Now, could there really be a connection with the construction of God’s house (Armstrong Auditorium) and the MEASURING LINE or the vision of THE FOUR HORNS and THE FOUR CARPENTERS? This is the same prophecy as what God has shown the prophet Amos about a PLUMBLINE:
“Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:” (Amos 7:7-8)
A PLUMBLINE is used for BUILDING MEASUREMENT to make sure that constructions are plumb or vertical. And as what the prophet Amos had seen; God was standing beside a WALL holding a PLUMBLINE and measuring it. And after measuring the wall with the plumbline, God then set this plumbline in the midst of His people Israel and He said, “I will not again pass by them any more.” This could be the fulfillment of Mr. Flurry’s prophecy about the modern nations of Israel – America, Britain and Israel of the Middle East having reached the POINT OF NO RETURN in the context of the construction of God’s house – the Armstrong Auditorium.
As we will clearly see, this prophesied PLUMBLINE of Amos chapter 7 and the MEASURING LINE of Zechariah chapter 1 are very much connected with the construction of God’s house which according to Mr. Flurry is a SIGN of when God has began to shake the nations (Hag. 2:7-9). Now notice where this shaking of the nations will lead to:
“And again the word of the Lord came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Hag. 2:20-23)
The FOURTH CARPENTER (Jesus Christ) in the measuring line of Zechariah shall begin to intervene in the world stage by shaking the heavens and the earth – this specific event is actually the SIXTH SEAL – the introduction to the Day of the Lord: “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, and the moon became as blood; 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. 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; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:12-17)
This is how the prophet Habakkuk’s “in wrath, remember mercy” prophecy is going to be fulfilled – through the SIXTH SEAL – i.e., when the 144,000 Jacobite Laodiceans shall be sealed before the Day of the Lord because God remembered mercy seeing they have repented toward God and finally accepted the signet – Mr. Armstrong being the end-time Zerubbabel.
As the measuring line spoken of by the prophet Zechariah come to its final stages as judgment to God’s enemies, the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel (Zech. 4:10) shall then be used by God to measure the righteousness of His people, specifically the repentant Laodiceans: “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place” (Isa. 28:17). At that precise time during the SIXTH SEAL, God remembers mercy. (This will be explained in detail on chapter 12)
“For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.” (Psa. 94:14-15)
And at the end of that measuring line, God’s Temple shall be built in Jerusalem as prophesied by the prophet Zechariah: “I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 1:16). Notice carefully, that the measuring line began with God’s house (Armstrong Auditorium) in Edmond, Oklahoma and culminates with God’s house in Jerusalem. The name Zechariah actually means “God has remembered” – and God prophesied through him that He will return to Jerusalem with mercies. (In chapter 12, it will be explained how God remembers). Did you notice the connection between Habakkuk’s “in wrath remember mercy” prophecy and Zechariah’s prophecy?
In verse 12, the prophet Zechariah actually gave us a timeline which he got from Jeremiah’s 70 years prophecy: “For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” (Jer. 29:10; see also Jer. 25:8-11; 2 Chr. 36:21). This utterance of Zechariah in verses 12 is actually aimed at the duality of the 70 years prophecy of Jeremiah for the modern nations of Israel (America, Britain and Middle East Jews). Even most commentaries noted that these 70 years had already been fulfilled when Zechariah gave this prophecy, so they were a bit confused about it. Why? Because it’s for our time right now!
As Clarke’s Commentary wrote: “This cannot mean the duration of the captivity for that was nearly twenty years past,” while Barnes Commentary noted:
Yet there seems to have been a SECOND FULFILLMENT …Such DOUBLE FULFILLMENTS of prophecy are not like alternative fulfillments.
Could this SECOND FULFILLMENT of the 70 years prophecy of Jeremiah be referring to the duration from the 1948 birth of the modern nation of Israel up to the fulfillment of the Zechariah 1:16 prophecy? That “after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I (God) will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place” – i.e., all of physical Israel will be able to go back to their homeland in Jerusalem?
If that would be the case, then the measuring line spoken of by the prophet Zechariah would be consummated after the 70 years has transpired.
To fully understand the timeline, read Libya & Ethiopia in Prophecy by Mr. Gerald Flurry to see for your yourself the actual fulfillment of the FIRST CARPENTER of Zechariah chapter 1 (vv. 19-21, see also the illustration. Further reading of Zechariah – The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return)
Now, these 70 years seem to square in with what the prophet Daniel wrote in chapter 9 of his book:
“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” (v. 2)
He understood the 70 years prophecy of Jeremiah the prophet, which as we shall see has even reflected on the prophecy which he later wrote in his book:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” (Daniel 12:4-7)
This “time, times, and an half” could be dual in its fulfillment:
– 1 time cycle = 19 years
– Holy people = Israel
– 1948 = Birth of the nation of Israel
“...it shall be for a time…” = 19 years
– 1967 = East of Jerusalem was annexed:
– 1986 / 1987 = first Palestinian intifada; Israel nuclear capability was revealed; Israel withdrew from Lebanon
– 2005 = second Palestinian intifada; Ahmadinejad became president of Iran who want Israel wiped off the map; Pope Benedict replaced Pope John Paul 2; Israel withdrew from Gaza strip
“…and a half…”
– 2014 / 2015 = third Palestinian intifada? Half of Jerusalem taken?
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” (Zechariah 14:1-2)
Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote about these verses:
Christ prophesied that He would “gather all nations” to battle Him in Jerusalem. Then He makes what might appear to be a strange statement. One half of Jerusalem is to be taken captive. That crisis triggers a series of events that leads to the return of Jesus Christ! One half of Jerusalem being taken captive is like the first domino to fall, leading to Christ’s return and the battle against all nations in Jerusalem! It all begins and ends in Jerusalem. But what a glorious end! (Zechariah – The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return, p.79)
“…and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”
Now let us consider:
19 years x 3.5 = 66 years and 6 months…
Plus 3.5 years = 70 years!
Is this the dual fulfillment of Jeremiah’s 70 years prophecy or is it just a coincidence?
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