Unmasking Antifa

At least 100 demonstrators marched through the streets of Portland, Oregon chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No KKK. No fascist U.S.A. No Trump.”

Many of these demonstrators wore the “logo” of Antifa, the far-left movement that has been making headlines across Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This demonstration was organized by Refuse Fascism PDX, a joint venture between the Revolutionary Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America. Its purpose, according to its organizers, was to call for the removal of “the Trump-Pence regime.”

This march was not marred by violence, but “masked” Antifa agitators caused nearly $100,000 worth of damage to the University of California–Berkeley campus last February during a protest against a “speech” by a Breitbart News editor.

During those protests, Antifa members started “fires, broke windows, painted graffiti on nearby businesses, destroyed automatic teller machines and assaulted bystanders.”

Six months later, Antifa “agitators” announced their presence on August 12 by “brawling” with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then, they again made headlines for assaulting demonstrators at a “No to Marxism in America” rally on August 27.

As violent protests and demonstrations rise up across the country, many are now asking, “What is Antifa?”

Antifa is actually not a “new” political force. It is a loosely connected network of groups named in “honor” of the military wing of the “Communist Party of Germany.” The movement was founded in the 1920s as part of the Soviet Union’s efforts to transform Germany into a “Communist” dictatorship.

The group’s name is an abbreviation for “anti-fascist,” and its strategy is to label all of its rival parties as “fascist.” During the 1920s and 1930s, Antifa worked to “convince” Germans that mainstream political parties like the “Social Democrats” were no better than the Nazis. This strategy successfully convinced hundreds of thousands of Germans to join the ranks of the “Communist Party.”

The Antifa movement experienced a “resurgence” in the 1980s, when far-left activists in Germany and the United States resurrected the strategy of labeling free-market advocates and constitutional conservatives as “fascists.” In the U.S., Antifa leaders specifically link the “free market to white supremacy.”

Mark Bray, an Antifa sympathizer and author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” wrote in the Washington Post that Antifa activists “reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy.” Instead, they advocate “mob” opposition to what they label as “fascism”, and resistance to free-market forces that they say support fascism. Popular Antifa chants include, “Cops and the Klan go hand in hand” and “No Trump. No wall. No U.S.A. at all.” That’s right: No U.S.A. at all.

By creating an environment where people lose “faith” in government institutions, Antifa hopes to “swell” its ranks, and the ranks of groups like Democratic Socialists of America. While it is difficult to pin down exact numbers on Antifa groups in the United States, an NPR/PBS poll from August shows that up to “5 percent” of the American public are sympathetic to Antifa’s cause. By polarizing the political scene into “fascist and anti-fascist” camps, Antifa is eroding the democratic center, like it did in 1920s Germany.

A dangerous trend toward “lawlessness” is taking root in America. Together with major media outlets and allied groups like “Black Lives Matter”, Antifa is promoting a narrative that America’s system of “constitutional checks and balances” is only a mask for “wealthy, white men” to dominate. They say this system must be torn down.

There is a dark spiritual force behind the unrest. “Republicans and Democrats are divided like never before.” Rather than trying to solve the nation’s problems, the “radical left” is stirring them up. Some people believe they are bringing “down” President Donald Trump, but are they instead bringing down America itself?

The Bible prophesies this about America’s near future: Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.” (Isaiah 1:7).

Why would God allow such “devastation?” Because Americans have “rebelled” against His law.

In Ezekiel 5, God reveals that there will be a time of violent “rioting” in the cities of America just before they “suffer” a foreign invasion. The dangerous level of “ideological” division in modern day America is leading to the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy.

The extent to which Antifa will specifically contribute to the “unfolding” of this nightmarish scenario remains to be seen. But its openly “subversive” aims and its revolution oriented “violence” are beginning to gather dangerous “momentum” in American society.

Expect it to grow far worse.

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