The Revelation 12 SIGN – Your Redemption Draws Near

The Philadelphia Church of God wrote an article entitled, “The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21—A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?” wherein the author tried to convince their readers that the solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017 does not have any scriptural significance whatsoever. Then on the day itself, on August 21, Stephen further forced this agenda down on the throat by throwing his weight around to discuss this subject on his Trumpet Daily Radio Show episode entitled “Is Today’s Solar Eclipse a Sign of the Time of the End?

This is not the first time they tried to discredit such heavenly signs like this one. In their July 2014 Trumpet print edition, they have tried to invalidate the occurrence of what the mainstream media has dubbed as the blood moons which coincided with the Jewish holy days of Passover and the Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) of 2014 and 2015.

Their argument then and now apparently is that, the heavenly signs should happen AFTER the great tribulation has transpired and not before it. So ANY heavenly sign that may appear in the heavens would have no prophetic significance at all. It will only be treated as a simple natural astronomical occurrence that should merit no further attention whatsoever. This is how they explained why everyone living on planet earth should not worry about any of those insignificant heavenly signs out there. Here is an excerpt of what Jeremiah Jacques wrote in his August 1 article:

The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21—A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

Only after the Tribulation’s 2½ years have passed will the second event—the “heavenly signs”—occur. The Tribulation is the fifth seal, and the signs are the sixth.

Revelation 6:12-14 explains: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair ….” This darkening of the sun is the same one prophesied in Joel 2:31. And this is one of the heavenly signs that Mr. Armstrong designated as the second of the “three successive world-shaking events.”

Finally, after those heavenly signs are given, the one-year-long period called the Day of the Lord will begin. And just as Joel 2:31 says, the Day of the Lord will happen after “the sun shall be turned into darkness.” But the sun is darkened only after the 2½ years of unprecedented destruction called the Great Tribulation have elapsed. This time order is made particularly clear in Matthew 24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened ….”

This time order of prophesied events makes plain that the upcoming August 21 eclipse is not one of the heavenly signs of end-time Bible prophecy. For the August 21 eclipse to be the darkened sun predicted in Joel 2:31, Revelation 6:12 and Matthew 24:29, the Great Tribulation would have had to begin 2½ years earlier—on or around Feb. 21, 2015. It is obvious to see that this did not happen.

Source: https://www.thetrumpet.com/16097-the-great-american-solar-eclipse-of-august-21-a-fulfillment-of-bible-prophecy

The Philadelphia Church of God ministers led by Stephen Flurry may hide their heads in the sand but the plain truth will never change. There has got to be a CAUSE for every EFFECT. Look at all the effects happening in our world:

From AccuWeather website:

Bizarre cloud baffles Brazil residents

Residents in the Brazilian city of Teixeira de Freitas were left baffled after a mysterious cloud formed over the city on August 17.

In Bangladesh, massive hailstorm poured out in Jamalpur, as people were seen literally running for immediate cover on June 12, 2017.

In Indonesia on August 6, 2017, the Indonesian river called Bah Bolon which is also known to the locals as “the King’s Bathhouse has turned into a poisoned blood-red stream of water.

In Europe the people experienced a scorching heat wave which they even named after “LUCIFER.”

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In Arizona, everything else made of plastic was literally melting due to extreme temperature last June 23, 2017. Flights were even cancelled because it’s too hot for planes to fly.

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In Kuwait, trees and bushes literally burned due to an extremely high temperature of as much as  62°C (143.6°F) As published on August 6, 2017).

Saudi Arabia Gets Snow in Midsummer” was reported by ABC News on July 23, 2017. This August, Tropical storm Harvey pounded Houston Texas causing catastrophic flooding never before seen in their entire history

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There are several other bizarre weather anomalies happening in different parts of the world which the mainstream media and leaders in government seem not to bother themselves of.

People around the world have been seeing the effects, but the question is, what seems to be causing it? Why are these phenomenon happening in every corner of the world? Is this part of the climate change propaganda the leaders of this world have injected in the minds of its constituents?

THE GREAT TRIBULATION

Stephen Flurry and his ministers would like to reassure the public that the heavenly signs and the EFFECTS it brings to this earth is of no significance since the so called “great tribulation” has not happened yet. Or has it?

To understand where are we now precisely in prophecy, let’s read again what the author from the Trumpet website quoted from the scriptures:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (Matthew 24:29)

Do we just stop at the thought of the possibility of the heavenly signs happening “after” the supposed great tribulation? Or rather we try to dig deeper into the scriptures to really understand what Jesus Christ really meant when he uttered it since people around the world have been seeing a spike heavenly sights in previous years. The word “after” is G3326 in Strong’s Concordance and derived from the Greek word “meta”

  • A primary preposition properly denoting accompaniment; “amid
  • the word “primary” is defined as, “first or highest in rank or importance; One that is first in time, order, or sequence.”

So the first in importance and the first in order that should have been used in verse 29 for the translation of the English word “after” which was derived from original Greek word “meta” must have been the English word “ACCOMPANIMENT or AMID. Let us define these words:

Accompaniment in the dictionary means, “an event or situation THAT HAPPENS AT THE SAME TIME as or in connection with another

Amid means, “in the middle of, among, DURING

Paraphrasing verse 29 and substituting the word “after” in the thought, we can have a totally different understanding of this prophecy in Matthew chapter 24:

Immediately accompanying the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Immediately amid, in the middle of, among or during  the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

This new understanding is quite different from what we first believed it was wherein the heavenly signs will only occur AFTER the great tribulation. But as what we have seen that the heavenly signs will occur even DURING the great tribulation or ACCOMPANYING the great tribulation. Apparently, whether the Philadelphia Church of God ministers and members will accept this or not, we have already entered the SIXTH SEAL beginning with the blood moons of 2014 and 2015.

One may pose an argument that we are still NOT in the period of the great tribulation, so the heavenly signs of the so called blood moons of 2014-2015 and the coming solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 don’t count at all. So why bother ourselves with it? Let us prove beyond any shadow of a doubt what the great tribulation really is. From our booklet entitled, “The Fifth Seal and The Book of Remembrance we wrote this:

The Fifth Seal and The Great Tribulation

Let us ask this question: Just what is this Great Tribulation? Do we really know for sure? To have a thorough understanding on this subject, let us consider what the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in his booklet, The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last!:

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved… For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be… For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs, and wonders: insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:10-13, 21, 24)…

(T)his Great Tribulation is very clearly brought out in the opening of the fifth seal of Revelation 6: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Rev. 6:9-11)

Notice that! Here is the GREAT TRIBULATION! And this fifth seal pictures it as a time of martyrdom of saints–of truly converted, begotten children of GOD! (pp. 26, The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last!)

Mr. Armstrong wrote that THAT THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS ALSO THE FIFTH SEAL WHICH PICTURES A TIME OF MARTYRDOM OF THE SAINTS – OF TRULY CONVERTED BEGOTTEN CHILDREN OF GOD. So the Great Tribulation DOES NOT involve any NUCLEAR WORLD WAR 3 scenario as most religious group would like us to believe…

Under the Altar

Now this FIFTH SEAL as we shall see, actually revolves around God’s Church and it is NOT INTENDED to be applied to the whole world as we have previously thought.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (Revelation 6:9)…

Let’s consider how one bible commentary renders verse 9; from the IVP NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARIES we can read (emphasis mine in bold):

“What is odd is that in describing the fifth seal John speaks of THE ALTAR (with a definite article) as if it is well-known to his readers, even though he now introduces it for the first time.”

Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources /commentaries/IVP-NT/Rev/Souls-Altar

Again it has been noted above what the apostle John was speaking about “as if it is well-known to his readers” – THE ALTAR! He was putting the emphasis on God’s own ALTAR – HIS OWN MINISTRY. And we must remember that it is a prophecy specifically for our time right now. The word “UNDER” has been used as a preposition which the dictionary defines as follows:

  1. subject to, liable to, controlled by, bound by, under the control of, at the mercy of, constrained by
  2. subordinate to, subject to, reporting to, directed by, governed by
  3. subject to the authority of

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw UNDER THE ALTAR the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (Revelation 6:9)

The expression, “UNDER THE ALTAR” can actually mean:

  • SUBJECT TO THE MINISTRY
  • CONTROLLED BY THE MINISTRY
  • UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE MINISTRY
  • AT THE MERCY OF THE MINISTRY
  • CONSTRAINED BY THE MINISTRY
  • SUBORDINATE TO THE MINISTRY
  • REPORTING TO THE MINISTRY
  • DIRECTED BY THE MINISTRY
  • GOVERNED BY THE MINISTRY
  • SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MINISTRY

With those definitions above, we can clearly see that GOD’S GOVERNMENT (e.g. GOVERNED BY THE MINISTRY, SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MINISTRY) has been emphasized with a definite article by the apostle John in connection with the FIFTH SEAL – it’s THE ALTAR, God’s MINISTRY! There was no indication of any external entity that perpetrated the slaughter.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain FOR the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (Revelation 6:9)

It can be proven easily that it was indeed the ministers who did the spiritual killings inside God’s own Church. Consider the word “for,” in Greek it is “dia” (G1223) and in Thayer’s Lexicon it can also mean, “by the means of”

 – THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE SLAIN WAS BY THE MEANS OF THE WORD OF GOD

What? God’s own people being slain BY THE MEANS OF THE WORD OF GOD?

Source: page 5, The Fifth Seal and The Book of Remembrance

“THE FIFTH SEAL WHICH PICTURES A TIME OF MARTYRDOM OF THE SAINTS – OF TRULY CONVERTED BEGOTTEN CHILDREN OF GOD” was perpetrated by the ministry of the Church, of all people! If you want more of the irrefutable proof from the scriptures about this subject, please read our booklet about it (Click the image below to download a copy).

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The ministers of the Philadelphia Church of God have spiritually slaughtered and tortured God’s people using their NO CONTACT POLICY scheme through suspensions, disfellowshipment, and some were even marked altogether. Some members even committed suicide due to the ministry’s senseless unscriptural judgment.

THIS GREAT TRIBULATION which is also THE FIFTH SEAL then connects us directly to the sixth seal, i.e., the heavenly signs that introduces the Day of the Lord. Why do you think the Day of the Lord seemed to hasten greatly? Let Mr. Gerald Flurry answer that question for us from his Key of David program, “The Day of the Lord Hastens Greatly“:

If you want a sign, well another sign of when this Day of the Lord hastes greatly well you’re gonna see that His own Church TURNED AWAY AND THAT’S WHEN IT ALL BEGAN. That’s when this day really began to make haste and as Revelation 10 says then there was no more delay. God really began to let things move very fast and exceedingly fast toward the Day of the Lord.

THE MEN OF SIGN

We will clearly understand that the heavenly signs we have seen so far through recent years have a spiritual significance for God’s Church first and foremost. It has got to do with God’s Church turning away from God as what Mr. Gerald Flurry said in his Key of David program which caused the Day of the Lord to hasten greatly.

Now how will the PCG ministry refute the historical fact that the NO CONTACT POLICY brought great tribulation to many Church members around the world? Their hands are stained with the very blood of God’s own people that can be seen everywhere in their congregations around the world.

Yes, they may try to ignore their rebellion against God but they won’t be able to refute the significance of the sign in the heaven hovering above their heads with the moon turning into blood red color hue precisely coinciding with the introduction of their abominable work in Edstone in Warwickshire, England on the Opening Night of the Feast of Tabernacles of 2014. The Day of the Lord actually hastened greatly because they rebelled and turned away from God!

Stephen Flurry would like his viewers and listeners to believe that the prophecy concerning the King of the North and the King of the South of Daniel the prophet has not yet been fulfilled. But we have already proven it in our articles “The King of the North and The King of the South Prophecy of Daniel the Prophet (Part 1)” and “The WHIRLWIND Prophecy (The King of the North and The King of the South Part 2)” that it has already come to pass. We challenge you and any body else reading this to refute it if you can.

Now the PCG ministers led by Stephen Flurry have the guts to convince everybody else that the blood moon sign in heaven did not fulfill any Bible prophecy? Now how can they explain Stephen Flurry taking over his father to give the Opening Night message on October 8, 2014 which was the scheduled time when the so called blood moon appeared in the heaven? Coincidence? Absolutely NOT! They are the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy concerning the MEN OF SIGN, that is, Joshua and his fellows.

Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and those companions of yours who sit with you, for THESE MEN ARE A SIGN that I am presenting my servant, the Branch. (Zechariah 3:8, International Standard Version)

Stephen and his fellows are MEN OF SIGN that Jesus Christ is about to return and God even used a specific heavenly sign last October 8, 2014 to make this point very, very clear. Yet Stephen and his fellows have a cold shoulder on this heavenly sign subject altogether. Stephen in his stubborn attempt to deliberately throw cold water on this heated subject said in his Trumpet Daily Radio Show that “we let the Bible interpret itself” and we need to prove it in Daniel, in Matthew, in Revelation as he suggested.

Indeed, we will prove everything here in Daniel, in Matthew, in Revelation and including all others he might have missed mentioning that those heavenly signs should not be treated lightly. Those heavenly signs are directly connected to what is happening inside God’s Church. Let’s begin with the prophecy in Daniel:

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, SHALL STAND UP. (Daniel 8:23)

For a thorough explanation of this subject, please read our article, “THE LAST END Vision of the Prophet Daniel (Part 1)” to better understand that the prophesied “KING OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE is not Karl Theodore zu Guttenberg as the PCG would like everyone to believe, but it is actually Stephen Flurry who stood in the holy place. He did it last October 8, 2014 in the sight of all the ministers and members of the Philadelphia Church of God around the world during the Opening Night of the Feast of Tabernacles 2014.

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (Matthew 24:15-16)

This is the prophesied abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, that is, the king of fierce countenance or the king of strong presence standing in the holy place. Notice that this prophecy in Matthew 24:15-16 is rendered as one thought as written also in Mark chapter 13 for a very good reason, and we will understand why it is so.

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: (Mark 13:14)

In the Interlinear Bible the latter part of verse 14 can be read this way (actually the same goes with Matthew 24:16):

14 …Then those in Judea let them flee to the mountains

“Then” – G5119 in Thayer’s Lexicon can also mean “AT THAT TIME” (it is an indication of a specific time wherein another event has occurred at the same period)

“Let them flee” pheugo G5343, in Strong’s Concordance means “TO RUN AWAY; by implication TO SHUN

“the mountains” – Greek word “oros” G3735 which is rendered in both Thayer’s Lexicon and Strong’s Concordance as “a mountain” SINGULAR. Strong’s Concordance further render it as “a hill”

Substitute the other meanings to the verse we can read the latter part of verse 14 this way:

  • “At that time those in Judea (PCG) RAN AWAY into a mountain”
  • “At that time those in Judea (PCG) RAN AWAY into a hill”

Have we not seen spiritual Judea or the PCG RUNNING AWAY into a mountain or government apart from their headquarters in Edmond? Have we not seen it happen in Edstone? Have we not seen the PCG RUNNING AWAY from Jerusalem and went toward Tara HILL in Ireland to search for the Ark of the Covenant? This is very much like Jonah running away from God’s work.

There is another perspective to this prophecy. Another meaning to the phrase “let them flee” that is, “by implication TO SHUN

Shun in the dictionary means;

  • avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
  • To keep away from

The thought in verse 14 can both be rendered using the physical and spiritual mountain also then be rendered as

  • “At that time those in Judea (PCG) STAYED AWAY  FROM the mountain DELIBERATELY
  • “At that time those in Judea (PCG) STAYED AWAY FROM the government of God DELIBERATELY”
  • “At that time those in Judea (PCG) STAYED AWAY FROM the mountains in Jerusalem”

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Jerusalem is a city set on top of several hills and mountains, the famous Temple Mount is located in Mount Moriah which is beside Mount of Olives to the east, Mount Zion to the west and Ophel Mound to the south.

However we looked at this verse in Mark chapter 13 and also in Matthew chapter 24, it tells the story of the PCG running away from the mountains in Jerusalem and going to a hill in Ireland. It tells the story of the PCG deliberately staying away from the government of God established through His signet, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wherein Mr. Armstrong closed the England campus, but the PCG opened it. Mr. Armstrong kept the Jerusalem work until he died, but the PCG deliberately ran away from it and went to Edstone. This is the story of the abomination of desolation prophesied by the prophet Daniel.

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: (Mark 13:14)

Notice carefully that the expression “then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains” is in the very same verse with the prophecy of Daniel the prophet concerning the abomination of desolation. It is in the same train of thought because that is actually what the abomination is all about – it’s all about Judea or the PCG running away from the work in Jerusalem to another work in Edstone!

It was supposed to be his father, Mr. Gerald Flurry who should have given the Opening Night message on October 8, 2014 during the Feast of Tabernacles, so when Stephen STOOD WHERE HE OUGHT NOT, he STAYED AWAY FROM the government of God DELIBERATELY by doing so. Prior to that, he SHUNNED the work of God in Jerusalem and introduced another work in Edstone.

For emphasis, have we not seen Stephen Flurry STANDING WHERE HE OUGHT NOT during that Opening Night of the Feast of Tabernacles on October 8, 2014 discussing this abomination of desolation which he introduced as a replacement to the Jerusalem work? Well, some may argue that this abomination of desolation is also about Jerusalem being compassed with armies.

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (Luke 21:20)

This army is referring to the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 who took over the Philadelphia Church of God under the leadership of Stephen Flurry. This is the same group prophesied in Zechariah chapter 3 also known as Joshua and his fellows who are called the MEN OF SIGN. These 25 ministers compassed or surrounded the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Oklahoma. They are the same group that PCG Evangelist Wayne Turgeon spoke about being greatly involved in the work in Ireland as he announced it sometime on September 2013.

Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. (Luke 21:21)

This thought “then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains” is actually a multifaceted prophecy which can be viewed in another perspective:

AT THAT TIME those in Judea (or the PCG) FLEE to the government of God in the wilderness and continue the work in the mountains of Jerusalem through the Mount Zion dig and the Children’s Playground.

Now paraphrasing the thought in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 we can read the prophecy this way:

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand, that this is referring to Stephen Flurry who stood in the place of God’s anointed – his father,) AT THAT TIME those in Judea i.e., the 25 PCG leading minister-armies who surrounded the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Edmond Oklahoma STAYED AWAY FROM the government of God and the work in the mountains of Jerusalem DELIBERATELY by establishing a separate government in Edstone to replace the work in Jerusalem with a work in Tara Hill in Ireland. And also AT THAT TIME some of those in Judea (or the PCG) FLED and DEPARTED OUT to the government of God in the wilderness and continued the work in Jerusalem through the Mount Zion dig and the restoration of the Children’s Playground. And God is warning anyone outside of the PCG not to enter or join that organization because of that abomination of desolation.

It is NOT a coincidence that God opened a door for His Remembrancers in the MOUNT ZION DIG in JERUSALEM on April 2015 – i.e., around the time of the third occurrence of the so called blood moon tetrad series, which is exactly six months after Stephen stood in the holy place where he ought not on October 8, 2014.

And from that time on, anybody can see the abomination of desolation at work, the PCG have been in England for almost THREE (3) YEARS now and yet their hands have not gotten hold of the stone of destiny as they anticipated, so the minister-armies of Stephen Flurry cooked up a plan of making the rock supposedly used by Mr. Herbert Armstrong as a PRAYER ROCK to become the NEW STONE OF DESTINY. Whoa! Is this not an abomination that makes the people in God’s Church desolate?

Now let’s watch Mr. Gerald Flurry as he prophesied in his Key of David program entitled “Jonah – A Sign of When Christ Comes Again” how God’s Church through the leadership of Stephen Flurry and his ministers, i.e., Joshua and his fellows in Zechariah chapter 3 is A SIGN that is connected to the SIGN OF JONAH:

Now let me show you the example of how this Church is a SIGN of Christ’s Second Coming; Christ tells you that. Zechariah 3 and verse 7, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” So the “charge” means that He gave them this truth, as He gave it to Jonah, and they were to guard it. God gave them the truth, and then they were to guard it and deliver that message.

But notice what it says in verse 8, “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows,” this is an end-time message, “thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” Wow! That’s Jesus Christ! In the context of these men rebelling against Him, He says, “I’m going to bring forth Jesus Christ, right on the heels of that!”

The Soncino Commentary puts it this way: “For they are men that are a sign.” And one commentary says it could read: “A WONDROUS SIGN.” Of course, it’s a WONDROUS SIGN! It’s about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. When you see this rebellion in this end time in God’s own Church, it’s a SIGN! A SIGN that Jesus Christ is going to return right on the heels of that! It’s the last rebellion against God by His Church, and it is a wondrous SIGN! It’s the SIGN that Jonah gives us of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and He tells us what events to look to, to count right down to that Second Coming. If there’s any more exciting knowledge, I’d like to know where it is. Where would you find something more exciting and wonderful than this?

For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (Luke 21:22)

It says in this verse “that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” If we will base our assessment with the prophecies we have learned in the PCG before, in which there are so many written prophecies that would still need to be fulfilled including their signature prophecy in Daniel 11:40. But God has revealed to His Remembrancers an overflowing amount of revelations that there would be no more room to receive it (Malachi 3:10). But how about those who would not accept those things which was written that should be fulfilled?

But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon THIS PEOPLE. (Luke 21:23)

God’s wrath is upon THIS PEOPLE in God’s Church and who are they? They are the spiritual SUCKLINGS who do not want any solid food to digest. They only want spiritual milk all the time. They don’t want any spiritual meat. So what happened to these sucklings?

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

Every one else in God’s Church fell by the edge of the sword because they are not reading from their Bibles. They have allowed their ministers to read and study it for them and as a result, they have been led away captive by them. Look at Stephen Flurry and the rest of the PCG ministry, they actually discourage their members to study their Bibles. They don’t want to entertain any question with regards to Bible prophecy. If you ask any question which may be contrary to what they harbor in their mind, you will be suspended and / or disfellowshiped altogether. Stephen thinks that he has the final say to the interpretation of the scriptures. The result? The PCG members followed Stephen who carried away the whole Church to a work in Edstone.

And this is also true for all the COG groups out there, the gullible members have been carried away captive by their own ministers around the world. Well, there are several abuses we can hear of by ministers to their members not only in the PCG but also from the other COG groups. A good example of this in the PCG is their NO CONTACT POLICY in which through the Book of Remembrance we were able to see that this is actually a worldwide phenomenon happening to all nations that has a Church of God congregation.

So what has God done? It says there in verse 24 “and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” We are now in the times of the Gentiles. God is allowing the Gentiles to trod down the PCG, i.e., spiritual Jerusalem and together with it, He also allowed His Gentile Remembrancers to trod down physical Jerusalem through the DOUBLE WONDERS.

Considering all these things, God made sure that all of the abominations that Stephen and his fellows have made in the context of God choosing Jerusalem have been marked well with a conspicuous sign in the heaven, a blood red moon on October 8, 2014. (Zechariah 3:2, 8)

THE NATIONS ARE TERRIFIED BY THE SIGNS IN HEAVEN

Why does the PCG ignore the prospect of the heavenly signs having a scriptural importance now? As prophesied by Jeremiah, God’s people know not the judgment of the Eternal! (Jeremiah 8:7)

Now what is the reason why God created the sun, the moon and the stars anyway?

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. (Genesis 1:14)

God said that the lights in the firmament of the heaven – the sun, the moon and stars have been created for a purpose which primarily serves as “SIGNS.” That is the first in the order of sequence of importance why God created the sun, moon and stars – they serve as a SIGN! So why did the PCG ignore that very basic scriptural truth?

“Signs” in Strong’s Concordance is H226 (oth): a signal, as omen, prodigy, sign.

Omen in the dictionary means:

  1. A phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil; a prophetic sign.
  2. Prognostication; portent

Prodigy means:

  1. anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
  2. an act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder.
    3. a portentous sign or event; an omen.

Portent is defined as:

  1. a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen.

The so called blood moon tetrad of 2014 and 2015 that fell on the Jewish festivals and the recent solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 which has been dubbed as the Great American Eclipse have caused wonder and amazement around the world. Moreover, it has been thought to be an extraordinary or rare event as to inspire, but it has also been seen as something momentous or calamitous is likely to happen because of such a heavenly sign. This brings us to the continuation of the prophecy written in Luke chapter 21, this time in the next two verses:

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

These verses are actually connected to a prophecy written by Jeremiah:

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. (Jeremiah 10:1-2)

All the Bible commentaries even the PCG and the other COG groups are unanimous in saying that this chapter 10 of the book of Jeremiah is talking about making idols or Christmas trees. But if we will dig more deeply into it, we will find quite a different perspective to it. Let’s consider reading those verses from the International Standard Version (ISV):

Hear the message that the Lord has spoken to you, house of Israel. This is what the Lord says: “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified of them.” (Jeremiah 10:1-2)

If you consider the word, “dismay” in the original Hebrew, you will find that the King James Version did a poor translation for this word. The Hebrew word is transliterated as “chathath” H2865 which Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon define as, “to be shattered, be broken, be afraid, be scared, be terrified.” As with Strong’s Concordance, it has been defined primarily as “to break down, either (literally) by violence, or (figuratively) by confusion and fear: affright, be made afraid, scare, terrify.”

So the thought in the first two verses of Jeremiah chapter 10 is all about nations being terrified, scared, afraid of the signs in the heavens which could result in the world that we know to break down by violence, confusion and fear! That is the context of Jeremiah’s prophecy in chapter 10 and we will prove it in the next couple of verses!

Look at several youtube channels out there, they are all trembling in fear of the coming celestial objects like several fireballs in different places and so many asteroids flying so close to earth. Astrophysicists, astronauts and asteroid scientists alike even founded the “Asteroid Day” as they saw the “the need for rapid discovery of asteroids to ensure the defense of our planet.” Furthermore, they state, “Asteroid Day put out the challenge to collectively obtain the data about our solar system that will allow us to have the knowledge about our near-Earth objects in order to prevent future destruction to our planet and subsequently verity efforts to deflect those asteroids away from Earth’s orbit.”

Let’s consider some news about these asteroids being monitored:

A nearly 3-mile-wide asteroid will make a (relatively) close call with Earth on Friday

By Doug Criss and Amanda Barnett, CNN

Updated 1827 GMT (0227 HKT) August 31, 2017

(CNN) A huge asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, but don’t worry, this isn’t “Armageddon.”

The asteroid, named Florence, is an almost three-mile wide rock that will pass safely within about 4.4 million miles of Earth (7 million kilometers) at 8:05 a.m. ET on Friday, NASA says. And while a few million miles sounds like a lot of room, it’s actually a pretty close pass when you’re talking about the vastness of space. Other asteroids have passed closer to Earth than Florence, but few have been this big.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/31/us/asteroid-florence-earth-fly-by-trnd/index.html

There is another one being anticipated that will pass by earth on October 12, 2017 which is named as 2012 TC4 but this time this is much closer than Florence and an astronomer is suggesting that it may be “a possible impactor”. Let’s read the story from spacedaily.com:

Will Asteroid 2012 TC4 Hit Earth in October 2017

by Tomasz Nowakowski for Astrowatch

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 17, 2015

Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team of Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero, Nick Howes on Oct. 9, 2012.

On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size. Based on observations in October 2012 when the space rock missed our planet, astronomers estimate that its size could vary from 12 to 40 meters. The meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, injuring 1,500 people and damaging over 7,000 buildings, was about 20 meters wide.

THUS, THE IMPACT OF 2012 TC4 COULD BE EVEN MORE DEVASTATING. “IT IS SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON,” Judit Gyorgyey-Ries, astronomer at the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, told astrowatch.net. “We could see an airburst maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.

The house-sized asteroid was discovered on Oct. 4, 2012 by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. Week later, it gave Earth a close shave when it passed the planet at the distance of 0.247 LD (lunar distance), or 94,800 km. 2012 TC4 is an elongated and rapidly rotating object and has been known to make many close approaches to Earth in the past. Now, the scientists try to determine the exact path of 2017 fly-by and the probability of a possible impact.

“It has a 0.00055% cumulative chance that it will hit,” Gyorgyey-Ries said. “The fact that the MOID [minimum orbit intersection distance] is only 0.079 LD flags it as A POSSIBLE IMPACTOR

As of Apr. 12, 2015, there are 1572 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHA) detected. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, ALTHOUGH ASTRONOMERS ARE FINDING NEW ONES ALL THE TIME.

Source: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Will_Asteroid_2012_TC4_Hit_Earth_in_October_2017_999.html

Here is one professional observation backed up with data proving the increase in fireballs and asteroids in recent years:

NASA space data supports citizens’ observations: Meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically

Dr. M.A. Rose
Sott.net
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:05 UTC

Well, the results are in, and the answer is simple: comparing 2014 to 2013, the frequency of fireballs increased by 120%Comparing 2015 to 2014, fireballs increased by 20%. That is a significant increase, and it should be generating a lot of attention. If it is, then it’s being done very quietly behind closed doorsNumber of Fireballs (USA).pngNear Earth Asteroids NASA Data.pngSource: https://www.sott.net/article/309988-NASA-space-data-supports-citizens-observations-Meteor-fireballs-are-increasing-dramatically#

The author said that the increase in fireballs and near earth asteroids “should be generating a lot of attention” and that “If it is, then it’s being done very quietly behind closed doors.” What do you think is “being done quietly behind closed doors” by the terrified nations with such news concerning these signs in the heaven? The answer is in the next verse in Jeremiah chapter 10:

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. (Jeremiah 10:3)

Well, this is where the “Christmas tree” interpretation comes into the picture. But is it really pertaining to a Christmas tree or a curved idol to say the least? Let’s then define some words for better understanding:

customs – in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon can also mean ordinance, statute

In the dictionary:

  • ordinance –  an authoritative order; a decree.
  • statute – an act of a corporation or of its founder intended as a permanent rule

cut – in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon, it can also be defined as “to cut or make a covenant”; in Strong’s Concordance it is defined as, “to covenant; make a bargain”

tree – in Strong’s Concordance it can also be defined as a “carpenter”

carpenter – in the dictionary means a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.

forest – in Strong’s Concordance: from an unused root probably meaning “to thicken with verdure (a condition of freshness).”

workman – in the dictionary means, fabricator of any material, carpenter, mason, artificer, craftsman, worker

artificer – a person who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things; inventor.

axe – in Strong’s Concordance: from an unused root meaning “to hew”

hew: to cut a large piece out of rock, stone, or another hard material in a rough way

Paraphrasing verse 3 using the defined words, we can read it this way:

For the authoritative order or decree and act of a corporation or of its founder are vain: for one make a covenant and make a bargain with a carpenter to thicken with verdure (i.e., a condition of freshness), the work of the hands of the fabricator of any material, carpenter, mason, artificer who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things, i.e., inventor, craftsman, worker, to hew or cut a large piece out of rock, stone, or another hard material in a rough way.

Are we making any sense here? Why would the carpenter have to thicken the structure he will construct? And why is there a need for an inventor? Let’s continue further:

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. (Jeremiah 10:4)

deck – in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon: to beautify

silver – in Strong’s Concordance: by implication money

gold – in Strong’s Concordance: from an unused root meaning to shimmer

shimmer – shine with a soft tremulous light (synonym: sparkle, glisten, gleam)

fasten – Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon: to strengthen, harden

nails – in Strong’s Concordance: from H5568; a peg

peg – a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together.

move – in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon: wobble; in Strong’s Concordance: waver, stumble

waver – shake with a quivering motion, become unsteady or unreliable,

Let’s paraphrase this time verse 4:

They beautify it with their money to sparkle and shine with a soft tremulous light; they strengthen and harden it with peg to fasten parts together and with hammers, so that it will not shake with a quivering motion or become unsteady or unreliable.

Now let’s continue with verse 5:

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. (Jeremiah 10:5)

speak – in Strong’s Concordance: to subdue: – answer, rehearse

In the dictionary:

subdue –  to conquer and bring into subjection; to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will

rehearse – mentally prepare or recite (words one intends to say).

needs – in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon: to be lifted up, to be taken away, be carried off, advance

borne – the same as the Hebrew word for “needs” which is transliterated as “nasa”

go – in Strong’s Concordance: to hurl, run over

In the dictionary:

hurl – to throw down with violence

run over – means, knock down

Paraphrasing verse 5:

They (referring to the structure built by the mason, inventor, craftsman and worker) are upright as the palm tree, but the information about it is subdued wherein it is under control especially by an exertion of the will in which they rehearse and mentally prepare the words they intend to say: they must be lifted up, be taken away or be carried off in advance, because they cannot be thrown down with violence or knocked down. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Let’s put up everything together:

Hear the message that the Lord has spoken to you, house of Israel. This is what the Lord says: “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified of them. 

For the authoritative order or decree and act of a corporation and of its founder are vain: for one make a covenant and make a bargain with a carpenter to thicken with verdure (i.e., a condition of freshness), the work of the hands of the fabricator of any material, carpenter, mason, artificer who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things, i.e., inventor, craftsman, worker, to hew or cut a large piece out of rock, stone, or another hard material in a rough way.

They beautify it with their money and with gold to shimmer; they strengthen and harden it with peg to fasten parts together and with hammers, so that it will not shake with a quivering motion or become unsteady or unreliable.

They (referring to the structure built by the mason, inventor, craftsman and worker) are upright as the palm tree, but the information about it is subdued wherein it is under control especially by an exertion of the will in which they rehearse and mentally prepare the words they intend to say: they must be lifted up, be taken away or be carried off in advance, because they cannot be thrown down with violence or knocked down. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Just imagine this: The nations are terrified in the signs in the heavens and they will build a Christmas tree as what we first believed? That’s a complete non-sense! Why will the nations build a Christmas tree if they are seeing terrifying sight in the heavens? It just doesn’t make any sense. Now after reading those paraphrased thought in Jeremiah, let’s consider what the corporations and the nations of this world are building in preparation for a catastrophic end of the world scenario:

Billionaire bunkers: How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse

By Elizabeth Stamp, CNN

Updated 0841 GMT (1641 HKT) April 13, 2017

(CNN) Say “doomsday bunker” and most people would imagine a concrete room filled with cots and canned goods.

The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today’s high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts.

A number of companies around the world are meeting a growing demand for structures that protect from any risk, whether it’s a global pandemic, an asteroid, or World War III — while also delivering luxurious amenities.

“Your father or grandfather’s bunker was not very comfortable,” says Robert Vicino, a real estate entrepreneur and CEO of Vivos, a company he founded that builds and manages high-end shelters around the world.

“They were gray. They were metal, like a ship or something military. And the truth is mankind cannot survive long-term in such a Spartan, bleak environment.”

Doomsday demand

Many of the world’s elite, including hedge fund managers, sports stars and tech executives (Bill Gates is rumored to have bunkers at all his properties) have chosen to design their own secret shelters to house their families and staff.

Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Company, says 2016 sales for their custom high-end underground bunkers grew 700% compared to 2015, while overall sales have grown 300% since the November US presidential election alone.

The company’s plate steel bunkers, which are designed to last for generations, can hold a minimum of one year’s worth of food per resident and withstand earthquakes.

But while some want to bunker down alone, others prefer to ride out the apocalypse in a community setting that offers an experience a bit closer to the real world.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/20/luxury/doomsday-luxury-bunkers/index.html

Here is another video this time from another mainstream media, CNBC:

Let’s consider another mainstream media, this time of the rich and famous, i.e., the Forbes website:

Billionaire Bunkers: Exclusive Look Inside the World’s Largest Planned Doomsday Escape

JUNE 12, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

The expansive shelter is located in Germany and is one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth…

The above-ground facilities are equally as impressive, including several office buildings, barracks for a hundred, a power plant, fuel storage, railroad spurs complete with a train depot for repairs, guard buildings, and warehouses, all within an impenetrable perimeter wall, complete with military concertina coils. Once the gates are locked, the only way in or out of the property is by helicopter.

The original cost of the complex was estimated at over 200 million Euros, with a replacement value of approximately 1 billion Euros. The shelter is currently in turnkey operational condition ready for the common area and private living quarters improvements to outfit the underground complex for a select number of families.

Additionally, the shelter will include a collection of zoological species, an archive for the most precious artifacts and treasures of the world, a DNA Vault to preserve and protect the genomes of millions of donors, and a modern day “Hall of Records”, to autonomously survive virtually any catastrophe or disaster for several years. Vivos will retrofit, equip, furnish, stock, supply and convert this complex into a state-of-the-art, contemporary complex…

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Once each member’s private accommodations are completed, furnished and fully outfitted, their respective quarters will be locked and secured, limiting access to their families and staff prior to lockdown; while Vivos will operate and maintain all common areas (under and above-ground) pending a catastrophic event.

Members will arrive at their own discretion, prior to lockdown, landing their private planes at nearby airports. Vivos helicopters will then be deployed to rendezvous with each member group, and safely fly them back to the shelter compound, behind the sealed gates from the general public. Members will then enter the shelter and access their private quarters. Each family will pay a base amount for their respective living quarter’s area, along with their fair share of the ongoing stand-by costs for operational management, staffing, taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, and restocking as needed.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2015/06/12/billionaire-bunkers-exclusive-look-inside-the-worlds-largest-planned-doomsday-escape/#29529813306f

The Billionaire and their family members will be lifted up and carried away in advance to this bunker as stated in Jeremiah 10:5. Now consider also the other websites below for further proof of the preparations being made:

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Consider the structure they built as illustrated above, are they not upright as a palm tree as indicated in Jeremiah 10:5? Search for it in the internet and you will find that the Chinese and Russian governments have the same bunker projects for themselves as well as preparation for something cataclysmic. The billionaire elites even have a “Doomsday Maps of the World“!

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The nations are so terrified of the signs in the heavens that they even built a Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway which they appropriately call as the “Doomsday” seed vault. 

These things are all connected to a prophecy in Revelation chapter 6:

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (Revelation 6:15)

What is the main reason why they plan to hide in the bunkers? Is it because of a nuclear World War 3? No, it is because of what they have been observing in the heavens!

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  (Revelation 6:13-14)

The billionaire elites and leaders of this world have been preparing for this cataclysmic event

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. (Isaiah 24:21-23)

It’s difficult to comprehend the hard truth but the government of this world knows what lies in the very immediate future but would not speak of it (Jeremiah 10:5). If we will base our thought process from Bible prophecy, the main concern of the leaders of this world is actually not nuclear war, but it revolves around the sign in the heavens! There is something out there that bothers them which causes the abnormal weather patterns and weird anomalies in the sky.

Think on this thing: Why would the United States of America prepare for what is coming in the heavens? Read thoroughly with your own eyes the Executive Order written and signed by then former President Barack Obama on October 13, 2016. Below is an excerpt of that Executive Order:

Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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COORDINATING EFFORTS TO PREPARE
THE NATION FOR SPACE WEATHER EVENTS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to prepare the Nation for space weather events, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Space weather events, in the form of solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, occur regularly, some with measurable effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication, aviation, and the electrical power grid. Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation. Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.

It is the policy of the United States to prepare for SPACE WEATHER EVENTS to MINIMIZE the extent of economic loss and HUMAN HARDSHIP.

Source: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/13/executive-order-coordinating-efforts-prepare-nation-space-weather-events

It seems that only the PCG ministry and the other COG groups are not preparing for what’s coming in the heavens because of sheer ignorance. Their eyes are still fixated on their idea of a strong man in Europe to bring havoc to this world. They can argue all day long among themselves that those signs in the heavens are just a hoax or some type of a crazy idea but that doesn’t change the cold truth – the world in general is now anticipating for something to appear in the heavens!

If nuclear war is the imminent threat to the society, then why did former President Barack Obama just made an Executive Order addressing such nuclear threat? Because the government of this world is seeing a different threat to humanity as a whole and that is found in the heavens!

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

We can now clearly see the connection of Jeremiah’s prophecy with that written by Luke in chapter 21:

Hear the message that the Lord has spoken to you, house of Israel. This is what the Lord says: “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified of them. (Jeremiah 10:1-2, ISV)

As a result of that Executive Order last October 13, 2016, the EARTHEX 2017 was formed and it stands for Emergency All-sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise™  which was conducted last August 23, 2017 that anticipates a “black sky event” scenario.

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Moreover, the US Department of Homeland Security declared September as the National Preparedness Month and this is the Weekly Themes for this 2017:

  • Week 1:  September 1-9                        Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2:  September 10-16                    Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3:  September 17-23                    Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4:  September 24-30                    Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

Another US government arm, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) conducted an exercise called Cascadia Rising last June 2016 to prepare the people through disaster simulation.

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Are you ready for what’s coming toward earth from the heavens? The nations are terrified in the signs in the heaven and they believe that something is coming because the powers of heaven is being shaken. The question is: Do you believe it?

THE REVELATION 12 SIGN

The author of the Trumpet article, “The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21—A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?” have tried to tone down any significance the solar eclipse of August 21 may offer. The so called Revelation 12 sign also did not escape his very watchful and critical eyes:

Revelation 12 Sign = September 23, 2017 Alignment?

Scott Clarke of ERF Ministries believes the eclipse is intimately connected to a September 23 astronomical alignment involving the constellations Virgo and Leo, along with Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. On that date, Jupiter will exit the lower part of Virgo (the virgin) in a way that Clarke says fulfills the “man child” of Revelation 12 being birthed by the woman. He says Regulus and the other stars of Leo—along with the other three visible planets—comprise the “crown of twelve stars” that Revelation 12:1 says will be upon the travailing woman’s head. “You’ve got this epic solar eclipse over America,” he says, “and it’s happening right at Regulus, in Leo the Lion—the constellation. There are twelve constellations. It could happen anywhere, but it’s happening in the constellation of the king, meaning the return of the king!”

The Internet’s vast array of articles and videos on these topics have been viewed by millions of religiously minded individuals. And although the writers and speakers generally allow themselves wiggle room—stressing that the eclipse could be or might be a heavenly signal—a significant percentage of their audience believes it is indeed an apocalyptic sign. The euphoria and rapture on display in the comments sections make this clear.

Are these individuals right? Is it true that the August 21 eclipse is connected to biblically prophesied events?…

Is ‘Virgo’ Made By God?

Also relevant to this discussion, and especially to Scott Clarke’s theory, is that the Zodiac constellations such as Virgo and Leo were not anthropomorphized, zoomorphized and given their modern names by the Creator God.

Of course, God created the stars and grouped them together into constellations, as seen from Earth (Job 38:1, 31-33). But it was not God who decided that the configuration of stars between 152.75 and 180 degrees of celestial longitude look like a woman. It wasn’t Him who determined that the group spanning 120 to 150 degrees of celestial longitude have the appearance of a lion. And He did not name those groupings Virgo and Leo.

To look at a group of stars and perceive a woman requires both imagination and pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which the mind fills in the blanks to see a familiar pattern where none actually exists. After removing the man-made lines that connect the dots, the star cluster commonly called Virgo looks as much like a salamander or a skydiver as it does a woman

Some have feebly argued that since Job 26 says a constellation called the “crooked serpent” and other heavenly bodies are “parts of God’s ways” that it means the Creator uses the Zodiac to teach men about His plan. But it is important to note that after the long discussion between Job and his companions ends, God dismisses everything the men said during it—everything recorded in chapters 3 through 37, including Job’s “crooked serpent” statement—as “words without knowledge” (Job 38:1-2).

Source: https://www.thetrumpet.com/16097-the-great-american-solar-eclipse-of-august-21-a-fulfillment-of-bible-prophecy

Jeremiah Jacques was too hasty to pull the trigger on the constellation subject by dismissing “chapters 3 to 37, including Job’s ‘crooked serpent’ statement—as ‘words without knowledge’ (Job 38:1-2).” Well let’s pick up some random verse from the chapters that he mentioned:

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (Job 32:8)

Can we consider this verse from Job chapter 32 as “words without knowledge”? Well for his information, Mr. Armstrong used this verse on page 6 of his pamphlet, “What Science Can’t Discover About the Human Mind” to explain the difference of the human mind from the animal brain. Is he now saying that Mr. Armstrong was wrong when he quoted from one of the chapters which Jeremiah Jacques grouped as “words without knowledge”? Let’s further consider what Mr. Armstrong wrote concerning the book of Job:

WHY Must Men Suffer?

by Herbert W. Armstrong

The Good News November 1952 (re-printed The Plain Truth October 1957, Tomorrow’s World December 1969, The Plain Truth January 1973)

God Enters the Argument

Finally, after all these long conversations run themselves out, God Himself takes a hand in the conversation.

Now we begin to see WHY this affliction had come to Job.

“Then the Eternal answered Job out of a storm, saying: “‘Who darkens MY DESIGN with a cloud of thoughtless words? Confront me like a man; come, answer these My questions'” (Job 38:1-3)…

“‘Can you bind up the Pleiades [cluster of stars] in a cluster, or loose the chains of Orion? Can you direct the signs of the Zodiac, or guide the constellations of the Bear? Can you control the skies? Can you prescribe their sway over the earth?'”

God does all these things. How MIGHTY is God! And how little, how weak, how impotent and insignificant is man-yes, even the most righteous man, Job! How Job must have begun to shrivel up in his own estimation! Smaller and smaller Job shrank, as God continued. Job didn’t seem so important, now!

For emphasis, Mr. Armstrong quoted verses 31 through 33 wherein God challenged Job:

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? (Job 38:31-32)

Mazzaroth – from Strong’s Concordance: constellation, perhaps collectively the zodiac; from Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon: the 12 signs of the Zodiac and their 36 constellations

Arcturus – in Strong’s Concordance: the constellation of the Great Bear

Jeremiah Jacques may have tried to dismiss “chapters 3 to 37, including Job’s ‘crooked serpent’ statement—as ‘words without knowledge’ (Job 38:1-2)” but how will he then explain verses 31 to 32 of Job chapter 38 when he wrote that the familiar pattern in the constellations actually does not exist, so according to him, “after removing the man-made lines that connect the dots, the star cluster commonly called Virgo looks as much like a salamander or a skydiver as it does a woman.” So we can then deduce that the constellation Orion does not have a belt or a cord after all, so why would God insist on loosing it? Even the constellation of the Great Bear does not even resemble a bear, it looked like a giraffe to me or any other animal for that matter! God even said that it has sons! Yet they are just cluster of stars!

Do we then make God a liar? Of course not! The kind of argument that Jeremiah Jacques presented will not change what God has already set in the heavens. To God, it is the Great Bear constellation and it does have sons. The question Jeremiah should ask himself is: Can he fathom the depth of God’s understanding and counsel? All the more he and the rest of the PCG ministry appear so ignorant like Job!

Because of the evident self righteousness among the PCG ministers and their writers, it is their words that is without knowledge!

The Mazzaroth, i.e., the constellations, the zodiac in the heavens were created by the Almighty God, thus they are rooted in Him as stated in Job chapter 38, and not in paganism as Jeremiah Jacques would like us to believe.  How does he think navigators know where true North is at night unless they consider both the Great Bear (also known as Big Dipper, Ursa Major) and Little Bear (also known as the Little Dipper, Ursa Minor)?

Ursa Minor has traditionally been important for navigation, particularly by mariners, because of Polaris being the North Star.

As for the name Virgo and Leo, the Trumpet author wrote that it was not God who named the groupings of the cluster of stars Virgo and Leo. Yes that is true, but what he failed to mention is that, those same cluster of stars or constellations have a Hebrew counterpart names which is Bethulah and Arieh from the Mazzaroth!

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The Trumpet writer should have done a thorough research on Mazzaroth which he can by reading from the book, “Mazzaroth, or the Constellations” written by Frances Rolleston and published in London on 1862.

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He even failed to mention that it was God who originally gave the names of the constellations:

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. (Psalm 147:4)

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. (Isaiah 40:25-26)

Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. (Job 9:9)

These are their Hebrew names:

  • Arcturus – Ayish
  • Orion – Kesiyl
  • Pleiades – Kiymah

Look at what the PCG even wrote in their Trumpet website which will debunk Jeremiah Jacques’ claim regarding the naming of Virgo and Leo:

Scientist, Astronomer, Mathematician—and Father of Nations

Chief Scientist of the Chaldeans

Now consider the record of the ancient Babylonian historian Berossus: “In the tenth generation after the Flood, there was among the Chaldeans a man righteous and great, and skillful in the celestial science.” While Berossus doesn’t give this great scientist a name, the first-century Jewish historian Josephus tells us Berossus was writing about Abraham, the same man recorded by the Bible.

Josephus mentions that the Greek historian Hecatæus of Abdera wrote an entire book of the accomplishments of Abraham (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter vii). Since Hecatæus was a scholar during the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, it can be assumed that his book on Abraham was lost when the royal Library of Alexandria was burned.

There is even an ancient Jewish hymn cited by Clement of Alexandria about “a certain unique man, an offshoot from far back of the race of the Chaldeans.” This man was “knowledgeable about the path of the star and how the movement of the sphere goes around the Earth, both in circular fashion, but each on its own axis.” The poem related that this scientist of the Chaldeans was the only man of his era to see Zeus, “the ruler of mortal men.”

Of course, ancient Greek poets tended to call the chief god of any religion by the name Zeus. The fact that this poem speaks of a Chaldean scientist who had a special relationship with “the mighty God” isn’t coincidence!

The fourth-century Roman historian Eusebius cited an earlier source by a man named Eupolemus: Concerning the Jews of Assyria. Quoting this source, Eusebius says Abraham “surpassed all men in nobility and wisdom, who was also the inventor of astronomy and the Chaldaic art, and pleased God well by his zeal towards religion.”

As a young man, Abraham “determined to renew and to change the opinion all men happened then to have concerning God; for he was the first that ventured to publish this notion, that there was but one God, the Creator of the Universe” (Josephus, op cit).

Abraham was teaching the people of Chaldea about the one true Creator!

Source: https://www.thetrumpet.com/14011-scientist-astronomer-mathematician-and-father-of-nations

Upon reading that article, the author Andrew Miller has proven that Abraham was the one who taught astronomy to the Chaldeans! Does the study of the constellations now become pagan? But of course they would have given Chaldean names to all the constellations although Abraham was the one who taught them about it right?  What ever names the constellations are being called now, the clustering of the stars remained the same and that knowledge came from Abraham who learned it from the one true Creator of the universe!

Look closely at the articles written by Dennis Leap, Jeremiah Jacques and the one discussed by Stephen Flurry in his radio program, they all serve one purpose – to scoff at the idea of the promise of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4)

The word “scoffers” can also be defined in Strong’s Concordance as “FALSE TEACHERS” and this is referring to people inside God’s own Church who bring in damnable heresies like making an odd piece of rock to become the NEW STONE OF DESTINY (2 Peter 2:1). They scoff and deride the coming of Jesus Christ because they think “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” They don’t know the SIGNS OF THE TIMES just like the Pharisees who were already speaking with the Son of God in the flesh, they didn’t acknowledge Jesus Christ as their prophesied Messiah (Matthew 16:3). The same is true for these FALSE TEACHERS in this last end, they also don’t acknowledge Christ coming in the flesh through His two witnesses. Now, just like their predecessor, these FALSE TEACHERS among the PCG ministry have been given by God the SIGN OF JONAH (Matthew 16:4; Zechariah 3:2, 8)

But they deliberately ignore the fact that long ago the heavens existed and the earth was formed by God’s word out of water and with water, by which the world at that time was deluged with water and destroyed. (2 Peter 3:5-6, International Standard Version)

We know that the apostle Peter was talking about the time of Noah when God sent a great flood and the people in the known world perished. Noah with his family was the only people who were saved from that overflowing watery destruction. But Peter continued his analogy:

Now by that same word, the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire and are being kept for the day when ungodly people will be judged and destroyed. (2 Peter 3:7, International Standard Version)

From the English Standard Version

But by the same word (this is referring to what God gave to Noah) the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

From Barnes Commentary:

Are kept in store – Greek, “Are treasured up.” The allusion in the Greek word is to anything that is treasured up, or reserved for future use. The apostle does not say that this is the only purpose for which the heavens and the earth are preserved, but that this is one object, or this is one aspect in which the subject may be viewed. They are like treasure reserved for future use.

Reserved unto fire – Reserved or kept to be burned up. See the notes at 2 Peter 3:10. The first mode of destroying the world was by water, the next will be by fire. That the world would at some period be destroyed by fire was a common opinion among the ancient philosophers, especially the Greek Stoics…

Against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly menThe world was destroyed by a flood on account of the wickedness of its inhabitants. It would seem from this passage that it will be destroyed by fire with reference to the same cause; at least, that its destruction by fire will involve the perdition of wicked men. It cannot be inferred from this passage that the world will be as wicked at the general conflagration as it was in the time of Noah; but the idea in the mind of Peter seems to have been, that in the destruction of the world by fire the perdition of the wicked will be involved, or will at that time occur. It also seems to be implied that the fire will accomplish an important agency in that destruction, as the water did on the old world... All that the passage essentially teaches is, that the world is reserved now with reference to such a consummation by fire; that is, that there are elements kept in store that may be enkindled into an universal conflagration, and that such a conflagration will be attended with the destruction of the wicked.

Is there any reference here to the 2 1/2 years Great Tribulation in judging the wicked? There is NONE! Only the Day of the Lord which involves the present HEAVEN and the EARTH as mentioned by the apostle Peter being “reserved for fire and are being kept for the day when ungodly people will be judged and destroyed.”

Is there any reference to the nuclear World War 3 that will be triggered by the King of the South Iran in which the King of the North Germany will come against him like a whirlwind and then counting a few days will come the Great Tribulation with a devastating nuclear World War 3 for two and a half years? There is NONE indicated BEFORE the Day of the Lord. Is what is happening in Iran or Germany or North Korea or even Russia and China a concern? What we should be concerned about is, what is happening in the heavens because it is already being shaken by God! The governments of this world is concerned about it as well. The Executive Order given by then President Barack Obama concerning these things is enough proof that the leaders are more concerned to what is happening in the heavens. The governments of this world are already preparing for a global cataclysm and its not nuclear. It’s out there in the heavens!

Now the likes of Jeremiah Jacques, Stephen Flurry, Dennis Leap and the rest of the PCG ministry who darken God’s counsel should be asked of this same question:

Do you know the laws of the universe and HOW THE HEAVENS INFLUENCE THE EARTH? (Job 38:33, The Living Bible)

What? The laws of the universe include how the heavens have an influence on the earth! This is further proven from different Bible commentaries.

From Barnes Commentary:

Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? – That is, “dost thou assign the dominion of the heavens over the earth?” The reference is, undoubtedly, to the influence of the heavenly bodies upon sublunary objects. The exact extent of that cannot be supposed to have been known in the days of Job, and it is probable that much more was ascribed to the influence of the stars on human affairs than the truth would justify. Nor is its extent now known. It is known that the moon has an influence over the tides of the ocean; it may be that it has to some extent over the weather; and it is not impossible that the other heavenly bodies may have some effect on the changes observed in the earth which is not understood. Whatever it is, it was and is all known to God, and the idea here is, that it was a proof of his immense superiority over man.

Clarke Commentary:

Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? – Art thou a thorough astronomer? Art thou acquainted with all the laws of the planetary system? Canst thou account for the difference of their motions, and the influence by which they are retained and revolve in their orbits? And canst thou tell what influence or dominion they exercise on the earth?

Geneva Study Bible

Can you cause the heavenly bodies to have any power over the earthly bodies?

Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

Ordinances – The laws which are firmly established concerning their order, motion, or rest, and their powerful influences upon this lower world. Didst thou give these laws? Or dost thou perfectly know them? Canst thou – Manage and over rule their influences.

It is now quite crystal clear in verse 33 with the aid of some Bible translations and commentaries that the heavenly bodies have a direct influence over our own planet earth as part of the laws governing the physical universe. It is a law set by God in motion! THIS IS THE ROOT CAUSE FOR THE EFFECTS WE ARE SEEING WITH THE ABNORMAL WEATHER PATTERNS AND ANOMALIES IN THE SKY! THE LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE DICTATE THAT HEAVENLY BODIES WILL HAVE AN INFLUENCE ON THE EARTH! This will explain why there are so many catastrophic weather phenomenon happening around the world because the heavens have already been shaken by God!

See to it that you do not refuse [to listen to] Him who is speaking [to you now]. For if those [sons of Israel] did not escape when they refused [to listen to] him who warned them on earth [revealing God’s will], how much less will we escape if we turn our backs on Him who warns from heaven? His voice shook the earth [at Mount Sinai] then, but now He has given a promise, saying, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the [starry] heaven.” Now this [expression], “Yet once more,” indicates the removal and final transformation of all those things which can be shaken—that is, of that which has been created—so that those things which cannot be shaken may remainTherefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:25-29, Amplified Bible Translation)

God is now speaking to us through those heavenly signs. The only thing He wanted was those things which cannot be shaken may remain. What is it that should remain?

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,  (2 Peter 3:9-11, English Standard Version)

That is what God wants to remain in His people as He shakes the heavens and the earth, and that is, HOLINESS and GODLINESS through repentance toward Him. The shaking of the heavens above which have an influence on the earth below is an act of MERCY from our Heavenly Creator! God set the laws of the universe in motion for that purpose.

Now those same laws were revealed by God to Abraham and consequently He allowed that same knowledge to be passed on to the Chaldeans. Then fast forward to the 16th century, a German astronomer named Johannes Kepler discovered the three major laws of planetary motion which now became the basis of a computer application Stellarium from which Scott Clarke have utilized in discovering this now famous Revelation 12 planetary alignment.

Sign in heaven

Another system one can use is the Solar System Scope which offers “online 3D simulation of the Solar System and night sky in real time – the Sun, planets, dwarf planets, comets, stars and constellations.”

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The mainstream Christianity of the world is currently glued and in a frenzied state due to the supposed celestial alignment in the heaven as depicted in Revelation chapter 12. The word “wonder” can also be defined as “SIGN” from Thayer’s Lexicon, so we can read the verse this way:

And there appeared a great SIGN in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

We know that this prophecy has a spiritual context which we have already written about in the Revelation 12 series: “Revelation 12: A Woman Clothed with the SUN (Part 1)

But we know that Bible prophecy is always dual in nature so we will now consider the physical aspect of this prophecy, i.e., the great physical sign in the heaven. We have already proven that God created the firmament in the heaven primarily as a SIGN, then the secondary purpose is “for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14)

That sign in heaven in Revelation 12 can actually provide us with a specific season, day and year thanks to the modern technology wherein we can see the alignment of our physical sun, moon, stars, and planets that indicates a specific day and year.

But we must not be too hasty to conclude as do others who think, that the season, days and year in the Revelation 12 sign corresponds already to the actual event being anticipated, which in this case, the mainstream Christianity believes that the RAPTURE and the return of Jesus Christ to this earth will occur. Let us make things clear, there is no such word as “rapture” in the Bible and you will NEVER ever find that word from the original Greek.

Many people in the mainstream so called Christian of this world have been looking forward to this great SIGN in the heaven which they have dated to occur on September 23, 2017 because they think it’s their “rapture.” No “rapture” will happen on that date that’s for sure.

Apparently, this is a great sign in the heaven that made the whole world to marvel, but it is NOT YET the actual fulfillment of the anticipated return of Jesus Christ to this earth. It will still take a sliver of time before the actual fulfillment happens. Signs though are important because it helps to give us an information of the upcoming event as a means to communicate the approaching actual fulfillment of the anticipated occurrence. Let’s illustrate this point by considering the wise men from the east who followed the sign in the heaven – A STAR!

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (Matthew 2:1-2)

The word “wise men” is G3097 from Strong’s Concordance: Of foreign origin; A Magian, that is, Oriental scientist

So these “wise men from the east” were actually Oriental SCIENTISTS or simply put, they were ASTRONOMERS since they study the heavenly bodies.

From Wikipedia:

An astronomer is a SCIENTIST in the field of astronomy who concentrates their studies on a specific question or field outside the scope of Earth. They look at stars, planets, moons, comets and galaxies, as well as many other celestial objects — either in observational astronomy

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomer

Noticed that? The so called “wise men” were NOT astrologers, they were ASTRONOMERS – SCIENTISTS in the field of ASTRONOMY. The heavenly sign, i.e., THE STAR they saw was actually seen a couple of years prior to the actual birth of the Messiah. Remember that Herod asked these Oriental ASTRONOMERS of the time WHEN they first saw the star?

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared(Matthew 2:7)

But notice what Herod did which provides us the time element of how long these ASTRONOMERS FROM THE EAST traveled just to reach Bethlehem.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men(Matthew 2:16)

The ASTRONOMERS traveled a great distance FROM THE EAST where they came from and it took them TWO YEARS to reach Bethlehem! And what was their purpose in following that heavenly sign in Bethlehem? TO WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST!

And when they (the ASTRONOMERS FROM THE EAST) were come into the house, they (the ASTRONOMERS FROM THE EAST) saw THE YOUNG CHILD with Mary his mother, and FELL DOWN, and WORSHIPPED HIM: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

The ASTRONOMERS FROM THE EAST worshiped the YOUNG CHILD, Jesus Christ! It means that these men from the east knew the one true God and His prophecies! For emphasis, TWO YEARS prior to the actual birth of their Messiah, they have already seen from the east where they live the sign in heaven – A STAR! This simply means that the great sign in heaven as depicted in Revelation chapter 12 through the planetary conjunction is not yet the actual date of the most anticipated return of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ to this earth. (For a thorough understanding of the subject please view the video below)

But we may ask ourselves: Do we really need to consider these supposed great sign in the heaven? To answer that, let’s go back to the history of the establishment of the Church on June 17, 31 AD.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place… But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew WONDERS in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:1, 17-21)

Why would the apostle Peter mentioned Joel’s prophecy concerning the Day of the Lord by mentioning WONDERS in heaven above even though it is the Day of Pentecost? The reason behind that is, because the Church or the saints would be resurrected during that time when all the heavenly signs and wonders are coming to pass!

The Church even during its inception on June 17, 31 AD was already associating themselves with heavenly signs. So it’s no coincidence today why God is associating His Church in this last end with a great sign or wonder in the heaven.

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shakenAnd then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:25-28)

The sign in the heaven just gives us a wonderful and a hope-filled marker that OUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.

 

By Phinehas Eleazar Posted in Prophecy

Mount Zion and the 144,000 Firstfruits of God

Mount Zion, Jerusalem

July 29, 2017

Last July 14, Friday, the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem were sealed and the usual Friday prayers for the Muslims have been cancelled and the Temple Mount was evacuated.

A week later, while the Remembrancers were travelling back home from the conclusion of the 2017 Mount Zion Dig, the city of Jerusalem has been transformed literally into a war zone. Here is what the Jerusalem Post wrote in its website describing the situation:

ARAB MK SAYS THIRD INTIFADA HAS ALREADY BEGUN

BY UDI SHAHAM, JPOST.COM STAFF   JULY 21, 2017 19:07

The government’s brutal actions at the Al-aksa Mosque, changing the status quo by placing metal detectors, will necessarily lead to a third Intifada, that already began today,” Joint List Member of Parliament Taleb Abu Arar, said Friday afternoon. The lawmaker warned of a major Palestinian uprising and accused the police of killing three Palestinians in clashes following weekly prayers in Jerusalem.

“Those who initiated the violence and killed three Palestinians were the Israeli police,” he said…

“Netanyahu said that in Mecca there are metal detectors. But Mecca is not under occupation, al-Quds [Jerusalem] is,” he said.

“Our Jerusalem is Arabic, Islamic, Palestinian,” he added…

Protests were relatively limited around Jerusalem and the West Bank, after Israeli security forces spread out in large numbers in anticipation of widespread rioting.

Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions had urged the faithful to gather for a “day of rage” on Friday against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.

Access to the shrine for Muslims was limited to men over 50 but open to women of all ages. Roadblocks were in place on approach roads to Jerusalem to stop buses carrying Muslims to the site.

At one location near the Old City, stone throwers did try to break through a police line, and police used stun grenades to drive them back.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said four officers were injured in the sporadic clashes and the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said at least 377 protesters had been hurt, some suffering from tear gas inhalation…

“Today we are acting to bring the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem back into the embrace of the the Arab World,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said during his weekly sermon in Gaza. “We shall not enter the Temple Mount through metal detectors.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Arab-MK-says-third-Intifada-has-already-begun-500337

Even though the Israeli police already removed the metal detectors, the “crisis with Palestinians over Temple Mount is far from over, in fact it’s only getting worse” wrote David Rosenberg of Haaretz last July 27 in his article, “The Match That Will Ignite a Third Intifada in Israel Is Already Lit.

Pastor General of the Philadelphia Church of God Mr. Gerald Flurry, said in one of his sermons which he also wrote about in his Daniel booklet, that the fulfillment of end-time prophecies is ANCHORED on God’s Church who does the continual. This was already explained in the Book of Remembrance:

The whole chapter 8 of the book of Daniel is about the vision of the evening and the morning sacrifices (the daily) in God’s temple (v. 26). In Mr. Flurry’s booklet, Daniel- Unsealed at Last, he wrote: “This whole vision is about an evening and morning sacrifice in the temple. The temple today, is God’s Church (Eph. 2:20-21). So the whole vision, as we shall see, is mainly about God’s Church!” (p. 18). Mr. Flurry later on discussed the correlation of the events in the world with respect to the events in God’s Church. That whatsoever significant occurrence transpires inside God’s Church concerning the daily or the continual, there is a relative reaction in the fulfillment of God’s prophecies concerning the world… The fulfillment of end time prophecies is ANCHORED on God’s Church – the one that performs the continual– God’s Work in this end time. (This is further explained by Mr. Gerald Flurry in his Daniel booklet). As Mr. Flurry reiterates:

BEING GOD’S WATCHMAN ISN’T ABOUT WORLD NEWS – IT’S ABOUT HEARING THE WORD AT GOD’S MOUTH! We must always put world news in that context. World news is nothing if you don’t know WHAT GOD says about it! …God speaks through revelation – not world news. But we can put the world news in context. (Pastor General’s Report Oct. 21, 2004)

Source: The Last End – A Book of Remembrance pages 54-55

But who is now doing the continual? It is now the Remembrancers. We have just concluded our THIRD YEAR of participation in the Mount Zion Dig in Jerusalem and God is just showing us in this last end for all of His people around the world to see that He is behind our work. God ANCHORED this very explosive event happening right now in Jerusalem with our work in Jerusalem.

For the third year in a row since the summer of 2015, the Remembrancers was able to participate in the archaeological dig on the top of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. This Mount Zion Archaeological Project is being spear-headed by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in America.

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The project is under the academic oversight of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the only American university currently licensed to carry out such excavations in Jerusalem.  Dr. Shimon Gibson, Visiting Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and a Senior Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and Dr. James Tabor, Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity in the Department of Religious Studies, serve as Directors of the excavation, along with Prof. Rafi Lewis of Haifa University. The project is interdisciplinary and includes the participation of other departments across the university.

Source: https://digmountzion.uncc.edu/

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SAVIORS SHALL COME UP ON MOUNT ZION

One may ask: What is the reason behind the Remembrancer’s participation in this archaeological dig every year? Why do they want to sweat it out digging in Jerusalem under the blistering heat of the sun? The main reason is that, they firmly believed what the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong said that there ought to be a physical preparation for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.

(W)e are PREPARING THE WAY for Christ’s coming as KING of kings and LORD of lords — as WORLD RULER, to set up THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD to rule all nations — and to SAVE THE WHOLE WORLD!

HOW are we preparing the way for Christ’s Messianic coming? In three ways. 1) by proclaiming and publishing worldwide the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10). This we have been doing for 35 years, with constantly increasing and multiplying POWER! 2) by MAKING READY A PEOPLE for His coming!

And 3) something that even I did not realize until recently we were also commissioned to do — CLEAN UP THE FILTH AND RUBBLE in that area that was the original Jerusalem

WHY is that important? Because Christ has said HE WILL YET CHOOSE JERUSALEM, and make it the CAPITAL CITY OF THE WHOLE WORLD TOMORROW! Jesus is coming in all the supernatural POWER and GLORY to rule the world. His THRONE will be there…

So there is a PHYSICAL preparing, as well as spiritual, in PREPARING THE WAY FOR MESSIAH’S COMING! Further, God says we are to shout, with amplified power, to the CITIES OF JUDAH the glad Message that the MESSIAH IS SOON COMING. This is leading to the opportunity to do this (Isaiah 40:1-11).

Source: Herbert W. Armstrong, December 10, 1968 Co-worker letter

The commission to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God in Matthew 24:14 was already accomplished by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. But how about the other TWO that he mentioned in his co-worker letter? It was actually given to the Remembrancers whose commission is to finish what the end-time Zerubbabel started: to MAKE READY A PEOPLE for Jesus Christ’s coming and to CLEAN UP THE FILTH AND RUBBLE in that area that was the original Jerusalem and it is prophesied in the book of the prophet Zechariah:

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. (Zechariah 4:9)

The Almighty God is actually the one responsible for bringing His Remembrancers there in Mount Zion to fulfill yet another prophecy:

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s. (Obadiah 1:21)

Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion” – Again why go up to Mount Zion? To judge the mount of Esau or the Philadelphia Church of God because they left the Jerusalem work for a bowl of soup in Edstone, Warwickshire, England just like what Esau did in exchange for his birthright. But why Mount Zion and not any nearby mountains in Jerusalem?

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. (Obadiah 1:17)

God associates Mount Zion to the DELIVERANCE of His people, and in His eyes, the Remembrancers coming up to Mount Zion for the archaeological dig are the SAVIORS being prophesied in Obadiah verse 21. They are the house of Jacob in Obadiah’s prophecy who took the birthright from spiritual Esau (PCG) in Jerusalem. Notice that the Philadelphia Church of God has not been given by God the chance to go back to Jerusalem for an archaeological dig anymore. God even allowed the UNESCO resolution to stop the PCG from participating in their archaeological dig in Jerusalem. Read their article posted in their Watch Jerusalem website entitled, “UNESCO Wants to Stop Archaeology in Ancient Jerusalem.” Here are some excerpts from that article:

Section five of the October 13 UNESCO resolution reads,

[UNESCO] Deeply deplores the failure of Israel, the occupying Power, to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem particularly in and around the Old City, and reiterates its request to Israel, the occupying Power, to prohibit all such works in conformity with its obligations under the provisions of the relevant UNESCO conventions, resolutions and decisions .…

Notice that the resolution is not just for protecting the Haram al-Sharif itself, but for preventing the “persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City.”

UNESCO and its Arab sponsors are resolved to shut down all archaeological excavations in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.

Source: https://watchjerusalem.co.il/2016/11/01/unesco-wants-to-stop-archaeology-in-ancient-jerusalem/

They have done their excavation in that part of East Jerusalem with Dr. Eilat Mazar and their last participation was around the year 2012-2013 in the Ophel mound area. One of the most significant archaeological finds was Hezekiah’s bulla with an Egyptian symbols of a two-winged sun flanked by two anks.

Then on August 10, 2013, PCG Regional Director for Jerusalem Stephen Flurry officially announced in his Twitter account that he will leave Jerusalem for good, thus becoming the fulfillment of Esau in this last end. He then replaced the Jerusalem work of “Preparing Jerusalem for its King” with a work of vanity in Edstone. The ministers and members of the Philadelphia Church of God, just like the Worldwide Church of God under Mr. Armstrong did not learn the lesson that he gave on his last Pentecost message entitled, “Why the Firstfruits?”:

There is A REASON why we are the firstfruits. And I wish I could drive that home, but I FEAR THAT MOST OF YOU JUST DON’T GET IT. You don’t understand it at all. WHY? Why are we the firstfruits? I am going to try to make it plain this afternoon, and still I THINK YOU WON’T GET IT. So much Protestantism has rubbed off on us we can’t get it out of our heads. They think God is trying to save the whole world; and then we think, “Well, He’s just saving us first.” And that is not the answer at all. We’re not saved just because God wants us to be His favorites and get us into His Kingdom ahead of others. We are saved for a very, very great purpose. We are the firstfruits of God’s harvest for His Kingdom

We are not called just for salvation. And if it is for salvation we wouldn’t have been called at all. You wouldn’t have been called at all just to get you into the kingdom. That’s not why you are called. You were called to become a student. You were called to learn how to save others. When God’s kingdom comes, when Jesus is sitting on the throne on this earth. BRETHREN YOU DON’T GET IT. Why you ministers speaking as if they never heard of that. I’ve said this to some of them I don’t think our people understand that. Oh yes they do Mr. Armstrong. Oh no you don’t. Brethren you just don’t understand that.

We’re not called just to be the first ones to get into the kingdom of God. We’re called for a special mission, to become teachers. We’re not called to become some to go out and convert the world now. We are called to learn how in the resurrection we can be rulers and teachers to the Church and not to anyone but the Church. Jesus said if you overcome you’ll better be studying to be teachers if you overcome I will grant for you to sit with me on my throne and help me rule the world and teach the world. Jesus is a teacher and Jesus is a ruler. Revelation 5:10, we will be kings and priests and we shall rule on the earth. Brethren I don’t think you’ll ever learn that…

Source: Herbert W. Armstrong, Pentecost 26 May 1985, Sermon Transcript – Why The Firstfruits 

Mr. Armstrong said that most of God’s own people DID NOT GET IT. It became obvious when he died and was taken out of the way. The same thing happened in this last end, most of God’s people in the Philadelphia Church of God DID NOT GET IT. As Mr. Armstrong reiterates that we are called to save others, yet what did the PCG ministry have done instead? They did just the opposite – they introduced the NO CONTACT POLICY and it resulted in people getting DESTROYED instead of being SAVED and people wanted to save their own skins thus BETRAYAL became the name of the game. They all wanted their names to be included in the list of those who shall flee to the PLACE OF SAFETY. They all wanted to be saved. They don’t know how to become saviors. We must learn to become saviors. That is why there is a physical preparation in Mount Zion that relates to the spiritual preparation of becoming saviors as prophesied by the prophet Obadiah – “And saviours shall come up on Mount Zion.” (Obadiah 1:21)

So there is a PHYSICAL preparing, as well as spiritual, in PREPARING THE WAY FOR MESSIAH’S COMING! Further, God says we are to shout, with amplified power, to the CITIES OF JUDAH the glad Message that the MESSIAH IS SOON COMING. This is leading to the opportunity to do this (Isaiah 40:1-11).

As Mr. Armstrong wrote that the PHYSICAL and SPIRITUAL PREPARATIONS will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah chapter 40 which it did. (Read our article last year, “Mount Zion Dig Thunders: ‘BEHOLD YOUR GOD!’” for the proof that led to the opportunity to fulfill this specific prophecy made by Mr. Armstrong.)

TO JUDGE MOUNT ESAU

Part of God’s judgment to the spiritual mount of Esau (PCG led by Stephen Flurry) was the approval of the UNESCO resolution last October 2016. They are actually being prohibited by God to resume any archaeological excavations in East Jerusalem where the Ophel mound is located. But notice that the UNESCO resolution included “all archaeological excavations in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.” That means, the Mount Zion dig should have been no exception! Just look at the aerial view shot of the Mount Zion dig site and notice that it is situated also around and adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem just like the Ophel mound area.

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But why were the Mount Zion dig directors Dr. Shimon Gibson and Dr. James Tabor able to acquire the license from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to continue with the archaeological dig despite the UNESCO resolution? The reason is quite simple, TO JUDGE MOUNT ESAU as God precisely prophesied.

Now what final judgment awaits the spiritual mount of Esau? And why does God’s people need to be SAVED from it? Where does this lead to?

For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. (Isaiah 34:5)

Jesus Christ is preparing His sword in heaven to come down upon Idumea and the people of His curse TO JUDGMENT. This is where the prophecy in Obadiah will lead to. This is where the judgment of the mount of Edom will culminate. That’s why there is a need for SAVIORS now to come up on Mount Zion for people inside the Philadelphia Church of God to repent of their sins because they have turned their backs on God and His chosen city Jerusalem. All of God’s people in the PCG and all the other COG groups as well who look to Petra as their Place of Safety ought to consider repenting toward God and join the Remembrancers in PREPARING JERUSALEM FOR ITS KING! Time is almost up! You all need to wake up! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (Hebrews 10:31)

The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. (Isaiah 34:6)

There will be a GREAT SLAUGHTER IN THE LAND OF IDUMEA. Petra in Jordan is NOT A PLACE OF SAFETY! Read our article here to prove this to you.

And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (Isaiah 34:7-8)

The DAY OF THE LORD’S VENGEANCE is almost upon us! God will have to settle the controversy in Zion, His Church. Look at how the PCG has further deteriorated in their spiritual condition. They are now associating themselves more with the physical Place of Safety in the land of Idumea or Edom. The main focus of their ministers is now on the Place of Safety in Petra, Jordan rather than in Jerusalem where Jesus Christ will return. Here is what was written from the Exit Support Network website concerning this mindset:

Flurry’s Plane Purchase Was the Last Straw:

June 26, 2017

I have a friend who has left PCG. This person became skeptical back in November when Flurry spoke about Trump being the Jeroboam and then his mentioning about buying a plane. Then in January he gave the sermon about HWA’s prayer stone replacing the stone of destiny (a.k.a. Jacob’s pillar stone) and Flurry saying HWA was a type of Jacob or Israel. And how he, Flurry, is the chosen man on this whole earth privileged to bring the prayer stone to the Place of Safety where Christ will meet up with them and take his rightful place on the throne after Flurry, who is representing the house of David for 2 1/2 years, since he says he is a descendant of David through his genealogy. And finally, once this person got the letter about pledging funds to purchase a plane and then finding out they bought it in April during Feast of Unleavened Bread, this was the final straw. I am not sure what this person will do next. They are looking at other offshoots that follow the Sabbath, but feel that all of them try to control peoples’ purse strings to suit their own agenda by using end time events and the Place of Safety to control them. –[name withheld]

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For three years since the work in Edstone started in 2014, the Philadelphia Church of God through the leadership of Stephen Flurry was not able to lay his hands on the stone of destiny as he had hoped for. So what did he do? Together with his fellows, they made an idol out of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s supposed “prayer rock” to replace that stone of destiny in Scotland. As always, he did it through his father. Thanks to him the PCG is now focusing more and more on Petra in Jordan as their Place of Safety WHERE CHRIST WILL MEET UP WITH THEM. Yes, Christ will definitely meet up with them. But the question is, will Christ protect them or slaughter them? Is Petra in Jordan really a Place of Safety or is it a Place of Slaughter?

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:1-4)

The prophet Isaiah describes Jesus Christ coming from Edom and His apparel has turned red because of the blood stains sprinkled on it. This is a prophecy about Petra in Jordan becoming a Place of Slaughter as judgment to the spiritual Edomites in God’s Church not only from the PCG but that would include any COG group who once knew God. Isaiah further describes this day of vengeance comparable to treading grapes in a winepress as prophesied in the book of Revelation:

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of GodAnd the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14:14-20)

Now notice the phrase “WITHOUT the city” which means “OUTSIDE the city.” So the place here being indicated is NOT inside the Jerusalem proper but OUTSIDE THE CITY. Consider the word “space” in Strong’s

  • A primary particle, “off” that is, AWAY (from something near) in various senses (of place, time or relation, literally or figuratively): FROM

With that definition in mind, Christ is actually describing here a location that is AWAY FROM or OUTSIDE the city of Jerusalem. Where could that place be? It says here that blood “came out” or “spread abroad” from the winepress. Again where is that WINEPRESS located? Isaiah chapter 63 says that the WINEPRESS is in Edom!

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. (Isaiah 63:3)

Let’s consider the word “sprinkle” which also means

  • To spurt, spatter

In the dictionary, “spurt” means:

  • the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
  • a quick squirt of some liquid (in this case, blood)

And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14:20)

Just imagine blood squirting and splashing because of the great slaughter that God will perform Himself and He describes it in Revelation 14 to have a coverage of 1,600 furlongs.

One (1) furlong is approximately 1/8 mile (660 feet). (Source: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/king-james-dictionary/furlong.html)

1,600 furlong is approximately 322 kilometers which would be the perimeter area of the splash coverage of the blood. And if we will compute for the radius to get the center of it, we will have roughly the equivalent distance between Petra and Jerusalem, that is, 162 km.

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And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13)

“Vesture” in Thayer’s Lexicon can also mean garment, while in Strong’s Concordance it can mean, apparel, clothes, garment, raiment; while the word “dipped” in Strong’s Concordance means literally TO STAIN. This is connected with the prophecy in Isaiah 63:

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. (Isaiah 63:1-3)

The apostle John saw in vision Jesus Christ’s garment being stained with blood which directly correlates to the vision seen by the prophet Isaiah. John further saw that the blood stain was seen “even unto the horses’ bridles.” That is plural, “horses.” So there must be others riding horses with Jesus Christ, who could they be?

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:14-15)

Again that winepress is in the context of Edom as written in Isaiah 63 which is OUTSIDE of Jerusalem as prophesied also in Revelation 14:20.

Notice that the massive slaughter in Edom has a graphic description of squirting blood that stains the garment of Jesus Christ and his horse’s bridles as well as the horses of those that accompany Him. This prophecy in verse 14 concerning the heavenly armies which are “upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” is an apt description of the 144,000 resurrected saints. This is the same group that will accompany the Lamb in chapter 17.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14)

That place in Petra Jordan will be a FIELD OF BLOOD which is associated with the betrayal of Jesus Christ from the potter inside God’s house! A coverage of 1,600 furlongs (322 km) with its center on Petra, Jordan (162 km) OUTSIDE of Jerusalem. That is the result of the Judas type betrayal that Stephen Flurry had committed against God when he left Jerusalem for the work of vanity in Edstone.

“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zechariah 11:13)

This verse in Zechariah was fulfilled when Judas betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver as written also in Matthew chapter 27:

“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.”And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value” (Matthew 27:3-9)

The FIELD OF BLOOD or the POTTER’S FIELD is actually a burial place for non-Jews. Petra in Jordan is an appropriate place to become the FIELD OF BLOOD or the POTTER’S FIELD for the spiritual Edomites who have proven themselves NOT spiritual JEWS! Those Edomites will be slaughtered in Petra, Jordan –  the stronghold of the Edomites.

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1)

The spiritual Edomites in God’s Church will be burned up as though they NEVER EXISTED. Malachi’s Message is primarily addressed to the people inside the PCG who became spiritual Esau!

The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. (Malachi 1:1-4)

That is the judgment on the mount of Esau. That’s is what will happen to those who will continue to support the work of Stephen Flurry and his fellows.

TEN THOUSANDS OF SAINTS

That prophesied scene in Petra, Jordan with Jesus Christ and His 144,000 resurrected saints connects us directly to a prophecy in Habakkuk:

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. (Habakkuk 3:3)

The word “holy one” is “qadosh” in Hebrew which can also mean “saint,” so it ought be in plural form because it is pertaining to the 144,000 resurrected saints who accompany Jesus Christ. This is the same prophecy we can read in Deuteronomy chapter 33

And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. (Deuteronomy 33:2)

But the Philadelphia Church of God ministry may argue: the 144,000 firstfruits is a different group from this 10,000 saints. Well, basically, they are just one and the same group of saints being described here. Let’s dig deeper into this subject.

The Philadelphia Church of God believes in the interpretation of this prophecy concerning the “ten thousands of saints” coming from Mount Paran to be a separate group apart from the 144,000. In his booklet, No Freedom Without Law, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote:

The 10,000 Saints and God’s Law

Deuteronomy speaks of 10,000 saints, or “ten thousands of saints,” coming from Mount Paran, located in Petra, Jordan. It is speaking of God’s people in a place of safety in the end time.

“And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them” (Deuteronomy 33:1-2).

The expression “ten thousands” is from the Hebrew rebabah. Twelve out of 15 times in the Old Testament it means 10,000. A reference for one other instance also says 10,000. The word can also mean a myriad, or a large or indefinite number, but that wouldn’t very well describe the little flock of God, nor even all of the firstfruits. This is specifically talking about 10,000 saints that Christ brings from Paran at His Second Coming.

Source: page 63, No Freedom Without Law

If God really meant the numerical value of “ten thousand,” He should have inspired it to be rendered into two Hebrew words, such as the words: “ten” in Hebrew is “eser” (H6235; Exodus 26:1) while “thousand” is “eleph” (H505; Exodus 38:25-26) and not “rebabah” which meant “myriad.” The word “myriad” in the dictionary means “a countless or extremely great number” as noted also by Mr. Flurry. Actually it has been used as a description of the number of saints with Jesus Christ and not the actual number. That word “myriad” is actually just a description of the 144,000 firstfruits of God! Look at how some Bible translations render verse 1 of Deuteronomy chapter 33:

This is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the Israelis before his death. He said: “The Lord came from Sinai. Rising from Seir upon us, he shone forth from Mount Paran, accompanied by a MYRIAD of his holy ones, with flaming fire from his right hand for them. (International Standard Version)

This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death. He said: “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with MYRIADS of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes (New International Version)

And this [is] the blessing [with] which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death, and he saith: — `Jehovah from Sinai hath come, And hath risen from Seir for them; He hath shone from mount Paran, And hath come [with] MYRIADS of holy ones; At His right hand [are] springs for them. (Young’s Literal Translation)

From Wycliffe Bible

and said, The Lord came from Sinai, and he rose to us from Seir; he appeared from the hill of Paran, and thousands of saints with him; a law of fire in his right hand. (and he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and he rose up like the sun to us from Seir, or Edom; he appeared from Mount Paran, and thousands of saints, or holy ones, or angels, were with him; a Law of fire was in his right hand.)

If this word MYRIAD is not referring to the 144,000 firsfruits which comprises the 12 tribes of Israel, then why did God inspire the names of Jacob’s sons in Deuteronomy chapter 33 to be written there beginning in verse 6 the same way as it was listed also in Revelation chapter 7? So there must be no confusion here as to whom the word MYRIAD is referring to – it is just describing the extremely great number of the 144,000 resurrected saints! No more, no less. You cannot even find this 10,000 saints being mentioned in the book of Revelation because there is ONLY ONE group there – the 144,000 firstfruits.

What is the reason why the majority in the Philadelphia Church of God will suffer the fate prophesied by Isaiah for Edom? The prophet Habakkuk gives us the answer:

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. (Habakkuk 3:1)

The word “shigionoth” in Strong’s Concordance is “shiggayown,” meaning a dithyramb or a rambling poem. Its Hebrew root word “shagah” means, TO SIN THROUGH IGNORANCE. This prophecy in Habakkuk is implying that God’s Church in this last end has committed sin through ignorance. (Leviticus. 4: 13-14, consider the whole chapter; 5:15; Numbers 15:27).

In the dictionary, “ignorance” is a noun which is defined as “lack of knowledge or information.” The verb form “ignore” means “refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally; fail to consider (something significant).” This then brings us to the prophecy written in Hosea:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hosea 4:6)

Most of the ministers and members of the Philadelphia Church of God are being destroyed spiritually because they have refused to take notice of or acknowledge their true spiritual condition through the sickness and eventual death of Mrs. Barbara Flurry then. Furthermore, they disregarded intentionally God’s knowledge contained in the Book of Remembrance.

As a result, look at the ignorance exhibited by the PCG ministry now. In his article posted on the pcog.org website, Ryan Malone gave a title for his piece, “Sherlocking the Bible: Gather the evidence—line upon line, precept upon precept—and crack the case!” They have continued with their ignorance by failing to consider the significance of the Jerusalem work that made them to fall backward when it comes to Bible prophecy. The result of that failure will make them to “be broken, and snared and taken.”

But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:13)

Here is what Ryan Malone wrote:

The entire Bible is structured in a way that requires “here a little, and there a little”…

There is nothing wrong with reading large portions of the Bible straight through for context, but keep in mind that much of the truth on a specific subject is scattered throughout the Bible. Reading Church literature on a subject will make that evident as it will source a variety of scriptures from all over God’s Word. But if you start to follow the examples as found in the literature, and follow the cross-references or harmonies of different accounts as well, it’s not much different than a detective following one lead after another—until the case is solved.

Source: Sherlocking the Bible: Gather the evidence—line upon line, precept upon precept—and crack the case!

Until the case is solved? Is Bible prophecy a job for a detective or for a prophet? God’s revealed word in this last end “was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little;” For what purpose? “that they might go, and fall backward.” Bible prophecy is a job for a prophet and NOT for a detective or any minister like Stephen

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

God’s mysteries can only be acquired through revelation and not by private interpretation using the skill of a fictional private detective like Sherlock Holmes.

Let’s go back to God’s interpretation of the ten thousand saints. Maybe in the New Testament, we can find that it is a specific numerical value unlike in the Old Testament account. Let’s read it in the epistle of Jude:

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints(Jude 1:14)

Here we can see the same word “ten thousands” as quoted by Jude from Deuteronomy chapter 33. In the original Greek it is “murias” from which the English word “myriad” was actually derived from. The Greek word “murias” is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “myriad, or indefinite number: a ten thousand.” In Thayer’s Lexicon: ten thousand, an innumerable hosts, an innumerable multitude, an unlimited number.

The same way in the Old Testament, if God really inspired a specific numerical value of ten thousand, then He could have inspired it to be written in the New Testament using two words: “ten” in Greek is “deka” (G1176; Revelation 2:10) while “thousand” is “chilioi” (G5507; 2 Peter 3:8)

Again this “murias” is a description of the 144,000 firstfruits who will accompany Jesus Christ when He go to Mount Paran, to do what?

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.(Jude 1:15)

Jesus Christ and the 144,000 firstfruits will come to Petra in Jordan to execute His judgment against the spiritual Edomites in His Church. Why is there a need TO CONVINCE all those spiritual Edomites? Because the PRIDE of Stephen’s heart has deceived him and his followers!

The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom;… The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? (Obadiah 1:1-3)

Stephen Flurry thought that he can make God to approve of his turning away from Jerusalem just by making his father to approve of such. It’s quite odd that he still holds the title of PCG Regional Director for Jerusalem while he is in Edstone, Warwickshire, England accomplishing NOTHING but pure VANITY.

He thought that the approval of his father in every critical decision concerning Church matters was already binding in God’s sight even though the motive is just to satisfy the PRIDE OF LIFE like the purchase of a jet plane. He is currently thinking in his heart, “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” But God knows all about Stephen’s little and big secrets.

Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.  (Obadiah 1:4)

Currently, no one dares to question Stephen in his decisions, for he is now the supreme ruler inside the Philadelphia Church of God. He is the prophesied king of fierce countenance or more appropriately the king of strong presence (Daniel 8:23). (For a thorough understanding of this prophecy you may read it here.)

In God’s appointed time, He will bring down Stephen and his fellows during the return of Jesus Christ with His 144,000 firstfruits (Zechariah 3:8; Revelation 17:4; 19:14; Deuteronomy 33:2; Jude 1:14-15; Habakkuk 3:3)

For emphasis, the ten thousand saints prophecy as previously declared by Mr. Gerald Flurry is just a MYRIAD of saints that points us to the 144,000 firstfruits! It is not a literal 10,000 in number. Again, the words that were used in Deuteronomy and in Jude are not TWO WORDS (TEN and THOUSAND), it’s just a ONE WORD that describes the multitude of saints!

MOUNT ZION AND THE 144,000 FIRSTFRUITS OF GOD

Is there any scriptural reference from the Book of Revelation regarding the so called “ten thousand saints” who will accompany Jesus Christ? The beloved apostle John could not have missed it big time for there is none because the description “ten thousand” or “myriad” is given to no other group but to the 144,000 firstfruits of God.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

Notice in this vision given to the apostle John that the 144,000 firstfruits is WITH the Lamb in the context of Mount Zion. It is not Mount Moriah nor the Ophel mound, not even Mount of Olives! Which brings to mind the prophecy in Obadiah:

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness…  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s. (Obadiah 1:17, 21)

That vision in Obadiah will eventually lead to the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 14! That’s how important the archaeological dig in Mount Zion is! It leads directly to the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth!

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Revelation 14:4-5)

Who are those who were redeemed from among men? Their names are written in Hebrews chapter 11 that began with righteous Abel:

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. (Hebrews 11:4)

Read the rest of the “HEROES OF FAITH” and see how the firstfruits have been REDEEMED FROM AMONG MEN.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Look at example of the principle Moses has shown us in this chapter on how to follow Jesus Christ wherever he went.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. (Hebrews 11:27-30)

What are the other description of this 144,000 firstfruits? It can be read in Revelation chapter 7:

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:4, 14)

The 144,000 firstfruits has been described to come out of great tribulation. Now notice how the “HEROES OF FAITH” were subjected to GREAT TRIBULATION.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  (Hebrews 11:32-39)

Having read the AFFLICTION, the REPROACH, the SUFFERING and the GREAT TRIBULATION that each saint has gone through beginning with Abel, there is no doubt that there would only be a total of 144,000 resurrected saints to fill in the number of God’s firstfruits that will include those saints who overcame with the blood of the Lamb, repented of their sins and came out of their great tribulation in each of the seven Church eras. For emphasis, there would only be a total of 144,000 firstfruits of God! But notice that the number is not yet complete.

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:40)

The word “perfect” in Strong’s Concordance primarily mean “TO COMPLETE.” In this Laodicean era, the only saints left to complete the 144,000 would have to repent toward God and will have to come out of their great tribulation in this Laodicean era. The completion of the number will actually come from three groups of people.

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. (Revelation 11:13)

(1) The word “fell” in Thayer’s Lexicon can also mean “to be removed from death” and this is the description of the tenth part of the city which is referring to the Philadelphia Church of God. There will only be ten percent from the membership of the Philadelphia Church of God who will repent toward God.

(2) Well, how about the seven thousand slain of men? Who are these people? The key to unlock their identity lies in the word “slain.” Actually, this word came from two Greek words, “apokteino” and “onoma” and here are their definitions from Thayer’s Lexicon:

  • apokteino (G615) – to deprive of spiritual life
  • onoma (G3686) – the cause or reason named: on this account, because he suffers as a Christian, for this reason

For emphasis, the seven thousand men did not die in the earthquake, they were slain of men or were deprived of spiritual life because he suffers as a Christian, for this reason, in short, these people have been suspended, disfellowshiped and/or marked by the ministry. They are the same people who were slain under the mercy and authority of the ministers (Revelation 6:9). (For an in depth explanation on this subject, you can read it here.) This seven thousand men are those people from the various COG groups who still associate themselves with the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.

God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. (Romans 11:2-4)

(3) “and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven” – this is referring to the Remembrancers.

These three groups of God’s people in this last end will COMPLETE the number in the 144,000 firstfruits – “that they WITHOUT US should not be COMPLETE.” 

What would be the sequence during the resurrection? The apostle Paul explained this subject to the Corinthians when he wrote his epistle around AD 53–57.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (1 Corinthians 15:22-23)

Notice that the resurrection happens in TWO PHASES which is actually a mystery that is being revealed to us right now.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

To better understand these two phases, let’s read it in another passage:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-15)

Those that were alive and remain pertains to those whom God will pick up one by one – the 10% and the 7,000 men in Revelation 11:13 as what has been prophesied in Isaiah 27:12, plus the remnant that were affrighted. This means that when the seventh trumpet angel sounded, those who died from righteous Abel up to the saints that died in faith during the Laodicean era including the two witnesses will already be resurrected as God’s firstfruits to be the FIRST BATCH.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise FIRST: (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

But notice that there is a time gap here: The first to be resurrected are those DEAD in Christ – that’s the FIRST PHASE. Then what follows next would be the SECOND PHASE.

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Noticed that? It says there those which are alive and remain shall be caught up together “WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS.” The FIRST BATCH are already there in the clouds but has NOT YET met Jesus Christ in the air. It means that the FIRST BATCH of resurrected saints will have to wait for the SECOND BATCH so that BOTH of them will meet Jesus Christ in the air.

But when shall those alive, that is, the remnant (the Remembrancers), the 10% and the 7,000 men be resurrected?

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. (Revelation 16:17)

To know the exact timing, let consider the word “done” which is ginomai in Greek (G1096) that can also mean:

  • to become, i.e., to come into existence
  • be married
  • be ordained to be

During this pouring of the seventh vial, God will cause those who are still alive and have been baptized to become God as God is God in His Kingdom. At that specific time, they which are alive and remain (the SECOND BATCH) together with the FIRST BATCH of resurrected saints would then be COMPLETED to be married to Jesus Christ and to be ordained to become kings and priests unto Him. The marriage of the 144,000 firstfruits will only happen at the seventh vial which is very much still in the time frame of the SEVENTH TRUMPET. Jesus Christ will marry the 144,000 firstfruits at the beginning of the pouring of the SEVENTH VIAL. That time sequence of the resurrection is further explained in Isaiah chapter 66.

A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies. (Isaiah 66:6)

Verse 6 gives us the time frame wherein “a voice of noise from the city” happens after Babylon has fallen.

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird… And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!… And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. (Revelation 18:1-2,16, 18-19)

While “a voice from the temple” happens at the beginning of the pouring of the seven vials.

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. (Revelation 16:1)

Whereas the “voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies” is pertaining to the work of the Remembrancers in this last end. This means that our work today will lead to the fulfillment of the pouring of the seven vials and the fall of Babylon.

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. (Isaiah 66:7)

Noticed that? BEFORE the woman travailed, before her pain came – that is her great tribulation during the pouring of the seven vials. It says here in Isaiah’s prophecy that the woman has already brought forth BEFORE the Church will go through the pouring of the seven vials – this is referring to the FIRST BATCH which included the man child, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong! That’s why the prophet Isaiah asked this question in verse 8:

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. (Isaiah 66:8)

Has anyone HEARD and SEEN such a thing? Have you ever seen any woman giving birth first BEFORE she suffered the birth pains? No there’s no such thing as that. But in Isaiah’s prophecy, it is quite different. Let’s dig deeper.

It says there, “Shall a nation be born at once?” The answer to this question is NO, because it will be in a DUAL STAGE. There will be a FIRST BATCH that will be resurrected, then AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED, she will bring forth the SECOND BATCH. For emphasis, notice again the time sequence: the FIRST BATCH will be born BEFORE the woman travailed. The SECOND BATCH will be born AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED. This is the same mystery that the apostle Paul wrote about in his epistles.

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. (Isaiah 66:9)

To better understand verse 9, let’s read it from the International Standard Version:

Am I to open the womb and not deliver?” asks the Lord. “And when I bring to delivery, am I to close the womb?” asks your God.

That is what God is actually telling us today, that when He opens the womb for the FIRST BATCH from the 144,000 resurrected saints, will He close that womb for those who remain and are still alive? The answer is NO because Jesus Christ will only marry the COMPLETED 144,000 firstfruits at the beginning of the pouring of the SEVENTH VIAL. No more, no less. That’s the number. Remember that they WITHOUT US WILL NOT BE COMPLETE. (Hebrews 11:40)

THE GREAT MULTITUDE

There is supposedly another group that is included in the firstfruits that will join the 144,000 resurrected saints, and that is “the great multitude.” Every Church of God members including those in the Philadelphia Church of God have been taught before about this “great multitude” that this is a separate entity. But is this really another group apart from the 144,000 saints? Now, God has finally revealed the knowledge and understanding concerning the mystery surrounding this subject of the “great multitude.”

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:1-4)

The first four verses of Revelation chapter 7 give us the context of the whole chapter which is all about the “144,000 of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” From verses 5 to 8, we can read the number of people included in each tribe, that is, 12,000 for each of the 12 tribes enumerated, thus the 144,000. Then in verse 9, look closely on what the apostle John has seen.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (Revelation 7:9)

To better understand this verse, let us consider the word, “after” which was a translation from the Greek word “meta.” In Strong’s Concordance it is defined as “accompaniment; amid; among.”

Accompaniment

  • an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
  • Something added to another for completion

Amid

–    in the middle of; among

Let’s extract some more definition by looking this time at the word “beheld”:

Beheld

Thayer’s Lexicon:

  • To perceive with the eyes
  • To perceive, notice, discern, discover
  • To see, i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything
  • To pay attention, observe
  • To inspect, examine
  • To know, i.e. get the knowledge of, understand, perceive of any fact

Strong’s Concordance:

  • be aware, perceive, understand

Looking up for the meaning in the dictionary

Perceive

  • To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing:
  • To achieve understanding of

Understand

  • To become aware of the nature and significance of; know or comprehend:
  • To become aware of the intended meaning of
  • To realize or grasp (something):
  • To perceive the meaning of; comprehend:
  • To be familiar with; have a thorough knowledge of:
  • To grasp the significance or importance of:
  • To have knowledge about a particular subject:

By substituting all the definitions to the verse, we can paraphrase verse 9 this way:

In the middle of this I become aware of the nature and significance of something added to the 144,000 for its completion, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

For emphasis, the apostle John wrote that he grasp the significance or importance of what he saw about something that was added to the 144,000 for its completion and that would be the inclusion of a great multitude “of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” in it. Simply put, John saw with his own eyes and realized that a great multitude of Gentile converts were among the 144,000 saints! It can even be proven in the succeeding verses:

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (Revelation 7:10-15)

These are they which came out of great tribulation” – can this be a description of the people in the world? Do they know the God of Elijah? Were they able to be subjected to the same great tribulation that the faithful people of God have experienced? Do they follow the Lamb wheresoever He goes? Do they know about the true history of God’s Church? Do they know about the God Family vision?

These great multitude of Gentile converts are those people who have been included by God in the 144,000 firstfruits! Remember that God is not a respecter of persons.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34-35)

But people mock at the idea of Gentiles doing the work of God even in Jerusalem. The people that should have been doing God’s continual must come from an Israelite blood lineage, most likely they should have Jewish blood. But what did God say about this?

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:28-29)

Yes, members in God’s Church around the world may be seeing brown skinned people from a very far country working and sweating it out in the open to excavate in a foreign land such as Jerusalem, but this people who call themselves the Remembrancers firmly believe with their whole being what Jesus Christ through his apostle to the Gentiles Paul wrote about this prophetic truth:

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ… NOW THEREFORE YE ARE NO MORE STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS, BUT FELLOWCITIZENS WITH THE SAINTS, AND OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom YE ALSO ARE BUILDED TOGETHER FOR AN HABITATION OF GOD through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-22)

We, the Remembrancers strongly believe that our work in Mount Zion will lead directly to the fulfillment of the prophecy written in Revelation chapter 14:

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

We also know that this prophecy is directly connected with that which was written by the prophet Obadiah.

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. (Obadiah 1:21)

Obadiah has prophesied of the work of the Remembrancers in Mount Zion to serve as judgment of the PCG ministry who became spiritual Edom. Actually, the whole prophecy of Obadiah is all about God’s judgment on spiritual Edom who lost his birthright to a type of spiritual Jacob. That work in Jerusalem which the Remembrancers took from the PCG will lead to the fulfillment of Revelation 14 when all of the 144,000 saints would be resurrected and accompany Jesus Christ in Mount Zion. The prophecy in Revelation chapter 14 is actually telling us of the same story written by the prophet Obadiah. Notice the following verses from both Revelations and Obadiah and see the similarity.

If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? (Obadiah 1:5)

In Obadiah it speaks of grapegatherers while in the book of Revelation it discusses about the same story of gathering the clusters of the vine.

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. (Revelation 14:15-19)

The spiritual Edomites are likened unto grapes that are fully ripe ready to be cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Look at how Obadiah describes what awaits them.

And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. (Obadiah 1:9)

This is the same as what the prophet Isaiah saw as well concerning the spiritual Edomites in God’s Church who yearn for Petra in Jordan as the Place of Safety.

For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea… For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (Isaiah 34:5-6, 8)

This is all in the context of the CONTROVERSY OF ZION which the Remembrancers are drawing out in Jerusalem. That’s why the prophecy of the saviors coming up in Mount Zion will lead to the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 14

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the MOUNT ZION, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

We have already proven that this 144,000 are the same people written in the FAITH chapter (Hebrews 11) with the addition of a great multitude of Gentile converts who became spiritual Israelites. This verse 1 of Revelation chapter 14 clearly indicates that Jesus Christ, the Lamb, shall begin with the establishment of His kingdom in Mount Zion. That’s why in Obadiah 1:21 it says there that “the kingdom shall be the Lord’s” in the context of saviors coming up in Mount Zion because it will lead to the completion of the 144,000 saints who followed Jesus Christ wherever He went! (Revelation 14:4)

One may ask: But why did God used the Gentiles to finish His work in Jerusalem?

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin… I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, FOR TO PROVOKE THEM TO JEALOUSYFor I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (Romans 11:1, 11, 25)

There is a reason why God is provoking His own people to jealousy by using Gentiles to finish His work.

They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared notOf the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (Deuteronomy 32:16-21)

The Philadelphia Church of God is provoking God with their strange gods such as, Baal, Molech and Astarte through Irish Dance, Cremation and Mother’s Day. What has God done? He hid His face from them through the work of His two witnesses from a foolish nation.

They became spiritually blind so that the FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES may come in and this is the MYSTERY THAT OUGHT TO BE FINISHED as written in Revelation chapter 10:

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7)

This mystery of God that should be finished is in the context of the second woe which is during the time period of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:7-14). As Moses prophesied, that when God uses a foolish nation, it means that He is hiding His face from His own Church. That’s why God clothed His two witnesses in sackcloth to hide them from His own people (Revelation 11:3; Habakkuk 3:4).

Most of God’s people will not accept that idea, but is it really prophesied that the Gentiles will finish God’s work?

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earthAnd when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:46-48)

Why did the apostle Paul arrived in such a decision to turn to the Gentiles?

Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.  (Acts 13:41)

The apostle Paul turned his eyes on the Gentiles because the Jews “spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming” (verse 45). This historical account is connected with Habakkuk’s prophecy

Behold ye among the heathen (Gentiles), and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. (Habakkuk 1:5)

That’s the context of the DOUBLE WONDER which the apostle Paul associated with the Gentiles. But are those Gentiles qualified to do God’s work?

As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not belovedAnd it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. (Romans 9:25-26)

The more God’s people will say that the Gentiles are illegitimate the more they become legitimate in God’s eyes.

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: (Romans 9:27)

How will that remnant be saved (i.e., the 10% and the 7,000 men of Revelation 11)?

For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. (Romans 9:28-29)

God will finish the work through the fullness of the Gentiles which will complete the great multitude of Gentile converts in the midst of the 144,000 saints. How can we be sure that the Gentiles are the ones who will do the short work that God is doing today?

What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faithBut Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. (Romans 9:30-31)

Those Gentiles have attained the righteousness which is of faith that is comparable to Noah’s (Hebrews 11:7). The Philadelphia Church of God could have finished God’s work of preparing Jerusalem for its King yet what have they done?

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:32-33)

The PCG chose another work to replace what they were doing there in Jerusalem because they have not sought God’s righteousness by faith. And what was God’s response to them? He had to use the Gentiles in their midst to serve as a stumbling stone and a rock of offence. He even literally put those Gentiles to a literal Mount Zion – He put them there in Jerusalem to prepare it for its King through the Mount Zion dig and the Children’s Playground! This is the mystery that ought to be finished in this last end! God has been revealing so much of that mystery to His Remembrancers.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)

All of the mysteries which God has concealed in all of the ages to His apostles and prophets are being openly shown now to the Gentiles including this new revelation about the great multitude of Gentile converts among the 144,000 saints. All they have done was to search out a matter. They don’t just believed any person including the ministers, they have searched and proven everything from the Bible and because of that, they are being given by God the honor of kings, that is, they will become a part of the 144,000 KINGS and priests.

The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the (Gentiles)He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalms 98:2-3)

The word “show” in verse 2 can also be defined as “reveal” in Strong’s Concordance. It means that all the mysteries of God that should be finished has been OPENLY REVEALED in the sight of the Gentiles. He has given His Remembrancers a thousand year worth of revelations in this last end. God has also made known to them His salvation that’s why they can be seen in Mount Zion viewed by God as SAVIORS, yet He will remember His mercy toward the house of Israel or the Laodiceans being led by the Philadelphia Church of God ONLY IF they will repent toward Him.

O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. (Psalms 98:1)

This new song is the same prophecy written in the context of the 144,000 resurrected saints in Mount Zion.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads… And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (Revelation 14:1, 3)

Jesus Christ together with His 144,000 firstfruits in Mount Zion singing a new song is the victory that God the Father is seeing right now through this short Gentile work that is about to be finished. Will you be included in that glorious future ahead of us?

THE KINGDOM SHALL BE THE LORD’S

The ARK of God Foundation and the Jerusalem Foundation has signed an agreement last March 15, 2017 to rehabilitate the Children’s Playground in Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem. Ms. Ariella Bernstein of Jerusalem Foundation then sent a proposal for the theme to be considered for that playground:

From: Ariella Bernstein
Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Update
To: Nicanor Antonio

Dear Nicanor,

I hope that all is well with you and that we all enjoyed the spring holiday season.  Just to let you know, we received the first payment here in Israel. Many thanks once again for all of your support for our capital city.

I wanted to touch base with you regarding the statues for the Park.  Attached is a photo of the elements that will be going to the Municipal Statue Approval committee and I wanted you to see them before hand and understand what they are.

These are elements designed by the artist Sue Ela as we discussed previously.  The theme relates to the concept of a “kingdom,” since Jerusalem is related biblically as a kingdom, as it says in Jeremiah, “At that time, they will call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord.”  In order to make this concept attractive to children, these pieces were designed to touch on the theme of “kingdom” in a way that speak to children and to their playful imagination.

The larger two elements in the center of the photo are akin to a king and queen, 4 meters in size and will offer children the opportunity to climb up and slide down these statues. They will be quite colorful. There are also two seated areas (they look like benches) but are shaped like crowns, again drawing on the theme of a kingdom. And the four smaller pieces in the front are designed to look like clothes of royalty, where children can place their hands and head to play and take pictures.

There is no such design or elements in any park in Jerusalem and it is quite unique.  These elements gracefully yet playfully give voice to the concept of a kingdom while also attracting children in a most interesting way. The photo is without color but these elements will be colorful.  I hope that this meets with your approval.

Separately, when you return this summer with your archeological dig group, I thought you might enjoy a visit to the Kishle in the Tower of David with the archeologist, Amit Re’em.  It is an amazing sight that is not really open to the public with archeological finds even from the First Temple period.  Do you want me to arrange a tour there for your group?  Here is a link in English to the location and the site: https://www.tod.org.il/en/museum/the-kishle/

Best

Ariella

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According to our signed contract agreement, the production of the KINGDOM THEME play structure will commence on October 2017 and will be completed and installed on December 2017. The total cost of our project to rehabilitate the Children’s Playground in Liberty Bell Park Jerusalem is $144,000 and we have already made our first payment. The next one is scheduled this September 2017. (For those who wish to join us in this project you may email: nicanorvantonio@arkofthecovenantfoundation.net)

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It is no coincidence that Ms. Bernstein quoted in her email the kingdom theme which came from Jeremiah chapter 3 that says:

At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (Jeremiah 3:10)

The context of this prophecy is written in verse 1 which is about God’s Church that turned into a harlot.

They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 3:1)

Here is what Adam Clarke Commentary wrote regarding verse 1:

Verse 1

If a man put away his wife – It was ever understood, by the law and practice of the country, that if a woman were divorced by her husband, and became the wife of another man, the first husband could never take her again. Now Israel had been married unto the Lord; joined in solemn covenant to him to worship and serve him only. Israel turned from following him, and became idolatrous. On this ground, considering idolatry as a spiritual whoredom, and the precept and practice of the law to illustrate this case, Israel could never more be restored to the Divine favor: but God, this first husband, in the plenitude of his mercy, is willing to receive this adulterous spouse, if she will abandon her idolatries and return unto him. And this and the following chapters are spent in affectionate remonstrances and loving exhortations addressed to these sinful people, to make them sensible of their own sin, and God’s tender mercy in offering to receive them again into favor.

God is extending His mercy to His idolatrous Church in this last end, from the leader of the Laodicean era, which is the Philadelphia Church of God who turned into a whore when they left the Jerusalem work, even unto the other COG groups who once knew the God of the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong through this project in Liberty Bell Park, Jerusalem.

Everyone in God’s Church in this last end ought to return unto God and repent toward Him and become as little children. That Children’s Playground is actually a symbol of hope for all of God’s people around the world.

Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. (Zechariah 8:1-5)

Is this not a prophecy of the Children’s Playground? Indeed, it is!

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 8:6)

Remnant – H7611 sheeriyth, in Strong’s Concordance: a remainder or residual (surviving, final) portion: that had escaped

This is referring to the Remembrancers, the REMAINING SURVIVING FINAL PORTION that had escaped the Ezekiel 4 siege.

It says here that “If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remaining surviving FINAL PORTION that had escaped the Ezekiel 4 siege in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts.”

If we think that the Mount Zion Dig and the Children’s Playground is MARVELOUS in our eyes, in fact a DOUBLE WONDER, then God says here in this verse that it is also MARVELOUS in His eyes!

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;  (Zechariah 8:7)

Notice carefully the time sequence here: God started saving His people from where? From the EAST COUNTRY first, then from the WEST COUNTRY. That’s the sequence. Has that happened in our lifetime? Have we not seen this prophecy come alive before our eyes? Our project to rehabilitate the Children’s Playground is directly connected to saving God’s people from the EAST COUNTRY even from the WEST COUNTRY.

And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. (Zechariah 8:8)

All the people around the world who will be joining us to finish God’s DOUBLE WONDER in Jerusalem will become God’s people, whether Jews or Gentiles. God is not a respecter of persons. This is an open invitation from God. Notice that it will be God who will BRING His people beginning in the EAST COUNTRY (that’s the Remembrancers) then from the WEST COUNTRY.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. (Zechariah 8:9)

The 144,000 prophecy is all about God’s spiritual temple and it is now in the completion stage. Will you be included in it? And who will finish building it?

Those who are now far away will come and do reconstruction work in the Temple of the Lord. Then you will know that the Lord of the Heavenly Armies has sent me to you. This will come about if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Zechariah 6:15, International Standard Version)

Then those who are far away will come and build the temple of the Lord so that you may know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you. This will all come to pass if you completely obey the voice of the Lord your God. (New English Translation)

Men who live far away will come and help to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. And when it is rebuilt, you will know that the Lord Almighty sent me to you. This will all happen if you fully obey the commands of the Lord your God. (Good News Translation)

People from far away will come and build the Lord’s temple so you might know that the Lord of heavenly forces has sent me to you. It will happen if you truly obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Common English Bible)

People living far away will come and build the Lord’s Temple. Then you will know for sure that the Lord All-Powerful sent me to you people. All these things will happen if you do what the Lord your God says. (Easy-to-Read Version)

People living far away will come and build the Temple of the Lord. Then you will know the Lord All-Powerful has sent me to you. This will happen if you completely obey the Lord your God.” (New Century Version)

Several Bible translations tell us that God has called His people from a distant land to come and to finish building His temple. Will you believe your Bibles? And can we prove the veracity of Zechariah’s prophecy? To prove that, let’s consider a youtube video entitled “The True Site of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem” which was posted on September 26, 2016. The producer of that video would like its viewers to consider the possibility of Mount Zion to be the true location of the first and second temples. 

Upon watching that video, let’s pose a couple of questions: Is there any weight on their arguments? Does it really square in to Zechariah’s prophecy? Before we give our answers, let’s consider what Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote concerning a prophecy involving the temple:

(T)he former temple of Solomon was then as nothing compared to its original physical glory. God commands Zerubbabel to be strong and work to build the temple (verse 4). Verse 6 goes into a far-future prophecy of a time just before Christ’s Second Coming, when God will shake the earth and shake all nations, and the GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE SHALL BE GREATER THAN OF THE FORMER” (verse 9). The temple Zerubbabel built of stone, wood and physical materials was nowhere near as glorious as the former temple of Solomon! This is a PROPHECY speaking about the temple to which Christ shall come the second time, in supreme POWER and GLORY—a temple far more glorious than Solomon’s!

To WHAT temple will Christ come very soon now? Are the Jews going to demolish the Moslem temple, Dome of the Rock, which stands on that site now, and build a new super-glorious new temple? NO!

Turn to Ephesians 2:19-22. The Church at Ephesus was composed of FORMER GENTILES.THEY ARE NO LONGER FOREIGN GENTILES, BUT FELLOW-CITIZENS WITH THE SAINTS — a spiritual NATION. They are also a FAMILY—of the “household” of GOD—the GOD FAMILY. As a BUILDING they are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being chief cornerstone. As a BUILDING, they are fitly framed together (in UNIFIED ORGANIZATION) growing into a HOLY TEMPLE!…

Source: Herbert W. Armstrong, March 1981 co-worker letter

Mr. Armstrong emphasized that Jesus Christ will come the second time to a spiritual temple composed of former Gentiles who became fellow citizens with the saints who jointly will become the spiritual nation of Israel. These are the same 144,000 firstfruits, that is, the great multitude of Gentile converts with the other saints who are fitly framed together that will become the HOLY TEMPLE.

For emphasis, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “As a BUILDING they are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being chief cornerstone.”

Now where did the apostles founded the Church or the spiritual temple? Where else but in Mount Zion! The introduction of the new Passover ceremony by Jesus Christ and the first Pentecost that happened after 50 days from His resurrection both transpired on top of Mount Zion! It was there in Mount Zion that God gave His Holy Spirit to those who were present. The apostle Peter gave his first sermon on top of Mount Zion during the foundation of the spiritual temple on that Feast of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-4, 14)

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:16-21

Now notice here that it was the Feast of Pentecost yet the context of Peter’s sermon was the Day of the Lord. The BIG QUESTION IS WHY? To better understand the connection between that Pentecost message with that of Joel’s prophecy involving the heavenly signs, let’s read it from Joel chapter 2:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. (Joel 2:32)

Let’s read that verse in the Amplified Bible Translation:

“And it shall come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Will be saved [from the coming judgment] For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the Lord has said, Even among the remnant [of survivors] whom the Lord calls.

Have you noticed that? There will be people who will escape from the coming judgment! That is the context of the prophecy of Joel concerning the Day of the Lord being mentioned even early on during that first Pentecost message given by the apostle Peter! That prophecy is actually pertaining to God’s Remembrancers. But there is another group that God mentions here – “Even among the remnant [of survivors] whom the Lord calls.” This is referring to the 10% and the 7,000 men of Revelation chapter 11 at the end of the second woe (Revelation 11:13).

As God founded the spiritual temple on Mount Zion during the Pentecost of 31 A.D., He will finish that spiritual temple in the context of that same place. That’s the reason God brought His Remembrancers from a far away country to go to Mount Zion to fulfill and complete the vision of God’s HOLY TEMPLE to which Jesus Christ will come the second time as seen by the apostle John in Revelation chapter 14 – “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”

Now, let’s ask this question: Can we consider now the possibility of Mount Zion to be the true location of the first and second temples? The answer is YES because it is the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zechariah 6:15). If that is so, then the very location that the Remembrancers are digging into would be the location of those two temples. As they clear out the rubble and stones from the physical temple, in so doing, they are also preparing themselves as part of the spiritual temple to which Jesus Christ will come intoBut to whom did God actually appointed the completion of that spiritual temple?

He used me in building the Philadelphia era of HIS CHURCH – – and in proclaiming His Gospel IN ALL THE WORLD!

Now He has brought this Great Commission near its FINISH. Neither I nor you know how much longer will be required completely to finish it!

But as I said at the beginning, some, even in the public press, are beginning to ask, WHO is the “heir apparent,” as the newspapers put it? WHO will rule the Church after Mr. Armstrong?

The answer is, NOBODY!

Source: Herbert W. Armstrong, March 1981 co-worker letter

NOBODY else will finish God’s spiritual temple. It will only be through the HANDS of the end time Zerubbabel!

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. (Zechariah 4:9)

That’s the reason our group has been named Herbert W. Armstrong Remembrancers and Keepers of God Foundation because we believe that nobody will finish the spiritual temple except through an end-time Zerubbabel. And the two witnesses who come from a far away land are the prophesied TWO HANDS of that end time Zerubbabel, Mr. Armstrong! You can even scrutinize our logo what that represents.

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God the Father gave the work in Mount Zion to prepare His physical and spiritual temple in Jerusalem for the return of His Son, Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. It is there where He will gather His 144,000 firstfruits. God’s mysteries will be finished in the context of His work in Jerusalem, and that is, the Mount Zion dig and the Children’s Playground – “for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance” (Joel 2:32). It will not be in Edstone nor in any place else. That is the reason why God is seeing His Remembrancers from a distant land as saviors because they are doing the short work of righteousness which is by faith as they complete the number of the 144,000 firstfruits to become the spiritual temple to which Jesus Christ shall come into.

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s. (Obadiah 1:21)

That kingdom shall be composed of His 144,000 firstfruits who will stand with God on Mount Zion (Revelation 14:1). That is the conclusion of the short work that God has given to His Remembrancers now. What a marvelous vision Mount Zion is giving us.

 

 

 

 

 

By Phinehas Eleazar Posted in Prophecy

The WHIRLWIND Prophecy (The King of the North and The King of the South Part 2)

On May 7, 2017, Melanie Phillips a British journalist known for her strong support for the state of Israel while on the other hand, a staunch critic of Iran gave a lecture entitled, “Melanie Phillips: A World in Turmoil” at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma. Stephen Flurry also made a program in Trumpet Daily Radio Show covering this free public lecture. (http://kpcg.fm/shows/trumpet-daily-radio-show)

This is just another ploy concocted by Stephen Flurry to make the members in the Philadelphia Church of God to be on their toes by forcing the agenda that will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel 11:40. But what was Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s thought concerning this prophecy? Are we so sure that we know? Less than three years before he died, Mr. Armstrong wrote what he strongly believe was the actual physical fulfillment of that prophecy. Here is what he wrote in the 1983 PLAIN TRUTH:

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THE MIDDLE EAST IN PROPHECY

The astounding background to the crisis in the Middle East-and how it will be resolved!

Ethiopia, the King of theSouth

Ethiopia was the only country in all East Africa that continued independent, and had a government and kingdom dating back before the Roman Empire. It was the southern part of the kingdom of the south. So it is the only possible government that could be the king of the south.

At the time of the end-our time-this king of the south was to push at the king of the north, now at Rome!

In 1895 King Menelik, of Ethiopia, sent an army of 9,000 to 10,000 men against General Baratieri’s Italian army. North of Ethiopia was Eritrea, belonging to Italy. And southeast was Italian Somaliland. In 1896 General Baratieri with 13,000 men tried to defend Eritrea against the Ethiopians, They lost 4,600 whites and 3,000 native troops, and more than 3,500 were taken prisoner. In a later engagement the Italians were cut to pieces because of their inexperience in fighting in mountainous country and because they were greatly outnumbered.

This defeat was disastrous to Italian expansion in Africa. Ever since, Italy demanded revenge! In 1927 Mussolini set the time, at just 40 years from that defeat, or 1935, when he would be ready “finally to make our voice heard, and see our ‘rights recognized!” 1935 came. The hour struck!

Mussolini attacked! Now notice verse 40: ” .., and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

A whirlwind comes in the air, sweeping all before it. Mussolini did send a great air force into Africa!

Also many modern “chariots”- trucks, tanks, etc.-and ships, loaded with soldiers. More than 1 00,000 sailed to Ethiopia. And, notice it, Mussolini’s forces were to pass over-in the air! It is at this precise point in this astounding prophecy that Mussolini’s struggle in Ethiopia and in World War II ended. Mussolini did not finish the prophecy. There is yet another leader to arise in Europe!

Notice what will next happen!

Verse 41 – “He shall enter also into the glorious land … “-the Holy Land. This is yet to be fulfilled.

When the coming revival of the Roman Empire takes the Holy Land, then the nations will be plunged into the initial phase of the great, last and final crisis at the close of this age! Other prophecies reveal that this revival of the Roman Empire will bring into subjection the U.S, and Britain!

Source: Page 26, PLAIN TRUTH September 1983

Let’s emphasize here that Mr. Armstrong believed that the next phase of the prophecy to be fulfilled is verse 41.

“He shall enter also into the glorious land … “-the Holy Land. This is YET to be fulfilled.

He also firmly believed that Ethiopia was the fulfillment of the King of the South, yet look at what the PCG is looking forward to – they have prophesying that Daniel 11:40 has not yet been fulfilled and they have strongly indicated that Iran is the new King of the South. By the way, geographically speaking, looking at any map, Iran can be found EAST of Jerusalem while Ethiopia lies in the SOUTH.

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Stephen does not believe what Mr. Armstrong taught about the Daniel 11:40 prophecy. Instead, he wrote his own version of the prophecy in his booklet “History and Prophecy of the Middle East” which gave way to Iran becoming the new King of the South while disregarding what Mr. Armstrong wrote in his 1983 article in the Plain Truth. Here is what Stephen wrote in his booklet:

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Prophecy Shifts to End Time

Now we see how this amazing prophecy in Daniel 11 will affect everyone on Earth. Verse 40: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Moffatt begins verse 40 by saying, “When the end arrives.” At this point, the prophecy jumps way ahead to the time we are living in now. It brings us right up to date with today’s news.

God says that when the end arrives, the king of the south will push at the king of the north—or the Roman Empire, which, for the last 1,500 years, has resided in the heart of Europe. The word “push” in verse 40 means to strike or to wage war against. It denotes violence. Both sides will be motivated by radical religion. Centuries of recorded history prove that when it comes to religion in the Middle East, it often means war.

And who is this king of the south which pushes so violently? Anciently, it was south of Jerusalem in Egypt. In this end time, it will comprise a conglomerate of nations much larger and more powerful than ancient Egypt. Much of this force will be south of Jerusalem, but not all of it. Certainly, though, we know it will be south of the resurrected Roman Empire.

The nations around the Holy Land, for the most part, are Islamic. It is this great power, fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, which is the king of the south. Most notable among the rising tide of radical Islam is Iran, which, since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, has accumulated massive military might. It is considered the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism. And with the support of many other Islamic nations, like Iraq, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, Iran will be able to deliver a formidable “push” against the king of the north.

Source: Pages 14-15, History and Prophecy of the Middle East

Stephen openly disregarded what Mr. Armstrong taught about the king of the south. To him, Iran is the real king of the south. Little did the members of the Philadelphia Church of God know that aside from the changes he introduced in his booklet about the prophecy of the Middle East, he was also instrumental in setting up the NO CONTACT POLICY and the introduction of every paganism such as Mother’s Day, Irish Dancing and Cremation inside the Church. (More on that later.) God is very disappointed with what Stephen is doing to His Church. This is the very reason their prophecy keeps on failing like the article posted last April 14 concerning the resurgence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new president of Iran.

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Only a few days after the article was posted in the Trumpet website, Mr. Ahmadinejad was disqualified. Well how about their long awaited “king of fierce countenance” Karl Theodore zu Guttenberg? Will he ever really go back to seize his rightful place in Brad Macdonald’s prophecy?

What is happening now to their prophecy? Why does it keep on failing? Will the Daniel 11:40 timeline be projected even further into the future? Or should we rather expect verse 41 to be fulfilled?

Mr. Armstrong taught the Church about the principle of duality in the fulfillment of God’s prophecies, therefore we can apply it on the Daniel 11:40 prophecy. Again, Mr. Armstrong has already written about the physical fulfillment of this speciific prophecy in his 1983 article in the Plain Truth, but how about it’s spiritual fulfillment? Well, we have already discussed in Part 1 about the spiritual fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy concerning the kings of the north and the south in God’s Church.

AND OF THEM OF UNDERSTANDING

Now in this Part 2, we will continue with the vision God gave to the prophet Daniel in chapter 11. Let’s have some review from Part 1:

Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. (Daniel 11:28)

The word “he” in this verse is referring to Joseph W. Tkach Sr the king of the south.

The word “return” is not a good translation. “Return” is shub H7725 which can also mean “pervert” in Strong’s Concordance

Pervert in the dictionary means:

  • To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good
  • to lead astray morally
  • to turn away from the right course
  • practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive;

Pervert is synonymous to the words, corrupt, lead astray, desecrate

In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon the word “return” can also mean, to lead away, apostatize

Apostatize

  • To abandon one’s religious faith
  • To forsake or abandon one’s belief, faith, or allegiance
  • To commit apostasy.

Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. (Daniel 11:28)

Paraphrasing verse 28 by substituting the meanings, we can actually read it this way:

Then shall he, Joseph W. Tkach Sr. shall lead astray his land, the WCG with great riches that he inherited from Mr. Armstrong; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and apostatize, abandon his religious belief, faith and allegiance to his own Church.

Daniel chapter 11 really gives us the history and prophecy of God’s Church in this end time. It gives us an inside look on the details on what transpired during the transition from the Philadelphia era going to the Laodicean era. Let’s continue in verse 29:

At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. (Daniel 11:29)

Verse 29 can actually be read this way:

At the time appointed Joseph W. Tkach Sr. shall abandon his religious faith, and come toward the south (the opposition); but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.

It says in verse 29 that Tkach Sr. will not be as the former (Garner Ted) or as the latter (his son, Joe Jr). Yes, he will not be like the former, Garner Ted because he was able to totally conceal his real agenda from Mr. Armstrong, yet he shall not be as his own son Joe Jr. because this latter king of the south figure was much worse than him. Can we prove it? Well, the proof is written in the next verse:

For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. (Daniel 11:30)

“Come against” is not a good translation – In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it can also mean: brought in, to be introduced,

In Strong’s Concordance: bring forth, brought in, cause to enter in, cause to come in, go employ, lead, lifted up, taken in

Ship

  • the crew and passengers of a vessel.
  • To hire oneself out or enlist for service on a ship.
  • To hire (a person) for work on a ship.
  • To hire oneself out or enlist for service on a ship

The word “Chittim” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon means “bruiser””

Bruiser in the dictionary means “A person who enjoys arguing with others

It is synonymous to the word “bully

Bully means to intimidate or terrorize; discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

So this ships of Chittim can be rendered as “hired personnel who enjoys arguing with others”; “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize

This is an appropriate description of Joe Tkach Jr and his fellows who took over the position of the king of the south from his own father. How did it all happen?

“therefore he (Joseph W. Tkach Sr.) shall be grieved, and return,”

Grieve – means “to be cowed” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon

CowedTo frighten or subdue with threats or a show of force. (See synonyms at intimidate)

Return – shub in Hebrew H7725, in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it can also mean to lead away, apostatize

Intelligence in Strong’s Concordance can also mean “be cunning

To better understand verse 30, let’s use the definitions above:

For the “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize” shall be brought in, be lifted up and lead: therefore Tkach Sr. shall be subdued with threats to commit apostasy, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even cause the whole Church to turn away from what is right, proper, or good through the practice of sophistry in making doctrinal changes in order to mislead or deceive the members, and he shall be cunning with them that forsake the holy covenant.

Below is the actual fulfillment of the prophesied “ships of Chittim” or the “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize” as documented in the Raising Ruins book:

Tkach Jr. continued, “My dad hired Mike Feazell to assist him, especially in writing and theology, and he could have fired him at any time. My dad spent hours every day with Mike, working out details of letters, articles and sermons.” In 2002, Feazell admitted that as Mr. Tkach’s assistant, he was primarily “responsible for editing and drafting his written material.”…

Tkach’s Personal Assistant

In the fall of 1978, the church again hired him full time, to work at Ambassador’s Pasadena campus as a tennis instructor and equipment manager.

Then, coincident with Tkach Sr.’s appointment over Ministerial Services in 1979, Feazell catapulted up the WCG hierarchy. Tkach brought him on board first as a special projects coordinator and later as personal assistant. Feazell was not a minister at the time he joined Church Administration.

Feazell had been a friend of the Tkach family for a number of years. He met Tkach’s son, Joe. Jr., at Imperial High School in 1967, where both of them were attending as tenth graders. They later attended Ambassador College together in Pasadena and graduated together in 1973. During the summer months of his college years, Feazell even lived with the Tkaches. In many ways, Joe Sr. was like a father to him…

Head of the Ministry

After his father succeeded Mr. Armstrong in January 1986, Joe Jr. began a sharp ascent up the WCG hierarchy. His father appointed him assistant director of Church Administration in August 1986, where he worked for Larry Salyer. (Salyer had replaced Tkach Sr. as head of Church Administration once Tkach became pastor general.)…

Thus, in a matter of 15 short months, Joseph Tkach Jr. went from being a non-salaried, local church elder—the lowest-ranking spiritual office in the WCG—to the pastor-ranked director over the WCG’s ministry. This meteoric ascent put him in charge of approximately 1,200 WCG ministers in less than a year and a half

Head of Media Operations

Bernie Schnippert somehow escaped the STP fallout and remained within the WCG…

Thus, the man who coordinated the Systematic Theology Project in 1977 was now director of all the church’s media operations nine years later—just a year and a half after the death of Herbert Armstrong…

Head of the College

Dr. Ward managed to escape the accreditation fallout. He settled into a low-profile position as pastor of a congregation in East Texas…

The following year, in 1988, Ambassador College again began its active pursuit of accreditation—and just like in 1978, Dr. Ward was at the helm. Their plan—surprise, surprise—was to close operations in Pasadena and consolidate in Big Sandy as an accredited institution.

Out With the Old

So, in less than two years after Mr. Armstrong’s death, Don Ward was president of Ambassador College, Bernie Schnippert headed all the media operations, Joe Tkach Jr. was in charge of the ministry and Michael Feazell was the pastor general’s executive assistant and ghost writer.

Another personality who would figure prominently in the new administration was Greg Albrecht, who was dean of students at AC Pasadena throughout the 1980s. In 1990, Bernie Schnippert moved Albrecht into Editorial Services, where he would later be given charge of the church’s flagship magazine, the Plain Truth.

All five of these scholars were made evangelists after Mr. Armstrong died in 1986.

Source: Pages 58-63, Raising the Ruins

These five so called scholars headed by Joe Tkach Jr. have specifically fulfilled the ships of Chittim prophecy. They took away “the daily” or the work of God by transforming the WCG into a mainstream Christianity.

And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)

Joe Tkach Jr. used the government of God he took from his father to make the “arms” or the forces of the ministry which included the high ranking evangelists to implement the doctrinal changes that polluted the Church. With the “ships of Chittim” at his disposal, any opposition have been dealt with accordingly with suspension or disfellowshipment. With that scheme, he was able to corrupt both the ministers and members alike

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32)

“The people that do know their God” were Mr. Gerald Flurry and Mr. John Amos. They became strong and did exploits because of the revelation given to them in Malachi’s Message.

Malachi’s Message was originally written in 1989, when the new direction in God’s Church was, to many of its members, not very perceptible. The book was primarily intended to alert the ministry of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) as to what was really happening and, secondarily, to alert the Church membership. When an early draft of the book was brought to the attention of WCG leadership in Pasadena, California, Gerald Flurry and his assistant, John Amos, were fired from their positions as WCG ministers. As this book explains, the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) began immediately.

Source: Preface, Malachi’s Message

They had been summoned to the WCG Pasadena Headquarters and were both fired on December 7, 1989 from the Worldwide Church of God ministry. At this particular instance, the position for the king of the north has now been passed on to Mr. Gerald Flurry. After being fired from the ministry, he immediately established the Philadelphia Church of God on December 20, 1989.

And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. (Daniel 11:33-34)

During the early years of the PCG, they that understand among the people or the PCG membership have instructed many members of the WCG about the doctrinal changes happening inside at that time. They tried to give a little help to other WCG members who were lost in figuring out what was happening by sending them a copy of Malachi’s Message and the doctrinal changes booklet. Yet many of the WCG members were lured to join other COG groups that came out of the WCG like Global Church of God, United Church of God to name a few. But in spite of that, many people still cleave to the PCG with flatteries.

And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. (Daniel 11:35)

Although many PCG members came to understand the prophecies contained in Malachi’s Message were true, yet there were others who still fall away from the truth and left the PCG. The time appointed being mentioned here is referring to the 2,300 evening and morning prophecy of Daniel. (For a full explanation of this subject, you may read our article “THE LAST END Vision of the Prophet Daniel – Part 2“)

This prophecy is twofold which has a first and a second 1,150 days fulfillment. Verse 35 expands from the vision of the transition of the Philadelphia era going to the Laodicean era (1,150 days fulfillment) and the transition of the Laodicean era going to the remnant group from the Laodicean Church (1,150 days fulfillment) who will prepare for Christ’s Second Coming.

Notice the word “some” which is in italics which means that it was not in the original Hebrew text of the Bible. so it should read “And of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end:”

This verse is just showing us that everyone else even those “of understanding” will fall away including the present membership of the PCG. This is connected with the prophecy in Matthew chapter 24

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Matthew 24:1-2)

Jesus Christ have prophesied of the physical desolation of the physical temple in 70 AD, but there’s a duality to that prophecy which concerns God’s spiritual temple, His Church. It says in verse 2 that “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

The apostle Peter compared God’s people to “lively stones” that “are built up a spiritual house.” So Jesus Christ is talking about members in God’s Church being thrown down – everyone. And it means everyone. “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Have we not seen the specific fulfillment of this prophecy with our own eyes? Everyone in God’s Church has been thrown down including Mr. Gerald Flurry and that includes us.

God’s purpose in verse 35 is actually to purge and to make His lively stones to become white. Let’s continue with verse 36.

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (Daniel 11:36)

Joe Tkach Jr. did according to his will and exalted himself by using the government of God. He was so proud of his legacy in turning the WCG into a mainstream Christianity which he flaunts in his book, Transformed by Truth. God allowed Joe Jr. to fulfill what was written in verse 36 according to His determined plan of transition from the Philadelphia era to the Laodicean era.

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (Daniel 11:37-38)

What is the desire of women? Is it not to be with her husband?

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16)

Joe Tkach Jr. did not regard the God of his father, Joseph W. Tkach Sr. He did not regard the desire of the Church to be ruled by her Husband, Jesus Christ. Instead, he only focused on transforming the whole WCG religion to be aligned with the religion of this world whose god is Satan the devil. He even used the wealth of the WCG to accomplish that.

Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)

With all the lies, deception and abuse of power that Joe Jr. and his fellows perpetrated just to get their own way, it eventually led to the division of the Worldwide Church of God.

Legacy of Abuse

According to a document produced in 2002, Feazell said that Mr. Armstrong “had complete authority doctrinally and administratively. Disloyalty among ministers was dealt with by firing and expulsion from the church fellowship.” The exact same thing can be said about the Tkaches, as Feazell later admitted in a court deposition: “Any minister of any church is required … to teach what the church’s doctrines are …” And if someone “teaches contrary to church doctrine [in the wcg], then they are subject to being disfellowshiped.” And many were. How many is an open question, but it isn’t going far out on a limb to suggest that the Tkaches were responsible for forcing more people out than Mr. Armstrong ever was—by far. According to Feazell, since the Tkaches took over, more than half of the church’s membership and ministry has either left or been shown the door

And since these changes were made FROM THE TOP DOWN, by men with unchecked authority, ministers and members alike were left with only one option: They had to abandon the fundamental truths they had proven and believed and taught for years while inside the Worldwide Church of God and accept Tkach’s new teachings—or they were FORCED out by excommunication

Tkach said that church attendance peaked at 150,000 in 1988, two years after Mr. Armstrong died. By the time Tkach wrote his book in 1997, WCG attendance had dwindled to about 58,000—an attrition rate of over 60 percent. Yes, their “remarkable” transformation, as Feazell wrote four years later in his own book, resulted “in the exodus of more than half of the church’s members and clergy .…”Today, that mass exodus must surely be nearer to 75 percent. That’s not to say that all those who left did so in order to uphold Mr. Armstrong’s teachings.

Source: Pages 8-10, 13-14, Raising the Ruins

Church members around the world have a choice as to which COG group they will join in to uphold Mr. Armstrong’s teachings: Philadelphia Church of God, Global Church of God, United Church of God, Restored Church of God, and many more splinter groups. Others jump from one COG group to another while some decided not to join any group. But the true Church of God that continued the work of Mr. Armstrong was the Philadelphia Church of God. And this will be proven as we proceed with Daniel’s prophecy.

THE  PUSH OF THE KING OF THE SOUTH

Mr. Armstrong prophesied in 1983 that the so called “whirlwind prophecy of Daniel 11:40 has already come to pass. Yet there is a duality of that prophecy which is spiritual in nature that concerns God’s Church in this end time and it has also already been fulfilled as well.

Again we know that PROPHECY IS HISTORY WRITTEN IN ADVANCE. What significant event in the history of God’s Church comes next after the CHURCH DIVISION as prophesied in verse 39? It’s actually the SIX YEAR COURT BATTLE between the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God! That’s the whirlwind prophecy

We know already that the position of King of the North has already been passed on to Mr. Gerald Flurry while the King of the South was taken already by Joe Tkach Jr. from his own father through his intimidation with the help of his own fellows known also as the SHIP OF CHITTIM (v. 30).

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (Daniel 11:40)

This PUSH is actually referring to the court case filed by the Worldwide Church of God against the Philadelphia Church of God.

Battle Lines Drawn

(O)n January 21, Mr. (Ralph) Helge penned this letter to my father demanding that the PCG stop distribution of Mystery of the Ages:

Dear Mr. Flurry:

It has just come to the church’s attention, through the January 1997 edition of your Trumpet magazine, that you are offering the book, entitled Mystery of the Ages, for distribution.

As you are well aware, the Worldwide Church of God holds the copyright of said book. We are assuming that you are distributing an infringing copy of the same. Therefore, we hereby respectfully demand that you immediately cease and desist from copying, distributing or advertising said book.

We would appreciate your advising us by what authority you are, without the permission of the church, copying and publishing said book?

Please advise us promptly as to your intentions in this matter. If we do not hear from you promptly we shall assume that you are violating the church’s copyright in said regard and that it is your intention to continue to do so. In such case, we will take appropriate action without further notice.

My father was already prepared for the consequences of his actions. If that meant going to court to fight for “said book,” then so be it. He decided not to respond to Helge’s letter. The battle lines were clearly drawn.

Source: Pages 227-228, Raising the Ruins

From that time on the WCG filed a case against the PCG for printing Mystery of the Ages. That was the PUSH exerted by the King of the South Joe Tkach Jr.

At the beginning of the case, remember, Tkach Jr. arrogantly asserted that the reason they filed this suit was to “block the republication of Mystery of the Ages.” Their duty as Christians was to keep this book out of print because they believed “Mr. Armstrong’s doctrinal errors are better left out of circulation.”

A WHIRLWIND WITH CHARIOTS

“…and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,”

The “whirlwind with chariots” is a symbol of God’s direct involvement in the continuation of the Elijah Work.

And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal… And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2 Kings 2:1, 11

In the Bible, what does a symbol of a “whirlwind” mean? Whirlwind can also be a symbol of God’s actual presence.

The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. (Ezekiel 1:3-4)

A whirlwind can also be a symbol of God’s fury or anger:

Behold, a whirlwind of the Lordis gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:19-20)

A Whirlwind

Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. (Jeremiah 30:23-24)

So during the court case battle, God used the PCG as His instrument to execute His judgment and fury against the King of the South Joe Tkach Jr. and his fellows to manifest to everyone in the world the Church group that continued the Elijah work.

AND WITH HORSEMEN

…and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,”

The word “horsemen” is parash in Hebrew H6571 in BDB which can also mean horse, steed, warhorse. The horsemen should be translated as a warhorse. Now who or what is this warhorse being mentioned here?

Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. (Zechariah 10:3)

It is the house of Judah or the PCG! This is even proven in the Zechariah booklet written by Mr. Gerald Flurry. On page 71 we can read:

“Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle” (verse 3). Two groups are talked about in this verse. First are the shepherds who are actually hardheaded goats— speaking of the Laodicean ministry in God’s own Church. Second are the spiritual Jews whom God has made a goodly horse in battle, or a majestic warhorse. We really are in a war, and God has empowered His covenant people by His Holy Spirit to be a majestic warhorse.

For emphasis, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote that God made the spiritual Jews or the PCG to be His MAJESTIC WARHORSE during the six year court battle.

A grueling, life-and-death, six-year copyright battle ensued in which the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God went head to head over the beliefs outlined in Mystery of the Ages. The history of that amazing case and its wondrous outcome shines a stark light on what really happened inside the Worldwide Church of God.

Source: Foreword, Raising the Ruins

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AND WITH MANY SHIPS

…: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships;”

Ships – oniyah (on-ee-yaw) H591 from H590 oniy (on-ee) which means a FLEET

The word “fleet” is synonymous to the words aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage which basically means, several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Aggregation

  • the act of gathering something together;
  • to come together or collect in a mass or whole

Through the six year court case, the PCG has gathered and collected several WCG documents.

Relying on a wealth of official WCG documents and depositions submitted in federal courts, this book reveals the truth behind the shipwreck of the Worldwide Church of God. WCG officials pleaded in court for many of these documents to be kept confidential and ultimately destroyed after the litigation ended. Why? Because, as their former in-house attorney contended in a declaration at the conclusion of the case, “such documents constitute the private, confidential and internal discussion of underlying religious decisions regarding the changes in church doctrine,” as well as “the discussion and decisions regarding the publication or non-publication of church doctrine.”

After years of obscuring their actions, denying their motivations and covering their tracks, that, as it turns out, was their final, desperate attempt to bury the facts about how they went about transforming the church.

Source: Foreword, Raising the Ruins

Collection

  • A group of objects or works to be seen, studied, or kept together.

This is referring to the collection of Mr. Armstrong’s works to be seen, studied or kept together.

More significant than this, however, is the offensive posture we took in our counterclaim. In the “prayer for relief,” we asked the court to not only dismiss the WCG’s claim, but to reward us with the rights to print and distribute 18 other works by Mr. Armstrong. As with the advertising campaign, we again wanted to get ourselves on offensive footing. This was central to my father’s strategy throughout the case—if the plaintiff would come on strong, we would meet the aggression head-on and take it a step further. As small as we were (compared to them) and even though a “defendant,” he wanted us to continually wrap our minds around the fact that we were on the attack and that we would somehow come out victorious in the end. Thus, seven weeks after first getting our feet wet in this case—in any kind of litigation, for that matter— WE UNLEASHED A COUNTER-ATTACK.

Source: Pages 242-243, Raising the Ruins

NOTICED THAT? The COLLECTION of Mr. Armstrong’s works was the OFFENSIVE POSTURE THE PCG TOOK IN FOR THEIR COUNTERCLAIM BEING UNLEASHED AS A COUNTER-ATTACK. That’s one of the MANY spiritual SHIPS being discussed in Daniel’s prophecy.

They chose to come after us in an attempt to keep Mystery buried. We determined to defend against that action—and to go after more literature at the same time. Here are the works we targeted in our counterclaim:

  1. The Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course (58 lessons)
  2. The Incredible Human Potential
  3. The United States and Britain in Prophecy
  4. The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like
  5. The Missing Dimension in Sex
  6. The Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong (volumes 1 and 2)
  7. The Plain Truth About Healing
  8. What Science Can’t Discover About the Human Mind
  9. Pagan Holidays or God’s Holy Days—Which?
  10. Does God Exist?
  11. Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath?
  12. The Seven Laws of Success
  13. Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?
  14. Just What Do You Mean … Born Again?
  15. Why Marriage! Soon Obsolete?
  16. The Proof of the Bible
  17. What Is Faith?

We didn’t realize it at the time, but my father’s decision to go after these 18 works affected the lawsuit’s final outcome more than any other single event.

Source: Page 243, Raising the Ruins

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Again, this is the fulfillment of “the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships” Again, one of the “MANY ships” the PCG used in this court battle was the GATHERING of the WCG documents and depositions and this counterclaim for the COLLECTION of Mr. Armstrong’s 18 works. Another meaning of “collection” is “a collecting of money, as in church.” Mr. Gerald Flurry also sought for more money during the court case.

Accumulation

  • something that has been collected, gathered, heaped

WE REJECTED this initial offer, and many others to follow, just as sure as WCG rejected a number of our counteroffers. What’s more, even after both sides had agreed to the principal terms of settlement on January 16, 2003, contractual negotiations were nearly derailed when the WCG insisted that we either give back or destroy all the documents we had accumulated in this case from the WCG.

Source: Page 342, Raising the Ruins

ENTER INTO THE COUNTRIES AND SHALL OVERFLOW

…and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow

Overflow

  • to be supplied with in great measure
  • an excess or superabundance.

Let’s look at how God supplied the PCG with material blessings in superabundance.

Growth of the Work

After obtaining all the literature in March of 2003, we saw an immediate need for a multi-purpose facility where we could store huge quantities of literature and process mail…

In the spring of 2004, a year after the victory, we began the piecemeal process of moving our headquarters staff from the Waterwood complex out to the 168 acres, beginning with those assigned to work at the MPC. We also unveiled plans for a two-story, 22,825 square-foot Hall of Administration to serve as our new headquarters…

Later that year, after we acquired the piano and candelabra from the WCG auction, my father took the purchase as God’s signal for us to begin thinking about building an auditorium in the tradition of Ambassador…

In October 2004, during the same week we broke ground on the Hall of Administration, the Pasadena Star-News revealed the WCG’s plan to move its headquarters operations off the Ambassador College campus in Pasadena and onto the “smaller, less expensive trappings of an industrial building” in Glendora, California. Even as Tkachism prepared for its last ruinous act, selling off the formerly great Pasadena headquarters, God showed His mighty hand by raising the ruins in Edmond—and during the very same week…

In the summer of 2005, with construction on the Hall of Administration in full swing, we broke ground on a $2 million college building that would provide housing for 34 more students downstairs and serve as an academic center upstairs. Thus, we had two huge structures going up concurrently on campus in 2005, just as my father had indicated might happen.

Meanwhile, the work of the church was experiencing explosive growth. The year the lawsuit ended, The Key of David aired weekly on just ONE STATION: WGN. In March of 2005, two years later (after the court case battle), we were on 92 television stations around the world.

Source: Pages 360-361, Raising the Ruins

That’s how the PCG has fulfilled the prophecy “…and he shall enter into the countries” through its explosive growth even expanding their reach on many countries around the world through those 92 television stations from just ONE STATION in 2003. Look at how the PCG was able to ENTER MANY COUNTRIES because of the OVERFLOW or superabundance of God’s blessings during and after the court case battle.

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AND PASSOVER

and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

Pass over – abar (aw-bar) H5674

In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it is defined as

  • to be alienated, to pass into other hands
  • transgress
  • to pass away, to perish, cease to exist
  • to become invalid

In Strong’s Concordance the word “pass over” is being “USED VERY WIDELY OF ANY TRANSITION

  1. alienate
  2. alter
  3. make to transgress
  4. cause to make proclamation
  5. make partition

Let’s define each word for better understanding.

  1. Alienate
  • To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive;
  • to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange (“estrange” means to remove to or keep at a distance)
  • law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person

This tells the story of how Mr. Gerald Flurry transferred the ownership of the title of position being the King of the North to his own son, Stephen. The highest position was passed into the hands of Stephen. This also tells the story how Mr. Gerald Flurry was caused to become withdrawn or unresponsive, indifferent, estranged and how he was kept at a distance through the NO CONTACT POLICY.

  1. Alter
  • to change (something)
  • to make a change so that it will fit better

Notice how Stephen MADE CHANGES to Mystery of the Ages so that it will fit better to his own line of thoughts. From October 21, 2004 Pastor General’s Report:

CHANGES TO MYSTERY OF THE AGES

by Stephen Flurry

The sentence we removed from our 2003 version is found on page 245 of the older one, where it said, “No prophets are mentioned as having either administrative, executive or preaching functions in the New Testament Church.” We removed that sentence from the 2003 version, not because we are doing away with Mr. Armstrong’s teachings, but because of what God has added to the Church since Mr. Armstrong died—the revealed truth that there is, in fact, a prophet guiding the Church today who also serves an administrative and executive position within the Church. God did not reveal this to Mr. Armstrong before he died, just as He didn’t reveal the specifics about the Laodicean rebellion—for obvious reasons… Now we could have attempted to write another section to be included in Mystery of the Ages that would reflect this new revelation, but we felt it best to preserve the text as closely as possible to the original and simply strike that sentence and then let our other literature, like That Prophet, reflect the Church’s new teaching on the subject. In fact, the next time we print Mystery of the Ages, we will also cut a parenthetical phrase found on page 350 —one that we overlooked last year. Again, in reference to the position of prophet, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “of which there are none in God’s Church today since the Bible for our time is complete.” Again, there is a prophet leading God’s Church today.

Source: Pages 3-4, October 21, 2004 Pastor General’s Report under the CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

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Stephen made these changes to Mystery of the Ages on August 12, 2003 – SEVEN MONTHS after the conclusion of the six-year court case battle on January 16, 2003

  1. Make partition

Partition in the dictionary means:

  • the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
  • A WALL

This meaning is obviously referring to the Ezekiel 4 IRON WALL or the NO CONTACT POLICY which was done as a “separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart” the PCG members from Mr. Gerald Flurry and their suspended relatives and friends.

“cause to make proclamation” – Mr. Gerald Flurry was caused to proclaim the NO CONTACT POLICY through the December 10, 2005 Pastor General’s Report.

He was also MADE TO TRANSGRESS when he was influenced to support CREMATION as early as 2004. Read the article in the Royal Vision, May-June 2004 entitled “PREPAID FUNERAL” written by Mark Nash. Add to that, the introduction of Mother’s Day on May 11, 2007 through the article, “The Beautiful Role of a Mother” and also Irish dancing being brought in by Wayne Turgeon later after that.

  1. The word “pass over” can also mean to pass away, to perish, cease to exist

Now who passed away, perished and cease to exist AFTER the court case battle that concluded on January 16, 2003? It’s NONE OTHER than Mrs. Barbara Flurry on September 5, 2004.

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Again the word “pass over” in Strong’s is being “USED VERY WIDELY OF ANY TRANSITION” so we have seen how this transition has transpired precisely as God prophesied. Now look at how Satan is coming in the flesh through Stephen Flurry and did the same thing as he did in the past:

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (Isaiah 14:13)

Stephen is now sitting upon the mount of the congregation or the government of the Church – IN THE SIDES OF THE NORTH. Mr. Gerald Flurry is the real King of the North, yet Stephen sit in the side of his father and eventually took the role of the king of the north after the court case battle has been concluded. That’s the TRANSITION as Mr. Gerald Flurry knowingly or unknowingly passed the authority given to him by God to his son, Stephen.

This principle can be proven in an article posted in the pcog.org website with their article, “Elijah’s Prayer.” Look at the reason why Mr. Gerald Flurry has transitioned the authority to his son, Stephen – he based it on their initial engagement with Malachi’s Message in Robber’s Cave:

Finally, my son read the rough draft of Malachis Message on Sunday, July 16, 1989—exactly years after Mr. Armstrong died! My son was positive in what he said, but he didn’t say much. I could tell he had been sobered by what he read. The sanctuary had already been cleansed, but it took a few months before that rain began to reach beyond the altar, or ministry.

In God’s eyes, that is when the “latter rain” began (James 5:7)—with my son. At that point, the drought ended. With great relief and joy, we thanked God that He was once again revealing truth to His very elect!

Within six months, we were mailing Malachi’s Message to a large number of the Laodiceans. Revelation was again raining into God’s Church. Many of God’s people realized they had been starving and thirsting to death because of a lack of spiritual nourishment! This eternal, life-saving rain brought God’s people to the PCG.

That refreshing spiritual rain had started on July 16, 1989, with one young, UNBAPTIZED man reading a rough draft of Gods revelation.

God’s Challenge to Young People

For me to give Malachi’s Message to my son placed a HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY on him. I knew this was going to be a test for my son. When something like that happens, we have to make the right decision! Clearly, the way God viewed it, that was a far more significant moment than it would have appeared.

Young people, realize: My son really wrestled with that choice—as probably any UNBAPTIZED person would have. He loved college, yet here was his dad doing something that many members dismissed as rank rebellion! God made him choose—just as He makes each of us choose. It would have been so easy to turn away from God at that point and to miss all the blessings. But if we make the right choice, God can accomplish tremendous things in our lives! We must always strive to get ourselves out of the way and let God lead us.

Look what one person can achieve by choosing correctly and going wherever God leads him!

God began the latter spiritual rain with an UNBAPTIZED PERSON!…

Is there a connection between what happened in Robber’s Cave with my son and what happened with the new revelation about the little book?

Source: https://www.pcog.org/articles/3649/elijah-s-prayer

Mr. Gerald Flurry emphasized in his article the HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY given to his son Stephen as a hint that the authority given to him by God as the King of the North would be transitioned accordingly to no one else but his son. So the word “he” in the next verses will now be referring specifically to Stephen Flurry after the six year court case battle.

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)

The word “enter” is “bo” in Hebrew H935 in Strong’s which also mean BESIEGE while the “glorious land” being mentioned is the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. Substituting the word BESIEGE we can read verse 41 this way:

He (Stephen) shall BESIEGE also into the glorious land (PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma), and many countries (PCG congregations around the world) shall be overthrown…

This verse in Daniel is connected with the prophecy in Jeremiah chapter 1:

Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north AN EVIL shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. (Jeremiah 1:14)

Notice here that there was an EVIL that comes OUT OF THE NORTH. This EVIL is referring to the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 being led by the new King of the North, Stephen Flurry. Notice in the next verse that there is a conspiracy among the families of all the high ranking ministers in the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.

For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. (Jeremiah 1:15)

The word “come” is the same word that was used in Daniel 11:41 for “enter” which can also mean “BESIEGE”

For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall BESIEGE, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. (Jeremiah 1:15)

This is the same prophecy concerning the Ezekiel 4 SIEGE that involves the NO CONTACT POLICY. The prophet Jeremiah is giving us a clear picture that shows how the families of the kingdoms of the north (i.e., evangelists, regional directors, pastors and the field ministry) were instrumental in besieging the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma and all the PCG congregations around the world.

EDOM, MOAB AND THE CHIEF OF THE CHILDREN OF AMMON

…but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” (Daniel 11:41)

This latter part of verse 41 has always been interpreted by the PCG as referring to their physical place of safety located in Petra, Jordan. They even published a booklet about this place to prove its veracity.

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But did Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong say that the place of safety would indeed be all about the rocky fortress of the Edomites? In a co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961, he wrote the following:

Dear Co-Worker, let me tell you, I have faced this — I know it is REAL — and it is sure to come! But, if we whom Christ is using as His Co-Workers are faithful — if we deny NOT His precious Word by clinging to the pagan traditions of MEN which form the WAY of this world — if we walk through the gigantic door of mass- evangelism He has opened for us to reach the whole world — if we put HIS KINGDOM and this glorious Message of it FIRST in our lives — sacrifice for it — and remain FAITHFUL to the end, Jesus Christ has PROMISED to protect us from this terrifying destruction to come.

Read Luke 21:36 — if we WATCH, to see events prophesied coming to pass — if we PRAY always and earnestly — we shall be accounted worthy to ESCAPE these terrifying events — yes, ALL these catastrophic destructions.

HOW? I do not know, definitely, how. But in Revelation 12:14 we are to be taken on the symbolic “wings of a great eagle” to a place of safety — described as into the wilderness — or desert. Does that mean we are to be taken by giant airplanes? Possibly — yet Scripture says God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt “on eagles’ wings.”

Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961

Did Mr. Armstrong receive all the revelations about all there is to know about the place of safety?  Let Mr. Armstrong answer that question himself.  Let’s continue reading from the same co-worker letter referenced above:

I do not NEED to know more, now, about HOW, or WHERE. I think it quite possible that I do know already — in general, the time, and the place.

Perhaps God has already revealed it to me — but I do not want to say, unless or until SURE and unless l KNOW GOD WISHES IT REVEALED TO OTHERS.

It is enough to know GOD HAS PROMISED, if we comply with His conditions. It is enough to know WE CAN RELY ON GOD! It is SURE! And, if YOU are faithful, YOU may be SURE — and rely on it without FEAR!”

Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961

Mr. Armstrong said that for the time being, he need not know more about HOW or WHERE.  He admitted he only had a general knowledge and understanding of the subject such as the time when God’s people will be taken to the place of safety,  the place being in a wilderness and he thought it meant a desert.  He indicated he had some other thoughts about it but expressed that he did not want to say further unless or until he is SURE.  Moreover, Mr. Armstrong would not talk further about the rest of his thoughts unless he knows that God wants him to reveal it to others.

Did Mr. Armstrong ever dogmatically proclaim that Petra will be the place of safety?  To answer this question let’s look at what he said about Petra on two occasions.   Let’s look at a comment he made about Petra in a searing sermon entitled, ‘Warning to the Church’ which he gave on July 1, 1978:

Revelation 12:14  …were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place.

Now the place, where is it?  There’s been great contention.  I used to preach of the possibility it would be at Petra.  Well, I don’t know it will be at Petra; and I never said that I knew it would be.  But others say, “Well, that’s something we can get back at Herbert Armstrong.  Let’s just say he was wrong about that.”  And some very high in the Church were saying that’s a lot of rubbish and hogwash.  I say to you now, I don’t know whether it is Petra.  I don’t know where it is, or where it’ll be.  I know God knows. But I know this: there are many indications that it is Petra.  And if it isn’t Petra, then the Bible gives us absolutely no indication of where it will be.  Now that much I know, and I’ll stand my ground on any of you that want to come and face me with it. I have been to Petra, and it is not a very pleasant place to be. Well anyway, we’re to be taken where we will be…

Source: Sermon Transcript July 1, 1978Warning to the Church”

Having read those words, can anyone then claim that Mr. Armstrong taught dogmatically that Petra is indeed the place of safety?  It will be preposterous for someone to make such a claim!  Did he ever change his mind about Petra later as he concluded his ministry until his death on January 16, 1986?

Now, let’s look at a comment he made about Petra four years later in another co-worker letter dated July 16, 1982.  In this letter, he mentioned that he was writing from England, after returning from a trip to Jordan where he met with the late King Hussein.  While talking about some of his experiences in Jordan, he remembered about how the brethren had been looking up to Petra as the anticipated place of safety promised by God.  Here’s what he wrote:

“Incidentally, I know many of you seem to have your hearts set on going very soon to Petra as “the place of safety” during the soon-coming Great Tribulation. Well, GET YOUR MINDS OFF PETRA. Brethren, I HAVE NEVER said that Petra definitely is the place of protection where God will take us. I HOPE IT IS NOT! One reason it could be the place is that it is a place NOBODY ELSE WOULD WANT TO GO. It would be the most UNpleasant, UNcomfortable, miserable place you could go! There is nothing to be desired there.”

Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter,  July 16, 1982

That message was delivered by Mr. Armstrong about 3 and ½ years before his demise in January 16, 1986.  He did not have a change of mind about Petra.  He never had any positive, pleasant and inspiring thought about Petra.  He did not have even one positive word to describe Petra.  More importantly, he never made a last minute claim that God has finally revealed to him that Petra is definitely going to be the place of safety.  There was no revelation whatsoever that Mr. Armstrong received about the specifics of the place.

Even the published booklet, “Jordan and God’s Church in Prophecy” of the PCG has indicated on page 12 while describing Petra in Jordan as “THE LAND THAT IS VERY OFF.” Although it may have been a typographical error yet God allowed it to happen to show everyone in God’s Church that He does not emphatically say that Petra would be the supposed “place of safety.” So as God views it, Petra is really “THE LAND THAT IS VERY OFF.

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Moreover, Petra has been associated with its most extensive occupation and use during the early to mid-first millennium B.C.E., by the Biblical Edomites.

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

Is this where 10,000 Edomites were thrown to their deaths?

Glenn J. Corbett   • 04/08/2017

In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end of the Dead Sea, is said to have thrown another 10,000 captives from the top of nearby Sela, where they were “dashed to pieces” (2 Chronicles 25:12; 2 Kings 14:7). While the Biblical account provides only vague clues as to where this horrible event took place (Sela simply means “rock” in Hebrew), the archaeology of a little-known mountaintop stronghold in southern Jordan may hold the answer.

Located just 3 miles north of the Edomite capital of Bozrah (modern Buseirah) in the rugged highlands of southern Jordan is an imposing natural rock fortress that still carries the name es-Sela…

Although we won’t know more about es-Sela’s Edomite history until the site is systematically explored and excavated, the available evidence shows that this fascinating mountaintop stronghold was certainly an important place of refuge for the Edomites throughout the Iron Age, at least down to the time of Nabonidus and perhaps during the reign of Amaziah as well.”

Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-edomite-stronghold-of-sela/

Petra was known to be a place of refuge for the Edomites yet it was also a place of slaughter for them. But there is another attribute which Petra was known for – a place of pagan worship of the sun:

Why did God predict the demise of the inhabitants of Petra? For the answer, one must look into the rituals and practices of these people. The main place of worship, the Jabel-Aibb’ Atuf, is the best-preserved high place in all the Bible lands. The object of worship here was not God, but the sun. And as part of their worship they offered human sacrifices. Close by, two obelisks may be seen which were probably sun pillars of fertility.

It was because of these and other abominable practices that God instructed Israel on their entry into Canaan after the Exodus, to destroy the high places of the heathen. Because of the pagan vices and immoral rites practiced there, the finger of prophecy forecast the downfall and entire destruction of cities like Petra (Read Joel 3:19 and Ezekiel 35:3-9).

Source: http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_Petra_Edomites_ruin

With all the facts about Petra, would God provide it as a place of safety for His people? Mr. Armstrong said, it’s not. If Petra is NOT the place of safety, then where could that place be? God’s people believed about this specific prophecy because of what was written by the apostle John:

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (Revelation 12:6)

This scripture as we will prove here has actually been fully misunderstood to mean that God has prepared a place of safety in a wilderness where she will be protected from the horrors of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord which comprise a total time period of 1260 days or 3 and 1/2 years. The verse has nothing in it that says a place of safety or place of physical protection but this idea was allowed by God to be injected into His Church until the appointed time of its full understanding.

This prophecy is already being fulfilled now and the facts will show that this is not talking about God’s Church being taken into a physical place of safety.

The “woman” mentioned in the verse does in fact refer to God’s Church. It actually refers to a remnant or a breakaway part of God’s Church in the final era or the Laodicean era.

The meaning of the word “wilderness” is a key to understanding the true meaning of this scripture. Wilderness from the Greek “eremos” is G2048 in Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Lexicon definition gives us more than one meaning of the word. Besides the usual definition which applies to a place (a desert, wilderness; deserted places, lonely regions), another definition applies to people such as those deserted by others and those deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred. This second definition helps us to picture the “woman” or Church in a state of separation from the main body which gives the picture of a breakaway group which separated herself from the main body of the Church.

The A.R.K. of God Foundation is a breakaway group from the Philadelphia Church of God which is now doing a separate Work, focused on reviving the legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong. It has already revived his legacy in Jerusalem through its participation in the Mount Zion archaeological dig and through its partnership with the Jerusalem Foundation in the work of rebuilding and restoring the Children’s Playground in Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem.

The “woman in the wilderness” came to being initially when the two witnesses first came together and produced the Book of Remembrance which is prophesied in Malachi 3:16.

There is another keyword in Revelation 12:6 which unlocks the meaning of this prophecy. Take note of the word “place” in the verse. Let’s read the verse again:

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath A PLACE prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (Revelation 12:6)

The word “place” from the Greek “topos” is G5117 in Strong’s Concordance and one of the meanings given by Thayer’s Lexicon is that of “a place (passage) in a book.” In other words, the PLACE PREPARED OF GOD is associated with a passage in a book or a book itself.

It’s interesting to note that Malachi 3:16 which is A PASSAGE IN THE BOOK of Malachi is talking about a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (Malachi 3:16)

This shows us that the PLACE or PASSAGE OF A BOOK PREPARED OF GOD IN THE WILDERNESS is referring to THE LAST END BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE whose author is neither one of the two witnesses but God Himself who reveals His secrets to His servants.

Let’s look at Revelation 12:6 again and notice how and where the woman gets her spiritual feeding.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS receives her feeding not from the PCG anymore but from God through His two witnesses. Initially, the Book of Remembrance was the source of earlier feedings but God’s continuing flow of revelations through the TWO SONS OF FRESH OIL fed God’s little remnant which eventually became the A.R.K. of God Foundation. Our websites are full of evidence of the abundance of revelations that God has been giving to this WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS. (Click here and here.)

Now if that is God’s real explanation of the PLACE PREPARED OF GOD IN THE WILDERNESS, well how can now we explain the thought “Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon”?

Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon are actually a representation of the characters and the prevailing attitude inside the Philadelphia Church of God.

Edom – is a symbol of a character who betrays his own brother.

In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; (Obadiah 1:11-13)

Moab and the children Ammon were both used by God to oppress His own people Israel because they have done evil in His sight.

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. (Judges 3:12-14)

Spiritually speaking, Moab and the children of Ammon are types of the character that oppresses God’s own people. Another explanation for the name Moab which means “of his father” can also be a symbol of a character who look too much on Mr. Gerald Flurry and the children of Ammon would imply to be looking too much on the PCG ministers.

I want to relate that history to something that happened to me recently. On January 4, I fainted on stage while giving a sermon. A few weeks before that incident, I told a regional director I believed some of our members looked to me and even the other ministers too much. I wanted to make sure the ministers were helping the people be aware of that. However, before I had a chance to do anything about it, this incident occurred. I think that was God’s way of saying that He agreed with me. I didn’t necessarily like the way He demonstrated that, but it shows me that He motivated what I was thinking.

We need to remember that a minister is just a puny little man. Of course, God works through men, but we are just men. (pp. 1-2)

Source: Pages 1-2, Co-worker letter May 6, 2014

For emphasis, the meaning of the name Moab is “of his father.” So Moab can also imply, “to be looking too much on Mr. Gerald Flurry, Stephen’s father”; while the children of Ammon on the hand, would be “looking too much on the PCG ministers.” And who is the CHIEF or REGIONAL DIRECTOR whom Mr. Gerald Flurry has spoken with a few weeks before he fainted on January 4, 2014? I believe it was John Macdonald. He is the CHIEF of the children of Ammon. John Macdonald would always like the brethren to look to him and to fear him.

There’s another interesting perspective to the names Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon as mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy that would undoubtedly prove it’s prophetic fulfillment in our time in this last end. First let us read some brief historical background on this group of people:

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

Megan Sauter   • 10/12/2016

Who were the Ammonites? In the Bible, they are described as being descendants of Ben-ammi, who was the son of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and Lot’s younger daughter (Genesis 19:38). The capital of the Iron Age kingdom of Ammon was Rabbah, which is located at modern-day Amman, Jordan. Burnett describes the boundaries of Ammon: “The Ammonite heartland comprised the north-central Transjordanian Plateau encircled by the upper Jabbok … within a 12.5-mile radius of its capital at the headwaters of the Jabbok.” The Ammonites’ primary deity was the god Milcom. Depictions of Milcom have been uncovered through archaeological excavations—as have representations of Ammonite kings, such as the monumental statue uncovered at Rabbah in 2010.

Who were the Moabites? In the Bible, the Moabites are said to have descended from Moab, the son of Lot and his oldest daughter (Genesis 19:37). The kingdom of Moab stretched “north and south of the Arnon River” with its capital at Dibon. The Moabites worshiped the god Chemosh, who may be depicted in the Balua‘ Stele (dated to the end of Late Bronze Age). The most famous Moabite king—from the archaeological record at least—is Mesha. The large inscription he left behind is the longest Moabite text. Dating to the ninth century B.C.E., the Mesha Stele describes how King Mesha rescued the Moabites from Israelite rule.

Who were the Edomites? In the Bible, the Edomites are the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin and Isaac’s oldest son (Genesis 36). The Edomites controlled an area east of the Arabah, from the Zered to the Gulf of Aqaba. Their capital was Bozrah, which sat in the northern part of their territory. Although no name of an Edomite deity is given in the Bible, archaeologists know from inscriptions that the Edomites’ principal deity was Qaus (or Qos).

Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/ammonites-moabites-edomites-in-the-bible/

But who is Qaus or Qos anyway?

Qōs may mean bow. It is speculated that this god may have been interchangeable with Yahweh, Baal, Haddu/Hadad and Dushara, these five names being epithets for a common deity.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qos_(deity)

Again these are the names written in Daniel’s prophecy in verse 41 and their association to specific pagan gods:

Edom – The Edomites worshipped the pagan god Qos or Baal. (of which Irish Dance is a form of worship of Baal)

Moab – Chemosh was the supreme god of the Moabites. Chemosh was a god associated with the Semitic mother-goddess Ashtar, (Mother’s Day as a worship of Astarte)

Ammon – The Ammonites were a pagan people who worshiped the gods Milcom and Molech. (Cremation is a form of worship of Molech). Molech is actually the CHIEF of the children of Ammon.

Let’s read again verse 41:

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)

The word “escape” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean, PRESERVE; while “hand” can also mean MINISTRY. Paraphrasing verse 41, we can read it this way:

He (Stephen) shall also BESIEGE through the NO CONTACT POLICY the glorious land, PCG Edmond Oklahoma and many PCG members in countries around the world shall be overthrown, but these shall be PRESERVED in his MINISTRY, even those who betray his own brother (Edom), and those who oppress God’s own people that looks too much on his father, Mr. Gerald Flurry (Moab) and those that fear the ministers more than God (children of Ammon); Moreover as a result, he will allow the introduction of the worship of Baal through Irish Dance, the worship of Astarte through Mother’s Day and the worship of Molech, the chief of the children of Ammon through Cremation inside the PCG. (Daniel 11:41)

Going back to the prophecy about the EVIL that came from the north and see how it relates to worshipping other gods like Baal through Irish dancing, Astarte through Mother’s Day and Molech through Cremation.

And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. (Jeremiah 1:16-18)

Look again at verse 18 and see that the EVIL that came OUT OF THE NORTH in verse 14 is actually a description of the kings of Judah (the evangelists), the princes (the regional directors), the priests (the pastors and ministers) and the people (the members) of the PCG Headquarters in Edmond Oklahoma. Now, this is God’s commission to His Remembrancers – He has made us a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land – the whole Philadelphia Church of God around the world. We do not worry a bit anyhow. Look at the prophesied outcome and God’s promise to us:

And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee. (Jeremiah 1:19)

EGYPT SHALL NOT ESCAPE

Going back to Daniel’s prophecy in verse 42:

He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. (Daniel 11:42)

Stretch forth – shalach (shaw-lakh) H7971 which can also mean TO SEND, TO LET LOOSE, TO SEND OFF

Hand – yad H3027 in Strong’s can also mean MINISTRY.

Egypt – mitsrayim H4714 dual of matsor (maw-tsore) H4693

  • In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it means SIEGE
  • In Strong’s Concordance it is defined as BESIEGED PLACES

Let’s paraphrase using the definitions above:

He (Stephen) shall SEND OFF, LET LOOSE his MINISTRY also upon the countries: and the land of the BESIEGED PLACES shall not escape.

Stephen has a league of ministers loyal to him that he let loose of and spread around the world. They are the ones who besieged every congregation around the world using the NO CONTACT POLICY and no member can escape from it.

But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:43)

Libya – in BDB means EMPTY HEARTED, AFFLICTED

Ethiopian – H3569 origin from H3568 which means BLACK

BLACK in prophecy can be a symbol of a terrible famine that causes MOURNING AND SORROW.

Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. (Lamentations 5:10)

The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth (drought). Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. (Jeremiah 14:1-2)

For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. (Jeremiah 8:21)

The astonishment is connected with a famine but in this case it’s not referring to a physical famine. The famine is actually more of spiritual in nature (Amos 8:11). The Philadelphia Church of God is no longer receiving new revelations from God. They are suffering from spiritual famine wherein God is actually seeing the members as black in astonishment as they mourn and cry because of the spiritual famine.

Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity. (Ezekiel 4:16-17)

The word “steps” can be defined in Strong’s Concordance as “companionship.” To paraphrase verse 43:

43 But he (Stephen) shall have power to decide over the tithes, offerings, contributions, donations to the Church and other financial transactions of the BESIEGED CHURCH CONGREGATIONS (Egypt): and people that are EMPTY HEARTED AND AFFLICTED (Libyans) and those that are MOURNING AND IN SORROW (Ethiopians) sfhall be at his COMPANIONSHIP.

This is indeed a very apt description of the prophesied Ezekiel 4 siege. The NO CONTACT POLICY that was implemented by the COMPANIONS of Stephen resulted to BESIEGED PLACES around the world, in which God’s people have become EMPTY HEARTED and AFFLICTED and there are members who are literally MOURNING and in SORROW because their loved ones committed suicide. This is the detailed portrait of people that stays with the companionship of the PCG under Stephen Flurry.

TIDINGS OUT OF THE EAST

But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. (Daniel 11:44)

The word “tidings” is shemuah (sehm-oo-aw) in Hebrew (H8052 in Strong’s Concordance) which is the same word that has been used in Obadiah:

The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. 2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. (Obadiah 1:1-2)

This word “rumour” is the same Hebrew for “tidings” in verse 44. The tidings or rumour came from God who has been found in the EAST. What is God doing in the EAST?

Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. (Isaiah 41:1)

The islands being mentioned here is the Philippine Islands. The word “silent” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean “from the idea of SECRECY to be silent.” Another meaning is CONCEAL, PRACTICE SECRETLY. Why did God wanted the islands to keep silent or to CONCEAL? Because the strength of God’s people will be renewed by what God is going to do. He is going to do His strange work through the Book of Remembrance. God wanted those in the islands to CONCEAL the writing of the Book of Remembrance and the establishment and transfer of His government to the righteous man from the EAST.

Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. (Isaiah 41:2)

But who is this righteous man from the east?

But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Isaiah 41:8-9)

The righteous man from the EAST is referring to the TWO WITNESSES – Jacob and Israel. They may have gone to the spiritual wilderness after they went out from the PCG, yet God assures them that He did not cast them away. They have been commissioned to prepare the wilderness for the woman or God’s Church through the Book of Remembrance. And the following verses describes God’s full support for their strange work.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:10-16)

Going back to verse 44:

But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: (Daniel 11:44)

Why out of the NORTH? The reason is that the office of the King of the North has now been transitioned to the righteous man from the east, the TWO WITNESSES whom God SECRETLY raised up in the islands. Yet there is another one whom God raised up as indicated in verse 25:

I have raised up one from the NORTH, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay. (Isaiah 41:25)

The thought “rising of the sun” is the EAST. Even the word “rising” is the same word that was used in verse 2 which means EAST. Notice in this verse that this man came from the NORTH which means he was one of the PCG ministers who came out from it. He is the same prophesied fulfillment of Cyrus:

“Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: (Isaiah 45:1-2)

Look closely at this prophecy, there are actually TWO entities being addressed here:

  1. To His anointed; and
  2. To Cyrus

How can we be so sure? Look closely at verse 4 and begin to decipher the coded message contained therein:

“For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” (Isaiah 45:4)

Who is Jacob being mentioned here? And who is Israel? These are God’s anointed – the two witnesses which are hidden in those names!

“One shall say, I am the Lord‘s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:5)

And God called a last end Cyrus for their SAKE! The word “sake” in verse 4 is defined in Strong’s Concordance this way:

From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that: – because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to, . . . ‘s sake), + lest, that, to.

What is Jacob’s and Israel’s PURPOSE? What is their INTENT? The two witnesses are the men behind The Last End – A Book of Remembrance, and yet they are to be concealed – clothed in sackcloth, the reason God called a LAST END Cyrus by name to help fulfill Jacob’s and Israel’s purpose.

“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” (Isaiah 45:15)

One of the two witnesses “call himself by the name of Jacob.” What does the name “Jacob” implies in this verse? Jacob means “a supplanter.” “Supplant” in the dictionary means: to take the place of someone; to take the place of and serve as a substitute. Remember that Jacob took the place or the identity of his brother Esau (Edom) to claim the birthright blessings of a firstborn from their father Isaac which the latter sold to the former for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:30-34); The same way that the identity of Phinehas has been taken to do just the same – to claim the birthright blessings (of Jerusalem) which the spiritual Edomites in the PCG sold for a bowl of soup (Edstone). While the other witness has “surname himself by the name of Israel.” So God calls His two witnesses by the names Jacob and Israel!

“Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)

“Ye are even my witnesses” – God calls them MY WITNESSES. These two men are just ordinary members in God’s Church whom God has formed for a special purpose – to show forth His praise:

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. (Isaiah 43:21-26)

The two witnesses are sinners also just like any one else, yet God said that they may only be justified if they will PUT GOD IN REMEMBRANCE. So they wrote a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE to plead for God’s people – and that is the only way how they shall be justified!

This is the rumour from the EAST that Stephen was troubled with because he knew when he read the Book of Remembrance, the position of the King of the NORTH has already been given by God to those from the EAST who have now been given rule over kings in God’s Church. For emphasis, God was the one who has given the authority. In mercy shall the throne be established as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 16:5). God secretly transferred the position of the King of the North to those in the islands so He can continue His work in Jerusalem which Stephen left last August 10, 2013.

Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. (Isaiah 41:26-27)

The word “first” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean, THE ELDEST. There are three (3) people being discussed here. One is called the ELDEST who is uttering this expression “Behold, behold them.”

Actually the ELDEST being mentioned here is the same spiritual Cyrus mentioned in Isaiah chapter 45. He has also been raised up in righteousness just as what was stated in Isaiah chapter 41. He is part of the righteous men from the east being prophesied in Isaiah 41:2. Reading again verse 27

The first (that’s the 1st personality) shall say to Zion, Behold (the 2nd personality), behold (the 3rd personality) them:

Behold, behold them” is actually referring to Jacob and Israel, the two witnesses whom God will use to bring forth good tidings to Mount Zion and Jerusalem.

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God! (Isaiah 40:9 American Standard Version)

Anyone can see the fulfillment of this prophecy with our DOUBLE WONDER project in Jerusalem, i.e., the Mount Zion Dig and the rehabilitation of the Children’s Playground

Mount Zion dig thunders Behold your God!

The Remembrancers in Jerusalem Foundation office

The Remembrancers in Liberty Bell Park, Jerusalem

The Remembrancers with Dr James Tabor (Mount Zion Dig) and Ms Ariella Bernstein (Jerusalem Foundation)

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat giving the LION OF JUDAH pin

The LION OF JUDAH pin

The Remembrancers with Mayor Nir Barkat and Dr James Tabor

SHALL TROUBLE HIM

But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him:” (Daniel 11:44)

Trouble can also mean, to disturb.

Look at what happened to Stephen Flurry’s countenance after he read the Book of Remembrance last September 5, 2013. During his October 10, 2013 Trumpet Daily presentation he appeared to be so disturbed. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:

“There was that letter we read recently about the individual who said all these things about the original Elijah and the prophecy of the end time Elijah and he had all these ideas of how what that end time Elijah would be like, how it shake the nations and so on. And as we got into the actual history and what Jesus Himself said about the original Elijah you find that it’s very different than what that man thinks.” (The Trumpet Daily, Your Daily Duty; Time – 17:20 to 17:47)

Stephen Flurry was so troubled that for the first time, he appeared so untidy in front of the camera as he was beginning to grow his beard and he has not even combed his hair. His countenance has shown that the message in the Book of Remembrance has greatly impacted him.

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:45)

This “tabernacle of his palace” is referring to the Edstone Hall which Stephen acquired on November 12, 2014. How can we be so sure? The key to understanding lies in the word “seas.”

PCG_Edstone

Both Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon and Strong’s Concordance define the word “seas” as WEST, WESTWARD. In fact, in Numbers chapter 3 the same Hebrew word “yam” (H3220) was translated as WESTWARD.

The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward. (Numbers 3:23)

It means that the tabernacle of his palace would be found in the WEST or WESTWARD.

The word “holy” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon can also mean, SEPARATENESS; whereas a mountain is a symbol of government. So the thought “the glorious holy mountain” can be expressed as “the glorious SEPARATE GOVERNMENT.” Thus, verse 45 can be read this way:

And he (Stephen) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace (the Edstone Hall) WESTWARD (England) in the glorious SEPARATE GOVERNMENT; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:45)

That would be the prophesied conclusion of Stephen’s decision to settle WESTWARD in Edstone. God prophesied that “he will come to his end and none shall help him.”

By Phinehas Eleazar Posted in Prophecy