BIBLE SCRIPTURES SHOW WHAT TIME WE ARE IN
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God…”(Revelation 11:1)
(For more information on “the temple of God” please read Herbert W. Armstrong’s article: Why The Church?)
In 1977, Mr. Armstrong died from total heart failure, with men conspiring in the wings to take his place as leader of the Worldwide Church of God. BUT THEY WERE FOILED and God miraculously raised his chosen apostle and end-time Elijah BACK TO LIFE!!!!
From that point on, Christ began leading His apostle MORE POWERFULLY THAN BEFORE, and guiding him to CLEAN UP THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, to MEASURE THE SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF GOD, to make READY the fiance Bride of Jesus Christ, whom is going to marry the Church upon His second coming.
And the Church was cleaned up. Heads rolled. False ministers and members were PUT OUT, out of love. Those who were wishing to see the elder Armstrong stay dead were in for a surprise!
The Worldwide Church of God went through a measuring, and in reality it STILL IS. If a member departs from Christ, God, and the Way of God, and from the teachings and doctrines He put into the Church through His apostle, that member is measured out of the Church, no matter if that person warms a seat at a Church service, or pays money to Christ’s representatives.
Gerald Waterhouse said it perfectly in one sermon(actually several): Mr. Armstrong is now beginning to FULFILL this prophecy of “MEASURING THE TEMPLE”. When he died in Tuscon, Arizona, back in 1977, God raised him up and commissioned him to CLEAN UP THE CHURCH! God says to this man who will fulfill this prophecy, to “Rise”. In order to rise, you have to be low, and you can’t get any lower than being dead! So God raised up Mr. Armstrong, after total heart failure, TO PUT THIS CHURCH BACK ON THE TRACK- TO MEASURE THE TEMPLE OF GOD!
And that is exactly what is being done. The Church was being set back on the track, and now through this period of the “purification of the Bride of Christ”, the Church is scattered, and we are STILL BEING MEASURED! God is still using His apostle to do that, but not with a flesh of arm, IT IS BEING DONE BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD!
Those who have been given God’s Spirit, and who are led by that Spirit, will respond. All others won’t. That is because THEY ARE NOT APART OF THE TEMPLE BEING MEASURED! God tells this man, in Revelation 11 to not measure the outer-court of the Temple, for that is given to be trodden by gentiles! Those not measured IN the Church of God (and by that I mean the TRUE Church of God, the spiritual organism and not some human organization or corporation) will be placed under GENTILE GOVERNMENTS in the coming Great Tribulation, and there they will learn that God’s Government, which they foolishly rejected before, was really the better of the deal, and so they repent and come under that Government of God, give their heads for Christ and make it into the Family of God holding their SPIRITUAL HEAD INTACT!
So God did in fact, RAISE Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong up in late 1977 from death, to begin the process of MEASURING THE TEMPLE that Christ was then prepared to BEGIN!
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”(Revelation 11:1-2)
LET THAT INFORMATION LODGE IN YOUR MIND.
God allowed through the liberal ministers who wanted “change” during the 1970’s to degenerate the Worldwide Church of God and God’s Work to a point, where they (or shall I better say Satan and his demons) were waiting for Christ’s apostle to die and they could finally take over the Work and the entire Church!
God allowed him to die(for a short while), and these vultures got all excited, they really thought they had the whole pie! Then God raised up His servant, and gave to him the INSIGHT to see those foul spirits, to RIP THEM OUT and cast them out of the Church! AND THEY WENT! It was too bad, that some of the human beings they were using went with them as well, but the Church was beginning to be cleaned up!
TWO things are present in this fulfillment of Revelation 11:1-2.
1) It was Herbert W. Armstrong God used to do it. Christ is still cleaning up His Church SPIRITUALLY from His Father’s Throne, and is still using His apostle.
2) Since there are MANY churches of this world calling themselves “The Church of God”, and it surely has become a BABYLON of confusion since MANY have taken on the name of God’s Church, the Church under Christ, whom Christ was using His apostle TO CLEAN UP, was “The Worldwide Church of God”. It was no other Church.
A lot has happened since the START of the MEASURING OF GOD’S TEMPLE. It has created a great deal of confusion, due to Satan’s great persecution against the Church of God since(Revelation 12:13).
But God is NOT the author of confusion. And in His Word He gives the answers PLAINLY.
Turn to the second chapter of Zechariah. Notice what GOD SAYS has happened.
“I(Zechariah the prophet) lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.” (a very similar commission, compared to Revelation 11:1-2) “Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.”(verse 1-2)
Jerusalem, a type of the True Church of God, is the mother of us all(Galatians 4:26. Here is pictured a man going to MEASURE THE SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF GOD, which is the Church!
Continue on, “And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.”
This man was setting out to measure Jerusalem, and here were two angels going to meet him to deliver a PROMISE of future events! “saying, Jerusalem SHALL BE inhabited as towns without walls…(WHY?) FOR THE MULTITUDE OF MEN…”
God must have known that this man MEASURING would find the Church in a sorrowful and pitiful state. GOD GIVES HIM ENCOURAGEMENT! He is telling this man, “No matter what you see as you measure, HERE IS WHAT SHALL BE, and WHY!
How will God perform this? “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.”
Jesus Christ is the GOOD SHEPHERD, and He takes care of HIS CHURCH!
In the book of Revelation, pictured is a GLORIFIED CHRIST sitting in the midst of His Church! He is like a WALL OF FIRE around His Church! DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?
So here is pictured the SAME COMMISSION given and expounded on in Revelation 11.
Notice what comes NEXT!
Continue with verse 6, “Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.”
Yes, God began MEASURING HIS CHURCH. That Church was the Worldwide Church of God and God was using His apostle to MEASURE. Then after Mr. Armstrong died, the Worldwide Church of God membership WAS SCATTERED. The legal corporation using the Church’s name went defunct. But the MEMBERSHIP WAS SCATTERED WITHOUT AN ORGANIZED WORK!
The Work God was doing through His apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was finished so far in the part of Mr. Armstrong’s. He finished it faithfully.
So the Church, the membership, the SPIRITUAL BODY of CHRIST, the ones who were commissioned by Christ to BACK AND SUPPORT the one whom HE chose to proclaim the gospel, they were SCATTERED.
In Jeremiah 23 God condemns HIS MINISTERS, yes, those who TURNED AWAY FROM GOD, for the SCATTERING OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD! God allowed it. In Jeremiah 24, He says he did it for your “good” and my “good”.(verse 5)
So you find so many different churches, and groups, and organizations, today professing to be “the Church of God” yet lying, so says the Eternal God! God’s people are scattered by those who have TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND HIS TRUTH! You have to check up on these things!
So now, after the measuring commission God shows the Church is Scattered. It is no longer of a group action, but now speaking God dealing with INDIVIDUALS of the Church.
“Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.”(Zechariah 2:7)
NOW IS PICTURED THE SCATTERED MEMBERSHIP OF THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, and they are dwelling with a “fallen daughter” of BABYLON, a Great Church, who is spoken about in the book of Revelation! Some Church members, who were called into the Worldwide Church of God, are now found by GOD HIMSELF to be dwelling, attending, and fellowshipping in a FALSE CHURCH OF SATAN. THAT IS IN YOUR BIBLE!
There is only ONE CHURCH OF GOD, whom Christ is heading. It is the SAME CHURCH that was given it’s teachings through the apostles of Christ way back on the day of PENTECOST 31 A.D. It is the same Church that received it’s doctrine and teachings in the 20th century, through Christ’s apostle, being raised up as the PHILADELPHIA ERA of God’s Church, and called the Worldwide Church of God. Now God says some of this Church is dwelling in FALSE CHURCHES, and HE CALLS UPON THEM TO DELIVER THEMSELVES FROM SUCH CHURCHES! TO GET OUT! That is what God says to do!
So since Mr. Armstrong’s time, we have seen the Worldwide Church of God membership SCATTERED, and because of that scattering, Satan has created counterfeits and FALSE CHURCHES to LURE THE PEOPLE OF GOD AND TO DECEIVE THEM! God says to GET OUT of this “daughter” or CHURCH of “Babylon”!
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”(Revelation 18:4)
And God wants the BEST for His people! Like Jesus Christ says in the previous verses, HE IS LIKE A WALL OF FIRE ROUND ABOUT THE CHURCH! HE WANTS TO PROTECT YOU! And He wants to protect all of His people, and that is why He commands His people TO COME OUT!
Now, verses 8-9, reveal a JUDGEMENT of God laid against the NATIONS who spoiled the Church! That has not been done YET!
What is the job of the TWO WITNESSES of God during the 3 and ½ years of Great Tribulation, in the city of Jerusalem? God says these TWO MEN, with extraordinary POWER from God, will TORMENT THE NATIONS, laying out the plagues on the nations as they wish.
Could what is being said in Zechariah 2:8-9 be unto the TWO WITNESSES TO FULFILL?
Continuing with verse 10, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.”
Now it gets to a time where THOSE OF THE CHURCH OF GOD DO NOT HAVE CHRIST DWELLING WITH THEM!
In the coming and soon to appear Laodicean ERA, which will rise up IN and come OUT OF the Great Tribulation, Christ knocks on the individual Christian’s door, and if any will answer and open the door, Christ says He will come among that person, and will sup with him, dwelling among him!
So verse 8-9 must pertain to the TWO WITNESSES, for as the next verse points out, it is in the LAODICEAN ERA, which is during the time of the Great Tribulation for 3 and ½ years. God tells those who repent during this time some encouragement. HE WILL DWELL AMONG THEM.
THAT IS A PROMISE. He promises that He will DWELL. Perhaps by dwelling in these FALSE CHURCHES, they have lost Christ’s divine protection? DID THEY FAIL TO HEED TO GOD’S WARNING and COMMAND to leave such false churches? GOD HELP YOU HEED! Perhaps they don’t have Christ dwelling in them as much as they would like to believe? Christ calls upon you to REPENT, and DELIVER YOURSELF OUT and HE WILL DWELL among you.
He promises DIVINE PROTECTION, LIKE A WALL OF FIRE, but only if we OBEY HIM.
Now, when God’s laodicean people REPENT, and begin to OBEY HIM, they are like a SPIRITUAL GENTILE being grafted in to the natural olive tree spoken about in Romans 11. By giving up their lives, they secure their Eternal lives!
Since they weren’t MEASURED INTO the INNER COURT of the Temple, but into the OUTER-COURT under GENTILE RULERS, they could not receive that promise of protection God gives those of the Church who stay faithful and true, and hold fast to what they were given by Christ through His apostle and through His Word, who endure and overcome the temptation to FALL AWAY FROM GOD’S TRUTH and do not join with these FALSE CHURCHES of BABYLON. But these lukewarm Christians do not heed. God calls upon those who are TO DELIVER THYSELF, and to COME OUT OF HER. God loves you and He doesn’t want to see harm come unto you. You better pay heed.
Now, when all is accomplished, God tells us the result.
“And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.”(verse 11)
Through God’s chosen apostle and End-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, He raised up the Worldwide Church of God, or the Philadelphia Era!
The Church had congregations WORLDWIDE, and itself is a WITNESS that the Matthew 24:14 prophecy has been fulfilled, for if the gospel had NOT gone out into all the world as a witness to all nations, there would not be a WORLDWIDE membership of the Church of God!
So God names things for a PURPOSE.
Now, God is saying, when all is said and done, “MANY NATIONS”, again a WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, WILL BE IN EXISTENCE! THE SAME CHURCH BRETHREN!
And while we are now YET SCATTERED, and some of us are found in FALSE CHURCHES OF BABYLON, GOD IS STILL RULING ON HIS THRONE! AND CALLS UPON US TO DELIVER OURSELVES FROM THESE FALSE GROUPS, so you to can share in His protection, and reap His glorious promises to those WHO LOVE HIM and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
Do you Love God? Do you KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS? WILL YOU OBEY HIS WARNING, and DELIVER THYSELF?
The Church will have made herself ready when Christ returns. Will you and I “MAKE THE GRADE”? Will we be MEASURED IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD? OR WILL WE BE MEASURED OUT? That is up to us personally.]]>