“Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.” (Ezek. 24: 24). Take note of who has fulfilled this end-time Ezekiel. Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote about it:
A Modern Ezekiel Carries the Message
There is duality here. First, God sets a modern “Ezekiel” as a watchman. Then the PEOPLE set him as their watchman. UNDERSTAND THIS! In Ezekiel’s day he was a P.O.W. – a prisoner of war, taken from his own country into Babylon. The people of Judah never set him as their watchman. But Christ’s Apostle for our day has been set-first by Christ, then by the people of God-as their watchman. That is, one to watch events as they fulfill prophecy, to perceive and warn the people of the 20th-century house of Israel when such military invasion is reasonably imminent. He would have to be one with facilities available for warning the whole nations of America and the British peoples. WHO ELSE, in our time, knows who are the modern Lost Ten Tribes-the HOUSE OF ISRAEL? No other church or leader has this knowledge. (The Plain Truth, June/July 1980, p. 4)(Click image to download)
Since Mr. Armstrong was the end time fulfillment of Ezekiel and yet there’s a continuation of the prophet’s work until our time, which means there’s a need for another watchman to deliver Ezekiel’s message during the last end, so God has to set up another watchman named as the “Son of man.” You can notice it on Ezekiel chapter 24 that there are actually two personalities in the book of Ezekiel. Notice here in verse 24: “Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign:”- Who is God talking to here and being reminded of the prophet Ezekiel? It would be illogical if God was talking to Ezekiel and that Ezekiel would be a sign unto Ezekiel? Of course that’s not the case here because it will be totally ridiculous. God is actually talking to another person apart from the prophet Ezekiel. And he is the Son of man. And what shall that Son of man supposed to be doing and being REMINDED of? – “according to all that he (Ezekiel) hath done shall ye do.” The end time Ezekiel is to be a SIGN unto that Son of man.
Again, for further emphasis, one person was being referenced to and that was Ezekiel and the other one, the Son of man, is being urged and reminded to do something according to what the former has done. Therefore, Mr. Armstrong who fulfilled the end time type of Ezekiel is to become a conspicuous reference to Mr. Flurry, the last end fulfillment of the Son of man, who must do “according to all that he (Mr. Armstrong) hath done shall ye (Mr. Flurry) do.” – “and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God.” (v. 24)
“Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?” (vv. 25-26)
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This book of remembrance is the accumulative fruit that serves as a constant persuasion and reminder to the Son of man to hear what has transpired in the Ezekiel 4 siege with his own ears so that everyone in God’s Church “shall know that I am the Lord God.”
Now understand this, the end time Ezekiel (Mr. Armstrong) is to become a sign unto the Son of man (Mr. Flurry) specifically for this last end. Mr. Armstrong, just like the prophet Ezekiel, knew where God’s focus is: Did the people in God’s Church got the message God wants to convey through the ailment and death of Mr. Armstrong’s wife? How about the wife of That Prophet? Or are we like the people in Ezekiel’s time that were puzzled?
“Then the people asked me, Won’t you tell us what these things have to do with us?” (v. 19, NIV).
In responding, Ezekiel put the focus right where God’s focus is – THE SANCTUARY!
Mr. Armstrong did the same thing like the prophet Ezekiel; he focused his attention to God’s Church and wrote a very extensive co-worker letter on March 2, 1967 regarding its spiritual condition at the time of his wife’s ailment. God also did use the ailment of Mr. Flurry’s wife to depict the spiritual condition of the Philadelphians in this last end yet we in God’s Church were not able to discern God’s small voice. And in the midst of the crisis years she died depicting the fate of the Laodiceans – thus, the prophecy in Habakkuk 3:2 is coming to pass: “in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” As what has been proven in this book of remembrance is that, that ailment and eventual death on September 5, 2004 has indeed been a big part of “the vision of the evening and the morning” and “the last end of the indignation” in Daniel 8 for several occasions.
Looking again in verse 1 of Habakkuk 3 we encounter the word Shigionoth which is in Strong’s concordance;
“shiggayown: H7692”, a dithyramb or a rambling poem. Its Hebrew root word “shagah: H7686”, means, TO SIN THROUGH IGNORANCE, make to wander, to stray.
Could God’s Church possibly sin through ignorance?
“And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation.” (Lev. 4: 13-14, consider the whole chapter; 5:15; Num. 15:27).
And if anyone commits sin through ignorance, one must make atonement (v. 20). Have we ignored God’s real intention for having That Prophet’s wife to be ill – to picture that which is outside? Or, does that condition pointed really to us, inside – those that support That Prophet?
Never forget: Things could end suddenly. I don’t know exactly what God’s time schedule is. I don’t know how much time we have left. I just want to make sure we keep God’s perspective, and never let some date or some land deters us from giving our all to God. We can never afford to let up in this work. This job is a test of how much we love the people in the world. Are we willing to put our lives on the line for them? Do you love them enough to give yourself as a sacrifice to the great God of Ezekiel 1? To give Him your all, with no restrictions – nothing holding you back from Him, not even the death of a loved one? We must examine ourselves for areas where we may be holding back God’s work…
Look seriously at yourself and see those problems you need to overcome. IF SOMETHING IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF GOD’S WORK, IT IS SERIOUS – EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT AWARE OF IT….That is His message today. DON’T ACT LIKE OTHER MEN. FOLLOW EZEKIEL’S EXAMPLE. Nothing must get in the way of God’s work – not even mourning the loss of a loved one. “We must put in check any emotion or anything else that holds up God’s work. We must be willing to give it all up if necessary. That is in the contract….This is not a small exercise God has called us to do….WE CAN NOT PUSH GOD INTO A CORNER OF OUR LIVES. HE MUST FILL OUR LIVES. (Mr. Gerald Flurry, the Ezekiel booklet, pp. 97-98)
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“Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears? In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: AND THOU SHALT BE A SIGN UNTO THEM; and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezek. 24: 24-27)
God has set Mr. Gerald Flurry as a SIGN unto us in this LAST END, just as Mr. Armstrong was a SIGN to us in this END TIME.
In Ezekiel chapter 12, God is telling Mr. Flurry:
“…I have set thee for a SIGN unto the house of Israel”. In verse 11, God further instructed him, “Say, I am your SIGN: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them:” (v. 6)
Even the prophet Jonah was a SIGN unto the Ninevites, and so was Jesus Christ:
“For as Jonas was a SIGN unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.” (Luke 11:30).
Every prophet of God was a SIGN from God to the times or generations they were involved in – they were the SIGNS OF THE TIMES! But, Jesus Christ was the ultimate sign from heaven when He came down to earth.
Yet, the Pharisees and Sadducees cannot and did not discern the sign from heaven in front of them – Jesus Christ Himself! (Matt. 16:1-4). But when Christ asked His disciples, about who He was,in verse 16, Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus replied, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” God the Father did reveal unto Peter that Christ came from heaven – that He was the sign from heaven!
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The Lamb of God
Notice how John the Baptist responded when he saw Jesus: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). That is reality!
These carnal Jews were looking for a sign, and He stood right there before them! Jesus Christ was, Himself, the biggest sign you could possibly imagine! Christ was the Messiah who would take away the sins of the world. He was to be sacrificed for all of us. Every one of those Old Testament sacrifices and offerings that the Jews knew so much about pointed to the Lamb of God, but they didn’t even know who He was when He came. Some of them knew He was a teacher from God, but they wouldn’t dare tell the people that.
The Lamb was a sign—the sign of signs! What more could they ask for than for the Lamb to come right there among them? He was about to sacrifice Himself for those wretched Jews and every other sinner on this Earth—and they didn’t even know what was happening. Wasn’t it right that Christ should have been upset? THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING – AND THOUGHT THEY UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING! (p. 3, Royal Vision March-April 2005)
Now consider 1 John 4:2-3:
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist.”
Christ is coming in the flesh; anyone who says otherwise has the spirit of the antichrist. Christ did come in the flesh through Mr. Armstrong and it was very evident that He really did the work through him during the Philadelphia era. The same is true with all the apostles and prophets of God – which includes That Prophet. Christ is coming in the flesh. That is what makes a prophet, a SIGN from God – when Christ comes in their flesh and do the work of God in their respective assigned times or generations!
Anciently, just like the prophet Ezekiel was a SIGN in his time, and Mr. Armstrong being a SIGN in this END TIME; God then gave Mr. Flurry as a SIGN unto God’s Church – both to the Philadelphians and to the Laodiceans even to physical Israel (America, Britain and modern day Israel): He is a SIGN in the LAST END. Even his first name “Gerald” which is derived from “HERALD” actually means, a “HARBINGER.” God names His servants as they are! And at the conclusion of the LAST END of the indignation, “they shall know that I am the LORD”
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