He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches
How does the messages to the seven Churches mentioned in Revelation 2-3 apply today? There is a constant message throughout all the messages, what is it, and how does that have to do with us today? Let’s start.
The Message of Revelation 2-3 to the Churches and How it applies to us today!
By The Worldwide Church of God Archives Staff
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.(Rev 3:9) These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.(Rev 2:1-3)The Philadelphia Era of God’s Church(Worldwide Church of God) today have been faced with the MANY groups calling themselves “God’s Church” which God calls “The Synogogue of Satan”. We in the Church are faced with False Apostles(Rev 2:2), and we have found them liars. Look at the PCG and RCG, and the Apostles of the other groups(The STP formula being used), all trying to replace God’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But We have found them liars. They do not speak what we were given by Jesus Christ through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But we today of the Philaelphia Era of God’s Church(Worldwide Church of God) have TRIED, tested the spirits of those calling themselves APOSTLES, but have found them LIARS. They are not of God. The Apostle of the PCG is not of God. The Apostle of the RCG is not of God. The STP, the Apostle of the UCG, LCG, etc,etc and other groups is NOT of God. What is God’s Message to us who have strayed from what was taught?
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.(Rev 2:4)When we leave the teachings we were taught, the Truth we were taught through Christ’s Apostle, is God FOR US? What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?(Rom 3:8) But God is AGAINST when we REBEL, He is against our departures! That is the Clear statement Christ is saying in Verse 4.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:4-5)Get BACK ON TRACK is the CLEAR message here! Repent from our departures from God and His Truth and Get back to the FIRST works. Back to what we were FIRST given, FIRST taught. Reminds me of the TWO TREES Mr. Armstrong kept going back to. We have to OBEY God and His Word, His Truth given to us through His Apostle. If we refuse to repent and GET BACK ON TRACK, God is no longer going to consider us HIS CHURCH, the Candlestick is going to be removed from us!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge(Refused to Repent and get back to God’s Truth, God’s Revealed 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.(Hosea 4:6) But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.(Rev 2:6)God’s Church does not keep Christmas, Easter and the other holidays stemmed in Paganism, but in contrast we Keep God’s Holy Days.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.(Rev 2:7)Those who OVERCOME, who REPENT, who GET BACK ON TRACK, will be given Eternal Life(The Tree of Life).
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. (Rev 2:9)Here God is encouraging us, admonishing us the HE KNOWS what these false Churches are teaching. That reveals that we in God’s Church today are very CONCERNED about what these false churches are teaching, and we’re beseeching God about it. God is telling us HE KNOWS. What are we to do? Christ tells us.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.(Rev 2:10)Does God say for us to be TOLERANT to their false teachings and ways? Does He tell us to compromise His Truth for these false churches and teachings? God’s Church WILL BE persecuted, it is being persecuted today.
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.(Rev 12:13)Some of God’s people are cast into prison, because of of the False Apostles of these false Churches God calls the Synogogue of Satan. God says NOT to fear what they are going to do to us. What are we to do? Be FAITHFUL til the END, unto DEATH. Not to change your beliefs to save your life. Too many deny Jesus Christ when faced with a hard decision. But we are to Obey God rather than men(That means ourselves as well). Getting BACK ON TRACK with what Jesus Christ taught us through His Apostle is a LIFE AND DEATH decision! Don’t think it isn’t!
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.(Rev 2:11)He that OVERCOMES, who GETS BACK ON TRACK with what we were given through Christ’s Apostle won’t be resurrected into the Lake of Fire(The second Death) That is A PROMISE from Jesus Christ! Now God addresses us after Mr. Armstrong dies, we who are scattered within these Synogogues of Satan, these COG Groups teaching contrary to what we were given through Mr. Armstrong.
And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Rev 2:12-13)Those of us who are scattered in these COG groups, where we DWELL, some are cotninuing with what we were taught, but again fellowshiping with unbelievers. Fellowshiping with the Synogoue of Satan, teaching contrary to what was taught. This is where SATAN sits! Satan sits in His Churches, the synogogue of Satan. There are those of us HOLDING FAST to what we have, some even be martyred(by the Synogogue of Satan). What is God’s Message to us who are fellowshiping with these non-believers?
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.(Rev 2:14)They are not following Christ’s Command to disfellowship and mark those who cause division contrary to to the Doctrines what we were given through Christ’s Apostle. These false ministers and brethren, are teaching God’s people to join their churches and Works. To sacrifice unto their works, send them God’s tithes and offerings. To Feed on their doctrines, their teachings INSTEAD of what Jesus Christ gave us through His Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! This is explaining the STP program being used. Their program INSTEAD of Christ’s program established through His Apostle! These false ministers and brethren are using a FALSE APOSTLE, the STP formula(and their leaders) which is a STUMBLINGBLOCK to the Church, so says GOD!
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. (Rev 2:15)That is one good thing, they do not keep Christmas, Easter and this world’s Pagan Holidays. Indicating they are keeping God’s Holy Days. That is just about only ONE Good Thing God says about them who have departed, who are scattered in the many splinter Churches today. But is that ALL that is required here?
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.(Rev 2:16)God’s message is to REPENT, come out of her my people, Get BACK ON TRACK with what Jesus Christ gave us through His Apostle, Back to God’s Truth restored! Obey God’s command to Disfellowship and Mark them teaching contrary, AVOIDING them! Where God says to REPENT, HOLD FAST, OVERCOME, God is saying to OBEY God’s FULL COUNCIL which He gave us through Christ’s Apostle! Obeying God FULLY. To BE the Philadelphia ERA of God’s Church!
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.(Rev 2:17)Again, we who get BACK ON TRACK will be given the Holy Spirit and be FED food from God! Be nourished by God’s Truth, as we were taught through Christ’s Apostle!
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.(Rev 2:18-19)Here God is addressing us who have come a LONG way, who have GROWN on that Truth. Here is God’s Warning to those of us, after learning what the COG groups truly are. Are we to go back to them, and join the “Closest one to the Truth”? Some have, what does God say to them?
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel(These false Churches, and false ministers(such as Garner Ted Armstrong and others)), which calleth herself a prophetess(which includes the Seventh day Adventists, because they have one who calls herself a PROPHETESS – Ellen G. White. But this is ALL INCLUSIVE, it applies to all of these synagogues of Satan, Churches of this World. The COG’S), to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication(To REJECT God’s Revealed Knowledge through His Apostle, to reject God’s Government through His True Apostle), and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.(Rev 2:20)These Churches want us in God’s Church to Reject Herbert W Armstrong and what he taught us, and then to EAT, LISTEN and take in what THEY TEACH, take part in what they are doing, “to eat things sacrificed unto idols”. God says Don’t!
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.(Rev 2:21-22)God does, however, give us time to REPENT. God has given these among these groups time to REPENT. But to thsoe who REPENTED NOT, those who didn’t heed God’s warning and command to HOLD FAST, to GET BACK ON TRACK, will join and continue with these splinter groups teaching contrary, continuing in these false churches, they are slated to the Great Tribulation, EXCEPT they REPENT. God only wants us to REPENT and Get Back on Track with Jesus Christ and with what he gave us through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong!! God wants us to get away from those speaking different things than what Jesus Christ gave us to speak through the Apostle! To Stop fellowshiping with these false groups. To Get BACK ON TRACK. HOLD Fast to what we were taught through Mr. Armstrong! What is God going to do with these false Churches?
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.(Rev 2:23)Why death? Because they do not Follow God’s Way of Life, they are living what is right in their own eyes. They Vote on Doctrine, they have democracy. They teach their corporate works is only part of the Body of Christ, stopping anyone to gon toward God’s Kingdom. They are deciding on already PROVEN doctrine, contrary to what we were taught! They change already proven Truths and doctrines and Policies. They are in rebellion, and their end is death. Then these Churches(Cog’s) WILL KNOW God is God! And they will come to KNOW that God loved Mr. Armstrong and those faithful with him(Rev 3:9)
But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.(Rev 2:24-25)Now God is speaking to those OUTSIDE of these Churches. Those of us who have come to the TRUTH what God’s True Church really is, and have decided NOT to join these false churches who are teaching contrary to what we are taught through Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. What is God’s Command to us? To HOLD FAST til Christ comes. He doesn’t say join another group, throw away the doctrines you were taught through the Apostle. But to HOLD FAST!!!
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 2:26-29)Again, another command to OVERCOME, REPENT, GET BACK ON TRACK, HOLD FAST! To KEEP THEM unto the END!
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.(Rev 3:2)Watch and Pray Always! Strengthen the things which remain, what does that refer to? Strengthen what we were given to us through the Apostle! And STRENGTHEN it, not throw it away! And they are being thrown away. What was taught is being stopped and stifled, Being killed off! This is another verse that says to GET BACK ON TRACK, because you are not yet PERFECT. WHY? Because they have thrown out, or neglected to be faithful to the Apostle, and what Jesus Christ sent with him!
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Eph 4:11-13)God is telling us to return to God’s Government through the Apostle! God is saying GET in line with His Government! To Get BACK ON TRACK with God and His Government. Because some of us are not heeding it.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.(Rev 3:3-4)Remember how we have receied and heard! How did we recieve God’s Truth? How does God give the Church the Truth, and doctrines of which is ought to believe and speak? Through the Apostle! God is saying to Remember Christ’s APOSTLE! God’s Way prepared! God’s Government! Then what? Hold FAST to it! That is the recurring command here to HOLD FAST. Hold Fast to God’s Government. Hold Fast to what we were given. Then God warns us to WATCH, and gives us warning to those who do not! Again a FEW repent and Get Back on Track with God’s Government in His Church through the Apostle.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Rev 3:5-6)Again he/she who OVERCOMES, REPENTS, HOLDS FAST, will be clothed with white raiment, God’s Righteousness, The Holy Spirit. Another promise to the Faithful. And it is indicating that those who WON’T get BACK ON TRACK will not be in God’s Kingdom. Because those who do GET BACK ON TRACK, those who do OVERCOME and REPENT will be in the Book of Life and have Favour with Jesus Christ where He speaks about us before God the Father and the Angels. Now we come to those who REPENT, GET BACK ON TRACK with God and His Apostle, HOLDING FAST to God’s Government and Truth restored. Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, the Apostle to this Era, is Summed up here. This is what Christ wants us! On track with Him, an able instrument in the hands of the Living God!
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 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. (Rev 3:7-8)Most specifically this is referring to Christ’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. Because it is through him the True Gospel is proclaimed FAITHFULLY, anyone else has perverted it. Notice also Jesus Christ is the one who is HOLY, who is TRUE, who has the KEY OF DAVID, who opens the doors and shuts them, of which NO MAN can open or shut! Sorry Gerald Flurry, this is NOT referring to you. Jesus Christ opened the door through His Apostle, no man can shut it. Christ has shut the open doors when you go another way other through Christ and His Apostle. Anyone not going through WITH the Apostle and tries to open it, when it is shut(because of their rejection of God and His Government and Truth restored) is NOT of God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.(John 10:1-5)Jesus Christ gives a good testimony of His Apostle here, he, the Apostle, has KEPT my WORD and has not denied Christ’s Name! We are to do the same! How can we when we are speaking something different, believing something different, operating differently than what Jesus Christ said to be through the Apostle?
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.(Rev 3:9)God is going to MAKE these OF, owned by, the Synogogue of Satan to KNOW that God loved Mr. Armstrong. HOW? He will be in the Kingdom and they are not. Those called to these False Churches of this world, they will have to go through him to be taught God’s Way. To be educated on God’s Way of Life, instead of these false teachers and preachers in the COG’s and Churches today!
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.(Rev 3:10)Here is the promise to those who OBEYS what Christ has said through His Apostle, who listened to what he has said to the seven Churches of Revelation 2-3. A Promise to be protected in a LITERAL Place of Protection from the Great Tribulation those who refuse to heed will be going through.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.(Rev 3:11)Again that Command Again! How many times does God has to tell us to HOLD FAST, To NEVER LET GO of what we were given!!?? It is THAT important!
Him that overcometh 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 cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 3:12-13)Again another promise to those FAITHFUL. They are given promise that they will be CONCRETED in God’s Family and Kingdom! No more are they going to leave and come back, to waver in the faith once delivered! Our minds would be SET in God’s WAY! That is the GOAL here! Now after ALL THINGS have been restored to the Church, God again addresses those who waver from what we were taught. This is to those who had received the Apostle and Christ’s teachings through him, but wavered and departed. Leaning onto their own understanding. Although we are NOT in that era of God’s Church YET. This is directed ONCE AGAIN to those who are with those who were put out of God’s Church, such as the groups started by Garner Ted Armstrong, C. Wayne Cole, dissidents put out and marked by Christ’s Apostle, out of God’s Church, groups started by men who REBELLED against God and His Government and started their own groups and works of their own. They are NOT God’s Church today! When they REPENT and GET BACK ON TRACK, then and ONLY THEN are they “God’s Church”! Until then they are OUTSIDE of God’s Church, pretending they are God’s Church(Rev 3:9). Notice what God says FIRST!
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;(Rev 3:14)When God says “AMEN”, God is saying HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID! It is CORRECTION from God to GET BACK TO WHAT HE HAS SAID THROUGH HIS APOSTLE! Christ is the FAITHFUL and True Witness working through Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! And it was through Mr. Armstrong God started or BEGAN His Spiritual Temple of today through! Here Jesus Christ is explaining it was HIM, JESUS CHRIST who was doing it, because these people are beleiving it was Herbert W Armstrong’s work, or legacy and OPINION. NOT Jesus Christ who done it through and by the Power of His Holy Spirit through ONE MAN, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! That is why Jesus Christ has to say the OBVIOUS HERE! And God gives WARNING to them THEIR END, as he has in previous verses. DEATH is the end for those who beleive it was only Herbert W Armstrong and his opinion, that is the SECOND DEATH. The Lake of Fire is what God spews them out into, unless they REPENT!
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.(Rev 3:15-16)God can no longer stand their rebellion! Because that is what it is!
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:(Rev 3:17)Notice, their focus is THEMSELVES! They have lost God from the picture. This shows how they think. This shows their high opinion of themselves, in contrast to the opinion of others they have. This is why they look down on Mr. Herbert W Armstrong with such disrespect and dishonor, they think they are above everything Jesus Christ had done. Notice the contrast to what they think and what God says they are.
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.(Rev 3:18)Here God is counciling them as new converts. They have to seek God and His correction, and God’s Truth. To ask and receive the Holy Spirit to see their ways and to See God’s Way so they can replace their own ways.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 3:19-22)Here it is again, Repent, get back on track, surrender to God’s Government over their lives. God means what He says, repetition shows the IMPORTANCE to do as God says. Those who REPENT and Get back on track with Christ and His Apostle, they’ll be accounted Worthy of the promises mentioned in these verses. One promise however is only given to those PRIOR to the Great Tribulation. Those who repent after the Tribulation starts, will have to lose their heads and die for God, to receive the other promises, Especially the promise of Eternal Life.
The message is clear.Being faced with these “Churches of men”(The Synagogue of Satan), with their false Apostles made up of false churches, teaching Contrary to doctrines we were taught through the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. God commands us over and over again to Come out away from them, do not fellowship with them, Do not LISTEN to their teachings and believe them, don’t drink their kool aid. Strengthen what we have correct, but REPENT of our departures and Get BACK ON TRACK with what he established through His Apostle in COMPLETE SURRENDER TO GOD and His Government. If not the Lake of fire is our end. Yes there is going to be Persecution. But to stand with God and be persecuted and possibly killed in this life for God and inherit Eternal Life for all eternity is better than the Alternative, i.e. the Lake of Fire. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” This is what you hear over and over again. This shows ONLY those who have the Holy Spirit will understand these verses.
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PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT from the UCG(United Church of God).
This is an exposé addressing the CONTRARY teachings the United Church of God teaches in contrast with what Jesus Christ taught us through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. – WWCG-ARCHIVES.COM STAFF2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. I recently read a transcript of a sermon given by Frank Dunkle, a minister in the UCG on July 8 2017 speaking on “Paradigms” or our Viewpoint or “Structure” on God’s Word. Titled “A Proper Paradigm”. Now, I was reading this doing research on what the UCG taught about God’s Government, in CONTRAST with what we have learned through the Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, this sermon was in the list of articles and sermons mentioning God’s Government. To say the least, this sermon REVEALS A LOT into what the UCG teaches and/or fails to teach! [caption id="attachment_3830" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Frank Dunkle of the United Church of God[/caption] So as I went through this man’s sermon’s transcript, word for word, paragraph by paragraph, it is plain the man is INTENTIONALLY destroying The Church of God’s faith in what God says in His Word. His intention was to INTRODUCE false doctrines and seeds of DOUBT, all the time speaking evil of the WAY OF TRUTH(God’s Government). His structure of the sermon is INTENTIONALLY against Mr. Armstrong and anyone who believes and HOLDS FAST to what we were given by Jesus Christ. He starts off talking about the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter group of the Puritan Church of England in the 1600’s, which is a picture he uses to picture Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God holding Fast to the Teachings and doctrines we were given. He states that this “group(The Fifth Monarchist’s)” held the same belief on Daniel 2 as “we”(the UCG) has, but they believe that the Stone made without hand is the Puritan Church and not the Kingdom of God. His point was to show that this group held a belief that perverted their whole outlook of God’s Word. And he does this equating Herbert W Armstrong and the FAITHFUL Church backing and supporting Jesus Christ through the Apostle as a individual and as a group with a PERVERTED outlook or PARADIGM! Blinded by one central belief which God commands in His Word. Well, that is according to this minister. Would I say of Christ? No, I wouldn’t. I would like to call to remembrance HOW Mr Armstrong was converted. I recall Mr. Armstrong talking about his agenda when he heard Mrs. Armstrong started keeping the fanatical SABBATH! And how he went out to PROVE HER WRONG. He said he finally came to a pamphlet of a dissenter from the Seventh Day Adventists where they said that the Sabbath was done away and nailed to the cross, as a argument against the Sabbath! The verse this pamphlet was speaking on was in Colossians 2. But Mrs. Armstrong prayed all night and didn’t sleep and when Mr. Armstrong woke up she asked him to go to the library and look up EVERY Greek Word of those verses concerning the Sabbaths, because God had shown her there was a mistranslation in there. So he did, and found that the verses didn’t do AWAY with the Sabbath, but only the PHYSICAL RITUALS and SACRIFICES were done away. Now, this was the START of Mr. Armstrong’s Conversion. This was the First Scripture that proved him WRONG, and God right! This man from the United Church of God(UCG) preaches that if anyone STARTS from Colossians 2, that it would CHANGE our paradigm or Viewpoint that would PERVERT the TRUTH found in God’s Word! It is no coincidence that he would start with what STARTED the conversion of Herbert W Armstrong, as we go further through the sermon. He does say that Mr. Armstrong has a DIFFERENT view than what the UCG has. In this, I believe him. It is different. He then goes into ANOTHER point to support this Paradigm of his(which he says Mr. Armstrong has) and that is the Government set through Moses. Talking about Jethro, Moses’s Father in Law. I quote the minister giving this sermon. [Quote] He said, “Listen now to my voice,” this is verse 19, “I’ll give you counsel, and God will be with you: stand you before God for the people, so that you may bring difficulties to God. And you’ll teach them statutes and laws, show them the way that they must walk, and the work they must do. Moreover, select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. And it’ll be that every great matter they’ll bring to you, but every small matter, they’ll judge themselves.” And it goes on to say that Moses, he did it. You know, and we wonder, it doesn’t describe him talking to God about it, but we know another place as it says Moses talked to God very often. Probably, he got God’s approval. And they set this up, a very effective form of administration and government. So effective that many armies, most armies use this, so do many organizations.[End Quote] Notice his point in saying MOSES ”did it”. That it was Moses’s decision. And then he questions if God approved of it or not. Now we know that God chose Moses, and led Moses, look at what happened when Miriam and Aaron when they withstood God through Moses. So God DID institute His Government in ISRAEL, but ISRAEL did not obey. Mr. Armstrong can be found showing every scripture backing up that it was GOD, not MOSES who instituted His Government! Notice the focus of this man, his focus is on the MAN as the one deciding. When Mr. Armstrong focused on GOD who decided, not MAN! Mr. Herbert W Armstrong – God decides(The Tree of Life). The Minister from UCG – MAN decides(The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). Where does God fit in with this? This is another instance where it PROVES God was with Mr. Herbert W Armstrong and who he IS NOT with! IT also proves Mr. Armstrong was a TRUE Minister of Jesus Christ, in contrast with the man speaking in this sermon. The very next words is this, [Quote]And it would be possible to look at this and say, “Okay, that’s my paradigm for how every organization has to be formed. I can view all other aspects of administration and leadership through it.” If I have that as my central focus, I’m going to look at in the New Testament for that type of structure. You know, and I would probably see Peter as being outspoken and at the forefront and say, “He must have been the chief apostle.”[End Quote] Here he speaks AGAINST the Doctrine of Binding and Loosing, and how Peter was the Chief Apostle. He goes and says that looking at what Mr. Armstrong taught would PERVERT our outlook on the Bible. Again is he speaking EVIL of God’s Government (The WAY OF TRUTH) in God’s Church? Read 2 Peter 2. He then states, [Quote]We know the Catholic Church did exactly that.[End Quote] Equating Mr. Armstrong and God’s Church as the CATHOLIC CHURCH called Babylon the Great, The GREAT WHORE, the Mother of HARLOTS! He goes on and says, [quote]Within the Church of God in previous decades, we did something similar. We designated an apostle as the unquestionable leader of the church under Jesus Christ, of course, and we always said that.[End Quote] Again he equates the Government of God restored to God’s Church through Christ’s Apostle as 1) Man’s ideas, as he said about Moses. 2) That the start of Mr. Armstrong’s conversion PERVERTED his outlook or Paradigm of God’s Word. Which he stated leads to “The Primacy of Peter” teaching, which he states the Catholic Church teaches. Mr. Armstrong showed from God’s Word that Peter was CHIEF Apostle! But he was not a POPE as the Catholic Church teaches. This man says listening to that, or having that outlook PERVERTS our outlook and foundational Lens we look at God’s Word with! Can we not see WHO this man works for? It certainly is not God. I have also noticed the LIBERAL approach to doctrine, saying one thing at one hand, such as a False teaching, then covering it up with the truth. He says all of this about Mr. Armstrong and the Government in the Church which was restored to the Church and then states “I’m not saying or implying that the form of church government we used was wrong”. This is in order so that he has a backup plan, a way out when someone points out his flagrant error. When we would point out that specific error, he would state the latter statement dancing around the truth and ERROR he’s teaching. That is LIBRERALISM, the Way of SATAN! You can read and hear Mr. Armstrong and many others in the Church speak about How Satan uses LIBERALISM as a greased hog at a county fair. You can never get it pinned down. It is an ATTITUDE of reasoning INSTEAD of using God’s Holy Spirit! Read Mr. Armstrong’s article “What is a Liberal”. Listen to David Hulme’s Sermon on “Liberalism”. As well as Gerald Waterhouse’s sermons, he always has something to say about Liberalism. He thinks he has a way out from God. But God already knows, and he cannot escape God. Are we approaching doctrines/teachings/TRUTH in this manner? Make sure we are NOT! This LIBERAL minister goes on saying, [Quote] No, it had some problems(the Government through Mr. Armstrong), but it also had great advantages, and it followed a biblical model. I have no criticism of that form of organization(again, he’s trying to make a way out from the statements he’s previously stated). “But what I would criticize is adopting a paradigm that says, “That’s the only form of organization that could ever be valid.” the only thing the Bible would support. I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote] He’s saying that God has more THAN ONE form of Government. The government restored through Mr. Armstrong however is looked down upon, with seeds of doubt placed on it, saying God DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY “all the time”, “he has many forms”. So he’s rebelling against God’s Government. Saying God has MANY PATHS, not ONE WAY. 2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. The Way of TRUTH is God’s GOVERNMENT! He’s saying there are MORE than ONE WAY of GOD! When Scripture says CONTRARY! It does NOT say WAYS of Truth!
Notice what he says! Thinking that God has only ONE WAY, Only ONE Government as our CORE of Beliefs… [Quote]I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote] Here he goes and starts with HIS IDEA of what the Government they have in UCG, pretending it is God’s, saying Acts 15 is a COUNCIL led Church. That THEIR Government is found in the Scripture. SO in saying this he is saying what Mr. Armstrong taught us would only pervert our outlook on the Word of God and God’s Government. Saying he was BLIND to the TRUTH, following his OWN IDEAS, Personal Opinions of What the Government of God is supposed to be. He goes into Acts 15, starting with Verse 6 where it says “Peter Rose up”. [Quote]What we see here in this story though is not Peter presiding as chief apostle and then making a ruling. We see him so far of one voice, a very significant and influential voice giving testimony as part of this conference.[End Quote] Here again SPEAKS AGAINST Peter being the Chief APOSTLE! When God’s Word shows that he WAS! [Quote]”He was just a voice of testimony among many at a Church conference”[End Quote] Another point of REBELLION! He then goes on saying here that Peter gave his opinion, or testimony on the problem. Then Paul and Barnabas did. Again he goes and states [Quote]After that in verse 13, we see the apostle James. “After they had become silent, James answered, and said, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me. ’” James answers and he’s going to give a proposal. “And then it would seem…” actually, I want to skip down to verse 19, his proposal. “therefore I judge that we shouldn’t trouble those who are among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but write to them that they abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, and from things strangled by blood. ’”[End Quote] He is saying Peter didn’t make the decision but JAMES. Saying James answered the problem. He then SKIPS verse 14, where it says SIMEON(or PETER) declared! He(James) was acknowledging Peter’s decision! Just as Mr. Armstrong taught us! Read it in CONTEXT
Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.He then sums up the “conference” in Acts 15 as [Quote]And it goes on, and the conference then makes a decision.”[End Quote] That is NOT True! Peter DECLARED, as the verse he skipped stated, not the Conference. James confirmed the decision. The Conference AGREED with Peter’s decision! Again speaking against God’s Government! He then reasons how VOTING was in the Church(when it wasn’t) with [Quote]. It’s possible that in this conference, they might have taken some type of a vote or a consensus, or, you know, they discussed this. We don’t really know for sure. But we do know that today, the United Church of God follows an organizational structure closer to what we see in Acts than what we read about in Exodus 18 .[End Quote] That again is FALSE. They follow something CONTRARY to what we read in Acts 15! They say they MAY have voted in this conference. That they do not really know that they did or not. But to say the UCG has a CLOSER(Not the SAME, but CLOSER) Government to Acts 15 than what God through Moses organized in Exodus 18, is FAR FROM the TRUTH! Just remember and be MINDFUL of what the Apostle of Jesus Christ taught us! Remember a Good Counterfeit is “CLOSER” to the original! He states [Quote]As I said, “I think that should be a part of that paradigm.” But the particular paradigm of it’s got to be this form of organization or nothing at all I think has caused and maintained division within the Body of Christ. It’s not hard to think of other things that can come up, other ideas, other interpretations that could cause division or maintain division. You know, there are some that are shaping people’s paradigms today.[End Quote] Again stating this AGAINST what was taught through the Apostle and the Worldwide Church of God! Further on down he states, Trying to give REASON why he is saying what he is saying, [Quote]I thought maybe it’s more of a cautionary tale.(Notice: TALE not TRUTH) When I think of those Fifth Monarchists and what they got involved in. And as I say, it can be harmful when you adopt one very narrow point of view through which you see everything else especially if that one point is not correct.[End Quote] Here he equates Mr. Armstrong and the Church of God(Worldwide Church of God) in the same boat with the “Fifth Monarchists” a Church of this world, having nothing to do with God’s Church. Saying that Mr. Armstrong and the Church were BLIND to the Truth of God’s Word because they believe what the Bible says.(Not what they are saying, they are saying that he wasn’t teaching God’s viewpoint but his own, and that it came from the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter from the Quakers(The Puritan’s), that we have a perverted outlook and viewpoint if we keep(HOLD FAST) to what we were taught by Jesus Christ through His Apostle!). Here he definitely says God’s Government that was restored to the Church(Through Christ’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) was in ERROR, and NOT truth! Yet he goes on to say that it is [Quote]”Not wrong to necessarily have differing opinions on them.” [End Quote]to backtrack and cover his attack of God and God’s Government. So when you address it, he will quote the “Excuse” rather than dealing with the False statement and accusation. Within in seconds he continues, [Quote]I think though it could be harmful to myself and to others in the Church if I allow that one of those topics to become the center of a paradigm by which I view and just interpret everything else.[End Quote] He is saying it is HARMFUL to have God’s Government as the CENTRAL point of our beliefs. For that is the Subject he is talking about and destroying here in his sermon. He then continues to bring up other points to HOLD UP his attack, building the trap ONE point at a time, in order to justify his error and falsehoods! He states, [Quote]Imagine how it might lead to some imbalanced thinking and actions.[End Quote] Here he equates the point he has been making about having God’s Government as our central core of our belief as being “imbalanced thinking and actions”. Then he goes and turns this issue he is speaking on, (God’s Government being EVERYTHING, but nothing to him) as some KOOKY ritualistic nonsense, based upon PERSONAL opinion and ideas. But was it? This is the COMMON teaching in the UCG(as well as other groups) One scripture he uses is Luke 10:25. This verse shows that GOD must be central to our Beliefs. That God’s Government and Laws should be central and the CORE of our beliefs. BUT,… BUT, he uses this not in the terms of God’s Government, but just God. Sort of like by just accepting God(or Jesus) is all they need. And other point he males. Now was the Pharisees Following God? Or was their RIGHTEOUSNESS their own? Jesus Christ answers that himself throughout the Gospels. But this man is teaching that THEY KNEW GOD and had worshiping God down pat! Notice [Quote]We can guess and argue because the answer isn’t given, but part of me thinks perhaps if this fellow was representing the Pharisees, I think they had that part down. they’ve learned their lesson from the Babylonian captivity to not worship idols and not take God’s name in vain. I think they had a lot to learn about loving their brother as themselves.[End Quote] Now does this line up with Scripture? Does one who is SELF righteous(as the Pharisees were known as having) REALLY putting God first above all things? He is saying the Pharisees kept the first FOUR commandments, but needed to keep the last six. I notice he references this type of thing ALONG with the previous statements AGAINST the Government of God restored through Christ’s Apostle. Is he saying Christ’s Apostle was a hypocrite, a PHARISEE? By putting together all the points he is making one can come to that conclusion. But again he makes several statements, a way out from the confrontation of these false statements, a backup plan to cover his assets. Shows what spirit rules him, it certainly is not God’s. [Quote]So rather than worry about… “Are the first four commandments out of the included?” I think the Ten Commandments come and go as a unit, and we see that pretty clearly in the Bible. But we could pause and give some thought to what else did Jesus not say was vital for having eternal life? As I said, I think the first four of the Ten Commandments are implied in what Jesus said, “If you want to have life, keep the commandments.”[End Quote] Notice he states something AGAINST what we were taught, say that the Pharisees obeyed God and was in line with God. Then he covers it with the Truth. That what Christ was referring to was the WHOLE ten commandments, showing WHAT commandments he was referring to. Which is what Mr. Armstrong taught. But doing this Covering the ACUSATION and FALSE teaching with the Truth! The same way Satan does! Twisting the scriptures! Accusing the Brethren. [Quote]What did he not say you have to do to have life? How about being able to correctly calculate the 70-weeks prophecy? Nope. Properly pronouncing the Hebrew version of God’s name? Nope. Wearing tassels on your garments, never trimming your beard? He doesn’t mention that, nor does Christ mention church government. [End Quote] Here he equates CHURCH(God’s) GOVERNMENT as physical things such as “calculating prophecy” and “tassels”. He says Church Government doesn’t matter because it wasn’t mentioned. With this way of thinking, then why does he believe that Christ was referring to the first four of the Ten Commandments? Because they too wasn’t mentioned. So in this, IF there is NO “Thus sayeth the Lord”, on Church Government, then it is up to OUR OWNSELVES to decide on it. Because it doesn’t “mention it”. He skims over the point Christ was making. “KEEPING” means walking, OBEYING what God says. That means surrendering to God’s GOVERNMENT! But he does not make the point to say that we must OBEY or KEEP God’s Government. He only teaches that the “Ten Commandment” in themselves is the central point. Missing the SPIRITUAL point that goes with the Ten Commandments. The point that we MUST KEEP THEM. Obeying GOD’S Commandments. God’s Government being the CORE of the LAW OF GOD! [Quote]If I let any other thing, any other idea take center place in my thinking, then I’m doing what the Fifth Monarchists did. I’m making a mistake. I might become blinded. I’m setting myself up to become intoxicated by some other ideology or some philosophy. that’s not what Jesus said to do to have life[End Quote] Again attacking God’s Government, and saying Mr. Armstrong was BLIND and intoxicated with some other ideology and philosophy other than God’s! Equating him to the Puritan splinter called the “Fifth Monarchists”. Yet as we go through this sermon, he states the condemning statements towards God’s Apostle and CHURCH and continuing in between these statements statements saying the exact opposite. Whitewashing the falsehoods, creating a SYNTHESIS of both teachings. Incorporating the accusations and character assassination of Mr. Armstrong and all of us HOLDING FAST, and his falsehood of God’s Government being MANY, many paths instead of ONE PATH, ONE WAY. He has now watered it down further than he has already to that ANYONE just keeping the Commandments, and not knowing the ANNUAL SABBATHS, and everything else God’s says, that they will come up in the first resurrection. So that today, in an age where ALL TRUTH is restored, God’s Government, God’s Laws, God’s Holy Days, ALL THINGS as Jesus Christ says, restoring through the End-Time Elijah Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, that you DON’T need anything else but the verses concerning the Ten Commandments that you will GET into God’s Kingdom. When everything else ties into the Ten commandments and God’s Government, all the teachings tie into each other, that somehow anyone missing the majority of the message taught through the Apostle will still make it. That is if it isn’t being taught, as he stated AGAINST Mr. Armstrong and the Church and its beliefs. At the very end of his sermon he ends with [Quote]But one of the points I want to leave us with, we have the right principles to shape how we understand the Bible, how to conduct our lives, how we look ahead to our future. Now, it’s possible. We could get caught up in an incorrect paradigm. We could get intoxicated with ideas that would get us out of perspective, lead to bad decisions. We could do as the Fifth Monarchists did. You know, their misunderstanding of one point of one prophecy, led them to engage in some activities that the Bible condemns. As I said, they looked at one first and it distorted the other. I don’t think members of God’s Church are likely to get caught up in rebellion, civil war, and regicide. I hope not. But members of God’s Church could get intoxicated with the perceived prophetic understanding, with a captivating doctrinal understanding. And being caught up in something like that could lead a Christian to separating from the Body of Christ[End Quote] “We have the RIGHT Principles…” As in contrast to what we had “WRONG” with Mr. Armstrong and the Truth back then. That is how the DEVIL WORKS! Finishing, [Quote] It could lead to causing division, alienation, even perhaps if you became disillusioned to abandoning the way of life that we know is the way of life.[End Quote] Notice what “WE KNOW”, as if WE are the CENTRAL source of knowledge. This is CONTRARY to Scripture. In the End the point that any Spiritual led Christian who can discern the spirits, will come out seeing the minister, as many under Tkach Sr and then Jr done, that the WHOLE SERMON was to attack God and His Government which was restored through Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, Condemning Mr. Armstrong and any of us still HOLDING FAST to those VITAL TRUTHS and God’s Government which we were given. People that are convinced to this “church”(UCG) and its doctrines/teachings as this minister was teaching, will come out saying “Oh he gave a wonderful sermon on how God should be our focus” when the exact opposite happened! Surely he is a WOLF in Sheep’s clothing! 2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. ]]>