“And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.” (Daniel 8:26)
The prophet Daniel was told by the archangel Gabriel to seal up the vision of the evening and morning (sacrifices) because it concerns God’s Work in this end time, particularly the last end. The prophet Habakkuk even wrote;
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie”
The whole chapter 8 of the book of Daniel is about the vision of the evening and the morning sacrifices (the daily) in God’s temple (v. 26). In Mr. Flurry’s booklet, Daniel: Unsealed at Last, he wrote:
“This whole vision is about an evening and morning sacrifice in the temple. The temple today, is God’s Church (Eph. 2:20-21). So the whole vision, as we shall see, is mainly about God’s Church!” (p. 18).
Mr. Flurry later on discussed the correlation of the events in the world with respect to the events in God’s Church. That whatsoever significant occurrence transpires inside God’s Church concerning the daily or the continual, there is a relative reaction in the fulfillment of God’s prophecies concerning the world (in particular, the world ruling empire at the time.) The fulfillment of end time prophecies is ANCHORED on God’s Church – the one that performs the continual– God’s Work in this end time. (This is further explained by Mr. Gerald Flurry in his Daniel booklet).
As Mr. Flurry reiterates:
BEING GOD’S WATCHMAN ISN’T ABOUT WORLD NEWS – IT’S ABOUT HEARING THE WORD AT GOD’S MOUTH! We must always put world news in that context. World news is nothing if you don’t know WHAT GOD says about it! …God speaks through revelation – not world news. But we can put the world news in context. (Pastor General’s Report Oct. 21, 2004)
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (verses 13-14)
The King James is not the best translation for this verse. The Revised Standard Version says, ‘For two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings’ (see margin of KJV). Not 2,300 days – 2300 evening and mornings. Verse 26 even calls this the vision of the ‘evening and the morning.’ Leviticus 6:9 and 12 show that the daily sacrifice was offered in the evening and in the morning. The meaning of this prophecy is clear: The daily was to stop, because of sin, for 2,300 evening and morning sacrifices. (Daniel Unsealed At Last, p.24)
Since the sacrifices are done twice daily, so the 2,300 evenings and mornings is equal to 1,150 days. And according to Mr. Flurry in his Daniel booklet, this prophecy has come to pass and it did refer to a 1,150 day period after Mr. Armstrong’s death on January 16, 1986 – before Malachi’s Message was revealed to him on March 11, 1989. The daily was stopped for 1,150 days, and at the end of it, the sanctuary was cleansed starting initially with Mr. Flurry.
But notice very carefully: Ancient Israel was commanded by God to offer sacrifices on the altar on a daily basis, TWO LAMBS that are a year old – one in the morning and another one in the evening. This account is written in Exodus 29:38-42;
“Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually. The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even: And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering. And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.”
These verses suggest that the fulfillment of the 1,150 day period is DUAL – which is indeed 2,300 evenings and mornings!–1,150 EVENINGS and 1,150 MORNINGS: “AND THE OTHER LAMB THOU SHALT OFFER AT EVEN, AND SHALT DO THERETO ACCORDING TO THE MEAT OFFERING OF THE MORNING.”
Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and Mr. Gerald R. Flurry are more like a type of the two lambs that were offered in the continual in God’s temple –
“The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even.”
TAKE CAREFUL NOTICE again of the vision of the evening and the morning in Daniel 8; it does refer to the LAST END (v. 26). What other possible description could one substitute to this word, except it means what it says – the uttermost limit or boundary – and there could be no more next to it – this is the last end! “The last end of the indignation”, “the latter time of their kingdom” (vv. 19, 23): these phrases could only in all possibility apply to the Laodiceans, spiritually (though these verses could also be applied physically to physical Israel and the last resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire respectively).
Notice also that it is not only the daily that is concerned in this vision but also “the transgression of desolation” – “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, AND the transgression of desolation…?” This relates to verse 23; “when the transgressors are come to the full.”
So the 2,300 evenings and mornings could most probably be referring to a TWO-1,150 day time period. The fulfillment of the 1,150 day prophecy could be DUAL, which amounts to a total of 2,300 evenings and mornings. But this time, the other 1,150 day concerns the 50 percent of the Laodiceans that must be cleansed, and they are to be trodden under foot – physically – after this time period!
The FORMER 1,150 day period was applied spiritually to the Philadelphians prior to the cleansing – and they were spiritually trodden under foot. After this time period, the Philadelphians were separated from the Laodiceans.
The same thing shall happen after the SECOND 1,150 day time period, God shall BEGIN to separate the offspring from the issue – the Jacobite Laodiceans from the Edomite Laodiceans – the 50 percent repentant Laodiceans from the wicked antichrists. And from henceforth, Habakkuk 2:7 shall be fulfilled: “Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?” (The main reason these repentant Laodiceans will rise up against the son of perdition is primarily because of the DEATH of That Prophet – they could probably be awakened by it.)
Those 50 percent repentant Laodiceans shall be cleansed and turned back once again to God’s righteousness by going through the Great Tribulation. They are to be sealed and martyred (Rev. 6:9-11; 7:3-4; 12:11). And during that martyrdom, they shall be trodden under foot by the beast power (Dan. 8:23-24; Rev. 11:2). The vision of the evening and the morning INCLUDES the repentant Laodiceans who shall be cleansed through the Great Tribulation – “to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot.” The last end of the indignation is precisely designed by God the Father to bring about repentance toward Him by the Laodiceans: To spiritually save and revive 50 percent of them! The other 50 percent is beyond help because “THEY BECAME VILE ANTICHRISTS BY ACTIVELY SUPPORTING SATAN THE DEVIL – THE ULTIMATE SIN!” (The Last Hour, p. 5)
In God’s last end of indignation, He shall remember mercy! In fact, the mere presence of the two witnesses during the Great Tribulation is God’s way of remembering His mercy towards the repentant Laodiceans – and yet they still have to DIE to prove their conviction to God.
“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:11).
The vision of the evening and the morning concerns two groups of people – the Philadelphians, and the repentant Laodiceans. (The 50 percent of the Laodiceans that repented toward God are still part of the sanctuary as indicated in Revelation 6:9; “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”)
The Philadelphians were cleansed and trodden under foot spiritually during the SPIRITUAL ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, while the repentant Laodiceans are to be cleansed and to be trodden under foot physically during the PHYSICAL ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.
Scriptures indicate: These martyrs shall support the work of the two witnesses (the two candlesticks) during the Great Tribulation (Rev. 12:17). While the other 50 percent of the Laodiceans continue to become part of the “the transgression of desolation” – they continue to become antichrists! The Philadelphians, on the other hand, go to a place of safety because they supported the work of the two olive branches.
When 50 percent of the Laodiceans do repent and shall be cleansed during the Great Tribulation, they shall thus be called THE ELECT (Matt. 24:22) – apart from the Philadelphians who are called THE VERY ELECT (v. 24).
“And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.” (Dan. 8:26, NKJV).
“And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it” (v. 27).
The vision of the evening and the morning made the prophet Daniel faint and sick for several days: He was astonished at the vision – he was dumbfounded – it took his breath away, so to speak. But even he himself did not understand that vision because it is for the last end. In the Daniel – Unsealed at Last booklet, Mr. Flurry wrote:
“Now as he was speaking with me,” Daniel wrote, “I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be” (vv. 18-19). This all unfolds in the “last end” – end of the end time, as we have often said. We are in that time! Notice it says, ‘for at the time appointed the end shall be.’ The time appointed at the ‘last end’ means the 1,150 days” (p. 30-31).
Read that again! THE TIME APPOINTED AT THE “LAST END” MEANS THE 1,150 DAYS! There is indeed a dual fulfillment of the 1,150 days! We cannot fully understand the last end of the indignation until the other part of the 1,150 days is fulfilled. And we are in the midst of it!
To reinforce our understanding regarding the fulfillment of the duality of the 1,150 days, let’s consider the vision in Zechariah 5:
“Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.” (verses 1-2)
According to Mr. Flurry, in Zechariah: The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return; this flying scroll pertains to the little book, Malachi’s Message (revealed to Mr. Flurry after 1,150 days from Mr. Armstrong’s death). While in the latter part of the chapter it discusses yet another vision – that of building a house for God in the land of Shinar, (i.e. to say, in Edmond, Oklahoma)
“Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.” (Zech. 5:5-8)
The “talent of lead,” according to Clarke’s Commentary, means GOD’S DISPLEASURE WITH WICKEDNESS, which is the same terminology with that found in Daniel 8:19’s word “indignation”: GOD’S DISPLEASURE WITH SIN. And notice very carefully, that this “talent of lead” is connected to “a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah” – the Church (symbolized by the woman) is being measured.
“Let’s look at how God measured the woman. “And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof”(Zechariah 5:8). God finds wickedness in this church. God is very displeased with this measurement.” (p.52, op. cit.)
Have we seen a woman in this end-time that was emphatically used by God to show His views about His Church being measured, even after only about 20 months from the court case victory on January 16, 2003?
From the Philadelphia News, Nov/Dec 2004, we read:
September 5 marked a dramatic day in the history of God’s Church. On that day – 40 months after the beginning of the ‘last hour’ – Barbara Jeanne Flurry died. …I believe my wife was, in a sense, a MARTYR. Five years ago, God revealed more to me about the book of Ezekiel, now contained in Ezekiel – The End-Time Prophet. This booklet explained how Ezekiel’s prophecies are specifically about OUR WORK TODAY. …
Ezekiel 24:16 reads, ‘Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.’…
In verse 19, the people asked Ezekiel what it all meant. He responded with God’s message: ‘Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall FALL BY THE SWORD (verses 20-21)…
My wife GLORIFIED God in her death. She witnessed for Him. Let’s now examine ourselves and see how urgent we are. How much are we giving our lives for this Work? Time is rapidly running out! (pp. 1, 8;)
Indeed! Mrs. Flurry’s death is both a witness to the Philadelphians and to the Laodiceans in the midst of the crisis years – “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Hab. 3:2). Her death still continues to resonate through the completion of God’s house on September 5, 2010!
Continuing from Zechariah 5 we read:
“Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.” (vv. 9-11)
Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote on the Zechariah booklet:
TWO WOMEN ON AN EPHAH
“What is an ephah? An ephah is used 27 times in the Bible as a technical device for measuring. However …a woman is being measured. We know that a woman in the Bible is a symbol for a church – whether it’s true or false. God’s Church is being measured here. …God finds wickedness in this church. God is very displeased with this measurement” (ibid, p.52).
Further on, Mr. Flurry said that the two women here pertain to the Church division – the WCG and the PCG (p. 53).
Notice in verse 9 that there is a colon, which means that there are two separate thoughts in two different time sequence, yet connected with each other. That after the two women came out of the ephah, “they had wings like the wings of a stork:” – this is the prophecy for the Church division. While the thought “and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven” – pertains to another time sequence after the Church division thought. (See the illustration below.)
And while that is true, and the subject here is about wickedness (v. 8), yet, since the split has taken place well over 20 years ago, God is showing us through this prophecy in Zechariah 5 that the two women (the symbol for the Philadelphians and the Laodiceans) were both carrying and transporting the ephah in the context of a construction of a physical house in Shinar. That after the house (Armstrong Auditorium) is to be established or completed, then those two women shall set the ephah inside the house, thus the SECOND measuring commences. (The FIRST measuring was in the context of a flying scroll or Malachi’s Message.)
The final verse in Zechariah 5 is thrilling. In verse 10, Zechariah asks, Where are they taking the ephah? The answer is in verse 11: He said to me, ‘To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it; and when this is prepared, they will set the ephah down there on its base’ (Revised Standard Version). …The Companion Bible says it shall be established “for that ephah, and it’s going to be prepared for it, and it will be set there or fixed or settled. It relates how the base equals a fixed resting place.” (pp. 58, 60, ibid)
Notice again that the house shall be built FOR the ephah – BUT, REMEMBER ALSO THAT THE TWO WOMEN BOTH CARRIED THE EPHAH; AND THEY ALSO BOTH TRANSPORTED IT TO ITS HOUSE ONCE IT WAS COMPLETED.
Both women have wings like storks—a symbol of God’s power. Each woman has access to God’s power, but only the Philadelphian woman is using that power before the Tribulation. Both women are carrying the ephah because each one of them must be measured before she can enter God’s Kingdom. (pp. 56-57, ibid)
Therefore, it is clearly indicated in this prophecy that the Philadelphians and the Laodiceans shall co-exist even inside God’s house. Is this not the wickedness which the angel has shown to the prophet Zechariah? So that when it is already settled (or the house is completed), God shall then begin to completely measure and extract the remaining Laodicean antichrists led by the last-end son of perdition FROM WITHIN the Philadelphia Church of God – “then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” as the prophet Daniel wrote in chapter 8. According to JFB Commentary regarding the final verse of Zechariah 5:
“set …upon her own base — fixed there as in its proper place. “Wickedness” being cast out of Judah, shall for ever dwell with the antichristian apostates (of whom Babylon is the type), who shall reap the fruit of it, which they deserve.”
These “antichristian apostates” “shall reap the fruit of it (wickedness), which they deserve” – “they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obadiah 1:16; read also the Obadiah booklet).
God’s house is the last physical sign that God gives before he pours out His indignation at the conclusion of the last hour of the last end to permanently and completely purge out wickedness from His Church. The vision here in Zechariah 5 is the same vision of the evening and the morning sacrifice which is also very much linked to that of Jonah’s 3 days and 3 nights in the fish’s belly.
The completion of this physical structure would then trigger the SECOND 1,150 days (for the transgression of desolation). After this time period, God shall BEGIN to separate the offspring from the issue – the Jacobite Laodiceans from the Edomite Laodiceans – the 50 percent repentant Laodiceans from the wicked antichrists. It could be that at the end of this 1,150 days, the end-time Diotrephes who is the last-end son of perdition shall arise and betray The Last End Apostle. God shall extract even the Laodiceans among the Philadelphians inside the PCG. That could most probably be the reason why the angel that talked with Zechariah said, “This is wickedness” (v. 8).
Now let’s consider: Is it then just a mere happenstance, that after only over a year of God’s house being completed, Mr. Flurry already noticed this wickedness even inside the Philadelphia Church of God? He even emphasized in his co-worker letter dated Nov. 21, 2011:
THIS deeply concerns me. It is a strong spiritual indicator that SOMETHING is not right with too many people in this Church. Let’s be honest! Isn’t that what Laodiceanism and lukewarmness is like?
He further emphasized in his sermon, “SOMETHING IS WRONG!” Is this not the same as what the angel that talked with Zechariah has shown him? “Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women” (v. 9) Mr. Flurry is also seeing the two women coming out and being measured inside God’s house, just like what the angel has shown to Zechariah! Indeed it is wickedness! He wrote in his Zechariah booklet,
The vision in Zechariah 5 has everything to do with judgment in God’s temple, or house. It has everything to do with the Work of God and His ministry! (p. 47, op. cit)
When Mr. Flurry said that the vision in Zechariah 5 has everything to do with the Work of God and His ministry- Does it mean that there are Philadelphian ministers and Laodicean ministers working even inside the Philadelphia Church of God since BOTH WOMEN CARRIED THE EPHAH? If it does, then indeed it is wickedness!
“And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.”(Dan. 8:26)
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Hab. 2:3, NIV)
To fully understand the vision of the last end of indignation in Daniel 8:19, (“for at the time appointed the end shall be”); the prophecy in Zechariah 5 regarding the construction of God’s house in Edmond, Oklahoma HAS to take place first before the fulfillment of the SECOND 1,150 days.
Again, as Mr. Flurry said, “THE TIME APPOINTED AT THE ‘LAST END’ MEANS THE 1,150 DAYS!” (p. 31, op.cit). The construction of God’s house in Edmond is the DELAY which the prophet Habakkuk had foretold, before God reveals the full understanding of the last end of indignation – and after God has revealed it, no one can prove it false. Can you?
When shall this second 1,150 day period begin? It began when the house of God (Armstrong Auditorium) was COMPLETED and inaugurated on September 5, 2010 – which coincided with the 6th year death anniversary of the wife of That Prophet. The construction and completion of the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma is to be a specific sign for the SECOND fulfillment of 1,150 days– the evening sacrifice.
There are TWO INTERTWINED MESSAGES that God wants to convey to His Church since the Philadelphians and the Laodiceans shall co-exist even INSIDE God’s house (see also Zechariah 11:14). And as mentioned earlier that the death of That Prophet’s wife is the fulfillment of Habakkuk’s prophecy of the second “in the midst of the years” thought in Habakkuk 3:2 –“in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” God’s house in Edmond, Oklahoma has a dual spiritual purpose – “make known” is for the Philadelphians; “in wrath remember mercy” is for the Laodiceans – and we must remember that it’s all in the context of the death of Mr. Flurry’s wife.
Mr. Flurry explained the vision God gave the prophet Daniel about the evening and the morning – which comprise the last end:
Daniel didn’t understand this vision God was giving him. God sent the archangel Gabriel to Daniel to explain (verses 15-16). “Understand, O son of man,” Gabriel said, “for at the time of the end shall be the vision” (verse 17)…
In verse 26 of chapter 8, Daniel writes, “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.”Today we are right in the midst of it. This is happening in God’s temple. This whole vision is about God’s Church right now—the last end. Daniel is trying to get us to see the kind of warfare going on behind the scenes.
This is the only time of salvation for those members called into the Church of God today. Judgment is now on us. If we fail this time, there is no second chance.
God gets very specific with this prophecy. It’s carefully planned to the very day! What a loving God we have. If God did so much to help Daniel fight against Satan while this was being revealed, what kind of battle do you think we will face as God opens our minds to actually understand and proclaim this message? Satan is raging mad right now. He’s been cast down to this Earth and his sight is fixed on you—your faith. How will you respond to his attack? Will you be like so many Laodiceans who have caved in to the pressure? Or will you respond as Daniel did?
“And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it” (verse 27). He was astonished and he didn’t even understand it! Now that you understand, how astonished are you? (Daniel: Unsealed at Last!, p. 30)
Do you understand? If you do, then how astonished are you?
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