"Are there any true prophets today?
A study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
Copyright © The Master's Table
(First Written 2008)
There are so many men coming in the name of Jesus stating that they are the end time prophet, or one of the two witnesses. It is hard for some to understand how to know if what these men are preaching is truly from God or just men seeking fame, power, and your money. We do believe two end time witnesses will come in the time of the end just before the Messiah sets up His kingdom on this earth because the bible states this to be true. The question is how can we know for sure when these two end time witnesses will be here and how will we know who they are? The main key is found in scripture but needs to be used with wisdom and knowledge. The bible teaches that if a man comes prophesying and his prophecy does not come to pass that God has not sent him. Let's read it for ourselves in Deut 18:21-22. "And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?'-- "when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him." That is from God; not me!
We also find God's prophet in Ezek 13:6-9 stating "They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, 'Thus says the LORD!' But the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. "Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, 'The LORD says,' but I have not spoken." Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you," says the Lord GOD. "My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”
I wrote this article about three years ago (This is Aug. 30 2013) however I must update it because there are other false prophets that have come out of the closet. I don't make it a practice to name people however there are times when some place themselves in the public's eye and needs to be addressed by name. For the past several weeks Dave C. Pack a minister who of the Restored Church of God has been teaching that the scattered members of the old world wide Church under Herbert Armstrong would be reunited with him in the Restored Church of God by August 31th because he proclaims that three leading shepherds are to die by Fire on August 30, 2013 if they don't come over to his church. It's reported that Dave states in sermons that anyone not with him at the Restored Church of God at that time will be considered disfellowshipped by Christ. He has also been taking Old Testament prophesies out of context and applying them to HIS Church. It is reported that "Dave Pack" believes he is also the end-time Joshua and the savior of the true church.
He is not surmising, musing, but he clearly has prophesied this to be a fact and he listed 20 of 40 reasons why it has to be this year 2013. From the time Dave has made this statement it is reported that he has walked this back in every sermon from that time. Although they must die by fire; Dave states that he doesn't care if they die by fire, he proclaims it can be anything now - some accident, cancer, etc. But he has made much of the death by Fire that he can't walk that back either, at least not to congregants who are awake.
Now that this date has passed we can go back up to the beginning of this article and read what the prophets declared from God’s mouth and rightly state that Dave C. Pack has entered the ranks of false prophets. On David C. Pack's web site it states that if you want to understand David C. Pack's ministry you must understand Herbert Armstrong's ministry." That is interesting that they don't say we need to understand the message and ministry of Jesus the Messiah.
There is also a book out titled "2008, God's final witness"
by Ronald Weinland who states that he and his wife are the two witnesses written
about in the book of revelation and that God has sent him and his wife to
proclaim the end to this world. Now I'm not going to state that what he teaches
is a lie because God has not sent an angel to tell me if this person is truly
sent to do what he claims or not. All I can do at this point is look at the
fruits of the statements he makes. One point I have a big problem with is
that Ronald Weinland states he knows what the seven thunders uttered in Revelation
chapter 10 vs. 1-4 when the statement in verse 4 clearly states; "Now
when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I
heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the
seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."
Some have stated that they know what these seven thunders uttered.
I have personally talked with several men that have stated they "believe"
they know. One man I spoke with, (Gerald Waterhouse ~ before he died) a number
of years ago told me in person that the book H. W. Armstrong wrote titled "The
Mystery of the Ages" had seven chapters and that each chapter was
what the thunders uttered. I would like to go on record to say that I believe
that when John heard the seven thunders utter he (John) was the only man ever
to know what they stated as the angel told him NOT to write them down. I believe
if God wanted us to know what they stated then the voice from heaven would
not have stated for John to NOT write them down! I know of no scripture stating
that they will be revealed to anyone at anytime. Anyone that states they know
what the seven thunders uttered without an angel or Jesus revealing it to
them should themselves take to heart the admonition in Rev. 22:18-19!
Ronald Weinland also states that the tribulation will start in the year 2008 thus the title of his book. He stated in an article on the web February 7, 2008; "We are there! As it was mentioned in this past Sabbaths sermon, the final countdown has begun, as the 1335 days before the actual day Jesus Christ returns began on February 2, 2008." He also stated at this time that the establishment of Gods Government over all the earth will be in the fall of 2011. He also states that the demise of the United States will begin in 2008. He also stated in an article on the web April 18, 2008 that "We are at the very end-time for mans self-rule on earth. The Seventh Seal has been opened and now the First Trumpet has been blown!
The most bold statement is..."I'm just going to make this real clear to everyone. If by Pentecost (June 2008) it is not powerfully and abundantly clear that there has been a great deal of destruction that will clearly encompass a third of all plant life in the US and at least the clear results of this mingled with blood the death of very much animal life and the beginning of large numbers of human life then I will stop preaching. Just so all the critics and everyone out there will understand. I am true to my word in these things. (* ) OK? And for all the critics if by the end of July 2008 and for most likely around Pentecost if nothing has clearly caused great destruction and death I will make it very clear that I was a false prophet. I will do exactly what I said I would do on aaaaall those interviews that I have held. To do less. Well. Would be quite insane."
These are very bold statements and we will just have to wait until June of 2008 to see if he is a false prophet according to the scripture in Deut 18:21-22, I quoted above. ( UPDATE: Well here it is 2010 so what do you think?) Ron is still preaching and making excuses as to why those things did not come to pass...What happened to his statements above? (* ) There's other things we can do however to determine if it's possible that he is a false prophet by looking at some of the things he puts forth as his foundation.
One of the greatest points Weinland makes is that he is tied directly to Herbert W. Armstrong whom Weinland believes was an Apostle and the end time Elijah. Weinland refers to Herbert W. Armstrong as an apostle in the twentieth century in chapter Two Page 25. Also on page 204 of his book he makes the claim that Herbert W. Armstrong was also the end-time Elijah. It was in fact taught in the World Wide Church that Herbert W. Armstrong was also "Elijah" the prophet that was to come just before the return of Christ. It is an interesting note that from the death of Herbert W. Armstrong to now over 25 years have passed and Jesus has not returned. Because Ronald Weinland has connected himself to the World wide Church and Herbert W. Armstrong he has inadvertently attached himself to the fact that God showed the world and the World wide church congregation that Herbert W. Armstrong was not "Elijah" the prophet that was to come just before the return of Christ.
Please understand that I don't make that claim out of hate, or distain, but more as a fact of record. Herbert has been dead for over 25 years now and the end has not come so if we are to use the scriptures as the word of God then we must go by them even when they correct us. And we find in Rev 11:3-8 that the two great witnesses will have a great deal of the use of the Holy Spirit much like Moses did as it states…"And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.”
We also find the two witnesses referred to by Jesus recorded in Matthew 24:14 that states... "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come." Notice the last part that states "And then shall the end come" which is what happens when the two witnesses are finished and are murdered by the hand of the beast as we find in the book of Revelation that records the two witnesses will be murdered for the world to see in the streets of Jerusalem and their bodies will lay in the street for 3 1/2 days and then be resurrected which will be the same time the seventh trumpet sounds. The facts are that this never happened after the death of Herbert Armstrong brethren!
Another important point is that we find in Revelation chapter 13 vs. 15 - 18 that a time will come when ALL mankind will not be able to buy or sell unless they worship the beast and receive his mark of 666 on their forehead or right hand. I have watched this system being put in place starting around 1972 which is about 35 years now and it is close to completition, but today as of 2008 we can still work, receive cash and spend it as we desire without the system knowing what we made for our labor, or what we bought with it. If we are to believe the scripture in the book of revelation this system as described must be put in place around the world before the destruction of the system by the returning Messiah. There can't be a destruction of a system that does not yet exist! This means that if Weinland is who he claims and if his prophecy is correct the system would have to be in place in just a few months. Do you truly see this coming about around the world in a few months?
I would like to note here that there are many statements by H. W. Armstrong that did not come to pass concerning the relationships of Nations that I will not add here because the relationships of Nations are very fluid and does change allies as one ruler dies and another takes over. Just look at some old maps over the last 100 years. I have added a short list of Herbert W. Armstrong's Prophecies or some that was approved to be published by those he appointed to write to the church with the date and the magazine, or book they are located.
List of Herbert W. Armstrong's Prophecies
1934 PT: "Christ will return in 1936"
PT June 1934: Herbert drew a chronological chart of End-Time events. He labeled the year 1936 as the end of the time of tribulation and "the End of the Age."
1934/35 PT: Mussolini will be world dictator.
1939 PT: "Hitler will give his power to Mussolini."
1939 PT: "Franco will give his power to Mussolini" - note: stayed in power for 30 years after Mussolini died.
1939 PT: "Ethiopia & Libya will join USSR in WW2" - Note: they
were conquered from Italy by Britain within 2 years.
1939-40 PT: "Mussolini will conquer Egypt & Palestine" - note: Dec 1940 30K British troops capture 250K Italian troops.
1940 PT: "Christ will come after 3.5 years of tribulation in October 1943."
Before June 1944 HWA appears to have predicted on radio the D-Day landings
- PLAIN TRUTH, June 1967, page 2. H. W. Armstrong "There will very soon be a Temple in Jerusalem, with daily sacrifices once again being offered.... Jerusalem will be surrounded and captured (Zechariah 14: 1-2) by the Fascist-Nazi armies of the European Empire, already starting to rise now out of the Common Market. They will invade Jerusalem, and take charge of the temple."
July 1945: although Germany is destroyed Japan will develop atomic bomb to destroy America; note - US atomic bomb already tested in Los Alamos, key components manufactured in Washington state north of HWA in Oregon; August 1945 2 US a-bombs dropped on Japan to end war.
Plain Truth Dec 1940: Britain will be conquered by Nazis, and Turkey will turn traitor to Britain; it stayed neutral.
1942 PT: Rommel will conquer Jerusalem & Egypt with help of German army coming through Caucasus and southern Russia; note - more than 1 million German/axis troops destroyed in Stalingrad, August 1942 - Feb 1943; British eighth army destroys Rommel's army at Alamein Nov 1942 & then advances 1000 miles across Africa.
1948/49 PT: Germany will become nuclear superpower within five years; note - instead Soviet Union does in 1949 A-Bomb, 1953 H-Bomb.
From 1950s onwards, predicted that France would never win another war. Instead, French paratroops smashed the Libyan army in Chad in 1986-87.
1950 PT: US will never win another war; Note - 1982 Grenada; 1989 Panama; 1991 Iraq, then rated 4th largest army in the world, defeated in 40 days and 10 years later after 9-11 was completely destroyed.
March 1950 PT: "One third of our people will die from starvation in the
next FEW YEARS!" Just what is a few years? This is 2010 so it has been
50 years so just "a FEW YEARS!"?
August 1950 PT - "The next Pope will be a miracle worker, a supposed proof
that God is using him to order and pacify the world!" 1958-62 - The next
pope was Pope John XXIII. He never claimed to be a miracle worker and never
tried to organize or pacify the world.
January 1955 PT: Hoeh: "We face a national catastrophe by 1975. We will be totally consumed and carried away captive to other nations as slaves within twenty years." (2008 minus 1957 = 51 years, not 20 years.)
1956-1980 PT: Franz Josef Strauss will be the beast and the man of strife in the book of Hosea; Note - Strauss never became leader of Germany, defeated by Helmut Schmidt in 1982, died 1988, great ally of US & Israel all his life.
1956 PT: Britain will collapse into famine & anarchy within 3-5 years.
1957 PT: predicts the Treaty of Rome creating European Common Market will lead to Catholic/Nazi dictatorship by 1962.
1959 PT: "Doom for US within 10-15 years."
1960's PT repeatedly claimed 1972 would be the year of Christ's coming
however after 1969: HWA claimed it would be 1975. however first half of 1950's
PT: Christ would return in 1957. Don't forget that WHA stated in his 1934 PT:
"Christ will return in 1936"
1962 PT "There is no boom in sight" - note: US was at beginning of biggest boom in history of the world.
Nov 30, 1963, coworkers letter: "we have only eight years to finish the
Work"; Nov 22, 1963, coworkers letter: "in eight years all of our
ministers will be silenced" - religious persecution on WWCG.
March 1963 by Hogberg in first article in PT: worst weather in a decade means start of famine cycle.
PT August 1963 Ron Kelly, "The prophet Jeremiah looked down into our time
today - at what will take place in America and Britain within the next 10 to
151) PT August 1963. Meredith proclaims Jerusalem will remain a divided city between Israeli and Arab states until it is taken into captivity. (How many times have Jerusalem been taken over by other Nations in the last 1,900 years?)
PT, October 1963: "ALL HUMAN LIFE will be blasted out of existence by nuclear warfare and other means of mass destruction - perhaps not more than twelve or fifteen years from now!
PT, January 1964: Herbert prophesied very explicitly that the coming year "shall increase drought and upheavals in the WEATHER pattern...the trend in general will continue until - probably by 1971 or 1972 - it will become an acute disaster, especially to the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia." In fact for each of those countries, 1964 was one of the most economically prosperous in their entire histories till then. (What would HWA say about events today?
PT, July 1964: Herman hoeh "In less than fifteen years all nations are going to live in a Utopia! They will be forced to learn the ways of peace and prosperity!"
1964 Coworkers letter: "Only 7 years before H-bomb warfare breaks out."
1965 PT: east Jerusalem would remain in Gentile hands until Christ's coming; note: less than 2 years later Israelis conquered it.
1965 PT: By 1969 Britain will be helpless & impoverished seeking help from
May 1965 PT: "Hitler will be falsely resurrected by the Pope."
Dec. 1965, HWA in co-workers letter: "We are in the grand smash climax - only 6 years left."
1966 sermon by Meredith: within three years by 1969 society will have collapses in America; millions will flee into cities.
1966 PT by Dale Schurter: prepare for famine in US within 3-5 years; note -
hundreds of WWCG farmer members bankrupted following his teaching that fertilizer
PT: January 1967: Hogberg - "There WILL be an end to strife and struggle among men and nations. And in less than 10 years!" (2010 minus 1967 = 43 years, not 10 years.)
July 5, 1967, coworkers letter by HWA: "the Jews will demolish the Dome
on the Rock."
1967 Passover speaking at Bricket Wood, England: within the year Jordan would conquer west Jerusalem from Israel; note: within six weeks Israel conquered West Jerusalem from Jordan.
Through 1960's/70's until 1978 in coworkers letters: he & Garner T. Armstrong (HWA's son.) will be two witnesses Zerubbabel and Joshua, note that they are now dead. Herbert Armstrong died in January, 1986 and GTA died September 15, 2003.
1974 PT: US will prove unwilling & unable to go to war to protect world oil supplies from Persian Gulf; note 1991 Gulf War as well as the war in Iraq after Sep. 11 2001 proved him wrong.
April/May 1978 Worldwide News: HWA teaches you can only come to Christ through him through government structure: cut yourself off from Christ if you disobey HWA.
1978 co-worker letter. HWA predicted that the next pope (who turned out to
be John Paul II) would very rapidly united Europe. He didn't and died April
1982 coworkers letter: expect Argentina to sink Britain's royal navy in Falkland war; note what did happen- total victory for Britain in less than 2 months, Argentine airforce destroyed, Argentine dictator falls.
A few months before Herbert's death I and many others heard him state that "If this church is God's only true church on earth today the gates of hell can not prevail against it!" The facts are now history brethren and we need to take God at His word when we are being told that a person is sent from God.
Below you can read a letter in part dated December 8, 1947 and please notice the very strong admonitions as well as the very strong bold statements about the world at that time (1947) being in the end times. Also compair this letter with the list of Herbert W. Armstrong's Prophecies noted above. To just read the letter written in 1948 after knowing the facts after so much time has passed makes one realize that these men were just guessing as to what could happen and hoping they were right. Was Armstrong a false prophet or is it that he made some mistakes over time and thus should, or should not been taken seriously. As I stated today on facebook (Aug. 2015) I can't ever place myself above H .W. Armstrong and no one should judge the man however we must point out the errors if we are going to get to the understanding of the truth as God want's. I have to Continuously make sure that I'm teaching the truth with the factual evidence regardless of what I want to believe.
"The WORLD TOMORROW"
A NATIONWIDE BROADCAST
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
Proclaims to the World the
GOOD NEWS OF THE WORLD TOMORROW
BOX 111, Pasadena, California
The PLAIN TRUTH
a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING
December 8, 1947
Dear Family of Co-Workers' in God's Service:
GREETINGS! in Jesus' name: TIME is running out! This world is moving swiftly to its destruction! Yet there is still time -- and just barely enough time -- to finish the work of God for this present age. THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE. But the work of God is progressing on schedule -- amid handicaps, thru obstacles and trials that try our souls, our patience, and our faith to the limit -- under the divine direction of God, and as a result of MIRACLES performed by him in our behalf.
The "Big Four" diplomats are locked in an uncompromisable duel between East and West -- between Russia and the United States -- between Communism and Democracy -- between Atheism and professed Christianity. At the London conference, the nations merely lock horns and fight, and quarrel, and deadlock, in their efforts to restore the peace of Europe and the world. The United States announces the invention and production of horrible, terrifying new atomic weapons -- without giving the public any hint as to the nature of those weapons. The Russians give out hints that they, too, either HAVE the atomic bomb, or have its secret and are now preparing to actually produce it.
The United Nations recommend the partitioning of Palestine, and actual setting up, at last, of a new Jewish NATION in the holy land. This sets off the Palestine powder-keg. The Moslem nations, 300 million strong and solidly ORGANIZED these past three years, have announced they will never permit it -- they spring to action -- fighting and violence is intensified in the holy land, and terror reigns. Europe faces its hardest winter, and the United States, with diminishing food supplies, sets out to try to feed the world to save it from chaos and communism and starvation. Yes, this world is being hurled rapidly TOWARD UTTER DESTRUCTION -- we approach the END OF THE WORLD! -- which means the end of this AGE!
The WORLD TOMORROW will soon dawn, bringing peace, prosperity, happiness and joy at last; -- and in the short time that remains our calling and sole important mission in life is to SHOUT THIS GOOD NEWS (the true Gospel of Jesus Christ) TO THE WORLD! It must go, not only to America and Canada, as it is now going, it must go to ALL NATIONS, in ALL LANGUAGES! To this end, AMBASSADOR COLLEGE is now operating in sober earnest -- instructing consecrated, eager young men and women in the true Message, training them in speaking foreign languages. THE OUTLOOK, at the moment, is for six or seven more years of PROSPERITY here in America -- (even tho it is an artificial, unsound and inflated "prosperity") -- while meantime the world moves relentlessly toward WORLD WAR III and final DESTRUCTION!
YOU, dear Co-Worker, are not going to be permitted to enjoy your home, your freedom, your present privileges and pursuits, many more years. Just a few more years -- perhaps six or seven -- perhaps twelve or fifteen -- and a re-united Fascist-Nazi Europe will STRIKE -- America's great cities will be blown out of existence in one night without warning -- we shall see such tremendous atomic destruction as the world has never even dreamed -- more than 40 MILLION Americans will perish in the horrifying blasts! At the same time drought and famine will strike dead another THIRD of our entire population -- men, women, and children -- thru starvation and disease! And our second great commission -- our divine calling from Almighty God -- is to WARN our beloved nation, and other Israelitish nations, before it is too late! Every individual who HEEDS this warning, turns to God, is WATCHING and PRAYING ALWAYS, being filled with God's Spirit, living by every Word of God, with a life consecrated to Him, will be given special divine protection -- taken beforehand to a place of SAFETY -- preserved thru the final horrifying tribulation, time of plagues and human anguish soon to visit this earth! But if we to whom God has revealed this terrible future thru His divine prophecies fail to heed it -- if we fail to each play his or her full part in WARNING this nation and the world, now, while we may -- then God says we shall not escape, but He will require the blood of this entire people at our hands!
God Almighty is causing a "prosperity" -- if only a temporary, stimulated, prosperity -- to shine brightly upon our LAND. Listen! Do you know WHY? TO ENABLE US WHO UNDERSTAND TO HAVE ENOUGH FINANCIAL MEANS TO CARRY OUT GOD'S PURPOSE -- to WARN our nations of the soon-coming prophesied destruction -- to WARN the entire world of the fast-approaching "TRIBULATION" and true Gospel of Jesus Christ -- the Gospel Christ brought and preached, and commissioned every true minister of His to proclaim to the world throughout this age -- THE GOOD NEWS OF THE COMING WORLD-RULING KINGDOM OF GOD! The denominations, preachers, and evangelists are not proclaiming THIS true Gospel!
The destruction of the United States of America is foretold in YOUR BIBLE. It is foretold by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos, Micah, and others. It was foretold by Jesus Christ Himself! But the worldly churches and their ministers, all divided into sects and denominations, bound by sectarian creeds and blinded by world-wide spiritual deception, deceived, by a devil who poses as GOD and has deceived the WHOLE WORLD -- they do not under- stand the Bible, and do not perceive what is so clearly prophesied! Yet this catastrophe is sweeping on toward an unsuspecting America with increasing momentum -- and in a few years it will STRIKE -- suddenly, unexpectedly! "AS A SNARE," said Jesus, will this SUDDEN DESTRUCTION come. Then it will be too late!
Listen, dear Co-Worker! To set your heart, your mind and interest now in the pursuits of THIS WORLD, or THIS LIFE, -- to ignore this appeal, and this PRIVILEGE, to HELP TO YOUR VERY UTMOST in the closing work of God -- to figure that you can't afford to spare anything now for God's cause because of OTHER worldly interests -- is to enjoy a fool's paradise, and find yourself suddenly, when least expected, in just a few years, caught in the snare of this on-coming DESTRUCTION!
I tell you, ON THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST, IT IS COMING! Many of you NOW, are in financial condition to DO A LOT MORE than you are doing for GOD'S CAUSE -- to help me get out this Message over the air, and in print -- to help me train and prepare talented, able, consecrated young men and women for THEIR part in soon carrying this vital message to THE ENTIRE WORLD -- into EVERY NATION!
One consecrated co-worker and his wife are mortgaging their home in order to place a few more thousand dollars in this mighty work that more millions may be warned! At first I shrank from accepting money under such conditions -- but when we remember that in a few years NONE OF US will be living in our present homes -- EVERYTHING material we possess now will be swept away from us, and we shall then be either in that haven of safety under God's divine protection, or else dead or in slavery worse than death -- and when we consider further that this brother and his wife are not deprived of their home, but merely PUTTING IT TO WORK FOR GOD'S GREAT CAUSE, while they enjoy it and live in it, too -- then it appeared in a different light, and we could do nothing but accept it, to use it for God's honor and glory. WHO KNOWS? perhaps this one sacrifice on the part of this one man and wife may be the means to bringing MANY precious souls not only under God's divine protection in the TIME OF TROUBLE TO COME, but also into ETERNAL LIFE in God's Kingdom FOREVER!
TIME IS SHORT! It is fast running out! Soon we shall come to the time of the prophesied FAMINE OF HEARING THE WORD OF THE ETERNAL -- the time when world forces will no longer PERMIT the preaching of God's Truth!
No man can know exactly how long. This much we DO KNOW -- it is now NEAR, even at the very doors, according to prophecy -- it will strike DURING THIS PRESENT GENERATION -- it cannot now be more than A FEW YEARS; -- yet, on the other hand, we may KNOW that God will not permit this time of national disaster and world destruction to fall UNTIL our nations HAVE BEEN WARNED (and no other voice is warning them), and UNTIL "this Gospel of the KINGDOM shall be preached in ALL THE WORLD for a witness UNTO ALL NATIONS, and then shall the END COME!" BE SURE THERE IS ENOUGH TIME, if we set ourselves full pressure to the task, and do our very utmost, at any sacrifice. But there is no more than enough -- not one single day to waste. I know that TIME IS SO SHORT, there was not enough time to delay the opening of AMBASSADOR COLLEGE even one more year. That is why God moved with MIRACLES to make the IMPOSSIBLE happen for us, so we could start, as we did, this fall!
I want to tell you of its progress -- of the state of this work. BUT DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT WE HAVE BEEN PLUNGED INTO A GREAT CRISIS IN THIS WORK, WHICH WE HAVE NOT YET PASSED, ALTHOUGH GOD HAS MERCIFULLY KEPT THE WORK ALIVE AND PROGRESSING WITH INCREASING MOMENTUM AND POWER. This work needs your greatest sacrifice -- it needs all you and every other co-worker can give. It need MORE than you can give -- it still needs the LOANS from many who are in position to put money they may need later INTO GOD'S WORK where it can be WORKING FOR GOD until needed, when we can pay it back. Especially do we need more LONG-TERM, and LARGE loans--- that is, of from one to ten thousand dollars -- even more, over a long period, not to be paid back for two, three, five years or more. A few loans for a period of only a few months have helped greatly. More of these will help -- but the greater need is for larger, and longer-term loans from those who are able."
I deleted the portion of this letter titled, "THE BEST COLLEGE IN THE WORLD" because it is just about Herbert Armstrong building it up and has nothing to do with the point at hand.
Also there are many around the world who argue that Herbert W. Armstrong never preached against the hierarchical type government! The below factual information will put this to rest! You also might want to read Herbert W. Armstrong's 1939 Article on Church Government.
You also might want to read our article titled Temporal Power
Regards: In Jesus' Service
Timothy M. Youngblood