The Molten Image and a Teacher of Lies

Mystery of the Ages was Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s MASTERPIECE and he considered it as “THE BEST WORK OF MY 93 YEARS OF LIFE!” It was even the reason why the Philadelphia Church of God went to court to fight for it.

Mystery of the Ages and HWA

 

But let’s consider a very disturbing account that has been kept from the PCG membership – a glaring deletion of a sentence from Mr. Armstrong’s book, Mystery of the Ages:

The sentence we removed from our 2003 version is found on page 245 of the older one, where it said, “No prophets are mentioned as having either administrative, executive or preaching functions in the New Testament Church.”

We removed that sentence from the 2003 version, not because we are doing away with Mr. Armstrong’s teachings, but because of what God has added to the Church since Mr. Armstrong died—the revealed truth that there is, in fact, a prophet guiding the Church today who also serves an administrative and executive position within the Church. God did not reveal this to Mr. Armstrong before he died, just as He didn’t reveal the specifics about the Laodicean rebellion—for obvious reasons…

Now we could have attempted to write another section to be included in Mystery of the Ages that would reflect this new revelation, but we felt it best to preserve the text as closely as possible to the original and simply strike that sentence and then let our other literature, like That Prophet, reflect the Church’s new teaching on the subject. (Stephen Flurry, PGR, Oct. 21, 2004, p. 3-4)

Why not instead of making changes by removing a sentence from Mystery of the Ages, Mr. Stephen Flurry could have rather used a footnote or an endnote to explain “what God has added to the Church since Mr. Armstrong died” by pointing the readers to the “Who Is That Prophet?” literature?

Not only did the PCG do it once, but has already currently accomplished deleting yet another thought in reference to the position of a prophet. Continuing from the Pastor General’s Report:

In fact, the next time we print Mystery of the Ages, we will also cut a parenthetical phrase found on page 350 – one that we overlooked last year. Again, in reference to the position of prophet, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “of which there are none in God’s Church today since the Bible for our time is complete.” Again, there is a prophet leading God’s Church today. (ibid.)

Do these people inside the PCG who make those changes really believe that Christ has come in the flesh of Mr. Armstrong to write Mystery of the Ages? – That God sent an end time Elijah to “restore all things”? (Matt. 17:11)

An end time Elijah has already come and gone, and did restore all things to the Church, yet the people in God’s own Church has done unto Mr. Armstrong whatsoever that is pleasing unto them (v. 12) – even deleting a sentence from Mystery of the Ages is already tantamount to saying that Christ is not coming in the flesh through Mr. Armstrong! And that is a spirit of an antichrist! (1 John 4:1-3). What they have deleted is no small thing – it is PIVOTAL! We should not have turned to the right hand or to the left as what Joshua had done.

“Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside there from to the right hand or to the left.” (Joshua 23:6)

As indicated in the October 21, 2004 PGR, even as early as 2003 perhaps after the court case victory against the WCG, they have already altered and omitted phrases from Mr. Armstrong’s book. This could very well be the reason why Mrs. Barbara Flurry had to die to picture the spiritual condition of the PCG.

From Mr. Gerald Flurry’s book, Malachi’s Message, he wrote the importance of the book, Mystery of the Ages, and how Mr. Armstrong felt about it:

Read Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s own words when he introduced Mystery of the Ages to God’s people in a letter dated September12, 1985:

Dear Brethren and Co-workers with Christ:

Since last December I have been working diligently on the LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT BOOK OF MY LIFE. IN REAL FACT I FEEL I MYSELF DID NOT WRITE IT. Rather, I believe God used me in writing it. I CANDIDLY FEEL IT MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK SINCE THE BIBLE. …“We want to reach the largest audience possible with this book. I know you will feel the same way when you read it. …

This new book, Mystery of the Ages, unveils all these mysteries. It puts the many different parts of the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ together. It is, in fact, a synopsis of the entire Bible. It is my prayer that you will read it along with your Bible—that it will make your Bible come alive and understandable. And with God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in you, I feel sure that it will. I AM NOW IN MY 94TH YEAR, AND I FEEL THAT THIS BOOK IS THE MOST VALUABLE GIFT I COULD POSSIBLY GIVE TO YOU. This book is a partial expression of my thanks and gratitude to you for being a co-laborer with me and with Jesus Christ. With all my heart, I do appreciate and thank God for your part with me in the wonderful Work in these closing days.

Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote in a member and co-worker letter dated November 25, 1985: “With the writing of the new book Mystery of the Ages God has helped me this year to DO THE BEST WORK OF MY 93 YEARS OF LIFE!” (Chapter 2, Hold Fast, pp. 21-22)

PGR PCG Oct 21, 2004 p3

 

In the Raising the Ruins book, Mr. Stephen Flurry even wrote:

MR. ARMSTRONG’S REMARKABLE BOOK

When the Plain Truth finished its serialized version of Mystery of the Ages in November 1986, Mr. Tkach Sr. introduced the last installment by saying it was a “remarkable book” that was “in a very real sense” Mr. Armstrong’s “last will and testament.” He said that Mr. Armstrong did not underestimate the value of the work.

And indeed, whenever Mr. Armstrong talked about the book, he heaped praise upon it. Soon after Mr. Armstrong began work on Mystery of the Ages in 1985, he told the church membership that it would probably be the “most important book” he had ever written. In the Author’s Statement of the book, Mr. Armstrong proclaimed, “Time may prove this to be the most important book written in almost 1,900 years.” (Chapter 2, Legacies, p. 17)

Moreover, Mr. Stephen Flurry reiterated in the October 21, 2004 PGR:

As we have said so many times before, Mystery of the Ages is like a magnificent summary of Mr. Armstrong’s lifelong work and his many teachings. It’s a MASTERPIECE! Even during the court case, we insisted that rewriting such a book ourselves would be unacceptable because of the inspiration behind the way that book was put together. (op. cit.)

If that book was indeed considered a masterpiece, and then someone makes some alterations to it, what could possibly happen to that masterpiece? Speaking as a fool: Would someone dare try to alter one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpieces, say, the Mona Lisa even with the slightest modification of her smile in the painting and still declare that it’s the original? Will that painting still be considered an original masterpiece, or is it already considered an adulterated version?

Now who would dare try to change the content of the book, Mystery of the Ages if Mr. Armstrong himself has believed in his heart that it was in fact written by Christ Himself through him?

Who gave Mr. Stephen Flurry the authority to change what Mr. Armstrong wrote in the Mystery of the Ages book even early on 2003? Does he have the same office as that of the Apostle Peter who was given the authority to bind and loose? Does he have the authority like that of the end time Elijah (Mr. Armstrong), who restored all things?

He showed through his action in altering the Mystery of the Ages book, that Christ was not coming in the flesh through Mr. Armstrong. Well, he may be saying that Christ is coming in the flesh through his words, yet his deeds showed what was contrary to his declaration. Does he agree now with Mr. Joseph Tkach that Mystery of the Ages is indeed riddled with errors? Is there any hypocrisy here?

If there is, then there must be a leaven of the Pharisees in the midst of the PCG! And it puffs up the entire lump!

Let’s consider again Habakkuk 2:18 –

“What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?”

Was the October 21, 2004 PGR concerning the changes made in the Mystery of the Ages about the deletion of a certain thought regarding the office of a prophet being done in order to create an image to fit in the idol priests’ scheme? Could this be considered as a specific fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:18 involving the molten image and a teacher of lies who has made a graven image which according to Matthew Henry Commentary refer to a DOCTRINE of vanities, falsehood, and a WORK of errors? From Barnes Commentary we can read of Habakkuk 2:18:

“The molten image and teacher of lies – It is all one whether by ‘teacher of lies’ we understand the idol, or its priest. For its priest gave it its voice, as its maker created its form. It could only seem to teach through the idol-priest. Isaiah used the title “teacher of lies,” of the false prophet Isa. 9:14-15. It is all one. Zechariah combines them Zech. 10:2; ‘The teraphim have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have had false dreams.’”

As discussed previously in a related article posted here, “idols” do refer to the “impostors” in God’s Church. Here it refers to the “idol priests” or the “teacher of lies” (in contrast to the teacher of righteousness” in Joel 2:23). This “teacher of lies” was the “VOICE” that was heard in Jeremiah 4:15 – “For a VOICE declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.”

Going back to Habakkuk 2:18 –

“What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?”

Continuing from Barne’s Commentary:

“That the maker of his work trusteth therein – This was the special folly of idolatry. The thing made must needs be inferior to its maker. It was one of the corruptions of idolatry that the maker of his own work should trust in what was wholly his own creation, what, not God, but himself created, what had nothing but what it had from himself. He uses the very words which express the relation of man to God, ‘the Framer’ and ‘the thing framed.’ Isa. 29:16, ‘O your perverseness! Shall the framer be accounted as clay, theft the thing made should say of its Maker, He made me not, and the thing framed say of its Framer, He hath no hands?’The idol-maker is ‘the creator of his creature,’ of his god whom he worships. Again the idol-maker makes ‘dumb idols’ (literally, ‘dumb nothings’) in themselves nothings, and having no power out of themselves; and what is uttered in their name, are but lies. And what else are man’s idols of wealth, honor, fame, which he makes to himself, the creatures of his own hands or mind, their greatness existing chiefly in his own imagination before which he bows down himself…?”

So if those ministers created an individual after their own image and not after God’s image, then those people whom they have spiritually formed and shaped are just like “‘dumb idols(literally, ‘dumb nothings’) in themselves nothings, and having no power out of themselves; and what is uttered in their name, are but lies.”

And what else do those idol-making ministers base their judgment on in choosing their own creations for making such idols? – “wealth, honor, fame, which he makes to himself, the creatures of his own hands or mind, their greatness existing chiefly in his own imagination before which he bows down himself.

Looks like those idol-making ministers inside God’s Church, choose those people who has the wealth, the honor and the fame through which they also make to themselves, and though their greatness exist only in their own imagination yet they succumb to it by which they eventually deceive themselves.

“Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (Hab. 2:19)

Even though those people whom the idol-making ministers have taught and at times have ordained to an office do possess all the physical material greatness in them, can they teach righteousness? Can they impart spiritual life? God said “WOE UNTO HIM” for “there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (This is the same as what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Tim. 5:22 and what the prophet Haggai wrote in Hag. 2:12-13)

Aside from that, we are guilty of the first two commandments of God if we worship these molten and graven images – these “idols” or “impostors” in God’s Church and their doctrine of vanities and work of errors

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” (Exo. 20:3-5)

Verse 19 could also be referring to the planned re-opening of the Bricket Wood college campus in England and a planned archeological dig in Ireland, i.e., the idol-makers wants to give life to it with extravagance even overlaying it with a musical play (Jeremiah – The Musical), establishing a feast site in Ireland and now they plan to re-open the Bricket Wood campus which Mr. Armstrong has already closed, with an office to support that dig. They may have spread lavish ornaments on that “graven image”, yet in God’s eyes it has NO LIFE in it because He does not approve such a work to be done in Bricket Wood, England nor in Ireland.

Let’s consider again a specific fulfillment of the Habakkuk 2:19 prophecy: “Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” Let us consider the word “awake” in the dictionary:

1. To rouse from sleep; waken.

2. To stir the interest of; excite.

3. To stir up memories.

“Woe unto him that saith to the WOOD, Awake” – Does this expression refer to the RE-OPENING of the Bricket WOOD campus with the CEDARS of Lebanon in it that has stirred the interest of the Philadelphia Church of God with excitement which is coupled with stirred up memories of it?

Let’s move on to the next expression:

“to the DUMB STONE, Arise, it shall teach!”

Arise” in the dictionary could also mean, “to come into being; originate

Could the above utterance be referring to the planned archeological dig in Ireland and the acquisition of Jacob’s pillar stone? Ireland has recently come into being and so far, God’s people have been taught about the life’s origin of the messenger Jeremiah the prophet, Irish step dancing and Irish culture which according to one sermon given by Stephen Flurry would also be taught in the Millennium. For emphasis, let us read again what Matthew Henry Commentary noted:

What profits the graven image?It is so far from profiting them that it puts a cheat upon them, and keeps them under the power of a strong delusion

This “graven image” is a STRONG DELUSION indeed! And it puts a cheat on them! Remember that the “graven imageis a DOCTRINE of vanities, it is falsehood and a WORK of errors.” While the “molten image and a teacher of lies” refer to those PERSONS who have been ordained hastily in God’s Church who teach lies, vanities, falsehood and errors.

Read related articles here:

THE GRAVEN IMAGE

Rain in the Time of the Latter Rain

A Voice and the Keepers of the Field

Abomination of Desolation (Part 1)

The Veil of Astarte (Abomination of Desolation Part 2)

Do Not Ordain Anyone Hastily

Beauty and Bands

A PREPARED DECEPTION

God has Caused the Solemn Feasts to be Forgotten

Or you may download a free copy of the book:

The Last End – A Book of Remembrance

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