“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zech. 11:12- 13)
Again who is the “potter in the house of the Lord”? It’s the chief priests and the elders!
“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces…” (Matt. 27:3-6).
But what has the chief priests done to those 30 silver pieces that was used as payment to betray Christ?
“And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.” (vv. 7-10)
What could possibly be the specific prophecy that Matthew is mentioning here about the potter’s field that Jeremiah has prophesied? Well, it is found in Jeremiah chapter 32:
“And Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it. So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.” (vv. 6-9)
Now as we put the pieces of the puzzle together, the prophet Jeremiah bought the field for “the right of inheritance and redemption”– and the equivalent of which was the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ! (Heb. 9:14-15)
“Wherefore that field was called, THE FIELD OF BLOOD, unto this day.” (Matt. 27:8).
But notice that there was a price to pay before that “right of inheritance and redemption” has to happen – the 30 pieces of silver which is the price of BETRAYAL!
The chief priests and the elders during the final hours of Christ’s life on this earth had bought the same field that Jeremiah bought previously for himself with 30 pieces of silver. For Jeremiah, it was the right of inheritance and redemption, but for the chief priests and the elders, it was the price of BETRAYING their own Creator and eventually becoming the ANTICHRISTS!
Even during Jeremiah’s time, there were those who betrayed God – the evil priests who tried to kill His own prophet. The reason Jeremiah bought the field in Anathoth was to show to them that there is GREAT HOPE at the end of the BETRAYAL of God’s own priests – THE RIGHT OF INHERITANCE TO GOD’S KINGDOM AND REDEMPTION FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN THROUGH CHRIST’S SHED BLOOD!
Now here is what Mr. Flurry wrote in his Jeremiah booklet regarding Anathoth:
The evil priests who tried to kill Jeremiah and his message lived in Anathoth. This was where Jeremiah was born. Today it is a little community called Anata, just outside Jerusalem. I have done a television program from there.
Anathoth was a city of God’s own priests. It was assigned to the Levites, a type of God’s ministers today. Is there an Anathoth today? God’s end-time Work and college were raised up in Pasadena, California, by Herbert W. Armstrong. As far as I know, all of God’s ministers received some kind of training there. That is where I got my degree.
I still believe the same message I was taught there. Mystery of the Ages was produced from there. We fought in a fierce court battle over that book, against ministers from the same Church that Herbert Armstrong was used to raise up in that same city! God gives us ample warning of what would emanate from that city today! God warns His very elect that our worst enemies will come from within God’s own Church! It is prophesied to happen. Be vigilant. (p. 130, Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible)
But NOTICE CAREFULLY that although Anathoth was a CITY of God’s own priests in Jeremiah’s time, but it was outside Jerusalem, so it was not the headquarters then for us to compare it with Pasadena California where the Headquarters of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) was situated then. So for a more logical analogy, this last end Anathoth could be a specific place wherein the other college campuses were established apart from that in Pasadena. It could either be one of the two – the one in Big Sandy Texas or in Britain where the Bricket Wood campus is located.
Upon consideration of an announcement given to the PCG membership about the prospect of BUYING A FIELD somewhere in Britain to establish a college campus; it would therefore perfectly fit in as the fulfillment of the prophesied CITY of Anathoth of today. And just like Anathoth in Jeremiah’s time, the Bricket Wood campus in Britain was also home to God’s own ministers for 14 years (1960-1974). Yet it was closed by the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, because of its part in the BETRAYAL and REBELLION against God during the 1970’s.
Notice this very carefully: whether the campus that is going to be bought in Britain could have been Bricket Wood or any any other place therein, it could very well be the last end ANATHOTH which the last end Jeremiah (Mr. Flurry) has purchased because there are 25 men inside the PCG who made God the CLAY and they became the POTTER! And together with him, the leading ministers and elders today of the Philadelphia Church of God have bought that POTTER’S FIELD! Was that a mysterious coincidence? Not at all! It was carefully and meticulously planned by God Himself! Remember that it is in the context of the GREATEST BETRAYAL and REBELLION OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF GOD’S TRUE CHURCH! And nothing could be compared to it.
“God gives us ample warning of what would emanate from (Bricket Wood or any other place in Britain) today! God warns His very elect that our worst enemies will come from within God’s own Church! It is prophesied to happen. Be vigilant.” (op. cit.)
“The evil priests who tried to kill Jeremiah and his message lived in Anathoth.” – Could it also be possible that those evil ministers who would try to kill and remove Mr. Flurry would also be coming from where the last end Anathoth is, i.e., from Britain or they are British descent men?
“And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. (Zech. 11:13-14)
It is the potter in the house of the Lord who shall betray the staff of God in this last end. Remember that the staff BEAUTY (Mr. Armstrong) has already been “cut asunder” (v. 10) in this end-time. While, it is God’s other staff BANDS (Mr. Flurry) who is to be “cut asunder” in this last end.
But there is GREAT HOPE at the end of this last end BETRAYAL – the ultimate and final fulfillment of OUR INHERITANCE FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND OUR MUCH AWAITED REDEMPTION!
“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:27-28)