“Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.” (Lam. 1:7)
Look at the context of spiritual Jerusalem’s affliction: “(T)he adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.” – does this refer specifically to the 2013 annual feasts of the PCG which was discussed in chapter 9? It does indicate that God did cause His solemn feasts to be forgotten in His own Church. (Lam.2:6)
“Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.” (Lam. 1:8-9)
“SHE REMEMBERED NOT HER LAST END” – is there any coincidence that even the title of this book is “The Last End – a Book of Remembrance”? Not at all! It is God who orchestrated all of this! No human could ever make such prophecies to perfectly fit into its every minute detail of fulfillment. Everybody in God’s Church shall be filled with wonder as to why such a predicament had befallen them.
Have the people in the Philadelphia Church of God remembered the first fulfillment of the 1,150 days of the Daniel chapter 8 LAST END?
Notice, what Mr. Flurry wrote in the Philadelphia News, May 2011 issue about the first 1,150 days:
1150 days: God’s warning to the PCG!
On March 11 of this year (2011) – the anniversary of the end of the 1150 days – a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. I BELIEVE GOD IS SPECIFICALLY WARNING THE PCG – AND REMINDING US OF WHAT WE HAVE TO DO!…
March 11 this year was a critical day. I think it reinforced the importance of the end of that 1150 days, and reminded us – as we are prone to forget – that WE HAVE AN URGENT MESSAGE THAT MUST BE DELIVERED, and that is why we are here! God doesn’t give new revelation in vain… He wants it delivered to this dying world!
Malachi’s Message explains what is happening right now in God’s Church, and in the world. Everything revolves around that message in this Church. God is alive, and He shows that vividly through Malachi’s Message…
That 1150 days was a nightmare: people turning from God and the truth being cast to the ground. Then God supplied the ANSWER – in the form of an URGENT MESSAGE!
THESE MARCH 11 EVENTS ARE LIKE FLASHING RED LIGHT FOR THIS CHURCH! They are a warning… God is warning you in these events! He’s warning me! We must get our minds on this message, or we’re going no place spiritually. (p. 1, Vol. 21, No. 4)
Have we gotten our minds on God’s warning message of turning from Him? Have we remembered our experience of the first 1,150 days of the LAST END? If not, then we are doomed to repeat it – a second 1,150 days is inevitably being fulfilled before our eyes! It seems that we have not remembered our last end! We are following the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 that turned their backs on God! There is another CRISIS IN THE MINISTRY! We ought to remember the prophet Malachi’s main concern and major work:
MALACHI HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE JUDGMENT OF NATIONS. Notice: His main concern and major work was to keep the fear of God alive in the ministry (Malachi 2:1-8). There was a crisis in the ministry. Malachi’s going to the temple priests was only a type of what is to occur in God’s Church today. We’ll see that from Malachi 1:6 to 3:3, every verse is directed specifically at the ministry. God will purify His ministers first of all. Some ministers have a deep love for God (Malachi 3:16), but other ministers “despise” God’s name (Malachi 1:6). (p. 3, Malachi’s Message)
That is how the ministry went astray before and NOW – they don’t have a deep love for God. Now do we also dare to forget time and time again how SIN started in the first place? Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote regarding the make-up issue of the 1970’s:
Look, finally, at SIN. It all started with SATAN, when he was the cherub Lucifer. Again look at HOW SIN BEGAN – with LUCIFER. God had created him perfect, and he was in all his ways, TILL he SINNED. How? His heart was lifted up IN VANITY, because of his BEAUTY (Ezekiel 28:15-17). Being BEAUTIFUL or desire for it led to VANITY. SELF-glorification! His mind went to his BEAUTY, in VANITY. Of course he would have denied having vanity just as mortals today.
Satan introduced SIN into humanity through a woman, mother Eve. She was MISLED, deceived. She didn’t deliberately WILL to do wrong – to lead her husband into the first SIN! She was deceived, as our women have been today. Go back and read the beginning paragraphs or this article. It is precisely the way Satan has been getting to our women today. Women do not use makeup to PLEASE GOD today – for I can tell you ON HIS AUTHORITY it is NOT pleasing to HIM! Satan used human reason and makeup and WOMEN to START the ball of LIBERALISM AWAY FROM GOD and TOWARD SIN to rolling in the Church beginning October, 1974.
Finally, I repeat, sin, spiritually, is self-centeredness, self-exaltation, desire to be beautiful, vanity, coveting, desire to GET and TAKE, to exalt the self, jealousy and envy, competition, oft-resulting violence and war, resentment and rebellion against authority. These are the PRINCIPLES of spiritual SIN. (op. cit.)
In God’s eyes, the Philadelphia Church of God love herself more than she loves God – whether she admits it or not. And because of her BEAUTY, it led to her VANITY and SELF-GLORIFICATION. So God has to do something to correct that and He will do so in a very, very strange way – this time He has to hide His power.
“And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.” (Hab. 3:4)
Notice that this hiding of God’s power is in the context of the flight to the place of safety (v. 3). When That Prophet shall be removed, God’s people will be looking everywhere for God’s words but to no avail:
“And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.” (Amos 8:10-13)
This is the same prophesied SPIRITUAL DROUGHT in Jeremiah chapter 14. Yet God remembers mercy so He gives us this BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
“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” (Psa. 98:3). But God’s people will not be contented; they will want to know who has written this book:
“Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?” (Isa. 33:18)
They will search for the scribe and the receiver who counted the 25 prominent men of Ezekiel 8. But God has planned to hide His power (Hab. 3:4), so that search will be in vain. Well anyway, that’s not what is relevant and important – God’s message is, in this last end; God wanted the FEAR to be brought back to Him again, and not to any other puny, little man. That is what the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is for: “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” (Mal. 3:16)
And God will look intently down from His throne in heaven to those people here on earth that are poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at His word:
“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” (Isa. 66:1-2)
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