“I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer... Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
An ancient prophecy of Jesus to his church in
“It’s coming—sooner than you think! An end that you don’t expect, even if you were told about it. People have read about this end for years, but they still won’t expect it when it happens!”30
“Joanne, Joanne? Hi, it’s me, darling. It’s Lindsay, from church. What are you doing out here? You are talking so loud, I’m sure that you’re disturbing someone. Joanne? Can you hear me? Are you in some kind of trance?.... Joanne?”
“There’s no rapture for you—no ecstatic lifting up to the heavens. It matters not about deserving. It is a law, the laws of justice. You think that people who worship blindly and give no thought to justice or suffering will just be lifted up? Will the comforted be rewarded for basking in their comfort?”31
“You don’t have to be yelling at me, I’m right here. And I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about. I haven’t stolen from anyone. I haven’t hurt any poor folks. I have immigrants working in my home. They’re nice women. They don’t speak English, of course. But they work hard. Very good workers. We pay them what we can and they’re very grateful. They are so happy to get what money we give them. And this way we don’t have to work through an agency. Agencies are so expensive! It’s much better to hire someone from the street.”
“Never was a matter of sinning. We all screw up, seriously. Repent! Repentance is the key! We got to do right by God else God won’t do right by us! But no matter how much you repent, you still don’t get a rapture. No purple pie in the sky that delivers you from the suffering that you ain’t got yet.”32
“Dear, you are yelling so loud. It hurts my ears. I’m right here, really! If you want to talk theology, we can do it more politely than this. I go to a woman’s Bible study. Perhaps you’d like to join me. We’re doing a study on the book “The Goal Oriented Life”. It’s wonderful! So comforting, really. I’m sure you’d like it.”
“I saw it! I saw the future! I saw the Beast! The chaos Beast that looks like order! Only one order, that’s God’s. But the Beast comes and makes an order that is chaos! At his birth was the epitaph: ‘Chaos on earth and destruction to men of God’s will!’”33
“Oh dear, Joanne. Are you having those visions again? You’ve stopped your medication haven’t you? You have such awful dreams! You’re dreaming of beasts? Perhaps you’ve been watching the wrong movies. I saw one secular film that scared me like that—“Maze of the Faun” or something like that. That gave me nightmares, I’m sure! I swore that I wouldn’t watch another secular movie. Except Hallmark features. They’re wonderful. You should watch more of those. That would give you pleasant dreams.”
“It’s true, I saw it all! The Beast is the supporter of the church, the lover, the seducer! ‘Join me and you will be strong, you will never be weak, no, not ever! Join with the wealthy and you will never be poor. Join with the violent and you will never be weak. Join with the popular and you will never be hated.’ This evil I saw in a vision—but it happens! It happens everyday!”34
“What happens dear? What do you think you see? You should really come to church more often, darling. This last week we had a special speaker, the chief of police! She was so pleasant. Sometimes we get the image of the police as being so gruff, but she was nice! I sat with her at the potluck, and we chatted. Did you know that my son goes to school with her daughter? We teased him that he might like her, but he denied that he even knew her. It was so much fun! Joanne? Hello? Maybe we could go to a coffee shop and get off of this terrible street…”
“Your church is the apostate church! The Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Catholics, the Mormons—you are all the heretics, all the haters of the Truth! You have all joined to the Beast, the seducer of that which seems good.”35
“That isn’t polite at all, Joanne! What would Reverend Stein think of such gossip? He works so hard for us. And the church has done so much for us! Why, you know when I was having a tough time after Richard left me they gave me a job as secretary to get us through! I was able to meet so many people. The mayor, the local army recruiter, a number of important writers, and even a presidential candidate. Republican, of course. It is such a shame he lost, he would have been wonderful. I feel so much more secure with a Republican in office.”
“And so it must be! The Beast, the Empire, will draw in the church by becoming friends with it. It will pay salaries, it will offer protection, it will be the strength of the church—and then it will make demands. Demands a good Christian should never pay! The Empire will demand worship for itself—flags in every church with allegiance being given to the Beast. Every church who receives the Beast’s money must worship the Beast. The worship of God, and living for Jesus will be set aside for the salute of the Beast and obeying the Beast’s laws. All this will happen—until the Beast pulls out their last trick.”36
“That is enough, Joanne! You must stop this immediately! First of all, I believe that you are speaking some treasonous speech. Are you calling our country this horrible beast? That is terrible! I love our country, and so should you! If it weren’t for all they’ve done you’d have no freedom to speak your terrible speech. Or to worship in church. But most of all, Joanne—Joanne? Are you listening to me? Look, you are disturbing people—look at the children there! You are scaring them, Joanne! I think that you need to go home and take your medications. What you are saying is just horrible. Joanne! You aren’t listening to me at all, are you? Well, I need some help. I can’t drag you where you belong.”
“I saw that the Beast will demand that every citizen worship the Beast—raise their hands and pledge allegiance to the Beast, and sing their praises to the Beast—or else they are not citizens. And if not citizens, says the Beast, then no food, no buying or selling of anything. Everyone who is a worshiper of the Beast, the ‘true citizen’ will receive a tattoo—the Mark to show their true worship. It will seem so reasonable, so logical—but the real worshipers of God, the true citizens of God’s kingdom will refuse. They will refuse to offer worship to the Beast, refuse the tattoo, refuse citizenship of the Empire.”
“Hello, ma’am. I’m Officer Gordon. We received a call that you were disturbing the peace. I’m going to need your ID. Ma’am? Look, I don’t want to have any trouble here. I just need you to move along. Ma’am. I need you to leave this street. Hello? Hey, Tom, come here for a sec, will ya?”
“The Beast will then lash out and attack the true believers in Jesus. They will die by the thousands, the hundreds of thousands. Millions will bow down to worship the Beast, but millions will be killed for refusing to take the Beast’s mark. These martyrs will be the key to bringing in the final age of God. In their death, they will cry out to God for justice from the Empire. And God, being true to the faithful martyr, will hear their cries. He will step down and destroy the Empire—all man-based empires—from the face of the earth. He will visit upon the Beast plague after plague—such as
old—and the Empire will be destroyed eternally.
In this way, Satan himself will be defeated by the martyrs.”37 Egypt
“I think she’s in a trance, Gord. I don’t think she can hear us at all. I know, I know, it looks like she’s staring right at you, huh? But look at her eyes. No, I don’t think she’s on drugs. Just loony. I think she’ll break out of it eventually. I don’t think she’s dangerous, but you never know. I think we should put her in the drunk tank overnight and she’ll come out of it, I bet. Yeah, let’s call for back up, just in case. Doesn’t look like she’s going anywhere.”
“After the great martyrdom, the true church will be but a shadow of it’s current self—only a hundred and forty four thousand spared from compromise and the sword. These shall be given the True Mark—that of faithfulness. But those who pledge allegiance to the Beast will be marked with the dark mark of God’s judgment.”38
“There they are. I’ll go talk to them.”
“You are already there! You are already worshiping the Beast! Dare you to raise your hand across your heart to worship that which is less than God? Dare you sing worship to the Empire?”
“Hey, get her!”
“Grab her, don’t let her get away!”
“Stop—Stop! This is the police…”
“What you doing little lady… hey, ow! You piece of shit, take this! Do you like it?”
“The great mark, though, is choosing to do violence for the Beast… oh…”
“You think you could get away? When I say… stop… then.. you stop.”
“He who is destined for captivity, to captivity he will go…. uh… But you—you are destined to kill by the sword and by the sword you will die! …oh… You will die by your own hand—your own actions will condemn you!..... Let him who does evil do evil still—but you who do what is right, do not fail to…”39
“Stop it! Stop it Rick! What are you doing?”
“She was trying to get away. And she twisted my finger!”
“Tom, how is she?
“I’m not sure. I can’t get a heartbeat.”
“Look, I was just protecting myself.”
“Shut up, Rick. Let’s get some of these layers off.”
“Rick, call 911.”
“She’s not hurt. I barely kicked her.”
“Rick, shut up! I saw you kick her, hard maybe fifteen times.”
“It’s not my fault.”
“Just call the paramedics, would you?”
“She doesn’t need it!”
“Damn you… hello, we need medical attention at 35th and Roberts…”
“What is it, Tom.”
“I can’t find a heartbeat.”
“Just keep trying. Revive her, something.”
“She’s dead, Gord.”40
30. Habakkuk 1:5; Joel 1:1-2; Amos 5:18.
31. Amos 5:18-24; Luke 6:24.
32. Luke 13:2-5; Acts 14:22.
33. Revelation 13:1-8.
34. Revelation 3:17-19; Luke 6:24-26.
35. Revelation 13:11-17.
36. Revelation 13:10.
37. Revelation 6:9-11; 12:10-11;18:24. Revelation 8:1-9:21.
38. Revelation 7:3-10; 14:1-5; 14:9-11.
39. Revelation 13:10; 22:11.
40. In 2008, James Chasse, a man diagnosed with a mental illness, was urinating in public in Portland, OR. The police found him and he ran because he was fearful of all police. A group of officers chased him, tackled him to the ground and kicked him. He died on the way to the hospital. His autopsy found a number of bruises and cracked and broken ribs. The police officers received no discipline for their actions in this case.