The BRANCH, the Throne of David and the Throne of Satan

The Philadelphia Church of God continues to promote their NEW WORK in Edstone, Warwickshire, England. When the Edstone work was set up, a lot of God’s people there have decided to move closer to it. PCG Members gave up their jobs, some sold their houses and they just moved in without any hesitation. They were very enthusiastic of such a decision. Everyone seems to be excited. The 2015 “Behind the Work” film was even focused on that supposedly NEW PHASE in God’s work. Why did the PCG left the Jerusalem work for this work in Britain? What is the fundamental reason behind it? Do they think that Queen Elizabeth II of Britain will be replaced and that they will be the ones to take that throne of David from her?

Edstone - PCG Behind the Work film 2015

THE THRONE OF DAVID

Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote a great deal about David’s throne which we can read from his book, The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Mr. Gerald Flurry further emphasized this subject to the members of the Philadelphia Church of God.

Christ told the Jews that He personally sent prophets to them. But the Jews often persecuted them and made His messengers flee. Many of them were even killed. So no matter what people think, God does send personalities through whom He does His Work. We can’t understand these prophecies unless we know who these men are. Today they are types of those historical figures.

These three personalities are thoroughly discussed in my free booklet Who Is “That Prophet”? Eliakim today is “a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.” Eliakim could only be a spiritual father today. So these verses are primarily speaking to us spiritually. These “inhabitants of Jerusalem” are members of God’s Church.

Eliakim is also the father of “the house of Judah”—not the inhabitants of Judah.That means Eliakim is the father of a work in Judah. And it all revolves around the scepter promises. (p. 117, THE KEY OF DAVID)

Mr. Flurry said that he fulfills this end-time Eliakim. For emphasis, he wrote that “Eliakim today is ‘a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.’ Eliakim could only be a spiritual father today. So these verses are primarily speaking to us spiritually. These ‘inhabitants of Jerusalem” are members of God’s Church.‘”  Actually, this specific knowledge about the identities of spiritual Judah and Jerusalem is A KEY THAT UNLOCKS a huge door of prophetic understanding that involved God’s people in this last end. To be able to understand prophecies pertaining to this last end prophetic time frame, one has to know the identities of spiritual Judah and Jerusalem which we have proven to be the Philadelphia Church of God. And NO ONE would be able to refute that.

Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote:

Look again at the prophecy in Genesis 49:10. It reads, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” From verse 1 of Genesis 49, we can understand that this entire passage is for the “last days”— the time we are living in now. So, in the last days, God said there would be a scepter, or a ruler on David’s throne, at the same time there is a lawgiver.

Concerning the scepter promise, we have always believed it refers to a kingly line that would rule from the time of David right up to the Second Coming of the Messiah. The scepter also refers to the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Verse 10 refers to a lawgiver from between Judah’s feet. The Companion Bible says this lawgiver comes “from between his feet,” which means he is to come from Judah’s descendants. There is to be a scepter and a lawgiver in the “last days.” The lawgiver is a Jew who is here when Christ returns.

This is the same twofold covenant referred to in Jeremiah 33:17-18: “For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want [or lack] a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel [the scepter promise]; Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man [the lawgiver] before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually [a type of spiritual sacrifices].”

The coronation chair of the kingly line of the tribe of Judah continues to this day in Westminster Abbey in London. God said in Genesis 49:10 that a lawgiver would parallel that scepter promise, which continues until Christ returns. (p. 118 THE KEY OF DAVID)

Old coronation chair in London

The leading ministers of the PCG believe that Queen Elizabeth II who is now currently sitting in the throne of David in Britain since June 2, 1953 would be replaced by a KING as they presume that the Bible does indicate such an eventuality to take place in this last end. They have also thought that there would be another OVERTURN on top what has been prophesied in the Bible as written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong:

Now consider a much misunderstood passage of prophecy. If you will begin reading at the 18th verse of the 21st chapter of Ezekiel, you will see plainly that the Eternal is here speaking of the captivity of Judah by the king of Babylon. And, beginning in the 25th verse, He says: “And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel [Zedekiah], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown [as did happen, through the first half of Jeremiah’s commission]: this [the crown] shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (p. 90, United States and Britain in Prophecy, 2009 edition)

3 overturns

This is the main reason behind their decision to go to Edstone in Warwickshire, England because they think that there will be a FOURTH OVERTURN before Christ comes. They have assumed this FOURTH OVERTURN will happen due to an interpretation of a prophecy in Isaiah 16:5 –

And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

Little do the 25 leading ministers of the Philadelphia Church of God know that God has allowed them to be enticed to this PREPARED DECEPTION because of their own vanity. They have led God’s people away from the Jerusalem work and turned to a supposedly NEW LIGHT in Edstone, Warwickshire, England. What they have actually done was to go against decision of God’s SIGNET, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong to close the England work for good because of rebellion against God’s government in May 1974. Yet exactly 40 years later, on May 2014, history has repeated itself which became a prophecy against them. What were they thinking? Do they think that they know better than the end-time Elijah who restored all things? 

Yes, the British Isles heard Christ’s gospel! But they accepted, instead, the idolatry of the Druids, pagan worship, and the counterfeit “Christianity” of the Roman Babylonian mystery religion, and even spawned the devil’s religion of the evolutionary concept. (p. 131, The United States and Britain in Prophecy)

The Philadelphia Church of God once believed and supported that thought of Mr. Armstrong as we can read from one of the last end Joshua’s fellows, Brad Macdonald who wrote in the Trumpet website about those Druids in Britain:

Britain’s Spiritual Inversion

November 18, 2010  •  From theTrumpet.com

The British government embraces pagans, and continues to marginalize voices of reason and hope.

If you like to dance around stones and worship thunder, you should think about moving to Britain.

Last month, the Charity Commission recognized druidism as an official religion. Druids in Britain, of which there are about 10,000, can now claim tax exemptions and have access to other valuable “rights.” For instance, druids in prison may now take twigs, or magic wands, into their cells, and can request time off work to worship the sun.

Many are concerned that this decision will crack the door open for Britain’s growing number of witches, warlocks and wizards to seek legitimacy from the Charity Commission.

Source: https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/7649.7.0.0/religion/britains-spiritual-inversion

Yet that was already history, the DRUNKARDS OF EPHRAIM have now shown their true colors as they were able to influence Mr. Gerald Flurry through his son, Stephen to leave the Jerusalem work and instead choose to work in their HOMELAND, in Edstone, Warwickshire, England which was once known as the KINGDOM OF THE WITCHES. There’s was even an article written in the Trumpet.com website, entitled Who Were the Druids?, wherein it painted a totally different hue compared to their previous discourse of this subject. They are no longer aligned with Mr. Armstrong’s thoughts about the Druids. Now it seems that with their decision to move to Britain, they shown already that they would “like to dance around stones and worship thunder” which shows that they have totally embraced Druidism. Well in real fact, they already did with their promotion of IRISH DANCE, MOTHER’S DAY, and CREMATION in the midst of the PCG membership around the world.

Celtic Druid vs Religion of Jeroboam

Here is the QUESTION: Is there really a need for a FOURTH OVERTURN of the physical throne of David? Do we need to wait for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by a new king? It has been a common belief among God’s own people that the scepter promise, referred to a kingly line that would rule from the time of David right up to the Second Coming of the Messiah, yet notice carefully the other side of the equation: “THE SCEPTER ALSO REFERS TO THE PROMISE OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

 

THE BRANCH

The last end Joshua and his fellows led God’s people away from Jerusalem which God has chosen (Zechariah 3:1-2, 8). They have listened to a VOICE that declares from Dan (Jeremiah 4:15). Now look at how God has planned to correct the problem which Joshua has allowed to prosper inside God’s Church:

And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, 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. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch. (Zechariah 3:6-8)

To understand how God was able to fulfill this prophecy in verse 8, let’s first consider what happens during a typical annual olive tree cycle? (emphasis mine in bold)

The Annual Olive Tree Cycle

By OLIVARAMA on December 27, 2011

Like other plants, the olive tree is governed by a development cycle bound to the seasons of the year. Thus, having spent the winter in a deep state of lethargy, it is in the spring, summer and autumn that it undergoes the most stages. Each and every one of which will depend on how the buds have evolved.

While some of the buds sprouting from the olive tree will end up turning into blossoms that subsequently give shape to the fruit, others will move towards the future becoming, first shoots and then branches. These branches, in turn, will generate new buds in such a way that this cycle is always guaranteed.

This and other subsequent cycles are known throughout the agronomous world as phenological stages and, as we have seen, the former corresponds to budding.

In this process, the origin of everything is concentrated in the buds which, in reality, protect  a latent reduced version of what will be the upper parts of the tree in the future…

The budding begins

In both cases, the arrival of spring brings a gradual increase in the temperatures, as well as more daylight hours. This triggers the beginning of the budding process in the tree. A return to life, now that the winter has been surpassed.

Logically, in the warmer regions, this phenomenon takes place earlier than in the cold zones… (T)he first olive groves budding in early March and the latest in late April.

When this process begins, the buds open the new leaves as these stretch over the outer edge, thus giving rise to the growth of a NEW BRANCH. It should be clear in this explanation that the trees grow from their shoots and not, as people popularly believe, by “stretching” their branches or their trunk.

This growth will be faster or slower depending on conditions such as the availability of water and light, as well as the nutritional and sanitary conditions. This is why it is vitally important for the growth to be sufficient, as on these new branches other leaves will develop and other new buds, which will allow the olive tree to blossom the following year and which will, therefore, provide a fruitful future harvest.

In this phase, the growth pattern of the buds is always the same: TWO LEAVES that emerge in opposite directions on each internode, rotating their 90º angle on the following internode.

Source: http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-making-and-milling/annual-olive-tree-cycle/23061

olive branch

As prophesied in Zechariah chapter 3, it says there that “I (God) will bring forth my servant the Branch,” which is actually His way of correcting what Joshua and his fellows had done to His Church leading them away from Jerusalem which He has chosen. For emphasis, the typical natural budding process of an olive tree usually happens “in early March and the latest in late April.” The same was true with the BRANCH, Jesus Christ who has been brought forth through the ADD YE YEAR TO YEAR prophecy of Isaiah 29. To better understand this prophecy let us consider what has been written in The Last End – A Book of Remembrance:

ADD YE YEAR TO YEAR

“Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices” (Isaiah 29:1)

The word “sacrifice” is from the Hebrew word chag (H2282) which also means a festival, solemn feast day, while the word “kill” is H5362 which also means, circulate, go round.

To better understand what God meant with these words in connection to the expression of grief (“Woe to Ariel”), let us read from the Amplified Bible:

“…Add yet another year; let the feasts run their round [but only one year more].”

Does it mean that this “woe” in verse 1 is connected to a solemn feast day? Let us consider briefly: as discussed here, God’s festivals are calculated once Tishri 1 (Feast of Trumpets) is determined.

(O)nce the new moon (or molad) is determined for the month called Tishri (the seventh month), the Feast of Trumpets (to be observed on the first day of the seventh month) is adjusted according to certain rules…

Once these rules for the calendar were made public, anyone could determine the first day of the month of Tishri. …The holy days for the rest of the year and the next year could then be determined by calculation. Passover is always 164 days before Trumpets. Atonement is 9 days after Trumpets, on Tishri 10, etc. These rules demonstrate that God places greater importance on His holy days than He does on the calendar. John Kossey summed it up this way: “Instead of the sacred festivals being subordinate to the Hebrew calendar the latter serves the holy days.” (by Stephen Flurry and Mark Nash, God’s Sacred Calendar Part 2)

See how important Tishri 1 or the Feast of Trumpets is in determining the dates of the other holy days? In principle, all of God’s festivals are anchored on the Feast of Trumpets. So what if Tishri 1 is wrongly determined? Then it follows that all of the preceding and succeeding holy days will be off track as well.

Now let’s consider again the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles: the scheduled date it has to be observed is on September 19-25.

PCG calendar2

Since the observance of that feast began at the evening of September 18, then it follows that the supposedly great fall harvest festival is still very much in the SUMMER SOLSTICE which is FOUR DAYS prior to the actual autumnal equinox on the evening of September 22, 2013! Thus, half of the Feast of Tabernacles will be observed during the end of the summer season while the other half at the revolution of the year! THIS IS NO SMALL ERROR! AND GOD IS VERY MUCH AWARE OF IT!

But how did that error happen? It has everything to do with the determination of Tishri 1 of 2013. And what date was it?

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013!

Does it ring a bell? It was the death anniversary of Mrs. Barbara Flurry! God keeps on mirroring that date. Do we know why? So we can REMEMBER.

Now, how will God correct that error? The answer is in the latter part of Isaiah 29:1;

“Add year to year; let the feasts run their round.” (RSV)

This verse seems to be a bit obscure and impossible to achieve – adding year to another year? To better understand, let us consider this first:

Notice Exodus 34:22: “And thou shalt observe … the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.” In most Bible margins, that last phrase reads, “at the revolution of the year.” The Hebrew word for revolution is tequfah and is used specifically for the equinoxes or solstices. This passage in Exodus is referring to God’s holy days and how they are to be kept in their seasons. The feast of ingathering, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, pictures the great fall harvest and therefore occurs every year in the fall. This verse says THE FEAST IS TO OCCUR at the TURN OF THE YEAR, which means AT OR AFTER THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, which normally occurs on September 23… (ibid.)

Now look at the phrase, “let the feasts run their round,” – basing from what we have read, this must mean “LET THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES OCCUR AT THE REVOLUTION OF THE YEAR.” You get it? It means we must let the feasts run AT OR AFTER THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, and if it does not fall at the revolution of the year, make a correction by adding another set of annual festivals, this time, within the autumnal equinox. This must mean one whole set of annual festivals must be added on top of the one that has been scheduled for that particular year only (i.e., 2013). As the Amplified Bible renders it:

“…Add yet another year; let the feasts run their round [but only one year more].”

Remember that the occurrence of this phenomenon will happen ONLY in the year 2013. The next time this error will occur will take more than a hundred years. The last time it happened was in the year 1899 which could very well be in the Sardis era yet. So this is a once in a lifetime error that God has allowed at this specific time to fulfill His will. (pp. 374-376, The Last End – A Book of Remembrance)

The “ADD YE YEAR TO YEAR” prophecy that happened last 2013 had a Passover date which fell on April 24, 2013, Wednesday. Considering again the typical natural budding process of an olive tree that usually happens “in early March and the latest in late April,” the BRANCH, Jesus Christ was brought forth as prophesied in Zechariah 3:8 through the two witnesses. God allowed His two witnesses to observe the TRUE Passover dates and the other annual feasts days of 2013 to set them apart to finish His work in this last end. Apparently, this date of Passover of 2013 was the same date when Christ was offered on the Passover of April 25, 31 A.D., Wednesday. Notice that 2013 and 31 has just been reversed and it happened on a MIDST OF THE WEEK – a Wednesday. Jesus Christ was CUT-OFF on the MIDST OF THE WEEK in the first century; moreover, He was brought brought forth on a MIDST OF THE WEEK during this last end. (To learn about its prophetic significance you can read it here and here.)

Notice again how the physical budding process begins during a typical annual olive tree cycle that happens “in early March and the latest in late April“: “In this phase, the growth pattern of the buds is always the same: TWO LEAVES that emerge in opposite directions on each internode” – again for emphasis, it says there that “it’s always the same” – TWO LEAVES EMERGES ON OPPOSITE DIRECTION! Out of the NEW BRANCH came forth TWO OLIVE LEAVES! Looking at it spiritually, this is the same prophesied TWO OLIVE BRANCHES of Zechariah 4! Christ was able to be BROUGHT FORTH on the REAL DATE of the 2013 Passover which fell on April 24, Wednesday – MIDST OF THE WEEK!

Zechariah 4 - two olive trees

And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:12-14)

This is the same BRANCH being mentioned Zechariah chapter 6:11-12

Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: ( Zechariah 6:11-12)

The word “grow up” in Strong’s Concordance: (H6779), “tsamach,” which means “to sprout, spring up“; while the phrase “out of his place” (H8478) “tachath” means “underneath, below.” In the New American Standard Bible translation it can also mean, “against, amid, among, beneath, exchange underneath, while she was mine”

UNDERNEATH in the dictionary means:

  • under the control of; in a lower position than, esp. in a hierarchy of authority.
  • hidden, disguised, or misrepresented by, as a false appearance or pretense:

While BENEATH means:

  • covered or concealed
  • below, especially if covered, protected, or obscured by
  • not as great or good as would be demanded by
  • less important than; inferior to, as in rank or power:
  • below the level or dignity of:
  • inferior to, not good enough for, lower in status than, not as important as
  • in a lower position than

WHILE SHE WAS MINE – the BRANCH (Jesus Christ coming in the flesh through His TWO WITNESSES) was right there in the MIDST or AMONG His own Church concealed, hidden, disguised, having a false appearance or in pretense while watching over what is happening inside His own Church. – He was “under the control of; in a lower position than, especially in a hierarchy of authority.” So the two witnesses as Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote really will be in a lower position in the hierarchy of authority WHILE INSIDE His own place or His own Church.

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.

Source: https://www.pcog.org/article/916/who-are-the-two-witnesses

Going back to the prophecy in Isaiah chapter 29:

Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. (Isaiah 29:1)

God prepared His TWO WITNESSES through the Isaiah 29 ADD YE YEAR TO YEAR prophecy to be slaughtered like a sacrifice as prophesied in Revelation 11:7-8

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:7-8)

That is the reason God inspired that His TWO WITNESSES will have to observe the Passover of 2013 which was the same day (Wednesday, April 24) when Christ has been crucified. Christ was cut off in the MIDST OF THE WEEK (Wednesday), the same way His TWO WITNESSES has picked up where He was cut off ON THAT SAME DAY, MIDST OF THE WEEK (Wednesday). It’s also the SAME TIME in the annual life cycle of an olive tree that a NEW BRANCH usually spring forth with its TWO OLIVE LEAVES in late April!

And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (Zechariah 6:12-13)

Notice the word “both”; it came from the original Hebrew word which primarily mean: TWO, TWOFOLD. The translators have some difficulty in translating verse 13 so they prefer to use the word “both.” Yet from what we have just discussed, the right word that must be used should be the word “TWO.” Thus, we can read the latter part this way, ” and the counsel of peace shall be between the TWO.” The BRANCH was brought forth and initially TWO OLIVE LEAVES emerged from it which later became TWO OLIVE BRANCHES!

“and the counsel of peace shall be between the TWOFOLD” – What could this TWOFOLD be referring to? To better understand what this prophecy means, let us define this word first: In the dictionary, TWOFOLD means, “COMPOSED OF TWO PARTS.” Considering the context of the prophecy in verse 13, we can see that it is speaking about a THRONE. Adding the thought of TWOFOLD to that THRONE, we can have a TWOFOLD THRONE or a THRONE which is COMPOSED OF TWO PARTS. This prophecy is better explained by the end-time Zerubbabel, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. In his 1983 Feast of Tabernacles sermon he said (emphasis mine):

But His WIFE will have made herself ready. And now finally, I want you to turn to the 20th chapter of Revelation. And the first few verses refer to the angel from the bottomless pit laying hands on Satan the devil and putting him in a prison for a thousand years and then there’ll be no Satan. Now there’s the throne and there’s this world’s government and there it is. Jesus is COMING TO SIT ON TWO THRONES brethren. He’s going to sit on the throne of David but that’s only over the nations of Israel. But He’s also going to sit on the throne of Satan that was put there for Lucifer and Christ is going to sit on that throne. And that’s the throne over the whole earth. And we are going if we overcome to sit with Him on His THRONES. Revelation 3:21, and if we overcome we will be given power over the nations to rule them with the rod of iron. Revelation 2:26 and 27. And then as we read here in the fourth verse after Satan is taken away, “and I saw thrones” and they sat upon that, THE THRONES THAT WE WILL OCCUPY, MORE THAN ONE and judgment was given unto the saints, you see, “and judgment was given unto them”, that means the Church.

The BRANCH was brought forth so the people in God’s own Church can understand that there are ACTUALLY TWO THRONES to which Christ shall sit upon on this earth when he comes as reiterated by the end-time Zerubbabel, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. The PCG has been going after the throne of David the reason they went to England and they left the Jerusalem work and as a result, God did not allow them to remember the other throne – the throne of Satan which is the throne of the whole earth that Christ will also sit upon together with His Wife. Do you think there is a need for the throne of David to be overturned one last time prior to Christ’s Second Coming. Would there be a need for a transitional king to be crowned as the PCG is currently thinking? Is there really a need for it? I think there’s no more need for it because Christ will come when the whole world is not even aware of His coming, even His own Church. There will be understanding between the two offices – that of a king and a priest because Christ will both occupy those two offices when He comes.

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10)

Those who overcomes will also be sitting on those TWO THRONES. For emphasis let’s read again what Mr. Armstrong said:

Jesus is COMING TO SIT ON TWO THRONES brethren. He’s going to sit on the throne of David but that’s only over the nations of Israel. But He’s also going to sit on the throne of Satan that was put there for Lucifer and Christ is going to sit on that throne. And that’s the throne over the whole earth. And we are going if we overcome to sit with Him on His thrones.

If the BRANCH, Jesus Christ is to sit on TWO THRONES, where is the other throne, i.e., throne of Satan be? We know already that the throne of David is situated in Westminster Abbey in London. Well how about Satan’s throne, where can we find it?

 

THE THRONE OF SATAN

Sun Tzu, a famous  Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher who wrote a treatise on military tactics, entitled The Art of War once said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Throughout the ages, there is only one name we can think of when the word “enemy” comes to mind: Satan the devil. To be able gain victory according to Sun Tzu, we need to know our enemy. So let us know him better. The name of Satan is H7854 in Strong’s Concordance which is defined as “an opponent, the arch enemy of good: adversary.” 

In the dictionary, the word OPPONENT means, “one that opposes another or others, as in a battle.” We know from the pages of the Bible that Satan always engages God and His people in a battle. He always loves to war against God’s Church as we can read from Revelation 12. Now, in order to locate where the throne of Satan is, let us briefly understand some basic objectives and aspects of a war.

Carl Philipp Gottfried (or Gottlieb) von Clausewitz a Prussian general and military theorist stressed that the “moral” (in modern terms, psychological) and political aspects of war included general principles of strategy by saying that warfare has three main objectives:

  1. To conquer and destroy the armed power of the enemy;
  2. To take possession of his material and other sources of strength,
  3. To occupy the enemy’s capital

Source: Wikipedia- Carl von Clausewitz

Now, let’s consider when the archangel Lucifer who later became Satan the devil attacked God’s heavenly throne:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (Isaiah 14:12-15)

We can also read another vicious attack of Satan and his minions in Revelation 12:7-9

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)

Let us apply what military theorist Carl Philipp von Clausewitz said about the warfare having those three main objectives:

  1. To conquer and destroy the armed power of the enemy – Satan and his demons tried to conquer the armed power of God, i.e., Michael and his angels
  2. To take possession of his material and other sources of strength – Satan took possession of the earth and 1/3 of the angels of God with him
  3. To occupy the enemy’s capital – Satan tried to occupy the throne of God in the northern heavens

Remember the TITANIC BATTLE OF THE AGES as Mr. Armstrong used to describe the account in Matthew chapter 4? Christ did retaliate to do battle against His arch enemy, Satan the devil in his own capital where his throne is actually located. Where is it?

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  (Matthew 4:1-4)

Notice carefully Satan’s utterance in verses 3 and 6: “If thou be the Son of God…” – he was asking Jesus Christ if He knew His true identity. That was what Sun Tzu wrote about, “If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Here is what Christ’s reply was:

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:7)

Jesus Christ knew Himself before He went into battle with Satan, He had fasted forty days and forty nights.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (Matthew 4:5)

Here is what the Geneva Bible Commentary wrote regarding verse 5:

(b) The battlement which encompassed the flat roof of the Temple so that no man might fall down: as was appointed by the law; (Deuteronomy 22:8 ).

Notice that Satan brought Jesus Christ in the pinnacle of the temple. The BATTLE TOOK PLACE AT THE PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE. The same way the REMEMBRANCERS are doing battle against Satan – they have been brought spiritually to that same place to battle who is currently in charge at the PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLEthe Macdonalds: the SON OF THE WORLD RULER!

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9)

Now look closely at this particular event when Satan took Jesus Christ into “an exceeding high mountain” where they both had the view of all the kingdoms of the world from their position. Apparently, there is where we can find the EXACT LOCATION of Satan’s throne! Why do you think did God inspire it to be written that the devil “sheweth him (Christ) all the kingdoms of the world” from that spot? As Mr. Armstrong emphasized in his 1983 Feast of Tabernacles sermon about Satan’s throne – “that’s the throne over the whole earth! 

Where can we find this “exceeding high mountain” being referred to here? Remember the location where Christ went in verse 1? It’s actually in the wilderness or the Judean desert which is east of Jerusalem!

For the final temptation, the devil takes Jesus to a high place, which Matthew explicitly identifies as a very high mountain, where all the kingdoms of the world can be seen. The spot pointed out by tradition as the summit from which Satan offered to Jesus dominion over all earthly kingdoms is the “Quarantania”, a limestone peak on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.

John Calvin supported the view that the devil took Jesus to a vision of a high place where he could see the entire world.

Source: Wikipedia: Temptation of Christ

The Mount of Temptation is said to be the hill in the Judaean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The exact location is unknown and impossible to determine. It is generally identified with Mount Quarantania, Arabic name: Jabal al-Qarantal, a mountain approximately 366 metres (1,201 ft) high, towering from the northwest over the town of Jericho in the West Bank. According to the public domain Catholic Encyclopedia (1907-1914), Quarantania is “a limestone peak on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho”.

Source: Wikipedia: Mount of Temptation

Jericho - Mountain of Temptation

Here is another source:

Mount of Temptation

West Bank

The Mount of Temptation, with a gravity-defying monastery clinging to its sheer face, is traditionally regarded as the mountain on which Christ was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast.

The summit of the mount, about 360 metres above sea level, offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the mountains of Moab and Gilead.

The Mount of Temptation is about 5km north-west of the West Bank city of Jericho. Access to the summit is by a 30-minute trek up a steep path — passing through the cliffhanging monastery on the way — or by a 5-minute cable car ride from Tel Jericho…

The mountain is also known as Mount Quarantania and Jebel Quarantul. Both names arise from a mispronunciation of the Latin word Quarentena, meaning 40, the number of days in Christ’s fast. This period of fasting became the model for the practice of Lent in Christian churches.

Source: http://www.seetheholyland.net/mount-of-temptation/

Mount of Temptation West Bank Israel

As we can see here that the seat of Satan’s throne is actually located in the West Bank. Do we have to wonder why the attack on Israel mostly comes from that region?

Jerusalem unrest spills over to West Bank

At least 31 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year.

09 Oct 2015 11:23 GMT

A new wave of violence has hit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, raising fears that events may spin out of control.

Since October 1, four Israelis have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian assailants. Six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces – three during clashes and three suspected assailants shot dead during stabbing attacks on Israelis.

Anger has continued to grow as protests spread throughout the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Palestinian communities in Israel.

Right-wing Israeli groups have also protested, calling for their government to take “revenge” on Palestinians in response to the spate of stabbings.

Led by right-wing activists, hundreds of Israelis, among them many settlers, gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday to call for more bloodshed. “Death to Arabs!” the protesters shouted as they marched through the city.

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/10/jerusalem-unrest-spills-west-bank-151009072653890.html

Since the throne of Satan is in the modern day nation of Israel in the Middle East, it is the main reason the Devil enticed God’s Church, the Philadelphia Church of God to go out of Jerusalem because he was being threatened by their mere presence. Now, God’s REMEMBRANCERS have been placed on that part of the globe to secure their claim for the throne of Satan with the return of Jesus Christ. Satan knew that if God’s Church will have even a small SPOT, WRINKLE or BLEMISH through the paganism that was injected in its doctrines, and eventually turn their back on the Jerusalem work, Christ will divorce them and He will not be able to marry His own Bride, thus no reason to return and take Satan’s throne. Satan is indeed very crafty and he always put a stumbling-block in the way of Christ’s Bride throughout all the Church age – from Ephesus down to this Laodicean era. If not for this small insignificant remnant, Satan might have won this battle.

The Gentile work of PROVOKING ISRAEL (God’s Church) to jealousy is already coming to pass. Look at what the PCG has posted in their twitter account on October 6, 2015 @6:48 AM.

PCG‏@PCG_News: Hope you had an inspiring #PCGFOT! … Next year, in Jerusalem

PCG News 6 Oct 2015 Twitter

Now, Christ through His REMEMBRANCERS is fulfilling the prophecy in Hosea chapter 6 of bringing the Philadelphia Church of God back to Jerusalem:

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Hosea 6:1-2. Apply the day for a year prophecy in Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34)

Stephen Flurry left Jerusalem 10 August 2013

After EXACTLY three years the PCG is now planning to return to Jerusalem – they officially left Jerusalem on August 10, 2013 as posted from Stephen Flurry’s twitter account. We can also read a similar prophecy in Isaiah chapter 16:

This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab since that time. But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble. (Isaiah 16:13-14)

Stephen Flurry who fulfills this Moab in prophecy will be dishonored, disgraced and degraded when he finally realized that what he has done to God’s Church has brought them into ruin. The remnant from the PCG then will be very small because some will listen to The Assyrian. Yet if he repents, God will allow him and those remnant to partake of the NEW REVELATIONS in this last end.

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:3)

But right now, what is the PCG’s main problem? Let’s consider what Mr. Herbert W Armstrong said about the root cause of their problem. In his World Tomorrow program titled “The Sabbath” which he gave in Wildwood Castle Petersburg Tennessee, he said:

“Just let God send a leader; people will follow the leader. They want to follow a man instead of following God. And they’ll follow the man and if the man is a man of God, they’re following God because they follow the man but just let that man go away about forty days and the people forget all about him. And they get back into their own ways again. My friends, most of you are like that; that’s human nature! And my friends listen, THAT’S THE THING YOU WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO OVERCOME! That’s the thing you were put here to eradicate out of your nature! WHY DON’T YOU BEGIN TO REALLY FOLLOW GOD!”

God’s people will need to learn that lesson of FOLLOWING GOD and NOT those men around us. Believe your own Bibles: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Think about it: Why would God allow His apostles to die? Surely the people thought, amid all the persecution, that they needed those men! But God responded, No – YOU NEED ME! You need to know that I AM with you! In too many cases, the people of God didn’t understand that. We all have the power we need. Jesus Christ Himself is leading His Church! But look what happened after Mr. Armstrong died. The people DIDN’T SEE CHRIST, and everything fell apart. God really does want to know if we truly LOVE His law and government. He wants to see if we can stand alone with Him – and without another man.” (p. 8, Royal Vision September-October 2012 issue)

God simply wants to deeply etch in the minds of all His people throughout all generations that WE NEED HIM and not those puny little men around us. We need to know and clearly understand that God is with us if we truly love His law and government – Because if we put our trust in a mortal man, God considers it already as idolatry, PERIOD! Here is what Mr. Flurry said about looking too much on him and the other ministers as he wrote it in his co-worker letter on May 6, 2014:

Dear members and co-workers with Christ,

How deep is your faith? How clear is your spiritual vision?… The answers to these questions are extremely important to your spiritual health – and to God.

In August of 1977, Herbert W. Armstrong died at his home in Tucson… “Shortly after they’d told me what had happened,” Mr. Armstrong later wrote, “I felt that if my work in God’s hands were finished and God didn’t have any further use for me in His Work, that I would rather have remained dead. Because if they hadn’t intervened I would have been buried in two or three days” (Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong, Volume 2)…

Mr. Armstrong kept mentioning that incident because the Church did not get the lesson. Just like Christ, Mr. Armstrong was probably weeping for the Laodiceans, and trying to get their minds off the man and onto THE BEING WHO DOES THE RESURRECTING!

I want to relate that history to something that happened to me recently. On January 4, I fainted on stage while giving a sermon. A few weeks before that incident, I told a regional director I believed some of our members looked to me and even the other ministers too much. I wanted to make sure the ministers were helping the people be aware of that. However, before I had a chance to do anything about it, this incident occurred. I think that was God’s way of saying that He agreed with me. I didn’t necessarily like the way He demonstrated that, but it shows me that He motivated what I was thinking.

We need to remember that a minister is just a puny little man. Of course, God works through men, but we are just men. (pp. 1-2)

Have we learned that lesson of not looking too much on men? Time is running out. There will come a time when you will need to decide who to follow after God removes Mr. Gerald Flurry. Will you follow Stephen Flurry? Will you follow Brad Macdonald and all those PCG leading ministers? They are the prophesied Joshua and his fellows who led God’s people away from Jerusalem which God has chosen. They are the MEN OF SIGN that the Day of the Lord is already here!

Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. (Zechariah 3:8-9)

God has already brought forth the BRANCH (Jesus Christ coming in the flesh). He is now building His spiritual temple. His wife has also made herself ready. Are you ready? For emphasis, let us consider again what the end-time Zerubbabel, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong said in his 1983 Feast of Tabernacles sermon (emphasis mine):

But His WIFE has made herself ready. And now finally, I want you to turn to the 20th chapter of Revelation. And the first few verses refer to the angel of the bottomless pit laying hands on Satan the devil and putting him in a prison for a thousand years and then there’ll be no Satan. Now there’s the throne and there’s this world’s government and there it is. Jesus is COMING TO SIT ON TWO THRONES brethren. He’s going to sit on the throne of David but that’s only over the nations of Israel. But He’s also going to sit on the throne of Satan that was put there for Lucifer and Christ is going to sit on that throne. And that’s the throne over the whole earth. And we are going if we overcome to sit with Him on His THRONES. Revelation 3:21, and if we overcome we will be given power over the nations to rule them with the rod of iron. Revelation 2:26 and 27. And then as we read here in the fourth verse after Satan is taken away, “and I saw thrones” and they sat upon that, THE THRONES THAT WE WILL OCCUPY, MORE THAN ONE and judgment was given unto the saints, you see, “and judgment was given unto them”, that means the Church.

If you are inside the Philadelphia Church of God, you can NEVER have the opportunity to sit on these TWO THRONES because Satan was already able to snatch it from you. He used those Edomite ministers who turned their backs on Jerusalem to choose Edstone in its stead. You will need to deeply repent toward God, MAKE JERUSALEM YOUR CHIEF JOY and support His REMEMBRANCERS to be able to do so, because the BRANCH has already been brought forth in their midst.

 

 

 

 

One thought on “The BRANCH, the Throne of David and the Throne of Satan

  1. IT IS TRUELY A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SO BLIND AND LUKEWARM AND CASUAL THAT ARE SO INCLINED TO FOLLOW THE WRONG MINISTERS TO DISASTER RATHER THAN TO RECOGNIZE AND IDENTIFY GOD’S 2 PROPHETS (2 WITNESSES ) WHOM GOD HAS RAISED UP TO CORRECT AND WARN HIS OWN CHURCH .

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