Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Largest Audience Possible

Herbert Armstrong finished Mystery of the Ages only six months before he died. He said this book was the second most important on Earth, after the Bible. He passionately stated that his church “must reach the largest audience possible” with this vital book. God’s Church today has picked up where Mr. Armstrong left off and is urgently working to dispense Mystery of the Ages to the “largest audience possible.” On today’s show, Stephen Flurry discusses the work of distributing Mr. Armstrong’s masterful work to the United Kingdom.

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Week in Review: The Rise of Nationalism

The utopian promises of globalization are failing—and the world is returning to nationalism! As economies worsen and conditions become more dangerous, we’re seeing the rise in protectionism, anti-immigration, fence building, arms build-up. It’s a dangerous trend you need to understand. We’ll look at the effects in several places around the world but focus particular attention on Europe’s response to its migrant crisis

The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is gaining political legitimacy, changing the landscape in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

This week saw more racially motivated violence in the U.S. with the horrific murders in Virginia.

And scientists who tried to replicate the results of a hundred highly touted psychology studies found that two thirds of them were hooey!

All this and much more on today’s Trumpet Hour.

Prophetic History for YOU

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/13043.18.0.0/prophetic-history-for-you

The biblical books of Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings make up the former prophets. These books give a broad sweep of ancient Israel’s history, from Joshua going to the Promised Land all the way to the captivity of Israel and Judah. The name “former prophets” is deceptive—they are actually the earlier prophets, but still prophets with a prophetic message for us today. These books are not merely history.

God is determined that we understand the former prophets in this end time just before Jesus Christ returns. Christ is our chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). What does He have to say about the former prophets?

Trumpets: God Confronts Sin

https://www.pcog.org/articles/1880/trumpets-god-confronts-sin

We must take on the same attitude toward sin that God has!

The concept of God confronting sin permeates Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. But the Feast of Trumpets is also about God confronting sin! And comparing these holy days shows some important similarities, and sobering differences.

It is one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible.

There was a slave nation of about 3 million—driven hard by their taskmasters, crying out for deliverance. One day, their deliverer came—and brought with him a host of terrifying plagues from the Almighty God: Water turned to blood, frog infestation, insects, boils. Plague after plague hammered their captors, yet they were protected.

Finally, one night, all the firstborn of the Egyptians died. The plague was so horrifying, so intense, they relented and granted the slaves their freedom.

The Israelites left with a high hand—escaping Egypt and starting their journey to a Promised Land.

This is history that God’s people memorialize each year during the spring holy days. It provides us a dramatic picture of our dealing with sin—how we must come completely out of it.

On Passover, we memorialize Christ’s sacrifice, which purged our sins and reconciled us to God. We remember how, if the Israelites hadn’t put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, the death angel would have killed their own firstborn along with the Egyptians; by this we learn that it is only the blood of the Lamb—Jesus Christ—that saves us and removes that death penalty. We also remember how God inflicted the Egyptians with a series of plagues that, really, was a punishment on them for their sins.

Prior to the Days of Unleavened Bread, we get leaven out of our homes, which pictures getting sin out of our lives. We remember Israel’s exodus from Egypt, a type of our coming out of sin. At the end of seven days, we remember Israel passing through the Red Sea, a type of baptism, and the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. We remember the drowning of the Egyptians in the sea, just like our sins are left buried in the baptismal waters.

Through this rich history, God has given us a spectacular illustration of what we go through during repentance, baptism and conversion.

The spring holy days show us just how serious God is about our getting the sin out of our lives. They force us to ask the important question: What is our attitude toward sin?

God commands that we examine our lives each Passover season (1 Corinthians 11:26-29). We must realize just how much Christ went through so we can be cleansed of our sin and reconciled to God—physically and spiritually. We go through this examination process year round, finding ourselves wanting, coming before God, confessing those sins, seeking forgiveness, and then living anew. Those in God’s Church are well acquainted with the process of repentance.

Now, what does all of this have to do with the Feast of Trumpets?

Spring and Fall Parallels

There are tremendous parallels between what we memorialize during the spring holy days and what is pictured on Trumpets! The story of the Israelites’ delivery from Egypt was not only a type of our coming out of sin: There will be a future fulfillment even more dramatic.

As we examine these parallels, we will see that both holy day seasons picture God confronting sin.

Again: What is our attitude toward sin? Do we hate it as much as God does?

The spring holy days show how God purges sin from His people. The fall holy days, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets, picture how God will purge sin from the world. The process is similar in many ways—but there are also some important contrasts.

The First Six Seals

The book of Revelation describes the end-time events culminating in Christ’s Second Coming and the establishment of God’s Kingdom. Let’s look briefly at this chronology.

First, the Apostle John describes in the opening verses of Revelation 5 his vision of a book sealed with seven seals. Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to loose these seals and open the book, which He does.

In chapter 6, we see that each seal being loosed represents the fulfillment of a terrifying prophetic event. Within this one chapter, the first six of these seals are described. They begin with the four horsemen of the apocalypse—false religion, war, famine and pestilence—which are riding even now in their early stages of fulfillment (verses 1-8).

The fifth seal describes the Great Tribulation and the martyrdom of the Laodicean saints (verses 9-11). This is the full expression of Satan’s greatest wrath. Here at the end of this 6,000 years of the age of man, God allows him virtually free reign. His most powerful instrument, the Holy Roman Empire, will be at the height of its power, wreaking excruciating suffering upon both physical and spiritual Israel for a period of 2½ years. During this time, the nations of Israel will go into captivity and slavery in Gentile lands.

Then, the sixth seal introduces the fact that something totally different is going to happen next. A sequence of supernatural events—a great earthquake, a darkened sun, a blood-like moon, falling stars—petrify the inhabitants of the Earth with fear, so much so that they cry out for death: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (verses 15-17).

The seventh seal is about to be opened, which will propel the world into the Day of the Lord.

Two Groups Spared!

But before that seal is loosed, something else happens. Revelation 7 is the chapter of the “two companies”—the 144,000 and the great multitude.

In verses 1-8, the 144,000 Laodiceans are “sealed.” Malachi’s Message says that means their eternal salvation is placed beyond doubt—they have made it. At that point, the Laodicean era ends. The Tribulation, terrible as it was, was successful in turning half of the Laodiceans back to God, to rise in the first resurrection and become a part of the bride of Jesus Christ.

Then it talks about a great, innumerable multitude. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (verse 9). These are the people who will repent in the Tribulation (and, as we will see, even the Day of the Lord) and live over into the Millennium. Many of them will have heard the pcg’s message. They will have recognized the fulfillment of the very things Herbert Armstrong and Gerald Flurry prophesied about! As Mr. Armstrong wrote, “We of this ministry well know that our real reward in the harvest of precious lives will mostly come after our labors are finished!” (The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last!). This is why it’s so important to reach the largest audience possible right now, even if we can’t see the fruits.

Among these people will be Israelites captive in Assyria, Egypt and other Gentile nations. God protects them from the punishments that are about to happen, even though they will still be in the middle of it—just as the Israelites in the middle of Egypt while it was being besieged by plagues were protected.

In all these events, God’s goal is to have as many people repent as possible.

We’ve already seen that there will be a significant number who repent during the Tribulation. So although the lesson was painful, God must consider that a success. The angels rejoice when one sinner repents (Luke 15:10). This will be multiple tens of thousands—innumerable persons, in fact—who, while experiencing the agony of the Great Tribulation, will accept the correction, and will then repent and begin submitting to God. That’s what He wanted all along from them. It took the Tribulation, but they made it.

Now, as great a success as that will be, God isn’t finished. He wants to see if He can possibly convict the hearts of a few more individuals before Christ returns and forces this evil age of man to a crashing end.

The Day of the Lord

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets” (Revelation 8:1-2). The Day of the Lord lasts for one year, and includes these seven trumpets.

Mr. Armstrong explained, “These symbolic trumpets portray, then, the Day of the Lord—the day of God’s wrath! The day God intervenes in world affairs to punish this world for its evil—the day God pleads with all flesh in the physical language it can understand!—and, as Zephaniah 1:16 says: ‘A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced [that is, fortified, or defended] cities, and against the high towers [that is, military fortifications].’

“The trumpet was always blown as a warning of war, or approaching armies. It signifies war and destruction. When Israel turned a deaf ear to all God’s prophets—rejected God’s loving pleading through preaching—God punished ancient Israel by sending the armies of Assyria to conquer them. When Judah disobeyed worse than Israel, God Almighty sent the armies of the Chaldeans to conquer them. As God steps in to punish the whole world—yes, all nations, for their evil, which is destroying them and bringing such suffering and unhappiness on all their peoples—the trumpets, or alarms of war, are sounded” (ibid).

This is no longer Satan’s wrath. This is God’s wrath poured out on mankind for all their sins.

Here is where we begin to see how God purges sin from mankind.

The Goal of Our Work

https://www.pcog.org/articles/1842/the-goal-of-our-work

We are getting ready to help Christ rule this world and the universe!

A God from the northern heavens came to Earth and became flesh and blood, risking the loss of eternal life. Failure would have left the Father as the only remaining God forever.

Spend more time and ponder what failure would have meant to our Father—the rest of eternity spent as the only God in the universe! Then you can better comprehend the kind of love He has for His creation.

Can we fathom this loving sacrifice by God? This universe-shaking truth challenges our imagination. We are the recipients of this unparalleled act of love.

An “eternal life,” which was God, the Word, came and died for us. This ought to excite mankind beyond anything we can imagine. It was the beginning of what will probably become billions of sons in God’s Family.

Because we teach this God-ordained message, we are almost glutted with new revelation! This should show us what this message means to the Father and the Son. Revelation comes because we honor our Father and Husband.

The deepest kind of UNITY comes from God. This is the unity God and the Logos have had for eternity. And it is the only future life there is. Every­thing else is about eternal death!

The 12 disciples saw, touched and handled this Word—God in the flesh. John says they were overwhelmed with joy. They understood how God and the Word became the Father and Son—and what that means to every human being.

The goal of our work is to bring all humanity into fellowship with the Father and Son! Please read that again.

The Ephesus Church members quit doing God’s work because they lost their first love. The Laodiceans today stopped doing this work because they became blind to this vision. Anybody who fails to see why we do this work is blind!

We are the very elect of the firstfruits. Soon the whole world will be filled with second-fruits from the fall harvest. All mankind will have one mind, one faith, one love and one hope. Each person will be a witness for God!

This is not a limited human vision, but an UNLIMITED GOD VISION. This vision erases all racial hatred and national boundaries. We all become one Family of God.

What a stirring future! It doesn’t get any deeper than this. I hope you will prayerfully study these epistles of “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Then you will see how Christ was ­loving all of us through John.

What a vision of love. What a vision of eternal majesty!

The Most Important Book Since the Bible – The Trumpet Daily

Almost 90 years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong was challenged to make an in-depth study of the Holy Bible. During his intensive study, he learned that that the Bible, though often misunderstood, contained answers to the most important questions in life. Over the course of his long life, as he continued to study, Mr. Armstrong developed a unique understanding of the many subjects that have always perplexed mankind.

Mystery of the Ages is the product of his lifelong study of God’s Word. Each chapter provides keys to answering the most perplexing questions of our day—questions that have puzzled scholars and philosophers for thousands of years. On today’s program, we discuss these mysteries—and offer you, the viewer, a free copy of Mystery of the Ages.

Time has proven Mystery of the Ages to be the most important book written in nearly 1,900 years. Not because of literary excellence or flowery language of scholarship that Herbert Armstrong purposely avoided, but because of its plainness of speech in clarifying the most important knowledge ever revealed from the supreme source of understanding of that which has mystified all humans since man first appeared on earth.

This world’s humanity has been blinded to who, what and why man is—how man appeared on earth. Man has been mystified by his inability to solve his problems, or find answers to the perplexing questions of mankind and the world he inhabits.

All these mysteries were long ago revealed by the one supreme authority of all knowledge, but in a coded message not allowed to be revealed and decoded until our time. In Mystery of the Ages, these great mysteries of life are thoroughly explained in vivid detail.

Listen to the Trumpet Daily each day at 7:00 am (CST) on KPCG.fm.

Salvation is Creation

Many traditional Christians mistakenly believe that salvation is God’s attempt to restore civilization to what it once was in the Garden of Eden. They assume God and Satan are engaged in a back and forth struggle for the souls of men. But this idea makes Satan out to be stronger than God! On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, Stephen Flurry explains what the Bible says about God’s awesome purpose and plan for mankind.