“(14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
(15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
(16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
(18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
(19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
(20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
(21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
(22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
“(3) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
(4) These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”
TWO WITNESSES OVER TWO CANDLESTICKS- TWO CHURCH ERAS
“And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,”
“You and I are committed, as Co-Workers together with the living Christ, to the greatest and most important activity on earth today!
“This Work of God was originally started by ONE man — Jesus Christ. But on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 31, the same Holy Spirit that had carried on God’s Work through his individual body entered into and empowered his apostles, and the entire COLLECTIVE BODY, which on and from that day constituted God’s Church. The Church of God, of which Jesus Christ was, and is, the living HEAD, was commissioned to carry on the Work of God in an organized manner — starting out with the TWELVE apostles.
“What is the Work of God? First of all, it is the great commission — to proclaim the MESSAGE Christ brought for mankind from heaven and taught his disciples. Secondly, to minister to, and feed with the spiritual food of God’s Word, those whom GOD converts and adds to his Church.
“But, after proclaiming that gospel MESSAGE to the world of that day — after the Church had grown and multiplied in number and power, the headquarters Church at Jerusalem fled in the face of advancing Roman armies shortly before A.D. 70, became scattered, and under persecution — and because of discouragement because Christ had not yet returned in power and glory — the Church WENT TO SLEEP ON THE JOB of proclaiming Christ’s true gospel message!
“Satan then filled the world with his COUNTERFEIT “gospel.” The world accepted it as the genuine. You’ll read, in the parable of the l0 virgins, Matthew 25, how, while Christ tarried in heaven and did not return to earth as soon as they expected, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT on the job of carrying on God’s Work.
“But now the “midnight hour” spoken of in this parable has struck. Christ’s return is drawing near. He has raised up YOU, and all our Co-Worker family, to give to the world the cry, “The Bridegroom is COMING.” The KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand. The WORLD TOMORROW is about to dawn!”
Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Co-worker and Brethren Letter October 25, 1985
“And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,”
AFTER the period of time where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT.
“(2) And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
(3) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
(4) So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
(5) Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
THIS IS SPEAKING OF ONE CANDLESTICK. Or Church Era, that will appear at the end of the period where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT, or the Philadelphia Era!
Now of this one Candlestick, or Philadelphia Era, there are TWO INDIVIDUALS standing beside the Candlestick, feeding the Candlestick the golden oil, fueling the lamps.
“(11) Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
(12) And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
(13) And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
(14) Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
TWO ANOINTED ONES, who FEED ONE CANDLESTICK, or the PHILADELPHIA ERA of the Church of God.
When Zechariah the prophet of God asked the angel of God what this vision meant, this vision of one candlestick with the Two Anointed Ones feeding it, the angel replied: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”(Zechariah 4:6-10)
So the Two Anointed Ones are in the office of ZERUBABBEL. They are building up the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF CHRIST, the Church of God, that candlestick you see being fed by these two men of God.
What Church is the Philadelphia Era?
“UP TO THIS point I have covered events preparatory to the actual beginning of this “Philadelphia era” of God’s Church, The WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.”- Herbert W. Armstrong, Article: The History of the Beginning and Growth of the Worldwide Church of God, Published in The Good News Magazine September 1980
The Worldwide Church of God, God’s Church today, THIS PHILADELPHIA ERA is the CANDLESTICK spoken about in Zechariah 4.
Now let’s study a little more on these “TWO ANOINTED ONES”. They are pictured FEEDING THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.
“(4) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
(5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
(6) I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
(7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
(8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
“(17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
(18) As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
(19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
(20) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
(21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
God the Father gave to His Son Jesus Christ, His Word. Jesus Christ passed the Father’s Word unto His apostles, and sent them out into the world to preach that Word. The apostles faithfully preached that Word, and the Church was raised up by and through the Holy Spirit of God.
It was the apostles who “fed the Church, the golden oil, representing the Holy Spirit.”
Pictured in Zechariah can only be speaking of TWO APOSTLES of the Worldwide Church of God.
Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was used by Christ to RAISE UP the Philadelphia ERA of God’s Church, or the Worldwide Church of God, the spiritual TEMPLE Jesus Christ will return to and MARRY!
He fulfilled the role of the FIRST ANOINTED ONE.
The role of the Second Anointed One will be fulfilled by another APOSTLE. Now who can this apostle be? He is none other than the FIRST WITNESS of Revelation 11.
The Two Witnesses are over two candlesticks. Philadelphia and Laodicea are the last Church eras mentioned in the book of Revelation. So, the first witness must be over Philadelphia, and therefore is this SECOND ANOINTED ONE of Zechariah 4.
Now, the Philadelphia Church is promised PROTECTION, and is taken to a place of Safety, to be protected during the Great Tribulation.(Revelation 3:10; Revelation 12:14) There they are fed and nourished.
Who is feeding this Church, during the great tribulation? Christ is feeding them through the MAIN WITNESS! Pictured in Zechariah 4!
Now back to the message unto the Laodiceans in Revelation 3.
Christ is knocking on the individual’s door, calling upon them to open the door and eat with Him.
This cry unto them comes from OUTSIDE.
Since the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, we have seen various of different Churches rise up, calling themselves the Church of God. This happened in the first century. The Catholic Church rose to the top of numerous splinter groups, and became the dominant Church joined with Rome, persecuting the small, scattered yet true, true Church of God.
The Catholic Church first called themselves “the Catholic, or Universal Church of God”. They wanted to be established above the true Church of God, who had been preaching the gospel worldwide at that time. So they called themselves “universal”, wanting to set themselves up over all others.
This indicates that perhaps the true Church regarded themselves in the first century as the “Worldwide Church of God”. Is it also interesting, that while Christ raised up Herbert W. Armstrong to restore all things(Matt 17:11) as the end time Elijah, that the name of the Church was ALSO RESTORED!
Now, in Malachi 3:15, it reads: “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.”
Now every one of these COG Groups do not teach wholly the teachings restored and taught through Herbert W. Armstrong.
They pick and choose what they want to believe. Throw some teachings away, water down others, or begin teaching a new doctrine to replace the older established doctrines of Christ.
These “churches” calling themselves the Church of God, are those who were “set up” to do a work of wickedness. Much like how Simon Magus “set up” his counterfeit church against the true Church in the first century. GTA mirrored him in the 20th century, after being disfellowshipped from the Worldwide Church of God, in going out to form a “corporation”, joining with Caesar and calling his corporation a Church of God. He created his counterfeit Church.
So under these counterfeit Churches, not the true Church, the membership are NOT being fed spiritually by Christ! Since these are “counterfeit churches”, they have “Some truth”. Just as a branch that is broken off from the tree retains “some nutrients” from the mother tree. Since it is broken off, it no longer receives further nutrients from the Mother tree, it withers and dies.
The Laodicean brethren feel they must show “love” to those who were aborted from the Church. They are lured into , and they attend with these false groups.
Jesus Christ is calling unto them to REPENT, and come out of Babylon’s churches, to become PHILADELPHIAN!
This is the Philadelphian Era of the Church.
This message is specifically to the “angel of the church of the laodiceans”, the leader over the laodicean CANDLESTICK, or the second witness. Compare with Joshua the High Priest of Zechariah and Haggai. They have a church of their own now. In the OUTER COURT. They are doing their own works, producing fruits today. Because they call themselves the Church of God, yet deny Christ’s leadership over them(Through the apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) which causes them NOT TO BE FED SPIRITUALLY, they are “Spewed out” into Great Tribulation. They aren’t completely Philadelphian(Hot) nor are they completely like this world(cold).
Because of this Laodicean condition, they are SPEWED OUT, and not protected during the Great Tribulation.
Their ERA, begins and rises through and out of the Great Tribulation. Those who REPENT, begin to obey God, produce proper works, and fruits, and therefore their era is an era of God’s true Church! The second witness will lead their repentance, and they will begin working the Work of God.
The Philadelphia Era will be protected, at this time, in a place of safety, under the MAIN WITNESS.
Those today, who have the laodicean condition, are congregating in false churches, trying to perform A WORK. A different work. But not performing their part in the work of God, as Philadelphians.
Have you ever wondered WHY, these false churches are teaching that it is the “Laodicean Era”? They believe that the Philadelphia Era died with Mr. Armstrong, and that since they are in a new era, they have to find NEW LEADERSHIP! That is why these false churches teach this. To satisfy “Itching ears who want to heap upon themselves teachers”. Therefore they join these false churches who have been “set up”(Malachi 3:15) to deceive them!
But God’s Word says we are STILL IN THE PHILADELPHIA ERA. And the one true Church, that same candlestick fed by Mr. Armstrong, is STILL the Worldwide Church of God! We are still commissioned to BACK And SUPPORT Christ’s apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong!
Garner Ted Armstrong started the teaching his new false church of being in the Laodicean Era. That should help you figure out where this new false doctrine came from. It came from Satan the Devil, not from Jesus Christ.
And Jesus Christ is calling upon our brethren in Revelation 3, who are falling into the laodicean condition, to REPENT and be grafted back with the Philadelphians, and allow Christ to feed them through His Two Anointed Ones! The Main Witness begins his commission at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The Second Witness, will join him giving testimony.
Therefore they two witness are pictured as the Two Candlesticks in Revelation 11.
Today, God’s people who are being drawn into these false churches, calling themselves the “church of God”(Rev. 3:9), are being called upon to REPENT, and COME OUT OF HER, or be spewed into Great Tribulation by Christ Himself.
The only true Church is the same Church that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was a member of and an apostle of. The Worldwide Church of God. That is the only candlestick ordained by God. IT is a SPIRITUAL organism, unincorporated.
Under Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the Church used a “Legal corporation” to gather money, property together to be used by Mr. Armstrong and his team in the Great Work of GOD! To preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness to all nations! That job of preaching WAS FINISHED! Only the apostle was commissioned to do the preaching! We, the Worldwide Church of God, ARE TO BACK AND SUPPORT THE APOSTLE OF CHRIST! That is our commission. Today, we are “holding fast”, waiting for God’s next TRUE apostle. WE are still backing and supporting God’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong!
So after the death of Mr. Armstrong, God allowed “Men” to take over the “legal corporation”. The prized properties of the Worldwide Church of God was sold off and used to fund “these churches” who were “planted” by the new leadership. But even though “men” took over the “Legal corporation”, they did not take over the true Church!
The candlestick still exists!! THANK GOD!!!
Jeremiah 24 pictures two baskets of figs. One basket is filled with good figs, the other is filled with evil figs.
God preserves the basket of good figs, and he sends them into Babylon “for their good”. Much like how Zerubbabel and his band of Jews were sent into Babylon as captives, and were later CALLED OUT OF BABYLON. They were sent there “for their good”. Today, God’s people have been sent into these COG Groups “for their good”, but the time is coming for God’s people to COME OUT OF HER.
Those who refuse to obey God, will stay in these groups, caught up like chaff in a sifting chamber, bundled to be burned by fire. Those who repent, even during the Great Tribulation, will have gained gold tried in the fire, and will escape the lake of fire. Much like a “brand plucked from the fire”, as Joshua pictures as being in Zechariah.
Those who suffer the Great Tribulation are joined with a Zedekiah figure. King Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon, who set him up, and he rebelled against God. These false churches, are joined with the “government” just as a“corporation”is joined to the State, then to the Federal Government through corporate law. Zedekiah suffered the wrath of Babylon, when Babylon struck ancient Judah! Just like the Laodiceans will suffer the wrath of Satan through the United States of Europe in the coming world war!
Today, the membership of the Worldwide Church of God are meeting together in their homes. Since there is no apostle today, we do not have a need for a “legal corporation” to be formed to handle large sums of money. The Matthew 24:14 Great Commission has already been FULFILLED!
The governments of men require a “Corporation” to be formed in order to handle large sums of money, property etc. That is the only reason why the Church had incorporated under Mr. Armstrong.
Today, those incorporating are false churches, and false works, trying to deceive God’s people into turning away from their Philadelphia commission! Instead of holding fast and staying loyal to Christ and His apostle, they are joining another church, in support of MEN not led by Christ!
Mr. Armstrong was used by Christ to lead the Church OUT OF BABYLON. These churches insist that you must join them IN BABYLON, in order to continue with Christ. This is the deception.
The Worldwide Church of God still exists. It lives with the membership still scattered worldwide.
It is unincorporated, and is a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM.
Today, false churches are trying to preach a gospel, trying to take on the job of the apostle and of God’s Church. They want God’s people to join them, and support them with God’s tithes. Some, in a laodicean condition are doing just that! They are producing works and fruits before the tribulation, and Christ rejects it all! AND THEY NEED TO REPENT OF IT! They need to STOP, turn around, and OBEY CHRIST WHOLLY!
Our brethren need your prayers! Christ, through His apostle, and His Church are WARNING our laodicean brethren, and admonishing them to REPENT, in order to escape the coming Great Tribulation.
And the reason why Christ is knocking on the doors of individuals who have the laodicean condition, is to have them realize that HE, CHRIST, IS NOT WITH THEM, and they are dying spiritually not being fed by Him! Jesus Christ in Zechariah 4 feeds the Philadelphia Church, The Worldwide Church of God, through His TWO ANOINTED ONES, or TWO APOSTLES. Mr. Armstrong and the soon to arise Main Witness.
WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK, AND FULFILL OUR JOB AS THE CHURCH! And we need to REALIZE that even though we enjoy or like the fellowship or the good times in these COG Groups, or if we enjoy our responsibilities in these groups, we must REPENT and COME OUT OF THEM, touching no unclean thing, in order to serve God and be the PILLARS we were called to be, MEMBERS OF THE TRUE AND ONLY CHURCH- THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD!