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WHICH HOLY BOOK IS THE WORD OF GOD
PROPHECIES FULFILLED IN OUR TIMES
Not only have prophecies been fulfilled in the distant past, many end-time prophecies have already been fulfilled and/or are being fulfilled. Here are some of them:
Gospel of the Kingdom Shall be Preached
One of the most important prophecies given by Jesus Christ about the end time is stated in Matthew 24:3-4, 14 (NIV), “3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered…14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
After the original apostles passed away, no one ever preached the good news of the return of Jesus Christ to set up God’s Kingdom. In 1843-1845, William Miller of the Baptist Church predicted that Jesus Christ will return sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When Jesus Christ did not return, then the date of April 18, 1844 was briefly set. When that date came and went, recalculations were done, and a date of October 10, 1844 was set for the return of Jesus Christ. That too turned out to be a great disappointment.
Even in recent times, people of other faiths have also predicted the end of the world, but all have proved to be false prophets.
However, Jesus prophesied that the gospel (meaning good news) of the establishment of the kingdom would be preached in the whole world before the end of the age. The establishment of God’s Kingdom, however, is preceded by catastrophic events. That too was predicted in the same prophecy by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:3-14, 21-22:
“3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
“14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
“21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”
Jesus prophesied that just before His return, world conditions would be such that the world would be on the brink of annihilation. He will then return and put an end to man’s madness.
No one has ever preached that part of the warning message to the world because no one clearly understood Bible prophecy. However, Jesus prophesied that before His return and the end of the age, the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony against the world. That prophecy has been fulfilled, and is being fulfilled as you read this book, and by my messages delivered every week on Saturdays at 9.00 AM, USA Eastern Standard Time, which anyone can hear in his own language by just tuning his ear to hear them.
That prophecy began to be fulfilled when in September – October of 1917, Herbert W. Armstrong’s wife Loma Armstrong had a dream in which angels appeared to her to let her know that God had a special work for Herbert Armstrong and her to perform. Herbert Armstrong thought nothing of the dream but was then knocked down financially as his businesses were wiped out during the Great Depression. He was also challenged to research into religion because his wife started keeping the Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). What he discovered changed his life. His mind was opened to the understanding of prophecy, and he realized that he had been commissioned by God to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God to the whole world in fulfillment of Matthew 24:14. That preaching began in autumn of 1928 when he gave his first sermon to the Church of God.
Since that time, Herbert Armstrong preached the gospel till his death on January 16, 1986. Since then the Church of God has been preaching the same gospel message. My weekly messages are part of the same preaching in fulfillment of the prophecy in Matthew 24:14.
Prophesied Elijah has Already Come and Gone
God through Malachi the prophet prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6, “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” [translated as ‘destruction’ in the Complete Jewish Bible].
This prophecy has already been fulfilled by Herbert W. Armstrong. But how do we prove that Herbert W. Armstrong was Elijah the prophet God sent?
From a reading of this prophecy no one would be able to recognize who would fulfill the role of Elijah the prophet. Would he be a great psychologist or a great religious leader who would preach a convincing message of “putting father back as the head of the family” or a message about bringing families together or ‘Focus on the Family”? Many preachers and psychologists preach such messages. So, this prophecy cannot be understood by reading only the Old Testament. The key to understanding this prophecy is found in the New Testament.
Proofs that Herbert W. Armstrong was the Prophesied Elijah God Sent
Malachi also wrote in 3:1-2: “1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me...” This means that one in the spirit and power of Elijah would come in the end time to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.
In the New Testament Jesus Christ unlocked the key to recognizing who the Elijah would be through his commission. Jesus’ disciples asked Him in Matthew 17:10-13: “10… Why then say the scribes that Elias [Elijah] must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed [wished]…13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.”
Because this prophet was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, he would fulfill the role that Elijah the prophet fulfilled in ancient Israel. In Elijah’s time Israel had departed from the true God and had started worshipping Baal and other pagan gods. In the entire nation only 7,000 were left who had not worshipped Baal. Elijah came and restored worship of the true God in ancient Israel.
John the Baptist came and prepared the way for the first coming of Jesus Christ. But when Jesus discussed this prophecy with the disciples, John the Baptist had already come and been beheaded by Herod. He could not have restored anything after his death. This means that the prophecy Jesus gave was about an end-time Elijah that would come and prepare the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ by restoring all things, meaning the truths concerning the true God, all the true doctrines and the right way to worship God. Malachi 4:5-6 also prophesied that the Elijah would come just before the Day of the Lord. And the Day of the Lord is in the end time. It is the last one year of the three and a half year long Great Tribulation. That is yet in the future.
The modern Elijah would fulfill a similar role. He would restore correct worship of the true God in spiritual Israel, which is God’s true Church.
What are the “all things” Jesus referred to that one coming in the spirit and power of Elijah would restore? Just as the original Elijah restored worship of the true God in ancient Israel, and one in the spirit and power of Elijah before the first coming of Jesus Christ, meaning John the Baptist restored the worship of the true God in the correct way to prepare for Jesus Christ’s first coming, another prophet in the spirit and power of Elijah would be sent before the second coming of Jesus Christ to restore the worship of the true God in the right way.
There was no New Testament Church when the original Elijah or John the Baptist came. So, they could restore the worship of the true God only based on the understanding provided by the prophets before them. But for the end-time Elijah, the restoration of all things would also additionally require restoring all the doctrines laid down by Jesus Christ and established by the apostles in the original Church, the knowledge of which had been lost over the centuries.
The Elijah to be sent in the end time is also twice mentioned by Jesus Christ as more than a prophet in Matthew 11:9 and Luke 7:26: “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.”
In Church rankings, only an apostle ranks higher than a prophet as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:28: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” Mr. Armstrong thus was more than a prophet in Jesus’ words because he was an apostle as well. It was necessary for this Elijah to have the rank of an apostle as well because he would be required to restore and establish doctrine since only apostles could establish doctrine.
This end-time commission of an Elijah-like prophet was so important that in August-September 1917, Mr. Armstrong was appointed to fulfill this commission through a dream to his wife Mrs. Loma Armstrong which he described in Volume 1 of his autobiography, pages 203-205.
In the dream Mrs. Armstrong was with Mr. Armstrong and saw a solid mass of brilliant stars filling the sky and then vanishing. She realized these were angels. Then 3 angels appeared and one of them put his arm around both of them. The angel told them that Christ was really coming in a very short time.
Mr. Armstrong writes: “At that time, we had been going quite regularly to motion-picture theatres. She asked the angel if this were wrong. He replied Christ had important work for us to do, preparing for His coming – there would be no time for “movies.”
Thus, Mr. Armstrong was specifically commissioned to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth. He restored all things as Jesus prophesied about the end-time Elijah who was also an apostle.
James describes in James 5:10 the mark of a true prophet of God: “10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.”
The mark of a true prophet of God is suffering and patience. Mr. Armstrong endured a great deal of suffering patiently to establish the Philadelphian era of God’s Church, as described in his two-volume autobiography, available free of charge from the Philadelphia Church of God at its web site www.pcog.org.
Mr. Armstrong mentioned several times that he spent 28 years in grinding poverty. In his autobiography he described how many times there was no food in the house with little children, housing was always a problem, much of the time he usually had only one threadbare suit to wear and the family was clothed with mended used clothing, how he had to battle ministers and wolves in sheep’s clothing who had entered the Church and tried to destroy it in its infancy.
He had to struggle to start Ambassador College to train young men for the ministry. After that effort was successful and God’s Church started growing, Satan was implanting tares in the Church regularly. These infiltrators led rebellions in the early 1970s and late 1970s when leading evangelists and ministers caused splits and led away thousands of members from the Church. At one time they induced the state of California to put the Church in receivership, impound all its assets and take over the Church. But Mr. Armstrong’s explanation through advertisements in the Wall Street Journal of what the Attorney General of California was doing was illegal led to the lawsuit being withdrawn and the receivership proceedings ended. This was another attempt by Satan that could have destroyed the Church.
God built the modern era of His Church through the blood, sweat and total selfless sacrifice of Herbert W. Armstrong. Surely no man with his own intelligence and strength could have overcome all the obstacles that Mr. Armstrong overcame. These are proofs that God Himself was leading His end-time work through Mr. Armstrong. His lifelong suffering for the sake of God’s work proves that he was a true prophet of God.
Prophecies Fulfilled by Herbert W. Armstrong’s Life
Further proof that Herbert W. Armstrong was the one sent by God in the spirit and power of Elijah the prophet and an apostle is provided by the fulfillment of many prophecies in his life that the end-time Elijah and apostle was to fulfill.
1) Elijah the Prophet
We have already seen that Mr. Armstrong fulfilled the prophecy of Malachi the prophet as one in the spirit and power of Elijah the prophet coming before the dreadful day of the Lord which is the last one year of the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation. He also fulfilled Jesus Christ’s prophecy that he would restore all the doctrines and truths to God’s true Church before His return to earth. He restored more than 20 major doctrines or truths to God’s Church. You can read all about them in the booklet “Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God,” available free at www.ucg.org.
2) Preaching the Gospel as a Witness unto All Nations
As already mentioned, he fulfilled the prophecy in Matthew 24:14 that ‘this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ All of Christianity preached about Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for forgiveness of sins of mankind, but no one knew that the gospel was mainly about the literal Kingdom of God. Herbert Armstrong first of all restored the knowledge that the gospel is about the reestablishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, and not only the forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and started preaching it. It went global beginning in 1953 when it began to be preached in Europe after having been preached only in the North American continent.
3) Prophecy that One Man Would Start and End an Era of the Church
God founded the modern era of His Church through Mr. Armstrong. God’s Church since its founding in 31 A.D. was prophesied to go through 7 eras mentioned in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3 in the Bible. These eras are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The modern era which we identify as the Philadelphian era began with the preaching of Mr. Armstrong around the fall of 1928 and ended with his death on January 16, 1986. Then began the Laodicean era of God’s Church! This is indicated by certain prophecies.
Zechariah 4:9 states: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, his hands shall also finish it.”
Mr. Armstrong told all the Church members that he fulfilled this Zerubbabel office. His entire ministry is testimony to the fact that Mr. Armstrong built the house, which is a symbol for an era of the Church, by restoring all things. Mr. Gerald Flurry, pastor general of the Philadelphia Church of God explains this prophecy in his booklet Malachi’s Message (available free of charge at www.pcog.org) on p. 59:
“When the Bible refers directly to Christ doing the building, it is usually stated as “not made with hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1), or something is accomplished “without hands” (Daniel 2:45), or “a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands” (Hebrews 9:11).
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it …” (Zechariah 4:9). This verse is clearly talking about a “hands-on” operation.
“It twice mentions hands, designating a starting and finishing of a project. The Anchor Bible Commentary says “hands” is literal and expresses participation in temple building. That is, it was built through a human being with “hands,” not built “without hands”—as Christ does it without the use of a human instrument.
“Mr. Armstrong wrote a letter to the Church on March 19, 1981. Here is an excerpt from that letter: “Zerubbabel built the second temple to which Jesus came the first time. John the Baptist prepared the way before the FIRST coming. But WHO was to build the SPIRITUAL temple to which Christ shall soon come the second time? Who was to prepare the way before His Second Coming?
“Remember, God does things in DUAL stages. As Zerubbabel built the first temple of MATERIAL stone, wood and other materials, he was a forerunner or type of one through whom Christ would raise up or build the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE—His Church of our time, prior to the Day of the Lord and Christ’s Second Coming. As John the Baptist prepared the way in the PHYSICAL wilderness of the Jordan River for the first coming of the HUMAN Jesus (both man and God), then coming to His MATERIAL temple, and to His PHYSICAL people Judah, ANNOUNCING the Kingdom of God to be set up more than 1,900 years later, SO God would use a human messenger in the SPIRITUAL wilderness of 20th-century religious confusion, to be a voice CRYING OUT the gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD, about the SPIRITUAL CHRIST, coming in SUPREME POWER AND GLORY to His SPIRITUAL TEMPLE, to actually ESTABLISH that spiritual KINGDOM OF GOD.
“Brethren, HAS THAT BEEN DONE BY THIS CHURCH?
“Did God raise up a one-man LEADERSHIP to be used by Him in building this spiritual TEMPLE and in proclaiming after 1,900 years the true GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN ALL THE WORLD—to even go to kings and heads of nations (Revelation 10:11)—in bringing the Church back to the FAITH ONCE DELIVERED (Jude 3)?
“HAS THIS HAPPENED, IN YOUR DAYS, AND HAS GOD BROUGHT YOU INTO THIS PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT AS A PART OF IT?
“HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE IT?”
“Did Mr. Armstrong think one man would and did fulfill this prophecy? Absolutely! He speaks of “one,” “a human messenger,” “a voice,” “a one-man leadership”—and then ends by asking, “HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE IT?”
“Mr. Armstrong continued: “God has never removed a man called to a specific leadership or assignment or commission until his mission is COMPLETED.” Did Mr. Armstrong complete his mission? Did he finish “this house,” “restore all things” and “turn the hearts of the fathers”? He most certainly did!
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of THIS HOUSE; his hands shall also FINISH it; and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me unto you” (Zechariah 4:9). “House” is a very common word in the Bible. In the Englishman’s Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance, where “house” is used, the scriptures cover 13 PAGES. The word “temple” in the same book covers only ONE FOURTH OF A PAGE. “Temple” is not used here—and “temple” is not nearly as common in the Bible as the word “house.”
“The word “house” can mean an “inner part”—or only a part of something greater. It’s a name given to human bodies as being frail and transitory (Job 4:19). The word is used as “tent” (Genesis 27:15; 33:17). It is used as the “house of the spider” (Job 8:14). It’s applied to wealth, property and all that belongs to a family. All uses of this word are very temporary (like a Church era). The word temple is used in a more permanent way or to indicate a very long period of time. For example, the word “temple” often applies to ALL SEVEN CHURCH ERAS. It also applies to ETERNAL LIFE.
“The subject is “this house” and IS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SEVEN CHURCH ERAS (Zechariah 3:7-8; 4:2, 10; Revelation 1:20). If we put all the scriptures together, it could just as well be called “this era.” And Zerubbabel did finish it. Mr. Armstrong not only laid the foundation, as we often say today—HE BUILT THE WHOLE HOUSE. When he died, the PHILADELPHIA ERA WAS COMPLETED. He restored all things (Matthew 17:10-11). No more foundational doctrines need to be added to the house. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS WALK IN Mr. Armstrong’s FOOTSTEPS…Primarily, we just need to maintain the “house” and do God’s Work.”
So, Mr. Armstrong did lay the foundation of this house, the Philadelphia era of God’s Church, and also finished it. The Philadelphia era ended when he passed away on January 16, 1986. But he had completed building the ‘house.’ His task was to ‘restore all things’ to God’s Church, meaning the doctrines and other truths about God’s way of life Jesus Christ taught to the original apostles. No more doctrines would need to be added. There were many controversies raised by tares or infiltrators in the Church about doctrines along the way. But when Mr. Armstrong died all doctrines had been settled so that the Church now knows that we have all the truths concerning doctrines for God’s Church. The house has been completed. And since all doctrines have been restored, there is no need for another apostle to be sent in the end time to restore what has already been completely restored, and none is prophesied to come.
4) Mr. Armstrong’s Coming and Passing Away Were Prophesied
There are two prophecies that pointed to Mr. Armstrong’s death, one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament.
The first prophecy is Zechariah 4:9, which has already been explained. It states, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me unto you.” When the task of finishing the house or restoring all the doctrines to the Church had been completed, Mr. Armstrong died.
Another prophecy that Mr. Armstrong’s death fulfilled is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (NKJV):
“1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness [or iniquity] is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Here is how this prophecy was also about Mr. Armstrong’s death.
In these verses Paul was explaining to the Thessalonians to not give up their normal lives and just wait for the return of Jesus Christ. He explained that Jesus Christ will not return to earth until there will be a falling away from the faith, meaning God’s Church, for only God’s Church has the true faith. In addition, Jesus Christ will not return until the ‘man of sin’ who causes the falling away is revealed.
As most prophecies in the Bible are dual, this prophecy is also dual. Usually duality means that there has been a former fulfillment of prophecy in ancient times, and there will be another greater fulfillment in the time of the end. But there is also another duality that characterizes many prophecies. There is one fulfillment of such prophecies for physical Israel (America and Britain) in the world at large, and another fulfillment in God’s Church. This prophecy in 2 Thessalonians is one such prophecy with a fulfillment in the world and the Church.
The “man of sin to be revealed” mentioned here sits in the temple. Temple in prophecy means God’s Church, as well as the physical temple at Jerusalem. This means that ‘the man of sin’ in the end time will be in God’s Church, as well as another one in the world whom Jesus Christ will destroy at His coming. Revelation 19:20 describes this ‘man of sin’ in the world as the false prophet, whom Jesus Christ will destroy by having him thrown alive in the lake of fire.
This prophecy shows that “the man of sin” in the Church will actually cause the ‘falling away’ from the Church. And the ‘man of sin’ had to be revealed in the end-time. We have already seen the dramatic fulfillment of this prophecy in the Church. If Mr. Armstrong knew the beliefs Joseph W. Tkach Sr. held in secret, he would have never appointed him as pastor general to head the Church after his death. But the “mystery of iniquity” that was working with Joseph Tkach Sr., meaning those helping him, was so well hidden that most Church members and Mr. Armstrong had no clue about it. If he knew, he would not have appointed Joseph Tkach Sr. as pastor general and his successor in the Church.
But now read verses 7-8 again: “7 For the mystery of lawlessness [or iniquity] is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed…”
Verse 7 says “only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.” This means that the “mystery of iniquity” (or the Synagogue of Satan – Revelation 3:9) that was at work in the Church during Mr. Armstrong’s time was actually restrained by Mr. Armstrong. He had to put down 2-3 major rebellions in the Church and would not allow these tares or infiltrators to change any doctrines. He restrained their influence. Then verse 7 says that “he [meaning Mr. Armstrong] who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.” Mr. Armstrong was taken out of the way by death. Then the “mystery of iniquity” perpetrated by the Synagogue of Satan within God’s Church under Joseph Tkach Sr’s stewardship began to work openly. Thus the ‘man of sin’ in the Church was revealed.
5) God Reveals Prophecy through a Prophet or he Interprets Prophecy
Prophet by definition means one who utters divinely inspired revelations, or one who foretells future events. This means that a prophet is used by God to either give new prophecies, foretelling future events, or is given special understanding of prophecy.
But God warned in Revelation 22:18, “18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
This means that all prophecy has already been recorded in the Bible. No new prophecies would be given. This means that a prophet in the end-time would be given special understanding of prophecies already given, and would not proclaim new prophecies.
Many self-proclaimed prophets and prophecy buffs try to interpret prophecy, but there are certain statements made about prophecy in the Bible that shed light on who understands it. When the Book of Revelation was being revealed to John the Apostle by an angel, and John fell down to worship the angel, here is what the angel told him in Revelation 19:10, “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see you do it not: I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
This means that only those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ that they are His, or His representatives, have an understanding of prophecy.
Daniel the prophet was given major prophecies about the major ruling empires that will hold sway from his time till our time. However, he was informed by the angel revealing prophecies to him in Danial 12:8-10, “8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” 9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”
This means that understanding of most of the prophecies given in the Bible was closed [sealed] till the end time, but that understanding would be given in the end-time to the one who had the testimony of Jesus that he is His representative.
Before Herbert W. Armstrong started preaching, nobody understood the meaning of various symbolic beasts with multiple horns and mysterious women mentioned in prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation. The meaning of these prophecies was first revealed to Herbert W. Armstrong. All of Christianity in the USA recognizes that the greatest contribution that Herbert Armstrong made was to provide an understanding of prophecy.
Even the timing of the understanding of prophecy was prophesied in Revelation 17:9-10 (NKJV), “9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.”
The seven heads here represent the seven resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire, and a woman in prophecy is a Church. In this case the Church is the Roman Catholic Church. When understanding of these prophecies were revealed to Herbert W. Armstrong around 1935, the five resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire had already passed, the five that have fallen. At that time the sixth resurrection, that of the Hitler-Mussolini Axis had just come into existence, the ‘one is.’. The seventh is still to come, the ‘other has not yet come.’
Understanding of prophecy in the end-time was not revealed to an ordinary Jew. God sent a Jew, Herbert W. Armstrong, as a prophet in the spirit and power of Elijah as prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6 to reveal all the prophecies.
No man in his life and death can fulfill so many Bible prophecies and not be the man these prophecies mention. It is simply impossible for a man to fulfill all these prophecies by mere coincidence. Therefore, we can be certain that Mr. Armstrong was the prophesied Elijah and apostle to come who came and restored all truths to God’s Church in the form of major doctrines, prepared the way for Jesus Christ’s second coming, and gave an understanding of prophecy to the world.
Prophet Like Moses
Around the time of Jesus, the Jews were expecting the Messiah to appear because of the 69 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:25, which states, “25 "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks…”
John the Baptist came at that time and was baptizing people. The Jews who were expecting the Messiah to appear wanted to know who he, John the Baptist, was. So they asked him. This is how the apostle John 1:19-25 records the conversation, “19 And this is the record of John [the Baptist], when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? 20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And they asked him, What then? Are you Elias? And he says, I am not. Are you that prophet? And he answered, No. 22 Then said they unto him, Who are you? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What say you of yourself? 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias [Isaiah]. 24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptize you then, if you be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet...”
Besides the Messiah mentioned in Daniel 9:25, these verses indicate that the Jews were familiar that two other prophets who were prophesied to come in the future. One was Elijah the prophet mentioned in Malachi 4:5-6 quoted earlier. Moses also prophesied that another prophet like him would come, mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (NKJV):
“15 The Lord your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken; 16 According to all that you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, [by the way, that’s why God did not speak directly to Israel after that to honor their wishes, but spoke to them through the prophets] neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the Lord said unto me, they have well-spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”
If a person has been appointed by God to fulfill a commission, to be effective, he must inform the world in straight and simple terms what office he has been appointed to and what his commission is. Herbert Armstrong realized what office he had been appointed to and declared it to the world. Paul the apostle stated that he had been appointed an apostle to the Gentiles. In this regard, I must now simply state that I have been appointed by God to the office of the prophet Moses mentioned. The fact that I had been appointed to the office of a prophet was not revealed to me first, but to others from whom I learnt about it more than a decade later. Here is how that came about.
By 1990, I had already become known in the USA because of my views on free trade. Then in 1990, Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded Kuwait and annexed it to his country. The USA was contemplating unilateral action against Iraq. I suggested that the U.S. government not take unilateral action as it is perceived as bullying by other nations, leading to resentment against the USA. I suggested building a coalition through the U.N. first which would legitimize its actions and would not lead to resentment. This sound advice gained me more recognition among nations and made the U.N. relevant again. When the Kuwait crisis was still going on, Satan appears to have informed the Germans that I had been appointed to the office of a prophet.
In 2001, Mr. Gerald Flurry, pastor general of the Philadelphia Church of God published a booklet titled "Who is That Prophet?" After reading that booklet I began to suspect that Satan had informed the Germans about the exact office I had been appointed to. That office was stated by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-18 as already quoted.
While Satan may have informed the world that I had been appointed to the office of a prophet like Moses, I was reluctant to accept the idea. The reason simply was that the Bible said Jesus Christ Himself had fulfilled the prophecy about the office of a prophet like Moses.
Peter said so in Acts 3:20-23: "20 and that He [that is God the Father] may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people."
Stephen the martyr also confirmed the same about Jesus Christ being that Prophet like Moses in Acts 7:37: "37 "This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.'
I mulled the idea over for 9 years before I finally accepted it in 2010. What led to my acceptance was the realization that the role of Elijah the prophet had been fulfilled 3 times: once by the original Elijah, second time by John the Baptist before the first coming of Jesus Christ, then by Herbert W. Armstrong before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Then I realized that the role of a prophet like Moses also was to have a threefold fulfillment: once by the original Moses, second time by Jesus Christ Himself and finally a third time before the return of Jesus Christ to earth. So, the world knew about the office I had been appointed to by God 11 years before I knew about it and 20 years before I accepted it to be true.
Here then are the special events that parallel the life of Moses with my life that provide evidence that I have been appointed to the office of the prophet mentioned by Moses.
1. Moses’ life was miraculously preserved. My life too has been miraculously preserved over the past more than 56 years. Attempts have been continuously made on my life since the age of ten, and still continue to be made regularly. By now perhaps hundreds if not thousands of attempts have already been made in almost every way possible, including attempts at poisoning, beating to death, trying to bury me alive, trying to inflict me with the HIV virus, run me down with automobiles or by big trucks while driving, and shooting to death. But God has continued to miraculously preserve me all these decades.
2. God made Moses’ face to shine among the Israelites. God has made my face to shine about a dozen or so times in public places to indicate the role of the prophet I was being called upon to fulfill.
3. As God used ancient prophets as an example to the Israelites to dramatically demonstrate certain key elements of prophecies such as Isaiah going barefoot and naked (Isaiah 20:2-4), God has used me to demonstrate the true diabolically deceiving and lying nature of Satan and the demons by allowing my thoughts and what they palm off as my thoughts to be broadcast 24 hours a day. This is an event unique in the history of mankind. That is proof that I hold the office of a prophet. Such unique events happen only to leaders called upon to do a special work for God, prophets and apostles of God.
What Satan broadcasts as my thoughts are sometimes my thoughts but many times they are what Satan and the demons inject into my mind. These thoughts are diabolically designed to make the objects of the thoughts hate me with their whole being. Invariably these are thoughts designed to be the most damaging to me and make people want to destroy me. Sometimes when I know that a horribly damaging thought is about to be injected into my mind, I am able to block it out. But Satan or the demon broadcasts such thought anyway as my thought to destroy my normal good relations with the person who is the object of the thoughts. Such damaging thoughts can part virtually the very best of friends if one is not aware that these are Satan’s thoughts and not the individual’s own.
For any liar to be effective, he has to mix truth with lies. If the liar lies consistently, then one knows how to react to information provided by the liar. That’s why Satan and the demons many times broadcast my thoughts accurately but mix diabolical lies with them quite often.
God has allowed Satan and the demons to do so to illustrate to human beings how they are the source of much of our thoughts which lead us to follow ways that are contrary to God’s ways. All the filth and evil that Satan and the demons broadcast as my thoughts are slander and lies which indicate who the real source of all such evil is. Many people act on such evil thoughts that pop into their minds and hurt themselves and others by their actions.
The only way for us to discern whether the thoughts coming into our minds are our own or injected by Satan is to know God’s law and ways from the Bible. If the thoughts are contrary to God’s ways, we can be certain that Satan or a demon is the author of them. God has allowed this experience as a warning to the world that dealing with Satan will part the very best of friends and allies. It will lead to destruction. We will see that happen in the very near future when Satan and the demons will bring the world to the brink of annihilation.
All the unusual experiences of prophets of God are designed to teach humanity some lessons or issue warnings. If I was so evil in my thoughts as Satan and the demons try to portray me to be by broadcasting my supposed thoughts, it would serve no purpose for humanity. Only I would suffer because no one would want to associate with me. But it would not benefit humanity at large. However, if these thoughts demonstrate the true diabolical and evil nature of Satan and the demons because they broadcast lies to divide human beings and turn friends into enemies, then humanity is being warned not to deal with Satan and the demons. That indeed is the warning God is giving to humanity through this experience. However, humanity will not pay heed as prophesied events will soon prove. Therefore, Satan and the demons broadcasting my thoughts is a prophetic warning to the world.
As part of the end-time commission to God’s Church, I am issuing God’s warning to the world. But by broadcasting lies as my thoughts, Satan and the demons try to destroy my credibility for those who believe Satan must be broadcasting my true thoughts so that they will not pay heed to the warnings. They want humanity to annihilate itself. They don’t want the world to believe what I am saying about the way individuals can come out alive through the Great Tribulation. Billions will not pay heed to the warning. But Revelation 7 assures us tens of millions will and save themselves in the process.
4. God has used me for another unique event in the history of mankind. Every week God’s angels broadcast my weekly messages to every human being in his or her own language, currently delivered at 9.00 a.m. USA Eastern Standard Time. I deliver my messages in English. But every human being can hear them in his or her own language. That is also proof that I hold the office of a prophet.
5. I have also been the beneficiary of another unique miraculous event. Germans were the first to develop the technical capability to transmit threats electronically to people in their hearing. They abused it to the hilt to literally destroy the lives of tens of millions of Americans, the British and other people around the world to force them to do things against their will, marry interracially, hire and fire people, and every other evil they could imagine and impose by threats. There is no doubt that they have tried to deliver such threats to me many times. But God has always blocked each and every one of these threats miraculously. I have never heard any of these threats. That’s why I am often bold in voicing my opinions because I hear no one threatening me to cease and desist.
6. James 5:10 tells us: “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.” God here points out the marks of prophets. They generally suffer affliction and have to endure it patiently for a long time. Mr. Armstrong often pointed to his 28 years of enduring poverty. He certainly fulfilled this identifying mark of a prophet. I too have endured poverty for nearly the entire 44 years of my working life. Thus, as there were certain parallels between the lives of the ancient Moses and Elijah, such as both fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, there have been parallels between the lives of those fulfilling their roles in our time.
7. Mr. Armstrong battled forces outside and inside the Church and endured suffering and poverty to build and protect God’s Church. I have battled forces of German masqueraders [people of German descent living within our nations] and those allied with them for the protection of the Israelite nations of America and British Commonwealth nations in my life since the age of ten. That is when they began making attempts on my life, first in India and then in the USA.
Being a member of the small Sikh religious minority in India, but which contributed disproportionately to the British Indian Army that battled the Germans in both world wars, we were targeted by the Germans for revenge. I was targeted in India by Indians who were allied with the Germans. They began making attempts on my life because I showed much academic promise.
Then after about a year of coming to the USA in 1981 I had diagnosed that the real cause of the economic problems of the USA and British Commonwealth nations at that time was the “so called free-trade” in which everyone was free to export their goods and services to the USA while barring access to American and British goods and services as much as possible. That was an immediate threat to the hostile nation, consisting of Americans of German descent and their allies who were looting American and British wealth. The hostile nation was able to get me kicked out of the PhD program in Marketing at Northwestern University so that I was left without the means to get a secure teaching job. Then they prevented me from getting a decent job all my life in the USA. They destroyed all my businesses. My Information Technology business ideas have been stolen and others have become billionaires using those ideas while I have lived most of my life in poverty, having to depend on the kindness of family and friends sometimes to sustain me. Thus, I have suffered for more than 37 years for the sake of our Israelite peoples while in the USA and more than 57 years in total. As Mr. Armstrong suffered much of his life for the “Church”, I have suffered most my life for the sake of our “State,” meaning America and the British Commonwealth nations.
8. There have been other parallels between the lives of the ancient Elijah and Moses and those fulfilling their roles in our time. Elijah restored the worship of the true God in ancient Israel and protected the nation from the worshippers of Baal wiping out all knowledge and worship of the true God. The end-time Elijah restored the worship of the true God in spiritual Israel, His true Church, by restoring all the true doctrines, and the knowledge of the true gospel of the Kingdom of God. He prevented the ‘Synagogue of Satan” from watering down the doctrines all his life.
God used Moses to deliver ancient Israel from economic and physical slavery in Egypt. God has used me to deliver modern Israel (America and British Commonwealth nations) from a form of economic slavery and also a form of physical slavery from being forced with threats to life or other harm to do things against their will and interests. Here is how God used me to accomplish this:
a) Because of voicing my opinions on the so-called ‘free trade’ and my views on how to deal with Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait, I had become well know by the early 1990s. But I was immediately identified with the Church of God and its message about the coming global catastrophes, military defeat and enslavement of the USA, British Commonwealth nations and the state of Israel’s at the hands of a German-led European alliance, which itself will be in alliance with Islamic nations. The American government thus suspected me of anti-national activities and I was put under 24/7 electronic surveillance.
The U.S. supreme court had made many decisions restricting government surveillance activities as violations of an individual’s right to privacy. The government and even individuals responsible for violating these laws could be subject to large compensation awards for the victims, and government employees could lose their jobs. But electronic surveillance in my case could be justified for possible anti-national activities.
Because I was under surveillance, all those I interacted with could also be legally subjected to incidental surveillance. That is when discrimination conspiracies against me began to be discovered. As more and more people came under the surveillance net, first due to interaction with me, and then the interaction of those individuals with others, the existence of German masqueraders and a vast international German-led conspiracy came to light around 1998-1999.
A German masquerader is a person of German origin living in another country and assuming a name common among the citizens of that country so that he is indistinguishable from its citizens. But he knows his German ancestry and works in Germany’s interests, and against the interests of the country he or she lives in by undermining its economy and often taking actions to allow Germany to loot the wealth of his country; by instigating violence; or taking actions that destroy the social fabric of society. He often behaves in ways that malign the nation he lives in. This is the fifth column Winston Churchill and others were very familiar with.
This German-led conspiracy had remained very effectively hidden because the Supreme Court had forbidden electronic surveillance by the government to protect privacy rights. The whole process of granting permission for surveillance of individuals on suspicion of anti-national or criminal activity was managed by the office of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the apex, which performs the executive functions for the Supreme Court. At that time, William Rehnquist was the Chief Justice, an American of German origin, who had managed the process so effectively that government servants, civilian or military, shuddered at the thought of running afoul of the Supreme Court by subjecting individuals to surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through its numerous lawsuits ensured that the privacy laws were complied with. The government itself and individual government servants did not want to take any chances for fear of the financial impact of the lawsuits in legal costs, huge compensation awards and waste of their time.
My constant preaching and battling the so-called free trade single-handedly for 14 years finally focused the attention of the U.S. Federal government to look into the merits of what I was saying. Then the existence of the hostile nation within our nation [consisting of German masqueraders and their many foreign-born or foreign-origin allies living in the USA] and the conspiracy to destroy our Israelite nations from within was discovered. When the hostile nation was discovered, corrective action was taken based on the solutions proposed in my model of economic development and international trade. It led to the recovery of the auto industry and saved our nations from economic collapse at that time.
b) Discovery of the hostile nation within our nations also led to the discovery of how it had taken over all leading positions in most sectors of the economy, government and academia. Our people of true Israelite descent had been relegated to lower positions of serving those in higher positions occupied by people from the hostile nation. This was a form of economic slavery. And then our Israelite people could be threatened to do things against their will and interests, making them de facto slaves. The discovery of the hostile nation freed us to some extent from this economic slavery. It also led to our economic recovery at that time.
c) Discovery of the hostile nation also led to the discovery of its activities and how it was engaged in murdering and destroying true Israelites. It led to the discovery of medical murders, population control through abortion, the solving of the mystery of so many missing children and adults, denial of justice to Israelites because the hostile nation had infiltrated law enforcement and the judicial system. All these types of clandestine murders in the future were halted.
d) When I realized how easy it was to murder people by poisoning them by giving wrong prescriptions or in restaurants, I foresaw a potential disaster for our nations. So, I prayed to God to intervene and save Israelite nations from this potential catastrophe. After my prayer, apparently the hostile nation sent out a call to murder as many Israelites as possible by poisoning them or by other means. The main targets were IT professionals, scientists, serving and retired top military officers, statesmen, business and political leaders. The order also went out for spouses who had married Israelite spouses to murder them and their own children. These orders were carried out. But God answered my prayers and intervened to prevent each and every one of these attempts made at that time around 1997-1998 from succeeding. This intervention probably saved tens of millions of lives in America alone, and probably additional millions in British Commonwealth nations.
If God had not heard these prayers, the U.S. economy could possibly have been destroyed with the murder of most IT professionals. It would also have led to an immediate attack on our nations and certain defeat in war and national slavery.
9. There have also been other parallels between what God used Moses to accomplish, and what my contributions have been. Moses was used by God to reveal His strong nation building commandments, statutes and judgments to Israel. My major contributions have also been in areas that contribute to nation building. These have included a Model of Economic Development and beneficial International Trade that is now generally accepted by all nations, and significant contributions to natural healing, preventing sickness and maintaining general good health. Contributions in both areas have had a very high impact on the prosperity and general well-being of our nations.
Information on my Model of Economic Development and International Trade, My Experiments with Health, and My Accomplishments in business is available on this web site free of charge. Please check the Literature tab.
10. The mark of a true prophet is prophesying future events or understanding and giving a correct interpretation of prophecy. Besides Jesus Christ no man has understood prophecy better than Mr. Armstrong. Daniel the prophet and John the apostle who wrote prophecies did not understand them because they were sealed till the time of the end. But when the end time came, understanding of prophecies was given to Mr. Armstrong. He explained what the various beasts in the books of Daniel and Revelation meant. After Mr. Armstrong, an understanding of the proper sequence of end time events was revealed to me. A key element of the sequence of end-time events was revealed by an angel in 1998 during the Feast of Tabernacles, an annual Church religious holy day, in Vail Colorado. Due to that revelations I have written my detailed booklet titled “World in Bible Prophecy.” I did not consult any one or rely on others’ writings to do so, as the sequence of events I have provided is different from that which was generally understood previously.
My main commission is stated in Revelation 10:11, “…"You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." I have written books and booklets on prophecy in fulfillment of that commission, which are all available free of charge at this web site.
11. Mr. Armstrong used to complain about not being able to get sufficient sleep. He also talked about contact with demons. Perhaps he realized that demons were buffeting him to keep him humble just as the apostle Paul had been buffeted by a messenger of Satan (2 Corinthians 12:7). A messenger of Satan would obviously be a demon. Peter may also have had a similar experience. That seems to be implied by Jesus’ statement in Luke 22:31: “…Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”
I too have battled a demonic messenger of Satan intensely for about 19 years. He still buffets me, but I am no longer physically troubled as I was before. It may simply be the mark of a prophet or leading apostle of God in the case of Mr. Armstrong, Paul and Peter.
12. Moses and Elijah communicated with the Lord. In our time prophets have not had the privilege of communicating directly with God. But angels have communicated many messages to me. That perhaps is also unique in our time within God’s Church. Angels in human form have helped people throughout history, but have not communicated God’s messages to prophets or apostle since the last communication with John the apostle, perhaps around 94 A.D. Then after 100-time cycles of 19 years each, God chose to communicate with human beings again through angels. I have not seen any of the angels, but they have communicated with him unambiguously. I have written a booklet to describe all these communications titled “God’s Messages Delivered Through Angels,” available free at my web site.
Many claim that God has communicated with them, but they cannot offer proof and people have to rely on their veracity. However, in my case God Almighty Himself offered proof. The very first message delivered to me in 1994 was that the Sainis of India are Jews. Then about 4 years later it was revealed to Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. that I am also a descendant of King David, who was a Jew. The queen herself is a descendant of King David.
The question is, why did God choose to deliver these messages to me by angels and did not use that method of communication with Mr. Armstrong. Here are some possible reasons:
a) God built the Philadelphian era of His Church through the preaching of Mr. Armstrong. He was already an established leader of the Church and had no credibility problem. In my case, no body would believe that God would choose a man from India to be a prophet, least of all I, a lay member of the Church. The reason is that we all expect that a prophet would be an Israelite, and a high-ranking member of God’s Church, because Moses had written so in Deuteronomy 18. However, we considered all Indians to be non-Israelites. That’s why the very first message God delivered to me through an angel was that I am of Jewish, meaning Israelite, ancestry. Then God provided proof that He communicated with me through angels by using a person with the highest credibility in the world, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, to let the world know that I was a descendant of King David. God chose this method of communication to establish me as a leader in His Church, and build my credibility.
b) We are living in the most dangerous time in the history of mankind, and the most treacherous time for God’s true Church still lies ahead. These are not the times God’s Church should navigate through, divided into many different organizations. God’s Church will have to flee to a place of safety in the near future. Perhaps God will use angels to convey lifesaving messages to His Church during these times.
There is a very important reason why God speaks through only one man in critical times. And there is no doubt that the time of the events leading to and through the Great Tribulation is going to be the most critical time in the history of mankind. At such a time, it is safest for God’s Church and God’s people Israel to look to one man for answers from God. Can you imagine members of God’s Church having to rely on the words of 4 or 5 leaders to make decisions about their safety during these treacherous times? We have already demonstrated through our different organizations after the splits from the Worldwide Church of God that differences can develop even among God’s own people despite everything having been restored by God by sending a special prophet and apostle to do so. And we have also demonstrated differences in understanding of prophecy. Such differences so close to the Great Tribulation can prove fatal, if members were to look to 4 or 5 different leaders for answers from God. In these critical times God wants His people to be sure through whom He will give His commands. That is why I believe sometime in the near future God’s Church will come together as one organization with only one man in charge. God may choose to communicate His messages to that man through angels. Perhaps God is demonstrating to whom He will communicate His messages.
c) Satan has always had false prophets opposing God’s true prophets in critical times. This happened in Jeremiah’s time. It will happen even in our times because Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:11, “11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” There are still plenty of tares among the leadership in God’s Churches. Any of them could arise as false prophets and claim they have received messages from God and try to lead genuine members astray. Perhaps this is another reason why God chose to communicate with me through angels so that genuine members can recognize who the false prophets are when they arise.
13. Just as God revealed to the world that I had been called to fulfill the role of a prophet, it was revealed to the world that I had also been given the status of a king. I do not know exactly how this was revealed to people, but my guess is that some saw me crowned as a king when they looked at me, or saw it in a dream, or in a vision.
The status of a King is necessary because of the commission I have been called to fulfill, which as mentioned earlier is stated in Revelation 10:11, “…"You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." If I am being called on to prophesy about kings, then as their equal, I must have the status of a king.
God’s Church is called God’s holy nation in 1 Peter 2:9, “9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I believe that I have been given the status of a king of God’s holy nation so that I can talk to kings of the world’s nations as an equal, and criticize their actions respectfully if need be, as an equal.
Thus, God has provided proof in many different ways that someone is fulfilling the role of the prophet like Moses that God would send as prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.
Seventh Resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire
There are other prophecies being fulfilled right now.
As already mentioned, the Roman Empire was to be resurrected 10 times, the initial three resurrections being plucked up by the roots by the little horn in Daniel 7, which we have identified as the Pope of the Roman Church. The last seven resurrections would take place with the blessings of the Pope. The Roman Empire would then be called the Holy Roman Empire.
Six resurrections are already past. The seventh resurrection is a union of ten rulers ruling over ten territories or nations in Europe. We already see such a union in Europe, called the European Union. Thus, we see the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire already taking shape in Europe.
However, God also prophesied the rise of the great false Church that would persecute the true saints, meaning members of God’s true Church. This is prophesied in Revelation 17:6, “6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”
Revelation 13:11 is also a prophecy about this spiritual leader that adds another characteristic of his leadership: “11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon” [or Satan]. A horn is a symbol for a king in prophecy. This religious leader wears two crowns. Only one religious leader on earth does that. The pope is the head of the Roman Church and also is the head of a state, the Vatican State, which sends and receives ambassadors like any state.
The rise of this great false Church was also prophesied through Daniel the prophet. Its leader is the little horn of Daniel 7:21, 25, “21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them…24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the Most High and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
The Book of Revelation was given around 94 A.D. and Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 7 was given around 550 BCE. This Church was still barely forming in 94 A.D. No one could have predicted the greatness the false Church of Rome would achieve in the future. But God foretold its rise and what it would do very accurately. It has persecuted to death all those opposed to its religion. This Church demands Sunday worship. But God’s true Church worships on the Sabbath day. That’s why the Roman Church has murdered hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of true Church of God members over the past centuries. Thus, prophecies concerning the false Roman Church are still being fulfilled today.
The numerous prophecies fulfilled in the past, many prophecies given thousands of years ago still being fulfilled, and prophecies for our time having already been fulfilled or still being fulfilled before our eyes should convince any rational human being that the God of the Bible has provided ample evidence that He is the true God; and the only God. There is no other god. The holy books of all other religions have failed this test miserably and are the writings of men, or inspired by the devil himself to lead humanity astray and hide God’s true potential for humanity.
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