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Now a few scriptures about God's Church seal in Bible prophecy. In Numbers chapter fourteen and verse twenty one, the Lord said to Moses: "But truly , as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord".

Still furthermore, God also inspired His prophet Habakkuk to write about this marvellous good news: "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14).

In Psalms eighty six and verse nine, King David was inspired to write these words about the glory of the Lord: "All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name".

Also, inspired by God, the prophet Isaiah wrote about this same good news: "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 11:9).




The golden lampstand of Zechariah chapter 4 with the two olive trees is now revealed prophecy! This prophecy about the golden lampstand also represents the true history of God's Church as the embryonic Kingdom of God, or the embryonic Zion. Still also, this prophecy shows the future birth of spiritual Zion. When Zion is born, it is also called spiritual Jerusalem. Spiritual Zion will become the literal Kingdom of God that rules the whole earth.

The two olive trees of Zechariah chapter 4 are the Two Witnesses of Revelation chapter 11. The Two Witnesses are also the two ambassadors, or two prophets, that are sent forth during the Great Tribulation as representatives of God's nation. The golden bowl represents the reviving of God's Church out of the Laodicean correction, to become God's nation, born as Zion.

"'Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children. Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?' says the Lord. 'Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?' says your God. 'Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory'" (Isaiah 66:7-11).

The seven lamps represent the seven eras of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 of the New Testament Church. The rest of the lampstand represents all of God's faithful servants from the Old Testament.



"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32). "For so the Lord has commanded us: I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47). "Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen" (Matthew 28:20).

"Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the age have come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). "To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:21). "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).



 Dear friends,

What an astounding paradox facing humanity! Today, the whole world is fearfully terrified!

Yet seemly, at a time when everything seems to be so promising, in our present progressive generation of scientific discovery and in our fields of technology, global terror is reigning and dominating the news!

Why then, does everything seem so uncertain, when it comes to human survival?

But take great comfort, there is hope! There is one absolute foundation that is certain! And, without doubt, that one firm solid foundation is sure! That sure foundation of knowledge is the Word of God!

Now comes the shocking realization, for all to understand, that there is no hope in mainstream Christianity! Many will now say, why make such an alarming statement?

Here then, is the clear reason! Although, all denominations of Christendom claim that the Bible is the sure Word of God, they will not adhere to, nor take to heart what the Bible teaches.

So, mainstream Christendom continues to cling to their own false traditions and will not let the Word of God correct them. They love their own traditions more, and refuse to believe what the Bible plainly states. They disregard what Jesus Christ plainly said, His Word would not pass away. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away"
(Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33).

Therefore, it is from the Bible, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that The Church of God can freely give, the sure lasting comfort that God's Word is unshakeable. And, the Church will reveal the clear simple understanding of what is God's will for the end time.

Henceforth, through loving devotion, God's Church has dedicated this web site to the honor and glory of the Great God!




With great joy, The Church Of God is very well pleased that this marvelous creation of internet technology has arrived! Through the creation of internet technology, God's Church can now serve all nations!

Now, with this open door, the Church is very blessed that it can present to all, the plain truth teachings of the true gospel - which is the soon-coming of the literal, ruling Kingdom of God on this earth!




Also, the Church reminds all, while visiting, to understand, this is not just another religious web site! It is uniquely different! It teaches in plain language, the straightforward truth of the Bible!

Remember, all the Bible is holy! It's main theme is built upon this simple straightforward truth. Jesus lived and taught it plainly. Notice these clear foundational words from our Savior:

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blest are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:13-14).

"Jesus answered him, 'The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these'" (Mark 12:29-31).

"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:40).

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12).

Now, always keep this in mind, when proceeding with reading and studying God's Church web site, that the spiritual keeping of the ten commandments, is the major theme of the Bible. Also, the Church will plainly state, with clarity, what God's work is today! It will warn all peoples that the approaching collapse to modern-day Babylon draws near!

Still further, it will correct all these false fables that modern-day Babylon teaches! Also, it will teach the only good news of the true gospel that Jesus Christ taught - which is the coming ruling Kingdom of God!




Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong
1892-1986

The Bible reveals he was the first of God's four end-time craftsmen. And as the first, he was sent as God's ambassador for world peace. As God's end-time builder, he visited with many heads of state. And these world leaders did recognize and respect him, by highly honoring him for his humanitarian and charitable activities. Also, they did hear his good news message - that lasting world peace will come!

Herbert W. Armstrong

Do you still remember this quote from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong?

"Has my teaching been in vain brethren -- sometimes I wonder -- I get terribly discouraged -- I don't think you get it -- I think so much Protestantism has rubbed off on you, that you just don't understand the truth when I give it to you -- and it's really Christ giving it to you through me."

All the Laodiceans in God's Church today are like the Pharisee Nicodemus. Now the Church leaders are responding the same way towards God's end-time Work. "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness'" (John 3:10-11). When John the Baptist and Jesus Christ witnessed to that generation, none of the church leaders received God's Work. And it is the same scenario right now with this end-time generation. But God is going to shake this end-time generation until all the ways of Babylon have fallen.

God's dual method is one of the seven keys for understanding the Bible. In God's master plan, the duality principle will be magnified as it is being fulfilled. After the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the Worldwide Church of God did for a short period of time, rejoice in the burning and shining lamp of his light. But not so now! The Worldwide Church of God has rejected that lamp of light. And through this rejection, it led to the great falling away, where all the people of God became deceived and fell into a spirit of slumber. In this spirit of slumbering, God would raise up His second craftsman who repents. The second craftsman then is the end-time Joshua. And he will encourage the brethren to wake up and get out of this babylon of religious confusion, and start again living by the faith of Jesus Christ.

Remember also, it is during this great falling away, that the man of sin, who is the son of perdition, will be revealed. And he will oppose the end-time Joshua through the spirit of sorcery.



Almighty God purposely sealed most of the Bible from mankind's understanding until now! For proof, just examine this pitiful religious system of modern-day Babylon. How insane!

With hundreds of different religious denominations and sects that are all mixed up. All in the state of confusion because they all disagree with what the Bible teaches. None possess the true understanding of what is the true message of the Bible. Why?

Because God told Daniel the prophet that most of the Bible would be locked up and sealed until the whole world comes to a full state of chaos. "And he said, 'Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end'" (Daniel 12:9).

Not until mankind reaches this final crisis of unprecedented global confusion and violence, can the Almighty God put an end to the close of this age of mankind's rule.

It is now open! That IS - God's door of light! Rejoice! Be jubilant! The good tidings of true freedom beacons! Liberation from the oppressive rule of Babylon has arrived!

But remember, God is truth! And God will not compromise with His truth. Nor, will God alter how it sounds.

Never forget this! It is God's truth, and it is non-negotiable. If mankind agrees, then great! Yet, to those few, who will not agree, then it will be to God, as if He never knew them anyway.

So then, God shall not have any use for anyone who alters His plain truth message. God will be against anyone who manipulates His truth, by sending it out in a way, that really does not reflect His way of life - which is plain straight talk from His Word, the Bible.

Therefore, the time is now at hand! And the truth will be plainly written and proclaimed! Yes, this captivity, imprisonment and slavery of Babylon will be removed.

Hear it or refuse! Repent or perish! Either mankind believes, hears, repents, or mankind will greatly suffer in this total fall of Babylon!

The Bible is a sharp two-edged sword! Its simple message is - either be justified or condemned! Now, the straight truth of the Bible is directed towards this so-called enlightened, progressive, and glamorous system called Babylon.

Therefore, let it be stated again , that the clear message is: come out of it, or perish in it!

"The voice said, 'Cry out!' and he said, 'What shall I cry?' 'All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:6-8).

See, the record clearly does testify that the end-time Zerubbabel did cry out the plain truth teachings of God's Word.

"But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house" (Ezekiel 3:27).

"And he said to me, 'Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:10-12).

Precisely at the right time, God opened His door of light through His end-time Zerubbabel!

"Saying with a loud voice, 'Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water" (Revelation 14:7).

But why now, and for what reason?

So, all nations can now comprehend with understanding, that the true incredible purpose for human life was manifest as a powerful witness. Open now, so all peoples of the world can see clearly the plain truth - the way the Bible has reported it!

Moreover, this good news report was written thousands of years before it ever happened. And still furthermore, it would be revealed in the most unprecedented way! The Almighty God would open and magnify it during the twentieth century.

Yes, when fully grasped, this amazing news report is truly encouraging! "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name" (Revelation 3:8).

So inspiring and uplifting is this BIG news, that it stands now, as a tremendous witness to the living power of the Great God. Also, undoubtedly now, it proves once again, that the Bible is the only source for understanding current and future news.

Therefore now, without doubt, question or reason, the Bible's news report firmly stands as the testimony. This news report plainly states, that during the twentieth century, God's greatest servant was Mr. Armstrong - not Mr. Churchill - not Mr. Roosevelt - nor any other human being.



World Leaders Respected Mr. Armstrong

                                                 
                                                 

From left to right, beginning at top are President Giri of India,
President Suharto of Indonesia, President Thieu of South Vietnam,
Prime Minister Sato of Japan and King Hussein of Jordan.


However still, the bottom line is - the mainstream news media neglected him! What a paradox! But why? Why did the news media totally fail to give this remarkable servant of God much news coverage?

And furthermore, the news media has failed to grasp, since Mr. Armstrong's death, a greater and even more profound paradox has happened. That is, The Church of God, when he was living, was God's shining door of light. It was the beautiful jewel of light that did witness to all the world, the joyous true values of how to live God's wonderful way of life. But now that beautiful door of light has diminished.


The Light Of The Philadelphian Era

        

Ambassador Auditorium       



Loma D. Armstrong Academic Center



And needless to say, as a statement of fact, three times, God's Church College received the highest award for the most beautiful and best maintained College campus in the United States of America.

Also, the clear plain truth of the matter is, many people, as well as prominent world leaders, who visited God's Headquarters Church at Pasadena, California, referred to it as the shining jewel of the city.


Ambassador Hall

        

Outside View        



Inside View


And when it comes to the reading of the written Church history, as it leads to the death of Mr. Armstrong, truly, it is fascinating and marvelous reading.

Just think of it! Never! NEVER in Church history has The Church of God ever witnessed, the true light of the true gospel, so brightly!

And thankfully, for the sake of humanity, it becomes obviously clear now (in the most unprecedented way), that the Church has, and still will, magnify God's character and culture to the world.


President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines Decorated Mr. Armstrong for Promoting the Right Way Towards World Peace


                                                 
                                                 

"So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.' And He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief" (Matthew 13: 57-58). How literally true are these words of Jesus Christ. Like most of the Jews of Christ's day were offended by Him, likewise most Americans were offended by
God's end-time Zerubbabel.


And furthermore, in early 1986, God's door of light was the beacon. It was the beacon that illustrated to all nations, the right way that leads to lasting peace and happiness.

But soon after the death of Mr. Armstrong, by the spring of 1987, before the whole world to wonder and marvel at, all the members of The Church of God, spiritually slumbered and slept. Unfortunately, during this period of time, the Church became unaware of Satan's influences, like these ten sheep in this photograph are unaware of the presence of
the subtle lion.



Like a Subtle Lion is Satan



"But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept"
(Matthew 25:5).

Like the Bible clearly reveals - people can be like sheep that can be uninformed to deadly danger. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Bible prophecy reveals that half of these ten virgins will be devoured by the lion and be as if they had never been.

King David was aware of this and was inspired to say: "Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death" (Psalms 13:3). The phrase "lest I sleep the sleep of death" refers, in the Bible, to the second death. Also David warned about what leads to the sleep of death: "The stouthearted were plundered; they have sunk into their sleep; and none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands" (Psalms 76:5).

Likewise Jeremiah also warned about the second death: "They shall roar together like lions, they shall growl like lions' whelps. In their excitement I will prepare their feasts: I will make them drunk, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep and not awake, says the Lord. I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats" (Jeremiah 51:38-40).



With the passing of more than a decade, it becomes obviously clear now, that humanity can look back with 20/20 vision, which means hindsight, and realize that the whole world has lived through this great fulfillment of one of God's major end-time signs in Bible prophecy - the prophesied great falling away.

And needless to say, the fact of the matter still is, the world has not yet grasped this. Yet the fact is, that God's Work of witnessing as a shining jewel of light was prophesied to diminish. But please, do not become dismayed, instead rejoice!



Mr Armstrong's Voice
Cries Out


         

As a Witness in Manilla, Philippines

"Brethren, you don't get it! And I've heard ministers speaking as if they never heard of that! I've said to some of them -- "I don't think our people understand that." And they say -- "Oh yes they do, Mr Armstrong" -- Oh no you don't! - Brethren, you just don't understand that!"



Very soon now, the most High God, who controls all forces, will once again, magnify His light. His light will grow brighter and brighter, all the way to Christ's return. Then, Jesus Christ will establish it permanently on this earth as the literal peaceful Kingdom of God .



Witnessed the Light of Hope to the
World Court



Mr. Armstrong sits with two Justices of the World Court, Dr. Nagendra Singh and President Manfred Lachs in the Peace Palace at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands.




Several years after John the Baptist had already been beheaded (at Herod's evil birthday party), the disciples asked
Jesus Christ about Elijah.

Remember, the disciples of Christ's day, understood the work of John the Baptist (the second Elijah), was to bear witness that Jesus Christ was the Light. Yet, Jesus Christ reveals, the work of the third Elijah was in the future and he would restore all things."Then Jesus answered and said to them, Elijah truly is coming first and will restore all things"
(Matthew 17:11).

"Restore all things" simply means the Bible. The Bible was a closed book until the time of the end. "Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, My Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end"
(Daniel 12:8-9).

Much of the Bible remained closed to understanding until the coming of the third Elijah. "The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is literate, saying, 'Read this, please'; and he says, 'I cannot, for it is sealed'. Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, 'Read this, please'; and he says, 'I am not literate' " (Isaiah 29:11-12).

In the Bible, there are four world-ruling Gentile Kingdoms revealed. These four kingdoms are also called "HORNS". The first of these horns, was the Chaldean Kingdom of King Nebuchadnezzar. Followed by the second horn - the Kingdom of Persia, often called Medo-Persia. The third horn was the Greek or Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great. The fourth horn was the Roman Kingdom. It claimed the territory of all the others and became known as the Great Roman Empire.



This Last Union of Church and State will be called "Babylon the Great"


The Head of Gold
Chaldean Empire





The Belly and Thighs
of Bronze
Greco-Macedonian Empire





The Ten Toes of Iron and
Miry Clay
Last Revival of the Roman Empire




The Chest and Arms of Silver
Persian Empire







The Legs of Iron
Roman Empire





"And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold - the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure" (Daniel 2:44-45).


"I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even for ever and ever.


"Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; and about the ten horns that were on its head, and about the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, his appearance was greater than his fellows.


"I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. Thus he said: 'The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.


"The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.


"Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him'. This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I kept the matter in my heart" (Daniel 7:15-28).





"Then I stood on the sands of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his head a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like a mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority" (Revelation 13:1-2).

This strong warning message is to the people of God and to anyone who will listen. "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury. And I heard another voice from heaven saying,'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues'" (Revelation 18:3-4).




Right now, in Europe, the last revival of this evil Roman Empire is uniting. The Word of God reveals this last revival simply as "The Beast". This Beast will be joined with the "Little Horn". The Bible labels the little horn as the great false religious system. Once again, before the whole world, this State and Religious Union will come together. This Union will be called "Babylon the Great", who has made all nations drink of her fornications.




"Then one of the seven angels who had these seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, 'Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.' So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."

"The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornications. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

"And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marvelled with great amazement" (Revelation 17:1-6).




Through the centuries, these Gentile Horns have oppressed and scattered the Children of Israel. Not until the end-time of mankind's rule, would God send His four craftsmen. These four craftsmen represent the power of God, that will establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. "Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. And I said to the angel who talked with me, 'What are these?' So he answered me, 'These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.' Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. And I said, 'What are these coming to do?' So he said, 'These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one could lift up his head; but the craftsmen are coming to terrify them, to cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it'" (Zechariah 1:18-21).

The words of Holy Scripture reveal these four craftsmen through surnamed titles.
They are Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the Two Witnesses.



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