HISTORY THAT BECAME PROPHECY

“HOW OFTEN HAVE WE HEARD THAT ‘HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF’? It does – time and time again.” This is how the newly revised “The Former Prophets” book was introduced by Pastor General Gerald Flurry. But do we believe that statement? Does it really have some weight on it? With the recent acquisition of Edstone Hall to become the new home for the Herbert W. Armstrong college campus and regional office for the UK/Europe area, we need to “ASSESS THE ULTIMATE SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS” (as written by Manfred Weidhorn, in his book Sword and Pen, about Winston Churchill):

Remember that Mr. Armstrong has closed the Bricket Wood college campus on May 1974 and he has never re-opened it since then. But 40 years later, on May 7 to 11, 2014, Mr. Gerald Flurry and his son, Stephen were accompanied by UK/Europe Regional Director Brad Macdonald to seek potential sites for a new college campus in Britain since “God was not opening a door to purchase the Bricket Wood campus”  (p. 525, The Last End – A Book of Remembrance)

And just recently, during the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles, the Philadelphia Church of God members worldwide received a copy of a newly revised book which is entitled “The Former Prophets – How to Become a King“. The release of that book coincided with the announcement of the newly acquired Edstone Hall in Edstone, Wootton, Wawen, Warwickshire, England. Actually there are a couple of other coincidences (if they can indeed be called as such or else it is a grand design by God), and they are as follows:

  • The date (May 2014) when the PCG ministers went looking for a new campus in England fell exactly 40 years from the date Bricket Wood was closed (May 1974) by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. Take note that the number 40 in God’s numerology is associated with testing and trial.
  • The acquisition of the Edstone Hall was officially announced on the Opening Night of the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles which coincided precisely on the scheduled October 8, 2014 total lunar eclipse, (the 2nd in the series of four occurrences of what the mainstream media calls, a BLOOD MOON that happens between 2014 and 2015)
  • Without any accompanying descriptive visual word, the number 25 (supposedly indicating the 25th anniversary of the PCG) that has been flashed during the video presentation of the Edstone Hall corresponded with the exact number of the 25 PCG leading ministers that are directly involved in that project and the prophesied 25 men of Judah from Ezekiel 8:16 who turned their backs on God.

Let us ask ourselves: Is the “The Former Prophets” book being given while the acquisition of the new Herbert W. Armstrong college campus in England being the central theme of that feast prophesied?

The Former Prophets book

Let’s read from the Book of Remembrance:

THE INIQUITY OF JUDAH

The prophet Jeremiah elaborates the iniquity of Judah: “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars” (Jeremiah 17:1).

What has happened to Judah’s heart that it would need an iron pen with a diamond point just to be able to write unto it? Because it has been hardened like an adamant stone aptly described in Zechariah chapter 7:

“And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew 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. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stonelest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.” (vv. 8-12)

Is this not a prophecy in this end time specifically aimed at spiritual Judah (Philadelphia Church of God)? As Mr. Gerald Flurry often said that most of the prophecy in the former prophets is for our time right now!

“The former prophets were written by prophets because they are mainly prophetic. And most of that prophecy is for this end time!” (The Former Prophets – God’s Royal Family)

The context of Judah’s heart being hardened as an adamant stone revolves around “hearing the law and the words that God sent through His Spirit by the former prophets.” But what is that law? It is about HISTORY BECOMING PROPHECY. Let’s further consider what Mr. Flurry wrote:

FORMER PROPHETS

How often have we heard that “history repeats itself”? It does—time and time again.

The Bible contains many prophetic books, including what are classified as the “major” and “minor” prophets. There also are “former prophets” in the Bible—comprised of Joshua, Judges, I and II Kings and I and II Samuel. These books are mostly about the history of Israel, but they are called former prophets for a reason. They were written by prophets and are filled with end-time prophecy. If we live the same lifestyles our forefathers did, we will attain virtually the same results—good or bad. History becomes prophecyNot all prophecy is history. But a lot of history becomes prophecy. History prophesies the fate of nations, whether they will thrive or collapse! 

This is “a law of history.” It’s not about luck or happenstance. It is a law of history. If we break that law, the law breaks us! (ibid., p. 3)

The prophet Zechariah said that we should hear the law of history through the former prophets, or else, our hearts will be hardened like an adamant stone, and that very law according to Mr. Flurry will eventually break us if we refuse to acknowledge! The prophet Zechariah is reminding us that the law of history through the former prophets APPLIES TO US in the PCG – HISTORY NOW BECOMES PROPHECY! (pp. 254-256, The Last End – A Book of Remembrance)

Have we not known about the history of the Bricket Wood rebellion of 1974? That after EXACTLY 40 years from that time, WE HAVE RETURNED to England to open the door which the end-time Zerubbabel (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) has closed? Have we heard the LAW OF HISTORY through THE FORMER PROPHETS? The distribution of “The Former Prophets” book in conjunction with the Edstone Hall property acquisition announcement signified a HISTORY BECOMING PROPHECY theme precisely timed to warn spiritual Judah – the Philadelphia Church of God! But will the 25 leading men of the PCG ever listen to the LAW OF HISTORY through THE FORMER PROPHETS? To know the answer to that, let’s continue the quote from the Book of Remembrance:

“(T)hey refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.” (v. 11)

What did the PCG refuse to hear?

“Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew 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.” (vv. 9-10)

This is the same story-line in Ezekiel 4:17 when the people grow numb or emotionally unresponsive towards their own brethren in God’s Church. During the Ezekiel 4 siege, the leaders in spiritual Judah (the PCG), does not execute true judgment, does not show mercy and has no compassion on their less fortunate brethren. The ministry even led the people through the “no contact policy” to oppress the widow, the fatherless, the stranger, and the poor and has imagined evil against their brethren – betrayal has become the number one key to survive. Well, some might say, “This is God’s Church! It won’t happen to us! Surely God will not allow another falling away this time. Anyway, we have in our midst God’s last end apostle.” Do we fool ourselves into believing that since this is the true Church of God, we won’t be susceptible to repeat what the Worldwide Church of God has done in recent Church history?

“And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also… And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.” (vv. 7, 8, 11)

Why was Israel (Laodiceans) more justified than treacherous Judah (PCG)? Because “both the prophet and the priest go about into “a land that they know not” (Jeremiah 14:18). They both followed “a voice” of a man from Dan (Jeremiah 4:15) and they are leading God’s people into it. (p. 257, The Last End – A Book of Remembrance)

Is this not happening now wherein the PCG will do a work into “a land that they know not” (Jeremiah 14:18)? And as conspicuously written in big, bold letters at the back cover of the revised “The Former Prophets” book: HISTORY THAT BECAME PROPHECY – this is a very strong indication from God that it is indeed happening right before our eyes for everyone to see! Returning back to England where the rebellion and betrayal in 1974 took place will obviously generate the same result (that is, without a single ounce of a doubt, THE LAW OF HISTORY THROUGH THE FORMER PROPHETS which it is sad to say, we have not learned from) – “This is ‘a law of history.’ It’s not about luck or happenstance. It is a law of history. If we break that law, the law breaks us!”

The Former Prophets book (back)

Let us continue the quote from The Last End – A Book of Remembrance:

To further analyze what has really happened, here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote in the November 2, 1981 Pastor General’s Report and later in the November 16, 1981 Worldwide News about what has transpired during that 1974 debacle:

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” altering of a decision THE LIVING CHRIST put in to His Church caused great consternation among loyal ministers and members in Britain. But by this maneuver of Satan, the people of God’s Church started off the track. I say “started off.” For watering down of God’s truth on healing, the Sabbath, and many more vital doctrines followed in its wake.

But as Satan maneuvered to start ALL HUMANITY off the track in the garden of Eden, so in these latter days he maneuvered to use the women of God’s Church to start the END-TIME Church off the track. And the whole Church was deceived! (Pastor General’s Report, Vol. 3, No. 41; November 2, 1981 pp. 3-4)

What?! The whole Church was deceived then, even Mr. Armstrong? Is it really true?

Do you think that same wily Satan could not deceive people in God’s Church today? Of all the people on earth, WE are the very ones he wants most to deceive. He has the rest of the world deceived already. And remember a deceived person does not know he is deceived – else he would not BE deceived! (ibid.) (pp. 517-518)

There will be others who will contend, “It’s totally preposterous! Surely that is ONLY history. But is it really?

ONLY HISTORY?

Traditional Christianity, and even many of God’s lukewarm people, say that the former prophets contain only history. Basically they are saying that these books are of limited value for us today. Such reasoning is ignorant and spiritually dangerous. Describing the former prophets as mere history damages people’s faith.

There is a lot more to these books than just history. The former prophets contain many vital spiritual lessons for us today that we need to understand. These books teach us about leadership. They teach us how to build faith. They give instruction especially pertinent to the ministry. (pp. 2-3, The Former Prophets – How to Become a King)

Some inside the PCG may argue, “Well, if the prophecy contained in the former prophets is not just history, we are quite sure it’s not for us but for the Laodiceans outside the PCG perimeter.

PRIMARILY FOR US

The former prophets are mostly prophetic. They contain spiritual history that is primarily for us today. God inspired these books mainly for our day – just before Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. The more I study into it, the more I believe these books are specifically for the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG)! Otherwise, why didn’t we understand it more when Mr. Armstrong was alive? We understood parts of it, but we need to understand it a lot better. God is adding more to our knowledge all the time.

We will never understand the lessons God wants to teach us if we don’t study the former prophets. But few people heed God’s warnings. And we are going to pay the ultimate price if we don’t learn these God-inspired lessons!  (p. 5, The Former Prophets – How to Become a King)

Are we one of those few people who heed God’s warnings? If not, then “we are going to pay the ultimate price if we don’t learn these God-inspired lessons.” Now with this HISTORY THAT BECAME PROPHECY warning, God will be able to know who will sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst of spiritual Judah and Jerusalem (Ezekiel 9:4). The most abominable crime in the whole book of Ezekiel (as “That Prophet” Mr. Gerald Flurry has prophesied) involving the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 has already been fulfilled through the recent acquisition of Edstone (Ezekiel 8:15-18).

Whether we realize it now or later, in reality, the Philadelphia Church of God is now in the very midst of this specific prophecy:

“Woe unto him that saith to the wood (Bricket Wood), Awake; to the dumb stone (Edstone), 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. (Habakkuk 2:19)

These 25 top leading ministers of the PCG will try to establish Edstone in a grandiose way (“Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver”) to become a college campus (“Arise, it shall teach!”), yet it does not have God’s blessing on it through His signet (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong). What they are actually doing is that, they are putting a branch in God’s nostrils! “They are trying to cut off the life of God’s Church!” (Mr. Gerald Flurry, Ezekiel booklet, p. 57).

God says through the prophet Habakkuk to these antichrist impostors inside the PCG: “Woe unto him!”

Can we easily identify these antichrist impostors inside the PCG who chose England and Ireland over Jerusalem? Could there really be a CONSPIRACY even inside God’s Church today? Is it just history? (emphasis mine in bold)

When Did John Write?

Mr. Armstrong wrote a member letter Feb. 21, 1974, that, in a way, gives the heart of Church history. It’s a good formula to follow to keep yourself grounded in what Mr. Armstrong taught.

“Before the end of the first century, the persecution had reduced the true Church,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “Many members had gone out of the true Church by the A.D. 90s (1 John 2:19). John was warning the brethren against the false ministers (1 John 2:4; 2 John 7, 10, etc.). Soon the false counterfeit church greatly outnumbered them.”

There Mr. Armstrong established the time frame: the A.D. ’90s.

Mr. Armstrong talked about all of John’s books—his Gospel, his epistles, and the book of Revelation—being written around A.D. 85 to 95. This was considerably later than what I had thought. When I wrote The Last Hour booklet, I said I believed John wrote his epistles just before the A.D. 70 holocaust, around A.D. 67-68. I thought that timetable paralleled the period right before the Holocaust of World War II, and also the one about to occur. I realize now that I WAS WRONG ABOUT THAT DATE. John wrote these epistles closer to A.D. 90, when he was an old man. You can’t nail these dates down specifically, but I think you can get a pretty close estimate.

BUT IT WAS NOT THE COMING HOLOCAUST OF A.D. 70. JOHN WAS FIGHTING AGAINST. IT WAS THAT GREAT SATANIC CONSPIRACY! People were BLOTTING OUT the history of God’s Church, and JOHN WAS WORKING LIKE MAD TO PRESERVE THAT HISTORY — mostly in his epistles, but also, to a more general degree, in his Gospel and in Revelation. All of John’s books tell us a lot about what was going on, but we can really peg it all to the epistles, which makes it far more meaningful.

John was battling that great conspiracy. People rose up in the Church and began kicking out those who were loyal to John and truly following God. These people were not only trying to blot out the history, but they were even murdering God’s people! They did kill a lot of them.

That is reality in this world. God’s people must not be naive about that as we proclaim God’s truth. We can’t sneak off into the dark and hide. God wants us to do the opposite: just put His message out there! Whatever happens, happens—but we must know that God is with us and will empower us!

God revealed the truth about John’s epistles to me on May 5, 2001. I gave that first sermon about the “last hour” on that date, well into the Laodicean era. John wrote his epistles well into the Ephesus era as well. Why did God ensure that John recorded this history?

He gave His people this truth so we could combat anything that Simon Magus or any other heretic might have to say! I think we can appreciate this more when we realize what was in John’s mind. He was answering all the questions God’s people had, and it’s some of the most inspiring material in the Bible! I’m sure this is what Christ was talking to him about when they had those long sessions, talking to each other so much. Jesus Christ was telling him what was coming and what he would have to do to help God’s people. Christ didn’t just do that to enjoy Himself socially: He was educating John to get this message to the people to save as many of them as He possibly could.

And even more importantly, it was prophecy for the last era of God’s Church. That is, for God’s people right now. (p. 9, Royal Vision, September – October 2012)

Read those last two sentences again: “And even more importantly, it was prophecy for the last era of God’s Church. That is, for God’s people right now.” – Well that is HISTORY THAT BECAME PROPHECY for us TODAY! What you are seeing being done in Edstone is HISTORY of Bricket Wood THAT BECAME PROPHECY for us at this very moment! We ought to wake up! And we ought not to look to any man. THAT GREAT SATANIC CONSPIRACY  that tried to blot out the history of God’s Church during the apostle John’s time is now being exposed in the Book of RemembranceHere is what Mr. Flurry wrote about some lessons in history that could help us to fully grasp what is currently happening in our midst:

“HISTORY WAS BOTH MEMORY AND PROPHECY. It provided the counsel and the solace of the LONG VIEW both to the past and to the future…

“(H)istory followed great cycles: the same themes recurred, again and again, the same drama was played out, from age to age; and as men had somehow survived the vicissitudes of the past there was ground to hope that they might survive those of the present and the future…

Manfred Weidhorn, in his book Sword and Pen, said this about Winston Churchill: “In attempting to ASSESS THE ULTIMATE SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS, Churchill grapples with the problem of historical perspective. Incidents have one meaning at the time of their occurrence and another when they have become part of history.”

Many people have called Mr. Churchill a prophet. Here is the main reason: He tried “to assess the ultimate significance of events” in a historical perspective. All human beings are weak in this area, but we must strive to see not just the present, but also the past and the future.

Mr. Churchill also said that THE FURTHER YOU SEE INTO THE PAST, THE FURTHER YOU CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE.

What we really need is God’s perspective. We should avoid human reasoning (2 Corinthians 10:5). Instead, we should reason with God (Isaiah 1:18). (p. 284-286, The Former Prophets: How to Become a King)

Have we learned the lessons of the history of God’s Church? Have we seen that HISTORY WAS BOTH MEMORY AND PROPHECY? Have we seen the great cycles that history follows? Have we ASSESSED THE ULTIMATE SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS? Let us consider a recent Church history:

Do we not even wonder that the date when they went looking for a new campus (May 2014) fell exactly 40 years from the date Bricket Wood was closed (May 1974) by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong? Remember, that the number 40 in God’s numerology is associated with testing and trial. (pp. 525, The Last End – A Book of Remembrance)

Was that just a coincidence? If we will just use God’s perspective and refrain ourselves from human reasoning, but instead prod ourselves to reason with God in order for us to be able to see that everything that transpires in this last end has already been written in a Book of Remembrance, that isHISTORY THAT BECAME PROPHECY. Take a careful notice of how Mr. Gerald Flurry describes this Book of Remembrance:

God is trying to educate us to teach the whole world and to work at headquarters with Jesus Christ for all eternity. That is why we were chosen to do this Work! That is a towering responsibility – one we must be educated to fulfill.

“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name” (Malachi 3:16). Even this will be somewhat of a history book that God has for those who remembered what God taught through them. (p. 9, The Former Prophets: How to Become a King)

The Book of Remembrance according to Mr. Flurry is “somewhat of a history book that God has for those who remembered what God taught through them.” And truly, it is a HISTORY BOOK and you can easily prove it here.

.The Last End Book of Remembrance

 (Click image to download)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2).

If we consider ourselves to be kings, we really have to search out a matter and emulate the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17;10-11) And the apostle Paul said:

“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)

Let us have some quick review of what Mr. Flurry wrote about THE LESSONS OF HISTORY:

“HISTORY WAS BOTH MEMORY AND PROPHECY. It provided the counsel and the solace of the LONG VIEW both to the past and to the future…

“(H)istory followed great cycles: the same themes recurred, again and again, the same drama was played out, from age to age; and as men had somehow survived the vicissitudes of the past there was ground to hope that they might survive those of the present and the future…

Manfred Weidhorn, in his book Sword and Pen, said this about Winston Churchill: “In attempting to ASSESS THE ULTIMATE SIGNIFICANCE OF EVENTS, Churchill grapples with the problem of historical perspective. Incidents have one meaning at the time of their occurrence and another when they have become part of history.”

Many people have called Mr. Churchill a prophet. Here is the main reason: He tried “to assess the ultimate significance of events” in a historical perspective. All human beings are weak in this area, but we must strive to see not just the present, but also the past and the future.

Mr. Churchill also said that THE FURTHER YOU SEE INTO THE PAST, THE FURTHER YOU CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE.

What we really need is God’s perspective. We should avoid human reasoning (2 Corinthians 10:5). Instead, we should reason with God (Isaiah 1:18). (p. 284-286, ibid.)

How further into the past have you seen? It will determine how further you can see into the future if you will become a king or not – for HISTORY IS NOW BECOMING PROPHECY.

We are here to do a Work today and to be prepared to do a far bigger Work. We have to qualify to sit on David’s throne with Christ! And what a wonderful material God gives to help us in these books that show HOW TO BECOME KINGS FOR GOD. We have to keep getting more deeply into the Scriptures and into the mind of God to better understand what He is teaching us in the former prophets. He really does want us to become educated kings and priests! (p. 9, ibid.)

Related articles:

“The Transgressors are Come to the FULL!”

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The 25 Men of Ezekiel 8

HOUSE OF THE SPIRITUAL JEWS

For at the Solemn Feasts the End Shall Be

Setting a MARK – “Begin at My Sanctuary”

THE NEW LIGHT

Simon Magus – Simon the Druid

The Veil of Astarte (Abomination of Desolation Part 2)

 

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