To the Final Era of God's Church
CHRIST HAS SAID THAT WE, OF THIS ERA, CONSIDER OURSELVES RICH, WHEN IN REALITY, WE ARE SPIRITUALLY DEFICIENT OR POOR. In His view we are blind, naked, miserable, and wretched (Rev. 3:17). Is that how we see ourselves, or is it only people in the other groups who fit Christ's description?
Friends, Christ is now addressing all Christians in this era. He is talking to all of us. He is talking to you!
Consider then; do we feel secure in our various groupings, yet look down on those outside our specific affiliation-our brethren, who not long ago shared fellowship with us in the Worldwide Church of God? Are they now the enemy? Are they poor in our eyes, and does their poverty make us feel rich? Self-righteousness is hateful to Christ, who is the Head of God's Church. What He desires is compassion and unity. If He does not find these qualities now, they will be provided by refining in the fire of great tribulation (Rev. 3:18). With this in mind, let's consider Paul's words in Philippians 2, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:1-4 NKJ). Will we heed His message in time to avoid the onrushing tribulation?
This is not the time to be in doubt. A United States of Europe is rising and the Middle East is the focus of world attention, while modern Israel including the United States, Great Britain, and the Israelis incur international hostility. Jerusalem remains an insoluble problem. IT IS ALL HAPPENING THE WAY MR. HERBERT ARMSTRONG SAID IT WOULD, AND IT IS ALL IN YOUR BIBLE! Are you aware of the danger and of the times you are living in? You should not be in doubt. Instead, this is the time to really understand. Sadly, far too many are in a blind condition today, incapable or unwilling to understand.
Soon there will be a need for divine protection and there is such a promise in Revelation 3:10-11, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation [trial], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” If we wish to escape the tribulation, we must have an outgoing, outflowing concern for others in the household of faith, our brethren, in the scattered Church of God. Jesus said “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
MUST get back on the doctrinal track that Christ used Mr. Herbert Armstrong to restore and sift out, beyond that, what has proven to be speculation. Only then can we advance in growth over what we understood in January 1986.
It has been over seventeen years since Mr. Herbert Armstrong died and the Church should still be growing! Daniel 12 reveals, in conjunction with Matthew 24, that end time chronology can only be understood after the gospel has been proclaimed to the world.
Mr. Herbert Armstrong completed that commission!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE MR. HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG DIED?
Do you know how long the tribulation will last? 2 ½ years or 3 ½ years? Do you know when it will begin?
Does the day of the Lord last a year? a day? or a month?
Will the Church need 75 days to escape and reach a place of safety? Is there such a place and is it Petra? If not, where?
Are you aware of the danger and of the times you are living in?
Are we concerned or self-satisfyingly complacent in whatever Church group we find ourselves in today?
Are we following men, looking to them for our security? Where is God in the picture?
Are you confident you have the correct answers to these vital questions?
Time is running out fast! Are we worthy? Are we awake? Are we getting ready?
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