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(1996, 2006, Revised and Updated)

SHILLUM is a document which should challenge anyone who carefully considers it. This document, though somewhat controversial, should be approached from reality since its contents are recognized in every aspect of life. It has been said, "Get real."

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ... If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life...."

Introduction

The sound of dripping water is heard. Other than that, silence. Crumpled buildings mark the landscape. Now one can hear a moan. Far off can be heard a siren wailing its sad song. Is this the Balkans? Oklahoma? Iraq? Afghanistan? Yes, but more than that, it is the whole world — one vast asylum of pain. One is either ill, or in debt, or hopeless, but few see the truth of the matter, or the way to their freedom. They hope in the future, but the fulfillment of that hope never comes. This document is not designed to awaken anyone to the knowledge that the world is violent and disintegrating. That is not news. One would have to be blind not to know that. The intent of this document is to explain the causes and show where these causes have led. One need not consider what he can do to change the things that are taking place. No change is possible, no solution is offered. It is too late for that, for the solution is unthinkable to modern man. Why is it that it is too late to change our world? There is an answer to this question. Mankind has too long resisted the Spirit which makes for unity and peace. Mankind has grieved away the only solution to its many difficulties. Mankind has lost the true fear of God. One may not be able to change things, but he can be made to understand why his world will not change. It does matter what we personally believe, and our choices do give us assured results.

It is true that some politicians in office like to parrot glowing reports of new jobs and wonderful opportunities in the "greatest country in the world," but there is a certain knowledge in the country as a whole that things are not right. Something ominous is about to transpire. Something ominous has already transpired. When children who have been raised to adulthood by loving parents are handed back to them in caskets, the parents of those children must begin to wonder what is going on. When wars are launched and there is no apparent danger, one begins to think, "Who is behind these things? Who has made this wonderful and grand decree that my kids should die, and for what? Why should my little girl join the military only to end up being raped on the way to the latrine, and nothing is done about it, except that she is ridiculed for making it matter."

For those who have prepared themselves for this time, there is nothing to fear. The author will share what that preparation was. If you have that preparation, you need not concern yourself with the outcome. If you have not prepared yourself, and no desire for preparation is present, then no preparation is possible, for men are following the natural inclination of their own hearts. Men have taken positions, and those positions cannot be changed, because of their intransigence and their unwillingness to turn around.

The author will write frankly and speak specifically in many instances. He invites the reader to set aside offense and simply consider whether or not these things are true. One may look around himself, and see the very things that will be mentioned here. The issue here, however, is that this very point determines that that man's fate is sealed, and it has been sealed by himself. If the propositions in this book are true, then take courage or gather blackness, whichever applies, for the day of retribution has arrived. All men will now reap what they have sown, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim. It matters not which system of man is his rock, or his sand, it all will come out the same. If a man lives in a cage at all, he is doomed to be sent to the slaughter by his handlers.

Finally, if one lives in the land of stories and make-believe, then this document may seem like fiction, for his own life is fiction, but if one is willing to tell the truth and tell it at all times, the document here written will serve that person well. These days, fantasy and make-believe are the cornerstones of our society. Just one moment's truth-telling sweeps away the refuge of lies.

Men must now reap the results of their democracy. That is — the spiritless, lifeless, corrupt majority make their will felt throughout the world and enforce this will by their laws or by their weapons of coercion. God's people have often been the few who have been forced to speak against the prevailing iniquity, but now they will simply speak the judgments that are now with us. They will march around the "city of Jericho," blow the trumpet directly at evil, and watch the walls come tumbling down.

Our Personal Statement

CHAPTER ONE

In our country today there is often heard the wonderful words of hope for the future as the "greatest nation on earth" prepares for the new century. Men have been followers of make-believe for so many generations now that few men can truly see anything in its reality anymore. We believe it is time for the light to be turned on. That light will uncover all that is covered. The prophecy of Jesus is fulfilled. "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known." (Matthew 10:26, RSV). This time spoken of by Jesus is now. The "long war" and other deceptions will be exposed.

When men are not free to live according to their conscience but must be forced to follow state dictates which may be against that conscience, one can know that the end of everything is at the door. After centuries of experience, mankind still fails to see the signs of its own demise.

When Jesus was born and when he was killed, few recognized who he was, yet, now, in these modern years, so many think they know who he was. Could that be so, or is it that equally few recognize him today? This may be considered by some souls as unimportant, but it is highly relevant. The failing of Jesus' generation to recognize him only guaranteed the destruction of that generation not many years after his appearing.

History repeats itself and all men are tested now as they were two thousand years ago, but few are aware of that test when it comes. Christ reveals Himself to the generations in different ways — ways appropriate to their time. Christ comes as a thief. That is — few would be aware of Him when He came. They would not realize His coming because they would be asleep to spiritual realities. They would be dead to the truth.

What was it that happened with believers two thousand years ago when the Christian church began? They, too, were not recognized as the children of God and they, too, experienced dispossession as Jesus did. Because of this, they shared everything in common. They gave up houses and lands and finally left Jerusalem just before it was destroyed by the Romans. This was not a curse for them, that they should give up everything; it was truly a blessing, for it freed them from the false ideas that rule the hearts and minds of worldlings and it saved their lives as well. They began to see in a clear light what is truly the worldly motivation. They ascended above the world.

God's children have recently experienced dispossession again. It is happening in many places, but, specifically, I write now of the circumstances that surrounded our own congregation in 1996. This was not a sad day for us, since dispossession from the earth is that for which Christians pray. We know that it is part of the second coming of Christ, for dispossession occurs when He appears. Dispossession causes Christians to see what truly motivates the world, by that, making themselves free from the world and ascending above it. It is a sad day for the world though. When God's people, or anyone else for that matter, are by law not allowed to follow their conscience without losing their homes or their living, it means the end of civilization as we know it is at hand. For the Christians it is the time for their ascension and for the world it is the time for its destruction.

Concerning our own congregation this was revealed in the following way. In the past, our church recognized that our property taxes were helping to support young children in learning things that would be to their detriment for life. We could see that the public schools were not educating the children for their good but, instead, creating a system of child abuse. Because of this, our church sought a property tax exemption on the land owned by the church to free the church from having to support those things that are openly against God's government. This was denied us, though exemption is justified according to the law.

Specifically, the principles Christians cannot conscientiously support are:

  1. Competition. Competition is not according to God's government. The competition of grades or sports, prizes and awards are against the truth as it is in Jesus. We would not subject our own children to these abusive practices and it is against the truth to pay to have the children of others subjected to them. What people do with their children may be considered their business, but when we are forced to pay for that abuse it becomes our business. Competition sets up the idea that others are to be beaten. It fosters the notion that others are one's enemies and one must gain the upper hand and win. In competition it is viewed that some are better than others especially if one can beat someone else. This is all desirable from the worldly perspective; the world sees nothing wrong with it and this is one reason the world is in the condition that it is in. In our church the children are taught that all humankind is blessed of God and none are better. If there is one who has fewer abilities, he is to be helped and not beaten.
  2. Unbelief. The children are educated so that doubt in God's Word is fostered. This is even true for religious schools. Instead of creation as taught in the Scriptures, evolution is taught as truth, by that, making the Word of God a lie to the young listeners. God's Word specifically states that God created the world in six days (six evenings and mornings). This does not infer thousands or millions of years. Children learn in public school to disregard what God said and accept the suppositions of men. The modern clergy also have rejected the plain word in favor of fables. These evolutionary suppositions take faith to believe. Evolution from lower to higher species has never been proven. It is only an idea and a belief that the natural man has imagined. It is only a worldly theory that one takes by faith, because he cares not to place his faith in God alone. It is a theory that also changes periodically. So it stands that the faith of the world may be taught as truth in public schools but not the faith that the Scriptures teach. That is promoting the religion of man over the religion of God. This is discrimination of the highest sort. God created the world, yet humankind discriminates against Him. Such arrogance will soon receive its just payment. We cannot in good conscience pay to educate children that God's Word is not true and cannot be trusted or we become responsible for their unbelief.
  3. Immorality. Children are subjected to "sex education" that compromises our best instincts of how girls and boys should relate to life. Their familiar association also brings them into temptation that should be avoided. Much of the country's woes regarding unwed mothers and welfare can be traced directly to this. It can often be heard that the youth should practice "safe sex." Where in the Scriptures is safe sex mentioned? Sex will be safe if in marriage and only with one's mate. Children learn that sexual activity outside of marriage is alright if it is "safe." The children are also taught in school about alternative lifestyles. They are taught that sexual perversion is good and right. Well, it is not good and right; it is wicked and wrong. God presented man with the lifestyle that He intended, and there is no alternative to that without bringing in confusion and pain.
  4. Atheism. Public schools are Godless by federal law. You may pass out condoms but not Bibles. You may speak about spiritualism and celebrate satanic holidays such as Halloween, but not the truth as is found in God's Word. We are not saying that public schools should be a place to teach the Bible, but they should not exclude the truths that are in the Bible so that the lies of wickedness can be taught, instead. Public schools may allow individuals to go into a room and pray if they like, but the system of itself is against the true things of God. There is always a subtle tension against the things of the Spirit.
  5. Degeneration. Finally, largely attributable to the aforementioned principles, the general low moral state of the public schools creates the atmosphere for child abuse between children, sexual harassment between students, disrespect for authority, violence and a general declension of those attributes that make for a strong and enlightened society.

Jesus was taught at home. In our church we homeschool our children because it is high on our list to keep our children from child abuse. Child abuse takes many more forms than sexual and we must exercise our God-given responsibility to educate our children to God's glory. We teach our children to be normal, as God is, and not insane as the world has become.

In the public school system great efforts are made to protect children from physical harm. They provide flashing lights on buses with crossing guards and stop signs, but almost nothing is done to protect their souls, the true worth of the child.

God holds those who pay for these abuses responsible for the results of them. This country today is filled with crime, vice, hatred, violence and fear. We know some of the causes of this condition. This general condition cannot be blamed on bad TV programs alone. One's basic educational foundation is primarily responsible. Society today seems hardly aware that it is itself responsible for these things because society chooses to ignore them rather than end them.

As a church, this is a large issue to us. By supporting the education of children contrary to our faith and in support of the faith of those contrary to ourselves, we, in principle, pay for the destruction of our own faith in God. This is unconscionable from our standpoint. Can one imagine that any church in the community would actively evangelize against its own existence by paying for the activities of those who evangelize against them? This may be happening with some professing Christ, but this cannot happen with those who truly have Christ. With us this has not been a preference but a conviction for which we will sacrifice our houses, lands and lives.

Believers in the Soviet Union experienced dispossession when they stood for their convictions. Although the Soviet constitution said that there was freedom of religion, it did not reflect reality. Freedom of religion is often interpreted to mean one has freedom of religion as long as one's beliefs do not go against any personal whims of the ones who govern. In the Soviet Union, Christian land was confiscated and the members scattered unless their activities were approved by the state and in harmony with the state goals, ideals and attitudes. In America we have had a higher profession than that. As it turns out, it has only been a profession. When a nation must force its citizens to support its practices or else lose their homes or livelihood, it no longer can be considered a free country, but, instead, a dictatorship. In this country the government has become a dictatorship of law but now it is also assuming the position of being a dictatorship of man. The dictatorship of law has gone unrecognized for what it is. If it were a pure dictatorship of law, it may not be so tragic, but it is not pure. The laws are interpreted to say whatever the enforcers of those laws decide. This is true because truth or principle is no longer the governing factor of our nation. The governing factor is money, the economy, and the national interests. Truth and justice are no more appreciated in this country now than in any other fallen civilization. Gandhi wrote: "When a man submits to another through fear, he does not follow his nature but yields to brute force. He who has no desire to dominate others by brute force will not himself submit to such force either. Recognizing, therefore, that man who fears brute force has not attained self-knowledge at all."

You may remember the story that is in the Bible about Moses and the children of Israel. Moses asked Pharaoh if they might be free from those things that enslaved them. They wanted to go out a little way and worship God according to their conscience. Pharaoh was not happy with that request and that the children of Israel would express some independence from his government, so he refused to let them go. He used brute force to keep them enslaved. Pharaoh did not realize the effect that his refusal would have upon himself. Pharaoh's greed and desire for power would cost him everything he had.

It was the prerogative of the county officials to deny us our request as they have done. God had given them authority in this matter. They are His civil ministers as was Pharaoh. But when force and the threat of loss is used to entice us to give up our convictions, the cost to the county and the state will be far more than the few hundred tax dollars that might have been collected. If our convictions had been respected, the benefits would have far outweighed the few hundred dollars in taxes. God simply rewards every man and government according to their ways. We are watching some of those rewards appear in the horizon now. The nation is sick, and it is getting sicker.

This is not a tax issue with us. We believe that citizens should pay their fair share of the public burden, but when citizens are forced against their conscience to support with their labors the corruption of young minds which someday must rule the nation, we must protest. If we do not protest, we make ourselves responsible for those destructive effects which exist in our country today and for the destruction of the world in general.

If we had failed to pay our taxes, our land would have been confiscated from us. If we had failed to vacate, police would have come to encourage us to leave. If we still refused, the threat of weapons would have been employed or we would have been forcibly removed so our land could be sold for taxes to someone who would have paid them. You see, in America there is no actual freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. People do not actually own their own property. The bank or the state actually owns the property. Property ownership is only an illusion foisted upon the people so that they will support corrupt men in their merchandising of souls. Modern slave traders have only changed form, but not profession.

We chose, instead, to vacate our land and find a home where God could more readily bless. This was with the knowledge that the expected benefits would not be realized by those who govern.

After the sons of God experienced dispossession from Jerusalem, it was not many years until the city was destroyed and there was not one stone left upon the other.

Cause and effect has a way of working itself out. Some call it Karma. Others say, "What goes around comes around." Jesus said, "As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." It is also written: "Whatsoever a man sow, THAT shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7.

The Tax Code clearly states what property is exempt from property taxes. It reads: "The following property is exempt from taxation: Property belonging to any religious corporation or society of this state, used exclusively for and in connection with public worship, and any parsonage belonging to such corporation or society and occupied as such, and any recreational hall belonging to and used in connection with the activities of such corporation or society; and this exemption shall extend to property owned by any religious corporation or society which is used for any combination of religious worship, educational purposes and recreational activities, not designed for profit. ...And real property utilized by religious organizations for summer encampments should be exempt from ad valorem taxes, since all activities conducted thereon, although in some aspects charitable, and in some aspects educational, are nevertheless directly related to the religious purposes for which such groups are organized." From Revenue and Taxation 63-105B. Yet, again, our nation is led by the "lawless one."

You see, the tax code authorizes churches to be free from taxation on church land it is using for "purposes for which such groups are organized." This was denied us. When the judgment was made to deny us, the county commissioner stated to me that he was instructed to construe all laws in favor of the state. That is to say, twist the meaning of everything, so that the state ultimately gets what it wants. I asked the tax assessor in our present location if he did these things, and he told me personally that he did.

The motivation behind these laws is separation of church and state. The county may justify its human rights violations for one reason or another, but God sees these violations. The state is to have no authority over the conscience. The state is not to regulate the affairs of the church of God. We make this case because we believe most people do not know the consequences of coercing the conscience. God cannot bless a society governed by the principles of force.

This nation has enslaved the blacks, decimated the native Americans, subjugated the world through the so-called United Nations, and its wars of conquest, invaded Afghanistan, Iraq and even now preparing to come against Iran. It also grinds down its own citizens, most especially when they protest the gross evil of the present regime. It does this grinding down by reinterpreting the meaning of its constitution and its laws for its own purposes. Men cannot buy or sell except they are marked with the characteristics of this nation. They must have "the mark of the beast." Citizens will be dispossessed or even killed for their desires to be free of unrighteous controls. The Word of God speaks truly of our nation. "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women [true respect for women, making them as men], nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." Dan. 11:37.

There is only one power that has authority regarding the conscience of man and that is God's power. When men seek to control the conscience of another, they lay claim to the prerogatives of God.

The Scriptures speak again of this land. "I beheld another beast [the United States] coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. ...And he causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand [the labor] or the forehead [thinking], so that no one can buy or sell [keep his home] unless he has the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of his name." Rev. 13:16, 17.

This poem was found on the Internet. It seems to speak well to the issue. It is called:

A VISITOR FROM THE PAST

"I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A man walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed.
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave.
To the land of the free and the home of the brave.

"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more than a slave.
In the land of the free and home of the brave.

"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money's spent.

"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please those who assess.

"You've given your control, to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep our country deep in debt and put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors, so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars.

"As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came.
His words were true, we are not free, we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants, trample each God-Given Right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand the sight."

Adapted from a poem by Thelen Paulk (reprinted by permission)

Bravery and nobility are traits that only exist when a nation is sensitive to morality and the conscience of its citizens. When a nation is no longer sensitive to the conscience of its citizens, but, instead, dispossesses them or even attacks them with weapons of war, one can know that nation's heart of bravery and nobility has turned to a heart of despotism. It may profess to be a lamb and a peace lover but, in reality, it speaks as a dragon. It may paint its weapons of war white and call its armies "peace keepers" but it is still a dragon. It has been revealed the nature of the world's "peace keepers" and "aid workers." When food aid is taken to far off lands, but to receive the food young girls must yield up their bodies for sex, the true nature of our public aid is exposed.

It may very well be that the heart of a dragon is what this nation wants, but it also should be understood, that heart will always lead a nation to its end. One cannot oppress without being oppressed. Eventually, the nation turns against itself and national ruin is the result.

God's ways are the only ways that truly work and lead to the well-being of all. If a nation turns from that, there will be no well-being for anyone who lives on the earth.

This small book is not intended to change things. Humankind has no intention of giving up its insensitivity to the truth. The purpose of this writing is to bring judgment that this nation is not at all what it professes itself to be, "the land of the free and the home of the brave." It is the home of citizens who are fearful to stand for what is right and just if it is not financially expedient or if someone may think ill of them for believing what they do. It was the same in Jesus' day. When freedom for any man is gone, freedom for every man is gone.

So, "The hour of His judgment is come" as Jesus said. "Your house is left unto you desolate". The nation has revealed her hypocrisy. As for God's true sons, they shall ascend by obeying the command: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 18:4.