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Back to the Future Part Three: When Prophecy Failed — In 1972

It would be best, at this juncture, to examine where some of PKG’s business model vis a vis prophecy originated from. To wit, I am reprinting here several letters from Herbert W Armstrong during the 1972 – 1975 period which were supposed to have been “the end of the age”.

WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD

WORLD HEADQUARTERS
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
PRESIDENT and PASTOR
January 12, 1972

Dear Brethren of God’s Church:

I’m sorry to say I have been quite ill, since Friday,
December 31. Had temperature just slightly under 104, which is
very serious at my age. God has been with me, and each day the
temperature has subsided, until this morning it is normal. However
the feeling of influenza is still in my body and head, and I’m not
yet back to normal.

But I simply MUST tell you the GOOD news of the fact that
on last Friday, January 7, the 38th anniversary of the start of
God’s Work on the air, GOD SUDDENLY, UNEXPECTEDLY, OPENED THE MOST
POWERFUL DOOR FOR GETTING OUT HIS MESSAGE EVER OPENED IN THE
HISTORY OF THIS WORK!

We had been working toward this for several years, but had
no reason to expect the definite positive decision at all — and
certainly no reason to expect it on that day!

Friday, January 7, at about 11:30 a.m., word came from
Reader’s Digest that they had OPENED THEIR ADVERTISING COLUMNS
IN THEIR GIANT MASS-CIRCULATION UNITED STATES EDITION — 17,750,000
copies — a readership of 55-65 MILLION people — to us. And not
merely to Ambassador College for non-religious messages, but also
to Worldwide Church of God. And, while we will not use a straight
religious message at first — but will advertise The PLAIN TRUTH
— there seems to be the probability that, later on, they will
accept “Message ads” and also advertising for subscribers to
TOMORROW’S WORLD.

On that same day, later in the afternoon, came the signed,
sealed and delivered documents for the financing of the superfine
AUDITORIUM — to us, GOD’S HOUSE here at His present world Head-
quarters in Pasadena!

On that day, God showed us unmistakably:

1) That He wants His Work to go on, now with GREATER
POWER THAN EVER, and

2) that He wills that we NOW, at last, build this superb
House for Him at these temporary Headquarters. We know that in
God’s time, His Headquarters will be re-established at Jerusalem.
But apparently He is showing us that He is allowing us enough time
to get His Message MORE INTENSIVELY to the world — TO A LARGER
NUMBER IN THE WORLD — than we have done so far.

It is significant that by the end of 1971 we were able to
say, for the first time, “THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM HAS BEEN
PREACHED, AND PUBLISHED, IN ALL THE WORLD FOR A WITNESS UNTO ALL
NATIONS” (as in Matthew 24:14).

Until then we had not really reached Japan, or the
Scandinavian nations. During the last half of 1971 we did.
Recently, November-December GOOD NEWS, page 5, we published the
circulation figures of The PLAIN TRUTH and TOMORROW’S WORLD. These
were number of COPIES only, not number of readers. At least three
or four read every copy.

At the bottom of the page were listed a number of countries
— mostly very small, generally unheard of countries, NOT now
receiving these magazines. But in several of these we formerly DID
HAVE a number of subscribers, and in MANY OF THEM we have reached
these countries BY RADIO. For example, CHINA. We have been
broadcasting into Red China for MANY YEARS, twice a week, over
superpower RADIO TAIWAN, Chiang Kai-shek’s station. I happen to
know that SEVERAL COPIES do go into Vatican City, though not mailed
direct. Actually, there may be a very FEW such little countries as
Qatar, Rwanda, Gabon, Chad, etc., we have not reached. But, within
the meaning of Bible terms, WE HAVE, DEFINITELY, NOW FOR THE FIRST
TIME, PROCLAIMED GOD’S MESSAGE INTO ALL NATIONS.

But, in some of them, we have reached them only
superficially — NOT INTENSIVELY. How intensively does God want
us to reach all nations? He has not said! Except that by opening
the GIANT DOOR of Reader’s Digest at the very beginning of our 39th
year, He shows us we must reach these nations STILL MORE
THOROUGHLY!

Therefore, let us GO ON, with increased ZEAL and
INSPIRATION, where the living Christ is LEADING us! Let us make
renewed sacrifices financially that the Work may take full
advantage of this new Reader’s Digest opening. It will mean
thousands of additional changed lives this year — but it depends
on all pulling together, doing our part with greater zeal than
ever!

Today ministers are pouring in here from all over the world
for the annual Ministers’ Conference, which begins tomorrow. The
evangelist-rank ministers are waiting for me for a meeting in our
Board Room now, so must close this and run.

With LOVE, in Jesus’ name,

Herbert W. Armstrong



Yes, that’s right: Reader’s Digest running ads for the PT was what averted Armageddon. But let’s examine in more depth what Armstrong had to say to his church, after prophecy failed:

WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD
WORLD HEADQUARTERS
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
PRESIDENT and PASTOR

February 24, 1972

Dear Brethren of God’s Church:

The great WORK OF GOD, beginning January 7, entered a new — and its last — phase. Suddenly the Work has been catapulted onto a new and higher plane. Our Commission is to preach and publish Christ’s GOOD NEWS (gospel) into all the world as a witness (Mat. 24:14).

We have been getting that job done — and nobody else has! But on January 7th, the living HEAD of this Church, Jesus Christ, opened before us the BIGGEST DOOR in the history of the Work. He showed us that we have not yet reached the world as THOROUGHLY as we must. Now the means are placed at our disposal for greatly magnifying the POWER of this Work for getting Christ’s Message to multiplied more MILLIONS! The giant door is opening to us to get THE MESSAGE, in an article such as might appear in TOMORROW’S WORLD, before approximately THIRTY-FIVE MILLION in the United States alone — in Reader’s Digest — with the largest circulation by far of any magazine. And that besides many, many additional millions all around the world in their foreign editions. We now contemplate using FOUR FULL PAGES each time (within a few months) in order to get a complete article before their millions of readers!

We will have to cut down somewhat, temporarily, on SOME (but not on any of the major) radio stations, in order to be able to afford this — but it will be BY FAR the most powerful, effective, and far-reaching Gospel campaign ever undertaken!

The time has come when we can put articles of Biblical UNDERSTANDING (like those in TOMORROW’S WORLD) in The PLAIN TRUTH once again — and therefore we contemplate COMBINING the two magazines beginning with the May number.

This is another GREAT and IMPORTANT STEP AHEAD — because now, not only will such articles appear in the 800,000 copies of TOMORROW’S WORLD — but in the more than 2,000,000 copies of The PLAIN TRUTH — reaching nearly three times as many! The PLAIN TRUTH will continue with some articles like we have been publishing the past two years, but it will now have Bible-based articles also, getting the true GOSPEL full strength to the entire six or seven million readership of The PLAIN TRUTH. This will also save a considerable amount of money for other means of getting Christ’s GOSPEL to the world!

I am again broadcasting, myself, on radio, for the first time in about ten years, and the response from listeners has been surprising, most encouraging, and beyond expectations!

As I look out the window of my office, I behold an inspiring sight I have been waiting TEN YEARS to see — a great hole in the ground, with about 26 round concrete caissons, sunk some twenty-plus feet into the ground, on which the 72-foot-high pillars for God’s House will rest — other concrete footings, and the full basement under the superbly fine edifice to honor God. Work is well under way!

Brethren, because of our record, and high credit standing, we were able to obtain 80% long-term financing — and the accumulated building fund special offerings made up the balance — but we are obligated to pay off this long-term financing at the rate of $200,000 per month, for the next few years. And not only this, but we must continue the amount of construction, from year to year, required to maintain our college campuses. And, further, we are now more hopeful than ever of starting — hopefully before the end of this year — the construction of local church buildings — probably three, six, or ten at a time, increasing the number under construction each year.

As I wrote you on December tb, after my letter sent in January, just over a year ago, the special building fund offerings did equal $200,000 per month for several months — but now, with several thousand additional members baptized since January last year, we are falling off by some 20% under last year. We ought to be able to increase this special fund by at least 12% to 15% — because our membership has increased by that much. But instead, now that the magnificent structure to honor OUR GOD is ACTUALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, we are giving less!

Brethren, the Work is now OBLIGATED to this fund, and we must PAY IT, even if we have to take the money from the proclaiming of the Gospel to the world!

THAT SIMPLY MUST NOT HAPPEN!

God is now honoring and blessing His Work and stepping it forward bigger than ever! But WE have OUR part to do — and we MUST NOT FALL DOWN ON THE JOB!

We ARE getting the job DONE! Let us, therefore, take courage, and inspiration, from what God is doing for us, and go forward with OUR part MORE THAN EVER BEFORE! If you have not yet sent in your statement of intention card, please do so by return mail — even if unable to help in this special fund, or if only by small amounts. Let us be generous according as God has made possible!

This is the time when EVERY MEMBER of God’s Church needs to feel the URGENCY of rededicating our lives to God and to His Work! God is WITH US! We must be with HIM!

With much love, in Jesus’ name,

Herbert W. Armstrong

If you have not read the above letter carefully, or you still believe Armstrong was “the end-time Elijah”, let me spell it out for you: Armstrong was, with this letter, preparing the brethren of the church subtly to have to endure the news that 1975 in Prophecy was not going to come to pass. This smoke-and-mirrors was to continue throughout the year, and into the next three. (Remember, 1972 was to be the year the Great Tribulation began.)

AMBASSADOR COLLEGE

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG, Chairman
Publisher of The PLAIN TRUTH Magazine

EXTENSION DEPARTMENT
An educational service at all levels
for all people worldwide
June 19, 1972

Dear Inner Family of Co-Workers and Brethren:

Events are now happening so fast I cannot wait till the usual time at the end of the month to tell you the BIG NEWS! And, I sincerely believe, A SENSATIONAL announcement!

Less than three weeks ago I wrote you of plans for the greatest lunge forward this end-time Work of God has ever taken. No time has been wasted, and those plans already are well under
way. But now our living Saviour who HEADS this Work has opened the MIGHTIEST — THE MOST POWERFUL DOOR IN THE 38 1/2 years of this Work! I know — I wrote you before that on January 7th the most powerful door so far was opened to us and that was true! But what
has opened up since my last letter, May 31, is still greater! It’s just as if God is starting His Work all over again.

I want to tell you, first, a few things about its original start — and then you’ll understand what I mean by saying it is STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN, and, this time, starting from here with more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES the power with which it started then.

This Work has recently undergone some scurrilous attacks reaching around the world. I have reminded you, however, that GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE — and He most certainly is demonstrating it now! But when this Work was getting started, 38 1/2 years ago, it was opposed and persecuted and attacked even more, by comparison of its size, than now! Organized efforts were made to prevent it from starting, and in its first two or three years to stop it and destroy it. It IS the Work of GOD, so would you expect an angry devil to refrain from opposing it? And, being the Work of GOD, it has GROWN like the grain of mustard seed, despite all opposition — and will continue to do so.

I say again, every little setback is like the cocking of the gun — it just shoots the Work on forward faster than ever!

And so now, I have TREMENDOUS NEWS — by far the most important announcement in the 38 1/2 years of this Work!

I want to give you some of the exciting facts about how the Work got started 38 1/2 years ago, but I must give you the big news first.

Having been in the publishing and advertising business many years, I have said many times that you can reach people with a message about ten times more effectively through the eye than
through the ear. This Work started out as a “Three-Point Campaign” — radio, The PLAIN TRUTH, and personal evangelism. It was a most effective combination, and it grew 30% a year.

Then we started with ONE tiny radio station, with only 100 watts of power, and ONCE A WEEK. Today we make a NEW START with more than 300 radio stations, many of them the most powerful on earth, and broadcasting DAILY — seven times a week. Then, The PLAIN TRUTH was a small mimeographed “magazine” of about 350 copies. Today it is one of the finest magazines in the world, 52 pages full color, and more than 2,100,000 copies. Then, I had to speak in one-room country schoolhouses to an average of about 36 people. Today my son Garner Ted and I can fill the largest auditoriums in major cities.

Through the years, we have continued to reach the people with Christ’s Message by daily radio and by monthly publications, besides booklets. As I said, we probably reach people ten times
more effectively through the eye — by our literature — than through the ear, by radio — BUT we have been reaching people DAILY — 30 times a month — by radio, and once a month by the
printed message.

In 1955 — 17 years ago — after we had been broadcasting coast-to-coast in the U. S. over the ABC network once a week, we thought radio was becoming a thing of the past, and television was reaching the people, so we cancelled out the ABC network and went on weekly TV, with eleven stations from New York to Hawaii. You see, the BIG advantage of television is, YOU REACH PEOPLE THROUGH BOTH THE EYE AND THE EAR SIMULTANEOUSLY!

But we discovered two things: 1) radio was NOT dead, and 2) it had been proven by our experience in radio that it was the DAILY impact that was most effective of all. We had been broad-casting DAILY on a limited number of stations before 1955. It became apparent that DAILY broadcasting by radio, on MANY stations, was more effective than once a week on a FEW TV stations. We could not, then, afford both, so after 27 weeks on TV we went off television and began gradually adding radio stations with DAILY broadcasting. This built up, in time, to around 300 stations.

And what did we think about TV? For several years we could not afford it, and besides, it appeared UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE to get any TV stations to clear time for a “a strip across the board” — that is, DAILY time, with the SAME TIME EVERY DAY. Finally, as you know, we did go on TV again, but with a DOCUMENTARY format. But now, what do you think has happened?

Last Wednesday, with my son Garner Ted returned, in a conference with members of our Executive Committee in my office, our advertising agency advised us they believed that it might be possible to open up a DAILY STRIP ACROSS THE BOARD on one or two TV stations. Immediately we all said, TRY IT! I felt it would surely take an act of God to accomplish it. Next day, Thursday, our agency had obtained a daily strip Monday through Friday on the nationally-known KOA, Denver, immediately preceding the most listened to daytime program in the U. S., NBC’s “TODAY” program of morning news and general interest — that is, 6:30 to 7 a. m. By
Friday evening SEVEN important TV stations had opened up similar strips for DAILY TV, same time every day. Our agency believes that by the end of this week, four more, including New York City, will be opened to us!

THINK OF IT! DAILY TV!

I never believed it possible.

Brethren and Co-Workers, I know GOD has now opened the mightiest door of all — we shall be reaching the U. S., and perhaps in other countries, DAILY with a tremendous impact through
BOTH the eye and the ear!

We will continue adding stations as fast as they open to us — and now that this number of key stations in key major cities has already opened DAILY to us, I know more and more will:

PRAY FOR THIS!

Before Friday evening, Garner Ted had done the first DAILY TV program on tape, full color. And it was a HARD-HITTING EVANGELISTIC MESSAGE emphasizing prophecy and the Gospel.

I hope we can make this program, so far as recording is concerned, a simulcast — with the sound portion going on radio — although they would not be broadcast on the air  simultaneously.

I intended, when I sat down to type this letter, to tell you some of the facts about the STARTING of this Work, 38 1/2 years ago — but I don’t want to take any more time right now, but rush
this announcement off to you immediately — I can give you those facts later.

GOD’S WORK is STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN — now in MULTIPLIED POWER!

God’s Message is going to SHAKE THIS WORLD! The whole world is going to KNOW it’s been TOLD! Once again, it’s a THREE-POINT CAMPAIGN — with DAILY TV added to daily radio — The PLAIN TRUTH shouting GOD’S Message — and PERSONAL evangelism by Garner Ted and myself — consisting of 3-night evangelistic meetings — Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights — in the largest auditoriums we may be able to book, in different parts of the country (including Canada).

The LIVING CHRIST is empowering HIS WORK with the dynamic POWER of God’s Holy Spirit. Christ is opening the giant doors! The gun was cocked — now it is SHOOTING THE WORK AHEAD AS NEVER BEFORE! Please PRAY for this Work AS NEVER BEFORE!

And remember, this NEW MIGHTIEST DOOR OF ALL needs increased financial support! But I am confident this Work will once again GROW at the rate of 30% increase this very next 12
months.

And do you remember Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed? That which fell on good ground sprang forth and produced, some 30-fold, some 60-fold, some 100-fold. Let’s PRAY that God
will increase His Work, this next year by 30%, the following year by 60% and after that 100% — or DOUBLE in one year! ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! PRAY!

If you, Brethren, make the sacrifice to get the Work over this present hump, I have every confidence that the Work will pick up with such momentum that the income to carry it on will pick up with it!

I say again — ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO! THANK YOU, and KEEP PRAYING for THE WORK, and for me and for Garner Ted, and all who are active in this great Work!

With deepest love, in Jesus’ name,

Herbert W. Armstrong



You will note the “reset” at the beginning of the letter, “It’s just as if God is starting His Work all over again.” Any detractors, or those who truly believed that “1975 in Prophecy” was correct, are addressed with the phrase: “I say again, every little setback is like the cocking of the gun — it just shoots the Work on forward faster than ever!”  The end of the letter commences with the plea for funds, with “If you, Brethren, make the sacrifice to get the Work over this present hump.”

The failure of 1975 in Prophecy was more than just “a little setback” to those members of the church who sent every penny they had in, far exceeding even the required tithes, and even over and above the countless “special offerings” that were called for in the co-worker letters between 1970 and 1975.

AMBASSADOR COLLEGE

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG, Chairman
Publisher of The PLAIN TRUTH Magazine

EXTENSION DEPARTMENT
An educational service at all levels
for all people worldwide
August 29, 1974

Dear Inner Family of
Co-Workers with Christ:

Events leading to the END of this world are now accelerating FASTER AND FASTER! More and  more, the governments of nations are TOPPLING! Nothing like this ever happened before!
Do we realize what it MEANS? Prophecy said this would happen, just before the END!

And the living CHRIST, the Head of THIS WORK, is stepping up HIS WORK, getting His last Message through us, into more and more nations, FASTER AND FASTER!

I am just now returning home from another overwhelmingly successful trip — this time into South America — where doors have providentially opened wide for near future PUBLIC APPEARANCE CAMPAIGNS in the following nations:

Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, the largest country in South America, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic!

Our Great Commission — yours and mine — is to get God’s warning Message to ALL THE WORLD, as a witness to all nations, just before the END of this present world. But HOW? The doors were closed shut until NOW. That was our biggest problem. But now, with the successful massive Public Appearance Campaign in the Philippines, GOD HAS SHOWN US HIS WAY! There, in three successive nights, I was able to speak to approximately twenty-five thousand — and they were mostly the LEADERS of the nations, and upper and upper middle class people.

Never in the history of the world has anything like this happened before! Heads of state — presidents, kings, emperors, prime ministers and others high ranking in government, actually
INVITING, and ENDORSING the Message God is sending to them and their people through me.

Like last January, this was another trip with high ranking members of the Japanese Diet (their national Congress). It was an OFFICIAL government mission, just prior to a series of STATE
VISITS by Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan. These Japanese Congressmen now call themselves my “Japanese sons.” There were eight of them in January. Now there are TEN — one of whom calls
himself my “Japanese grandson,” who graduated from our own Ambassador College at Pasadena a year ago June (I performed his wedding), and who had previously graduated from Tokyo University.

Seven of these were on this present trip with Mr. Rader and me. And our Professor Gotoh, who is Japanese, acted as Secretary for their Mission — because he speaks English so much more  fluently than any of them.

As I explained last January, they prefer to travel with us in our plane, for many reasons. In each of the capitals we visited, they had official visits with the Presidents of these countries. And in every case, they spoke highly of me as the Ambassador without portfolio for WORLD PEACE to the nations of the world, mentioning that their Emperor and Government had conferred on me the decoration of the highest honor ever conferred on a non-official non-Japanese.

As a result these South American heads of state are now looking forward expectantly to our personal meetings. This is just one more WAY in which our God is opening more and more doors to the very CHIEFS OF GOVERNMENT, to get HIS MESSAGE to them, and to thousands of the leading people in their countries! Brethren and Co-Workers, can you REALIZE what an UNPRECEDENTED thing this is, that only the Supreme GOD could bring about? God knows how short time now is. He knows what a TREMENDOUS JOB is yet to be done. He is SPEEDING UP our Work, opening doors FASTER AND FASTER, and MORE AND MORE OF THEM. The way the Eternal GOD is moving to open these doors AT THE VERY TOP of these nations is a MIRACLE such as has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

God knows how FAST conditions in the world are worsening! He KNOWS, as we must realize, how SHORT time is now — how LITTLE TIME we have — how FAST world events bringing us to the very BRINK of the END of this age are speeding up!

Last month I wrote to you of how governments are now toppling one after another, all over the world! Finally it HIT HOME TO US IN THE U.S.A.! Never before, in the 200-year history of the United States, has the head of the United States Government been forced to resign, putting a complete new administration into office, in the very middle of a term!

The response to that letter was one of the most gratifying, encouraging and INSPIRING reactions I have ever received from you Co-Workers. Letters poured in, by the multiple HUNDREDS, showing enthusiasm and gratitude for the way our God is opening these doors, and assuring me of ONE-THOUSAND PERCENT SUPPORT. Words cannot express to you how much your wonderful and enthusiastic response means to Garner Ted and me. Your loyalty, assurances, and prayers inspire us, and all of us here at Headquarters, to plunge on ahead with greater enthusiasm, vigor, and determination than ever before!

Since I wrote you last, two more governments are in such a dangerous condition that I may have to quickly make a DECISIVE CHANGE in coming PUBLIC APPEARANCE CAMPAIGNS! Details of that, later.

But all this sudden toppling of governments over the world is definitely PROPHESIED! There is such a REMARKABLE PARALLEL between that prophecy, and what is happening IN GOD’S WORK right now, I want to take space to go into it a bit.

This Work of God definitely is foretold in Revelation 3:7-13, where it says that because we have but LITTLE strength of our own, and yet have THE MESSAGE God wants delivered, Christ is
OPENING DOORS — mighty doors — doors of TV, radio, the printing press to reach MASSES — and doors now for PERSONAL meetings with presidents, kings, emperors, prime ministers, and others high ln governments and in colleges and universities! And this leads to Public Campaigns reaching multiple thousands! And so, there is the parallel of the ancient Zerubbabel,
Governor over the Jews sent back to build the second great Temple at Jerusalem, around 515 B.C., seventy years after the destruction of Solomon’s Temple.

This Work goes out, NOT by human might nor power, but, as God said to Zerubbabel, “Not by might, nor by power, but by MY SPIRIT, saith the ETERNAL of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). This is GOD’S
Work, and it goes by the supernatural POWER of God’s Holy Spirit! This same prophecy actually begins in the book just ahead of Zechariah, the Book of Haggai. God had caused King Darius to
order a large contingent of the people of Judah to return to Jerusalem to build this second Temple. God spoke through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel, governor, and Joshua the high
priest, “This people say, the time is not come, the time that the ETERNAL’S HOUSE should be built” (Haggai 1:2). God answered, “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house [of God] lie waste?”

All the way through Haggai and Zechariah, the local TYPE, of Zerubbabel and Joshua building God’s House, is in reality a prophecy which actually refers to OUR TIME NOW, and the soon
coming of CHRIST to RULE all nations and bring WORLD PEACE! There is also a parallel here which might be compared with the building of our House of God at God’s present (temporary)
Headquarters for His Work, in Pasadena, California. Some were saying, it wasn’t the time to build the House for God, who were living in their own houses. God’s House is a “House of Prayer” as well as, at Pasadena, other college purposes. Never have God’s people so seriously needed one central edifice for the Church worldwide, to stimulate interest in the Work and INTENSIVE HEARTRENDING PRAYER as now. Of course the new Ambassador Auditorium is NOT A TEMPLE! But it IS a house for GOD, and is dedicated to HIM and His service, and HIS NAME IS ON IT! God said to those people under Zerubbabel and Joshua, they were wasting their labor, “sowing much, and bringing in little.” This was due to their selfishness, lack of zeal for the work God called them to do, and self-centered WAY OF LIFE. Then, verse 12, Zerubbabel, and Joshua, and the people repented and OBEYED God, and feared God, and WENT TO WORK getting God’s job done!

Then said God, “I am with you, saith the Eternal.” And God “stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, … and Joshua … and the spirit of all the remnant of the people, and they came and DID WORK …” at the work God had given them to do. I am grateful that you, Brethren and Co-Workers, today, do allow God to stir up your spirits, give you a NEW VISION of the mighty IMPORTANCE of God’s great WORK given us to do, and dedicate yourselves to it, and to heartrending prayer for it, as those people did, more than 500 years before Christ! He does say to us, as God said to those people, “From this day will I BLESS YOU.” (Chapter 2, verse 19.)

Speaking prophetically of OUR DAY, RIGHT NOW, God said: “Speak to Zerubbabel, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth, and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them [kings]…” (verses 21-22).

So THERE is the prophecy of heads of governments toppling, today, one after another! That is being fulfilled RIGHT NOW! Then God continues, “In that day…” meaning our day, now, at this TIME OF THE END, “saith the ETERNAL of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, … saith the Eternal, and will make thee as a signet [as a seal, or stamp of official approval]: for I have chosen thee, saith the ETERNAL of hosts” (Haggai 2:23). There will have to be a Zerubbabel of today — the time actually here referred to.

Next follows the Book of Zechariah. It, too, picks up the story of Zerubbabel and Joshua, God’s team chosen to lead His people in building the second Temple at Jerusalem. Yes, even as Garner Ted and I are God’s team, chosen to lead His people in this greatest END TIME Work!

In the third chapter Zechariah’s prophecy comes back to Joshua the high priest. The prophet’s vision sees him clothed with filthy garments, representing sin, standing before an angel, with Satan at his right hand to prevent him from doing God’s Work. Then Christ Himself rebuked Satan, freed Joshua from Satan’s power, calling Joshua a brand plucked from the fire. He caused
the filthy garments to be removed and Joshua was clothed with clean garments — his sin forgiven, and he restored to righteousness. Christ said He had caused Joshua’s iniquity to pass
from him, and ordered a crown to be set on his head. Then Christ said to Joshua, “If you will walk in my ways, and keep my charge, then you shall judge my house.”

Then God says to Joshua, “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit  before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH [Christ].” Then the prophecy uses Joshua to show that in one day Christ will remove the iniquity of Jerusalem, and God’s people Israel and Judah, and the millennium of PEACE is ushered in.

This prophecy refers, primarily, to OUR TIME, NOW!

Next, chapter 4, Zerubbabel enters the scene again. In verse 2 a golden candlestick is described (compare Revelation 1:12) — signifying a stage of God’s CHURCH. And in verse 3, two olive trees. The chapter makes it evident that the two olive trees refer to Zerubbabel and Joshua, not actually those two identical men of more than 500 years before Christ, but the “Zerubbabel” and the “Joshua” of today, of which they were types. Then the angel says to the prophet Zechariah, “This is the word of the Eternal unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by MY SPIRIT, saith the Eternal of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace unto it. Moreover, the word of the Eternal came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Eternal of hosts hath sent me unto you” (verses 6-9).

Brethren and Co-Workers, although building that second Temple in Jerusalem was very important in God’s eyes, the great Work He is doing through us TODAY, is FAR MORE  IMPORTANT — IN HIS EYES!!! May God give you UNDERSTANDING to see it as God sees it.

The GREATEST PART of THIS WORK is yet to be done. God’s last Message is going now to those at the top, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the great MASSES of their peoples — who are mostly illiterate, and unreachable themselves with the true Gospel.

From here on, WE MUST SPEED UP THIS ALL-IMPORTANT WORK. It is the Message from GOD to these nations, which they have NEVER HEARD. WE know it is the only true Gospel. The world
REJECTED this tremendous Message from the Creator of ALL NATIONS to mankind, when He sent it by Jesus Christ 1900 years ago. After the first century another gospel OF MEN, not of Christ (but about Christ), has been going to the world.

That is why I don’t even call it “the gospel” in those countries. Rather, it is the Missing Dimension in Knowledge, explaining the CAUSE of all the problems, troubles and evils in
the world today, and the WAY to WORLD PEACE and universal PROSPERITY — as well as eternal life. I tell them that my Message for world peace is that which SCIENCE HAS NEVER DISCOVERED — RELIGION HAS OVERLOOKED — AND EDUCATION HAS NEVER TAUGHT — and GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER KNOWN! I take it OUT of the fields of religion, science, education, or government. I oppose none of those — and they do not oppose me — yet it is THE VERY GOSPEL which Christ brought 1900 years ago.

I need another three to five years to FINISH this Great Work which God started through me in January, 1934 — more than 40 years ago. I am getting to these nations as fast as I can. This particular job God has now opened to me is one which I, alone (with the team assisting me, of course), can do. So I want to ask you to continue to PRAY, very specially and fervently for me personally, that God will grant me these additional years of vigorous, youthful life, that, as a parallel to His servant Zerubbabel of some 2,400 years ago, since my hands began this Work, my hands may FINISH IT! God is still giving me good vitality, youthful strength and vigor, so that this last-minute Message about Christ’s SOON COMING — the END of this world, and the KINGDOM OF GOD ushering in the happy and peaceful WORLD TOMORROW is going out in the
dynamic POWER of God’s Holy Spirit. No other voice is carrying it to those nations around the
world. That is the Message — and THE ONLY MESSAGE — that THE LIVING CHRIST wants proclaimed today. If God will give me about another three to five years of renewed strength and vitality and vigor, WE WILL GET HIS JOB DONE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

But I NEED YOUR HELP! I need you to continue back of me 100%! I need your continual, daily,  heartrending PRAYERS, that God will continue to RENEW MY YOUTH, give me HIS power and strength. For this Message goes out not by human might nor power, “but by MY SPIRIT, saith the ETERNAL of hosts.” Please read all of Isaiah 40 — a Message I have to deliver — and especially verses 28-31. Young men may become weak and faint, but God is, today, RENEWING and INCREASING my strength. The living Christ is going on ahead BEFORE ME, opening doors in an awe-inspiring way such doors have NEVER been opened to men of God before. More and more these doors to HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS are opening before me. More and more God is giving me providential — almost unbelievable favor, and even affection, in the eyes of kings,  presidents, prime ministers, emperors, and the top men under them.

At the same time, governments are now toppling faster and faster, one after another, just as prophesied by Haggai. I had scheduled the NEXT big PUBLIC APPEARANCE CAMPAIGN for Ethiopia, the latter part of October. It appears Emperor Haile Selassie’s government is the latest one to topple. He has already been stripped of power, but possibly may stay on the throne. If this prevents the BIG CAMPAIGN there in late October, it will be moved to a BIGGER nation — Egypt, and the campaign will be held in Cairo. The stage is all set there.

Egypt is, of course, one of the chief leaders in the Arab world. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Lader  Hattem, President Sadat’s chief executive, who is now over the cabinet ministers, next to President Sadat in power, also plans to fly with us to a number of other capitals in the Arab world, so that plans may be laid in those capitals also for soon coming Public Appearance Campaigns. A few days ago the North vietnamese were in a battle close to Saigon. We are sending a man close to officials there, to check as to the advisability of attracting big crowds of many THOUSANDS into one place in the campaign scheduled there for December. If it is feared such a crowd might tempt the enemy to BOMB that crowd, I will hold the big December  campaign in BANGKOK instead.

If Saigon remains firm, Bangkok will come in January. I am getting to these nations as rapidly as  possible.

Pray for me. Pray for Garner Ted. Pray for the WORK –and for one another in God’s Church. Keep praying. We need to continue back of this great Work as NEVER BEFORE, with renewed vigor — renewed sacrifice.

With deep LOVE, in Jesus’ name,

Herbert W. Armstrong

P.S. The day after I finished the above, I was in Washington, D.C, and there contacted Mr.  Abdullah Salah, the Jordanian Ambassador to the United States. You may remember that King Hussein of Jordan had been in Washington the first half of August, and was the first head of another government to have a meeting with the new President, Gerald Ford. King Hussein had personally brought with him a brilliant and flashy decoration, which he left with the Ambassador. This was presented to me by the Ambassador, along with the official photograph of His Majesty, signed, “To my good friend Herbert W. Armstrong, with best wishes” — then signed, and dated, August 4, 1974. There will be a Public Appearance Campaign in Jordan soon, and probably a “Testimonial Dinner” with about 100 top officials present, even on this September trip. Let me add, conditions all over the world are worsening fast. The world’s economy, worldwide, is in chaos. In such conditions, the best place for money, is to put it WHERE GOD IS WORKING — AND BLESSING! And where it never was more NEEDED!



You will note the phrase “I need another three to five years to FINISH this Great Work which God started through me in January, 1934…..”

That would continue to be a recurring motif, all the way up to Armstrong’s death in 1986. Armageddon was always, always, ALWAYS, “three to five years away” — as anyone with more than ten years’ membership in the church can attest.

Thus, the Worldwide Church of God remained in a holding pattern for over twenty years, its members frozen in spiritual and theological amber, as they waited for a kingdom that was constantly being postponed.

Many ex-members and adult survivors of Armstrongism question how their parents, or members who were actually involved in the church during the 1970 – 1975 period, could have stayed in, after prophecy failed? Those letters give a clue to what the church’s leaders were doing, to keep the members in. There is also an article on The Painful Truth website, that speaks to the era from a member’s point of view, Slave Mentality.

Where were these people’s heads? The Worldwiders, the Israelites, and the defenders of Worldwide Church of God that we see writing to the PT website. What are they thinking?

Today I believe I know the answer. These people–all of them–suffer from a slave mentality. They have been under the whip so long that they are simply unable to conceive of what it means to be free.

Thus, Worldwide continued on, after 1976, doing a complete whitewash amongst the new members coming in, those who discovered the church, without ever knowing that there had even been a “1975 in Prophecy” to begin with.

Fortunately for the PKG, they have nowhere near the number of members that WCG did, in the ’70s, and they also do NOT have a successful marketing tool such as the various TV shows and endless PT knockoffs the splinters are big on promoting. They made a serious tactical error in trying to use the Internet to recruit new members, especially when they were narrowing the focus of their recruitment to underaged teens.

The sheer bulk of information from adult survivors of the Worldwide Church of God available on the Internet rendered PKG’s marketing plan useless at best, and ineffective at worst. The more church members and leadership dug in their heels and stood behind their “witnesses” (who are no longer the two witnesses, or aren’t yet the two witnesses or something to that effect), the more TRUTH we provided, as to where exactly, Weinland and his church had sprung from.

It looks as though PKG’s new-and-improved “Plan B” entails Weinland doing a Ctrl-Alt-Delete on his church, and hoping the members will follow. They may, but there are indications that very few, if any, of the “liberal” members remain in now. The membership which Weinland has retained, is easily suggestible and thoroughly thought-reformed. They may, indeed, go along with the church’s “reboot” without question, and with perfect faith in their still-prophet-but-not-yet-a-witness (something Weinland is banking on, to keep the money rolling in).

However, those members are going to be just as fanatical and entrenched as members of the Worldwide Church of God were, from 1976 until 1994. It worked then, yes, but those were very different times.

With the advent of the Internet and dangerous cults featured almost daily in the news, and adult survivors from all religious institutions speaking out more freely and stronger than ever, Weinland’s “very small group” is going to have a lot of attention placed on it, by those very members who are willing to go along with the reboot. They clearly have the “slave mentality” spoken of in the Painful Truth article. Are these really the most effective marketing tools to have in the church?

When their children have to take letters about Leviticus 23 to school, when their neighbours ask why they are throwing crumbs over the fence and onto someone else’s property, when family members stage interventions and exit counsellors become more aware of what the PKG is doing (which they will now, since the “reboot” has occurred), PKG will not be able to carry on as blithely as Armstrong did.

The world is different now. Such behaviours will be, and should be, strongly questioned.

Shadows of WCG has his own take on the PKG, and recommendations for any members questioning this replay of Armstrong’s business model.

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June 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm

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