In the 7th chapter of the book of Daniel, a disturbing prophecy from God was conferred to Daniel through a dream which reveals future events in God’s church. What will be its effects on God’s people in this day and age?
This is the first prophecy in the book of Daniel which he himself directly received from God. Other prophecies in the earlier chapters of his book, for instance, the Great Image of Daniel 2 was shown to King Nebuchadnezzar and interpreted only by Daniel.
Consider the effect of this dream on Daniel. A couple of times in Chapter 7, Daniel expressed his feeling of alarm and distress over this mysterious vision.
I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me… Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart. (Daniel 7:15, 28)
His reflection or thoughts of the matter greatly frightened him thus affecting his look. However, this prophecy was not for Daniel’s time. It was for a future time.
It was locked up from human understanding till the latter days – the time of the end as intimated in verse 9 of the 12th chapter of Daniel.
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Daniel 12:9)
This is the time we are living in right now.
Daniel would not be so greatly affected by this dream if it had nothing to do with him. The truth is, he was bothered because this vision had everything to do with his fellow believers in this end-time – his own people.
This vision is directed to God’s own people at the close of this age. It is for God’s true church in this last era just before Jesus Christ comes back on earth. And which church is considered the only true Church of God in this end-time? It’s none other than The Philadelphia Church of God.
God made sure that He will make the wise to understand this vision in the end-time. But the wicked shall be in darkness and stumble.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:10)
IN LIGHT OF OTHER PROPHECIES
In page 6 of his booklet entitled, “Are we in the Last Days?” Mr. Herbert Armstrong wrote, “A full understanding of Daniel chapter 2 must include Daniel chapter 7 and Revelation chapters 13 and 17.”
This also applies to Daniel Chapter 7 and to the other chapters he mentioned in that statement.
A full understanding of Daniel chapter 7 must include Daniel chapter 2 and Revelation chapters 13 and 17.
All these prophecies are interconnected. The prophecies of Daniel must be understood in light of the other prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
When you study one of these prophecies, the other prophecies will fill in some of the important details. Why? Because these prophecies speak of the same subject. They are just one and the same vision.
Daniel’s dream in the 7th chapter occurred in the first year reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. (Daniel 7:1)
In his dream, Daniel saw a series of upsetting events which he made a record of and became part of his prophetic book. He wrote only the sum of the matters.
The word matters means words.
And regarding the word sum, here is what Barnes Commentary has to say.
“The word “sum” here – ראשׁ rē‘sh – means “head”; and would properly denote such a record as would be a heading up, or a summary – as stating in a brief way the contents of a book, or the chief points of a thing without going into detail.” (emphasis mine in bold)
Daniel recorded this prophecy like a headline on a newspaper or a summary of a story – giving us only a glimpse of the whole story in few words. It contains only the main points, or just the highlights of the whole vision.
No specifics were given as to the identity, dates, and places so as not to defeat the whole purpose of the prophecy. Most are in symbols for the purpose of hiding the true meaning until the proper time has come.
God has to give the understanding. And when the events unfold, those symbols will become plain or easy to understand.
This vision about the four great beasts is divided into two major divisions. The first part, verses 1 to 14, Daniel recounted his dream. The second part, verses 15 to 28, presents to us the interpretation of the dream.
THE FOUR WINDS OF HEAVEN
Notice how this extraordinary vision of Daniel set off with a grand spectacle of the four winds of heaven.
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. (Daniel 7:2)
Daniel witnessed these four winds of the heaven striving against or contending with the great sea.
What are these mystical four winds of heaven? What do they represent? Besides, what is this equally cryptic great sea which the four winds of heaven are vehemently contending with?
These mysterious four winds of heaven are also mentioned in other prophecies of Daniel (Daniel 8:8; 11:4) and in the book of Zechariah (Zech. 2:6).
In other places in the Bible, these four winds of heaven are introduced in a slightly different way as four spirits of heavens or four winds of the earth or simply four winds. (Zechariah 6:5; Revelation 7:1; Jeremiah 49:36; Ezekiel 37:9; Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27)
In Hebrew, the word for “wind” can also mean “spirit.” For this reason, the “four winds” is also called “four spirits.”
These four winds are commissioned in the bible in various ways. They are mentioned in the context of weird events as foretold by God’s servants.
Notice how God employs these four winds of heaven in various prophecies in the bible.
In Ezekiel’s prophecy about The Valley of Dry Bones, the four winds of heaven were called upon together to bring back to life the whole House of Israel who were slain by their enemies.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. (Ezekiel 37:9)
The word wind in the phrase, “Prophesy unto the wind,” refers to the four winds or the four winds of heaven. These four winds of heaven are here pictured as the source of breath that will restore life to the house of Israel.
The prophet Ezekiel was directed by God to prophesy to the four winds of heaven and command them to breathe life to the slain. The command is a metaphor. These four winds were not like God who can literally breathe life to someone who is dead physically. And the slain were not murdered in the flesh. These slain were spiritually murdered.
The breath is symbolic of God’s prophecies revealed to them which acts like a life-giving agent to bring to life those who were slain spiritually.
So, these four winds of heaven breathe prophecies into those slain and they lived.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. (Ezekiel 37:10)
Another role that these four winds of heaven will play in this end-time is found in Revelation 7:1-3.
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. (Revelation 7:1-3)
In this prophecy, the four winds of heaven are here presented as the four winds of the earth.
The Apostle John in this vision observed these four winds of the earth being held by another four angelic beings. These angels were standing on the four corners of the earth or the whole world keeping the four winds of the earth from blowing or from further actions.
Now, if these four winds of the earth were angels too, then how was this scenario possible in God’s realm? Why would some angels prevent other angels to proceed with their directive from God? Imagine an angel of God stopping another angel of God. That will be odd. We know that God is their only source of command or instruction. Therefore, there should be no confusion.
Hence, this verse just proved to us and provided us an insight that these four winds of the earth are not angelic beings but humans who are being employed by God in this end-time.
In this vision, each of these four winds of the earth had an angel assigned to them, preventing them from blowing.
The earth, sea, and the trees refer to God’s church. Those four angels were holding the four winds of the earth, preventing them from blowing on God’s church until God’s servants were sealed.
In the 49th chapter of Jeremiah, the combined power of the four winds of heaven was used against the nation of Elam, to scatter the people in all directions.
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might. And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 49:34-39)
These four winds were also mentioned by Jesus Christ when He prophesied of His Second Coming. When He returns He will command His angels with a loud sounding of trumpet to gather His elect who are with the four winds. God’s elect will be gathered only from these four winds.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31)
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. (Mark 13:27)
These four winds of heaven or four spirits of the heavens are described in more detail in the 6th chapter of the book of Zechariah. Verse 5 tells us that they stand before God in the whole earth. They are on God side and they fight with Him.
And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. (Zechariah 6:5)
They are called the four chariots (verse 1). The horses in these chariots are of divers colors: red, black, white, grisled and bay.
And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. (Zechariah 6:1-3)
Habakkuk 3:8 reveals more of what these four chariots are.
Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? (Habakkuk 3:8)
The word and, in this verse, is in Italics which means that it was just inserted. The thought of the latter part of the passage is that God rode His horses which are His chariots of salvation. These chariots are saviors! They are God’s instruments in saving His own people from the wickedness of the ministry.
God is greatly displeased with the PCG ministers [rivers] and fuming because of the abominations, lies and oppression that they have perpetrated against His people. Thus, He rides His horses which are His chariots of salvation.
The four winds of heaven are God’s chariots of salvation.
Verses 6 & 7 of Zechariah show us their jobs.
The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. (Zechariah 6:6-7)
These chariots of salvation are the great and strong people of God who are employed by Him as His instruments of judgment during the Day of the Lord as prophesied in the 2nd chapter of the book of Joel. They are a group known as, The Remembrancers.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people [PCG] shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? (Joel 2:1-11)
In terms of greatness and strength, no other people can be compared to them in all generations of man’s existence! (verse 2) It is because their strength comes from the Almighty God of the universe.
The Remembrancers is God’s army or God’s camp in this great and terrible day of the Lord.
God’s words through this group devours like fire! Everything is consumed as they pass thru. They walk and run throughout the city or earth which refers to God’s church.
And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. (Zechariah 6:7)
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
They are like a thief climbing up on houses and entering in their Twitter and Facebook windows to get information on what is happening inside God’s church.
There is a terrible shaking of God’s church right now. The PCG ministers tremble in fear. Their shining is gone. And darkness covers the whole PCG because of God’s words that rushes forth against them from the four winds of heaven.
The whole chapter of Zechariah is just one vision. After describing the four chariots and their jobs, the word of God came again to Zechariah and commanded him to take some people who came out of Babylon or God’s church in this last end.
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah (Zechariah 6:9-10)
“Take of them of the captivity” – here is indicative of the condition being described while under the prophesied Ezekiel 4 siege that is happening inside the Philadelphia Church of God. If we will consider the word “take” in Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon, it is defined this way:
- Take out of
- To be taken out of
- To be taken away
Let’s use those expressions and thus we will have:
- Snatch them from the captivity of the Ezekiel 4 siege
- Take them out of the captivity of the Ezekiel 4 siege
- Take them away from the captivity of the Ezekiel 4 siege
So the three personalities being mentioned here have been SNATCHED FROM the Ezekiel 4 siege; they are TO BE TAKEN OUT OF the Ezekiel 4 captivity. To do what? To know what they were instructed to do, let’s consider the word “come” (H935) which is transliterated as “bo” that can also mean, “cause to come out, go to war, come against, invade”
So the expression “which are come from Babylon” can also be read as the following:
- which cause to come out from Babylon
- which go to war with Babylon
- which come against Babylon
- which invade Babylon
Spiritually speaking, the phrase “which are come from Babylon” indicates that they are Gentiles, so these personalities are part of a Gentile work that will cause God’s people to come out of Babylon and to go to war against it. We know already the identity of this Babylon from our booklet, “Mystery Babylon the Great, Unveiled At Last!”
“and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah”
Who is Josiah being referred to here? In his book, “The Former Prophets: How To Become A King” on page 272, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote that Josiah is comparable to Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in this end-time. He further reiterated the parallels between the two in his booklet “Lamentations: The Point of No Return”
So the “house of Josiah” can refer to God’s house in Edmond, Oklahoma named after him, the “Armstrong Auditorium” or more appropriately to the Philadelphia Church of God who continued God’s work in this end time.
Another thought as to the reason why God inspired the phrase “the house of Josiah” it’s because of Josiah’s prophesied role in ripping apart the pagan idolatry system that Jeroboam built in Israel (1 Kings 13:1-2). Here is what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote:
Josiah’s Role in the End Time
There is a direct connection between the book of Lamentations and King Josiah of ancient Judah. The book was written as a response to Josiah’s death. “And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations” (2 Chronicles 35:25)…
There is a serious reason Jeremiah and the people of Judah were so intense in their mourning. God had given them some terrifying prophecies about what would happen to the nation after Josiah died. The people had not only lost a righteous king, but they also knew they were about to enter a chamber of nightmares. Lamentations was originally written as a conclusion to Judah’s history…
This book also contains another dimension… First of all, it is addressed to God’s own Church, which turned away from Him in this end time…
Most of Josiah’s history is in the books of Chronicles and Kings. There is a big difference in these books. The book of Kings emphasizes the kings. But in the book of Chronicles the emphasis is on Jerusalem, where the temple was—not Mount Gerazim, as some people said. Chronicles emphasizes the Davidic dynasty and the priesthood, also in Jerusalem. This is where the whole nation was to focus.
2 Chronicles is the last book of the Old Testament… So the last book of the Old Testament leaves us a strong warning: Keep your spiritual focus on Jerusalem and the temple, or you will be led astray.
Source: Lamentations: The Point of No Return, pp. 17-18, 23
From the Royal Vision January – February 2008 issue, page 2:
I believe the death of Josiah and Mr. Armstrong sent strong warnings to Judah anciently and to modern Israel today (most of the English-speaking nations). There are interesting parallels in both of their lives. If you study the work of Josiah and Mr. Armstrong, you will see that they are very similar.
Josiah’s work could even be said to be a type of Mr. Armstrong’s work. Also, Josiah died just before Judah fell. Mr. Armstrong died just before Israel collapses.
There is a very direct link between the work of Josiah and the work of God’s end-time Elijah. The book of Lamentations really revolves around Mr. Armstrong’s work. (p. 2, From the Editor: Royal Vision January-February 2008 issue)
We must remember that Zechariah’s vision is set in the context of a returning people back to their land, Jerusalem and in the process of rebuilding the temple. Actually that has become our commission, the reason there is a need for a Cyrus work in this last end.
And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Zechariah 6:15)
Who are they that are far off who shall come and build in the temple of the Lord?
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (Revelation 7:15)
Now who are these that serve in God’s temple? What happened to them?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14)
So everyone that went astray or went far off from doing God’s Work during the Laodicean era from the time of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s death up to the time of the little book, Malachi’s Message and the rebuilding of God’s spiritual house now in the context of the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, they will have to come and participate in the rebuilding of God’s spiritual temple. God is already in the process of preparing to declare His DOUBLE WONDER to specifically fulfill this prophecy. These same people will comprise the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and they will have to wash their robes, and to make them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; (Zechariah 6:11)
What does that CROWN imply? Let’s read from Proverbs 12:4
- A virtuous woman is a CROWN to her husband: (King James Version)
- A virtuous and excellent wife [worthy of honor] is the CROWN of her husband, (Amplified Bible Translation)
- A worthy woman is the CROWN of her husband; (American Standard Version)
- A wife of noble character is her husband’s CROWN, (New International Version)
So the CROWN has got to do with Christ’s own Bride! It appears here in this prophecy that Joshua had done something wrong to Christ’s own wife in this last end. He caused her to leave Jerusalem (Zechariah 3:2). Now let’s pose this question; Why did God inspired in this prophecy that Joshua is to be crowned and not Zerubbabel? Because it was Joshua who forgot that the Eternal has chosen Jerusalem as prophesied in Zechariah 3. Apparently, this last end Joshua lost his own CROWN and the CROWNS of God’s people in the PCG as well because he led these people to leave the Jerusalem work in exchange for the Edstone work by listening to Brad Macdonald and his other fellows.
And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If (remember this is conditional, 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 (these are the TWO WITNESSES). (Zechariah 3:6-7, emphasis mine throughout)
Joshua will have to listen to what God is saying through the work of His TWO WITNESSES. Their job is to snatch him out of the fire as prophesied:
And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (Zechariah 3:2)
The fire being mentioned here is the lake of fire during the 3rd and final resurrection that will destroy all those men who had their chance for salvation but deliberately turned it down.
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)
Just like Peter whose work revolves around the tribes of Israel and Paul’s work revolves around the Gentiles. The nation that is to be born at once in Isaiah 66 is going to be comprised of Israelites and Gentiles. The same thing as what Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong taught us that there will actually be two thrones into which Christ and His Bride will sit upon – THE THRONE OF DAVID AND THE THRONE OF SATAN!
The CROWN has to be set on the head of Joshua because apparently he has lost it. He lost that vision which the end-time Elijah has shown us. Again as Mr. Armstrong said that there are two thrones to which Christ and his Bride will sit upon. What the PCG is going after is only David’s throne. Well how about Satan’s throne? We have to go after it as well.
The word “set” in verse Zechariah 6:11 in BDB it can also mean, “lay violent hands on, to extend compassion to, transform into, make for a SIGN.”
And everyone can see with the messages that the Remembrancers posts in social media like Google +, it’s like they are laying violent hands on Stephen, actually they are extending God’s compassion to him to transform him into God’s image again and not into an image of the beast.
It is being done as a SIGN that we don’t need any physical CROWN to become a king, as what he and his fellows are thinking of fulfilling. This Joshua being given that crown just proves that this last end Joshua office is NOT Mr. Gerald Flurry because he is already a KING as we have proven here. This crown has been given by those 3 people
Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; (Zechariah 6:10)
- Heldai: worldliness
- Tobijah: goodness of God
- Jedaiah: God has known
These three people according to this prophecy are the ones who made the CROWN (it should be singular since you cannot put many crowns on one’s head, yet why did God inspired CROWNS? To remind this last-end Joshua about the crowns of God’s people being lost because of what he did in leaving Jerusalem.) The CROWN that has been set on this last-end Joshua is actually THE LAST END BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. Have you noticed that when they have sent that book to him, upon reading it, the message has been SET on his head and the result was, he looked like a drunken person last October 10, 2013 Trumpet Daily program and onwards.
He is being REMINDED with that crown or with that book, that Christ who has the office of a KING and a PRIEST is already in the finishing stages of building His spiritual temple with the Jerusalem work, yet he turned his back on “the Eternal has chosen Jerusalem” vision as prophesied in Zechariah 3. Now God has a back-up plan as He laid in Zechariah 6 through those people who are behind the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. And this last-end Joshua (Stephen Flurry) need to repent and support this work of finishing God’s spiritual temple before it would be too late for him. In God’s mercy, the throne or His government has already been established because of what Stephen did.
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. (Isaiah 16:5)
And this “righteousness which is of faith” short work that God has given His Remembrancers will become a memorial in God’s future temple in Jerusalem:
And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the Lord. (Zechariah 6:14)
Now notice here how this CROWNS is DIRECTLY CONNECTED “FOR A MEMORIAL IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD or A MEMORIAL IN THE CHURCH OF GOD”
The word “memorial” in Strong’s Concordance is “zikron” H2142 means, “a memento or a memorable writing”
A memento means,
- something that is kept as a reminder of a person, place or thing
- something that serves to warn or remind
Is this NOT referring to The Last End Book of Remembrance? Indeed it is!
Now notice that the three (3) persons in verse 10 became 4 in verse 14:
And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD. (Zechariah 6:14)
Helem (Heldai) H2494 – to dream, from H2492 to be healthy, to restore to health. (This Helem is also the same Heldai in verse 10. This Heldai or Helem was the one who sent The Last End Book of Remembrance to the printing press and the completion of the book’s cover. He is also responsible for the printing of the new pamphlets and booklets.
Tobijah – goodness of God
Jedaiah – God has known
Hen – favor, grace
“the son of Zephaniah” – Josiah is not the son of Zephaniah as we can read in 2 Kings 21:23-24; 1 Chronicles 3:14; 2 Chronicles 33:25, but it is written there in Zechariah 6 to emphasize the time frame of the fulfillment of the vision which is in the context of the Day of the Lord. The same is true with Hen the son of Zephaniah meaning his calling has been in the context of the Day of the Lord. Zephaniah means “God hides.” This Josiah son of Zephaniah in verse 10 and Hen the son of Zephaniah in verse 14 indicates that they are both from the ministry. And God has hidden this minister, even from those 3 while the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE or the CROWN was being made.
The CROWN really has got to do with the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE which deals with Christ’s Bride! Now, going back to the Daniel 7 prophecy, these are the same four winds that was seen by Daniel striving upon the great sea.
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. (Daniel 7:2)
In Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word strive means:
- To devote serious effort or energy : endeavor
- To struggle in opposition : contend
The word strove in Strong’s Concordance means to rush forth.
Synonyms for the word strove are as follows:
- Go all-out
- Do your best
- Do your utmost
- Make every effort
- Try hard
- Do all you can
- Pull out all the stops
- Go all out
The Chaldee word corresponds to the Hebrew words gı̂yach or gôach which means to gush forth (as water), generally to issue: – break forth, labor to bring forth, come forth, draw up, take out.
To better illustrate this Hebrew word (גיח gı̂yach), here are some real-life applications of its meaning as mentioned in Barnes Commentary:
To break or burst forth as:
a fountain or stream of waters, Job 40:23
an infant breaking forth from the womb, Job 38:8
a warrior rushing forth to battle, Eze. 32:2
Barnes Commentary remarked that these four winds of heaven “rushed from all quarters, and seemed to meet on the sea throwing it into wild commotion.”
These four winds of heaven were bursting forth or rushing forth to battle against the great sea.
THE GREAT SEA
The great sea was greatly disturbed and troubled by the rushing forth of these four winds of heaven against it. It was thrown into a wild commotion.
What is this great sea? And what does it symbolize?
In a book, entitled, “A Key to the Symbolic Language of the Scriptures,” the word sea is described as follows:
“A sea, clear and serene, denotes an orderly collection of men in a quiet and peaceable state.
A sea troubled and tumultuous, denotes a collection of men in motion and war.
Either way, the waters signifying people, and the sea being a collection of waters, becomes the symbol of people gathered into one body politic, kingdom, or jurisdiction, or united in one design.”
This great sea would properly apply to any great people gathered into one body, kingdom, or organization.
In our article, titled, “Mystery Babylon the Great, Unveiled at Last!” the great whore which is an emblem of God’s church today was seen by the Apostle John sitting upon many waters (Rev. 17:1). These many waters or sea, are God’s own people in various nations around this world. (Rev. 17:15)
Therefore, this great sea is referring to God’s own church in this end-time, The Philadelphia Church of God (PCG).
This great sea or the PCG is being thrown into a wild commotion by the rushing forth of the four winds of heaven or four chariots of salvation. They incessantly churn God’s church like an ocean tossed by a vehement storm. God’s church in this end-time is stirred or agitated violently by the words or prophecies of these four chariots. They are in the midst of revolution, conflict or war.
These four chariots are like hosts of armies invading this land. There are mighty changes happening in this church. We can understand about this same prophecy which you can read in our free booklet, “The Stormy Wind in God’s Fury”
In verses 2-3 of Daniel chapter 7, these four winds are going all out and rushing forth against the great sea or the PCG.
This striving or struggle against the PCG, primarily against its ministry, is for a reason. They contend against them by exposing their evil deeds, cruelty, abominations, and oppressions of God’s people.
These chariots of salvation are struggling to save them out of God’s church which has become Babylon in this end-time.
THE FOUR GREAT BEASTS
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. (Daniel 7:3)
Daniel witnessed four great beasts ascending from this agitated sea pictured by God’s church in this end-time.
What are these four great beasts?
Verse 17 of the same chapter provides us the answer.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. (Daniel 7:17)
Therefore, these four great beasts represent four great kings which shall come out of the earth.
In page 5 of the booklet, “Who or What is the Prophetic Beast?” Mr. Herbert Armstrong explained the word king in this manner:
“And the word king is synonymous with kingdom, and used only in the sense that the king represents the kingdom over which he rules, for in verse 23 we read, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth ….” Notice also the word kingdom is used to explain the beasts in verses 18, 22, 24 and 27.”
These four kings have their own dominion or rule. As kings possess kingdoms over which they rule, these kings in God’s church represent the MINISTERS who were given rulership over the various regions or nations in the world.
Now, notice the place where these four kings will arise from.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. (Daniel 7:17)
In verse 2, the four great beasts were seen by Daniel ascending from the great sea – an emblem for God’s church.
Here, earth is also representative of God’s church. They will rise up from the PCG. Their dominion will exist within this church.
In general, there are four great kingdoms which shall arise from God’s church in this last end. This is in harmony with what we already understood from the prophecy of the Great Image in Daniel chapter 2.
Beasts of diverse appearance
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. (Daniel 7:3)
These four great beasts or kings or kingdoms will be different from one another in terms of their strength, power, abilities, and other qualities. In the Great Image of Daniel 2, the kingdoms were represented by various kinds of metals such as gold, silver, brass, and iron. Here, beasts or animals were used as symbols to differentiate these kings or kingdoms.
These kings have become God’s enemies in this end-time. They have devoured many of our brethren in the Philadelphia Church of God.
To better understand how these kings or ministers became beasts, please read our booklet, entitled, “The Prophetic Beast of the Book of Revelation.”
This vision is peppered with symbols. But let’s explore these symbols and understand their meanings and the various qualities, character, strength and power ascribed to these four great beasts. Let’s also look into who they represent in the Philadelphia Church of God Ministry.
THE FIRST BEAST – LION WITH EAGLE’S WINGS
Daniel was immensely surprised to see an outlandish creature which resembled a lion with eagle’s wings. This is the first beast.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)
What is fascinating and odd about this first beast is its unique appearance and the incidents that befell it in the course of its rule. Six particular descriptions are noted here. These are as follows:
- It resembled a lion.
- It had eagle’s wings.
- The eagle’s wings were plucked.
- It was lifted up from the earth.
- It was made to stand up on its feet like a man.
- The heart of a man was given to it.
The lion as an emblem has many representations. Here is what Henry Chichester Hart wrote in page 148 of his book entitled, “Scripture Natural History II, The Animals Mentioned in the Bible.”
“Lions were held to be the type of the highest courage. Amongst David’s best warriors were the ‘lion-faced’ men of Gad (I Chron. 12:8). The lion was the emblem of the princely tribe of Judah; nevertheless, on account of its ferocity the lion is employed as a metaphor for cruelty and malignant animosity (Ps. 7:2, 22:21; 2 Tim. 4:17), and hence for Satan himself (I Pet. 5:8). Its fierceness, courage, and strength are continually alluded to (Judg. 14:18, 2 Sam. 17:10, Num. 24:4).”
This animal has an aggressive or warlike character and known for its conquests of other animals in the forest. It maintains dominion over them. It advances to places where it chooses without any beast resisting it. Its supremacy over other beasts in the forest has gained it the title, “king of the jungle” or “king of the beasts.”
But, what seems unnatural for Daniel to witness was the fusion of things which we don’t normally found mixed together in nature – a lion with eagle’s wings attached to it. This first beast was a unique blend of two different animals.
The merging of these wings of an eagle to the body of a lion is for a definite purpose. The image of a lion when applied to a monarch denotes the qualities of strength, dominion, aggressiveness and fierceness as mentioned above. But a king may have other qualities which the symbol of a lion could not perfectly represent and which can only be characterized by attaching to him unique qualities which can be found only in other animals. In this case, the qualities attributed to the wings of an eagle.
The eagle, with its great wings, is an emblem of swiftness. Here are some verses that make reference to its rapidity.
‘his horses are swifter than eagles’ (Jer. 4:13);
‘swifter than the eagles of the heaven’ (Lam. 4:19);
‘as swift as the eagle flieth’ (Deut. 28:49);
‘Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.’ (Hab. 1:8)
Eagles are known to fly fast and sustain flying over a wide area for a long period of time.
The lion is not well-known for its rapidity. When it goes after its prey, it does not extend far and wide. The wings of an eagle being joined to its body compensate for this lacking quality.
The proper meaning of this image is that of a swift conquest that extends far.
IDENTITY OF THE FIRST BEAST
Now, with these two remarkable attributes mentioned about this first beast, who among the ministers in the Philadelphia Church of God had exhibited these qualities during his reign as a king over a very wide region in God’s church?
This first beast in Daniel’s dream represents none other than John Macdonald, the former Regional Director of Africa, Asia, and Oceania and his reign in those regions in the past, prior to his demotion to Associate Pastor.
John Macdonald was a lion in devouring many of God’s people in this end-time. He exhibited extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality on God’s people. He fearlessly cut off nearly 300 members in the PCG Philippines during his rule. Add to that the number he devoured in other areas within his jurisdiction.
He was the “king of the beasts” when it comes to devouring God’s people.
As the prophesied Assyrian of Isaiah 10, his heart was set in destroying and cutting off many of God’s people.
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. (Isaiah 10:7)
He was known for his dreadful conquests that God’s people greatly fear him more than they fear the Almighty God.
John Macdonald and his legions was able to swiftly gobble up many of God’s people in just a short period of time. We witnessed the rapidity of his conquest.
They are described in Habakkuk flying like an eagle to devour God’s people.
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. (Habakkuk 1:8)
Moreover, he deceptively maneuvered to position himself and his sons to attain key positions in the PCG ministry worldwide and expanded his rule over the widest area.
In just a few years, he was able to wrest control from the Flurrys two-thirds (2/3) of the whole territory or dominion of the PCG worldwide.
John Macdonald had gone places devouring much flesh. He had the strength and courage to go on consuming the members of God’s church in a very wide forest over which he was the king.
With wings of an eagle, He was able, in a short period of time, swiftly subdue many of God’s people and extend or widen his conquests.
But something happened during John Macdonald’s conquest of God’s people. His progress was suddenly restrained.
“…I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked…” (Daniel 7:4)
Daniel was witnessing all these events as they occur. At first, he observed this beast had these eagle’s wings attached to it. Later, he saw these wings plucked off from the body of the beast.
Daniel said that he was watching till this incident was carried out. And it took some time before this pulling out of the eagle’s wings happened. Thus, this leaves us an impression that its conquest extended far.
After some time, Daniel saw again the lion without those eagle’s wings.
It is obvious that the plucking out of the eagle’s wings signifies that the advancement of the conquest of this “king of the beasts” was stopped. There was some kind of check put to the progress of this conqueror.
John Macdonald was able to extend his conquest far and wide until the four winds of heaven suppressed that progress.
He was held back from going on with his subjugation of God’s people by the attacks of God’s chariots of salvation.
Noticing the decline of membership in the region under John Macdonald’s jurisdiction, coupled with the mass resignation of members in the Philippine area, the PCG ministry decided to send back Evangelist Alex Harrison to his former dominion and replace John Macdonald as Regional Director of the area.
Hence, John Macdonald was demoted and his swift conquest ceased!
His wings were plucked out. His triumphs in conquering the whole dominion of the PCG was restrained.
After its wings were detached, more transformations were effected on this beast.
“… and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” (Daniel 7:4)
This beast was then raised up from the earth, made to stand upright on its back feet like a man, and given a man’s heart.
He being lifted up from the earth denotes being elevated from the ground in order that people in the whole world will be able to see him and know about what he did.
J0hn Macdonald was put on a spotlight through the barrage of articles, letters, and comments posted on the Internet regarding the oppression, cruelty, brutalities, and atrocities which he committed against God’s people. All eyes were suddenly focused on him. God’s people were informed about his wicked deeds. And the result is the feeling of shame for his actions.
The effect of the publicity of his wicked deeds to the PCG members around the world was the change of the nature of a lion to the nature of a man. He was made to stand upon the feet like a man and not as an animal anymore. This was a remarkable transformation.
The lion was stopped from devouring!
The ferocity and strength of the lion was changed to the moderation and frailty of a man.
John Macdonald’s fierceness was calmed. He was given a man’s heart.
He was stopped from acting like a ravenous beast and led to think and act like a rational being.
This is the story of John Macdonald and his conquest. And it was a shameful end.
As mentioned earlier, Daniel wrote in verses 15 to 28 some explanation about the meaning of the dream. But Daniel did not write anything about the first beast. The same is true for the second and third beasts. Only the fourth beast was explained further.
THE SECOND BEAST – BEAR WITH THREE RIBS IN THE MOUTH
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. (Daniel 7:5)
In this vision of the second beast is a picture of an angry bear which has just devoured an animal and took from it three of its ribs.
Here’s an excerpt about the character of a bear from J. G. Wood’s book entitled, “Wood’s Bible Animals,” pages 78-79.
“Though not generally apt to attack mankind, it will do so if first attacked, and then becomes a most dangerous enemy…
As the Bear is not swift of foot, but rather clumsy in its movements, it cannot hope to take the nimbler animals in open chase. It prefers to lie in wait for them in the bushes, and to strike them down with a sudden blow of its paw, a terrible weapon, which it can wield as effectively as the lion uses its claws. An allusion to this habit is made in the Lamentations of Jeremiah (iii. 10), “He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.”
Harmless to man as it generally is, there are occasions on which it becomes a terrible and relentless foe, not seeking to avoid his presence, but even searching for him, and attacking him as soon as seen. In the proper season of the year, hunters, or those who are travelling through those parts of the country infested by the Bear, will sometimes find the cubs, generally two in number, their mother having left them in the den while she has gone to search for food. Although they would not venture to take the initiative in an attack upon either of the parents, they are glad of an opportunity which enables them to destroy one or two Bears without danger to themselves. The young Bears are easily killed or earned off, because at a very early age they are as confident as they are weak, and do not try to escape when they see the hunters approaching.
The only danger lies in the possibility that their deed may be discovered by the mother before they can escape from the locality, and, if she should happen to return while the robbers are still in the neighborhood, a severe conflict is sure to follow. At any time an angry Bear is a terrible antagonist, especially if it be wounded with sufficient severity to cause pain, and not severely enough to cripple its movements. But, when to this easily-roused ferocity is added the fury of maternal feelings, it may be imagined that the hunters have good reason to fear its attack.
To all animals that rear their young is given a sublime and almost supernatural courage in defending their offspring, and from the lioness, that charges a host of armed men when her cubs are in danger, to the hen, which defies the soaring kite or prowling fox, or to the spider, that will give up her life rather than abandon her yet unhatched brood, the same self-sacrificing spirit actuates them all. Most terrible therefore is the wrath of a creature which possesses, as is the case of the Bear, the strongest maternal affections, added to great size, tremendous weapons, and gigantic strength. That the sight of a Bear bereaved of her young was well known to both writers and contemporary readers of the Old Testament, is evident from the fact that it is mentioned by several writers, and always as a familiar illustration of furious anger.” (emphasis mine in bold)
In the Scriptures, the bear is noted for its ferocity when deprived of its young.
“Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.” (Proverbs 17:12)
“and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field …” (2 Samuel 17:8)
I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. (Hosea 13:8)
The characteristics of this king, therefore, who is represented here by the bear will be ferocity, roughness, fierceness in war, especially when provoked.
RISE UP ON ONE SIDE
This bear was seen “raised up itself on one side.” This expression is mentioned only here in the whole Bible.
The words, raised up, in Strong’s Concordance means to appoint, establish, make, raise up self, arise, rise up, stand, make to stand, set, or set up.
According to Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary (JFB), the Hebrew for the phrase “raised … itself on one side” in English is, “It raised up one dominion.”
Similarly, Lange’s Commentary remarked about this translation.
“The common reading would require to be regarded as synonymous with the Hebrew משׁטר “dominion” (Job 38:33), … “and it raised up one dominion.”
Furthermore, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary (JFB) commented that “the English Version [or the King James Version of the text] is the result of a slight change of a Hebrew letter.
That minor change of a Hebrew letter resulted in the translation to the English text, “it raised up itself on one side” which ought to be rendered as “It raised up one dominion.”
Therefore, this king is someone who raised up one dominion or made to stand one dominion or kingdom and in the process killed another beast and had in his mouth three of his ribs.
Who is this king who raised up a dominion?
IDENTITY OF THE SECOND BEAST
This second beast in Daniel’s dream represents Evangelist Alex Harrison, who replaced John Macdonald in 2015 as Regional Director of Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
This “one dominion” which he raised up or made to stand is referring to the area covering the continents of Africa, Asia, and Oceania – his present sovereignty.
The beast which was killed by this bear is its former monarch, John Macdonald. Alex Harrison took his three ribs and clasped them in his mouth. These ribs may refer to the three continents – Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
Alex Harrison used to head the same region prior to his transfer to PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. He stayed in Edmond for several years until he was suddenly sent back to his former office in Australia to be in charge of the region again and resolve the prevailing problem in the Philippines – the widespread exodus of people to a certain group known as A.R.K. of God Foundation.
Mr. Harrison was furious because of the noticeable decline of membership in the Philippines. He wanted to get to the bottom of the problem and identify those responsible for this huge mess in the region. He aggressively hunt those issuing information to the group regarding the news about the PCG.
He displayed fierceness in dealing with the situation like a bear robbed of its whelps. He considered the members in this region as his own whelps. He was their Regional Director during the early days of the church in the region. And he is like a father to them.
On his return to the region, Alex Harrison was roaring because he thought his whelps were being robbed from him. “I will get you”, were his words of warning to those people whom he believed were responsible for this offensive act against his region.
The Philippines is the only country in the whole world where mass resignation of PCG members occurred and perceived by PCG ministry as robbery of its own whelps.
Hence, Alex Harrison, represented by this bear in this vision, was stirred to anger for what he thought as a stealing of his own whelps. He was up in arms!
DEVOUR MORE FLESH
In this part of the vision, the prophet Daniel then heard a voice speaking to this second beast to go forth and devour more.
“… and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.” (Daniel 7:5)
As discussed earlier, this region had gained an evil reputation because of the many injustice, oppression, and killings committed by its former king. This dominion sank into the abyss of wickedness especially when it comes to treatment of its people.
Now, Alex Harrison is trying to restore a good image to this region which was tainted because of the wicked rulership exercised by its former king. It’s like this kingdom is pictured in a dead or repose state.
In a sense, he is raising up a dominion or making to stand up a dominion again of which he is the king.
From its recumbent position, this second beast was told to rise up and continue to devour.
Alex Harrison was told to go forth to wider conquests and achieve new triumphs for the PCG ministry like a bear couching down will rise when going forth after a prey.
His wicked deeds were documented in www.exitsupportnetwork.com when he upheld the local minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Samuel Seebran despite of the many oppression and atrocities which this minister committed against the PCG members in his area.
He is viewed in the book of Proverbs as a ranging bear who is a wicked ruler over the poor in God’s church.
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. (Proverbs 28:15)
THE THIRD BEAST – FOUR-HEADED LEOPARD WITH FOUR WINGS OF A BIRD
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. (Daniel 7:6)
Then, another beast was seen by Daniel – the third one. This beast is likened to a leopard. The Chaldee word used here for leopard is nemar. This word corresponds to namer in Hebrew and means ‘spotted.’
A verse in Jeremiah has made reference to a leopard’s spotted skin.
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23)
Here are a few selected facts about leopard which can help us understand its character and nature.
- Leopards are astoundingly strong. They are pound for pound the strongest of the big cats. They are able to climb trees, even when carrying heavy prey …
- Leopards are renowned for their agility. They run up to 58km/h and can leap 6m horizontally and 3m vertically. They are also very strong swimmers.
- The leopard is the most elusive and secretive of the large felids. They are extremely difficult to trace and locate in the wild.
- Leopards are predominantly solitary animals that have large territories. While male territories are larger than females and tend to overlap, individuals usually only tolerate intrusion into ranges for mating. They mark their ranges with urine and leave claw marks on trees to warn others to stay away.
- Leopards tend to have distinctive dark spots called rosettes, which create beautiful patterns against their otherwise light fur. Black leopards however have dark fur which makes it difficult to see the spots. They appear almost solid black and are often called black panthers.
Leopard, as a well-known beast of prey, is also distinguished for cruelty, or a fierce nature. It has the same general nature of a lion. Hence, the lion and the panther or leopard are often seen together in the Scriptures (e.g. Jer. 5:6; Hos. 13:7)
It is notable for its swiftness and sneaky behavior – lying in wait, and springing unexpectedly when it goes after its prey.
Here are some fascinating leopard facts on how they hunt their prey.
“The usual hunting technique is classically feline. When it sights a potential target it stalks forward with head low and legs bent making clever use of cover.
This African animal will stalk a target over distances of a few hundred meters, or wait in ambush if the target moves towards it. Once it is within a range of about 10 meters, this cat dashes forward and uses the sharp, hooked claws of each forepaw to kill their prey. The killing bite is directed at the nape of the neck or at the throat.
Small prey such as mice, rats and small birds are simply swatted to death with a single swipe of a paw…
Where there are many scavengers around, the prey is carried up into a tree and wedged among the branches. Their strength is demonstrated by their ability to carry carcasses weighing more than 50 kg up vertical tree trunks.”
Its nature of lying in wait for its prey is spoken of in Hosea.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: (Hosea 13:7)
While, its swiftness is referred to in Habakkuk, who compared it to the onslaught of the Chaldean cavalry.
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread” (Habakkuk 1:8)
FOUR WINGS OF A BIRD
This third beast is similar to the first beast where we see again a union of two kinds of animals – land and air animals – to represent natural qualities which can be seen in them.
A leopard which had upon the back of it four wings of a bird but without specifying any particular kind of wings, though the number is mentioned.
In this description, the rapidity of action is again intended similar to the first beast. In the first beast, with wings of an eagle, the conquest of the king was swift over a broader area. Here in this third beast with four wings, the conquest is more rapid.
This third beast also has four heads. This tells us that the kingdom denoted by the leopard which appeared as a distinct dominion will be composed of four separate kings. These four kings were exerting the same power in this kingdom.
And their dominion was a dominion that was just given or assigned to them.
“… and dominion was given to it.” (Daniel 7:6)
They did not raise it up for themselves. Somebody who is superior in rank to them has given them this dominion.
IDENTITY OF THE THIRD BEAST
This third beast may well represents four regional heads in the region of the United States, including Canada. As leopards are solitary animals that have large territories so are these ministers rule over a wide regions.
The oppression and killings of God’s people was a worldwide experience. It was not an isolated case. It did not just happen in one country or region. It did not only occurred in Asia, Africa, and Oceania.
The Great Tribulation happened to God’s people in all nations around the world. So, obviously, the wide territories of Manasseh was not spared.
This third beast with four heads are ministers who are also hooked on preying upon God’s people. These kings or ministers who are leopards with spots are accustomed to do evil.
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23)
Many atrocities committed by PCG ministers from this region were recorded and detailed in exitsupportnetwork.com.
The hunting techniques of these four kings is typically feline-like similar to the first beast. They are known to lurk in the dark and spring suddenly upon innocent and poor people.
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. (Psalms 10:8-10)
Therefore, God in this end-time will be a leopard to them as they were to God’s people.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: (Hosea 13:7)
THE FOURTH BEAST – BEAST WITH TEN HORNS
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7:7)
Daniel finally saw a fourth beast that passed before him in his dream.
Of the four beasts, this fourth creature is the most dreadful and mysterious. This is the beast which received greater attention to Daniel. His focus was riveted on this one. He found nothing to compare to it.
Daniel was very anxious to know the truth about this fourth beast – what exactly it represents. With regard to the first three beasts, he was sort of contented with the just the hints or allusions provided. As to the fourth beast, his feelings was heightened. This beast is so remarkable as compared to the first three beasts. This is the part of the dream which Daniel desired to understand the meaning.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; (Daniel 7:19)
He had intense desire to know the meaning of the sudden appearance of the little horn that became the stouter horn, including its wicked behavior. The grave and glum judgment declared on this beast. The vision of one individual like to the son of man who came to possess the kingdom. All these things were frightening and unusual for Daniel. His mind was so much affected by it that he sought earnestly for further explanation.
ONE STANDING BY
This drove him to approach one of those who stood by to seek an explanation.
I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. (Daniel 7:16)
This prophecy is a unique case compared to the other prophecies of Daniel where he himself was the interpreter of the dream or prophecies. For this vision, he had to ask someone who was standing by for the meaning of his dream.
The inquiry also happened during his dream, in his vision by night, not when he was already awake and thinking about the dream.
And this being, who was standing by, made him known the interpretation of his dream.
As to this fourth beast, it is peppered more with symbols than the preceding beasts and more striking and significant.
Unlike in previous cases, no animal or a mixture of it could describe the nature of this beast. Daniel could not find one to associate with it.
The words used to describe this beast give us an impression of the great terror being exuded by this beast. This beast is described as “dreadful and terrible.” The word dreadful means to slink or fear.
As an emblem, it will represent some power that is much more fearful and much more to be dreaded.
This is the kingdom that will devour the whole PCG, tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)
ITS TEETH AND FEET
Its teeth is not just an ordinary kind of teeth. It is made of iron.
“… and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, …” (Daniel 7:7)
This part of the beast is also what made this creature looks weird from the others. Teeth are for eating, devouring or tearing apart. With such teeth, it can gobble up and rip apart everything that is before it.
Strong or great teeth are often used in the Scriptures as a symbol of cruelty.
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. (Proverbs 30:11-14)
This is very descriptive of the PCG ministry in this end-time. They are cruel people who devoured the poor in God’s church.
This is a ferocious monster who is determined to destroy. Whoever is left in its devouring, it tramples with its feet. This stamping out with the feet indicates boiling with rage. It is determined to extinguish anyone who will defy its will in achieving world domination.
This is the same beast of Revelation 17 that will go or lead to destruction.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Revelation 17:11)
And this fourth beast is very different from all the previous beasts.
“… and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; …” (Daniel 7:7)
Daniel could not find any animal to compare with it. Its iron teeth, its ten horns, the little horn that came out, are some of the things which he mentioned which make it very unique from the preceding beasts.
THE TEN HORNS
“… and it had ten horns.” (Daniel 7:7)
And Daniel saw ten horns on it. Horn is often used as a symbol in Daniel and Revelation. The horn is a symbol of power. In horned animals, their strength is in their horns. Just like a bull repels and tosses away what opposes it. When applied to God’s church today, these horns represent the PCG ministers.
And they have taken dominion to themselves using their office as ministers as prophesied in Amos 6:13.
“Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns [power, dominion] by our own strength?” (Amos 6:13)
Verse 24 of Daniel chapter 7 shows us the meaning of these ten horns.
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. (Daniel 7:24)
These ten horns are ten kings or ministers who will arise of God’s church in this end-time. They will exercise power over all God’s people in the whole world.
These ten kings are also the ten horns of the beast in the 17th chapter of Revelation.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)
THE LITTLE HORN
Now, as Daniel was watching the fourth beast, another horn spring up among the ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8)
This horn which is described as a little horn was not there originally when he first saw this monster. This gives us the impression that the emergence of the little horn took place a while later.
And it came out from the same beast. This little horn gained a spot in the dominion. It was small at first, but subsequently grew in size.
This shows that his power or influence over the kingdom was insignificant at first and gradually increased or has grown toward a great power. In its growth it displaced a portion of the power of the beast and occupied its place.
In the growth of this little horn, three of the other horns are plucked out by the roots to make room for it, or three horns fell before it.
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. (Daniel 7:20)
The gradual increase of power of the little horn suggests that there was no sudden uprising that took place. The growth of this little horn just rooted out three horns in the process. It removed a part of the original power but still a huge part of the power remained.
THE STOUTER HORN
This same little horn, in verse 20, became stouter than his companions.
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. (Daniel 7:20)
And the other horns beside this little horn are called “his fellows” or companions.
Now, what happened to this little horn? Let’s understand this by looking at the meaning of the word stout.
The word stout in Strong’s Concordance means captain, chief, great, lord, or master.
This little horn which grew fatter than its fellows became the captain or head. Daniel saw this horn previously small. He watched it grew until it became larger than all the others and became the leading horn.
Literally, the phrase, “whose look was more stout than his fellows”, according to Barnes Commentary means, “whose aspect was greater than that of its companions.”
“This does not mean that its look or aspect was more fierce or severe than that of the others, but that the appearance of the horn was greater.”
Therefore, this tells us that this stouter horn exalts and magnify himself. His authority will be more projecting or noticeable than his fellows. And it will represent all the power of the beast.
IDENTITY OF THE STOUTER HORN
Now, who among the ministers in The Philadelphia Church of God will match these initial descriptions about this stouter horn?
Who is this minister who has fellows surrounding him, whose appearance became greater than them and became the captain of their confederacy?
Who is this minister who exalts and magnifies himself and now has the control of the whole PCG and makes major or important decisions for the church?
This stouter horn is none other than Stephen Flurry!
This stouter horn and his fellows is the same Joshua and his fellows mentioned in the prophecy in Zechariah 3.
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 3:8)
Notice Joshua’s arrogance was choosing another land in place of Jerusalem which God has chosen.
He changed the course of God’s work by telling his dad or convincing him to move out of Jerusalem and transfer to England. They closed the office in Jerusalem and purchased Edstone, knowing fully well that God has chosen Jerusalem and not England or Ireland.
What do Stephen think of himself that he can just change the direction of God’s work to wherever he wanted it to point to?
This move shows the haughtiness of his heart. This single decision that he made already tell us that he is magnifying himself.
And what about the other things that he did in the past.
Do you still remember what Stephen Flurry did in 2014 Feast of Tabernacles? He drew the attention of God’s people all over the world to himself by giving the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles Opening Night Message. He took the spotlight, from the Apostle of God, his very own dad, and delivered a message which is not supposed to be given just by anybody.
What authority did he had to take away that very important responsibility from his dad?
He knew very well that that particular night is traditionally reserved for God’s apostle. God’s messenger has to deliver a message from God.
Notice Joshua and his fellows’ main problem as mentioned in Mr. Gerald Flurry’s booklet, “Malachi’s Message (page 59, The Zerubbabel Inset).”
“Mr. Armstrong is dead, but we must remember what we learned from him and his example, which was INSPIRED BY CHRIST. We must “remember” and “DO”!
That is the MAJOR FAILURE of Joshua and “his fellow.” Mr. Armstrong’s “traditions” are too often pushed aside now, as they were in the 1970s.”
Indeed, Mr. Armstrong’s “traditions” are being pushed aside by Stephen Flurry and his companions.
Do you feel his exceeding pride and arrogance?
Well, what about the case when he edited Mr. Herbert Armstrong’s most important book Mystery of the Ages? – a book Mr. Armstrong felt he didn’t write because he attributed it to God.
Here is what he wrote in pages 3 to 4 of Pastor General’s Report, dated October 21, 2004, under Church Administration section.
“CHANGES TO MYSTERY OF THE AGES
by Stephen Flurry
The sentence we removed from our 2003 version is found on page 245 of the older one, where it said, “No prophets are mentioned as having either administrative, executive or preaching functions in the New Testament Church.”
We removed that sentence from the 2003 version, not because we are doing away with Mr. Armstrong’s teachings, but because of what God has added to the Church since Mr. Armstrong died—the revealed truth that there is, in fact, a prophet guiding the Church today who also serves an administrative and executive position within the Church. God did not reveal this to Mr. Armstrong before he died, just as He didn’t reveal the speciﬁcs about the Laodicean rebellion—for obvious reasons…
Now we could have attempted to write another section to be included in Mystery of the Ages that would reﬂect this new revelation, but we felt it best to preserve the text as closely as possible to the original and simply strike that sentence and then let our other literature, like That Prophet, reﬂect the Church’s new teaching on the subject.
In fact, the next time we print Mystery of the Ages, we will also cut a parenthetical phrase found on page 350 —one that we overlooked last year. Again, in reference to the position of prophet, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “of which there are none in God’s Church today since the Bible for our time is complete.” Again, there is a prophet leading God’s Church today.”
Stephen Flurry removed a sentence and a parenthetical phrase from God’s Apostle’s most important book, “Mystery of the Ages!”
What does he thinks of himself? Is he above God’s Apostle?
He’s acting like he is the messenger or the Apostle of this last era of God’s church.
Indeed, Stephen Flurry’s appearance has become greater!
Now, notice another difference of this stouter horn from his fellows.
EYES OF A MAN
Unlike the rest of the horns, this stouter horn has eyes liken to the eyes of man.
“… and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, …” (Daniel 7:8)
Jesus Christ said that “The light of the body is the eye.” (Mat. 6:22)
“Or, the ‘candle of the body is the eye’; for the eye is that in the body, as a candle is in the house; by the light of it, the several members of the body perform their office; and what is said of the eye of the body, is transferred to the eye of the mind:” (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)
Stephen Flurry’s fellows look to him as the eye of their kingdom. They conduct their office based on Stephen Flurry’s decisions, plans, or instructions and not according to Mr. Gerald Flurry’s directives anymore.
Stephen Flurry, in one of his sermons in the past, had a slipped of the tongue which revealed a major flaw in the government in the PCG. There was some kind of a decision to make and he said, “I told my dad …” Then, he immediately changed his statement to “I suggested to my dad …”
This implies that Stephen Flurry is indeed making major decisions for the church.
Today, Stephen, as the eye of his kingdom is bringing forth darkness instead of light because of his wickedness.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Mat 6:23)
A MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS
Moreover, this stouter horn is the only horn which has a mouth. This stouter horn is speaking right now! And it is speaking “great things.”
“… and a mouth speaking great things.” (Daniel 7:8)
This “great things” is explained in verse 25 as “great words against the Most High.”
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, …” (Daniel 7:25)
The word great is in Italics which means that it was just inserted. Hence, the verse should read:
“And he shall speak words against the most High, …” (Daniel 7:25)
We know that speaking words against God is an act of insult or show of contempt or lack of reverence for God. It is blasphemy!
But the meaning of the verse will give us another perspective if we look at the meaning of the word against.
In Strong’s Concordance, the word against is defined as:
at the side of or upon the side of
In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, the meanings are:
- (CLBL) beside
Commentaries such as John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible and Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament remarked that the phrase, “against the most High” means properly “at the side of the most High.”
Therefore, verse 25, “And he shall speak words against the most High, …” should be rendered “And he shall speak words at the side of the most High, …”
The verse actually means that Stephen Flurry is speaking at the side of or beside the Most High. He is acting like he is god!
Stephen Flurry wants to be heard too. And so he is speaking at the side of God. And he has a mouth to do this.
This is also an act of insult, disrespect or lack of reverence for God. It is downright blasphemy!
He is exalting himself through his mouth. Stephen Flurry’s mouth is an emblem of pride and arrogance against God.
Please read our article titled “The Key to the Bottomless Pit” to know more of Stephen’s display of pride and arrogance.
This stouter horn speaks through his mouth that produces THE VOICE of the great words.
I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. (Daniel 7:11)
Notice how the PCG named its broadcast station and how they describe it in their website, thetrumpet.com.
“KPCG 101.3 The Voice is your source of understanding. The Voice broadcasts from the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma and online at KPCG.fm. The station brings you an enlightening mix of talk shows and classical and contemporary Christian music.
101.3 KPCG and KPCG.fm bring you talk radio with knowledge and understanding relevant to your life. Talk shows like The Key of David, The Trumpet Daily Radio Show and Trumpet Hour cover a range of topics with a perspective informed by the Holy Bible. They include commentary and conversation about world news, social trends, music, physical and spiritual health, biblical truth and personal education. The goal: to help you understand your world better and to improve your life.”
Is it of any coincidence that PCG’s broadcast station is now named, The Voice?
Note that all radio and television programs are now under this umbrella. The PCG flagship TV program, Mr. Gerald Flurry’s The Key of David program is now just an ordinary program alongside the new talk radio and talk shows. You can see how they have given this program lesser importance. The Key of David program used to have its own TAB in the PCG website thetrumpet.com. Later, this tab was totally removed and Mr. Gerald Flurry’s program was moved to the side bar of the page. Initially, it was positioned in the top most part of the side bar as shown the image below.
After the redesign of the website which was done recently, Mr. Gerald Flurry’s program vanished from the opening screen of the site. Now, you have to scroll down to be able to see and access The Key of David program.
Observe what particular show was now placed on that same spot of The Key of David program? Look at the image below to see which show among The Voice TV and radio shows is now being hoisted and given more prominence?
Well, it’s Stephen Flurry’s own show, the Trumpet Daily Radio Show!
How could Stephen Flurry do this to his own dad? How could he magnified himself above his own father? How could he stamped on his old man? Why does he have to eclipse the work of God being done through his dad? He has set himself up as a rival to his own dad.
Stephen Flurry was even euphoric when he announced the new design of thetrumpet.com in his Twitter account.
And notice how he deceptively directed the attention of God’s people to its appealing design to camouflage the repositioning of his own radio show to the top of the list in the side bar, giving it a higher importance than his dad’s. Notice even further where Stephen’s vanity brought him as you click on the About Us in the lower portion of TheTrumpet.com website, he went as far as putting himself on the same level as his father and Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong!
Stephen Flurry is truly absorbed in magnifying himself! He didn’t care whoever he will step on. If he was able to trample his own father, it will be far easier for him to do this to anyone in God’s church.
Look at how Stephen exalts himself even more in the sight of all the members of the Philadelphia Church of God by promoting the annual campout of Armstrong College faculty and students in Robber’s Cave, Oklahoma in his Trumpet Daily Radio Show entitled “Why Robbers Cave is Special“. What excites him the most this time is their discovery of another Robber’s Cave in Wales, UK.
Wherever he goes, he is being associated with a ROBBERS CAVE and rightfully he should be so because he has robbed God’s people of their crowns by leading them to leave the Jerusalem work. Here is a specific prophecy for the Philadelphia Church of God under Stephen’s leadership (emphasis mine in bold).
Look! You are relying on deceitful words that can’t do you any good. First you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, offer to Ba‘al and go after other gods that you haven’t known. Then you come and stand before me in this house that bears my name and say, ‘WE ARE SAVED’ — so that you can go on doing these abominations! Do you regard this house, which bears my name, as a cave for (ROBBERS)? I can see for myself what’s going on,” says (the Lord). (Jeremiah 7:8-11, Complete Jewish Bible)
Has this house, which is called by My Name, become a DEN (or CAVE) OF ROBBERS in your eyes [a place of retreat for you between acts of violence]? Behold, I Myself have seen it,” says the Lord. “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh [in Ephraim], where I first set My Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. (Jeremiah 7:11-12, Amplified Bible)
Oh how precise God’s prophecies are! Stephen is right there in UK (Ephraim) where God dealt with wickedness and rebellion in 1974. He has been promoting Robber’s Cave in Oklahoma as “a place of retreat” for them for 14 years, eventually making it a PCG landmark, and now ANOTHER Robber’s Cave this time in Wales, UK located at Devil’s Bridge Falls gets him very excited. Everything is Robber’s Cave to him and God saw it all.
Stephen truly is this beast that devours, brake in pieces and stamp with its feet that which is not his!
And his mouth, through his radio show, “The Trumpet Daily Radio Show” in Edstone, is a means of exalting himself more and more.
Consider what Garner Ted Armstrong, the son of the End-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert Armstrong, had done to his father during the Philadelphia Era of God’s church.
Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Herbert Armstrong’s July 30, 1978 letter to the members and ministers of the Worldwide Church of God regarding his son Garner Ted Armstrong’s hostile actions.
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
President and Pastor
July 30, 1978
Dear Brethren and Fellow Ministers,
It is with deepest disappointment that I regret that I am forced, once again, by hostile actions by my son, Garner Ted, to bring you up to date with the PLAIN TRUTH.
Diametrically contrary to what he has always said he would never do, he has, not only “raised a hand against his father,” in the public press, but as the Apostle Paul warned the elders of the church at Ephesus, “For I know this that after my departing to draw away disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:29, 30).
Paul did not say or mean, to draw people closer to God, but to draw away those already IN THE CHURCH, after themselves — to follow a MAN instead of Jesus Christ!
It has happened before. Paul knew it would happen again — and again — and again!
The Lord Jesus Christ, and the God after whom His Church is named were, under Ted’s leadership little by little, being subtly pushed out of God’s Church and of Ambassador College. It was becoming apparent to several.
One of several such letters just recently received says, “Thank God you are back where Christ wants you. Never before have we been so inspired by sermons or Bible Studies. For the past ten years, so many people, including myself, have noticed that something was wrong …. We noticed that for some reason we were not as inspired as we had been in the past. We felt there was something missing …. In fact, all of the doctrines of God were treated as if they were not important … we were sincere, but did not accomplish much because we lacked so much of the knowledge and faith that we once knew … we were spinning our wheels and sliding backwards. To say the least, Mr. Armstrong, were heading …. I am glad that Christ has put you back in the pulpit to teach us … we can actually understand it when you expound on it.”
In my very painfully written letter, notifying you of the disfellowshipment of Garner Ted, I wrote you: “Now I come to something I have felt I had to withhold from you, brethren. During these past few years, when I sensed a CONSPIRACY to bring about a complete takeover of the entire Church’s work — virtually to put JESUS CHRIST out … I attributed it entirely to Satan. for him — because I have said to him I love him above all people on earth …. When Garner Ted maneuvered to shut off communication of what really was going on — when he shut off all authority above him, he not only shut off God’s Apostle, but also he shut off CHRIST AND GOD ALMIGHTY.
“Finally, a year ago the men next in authority under Ted came to me, begging me to TAKE ACTION. ‘Your son, Mr. Armstrong,’ they said, ‘has been trying to DESTROY everything Christ has built through you, and build something for Garner Ted Armstrong.’ ”
His TV and radio programs were becoming secular, dealing in worldly politics, with sponsorship announced, not as Worldwide Church of God, who paid his salary, all production costs, and the cost of air-time, but as that of “Garner Ted Armstrong Productions.” Everything was focused on featuring the name Garner Ted Armstrong — instead of the name of the Church.
On follow-up outgoing mail to those responding to the programs, he abolished the “WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD” letterhead — and instead, the letterhead was printed, “GARNER TED ARMSTRONG.” With his picture beside it!
For more than a year those now in top administrative offices have implored me to step in and once again take over complete control, UNDER CHRIST — as it was until some ten years ago.
Again I repeat, as I wrote you then, “I say, this Church and its work was built by the LIVING CHRIST! It was HIS SPIRIT that inspired, motivated this entire work — but, He was being put out!”
Fellow ministers and brethren, Jesus Christ has been moving dynamically, these past weeks, to once again ENTHRONE THE GREAT MAJESTIC GOD within this Church and its Work!
Until recently all was CONFUSION at Pasadena Headquarters. WHO was in charge — was it Garner Ted, or was it God’s Apostle? Well, I’ll tell you emphatically who is in charge — JESUS CHRIST!! It’s time we all come to realize this is not the work of a man — or of which man to follow — it is THE CHURCH AND WORK OF ALMIGHTY GOD, with the living Jesus Christ at its HEAD, on His Father’s throne!
A few years ago, one of the Church’s ministers had inherited some money. He left the Church to draw away our members after him saying he and his wife were about the age of God’s Apostle when God started His Work through His Apostle. But this man was not God’s Apostle — God was not IN what he tried to build for himself — and his efforts failed completely!…” (emphasis mine in bold)
What is happening in the PCG right now is another case of history repeating itself.
In this end-time, we are witnessing again another son of an Apostle drawing away God’s people to himself.
Mr. Herbert Armstrong also knew that it will happen again, and again, and again. God and Jesus Christ, under Stephen’s leadership, are again pushed out of God’s church.
Satan is behind once again in taking over the whole PCG. Remember that Stephen, the end-time Joshua, is under Satan’s clutch (Zec. 3:1).
And now we see another conspiracy taking place inside God’s own church. Another coup instigated by Satan through men who allowed themselves to be used by him as his instruments.
Just like Garner Ted Armstrong, Stephen Flurry with his fellows have acted together to take over God’s church. And Stephen has maneuvered to shut off communication from his father of what is really happening in the PCG.
Up to this time, Mr. Gerald Flurry, without a doubt, does not really know what is going on. He is still not aware that there is a book from God that explains what is prophesied to happen to God’s church today. So far, they have been successful in blocking God’s Book of Remembrance from falling into his hands.
Stephen Flurry did not realize that when he shut off God’s Apostle, he shut off Jesus Christ and God the Father too.
Stephen, also, has been destroying what Jesus Christ has built through his dad. He is now building something for himself just like what Garner Ted Armstrong had done in the past.
As shown earlier, theTrumpet.com is now focused on featuring his own radio show, “Trumpet Daily Radio Show” – instead of his father’s TV program, “The Key of David.”
Do you see the same pattern happening right now? Isn’t this what the Apostle Paul and Mr. Herbert Armstrong had warned us that will happen again, and again, and again?
God’s church in this end-time has not learned that lesson.
JUDGMENT ADMINISTERED ON THE BEAST
Daniel was continually watching these extraordinary sights. Time has passed until events reach this remarkable period. He was looking on until he witnessed divine judgment administered to this fourth beast.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. (Daniel 7:9)
Thrones were Cast Down
Daniel saw the end of these four great beasts. He saw Jesus Christ sat on His Throne to pronounce judgment to the beast – bringing their power and arrogance to an end.
The word thrones may apply to either a throne of an earthly king or to God’s throne. The plural form used here ascertains that among these are earthly thrones. Hence, these thrones were seats of earthly kings together with the seat of God.
The Chaldee word remâh for the phrase, “were cast down” has two contrasting meanings. One meaning is “to throw.” If this is the proper meaning here, this would seem to indicate that there will be an overturning of thrones during this period.
Another meaning is “to set or place.” That is why some commentators rendered this phrase as “thrones were placed” or “thrones were set up” instead of what we have in the text, “thrones were cast down.”
This is the true and appropriate meaning of the expression, “thrones were cast down.” The thrones were set up or placed for the purpose of administering judgment on the beast.
The image is that the Ancient of Days, who is referring to Jesus Christ, was seated for the purpose of judgment. Jesus Christ, the great Judge, were assisted by His servants in administering justice.
And thrones or seats were prepared for God’s servants [His saints, as stated in verse 22] to sit in the formal judgment with Jesus Christ who was seated also. They were to pronounce a verdict regarding the evils committed by this monster of wickedness and to bring its power and arrogance to an end.
This verse is interpreted in verse 22 as follows:
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:22)
But when did this judgment happened?
The judgment began when God’s Two Witnesses started their work in Mount Zion in Jerusalem on June 2015 to judge the Edomites in God’s church.
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s. (Obadiah 1:21)
Esau is Edom. This fourth beast, headed by the stouter horn, are the PCG ministers who have become spiritual Edomites in this end-time.
THE BOOKS WERE OPENED
Jesus Christ as the great Judge was seated on the bench and His Two Witnesses were also seated to administer judgment.
And the court was set. And the books were opened.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:10)
These books are not earthly accounts of all the deeds and acts of individuals who were to be judged. The Judge was not presented with a listing or records of their deeds as basis in pronouncing sentence on these individuals.
The books which were opened are referring to God’s prophetic books in the Bible, primarily those written in the books of the prophets. God has to open these books because they were before sealed or closed to our understanding.
God opened the understanding of these prophetic books to show evidences in His prophecies against these murderers.
God has to reveal the understanding of these books as part of pronouncing judgment to the beast. The beast was judged according to what is written in the prophecies of God. They were given a verdict for the evil deeds that they have committed as prophesied in the Bible.
And the beast is found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” and sentenced to death!
God will repay this beast in the same manner they had treated God’s people in devouring them. God is now a lion, a leopard, and a bear to them as He executes judgment through His Remembrancers in this payback time.
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. (Hosea 13:7-8)
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. (Amos 5:17-19)
He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. (Lamentations 3:10)
God is using the Remembrancers to recompense those murderers for the many sins they have committed against His people.
Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 50:29)
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. (Jeremiah 5:5-6)
As they have done to God’s people, it will be done to them. As they broke in pieces, they will be broken in pieces. As they devoured many, they will be devoured too.
And Daniel witnessed the death of this beast.
I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. (Daniel 7:11)
This beast will be killed. The power of this kingdom will come to an end. It will be utterly destroyed through God’s Divine judgment.
It will not be a literal “slaying of the beast.” It will be destroyed by fire or God’s words or revelations revealed to God’s chariots of salvation or God’s great army (Joel 2) as earlier mentioned on account of the pride and arrogance of the stouter horn, Stephen Flurry.
This will be the end-result of the divine judgment of God on this fourth beast.
GOD’S SAINTS AND THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM
But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. (Daniel 7:18)
The word take in Strong’s Concordance means to acquire. While the word possess means to hold in occupancy or occupy.
God’s saints will acquire the kingdom and occupy it. This is in-line with their commission from God as shown in Isaiah 49:8.
Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; (Isaiah 49:8)
Here are some of the meanings of the expression, “to cause to inherit” in Strong’s Concordance:
- to occupy
- take for inheritance
- have in possession
- cause to be made to possess
In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, it means to get as a possession, acquire, inherit, possess.
The saints will take away Stephen Flurry’s dominion from him (verse 26) through the kingdom which God has already set up through His saints where His throne is now established.
These saints are referring also to the stone in Daniel 2 which suddenly came on the scene and crushed the Great Image of Babylon. This stone eventually became a huge mountain that “filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:34-35).
This is a kingdom that will have no end because it’s not of an earthly origin but of a divine one.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (Daniel 2:44-45)
Its perpetuity is also mentioned in Daniel 7:14 when this dominion was given by Jesus Christ to the Son of man who represents also the same stone of Daniel 2 or the saints of the Most High.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
This kingdom is here now! God Himself established the A.R.K. of God Foundation in this end-time. This is the everlasting kingdom prophesied in these verses. And its greatness will be given or ascribed to the people of the saints of God.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Daniel 7:27)
Will you be a part of this everlasting kingdom in this end? The choice is yours to make.