Have we ever read Leviticus 26 and saw how it compares with Matthew 24-25 and the book of Revelation? Of how it shows us The Philadelphia Era of God’s Church and the coming Laodicean Era of God’s Church?
Leviticus 26 starts with addressing the FIRST and Second Commandments from God, Putting nothing above God and not creating an idol to put in the place of God. It addresses the pattern God’s people will go through if they OBEY God and Hold Fast to what God has given us through Christ’s Chosen Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. And it addresses those who reject God and His Apostle and refuse to Repent to what God says and the process God has to bring them to repentance.
God says to do these things:
1)You shall make no Idols or graven images
Lev 26:1 “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. “
So many have put things ahead of God. And some have put their chosen church group ahead of God.
2)Ye Shall keep God’s Sabbaths(the Weekly Sabbaths and the Annual Sabbaths, God’s Holy Days).
Lev 26:2 “Ye shall keep my sabbaths…”
3) You Shall REVERENCE God’s Sanctuary(God’s Church. Being afraid to change it or defile it, being dedicated to OBEYING God’s Word, because GOD is GOD).
Lev 26:2 “…and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. “
It is getting back to what is the Church. We have to see what God sees and says of Who and What is the Church of God! Read Mr. Herbert W Armstrong’s Book “Mystery of the Ages”, and the chapter concerning the Church for more information. You can also find articles and Sermons on our website concerning this topic on wwcg-archives.com.
4) Walk in God’s Statutes.
Lev 26:3 “If ye walk in my statutes…”
Walking in what God has declared through His Apostle and Church! Continuing in them.
5) Keep God’s Commandments, Obeying Them, walking in them, DOING them.
Lev 26:3 “…and keep my commandments, and do them”
And to those FAITHFUL to the Words of God, God promises BLESSINGS, physically and Spiritually.
Lev 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Lev 26:5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
Notice the last part of the verse, Part of the promises if we are FAITHFUL is that we shall Dwell in your land Safely. So a PROMISE of Protection is given to those who are faithful in Obeying God! Read Revelation 3:10
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
And what is the RESULT of obeying GOD?
Lev 26:6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
God would rid the False Ministers(evil beasts) from the Church.
The Sword will not go through that part of the land. (Listen to Mr. Herbert W Armstrong’s sermon on the Place of Safety and Mr. Carn Catherwood’s sermon on the same subject, showing what piece of land to be protected during this time). We shall see our enemies fall by the sword, but it shal not come near us.
Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Again we recommend the sermons of Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Catherwood’s sermon. They go further into this subject.
Lev 26:7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
So God promises the following:
Romans 8:15 – Rom_8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of sonship, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2Ti_1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. )
Act_4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word…”
Act_4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Heb_10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
1Jn_4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Psa_27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psa_31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
This shows that God gives His Holy Spirit! For God’s Spirit is NOT a spirit of Fear. It is a Spirit of Peace, from the Prince of Peace. It will empower us with boldness and courage and strength! And it gives us PROTECTION from your enemies! (Read Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. )
Also read Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
God promises to give His Holy Spirit to the Philadelphia Era of God’s Church! To Give us STRENGTH! And it is not our own, but God’s.
Lev 26:9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.
And God promises to establish God’s Covenant with those who are faithful and who have God’s Holy Spirit, which He will make at His coming! This is the PROMISE that it is THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, that God will make His Covenant with! Not any other! Not a counterfeit pretending to be the Church! Even if they take the name, making a counterfeit, only God’s True Church, the Spiritual Organism which is the Worldwide Church of God, is THAT CHURCH!
And looking at the book of Revelation on the Philadelphia Era of God’s Church, showing those who are faithful are given protection from the Great Tribulation ahead of us now.
God even addresses the time were are in NOW! Verse 10, says this:
Lev 26:10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.
Lev 26:11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
We are going to eat and be nourished of what was given to us long ago! And we are going to go back and bring it with us BECAUSE of “THE NEW” that is given today! We will be going back to the “OLD” sermons, and articles and materials given to us by Jesus Christ through His Chosen Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. God says in Revelation 3:11 for us TO HOLD FAST to what we have, HOLD FAST to the OLD STORE! And if we do this, God will set His Church(Tabernacle) among us. Also compare to Revelation 12:14 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. ) And we won’t take any NEW doctrines and beliefs of these splinter churches! Only what was taught and given us by Jesus Christ through His Chosen Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong!
Notice it is God who places the members of his Church where it PLEASES HIM. God is saying He has BUILT the WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD! It is HIS CHURCH!
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Lev 26:11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
Lev 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
And when God sets his Church, He establishes his Government.
In Verse 11 God says he will set His Church, on God’s TRACK. Read another prophecy concerning this in the Book of Zechariah.
Zec 6:10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
Zec 6:11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
Zec 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zec 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
Zec 6:14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
Then speaking about the coming Laodicean Era of God’s Church…
Zec 6:15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
Also take note in verse 12 of Leviticus 26 “And I will walk among you…”, read Revelation 1.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13 And in the MIDST of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
It is interesting in how these verses are related!
Now look at Leviticus 26 verses 14-17.
God shows us what will be given if we Obey God and be FAITHFUL as the Philadelphia Era of God’s Church are. Now what if we refuse to GET BACK ON TRACK, to be faithful, to Hold Fast to what we were given through Christ’s Apostle, without spot or wrinkle, without changes, without departures in doctrine and belief?
Lev 26:14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
Lev 26:15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
Lev 26:16 “I also will do this unto you…”
So if we rebel against God and His Word, and EVERYTHING God has set up and established and RESTORED to His Church, rebelling against God’s Government, God’s Rule in our lives, God will do this to us, or allow this to happen to us.
Lev 26:16 “…I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. “
Take notice of the words and the wording here. So if we rebel against God’s Government, He will turn us over to those NOT under God, and they will be a terror unto us. We will then realize God is no longer there and we will be terrified! We will have a wrong spirit of FEAR! Compare this verse with Amos. On the famine of the Hearing of the Word, It is the Famine of the Truth, Mr. Armstrong said.
Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Their eyes shall be consumed in LOOKING for God’s Word being preached, and it shall cause sorrow of heart because they could NOT find it. So they will try to start NEW WORKS, NEW CHURCHES, trying to plant again the SEEDS of the Gospel, which the APOSTLE planted. (Read 1Corinthians 3:6 I(The Apostle) have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. )
But in trying to redo the Work of God, the False Churches will eat it up. The people will spend years sowing in VAIN, trying to do God’s WORK, but it won’t benefit them! It will only benefit the enemies of GOD and of the Church of God! All because they won’t go back and REPENT and return to what God is working (Read again John 6:20, God’s definition of The Work of God). In the end it will go to the false ministers and deceived ministers leading these churches, and some of these “Churches of God” have in their incorporation paperwork that when the assets are dissolved and the Church is dissolved it will go the State and Caesar, to the state they’re incorporated in, which will give it to another 501c3 nonprofit they control.
Lev 26:17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
You will go from group to group,and NONE will Pursue you. The ministers won’t seek you to bring you back to Christ, because they don’t represent Jesus Christ. (Read Zec 11:15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
Zec 11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. )
Those who repent and take the CORRECTION, which is what God is giving, will be corrected and brought back to God’s Track. But to those who refuse to repent, to take the CORRECTION, the CORRECTION is seen as PUNISHMENT. It is about what our Attitude is towards God.
Lev 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
Lev 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
God will break our way of thinking and our reliance on ourselves! When we rely on ourselves, we have PRIDE in our own strength, our own power. God will break us of that. It is why the Great Tribulation is coming upon us.
God will also make Our “heaven” as IRON. Does that mean while we are filled with Pride, that our perspective of God is that He is HARD, as IRON? This also MAY depict God giving us over to the Beast and the False Prophet the Pope, a false God, a false heaven. This may be showing while under PRIDE, Our perspective of things of God are perverted. Just notice God uses “YOUR” here, concerning this heaven and this earth. He does not say MY heaven and MY earth. Continuing…
Lev 26:20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.
Our strength and Power will be in VAIN. God will break us of this by bringing it to nothing.
Lev 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
Lev 26:22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.
And if we refuse to REPENT, God will send wild beast among us, so that our children are taken away. To Scatter us even more! Dividing and dividing! Notice how in these splinter groups how the children are turning away from God completely, and going on into the world. Or they will be converts of these Wild Beasts of churches, robbing them from those whom God has called, who are refusing to repent, who have rebelled. Our children will go on in these false churches, and die spiritually. (Read Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.)
Lev 26:23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
If we refuse to repent, God will lock us into the Great Tribulation, lock us into the coming martyrdom, the sword, avenging upon those who FAUGHT against God’s Covenant!
This is where God says there is no more delay! You will be locked into going through the Great Tribulation and be handed over to the Beast and The Pope as slaves into Europe! Notice also you will be gathered into your cities, our churches, and THEN the Pestilence, or disease epidemics will affect us! What is going on now? Who is being affected by this Epidemic today?
Lev 26:26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
It is interesting at this point, God mentions and compares these people as 10 Women. Could it be the same 10 virgins mentioned in Matthew 25? If this does, these women are referring to the Laodicean Era of God’s Church, during this Great Tribulation, as Matthew 25 does.
Lev 26:27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
So if we don’t repent in this coming Great Tribulation, as God says to in Revelation 3:19 concerning God’s Church ahead of us, The Laodicean Era of God’s Church, God will show His fury, His wrath, pictured and shown in The Day of the Lord. God says: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 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. “
God then says this to those who refuse to repent…
Lev 26:29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
It’s like Matthew 25 says about those who repent(the wise virgins) saying to those who refuse to repent(the foolish virgins), go to those who have sold out, those who splintered and departed away from God and His True Church, with different doctrines as was given by God through His Chosen Apostle, these false Churches. Their children would be part of these false Churches, and they would then eat what they are giving out, this “New Store”, “New Revelation”. These different doctrines, different beliefs. BUT IT ALSO literally MEANS they will be eating other people, during this HOLOCAUST. But notice what God says he will do next. Because they refused to turn to God, but to men and their churches, God will have to take away this false idol too!
Lev 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
This pictures the END of these false Churches in these countries! The end of the Churches the children of these people have joined and caught up in. The end of these splinter groups calling themselves “God’s Church” yet deceiving the many!
Now during This Great Tribulation, NUCLEAR desolation comes upon our Nations of Modern Israel(Read The United States and Britain in Prophecy by Mr. Herbert W Armstrong for more information on who these are)!
Lev 26:31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
Lev 26:32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
Lev 26:33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
Interesting that some of our enemies will be inhabiting this land, This is what those coming from other countries will be faced with. They thinking they will receive the AMERICAN DREAM, they will receive the ashes of the country that was AMERICA. God will scatter the remnant of us among the nations.
God then gives rest to this land we have been destroying!
Lev 26:34 Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.
Lev 26:35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
God then reiterates verses 16-17. During this Great Tribuation, God says this…
Lev 26:36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
Lev 26:37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
Lev 26:38 And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
Lev 26:39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
God then shows that if we repent during this Great Tribulation, God will remember His Covenant and remember the REMNANT of Israel.
Lev 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;
Lev 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
Lev 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Lev 26:43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.
Lev 26:44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.
Lev 26:45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.
God then remembers His Covenant to His Church, and those who just repented becoming His Church, The Laodicean Era of God’s Church. God then intervenes and stops humanity from destroying itself. But for the elects SAKE, those of God’s Church alive at that time, The Philadelphia Era of God’s Church in a Place of Protection and the newly formed Laodicean Era of God’s Church. God will cut those days short. (Read Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved(alive): but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. )
So are we going to be Faithful to our calling? Or are we going to put it off and go through the gauntlet God will have to put us through to bring us to repentance? Our choice.