Mysteries pt 5 – In ‘BABYLON”.

 

Before I write this letter, I would like to copy one of the emails I received from a member, whom God called in the ‘LAST HOUR”. Christ said, as the invitees did not come, He will be calling many from high ways and by ways and from east and west… we are in the middle of throwing out those who were not dressed for the wedding. Here is one reply, which we received from one of the soldiers in Christ, who are supporting and fighting with us for the cause of Zion, to bring her back to God…

 

 

 

“Yes I just finished part – 4 and it is really unbelievable to see that HWA incorporated the church under his name and taught so many things which were unbiblical. I presume his early background of his having the qualifications of a salesman moved him strongly to use these techniques along with the human nature of the lust of the flesh, eyes and pride of life to do what he did which were grossly unchristian like. Really our Great God is uncovering these things done by the flesh so that no man may trust a man ever in the so called organized church but rather look upon to the Almighty God and trust and have faith on him and do according to his expressed will as written in the word.  All these acts of the leaders prove and expose to the sheep that interpretation should never be of private interpretation but rather be based on the word which is life. How tragic to see and learn that the sheep have been led astray by the Shepard’s and the herd mentality of the sheep of following such leaders by making them an idol and worshipping them reminding us from the word that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Eternal. We hope that these godly rebukes open up the minds of our brethren which reveal our wretchedness’ and nakedness and our futility to look upon men and be swayed by them. We hope that we all deeply repent of our sins and accept the blood of Christ to save us and come to God to worship him in spirit and truth. Really this final work is the greatest and only work which seals forever all the ungodly works of the flesh and gives us great hope and joy that we all will be united with our Creator very soon reminding us that we are in the gun lap period of 1335 days. How marvelous and wonderful are the works of Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This was written by  a person who was baptized in 1999, A man, who has learned and proved God’s Word and who has overcome, by the ‘BLOOD OF Christ’, in the last hour… God The Father certainly will rejoice over him !

 

The letter below is a letter HWA wrote in 1981. Please note the high lighted parts.  . Please read the Mysteries part 1 – 4, before you read this and especially part 4. It answers how HWA , in his early writings said, that Christ did not reorganize the church at His first coming and the apostles were not given any authority to govern or rule over God’s people , and how God as a punishment and a judgment, gave the “Sinai” kingdom to gentile kings…. He condemns the structured governments and how he later forgot and changed his views regarding what he taught earlier…any one who re–organize church , is a FALSE apostle as no man given any authority over God’s church to do so. The church is incorporated, under HWA’s name… only the top ministers would have known this… we certainly did not know.

 

It all happened as a part of God’s prophecy of ‘SEVENTY YEARS” in “Babylon”… ( please read our writings about “Babylon’  in www.gentileassembly.org , if you have not done so ) here is what GF said in KOD….. (TRANSCRIPT – TWO COVENANTS (0620)

 

 

“And I’ll tell you that ought to inspire us. Does God really exist?

Well, He’s certainly hurling out all kinds of challenges to the skeptics if they want to take

Him on. Can you disprove this? Can you say it didn’t happen? Can you prove that God is

not fulfilling both those covenants even today? Well, He certainly is, and we can prove

that and have proved it for some seventy years, and it’s still going on and nobody’s going to stop it.”…. }}}… …..as you can see, for the last “SEVENTY YEARS”, both HWA and GF have been working together….. We will comment on this transcript in another writing… we proved from the Word, the first beast who was in Babylon, was HWA , and the second beast is raising up his ruins. The second beast is given 42 months…( to continue… means he was there before doing his evil work, but God gave him further 42 months till he is exposed and destroyed his evil works )  we proved that our work, which is the “hour” of judgment, lasts only 42 months and Christ Has come to fight to restore everything… Rev 13: 5- 15. this beast is not EU or CC as we have proven… they are INSDIE God’s Sanctuary… Psa 74… EU or CC could never stop God’s work, neither could the ‘gates of HELL’. We proved that the “gates” are the “ministers”, and the “gates of hell” means, when the ministers are thrown in to ‘hell’ or Bottomless pit, without Holy Spirit. They are the ones who are the children of Abraham, who are thrown in to outer darkness. That is the hell, without Holy Spirit. That is the only time, the gates of hell could exist as the hell of the Bottomless pit is opened only in the book of revelation, and that is during the "Day of Judgment", which is now. if Christ says, the ‘gates of hell’ could not prevail against His church or called out assembly, who are EU and CC ? As you can see, HWA did not restore anything… Christ will be restoring everything during the "Day of Judgment", and “times of refreshing”… , which we have proven. Christ will require the flock from such leaders who became the synagogue of satan during the Philadelphia  era. ( Rev 3: 9). They are HWA and GF who are liars. We challenge GF to sit with us and talk this thing over, if he cares for God’s people…

Our comments are in italics ….

 

 

WORLDWIDE NEWS, SPECIAL EDITION

March 6, 1981, Page 1

 

                  CONGRESS OF LEADING MINISTERS

                 HEARS DEFINED AND REEMPHASIZED

                SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATION OF CHURCH

 

                     by Herbert W. Armstrong

 

     GREETINGS everybody! I have called this as a congress of the

leading ministers of God's Church worldwide.

     We have here today the office managers from our different

offices around the world, the evangelists and top ministers from

the United States. In other words, a congress of the leading

ministers of the United States.

     I would like to read what I have today. I have called this

congress of leading ministers of God's Church worldwide because,

first, conditions in the world fulfilling biblical prophecies are

now fast accelerating, indicating that we are indeed in the very

last of the last days. ……}}} … (very last days have not come yet as we are now dawning to the year 2008)  

     And things are coming to a crisis at the close very rapidly

in the world. I do not think they are going to be delayed very

much longer.

     Secondly, this necessitates a dynamic stepping up in the

intensity of God's Work by His Church, proclaiming Christ's

Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God, which is not being

proclaimed to the world by others and has not been for 19 1/2

centuries to the world -- except what we are doing now ourselves. }}}}}…..The real , ever lasting gospel should go to spiritual Israel, when they are being judged , on the "Day of Judgment". Rev  14: 6…, which we have proven, should come, with the call for repentance… and to be washed by the blood of Christ…, and the overflowing flood.

 

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PHOTO CAPTION: CONGRESS OF MINISTERS -- Pastor General Herbert W.

Armstrong accepts applause after addressing a congress of leading

ministers of the Worldwide Church of God in the Ambassador

College Recital Hall in Pasadena Feb. 25.

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     I want to acquaint you leading ministers with the plans for

this intensified homestretch finishing of the Great Commission of

the living Jesus Christ that the living Jesus Christ has called

us to do.

     And third, to update you so that you may update the brethren

and the other ministers and brethren under you in the true

purpose that this, the organization and the government of the

Church of God, has for this time -- this present Commission in

the time that we have left.

     Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, speaking before a

joint session of the United States Congress in the time of World

War II said, "There is a purpose being worked out here below."

His statement, of course, was a great deal more than that, but

that's the essential part.

     A Higher Power above, of course, is working out that

purpose. That purpose is the creation of perfect, holy and

righteous character in separately created beings for continuing

God's creative Work throughout the endless universe, perpetually

time without end. }}}}…. ( was HWA able to build the Holy righteous character ??? )

     Now I wonder if you grasp all of that? That is far more than

anything that we would normally consider as the Work of this

Church here and now. That is more than a thousand years yet into

the future. What God is doing now is preparing for that. He is

producing Himself in His Church now. He is going to continue

reproducing Himself when Christ comes to set up the Kingdom of

God during the Millennium. }}}}…..We will prove that there is no such thing called a millennium )  

     But we are the first to be called. We are the firstfruits of

His salvation. And those of us who overcome are going to sit with

Him in His throne when He takes over the throne of the earth from

Satan. We are going to be given power over the nations and we

shall rule them with a rod of iron. }}}}…… We proved those who OVERCAME, did so by the blood of Christ when Christ is reigning and that certainly does not include HWA as he did not accept Christ’s blood to over come. no one is able to build Holy character except Christ and because of God’s great MERCY and GRACE, He chose us to over come by Christ’s blood )

 

     That does not apply to any but the Church of this time now. }}}}…. Who is the church or the called out ones? the chosen and the FAITHFUL?... the tabernacle of David is fallen when God takes a people out of ‘GENTILES’ as we proved from HWA’s writings !

 

That does not apply to those who shall be converted and changed

into God Beings from human beings during the Millennium. That

applies to the Church and those who are called now. }}}… No one will be changed in to God beings as there is no millennium.

 

     Judgment is on us now. Judgment is a time of trying and

testing to see whether you are innocent or guilty. When you are

in a court of law, you don't go there just to be sentenced --

that usually comes after the trial.

     When you are in a court of law you are being tried as to

whether you are innocent or guilty. The Church is being tried

now. Judgment is on the Church, and we are the first to be

judged. Judgment is not on the world as yet….. }}} the "Day of Judgment" too has to be fulfilled and now are being fulfilled…

 

     Let me give you something else that has come to my mind in

the last 24 hours that I hadn't thought very much about before.

We are going to judge angels.

     You read in II Peter how God spared not the angels that

sinned. They are being kept in "tartaroo", that's the Greek word

translated "hell." "Tartaroo" is a word not used anywhere else in

the Greek Bible, including their equivalent of the Old Testament.

It is a place where angels are reserved for their judgment.

     Now stop and think a moment. Have we considered or thought

that the angels are all judged and condemned already? I think

Satan is, but that verse does not say Satan. It says the angels

that sinned. Maybe some of them were deceived by Lucifer, the

great archangel who became Satan. That's something for you to

think about. }}}}….. Mr Kazmir proved that there is no word in the Bible called “Lucifer”…

     We are to judge angels. Angels are yet to be judged. There

is a time when judgment is coming on the world and it has not

come yet. The world as a whole is not being called.

 

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CAPTION INSET: "Terrible, frightful things are going to happen in

the next few years ... There are many things in Bible prophecies,

and God is revealing them rapidly ... to me now. And I'm going to

be revealing them to you as God reveals them to me."

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     Jesus Christ said, "No man can come to me except the Father

which sent me draws him." Otherwise, no man can come to Christ.

That was true 1,950 years ago.

     God has called only a few now. We who are called, if we

overcome, are going to sit with Him and reign when Satan is taken

away. }}}}…….how do we over come? written in our writings. }

 

When Satan is taken away and Christ is ruling -- and there

is no Satan here to deceive the world -- judgment is going to

come on all that remain alive. That may not be over a third of

the people that are alive today on earth.

     Terrible, frightful things are going to happen in the next

few years that are going to take the lives of probably two thirds

or more of all of the people now living on the face of the earth. }}}… this is how both HWA and GF were deceiving people of God…

 

     There are many things in Bible prophecies, and God is

revealing them rapidly, I would say, to me now. And I'm going to

be revealing them to you as God reveals them to me.

     But first, while God can create separate living entities or

beings, this righteous, spiritual character cannot be created

automatically by fiat..}}}….It is God’s grace which saves us and no one will be able to build Godly character even in thousand years.

 

     There are things even God cannot do. }}}…. Yeah…. He can do what God cannot do ????

Did you ever think of

that? God can create living, separate entities, separate beings

who have mind power, power of mind. He created separate entities

or beings we call animals, who have brain but don't have mind

power to think, to reason and to come to making choices and

decisions. }}}…. Who was able to think and reason and overcome? Only Christ could… others are all beasts… as we proved. If one does not have God’s Holy Spirit, certainly these none of the rulers had, they are beasts… only the gentiles who are called for God’s name now have the Spirit.

 

     But He did put that power in angels. He has also put that

power in human beings. You have to have that power before

righteous holy character, perfect character, can be inculcated,

built and developed in you.

     That character must come from God. But it does require the

decision and the effort on the part of each separately created

entity. God cannot do that.

     If He were to make anyone a perfect character at the time He

created that being, it would be like man making a machine that

has to do what God says and cannot have any will of its own. And

that would not be holy righteous character.

     Character is the ability of an individual to come to a right

decision, to choose a right decision, the right choice, even

against what might otherwise be a pressure or a will of his -- to

choose the right and to do the right and resist the wrong. That

is what God has and no living creature had that originally but

God. }}}…. This is why, God condemns and say there is no man, as we have written that is according to 1 King 2: 2 – 3… certainly as HWA wrote, the fallen tabernacle shows, that no one has made the right decision of coming to God and humbly… certainly not these royals…

 

     Now the holy angels apparently have that, though it isn't

revealed to us in the Bible how it was developed in them. But it

is revealed that the angels that sinned, spoken of in II Peter,

are immortal and are kept to their day of judgment. But they have

not been judged. That's something new I didn't intend to say but

I've just ad libbed that.

     While God can create separate living entities and with mind

power for free choices and thinking, this righteous spiritual

character cannot be created automatically by fiat. The individual

created being must make his own decision, take his own action in

the creation of character. }}}…. HWA chose to be a salesman… and taught others also..

     The character will come from God but he has to want God to

give it to him and believe in God. He must repent and he must

believe -- believe what God says -- and let God put it in him

with his own consent and his own will. That is righteous

character, that is what God is creating.

     In man God is reproducing Himself. We shall be as much God

as God Himself is God. It will be a Family of God, a God Family.

God the Father will always be at the head of that whole Family.

Jesus Christ will always be next in that Family. The rest of us

at the resurrection, at the time of the Second Coming of Christ

will be the Bride marrying Him. The husband, Christ, will rule

over the wife, the Church, and Christ will be ruling next to God.

 

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PHOTO CAPTION: ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGRAM -- Pastor General Herbert

W. Armstrong explains the organizational diagram of the Worldwide

Church of God to a congress of leading ministers who assembled in

the Ambassador College Recital Hall in Pasadena Feb. 25.

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     All judgment has been given to Christ, not God the Father.

God the Father has given it to Christ. And God, Jesus said,

judges no man. But Jesus Christ does. God is the Lawgiver, Christ

is the Law Enforcer and He enforced it on Himself. He built that

character when He was on earth as no other human ever did.

     God first created angels before He created any other type of

living beings, so far as we know. He placed angels on this earth

at its creation. Angels were created before the creation of the

earth, because in Job 38 you will find they shouted for joy at

the creation of the earth. They must already have been here to

shout for joy at the creation of the earth. They were placed here

to inhabit it. }}}….this chapter talks about a spiritual creation… as we proved, it is the ‘young Elihu” who spoke and opened the mind of Job to see the great power of God. in this chapter, God spoke to job through the “whirlwind”… which is the wind which we have written in our writing “ EAST WIND’. It is the gentiles, who judge who are the whirlwind… now, God wants to ask these Job type of self righteous people, whether they know when the ‘SPIRITUAL” world will be created.

The ‘foundations” of the new spiritual temple, and the v 6 ‘CORNERSTONE” is “Christ” as we have proven, Who will be a ‘STUMBLING BLOCK” for Israel, and at the same time, He is building the gentiles on the same Cornerstone…

 

“The morning stars”… it is God’s children who are stars… ( also angels are referred). To be a ‘MORNING” STAR, one has to “overcome”… ( Rev 2: 28).. and Christ is the ‘MORNING STAR” ( Rev 22: 16)…and to be a ‘morning star’ only gives to those who “over come”. God Has to give power for us to become “Sons of God” and no angel is given that honor. Heb 1: 5) In Jon 38, God is talking about the spiritual creation… and there were no sons of God other than that those who have overcome and are with Christ, the Cornerstone…. That is the gentiles and those who are judging now. It is we, who will sing in joy, when Zion is brought back. It is those who see Zion BEING BROUGHT BACK who are the ‘Morning stars” who will sing in joy. God is talking about a time where the darkness is as now…  and the wicked are shaken… v 13 and the light is withheld from the wicked…. That is now.  as when the earth was created anciently, there were no wicked…. Also v 23… day of Judgment  battle… which is now. V 24 talks about the ‘EAST WIND”… v 25.. OVERFLOWING WATERS .. that is gentiles as Isa. 66: 12… and at a time, when there is no man (A PROVEN MAN ACCORDING TO 1 KING 2: 2-3)… and when the ‘RAIN” comes… as v 26.. and it is a time for the sweet Pleiades to fight with the Orion, as we have proven… also young lions and a cloudy day… this chapter is not talking about the creation of the earth as there were no young lions prophesied to do what they are doing in judgment…. John 1: 12,  8: 14,  Also this happen when God condemns some stars as not pure as Job 25: 5. Also as Daniel says, those who are God’s will shine like stars… Dan 12: 3…, but some stars were cast to the ground by “Antiochus, when he caused all to worship other gods in “East gate”.. Dan 8: 9-10. 

 

Psa 148: 3… praise sun, moon and stars of LIGHT….

 

     God set a throne of earth wide ruler ship on the earth. He

placed on that throne a super-archangel, the great cherub we know

as Lucifer, to administer the Government of God over the earth

and those inhabiting the earth who were, at that time, angels.

     Lucifer rebelled and led his angels into rebellion. Lucifer

became Satan the devil. His angels became demons. They are spirit

beings with immortal life. They've been living for untold

thousands of years already, and they will live forever.

     Satan is going to be tormented forever and ever. But it does

not say all his angels will. They are yet to be judged, that's a

new thought for you to think about.

     Lucifer, who became Satan, is still on that throne today.

He's invisible to human eyes.

     The world today is not really conscious of the existence of

God or of created spirits. They don't stop to think about it. It

doesn't enter into their hour-by-hour and day-by-day thinking and

planning. In the background of their mind if you asked them

they'd say, Oh, yes, I believe in God. They don't believe God.

That's something else again, believing what God says.

     But many believe in God and also there are many -- and that

number is increasing -- who do not because they have been misled

and deceived by Satan the devil.

     So God created man in God's image. But man was composed of

material flesh and blood from the ground. That's all we are. But

there is a spirit in us that gives man a mind that the animal

does not have. Animals have a physical brain just as man does.

     But the animal does not have the kind of spirit with the

brain that acts as a computer to store knowledge and to give him

instant recall of knowledge in the process we call reasoning and

thinking, decision making, even creative thinking.

     The first man, Adam, had to make a decision. He made the

decision for his human family. The whole world today had been

born from Adam. We are the family of Adam. He made the decision

for his children, his family, for the world, to reject the

Government of God.

     But the Government of God enters into the picture and has

from the time God set the Government on earth over angels and put

Lucifer on that throne. The world is overlooking the Government

of God. The Government of God is based on the law of God. You

cannot have a government unless it has a basic law or

constitution. …{{{{Throne is established in righteousness…( Pro 16: 12)… that is of truth… this is why we are working hard… to fight for the truth… 

 

     And the basic constitution or law of the Government of God

is the law of God. This law is summed up in one word, love, two

words, love to God, loving your neighbor as yourself. Love has 10

divisions, the Ten Commandments. And you can go on and apply it

at lesser levels as it expands over more and more territory.

     Adam's sin cut the world off from God as a whole -- that is,

all but the minute few that God would specially call, as He has,

I believe, called us. And He cut them off from access to His Holy

Spirit as you'll read in the last four verses in the third

chapter of Genesis.

     He set angels with flaming swords pointing every way lest

man go back to the tree of life, gain immortality and live

forever in unhappiness and misery and wretchedness -- the results

of sin, which man had chosen to live in.

     God is not going to let any human have immortal life now in

unhappiness. Instead, you have now a temporary life. It's a

temporary existence. It's not actually really life.

     We are and have all been dead in trespasses and sins. In the

Garden of Eden there was a tree of life and the tree of the

knowledge of good and evil. }}}….Not only Adam, those who wants to build godly character by through experience still have chosen the knowledge of good and evil. We proved that Joshua or end time Ezekiel also failed just as Adam did in all three points.

 

Adam didn't have real life. He had a

chemical existence that was running down. Every hour and every

day it was running down towards death. He was dying every hour of

every day and so are you and I.

     And unless we are spiritually fertilized, as an ovum in our

mother's womb was fertilized by our father's sperm cell, and

unless we are so fertilized by the Holy Spirit of God to join

with our spirit, we will just run out of physical life and die.

     As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made

alive. A resurrection is coming and a judgment for all who ever

lived. And everyone will finally have a chance. God has not given

everyone a chance while deceived under the great deception of

Satan the devil. No one on earth has this truth but this Church. }}}…. There are no prophecies about what will happen to the world, as all things are to be fulfilled during the "Day of Judgment", or the "Times of Gentiles", as Christ said in Luke 21: 22 and Rev 17… Word is fulfilled when the ten horns are fighting with Christ and those who are with Him, which is happening now.

 

 

     God shut man off from immortal life, which is impregnation

by the Holy Spirit, until the restoration of the Government of

God over the earth. Man is shut off until the restoration of the

Government. }}}}…..As we proved, this is the times of refreshing, which now has come and God wants all to repent and the government of God is here on the earth…

     While Satan is here deceiving all nations, deceiving the

whole world, it's only the few that God has called. And we are of

those few who have to resist Satan. But we are going to have a

greater reward. We are not saved by our works but we will be

rewarded according to our works.

     Those who are called are having to fight Satan in a way that

those who are saved during the Millennium will not. And they will

not have the same reward that we can have now.

     I want to tell you it's a tough time fighting off Satan.

I've had to do it a good many years. I know just how hideous and

how tough Satan is, perhaps more than most of you know. Satan

would love to destroy me -- and how well I know that.

     Others, not called, are reserved for their judgment day,

which will come after the restoration of God's Government over

the earth during the Millennium. And it will be in a

resurrection. }}}}….God’s Word does not say anything about others. The government of God is needed for the people of God, whom now were called and who were under the Law, and they are Jews.

 

     Their judgment will come in a resurrection to judgment in

the afterlife, as explained in Revelation 20. And we have one

Holy Day, the eighth day after the seven days of the Feast of

Tabernacles, which is looking forward to that judgment of the

Great White Throne after the Millennium. And you will read of

that time in Revelation 20, Ezekiel 37 and other scriptures.}}}….As God commanded Abraham to circumcise all males on the 8th day, that will be fulfilled soon now, as God circumcise all males , THEIR HEARTS.

 

 

     Jesus Christ, the second Adam, came more than 1,950 years

ago. Jesus is the first human who could ever qualify to wrest the

Government and the throne of the earth from Satan. Jesus overcame

Satan. He qualified to reestablish and restore the Government of

God and to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. }}}}….Christ was prophesied to come in the clouds to restore the kingdom, which now has been fulfilled. God says, those who are redeemed by blood of Christ, also have over come as Christ did… because of God’s grace.

 

     The Kingdom of God is different from the Government of God.

The Kingdom of God is the Family of God, which will administer

the Government of God.

     Jesus said, "I will build my Church and the gates of the

grave shall not prevail against it." The word "hell" used there

in Matthew 16 means the grave. The Church of God, which He

founded in A.D. 31, is a spiritual organism. It is not a secular

organization. That is not what the Church is.

     The Church is a spiritual organism, but it is organized and

organized on God's spiritual pattern as explained primarily in I

Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 and other New Testament

scriptures. Of course, God the Father is the head over all. But

Jesus Christ is the living Head of the Church. He's in heaven on

God's throne. }}}….In 1 cor and Ephesians, is for gentiles… how they are now formed in to a church. their sacrifices are pure and they are in the altar and the mountain of God..

 

     Under Him on earth are apostles. Apostles were given the

oversight of the Church and its organized Work.

     Originally there were 12 apostles. The principal work of the

12 apostles, if you will read carefully in the book of Acts and

if you will analyze their sermons, included not only the

proclamation of the Kingdom of God, but they put emphasis on the

big question at that time in Judea -- Jesus' messiahship.

     The Jews had been influenced by the Pharisees and Sadducees

to not believe in the existence of Jesus as the Messiah. Now the

Pharisees knew, as Nicodemus said in the third chapter of John,

that Jesus was the Messiah. But they feared Him because they had

government positions over their own people.

     The Roman Empire ruled Judea as a vassal state. And while

they allowed a king and they had garrisons of soldiers there,

they made the Jews rule themselves and that was done by the

Pharisees.

     The Pharisees had nice jobs and they didn't want their

situation disturbed. They knew Christ was preaching the overthrow

of the governments of the world and they thought it was to be in

their lifetime. }}}}…. If HWA lived now, would he accept the gentiles to reign over them? No… he had a nice job and he was royalty and his son, GF is now too as we can see. They do not want their jobs to be given to foolish nation.. but this is exactly what God said He would do on this cloudy day… He , Himself will search the sheep ( Eze 34). When God accepted gentiles, God called them ‘DUMB DOGS”… Isa. 56: 3- 10.

 

     In other words, they looked on the fact that Jesus would be

viewed as a subversive and off would go their necks and out would

go their jobs if it were found out. They had to be loyal, they

thought, to Caesar.

     Now the common run of the people were not told that Jesus

was the Messiah. And the 12 apostles -- God needed 12 because

they were eyewitnesses of the resurrection -- put main emphasis

during the first years of their ministry on the fact that they

were eyewitnesses of the resurrection, proving that Jesus was the

Messiah.

     Jesus sent them on a mission. He said, "Go not into the way

of the Gentiles but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of

Israel." The lost sheep of the house of Israel at that time were

in Britain and Western Europe.

     After a few years you see no more in the history of the New

Testament of Peter and the other apostles, except that John was

on the isle of Patmos in the 90's A.D.

     But we do begin to see Paul. And why does Paul suddenly

become so significant? Because the others had gone to the lost

sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus Himself said, I am not sent

but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Paul was the main

apostle to the Greek world, and he had the oversight over all of

those churches, as he very plainly said.

     So, though the Church is a spiritual organism, it is

organized not on a carnal human pattern, but on God's spiritual

pattern. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the message that Christ

proclaimed. That message was the Good News or the Gospel of the

Kingdom of God. That is the message He preached, the restoration

of the Government of God by the coming Kingdom of God. }}}}}…. We proved that Jesus sent them to preach about the coming kingdom of God to Israel ONLY, as they are the ones who needed to repent as we proved and also since their leaders rule with wickedness and lead them astray, the kingdom of God is needed to wipe out the misleading leaders like HWA… and GF. God condemns the leaders and He says, the kingdom of God is needed to judge and reign with love, mercy, righteousness and in truth. this is why, Israel were preached by Christ and others about the coming kingdom.

 

     The apostolic Church from A.D. 31 proclaimed it. They

proclaimed that message but with special emphasis, as I said, on

the resurrection of Jesus Christ of which they were

eye-witnesses. It required 12, as in a 12-man jury, to make it

absolutely certain and to convince the people in Judea.

     The two spiritual areas, which are the real purpose and

mission of the Church, are, one, proclaiming the Good News of the

Kingdom of God for a witness to the nations of the world.

     As I say, in the first century the first apostles put great

emphasis on the resurrection of Christ. I'm going to show you

later that the emphasis now is on the coming Kingdom of God as

this is the generation to which it is coming.

     Emphasis then was on the fact that Christ Jesus was the

Messiah because that was the generation when He came. Do you see

the difference?

     Now the second mission of the Church is to feed the flock,

as Jesus said, on the spiritual food of the Word of God.

     Today we carry on God's Work in a world multiplied vastly

larger in population, a mechanized, mechanical, complex world

with instrumentalities to work with that were never dreamed of in

the first century. So there is a great difference in the

operation of the Church today from what it was in that day.

     The basic organizational pattern is the same today as it was

then. But today we must utilize supporting services -- and let's

remember that -- they are supporting services. The main function

of the Church is spiritual.

     The supporting services are mostly physical. Get that into

your minds and keep it there. However, supporting services are

needful to get the Work done today.

     So the basic organizational pattern is the same. But today

we utilize supporting services in scientific, technological and

mechanical areas that were nonexistent in the first century.

     Moreover, we have to deal with the world's governments in a

manner quite different than they had to deal with in that day. We

have many complicated matters that they were not confronted with

in their day.

     Therefore I want to show you an overview chart of the Church

organization and government to carry on the Work of God in His

Church in this 20th century. Then I want to come to some

scriptures on that immediately.

     When the legal battle hit us a little over two years ago, we

soon formed a new corporate organization: Herbert W. Armstrong,

Apostle for the Worldwide Church of God, a Corporation Sole.

We've changed all the salaries and handling of things and the

actual operation of the Church into that corporation sole.

     Now for the organizational diagram of the Worldwide Church

of God (See chart, page 4.) God is the Supreme Head over all. In

heaven is God, and Christ under Him as Head of the Church but under

God the Father. Below we come to the earthly area. First, under

Christ is His chosen apostle. Jesus said by their fruits you shall

know them.

 

(NOTE: To see the chart mentioned above, see the file 0306p04.TIF

in the Images\WWN\81 directory.)

 

     So now we are incorporated under myself. I am appointing an

Advisory Council of Elders, not a Board of Directors. This type

of corporation doesn't require a Board of Directors. I want an

advisory council, Advisory Council of Elders, because Solomon

says in the multitude of counsel there is safety.

     I have always done that, as you older ministers know. And

you know how far back we used to meet together. We weren't a

legal board but it was the way we functioned as God's ministers

and in God's Church.

     Often we went into session with divergent ideas. Always

after an hour or so, sometimes less, sometimes more, we were all

united because we only wanted God's truth.

     And we did not have someone who was trying to look for his

own personal, private political interest at that time. That's why

the Church was growing 30 percent a year. And we always came to a

unanimous idea.

     It must always be that way. Sometimes I didn't agree with

the others when we went in and when we came out I did. I think

that more often the others agreed with me before it was through,

but there were times when I had to change my mind. We didn't want

our own way. I still want this Advisory Council of Elders.

     We have here the Church, an organized spiritual organism but

unincorporated. Now this is not the corporation, or the

corporation sole. This is just the Church as God has organized

it. As for "The Worldwide Church of God, Inc., a California

Corporation", do you realize that most of you are not members of

that corporation at all? The members are the officers that sign

the corporation papers.

     I might tell you the story I wrote up in the

"Autobiography". In Eugene, Ore., an individual organized a

corporation of himself, his wife and another man who was a

son-in-law. The son-in-law was not a member of the Church at all

and hardly ever attended. He visited once in a great while, once

in probably three or four months. Those three incorporated and

claimed the ownership of the Eugene church property.

     I had the deed to the church. It was made out to the two

elders and two deacons as officers of and trustees for the Church

of God at Eugene, Ore.

     I knew what the opposition had done. I went to a lawyer. I

said, we want to incorporate.

     "Okay," he said, "give me the name of your officers." I

said, "I want the names of all of the members."

     "Oh," he said, "you can't do that." "Why," I said, "can't

I?"

     "All that's required is just the three officers; that's all

I want." "Well," I said, "but I want all of the members on it."

     "You can't do that," he responded. I said, "Why?"

     "That's not legal." I said "You mean it's illegal, is there

some law against it?"

     He said: "Well, no, but I never heard of anyone doing it.

The law doesn't require it." I said, "There's no law against it?"

"No." "Well, then I want all their names on -- all the members."

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "Conditions in the world fulfiling biblical

prophecies are now fast accelerating ... This necessitates a

dynamic stepping up in the intensity of God's Work by His Church,

proclaiming Christ's Gospel ... which ... has not been

[proclaimed] for 19 1/2 centuries."

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     "Why in the world do you want to do that?"

     I answered: "There's one man, who with his wife is very

angry because I have had to tell him that he and his wife are

living in adultery. She has another living husband. He is very

angry, and he says he is going to take the Church property away

from us."

     "Now," I said, "I have the deed to that property and they

are going to go to court. The Bible says we don't dare go to

court against our brethren. We cannot appear in court, and we are

not going to appear there against them in our defense.

     "But," I said, "we are going to claim the ownership of the

property, and we hold the deed and three of the four members

whose names are on the deed are still in the Church, and only one

of them is the man who is trying to take it away from us.

     "And," I said, "if they go to court against us, our deed

will cloud that title and they'll have to bring that into court,

won't they?" "Oh," he said: "I get the idea. They won't even be

able to get a lawyer who will take it into court."

     We held the church for many, many years. We finally sold it

from Pasadena. Anyway, the unincorporated Church is, in a sense,

the Great Commission going to the world and the ministry of

feeding the flock. }}}….Going to the worldly leaders to preach about the kingdom of God, … how many leaders who listened to HWA are alive today?... How many leaders are now , as a result of HWA’s preaching in the church among the called out ones?... are they being judged?.... do they need the kingdom of God, in the first place, which is to judge the church?... do they need a call for repentance?.... we must understand what is the kingdom and to whom iit is needed and why. …

 

     Now we come to the "incorporated" area on earth -- the

various support services and corporation entities here on this

chart. The support entities that are incorporated include the

"Worldwide Church of God, Incorporated a California Corporation".

We haven't dissolved that yet.

     Also "The Corporation Sole", which is a new corporation, and

"Ambassador College", which is incorporated under the laws of

California and the AICF, which is a corporation.

     Now I would like to go to the other chart. (See chart, page

5.) Here we have the Worldwide Church of God organizational chart

with God at the Head, Christ as the Head of the Church, and God

as the Head of Christ. As we come down to Earth we have Christ's

chosen apostle. }}}…. Remember the seventy years in Babylon !

 

(NOTE: To view the chart mentioned above, see the file 0306p05.TIF

in the Images\WWN\81 directory.)

 

     There are two main parts in the Work. First is the Great

Commission of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom for a witness

to the nations of the world. And second, the feeding of the

flock, those whom God Himself has added to the Church.

     I do not conceive that the preaching of the Gospel is to go

out and force people into being converted. It is not a crusade to

make conversions. It is a proclaiming of the Good News.

     God calls certain ones and puts it in their hearts to

respond. They come to us.

     How often have I said to our great audiences at a Feast of

Tabernacles, we didn't try to talk you into becoming a member;

you came to us. I have never tried to talk you into being

converted. But God does add those of whom you'll read in Acts,

the second chapter. God added to the Church daily such as were

being saved.

     Now, on the one side of the Great Commission, under that is

the program for developing radio, television and advertising

space -- like the full pages in "The Wall Street Journal".

     We've used double pages in the past and want to use them

again very soon in "Reader's Digest" and maybe even four pages a

times. Also inserts in the "TV Guide", which actually brings

bigger response. Both of those have multiple millions in

circulation, very, very vast audience that they give to us.

     Under that is some time and space buying, one of the

services. Next, is Mail Processing. We don't have it in order of

importance; just the way I happened to place them on the chart.

Then next is the performing arts series of Ambassador Auditorium,

which is under AICF. Then my personal proclaiming of the Gospel.

The AICF helps in that, but I do most of that. And in addition is

the magazine, "Quest", for the AICF audience.

     I'm doing all the radio and the television programs. As of

this minute, we have 11 programs already done ahead for

television and 11 ahead in the new series of radio programs that

have not been aired as yet.

     I will probably do two more TV programs tomorrow. That will

make us 13 ahead before this week. After Sunday's program goes

on, we'll still be 10 ahead. On Tuesday I expect to do two more,

and on Wednesday of next week, two more.

     When I get far enough ahead we're going to try to get

television daily, five days a week. That is Monday through

Friday. Most television daily programs are on Monday through

Friday. We might use Sunday as an alternate. Anyway, it will be

virtually a daily program.

     Mr. Stanley Rader has just ordered and obtained time on the

most important television station in Chicago, WGN television. We

have not been on an important station, radio or otherwise, in

Chicago for many years, not since the days of WLS, which is a big

50,000 watt radio station. It was WLS that really built the

Church Work in the Chicago area.

     I expect to speak there later to a combined meeting. I'm

speaking this next Sabbath to a combined meeting, at Big Sandy.

     A week ago Sabbath, I spoke to a combined group at Seattle.

We had about 2,800. I am informed that we will have at least

2,500 at Big Sandy. You know that the Big Sandy church is the

largest church in the world outside of headquarters here. And

they have an auditorium on our grounds that will seat more than

2,500. We hope to have it filled next Sabbath.

     Now, on the chart, comes advertising. I write most of

advertising. So it is pretty much my job. God has given me the

experience, the know-how -- you want to call it expertise -- He's

given me that in this field.

     The next main function is the personal proclaiming of the

Gospel. I do most of that in the trips around the world. But I

have to have support through the AICF and Stanley Rader. We have

used "Quest" magazine to some extent.

     Now comes getting the Gospel out in print. That includes

"The Plain Truth", the Correspondence Course, booklets and books.

And again, I am the editor-in-chief, I do the chief writing,

especially in the area of the booklets and the books that are now

going on sale in the bookstores all over the United States.

     Now coming over to the second of the spiritual areas,

feeding the flock. Under feeding of the flock is Ambassador

College, which prepares ministers and other people for services

and especially spiritual services in the Work of the Church. Next

"The Good News", "The Worldwide News", "Youth 81" -- it'll be

"Youth 82" next year and so on. Going out weekly to the ministry

is the "Pastor General's Report". Semimonthly is "The Worldwide

News", and monthly, of course, is "The Good News".

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "Satan is going to be tormented forever and ever.

But it does not say all his angels will. They are yet to be

judged, that's a new thought for you to think about."

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     But to the world we have "The Plain Truth", the booklets,

and books and other literature of that kind. I want to remind

you, even many of the bigger churches do not have the printing

operations that our Church has. We may be small in numbers, while

they have millions of members. We have less than 100,000

worldwide who we count as adult baptized members.

     Other churches count people that used to belong and haven't

darkened their door in the last 10 years. But they're still

members and their children. We don't count members that way. But

we have an operation bigger than most of the larger churches in

getting out the Gospel to the world and doing the Work that God

has for us to do.

     Now comes Ministerial Services. Under that, the regional

offices around the world. Then we have the festivals, especially

the Feast of Tabernacles, around the world. Then the co-worker

letters that I send out monthly, semiannual letters.

     Then there's the YOU, the YES and the SEP that are very

important activities in bringing families together, the youths to

the parents, the parents to the youths. In most families today,

children do not eat at home with their parents, or their parents

don't eat at home with the children. And if the wife is a mother

she's working. We're trying to correct that as far as we can in

the Church.

     Now we come to supporting services. In the physical,

mechanical, material phase of the Work there are various

publishing services. When I write articles, or we have a magazine

ready, we have to have all of the services to get it to press,

printed and mailed. Facilities Management, Legal Department,

Financial Department in Accounting and Data Processing -- those

are all supporting services. Not necessarily spiritual, but they

support the spiritual functions.

     That gives you a good chart of the Work as it is organized

and operated today. And this will be published in "The Worldwide

News" so that the brethren can see it as soon as we can get it

out.

     Now, I want to turn first to Matthew 24. Jesus was giving a

prophecy here, which is the longest prophecy that Jesus gave. The

same general purpose is recorded in Mark 13 and Luke 21. Usually

we use Matthew 24.

     Anyway, He was showing them what would happen at their time.

He told them of the false prophets that would come. But they had

also asked Him about the sign of His Second Coming and the end of

this world, and the setting up of the World Tomorrow, or the

Kingdom of God.

     And He came to that in verse 14: "And this Gospel of the

Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all

nations; and then shall the end [that's the end of this world]

come," and the beginning of the world that will be ruled by

Christ and the saints, with the saints under, and with Christ.

     I said a while ago that in the first century the apostles

put first emphasis on the fact that Jesus' resurrection proved

His Messiahship because that was the point of interest in that

generation at that time. But the point of interest is different

in this generation -- this is the generation at the end of this

present world and that should live on into the coming of the

World Tomorrow.

     This is the time just before the Great Tribulation and

before the Day of the Lord that will stop the Great Tribulation.

This is the time when the Gospel of the Kingdom is to go to the

world.

     It's also the time for one or two other things. God made a

prophecy in the third chapter of Malachi, verse one: "Behold, I

will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me

[that is before Christ]: and the Lord, whom you seek ... even the

Messenger of the covenant ..."

     He did come as the Messenger of the New Covenant. He's

coming to make the New Covenant at His Second Coming. He didn't

make the New Covenant at His first appearing. He announced it at

the First Coming.

     But He's the Messenger of the New Covenant just as Moses was

the mediator of the Covenant at Sinai. The Sinai Covenant, which

we now call the Old Covenant, made Israel a nation. The New

Covenant will make the children of God, the Family of God, a

nation -- the Kingdom of God.

     The first covenant made the people of Israel and the

descendants of the literal Jacob, whose name was changed to

Israel, a nation. The New Covenant will make the spiritual

family, the children of God, a spiritual nation, the Kingdom of

God. You see the difference.

     Continuing: "... shall suddenly come to His temple ..." What

kind of a temple is He coming to? Are the Jews going to tear down

the Dome of the Rock and build a new temple? Oh no! You see no

evidence of anything like that happening.

     I know the people well enough that if the Jews over there

were going to do anything like that they would certainly have

mentioned that to me. But, He will "... suddenly come to His

temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant [which] you delight in

on.

     "But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall

stand when He appeareth? [Now what coming is it talking about?

Who's going to stand when He does come, when He appeareth?] for

He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap [that's not

the way He was when He came some 1,950 years ago: and He shall

sit as a refiner and [a] purifier of silver: and He shall purify

the sons of Levi [He didn't do that when He came before], and

purge them as gold and silver [purged of dross], that they may

offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." That never

happened at His First Coming. }}}}…. In the mean time, while Christ is purifying the ministry, God accept the offerings from gentiles to be pure… Mal 1: 11… this is what is happening now.

 

     "Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant

unto the Lord [it wasn't 1,950 years ago], as in the days of old,

and as in [the] former years. And I will come near to you to

judgment [He didn't come to judgment His First Coming, but He is

coming to judgment of the world at His Second Coming]; and I will

be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the

adulterers, and against [the] swearers, and against those that

oppress the hireling in [the] wages, [and] the widows and the

fatherless, and [them] that turn aside the stranger from his

right, and fear not me says the Lord of hosts." It is talking

about His coming to His temple the second time! }}}….He came to ‘judgment, to witness… to purify… against the leaders in God’s church, like HWA and GF, who oppress the widows and the fatherless and strangers… don’t we say, that Christ Has come and are doing all these things now?... Just as the first apostles were chosen to be EYEWITNESSES OF HIS COMING, we, are also now eyewitnesses of HIS SECOND COMING AS HE IS LIVING IN US AND GETTING ALL THESE JUDGING AND WINTESSING AND PURIFYING THEM WITH THE OVER FLOWING FLOODS ETC… DON’T YOU SEE THAT THE STRANGERS, THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOWS ARE NOW WORKING FOR HIM ???

 

     Now turn for just a moment to Ephesians, the second chapter,

verse 19: "Now therefore you [in Ephesus, as Paul wrote] are no

more strangers and foreigners [they had been; they were gentiles,

foreigners], but fellow-citizens with the saints [now the

citizens are not Jews physically, but spiritually, as Paul said

elsewhere], and of the household of God ..."

     That's a family relationship. We are begotten sons of God if

we have the Holy Spirit. And therefore, we are impregnated with

immortal life, to have it when Christ comes, which will be in the

Family of God. So we'll be a family. We will also be a nation.

     Now notice this: "And are built upon the foundation of the

apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief

corner stone [it's talking about the Church and what the Church

will be; the Church is going to be a government, is likened to a

kingdom, or a family and household]; in whom all the building

[we're a building, and later on in the fourth chapter, we're

compacted in every joint just as if we were welded together, as

we are so thoroughly compacted and joined together through the

love of Christ] fitly framed together [and later in the third

chapter, he used the word compacted together] groweth unto an

holy temple in the Lord ..."

     A holy temple! Christ is coming to His Church! Christ is

coming to His temple! And the Church is the temple. Do we see

that? The Church is the temple. "... in whom ye also are builded

together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." God will

reside in us through His Holy Spirit being in us. }}}….AS we have proven, it is talking about the strangers, those who were far away, now drawn near and they are being buid upon the chief Cornerstone, who is Christ and He became a stumbling block for Jews… this is the family of God. Paul was chosen to go to gentiles, AFTER God REJECTED THEM AS WE PROVED. This is what is happening now also.

 

     Let me read another scripture in the fourth chapter of

Malachi, the fifth verse: "[But], I will send you Elijah the

prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the

Lord ..." The Day of the Lord is what will come to shut off and

to stop the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation will be

caused by Satan the devil. }}}}}….Elijah ‘s work should come, when God decided that the virgin of Israel has fallen, never to rise again. and when the inner court needed the measuring, which happened much after HWA died. Also, Elijah should come, when the whole ministry is fallen and when the filthy rich Joshua is on the scene, which never happened when HWA lived. So, HWA simply cannot be Elijah. Hope and pray that you would understand this… when HWA was alive, it was not the time for Christ to come , nor the tabernacle of David was not fallen, nor the levites were not gone astray and no need of a witness, or judge or the purification. All these happened after the death of HWA. So, he cannot be Elijah. Besides, most of his prophecies which he said, in five years, ten years, in this decade and so on, never happened and now, already 21 years are gone by since he died.

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "There is someone, before the Second Coming of

Christ, with a voice in the spiritual wilderness of all the

mixed-up Babylon of religions ... in the world today. A voice

crying out amid religious confusion, spiritual confusion and

preparing the way not for a physical Jesus, but a glorified

Christ." }}}… The wilderness is a place when God Has withdrawn His Spirit and when there is no spiritual rain as now. that happened AFTER PCG DIED… and broke the covenant… as when there is NO MAN.

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     We've had the day of Satan, or the day of man influenced by

Satan for nearly 6,000 years. The Day of the Lord is the day when

God will take over and intervene in this world's affairs and

begin to take over the rulership of the world. }}}…. "Day of The Lord"  is for the controversy of Zion, to take revenge from the leaders in Zion as we have proven… and it is not for the world.

 

     He begins with great signs in heaven. That's the beginning

of the Day of the Lord, signs in the sun and the moon and the

stars. I've been proclaiming that for more than 40 years to the

world. }}}}…. We have proven that HWA was wrong about the sun and moon and stars…

 

     "... and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to [their]

children, and hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I

come and smite the earth with a curse." That word "curse" is

translated in another place from the same Hebrew word as "utter

destruction". That is total, complete destruction. }}}….The hearts of the fathers was not lost when HWA was alive. He is the first leader who was teaching lies in Babylon. The curse came now, as God Has withdrawn His Spirit… that is the curse…

     We are in the days of total destruction in which it is now

possible, unless those days were cut short, that no flesh would

be saved alive. In other words we're at the time when humanity

can be erased from off the face of this earth by man. Man can

destroy man.

     For the first time in all history, the weapons of mass

destruction are available that can erase all human life and all

life from off this planet Earth. God says it would happen if He

doesn't intervene. And He will intervene. }}}}….The mass destructive weapons according to God, to fight with such leaders, come from a far.. ( Is 13: 5)…. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land… whole land is now destroyed by God’s mass weapons of destruction… they come from HEAVEN… they are clouds !..They are the ones who are now sending these writings to destroy such leaders like HWA… and not them, but their work. They have erased all humans on the earth already. Is 60: 2 says, there is DEEP DARKNESS OVER THE PEOPLE….. why???

 

     Now the disciples asked John the Baptist, are you the Elijah

that was to come. He said, No, I am not. I have been asked, "Are

you the Elijah?" And I say, "No."

     Jesus said though, if you can bear it, Elijah has already

come. And then He explained that John the Baptist was a different

man, not the same man as Elijah. The Elijah by that time was dead

and buried. }}}}…we proved that the least in the kingdom is greater than John the Baptist !!!

     But John the Baptist was a man in the power and spirit of

Elijah. John the Baptist came to prepare the way before the First

Coming of Christ. He was a type of someone to prepare the way for

the Second Coming of Christ.

     I'm going to say something to you now, that I would not have

said five or six years ago under any circumstances. I don't go

out trying to fulfill prophecy. But Jesus said, by their fruits

you know. And sometimes you look back on fruits and you can tell

some things you couldn't tell in advance before the fruits had

been performed. }}}}….Look at the fruits of HWA’s work… still God is trying to make people unlearn them !!! can he be the Elijah? At first, we too thought, until Christ came as 1 cor 4: 5 says, and used us to show how wrong we were… we obeyed… proved all things…

 

     John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the wilderness of

the Jordan River, the physical wilderness of the Jordan River, to

prepare the way before a human, physical Jesus Christ coming as a

Messiah, coming to a physical temple built of stone and wood and

with gold and silver and other materials and coming to His

physical people and carnal people, Judah.

     Jesus' coming was to announce that someday, more than 1,900

years off, He would set up the Kingdom of God. His First Coming

was to proclaim His message, His Gospel, the Kingdom of God.

     So now prior to the Second Coming of Christ, there is

someone, before the Second Coming of Christ with a voice in the

spiritual wilderness of all the mixedup Babylon of religions that

we have in the world today. A voice crying out amid religious

confusion, spiritual confusion and preparing the way not for a

physical Jesus, but a glorified Christ coming in all the supreme

power and glory, to rule all nations, and coming to His spiritual

temple, which is going to rise.}}}}}…. HWA is the leader who confused the people in the first place… and built a royal palace for him.. inviting the world in to having concerts etc… which GF follows.  

     The dead will rise first and we which are alive and remain

will be caught up to meet Him in the air. We shall be changed in

a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. And this mortal will put on

immortality. And when we meet Him in the air, we come right back

down that same day with Him, because on that same day, His feet

will stand on the mount of Olives. }}}}….as spiritual clouds, we are already in the air… and with Christ and making ready the people of God. when God opens the minds of whom He blinded, they will see.,.. they are dead now, and Christ is trying to give them life, so they can glorify God. !

 

     As He went from the mount of Olives up into clouds, He will

come in clouds and come down and descend onto the mount of

Olives. He's coming to His spiritual temple. He's coming to His

spiritual people and not a physical people that rejected Him. He

came to His own, Judah, and His own received Him not.

     This time, He's coming to the Church that has received Him

and is going to meet Him in the air changed to glorious

immortality. And He's coming not to announce that someday He will

set up the Kingdom of God. He's coming to set it up and to rule

and to reign over all the nations of the earth. Does that make

sense -- that one is the type of the other?

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "Now we are all ready in a stepped-up homestretch

spurt of this end-time Work ... I am already deep into a new

series of television and radio programs."

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     God does things in a dual manner. There was a first Adam;

Christ was the second Adam. There's the Old Covenant, which is

physical; the New Covenant, which is spiritual. You could go on

and on. I don't have time to do that today.

     Now there's something else -- I'd like to read in Haggai,

the second chapter of Haggai, "Who is left among you that saw

[the] house in [its former] glory?" It's talking about the temple

of Solomon.

     This is in the time when a colony of Jews had been sent from

the Persian Empire, which then had taken over from the Chaldean

Empire and was ruling the world, and sent them back to build the

second temple. That's the temple to which Christ came the first

time, the physical temple. Solomon's temple had been destroyed.

     Zerubbabel was the governor of that colony. And Zerubbabel

was given the commission to build that temple. "Who is left among

you [who] saw this [temple] in [its] first glory? and how do [we]

see it now? [it had been totally destroyed] ... yet now be

strong, O Zerubbabel, says the Lord; and be strong. O Joshua

[then it gives his father and parents' names] ... and work [in

other words, work to build this physical building to which Christ

came the first time]: for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts:

according to the word that I covenanted with you when you came

out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not."

     And His Spirit remains among His people even today. In a way

it was not with all of the people then, but really is in us

today.

     "For thus says the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little

while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea,

and the dry land [What's He talking about? He's not talking about

the time in which Zerubbabel lived; He's talking about our time;

this was a prophecy. Haggai is not a book of history, it's a book

of prophecy]; and I will shake all nations [He hasn't done that

yet. He didn't do that in Zerubbabel's day. Zerubbabel lived

about a little over 500 years before Christ], and the desire of

all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory,

says the Lord of hosts.

     "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of

hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater [more

glorious] than [in] of the former [meaning greater than Solomon's

temple], says the Lord of hosts: and in this place I will give

[you] peace, says the Lord of hosts."

     He's talking about the peace at the Second Coming of Christ.

He's talking about a temple that will be more glorious than

Solomon's. The temple, the physical temple that Zerubbabel built,

was not. It was remodeled later and even added onto by Herod, a

Roman ruler. And that was the same temple that Jesus came to the

first time.

     But again, it is a duality. It is a type of the spiritual

temple to be built later, that will be more glorious. Christ is

coming to His temple, and that is a spiritual temple, that will

meet Him in the clouds of the sky as He's coming.

     It will be far more glorious than the temple of Solomon,

which was glorious in a physical way, probably more than any

building that's ever been built on earth.

     "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the

former, says the Lord of hosts." You ministers can read the rest.

God was going to prepare someone to come and build that temple to

which Christ is coming this time, the second time.

     God was going to raise up someone who is going to prepare

the way for the Second Coming and calling people, preaching the

Gospel of the Kingdom of God. That's exactly what Elijah did

physically. He reminded them that they had gotten away from the

Kingdom and the Government of God, and needed the restoring of

the Government of God.

     And now before the Second Coming, as John the Baptist

fulfilled that before the first coming, someone had to announce

it again. As Zerubbabel built the first temple, someone had to

build the spiritual temple. Of course, God is doing it all.

Christ is the One who is doing it.

     Have you ever heard me say that I built this campus? What

have you heard me say? You've heard me say that Christ built it,

but he used me in doing it, didn't He?

     God is not the author, physically or spiritually, of

inferiority. The things of quality and of beautiful design are

the work of artisans. Quality is the selection of better material

and quality material that comes out of the earth and more careful

and more meticulous workmanship.

     That is God's way. I have tried to build this as I thought

God showed me. God has built it, but He has used me.

     Do you think that has happened? Do you think we're near the

time of the coming of Christ? Has anyone proclaimed the Gospel of

the Kingdom of God? Has anyone proclaimed the law of God? Has

anyone been calling on them to repent? }}}…we proved that it is now, they need to repent, after final falling away, which did not happen when HWA was alive. As we also proved in Rev 14: 6,.. the EVERLASTING gospel is being preached in the middle of the ‘JUDGMENTS.

     Have you been reading the "Wall Street Journal" ads? Have

you noticed what I was saying even on last Sunday's broadcast to

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and how he was nodding while he

smoked his pipe? But he was getting the Gospel of the Kingdom, if

you were listening to the words that were right there on the

television program. }}}}…..would anwar sadat come as a Spirit being? Will he be resurrected at Christ’s coming?  Did he needed the gospel of kingdom of God which is to judge the sinning leaders preached to him?... The Boasters… God says, they ate up My people and sold them !!! The real merchants… !

 

     But I think it's time we come to know what God is doing, and

to know that the time is here and there's very little time left.

     Now we are all ready in a stepped-up homestretch spurt of

this end-time Work that God has given us to do. I am already deep

into a new series of television and radio programs. My office is

all set right now. All the lights and everything are there.

Everything for a televised program tomorrow morning.

     And, in addition, I need to take a trip down to Australia. I

haven't been there for 10 or 11 years now. I'm way overdue. And I

think it would give the Church and the brethren in Australia a

big lift if I go down there. Mr. Rader has the trip all planned

for early April. If I can I should go.

     Anyway, we're starting out a stepped-up program from the

beginning of this year, and it's already well underway.

     It's going to build this Church a lot faster on television

when we get on more stations than 30 percent a year like we used

to be. And for the first time now, in about 11 years, the Work is

growing at about 30 percent. It's not quite 30 percent in the

United States, but I think it's around 20 or more, and it's

coming up toward 30.

     And it is 30 or more in Canada, in Britain, in Germany and

in the Philippines and in other parts of the world.

     And we have some of you men here who are responsible for the

Work in those areas. You can tell the others that that is true as

you've told me. So we're already deep into this new big spurt in

pushing the Work on farther ahead, more dynamically than ever

before. }}}… It is God’s work .. not (we’re ) their work… and only God knows who are His, and the elect will be gathered in the four corners. There is a multitude explained in Rev 14… and they are washed and wear white robes… so where did they come from???... all churches think only their church will be saved? I do not think there are more than one hundred thousand baptized in all the churches? From whre did these come from?  God only knows His family… we do not need to open our mouths and watch till it grows  30 percent a year…

 

     Of course, the major city newspaper full-page messages have

been underway, especially in "The Wall Street Journal". Now I

want to say that most of the "Wall Street Journal" ads have been

tailored and written especially for that particular peculiar

audience.

     They are a different type audience than any other. "The Wall

Street Journal" reaches businessmen and investors in bonds and

stocks, the people who own the corporations, the banks and the

big businesses -- and people in government. It's a very peculiar

audience. And the response has been good and it's getting better. }}}}…. Do you see that he wants the rich to come in so that his pocket also will be rich ????.... and he could have a royal life?... God says, you rich men, you had riches all your life… but look at the poor widow who put the two mites, working for all her life???... God wants such people and not those who own banks and corporations  !!!

     Now, however, those ads are not all appropriate to be used

in Canada or other newspapers in the United States. But I will

write ads, and if God will help me to write ads as good as the

"Wall Street Journal" ads have been, I'll be very grateful.

     I don't want to take any of the credit. But I will tell you

that I think that Christ inspired those ads, and I think they're

terrific ads. }}}}…. Christ inspired him to be a good salesman !!! I really do not know a single man who would God Has chosen now from among those who read those ads… certainly no. because I know the little flock who are with God right now, as they write to us…. To encourage us to fight… to use our mass weapons of destructions more effectively. One of those letters is written above…

 

     He had to use someone who had know-how to write to men who

are in the economic world right up at the very top. And I have

had that experience. When I was in my early 20s and my middle 20s

I was doing business with the presidents of the largest

industrial corporations in the Middle West. That's Chicago,

Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, that whole area. And

with the presidents, top vice presidents of the banks of Wall

Street, New York and of South LaSalle Street, Chicago.

     I know how those men think. I know them. I have known them

for more than 60 years. I've had a very special training. God

gave me that training, and I don't think anyone else on earth has

it and also has God's spiritual training to go with it.}}}}…. We can see how much training those who are called by the high ways and byways had in the last hour… we must ask God about that…. The Beasts !!!

You can see how he thinks highly of himself… I wish he would be alive today to see that a bunch of foolish people, yet whom God Has chosen , are grafted in to provoke him to jealousy… and as Christ said,,and thanked God The Father , that the ‘babes” are revealed God’s mysteries…. How much time did the donkey and the colt and the multitude has to bring Christ to Jerusalem ???

 

     Now in that one paper, "The Wall Street Journal", we reach

just about everybody who owns or wants to own the properties and

especially the corporate properties and enterprises of the United

States, and everybody who runs or wants to run the governments of

the United States, and that means state and national.

     We plan to greatly expand this means of sending out Christ's

message. We have plans for stepping up the newsstand circulation

of "The Plain Truth". We plan to resume the purchase of large

space for Christ's message in such publications as "Reader's

Digest" and "TV Guide", which have massive circulations reaching

many millions every issue. }}}}….narrow is the gate which takes us down to God… enter ye from that… our Lord said and we heard… this is why God Has given the kingdom to a nation who will bear fruits… where are the corporate owners? Government heads???? To whom HWA preached… it would have been like someone is playing the harp to deaf !... or a blind trying to lead another blind… they are all fallen in to the ditch… whom, Christ is trying to bring out !

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "I have called this congress ... because ...

conditions in the world fulfilling biblical prophecies are now

fast accelerating, indicating that we are indeed in the very last

of the last days."

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     For all of this I am having to ask our own members and our

co-workers to make extra sacrifices and to increase their

freewill offerings. We do not and will not solicit the public for

contributions. But God does expect His people to make sacrifices

for Him and especially at this critical time.

     God expected the people of the Old Testament to make

sacrifices. But then they made sacrifices of animals, and sheep

and goods. Today we translate all that into money as the medium

of exchange. But God expects us to make sacrifices today. And

they made sacrifices besides the tithe [the 10 percent], and so

we must.

     I'm calling on our people to do it now, because we've got to

step up this Work. And it's going to cost a little extra money. I

shall need the support of our ministry in this, so that the

additional expansions may be finished.

     Now I'm not asking it because we're in debt and need to ask

the brethren please come and bail us out. In the last co-worker

letter I said the budget is balanced. I'm asking for money for

expansion that the Work can go ahead.

     How wonderful it is, the budget is balanced! The Work is

going ahead right now, and for the first time in about 11 years

it is starting to go ahead; let's give God the glory for that.

     All this additional pressure we are putting on in taking

Christ's message more powerfully now to a multiplied listening,

viewing and reading public will begin, in one to two years' time,

to bring in additional new voluntary co-workers that we don't

even know of now.

     The additional money that we must put into this expanded

program now is like old-fashioned pump priming, where we used to

put an amount of water into the pump to prime it and then it

produced a flow of water multitudes of times larger than the

original priming.

 

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extra sacrifices ... We do not ... solicit the public for

contributions. But God does expect His people to make sacrifices

for Him and especially at this critical time."

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     So that is what I want to ask of you all, to those of you

who are over other ministers in South Africa, in Australia, in

the Philippines, New Zealand, in Mexico, in Germany, in Britain.

That's why I've called this congress of the top leading men, of

God's ministers worldwide.

     Now I have something special. [See accompanying article,

page 1.] {Title: "Stanley R. Rader Resigns Executive

Responsiblities -- Continues AICF, Legal and Financial Adviser to

Herbert W. Armstrong"} Now I come to another matter. Just over

two years ago, on Jan. 3, 1979, armed deputies under the attorney

general of California's office suddenly without notice or

forewarning, invaded the Pasadena headquarters of God's Church

and college. It was a massive lawsuit attack that threatened to

destroy God's Church and God's Work.

     And except for certain things and God's intervention it

would have. But God had to use human instrumentalities in that

intervention, and God does work through people.

     It was primarily through the extraordinary work of Stanley

R. Rader that the Church, its activities, its facilities for

those activities, properties and assets were protected, were

preserved, were kept in continuous operation and their

destruction was prevented. These properties and facilities, which

I would conservatively value at more than $100 million, and I

think that's a very conservative estimate, and to us it's really

worth a lot more than that, but I think a market value would be

more than $100 million.

     This is a wonderful property. Three times we have won the

award of being the most beautiful, the best landscaped, and the

best maintained campus of any college or university in the United

States. }}}…. The garden of Eden”,,, but spiritually, it is like the dersert now… if God so impressed, where is it now?...

 

     That's something of which I believe God is pleased. That's

something in which we can be pleased and perhaps a little proud.

     First, Mr. Rader had the expertise prior, of course, to this

attack to guide the installation of what I feel undoubtedly is

the most sophisticated accounting system of any church in the

United States, prior, of course, to this massive government,

unconstitutional invasion.

     But when they invaded they came upon an institution that had

that kind of an accounting system. They thought we didn't have

any, or any to speak of.

     During our legal defense, which Mr. Rader masterminded, he

had the wisdom to hire the largest CPA firm in the United States,

Arthur Anderson & Co., of a reputation that is absolutely

impeccable, to audit all of our records.

     And he had, also, the ability to relate to them, to this

very prestigious accounting firm, so as to clear the Church and

its corporate entities of any allegations of financial

wrongdoing, and they based their suit pretty much on allegations

that were totally false, of wrongdoing.

     This was a masterminded, strategical move. The attorney

general's case was doomed from the time the Arthur Anderson & Co.

was brought in to make their audit.

     They hadn't dropped it yet, but they would have had to.

There's no question about it. Because the things they were basing

it on were simply not true.

     Second, Mr. Rader master minded bringing together in our

defense, highly qualified attorneys from at least seven top,

major legal firms to defend the Church in many hearings and court

appearances.

     Mr. Rader had the ability to command the respect of these

prestigious law firms, and they were big (they were as big as any

corporation could have gotten anywhere in the United States,

because I think we have just as prestigious ones out here as they

do in New York), and to assume overall legal leadership as a

master general of a master legal army to defend the Church

against the overwhelming legal army of the state.

     Third, Mr. Rader spent much time in Sacramento, Calif.,

working with other organizations, and not behind the scenes, but

in front of them, working to put the Petris bill through the

legislature. This bill nullified the law on which the attorney

general's office had based its case against the Church.

     It was Mr. Rader's work with these people and behind the

scenes that encouraged the legal departments of the great

churches, the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist church, the

Baptist church people, the Lutherans, the big churches, the

National Council of Churches to get back of us in this legal

fight.

     Now that just didn't happen overnight. It took some

extraordinary work, and it's clear beyond legal, ordinary legal,

services.

          The average lawyer, I don't care how big he is, how noted he

is, he could not have the expertise or the mind to do these

things, and it's time we begin to realize it.

     Fourth, for the entire two years Mr. Rader was working

effectively with the media nationally, and he made many trips to

different parts of the United States, trips to New York, trips to

Washington, other places, with the media, television, radio and

the press, using expertise in the media field over and beyond

ordinary lawyer services.

     He appeared on talk shows over the nation on many

interviews, in press conferences, turning public opinion in the

Church's favor. Actually, the Church is known in a way it never

was before, and it isn't known so unfavorably as it was before

either. And the media have turned now more in our favor.

     At first they were against us with every kind of accusation

in the world. But their accusation of siphoning off millions of

dollars was, of course, totally unfounded and we never had to

worry about that, and our membership never worried about it. I

never had one letter of a single member that ever came to my

attention of accusation or people doubting us or anything of the

kind. The membership has been solid. Thank God for that.

     Now fifth, he utilized authorship in writing articles and

his book "Against the Gates of Hell" communicating the Church

side of the lawsuit before the world.

     Sixth, he had the extraordinary ability to coordinate all of

these things and put it all together in an effective and a

winning spearhead, and the Church is now free from that lawsuit,

and we hope forever.

     There might be one chance in a million of an amendment still

trying to be tacked onto that law, but by June 30th the law

becomes permanent and the only thing they could do then would be

to start another bill all over again.

     And I don't think they will do it because the attorney

general wants to run for governor this term, and he doesn't want

to start anything like that right now. And all the churches would

be against him and they have too big a vote. Even though our

Church doesn't vote, the others do -— remember that.

     Now these activities extended in extraordinary manner,

completely beyond the abilities and the services and the efforts

of even the best and most famous or prestigious attorneys. Yet

normal attorney's fees totally incomparable to these

extraordinary and effective activities would run into many

hundreds of thousands of dollars.

     Corporations have to pay very highly for ordinary legal

services in corporate lawsuits. I think people don't realize just

how costly such legal services are in cases of this kind, but

they run into big figures.

     Ordinary legal services even from top lawyers and lawyers of

national reputation, in my judgment, could not have won the

battle and kept God's Church alive and active.

     I feel that Mr. Rader's salary is grossly inadequate for

these extraordinary services completely beyond anything that is

normal. And if you know what some of the attorneys were expecting

to get out of this on the other side, you would understand a

little better.

     It used to be that he had the biggest salary among us

because he had the kind of service to give us that you have to

pay highly to get and we had to go outside of the Church to get

it. But Mr. Rader, in the meantime, came into the Church and came

on salary full time, but he wasn't at the beginning. He was on a

fee basis at the beginning, and of course, that is all known.

     Mr. Rader had expressed a desire to retire from official

Church executive position prior to the Jan. 3, 1979, State

invasion. He and I had agreed to his retirement from this

executive responsibility, and I had communicated that privately

to Pasadena. His resignation was to take effect soon after the

beginning of the year 1979.

     But when the State attack was launched Jan. 3, it became

necessary for Mr. Rader to stay on until the case was won. And of

course, now it is won.

     For many years now Mr. Rader has rendered extremely valuable

services to this Church in the fields of law, of accounting and

finance, beside invaluable services as my assistant in carrying

Christ's Gospel message to and through kings, emperors,

presidents, prime ministers and other leaders of nations all over

the continents of the world, in all of the continents of the

world.

     He has the expertise in the field of government to

complement with me in talking to many heads of government or near

heads all over the world. I feel sure that no man has talked in

private conversation with as many such government heads in their

own capitals scattered over the world as Mr. Rader and I.

     I don't think anybody has come anywhere near matching it.

Not any government official from Washington. Nobody has. And that

includes South America, it includes all over Asia, Africa,

Europe, all over.

     When we go and I talk to heads of state, I say some things

about the Kingdom of God, but we have to talk about governments

and government problems and matters like that, too. They're not

letting me in just to preach the Gospel to them. Don't kid

yourself about it. But Mr. Rader has the expertise to talk to

them in their own language and it helps me.

     There is no man on earth who could give me that help. If Mr.

Rader doesn't continue to go with me I'll have to stop those

trips. I can't do it alone. He can't do it alone without me

either. But together we complement one another. And may I just

say we do make a pretty good team.

     And the heads of government all over the world have come to

like us. Now I get the honors, because I'm the senior member. Mr.

Rader goes as my assistant, but I couldn't do it without him. Of

course, then he'll tell you he couldn't do it without me and, of

course, that's true, too. We need each other on that kind of

effort.

     Once doors open to the heads of state, other doors are

opened. I've talked to the Rotary Clubs, to other important clubs

and organizations. I talk to groups of important government

people and important people in the universities and in other

fields all over the world, including communist People's Republic

of China.

     So far I'm the only world religious leader who has been

invited by the government to China. And I was the guest of the

government. I didn't have to go to a hotel. They had their

special government place where we had a suite of rooms, and our

whole staff, even our television staff, were housed there. They

allowed our own plane to fly in and that's a very unusual thing.

     And we were invited to come again. Mr. Rader is going back

there. I think within the next week he's going to fly back there

and over into North Korea, and then on down to Australia to

prepare the way for my trip to Australia. }}}}….how many lawyers prepared apostle’s trips in those days?... when the truth was preached?

     I feel that this Church would be derelict in its

appreciation if it does not make suitable acknowledgment for such

service rendered two years after Mr. Rader had planned to retire

from active executive duty.

     For the past five months or so, he has said publicly in

public press and before our own congregations that it is his

desire to step down and return from executive authority in the

Church to private law practice, and he has made public statements

of intent to resign as treasurer and board member of the Church

by July 1. But, now he has asked that this date be moved up to

March 1. It's this weekend.

     To show our appreciation it is my judgment as pastor general

of this Church that we should express our gratitude and heartfelt

appreciation by a special bonus to Mr. Rader of $250,000 net. And

I would like an expression from all of you on that. [Applause]

 

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first time in about 11 years it is starting to go ahead; let's

give God the glory for that. "

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     Now there's more to this. Mr. Rader isn't leaving the

Church, but he's leaving that executive position as treasurer,

and I might announce right now that I'm transferring the duties

of acting treasurer at the present time to Mr. L. Leroy Neff. God

has worked everything out to the advantage of everybody and

certainly to the very great advantage of God's Church.

     Thank you very much -- because you did approve it. I don't

want to be accused of a bigger amount than it should be, but I

can tell you that any lawyer would tell you that that is not an

excessive amount.

     Mr. Rader will continue on as executive vice president of

the AICF, that's the Ambassador International Cultural

Foundation, the performing artists series in the Ambassador

Auditorium and in time and space buying for television, radio and

publication space, and as my personal adviser in legal an

financial areas, and in such Gospel trips abroad as I shall take,

but resigning his executive responsibilities in the office

treasurer.

     Well, that's it ladies and gentlemen. We are off to a big

start on the homestretch. As you know the one who wins the race

is the one who finishes first, not the one who's first halfway

along, as the apostle Paul state in the New Testament. And we're

putting on that spurt at the homestretch and we're coming in

right now on it.

     I might add this. There's been talk about who is the No. 2

man, who would take my place. Some think I'm going to die right

away. When you get to be 70 years old you're supposed to die. I

don't know, for some reason have been disobedient, I didn't do

it. And now, I will be in my 90th year in less than six months.

 

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CAPTION INSERT: "The apostles put first emphasis on the fact that

Jesus' resurrection proved His messiahship because that was the

point of interest in that generation ... But the point of

interest is different in this generation."

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     But while I can't run hundred-yard dash anymore and my eyes

are not as good, and my hearing is not as good as it once was,

but God has left my mind good. And my voice is good. And I can

still go on the air, and I think that my programs are, if I may

say so, I think they are effective. I want to do what Mr. Rader

said I did do in the meetings at the Philippines.

     In the meetings at Manila, Mr. Rader said that one of the

things that was effective was that I seemed to just reach out and

my arms would enfold that audience and draw them right up to me.

There seemed to be a love or an affection, or something. I hope

so. I try to express that. I feel that. And I mean that.

     God didn't spare His own Son. Of course, His Son hadn't gone

wrong, but God didn't spare Him. Abraham was willing to sacrifice

his son if God demanded it. I had to face that.

     I had to wait 10 years to have a son. We had two daughters,

but three highly qualified physicians, one the most famous

obstetrical physician in the world, had said that my wife could

never have another child. Both she and the child would die in the

pregnancy. And we had to avoid a pregnancy.

     Our sons began coming along 10 years later after I was

converted and after my wife was divinely healed. Otherwise we

would never have had a son. The day my son, Richard David, was

born was the happiest day of my life. I think maybe you can

understand that.

     Every man, I think, wants a son. When a man is married and

the first child is a daughter, I don't think he's dissatisfied at

all but he does hope the next one will be a son. My next one was

another daughter and my wife nearly died in that childbirth.

That's when they said that she never could undergo it again. I

still wouldn't have been so unhappy.

     I would have thought, well the next one will be a son, maybe

God will give me a son yet. But then they said I couldn't have a

son.

     Then God healed my wife. Actually we didn't know from what

-- we found out later it was this negative/positive RH blood

factor. But God completely healed and we had two sons.

     But when the automobile crash came in July of 1958, there

was my son Dick just beaten. His jaw was cracked in at least six

or eight places and they were trying to wire it together. It was

an awful condition. His heart had been shoved over and collapsed

a lung. His kidneys didn't work. He died because his kidneys

didn't work. He did stay alive for one week exactly.

     But again, I had to face the question. I knew God was

calling on me as He did Abraham, would I give up my son? He was

my firstborn son even though I did have a second one. I had to

say when I was praying that if that was God's will I would give

him up.

     But I didn't think God would make me do it. Maybe I wouldn't

have said it if I thought He would. But He did make me do it and

I did give him up.

     And then I've had to give up my second son. Fellows, that

hasn't been easy. My son said on local television just over this

weekend that I'm a dictator and that a dictator never appoints

anyone to succeed him.

     I once appointed my son Garner Ted to succeed me. I didn't

know any better. Today I wouldn't. What I've told you today is

something, as I said, I would not have said a few years ago. But

I look back and I look at the fruits and I see what prophecy says

and I see that prophecy has been fulfilled. I wonder if you

brethren see it?

     And brethren, I have to say to you, no one is going to

succeed me. God has called me to a job, to a commission. Mr.

Rader has said time and again publicly that he doesn't expect

anyone to succeed me, that God has never let anyone die until

what God has called him to do is completed. }}}….The seventy years in babylon was very well accomplished in HWA…

     I think that when God lets me die, the thing He's called me

for will have been completed, preparing the way for the Second

Coming of Christ carrying that Gospel of the Kingdom to the world

for a witness to all nations.

     I don't know whether God's going to keep me alive for the

rest of this day. I don't know whether He's going to keep me

alive until next year. I don't know whether He's going to keep me

alive for the next five or 10 years. I know He's able to keep me

alive for 20 or 30 more years if that's what God wants to do. My

God is that powerful. He can do it!

     I have been persecuted ever since I gave myself to God. I

try to be on the giving and not the getting side. I've been

practicing the way of giving for just about 54 years now.

     But I think God has called me for a job to do. If I have

been someone in the power and the spirit of Elijah, remember

there is no prophecy that God will have an Elisha following

Elijah. There is no one in the Church that has the

qualifications, the experience that could carry on the work that

God has given me to do. }}}….No Elisha… oops, we have one claiming to be Elisha… you can choose who you believe as HWA is dead and gone …

     Who is there among you who can do it? If you will tell me I

would like to know. It would be so nice if I could retire,

because it's a pretty heavy load I have to carry. But I'm not

thinking of myself, I'm thinking of what I've been called to do.

And it must be done. And God's will will be done.

     If anything happened to me I would expect the Church to

continue right on and the local churches and the local church

ministry. But the job God has called me to do is a prophesied

job. It has been being done. I don't think it's anywhere near

finished yet. I need your prayers. I need them daily to help me.

     As I said, I will be in my 90th year in less than six months

from now, on July 31 of this year. But God is keeping me in the

vital areas that I need and He's keeping me in good shape to

continue. I know that I can continue with God's help and with

God's strength. Of myself I can do nothing. Of yourself you can

do nothing.

     This is an important time. I felt that I should call you in.

These charts will be published. I'm writing articles that I think

are very important along these lines on some of these things I

think the brethren need to know. As fast as I can get to them I

will do it.

     I've been trying to do a bigger job, a better job than I

ever did 50 or 40 years ago or any other time in my life. I

expect to continue on as long as God uses me.

     We are at peace right now. Satan has been striking at us. He

is going to continue to strike. I can't tell you how he will

strike. Now when I say something like that rumors begin to fly.

Mr. Armstrong thinks something, now what's up? What's going to

happen?

     Brethren, don't start rumors. The only rumor you want to

spread is that there is peace. Any of the ministers who have come

here on this refresher course will tell you they have never found

such peace at Pasadena headquarters as you are finding here now.

And all of them that have come here in the past year have said

that. I get letter after letter from the ministers who have been

here.

     Let's not spread any rumors of any problems, any troubles or

anything of the kind. God is giving us peace. We need the armor

of God. Satan is fighting us. He's shoving his darts and he

shoves them at me!

     Now I'll tell you what I've got against the darts of Satan

and that is the shield of faith. I have to rely on God. I cannot

outwit Satan, neither can you and don't ever kid yourself that

you can. You just can't.

     So we are going on now. Are you with me? [Applause] God

bless all of you! [Applause]

  

 

As HWA taught, there is no body, who  has experience and education like HWA to go to rich people… But God does now want them… He chose the poor…               

 

     Jas 2:5  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?......

 

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