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Excerpt form the Book The Bible Superstition or authority by HWA

*Prophecy Concerning Judah

There is one prophecy concerning the Jewish people, that they were to be invaded and conquered, driven out of their own land and would be punished for a period of 2,520 years. (See Leviticus 26:14-39 and, for a full explanation, write for our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) Now, put that together with other prophecies such as Haggai 2:20-22. Exactly 2,520 years from the time that they were invaded and the land of Palestine was given over to King Nebuchadnezzar in 604 B.C. the very nation to whom that land was deeded by God Almighty took possession of it.

 

That nation was not the Jewish people, but birthright people who descended from Abraham. The birthright means right of birth, and includes the possession of the land, that is, it includes material resources and possessions. The possession of the land that God promised to Abraham was handed on to Isaac, Abraham's son, and then to Jacob. And then Jacob, just before he died, and when his eyes were so dim with age that he couldn't see, reached out and conferred that same birthright, including the possession of the land of Palestine, not upon Judah, the father of the Jews, but upon Ephraim, and together with him his brother Manasseh, both sons of Joseph.

Joseph was one of the 12 sons of the ancient patriarch Jacob, who was renamed Israel. Usually you don't hear of any tribe of Joseph because Joseph was given a double portion. And his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, each became a tribe. And so, rather, you usually read of the tribe of Ephraim and the tribe of Manasseh. When the name Joseph is occasionally used, it includes the two tribes.

How Prophecy Was Fulfilled

Ephraim was made the chief birthright holder. And so, 2,520 years from 604 B.C. Ephraim was to take Palestine again counting 2,520 years from 604 B.C. brings us to A.D. 1917.

When it comes to translating time and getting down to an exact day of the year 2,520 years after Nebuchadnezzar came down to Jerusalem and Palestine was surrendered to him, the Bible gives us the date in terms of the Hebrew calendar. That calendar is set up according to the new moons, with every month being 30 or 29 days. Today we're living under what we call the Roman calendar or, as it was slightly altered by Pope Gregory, the Gregorian calendar. Actually, it is a pagan Roman calendar. The Roman calendar is all that most of us know because we've been born in a world that uses that calendar and no other.

A certain date according to the Hebrew calendar, will coincide with a certain date on the Roman calendar one year, but the next year will be about 11 days earlier, or maybe about 18 days later in the year, because the Hebrew calendar - sometimes called the sacred calendar, which came from God - goes according to the moon and runs in 19-year cycles. The Roman calendar by contrast was concocted by men who tried to make it come out right every year, and they've never been able to make it do that!

So, when it comes to translating a certain prophesied date recorded in the Hebrew calendar (in this case the 24th day of the 9th month - see Haggai 2:20-22) to a date in 1917 according to the Roman calendar, it takes some effort to figure. I found the Hebrew date corresponded to December 9, 1917, which was 2,520 years from the time Nebuchadnezzar accepted the formal surrender of the Jews in 604 B.C.

I looked and found that the Turks, who are gentiles even though they, in part, descend from Esau, Jacob's brother, possessed Palestine in 1917. Esau, remember, anciently possessed the birthright from Abraham through Isaac, but sold it for a bowl of red soup when he was hungry. The Turks surrendered Palestine to the British, on, what date? I had heard, and it had been published that the date was December 11, 1917. December 11, 1917, I found, on further investigation, was merely the date on which General Allenby and his army made their triumphal march into the city of Jerusalem. But it was two days before, on December 9, that the Turks made the surrender.

That prophecy was fulfilled down to the very day, December 9. And it was on the equivalent date, in 604 B.C., 2,520 years before, six centuries before the birth of Christ, that the Jews formally surrendered Jerusalem and Palestine to the gentiles from Babylon. God Almighty has been able to keep his prophecies.

(For the evidence of who the birthright people are in prophecy, see our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)

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"It can be shown conclusively that Nebuchadnezzar first ascended the Babylonian throne in the late summer of 605 B.C.E., and that his first regnal year began in the spring of 604 B.C.E. This has been proved by the harmonious and corroborative testimony of astronomical tablets, the Nabonidus Harran Stele, many thousands of dated cuneiform tablets, the supportive testimony of ancient historians, and the unanimous witness of all modern chronological scholars."

Judah's seven times of punishment must be dated from the beginning of its national captivity.  The house of Judah was taken into exile in three successive stages, with the first stage of national captivity occurring in 605 B.C.  The chronological setting of that first stage of Judah's national captivity is as follows:

 

605 B.C.  (May-June) Nebuchadnezzar, the crown-prince, fights Egyptians at Carchemish

605 B.C.  (early August) Nebuchadnezzar's victorious troops reach Egypt, capturing Jews, Phoenicians, and Syrians along the way

605 B.C.  (August 15)  Nabopolassar, Nebuchadnezzar's father, dies

605 B.C.  (late August)  Nebuchadnezzar orders Jewish captives to be conducted to Babylonia with his slower moving armoured forces, then leaves for Babylon

605 B.C.  (Sept. 7)  Nebuchadnezzar crowned king at Babylon

605 B.C. (Oct. 7)  Jews begin Nebuchadnezzar's 1st year, six months earlier than by Babylonian reckoning

604 B.C.  (April 2)  Nebuchadnezzar's 1st year begins according to Babylonian reckoning

Because the Babylonians employed a spring-to-spring calendar to count the regnal years of their kings, the period from September 7, 605 B.C. until April 2, 604 B.C. was considered Nebuchadnezzar's accession year, not his first regnal year. 

The Jews, on the other hand, employed an autumn-to-autumn calendar to count the regnal years of foreign kings.  Accordingly,  Nebuchadnezzar's 1st regnal year would have been 605/04 B.C., fall to fall.  This is also the year in which the first Jewish captives would have arrived at Babylon, their trip having begun in late August of 605 B.C.  We know from the account of Ezra that it could take four months to make the journey from Babylon to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:8-9).

Therefore,  Judah's seven times of punishment must be dated from the year 604 B.C.  This is the year which most nearly corresponds with the beginning of the Jewish exile.  It is also the year which most nearly corresponds with Nebuchadnezzar's 1st regnal year.

See Leviticus 26:24, 'seven times,' that is, 7 X 360, or 2520 years:

604 B.C. is the date of Judah's captivity, beginning under Jehoiakim.

2520 from this date end in 1917 A.D.

2520  duration of Judah's punishment

-604  B.C. punishment begins 1916  A.D.

+  1  in crossing from B.C. to A.D. 1917  A.D.

On November 2, 1917,

British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a statement of his government's support for a Jewish national home.

What was the British Mandate?

On December 9, 1917, the city of Jerusalem was delivered from the Turks by a British army under General Allenby.

 

At the center of Jerusalem's history for over a century (a white bed sheet from the American Colony was Jerusalem's flag of surrender to General Allenby's approaching British forces in 1917 

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Anna Spafford was Peter Ustinovs grandmother

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THE name Haggai means "my feast"; given, according to COCCEIUS, in anticipation of the joyous return from exile. He probably was one of the Jewish exiles (of the tribes Judah, Benjamin, and Levi) who returned under Zerubbabel, the civil head of the people, and Joshua, the high priest, 536 B.C., when Cyrus (actuated by the striking prophecies as to himself, Isaiah 44:28; 45:1 and furnished them with the necessaries for restoring the temple (2 Chronicles 36:23; Ezra 1:1; 2:2 and his successor Cambyses (called Ahasuerus in Ezra 4:6 of opposition from the Samaritans, who, when their offers of help were declined, began to try to hinder it. These at last obtained an interdict from the usurper Smerdis the Magian (called Artaxerxes in Ezra 4:7-23 became so indifferent to the work that when Darius came to the throne (521 B.C.), virtually setting aside the prohibitions of the usurper, instead of recommencing their labors, they pretended that as the prophecy of the seventy years applied to the temple as well as to the captivity in Babylon (Haggai 1:2 year of it [HENDERSON]; so that, the proper time not having yet arrived, they might devote themselves to building splendid mansions for themselves. Haggai and Zechariah were commissioned by Jehovah (Haggai 1:1 B.C., sixteen years after the return under Zerubbabel, to rouse them from their selfishness to resume the work which for fourteen years had been suspended. Haggai preceded Zechariah in the work by two months.

The dates of his four distinct prophecies are accurately given: (1) The first (Haggai 1:1-15 second year of Darius, 520 B.C., reproved the people for their apathy in allowing the temple to lie in ruins and reminded them of their ill success in everything because of their not honoring God as to His house. The result was that twenty-four days afterwards they commenced building under Zerubbabel (Haggai 1:12-15 twenty-first day of the seventh month (Haggai 2:1-9 the glory of the new temple would be greater than that of Solomon's, so that the people need not be discouraged by the inferiority in outward splendor of the new, as compared with the old temple, which had so moved to tears the elders who had remembered the old (Ezra 3:12,13 Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel had implied the same prediction, whence some had doubted whether they ought to proceed with a building so inferior to the former one; but Haggai shows wherein the superior glory was to consist, namely, in the presence of Him who is the "desire of all nations" (Haggai 2:7 the ninth month (Haggai 2:10-19 materials had been collected, and the workmen had begun to put them together, from which time forth God promises His blessing; it begins with removing their past error as to the efficacy of mere outward observances to cleanse from the taint of disobedience as to the temple building. (4) The fourth (Haggai 2:20-23 preceding, was addressed to Zerubbabel, as the representative of the theocratic people, and as having asked as to the national revolutions spoken of in the second prophecy (Haggai 2:7

The prophecies are all so brief as to suggest the supposition that they are only a summary of the original discourses. The space occupied is but three months from the first to the last.

The Jews' adversaries, on the resumption of the work under Zerubbabel, Haggai, and Zechariah, tried to set Darius against it; but that monarch confirmed Cyrus' decree and ordered all help to be given to the building of the temple (Ezra 5:3 the temple was completed in the sixth year of Darius' reign 516-515 B.C. (Ezra 6:14

The style of Haggai is consonant with his messages: pathetic in exhortation, vehement in reproofs, elevated in contemplating the glorious future. The repetition of the same phrases (for example, "saith the Lord," or "the Lord of hosts," Haggai 1:2,5,7 in one verse, Haggai 2:4 Haggai 1:14 awaken the solemn attention of the people, and to awaken them from their apathy, to which also the interrogatory form, often adopted, especially tends. Chaldaisms occur (Haggai 2:3; 2:6; 2:16 been expected in a writer who was so long in Chaldea. Parts are purely prose history; the rest is somewhat rhythmical, and observant of poetic parallelism.

Haggai is referred to in Ezra 5:1; 6:14 (Hebrews 12:26

 

 

The stones that made up the Temple were made far away from the Temple area so as a sound cut not be heard of them being formed

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Is the Church the Second Temple?

 

The Spiritual one!  The one that Christ will fill with His Glory!

We know from Lev. 26 that when God curses Israel, He withholds blessings for seven times. A prophetic time equals 360 years, a year for a day (Eze. 4:6). So seven prophetic times equal 2520 years. A long time.

In one of the most important works of this century, The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert Armstrong pointed out a few of these blessing-withholding periods. He showed us how curses of Israel and Judah ended with great national blessings!! 2520 years later. So pivotal are the fulfillment of these prophecies, that on them hangs the assertion that indeed, the English-speaking peoples are the blood descendants of Joseph, son of the man God named Israel.

Mr Armstrong spotlighted the two following prophetic events:

·         Assyria took the remainder of Israel captive from 721-718 BC. Exactly 2520 years later, in 1803, America doubled in size with the Louisiana Purchase! From a loss of territory . . . to a doubling of territory!

·         Babylon took a major part of Judah into captivity in 604 BC. Exactly 2520 years later, in 1917, The British took control of Palestine when General Allenby marched into Jerusalem! From slavery . . . to liberation from the Turks!

 

Overlooked prophetic events

Are there other fulfillments of this type (2520 years periods)  that Mr Armstrong either missed or opted not to mention?

Several things tend to show that Israel's national captivities and calamities are not just single events. Instead they are processes made up of many events.

Consider: An earlier part of Israel went into captivity way back in 736-8 BC, thirteen to sixteeen years prior to the final blow cited by Herbert Armstrong. Well, America's Constitution was born in 1787---real close to being exactly y 2520 years later! Another fulfillment? From slavery to freedom in 2520 years!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/738_BC  — King Tiglath-Pileser III of Assyria invades Israel, forcing it to pay tribute.

Does God deal with the House of Israel and with Judah separately. Well, what about Jerusalem? As we're about to see, God also deals separately with it!

If knowing the identity of prophetic Israel is the Master Key to understanding Bible prophecy, then knowing the identity of prophetic Jerusalem is the Master Key to understanding God's prophecies concerning His Church! Now, at the end of the age, the key that unlocks God's plans for His Church, and the identity of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, is (as our beloved father in the gospel used to say) Unveiled at Last! Here is Biblical duality at its finest!

What about Jerusalem's siege, capture, and destruction?

Where is the real Jerusalem today?  Gal 4:26

Consider this: 

On the tenth day of the tenth month, 587 BC (Jer. 52:4), Nebuchadnezzar and his whole army marched to Jerusalem, camped outside of it and built siege mounds and erected moveable towers all around it---Jerusalem, the city of Peace, the city of the Great King, the City of David, from whence God's law, His Word, His Truth, was intended to emanate! But God's people were failing miserably in their commission! So God cut off their supply of food!

One year and a half later, in 586 BC (v. 6), on the ninth day of the fourth month, all their bread was gone! So Jerusalem's starving men of war broke through the city wall and made a dash for it across the plain, but were caught by Nebuchadnezzar's army. The city was now compromised, and Nebuchadnezzar's army flooded in! They were invaded by unclean Gentiles!

 

Then one month later, on the tenth day of the fifth month (v. 12), came Nebuzaradan, captain of Nebuchadnezzar's body-guard.

He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.... The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen and those who had gone over to the King of Babylon. But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars...and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.... The bronze...was more than could be weighed (vv. 13-17, 20; NIV)

What a disaster! The citizens of Jerusalem lost their home and base of worship! What was left of the organized Work of God came to screeching halt! The curses for the children of Israel didn't stop with the captivity of the House of Israel or of Judah, but reached their pinnacle with the siege, plunder, and burning of Jerusalem, and the captivity of its citizens!

Jer 19:9: "I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives." This did occur during the siege of Jerusalem (Lam 4:10).

But did Jerusalem come out the other end of this disaster with blessings? Was this another of God's 2520-year blessing-withholding periods? If we do the numbers from the beginning of the siege we come to winter, 1934. What happened in Jerusalem, Israel, then? Nothing dramatic, as far as I know. But what happened in Spiritual Jerusalem? What happens when a siege is lifted? Is not the supply of bread restored to the inhabitants of the city? What happens when we look at sieges from a spiritual viewpoint?

What did our Teacher teach us? "Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God" (Math. 4:4; Amplified Bible). Spiritual bread is the Word of God! Christ is the Bread from Heaven! He is the Word of God! The Logos! The Spokesman for the God Family!

Did Jerusalem, Israel, receive the Bread from Heaven in winter 1934? No. Spiritually speaking, they never returned from slavery! Paul explains it:

Abraham had two sons, one [Ishmael] by the slave woman [Hagar] and the other [Issac] by the free woman [Sarah]....

These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant [marriage contract] is from Mount Siani [where the law was given], and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Siani in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother....

Now you, brothers, like Issac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now (Gal. 4:22, 24-26, 28-29; NIV).

Anyone under the Old Covenant, the old marriage contract, including most Jews, never came out of slavery! In fact, historically, the Jews at large (who, spiritually speaking, as Paul pointed out, are Hagar's sons) have persecuted Sarah's sons---true Christians! The Jews have consistently murdered God's prophets, God's spiritual children, including the greatest prophet of all, the Son of God Himself!

Jesus---Yeshua---testified of Jerusalem's fate when he cried "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you!... Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate---abandoned and left destitute [of God's help]" (Math. 23:37, 38; Amplified). And when he said "I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit" (Math. 21:43; Amplified). The illustration of the marriage banquet shows that the Father has rejected those Jerusalemites who reject Him, and has instead opened up citizenship in His Kingdom to anyone who will listen! "He said to his servants, the wedding [feast] is prepared, but those invited were not worthy. So go to the thoroughfares where they leave the city---where the main roads and those from the country end---and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find" (Math. 22:8-9; Amplified).

Did the Old Covenant Jews living in Jerusalem start eating the bread from Heaven, the Word, Jesus Christ, in winter, 1934? No. Who did? How about these sons of the Jerusalem that is above, Spiritual Jerusalem? Who are they? They're us! The sons of the New Covenant, the beneficiaries of the New Marriage Contract!

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire [Mount Siani, from which the Old Marriage Contract was issued]....

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven [in the Book of Life, the registry of the heavenly Jerusalem's citizens!]. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus [Yeshua] the mediator of the New Covenant [the New Marriage Contract!].... (Heb. 12:18, 22-24; NIV).

Did these citizens of heavenly Jerusalem start eating the bread from heaven, the Truth of Jesus Christ, in winter 1934?

Yes!!

Then where did this take place?

In Eugene, Oregon, when Herbert Armstrong started scattering God's Truth from a little radio station called KORE, in January, 1934!!

And when he and his wife Loma started mailing out God's Truth in the form of a crude little newsletter called The Plain Truth in February, 1934!!

Was this little effort significant?

 This was nothing less than the resumption of bread to Jerusalem 2520 long years after the Nebuchadnezzar's siege!!

Let's keep going. What happens when we do the numbers from the sacking and burning of Jerusalem in 586 BC? 2520 years later, we come to Summer, 1935. According to the HWA's Autobiography, this is precisely when his little flock established their first permanent home! That's when they secured their first church building! So now they had a new home to live in. This may be symbolic of the rebuilding of the temple, the royal palace, and all of the important buildings that were burned 2520 long years ago! Do you see? The Work God did through Herbert Armstrong and the Radio/Worldwide Church of God was nothing less than the construction of the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God, in earnest! We who were part of that Work may have been beneficiaries of the greatest Spiritual blessings ever poured out by God to any people on Earth at any time yet in history!!

Eclipsing even the huge national material blessings poured out to the citizens of America and Britain, the blood descendants of Joseph and recipients of his birthright!!

What is it worth to know the Truth of God’s great 7000 year plan? Is there anything more important?

Where else can we find the heavenly Jerusalem referred to in Scripture? How about Revelation 3? "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, 'He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens'" (v. 7). (Jesus quotes from Isa 22:22)

What is the key of David? Holding a key symbolizes authority and honor. Could the key of David be the keys to the kingdom Jesus referred to in Math. 16:19? Is the key of David the honorary "key to the city"? To the City of David?

"See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it" (v. 8). Now we were taught that an open door is an opportunity to announce the Good News of the Kingdom of God---and quite rightly so! But have we considered the other facets of this allegory? What door opened up for John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, immediately after he took dictation on these seven letters? Here's his account of it. "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice...saying, 'Come up here....' Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne" (Rev. 4:1, 2) John was given entree right into the very throne room of the Living God!!! Headquarters!!! The very nerve center of the Universe!!! Does the key of David open the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem? Is it the key to the city of David? Is it the key to the royal household? The key to the Temple of God in heaven?

Let's go further. "He who overcomes [is victorious], I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more" (v. 12). Is this a reference to never again having to suffer the indignity of disfellowshipment---being kicked out of the temple? Or having to leave for conscience's sake? Or being carried captive back into the world? Just like Nebuchanezzar carried the bronze pillars to Babylon? What are these pillars---spiritually? Paul says they're "the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and stay---the prop and support---of the Truth" (1 Tim. 3:15). Are they representative of individuals who make up the heavenly temple? That's what Jesus seems to be telling us.

Here're more promises for the victorious: "I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name" (Rev. 3:12). New Jerusalem. City of the My God. Temple of my God. All these references to Jerusalem are Jesus's way of confirming to us that indeed, in its ultimate fulfillment, this letter to the church at Philadelphia is written specifically to Herbert Armstrong and the Radio/Worldwide Church of God. The assembly of spirits that received the spiritual blessings due Jerusalem after the God's 2520-year blessing withholding period had expired!!!

I could fill a book with other references in this letter to further confirm this point to anyone who has ears to hear and eyes to see. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (v. 13). I've identified to my satisfaction four other churches. Here are the two American churches which preceded Philadelphia:

The fourth letter, to Thyatira, is to the Seventh Day Adventists and James White, husband of Ellen G. White, or as she's referred to in the Greek, "your wife Jezebel." Notice that Jesus says "I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the minds and the hearts." During the Great Tribulation, the slaughter of those in this largest organized body (millions of members worldwide) of God's people will definitely get the attention of all the churches!

Out of the Adventist movement came those who couldn't stomach the Whites' use of Ellen's dubious visions as a test of fellowship, or their attempt to gain a financial stranglehold over the movement. These saints formed the CG7. The next letter, to Sardis, is to them, just like HWA said. Another sticking point was that CG7 contingent wanted to retain the name "Church of God." So Jesus clues us in on who Sardis is by saying, "you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead." One look at the Bible Advocate will confirm that this church's zeal for doing God's Work is seriously lacking. Note that HWA came out of this church. And identified it correctly.

Remember that the original 1st-century churches of Rev. 2 & 3 were on a circular mail route. When you get to Laodicea there's only one place to go. Forward! Complete the circuit. Back to the beginning! Back to Go! Back to the drawing board. Back to the Instruction Manual. When all else fails, read the instructions! The Ephesian church is charged with Restoring the Truth. Renewing. Rebuilding the temple which lies in ruins. Those who were rich and increased with goods, who had need of nothing--including, evidently, God Himself---went off to Babylon. Haggai, Zechariah, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Ezekiel 40-48 have a lot to say about where we are now in God's Church, and where we go from here.

Here are some suggestions that I think will help us to do the best job possible for God. If we set ourselves up in lofty offices with lofty titles, God will knock us right out of them. We'll be acting just like the ministry we so deplore. We'll have stooped to their level. We'll be no better than them. Even if we know that God really has given us the keys to the kingdom, or given us special gifts and functions, most people won't believe us when we tell them. In fact they'll be furious with jealousy and do what they can to trip us up!

Instead we have to prove by our works that we are who we know we are. By our fruits. By our way of life. By how we treat others. Then God will bless our work. We serve Him, He opens the doors and supplies every need. "This is the man to whom I will look and have regard, he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at my word and reveres my commands" (Isa. 66:2; Amplified).

The letter to the Ephesian church in Rev. 2 really nails us. It's very instructive. We've hung in there. Persevered. We hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans (laity-conquerors---the corrupt ministry!). But we've left our first love! The Philadelphia love. Brotherly love. Jesus's New Commandment is to love one another. Ephesians are Philadelphians who've survived Laodicea. It's the eighth church. Eight symbolizes new beginnings, renewal, a fresh start! That's what we have! We're rebuilding the second Spiritual Temple. The first (Radio/WCG) lies in ruins. In many ways this is a Philadelphian work. But we need to realize how far we've fallen from the Philadelphian glory days, and re-ignite our passion for God! Or He'll snatch the candlestick away!

Finally, an observation regarding the Restoration Temple.

Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations regarding the temple of the Lord.... Say to the rebellious house of Israel,... 'You brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple.... Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary.... No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites....

The Levites who went far from me when Israel went astray and who wandered from me after their idols must bear the consequences of their sin.... Because they served [the people] in the presence of their idols and made the house of Israel fall into sin, therefore I have sworn with uplifted hand that they must bear the consequences of their sin, declares the sovereign Lord. They are not to come near to serve me as priests or come near any of my holy things or my most holy offerings, they must bear the shame of their detestable practices....

But the priests, who are Levites and descendants of Zadok and who faithfully carried out the duties of my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, are to come near to minister before me.... They alone are to enter my sanctuary; they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and perform my service (Ezek. 44; NIV).

What we have here are strict instructions regarding God's church from here on out. This is how he wants the Temple built.

Stay tuned for the comparisons of Mr Armstrong to Elijah

On Mt Carmel did not Elijah establish true religion co the people could worship God?

 

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