There are several so-called Bible scholars who thinks that they know everything there is when it comes to prophecy. Even ministers of God’s true Church, the Philadelphia Church of God thought that they already know all things. Do they? Before we proceed with the answer, let us consider first HOW TO UNDERSTAND PROPHECY:
“BIBLICAL prophecy has perplexed millions! Many hundreds of volumes have been written – articles, leaflets, tracts printed – thousands of sermons have been preached – all about Biblical prophecy!
And yet – look at all the confusion!
Many believe ALL the prophecies were merely the pronouncements of wild-eyed fanatics carried away with visions of doom. Still others believe the prophecies are confined to the Old Testament, and are all done away.
Still others preach that MOST Biblical prophecy is for our day – now!
What is the truth?
What Is Prophecy?
The Hebrew word for prophet, navi, means “one who announces or brings a message from God.” The word “prophet” in the English language means essentially the same thing – “one who speaks by divine inspiration as the interpreter or spokesman of God,” whether it be a message of duty and warning, or a prediction of future events. A prophet is one who speaks for God; hence, the prefix pro (from the Greek language – from which our word prophet is derived) which means “for” and “before.” So that a prophet is one who speaks for God,or one who tells before – one who predicts, foretells, prophesies.
Many people falsely assume all prophecies are dire foretellings of catastrophic events, of the wrathful vengeance of a harsh God who is about to descend with terrible fury upon His hapless subjects here below!
This is FAR from the truth! Many of the prophecies foretell a time of peace, of happiness, of restoration, of joy, of great prosperity and physical wealth for those who are serving God. (Request our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow – What It Will Be Like for a detailed description of these remarkable prophecies of peace and prosperity.)
Many prophecies foretell, in advance, certain events which are to happen, the rise and fall of nations, the course of world affairs! Prophecy is a chronicle of the great PLAN God is working out here below! It describes this plan in detail, showing how God knows it will work out, according to human nature, together with other special interventions of God.
Prophecy is HISTORY written in advance! (pp. 3-4, How To Understand Prophecy)
With this in mind, “prophecy being HISTORY written in advance,” let us ask ourselves then, have we really learned our lessons about history? Or have we fallen into a “history repeating itself” predicament? Even one of the most well-known German historicist philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was quoted as saying: “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” Could it really be true?
How often have we heard that “history repeats itself”? It does—time and time again. The Bible contains many prophetic books, including what are classified as the “major” and “minor” prophets. There also are “former prophets” in the Bible—comprised of Joshua, Judges, I and II Kings and I and II Samuel. These books are mostly about the history of Israel, but they are called former prophets for a reason. They were written by prophets and are filled with end-time prophecy. If we live the same lifestyles our forefathers did, we will attain virtually the same results—good or bad. History becomes prophecy. Not all prophecy is history. But a lot of history becomes prophecy. History prophesies the fate of nations, whether they will thrive or collapse! This is “a law of history.” It’s not about luck or happenstance. It is a law of history. If we break that law, the law breaks us! (p. 3, The Former Prophets – God’s Royal Family)
As Mr. Hegel said that our human proclivity is that we NEVER really learn from history, now does it mean that if we do not learn from history, we also don’t learn and understand Bible prophecy? Just as Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote that history becomes prophecy and that if we break the law of history, the law will eventually break us. Now let us apply that same principle in a prophecy that actually became a part of recorded history which NO ONE in God’s Church in this last end has actually considered – the history and prophecy about Cyrus the Great.
Prophecy is DUAL! Notice the theme of duality running throughout the Bible. There was the first man Adam, and the second Adam, who was Christ (I Cor. 15:45-47). There is the Old Testament, and the New Testament. There was the old Jerusalem and a new heavenly Jerusalem. (pp. 11-12, How To Understand Prophecy)
As Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong taught us that there is DUALITY in the fulfillment of Bible prophecies, could the prophecy about Cyrus just plain history or could it have a dual fulfillment in this end time as well? Well, the answer is quite simple, it does have a duality!
One of the most astounding things in the book of Chronicles is its conclusion. Chronicles is the last book in the Hebrew Bible and appears to be the last book that was written. We must remember that the book of Ezra/Nehemiah (originally one book) had been written several years before. Notice that Ezra did something quite strange: He ended Chronicles with the same words that begin the book of Ezra!… Then, Ezra concludes the book of Chronicles in verses 22-23 with these words: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.”
Compare those last two verses of 2 Chronicles with the first three verses of the book of Ezra. 2 Chronicles is supposed to be at the end of the Old Testament, but translators placed it elsewhere. Carnal men do things their own way—and that is why their spiritual understanding is so limited. But those men could see that the end of Chronicles points to the beginning of Ezra/Nehemiah. Why would Ezra conclude Chronicles this way? Why would he write about the genealogy from Adam, then this overview from King David down to the Babylonian captivity, then the return and building up of the ruins of the temple and the wall, and finally end it with the first verses of Ezra/Nehemiah, a book written much earlier? This puzzles the commentaries. For some reason, as he finished the last book of the Old Testament, Ezra wanted to tie Chronicles to Ezra/Nehemiah. What was he trying to do? The answer revolves around the message of Ezra/Nehemiah: raising up the ruins. This is some amazing new revelation from God. And I believe with all my heart it could only come from Jesus Christ, our Head! Christ is the Head of only one Church on this Earth…
Those last two verses in 2 Chronicles show Cyrus, the king of Persia, issuing a decree that the Jews should return to Jerusalem to build a house for God. Jeremiah had prophesied about Cyrus’s birth and reign years before it even happened, and he prophesied that after 70 years the Jews would return to raise the ruins (e.g. Jeremiah 25:12; 29:10).
We ought to look to Cyrus in a special way. God stirred him up to do a job. Twenty-five hundred years later, the Shah of Iran celebrated this great Persian king. He commissioned several crystal candelabras to adorn the royal tent where the celebrations were held, two of which the pcg has since purchased and placed in Armstrong Auditorium, a house dedicated to the God who prophesied about Cyrus. (pp. 48-49, The Book of Chronicles)
Now let us be truthful and ask ourselves: Why do you think God inspired Ezra to conclude the last book of the Old Testament, Chronicles and tie it up to the introduction of Ezra/Nehemiah which spoke about a CYRUS WORK? The answer is quite clear: God is telling us emphatically that He is also concluding His LAST END Work with a CYRUS WORK that deals with bringing the spiritual Jews back to Jerusalem to PREPARE for its King and to build God’s spiritual house which is being destroyed by the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 by introducing the Edstone work . How can we find this LAST END CYRUS Work?
Consider this amazing facts: The second 1,150 days fulfillment of the vision of the 2,300 evenings and the mornings of Daniel 8 has started on September 5, 2010 when God’s house in Edmond, Oklahoma, the Armstrong Auditorium was inaugurated. Featured on the ground floor lobby are the two 7-foot candelabras that were commissioned by the Shah of Iran in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500-year founding anniversary of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.
If you count 1,150 days from that September 5, 2010 grand opening of the Armstrong Auditorium, you will arrive at October 29, 2013 – the time the LAST END BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE website was launched and the time we began sending initial emails to the members of the Philadelphia Church of God. But what is so significant about this October 29 date?
Cyrus the Great Day or Cyrus Day, October 29 (7th of Aban) is the anniversary of the entrance of Cyrus into Babylon. It is named the day of Cyrus The Great by “Save Pasargard” Institute, but is not registered in any national or international calendar. Cyrus the Great was the first King of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder. In October 539 BCE, the Persian king Cyrus took Babylon, the ancient capital of an oriental empire covering modern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. Several texts describe this event. In the Nabonidus Chronicle, for instance, is written that in the month of Arahsamna, the third day (29 October), Cyrus entered Babylon.
Why is it that this STRANGE WORK of God is being directly associated to Cyrus the Great? Is it just by any means a mere coincidence or a specific fulfillment of God’s prophecy for this last end? What is Mr. Gerald Flurry’s view on this subject?
“God’s gonna use, I believe, there’s certain symbolism there to tell us, He’s gonna use carnal minded men to help this work done. If that’s what we need, we’ll get the help. If it’s like building God’s house or doing this work, God will give us the help, even if He has to take a carnal minded man and anoint him – He’ll do it because He already said He’s gonna do it, ‘I will raise up the ruins as in the days of old’. God forbid that we should not believe that! God forbid.” (The Tree of Life and God’s House, September 4, 2004 sermon transcript)
Notice carefully the date that sermon was given – September 4, 2004. Mr. Flurry gave that sermon exactly ONE DAY BEFORE his wife, Barbara Flurry died on September 5, 2004 due to her congestive heart failure! Coincidence? NO! Providential? YES! God is going to use Gentiles, i.e., a Cyrus type of work in the context of a woman or Church (symbolized by Mrs. Flurry) who is about to die because of the sickness of her heart. That is how urgent this last end work is because people in the Philadelphia Church of God are about to lose their eternal lives!
Cyrus and The Last End Book of Remembrance
As Mr. Gerald Flurry said that God is going to use carnal minded men to help His work done just like what he did when he raised up King Cyrus then. Mr. Flurry further emphasized, “God forbid that we should not believe that! God forbid.” Do we believe that there’s a prophecy about a type of Cyrus, that is, its dual fulfillment in this last end? We must remember what Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong used to tell us that prophecies are usually DUAL in its fulfillment, so same goes with a type of Cyrus in this last end.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,” (Isaiah 46:9)
This verse pertains to a certain act of “remembering the former things of old” which in this case, pointing us to a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46:10)
The word “declaring” in Strong’s Concordance comes from the Hebrew word “nagad” (H5046) which means “to manifest, to announce, to expose, to explain”; while in Brown–Driver–Briggs (BDB) it is defined this way: “to be conspicuous, to make known, to expound, to publish” “Declaring the END” could mean, to manifest the END, to announce the END, to expose the END, to explain the END, to make known the END, to expound the END, to PUBLISH the END. Verse 10 of “declaring the END”, is specifically being fulfilled with the prophecies contained in THE LAST END being PUBLISHED to be conspicuous. Conspicuous in the dictionary means:
- Easy to notice; obvious:
- Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable.
Have you noticed something obvious that has been published about REMEMBERING the former things of old and explaining the END from the beginning? Verses 9 through 10 is actually a speaking of God’s prophecy about “The Last End – A Book of Remembrance“! Now take a closer look at the next verse which points us to a LAST END fulfillment of Cyrus:
“Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11)
This CYRUS has been called by God specifically during THE LAST END in the context of a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE as stated in verses 9 through 10! And where can we find this spiritual Cyrus? “From the EAST, the man that executes God’s counsel from a FAR COUNTRY”! The description “FAR COUNTRY” is being directly associated to the EAST, which actually means a COUNTRY in the FAR EAST as we can easily prove.
Far East, Middle East, Near East The term Far East usually refers to East Asia, including Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. It sometimes includes the Philippines, Indonesia, and the other Oceanic countries, and it sometimes includes eastern Russia and the Indian subcontinent. The Near East is the eastern Mediterranean region once dominated by the Ottoman Empire. Middle East—the newest of the three terms—originally referred to everything between the other two Easts (Mesopotamia to Burma), but it now usually denotes the Near East in addition to Afghanistan, Iran, and the Arabian peninsula. All three terms are vague, and their Eurocentrism makes them easy to criticize. Dropping them from the language would be a no-brainer if they weren’t so widely used. Plus, many of the alternatives are even worse (except East Asia, which has gained ground in place of Far East). So Middle East (sometimes shortened to Mideast) and Far East are still deeply entrenched in the language and are used across the English-speaking world. Near East is obsolescent, however, as our modern definition of Middle East covers much of what used to be considered the Near East.
FAR EAST – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_East
“Therefore in the EAST give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, IN THE ISLANDS OF THE SEA.” (Isaiah 24:15 NIV)
The first Cyrus came from Persia which is now called Iran and it is located in the East i.e., the Near East or the Middle East.
Cyrus the Great figures in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) as the patron and deliverer of the Jews. It appears that Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, was the monarch under whom the captivity of the Jews ended, for in the first year of his reign he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt and that such Jews as cared to might return to their land for this purpose. Moreover, he showed his interest in the project by sending back with them the sacred vessels which had been taken from the First Temple. The territory of King Cyrus during his time was called Persia, in the East. Today, in this modern times, Persia is called Iran, and the East is called the Near East or the Middle East. Source: from Wikipedia
A final fulfillment of Cyrus will come from a “far country” as described in Isaiah 46 which is being referenced from the “East,” specifically the FAR EAST! And this FAR COUNTRY in the EAST is none other than the PHILIPPINES! Cyrus the Great has lived before the appearance of Jesus Christ in the flesh (physical). During his time, Cyrus fulfilled the physical aspect of Isaiah 46:11 prophecy, which is the preparation for the physical appearance or the first coming of the physical human Jesus Christ. Now, since Cyrus the Great is already dead, therefore, he cannot accomplish the final fulfillment of the Isaiah 46:11 prophecy, which is to be fulfilled specifically during this LAST END just before the glorious return of the King of kings Jesus Christ in His full spiritual power.
ISAIAH 46:11 PROPHECY HAS A DUAL FULFILLMENT: one is PHYSICAL and the other being SPIRITUAL
1. THE PHYSICAL ASPECT: “A RAVENOUS BIRD FROM THE EAST” The physical aspect of Isaiah 46:11 was fulfilled in the time of King Cyrus of Persia (now called Iran). Even the flag that he used has a symbol of a golden eagle with its wings outspread. This is the first part of Isaiah 46:11, as written: “a ravenous bird from the East.” Thus, the physical side of God’s Counsel was revealed to King Cyrus of the “East,” and was fulfilled by him. This revelation of the physical aspect to King Cyrus was in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ as the physical SON OF MAN in the flesh.
2. THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT: “THE MAN THAT EXECUTE MY COUNSEL FROM A FAR COUNTRY.” The most exciting part of Isaiah 46:11 prophecy is this 2nd part of the verse, which is the spiritual aspect. This spiritual part is to be fulfilled specifically in this LAST END, with the Philippines as the new focal point in receiving NEW REVELATIONS from our Heavenly Father. Believe it or not, a Filipino from the FAR EAST is the new Cyrus during this LAST END (Isaiah 42:9, 43:19)! God has planned all of these things in preparation for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, as the SON OF GOD in Spirit, even as the KING of kings, and the LORD of Lords! There must be a spiritual Cyrus type man living today in this last end to fulfill Isaiah 46:10-11. And as revealed in several scriptures, this “country from the FAR EAST” is clearly identified as the PHILIPPINES (Isaiah 46:11, 65:1, 45:6, 24:15, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Malachi 1:11).
So, the answer to the question, “WHO IS THE RAVENOUS BIRD” in Isaiah 46:11 does not refer to the first physical Cyrus but to a spiritual type in this LAST END in the context of a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. Cyrus the Great was just a type of this LAST END spiritual Cyrus.
Whether we like it or not this “RAVENOUS BIRD” is a Gentile that hails from the Philippines — the “Far Country” from the “East.” This Gentile also possesses the characteristics of a ravenous bird. The first physical Cyrus was instrumental in the physical preparation for the rebuilding of the physical temple in physical Jerusalem where Jesus Christ as the physical SON OF MAN in the flesh came the first time; while its last end counterpart, this spiritual Cyrus is currently involved in the spiritual preparation for the rebuilding of the spiritual temple in spiritual Jerusalem where Jesus Christ, as the SON OF GOD in spiritual glory, even as the KING of Kings, and the LORD of Lords shall finally come and return to.
“God’s gonna use, I believe, there’s certain symbolism there to tell us, He’s gonna use carnal minded men to help this work done. If that’s what we need, we’ll get the help. If it’s like building God’s house or doing this work, God will give us the help, even if He has to take a carnal minded man and anoint him – He’ll do it because He already said He’s gonna do it, ‘I will raise up the ruins as in the days of old’. God forbid that we should not believe that! God forbid.” (The Tree of Life and God’s House, September 4, 2004 sermon transcript)
Could it be a far-fetched idea that God can use Gentiles to help finish His Work or even be instrumental in saving His people? Just consider a RIGHTEOUS GENTILE from the FAR EAST who planned to save 10,000 European Jews from the Holocaust. The Philippines became the PLACE OF SAFETY for the fleeing Jews back then. Will you believe it? As Mr. Flurry said, “God forbid that we should not believe that! God forbid.”
“Listen to me, you stubborn people who are so far from doing right. For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and show my glory to Israel. (Isaiah 46:12-13, NLT)
Thou Must Prophesy Again Before… KINGS
“And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)
The word “peoples” is transliterated in the Greek as “laos” (G2992) while the word “Laodicean” in Revelation 3:14 is from “Laodikeus” (G2994), which indicates as Mr. Gerald Flurry explained in one of his sermons that this specific prophecy pertained to the phase of God’s work warning the Laodiceans for seven years with the little book, Malachi’s Message. (Ezekiel 3:15; Revelation 10:2, 9-10)
While as for the next phase of the work, it was focused on acquiring the book of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, Mystery of the Ages and giving it to the LARGEST AUDIENCE POSSIBLE – to “nations, and tongues.” Mr. Flurry then decided to print and distribute the book explaining the mystery of God which ought to be finished that resulted to a grueling six-year court battle between the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God over the copyright issue. (Revelation 10:7)
What’s the next phase of God’s work? On Oct. 18, 2006, Stephen Flurry accompanied the Herbert W. Armstrong College students to not only excavate King David’s palace, but also to revive Mr. Armstrong’s legacy which according to Mr. Gerald Flurry is a fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah – “say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9) Stephen even wrote an article in the Trumpet magazine about the Jerusalem dig being a PREPARATION for the KING of kings, Jesus Christ. He even emphasized that “THE JERUSALEM EXCAVATIONS WILL CONTINUE RIGHT ON INTO THE MILLENNIUM.” (p. 9, The Philadelphia Trumpet, May 2007 issue)
The KINGS being mentioned in verse 11 of Revelation chapter 10 actually refer to those who do God’s Work. How can we be so sure? Consider Revelation 11:1 and there should be no chapter break here, which means that the thought in the previous verse pertaining to the KINGS will have to be people inside God’s Church.
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod:and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”
Are God’s people really the KINGS being mentioned in verse 11 whom the prophecy should be directed to and NOT to the kings of this world, NOT even the queen of Britain? Can it really be true?
“And hath made us KINGS and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:6)
In God’s eyes we are already KINGS and priests. As we have also been warned in Revelation 3:11,
“Behold, I come quickly:hold that fast which thou hast, that NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN.”
Apparently, many of God’s people are losing their crowns, that’s why God’s warning has to be delivered to those KINGS in God’s Church. God is not that much concerned with the kings of this world. What He is more concerned about are the KINGS in embryo, for how can the prophecy in Revelation 17:14 happen?
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them:for he is Lord of lords, and King of KINGS: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
Who are these KINGS being mentioned here? It’s none other than the KINGS inside God’s Church! (Revelation 19:16) How can Jesus Christ become the King of KINGS if the CROWNS of those supposed to be occupying the positions as KINGS are being taken from them by the 25 men of Ezekiel 8?
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod:and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Revelation 11:1)
That is the reason why God inspired the word “RISE” from the Greek word “egeirō”
Probably akin to the base of G58 (through the idea of collectingone’s faculties); to waken (transitively or intransitively), that is, rouse (literally from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence): – awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-) rise (again, up), stand, take up.
Mr. Gerald Flurry is being admonished to WAKE UP, to ROUSE FROM SLEEP to measure God’s Church, the ministry and the members. He was given the rod or God’s government to do it just like what Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong did when he was alive. Mr. Armstrong always looked inside God’s Church and he admonished and warned the ministry and the members ALWAYS!
The Two Witnesses: Shatters the Power of the Holy People
“Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” (Daniel 12:5-7)
“Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other TWO” – those TWO refer to the two witnesses and their job is to “scatter (or shatter) the power of the holy people” which is God’s Church – the Philadelphia Church of God because their CROWNS being God’s KINGS are being taken away from them. And how is the shattering of their power being done today? Through God’s BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE! But are we really sure that this prophecy is directed to the PCG?
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)
Are there any COG groups that can fit the description who “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony (or prophecy) of Jesus Christ” thus making them the “holy people” being described by the prophet Daniel? Why does God sent the two witnesses to shatter the power of the holy people? Because Satan the devil is fuming mad against God’s Church and he went to make WAR with her.
The word “war” comes from the Greek word “polēmos” (G4171) in Strong’s Concordance:
From pelomai (to bustle); warfare (literally or figuratively; a single encounter or a series): – battle, fight, war.
In the dictionary here is the meaning of BUSTLE –
- : to have a lot of busy activity
- : to move briskly and often ostentatiously
- : an unnecessary display of wealth, knowledge, etc., that is done to attract attention, admiration, or envy
1 excessive display : pretentiousness
2 archaic : an act of displaying
Look at what Satan had done, he was able to saturate God’s people with so much activity making themselves SO BUSY that they don’t have the time anymore to study their Bibles, even to fast and meditate on the NEW UNDERSTANDING about the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. Look at Christ’s own words as He uttered a warning to God’s people for our generation.
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21:34-35)
Satan was able to successfully creep inside God’s Church because of the vanity of the drunkards of Ephraim when they chose Edstone over Jerusalem (Zechariah 3:1-2, 8) in order “to attract attention, admiration, or envy” among the other Church of God groups. Edstone as defined by Mr. Gerald Flurry means, “a rich, blessed or prosperous ruler.”
Add to that the excessive display of pretentiousness through the several musical plays with Irish dancing at the helm (Jeremiah the Musical, David the Musical, Isaiah the Musical, The Morning Star Musical)
“And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 3:10)
Again Judah in this prophecy is actually the Philadelphia Church of God. The word “feign” in the dictionary means:
- to pretend to feel or be affected by (something)
- pretend, dissemble
- 1 a: to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression b: to assert as if true : pretend
- 2 a: invent, imagine b: to give fictional representation to
- 3 obsolete: disguise, conceal
As the PCG wants an EXCESSIVE DISPLAY of wealth and knowledge to “attract attention, admiration, or envy among the other Church of God groups with Edstone, and with several musicals, God has a strange act in mind to correct the situation – He intends to HIDE His power so as NOT to attract that much attention (Habakkuk 3:4). And He chose His witnesses to be cloth in humility and austerity – the very opposite of what the PCG is currently doing.
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Notice that the word “power” is in italics, therefore it is not in the original Greek texts, so if we will consider the other meaning of the word “give”:
“And I will bring forth my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth
Why will God bring forth His witnesses? Again, because “there was the hiding of His power” (Habakkuk 3:4). Even the word “sackcloth” indicates a concealment (emphasis mine in bold).
Thayer Definition: sakkos – garment like material, and clinging to the person like a sack, which was wont (accustomed) to be worn (or drawn over the tunic instead of the cloak or mantle) by mourners, penitents, suppliants and also by those who like Hebrew prophets, lead an austere life.
Austere in the dictionary means:
- Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
- without excess, luxury, or ease: an austere life.
- without ornament or adornment; severely simple:
- severely simple or plain:
Therefore, the two witnesses are to be clothed in severe simplicity; without excess, luxury, or ease; without ornament or adornment. Compare that with what Mr. Flurry wrote:
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” (Revelation 11:3). Here are two witnesses clothed in sackcloth. I have no idea who they’re going to be, but I know they will be two very humble men, and one of them will be in charge. If God sent two of these “senior evangelists,” they would be fighting over who was to be in charge! What do you do with a government like that? It fails every time! (p. 71, Unveiled at Last: The Royal Book of Revelation)
How do we do God’s Work? “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). It is a hard lesson for men to learn that God’s Work is done not by high-ranking evangelists or money, but by God’s Holy Spirit! God’s Holy Spirit flows through the two witnesses.
People in God’s Church have been thinking who those two witnesses are and what is their job description.
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and NEW THINGS DO I DECLARE: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isaiah 42:9)
Do we really know why there is a need for PROPHECY?
Why Was Prophecy Written? God inspired his Prophet Amos to tell us, “The Lord Eternal never does anything without telling his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, Moffatt translation). Before God intervenes in the affairs of a nation, or the world, He first sends His servants to warn those who will be directly affected by what He intends to do. Why does He do this? To give them a chance to CHANGE their ways – to REPENT of their sins – so that the prophesied calamity need not come to pass. God is absolutely fair, just and righteous. He sends a WARNING, and gives people a chance to repent. The purpose of prophecy, therefore, is threefold. First, it is given in love to encourage people to repent of their sins so they can escape punishment. Second, it is given for those who don’t repent at first, so that when their punishment comes, they will then acknowledge their sins and repent toward the God who will then deliver and rescue them! (Deut. 4:25-31.) Third, it announces in advance the coming Kingdom of God, the wonderful world tomorrow – a time of the restoration of this earth to a condition of prosperity, peace and abundant well-being. (p. 6, How to Understand Prophecy)
God gives prophecy because of His AGAPE (LOVE). Now what could be this NEW THING that God has to declare in the context of His love? Let us consider Isaiah 45:1-2;
“Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
Look closely at this prophecy, there are actually TWO entities being addressed here:
- To His anointed; and
- To Cyrus
How can we be so sure? Look closely at verse 4 and begin to decipher the coded message contained therein:
“For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” (Isaiah 45:4)
Who is Jacob being mentioned here? And who is Israel? These are God’s anointed – the two witnesses which are hidden in those names!
“One shall say, I am the Lord‘s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:5)
And God called a last end Cyrus for their SAKE! The word “sake” in verse 4 is defined in Strong’s Concordance this way:
From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that: – because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to, . . . ‘s sake), + lest, that, to.
What is Jacob’s and Israel’s PURPOSE? What is their INTENT? The two witnesses are the men behind The Last End – A Book of Remembrance, and yet they are to be concealed – clothed in sackcloth, the reason God called a LAST END Cyrus by name to help fulfill Jacob’s and Israel’s purpose.
“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” (Isaiah 45:15)
One of the two witnesses “call himself by the name of Jacob.” What does the name “Jacob” implies in this verse? Jacob means “a supplanter.” “Supplant” in the dictionary means: to take the place of someone; to take the place of and serve as a substitute. Remember that Jacob took the place or the identity of his brother Esau (Edom) to claim the birthright blessings of a firstborn from their father Isaac which the latter sold to the former for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:30-34); The same way that the identity of Phinehas has been taken to do just the same – to claim the birthright blessings (of Jerusalem) which the spiritual Edomites in the PCG sold for a bowl of soup (Edstone). While the other witness has “surname himself by the name of Israel.” And God calls Jacob and Israel His witnesses!
“Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)
Those two witnesses are just ordinary people in God’s Church which God has formed for a special purpose – to show forth His praise through a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE – and that is how they shall be justified!
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.” (Isaiah 43:21-26)
Now here is a very awe inspiring truth that NO ONE in God’s Church can refute: On October 29, 2014, exactly one year after the first year anniversary of the 2nd 1,150 day fulfillment of the vision of the 2,300 evenings and the mornings of Daniel 8, coincided with the annual celebration of Cyrus the Great Day:
This Day In History: October 29, 539 B.C.E. On October 29, 539 B.C.E., Cyrus the Great, King of Persia, entered the city of Babylon and proclaimed himself “King of Babylon, King of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four corners of the world.” He came bearing the Cyrus Cylinder, the first Charter of Human Rights, which he placed under the walls of Babylon. Cyrus was not your typical conqueror. The vast Persian Empire he created was a primitive form of federalism where each state had absolute autonomy. Cultural differences were respected and Cyrus did not interfere with local customs, religions, laws and dialects. Considering his territory spanned three continents and included 25 nations, Cyrus proved he was not only benevolent, but also wise. Unlike many of the rulers that came before (and after) him, Cyrus set very high standards fro himself. He believed that no man was fit to be king unless he was the most capable among those he intended to rule. When his men fought, he fought alongside them. He was reasonable, intelligent, and felt no compulsion to wrap himself in a cloak of majesty. The Persians called him “Father.” The Jews, who were exiled in Babylon until Cyrus came to town and freed them, praised him as “The Lord’s anointed.” Even the Greeks, the ancient enemies of the Persians, regarded Cyrus as “A worthy ruler and lawgiver.” So why was Cyrus so revered and genuinely loved by those he ruled? It’s not hard to fathom when you imagine him speaking these words to the citizens of Babylon the day he entered the city:
Now that I put the crown of kingdom of Persia I announce that I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire and never let any of my governors and subordinates look down on or insult them. I will impose my monarchy on no nation. Each is free to accept it, and if any one of them rejects it, I never resolve on war to reign. I will never let anyone oppress any others, and if it occurs, I will take his or her right back and penalize the oppressor. I will never let anyone take possession of movable and landed properties of the others by force or without compensation. Until I am alive, I prevent unpaid, forced labor. Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate other’s rights. No one can be penalized for his or her relatives’ faults. I prevent slavery and my governors and subordinates are obliged to prohibit exchanging men and women as slaves within their own ruling domains. Such a tradition should be exterminated the world over…
On Cyrus the Great Day, that very day, the office of the spiritual Cyrus has been lifted up in the wilderness as God’s shepherd, which implies that this prophecy is being fulfilled by a MINISTER of God in this LAST END in the context of a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE (Isaiah 46:9-11).
“That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.” (Isaiah 44:28)
“I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 45:13)
So this specific prophecy is NOT referring to the first fulfillment of the physical Cyrus for he is not a shepherd or a minister to begin with. This last end Gentile spiritual Cyrus from the FAR EAST together with the two witnesses has been commissioned to tread under foot spiritual Jerusalem (Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma)
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Revelation 11:1-3)
This prophecy is very much the same as what has been written in Daniel chapter 12:
“Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” (vv. 5-7)
Many of God’s people around the world are wondering about this STRANGE WORK of God in this LAST END. They said, “This group of people behind the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE believe that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong is the end-time Elijah who restored all things.” “They also believe that Mr. Gerald R. Flurry is That Prophet.” Yet almost everyone inside God’s Church cannot reconcile why we are prophesying against the Philadelphia Church of God and their top 25 leading ministers who turned their backs on God. We are NOT here to destroy God’s Church, we are commissioned by our Heavenly Father to SHATTER THE POWER OF THE HOLY PEOPLE. The word “POWER” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean “MINISTRY” – thus, we are here to SHATTER THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY PEOPLE, and that is, the 25 men of Ezekiel 8.
God’s Strange Work
God will be glorified in the accomplishment of his counsels, Isa 28:21. When God comes to contend with these scorners, First, He will do his work, and bring to pass his act, he will work for his own honour and glory, according to his own purpose; the work shall appear to all that see it to be the work of God as the righteous Judge of the earth. Secondly, He will do it now against his people, as formerly he did it against their enemies, by which his justice will appear to be impartial; he will now rise up against Jerusalem as, in David’s time, against the Philistines in Mount Perazim (2Sa 5:20), and as, in Joshua’s time, against the Canaanites in the valley of Gibeon. If those that profess themselves members of God’s church by their pride and scornfulness make themselves like Philistines and Canaanites, they must expect to be dealt with as such. Thirdly, This will be his strange work, his strange act, his foreign deed. It is work that he is backward to: he rather delights in showing mercy, and does not afflict willingly. It is work that he is not used to as to his own people; he protects and favours them. It is a strange work indeed if he turn to be their enemy and fight against them, ch. 63:10. It is a work that all the neighbours will stand amazed at (Deu 29:24), and therefore the ruins of Jerusalem are said to be an astonishment, Jer 25:18.
For the Lord shall rise up – To rise up is indicative of going forth to judgment, as when one rises from his seat to accomplish anything. As in mount Perazim – There is reference here, doubtless, to the event recorded in 2Sa 5:20-21, and 1Ch 14:11, where David is said to have defeated the Philistines at Baal-Perazim. This place was near to the valley of Rephaim 2Sa 5:19, and not far from Jerusalem. The word ‘Perazim’ is from פרץ pârats, to tear, or break forth, as waters do that have been confined; and is indicative of sudden judgment, and of a complete overthrow. It was on that account given to the place where David obtained a signal and complete victory 2Sa 5:20; and it is here referred to, to denote that God would come forth in a sudden manner to destroy Jerusalem and Judea. He would come upon them like bursting waters, and sweep them away to a distant land.
As in the valley of Gibeon – In 1Ch 14:16, it is said that after the victory of Baal-Perazim, ‘David smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gaza.’ This victory is doubtless referred to here, and not the victory of Joshua over the Gibeonites Jos 10:10, as Vitringa and others suppose.
That he may do his work, his strange work – This is called his strange work because it would be inflicted on his people. He had destroyed their enemies often, but now he was about to engage in the unusual work of coming forth against his own people, and sweeping them away to a distant land. The work of judgment and punishment may be called the “strange” work of God always, inasmuch as it is not that in which he delights to engage, and is foreign to the benevolence of his heart. It is especially so when his own people are the objects of his displeasure, and when their sins are such as to demand that he should visit them with the tokens of his wrath.
For emphasis, as Matthew Henry and Barnes commentaries wrote that God shall rise up and it is “indicative of going forth to judgment, as when one rises from his seat to accomplish anything.” So this last end STRANGE WORK is “indicative of God’s sudden judgment and of a complete overthrow… to denote that God would come forth in a sudden manner to destroy Jerusalem and Judea. He would come upon them like bursting waters, and sweep them away to a distant land.” This strange work is the same STORMY WIND IN GOD’S FURY as prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel. Again, why was it called a STRANGE WORK of God? “This is called his strange work because it would be inflicted on his people. He had destroyed their enemies often, but now he was about to engage in the unusual work of coming forth against his own people, and sweeping them away to a distant land… It is especially so when his own people are the objects of his displeasure, and when their sins are such as to demand that he should visit them with the tokens of his wrath.”
God has chosen Jerusalem! And we need to understand what that all means. Now, Esther played a key role in this. That’s the point. Let me just quickly read something to you from Herbert W. Armstrong. He wrote a letter to the church on March 19, 1981, and here’s what it said in part: “Zerubbabel built the second temple to which Jesus came the first time. John the Baptist prepared the way before the first coming. But who was to build the SPIRITUAL temple to which Christ shall soon come the second time? Who was to prepare the way before His Second Coming? Remember, God does things in dual stages. As Zerubbabel built the first temple of MATERIAL stone—wood and other material—he was a FORERUNNER or a type of one through whom Christ would raise up or build the SPIRITUAL temple, His Church, of our time, prior to the Day of the Lord and Christ’s Second Coming.
As John the Baptist prepared the way in the physical wilderness of the Jordan River for the first coming of the human Jesus—both man and God—then coming to His MATERIAL temple and to the PHYSICAL people, Judah, announcing the kingdom of God to be set up more than 1900 years later. So God would use a HUMAN messenger in the SPIRITUAL wilderness of 20th century religious confusion to be a voice crying out the gospel of the kingdom of God, about the spiritual Christ coming in supreme power and glory to His spiritual temple to actually establish the spiritual kingdom of God. Did that man come? Well, you can easily prove that to yourself. Yes, he did.” But you see, here’s what happened. This is all tied to the end time. But there was something that happened ANCIENTLY where, after they built the temple, the Jews didn’t WANT to go ahead and build Jerusalem. The plan wasn’t finished, but it broke down there, and that’s where Esther comes in. And Esther was used by God to REJUVENATE that plan and get more people back to Jerusalem, and especially some critical people to do the Work of God and make sure that Jerusalem was built, and also a wall was built around it. Now, this is all a great VISION of what is coming in the future. And that plan had broken down, and God used Esther to get it GOING again, to REJUVENATE it so that He could work His plan and get His message out to this world, that wonderful hope that we all should be inspired by. (Esther – Used to Continue God’s Plan transcript from the Key of David, March 12, 2015)
Queen Esther’s real name is Hadassah. She took that name to hide her true identity. The same is true today of the two witnesses. This LAST END Work of God is typified by what Queen Esther did to REJUVENATE the plan to build Jerusalem and to get more people back to it because “the Jews didn’t WANT to go ahead and build Jerusalem.” Now has that happened even during our lifetime? Have we forgotten the Jerusalem work and replaced it instead by a work in Edstone, Warwickshire, England? Then a LAST END Esther work is direly needed today!
Notice verse 15 (Esther 4): “Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, (16) Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day:” so there was a long fast there, and “I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” Now, what a wonderful ATTITUDE that was! It takes SACRIFICE to serve God, and a COURAGE like this. But what do you think about that? Here’s a lady who says, “OK, well, it’s not according to the law, and people get killed for doing this.” But she just said, “If I perish, I perish. If I die, I die, because I’m serving God’s purpose, and I’m serving His plan, and I’m getting His message out to people, my own people who need to understand it,” and what faith and what courage that lady had! A MARVELOUS example in the Bible. (Esther – Used to Continue God’s Plan transcript from the Key of David, March 12, 2015)
Can you emulate what Queen Esther did? She was indeed a MARVELOUS example of FAITH and COURAGE! What do you think is God’s view of her?
God’s Peculiar Treasure
Just like Queen Esther, this LAST END Work was established by God to REJUVENATE the plan to build Jerusalem and to get more people back to it because the spiritual Jews DIDN’T WANT to go ahead and prepare Jerusalem for its KING. God is doing this through a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Malachi 3:16-17)
God is now making up His jewels as the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE made its appearance in this LAST END. And notice carefully, that it is also in this context when God spares this little group from Satan’s wrath. There would be no Church of God group, not even the Philadelphia Church of God, who can claim its association to God’s BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. With the book already on the scene, God says that He will be able to know who are His and who are not.
“Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)
In Malachi 3:17 God is saying, “In that day when I make up My jewels, I am going to remember those people who are behind the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, and spare them.” The word “jewel” from Strong’s Concordance is the Hebrew word “segullah” which means “peculiar treasure.” It’s like God is saying, “Those peculiar people who supports the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE Work truly fear and think about Me – they will become My peculiar treasure.” Are you a part of God’s jewels or His very special treasure?
“For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure!” (Deuteronomy 7:6, New Living Translation)
We should not misunderstand what God wants to convey with the prophecies in verses 16 to 18: One can claim that he or she is a member of God’s true Church, yet not be a part of God’s peculiar treasure. God is not talking here about being in the true Church of God, but about becoming one of God’s dearest ones. It is one thing to be called a member of God’s Church, it is another thing to be a part of God’s peculiar treasure. Most of us have a circle of people that we call our “friends.” Yet many have a smaller circle of friends to whom they would offer their lives. They are what we call “real friends.” God has that elite group of people too. It is said of Abraham, “he was the friend of God.” God said of David, “he is a man after My own heart.” He said of John the Baptist, “among those born of women there is no one greater.” About John the Beloved it is said, “He was the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Notice carefully that God has two groups of people: There are those who are just saved and then there are those whom God calls His peculiar treasure – His “segullah.” The word “segullah” has also been used in Exodus 19:5,
“Now therefore, IF YE WILL OBEY MY VOICE indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure (segullah) unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:”
There is a condition before we can become a part of this elite group. We have to OBEY God’s voice through the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE in this LAST END and NOT a voice that declares from Dan. (Jeremiah 4:15) Those in the Philadelphia Church of God could either just be saved or if they will choose to support the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE they will become a part of God’s segullah. Now you may choose to become a part of that peculiar treasure of God. So why just sit there and wait for the fulfillment of God’s prophecies come to pass before your eyes and repent later? The reward will be much different than if you decide prior to the actual fulfillment.
In his book Mystery of the Ages, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong called God’s Church as a TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, and while that is true, God has used the little book, Malachi’s Message as His COLLEGE TEXTBOOK to be used by His people in the final years in that teachers’ college. Yet in God’s educational system, there is also a deeper form of learning like a post-graduate master’s degree which according to Wikipedia, is “an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice.” God also has a counterpart spiritual master’s degree course being offered right now: The Last End – A Book of Remembrance. You may think that you already made it into His teachers’ college by being a member of the Philadelphia Church of God; well that is good. But wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if you could get into God’s master’s degree course – you being a part of His peculiar treasure? Let’s hope and pray that we are one of God’s peculiar treasure, His segullah.
Wouldn’t it be such a marvelous thing if God could say this about us, “You are My peculiar treasure“? God has that peculiar treasure of people – those of the inner circle – those like Peter, James and John, the twelve apostles, those who make God so delighted, so happy and well pleased. Thus, God will say of us, “They are My segullah, My peculiar treasure.” Now how do you become a part of His peculiar treasure? How do you get into His inner group, His special treasure? In line with this understanding about God’s peculiar treasure, let us consider again the prophecy concerning God’s anointed and Cyrus:
“Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;”
What are those “two leaved gates” being referred to here? And what are these gates for?
“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:1, 3)
The word “treasures” (otsar) that was used here is different from the one that was in Malachi 3:17 (segullah); while the word “darkness” comes from the Hebrew word “chosek” (H2822) meaning, the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness: – dark (-ness), night, obscurity
“obscure” in the dictionary means
- Not readily noticed or seen; inconspicuous:
- Not clearly understood or expressed; ambiguous (doubtful or uncertain:) or vague:
- To make difficult to discern mentally or understand:
“The treasures of darkness” could most appropriately be termed as “TREASURES IN DARKNESS” and they refer to God’s people:
- who are in ignorance of what is happening inside God’s Church because they neglect God’s warning through the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
- who are in wickedness because they may have learned about the abominations injected with the doctrines of Balaam (Irish dance, Mother’s Day, Cremation) and the Nicolaitans (Turnabout dating) in their midst and yet they put a blind eye on it.
- who does not readily notice or see God’s hand in the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
- who has not clearly understood God’s prophecies in the LAST END or who remained doubtful or uncertain if the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE really comes from God because they say there is no AUTHOR written in it.
- who made themselves and the others difficult to discern or understand the NEW REVELATIONS because they did not want to listen to what God’s Spirit is saying to them through the LAST END Work.
As long as the Philadelphia Church of God ministers and members alike adhere to the NO CONTACT POLICY, they will continue to be in DARKNESS. As the apostle John wrote:
“He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:9-11, RSV)
Now the 25 leading PCG ministers have turned their backs on God. They do not know where they are going. They were already in the land of Israel to prepare Jerusalem for Christ’s Second Coming, but what happened? They went instead to a land that they know not (Jeremiah 14:18). They went to Edstone, Warwickshire England – a land filled with a history of DARKNESS: of witchcraft, paganism and Druidism. Just like what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote in his Zechariah booklet, that “WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND OUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION”!
“As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water” (Zechariah 9:11). If you check the Hebrew, God (through Zechariah) is talking about what could be termed a blood covenant.
We need to understand our spiritual condition apart from God. We are prisoners of Satan in a dark pit without any water! (Water is a type of God’s Spirit.) This is the normal condition of man without God’s Holy Spirit.
Unless we have and use God’s Holy Spirit, we are prisoners of Satan in a dark pit without any water! What horrifying darkness. God vividly describes our hopeless and terrifying spiritual condition without the use of His powerful Spirit! Remember that frightening and despicable description of those in captivity to Satan.
It takes the power of God’s Spirit to bring us out of the spiritual pit. That Spirit keeps us focused on the bloody price paid so we could enter into the New Covenant. We must view Christ’s sacrifice as God does. Only God’s Spirit makes that possible. Then God’s spiritual food, including new revelation, flows into God’s true Church. (p. 67, Zechariah – The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return, 2012 edition)
Are you in darkness over the new revelation about the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE? If your answer is yes, then ask God for more of His Holy Spirit, lest we become “prisoners of Satan in a dark pit without any water!” Let us honestly ask ourselves: Where do I belong? Am I a part of God’s PECULIAR TREASURE or part of the TREASURES IN DARKNESS? This is the reason why this LAST END Work is also called, the LIGHT OF THE GENTILES to become the conduit of God’s light to be shed to those spiritual treasures in darkness inside God’s Church:
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:6-8) “And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6) “For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47)
Did you know that God has been learning so much about each and every one of us in God’s Church in this last end? We ought to open our eyes to God’s NEW REVELATIONS. There is a Cyrus type of work in our midst today.
The name Cyrus is a Latin transliteration of the Greek language, which is a version of the Old Persian Kourosh or Khorvash. The ancient historians Ctesias and Plutarch noted that Cyrus was named from Kuros, the sun, a concept that has been interpreted as meaning “like the sun,” by noting its relation to the Persian noun for sun,khorsheed, while using -vash as a suffix of likeness. Source: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Cyrus_the_Great
Just like the first physical Cyrus whose name means the SUN and his figure has been marked with outspread wings of a golden eagle, this last end spiritual Cyrus, could be likened to the SUN with his WINGS:
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)
Actually, this Sun of righteousness is Christ coming in the flesh through a last end Cyrus and the two witnesses. Their God commissioned work brings spiritual healing to those who became victims of the Ezekiel 4 siege perpetrated by the spiritual Chaldeans. Now that Cyrus and God’s two witnesses are now on the scene as a light of the Gentiles, God has this to say to those who does not want to read and believe what has been written in the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE:
“Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from my righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.” (Isaiah 46:8-13, NIV)
For all the mockers out there, consider this irrefutable truth of God that has already been etched in HISTORY: The two 7-foot candelabras that were commissioned by the Shah of Iran in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500-year founding anniversary of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great first dwelled in God’s house, the Ambassador Auditorium built by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and inaugurated on April 7, 1974. Then it found its new home in the Armstrong Auditorium built by Mr. Gerald R. Flurry and inaugurated last September 5, 2010. Now notice the glaring connection of this LAST END work to those two: after the 2nd fulfillment of the 1,150 day prophecy of Daniel 8, on October 29, 2013 which fell exactly on the date of the annual celebration of Cyrus the Great Day, God brought forth His two spiritual candelabras that gave its light to His people who are in darkness, yet those two are clothed in sackcloth – Christ in their flesh is leading an austere life through them to keep them from being known (Revelation 11:3). Yet when Christ comes, what will the mockers be able to say to Him then?
“And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” (Luke 19:20-23)
CAN YOU UNDERSTAND the heaven and earth shaking fulfillment of that PROPHECY? Your answer to this question will determine if you are one of GOD’S PECULIAR TREASURE who believe and support the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE or one of those TREASURES IN DARKNESS. The CHOICE is yours, but will He be able to find faith? (Luke 18:8)