Monthly Archives: September 2015

When God Intervenes to Save Mankind – The Trumpet Daily

The Holy Bible describes the time you are living in as a time when evil only gets worse and worse. Yet, with all the violence, wars, famine, illiteracy, disasters and terror filling this world today—mankind still believes they know the way to peace. Nothing illustrates man’s utter failure to achieve this goal than a glimpse at the current state of the world. Man does not know the way to peace.

So, is the idea of a world utopia just a dream, or the result of wishful thinking? Will the world ever experience true, lasting peace? If man cannot bring peace, where will it come from, if at all?

Present world turmoil, escalating wars and contentions will climax in world trouble so great, that, unless God intervenes, no human flesh would be saved alive. Bible prophecy explains in detail how God will intervene to save mankind from destroying himself.

The Bible not only provides an apt description of your world today, it explains the cause of it! And, beyond even that, it gives a solution! Jesus Christ will return to earth—putting an end to the rule of man—and will restore God’s government throughout the Earth. One day, the entire world will live in peace and joy. People will experience abundant and prosperous living. The family of God will administer God’s perfect law. This world is prophesied to come by the sure word of God! Very soon—the evil trends of this world will be reversed and God will bring peace to all of humanity!

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Currency War: Dragging the World Toward World War III

This dangerous sequence of events is something the Trumpet has been warning about for years. It is something Herbert W. Armstrong famously forecast to millions of people on radio and in print. Throughout his 53-year work, he often described the conditions that would precede the biblically prophesied economic collapse of the United States.

Despite then being the most stable currency in the world, the American dollar would one day be in “jeopardy of being devalued,” he wrote back in 1968 (co-worker letter, March 26, 1968). When the dollar plummets, he warned, inflation will erupt and this will lead to “eventual economic collapse for the United States.”

Based on Bible prophecy, he warned that the beginning of World War iii would be “economic in nature.” About America and Britain in particular, Mr. Armstrong stated: “God prophesied a virtual trade war will get under way against the United States and Britain—and [that] our national economics will falter, and then collapse!” (ibid; emphasis added).

Over and over, Mr. Armstrong warned about the connection between trade war and world war. As far back as 1960, he said that trade war would be the first blow of the biblically prophesied nuclear World War iii.

In a 1971 Plain Truth magazine article titled “Trade War Looming to Trigger World War iii,” Mr. Armstrong warned that American businesses were increasingly moving operations to Asia due to greedy union demands. He warned that the result would be the erosion of good-paying jobs and economic decline. He said political pressure would inevitably build to “start raising high tariff barriers against other countries” (March 1971).

But if we engaged in the drastic protectionist policies needed to protect America’s high-cost labor, he warned, in time it would inevitably trigger nuclear war.

Mr. Armstrong based those predictions on prophecies in Ezekiel 7, Deuteronomy 28 and elsewhere. He said the siege God prophesied in Deuteronomy 28:52 symbolized America’s economy being battered by competition from foreign powers.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about this in our December 2014 issue: “America’s enemies are going to cause economic problems and bring on destruction in many ways ‘until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee’ (verse 52). The real pressure is coming from without. ‘In all thy gates’ refers to a trade war. The enemies of America, Britain and the Jews will attack their currencies, their financial markets, and their economic might.”

A Time Before Time

The late Herbert W. Armstrong compared most people’s understanding of the Bible to walking in on a movie partway through. It is very confusing to start watching a movie an hour in, without knowing the context and the events that led up to that particular scene. The same principle applies to the Bible. To comprehend its true story, we must go back to the real beginning—which is not found in Genesis 1:1.

Eternal Prehistory

God inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15). He has existed with the Word forever, longer than time itself. John takes us back to a time before God created the angels and man, a time when He and the Word dwelled alone in the universe. That is the real beginning.

The real beginning of history can be found in John 1. These verses unlock and reveal so much about the Bible. They are the key to the entire book. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). John begins his epistles and his gospel account the same way: by pointing us back to the beginning, before any spiritual or physical creation, and perhaps millions of years before the re-creation of Earth depicted in Genesis 1:1.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

The Apostle John is the only New Testament writer to refer to Jesus Christ as the Word. He was Christ’s closest companion. Christ gave John a deeper spiritual understanding than the other apostles.

Trumpet Hour: How To Create A Better World For Our Children

A World Soon to Rely on God

In the Western world mankind celebrates diversity, the expression of one’s self and independence. You must be allowed to choose for YOURSELF what is right and wrong, people say. Human nature does not want anyone telling it what to do.

The first two humans, Adam and Eve, bought into this philosophy. Satan wanted to make them think that God was harsh, squelching their individuality. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). You can rely on yourself, he told them in essence. You don’t need God!

Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in Mystery of the Ages that when Adam chose to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, “[H]E rejected reliance on God and chose the course ofSELF-reliance.” Adam opted for “independence.” What he did not realize was that the tree he chose would not give him independence—it would actually cause him to beHELD CAPTIVE. Eating from the tree of life, conversely, would have led him to reliance on God and God’s Holy Spirit.

Mr. Armstrong wrote in A World Held Captive, “Once [Adam] succumbed to Satan’sWAY of choosing to ‘do his own thing,’ in rebellion against a deliberate command of God, he became spiritually the property of Satan. … All humanity came out of Adam and Eve. The present world was FOUNDED in them. The WORLD has ever since been HELD CAPTIVE!” If we choose to “do our own thing” and rebel against God’s authority and government, then we are in danger of becoming “spiritually the property of Satan” and being HELD CAPTIVE by him!

Satan’s deception was so ingenious—disguising world captivity as do your own thing, be independent, no one can tell you what to do! Little does man realize that he is being influenced and even manipulated by the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).

This point is clearly made in 2 Peter 2, discussing false ministers inspired by Satan: “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants [SLAVES] of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage”(verse 19).

If you told man that he would soon be dependent on a higher power, he would be insulted. But the astounding fact is, he IS ruled by Satan now and doesn’t even know it (2 Corinthians 4:4).

God gave man 6,000 years to prove that he could not make it “all by himself,” that he could not be “independent.” Resulting conditions will get so bad that God will have to intervene in man’s affairs to ensure that he does not annihilate himself! This is pictured by the Feast of Trumpets.

Promises of Peace Then Sudden Destruction

Seventy-six years ago, Britain declared war on Germany. The Allies were victorious in the war, but the victory came only after many years of suffering and sacrifice. Many of the mistakes leading up to World War II are being repeated today. The leaders working so hard for peace are actually causing war. We are again stumbling forward to our own peril. But there is one voice that is speaking the truth, issuing a warning of what is to come, and illuminating how the world will finally find peace. Request our free booklet Winston S. Churchill: The Watchman to learn more of these vital lessons from history.

Why Not Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles Instead of Halloween?

Too few have ever stopped to deeply consider why they believe what they do, why they follow the customs they do, or where those customs came from.

One example is the celebration of various holidays and traditions. Take Halloween, for instance. Every year on the evening of October 31, millions of Americans participate in the nation’s second-most lucrative holiday of the year. It is the occasion for parties, pranks and children requesting treats or threatening tricks. Many masquerade in grotesque costumes and eerie disguises. Why? They don’t know. They just do it because that’s what others are doing.

It is clear to see that Halloween’s symbolism is based on darkness. But how did society come up with such a bizarre holiday? A cursory check of world history reveals that ancient pagans performed mystical rites and ceremonies in honor of the dead on their “New Year’s Eve” (October 31). This celebration helped preserve the false doctrine of the “immortality of the soul”—that the dead aren’t really dead.

Years ago, Halloween was simply the evening celebration in anticipation of “All Saints’ Day”—November 1—in honor of the “lord of the dead.” This was actually in honor of the devil, not God. The Holy Bible reveals that God isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living (Matthew 22:31-32). Nevertheless, the Halloween tradition has been perpetuated to this day and further popularized through commercialization.

God and true Christianity stand for the exact opposite of death and darkness—for light and life (John 1:4-5). No matter how much of a joke we make it out to be, Halloween is simply Satan worship. It is, in real fact, connected with rank idolatry and demonism.

The overtly heathen practices of Halloween—and even the subtly pagan customs associated with certain other supposedly “religious” holidays, such as Christmas and Easter—worked themselves into professing Christianity down through the annals of history and are still being celebrated today, with most people giving no thought whatsoever to their origin and few doing anything about it once they learn of it.

There are certain celebratory days, however, that worship the great God—days He instituted within the ancient nation of Israel that are still to be kept in our modern society. Many passages in the Holy Bible show us that Jesus and the entire New Testament Church kept the same annual feast days that the God of the Old Testament commanded His chosen people Israel to keep forever (Leviticus 23:1-36).

What could be better than restoring the observance of God’s holy days? Kept according to His instructions, God’s holy days are much more meaningful and fulfilling than all of the world’s “traditional” holidays put together.