Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 3 Issue 1 – January 2016

World Tomorrow Commentary

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

 This Issue marks the 30th anniversary since the passing of the original apostle to the ‘Philadelphian era’ of the Church, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong 1892—1986  

“In the Willamette Valley, they waited. It was nearly time, for the baton to change again into the hands of those God would call to do His end-time work. As mankind reached the end of six thousand years of Satan’s misrule of the earth, God’s Church had to be ready for a new and critical phase of God’s end-time work! Jesus had prophesied that before the end could come, the true gospel of the Kingdom must be preached to all the world as a witness.

As mans knowledge increased, the technology began to be developed by which a ‘Voice’ could indeed ‘Cry Out’ and be heard around the world. And so as God raised up Elijah and John the Baptist as [His] special messengers, He now raised up a man to work in the ‘spirit and power of Elijah’, preparing-the-way for Christ’s second coming. His mission was to restore the true gospel which had been suppressed for nineteen hundred years and to restore the government of God in the Church and prepare Christ’s bride for His coming.

Herbert W. Armstrong was born July 31st 1892 in Des Moines Iowa of substantial God fearing parents. He was the eldest son of Horace Elon Armstrong, who was the eldest son of Nathan Armstrong, who was the eldest son of Samuel Armstrong who was married to Elizabeth Culp. The family genealogy has been preserved through the Culp Foundation and can be traced back to Princess Joan the daughter of Edward the First, the King of England between 1272 and 1307. And thus, through a royal line can be traced back to King David of ancient Israel. As a young man of age eighteen, Herbert Armstrong became unusually successful in the field of magazine and newspaper advertising. At age twenty five he was married to Loma Dillon an Iowa school teacher”.

‘Gospel Restored’ Radio Broadcast #68—HWA

It may be that the Work God has given me to do is complete, but not the Work of God’s Church [Philadelphia], which will be doing God’s Work till Christ, the True Head of His Church returns. Remember brethren, this is not the work of Herbert W. Armstrong, nor will it be the work of—————-, or any other man. It is the work of the Living God, and it is the Great God who will pour out His BLESSINGS on you for your generosity. THE GREATEST WORK LIES YET AHEAD! NOW is the time of the END!

                                                                          Co-worker Letter January 10, 1986—HWA

  End-time Proverbs

* If you KNOW the truth and fail to speak it or support it—you will suffer along with many others. Remember, compromise is a tool of the Devil!

* Truth separates people—those who love it embrace it—those who hate it reject it!

 * “The truth shall make you free”. If you throw it away, you will again become    incarcerated in a world held captive.

 * Combining false religion with politico-nationalism is a dangerous and toxic mixture.   (e.g. embracing socialism / Marxism  or Islamo-fascism and expecting utopia)

Fact or Opinion?

Behold, I will send you ‘Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse [utter destruction] (Mal. 4: 5-6). We have been living in that time! When except those days should be shortened there should no flesh be saved alive (Matt. 24: 22).  

Reflections….

Since the days of the original apostles nothing remotely comes close to the massive ‘restoration of the truth’ that has taken place during this end-time era of God’s one-true- church. Indeed, exactly as Christ said and right on time: “Elijah truly shall come and restore all things” (Matt. 17: 11). Nothing since the time of Christ and the original apostles compares to the massive ‘restoration of truth’ that has gone on beginning in January of 1934 and even to our time. For the book was sealed and shut up until the time of the end: many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased (Dan. 12: 4). Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong assisted by men such as; Herman L. Hoeh, Raymond F. McNair, Roderick C. Meredith and many others including his sons, accomplished so much in establishing the most dynamic ministry in our time—indeed there has been nothing quite like it!

And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matt. 24: 14). In so doing, God’s one true end-time Church has been fulfilling the Great Commission which is dual, of ‘preach the gospel’ and ‘feed the flock’. In so doing, this has been facilitating the ongoing fulfilment of the Elijah commission, that of: ‘preparing the way before Me’ (Mal. 3: 1). The ‘voice of one crying in the spiritual wilderness of religious confusion’ (Isaiah 40: 3).  ‘Making ready a people’ (Luke 1: 17) the Church, for the imminent return of the great, majestic and glorified Christ!

We have not finished yet, for the end has not yet come—we must continue the exceedingly short race, in assisting Christ, so that He can now ‘finish the work and cut it short in righteousness’ (Rom. 9: 28).

Commentary by: Robert G. Goddard

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With the ever quickening pace of  catastrophic massive out of control world events lining up and on a daily basis, we are so obviously running out of time  as this age is coming to a very soon climactic end.

From the so-called transformative socialist revolutionary (big government controlled) societies taking hold in the west, and strangling the foundational bedrock values (the Judeo-Christian ethic) from our national psyche and consciousness. To the resultant accelerated pace of the anti-God and fascist—Islamification  of our western world as being embraced, and enforced by an elite, ‘progressive’ and now mainstream entrenched socialist political academic majority (which is so morally ‘bankrupt’) we are so obviously running out of time—and fast!

With mad Iranian Mullahs very close to getting their hands on ‘the bomb’ and facilitated by a weakened west, thus now finally being at the cusp of being able to bring on their new world order—with the middle east literally exploding before our eyes—how long until this international unravelling explodes into a maelstrom of chaos and collapse?

And now, the leader of the largest historical so called ‘Christian church’ acting more and more like a politician than a patriarch—is beginning to have a major influence on the world political agenda—driven by the same morally bankrupt (and failed) ideas of the now institutionalized elites.

From the dismemberment of the unborn and even aborted at birth, for sale as fetal tissue now being sold to the highest bidder—and because of the inconvenience, the majority in our culture cannot even blush. Our hard hearted and cold attitudes almost make some of the worlds worst despots look like angels—even George Orwell could not have predicted this!

With a national and world debt crisis spinning out of control—the international financial and banking system on the verge of collapse—and dangerous new military alliances being redrawn—we are now inching toward armageddon!

We are very quickly now witnessing first hand the clock being run out on this present  end of an age and the beginning of a new age—that is the wonderful World Tomorrow.

The signs are evident and all around us—in the depths of despair our peoples will find themselves and discover who and what they really are. It is always darkest before the dawn—may that dawn soon appear!

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Robert Goddard Editor: Clear Truth Newsletter
Email: Robert@cogcorrected.org

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 2 Issue 4 – October 2015

World Tomorrow Commentary 

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

This Issue is a special celebratory commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the publishing of the book ‘Mystery of the Ages’  (For PDF copy, click here)

But who can understand the Bible? I certainly never had understood it. And even if one does, can one believe the Bible? Does it speak with any authority? That question puzzled me and is the mystery to be cleared up in this volume. How I came to understand  began at age 34, in the year 1926. But it only began there. The final crystal – clear reason that impelled me to write this book did not fully reveal itself to my mind until December of 1984. It was a mind – boggling realization—a pivotal truth—that will be made clear in this book.

[Time] may prove this to be the most important book written in almost 1,900 years. Not because of literary excellence or flowery language of scholarship that it has purposely avoided, but because of its plainness of speech in clarifying the most important knowledge ever revealed from the supreme source of understanding of that which has mystified all humans since man first appeared on earth.

All these mysteries were long ago revealed by the one supreme authority of all knowledge, but in a coded message not to be revealed and decoded until our time.

I have often said it is much more difficult to unlearn an erroneous truth than it is to learn a new truth. Even in these past 58 years I had not fully and clearly realized the significance of the fact revealed in Genesis 3: 22-24—that, in fact, God had closed the Holy Spirit and eternal life to mankind in general until the removal of Satan at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Traditional Christian teaching had always assumed there is a contest between God and Satan—that God has been trying desperately to “get the world saved,” but in this great controversy Satan has been winning. In other words, God had sent Jesus Christ at his First Coming to try to win this ongoing war against Satan. Traditional Christianity has taught that “whosoever will may come” and be “saved” through Jesus.

For some years I had come to partially realize the error of this assumption, but the full truth on this point had not come crystal clear to me until very recently. This truth is indeed mind – boggling. It clears what had been clouded in mystery.

It is hoped that this book, written since God’s time for it has come, will open many eyes to the truth of these long hidden mysteries.

And now in my 93rd year, I have been led to write this book before this event – packed life ends, to share with as many care to know, the answers that the supreme mind of God reveals in his word—if one is only willing to understand that word.                                                                      Authors Statement—Mystery of the Ages—Herbert W. Armstrong

End-time Proverbs

* Heresy leads only in one direction culminating in false christs and false prophets and   ultimately signs and wonders…

* If we are ‘doing it right’, God’s people will be gathering. We will be winning-them-over, not throwing them out.

* “When you are in the ZONE is when you are totally devoid of self consciousness. Shed  self consciousness in order to be effective”.                                                                                                                                         Radio Personality—Rush Limbaugh            

Fact or Opinion?

It is the [duty] of Christ’s TRUE ministers (and how few they are today) to [PROTECT] the begotten but yet unborn saints from false doctrines and false ministers.

 Reflections….

 For those few Philadelphians who have managed to somehow ‘stay on track’ for now these thirty long years—the thirtieth anniversary since the publishing of ‘Mystery of the Ages’ is something to celebrate. But we must still continue to go the exceedingly short distance left in this end-time race, to the now very soon coming of Jesus Christ and the establishing of the Kingdom of God on earth.

And what a thirty years it has been! From the near wholesale destruction of the largest organised Church of God since the time of the early apostles. But as Christ said; “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Even in the face of major and massive apostasy, God still has His people though scattered and divided.

So His people are waiting for Christ to move to re-establish His true Philadelphians together for one short powerful finish to His work that will be done in righteousness. It could be said that Philadelphians have been tested and are in training to yet accomplish one short very powerful revival of the work of God. And so God’s people wait for their important rendezvous with destiny. May God hasten that time!

Commentary by: Robert G. Goddard

A ‘Truth Serum’?

In this upside down, backward, amoral and increasingly dangerous world that we live in, it has become fashionable to expect proven pathological liars to tell the truth, while those who do tell the truth are viewed with suspicion. One of the most evil tyrants of the 20th Century, Adolf Hitler, was famously quoted, “what dumb luck for rulers that people don’t think”. It is not hard to understand that Nazi propaganda minister or (minister responsible for lying) Joseph Geobbels took full advantage of this. What is it about truth that people seem to be so afraid of?

What if the world were suddenly given a truth serum? If all of a sudden people automatically always told the truth? Upside down would become ‘right side up’, backward would become ‘forward’, amoral would become ‘moral’, and increasingly dangerous would become ‘safe’.

There would no longer be religious hucksters conning people by the millions into believing some convoluted idea that has nothing to do with truth. Politicians would no longer dupe people for their support, all the while plotting to betray their election promises once in office. The so called intelligentsia and leaders of academia would no longer be able to knowingly foist their false failed ideas on the unsuspecting masses, thus bending or shaping their thinking for their own monetary gain and control.

We live in a ‘World Held Captive’ by Satan the devil. There is no truth in him for he is the father of lies. Those who will not tell the truth are unwittingly of their father the devil. This world, through the divine intervention of a ‘strong hand from someplace’ is about to be turned right-side-up!

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 2 Issue 3 – July 2015

World Tomorrow Commentary

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

 Is the day of miracles past? Does the living God heal sickness and disease today upon believing prayer? Or was healing performed only by Christ and the original apostles? Did God raise up medical science for our day?  What about modern faith healers and public healing services?

HEALING IN OUR TIME?

You live in a world that relies primarily on medical doctors to treat illness. Most professing Christians today say:  “God raised up medical science for our day. Jesus healed to prove He was the Messiah. But the day of miracles is now past.” Some, who think God heals through self-professed faith healers, attend public healing shows. Some  believe in healing by one of the forms of “mental science”—the power of mind over matter. Others say: “Well, I think God can heal—if it’s His will. But how can we know whether it’s His will?”

Yes, people say!

But what does God say?

Does He reveal whether He still heals, why He heals, how He heals, whether and when it is His will? For the answers we go to the Bible.

Christ’s Ministry Was Dual

Let’s begin at the beginning. Actually, there are two beginnings, so far as the subject of healing is concerned—one is in the New Testament, with Christ; the other in the Old Testament, with the people of ancient Israel. We shall begin with the ministry of Jesus Christ. Later, many readers will be surprised to learn how much is recorded on the subject throughout the Old Testament.

More than 1,900 years ago—in A.D. 27-31—Jesus Christ appeared on earth as a messenger bearing history’s most important message from God to mankind. His mission was prophesied in Malachi 3: 1.

That message actually was a stupendous NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT. The news was the most transcendent GOOD NEWS! It was the GOSPEL (which means “good news”) of Jesus Christ.

But Jesus’ ministry was a dual ministry. And a miraculous ministry.

Jesus came also healing the sick by divine POWER of God. It was not the power of human mind over matter. Few realize the extent to which healing and casting out demons were an integral part of Jesus’ ministry. Later, the apostles proclaimed His same message and healed the sick.

Gospel Restored

The original one and only true Church of God still lives! And still persecuted, maligned, misrepresented, it is restoring the true gospel of Jesus Christ today! It is sending out that good news worldwide—as a witness for all nations, in real POWER!

And Christ’s doctrine of healing the sick is also being restored. There have been multiple thousands of miraculous healings. But not, in our time, spectacular public displays of sensational miracles to attract both crowds and added persecutions. The REASONS for this and the truth about the whole subject of healing will be made plain in this booklet.

There have been “gospel” programs—scores of them—all over the world. But, as Paul described, they have each been another gospel. Christ’s MESSAGE was suppressed. Christ has been preached to the world—but a different Jesus.

But, what about healing the sick today? How is it being restored in God’s Church?                                                                                             The Plain Truth About Healing

End-time Proverbs

* What you THINK is what you do—what you SAY is just talk!

* “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and  vicious, they have more need of masters”.                           (Benjamin Franklin)  

Fact or Opinion?

‘We need leaders, not managers. Managers are people who do the best they can within existing constraints and conditions, who tinker around the edges of a problem. We need leaders who do not accept what is broken simply because it has always been that way. These leaders will CHANGE the order of things and are able to see and seize possibilities. Effective leaders know the high calling of leadership is to unlock potential in others’.                                                     Carly Fiorina 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate

 Reflections….

 ‘Six Words That Will Change the World’
 Isaiah 53: 5
…’with His stripes we are healed’.

 1Peter 2: 24
…’by whose stripes you were healed’.

 Isaiah 35: 5-6
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart,
and the tongue of the dumb shall sing:

Commentary by: Robert G. Goddard

With this issue of the Clear Truth Newsletter, we are posting one of the most important and profound doctrines of the Bible….

“Jesus Christ makes you Whole” (Acts 9: 34)

1] Read the Plain Truth about Healing booklet (then reread it), in order to get the background and historical perspective.

2] [MUST] accompany the preaching of the one-true-Gospel. Sardis did not; HWA did!

3] Only God can heal! (Biblically speaking) Doctors cannot!! They can manipulate, cut out, alter or help bodily functions to alleviate maladies. But (ONLY GOD) can REMOVE physical sin or penalty and place them on our sin bearer or the broken Body of Christ, prior to His death, (Matt. 8: 16-17). It is impossible for ANY human being or practitioner to do this!!!

4] It is God’s WILL TO HEALà He has PROMISEDà He is our Yahweh Rapha à
the Eternal God our Healer.

5] Be patient! After you claim that promise, you MUST TRUST Him and wait for Him to act.

6] God does not always heal immediately. But He does ALWAYS heal, even if the healing is the resurrection. (James 5: 15) The Lord [SHALL] raise him up…(dual).

7] In the intervening time it is not a sin to use medical human assistance to help alleviate pain, suffering and or discomfort.* Any alteration or physical help that a human being can give is not to be confused with ‘Biblical Healing’! For no human being can remove ‘physical sin’ or broken laws that cause sickness or ill health. ONLY GOD can and does. ONLY God removes these and places them on the broken Body of our Sin Bearer. * NEVER, NEVER, NEVER look to humans as our healer – ONLY ONLY GOD is the DIVINE HEALER and no one else!

8] It can be and would be sin, to the person that really knows and understands this, to substitute humans as our healer in place of God!

9] [Make an open and ongoing list of scriptures that directly pertain to healing.]

10] Operations, cuttings, medicines, knee / hip replacements, surgery, drugs ARE NOT HEALINGS. They are at best physical manipulations, adjustments or alterations. None of these SUPERNATURALLY remove ‘physical sin’. One may even get ‘better’, but it is NOT supernatural divine healing. Do not confuse the two.

11] God does not heal through doctors. He does not remove ‘physical sin’ and place it on Christ through the unbelieving medical profession.

12] He may allow them to provide comfort to someone.

13] God’s word and healings among God’s people PROVE that God is our Healer. What He has done in the past and has continued to do PROVES that He will still do it! He changes NOT—Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever.

14] If you follow these points and come to be healed through anointing and prayer, you will have the kind of BELIEF that is necessary for healing.

15] We MUST not abuse or be reckless with our health and treat Christ’s sacrifice cheaply.

16] Healings in our day and age are so weak and ineffectual because they most often accompany ‘another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel’. Nominal Christianity (perhaps unknowingly) are enemies of the true Gospel.

17] (1Pet. 2: 24) ‘With His strips you were healed’. MANY in the Church in Peter’s day had experienced this tremendous promise, yes and even in Philadelphia!

18] When God directly intervenes on our behalf, it is exciting and JOYFUL. Healing and standing for the truth of the Gospel etc. etc. (Acts 3: 1-8) The lame man going into the temple – Peter’s prayer – his ankle bones were healed – HE LEPT FOR JOY.

19] Physical sin breaks our bodies (as Christ was) but SO DOES SPIRITUAL sin before death!! in this life!! However spiritual sin brings with it the ultimate penalty of death.

20] When anointing and prayer takes place, there always has to be belief and faith, either with the one doing the anointing or the one being anointed, [hopefully both].

21] (Matt. 10: 7-8) After all, it is CHRIST’S work, it is His CHURCH. If He is behind the preaching of the true Gospel, then He will be performing miracles in our day at the time of the end.

 **FOCUS ON THE [PROMISE], [not] on the [affliction]**

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 2 Issue 2 – April 2015

World Tomorrow Commentary

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

Real Purpose of the Church 

Now MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL—what is the REAL PURPOSE for the Church? Why did God have Christ raise it up?

The CHURCH is the spiritual MOTHER of human converts. They are the spiritual embryos and fetuses as yet UNBORN, although begotten by God’s Holy Spirit—already children of God.

The CHURCH is God’s spiritual ORGANISM, well organized, for feeding on spiritual food, training and developing in spiritual righteous CHARACTER the future God Beings—sons of God the Father!

For that training—that spiritual development of God’s CHARACTER, God has given His church a dual responsibility.

1) “Go ye into all the world” and proclaim the GOOD NEWS—announcement—of the comingkingdomofGod.

2) “Feed my sheep”.

But in FEEDING the “sheep”, developing in them God’s spiritual CHARACTER, God has given them THEIR PART in supporting, backing up, the great commission: “Go ye into all the world.”

This first and great commission was given to the apostles. To a lesser extent evangelists were used in carrying forth the message. Other leaders—ordained ministers—were stationary, yet even the local pastor of a church may hold evangelistic services in his area—not the “soul-saving crusade” type, but lectures ANNOUNCING and PROCLAIMING as a witness the coming KINGDOM of God (the true gospel)!

This ENTIRE GREAT COMMISSION—proclaiming the GOOD NEWS of the coming kingdom, and “feeding the sheep”—is  a combined administration and function of the Church.

The individual lay member HAS HIS VITAL PART in proclaiming the GOOD NEWS (gospel) to the world. How? Not by going out and himself proclaiming Christ’s message to the neighbourhood or to the world. That is done primarily by the apostles, to some extent by evangelists, and to an even lesser extent in local areas by local pastors. (The chief responsibility of local pastors is supervision of and preaching to the local church.)

But the ENTIRE CHURCH OPERATION is one WHOLE, organized into various operations and administrations (1Cor.12: 5-6).
Mystery of the Church—Mystery of the Ages

End-time Proverbs

* A lie makes it halfway around the world, before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
                                                                                                                Winston Churchill

* The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end—there it is.
                                                                                                             Winston Churchill

* “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You have chose dishonour and you will have war”.
                                         Winston Churchill’s admonition to Neville Chamberlain, in 1938 after the Munich sell out. (editors note: How applicable to today’s equivalent of the West’s capitulation to the Nazis of our day—the Iranian nuke treaty—and ‘peace in our time’?)

Fact or Opinion?

The ‘One-True Church, the ‘Body of Christ’ or the ‘Woman’, the ‘Mother-of-us-all’ IS a Spiritual Organism NOT a Corporate [Body]. It is a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM that has a CORPORATE [ENTITY]. The Spiritual Organism is NOT a ‘Corporate Body’!

Q. Has the Laodicean Church become a collection of corporate bodies no longer reflecting the true nature of God’s Church—that of a spiritual organism based on the ‘pillar and ground of the truth’?

Reflections….

‘Fear of Failure’

‘If you are unwilling to try for fear of failure, you have already failed! Failure from trying is not failure, but DISCOVERY’!

‘If you allow failure to destroy you, it will! If you USE failure to become better; YOU MUST!

Do true Christians in these ‘last days’ remain frozen to inaction for fear of failure? Like the man with the one talent, in the ‘parable of the talents’, feared failure and simply buried his talent?

As this world continues to spin out of control into a downward vortex of events leading to and culminating in the ‘grand smash climax’ known as the Great Tribulation—do-have-are God’s true people of the one-true-Church taking the time to become much MUCH stronger through application of God’s truth in our lives? DESPITE the fear of experiencing some failure?

Those Philadelphian members of God’s true Church are soon to find themselves in the crossroads of world events—and then the place of safety. We must become READY!

Je Suis Charlie! Je Suis Jesus!! 

Commentary by: Robert G. Goddard

It is ironic that increasingly, Islamofascist thug terrorists carry out murderous acts against innocents standing in their way, duty bound to defend the honour of their false prophet in the name of ‘Allahu Akbar’. The obvious question that goes unanswered in all of this is; if this ‘god’ is so great, could he not take care of his own affairs without having to  depend on blood thirsty religious sadists killing and maiming people in the most banal and sub-human ways imaginable? Perhaps this so-called ‘god’ is too busy relieving himself to fend for himself?? The absolute detachment from normal human emotion and thought processes continues to be lost in all of this mindlessness. This kind of debasement in our human experience is fortunately about to come to a climactic end with the soon coming advent of the Great God in the person of His true Son, Jesus Christ.

Recently millions marched in the streets of Paris standing in solidarity with the defenceless and harmless massacred victims, editors of the satire newspaper known as ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Their refrain was: ‘Je Suis Charlie’! That is: ‘I am Charlie’! Their only ‘sin’ was that of exercising their societal right to exercise ‘free speech’. Along with them, Muslim Jihadists also terrorized patrons in a kosher supermarket slaughtering four  innocent Jewish bystanders who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The true refrain that will take away all of the heartache and all of the pain and suffering from this present evil world is that of: ‘Je Suis Jesus’! That is: ‘I am Jesus’! Very soon now, the world will stand and walk in solidarity with the glorified Jesus Christ, when He establishes His utopian millennial kingdom here on earth.

This recent all-to-brief moment, frozen in time, when peoples of the world cast off their political, religious and ideological differences. Locked arms and marched in unison in support of one of the great founding principles of the western nations. That is, freedom based on free speech. Sadly, any lasting effect has been muted. That is about to change in the now soon coming Wonderful World Tomorrow—‘Je Suis Jesus’!

 

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 2 Issue 1 – January 2015

World Tomorrow Commentary

 Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

 ‘What Christ’s Gospel Was All About’

 I say Christ’s gospel – the message He brought from God – was the advance good news of the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

              But just what does that include?

And why is the Kingdom of God necessary?

Just how does it affect and relate directly to your personal and individual life?

Actually, Christ’s message of God’s coming Kingdom is directly concerned with world conditions as they are – with world evils, suffering unhappiness – with world peace. It’s concerned with government – with the reason present human governments fail to be the benefactors of their peoples they are supposed to be.

His message hits directly at the very roots of individual personal happiness and at the awesome transcendent potential of each human life. It is concerned with the CAUSES of present conditions that affect every human and with the WAY that will solve all problems.

But it is concerned with far, far more.

It is concerned with God’s tremendous, overwhelming, overall purpose as Creator of the entire universe. It’s concerned with the entire vast universe, filled with its uncountable galaxies, nebulae, suns, stars, planets, and with God’s purpose for them. It’s concerned with all the angels – with the fact that one third of all God’s created angels turned to SIN from which there can be no redemption and God’s great purpose and plan to prevent such a catastrophe happening to the other two thirds.

Most of these things are never remotely considered in religious teachings in this world.  God’s message is concerned with overall truth.

Incredible Human Potential (page 18)

End-time Proverbs

* For when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety’; then ‘sudden destruction’ comes upon them…(1Thess 5: 3)

* For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (Luke 21: 35)

* Carnal minds try to cover-up they scramble to maintain the façade of a FALSE identity.

* A converted mind seeks, wants to find and admit error. [THEY SEEK CORRECTION]

* The hardest thing in the world for a human to do is to admit error!

Fact or Opinion….? 

‘Calling it for what it is’ 

What does the elite-progressive-liberal-establishment promote and stand for?

1) Partial birth abortion—EVIL2) Lesbian Gay Bi-gender movement—EVIL! 3) Anti-Semitism—EVIL! 4) Destruction of the Judeo-Christian ethic—EVIL! 5) Promoting anti-capitalistic Marxist dogma—EVIL! 6) The failed non-theory of evolution—EVIL! 7) Global warming hoax—EVIL!

 Reflections….

‘Correct Exegesis’

Do we look at the Bible through the lens of the Church? NO!

We must always look at the Church through the lens of the Bible! 

Do we look at the Bible through the lens of scholarship? NO!

We must always look at scholarship through the lens of the Bible!

Do we look at the Bible through the lens of the World? NO!

We must always look at the World through the lens of the Bible!

Do we look at the Bible through the lens of archaeology? NO!

We must always look at archaeology through the lens of the Bible!

This correct method of ‘exegesis’ with allow us to always get and keep the message of the Bible straight! 

In this in-depth study of the Bible, I had the use of all the biblical helps – concordances, Greek–English and Hebrew–English lexicons, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and religious encyclopaedias. The latter three of these, I found, were the works of scholarly but carnal minds. In historical facts and matters of a material nature, they give help in research, but in God’s revelation of spiritual knowledge I found them of little help.

                                                                                               Mystery of the Ages (page 19)

The Rest of the Story

Commentary by: Robert G. Goddard

Many years ago a world famous American broadcaster (whose uncanny style and tone strongly resembled the leading World Tomorrow presenter of the time) coined a phrase for his oft repeated monologue; ‘The Rest of the Story’. The iconic quintessential American broadcaster Paul Harvey was highly successful at stirring the interest of his audience in closing with these true stories. He would peak peoples interest with some well know story and then conclude with the not-so-well-known background to the story. To say the least, it had a way of grabbing your interest. It got your attention!

After a casual read of the Bible, one would be inclined to ask, yes but what is the ‘rest of the story’ or indeed the not-so-obvious or real message of the Bible? Scholars, intellects and intellectuals have all taken their turn at trying to explain the REAL MEANING of the Bible—with little success!

The Old Testament is a detailed interaction between the ‘God’ of the Old Testament and His chosen people Israel. It conveys the essential truth that if His people would only obey His covenant, then they could expect to be blessed and blessed tremendously. If not, then they would incur the curses that come from the breaking of God’s Law.

Apologists for the New Testament declare with certainty that the Old Testament Law has now (under the New Covenant) been completely done away and is now replaced by ‘Grace’ and grace alone! This portrays the God of the Bible as some kind of incompetent, psychologically unstable, constantly changing being that the average person cannot keep up with (never mind understand!)

General Douglas MacArthur correctly concluded in his memorable speech before the U.S. congress that “it must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh”.

Old Testament Israel generally and at times was able to keep God’s Law in the letter (that is with an unchanged heart). Keeping God’s Law in the spirit must be done through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. It is the only way.

The entire world is about to have a ‘road to Damascus moment’. It is about to ‘meet its Maker’ with the introduction of the New Covenant to the nations of Israel at the now very near second coming of Jesus Christ and then to the entire Gentile world. (It has already been introduced to the New Testament Church.)

The same Person who gave the Law on Mount Sinai to Moses, gave the summary of the New Covenant to the disciples 1,400 years later (Matt. 5, 6, 7). (The rest of the story is summarized in the so-called ‘Sermon on the Mount’.)

The New Covenant / Testament is the ‘Rest of the Story’.

Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh recently commented that—“no political movement or power can change human nature”. We would add—ONLY GOD’S SPIRIT CAN!!

The Old Covenant controlled human nature. The New Covenant changes it!

To paraphrase Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong: Every human being is born with carnal nature which is a nature that is concerned with and purely oriented toward the physical. At birth we are then subjected to the pulls of the spirit of this world and are then injected with human nature which is Satan’s nature. The only way we can overcome this is by having the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. This is the long sought after and little understood KEY to being born again into the soon coming world ruling Kingdom or government of God.

Indeed God is in the process of ‘reproducing Himself’. Therefore we must (through the Holy Spirit) have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5: 5)—so that we can then be partakers of the divine nature (11Pet. 1: 4).

That is the ultimate ‘Rest of the Story’.

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 1 Issue 4 – October 2014

World Tomorrow Commentary 

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Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

I found the Bible to be a coded book, with answers to the paramount mysteries confronting all of humanity.

The revelation of these mysteries was lost, even to the Churchof God, although the revelation of them has been preserved in the Bible. Why, then, has the world not clearly understood? Because the Bible was a coded book, not intended to be understood until our day in this latter half of the twentieth century. I learned, in this night-and-day study, why it is the most misunderstood book, even though it is the world’s best-seller. The full explanation or truth of any one subject is seldom made complete and clear in any one passage. Other portions, factors, or phrases of the subject are usually contained in one or several other passages in other parts of the Bible either in the Old or New Testament. A true and full understanding of this subject is profitable only when these perhaps several other passages, scattered throughout the Bible, are put together.

Vistas of knowledge and understanding that have remained the chief mysteries of life to most people were opened to my astonished eyes and mind.  But it is recorded in that book that in these very last days in which our generation lives, the great mystery would be cleared. And indeed it was to my astonished mind.

Time may prove this to be the most important book written in almost 1,900 years. All these mysteries were long ago revealed by the one supreme authority of all knowledge, but in a coded message not allowed to be revealed and decoded until our time.

Author’s Statement; Mystery of the Ages

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End-time Proverbs

* “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is     to speak. Not to act is to act”.  
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

* ‘If you are going through hell, keep going’.                                                                  Winston Churchill

* ‘Life must be lived forward but can only be understood by looking backward’.

* ‘Most people only want selected facts, while others want only the FACTS. In order to  attain the TRUTH, one must embrace ALL of the FACTS’!

Fact or Opinion…?

‘The Kingdom of God is the Government of God, administered by the Family of God, into which we may be born’.

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Reflections… 

The TEN COMMANDMENTS of the 21ST CENTURY 

1]  Thou shalt not have the God of the Bible before you.

2]  Thou shalt bow down to every image or idol including politicians, media       personalities, athletes and entertainers.

3]  Thou shalt take the name of the God of the Bible in vain. And make it a  part of your everyday vocabulary.

4]  Thou shalt not keep the Sabbath or the Holy Days, for in six days the God       of the Bible did not recreate the earth—everyone knows that it took life       billions of years to evolve.

5]  Dishonour your father and mother and if necessary take them to court in       order to get your own way.

6]  Freely kill over sixty million unborn human beings with the calculated cold       hearted efficiency of any mass murderer.

7]  Thou shalt commit adultery and freely practise every vial and perverted sex       act imaginable.

8]  Stealing is commendable when it is done with the right attitude.

9]  Lying is necessary, depending on the circumstance and how it appears.

10] Keep up with your neighbours standard of living whether you can afford it       or not.

Society of the 21st Century has so obviously lost any sense of normal human  conscience. With the moral compass of the God of the Bible gone, we are flirting with and looking into the abyss and a fate far worse than that of Rome. But for the activity of the people of God in the last days, this world would experience and suffer ‘UTTER DESTRUCTION’!

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REINTRODUCING
the
REAL
JESUS

‘The REAL JESUS and Tithing’

If Jesus were here today, what would He be doing? What are His followers to be doing?

Seal up the words to the time of the end, many shall run to and fro (Dan. 12: 4)—we are in that time! This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached as a witness to all, the world and then shall the end come (Mat. 24: 14)….Accept those days shall be shortened there should no flesh be saved alive (cf. Mat. 24: 22). There is literally no other time like this, with the onrush of the convergence of events that clearly and ominously portend the end of civilization as we know it.

During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, His literal Body then (when on earth 27- 31 A.D.) was filled with the Holy Spirit. His figurative body now is to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit—to do what? And greater works than these shall you do because I go to My Father (John 14: 12).

The original apostles used the means methods facilities available in their day to preach the true Gospel to the known world this included introducing the historical and real Jesus. Since He was a new figure and quite unknown to the masses (unlike today, although the one known now is false), the responsibility of the original apostles was to explain who He was. The message today in most religious circles has been so gutted and altered that it no longer resembles what the original apostles were teaching, but rather His true Gospel of the Kingdom has been jettisoned and substituted with a message about an entirely false Jesus and another Gospel ‘about Christ’ (11Cor. 11:  4).

How do these religious hucksters fund their works?  Certainly tithing is not mentioned for this would be focusing on God’s law, which they preach has been done away. Hence they resort to all kinds of inventive ideas such as offerings, sales pitches, merchandise for money, begging, pleading, donations, and promises of financial blessings if one would only just give to what is in their minds the obvious ‘work of the Lord’. With this kind of begging and nagging, the average person’s concept of religion is that of a pathetic spectacle of these various organizations and preachers constantly pressuring for money.

Preparing-The-Way!

John the Baptist (a type of Elijah) prepared the way before the first coming, a work of, at the most about 1 ½ years? The work of preparing-the-way before His second coming began in the modern era in about 1934 and has continued to be done through His true followers, even until His soon to occur reappearance. The work of preparing-the-way is being accomplished through the dispensing of the twofold Great Commission of: ‘Preach the Gospel and Feed the Flock’. [This makes ready a people prepared for their God.] The New Testament ‘Temple or Church’ that He will return to!

Although robbing a bank might be an option for some so called Christians, (since most feel that the law has been done away with anyway) in order to fund such a massive operation. Realistically, funding for such a venture obviously would have to be done in some other way.

In the second to last chapter of the Old Testament, (if it wasn’t important, why would they [restate] it at the end?) the prophet Malachi (B.C. 460) was inspired by the one who became Jesus Christ to command?! His true followers to tithe!!

Malachi 3:7-10
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from
mine [ordinances], and have not kept them, Return unto me
and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts, But ye
said, Wherein shall we return?

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me, But ye say,
Wherein have we robbed ye? In tithes and offerings.
Ye are cursed with a curse; for ye have robbed me, even
this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be
meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the
Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

These verses on tithing are prefaced in (verse 1) with the work of God done by John the Baptist and then Jesus Christ Himself. Again the verses that follow (8-12), explain how this ongoing activity is to be funded. Whether it was by the money from the ’bag’ carried by Judas one of the twelve, or the tithe monies given to the apostle Paul and others, or the truly massively funded operation in our day at it’s zenith reaching a mind boggling 200 million dollars annually.

Since the New Testament Church was founded on the apostles and the prophets (Old Testament), Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2: 20)…. and Malachi was a prophet who taught the law of tithing. This doctrine therefore would have been central to the New Testament Church. In fact, most of the Bible in existence at that time was the Old Testament Canon. And remember, this was all inspired by the Word, Logos, Spokesman, the same person who became Jesus Christ, who said; ‘I change not therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed’ (Mal. 3:6) and ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever’! (Heb. 13: 8). The only difference between the law in the Old Testament and the New Testament is that it now is written in our hearts by the Holy Spirit instead of on tables of stone. And the ritual or sacrificial law has been rescinded at least during the New Testament dispensation (since Christ is our literal Passover sacrifice).

We might ask why it is that the Apostle Paul’s writings seem to be bereft of any direct citations in the way of commands to tithe—rather there being a number of oblique references? One possibility is that under Roman law, it was illegal to ‘tithe’ to any ‘sect’, or in there minds ‘sub-sects’ of the religion of Judaism. The early New Testament Church of God under Roman law was an illegal entity. This is one reason why we see a continual dance between Judaism (state recognized) of that day and the full or entire truth.

We could ask, whose tithes are they? Who owns them? We read where ‘All the gold is mine’ (Hag. 2: 8), implying that God owns everything! And yet He allows us to keep ninety percent of our income, requiring that we give back to Him only ten percent. And then He promises to bless the faithful tithe payer on that ten percent! There are literally endless accounts of God’s people being blessed over the decades—what we are challenged to do is test Him at His word. Many have been inclined to say ‘I can’t afford to tithe’, when the real answer to that question is that ‘one can’t afford not to’!

The first account of tithing in the Bible is recorded in the account of the slaughter of the kings (Gen. 14: 18-20). Where Abraham the ‘Father of the Faithful’ the main Old Testament personality presumably that all Christians would want to emulate—actually brought tithes to the exact same ‘person’  who later became Jesus Christ! Melchizzadek priest of the most high, prince of Salem received tithes from Abraham. This is later confirmed, that as Abraham gave tithes to this individual, the New Testament Church is to continue doing the same to the individual or ‘priest’ of the New Testament, Jesus Christ—that  is where His figurative ‘body’ is doing His Work!

In closing, let us consider some thoughts on what the New Testament Melchizzadek in the person of Jesus Christ had to say about this entire issue.

…first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made [like] unto the Son of God; abides a priest continually. (Heb. 7: 2-3)

Since Melchizzadek is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is Melchizzadek, and this represents an ongoing priesthood—we, as Abraham, are to pay tithes to that priesthood.

…Levi also, who receives tithes, pays tithes in Abraham. (Heb. 7: 9)

For even Levi (or, the levitical priesthood) paid tithes IN Abraham to Melchizzadek.

In the intervening years (from Moses to Jesus Christ) the Levites received tithes in lieu of Melchizzadek who ABIDES A PRIEST CONTINUALLY! (Heb. 7: 3)

The Levites from Moses to Christ, received tithes on behalf of Melchizzadek.

We must be certain that we are paying our tithes to Melchizzadek (who is Jesus Christ) and His work, where it is being effected. Our tithes go to Jesus Christ / Melchizzadek!

… ‘abides a priest continually’ (Heb. 7: 3)

Melchizzadek abides a priest continually, UNBROKEN / UNCHANGING!

In the World Tomorrow, Jesus Christ will be right here on earth to receive tithes on behalf of the government of God and the Levitical priesthood which will again be functioning in some way.

He is / will be both Prince and Priest!

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter…

From time immemorial the question that has begged to be answered is this—where is this Melchizzadek or Body of Christ? When you find where He / it is—that is the / obvious / activated / authorized / functioning / of that unique activity, you will have found where Jesus Christ and His work is. This is where we (as Abraham and the New Testament Church) are COMMANDED to send our tithes.

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 1 Issue 3 – June 2014

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

And now we are fast approaching the final grand smash explosion that is going to stagger the mind of man beyond the bounds of sanity. Forces are at work today on plans, programs, conspiracies, movements that soon will erupt into a world explosion of violence and chaos such as never happened before, and never will again. Men today are tampering with forces of nature they lack the prudence, knowledge, ability and wisdom to control.

In this folly of educated ignorance, it has become fashionable today and intellectually titillating to ignore the great basic cause of all things; the fact of the purpose being worked out here below, and the master plan for its working out; the invisible but Supreme Power now soon to intervene and drastically alter the course of history—before mankind blasts itself out of existence.

Unreal though it may seem to those steeped in modern educational deceptions, some 2,500 years ago the Supreme Power of the universe inspired a man named Isaiah to quote Him saying: “I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand” (Isa. 46: 9-10). The great world powers are formulating their policies—laying their plans. But the next several years (now getting so very much closer CTN) will see astounding events explode in a manner very different than the nations plan! Why?                                                                                                    – Introduction to U.S. and Britain in Prophecy

World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

Tree Of Life.MP3

 World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

Ukraine-WW3?

  World Tomorrow Commentary 

    Young Ambassadors: ‘Hallelujah Chorus’; ‘It Won’t Be Long Now’

 End-time Proverbs

 * “We are here to learn some lessons”—HWA

*  ‘The lesson of history is that no one learns from the lessons of history’.

George Santayana

 *   ‘The  definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and       expecting a different result’.

Fact or Opinion….?

 *    The one-true-Church is nondenominational and non-sectarian. It is not a corporate       body, but rather a spiritual organism which in all likelihood would have a corporate or legal entity! This is necessary in order for the ekklesia [Greek] meaning; called-out-ones or spiritual organism to fulfill the work of the Great Commission.

Reflections….

 ‘A Man Still Ahead of His Time’    Reflection1.DOC

 (series)

‘SEARCHING for the APOSTLE PAUL’

ALTP-Law&Grace.Doc

REINTRODUCING
the
REAL
JESUS

(series)

[Coming in September CTN]

Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 1 Issue 2 – March 2014

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

Q. “But I think what you are saying is just philosophy and does not offer any solution to our problem. How will that produce peace now”?

A. “It won’t produce peace now. I am just telling you the facts of what will produce peace. And I say to you that we human beings are not going to produce peace. I think that all religions at least know that there is a higher power. They do not know what that higher power is. They don’t have it is defined perhaps because they don’t know. But there is a higher power, and that higher power is going to have to come and bring us peace. We are not going to bring peace. But the great Creator God is going to have to intervene and bring us peace if He has to force it upon us. And that is the way peace is finally going to come”.

Q. “As for Sri Lanka, we have prayed to God to solve our problems. But I don’t think even God can promote peace in this country”.

A. “I say to you that God could intervene right now. But that is not His will to do that, and He is not, I can tell you that He is not going to intervene right now. He’s going to let us learn some lessons. Human beings do not know that they should love their fellow man. And God is going to let us punish ourselves and bring about wars and kill so many people. It will come to the place where we would destroy every man, woman and child on the face of the earth. The weapons of mass destruction now exist! The United State has them, the Soviet Union has them, France has them, China has them. Other nations are beginning to have nuclear weapons. And a nuclear war could erase all human life from this earth! And conditions are going to come, and man is going to go on fighting one another. And men are going to go—I can’t change their minds! And no other man can change their minds. And man is going to have to learn a lesson. They’re going to come to the place where they would destroy the last man and woman and child on earth! Then the supreme God is going to intervene before that happens. And He is not going to intervene until we learn our lesson. Humanity won’t learn—I can tell you the way to peace. But you won’t believe me! You men right here won’t believe me! The world won’t believe me! I can’t bring you peace unless you would believe me, and you won’t! I’m speaking very plainly. I represent that Higher Power, and I know what He proposes! And I know what He is going to do! And He won’t do it until we have punished ourselves, to the place where we are willing to submit to Him. The trouble is, neither side in this problem that you are having here right now is willing to submit to that higher power. And as long as you won’t, you are going to fight and have trouble. And we are going to have to come to the place where we have to rely on Him to do it for us.

Sri Lankan Press Conference 1984

 World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

 World Tomorrow Commentary (Link)

    Ambassador for World Peace –BTW 1985

 End-time Proverbs

* The seeds of success are planted in failure.

* (For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the see, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.) Isa. 10: 22

* (It is always darkest before the dawn…..)

Reflections….

Because of an absolute dearth of true leadership, the world stands idly by witnessing the imminent collapse of the ‘Great Nation’ of prophecy—that is Manasseh or the U.S.A. This is due to a complete void in right morals, true principles and national consciousness based on right and wrong. When the Bible speaks of this ‘present evil world’ (Gal. 1: 4), this characterization could not be more accurate. Great leaders are strangely absent from almost every field of endeavour, whether it be politics, academia or religion. With the possible exception of the current prime ministers of Canada and Israel and perhaps a very few others, where have they all gone?

“Where, O where have all the great leaders gone….long time passing…long time ago”. The world is a much poorer place without them!

“Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start, workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope has never been successful. Military alliances, balances of power, Leagues of Nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our matchless advances in science, art, literature and all the other material and cultural developments of the last 2000 years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh”.

General Douglas MacArthur address to the U.S. Congress, April 19, 1951

“If you will allow me to use other language, I will say that he must indeed have a blind soul who cannot see that some great purpose is being worked out here below of which we have the honour to be the faithful servants. It is not given to us to peer into the mysteries of the future. Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will, for their own safety and for the good of all, walk together in majesty and justice and in peace”. (Editors note: Please see Isaiah 9: 6-7)

Winston Churchill address to U.S. Congress December 26, 1941

‘The Doctrine of the Gospel
by Robert G. Goddard

Jesus Christ came into Galilee preaching the ‘Gospel [Good News] of the Kingdom of God’ and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel”. (Mk. 1: 14-15) Within these two verses, is a succinct summary of Christ’s mission on earth! The question is, is this still His mission, even though He is now in the third heaven. Is it now something different? Has it changed? If He were on earth today, would He somehow have CHANGED His message to conform to the more ‘current’ messages of the mainstream ‘Christianity’ of today?

Let us consider the implications of a different message other than the one Christ preached. In Mathew the 24th chapter and verse 14, we are told that ‘this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached as a witness to all, the world and then shall the end come’! It is hard to miss the importance, the absolute necessity of proclaiming the exact same message that Jesus preached so that the end can come!  Indeed, as verse 22, explains, the world in the last days depends on the accomplishment of this all important activity in order to survive! Also, 2nd Corinthians the 11th chapter verse 4 tells us; ‘For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another Gospel , which you have not accepted, you might well bear ‘with him’ – or ‘with me’ – that is the apostle Paul or what he taught!

Many years ago, a very prominent minister in the Church of God taught that a good title for the Bible might well be, ‘the History of the Nation of Israel’. This is a fairly good definition, although it leaves something out. One might ask, yes but, what is the purpose of the nation of Israel? In effect, what is God doing here below? Does He have a purpose, and if so – what is that purpose? Many years ago, the prime minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, in speaking before the U.S. Congress said; “there is a great purpose being worked out hear”. However, Prime Minister Churchill did not know what that purpose was.

The one-true-church in the last days has clearly understood that the Bible is first and foremost, a book about government! That, in effect, at the original creation, the angels ‘shouted for joy’ (Job 38: 7), at the awesome creation of the entire vast universe (including the earth). And then as we read in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, one third of the angels under Lucifer, were given responsibility to administer the ‘government of God’, on earth. In summary, after a massive rebellion and ‘war in heaven’, these angels, (now fallen spirits) were cast down, bringing about the utter destruction of the earth’s surface. No longer able to sustain life of any kind, the earth became without form and void.  Interestingly, in the last days, humanity has now again come to the place where, except for the intervention of a ‘strong hand from some place’, this world again would become without form and void. Also the term, ‘smite the earth with a curse’ in Malachi 4: 6, means literally UTTER DESTRUCTION!

The identity of the nation of Canada is dependant upon the operation, the functioning the existence of the Government of Canada. Without the government of a nation, that nation becomes a none existent entity. The Government of Canada, defines, upholds laws, a constitution, regulations, expectations etc. Without the government of Canada, there is no Canada. Without the Government of God, there is no Kingdom of God!

The rebellion of Lucifer (now Satan and his demons), removed the government of God from earth. The great purpose that is being worked out here below is that God is going to re-establish His government, His Kingdom on earth. And God said; “let us make man in our image after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth”; (Gen. 1: 26).

Is the government of God now being administered by the Kingdom or family of God on earth? No!! The first Adam upon being given the opportunity rejected the tree of life.   Thus consigning his descendants to continue under the sway and influence of Satan (still on earth’s throne), until the ‘second Adam’ should come and qualify, and then replace him at His second coming.  In briefest summary, this was accomplished during what is commonly referred to as ‘Christ’s temptation’, recorded in; (Matt. 4 and Luke 4). Christ the second Adam, having done what the first Adam was given the opportunity and failed to do, went on to become humanities ‘sin bearer’ through Roman crucifixion and death, thus making it possible to reconcile humanity to God. By accepting Christ as our personal saviour, we have the priceless privilege of going on to be ultimately ‘born into’ the Kingdom of God.  This has everything to do with the preaching of the Kingdom of God.

There could never be a Kingdom of God without a family of God to administer that government. Christ is now, through His church and a select group of ‘called-out-ones’ preparing to bring about all of this in this present generation. The Church is the Kingdom of God in embryo – it is now in training, learning to live by the Bible or constitution of that Kingdom so that they can become co-saviours in the World Tomorrow. The Bible deals with the Kingdom of God in every important aspect, from beginning to end. Some people are inclined to limit the preaching of the Kingdom of God to three words: [Kingdom of God]. This would be like limiting the Bible to its title or theme: [Kingdom of God]. Why go to the trouble of writing enormous manuscripts, if the title or theme was all that was important? The Bible is a book of over 1,200 pages  which goes into great minute detail of the theme. The theme of the Bible is the Kingdom of God!

The preaching of the Kingdom of God entails a broad understanding of the entire Bible that of Who and What is God? What and why is man? The truth about angels and fallen spirits! The truth about the Nation of Israel! And of Civilization! It includes the understanding of why the Church? It certainly also includes the ultimate millennial rule of the conquering Jesus Christ and the saints!

Indeed the preaching of the Kingdom of God has to do with overall truth! And of course the Bible is the written Word of truth!

Yes, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Everything He breathed did and taught had everything to do with the Kingdom of God. He fulfilled His mission on earth. The question that is waiting to be answered – is – will all of God’s people do the same thing? This should be of great concern to God’s people. For those who will recall, the most important – yes the very reason for our being called now is to preach the Gospel. The reason why so many people were attracted to the Worldwide Church of God was because they understood the importance of fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION! This twofold commission of [1] preach the Gospel, and [2] feed the flock, is the reason why we have been called now! And we must know what the true Gospel is in order to proclaim it!  This is what drew MANY people to support Mr. Armstrong from 1933 going forward. He was the ONLY one in that time period who exemplified the passion, the foresight and the unwavering determination to accomplish the formidable task of fulfilling the Great Commission! That is the ongoing purpose of the Church in the last days.  What are God’s people waiting for??

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Clear Truth Newsletter – Volume 1 Issue 1 – January 2014

Herbert W. Armstrong Quote

“And I am here to announce to you tonight, that this world is going to come crashing down! But it is going to be replaced with a far better world that will be filled with happiness and love, and with peace and joy and happiness, and with greater production by far than anything we have dreamed of having yet, and where everybody will be well educated and rightly and properly educated. I feel a responsibility, and a voice has to cry out in this wilderness of religious confusion, this wilderness of a Babylon of ideas and everybody against everybody else. Someone has to cry out with that message and announce to you what is going to happen as certain as the sun is going to rise and set tomorrow. Now I know you haven’t heard anything said like this before, but I have been sent here by that eternal ever living creator God. The God over all races and all people and all nations, to tell you the truth! Which missionaries have failed to tell you, which religions have not known and have not been able to tell you, which the colleges and universities do not teach, which science doesn’t even understand! But you have been told tonight!”                                                                         Ambassador for world peace 1985              

 World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

World Tomorrow Commentary (MP3 audio)

 End-time Proverbs

  • If you think you cannot be deceived, you already are!
  • The most difficult thing for a human being to do is to admit error! HWA
  • Heresy like leaven spreads until it FILLS its host—at which point it KILLS its host!

Reflections….

Since www.HerbertWArmstrong.ca went online in August of 2003, it has become increasingly apparent that there are MANY people who still value ALL of the Truths that were restored to the Church through the ministry of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.

Because of the continued shift away from ALL of the Truth—the resultant splitting of the ‘Church’ has continued unabated. ALL of the competing groups are responsible for this deplorable condition that can only be characterized as a ‘party spirit’. Many brethren are disheartened by the corporate tug-of-war that has ensued, leaving people caught in the middle as victims of a power struggle. Along with this, there exists a palpable spirit of criticism.

The Churchof Godat large, now more accurately conveys the image of, ‘the fragmentation of the Body in the spirit of competition’, rather than, ‘the UNITY of the spirit in the bond of peace’. Isn’t it time for ALL of God’s people to seriously consider rediscovering our roots and get back to ALL of the Truth that was restored to God’s  Church through His end-time apostle Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong? Many realize that the last time there was unity among God’s true people, was just before the apostate false leaders of the WCG began to destroy Mr. Armstrong’s remarkable legacy. Will God continue to allow His Church to languish in a condition of Laodicean lukewarmness and division?  Jesus Christ the true head of the church is NOT divided, only men divide the Body of Christ.

Although the determination of a number of groups to ‘do the work’ is truly commendable, it has become almost impossible for brethren to support various positions that have been taken, since so many are at the best, contradictory.

The Kingdom of God
by
Robert G. Goddard
 

Just what, why, how and even when is the Kingdom of God? In this article we shall explore the most important doctrine in the Bible. TheKingdomofGod, when properly understood, answers the most important questions that confront mankind. The correct understanding of theKingdomofGodgives clarity to the real purpose that God is working out here below and the purpose of human existence.

In Genesis 1: 1; we are ushered onto the scene of a massive CATASTROPHISM that had occurred at some long ago time before the dawn of human history. [We use the word catastrophism rather than ‘catastrophe’ because it is a more expansive word denoting cataclysmic events that would absolutely have disrupted the so-called condition needed to promote uniformitarianism – a catchphrase for evolutionary development of life.] On a related note, it is sad to see so many professing Christians wreathing with embarrassment in trying to explain why their faith and understanding of the bible requires belief in a 6,000 year old planet, or there about. The truth of the bible has been entirely misrepresented on this point. God does NOT, NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL, create anything in Tohu and Bohu. These are the two Hebrew words used to describe the condition that the original created earth had become, that is; without form and void; see Genesis 1: 2.  In effect, God’s original creation was so beautiful that it is recorded that the angels (including Lucifer, which means light bringer or morning star of the dawn) shouted for joy upon seeing it.

Job 38: 7
When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

This verse records the angels, who were created sons of God, shouting for joy at the original creation of the earth (including the vast endless universe). This according the bible could have happened millions or evens billions of years ago [your choice]. That is the plain truth of the bible, that missionaries have failed to teach, and universities have not known and that this world has been completely blinded to. WHY?

This Lucifer and his original third-of-the-angels had much to be joyful about. God in His original plan had given them the responsibility of administering the GOVERNMENT OF GOD to the pre-Adamic world. Unfortunately, we read that the one who was originally named ‘light bringer’ turned away from the government of God and became a destroyer or ‘Apollyon’ the prince of darkness. Hence upon trying to overtake the Throne of God and being cast down, this original act of rebellion resulted in the destruction of the earth that we read of in Gen 1: 1. Isa 14 and Ezek 38 are parallel accounts of this monumental event.

At this point the government of God had been removed from earth. This necessitated a change in the original plan of God. His purpose of administering the government of God was still there, but how was He going to bring this about? On the 6th day of the recreation week; and God [Elohim – a ‘uniplural’ meaning more than one] said; “let [Us] make man in our image after our likeness” Gen. 1: 26. God began the supreme act of reproducing Himself. It was now time to initiate the process of bringing about a human family that would ultimately qualify to become part of His divine family, in order to administer the Government of God, beginning on earth.

The first man Adam was given opportunity to replace Satan as ruler of this earth. Having been presented with the choice of taking from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

or the tree of life, he rejected the opportunity of having access to the mind of God through the Holy Spirit. Thus, upon taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he consigned his descendents to the prerogative of ‘taking to oneself’ or deciding for oneself what is right or wrong, truth and error, good and evil. Under the sway of the ever active Satan the Devil still sitting on earth’s throne, humanity  has now after 6000 years come to the tumultuous ‘time of the end’, where the earth is again in grave peril of becoming Tohu and Bohu, without form and void!

This is the disastrous result when the government of God is not being administered. There are two opposites. The government of man under the sway of Satan brings about every evil result; competition, strife, hatred, greed and destruction. The government of God brings about happiness, productivity, peace, joy and every good result! We might add at this point that the twisted perverted mind of Satan has gotten increasingly more evil and destructive. This is becoming increasingly more apparent as we see world events play out in an ever more bizarre and destructive way. It has now become Satan’s goal and purpose to destroy God’s plan including humanity and planet earth. The weapons of mass destruction are now in place that can do this. Terrorism (both state and local) is now rampant. Rogue states armed with nuclear weapons make ominous threats almost daily. Surely a strong hand from someplace is desperately needed! 

Four thousand years after the incident of the two trees in the garden of Eden, a messenger from a divine source was sent bearing a message. Jesus Christ (meaning Saviour and Anointed One) at about the age of 30 began through His original ministry, the public proclamation of theKingdomofGodin 27 A.D.  This officially marked the beginning of the entire theology or religion of ‘Israel’ which now included ‘grace’. We read of this in Isaiah’s sweepingly majestic prophecy in Isaiah 9:6-7;

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His
name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty
God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the
increase of His government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon His Kingdom,
to order it and to establish it with judgement and with
justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the
Lord of hosts will perform this.

The book of Malachi records a dual prophecy. Behold I send my messenger (John / and the continuing ministry of the Church in the last days) and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to His temple, [this happened during Jesus’ first coming when He came to a material temple and to physical Israel. He is going to come again at His second coming to a spiritual temple, the Israel of God, a people made ready for their God!] even the messenger of the covenant. Yes, Christ is the messenger of the new covenant that will finally be established when /He returns and sets up His Kingdom! Continuing; ‘Whom you delight in’ (when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, 11Thess 1: 10): behold, He shall come says the Lord of Hosts. The following verses continue well into His second coming; Mal 3: 1-.

In the fall of 27A.D. at the outset of His ministry, before He had selected His original disciples, Christ was in Jerusalem. Rumours had already been rampant of this new dynamic ‘preacher’ who had already performed some impressive miracles. This had been brought to the attention of the religious leaders of the day of whom Nicodemus was one.  This same man for fear of the Jews came to Jesus by night. He explained that it was quite obvious that: ‘we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that you do except God be with Him’. Jesus immediately responded by saying: ‘except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God’. Nicodemus was quite perplexed. He responded by saying; ‘how can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mothers womb and be born? Christ answered;except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. marvel not that I said unto you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from, and where it goes: [so is everyone that is born of the spirit’.] Nicodemus was stunned. He had never heard anything like this before in his life. This completely altered his entire understanding of the Kingdom of God. This went far beyond the perceived first century teaching of the re-establishment of the Kingdom of David, thus enabling the Jews to throw off the hated yoke of Roman occupation. Christ’s clear statements implied that average members of society could become a part of theKingdom ofGod.

The apostle Paul wrote that, flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption’, 1Cor. 15: 50. And yet in verse 49, he clearly shows that, as we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly’. Clearly the transcendent potential of man is to be born into the family of God. The Kingdom of God is the family of God grown great. Jesus Christ was born again into the family of God by resurrection from the dead. In the exact same way, we must be born again as well.

In returning to Genesis 1: 26, God’s obvious original intent is to reproduce Himself and thus re-establish the Kingdomof Godon earth. He created man in His image after His likeness. The original Adam was a mere clay replica whose boundless human potential could only be realized by ultimately taking on, or acquiring the divine nature, the same nature, as Jesus Christ. Christ’s hand picked ‘chief apostle’ wrote about this in 11Pet 1: 4; ‘whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature’…

This implies that we MUST keep God’s law in order to even begin to have His divine nature. This is the rule by which Christ’s government will be established. Isaiah 2: 6  shows that ‘out of Zion shall go forth the law during the millennial reign of Christ. We are now to be living by that same law.

In Daniel the second chapter, we read of a ‘Stone’ (Christ) that was cut out without hands. This stone would come back to earth and set up a Kingdom that would break in pieces and consume all other kingdoms, and would stand forever. This Kingdom involves the resurrected saints also ruling with Christ over the entire earth for one thousand years. (See 11Tim 2: 10, Rev. 5:10, and Rev. 20: 6.)

This Kingdom is not unlike any other kingdom in that it has; law – God’s law; land or territory – the earth; government – the family of God; the governed – all mortal human beings still alive on earth. Most succinctly stated, the Kingdom of God is: the government of God administered by the Family of God into which we may be born!

 Another pre-condition to entering that Kingdom can be found in two ‘sister’ scriptures. In Mk 1:15, we must #1] Repent, and #2] Believe the Gospel [that of the Kingdom.] In Acts 2: 38, we must #1] Repent, and #2] Be Baptized. Anyone who has not fully repented believed the very same Gospel which Jesus preached, and then is baptised, will never be in God’s Kingdom (all arguments to the contrary not-withstanding!)

Very briefly, we must include the fact that the Church is most assuredly the Kingdom of God in embryo. We are now in the process of training to rule with Christ. We are striving to live according to the law of God. We must be learning to abide by the government of God. We must be following the Living Jesus Christ where His ‘body’ is, that one unique institution that will transform over into the Kingdom of God. This is where that foundation of the apostles and prophets (patriarchs), exists, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone; Eph 2: 20. In Mat 13: 31, the Church is likened to a ‘grain of mustard seed’ which is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown it becomes the greatest of all herbs….Though small and persecuted down through the centuries, the Church truly shall become the greatest of all Kingdoms.

At the end of the age, as the Philadelphian era of the Church of God, in order to even qualify to be among those Kings and Priests – of that yet future government of God, we MUST be about doing our Father’s business. Mat 24: 14; And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. This ‘good news’ announcement, MUST first be proclaimed into all the world by the church, and then and only then shall the end come. Jesus Christ was a forecaster of ‘good news’. Nothing has really changed!

In closing, let us quote from the ‘evangelist prophet’ some of the most inspiring passages of the bible:

Isaiah 11: 6-9
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the
bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the
lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on
the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the
cockatrice den. They shall not hurt  nor destroy in all my holy
mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea. 

Isaiah 2: 2-5
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s
house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go
and say, Come you and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house
of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His
paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears
into pruninghooks : nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come you and let us walk
in the light of the Lord.  Amen!