Mount Zion, Jerusalem
June 19, 2015, Friday, 3:50 PM
Leaving God’s Church seems to be a far-fetched idea to the members of the Philadelphia Church of God around the world. They think that what has happened after Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong died on January 16, 1986 will NEVER EVER happen again; that is, the apostasy and the great falling away, as long as God’s servant, Mr. Gerald Flurry is alive. But what if God has something in mind to TEST his own people if they have indeed learned the lessons of not looking to a man? What will you do as an individual?
“YOU CAN’T LEAVE GOD’S CHURCH”
We often hear people say it would be a grave mistake to leave God’s Church. But did you know that Jeremiah left God’s Church and warned others to do so? Of course, he didn’t always tell people to leave. But he did say there is a time to leave God’s temple, or Church. The temple is the Church in the New Testament.
Jeremiah taught that there is more to following God than belonging to a temple, a church or an organization of men. He gave one of the strongest warnings in the Bible about leaving God’s Church!
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord” (Jeremiah 7:1-2).
Spiritually, God’s saints are the temple today. Jeremiah is discussing God’s house, temple or people. He stood in the gate of the temple, where the worshipers had to see and hear him! Of course, the people accused him of leaving God’s temple. They said he was a traitor who was betraying them.
But remember, this is primarily a prophecy for today.
“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these” (verses 3-4). Jeremiah warned them to repent and stop listening to lying words. What were these lying words? The temple, the temple, the temple. Their statement was the same as what God’s people today are saying: the church, the church, the church! Or, to state it another way—“This is God’s Church,” or, “You can’t leave God’s Church,” or, “This is still God’s Church.”
All these statements are lying words! It was a problem in Jeremiah’s time, and he prophesied it would be a problem today in God’s own Church! These are lying words because the statements imply that these are God’s people doing God’s Work. That is simply not true.
God’s faithful people today, just like Jeremiah, have a commission to warn God’s unfaithful people that they are going astray spiritually.
If God’s people are going astray, then it becomes a sin to remain with them. A plea to remain in a sinning church becomes “lying words”! (verse 8).
Some people ask, “Well, can’t God control His own leaders?” The answer is no, He cannot, because He has made them free moral agents and they must choose right over wrong. God won’t force obedience on His leaders or His followers. CHARACTER IS BUILT BY VOLUNTARILY CHOOSING THE WAY OF GOD.
The Bible is full of examples where God’s people were led astray by sinful leaders. (pp. 58-59, Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible)
Now we are in the very midst of a prophecy, which seems impossible to be understood unless God reveals the plain truth to us. Every member of God’s Church ought to draw closer unto God and not to rely to any man nor to their own understanding.
HE IS IN THE DESERT
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” (Matt. 24:24-26)
Notice what the context of the deception would be: there shall arise false Christs and false prophets who would be involved in a work in the “desert” and in the “secret chambers.” For us to better understand what those words could really be referring to, let us look for the word “desert” in Strong’s; it comes from the Greek word “eremos” (G2048): lonesome, that is, (by implication) waste (usually a noun, G5561 being implied): – desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness
So the word “desert” does not necessarily mean a “wilderness” as previously have been thought of, but it could also pertain to a solitary place.
What is the meaning of solitary?
Let us define the word secluded and isolated from the dictionary:
Secluded – removed or remote from others
Isolated – set away from all others; far from others or difficult to get to; remote:
Now with those definitions and synonyms of solitary being secluded and isolated, consider carefully the location of the Philadelphia Church of God Edstone property in Warwickshire, England – its SECLUSION and ISOLATION from the other houses and/or establishments is quite noticeable.
By looking at the definitions, we can decipher what Christ really is specifically talking about regarding this Church-wide deception in this last end – it points to a specific place described being a SOLITARY place. That description would be totally true to the physical description Christ spoke about regarding the prepared deception God’s Church has got into with the Edstone estate acquisition. Yet there is a spiritual counterpart of that “desert” description. First let us
A desert is a large area of land where there is very little water or rain; and when we speak of water or rain in the Bible, here is what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote about this symbolism (emphasis mine in bold):
‘The Blood of Thy Covenant’
“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.
It took Christ’s blood and the Spirit of God to get us out of a stifling, dark dungeon. It can happen only if we enter into the New Covenant with God.
If we are doing our part, God says He will bring us out of the pit where there is no water. Because He has made this blood covenant with us, we don’t have to be where there is no water, no food, no revelation.
We made a covenant with God. And the reason we are able to understand God’s truth is because Christ died. He suffered a savage butchery to make it possible for us to be able to keep all the conditions of the New Covenant, and to enter into it at His Second Coming. That’s the price of that covenant. God will never break His part of the covenant. He has already spent the blood of His Son to show His total commitment. Jesus Christ spilled His blood to let mankind know the depth of God’s indescribable love for each one of us. (p. 67, Zechariah: The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return)
On May 1974, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong has decided to close the Bricket Wood campus, yet the the last end Joshua, Stephen Flurry, tried to open that door which the end-time Elijah has already closed but failed to do so. But that did not stopped him and his fellows from pursuing his goal since December 2012, it was a two-year quest that capped off with the Edstone being found on May 5, 2014 – exactly 40 years when Mr. Armstrong closed the Bricket Wood campus. Prior to this milestone, Stephen Flurry officially closed the planned Jerusalem campus and regional office and bid goodbye to it on August 10, 2013 through his own Twitter account:
Since those 25 PCG ministers turned their backs on Jerusalem which the Eternal has chosen above all the estates in this world, God’s Church has received little rain or no rain at all: God stopped giving spiritual rain – no NEW REVELATIONS were being given. They can’t even back up their claim of Edstone fulfilling God’s prophecies from the pages of the Bible.
HE IS IN THE SECRET CHAMBERS
Remember that Mr. Armstrong has closed the Bricket Wood college campus on May 1974 and he has never re-opened it since then. But 40 years later, on May 7 to 11, 2014, Mr. Gerald Flurry and his son, Stephen were accompanied by UK/Europe Regional Director Brad Macdonald to seek potential sites for a new college campus in Britain since “God was not opening a door to purchase the Bricket Wood campus”
Do we not even wonder that the date when they went looking for a new campus (May 2014) fell exactly 40 years from the date Bricket Wood was closed (May 1974) by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong? Remember, that the number 40 in God’s numerology is associated with testing and trial.
And even though it was announced by Mr. Gerald Flurry’s during his May 2014 sermon titled, “The Last Hour” that they are already considering another real estate in Britain for the new college campus, the PCG membership are still quite lost as to where in Britain that new prospected campus would be situated. The only information that was given was that, it is located in the northern part of where the office in Britain is. It appears that it is being kept secret. So as of this writing, it is still a SECRET PLACE.
Would this SECRET PLACE be the same as the SECRET CHAMBER being discussed in Matthew 24:26? – “behold, he is in the secret chambers”
Or could it also be referring to the planned archeological dig in search for the Ark of the Covenant? At any rate, the PCG ought to be thinking that the ark could really be found in some secret chambers in Ireland that need to be excavated. Let’s consider an episode of The Key of David which discusses this subject:
FINDING THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
I want to talk to you today about a fascinating verse in Bible prophecy where it DOES imply that the Ark of the Covenant is going to be found in this end time. …But the people in this world do not know where the Ark is, but I believe that the Bible and Irish history DO tell us where it is—that is, the nation that it is in. Not very specifically where, but in the nation where that Ark is today. And what does that have to do with us? What does it have to do with you?…
But let me read you a little more history, which is rather ancient, and at the same time it’s somewhat recent. This is from a newspaper from New Zealand, Otago Witness, September 24, 1902. Now, that’s the last century, but that was one of the most important papers in New Zealand at the time, and it was talking about a historian by the name of F.R.A. Glover, who was really one of the best Irish historians when it comes to talking about Jeremiah. And here’s what that article said in that paper, entitled The King’s Pedigree: “He sent her Majesty a letter intimating the nature and result of his labors”…
But Glover states that Queen Tea-Tephi was buried in Tara Hill. Now, she was buried with the Ark and the original two tables of stone according to Glover, which means the Ten Commandments. Now, here is a quote from Glover’s book, “England, the Remnant of Judah and Israel, the Israel of Ephraim,” which is Britain, actually, and here’s what he said, just a short quote I want to give you that is REALLY stunning, and he’s quoting another Dr., Dr. Hennan, and he said: “‘Tara,’ says Dr. Hennan, ‘is almost pure Hebrew for Torah, which means law,” that Tara Hill, that famous Tara Hill in Ireland, actually Tara means LAW! “and the original tables of the law were in the Ark, which curiously enough, Irish history says is buried with Tea.” Now, isn’t that amazing history? … So think about this verse in Jeremiah 3 and verse 16 because God tells us that the Ark is going to be found and even tells us roughly, generally, where it’s going to be found. (Transcript from The Key of David, August 17, 2013 episode)
Now here is one of the many outside speculations about the location of the Ark of the Covenant which basically agrees with what has been discussed in The Key of David episode:
Proof that The Ark is buried at the location I need to excavate is contained in the Irish Metrical Dindsenchas, which state that Teia Tephi is buried in a mergech (Hebrew for a temporary resting place) beneath a Mound that at the time of its construction measured 60 – 62 feet in diameter at the Hill of Tara.
The Mound of The Hostages is the only mound that fits that description and the Dindsenchas tell us that it was built by Eochaidh mac Duach Temin who was Ard ri and the husband of queen Teia (Taillte/Tailtiu).
The Dindsenchas also state that Teamur is the SECRET PLACE of “The Way of Life” and in The Bible Covenant in The Torah in Deuteronomy we are told quite clearly that The Covenant is “The Way of Life.”
Teia was buried North-East of the Foradh. The Mound of The Hostages is North-East of the Foradh, where the Lia Fail was kept and used for inaugurating the kings of Ireland for more than a thousand years after Teia’s reign.
She was buried to the South of the Assemblies/Synods. The Mound of The Hostages is South of the Rath of the Synods.
Her fortress/tomb was in the design of her breast-pin and wand – that is – like the Tara Brooch. The design of the Mound of the Hostages is like the Tara Brooch found at Betty’s Town.
By combining the many references it can be established, without doubt, that:
- Tephi was buried South of the Assemblies (Rath of the Synods) (Metrical Dindsenchas)
- Tephi was buried North-East of An Foradh (Lebor Gabála)
- “That a mound was raised over Tephi, measuring 62 feet by 62 feet”.
- That her mergech “is the SECRET PLACE of The Way of Life” (The Ark of The Covenant and Christ) (Dindsenchas – Teamair 4; p. 31; line 24).
- That location, from the directions, when all put together, cannot be anywhere other than beneath (not in) the Mound of The Hostages.
- No-one but me with God’s help; as His Deorad Dé; has ever been able to find and assemble all of the relevant clues to the location of her tomb and its entrance which has therefore not been found previously by anyone else as far as is known and that the tomb is still sealed.
- That Duma na n-Giall (the Mound of The Hostages) was built by Teia Tephi (Taillte)’s husband Eochaidh Garbh mac Duach…
The Secret Place of The Way of Life at Tara
“The Fort of Crofind (now called Tara) pen of victory, excels Boand (Bru na Boan|gus), millstone of combat. When Cormac was among the famous bright shone the fame of his career; no keep like Temair (Tara) could be found; she was the secret place of The Way of Life*”
The Philadelphia Church of God was not the only one that knows the supposed location of the Ark of the Covenant inside a SECRET PLACE at Tara Hill where Queen Tea Tephi was buried. In the above research, the man even thought that he was the one that God will use in recovering the Ark of the Covenant.
“(B)ehold, he is in the secret chambers” – from what we have just read, the PCG is aligned with it that the Ark of the Covenant will be found in a SECRET PLACE at Tara Hill. Who do you think could have suggested such a theory? Consider Brad Macdonald’s twitter account:
Now let’s take a closer look at the original Greek word of “secret chambers” which is in the Greek is “tameion” and from Strong’s Concordance is G5009:
Neuter contraction of a presumed derivative of tamias (a dispenser or distributor; akin to temno, to cut) a dispensary or magazine): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary here is one of the definitions of a magazine:
a radio or television program presenting usually several short segments on a variety of topics.
Consider what the leadership of the PCG through Stephen Flurry has done so far – apart from the Trumpet Daily television program which he himself presents, he was able to wrestle from his father the responsibility of presenting even the Key of David program in Britain:
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In addition, they have now introduced a new radio program named Trumpet Hour: “they discuss more than 20 stories in quick succession, each man seems to know the ins and outs of each one.”
Can these television and radio programs fit to the prophecy of the “secret chambers” in Matthew 24:26? It sure does perfectly fit because it is the actual fulfillment of that prophecy!
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” (Matthew 24:23)
The warning in verse 23 is mainly for God’s Church in this last end. Jesus Christ has given us a strong admonition that if any man shall say unto His Church that He has endorsed another place apart from Jerusalem then we should not believe that man. Will you believe Stephen Flurry declaring Edstone as God’s land, i.e., that Christ is in that place and He has approved of the decision to move there?
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.” (Matthew 24:24-25)
Stephen Flurry has RISEN to introduce the work in Edstone on October 8, 2014 opening night message of the Feast of Tabernacles. Stephen has his own set of fellow ministers that support him in this sudden turnaround from God’s work in Jerusalem to THEIR work in Edstone. They had been successful in confining his father, Mr. Gerald Flurry about the change in the phase of God’s work. It even coincided with a heavenly sign, a BLOOD MOON! They are indeed the MEN OF SIGN as prophesied in Zechariah 3:8. They are the same 25 men of Ezekiel 8 who turned their backs on God.
Even though they have tried to revive Bricket Wood, then later they have RAISED UP Edstone to become another Armstrong College, yet God who has chosen Jerusalem has NEVER APPROVED such a decision.
“Woe unto him that saith to the wood (Bricket WOOD), Awake; to the dumb stone (EdSTONE), Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (Habakkuk 2:19)
Imagine this: Mr. Armstrong CLOSED the Bricket Wood campus in England for good on May 1974 and he never opened it since. Now, these 25 PCG ministers tried to open it through Mr. Gerald Flurry but God NEVER ALLOWED it. But still they insisted and worked their way through by introducing Edstone on May 5, 2014.
On the other hand, Mr. Armstrong NEVER CLOSED the door of the Jerusalem work until he died on January 16, 1986; while Stephen Flurry had the guts to CLOSE the door of the Jerusalem work even though he was already settled there in the German Colony neighborhood, and he was also able to acquire a regional office in Mizpah.
In addition to that, there was a plan to start an Armstrong College in Jerusalem with mailing address: P.O. Box 8230, Jerusalem, Israel, 91081. But what happened to those plans?
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” (Zechariah 3:7)
Apparently, God was giving this last end Joshua (Stephen Flurry) the opportunity to become one of the two witnesses IF (it is conditional) he was able to walk in God’s ways; and IF he was able to GUARD and PROTECT God’s work in Jerusalem. But as it turned out, he allowed himself to be swayed by Brad Macdonald and the rest of the 25 ministers to PUT A STOP to the Jerusalem work and replace it instead with the work in Edstone.
God has chosen Jerusalem: That is the BIGGEST MISTAKE this last end Joshua, Stephen Flurry has ever committed in his entire life. He forgot “the Eternal has chosen Jerusalem” vision. (Zechariah 3:1-2)
“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” (Psalm 137:5)
THE CHILDREN OF EDOM
“The major and minor prophets all have an end-time message. Some people might say Obadiah is not for us today. But it contains the most frightening message in the Bible for God’s Church, and especially His END-TIME Church!
“Obadiah utterly condemned Esau, or Edom (Genesis 25:30; 36:1, 8). But how does Esau relate to us today? Herbert W. Armstrong often said the Bible is a coded book. God must reveal the code.” (Mr. Gerald Flurry: Obadiah, The Most Terrifying Message in the Bible, p.1)
God has now revealed that code. We can know the identity of the spiritual Edomites in this last end.
“Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.” (Psalm 137:7)
By forgetting and abandoning the Jerusalem work, Stephen Flurry and the rest of his fellows became the fulfillment of “the children of Edom.” For a clear explanation of this very plain truth, let us first define the word “raze” which in the dictionary means:
TO DESTROY SOMETHING COMPLETELY
While the word “raze’ in Strong’s Concordance can also mean:
DEMOLISH; LEAVE DESTITUTE
With the above definitions, compare it now with recent Church history: WHO HAS DESTROYED AND DEMOLISHED THE WORK OF GOD IN JERUSALEM COMPLETELY? WHO HAS LEFT JERUSALEM DESTITUTE BECAUSE HE FEELS HE HAS NO MORE NEED FOR IT NOR A DESIRE FOR IT?
IT’S NONE OTHER THAN STEPHEN FLURRY AND HIS MINIONS! So those who are following the path being trodden by Stephen Flurry of leaving the Jerusalem work which the Eternal has chosen; and those who supports the Edstone work will be called by God, THE CHILDREN OF EDOM! They have sold their birthright for a bowl of soup (Edstone). Now a spiritual Jacob has taken their birthright in Jerusalem!
The prophecy in Obadiah is primarily addressed to the Philadelphia Church of God!
“How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!” (Obadiah 1:6)
Now, their concealed dirty secrets are being exposed for all the world to see. They have abandoned God’s chosen land Jerusalem! It was NO SMALL ISSUE TO GOD! They have brought God’s patience to the limit.
“All the men of thy confederacy (Stephen and his fellows) have brought thee even to the border (limit): the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.” (Obadiah 1:7-8)
Notice here in this prophecy that Esau (whom Stephen represents) has confederated with his fellow ministers to leave the Jerusalem work. He considered those ministers as his friends (from Strong’s of “that were at peace”); yet these same ministers have deceived him and prevailed against him. Thus, through him, they were able to inject paganism (Irish dance, Mother’s Day, cremation) and even make the Edstone work to flourish – he became the gateway for his father, Mr. Gerald Flurry to approve those things. He was not able to detect that those men are NOT truly converted men – they are the same Simon Magus group who has crept in unawares in this last end.
But what has God done? He removed the wisdom from these men!
“Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?”
Just look at spiritual feeding members of the PCG are getting from their ministers – they don’t have any new revelations from God. Even the Key of David programs by Mr. Gerald Flurry are just but repeats and re-runs.
Stephen and his fellows has tried to return and build the desolate place in Bricket Wood which Mr. Armstrong had closed in 1974 because of rebellion. They have been successful though this time with Edstone
“Whereas Edom (or Esau) saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.” (Malachi 1:4)
The word “border” is H1366 in Strong’s Concordance which means, “a boundary; by extension the territory inclosed.” With that being said, God is associating these spiritual Edomites to a specific place that is well known to be a TERRITORY OF WICKEDNESS – the kingdom of the Hwicce, i.e., the center of witchcraft, sorcery and pagan Druidism!
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” (Malachi 1:6).
Every year the PCG ministers have anticipated the celebration of Mother’s Day to honor their MOTHERS, but sad to note that there have been no effort so far to do just the same to honor their FATHERS. This is NO SMALL MATTER to God. He is being emotional on this subject wherein He says, “if then I be a father, where is mine honour?”
Who is it are we to blame on this matter? Who is responsible for this great tragedy inside His own Church? God plainly shows us here those accountable people: “saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” Sad to say but it is God’s own minsters AGAIN who brought the people to dishonor Him in this last end. Apparently, we have NOT learned the lessons of Church history so we have the proclivity to repeat it.
Moreover, God feels He is no longer the Master inside His own Church with the introduction of the Edstone work in Warwickshire which is right in the midst of the TERRITORY OF WICKEDNESS in England! What shall He do then?
God will be magnified in the TERRITORY OF ISRAEL, even from Mount Zion in Jerusalem from where He is being honored as a Father and served and feared as a Master.
“And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border (or territory) of Israel.” (Malachi 1:5)
SET UP A WORK FOR SERVING GOD
The prophet Obadiah’s name was derived from two Hebrew words which is an active participle of H5647 and H3050; Here are the meanings of the first word in Strong’s Concordance:
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.: – labour (-ing man), serve (-ing), (become) servants, do (service), till (-er), (set a) work.
Notice the name of Obadiah is in ACTIVE PARTICIPLE which means that when the full understanding of the revelation about his prophecy has been given, that it is ACTIVELY being fulfilled or PRESENTLY PROGRESSING.
One of the meanings of Obadiah’s name is TO SET A WORK. What specific work is God referring to in here? The answer is in the other meanings. Take a closer look at one of the original meanings from the dictionary:
- (adjective) to work by plowing (i.e., to dig into or break up dirt, soil, land)
- (noun) unstratified glacial drift consisting of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders intermingled
Obadiah’s name clearly indicates TO SET UP A DIG WORK FOR SERVING GOD! His name is a prophecy in itself! Another meaning of Obadiah is: TILLER OF GOD. We really have to literally TILL the soil in order TO SERVE God! Through this archaeological DIG WORK shall His name be magnified in the TERRITORY OF ISRAEL. This last end group has been commanded to DIG AGAIN in Jerusalem because the spiritual Edomites inside the PCG has turned their backs on Him.
During the fall of 2012, the PCG’s participation in the Ophel Mount excavation brought a physical proof of God’s admonition to His Church through the discovery of the Egyptian Idol, Bes found inserted in a King Solomon’s First Temple period wall.
Contrast that find with what God has given this little group so far: on the 5th day of the 2015 Jerusalem dig, we already found a 1st century C.E. OIL LAMP! What does OIL LAMP represent? It represents LIGHT and it connotes the OIL or the NEW REVELATIONS, which shows where God is giving an abundance of His prophetic understanding in this last end.
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:27)
The “lightning” (or “bright shining”) is now coming from the east – God’s revelations is emanating from the high mountain of Mount Zion. Christ is about to return. Are you ready for it?
“O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9, ASV)
Even the number “5” is significant; it means, God’s grace (unmerited pardon, special favor), God’s goodness, and it relates to the TORAH – the first five books of the Bible. God has indeed given this insignificant group behind the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE a great special favor in His sight. What’s NEXT to be expected?
The ARK OF THE COVENANT will surely be found! (Jeremiah 3:16) This is not mere speculation, but a more sure word of God’s prophecies to be fulfilled in our time.
“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a LAMP shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21, ESV)
This is the reason why this work is also called LIGHT OF THE GENTILES because it serves as the conduit of the light coming from the Father of lights. We have been commanded by God to DIG AGAIN in Jerusalem as a preparation for the people of this world:
“FOR Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as A LAMP THAT BURNETH… Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; GATHER OUT THE STONES; lift up a standard (flag) for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and HIS WORK before him.” (Isaiah 62:1, 10-11)
The Mount Zion archaeological dig, which is a work of gathering out the stones, is indeed God’s way of preparing Jerusalem for the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Oh, what an awesome vision that is!
In this last end, God has particularly mentioned a small group of people behind the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE to restore praises to Him in Jerusalem.
“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that are (God’s) remembrancers, take ye no rest. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7, ASV)
God has called them His “REMEMBRANCERS.” Why is there a need for this small group? Because God has allowed His own servant to become blind to all the atrocities and abominations happening inside the Philadelphia Church of God:
“Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.” (Isaiah 42:19-20)
For more than a couple of years now, this small Gentile group has continued to become God’s small voice to awaken His servant, Mr. Gerald Flurry and to REMIND His own people to look to Him and NOT to any puny man – the reason why there is no author indicated on the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
Yet God’s servant is about to be awakened:
“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)
By the time God allowed Mr. Gerald Flurry to awaken, He will confine him inside the inner court to measure the whole Church – PCG ministers and members alike. (Song of songs 5:1-6)
He will be able to know that the Edstone work is NOTHING but the work of the 25 men of Ezekiel 8. He will not be allowed by God to participate in the Jerusalem work because it has already been given to the Gentiles – the work of SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PREPARATION OF JERUSALEM has already been given to them. He has to concentrate on measuring the inner court – the Philadelphia Church of God. (Song of songs 5:7). These Gentile converts then became the “daughters of Jerusalem” in verse 8. It was also these “daughters of Jerusalem” who was commissioned to “shatter the power (ministry) of the holy people” (Daniel 12:7).
“I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.” (Song of songs 3:5)
Yet it seems that God’s own Church (the PCG) does not want Mr. Gerald Flurry to wake up until he please. But when (not IF) he does, he won’t be allowed to participate in the Jerusalem work this time.
“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.” (Revelation 11:1-2)
There is a prophecy that he will be murdered in the process of that measuring (Jeremiah 4:31). And when that time comes, the vultures will be gathered together and that will be the end of the tribulation period:
“For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” (Matthew 24:28-29)
Time is so short. God has commanded us to DIG AGAIN to PREPARE JERUSALEM FOR ITS KING. The Messiah is about to come. “How long halt ye be between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21)
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the (Gentiles); and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.” (Isaiah 52:7-11)
On what side are you in? Are you on God’s side or Baal’s? You will have to choose. Do you want to become one of God’s REMEMBRANCERS? Be on God’s side and FOLLOW Him.