An Open Letter to the Members of the Philadelphia Church of God

One report has claimed that Oklahoma could very well be found to be responsible for the next big California earthquake … But why would the experts even put the blame of the next big California quake to Oklahoma? Surely there could be a reason for that. If the experts can find the physical connection of the ever increasing frequency of Oklahoma quake visits to the next big California earthquake, can we discern the spiritual dimension to it, i.e., the spiritual connection of Oklahoma to California. As the ministry in the Philadelphia Church of God in Edmond, Oklahoma has always pointed their fingers to the former residence of their mother Church in Pasadena, California as being the seat of Laodiceanism, why is it that there is now a physical connection between the two in terms of earthquake visitations?

The first century Laodicea was characterized by frequent visitations of earthquakes, the same with the state of California where the headquarters of the Worldwide Church of God was once situated. But just recently, Oklahoma has now surpassed the record set in California (emphasis mine in bold):

As Oklahoma continues to experience more earthquakes than California this year, residents are questioning why regulators haven’t taken any meaningful action to guard against increased seismic activity…

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013 — by about 50 per cent — significantly increasing the chance for a damaging magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in central Oklahoma,” says the USGS report.

Source: http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/11/19/oklahoma-ignores-link-record-earthquakes-fracking-wastewater-disposal-wells

Oklahoma earthquake

Last December 14, 2014, 7 earthquakes shook Oklahoma and barely a day has passed, a weird weather occurred – SEVERE STORMS HAMMER OKLAHOMA WITH LARGE HAIL AND HEAVY RAIN! What is happening to Oklahoma?

Severe Storms Hammer Oklahoma

Actually there is a SPIRITUAL DIMENSION to what is happening in Oklahoma and it has been prophesied long ago by the prophet Isaiah:

Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust. Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly. Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.” (Isaiah 29:1-6)

On the very same day when Oklahoma was visited by 7 earthquakes, an open letter addressed to the lay membership of the Philadelphia Church of God around the world was sent initially through the email. That letter explained the ongoing situation inside a typical Church set up and its spiritual condition:

December 14, 2014 5:08

My dearly beloved Brethren in Christ,

Greetings to all brethren around the world!

I wish above all things that we will all be accounted worthy to be protected from the horrors of the intensifying  troubles during this time of Great Tribulations we’re in and even more worrisome, the great and dreadful Day of the Lord which is very near at hand.  May God give us all the enlightenment to comprehend His will for us this very time.

I am deeply concerned about the lack of information that the brethren have about what is going on in the Church and about where we are now in prophecy.  I would like to be of help by giving you some information you can refer back to when the Church becomes stricken by a very serious crisis by the start of next year, 2015!

First of all, may I briefly introduce myself.  I am a long time member of God’s Church in the Philippines.  I was baptized in the WCG in February 1974.  I was also the first one to become a member of the PCG in the Philippines in early 1993 and my family was instrumental in raising up God’s Work in this country during its small beginning.  I was ordained a deacon and then later as an LCE in the PCG.  I served in the ministry for 14 years and in my last year, I was asked by then Associate Pastor Mr. John Macdonald to relocate in Davao City as an LCE.  I was sent away from my domicile and I had to sacrifice my means of livelihood at home as well as the opportunities for employment which were opening up that time.  Despite all the sacrifices I’ve made the past several years in the service and besides being made to work “as an ox whose mouth is muzzled while treading on the corn” (1 Cor 9:9, 1 Tim 5:18), Mr. John Macdonald was unsatisfied with me and in my 14th year in the ministry, told me bluntly, “you’ve done nothing good as a minister, Nick.” He said those cutting and harsh words before brutally telling me that I will no longer be allowed to serve in the ministry anymore.  That happened in April 2011, more than 3 years ago. That in brief is a quick glimpse on one little example of how the prophesied siege of spiritual Jerusalem (Ezekiel 4) is being perpetrated by ministers of the PCG.  I don’t mean all ministers are behaving the same way, though.

I am not writing to you because of a bitter attitude towards anyone.  If I am bitter against anyone, I should have quit being a member of the PCG long time ago.  But I know that the PCG is God’s true Church and that Mr. Gerald Flurry is God’s prophet so I took all the abuse without becoming bitter about it and was always hoping God will intervene in due time.  Indeed, such intervention came recently.  Now, my concern really is to help you brethren see what’s going on in the PCG and to help you be prepared for the coming crisis in the Church by the early beginning of 2015.

My eyes have been opened up to see what’s going on in the PCG since Mr. John Macdonald came to the Philippines.  His Hitler style of leadership made a strong impression upon the people early on.  The atmosphere in any of the local congregations around the Philippines has always been tense whenever he is around.  I personally experienced his heavy handed and brusque manners all through the time he’s been over us but faithfully waited for things to change for the better.  The people in the Church here are constantly living in fear of the minister. People pretend to be happy when they are not.  Everyone is afraid of becoming part of the growing statistics of members being slaughtered spiritually like lambs being left in the wild to be pounced upon by wild animals and poachers.  We have lost so many members here.  In my incomplete list, I have about 120 which resulted to 10 out of 11 congregations in my care before, being closed now.  As members can observe, most of the people who were cast out of the Church are the very poor ones including the disabled whom the minister considered unfruitful for being unable to produce an income.

To cut a long story short, I was put out of the Church by Mr. John Macdonald only last October 31 after one of my 5 daughters in the PCG reported to him that I have been reading what she suspected as dissident materials available online.  She said she had to do it or else she will be in trouble. She was so terrified with the prospect of getting suspended because the Church here is UNDER A REIGN OF TERROR.  Because of her trepidation, she just acted rashly without even consulting with her 4 siblings in the PCG  and proceeded quickly with betraying me to Mr. Macdonald.  Now what happened to my family is an example of what the reign of terror does in splitting families apart in God’s own Church!  I pity my daughter for what happened to her and for her current situation now.  This type of incident is not an isolated event but only a typical example of what goes on in the PCG.

Now, I may be out here but I am still very much a part of the body of Christ as I continue to uphold and adhere faithfully to the teachings of “God’s signet” (HWA) and of “that prophet” (GRF).  I have no intention to join another splinter group or form my own group.  God has put me in the company of those He is using today in the Church to carry out His purpose at the last end of His indignation (Dan 8:19).

I was not cast out of the Philadelphia of Church for being an enemy who  “causes division” because I have not even spoken to any member, not even to my 5 daughters in the PCG (before I was suspended), about anything regarding my past observations and thoughts about what is actually going on in the PCG.  In fact, I would not even advise anyone to leave the PCG even if you find things that you disagree with, whatever it may be at this point in time.  You still need to support Mr. Gerald Flurry’s work of warning the whole world. But at the same time, you need to realize that God is already doing a Work through His Two Witnesses now, though in a low key and unobtrusive way yet.  The Work that they do now is about getting God’s message in the Book of Remembrance to His very elect.  Then eventually, when Mr. Gerald Flurry leaves the scene and thus brings a closure to the Laodicean Era, expect the Two Witnesses to be in the forefront of God’s Work and they will be out there to lead and usher in God’s faithful into the Place of Safety.

DEAR BRETHREN, I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT YOU AND WHERE YOU ARE HEADING.  The PCG ministry has lost its sense of urgency and has lost track of where we are in prophecy now.  Worse, they have gone off the track and leading God’s people astray.  Inspired by a false vision as indicated in Jer 4:15, coming from “A VOICE” and not “THE VOICE”, the PCG ministry is looking forward to a much longer time ahead as you can see from the fact that the HQ ministers are so excited now about building a new college in Edstone, England which “the signet” or HWA himself saw as a failure before and which prompted him to close down Bricketwood 40 years ago.  It has become obvious that they don’t mind the words and the very personal example set by GOD’s SIGNET anymore.  The 25 MINISTERS involved in the project have set up themselves as the REPLACEMENT to God’s own signet by pushing through with the false vision they saw and in the process abandoned the work in Jerusalem which God has chosen!  Moreover, they have been introducing paganism or abominations in the Church as can be observed in the developing PCG culture and symbolisms.  Besides all these, the ministry uses MIND CONTROL to keep everyone in submission to their will which is not God’s will.  And so the PCG ministry is fulfilling the prophecy in Eze. 13:10 which says,

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:

What the PCG ministry is doing now is lull you to sleep.  For an example, let’s consider the kind of activities the brethren in the Philippines are being encouraged to squander their time on.  Week after week, weekends are spent on sports activities as if developing skill in sports is a necessity to enter into the Kingdom of God!  Is that how the Church is being prepared as a Bride for her coming marriage with Jesus Christ?  Have participation in sports activities qualified anyone now even to be counted among those who will be hidden by God from the coming dreadful Day of the Lord?  Have you any idea of how short the time is before the Day of the Lord?  Do you even know that we are already inside the period of time called the Great Tribulation?  Most probably not.  You have no idea because the PCG ministry is not teaching you that.  Even if Mr. Gerald Flurry has actually said it, they don’t mind it at all and so they never speak about it in Church. They do everything to put that idea off your mind.

Mr. Gerald Flurry said in the article in this link that Ferguson is the beginnings of what the Bible terms “the great tribulation.”  Should we just ignore the words of the prophet?

Ferguson riots

(Click image to go to the Trumpet article)

HERE’S ONE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THING I WANT YOU TO REALIZE:  the fact that we’re not living in normal times anymore.  The world is already falling apart and I suppose I don’t have the space here to give you a detailed description of that anymore.   Please don’t think like we still have many years ahead of us before Christ return.  That’s the way Laodiceans in the WCG days think about the time we’re in.  They live in ease and didn’t care much about what was going on in the Church and in the world.  They easily blended with the world by losing their sense of priority and became more attached to the things of this life.  They let down on their spiritual life and as a result, they easily fall prey to deception and the great majority of them followed the lie or the strong delusion that dominated the WCG ministry.  Beware of falling into the same error brethren.  REMEMBER THAT HISTORY KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF!

How did it happen that the great majority of God’s people became part of the Great Apostasy after HWA left the scene?  How come only a meager 5% of the people followed after God while the rest went astray?  What sort of mentality did the great majority have?  Could it happen again to God’s people in the Laodicean era where we are in?  Would Satan employ the same powerful strategy he used before to deceive the great majority of the WCG membership; THAT IS BY INFILTRATING THE MINISTRY WHICH HE USES TO VERY EFFECTIVELY DECEIVE THE MEMBERS?  I hope you can learn a very critical and urgent lesson from the Church history following the demise of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.  I hope you can see here how history repeats itself so you can avoid falling into the same mistake as those who failed before us.

When HWA was taken out of the way, the “baton” was passed on to Mr. Joseph W. Tkach.  At first, he tried to win the loyalty of the membership by showing himself as an affectionate man who cares much for the brethren. But later on, his true color came out.  He and his cohorts started changing the doctrines and started introducing elements of the Babylonian mystery religion in the Church.  Sad to say, THE MEMBERS BLINDLY FOLLOWED THEIR MINISTERS AND ACCEPTED THE HERESIES THEY WERE TAUGHT WITHOUT NOTICING THAT THEIR MINISTERS WERE LEADING THEM ASTRAY.  They quickly forgot about HWA as the end time Elijah and as Zerubbabel, the SIGNET of God.  How did it happen?  How were they so quickly deceived?

Simple.  They thought that the Church and the ministers could never go wrong, that they could never go astray.  But didn’t they? Are ministers infallible? Isn’t the history of God’s Church full of instances of rebellion with the ministers themselves leading the people astray?

Ministers are not infallible.  They are humans with weaknesses and carnal nature too which Satan can exploit!  Can’t you see the carnal nature in your ministers?  Open your eyes.  Consider for example what transpired at the end of a basketball match in Church maybe a week ago( here in the Philippines.  You see, even a teen can observe a minister’s carnal nature by simply observing his behavior when playing in a Church basketball game.  We all know that a referee is the man in charge in the court, right?  He calls the shot inside the court.  But in this particular game, a call made by the referee provoked the playing minister (Kirk Macdonald) to become furious against him because it resulted in the minister’s team loosing the game by 1 point.   What did the minister do after the game?  He confronted and bullied the member (referee) in the dressing room and rebuked him sharply as if he committed a grievous sin.  He used his position as a Preaching Elder to teach the poor member a lesson to never, never mess around again with his team.  His primary concern was for his team to win and he didn’t care about setting a sterling example of sportsmanship in the game.  So that’s the kind of minister our brethren have.  A minister occupying a lofty position as a Preaching Elder who behaves like a spoiled brat!  Would you put your eternal lives on the line by letting a spoiled brat lead you?  He fits the description of a leader in Isa 3:4,

Isa 3:4-5  And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.  And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

Are PCG ministers infallible? Can’t they go wrong? Have you not seen much of the carnal nature in them instead of the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Gal 5:22-23?  This incident is just a small example, just the tip of the iceberg we might say of what you should have been observing in the PCG ministry.  I’m not saying they are all the same.  I have high regards for some of our PCG ministers who knows how to show love to God’s people.

Remember what Mr. Flurry said in his co-worker letter dated May 6, 2014 following his fainting spell on January 4, 2014?  He said that the members are looking too much to him and to the ministers which he said is not good.  What he meant really is that ministers are just puny man and they should not be looked upon like gods or idols!  We can become guilty of idolatry when we commit something like worshipping or giving our total devotion to a minister as if he is an idol.

Col 2:18  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of ANGELS, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

The word “angels” in this verse actually refers to human leaders and as indicated in Strongs, a pastor.  As the verse indicates, such a pastor maybe vain and puffed up.  His position can get into his head and thus, misuse his authority by unfairly and unjustly lambasting members for no good reason at all.  That’s the kind of leadership that Christ condemns and that’s what you have in the PCG now.

Mar 10:42-44  Jesus called his disciples and told them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers among the gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors act like tyrants over them.  That’s not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to everyone, (ISV version)

HERE’S A WARNING THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE SERIOUSLY AND WITH GREAT URGENCY!  The time is at hand when Mr. Gerald Flurry will pass from the scene.  The prophecy in Isa 22:25 about the nail in the sure place being removed is about to happen soon.

Isa 22:25  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Another scripture indicates that the “nail” will be forcefully removed. His passing away will not be by way of natural death.  As God’s word indicates, He will avenge the death of Jezreel (GRF) upon those who would plot and accomplish such a crime against God’s prophet.

Hos_1:4  And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel

The nail (GRF) is going to be removed one way or another.  And what will you do when he dies?  Who are you going to look up to for leadership?  Do you think that there will be another passing of the baton to another minister of the PCG when he dies?

HERE IS THE TRUTH YOU NEED TO REALIZE NOW!  Mr. Flurry himself proclaimed in a KOD episode which he titled, “The Unknown Prophet” (which actually pertains to “that prophet”) that he is the last prophet to warn the whole world about the Great Tribulation and the last voice to proclaim to the world about the coming return of Jesus Christ!  Being the last means there will be no more next! That means there will be no more leadership succession in the PCG when GRF dies because the Laodicean era stops right then and there. There will be no more passing of the baton.

Like giving God’s people the proper direction about who to look for when Mr. Gerald Flurry leaves the scene, GRF was inspired by God to publish his article about the TWO Witnesses in the pcog.org site just last Nov 22, 2014.  Here’s a link to it.  https://www.pcog.org/article/916/who-are-the-two-witnesses

It is as if Mr. Gerald Flurry (actually it’s God) has laid before our eyes the direction to follow when he departs soon. The article is showing us that we have tolook for and follow theTwo Witnesses to whom God has been giving an outpouring of revelations about what will be happening at the last end or the time we are in now and to have them written in a book to lead God’s people all over the world in the right path to follow.

So who would you follow for leadership when GRF dies?  Stephen Flurry who is fulfilling the prophecy about the end time Joshua?  Brad Macdonald who knows so much about Druidism and allowed it to become part of PCG culture and symbolisms?  John Macdonald whose hands are full of blood for having spiritually slaughtered so many of God’s sheep and lambs in the Philippines and other areas in his region?  Is Christ going to establish His throne in Edstone instead of Jerusalem?  Are you going to follow the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 to their bloody demise? Are you going to be there when God slaughters all those people who rebelled against Him by supporting the rebellious ministers and embracing the abominations they introduced in His Church? Satan is employing the same strategy again.  He infiltrated the ministry again!  Will you follow the men under his heavy influence?   Would you not rather follow the Two Witnesses who are being concealed and yet being used by God right now to do His marvelous Work and a wonder at this time?  You don’t have to look for guys spitting devouring fire from their mouth now! The time when God will work wonders and miracles through them will be during the Day of the Lord yet.  Before that time, they are already being used by God by receiving His revelations and putting them in a book (Book of Remembrance) and making it available to those who fear God.

Do you know what has gone wrong with the PCG?  Mr. Flurry talked about this in a KOD program wherein he spoke about the end time Joshua leading the Church astray.  Joshua and his fellows are a sign that Christ is about to return!  His great sin is leading people astray as he loses his vision of Jerusalem.  His sin is tied to forgetting Jerusalem.  Is there a high ranking minister in the PCG today who was once very enthusiastic in doing the Work in Jerusalem and who abandon that Work later in favor of following a false vision about doing another work in England and Ireland?  Who is that prominent PCG minister who very enthusiastically presented the Opening Night message about Edstone last Feast?  Now you can see the sign that Christ is about to come because Joshua is alive today and fulfilling the prophecy about losing the vision of Jerusalem.  The prophesied end time Joshua can’t apply to Mr. Tkach of the WCG because that man has long been dead.  Joshua is alive when Christ returns and there is hope that he will repent at the last minute and even receive a crown (Zec 6:10-13) in the end.

Watch this video and hear GRF speak about why God has chosen Jerusalem and about Joshua losing his vision of Jerusalem and leading the Church astray.

I must admit that I feel deeply troubled in my heart because of the way you are ignoring God’s knock on your doors (Rev 3:20).  God loves each one of you so much and He is not willing that anyone of His begotten children will perish so He’s doing everything to wake you up and direct you away from the wrong path where you are being led by the prophesied 25 men in the inner court in Ezekiel 8:16-17.  That wrong path leads to a horrific end (Eze 6:18) and it is my earnest desire and prayer that you will wake up soon enough so you won’t end up there.  Time is so short!  The Day of the Lord is hastening greatly!

I am appealing to you as God moves me to say, please, please take the time to read the Book of Remembrance.  It is an unbreakable promise from God that He will provide a Book of Remembrance for them that fear the Lord and that thought upon His name (Mal 3:16).  It is the means by which God is gathering His faithful ones and through which He’ll spare them from the horrors of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord.  It is the tool by which He will make up His jewels (Mal 3:17).  God is delivering the book to you either through the internet or through your door.

Who is the author of the Book of Remembrance?  Is it not clear from Mal 3:16 who is the real author of the book?  Would you rather look to the man whom God inspired to write the book than to God Himself who in fact authored the book.  This is the problem GRF pointed out to the whole Church through a co-worker letter after his fainting spell in January 2014.  People tend to look to puny men rather than looking up to God.

The content of the book itself will speak for the real author.  The author is not some puny man whom some would rather see first and then make a judgment about the book based on who he is!  People with this frame of mind are the ones described in Isa 33:18.  They will be the ones who will be searching in vain for the man whom God used to write the book when they find themselves left behind in the midst of a very terrifying situation during the Day of the Lord.

Isa 33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?

The Book of Remembrance is like a ticket to the Place of Safety.  Without this book, you will be at a lost when GRF leaves the scene.  You’ll be following the fate of the 95% of WCG members who followed their carnal minded ministers to their destruction.

I CAN ONLY TELL YOU TO GET TO KNOW THE BOOK FIRST, THEN YOU CAN GET TO KNOW THE TWO MEN USED BY GOD TO WRITE HIS REVELATIONS IN A BOOK REFERRED TO IN MAL 3:16 AS THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE,  IF YOU ARE AMONG THOSE WHO FEAR GOD FOR WHOM THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN.

You’ve been in the Church for so many years.  Don’t let those years of struggling against sin go to waste.  Don’t throw away the sonship that God is offering you.  Don’t let any puny man like a foolish shepherd take away your crown.  If you are a parent, HAVE PITY ON YOUR LITTLE CHILDREN! Don’t let them lose the brilliant future God wants for them. They’ll suffer the same tragic fate as you will if you make the wrong choice.  Read GRF’s article in the link below about the punishments that will be experienced by those who would continue to ignore God’s knock on their doors.

https://www.pcog.org/literature/977.3/why-god-must-punish-the-laodiceans

Read the Book of Remembrance while it may still be found.  It will no longer be available on line when the famine of the word begins.  At that time, you won’t find the book anymore no matter how hard you try to look for it.  It will be gone and your opportunity to be among those who will be protected in the Place of Safety  from the Day of the Lord will also slip from your hand.

The Last End Book of Remembrance

(Click image to download)

Brethren I love each and every one of you and it is my deepest desire that you make the right choice so we’ll see each other again where God will take us for our final preparation for our marriage to our Husband, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High.

With much agape,

Nicanor Antonio

Now PCG Philippines Preaching Elder Kirk Macdonald (son of PCG Regional Director John Macdonald) has called for an emergency camp out in Clark, Pampanga which is scheduled for December 31, 2014 up to January 1, 2015 to assess the current situation and for a damage control brought about by the effects of the email that was sent.

Related articles:

Ariel, The Altar and Lion of God

The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11

The 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9 (Part 1)

The 70 Weeks Prophecy and the Book of Remembrance (Part 2)

A Stormy Wind in God’s Fury

A Voice and the Keepers of the Field

Esteemed As The Potter’s Clay

Abomination On Top of Abomination

The 25 men of Ezekiel 8

The Secret Counsel of Men

Macdonald – Son of the World’s Ruler

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