To Whom It May Concern:
In the interest of accuracy regarding God's Word, I must take issue with the advertisement in the September 30, 2004 edition of The Journal on page 13, headed, “Final Prophecy.”
The author states, “There is an end-time prophecy which was delivered by the Prophet Isaiah over 2700 years ago, which will soon come to pass.” He goes on, “It's revealed in (Isaiah 3:6). This scripture spells out in great detail who will win the office of the United States Presidency for the term of 2005/2009.”
The author uses Isaiah 3:6 to predict that not only will President George W. Bush be re-elected, also in his last four years in office, the United States will come to “utter ruin” and Mr. Bush will ask his brother Jeb, Governor of Florida, to take responsibility for the devastated country. His brother will refuse!
He explains this part of the prophecy, using the “Revised King James Version” as follows: - “`When a man [43rd President George W. Bush] shall take hold of his brother [Governor John `Jeb' Bush of Florida] of the house of his father [41st Former President George Herbert Walker Bush], saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.'”
The problem with the author's entire scenario is that Isaiah 3:6-7 is not directed toward the United States of America, modern Israel, but rather it is directed at Judah and Jerusalem. Please take note of verse one of chapter 3. “For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.” Note also verse 8, which immediately follows the verses the author quoted. “For Jerusalem is ruined [overthrown], and Judah is fallen: . . .”
Finally consider the major thrust of the book of Isaiah, as stated in chapter 1, verse 1. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem . . . .”
Certainly Isaiah does reference prophecies regarding Israel in the end times, as well as Judah, but clearly, Isaiah 3 is directed specifically to Judah and Jerusalem.
Now please consider what the author says about himself in the advertisement. “Being a servant of GOD, I will relate to you what GOD has revealed to me concerning one of the many end-time prophecies.” Clearly God did not reveal this information to the author. To do so, God would have had to dislocate His own scriptures to satisfy the author, and God is not going to do that.
I understand that those who associate themselves with the author may consider him a true prophet of God, who will lead them into God's Kingdom. If this is the case, they would do well to put their trust in God, not in a man and to do as Mr. Armstrong often stated, check it out in your Bible.
Robert J. Elliott
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