HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG President and Pastor August 14, 1978 Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ, We — and the whole world — are at a crucial turning point in the history of mankind. And in the life and work of God’s…
Until about 1969 we in God’s Church did all “speak the same things”. By 1978 many of the ministers were speaking different things! God had withdrawn from us His blessing and power that for 35 YEARS caused the Work of His Church to grow at the approximate rate of 30 percent every years of the preceding year!
WHAT CAUSED GOD TO WITHDRAW HIS BLESSING AND POWER?
The GOOD news
Our Philadelphia era of God’s Church (Revelation 3:7-13) has the PROMISE of the living Christ that we shall escape the soon coming GREAT TRIBULATION with TROUBLES in the world such as never happened before or will again (Revelation 3:10; 12:14).
But the prophet Daniel warns us. “And at that time [of the end Daniel 12:1] shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE, such as never was since there was a nation even to this time…” (See also Matthew 24:21-22.)
“Many shall be purified, any made white,and tried…” (verse 10). There are plenty of warnings of this same time of trial and testing in the New Testament. Brethren, COME TO REAIZE WE are in THAT TIME.
But our GOD is on His throne. And the living HEAD of this Church is also ON THAT THRONE.
When frightening times of trying and testing come – and they have been coming tenfold recently – I have not the ability to outwit Satan – my refuge and deliverance is in the LIVING CHRIST! Not only is HE there on His Father’s throne, but the archangel Michael is also STANDING UP AGAINST SATAN FOR US.
Satan is now at the white-hot HEAT OF WRATH, knowing he has but a short time (Revelation 12:12). We are at the time when “there was WAR IN HEAVEN: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [Satan]; and the dragon fought and his angels [demons], and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more it heaven.” (Revelation 12:7-8).
CHRIST will prevail
Christ warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may, devour.” He IS seeking to devour YOU. “But”, God continues “whom resist STEDFAST IN THE FAITH” (I Peter 5:8-9).
We are now in the LAST DAYS – when “perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud… lovers of pleasures more than of God.”
Is Psalm 83 being Fulfilled before Our Eyes? No it’s not the King of the South as some claim. God’s Apostle showed that the King of the South ended at the turn of the 20th Century, just read his book “The Middle East in Prophecy” History BACKS IT UP! Psalm 83 has Asshur or Assyria(, Past day Prussia, Modern Day Germany and Austria) member of this confederation, so this is a arm of the King of the North, not the South! This Verse PROVES there is NO King of the South TODAY!
With Mr. Reagan robustly returned to a second four-year term, the prospects of improved Soviet-American relations appear remote. Moscow is presently in no mood to concretely negotiate arms reduction talks. Furthermore, the Kremlin is moving to militarily prop up its Central American surrogate, Nicaragua, which has had difficulty fending off the attacks of the U.S.- supported “contra” forces .
I have mentioned how the early Church GREW and MULTIPLIED in those God added to the Church. But soon the persecution came. Soon the false preachers came, with the different gospel — a different spirit. They came fomenting a spirit of criticism — of DOUBT! They came saying Jesus’ true apostles were preaching WRONG DOCTRINES.
They said to people: “Peter, and Paul, and those apostles won’t admit they are teaching erroneous doctrines. Look how many are FALLING AWAY from them. Their credibility is at an all-time low. Don’t follow them — forsake them and the Gospel they are proclaiming, and COME OVER WITH US.”
Yes, brethren, and THOUSANDS DID — TO THEIR OWN ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION IN THE LAKE OF FIRE!
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