“For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” (Habakkuk 2:11)
The word “stone” used in verse 11 is the same Hebrew word for “stone” in Psalms 118:22 which refer to Jesus Christ being the head stone which the builders refused. Mr. Gerald Flurry said during the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles that we are builders for God. Does this verse apply to us inside the Philadelphia Church of God? Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote in his Habakkuk booklet concerning verse 11:
“For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it” (verse 11). This verse undoubtedly has a spiritual and a physical application. Stone, wall, beam, timber—these are elements of a physical house.
Who can understand this verse of great symbolism?
Stone is referring to God (i.e. in Genesis 49:24 He is called “the stone of Israel”). Christ isn’t silent or passive about what is going on. He is crying out today…! (p. 16)
Notice that the phrase “of the wall” is actually two Hebrew words: The first word “of” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean, “a part of, because of, by reason of”; while the word “wall” that has been used here is the same Hebrew word (H7023; qiyr, qir, qiyrah) that was used in Ezekiel 4:3 referring to the IRON WALL! So why is Christ crying out today? Christ is coming in the flesh through Mr. Gerald Flurry and even individually through each member of His Church, yet He is being refused by the builders inside His own Church!
“To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 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. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” (1 Pet. 2:4-6)
The reason why “the living STONE” is crying out today it’s mainly because of the IRON WALL! Imagine Christ coming in the flesh through the individual “lively stones” which are supposed to be a part of the spiritual structure being built, but it is actually Christ that is being refused by the IRON WALL! – “For the stone shall cry out because of the wall”
Now let’s move to the next thought: “…and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” Here is what Mr. Flurry further wrote in his Habakkuk booklet:
Beam comes from kaphiyc, which means to join together or connect. Strong’s Concordance says it is a girder beam to connect. What is it connecting? Soncino says this beam is “derived from a root meaning ‘to fasten’ and signifies ‘a connecting girder.’” (ibid.)
Carefully notice here that the “beam” or “a connecting girder” comes FROM or OUT OF the timber. But what is that timber symbolize? The word “timber” in Strong’s is H6086; “a tree (from its firmness).” Let us consider what Mr. Flurry wrote about this tree:
Individuals go astray. Churches go astray. Christ never goes astray! A man is not the trunk of the tree. An organization is not the trunk of the tree. God’s Word is the trunk of the tree. And what Christ established through Mr. Armstrong for over 50 years is a big part of the tree trunk… Mr. Armstrong talked repeatedly of sticking to the “trunk of the tree.” In all of these major end-time prophecies, we see a Laodicean Church moving away from the “trunk of the tree.”… The WCG was destined to split. Those members with the strength to stay with what “Elijah” taught – the “trunk of the tree” – are going to be God’s “jewels” who are taken to a place of safety and given an incredible reward! (Malachi’s Message, p. 9, 115, 136)
The foundational mysteries of life that God revealed to Mr. Armstrong through his book, Mystery of the Ages is a big part of the tree trunk. Now here is what Mr. Flurry wrote about it:
All of the foundational mysteries of life are revealed in that book. Every vital question about life’s purpose is answered… Mystery of the Ages contains all of the vital answers. Study that book and the Bible is no longer a mystery. It should remove the confusion and blindness from God’s Laodicean churches! It shows where the Stone is! It points to God’s government and His law. Mystery of the Ages should connect all of God’s people to the Stone. It should hold the temple, or Church, together. It should unify God’s people into one voice. (op. cit., p. 17)
So the “timber” in Habakkuk 2:11 is actually the book Mystery of the Ages! But one may ask, what about the “beam”? We must remember that the “beam” has to come out of the timber. And what has come out because of Mystery of the Ages? Is it not Malachi’s Message? So, the BEAM is none other than Malachi’s Message! It connected all of God’s people around the world about what was happening inside the Worldwide Church of God THEN! Christ cried out through Malachi’s Message! That book is God’s ANSWER to the spiritual abomination of desolation THEN – but how about now? There is yet another spiritual abomination of desolation happening again, this time inside the Philadelphia Church of God. So there is a duality here.
This time the “timber” would now refer to the two books revealed to two prominent men in this age: Mystery of the Ages by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and Malachi’s Message by Mr. Gerald R. Flurry. And what could be the “beam” this time? It is this book: The Last End – A Book of Remembrance! It will connect all of God’s people around the world about what is happening inside the Philadelphia Church of God. The STONE is crying out through this message because of the Ezekiel 4 IRON WALL. This is God’s ANSWER to those who were asking, as to what is happening in God’s own Church in this last end. (Ezek. 24:19) – “…and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” For emphasis, let us again consider what Mr. Flurry wrote in the Habakkuk booklet about verse 11:
“For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it” (verse 11).This verse undoubtedly has a spiritual and a physical application. Stone, wall, beam, timber—these are elements of a physical house.
Who can understand this verse of great symbolism? (op. cit.)
Can we understand this verse of great symbolism? Remember that what has been discussed is the spiritual application, but what about the physical application? Could it be referring to God’s physical house in Edmond, Oklahoma – the Armstrong Auditorium? Could it be that the inauguration of God’s physical house on September 5, 2010 has indeed become the starting point of the second 1,150 day fulfillment?
This BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will be given in God’s appointed time – at the end of the second 1,150 days to all of God’s people around the world! Well, it is actually God the Father who has designed, planned and orchestrated all of these things to perfectly fit into His plan!
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