Pastor General Gerald Flurry wrote about a prophecy for the immediate future that awaits Britain and America in connection with what God’s people are doing:
It is a very dark time—especially for Britain and America. “Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near” (Amos 6:3). It is an “evil day,” and some of God’s people refuse to face reality. The nations of Israel will once again be thrust into captivity (Amos 9:14)—unless they repent. Israel and God’s people must wake up! (p. 3, The Lion has Roared, 2011 edition)
Who do you think is God talking to here in the prophecy by Amos?: “Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near” (Amos 6:3). Consider the article posted on the Trumpet.com website on December 30, 2014:
Is the Philadelphia Church of God putting far away the evil day? It is the same as saying that God DELAYS His coming:
“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 24:48)
It is such a very dangerous claim by God’s own Church to put far away the evil day because with such mindset, God shall then cause the seat of violence to come near! Now let us ask ourselves honestly: Is it only coincidence that after the PCG has acquired the Edstone Hall property in England last November 12, 2014, the widespread VIOLENCE in Ferguson happened just a few days after? As the PCG goes forward with its work in Edstone to delay and put far away the evil day, God shall then cause the SEAT OF VIOLENCE TO COME NEAR!
Again, what is the biggest sign there can be that the PCG is indeed putting far away the evil day? Just look at where they are focusing now – EDSTONE in Warwickshire, England!
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They have already forgotten the Jerusalem work and their regional office in Mizpah. Now such news below will not attract their interest and attention anymore:
Anyway, why bother? Everything now has been focused on Britain and GONE were the days when they were so excited about the dig in Jerusalem as a preparation for the SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. The 25 men of Ezekiel 8 have successfully achieved their goal of turning their backs on God and leading God’s people into supporting a work contrary to His will – for He has chosen Jerusalem, yet they have chosen Edstone. And who is at the forefront of this BETRAYAL? The DRUNKARDS OF EPHRAIM! They have now immersed themselves into believing, in effect, that it is better to be British than to become Jewish with their actions. Just look at the article below:
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“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith.” (1 Tim. 1:3-4, NIV)
These DRUNKARDS OF EPHRAIM (i.e., ministers who are of British descent) inside the Philadelphia Church of God have devoted themselves to “myths and endless genealogies.” With such devotion, they have promoted controversies among God’s people, one of which was the IRISH DANCE. This false doctrine which originated from the Druids has already put a BIG WEDGE among the members of the Philadelphia Church of God. As Evangelist Stephen Flurry noted in his December 2014 sermon titled, “Tip of the Iceberg,” He admonished the members in the PCG Headquarters Church in Edmond, Oklahoma about being deeply divided over the issue of the IRISH DANCE, wherein 50 percent of the membership does not agree with this type of dancing, that they are not setting a good example since they are the Headquarters Church.
One anonymous member from Edmond, Oklahoma has even noted that several of the PCG members in Edmond do not want to attend the musicals being produced in the Armstrong Auditorium. Commenting on the immaturity of a PCG Preaching Elder named Kirk Macdonald, this same member uttered:
“I’ve seen things like that here at HQs. It’s sickening! Church and the brethren should be a sanctuary. It’s not! There are so many social climbers! Even with the musicals, you should see how the actors and performers walk around at services, so much pride and vanity!“
The IRISH DANCING and musicals have produced nothing but PRIDE and VANITY among the actors and performers! For emphasis, as noticed by Stephen Flurry, it has created a BIG WEDGE among the PCG members in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Apostle Paul was right when he said that FALSE DOCTRINES such as IRISH DANCE will only “promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith.” Stephen Flurry even added another controversy on top of that “ICEBERG” sermon, he basically told his son Jude not to worry about the Sabbath while they are in the midst of an IRISH DANCE elimination round competition held supposedly on a Friday. Jude had some hesitation to proceed because he might be called to perform during a Friday sunset. Look at how Stephen has degraded spiritually that he was not even ashamed of speaking about it in his sermon!
If God’s SIGNET Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong would be alive today, will he be able to recognize God’s Church having these musicals, IRISH DANCING, and a work focused in Britain which he himself has already closed in 1974? .
Yes, the British Isles heard Christ’s gospel! But they accepted, instead, the idolatry of the Druids, pagan worship, and the counterfeit “Christianity” of the Roman Babylonian mystery religion, and even spawned the devil’s religion of the evolutionary concept. (p. 131, The United States and Britain in Prophecy, 2009 edition)
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Now what happened at the 25th year anniversary of the PCG? It’s noteworthy to look at what is written in The Last End – A Book of Remembrance:
Consider what Mr. Flurry wrote in the Royal Vision Nov-Dec 2012:
Twenty five or so years later, look what was happening in the Church. Paul wrote in Galatians 1:6; “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you.” Paul was writing to people who had been called into God’s Church and who had the Spirit of God – yet in just a short period of time, they had been turned from “the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” Verse 7 shows that there were people who were working to ‘pervert the gospel of Christ.” (pp. 1-2, The True History of God’s Church, Part 2)
Reading Galatians 1:6-7 from the Revised Standard Version, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
What does “pervert” means? In the dictionary it says: “to divert to a wrong end or purpose”; “to cause to turn aside or away from what is generally done or accepted”
Again, “to pervert” means “to divert to a wrong end” and “to cause to turn away from what is generally done.” Is the decision to have an archeological dig in Ireland a diversion to a wrong end or gospel? Or is it a cause to turn away from what is generally done in preaching the gospel?
But what again is the gospel of Christ? God’s people know that it is the soon coming Kingdom of God. And what comprises a kingdom? A ruler, a government, set of laws, subject and territory. And what territory are we talking about when we say the Kingdom of God, does it not concern Jerusalem only?
We support an archeological project in Jerusalem today, sending some of our Herbert W. Armstrong College students over there to dig in the dirt. Why? BECAUSE THE ETERNAL HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM! We are preparing for Christ’s return to Jerusalem, where He will rule with His Bride. Then for 1,000years, we will prepare for the Father’s coming to Jerusalem to rule His Family from there forever.” (p. 37, Zechariah booklet) – (ibid.)
The Eternal has chosen Jerusalem! But what has happened to God’s work there in Jerusalem? What happened to the PCG regional office in Mizpah? Who has chosen Britain and Edstone in the first place? And why Britain? Is this not a perversion of Christ’s gospel? The gospel of God involves only Jerusalem – “BECAUSE THE ETERNAL HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM!”
What do you think will God do with such a PERVERSION in Christ’s gospel?
“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 29:6)
Let us read what Mr. Flurry wrote about a prophecy concerning EARTHQUAKES and God’s Church:
Physical Earthquake Too?
Could Amos 9:1 also refer to what used to be God’s physical house in Pasadena, California—in a secondary way? GOD ONLY KNOWS, but I don’t believe we can rule out that strong possibility. Amos says: “… cut [wound would be a better word] them in the head, all of them” (Amos 9:1).
A destruction of God’s house, at what was once the headquarters of the Laodicean Church, would wound all the Laodiceans in the head, or impact their thinking in a powerful way. It is common for God’s physical temple, or house, to be destroyed when the people turn away from God. The Pasadena campus and God’s house have now been sold. Did the leadership of the WCG really talk affectionately about God’s house in Pasadena? Or was it looked upon as just another building? They specifically told the members not to call the auditorium “God’s house”! Mr. Armstrong called it God’s house most of the time.
The whole WCG building program was stopped so this house could be built to the honor of the great God! Mr. Armstrong believed the Church received a command from God to do so through the book of Haggai! This building was the most important building on the Earth to God—and to some of His people! God is deeply concerned about His Church’s attitude toward that house. It reflects their thinking toward God! Mr. Armstrong, inspired by God, repeatedly asked the WCG members to make prodigious sacrifices to build a house for God!
If the campus hadn’t sold, the WCG leaders would have destroyed the auditorium to build a housing project. They are “rich, and increased with goods” and have no need for God (Revelation 3:14-18). (pp. 29-30, The Lion Has Roared, 2011 edition)
Has the destruction of God’s house in Pasadena, California happened as previously anticipated by most of the PCG members then? Or is that prophecy directed for someone else?
The city of Laodicea in the first century was repeatedly struck by earthquakes. So God’s Laodicean saints had that problem to cope with then. And the first-century Laodicean Church was only a type of the end-time Laodiceans. Only God knows the details of what is to occur. But this much we do know: TOTAL DESTRUCTION is coming upon the Laodicean Church. (p. 31, The Lion has Roared, 2011 edition)
Again how is the city of Laodicea being known for in the first century? Again as Mr. Flurry wrote: “The city of Laodicea in the first century was REPEATEDLY STRUCK BY EARTHQUAKES!” Oh really? Is the prophecy applicable solely for California where God’s house was once situated, or is it now applicable to Oklahoma where God’s house has been built? This prophecy without a shadow of a doubt will point us to none other than OKLAHOMA where the Headquarters of the Philadelphia Church of God is located (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.
That claim of PCG being the Laodicean Church now would certainly raise eyebrows among the ministers and members alike. The members truly would not agree with such a claim. And yet it seems most likely that the very prophecy that has been proclaimed by Mr. Flurry in his Amos booklet will actually be fulfilled with God’s house in Edmond, Oklahoma – the Armstrong Auditorium! (emphasis mine in bold)
“The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1:1). This earthquake was so powerful it was labeled “the earthquake.” There was no need to say which earthquake in the time of Amos. Everybody knew what was meant when “the earthquake” was mentioned. It occurred two years after Amos prophesied and was remembered centuries afterward (Zechariah 14:5).
An earthquake is very prominent in the book of Amos. Will there be a modern-day counterpart of the earthquake that struck in the time of Amos? ONLY GOD KNOWS. But we must remember that this book is mainly prophecy for today.
“And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” (Zechariah 14:5). This is an earthquake to occur at Christ’s return. Zechariah is also an end-time book. How did the earthquake happen anciently “in the days of Uzziah king of Judah”? Josephus says Uzziah went into the temple to offer incense. This act was opposed by the priests who were appointed to do this job. The earthquake struck at this time, and a huge crack was made in the temple. God was very concerned about what happened in His physical temple. We know that God has to be far more concerned about what is happening today in His spiritual temple!
We also know that God is dealing with us spiritually today. God is not going to take lightly the rebellious changes occurring in the Laodicean churches—and in His physical house. Am I saying that what used to be God’s physical house in Pasadena is going to be destroyed? No, I am not. God only knows.
But can we rule out that possibility in view of Amos 9:1 and other verses? I don’t think so. A shaking of God’s former physical house could also shake the spiritual temple, or Laodicean Church. (p. 30, The Lion has Roared, 2011 edition)
Is it really God’s house in Pasadena that will be destroyed after TWO YEARS that God’s message has been delivered last September-October 2013 to the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma? Or is it God’s house in Edmond? As stated in the report, “Oklahoma continues to experience more earthquakes than California… The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013.” Then common sense dictates that it will be God’s house in Oklahoma that will be destroyed after TWO YEARS since God’s message about a Book of Remembrance has first been sent to the top 25 leading ministers who concocted the plan of LEAVING THE JERUSALEM WORK UNDONE!
“The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013” because it was during that time the Book of Remembrance was delivered to the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma and also the time when the last end Joshua, Evangelist Stephen Flurry was greatly affected by a Book of Remembrance message which he has read that made him looked very untidy as he deliver his Trumpet Daily message:
“There was that letter we read recently about the individual who said all these things about the original Elijah and the prophecy of the end time Elijah and he had all these ideas of how what that end time Elijah would be like, how it shake the nations and so on. And as we got into the actual history and what Jesus Himself said about the original Elijah you find that it’s very different than what that man thinks.” (Your Daily Duty, October 10, 2013, The Trumpet Daily; Time – 17:20 to 17:47)
The Book of Remembrance message that was sent last September-October 2013 to the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma has already become a witness against them! The TWO YEAR COUNTDOWN is ticking away to be fulfilled as prophesied to WOUND THEM IN THE HEAD, ALL OF THEM! The sudden spike of earthquake visits since October 2013 in Oklahoma is just a preparation for a BIG ONE that will split the Armstrong Auditorium into TWO! And it will also affect the one in Pasadena, California.
“I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.” (Amos 9:1)