WHY Did God Put YOU in His Church? God had a most important PURPOSE in calling you NOW, instead of later. Are you really mindful of His PURPOSE — are you really fulfilling it? by Herbert W. Armstrong Feb 21, 1974 Coworker Letter, May 1974 Issue of The Good News Magazine REALIZE THIS! There are more than 3,600,050,000 human beings (three billion, six hundred million, fifty thousand) on earth today. But of that vast sea of humanity, God has in our time up to now called and put into His Church ONLY some 50,000 baptized members. The other 3,600,000,000 will all be called later — most not even in this age. They could not come to Christ and be put into the Church NOW, even if they tried! Then why were YOU called now, before the time? Jesus said plainly: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44). And, comparatively speaking, God has been drawing almost NONE in this age!
“WHEN the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats” (Matt. 25:31-32).This is not referring to separating those of us already converted now from the rest of the world then. We have already been separated from the world by conversion, and we shall have been separated by already having received eternal life prior to Christ’s setting foot on earth. For “… the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air … (I Thess. 4:16-17). Thus we, converted now BEFORE the time, shall have been changed from mortal to immortal, meeting Christ in the air as He descends — BEFORE His feet stand on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:11-12; Zech. 14:4) — and BEFORE He sits on David’s throne which then becomes CHRIST’S throne in Jerusalem. Now, continuing in Matthew 25:33: “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:33-34). So it is after Christ’s return to earth, and in the thousand- year reign with Him, that He will set His hand to SAVE THE WORLD! Notice next Isaiah 11. Verses 1 through 5 show Christ as the righteous Ruler and Judge. Verses 6 through 9 show the wild animals tamed, and the earth as full of Christ’s KNOWLEDGE as the ocean beds are full of water. Verse 10 shows the Gentile nations seeking CHRIST and salvation. Verses 11 through 16 show Christ setting His hand to save Israel and the whole world — during the Millennium.
Jesus was speaking in the Temple at Jerusalem. “As he spake these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word [IF you believe my message and act on it — live by it], then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:30-32).This angered those “who BELIEVED ON Him.” They hotly denied they were not free. They were Abraham’s descendants! “I know,” answered Jesus, “that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word [the Gospel] hath no place in you” (verse 37). It was that message — that GOSPEL — which caused those to whom Jesus came to cry out for His crucifixion. His apostles went out proclaiming the same MESSAGE; they, too, were put to death for it — with the possible exception of John.