Speaking of the 25 men of Ezekiel 8, here is what Lange’s Commentary wrote:
“The sanctuary of the Eternal is a thing going down behind them; they turn to the new light.”
THEY TURN TO THE NEW LIGHT – It seems that these 25 men HAS TURNED to a supposedly “new light” (in Jeremiah 4:15) in the west where the sun sets, and in so doing, God’s work on the Ophel in Jerusalem has gone down behind them. What happened to the office in Mizpah (the main office for the Philadelphia Church of God in Jerusalem)? What happened to God’s Work in Jerusalem?
These 25 men inside the PCG thought that they saw a “new vision” (Zechariah 10:2). But, is it God’s vision? Is it God’s light?
“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”(Jer. 14:13-14)
Where did that “false vision” came from? It’s from “the deceit of their HEART”! In the Royal Vision November-December 2012, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote:
TRANSFORMED AS ANGELS OF LIGHT
Paul continued by warning about “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). Paul was dealing with this in about A.D. 58 with the Corinthians, who sadly turned away so quickly. Should we marvel that people transformed themselves into the apostles of Christ? It is the same old story that God’s people have had to battle all along. You see it all the time. …They come as angels of light. They can act like they really believe what we are saying, but maybe they don’t. Maybe they are just lying. Satan comes as an angel of light – but he lies. If we use God’s Holy Spirit, we will discern who these liars are! …We have to hear and understand the Spirit or we will make many mistakes we shouldn’t be making.” (p. 2)
It is most likely Satan’s light in the WEST that these 25 men had seen – and they have turned unto it and followed it! Thus in so doing, they have turned their backs on God!
Now, if we shall further expound Ezekiel 8:16, it could be the same as saying something like this – “Since we have already found some significant royal archaeological artifacts in Jerusalem, even on the Ophel where God’s original temple was located, why don’t we put it aside for awhile and put it behind our backs for some time, and rather go to Britain and Ireland in the west and do some work there, because there are some NEW REVELATIONS in the book of Jeremiah regarding that prophecy (Jeremiah 4:15), so why not establish a work there in Britain and have a feast site in Ireland as well. Anyway, we must still have an extensive view of Jerusalem as the focal point and while being there in Ireland, we shall anticipate toward the east, the coming of the Sun of Righteousness, Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.”
But is this not an abomination to God?
Indeed it is! Again, as Mr. Flurry wrote – “This is the most abominable crime in the whole book of Ezekiel!” (op. cit)
“Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.” (v. 17)
Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote in his Ezekiel booklet about this verse:
THEY HAVE RETURNED
“Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose” (Ezekiel 8:17). “Provoke me to anger” really should read “provoked to be bitter or rebel against.” And the older texts correct that last phrase to read “God’s nose.” That’s how it should read. These Laodiceans are taking a branch and sticking it up into God’s nostrils—the area that gives the Church its breath of life. They are trying to cut off the life of God’s Church! …But notice, they have returned to do this. People rebelled and turned away, and have now returned to try to cut off the very breath of life in God’s Church! Where is that happening? (p. 57)
Mr. Flurry asked, “Where is that happening?” Take note that it is the house of Judah that committed this abomination before God. Could this prophecy be referring to spiritual Judah (PCG)? And is this spiritual Judah really does refer, without a single doubt, to the Philadelphia Church of God? Again here is what Mr. Flurry wrote:
The “house of Judah” …is the faithful Church of God. You could say it is “the house of the Jews” WE ARE JEWS – SPIRITUAL JEWS!” (Royal Vision, July-August 2012, p.6)
MR. FLURRY EMPHASIZED THAT THE PCG IN SPIRITUAL APPLICATION IS INDEED THE “HOUSE OF JUDAH”!
So in principle, when we read of the spiritual house of Judah in scriptures concerning prophecy in this end time, we can apply it directly to the PCG who resides in the INNER COURT. While spiritual Israel will have to be the Laodicean groups in the OUTER COURT. But keep in mind also that there are two women inside the PCG (Zech. 5:9-11), so there are also Laodiceans among them.
Now notice very carefully in verse 17, that the house of Judah has returned to provoke God to anger. Does this mean that there was a prior instance wherein God has been provoked the first time and yet another provocation is happening again during the last end? Well, one can only utter this word “return” if there was a former occurrence that has served as a reference point. You can only return to a place or condition if you had been there before. For emphasis, let us consider again what Mr. Flurry wrote in the Ezekiel booklet about a group of people who is sticking up a branch into God’s nostrils:
These Laodiceans are taking a branch and sticking it up into God’s nostrils—the area that gives the Church its breath of life. They are trying to cut off the life of God’s Church! …But notice, they have returned to do this. People rebelled and turned away, and have now returned to try to cut off the very breath of life in God’s Church! Where is that happening? (op. cit.)
Again, remember that this is in the context of a prophecy for the house of Judah which in spiritual application refers to the Philadelphia Church of God. As being mentioned here that “these Laodiceans are taking a branch and sticking it up into God’s nostrils” – so it must only refer to the Laodiceans INSIDE the PCG who is in the INNER COURT where the prophet Ezekiel saw in his vision (Ezekiel 8:16). It could not refer to the Laodiceans outside the PCG, because they are not of the house of Judah, spiritually speaking. Mr. Flurry then asked, “Where is that happening?”
Let’s consider this article from the May 2014 issue of The Philadelphian newsletter:
Pastor general now in Britain, seeking potential sites for new college campus
EDMOND—Pastor General Gerald Flurry departed from Oklahoma City on May 7, bound for London along with his son, Evangelist Stephen Flurry. The two are currently meeting with United Kingdom/Europe Regional Director Brad Macdonald and are visiting estates for sale in England.
The pastor general announced in a sermon on May 3 that he felt God was not opening a door to purchase the Bricket Wood campus near St. Albans, England. In that sermon, “Building the Work of God,” he said that Bricket Wood and the other college campuses in Pasadena, Calif., and Big Sandy, Texas, “had a bad ending” because those who led them fell away from God.
Mr. Flurry revealed that PCG officials have been looking for other estates in England that could suit the purpose of a college campus and office facility, and he indicated that they were pleasantly surprised to find a large number of beautiful estates available that are considerably less expensive than the Bricket Wood campus.
Why a sudden change of heart? Why not Bricket Wood this time? Did Mr. Gerald Flurry initially knew about the history behind Bricket Wood’s “bad ending”or could it be that those 25 men only manipulated him like a clay in their hands, to choose another estate because they wanted to discredit the book of remembrance which they have already read? Anyway, whether it is Bricket Wood or another real estate in Britain, in God’s eyes, the PCG HAS RETURNED to provoke Him to anger through that land purchase. The secret counsel of men inside the PCG were the ones who wanted to establish a college there and eventually have an office which could also be used for the planned archaeological dig in Ireland.
Remember these thoughts to consider about the name Bricket Wood which is very, very interesting:
Derivation of: Bricket Wood – this area was once heavily wooded, indeed vestiges of this ancient wood remain today. Apparently the name is a compound of OE ‘beorht’ (briht), ‘bright, light’ and ‘iggoð’, ‘islet’. As the Rivers Ver and Colne lay some distance away, this may refer to the original tiny settlement of ‘Smug Oak’ which in turn may refer to a ‘small, hollowed-out place’, secret place’, i.e. an ‘island’ homestead carved from the surrounding woodland.
From ‘Park Street’s Past’ by Cyril Martin (1995).
Considering the name Bricket Wood from its originalderivation, it could also mean: “A BRIGHT LIGHT IN A SECRET PLACE” which connotes a secret plan is being laid in the dark. (See Isaiah 29:15)
Is the work in Ireland a plan that is being laid in the dark? Has the PCG really turned to the NEW LIGHT? Have they really returned to provoke God to anger? It looks like God’s prophecies are indeed being fulfilled to the letter.
“Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here?” (v. 17)
One might ask, what’s wrong if the PCG wants to return to Bricket Wood? Would there be any issues? Some might say, “This is a new revelation,” while others may say, “This is the third and final phase of God’s Work” and besides that, it was Mr. Flurry, the last end Apostle of God who has approved of such, so what’s wrong with that? Surely God will back him up since he has the key of David and God’s government.
But, do we remember the reason why Mr. Armstrong closed the Ambassador College campus in Bricket Wood in 1974 in the first place?
The answer is, because of REBELLION against God’s government through the end-time Elijah. The liberal ministers did an “about face.” Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote about that incidence:
Sin entered Pasadena leadership. The Church stopped its phenomenal growth. I had to deal with sins near the top in 1971 and 1972. In the spring of 1974 a ministerial rebellion, led to a considerable extent by two top–ranking ministers at Pasadena, resulted in some 30 or more ministers leaving the Church…
Even now at this late date. I learn that this “about-face” …caused great consternation among loyal ministers and members in Britain …And the whole Church was deceived! (The Worldwide News, Vol. 9, No. 19; November 16, 1981: How Subtly Satan Used MAKEUP to Start the Church Off the Track)
From that time on, the Bricket Wood campus has never been opened again by Mr. Armstrong until his death on January 16, 1986. Could it be that God has purposed to reserve this very place for the specific fulfillment of the prepared deception for the whole Church during this last end?
Now let us consider what kind of activities the village of Bricket Wood has:
- Morris Dancing
- Naturism (Nudism)
The village of Bricket Wood has been host to at least six naturist clubs: Fiveacres Country Club, Spielplatz, The Sun-Folk Society, Gardenia (originally named Silverbirch), Diogenes Sunlight Society (also known as The Phoenix Recreational Society), and The Suncampers.
- Wicca (Neopagan religion of Witchcraft)
In 1954 Gerald Gardner published his book “Witchcraft Today” to advance his own practice of Wicca as a modern religion. He established his first coven at Bricket Wood. Gerald Gardner operated his coven from Fiveacres Country Club in Bricket Wood.
Well how about that for a place to establish an office in a village wherein nakedness and witchcraft are prevalent.
Could it also be one of the main reasons that God saw plus the 1974 rebellion which made Him to decide through Mr. Armstrong to close the Bricket Wood campus and never to be re-opened again? God made it so, unlike the Big Sandy campus that was re-opened and closed for quite a number of times during Mr. Armstrong’s tenure, but NOT Bricket Wood.
We have one thing to consider though:
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…” (1 Sam. 15:23)
And that is God’s view of Bricket Wood. It is so abominable! But why is the PCG trying to open what God has already closed? Isn’t it that God has also given Mr. Flurry the key to open and close a door? This subject will be further discussed in chapter 10. Why does the PCG wanted to return there? What really is God’s view about it?
It is part of the prepared deception during the last end which is prophesied in Jeremiah 4:10 –
“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem…”
Remember that during the 1974 rebellion and the great consternation of the ministry and members in Britain, it was in the context of the whole Church being deceived. And Bricket Wood is very much a part of that history that we should not take lightly.
“Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here?” (Ezek. 8:17)
It seems that Laodiceanism inside the Philadelphia Church of God has now taken its toll on the whole Church, thus the prophecy in Revelations chapter 3 clearly applies to us at this very moment. Anyway, it is the prevailing spirit in this last era of God’s Church.
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” (Rev. 3:14)
Notice that in this verse that Christ is the one talking here. He is the “faithful and true witness and the beginning of the creation of God.” Now look at what He has to say to us in the PCG:
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (vv. 15-18)
Do we in the Philadelphia Church of God know that we have already become a Laodicean at best? We became rich and increased with goods and “knowest not that (we are) wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”
Can we individually and collectively admit to ourselves that we have indeed become Laodiceans in God’s eyes? The abundance of proof has been laid by God for all to see! So we ought to repent towards God (v. 19).
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (v. 22)