Prophecy

An Important Reminder —How Leaven Pictures Sin By George M. Kackos

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God offers Christians vital lessons through the Days of Unleavened Bread. What do these days picture, and how can they help you lead a happier life?

The apostles were jolted! First, the sound of a violent windstorm filled the house where they were meeting. Then, almost before they had time to think, glowing flames of fire began leaping upon them. Continue reading…

Why did God put you into His Church?

Comment: The following article is a MUST READ! Since the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, the chosen apostle of Jesus Christ, the Worldwide Church of God has been under SEVERE PERSECUTION. Out of the ministry arose FALSE BRETHREN speaking perverse things.  The Worldwide Church of God is not a “legal corporation”. It is an unincorporated SPIRITUAL ORGANISM! When ministers “departed from the way”(Malachi 2:8), they gained control and  authority over the “legal corporations”. When this happened, they began to re-invent themselves, re-branding their “legal corporation” into a completely and utterly DIFFERENT Church! Others went out to create their own groups, doing the same thing. True members were CAST OUT, true ministers were MUZZLED, ostracized and put away. More and more the true Church was PERSECUTED just as it was in the first century! The Word of God says the end shall not come unless there comes a “falling away” first. Today, churches are “set up”. Different groups have rose up, each claiming to be the true Church, but each with a different “identity”. They want to build themselves a work, where THEIR IDENTITY is elevated. But God labels such works “WICKEDNESS”(Malachi 3:15), and such is the Great Falling Away of 2 Thes 2. The book of Zechariah pictures these days, where men are doing their own “puny, insignificant” works, the “day of small things”. Those of the true Church despise these days, because these works are NOT OF GOD! The Work of God is GREAT! And in the hands of Zerubbabel(Herbert W. Armstrong) God’s Work was GREAT! Zechariah 4 pictures TWO ANOINTED ONES, over the same CANDLESTICK. Revelation 1:20 pictures a candlestick as a CHURCH. Revelation 11 pictures the TWO WITNESSES, as “two candlesticks”, which can only mean one thing. ONE CANDLESTICK IS: PHILADELPHIA The SECOND ONE IS: LAODICEA Zechariah 4 pictures TWO ANOINTED ONES over ONE CANDLESTICK, the Philadelphia Era. Herbert W. Armstrong was one of them. There is a SECOND apostle of the Worldwide Church of God coming. Today, the Church is under persecution from Satan the Devil(Revelation 12:13). The next apostle will be THE MAIN WITNESS of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. He feeds the same candlestick in Zechariah 4, the same “golden oil”. This article from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong pictures what we now face. He goes into detail on why the Church was called to do! We were called to get back of him, the apostle, who was sent forth unto the nations with the true gospel! Are we fulfilling our calling today? Or are we joined with some other church, fooling ourselves? In relation to the scripture pertaining to the TWO WITNESSES, I think Exodus 23:20-22 is pertinent. Herbert W. Armstrong fulfilled the role of the Elijah MESSENGER who would come before Christ’s second coming to PREPARE THE WAY! This next apostle, will be used by Christ to “KEEP YOU IN THE WAY, and to bring you unto the place I(God) have prepared”(Place of safety promised in Revelation 3:10; Revelation 12:14). Are we now doing our part in fulfilling our calling? The Worldwide Church of God must fulfill it’s calling! And in order for God’s Word to be true(and it is), those of the Church will be and ARE doing their part, and will continue to exist for the next apostle to be raised up! It will not be some other Church, with a DIFFERENT identity, but the same Worldwide Church of God! Exodus 23:20-22 explains that this messenger has “my(Christ speaking) name”. Revelation 3:8 has Christ praising the Worldwide Church of God(Philadelphia Era) for NOT denying His name! And if there is only ONE WORK, and ONE CHURCH, that blows out of the water what these COG groups are doing! The Worldwide Church of God is persecuted but STILL ALIVE doing the Work of God, backing and supporting Christ’s chosen apostle! WHAT ABOUT YOU?   PREFACE

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG

PRESIDENT and PASTOR February 21, 1974

Dear Brethren of God’s Church: I have just completed what I feel is the most important article (in letter form) to God’s people in a year, or probably ever, because it sets forth as never before why God has called and put us in His Church NOW, instead of later. I ask you to read every word very carefully, then read it again — and STILL AGAIN when it comes out in the May issue of The Good News. Satan is attacking against you and against the Living Christ and His Work. Your eternal life may depend on thoroughly understanding this!

WITH GREAT LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Herbert W. Armstrong Continue reading…

U.S. and Britain Admit NAZI UNDERGROUND Behind Arab Crisis!

U.S. and Britain Admit NAZI UNDERGROUND Behind Arab Crisis!

Written by Herman Hoeh [Original Publication]

  [COMMENT: This article from Mr. Herman Hoeh has important information concerning what has happened since WW2. Why the Arab Spring? Why radical Islam? Why the Syrian conflict? During World War 2, the Nazi’s had Arab allies. These Allies went on to become the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Isis etc. The Nazi’s had gone underground, faded among the nations. Even the United States and Britain, also Russia, integrated officials from the Nazi regime, to utilize the information the Nazi’s had gathered from medical science to rocket science, to propaganda & media, from the intelligence community to the educational community, and America and Britain has helped Germany & the Nazi underground as an ally since World War 2, and  was used to ADVANCE and CONTINUE upon the knowledge that had been gained from the Nazi regime. Notice in Ezekiel 23 and how it explains how modern day ISRAEL, (America and Britain) represented by Aholah who represented Israel’s capital city “Samaria”(verse 4) when Israel split away from the King of Judah. Our nations, the United States and Britain, have allied with Assyria or GERMANY. And Germany has USED US in preparation of the next World War and what they have developed through our nations WILL BE USED AGAINST US! “And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,  Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. [Yes, men of military might, men of leadership] Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.  Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her. “(Ezekiel 23:5-10) THIS IS COMING UPON OUR PEOPLES! Why the uprising of radical Islam? This article will explain some things that perhaps you have never thought of before.] Written by Herman Hoeh As we went to press with the last issue of the Plain Truth, a flash report came over the wires too late to be printed. Here is that report — the most important news in years! FROM Bonn, Germany, comes confirmation of the Nazi Plot in the Middle East. Both the United States and the British Governments, according to reporter Norman Lindhursr, are exerting heavy pressure on the present Bonn Government to “repatriate” numerous Germans in the Middle East, over 250 of whom are vicious Nazis. The American and British Governments have charged that the Nazi Underground is “playing no small role” in stirring up anti-Western tensions among Arabs. Western Alliance Cracking! Here is the evidence which Anglo American authorities have presented to West German Chancellor Adenauer: Nazi advisers of Egypt’s President Nasser are inciting the whole Arab world into a “jihad” or “holy war” against Israel. Chief among these dangerous Nazis is Johannes von Leers. He was the chief anti-Semitic German mastermind for Hitler’s propaganda minister Josef Gobbels during World War II. After Hitler’s defeat, von Leers fled from Germany to Egypt. He is now serving as Nasser’s chief adviser on “Jewish Affairs.” Serving with von Leers in Nasser’s camp are Johannes Darnling, Oskar Dirlewanger and Wilhelm Voss. Damling, an SS Colonel during the World War, was wartime Gestapo chief in Germany’s industrial Ruhr. Today he is helping “reorganize” Egypt’s police force. It is the police force — not the army — which can keep Nasser in power. Dirlewanger, who is now advising Nasser on guerrilla warfare, was chief of the SS “special tasks” organization in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine during World War II. During the war Dirlewanger supervised the wiping out of entire villages as a “guerrilla-suppression” measure. Today, according to the secret Anglo-American demands handed to German Chancellor Adenauer, Dirlewanger is helping mastermind a guerrilla organization in Nasser’s United Arab Republic and elsewhere in the Arab world. At the same time, Wilhelm Vosshead of Germany’s wartime Wehrmacht Central Armaments Supply Board — is presently chief adviser to Nasser’s “central planning board,” which is Egypt’s chief economic development agency. Voss heads a mission of at least 30 high-ranking Nazi engineers and technicians in the United Arab Republic. According to the U.S. and Britain, it is Voss who convinced Nasser that Egypt could become a Middle East industrial colossus if Nasser would permit German industrial investment, seize Suez from Britain, and gain control of Syria’s oil pipelines. These Nazi Underground plotters in the Middle East have been a long-standing issue between the British and Bonn. Heretofore, American pressure has kept the controversy from becoming heated. But now that American troops have intervened in the Lebanon, the U.S. is coming face-to-face with this secret plot to revive Naziism in Europe and the Middle East. Tensions are mounting that ultimately will crack wide open the Western Alliance against Communism! Most Americans are oblivious to what is happening in the present crisis. Western defense hinges on our continued control of the Arab World. But this control is fast slipping from our grasp. Nazi Underground Throughout Middle East It is the Nazi Underground, according to Intelligence reports, which lies behind Syrian aspirations to take over the Lebanon. In 1949 two former Wehrmacht Colonels, Rainer Kriebel and Heinz Heigl, persuaded the Syrian Government to hire a mission of 50 ex-Wehrmacht officers and technicians headed by themselves. They encouraged the Syrians to rearm. When the Syrians rashly turned to Russia for arms and a Communist takeover appeared imminent, the Nazi Underground persuaded certain Syrian leaders to join with Egypt to form a “positive neutralist alliance,” called the U.A.R. or United Arab Republic. The Communist party was immediately outlawed. It was “the Communist take-over that failed” which has obscured the vital role which the Nazi Underground is playing in the Arab World. Little wonder that when the Iraqi revolters bloodily crushed the pro-Western Government, their Nazi-minded spokesman, Captain Ali Din, declared bluntly — as we reported in the last issue of The PLAIN TRUTH: “I hate the British, Americans, and French. I have nothing to hide. I am not a Communist, but a NAZI! Our revolution will spread to Jordan as Soon as British troops leave.” And that is exactly what Britain fears! Though the British would like to leave Jordan immediately, they are frightened at the prospect of revolt against pro-Western King Hussein. That could bring the intervention of Israel and a renewal of the Arab-Jewish conflict. Britain dares not allow that to happen. The Mysterious Case of Dr. Eisele Another figure in the controversy between Anglo-American authorities and Bonn is Dr. Hans Eisele. He was the Buchenwald concentration camp doctor. Though accused of murdering 200 Buchenwald inmates with lethal injections, Dr. Eisele avoided arrest in Munich by fleeing to Egypt. An investigation by Adenauer shows that Eisele was secretly smuggled Out of Germany by a Nazi SS “underground.” The prosecutor, who was to bring Eisele to trial under the Allied denazification laws, had delayed for five years in settling the Eisele case. The prosecutor was himself a former Nazi. The present German Government is trying to extradite Eisele from Egypt. But the American and British Governments are trying to persuade Adenauer to extradite all the Middle East Nazi plotters along with him. Bringing Dr. Eisele back to Germany would provide a good smoke screen to cover up the activities of the other far more important Nazis whom the German Government is refusing to extradite! What Prophecy Says WILL Happen! Where will the Arab crisis end? What will happen if U.S. and British troops leave the Middle East? Can the United Nations solve the problem? The answers to these questions are REVEALED in Biblical prophecy! Yet almost no one understands what the Bible says. What most newscasters and what most statesmen and ministers assume is going to happen is the very opposite of what the Bible reveals will happen! Many misguided ministers, who profess to know Bible prophecy, are glibly declaring: “There will be no cold war of 50 or 100 years in duration. In fact, this present phase of the conflict with Soviet Russia is about to end with the Kremlin striking southward into the Middle East… precipitating the final phase of world conflict in the Battle of That Great Day of God Almighty.” This is what a widely known prophetic monthly assumes may happen. But it is NOT what will happen! Russia is not going to strike at the Middle East first! Many ministers who profess to know prophecy have not been willing to open their eyes to the plain words of the Bible about the immediate future. For there are as many — if not more false ministers and prophetic students today as there were false prophets in days gone by! Now let’s notice what the Bible reveals will occur. Let’s see if the Bible reveals that Russia is about to take over the Middle East. Notice first the prophecy in Zechariah 12:3: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it” — as Britain and America are doing today by trying to keep peace between Jew and Arab — “… all that burden themselves with it SHALL BE CUT TO PIECES.” That is America’s and Britain’s fate! By intervening in the Middle East we are precipitating our downfall. We are going to be Cut to pieces! The Bible says so! Who Will Do It? But who is going to do it? — Russia? Is Russia about to take over the Arab world? What does the Bible say? It does not matter what men think. But it does matter what the Bible says! Who is going to take over the Middle East and cut our nations to pieces? Notice the prophecy of Daniel 11, especially verses 40 and 41. The time setting is “at the time of the end.” Here is a prophecy for now! Now is the beginning of the time of the end. Man is about to destroy himself. God is about to intervene in human affairs. Notice what is to happen at the time of the end. Open your Bible to Daniel 11:40: “The king of the north” — all Bible scholars know that the ‘king of the north’ originally meant Syria in Old Testament times; but when Rome conquered Syria, the ‘king of the north’ became Rome; and when Rome fell, the German Nation and its allies wok over Rome and now have become the ‘king of the north’ (verses 36-39 — the German Nation, now working through the Nazi Underground, “shall…” notice it! “… shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land” — that is Palestine — “and many countries shall be overthrown” — that includes the United States and Britain! “But these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” [Turkey and Jordan and Iraq] (Dan. 11:40-41). Why? Because these nations shall finally be in league with Germany [the descendants of Assur or Assyria] according to Psalm 83! Germany’s coming Fuhrer — who will lead within probably 13 years from now a 10 nation union in Europe (Rev. 17:12-13) — is “the king of the north.” He will “stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape” (Dan. 11:42). There is going to be a falling out between Nasser and his German supporters. Nasser’s Nazi advisers are yet to turn upon him. Germany will take over the Suez from Egypt. Germany will take over Syria’s oil pipelines, now under Nasser’s control. When Russia Will Strike! The other Arab nations will rejoice when this happens. Now turn to Ezekiel 25. Here is another prophecy for our day. Here is a prophecy revealing what is going to be the fate of the Allied intervention in Jordan and the Lebanon. This is a prophecy to be fulfilled in the early 1970’s. This prophecy has never been fulfilled before! Here the Jordanians are mentioned under the name “Ammonites.” The Ammonites settled Jordan’s capital Amman. Notice: “Say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against My sanctuary, [a temple or sanctuary is yet to be built by the Jews in Jerusalem!] when it was profaned [which shall happen in less than 14 years from now], and against the land of Israel [that is Britain and America today — we are the descendants of the House of Israel], when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah [that is the nation called “Israel” in Palestine today], when they went into captivity” — when the coming Fuhrer of Germany heading a restoration of the Roman Empire in Europe “overthrows many countries” (Daniel 11:41); “Behold, therefore, I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee” ( Ezek. 25:2-4). Who are the “men of the east”? The Communist hordes of Eurasia! This is when atheistic Russia strikes! But notice that Russia does not strike until after the Arab world has been swung into the revived Nazi-Fascist camp! Now turn to Daniel 11:44 again: “But tidings out of the east and out of the north” — where Russia and China are today — “shall trouble him” — the German king of the north. This is the time that Russia invades the Arab world through Iraq and Jordan! How plain the prophecies are. Russia will not strike immediately into the sandy wastes of the Arab world. It is Germany that will first control it! Only after our people have been conquered — “cut to pieces” as Zechariah worded it — will Russia and Germany come to blows. “Therefore he” — the German king of the north — “shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many [nations]. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas [the Mediterranean and the Dead seas] in the glorious holy mountain” — Jerusalem. The apostle Paul clearly describes this in II Thessalonians 2:4 as the “man of sin” — the religious accomplice of the coming Nazi-Fascist Fuhrer of Europe — “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped” — let him who reads this article understand. “He as God sitteth in the temple of God [probably yet to be built in Jerusalem by the Jews as a result of another Arab-Jew conflict], shewing himself that he is God.” At this juncture in human history, when man would destroy himself if God waited another minute, Jesus Christ shall come. And “he” — the king of the north — “shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Daniel 11:45). God will then deliver Israel and Judah from captivity. They will be brought back to Palestine. When Russia sees their prosperity, Russia then — and not before — will attack Israel — our people who have been brought back to Palestine. This is the fulfillment of the prophecies in Ezekiel 38 and 39! How different is the Bible revelation of what is going to happen when compared to the guessing and the deceptive teaching of men! It is time we awakened to what is really going to happen. It is time we became conscious of what the Nazi Underground is now plotting in the Middle East — and became aware of the terrible consequences it holds for America and Britain!]]>

♛ MOVING FORWARD "On God's Track"

 

FROM MINISTERIAL SERVICES

[Original Publication] It’s hard to believe, but five years have already passed since the first Ministerial Refreshing Program started. The major emphasis of the first program was to stir all of God’s ministry to support and back Mr. Herbert Armstrong in setting the Church back on God’s track. The ministry itself had to be set back on God’s track before that effort could be extended to every congregation around the world.
Perhaps many of us would be surprised to realize that it was seven years ago that Mr. Armstrong reinstituted The GOOD NEWS magazine, and began to include such articles as “And NOW–The PLAIN TRUTH Being Set Back on Track,” “CHRIST NOW PUTS CHURCH BACK ON GOD’S FINANCIAL TRACK!”, “AND NOW CHRIST SETS CHURCH BACK ON TRACK DOCTRINALLY” and “CHRIST NOW MOVES TO PUT GOD’S GOVERNMENT BACK ON THE TRACK.” As Mr. Armstrong has so often reminded us, we must not only stay on God’s track, we must be moving forward on God’s track! As time goes on, the natural tendency is to begin to let down. If we are not careful, the sense of urgency and recommitment to the faith once delivered-that we all felt five to seven years ago can begin to fade. Continue reading…

Why Did God Raise Up The Nation Of Israel-And Deny Them Spiritual Salvation?

Why Did God Raise Up the Nation Israel — and Deny Them Spiritual Salvation?

by Herbert W. Armstrong

Published in the Good News Magazine, May 1984

Did anyone ever think to ask WHY God raised up the ancient nation Israel, denying them His Holy Spirit and eternal salvation – except their prophets only? Why “chosen people”? WHY were Old Testament Israelites called God’s “chosen people” —and still denied the Holy Spirit to beget them into eternal life? “Chosen”—for what? To be teacher’s pet? For special favors above other nations? Was God a respecter of nations? To understand, we need to start with Adam and Eve. It is an intriguing story, and I have never seen it put together in this manner before. The true reason for ancient Israel is an integral part of God’s supreme master plan. Continue reading…

Europe and the Middle East – FOCUS OF ATTENTION FOR 1983

By Gene H Hogberg THE world, as the new year dawns, is poised on the brink of momentous change. Fast-paced events are already unfolding in Western Europe and in the Middle East as the world heads into the. politically storm-filled mid 1980s. The stage has been set by two major events. The first was the stunning collapse in September of the West German government and the fall from power of its widely respected chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. The second occurred at the same time. Hundreds of Palestinian civilians perished in a massacre in West Beirut, Lebanon. World opinion turned against the state of Israel, which was held responsible for not preventing the pogrom carried out by its troublesome Lebanese allies. Let’s first look at these events in some detail. Then we can see how these two seemingly unconnected events have set in motion a profound change in world affairs. Schmidt Era Over On September 17, the 13-year-old national coalition of Social Democrats (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in West Germany came to an abrupt end, with the resignation of four FDP cabinet members. The development, rumored for some time because of irreconcilable differences between the SPD and FDP, also Brought to a close the eight-year rule of Chancellor Schmidt. After ‘an October 1 “constructive vote of no confidence” the opposition conservative parties, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian affiliate, the Christian Socialist Union (CSU), assumed power once again-linked in coalition with the Free Democrats, who, in effect, swapped partners. Many political analysts, however, appear to have doubts about the new chancellor, Helmut Kohl. Herr Kohl is a successful though not particularly colorful politician. He has steadily marched up through the ranks of party leadership to become CDU chairman. But he may not have, believe his detractors, what it takes to stand up to expected stiff challenges ahead in the nation, plagued by economic slowdown and increasingly polarized politics. Labor union leaders, for example, have warned they may order rank-and-file members into the streets to protest planned cuts in social spending. Leftist student groups are certain to protest louder than ever, as the day approaches, Bonn’s decision to accept the stationing of new NATO nuclear missiles by the end of 1983. West Germany has nevertheless taken a decisive step away from 13 years of leftward-drifting socialism. Its leadership is back in the center-right position once again. It will continue to progressively move to the right over the years. The Social Democrats, now in opposition, are expected to move farther to the left, possibly even attempting to incorporate the so-called Green movement (which is composed of younger Germans who focus on single issues such as the environment, antinuclear power and anti-NATO, among others). Thus the stage is being set for even more political fireworks in the Bundestag in Bonn. If Herr Kohl fails to provide the leadership needed to meet the challenges ahead, especially from the radical left, there is always Franz Josef Strauss, CSU chairman and Herr Kohl’s chief conservative rival, ready to offer his more dynamic style of leadership. After national elections, perhaps in March, the CDU/CSU hopes to win a clear majority. In that case the weakened FDP would no longer be needed and may in fact disappear on the national level. At that time, predicts Business Week, Herr Strauss will “emerge, in a purely Christian Democratic government, as foreign minister and power broker.” And perhaps also as vice-chancellor, which would be a stepping-stone to the top position denied him in the election of October, 1980. Europeans Furious at Israel Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Israel’s war in Lebanon against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unleashed an unprecedented amount of criticism from all quarters in Europe. The governments and the news media of France, West Germany, Italy and other countries have soundly condemned the Israeli military campaign that. led to the expulsion of the Palestine Liberation Organization from West Beirut. Nevertheless, the Jerusalem government might have escaped relatively unharmed had the massacre of Palestinian civilians not taken place. Israel was blamed for permitting the carnage, since the Israeli Defense Force had moved into West Beirut ostensibly to keep warring factions apart. Without a doubt, the Israeli military blundered by entrusting to its Lebanese Falangist allies the job of rooting out straggling PLO soldiers in two urban Palestinian camps. Instead, the Falangists took revenge, slaughtering hundreds of Palestinian women, children and the elderly for the murder of President-elect Bashir Gemayel, their fallen chief. The Israelis are no longer seen as underdogs in the Middle East as they were in the 1967 war, or even in 1973. They are now Goliath instead of David. Worse yet, they have been compared with a most ignominious event in Jewish history. President Francois Mitterrand of France, for example, an earlier supporter of Israel, described Israel’s actions in Lebanon as similar to those committed by the Nazis in Occupied Europe. And he said this before the dreadful events of West Beirut were known. West German news sources have been exceptionally strong in their opposition to Israel’s campaign against the PLO, employing heavily emotive words and phrases such as “war of extermination” and “final solution.” One West German official said that because of the Beirut siege” “Israel has done a lot to remove itself from its pedestal of high moral standing. It has lost call it its virginity.” For Israelis, the entire Lebanon campaign has turned out to be a very agonizing experience. With the ouster of the PLO gunmen from West Beirut, Prime Minister Menachem Begin proclaimed that “there is reason to say ‘and the land was tranquil’ for some years perhaps 40 years, perhaps 80, perhaps a generation.” Then the “roof caved in” for Israel, and with it her moral standing even among her supporters. PLO Gains Acceptance More than ever, the “underdog” PLO is receiving favor in Europe. Even the Vatican has extended a cautious welcome. On September 15, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat was granted a 20-minute private audience with Pope John Paul II in Rome. The reception understandably unleashed a storm of protest in Jerusalem. After the meeting the Vatican released a communique saying that by granting the audience the Pope “demonstrated his benevolence towards the Palestinian people … expressing the wish that an equitable and lasting solution be reached as soon as possible to the Middle East conflict, which would, excluding recourse to armed violence in any form and above all to terrorism and vengeance, lead to the recognition of the rights of all people, in particular to those of the Palestinians, to a homeland of their own and of Israel to her security.” Thus the Pope carefully distanced himself from the PLO’s terrorist methodology. But he once again came down squarely on the side of a homeland he has used the Latin word patria in the past for the Palestinians, not some sort of vague, nonsovereign self-rule. The Vatican and Israel hold entirely different views on the future course of Middle Eastern affairs. The Holy See stands firm against Israeli claims, based on biblical references, to the West Bank (what most Israelis call Judea and Samaria). The Vatican is openly opposed to Israeli claims that Jerusalem is the “eternal and undivided” capital of Israel. John Paul supports the idea of Jerusalem as a free city under international rule. For the PLO chairman the papal visit represented yet another diplomatic triumph following the PLO’s military setback in Lebanon. After being ousted from his besieged headquarters in Beirut, the PLO chairman met with Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, receiving full military honors. In Italy, Yasser Arafat was guest of honor at a luncheon given by Italian President Sandro Pertini in the official presidential Quirinale palace. His reception by President Pertini was viewed as another wedge in opening the doors of other Western European leaders to the PLO leader’s personal diplomacy. European Forces for Middle East The two trends detailed above the change of power in West Germany and the change in Israel’s fortunes in the Middle East are even now leading to a new orientation for Europe in world affairs. In the wake of the Beirut massacre, the 10 nations of the Common Market unitedly expressed “profound shock and revulsion” and offered to increase participation in a new peacekeeping force, called for by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Such a strengthened force, they said, would show “a will of peace” in the region. One detects, for the first time, a genuine unified European desire to act in the Middle East. Troops sent to Beirut are being dispatched in the name of the individual European nations comprising a multinational force, not on behalf of the United Nations, which is being totally bypassed in this case. U.N. forces have proven to be totally ineffective in Lebanon for the past four years. The United States is also involved. But American politicians are showing hesitance at the U.S. commitment. The U.S. Senate may someday force the President to remove U.S. troops if the situation heats up further leaving the field to Europe. Further down the road the Europeans might also insist on the right to move into the West Bank area to enforce a homeland for the Palestinians. Such a military presence will eventually be sent to the vicinity of Jerusalem itself (Luke 21:20). Europe Must Be More Unified To be in command of events affecting them most directly, such as in the energy-rich Middle East, Europeans will have to act more in union in the future than they are doing now. The German nation, squarely in the heart of Europe, remains, as always, the key to Europe’s destiny. The way West Germany was headed, however, led in the very opposite direction of European unity. The ultimate goal of the left in West Germany was to achieve a reunited, but neutralized, inward looking nation free of all military attachment to its former allies a Germany essentially having dropped out of the world. This drift into a political nether world has now been countered. The new conservative leadership will be more pro-American than the outgoing government, but it will not be as subservient to U.S. policy as its post-war counterparts, such as the Adenauer and Erhard regimes. Frictions with the United States, such as over the Siberia Western European natural gas-pipeline, are not likely to abate. The Americans are attempting to regain “lost leadership” over their European allies, but this is unlikely to happen. The die has been cast. Influential and powerful personalities are emerging on the scene who realize that Europe must be in charge of its own destiny, whether that involves vigilance against communist encroachment or the protection of Europe’s own vital interests in the Middle East. In 1965, before West Germany’s l3-year-long center-left interlude began, Franz Josef Strauss wrote a book entitled The Grand Design. In it Bonn’s former defense minister called for “a Europe growing in stages determined to assert its role in the world, exercising increasing influence and attraction on the Communist satellites, growing in confidence and world importance. “This Europe,” continued Herr Strauss, “could make peace terms with Russia…. We must therefore face the new historical conceptions of Communism… with a new and rival historical conception that of the reconstruction of the classic role of Europe. This would at one and the same time change the political balance of power in the world and stabilize the military balance of power.” (Emphasis ours.) Other voices, too, are calling for Europe to resume its “classic role” in the scheme of world events. Recently, a prominent Greek politician and delegate to the European parliament, George Voyadzis, said this: “Europe, which has a Greek name, has founded its culture on a combination of the Greek, Roman and Christian spirit. In this synthesis, the Greek spirit has contributed the idea of freedom, truth and beauty. The Roman spirit gave the idea of the state of justice. Christianity offered faith and love. “The full integration of Europe will be one of the most important political events in world history and will have considerable bearing on the future course of humanity. It is thus that the balance of power will come to an equilibrium in the world while safeguarding the independence of Europe and contributing to the consolidation of world order and peace.” A Royal Appeal An event in Europe escaped the attention of most of the world’s news media. Last May 20, King Juan Carlos of Spain was awarded the Charlemagne Prize in a ceremony in Aachen, West Germany (Charlemagne’s old capital). This award is given annually to the public figure most advancing the cause of European unity. The King was the first royal recipient of the prize_ Earlier winners have included Winston Churchill, Jean Monnet, Robert Schumann and Konrad Adenauer. In accepting the prize King Juan Carlos traced, in the present tense, the development of Europe and its need for unity. He placed great stress on the role of Europe’s monarchies. “Over the centuries,” said the King, ” the resurrection of the Roman Empire under clearly Germanic, and of course Christian, signs is the political dream: the Holy Roman Empire of [the] Germanic Nation. But what is really being created is something else: Europe…. “In the course of European history,” continued King Juan Carlos, “the monarchies have been a factor of unification…. And through marriages among the members of ruling families, bonds have been woven between countries which were separated from each other by language, race and customs; they strengthened the recognition to be a unit and to belong to a common reality…. “The unifying of Europe,” this ruling monarch said, “had been proposed as the only solution for Europe’s problems as early as 1930 a super nation which had to be raised up a United States of Europe. And this impulse has not been lost in my country.” Watch Europe’s Direction During this new year and throughout the 1980s the process of European unity will accelerate. European leaders, moreover, will turn their attention more than ever to areas of the world, such as the Middle East, where Europe’s interests are most affected. Because of the Middle East connection, watch for the nations bordering on the Mediterranean, such as Greece, Italy and Spain, to play an increasingly important role. Europe’s “power center” will gradually shift farther south, with relatively energy-sufficient nations in northwestern Europe playing a less important role. As the pages of The Plain Truth have warned so often over the decades – watch Europe!]]>

The Beautiful Analogy of Human Reproduction

The Beautiful Analogy of Human Reproduction written by Herbert W. Armstrong

[Original Publication]

Some of the teachings in the Bible are a little hard for the average thinking mind to understand. James tells us to count it all joy when trials, ordeals, reverses beset us. Troubles a joy? That’s pretty hard to accept, isn’t it? And, for the average person, a lot harder to put into practice. Few find any pleasure, let alone joy, in the obstacles and troubles they encounter. Yet this biblical teaching says we ought so to count them. There is a reason, although few understand it.   Continue reading…

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Revelation 3:14-22 “(14) And unto 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;

(15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

(16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

(17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

(18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

(19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

(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.

(21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

(22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 11:3-4

(3) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 

(4) These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 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.” TWO WITNESSES OVER TWO CANDLESTICKS- TWO CHURCH ERAS ONE: Philadelphia TWO: Laodicea Zechariah 4:1 “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,”You and I are committed, as Co-Workers together with the living Christ, to the greatest and most important activity on earth today! This Work of God was originally started by ONE man — Jesus Christ. But on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 31, the same Holy Spirit that had carried on God’s Work through his individual body entered into and empowered his apostles, and the entire COLLECTIVE BODY, which on and from that day constituted God’s Church. The Church of God, of which Jesus Christ was, and is, the living HEAD, was commissioned to carry on the Work of God in an organized manner — starting out with the TWELVE apostles. What is the Work of God? First of all, it is the great commission — to proclaim the MESSAGE Christ brought for mankind from heaven and taught his disciples. Secondly, to minister to, and feed with the spiritual food of God’s Word, those whom GOD converts and adds to his Church. But, after proclaiming that gospel MESSAGE to the world of that day — after the Church had grown and multiplied in number and power, the headquarters Church at Jerusalem fled in the face of advancing Roman armies shortly before A.D. 70, became scattered, and under persecution — and because of discouragement because Christ had not yet returned in power and glory — the Church WENT TO SLEEP ON THE JOB of proclaiming Christ’s true gospel message! Satan then filled the world with his COUNTERFEIT “gospel.” The world accepted it as the genuine. You’ll read, in the parable of the l0 virgins, Matthew 25, how, while Christ tarried in heaven and did not return to earth as soon as they expected, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT on the job of carrying on God’s Work. But now the “midnight hour” spoken of in this parable has struck. Christ’s return is drawing near. He has raised up YOU, and all our Co-Worker family, to give to the world the cry, “The Bridegroom is COMING.” The KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand. The WORLD TOMORROW is about to dawn!” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Co-worker and Brethren Letter October 25, 1985   Zechariah 4:1 “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,” AFTER the period of time where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT. Zechariah 4:2-5(2) 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:

(3) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

(4) So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

(5) Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

THIS IS SPEAKING OF ONE CANDLESTICK. Or Church Era, that will appear at the end of the period where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT, or the Philadelphia Era! Now of this one Candlestick, or Philadelphia Era, there are TWO INDIVIDUALS standing beside the Candlestick, feeding the Candlestick the golden oil, fueling the lamps. Zechariah 4:11-14(11) Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

(12) And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

(13) And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

(14) Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

TWO ANOINTED ONES, who FEED ONE CANDLESTICK, or the PHILADELPHIA ERA of the Church of God. When Zechariah the prophet of God asked the angel of God what this vision meant, this vision of one candlestick with the Two Anointed Ones feeding it, the angel replied: “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. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”(Zechariah 4:6-10) So the Two Anointed Ones are in the office of ZERUBABBEL. They are building up the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF CHRIST, the Church of God, that candlestick you see being fed by these two men of God. What Church is the Philadelphia Era? UP TO THIS point I have covered events preparatory to the actual beginning of this “Philadelphia era” of God’s Church, The WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.”- Herbert W. Armstrong, Article: The History of the Beginning and Growth of the Worldwide Church of God, Published in The Good News Magazine September 1980 The Worldwide Church of God, God’s Church today, THIS PHILADELPHIA ERA is the CANDLESTICK spoken about in Zechariah 4. Now let’s study a little more on these “TWO ANOINTED ONES”. They are pictured FEEDING THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD. John 17:4-8(4) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

(5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

(6) I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

(7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

(8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

John 17:17-21(17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

(18) As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

(19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

(20) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

(21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

John 6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” God the Father gave to His Son Jesus Christ, His Word. Jesus Christ passed the Father’s Word unto His apostles, and sent them out into the world to preach that Word. The apostles faithfully preached that Word, and the Church was raised up by and through the Holy Spirit of God. It was the apostles who “fed the Church, the golden oil, representing the Holy Spirit.” Pictured in Zechariah can only be speaking of TWO APOSTLES of the Worldwide Church of God. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was used by Christ to RAISE UP the Philadelphia ERA of God’s Church, or the Worldwide Church of God, the spiritual TEMPLE Jesus Christ will return to and MARRY! He fulfilled the role of the FIRST ANOINTED ONE. The role of the Second Anointed One will be fulfilled by another APOSTLE. Now who can this apostle be? He is none other than the FIRST WITNESS of Revelation 11. The Two Witnesses are over two candlesticks. Philadelphia and Laodicea are the last Church eras mentioned in the book of Revelation. So, the first witness must be over Philadelphia, and therefore is this SECOND ANOINTED ONE of Zechariah 4. Now, the Philadelphia Church is promised PROTECTION, and is taken to a place of Safety, to be protected during the Great Tribulation.(Revelation 3:10; Revelation 12:14) There they are fed and nourished. Who is feeding this Church, during the great tribulation? Christ is feeding them through the MAIN WITNESS! Pictured in Zechariah 4! Now back to the message unto the Laodiceans in Revelation 3. Christ is knocking on the individual’s door, calling upon them to open the door and eat with Him. This cry unto them comes from OUTSIDE. Since the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, we have seen various of different Churches rise up, calling themselves the Church of God. This happened in the first century. The Catholic Church rose to the top of numerous splinter groups, and became the dominant Church joined with Rome, persecuting the small, scattered yet true, true Church of God. The Catholic Church first called themselves “the Catholic, or Universal Church of God”. They wanted to be established above the true Church of God, who had been preaching the gospel worldwide at that time. So they called themselves “universal”, wanting to set themselves up over all others. This indicates that perhaps the true Church regarded themselves in the first century as the “Worldwide Church of God”. Is it also interesting, that while Christ raised up Herbert W. Armstrong to restore all things(Matt 17:11) as the end time Elijah, that the name of the Church was ALSO RESTORED! Now, in Malachi 3:15, it reads: “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” Now every one of these COG Groups do not teach wholly the teachings restored and taught through Herbert W. Armstrong. They pick and choose what they want to believe. Throw some teachings away, water down others, or begin teaching a new doctrine to replace the older established doctrines of Christ. These “churches” calling themselves the Church of God, are those who were “set up” to do a work of wickedness. Much like how Simon Magus “set up” his counterfeit church against the true Church in the first century. GTA mirrored him in the 20th century, after being disfellowshipped from the Worldwide Church of God, in going out to form a “corporation”, joining with Caesar and calling his corporation a Church of God. He created his counterfeit Church. So under these counterfeit Churches, not the true Church, the membership are NOT being fed spiritually by Christ! Since these are “counterfeit churches”, they have “Some truth”. Just as a branch that is broken off from the tree retains “some nutrients” from the mother tree. Since it is broken off, it no longer receives further nutrients from the Mother tree, it withers and dies. The Laodicean brethren feel they must show “love” to those who were aborted from the Church. They are lured into , and they attend with these false groups. Jesus Christ is calling unto them to REPENT, and come out of Babylon’s churches, to become PHILADELPHIAN! This is the Philadelphian Era of the Church. This message is specifically to the “angel of the church of the laodiceans”, the leader over the laodicean CANDLESTICK, or the second witness. Compare with Joshua the High Priest of Zechariah and Haggai. They have a church of their own now. In the OUTER COURT. They are doing their own works, producing fruits today. Because they call themselves the Church of God, yet deny Christ’s leadership over them(Through the apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) which causes them NOT TO BE FED SPIRITUALLY, they are “Spewed out” into Great Tribulation. They aren’t completely Philadelphian(Hot) nor are they completely like this world(cold). Because of this Laodicean condition, they are SPEWED OUT, and not protected during the Great Tribulation. Their ERA, begins and rises through and out of the Great Tribulation. Those who REPENT, begin to obey God, produce proper works, and fruits, and therefore their era is an era of God’s true Church! The second witness will lead their repentance, and they will begin working the Work of God. The Philadelphia Era will be protected, at this time, in a place of safety, under the MAIN WITNESS. Those today, who have the laodicean condition, are congregating in false churches, trying to perform A WORK. A different work. But not performing their part in the work of God, as Philadelphians. Have you ever wondered WHY, these false churches are teaching that it is the “Laodicean Era”? They believe that the Philadelphia Era died with Mr. Armstrong, and that since they are in a new era, they have to find NEW LEADERSHIP! That is why these false churches teach this. To satisfy “Itching ears who want to heap upon themselves teachers”. Therefore they join these false churches who have been “set up”(Malachi 3:15) to deceive them! But God’s Word says we are STILL IN THE PHILADELPHIA ERA. And the one true Church, that same candlestick fed by Mr. Armstrong, is STILL the Worldwide Church of God! We are still commissioned to BACK And SUPPORT Christ’s apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong! Garner Ted Armstrong started the teaching his new false church of being in the Laodicean Era. That should help you figure out where this new false doctrine came from. It came from Satan the Devil, not from Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ is calling upon our brethren in Revelation 3, who are falling into the laodicean condition, to REPENT and be grafted back with the Philadelphians, and allow Christ to feed them through His Two Anointed Ones! The Main Witness begins his commission at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The Second Witness, will join him giving testimony. Therefore they two witness are pictured as the Two Candlesticks in Revelation 11. Today, God’s people who are being drawn into these false churches, calling themselves the “church of God”(Rev. 3:9), are being called upon to REPENT, and COME OUT OF HER, or be spewed into Great Tribulation by Christ Himself. The only true Church is the same Church that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was a member of and an apostle of. The Worldwide Church of God. That is the only candlestick ordained by God. IT is a SPIRITUAL organism, unincorporated. Under Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the Church used a “Legal corporation” to gather money, property together to be used by Mr. Armstrong and his team in the Great Work of GOD! To preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness to all nations! That job of preaching WAS FINISHED! Only the apostle was commissioned to do the preaching! We, the Worldwide Church of God, ARE TO BACK AND SUPPORT THE APOSTLE OF CHRIST! That is our commission. Today, we are “holding fast”, waiting for God’s next TRUE apostle. WE are still backing and supporting God’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong! So after the death of Mr. Armstrong, God allowed “Men” to take over the “legal corporation”. The prized properties of the Worldwide Church of God was sold off and used to fund “these churches” who were “planted” by the new leadership. But even though “men” took over the “Legal corporation”, they did not take over the true Church! The candlestick still exists!! THANK GOD!!! Jeremiah 24 pictures two baskets of figs. One basket is filled with good figs, the other is filled with evil figs. God preserves the basket of good figs, and he sends them into Babylon “for their good”. Much like how Zerubbabel and his band of Jews were sent into Babylon as captives, and were later CALLED OUT OF BABYLON. They were sent there “for their good”. Today, God’s people have been sent into these COG Groups “for their good”, but the time is coming for God’s people to COME OUT OF HER. Those who refuse to obey God, will stay in these groups, caught up like chaff in a sifting chamber, bundled to be burned by fire. Those who repent, even during the Great Tribulation, will have gained gold tried in the fire, and will escape the lake of fire. Much like a “brand plucked from the fire”, as Joshua pictures as being in Zechariah. Those who suffer the Great Tribulation are joined with a Zedekiah figure. King Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon, who set him up, and he rebelled against God. These false churches, are joined with the “government” just as a“corporation”is joined to the State, then to the Federal Government through corporate law. Zedekiah suffered the wrath of Babylon, when Babylon struck ancient Judah! Just like the Laodiceans will suffer the wrath of Satan through the United States of Europe in the coming world war! Today, the membership of the Worldwide Church of God are meeting together in their homes. Since there is no apostle today, we do not have a need for a “legal corporation” to be formed to handle large sums of money. The Matthew 24:14 Great Commission has already been FULFILLED! The governments of men require a “Corporation” to be formed in order to handle large sums of money, property etc. That is the only reason why the Church had incorporated under Mr. Armstrong. Today, those incorporating are false churches, and false works, trying to deceive God’s people into turning away from their Philadelphia commission! Instead of holding fast and staying loyal to Christ and His apostle, they are joining another church, in support of MEN not led by Christ! Mr. Armstrong was used by Christ to lead the Church OUT OF BABYLON. These churches insist that you must join them IN BABYLON, in order to continue with Christ. This is the deception. The Worldwide Church of God still exists. It lives with the membership still scattered worldwide. It is unincorporated, and is a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM. Today, false churches are trying to preach a gospel, trying to take on the job of the apostle and of God’s Church. They want God’s people to join them, and support them with God’s tithes. Some, in a laodicean condition are doing just that! They are producing works and fruits before the tribulation, and Christ rejects it all! AND THEY NEED TO REPENT OF IT! They need to STOP, turn around, and OBEY CHRIST WHOLLY! Our brethren need your prayers! Christ, through His apostle, and His Church are WARNING our laodicean brethren, and admonishing them to REPENT, in order to escape the coming Great Tribulation. And the reason why Christ is knocking on the doors of individuals who have the laodicean condition, is to have them realize that HE, CHRIST, IS NOT WITH THEM, and they are dying spiritually not being fed by Him! Jesus Christ in Zechariah 4 feeds the Philadelphia Church, The Worldwide Church of God, through His TWO ANOINTED ONES, or TWO APOSTLES. Mr. Armstrong and the soon to arise Main Witness. WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK, AND FULFILL OUR JOB AS THE CHURCH! And we need to REALIZE that even though we enjoy or like the fellowship or the good times in these COG Groups, or if we enjoy our responsibilities in these groups, we must REPENT and COME OUT OF THEM, touching no unclean thing, in order to serve God and be the PILLARS we were called to be, MEMBERS OF THE TRUE AND ONLY CHURCH- THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD!]]>