Who or What Is the PROPHETIC BEAST?

Who or what is “the wild Beast” of the Apocalypse, or book of Revelation, chapters 13 and 17? What does Bible prophecy reveal about world events now leading to Armageddon and the end of this age? This two-part booklet deals with governments and wars that will bring this world to its final end.


By Herbert W Armstrong


PART ONE


Bible prophecy reveals events of our time and world-shaking events soon to change your life.

A major world-shaking event is foretold in the symbolic language of a mysterious world-dominating wild beast.

The Bible is God’s book of history, prophecy and revealed knowledge of God’s purpose and master plan for humanity from its beginning on into eternity. But the Bible is primarily a book about the chosen nation of Israel, and other nations that have come into direct contact with Israel.

We know little concerning nations, or whether there were nations on earth, prior to the great Flood. But soon after the Flood, Nimrod founded the city-states of Babylon, Nineveh and others. In due time such nations as Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, the Aramean states, Israel, Phoenicia and others developed in the Middle East. By the end of the 7th century B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar had founded the first world empire or union of nations. The Bible does reveal the history, and prophecy from now, of the system of gentile world empires starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon on to the Second Coming of Christ, as well as the history and yet future prophecy concerning Israel. This booklet will cover the true significance of these two systems of nations, and what it means to us today, as well what is prophesied for the imminent future.

First, then, who is the mysterious wild “beast” of Revelation 13 and 17? If you have his mark, you must suffer the seven last PLAQUES! Is he a mysterious superman world dictator yet to appear? … Is he the Antichrist? … or a government? … or a church?

THE MOST important question of the hour is: What, or who, is the BEAST, the IMAGE of the beast, and the MARK of the beast spoken of in the Apocalypse or book of Revelation?

Whatever this weird beast — whatever the baffling image — whatever the mysterious mark — it behooves you and me to find out!

For it is those of this very present generation who shall be worshiping this beast or his image, or shall have received his mark, that will suffer the unspeakable torture of the seven last plagues!

Ignorance will not excuse! “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” says the Eternal, in Hosea 4:6. And the illustration of Ezekiel’s watchman shows that those who are unaware, because they are not warned, will suffer just the same (Ezek. 33:6; and 3:18). God expects the spiritual leader of His people to be His “watchman” (Ezek. 33:7) and to warn the people.

The time is at hand! The plagues of God’s wrath will soon be poured out, unmixed and undiluted — full strength upon a heedless, God-defying world, and a careless, lukewarm, indifferent Christianity!


Who Shall Suffer the PLAGUES?


Listen! John in the Apocalypse or book of Revelation describes the last warning message: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture” (Rev. 14:9, 10). This prophecy is most significant because it is revealing, in advance, events immediately ahead of us at this present time.

Listen again!

John, carried forward in vision into the terrible “day of the Lord,” sees these plagues beginning to fall! “And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven last plagues … and the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image” (Rev. 15:6 and 16:2).

Every sign tells us these things will happen, plunging the world into the most frantic, frenzied state of anguish ever known, almost certainly within a matter of the next several years!

Those who suffer the wrath of Almighty God are described as those who worship the beast, or his image, or have his mark.

It is futile to try to imagine, as so many are doing, what the mark of the beast may be. These prophecies are real. They are imminent. Because these and other prophecies have never been understood until now, even churches, the theologians, evangelists have been ignoring prophecies in general and these imminent prophecies in particular. Too many are trying to speculate in their imaginations. But God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8).

We can’t work this out in our minds. We are face to face with a stern reality, not an imaginary fairy tale! There is only one way to learn the truth. That is to study carefully, cautiously, prayerfully, with an open mind yielded to and guided by the Holy Spirit, all the testimony of all the scriptures that bear on this question.

We cannot determine what the mark of the beast may be, until we have learned what, or who, the beast is!

For, of course, the mark is the beast’s mark. Who, what then, is the beast?


The Bible DESCRIPTION of the BEAST


The beast, the image of the beast and the mark of the beast are all described primarily in the 13th chapter of Revelation.

Notice carefully this Bible description. The apostle John was being given this message for you and me of this day. In the vision he saw “a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Rev. 13:1-2).

Now most of those who are teaching and preaching to others on these subjects overlook entirely this description. For this description will IDENTIFY the beast.

If the beast is some mysterious superman, or antichrist, soon to appear as world dictator, he will be a peculiar-looking individual indeed, for he will have seven heads, and ten horns! Have you ever seen a man with seven heads, and ten horns growing out of one of his heads? And did you ever see a man who was like a leopard, and can you imagine a superman coming who will have the feet of a bear, and the mouth of a lion? And will he appear by coming up out of some ocean?

Now these, of course, are all symbols. The very word beast is a symbol. And our problem is to interpret the symbols, for they stand for real, literal things. But man cannot interpret biblical symbols. And when we know what the heads and the horns are, what the feet of the bear, the mouth of the lion, and likeness to a leopard all mean, then we can know what, or who, the beast really is!


The Bible Interprets Its Own Symbols


The point we want to stress is that the Bible interprets its own symbols! If we want the truth, we must be guided solely by the Bible interpretation, not man’s interpretations and imaginations.

And the Bible itself tells us what they represent!

In the 7th chapter of Daniel, we find exactly these same symbols described. Here again are the beasts, the seven heads, the ten horns, and here also is the lion, the bear, and the leopard. And here the Bible tells us what these symbols represent.

God had given Daniel understanding in dreams and visions (Dan. 1:17). And Daniel had a dream and a vision (Dan. 7:1) in which he saw four great beasts (verse 3). And notice, as in Revelation, the beasts came up out of the sea.

The first was like a “lion” (verse 4), the second was like a “bear” (verse 5), the third like a “leopard” (verse 6), and the fourth was so dreadful and terrible it could not be compared to any wild beast known to inhabit the earth (verse 7)!

Now there was only one head described on the lion, one for the bear, one for the fourth beast — but the third beast, the leopard, had four heads — thus making seven heads in all! And out of this great and dreadful fourth beast grew ten horns!

Now notice verse 16, latter part. Here comes the interpretation of the things! The question is, will we accept this Bible interpretation of the seven heads, the ten horns, the lion, the bear and the leopard?

“These great beasts, which are four, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth,” is the interpretation of verse 17.

And the word king is synonymous with kingdom, and used only in the sense that the king represents the kingdom over which he rules, for in verse 23 we read, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth.” Notice also the word kingdom is used to explain the beasts in verses 18, 22, 24, and 27.

Now what do the “horns” represent? Notice verse 24: “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise.” Notice the ten horns, or ten succeeding kingdoms or governments, come OUT OF A KINGDOM, not out of a man, or a superman. This alone makes plain that the beast is not some mysterious personal superman yet to come. Also that the beast is not a church as some claim, for no ten kingdoms ever did, or will, come out of a church. And since “king” in these prophecies only stands for the kingdom he represents, and since the words are used interchangeably, it follows that these ten horns are ten succeeding kingdoms growing out of the fourth kingdom, which was to rule the earth!


Identification of the Kingdoms


These same four world-ruling gentile kingdoms are described in the second chapter of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar of the Chaldean Empire, who had taken the Jews captive, had a dream, the meaning of which God revealed to Daniel.

The dream is described in verses 31-35. The king saw a great image. Its head was of gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of brass, its legs of iron and its feet and toes were part iron and part clay. Finally, a stone, not in men’s hands, but supernaturally, smote the image upon his feet and toes. It was broken in pieces and was blown away like chaff. Then the stone that smashed it became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

“This,” Daniel says, beginning verse 36, “is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.”

” … Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise” (verses 36-40).

The interpretation of the stone smashing the image at its toes is found in the 44th verse:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” The Stone is Christ and His world-ruling kingdom. The interpretation of the stone is given many places in the Bible. “Jesus Christ of Nazareth … is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner” (Acts 4:10-11).

And so we see that here are four universal world-ruling gentile kingdoms. They begin with the Chaldean Empire, which took the Jews captive to Babylon.

God had promised ancient Israel that if they would keep His commandments, be His obedient nation, they would grow into a multitude of nations — or an empire that would dominate the entire earth. But for disobedience they would have to be taken captive by gentile nations (Lev. 26 and other prophecies). Ancient Israel had been tried through the generations and centuries. They had disobeyed. Now they had been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, who had raised up the world’s first empire. But as God revealed through Daniel in chapter 2, it was God who had turned world dominion over to this succession of gentile empires. They continue through four great universal kingdoms and out of the fourth grows ten succeeding governments. These carry to the time of the Second Coming of Christ, and the setting up of the kingdom of God to fill the whole earth and last forever.


The Fourth Beast


Plainly, here in Daniel 2 are described the same four universal world-ruling gentile powers that are described by Daniel’s four beasts. And this dream-image identifies who they are. The first was Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, the Chaldean Empire, called “Babylon” after the name of its capital city, 625-539 B.C.

The second kingdom, which followed, then, we know from history, was the Persian Empire, 558-330 B.C., often called Medo- Persia, composed of Medes and Persians.

All ancient-history students know the third world kingdom was Greece, or Macedonia under Alexander the Great, who conquered the great Persian Empire 333-330 B.C. But Alexander lived only a short year after his swift conquest, and his four generals divided his vast empire into four regions: Macedonia and Greece, Thrace and Western Asia, Syria and territory east to the Indus river, and Egypt. So these were the four heads of the third beast of Daniel 7.

And the FOURTH KINGDOM, which, developing from Rome, spread out and gradually absorbed one after another of these four divisions — “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly,” was the ROMAN EMPIRE (31 B.C. to A.D. 476).

It had absorbed all the others, occupied all their territory, was greater and stronger than all. It included all the royal splendor of ancient Babylon, thus having the head — the strongest part — of the lion. It had all the massiveness and numerically powerful army of the Persian Empire — symbolized by the legs, the most powerful part of the bear. It was the greatest war-making machine the world had ever seen, and it also possessed the swiftness, the cunning, the cruelty of Alexander’s army, symbolized by the leopard.

And thus, this fourth beast was unlike any wild beast of the earth. It was stronger, greater, more terrible, than any.

And so John, in Revelation 13, sees, not four beasts, but one beast. Not a leopard, but like a leopard — possessing all its cunning, cruelty and speed. But it also possessed the dominant characteristics of the two other most powerful beasts — the feet of a bear, and the mouth of a lion. Daniel’s fourth beast, the Roman Empire, had absorbed and therefore it included the three beasts before it. Thus it included all seven heads. And John’s beast also has seven heads. It was Daniel’s fourth beast, only, which had ten horns and John’s beast has ten horns.

And so, if we are willing to be guided solely by the Bible description of this “beast” and to let the Bible interpret the symbols used to describe it, we come to the inevitable conclusion that the beast of Revelation 13 is the Roman Empire, of 31 B.C. to A.D. 476! Of course, many man-imagined theories, widely taught and published, interpret this beast otherwise — some as a church, some as a mysterious, individual, superman yet to come. But these theories will not stand the test of applying the Bible interpretation to all the symbols that describe this beast.

Nebuchadnezzar’s image, by the two legs, describes the two divisions of the Roman Empire, after A.D. 330: West, with capital at Rome, and East, with capital at Constantinople.

John also pictures this beast, not as a church or as an individual man, but as a powerful government having a great army. For they worshiped the beast by saying, “Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4).


The Symbolism of the Horns


Let us now notice the symbolism of the horns of the fourth beast of Daniel 7 and of the beast of Revelation 13.

The ten horns symbolize the same thing — the ten stages of government continuing out of the Roman Empire after its fall, A.D. 476). The ten horns “out of this kingdom” (the fourth — the Roman empire, 31 B.C. to A.D. 476) “are ten kings that shall arise … and the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven” (not IN heaven) “shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High” (Dan. 7:24, 27).

The ten horns, then, are ten kingdoms to arise out of the fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire. These kings, also called kingdoms, continue from A.D. 476 until the time when the Stone, Christ and His Kingdom, smashes the image on its toes, and the kingdom is given to the saints. Therefore, since in actual history there have never been ten contemporaneous kingdoms that have continued out of the Roman Empire, side by side, down to the present — and since there have been nine successive kingdoms ruling that territory, which we shall explain, from 476 to the present, therefore we know that the kingdoms represented by the horns are successive, not contemporaneous.


The Deadly Wound


Now let us return to our description of the beast in Revelation 13.

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?

“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Rev. 13:3-5).

The beast here symbolized is the one which included the royal splendor and kingly power symbolized by the mouth of the lion (Babylon); the ponderous strength symbolized by the feet of the bear (Medo-Persia); and the speed, cunning and cruelty of the leopard (Greece). Since the interpretation of these symbols is found in Daniel 7, and since the fourth beast had ten horns, the Bible interpretation of the beast of Revelation 13 is the fourth beast of Daniel 7 — the Roman Empire, of 31 B.C. to A.D. 476. The beast described by John in Revelation 13 included 7 heads, but the only head existing at the time John saw this nondescript beast (which included the most powerful characteristics of all the beasts symbolizing its predecessors) was that of the fourth beast of Daniel, containing the seventh head, and also the ten horns. So the specific “one of its heads” that was wounded to death (Rev. 13:3) was the seventh head of the Roman Empire — the head out of which ten horns grew. The ten horns, as Daniel interprets, represent ten successive governments out of the Roman Empire, which were to continue until the setting up of the Kingdom of God at the Second Coming of Christ.

The deadly wound, then, was the one administered to the Roman Empire, when, in its last decaying stages, the barbarians overran it, ending its government in A.D. 476.

Notice, the dragon gave his power to the beast. Who is the dragon?

Some have said “pagan Rome.” But will we be guided solely by the Bible interpretation of its own symbols? Then, if we will, the dragon is a symbol which means Satan, the devil. Notice Revelation 12. “The great dragon … that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan … was cast out into the earth … the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath … and when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth … ” (verses 9, 12-13). “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan … ” (Rev. 20:2).

They worshiped the beast (Rev. 13:4). Therefore some conclude, from this one statement alone, that the beast must be the papacy, not knowing that the people worshiped the Roman Empire and its emperors! Notice how they worshiped the beast — saying, “Who is able to make war with him?” The Roman Empire was the greatest war-making power the world had ever known. This beast killed by the sword (v. 10).

History is full of accounts of the worship of the Roman emperors, for paganism was a state religion. The following is from Robinson’s Medieval and Modern Times, an older college textbook, page 7:

“The worship of the emperor: In a word, the Roman government was not only wonderfully organized … everyone was required to join in the worship of the emperor because he stood for the majesty and glory of the dominion … all were obliged, as good citizens, to join in the official sacrifices to the head of the state, as a god.”

But when the seventh head of this great beast received its deadly wound in A.D. 476, was that the end? No, the prophecy says “his deadly wound was healed … and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (verses 3, 5). The ten horns represent ten successive kingdoms to follow out of this kingdom. So, through the ten horns growing out of this head (the Roman Empire of 31 B.C.-A.D. 476), the beast (for the ten horns are part of the beast) continues until the Second Coming of Christ.

The text says one of his heads was wounded to death. The beast included the seven heads and the ten horns. John sees the beast living in the days of its seventh head, the Roman Empire. And when that head of the beast was suffering from its deadly wound, his — the beast’s — deadly wound was healed. The horns now reign, one by one.

The Roman empire in Northern Africa was overrun by the Vandals, who sacked Rome in 455. Then in 476 Odoacer set up his government at Rome, called the Heruli. But it did not heal the deadly wound, for this was a government in Rome. It was not a Roman government, but one of foreign barbarians.

Then there was the kingdom of the Ostrogoths, 493-554, another outside foreign people who ruled in the territory. But they were driven out of Italy and disappeared.

These three kingdoms, sweeping into the Roman territory, filled the period known in history as the “transition age” (see Myers’ Ancient History, page 571). That is, a TRANSITION between the wound and the healing.

Now Daniel saw a “little horn” coming up among these ten, before whom these first three were “plucked up by the roots” (Dan. 7:8). That leaves 7 horns to come. And of the little horn, Daniel 7 says “his look was more stout than his fellows” (verse 20). The papacy dominated completely all the horns to follow.


The Deadly Wound Healed


It was the fourth kingdom (symbolized by the fourth horn), succeeding the fall of the Empire in 476, which really HEALED the deadly wound, and restored the empire. In A.D. 554, Justinian, Emperor of the East, from Constantinople, set up his government through an Imperial Legate at Ravenna, Italy, and brought about what is known in history as the “Imperial Restoration” of the Empire.

Now, notice verse 5 of Revelation 13. Power was given to this beast, once healed, to “CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS.” In the prophecies pertaining to the times of Israel’s punishment, each day represents a year in the actual fulfillment (Ezek. 4:4-6, Num. 14:34). Thus, the healed beast is to continue 1260 years.

Following the healing, in 554, came the Frankish kingdom (French), the Holy Roman Empire (German, then the Austrian Hapsburgs) and Napoleon’s kingdom (French). But when Napoleon was crushed in 1814, the healed beast continued no longer. “So closed,” says West’s Modern History, page 337, “a government that dated from Augustus Caesar” (from 31 B.C.). It went into Abyss!

And from 554 to 1814, the duration of the “healed beast,” was exactly 1260 years!

At that time, eight of the horns having appeared and gone, the beast itself went into the non-existent condition symbolized in Revelation 17:8 as the “bottomless pit.” But by the year 1870, Garibaldi had united the many little divisions in the peninsula of Italy into one nation, and the kingdom thus established began the ninth horn, which culminated in the Fascist rule of Mussolini.


The “Heads” the Woman Rode


We shall deal later more specifically with the 17th chapter of Revelation in this connection. But let us note in passing that the woman mentioned in this chapter never rode on any part of this beast of Revelation 13 except its last seven horns! She is the “little horn” of Daniel 7, whose “look was more stout than his fellows,” and who caused the first three to be plucked up by the roots. And since, in the 17th chapter of Revelation, the woman rode on all seven of the heads of the beast there pictured, and since she rode none of the heads but only the last seven of the horns of the 13th chapter beast, it follows that the seven horns of the “healed beast” of the 13th chapter form the seven heads of the beast of the 17th chapter!

Notice, at the time John saw the beast, five are fallen, one is, and one is yet to come (Rev. 17:10). The five that are fallen are the five during the 1260 years in which power was given, by religious authority, for the healed beast to continue. The one that “is,” is the kingdom that extended from Garibaldi to the downfall of Mussolini. It was not in any sense the power-wielding old Roman Empire, so during the stage of this 9th horn (Rev. 13) or 6th head (Rev. 17) John speaks of it as the beast that was, and is not, and shall arise once more out of the bottomless pit.

The 7th head with its 10 horns, in the 17th chapter, will be, as the 17th chapter explains, the revival of the beast, the Roman Empire, “out of the bottomless pit” by a “United States of Europe,” or federation of 10 European nations centered within the bounds of the old Roman Empire (Rev. 17:12-18). This is actually beginning today!

The entire beast of Revelation 17 — the revivals of the Roman Empire — is a part “of the seven” heads of Revelation 13 and Daniel 7 because it comprises the last seven horns. Yet this revived Roman Empire is “the eighth” system, differing from the seven before it (Rev. 17:11).


The Number of the “Beast” — 666 — Whose Number Is It?


Where shall we find that mysterious number 666? Does the pope, as some claim, wear it on his crown, identifying him as the beast of Revelation 13? Or must we look for it elsewhere?

Here are all the scriptures speaking directly of this number:

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Rev. 13:17-18).

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God” (Rev. 15:2).


Note These Points


From these scriptures, we have the following definite points:

  1. The beast has a number and may be identified, if we have wisdom, by this number.
  2. The number is 666.
  3. We are told to count this number — that is, add it up. The same Greek word is used elsewhere only in Luke 14:28: “count the cost.”
  4. This number, 666, is the number of the beast. The only Bible interpretation of this symbol, “beast,” is a kingdom or the king who rules it and, therefore, really is the kingdom (Dan. 7:17-18, 22-24, 27). Therefore 666 must be the number of the KINGDOM, or GOVERNMENT, or EMPIRE, as well as that of the king who founds or rules it.
  5. The expression “the name of the beast, or the number of his name” makes plain that the number 666 is the number of the name of the kingdom or empire.
  6. The expression “it is the number of a man” shows we must also count this number in the name of the king, or ruler, over the kingdom identified as the “beast.”

The Beast Is Not the Woman


In the 17th chapter of Revelation we find a beast, and a woman — a great, wealthy but fallen woman who was riding the beast. The Bible describes the symbol “woman” to mean a church (see II Cor. 11:2; Rev. 19:7; Eph. 5:22-27). On the other hand, “beast” is a symbol of a kingdom, or empire.

Let us be consistent. The beast of Revelation 13 is not the woman who rode the beast — the beast is the government, and the woman is a church.

The beast of Revelation 13 is the Roman Empire!

This beast had a deadly wound (Rev. 13:3). That means the beast ceased altogether to exist or function as it had since 31 B.C. Yet its deadly wound was later healed, after which (verse 5) it continued to exist another 1260 years!

Those who believe a church is the beast say this deadly wound came in 1798. But the church did not cease to function in that year. Napoleon’s abuse of the Pope in 1798 could in no sense be called a wound to death. And those who teach this do not expect that church to continue on another 1260 years.


The Founder of Rome


The founder and first king of Rome was Romulus. The Roman Empire was named after him. His name, the name of a man, also is the name of the kingdom. And every citizen in the kingdom bears the same name — a Roman.

When John wrote this Revelation, telling us to count the number of the beast, he wrote in the Greek language. Consequently, we should look for this name, and the number 666, in this language recognized in the Bible, not in the Latin.

We are all familiar with the Roman numerals, where letters are used for numbers. All understand that I is 1, V is 5, X is 10, etc. But many do not know that the Greek language, in which the book of Revelation was written, also uses letters for numbers.

In the Greek, the language in which Revelation was written, this name was understood in the second century A.D. to have originally been spelled Lateinos. It signifies “Latin man” or “the name of Latium,” from which region the Romans derived their origin and their language. This word, too, signifies “Roman.” In the Greek, L is 30, A is 1, T is 300, E is 5, I is 10, N is 50, O is 70, S is 200. Count these figures. They count to exactly 666!

It is indeed no coincidence that the name of the kingdom, its founder and first king, and of each man in the kingdom, counts to exactly 666!

Certainly the beast stands identified!


And Mussolini, Too


But the same numbers also branded in Latin on the man who dominated the puny sixth head of the symbolic beast.

Mussolini called himself “Il Duce.” Italians shouted “Viva Il Duce!” which means “long live the chief.” Everywhere in Italy was the printed sign, “vv il duce.” The “VV” is the abbreviation used for “Viva.” A “V” is used instead of the “U” as is very commonly done. While this is a greeting, or title, Mussolini actually employed “Il Duce” as a name. It is in Latin. Count it.

V is 5, V is 5, I is 1, L is 50, D is 500, V is 5, C is 100, E has no number. Now count them, and you have exactly 666!

Thus this number 666 is indelibly branded upon the Roman Empire!

But, some will ask, does not this number apply to the Pope? Some teach “the words ‘Vicarius Filii Dei’ are on the Pope’s triple crown.” The Pope does, on some occasions, wear a triple crown, but these words are not on it! We should be careful to prove all things.

Furthermore, these words are in the Latin, not a Bible language. This is not a name, but a title, and it is the name of the beast, and the number of the name of the man of the beast we are told to count. Further, this Latin title does not apply to a kingdom, or empire, but alone to a man.

And so the number 666 is branded on the Roman Empire, on the founder and first king of the Latins, on every Roman, and even on Mussolini.

Could anything be more conclusive?


The “Two-horned Beast”


Satan has his civil government on earth. He gave it “his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

He also has organized religion as his instrumentality in deceiving the world. In II Corinthians 11:14, we find Satan is transformed into an “angel of light.” According to Revelation 12:9 and 20:3, he has deceived the whole world. How?

Paul tells us in II Corinthians 11:13-15. Satan has his ministers who pretend to be the ministers of righteousness, but are actually false apostles, deceitful workers, calling themselves the ministers of Christ! Therefore they claim to be Christian ministers. They are the many, not the few, because all prophecies say it is the many, not the few, who have been deceived. Satan’s main labor for six thousand years has been the deceiving of the world.

Now turn to the 13th chapter of Revelation, beginning with verse 11:

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.”

Who — what — is this “beast”?

Some say it will be the United States aligned with the papacy. Some believe it is a federation of Protestant churches. Most church organizations ignore this very vital subject completely, or say frankly, “we do not know!”

Why this ignorance, when the answer is so plain? Yes, why indeed?


The Bible Interpretation


Remember, first, the Bible interprets its own symbols! When men put their own interpretation on Bible symbols, their conclusions are always false!

Notice, after John saw one beast, which we have proved to be the Roman Empire, he now sees ANOTHER — a different — beast rise up. We have learned that “beast” is a symbol for a kingdom, or civil government (Dan. 7:17, 23), and the term represents either the kingdom or its leader, as the case may be (Dan. 7:17, 23).

So this other beast with the two horns is the prophecy of another kingdom or government. In these prophecies, God pictures to us the earthly gentile governments as the wild beasts whose characteristics describe them. This two-horned beast appeared as a lamb. But actually it spoke as a dragon — its true characteristic — for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34).

What does the word “lamb” symbolize, in the Bible? The answer is, Christ (John 1:29; Rev. 17:14). And “dragon” is a symbol of the devil (Rev. 12:9, 20:2).

So here is some kingdom or government appearing as that of Christ, or the Kingdom of God.

Christ did not set up a government (kingdom) at His first appearing on earth. After His resurrection the disciples asked Him if He would at that time restore the kingdom (Acts 1:6); but He did not. The Church is not the Kingdom. Because some thought it was, Jesus spoke the parable of Luke 19:11-27 to show that He first must ascend to His Father’s throne in heaven to receive the royal power to become King of kings, to set up the world-ruling Kingdom of God. But Satan is a deceiver, and he has deceived the world into supposing his (Satan’s) system of churches is the Kingdom of God.

Now notice carefully Revelation 13:12:

“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him.”

The first beast is the Roman Empire. Here is another government pretending to be Christ’s government, the Kingdom of God, taking, exercising, using, employing, all the power of the first kingdom.

Now when? “He exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (verse 12). So, it was after the deadly wound (of A.D. 476) was healed. It was healed when Justinian brought about the restoration of the Empire in the West in A.D. 554. Consequently this religious government exercised power after A.D. 554 when the Roman Empire was restored.

So here we have pictured a government — a religious government — appearing as Christ’s government, masquerading as the Kingdom of God, actually ruling the civil Roman Empire after A.D. 554.

The teaching in that day was that the Second Coming of Christ is fulfilled in the person of the leaders of the church. The millennium had begun.

For the entire 1260 years, the emperors acknowledged the supreme power of religion. The church was organized as a governments a dual, two-fold government (symbolized by its two horns or kingdoms — for “horns” symbolize kingdoms also — see Dan. 7:24). It embodied church government, and it also was a state or civil government, always occupying a certain amount of territory over which it, alone, ruled as an independent sovereign State in addition to actually ruling over the vast civil kingdom called the Holy Roman Empire. Even today, it is a separate, independent, sovereign state.

Notice, this second beast was to wield power over all the earth, because it was to cause the earth, and them that dwell therein, to worship this first beast “whose deadly wound was healed” after 554.

In most any encyclopedia, under “Millennium,” you will read the history of this very event — of how the “Holy Roman Empire” was called the “Kingdom of God upon earth.” They claimed the Millennium had arrived!

Notice Revelation 13:14: “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.” Verse 13 says “he doeth great wonders.”

So notice these three points:

(1) This beast performs miracles.

(2) He performed them “in the sight of” the Holy Roman Empire, or the first beast.

(3) With them he deceived all nations.


All Nations Deceived


Where else, in the Bible prophecies, do we find these same identical facts?

First, note Revelation 17. Here is pictured a woman. In II Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:22-27 and elsewhere, we learn that “woman” is a symbol for church. This woman is a fallen woman — an apostate church — pictured as ruling over many nations (Rev. 17:1, 15).

In verse 3, this false church is pictured sitting on a beast “having seven heads and ten horns.” A woman riding a horse guides, controls, the horse. It does her bidding.

Notice, verse 18, she is “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Notice, verse 2, the inhabitants of the earth have been deceived by this counterfeit Christianity. Also, Revelation 18:3, she has deceived all nations.

Next, notice II Thessalonians 2:3-4. The day of Christ — and the coming of Christ — shall not come, until there be a falling away, and a “man of sin” be revealed. He exalts himself above all that is called God. As God, he sits in a temple claimed to be the temple of God, showing himself to deceive people into accepting him as God. God is our holy Father. This final man, in a religious office, will claim the same title. This wicked man is to be destroyed at, and by, Christ’s coming (verse 8). Notice verses 9-10: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs [miracles] and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.”

Here is an important religious figure prophesied to perform miracles and lying wonders, with which he deceives people everywhere.


At Armageddon


This deceiving religious ruler will still be active clear down to Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ! In Revelation 16:13-16 are described three foul spirits. They come from the dragon which is the devil; from the beast, which is the civil Roman ruler; and from the mouth of the false prophet associated with him. “For,” continues verse 14, “they are the spirits of devils [demons], WORKING MIRACLES, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” And they are gathered, finally, at Armageddon! Note it! Yet future, the Roman ruler, as the Roman Empire, is again restored, along with a great religious leader — and all in the power and influence of the devil! Working miracles! All prophecies concerning them show these powers doing the same things!

Now notice the last battle of “the great day of God Almighty.” In Revelation 19:19-20 is pictured the beast — “and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.”

Note it! Compare with the two-horned beast of Revelation 13:11-17:

(1) Both perform miracles.

(2) Both perform them before, or in the sight of, the beast.

(3) With them, both the false prophet and two-horned beast deceive them that have the mark of the beast — cause them to receive that mark (Rev. 13:16).

Certainly, then, this two-horned beast, the false prophet, the man of sin and the woman that rode the beast are all picturing a counterfeit Christianity.

Did the two-horned beast deceive the very ones who have the mark of the beast? He did! Continue in Revelation 13:

“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth” — how? ” … saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell [trade, earn a living, hold a job], save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (verses 14-17).

So, notice: This two-horned beast not only caused people to receive the mark of the beast (compare Rev. 19:20), but also perpetrated the forming of an image that caused the martyrdom of saints. As many as would not worship this image were caused to be killed. This false church did not kill them — she caused them to be killed. History shows that the civil government martyred millions who were declared “anathema from Christ” or “heretics.”

Compare with the woman who rode the Beast in Revelation 17: “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (verse 6).

Certainly these are one and the same.

Now this ecclesiastical organization, which is a twofold government, deceived the people by saying they should make an image of the beast. Note it (Rev. 13:14) — that is how it deceived people. What is an image? Dictionaries define it as a “likeness,” or a “copy, representation, model, semblance, counterpart.” So here is a church saying, “Let us make a model, or counterpart, of the civil Roman government” — for that is what the beast is.

Jesus Christ proclaimed the Kingdom, or government of God — divine government by will of God and by God’s law — not paganized human government by will of man and man-made laws. His Church includes all Spirit-begotten saints who have and are led by the Holy Spirit. Christ is its only Head, and His Kingdom is not of this world!

Where, then, did human church government derive its present form? “The first pope, in the real sense of the word, was Leo I (440-461 AID.),” says the Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, volume 7, page 629. To him the form of government of the Roman Empire was the most marvelous thing on earth. He applied its principles to the church, organized the church into a government, forming the papacy.

This church government or organization is the image of the beast.

Says Myers’ Ancient History: “During the reign of Leo I, the Church set up, within the Roman Empire, an ecclesiastical state [government] which, in its constitution and its administrative system, was shaping itself upon the imperial model.” This church government, then, according to this historical authority, is in fact a model, a counterpart, an image of the beast which is the Roman Empire government.

The Britannica calls it an ecclesiastical world empire!

This image — man-designed and man-ruled church government — compelled people to worship the church! And since the church was organized into a worldly government, this was worship of the image — false worship — idolatry!

But this church became a mother, and daughter churches came out of her in “protest,” calling themselves “Protestant.” And all have worldly, political church government. “Upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS (Rev. 17:5). Her daughters are called “harlots.” Together they are called “BABYLON.” They are pagan, teaching pagan doctrines and customs, cloaked in the name of Christianity! And all nations are deceived!

Yes, human-organized churchianity, not Bible-designed spiritual-organism government, is the image of the beast. It is the pagan political counterfeit of God’s government.

“Come out of her,” God says (Rev. 18:4). God help us to heed!

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The Worldwide Church of God is Not the Property of Rome

The Worldwide Church of God is alive today. They are the people who hold fast to what was given to them by Jesus Christ through His apostle Herbert W Armstrong.

It is they who filled congregation halls around the world, who supported the WCG INC organization which was created to help them support Christ’s apostle. It was the D.B.A of the Worldwide Church of God.

Now the Worldwide Church of God is a unincorporated spiritual organism.

You are a human man or woman. When you gather with other human beings, you gather as an unincorporated body.

When you get inside a boat, you do not become the boat do you? As a human being, you can move freely, and are separate from inanimate objects. You can gather freely with other human beings.

The WCG INC organization, was a boat. It allowed you to travel the sea, to get from point A to point B.

The Worldwide Church of God was merely using the boat to get a job done. They can move freely with inalienable rights.

The laws that govern the boat, are U.C.C meritime laws.

However, the United States of America created a WORLDWIDE declaration.

The first Amendment of the Bill of Rights, allowed the Church(made up of human beings with the spirit of God dwelling in them) to own a boat( a corporation)and travel the seas freely, to get from point A to point B without taxation and intrusion of the government.

This gave inalienable rights to the Church.

Now, what has transpired since 1935, is that citizenship of any nation requires a corporation to be made at birth for the child.
This is the birth certificate.
Now if this corporation isn’t claimed within 5 years by the child, under meritime law, the corporation goes to the government. In the old days, after 5 years, the property of a man lost at sea goes to the government.

This is why you see children, becoming wards of the state, because they are property of the state and if the parents are doing something the State doesn’t like the state steps in as owner and collects their property.

So, every citizen operates via birth certificate.

It is their D.B.A.

This was done in 1935, in order to create collateral for the national debt. They created corporations, to be used as collateral for national loans owed to the Vatican.

This placed everyone under U.C.C meritime law.

However the United States Constitution provided the Church inalienable rights, that the Church could not be governed by U.C.C meritime law, but by common law, which is the law of the land.

And the law of the land is the Constitution! The Constitution then said the government could not tax, and could not intrude into Church affairs.

So, the people with their birth certificates (who were members of the Church) were placed in a different category. They could use their corporations, as boats, and travel from point A to point B, to get the job of the Church done.

The WCG INC, was a boat for the Church. It benefited the Worldwide Church of God.

What happened in 1979, was an attempt by pirates to steal that boat for the State of California.

What happened after 1986, was a seizure of that boat by a foreign power. They took that boat to Rome, and it flew the Roman flag, becoming a Roman boat.

Now, other Roman boats were made. These are 501c3 entities. These COG GROUPS.

They set sail, and they called their boats “the Church of God” hoping to pick up the stranded members of the Worldwide Church of God, to be listed as assets on their manifest; as property of their boat and their kingdom- Rome.

You will find many “Church of God” organizations, and many libraries of Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God.

They, as Roman boats, are traversing the sea with property of the Worldwide Church of God. They themselves declare this.

They themselves are NOT the Worldwide Church of God. They are Roman boats.
But their collections of the Worldwide Church of God are labeled “property of the Worldwide Church of God”.

God is great.

This in itself is proof of the existence of a hidden church, who no longer have a boat of their own, who is still alive! The enemies of the Church declare it! They have the knowledge of the existence of the Worldwide Church of God.

The only thing is, they say the Church has apostated. These Roman boats are saying the Worldwide Church of God has apostated from their mother Church, the Church at Rome!
They tell the people, the Church has left God, and therefore the only way to enter God’s kingdom is through Rome! So jump on their boat, and go for a ride!
Therefore the organization, the WCG Inc, the ship which had belonged to the Church is no longer sailing, and they can no longer sail the seas in which Rome has control of! Rome has liquidated it and the assets found in it.

This is the persecution against the Church. (Revelation 12:13)

But the Worldwide Church of God are still alive. They may be scattered, on islands, on various lands, and maybe on Roman boats. God says jump ship from those Roman boats.
He will protect you.

For behold, the fire of God is coming to destroy Rome. And you don’t want to be in Rome when it happens.

So when these libraries go through so much money, and so much time and energy to collect up the property of the Worldwide Church of God, like Babylon taking the vessels of the Temple of God, I kind of laugh.

The Philistines tried that too. It didn’t work out for them. They sent the ark of God back.
Even Babylon sent back the vessels they took from God’s temple.

But the job and focus of the Worldwide Church of God, under the leadership of a modern day Zerubbabel, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, is to COME OUT OF BABYLON and be separate.

No, you cannot make it by alliancing with Rome, with modern Babylon. That is what these 501c3 entities are doing.

Christ is not the captain of their ships. Their captain may look like a lamb, but he speaks as a dragon.

Holy day Calendar Countdown

Passover
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Fasting for health

By Herbert W Armstrong

What should you do when you, or your children, catch a cold, have a fever, or become ill?

WHY ARE people sick? Many seem to think our bodies were made to become sick every little while.
Man ought never to be sick. Man, remember, is the creation of God. True, he is mortal, made of the dust of the ground. He is composed of 16 principal elements of matter. Yet it is God’s great PURPOSE to create out of man the supreme Masterpiece of all His creative art! — perfect spiritual characters — beings to be raised to the level of God!


We, now, are the clay models to be fashioned, formed and shaped in spiritual character by the Master Sculptor — if we will yield ourselves into His hands — converted into the glorious spiritual image of the Almighty Himself! So, as we now are of the earth — earthy, bearing the image of the Adam who was dust, we shall thru God’s process bear the image of the heavenly GOD! (I Cor. 15:49).


Purpose of Human Body


For this purpose the human body was made to be the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit. God created man in the very highest material medium for the expression of the divine intelligence.


No instrument has yet been, or ever will be devised by man, even in this machine age, which can approach, in delicacy of operation, the mechanism of the human body, with its enormous range of functional power.


The Creator made the human organism to run, and to keep running for a natural lifetime — not to get sick or break down. The human constitution is so marvelously constructed that it will take far more punishment and abuse before some part of it breaks down than any other animal or any mechanism ever made by man.


And yet, largely through ignorance, we humans abuse our bodies and violate the laws of health to so great an extent that almost every home is frequently visited with sickness! The human body is never sick unless injured or abused, though many inherit certain weaknesses and impairments at birth from the dissipations and sins of ancestors:


Today thousands of parents send their sons to state agricultural colleges to learn how to feed and care for the bodies of swine, never giving one thought to the proper feeding and care of their own human bodies. The average American table has been described by a noted physician as a dietetic horror. In the selection and preparation of foods, we follow tradition, and eat what we “like,” with never a thought as to whether it is wholesome food or rank poison.


People who would not think of putting an adulterated, injurious oil in the crankcase of the car, or a polluted fuel-oil in the gas-tank, will stuff their own stomachs and their children’s with adulterated, so-called “refined” foods that are actually poisonous, with never a thought about it.


And then when we or our children are sick, we suppose it is because God did a bad job of making us, and it is INTENDED for us to be sick!


LAWS Regulate Your Body


The human body functions according to definite laws. It needs fresh air in the lungs — not tobacco smoke. It needs pure water, and plenty of it — not soda pop, stimulants, and man-perverted drinks. It needs a proper amount of joyous, exhilarating exercise, and walking — not riding everywhere in the car, nor taking one’s exercise sitting down in the paid admission stands of a baseball park, or a football or basketball game. It needs sufficient sunshine, not the dark, dank congestion of crowded man-built cities. It needs cleanliness and proper elimination — not the almost universal constipation caused by neglect and foodless foods contaminated in man-made “food” factories. It needs relaxation, ample rest and sleep — not the nerve — shattering, excitable pleasure-seeking life — and night life — of today’s modern whirl.


And last, but far from least, it needs wholesome, properly prepared natural food — not the starchy, sugary, greasy mess of contaminated stuff we ignorantly suppose to be food today!


Bad habits of thought, insufficient exercise, and other destructive habits contribute to ill health. But leading authorities have determined that dietetic mistakes are responsible for 90% or more of non-mental sickness and disease. The body is sustained thru food, water, and air. It is composed of elements which can be supplied and replenished only from food. Health depends more upon proper food than any other consideration.


The function of the physician should be to teach the science of HEALTH — but as one of our most faithful co-workers expressed it, “We physicians have been kept so busy with patients already sick we haven’t had much time, as yet, to turn our attention to teaching people how to keep well.”


Physical and Spiritual Knowledge Needed


The knowledge of HOW TO LIVE should be the first interest of every person. That knowledge is divided into two phases — the physical, and the spiritual; how to be in vigorous, clear-minded, perfect health, which depends upon the physical laws of nature, and how to live in proper relationship with God and with neighbor, which depends upon the spiritual law summed in the Ten Commandments.


The condition we call “disease” means “dis-ease” — lack of ease. This painful and unhappy condition results in every case from a blocking of some function of the body thru violation of the laws of nature — usually thru destructive habits.


Nearly every physical ailment from which one may suffer is one of two varieties:


(1) The presence of a poison, or, (2) a deficiency or lack of needed elements.


A third impairment is a mechanical dislocation or difficulty.


By far the largest number of sicknesses are caused by the presence of a poison — congestion in the blood-stream. And for this, fasting is often not only an effective, but often the only natural cure.
Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food. The practice is as old as animal life itself. In fact animals fast by instinct when sick.


Christ fasted, and set us an example that we should follow His steps! Moses fasted. So did Daniel, and David, and the Apostle Paul. Christianity teaches control over sensual pleasures and false appetites. Fasting is good spiritual training. Fasting for spiritual benefits may be from one to three days.


How to Fast


Fasting means restriction of, or abstinence from food and drink. As assimilation is retarded, elimination is increased. Under the fasting regime, the body undergoes a “house-cleaning.” Toxins and poisons are rapidly eliminated. By giving the stomach and intestines a rest, normal functioning is re-established. Normal hunger returns, and false appetites are expelled.


Complete results — total elimination of the contributing toxins until the tongue is clear, the breath sweet, and the mouth clean, sometimes require extended fasts of from thirty to ninety days. But definitely I warn you that SUCH LENGTHY FASTS SHOULD NOT BE UNDERTAKEN UNLESS UNDER CONSTANT SUPERVISION OF A PHYSICIAN WHO IS SKILLED IN THE FASTING PROCEDURE. And many medical doctors today, unfortunately, are uneducated in this natural and Biblical method and discourage it or even oppose and ridicule it — altho many world-renowned physicians recommend it.
I have found that in most cases satisfactory results are realized by shorter fasts, or a series of short fasts, especially when followed by proper diet.

Apparently the Bible examples of fasting were complete fasts — no food whatever, and often not even water. This, however, is very rigid and requires real will-power. Perhaps most effective results would be obtained from the total fast — at least with water only, but it has been found in many thousands of cases that fruit-juice fasts bring very beneficial results, and in many instances the fruit-juice diet will prove preferable.


Fasting Is NOT Starvation


Remember fasting and starvation are very different things.

Fasting is always the thing to do immediately in the case of a cold or a fever. I am not advising you about milk-fed infants, and in their case refer you to your physician, but in the case of children who eat solid food and all adults, I recommend taking all solid food away from them immediately (including soups). Give them plenty of water to drink, and a glass of orange-juice, grapefruit-juice (fresh-squeezed, not canned), or the juice of one lemon in a glass of water (no sugar) about four times a day — NOTHING ELSE. In the rare case of a person who seems allergic to the citrus Juices (and they should always be FRESH-SQUEEZED and consumed in less than five minutes after squeezing), canned tomato juice may be substituted.


If it is merely a normal cold or fever (and not a disease such as typhoid or scarlet fever), you may find that from one to three days’ fasting is often sufficient to rid the system of it — especially if you start the fasting at the very first sign of the cold or fever, before it becomes fully settled. In most cases the fever will subside quickly. Some fevers, of course, will not.


If the fever should persist after five days, especially in the case of a child, try to find some physician who is sympathetic to the fasting method to supervise you from there on — or begin to feed the child a restricted diet of non-starchy cooked vegetables such as spinach, celery, small string beans, asparagus, summer squash, beet-tops, carrots, small beets, small turnips, zucchini, etc. — or a soup made from these vegetables without any grease, or stewed fruits (without sugar) such as prunes, figs, pears, raisins, apples, apricots — avoiding all starches, such as breads, and all sweets, and greases or oils, and, until fever and cold is gone, all body building foods such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs.


In case a fever rises alarmingly high, take one whole grapefruit, cut it up into six or eight pieces, pour one quart of boiling water over it (rind and all) and let it steep like tea. Then make the patient drink it all — it will require 30 to 60 minutes to be able to consume the entire quart. It will be bitter. Natural organic quinine will steep out of the grapefruit, especially the rind. It is often highly effective.


Never “feed a cold.” This idea came from an old saying of Benjamin Franklin’s — but what he meant was, “IF YOU feed a cold, you WILL have to starve a fever.” Fast immediately for either cold or fever. A fever is a fire to be PUT OUT, not fed! NEVER FEED A COLD OR A FEVER!


You will save needless suffering if you will always remember this.


It is indeed a hopeful sign that the medical fraternity is at last beginning to make an approach toward a real study of foods, diet, and the importance of these to sickness and disease. Some of the greatest physicians have made this chief contributing factor to sickness or health a scientific study; but unfortunately what is called “medical science” as a whole has not made the study of these vital factors it should have. Instead, it has studied medicines and drugs — which are in most cases POISONS, not foods.


Helpful Hints


In the case of numerous common diseases such as asthma, biliousness, bronchial troubles, catarrh, hay fever, constipation, digestive disorders, heart troubles, obesity, rheumatism, etc., a series of short fasts, not to exceed seven days, will prove helpful. After one such fast, follow a natural body-building diet of NATURAL foods, avoiding the meats forbidden in Leviticus 11, eating only LEAN clean meats, avoiding all fat and greases, all fried foods unless fried in a very small amount of butter, all starches (everything made from white flour), all white sugar and excess sweets. Bread should be toasted until hard clear thru.


Also, be sure to use only WHOLE grains — such as whole wheat, steel-cut oats, brown rice, and get plenty of raw green leafy vegetables (avoiding greasy salad dressings such as one buys at the store), cooked non-starchy vegetables, and fruits. Then, after perhaps a month of building up on this natural diet, take another fast, and repeat until you get good results.


During a fast, some need to take an enema twice a day. A light shower or sponge-bath (never soak in a tub of hot water) at least once a day is very helpful. You will not feel like doing heavy work. Get plenty of rest. Break the fast with a few stewed prunes and two slices of whole-wheat toast, toasted hard clear through. For the second meal, repeat this and add one cooked non-starchy vegetable. Thereafter return to a normal, careful and sensible diet.


In a fruit-juice fast, NEVER take more than one 8-ounce glass of citrus-fruit-juice at a time, and never more frequently than every two and a half or three hours. Three or four times a day is more effective. Drink plenty of water.


Source – October 1954 Good News Magazine


4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – The Pale Horse – Disease Epidemics

In the book of Revelation we find a disturbing vision of four fearsome horsemen (Rev. 6:1-8). Each of these horsemen is a symbol of the four major punishments to be inflicted upon a rebellious mankind — probably in the not-too-distant future! Each represents the final, end-time culmination of the major crises with which the world has been confronted for centuries — false religion, war, famine and disease epidemics. This series of booklets will make the prophecies of Revelation 6 come to life. You will learn the significance of each symbolic horse and rider. This message is one of the most frightening in all of the Bible. You need to be informed and prepared for what’s ahead in Bible prophecy!


Chapter One — THE PALE HORSE TAKES ITS TOLL


When it comes to progress, no one can accuse the human race of being in a rut. Since the turn of the century man has broken the sound barrier, probed the depths of outer space, unraveled the secrets of the atom, and even made precision landings on the moon. Yet for all his scientific wizardry, man continues to be baffled by one of his oldest enemies — disease.

Even today, in the age of miracle drugs and space-age medicine, the toll that pestilence takes is staggering by anyone’s standards. Every year one million people around the world succumb to tuberculosis. Malaria claims another million lives in Africa alone. Schistosomiasis, a painful, debilitating snail-borne disease, afflicts a quarter of a billion third-world inhabitants or roughly 8½% of the population. Venereal disease is all but out of control in many nations, and has been found to infect as many as 10% of the young people sampled in some areas.

In some parts of the world, disease is a way of life and all too frequently a way of death. Some 34 million Brazilians (35% of the population) are hobbled with a host of maladies including goiter, yaws, tuberculosis and leprosy. One quarter of black Africa is under the continual threat of sleeping sickness. In other parts of the continent up to 20% of the adult population have been reduced to a groping, stumbling existence because of the ravages of a tiny bloodsucking black fly, carrier of the dreaded river-blindness disease.

In the Western world the number of walking wounded grows every year as people pay the delayed penalties of a synthetic, sated, “civilized” lifestyle. In the United States alone, over 28 million Americans are afflicted by some form of heart and blood vessel disease. Almost four million have suffered coronary attacks. One in six Americans is afflicted by hypertension. Forty million are pained in varying degrees by arthritis. Four million are diabetics, and there are another five million who are potential candidates for insulin injections.

Every year more Americans die from cancer than were killed during the entire course of World War II. One million are currently under treatment for various malignancies and another 49 million (or roughly one out of every four persons) will eventually contract this degenerative disease.

The state of the nation’s dental health also offers some rather unpalatable food for thought. Some 20 million Americans are estimated to have lost over half their teeth. The odds are two in five that an American will be totally toothless by the time he reaches age 50. And by the time he is 65 the chances will have increased to an even one in two.


The Ever-Potent Pandemic


Over the entire course of history, disease has undoubtedly been man’s greatest enemy in terms of sheer loss of life. According to Folke Henschen, a leading Swedish pathologist: “Infectious diseases… have probably been the most dangerous enemies of mankind, much more so than war and mass murder.

“When one studies the constant epidemics of the past and the deficiency diseases on land and at sea, one realizes that the whole of civilization could have succumbed, and one is constantly surprised that mankind has survived.”

And Hans Zinsser, writing in Rats, Lice, and History, likewise explained: “Swords and lances, arrows, machine guns, and even high explosives have had far less power over fates of the nations than the typhus louse, the plague flea, and the yellow fever mosquito…. War and conquest and that herd existence which is an accompaniment of what we call civilization have merely set the stage for these more powerful agents of human tragedy.” The infamous Black Plague of the fourteenth century is estimated to have wiped out one third to one half of humanity. Even as late as the twentieth century the influenza epidemic that erupted at the close of the First World War claimed more lives in a few months than were lost during the entire course of this monumental worldwide conflict. And pestilential pandemics have shown little respect for human life, even during the last few decades of history. In 1957 and again in 1968, the Hong Kong flu swept around the world, taking tens of thousands of lives. At the height of the 1957 outbreak, 1700 Americans in 122 large cities died every week. Before it was over, 30,000 Americans and Britons lost their lives.

In the 1960s, a new variety of cholera virus known as El Tor rampaged through Asia, parts of Russia and the Middle East. By 1971 it reached Spain and Portugal, and isolated cases were found in Sweden, France, West Germany and England.

Smallpox, the disease that was almost ready to be relegated to the pages of history, was still alive and well in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan during the 1960s and 70s. In 1967, ten million people are thought to have been infected. As late as 1974 over 30,000 smallpox deaths occurred — principally on the Indian subcontinent.

Recent disease epidemics have also caused massive dislocations, panics and uproars. In 1974 a meningitis outbreak in São Paulo, Brazil, took some 2000 lives. Residents of the city fled by the thousands. Neighboring Uruguay was so concerned she closed down the border as a precautionary measure.

[Photo Caption — A YOUNG victim of smallpox. Smallpox is still endemic in many parts of the Indian subcontinent and Africa.] [Photo Caption — CHOLERA weakens its victims through extreme dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mortality rates can run as high as 50% if no medical treatment is available.]

Ever-Present Pestilence


Infectious disease is neither a respecter of men nor nations. No part of the world is immune. For example, in the United States malaria cases have cropped up in California, Alabama and Texas in the last few years. Tuberculosis is widespread among Latins and Asians in Los Angeles County, and a strain of typhoid fever currently resistant to antibiotics is being imported into the United States by illegal aliens from Mexico.

Bubonic plague vermin are still alive and flourishing in many parts of western America. In 1974 a twelve-year-old girl who apparently had come in contact with a plague-carrying animal died from the disease. And one year later plague also took the life of a seventeen-month-old baby in Ventura, California.

The threat of infectious disease outbreaks cannot be blithely ignored, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal (October 13, 1971): “To most Americans, the possibility of an insect-borne epidemic in the U.S. seems remote…. Such scourges as yellow fever, plague, typhus, dengue fever and scores of other diseases seem like something out of the eighteenth century — or at least out of the backward nations of today.

“But to public-health officials and epidemiologists, the insect-borne epidemic represents one of the more fearsome types of disease outbreaks. The slightest hint that an epidemic might be in the making is enough to send into instant action teams of health officers, epidemiologists, veterinarians and entomologists…. Once such an epidemic begins, it is difficult to stop. And even if it is brought under control, it may remain among animals and insects for months and years afterward — always posing a threat that, under certain conditions, it might break out again.”

William E. Small, then editor of Biomedical News, and author of the book Third Pollution, had this to say: “That many diseases are under control at the moment does not mean that public health efforts can be relaxed. Typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, summer diarrhea, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, intestinal worms, and many other diseases are still with us and could again return as plagues of old. During the garbage strike in New York in 1968, public health officials geared up to give massive immunizations against typhoid fever, so great was the potential hazard from garbage in the streets.”

[Photo Captions — PILLS for lepers in Tanzania. Symptoms of leprosy include wasting of muscle and deformities.]

Jet-Age Germs


The communicable disease problem is further being complicated by the potential hazards brought on by jet-age transport. No longer do nations live in relative isolation, separated by vast oceans or days and weeks of travel. Now a potential disease carrier can infect another country or continent thousands of miles away — all in a matter of hours. A person could carry a disease like yellow fever from the forests of Brazil to the suburbs of New York City and no one would be the wiser. Since the incubation period of such a disease usually amounts to several days, a potential carrier could easily clear customs long before the first telltale symptoms would break out.

In addition, there is the threat of new disease strains which can be sprung on an unsuspecting country like an infectious bolt out of the blue. Typical examples include the Marburg virus which was carried into Germany by African green monkeys. Seven out of 25 research workers who contracted this lethal little bug were killed. Lassa fever, unheard of until the 1970s, was also found to be so virulent that researchers at Yale University Laboratories were forced to terminate all work on the virus. Just how susceptible is the human race to massive disease epidemics? Will the Pale Horseman yet ride again with renewed vengeance and fury? Will mankind be engulfed in a tidal wave of disease epidemics that will rival the worst ones of history? Or has the human race seen the last of the grim reaper’?

Before discussing these questions, let’s examine the role disease has played in history and the key factors that led to some of the major epidemics of the past.

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YOU May NOT ESCAPE the Tribulation!

Some who think they are going to a place of safety MAY NOT GET THERE AT ALL! Read WHY and whether this could include YOU!

GOD’S Church has heard many times the blunt warning of Jesus Christ: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36).


We have been told many times to watch world conditions, to understand and know the prophecies of God, so that we will know when the time comes for God’s people to escape. We have also been taught many, many times in sermons, in broadcasts, and in Church services that we are to pray consistently without intermission, not neglecting prayer for a single day so that we might be accounted worthy to escape. But some are neglecting their duty!


Amazing Prophecy for Today


The escape of God’s Church to safety is mentioned in Revelation 12. In this chapter is an amazing prophecy concerning the Church of God from ancient times until the return of Jesus Christ.


During our time Satan will be very angry with God’s people, since he knows that he has but a short time left to deceive the nations. He is going to increase the pressure against Gods people, and is going to do all he can to increase the persecution of deceived men against us! This persecution will become so severe that God will find it necessary to supernaturally protect His people, and help them escape to a place of safety, before the full force of tribulation and world trouble comes on the whole earth.


Notice the symbolism of this supernatural protection:


“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14).


Not all of God’s Church will be accounted worthy to go to safety. Verse 17 of this same chapter shows that after those in God’s Church (who are doing their part in the Work of God) go to a place of safety there will be a “remnant” left. They keep God’s Commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, but are not accounted worthy to escape. This remnant will be subject to the full wrath of Satan the Devil. He makes war against them.


Why?


This same remnant is implied in the prophecies of Revelation, chapter three. In the second and third chapters we have the various eras of God’s Church mentioned in detail. At the present time we are in the Philadelphia era of God’s Church. This particular Church is promised that it will be kept from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try those that dwell on earth. (Rev. 3:10.) But not all who are with us are spiritually of us — some are already in a Laodicean spirit! The last Church, the Church of Laodicea, does not have this promise. They receive the fury of Satan. Very likely few of these people will survive the terrible times of trouble and torture that will follow.


We should all make our calling and election sure. We do not have time to wait for a year, five years or ten years to get ready to be “spiritual.” We cannot wait to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The time to be preparing is now! Of those who regularly attend God’s Church many are weak and carnal-minded. They have no zeal. They do not have their hearts completely and totally in God’s work and are not doing with their might the great work that God has commissioned all of us to do.


Moreover, only about half of the people listed on our records as baptized members in God’s Church go to the Feast of Tabernacles. Of course, some aren’t able to go because of sickness. Others are not able to go because their second tithe is not adequate to permit them to go each year. Some women who have unconverted mates are unable to go because their husbands will not permit them. God understands this.


But that does not excuse the others!


And of those who do attend God’s Festivals there is always a “mixed multitude” who are like the Israelites of old who complain, who, will not obey God or respect the authority in His Church.


Do You Have the Wrong Goal?


Many of you have the wrong goal — and don’t know it! You are looking forward to escaping to safety as your goal in life. In effect, you have exactly the same belief and goal that many of the religious sects have today.


In some churches it is called the rapture. In others it is escaping hell by “going to heaven.” The idea of going to a place of safety is exactly the same to some of you as it is to those who believe in the rapture theory.


The erroneous impression is that if you can be accounted worthy to escape to a place of safety, all of your troubles will be over. You have made the grade! Your entry into God’s Kingdom is then completely assured. Your trials and troubles will be over.


Don’t be so sure!


You need to understand more about the circumstances that are prophecied concerning the time when God’s Church does go to safety!


This is a time of extreme trouble for the whole world. This is a time when every man’s hand will be against his neighbor. It will be a time of crime, war, of pestilence, famine and of supernatural occurrences in the weather and in the sky.


It is a time that will become so terrible that nothing like it has ever come on earth before. We find an account of it in Matthew 24. The gospel of the Kingdom must first be preached to the world, and after that the climax of this age is going to come.
There will be the abomination of desolation that Daniel foretold. When this abomination is set up, those who may be in the land of Jadea are commanded to flee to the mountains. It will be so pressing that Jesus said they should not even go into the house to take out clothes or other necessities.
It is a time so terrible and urgent that those women who are pregnant, or those who have suckling children will have great difficulty (verse 19). It is a time when those in Judea will take a “flight” — flee for their lives. God’s people will be as “a brand plucked from the fire,” or as an animal snatched away from a trap. A time of extreme distress and trouble not only on the world but also on God’s own people.


John describes this time of trouble in the Book of Revelation as a time when Satan in his anger is going to “cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood” (Rev. 12:15). Every kind of snare will be laid for God’s people. But God intervenes supernaturally and helps the woman (verse 16).


Paradise? — or Wilderness?


It is not a time of ease, but a time of trouble. You should begin to see now that for some, this will be the beginning of their problems, not the end. Some will find they have not grown spiritually enough to overcome the trials and troubles. Some will fall by the wayside. Some people, as the Jews in Europe under Hitler, will look at the paltry things they have accumulated in this life, property, bank accounts, and comfort. These must be left completely and totally. Others will see loved ones and relatives who are not in God’s Church. Some of these people will find that when they count the cost, they will not “leave all” literally, and follow Jesus Christ. They will find that they cannot leave relatives, friends, or material conveniences.


They will not be accounted worthy to escape. It will be a time of serious decision for God’s people and many will not make the right decision!


We know that the Faithful will escape to a place of safety, but where? Revelation 12:14 states that it will be in the “wilderness” — not a paradise! In the time of the end the ancient land of Edom, Moab and Ammon shall escape conquest by the revived Roman Empire (Dan. 11:41). Here is a small desert area which will be protected from this Fascist — Roman Catholic system. The place of escape in all likelihood will be within this desolate region.


The land anciently occupied by these nations is to the southeast of the Dead Sea!


In this region is a very famous natural stronghold called Petra.


Certain scriptures seem to indicate that this place may be the place of protection. The Greek word Petra is Sela in the Hebrew. This same word is often translated Rock in the Old Testament. Isaiah 42:1 states: “Let the inhabitants of the rock (Sela or Petra) sing, let them shout from the top of the mountain. There are few inhabitants of Petra today, only a few bedouin Arabs live in the area. This text speaks of God’s people shouting from the top of the mountains giving glory to God because of His might and strength. Certainly this must be referring to God’s people rejoicing over the greatness and power of God who protects them in safety.


In Isaiah 16:1-5 we have another prophecy which may be veiled reference to the protection of God’s people — “My fugitives (or outcasts)” — in this area.
Even the book of Psalms refers to this place. “Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?” (Psalms 108:10). The fortified city referred to here may well be the natural fortified city of Petra which is located in the area of ancient Edom.


There are other scriptures which also indicate that Petra may be the place of protection. But God will make this evident and clear at the proper time and in the proper way.


Petra is such a rugged area that apparently only one airplane has ever landed there. It was a very tiny airplane and the pilot risked his life in performing such a precarious act. This was reported in one of the national magazines, and is a feat which is not expected to be duplicated. With this in mind, don’t think that God is going to provide jet transportation direct from your home to Petra if you are accounted worthy to escape to safety.


Even if the prophecy of Revelation 12:14 would include transportation by air, it obviously would not take God’s people all the way to Petra.


There is no airport in Petra. Nor any major airports nearby. The only way to fly there would be by huge airplanes which probably could not land any nearer than Jerusalem, Amman, Jordan or Cairo, Egypt! It is still many difficult miles to Petra! Remember the trials of the Exodus under Moses?


Complainers Will be Unworthy to Escape


If you went three days into a hot, dusty desert without water would you complain? What if you had to fast for several days?


Would you complain and rebel against Jesus Christ?
Today, we complain about little things. Most of us have not had to go without food or water. We complain when the water doesn’t taste right or we complain when we do not have completely “balanced diet.” We complain if we don’t have fresh vegetables or fresh fruit. We complain when we are not able to keep up to the same financial status of others who may be more prosperous. We complain about those whom God has set over us in authority, just as the ancient Israelites did.


We will never get to a place of safety with such wrong and rotten attitudes!


What is Petra Like?


If Petra is to be the place of safety for those accounted worthy to escape, we ought to know a little bit about what it is like. There are library books available about Petra and also certain magazine articles. The February 1735 issue and the December 1955 issue of the National Geographic Magazine had articles about Petra. These are usually available in used book stores or second hand stores. If you still have a copy of the November 1956 issue of The PLAIN TRUTH, or can borrow one, you will find an article by Mrs. Herbert W. Armstrong about Petra.
From one point of view, Petra is a very beautiful place. It is a very colorful desert, and has many, many caves in the sides of the mountains. These caves were dug many centuries ago. The caves are dirty. It is very dry and water is extremely limited. The area consists almost wholly of rock and wild figs and oleanders.


There are extremes of cold and heat. On page 865 of the December 1755 issue of National Geographic we find the following quotation: “In our own time, the remoteness of Petra and its intense summer heat and winter cold have limited exploration.”

Petra is no garden of Eden. It is no “cloud 19.”


If this is the place where God’s Church goes to safety, it will be one which will present many physical difficulties. If God’s people are permitted to go there they will be “cave dwellers” for three and one-half years!


We have become used to soft living. We have become used to warm, dry beds, hot and cold running water, central heating, and the many other multitudes of gadgets and appliances that are found in the modern American household. Petra is not like this.


From a physical point of view this is not going to be the wonderful place that many people have erroneously pictured. If you are looking forward to this event as a goal INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST, you have the wrong goal.
But it is not all bad! There will be difficult problems, but by Gods spirit they can be overcome. From a spiritual point of view this is going to be the climax and high point of the physical lives of those to whom God offer this divine protection. This is going to be almost a continuous “Feast of Tabernacles.”


In addition to supernaturally protecting and guiding his people to the place of safety, God is going to “nourish” (Rev. 12:14) his people. This nourishment certainly is both spiritual and physical.


This will be a time when God’s people will have opportunity to be shut away from the world, to learn many new things about God’s ways and His commands. It will be a time to grow spiritually. It will be a time of wonderful fellowship with God’s own people.


Lesson You Must Learn Now


But, there are important lessons that we must learn now. “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (high living), and drunkenness, and cares of this life and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). Many of you are over-concerned with the “high living” of our day. You have become overly concerned about the cares of this life, and have not put the Kingdom of God, and the work that God has given us to do, first in your life.


For such people the following warning is sounded: “For as a mare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth’ (verse 35).
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).


Notice these things. The command is to watch and pray always! Our prayers should be in accord with the instructions that Jesus Christ gave in Matt. 6:9-13. With these instructions Jesus Christ gives us many things to pray about in addition to praying that we might be protected from the trials and temptations that are ahead. If we pray faithfully and with our whole heart in this manner then we shall be accounted worthy to escape. Some have had the erroneous idea that they should be praying only to escape.


This scripture does not say to pray to escape only but that because we pray daily we can escape all of the things mentioned in this chapter and stand before the Son of man. That is the important point that many people have overlooked.


Many are looking forward to escape. They are not looking forward to the return of Jesus Christ.
For those who are not protected a remarkable and detailed prophecy is found in Deuteronomy 28, concerning the terrible siege and captivity that follows the escape of the Church. “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and want of all things; and he will put a yoke of iron upon your neck until he has destroyed you” (Deut. 28:47, 48 RSV).


Here is one reason why some of God’s called and chosen people will not go to safety. They are not serving God with joyfulness and gladness of heart. God has given us abundance in our nation such as the rest of the world has not had. Do we appreciate these things? Some of us do not! Instead of being appreciative, instead of being thankful and giving praise to God for this great abundance, we gripe and complain because others have more, or because we do not have what we would like to have, or what we think we should have.


This lack of appreciation for the wonderful spiritual and physical blessings of God will bar some from going to safety.


Our trials and temptations are small now. They are going to increase as Satan becomes more angry with God’s Church. We must use the time well that God has given us to grow spiritually and to overcome the trials that lie ahead. The wonderful physical blessings that God has given us now are going to be taken away in a few years. Let’s appreciate these blessings now, giving God thanks continually for supplying them for us. God wants us to enjoy these things to the full.


We must learn to pray daily, without intermission and with faith and fervency, believing God totally and completely. We must learn to overcome our own faults, to overcome Satan and the world about us.
But one final warning.


In I Cor. 10:1-13 we are told by the apostle Paul that all the things that happened to the children of Israel in ancient times were written down for our instruction and learning today. Are we learning these lessons? Or, are we right now making the same mistakes that they made. We must learn these lessons or else we will never escape the things that are coming on this earth.


Brethren, God is going to provide a way of escape for his people. It is going to be a hard, rutty and difficult way. But, it will be a way of joy.


Will you be among those who will be protected and stand before Jesus Christ at His coming?


By Leroy Neff

Source: January 1962 The Plain Truth Magazine


THE “SECRET RAPTURE”: Lift-off or Letdown?

Some believe it will be the ultimate “great escape.” And that it could take place at any moment. But what does the Bible say?

MANY AN average person on the street may never have even heard of it until watching religious programs on television or reading the newspaper. The “rapture”? What’s that?


But large numbers of churchgoers in various religious denominations hear all about it — often. They live in constant expectation of it. “Christ may come tonight and snatch the church away to heaven,” the minister assures in revival meetings, in Sunday church services and on television.
Such a snatching away or “rapture” of the church, it is claimed, will be the next great prophetic event. And it may take place at any moment.


It is generally supposed to happen this way: Strife, crime, evildoing in the world will become increasingly worse. Civilization will plunge headlong toward a time of intense trouble. Suddenly, just before the world arrives at a period of calamity called “the tribulation,” we are told, Jesus will return invisibly and snatch away — “rapture” — all “born-again” Christians. Some add all dead Christians — and, some say, all babies and young children. Jesus, we are assured, will take them to heaven, away from world turmoil, for perhaps 3½ or seven years. It will be a sudden, yet secret event. No one will see it happen. Only the effects — empty cars, empty houses, workers missing from their jobs — will be apparent.


Some suggest what the newspaper headlines will be the day after:


“Millions Mysteriously Vanish!”


“Graves Found Open and Empty”


“Massive Traffic Snarls Due to Missing Drivers”


“All Children Have Disappeared!”


They go on to describe how all the people who are left on earth will have to go through 3½ — some say seven — years of terrible trouble and punishment. Then, according to this teaching, Christ will return from heaven once again, bringing all His saints with Him. This time it will not be in secret. The whole world will see it happen.


That’s the way the “rapture” is usually presented. But is that how Jesus announced He would return? Will He come back in two phases — one, secret and unexpected, for His saints, to snatch them away, and a second, publicly with His saints? What does the Bible really say?


Pinpointing the Time


Make no mistake about it! Jesus did promise to return to this earth to restore the government of God and to bring peace to the world. “I go to prepare a place for you,” He said, “and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again [He did not say ‘again and again’ in two phases; He just said ‘again’) and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3).


Notice it. The resurrected saints go as far as the clouds in the atmosphere to meet Jesus. Jesus will return and when He returns, His followers will be wherever He is. Where will Jesus be? Dashing away to heaven? On earth? Somewhere in between?
Isn’t it time we opened our Bibles to see what is plainly revealed? Jesus’ Second Coming is described in I Thessalonians 4:16-17. Here we find that it is not invisible nor secret. It is announced with great sounds:


“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout [this is not something done in secret!], with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God [the voice of an archangel and the blast of a trumpet will be heard!]: and 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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”


Here is no secret rapture!

The return of Jesus is spoken of again in I Corinthians 15:51-52: “Behold, I shew you a mystery [the mystery is not a quiet rapture as some say it is. Notice!]: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound [here is the same event we have already read about], and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”


Here again, Christ’s Second Coming to meet His saints will be accompanied by sound — a great sound. Furthermore, it all happens at the “last trump,” blown by a mighty angel.
When is that last trump or trumpet sounded?


Time Order of Events


It is important at this point to briefly note the order of events leading to Christ’s return. We find these events laid out in the book of Revelation — the last book in the Bible. The entire period included in the prophecy is divided into seven segments, each covered by a “seal” (5:1).


The first four seals are, in order, false prophets, wars, famines and disease epidemics (6:1-8). The sixth of these seals consists of great signs in the heavens. These heavenly signs come right after the tribulation, which is the fifth seal (see Matthew 24:29).


Still no trumpet has sounded.


After the heavenly signs comes the prophetic “Day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31). This is the seventh seal. It is the time when God intervenes directly in human affairs. Here is where trumpets — seven of them — finally come into the picture (Revelation 8, 9, 11:15-19).
The seventh of these is the “last trump” the apostle Paul referred to in I Corinthians 15:52. It is not sounded, as the book of Revelation shows, until the climax of the day of the Lord, which is the Second Coming of Christ. The trumpets sound after the heavenly signs, which in turn come after the tribulation, not before, as those who believe in a rapture claim.


Here is where many have erred. They claim there are two “last” trumps — one “last trump” when Jesus is supposed to return silently and secretly to rapture away His followers, and another “last trump” after the period of tribulation, when Jesus returns visibly to earth with His saints.


But this is not what the Bible says! There cannot be two “last trumpets.”


The last trump is just that: the last trump. There can be only one “last” trump, just as there can be only one last person standing in a line. The “last trump” is described in the Bible in Revelation 11:15: “And the seventh angel sounded [the seventh and last prophetic trumpet mentioned in the Scriptures]: and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.”


In no way is this talking about a “secret rapture” where the saints are silently, noiselessly, whisked off to heaven. To the blowing of the last trumpet and great voices, Jesus returns to this earth to conquer and then rule all nations.


“Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives [on earth! That is where Jesus will be, and that is where the saints will be also]… and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee [because they have just met Him in the air]…. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth…” (Zechariah 14:3-5, 9).


Christ’s return and the resurrection of the saints mark the beginning of 1,000 years of divine government on this earth some call it the Millennium, a word derived from the Latin for thousand years (Revelation 20:4-7).


But somebody is sure to ask about I Thessalonians 5:2, which says “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” Does this verse prove Jesus will come secretly? This verse is not speaking of how Christ returns. It is plainly speaking of the day of the Lord when God first intervenes in world affairs by great signs and wonders after the great tribulation and after the heavenly signs (Joel 2:31). The day of God’s intervention followed by Christ’s return will surprise the world as does a thief in the night. But when these events happen, everyone will know. “Behold, he cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see him…” (Revelation 1:7).


Way of Escape


Matthew 24:29-31 reveals that when the “elect” (defined as true Christians in Colossians 3:12 and other scriptures) are gathered together at the sound of the seventh or last trumpet, the great tribulation and the heavenly signs will already have passed! How can some read right over these verses without understanding them?


Does this mean Christians will have to go through the tribulation? Not necessarily! Many will escape (Revelation 3:10). But not by a fictitious “rapture.” The Church those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony [gospel] of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17) is promised protection. Not up in heaven, though. Rather, it will be a special place on this earth (verses 14 and 16)! But others will have to be purified in the tribulation (Revelation 3:18 and 12:17).


The idea of a “rapture” up to heaven is utterly false. It has led and will lead only to disappointment and disillusionment for those who foolishly believe in it.
If you would like further information as to what the Bible teaches about this important subject and how you can prepare yourself for the future, read of The Secret Rapture — Fact or Fiction? and The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last!


By Clayton D Steep

Source: October-November 1981 The Plain Truth Magazine


Our Private Brief and Conviction about Vaccination

The New York Times wrote in 1984, during Measles Outbreak at YOU Camps, Kevin Dean gave comment to what The Worldwide Church of God taught.

“The youths have refused immunization for ”religious or personal reasons,” Mr. [Kevin] Dean said. ”It’s the church’s philosophy that God heals,” he added, and some church members may interpret that to mean they cannot receive vaccinations. But the church does not have such a policy, he said.”

New York Times(Source Here – https://www.nytimes.com/1984/08/19/us/56-teen-agers-refuse-measles-shots-citing-religious-beliefs.html)


RADIO CHURCH OF GOD
Box 111
WORLD HEADQUARTERS
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
PRESIDENT and PASTOR
Broadcasting
The WORLD TOMORROW

Publishing
The PLAIN TRUTH
a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING

August 17, 1962

Mr. Mason Reardon, Chairman
Sabin Oral Polio Vaccination Committee
P. O, Box 254
Gilmer, Texas

Dear Sir:

Pursuant to your letter of August 10, I would like to state briefly our position regarding the Administering of oral or other vaccines.

As you may know, we do believe thoroughly in the Bible doctrine of Divine Healing. We are not, however, a Church that unduly emphasizes healing, nor do we make it a primary part of our message to the world in our world-wide evangelistic effort.

Privately, however, and as a Church, we encourage members to trust in God for their protection and their healing should sickness or disease occur. If a member is weak in faith, there is no arbitrary decision made for him, nor is there coercion by any member of the Church upon any other member as to whether he seeks the aid of organized medicine.

We have in our possession, gathered by our world-wide news bureau, with wire services directly into Ambassador College campus, thick sheafs of statistical evidence which completely render as false some of the claims connected with the sabin oral vaccine. What is considered “satisfactory results” with this vaccine?

For example, in the Dallas Morning News, for July 13, this year, an article appeared which stated out of nine polio cases, six had received Salk shots, in some cases all three of them.

Meanwhile, in New York, where sabin vaccines were being administered, more polio victims were being counted. A clipping from the New York DailY News said, “Three of those stricken had received Sabin oral vaccine during a mass immunization program.” Headlines in the Oregon Journal said recently, “5 in state get polio despite vaccine use.” The article reported ALL of the cases followed administration of the second dose of Sabin oral polio vaccine. One of the stricken had also taken the Salk shot.

In the Springfield Daily News, on November 16, 1961, families were seriously warned that polio serum can infect unvaccinated persons. That is, that the vaccinated person becomes a carrier of the live virus, and that members of his own family can and actually HAVE contracted the disease simply from being in close contact with a vaccinated person.

In a clipping from Atlanta, September 15, last year, it was noted that eleven persons had been stricken who had just recently taken Sabin vaccine. In a world affairs conference in Colorado, a noted biologist said plainly (reported in the Rocky Mountain News) that the Salk vaccine may ultimately “kill millions of Americans.” He said it particularly may “destroy the human kidney” and that it would be “ten years from the first use of the vaccine before anyone knows.” Let me quote him further. His is not the stand of religion, but of his own profession. “The Salk vaccine is frankly a mess. We rushed into the program without any real reason to believe it was effective, and without taking precautions.” Richard L. Meier, research associate in behavioral science at Michigan University, said those who decided to use the Salk vaccine knew not only the theoretical risks, but also the demonstrated risks.

This is only the beginning of the mass of evidence, some of it starkly frightening, all of it decidedly revealing. One frankly frightening article appeared in the Chicago American recently. It said, in part, “Children with four, five, and six shots have been known to develop polio. While such cases are few, their increasing number in the last few years — national figures show that 23 percent of paralytic polio is now occurring in persons who have three or more doses of vaccine — is of grave concern to health officials.”

Just last year, Massachusetts’ children, after 150,000 of them had been inoculated, had ten times the amount of polio than EVER BEFORE!

The statistics are endless, it seems — and they are absolutely frightening in their implications. Health officials argue there is only a small risk. But the fact remains — there IS A RISK! The final paragraph on the mimeographed form you enclosed should in itself be an acknowledgement of this fact, that “there is no responsibility on the part of the administering officials for any reactions.”

I take the time to thoroughly explain our position on this particular point, Mr. Reardon, so you will understand. We are not “faith-healing fanatics.” We thoroughly believe in “proving all things,” however, and have seen clear proof from the medical profession itself that the risk involved in taking live virus from infected monkey kidneys into the human system can result in unpredictable ways. We, therefore, candidly lay these facts before Church members, and let them know of the dangers and risks involved.

I believe one more factor is important. The doctors have plainly said that vaccinated persons pose far more threat to UNvaccinated persons so far as possible carriers of the disease is concerned. Therefore, the people of Big Sandy will have nothing to fear whatsoever from our un-vaccinated Church members. We cannot recommend to our Church members that they join in the vaccination program.

Thank you very much for your candid letter. Please be assured this is our private belief and conviction, and that we do not engage in any active public condemnation of any vaccinations, nor attempt to thwart the free practice of others who, just as we do, enjoy the matchless privilege of living in the great country which guarantees complete freedom of religion! We have always had very happy and convivial relationships with our fine neighbors in Big Sandy and Upshur County.


Letter being responded to:


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
UPSHUR COUNTY

P.O. Box 254
Gilmer, Texas

Radio Church of God
Herbert W. Armstrong
President and Pastor
Box 111
Pasadena, California

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

We are writing in regards to the new Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine, which is sponsored by the Upshur County Chamber of Commerce and authorized by the Upshur County Medical Association. We would like for you to let your people of Big Sandy, Texas, know if it will be all right for them to have this vaccine.

Enclosed you will find a copy of the program. We feel that it is a vital need for everyone to have this vaccine. We believe that by all having it, we will not only help keep down the disease but also help those who are carriers.

Please notify us what you decide and also your church in Big Sandy. We plan to have the first vaccine administered September 15th. The people there in Big Sandy endorse it wholeheartedly and of course the Medical Association does also, in fact they are mostly responsible for people having this opportunity.

Hoping to hear from you at an early date.

Sincerely yours,

Mason Reardon, Chairman
Sabin Oral Polio Vaccination Committee


Please read our articles about The Truth About Vaccines – https://wwcg-archives.com/2020/12/09/the-truth-about-drugs-and-vaccines-covert-19/

The Sick American – https://wwcg-archives.com/2020/12/09/the-sick-american/


Letter from Personal Correspondence Department

January 1988

Dear Friend:

    Thank you for your question regarding vaccinations or
immunizations.

    This subject has been a concern of many. However, neither
the Bible nor the Worldwide Church of God teach that immunization
is a sin. In fact, the Church as a spiritual Body neither
approves nor disapproves any of the many medical procedures
extant today.

    On the other hand, the Bible does teach us to be subject to
civil authorities (Rom. 13:1-7; I Pet. 2:13-15), many of whom
require certain immunizations. For some people, however, being
immunized may be a violation of conscience.

    The apostle Paul explained this principle this way: “It is
good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which
your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have
faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not
condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is
condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for
whatever is not from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:21-23, RAV).

    So, while the Worldwide Church of God teaches that being
immunized is a medical matter and is not sin, it also does not
judge those who, because of conscience or personal choice, choose
not to be immunized. In either case, it must be a personal
decision made by the individual.

    We hope you will let us know whenever we may assist you
further with your study of the Bible. It is our pleasure to serve
you.

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE DEPARTMENT


Holding Fast – kicked out for having a different view

THESE GROUPS HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN GOD’S CHURCH AND APOSTLE, A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN GOD AND HIS WORD. And because we believed God rather than man, we were kicked out from a splinter group.

We release these 3 audio recordings

We release these 3 audio recordings from 2009 between Tim Kitchen Sr. and John Cocomise; and Cal Culpepper, John Cocomise and Samuel Kitchen.

John Cocomise is a minister of the “Philadelphia Church of God, Inc” and Cal Culpepper is a regional minister of the “Philadelphia Church of God, Inc”.

The “Philadelphia Church of God, Inc” will be referred to as “PCG” for simplification purposes.

The “Worldwide Church of God,Inc” will be referred to as “WCG” for simplification purposes.

When the “Worldwide Church of God” is mentioned, it will be listed in whole. The WCG is not the same as the Worldwide Church of God.

Tim Kitchen and family began attending the local Iowa congregation of the PCG, in 1999. They had stopped attendance with the local “Worldwide Church of God, Inc”(WCG) congregation earlier that year, because the WCG congregation no longer followed the God and Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Tim Kitchen Sr. had been told by the local WCG minister(John Bailey) that Joseph Tkach Jr(Pastor General of WCG) had organized a team locally to pull the wife and sons of Tim Kitchen Sr. away from him and to destroy the Kitchen family. Tim Kitchen was “lost in Armstrongism” according to Tkach Jr. but “maybe there was a chance with his family”.

On the day of Pentecost, the local pastor passed out Easter eggs and crucifixes to Tim Kitchen’s sons, defying the very teachings of the Bible which the Worldwide Church of God had held for so long.

After leaving services, Tim Kitchen and family decided to no longer attend with that congregation.

Soon after, John Bailey the local WCG pastor, contacted Tim Kitchen and wanted to meet him. So he came to the Kitchen residence, and after some time revealed what he had been involved in against the Kitchen family. Tim Kitchen reminded him to repent and that if he could not repent, he reminded John Bailey of what Christ says in His Word about the fiery condemnation of the lake of fire.

The next Sabbath, John Bailey lied to the local congregation, and said Tim Kitchen told them all to go to hell. This wasn’t what Tim Kitchen said.

This shocked a few people in the congregation, who knew Tim Kitchen, and they later decided to leave as well because they too wanted to hold fast to God and His truth, which the Worldwide Church of God had received through Herbert W Armstrong.

Joseph Tkach Jr. immediately went back to the disfellowshipping and marking doctrine the Worldwide Church of God had years prior. Tkach had removed this doctrine, saying it was unbiblical, but he feared people listening to this Tim Kitchen and so he brought back the doctrine of disfellowshipping and marking, and marked Tim Kitchen, banning the membership of the WCG from interacting or talking with Tim Kitchen Sr.

Tim Kitchen immediately began fasting and praying, looking into other groups to see where Christ was working. He found a book “He was right” which was published by the “Philadelphia Church of God, Inc”(PCG). This book went into detail on how Herbert W Armstrong was right biblically and scriptural.
Tim Kitchen called for a meeting with a local minister.

The local minister of the PCG was Ron Meisner, a Worldwide Church of God minister whom Tim Kitchen had met and known years prior.
Rekindling the friendship, Tim Kitchen was immediately added to the PCG membership and was approved to attend with the local Iowa congregation.
Arriving that next Sabbath in a back office of an insurance company in Knoxville Iowa, Tim Kitchen found more Worldwide Church of God members. Each had been faithfully holding fast.
Among this congregation he found a few people who were straying from the faith once delivered, and so Tim Kitchen began warning them of departures from Christ.

There was no local minister at the time, and the congregation listened to taped sermons each week coming from the headquarters ministry of the PCG.

The regional minister, was a man named Marvin Campbell. He was a Worldwide Church of God minister, who was employed by the PCG to enforce the government of God among the congregations. If a man or woman had an attitude problem with the ministry, he would come and talk to them to solve the problems that were present.
He was kept on the road 300 days out of the years, doing this.
He told Tim Kitchen, that he spent the time while driving to each PCG congregation listening to old tapes of Herbert W Armstrong.

Now, during the 10 years Tim Kitchen and family attended the Iowa congregation of the PCG, problems would pop up. Men in the congregation was wanting to seize control of the congregation and to make themselves the local minister.

Tim Kitchen was the only man in their way.

Marvin Campbell would come to the congregation and talk to each individual involved.
He decided that the congregation needed a minister.
So he ordained a deacon of the Chicago area, to be local pastor of the Brooklyn Iowa congregation. That man’s name was John Cocomise.

Eventually the trouble makers left, but they were given the local tape library and book library, which the congregation had donated to and which held various books and sermons from Herbert W Armstrong.

John Cocomise had given them away to one man who left, to destroy the library.

Another man who left, named Earl Lofton, told Tim Kitchen years later when he ran into him at a grocery store, that he was ordered to destroy the congregations library. He decided to give a portion of the book library he had preserved to Tim Kitchen, because he felt Tim Kitchen cared about them.

Problems in the Iowa congregation persisted.

What kind of problems? Spiritual problems. Demons.

The apostle Paul once said, that we wrestle not with flesh and blood people, but we wrestle with evil spirits in high places.

This was most certainly true. The demonic spirits which had gripped those who had left, had begun gripping John Cocomise, the new minister,, and others in the congregation.

Marvin Campbell appointed Tim Kitchen to be over the deacon duties of the congregation, and according to his own words, had ordered John Cocomise to begin training Tim Kitchen to start giving sermons and prepare him for the ministry.

Now, while given the deacon duties, he had not yet been ordained. Each Holy day, John Cocomise would take those duties away from Tim Kitchen Sr, and give them to Joseph Parr or another man.

Tim Kitchen wasn’t upset, but was relieved that God had provided a rest from those duties. However, each time this occurred the man who had been given the Church duties, flubbed up and made a huge mess for the congregation. To save face, John Cocomise would immediately take those duties away from the men and handed them to Tim Kitchen and wanted the mess cleaned up and fixed.

For 7 years, this happened. Tim Kitchen let Marvin Campbell know of these things and Marvin Campbell told him to keep obeying John Cocomise and do as he asked unless it brought him to sin.

Marvin Campbell’s wife had died, and he had eye problems and could no longer drive and perform his regional ministerial duties.

So Cal Culpepper was brought in to replace Marvin Campbell.

Cal Culpepper had been in the Worldwide Church of God, and even attended the Church’s Ambassador College during the 1970’s. He had been employed by the PCG for many years.

In 2009, the Spring Holy days were beginning.

Once again John Cocomise took the Church duties away from Tim Kitchen, and gave them to a other man.
Tim Kitchen went immediate to prayer.
This had been an ongoing problem for seven years. He told God that he would gladly serve Him, as he always had, and that if John Cocomise wanted him to step back in and take responsibility and clean the mess up that he would. But if God did not want him to do that, then God would have to cause him to be somewhere else, and busy enough to not step in.

Pentecost came. Someone had asked Tim Kitchen to help them with unloading Church equipment from their car, and then another woman would come running up to ask his help with her car, then another. This kept up all day.

After services, John Cocomise blew up on Tim Kitchen. He began ranting, telling my dad what mess the day was, and how he should have stepped in and fixed it.

In the Church, you never try to take Church duties away from someone else. That breaks the chain of command and constitutes a government problem, which is a suspended offense.

What John Cocomise had wanted, was for Tim Kitchen to break the law of God and the government of God, which would have given them a good reason to disfellowship Tim Kitchen.

He had been searching for Tim Kitchen all day, but he couldn’t get ahold of him because he was helping someone else and indisposed.

God had answered Tim Kitchen’s prayer!

So as John Cocomise was frustrated, out of control emotionally, because all of the mess fell on his shoulders, he began ranting and telling Tim Kitchen how he should have broken the law and government of God. Tim Kitchen politely reminded him of the law and government of God and how it would have been wrong to do what John Cocomise had wanted of him. The responsibilities were John Cocomise’s.

Things calmed down, because John Cocomise realized his circumstances and how the congregation had been standing around him listening. He was embarrassed.

After Pentecost, Cal Culpepper called Tim Kitchen to counsel.

Now Cal Culpepper had demon problems. At the 2008 Feast of Tabernacles, he would make faces behind Marvin Campbell when he wasn’t looking. Tim Kitchen had seen this..
Cal Culpepper would suddenly get emotional and filled with rage, and face beat red, and then go back to a calm state as the demon left.
Some would say his mental state was unstable, and that he had multiple personalities, a disorder, but for the Church of God, we recognize demonic spirits at work and it is safe to say that Cal Culpepper was possessed by several demons. Which is sad, but nevertheless true.

Each council session(2-3 sessions), was filled with Cal Culpepper telling Tim Kitchen to break the law and government of God and that he should have stepped in and take over on Pentecost. My father brought forth the scriptures which commanded him not to do such a thing, and that is when the demons showed themselves.
Each time, Cal Culpepper would become emotionally out of control, and went to intimidation and then sudden calm. He had to leave abruptly after my father kept repeating the scriptures of God to Cal Culpepper, praying silently to God.
Cal Culpepper didn’t bring any scriptures, but he wanted to get my dad on board in breaking the law of God. Tim Kitchen Sr. politely and respectfully declined the order.

On the last council session(with John Cocomise and Cal Culpepper), Melissa Kitchen, wife of Tim, was asked to be included.
In this council session, Cal Culpepper wanted to know what Tim Kitchen had been seeing in the local congregation. He asked how far back could he discern what had been happening. Names of the members who had left were mentioned. Tim Kitchen told him since from the beginning.

At the end, as John Cocomise and Cal Culpepper was leaving, John Cocomise turned and asked Tim if it was okay to ask his wife something. He said it was okay.
“Mrs. Kitchen…do you see what your husband sees?” She said yes. He told her thank you and he and Cal Culpepper left.

The next Sabbath, Tim Kitchen received a phone call telling him and his wife to stay home and not attend church services, that he was suspended and disfellowshipped.

He was told by Cal Culpepper, his suspension was due to “a lack of respect towards John Cocomise. You have respect, just not enough”

This occurred, while Tim and Melissa Kitchen’s children(3 boys: Samuel, 18, Timothy Jr, 18, and Clinton, 16) was attending the 3 week PCG’s youth camp in Edmond, Oklahoma.

At the youth camp, John Cocomise had visited the 3 boys, and was asking them questions to see if they had knowledge of their parent’s suspension.

At the end of camp, John Cocomise’s son Michael Cocomise was seen following the 3 sons of Tim Kitchen to see if they was telling any other attendees of the youth camp. They weren’t.

So they came home. They could no longer attend church at the PCG congregation. All of their friends were gone.

Soon after Tim and Melissa Kitchen’s suspension, John Cocomise had called and wanted to meet with him to pick up the Church supplies and equipment Tim Kitchen had for the local congregation.
(They had been taking it home, because the rented hall was unsecured and people were stealing the supplies.)

Now, the youth camp director of the PCG’s youth camp was a man named Wayne Turgeon. He wrote a letter to Samuel, like he did each year asking him how he liked camp and how his family was doing etc.

When Samuel received that letter, he took it as an opportunity to ask for a counseling session between Gerald Flurry (the Pastor General of the PCG), Marvin Campbell, and Tim Kitchen Sr(His father). The phone number they had received for Cal Culpepper was a wrong number, and they couldn’t get a hold of him.

So Samuel emailed Wayne Turgeon, asking for the contact information for Gerald Flurry, so that his father Tim Kitchen Sr could counsel with him and Marvin Campbell over the problems he was facing in the Iowa congregation.

Samuel received a phone call wanting to have a phone conference between him, Cal Culpepper and John Cocomise and that they had something to discuss with him about.

These two audio recordings, are between John Cocomise and Tim Kitchen. John Cocomise had wanted to pick up the Church supplies and equipment.

At the pick up meeting, Tim Kitchen apologized for not having enough respect for him John Cocomise. John Cocomise told him he didn’t have a lack of respect for him.

This conflicted with Cal Culpepper’s reason for suspension.

Here are the two audio recordings.

Audio (Part 1)- John Cocomise and Tim Kitchen Sr

Link – right click to download

Audio (Part 2)- John Cocomise and Tim Kitchen Sr

Link – right click to download

Samuel Kitchen recorded the phone conference audio, between himself, Cal Culpepper and John Cocomise. He was suspended and told to stay home.

This is that audio.

Audio- Cal Culpepper and Samuel Kitchen

Link – right click to download

Also, in the above audio, Timothy Kitchen JR, the son of Tim Kitchen Sr and brother to Samuel, was also told to stay home and was suspended without counseling session, and Samuel was told to deliver that message to him after the phone call.

If Samuel was so off track, and had a wrong spirits why was he tasked with determining his brother’s condition and why was his brother told to stay home with no personal counsel by the PCG ministry?

The Kitchen family went immediately to fasting and prayer. They wanted to draw closer to God and Jesus Christ, and to root out any sin in their lives.
Each Sabbath, they began to listen to old radio and sermon tapes from Herbert W Armstrong, who was their minister in the Lord. They could no longer receive and listen to sermons from the PCG ministry.

They began to go back to the old literature of the Worldwide Church of God and Herbert W Armstrong, and began studying their Bibles with much ferver and enthusiasm!

As Tim Kitchen was reading his original copy of the book “Who and What is the Prophetic Beast?” written by Herbert W Armstrong, he wanted to show his sons
what had been written and what the Bible said.

His sons went to find their own copy, which they had from the PCG(who was printing new copies). They could not find what their father had showed them in his original copy! What they had found, was a deletion of text!

Now, they began pouring through each original copy of Herbert W Armstrong’s books they had, and comparing them to the new PCG’S copies. They found changes.

They found that in the Mystery of the Ages. The PCG had removed text saying New Testament prophets had no administrative, doctrinal or preaching functions in the Church of God.

The PCG believes that Gerald Flurry is “THAT PROPHET”, and because Herbert W Armstrong was teaching that a New Testament prophet had no administrative, doctrinal or preaching functions in the Church, this contradicted with their own teachings, and exposed Gerald Flurry and the PCG as a fraud and deceiver!

So they edited Herbert W Armstrong’s books to eliminate what he had said that would expose them.

Tim Kitchen and family began to find out just how many changes there was made by the PCG to the writings of Herbert W Armstrong because the PCG did not believe what had been taught, and had been deceiving the people and telling them that they had.

Piece by piece, as they went back to what Herbert W Armstrong taught, and as they went back to the Bible, the more the teachings of the PCG were exposed as false, and so they began digging for the truth which had been taught.

Tim Kitchen and family began posting online their findings, and began showing the people what had been taught by the servant of Christ, the apostle Herbert W Armstrong. This page and website was raised up for this purpose.

They had found that different men and churches had gained control of the Herbert W Armstrong’s and the Worldwide Church of God’s publications, and were using websites and online libraries to lure people into their churches who was just like the PCG in that they were telling the people they were keeping to what was taught but was lying.

The above audio recordings, are made available after 11 years, to inform those who have been treated badly by the ministry of these COG groups, that they are not alone, and we warn and encourage them to turn to God in fasting and prayer and start going back to what was taught through Herbert W Armstrong by the Living God and the Living Jesus Christ.

We are not bitter for what happened, and hold no hard feelings. We have waited 11 years to release these audios because we hold no hard feelings.

Many have gone through similar troubles or worse, and have given up on God and have turned to throw away the truth of God! You do not have to do that. Turn to God with your whole heart and draw near unto Him. Begin listening to what His apostle has taught, and revitalize the Holy Spirit within you and then behold the salvation and deliverance of God!

The Devil is no match for Christ. In Christ we have victory. We just need to be willing and enthusiastic to change what needs changed. How much do you love God and His truth?

Will you turn unto the true God, and escape the clutches of false churches and false ministers?