On May 7, 2017, Melanie Phillips a British journalist known for her strong support for the state of Israel while on the other hand, a staunch critic of Iran gave a lecture entitled, “Melanie Phillips: A World in Turmoil” at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma. Stephen Flurry also made a program in Trumpet Daily Radio Show covering this free public lecture. (http://kpcg.fm/shows/trumpet-daily-radio-show)
THE MIDDLE EAST IN PROPHECY
The astounding background to the crisis in the Middle East-and how it will be resolved!
Ethiopia, the King of the‘ South
Ethiopia was the only country in all East Africa that continued independent, and had a government and kingdom dating back before the Roman Empire. It was the southern part of the kingdom of the south. So it is the only possible government that could be the king of the south.
At the time of the end-our time-this king of the south was to push at the king of the north, now at Rome!
In 1895 King Menelik, of Ethiopia, sent an army of 9,000 to 10,000 men against General Baratieri’s Italian army. North of Ethiopia was Eritrea, belonging to Italy. And southeast was Italian Somaliland. In 1896 General Baratieri with 13,000 men tried to defend Eritrea against the Ethiopians, They lost 4,600 whites and 3,000 native troops, and more than 3,500 were taken prisoner. In a later engagement the Italians were cut to pieces because of their inexperience in fighting in mountainous country and because they were greatly outnumbered.
This defeat was disastrous to Italian expansion in Africa. Ever since, Italy demanded revenge! In 1927 Mussolini set the time, at just 40 years from that defeat, or 1935, when he would be ready “finally to make our voice heard, and see our ‘rights recognized!” 1935 came. The hour struck!
Mussolini attacked! Now notice verse 40: ” .., and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”
A whirlwind comes in the air, sweeping all before it. Mussolini did send a great air force into Africa!
Also many modern “chariots”- trucks, tanks, etc.-and ships, loaded with soldiers. More than 1 00,000 sailed to Ethiopia. And, notice it, Mussolini’s forces were to pass over-in the air! It is at this precise point in this astounding prophecy that Mussolini’s struggle in Ethiopia and in World War II ended. Mussolini did not finish the prophecy. There is yet another leader to arise in Europe!
Notice what will next happen!
Verse 41 – “He shall enter also into the glorious land … “-the Holy Land. This is yet to be fulfilled.
When the coming revival of the Roman Empire takes the Holy Land, then the nations will be plunged into the initial phase of the great, last and final crisis at the close of this age! Other prophecies reveal that this revival of the Roman Empire will bring into subjection the U.S, and Britain!
Source: Page 26, PLAIN TRUTH September 1983
Let’s emphasize here that Mr. Armstrong believed that the next phase of the prophecy to be fulfilled is verse 41.
“He shall enter also into the glorious land … “-the Holy Land. This is YET to be fulfilled.
He also firmly believed that Ethiopia was the fulfillment of the King of the South, yet look at what the PCG is looking forward to – they have prophesying that Daniel 11:40 has not yet been fulfilled and they have strongly indicated that Iran is the new King of the South. By the way, geographically speaking, looking at any map, Iran can be found EAST of Jerusalem while Ethiopia lies in the SOUTH.
Stephen does not believe what Mr. Armstrong taught about the Daniel 11:40 prophecy. Instead, he wrote his own version of the prophecy in his booklet “History and Prophecy of the Middle East” which gave way to Iran becoming the new King of the South while disregarding what Mr. Armstrong wrote in his 1983 article in the Plain Truth. Here is what Stephen wrote in his booklet:
Prophecy Shifts to End Time
Now we see how this amazing prophecy in Daniel 11 will affect everyone on Earth. Verse 40: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Moffatt begins verse 40 by saying, “When the end arrives.” At this point, the prophecy jumps way ahead to the time we are living in now. It brings us right up to date with today’s news.
God says that when the end arrives, the king of the south will push at the king of the north—or the Roman Empire, which, for the last 1,500 years, has resided in the heart of Europe. The word “push” in verse 40 means to strike or to wage war against. It denotes violence. Both sides will be motivated by radical religion. Centuries of recorded history prove that when it comes to religion in the Middle East, it often means war.
And who is this king of the south which pushes so violently? Anciently, it was south of Jerusalem in Egypt. In this end time, it will comprise a conglomerate of nations much larger and more powerful than ancient Egypt. Much of this force will be south of Jerusalem, but not all of it. Certainly, though, we know it will be south of the resurrected Roman Empire.
The nations around the Holy Land, for the most part, are Islamic. It is this great power, fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, which is the king of the south. Most notable among the rising tide of radical Islam is Iran, which, since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, has accumulated massive military might. It is considered the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism. And with the support of many other Islamic nations, like Iraq, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, Iran will be able to deliver a formidable “push” against the king of the north.
Source: Pages 14-15, History and Prophecy of the Middle East
Stephen openly disregarded what Mr. Armstrong taught about the king of the south. To him, Iran is the real king of the south. Little did the members of the Philadelphia Church of God know that aside from the changes he introduced in his booklet about the prophecy of the Middle East, he was also instrumental in setting up the NO CONTACT POLICY and the introduction of every paganism such as Mother’s Day, Irish Dancing and Cremation inside the Church. (More on that later.) God is very disappointed with what Stephen is doing to His Church. This is the very reason their prophecy keeps on failing like the article posted last April 14 concerning the resurgence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new president of Iran.
Only a few days after the article was posted in the Trumpet website, Mr. Ahmadinejad was disqualified. Well how about their long awaited “king of fierce countenance” Karl Theodore zu Guttenberg? Will he ever really go back to seize his rightful place in Brad Macdonald’s prophecy?
What is happening now to their prophecy? Why does it keep on failing? Will the Daniel 11:40 timeline be projected even further into the future? Or should we rather expect verse 41 to be fulfilled?
Mr. Armstrong taught the Church about the principle of duality in the fulfillment of God’s prophecies, therefore we can apply it on the Daniel 11:40 prophecy. Again, Mr. Armstrong has already written about the physical fulfillment of this speciific prophecy in his 1983 article in the Plain Truth, but how about it’s spiritual fulfillment? Well, we have already discussed in Part 1 about the spiritual fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy concerning the kings of the north and the south in God’s Church.
AND OF THEM OF UNDERSTANDING
Now in this Part 2, we will continue with the vision God gave to the prophet Daniel in chapter 11. Let’s have some review from Part 1:
Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. (Daniel 11:28)
The word “he” in this verse is referring to Joseph W. Tkach Sr the king of the south.
The word “return” is not a good translation. “Return” is shub H7725 which can also mean “pervert” in Strong’s Concordance
Pervert in the dictionary means:
- To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good
- to lead astray morally
- to turn away from the right course
- practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive;
Pervert is synonymous to the words, corrupt, lead astray, desecrate
In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon the word “return” can also mean, to lead away, apostatize
- To abandon one’s religious faith
- To forsake or abandon one’s belief, faith, or allegiance
- To commit apostasy.
Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. (Daniel 11:28)
Paraphrasing verse 28 by substituting the meanings, we can actually read it this way:
Then shall he, Joseph W. Tkach Sr. shall lead astray his land, the WCG with great riches that he inherited from Mr. Armstrong; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and apostatize, abandon his religious belief, faith and allegiance to his own Church.
Daniel chapter 11 really gives us the history and prophecy of God’s Church in this end time. It gives us an inside look on the details on what transpired during the transition from the Philadelphia era going to the Laodicean era. Let’s continue in verse 29:
At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. (Daniel 11:29)
Verse 29 can actually be read this way:
At the time appointed Joseph W. Tkach Sr. shall abandon his religious faith, and come toward the south (the opposition); but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
It says in verse 29 that Tkach Sr. will not be as the former (Garner Ted) or as the latter (his son, Joe Jr). Yes, he will not be like the former, Garner Ted because he was able to totally conceal his real agenda from Mr. Armstrong, yet he shall not be as his own son Joe Jr. because this latter king of the south figure was much worse than him. Can we prove it? Well, the proof is written in the next verse:
For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. (Daniel 11:30)
“Come against” is not a good translation – In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it can also mean: brought in, to be introduced,
In Strong’s Concordance: bring forth, brought in, cause to enter in, cause to come in, go employ, lead, lifted up, taken in
- the crew and passengers of a vessel.
- To hire oneself out or enlist for service on a ship.
- To hire (a person) for work on a ship.
- To hire oneself out or enlist for service on a ship
The word “Chittim” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon means “bruiser””
Bruiser in the dictionary means “A person who enjoys arguing with others”
It is synonymous to the word “bully”
Bully means to intimidate or terrorize; discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
So this ships of Chittim can be rendered as “hired personnel who enjoys arguing with others”; “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize”
This is an appropriate description of Joe Tkach Jr and his fellows who took over the position of the king of the south from his own father. How did it all happen?
“therefore he (Joseph W. Tkach Sr.) shall be grieved, and return,”
Grieve – means “to be cowed” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon
Cowed – To frighten or subdue with threats or a show of force. (See synonyms at intimidate)
Return – shub in Hebrew H7725, in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it can also mean to lead away, apostatize
Intelligence in Strong’s Concordance can also mean “be cunning”
To better understand verse 30, let’s use the definitions above:
For the “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize” shall be brought in, be lifted up and lead: therefore Tkach Sr. shall be subdued with threats to commit apostasy, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even cause the whole Church to turn away from what is right, proper, or good through the practice of sophistry in making doctrinal changes in order to mislead or deceive the members, and he shall be cunning with them that forsake the holy covenant.
Below is the actual fulfillment of the prophesied “ships of Chittim” or the “hired personnel who intimidate or terrorize” as documented in the Raising Ruins book:
Tkach Jr. continued, “My dad hired Mike Feazell to assist him, especially in writing and theology, and he could have fired him at any time. My dad spent hours every day with Mike, working out details of letters, articles and sermons.” In 2002, Feazell admitted that as Mr. Tkach’s assistant, he was primarily “responsible for editing and drafting his written material.”…
Tkach’s Personal Assistant
In the fall of 1978, the church again hired him full time, to work at Ambassador’s Pasadena campus as a tennis instructor and equipment manager.
Then, coincident with Tkach Sr.’s appointment over Ministerial Services in 1979, Feazell catapulted up the WCG hierarchy. Tkach brought him on board first as a special projects coordinator and later as personal assistant. Feazell was not a minister at the time he joined Church Administration.
Feazell had been a friend of the Tkach family for a number of years. He met Tkach’s son, Joe. Jr., at Imperial High School in 1967, where both of them were attending as tenth graders. They later attended Ambassador College together in Pasadena and graduated together in 1973. During the summer months of his college years, Feazell even lived with the Tkaches. In many ways, Joe Sr. was like a father to him…
Head of the Ministry
After his father succeeded Mr. Armstrong in January 1986, Joe Jr. began a sharp ascent up the WCG hierarchy. His father appointed him assistant director of Church Administration in August 1986, where he worked for Larry Salyer. (Salyer had replaced Tkach Sr. as head of Church Administration once Tkach became pastor general.)…
Thus, in a matter of 15 short months, Joseph Tkach Jr. went from being a non-salaried, local church elder—the lowest-ranking spiritual office in the WCG—to the pastor-ranked director over the WCG’s ministry. This meteoric ascent put him in charge of approximately 1,200 WCG ministers in less than a year and a half…
Head of Media Operations
Bernie Schnippert somehow escaped the STP fallout and remained within the WCG…
Thus, the man who coordinated the Systematic Theology Project in 1977 was now director of all the church’s media operations nine years later—just a year and a half after the death of Herbert Armstrong…
Head of the College
Dr. Ward managed to escape the accreditation fallout. He settled into a low-profile position as pastor of a congregation in East Texas…
The following year, in 1988, Ambassador College again began its active pursuit of accreditation—and just like in 1978, Dr. Ward was at the helm. Their plan—surprise, surprise—was to close operations in Pasadena and consolidate in Big Sandy as an accredited institution.
Out With the Old
So, in less than two years after Mr. Armstrong’s death, Don Ward was president of Ambassador College, Bernie Schnippert headed all the media operations, Joe Tkach Jr. was in charge of the ministry and Michael Feazell was the pastor general’s executive assistant and ghost writer.
Another personality who would figure prominently in the new administration was Greg Albrecht, who was dean of students at AC Pasadena throughout the 1980s. In 1990, Bernie Schnippert moved Albrecht into Editorial Services, where he would later be given charge of the church’s flagship magazine, the Plain Truth.
All five of these scholars were made evangelists after Mr. Armstrong died in 1986.
Source: Pages 58-63, Raising the Ruins
These five so called scholars headed by Joe Tkach Jr. have specifically fulfilled the ships of Chittim prophecy. They took away “the daily” or the work of God by transforming the WCG into a mainstream Christianity.
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)
Joe Tkach Jr. used the government of God he took from his father to make the “arms” or the forces of the ministry which included the high ranking evangelists to implement the doctrinal changes that polluted the Church. With the “ships of Chittim” at his disposal, any opposition have been dealt with accordingly with suspension or disfellowshipment. With that scheme, he was able to corrupt both the ministers and members alike
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32)
“The people that do know their God” were Mr. Gerald Flurry and Mr. John Amos. They became strong and did exploits because of the revelation given to them in Malachi’s Message.
Malachi’s Message was originally written in 1989, when the new direction in God’s Church was, to many of its members, not very perceptible. The book was primarily intended to alert the ministry of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) as to what was really happening and, secondarily, to alert the Church membership. When an early draft of the book was brought to the attention of WCG leadership in Pasadena, California, Gerald Flurry and his assistant, John Amos, were fired from their positions as WCG ministers. As this book explains, the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) began immediately.
Source: Preface, Malachi’s Message
They had been summoned to the WCG Pasadena Headquarters and were both fired on December 7, 1989 from the Worldwide Church of God ministry. At this particular instance, the position for the king of the north has now been passed on to Mr. Gerald Flurry. After being fired from the ministry, he immediately established the Philadelphia Church of God on December 20, 1989.
And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. (Daniel 11:33-34)
During the early years of the PCG, they that understand among the people or the PCG membership have instructed many members of the WCG about the doctrinal changes happening inside at that time. They tried to give a little help to other WCG members who were lost in figuring out what was happening by sending them a copy of Malachi’s Message and the doctrinal changes booklet. Yet many of the WCG members were lured to join other COG groups that came out of the WCG like Global Church of God, United Church of God to name a few. But in spite of that, many people still cleave to the PCG with flatteries.
And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. (Daniel 11:35)
Although many PCG members came to understand the prophecies contained in Malachi’s Message were true, yet there were others who still fall away from the truth and left the PCG. The time appointed being mentioned here is referring to the 2,300 evening and morning prophecy of Daniel. (For a full explanation of this subject, you may read our article “THE LAST END Vision of the Prophet Daniel – Part 2“)
This prophecy is twofold which has a first and a second 1,150 days fulfillment. Verse 35 expands from the vision of the transition of the Philadelphia era going to the Laodicean era (1,150 days fulfillment) and the transition of the Laodicean era going to the remnant group from the Laodicean Church (1,150 days fulfillment) who will prepare for Christ’s Second Coming.
Notice the word “some” which is in italics which means that it was not in the original Hebrew text of the Bible. so it should read “And of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end:”
This verse is just showing us that everyone else even those “of understanding” will fall away including the present membership of the PCG. This is connected with the prophecy in Matthew chapter 24
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Matthew 24:1-2)
Jesus Christ have prophesied of the physical desolation of the physical temple in 70 AD, but there’s a duality to that prophecy which concerns God’s spiritual temple, His Church. It says in verse 2 that “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
The apostle Peter compared God’s people to “lively stones” that “are built up a spiritual house.” So Jesus Christ is talking about members in God’s Church being thrown down – everyone. And it means everyone. “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Have we not seen the specific fulfillment of this prophecy with our own eyes? Everyone in God’s Church has been thrown down including Mr. Gerald Flurry and that includes us.
God’s purpose in verse 35 is actually to purge and to make His lively stones to become white. Let’s continue with verse 36.
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (Daniel 11:36)
Joe Tkach Jr. did according to his will and exalted himself by using the government of God. He was so proud of his legacy in turning the WCG into a mainstream Christianity which he flaunts in his book, Transformed by Truth. God allowed Joe Jr. to fulfill what was written in verse 36 according to His determined plan of transition from the Philadelphia era to the Laodicean era.
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (Daniel 11:37-38)
What is the desire of women? Is it not to be with her husband?
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16)
Joe Tkach Jr. did not regard the God of his father, Joseph W. Tkach Sr. He did not regard the desire of the Church to be ruled by her Husband, Jesus Christ. Instead, he only focused on transforming the whole WCG religion to be aligned with the religion of this world whose god is Satan the devil. He even used the wealth of the WCG to accomplish that.
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)
With all the lies, deception and abuse of power that Joe Jr. and his fellows perpetrated just to get their own way, it eventually led to the division of the Worldwide Church of God.
Legacy of Abuse
According to a document produced in 2002, Feazell said that Mr. Armstrong “had complete authority doctrinally and administratively. Disloyalty among ministers was dealt with by firing and expulsion from the church fellowship.” The exact same thing can be said about the Tkaches, as Feazell later admitted in a court deposition: “Any minister of any church is required … to teach what the church’s doctrines are …” And if someone “teaches contrary to church doctrine [in the wcg], then they are subject to being disfellowshiped.” And many were. How many is an open question, but it isn’t going far out on a limb to suggest that the Tkaches were responsible for forcing more people out than Mr. Armstrong ever was—by far. According to Feazell, since the Tkaches took over, more than half of the church’s membership and ministry has either left or been shown the door…
And since these changes were made FROM THE TOP DOWN, by men with unchecked authority, ministers and members alike were left with only one option: They had to abandon the fundamental truths they had proven and believed and taught for years while inside the Worldwide Church of God and accept Tkach’s new teachings—or they were FORCED out by excommunication…
Tkach said that church attendance peaked at 150,000 in 1988, two years after Mr. Armstrong died. By the time Tkach wrote his book in 1997, WCG attendance had dwindled to about 58,000—an attrition rate of over 60 percent. Yes, their “remarkable” transformation, as Feazell wrote four years later in his own book, resulted “in the exodus of more than half of the church’s members and clergy .…”Today, that mass exodus must surely be nearer to 75 percent. That’s not to say that all those who left did so in order to uphold Mr. Armstrong’s teachings.
Source: Pages 8-10, 13-14, Raising the Ruins
Church members around the world have a choice as to which COG group they will join in to uphold Mr. Armstrong’s teachings: Philadelphia Church of God, Global Church of God, United Church of God, Restored Church of God, and many more splinter groups. Others jump from one COG group to another while some decided not to join any group. But the true Church of God that continued the work of Mr. Armstrong was the Philadelphia Church of God. And this will be proven as we proceed with Daniel’s prophecy.
THE PUSH OF THE KING OF THE SOUTH
Mr. Armstrong prophesied in 1983 that the so called “whirlwind prophecy of Daniel 11:40 has already come to pass. Yet there is a duality of that prophecy which is spiritual in nature that concerns God’s Church in this end time and it has also already been fulfilled as well.
Again we know that PROPHECY IS HISTORY WRITTEN IN ADVANCE. What significant event in the history of God’s Church comes next after the CHURCH DIVISION as prophesied in verse 39? It’s actually the SIX YEAR COURT BATTLE between the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God! That’s the whirlwind prophecy
We know already that the position of King of the North has already been passed on to Mr. Gerald Flurry while the King of the South was taken already by Joe Tkach Jr. from his own father through his intimidation with the help of his own fellows known also as the SHIP OF CHITTIM (v. 30).
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (Daniel 11:40)
This PUSH is actually referring to the court case filed by the Worldwide Church of God against the Philadelphia Church of God.
Battle Lines Drawn
(O)n January 21, Mr. (Ralph) Helge penned this letter to my father demanding that the PCG stop distribution of Mystery of the Ages:
Dear Mr. Flurry:
It has just come to the church’s attention, through the January 1997 edition of your Trumpet magazine, that you are offering the book, entitled Mystery of the Ages, for distribution.
As you are well aware, the Worldwide Church of God holds the copyright of said book. We are assuming that you are distributing an infringing copy of the same. Therefore, we hereby respectfully demand that you immediately cease and desist from copying, distributing or advertising said book.
We would appreciate your advising us by what authority you are, without the permission of the church, copying and publishing said book?
Please advise us promptly as to your intentions in this matter. If we do not hear from you promptly we shall assume that you are violating the church’s copyright in said regard and that it is your intention to continue to do so. In such case, we will take appropriate action without further notice.
My father was already prepared for the consequences of his actions. If that meant going to court to fight for “said book,” then so be it. He decided not to respond to Helge’s letter. The battle lines were clearly drawn.
Source: Pages 227-228, Raising the Ruins
From that time on the WCG filed a case against the PCG for printing Mystery of the Ages. That was the PUSH exerted by the King of the South Joe Tkach Jr.
At the beginning of the case, remember, Tkach Jr. arrogantly asserted that the reason they filed this suit was to “block the republication of Mystery of the Ages.” Their duty as Christians was to keep this book out of print because they believed “Mr. Armstrong’s doctrinal errors are better left out of circulation.”
A WHIRLWIND WITH CHARIOTS
“…and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,”
The “whirlwind with chariots” is a symbol of God’s direct involvement in the continuation of the Elijah Work.
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal… And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2 Kings 2:1, 11
In the Bible, what does a symbol of a “whirlwind” mean? Whirlwind can also be a symbol of God’s actual presence.
The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. (Ezekiel 1:3-4)
A whirlwind can also be a symbol of God’s fury or anger:
Behold, a whirlwind of the Lordis gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:19-20)
Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. (Jeremiah 30:23-24)
So during the court case battle, God used the PCG as His instrument to execute His judgment and fury against the King of the South Joe Tkach Jr. and his fellows to manifest to everyone in the world the Church group that continued the Elijah work.
AND WITH HORSEMEN
“…and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,”
The word “horsemen” is parash in Hebrew H6571 in BDB which can also mean horse, steed, warhorse. The horsemen should be translated as a warhorse. Now who or what is this warhorse being mentioned here?
Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. (Zechariah 10:3)
It is the house of Judah or the PCG! This is even proven in the Zechariah booklet written by Mr. Gerald Flurry. On page 71 we can read:
“Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle” (verse 3). Two groups are talked about in this verse. First are the shepherds who are actually hardheaded goats— speaking of the Laodicean ministry in God’s own Church. Second are the spiritual Jews whom God has made a goodly horse in battle, or a majestic warhorse. We really are in a war, and God has empowered His covenant people by His Holy Spirit to be a majestic warhorse.
For emphasis, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote that God made the spiritual Jews or the PCG to be His MAJESTIC WARHORSE during the six year court battle.
A grueling, life-and-death, six-year copyright battle ensued in which the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God went head to head over the beliefs outlined in Mystery of the Ages. The history of that amazing case and its wondrous outcome shines a stark light on what really happened inside the Worldwide Church of God.
Source: Foreword, Raising the Ruins
AND WITH MANY SHIPS
“…: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships;”
Ships – oniyah (on-ee-yaw) H591 from H590 oniy (on-ee) which means a FLEET
The word “fleet” is synonymous to the words aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage which basically means, several things grouped together or considered as a whole
- the act of gathering something together;
- to come together or collect in a mass or whole
Through the six year court case, the PCG has gathered and collected several WCG documents.
Relying on a wealth of official WCG documents and depositions submitted in federal courts, this book reveals the truth behind the shipwreck of the Worldwide Church of God. WCG officials pleaded in court for many of these documents to be kept confidential and ultimately destroyed after the litigation ended. Why? Because, as their former in-house attorney contended in a declaration at the conclusion of the case, “such documents constitute the private, confidential and internal discussion of underlying religious decisions regarding the changes in church doctrine,” as well as “the discussion and decisions regarding the publication or non-publication of church doctrine.”
After years of obscuring their actions, denying their motivations and covering their tracks, that, as it turns out, was their final, desperate attempt to bury the facts about how they went about transforming the church.
Source: Foreword, Raising the Ruins
- A group of objects or works to be seen, studied, or kept together.
This is referring to the collection of Mr. Armstrong’s works to be seen, studied or kept together.
More significant than this, however, is the offensive posture we took in our counterclaim. In the “prayer for relief,” we asked the court to not only dismiss the WCG’s claim, but to reward us with the rights to print and distribute 18 other works by Mr. Armstrong. As with the advertising campaign, we again wanted to get ourselves on offensive footing. This was central to my father’s strategy throughout the case—if the plaintiff would come on strong, we would meet the aggression head-on and take it a step further. As small as we were (compared to them) and even though a “defendant,” he wanted us to continually wrap our minds around the fact that we were on the attack and that we would somehow come out victorious in the end. Thus, seven weeks after first getting our feet wet in this case—in any kind of litigation, for that matter— WE UNLEASHED A COUNTER-ATTACK.
Source: Pages 242-243, Raising the Ruins
NOTICED THAT? The COLLECTION of Mr. Armstrong’s works was the OFFENSIVE POSTURE THE PCG TOOK IN FOR THEIR COUNTERCLAIM BEING UNLEASHED AS A COUNTER-ATTACK. That’s one of the MANY spiritual SHIPS being discussed in Daniel’s prophecy.
They chose to come after us in an attempt to keep Mystery buried. We determined to defend against that action—and to go after more literature at the same time. Here are the works we targeted in our counterclaim:
- The Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course (58 lessons)
- The Incredible Human Potential
- The United States and Britain in Prophecy
- The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like
- The Missing Dimension in Sex
- The Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong (volumes 1 and 2)
- The Plain Truth About Healing
- What Science Can’t Discover About the Human Mind
- Pagan Holidays or God’s Holy Days—Which?
- Does God Exist?
- Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath?
- The Seven Laws of Success
- Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?
- Just What Do You Mean … Born Again?
- Why Marriage! Soon Obsolete?
- The Proof of the Bible
- What Is Faith?
We didn’t realize it at the time, but my father’s decision to go after these 18 works affected the lawsuit’s final outcome more than any other single event.
Source: Page 243, Raising the Ruins
Again, this is the fulfillment of “the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships” Again, one of the “MANY ships” the PCG used in this court battle was the GATHERING of the WCG documents and depositions and this counterclaim for the COLLECTION of Mr. Armstrong’s 18 works. Another meaning of “collection” is “a collecting of money, as in church.” Mr. Gerald Flurry also sought for more money during the court case.
- something that has been collected, gathered, heaped
WE REJECTED this initial offer, and many others to follow, just as sure as WCG rejected a number of our counteroffers. What’s more, even after both sides had agreed to the principal terms of settlement on January 16, 2003, contractual negotiations were nearly derailed when the WCG insisted that we either give back or destroy all the documents we had accumulated in this case from the WCG.
Source: Page 342, Raising the Ruins
ENTER INTO THE COUNTRIES AND SHALL OVERFLOW
“…and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow”
- to be supplied with in great measure
- an excess or superabundance.
Let’s look at how God supplied the PCG with material blessings in superabundance.
Growth of the Work
After obtaining all the literature in March of 2003, we saw an immediate need for a multi-purpose facility where we could store huge quantities of literature and process mail…
In the spring of 2004, a year after the victory, we began the piecemeal process of moving our headquarters staff from the Waterwood complex out to the 168 acres, beginning with those assigned to work at the MPC. We also unveiled plans for a two-story, 22,825 square-foot Hall of Administration to serve as our new headquarters…
Later that year, after we acquired the piano and candelabra from the WCG auction, my father took the purchase as God’s signal for us to begin thinking about building an auditorium in the tradition of Ambassador…
In October 2004, during the same week we broke ground on the Hall of Administration, the Pasadena Star-News revealed the WCG’s plan to move its headquarters operations off the Ambassador College campus in Pasadena and onto the “smaller, less expensive trappings of an industrial building” in Glendora, California. Even as Tkachism prepared for its last ruinous act, selling off the formerly great Pasadena headquarters, God showed His mighty hand by raising the ruins in Edmond—and during the very same week…
In the summer of 2005, with construction on the Hall of Administration in full swing, we broke ground on a $2 million college building that would provide housing for 34 more students downstairs and serve as an academic center upstairs. Thus, we had two huge structures going up concurrently on campus in 2005, just as my father had indicated might happen.
Meanwhile, the work of the church was experiencing explosive growth. The year the lawsuit ended, The Key of David aired weekly on just ONE STATION: WGN. In March of 2005, two years later (after the court case battle), we were on 92 television stations around the world.
Source: Pages 360-361, Raising the Ruins
That’s how the PCG has fulfilled the prophecy “…and he shall enter into the countries” through its explosive growth even expanding their reach on many countries around the world through those 92 television stations from just ONE STATION in 2003. Look at how the PCG was able to ENTER MANY COUNTRIES because of the OVERFLOW or superabundance of God’s blessings during and after the court case battle.
“and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”
Pass over – abar (aw-bar) H5674
In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it is defined as
- to be alienated, to pass into other hands
- to pass away, to perish, cease to exist
- to become invalid
In Strong’s Concordance the word “pass over” is being “USED VERY WIDELY OF ANY TRANSITION”
- make to transgress
- cause to make proclamation
- make partition
Let’s define each word for better understanding.
- To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive;
- to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange (“estrange” means to remove to or keep at a distance)
- law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
This tells the story of how Mr. Gerald Flurry transferred the ownership of the title of position being the King of the North to his own son, Stephen. The highest position was passed into the hands of Stephen. This also tells the story how Mr. Gerald Flurry was caused to become withdrawn or unresponsive, indifferent, estranged and how he was kept at a distance through the NO CONTACT POLICY
- to change (something)
- to make a change so that it will fit better
Notice how Stephen MADE CHANGES to Mystery of the Ages so that it will fit better to his own line of thoughts. From October 21, 2004 Pastor General’s Report:
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.
Source: Pages 3-4, October 21, 2004 Pastor General’s Report under the CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
Stephen made these changes to Mystery of the Ages on August 12, 2003 – SEVEN MONTHS after the conclusion of the six-year court case battle on January 16, 2003
- Make partition
Partition in the dictionary means:
- the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
- A WALL
This meaning is obviously referring to the Ezekiel 4 IRON WALL or the NO CONTACT POLICY which was done as a “separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart” the PCG members from Mr. Gerald Flurry and their suspended relatives and friends.
“cause to make proclamation” – Mr. Gerald Flurry was caused to proclaim the NO CONTACT POLICY through the December 10, 2005 Pastor General’s Report.
He was also MADE TO TRANSGRESS when he was influenced to support CREMATION as early as 2004. Read the article in the Royal Vision, May-June 2004 entitled “PREPAID FUNERAL” written by Mark Nash. Add to that, the introduction of Mother’s Day on May 11, 2007 through the article, “The Beautiful Role of a Mother” and also Irish dancing being brought in by Wayne Turgeon later after that.
- The word “pass over” can also mean to pass away, to perish, cease to exist
Now who passed away, perished and cease to exist AFTER the court case battle that concluded on January 16, 2003? It’s NONE OTHER than Mrs. Barbara Flurry on September 5, 2004.
Again the word “pass over” in Strong’s is being “USED VERY WIDELY OF ANY TRANSITION” so we have seen how this transition has transpired precisely as God prophesied. Now look at how Satan is coming in the flesh through Stephen Flurry and did the same thing as he did in the past:
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (Isaiah 14:13)
Stephen is now sitting upon the mount of the congregation or the government of the Church – IN THE SIDES OF THE NORTH. Mr. Gerald Flurry is the real king of the north, yet Stephen sit in the side of his father and eventually took the role of the king of the north after the court case battle has been concluded. That’s the TRANSITION as Mr. Gerald Flurry knowingly or unknowingly passed the authority given to him by God to his son, Stephen.
This principle can be proven in an article posted in the pcog.org website with their article, “Elijah’s Prayer.” Look at the reason why Mr. Gerald Flurry has transitioned the authority to his son, Stephen – he based it on their initial engagement with Malachi’s Message in Robber’s Cave:
Finally, my son read the rough draft of Malachi’s Message on Sunday, July 16, 1989—exactly 3½ years after Mr. Armstrong died! My son was positive in what he said, but he didn’t say much. I could tell he had been sobered by what he read. The sanctuary had already been cleansed, but it took a few months before that rain began to reach beyond the altar, or ministry.
In God’s eyes, that is when the “latter rain” began (James 5:7)—with my son. At that point, the drought ended. With great relief and joy, we thanked God that He was once again revealing truth to His very elect!
Within six months, we were mailing Malachi’s Message to a large number of the Laodiceans. Revelation was again raining into God’s Church. Many of God’s people realized they had been starving and thirsting to death because of a lack of spiritual nourishment! This eternal, life-saving rain brought God’s people to the PCG.
That refreshing spiritual rain had started on July 16, 1989, with one young, UNBAPTIZED man reading a rough draft of God’s revelation.
God’s Challenge to Young People
For me to give Malachi’s Message to my son placed a HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY on him. I knew this was going to be a test for my son. When something like that happens, we have to make the right decision! Clearly, the way God viewed it, that was a far more significant moment than it would have appeared.
Young people, realize: My son really wrestled with that choice—as probably any UNBAPTIZED person would have. He loved college, yet here was his dad doing something that many members dismissed as rank rebellion! God made him choose—just as He makes each of us choose. It would have been so easy to turn away from God at that point and to miss all the blessings. But if we make the right choice, God can accomplish tremendous things in our lives! We must always strive to get ourselves out of the way and let God lead us.
Look what one person can achieve by choosing correctly and going wherever God leads him!
God began the latter spiritual rain with an UNBAPTIZED PERSON!…
Is there a connection between what happened in Robber’s Cave with my son and what happened with the new revelation about the little book?
Mr. Gerald Flurry emphasized in his article the HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY given to his son Stephen as a hint that the authority given to him by God as the King of the North would be transitioned accordingly to no one else but his son. So the word “he” in the next verses will now be referring specifically to Stephen Flurry after the six year court case battle.
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)
The word “enter” is bo in Hebrew H935 in Strong’s which also mean BESIEGE while the “glorious land” being mentioned is the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. Substituting the word BESIEGE we can read verse 41 this way:
He (Stephen) shall BESIEGE also into the glorious land (PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma), and many countries (PCG congregations around the world) shall be overthrown…
This verse in Daniel is connected with the prophecy in Jeremiah chapter 1:
Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north AN EVIL shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. (Jeremiah 1:14)
Notice here that there was an EVIL that comes OUT OF THE NORTH. This EVIL is referring to the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 being led by the new King of the North, Stephen Flurry. Notice in the next verse that there is a conspiracy among the families of all the high ranking ministers in the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.
For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. (Jeremiah 1:15)
The word “come” is the same word that was used in Daniel 11:41 for “enter” which can also mean “BESIEGE”
For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall BESIEGE, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. (Jeremiah 1:15)
This is the same prophecy concerning the Ezekiel 4 SIEGE that involves the NO CONTACT POLICY. The prophet Jeremiah is giving us a clear picture that shows how the families of the kingdoms of the north (i.e., evangelists, regional directors, pastors and the field ministry) were instrumental in besieging the PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma and all the PCG congregations around the world.
EDOM, MOAB AND THE CHIEF OF THE CHILDREN OF AMMON
“…but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” (Daniel 11:41)
This latter part of verse 41 has always been interpreted by the PCG as referring to their physical place of safety located in Petra, Jordan. They even published a booklet about this place to prove its veracity.
But did Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong say that the place of safety would indeed be all about the rocky fortress of the Edomites? In a co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961, he wrote the following:
Dear Co-Worker, let me tell you, I have faced this — I know it is REAL — and it is sure to come! But, if we whom Christ is using as His Co-Workers are faithful — if we deny NOT His precious Word by clinging to the pagan traditions of MEN which form the WAY of this world — if we walk through the gigantic door of mass- evangelism He has opened for us to reach the whole world — if we put HIS KINGDOM and this glorious Message of it FIRST in our lives — sacrifice for it — and remain FAITHFUL to the end, Jesus Christ has PROMISED to protect us from this terrifying destruction to come.
Read Luke 21:36 — if we WATCH, to see events prophesied coming to pass — if we PRAY always and earnestly — we shall be accounted worthy to ESCAPE these terrifying events — yes, ALL these catastrophic destructions.
HOW? I do not know, definitely, how. But in Revelation 12:14 we are to be taken on the symbolic “wings of a great eagle” to a place of safety — described as into the wilderness — or desert. Does that mean we are to be taken by giant airplanes? Possibly — yet Scripture says God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt “on eagles’ wings.”
Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961
Did Mr. Armstrong receive all the revelations about all there is to know about the place of safety? Let Mr. Armstrong answer that question himself. Let’s continue reading from the same co-worker letter referenced above:
I do not NEED to know more, now, about HOW, or WHERE. I think it quite possible that I do know already — in general, the time, and the place.
Perhaps God has already revealed it to me — but I do not want to say, unless or until SURE — and unless l KNOW GOD WISHES IT REVEALED TO OTHERS.
It is enough to know GOD HAS PROMISED, if we comply with His conditions. It is enough to know WE CAN RELY ON GOD! It is SURE! And, if YOU are faithful, YOU may be SURE — and rely on it without FEAR!”
Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter dated October 23, 1961
Mr. Armstrong said that for the time being, he need not know more about HOW or WHERE. He admitted he only had a general knowledge and understanding of the subject such as the time when God’s people will be taken to the place of safety, the place being in a wilderness and he thought it meant a desert. He indicated he had some other thoughts about it but expressed that he did not want to say further unless or until he is SURE. Moreover, Mr. Armstrong would not talk further about the rest of his thoughts unless he knows that God wants him to reveal it to others.
Did Mr. Armstrong ever dogmatically proclaim that Petra will be the place of safety? To answer this question let’s look at what he said about Petra on two occasions. Let’s look at a comment he made about Petra in a searing sermon entitled, ‘Warning to the Church’ which he gave on July 1, 1978:
Revelation 12:14 …were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place.
Now the place, where is it? There’s been great contention. I used to preach of the possibility it would be at Petra. Well, I don’t know it will be at Petra; and I never said that I knew it would be. But others say, “Well, that’s something we can get back at Herbert Armstrong. Let’s just say he was wrong about that.” And some very high in the Church were saying that’s a lot of rubbish and hogwash. I say to you now, I don’t know whether it is Petra. I don’t know where it is, or where it’ll be. I know God knows. But I know this: there are many indications that it is Petra. And if it isn’t Petra, then the Bible gives us absolutely no indication of where it will be. Now that much I know, and I’ll stand my ground on any of you that want to come and face me with it. I have been to Petra, and it is not a very pleasant place to be. Well anyway, we’re to be taken where we will be…
Source: Sermon Transcript July 1, 1978 “Warning to the Church”
Having read those words, can anyone then claim that Mr. Armstrong taught dogmatically that Petra is indeed the place of safety? It will be preposterous for someone to make such a claim! Did he ever change his mind about Petra later as he concluded his ministry until his death on January 16, 1986?
Now, let’s look at a comment he made about Petra four years later in another co-worker letter dated July 16, 1982. In this letter, he mentioned that he was writing from England, after returning from a trip to Jordan where he met with the late King Hussein. While talking about some of his experiences in Jordan, he remembered about how the brethren had been looking up to Petra as the anticipated place of safety promised by God. Here’s what he wrote:
“Incidentally, I know many of you seem to have your hearts set on going very soon to Petra as “the place of safety” during the soon-coming Great Tribulation. Well, GET YOUR MINDS OFF PETRA. Brethren, I HAVE NEVER said that Petra definitely is the place of protection where God will take us. I HOPE IT IS NOT! One reason it could be the place is that it is a place NOBODY ELSE WOULD WANT TO GO. It would be the most UNpleasant, UNcomfortable, miserable place you could go! There is nothing to be desired there.”
Source: Mr. Armstrong co-worker letter, July 16, 1982
That message was delivered by Mr. Armstrong about 3 and ½ years before his demise in January 16, 1986. He did not have a change of mind about Petra. He never had any positive, pleasant and inspiring thought about Petra. He did not have even one positive word to describe Petra. More importantly, he never made a last minute claim that God has finally revealed to him that Petra is definitely going to be the place of safety. There was no revelation whatsoever that Mr. Armstrong received about the specifics of the place.
Even the published booklet, “Jordan and God’s Church in Prophecy” of the PCG has indicated on page 12 while describing Petra in Jordan as “THE LAND THAT IS VERY OFF.” Although it may have been a typographical error yet God allowed it to happen to show everyone in God’s Church that He does not emphatically say that Petra would be the supposed “place of safety.” So as God views it, Petra is really “THE LAND THAT IS VERY OFF.”
Moreover, Petra has been associated with its most extensive occupation and use during the early to mid-first millennium B.C.E., by the Biblical Edomites.
Is this where 10,000 Edomites were thrown to their deaths?
Glenn J. Corbett • 04/08/2017
In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end of the Dead Sea, is said to have thrown another 10,000 captives from the top of nearby Sela, where they were “dashed to pieces” (2 Chronicles 25:12; 2 Kings 14:7). While the Biblical account provides only vague clues as to where this horrible event took place (Sela simply means “rock” in Hebrew), the archaeology of a little-known mountaintop stronghold in southern Jordan may hold the answer.
Located just 3 miles north of the Edomite capital of Bozrah (modern Buseirah) in the rugged highlands of southern Jordan is an imposing natural rock fortress that still carries the name es-Sela…
Although we won’t know more about es-Sela’s Edomite history until the site is systematically explored and excavated, the available evidence shows that this fascinating mountaintop stronghold was certainly an important place of refuge for the Edomites throughout the Iron Age, at least down to the time of Nabonidus and perhaps during the reign of Amaziah as well.”
Why did God predict the demise of the inhabitants of Petra? For the answer, one must look into the rituals and practices of these people. The main place of worship, the Jabel-Aibb’ Atuf, is the best-preserved high place in all the Bible lands. The object of worship here was not God, but the sun. And as part of their worship they offered human sacrifices. Close by, two obelisks may be seen which were probably sun pillars of fertility.
It was because of these and other abominable practices that God instructed Israel on their entry into Canaan after the Exodus, to destroy the high places of the heathen. Because of the pagan vices and immoral rites practiced there, the finger of prophecy forecast the downfall and entire destruction of cities like Petra (Read Joel 3:19 and Ezekiel 35:3-9).
With all the facts about Petra, would God provide it as a place of safety for His people? Mr. Armstrong said, it’s not. If Petra is NOT the place of safety, then where could that place be? God’s people believed about this specific prophecy because of what was written by the apostle John:
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (Revelation 12:6)
This scripture as we will prove here has actually been fully misunderstood to mean that God has prepared a place of safety in a wilderness where she will be protected from the horrors of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord which comprise a total time period of 1260 days or 3 and 1/2 years. The verse has nothing in it that says a place of safety or place of physical protection but this idea was allowed by God to be injected into His Church until the appointed time of its full understanding.
This prophecy is already being fulfilled now and the facts will show that this is not talking about God’s Church being taken into a physical place of safety.
The “woman” mentioned in the verse does in fact refer to God’s Church. It actually refers to a remnant or a breakaway part of God’s Church in the final era or the Laodicean era.
The meaning of the word “wilderness” is a key to understanding the true meaning of this scripture. Wilderness from the Greek “eremos” is G2048 in Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Lexicon definition gives us more than one meaning of the word. Besides the usual definition which applies to a place (a desert, wilderness; deserted places, lonely regions), another definition applies to people such as those deserted by others and those deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred. This second definition helps us to picture the “woman” or Church in a state of separation from the main body which gives the picture of a breakaway group which separated herself from the main body of the Church.
The A.R.K. of God Foundation is a breakaway group from the Philadelphia Church of God which is now doing a separate Work, focused on reviving the legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong. It has already revived his legacy in Jerusalem through its participation in the Mount Zion archaeological dig and through its partnership with the Jerusalem Foundation in the work of rebuilding and restoring the Children’s Playground in Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem.
The “woman in the wilderness” came to being initially when the two witnesses first came together and produced the Book of Remembrance which is prophesied in Malachi 3:16.
There is another keyword in Revelation 12:6 which unlocks the meaning of this prophecy. Take note of the word “place” in the verse. Let’s read the verse again:
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath A PLACE prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (Revelation 12:6)
The word “place” from the Greek “topos” is G5117 in Strong’s Concordance and one of the meanings given by Thayer’s Lexicon is that of “a place (passage) in a book.” In other words, the PLACE PREPARED OF GOD is associated with a passage in a book or a book itself.
It’s interesting to note that Malachi 3:16 which is A PASSAGE IN THE BOOK of Malachi is talking about a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (Malachi 3:16)
This shows us that the PLACE or PASSAGE OF A BOOK PREPARED OF GOD IN THE WILDERNESS is referring to THE LAST END BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE whose author is neither one of the two witnesses but God Himself who reveals His secrets to His servants.
Let’s look at Revelation 12:6 again and notice how and where the woman gets her spiritual feeding.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
The WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS receives her feeding not from the PCG anymore but from God through His two witnesses. Initially, the Book of Remembrance was the source of earlier feedings but God’s continuing flow of revelations through the TWO SONS OF FRESH OIL fed God’s little remnant which eventually became the A.R.K. of God Foundation. Our websites are full of evidence of the abundance of revelations that God has been giving to this WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS. (Click here and here.)
Now if that is God’s real explanation of the PLACE PREPARED OF GOD IN THE WILDERNESS, well how can now we explain the thought “Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon”?
Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon are actually a representation of the characters and the prevailing attitude inside the Philadelphia Church of God.
Edom – is a symbol of a character who betrays his own brother.
In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; (Obadiah 1:11-13)
Moab and the children Ammon were both used by God to oppress His own people Israel because they have done evil in His sight.
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. (Judges 3:12-14)
Spiritually speaking, Moab and the children of Ammon are types of the character that oppresses God’s own people. Another explanation for the name Moab which means “of his father” can also be a symbol of a character who look too much on Mr. Gerald Flurry and the children of Ammon would imply to be looking too much on the PCG ministers.
I want to relate that history to something that happened to me recently. On January 4, I fainted on stage while giving a sermon. A few weeks before that incident, I told a regional director I believed some of our members looked to me and even the other ministers too much. I wanted to make sure the ministers were helping the people be aware of that. However, before I had a chance to do anything about it, this incident occurred. I think that was God’s way of saying that He agreed with me. I didn’t necessarily like the way He demonstrated that, but it shows me that He motivated what I was thinking.
We need to remember that a minister is just a puny little man. Of course, God works through men, but we are just men. (pp. 1-2)
Source: Pages 1-2, Co-worker letter May 6, 2014
For emphasis, the meaning of the name Moab is “of his father.” So Moab can also imply, “to be looking too much on Mr. Gerald Flurry, Stephen’s father”; while the children of Ammon on the hand, would be “looking too much on the PCG ministers.” And who is the CHIEF or REGIONAL DIRECTOR whom Mr. Gerald Flurry has spoken with a few weeks before he fainted on January 4, 2014? I believe it was John Macdonald. He is the CHIEF of the children of Ammon. John Macdonald would always like the brethren to look to him and to fear him.
There’s another interesting perspective to the names Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon as mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy that would undoubtedly prove it’s prophetic fulfillment in our time in this last end. First let us read some brief historical background on this group of people:
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Who were the Ammonites? In the Bible, they are described as being descendants of Ben-ammi, who was the son of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and Lot’s younger daughter (Genesis 19:38). The capital of the Iron Age kingdom of Ammon was Rabbah, which is located at modern-day Amman, Jordan. Burnett describes the boundaries of Ammon: “The Ammonite heartland comprised the north-central Transjordanian Plateau encircled by the upper Jabbok … within a 12.5-mile radius of its capital at the headwaters of the Jabbok.” The Ammonites’ primary deity was the god Milcom. Depictions of Milcom have been uncovered through archaeological excavations—as have representations of Ammonite kings, such as the monumental statue uncovered at Rabbah in 2010.
Who were the Moabites? In the Bible, the Moabites are said to have descended from Moab, the son of Lot and his oldest daughter (Genesis 19:37). The kingdom of Moab stretched “north and south of the Arnon River” with its capital at Dibon. The Moabites worshiped the god Chemosh, who may be depicted in the Balua‘ Stele (dated to the end of Late Bronze Age). The most famous Moabite king—from the archaeological record at least—is Mesha. The large inscription he left behind is the longest Moabite text. Dating to the ninth century B.C.E., the Mesha Stele describes how King Mesha rescued the Moabites from Israelite rule.
Who were the Edomites? In the Bible, the Edomites are the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin and Isaac’s oldest son (Genesis 36). The Edomites controlled an area east of the Arabah, from the Zered to the Gulf of Aqaba. Their capital was Bozrah, which sat in the northern part of their territory. Although no name of an Edomite deity is given in the Bible, archaeologists know from inscriptions that the Edomites’ principal deity was Qaus (or Qos).
But who is Qaus or Qos anyway?
Qōs may mean bow. It is speculated that this god may have been interchangeable with Yahweh, Baal, Haddu/Hadad and Dushara, these five names being epithets for a common deity.
Again these are the names written in Daniel’s prophecy in verse 41 and their association to specific pagan gods:
Edom – The Edomites worshipped the pagan god Qos or Baal. (of which Irish Dance is a form of worship of Baal)
Moab – Chemosh was the supreme god of the Moabites. Chemosh was a god associated with the Semitic mother-goddess Ashtar, (Mother’s Day as a worship of Astarte)
Ammon – The Ammonites were a pagan people who worshiped the gods Milcom and Molech. (Cremation is a form of worship of Molech). Molech is actually the CHIEF of the children of Ammon.
Let’s read again verse 41:
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)
The word “escape” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean, PRESERVE; while “hand” can also mean MINISTRY. Paraphrasing verse 41, we can read it this way:
He (Stephen) shall also BESIEGE through the NO CONTACT POLICY the glorious land, PCG Edmond Oklahoma and many PCG members in countries around the world shall be overthrown, but these shall be PRESERVED in his MINISTRY, even those who betray his own brother (Edom), and those who oppress God’s own people that looks too much on his father, Mr. Gerald Flurry (Moab) and those that fear the ministers more than God (children of Ammon); Moreover as a result, he will allow the introduction of the worship of Baal through Irish Dance, the worship of Astarte through Mother’s Day and the worship of Molech, the chief of the children of Ammon through Cremation inside the PCG. (Daniel 11:41)
Going back to the prophecy about the EVIL that came from the north and see how it relates to worshipping other gods like Baal through Irish dancing, Astarte through Mother’s Day and Molech through Cremation.
And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. (Jeremiah 1:16-18)
Look again at verse 18 and see that the EVIL that came OUT OF THE NORTH in verse 14 is actually a description of the kings of Judah (the evangelists), the princes (the regional directors), the priests (the pastors and ministers) and the people (the members) of the PCG Headquarters in Edmond Oklahoma. Now, this is God’s commission to His Remembrancers – He has made us a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land – the whole Philadelphia Church of God around the world. We do not worry a bit anyhow. Look at the prophesied outcome and God’s promise to us:
And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee. (Jeremiah 1:19)
EGYPT SHALL NOT ESCAPE
Going back to Daniel’s prophecy in verse 42:
He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. (Daniel 11:42)
Stretch forth – shalach (shaw-lakh) H7971 which can also mean TO SEND, TO LET LOOSE, TO SEND OFF
Hand – yad H3027 in Strong’s can also mean MINISTRY.
Egypt – mitsrayim H4714 dual of matsor (maw-tsore) H4693
- In Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon it means SIEGE
- In Strong’s Concordance it is defined as BESIEGED PLACES
Let’s paraphrase using the definitions above:
He (Stephen) shall SEND OFF, LET LOOSE his MINISTRY also upon the countries: and the land of the BESIEGED PLACES shall not escape.
Stephen has a league of ministers loyal to him that he let loose of and spread around the world. They are the ones who besieged every congregation around the world using the NO CONTACT POLICY and no member can escape from it.
But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:43)
Libya – in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon means EMPTY HEARTED, AFFLICTED
Ethiopian – H3569 origin from H3568 which means BLACK
BLACK in prophecy can be a symbol of a terrible famine that causes MOURNING AND SORROW.
Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. (Lamentations 5:10)
The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth (drought). Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. (Jeremiah 14:1-2)
For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. (Jeremiah 8:21)
The astonishment is connected with a famine but in this case it’s not referring to a physical famine. The famine is actually more of spiritual in nature (Amos 8:11). The Philadelphia Church of God is no longer receiving new revelations from God. They are suffering from spiritual famine wherein God is actually seeing the members as black in astonishment as they mourn and cry because of the spiritual famine.
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity. (Ezekiel 4:16-17)
The word “steps” can be defined in Strong’s Concordance as “companionship.” To paraphrase verse 43:
43 But he (Stephen) shall have power to decide over the tithes, offerings, contributions, donations to the Church and other financial transactions of the BESIEGED CHURCH CONGREGATIONS (Egypt): and people that are EMPTY HEARTED AND AFFLICTED (Libyans) and those that are MOURNING AND IN SORROW (Ethiopians) sfhall be at his COMPANIONSHIP.
This is indeed a very apt description of the prophesied Ezekiel 4 siege. The NO CONTACT POLICY that was implemented by the COMPANIONS of Stephen resulted to BESIEGED PLACES around the world, in which God’s people have become EMPTY HEARTED and AFFLICTED and there are members who are literally MOURNING and in SORROW because their loved ones committed suicide. This is the detailed portrait of people that stays with the companionship of the PCG under Stephen Flurry.
TIDINGS OUT OF THE EAST
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. (Daniel 11:44)
The word “tidings” is shemuah (sehm-oo-aw) in Hebrew (H8052 in Strong’s Concordance) which is the same word that has been used in Obadiah:
The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. 2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. (Obadiah 1:1-2)
This word “rumour” is the same Hebrew for “tidings” in verse 44. The tidings or rumour came from God who has been found in the EAST. What is God doing in the EAST?
Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. (Isaiah 41:1)
The islands being mentioned here is the Philippine Islands. The word “silent” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean “from the idea of SECRECY to be silent.” Another meaning is CONCEAL, PRACTICE SECRETLY. Why did God wanted the islands to keep silent or to CONCEAL? Because the strength of God’s people will be renewed by what God is going to do. He is going to do His strange work through the Book of Remembrance. God wanted those in the islands to CONCEAL the writing of the Book of Remembrance and the establishment and transfer of His government to the righteous man from the EAST.
Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. (Isaiah 41:2)
But who is this righteous man from the east?
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Isaiah 41:8-9)
The righteous man from the EAST is referring to the TWO WITNESSES – Jacob and Israel. They may have gone to the spiritual wilderness after they went out from the PCG, yet God assures them that He did not cast them away. They have been commissioned to prepare the wilderness for the woman or God’s Church through the Book of Remembrance. And the following verses describes God’s full support for their strange work.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:10-16)
Going back to verse 44:
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: (Daniel 11:44)
Why out of the NORTH? The reason is that the office of the King of the North has now been transitioned to the righteous man from the east, the TWO WITNESSES whom God SECRETLY raised up in the islands. Yet there is another one whom God raised up as indicated in verse 25:
I have raised up one from the NORTH, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay. (Isaiah 41:25)
The thought “rising of the sun” is the EAST. Even the word “rising” is the same word that was used in verse 2 which means EAST. Notice in this verse that this man came from the NORTH which means he was one of the PCG ministers who came out from it. He is the same prophesied fulfillment of Cyrus:
“Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: (Isaiah 45:1-2)
Look closely at this prophecy, there are actually TWO entities being addressed here:
- To His anointed; and
- To Cyrus
How can we be so sure? Look closely at verse 4 and begin to decipher the coded message contained therein:
“For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” (Isaiah 45:4)
Who is Jacob being mentioned here? And who is Israel? These are God’s anointed – the two witnesses which are hidden in those names!
“One shall say, I am the Lord‘s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:5)
And God called a last end Cyrus for their SAKE! The word “sake” in verse 4 is defined in Strong’s Concordance this way:
From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that: – because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to, . . . ‘s sake), + lest, that, to.
What is Jacob’s and Israel’s PURPOSE? What is their INTENT? The two witnesses are the men behind The Last End – A Book of Remembrance, and yet they are to be concealed – clothed in sackcloth, the reason God called a LAST END Cyrus by name to help fulfill Jacob’s and Israel’s purpose.
“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” (Isaiah 45:15)
One of the two witnesses “call himself by the name of Jacob.” What does the name “Jacob” implies in this verse? Jacob means “a supplanter.” “Supplant” in the dictionary means: to take the place of someone; to take the place of and serve as a substitute. Remember that Jacob took the place or the identity of his brother Esau (Edom) to claim the birthright blessings of a firstborn from their father Isaac which the latter sold to the former for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:30-34); The same way that the identity of Phinehas has been taken to do just the same – to claim the birthright blessings (of Jerusalem) which the spiritual Edomites in the PCG sold for a bowl of soup (Edstone). While the other witness has “surname himself by the name of Israel.” So God calls His two witnesses by the names Jacob and Israel!
“Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)
“Ye are even my witnesses” – God calls them MY WITNESSES. These two men are just ordinary members in God’s Church whom God has formed for a special purpose – to show forth His praise:
This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. (Isaiah 43:21-26)
The two witnesses are sinners also just like any one else, yet God said that they may only be justified if they will PUT GOD IN REMEMBRANCE. So they wrote a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE to plead for God’s people – and that is the only way how they shall be justified!
This is the rumour from the EAST that Stephen was troubled with because he knew when he read the Book of Remembrance, the position of the King of the NORTH has already been given by God to those from the EAST who have now been given rule over kings in God’s Church. For emphasis, God was the one who has given the authority. In mercy shall the throne be established as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 16:5). God secretly transferred the position of the King of the North to those in the islands so He can continue His work in Jerusalem which Stephen left last August 10, 2013.
Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. (Isaiah 41:26-27)
The word “first” in Strong’s Concordance can also mean, THE ELDEST. There are three (3) people being discussed here. One is called the ELDEST who is uttering this expression “Behold, behold them.”
Actually the ELDEST being mentioned here is the same spiritual Cyrus mentioned in Isaiah chapter 45. He has also been raised up in righteousness just as what was stated in Isaiah chapter 41. He is part of the righteous men from the east being prophesied in Isaiah 41:2. Reading again verse 27
The first (that’s the 1st personality) shall say to Zion, Behold (the 2nd personality), behold (the 3rd personality) them:
Behold, behold them” is actually referring to Jacob and Israel, the two witnesses whom God will use to bring forth good tidings to Mount Zion and Jerusalem.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God! (Isaiah 40:9 American Standard Version)
Anyone can see the fulfillment of this prophecy with our DOUBLE WONDER project in Jerusalem, i.e., the Mount Zion Dig and the rehabilitation of the Children’s Playground.
SHALL TROUBLE HIM
“But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him:” (Daniel 11:44)
Trouble can also mean, to disturb.
Look at what happened to Stephen Flurry’s countenance after he read the Book of Remembrance last September 5, 2013. During his October 10, 2013 Trumpet Daily presentation he appeared to be so disturbed. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
“There was that letter we read recently about the individual who said all these things about the original Elijah and the prophecy of the end time Elijah and he had all these ideas of how what that end time Elijah would be like, how it shake the nations and so on. And as we got into the actual history and what Jesus Himself said about the original Elijah you find that it’s very different than what that man thinks.” (The Trumpet Daily, Your Daily Duty; Time – 17:20 to 17:47)
Stephen Flurry was so troubled that for the first time, he appeared so untidy in front of the camera as he was beginning to grow his beard and he has not even combed his hair. His countenance has shown that the message in the Book of Remembrance has greatly impacted him.
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:45)
This “tabernacle of his palace” is referring to the Edstone Hall which Stephen acquired on November 12, 2014. How can we be so sure? The key to understanding lies in the word “seas.”
Both Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon and Strong’s Concordance define the word “seas” as WEST, WESTWARD. In fact, in Numbers chapter 3 the same Hebrew word “yam” (H3220) was translated as WESTWARD.
The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward. (Numbers 3:23)
It means that the tabernacle of his palace would be found in the WEST or WESTWARD.
The word “holy” in Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon can also mean, SEPARATENESS; whereas a mountain is a symbol of government. So the thought “the glorious holy mountain” can be expressed as “the glorious SEPARATE GOVERNMENT.” Thus, verse 45 can be read this way:
And he (Stephen) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace (the Edstone Hall) WESTWARD (England) in the glorious SEPARATE GOVERNMENT; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:45)
That would be the prophesied conclusion of Stephen’s decision to settle WESTWARD in Edstone. God prophesied that “he will come to his end and none shall help him.”