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What if I Didn't take the Passover – the 14th of Abib?

For Baptized Members only. For Original Letter, with Original Dates – http://newformat.wwcg-archives.com/590400.htm

The WORLD TOMORROW” A WORLDWIDE BROADCAST HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG Proclaims to the World the GOOD NEWS OF THE WORLD TOMORROW
BOX 111, Pasadena, California Publishing The PLAIN TRUTH a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING Passover, [2018, March] Dear Friend: Since you were unable to take the Passover on the 14th of the first month, I am writing this letter to inform you of a God-given alternate date for taking the Passover. Any person, who, through circumstances beyond his control, is unable to take the Passover on the 14th of Nisan may take the Passover ONE MONTH — exactly 30 days — later, on the 14th of Iyar, the second month. God instructs us that “If any man of you or of your posterity shall be … in a Journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the Lord. The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it …” (Numbers 9:10-11). Because of the very important spiritual significance of the Passover, God has provided that those unable to take it on the first date should take it on the second. The Passover is the first annual feast of God, the first step annually unfolding His great plan of salvation. To miss the Passover means missing much of the real significance of God’s plan, and the other feast days would not be as meaningful as they should. If you did NOT observe the Days of Unleavened Bread after the first Passover, then you should observe seven days of unleavened bread after taking the second, or alternate, Passover. This shows the process of putting sin out of our lives. The first and last days of this period of unleavened bread following the second Passover would NOT be Sabbaths, however. If you were unable to take the Passover on the — 14th of the first month, but still wish to, then you may take it on [April 28th], just after sundown. The 14th of Iyar falls on [Sunday, the 29th of April]. However, since God reckons days from sundown to sundown, this places the beginning of the 14th at precisely sundown at the end of the 13th of Iyar, or [Saturday, April 28]. Follow the instructions contained in the letter showing how to take the Passover in your own home. Remember, the PROPER time to take it — the Bible AUTHORIZED time is just after sundown [Saturday, April 28th]. May God guide and bless you in performing His expressed will in keeping His Holy Passover! In Jesus’ name, Herbert W. Armstrong   Edits are bracketed and added for current correct dates in 2018]]>

DAILY WATCH | The Times of Salvation with Herbert W. Armstrong

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Splinter Groups from the Worldwide Church of God Foretold!

The World Tomorrow Radio Broadcast The Gospel Must Be Preached By Herbert W Armstrong Tag timeline from start to finish:

  • Where are we NOW in the Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?
  • The Olivet Prophecy
  • Isaiah 30
  1. False Ministers to come
  2. Minister’s only wanting a paycheck to pay for PHYSICAL things
  3. Ezekiel 34
  4. Splinter Groups and Splinter Churches AWAY from Truth(Falling Away)
  5. Doctrine of Healing
  6. Doctors and Medicine
  7. Physicians
  8. Food and Diet
  9. The Spiritual Gospel vs Physical food and diet
  • Why Christ was Crucified
  • Sin
  • Abraham
  1. False Ministers
  2. People demand Preachers preach soft and Smooth Things
  3. Preaching Why Christ was Crucified
  4. Jeremiah 23
  5. God’s Law
  6. Do Not Listen to the ministers (Jeremiah 23) who say to the wicked that God accepts your Sin
  7. The Bible and God’s Law
  • Matt 24:14
  • Matt 24:14 Current fulfillment of Prophecy
  • The Body of Christ
  • The Work of God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • How to recognize those with God’s Spirit
  • The Great Commission
  1. Why Christ died
  2. Why do people hate God’s Law?
  3. How you can know a Carnal Mind vs a Converted Mind
  • The Body of Christ doing the Work of God
  • Goes out in Organized manner
  • The Great Tribulation
  • Church to be Protected during Tribulation
  • The Flight of those CARRYING the GOSPEL!
  • Literal=69. A.D.
  • 69 A.D. Roman Armies halted before going into Judea and Jerusalem
  • 70 A.D. Roman Army finally advanced around Jerusalem
  • Those who didn’t flee – Suffered a terrible Martyrdom
  • Modern Fulfillment
  • The Great Tribulation
  • The True Church carrying out the Commission of Christ
  • Carrying the Gospel of the GOVERNMENT of God/Family of God
  • Flight to a Place of Safety
  • Watch and Pray Always that you be accounted worthy to escape these things
  • Michael shall stand up for Israel
  • The Great Tribulation
  • The First Resurrection
  • Revelation 12
  • Martyrdom
  • Famines and Pestilences Next
  • Famine and then disease epidemics
  1. Recap
  • Matt 24:14
  • then the Flight of those carrying the Gospel
  • Time of Famine and Disease
  • Then the Great Tribulation
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DAILY WATCH | The Final Judgment with Herbert W. Armstrong

The Final Judgment | The World Tomorrow with Herbert W. Armstrong

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A Voice Cries Out: WHY The American Living Standard Is Going Down!

A Voice Cries Out: WHY The American Living Standard Is Going Down!

We are in or close to world chaos! One factor is the rise and fall of the American standard of living. Why?

By Herbert W. Armstrong Worldwide News, 23rd February 1981, Page 6 It’s TIME we awaken to CAUSES! Human survival HAS BECOME THE WORLD’S No. 1 problem. What brought the world to this frightening brink of human extinction? What brought on the myriad problems, upheavals and evils that engulf the world? And, paradoxically, amid awesome progress? It’s easy to become so engrossed in the day-to-day activities that we overlook underlying impending disasters. It’s no time to fiddle while America and the world are burning! Look now to one serious contributing factor – the [21st] century rise and now impending fall of the American standard of living. No nation ever ascended to the high living standard this nation has enjoyed! But WHY? How did we come by it? What have we done with it? What basic CAUSES threaten to bring us low now? There was an unrealized, underlying reason for America’s rise to unprecedented wealth and affluence. But let me now mention a specific subsidiary cause. On Jan. 6, 1914, I was sent as an editorial representative of a national magazine to Detroit to interview Henry Ford about his sensational $5-a-day wage scale announced the day before. I saw Mr. Ford at the then Highland Avenue plant. But for details I also saw John R. Lee, head of the Sociological Department. It had been Mr. Lee’s brainchild and he administered it. “I understand,” I began, “you are now paying the highest wage scale in the automobile industry. “On the contrary,” came the surprising reply, “we are paying the lowest.” Astonished, I asked, “Are you not now paying $5 per day for an eight-hour day, while the union scale at other plants if $3.75 for a nine-hour day?” “Correct,” Mr. Lee replied, “but we don’t evaluate what we pay in terms of dollars per man-hour, but what we get for what we pay.” Then he explained that Ford alone had production large enough to shift to the assembly-line system. This enabled the company to set the pace of worker production. Mr. Lee continued: “We now get more than twice the production per eight-hour day than others per nine-hour day. We pay $5 labor cost for the same production others receive for $7 labor cost – and our employees make $1.25 more per day for one hour less work.” The Ford company was then non-union, but later became unionized. It was not many years until others in the motorcar industry were able to go on the assembly-line system. Soon it became the system in most U.S. industry – all lines. This nation provided a mass market for mass machine production not then possible in Europe and Japan. This mass machine production soared industrial profits. But labor leaders were not going to allow capital and management to reap all the luscious benefits. Labor wars to ensued. No longer was a single industry a united team of employer and employee. Of course capital and management was out to “GET” all it could by expanded profits from mass machine production. But labor, too, was out to “GET” all it could. The “GET” incentive led to competition – too often to strife and violence – between the two divisions of the same company or industry. It is enormously significant that in those years American mass production enjoyed lower actual production costs because of mass machine production. Other nations could not compete. With labor getting its full share of the enlarged prosperity pie, THE AMERICAN STANDARD OF LIVING SOARED TO A HIGH NEVER ATTAINED BY ANY PEOPLE IN WORLD HISTORY! A huge middle and upper-middle class emerged in the United States. But Europeans, in due time, provided for themselves a mass market by the European Economic Community, the “Common Market”. Soon Europe was competing in mass production by the assembly-line system – but with low-cost labor. Postwar Japan followed suit. America now faced a new international competition – European and Japanese assembly-line mass machine production with low-cost labor, against U.S. production with high-cost labor. When I opened a new liberal arts college in England in 1960, the average American wage was still three times that of Britain and Europe and four times that of Japan. Two decades have considerably upped wage scales in those countries. The Japanese today are the luxury buyers of the world – the leaders in world travel – and, wonder of wonders, Japanese automobile production has overtaken that of the United States! Living standards in other industrial nations have been rising. Ours is on the way down! It is a competitive world. The way of “GET” is the impelling motive! And “GET” is the overall CAUSE of all world troubles and evils! Abraham Lincoln knew, and said, we Americans did not come to our unprecedented prosperity and affluence of our own efforts. The Great God bestowed it on us – and is holding us ACCOUNTABLE! We have not used this unearned material birthright according to God’s basic spiritual LAW of LOVE (“GIVE”). IT IS NOW BEING TAKEN FROM US! It’s time we WAKE UP – and THINK! This is no impractical or superstitious maudlin religious statement. It is the hard cold facts that stare us in the face! We are going to be made to pay for our transgressions of the basic spiritual LAW of life set in just as relentless motion as the power of gravity! Then, not because we deserve it, that super strong “Unseen Hand from Someplace” is going to intervene, and save this beloved country – and the world – from ourselves! It will not be done by us, but to us – ushering in the utopian WORLD TOMORROW – world peace, happiness, universal well-being, eternal salvation for all who will! The time has come! A voice cries out! You have been told! Your acceptance or rejection will not alter what is about to happen! ]]>

Here's Good News!

Personal — Here’s Good News!

by Herbert W. Armstrong

page 1 Good News October/November 1984

You live in a world of frustration and despair, whose greatest problem is the very question of SURVIVAL! In this troubled world, The Good News of the World Tomorrow comes to bring hope, assurance and TRUTH. Our commission is to proclaim to the world the GOOD NEWS of the coming WORLD of PEACE. World leaders, however, will not produce it. The search for peace seems to be the No. 1 occupation of governments today. Yet none knows where to find it. None knows THE WAY to peace! It is like the story you may have heard about the elderly lady who searched every nook and cranny of her home to find where she had mislaid her glasses. They were nowhere to be found— until she went to wash her face. Then she discovered they had simply been pushed up above her forehead. They were right there all the time—she had simply not known where to look. But if we were to tell the world about the ONLY PLACE where the way to peace can be found, the world would not listen, for that is a source the world has completely rejected. The world refuses to look there for THE WAY, or to listen if it is read. The source simply does not speak their language. Consequently, we get this GOOD NEWS to the world in the world’s language. The Plain Truth magazine makes that amazing and positive truth PLAIN—in a language this world understands and will accept. But The Good News of the World Tomorrow is for those who accept the one source where this truth may be found—for those who wish to go deeper into this precious gold mine of truth, IN ITS OWN LANGUAGE! We have been given, one might say, a dual commission: 1) Our first and principal commission is to proclaim to the whole world, AS A WITNESS, the good news of coming world peace. In Bible language, it is called “Jesus Christ’s Gospel” (the word gospel means “good news”)—and that Gospel is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the coming WORLD GOVERNMENT that will bring peace. World leaders—both statesmen and scientists —are saying the world’s only hope is WORLD GOVERNMENT. So we proclaim it in their language—not Bible language. We are commissioned to proclaim it ONLY as a witness. Following Jesus Christ’s example—and Peter’s and Paul’s—we make no effort to cram Christ’s religion down their throats. Jesus said none can come to Him (spiritually— religiously) except the Spirit of God draws him. We are humans. We cannot draw them. That is not our job—it is God’s. Jesus never pleaded, “WON’T you accept me?” He never urged or begged any to “be saved.” Nor did Peter or Paul. That is a modern Protestant RELIGIOUS invention and practice. Our commission TO THE WORLD is to preach the GOOD NEWS as a witness. This we do IN THEIR LANGUAGE. This we do as an interesting, dynamic, EDUCATIONAL broadcast—NOT as a religious program. For this, The Plain Truth is our vehicle-in-print, besides free booklets. But our second commission is to “FEED JESUS CHRIST’S SHEEP,” to put it in biblical language. Those whom God, through His Spirit, has drawn to Jesus Christ—HAS converted—need deeper spiritual food. And The Good News is our magazine to help in fulfilling that vital phase of our commission. World leaders search for the way to PEACE. Yet they see nothing ahead but ever worsening troubles with no solutions. The reason they see no solutions is that they often willingly hide their eyes from the CAUSES. For every wrong result there has to be a CAUSE. To CAUSE the desired results of peace, happiness, prosperity and abundant well-being, our Creator set in motion invisible and inexorable laws. There is no other way to obtain these desired ends. Yet a rebellious mankind refuses to obey THAT WAY. It seeks those results by going the opposite way. And that is THE WAY that produces every unwanted trouble! There is one root CAUSE for all the troubles this world is suffering—transgression of our Maker’s right WAY OF LIFE —that WAY expressed in principle by the Ten Commandments. This world, in general, has lost contact with, and therefore knowledge of, its Maker—the SOURCE of everything good that man desires. The living God our Creator RULES over His entire vast, limitless creation. But to fulfill His purpose, He has marked out a duration of 6,000 years to allow man to make his own free choice. Humans have been made free moral agents—creatures of CHOICE. Then there is to follow that 6,000 years the direct supernatural intervention of the great Ruler of the universe. He will enforce the rule of His government for 1,000 years. Even the nature that has drawn humanity like a magnet toward false values and into the wrong ways will be changed! THE WORLD TOMORROW will, therefore, be a world of PEACE, PROSPERITY, HAPPINESS, ABUNDANT WELL-BEING! Our commission is to proclaim to the world this GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom of God and of His gift of eternal life, and to prepare the way for the coming of the glorified Messiah. Very soon, now, He will come to this earth in supernatural POWER and GLORY! He is coming to RULE all nations—to set up WORLD GOVERNMENT! World statesmen and scientists say WORLD GOVERNMENT is the only hope of world peace. But men could never achieve it. Jesus Christ is coming to rule with TOTAL supernatural power and force! He is coming, strange as it may sound, to force peace, happiness and abundant well-being on a human race that will not accept, voluntarily, the WAY that will cause it! Our commission is to get the GOOD NEWS to the world. But we cannot gain the attention of the world by using religious or Bible-sounding language. We have to be realistic. The world in general, by nature, is hostile to God’s message—when spoken in religious-sounding language. God explained that through the apostle Paul, who wrote, “The carnal mind is enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). If we go to the world with BIBLE LANGUAGE, the world will not listen! On the other hand, we know that the very foundation of ALL knowledge—the very basis of all right EDUCATION —is God’s revealed Word—the Holy Bible! But the world does not know that. Nor will the world, IF it knows the knowledge is coming from the Bible, accept it. Actually—think of it—the Bible is the BASIS of right EDUCATION. But the world will not look into the Bible for it. Nor, if you speak in BIBLE LANGUAGE, will it hear or accept it! To reach the consciousness of the world, therefore, we have to SAY IT IN THE WORLD’S LANGUAGE! Now what IS salvation? It is THE PURPOSE for which we were put here on this earth. So, to the world, we don’t use the word salvation. We talk about the fact that one of the very BASICS of knowledge is an awareness of the meaning and the PURPOSE of life—to make life MEANINGFUL. The world will listen to that kind of language. To gain the attention of the world—to get God’s truth —Jesus Christ’s Gospel—into the consciousness of the millions in the world—WE HAVE TO SPEAK THE WORLD’S LANGUAGE! Not the spiritual-sounding language of the Bible. So in The Plain Truth and other literature we do this, even as the apostle Paul did. He set us an example. We speak to unconverted, nonreligious people in nonreligious language. Paul said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” He explained: “To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews.” He spoke their language! “To those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law . . . to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. . . . Now this I do for the gospel’s sake” (I Corinthians 9:20-23). Did you ever stop to think WHY we named the parent magazine The Plain Truth? Jesus said, “THY WORD is truth.” God’s Word —the BIBLE—is TRUTH. The Plain Truth magazine makes Bible truth PLAIN! But HOW can you do that to a world prejudiced against the Bible —a world whose carnal minds are HOSTILE against GOD— whose minds are prejudiced against reading what they recognize as coming from the Bible? Do you realize that modern education as a whole— especially high school and university-level education—has literally rejected the Bible? They have adopted the theory of EVOLUTION. That theory becomes their CONCEPT—their APPROACH to all knowledge. For example, take the textbooks on history. You find NOTHING in them about the historic creation of Adam and Eve, or the presence of Satan in the garden of Eden. You find NOTHING about any man named Noah and a universal, earth-filling deluge. You find NOTHING in accepted history textbooks about Israelites in Egypt, or Pharaoh’s armies being drowned in the Red Sea. The approach too often is that if an event is recorded in the Bible it never happened, for modern scholarship discredits the Bible as a source of historic TRUTH. God knew they would. Through Paul, God says: “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations [reasonings], and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise [intellectual, scholarly, highly educated], THEY BECAME fools . . . and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient [proper]” (Romans 1:21-22, 28, Authorized Version). Notice, they did not retain GOD in their knowledge! In the knowledge they disseminate, GOD IS NOT IN IT, nor God’s revelation of truth—the BIBLE. They are hostile against it. So, how do we get Jesus Christ’s Gospel message past that barrier of prejudice, and INTO THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS? If we ran an article in The Plain Truth headlined “REPENT, and TURN FROM YOUR SINS, FOR JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON,” how many of this world’s educated do you suppose would read it? Do you see what I mean? We DO say it in The Plain Truth —but not in those words! We speak to the world in the world’s own language! When our headline says “WHY MARRIAGES BREAK UP,” with such dropheads as “This article brings you the true perspective of the modern Western marriage crisis—the incredible statistics about divorce and marital unhappiness—and gives you the practical LAWS that make marriage work,” then hundreds of thousands —even millions—do read it. We catch their attention —we prick their interest—we create suspense in their minds to want to know the answer. In the article, like any article in Time or Newsweek or the Economist magazines, we give them the facts—the statistics—state the problem. But WHERE do you suppose we get the ANSWERS? WHERE do we find the LAWS that work? Why, in God’s Bible, of course. But we don’t necessarily need to quote the Bible. That’s not their language! So we make the truth PLAIN in THEIR language, because it would not be plain to them in a religious language they do not understand! We put it in the language of EDUCATION, not the language of RELIGION. And MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ARE NOW READING The Plain Truth! Now, naturally, speaking to this whole WORLD, in a manner that can make the truth PLAIN to them, in their language, we cannot say, “Now take up your Bibles and turn to thus and such chapters and verses, and we will expound them and make them PLAIN.” 1) That would not make it PLAIN to them, because they don’t speak that language, and 2) due to prejudice, they would refuse to read it, anyway. We would fail to get the truth through to their consciousness. YOU MUST REALIZE THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF MINDS: 1) the carnal, or natural, physical mind with which all humans have been born, and 2) the spiritual mind that has been opened by God’s Holy Spirit, and now has SPIRITUAL COMPREHENSION. The natural carnal mind may have GREAT comprehension of material knowledge. The brain of a cow or a chicken is something pretty stupid by comparison. But, spiritually speaking, on the other hand, the GREAT MINDS of GREAT men or women, still carnal, are just as spiritually stupid and unable to understand as the cow or chicken brain is MATERIALLY unable to comprehend. Our No. 1 COMMISSION is to REACH THE WORLD—as a witness! The Plain Truth is our magazine for them. Our second commission is to feed spiritually Jesus Christ’s “sheep.” The Good News is for those who are God’s people —who want, and are ABLE, to go into the deeper spiritual truths—those to whom we can say, “Open your Bibles, and we will expound and MAKE THE TRUTH PLAIN!” Our No. 1 commission is to proclaim Jesus Christ’s GOOD NEWS as a witness—not to try to force conversion on any. Only God can convert. None can come to Jesus Christ as Savior, anyway, until and unless God the Father draws them. God GRANTS repentance (John 6:44, Acts 5:31, 11:18). Once we gain the INTEREST of readers and give them the KNOWLEDGE, it may lead to their salvation, if God GRANTS repentance and DRAWS them by His Holy Spirit. But first we must reach past their prejudices and plant the right KNOWLEDGE in their consciousness. That requires an EDUCATIONAL, not a religious, program. And, let me repeat, our major commission is to get the good news to them AS A WITNESS. Of course there is the second phase of our commission—to FEED JESUS CHRIST’S SHEEP. The Plain Truth is our instrument for the former— The Good News for the latter. THIS, then, is the magazine to FEED CHRIST’S SHEEP—to FEED those spiritually hungry for the deeper SPIRITUAL FOOD. We hope you UNDERSTAND! We make The Good News available—subscription already paid—to any and all who hunger and thirst for GOD’S TRUTH, and who can receive and digest the stronger spiritual food.]]>

How TERRORISM Will Be Stopped!

How TERRORISM Will Be Stopped!

  Here is some straight talk about escalating terrorism — and what the Bible says will be done about it!   By Keith W. Stump The Good News, December 1985   A tidal wave of terrorist activity is engulfing the globe. Never before have law officials been so alarmed over the potential for widespread death and destruction at the hands of terrorists. Terrorism threatens to escalate out of control. Some experts feel that terrorism is about to become the single biggest problem facing the Western world. More and more people are going to be touched by its devastating effects in the months and years just ahead. Clearly, we are entering an age of terror! But why — amid all the media discussion of terrorism — has there been no mention of what the Bible has to say on the subject? Is the Bible relevant to the pressing problems of our 20th-century world? Or is it, as most people believe, merely an outdated volume of inspirational quotations? You need to understand the facts about this frightening specter of terrorism — and the biblically revealed solution — the only solution — to it!   Dramatic violence   Why this modern-day scourge of terrorism? This world is filled with a multitude of causes, small and great, just and unjust. The prospects for success for many of these causes, however, are doubtful at best. Opposition or indifference to them is simply too overwhelming in many cases to permit the individuals and groups involved to achieve their goals. Terrorism — the use of brutal, indiscriminate violence to further a cause — is the last-resort weapon of the weak against the strong. It is employed by individuals and organizations to publicize their causes and achieve ends that otherwise would be unattainable. Relatively powerless politically and militarily, terrorists see no other way of striking out at their enemies. Terrorism, moreover, is dramatic, spectacular violence designed both to generate fear and to gain instant worldwide recognition for a cause. Terrorist acts have an enormous emotional and political impact, out of all proportion to the actual strength of the terrorist group. By one daring act, an obscure, rag-tag band, with the help of modern mass media, can achieve notoriety far beyond its power and numbers. Compounding the problem, terrorists today are becoming more deadly than ever, with growing sophistication in weaponry and tactics. The day of the crude pipe bomb and Molotov cocktail has given way to portable missile launchers and precision explosive devices. The trend toward greater international contact and exchange of arms and expertise is enhancing terrorists’ capabilities and effectiveness. Police officials are preparing for the worst.   Preventive measures?   What can be done to stem the epidemic of terrorist bombings, hijackings, hostage-taking and assassinations? Experts talk of preventive measures, of retaliation and stiffer punishments for terrorists, of stepped-up intelligence activities, of strong-arm rescue operations, of curbs on the media to deny terrorists publicity. But the truth, of course, is that there are no proven and infallible human measures to absolutely protect against terrorist situations. Precautions can be taken only up to a point. Terrorists, knowing when and where and how they will strike, always have the advantage. It is virtually impossible to guard against a determined and prepared terrorist. One man, with a device made from materials bought at the nearest hardware store, can hold an entire city for ransom. A small hit squad can throw an entire country into turmoil. It is that simple. The experts agree: Anything is possible in the world of terrorism. There is no limit to the terrorist imagination. The message is clear. In this world, terrorism can never be completely stamped out. Authorities fear that terrorist groups will now feel compelled to commit acts of even greater and more dramatic violence in order to stay in the headlines. Privately, many experts are saying that they fully expect that a terrorist group will soon either steal or manufacture an atomic bomb and use it as part of some monstrous blackmail scheme. Underground pamphlets have already been uncovered in Europe containing plans for crude atomic weapons. Escalating terrorism on a worldwide scale is inevitable!   Far-reaching implications   Where is all this leading? The prospects are grim. The personal suffering of innocent victims caught up in terrorism is just part of the picture. Terrorism can — and will — have much more far-reaching and devastating ramifications. Remember, it was a bloody act of terrorism at Sarajevo that triggered World War I. And it was the Nazi campaign against alleged leftist-backed terror in Weimar Germany that helped Adolf Hitler (no stranger to terrorist tactics himself) to seize power. Terrorism presents a major threat to Western civilization. Understand this: Terrorists view chaos and anarchy as a prerequisite for the overthrow of established governments and the emergence of their various envisioned utopias. But history shows that terrorists usually succeed only in creating what they hate the most — despotism and even greater repression. Violent disorder, history reveals, is more likely to spawn tyranny than paradise. In the face of terror-generated chaos and an impending breakdown of society, frustrated and angry citizens invariably call for strong measures to reimpose order — even inviting authoritarian government and restrictions on civil liberties. Historically, freedoms have been suppressed in the name of law and order. Terrorist disruptions, in short, might well be used as an excuse by would-be strongmen to seize power and impose their iron-fisted rule over nations, promising security. Few newsmen have stopped to consider the potential of such a scenario in the wake of escalating world terrorism. Bible prophecy — as regular readers of this magazine know — reveals that we are headed for a new dark age of political despotism and barbarism — on a scale unmatched in history! Rampant terrorism on the world scene will undoubtedly play its part in paving the way for prophesied end-time tyrants to assume broad “emergency” powers — as did Adolf Hitler and others through history.   Perilous times   The scourge of terrorism was predicted centuries ago in the pages of the Bible. Jesus prophesied that conditions in the latter days would mirror the chaotic state of the earth in Noah’s time — an evil and corrupt world filled with violence (Luke 17:26, Genesis 6:5, 11). The apostle Paul also warned, “In the last days perilous times will come” (II Timothy 3:1). The meaning of this prophecy goes far beyond mere incidental crime. “Make a chain,” cried the prophet Ezekiel, “for the land is filled with crimes of blood, and the city is full of violence” (Ezekiel 7:23). Bible prophecies picture an end-time world filled with lawlessness, aggression and hate, a world split by factions and international disputes, an era of rampant, indiscriminate violence and murder inspired by Satan the devil, the original murderer (John 8:44). We are living in those very days! Man, apart from God, cannot control terrorism. As long as the evil influence of Satan remains on the earth, terrorism and crime will continue to escalate, despite man’s attempts to stem it. Force will continue to rule the world. Man will continue to answer violence with violence. This is yet Satan’s world (II Corinthians 4:4). Is there any way out of this madness? Is there any way to halt the violence? The vast majority of people, even professing Christians, fail to realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message about the coming restoration of God’s government over this earth. Only when Satan — the ultimate terrorist — is finally restrained (Revelation 20:1-3) and God’s millennial rule is established on earth will violence be eradicated and lasting peace be realized worldwide. Man, by his own puny efforts, could never unseat Satan. Only Jesus Christ can do that — and He will! But for the moment, God is permitting this world to go its own disobedient way, to learn for itself the bitter lesson that Satan’s way of rejecting the laws and government of God can in the end bring nothing but calamity. But the day is soon coming when violence will be dealt with firmly and decisively. Purveyors of death and destruction will be dealt a punishing blow. The returned Jesus Christ “shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). Satan’s way of vanity, jealousy, lust, hatred and greed will be replaced by God’s way of loving, giving and serving. This is the only real solution to the rampant violence that is now engulfing the world. This magazine announces the good news of a coming new age, a new civilization, a new government for this earth. For a detailed look at how that government will eradicate violence, terrorism and other evils of this world, request our free publications The Wonderful World Tomorrow — What It Will Be Like and World Peace — How It Will Come. Just mail the request envelope in this issue or write to our address nearest you (See inside front cover for a list). There is good news beyond the bad news — terrorism’s days are numbered!]]>

Are You Worthy to Take the Passover?

Are You Worthy to Take the Passover?

What does the Passover mean to you? Do you really know why Jesus had to suffer and die — and what is required of us?

  By Allen L. Stout  The Good News Magazine, March 1984    Paul wrote to Christians: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (I Cor. 11:26-27). Paul was writing about the Passover, the annual memorial of the death of Jesus Christ, which God commands His people to observe. How few professing Christians understand! If you have not been aware of God’s annual festivals, write immediately for our free booklet Pagan Holidays — or God’s Holy Days — Which? Many have not fully comprehended the significance of Paul’s warning. Some, feeling they were not worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice, have not taken the Passover. Others have taken the Passover in a casual or ritualistic manner. It’s time we all understand! The Passover is the first of the Christian festivals commanded by God (Lev. 23:5). It is not to be taken lightly.   Purpose of the Passover   The Passover originally represented the turning point in the separation of Israel, God’s chosen people, from Egypt, which symbolized sin. The blood of the Passover lamb, sprinkled on the doorposts, distinguished those whom God was sparing (Ex. 12:13-14). The Passover for Christians today is a memorial, an annual reminder or renewal of our spiritual covenant with God. It reminds us not only of when God called ancient Israel out of Egypt, but, more important, of God calling us today out of sin. Let’s make the meaning of Passover clear by examining what the Bible says. What was required to free us from the bondage of sin? God’s sacrifice of His firstborn, Jesus — the blood of the Lamb. Why? Why couldn’t God just forgive our sins without a sacrifice? Why did Jesus have to give up His glory with God, take upon Himself the form of a servant, become a human being and suffer and die for our sins (Phil. 2:7-8)? Because there was no other way to save man from the consequence of sin.   God will not compromise His law   God can do all things, but God will not compromise His law (Matt. 19:26, 5:18). God’s law is perfect (Ps. 19:7). It would, if kept, produce and maintain a peaceful and happy society. Tragically, no human has kept God’s law perfectly — all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). The Bible likens sin to leaven — if sin is not disposed of, it grows and spreads rapidly (I Cor. 5:6). The whole world is suffering under the curse of sin (Gal. 3:10)! Death is the penalty for sin — breaking God’s law (Ezek. 18:4, 20, Rom. 6:23). God will not allow anyone into His holy Family and Kingdom who will compromise His law (Gal. 5:19-21, I Cor. 6:9-10, Rev. 22:14-15). God’s law requires that blood be shed for the remission of sin (Heb. 9:22). Thus blood had to be shed in order that the sins of every human might be forgiven, upon repentance.   The sacrifice of Jesus   The only way God could redeem humanity — all of us! — from the death penalty without compromising His law was to have our penalty paid. Enter Jesus Christ. Notice what God’s Word says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…. when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son … through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Rom. 5:8, 10-11). Our sins had separated us from God (Isa. 59:1-2). We had the death penalty hanging over us. But Jesus’ sacrifice paid the death penalty for sin in our stead (Rom. 3:24-25). Does Jesus’ death save us, then? Let’s see what the Bible tells us.   What is required of us?   What is our responsibility, given Jesus’ sacrifice, in God’s plan of salvation? Notice Acts 2:38: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus’ sacrifice does not redeem us from the death penalty until we have repented of breaking God’s law, turned from sin and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master. We must submit to God’s government over our lives and begin to live God’s way. Then what happens? Notice Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Jesus actually lives His life in us (verse 10). We strive to follow Jesus’ example as revealed in the Bible (I Pet. 2:21). We shall, then, be saved by Jesus Christ’s life (Rom. 5:10)! By obeying God’s law with the help of God’s Holy Spirit and by submitting to God’s government, we actually begin to take on God’s very nature. We gradually overcome sin — sin no longer has power over us. We are God’s servants rather than the servants of sin (Rom. 6:12-16). We have embarked upon a new way of life that leads to every blessing and joy for eternity. To turn back from it — to reject God’s way and Jesus’ sacrifice, which paid our death penalty — brings the death penalty on us again, this time with no chance for redemption (Heb. 10:26-29). Now what about observing the Passover?   Are you worthy?   God’s redeemed people are commanded to observe the Passover annually, in its New Testament symbolism, as a memorial of Jesus’ death and to picture what God has done in our lives (Matt. 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:14-20, John 13:2-5). And we are to do so in a “worthy” manner, as we have seen from I Corinthians 11:26-27. What, exactly, does it mean to be worthy? Paul warned, “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup” (I Cor. 11:28). What is your attitude? John wrote: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (I John 2:15-17). As long as we live in this evil, Satan-ruled society, there will be tests and temptations to break God’s law. We are tempted through our own lusts (Jas. 1:14) to cheat, to lie in business, to boast, to swear, to gossip, to commit adultery (Matt. 5:28) and to put other things before God. And we as Christians — yes, as truly called and redeemed Christians — will slip occasionally and sin! But, as long as we are repentant, striving to overcome sin, God accepts us, applying Jesus’ sacrifice (I John 1:9). God continues to lead us. We live under grace (Eph. 2:8). No one is worthy of Christ’s sacrifice, but not to take the Passover is to deny Christ. To take the Passover in a worthy manner, we must repent of our evil desires and ways, come to hate the sin that Jesus had to suffer and die for and set our will not to compromise God’s law. “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned [judged] with the world” (I Cor. 11:29-32). Our goal, as Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:48, is to become perfect, as God the Father is perfect. Keeping the Passover and understanding all it pictures, as well as striving to keep all of God’s other laws, is vital to attaining that perfection. So, as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:8, “Let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”!]]>

DAILY WATCH | What is Human Nature? with Herbert W. Armstrong

What is Human Nature? | The World Tomorrow with Herbert W. Armstrong

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