“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. …These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. (Jude 1:4, 12-13)
Mr. Armstrong taught us all about this history of Lucifer and the angels. The angels are called stars in the Bible (Revelation 1:20). In verse 13, Jude calls them “wandering stars”—stars out of orbit. Their “first estate” was Earth, where they were sent to administer the government of God. They failed, and that is why we are here today—to complete the monumental job they left unfinished. We are going to help restore God’s government on this Earth.
Look at your potential! Jude talks about stars to help us think in universe terms, and of all that God is offering us if we keep ourselves within a lawful orbit. We’ll be given the authority to rule over those angelic stars!
The majority of God’s own people are out of orbit—a worse tragedy, in some respects, than what happened to the rebellious angels! When a begotten son of God, a member of Christ’s bride, wanders out of orbit, we are talking about eternal life and death. There is nothing worse. Jude applied that history of the angels to the people of his day, and he prophesied about the people of our day.
Jude says those fallen angels are “reserved in everlasting chains”—as if they are chained, mad dogs—and “under darkness,” a blackness that broods over them. They live under an oppressive pall of gloom. It is always there, weighing on them!
And, to one degree or another, that is true of the rebellious Laodiceans. They know about the Great Tribulation and the lake of fire. They try to forget these significant truths—but it broods over them. They also can’t escape this oppressive, black cloud of doom hanging over their rebellious lives.
These angelic beings cannot die, and they know their future. That is why they are in such a rage! All they can think about is the black abyss they will enter very soon, and they know they have nothing to lose. These wandering stars have caused many of God’s people to wander after them. (Jude booklet, pp. 15-16)
For emphasis, “Jude applied that history of the angels to the people of his day, and he prophesied about the people of our day.” And who are those people? They are the spiritual terrorists inside God’s own Church who are comparable to wandering stars. These wandering stars even have a physical counterpart – they are the comets which astronomers usually call as wanderers:
COMETS – GHOSTLY WANDERERS IN SPACE
by Ian Ridpath
Bright comets come along every decade or so. They used to be seen as omens – over the centuries they’ve been blamed for all manner of ills from plagues to the death of kings and the destruction of cities. And it’s easy to understand how a bright comet hanging over the Earth like a ghostly apparition must have looked pretty alarming if you didn’t know what it was.
Main features of a comet
Let’s start by looking at the main features of a comet. This example is comet Hale–Bopp of 1997:
It’s got two rather different-looking tails: the gas tail, which is straight and bluish, and the dust tail, which is curved and yellowish. The head of the comet is known as the coma, a huge cloud of gas and dust that can be up to ten times larger than the Earth. At the heart of the coma is the nucleus, a lump of ice and dust only a few miles across. The nucleus is the only solid part of the comet, and it’s only when the nucleus comes close to the Sun and warms up that it releases gas and dust to produce the coma and tail, or tails.
Comets “used to be seen as omens – over the centuries they’ve been blamed for all manner of ills from plagues to the death of kings and the destruction of cities.” Can comets really portend of something ominous that is about to happen? Can it be considered as some signs in the heaven? Well, let us consider what the Jewish historian Josephus wrote in 66AD prior to the 70AD destruction of Jerusalem:
The Signs That Preceded The Destruction
Thus were the miserable people persuaded by these deceivers, and such as belied God himself; while they did not attend, nor give credit, to the signs that were so evident, and did so plainly foretell their future desolation; but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see or minds to consider , did not regard the denunciations that God made to them . Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year. Thus also, before the Jews’ rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eight day of the month Xanthicus, [Nisan,] and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day-time; which light lasted for half an hour. This light seemed to be a good sign to the unskillful, but was so interpreted by the sacred scribes as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it…
Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the one-and-twentieth day of the month Artemisius, [Jyar,] a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. Moreover, at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of a great multitude, saying, “Let us remove hence.” – Book VI, Chapter 6, Section 3
Was it a mere coincidence that Josephus had seen “a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year” prior to the siege of Jerusalem by the troops of Roman soldiers in 66AD? That four years later, Jerusalem’s temple was destroyed in 70AD? Was it really given as a definite sign in heaven or just a happenstance?
Let us consider Genesis 1:14 – “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”
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.”
“Signs” in Strong’s Concordance is H226 (oth): a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: mark, miracle, sign, token.
Omen in the dictionary means:
1. A phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil; a prophetic sign.
2. Prognostication; portent
1. anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
2. something monstrous or abnormal
3. an act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder.
4. a portentous sign or event; an omen.
As Jude likened those spiritual terrorists inside God’s Church to “wandering stars” (Jude 1:13) which could also be referring to, in our time, as comets (astronomers usually call them as “wanderers”), there is a comet being anticipated as the “Comet of the Century” i.e., Comet Ison.
Now notice this: When Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong died in 1986, Mr. Flurry wrote in Malachi’s Message, that it was also the year the Laodicean era began – when the spiritual terrorists took over God’s Church; while that same year, Halley’s Comet was visible to the naked eye in the sky. And four years later, in 1990, Malachi’s Message (which exposed spiritual terrorism inside God’s Church) was first mailed to WCG members; and several months after that, the Gulf War erupted.
Next, the court case battle between the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God began in 1997 – when the spiritual terrorists began fighting Christ over Mystery of the Ages, while at the same time period Comet Hale-Bopp was just over the horizon. Then four years later, in 2001, Mr. Flurry declared that we have entered the last hour; and months after he uttered that, a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City shocked the whole world.
In 2011, Comet Lovejoy made a quite spectacular show in the evening skies, while it was also the time Mr. Flurry wrote in his co-worker letter about Laodiceanism inside the PCG and he emphasized that “SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT with too many people in this Church” and that “SOMETHING IS WRONG.” Could that be an indication that there are already spiritual terrorists even inside the Philadelphia Church of God? He even wrote in the May 2011 issue of the Philadelphia News about the March 2011 earthquake that hit Japan as God’s warning to PCG about the 1150 days.
There are other several comets that wandered in our solar system that corresponded with major heaven and earth shaking Church and world events. Now here comes, another wanderer hovering above our skies – Comet Ison. Is it another omen? (There are actually three anticipated comets for 2013).
Now one might argue: Surely all those comets were not signs – they just happen to have coincided with such events. Same goes with this Comet Ison, it will just pass by and we might just associate it to some Church and world events. But is it really just coincidence or is it part of God’s precise timings and signs to portend heaven and earth shaking events that is about to engulf the whole world? It appears that every time those fallen angels (the spiritual wandering stars) is doing something significant through their human counterpart (the spiritual terrorists), there seems to have a physical counterpart, i.e., a wandering star (a comet) hovering over the earth. Could God have orchestrated it to be given as a SIGN?
As for this year 2013, there is yet another physical wandering star – a comet in our midst. Let’s consider an article about this comet to have a brief background on Comet Ison, which has been tagged as the “Comet of the Century.”
What is Comet ISON
Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) was discovered on 21 September 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok while collecting data for the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON). The comet has generated a storm of excitement and controversy. When it was found, the comet was relatively bright for an object beyond the orbit of Jupiter. Its projected orbit showed that it would skim the Sun’s surface in November, 2013. …All of these factors led some astronomers to predict that ISON would outshine the full moon by a factor of more than 100! Many proclaimed comet ISON would be the “Comet of the Century!”…
High expectations for comet ISON were reversed in some quarters in summer, 2013, after its brightness failed to keep pace with predictions for six months. Some regarded the comet’s diminished development as evidence that its death were imminent. In the meantime, however, comet ISON, unaware of our expectations, began to brighten again, but at its own pace…
Thanksgiving Day, November 28: perihelion
Comet ISON is closest to the Sun and brightest at 10:26 a.m., P.S.T., on November 28th. It will then be 728,000 miles from the Sun’s surface and could become many times brighter than the planet Venus. If it does, there is a chance that the comet could be visible in broad daylight, next to the Sun.
Notice that this Comet Ison was discovered over a year now and the date that this comet will reach its perihelion or the point in its orbit when the comet is nearest the sun – it’s on November 28, 2013 which happens to be America’s Thanksgiving Day. It also coincided with the first day of the Jewish Hanukkah. Now here is something to consider further: there is a dated prophecy in Haggai chapter 2: “In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet…” (v. 10, 18, 20)
The twenty fourth day of the ninth month in the Jewish calendar happens to fall also on November 28, 2013! A strange coincidence, or is God shaking the heavens and the earth to give us a specific sign at this moment for us to deeply consider?
When we consider the prophecy in Haggai 2, there are actually three points worth mentioning:
God’s correction to the priesthood (verses 11-17)
- God’s blessing on His seeds (verse 19)
- God shaking the heavens and the earth with the nations being shaken as well and of Zerubbabel being a signet (verses 21-23)
Will there be a significant heaven and shaking event that will happen inside the Philadelphia Church of God, to America, Britain and Israel and the world in general on November 28, 2013 and beyond? Is Comet Ison a specific SIGN from God of the pending fulfillment of Haggai 2:11-23?
Or will we yet see a specific fulfillment of Jude’s prophecy about the “wandering stars” (Jude 1:13) which corresponds to the timing of the final fulfillment of the abomination and the betrayal inside God’s Church?
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