Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Battle for Mystery of the Ages

This year in the United Kingdom, we had a goal to distribute over 2,000 copies of Herbert W. Armstrong’s flagship work, Mystery of the Ages. Why have we put so much emphasis on this book? In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Philadelphia Church of God fought tirelessly to earn the copyright to redistribute this book and many other works of Mr. Armstrong’s, after the Worldwide Church of God said it was their “Christian duty” to keep them out of print. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry gives first hand accounts of that grueling court struggle and explains why we fought so hard to keep Mystery of the Ages in print.

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God’s Instructions on Baptism

Water baptism is required in order to receive salvation. In fact, Christ commanded it and even He was baptized, setting an example that we should follow. Also, there is a proper method that must be followed and there are certain conditions that must be met first in order to be properly baptized. Do you know what that method is and what those conditions are? Tune in to this episode of Live By Every Word hosted by Brian Davis to learn about this most important ordinance.

Events of 2015 Bring Us One Step Closer to Christ’s Return; Mystery of the Ages Final Tally

The events of 2015 have made the world a more dangerous place. The world is drawing closer to all-out war, and many people are still complacent despite all of these alarming trends. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry looks back on the events of the year 2015 and explains the magnificent hope that lies just beyond all of these terrible stories. Also on today’s show, the latest on the Mystery of the Ages goal, and a look back at one year of work in the United Kingdom.

Iran: Top Mideast Threat, Germany: Self-Defense Measures, China: Social Control, and More

As the months go by since the Iran nuclear deal was struck, evidence continues to mount that Iran is beefing up its military and increasing its sponsorship of terror. Iran remains the top threat in the Middle East.
Reports out of Germany say that sales of self-defense weapons are going through the roof in recent weeks and months-a chilling picture of the climate of crisis in Germany.
China is launching a very invasive program assigning a score to each of its citizens, based not only on the quality of their credit, but also their lawkeeping and their loyalty to the State.
The United States’ policy on Syria has completely flip-flopped-after long insisting that Bashar Assad needed to go-it now says, We want whatever Russia wants. It’s a stunning picture of the collapse in American foreign policy.

What You Didn’t Know About Christmas

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/13382.18.0.0/what-you-didnt-know-about-christmas

 

The Hidden Danger

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not …” (Jeremiah 10:3-5).

Does this tradition sound familiar?

Jeremiah wrote his biblical book in the 7th century B.C. The Christmas tree tradition existed for 600 years before Jesus Christ’s human birth!

There is a hideous, alarming danger in keeping Christmas. “Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might” (verse 6).

As soon as Jeremiah finished describing the vain practice of erecting a decorated tree in the home, he explained why it is a worthless endeavor: Nothing can take the place of the almighty God. Holidays like Christmas exalt the creation above the Creator. Christmas, in particular, portrays Christ as a helpless baby—not the mighty, powerful Authority that He is today.

“Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? … But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures” (verses 7-13).

Christmas causes its observers to move away from the essential understanding of our great living God! God certainly does not approve of true Christians keeping this day.

Hidden Danger In Keeping Christmas? (2015)

Christmas is celebrated by billions of people around the world. So often in its observance, the theme of family togetherness, Jesus Christ, and goodwill toward men is overshadowed by commercialism, greed, and debt. Where did this holiday come from? It is meant to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, but did you know that its origins go back long before Jesus was born? Traditions like Christmas trees, wreaths of holly, and Santa Claus have roots far more ancient than anything in the New Testament.

Learn about this history, and why you should be concerned about it—next, on The Key of David, with Gerald Flurry.

Christmas is America’s favorite holiday. Family togetherness and the life of Jesus Christ are both wonderful, but it is easy to spot the greed, materialism and debt caused by Christmas observance. Did God command Christmas observance? What are its origins? Who invented this day? Is December 25th even Christ’s birthday?

Request our free booklet The Truth About Christmas to thoroughly answer these questions for yourself. Discover how this pagan holiday not only fails to glorify God, but actually causes mankind to doubt His power.

Many mainstream Christians realize the pagan origins of Christmas. They say it’s acceptable to turn this heathen custom into a day of Christian worship. But what does God say? Request our free booklet Pagan Holidays—or God’s Holy Days—Which? God specifies exactly how His people should worship Him.

It’s up to each individual human being to heed those instructions. Study Pagan Holidays—or God’s Holy Days—Which? to understand the choice all Christians must make between the traditions of man and the holy days of God. Discover the stunning symbolism wrapped up in God’s holy days.

Remembering Herbert W. Armstrong – The Trumpet Daily

Just weeks after Herbert W. Armstrong’s death in 1986, Time magazine published a story on the growing popularity of televangelists in the United States: Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell.

Time ranked Swaggart’s weekly TV show at the top of its list. His show aired in 197 markets. The others had between 192 and 169 markets. However, all of them were dwarfed by Mr. Armstrong’s program. At that time, the World Tomorrow program could be seen on a total of 382 television stations—almost twice as many as any other religious program in America!

Mr. Armstrong was one of the best-known, most prominent religious leaders of the 20th century. He also had personal meetings with dozens of heads of state and other world leaders. He established a fantastic liberal arts college with three campuses—two in the United States and one in Great Britain.

Mr. Armstrong’s flagship magazine was called the Plain Truth. It focused on current events and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. It was published in seven languages. In 1985, its worldwide circulation peaked at 8.4 million. That year, Time magazine’s circulation was 5.9 million. At that time, 1 out of every 583 human beings on Earth received the Plain Truth. In the United States, it was 1 in 48. In Canada, it was 1 in 27.

Mr. Armstrong also wrote dozens of books and booklets that were sent to tens of millions of people all over the world. Six million people requested The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Another 3 million people requested his booklet The Seven Laws of Success.

Between 1980 and 1984, the church distributed about 362 million books, booklets, magazines, newspapers, lessons and letters. Then in 1985, the last year of Mr. Armstrong’s life, his church set new records in nearly every category. It answered more than a million phone calls, and it received 6.7 million pieces of mail. It also added 2.1 million new names to its database. It distributed approximately 86 million publications.

Out of all those millions of requests, people were asking for one title more than any other. It was a book that Mr. Armstrong finished just four months before he died, and it was absolutely the greatest book he wrote in his entire 50-year ministry. On today’s program, we remember Herbert W. Armstrong—and we offer you his greatest work, Mystery of the Ages.