“Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes” (Matt. 24:18). What do clothes or apparel symbolize in the Bible?
God will sacrifice the Laodiceans for a great purpose. “And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel” (Zephaniah 1:8). The destruction of the Laodiceans is not just some senseless slaughter. God has PLANNED and DESIGNED IT. It is the “day of the Lord’s sacrifice.” Why is God doing this? Because He wants the whole world to come to repentance. He wants all of mankind to recognize the pitiful state of their spiritual lives.
God plans to punish all who wear “strange apparel.” What does this mean? God uses the symbol of clothing to picture a person’s religious life. Revelation 19:7-8 show that fine linen represents the righteousness of the saints. But these people—God’s Laodiceans—have “strange apparel.” This symbol of “strange apparel” refers to false religion or unrighteousness. The whole world must come to recognize God’s true religion and then never fall away from it!
We know Herbert W. Armstrong is dead and awaiting the first resurrection at Christ’s return. But if he were alive now and were taken to the church that Christ used him to establish, he would see a …strange apparel. (Zephaniah’s Day of the Lord, p. 6)
If Mr. Armstrong were alive now, will he be able to recognize a work in Ireland, or even consider reopening the Bricket Wood campus? It seems that he won’t be able to, because God’s signature cannot be found in it.
Notice carefully, that even the cohorts (of that DESOLATOR) who works in the field (i.e., the THE POTTER’S FIELD in Bricket Wood or any place in Britain and in Ireland), God forbids them to make amends for their sin and to be able to take any spiritual clothes of righteousness to put on themselves. God seems to be fuming mad with these Laodiceans inside the Philadelphia Church of God! He does not even want them to repent and would not grant them His pardon and forgiveness. He is reserving them to be punished in “the day of the Lord’s sacrifice”