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EUROPE and AMERICA in Prophecy

Front Cover of Herbert Armstrong's United Stat...Front Cover of Herbert Armstrong's United States and Britain in Prophecy (1945) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

image from tse3.mm.bing.netForward: This man, and his father before him predicted the world events we all saw happen yesterday for over 65 years!  They predicted the formation of the EU back in the 40's and 50's, that the modern EU would be destroyed and reformed into the end time BEAST world government controlled by Germany, Italy and the Roman Church... They were laughed at!  Today, everything they predicted is happening...  Read this (IT is from the 1980's!)

Is the world's greatest nation ignored in Bible prophecy? If it is, how could prophecy be considered valid? How could prophecy be inspired, If the United States of America is nowhere mentioned?

Surely, if Bible prophecy is relevant to our times, NOW, then it MUST mention the United States! Many small, insignificant nations are mentioned: Ethiopia, Libya, Syria, Egypt. Students of prophecy know that many Middle-Eastern nations are identified; some of them by their modern names. What about Great Britain, Canada, Australia; the Commonwealth? For that matter, what of the nations in Europe?

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T
he breathtaking rise to power and national greatness of the United States is unparalleled in all history! The course of world history has been dramatically altered by the rise of the United States.

Today, we are a major superpower. American astronauts have walked, driven a vehicle about on the surface of the moon. In two world wars, Americans have lent decisive support to their brothers in England and France, as well as other nations, emerging victorious in global struggles which led directly to America's super power status.

Think of world history for the past one hundred years! How much influence has America exerted? How important has been England's contribution?

It is absurd to believe the prophecies of the Bible could be accurate; that they could be up-to-date, portraying events to occur in our times, NOW, if they OMIT mention of the United States and Britain! This would be an oversight, an error so gross as to challenge the very credulity of the Bible itself!

But the United States is mentioned in Bible prophecy—believe it or not, more often than any other nation!

Are Bible prophecies merely the literature of a bygone age—fireside tales of seers and sages of yesteryear; wrathful pronouncements of indignant prophets? Are they merely the dead, ancient fragments of literature from a forgotten race; histories, genealogies, myths?

Or is the one full third of the Bible which is prophecy actually relevant—meaningful to US; to our children and grandchildren in this modern nuclear age?

Every time you encounter prophecies concerning ISRAEL and the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, Israel is found to be in a state of CAPTIVITY, horrible slavery, privation, suffering, starvation! The time setting is OBVIOUS, impossible to ignore!

Not only is the modern nation of Israel in the land of Palestine to suffer YET ANOTHER TERRIBLE HOLOCAUST—SO SHALL THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND BRITAIN UNLESS WE REPENT, AND TURN TO OUR GOD!

God commands, "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 55:6-8).

Jesus Christ commanded, "REPENT, and believe the Gospel!" On the Day of Pentecost, Peter cried out, "REPENT, and be baptized, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit!"

To those who heed God's commands; who accept the invitation of Jesus Christ, God says, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the HOUR OF TRIAL [GREAT TRIBULATION], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Revelation 3:10).

David cried out, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways" (Psalm 91:1-11).

What about you? Have you settled the BIGGEST question of your life—what will happen to you in the future? Are you safe and secure in the arms of God; under His Divine PROTECTION? Make no mistake! What you have read in this book is truth! Read the many, many books in the bibliography! Study the voluminous amount of literature available which PROVES beyond the shadow of a doubt, our national identities! But remember, whether you believe the truth about our identity or NOT, the Great Tribulation is SURELY COMING!

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The Miracle of Pentecost, which we celebrate Today, May 29th

St. Peter Preaching at Pentecost by Benjamin WestSt. Peter Preaching at Pentecost by Benjamin West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"Astounding!" "Dumbfounding!" "What is the meaning of this?" "What is happening?" These were the startled expressions coming from the mouths of a crowd of several thousand on the Day of Pentecost nearly two thousand years ago. Those who uttered these words of astonishment were mostly Jews and proselytes, with a sprinkling of Romans and other gentiles among them, who were gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks, or the fiftieth day following the offering of the wave sheaf. All knew it was the "Feast of the Firstfruits," and that it was celebrated "on the morrow after the seventh Sabbath" following the wave sheaf ceremony. But none had the slightest inkling of what was to happen on this momentous day. They were shocked, startled, puzzled! Then, by the thousands, they tearfully crowded around Christ's apostles, asking to be baptized! They repented in droves at the inspired preaching of the apostles, who wore flickering, brilliant crowns of flame! Read, in your own Bible, of the miracles that took place on the first Pentecost after Christ's resurrection––of the miracle of Pentecost!

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      A swarthy trader from Egypt, who was half Jewish, began speaking in a sardonic whisper to the Arabian standing next to him. "They have got to be drunk with new wine!" he said.

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What To Look For In World Events

Transcript of a portion of Garner Ted Armstrong’s sermon “The Culmination of Prophecy” given April 13, 2002.

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I want to go, to give you now, in summary, some things that really will, in a nutshell, show you what to look for in the immediate future; in the months, year or two, just ahead of us now.

1. Look for a charismatic Arab leader who will attempt to bring Arab nations under the one green flag of Islam, who will become the king of the south of prophecy.

2. Look for the creation of a multi-national, all-European army or rapid-deployment force capable of immediately launching an occupation of Palestine.  That's already being formed.

3. Look for the intervention of a great false prophet who will give his blessing to the creating of a united Europe and its advance into Palestine.

4. Look for the building of a temple or the erection of a temporary structure and the dedication of a corner stone, and the institution of priests and sacrifices in Jerusalem.

5. Look for some major catastrophe to strike Israel, which will cause either the government to approve the destruction of the Arab mosques, or a coup by the Israeli military to accomplish the same thing.

6. Look for a combined attack of Arab armies against Israel.

7. Watch for skyrocketing energy prices and a global economic meltdown with Japan as well as Europe and the United States plunging into a global great depression.

8. Look for the emergence of dictators and kings to take over chaotic governments mired in depression, civil unrest, race wars, and anarchy.

9. Continue to watch for major attacks against the West from terrorists, possibly using chemical, biological, and even nuclear dirty bomb weapons, attacking water supplies, transportation, nuclear power plants, and major centers of population.

10. Expect in the future major persecution of God's people and attacks against God's work on Earth by a great false church and her sympathizers.

11. Look for this king of the south to push at the beast power of Europe, such as an oil embargo, which would have to result in an immediate military occupation of the Middle East including the sources of oil.

12. Look for the possibility that the invasion of Israel by the beast power is this time in an attempt to save the remaining Jews alive as a peacekeeping gesture rather that to occupy as if an enemy.

13. Watch for increasing earthquakes in diverse places, disease epidemics, and regional wars around the world; China might invade Taiwan, North Korea might invade South Korea, the Philippines or Vietnam or North Korea might invade to each other to try to obtain the Spratley Islands.  Look for an increase in heavenly signs such as meteor showers, and comets that might occur.

14. Look for the eventual time when the work of God is going to be put down and out and will be censored and will be unable, anymore, to shout a witness and a warning.  That is a scenario of prophecy that is Biblically based, and you can watch for those things all around the world as you have been, I'm sure.  So don't cease, and always, when you watch your daily news and see these things happening, see them in the context of what you know Bible prophecy says is sure to happen.

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Where was God when 20 children were slaughtered?

By Bob Barney

Oh God!I have run the Garner Ted Article article (below) before, and do so after many tragedies. Many often wonder how these things could happen in a modern world. People ask, “how could a loving God allow such tragedies?” People blame God, guns, conservatives, the media, and everybody else – other than themselves. Where is God when tragedies like these occur? Where is God when a million abortions a year are slaughtering the innocence in the womb? The Plain Truth is that God is where THEY (YES 'THEY' – as GOD is the English word that means Jesus and the Father) have been for most of the last 6,000 years. God id in heaven, allowing us to run our own lives, follow our own ways, worship our own false gods and follow pagan holidays that God has nothing to do with. Most people do not want God in their lives. It's a hard simple fact. Most do not want to follow the Law of God, when it does not suit their needs. We want to be free to do what we want to do, since the time we first walked up until the time we draw our last breath of life. We want a God of convenience, and not a God who orders us to obey physical and spiritual laws. We want to follow Christmas, not because it is found in the Bible, but because it makes US feel good. We really don't care what God thinks about the holiday – we really don't care, because if we did, very little research would make us draw a conclusion on our lives, that we do not want to face.

We are also in a form a denial. We deny God and God's way. We deny that such tragedies will actually happen to us. Jesus was asked this question 2,000 years ago. It is in Luke chapter 13! 1-5 “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Repent of what? SIN! And what is the Bible definition of sin? There is one place in all of your Bible that says “Sin is” - and it is found in 1 John 3:4: Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Did you read that? SIN IS BREAKING GOD'S LAW! Then the next question, “what law?” The TEN COMMANDMENTS! (John 14:15), one of which is the Sabbath Command. However, for most of the Christian world, “loving Jesus, and believing ON Jesus,” is all we really have to do.... Yet Jesus said, “Why do you call me LORD LORD and not do the things I say to do!” You find here:

Matthew 7 13-28: (NIV version)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (like all of those today who love to build their houses on the sand like in Florida, The Outer banks and New York and New Jersey)  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

It's not hard figuring out why God allows tragedies. The majority refuse to obey God, and therefore all of us suffer because of this fact. We want “democracy” and God has allowed us to get what we ask for. Until God returns and establishes THEIR Kingdom, we will continue to experience that fate of those who are in rebellion against God.



Oh God, Where
Were You When
I Needed You?

 By Garner Ted Armstrong

       The family was shocked beyond comprehension! Caught in a snowstorm in Alaska, they had kept their heater running. The snow had piled high around the car and, without their knowledge, deadly carbon monoxide had seeped into the automobile. The gas—heavier than air—had first reached their twin boys, asleep on the floor Groggy, wondering what was causing their sleepiness, the parents gradually became aware something was wrong. The father struggled to open the windows to change the air! They grasped their twin baby boys-shook them, rubbed their little arms and tried frantically to awaken them. But it was too late! Their cries of anguish were lost in the blackness of that Alaskan night with its billions of softly falling flakes. But WHY? WHY, if there is a loving God in heaven, do such tragedies strike? WHY DID GOD LET THOSE BABY BOYS DIE?

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The preceding story was related to me by the father of the boys, an executive in the radio business from Alaska, when he attended the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Chicago, Illinois.


I had been invited to give the invocation at a dinner for about 2,000 radio-station owners and managers from all over the country; the main speaker that day was Paul Harvey.


During the recess after lunch, one of the radio executives asked if he might ask me a personal question. He then related the tragic story of his two baby sons' death. He had already asked his own pastor, or perhaps two or more ministers. He and his wife were searching for some understanding; they needed to know WHY—WHY would a loving God allow this to happen?


        How WOULD YOU ANSWER?

If there IS a God, and if GOD IS LOVE, then WHY?
Now, if someone asks some other person that question, he has a perfect out. All most people have to do is to cluck away sympathetically, or, if genuine emotion is really felt, show some sincere empathy with such a tragically bewildered parent. However, it only requires a polite disclaimer: "I've always wondered about that too," or, "Well, I don't know. I lost a son in Vietnam, and I have never understood why he had to die when all these others..."


        But this was different.


        I am a minister.

 

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