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February 8, 2016 I want to tell you just how crazy David Pack is. It seems he loves to praise himself. He has declared that he is the real Elijah. He is now predicting a weird type of Rapture (he doesn't use that name) in which the members all will go to Jerusalem and help three angels build the Temple. Then Jesus reigns the world for three and a half years. After that, Jesus leaves the world to the Tribulation, but He also leaves the members here! He is beating down the members with twisted scriptures and sermon after sermon on the same subject. He is quicksand! --Anonymous
I assume this happens soon after his god strikes down three COG leaders and all of their members come over to Dave's empire with their tithe money. However that prophecy has failed for three years straight now. This is one more lie that Dave has uttered that will NOT happen.
A revised version of the Bible is out that fits perfectly with the god of the Church of God. This should delight Gerald Flurry, Rod Meredith, and James Malm, since is this is the god they follow.
That god was always eternally pissed at us for something. Jesus has had to delay his coming so many times now that we have all lost count. All because we were not ready. We needed more time to be corrected and spanked.
Its no wonder so many have left the church over the decades when this is the only god they ever heard about.
Vengeful and angry and ready to strike us down for being such worthless worms.
God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy, and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each.
Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.
Ed Suominen recently posted a piece on his blog entitled "Community." Of particular interest to me, he made reference to the fact that many Fundamentalist groups effectively encase themselves in a cocoon. They separate themselves from the outside world to reinforce the group's beliefs and protect those notions from being corrupted by the heathens without.
This phenomenon is not foreign to the Armstrong Church of God culture. Herbert Armstrong taught that the church (meaning the now defunct Worldwide Church of God) was the mother of the saints. The church served to protect the developing embryos (church members) until they could be born again into God's Kingdom. Moreover, this notion continues to be expressed by the numerous splinter groups which have succeeded that organization.
Bruce Ritter of the Restored Church of God underscored the continued importance of this analogy in his article "Is the Church Our Mother?" Speaking of the church, he stated "she carries her unborn child in her womb." According to Ritter, this is done to protect, feed and nurture the embryonic Christian.
However, as with many other features of Armstrongism, the analogy doesn't hold up under closer scrutiny. In short, we should be asking ourselves whether or not this is what God intended for "His" people. Did God design "His" Church to be a cocoon or womb to protect and nurture the saints from the evil influences of this world?
In attempting to answer that question, a few other questions come to mind:
Didn't Christ engage folks with religious views that differed from his own? (Pharisees, Sadducees and Samaritans)
Isn't he portrayed in all four of the gospel accounts as being in the habit of asking and/or answering questions?
Weren't many of his sermons delivered in response to questions/challenges from his disciples and opponents?
Did Jesus withdraw from sinners?
Did he instruct his followers to withdraw from this world or did he encourage them not to allow themselves to be polluted by it?
Didn't Christ ask God to protect his followers IN the world?
Was Jesus isolated or exposed?
Did Christ face and do battle with his adversary (Satan)?
Why did Paul instruct the Christians of his day to put on the armor of God?
Is armor necessary inside a womb/cocoon?
If the truth is the truth, why should we fear or avoid challenges?
I was sent this today by a former Restored Church of God member. Its supposedly a new video from Dave Pack telling how his church is the most superfantabulous Church of God ever to exist and that his headquarters will soon be the ONLY headquarters for the ENTIRE Church of God. He mocks leaders from a couple other Church of God's that their prayers are fruitless. Their groups will NEVER be as superfantabulous as his. Only his god hears his prayers while it ignores those of other COG leaders.
The church and the world is soon to be entranced by the most mind boggling landscaped campus ever built in the existence of humanity. No campus upon this entire world is as "staggering" beautiful as his.
He claims 100 more employees will soon be jumping ship to work on the most important campus on earth that is doing the ONLY true ministry since the creation of man.
The narcissism and arrogance of Pack is so sickening that it almost clogs your computer up watching this video.
The latest Journal that is out for January 2016 is filed with glowing tributes to Ron Dart. One of the articles is by Ian Boyne from a branch of the Church of God International that is based in Jamaica. He starts his article by immediately discussing this blog and how all of the unscrupulous readers here somehow found time to have kind words about Ron Dart.
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Perhaps the most telling indication of the caliber, character and com- passion of Ronald Lee Dart happened on the day of his death (Jan. 23, 2016). When his death was announced on the leading anti–Church of God blog (run by Gary Leonard at armstrong ismlibrary.blogspot.co.nz) there was an outpouring of respect for his life and regret over his death expressed by visitors to the blog. Some of those guys on that blog can be crude, callous and cryptic, but Ron Dart was spared their vitriol, and not because of any polite notion that one must not speak evil of the dead. Those guys hold no such scruples.
For those who don't remember the definition behind unscrupulous (which is what he called everyone here) it is this:
un·scru·pu·lousˌənˈskro͞opyələs/ adjectivehaving or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair. synonyms:
While there may certainly be some crude comments in some the comments sections it certainly is a far stretch to claim that everyone here have no moral principles, are not honest and are not fair. This is the only blog/web site out in the COG Internet universe the allows comments from ex and present day COG members with little restrictions.
This accusation is rich coming from a writer for the the Journal which is filled with some of the most unchristian and idiotic paid advertising that can be imaginable. What valid articles the Journal may have are undermined by these advertisements. Add to that the Journal's refusal to allow anyone to present an alternate view or debunk the trojan-horse of Armstrongism - British Israelism.
For decades now the Church of God has been led by some of the most immoral, unscrupulous, corrupt, dishonest, deceitful and odious men imaginable. Even the Church of God International, of which Boyne is part of, was founded by an immoral, corrupt, shameless reprobate who could not keep his pants zipped, had no problem gambling members tithe money at casinos around the world, contributed to child abuse in the church which his absurd child rearing teachings, and mentally and spiritually abused members and employees. That is certainly some legacy to carry on.
I had no idea a few years ago that this blog would ever have hit 3.25 million hits in a few short years. Nor would I dream it would average 400 new visitors every single day within the 1,200-2,000 daily hits it may receive.
Living Church of God members have found this blog to be the only source of information about the terrible abuses going on in their church. While I certainly wish they would leave the church and find true freedom, I also see why so many stay in because of familial ties and friendships. I have no doubt that there are many sincere Christians in the LCG who truly do want to serve God with all their heart. Both of these reasons are why I give them unfettered access here both in articles they submit and comments.
Its not my fault that the Church of God is filled with so many unscrupulous ministers, evangelists and outright frauds who continue to abuse and steal members money to build their own little mini-Ambassador campuses trying to recapture the glory days of old.
If the Journal, Ian and others truly believe they are doing God's work then why do they not shout from the mountain tops and expose the abuse that Dave Pack, Gerald Flurry, Rod Meredith and others are committing on a daily basis? They know the evil that exists in these groups and yet do nothing. Why are the years of false prophecies by Dave Pack, Ron Weinland, Gerald Flurry and Rod Meredith never exposed? As usual in COGland, its all rainbows, lollipops and cotton candy.
Below is a letter I received from Ian Boyne that he asked to be published here. I also told him I look forward to hearing about his interpretation of Reformed Armstrongism and why it still maintains meaning for him today.
I apologize unreservedly if any offense was taken to my comments made in the Journal. None was ever meant. I specifically said SOME of those who posted on this blog can be crude, callous and cryptic—NOT all. (Had to use my Armstrongite trademark of the caps!) I said that because I have read highly insensitive, distasteful and, indeed, crude and callous comments made about people who had just died , with family and friends still in grief.My comments concerning the reaction to Ron Dart were to stress that his life was so impactful and impressive, especially in an environment and context where decency, compassion and respectfulness were in very short supply, that even an anti-Church of God blog like this spared him the vitriol. I never meant to convey that all who participate on this blog make crude and callous comments. That would be a total misrepresentation on my part.
My reference to “scruples” related to those who were prone to make crude statements, not to everyone here. My overarching point was that the respect and honor shown to Dart in his death was not due to any tradition of not speaking evil of the dead, for I have seen that violated here, but due to genuine high regard for Dart and his non-authoritarian, non-cultic behavior and ministry. I check this blog literally every day and find many of your comments useful and poignant. l have written in the Journal, for example, about my respect for Byker Bob’s insightfulness and incisiveness. I always look forward to his contributions. He has a fine, sharp mind, with formidable analytical skills.
You, too, Gary, are obviously a very reflective and thoughtful person, whose stand against abuse, authoritarianism and autocracy must be commended. As a minister in the Armstrong movement I, naturally, disagree with much of what is said here, but I do log on every day to see what you guys are saying and what the crazies in the movement are up to. I am sorry that because of my busy professional and pastoral life (and heavy reading schedule—which I guess is a shock. LOL), I don’t have much time to engage.
But I confess to being tempted to write a piece showing why a cerebral person like me still finds some value in what I call Reformed Armstrongism. Perhaps one day soon I might yield. In the meantime I stay tuned to your site. Thanks for giving me a voice and again no offense meant.
UCG has the chance this spring to change the face of its organization with new blood and new ideas. The past several years have been a complete disaster under Vic Kubik's reign. From the COGWA defections with 1/2 of the ministers and over half of their members, epic media failures from hiding their beliefs on their web site to the recent personal campaigns that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and garnered one new church attendee, UCG's relevance has been shattered.
UCG has been operated by the same men who ran WCG before they conspired while on WCG payroll to form a new splinter group. They carried the same old business model of the WCG over to their new incarnation where the corruption continues. Its ht same old men doing the same abusive things they did while still in WCG.
Its 2016 in the 21st century. New ideas, new methods of advertising, and new ways of communication are changing the world we live in daily. UCG still seems to be in the 1986 mode that died with Herbert Armstrong. Will UCG finally pay attention to the younger men in the ranks? They have dumped millions of dollars into training these men and can't find much use for them so far.
With declining income and membership someone had better wake up to the sinking ship they are in right now.
UCG has kept it low profile, but remember that Victor Kubik’s 3-year term expires this spring. The COE should soon be voting to reelect him to an additional 3-year term (or to a shorter term); or begin a search for a new President.
It appears Victor Kubik feels confident enough that he will be reelected that he is already scheduling himself to give the national feast sermon as President this fall.
UCG members are getting tired of Kubik's "holier than thou" attitude that the UCG cannot operate without him in control. The problem is that with the defection of COGWA ministers his opposition has basically been eliminated. Its the good old boys who could care less what the membership thinks.
Personally, I hadn’t forgotten that his 3-year term expires this spring, and like you, I figured that it meant very little – both based on the things he’s been saying that indicate that he sees himself as a fixture, as well as the fact that their jettison of the COGWAN ministry 5 years ago makes it very unlikely that this bunch will be voted from power anytime soon – because they eliminated most political opposition and most of the ministers they’ve installed are obligated to them.
It was only a few of years ago that Dave Pack was crowing about how he "stole" Dale Schurter from the United Church of God. You would have though Jesus had jumped ship into RCG. Jesus second coming could will never match this jump. Dale bragged that's his eyes had been cleansed and he could see clearly that the truth was only found in what Dave taught. Dave sent him though an intense reeducation system to eradicate the apostate teachings of the United Church of God. Dale came out with glowing accolades that were boasted about in RCG magazines, web site stories and local newspapers. A reader here reported:
Mr. Schurter and his wife "moved "away and the next week in services we had a sermon about how the both of them were having signs of dementia, like in his sermons he was teaching things he learned in United and he would go over time In his sermons and then Mr Pack said he put goldfish in his pond on the campus on "accident" and ruined some trees,the whole thing was just strange.
Herbert W. Armstrong's Documented Prophetic Record by Decade
'Church of God' ministers tend to claim that HWA was not a false prophet - he merely speculated about future events. Disillusioned church members tend to claim that HWA actually was a false prophet.Which conclusion is supported by fact?
What did HWA say about himself?
Plain Truth May 1944"God has called me to the special mission of WARNING THIS NATION."
Plain Truth July 1953, p.6"I do not speak to you by authority of men, or any politically organized church of men - but in the name, and by the AUTHORITY of JESUS CHRIST, the living HEAD of the TRUE CHURCH OF GOD!"
"1975 in Prophecy", 1956, pages 10, 12, 20"...At the outset of this article I stated that the KEYS that had kept prophetic doors locked and closed from human understanding have now been found -- or, more properly, been given to usby God ...”
Plain Truth Dec. 1956, p.3"Is there any way to test if it really is a prophecy? Is there any way to prove if it really is from God?Don't take my word for it; read it for yourself!
"Scripture is full of warnings about false ministers and false prophets. The world is filled with such men and organizations... ...God must somewhere have His work TODAY. How do you recognize it? Here is the test Jeremiah was inspired to give: 'The prophet that prophesieth of peace, when the word of that prophet shall come to pass, THEN SHALL THE PROPHET BE KNOWN THAT THE LORD HATH TRULY SENT HIM' (Jer. 28: 9). That is how you can know who is preaching the truth today - when what he says comes to pass."
"But who today understands what the prophets foretold? Why, only the ministers today whose word comes to pass! - those who are appointed and guided by God to preach the truth!... we have been warning you about is happening! - precisely as we have stated.... This is how you can know that our work is not of men but of God!"
Co-Workers Letter Nov. 27, 1958I'm going to give you the frank and straightforward answer. You have the right to know all about this great work of God-- and about me.First, let me say - - this may sound incredible, but it's true - - JESUS CHRIST FORETOLD THIS VERY WORK - - IT IS, ITSELF, THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS PROPHECY (Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10).
How well have HWA's claims held up?
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
1.Plain Truth, February 1934, page 3"We may be absolutely certain that we are in, and for about three years have been passing through, this great world-wide tribulation…. We have seen that the "day of His wrath" is the "Day of the Lord," which is a day of DESTRUCTION. WHO will be able to stand it? You can’t escape it. It is just as CERTAIN as are all these other events which have happened right on schedule."
2.Plain Truth, June/July 1934, page 3 HWA drew a chronological chart of End-Time events and labeled 1936 as the end of the time of tribulation and "the End of the Age."
3.Plain Truth, June/July 1934, page 5 "...the year 1936 will see the end of the Times of the Gentiles.... we may expect the present worldwide depression, time of trouble and fear of war to continue until the year 1936!... quickly after that time, we may expect to see the heavenly signs of the sun and moon becoming dark, the stars falling.... which shall be followed by the 'Day of the Lord."
4.Plain Truth, 1935 "Mussolini will be world dictator."
5.Plain Truth, March 1938, p.8 "Mussolini and the Pope will hatch up an idea between [them] of setting up a world headquarters at Jerusalem—and so Mussolini’s armies will enter Palestine (Dan. 11:41) and eventually will capture just half of the city of Jerusalem!"
6.Plain Truth,January 1939 p. 4"Mussolini will fight Christ!"
7.Plain Truth, August 1939, p.6 "Once war is resumed, it must continue on thru the great Tribulation, the heavenly signs, the plagues of the Day of the Lord, and to the second coming of Christ, at the last battle, at Armageddon!… This war will be ended by Christ’s return! And war may start within six weeks! We are just that near Christ’s coming!"
8.Plain Truth, 1939 "Hitler will give his power to Mussolini."
9.Plain Truth, 1939 "Franco will give his power to Mussolini."
10.Plain Truth, 1939 "Ethiopia & Libya will join USSR in WW2."
11.Plain Truth, 1939-40 "Mussolini will conquer Egypt & Palestine."
12.Plain Truth, April/May 1940 "...Armageddon, we believe, must be at least three or four years away..."
13.Plain Truth, April/May 1940 "Democracy Doomed!" article, "Today England is a dictatorship as absolutely as that of Hitler or Mussolini."
14.Plain Truth, Dec 1940 "Britain will be conquered by Nazis."
15.Plain Truth, Dec 1940 "Turkey will turn traitor to Britain."
16.Plain Truth, May/June 1941 "Hitler now emerges as the "BEAST" of Revelation!"
17.Plain Truth, May/June 1941 "Bible prophecy ... shows the Roman Axis forces will take Egypt, Suez, Palestine - even Gibraltar."
18.Plain Truth, May/June 1941 Herbert W. Armstrong: "Britain will go down."
19.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 "Plain Truth readers know world events before they occur."
20.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 "Hitler MUST BE THE VICTOR in his present Russian invasion!"
21.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 "A settlement will be reached, giving Hitler the supplies and resources he must have and undoubtedly part of Western Siberia."
22.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 "The Red Army is unable to attack him as Hitler turns his wrecking machine to the British Isles, the United States and Palestine."
23.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 Herbert's repeated predictions that Hitler and Mussolini would also conquer Syria, Jordan and the rest of the Middle East during World War II.
24.Plain Truth, Sept/October 1941 "Hitler will emerge from this Russian campaign stronger than ever."
25.Plain Truth, September/October 1941 "Our God is now about to punish… if our stiff-necked and rebellious people go on defying… trusting only in material and military defense… We shall be invaded, CONQUERED, uprooted from our homes and transplanted to other lands across the seas—ruled over as slaves."
26.Plain Truth, 1942 "Rommel will conquer Jerusalem & Egypt with help of German army coming through Caucasus and southern Russia."
27.Co-worker letter, January 23, 1945 "Where are we, now, in the prophetic unfolding of God's PLAN? We are already IN the very crisis at the close of this age, spoken of by Daniel the prophet. We are in that period portrayed by the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—of the Book of Revelation. Jesus explained these in His Olivet prophecy (Mat. 24). The false prophets representing a false, counterfeit Christ, have appeared. We are now in the midst of the final age-end WORLD-WAR—nation against nation; kingdom against kingdom! We are in the beginning of the famine and pestilence to follow in the wake of world-war!"
28.Plain Truth, July 1945"Although Germany is destroyed Japan will develop atomic bomb to destroy America."
29.Coworker Letter, December 1947"...in a few years NONE OF US will be living in our present homes—EVERYTHING material we possess now will be swept away from us...it will strike DURING THIS PRESENT GENERATION—it cannot now be more than A FEW YEARS..."
30.Coworker Letter, December 1947"YOU, dear Co-Worker, are not going to be permitted to enjoy your home, your freedom, your present privileges and pursuits, many more years. Just a few more years—perhaps six or seven—perhaps twelve or fifteen—and a re-united Fascist-Nazi Europe will STRIKE—America's great cities will be blown out of existence in one night without warning...I tell you, ON THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST, IT IS COMING!"
Note:By 1947, many of HWA’s major documented prophecies were already proven wrong. This may explain the move from Oregon to California.
31.Plain Truth, March 1950On the United Europe: "Definitely Britain will not be in it."
32.Plain Truth, March 1950 "ONE THIRD of our people will die from starvation, malnutrition, and epidemics of disease in the greatest national tragedy ever to hit the world up to that time! And this is not a fanciful fairy story - this is PROPHESIED, and CERTAIN - and in the next FEW YEARS!"
33.Plain Truth, March 1950, p.5 "It will take a few years for all this to develop to a point where this Nazi-Fascist rebirth of the ROMAN EMPIRE will be ready to STRIKE with the most tremendous power ever conceived by man. But it’s already developing - and FAST! Much more rapidly than people know! Most certainly it is easily possible the thing will be fully developed and ready to strike in SEVEN years! Yes, TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON US, FAST, AND WE’RE TOO SOUND ASLEEP TO REALIZE IT!"
34.Plain Truth, August 1950 Article entitled "Hitler Did Not Die""Thus it has been proved conclusively and beyond doubt that Hitler did not die - his body was not there - HE HAD ESCAPED."
35.Plain Truth, August 1950 "The next Pope will be a miracle worker, a supposed proof that God is using him to order and pacify the world!"
36.Plain Truth, October 1951, p.14"The fact is that nearly all the prophecies refer directly to the END-TIME events of this 20th Century, A.D."
37.Plain Truth, June 1952, p.5"For it is those of this very present generation who shall be worshiping this “Beast” or his “Image,” or shall have received his “mark,” that will suffer the unspeakable tortures of the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES!"
38.Plain Truth, June 1952, p.5 "The time is at hand! The plagues of God's WRATH will be poured out..."
39.Plain Truth, June 1952, p.5 "Every sign tells us these things will happen, plunging the world into the most frantic, frenzied state of anguish ever known, WITHIN A MATTER OF A FEW YEARS!"
40.Plain Truth, June 1953, pp.1-2"But now, once in the END of this age, just before God takes all power and authority and rule away from mortal man forever, God’s last and final intervention in the affairs of THIS WORLD IS occurring before your very eyes!"
41.Plain Truth, July 1953, p.4 "This same DUAL PRINCIPLE runs all thru prophecy! First, a former, or preliminary fulfillment which is merely the type or forerunner of a second, the final climactic fulfillment occurring, usually, during this CRISIS AT THE CLOSE we already have entered!"
42.Plain Truth, August 1952, p.1 "HITLER Did Not Die.Adolph Hitler's fake suicide in his Berlin Bunker is exposed as History's greatest Hoax!Hitler is alive, directing Nazi Underground, today!"
43.Plain Truth, 1953 "Middle East in Prophecy" article predicts "Russia and China will never split but will remain united until Christ's coming."
44.Plain Truth, Nov. 1953, p.13"’These days are more terrible than most realize. The time is ominous, storm clouds are brewing above and below the horizon. Within less than a quarter of a century this world will be plunging to destruction in order that men might know once and for all time that the Creator RULES and that His laws alone bring peace and happiness."
45.Plain Truth, Aug.-Sep. 1954, p.1"CATASTROPHIC EVENTS soon to bring END OF THE WORLD!Prophecies of BOOK OF REVELATION at last revealed!"... Here we begin a startling, eye-opening series of articles explaining the long sealed prophecies of the BOOKOF REVELEATION...We are now in the very CRISIS AT THE CLOSE of this present evil and unhappy world!"
46.Plain Truth, Aug.-Sep. 1954, p.6"John was projected into the period of OUR present, and the immediate future. ... Ezekiel was not actually taken to Jerusalem, but the SPIRIT lifted him up and carried him IN VISION to Jerusalem. In like manner, John, IN SPIRIT, was carried to see IN VISION the events of the DAY OF THE LORD - the events ALREADY, now, beginning to take place on earth - the events YOU AND I SHALL LIVE TO ACTUALLY SEE! This vision is VITAL! The theme, or subject, of the prophecy is NOT the Middle Ages - it is the teeming, chaotic PRESENT - this very time you and I are just now starting to LIVE THRU! GOD HELP US, then, to UNDERSTAND! And so the very purpose of this Book is to show US of this generation NOW LIVING, the coming world-shaking events of the DAY OF THE LORD - the time of GOD’S JUDGMENTS at this age - END leading up to, and climaxing in, THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, and the happy, peaceful WORLD TOMORROW!"
47.Plain Truth, Oct. 1954, p.3"John appears to be taken up to heaven, to the very throne of God. There, projected some 1900 years into the future - into our PRESENT LIVING GENERATION - he sees, in VISION, the events already occurring, and those SOON TO TAKE PLACE, on the earth."
48.Plain Truth, Oct. 1954, p.15"But in verse 14, Jesus interrupted to tell them WHEN the end shall come - AFTER THE VERY EVENT NOW TAKING PLACE - YES, ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE THIS MINUTE. [quotes Mat. 24: 14]. ... And THAT’S the world event of THIS VERY HOUR! THIS HOUR is THIS SCRIPTURE FULFILLED IN YOUR EARS! He that hath an ear to hear, LET HIM HEAR! ... so here we have THREE successive world-shaking events to come-first, and, now, NEXT to occur in a very few years, THE GREAT TRIBULATION."
49.Plain Truth, Nov-Dec. 1954, pp.15-16"We are now in the very WORLD-CRISIS at the CLOSE of the allotted duration of man’s rule over his fellows."
50.Plain Truth, Nov-Dec. 1954, p.16"A Prophecy for Today!""This last resurrection - the TENTH - has, of necessity, to be in OUR TIME, and YET IN THE FUTURE ... There you have it! The TEN Dictatorships forming the UNITED EUROPEAN EMPIRE - a resurrected ROMAN EMPIRE - which the United States and the British governments are now bending every effort to bring about! But this United Europe will not cleave together long - IT COULDN’T! The prophecy reveals its very SHORT duration - 'must continue a SHORT SPACE,' - 'receive power as kings ONE HOUR with the Beast.' WHEN it, therefore, arises, THE SECOND COMING WORLD will be very NEAR. And today we SEE this very thing BEING FORMED. It may take a very few more years. But it is ON ITS WAY - conditions are shaping to this end far more rapidly than anyone seems to realize - yes, IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK! These things are already BEGINNING to come to pass!"
51.Plain Truth, Jan. 1955, p.1"Weather Bureau experts are frankly frightened about America‘s future. They KNOW that within 20 years this nation will be toppled from its dizzy economic heights by the worst drought in history! Here are the FACTS and what prophecy says WILL HAPPEN!"
52.Plain Truth, Jan. 1955, p.1"Prophecy proves it [great drought] will happen - before 1975! Here are the FACTS."
53.Plain Truth, Jan. 1955, p.3"WE CAN understand it [prophecy - specifically Revelation], because JESUS CHRIST is the Revelator! HE is the interpreter! And we have found HIS interpretation, which is TRUE! Yes, we CAN know where world affairs today are LEADING. We CAN know what’s GOING to happen during the next 5, 10, and 20 years!"
54.Plain Truth, Feb.-Mar. 1955, p.1"WORLD WAR IS HERE - NOW!"
55.Plain Truth, Sep. 1955, p.1"Here is an amazing prophecy, which few understand, yet which explains the real meaning behind Russia’s struggle for world dominion. It explains what‘s going to happen to our nation IN THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS!"
56.1975 in Prophecy, 1956, on p. 20, paragraph 6, HWA writes: "Yes, millions of lukewarm inactive professing Christians will suffer martyrdom, and that before the anticipated push-button year of 1975 dawns upon us!" Then on p. 31, paragraph 10, he writes: "your fate, and I say to you on authority of God Almighty that it is absolutely sure!"
57.Plain Truth, Feb. 1956 P. 1"U.S.A. Riding to Total Collapse in 20 Short Years!" article"You're going to be shocked to read what goes on undercover in the United States. Five major vices threaten the total collapse of our country inside of 20 years. The handwriting is on the wall of America, now!"
58.Plain Truth, February 1956Same article"...I've shown you from the very word of God what is next coming in prophesied events...It's prophesied for 15 to 20 years or less."
59.Plain Truth, Apr. 1956, p.2"He has revealed that there remains only the one more 19-year cycle (of which we are well into the 4th year already) - after which it will be Too LATE!!! It’s far later than we think!"
60.Plain Truth, Apr. 1956, p.22"What happens by the middle of the 1960s ... This SEVEN YEARS of national trouble takes us - if the dates which appear so definitely indicated by these prophecies are correct - from 1965 to 1972! Many of you will remember that over three years ago we told you of the strong indication that the last half of this - Gods-work of spreading the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the world would probably end in 1972!"
61.Plain Truth, Apr. 1956, p.23"Notice what God says is going to happen to our people in about ten years from now!" [severe drought, war, economic collapse, slavery...]
62.Plain Truth, May 1956, p.1"WOULD you say that it is an amazing thing if 2600 years ago there were men who could look down into the future and foretell what is going to happen to Egypt? - and to all major nations in the next 15 or 20 years in this last half of the 20th century? You would say that that is impossible, I suppose. But Is It? Such men did exist! Such prophecies were made."
63.Plain Truth, July 1956, pp.3-4"To understand the time, the place, and all the facts of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38, we need to begin at the 1st chapter of Ezekiel’s prophecy and read the book clear through. ... Ezekiel’s Message is for our day - and it is, therefore, a message for America and Britain, NOW! ... No such destruction and captivity has ever yet come to the House of Israel since this was written! Therefore it is still in the future - IN OUR TIME! It is a warning to Britain and America - NOW!"
64.Plain Truth, July 1956, p. 4"Coming to chapter 6, the local scene of the vision shifts to the mountainous land of Palestine - but the MESSAGE is for AMERICA AND BRITAIN, today!"
65.Plain Truth, Sept. 1956, p. 14"If YOU would rather hear God’s Truth in place of the soothing cries of 'Peace, Peace' (Jer. 6: 14), write in immediately for Mr. Armstrong’s AMAZING booklet, '1975 in Prophecy!' This startling booklet is profusely illustrated with pictures-actually showing you a step-by-step account of what God says IS GOING TO HAPPEN within the next 10, 15 to 25 years!"
66.Plain Truth, Sept. 1956, p. 20"No matter WHAT the immediate and temporary outcome of the present Suez Canal crisis, Britain and America will not have control of it when this amalgamated European power rises up-and it will occur inside of 15 or 16 more years - perhaps sooner."
67.Plain Truth, Oct. 1956, p. 18 [article title: "The SUEZ Crisis In Prophecy!"]"The Nazi underground is now plotting a war that shall end AT ARMAGEDDON! It is the START of the final WORLD WAR! It is NOW being prepared UNDERCOVER! Do you really REALIZE it? IT IS STARTING NOW! This war now secretly being prepared will Only END with the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST! Are you ready for that event? It is now NEAR - EVEN AT THE DOORS!"
68.Plain Truth, Nov. 1956, pp.5-6"The Prophecy for OUR DAY ... And notice, this coming martyrdom will be like the previous one - only 1000 times more terrible in intensity. Christians living today are to be martyred 'as their brethren were' in past ages.... This coining horrifying tribulation is now being plotted in secret, underground, by a fascist [Hitler and his Nazis hold up in a secret compound in Antarctica] Babylonish religious [Roman Catholic] political system ... "
69.Plain Truth, Feb. 1957, p.14"For many years, the Plain Truth magazine has been bringing you the actual prophesied events scheduled to happen within the next 10, 15 or 25 years."
70.Plain Truth, Feb. 1957, p.14"If you haven’t yet read Mr. Armstrong’s amazing point-by-point summary of prophetic events from now until 1975 - write in immediately for the booklet '1975 in Prophecy.' We’ll send it to you by return mail."
71.Plain Truth, Mar. 1957, p. 3"In less than 40 years all nations are going to live in a Utopia! They will be forced to learn the ways of peace. A Utopia of God’s making - not man’s - is fast approaching."
72.Plain Truth Mar. 1957, p. 15"Notice that this whole abominable system is to culminate in a great False Prophet who is to be manifest in OUR TIME - before Christ’s second coming and is to be destroyed by Christ when He returns. This diabolical individual is living TODAY!"
73.Plain Truth, Apr. 1957, pp. 7-8"For You - for your family and loved ones - the really significant point in this is that these men and many of their counterparts in Germany and France are NOW beginning to build the very power which God says will ultimately destroy our people! And they are basing it on the same principles and describing it in almost the EXACT way that The PLAIN TRUTH has been warning you to watch for over the past twenty years! Prophecy is future REALITY! It is NOW taking place before your very eyes!"
74.Plain Truth, June 1957, p. 4"[Speaking of Ezekiel chapter 5] No such destruction and captivity has ever yet come to the House of Israel since this was written! Therefore it is still in the future - IN OUR TIME! It is a warning to Britain and America - NOW! ... Coming to chapter 6 [of Ezekiel], the local scene of the vision shifts to the mountainous land of Palestine - but the MESSAGE is for AMERICA AND BRITAIN, today!"
75.Plain Truth, Aug. 1957, p.3"WHETHER YOU want to believe it or not, you are CERTAIN to be affected by the rapid fulfillment of Bible prophecy!"
76.Plain Truth, Aug. 1957, p.4"Here is something DEFINITE! Here is something you can TEST and PROVE! ... God is going to use this power to PUNISH us for our sins and our rebellion against His laws! This is DEFINITE. Most of you will live to SEE it come to pass!"
77.Plain Truth, Aug. 1957, p.6"After 1965, we are destined to run into increasing trouble with the Gentile nations. America and Britain will begin to suffer from trade embargoes imposed by the brown and oriental races, and by the coming German-dominated United States of Europe” or “European Empire” - whatever it will be called. We will begin to experience the pangs of starvation and of scarcity of goods! ... Finally, when we are weakened from drought, hunger, disease and riots within our borders - and our economy crippled by foreign trade embargoes - the revived “beast” power in central Europe will attack us! Fully one third of our people will perish in the hydrogen bomb attack."
78.Plain Truth, Aug. 1957, p.6"But meantime, these prophecies are REAL! They are DEFINITE and SPECIFIC. They WILL COME TO PASS! ... You can KNOW! You can be SURE! You are NOW BEING WARNED!"
79.Plain Truth, Oct. 1957, p.4"In former articles in the Plain Truth magazine, we have shown you what the Almighty God says is SURE to happen to OUR NATION within the next few years. We have made those articles specific - definite, actually NAMING the nations which will be involved, and showing from the scriptures what your Creator says will happen. Here is another specific occurrence that you are going to SEE happen! "[Describes wars never again being won by military might, rather there will be trade wars.]
80.Plain Truth, Oct. 1957, p.4 "World War III Is Already Begun! Believe it or not, the next world war is already being fought - and America and the British Commonwealth of Nations are rapidly LOSING that war! ... There is at this moment a tremendous world-wide struggle going on for domination of WORLD TRADE - and we are LOSING OUT, EVERYWHERE!"
81.Plain Truth, Oct. 1957, p.5"Germany, after becoming REUNITED with Eastern Germany, and finally united with a group of NINE OTHER NATIONS in Europe, is destined by the sure, un-breakable, unchangeable Word of God to CONQUER THE UNITED STATES AND THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS!"
82.Plain Truth, Dec. 1957"God prophecies that finally, within the next fifteen years, fully ONE THIRD of our whole population will die of disease and famine."
83.Plain Truth, Dec. 1957, p.19"Methods of warfare have changed. Most people, however, are not really aware of HOW these changes will affect THEIR LIVES in the next few years. It has suddenly become possible for madmen in seats of great power to speak the word that might plunge this fear-filled world into a great, awe-inspiring HYDROGEN BOMB WAR! Frightened scientists and world leaders WELL KNOW such a war could mean the frightful END OF ALL HUMAN LIFE! This is REAL! THIS IS YOUR LIFE!"
84.Plain Truth, Dec. 1957, p.20"In what way could we possibly be besieged? IN A TRADE WAR!"Trade War Here Now !"
85.The Proof of the Bible, 1958"We are just coming now to the grand smash climax of this whole age when there are far more prophecies--far more world shaking events--to happen in the next 15 or 20 years than ever happened before in the history of the world!"
86.Plain Truth, Jan. 1958, p.4"YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE LONG TO WAIT, NOW, TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE BIBLE SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY! For your Bible foretells all about today’s chaotic scientific world bent on the destruction of WHOLE NATIONS! It tells what is SOON GOING TO HAPPEN! You won’t have long to wait-then you’ll KNOW - yes, and most of you will come to know too late!"
87.Plain Truth, June 1958, p.1"SLAVE LABOR CAMPS are coming back! America is heedlessly plunging toward the greatest national humiliation of her history! It’s time you faced the cold FACTS of prophecy - it’s time you KNEW the truth about YOUR OWN FUTURE!"
88.Plain Truth, Oct. 1958, p.4"Now turn to Ezekiel 25. Here is another prophecy for our day. Here is a prophecy revealing what is going to be the fate of the Allied intervention in Jordan and the Lebanon. This is a prophecy to be fulfilled in the early 1970’s. This prophecy has never been fulfilled before! ... My sanctuary, [a temple or sanctuary is yet to be built by the Jews in Jerusalem!) when it was profaned [which shall happen in less than 14 years from now]..."
89.Plain Truth, Nov. 1958, p.4"Jesus said certain specific things HAD TO HAPPEN prior to the “end of the age.” Read it! This is a prophecy for NOW! ... In the pages of The PLAIN TRUTH, and over The World Tomorrow broadcast, you have been reading and hearing forewarnings of these very occurrences that are NOW BEGINNING TO MAKE THE NATIONS’ HEADLINES! It’s time to wake up, and realize WHO is causing it to happen!"
90.Plain Truth, Jan. 1959, p.3"Jesus Christ Himself had foretold this event! [The first broadcast of the World Tomorrow radio show]... What really occurred that Sunday morning precisely at 10 o’clock was a momentous event. It was the fulfilling of a definite corner-stone prophecy of Jesus. More than that, it was the initial, start-off event of the fulfilling of some 90% of all the prophecies in the Bible! And approximately a third of the whole Bible is prophecy!"
91.Plain Truth, Jan. 1959, p.8"For years, The World Tomorrow broadcast and The Plain Truth magazine have been shouting this message - revealing from the prophecies in your Bible the coming UNITED EUROPE now being formed. But first Germany must PULL OUT of NATO, and she must have an understanding with Russia!"
92.Plain Truth, Jan. 1959, p.8"YOU LIVE IN THE PROPHESIED 'TIME OF THE END!' The end of all man’s allotted 6,000 years is at hand! And it's MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!"
93.Plain Truth, Jan. 1959, p.9"Prophesied for OUR TIME! ... This [speculation about reunited Germany spearheading a European 'Beast Power'] is conclusive PROOF the prophecy is for OUR TIME - the time just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. ... Almost unnoticed by the world that CRISIS IS ALMOST UPON US! ... As already reported in the pages of The Plain Truth, a vast TRADE WAR is underway."
94.Plain Truth, Jan. 1959, p.14 .. "Jesus promises protection from the colossus that is rising to bathe the world in blood. A time of GREAT TRIBULATION is just ahead - and may well come within 13 years!"
95.Plain Truth, Apr. 1959, p.5"Here, Daniel saw four great BEASTS. And again, nearly all of the commentaries, the Bible reference books, are agreed on the historical fulfillment of this chapter. But almost NO-ONE, it seems, understands the PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE FOR OUR DAY, NOW!"
96.Plain Truth, Apr. 1959, p.17"The six nation “Euromart,” or the “common market” now in effect in Europe, already comprises the bulk of the nations included in the “ten toes” of Daniel 2, and the “ten horns” of Revelation 17! So far, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy have bound themselves together into a single unit for economic cooperation. FOUR MORE ARE TO FOLLOW!"
97.Co-Worker letter, August 13, 1959"I say to YOU, now, that your money—your home—every material thing you have—will be taken from you SOON—probably in 12 to 13 years, certainly in 15 or less!"
98.Plain Truth, Aug. 1959, p.3"Mr. Armstrong reports from Germany the world‘s greatest miracle of our time. It was prophesied. It spells DOOM for U.S.A. in ten to fifteen years - unless we HEED!"
99.Plain Truth, Aug. 1959, p.3"And yet, about 90% of all of the prophecies in the Bible pertain to events that are yet to happen in the next 10 to 20 years from now, believe it or not!"
100."Middle East in Prophecy" 1950s article and reprint by HWA, “China will NOT be a major independent world power, but will always follow Russia's lead."
101.Radio and sermons, 1956 onward after Suez (on radio and in sermons): "Britain will never win another war.""...Britain will never regain sea gates she lost."
102.Plain Truth, 1956 "Britain will collapse into famine & anarchy within 3-5 years."
103.Plain Truth, Radio, Sermons, from the 1950s HWA prophesied that Germany would become the dominant military power and the one major nuclear power of Western Europe.
104.Coworker Letter, 2/13/59"Today we are in the SEVENTH YEAR of our SECOND 19-year TIME-CYCLE which God has allotted for this MASS-PROCLAIMING of THIS MESSAGE FROM GOD! If God does not cut the time short, we may have another 12 years to complete this GREAT COMMISSION."
105.Sermons from 1950s onward, HWA stated that "King Hussein of Jordan would grant the WWCG a tribulation-time "place of safety" at Petra."
106. Co-Workers letter, December 1960 "In 12 years or less the U.S.A. will suffer the worst depression ever suffered by any nation."
107.Plain Truth,1961 HWA prophesied that the Berlin crisis would lead to the collapse of America and the rise of a united Nazi Germany.
108.Plain Truth, July 1962 "Do these heads of state know that a whole third of the Bible is prophecy - and that about 90 percent of that lies bare in advance world events that will occur within the next ten to fifteen years from now?"
109.Plain Truth, January 1963"Possibly not more than seven years from now - America suddenly will wake up to the gigantic THREAT that shall be rising, or even then have arisen, in Europe. ...."
110.Plain Truth, Jan., 1963, page 21, "Somewhere along about seven to ten years from now the REVOLUTION IN THE WEATHER will become a national and international calamity. Drought, epidemics of disease, will reap a mounting harvest of death across North America -- and in Britain. Economic depression will strike ... And the time will be right for the new United Europe to strike!"
111.Plain Truth, March 1963 " ... the present movement of events, together with the prophecies, strongly indicate that the BIG CRISIS - the threatened invasion - will not come about until 1972 . De Gaulle will be too old by that time. THAT IS ONE REASON HE IS HURRYING" to unite Europe and keep Britain out.
112. Co-Worker Letter, July 31, 1963 “Timeisrunningoutonus.OnlyafewmoreyearsremaintofinishGod'sWork!…ButtheWorkis,asofthismoment,still, RIGHTONSCHEDULE!…ThereistimetofinishHisWork--BUTNOTIMETOLOSE!”
113.Plain Truth, October 1963 "ALL HUMAN LIFE will be blasted out of existence by nuclear warfare and other means of mass destruction - perhaps not more than twelve or fifteen years from now!"
114.Co-Worker letter, October 27, 1963 "We may now have only eight or nine more years to FINISH His Work!"
115.Co-Worker letter, Nov 22, 1963,"in eight years all of our ministers will be silenced."
116.Sermon, November 23, 1963 "In eight years all of our ministers will be silenced!"
117.Co-Worker letter, Nov 30, 1963 "We have only eight years to finish the Work."
118.The Plain Truth, January 1964, "We may have an occasional good year in the weather, but the trend in general will continue until--probably by 1971-1972--it will become an acute disaster, especially to the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia."
119.Plain Truth, Dec. 1963 "The Bible does not specifically say whether God will man will actually allow man to succeed in his mad race to the moon.But it does foretell that men will die in the attempt!Your Bible prophecies that human bodies will be scattered to the uttermost parts of the heavens.Read it in Deut. 30:4.Man does not have the knowledge to cope with the many hazards - known and unknown - which confront travelers in space."
120.Plain Truth, January 1964 HWA prophesied very explicitly that the coming year "shall increase drought and upheavals in the WEATHER pattern...the trend in general will continue until - probably by 1971 or 1972 - it will become an acute disaster, especially to the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia."
121.Plain Truth, May 1965 "Hitler will be falsely resurrected by the Pope."
122.Co-Worker letter, Dec 13,1965, "We are in the grand smash climax - only 6 years left."
123.Co-worker letter, Dec. 1965" Everywhere on earth events are HURLING this world toward the prophesied grand-smash Climax. We may have barely six more short years to finish this great Work the living CHRIST is doing through YOU and me!IsayMAY--Iamnotsettingdates,yetbiblicalpropheciesindicatethestrongpossibilitythattimeremainingforusisindeedJUSTTHATSHORT!"
124.Co-worker Letter, June 27, 1966, WE MAY HAVE ONLY ONE OR TWO MORE YEARS LEFT TO FINISH THE WORK THE LIVING CHRIST IS DOING THROUGH HIS CHURCH! Time is running out on us! It is now FAR later than you think!
125. Co-Worker Letter, April 17, 1967"GodsaysHewilldonothingwithoutfirstWARNINGthepeople(Amos3:7).Verysoon,now,GodisgoingtoINTERVENEinWORLDAFFAIRS,justpriortoChrist'sComing... ThroughthisrapidlygrowingWork,NOWWORLDWIDE--GodhasbeenWARNINGTHISWHOLEWORLD..."
126.The Plain Truth, Feb. 1967, p. 47, "The God who is REAL says of OUR PEOPLES: 'Prophecy against the prophets of Israel . . . O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes of the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up a hedge for the House of Israel TO STAND in the BATTLE IN THE DAY OF THE ETERNAL (Ezek. 13:1-5).' That is NOT a message to ancient Israel—but to OUR NATIONS TODAY. The 'DAY OF THE ETERNAL'—a time foretold in more than thirty prophecies—is going to strike between 5 and 10 years from now! You will know, then, how REAL it is. You will wish, then, you had heeded. I am not writing foolishly, but very soberly, ON AUTHORITY of the living CHRIST!"
124.The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy, Introduction, 1967, "A STAGGERING TURN in world events is due to erupt in the next four to seven years. It will involve violently the United States, Britain, Western Europe, the Middle East."
128.The U.S. and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy, 1967, pages 11-12, "The events prophesied to strike the American and British peoples in the next four to seven years are SURE! That is why the events of the next four to seven years may prove this to be the most significant book of this century. These colossal world events, shrinking the first two world wars into insignificance, WILL COME, on schedule."
129.The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy, page 184 "Now, other prophecies reveal, we are to have soon (probably in about four years) such drought, and famine, that disease epidemics will follow taking millions of lives ... Well, we have been getting foretastes of that! That condition is coming! And I do not mean in 400 years—nor in 40 years—but in the very next FOUR or FIVE!"
130.The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy, page 185"You need to look at the prophecies of Jesus of Jeremiah, of Isaiah, and others, describing how much moreINTENSE is to be the punishment God is going to lay on the British and American people in five to seven more years!"
131. "The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy”, 1967 Edition, "The events prophesied to strike the British and American peoples in the next four to seven years are SURE! ... These colossal world events, shrinking the first two world wars into insignificance, WILL COME, on schedule."
132.United States and Britain in Prophecy, 1967, on p. 212, paragraph 3 he states: "By God's direction and authority, I have laid the truth before you!"referring to the impending doom.
133. Co-Worker letter, July 5, 1967"the Jews will demolish the Dome on the Rock."
134.Plain Truth, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, "Former German Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss will unite Germany and make it the leader of the European Union.""When Germany becomes united, it will immediately turn on America, arm to the teeth with nuclear weapons, and make the whole world tremble."
136. Plain Truth, January 1969 "I know whereof I speak, for no organization on earth has a more knowledgeable grasp and understanding of world conditions, trends, and causes, than ours."
137. Ambassador College Correspondence Course, Lesson 5, 1969, p. 15 "I know whereof I speak, for no organization on earth has a more knowledgeable grasp and understanding of world conditions, trends, and causes, than ours. ..."
138. Ambassador College Correspondence Course, Lesson 44, 1969, p. 16"There is very little time remaining. You now know only a minority of humanity will remain alive just a few years from now."
139. Plain Truth, 1974 "US will prove unwilling & unable to go to war to protect world oil supplies from Persian Gulf"
140. Plain Truth, 1974 After Nixon's resignation, "the United States will never again lead the world or be effective in war."
141. Co-worker letter, January 20, 1977"During this generation--within 60 to 90 years or less-from 1927--Christ will come again..."
142.1978 co-worker letter. HWA predicted that the next pope (who turned out to be John Paul II) would very rapidly united Europe.
143.Worldwide News, April/May 1978, HWA teaches "you can only come to Christ through him through the church government structure" and that you cut yourself off from Christ if you disobey HWA.
144."The Proof of the Bible""The once great city of Sidon in southern Lebanon will remain a miserable little village, again in "In fact, while not a major metropolis, it is an extremely large town and regional center.
145.The Proof of the Bible.""When Europe finally unites, it will either be fascist, or become so virtually instantaneously."
146. "Worldwide News, 1994 "Ministers who rebel against me and leave this organization are reduced to working with their hands."
147. Co-Workers Letter, January 3, 1980 "The actual movement of world events as prophesied WARNS US that all this MAY now occur in the decade we entered day before yesterday--and, if delayed past 1990, most certainly during the decade of the 90s."
148. Co-Workers letter, 1982 "I hope to arrange for the use of Petra as a possible refuge or place of safety during the Great Tribulation when I see King Hussein. Pray for this please."
149.Plain Truth, September 1984, Personal from Herbert W. Armstrong "The Plain Truth brings you UNDERSTANDING of the very Word of God, the SOURCE of TRUTH--and of the PROPHECIES of events soon to occur, in the next two, five or 10 years!"
150.Mystery of the Ages, p. 298 "And, secondly, to reveal—preserved in writing for us TODAY—what is to happen "in the latter days"—actually within the next two decades—THIS LAST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY!"
Mr. Armstrong projected a great amount of confidence.As a result, he convinced many to follow him.He often made extremely bold claims ("I do not speak to you by authority of men, or any politically organized church of men - but in the name, and by the AUTHORITY of JESUS CHRIST, the living HEAD of the TRUE CHURCH OF GOD!").However, the vast majority of his prophecies/predictions failed the test of time.
It is good that God reminds us pay attention to our doubts about presumptuous preachers, and to avoid living in fear of them (or because of them).
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Many individuals deserve credit for this list.It contains much of the material from "Herbert W. Armstrong's 209 False Prophecies" (prepared by "The Watcher") but not those entries that did not contain specific references, not the quotes attributed to Hoeh, Meredith and Dorothy.It also includes material from the "Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion" (Pam Dewey); "HWA Failed Prophecies" ("As Berean's Did" website); "Armstrongism, Religion or Rip-off" (MariomMcNair), and other quotes from various Plain Truth's and Co-workers letters downloaded from the "HWA Searchable Library".
Ron Weinland is out of prison and sitting in a halfway house with his ankle bracelet on. He has went on the warpath recently threatening a web site that is keeping track of his lies, chronicling the financial abuses of his wife and children, and the putting on display ultimate downfall of his dwindling cult.
Delusion false prophet Ron claims that he and his Witless Witness (2) wife Laura will now be boldly proclaiming the end time message the the world. As Laura goes shopping for more underwear and diamond rings, felon Ron is writing a new book. PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS Just what the world needs, more stupidity from the Witless Witness. Everyone of his other books have been abject failures which have led him to public scorn. Everything he has written so far has been one big lie. Because of all the epicfailures he has to rewritehis timeline and turn everything into "dual prophecies" or that his god has revealed new time lines to him. I guess since Switzerland may have turned him into the IRS when he was on trial, Ronnie's wrath is doubly poured out on Switzerland.
“the prophetic outcome for many nations has also been changed. This includes Switzerland, which will now suffer far more mightily in this final end-time period, and will not be a safe haven for any finances in the world.”
As if Switzerland needs to worry about Ronnie's prophecies coming true!
Did Mr. Armstrong Preach the Gospel to World Leaders?
As it became clear that the end-time events would not begin during (or before) 1972, Mr. Armstrong then went on to claim that his new commission was to bring the gospel to world leaders.Many believed that he had both been given and fulfilled this commission.Others have stated that HWA merely used this claim as justification to spend lavishly on housing, furnishings, artwork, clothing, cars, airplanes, travel and entertaining and that his visits with dignitaries served no purpose in proclaiming the gospel to the world.
Can we determine from HWA’s own descriptions of these events (and from documented history) which claim is correct?
From Mr. Armstrong's perspective
Member Letter 7/30/73:"God has shown me HOW to present it [his gospel]... as a sensational NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT that affects their country... in such a way that their newspapers will PUBLISH THE NEWS—PRINT WHAT I SAY…I believe I can proclaim this true Gospel as something SO NEW—so STARTLING—so SENSATIONAL—that it will get big headlines in newspapers…"
"It’s NOTHING LIKE what missionaries have taught in those countries! They will not recognize any connection WHATEVER. It will not appear as anything competitive to THEIR religions.
In Japan it will be thundered to them as direct from the CREATOR OF THE JAPANESE PEOPLE. I will not say anything against their religions...
THAT’S OUR COMMISSION! Just the ANNOUNCEMENT of the soon coming KINGDOM OF GOD.. of course I must reveal this great announcement to these heads of state first…"
Ministerial bulletin 6/3/79:"Some weeks ago I authorized the formation of a new FOUNDATION—named the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. It has become a necessary adjunct to this worldwide dimension of getting Christ's TRUE Gospel to the nations through heads of government…[a] whole new phase of the Work.
... One thing has been a serious handicap and caused me and my touring team no little embarrassment. We have had to say that we represent either Ambassador College, or Worldwide Church of God.
... This new Foundation is giving us great added prestige, credibility, and favor. It is something NO ONE CAN CRITICIZE. It doesn't sound 'religious'!"
From an opposing perspective
The following are some comments by Marion McNair, one of the first men to be ordained as an evangelist in HWA's Radio Church of God. He left the organization and wrote “Armstrongism-- Religion or Rip-0ff?” after becoming disillusioned about Mr. Armstrong.From pages 60-62 of that book:
“Did the TWELVE APOSTLES, when they came to the attention of rulers, hide the fact they represented Jesus Christ? Did they not say, when confronted, "… we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard… and they spake the word with boldness…" (Acts 4:19-20). Verse 2 of this chapter shows exactly what they preached—"The resurrection of the dead through Christ Jesus."
But Armstrong does not represent Christ to the Japanese. He thunders to them as direct from the CREATOR of the Japanese people. Whatever false god they have in their minds is the one they will "believe" is sponsoring Armstrong. It could be Buddha, Confucius or the Imperial god (Shinto) but not Jesus Christ.
Is that what our Lord instructed? Did He say to go to a nation "in the name of its god"? But rather through Paul, "… whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…" (Col 3:17)
… Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words… of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh…"Christ wants His ministers to speak boldly in His name. He did not say, "Go ye therefore unto all the world and SNEAK the Gospel into every nation."
Was Mr. Armstrong's approach effective?
Did Mr. Armstrong actually have an impact on world leaders (and the world overall) through this with his “sensational” approach?Did he make headlines and get newspapers to print "the gospel message" that he had delivered?
From Mr. Armstrong's perspective
Member Letter 2/22/74:“Andnow,PUBLICAPPEARANCECAMPAIGNSareplannedalreadyinTHREEnations,sponsoredbyofficialshighinthegovernmentsofthesenations.AlreadyIhavegottentheMESSAGEOFTHEKINGDOMOFGODtoaudiencesof55to100ofeachnation'sLEADERSinbanquetsordinnersinIndia,Japan,Thailand,SouthVietnam,Ethiopia,andthePhilippines.
Member Letter 12/18/79:"Wearrived [in Red China] on Sunday evening, December 2nd. On Monday evening I spoke for about a half hour at a banquet in my honor, attended by prominent members of the government and their wives. Tuesday evening I spoke again before the Diplomatic Corps, including ambassadors—many with wives—representing 76 (SEVENTY-SIX) other nations from all parts of the world, beside a number of high-ranking Chinese...
[HWA, quoting a memo by Stan Rader about the meetings] ... "The Vice-Chairman undoubtedly had been advised of your strong comments Monday night and again on Tuesday night. I believe that he knew full well that the United Europe and the cataclysm that would follow were directly connected with your comments about the'Strong Hand from somewhere' that would save mankind from complete destruction and would be man's salvation and only HOPE."
From the perspective of the news media
NEWS OF THE WORLD 8/1/75 , page 5: Article below describes how HWA's donations were used to arranged introductions as photo ops, but that his meetings were completely insignificant and his antics were not appreciated by those leaders that had been duped.
THE JERUSALEM POST, 8/24/76 , page 5: “Herbert Armstrong has shuttled in and out of Israel and the Arab world in the last few years at a rate that would leave Henry Kissinger breathless.
Flying in his own executive jet, the 84-year-old fundamentalist church leader and philanthropist has visited Israel alone 50-60 times since 1965. He has visited almost as extensively in Arab countries. Unlike Kissinger, he has offered his Israeli hosts neither bitter truths nor hard alternatives—only goodwill and money. It is an offer neither side has been able to refuse.
Mr. Armstrong’s current visit is in connection with a $250,000 contribution for a playground in Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Garden… “
Although Mr. Armstrong did make headlines, the subject of the articles was not the gospel of Jesus Christ and the facts regarding his travels led many to question whether he was qualified to be a representative of God.
This brings us back to the question raised in the beginning:
Did Mr. Armstrong actually preach the Gospel to world leaders?
First, even by Mr. Armstrong's own statements, it is clear that he did not preach the true gospel of Christ.His vague message about the “give” and “get” ways of life (and “a strong hand from someplace” intervening in world affairs) to diplomats and other government officials did not equate to delivering the Gospel of Christ, or even an announcement about the coming kingdom of God.
Second, HWA’s statement about being embarrassed to go before others while representing a church is an extremely troubling admission for one claiming to be Christ's only Apostle of the “one true church”.
Third, his well-documented life of luxury with his mansions, Rolls Royce’s, art work, and Gulfstream Jets - all financed on the backs of struggling church members - unlikely demonstrated any connection whatsoever to Christ (and his example of service to others) to those dignitaries he interacted with.
30 years later
For those ministers continuing to believe and/or promote the idea that HWA’s travels were both justified and effective… what proof is there in 2016?Of all the world leaders that HWA had visited between 1974-1986, how many are still alive or in power at this time?How many of them actually passed on a single bit of HWA’s message to their own citizens?How many newspaper headlines carried Mr. Armstrong’s message to the public?Can we truly say that any of the nations that he had visited were warned… or even informed?
Of the roughly 7 billion inhabitants of the earth at this time, how many of them have even heard of Mr. Armstrong?Being very generous, let’s assume that the answer is somewhere between 10-50 million people.That would just represent 0.5% of the world’s total population.And of that tiny fraction of individuals that do remember Mr. Armstrong, would the majority remember him for the message that he proclaimed or for the manner in which he lived?
Demolition has begun on the Hall of Administration at the former headquarters of the Worldwide Church of God and Ambassador College. The entire entire building has been gutted with its walls, ceilings and floors stripped away.
Many see this as one more indignity they have to witness and also consider it blasphemous, while others see this building as the seat of power that sanctioned their abuse, whether it be mental, spiritual or sexual.
World rulers and queens walked its marble floors. Priceless treasures filled its lobby from around the world.
It was the site of the sit-in during the receivership where children were encourage to sit with their backs against the glass so as to intimidate the police.
It housed the revolving offices of department heads, ministers and evangelists as long as they remained in good standing.
It was filled with file cabinets filled with data on the church members, tithing records, notes from counseling sessions and derogatory comments by ministers or faculty. It was the site of the Man Power Project that made horrendous libelous accusations at Ambassador College students due to race, perceived sexuality, women's issues, and more.
A private elevator whisked the apostle/prophet/ from his private parking garage to his fourth floor mahogany paneled office filled with antique European paintings, exquisite silver and gold pieces
It was the site of countless rebellions, rampant sexual liaisons, and eventually ended up being nothing more than studio set for made-for-TV movies due to its decades old furnishings from the 60/70's.
Forty years after it was constructed it is being ripped down. The seat of power in the church is gone and will never again amount to anything again. Its a fitting epitaph of the dying Churches of God.
Countless splinter group leaders and wannabe prophets all lay the blame for this at the feet of Joseph Tkach Sr. The problem lies in the fact that this belief is totally erroneous because no matter who would have been appointed there would have been major divisions.
At the time of HWA's death Ellis LaRavia thought he was the rightful heir. Members did not like LaRavia. Meredith thought the same thing because he thought that since he was trained at HWA's feet he would be the logical choice. Apartian was not a leader so he was out of the running. Richard Ames always pandered to whomever was in charge and could never take a stand, so he would have been driven out of office rather quickly. Headquarters members despised Meredith, so it was with a sigh of relief when he did not get it. David Hulme was not a sound choice. Gerald Flurry was considered a nutcase and was not even in the running. Dave Pack wasn't considered even though he brags that HWA personally trained him, which he did not. None off the present day leaders of United Church of God ever made it to the final round because HWA knew what power hungry ineffective men they were.
Whether it was Tkach or any other COG leader out there to this date, the church was destined to collapse. When Jesus is cast aside and the law is given power over grace it is guaranteed to fail, just like every single COG group is doing to this date.
This mind numbing quote by a Philadelphia Church of God member exhibits why spiritual abusers like Dave Pack, Gerald Flurry and Rod Meredith have free reign to abuse their members. The membership have been blinded to reality.
We could or cannot know or understand the truth without God revealing it through Mr. Herbert W Armstrong and Mr. Gerald Flurry. That is the government of God. We have to follow them. We don’t have to focus about the physical things that are happening in the church(we don’t have to focus about people’s sins in the church but to pray for them to stop it) but we focus on the spiritual things God is given to us in the church through Mr. Gerald Flurry. It is only the PCG that is administering God government on this earth. And God is using only PCG to do His work on this earth.
About forty-five years ago in my area, most kids were still walking to school and it was no different for me.But then again, in another way, things were quite a bit different for me.One morning, while on my way to school, I was troubled by a thought that most likely not bothering the vast majority of my fourth grade classmates… “What would I do if I were suddenly confronted by a demon before I got to school?”
Would I remember what to say?If I could remember what to say (“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to depart!”), would I have the courage to say it?And, if I had the courage to say it, would my delivery be convincing enough for the demon to comply with my command?
Yes, on that morning, I was probably unlike anyone else in my elementary school.
We had joined WCG in the late 60s and it seemed like every minister had at least two or three stories about casting out demons back then. Even elders seemed to have such stories. Those stories were really interesting but they were also pretty troubling for young kids like us.We didn’t want to be confronted by any demons… No way!And that was what was bothering me that morning every time I approached a tree, “What if one jumped out from behind that tree and threatened me, would I be able to protect myself?”
Years later, I have occasionally wondered, what happened to all of those stories about demons?Although there were many stories told during the late 60s and early 70’s, the numbers declined in the 80s and declined even further in the 90s.Now it is hard to recall any such stories over the last decade or so.
Did they stop bothering people in the various COG’s?Or, maybe was it that the number of incidents had been exaggerated, imagined or fabricated in the first place? Perhaps a little like Big Foot sightings during the 70s?It seems we hear of fewer of those sightings now too.
The Chief Pharisee of the Church of God continues to sit in his living room unemployed, on the dole from the Canadian government and supporters, pumping out endless deluded reinterpretations of scripture and making occasional prophetic utterances.
The Church of God's are so evil that his god is getting highly pissed and is ready to blot off the face of the earth the Saturday restaurant eaters and TV watchers.
James Malm's latest false prophecy is this:
...there will be 2300 days [years] until the sanctuary is cleansed and the destruction of the final seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire of Babylon as described in Dan 2, Dan 7.At a day for a year this 2300 days shall be 2300 years. Provided the Calendar data is correct the highly probable year of the coming of Christ and the cleansing of the sanctuary is: Coming forward 2300 years from 280 BC and adding 1 for year zero, arrives at spring 2021 AD, when the sanctuary shall be cleansed by the coming of Jesus Christ.Now subtracting 42 months (1260 days) shows that this final beast emperor will occupy Jerusalem, beginning at the end of 2017.Given the historical difficulties of the Greek struggles it is possible that this date might be in error by a year or two, but one thing is certain; IT IS VERY CLOSE INDEED!
Very close indeed....Yeah right. These COG false prophets have been predicting this malarkey for 80 some years now
Britain is highly likely to leave the EU, but exactly how long that process takes is unclear; and certain other countries are likely to follow, creating a crisis in the EU and opening the way for the setting up of the miracle working deceiver in the Vatican in late 2017, who will immediately call for and bring about the rise of a New Europe; the seventh revival of the Scarlet Beast of the Holy Roman Empire. This man of sin will then go to the Holy Place [Temple Mount] 75 days after being set up in the Vatican and the great tribulation of Mat 24:15 will begin. Along with this is the coming defeat of radical Islam and a move towards a Mideast peace deal 1 Thess 5:3.These events are right in line with a date of late 2017 for the start of the tribulation; followed by the coming of Messiah 42 months later; in 2021 AD! Brethren, the writing is on the wall!
For any member of LCG, consider the following.From the beginning of his career, Rod Meredith issued numerous totally inaccurate prophetic warnings with extreme confidence and apparent conviction, just like his mentor Mr. Armstrong.Also, Mr. Meredith praised HWA like no other and vouched for HWA’s pinpoint prophetic accuracy… despite the fact that it was a complete falsehood.
How can this man still be seen as being a credible representative of God?
Consider just a few of Rod Meredith’s false assertions…
Plain Truth, August, 1957, page 5, R.C.Meredith:"We will soon find that hoof-and-mouth disease will spread COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL!These things are not far off.They are here and NOW! DISEASE EPIDEMICS are prophesied to begin soon! America, WAKE UP! After 1965... We will begin to experience the pangs of starvation..."
Plain Truth, June, 1963, page 46, RCM: "This coming, revived Holy Roman Empire which is prophesied to arise in Europe and CONQUER America and Britain within the next ten to twelve years ..."
1963 "The Inside Story of The World Tomorrow Broadcast" booklet, Rod Meredith, p. 12."...[Dr. C. Paul Meredith] had always been a student, and he took careful notes on Mr. Armstrong's prophetic sermons. As time went on, he compared these notes to the events that were taking place -- and to what other preachers had said -- and soon came to realize that Mr. (H.W.) Armstrong was the only one who actually knew what was going to happen BEFORE it happened!"
"This is the ONLY Work on earth that really understands ... the specific meaning of present-day world events, and the exact time schedule of prophecy!"(IBID, p. 17)
1963 "The Inside Story of The World Tomorrow Broadcast" booklet, R. Meredith, p. 54.“But Who Is Behind All This? Just as Noah, a "preacher of righteousness" (II Pet. 2:5), stood ALONE in warning the world of his day of its impending destruction; just as Abraham, with his family, stood ALONE in obeying God in his day; just as Moses,"whom they refused" (Acts 7: 35) , stood ALONE when God first began dealing with ancient Israel and bringing them out of slavery in Egypt; just as Elijah warned ancient Israel and cried out: ‘I am left ALONE, and they seek my' life" (Rom. 11:3); just as John the Baptist stood ALONE, not affiliated with the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes or any of the other religious groups of his day-warning Israel of his day "like a voice in the wilderness"; so Mr. Armstrong and this prophetic Work stand ALONE as God's instrument in warning the modern descendants of ancient Israel…of their coming national punishment, and heralding the second coming of Jesus Christ IN PERSON as King of kings and Lord of lords!
Just as Elijah trained the "sons of the prophets" to aid him in ancient Israel (II Kings 2: 3-5); just as John the Baptist had his disciples and assistants; just as Jesus Christ Himself trained young men as disciples to assist Him in the ministry as He stood ALONE against religionists of His day; so Mr. Armstrong has founded the Ambassador Colleges…and standing ALONE-as God's "watchman" (Ezek. 33 :2) to warn modern Israel of exact and SPECIFIC punishments from God!
These prophesied punishments on our people are right NOW beginning to have a great effect on the lives of every one of youwho is reading this booklet.”
1963 "The Inside Story of The World Tomorrow Broadcast" booklet, R. Meredith, p. 56. “Where True UNDERSTANDING Really Comes From?Why are The WORLD TOMORROW broadcasts and The PLAIN TRUTH articles always on top of the news?" many ask...God has made us willing to quit arguing and reasoning and to truly OBEY His commandments and instructions in the Bible literally. Then He has literally given us a 'good understanding" so we can KNOW the meaning of present day world events and what WILL HAPPEN in the near future. Other groups play talk in vague generalities about the coming world cataclysm or Tribulation or "the Lord's return some day," but no other religious Work on earth understands SPECIFICALLY what is happening!...
But the UNDERSTANDING of this news and its application to YOUR life comes only from God. And God has said: "Surely the Lord God will do NOTHING, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7).You have just been introduced to some of the leading ministers and servants of the Most High God on earth today! You can easily PROVE that this is so any time you wish to with art open mind and an open heart.This is the prophesied Work of God for this end time. It is the last generation of whom Jesus said: "Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come'' (Matt. 10:23). “
Perhaps an ex-LCG member could document a more extensive “RCM Prophetic Record” for the benefit of all of those members who remain unaware of his extensive track record of error.
Poor United Church of God......just when they want the world to believe they are the best thing since Sizzlean, along comes a story about their Wisconsin Dells feast site. Due to declining membership rolls because of it's inability to retain members and draw in new ones, UCG has had to downsize yet again.
The long time Feast site at Wisconsin Dells is no longer financially viable due to declining attendance and for 2016 and 2017 the Feast of Tabernacles has been booked at the Olympia Resort Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The numbers of attendees is so small that all brethren can potentially stay at the same facility.
Vic Kubik writes: One advantage of moving to the Olympia Resort Hotel, Spa & Conference Center is that it will potentially save the Church over $30,000. Another advantage is that for the first time in Wisconsin most brethren will be staying at the same location, at the host hotel.
So Vic has saved $30,000...will he will soon waste it on another failed media campaign or dump into UCG's so called Bible College.
How many years do we have to wait till the wrecking crews tear down their office building?
I received this today concerning a recent sermon Meredith gave. This is the same hate mongering malarkey that he has been spouting for decades. Its blacks vs whites, it's his hatred of interracial marriage, it's his belief that it is OK too discriminate against other races...mainly blacks and of course his old standby...the gays.
I was just wondering if you've heard about Meredith's latest "sermon" titled, "Satan's Alternate Universe"? When I listened to it, I really couldn't believe my ears. It should have been titled, "Meredith's Alternate Reality" because it was so Anti-Christ and so anti-love. Basically, the main thing he talks about it how Satan is using interracial marriage as a tool to destroy, and then follows it with how even Christ was discriminatory so it's ok discriminate, especially when it comes to healing people. !!!!! He mainly launches in at about 30:00 into his drivel. Then, he goes on to talk about homosexuality, because, you know, they go hand-in-hand ( he rarely ever brings up race without bringing up homosexuality).......as well as abortion and being politically incorrect.