY co-related? - is that what Jennings is saying here? Yes! - that's precisely what he is saying! And plainly, if these two dimensions of Babylon are so intertwined, doesn't there have to be a physical aspect to the command "COME OUT OF HER?" Plainly so! - and if that's true, doesn't that suggest that to escape the one (i.e., the "apostate church") NECESSITATES escaping the other (i.e., the United States). Hence, the words of Scripture "Come out of her" must also mean - in addition to leaving the "apostate church" - emigrating out of the United States.
Again, I realize that it is so much easier to believe that the only thing that we have to do to "come out of her" is to "come out" of the "apostate church" - the church of John Hagee, Rod Parsley, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, C. Peter Wagner, et. al. But that won't accomplish much by itself! I say again, a break-out from the one (i.e., Spiritual Babylon" or the "Apostate Church") necessitates a break-out from the other (i.e., the United States). What other conclusion is possible?
Finally, in all of this please don't make the asinine and sophomoric mistake that some do who say that eventually all the world will become part of the American New World Order System; and, therefore, to leave the United States will - in the long run - accomplish little or nothing for you. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE! THAT'S A CONVENIENT BUT VERY WICKED CONTRIVANCE AND SUBTERFUGE.
Now it's true, all the world will eventually be absorbed by the American New World Order System, just as all of Europe was eventually conquered and absorbed by Nazi Germany; but there was still a great difference to be remarked upon insofar as Germany's conquered territories were concerned (i.e., France, Denmark, Poland, the Ukraine, Norway, Holland, Belgium, etc.) and Germany herself; and there was a GREAT DISTINCTION to be remarked upon insofar as the conduct of these different populations were concerned vis a vis the people of Germany.
Germany in dark red; all other countries were Germany's satellite states (including even Italy in the end) except those shown in green and bright yellow.
Germany's population actually PARTICIPATED in Germany's crimes; the population of Germany's "slave states" SUFFERED as a result of these crimes. There is a huge difference here; it is, to put it in the vernacular, the difference between the "screwer" and the "screwee;" the difference between the one who is being raped, and the one who is doing the raping; the difference between the perpetrator and the victim; the difference between MASTER and SLAVE - SO ALSO INSOFAR AS AMERICA IS CONCERNED vis a vis HER CLIENT-STATES, i.e., HER SLAVE-STATES.
Now there is a very somber reason we made reference to many fellow brethern naivety with regard to the BRUTALITY of the American New World Order System; and the reason is this: They are greatly under-estimating what the Tribulation is all about, and most particularly, insofar as it relates to the United States - AND THEY ARE INVOLVING OTHERS IN THEIR NAIVETY AS WELL.
We can begin to get some idea as to what Christians in the United States will face if they fail to obey Christ's command to "COME OUT OF HER" (Rev. 18:4) by studying what happened to Hitler's opponents in the first few months of the Third Reich; and we take as a point of reference what actually occurred in a small town in Lower Saxony during the months of January through July, 1933.†
"The Nazi's had to prove in the first months after the appointment of Hitler as chancellor that they were willing to use the power apparatus in a ruthless and effective way. If this could be done, if Nordheimers came to believe implicitly that they might expect no mercy from their new Nazi rulers, then later terrorism would not be needed. The initial investment of terror would multiply itself through rumor and social reinforcement until opposition would be looked upon as wholly futile.
"This is precisely what the Nazis of Nordheim did. Roughly by July 1933, any Nordheimer who had his wits about him knew that he no longer lived in personal freedom, that if he were even indiscreet the whole arsenal of the police state might be used against him. At the very least he might expect a raid and search of his house; at the worst the vaguely comprehended but deeply dreaded experience of the concentration camp ...
Some who don't know that much about how either the CIA or the FBI work might protest that Webb's murder couldn't possibly have been a "government job" because it was too messy, too untidy. But these kinds of "hits" are meant to be slipshod and somewhat cluttered (as it were). The elites are sending a message to those who would dare follow Webb and people like him down the dark, ill-lit corridor of the country's secrets to peek through that mysterious door at the end of the hallway. The message is, "Beware of what you see - the same thing that happened to Webb can happen to you." If the "suicide" story concerning Webb had been airtight, the message could not be sent; there has to be enough doubt for the message to get through to those who are intended to hear it. [Please see our article on Webb's expose of the CIA's involvement in pushing drugs on the poor in the United States, "Gary Webb: Drug Connection;" please also see our article, "Measuring the Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor through Drug Addiction."]
"The homes of potential or actual opponents were repeatedly ransacked and various people were arrested. This was done under the public eye, to increase its deterrent effect. In the first six months after Hitler became chancellor, the local press in Nordheim reported, on fourteen different occasions, that house searchings had taken place. It also listed twenty-two people (most by name) who had been arrested for political reasons.
"Not all arrests and house searchings were reported in the press, but enough were made known so that the public received a good impression of what was going on. Furthermore, the way in which police actions were reported was enough to give the townspeople an idea of the generally arbitrary nature of such actions.
"Thus it was reported on March 14 that Deppe [a leader of the socialist party in Nordheim] ... had been arrested 'for reasons which in consideration of the investigation must be kept secret'. The next day he was released with no further explanation. He was then arrested again on the afternoon of the first meeting of the City Council [of which he was still a member], and this time the reason given was that he was 'suspected of having spread reports of an antigovernmental nature ...
"Most persons arrested in the early months of the Nazi regime were taken to the county jail. Exactly what happened to them there was not clear to Nordheimers, but it was clear that it was something extraordinary. In mid-March the GGZ [a Nordheim newspaper] reported:
'As we hear, eight of the eighteen Communists who are presently in our county jail (all from Nordheim) have now applied for membership in the Nazi party. Is it possible that the good influence of our hardworking jailer who watches over them has succeeded in making itself felt? In any event, they seem to have broken fully and finally with the unholy Bolshevism'.
"Whatever went on in the county jail was probably considered preferable to other possibilities. Already in March the GGZ published a picture of the first concentration camp at Dachau with the text noting that there was room for five thousand political prisoners.
Right: Dachau concentration camp in the early years; Left: a visit to Dachau by Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. The rumors that swirled around the existence of this facility were enough to cause people to tremble - even at the mere mention of its name.
"By the end of that month the Nordheim county jail was full and three Communists had to be taken to the 'Moringen Workhouse'. What this meant was only rumored, but by mid-July it was reported that 'nine prisoners were taken this morning by the Nordheim police to Moringen where seven were delivered to the Concentration Camp and two to the workhouse'. Henceforth Nordheimers knew that there was a concentration camp within driving distance.
Hand-drawn picture of a Gestapo raid made by the neighbors of those who were being rounded up.
"Actually, the press reports were considerably behind the reality. The Moringen Concentration Camp, located at the other end of the county from Nordheim, was founded in early April 1933 to take the overflow of political prisoners from the city of Hanover and from other jails in the area. The immense number of persons taken into 'protective custody' (meaning they were being held without resort to habeas corpus) in March were more than the regular jails could hold. Though the Moringen Workhouse was a state institution, the adjacent and newly created camp was, from its beginning, staffed by the SS. Originally the camp was to hold only Communists, including eleven members from Nordheim county, but by the end of April (1933 - three months into the Hitler Dictatorship) it had over three hundred inmates of mixed composition. The prisoners were forced to do road repair, read Nazi newspapers, attend church, hear Nazi speakers, and march in Nazi propaganda parades ...
"Though the numbers and composition of the Moringen Concentration Camp continued to change thenceforth (for a while it was exclusively a women's prison - the Nazis did not hold back from arresting women) it became a permanent fixture of the Third Reich and grew until by 1944 there were over seven hundred inmates. Since prisoners from Nordheim County were frequently released, and since at least two dozen of the SS guards were from Nordheim County, some notion of what being condemned to a concentration camp signified must have gotten back to the people of Nordheim. Such information was undoubtedly imprecise, but for purposes of creating an atmosphere of terror, vague knowledge was probably the most effective.
They're coming for you!
"The press reports also made it clear that if the Nazis were after someone, they would get him on one account or another. Such was the only conclusion to be drawn from the case of a worker who was arrested and apparently promised his liberty if he revealed where guns and ammunition were hidden. He gave this information to the police and was then set free. But a short time later he was re-arrested and sentenced to prison for 'insulting a police officer'.
"The reasons given for arrests were very minor, which created the impression that anything worse would be all the more severely dealt with ... Thus it seems clear that the public in Nordheim had a good idea, by mid-summer 1933, that even to express oneself against the new system was to invite persecution. In fact, not only were Nordheimers aware of this situation, but by their very awareness they reinforced the actual terror apparatus. Each time someone in Nordheim cautioned his neighbor or friend, he was strengthening the general atmosphere of fear.
NOTE: And it's under these kinds of conditions that many close brethern of mine will believe that Christians are going to begin speaking out in the streets? - that somehow or other they will rise to the occasion - even though they have been unable to do so in the past under far less dangerous circumstances.
Both are "whistling in the dark here." This kind of STUPID notion reminds me of the sister who once wrote me that she just couldn't consider emigrating out of the United States; but that I should not despair for her because even though she wasn't doing anything now to speak out boldly against the American New World Order System, when the Tribulation begins, she will be out doing so.
Specifically, they wrote:
What a CROCK! - and I told them.
THOSE THAT THINK THEY WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION WILL BE HIDING WHEN THEY COME KNOCKING WITH BATONS.
"... Other people claimed to know of the existence of a 'list' (though they had never seen it) of people to be proscribed [i.e., hunted down] at some future date. 'It was a black list; there were eighty people on it'. 'It was made up of four groups, A, B, C and D. The A people were to be shot; the B people put in concentration camps; the C people ...' 'I never saw the list myself, but everyone knew it existed ...
"The Gestapo became extraordinarily efficient by reason of rumors and fears. It was unnecessary for the Nazis to suggest that someone who had no swastika flag buy one.
"Maria Habenichts, in her kind neighborliness, took care of that for them by cautioning the flagless person, and 'letting her in on what one had to do'. Given the atmosphere, of terror, even people who were friends felt they must betray each other to survive ...
"Ratting out" one's friends and neighbors became necessary for survival in the Third Reich because if the Gestapo found out that a person had known something and not reported it, he (she) would be arrested also.
"The Nazis created an atmosphere of terror and intimidation and let natural social forces do the rest ... Even leaders of the old SPD came to the point where they advised their followers to 'Join the [Nazi] Party. Think of your family. There's nothing to be gained by acts of heroism ...'"
By the end of 1934, German citizens everywhere had been reduced to quivering participants in the crimes of the Nazi state - AND ALL THIS HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT RESORT TO TODAY'S SURVELLIANCE TECHNOLOGY.
Now this really happened, and it should not be assumed that the German people were a nation of cowards. THEY WERE NOT!
Many Christians have bought into Tim LaHaye's LEFT BEHIND series of books, which in reality were nothing more than a restatement of the TURNER DIARIES - with a Christian twist.
NOTE: The Turner Diaries is a novel written in 1978 by William Luther Pierce (former leader of the white Nationalist organization National Alliance) under the pseudonym "Andrew Macdonald." The Turner Diaries depicts a violent revolution in the United States which leads to the overthrow of the United States federal government, nuclear war, and, ultimately, to the extermination of all Jews and non-whites, leaving an all-white world population of fifty million.
The novel was initially only available through mail order and at gun shows, and partially serialized in National Alliance publications. The novel is now available for sale through mainstream book sources (ISBN 1-56980-086-3), or freely available from white supremacist websites.
The novel has been associated with a number of real-life violent crimes. Most notably, some have suggested that a scene depicting preparation for the bombing of the FBI national headquarters served as the inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, who had promoted the book. After the bombing, Pierce was quoted as saying it was proof that "someone may have read the book."
Insofar as the story-line behind the Left Behind series is concerned, the action takes place after the Rapture. Millions of people suddenly vanish and frantic "survivors" of the disappearances begin their search for their friends and families, as well as answers to what has happened. Among them are pilot Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe Steele, and Bruce Barnes, who begin to discover that the Rapture has taken place. Meanwhile, a young journalist, Cameron "Buck" Williams, follows an unknown, but charming, Romanian politician named Nicolae Carpathia, who quickly attracts millions of followers.
Carpathia rises to become secretary-general of the United Nations, promising to restore peace and stability to all nations. What most of the world does not realize is that Carpathia is actually the Antichrist foretold by the Bible. Coming to grips with the truth and becoming born-again Christians, Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, their pastor Bruce Barnes, and young journalist Cameron "Buck" Williams begin their quest as the "Tribulation Force" to help save the lost and prepare for the coming Tribulation.
What evidently attracted many believers to LaHaye's series of sixteen books was not so much the pre-tribulational theory of the Rapture which undergirded the series, but rather all the excitement of raising up a band of "Christian irregulars" in the United States after the appearance of the Anti-Christ to battle the "forces of hell" during the Tribulation Period.
But again these Christians are greatly under-estimating the power of the Super-State that they will be opposing, at least here in the United States. As I have said previously, their naivety with regard to this matter is monumental. After all, one cannot preach the Gospel from solitary confinement in a prison cell, or quivering in one's living room.
in United States - if you're lucky; tiger
NOTE: American Christians would do well to remember the words of Christ when He said,
You say, What relevance does this have to me? I confess Christ before men!
Oh really? Maybe to your fellow Christians in the safety of your own living room, but certainly not in the work place - unless that is, you "confess" the FALSE CHRIST of America's New World Order System!
All this brings me to the matter of "serving time" for Christ in PRISON - which is surely where you will end up within the next few years if you speak out for Christ in the United States - at least the Christ of the New Testament!
Yes, it's true that those who are truly led by the Spirit will be able to stand in the face of all this (i.e., going to prison); but - sadly - I have found that most of those who make blasť statements to the effect that they are not frightened by the prospect of prison have usually NOT been walking in the spirit; and their claim that they are not frightened results from the fact that THEY DON'T REALLY BELIEVE THAT SUCH THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO THEM. And more to the point (and while they would never admit it), they are too comfortably ensconced in the midst of Babylon to seriously consider doing anything MEANINGFUL about their precarious situation.
It's IDIOTIC for such people to think that suddenly they will be possessed of the necessary courage to endure what they will be called upon to endure when - without warning - they are actually confronted with the prospect of prison.
Most likely, they will fold in the face of it (to their ETERNAL shame); after all, spiritual courage does not develop in a person over night." [And I know what I am talking about here: When I was in Saigon forty-one years ago as an American intelligence officer attached to the Combined Intelligence Center there (CICV), I had a number of occasions to visit the NIC (the National Interrogation Center), and I can tell you, you don't want to end up in a place like that!]
Yes, the Bible does say,
"... they (i.e., those who oppose the real message of Jesus Christ - so-called "Christians" or otherwise) will deliver you up to the councils ...
"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
"For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matt. 10:17-20)
Silly prisses like Joel Olsteen
Again, these are prisses who would never think to march in a parade like those of us at Antipas Ministries have done (for example, at the Republican National Convention) with a giant banner that reads "THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT AND THE BUSINESS RIGHT: AN ALLIANCE MADE IN HELL." [Please see our article, "The Religious Right and the Business Right: An Alliance Made in Hell."]
NOTE: These Christians have a truly IDIOTIC belief that somehow or other America's apostate church (i.e. the Laodicean Church) will rise up in the "end of days" - contrary to what the Bible plainly teaches:
And the reason the Lord gives:
Is that truly not a fair description of today's Christians in the United States? Where is there here any room to believe that the church in Laodicea - as a church - will suddenly change? The Lord does give encouragement to individual Christians in the Laodicean church, but it is as an OUTSIDER looking in:
But these promises are made not to the church in Laodicea itself - but to those few Christians who are left - AND IT IS TO THESE FEW CHRISTIANS THAT REVELATION 18:4 IS DIRECTED:
If history is any guide, then we can be assured that ALL those who might be pre-disposed to say anything against the Anti-Christ within the boundaries of the United States will be "rounded up" and in jail within the first few months of the Anti-Christ's seizure of power. That's what happened in Germany - as we have shown - under conditions far less advanced technologically than they are in the United States today.
Many, many years ago, in his preface to Panopticon, Jeremy Bentham imagined the "social benefits" of a ring-shaped "inspection-house" in which prisoners, students, orphans or paupers could be subjected to constant surveillance. In the center of the courtyard would be an inspection tower with windows facing the inner wall of the ring. Supervisors in the central tower could observe every movement of the inhabitants in the cells, who were illuminated by natural lighting; but Venetian blinds would ensure that the supervisors could not be seen by the inhabitants.
THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE BEING SURVEILLED WOULD DETER THE INHABITANTS FROM ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR.
And Foucault was right. SURVEILLANCE IS A POWERFUL INDUCEMENT TOWARD SOCIAL CONFORMITY FOR CITIZENS. Under the all-seeing, watchful eye of the government, people begin very much to care who they are seen with. Constant surveillance causes people to change the way they live. They are not so quick to associate themselves with people or groups that the government might find objectionable; or that their church or employer might feel are unacceptable. Jobs are at stake, ostracism is a very real possibility. People find themselves doing little, unconscious things to please their employers, demonstrate their loyalty to the state, and "brown-nose" their pastors and other church officers. They behave in self-conscious ways under surveillance, ostentatiously trying to demonstrate their integrity or bristling at the implication of disloyalty to the powers that be, or at the slightest accusation of moral failure on their part which might brand them as "unreliable."
And this reality is rapidly taking form before our very eyes. Since the events of September 11th, 2001, a TIDAL-WAVE of legislation and administrative fiats has turned the country into a Surveillance State.† Task forces of federal, military, state and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as private entities, are employing increased interaction, abundant funds, new laws, new technologies and new octopus-like data bases to spy on and harass activists of many stripes.
and Dana Scully
The FBI and police are noting license plate numbers of people attending meetings and demonstrations, photographing people, paying informers to infiltrate groups, breaking into offices to steal mailing and contributor lists, rifling through files and carrying out "harassment arrests." Individual members of these groups are receiving FBI visits at their homes and workplaces.
NOTE: Antipas has already endured a number of FBI "visit" - one quite "out in the open" and several that were surreptitious.
The Bureau is sending anonymous letters to the person's colleagues implying that he or she is actually an informer; they are also involved in sending assorted poison-pen letters to employers, landlords and spouses designed to produce optimal distress. All this is the kind of activity one would have expected to see in the Third Reich or in the old Soviet Union. How is it possible for Christians to associate themselves with such a state and call it the "New Israel of God?"
And believe me! - the government really does mean to catch you if you decide to speak out! That's exactly the reason the "The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators" was formed - a little known bureaucracy that is laying the groundwork for constructing the requisite "surveillance mechanisms" that would be necessary for the smooth functioning of such a state. The government has turned to this group to accomplish in secret (and "under the table") what it knows would be very difficult to accomplish out in the open: the creation of an Orwellian surveillance state.
Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University, reports that this obscure little group has been charged by the government with the responsibility for creating a de facto national identification card based on one's driver's license. In other words, our driver's licenses - while retaining much of their current "look" and their identification with state government - are being transformed into something much more than a state driver's license: a NATIONAL I.D. card - a kind of "human license plate" to "TRACK and RESTRICT the movements of ordinary citizens in the United States" (Turley's words). It is a card the government can quickly integrate into already existing governmental and business computer systems to become "the required form of identification" for activities ranging from driving to voting to banking, etc. Sadly, most people are hardly aware of what's happening.
Jonathan Turley is no right-wing nut; he is a professor of Law at George Washington University (D.C.) and a frequent guest on CNN and CNBC.
If a state's drivers' license does not meet the new standards, federal agencies (and the agencies of other states that participate in the new federal program) are being ordered not to accept it as valid identification for such purposes as boarding airplanes, trains and ships, making business and banking transactions, and many other common transactions of daily life.
Again, what this is doing is mandating in a very round about and circuitous manner a NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD by NATIONALIZING the drivers' licenses of the various states, standardizing them, and linking them together (directly or indirectly - it doesn't matter) to a national data base.
Do you use a cell phone? Is the actual phone you're using less than eight years old. If so, then the government knows EXACTLY where you are at any given time of the night or day - and often times whether your phone is on or off, and whether you are actually talking to someone or not! That's just one of the startling conclusions in Christian Parenti's new book, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America. Parenti writes,
"More than 111 million Americans now carry mobile phones, each of which creates an electronic account of the user's location in time and space. Cell phones communicate with networks of transmission points that monitor and note a phone's location ... These records, stored by phone companies, can be subpoenaed when needed ...
"AND NOW, IN THE AGE OF TERROR AND PERMANENT EMERGENCY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED WIRELESS CARRIERS TO CREATE SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING MOBILE PHONES IN REAL TIME. AS A RESULT, THE LATEST WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES CONTAIN BUILT-IN GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) CHIPS THAT TRANSMIT THE GADGET'S GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES TO TWENTY-FOUR PENTAGON-MAINTAINED SATELLITES - TRACKING USERS AS THEY MOVE ... Thus, a convenience, an Information Age accessory, becomes an electronic tag."
Now, stop and think about what all this means: the government always knows where you are; and it is anticipated that eventually you will have to show your driver's license whenever you use your credit card - or, more likely, chips will be inserted into your credit card (without your knowledge) linking them directly to your driver's license - whenever you make a banking transaction, whenever you make a purchase, stay in a motel, rent a car, board a plane, train or ship, get medical services, obtain government services, rent an apartment, etc.† And it doesn't matter whether or not you use cash; you will still be required to show your drivers' license. What all this plainly indicates is that the government is now able to track your every move! Nothing is hidden any longer from its eyes.
In addition, by installing "readers" at various locations on the nation's roads and highways, the government is able to track you as you travel in REAL TIME. This is to say nothing of the government's ability to track you using satellites. Of course, you can always throw your license away; but then you will not be able to purchase food, buy gas, get car repairs, etc. - in other words, you won't be able to travel. And no use trying to use somebody else's license - only the owner of the license will be able to use it; that's the reason for the digitized fingerprint, picture, and hologram. So much for crossing a border undetected.
In addition, by installing "readers" at various locations on the nation's roads and highways, the government is now able to track you as you travel in REAL TIME.
All this is to say nothing about the transformation of local Neighborhood Watch groups into community based "snitch" programs like the ones Hitler used or Mao set up in Communist China and Stalin set up in the old Soviet union. Bill Berkowitz of the Progressive says that the new thrust of Neighborhood Watch is part of the government's plan to set up a whole network of citizen informants.
Nadine Strossen of the ACLU writes:
"... a MASSIVE effort ... to turn regular Americans into ... government MONITORS who, pressed by constant urgings for vigilance and suspicion ... are being asked to report to the authorities anything they think is 'unusual or suspicious' ... The new warnings are enormously vague and broad, yet frightening and intense. Unlike 'wanted' posters and other traditional public appeals, they are based not on crimes that have already been committed, but on the prospect or suspicion that an individual might be planning something bad ... The government's constant exhortations to micro-vigilance ... will create an atmosphere of CONFORMISM and mistrust that encourages abuse and divides Americans from one another ..."
The new Neighborhood Watch Program has been patterned after the infamous Phoenix Program the U.S. ran in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Phoenix was run essentially by a cadre of "secret police" advised by the CIA and American military intelligence officers. Informants were recruited in every district, village, and hamlet in Vietnam.
On the basis of an accusation made by a single anonymous informant, a VC suspect or sympathizer could be arrested and detained indefinitely. They were held until they confessed (often under torture); and then they were sent to Stalinist internal security camps where they were "disappeared" permanently.
Heinrich Mueller, chief of Hitler's Gestapo, commenting on the efficacy of this kind of system, said that there is -
"... nothing quite as efficient as an internal spy system (i.e., citizens spying on other citizens) for isolating the individual by making it impossible for anybody to trust anybody else."
NOTE: And, one should take note of the fact that these Neighborhood Watch Programs - the kind instituted by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany which proved to be so efficient - are being supported by such cyber programs as PERFECT CITIZEN that have been designed to weed out "citizens" who in any way lend credence to the belief that they are "open" to being "subverted - EVEN THOUGH THE "CITIZEN" HAS YET BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY KIND OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. [Please see our article on the program, "Are You a Perfect Citizen."]
All this plainly precludes the possibility of forming what many refer to as a group of "Christian Irregulars" to openly challenge the American New World Order System in the United States - unless one is planning to challenge the system from an isolation cell in a Super-Max Prison. As in Germany, anyone openly challenging the system, or even doing so surreptitiously, will find himself in prison within a few short weeks after the Tribulation begins.
One of the most effective tools in controlling a population in a Police-State is the ability of the police to impede a citizen's ability to freely move about, and to subject him constantly to questions and background checks. One is forever being asked for one's personal papers and one's I.D.
NOTE: And it is here that one should take note of the fact that this is exactly the direction that Arizona's new immigration law is taking; this is exactly what Fox News is pushing under the cover of controlling "illegal immigration" - and sadly, Christians are joining in this crusade, oblivious to the fact that they are being tricked into approving the police's constant demand to "Show your papers." The STUPIDITY of Christians here is palpable.
Nazi roadblock in 1933; American roadblock today: "Please show your papers"
Of course, all this has been going on for sometime now in the neighborhoods of the poor - and I know what I'm speaking about here: I used to live in a very poor neighborhood in Sacramento, and I cannot begin to tell you how often I was stopped at "police roadblocks" to undergo a "warrants check" on the flimsiest of technicalities (defective tail light, mud on a license plate - anything will do including looking at the police cross-eyed), and now - even now - all this is being expanded to the middle-class. [Please see our article, "The Elites Want High Unemployment" and "The Lynne Stewart Story."]
If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't be afraid
TRAVEL BECOMES A PRIVILEGE RATHER THAN A RIGHT - A PRIVILEGE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOLLS OUT TO ITS SYCOPHANTS AND TOADIES, AND DENIES TO THOSE WHO AREN'T "TOEING THE PARTY-LINE."
Up until now the government has claimed that only suspected terrorists were being tracked. Now, however, the TSA (The Transportation Security Administration) has expanded the list of those being tracked greatly, but, again, it is not saying what criteria it is using. Indeed, the list of criteria appears to have been vastly expanded in recent years to include almost anyone deemed inimical to the American New World Order System.
The gradual expansion of the "no-fly-list" has had a very chilling effect on passengers since anyone pulled from a passenger line at a terminal will be deemed by others to be a common criminal, a terrorist, or a traitor to the country. Think how embarrassed people will be - YOU for instance! What will your friends be thinking?
Hand in hand with this program another program for "trusted travelers" has been instituted under which "good toadies" and "trusted sycophants" of the state can submit their personal data - possibly to include a fingerprint and retina scan - in advance to the TSA, which will issue them an identity card that automatically earns them "green status" when they check in. Chapman says,
"This creation of a preferred class of travelers will automatically throw greater suspicion on those who have not obtained the special ID (i.e., the "green pass"), adding to the pressure for people to participate. One would expect that soon the identity card would be used in other business sectors - perhaps to check into a hotel - as well."
Wow! - a "Green Card" - kind of like having a gold or platinum Visa card: something that says, "I'm better than the rest of you. I don't have to stand in line like the peons." One can only imagine the brown-nosing that will go on to get one of these cards! - and the concomitant embarrassment that will accrue to those who don't qualify for such a card!
As we indicated previously, no definite information is being released on the specific criteria established for assigning a "red" (a "no-fly" status) or "yellow" (a "pull-from-the-line" status) rating. But this much is known: In addition to being an extensive identity check, the stage one numerical rating incorporates an assessment of whether the traveler is "rooted in the community." Does this mean that someone without a long credit or shopping history will be considered a high risk, which means anyone who uses cash rather than credit or debit cards? Now stop and think about the implications of that for those of you who think you can outsmart the government by using only cash - USE CASH ONLY AND YOU RISK BEING ASSIGNED A "YELLOW" OR "RED" RATING FOR NOT BEING "ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY." Then go ahead and try traveling around the country and see how far you get.
NOTE: And I cannot begin to tell you of the number of people with whom I have come in contact who think they can "drop off the radar" by using only cash. Such people are being IDIOTS and they are proving by their action how truly ignorant and naÔve they really are.
Very obviously, this system has been specifically designed to "target" political opponents by placing them in the "red" or "yellow" category without having to make any accounting of that action. Someone who finds himself banned from travel has no recourse. In truly KAFKAESQUE fashion, he cannot find out how his name got on the "do-not-fly" list, nor how he would be able to get it removed. He may suspect the reason why he is on the "do-not-fly" list, but he cannot know for sure. The TSA claims it has an ombudsman to whom those who feel they have been erroneously subjected to restrictions can complain, but there is no indication as to what authority the ombudsman actually has.
"The program that is being instituted by the government ... is not the innocuous, though annoying, collection of information done by telemarketers and other so-called solicitors that is used to deluge our postal boxes and computer accounts with targeted junk mail.
"This is a compilation of private information, from various sources, that you may not want collected and distributed without your knowledge or consent ... Once this coloring scheme (i.e., green, yellow and red) is in place, why limit it to airline passengers? To maximize homeland security, the government could extend this system to railroad depots, bus stations and beyond."
†And Hentoff is right! - the government has not stopped at turning airports into "internal security checkpoints;" it is now in the process of establishing checkpoints for private cars passing through bridges, tunnels, and even along roads that one would little suspect. Once this system is fully implemented - and if you have a "red rating" - you might as well push your car over a cliff and start "hoofing" it.
So much for those Christians who think they can wait around until the last moment to flee. How are they going to get out of the United States, or even travel from city to city? Walk? - all the way to the Canadian or Mexican borders from Memphis, Sacramento, St. Louis, Columbus, etc.?
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What will Christians do under this kind of system - especially when so much "face" is involved?
What will Christian businessmen and women do when their business associates are passed through the security gates at an airport or through security check points for car, bus and rail traffic because their associates possess "green passes" and they don't, and are pulled over to the side as a result?† The pressure on Christians at this point to cave into the system, compromise their faith, and obtain a "green pass" will be overwhelming.
And, moreover, the pressure to break off any relationship with a brother or sister in the Lord who has the courage to stand up against the system will be enormous; after all, to continue in such a relationship with a person like that could not help but jeopardize one's "green status." And then what?
Again, most Christians think that they will have the courage to stand up to such a system. But I doubt it! Travel is just too important in our daily lives for most people to be deprived of it. And even if you do possess the courage to endure the affliction of a "yellow" or "red" status insofar as your ability to move about in the United States - a status that will essentially confine you to your house - how will you then be able to involve yourself in the things of the Lord by sitting alone in a chair at home, that is if you have not already been rounded up and shipped off to a Super-Max prison.
And be clear here: If there is anything in your background that would suggest that you are "unreliable," be sure that you will be discovered by the "data-mining" techniques the government has now arrayed against its citizens, and you will surely be arrested and shipped off to prison. And there will be no escape from these places unless you are prepared to unswervingly swear allegiance to the new National Security State, and by doing so, compromising yourself forever insofar as Christ is concerned.
This is not to say, however, that there will be no testimony in the United States; there will be; the Scriptures plainly indicate this:
"And I will give power to my TWO WITNESSES and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3-1/2 years], clothed in sackcloth.
"These are the TWO OLIVE TREES and the TWO LAMPSTANDS standing before the God of the earth.
"And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.
"These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire'.
"Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
†"And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
"Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three and a half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
"And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
"Now after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
"And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up here'. And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them." (Revelation 11:3-12) [We URGE you to see Part 4 of Chapter VIII, "The Two Witnesses."]
Golgotha, a place close to Jerusalem, but definitely OUTSIDE the city proper!
"And their dead bodies [the dead bodies of the Two Witnesses] will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually [which in this sense is better translated as "allegorically" (NEB)] is called SODOM and EGYPT, WHERE ALSO OUR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED.
"Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies ..." (Revelation 11:8-9a)
NOTE: That the Scripture is NOT referring to Jerusalem here is very, very apparent. Never once - in all of Scripture - is Jerusalem referred to as "great," let alone as "Sodom and Egypt." The King James and the New King James version of the Bible mistranslated the words in Revelation 21:10 as that "great city, New Jerusalem." But the Revised, Emphasized and the New American Standard Bible) correctly render the same phrase as that "holy city..." The word great does not appear in the older Greek manuscripts, in reference to Jerusalem, only the word Holy.
Thus, while Jerusalem is referred to as the "Chosen City" (II Chron. 6:6), the "City of Peace" [which is its meaning], the "Holy City" (Neh. 11:1, Rev. 21:10), the "Throne of the Lord" (Jer. 3:17), the "City of Truth" (Zech. 8:3), the "City of the Great King" (Matt. 5:35), and the "City of the Living God" (Heb. 12:22), it is never referred to as a "great city." Indeed, Psalm 122:3 says that Jerusalem is a small, compact city - a city limited in space and area. Jerusalem has never derived its prominence because it was one of the great cities of the earth - a Babylon, a Ninevah, a Rome, a Paris, a London, or a New York; rather, it is because Jerusalem is a "holy city" that its fame is known throughout the earth. Why then would God here [in Revelation 11:8] refer to "Holy Jerusalem" as "great?"
But you say, "the passage refers to the city where Jesus was crucified - and clearly He was crucified in Jerusalem!" But Jesus was NOT crucified in the city of Jerusalem at all. The Scripture is quite clear about this! All the Gospel accounts are extraordinarily careful to point out the fact that Jesus was crucified OUTSIDE the city walls at a place called Calvary or Golgotha, a place close to Jerusalem, but definitely OUTSIDE the city proper! [Please see Davis, Dictionary of the Bible, Baker, pg. 110.] This is substantiated by Hebrews 13:11-12:
So, I must tell you, "YES," there will be a TESTIMONY given AGAINST Babylon in the streets of that great city (i.e., the United States) given to those who remain in Babylon - and while we do not have the time to go into this matter now, suffice it to be said, it will be an EXTREMELY super-natural one, and one that will utterly conform itself to the TESTIMONY of the TWO WITNESSES that we described in Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers.
But those prisses and wimps who remain in Babylon after failing to obey God's command to COME OUT will have little or nothing to do with this testimony.
More next time.
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