He That Escapes

“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. 24:26-27) Here is what Lange’s Commentary wrote about “he that escapes”:

“Verse 26: The escaped is a definite person. (According to Hengst.: an ideal person, comprehending in himself the whole host of those carried awaya fugitive, one of their number). As an eye-witness of what had been passed through, he will place the fact before the exiles as one which cannot be doubted.

“Verse 27: As he (which is also a virtual sign, namely for the prophet) opens his mouth, Ezekiel does the same, who consequently has had to keep silence up to that time. The opening of the prophet’s mouth at the same time with that of the fugitive takes place in chapter 33; compare verses 21, 22. …so Ezekiel’s becoming dumb can be taken in relation to prophesying of mercy as distinguished from prophesying of judgment, so that the meaning would be: Thou shalt then speak of mercy, and no more of judgment, which has become an accomplished fact …so that the dumbness of Ezekiel affects, in the first place, the period up to the appearance of the fugitive from Jerusalem with news of its downfall …Hengst.: ‘When the eye-witness report that all has happened as announced by him, he will become to them an object of wonder, they will recognize the Lord behind the son of man’.”

“In that day” as Mr. Flurry always points out, refers to the latter days – the end-time – it is for our time today. And “he that escapesis HIMSELF an EYE-WITNESS to the SIEGE of spiritual Jerusalem or God’s Church in this end-time and “he will place the fact before the exiles as one which cannot be doubted”- “at the end it shall speak, and not lie” (Hab. 2:3). And that fugitive comprehends in himself the whole host of those carried away” and he has caused to hear through the course of time the atrocities that have happened in the spiritual siege to the son of man. And in God’s appointed time His prophet will no longer be silent about it, and everyone that was under that siege and also those that were exiled, will know the God who remembers mercy.

Here are some of the letters that was sent to Mr. Flurry regarding the spiritual SIEGE in the PCG by “he that escapes” on November 30, 2011:

Dear Mr. Gerald Flurry,

Greetings to God’s last end apostle!

Your sermon and co-worker letter still rings in my ears.

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

“SOMETHING IS WRONG” as you said in the sermon. “SOMETHING is not right with too many people in this Church”, as you further emphasized in the latest co-worker letter dated Nov. 21, 2011. Sir, I believe this could very much still be connected with the death of your wife, Barbara, 7 years ago.

As written in Ezekiel 24:24-25 “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,”

Ezekiel (a type of Mr. Armstrong) is a sign unto the Son of man (a type of your office) in this end time. Mr. Armstrong, just like the prophet Ezekiel, knew where God’s focus is. Did the people in God’s Church during Philadelphia era then got the message God wants to convey through the ailment and death of Mr. Armstrong’s wife? How about the ailment and eventual death of your wife during this Laodicean era? Or are we like the people in Ezekiel’s time that were puzzled?

“Then the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting this way?” (v.19, NRSV). In response, 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. I believe God also did use the ailment of your wife to depict the spiritual condition of the people in the Philadelphia Church of God at the time and I believe, more appropriately, NOW. Yet you were not able to do as what Mr. Armstrong has done – he focused on the spiritual condition of the Church seeing through his wife’s physical condition.

“Brethren, I have suffered as perhaps never before, with my wife lying there — with a bowel blockage that held locked inside of her putrid human waste — knowing that unless God grants her continued life by a MIRACLE of healing, I would have to go on alone, without her! I NEED HER DESPERATELY! But I need her CLEANSED and HEALED — PHYSICALLY!

“But Brethren — up there ln heaven, at the right hand of GOD on the throne of the universe, sits JESUS CHRIST, looking down here at US — HIS WIFE (He is MARRIED to Israel — and we are Israel begotten by His Spirit, affianced to MARRY Him [again] at His coming). Yes, WE, Brethren, are HIS WIFE. And the living Jesus has beheld HIS wife filled with SPIRITUAL putridness — SPIRITUAL sickness, that is UNTO DEATH, unless it is PURGED OUT OF US!…

“Brethren, Jesus has been giving me a little bit of understanding of HOW HE FEELS! We have been GRIEVING Him! Yes, He has been GRIEVED because of us! I wonder if He is not shedding spiritual tears! He LOVES us. We are His WIFE! We are so PRECIOUS to Him!”

It is evident that the same action has to be done: “Thus Ezekiel (MR. ARMSTRONG) 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”. And this is what deeply bothers you – as you wrote, “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?”In Habakkuk 3: 1, we can read: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.” Shigionoth in Strong’s concordance is; “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 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 your wife to be ill – to picture that which is in the outer court? Or, does that condition pointed really to us, inside the Philadelphia Church of God? Your latest co-worker letter dated Nov. 21, 2011, does clearly indicate God’s real intention for your wife’s ailment and death – to picture the spiritual condition of the people in the Philadelphia Church of God! SOMETHING indeed is not right inside this Church!

Mr. Armstrong further on wrote:

“And now, dear Brethren of GOD’S CHURCH, He is using her (Loma) to start a direly needed spiritual REAWAKENING — a tragically needed spiritual REJUVENATION in God’s whole Church — and in His Work.

“It has begun with those ministers God has placed at the top level responsibilities in His great Work, right here at Headquarters. This ordeal has rudely SHOCKED us into a realization that we were becoming sluggish spiritually — AND WE WERE UNAWARE OF IT!…”

“We have FALLEN SHORT in two ways: 1) We have lagged spiritually — we have bogged down — we have gotten our minds and hearts and interests on MATERIAL WORLDLY PLEASURES AND INTERESTS, and taken them more and more OFF OF God’s great and glorious WORK! God’s WIFE — His CHURCH — has allowed spiritual PUTRIDNESS to accumulate within this BODY OF CHRIST! God have mercy on us and CLEANSE US of THIS SIN!

2) We have grown careless, and LET DOWN on Christ’s vitally-important BUILDING program. This, too, is clogging up, slowing down, tending to STOP THE WORK!”

“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)

God used the sickness of Mrs. Loma Armstrong to REAWAKEN, to REJUVENATE – to REVIVE God’s work in the midst of the crisis years!  The same could be true for your wife’s sickness, even after the 7th year (completion)!

Mr. Armstrong then admonished the people in his co-worker letter:

“Brethren, THERE HAS TO BE AN ABOUT-FACE!

“I am not ashamed to lead off in this. I am not ashamed to set you the EXAMPLE! I am HAPPY and REJOICING in God’s chastening He has given me, and dong my utmost to respond to it.

“WILL YOU DO THE SAME?

“Now DON’T fast for Mrs. Armstrong! But I feel pretty sure that EVERY ONE OF YOU do seriously NEED to FAST for YOUR OWN SELF! — to help you draw closer to GOD! To search down deeply into your OWN soul! To find what YOU need to repent of — what YOU need to confess, acknowledge, and turn from.

“It may be that God is STILL WAITING for this spiritual AWAKENING to spread through the WHOLE CHURCH — on down to the LAST MEMBER — even YOU!” (end of quote)

You even wrote in the Ezekiel booklet –

“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.” (pp. 97-98)

Mrs. Loma Armstrong had a BOWEL BLOCKAGE back then, while your wife, Mrs. Barbara Flurry had a CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE:

“Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body.

“Usually, (it) is the end result of gradual loss of heart muscle due to gradual blockage of the arteries that supply the heart muscle (coronary artery disease). Heart muscle cells lose their blood supply and die and the muscle is replaced by scar tissue, which does not help with the heart pumping function. Damage to heart valves, infections of the heart muscle or valves, and uncontrolled high blood pressure are other reasons why the heart loses its pumping ability. Ultimately, the heart enlarges as the muscle becomes floppy and less able to pump.” (MedicineNet.com)

Sir, WHAT DOES CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE imply, SPIRITUALLY and in connection to the Philadelphia Church of God? (“Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?” – Ezek. 24:19)

Why the heart?

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:9-10)

Even Jude’s prophetic example involves the heart: of Cain – his hatred for his brother Abel who offered a better sacrifice to God; of Balaam – his love for material reward by putting a stumbling block, in exchange for God cursing His people; and of Korah – his love for more power and authority over the people of God; and they all do perfectly epitomize the prophesied emergence of an end-time Diotrephes, whom as you said in your sermon, will definitely come from inside this Church. (Mincon 2011: Lecture #5)

Those are the spiritual terrorists whom you spoke about in your Jude article – the hidden rocks that wreck spiritual ships! That could be the reason Christ’s wife has a SPIRITUAL CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE even today!

All of these things are a strong warning for all of us inside the Church, you further wrote in the Ezekiel booklet: “Ezekiel 24 contains one of the Bible’s strongest, most astonishing messages addressed specifically to God’s people. Before we see what that message is, let’s note how the chapter ends: ‘In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is  escaped, and thou shalt speak and be more dumb; and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and THEY SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD’ (Ezek. 24:27). Keep this in mind. This is the point of this chapter, and again, a dominant theme of the book of Ezekiel.” (p.90)

Sir, the context of the death of Ezekiel’s wife in chapter 24 is very much connected to the siege of Jerusalem (v.1). This prophecy could be very much applicable today than when you first wrote about it 7 years ago in the Philadelphia News (Where We Are Now in Prophecy, Nov./Dec. 2004)

“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)

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

(End of letter)

Here’s another letter that was sent to Mr. Flurry, this time on January 04, 2012:

Dear Mr. Gerald Flurry,

Greetings to God’s last end apostle!

Sir, as you have declared a church-wide fast this coming January 8, I would like to share some insights of the reasons this has to be done which parallels a similar storyline during Moses’ and the Israelite’s time in the wilderness.

As written in 1 Corinthians 10, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (vv. 11, 12)

Again, what happened anciently to the Israelites in the wilderness were for our examples and written for our admonition. Those were intended primarily to us “upon whom the ends of the world are come”.

As you have mentioned and noticed that an average of 100 brethren every year at the feast has been leaving and/or being removed from the Church. This could be likened to the last wilderness plague (in Numbers 25) that was experienced by ancient Israel where” thousands of Israelite men fell dead from a mysterious, painful condition in their CHESTS” (Bible Story: Volume 3, page 169). It was the direct result of Balaam’s error brought about by his lust for reward. A spiritual stumbling block could have been positioned in front of the Church as a whole. And we are just seeing the effects of such. We are in the midst of a spiritual plague! Even a spiritual sickness pictured by your wife’s ailment!

Jude wrote an apt description of who the culprits are:

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (Jude 4-5)

These men are the root cause of the PLAGUE that bludgeoned to death the faith of the members of God’s Church; they are the root cause of the SPIRITUAL CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE of Christ’s wife! The reason “SOMETHING IS WRONG” and “SOMETHING is not right with too many people in this Church” as you said.

“These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;” (v. 12)

Sir, during the Last Great Day of the feast last year (2011) when the festival elder gave a simple token of appreciation to the Hotel Management, the Manager at the end of her speech, greeted the whole Church with “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Valentines”. The whole congregation just laughed at it and ignored that greeting. But that greeting was without basis from the Hotel Management’s side – prior to that greeting, the festival choir has been practicing voice modulation using an excerpt from the Latin hymn “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” – also known as the Greater Doxology and usually sang during the Christmas season. Although the English translation means, “Glory to God in the highest”, can we use such hymns which are evidently identified to Christmas? Is this a fulfillment of Jude 4, of “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness”?

Again, please see the physical description of someone who has a CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE (just as what your wife had):

“Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body.

“Usually, (it) is the end result of gradual loss of heart muscle due to gradual blockage of the arteries that supply the heart muscle (coronary artery disease). Heart muscle cells lose their blood supply and die and the muscle is replaced by scar tissue, which does not help with the heart pumping function. Damage to heart valves, infections of the heart muscle or valves, and uncontrolled high blood pressure are other reasons why the heart loses its pumping ability. Ultimately, the heart enlarges as the muscle becomes floppy and less able to pump.” (MedicineNet.com)

What then is the spiritual implication of the above description of your wife’s ailment to us in the PCG?

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many…  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”  (1 Cor. 12: 12-14, 27).

Sir, if you are the SPIRITUAL MOUTH of God, who then comprises the SPIRITUAL HEART in the body of Christ?

I believe it’s the MINISTRY – they have been given the power and the authority in their hands to adequately pump (feed) God’s Holy Spirit to deliver it to the members of the body of Christ just as the physical heart is able to pump physical blood to the different parts of the body.

Reasons why the heart loses its pumping ability:

  1. Heart muscle cells are replaced by scar tissue
  2. Damage to heart valves, infections of the heart muscle or valves,
  3. Uncontrolled high blood pressure

There are spiritual counterparts to those reasons above, as aptly described by Jude: “These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.” (Jude 16, NASB) –

  1. Grumblers – description of Cain
  2. Fault finder and following after their own lusts – description of Balaam
  3. Speaking arrogantly and flattering people to gain an advantage – description of Korah

Those who have “gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core” are like “raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; “ (Jude 11, 13)

And as written in Isaiah 57: 20, “But the wicked are like the tossing sea that cannot keep still; its waters toss up mire and mud.”  (NRSV). They continue to find fault, they speak arrogantly against God’s people, and they are experts in flattering people to gain advantage – they are respecter of persons. That’s why they can hide their true intentions as described in Jude 12 as “hidden reefs” and they are the ones that causes division in the Church:

“These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit… These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.”(Jude 12, 19, NASB)

Further on, according to JFB Commentary, “these men” are the ones who excommunicate members in God’s Church:

“19. These be they–showing that their characters are such as Peter and Paul had foretold.

separate themselves–from Church communion in its vital, spiritual reality: for outwardly they took part in Church ordinances ( Jude 1:12 understand it, ‘separate,’ cast out members of the Church by excommunication (Isaiah 65:5; 66:5; John 9:34 them out of the Church;” 3 John 1:10 ‘themselves,’ which indeed is read in some of the oldest manuscripts as English Version has it. Arrogant setting up of themselves, as having greater sanctity and a wisdom and peculiar doctrine, distinct from others, is implied.”

And what does “excommunicate” mean?

  1. To deprive of the right of church membership by ecclesiastical authority.
  2. To exclude by or as if by decree from membership or participation in a group.

3. To oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree

So, these men deprive, exclude and oust members from Church participation. This sounds like suspending and disfellowshipping members in the Church.

And in dealing with such men, Jude said that we should not dare to pronounce against them a railing judgment, but should rather say, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Now, just what is that mysterious, last wilderness plague written in Numbers 25: 1-9 where thousands of Israelite men fell dead?

Let’s read the account from the Bible Story, Volume 3 (p. 168)

THE LAST WILDERNESS PLAGUE

“At the same time an amazingly dreadful thing began to happen to thousands of Israelite men… In all the camps, offenders were abruptly overcome by terrible pains in their chests. They thudded to the ground as though they had been stoned with invisible stones. The victims were able to gasp only a few tormented breaths before dying…”

Why the CHEST?

Because it is where the HEART is situated!

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:9-10)

This shows that something is terribly wrong with our hearts.

“And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” (Numbers 25: 5-6)

As it turned out, the judges whom Moses commanded to implement God’s judgment to turn away His wrath were a RESPECTER OF PERSONS. They did turn a blind eye on a high ranking official committing the same sin as the others that were previously slain. (vv. 14-15)

“And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.” (vv. 7-8)

PHINEHAS ROSE UP FROM AMONG THE CONGREGATION because he took particular notice of the officers’ hesitancy in punishing the high ranking offenders – Zimri and Cozbi. He executed God’s judgment even though he was not an official. (Psalms 106: 30)

This particular story also did involve the HEART.

Balaam’s heart was full of lust. Moses’ and the judges’ heart were partial and were not right before God. Phinehas’ heart was zealous for God.

And he made the ATONEMENT for the children of Israel. (vv. 11-13)

And again, this plague was just but a result of Balaam’s error and a precursor of an end-time fulfillment prior to the entry of God’s Church to the place of safety – “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come”

YOU SHALL SMITE THE ROCK

Another example anciently that could be applicable in this end time was when Moses struck the rock in Exodus 17: 5-6:

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”

God commanded Moses to STRIKE THE ROCK and “there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink”

The ROD that Moses used to perform many mighty miracles in the sight of all the people of Israel is a symbol of GOD’S GOVERNMENT as you often tell us; while the ROCK was Christ.

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10: 4)

That Rock was also Jacob’s Pillar Stone as you previously taught us.

“Jacob, tired after a long journey, stopped for the night. ‘And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep” (Genesis 28:11). Notice that it says he took of the stones—plural—and put them—plural—for his pillows, probably covered with his coat or some animal hide. ‘And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (verse 16). What made Jacob think that? ‘And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven’ (verse 17). These are profound words! Jacob was commenting about something that had happened. He realized God was there, and there was a gate into heaven the way he viewed that. ‘And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it’ (verse 18). Notice—now those ‘stones’ from verse 11 are a single ‘stone.’ ” (The Key of David booklet, pp. 60-61):

In Genesis 28: 22, that pillar stone was also called God’s House – “And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”

Further on you wrote on that booklet:

“There is a great lesson here for us today. We need to be sure we know where God’s house, or God’s pillar, is. If you are standing in God’s house, or with God’s pillar, and you get things right with God, then you will be standing on a rock… That is the ultimate symbol of the pillar—Jesus Christ, behind the Church collectively and behind you individually! You must locate God’s house! Jacob’s pillar stone shows that God’s house can be a 2-foot piece of rock. It can be an executive condominium, like where our original headquarters was located. God can make it so! Then He backs it up, if we trust Him. We need to learn to trust God whether He gives us a rock or a condo! If God is there, and we show Him we trust Him, then we really have the Rock with us! The stone represents God’s house, or God’s Church, and salvation for the entire world.”

Going back to the moment when Moses was commanded to STRIKE THE ROCK, it looks like this particular event was a PROPHECY in itself when you were given the ROD in Revelation 11: 1, through which God committed His Government into your hands as prophesied in Isaiah 22:21.

Moses striking the ROCK with his ROD was like God giving you His GOVERNMENT and, commanded you and allowed you to SMITE CHRIST to deal with the REBELLION (Laodiceanism) inside God’s Church (WCG) when you and Mr. John Amos were disfellowshipped on Dec. 7, 1989 because of Malachi’s Message. The WATER (God’ Holy Spirit) did come out bountifully from the ROCK after that time.

Again, as written in 1 Corinthians 10, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (vv. 11, 12)

SPEAK UNTO THE ROCK

Yet there was another example anciently from which we could extract admonition from:

“After thirty-eight years’ tedious abode in the wilderness, the armies of Israel advanced towards Canaan again. There was no water for the congregation. Hereupon they murmured against Moses and Aaron. They spake the same absurd and brutish language their fathers had done. It made their crime the worse, that they had smarted so long for the discontent and distrusts of their fathers, yet they venture in the same steps. Moses must again, in God’s name, command water out of a rock for them…” (Numbers 20: 1-6) – Matthew Henry Commentary

Now, these people were not the same people who came out of Egypt on their way to the Promised Land:

“During those 38 years, people died by thousands and thousands. A whole new nation had grown up. Throughout that period, God was causing deaths of all those men who complained men who complained when the scouts returned from searching Canaan. Only their children would be permitted to cross over Jordan into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 1: 35-39)” – Bible Story, Volume 3, p.126

The SAME could be true today, sir. And you can see so many new faces – some have come and gone, a hundred or so were suspended, disfellowshipped or left the Church every year, but the SAME PROBLEM exists as you have noticed: “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?” (Co-worker letter dated Nov. 21, 2011).

When you wrote Malachi’s Message, you exposed and dealt with Laodiceanism and lukewarmness inside God’s Church (WCG). But now, you are seeing the same spiritual condition even inside the Philadelphia Church of God prior to the entry to the place of safety. Has this situation not been the same as the account in Numbers 20: 1-6, even while after the ancient Israelites wandered 38 years in the wilderness? While for us – 22 years after the Church Split?

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.” (Numbers 20: 7-8)

Moses was again faced with the SAME SITUATION as at the first, but now from a different audience – the offspring of those who first did it. (vv. 2-5). But God HAD A DIFFERENT APPROACH this time – He wanted Moses to SPEAK UNTO THE ROCK before the assembly.

“And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” (vv. 9-12)

From the Bible Story, Volume 3, pp. 128:

“‘I have become weary of this mob foolishness over the years,’ Moses remarked to Aaron. ‘Again the people have gone too far with their threats and demonstrations. It is time we show them again what great power can come through us!’

“‘I agree,’ Aaron answered, glancing uneasily at the mob that was closing clamorously in on them. ‘It would be wise to use the power through the rod more often to cause these troublemakers to have more respect for us.’

“This was a wrong attitude on the part of Moses and Aaron. They should have been more concerned with showing God’s power and causing the crowd to respect Him. Both men had been under more strain than usual because of the death of their sister and more complaints than usual from the people. As leaders, however, they were expected by God to exercise great control and wisdom under all circumstances…

“‘Listen to me, you rebels!’ Moses shouted. ‘You have been whining and complaining about a shortage of water. Why do you complain when you know we have the power to give you water? Don’t you know that we can cause this rock to open up and spew out all the water you need?’ (Numbers 20:10).”

Moses took the credit to himself that he has the power to give water to the Israelites since he has the rod (symbolizing God’s government).

From Matthew Henry Commentary:

“But Moses and Aaron acted wrong. They took much of the glory of this work of wonder to themselves; ‘Must we fetch water?’ As if it were done by some power or worthiness of their own. They were to speak to the rock, but they smote it. Therefore it is charged upon them, that they did not sanctify God, that is, they did not give to him alone that glory of this miracle which was due unto his name.”

God had specifically told Moses this time to SPEAK TO THE ROCK, commanding it, through His power, to give forth water. But instead of speaking to the Rock, Moses spoke unadvisedly and in anger to the people (Psalm 106: 32-33). God had NOT instructed Moses to use the rod to strike the rock as he did the first time. It was to be carried by Moses and Aaron as a symbol of their Levitical authority in using God’s tremendous power. It was a symbol of God’s government. In God’s judgment, Moses and Aaron ABUSED their God-given authority. They have ABUSED God’s government.

Could that happen in this end time? And has that happened? Or still happening?

Or were you faced with the SAME SITUATION as at the first when you saw Laodiceanism and lukewarmness, but with a different audience, just like Moses was in the midst of the offspring of those rebellious Israelites?

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10: 11)

Could those who have been given by God His authority ever commit such a mistake even in this end time prior to the flight to the place of safety? Could the ministry abuse God’s government even in the Philadelphia Church of God?

The symbol of the ROD is God’s government, the Rock is Christ. And CHRIST IS COMING IN THE FLESH even through His people. (They are a part of God’s house – symbolized by Jacob’s Pillar Stone)

“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.”  (1 Peter 2:5)

The ROD (God’s government) was used to STRIKE the ROCK (Christ in the flesh through those “little ones”)

“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea… Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18: 5-6, 10)

Sir, it seems that some (if not all) of those who were offended, suspended, and disfellowshipped should not have been stricken with the ROD but should have SPOKEN with utmost COMPASSION, MERCY, and TRUE JUDGEMENT. As Moses and Aaron was instructed to do – SPEAK UNTO THE ROCK!

As you wrote in the “Ezra and Nehemiah” booklet,

“One of the main jobs of God’s ministry is to build a temple of praise, joy, happiness and love… Do our congregations have these attributes? A temple such as this can only be built by true, effective leadership. True leadership is setting an example in obeying God’s law. True leadership involves administering God’s government in love. Effective leadership is loving and serving God’s people… As God’s ministers we must ensure that we create a climate of praise, joy, happiness and love in our local areas. God’s ministers must be on guard against bringing sadness into our congregations. Sadness in our people could be the result of the misuse of government. When a minister begins to go sour, God’s people begin to suffer… Breaking God’s laws and abusing His government can never bring happiness! Christ gave ministers ample warning about hurting God’s ‘little ones.’ He said, ‘But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea’ (Matthew 18:6). All ministers must learn to use government properly.”

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25: 40)

Most of the brethren NOW are TERRIFIED due to the indiscriminate use of God’s government (ROD). Now, it seems that the people in the PCG fear men having the authority over them than they should fear God. Those in authority are a bit proud that many have already been suspended and/or disfellowshipped – somewhat giving a warning to others that they should be cautious not to meddle with their brand of God’s government – just like Moses and Aaron wanted the people to fear them rather than to fear God, and in the process, even took the glory from God when they decided to strike the Rock. And that Rock was Christ! (1 Corinthians 10: 4). And not only did Moses do it once, but  he struck the Rock TWICE! (Numbers 20:11).

If that Rock was Christ, He was struck with God’s government! What a terrible mistake! Something is indeed wrong! Something is not right!

As Moses angrily uttered: “Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?”

Could this be the same as “must we fetch you God’s Holy Spirit from Christ?”

Or “must we pump blood to you, members of Christ’s body?” (pictured by the CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE of your wife)

Although the people were indeed rebellious and unruly, the instruction to Moses was plain and simple: SPEAK TO THE ROCK!

Again, according to Matthew Henry Commentary:  “They (Moses and Aaron) took much of the glory of this work of wonder to themselves”

Moses and Aaron took much of the glory of the work of wonder to themselves. Does that reflect the condition of those in the MINISTRY today? This is a very stern warning to those in the ministry today -the spiritual HEART in Christ’s body!

The HEART it seems is the one who decides whether it pumps blood to a certain part of the body or not. If it decides not to pump blood, that member dies. “Must we fetch water?”

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:9-10)

Sir, it seems that the poor in the Church are being systematically removed from the congregation, they are judged outright of robbing God and that they are a burden and more of a liability to the Church than an asset – that they are not helping the Work. If the poor widow who has given TWO MITES (Mark 12: 41-44) would be alive today, she would certainly be offended and suspended – STRICKEN WITH THE ROD!

Why? Because the widow is POOR and that is her FRUIT!

If the Apostle John would be alive today, he shall surely be put out of the Church because he is in prison, and that is his FRUIT. He will be STRICKEN WITH THE ROD like Diotrephes did in the past.

“And Jesus saith unto him (the scribe), The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8: 20). Christ could also be STRICKEN WITH THE ROD with such statement today. Because that is His FRUIT!

The FRUIT now can be measured by how much money you have and how rich you are PHYSICALLY. You should be RICH and INCREASED with goods for you to have FRUITS. If you are poor, then you are not blessed, thus you are cursed, and that’s your FRUIT. That’s the equation that is boggling the minds of the “little ones” right now. Isn’t this Laodiceanism and lukewarmness?

As God told the prophet Zechariah to write:

“Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain? And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.”  (Zechariah 7: 5-10)

“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?”

If the above statement in your last co-worker letter is correct, then the ROCK must indeed have been stricken AGAIN with the ROD!

CHRIST WAS STRICKEN AGAIN WITH GOD’S GOVERNMENT! NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE!

But what did the Rock do? “and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.” (v. 11).

And even though the instruction was not followed, CHRIST STILL SUBMITTED TO GOD’S GOVERNMENT!

Why? Because GOVERNMENT IS EVERYTHING!

CHRIST IS COMING IN THE FLESH, He has right now been stricken with God’s government, and what shall He do?

He still submits to it.

Some of those little ones whom Christ is coming in the flesh with and who were offended and stricken with the rod and submits to God’s government, God shall give TRUE JUSTICE, MERCY and COMPASSION.

But what happened to Moses and Aaron,

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”  (v. 12)

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

(End of letter)

Again as discussed in the previous chapters regarding the vision of the evening and morning (Dan. 8:26); there is undoubtedly a duality of the fulfillment of the SECOND 1150 day prophecy involving the daily AND the transgression of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel in chapter 8:

“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.” (vv. 13-14)

Now, has the sanctuary and the host not trodden under foot once again as in the former during the spiritual abomination in the WCG after Mr. Armstrong’s death?

Well, the transgression of desolation has indeed happened AGAIN; the sanctuary and the angelic host that minister unto those who shall be heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14) were trodden under foot spiritually AGAIN. So, why then is there a need to cleanse the sanctuary AGAIN?

Because this time, it was God Himself who has profaned His sanctuary! (Ezek. 24:21; 4:8; 8:15-18). Before, it was the people who have profaned God’s sanctuary. (Dan. 8:12; Ezek. 3:15, 25; 8:3-14)

Let’s continue by reading again Ezekiel 24:24-27;

“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.”

“He that escapes” shall cause Mr. Flurry to hear that spiritual Jerusalem, God’s Church is SMITTEN (even with His own rod), and it is UNDER SIEGE! It is perpetrated by those SPIRITUAL TERRORISTS inside the PCG – with the IRON WALL that separates Mr. Flurry and the people!

“And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb.” (Ezekiel 33:21-22)

“Verse 21, 22. The fresh turn”

“The fact is now an accomplished one – Jerusalem is taken (chapter 24 verse 25); and therewith we have, as had been foretold at the close of chapter 24, not only the arrival of the escaped, but as the main thing the opening of Ezekiel’s mouth, that he might no more be dumb. This historical notice in the middle of the chapter is therefore the kernel of the whole: the renewal of the divine mission of the prophet, over against the completed acts of judgment, now gives to his prophecy the expression of God’s compassions toward His people in the world. …The meaning of what was announced beforehand in chapter 24, and according to our verse had now actually occurred, is that in place of all reports – so fitted to awaken hope, yet traversing the way of the Lord with His people, always again paralyzing their necessary conversion – which up to the last had arrived, a certain fugitive shall now speak, and, as an eye-witness, place beyond all dispute what had actually happened. The matter-of-fact voucher given into the hand of the exiled with this escaped one must have removed out of the path of safety what at least the strong walls of Jerusalem threw in the way of their turning to the Lord.”– (Lange’s Commentary)

Again, according to Lange’s Commentary, A CERTAIN FUGITIVE SHALL SPEAK AS AN EYEWITNESS TO PLACE BEYOND ALL DISPUTES WHAT HAD ACTUALLY HAPPENED! This is also prophesied in Habakkuk 2:3,

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie.

While in the New International Version it is rendered this way:

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.”

Whether the vision shall speak at the end, or the revelation speaks of the end, it doesn’t matter; only one thing is certain, that in God’s appointed time, when That Prophet shall be able to speak and no more be dumb, a certain fugitive shall speak to him as an eyewitness which neither any person could refute nor prove false beyond all dispute what had actually transpired inside the Philadelphia Church of God. Insomuch that Mr. Flurry shall be able to renew his God-given commission in Revelation 11:1 using God’s Holy Spirit, with the intention of expressing “God’s compassion toward His people in the world.” (op. cit.)

This is the same as what the prophet Habakkuk had prayed to God: “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.” Again, there shall happen the renewal ofGod’s compassions toward His people in the world” when That Prophet shall be able to open his mouth and be no more dumb and say, “O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years …in wrath remember mercy.”

Then all of God’s people around the world will know that the God of the end-time Elijah (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) and of That Prophet (Mr. Gerald R. Flurry) is a God of TRUE JUSTICE, MERCY and COMPASSION. (Zechariah 7: 5-10)

The same storyline is written in chapter 4 of Ezekiel:

“Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.” (v. 7)

Once the strength or power (see the word “arm in Strong’s) of the siege over spiritual Jerusalem (PCG) by That Prophet shall be uncovered by God through “he that was escaped,” the prophet shall then become “no more dumb” and he will be able to finally prophesy against that very siege which he himself had set up with the IRON WALL in the midst of it.

Well this is very good news! Mr. Flurry shall finally be able to renew his commission to “rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Rev. 11:1)

The people in the PCG shall not believe what That Prophet shall do from then on: “That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report?” (John 12:38)

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). Those who know God hears and believes what He says through His prophets. They know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. They test the spirits. (1 John 4:1-3)

“…and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isa. 53:1)

The answer is in Psalms 98:

“O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.” (vv. 1-2)

God’s power, salvation and righteousness shall be revealed in the sight of the Gentiles. Now we may ask: why has God concealed the interpretation of the Ezekiel 4 siege? Why does He want us to wait for His appointed time to reveal its true meaning? Lange’s Commentary has some hints:

But why should the prophet, in thus announcing the future dealings of God, have thrown the delineation into so peculiar, so enigmatical a form? Why should he have presented it to the view as a returning again “of the years of former generations”? Not, certainly, on the principle of a bald and meager literalism, as if he meant us to understand that the clock of Providence was actually to be turned back and the identical ground trodden over again, the precise measures of time filled up anew, of which we read in the earlier history of the chosen race. …For here we have to do, not only with a lively and fervid spirit, which is ever breathing life, as it were, into the dead, but that spirit in a state of ecstatic elevation, in which the mind naturally served itself of the more remarkable facts and providences in the past; yet only as aids to the utterance of prophetic thought appropriate forms wherein to clothe the new things concerning God’s kingdom, that were through the Spirit imaging themselves to the prophet’s vision.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Prov. 25:2). In the end, God shall be glorified after the spiritual siege which he has concealed from the beginning. And for us to have the honor as that of a king, we have to really search out the matter and consider all possibilities – that even through the law of history which eventually becomes prophecy, God wants to stretch our individual minds through His Spirit that no matter what happens, we ought to look to Him and not to any created being; we ought not to be shaken and intimidated by any physical or spiritual siege, any tribulation or persecution that comes along our way (this will be thoroughly explained later). God wanted to know who truly loves Him and His government under any circumstances.

And like David, that even though he was sought to be killed by King Saul, we ought to have the same kind of attitude he has:

“The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” (1 Sam. 24:6; read the whole chapter).

And in the same manner, the Apostle Paul reminds us:

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”(Rom. 12:19-21).

The Apostle Paul further encourages us:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:35-39)

Not even the IRON WALL of Ezekiel 4 could separate us from the love of God!

This last end Ezekiel 4 siege will eventually lead to a spiritual famine (v. 16-17). This is the same prophecy discussed in Amos 8:11, and in Jeremiah 14:1 of a coming drought.

 

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