The Books of Zechariah and Haggai is about the rebuilding of the Temple of God.
You see, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, A.K.A Sheshbazzar, was sent to Jerusalem by King Cyrus of Persia, to rebuild the Temple.
Along with Zerubbabel came a small band of Jewish exiles, one being Joshua the son of Jozadak.
While Zerubbabel was governor of Judah, Joshua was the High Priest.
Now in the Hebrews Chapter 5, we find that Jesus Christ is our High Priest today, after the order of Melchisidek.
We also find how “The Church of God” is the Spiritual Temple of God, being the Spiritual Body of Jesus Christ.
Let’s read Romans 12.
For as we have many members in ONE BODY, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are ONE BODY in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Also in 1 Corinthians 12, we read…
For as the Body is ONE, and has many members, and all the members of ONE BODY,
being many, are ONE BODY: So also is Christ.
For by ONE SPIRIT are we all baptized into ONE BODY, whether we be jews or
gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into ONE SPIRIT.
For the body is NOT ONE MEMBER, but MANY.
But now has God set the members every one of them in the BODY, as it has pleased
And in verse 26, we continue…
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be
honoured, all members rejoice with it.
Now you are the BODY OF CHRIST, and members in particular.
And God has set some in the Church, FIRST….APOSTLES…
Now why emphasize the APOSTLE FIRST? What important role does the apostle have above the rest of the ministry?
Let’s quickly turn to 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3.
For we are labourers together with God: You are God’s Husbandry, You are GOD’S
According to the grace of God which is given unto, as a wise masterbuilder, I have
LAID THE FOUNDATION, and another builds there upon.
For another foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Further down to verse 16…
Know you not that you are the TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the SPIRIT OF GOD dwells
If any defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the Temple of God is HOLY,
WHICH TEMPLE YOU ARE.
The apostles are involved with FIRST laying down the FOUNDATION of the Church of God, which is Jesus Christ. The rest of the Temple/The Church of God is built upon THAT FOUNDATION!
How does the books of Zechariah and Haggai fit in?
It is because these two books CONTAIN prophesies for the Church of God in these end times; FASCINATING prophecies concerning the laying of the foundation and the RESTORING and REBUILDING of the Temple of God AKA the Church of God.
Who was Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel?
1) He was the Governor of Judah
2) He was responsible for the laying of the foundation of the Temple.
Zerubbabel, like the future apostles of Jesus Christ, had a UNIQUE commission: To make sure the foundation of the Temple was exact to the specifications and perfect.
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of THIS HOUSE; his hands shall also finish it;”
“And he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, GRACE, GRACE unto it.”
THE CORNERSTONE, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2 tells us,
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
If so you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
To whom is coming, as unto a LIVING STONE, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
You also, as lively stones, are built up a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, and Holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious: And he that believes on Him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: But unto them which be disobedient, the STONE which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the Corner,”
God then FIRST used an apostle, like He did with Zerubbabel, to LAY THE FOUNDATION, which is Christ and also to bring forth the cornerstone which is also Jesus Christ.
Now working with this Zerubbabel was Joshua the son of Jozadak, the High Priest. He led the priesthood.
Now the Old Testament priesthood was a human priesthood, and therefore human and apt to sin and make mistakes.
So we get a picture of the spiritual condition the priesthood was in, by reading about the High Priest in Zechariah, Chapter 3.
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused you iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with A CHANGE OF RAINMENT.
And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments.
Back in Leviticus chapter 8, we read more about this MITRE and garments being mentioned.
And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.
And he put the breastplate upon him: Also he put in the breastplate the URIM and the THUMMIM.
And he put the MITRE upon his head also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the Holy Crown; as the Lord commanded Moses.
So here was Joshua, the High Priest, unfit and not properly clothed for the duties of the High Priest of God. He, along with the rest of the priesthood, is with need to be cleaned up.
What did God do first?
“And he showed me Joshua, the High Priest, standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.” (Zechariah 3:1)
The reason behind the condition of Joshua and the priesthood, was due to the involvement of one Satan the Devil. He had gotten in, and was influencing the priesthood of God.
A rotten attitude had set it.
“And the Lord said unto Satan, the Lord rebuke you, O Satan; even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you: Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?”
The first thing God did was the REMOVAL of Satan the Devil. He had to go. He was the reason for the wrong attitude of the priests.
Only until after Satan was removed, could God begin to work through Joshua and the rest of the priesthood.
He tells Joshua in verse 8, “Behold, I will bring forth my servant The BRANCH.” or in otherwords, Jesus Christ, the cornerstone, in which Zerubbabel would BRING FORTH.
Joshua had been attempting to do it alone. Here was God saying to him, ONLY CHRIST CAN DO IT.
Only the BRANCH can get the job done!
Since the priesthood was UNFIT for the Temple duties, God had to bring a servant from OUTSIDE the priesthood.
Using Zerubbabel, God could set the entire priesthood back on the right track, and to restore and FINISH His Temple in Jerusalem.
Some Pastors may claim to be on the right track, but Christ still uses His apostles to help the ministry stay the course.
Even when they are dead and buried, we can learn A LOT from the apostles of Jesus Christ.
The apostles, like Zerubbabel, have the UNIQUE JOB of laying the foundation of the Temple, which is Jesus Christ. Their work provides a SOLID FOUNDATION for the rest of the ministry and for the Church of God.
If you go BEYOND what the apostle has taught, you are NO LONGER ON THE FOUNDATION, but off of it. It does not matter how small of a point, or how large of a point, you decide to step away. You are no longer ON the foundation. So it becomes imperative to STAY WITH THE FOUNDATION the apostle of Christ has laid!
Picture a construction site of a new home.
The architect, and construction company has laid out the plans, and they have had a foundation poured. If the house isn’t built perfect to specifications upon that foundation, it will fail. The builders have failed in their duties.
This is the difference between building a house on shifting sand or a solid rock. Jesus Christ is that solid rock!
So we see a servant of God, being instrumental in bringing not only the ministry, but the ENTIRE HOUSE, the Church of God, BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK, back on the TRUE FOUNDATION.
Here in the Worldwide Church of God, we’ve had a similar event happen, which makes this very relatable.
From 1977 unto 1986, Herbert W. Armstrong was used by Christ to put the ministry, work of God, and the entire Church BACK ON THE TRACK WITH CHRIST!
In the 1970’s Satan had really gotten into the Church and work. Wrong attitudes were confronted, and Satan was rebuked.
When Satan was cast out, the unity and peace of God’s Holy Spirit began to really work in all of the Church.
Under a MODERN ZERUBBABEL, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the ministry and the Church were UNITED TOGETHER.
What a similar picture we see in the books of Zechariah and Haggai!!
We read in Revelation 1:20 and verse 11,
“the seven candesticks which you saw are the seven churches.”
“Ephesus. Smyrna. Pergamos. Thyatira. Sardis. Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
The seven churches mentioned in seven letters from Jesus Christ in chapters 2 and 3.
In Zechariah, chapter 4, we read of A SINGLE CANDLESTICK- UTTERLY UNIQUE!
“And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
“And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps, thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
“And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
“So I answered and spoke to the angel that talked with men, saying, what are these, my Lord?
He wanted to know what this golden candlestick pictured!
Notice what the ANSWER IS!
Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD UNTO ZERUBBABEL”
The apostles of Jesus Christ, laid the foundation of the Church of God.
How did they lay the foundation? By THEIR WORD, which they received from Jesus Christ.
In John 17, Jesus Christ prayed…in his prayer unto the Father…
For I have given unto them the words which you gave me; and they have believed
Neither pray I for these alone, but for THEM ALSO which shall believe on me
THROUGH THEIR WORD;”
So just as the candlestick in Zechariah 4 pictures the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, it also pictures and apostle of Jesus Christ preaching the word of God, raising up a candlestick, A CHURCH!
But which of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 is this prophesying about? Because this most certainly is a prophecy for the Church!
At the end of this age when Jesus Christ returns to this earth we find TWO INDIVIDUALS.
“And I will give POWER unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothes in sackcloth.
“These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.”
The two witnesses are said to represent two olive trees and TWO CANDLESTICKS~
Philadelphia and Laodicea, the last two candlesticks of the Church age.
What does Jesus Christ say bout Philadelphia?
(7) “And to the angel of the church IN”…This is speaking of the Church of God INSIDE the period of time, or ERA of Philadelphia….”And to the angel of the Church IN Philadelphia write; Thee things saith he that is Holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens;
(8) “ I know thy works: behold, I have set before you an open door,”…and that is an OPEN DOOR to preach the gospel…. “an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and has kept MY WORD, and has not denied MY NAME.
(9) “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan”….here is a FALSE CHURCH, claiming to be the true Church by lying….. “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;”…. The apostle Paul in his epistles said a Christian is but a jew inwardly…so here is a church that claims to be Christian, but “are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before you feet, and to know that I have loved you.
(10) “ Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, or trial….
In Matthew 24, Jesus spoke about this same hour of trial, and he called it the “Great Tribulation”, a time like no other, nor ever WILL BE!
To the Church of God in the Philadelphia era, Jesus says….”I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
In other words, this Great Tribulation is going to be a WORLD WAR, and Christ promises His Church protection.
(11) “Behold, I come quickly: hold fast to what you have, that no man take your crown.
(12) “ Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
Have you ever noticed what Jesus Christ is saying there? Elijah, or Elias means “MY GOD IS GOD.”
And here, Jesus is saying The Church of God in the Philadelphia era, is doing the work of Elijah in these end times. They have identified WHO THE TRUE GOD IS. Christ is going to place on this Church the name of the TRUE GOD!
That was the job of Elijah, to identify the true God for the people of Israel and Judah.
Later, John the Baptist would identify the true God, and he pointed out the God being who had become flesh as Jesus Christ, as it says in the first chapter of the book of John.
Jesus Christ said that John the Baptist came in the SPIRIT of Elijah, and the world knew him not, and yet Jesus himself said there would arise shortly before the return of Jesus Christ, another man who would come in the same spirit and power of Elijah, to “restore all things”, and to IDENTIFY the true God!
It happened. It already has happened, and most of the world knows nothing about who was sent by Jesus Christ to fulfill that scripture. But as the letter to Philadelphia indicates, by the very words of Jesus Christ, it happened in the era of Philadelphia.
Also I wonder if you have noticed as well, that the promise of protection from the coming WORLD WAR, the Great Tribulation, happens INSIDE the period of time, called Philadelphia by Jesus Christ.
It does not occur OUTSIDE of that time, so says Jesus Christ.
Now, what does Jesus say about the Laodicean era, the era that follows Philadelphia?
In verses 14, we read…
(14) “And to the angel of the church OF the Laodiceans write;”…Now notice…It is the church OF the Laodiceans, not the church IN Laodicea….We are STILL IN PHILADELPHIA, but here is a letter Jesus Christ feels the need to deliver to the church OF the Laodiceans, a separate church,a separate candlestick altogether from Philadelphia.
(14) “And to the angel of the church OF the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” …Amen is something you say at the end of a prayer usually. It means “whatever was said, LET IT BE DONE!” Here Jesus Christ is pointing out to this Church, how he meant what he said through Philadelphia, and it will be done just as He said!
This is a disbelieving people. A people who heard the message, but now needs to be told that IT WAS THE TRUTH, and that Jesus Christ means what He has said!
(15) Jesus continues…. “I know you works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I wish you were cold or hot,
(16) “So then because you are LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot ,I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(17) “Because you say, I AM RICH, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; but don’t you know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
(18) “I council you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of you nakedness do not appear; and anoint you eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.
(19) “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and REPENT.”
Jesus Christ is calling on these Christians to REPENT of going the wrong way.
(20) “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus Christ is on the outside of this Church, calling on the individuals inside to repent, and to OPEN THE DOOR and let him FEED THEM His Words, so that they may grow spiritually with Him as their head.
Now this is INSIDE the Philadelphia era. Is this some DIFFERENT CHURCH, a second Church of God in the Philadelphia era? NOT ONE BIT!
There is only ONE CHURCH, ONE BODY, and ONE TEMPLE.
Let’s turn to Revelation 12:17.
In the prior verses, we are reading of A PROPHECY concerning the Church of God in the Philadelphia era, being protected supernaturally against the attacks of Satan, and going into a place of safety.
Verse 17, reveals Christians who WERE NOT ABLE TO ESCAPE; were not able to receive the promise of protection given by Jesus Christ.
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the REMNANT of her seed, WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Was it because they weren’t close enough to Jesus Christ and God the Father, in prayer and Bible Study, that Christ was OUTSIDE of their affairs, and therefore was UNABLE to give them the protection he desired for them? Absolutely!
They called themselves the Church of God, and yet Christ led the Church of God into a place of safety!
WHAT WENT WRONG?
For 3 and a half years, during the Great Tribulation, the two witnesses of God are preaching in Jerusalem. In Revelation 11 verse 4, we are told that they are the TWO OLIVE trees, and the two CANDLESTICKS.
Laodicea is all about REPENTING, and being grafted back into Philadelphia!
In Romans 11, we read about TWO OLIVE TREES.
One, a natural olive tree, pictures the Jews.
The other, a wild olive tree, pictures the gentiles.
The Two witnesses of Revelation 11, are called TWO OLIVE TREES in verse 4.
Upon repentance, the gentiles could be grafted in with the natural tree. This is what Paul was writing in Romans 11.
This shows that the members of the Church of God who have the laodicean condition are in the outer court of the Temple with the Gentiles, trying to live their lives like the Gentiles do, trying to be a Church like the gentiles have churches! Yet calling themselves the Church of God, and yet keeping the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ!
So as the Laodicean era progresses, during the Great Tribulation, they become more and more GRAFTED with Philadelphia upon REPENTANCE.
In the end, their candlestick is one of the branches of the Philadelphia candlestick! They tried to break away and do things on their own, and have God okay it. But Christ has not approved their separation!
Notice the candlestick in Zechariah 4. It has seven branches. Seven lamps. This is just like the candlestick Moses and the Israelites had.
As the Church of God in the Philadelphia era became WORLDWIDE in scope, members of the Church of God who had come from the previous eras had joined with them.
The 5 previous eras of the Church all were locked to certain locations around the world. The Church in the Philadelphia era had become WORLDWIDE. A Worldwide Church of God!
So what was restored in the Philadelphia era, was a candlestick pictured with seven lamps. Characteristics of all Church eras were found in the congregations of the Worldwide Church of God.
But the one in leadership, the one that was PROMINANT, was the Philadelphia condition. That is who Christ put in charge!
In the 1970’s, the Laodicean condition rose it’s ugly head, and Satan tried to use that unhealthy condition, to take over the leadership of the Worldwide Church of God! The leader who was used by Satan to try to lead Laodicean brethren into the leadership was Garner Ted Armstrong, the son of Herbert W. Armstrong.
And so because the Philadelphia candlestick had all characteristics of each era popping up, Christ THUNDERED his message to each of them. This fulfilled Revelation 10, and the seven thunders uttering their voices.
But what Garner Ted did not do, was he did NOT repent, and so he was SPUED OUT OF THE CHURCH and he went off and created an organization calling a corporation a Church of God.
A synagogue of Satan.
God was working through His Zerubbabel, His apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong! It was Herbert W. Armstrong who laid the foundation, who preached the Word of God, and raised up the Worldwide Church of God, the Philadelphia candlestick! Not Garner Ted or any other man. PHILADELPHIA WAS IN CHARGE! Christ was NOT working through any other.
Satan, inside the Philadelphia era, wanted to SPLIT and DIVIDE the Church of God. So he worked on some inside the Church to get them into the Laodicean condition, and the he presented to them HIS LEADER, a replacement and substitute to God’s Servant, and so many didn’t pass that chance up. They wanted to do the work THEIR WAY, and so they sought the means to achieve that for them.
And so the voice of Laodicea rose up inside the era of Philadelphia.
In 1986, the apostle Herbert W. Armstrong died. Satan was already at work, because immediately there rose up certain men to lead the Worldwide Church of God away from Jesus Christ!
Laodicea did not get what they wanted. They wanted a leader who would do what they wanted. Satan double crossed them! Those who were Philadelphia in condition, was being cast out of positions and out of the congregations of the Church, as well as those in the laodicean condition.
The Worldwide Church of God membership was SCATTERED. With no organization.
This provided the opportunity for Laodicean members to join a new organization, so that they can raise up their own candlestick and produce their own works.
But Christ is on the OUTSIDE of their church, they are simply doing their own thing until THEY REPENT and start doing God’s thing.
When some of them do repent, it may be too late. Some will wait too long to repent! After the Great Tribulation begins, and their brethren had already gone into the place of safety, and they are unable to escape some may remember and repent.
Satan will return from his defeat against the Church, and wage WAR upon them. They are the REMNANT of the Worldwide Church of God membership who did not escape. They was found playing Church, too busy to actually BE THE CHURCH.
So they must give up their heads, their lives, to gain the salvation they thought they already had.
Upon this repentance, they are spiritually grafted back with Philadelphia, who continues on in a place of safety!
That is the candlestick described in Zechariah 4!
A WORDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.
Now after the death of the apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986, what did SATAN DO?
He targeted the ministry who were ordained under Herbert W. Armstrong.
Notice, the book of Zechariah, chapter 5.
“Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
“And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
“Then he said unto me, This is the CURSE that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth; for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
Compare this with 2 Peter 2:8.
“…a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: where unto also they were appointed.”
“I will bring it forth,’ through Zerubbabel, this CORNERSTONE, “saith the Lord of Hosts, and it SHALL enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name:”
That is to say that you are THE CHURCH OF GOD, jews inwardly, yet lie. AKA the synagogue of Satan in Revelation 3:9.
What Christ did through Herbert W. Armstrong, in bringing forth the cornerstone, and laying the foundation, will go into other houses, other CHURCHES.
One house, is a house of a thief. The other house is a Church which falsely claims to be the Church of God! Two distinct types of churches.
Notice what God says then…. “and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
What has happened to the membership of the Worldwide Church of God?
Have they not entered into another Church after the death of Herbert W Armstrong? The WCG organization became GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL.
Have they yet not entered into another Church, which swears falsely by the name of God, going by another name yet calls itself a Church of God?
“Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goes forth.
“And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goes forth. He said moreover, This is THEIR resemblance through all the earth.
This is still speaking of a WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.
An ephah is a BASKET of measuring.
“And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
Inside the ephah, sat a woman, or THE CHURCH OF GOD.
“And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it…the wickedness…into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
The talent of lead, was placed on TOP of the ephah, to keep the woman from escaping. This weight of lead are the FALSE MINISTERS, spoken about in the book of Obadiah.
With wickedness causing TORMOIL inside the Church, and the Church unable to escape it, the result was TWO WOMEN with wings as storks, coming out of the ephah with the job of carrying the Church, or the woman, away into the land of Shinar, or BABYLON.(verse 9)
TWO DISTINCT CHURCHES OF BABYLON. Why are they churches of Babylon? Because they head back into Babylon!
“Then said I to the angel that talked with me, whither do these bear the ephah?
“And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar”….which is BABYLON… “and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.”
What this prophecy pictures, is the Worldwide Church of God membership being taken away by two false churches, into Babylon, to be ESTABLISHED IN BABYLON.
But the House of God, is in Jerusalem. Zerubbabel has been placed in charge of building the Worldwide Church of God, aka the Spiritual Temple of God. It is NOT a church of Babylon.
So we see in the first chapter of Haggai, how the priests, the ministry today, have their own houses they have built. THEIR OWN CHURCHES IN BABYLON.
So God calls on them to REPENT, and to build in the House raised up through His Zerubbabel, His apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! The Worldwide Church of God, the wife of their youth.
That is the WARNING to the Laodicean membership who was once with the Worldwide Church of God.
TO COME OUT OF BABYLON BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!
To consider their ways, to REPENT, and to be grafted back in with the Philadelphia candlestick.
To be one of the lamps burning brightly, fueled by the golden oil coming from God through His two witnesses!
In the fourth chapter of Zechariah, we read of the “Hands of Zerubbabel”.
2 Hands. 2 Witnesses.
By the two witnesses, the Church age will be COMPLETED. The Temple will be FINISHED, and ready to meet Christ in the air at His second coming. They are deeply concerned with the true foundation and HOW the house is built and finished.
One hand, holds the plummet line. (Zechariah 4:10)
This man is the leader of the two witnesses. He is the Philadelphian candlestick.
The other hand, aka the second man of the two witnesses, ASSISTS the LEADER by his testimony. This second witness is over the Laodicean Candlestick, himself a repentant Laodicean! It is his job to graft the Laodiceans back with Philadelphia!
What this means, is that the Church raised up by Christ through His apostle Herbert W. Armstrong, still exists, and will go on existing into the place of safety, and on into the world tomorrow!!!!
And so why do we see so many CHURCH OF GOD groups and organizations being formed and started oday?
Why can’t we all BE the Worldwide Church of God we were called to be?
Notice Malachi 3:15. That is why.
The books of Zechariah and Haggai deal with the purification, rebuilding and restoration of the TEMPLE OF GOD, a prophecy for the Church of God in the Philadelphia era, aka the Worldwide Church of God.
Members of the Worldwide Church of God have been going through a time of purification.
Those who have heeded Christ’s call to HOLD FAST to what they were given, have escaped the false ministers and false churches who have tried to get them to go into religious Babylon.
Read Zechariah 2, and see God’s perspective and see who God’s people are dwelling with.
Some brethren, who are laodicean in condition, have attempted to start or run their own church, their own candlestick, because they did not 100% agree with what Christ said and did through Herbert W. Armstrong! They think they have a better way. So they have split away from the Philadelphia candlestick.
Soon they will find out, that Christ meant what He said! But it will be too late to join with their Philadelphia brethren. Their era will be just beginning at that time. The laodicean era will begin, when the laodicean brethren REPENT, and begin doing the Work of God; getting back to being Philadelphian. Prior to that time, they are simply on their own.
Satan the Devil has been very busy. He wants you to go back into Babylon. But Christ has brought us out of Babylon via His Zerubbabel, His apostle, His end time Elijah. Herbert W. Armstrong.
What needs to happen now, is for everyone of God’s people to REPENT, and set aside a day for fasting and prayer, and draw closer to Christ and God more and more each week in fervent prayer and Bible study.
We need to get back to what Christ gave to His Church in Philadelphia! What He gave through Herbert W. Armstrong. The FOUNDATION. Jesus Christ. We need to strip away the parts others have built in us, that don’t fit with the FOUNDATION of God’s temple that has been laid.
We need to COME OUT OF HER, out of this religious Babylon! See Revelation 18:4!
The CHURCH OF GOD is ONE BODY, not a bunch of different 501c3 entities, all divided yet united under Ceasar, under Rome as a 501c3 organization. The Church of God IS NOT DIVIDED. So what we see is NOT a Church of God!
We were called to be the Worldwide Church of God. United under Christ. Built upon the foundation laid by Christ’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong. We cannot step to the left nor to the right of that foundation! Otherwise we leave Jesus Christ. And we don’t want that.
The books of Zechariah and Haggai are prophecies for God’s Church today.
How will you respond to what God is saying?
That is up to you.
We would like to recommend a special article written by Herbert W. Armstrong.
It’s title is “Satan Deceive and Use me? NEVER!”
In this article Mr. Armstrong explains how any step away from Christ, no matter HOW SMALL of a step, is a step into darkness and away from light of Christ. You need to read this article.
The article, “Satan Deceive and Use me? Never!!!” is available for you to download or print on our website, wwcg-archives.com.