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MYSTERY TOHFE AGES Did you ever ask yourself: “Who am I?
What am I? Why am I?” You are a mystery.
The world about you is a mystery.
Now, you can understand!
I want to extend my gratitude to Aaron Dean,
who collaborated in the writing and preparation of this
book. Without him, since my near loss of eyesight, this book
could not have been produced.
Copyright © 1985, 2009, 2015 Philadelphia Church of God
All rights reserved
Printed in the United States of America
Second Edition
I would like to dedicate this book
to the memory of my wife of 50 happy years,
Loma Armstrong.

Author’s Statement
Why did I write this book? I have lived a long,
active, interest-packed life covering the last eight and
a half years of the 19th century and all of the twentieth
to the present.
I have lived through the horse and buggy age, the automobile
and industrial age, the air age, the nuclear age and
now into the space age. I have seen America live through the
agrarian age when farmers walked behind their horse-drawn
ploughs singing happily, and into the urban age when Midwest
American farmers are groaning and fighting for more government
subsidies to prevent the extinction of farm life.
I have seen this twentieth century develop into a state
of awesome advancement and achievement industrially and
technologically. Paradoxically, I have seen alarming escalation
of appalling evils, crime and violence and the crucible of nuclear
war develop to threaten the very extinction of the human race
within the present living generation. These conditions and facts
are indeed mysteries that have remained unsolved and now need
to be explained.
I have traveled over the four quarters of this globe we call
earth. I have rubbed shoulders with the rich and the very poor
and those in between. I have visited with captains of industry,
emperors, kings, presidents and prime ministers. I have rubbed
shoulders with and come to know the totally illiterate and
poverty-stricken poor. I have seen this world firsthand at close
range as have only the very few.
And through this long and pulsating eventful life I have asked
myself many questions that were deep mysteries
to me, and remain
unanswered and unexplained mysteries to the world as a whole.
When I was five, my father said I was going to be a
Philadelphia lawyer when I grew up, because I was always
asking so many questions about so many things. I wanted to
understand. I craved understanding.
King Solomon, the
wisest man who ever lived, desired wisdom, and God gave him
wisdom above all others. After so many years I realize now that
the same God has given me the understanding of life’s deepest
mysteries that remain an enigma in most minds.
How did all this happen? I was reared in a Protestant
until the age of 18, but I never heard these plaguing questions
explained in church. If the Bible reveals the answers, why so
many denominations
of Christianity and so much disagreement
as to what the Bible says?
But who can understand the Bible? I certainly never had
understood it. And even if one does, can one believe the Bible?
Does it speak with any authority? That question
puzzled me
and is the mystery to be cleared up in this volume. How I came
to understand began at age 34, in the year of 1926. But it only
began there. The final crystal-clear reason that impelled me
to write this book did not fully reveal itself to my mind until
December of 1984. It was a mind-boggling realization—a pivotal
truth—that will be made clear in this book.
The beginning of opening my mind to the truth covered in
this book began in the summer of 1926.
I asked myself: “Who am I? What am I? Why am I?” I tried
to reason out the answer, but I couldn’t. It was a mystery. Then,
that very autumn I was confronted with a mind-disturbing challenge
on a biblical question and the theory of evolution. This
resulted in opening my mind to amazing vistas and depths of
knowledge and understanding.
It all started with the question of the theory of evolution
and the religious question of Sunday observance.
I knew that the Bible was the world’s number one selling book.
Yet to me it had been an enigma. I could never understand it.
I said, “The Bible says, ‘Thou shalt observe Sunday.’ ” I was
asked how did I know? Had I read that in the Bible?
I answered that I knew because all the churches observe
Sunday and I supposed the source of their teaching was the Bible.
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But my marriage was at stake on the question. I was forced
into an in-depth study and research into the Bible and also into
the theory of evolution, which was at that time rapidly gaining
acceptance in the field of higher education.
My in-depth study into the works of Darwin, Huxley,
Haeckel, et al led me to question the authority of the Bible and
even the existence of God.
These intellectual thinkers had become aware of the
increasing knowledge about the universe. They could not square
this expanding knowledge with the religious teaching of their
time. My researches into the thinking of the founders of the
evolutionary theory recalled to mind what I then read in the
eighth chapter of the Psalms—how King David, a monarch of an
ancient nation, looked at the stars in the sky, noted the expansion
of the vast universe and began to think. He wondered in
his mind, what was he? What was man—in the vast expansion
of the endless universe? I found that this ancient king had never
received the full answer to the questions that plagued his mind.
But I was later to discover, in my same research, how the final
answer was revealed to the apostle Paul and explained in the
second chapter of the book of Hebrews. I was determined
to find
absolute proof of the existence of God and of the authority of the
Bible, or to reject both. Most people, I realized, accept or reject a
belief on careless assumption due to whatever they have heard,
been taught, or assumed without proof. I wanted to understand.
And I wanted to be sure on positive proof, not on careless
assumption or wishful thinking.
After many months of virtually night-and-day intensive
study, the answers were revealed to me with proof that was positive
and absolute.
No longer was the existence of God taken carelessly
granted because I had always heard it or been taught it. I found
absolute and positive proof of the existence of the Supreme
Creator God and also of the absolute authority of the Holy Bible
as the Word of God—the revealed message and knowledge of
God for mankind.
I found the Bible to be a coded book, with answers to the
paramount mysteries confronting all humanity.
The revelation of these mysteries was lost, even to the
Church of God, although the revelation of them has been
preserved in the writings of the Bible. Why, then, has the world
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not clearly understood? Because the Bible was a coded book, not
intended to be understood until our day in this latter half of the
twentieth century. I learned, in this night-and-day study, why it
is the most misunderstood book, even though it is the world’s
best-seller. The full explanation
or truth of any one subject is
seldom made complete
and clear in any one passage. Other
portions, factors, or phases of the subject are usually contained
in one or several other passages in other parts of the Bible either
in the Old or New Testament. A true and full understanding of
this subject is profitable only when these perhaps several other
passages, scattered throughout the Bible, are put together.
Vistas of knowledge and understanding that have remained
the chief mysteries of life to most people were opened to my
astonished eyes and mind. But it is recorded in that book that in
these very days in which our generation lives, the great mystery
would be cleared. And indeed it was to my astonished mind.
I learned that the Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle—thousands
of pieces that need putting together—and the pieces will fit
together in only one way. Then the picture becomes crystal clear
to the one willing to believe what God our Creator says.
This present book merely puts the many pieces of the great
puzzle together so they can be clearly understood.
As you read and reread this book, compare constantly with
your own Bible. See these truths with your own eyes in your own
Bible. And open your mind to God’s leading you into his truth
as you do. It will make a lot of sense as nothing ever did before.
Time may prove this to be the most important book written
in almost 1,900 years. Not because of literary excellence or
flowery language of scholarship that it has purposely avoided,
but because of its plainness of speech in clarifying the most
important knowledge ever revealed from the supreme source
of understanding of that which has mystified all humans since
man first appeared on earth.
This world’s humanity has been blinded to who, what and
why man is—how man appeared on earth. Man has been mystified
by his inability to solve his problems, or find answers to the
perplexing questions of mankind and the world he inhabits.
All these mysteries were long ago revealed by the one
supreme authority of all knowledge, but in a coded message not
allowed to be revealed and decoded until our time.
The Church was infiltrated during the first century with
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another gospel. Many false teachings and false churches under
the name of “traditional Christianity” arose. As God reveals in
Revelation 12:9, the whole world has been deceived. These basic
truths have been kept a mystery. Even sincere and well-meaning
men among the clergy have received their teaching from other
men as handed down traditionally in these churches. They have
assumed these false teachings to be the true teachings of the
Bible. Instead of putting the various pieces of the jigsaw puzzle
properly and sensibly together, it has become the practice and
custom to read an already-believed false teaching into each
particular scripture, taken out of context. In other words to
interpret the scriptures to say what they have already been taught
and come to believe. The Bible needs no interpretation because
it interprets itself. This becomes clear when one sees the various
scriptures of each subject properly put together, as the Bible itself
says, “here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). Even the
world of a professed traditional Christianity has been deceived.
I have often said it is much more difficult to unlearn an
erroneous supposed truth than it is to learn a new truth. Even
in these past 58 years I had not fully and clearly realized the
significance of the fact revealed in Genesis 3:22-24—that, in
fact, God had closed the Holy Spirit and eternal life to mankind
in general until the removal of Satan at the Second Coming of
Jesus Christ. Traditional Christian teaching had always assumed
there is a contest between God and Satan—that God has been
trying desperately to “get the world saved,” but in this great
controversy Satan has been winning. In other words, God had
sent Jesus Christ at his First Coming to try to win this ongoing
war against Satan. Traditional Christianity has taught that
“whosoever will may come” and be “saved” through Jesus.
For some years I had come to partially realize the error of
this assumption, but the full truth on this point had not come
crystal clear to me until very recently. This truth is indeed
mind-boggling. It clears what had been clouded in mystery.
It is hoped that this book, written since God’s time for it
has come, will open many eyes to the truth of these long-hidden
And now, in my 93rd year, I have been led to write this book
before this event-packed life ends, to share with as many as care
to know, the answers that the great supreme mind of God reveals
in his Word—if one is only willing to understand that Word.
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AUTHOR’S STATEMENT........................................................... ix
PREFACE ......................................................................................... 1
How the Seven Mysteries Were Revealed............................... 6
Who and What Is God? ......................................................... 24
Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits ....................................... 45
The Mystery of Man ............................................................... 74
Mystery of Civilization ....................................................... 105
Mystery of Israel .................................................................. 123
Mystery of the Church ......................................................... 154
Mystery of the Kingdom of God ....................................... 226
SCRIPTURE INDEX ................................................................ 280
SUBJECT INDEX ...................................................................... 288
Did you ever ask yourself: “Who am I? What am
I? Why am I?” The world about you is a mystery. You
yourself are a mystery. You have never seen your brain,
the seat of your intellect and all that you are.
Your life is engulfed in mysteries. On reflection, your very
existence is a mystery. Did you simply happen by unintelligent
resident earthly forces without meaning or purpose, or were
you intelligently designed and created by an all-powerful God
of supreme mind for a purpose that also has been hidden in
mystery? In fact, the persistent tradition throughout human
history about the Creator God has been such a mystery that
higher education in the Western world has sought to erase the
mystery by giving its virtually unanimous acceptance to the
theory of evolution.
Diffusion of education did not begin among the human
race until after the invention of printing in the 15th century.
As education became more widespread—as intellectualism
developed—as knowledge of astronomy expanded knowledge
of the universe about us—thinking minds began to ask questions.
What of the whole vast universe? How did it all originate?
Rational, scientifically
oriented minds found themselves unable
to explain the developing knowledge of an expanded universe
with the teaching of religion as they knew it through the Roman
Catholic Church and Protestantism, which had dominated the
thinking of the Western world. The teaching
of a long-haired,
semi-effeminate picture of Jesus and the concept of a God
composed of invisible spirit was not intellectually satisfying
to them. It was all a colossal mystery. In the vanity of their
self-professed scholarly minds they tried to evade the mystery
entirely on the basis of materialism. They appeased their curiosity
by attempting to work out a solution to the mystery of
origins, existence, and life by reasoning out a self-satisfying,
materialistic explanation.
Gradually the theory of evolution evolved in thinking, yet
ignorant, minds filled with intellectual vanity. This thinking
evolved into the theory of “use and disuse” by de Lamarck. On
the heels of de Lamarck’s theory came Charles Darwin with
his theory of the “survival of the fittest.” Actually Darwin died
unsure of his own theory. However, two colleagues, Haeckel and
Huxley, fought vigorously to promote the Darwinian theory into
public acceptance.
But were created human minds of intellectual vanity, who
created a theory, more all-knowing than the supreme mind that
created them? The evolutionary theory has been invented by
human minds in an effort to explain the presence of a creation
without the preexistence of a divine Creator.
And if the all-powerful God was your Maker, and exists as
the divine Creator of all that is, then the mystery about God
emerges, in order of time sequence, as the first and paramount
mystery of all.
Who and what is God? That is a mystery not understood
by any religion, not explained by science, untaught by higher
education. The intellectually vain originators of the evolutionary
theory found the existence of God, as presented by
religion, a mystery they could neither understand nor accept.
But the religionists whom they rejected did not themselves
understand the mystery of God. Yet God does reveal himself
through his Word the Holy Bible, if these religionists would only
believe God’s own revelation. God reveals himself in his Word
the Holy Bible, yet almost none has understood it. The Bible, as
author Bruce Barton said, is “the book that nobody knows.” The
Bible itself is the basic mystery that reveals all other mysteries.
If the truth about God is mystery number one revealed
in the Bible, assuredly the truth about angels and evil spirits
is second in order. Is the existence of spirit beings fact or a
myth? Is there, after all, a devil? Did God create a devil? If
there are holy angels, what is their purpose and function? The
Bible clearly states that this world is actually ruled by unseen
principalities of evil spirits. Do evil spirits affect and influence
humans and even governments today? Do evil spirits affect even
your own life? This question seems enveloped in total mystery.
Certainly third in order is the mystery of your own life—of
humanity as a whole. What and why is humanity? Is man an
immortal soul? Do the dead know what the living are doing? Is
man a flesh and blood being with an immortal soul within? Is
there meaning and purpose to human life? Did we evolve through
unintelligent material forces without meaning or purpose? Why
are humans beset with seemingly unsolvable problems?
Fourth in line of the not-understood mysteries is the civilization
that has developed in man’s world. How did it develop?
Why do we find a world of awesome advancement and progress,
yet paradoxically with appalling and mounting evils?
Why cannot the minds that develop spacecraft, computers and
marvels of science, technology and industry solve the problems
that demonstrate human helplessness?
Next, in the development of human society on earth, is the
mystery of the Jew and the ancient nation of Israel. Are the Jews
the ancient nation of Israel? Why did God raise up one special
nation? Why are they God’s “chosen people”? Are they God’s
favorites? Does God discriminate
against other nations? Is God
a respecter of persons? What is Israel’s purpose in the divine
order of things?
Come now to the mystery of the Church. Why should there
be the institution of the Church in the world? Is there some
purpose for it, not understood even by the religion of traditional
Christianity? Is the Church one Christ-originated Church or
does it consist of many differing sects and denominations? Is
the Church well organized on a definite pattern originated by
Christ? Is there government and authority in the Church? Is it a
large universal Church of many millions of members or a small
and persecuted Church? How could one recognize the true
Church today?
Finally, why the mystery of the kingdom of God? Jesus’
gospel message was “the kingdom of God.” Is the kingdom of
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God something within each person? Is it something that may be
set up in men’s hearts? Is it the institution of the church? Or is it
something else altogether? Why this mystery of the very gospel
of Jesus Christ?
These are the seven great mysteries that concern the
very lives of every human being on earth. The plain truth
of all these mysteries is revealed in the Bible, but none of the
churches or theologians seem to have comprehended them.
Why? The Bible is the basic mystery of all.
If one begins reading the Bible continuously from beginning
to end, one becomes bewildered. The Bible simply cannot be read
like any other book. It is a mystery because it is a coded book. It
is like a jigsaw puzzle, with perhaps thousands of various pieces
of different forms and shapes that can be fitted together in only
one precise pattern. The truths of the Bible are revealed here a
little, there a little, scattered from beginning to end, and revealed
only through the Holy Spirit within those surrendered and
yielded to God, willing to have confessed error and wrongdoing,
and yielding to believe Christ the Word of God. Jesus was the
Word in Person. The Bible is the same Word in print.
No one can have the Holy Spirit, which alone can open the
human mind to understanding of this Word of God, without a
complete repentance and an implicit belief in Christ as well as
believing what he says. Repentance can only follow admission
of being wrong—of wrongdoing and wrong believing. The
most difficult thing for any human seems to be to admit being
wrong—to confess error of belief and conviction—to unlearn
false knowledge as well as to learn true knowledge.
Is it any wonder then, that the Bible is the book that nobody
knows or understands?—or certainly almost nobody.
God deliberately coded his book so that it would not be
understood until our modern time. Why was this purposely
done? Even that is a mystery. The pages that follow will explain.
In the 12th chapter of Daniel we read even that devout man of
God could not understand that which was given to him to write
as part of the Bible. He said he heard, but understood not. The
revealing angel said, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed
up and sealed till the time of the end” (Authorized Version).
Today we have reached that time. God has opened to understanding
his word to those he has chosen, who have yielded and
surrendered to him and to his blessed sacred Word. In the 12th
chapter of Daniel, it says at this time of the end the “wise” would
understand, but “none of the wicked shall understand.” Who,
then, are the “wise” who may understand the Bible?
“The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm
111:10) and “a good understanding have all they that do his
commandments” (same verse). Yet traditional Christianity has
generally denied God’s commandments—
says they are done
away, nailed to the cross. The clergy and theologians of organized
“Christianity,” therefore, cannot and do not understand
the Holy Bible.
How, then, can we, in this book, understand and reveal
to the reader these boggling mysteries? That question will be
answered in the Introduction to follow.
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How the Seven
Mysteries Were
The world’s number one concern today is the
question of human survival! Science and technology
have produced the weapons of mass destruction that
could blast all human life off this earth!
So many nations now possess nuclear weapons that one
madman could ignite the nuclear World War iii that could
erase all human life from this planet.
Yet the truth of God, if known and acted on, could have
saved humanity from this threat and all its evils!
Stop a moment.
Think on this.
You live in a world seemingly far advanced in science,
technology, higher education and diffusion of knowledge.
People think it’s a world of great progress. We send men
to cavort about on the moon and return them safely back to
earth. Unmanned spacecraft land on Mars and send back to
earth close-up photographs of the Martian surface. Other
unmanned spacecraft fly close to Jupiter and send back astonishing
pictures of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Surgeons
transplant human hearts and other organs.
It’s a magic, entrancing push-button world where work is
done largely by machines. It’s the glamour dreamworld of the
three “Ls”—leisure, luxury and license.
But paradoxically, it’s also a world of ignorance! Even the
educated know not how to solve their problems and the world’s
evils. They know not the way of peace or the true values of
About one half of the world’s population is still illiterate,
in the grip of abject poverty, living in filth and squalor. The
grim reapers of starvation and disease take human lives by the
It’s an unhappy, restless world in frustration, staring a
hopeless future in the face. It’s a world ridden with escalating
crime and violence, immorality, injustice (even in its courts of
law), dishonesty, corruption in government
and business, and
continual wars, pointing now to the final nuclear World War iii.
Why this paradox of “progress” amid degeneration?
True religion—God’s truth empowered with the love of God
imparted by the Holy Spirit—would have pointed the way, and
led to happiness, abundance and eternal salvation.
When you see what’s wrong with the world’s religions,
have pinpointed the cause of all world evils!
What is religion? It is defined as the worship of, and service
to, God or the supernatural. It is man’s relation to his Creator.
Some religions have perverted that definition. They worship not
the God who created them, but gods which they have created.
Religion involves one’s conduct, one’s principles, one’s way of life
and one’s concept of the hereafter.
The real causes of all this world’s religious confusion—
all its evils—are revealed in seven basic mysteries that decry
this babylon of religious confusion and the resulting world
But now God’s time has come! He now sends a voice to
cry out with amplified world-covering power to reveal the
way out of this senseless madness, into the world of peace and
righteousness that soon shall grip the earth!
In the book of Isaiah is a “now” prophecy: “The voice of
him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
Lord. … lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid;
say … Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his
arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his
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work before him” (Isaiah 40:3, 9-10).
That voice now cries out!
The prophet Malachi confirmed this: “Behold, I will send
my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me: and the
Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall
come, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:1).
Both of these prophecies have a dual application. First, they
refer to John the Baptist, who prepared the way before Jesus’
human ministry more than 1,900 years ago. But, as a prototype,
or forerunner, these prophecies
foretell one to prepare the way
before Christ’s Second Coming as the King of kings and Lord of
lords to rule over all nations!
Malachi’s prophecy, like Isaiah’s, if you will read on past
the first verse, refers to a human messenger preparing
the way
before Christ’s now imminent Second Coming, this time in
supreme power and glory as Ruler over all nations!
Understand the duality principle here. These prophecies
refer to a type and its fulfillment.
John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the physical wilderness
of the Jordan River area, preparing for the human physical
Jesus’ First Coming to a material temple at Jerusalem, to a physical
Judah. But that was a prototype, or forerunner of a voice “lifted
up” (greatly amplified by modern printing, radio and tv), crying
out in the midst of today’s spiritual wilderness of religious confusion,
announcing the imminency of Christ’s Second Coming
as the spiritually glorified Christ, to his spiritual temple (the
Church resurrected to spirit immortality) (Ephesians 2:21-22).
Jesus came, over 1,900 years ago, to announce the future
kingdom of God. He’s coming this time to establish that
kingdom. That end-time last warning message is now going out
worldwide in amplified power.
It’s going before kings, emperors, presidents, prime ministers
of nations—and to their peoples, on all continents
and all
nations of the earth!
How in this age of religious confusion could one come to
know these seven basic mysteries of the ages that decry this
world-gripping conglomeration of beliefs?
Why, in general, are people in Thailand Buddhist; those
in Italy, France and Spain Catholic; those in the Arab world
Islamic? Primarily, of course, because they and those around
them grew up being taught, and automatically accepting, those
faiths. To expect one of them to discover the truth (hidden
from them and also contrary to the teachings of childhood and
adulthood that engulfed them) would seem to be expecting the
Why do most people believe the things they believe? Few,
indeed, ever stop to ask themselves in retrospect how they came
to accept the beliefs that have found lodgment in their minds.
You probably have seen pictures of the statue The Thinker. A
man sitting alone, leaning forward, elbows on his knees, his
hand supporting his head. There, supposedly, he sits in deep
thought, hour after hour, day after day—just thinking!
Supposedly that statue depicts the manner in which some of
the religions of the world came into being.
But The Thinker had nothing to think from! No foundation
for his thinking. No facts on which to base his conjectures.
The human mind is not equipped to manufacture truth
with no basis for that truth!
However, few, it seems, really think!
Most people accept carelessly what they are taught from
childhood. And, coming into maturity, they accept that which
they have repeatedly heard, read or been taught. They continue to
go along, usually without question, with their peers. Most people
do not realize it, but they have carelessly assumed what they
believe without question or proof. Yet they will defend vigorously
and emotionally their convictions. It has become human nature
for people to flow with the stream—to go along with the crowd—
to believe and perform like their peers around them.
Further, most people stubbornly refuse to believe what
they are unwilling to believe. There’s an old saying, “He who is
convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
I was no different. Of myself, and of my own volition,
would never have discovered these great truths.
But then, the prophet Moses never would have discovered
the truths he wrote—the first five books of the Bible. It required
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a miraculous act of God, in the incident of the burning bush, to
open his mind and to reveal to him the things of God. Moses
did not seek God. God called and drafted Moses. Even on being
confronted by the very voice of God, Moses protested. He stuttered!
He felt he could not qualify for the task. God said he would
have Moses’ brother Aaron be his spokesman and brought Moses
to acquiescence. God’s command was irresistible. Moses yielded.
The apostle Paul, centuries later, never would have come
to know or reveal for us God’s truths of his own will. He was
“breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of
the Lord” (Acts 9:1). But the living Jesus struck him down blind,
brought him to his senses and instructed him both in knowledge
and in what Christ determined he should do. Christ in Person
revealed to him many of the truths you will read here.
How, then, did I come to understand the precious knowledge
of the truth? Certainly not on my own, or because I
sought it or because of any virtues of my own. But Jesus Christ
struck me down in a manner quite different from the apostle
Paul’s experience, yet nonetheless painfully and effectively.
Such basic truths are revealed, not thought out in any
human mind. They come from God, not man! And in all biblically
recorded cases the initiative was God’s!
Jeremiah protested that he was too young. But God said:
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you
you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak”
(Jeremiah 1:7, Revised Standard Version). Isaiah protested that
he was a man of unclean lips, but God caused him to accept the
appointed mission. Jonah tried to run away on a ship but God
compelled him to deliver his commanded message. Peter and
Andrew wanted to be fishermen but Jesus called on them to
forsake all and to follow him.
Similarly, I wanted to be an advertising man, but God
brought me by circumstances not to my choosing to the mission
he had in store for me.
I repeat, at this point, this is the crux of the whole matter:
the initiative is God’s. His purpose shall stand. The world is full
of religions that originated in the imagination, reasoning and
speculating of certain humans. But they had no true basis to
reason from. The truth is revealed from God!
But, does not everybody have access to biblical truth? Yes,
people suppose the churches teach what is revealed in the Bible.
So I give you, now, a brief synopsis of the experience by
which Jesus Christ struck me down, so to speak, and revealed
astounding truths! Biblical truths not believed or taught by
the churches.
I was born of ordinary but stable and upright parents, with
an ancestry in the Quaker faith. I have my genealogy
all the
way back to Edward the First of England and a line extending
back to King David of ancient Israel. I have been astonished to
discover this genealogy and the fact that I am, on one side of my
family, actually of “the house of David.” My forebears emigrated
from England to Pennsylvania with William Penn, a hundred
years before the United States became a nation.
I had been reared from earliest childhood in the Quaker
faith, but religious interest in those formative years was passive.
At age 18 I virtually dropped all interest in religion, and
ceased attending church. I had, at 18, put myself through an
intensive self-analysis, coupled with a survey of the occupations
and professions to determine where I belonged—to avoid being
the proverbial square peg in the round hole.
Even at that age I had observed that most people were
simply victims of circumstance. Few had ever planned intelligently
their future lives. Many or most had stumbled into
whatever job they found open. They did not choose where, in
what part of the country or the world, they should live. They
had been buffeted about by circumstance. Those who went to
college chose whatever course or profession that appealed to
them at the time.
But when I was yet only 16, a summer-vacation employer
had, by praise for work well done and general encouragement,
aroused the burning fire of ambition within me. Ambition is not
only the desire for accomplishment,
it includes the will and the
drive to pay the price!
This self-analysis at age 18 led me into the advertising
profession and a business life. I studied diligently, “burning the
midnight oil,” instead of seeking youthful pleasures.
I became unusually successful. I worked hard, had a
reputation as a “hustler.” I studied diligently, worked toward
self-improvement. All this, of course, developed great self-
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confidence, which was later to be replaced by a different kind of
confidence—faith in Christ.
I selected the jobs where I would learn, and “sold myself to
my employers,” choosing fields that threw me into contact with
successful men.
In 1915 I established my own business as a publishers’ representative
in Chicago, Illinois. I managed to represent the nine
leading bank journals of the United States—journals read by
chief officers of banks. I did business with the presidents of
many of the nation’s largest industrial corporations in the
Middle West. I attended state and national bankers’ conventions,
got to know many of the leading bankers of South LaSalle
Street, Chicago, and Wall Street, New York. I was making an
income, by age 28, equivalent to approximately
$375,000 per year
measured by today’s dollar value.
It was at this height of my early business success that God
began dealing with me. I had been recently married.
In a matter of days after our marriage, while living in Chicago,
my wife had a dream so vivid and impressive it overwhelmed
and shook her tremendously. It was so realistic it seemed more
like a vision. For two or three days afterward everything else
seemed unreal—as if in a daze—and only this extraordinary
dream seemed real.
In her dream she and I were crossing the wide intersection,
only a block or two from our apartment, where Broadway
diagonally crosses Sheridan Road. Suddenly there appeared an
awesome sight in the sky above. It was a dazzling spectacle—the
sky filled with a gigantic solid mass of brilliant stars, shaped
like a huge banner. The stars began to quiver and separate,
finally vanishing. In her dream, she called my attention to the
vanishing stars, when another huge grouping of flashing stars
appeared, then quivering, separating and vanishing like the first.
As she and I, in her dream, looked upward at the vanishing
stars, three large white birds suddenly appeared in the sky
between us and the vanishing stars. These great white birds flew
directly toward us. As they descended nearer, she perceived that
they were angels.
“Then,” my wife wrote a day or two after the dream, in a
letter to my mother that I have just run across among old family
pictures, “it dawned on me that Christ was coming, and I was
so happy I was just crying for joy. Then suddenly I thought of
Herbert and was rather worried.”
She knew I had evidenced very little religious interest,
although we had attended a corner church two or three times.
Then it seemed in her dream that “Christ descended from
among them and stood directly in front of us. At first I was a
little doubtful and afraid of how he would receive us, because
I remembered we had neglected our Bible study and had our
minds too much on things apart from his interests. But as we
went up to him, he put his arms around both of us, and we were
so happy! I thought people all over the world had seen him
come. As far as we could see, people were just swarming into the
streets at this broad intersection. Some were glad and some were
“Then it seemed he had changed into an angel. I was terribly
disappointed at first, until he told me Christ was really coming
in a very short time.”
At that time, we had been going quite regularly to motion
picture theaters. 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.” (Those were
the days of the “silent” pictures.) Then the angel and the whole
spectacle seemed to vanish, and she awakened, shaken and
In the morning, she told me of her dream. I was embarrassed.
I didn’t want to think about it, yet I was afraid to totally
dismiss it. I thought of a logical way to evade it myself, and still
solve it.
“Why don’t you tell it to the minister of the church up on the
corner,” I suggested, “and ask him whether it means anything.”
With that, I managed to put it out of my mind.
Let me say here that in about 99,999 times out of 100,000,
when people think God is speaking to them in a dream or
vision in this day and age, it is pure imagination,
or some form
of self-hypnotism or self-deception. But if this was a vision from
God, like Jonah, I tried to run away. But subsequent to this, in
God’s due time, God dealt with me in no uncertain terms, even
as he had dealt with Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Andrew,
Peter and the apostle Paul.
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Then came the devastating flash depression of 1920. It was
not long-lived, but disastrous for the year. My big advertising
accounts were in the farm tractor and implement and other
manufacturing fields, rather than the metropolitan banks. All
my big-commission clients, including such corporations as
Goodyear Tire & Rubber, J.I. Case, Moline Plow, John Deere
and Company, Emmerson-Brantingham and Dalton Adding
Machine, went into receivers’ hands. One nationally known
corporation president of my acquaintance committed suicide.
Through no fault of my own, my business was swept out from
under my feet by forces beyond my control.
Out of Portland, Oregon, where I had moved with my
family, I established an advertising service for laundry owners.
The laundry industry was 11th in the country in dollar volume
of business, yet the most backward. I teamed with an efficiency
expert, in my judgment top in the nation in his field. I took on
only clients who allowed us to put their businesses on a new
efficiency basis—both in the quality of laundering service and
in business methods, which I supervised. I had to be able to
make promises in the advertising that my clients would fulfill.
But in 1926 a national advertising agency based in the
East sold the Laundry Owner’s National Association a bill of
goods—to put big-space advertising in the national women’s
magazines. The association had power to obligate every member
to a commitment for this magazine advertising equal to approximately
85 percent of the justifiable advertising expenditure
each local laundry could make. I knew nothing of this until it
was a closed deal. I had been doubling and trebling the business
volume of each of my clients. My business was growing. Again
a highly successful business was swept out from under my feet
through causes over which I had no control.
But there was a reason—God was taking away my advertising
Then, in the fall of 1926, at age 34, it seemed that the roof had
caved in and I was crushed! I was assailed by very disturbing
dual challenges.
My wife, after nine years of happy marriage, began keeping
the seventh-day Sabbath instead of Sunday!
I was aghast! I was angry. To me that was religious fanaticism!
What would business contacts think? But she claimed to
have found this teaching in the Bible.
All the arguments came instantly to mind. They were of no
“But the Bible says,” I protested, “Thou shalt observe
“Can you show that to me in the Bible?” she asked.
“Well, no,” I replied. “I don’t know much about the Bible.
My interests and studies have been in the area of business. But
all these churches can’t be wrong—they take their beliefs from
the Bible, and they all observe Sunday.”
“If,” she smiled sincerely—but to me exasperatingly—“
can show me where the Bible commands Sunday observance, I’ll
go back to it.”
There was no dodging the challenge. My marriage depended
on it!
Coincidentally, a sister-in-law, newly married and fresh out
of college, hurled at me a second humiliating challenge.
“Herbert Armstrong,” she accused contemptuously,
are just plain ignorant! Everybody who has any education knows
human life has come by evolution.”
I was proud. I had not neglected study and education. I
thought I knew the facts about evolution, and I didn’t believe
in it. But now I had to admit I had never pursued a thorough,
in-depth research of the particular question.
Following on the heels of my wife’s “fanaticism,” this
challenge was humiliating. This double jolt to my pride hit
me immediately after the second time my business had been
destroyed. The effect was devastating. It was utterly frustrating.
Nevertheless I was determined to prove both my wife and sisterin-
law wrong.
The dual challenge drove me into a determined almost
night-and-day research. That intensive study continued for six
months before I found the proved answer. Yet the study has
never ceased to this day.
Both challenges focused on a common starting point—
the book of Genesis in the Bible and the subject of origins—
although that was only the beginning.
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These challenges came at a period in life when I had ample
time on my hands. I plunged with intense concentration into the
I did not begin the research in Genesis. First I delved thoroughly
into the works of Darwin, Lyell, Haeckel, Huxley, Spencer,
Vogt, Chamberlin and More, and even into the earlier works
of Lamarck and his theory of “use and disuse,” which preceded
Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” hypothesis.
Immediately those writings appeared convincing. (They
necessarily are, to have won virtual universal acceptance in the
world of higher education.) I readily understood how the field
of education had been gripped in the clutch of the evolutionary
Evolution is the agnostic’s or atheist’s attempted explanation
of the presence of a creation without the preexistence
of an intelligent
This initial stage of my research rudely shook my faith in
the existence of God. It brought me to realization that I had
assumed the reality of God, because from childhood I had heard,
and therefore assumed, it. For a while my head was swimming.
Was all I had ever believed mere myth and error, after all? Now
I was determined
to know the truth! My mind was being
cleaned out from ideas and beliefs previously taken for granted.
Of all the writings on evolution, Dr. P. E. More alone had
culled out many discrepancies in the theory. Yet he, too, went
along with the doctrine overall.
But now I had, first of all, to prove or disprove the existence
of God. It was no casual or superficial study. I continued in this
research as if my life depended upon it—as, in actual fact, it did,
as well as my marriage. I also studied books on the other side of
the question.
Suffice it to say here that I did find irrefutable proof of the
existence of God the Creator—and I found proof positive of the
fallacy of the evolutionary theory. The overwhelming array of
college brainwashed minds to the contrary notwithstanding.
I had the satisfaction of winning the admission of one Ph.D.
thoroughly steeped in evolutionary thought—who had spent
many years in graduate work at the University of Chicago and
at Columbia—that I had definitely chopped down the trunk of
the evolutionary tree. Like Dr. More, though, she had been so
thoroughly brainwashed in evolution she had to continue in
what she had acknowledged was proof of its falsity.
Also I had the enjoyment of being able to cause my sister-inlaw
to “eat those words” branding me as “ignorant.” All of which
was mere vanity on my part, which I had not yet eradicated.
I had proved the reality of the great majestic God! But
my wife’s challenge was still tormenting my mind. Already, in
the evolutionary research, I had studied Genesis.
I knew each of the world’s religions had its own sacred writings.
Once God’s reality was proved, I had expected to continue
in the pursuit of comparative religions to see if any such sacred
writings proved authoritative. Through which of these—if
any—did God speak to mankind?
Since I had to research the Sabbath question anyway, and
already I had delved into Genesis, I decided to continue my
study in the Bible.
I came across, early, the passage in Romans 6:23: “The wages of
sin is death.” I stopped, amazed. “Wages” is what one is paid for
what one has done. Here I was staring at a statement diametrically
opposite to my Sunday school teaching (prior to age 18).
“Why,” I exclaimed, “how can that be? I was taught in
church that the wages of sin is everlasting life in an eternally
burning hell.”
Another shock came on reading the last part of the same verse:
“but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“But,” I questioned in disillusionment, “I thought I already
had eternal life—I am, or I have—an immortal soul. Why
should I need it as a gift?”
I researched the word soul by means of a Bible concordance.
Twice I found the expression, “The soul that sinneth, it shall
die” (Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20).
Then I remembered I had read in Genesis 2 how God said to
the first humans, who were souls, “But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
In Genesis 2:7 I read how God formed man of the dust of the
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ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man
(dust—matter) “became a living soul.” This stated plainly that a
soul is physical—formed from matter. I found that the English
word soul is translated
from the Hebrew nephesh and that in
Genesis 1 fowl, fish and animals—all three—were nephesh, as
Moses was inspired to write.
Next, I happened to read where Jesus said, “And no man
hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man” (John 3:13). I researched the
heaven and hell teaching further. I saw where the inspired Peter,
on the day he received the Holy Spirit, said, “For David is not
ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34).
In this in-depth study of the Bible, I had the use of all the
biblical helps—concordances, Greek-English and Hebrew-English
lexicons, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and religious encyclopedias.
The latter three of these, I found, were the works of
scholarly but carnal minds. In historical facts and matters of a
material and physical nature, they give help in research, but in
God’s revelation of spiritual knowledge I found them of little help.
I also used, in questionable passages, the Hebrew Old
Testament and the Greek New Testament, with the lexicons.
And I used every translation or version then published—especially
the Moffatt, Ferrar Fenton, Smith-Goodspeed, American
Revised and the Williams New Testament.
My research was totally different from that of students in a
seminary. They absorb what they are taught in the doctrines of
their denomination. Education has become a matter of memory
training. The child, and the adult student as well, is expected to
accept and memorize whatever is taught.
For example, in an elementary grade one of my grandsons
was once asked by the teacher, “Who discovered America?”
“The Indians,” promptly answered the grandson. The
teacher was astonished.
“No, Larry, don’t you know that Columbus discovered
“No, Ma’am, the Indians were already here to greet
Columbus when he finally arrived.”
The lad was given a zero for his answer and severely
instructed to always remember that the book says Columbus
discovered America!
A pupil, or a student in high school or university, is graded
on memorizing and believing what he is taught by the textbook,
the teacher, instructor or professor.
In the first dummy copy of the magazine The Plain Truth
that I put together in 1927—seven years before the magazine
was actually published—I had an artist draw a picture of a
schoolroom, with children sitting at the desks, each with a
funnel stuck into his or her head. The teacher was pouring out
of a pitcher ready-made propaganda into each child’s head.
A student enrolled at a Methodist seminary receives
Methodist doctrine and teaching into his head. A Catholic student
studying in a Catholic seminary is taught Roman Catholic teachings.
A student in a Presbyterian seminary is given Presbyterian
doctrines. A student in Germany studying history is instructed
in one version of World Wars i and ii, but a history student in the
United States is taught a somewhat different version.
But I had been called specially by the living God. I was
trying to prove the very opposite of what I found clearly and
unmistakably to be what the Bible says! I was taught by Christ
what I did not want to believe but what he showed me was true!
Jesus Christ is the personal Word of God. He, in person,
taught the original 12 apostles and the apostle Paul. The Bible
is the same Word of God in print today. Thus it was the same
Jesus Christ who taught both the original apostles, beginning
a.d. 27, and 1,900 years later, beginning 1927, myself.
And let me add here that my study of God’s revelation
of truth has never ceased. Later Christ used me in founding
three liberal arts colleges—including one in England. Through
constant study, teaching and collaboration with spirit-minded
faculty members in theological courses, my mind has remained
open. And knowledge of God’s revealed truth has increased.
But in my initial six months’ intensive in-depth study I was
undergoing a process of unlearning—discovering that church
teachings had been the diametric opposite of Bible truth!
This is not the place for a lengthy, detailed account of my intensive
search in the Bible, and of my conversion. I had been bent
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on proving to my satisfaction that “all these churches can’t be
wrong, for their teachings came from the Bible!” The essential
point here is the simple fact that I did find irrefutable proof
of the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Holy
Bible (as originally written) as the revealed Word of God. Even
all the so-called contradictions evaporated upon unbiased study.
The most difficult thing for any human mind is to admit
being wrong. It was not more easy for me than for others. But
God had brought me, through circumstances,
to the point where
he had made me willing.
To my utter dismay and chagrin, I was forced to “eat crow”
in regard to my wife’s supposed “fanaticism.” It was not what
I wanted to believe then. But by that time I had taken a severe
beating. I had to accept proved truth, contrary to what I had
wanted to believe!
It was humiliating to have to admit my wife had been right
and I had been wrong in the most serious argument that ever
came between us.
But to my utter disappointed astonishment, I found that many
of the popular church teachings and practices were not based
on the Bible. They had originated, as research in history had
revealed, in paganism. Numerous Bible prophecies foretold it.
The amazing, unbelievable truth is that the source of these
popular beliefs and practices of professing Christianity was,
quite largely, paganism and human reasoning and custom, NOT
the Bible!
I had first doubted, then searched for evidence, and found
proof that God exists—that the Holy Bible is, literally, his
divinely inspired revelation and instruction to mankind. I had
learned that one’s God is what a person obeys. The word Lord
means master—one you obey! Most people, I had discovered,
are obeying false gods, rebelling against the one true Creator
who is the supreme Ruler of the universe.
The argument was over a point of obedience to God.
The opening of my eyes to the truth brought me to the
crossroads of my life. To accept it meant to throw in my lot with
a class of humble and unpretentious people I had come to look
upon as inferior. It meant being cut off from the high and the
mighty and the wealthy of this world, to which I had aspired. It
meant the final crushing of vanity. It meant a total change of
It meant real repentance, for now I saw that I had been
breaking God’s law. I had been rebelling against God in many
more ways than just breaking the Sabbath command. It meant
turning around and going the way of God—the way of his
Bible—living according to every word in the Bible, instead of
according to the ways of society or the desires of the flesh and of
It was a matter of which way I would travel for the
remainder of my life. I had certainly reached the crossroads!
But I had been beaten down. God had brought that about—
though I didn’t realize it then. Repeated business reverses,
failure after failure, had destroyed self-confidence. I was broken
in spirit. The self in me didn’t want to die. It wanted to try to
get up from ignominious defeat and try once again to tread the
broad and popular way of vanity and of this world.
I had been part of this world. I did not realize, then, that this
was not God’s world but Satan’s. I came to realize that accepting
God’s truth meant being called out of this world—forsaking this
world and its ways, and even to a great extent my friends and
associates in this world. Giving up this world, its ways, interests,
pleasures, was like dying. And I didn’t want to die. I think one
of the greatest tests that everyone whom God has called faces,
is giving up this world and being part of it. But now I knew that
this world’s way was wrong! I knew its ultimate penalty was
death. But I didn’t want to die now! It was truly a battle for
life—a life and death struggle. In the end, I lost that battle, as I
had been losing all worldly battles in recent years.
In final desperation, I threw myself on his mercy. If he could
use my life, I would give it to him—not in a physical suicide, but
as a living sacrifice, to use as he willed. It was worth nothing to
me any longer. I considered that I was only a worthless piece of
human junk not worthy to be cast on the junk pile.
Jesus Christ had bought and paid for my life by his death. It
really belonged to him, and now I told him he could have it!
From then on, this defeated no-good life of mine was God’s.
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I didn’t see how it could be worth anything to him. But it was
his to use as his instrument, if he thought he could use it.
This surrender to God—this repentance—this giving up of
the world, of friends and associates, and of everything—was the
most bitter pill I ever swallowed. Yet it was the only medicine in
all my life that ever brought a healing!
For I actually began to realize that I was finding joy beyond
words to describe in this total defeat. I had actually found joy in
the study of the Bible—in the discovery of new truths, heretofore
hidden from my consciousness. And in surrendering to God
in complete repentance, I found unspeakable joy in accepting
Jesus Christ as personal Savior and my present High Priest.
I began to see everything in a new and different light.
Why should it have been a difficult and painful experience to
surrender to my Maker and my God? Why was it painful to
surrender to obey God’s right ways? Why? Now, I came to a new
outlook on life.
Somehow I began to realize a new fellowship and friendship
had come into my life. I began to be conscious of a contact and
fellowship with Christ, and with God the Father.
When I read and studied the Bible, God was talking
to me, and now I loved to listen! I began to pray, and knew
that in prayer I was talking with God. I was not yet very well
acquainted with God. But one gets to be better acquainted with
another by constant contact and continuous conversation.
So I continued the study of the Bible. I began to write, in
article form, the things I was learning. I did not then suppose
these articles would ever be published. I wrote them for my own
satisfaction. It was one way to learn more by the study.
And I can say now, with the apostle Paul, “that the gospel
which [is] preached of me is not after man. For I neither received
it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus
Christ. … But when it pleased God … to reveal his Son in
me … immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither
went I [to a theological seminary, but I was taught by Jesus
Christ, the Word of God (in writing)]” (Galatians 1:11-12, 15-17).
That is why I have said the experience I was painfully
subjected to in this original intensive study was unique in
human life and conduct in our time. I know of no world religious
leader who arrived at his teachings in such a manner. This
world’s religious teachings did not come from God! Only God is
infallibly correct!
I was brought, by the spring of 1927, to a complete mindsweeping!
My mind was being swept clean of previous assumptions
and beliefs—I had been brought through a painful experience.
Twice profitable businesses had collapsed, leaving me frustrated.
Then I was brought to acknowledge that whatever religious
beliefs I had held were contrary to the truth of God. Not only
what I had believed, but also what the churches believed!
I had taken a beating! I had been brought to realize my own
nothingness and inadequacy. I had been conquered by the
great majestic God—brought to a real repentance—and also
brought to a new rock-based solid faith in Jesus Christ and
in God’s Word. I had been brought to a complete surrender to
God and to his Word.
I was baptized, and the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit opened
my mind to the joy unspeakable of knowing God and Jesus
Christ—of knowing truth—and the warmth of God’s divine
love!What I once hated I now loved. I found the greatest and
most absorbing joy of my life in continuing to dig out those gold
nuggets of truth from God’s Word. Now came a new enthusiasm
in Bible study.
And I was led through the years from conversion to understand
God’s revelation of these seven biblical mysteries that
have baffled the minds of humanity and to find that one and
only true Church of God, founded by Jesus Christ on the day of
Pentecost, a.d. 31.
Evolutionists, educators, scientists, religionists have striven
in vain to solve the mystery of the ages—the origin of matter,
the universe, and of man—the mystery of humanity—of
awesome human accomplishment paradoxically paralleling
human evils—of great minds accomplishing the unbelievable
while unable to solve human problems.
I now reveal an astounding, rational, common sense breakthrough
to the reader, of the seven major mysteries that have
bewildered all humanity.
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ho and What
Is God?
I was returning to my hotel in New Delhi some years
ago from a private conference with the late Mrs. Indira
Gandhi, Prime Minister of India. Ever since arriving in
India I had noticed cows and oxen wandering through the
streets. I had never seen such animals straying loosely through
city streets in any other country.
“Don’t these cattle stray quite a distance from home?” I
asked of the car driver.
“Oh yes,” he answered.
“But when,” I asked, “they wander all over the streets so far
away, how do their owners find them, to drive them back home
for the night?”
The car driver smiled. “The owners don’t. But the cattle and
oxen know their owners and where they live. They find their
own way home in the evening.”
Immediately I thought of the scripture in the first chapter
of Isaiah, which I had never understood so perfectly before this
living explanation.
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath
spoken, I have nourished and brought up children,
and they
have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth
his owner, and the ass
his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not
consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed
of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken
Lord … they are gone away backward” (Isaiah 1:2-4).
And this was spoken of ancient Israel, a nation to which
God had revealed himself by many evidences and miracles. How
much less do other nations know about God—about who and
what God is!
Nevertheless, other nations are human beings just like the
nation Israel. It is important at the very outset of this chapter
that you notice God calls these humans his own children. Many
people say, “God just doesn’t seem real to me.” God is a great
mystery to them. Their own human fathers don’t seem like a
mystery. They seem real.
In this chapter I hope we will help make God as real to you as
your own human father. God does reveal himself to us in the
Bible, if we will just understand it, so that he will seem real to us.
Of the peoples of the Roman Empire, God inspired the
apostle Paul to write:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness
suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to
them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation
of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power
and deity [spiritual], has been clearly perceived in the things
that have been made [physical]. So they are without excuse; for
although they knew [about] God they did not honor him as God
or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking
and their senseless minds were darkened.
Claiming to be wise,
they became fools” (Romans 1:18-22, Revised Standard Version).
The billions now living on earth not only are ignorant of the
most important knowledge—who and what God is—they seem
not to want to know! They are willingly in ignorance of this most
important knowledge and relationship possible in human life!
Astonishing—but true!
And why have humans been willingly ignorant of man’s
most important relationship? One explanation, only, is possible!
All nations have been deceived (Revelation 12:9). And the fact
of this universal deception makes certain the fact of a super
deceiver! More of this, later.
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The first created man Adam, taking to himself from the
forbidden tree the knowledge of good and evil, was at the
same time rejecting God as Creator. It is certain that God had
revealed somewhat of himself, a certain knowledge to Adam.
Nevertheless Adam had cut himself off from God his
Creator. Undoubtedly, some of the knowledge that God had
imparted to Adam was successfully imparted from father to son
for many generations. Jesus had called Abel, Adam’s second son,
“righteous Abel.” He did the right thing in offering a lamb in
sacrifice. Later, Enoch “walked with God.” God spoke to Noah
and gave him instructions for the building of the ark.
After the Flood certain historic accounts imply that Shem,
one of Noah’s three sons, had some knowledge of the true
God. But undoubtedly, as generation succeeded generation of
humanity, knowledge of God had become greatly distorted.
Nimrod, as recorded in chapter 4 of this book, made a
virtual god of himself. Through the succeeding generations
centuries knowledge of the true God faded almost completely.
The ancient pagan nations made many different idols out of clay,
wood, stone and other materials. Many examples of pagan idol
gods have been dug up by archaeologists and may be seen in
today. As the apostle Paul said, they worshipped the
creation rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).
Coming to the New Testament, we catch a glimpse of the
ignorance of any knowledge about God. The scholarly of the
world in the first century were the Athenian intellectuals. Some
of them encountered the apostle Paul in Athens.
“Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and
of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will
this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth
of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and
the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto
Areopagus [atop Mars Hill], saying, May we know what this new
doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? …
“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye
men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too supersti-
tious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions [objects
of worship—Revised Standard Version], I found an altar with
this inscription, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye
ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the
world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven
and earth … he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and
hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on … the
earth … for in him we live, and move, and have our being …”
(Acts 17:18-19, 22-26, 28).
And now what of the scholarly of our Western world today?
One would think, the most highly educated ought to know
who and what God is! Suppose you ask at random 100 university
deans, “Do you believe in God?” Perhaps three or four
would answer, “Oh, I believe in the existence of God—as a ‘first
cause.’ ” But they cannot tell you who and what God is! They
cannot tell you what God is like! God is not real to them. In
other words, he is a mystery. Perhaps another six or eight of the
hundred will admit they are agnostics—they do not know “for
sure” whether God exists.
I have said that education has become a matter of memory
instillation. From elementary grades to higher graduate levels
of study, our educational systems inject ready-made concepts,
ideologies and a mixture of facts and fables into the unsuspecting
minds of children, youths and young adults. Students
in our school systems are graded according to how well they
accept, memorize and can recite or write in tests what has been
taught—whether true or false.
Modern education has given universal acceptance to the
fable of evolution. Evolution is the agnostic’s or atheist’s attempt
to explain the existence of a creation without the preexistence of
the Creator. It removes God from the picture. It blinds itself to
the mystery by attempting to remove God altogether.
The creation is material, visible, and therefore seems real. The
system of modern education has become entirely materialistic.
The modern scientific concept denies the invisible and the
spiritual as having existence. Yet all our seemingly unsolvable
problems and the evils in this world are spiritual in nature.
I quoted above from the first chapter of the book of Romans.
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The 28th verse says, “… they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge.” Little or nothing is taught about God, but even
in the elementary grades the basic concept—the approach to
knowledge—is evolution.
Is it any wonder, then, that the scholarly do not know who
or what God is? They believe what they have been taught.
As I write I recently returned from my second four-day
visit in Beijing (Peking), as the first religious leader from the
world of Christianity to be invited by the government to speak
before large groups at the Chinese capital. I have met in private
conference with the vice chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People’s Congress, Tan Zhen-lin, and now, on
this second visit, with Deng Xiaoping, the unquestioned leader
of China.
In speaking with China’s leader, I was speaking to the
top official now molding the minds and beliefs of over one
billion people—almost a fourth of all the people on earth.
China, in population, is the world’s largest nation. In very
ancient times the religion in China was ancestor worship. Then
came Confucianism, rivaled by Taoism. Later Buddhism was
introduced from India, then Christianity. Today the nation is
I found China’s leaders to be a very cordial, friendly and
courteous people—but knowing who and what God is most
certainly is not what they are now concerned about. I did not
try to tell them who and what God is, but I did tell two large
and important audiences of leaders what God is very soon going
to do—and I announced
this forthcoming book, which I am
writing now.
India is the second largest nation. What have they known
about who and what God is? Nothing!
Russia is third largest in population. They did have Russian
Orthodox Christianity, and now atheism.
I am not condemning or judging these people—and
I presume they are as well-meaning as any people. God is
not judging them now—as I shall explain later. Neither is he
condemning them. He loves them and will call them all to
eternal salvation in his own time. But they do not know who
and what God is.
In ancient Egypt they worshipped the gods Isis and Osiris.
The Greeks and Romans anciently had mythological gods such
as Jupiter, Hermes, Dionysus, Apollo, Diana and many others.
But they did not know, and their peoples do not know today,
who and what God is. But WHY?
Already, in the quotation from the first chapter of Romans, I
have given you a reason—they were willingly ignorant of the
things of the true God. But WHY? Why willingly ignorant?
In Romans 8:7 it is stated plainly that the natural mind of
humans is hostile against God. This does not necessarily mean
that all unconverted human minds are actively, intentionally,
maliciously hostile. Most humans are passively hostile against
God. They simply do not normally think about God. If God is
mentioned they become embarrassed and often try to change
the subject. They probably do not realize, in their own minds,
that they have a hostile attitude toward God. Yet that is the very
reason, psychologically, why they want to avoid the subject.
In other words, the average person has an unrealized passive
hostility against God. Without realizing it actively, they want
God to “keep his nose out of their business”—except at a time
when they are in deep trouble and they cry out for God’s help.
Spiritual things—invisible things—are a mystery to them.
They do not understand those things, real though they are,
because they cannot see them. They remain a deep mystery so
they deny their existence.
There was a cause for this willing ignorance. And the Bible
clearly tells us that cause, which is dual: 1) what occurred prehistorically,
and 2) what God himself instituted following the
original sin of Adam. All this (to be explained in the next two
chapters), and the cause of all the escalating evils of today’s
world, are clearly revealed by God Almighty in his Word the
Holy Bible. This will be made plain as we progress.
But first, what does the Bible reveal about who and what is
God? It is only in this inspired book that God reveals himself. But
mankind in general has never believed God—that is, what God
says! God spoke face to face, personally, to Adam and Eve, the first
created humans. Then he allowed Satan to approach them. Satan
got to Adam through his wife. Our original parents believed Satan
when he said, “Ye shall not surely die,” after God had said, “Thou
shalt surely die” upon stealing the forbidden fruit.
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When Jesus Christ spoke on earth 4,000 years later, only 120
people believed what he said (Acts 1:15), though he preached his
message from God to multiple thousands.
No wonder, then, not one of these religions, sects and denominations,
except the small and persecuted Church founded by
Jesus Christ (a.d. 31), starting with that 120, believes God, which
means these others do not believe what God says in his Word.
God’s Word plainly reveals who and what God is! But there is a
reason for their ignorance. This will be made clear as we proceed.
Just who and what, then, is God? How does he reveal
himself? Already I have quoted the apostle Paul saying to the
Athenian intellectuals that God is the Creator,
who designed,
formed, shaped and created man.
The prophet Isaiah quotes God himself, saying: “To whom
then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? … Lift up your eyes on
high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth
out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the
greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one
faileth” (Isaiah 40:25-26).
Read this in the James Moffatt translation in modern English:
“ ‘To whom will you compare me, then, and equal me?’ asks
the Majestic One. Lift high your eyes, look up; who made these
stars? he who marshals them in order, summoning each one by
name. For fear of him, so mighty and so strong, not one fails to
Further, God himself says to the skeptics: “Now, the Eternal
cries, bring your case forward, now, Jacob’s King cries, state your
proofs. Let us hear what happened in the past, that we may ponder
it, or show me what is yet to be, that we may watch how it turns
out; yes, let us hear what is coming, that we may be sure you are
gods; come, do something or other that we may marvel at the
sight!—why,” taunts God to the doubter, “you are things of naught,
you can do nothing at all!” (Isaiah 41:21-24, Moffatt). These
scriptures reveal God’s power but not what God is, in a manner to
make him real to the reader. Other scriptures must do that.
God is Creator of all—of everything in the vast universe—the
stars, the galaxies in endless space, this earth, man and everything
in the earth.
That is what God is—what he does. He creates! He
designs, forms and shapes. He gives life! He is the great giver.
And his law—his way of life—is the way of giving, not getting,
which is the way of this world.
But what is God like? Who is God? There have been many
conceptions. Some believe God is merely the good or good intentions,
within each human—merely some part of each human individual.
Some have imagined God was some kind of idol composed
of gold or silver, or carved out of wood, stone or other material.
The Israelites thought, while Moses was communing with God on
Mount Sinai, that God was, or looked like, a golden calf.
Many think God is a single individual supreme Personage.
Some thought he was a spirit.
But the generally accepted teaching of traditional
Christianity is that God is a Trinity—God in three Persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which they call a “Ghost.” The word
trinity is not found in the Bible, nor does the Bible teach this
doctrine. But more about that later.
Now let’s go back to the very beginning, in prehistory.
If you were asked where in the Bible to find the very earliest
description of God in point of the time of his existence, you
probably would say, “Why, in the very first verse in the Bible,
Genesis 1:1, of course.’’ Right?
In time-order the earliest revelation of who and what God
is is found in the New Testament: John 1:1.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning
with God. All things were made by him; and without him was
not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life
was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).
“The Word” in this passage is translated from the Greek
logos, which means “spokesman,” “word” or “revelatory
thought.” It is the name there used for an individual Personage.
But who or what is this Logos? Notice the explanation in verse 14:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth.”
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When he was born as Jesus Christ, he was flesh and blood,
materialistic and could be seen, touched and felt. But what was
he? As God—as the Logos? That is answered in John 4:24, “God
is a Spirit,” and spirit is invisible. We know what was his form
and shape as the human Jesus. But of what form and shape was
he as the Word? We will explain that later.
The Word, then, is a Personage who was made f lesh—
begotten by God, who through this later begettal became his
Father. Yet at that prehistoric time of the first verse of John 1, the
Word was not (yet) the Son of God. He divested himself of his
glory as a Spirit divinity to be begotten as a human person. He
was made God’s Son, through being begotten or sired by God
and born of the virgin Mary.
So here we find revealed originally two Personages. One
is God. And with God in that prehistoric time was another
Personage who also was God—one who later was begotten
and born as Jesus Christ. But these two Personages were spirit,
which is invisible to human eyes unless supernaturally manifested.
Yet at the time described in verse one Jesus was not the
Son of God and God was not his Father.
We find regarding the beginning of his existence, something
further described in Hebrews chapter 7. Speaking of
Melchisedec, who was king of Jerusalem in the days of
Abraham, it says also that he was the Priest of God Most High.
This Melchisedec had existed from eternity—“
without father,
without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of
days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth
a priest continually”
(Hebrews 7:3).
Since Melchisedec was “like unto the Son of God,” and
abides as High Priest forever continually, and Jesus Christ is
now High Priest, Melchisedec and Jesus Christ are one and the
same Person.
Therefore Christ was “without father, without mother,
without descent [in Abraham’s time], having neither beginning
of days, nor end of life.” God also had existed eternally with the
Word. Jesus, when he was “the Word,” was an immortal being
who had existed always—there never was a time when he did
not exist—without beginning of days. He was, then, “like” the
Son of God—but he was not yet the Son of God. He also was
God, along with God.
These passages show that the Word, in the beginning—
before anything had been created—was with God, and he, also,
was God. Now how could that be?
There might be a man named John. And John might be with
the man named Smith, and John might also be Smith because
John is the son of Smith, and Smith is the family name. Yet they
are two separate persons.
The only point of difference in that analogy is that the
Word, at the time of John 1:1, was not, yet, the Son of God. But
he was with God, and he also was God.
They were not yet Father and Son—but they were the God
That family is composed, now, of God the Father, and Jesus
Christ his Son, and many begotten humans who already, now,
are begotten sons of God (Romans 8:14, 16; 1 John 3:2), forming
the Church of God.
That family aspect—the God family—is vitally important,
and this will be thoroughly explained later.
But now, where are we?
Long before anything else existed, there did exist two
Supreme Beings, immortal, who always had existed. Your mind
can’t quite conceive that “always,” but neither can it quite conceive
of what is electricity! Yet you know electricity exists and is real!
So back to our question, “Who and what is God?” Before
anything else came into existence there was God and the Word,
composed of spirit, not of matter, but nevertheless very real.
Two Persons—not three. And, verse 3 of John 1, all things (the
universe) were made by the Word.
Now understand this, by adding Ephesians 3:9: “… God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ.”
Let me explain. In the first week in January, 1914, I was sent
by a national magazine to Detroit, Michigan, to interview Henry
Ford to obtain material for an article on his sensational new $5-aday
wage policy. I saw Henry Ford in the administration building,
wearing a business suit with white collar and necktie. Then I
looked across the breezeway into the giant factory (then the
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Highland Park factory) and I saw perhaps thousands of men in
overalls, working at machines powered with electrical energy. Mr.
Ford was called the maker of the Ford car. But he made the cars by
these workmen, who used the power of electricity and machines.
In the same manner, God the Father is Creator. But he
“created all things by Jesus Christ.” Jesus is the Word. It is
written, “He spake, and it was done” (Psalm 33:9). God tells
Christ what to do (John 8:28-29). Jesus then speaks, as the
workman, and the Holy Spirit is the power that responds and
does what Jesus commands.
Thus, as we read further, in Colossians 1, beginning verse 12,
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath … translated us into
the kingdom of his dear Son … who is the image of the invisible
God [same appearance,
form and shape and character] … for by
him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in
earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him,
and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things
consist” (verses 12-13, 15-17).
Therefore God’s Word reveals that God and the Word—two
supreme Personages—coexisted always—and before anything
had been created—including this earth and the entire universe.
In the quotation above, Christ is in the image—form and
shape—of God. Perhaps it will make God more real to you when
you realize he is in the same form and shape as a human being.
More proof of this will be given later.
There was a time, therefore, when those two Personages
coexisted and nothing else did.
No third Person is mentioned—no “Ghost.’’ Is God, then,
limited to only two Persons? The false Trinity teaching does
limit God to three Persons. But God is not limited. As God
repeatedly reveals, his purpose is to reproduce himself into what
well may become billions of God persons. It is the false Trinity
teaching that limits God, denies God’s purpose and has palpably
deceived the whole Christian world. Both God and the Word
themselves are spirit, and project their Spirit. Let me illustrate.
By your eyesight you can see something across the room, or see
to the sun or even to stars that are many times the size of our
sun, only much farther distant. But through your eyesight you
cannot act on those objects. In like manner, God can project his
spirit to any place regardless of distance, but through his Spirit
God is able to act on such objects or to change it as he wills.
Thus, God is omnipresent.
How long must they have thought, and planned, and
designed, before even beginning to create anything whatsoever!
But matter—this earth, the stars, nebulae, galaxies—was
not the first thing they created. They created angels before the
creation of matter.
God speaks of the creation of the earth in the 38th chapter
of Job. He says that, at the creation of the earth, all the angels
shouted for joy (verse 7). Therefore all the angels already were in
existence when the earth was first created.
In Genesis 1:1 it speaks of God creating the earth and
the heavens. In the Authorized Version the word heaven—
singular—is used. But the original Hebrew as Moses wrote,
and as other translations render it, is in the plural—heavens—
implying that the whole material universe was created simultaneously
with the earth. This is plainly stated in Genesis 2:4:
“These are the generations [beginnings] of the heavens [plural]
and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the
Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”
However, the word day in this context is not necessarily
a twenty-four-hour day, but a general period of time. That
might have been multiple thousands or millions of years ago.
Angels were placed on earth before the creation of man. Since
angels are immortal spirit beings, they might have dwelt here
thousands or millions of years before the creation of man. How
many God does not reveal. The earth, at first, was the abode of
angels. But, Jude 6, “And the angels which kept not their first
estate, but left their own habitation [the earth]. …”
Now more detail on who and what God is.
God is Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version). Why
is God not real to so many people? Because God and the Word
were composed of spirit, not matter, not flesh and blood, like
humans. God is invisible to human eyes (Colossians 1:15). He
does not seem real. To seem real, the mind naturally wants to
visualize a definite form and shape. But even though God is
composed of spirit and not of visible matter, God nevertheless
does have definite form and shape.
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What is God’s form and shape?
In Genesis 1:26, “God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness.” We know the form and shape of man. That is
the image, likeness, form and shape of God.
In various parts of the Bible, it is revealed that God has a
face, eyes, a nose, mouth and ears. He has hair on his head. It is
revealed God has arms and legs. And God has hands and fingers.
No animal, fowl, bird, fish, insect or any other kind of life we
know of has hands like human
hands. Even if any other living
being of which we know had a mind to think with, without hands
and fingers
he could not design and make things as a man does.
God has feet and toes and a body. God has a mind. Animals
have brains, but no mind power like man’s.
If you know what a man looks like, you know what is the
form and shape of God, for he made man in his image, after his
very likeness!
One of Jesus’ disciples asked him what God the Father looks
like. Jesus replied: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet
hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen
the Father …” (John 14:9). Jesus looked like the Father. Jesus was,
actually, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus was the begotten
and born Son of God.
And what was Jesus’ appearance? It was that of a human
man, for he also was the Son of man. He looked so much like
other Jewish men of his day that his enemies bribed Judas to
point him out and identify who, in a crowd at night, was Jesus.
So now we know God has the same form and shape as a
man. We also know he is composed of spirit, not of matter as
is man. Spirit is invisible to human eyes, unless manifested by
some special process.
And if so manifested we would see both God the Father
and Christ now glorified in heaven with faces, though formed
and shaped like human faces, as bright as the sun full strength!
Their eyes flames of fire, feet like burnished brass and hair
white as snow (Revelation 1:14-16).
Most important of all however is what is God’s nature—his
character—like? One cannot know what God is unless he
knows what his character is!
The character of both God the Father and Christ the Son
is that of spiritual holiness, righteousness and absolute perfection.
That character might be summed up in the one word love,
defined as an outflowing, loving concern. It is the way of giving,
serving, helping, sharing, not the “get” way.
It is the way devoid of coveting, lust and greed, vanity and
selfishness, competition, strife, violence and destruction, envy
and jealousy, resentment and bitterness.
God’s inherent nature is the way of peace, of justice,
mercy, happiness and joy radiating outward toward those he
has created!
The Word and God lived. What did they do? They created.
How did they live—what was their “life-style”? They lived the
way of their perfect character—the way of outflowing love.
When Jesus was baptized, God the Father said, “You are my
beLOVED Son.” God loved the Word. And the Word loved
God—obeyed him completely.
Two can’t walk together except they be agreed. They were in
total agreement and cooperation. Also two can’t walk together
in continuous peace except one be the head, or leader, in control.
God was leader.
Their way of life produced perfect peace, cooperation,
happiness, accomplishment. This way of life became a law. Law
is a code of conduct, or relationship, between two or more. One
might call the rules of a sports contest the “law” of the game.
The presence of law requires a penalty for infraction. There can
be no law without a penalty for its violation.
The very fact of law presupposes government. Government
the administration and enforcement of law by one in authority.
This necessitates authoritative leadership—one in command.
When the only conscious Life-Beings existed, God was
leader—in authoritative command. Thus, even when the only
conscious Life-Beings were God and the Word, there was
government, with God in supreme command. The government
of God is of necessity government from the top down. It
cannot be “government
by the consent of the governed.” Its laws
originate and are handed down from God—never legislated by
the people—never dictated by the governed how the government
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over them shall rule them. Since they created other conscious,
thinking life-beings, this very fact of necessity put the government
of God over all creation, with God supreme Ruler.
Our human civilization has assumed the prerogative of
lawmaking. Human governments, whether city, county, state or
national, have lawmaking bodies—city councils, state legislatures,
national congress, Parliament, Reichstag, Diet or Knesset.
But 6,000 years of human experience have demonstrated the
utter incapability of humans to decide right from wrong, or to
formulate laws for human conduct and relationships.
Human lawmaking bodies have made so many laws that the
average policeman in a city could not possibly keep in his mind
a fraction of the laws whose violations he is supposed to act
upon. Some may remember a comic strip in American newspapers,
“There ought to be a law.” The comic strip was poking fun
at the very idea that human lawmakers have made so many laws,
and yet fail to cover every possible infraction.
God’s law is spiritual and can be summed up in one simple
but all-inclusive word—love. His law for the guidance of human
conduct is subdivided into the two great commandments, love
toward God and love toward neighbor. These, in turn, are subdivided
into the 10 Commandments. Jesus magnified this law
by showing how its principle expands to cover virtually every
possible human infraction. The third chapter of 2 Corinthians
shows that God’s law is to be applied in principle. It is summed
up in one single word, love. Nevertheless, it is so perfect that,
by applying its principle, it is a complete law. There is only one
perfect lawmaker, and that is God.
Bear in mind the government of God is based on the law of
God, which is the way of life of outflowing love, cooperation,
concern for the good of the governed. And this law of God
produces peace, happiness, cooperation through obedience.
Now once again to Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God ….”
This originally was written by Moses as God inspired him.
Moses wrote in Hebrew. The Hebrew word translated “God”
is Elohim—a noun or name, plural in form, but normally
singular in grammatical usage. It is the same sort of word as
family, church, group—one family consisting of two or more
members—one church composed of many members—one group
of several persons.
It is referring to precisely the same Persons, making up or
composing the one God, as we found in John 1:1—the Word and
God—and each of those two Persons is God.
In other words, God is now a family of Persons,
composed so far of only the two—God the Father and Christ
the Son. But if the Holy Spirit of God dwells in someone,
and he is being led by God’s Spirit, then (Romans 8:14) he is a
begotten son of God. But, at the time of Christ’s return to earth
in supreme power and glory to set up the kingdom of God,
restoring the government of God abolished by Lucifer, then
all being filled and led by God’s Spirit shall become born sons
of God. The God Family will then rule all nations with the
government of God restored!
The Trinity doctrine limits God to a supposed three
Persons. It destroys the very gospel of Jesus Christ! His gospel
is the good news of the now soon-coming kingdom of God—
the only hope of this world and its mixed-up mankind!
The Trinity doctrine, by contrast, is the doctrine of the great
false religion called in Revelation 17:5: “Mystery, Babylon the
great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”
By that doctrine, along with others, Satan has deceived all
traditional Christianity.
The generally accepted teaching of traditional Christianity
that God is a Trinity—God in three Persons—Father, Son and
Holy Spirit (which is often called a “Ghost”).
How did this “Trinity” doctrine enter traditional
It most emphatically did not come from the Bible. I have
quoted Revelation 12:9 saying that all nations have been deceived
by Satan the devil. How, then, did the wily Satan introduce this
doctrine into “Christianity”?
The history of this question is interesting. It seems incredible
that a being like Satan not only could have deceived the
whole world, but also “Christianity”—the very religion bearing
Christ’s name and supposed to be his true religion. Yet, paradoxically,
Satan did!
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He did it through his great false church, started a.d. 33 by
Simon the Sorcerer, described in the 8th chapter of the book
of Acts as the leader of the Babylonian mystery religion in
Samaria. It is recorded in 2 Kings 17:23-24 that Shalmaneser,
king of Assyria, who had invaded and conquered the northern
kingdom—the kingdom of Israel—moved the people out of their
land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem, and moved into that land
people of the Babylonish mystery religion from the provinces of
Babylon. They were, of course, gentiles. They inhabited this area
of northern Palestine in the time of Christ. The Jews of Judea
in Christ’s time would have nothing to do with them, calling
them contemptuously “dogs.” They still adhered to this pagan
Babylonish mystery religion in the first century.
In a.d. 33, two years after Jesus Christ from heaven founded
the Church of God on that day of Pentecost, the deacon Philip,
who later became an evangelist, went down to Samaria and
preached Christ’s gospel. This Simon the Sorcerer came with the
crowd to hear him.
Simon had bewitched the people of that country, and they
followed him as their leader in the Babylonian mystery religion
“from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great
power of God” (Acts 8:10).
When the people believed Philip, preaching the kingdom
of God, they were baptized, and this Simon managed to be
baptized with them.
Then Simon came to the apostles Peter and John, offering
money as a bribe, asking them to give him the power to lay
hands on people and have them receive the Holy Spirit. Peter
rebuked him strongly. But Simon proclaimed himself a Christian
apostle, nevertheless, and called the pagan Babylonian mystery
religion “Christianity.” He accepted the doctrine of “grace” for
the forgiveness of sin (which the pagan religions had never had),
but turned grace into license to disobey God (Jude 4). He aspired
to turn his pagan religion, under the name “Christianity,” into a
universal religion, to gain thereby the political rule of the world.
Simon, the “Pater” (Peter) of his counterfeit religion, did not
accomplish this in his lifetime. But succeeding leaders, with the
headquarters moved to Rome, did, later, gain political control
over the Roman Empire and its medieval successor, called “The
Holy Roman Empire.” This empire is in process of again being
resurrected in Europe now!
By the sixth decade of the first century, much of the Middle
East had turned from the true gospel to a counterfeit (Galatians
1:6-7). As late as the 90s a.d. the apostle John was still living. He
wrote the book of Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.
A little later the church started by Simon in a.d. 33
was trying to turn the true Christian Passover (Christ had
changed its form from that of sacrificial lambs to unleavened
bread and wine) into Babylonian ceremony, now called, in
English, “Easter”—named after the goddess Astarte or Ishtar
(pronounced “Easter” in some Semitic dialects).
After the death of the apostle John, a disciple of his, Polycarp,
waged a controversy over the Passover-Easter question with the
bishop of Rome, by then leader of the church started by Simon.
Still later, another disciple of Christ’s true Christianity,
Polycrates, waged a still hotter controversy over the same
Passover-Easter question with another bishop of Rome. This
theological battle was called the Quartodeciman Controversy.
Polycrates contended, as Jesus and the original apostles taught,
that the Passover should be observed in the new Christian form
introduced by Jesus and by the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 11),
using unleavened bread and wine instead of sacrificing a lamb,
on the eve of the 14th Nisan (first month in the sacred calendar,
occurring in the spring). But the Rome church insisted that it be
observed on a Sunday.
About the same time another controversy was raging,
between a Dr. Arius, of Alexandria, a Christian leader who died
a.d. 336, and other bishops, over calling God a Trinity. Dr. Arius
stoutly opposed the Trinity doctrine, but introduced errors of
his own.
In a.d. 325, the Emperor Constantine called the Nicene
Council to settle these controversies. Constantine was not then
yet a “Christian,” but as political ruler he assumed control. The
Council approved both the Easter-Sunday doctrine and the
Trinity. Constantine, then civil ruler, made it a law. But he was
not able to make it truth!
Satan has deceived the entire world in regard to the very
nature of who and what God is—as well as of Christ and the
Holy Spirit. Also of the government of God, based on the
spiritual law of God. And further, of what and why man is,
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what salvation is, how it is received, what is the true gospel, what
and why the church is and what of the future!
The word trinity is not used anywhere in the Bible. I am going to
make completely clear, as we proceed, God has not limited himself
to a “Trinity.” The surprising truth, once understood, is the most
wonderful revelation the human mind could receive or contain!
The very first idea or teaching about God being a Trinity
began in the latter half of the second century—a hundred years
after most of the New Testament had been written. The counterfeit
Christianity spawned by Simon the Sorcerer was promoting
it vigorously along with the pagan Easter. But the true Church
of God vigorously resisted it. The controversy became so violent
it threatened
the peace of the world. The then pagan Emperor
Constantine called this Nicene Council to settle it. The Roman
Emperor’s supporters greatly outnumbered the persecuted true
Church of God.
You will find a prophecy of these two churches in the
book of Revelation. In the 12th chapter is the prophecy of the
true Church of God, greatly persecuted. Jesus called it “the
little flock.” In the 17th chapter you will find the prophecy of
the counterfeit church—a very great church, named by God
“Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots” (verse 5).
She lined up with and sat astride the political governments. The
whole world will gasp in wonder (verse 8) when this religiopolitical
medieval “Holy Roman Empire” is brought back to life!
It is now in the preliminary stages of forming, starting from the
Common Market!
There is only one small passage in the Authorized Version of
the Bible that is generally used by Trinity adherents to support
the Trinity doctrine. This passage is found in 1 John 5:7-8, and
is bracketed in the following quotation: “For there are three
that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy
Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear
witness in earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and
these three agree in one.” The bracketed words were added by
editors to the Latin Vulgate translation probably in the early
fourth century. They do not appear in any of the older Greek
manuscripts nor in other modern English translations. They
were added to the Latin Vulgate during the heat of the controversy
between Rome and Dr. Arius and God’s people.
Bible commentaries explain that these words were never
written in the apostle John’s manuscript or any existing early
copies of it. The apostle John in his three epistles and the
Revelation speaks of “the Father, and … Son” (1 John 1:3), but
never of “the Father and the Word,” except in this uninspired
part of 1 John 5:7-8.
There was a real reason why the archdeceiver Satan wanted
that spurious verse added in the Latin Vulgate from which it crept
into the Authorized Version. The Trinity doctrine completely does
away with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the message
he brought mankind
from God the Father, the good news of the
coming kingdom of God! That is the one thing above all Satan
wants to defeat. This will become plain as we proceed.
One world-famous evangelist said: “When I first began to
study the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the Trinity was one
of the most complex problems I had to encounter. I have never
fully resolved it, for it contains an aspect of mystery. Though I
do not totally understand it to this day, I accept it as a revelation
of God. … To explain and illustrate the Trinity is one of the most
difficult assignments to a Christian.”
Much is also made of the fact that in a number of places in
modern translations the masculine pronoun he is carelessly used
in connection with the Holy Spirit. But not always—sometimes
the Holy Spirit is referred to as it in these very same translations.
For example, in the passage describing the first coming of
the Holy Spirit for the founding of the Church of God on that
memorable day of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit came from heaven, audibly, sounding like a
mighty wind, “and it [the Holy Spirit] filled all the house where
they were sitting.” Next, the Holy Spirit appeared—was visibly
seen—manifested—“And there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as a fire, and it [the Holy Spirit in the form of
divided tongues] sat upon each of them” (Acts 2:2-3). In verse 18,
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Peter is quoting from the prophet Joel: “I will pour out … of my
Spirit ….” The Holy Spirit, like water or a fluid, can be “poured
out.” Can you pour out a person from one into another—as
from God into those assembled there? John 7:37-39: “In the last
day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that
believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which
they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy [Spirit] was
not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
Again in Acts 10:45, “… on the Gentiles also was poured out
the gift of the Holy [Spirit].”
Finally, in briefest summary: God is a family composed at
present of the two Persons of John 1:1-4, but with many thousands,
already begotten by God’s Spirit, in God’s true Church,
soon to be born into that divine family at Christ’s return to
earth. Jesus Christ, by his resurrection, was born a divine Son
of God (Romans 1:4)—the first so born into the God family
(Romans 8:29).
Both God and Christ are composed of spirit, formed and
shaped as a human person, but with eyes like flames of fire and
faces bright as the sun full strength!
God is Creator of all that exists. Both God and the Word (who
became Christ) have existed eternally and before all else. From
them emanates the Spirit of God, by which God is omnipresent
and omniscient. God the Father is the divine Father of the God
family, into which truly converted Christians shall be born.
2 Mystery of Angels
and Evil Spirits
Could anything be more mysterious
than the
question of the unseen spirit world? Angelic beings
have always been a mystery to people on the earth.
Do angels actually exist? Is there, in fact, a Satan the devil? Is
Satan a literal, immortal being? Did God create a devil?
Some religions worship gods they believe to be evil
spirits. Some of the great cathedrals of the Christian religion
are embellished on their exterior with gargoyles, ugly and
grotesque carved faces, which are supposed to frighten evil
spirits away.
All the evils and troubles in the world are caused by minds
clashing with minds. But what is the real cause of clashing of
minds? Is there any connection between contentious attitudes
and the unseen spirit world? It is a mystery to almost everybody,
but the Bible reveals a very real but invisible world—
another dimension, as some choose to call it—existing along
with our own, absolutely indiscernible to our five senses. It is
the spirit world.
In the first chapter of Hebrews, we read of angels serving
as God’s secret messengers, sent forth to minister
to those
God has called to salvation and eternal life.
In Ephesians 6 it is stated that our contentions and strivings
are in fact not with other human people, but against “principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness
[evil spirits] in high places.”
How can this be? Why is the world filled with such clashings
and contentions between human minds?
In Ephesians 2:2, humans have been walking “according to
the course of this world, according to the prince of the power
of the air [Satan], the spirit that now worketh in the children of
disobedience.” People simply do not realize that there is an invisible
spirit power injecting into their minds these hostile attitudes.
Even to professing Christians, these scriptures have been a
mystery. Why?
This invisible spirit world (Colossians 1:15-16) is very real
but because it is invisible it has been a mystery. The fact that
holy angels and evil spirits are invisible does not negate their
existence. In truth the invisible spirit world is more real than the
material and the visible. In fact, most people do not know what
electricity is but are well aware of its reality. The Bible explains:
“If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the
god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Satan is the god of this world.
The time of UNDERSTANDING has come.
It was made clear in chapter 1 that God from eternity has been a
family, originally composed of two members, God and the Word
who almost 2,000 years ago became Jesus Christ. God is invisible—
the supreme all powerful Spirit Being. We saw that God
lives. He acts! What does he do? He is the creating family. Perhaps
few realize, the very first thing God created was not the earth,
suns, other planets—the universe. Before all these he created the
angelic beings—a spirit world of myriads of angelic beings.
The Great God through the Word first designed and created
these spirit beings—angels, each individually created—
millions or perhaps even billions of them! Angels are actual
personal spirit beings, each having a mind of greater capacity
and ability than human minds, capable of attitudes, purposes
and intentions. It is stated that even Jesus as a human was
made “a little lower than the angels” (Hebrews 2:7). They are
composed wholly of spirit. They were given self-containing
life—life inherent—immortality. They have no blood circulating
in veins and do not need the breath of air to sustain life, but
have self-containing inherent life.
Angels are, because created by God, called sons of God (Job
1:6), but they were not begotten and born sons of God.
Why were invisible spirit-composed angels created before all
else? Why were they created even prior to the creation of physical
matter and the physical universe? Why were they created at all?
Jesus Christ said, “I work and my Father works” (John
5:17). In John 1:1-5 it is revealed that God and the Word (the
God family) live. In the preceding chapter we noted how they
lived—in mutual love, total agreement
and perfect harmony. But
if they lived, what did they do? They created. One might say that
by profession they were in the creating business. To aid them in
the work of creating, governing and managing what was to be
created, they first of all created other spirit beings on a lower
plane than the God family. Angels were created to be ministers,
agents, helpers in God’s creation. They were created as servants
of the living God.
From eternity God was supreme, which to our human
minds means God sat on the throne of all that existed or was to
exist. In the 25th chapter of Exodus, we find an earthly description
of the very throne of God in heaven, in the description of
the ark built by Moses under God’s instruction. On either side
of God’s throne was a super archangel, a cherub, whose wings
stretched out covering the very throne of God. This signifies
that these superior angels were involved in the very administration
of the government of God over all of God’s creation. They
were aides, ministers, servants, assisting God.
We read about angels in the first chapter of Hebrews.
chapter first speaks of Jesus. “He, … stamped with God’s own
character, sustains the universe with his word of power … and
thus he is superior to the angels, as he has inherited a Name
superior to theirs. For to what angel did God ever say, ‘Thou art
my son, to-day have I become thy father’? Or again, ‘I will be a
father to him, and he shall be a son to me’? And further, when
introducing the First-born into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s
angels worship him.’ While he says of angels, ‘Who turns his
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angels into winds [spirits], his servants into flames of fire,’ he
says of the Son, ‘God is thy throne for ever and ever, thy royal
sceptre is the sceptre of equity: thou hast loved justice and hated
lawlessness, therefore God, thy God, has consecrated thee with
the oil of rejoicing beyond thy comrades’—and, ‘Thou didst
found the earth at the beginning ….’
“To what angel did he ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand, till
I make your enemies a foot-stool for your feet’? Are not all
angels merely spirits in the divine service, commissioned for the
benefit of those who are to inherit salvation?” (verses 3-10, 13-14,
Moffatt translation).
Humans are created a little lower than angels, though we
have the awesome potential of becoming far greater. This fact is
expressed in the second chapter of Hebrews and will be treated
in chapter 7 of this work.
And in chapter 3 we will show humans may be actually
begotten as sons of God, as yet unborn.
It will come as news to most readers that angels were created
before the earth and the physical universe were brought into
existence. Job 38:1-7 shows the angels shouted for joy when God
first created the earth. It is stated in both Genesis 1 and 2 that
the earth was created at the same time as the entire physical
Angels are invisible, immortal spirit beings with power and
knowledge superior to humans (2 Peter 2:11). They have seen all
the activities of mankind on the earth and therefore know more
about the human mind, psychology, sociology, science and all
the arts than any living man.
Angels serve a great function in carrying out God’s purpose
for humanity. They are his invisible agents often ministering
in ways few understand to us poor humans who are heirs of
My wife and I have both experienced this in personal incidents.
When our elder daughter was a baby, Mrs. Armstrong
was sleeping with the child beside her on the inside of the bed
against a bedroom wall. She heard a voice calling out, “Move
Beverly.” She thought it was a dream and without waking
continued in sleep. She then heard the same voice again, a little
louder. She half awakened, saw nothing, again thought it was
a dream, turned over and was once again going to sleep, when
the voice a third time was heard, this time loud and emphatic:
“MOVE BEVERLY.” Bewildered, she moved the child to the
other side of her, and a second or two later, a heavy framed
picture that hung on the wall immediately over where the child
had been lying crashed down on the bed. It might have crushed
the child’s head or severely injured her. The only explanation
was that God sent an angel to save Beverly’s life.
In the early days of my ministry, about 1934, I was driving a
car one very stormy night in a downpour of rain on a highway
south of Eugene, Oregon. I was driving about 40 miles an hour
on a very winding road. As I approached a sharp curve in the
road, the steering wheel of my car suddenly turned sharply to
the left, as if wrenched out of my hand by some invisible force.
Directly ahead of me was a wrecked truck. I just missed it,
passing on its left. It was dark, and a wrecked car was standing
just ahead of me. The steering wheel of the car was suddenly
wrenched out of my hands, and the car turned sharply toward
the right. My car passed between the northbound car and the
southbound truck back onto the right lane, with not more than
a single inch to spare between the wrecked car and truck. I had
never experienced anything like it. The steering wheel of my
car was turned by some force out of my control and against my
hand holding it straight forward.
A previous time, late in 1927, within the first year of my
conversion, I encountered a similar experience.
After my wife and I had made some little progress in gaining
biblical understanding on the subject of healing, Aimee Semple
McPherson came to Portland.
She held an evangelistic campaign in the Portland
Auditorium. My wife and I attended once, and then I went
alone another time. We were “checking up” on many religious
teachings and groups. Unable to gain entrance, because of packed
attendance, I was told by an usher that I might be able to slip in at
the rear stage door if I would hurry around. Walking, or running,
around the block to the rear, I came upon a sorry spectacle.
A woman and child were trying to get a terribly crippled
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elderly man out of a car near the stage entrance. I went over to
help them. The man had a badly twisted spine—whether from
arthritis, or deformity from birth, or other disease I do not now
remember. He was utterly helpless and a pitiful sight to look upon.
We managed to get him to the stage door. Actually, I should
never have been admitted, had I not been helping to carry
this cripple in. He had come to be healed by the famous lady
We were unable to gain contact with Mrs. McPherson before
the service. And we were equally unable, after the service. I
helped get the disappointed cripple back into their car.
“If you really want to be healed,” I said before they drove off,
“I would be glad to come to your home and pray for you. Mrs.
McPherson has no power within herself to heal anybody. I have
none. Only God can heal. But I do know what he has promised to
do, and I believe God will hear me just as willingly as he will Mrs.
McPherson—if only you will believe in what God has promised,
and put your faith in him and not in the person who prays for you.”
They gave me their address, just south of Foster Road. The
next day I borrowed my brother Russell’s car and drove out.
I had learned, in studying the Bible on the subject of healing,
that there are two conditions that God imposes: 1) we must keep
his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his
sight (1 John 3:22); and 2) we must really believe (Matthew 9:29).
Of course I realized that many people might not have
come into the understanding about keeping all of God’s
Commandments—he does look on the heart. It is the spirit,
and willingness to obey. And therefore some who really believe
are healed, even though they are not strictly “commandment
keepers.” But once the knowledge of the truth comes, they must
obey. In this case I felt sure that God wanted me to open the
minds of these people about his Commandments, and that sin is
the transgression of God’s law.
Consequently, I first read the two scriptures quoted above,
and then explained what I had been six months learning about
God’s law—and particularly about God’s Sabbath. I wanted to
know whether this cripple and his wife had a spirit of willingness
to obey God.
They did not. I found they were “Pentecostal.” They
attended church for the “good time” they had there. They talked
a good deal about the “good time” they enjoyed at church. They
scoffed and sneered about having to obey God. I told them that,
since they were unwilling to obey God and comply with God’s
written conditions for healing, I could not pray for him.
This case had weighed heavily on my mind. I had been touched
with deep compassion for this poor fellow. Yet his mind was not
impaired, and I knew that God does not compromise with sin.
Some weeks later I had borrowed my brother’s car again,
and happened to be driving out Foster Road. Actually at
the time my mind was filled with another mission, and this
deformed cripple was not on my mind at all. I was deep in
thought about another matter.
Coming to the intersection of the street on which the cripple
lived, however, I was reminded of him. Instantly the thought
came as to whether I ought to pay them one more call—but at
the same instant reason ruled it out. They had made light of,
and actually ridiculed the idea of surrendering to obey God.
Immediately I put them out of mind, and again was deep in
thought about the present mission I was on.
Then a strange thing happened.
At the next intersection, the steering wheel of the car automatically
turned to the right. I felt the wheel turning. I resisted
it. It kept turning right. Instantly I applied all my strength to
counteract it, and keep steering straight ahead. My strength was
of no avail. Some unseen force was turning that steering wheel
against all my strength. The car had turned to the right into the
street one block east of the home of the cripple.
I was frightened. Never before had I experienced anything
like this. I stopped the car by the curb. I didn’t know what to
make of it.
It was too late to back into traffic-heavy Foster Road.
“Well,” I thought, “I’ll drive to the end of this block and
turn left, and then back onto Foster Road.”
But, a long block south on this street, it turned right only.
There was no street turning east. In getting back onto Foster
Road I was now compelled to drive past the home of the cripple.
“Could it possibly be that an angel forced the steering wheel
to turn me in here?” I wondered, somewhat
shaken by the
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experience. I decided I had better stop in at the cripple’s home a
moment, to be sure.
I found him stricken with blood poisoning. The red line was
nearing his heart.
I told them what had happened.
“I know, now,” I said, “that God sent an angel to turn me in
here. I believe that God wants me to pray for you—that he will
heal you of this blood poisoning to show you his power, and
then give you one more chance to repent and be willing to obey
him. And if you will do that, then he will straighten out your
twisted spine and heal you completely.
“So now, if you want me to do so, I will pray for you and ask
God to heal you of this blood poisoning. But I will not ask God
to heal your spine unless and until you repent and show willingness
to obey whatever you yourself see God commands.”
They were now desperate. He probably had about 12 hours
to live. They were not joking and jesting lightly about the “good
times” at “Pentecostal meetin’.” They wanted me to pray.
I was not an ordained minister, so I did not anoint with oil. I
had never yet in my life prayed aloud before others. I explained this
to them, and said I would simply lay hands on the man and pray
silently, as I did not want any self-consciousness of praying aloud
for the first time to interfere with real earnestness and faith. I did
have absolute faith he would be healed of the blood poisoning.
He was.
I returned the next day. The blood poisoning had left him
immediately when I prayed. But, to my very great sorrow and
disappointment, they were once again filled with levity, and
sarcasm about God’s law. Again they were jestingly talking
about having a “good time” at “Pentecostal” meetings.
There was no more I could do. It was one of the great disappointments
of my life. I never saw or heard from any of them
God has had angels specifically assigned to supervise and protect
his Church throughout all of its history (Revelation 1:4, 16, 20; 2:1,
8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14). He has angels who continually walk through
the earth to observe and report back to him the overall conditions
on earth (Revelation 5:6; Zechariah 4:10; 2 Chronicles 16:9).
And God has angels specifically assigned to look after
his begotten human children (Acts 12:15; Matthew 18:10). God
promises: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep
thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:11).
Twelve of God’s angels will be the gatekeepers in the new
city of Jerusalem (Revelation 21:12), one for each tribe of Israel.
These 12 may be assisting the archangel Michael now.
Angels are messengers. They appeared to Abraham,
Lot, Hagar, Moses, Manoah, Gideon, Elijah and many of the
prophets and apostles.
When these angels manifest themselves to human beings,
they generally do so in the form of men.
The Bible mentions three angels of high rank: Lucifer
(Isaiah 14:12), now Satan the devil; Gabriel, who appeared to
Daniel on two occasions (Daniel 8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias, the
father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19), and later Mary, the mother
of Jesus (Luke 1:26); and third, Michael, called one of the chief
princes (Daniel 10:13), and whom Jude identifies as an archangel
(Jude 9). Michael is the archangel specifically assigned to protect
and minister to the 12 tribes of Israel (Daniel 12:1; 10:2-13, 21) and
to the true Church of God today (Revelation 12:7).
God assigns angels responsibilities, but God created within
them minds—with power to think, to reason, to make
choices and decisions!
But there was one super-important quality that even God’s
creative powers could not create instantly by fiat—the same
perfect, holy, righteous character inherent in both God and
the Word!
This kind of character must be developed, by the choice
and the intent of the one in whom it comes to exist.
So mark well this super-vital truism—that perfect, holy
and righteous character is the supreme feat of accomplishment
possible for Almighty God the Creator—it is also the means to
his ultimate supreme purpose! His final objective!
But how?
I repeat, such perfect character must be developed. It
requires the free choice and decision of the separate entity in
whom it is to be created. But, further, even then it must be
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instilled by and from the Holy God who, only, has such righteous
character to endow.
But what do we mean by righteous character?
Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in such
separate entity to come to discern the true and right way from
the false, to make voluntarily a full and unconditional surrender
to God and his perfect way—to yield to be conquered by God—
to determine even against temptation or self-desire, to live and
to do the right. And even then such holy character is the gift of
God. It comes by yielding to God to instill his law (God’s right
way of life) within the entity who so decides and wills.
Actually, this perfect character comes only from God, as
instilled within the entity of his creation, upon voluntary acquiescence,
even after severe trial and test.
I have devoted a few paragraphs to this point because it is
the supreme pinnacle means in God’s overall purpose!
Now as to the prehistoric angels: God 1) created them with
minds capable of thinking, reasoning, making choices and
decisions with self-will; and 2) revealed plainly to them his
true and righteous way. But God of necessity allowed them
free moral agency in accepting God’s right way, or turning to
contrary ways of their own devising.
What was God’s ultimate objective for the angels?
Beyond question it is that which, now, because of angelic rebellion,
has become the transcendent potential of humans!
As the testing ground, and opportunity for positive and
active creative accomplishment, God created—brought into
existence—the entire vast material universe.
First of all, God had created angels. After that, and for
angels and for humans who were to be created later, God formed
and brought into existence the earth and the entire universe.
God now created not only matter, but with and in it energy
and such laws as man has discovered in the fields of physics and
chemistry. God formed matter to be present in both the organic
and the inorganic states.
And so we come now to that which is revealed in Genesis
1:1: “In the beginning [of the physical universe] God created the
heavens and the earth.” These are material and physical.
As previously stated, in the Authorized Version will be
found the word heaven in the singular. But this originally was
written by Moses in Hebrew. And in the Hebrew the word is in
the plural—heavens—thus including not only our earth, but the
entire material universe.
It is therefore indicated that at that time—after the creation
of angels—the entire universe was brought into existence at the
same time as the creation of our earth. I find strong indication
of this in other biblical internal evidence, and also it is definitely
stated in Genesis 2:4.
The original Hebrew words (the words written by Moses) imply
a perfect creation. God reveals himself as Creator of perfection,
light and beauty. Every reference in the Bible describes the
condition of any completed phase of God’s creation as “very
This first verse of the Bible actually speaks of the original
physical creation in its entirety—the universe—including the
earth, perhaps millions of years ago—as a perfect creation, beautiful
and perfect as far as its creation was a finished, completed
work. God is a perfectionist!
In Job 38:4, 7, God is speaking specifically of the creation of
this earth. He said all the angels (created “sons of God”) shouted
for joy at the creation of the earth. This reveals that angels were
created before the creation of the earth—and probably before
the material universe. The suns, planets and astral bodies are
material substance. Angels are individually created spirit beings,
composed solely of spirit.
It will come as a surprise to many to learn that angels
inhabited this earth before the creation of man. This passage
from Job implies it.
Other passages place angels on earth prior to man.
Notice 2 Peter 2:4-6. First in time order “angels that sinned.”
Next in time sequence, the antediluvian world beginning with
Adam, carrying through to the Flood. After that, Sodom and
This book of books, containing the revealed knowledge of
the Creator God, tells us that God created angels as composed
of spirit. But can you imagine angels becoming sinning angels?
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Angels were created with power of thought, of decision and of
choice, else they have no individuality of character. Since sin
is the transgression of God’s law, these angels rebelled against
God’s law, the basis of God’s government.
But how and when did the angels sin?
Notice carefully what is revealed in 2 Peter 2:4-5: “For if
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to
hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved
unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah
the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
flood upon the world of the ungodly.” The words “cast … down
to hell” in the above verse is an English expression translated
from the Greek tartaroo, from tartaros, found in no other Bible
passage. Tartaros means a place or condition of restraint.
These verses show that universal sin brings universal
destruction of the physical earth. The antediluvian sin, culminating
with the Flood, was worldwide, universal sin. Notice:
“… the earth was filled with violence … for all flesh had corrupted
his way upon the earth … for the earth is filled with violence …”
(Genesis 6:11-13). “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the
Lord …. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and
Noah walked with God” (verses 8-9). All flesh had sinned—over
the whole earth. But only Noah “walked with God.” So, the Flood
destroyed the whole earth—all but Noah and his family.
The homosexual and other sins of Sodom and Gomorrah
spread over the territory of those two cities. And physical destruction
came to their entire area. The sin of the angels was worldwide;
the destruction of the physical was worldwide. (And there is
reason to believe, as will be explained in chapter 7, universe wide.)
The verses quoted above place the sinning of the angels
prior to the antediluvian sins that started with Adam, prior to
the creation of man. And that should be a surprise revealing of
one phase of the mystery! Angels inhabited this earth before the
creation of man.
It is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, that God placed the
archangel Lucifer, a cherub, on a throne on the earth. He was
placed there as a ruler over the entire earth. God intended him
to rule the earth by administering the government of God over
the earth. And the government of God was administered on
earth until the rebellion of the sinning angels.
How long these angels inhabited the earth before the
creation of man is not revealed. It might have been millions—or
even billions—of years. More on that later. But these angels
sinned. Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). And
God’s law is the basis of God’s government. So we know these
angels, apparently
a third of all the angels (Revelation 12:4),
sinned—rebelled against the government of God. And sin
carries penalties.
The penalty for the sin of the angels is not
death, as it is for man. Angels are immortal spirit beings and
cannot die. These spirit beings had been given dominion over the
physical earth as a possession and an abode.
The universal, worldwide sin of the angels resulted in the
physical destruction of the face of the earth.
God is Creator. God is also Ruler over his creation. He preserves
what he creates by his government. What God creates, he
has created for a purpose—to be used, improved, developed,
preserved and maintained. And this use is regulated by God’s
government. When the angels rebelled against God’s government,
the development
and improvement of the earth—“putting the
icing on the cake”—ceased. The preservation and development
the physical earth and all its original beauty and glory ceased—
and physical destruction to the surface of the earth resulted!
By this angelic sin, Lucifer became Satan the devil and his
angels became demons.
God is Creator, Preserver and Ruler.
Satan is destroyer!
So, now we read in Jude 6-7: “And the angels which kept not
their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved
in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the
great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about
them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and
going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering
the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Now back to Genesis 1:1-2. Verse 1, as stated above, implies a
perfect creation. God is the author of life, of beauty, of perfection.
Satan has brought only darkness, ugliness, imperfection, violence.
Verse 1 shows the creation of a perfect, if unfinished earth, glorious
and beautiful. Verse 2 reveals the result of the sin of the angels.
“And the earth was [became] without form, and void.” The
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words “without form, and void” are translated from the Hebrew
tohu and bohu. A better translation is “waste and empty” or
“chaotic, in confusion and in a state of decay.” The word was
is elsewhere in Genesis also translated became, as in Genesis
19:26. In other words, the earth, originally created perfect and
beautiful, had now become chaotic, waste and empty, like our
moon, except earth’s surface was covered with water.
David was inspired to reveal how God renewed the face of
the earth: “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created:
thou renewest the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30).
Now another surprise for most readers. Here is another bit of
the missing dimension in knowledge, actually revealed in the
Bible, but unrecognized by religion, by science and by higher
From verse 2 of Genesis 1 on, the remainder of this first
chapter of the Bible is not describing the original creation of the
earth. But it is describing a renewing of the face of the earth, after
it had become waste and empty as a result of the sin of the angels.
What is described from verse 2 on, in the supposed creation
chapter of the Bible, did occur, according to the Bible, approximately
6,000 years ago. But that could have been millions or
trillions of years after the actual creation of the earth described
in verse 1!
I will comment later on the length of time it might have
taken before all earth’s angels turned to rebellion.
The earth had become waste and empty. God did not create
it waste and empty, or in a state of decay. God is not the author
of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). This same Hebrew word—
tohu—meaning waste and empty, was inspired in Isaiah 45:18,
where it is translated “in vain.” Using the original Hebrew
word, as originally inspired, it reads: “For thus said the Lord
that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and
made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain [tohu], he
formed it to be inhabited.”
Continue now with the remainder of verse 2 of Genesis 1
(the earth had become chaotic, waste and empty): “And darkness
was upon the face of the deep [the ocean or fluid surface
of the earth]. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the
light from the darkness” (verses 2-4).
Satan is the author of darkness. The rebellion of the angels
had caused the darkness. God is the author of light and truth.
Light displays and enhances beauty, and also exposes evil.
Darkness hides both.
The verses that follow in this first chapter of the Bible
describe the renewing of the face of the earth, yielding beautiful
lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetation—then the creation of
fish and fowl, animal life, and finally man.
But first, before coming to man, we need to fill in the prehistory
How did this sin of the angels come to take place? How did
it start?
Remember, God the Creator preserves, improves and
enhances what he creates by his government. What he creates is
created to be used. This earth was to be inhabited and used by
angels, originally.
When God placed angels—apparently a third of all
(Revelation 12:4)—on the newly created, perfect, beautiful and
glorious earth, he set over them, on a throne, to administer
government of God, an archangel—the great cherub Lucifer.
There were only two other beings of this extremely high rank of
cherub, Michael and Gabriel.
So far as is revealed, these are the supreme pinnacle of
spirit-composed beings within God’s power to create. This
Lucifer was a super being of awesome, majestic beauty, dazzling
brightness, supreme knowledge, wisdom and power—perfect
as God created him! (Ezekiel 28:15). But remember, there is one
thing God cannot create automatically and instantly by fiat, and
that is perfect righteous character. So God of necessity created
in him the power of choice and decision, or he could not have
been a being of individuality and character.
At this juncture a truth must be explained almost never
understood. God creates in a principle of duality. I have
compared it to a woman baking a cake. When she takes the cake
out of the oven, it is not yet a finished production until she puts
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the icing on the cake. When God created the earth and other
planets this system of duality was involved.
What had been created was perfect as far as it existed up to
that point. But it was not yet a finished or completed creation.
God intended the angels to add their own workmanship to the
earth’s surface. He intended them to work over the surface of
the earth, to improve it, to embellish it, beautify it—in other
words “put the icing on the cake.”
The same principle of duality applies to the creation of
the angels. Perfect righteous character cannot be automatically
created by fiat. The angels themselves, of necessity, were
required to have their part in the development of character, and
their creation could not be actually finished until this character
had been perfected.
I want you to grasp fully the supreme magnificence of this
zenith of God’s created beings. Two different biblical passages
tell us of his original created state.
First, notice what is revealed in Isaiah 14. (This famous
chapter begins with the time, shortly ahead of us now, when the
Eternal God shall have intervened in this world’s affairs. The
people of Israel—not necessarily or exclusively the Israelis or
Judah—shall have been taken as captive slaves, and God shall
intervene and bring them back to the original promised homeland.)
“And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall
give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the
hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt
take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How
hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath
broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He
who smote the people in wrath … he that ruled the nations in
anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth” (verses 3-6).
This is not speaking of the king of ancient Babylon,
Nebuchadnezzar. The time is yet ahead of us—but shortly
ahead. It is speaking of the modern successor of that ancient
Nebuchadnezzar. It is speaking of the one who will be ruler of
the soon-coming resurrected “Holy Roman Empire”—a sort of
soon-coming “United States of Europe”—a union of 10 nations
to rise up out of or following the Common Market of today
(Revelation 17). Britain will not be in that empire soon to come.
This united Europe will conquer the House of Israel—if you
know who Israel is today, and I do not mean Judah, known as
the Israelis today. All that involves a number of other prophecies,
which there is not room here to explain. (This is explained
in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)
But this “king of Babylon” shall at the time of this prophecy
have been utterly defeated by the intervention of the living
Christ in his power and glory. Continue on:
“The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth
into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice … and the cedars of
Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up
against us” (verses 7-8).
(I want to interpose an interesting bit of information right
here. The cedars of Lebanon, biblically famous, are almost
totally cut down. Only one small clump of these trees remains,
high in the mountains. I have seen and photographed them.
However, perhaps the finest specimen of the cedars of Lebanon
surviving on earth is on what was previously our Ambassador
College campus in England. We prized it highly. It is interesting
to see that this prophecy, written some 700 years b.c., should
record the fact that these beautiful and stately trees would
become so largely felled.)
This passage in Isaiah 14 speaks of the doom of this coming
human king at the hands of the glorified, all-powerful Christ.
It refers to him as Satan’s chief political ruler and military
destroyer, to be totally deceived by Satan in the years very
shortly ahead of us.
Then, coming to verse 12, this human earthly type of Satan
the devil suddenly transposes to Satan himself—the former
archangel, Lucifer:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!” A better translation here is: “How art
thou, who didst weaken the nations, cut down to the ground.”
The rsv translates it: “How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!” This the former Lucifer did
through the human political-military leader in his power—
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spoken of in the first 11 verses.
The name Lucifer means “Shining star of the dawn,” or
“Bringer of light,” as God first created him. Now continue: “For
thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God.”
Notice, Lucifer had a throne; he was a ruler. His throne was
on earth, for he was going to ascend into heaven. Continue: “I
will sit also upon the mount of the congregation [God’s heavenly
throne], in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (verses 13-14). Actually,
it is plain that Lucifer had nothing less in mind than knocking the
Creator God off his throne and becoming supreme God himself.
Apparently he planned to put himself in place of God, over
the universe!
But finally, as the context returns again to the human type:
“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell [Hebrews sheol], to the
sides of the pit” (verse 15).
From that point, the thought returns to the human king.
Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of God’s creative power,
as an individually created being, threatening, as a Frankenstein
monster, to destroy his own maker—and assume all his powers
to rule the whole universe.
Literally this prophecy is speaking of a war in heaven to
occur in our present time described in Revelation 12:7-9: “And
there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed
not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” And
also Daniel 12:1-2: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the
great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and
there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there
was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people
shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the
book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and
everlasting contempt.”
Satan’s rebel rule was not a government based upon the
principle of love—of giving, of outgoing concern for the good
of others, but based on self-centeredness, on vanity, lust
and greed, on envy, jealousy, the spirit of competition, hatred,
violence and destruction, on darkness and error, instead of light
and truth, on ugliness instead of beauty.
Notice here, once again, the principle of duality. Isaiah
14:12-14 applies to a time prior to the creation of the first human,
Adam. But in Revelation 12:7 and in Daniel 12:1 Satan at the end
of the 6,000 years allotted to his rule on earth’s throne, tries
once again to seize God’s throne in heaven.
Look now at the other biblical passage describing this supreme
angelic creation of God, in Ezekiel 28.
Actually, the entire concept in Ezekiel 26 speaks of the
ancient great commercial city of Tyre. It was the commercial
metropolis of the ancient world, even as Babylon was the
political capital. Tyre was the New York, the London, the Tokyo,
or the Paris of the ancient world. The ancient Tyre, port of the
world’s shippers and merchants, gloried herself in her beauty,
even as Paris in our time.
Chapter 27 carries on with comparisons to passages in the
18th chapter of the book of Revelation referring to a politicoreligious
leader to come (verses 9-19).
But coming to chapter 28, the theme comes more completely
to the time just now ahead of us, the same time depicted in Isaiah
14. Ezekiel 28 speaks of the prince of Tyre, an earthly ruler, of
whom the ancient king of Tyre was a type. God says to the prophet
Ezekiel: “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus [actually
referring to a powerful religious leader to arise soon, in our time],
Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and
thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of
the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine
heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel;
there is no secret that they can hide from thee: with thy wisdom
and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and
hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures [or “treasuries”—
rsv] … and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: therefore
thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the
heart of God; behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee,
the terrible of the nations … they shall bring thee down to the pit,
and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of
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the seas” (Ezekiel 28:2-8). (Compare with 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4,
speaking of “that man of sin … who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God … so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”)
But at this point, as in Isaiah 14, the lesser human antitype lifts
to a greater spirit being. Instead of the prince of Tyre—a human
man—it now speaks of the king of Tyre. This is the same Lucifer.
Ezekiel the prophet continues:
“Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son
of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say
unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum,
full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty” (verses 11-12).
Please read that again! God would never say anything like
that of a human man. This superb spirit being filled up the sum
total of wisdom, perfection … and beauty. He was the supreme
pinnacle, the masterpiece, of God’s creation, as an individually
created being, the greatest one in the almighty power of God to
create! The tragic thing is that he rebelled against his Maker!
“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God” (verse 13). He
had inhabited this earth. His throne was here. “Every precious
stone was thy covering … the workmanship
of thy tabrets and
of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast
created” (verse 13). He was a created being—not born human. He
was a spirit being—not human flesh. Great genius and skill in
music was created in him. Now that he has become perverted in
all thinking, acting and being, he is the real author of modern
perverted music and the modern rock beat—of discordant
moans, squawks, shrieks, wails—physically and emotionally
excitable beats—unhappy, discouraged moods. Think of all the
supreme talent, ability and potential in a being created with
such capacities. And all perverted! All gone sour—all dissipated,
turned to hatred, destruction, hopelessness!
Yet, take courage. The awesome human potential, if we care
enough about it to resist Satan’s wiles and evils and discouragements
and to persevere in God’s way, is infinitely superior and
higher than Lucifer’s—even as created, before he turned to
rebellion and iniquity!
But continuing the particular revelation of this crucially
important missing dimension in knowledge: “Thou art the
anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so,” says God
of this Lucifer. This takes us back to the 25th chapter of Exodus,
where God gave Moses the pattern for the ark of the covenant.
The description begins with verse 10, and verses 18-20 show,
in the material pattern, the two cherubs who were stationed at
each end of the very throne of God in heaven—the throne of the
government of God over the entire universe. The wings of the
two cherubs covered the throne of God.
This Lucifer, then, had been stationed at the very throne of God.
He was trained and experienced in the administration of the
government of God. God chose such a being, well-experienced
and trained, to be the king ruling the government of God over
the angels who inhabited the whole earth.
Continue: “… thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;
thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of
fire.” This is not talking about any human being. But continue:
“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast
created, till iniquity [lawlessness] was found in thee” (Ezekiel
28:15). He had complete knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
But he also was given full powers of reasoning, thinking,
making decisions, making his choice. And, with all this foreknowledge—
even of results and consequences—this superb
being, the highest that even God could create by fiat, turned
to rebellion against his Maker—against the way that produces
every good. He turned to lawlessness. He had been trained in
the administration of perfect law and order. As long as Lucifer
continued in this perfect way, there was happiness and joy
unspeakable over the whole earth. There was glorious peace—
beautiful harmony, perfect love, cooperation. The government
of God produced a wonderfully happy state—as long as Lucifer
was loyal in the conduct of God’s government.
What caused the angels on earth to sin, to turn to lawlessness?
Certainly the ordinary angels did not persuade this great
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superbeing to turn traitor. No, it was in him that iniquity was
found. But, after how long? We don’t know. God does not reveal
that! It could have been any number of years from one or less to
millions times millions.
And then, even after Lucifer himself made the decision to
rebel and try to invade God’s heaven to take over the universe, it
is not revealed how long it took him to persuade all of the angels
under him to turn traitor and follow him.
I know well the method he used. He uses the same method
still today in leading deceived humans into disloyalty, rebellion,
and self-centered opposition against God’s government. First, he
turns one or two to envy, jealousy and resentment over an imagined
injustice—then into disloyalty. Then he uses that one or
two, like a rotten apple in a crate, to stir up resentment, feelings
of self-pity, disloyalty and rebellion in others next to them. And,
as each rotten apple rots those next to it until the whole crate is
rotten, so Satan proceeds.
If, in the government of God on earth today, the “rotten
apples” are not thrown out early enough, they would destroy
the whole government. But, once thrown out of the crate, they
cannot do any more damage to those in the crate.
But think how long it must have taken the soured and embittered
Lucifer to turn millions of holy angels into resentment,
bitterness, disloyalty, and finally open and vicious rebellion. It
could have taken hundreds, thousands or millions of years. This
was all before the first human was created.
All this happened after the original creation of the earth,
described in verse 1 of Genesis 1. Verse 2 of this creation chapter
describes a condition resulting from this sin of the angels.
The events described in verse 2, therefore, may have occurred
millions of years after the original creation of the earth.
The earth, therefore, may have been created millions of
years ago. But continue this passage in Ezekiel 28: “By the
multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee
with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as
profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy [remove]
thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast
corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast
thee to the ground …” (verses 16-17). At this point the context
returns to the soon-to-appear, human, religious-political ruler—
of whom the prince of ancient Tyre was a forerunner.
Earlier in this chapter, I showed you how physical destruction,
ugliness and darkness had covered the face of the earth, as
the result of the sin of Lucifer (who is now the devil) and these
“angels that sinned” (now demons), and how in six days God
had renewed the face of the earth (Genesis 1:2-25).
But why did God create man on the earth (Genesis 1:26)?
Look at this situation as God does. God has given
us humans minds, like the mind of God, only inferior and
limited. God made us in his image, after his likeness (form
and shape), only composed of matter instead of spirit. But
God says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We can, to some degree, think even
as God thinks. How must God have looked at the situation, as
he started renewing the face of the earth—after the colossal
debacle of the angels!
He had created a beautiful, perfect creation in the earth. He
populated it with holy angels—probably millions of them. He
put over them, as king, on an earthly throne, the archangel—the
cherub Lucifer. Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of God’s
creative power as a single separately created spirit being. He was
the most perfect in beauty, power, mind, knowledge, intellect,
wisdom, within the almighty power of God to create. God can
create nothing higher or more perfect, by instantaneous fiat.
Yet this great being, knowledgeable, trained and experienced
at God’s own throne in heaven over the universe and the
administration of the government of God, had rejected that
government, corrupted his way, rebelled against administering
or even obeying it. He had led all his angels astray and into the
sin of rebellion.
Now consider further. Apparently the entire universe had
been created also at the time of the earth’s creation. There is no
evidence either in God’s revealed Word, nor in science, that any
of the planets in endless outer space had been inhabited with
any form of life. But God does nothing in vain. He always has a
Apparently all such planets in the entire universe now are
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waste and empty—decayed (tohu and bohu)—like the earth was,
as described in Genesis 1:2. But God did not create them in such
conditions of decay—like our moon. Decay is not an original
created condition—it is a condition resulting from a process of
Evidently if the now fallen angels had maintained
the earth in its original beautiful condition, improved it, carried
out God’s instructions, and obeyed his government,
they would
have been offered the awesome potential of populating and
carrying out a tremendous creative program throughout the
entire universe. When they turned traitor on earth, their sin
must have also brought simultaneously physical destruction to
the other planets throughout the universe, which were potentially
and conditionally put in subjection to them.
It will be explained in chapter 7 of this work that God’s purpose
is to make this earth, ultimately, the headquarters
of the entire
Remember, this earth, originally, was intended to be the
abode of a third of all the angels. The angels, beholding the
earth at its creation, found it so beautiful and perfect they
shouted spontaneously for joy (Job 38:4-7). It was to provide a
glorious opportunity for them. They were to work it, produce
from it, and preserve and increase its beauty.
And at this point, it is well to understand the nature of
God’s original creation: It is like the unfinished furniture available
in some stores. This furniture is “in the raw”—it is finished
all but for the final varnish, polish or paint. Some can save
money by doing this finishing themselves—provided they have
the skill to do so. This furniture may be of fine and superb
quality—yet lacking the final beautifying completion.
So it is with God’s creation. It is perfect, but subject to a
beautifying finish that God intended angels to accomplish. The
original “unfinished” creation was produced by God alone. But
he intended angels, prehistorically, and man, now, to utilize
creative power—to finish this part in God’s creation—of adding
the final beautifying and utilitarian phases of what shall be the
final completed creation!
And whether or not it had been revealed to the angels, it was
a supreme trial and test. It was to be the proving ground of
obedience to God’s government
and their fitness to develop
into final finished creation
the millions of other planets in the
vast universe. For what is revealed in God’s Word indicates that
God had created the entire physical universe at the same time
he created the earth. The seventh word in Genesis 1:1 should be
translated “heavens.” This word includes the vast universe, not
just this earth’s atmosphere.
Radioactive elements and the law of radioactivity prove
that there was a time when matter did not exist. God is a
spirit. God is composed of spirit. God was before all else—the
Creator of all. Angels were created prior to the earth. What
God reveals strongly implies that matter had never existed
before the original creation of the earth—that the entire physical
universe was brought into being at that time.
So the angel potential was to take over the entire universe—to
improve and finish the billions of physical planets surrounding
the uncountable stars, many of which are suns. The sun in our
solar system is merely an average-size sun. Some that we see as
stars are actually many, many times larger than our sun. Our
solar system, vast beyond the imagination of most minds, is
only a part of our galaxy, and there are many galaxies! In other
words, the physical universe that the mighty God created is
vast beyond imagination! How great is the great God!
He intended angels to have a vital part in the final creation
of the endless universe!
(But God may not have then fully revealed this awesome
potential to the angels, for one third of them set out to take it
from him by force, without first qualifying.)
For this far-reaching purpose, God established his government
on earth over them. The administration of the government
of God over this globe was delegated to the super archangel—
the great cherub Lucifer.
Bear in mind that even the holy angels and archangels—
including this super cherub Lucifer—of necessity were endowed
with ability to think, to reason, to form attitudes, and to make
choices and decisions.
As explained previously, God started this Lucifer out with
everything going for him. He sealed up the sum of wisdom,
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beauty and perfection. He was perfect in all his ways from the
instant he was created until iniquity—rebellion, lawlessness—
was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15).
He had been trained and was thoroughly experienced
administration of the government of God at the very throne
of the endless universe! He was one of the two cherubs whose
wings covered the throne of God the most high (Ezekiel 28:14;
Exodus 25:20).
He was created gloriously beautiful—perfect in beauty, but
he allowed vanity to seize him. Then he turned to erroneous
reasoning. God’s law—the basis of God’s government—is the
way of love—outgoing concern for the good and welfare of
others, love toward God in obedience, humility and worship—
the way of giving, sharing, helping, cooperating. He reasoned
that competition would be better than cooperation. It would be
an incentive to excel, to try harder, to accomplish. There would
be more pleasure in serving self and more enjoyment.
He turned against God’s law of love. He became jealous of
God, envious, and resentful against God. He allowed lust and
greed to fill him, and he became bitter. This inspired a spirit
of violence! He deliberately became his Maker’s adversary and
enemy. That was his choice, not God’s—yet allowed by God!
God changed the adversary’s name to what he became,
Satan the devil—Satan means adversary, competitor, enemy.
Satan directed his supernatural powers henceforth to evil.
He became bitter not only against God, but against God’s law.
He used his subtile wiles of deception to lead the angels under
him into disloyalty, rebellion and revolt against the Creator
and finally into a war of aggression and violence to attempt to
depose God and seize the throne of the universe.
As long as Lucifer remained loyal and administered the
government of God faithfully, this earth was filled with
wonderful and perfect peace. The angels were vigorously happy to
the extent of joy! The law of God’s government is the way of life
that causes and produces peace, happiness, prosperity and wellbeing.
Sin is the way of life that has caused all existing evils.
The penalty of sin by the angels was not death—for God had
made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die. What God
gave them was this earth as their abode and opportunity to
qualify to possess and beautify the entire universe.
Their penalty (they are still awaiting final judgment up to
now) was disqualification—forfeiture of their grand opportunity,
perversion of mind, and a colossal earthwide CATACLYSM
of destruction wreaked upon this earth.
As a result, the earth came to the condition briefly described
in Genesis 1:2. Lucifer was created a perfect bringer of light.
Now he became author of darkness, error, confusion and evil.
So the rebellion of angels that sinned (2 Peter 2:4-6; Jude 6-7;
Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-17) brought this extreme cataclysm
to the earth.
How must God have looked at this situation after the
colossal debacle of Lucifer and the angels that sinned?
Lucifer was created the most perfect in beauty, mentality,
knowledge, power, intellect and wisdom within the almighty
power of God to create in a being, with power to think, reason,
make choices and decisions on his own. God knew that no
higher, more perfect being could be created as an initial
Yet this superior being, trained and experienced at the very
throne of the government of God over the universe, had
resorted to wrong reasoning and made a diabolical perverted
decision. He worked on the angels under him until he turned
their minds to rebellion also. This, incidentally, might have
taken Lucifer millions of years. In all probability he had to begin
perverting the minds of his angels one at a time, at first. He had
to cause them to feel dissatisfied, wronged by God, and inject
into them resentment and bitterness.
When Lucifer allowed thoughts of vanity, jealousy, envy,
lust and greed, then resentment and rebellion, to enter and
occupy his mind, something happened to his mind! His
mind became perverted, distorted, twisted! His thinking became
warped. God gave him and the angels control over their own
minds. They can never straighten them out—never again think
rationally, honestly, rightly.
I have had a number of personal experiences with demons
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through a few demon-possessed people. I have cast out demons
through the name of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit. Some
demons are silly, like spoiled children. Some are crafty, sharp,
shrewd, subtile. Some are belligerent, some are sassy, some are
sullen and morose. But all are perverted, warped, twisted.
Do Satan and his demons affect and even influence humans
and even governments today? Do evil spirits affect even your
own life? These questions will be answered in chapter 4 of this
book.As God surveyed this cataclysmic tragedy, he must have
realized that since the highest, most perfect being within his
almighty power to create, had turned to rebellion, it left God
himself as the only being who would not and cannot sin.
And God is the Father of the divine God family or kingdom.
Notice John 1:1-5. The Word who was “made flesh” (verse
14) has existed always—from eternity—with the Father. God the
Father has created all things—the entire universe—by him who
became Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16-17).
When Jesus was on earth, he prayed to God, his Father in
heaven. The Father spoke of Jesus as “my beloved son, in whom I
am well pleased.” Jesus lived on earth as a human, tempted in all
points as we are, yet without sin.
The fourth word in the English Bible is “God” (Genesis 1:1).
And the original Hebrew word is Elohim, a noun plural in form,
like the English word family, church or group. The divine family
is God. There is one God—the one family, consisting of more
than one Person.
God saw that no being less than God, in the God family,
could be certainly relied on never to sin—to be like God—who
cannot sin. To fulfill his purpose for the entire vast universe,
God saw that nothing less than himself (as the God family)
could be absolutely relied upon to carry out that supreme
purpose in the entire universe.
God then purposed to reproduce himself, through humans,
made in his image and likeness, but made first from material
flesh and blood, subject to death if there is sin unrepented
of—yet with the possibility of being born into the divine family
begotten by God the Father. God saw how this could be done
through Christ, who gave himself for that purpose.
And that is why God put man on the earth! That is what
caused God to do this most colossal, tremendous thing ever
undertaken by the supreme, almighty God—to reproduce
himself! The following chapter will make this undeniably clear.
One last important comment before ending this chapter.
God’s supreme overall purpose is to create, even to the extent
of reproducing himself, and also that God must reign supreme
over all his creation. Apparently God has chosen this earth
to become his universe headquarters, and the seat of even the
supreme throne of God. (See 1 Corinthians 15:24.) But Satan
had overthrown the government of God on the earth. Now God
purposed to restore his government over the earth through
man, created in the image of God and finally to become part
of the God family. We should heed Paul’s admonition not to be
ignorant of Satan’s existence, or of his devices, nor let him get an
advantage of us (2 Corinthians 2:11). Our supremely important
purpose will be made clear in following chapters.
You have heard the saying about “good news and bad news.” The
latter part of this chapter has given you the bad news. The good
news is God’s purpose through mankind and the fact that the
two thirds of the angels who are holy and righteous outnumber
the demons and remain as God’s invisible agents to minister to
and help in the righteous character development of the myriad
of humans who shall yet become the sons and heirs of the
Supreme God and members of the great God family.
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1 Title
he Mystery
of Man
It seems incredible indeed! Higher education teaches
technical courses in human physiology, anatomy, anthropology
and psychology. The universities take man apart
and study him minutely inch by inch. They study every facet
and phase of man. They take the human brain apart and study
it, yet the human mind remains a total mystery to even the
most advanced psychologists. They do not know what man
is or why he came to be! That is the great Mystery Number 3
that has never been understood by humanity.
Is he merely the highest animal species, descended by resident
forces, with no intelligent planning or designing, by the
process of evolution? Why does man have the thinking and
reasoning ability and possess all the human fund of knowledge
that is impossible for animals to have? Is he an immortal
soul? Is he human flesh and blood with an immortal soul
within him? Just what IS a human person, after all?
And why?
Why is mankind here on the earth? Did we simply
happen? Or was there design and purpose?
We say there is a cause for every effect. The effect, here,
is man. Man is here. How—why did he come to be here? Was
he put here, or did he just happen by blind, senseless, unintelligent
processes of evolution?
We ought to want to know!
This is a mystery that has baffled higher education.
Higher education during the twentieth century has come,
with virtual unanimity, to accept the evolutionary theory. It no
longer even considers the possibility of a designed and planned
creation by a God of supreme mind, perfect intelligence, and
limitless power. But the evolutionary theory cannot in any
degree explain a paradoxical world of awesome accomplishment
that is at the same time utterly helpless to solve its problems
of mounting and continually escalating evils. It can give no
purpose for human existence. Higher education contemptuously
ignores, without any consideration whatsoever, the biblical
truths revealing man’s presence on the earth and the causes of
the present state of civilization. Education in the civilized world
today has become entirely materialistic. Education has become
a combination of the agnosticism of evolution, the politics and
economics of Karl Marx and the morals and social patterns of
Sigmund Freud. Higher education remains in utter ignorance of
the mystery of mankind and of human civilization.
But higher education does not know. And it doesn’t want
to know! When we invade the questions of what and why,
the intellectuals—the custodians of knowledge—
shy away or
stand up and fight. Of the questions what and why is man,
they are willingly ignorant!
So, education shuts its mind, and its mouth in tight silence.
Science doesn’t know. Religion does not reveal, for it also doesn’t
Yes, incredible—but true!
Why this willful ignorance? Because God is involved. Satan
is hostile against God. Satan sits on the throne of this earth
and has blinded the minds of the intellectuals as well as all
other levels of society. Consider, for a moment, the most highly
trained mind with several letters of advanced degrees following
his name. He is highly trained in certain specific areas in which
he has extensive, complicated and intricate knowledge. But ask
him about some area of knowledge outside his specialized field
and he is as much in ignorance as those who are lacking in the
more advanced labyrinths of education.
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The primary divisions of this world’s civilization—government,
religion, education and science, technology,
shy away from God. They want God to keep his nose out of
their affairs! The mention of God embarrasses them.
This ignorance cannot be explained except by the invisible
and unaware influence of the supernatural evil power of Satan
the devil and the unseen demoniacal spirit beings. When we
read in Revelation 12:9 that all the world has been deceived by
Satan, it does not exclude those of advanced intellect. Jesus
Christ thanked God that the real truths are hidden from the
wise and prudent and revealed to those who are babes in materialistic
In the first chapter of this book we have covered the questions
of who and what is God. And we find God is quite real.
God is more than one single person—God is a family—God
is the supreme divine family—he is the Creator of all that is,
and he has an ultimate purpose—the creation of perfect, holy,
righteous and spiritual character, in man made immortal, to
become part of that God family.
So the presence of man on the earth must have a definite
relation to the purpose of God the Creator.
With these basically important questions and statements
we must ask, WHY all the evils in today’s sick and chaotic
world? This world now faces, with no solution, its number one
problem—the question of human survival! Can human life
on earth survive past this present generation? Can humanity
survive both the population explosion and the nuclear power his
mind has produced that can annihilate that entire population?
Consider now what has been covered about God’s purpose
for the angels that sinned on earth. For that angelic rebellion
leads directly to God’s purpose for man—to our question of
what and why is man?
Instead of improving, beautifying, completing earth’s creation,
the sinning angels brought it to desolation and ruin.
Come now to Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created
the heavens [rsv] and the earth. And the earth was without
form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. …”
The original Hebrew for “without form, and void” is tohu
and bohu—meaning “waste, desolate, deteriorated.”
The word
was is also translated “became.” Thus possibly after millions of
years, all had come to be oceanic surface—and light had been by
angelic lawlessness turned into darkness.
Let me here interject a biblical principle within the immediate
context. There is this instruction in Isaiah: “Whom shall
he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand
doctrine? … precept must be upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little” (Isaiah 28:9-10). But most who try to apply this principle
in biblical under-standing take each “little” verse out of its
context, to “interpret” their own ideas into it.
The Holy Bible is unique among all books ever written. The
very fact that its truths are revealed here a little, there a little
means it is a coded book, not to be understood until our present
time of the end as explained elsewhere in this volume. Those
who have tried to read the Bible directly and continuously from
the beginning have been bewildered. Many have simply thrown
up their hands and said, as I myself did once, “I just can’t
understand the Bible.” That is why Bruce Barton said the Bible is
the book nobody knows. As I have explained elsewhere the Bible
is like a jigsaw puzzle. Until the various pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
are put properly together, the true picture does not emerge.
Much, directly concerned with what is in Genesis 1, is filled
in by other passages of Scripture in other parts of the Bible.
So now, let’s understand the background. Genesis 1:1: God
created the heavens and the earth. We have already seen, in
chapter 2, that the heavens (or the universe) and the earth were
created after the angels. Earth’s angels had not completed the
creation of the earth by improvement, development and beautification.
Rather, they had brought it to desolation and ruin. The
government of God had been nullified on earth.
And now, of all living beings in the universe, only God
could be certainly relied upon never to depart from the way of
his law. No higher, more perfect being could be created than the
cherub, Lucifer, who rebelled. Character cannot be automatically
created by fiat. Godly spiritual character is the habitual
action and conduct of the person or created entity to come to
a knowledge of the true ways of God, and to exercise the will
to follow those ways even against opposition, temptation or
self-desire to the contrary. Character must be developed with
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the assent, will and action of the separately created entity. It is
imparted by God and must be willingly received by that entity.
So God now determined, or had predetermined, to accomplish
the supreme creative feat—by reproducing himself! That was to
be accomplished through man! God knew this must be brought
about through matter.
To prepare the earth for the creation of man, God renewed
the face of the earth. This is explained in Psalm 104:30: “Thou
sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the
face of the earth.”
Now back to Genesis 1:2: The earth had come to be in a state
of ruin. “… And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
The first thing God did was turn darkness back into light
as originally made. God said, “Let there be light: and there was
light” (Genesis 1:3).
So in six days God renewed the face of the earth (this
renewing was not its original creation, but restoring it to the condition
of its original creation) preparing it for the creation of man!
God separated the dry land from the oceans. He created
then the plant life on the land, then the sea life in the water, the
animal life. In the Hebrew in which Moses wrote, the vertebrates
are called nephesh in verses 20, 21, 24. The translators correctly
rendered nephesh in these three verses into the English words
“living creatures.” Yet in Genesis 2:7, speaking of man, the same
word nephesh was translated “soul” because the translators falsely
thought that only humans are souls. The word nephesh literally
means “life of animals,” referring to physical life and not spirit.
Once again the earth was a perfect, but as yet unfinished,
creation—lacking the finishing touches.
As was written earlier, God creates in dual stages. This
might be compared to baking a cake. First the basic cake comes
from the oven. But it is not complete until the second stage is
added—the icing on the cake. This beautifies, enriches and
completes the cake.
God placed Lucifer and his angels on the earth. But he
intended them to complete the creation by putting on, as it were,
the finishing touches to beautify, improve and enrich the earth.
But the angels sinned, resulting in bringing chaos, confusion
and darkness to this planet.
Now God renewed the face of the earth for man, made to
become in the character image of God and also in the likeness
or form and shape of God. And God intended man to complete
the finishing touches by improving and beautifying the earth—
putting, as it were, the icing on the cake, to have man’s part
in the final creation of the earth. Instead, man has ruined,
polluted, defiled, deteriorated almost every portion of the earth
his hands have touched or acted upon.
Why did the Creator God put man on the earth? For God’s
ultimate supreme purpose of reproducing himself—of recreating
himself, as it were, by the supreme objective of creating the
righteous divine character ultimately in millions unnumbered
begotten and born children who shall become God beings,
members of the God family.
Man was to improve the physical earth as God gave it to
him, finishing its creation (which sinning angels had deliberately
refused to do) and, in so doing, to restore the government
of God, with God’s way of life; and further, in this very process
finishing the creation of MAN by the development of God’s
holy, righteous character, with man’s own assent.
Once this perfect and righteous character is instilled in
man, and man converted from mortal flesh to immortal spirit,
then is to come the incredible human potential—man being
born into the divine family of God, restoring the government
of God to the earth, and then participating in the completion of
the creation over the entire endless expanse of the universe!
That incredible potential of man will be fully explained in the
pages that follow in this volume. God shall have reproduced
himself untold millions of times over!
So, on the sixth day of that re-creation week, God (Elohim)
said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”
(Genesis 1:26).
Man was made to have (with his assent) a special relationship
with his Maker! He was made in the form and shape
of God. He was given a spirit (essence in form) to make the
relationship possible. Much more of that a little later.
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But God made man of matter! This was necessary for the
supreme accomplishment God willed.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath [air] of life; and man
became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). Man, formed from material
dust of the ground, upon breathing air, became a living soul. It
does not say man is, or has, an immortal soul. What was formed
from material ground became a soul.
The word “soul” is translated from the Hebrew in which
Moses wrote, from the word nephesh. The Hebrew nephesh
merely means a breathing animal. Three times in the first
chapter of Genesis animals are called nephesh: Genesis 1:20,
“moving creature” (Hebrew, nephesh); Genesis 1:21, “great whales,
and every living creature” (Hebrew, nephesh); Genesis 1:24,
“living creature” (Hebrew, nephesh). The translators in translating
into the English language used the English word “creature,”
but in Genesis 2:7 they translated the same nephesh into
the English word “soul”—man became a “living soul” (nephesh).
Therefore the soul is physical, composed of matter, and can
die. This is a truth believed by very few denominations, and
probably by no other religions—another proof that identifies
the one true Church of God!
Now we come to another truth, so far as I know, exclusive to the
one true Church.
Did you ever wonder about the vast difference between
human mind and animal brain? This incidentally, is another
proof of the falsity of the theory of evolution!
The physical brain of the higher vertebrates in the animal
kingdom is essentially the same in physical form, design, constituency,
as human brain. The brains of whales, elephants, dolphins
are larger—and chimp almost as large. Yet the output of the
human brain is indescribably greater. Few indeed know why!
Many passages of Scripture show that there is a spirit in
man. Spirit is not matter, and man is matter. To distinguish it
from God’s Holy Spirit, I designate it as the “human” spirit.
Nevertheless, it is spirit and not matter.
This “human” spirit imparts the power of intellect to the
human physical brain. The spirit cannot see, hear, taste, smell or
feel. The brain sees through the eye, hears through the ear, etc.
The “human” spirit cannot of itself think. The physical brain
What, then, is the function of this “human” spirit? It is not
a “soul.” But, 1) it imparts the power of intellect—of thinking,
and of mind power, to the human brain; and 2) it is the very
means God has instilled, making possible a personal relationship
between human man and divine God.
Philosophers, humanists, speak loftily of human worth as of
supreme value in itself. They speak of the “god” within you—of
tapping the innate hidden resources within yourself. They teach
self-reliance, self-glorification.
They are smugly ignorant and unaware of the true values
and the incredible but real human potential.
Human life is at once of infinitesimally less value than they
suppose, and at the same time of supremely greater potential
than they know.
Real truth is revealed. Unless revealed it remains a mystery,
utterly unknown to the deceived and vain intellectuals. I repeat,
Jesus said in prayer: “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and revealed them unto babes” (Matthew 11:25).
What is the real truth concerning human worth? What
is the real value of a human life? It is grossly overestimated in
its own reality, and astoundingly undervalued in its supreme
potential. The truth indeed is staggering.
You look upon a sweet, innocent babe a few hours old, or
upon a life-fulfilled elderly person of 80 and ask yourself, “Just
how valuable is that life?—one just beginning, the other already
spent.” Could you supply the correct answer?
Let’s understand! Right here is the point of difficulty.
Right here is the jumping off point where the world’s educated
jump the track. Science and advanced education today almost
universally assume nothing exists but matter. They deny the
existence of spirit. Which is to say, whether admitted or not,
they deny the existence of God.
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We come to the modern science of brain research. We learn
that the human brain exercises many functions impossible
in animal brain, yet we learn there is virtually no significant
difference, physically. The animal cannot think, reason, study,
make decisions apart from instinct. It cannot know what the
human knows. It does not have attitudes of judgment, wisdom,
love, kindness, cooperation, nor is it aware of competition,
conspiracy, envy, jealousy, resentment. It has no appreciation of
music, art and literature. It has no spiritual qualities or characteristics.
Yet science and higher education insist the faculty of
intellect in humans is solely physical.
I had to prove to myself rationally that God exists and is in
fact more real than matter. I had to prove that the Holy Bible
is in fact the authoritative word of God, by which he communicates
to man, reveals truth otherwise inaccessible to man. And
I found revealed purpose, design, meaning that is hidden
from the self-professed scholarly. I found revealed the reason for
mounting evils in a progressive world.
Can the human, who has been designed, created and made,
say to his Maker, “Why did you make me thus?—and for what
purpose?” And can he instruct his Maker? Should he not,
rather, open his mind, and listen when his Maker reveals to him
the very reason for his being?
The Creator reveals and instructs in a highly coded book,
the Holy Bible. Its profound message is opened to human understanding
through the presence and in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit
injected into the human mind that has surrendered and yielded
completely to the revelation in belief and obedience. To such a
one the truth is made plain—wonderful beyond description.
But mark well this question! Think on this! If man had only
the physical brain, like the dumb vertebrates, how could the
great Spirit God inject into the animal brain these marvelous
spiritual truths? The answer is plain. God does not. The dumb
animals have no awareness of God or of spiritual knowledge.
But the human spirit in mortal man makes possible a direct
contact from the great Spirit God. There is no direct channel of
communication between the dumb animal brain and the mind
of the Supreme God.
Meditate on this. We humans sometimes speak of how
wonderfully God made man, with his brain and the marvelous
physical components of his body all functioning together. But
without this spirit, imparting the power of intellect to the brain
and also opening a channel of direct communication with the
mind of the Great God, man would be no more than the dumb
brutes. But with the spirit in man, man’s creation becomes all
the more awesome to contemplate. It is this human spirit in man
that makes it possible for man to be united with God, so that
man may be begotten of God by God’s Spirit uniting with the
human spirit, thus impregnating the human person as a child of
the Supreme Creator God.
The real value of a human life, then, lies solely within the
human spirit combined with the human brain. It should be
stated at once that this human spirit is not perceived by the most
highly educated psychologists, yet it is the very essence of the
human mind.
The Creator’s book reveals, contrary to fallible humanist
teaching, that man was made from the dust of the ground, and
this dust thus becomes soul, mortal—like all vertebrates. Man
has continued to accept the first lie in human history—Satan’s
lie to mother Eve that man is immortal and cannot die.
The soul is merely the breathing animal. All animals are
biblically called “souls”—in Hebrew, nephesh. Therefore, if man
is a soul as in Genesis 2:7, so also are the dumb animals. But
there is a human spirit in the human soul.
This human spirit does not impart human life. Human
life, like that of all vertebrates, comes from blood circulation,
oxidized by the breath of air. But God reveals there is a spirit
within every human. This spirit is not present in animals. The
human spirit empowers the human brain with intellect—with
ability to acquire knowledge, to think, reason, make decisions,
produce attitudes of good or evil.
Human and animal brain are alike. Human mind superiority
comes not from superior brain, but from the presence of
human spirit within the human brain. Animal brain is supplied
with instinct, not intellect.
It may seem shockingly strange, because it is a dimension in
knowledge hitherto untaught, but the real value of a human life
lies solely in the human spirit, as it works in combination with
the human brain.
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God formed man of matter, but after his own image and
likeness as to form and shape.
But the brute animal and man have the same breath, the
same source of life. They die the same death. Human life is
animal existence, but in the form and shape of God, and with
the human spirit added to the brain.
Man was created to have a relationship with his Maker.
Therefore he was made in his Maker’s form and shape, with
contact and relationship made possible by the presence within
him of the human spirit.
But man’s creation was not completed. He was made mentally
and spiritually only “half there.” He needed the addition of
God’s Spirit to unite with his spirit, begetting him as a child of
God—uniting him with God—ultimately enabling him to be
born into the very God family.
Pause here a moment. Notice once again the duality in
God’s creative process. The first man Adam was a physical
creation with the human spirit added. When man’s creation is
finally complete, he will be a spiritual creation, formed wholly of
Spirit.When man receives the Holy Spirit of God the very Spirit
and mind of the immortal God is injected into him. It joins with
his human spirit. The Spirit of God cannot be received by, or
injected into, the brute animal because the animal has no spirit
within itself with which the Spirit of God could combine.
At this point, let me inject a truth that, at the time this is
being written, is probably the most controversial question at issue
among the Western world’s population—the question of abortion.
The human spirit enters the human embryo at conception.
It is this spirit that may, upon adult conversion, be united with
the Holy Spirit from the great Creator God, impregnating that
human with God-life as a child of the living God, in a state of
gestation, though as yet unborn. To destroy an embryo or a fetus
in a mother’s uterus is to murder a potential future God Being.
Therefore, abortion is murder.
Now back to our original question: “What is the only real
value of a human life?”
Human life is animal existence but with human spirit
empowering the brain with intellect. The human spirit in man
makes possible the union with the Holy Spirit and mind and
immortality of God. When mortal man dies, the body reverts to
dust, and the spirit returns to God.
The departed human spirit at death is in fact a spiritual mold,
of itself unconscious, yet in the resurrection bringing into the
resurrected body all the memory, knowledge and character as
well as form and shape of the person before death. The human
spirit of itself cannot see, hear, think or know. The only real
life, inherent and self-containing, lies in the Holy Spirit of God,
united with the human spirit. The value of a human life lies in
the human spirit and its potential of being united with God’s
Spirit—which is God-mind and God-life.
Philosophers think of human worth as of supreme value in
itself alone. They speak of “human dignity.” They speak of the
innate “god” powers within each human. They advocate selfconfidence,
They make mortal man to think
of himself as immortal God.
Much to the contrary, the sole value of human life lies in the
human spirit and the potential of being begotten of God, later to
be born very God, a child in the God family.
Man is not “god” within himself, but only mortal flesh and
blood with a brain empowered with intellect by the human spirit.
Therefore, man of himself is infinitesimally of less value
than the self-professed wise of this world suppose. But, once
begotten by the Supreme God through the very life and Spirit
of the living God dwelling in him, a human being’s potential is
of infinitely greater value than the world has understood.
God creates, as previously explained, by the principle of
duality. So it is with the creation of man. It is accomplished in
two stages: 1) the physical phase, which began with the first
man, Adam; and 2) the spiritual state, which begins with the
“second Adam” Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45-46).
So also, man was made from his creation (and birth) with
the one “human” spirit that became an integral part of man. But
he is mentally and spiritually incomplete; he was made to need
another Spirit—the Holy Spirit of God—and when that gift
of God is received, God’s “Spirit itself beareth witness with our
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spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16)—in the
begotten (or first stage) of man’s spiritual creation.
This is most clearly explained in 1 Corinthians 2.
“… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart [mind] of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him” (verse 9)—spiritual knowledge.
The natural mind can receive knowledge of material and
physical things. Also it can have a sense of morality, ethics, art,
culture not possessed by the dumb animals. But in the realm of
good and evil it can know and perform what is good only on the
human level, made possible by the human spirit within man. But
this sense and performance of good is limited to the human level of
the human spirit that is innately selfish. It can possess and express
love on the human level, but without the Holy Spirit of God it
cannot possess or express love on the God level, nor can it acquire
knowledge of that which is spiritual, as revealed in 1 Corinthians 2.
“But God hath revealed them [spiritual things] unto us by his
Spirit …” (verse 10). Notice particularly spiritual knowledge is
not revealed by a Person called the Holy Spirit. It is revealed
by God, and to us today through God’s Spirit, which may be
received only as God’s gift through his mercy and grace. God is
the revealer. The Holy Spirit is the instrumentality by which we
may comprehend that which only God can reveal.
“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit
of man which is in him? …” (verse 11). If the Holy Spirit is the
third Person of a Trinity, then is not the spirit in man also
another man? A cow, sheep or dog cannot know the things a
man knows—and neither could a man, except by the spirit of
man that is in him. For example, such knowledge as chemistry,
physics and technological and scientific knowledge. Likewise,
the natural man with this one spirit is limited—“even so the
things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”
Only when the Holy Spirit enters, combining with the
“human” spirit, can a man come to really comprehend
that which
is spiritual—“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the
Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (verse 14).
The most highly educated view all things through the
eyeglasses of evolutionary theory. Evolution is concerned solely
with material life and development. It knows and teaches
nothing about spiritual life and problems, and all the evils in the
world are spiritual in nature.
That is why the most highly educated are, overall, the
most ignorant—they are confined to knowledge of the material,
and to “good” on the self-centered level. Knowledge of God
and the things of God are foolishness
to them. But, of course,
God says, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”
(1 Corinthians 3:19).
Now back to the first human, Adam.
Remember God’s purpose in creating man on the earth: 1)
to restore the government of God on earth, and by regulating
human life through that government, a) complete the physical
creation of earth where angels turned it to ruin, and b) in the
process complete the creation of man by developing righteous
spiritual character; and 2) to establish the kingdom of God,
and eventually the incredible human potential of finishing the
creation of the vast universe!
This supreme purpose required: 1) that man reject Satan’s
way, embracing God’s way of love, based on God’s spiritual
law; and 2) that man be made first of matter so that, if he was
led into Satan’s way of “get,” he could be changed, converted to
God’s way of love, or if he refused to change, his life would be
blotted out without further or continuous suffering just as if he
had never been.
Spirit beings, once a finished creation (as were the one third
of the angels who became evil characters), could not be changed!
Spirit, once its creation is completed, is constant and eternal—
not subject to change. But physical matter is constantly changing.
Through God’s master plan for his spiritual creation, to be
covered later, it had been master-planned by God and the Word
that the Word would divest himself of his supreme glory, and
in due time take on him the likeness of human flesh, as Jesus
Christ, making possible the spiritual phase of the creation of
man—God reproducing
himself! What a master plan for
the extreme ultimate in creative accomplishment! How great
is our God, in mind, purpose, planning, designing, as well as
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creating—from the tiniest germ or insect to the most huge
sun, dwarfing our own great sun to insignificance!
And the incredible human potential is that the great
majestic God is, in man, reproducing himself—man can be
born into the God family!
The first human, Adam, was created with the potential
of qualifying to replace Satan, the former Lucifer, on earth’s
throne, restoring the government of God.
But it was necessary that he resist, and reject Satan’s “get”
way, which was the foundation of Satan’s evil government, and
choose God’s way of his law—the way of love (give), the basis
of God’s government!
His Maker talked first to Adam and Eve—instructed them
in the government and spiritual law of God—though in
Genesis 2 only the most condensed summary of God’s instruction
to them is revealed. Satan was restrained from any contact
with them until God first had taught them.
In the gloriously beautiful garden of Eden in which God placed
them were two very special symbolic trees. Little has been heard
about these trees and their tremendous significance, except what
most people have heard about “Adam’s apple.” The forbidden
tree, however, probably was not an apple tree.
The real significance of these two symbolic trees explains
the very foundation of the world. In them is the answer to the
great mystery of our time in this modern twentieth century.
Today we live in a world of awesome progress and advancement,
yet paradoxically of appalling evils. The baffling question today
is, Why cannot the minds that can learn to fly to the moon and
back, transplant hearts, produce computers and technological
marvels, solve their own problems? Why no peace in the world?
We cannot understand the mystery of today’s events and
conditions unless we go back to the very foundation of the
world, and learn what developed from its origin to the pulsating,
confused present.
The world began at the time of these two special trees. We
hear virtually nothing in the biblical misteaching of today about
the tree of life, and almost nothing about the forbidden tree.
But now consider. God had created a man out of the dust of
the ground. But God creates in dual stages. The man was not yet
physically complete. God wanted him to “multiply and replenish
the earth.” But the man could not do that because he was not
yet physically complete. So God put him into a deep sleep (anesthesia)
and performed an operation, removing a rib and forming
a woman from it. They became one family. The physical creation
of man was completed. They could reproduce their kind.
But the man God created was mortal. He had only a temporary
physicochemical existence kept alive by circulation of
blood, oxidized by the breath of air, and fueled by food and
water from the ground. He did not have life inherent—selfcontaining
life. But he did have a human spirit that, united with
God’s Holy Spirit, could beget him with eternal life.
But God offered to him immortal life through this symbolic
tree of life. God did not urge or compel him to take it—he
merely made it freely accessible. Adam could eat of all the trees
of the garden except the one forbidden tree, of “the knowledge of
good and evil.”
What if Adam had taken of the tree of life? You probably
never heard that question answered. That symbolic tree is
offered today to those called and drawn by God to Jesus Christ.
There is one difference between the original Adam and the
called Christian. Adam had not yet sinned and no repentance
was necessary if he had chosen the tree of life. Otherwise the
repentant and believing Spirit-begotten Christian is in the same
position Adam would have been had he taken of the tree of life.
Adam would have received the Holy Spirit of the immortal
God to join with his human spirit. Of course, since Adam was
required to make a choice, he would have rejected the way of
Satan by taking the tree of life.
But again, what would have happened, had Adam taken the
tree of life?
He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to unite
with his human spirit. The man was not mentally or spiritually
complete until receiving the Spirit of God. This would have
united him, mentally and spiritually, with God. He would have
been begotten as a child of God, just as is the converted Spiritbegotten
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He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to join with
his human spirit, begetting him as a son of God, imparting to him
the earnest of immortal life, and making him at one with God.
As in the case of the Spirit-begotten Christian today, where
“Christ in [us is] the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). And again,
the mind of Christ is in us (Philippians 2:5), so the very mind of
the Eternal would have been in Adam. But instead the mind and
attitude of Satan entered into him and worked in him, even as it
has in all his children that have composed this whole world. We
read in Ephesians 2:2, that Satan, as prince of the power of the
air, does indeed actually work within humans.
At this juncture, we explain a point that might be misunderstood.
In the temptation by Satan, Eve was deceived, but
Adam was not (1 Timothy 2:13-14). Adam disobeyed God and
sinned deliberately. But even though he was not deceived in this
original temptation, his deliberate disobedience of God’s explicit
command cut him off from God, producing a state of mental
and opening his mind to the deceptions of Satan.
From that moment, Adam and all his children after him were
receptive to the sway of Satan. Satan began to work in the mind
of Adam, even as God would have worked in his mind had he
taken of the tree of life.
Thus, from that moment, Satan had spiritually kidnapped Adam,
and all his human family has ever since been held captive by Satan.
God would have revealed to Adam God’s way of life—
which is God’s spiritual law. That law is the way of outflowing
love—but it would have been “the love of God … shed abroad
in [human] hearts by the Holy [Spirit]” (Romans 5:5). Human
natural carnal love cannot fulfill God’s holy law.
But, even as a human embryo has been begotten by human
parents, and just as the embryo must develop through the
process of gestation before being born, so is the Spirit-led
Christian, and so would have been Adam.
But he would have experienced a direct connection and
contact with God.
I like to compare this to the umbilical cord connecting
the newborn baby with its mother. Its human life and physical
nourishment has been supplied during gestation from
the mother to the child. God’s spirit life is imparted to the
Christian through the Holy Spirit. Also, spiritual knowledge is
imparted by God but through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
(1 Corinthians 2:10). Full comprehension of God’s law (his way
of life) is imparted by God through the Holy Spirit. But the
law of God requires action and performance, and love is the
fulfilling of God’s law (Romans 13:10), and it can be fulfilled
only by the love of and from God (Romans 5:5).
So Adam would have had the in-depth spiritual knowledge
to live God’s way, and also would have been supplied with the
divine love that, only, can fulfill that perfect law of love and put
it into action.
He would also have received by the Spirit of God the very
faith of God. He would have received knowledge,
guidance and
help from God. He would have had reliance on God to intervene
in matters beyond his control. In such matters God supernaturally
does for us what we are unable to do for ourselves. In other
words, God fights our battles for us.
But instead Adam chose a different kind of knowledge—
he took
to himself the knowledge of good as well as evil. He relied
wholly on himself—both for the knowledge as well as power
of performance of good as well as evil. He rejected reliance on
God and chose the course of self-reliance. The only righteousness
he could acquire was self-righteousness, which to God is
like filthy rags.
Adam and Eve took of the tree of “the knowledge of good
and evil.” Taking of its fruit was taking to themselves
the knowledge
of what is good, and what is evil—deciding for themselves
what is right and what is sin. This, of course, meant rejection of
God’s law, which defined for them the right and the wrong.
The glorious archangel Lucifer, as God originally created
him, was the pinnacle of God’s creative power in a single being.
Few today remotely realize the great power, now turned to
cunning deception, possessed by Satan. Apparently Adam
completely underestimated him.
The wily Satan got to Adam through his wife Eve. He did
not say, “Choose my way!” He appeared as a subtile serpent. He
cleverly deceived her.
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He put doubts in her mind about God’s veracity. He put
a sense of injustice and resentment within her. He deceived
her into believing God had been unfair—selfish.
He subtilely
injected vanity of mind. He misled her into thinking it was right
to take of the forbidden fruit.
Adam, not deceived, nevertheless went along with his wife.
With her, he took to himself the determination of what is right
and what is wrong—thus disbelieving what his Maker had
said, rejecting God as Savior and Ruler—rejecting God as the
source of revealed basic knowledge. He believed and followed
Satan’s way!
When God “drove out the man” from the Garden of Eden, and
barred reentrance—lest he go back and receive eternal life in sin
(Genesis 3:22-24)—God pronounced sentence!
God said, in effect: “You have made the decision for yourself
and the world that shall spring from you. You have rejected me as
the basic source of knowledge—you have rejected power from me
through my Spirit to live the righteous way—you have rebelled
against my command and my government—you have chosen
the ‘getting,’ ‘taking’ way of Satan. Therefore I sentence you
and the world you shall beget to 6,000 years of being cut off from
access to me and my Spirit—except for the exceedingly few I
shall specially call. And that few shall be called for special service
preparatory for the kingdom of God. They shall be required to do
what you have failed to do—reject, resist and overcome Satan and
his ways, and follow the ways of my spiritual law.
“Go, therefore, Adam, and all your progeny that shall form
the world, produce your own fund of knowledge. Decide for
yourself what is good and what is evil. Produce your own educational
systems and means of disseminating knowledge, as your
god Satan shall mislead you. Form your own concepts of what is
god, your own religions, your own governments, your own lifestyles
and forms of society and civilization. In all this Satan will
deceive your world with his attitude of self-centeredness—with
vanity, lust and greed, jealousy and envy, competition and strife
and violence and wars, rebellion against me and my law of love.
“After the world of your descendants has written the lesson
in 6,000 years of human suffering, anguish, frustration, defeat
and death—after the world that shall spring from you shall have
been brought to confess the utter hopelessness of the way of life
you have chosen—I will supernaturally intervene. By supernatural
divine power I shall then take over the government of
the whole world. With reeducation, I will produce a happy world
of peace. And on repentance, I shall then offer eternal salvation
to all. After a thousand years of that happy world to come, I will
resurrect from death to mortal life all who have died uncalled
during this present 6,000 years. Their judgment shall then come.
And on repentance and faith, eternal life shall be offered them.
“During this 6,000 years, when I myself shall cut them off
from me, they shall not be eternally judged. Only, as they sow
during their lifetimes, they shall reap. But when I open eternal
salvation to them, there shall be no Satan to hinder or deceive
them—no Satan for them to overcome. Those few called during
this first 6,000 years shall have to reject and resist Satan’s pulls
and overcome. But those who overcome shall sit with me in my
throne, and have power under me to rule all nations under my
Supreme Rule.”
What does all this mean?
Adam the first human rejected knowledge from and reliance
on God. He chose to rely on his own knowledge
and abilities.
The modern world, developed from Adam, relies wholly
on human self-reliance. The psychology taught in our day is
self-reliance. Rely on the innate powers within you, they teach.
An atmosphere of self-reliant professionalism pervades most
modern university campuses. It is the spirit of vanity. The
university student
is induced to think of himself as becoming a
that is, he considers himself elevated above those
who have not had his brand of education. Through the basic
concept of the evolutionary theory, he feels himself completely
above those who believe in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. He
regards them with disdain.
Upon Adam’s making this fateful and fatal decision, God
closed off the tree of life (Genesis 3:22-24) from the world
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sired by Adam, for 6,000 years. That is, except in the case of
chosen prophets for the writing of the Bible, and of the Church
called out of this world by Jesus Christ. But even Jesus said
plainly: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath
sent me draw him” (John 6:44).
God thereupon, at the very foundation of this world, laid
out a 7,000-year master plan for accomplishing his purpose.
It was Satan who deceived Eve. Adam then sinned deliberately
in partaking of the forbidden fruit. The whole world since
has been deceived (Revelation 12:9).
Let us pause here momentarily. Let us realize this was
the very foundation of the world in which we still live. At this
point, Satan must have gloated. He must have believed God
was defeated—that God through Adam had failed to overthrow
Satan’s rule on the throne of the earth.
But God says, “My purpose shall stand.”
God’s 7,000-year plan will accomplish God’s purpose in
overwhelming and magnificent glory.
Understand this point, which has been a mystery to the
world. When God closed off the tree of life, he closed off the
redemption and salvation of mankind for 6,000 years, until
the second Adam, Jesus Christ, after 6,000 years should return
to earth in supreme power and glory to unseat Satan from his
throne and to rule all nations of mankind.
The first man Adam had been given the opportunity to
choose God’s government, to restore that government to the
earth, and to unseat Satan from the throne of the earth. Since he
failed, salvation cannot be opened to humanity generally, until
Jesus Christ, the second Adam, has accomplished what the first
Adam failed to do—namely, to unseat Satan and to sit on the
throne of the earth, restoring the government of God to this earth.
The closing of the tree of life from the human family
marked the foundation of the present world still ruled invisibly
by Satan. How, then, was God going to accomplish his purpose?
At that very foundation of this world it was determined by God
that the Word would be born on earth as the sacrificial lamb of
God to redeem mankind from the rule of Satan the kidnapper
(Revelation 13:8).
But how, then, was God ever to accomplish his purpose of
reproducing himself through the humans to be born during that
next 6,000 years?
At that very foundation of Satan’s world it was also decreed
(Hebrews 9:27) that God had appointed that all humans should
die once, and after that, by resurrection from the dead, would
come the judgment. Meanwhile mankind as a whole would not
as yet be brought to judgment—neither condemned nor saved.
It was at that time decided that as in Adam all humans should
die, so in Christ the same “all” should be brought back to life by
a resurrection to judgment (1 Corinthians 15:22). This very resurrection
of all who died in Adam has been a mystery to the whole
world deceived by Satan. Even today traditional Christianity
celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the pagan Easter every
spring, but says nothing about the future resurrection of the
billions who have died in Adam. That resurrection will be
explained later in this volume.
Meanwhile, when Christ should come as humanity’s sinbearer,
he would found the Church of God. The purpose and function of
the Church will be fully covered in Chapter 6 of this book.
Pause right here! Understand what Satan has blinded the
entire world from seeing. Realize what a deceived traditional
Christianity has not understood.
This is of supreme importance!
The world of traditional Christianity has been deceived into
supposed Christian teaching of the immortality of the soul, of
those who “profess Jesus” going immediately upon death into a
heaven of eternal idleness, freedom from responsibility and bliss
in ease and laziness; in those who fail to “accept Jesus” going
at death to a definite place of eternal continuous burning fire
called hell where they shriek and scream in indescribable
and agony forever and ever without hope.
The teaching has been that man is an immortal soul and
already has eternal life. It denies (Romans 6:23) that the penalty
for sin is death and that man can have eternal life only as the
gift of God. The false traditional Christianity teaching might
be compared to taking a one-way railroad trip. This trip is your
life’s journey. At the end of the line a switch is automatically set
that will send you straight to a lasting burning hell of indescribable
pain and torture. But if, at any time during life’s journey,
you profess to “accept Christ,” the switch at the end of the line,
at that point, is turned to shoot you straight to heaven.
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Much supposed “Christian” teaching has been that God
created the first man a perfect immortal being, but that when
God was not looking Satan stole in and wrecked this wonderful
handiwork of God. Salvation is then pictured as God’s effort to
repair the damage, and to restore mankind back to a condition
as good as when God first created him.
In doctrine after doctrine they have believed and taught the
diametric opposite of the truths plainly revealed in the Bible.
They have taught Satan’s first lie that man is an immortal soul.
This teaching, when one stops to give it thought, is that “saved
mothers” who have died and gone to heaven are continually
conscious of their lost sons who are shrieking and screaming in
indescribable torture of hell fire.
But what is the real truth of God’s holy Word? Do the dead
know what the living are doing? My wife told me shortly after
our marriage that after her mother died, when she was only
12 years of age, she thought her mother in heaven was seeing
everything that she did.
I quote now from an article in The Plain Truth March
1985: “Scripture plainly reveals that when you die you are dead.
According to the Bible, the dead don’t hear anything, see anything,
think anything or know anything. The dead have absolutely no
awareness of any kind: ‘For the living know that they shall die: but
the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward;
for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their
hatred, and their envy, is now perished …’ ” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6).
The Bible’s message is clear on this point. Death is death
beyond any shadow of doubt. The apostle Paul wrote that “the
wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Death, by definition, is the
absence of life—not just separation from God.
Scripture even warns us to make the most of life now while
we have the opportunity: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do
it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge
or wisdom in the grave where you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10,
Revised Authorized Version).
It couldn’t be more plain. But what about those who want to
cling to the cherished belief in floating off to heaven after death
if good, or sinking to hell if bad?
Listen to the apostle Peter’s response. If anyone deserved
to go to heaven, it would certainly be someone after God’s
own heart, wouldn’t it? David was such a person (Acts 13:22).
But Peter was inspired by God to say, David is “both dead and
buried, and his tomb is with us to this day” (Acts 2:29, rav), and
further, “David did not ascend into the heavens” (Acts 2:34).
Jesus himself also said that “no man hath ascended up to
heaven,” where God’s throne is (John 3:13).
But there is more to this life than living for the present life.
The Great God put humans here on this earth for a marvelous,
eternal purpose, not even understood by this world’s humanly
devised religions.
We are on this earth for a wonderful reason. It involves the
answer to why we humans were made mortal and suffer through
the gamut of emotions and troubles, or experience the good
times of human life.
Even though when we die we are dead, we will not remain
dead forever. The dead in their graves will live again! Read
what Jesus says: “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming
in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come
forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life,
and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of [judgment]”
(John 5:28-29, rav).
There is an accounting for our behavior in this life!
Every human being who has ever lived will ultimately give an
accounting and be in a resurrection.
I have explained earlier that the spirit in man of itself does
not see, cannot hear, cannot think. The brain sees through the
eye, hears through the ear, and thinks as it is empowered by
the spirit. At death, “Then shall the dust return to the earth
as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”
(Ecclesiastes 12:7).
The spirit is the depository of memory and character. The
spirit is like a mold. It retains even the human form and shape
of the deceased, so that in the resurrection to judgment those
who have died shall look as they did in life, retain whatever
character they established in life, remember everything that was
stored in their memory. But in the meantime, in death, there is
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no consciousness—they “know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
The most universal false teaching, believed by virtually all
churches called Christianity, except the one and only true and
original Church of God, is that all are automatically “lost”
unless they profess Jesus Christ as Savior—and that now is the
only day of “salvation.”
But the truth is that those cut off from God are not yet
Few understand the basic master plan of God. The reader
cannot possibly be more surprised at the truth revealed in this
volume than was the author, more than 58 years ago. The whole
world has been deceived, as God’s Word foretold! One deceived
is not aware of the deception! Don’t underestimate Satan!
One, reviewing the multiplied evils in the world today, might
think man has cut himself off from God. But it is God who cut
off mankind from him. And why?
Does that seem to make God appear unfair? Quite the
Let us make that point clear. Adam, by choosing to take of
the forbidden tree, cut off himself and his family after him from
God. Yet because all humans born from Adam have sinned,
each human has in fact cut himself off from God (Isaiah 59:1-2).
The Person in the God family who spoke with Adam was the
Logos or “Word” who was later born as Jesus Christ. Adam had
no contact with God the Father. When the Word closed the tree
of life, all mankind was cut off from God the Father until Christ
would come to earth in supreme power and glory to take from
Satan the throne of the earth and to restore the government of
God over the entire earth. Meanwhile Christ, the second Adam,
came at his first appearing to reveal the existence of God the
Father (Luke 10:22). Until that time, the world had no knowledge
of the existence of God the Father. That is one reason the religion
of Judaism had believed that God consists of one Person
only. That is the reason theologians have lost, or rather never
possessed, knowledge of the fact God is a family into which we
may be born as part of that very God family. That, also, explains
why, on reading in the New Testament of God the Father, and
also of Jesus being God, they came up with the false theory of
the Holy Spirit being a “Ghost,” or third Person of a Trinity, thus
blaspheming the Holy Spirit and limiting God and doing away
with all knowledge that converted humans can become members
of the very divine God family. Thus Satan blinded “Christianity”
from the truth and purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They have overlooked a most important truth: the resurrection
from the dead.
They celebrate a pagan Easter acknowledging the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead. But they overlook entirely
the plain biblical teaching that all who ever lived are to be
resurrected from the dead, although in the time order of three
distinctly different resurrections.
The only hope the Holy Bible
gives for the vast humanity of this dying world is the hope of a
from the dead, but that is a positively sure hope. All
this will be completely covered and the full scriptures given in
the chapters to follow.
What a tragedy that, as plainly stated in Revelation 12:9, this
whole world has been deceived and blinded from the truth by
Satan the devil, still sitting on the throne of the entire earth.
The real truth is startling, but you will find it plainly revealed
in your own Bible. Follow it as you carefully read this book.
Consider! When God drove Adam and Eve out from the
Garden of Eden, He set angels to bar mankind from reentering.
Suppose the Eternal had left the gate into Eden open. Man had
already taken of the forbidden tree. Man had already turned to
sin. What would have happened? Probably the whole of sinning
mankind would have surged back in to take of that tree of
life! Without any repentance—without even faith in God or
in Christ—mankind would have helped himself to receiving
eternal life.
Think a moment!
How unfair would God have been, had he allowed that! Man,
with all his sins—and sin has a habit of increasing in the one
who indulges in it—would have become immortal—living
forever while suffering the pains, mental, physical and spiritual,
that sin would bring on him!
Man does not seem to realize that he now is the slave of
sin. Sin has cut him off from God the Father. Few understand
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that we are not saved by the death of Christ. We are reconciled
to God the Father by Jesus’ death. We are saved by his life
(Romans 5:10). Man does not realize that only a real repentance—
turning from sin—and the living faith of Jesus Christ
can free him from that penalty! Sin enslaves! It punishes! It
brings sorrow, remorse, anguish. It inflicts physical injury, sickness
and disease. It produces frustration and hopelessness.
The most unfair, unkind, cruel thing God could have done
once Adam and Eve had taken the forbidden tree would have
been to leave the way open into the garden, with free access to all
comers to the tree of life—symbolic of the gift of eternal life!
But what did God do? He drove out the man and the
woman. He barred reentrance.
He, however, made salvation and eternal life in extreme
happiness and bliss become available to all the human family.
But, with godly wisdom, he set a time-order and conditions!
For the first 6,000 years—now almost completed—all but the
predestined few were cut off.
On this point the entire world of traditional Christianity
has been deceived. Here is a most important truth: Satan sitting
on earth’s throne tried to kill the Christ child. He then tried
to tempt and disqualify Jesus just before the Christ started his
earthly ministry (Matthew 4). Satan caused the martyrdom of
most of the apostles. He caused intensive persecution against the
Church. He caused a violent controversy to flare up in the early
months and years of the Church disputing whether the gospel to
be proclaimed was the gospel OF Christ, or man’s gospel about
Christ. Satan caused the latter to win out, and in less than 20
years a false and counterfeit gospel about Christ was being
proclaimed by all but the persecuted few who loyally remained
as the small and persecuted true original Church of God.
These deceived “Christians” taught, and still teach, that now is
the only day of salvation, and that their counterfeit
salvation of
just “accepting” Jesus Christ, without the repentance of turning
from sin and the obeying of God’s law, would send people as
“immortal souls” immediately to heaven upon death.
Satan has blinded the minds of those of “traditional
Christianity” to the fact that God closed off the tree of life until
the glorified Jesus Christ comes in supreme power and glory
to restore the government of God over the whole earth. It was
decreed, I repeat, that it was appointed to humans once to die,
and after death is to come the resurrection to judgment (Hebrews
9:27). Meanwhile the world of Adam is not being judged, though
in the final judgment all shall be held to account for their sins.
But, meanwhile, God has made certain exceptions for a
definite purpose. God raised up prophets for the very purpose
of being part of the foundation of the Church. Jesus called
disciples out of this world to be taught to teach others and in
the coming millennium of the restored kingdom of God, to rule
and teach under King of kings Jesus, when the tree of life will be
opened to all flesh.
The Church was called to be trained to become rulers and
teachers in the kingdom of God when the tree of life shall be
opened. Meanwhile the Holy Spirit has been closed to all but
the prophets and the called-out-ones of the true Church. The
prophet Joel foretold it shall come to pass afterward—after the
6,000 years of this world of Satan, that God will pour out of his
Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28).
Meanwhile it was necessary for God’s purpose that the Holy
Spirit be given to the prophets and those specially called out for
training to become rulers and teachers under Christ, when the
government of God is restored to the earth over all nations.
In calling out the Church, Jesus said plainly, “No man can
come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him …”
(John 6:44). The Church is merely the “first-fruits” of salvation.
This entire truth will be made more clear in Chapter 6.
To review: Approximately 4,000 years from Adam, God sent
Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, overcoming Satan, qualifying
where the first Adam failed, to replace Satan as ruler on the
throne of the whole earth. Those who, as Jesus did, overcome
Satan, their own selves and sin (the “called,” that is), will sit with
Christ in his throne when he comes to set up the kingdom of
God and to restore the government of God, which the former
Lucifer rejected and ceased to administer!
Those very few called, beginning with “righteous Abel” up
to now and on to Christ’s return to earth, have had to do what
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Adam refused to do—reject the way of Satan, who rebelled
against the government of God!
Who, then, is a real Christian? Only those who have been,
and are being, led by the Holy Spirit of God (Romans 8:9, 11,
14). And none can receive the Holy Spirit until that person 1)
repents—of his sins, his transgressions of God’s law; and 2)
has complete faith in Jesus Christ—relying on Christ—which
includes believing Jesus Christ. I mean, believing what he
says—his Word, the Holy Bible!
Thus, the called-out-ones after real repentance and belief
Christ reconciles to God the Father and we receive the Holy
Spirit impregnating us as children of God.
At this point let us clear up another question. Why could
not Cain, Abel and Seth, the firstborn children of Adam, have
repented and purely on that repentance have received the Spirit
and life of God? God’s law could not be a law except there be
a penalty for its infraction. Adam had sinned. All his children
had sinned and incurred on them the death penalty. They and
no person after them could be freed from the penalty of that
law until Christ, their very Maker, had paid that death penalty
in their stead. Therefore, no salvation was possible until the
crucifixion of Christ. Only Jesus’ atonement could reconcile any
human to God the Father.
Now, what of these and all the others—the thousands of
millions? Up to now, unless called and drawn by God, they
simply have not yet been judged! I do not mean they shall not
have to give account for their sins. They shall, indeed! But their
judgment is coming. Judgment has begun in the true Church of
God (1 Peter 4:17). Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except
the Father … draw him …” (John 6:44). No man CAN come to
Christ otherwise! But the Church is merely the first harvest.
In Satan’s deceived world many have come to a counterfeit
Christ who is supposed to have done away with his Father’s
commandments. They even worship Christ. But Jesus himself
said plainly: “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching
for doctrines the commandments
of men. … And he said unto
them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may
keep your own tradition. … Making the word of God of none
effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and
many such like things do ye” (Mark 7:7, 9, 13).
Deceived millions do not realize that they are worshiping
Christ in vain. They have been deceived into worshiping
“another Jesus.”
When Christ comes as King of kings and Lord of lords, he
will reign for the next thousand years. Everybody living from
his coming will be called.
After that thousand years shall occur the “Great White
Throne Judgment” of Revelation 20:11-12. All who ever lived
from Adam on, who were uncalled by God, shall be resurrected
mortal in human flesh and blood as they were in their first life.
Then they shall give account for the sins of their former life. The
penalty of those sins is death. They shall then learn that Jesus
Christ had paid that death penalty in their stead. But on real
repentance and faith they shall be forgiven and receive God’s
Holy Spirit, begetting them to eternal life.
God’s wonderful master plan will call everyone
who ever lived to receive eternal salvation, but on real
repentance and belief of God’s truth. But, there is a time-order
in resurrections (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). “For as in Adam all
die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in
his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward …” (two other
resurrections revealed in Revelation 20:11-13 are not covered in
1 Corinthians 15).
Those called in the millennium, and those in the Great
White Throne resurrection and judgment, shall not have Satan,
then, to overcome.
How wonderful are God’s ways—even though hidden now
from most of humanity bringing so much suffering on themselves!
As the apostle Paul exclaimed: “O the depths of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable
are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33).
In man, God is reproducing himself! The word for God in
Genesis 1:1 is Elohim in the original Hebrew. It is a name, like
church or family or group. God said, “Let us”—not me—“make
man in our image.” God truly is a family into which we, literally,
may be born!
What, then, is man? He is a living being made from the
dust of the ground. He is clay, and God is the Master Potter,
molding, shaping, forming our character—
if we respond
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when he calls and draws us to him. With our willingness he is
infusing into us his very own spiritual holy, righteous and
perfect character!
Why is man? God created man on the earth to build in us
what the sinning angels refused to let God build in them—his
perfect character! He is, in his time-order and way, developing
us to become very God—each of us—and to finish the
creation of the unfinished universe! But, for now, we still live
in this deceived world led by Satan.
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Few stop to think about it, but when you do, could
anything be wrapped in more mystery than this world’s
civilization? How explain the astonishing paradox, a
world of human minds that can send astronauts to the moon
and back, produce the marvels of science and technology,
transplant human hearts—yet cannot solve simple human
problems of family life and group relationships, or peace
between nations?
The developed nations have made awesome progress.
They have produced a highly mechanized world providing
every luxury, modern convenience and means of pleasure. Yet
they are cursed with crime, violence, injustice, sickness and
disease, broken homes and families. At the same time more
than one-half the world is living in illiteracy, abject poverty,
filth and squalor. Violence and destruction are rapidly multiplying.
Many ask, “Why, if God exists, does he allow so much
violence and human suffering?”
We were born into this 20th-century world as it is. We
take it for granted. But we can’t explain it. It’s like viewing a
movie at a point already near the end. We see what is occurring
at that point, but, not having seen it from the beginning
and not knowing how events developed to the point of
viewing, we simply cannot understand what we are seeing.
A fiction writer wrote about a time machine that could transport
one back to some time in history. If we had such a time
machine, we should now transport ourselves backward 6,000
years where we could actually see what was transpiring in the
original Garden of Eden, at the foundation of the world. That’s
where this civilization started. Then we may better understand
why there is now talk of the imminent end of the world.
How did our civilization develop to our 20-century state?
What a mystery that is to thinking people! Of course most are
not thinking people and never ask themselves that question. But
if one does, he finds the question enveloped in mystery. So let us
It has already been explained in this volume how God
created man for the supreme purpose of reproducing
But this supreme purpose necessitated the creation in us with
our own assent, diligence, effort and joy, the supreme spiritual
character of God. But in so doing, why did God place man on
the earth? Why this particular planet?
God placed man here to restore the government of God to the
earth. Lucifer and his angels had been placed here originally.
God had put them here on an unfinished earth. Remember,
God creates in dual stages. Like a woman baking a cake, she
bakes first the body of the cake, but it is not finished until she
puts on the icing. The substance and body of the earth had been
created before the angels were placed here. But God intended for
the angels to develop the surface of the earth, to beautify and
improve it. For this purpose he gave them his government to
regulate their conduct and performance
together in so doing.
But Lucifer, on the throne to administer the government in
cooperation and harmony for their world, rebelled. He turned
cooperation and harmonious activity into competition, evil,
rebellion and destruction. Light on earth was turned to darkness.
Wasteness, decay and ruin came to the surface of the earth.
Then in six days (Psalm 104:30) God sent forth his Spirit
and renewed the face of the earth for man.
But still “the icing on the cake” had not been added. God
placed man here to do that which sinning angels had not done.
Man was to finish the beautification of the earth. God is not
the author of confusion, ugliness or decay, but of beauty, perfection,
character, the best in quality.
Look at the description of God’s heaven—the seat of God’s
throne—where, we might say, God lives as described in the fourth
chapter of Revelation. God sits on a throne surrounded by brilliant
splendor, quality and beauty and character. More dazzlingly and
beautiful than anything human eyes have ever seen.
God intended man to work this earth, improve it, beautify
it, give it glorious character—and in so doing to build into
his own life the “beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29). God
never intended humans to live in poverty, filth and squalor or
ugliness. Man should have beautified the earth, and developed
man’s character in so doing. His civilization should have been a
“heaven on earth.”
But what has man done on the earth where God placed him?
Man has made ugly, polluted, defiled, profaned everything
his hands have touched. He has polluted the air, befouled the
water in the rivers, lakes and seas. He has deteriorated the
land, denuded the forests, thus altering
rainfall and causing the
expansion of deserts. He has worn out the soil by neglecting to
give it its sabbaths of rest every seven years. Man has built cities
and allowed them to deteriorate into slums, filth and squalor.
All because the very first human rejected and turned from
God, relying solely on himself—and all Adam’s children have
done likewise.
Thus man has built a man-made and Satan-influenced civilization.
Man not only has ruined the earth he should have developed
and improved, he has destroyed his own health by wrong
living, and degraded and perverted his own spiritual character.
Now, at last, as we near the end of the 6,000 years God has allowed
him this free rein, man has created the Frankenstein of weapons of
mass destruction that can destroy all mankind utterly—unless a
merciful God intervenes to save us from ourselves.
We now live in the era biblical prophecy calls the last days—the
last generation before the coming of Christ to rule and accomplish
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on earth what mankind should have done. In these last days,
according to biblical prophecy, knowledge, spiritual as well as
material, was to be increased. The true Church of God was to be
set back on the track, restoring the glorious knowledge of the faith
once delivered to the saints in the days of the original apostles.
Jesus Christ, through the Church, built three colleges—two
in the United States and one in England. The three campuses,
in material beauty, have mutually excelled each other, as a
high character physical setting for the development of God’s
righteous character in students. The beauty of godly character in
these students has excelled the physical beauty of the campuses.
A royal Queen on a recent six-day visit to the headquarters
campus in Pasadena, California, on touring the campus,
exclaimed, “I have just been in heaven.”
Three times this campus has won the award of being the
most beautiful, best landscaped, and best maintained campus
in the United States. These campuses are an example of what
mankind should have done, and a modest foretaste of the beauty
that will blossom forth over the whole earth after Christ and
his saints in his kingdom are ruling the earth in the wonderful
world tomorrow.
Deteriorated, former millionaire mansions have been
restored. An area behind them that had deteriorated
Pasadena slum area has been cleaned out, and been built into
the most beautiful area in Pasadena.
How did this material and human character degradation start?
Had Adam taken of the proffered tree of life the whole
course of civilization would have been entirely different. Peace,
happiness, joy, health and abundance would have spread over
the earth.
But what did result?
Adam took to himself the knowledge of good as well as evil.
But it was only human good, no higher than the carnal human
level of the human spirit within him. He rejected reliance on
God and relied on himself for knowledge, ability and power—all
limited to the fleshly human plane, deceived and led by the
perverted Satan.
Had he taken of the tree of life, he himself undoubt108
edly would have succeeded Satan on the throne of the earth,
restoring the government of God, empowered, influenced and
led by the Eternal God. But he allowed Satan to enter within his
mind. He was, as it were, kidnapped and held captive by Satan.
Thus the first created human disbelieved God, disobeyed
God, chose to go his own way, do his own thing. Adam did it
willingly, but not apparently willfully or with malicious intent.
Willingly, Adam was led into captivity by Satan. He had
willingly gone along with Satan, the archkidnapper of all time.
Adam had been created with the potential to be born a son of
God. Even though not as yet even a begotten son of the God
family, he had been created as potentially just that. Once he
succumbed to Satan’s way of choosing
to “do his own thing,”
in rebellion against a deliberate
command of God, he became
spiritually the property of Satan. He actually had succumbed
to the government
of Satan, choosing the law of that government—
the law of vanity, self-centeredness—leading automatically
into attitudes of self-glory, coveting, competition, desire to
get rather than God’s way of give.
All humanity came out of Adam and Eve. The present world
was founded in them. The world has ever since been held
captive! The world had thus chosen the way of the kidnapper,
rather than of the potential Parent!
But God the Father was to pay the ransom price and even
yet bring his potential spiritual children back to him. God did
not choose to redeem, correct and restore humanity to him at
that time.
Upon Adam’s sin, God closed off the tree of life to the world as
a whole until the second Adam, Jesus Christ, shall have deposed
Satan and taken over the throne of the earth.
There cannot be a law without a penalty. The penalty of
human sin is death.
The penalty of death had passed on Adam and all his
children. That penalty had to be paid. There was no escaping it.
Satan must have gloated, believing he had totally defeated God’s
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purpose of restoring God’s government and unseating Satan on
earth’s throne. Truly all Adam’s children would come under the
penalty of death, for all would sin.
But what even Satan probably did not realize, God’s plan
was yet to save humanity, and remove Satan from earth’s throne.
At this very foundation of the world, it was determined
that Jesus Christ, as the “Lamb of God,” should be slain in
payment of the penalty for all human sin (Revelation 13:8),
which substitute sacrifice is effective only upon repentance and
faith. It was also determined by God at that time that all Adam’s
children should die, but after dying be resurrected to judgment
(Hebrews 9:27). But as in Adam all must die, so in Christ the
same all shall be made alive by a resurrection from the dead to
be judged (1 Corinthians 15:22).
But still, none could ever be born of God until God’s holy
and perfect spiritual character had been instilled within, by
individual choice and proof by performance.
God set apart a 7,000-year period to complete his original
supreme purpose of reproducing himself through man. It was
a masterminded master plan for working out the purpose
here below.
For almost 6,000 years a civilization has developed, which
we call the world. But it has been a world held captive. It has
become Satan’s world though millions have been deceived into
believing it is God’s world. To this day Satan is still on that throne.
Meanwhile Satan has worked in all humans. He has injected
into the world enormous evils.
But how has Satan injected those evils into the minds of all
humans, even of the most scholarly and advanced in education,
science, government and areas of awesome human accomplishment?
Even that question is a mystery understood by almost no one.
In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is called the prince of the power of the
air, working in—inside the minds of—people. I could never have
understood this until: 1) I had understood
how radio and television
sounds and pictures are transmitted through the air; and
2) I had learned the truth about the human spirit in the human
brain. If your radio is set on the proper radio wavelength, or
set is tuned to the proper channel, the broadcaster’s
message comes through clearly. Satan as prince of the power
of the air broadcasts—not in words, sounds or pictures, but in
attitudes, moods, impulses.
For example, we read in Ezra 1:1, when King Cyrus of Persia
issued a proclamation to send a colony of Jews back to Jerusalem
to build the second Temple, he was moved to do so because God
stirred up his human spirit—in other words, put the suggestion
and impulse in his mind, and the king acted on it. In the same
manner Satan moves on the human spirit within people to move
them in attitudes of envy, jealousy, resentment, impatience,
anger, bitterness and strife. People have no realization of the
tremendous power of Satan. The human spirit within each
human is automatically tuned to Satan’s wavelength. It seems
as if Satan has surcharged
the air over the entire earth with his
attitude of self-centeredness and vanity.
And so a world—a civilization—developed from the original
Adam and Eve. When God shut off the tree of life, that act
marked the foundation of the world. It was founded on rejection
of God, on disobedience to God’s law, which defines God’s way
of life. And all the evils, sorrows, pain and suffering in 6,000
years of human civilization have resulted.
God had designed a 7,000-year master plan for accomplishing
his tremendous purpose. The first 6,000 years were
allotted to allow Satan to remain on earth’s throne, and for
humanity to learn the bitter lesson, through experience, that
Satan’s way of self-centeredness
in opposition to God’s law leads
only to pain, suffering, anguish and death.
The whole world of humankind has been deceived into
preferring this “getting,” self-centered way of life.
At this point, remember, the world had never known of the
existence of God the Father until Jesus came and revealed the
Father (Matthew 11:27).
The world, from its foundation, was cut off from God the
Father. Jesus came to reconcile repentant believers to the Father
(Romans 5:10)
But notice briefly how human civilization developed.
God created the first humans, perfect specimens physically
and mentally. Physically this perfectly created pair had no
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chronic ailments or tendencies toward diseases or illnesses. That
is testified in part by the fact that Adam lived to be 930 years
old. And for nearly 2,000 years the human life span from Adam
to Noah averaged close to 900 years.
Think of it! The first man lived nearly one sixth of all the
time from human creation until now!
Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. When
they were grown, perhaps still in their teens, Cain became
envious and hostile against his brother Abel. Even though
by the closing off of the tree of life they were cut off from
God the Father, the “Word” (the “Lord” or the “Eternal” in
English) spoke to Cain and warned him. But Cain was being
led by Satan. This prince of the power of the air stirred Cain
to an attitude of resentment, anger and hostility. Cain slew
his younger brother, and when the Eternal asked him about
his brother, he lied to God about it. The very first human ever
born was moved by Satan to become a murderer and a liar.
God sentenced him to become a vagabond and a fugitive.
But even though the human family had rejected God, chosen
to rely on self even as swayed by Satan, the human mind was
capable of working with material substance. In a few generations
a son of Cain was making harps and organs and musical instruments
(Genesis 4:21) and another, an artificer in brass and iron.
Mankind was making progress in material development,
even though growing further from God spiritually. But remember
at this point, that “except the Lord build the house, they labour in
vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). Also in Matthew 7:24-27, a house
built on a faulty foundation is bound to fall. Civilization as we
know it was built, not on the foundation of God and his direction,
but on man’s self-reliance under the deception and sway of Satan.
The Bible tells us little of human development prior to
Noah, but after 1,500 to 1,600 years human civilization
become so evil that only one man, Noah, remained righteous.
There was a population explosion, but humanity had turned to
evil continually. After 100 years of warning by Noah, God sent
the Flood to drown all living except Noah, his wife, three sons
and their wives—eight people.
Notice to what extent humanity had been turned by Satan to
evil. In Genesis 6:5, “God saw that the wickedness
of man was
great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually.” The earth was filled
with violence. Man’s thoughts, contemplations and plans were
continually on self-centered, lustful and evil objectives.
This violence had become so universal that God determined
to spare humanity from suffering longer in mounting misery
and anguish.
God took away their miserable lives, by the earthwide
Flood, to be resurrected in the next second of their consciousness
in the “Great White Throne” resurrection (Revelation 20:11-12).
They will be brought back to life in a time when Christ is ruling
the earth in righteousness, peace and happiness. Satan will be
gone. Their minds then will be opened to God’s truth, and
eternal salvation
will be opened to them.
But God intended to preserve human life—to give humanity
a new and fresh start.
God found only one man, of all the millions, who was
walking with God. Two can’t walk together except they be
agreed. Noah alone agreed with God and God’s way of life. God
used Noah as a preacher of righteousness
(2 Peter 2:5). For 100
years Noah warned the unheeding
world, from age 500 until he
was 600 years old.
Noah, was “perfect” in his generations. That is, his heredity,
ancestry (Genesis 6:9).
Proof of this lies in the meaning of the Hebrew word translated
“perfect.” It may refer either to spiritual character
17:1) or to physical characteristics (Leviticus 22:21). Therefore
Genesis 6:9 allows the translation that Noah was either “blameless”
or “unblemished.” The context (Genesis 6:2) clearly indicates
the latter is the intended meaning of “perfect.” So a good
rendering of Genesis 6:9 is that Noah was the only “just” man
(in spiritual character), and also “unblemished” (in his genetic
heritage) among his contemporaries.
The subject matter of the chapter is the generations ancestry
of Noah. Exceeding wickedness had developed through those
generations, by Noah’s generation reaching a climactic crisis
that ended that world.
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What was this universal evil and corruption? Jesus described
that universal, corrupt evil as “eating and drinking, marrying and
giving in marriage” (Matthew 24:38). Eating food and drinking is
not evil. Marrying is not evil in itself. There had to be wrong use
and excess in eating, drinking and marrying—the evil was in the
and in the extent of eating, drinking and marrying.
It could only be eating improper food, drinking excessively
of alcoholic drinks, revelings (Galatians 5:21), rioting, violence.
Marrying, to be evil, had to be as in Genesis 6:2, when men
“took them wives of all which they chose.” There was rampant
and universal interracial marriage—so exceedingly universal
that Noah, only, was unblemished or perfect in his generations—
his ancestry. He was of the original white strain.
It is amply evident that by the time of Noah there were at
least the three primary or major racial strains on earth, the
white, yellow and black, although interracial marriage produced
many racial mixtures.
God does not reveal in the Bible the precise origin of the
different races. It is evident that Adam and Eve were created
white. God’s chosen nation Israel was white. Jesus was white.
But it is a fair conjecture that in mother Eve were created ovaries
containing the yellow and black genes, as well as white, so that
some of the children of Adam and Eve gave rise to black, yellow,
as well as white.
The one man God chose to preserve the human race alive
after the Flood was perfect in his generations—all his ancestry
back to Adam was of the one strain, and undoubtedly that
happened to be white—not that white is in any sense superior.
If you are a livestock breeder, planning to enter your prize
animals in a livestock show—perhaps at a state or county fair—
you will be sure to enter only thoroughbred
or pedigreed stock!
Mixing the breed alters the characteristics.
God originally set the bounds of national borders, intending
nations to be separated to prevent interracial marriage. Notice,
“When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance
[speaking of land or geographical
boundaries], when he
separated [notice—he separated] the sons of Adam, he set the
bounds of the people …” (Deuteronomy 32:8).
But people wanted to intermarry—until there would be only
one race!
That desire seems still inherent in human nature today!
Noah was of perfect lineage in his generations. His wife and
three sons were of that same white strain. But Japheth evidently
had married an Oriental woman, and Ham a black.
We know little more than stated above about civilized
development prior to the Flood.
Mankind should have learned its lesson by the Flood, but
man cut off from God, and swayed by Satan had not, and has
not to this present day. But once again, “as it was in the days of
Noah,” Jesus said in a prophecy, there is a population explosion,
and evils are multiplying.
This time worldwide nuclear war will
threaten to erase all humanity from the earth. But, for the sake
of the “elect” of God’s true Church (Matthew 24:21-22), God will
cut the destruction short—and this time send Jesus Christ as
King of kings to replace Satan and sit on earth’s throne.
It was only the second generation after the Flood until a man
named Nimrod organized people into cities. First was the tower
of Babel and the city of Babylon. Then Nineveh and other cities,
which became city-states.
God had set the bounds of the nations, intending geographical
segregation of the races.
At this point I quote from Satan’s Great Deception, a thesis
by C. Paul Meredith (pages 14-16):
Everyone on earth after the Flood knew of God and why
he had drowned the wicked. They feared to do evil—at
first. … Men lived … without cities and without laws, and all
speaking one language. …
This group, composed of the only people on the earth
(for the others had all been destroyed by the great Flood)
began migrating from the mountains of Ararat (Genesis
8:4) where the ark had landed: “And the whole earth was
of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as
they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the
land of Shinar, and they dwelt there” (Genesis 11:1-2). These
people, now known as Sumerians (Miller’s Ancient History in
Bible Light, page 51), pushing through the mountains of the
east, came upon a prodigiously fertile plain built up by the
deposits of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers. This land of
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Shinar is now known as ancient Babylonia (J. H. Breasted’s
Ancient Times, page 107). Here was a land that would produce
all they desired in abundance. …
These people, like Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and
brought trouble upon themselves. The land was productive,
but the wild animals were multiplying faster than the people
due to the destruction of the former civilization by the great
Flood. Because of their primitive weapons, there was a great
danger to life and possessions (Exodus 23:28-29). What could
be done about it?
Nimrod, the son of Cush, was a large, powerfully built
black who developed into a great hunter. It was he who
gathered the people together and organized them to fight the
wild ferocious beasts. “He was a mighty hunter before the
Lord” (Genesis 10:8-9). In other words, the name of Nimrod
was known everywhere for his might. He emancipated the
people of the earth after the Flood from their fear of the wild
animals. His prestige grew. He became the leader in worldly
affairs. He was ambitious.
There was a better way to protect the people from the wild
animals that roamed the earth than by constantly fighting
them. Nimrod built a city of houses and surrounded this
city with a high wall and gathered the people therein. Thus
the people were protected and Nimrod was able to rule over
them. This arrangement was agreeable to the people for
“They said … let us build us a city and … make us a name, lest
we be scattered abroad” (Genesis 11:4).
The people not only protected themselves from the
wild animals by building a walled city but also established
authority of their own—“let us make us a name.” This was
to be a central place of mankind’s authority—the necessity of
their obedience to God was not going to be recognized! Nimrod
was their leader. Also they built a tower whose top was to
“reach unto heaven.” With a tower this high they could do as
they wished—disobey God and still be safe from his punishment
which had drowned the inhabitants of the earth before.
This was mankind’s first act of open rebellion against God
after the Flood —they thought they had placed themselves
out of God’s reach if they wished to disobey him. They, like
Satan, thought that if they could “ascend above the heights of
the clouds,” they could “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
Cush, Nimrod’s father, also had much to do with the building
of this tower and city (The Two Babylons, by Alexander
Hislop, page 26).
These people were not only of one language, they were of
three races or families—white, yellow and black. Just as God
created varieties in many species of flowers and of animals—for
example, many varieties and colors of roses—for greater beauty,
so God created the three races and colors of human skin. God
intended to prevent racial intermarriages. But man has always
wanted to violate God’s laws, intentions and ways. They wanted
to become one race or family through intermarriage
of races.
As mentioned before, God had set the bounds of the races,
providing for geographical segregation,
in peace and harmony
but without discrimination. But the people wanted to be of one
amalgamated people. One purpose for the tower of Babel was to
unite them, and to prevent them from being scattered in racial
geographical segregation.
They built the tower, “lest we be scattered abroad upon the
face of the whole earth” in geographical segregation (Genesis
11:4). But God looked upon their building of the tower and said,
“Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and
this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from
them, which they have imagined to do” (Genesis 11:6).
What has mankind “imagined to do”? By this twentieth
century man has gone into outer space, flown to the moon
and back, invented and produced the most intricate machines,
computerized instruments, transplanted
hearts, and even
attempted to produce life from dead matter. The human mind’s
capacity for material accomplishment seems unlimited. But his
problems are not material, but spiritual. And before them he is
still helpless without God.
So God confounded their languages and “scattered them
abroad … upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:8).
Continuing from C. Paul Meredith’s thesis, now out of print
(pages 16-17, 25-29):
Then it was that Nimrod “began to be a mighty one”
and a “mighty hunter before the Lord” [Genesis 10:8-9] in a
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ruling sense (the Hebrew word for “mighty” is gibbor, which
means “tyrant,” Strong’s Concordance of the Bible). Nimrod
became a tyrant over the people. He made the laws. Not only
that but he was “mighty … before” the Eternal. (The Hebrew
word paniym translated “before” here, should be translated
“against”—Strong’s Concordance of the Bible.) The Bible says
Nimrod was against God! …
Nimrod kept growing in power but the inborn desire of
the people to worship must be satisfied. Nimrod and his
followers had turned against the true God. They wanted to
glorify God in their own way! They “changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made like … creeping things”
(Romans 1:23)—the snake, and other things God had created.
(They should have worshiped God in spirit and in truth and
not through idols—John 4:24 and Exodus 20:4-5.) With the
civil power he wielded, Nimrod set himself up as the priest of
the things worshiped by the people, to obtain a still stronger
hold on them and gradually put himself in place of the true
God. …
[But] Noah, the preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5)
did stand fast and gained a staunch supporter in his son
Shem. While Nimrod was expanding his kingdom so
rapidly there was opposition to Shem, the representative
Noah. … Nimrod became the representative for the forces of
evil in opposing Shem. …
Shem, a very eloquent person, is said to have obtained the
aid of a group of Egyptians who overcame Nimrod.
The death of Nimrod seemingly halted the counterfeit
pagan worship which he started.
[If] Nimrod had been a man of unbounded ambition, the
ambition of … Semiramis—the future “Queen of Heaven”
(Jeremiah 7:18)—exceeded even his. Nimrod … had become
the greatest and most powerful figure in the world. He was
dead. She clearly saw that if she were to … have the great
position and power … of the most powerful man on earth,
something must be done to assure … her power.
Nimrod’s kingdom, which consisted of most of the
populated world of that time, had fallen to her. Much of
Nimrod’s power had come from his setting himself up as
the human representative of the Sun-God. She must retain
this world rule by any and all means. The religious control
which had given so much power to [Nimrod] must be used
by her also if she were to retain the maximum hold on her
subjects. … In life [Nimrod] had been honored as a hero; in
death she will have him worshiped as a god. …
Semiramis was actually the founder of much of the world’s
pagan religions, worshiping false gods. Even such so-called
Christian observances as Christmas, New Year’s and Easter
emerged from the false religious system she developed. For
details of this the reader is referred to The Two Babylons, by
Alexander Hislop.
Today, the English language is fast becoming the chief
international language. Men are entering mixed marriages, and
starting to get back to one worldwide language.
The only survivors of the great Flood on earth composed the
one family, that of Noah. It consisted of Noah, his wife, their
three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives. The whole
human population came from that one family.
The Bible speaks of three worlds—the world that then was
being overflowed with water, this present evil world, and the
world to come.
As the flood waters evaporated the whole earth consisted of
the one family of Noah. But Shem, who was white and married
to a white woman, started his own family. Ham, married to a
black woman, had black children and began his own family.
Japheth, married to a yellow woman, started his own family,
which were of yellow extraction. The early history recorded in
the Bible speaks of “families,” rather than “races.”
At the incident of the tower of Babel, God divided the
speech of the people so that they were able to communicate each
one only in his new and different language.
And so as time passed, the families grew, each family
speaking its own language. God had intended geographical
segregation, not integration of races.
Nimrod built a number of cities—Babylon, Erech, Accad,
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Calneh, Nineveh, etc. There developed city-states, each with
its own local government. As time passed, nations arose with
national governments. Among these were Babylon (which
became known as Chaldea), Egypt, Assyria. The religion started
by Semiramis was carried into the different nations in the
language of each. Semiramis and Nimrod were also identified
with the names Isis and Osiris in Egypt. Each nation had its
own names for its gods. But the whole labyrinth of pagan
religions developed from that which originated with Semiramis.
As the generations of humanity continued, this world’s
civilization developed. It started with a government system
started by Nimrod, through a religious system that stemmed
from Nimrod and Semiramis. The modern system of academic
educations was started by Plato, taught by Socrates. Systems of
commerce, industry, finance and banking developed—but none
of these Satan-influenced and humanly devised systems originated
with God. All laws were made by humans—either decrees
by kings and despots, or human lawmaking groups, such as city
councils, state legislatures, national congresses, parliaments,
diets, or whatever. Social customs developed and all facets of
civilization up to the chaotic present.
In such a world God called out a special nation of his own,
not a favorite nation for special favors, but a nation chosen for a
special purpose that that nation failed to perform.
After the Flood profane history implies that Shem
continued more or less in the knowledge and way of God. But
no man really walked with God until Abraham.
To Abraham,
God made all the promises on which ultimate human salvation
depends, as well as the material and economic prosperity that
has come to the United States and the British.
Humanity was created on earth for a glorious and wonderful
purpose. God was reproducing himself. Stated another way,
God’s purpose was to create humanity to become supremely
happy and joyful in peace and perfect comfort, to become
productive, creative, joyfully successful with eternal life.
This meant the supreme perfect spiritual character of God—
perfect utopia. This purpose shall be accomplished.
But to accomplish it, humanity must make its own decision.
The former cherub Lucifer had chosen a course of action and
being that led in the diametrically opposite direction. The first
man had to choose either to accept and live the way of God’s
purpose, or Satan’s way of self-reliance in the opposite direction.
The first man Adam chose to take to himself the knowledge of
good and evil. He started his human family relying on self for
good on the human level, mixed with evil, and relying on human
self not only for knowledge of the way, but for the solution of all
problems that might arise. He rejected spiritual knowledge from
God and reliance on God for power to live the way of utopia.
Man built his world on self-sufficiency without God.
God set in motion a master plan for accomplishment of
his purpose, consisting of a duration of seven thousand
Satan was allowed to remain on earth’s throne for the first six
thousand years. God purposed that man must learn his lesson,
and come voluntarily to accept God’s way and character.
For nearly six thousand years mankind has been writing
that lesson. But even at this late hour he has not yet learned it.
He has not yet given up on his own self-centered way and come
to accept God’s way to his ultimate happiness. God is letting the
law of cause and effect take full toll. Man’s society, deceived and
misled by Satan, has not even yet brought man to admit failure
of his course of self-sufficiency.
Today man’s world is reeling on its last legs. Wars, violence,
destruction, terrorism engulf the entire world. Half the world
exists in ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, living in filth and squalor.
The developed half is sick with ill health, disease, mental stress,
fear, frustration, wracked with crime, alcoholism, drug abuse,
perverted and misused sex, broken homes, hopelessness in
Mankind is nearing the end of his rope. But even now, God
will not intervene to save this defiant humanity from itself until
man is finally brought to the point where, if God delayed longer
in intervention, man would annihilate himself. God will not
intervene and usher in the next world under the kingdom of
God until the remnant of mankind has been brought to fully
human inability to solve problems or bring worldwide
peace in happiness and joy. Man must be brought to realize his
helplessness and futility without God.
At last the weapons of mass destruction have been invented
and produced that can erase all life from this planet earth. In
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these last days of mankind’s last gasping of breath, Jesus foretold
how it would all end. After Jesus’ gospel had been suppressed,
replaced with a false gospel of men about a different Jesus, he
said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end [of
this world] come.”
This gospel now has been preached into every nation.
During its 50 years of proclamation, nuclear energy has developed
with capacity for the first time in history to destroy every
human alive on earth. Next, Jesus foretold the great tribulation—
a time of trouble so great that, unless God does intervene,
no human being would be saved alive. But, for the sake of his
Church, God will intervene supernaturally before total destruction
of humanity. Mankind will be brought to acknowledge
human insufficiency without God. Immediately after, Christ
will come in the clouds in supreme power and glory to unseat
Satan, and start God’s own new civilization toward utopia
(Matthew 24:14, 31-41).
These are the very last days of Satan’s evil world. God’s
utopian civilization will be started with the present generation.
1 Title
5 Mystery of Israel
Did it ever strike you as most unusual that the
Great God should have raised up the ancient nation
Israel to be his chosen people?
Consider these seemingly paradoxical facts:
God says he is not a respecter of persons. Is he, then, a
respecter of nations? Does he have a favorite?
Did you ever realize that God denied his chosen people
salvation—save only their prophets? That the chosen nation
was given only material and national promises—that God’s
Holy Spirit was inaccessible to them?
Did it ever occur to you that the Holy Bible is the book of
and concerning only that one people Israel? And that other
nations are mentioned only if and as they came into contact
with Israel?
And here’s another shocker!—almost totally unrealized
today by Christianity—even by Judaism and not recorded or
understood by historians! The northern kingdom of Israel was
not Jewish! The first place in the Bible where the word Jews
occurs is in 2 Kings chapter 16 and verse 6, where the nation
Israel was at war, in an alliance with Syria, against the Jews!
The truly amazing truth about Israel is a mystery totally
unknown by any religion—by Christianity—by even Judaism!
It is indeed true that the nation Israel was God’s chosen
people. But understand: They were not chosen as “teacher’s pet”
nor for special favors. They were chosen for a special purpose
preparatory to the ultimate establishment of the kingdom of God!
It is an intriguing story! The answer to this chapter title,
“Mystery of Israel,” has great significance in God’s purpose
for all peoples! One cannot understand the real purpose and
incredible potential of man without this vital knowledge.
The Creator God is reproducing himself in and through man!
God’s ultimate transcendent purpose is breathtaking
words. The establishment of the ancient nation
Israel is an
integral part of the supreme master plan.
Seven generations after the Flood, the Eternal found a
man who would obey him. His name was Abram. He lived in
Haran, in Mesopotamia. This man was to become a type of God
the Father. It was from him that the nation Israel descended.
Through this nation God raised up his prophets, and in due
time God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.
Abram, as he was originally named, was not seeking God. But
God chose to call and test Abram. This ancient patriarch, later
in Scripture, is called the father of the faithful. God was calling
him for a very special purpose. That purpose was not to “give
him salvation” or “get him into heaven.” God was calling him
because he had seen in this man the potentialities of obedience
to God and of leadership. God was calling him to be prepared
for special service and ultimately high position in the kingdom
of God—the coming world tomorrow. I quote now from a book
I wrote more than 50 years ago, The United States and Britain in
Prophecy, commencing
with page 16:
To this man, Abram, God commanded: “Get thee out of
thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s
house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of
thee a great nation” (Genesis 12:1-2).
Here was a command, which was a condition and a
promise, provided the condition of obedience was met.
And so now, as God had started the whole world with one
man, he started his own peculiar nation in the world from
one single man—Abraham. As the world, which has strayed
far from God and the blessings of God’s worship and rule,
was started with one man who rebelled against God and
rejected his rule, so God’s own flesh-born nation, from which
is to be reborn the kingdom of God, was started with one
man who obeyed God without question, and accepted his
divine rule.
Did Abram stop to argue and reason? Did he say: “Let’s
reason this out a bit first; here I am in Babylon, in the very
center of all this world’s commerce, society and gaiety. Why
can’t you just as well give me this promise right here, where
everything is pleasant and alluring? Why must I leave all this
and go over to that uncivilized land?”
Did Abram quibble, resist, argue, rebel?
He certainly did not!
The inspired Scripture account states simply: “So Abram
departed.” There was no arguing with God. There was no
human reasoning that God was all wrong. There were no
foolish questions: “Why must I leave here?” “Can’t I do as I
please?” There was no stopping to say, “Well, here’s the way I
look at it.”
“Abram departed.” Just plain, unquestioned obedience!
Here again we see the principle of duality. Abram was in the
very center of this world’s developing civilization.
Remember, it
was a world held captive—a world developing on Satan’s pattern.
God had chosen Abram to become the patriarch of his nation
Israel, the congregation
or Church of the Old Testament. The
principle of duality is interwoven all through the workings
of God in fulfilling this great purpose through humanity on
earth. There was the physical congregation of Israel under the
Old Testament and the spiritual Church of God under the New
Testament. The word church as originally written in the Greek of
the New Testament was ekklesia, which means called-out-ones.
As Israel of the Old Testament was the physical forerunner
and type of the Church of the New Testament
so God now
called out the progenitor of the nation Israel from Satan’s world.
Abraham later regarded himself as a stranger, a sojourner and a
pilgrim in the earth. This was not his world: “These all died in
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faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them
afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a
country [a different civilization]. And truly, if they had been
mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might
have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire
a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not
ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them
a city” (Hebrews 11:13-16). Seeking a better country, a heavenly
country, which will be the kingdom of God filling the earth.
And God established this man [Abram], whose name he
later changed to Abraham, as the father of his nation, Israel!
To Abraham and his descendants were all the promises of
God made. And we must become like Abraham, and through
Christ, one of his children, if we are to inherit the promise of
eternal life in God’s kingdom.
Of his peculiar f lesh-born nation, Israel, the Eternal
said: “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew
forth my praise” (Isaiah 43:21). That prophecy shall yet—and
soon—be fulfilled!
Few have realized it, but a duality runs all the way through
the plan of God in working out his purpose here below.
There was the first Adam, material and carnal; and there
is Christ, the second Adam, spiritual and divine. There was
the Old Covenant, purely material and temporal; and there
is the New Covenant, spiritual and eternal. God made man
mortal, physical, of the dust of the ground and of the human
kingdom; but through Christ he may be begotten of God to
become immortal, spiritual, and of the kingdom of God.
And in like manner there were two phases to the promises
God made to Abraham—the one purely material and
national; the other spiritual and individual. The spiritual
promise of the Messiah, and of salvation through him, is well
known by the most superficial Bible students. They know that
God gave the spiritual promise to Abraham of Christ to be
born as Abraham’s descendant—and that salvation comes to
us through Christ. But—and this will sound unbelievable, yet
it is true—almost no one knows what that salvation is; what
are the promises of salvation we may receive through Christ;
how we may receive them, or when—incredible though that
sounds! But that truth belongs in another chapter.
What is essential to the theme of this chapter is the fact
that God also made another entirely different, most amazing
national and material promise to Abraham which has been
almost entirely overlooked.
Notice now again how God first called Abram, and the
twofold nature of his promises: “Now the Lord had said unto
Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
and I will make of thee a great nation. … and in thee shall
all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).
Notice the twofold promise: 1) “I will make of thee a
great nation”—the national, material promise that his
flesh-born children should become a great nation—a promise
of race; 2) “… and in thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed”—the spiritual promise of grace. This same promise
is repeated in Genesis 22:18: “And in thy seed shall all the
nations of the earth be blessed.” This particular “one seed”
refers to Christ, as plainly affirmed in Galatians 3:8, 16.
Right here is where those who profess to be “Christians”—
and their teachers—have fallen into error and scriptural
blindness. They have failed to notice the twofold promise
God made to Abraham. They recognize
the messianic
promise of spiritual salvation through the “one seed”—
Christ. They sing the hymn Standing on the Promises—falsely
supposing the promises to be going to heaven at death.
This is a pivotal point. This is the point where professing
“Christians” and their teachers jump the track of truth. This
is the point where they switch off the track that would lead
them to the missing master key to the prophecies. They miss
the fact that God gave Abraham promises of physical race as
well as spiritual grace.
But the plain fact that the “great nation” promise refers
alone to race—not the “one seed” of Galatians 3:16, who was
Jesus Christ the son of Abraham and the Son of God, but to
the plural, multiple seed of natural fleshly birth—is made
certain by God’s repetition of his promise in greater detail
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Notice carefully! Understand these promises!
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord
appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty
God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make
my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee
exceedingly. … thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither
shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall
be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee”
(Genesis 17:1-5).
Notice, the promise is now conditional upon Abraham’s
obedience and perfect living. Notice, the “great nation” now
becomes many nations—more than one nation. This cannot
refer to the “one seed,” Christ. The following verses prove
“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make
nations of thee, and kings [more than one] shall come out of
thee” (verse 6). Notice, these nations and kings shall come out
of Abraham—physical generation—
multiple seed, in addition
to the one descendant through whom scattered individuals
may become Abraham’s children by spiritual begettal
through Christ (Galatians 3:29). The scattered, individual
Christians do not form nations. The Church, it is true, is
spoken of as “a royal priesthood, an holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9),
but Christ’s Church is not divided into “many nations.” This
is speaking of race, not grace.
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee
and thy seed after thee in their generations …” (Genesis 17:7)
The “seed” is plural—“in their generations.”
“And I will
give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein
thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan [Palestine], for an
everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (verse 8).
Notice, the land—material possession—is promised to the
plural seed, of whom he is “their,” not “his,” God. The plural
pronoun “their” is used again in verse 9: “and thy seed after
thee in their generations.”
But now examine this promise carefully!
The future of great nations rests on the promises the
eternal Creator made to Abraham. The only hope of life
after death for anyone—regardless of race, color or creed—
is dependent on the spiritual phase of these promises to
Abraham—the promise of grace through the “one seed”—
Christ the Messiah!
These are not casual, incidental, unimportant promises.
These are basic—the foundation for the establishment of the
greatest world powers; the basis for any personal salvation
spiritually; for any hope of eternal life for humans. These are
stupendous promises. The future of mankind is based, by the
Creator God, on them.
Jesus Christ came “to confirm the promises made unto
the fathers” (Romans 15:8)—Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These
same promises were repromised to Isaac, Abraham’s son, and
to Jacob, the son of Isaac.
After 430 years, God raised up his nation Israel—descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed
to Israel.
To lead these people out of Egyptian slavery and to the
Promised Land, God called Moses. Moses was not seeking
God. But God had caused Moses to be trained specifically for
this commission by having him reared as a prince in the palace
of the Egyptian pharaoh. So now again, after Moses had been
specially trained for leadership, God called him out of the world
to lead the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob out of
Egyptian slavery.
So now again we come to the question, Why did God raise up
this special Hebrew nation as “the chosen people”? Why, when
God never made accessible to them his Holy Spirit?
One point to notice here. The probability is that these
people were all—or nearly all—of the white racial strain,
unchanged since creation.
After Jacob and his sons and families had come into Egypt
at Joseph’s behest, they were kept in the locale of Goshen—
geographically separated from the Egyptians, marrying among
In this connection, go back momentarily to Abraham.
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prevented his son Isaac from inter-marrying among the dark
Canaanites then in the land.
He sent his chief servant to his own family and racial people
to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham said, “… thou shalt not take
a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among
whom I dwell” (Genesis 24:3).
The next generation, Jacob married Leah and Rachel,
daughters of Laban, nephew of Abraham, who lived in the land
of Haran, brother of Abraham. The whole community of Haran,
where Laban lived, was of the same family ancestry as Abraham.
Jacob had six sons by Leah, two from Rachel—all of the
same original racial stock, and two each from the maids of
Rachel and Leah—12 in all. Even the maids of Leah and Rachel
undoubtedly were of pure Hebrew stock. These 12 became the
progenitors of the 12 tribes of the nation Israel.
But God specially prepared from birth and called Moses, with
Aaron his brother to assist as his spokesman. (Moses stuttered.)
In the plagues God caused against Egypt, God was turning
the Egyptian gods and objects of worship against them to show
them that these were not gods. Even the plagues were sent in
love for the Egyptians.
The final plague followed the sacrifice of the Passover
on the 14th day of the first month of God’s sacred calendar—
starting in the spring. The Israelites went out of Egypt during
the night part of the 15th. They reached the Red Sea. But
pharaoh had meanwhile changed his mind and, with his army,
pursued them.
The children of Israel had reached the Red Sea, and they
were stopped as if dead. There was no bridge. It was too far to
swim, with their women and children. Behind them pharaoh’s
army was in hot pursuit. There was nothing they could do. They
were stopped—helpless! At that point they had to rely on God!
In Egypt God had caused their release from slavery by a
series of supernatural plagues. Now God caused the waters of
the Red Sea to roll back to form a watery wall on either side,
with a wide path on the dry sea floor between.
The Israelites walked on through. On the opposite side
they looked back and saw the Egyptians entering the seafloor
path. When the Egyptians were all within the seawall passage,
God allowed the waters to flow back, drowning the Egyptian
In due time the Israelites pitched tents at the foot of Mount Sinai.
God did not make them his nation, under his theocratic
rule, without their consent.
Through Moses, God put to them his proposition. If they
would obey his laws of his government, he would prosper them,
and make them the wealthiest and most powerful of nations.
Yet God’s birthright promises were of a national and material
nature—no spiritual salvation.
The people agreed. Thus they became God’s chosen nation.
But why?
This we know: God’s purpose for them had a definite
to preparing for the ultimate KINGDOM OF GOD—when
the government of God would be reestablished over all the
earth, and spiritual salvation
would be offered to all!
Undoubtedly, one reason was to preserve the original
racial strain. But there was much more.
Nations had developed knowledge. Mankind was limited,
after Adam’s rebellion, to the acquisition of physical and material
But, like educated men and scientists today, they were
saying, “Give us sufficient knowledge, and we will solve all
problems and eradicate all evils—we will create utopia!”
Up to that time, mankind had been denied spiritual knowledge
and fulfillment from God. God now decided to give them
knowledge of his law—his kind of government—
his way of
life! He was going to prove to the world that without his Holy
Spirit their minds were incapable of receiving and utilizing
such knowledge of the true ways of life. He was going to
demonstrate to them that the mind of man, with its one spirit,
and without the addition of God’s Holy Spirit, could not have
spiritual discernment—could not solve human problems, could
not cure the evils that were besetting humanity. The nation
Israel would be his guinea pig to demonstrate that fact. God
had chosen a nation of almost perfect original strain in its
generations—its ancestry. Also they had the quality heredity of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).
So God entered into a covenant with them, making them his
nation. It also represented a marriage covenant, with Israel
the wife, promising obedience to her husband—God. It was the
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physical type of the yet-to-come spiritual New Covenant.
And what did it prove?
Here was a people of almost clear racial strain, and the God
believing heredity of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Two requisites
make a human whatever he becomes in life: heredity
and environment. Heredity involves what has been inherited
by birth in such areas as health, intelligence and character
tendencies. Environment includes all external influences and
self-determined motivations—whether good or evil.
Heredity—if of good and high quality—may start one off at
an advantage. An inspiring environment, uplifting influences and
right self-motivation may further improvement. Such environment
may turn one of inferior heredity into a real success in life.
But a discouraging environment, evil inf luences and
misguided self-motivation may turn one of excellent heredity
into failure and an evil nature.
God started his chosen nation off—even though brought
out of slavery—with all the natural advantages of a superior
heredity. God pulled them out of slavery and gave them a new
and fresh start. One might say they had everything God-given
going for them.
But now why? Why did God so prepare and raise up this
nation Israel?
Consider why God created mankind in the first place! God
is reproducing himself through man! He is creating in man
God’s own perfect holy and righteous spiritual character!
And that, in turn, is purposed to restore the government of
God over all the earth. And, further, to create billions of God
beings to finish the creation of the vast unfinished
universe! And, beyond that?
Ah! God has not as yet revealed what he purposes beyond that!
Everything God has done, since the creation of the first
humans, has been another progressive step in God’s overall
supreme purpose!
The immediate purpose, so far in the history of mankind,
to prepare for the kingdom of God, which will restore the
government of God earth wide!
The kingdom of God is the actual begotten and born
family of God, which will first actually appear by a resurrection
and instantaneous translation at Christ’s Second Coming!
And by begotten and born sons of God, emphatically I do not
mean those deceived into the current “born-again” teaching—
that anyone who “professes to receive Christ” is already, in
this present human life, “born again.” That is a paramount
deception by which Satan the devil has deceived those (the
many in a so-called “Christianity”) who have “accepted” a
false conversion. They may be well meaning—but nevertheless
deceived! And of course a deceived person does not know he is
deceived—he may be wholly sincere!
But now think! HOW does the Old Testament nation Israel
play a part in progressively preparing for the kingdom of God?
First, Abraham was a man of very outstanding qualifying abilities.
Undoubtedly he, with his sons Isaac and Israel, shall, in the
resurrection and kingdom of God, occupy a position next under
Christ himself. The kingdom of God will be a spiritual kingdom
including both Church and State—earth wide. These, as a team,
probably will be next in line of authority under Christ—and
over both church and state.
Of the nation Israel, Moses, whom God raised up as their
leader and lawgiver (though God the Father is the original real
Lawgiver) in all probability will be under the Abraham-Isaac-
Jacob team, but head over the national governments of the
world during the coming millennium. And probably Joshua,
who succeeded Moses, will be Moses’ assistant in that office of
worldwide national governments.
What of the nation Israel as a whole?
They, despite their favorable heredity, failed utterly to
qualify. When God put the proposal of their formation
as his
nation before them, they replied, “All that the Lord hath spoken
we will do” (Exodus 19:8). But they utterly broke their word and
They were in a “husband-and-wife” relation with the Lord
God. But the Lord said later of them: “Surely as a wife treacher-
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ously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously
with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:20).
The nation Israel under Moses was one race—very little
interracial marriage had marred their racial nationality.
The Promised Land was then called Canaan. Canaanites,
racially dark, had settled in the land. But God had given this
land to the racial descendants of Abraham by promise! It did
not belong to the Canaanites or other races settled there.
When God moved his two million-plus Israelites in there,
he commanded them through Moses:
“When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before
you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten
images … and ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and
dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it …. But if
ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you;
then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them
shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall
vex you in the land wherein ye dwell” (Numbers 33:51-53, 55).
It’s time we understand this!
This nation Israel was God’s nation. But they were a
physical, not a spiritual nation. Yet God gave them his Church,
as well as national government and religion. God intended to
keep them physically separate from other nations—both
nationally (racially) and religiously.
For them to intermarry with other races would result in two
things: It would interbreed them into other races, and mix them
into other idolatrous religions!
The Israelites did not obey God!
Much later, after the captivities of both Israel and Judah,
God sent a colony of Jews from the Judahite slave population in
Babylon back to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel as governor of the
colony, to build the second Temple.
Among this colony were the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah.
Against God’s command, the people of the colony began to
intermarry with Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites and
other races, “so that the holy seed [racially pure, for they had
not the Holy Spirit] have mingled themselves with the people of
those lands …” (Ezra 9:2).
The prophet Ezra was angry! He stood up before the
congregation and said: “Ye have transgressed, and have taken
strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. Now therefore
… separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from
the strange wives” (Ezra 10:10-11).
Jesus Christ was born of the tribe of Judah, and it was necessary
that he be of the original pure racial strain, even as Noah
But—nevertheless, the Old Covenant with Israel at Sinai
was a type and forerunner of the New Covenant. It will be
made with the New Testament Church, which is the spiritual
Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:6, 10).
Meanwhile, an individual few in Old Testament Israel did
obey God and by becoming God’s prophets, they became part of
the very foundation of the New Testament Church of God. The
Church is built on the solid foundation of the prophets (Old
Testament) and apostles (New Testament), Jesus Christ himself
being “the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).
Among them, Elijah probably will be head, under Christ
and Abraham-Isaac-Israel, over the Church, worldwide. John
the Baptist may be under Elijah. There are indications that the
prophet Daniel will be head over all gentile nations, and under
Moses and Christ.
But in what manner did the ancient nation Israel play a part in
preparation for the kingdom of God?
I have already mentioned how the intellectuals and scholarly
of this world feel that, given sufficient knowledge,
carnal man could solve all problems.
God let many generations of ancient Israel and Judah prove
by hundreds of years of human experience, that the best of
humanity, without God’s Holy Spirit cannot solve human
problems and evils!
I have spoken, during the past 20 years, to many heads
of governments over Europe, Asia, Africa, South America. In
China, I believe the Communist heads of government believe
that communism, once it gains control
of the earth, will solve
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all problems and evils. But many kings, emperors, presidents
and prime ministers I have conferred privately with now realize
the problems are beyond human ability to solve. And this I said
to many leaders of the People’s Republic of China.
The problems and evils are of a spiritual nature. And a
carnal mind without God’s Spirit cannot come to grips with
spiritual problems.
The many decades and centuries of ancient Israel proved
that! Until Israel, God withheld knowledge of the right ways
of human living from mankind. To Israel God gave his statutes
and judgments, as well as his spiritual law. But these perfect laws
did not, without God’s Holy Spirit, solve the nation’s problems!
God could say: “I am God. Take my word for it.” But God
gave proof, through Israel, that without the Holy Spirit, man
is helpless! They even had God to appeal to. But they did not
have his Spirit within them.
Let this point be emphasized. When the first man, Adam,
rejected the tree of life, and took to himself the knowledge of good
and evil, he limited his power and ability to do good to the level of
his human spirit. There is good as well as evil in human nature.
Good is a spiritual attribute, not a physical or material action. Had
Adam taken of the tree of life, the Holy Spirit of God would have
entered him and joined with his spirit, uniting him with God as a
son of God. The Holy Spirit meant more than spiritual knowledge
of good. Not the hearers of the law (good) but the doers of the law
are justified (Romans 2:13). Love is the fulfilling of the law, but not
human love. It requires the “love of God … shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy [Spirit]” (Romans 5:5).
God revealed his law to the nation Israel. One of the
purposes of this nation was to prove by human experience
man without the Spirit of God within him cannot be righteous.
So, at this point, let us cover a brief synopsis of the actual
history of the nation, and of the gentile nations of the world.
A most important declaration and promise was given to the
people of Israel, as recorded in Leviticus 26. Again I quote from my
book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, starting page 110:
In this central prophecy, God reaffirmed the birthright
promise—but with conditions—for those of Moses’ day! The
birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh were then with
the other tribes—as one nation. Obedience to God’s laws
would bring the vast national wealth and blessings of the
birthright not only to Ephraim and Manasseh, but the whole
nation would automatically have shared them at that time.
Notice carefully that two of the Ten Commandments
are mentioned for emphasis. These were the main test
commandments! They were the test of obedience, and of faith
in and loyalty to God. God said: “Ye shall make you no idols
nor graven image … to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord
your God. Ye shall keep my sabbaths …” (verses 1-2).
There was a condition—a great big “if”—to their receiving
actual fulfillment of this stupendous birthright promise in
their time! God said: “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my
commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in
due season, and the land shall yield her increase …” (verses
3-4). All wealth comes out of the ground. They would enjoy
bumper crops the year round, one harvest on the heels of
another. Verse 6: “And I will give peace in the land … and
none shall make you afraid … neither shall the sword [of war]
go through your land.” What a blessing! What nation enjoys
continuous peace, without fear of invasion?
Of course, in this world, every nation has enemies. What if
enemy nations attacked? Verses 7-8: “And ye shall chase your
enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five
of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall
put ten thousand to flight. …”
Since many nations in this world always have been
aggressors, Israel would have been attacked. A nation with the
military superiority to defeat all attackers would soon become
the dominant, most powerful nation on earth—especially
with resources and great wealth from the ground. Verse 9:
“For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and
multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.”
But here comes the alternative—IF the conditions are not
met: “… if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all
these commandments … I also will do this unto you; I will
even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning
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ague [fever], that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of
heart [rsv: waste the eyes and cause life to pine away]: and ye
shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And
I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your
enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you …” (verses
14-17). They would be invaded, conquered, become once again
slaves—as they had been in Egypt before God freed them.
Now continue in Leviticus 26: “And if ye will not yet for all
this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times
more for your sins” (verse 18). …
Now when we come to the expression “then I will punish
you seven times more for your sins” in Leviticus 26, it is
evident both by its manner of wording in the sentence and
by the fact of actual fulfillment that it was speaking of a
duration of seven prophetic “times,” or years. And on
this “year-for-a-day principle,” it becomes seven 360-day
years—a total of 2,520 days. And when each day is a year of
punishment … the punishment becomes the withdrawing of
and withholding
the promised blessings for 2,520 years! For
that is precisely what did happen!
That national punishment—the withholding of the birthright
promises of national prosperity and dominance,
only to the House of Israel headed by the tribes of Ephraim and
How these promises were actually fulfilled at the precise
time of 1800 to 1804 is one of the most amazing fulfillments
of prophecy in the Bible and in the history of mankind. This
fulfillment, step by step, is vividly revealed in our free book The
United States and Britain in Prophecy.
This nation Israel promised to obey God. But they never
did. Even while Moses was with the Eternal atop Mount Sinai
receiving further instructions, the people melted and fashioned
a golden calf to worship instead of the Eternal God. Because of
their grumbling, their lack of faith and their disobedience, God
did not allow them to enter the Promised Land for 40 years.
At the end of the 40 years Moses died. The Israelites were
led across the Jordan River into the Promised Land under
Joshua. During Joshua’s life they obeyed God more or less but
not fully. After Joshua died, every man did what seemed right
in his own mind. These people through disobedience to God
would fall captive to surrounding kings. Then they would cry
out to the Eternal and he would send a leader to free them.
Again and again this process was repeated.
After some generations God gave them a prophet to lead and
rule them, the prophet Samuel. But in due time the people
demanded a human king to rule them, as other nations were
ruled. God said to Samuel it was not him that they rejected, but
God. Samuel had ruled only as God’s servant and actually it had
been God’s divine rule.
God gave them what they wanted, King Saul, a tall and
towering leader. But Saul disobeyed God and the Eternal
replaced him with King David. David personally
was not
without sin, but each time he repented and turned from each
sin. David became “a man after God’s own heart.” He wrote
a most important book in the Bible, the book of Psalms. God
made an unconditional and unbreakable covenant with David,
assuring that his dynasty, ruling over Israelites, would continue
unbroken forever. Finally, in God’s due time, that throne will be
taken over by Jesus Christ, at his Second Coming to earth.
David’s son Solomon became the wisest man who ever lived
(except Christ). But he taxed the people very heavily, and when he
died his son Rehoboam became king. The people sent a delegation
with an ultimatum to Rehoboam. If he would reduce their taxes,
they would serve him. If not, they would reject him as king. On
the advice of the younger men among his councilors, Rehoboam
told the people he would lay even heavier taxes on them.
Thereupon the people decided against the royal house of
David. They named as king, Jeroboam, who had occupied the
office we would today call prime minister,
under King Solomon.
Since Rehoboam was seated on the throne in Jerusalem, the
people of Israel chose a new capital some distance north of
Jerusalem. (Under a later king, Omri, they built a new northern
capital at Samaria.)
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Thereupon the tribes of Judah and Benjamin decided to
remain loyal to Rehoboam. This brought about a secession of the
rebellious tribes from Israel, and they became the nation of Judah.
Upon ascending the throne, Jeroboam deposed the Levites
from the office of priesthood because he feared they might turn
the hearts of the people back to Rehoboam and thereby he would
lose his new throne. He also changed the holy festivals of the
seventh month to the eighth month. There is strong indication
that he also changed the seventh day Sabbath to Sunday, the
first day of the week. The Sabbath had been made an everlasting
covenant by God between him and Israel, by which they would be
identified from all other people (Exodus 31:12-18) as God’s nation
Israel and by which they would be brought into weekly remembrance
that the Eternal was their creator. For in six days God
renewed or re-created the earth and creation is the proof of God.
Thus the people of Israel became known as the ten lost tribes.
They had lost the covenant sign identifying them as Israel. They
had lost the knowledge of God their creator. They soon lost even
the Hebrew language.
During the time of 19 kings and seven dynasties, the
10-tribed kingdom of Israel continued in sin, rejecting the
pleadings of prophets God sent to them. In a siege of war, about
721 to 718 b.c., the House of Israel was conquered
by Assyria.
They were moved from their homes, farms and villages and
transported as a captive people to Assyria on the southern
shores of the Caspian Sea.
From there, within a hundred years, they migrated northwest
and became known as the Lost Ten Tribes.
The world has never known what became of them. The
world in general, mistakenly, has considered that all Israelites
were Jews. But in the Bible, the term Jew applied only to the
tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. The Levites had joined the
kingdom of Judah when they were expelled by Jeroboam.
Dating from the captivity of Israel—721 to 718 b.c.—that nation
entered its 2,520 years of punishment as foretold in Leviticus 26.
During this time the promises made to Abraham of national
wealth, prosperity and dominance were withheld from them. This
duration carried to the years 1800-1804 when national supremacy
and economic dominance was to become theirs. This had to be,
because God had promised it unconditionally to Abraham.
How they finally, beginning the year a.d. 1800, regained
the national dominance and wealth God had unconditionally
promised Abraham is recorded in the book The United States
and Britain in Prophecy.
Meanwhi le, the Jews of the kingdom of Judah
were conquered and removed from their land by King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon about 585 b.c.
Among the Jewish captives taken to Babylon was a brilliant
young man, Daniel, a prophet who wrote the book under his
name in the Bible.
God used the prophet Daniel as a go-between between the
Eternal and King Nebuchadnezzar.
This great gentile king had organized the world’s first
empire uniting several nations under one government.
God used
Daniel to make known to the Babylonian
king that the Creator
God ruled over the whole earth, and that Nebuchadnezzar held
his throne only by God’s will. Actually, God was giving this
gentile king opportunity to come under God’s rule and have the
consequent blessings of God.
The prophecy of Daniel chapter 2 pictured a stupendous
image, representing Nebuchadnezzar’s Chaldean Empire, to be
followed by the Persian Empire, and then, in turn, the Greco-
Macedonian Empire, the Roman Empire, and the entire system
of human governments to be destroyed and replaced by the
kingdom of God headed by Christ as King of kings ruling all the
The prophecies of Daniel 7, and of Revelation 13 and 17 foretell
the same thing.
Of course, although Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the
existence of God, he never obeyed.
Meanwhile, God kept hands off of the other peoples of the
The Persian Empire succeeded Nebuchadnezzar’s Chaldean
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Empire. Seventy years after the captivity of Judah and destruction
of Solomon’s Temple God put it in the mind of King Cyrus
of Persia to send a colony of captive Jews back to Jerusalem to
build a second Temple.
This colony was headed by Zerubbabel as governor.
The prophets Ezra and Nehemiah also joined this colony in
Jerusalem. Zerubbabel built the second Temple, to which Jesus
came some 500 years later. The Romans had come into power
before the birth of Jesus. Just prior to the birth of Jesus, King
Herod, who ruled over Jews and served the Romans, had remodeled
and enlarged the Temple.
This colony of Jews sent back to Jerusalem some 500 years
before Christ had expanded over the area of Judea. None of the
kingdom of Israel had gone back to Jerusalem in this colony.
They had migrated west by northwest and lost their Hebrew
language, and even the knowledge of their identity. The world
has called them the Lost Ten Tribes. More of them later.
It was during this 500 years that God sent so-called minor
prophets to the Jews in Judea. Also it was during this period that
the Jewish rabbis altered points in the religion started through
Moses into the Judaism religion among Jews in the lifetime of
Jesus. The stage was set for his appearing.
Now let us return to the 10-tribed kingdom of Israel. As
stated above, they had, before the captivity of Judah, migrated
west by northwest. The Assyrians settled in central Europe, and
the Germans, undoubtedly, are, in part, the descendants of the
ancient Assyrians.
However the so-called Lost Ten Tribes—the kingdom of
Israel—continued into western Europe and Britain. We cannot
be positive in respect to the various tribal identities today, but
probably France or at least the northern French are the tribe
of Reuben. Ephraim and Manasseh journeyed on into the
British Isles. They became a colonizing people, and according to
prophecy they were to lose their first colony.
The dying Jacob, who had been renamed Israel, conferred
the birthright blessing on Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and
Manasseh. Jacob, now renamed Israel, though blind so he
could not see the lads before him, crossed his hands, “and Israel
stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head,
who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head,
guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life
long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil,
bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name
of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a
multitude in the midst of the earth” (Genesis 48:14-16).
Continuing from The United States and Britain in Prophecy:
Let who grow into this promised multitude? Let whose
descendants become that numerous seed, which shall
number into billions? Not Judah, the father of the Jews—note
it!—but Ephraim and Manasseh! Why have the eyes and
understanding of church leaders and Bible students been
blinded to this plain fact of Scripture?
Notice, Israel did not confer this blessing on just one, but on
both—“Bless the lads,” he said. This blessing went upon them
jointly. “Let my name be named on them” was part of this
blessing. His name was Israel. Hence, it was the descendants
of these lads, not the descendants of Judah, or the Jews, who
were named Israel. How clear it is that the name Israel was
to be indelibly stamped on Ephraim and Manasseh!
A shocking fact—and yet plainly proved, right before your
eyes! And remember, this scripture needs no “interpretation”
or “special meaning” or “hidden symbolism” for you to
understand! Here is the plain, simple statement that Jacob’s
name, which was changed to Israel, would become the
very possession and property—the label on the peoples of
Ephraim and Manasseh!
Who, then, according to your Bible, is the real Israel
(racially and nationally) of today?
Ephraim and Manasseh!
Ephraim and Manasseh together received the right to the
name Israel. It was to become the national name of their
descendants. And their descendants were never Jews! Fix this
fact firmly in your mind!
Thus it is that many of the prophecies about “Israel” or
“Jacob” do not refer to Jews or to any of the nations that are
today the descendants of the other tribes of Israel. Mark
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that well! Few, indeed, are the clergymen, theologians, or
professed Bible scholars who know that today. Many refuse to
know it!
Together the descendants of these two lads, Ephraim and
Manasseh, were to grow into the promised multitude—
nation and company of nations. These national blessings are
poured upon them jointly. These are the collective blessings
which the lads together received—but not the other tribes!
But at this juncture, Joseph noticed that Jacob’s right
hand was not resting upon the head of the firstborn. He
endeavored to remove it.
“Not so, my father,” said Joseph, “for this is the firstborn;
put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused,
and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he [Manasseh] also
shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly
his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall
become a multitude [or, company] of nations. And he blessed
them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God
make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim
before Manasseh” (Genesis 48:18-20). Here the promises
are no longer collective, possessed jointly. Jacob now was
prophesying as to the blessings of each, individually.
Remember, if ancient Israel obeyed God in the land (Sabbath
breaking and idolatry were specifically mentioned
in Leviticus
26), they would, in the ancient days of Moses, Joshua and up to
the time of their captivity about 721-718 b.c., have inherited the
national and material blessings of the birthright promise God
made to Abraham. But, remember, if they did not obey, these
promises would be denied for a duration of 2,520 years—that is,
until a.d. 1800.
So it now becomes plain and clear that after the 2,520 years,
beginning a.d. 1800 it was the descendants of Joseph, subdivided
into two nations descended from Ephraim and Manasseh, who
were to become the wealthiest and most powerful nations on earth.
From the prophetic blessings passed on by the dying Jacob, it is
apparent that Ephraim and Manasseh were in a large measure to
inherit the birthright jointly; to remain together for a long time,
finally separating.
In Genesis 48 Jacob first passed the birthright on to the two
sons of Joseph jointly, speaking of them both together. Then,
finally, he spoke of them separately—Manasseh was to become
the single great nation; Ephraim, the company of nations.
And in his prophecy for these latter days Jacob said, “Joseph
is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose
branches run over the wall” (Genesis 49:22). In other words,
Joseph—Ephraim and Manasseh jointly and together—was to
be a colonizing people in this latter day, their colonies branching
out from the British Isles around the earth.
Together Ephraim and Manasseh grew into a multitude,
then separated, according to Jacob’s prophetic blessing of
Genesis 48. Our people have fulfilled this prophecy.
But how can the U.S.A. be Manasseh when a large part of
the population have come from many nations besides England?
The answer is this: A large part of Manasseh remained with
Ephraim until the separation of New England. But our forefathers
were to be sifted through many nations, as corn through
a sieve, yet not a grain to fall to the earth or be lost (Amos 9:9).
The people did filter through many nations. Ephraim and much
of Manasseh finally emigrated to England together, but many
others of Manasseh who had filtered into and through other
nations did not leave them until they came, as immigrants, to
the United States after the New England colony had become
the separate nation. This does not mean that all foreigners
who have emigrated to America are of the stock of Manasseh,
but undoubtedly many are. Israel, however, always did absorb
gentiles, who became Israelites through living in Israel’s land
and intermarrying.
The U.S. has become known as the “melting pot” of the
world. Instead of refuting a Manasseh ancestry, this fact actually
confirms it. The proof that the U.S. is Manasseh is overwhelming.
Manasseh was to separate from Ephraim and become the greatest,
wealthiest single nation of earth’s history. America alone has
this prophecy. Manasseh was in fact a thirteenth tribe.
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There were twelve original tribes. Joseph was one of these twelve.
But when Joseph divided into two tribes and Manasseh separated
into an independent nation, it became a thirteenth tribe.
Could it be mere coincidence that it started, as a nation,
with thirteen colonies?
But what about the other tribes of the so-called Lost Ten
Tribes? While the birthright was Joseph’s, and its blessings have
come to the British Commonwealth of nations and the United
States of America, yet the other eight tribes of Israel were also
God’s chosen people. They, too, have been blessed with a good
measure of material prosperity—but not the dominance of the
We lack space for a detailed explanation of the specific identity
of all of these other tribes in the nations of our twentieth
century. Suffice it to say here that there is ample evidence that
these other eight tribes have descended into such northwestern
European nations as Holland, Belgium, Denmark, northern
France, Luxembourg,
Switzerland, Sweden, Norway. The people
of Iceland are also of Viking stock. The political boundaries
of Europe, as they exist today, do not necessarily show lines of
division between descendants of these original tribes of Israel.
Just as God has bestowed on us such material blessings as never
before came to any nations, now to correct us so we may enjoy
such blessings, he is going to bring upon our peoples such
national disaster as has never before
struck any nation! Many
prophecies describe this!
An important additional proof of modern Israel’s identity is
found in a fantastic, detailed and most specific prophecy found
in Micah 5:7-15. It is speaking specifically about the “remnant”
of Israel—modern Israel today—wherever it is. It describes the
wealth, the beneficent dominance among nations, and then the
coming downfall of the American and British Commonwealth
peoples in detail!
Notice: “And the remnant of Jacob [not Jews] shall be in the
midst of many people [nations] as a dew from the Lord, as the
showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth
for the sons of men” (verse 7). Remember that dew and showers
are absolutely necessary to agricultural productivity and are a
symbol of national blessing and wealth from God.
Continue: “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the
Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts
of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if
he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and
none can deliver” (verse 8).
Again, this symbolism describes the last generation of Israel
as a great power—as a lion among the other nations of the
“Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
all thine enemies shall be cut off” (verse 9) or defeated. They
were defeated from the beginning of God’s birthright blessing
on America and Britain starting about 1803, through the First
World War, the Second World War, until the turning point of
the Korean War at the end of 1950.
Since that time, however, these blessings are surely being
taken away—and neither America nor Britain has come out on
top in any major conflict since that time!
So this prophecy shows that at the very time we were
receiving God’s blessings, we were a tremendous blessing to
the other nations of the earth—for it is our peoples who have
rescued the other nations of the world time and again through
the Marshall Plan, the Point Four program, the Alliance for
Progress, the hundreds of millions of bushels of wheat for
starving nations.
The Hoover Program saved up vast food supplies after
World War i. It saved millions in other nations from starvation!
Anciently Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it
available to others. Modern Joseph did also. BUT—we are stiffnecked
and rebellious toward God and his law, while our ancient
forefather Joseph served and obeyed God with a whole heart.
It is our peoples who have been like a “lion” among the other
nations of the earth—preserving in two great world wars the
peace of the world and stability for all human life on this planet!
Yet, in this detailed prophecy, God says: “And it shall come to
pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses”
[“war-horses,” Moffatt translation]—tanks, ships, rockets—“out
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of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: and I will cut
off the cities [by hydrogen bombs?] of thy land, and throw down
all thy strong holds” (verses 10-11). (Notice, all the strong-holds.)
God says he will do this! God determines the outcome of
wars (Psalm 33:10-19).
How plain can you get? Here God identifies the great
peoples of the earth who are the most wealthy and beneficent,
the most powerful—yet at the very time their power reaches
its zenith, he suddenly “breaks” the pride of their power (see
Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys
their cities! Why?
Because, as the prophet continues to explain, we have too
much “witchcraft” and too many “soothsayers” (astrology) and
false ministers in our lands who refuse to preach with authority
the commandments and ways of the living God!
In America, we print on our money “In God We Trust.” But
instead we rely on foreign allies and our own human ingenuity,
not in God.
God has a financial law for our nations. He says 10 percent of the
increase, or gross income of each one of us, belongs to God for
his purposes and his work.
In Malachi 3:8-10: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed
me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and
offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me,
even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me
now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the
windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall
not be room enough to receive it.”
After the year 1800 we prospered because of Abraham’s
obedience and God’s unbreakable promises to him. But now
having received such individual and national prosperity, we sin
by stealing from God. That has brought our nations under a
curse. We have won our last war. Nothing but troubles now lie
ahead until we repent.
God’s tithe is holy to him (Leviticus 27:30). God’s Sabbath,
the seventh day of every week, is holy to him. Yet we have put no
difference between the holy and the profane (Ezekiel 22:26).
We commit individual and national sins and give such sinning
public acceptance.
Very early in 1927, when I was in my first biblical studies,
leading to my conversion, my wife and I often visited various
churches. I was searching for the truth. One Sunday morning we
attended a church service at a leading downtown Baptist church
in Portland, Oregon. They were announcing the conclusion of
a contest at which a very handsome new Bible was awarded to
the winner. The contest question had been, “What is the most
universal sin?” The winning answer was “Ingratitude.”
Assuredly that is a very prevalent sin. Another very prevalent
sin, and one of the oldest, is the misuse of sexuality. Indeed,
prostitution is often spoken of as “the world’s oldest profession.”
Satan has seized on this sin to make it far more universal
than is generally realized. Satan, himself, has no sex. He is
resentful of the fact God has endowed humans with sex.
Therefore, Satan sways humanity into making sexual sins one of
the most universal and destructive.
During most of the so-called “church age” in Roman
Catholic teaching, and in England and the United States since
the Victorian age, sex was a virtually forbidden topic of conversation,
seldom mentioned. Satan made sure sex was considered
as “shameful” and so evil it was not talked about. About the
turn of the century, Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis,
changed all of that. Up until World War i it was illegal in the
U.S. to publish, sell, or even loan a book containing sex knowledge.
After World War i the legal barriers on the imparting
sex information toppled. An avalanche of books, pamphlets,
newspaper articles descended on the public. Yet in all this the
most vitally needed dimension of knowledge was missing.
The author’s book The Missing Dimension in Sex is offered,
gratis, upon request.
It provides this missing dimension of knowledge.
Beginning the middle of the twentieth century, the catch
phrase “the new morality” was completely changing public attitudes.
Today sexuality is openly discussed in the public media,
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especially in television, turning promiscuous sex into public
acceptance. Today it may be questioned whether as many as 2
percent of young brides go to the altar as virgins. Marriage for
much of society is on the way out. In some areas divorces virtually
equal marriages. Family life is being broken down though
the family is a basic building block of any stable civilization.
More and more, children are not wanted. Abortion is fast
gaining public acceptance.
God created sex, not only to keep humanity alive, but to bring
delectable, joyfully pleasurable happiness in pure and wholesome
love between husband and wife, and as a means of binding tightly
together a happily married couple. But under modern attitudes,
the cord supposedly tying a husband and wife tightly together is
proving to be the cord that cuts the marriage in two.
It’s time you knew the truth about the missing dimension in
sex. It is set forth frankly, fearlessly, rationally and spiritually, as
well as physically, in our book mentioned above.
God condemns homosexuality. He destroyed the whole
populations of Sodom and Gomorrah for this sin. It is
condemned in the first chapter of Romans, saying no such
person can enter the kingdom of God. Then we try to change
the ugly, reproachful name homosexual, and call those who
practice it “gays.” The public media and the public in general are
coming to make this perversion acceptable by calling it “sexual
preference.” We are becoming nations of drunkards and thousands
are being killed on our highways by drunken drivers. Yet
drinking of alcohol is encouraged through millions of
dollars of advertising on tv commercials.
We inflict on ourselves through sin, such diseases as alcoholism,
aids, herpes and other venereal diseases, and then try
to prevent the penalty of those sins by medical and scientific
studies to produce cures that will allow the sins to continue.
Now continue the prophecy in Micah 5. Therefore, God
will punish and destroy us—unless we repent—just before and
leading up to the utter destruction to come “upon the heathen”
(verse 15), which will take place at the very end of this age and at
the second return of Jesus Christ as King of kings!
There is no other people that even remotely fulfills this
great prophecy! But the American and British peoples fulfill it
As the “pride of our power” continues to be broken, as the
British gradually lose their foreign sea gates and possessions
around the earth, as America signs away ownership of the
Panama Canal—control over this vital sea gate—as the gold
supply drains away, and weather upsets increase, this focal
prophecy alone represents giant proof as to where the modern
“remnant” of the peoples of Israel resides today!
It will now be made plain—from God’s own warning prophecies—
that this greatest multiplied intensity of corrective punishment
will fall on Britain and America—including British peoples
in Commonwealth countries. And it will strike them down first!
But they are not the only nations to suffer corrective
disaster. God is Creator of all other nations, too! God is
concerned about the people and races we have called “heathen.”
They, too, are human. They, too, are made in God’s own likeness,
with the potential of being molded into God’s spiritual and
character image! God sent the apostle Paul to gentile nations!
All mankind has rebelled against, rejected, and turned from
God and his ways! There can never be peace on earth until all
nations will have been turned to God and his ways, ruled by his
supreme government!
All mankind, right now, is caught in the vortex of the
swiftly accelerating crisis marking the utter destruction of this
world’s man-built, Satan-inspired civilization.
Through Jeremiah God says: “A noise shall come even to
the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy
with the
nations, he will plead with all flesh”—how? Right now the World
Tomorrow program carries his peaceful pleading worldwide, but
the world, except for scattered individuals, does not heed this
kind of “pleading.” The next words tell how God is now about
to plead: “… he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith
the Lord. … Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation,
and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the
earth” (Jeremiah 25:31-32).
God will use a United Europe to punish Britain-America.
Then he will use the Communist hordes to wipe out the Roman
We are entering a time of world trouble—utter world
chaos! There is war, strife, violence in Asia, Africa, South
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America, Central America, Ireland, the Middle East—as well
as Europe and North America. The population explosion is a
worldwide threat to human existence. Crime, violence, sickness,
disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration,
suffering—these infest all nations!
But, as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective
Notice Jeremiah’s prophecy:
“For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling,
of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man
doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his
hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned
into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it
is even the time of Jacob’s trouble …” (Jeremiah 30:5-7).
Remember—in passing on the birthright to the two sons of
Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:16), Jacob said, “Let
my name be named on them”—on Ephraim and Manasseh—who
today are Britain and America. This tells on whom this most
terrible of national calamities is to fall—on Britain and America!
But now when is it to fall? Do not assume this is referring to
anything that did happen to ancient Israel. Read right on—see
when this prophecy is to be fulfilled!
Continue in Jeremiah 30:7: “… it is even the time of Jacob’s
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (After he has learned his
lesson IN it!) Continuing from rsv, “And it shall come to pass in
that day, says the Lord of hosts, that I will break the yoke from
off their neck [yoke of slavery], and I will burst their bonds, and
strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they shall
serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise
up for them.” (David, at the time of the resurrection—at the
very time of Christ’s coming!)
So the time is just prior to Christ’s coming—coming to
liberate our peoples—even as Moses liberated ancient Israel
from Egyptian slavery.
Other prophecies speak of this same time of national calamity
greater than any before. The pivotal New Testament prophecy is
that of Jesus on the Mount of Olives—recorded in Matthew 24,
Mark 13 and Luke 21.
The apostles had asked Jesus privately when his Second
Coming would occur—and the end of this world and the beginning
of the happy world tomorrow. Jesus said the sign by
which we might know when this is very near would be that his
original gospel of the kingdom of God would be preached in all
the world as a witness to all nations (Matthew 24:14). But what
else—just before his coming?
Jesus continued: “For then shall be great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,
no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened,
there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s
sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).
Here is described the greatest time of trouble—tribulation—
in all history, or ever to be. Jeremiah described it as
“Jacob’s trouble,” so great “that none is like it.”
Daniel described the same most severe trouble of all history.
Speaking of a time now in our immediate future, Daniel foretold:
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince
[archangel] which standeth for the children of thy people: and
there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there
was a nation even to that same time” (Daniel 12:1).
The same most intense punishment on Britain and America.
And when? Continue, same verse, “… and at that time thy
people shall be delivered [from this enslaved trouble], every one
that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that
sleep [are dead] in the dust of the earth shall awake [resurrection],
some to everlasting life …” (verses 1-2).
The time is just before the resurrection of the just, at
Christ’s coming. Christ’s Second Coming will end this world’s
civilization and start the wonderful peaceful, happy world
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6 Mystery of the
Perhaps the greatest mystery of all will not
seem, at first glance, to be a mystery to most readers of
this volume. The reason that is true is the fact that the
true purpose and meaning of the Church is as little understood
as the Bible itself. The revelation of that mystery must
come as a shocking truth. The real truth about the Church,
the reason for its origin, and its purpose has remained hidden
from even the professing Christian world.
This is inextricably intertwined with the gospel of Jesus
Christ. It is a fact to stagger the mind of the reader that the
gospel of Jesus Christ was not proclaimed to the world from
about a.d. 50 until the year 1953. The apostle Paul foretold
this when he said, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them
that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the
minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Millions have read over this
passage without grasping its real meaning.
The term church is applicable only to the Christian religion.
(The Christian religion, as is generally understood, is the
largest religion in the world in number of professing adherents.)
Other religions may have mosques, synagogues and temples.
But is the Church a building? Many assume it is, which assumption
reflects their ignorance of the purpose and meaning of
the Church. But in this volume we are concerned only with
the Church. For when stripped of its mystery, the Church is of
paramount concern to all peoples of the earth.
The Church, founded by Jesus Christ, has an all-important
meaning to every human life that ever lived. Yet almost no one
has ever known that meaning.
Even within the Christian world, apostasy, division and
changing times have blotted out the true original meaning and
purpose that now is indeed a mystery.
The word church is an English-language word translated
from the original Greek ekklesia. Ekklesia means called-outones.
Old Testament Israel was usually called by the term
“congregation.” In some respects the word congregation is
synonymous with the word church. Yet there is a distinct difference
between the terms church and congregation. The congregation
of Israel was separate, as a separate nation. But they were
not called-out-ones spiritually in the same sense that characterizes
the New Testament Church.
What has been hidden from even the professing Christian
world is the real purpose of the Church—the real reason why
Jesus Christ, the second Adam, founded the Church.
To the shocking surprise to nearly every reader of this volume, I
will state first what the Church was not and is not. It is not the
instrumentality by which God is trying to “save the world.” Few
may realize it, but Jesus made no attempt to gain converts or to
invite people to “give their hearts to him” or to “accept him as
their personal savior.”
On the contrary, he “called out”—drafted—twelve disciples.
The word disciple means student. These twelve were students
being taught by Jesus the true gospel of the kingdom of God.
This involved the entire purpose of God in creating the human
race on this earth. That meaning had been rejected, lost, by the
first created man, Adam.
At this point let us recapitulate. God is the Creator and
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Supreme Ruler over his entire creation. He had placed the archangel
Lucifer on earth’s throne to administer the government
of God. God’s government is based on God’s law. God’s law is a
way of life—the way of outgoing love.
God’s government was repudiated by Lucifer, who became
Satan, and Satan ruled with the opposite way of life—rebellion,
self-centeredness and conflict.
Adam, the first created human being, was given opportunity
to receive eternal God-life with obedience to God and
total submission to the law of God and God’s government. He
could have replaced Satan on earth’s throne. He rejected the
government and way of God. Thus Satan was left on the throne
where he still rules as of this day. Adam and the human family
were kidnapped, deceived into living the self-centered hostile
way of Satan. Thereupon God closed off the tree of life and
the Holy Spirit of God, until Jesus Christ, the second Adam,
should conquer and replace Satan on earth’s throne. At his First
Coming, appearing on earth as the human Jesus, Christ came,
not to seize the throne, but to conquer Satan, qualify to replace
him on the throne, and to ransom the kidnapped world with his
shed blood.
Now, why the Church? Christ came also to call out selected
and chosen ones from Satan’s world to turn from Satan’s way
into the way of God’s law and to qualify to reign with Christ
when he comes to replace Satan on the throne of the earth.
Those called into the Church were called not merely for salvation
and eternal life, but to learn the way of God’s government
and develop the divine character during this mortal life in the
Church age.
Seven annual festivals were given to Old Testament Israel
and were ordained forever. Their true meaning had long
remained a hidden mystery. They picture God’s plan of redemption—
the divine plan by which God is reproducing himself.
The Passover pictures the death of Christ in payment for the
penalty of human sin repented of. The seven days of the Festival
of Unleavened Bread picture the Church coming out of sin, even
as Israel came out of Egypt. The Day of Pentecost, originally
called Feast of Firstfruits, pictures the Church as the first to be
begotten and born as children of God during the Church age.
The Feast of Trumpets pictures the Second Coming of Christ
to take over earth’s throne and to rule all nations. The Day of
Atonement pictures the putting away of Satan. The Feast of
Tabernacles pictures the thousand-year reign under the rule
of Christ and the born children of God. The Final Great Day
pictured the final judgment which will be covered in Chapter 7.
Let’s return now to the subject of this chapter, the Church.
What is the Church? Why is the Church? The institution of
the Church, at first mention, may not seem to be a mystery.
The modern Western world takes the fact of the existence of
churches for granted, as a part of the world’s civilized life.
WHY the institution of the Church in the world?—WHY
was it started, and for what purpose?
If you ask people in the non-Christian world where other
religions are accepted they would probably have no answer. They
know little about the Church. Those in the more modernist and
liberal areas of traditional Christianity would probably say the
Church exists merely as an emotional lift, having a psychological
influence on those who have not embraced the evolutionary
theory as accepted in modern higher education.
If you ask those who follow one of the evangelical Christian
denominations they would probably say that the Church is
God’s instrument in his effort to save the world from an eternal
hell fire. It has been assumed by those people that the Church is
a sort of soul-saving station to get people “saved.” If the Church
came into existence as an instrumentality for “getting people
saved,” then, I ask, by what means did God try to save people
prior to Christ’s founding of the Church? Jesus did not appear
until 4,000 years after Adam and the original sin. If God is and
has been trying to convert the world, what means did he use
during that 4,000 years between Adam and Christ? As we have
seen in Chapter 3, God closed the tree of life at the foundation of
the world. The Holy Spirit and salvation were shut off from the
world during all these years.
But in view of the facts revealed by God Almighty in his
Word, covered in the preceding chapters, all these suppositions are
wrong. They only give vociferous testimony to the fact expressed
in Revelation 12:9 that the whole world has been deceived by Satan
the devil. Their minds have been blinded to the truth about God’s
purpose for humanity as stated in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.
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The existence of the Church, then, does indeed become a
mystery to nearly everyone on the face of this earth.
News concerning some church appears frequently in newspapers
and on newscasts. People think of a church on some near
corner, or perhaps of some denomination in the news, but the
fact of its existence would not occur to the mind to be a mystery.
But when we ask, why do churches exist, how did the Church as
an institution come into being?—what is its reason or purpose
for its existence?—does it make any difference whether, or to
which church you belong?—then, indeed, it becomes a mystery.
The average person has no answer.
The facts of the Church’s origin and its purpose are revealed
in that book of mystery—the Holy Bible. To make clear that
mystery may well require more pages in this book than any
other subject.
I am reminded of my own personal experience, probably typical
of many others. My parents were members of the Friends
Church, commonly known as the Quakers. The family had
been Quakers for many generations. I was taken to church from
babyhood, taking it for granted as a normal part of life. I was in
church every Sunday because my parents took me. As a routine
habit I continued until age 18. It never occurred to me to question
why we should attend church or how the church came into
existence, or what was its real meaning and purpose.
I never went through the experience in those years of being
“converted.” As I grew into the teens, I was told that I had a
birthright membership in the church. I was led to take it for
granted that I was an immortal soul and that when I died I
would not really die, but rather pass away into heaven where I
would have no responsibilities but only a life of idleness and ease
in sublime glory forever and ever. But I was not religiously or
doctrinally interested. I simply took churchgoing and a religious
phase of life for granted. But I had no special or deep religious or
spiritual interest, and by age 18 I started in the advertising business,
lost all interest in religion or the things of God and gave up
regular church attendance. I still believed in God—that is to say,
I took the existence of God for granted since I had been taught
of God’s existence from earliest memory.
Then at age 25 I had met and married that one and only
particular young woman. She was more seriously interested
in the things of God. We began to feel that we should join a
church. My wife’s ancestry had been part Quaker and part
Methodist. There was no Quaker church in the neighborhood
where we lived in a Chicago suburb. We joined a Methodist
church because it was located within walking distance, we liked
the personality of the minister, and we liked the membership
socially. I think our experience was typical of millions of others.
But it never occurred to me to ask or even wonder why we ought
to go to church, or why the institution of the church had ever
come into being. Like millions of others I assumed that the
“good people” went to church and so ought we.
And so now I ask, does anyone question the reason or purpose
for the church as an institution? I ask, Does anyone know
WHY there are churches? Is there a reason for it? The very existence
of the church known as “Christianity” is one of the great
mysteries of our time. This very subject brings to mind again the
fact that, not having lived through and seen events of the past
6,000 years that led up to the present, we do not grasp the real
meaning or purpose of the Church. In this chapter we shall view
the Church in its true relationship
to all the events described in
the first five chapters of this book. Again, what is the Church?
Most think of the church as a building with a sharply
sloping roof, a steeple pointing heavenward atop and a cross on
its face. Indeed Webster defines the word church as a building. It
was something altogether different when originally founded.
People suppose a church is a building to which people—
some of them—f lock on Sunday morning for “worship.”
They think people go to the church. As founded in the New
Testament, the Church went to a building, at first a private home.
And the Church assembled on a Saturday, not Sunday.
The churches of today have changed drastically from
Christ’s pattern! This fact, also, is cloaked in mystery, understood
by virtually no one. But for what purpose did Christ
found the Church? What has happened to it since?
Some may know Christ started the Church. But who
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and what is Christ? And if he was the founder of the Church,
for what purpose did he start it? But Jesus founded only one
Church. Yet in the Western world today there are many different
churches—Catholic, Protestant, independents. And within them
many denominations, sects and divisions or congregations, each
with its differing beliefs, teachings, rituals and programs.
The Church started out as one Church. As it is recorded in
1 Corinthians 12 the Church consisted of many members, but
only the one body—the one Church—of which Jesus Christ was
the Head.
At the outset of this chapter we are primarily concerned
with four basic questions that constitute a mystery that needs to
be revealed with understanding.
1) Who and what is Christ? Why did he appear on earth?
2) What is and why was the Church brought into existence?
3) What is the gospel the Church is commissioned to
4) What is the history of the Church? Why is Christianity so
different today than at its inception in the first century?
Institutionally the church is thought of today as a religious
organization, association or society. One—if “good”—is
supposed to join the “church of his choice.” Of course there
are the “good guys” and the “bad guys” and the “good” go to
church. But does it make any difference which church—which
I am reminded of an incident of more than 50 years ago. I was
still in Eugene, Oregon. An ex-minister came to me who had
just recently been married. His wife had money, but he was too
proud to let her support him. He had not been employed in the
ministry for some time but now needed a job.
“Do you know of any pulpit vacancies in Lane County?” he
asked. “I want to support my wife, and she wants to remain here
in Lane County.”
“Well, yes,” I replied. “I do know of one vacancy, but that
wouldn’t help you because that is a Christian church, and you
are a Methodist with different beliefs and practices.”
“Oh, that won’t make any difference,” he assured me. “I’ll
preach whatever doctrines they want me to preach.”
But does it really make any difference what we believe? Let
the Word of God answer that question.
The Church seems to be something concerned with
worshiping with others. Supposedly it refers to the worship of God.
But if God is related to the Church, what is his relationship?
How did the Church start? All this is a mystery to today’s world.
Back in the early part of 1927 when my intense Bible study was
bringing me toward conversion, I asked myself such questions. I
supposed questions of that sort never enter the average mind.
In the New Testament Greek, the Church is called the
ekklesia, a Greek word meaning called-out-ones—an assembly,
a congregation, a gathering, a group. There is no sanctity to the
word ekklesia. The name of the Church, however, used 12 times in
the New Testament, is “Church of God,” which denotes that it is
God’s Church—which name attaches sanctity. The Old Testament
Church was the “Congregation of Israel,” a human man.
The first place in the New Testament where the word church
appears is Matthew 16:18, where, speaking to Simon Peter, Jesus
said, “I will build my church.” As noted above, the inspired
Greek word for church was ekklesia, meaning called-out-ones.
Stated in more clear English language, Jesus said “I will call
out of Satan’s world disciples, to grow into the altogether new
and different world, which will be God’s kingdom.” And in
Ephesians 5:23 it is stated that Christ is the Head of the Church.
So this we know. Whatever the Church is, it belongs to God
and its name is the Church of God. Jesus Christ is its founder,
and he its living Head.
But if it is God’s Church—if Jesus Christ founded it and
today heads it—it is something important to God, and therefore
vital that we come to understand! We must bear in
mind what went before—what led up to it—to understand WHY
the living Christ created it—WHAT it is, and where it fits into
the divine purpose being worked out here below.
Old Testament Israel had a function preparatory to ultimate
establishment of the kingdom of God. The first mention in the
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Bible of the Church, in time of existence, is Acts 7:38 where it
speaks of “the church in the wilderness” at Mount Sinai, under
Moses. So Old Testament Israel was the “Church.” Most generally
in the Old Testament, Israel, as a Church, is referred to as
the “Congregation of Israel.”
However, as we shall see, the Church of the New Testament
is entirely different and has an entirely different purpose than
the Old Testament “Congregation of Israel.” Almost no one has
understood that the gospel could not be proclaimed to the world,
nor could God’s called congregation of people have the Holy
Spirit UNTIL Jesus a) had qualified by overcoming Satan, and b)
had been glorified after ascension to heaven (John 7:37-39).
And that is something not even the theologians and church
leaders of our day understand. It is, indeed, a mystery, which
needs to be revealed and understood. Now let us understand
clearly who and what is Christ.
We have already seen in chapter 1 that Christ, in the eternity
before the world came into being, was the “Logos” who also
was God, and as Jesus, was born as the Son of God. Now as
the Son of God just what was Jesus? He was called the second
Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Why should he be called the second
Adam? The first Adam had the opportunity of taking of the
tree of life, which meant God-life—obeying God and thereby
replacing Satan on the throne of the earth. Jesus came to do just
that, to qualify to replace Satan on that throne and to start the
government of God on the earth through those called out from
Satan’s world. He came also with a message from God called
the gospel. The word gospel means good news. And actually, his
gospel—the message sent by him from God—was the good news
of the kingdom of God. And the kingdom of God, as we shall
see, is to be the restoration of the government of God over the
earth and the ousting of Satan from that throne.
Jesus came also to build the Church. And he came to pay
the ransom price for a kidnapped world and by that price—his
death—to pay the penalty incurred by all humans for their sins.
Next, what nearly all “Christians,” including theologians,
do not
realize: Jesus was born to become a King!
On trial for his life before Pilate, Jesus was asked, “Art thou
a king then?” And Jesus answered: “Thou sayest that I am a
king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the
world …” (John 18:37). Jesus also said (verse 36), “My kingdom
is not of this world … [else] would my servants fight”—showing
that this is Satan’s world. Jesus came to call people out of this
world to be prepared to teach and rule under him when he
becomes King and takes over the throne of the earth.
Prior to the begettal and birth of Jesus, God had said to
his mother-to-be, Mary, by his angel: “And, behold, thou shalt
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the
Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his
father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33). His
gospel was the good news of that kingdom—the kingdom of God.
It is vital that we understand, at this point, that Jesus, during
his human life, was both God and man. In Isaiah 7:14, Mary, the
mother of Jesus, was prophesied as the virgin who was going to
bear a son. That Son’s name, in this prophecy, was to be called
Immanuel, which means “God with us.” In other words, Jesus
was God as well as human man. He had no human father. God
Almighty was his father who begat him by means of the Holy
Spirit. But though Jesus was actually “God with us,” he was also
human like all other humans. He was subject to being tempted
just as all other humans are tempted. Although he was actually
God in the human flesh, yet in his ministry he functioned as a
human. Remember, he was the second Adam. It was necessary
for him that he, as a human, reject the “forbidden tree” and
accept the tree of life. It was necessary that he, as the first Adam
might have done, choose to rely completely on God the Father.
In fact, God was actually in Christ and Jesus obeyed the Father
completely. He qualified to wrest the throne of the earth from
Why was it necessary that Jesus be actually God in the human
f lesh? Why was it necessary that he be God? Why was it
necessary that he be human? As God, he was the Maker of all
mankind. In Ephesians 3:9 it is revealed that God created all
things by Jesus Christ. When Jesus was born as a human, his life
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as our Maker was greater than the sum total of all human lives.
Since it is humans who have sinned and come under the death
penalty, God’s law required human death as the penalty for
human sin. But, as our Maker Jesus was the only human whose
death could pay the penalty for the sins of all humans.
In no other way could the Creator God have redeemed a
vast humanity condemned to the penalty of death.
We need to bear in mind that though Jesus was God in the
human flesh, he was also human even as you and I. He could
suffer the same physical pains. He had been condemned to
death by the Roman governor Pilate on clamorous demand of
shouting Jews.
He was a strong, vigorous, young man of about 33 years of
age, in the peak of health. Because he had never broken even
a law of health, he suffered the process of dying as no other
human ever did. He had been up all night without sleep during
the trial before Pilate. Pilate, later that morning, delivered him
to be scourged before being put to death.
Scourging consisted of being stripped to the waist, bound
over in a bent position, tied to a post. He was beaten by whips
made of leather thongs weighted down by pieces of lead, broken
shards of bone and sharp jagged pieces of metal attached at
intervals of four to five inches, along the leather thongs. They
were designed to imbed themselves deeply into the flesh as the
thongs wrapped themselves around the body. He was whipped
until his f lesh was torn open and even his ribs appeared.
Scourging was intended to weaken the victims so they would die
quickly on the stake of crucifixion. As foretold in Isaiah 52:14:
“His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form
more than the sons of men.”
This indescribable scourging was endured that believers
might be healed from physical transgression, sicknesses or
disease (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). What a terrible price our own
very Maker paid that we might, by believing, be healed. Yet
nearly all professing believers totally ignore what their Savior
provided for them, and instead of relying on him, put their faith
in human doctors, drugs, medicines and knives.
Jesus was so weakened by this terrible chastisement that he
was unable to carry his cross, as he was required to do, but for a
short distance. Another was appointed to carry it for him.
Outside the city walls, at the Place of the Skull (Golgotha), Jesus
was nailed to the cross. He was humiliated, spat upon, ridiculed,
and jeered at.
More than that, because at that moment he had taken on
himself our sins, in order to pay the penalty in our stead, he
was forsaken by even his Father, God. As he hung on the cross,
helpless, a soldier stabbed him with a spear, he screamed in pain
(Matthew 27:50, Moffatt) and then died. He did this because you
and I have transgressed the law of God. He paid the supreme
possible sacrifice for you and for me.
One more supremely vital truth. The resurrection of Jesus
from the dead was that of a human being and the only one that
could make possible the resurrection of humans, once dead, to
immortal life.
Now another vital prophecy. In Isaiah 9:6-7: “For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall
be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince
of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall
be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will
perform this.” Notice the government would be on his shoulder.
Jesus is going to be King over all the earth. And one of the
purposes of his coming was to announce that kingdom. Jesus’
gospel was not only good news—it was an announcement or
good news proclamation of the coming kingdom of God. What
a tragedy that a “traditional Christianity” has forsaken and lost
that vital and glorious gospel message and substituted their own
gospel about the person of Christ.
Jesus was born as a human, to become a King, ultimately to
establish the kingdom of God, ruling the whole earth with the
government of God! But that rule required more than the
individual Jesus. The king, president, prime minister or ruler
over every nation governs with and through a more or less vast
organization of others who rule various phases and departments
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under him. Likewise, Christ must have an organized government
with numerous others trained and qualified to rule under
him. Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). The
Church was to consist of many to be called out of Satan’s world
to be taught and trained for numerous governmental positions
under Christ when he comes to rule over all the nations.
Jesus came also as spiritual Savior, to save God’s people in their
due time from their sins, that they might be born into the very
divine family of God (Matthew 1:21).
Remember, the tree of life, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, had
been cut off from mankind at the foundation of the world after
the sin of Adam. What the world does not understand is that the
Spirit of God was cut off from humanity as a whole UNTIL the
second Adam actually removes Satan and restores the government
of God on the earth.
As for humanity as a whole, it was appointed at the time of
Adam’s sin for humans once to die and after death, by resurrection,
shall come the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
The Holy Spirit was not given to the people of ancient Israel.
Since God called and raised up prophets for a specific purpose
preparatory to the salvation of humanity, it was necessary, in
order for them to perform their called function, that an exception
be made and they be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In the same manner since God through Jesus was now
calling out his Church for a specific function preparatory to the
establishment of his kingdom and government over all nations,
it was now necessary that the same exception be made for the
Church and that they be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
God emphatically did not empower the prophets with his
Spirit merely for the purpose of giving them salvation. Likewise,
God did not call saints out of this world merely for their salvation
and entrance into his kingdom. Otherwise God would be a
respecter of persons to have called the few of his Church at this
time, while refusing to call others to salvation.
If God is opening salvation to the few in his Church only
to give them salvation, while he excluded the preponderance
of the world as a whole until later, then God certainly would
be a respecter of persons, discriminating against the world as
a whole. Jesus said plainly no man can come unto him except
God the Father draws him (John 6:44). A professed Christianity
believes precisely the opposite. This false Christianity teaches
that God is calling and trying to save everybody in this present
time. If that were so, then Satan is certainly winning a great
victory over God. For the overwhelming majority of mankind
know little or nothing about Christ or salvation through him.
God’s master plan calls for offering salvation and eternal life
to every person ever born, but his plan calls for doing that in a
Those called out of the world and into the Church at this
time are called for a specific purpose and a specific work. This
specific work was to make possible the spiritual training to aid in
the conversion of humanity as a whole. They are called at a time
when they are persecuted and fought against by Satan and by the
rest of the world. The rest of the world will be called at a time
when Satan is removed and they are aided and helped by Christ
and the saints then made immortal in the kingdom of God.
Satan has blinded the minds of the unbelieving world
and the professing traditional “Christianity” to this fact
(2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan has deceived the entire world,
including a professing traditional “Christianity” (Revelation 12:9).
Neither professing Christians nor their scholarly theologian
leaders today comprehend the major purposes for which Jesus
Christ came!
Jesus did not come to save Satan’s world while Satan sits on the
throne deceiving them. Jesus will save the world at his Second
Coming, when Satan shall be put away. Why, then, did Jesus
come more than 1,900 years ago? Not to rule, not to reign over all
nations, not to save the world while Satan still rules over them.
His human birth was the arrival of the “second Adam.”
He had come 1) to qualify, where the first Adam failed, to
replace the former archangel Lucifer on the throne of the
earth, ruling with the government of God. He had come
2) to announce the future establishment of the kingdom of
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God and teach that prophetic good news (gospel) to his chosen
future apostles. He had come 3) to take on himself, as our
direct Creator, the penalty for our sins by his death on the
cross—that we might share in that world. And he had come 4) to
be resurrected from the dead by God, making possible eternal
God-life for the people of God and after his Second Coming
for all who are willing, of all humanity, who have ever lived on
this earth. And he had come 5) to establish God’s Church, to be
trained to rule under him.
Meanwhile, for 4,000 years since the first Adam, the wily and
evil Satan had been invisibly swaying and ruling a mankind
cut off from all contact with and knowledge of God! He still
sits at that throne of power—though not administering God’s
government, but subtilely swaying all humanity to live under
the precise opposite to the law of God’s government—that is,
the ways of vanity, coveting, competition, strife and violence,
instead of God’s way of outflowing love, cooperation, peace,
happiness and joy.
Immediately after the birth of the Christ-child, Satan
sought, through the Roman-appointed King Herod, to physically
slay the future King (Matthew 2:13-15). But God warned
Joseph and Mary to flee with the Christ-child into Egypt until
King Herod was dead.
When Jesus was about age 30, he was ready to begin
choosing his apostles, and proclaiming and teaching them his
message from God to man—his gospel. But first, it was imperative
that he qualify to replace Satan and set up the kingdom of
God, by overcoming the devil.
This perhaps was the most important, momentous, decisive
confrontation and battle ever fought in all time in the universe.
It is described in detail in Matthew, chapter 4.
Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights—with neither food nor water.
But in his physical weakness he was made spiritually strong.
Satan now used his most cunning, subtile, masterful powers
of deception. He must have thought he really could outwit and
spiritually strike down the Christ. Satan knew well he was now
fighting to prevent his dethroning over all the earth.
Satan struck his first blow at what he regarded as the most
vulnerable points both physically and spiritually. Surely a man
without food or water for 40 full days would be weakened to
yield to almost any temptation for food. And the most vulnerable
spiritual weakness is vanity!
“If,” sneered Satan tantalizing—he used that effective little
word IF—“IF thou be the Son of God”—a normal human would
have been insulted, indignant. He would have defiantly hurled
back: “What do you mean, IF I be the Son of God? I’ll show you
that I am the Son of God!”
But Satan in this first attack, said, “IF thou be the Son of
God, command that these stones be made bread.” In other
words, “The Son of God can produce miracles. Prove to me
you are the Son of God! You are desperately hungry. Perform a
miracle. Feed yourself by a miracle!”
But Jesus only answered by quoting and obeying the Word
of God: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Satan’s first and most effective strike was parried. But Satan
never gives up. He took Jesus into Jerusalem and sat him on a
high pinnacle of the Temple. He continued to question that
Jesus was the Son of God.
“IF thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is
written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash
thy foot against a stone.” Now Satan quoted Scripture. But he
misapplied it, twisted its contextual meaning, just as Satan so
frequently influences scholars to do.
Jesus came back to him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not
tempt the Lord thy God.” This is quoted from Deuteronomy 6:16
and refers to tempting YHWH (Hebrew), who became Christ.
But still Satan did not give up.
Next he took Jesus atop a high mountain, showing him all
the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All these things will
I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
Jesus did not deny that Satan was now over the nations of
this world. This was a temptation for gaining immediate power.
Satan well knew Jesus would inherit all these kingdoms more
than 1,900 years later. But he tempted Jesus to take Satan’s word
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that he would turn them over and give Christ world power
immediately. But Jesus decided it was time to end this titanic
battle for the rulership over the earth.
Jesus now snapped out an order—a command showing
that he was master over Satan!
“Get thee hence, Satan!” he commanded with supreme
authority! Satan slunk away defeated. But Satan did not give
up. Nor has he given up yet. He battles against God’s Church
still today!
Jesus Christ, the second Adam, had qualified! Never until that
minute could the good news of the coming kingdom of God
be announced to the world. Now the Son of God resisted and
conquered Satan—had qualified to reestablish God’s government
and set up the kingdom of God on the earth! But now
the Church must also qualify to rule with him!
Jesus came, among other purposes, to call out of the world
his Church. Those called out had been in—and of—this
world. Each had brought on himself by sin the supreme death
penalty. But God had created all things by the WORD who
became Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus’ life was greater in value
than that of all humanity collectively!
Picture a human son of the wealthiest, most powerful man
on earth. The tycoon’s son is his heir—to inherit his immense
wealth. He has been allocated a sizable portion of it already
while an heir. This young man feels deep affection for another
young man. His friend has committed a crime, plunged into
debt for millions of dollars, which he cannot pay. He is deeply
repentant but unable to save himself from imprisonment
for the
theft. In compassion for his friend, the son pays the multimillion-
dollar debt out of his own money. His guilty friend’s debt is
paid in full. His guilt—his tremendous obligation—no longer
hangs over him—he is freed from that obligation and its heavy
All humanity had followed father Adam—had brought over
it the supreme death penalty. Before Jesus (the “Word”), now
the Son of God, could found his Church, those called out of the
world into that Church must be freed from the supreme death
penalty, so that they might inherit eternal life!
One of the purposes for which Jesus came as a human
to earth was to pay that penalty—that supreme death
penalty—for those called into his Church not only, but ultimately
to free all humanity each in his due time!
But since that death penalty he would pay for sinning
humanity would end his human life, paying it was reserved as
his final human act after all other purposes of his human life
had been finished.
Nevertheless this gives the reader a grasp of HOW GREAT is
the Jesus who came to found the Church of God!
Continually bear in mind that, although his earthly
ministry began when he was barely 30 years old (in his human
life) yet he was the ever-living—the Eternal—who had
always existed. How great was that 30-year-old human life!
And this Jesus, who had grown up in the town of Nazareth,
had since human birth resisted and overcome Satan—had
rejected Satan’s self-centered way of “get,” and in the final
titanic confrontation had qualified to restore the government
of God and to establish on earth the kingdom of God,
to rule that government! Where the first Adam had failed to do
this, Jesus the second Adam succeeded.
Immediately after the decisive battle to overcome Satan, two
of the disciples of John the Baptist saw, with John, Jesus.
Jesus asked them to follow him to his home. One of these was
Andrew, son of Jona. He called his brother, Simon bar-Jona.
Jesus looked on Simon, and said to him, “Thou art Simon
the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas [in Greek, Peter],”
meaning a stone (John 1:42).
In Mark 3:14, 16, we read: “And he [Jesus] ordained twelve,
that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth
to preach. … And Simon he surnamed Peter.” A surname is,
according to Webster, “an added name derived from occupation.”
The surname Peter had for centuries been a surname or
title, designating a religious leader, head or headquarters.
Peter was the first and chief apostle. An apostle is “one sent
forth to proclaim or preach.”
So, at the very beginning of his earthly ministry, preparing
the foundation for the Church, Jesus Christ chose his chief
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human apostle and the other original 11. They, with the prophets
whose writings were preserved from the days of God’s first
chosen Congregation (and nation), Israel, were to form the very
foundation of God’s Church. Jesus himself was to be not only
Founder but Head, and chief “corner stone” of the Church
(Ephesians 2:19-21; 5:23).
Prior to age 30, Jesus had been a carpenter—also building with
stone as well as with wood. He well knew the foundation
should be laid first, before the structure itself.
But Jesus had himself chosen his apostles. He said to
them later, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you”
(John 15:16, 19).
Now Jesus began proclaiming the gospel message God
the Father had sent into the world by him as God’s Messenger
(Malachi 3:1).
We read of it in Mark chapter 1: “The beginning of the
gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. … Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching [proclaiming, teaching] the gospel of the kingdom of
God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:1, 14-15).
And, from Matthew, “And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the
kingdom” (Matthew 4:23).
This prophetic message (gospel) of the kingdom of God
will be explained in detail in Chapter 7. It was the good news
of the future establishment on earth of the government of
God, restored and administered by the divine God family—
the kingdom of God, to replace the present evil world of
Jesus’ proclaiming of this amazing future news—combined
with his miracles of healing, turning water into wine and others,
caused great excitement. Immense crowds followed him and his
disciples. He was teaching his disciples to become the future
apostles, while he preached this message to the public.
The news proclamation had spread to Jerusalem. There the
Pharisees, scribes and Sadducees became alarmed by it. The
Pharisees were a Jewish religious sect some of whom occupied
minor—yet to them important—government offices. The
Roman Empire then ruled over Palestine. The Romans sent a
district king and a limited occupation army to supervise rule
in Judea. But the Romans set some of the Jewish Pharisees in
offices of lower civil rule, under the Roman king. These were
well-paying political jobs, and these Pharisees did not want
to lose their jobs or their power over the people. These Jewish
rulers and their chief priests completely misunderstood Jesus’
gospel message. They knew he proclaimed a government that
would take over and rule all nations of the earth. What they
misunderstood was the time and nature of that kingdom of
God. And a professing “Christianity” still misunderstands it
today. They assumed Jesus was a subversive, intending himself,
immediately in his human lifetime, to overthrow the Roman
Empire and set up his own kingdom.
Immediately they feared being accused of sedition and
disloyalty, losing their jobs and probably being executed as
subversives. So they opposed and denounced Jesus.
Traditional Christianity has really never understood this
basic reason for Pharisaical opposition and persecution
of Jesus.
The Pharisees included unscrupulous politicians.
At the time of the first Passover to occur during Jesus’
ministry, the spring of a.d. 28 (almost exactly 100 time cycles—
1,900 years—before I kept my first Passover), Jesus went up to
Jerusalem for the Passover.
While there, a notable Pharisee named Nicodemus came
to see Jesus secretly by night. He feared having fellow Pharisees
know he had talked personally with Jesus.
Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know [we Pharisees know] that
thou art a teacher come from God.”
The Pharisees knew Jesus was the Messiah! They were
familiar with Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 53. The Pharisees
knew Jesus was the prophesied Messiah. But they understood
only one Messianic appearance. So they supposed he was planning
to overthrow the Roman Empire then!
Of course Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he
launched immediately into the fact that the kingdom of God,
ruling all nations, could not be set up UNTIL the time of the
new spirit birth—the time of the resurrection!
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Jesus answered immediately, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
But Nicodemus did not understand this. He knew that being
born was an actual birth—parturition from the womb of the
mother. Today’s theologians do not know even that! They deny
a real second birth as a spirit being. They spiritualize away the
real truth by assuming that merely saying that one accepts Christ
as his Savior constitutes being born again. In this, Satan has
deceived them and in turn they have deceived millions of others.
Nicodemus said, “How can a man be born when he is old? can
he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus now made the meaning plain—but Nicodemus
not receive his plainness of speech, nor do theologians or
religious leaders today.
“Verily, verily,” replied Jesus, “… except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God. That which is born of the flesh IS FLESH; and that which
is born of the Spirit IS SPIRIT” (emphasis mine—John 3:5-6).
The Pharisees knew about water baptism. They had used it
for years in converting gentile proselytes to Judaism. They knew
of John the Baptist’s baptism—a baptism of repentance “for the
remission of sins” (Mark 1:4). Jesus’ meaning should have been
plain to Nicodemus—that water baptism was an initiatory rite
preparatory to the start of being born of the Spirit.
Jesus made it doubly plain when he said, “That which is
born of the flesh IS flesh.” That which is born of humans is
mortal human—composed of flesh and blood—composed of
matter from the ground. “That which is born of the Spirit IS
spirit”—no longer human but composed of spirit, immortal!
No longer composed of matter or flesh.
Jesus explained even further.
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Then he compared one born again to invisible wind—invisible
to human eyes. “The wind blows where it wills, and you
hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or
whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit”
(John 3:8, rsv).
But Nicodemus did not understand such plainness of
speech, nor do religious leaders today!
Our free booklet Just What Do You Mean—Born Again?
should be read by every reader of this book.
To this representative of the Pharisees Jesus referred to
the “salvation” or “spiritual” phase of the kingdom of God.
That kingdom will NOT be composed of mortal humans! It
is not composed of mortal f lesh-and-blood persons who
have “accepted Christ” and joined a church of their choice!
Yet millions of church members are deceived about that
These millions of church members do not understand
the Church IS, nor why—its purpose—the reason for it!
Compare Jesus’ explanation to Nicodemus with the “resurrection
chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15: “And so it is
written, The first man Adam was made a living [mortal] soul;
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that
was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and
afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the
earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the
image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God …” (1 Corinthians 15:45-50).
I repeat again and again, God is reproducing himself!
The popular teaching in churches today is that the Church
is the kingdom of God. But “flesh and blood [mortal humans]
cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50).
But WHAT, then, IS the Church? And WHY is the Church!
Why should there be the Church of God?
To many—and probably most—the Church plays no part
in their lives. Indeed God plays no part in their lives. God is
not consciously in their world. Just people, material things and
interests. Of course, far back in the subconscious recesses of
many minds may lie the dormant supposition that God exists.
But he does not seem real to them.
That means also that the average person has no conception
of what he is, why he is, or of any purpose or meaning for his
being alive.
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Yet the Church, too, does exist. But, again, why? What is
it, really? What purpose does it serve?
We have seen that there is indeed a purpose being worked
out here below. Winston Churchill stated that before the United
States Congress. There is a reason for the presence of humanity
on the earth. And for the working out of that purpose there is
a master plan. The Church is an important part of that plan.
Never lose sight of the setting that led up to the raising up of
the Church. Keep in mind who and what God is—the divine
creating family, now reproducing himself in man.
Bear in mind further: In order for Christ to restore God’s
government over the earth, he would need with and under him
a qualified and organized personnel of God Beings—all having
rejected Satan’s false way and having proved their loyalty to the
government and righteous ways of God!
God’s Church was designed in his supreme master plan to
prepare that dedicated and organized personnel of God Beings.
The Church, then, became God’s instrumentality for aiding him
in bringing about the salvation to humanity.
Remember God has set out a 7,000-year master plan for
accomplishing his purpose. We have stated that his purpose is
to reproduce himself. But actually reproducing
himself means
converting the world from sin into God’s righteousness. It
means instilling within God’s potential children the perfect
spiritual character of God. They would become finally born
sons in the God family.
And just as God has not created all at once, but in successive
stages, so he is bringing salvation to the world in successive
stages. The Church is a necessary instrumentality preparatory
to, and in order to, bring salvation to humanity. Therefore, once
again, let it be emphasized that the purpose of the Church is not
merely to give salvation to those called into the Church, but to
teach and train those predestined and called into the Church as
instruments God shall use in bringing the world to salvation.
Let us illustrate by an analogy. Many states in America have
state teachers’ colleges. The states could not start or conduct
schools until they had first trained teachers for those schools.
The Church may be called God’s teachers’ college to prepare
rulers and teachers for the kingdom of God when God does
offer redemption and eternal life to the world as a whole.
The Church was planned to be God’s instrumentality
for calling predestinated human beings out of this world to
be trained for positions of leadership in the world tomorrow,
when they shall teach and train others. That is why in the New
Testament, the Church is called the firstfruits of God’s salvation.
All this necessitated certain vital steps—one at a time—in
the procedure of God’s supreme master plan!
Now we remind the reader that the Holy Spirit was closed
to humanity at the time of Adam’s sin at the very foundation of
the world. It was closed to humanity as a whole until Christ the
second Adam should restore the government of God and unseat
Satan from the throne of the earth. That fact is made clear by
Jesus’ statement in John 6:44, applying to this Church age, that
no person could come to him except the Father that sent him
draws them. That is why repeatedly in the New Testament those
in the Church are referred to as having been called or chosen.
That is why the Church is called a chosen generation. That is
why predestination is mentioned twice in the New Testament—
that the called were predestinated to be called. Indeed, they have
been drafted. They are not volunteers.
It is only through Christ that sinning humanity may be reconciled
to God the Father. They must first come to Christ. But no
person can come to Christ except God the Father selects and,
through his Holy Spirit, draws them.
That may come as an astonishing new truth, but the more
you study the New Testament, and how this truth is constantly
borne out throughout the New Testament, the more clear this
will become to you.
No wonder the Church and its purpose has been a mystery.
Satan has blinded the minds of a deceived and counterfeit
Anyone who “joins the church of his choice” has not come
into God’s true Church. One cannot just “join” the true Church
of God. One is first selected and drawn by God the Father
through his Spirit, brought to a complete heartrending repen-
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tance, and changed in his total life-style, and has also not only
believed in and accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior, but also
has believed Christ. Remember Christ is the Word of God. Jesus
was the Word of God in Person. The Bible is the same Word of
God in writing. To believe Christ is to believe what he says—in
other words, to believe God’s Word the Holy Bible.
So, once again, what and why is the Church? The Church
is the called out (from this world) begotten children of God. It is
the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:23). It is the
spiritual organism that shall be the “Bride of Christ”—after its
resurrection to immortality. Then it shall be married to Christ!
It is the spiritual temple to which Christ shall come at his
second appearing (Ephesians 2:21).
The Church could not be actually founded UNTIL Jesus had
ascended and been glorified (John 7:37-39). But in a sense God
began calling out some to form the foundation of the Church
with Abraham and the prophets of the Old Testament—even,
perhaps, with Abel, Enoch and Noah (Ephesians 2:20).
And Jesus, immediately after qualifying by overcoming
Satan, began calling out his future apostles. They were to form,
with the prophets, the very foundation of the Church, under
Christ who himself is the real foundation and head of the
Church (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 5:23).
The average person has no conception whatever of the tremendous,
supreme supernatural achievement Almighty God has
undertaken in reproducing himself—ultimately into billions of
spiritual God Beings! Or of the many-faceted stages of development
in this pinnacle of all divine accomplishments!
God could not hurry. It required a master plan, which must
proceed a step at a time. It required patience and never-deviating
determination on the part of the divine Creator!
Few understand this!
God put it in my mind and heart when I was a child only
5 years old to desire—to literally crave—understanding!
Solomon desired wisdom and God gave him wisdom above all
who ever lived.
What, then, is the necessary prerequisite to receiving
understanding? “A good understanding have all they that
do his commandments” (Psalm 111:10). The one test commandment
is the fourth—keeping God’s Sabbath. My conversion
resulted from a struggle to resist that commandment! But when
a merciful God conquered me—brought me to surrender to him
on that point—he revealed also the necessity of observing his
annual Sabbaths and festivals. These picture the seven major
spiritual steps in the great master plan. (This truth is explained
in our free booklet Pagan Holidays or God’s Holy Days—Which?)
Through this and other revealed knowledge of the Holy Bible,
God gave me understanding of the working out of his great
purpose! And also the necessary part of his Church in fulfillment
of that glorious purpose!
After Adam’s rebellion, with Satan still on earth’s throne,
only God could have known how gradually, cautiously, a step at
a time, must be the procedure.
Such righteous men as Abel, Enoch and Noah undoubtedly
were used to play some part in the ultimate creation of the
kingdom of God. But the Eternal began laying the actual foundation
of that ultimate God family through the patriarch Abraham.
Isaac, Jacob and Joseph formed part of that prefoundation.
Then through Moses, God raised up the nation Israel—
God’s first Congregation or Church. That Old Covenant Church
was given God’s government, but not his Holy Spirit! Israelites
were not begotten to become future God Beings. Yet ancient
Israel fulfilled a necessary part in God’s supreme program.
Nevertheless, during those years, God continued to call and
prepare individual prophets to become part of the foundation
for his Church.
And WHAT, then, was to be the CHURCH? As pictured by the
third of God’s annual Holy Days (festivals) it was to provide
the first actual harvest of mortal humans being translated
into Spirit-composed God Beings! Again, the Church is the
instrumentality prepared to be used with and under Christ in
completing God’s wonderful purpose of saving humanity and
reproducing himself. However, the Church is the begotten
(not yet born) children of God. But the Church shall be the
firstborn harvest (Hebrews 12:23) (Christ being the foregoing
Pioneer) at Christ’s coming in power and glory!
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Through the years from Abraham until Christ, God had
called out of Satan’s world begotten and prepared prophets, as
the preliminary co-foundation of God’s Church! Jesus himself
is the main foundation.
During Jesus’ 31/2 year earthly ministry, he called out, chose
and trained, to begin with, the second co-foundation, his original
12 apostles.
During his human earthly ministry, Jesus announced
publicly the future kingdom of God. He taught and trained his
apostles as he proceeded.
But he did not call to salvation the public to whom he
preached. He spoke to them frequently in parables. And why in
parables? To cloud, to hide from them the meaning (Matthew
13:10-16) that was given to his chosen apostles to understand.
There was an all important reason why God’s plan, a step at a
time, did not as yet, call for saving the world. God first called
out the Church to be converted and changed to become kings
and priests (Revelation 5:10) under Jesus WHEN Jesus comes to
save the world. Consequently, much of the truth was revealed to
the Church, which was being trained to assist Christ in saving
the world. But the time had not yet come to reveal these truths
to the world. Yet this world’s churches are teaching doctrines
diametrically contrary to this truth.
By the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus had completed preparations
for founding his Church. He had finished the work he, as
a human had come to do. Then he gave his life on the cross. He
took on himself our human guilt for our sins.
Understand, however, Christ did not take on himself
Satan’s primary share in all human sins. Satan will continue to
pay his own penalty throughout all eternity!
The foundation for the Church of God had been laid.
Christ himself is the Head and chief cornerstone—the main
foundation. His apostles, with the prophets, formed the
remainder of the foundation.
The apostles were chafing at the bit to get started—to
go forth proclaiming the gospel message. But God has wisely
used restraint, with patience, taking a proper step at a time. So
Jesus cautioned his apostles to wait! “Tarry ye,” he commanded
(Luke 24:49), “in the city of Jerusalem, UNTIL ye be endued
with power from on high.”
Ten days later came the annual Day of Pentecost, originally
named the Feast of Firstfruits (Numbers 28:26).
On that day the Holy Spirit came! On that day the Church
was founded!
That day symbolized the very firstfruits for God’s kingdom.
God’s feast days picture God’s spiritual harvest. The very first
portion of God’s spiritual harvest of humans finally to be born
of God—made God Beings—is the Church! That’s why even
those who shall be born into the kingdom of God at Christ’s
return starting with ancient prophets are part of the Church
of God. Even prophets of Old Testament times are part of the
foundation of the Church (Ephesians 2:19-21).
All—prophets, apostles and Church brethren in whom
resides the Holy Spirit—shall be resurrected and/or changed to
immortality at Christ’s coming in glory and power!
Thus the whole Church constitutes the very FIRST of all
humans who shall be finally born again into the kingdom of
God. They shall be God Beings!
How deceived (Revelation 12:9) have been all those who
think they already have been “born again.” The reader should
request our free booklet, Just What Do You Mean—Born Again?
Now before proceeding further, understand why only the
minute few have so far been called to salvation—why the world
as a whole has been cut off from God—why the world has not
been yet judged—why neither “saved” nor “lost”!
Unless or UNTIL a son of Adam could qualify where Adam
failed—could overcome and conquer Satan—could pay the
penalty of human sin and ransom the world from Satan—none
could restore God’s government—none could be given eternal
The supreme master plan for working out God’s purpose—
reproducing himself—called for the self-existing “Word” to
be born of human flesh as a son of Adam. But ALSO that plan
called for him to be born as the only begotten Son of God!
The Messiah, and he alone, would be able to overcome and
conquer Satan—to qualify to replace Satan on the throne
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of the earth! Only through him could the sons of Adam be
reconciled to God, receive God’s Spirit, become God’s sons—
become the God Beings by whom God should have finally
reproduced himself!
What a superb incredible master plan for such a supreme
purpose! How great is the Eternal God who designed it!
This wonderful plan of God therefore of necessity called
for the sons of Adam in general to be not yet judged! God
left them to their own devices—knowing full well they would
willingly and willfully follow automatically Satan’s “GET” way.
But meanwhile they would not be finally judged, but
“reaping what they sowed.” They would live this sinful life,
die, and God would resurrect them in a special resurrection
to judgment in the end of the 7,000 years of the master plan.
Christ already having atoned for their sins—Satan having been
removed—Christ and the kingdom of God having restored the
government of God over the earth—then they could be called
to repentance,
to reconciliation to God, to becoming, on their
then free choice, God Beings!
And that’s why God has kept the world as a whole cut
off from him, even as their progenitor Adam had cut off
himself and his human family.
As the apostle Paul was inspired to write, in Romans 11: “I
would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery”
(and it is a mystery to the world) “that blindness” to these
mysteries has happened to this world—even to its “Christian
theologians”—UNTIL the kingdom of God has been established
in rule of the earth!
“For,” continues Paul, “as ye [Christians] in times past have
not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their
unbelief: even so have these also now not believed, that through
your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded
them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all”!
And at this point Paul shouted out in writing: “O the depth
of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how
unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
(Romans 11:25, 30-32).
True, the apostle wrote the above concerning Israel, and I
have applied it to all uncalled humanity—but it is truly applicable.
God called and prepared the Old Testament prophets. He
has called and still calls and prepares the Church to overcome
Satan—whereas those now blinded, uncalled and cut off from
God have not had to overcome Satan. Why?
WHY the Church?
That we may qualify to rule with and under Christ
in the kingdom of God—that we may prepare the way for the
ultimate call and salvation of the world!
At this point let me quote two passages from the direct word
of Jesus, which apply only to the Church:
To the Church of this twentieth century Jesus says, “To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his
throne” (Revelation 3:21).
Then again to the Church Jesus says, “He that overcometh,
and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power
over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron …”
(Revelation 2:26-27).
In that passage of Scripture Jesus showed plainly why some
are called out of this world into the Church at this present time.
Not because he is trying to save the world, and we are part of
the world. Not just that we may be saved and make it into his
kingdom, but, as Jesus also said in Revelation 5:10, to be kings
and priests and reign with and under Christ when he sets his
hand to bring salvation to the world.
I cannot repeat too emphatically that those being called into the
Church now are not being called merely and only for salvation.
Nevertheless, in order that they may be kings and priests, as
actual God Beings aiding Christ in the salvation of the world,
those in the Church themselves must be genuinely converted.
I cannot make this truth too plain. I fear many, even in the
Church, do not fully comprehend just what is a real conversion.
Conversion takes place in the mind, and that faculty of
mind we call the heart. This could never be fully understood
without an understanding of the actual makeup of the human
mind, as explained in Chapter 3 of this work. It could never be
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understood, until the knowledge was revealed through the Bible,
of the human spirit in man and the actual composition of the
human mind.
As the human mind differs from the animal brain by the
addition of the human spirit, so the converted person differs
from the unconverted person by the addition of the Holy Spirit.
How much greater is the capacity and output of the human
mind than that of the animal brain? The realization of that
difference should make clear to us the vast difference between
a converted mind being led by the Holy Spirit, and mind of the
One does not receive the Holy Spirit until he has first of all
repented. God grants repentance (Acts 11:18). The second condition
to receiving the Holy Spirit is faith. That means not only
believing in God and in Christ, but since Christ is the Word or
Spokesman of the God family, it means believing what he says.
Repentance means a change of mind. Godly sorrow is a
much deeper sorrow than remorse. And godly sorrow leads
to repentance. It involves not only heartfelt sorrow for past
sins, but a total change of attitude, of mind and direction and
purpose of life. Actually, repentance is more concerned with
future conduct than the past. The blood of Christ has atoned for
the past. Repentance is not penance. Nothing you can do can
make up for past guilt. The blood of Christ has paid the price of
past guilt. It has washed the slate clean.
A converted person is a person with a totally changed, or
converted mind. A converted mind in which the very mind of
God is joined with the human mind. As God says through the
apostle Paul, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). The Holy Spirit is the spirit of a sound
mind, which is a completely changed mind. It has made an
about-face in its desires, purposes and intentions.
The “salvation” in what is called traditional Christianity does
not actually change one into a new and different person. Too
often ministers and evangelists tell people that if they have just
“received Christ,” “accepted Christ,” or “given their heart to the
Lord,” they are saved. They are already “born again.” It is as if
some mystic switch has been flipped and the person will be shot
instantly up to heaven upon death, which so many believe is not
really a death after all. God, in the Bible, teaches no such thing.
God reveals that as in Adam all die, even so the same “all” in
Christ shall be made alive by a resurrection from the dead.
Meanwhile, God reveals the dead are totally unconscious.
In ancient Israel God gave them knowledge of his law, but
not his Spirit. Their minds were not converted or changed. They
were still carnal. And the natural mind is hostile against God
(Romans 8:7). There was no conversion in ancient Israel—no
salvation. The 37th chapter of Ezekiel reveals how those of
ancient Israel will receive the Spirit of God, if willing, in the
Great White Throne Judgment.
One receiving and led by the Holy Spirit is a changed
person. He has undergone a renewing of the mind. Until the
knowledge of the human spirit in man was revealed, and that
God’s Spirit can unite with human spirit, true salvation could
not be fully understood.
A Christian must grow and develop in
grace, spiritual knowledge and godly character.
At this juncture let me explain further why the Church is called
the firstfruits of God’s salvation. Far from being a discrimination
against the overwhelming majority of the world not yet
called to salvation, it is for the very purpose of calling the rest of
the world to salvation. Once again let me remind you there is a
definite order in sequence in God’s plan for saving the world—
for reproducing himself.
Jesus Christ is the first of the firstfruits. He is the firstborn
of many brethren (1 Corinthians 15:23; Romans 8:29). The
Church is being called to be changed, developed in character,
and finally born at Christ’s Second Coming as God Beings, to be
kings and priests under Christ when he will set his hand to save
the world.
In a sense, then, the Church shall become co-saviors with
Christ. Two things basically were required of Christ to save the
world. First it was necessary for him, who was the Maker of us
all, to die for all, thus paying the death penalty in our stead. No
one could do this but Jesus Christ alone.
But many have not realized that we are not saved by the
blood of Christ. You will read in Romans 5:10 that we are
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reconciled to God the Father by the death of Christ, but we
shall be saved by his life—by the resurrection. I am writing
this particular passage on what the world calls “Easter Sunday.”
Today, the churches and the evangelists have said much about
the resurrection of Christ, but virtually nothing about the
resurrection of all who shall be saved, and of the resurrection by
which people may be saved.
Jesus alone could make the sacrifice in payment of our past
sins. But the world must look for salvation through his life after
his resurrection. The Church is the affianced Bride of Christ to
be married to the Son of God on his return, after the resurrection
of those in the Church. After we have attained to the resurrection
of the dead, as the wife of the Son of God, and members
of the God family, we shall be not only heirs and coheirs with
Christ, but in a sense, co-saviors.
The family of God will grow. As kings and priests, the
Church in the resurrection will be co-rulers under Christ in
restoring the government of God over all nations. But we shall
also be, as priests, co-saviors with him in saving the world.
Now why was it absolutely necessary that the Church be called
out of the world to receive salvation during this Church age, while
the rest of the world was left in spiritual darkness and deception?
Before Jesus could qualify to become our Savior and future
King, it was necessary for him, as the second Adam, to do what
the first Adam failed to do—to overcome Satan and to choose
the mind and government of God instead. If the Church is to
rule with and under him—if the Church is to be priests as well
as kings, aiding, under Christ in saving the world, it was also
necessary that those in the Church must also qualify by resisting
and overcoming Satan.
That will not be required of the overwhelming majority of
others when salvation comes to them. Salvation will not come
to them until after Satan has been put away. So, you see, it was
far from discriminating
against the rest of the world, when Jesus
said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath
sent me draw him” (John 6:44). It was necessary that the Church
be called at a time when each member had to turn from, resist
and overcome Satan. Otherwise we of the Church could not
qualify for the wonderful position of becoming kings and priests
in the kingdom of God during the 1,000 years.
This explains the WHY of the Church—its great purpose.
But WHAT is the Church—how organized—how does it
When I came among the brethren of the Church of God,
there were questions among the leaders respecting the nature
of Church organization. At that time, 1927, the Church was
organized on the pattern of a biannual general conference. Each
local congregation could send one member to the biannual
general conference and thus had one vote in election of officers,
questions of Church doctrine and Church policy. A local
congregation could consist of as few as five members.
But division over Church organization and government
began about 1930. By 1933 the Church was divided right down
the middle. Two leaders organized a new Church, departing
from its headquarters at Stanberry, Missouri, setting up its new
headquarters at Salem, West Virginia. They adopted a system of
organization that they erroneously called “Bible organization.”
This new organization consisted of twelve men named as
apostles—designated as “the twelve.” Seven men were appointed
to the office of deacon, the chairman of whom was the treasurer
handling the money. Then there were “the seventy”—or seventy
leading elders. This was copied from the ancient Sanhedrin in
Judaism. However, there were not enough ordained ministers
within the church to make up more than half of “the seventy.”
The Roman Catholic Church is organized on the hierarchical
system with the pope in supreme authority, a college
of cardinals next in authority, a curia at headquarters in the
Vatican with archbishops, bishops and priests.
The Presbyterian Church is organized with the presbyters
or ministers in control. The Congregational Church delegates
top authority to the congregation— “government by the consent
of the governed.”
And so it goes. The churches of this world of Satan are
organized according to humanly devised patterns. But the Bible
gives explicit directions in regard to Church government. Jesus
Christ is the Head of the Church. God’s form of government is,
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indeed, hierarchical. God the Father is head over Christ—the
sole Lawgiver and supreme authority.
God explains in 1 Corinthians 12 functions, offices, administrations
and their officers as God set them in his Church.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have
you ignorant. … Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the
same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the
same God which worketh all in all. … But all these worketh that
one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he
will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the
members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also
is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we [in the Church] be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be
bond or free …” (1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-6, 11-13).
Notice especially, there is only the one Church. Not many
churches. The Church is not divided. There is only one Church.
Not a parent church and many little daughter churches that have
split off in disagreement. Divisions splintering off are not still
in the Church. It is the Church that is to marry Christ in
the resurrection
at his coming—not disagreeing churches—not
groups who have broken off! Not a parent church and apostate
daughters. That will become more obvious as we continue.
So notice, too, the Church conducts various operations.
For these in the one Church there are also various administrations
or executive departments, with an executive manager
over each department or operation (verses 4-6). Remember, an
executive administrator does not set policy or procedures
or doctrines. He administers—he carries out and directs—
what has been already set from above.
Even in this world, in the United States the President does
not make the laws. He administers the policies as functions
authorized by Congress—enforces the laws made by Congress.
Administrators are set in the Church merely to supervise, direct,
execute the policies, procedures, doctrines assigned to them
from above.
The one Church, undivided, is emphasized again in verse
20: “But now are they many members, yet but one body”—one
undivided Church! Even God is composed of more than
one Personage, yet but the one God! God, remember, is the
divine God family. Those in the Church are already begotten
sons—begotten members of that God family. But not yet born
as God Beings!
Notice verse 25: “That there should be no schism in the body;
but that the members should have the same care one for another.”
To administer these many operations, God—not a vote
of the members—“hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers.” Or, as stated in more
detail in Ephesians 4:11 (rsv): “And his gifts were that some
should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some
pastors and teachers.”
An apostle is “one sent forth” with Christ’s gospel message,
including the supervision of proclaiming that message to
the world by means and persons other than himself. Also an
apostle was given supervision over all the local congregations
or churches (1 Corinthians 16:1). The apostle Paul had oversight
over the churches of the Gentile world (2 Corinthians 11:28).
The prophets set in the foundation of the Church are those of
the Old Testament, whose writings were used to form a considerable
part of New Testament and gospel teaching and functioning.
Evangelists were leading ministers, proclaiming the gospel to
the public, even raising up local churches and having supervision
over some churches under the apostle. Therefore an evangelist
may hold executive functions under the apostle in the Church
headquarters or work today. An evangelist is not necessarily
stationary. Pastors are stationary pastors over a local church or
contingent group of local churches. Then there were placed in the
Church teachers—not necessarily preachers. Yet all ministers and
teachers are called elders in other New Testament texts. Therefore,
in God’s Church today there are both preaching and nonpreaching
elders. Preaching elders pastor local churches. Then some elders,
not preaching, are called local elders in the Church today.
Now further about Church organization.
The Church is the spiritual Body of Christ—not a secular
or worldly organization, club or institution. Yet it is highly
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Notice how thoroughly organized: “Now therefore ye are no
more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints,
and of the household of God.” Notice the Church is a family,
even as God is a divine family—“the household of God.”
Continue: “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
stone; in whom all the building”—the Church is a building “fitly
framed together” (well organized—all parts joined and functioning
together in harmony and teamwork)—“groweth unto an
holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:19-22).
This scripture plainly reveals the temple to which the glorified
world-ruling Christ shall come at his soon Second Coming.
There is no scripture foretelling the construction of a material
temple in Jerusalem before Christ’s appearing. The 40th chapter
of Ezekiel, however, describes the building of a temple after the
return of Christ.
The Church, then, is to grow into a holy temple—the
spiritual temple to which Christ shall come—even as he came
to a material temple of stone and metals and wood the first time.
Notice further: “… the head, even Christ: from whom
the whole body fitly joined together”—organized—“and
compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to
the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body …” (Ephesians 4:15-16). Compacted means
knit together, compressed together, as closely together as if
welded together. This shows organized unity, harmony! It is
commanded that those in the Church be so united that they “all
speak the same thing” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
Old Testament Israel, the Church of the Old Testament,
was also a nation in the world—though not of the world as
God organized it. Its government was hierarchical. It was
theocratic government—government from the top down—the
very opposite of “democracy.”
The Church is organized under theocratic government,
hierarchical in form. The members do not set officials in the
Church. God sets even the lay members in the Church
(1 Corinthians 12:18).
Jesus said explicitly, “No man can come to me, except the
Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44). The world,
except for the specially called, is cut off from God!
We have just covered the truth that God set officials
to serve on the human level under Christ, in the Church.
Members do not elect them. Yet in the churches of this world
some believe in government by the entire congregation—
“democracy”—and call themselves “Congregational.” Others
have organized themselves into government by ministers or
presbytery and call themselves “Presbyterian.” Some follow
Luther and call themselves “Lutheran.” Some follow Wesley,
who was strong on “method,” and call themselves “Methodist.”
Some learned God’s truth about baptizing and call their
church after the name of that one doctrine, “Baptist.” One
wanted complete universal world dominion, and called itself
“Catholic,” which means “universal.” What is the name of the
Church Jesus founded?
Jesus prayed for his Church: “… Holy Father, keep through thine
own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be
one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them
in thy name. … And now come I to thee. … I have given them thy
word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not OF
the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou
shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest
keep them from the evil [one]. They are not OF the world, even
as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth” (John 17:11-17).
Jesus said his true Church was to be kept in the name of
the Father—God. Twelve times in the New Testament, the name
of this one true Church is the Church of God! It is God’s
Church, and Jesus Christ is its guiding, sustaining, directing
In five passages where the true name of the Church appears,
the entire body of Christ—the Church as a whole—is indicated.
Thus when speaking of the entire Church, including all its individual
members on earth, the name is “The Church of God.”
Here are these five passages:
1) Acts 20:28: The admonition to the elders is to “feed the
church of God.”
2) 1 Corinthians 10:32: “Give none offence, neither to the
Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”
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3) 1 Corinthians 11:22: “… Despise ye the church of God,
and shame them that have not?”
4) 1 Corinthians 15:9: Paul wrote: “For … I persecuted the
church of God.”
5) Galatians 1:13: This verse repeats the one last given—“I
persecuted the church of God.”
Where one specific local congregation is mentioned, the
true Church is called “The Church of God,” often in connection
with the place or location. Here are four more passages:
6) 1 Corinthians 1:2: “the church of God which is at
7) 2 Corinthians 1:1: “the church of God which is at
8) 1 Timothy 3:5: In speaking of a local elder in a local congregation,
Paul wrote Timothy: “For if a man know not how to rule
his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?”
9) 1 Timothy 3:15: “… behave thyself in the house of God,
which is the church of the living God.” Here it is the
Church of the living God.
In speaking of the local congregation collectively, not as
one general body, but as the total of all local congregations, the
Bible name is “The Churches of God.” Here are the final three
verses of the 12 which name the Church:
10) 1 Corinthians 11:16: “… We have no such custom, neither
the churches of God.”
11) 1 Thessalonians 2:14: “For ye, brethren, became followers
of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus.”
12) 2 Thessalonians 1:4: “So that we ourselves glory in you in
the churches of God.”
Yet none is truly the Church of God, unless it is God’s
Church, continuing in doctrine, practice, organization, in all
ways on the original biblical pattern, headed by Jesus Christ,
yet belonging to God the Father, empowered by the Holy
Spirit, having God’s truth, fulfilling Christ’s commission of
proclaiming his good news of the kingdom of God to the
world as a whole.
And there is only one such Church!
And it cannot be divided. It remains one.
In 1 Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul was inspired to command
that all in the Church “speak the same thing.” There must be
no division in what is believed, taught or preached.
But what about all the many organized churches labeled under
the category “Christianity”—some with millions of members?
They are all described in Revelation 17:5: “Mystery, Babylon the
great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”
Are they, then, evil?
Not consciously or knowingly, necessarily. The world of
humanity has been cut off from God. Satan is still on earth’s
throne, next in power to God himself! And the whole world is
deceived by Satan (Revelation 12:9). Those deceived are not
aware that they are deceived. If so they would not be deceived!
They may be ever so sincere in believing they are right!
Are they condemned? By no means! They are simply not
yet judged—neither “condemned” nor “saved.” Few indeed
realize the magnitude of Satan’s power and the extent of his
It is Satan who is evil and diabolical. But he is an invisible
being and force—unseen and unrecognized by mortal humans.
Satan is a great counterfeiter! He appears as “an
angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). And he has his counterfeit
churches! His ministers are deceived by him into
believing they are “ministers of righteousness” and of Christ
(2 Corinthians 11:15; Matthew 24:5).
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth
another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,
which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. … For
such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves
into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan
himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no
great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers
of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works”
(2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15).
Notice these deceived but false churches believe they are
the true church, and their ministers “are transformed as the
ministers of righteousness”—in other words, appear to be the
true ministers of Jesus Christ. And indeed, many of them may
be entirely sincere, being themselves deceived. Yet they have
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neither known nor preached Jesus’ true Gospel of the kingdom
of God (Matthew 24:14). Nor do they comprehend what is
written in this book about the Church of God!
Many Protestant denominations, and some personal “ministries,”
quote certain scriptures, especially concerning Christian
living, faith, love, etc., correctly. But they ignore numerous basic
scriptures, cited in this book. Satan seems willing to let the
deceived have parts of the truth.
But these run afoul on pivotal truths. Usually they do not
have the proper name, The Church of God. Neither do they know
or proclaim the kingdom of God or what it is—that is to say, they
do not have or proclaim the true gospel of Christ. They do not
have God’s government headed by Jesus Christ, with apostles,
evangelists, pastors and other elders. They do not know what
salvation is. They do not understand God’s purpose or plan.
One original Church, much persecuted and opposed, but
still in existence, has these evidences proving it to be the original
true Church. And even this Church, until after the year of 1933,
had lost many of these vital truths. At least 18 basic and essential
truths have been restored to the true Church since that year.
Until now, I have not been able to give a clear concise explanation
of precisely what and why is the Church.
And why not?
People naturally and normally think only of and about
physical and material things. People do not realize it, but they
have been cut off from God! The human mind, unless and
until it receives the Holy Spirit of God, cannot think spiritually—
cannot know spiritual knowledge—cannot understand
human problems, troubles, evils or purposes of human existence.
But the Church is God’s Church. And the things of God
are a mystery—not understandable to the natural carnal mind.
So people may have some kind of human idea of what and why
the Church is, but it is not God’s concept.
God has communicated to man in our day through his
printed Word, the Holy Bible. But the real central meaning in
the Bible is spiritual. And natural minds without God’s Spirit
cannot think spiritually or comprehend spiritual knowledge.
To make it still more a mystery, I repeat once again, the Bible
is like a jigsaw puzzle, made up of thousands of parts that, for
understanding, must be put together “precept upon precept;
line upon line … here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:9-10,
13). And it requires the addition of the Holy Spirit to the human
mind to put this spiritual “jigsaw puzzle” properly together.
Even then it requires time, diligence, patience. I have not been
able to give this “what and why” of the Church to the reader all
at once briefly. I want fully to reveal the mystery!
What, then, is the Church?
It is that body God has specially called out of Satan’s world. It is a
body called for a very special purpose—to be trained to become
rulers and teachers when God does set his hand to convert the
world. To be enabled to rule and teach the world with and under
Christ. It is also necessary that they be first converted from human
into actual God Beings, members of the divine God family. That
explains why they are repeatedly called the “first-fruits” of God’s
salvation (Ephesians 1:11; Romans 11:16; Revelation 14:4). The day
of Pentecost was originally called the Feast of Firstfruits, picturing
the Church being called and trained for their special mission prior
to the time when God will open salvation to the world. Let it be
clearly understood that the time has not yet come when God has
opened the tree of life to Satan’s world. Rather than open the tree
of life to Satan’s world, God has selected those predestined to be
specially called that they might be prepared as kings and teachers,
being actual God Beings under Christ when God does open the
tree of life to the whole world. That will be the time when, as in
Joel 2:28, God shall at last pour out his Spirit upon all flesh.
The New Testament passage that incorrectly reads “Now is
the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2) is quoted from Isaiah
49:8 where it is “a day of salvation,” not the day of salvation. The
Greek text also does not have the word the. It was inserted by
translators who were deceived into believing this is the only day
of salvation for everyone.
The very truth that the Church is not called merely and only
for salvation—not merely to “make it into the kingdom” as so
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many have expressed it—is plainly affirmed in the parables of
the pounds and of the talents.
In the parable of the pounds (Luke 19:11-27), Jesus is pictured as
the rich young ruler going to God’s throne in heaven to receive
the kingdom of God. He gave to each in the Church a pound,
representing a portion of God’s Holy Spirit. This illustrates that
we must grow in the Spirit, or in grace and knowledge, during
the Christian life. When Christ returns to earth, having received
the kingdom and being already crowned, he shall call those of the
Church to an accounting. The one who has multiplied the portion
of the Holy Spirit received (has grown and developed in grace
and knowledge) by ten times over, shall be rewarded by being
given rule over ten cities. He who qualified by spiritual growth
and development only half as much shall reign over five cities
as his reward. Remember we shall be rewarded according to our
works or spiritual growth, but salvation is a free gift. But what
of the person who thought he “had it made into the kingdom”
without spiritual growth and development? He shall have taken
away from him that first portion of the Holy Spirit—he shall
lose the salvation he mistakenly thought he had. He shall not
make it into the kingdom! He was not called merely for
salvation, but to qualify to rule and teach under Christ in
the kingdom, when God does open salvation to all on earth. It is
well to note that it will not be opening salvation to those in Satan’s
world. It shall then be God’s world—the world tomorrow.
The parable of the talents (Matthew 25) emphasizes the
same truth.
Also the parable of the sower and the seed in Matthew 13:1-9. But
Jesus’ disciples did not understand the parable. They questioned
Jesus (verse 10), asking why he spoke to the multitudes in parables.
To his disciples, called out of the world to a special commission,
Jesus replied, “It is given unto you to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Here is
another example showing God is not now calling the world to
understanding and salvation. Jesus spoke to the uncalled world
in parables to hide the meaning (verse 13). He explained the
parable to his called disciples (verses 18-23). Some who are called
in this Church age hear the Word of God when preached, but do
not understand, and Satan catches away that which was sown in
their hearts. Some receive the truth when preached with joy, but
lack the depth of mind and character; when persecution comes,
they are offended and turn away. Others hear and initially
respond, but are so encumbered with earning a living and
pleasures of the world they produce no fruit—like the one who
received the one pound but did not grow in spiritual character
and knowledge. But, of the others called out of the world and
into God’s Church, some produced spiritual fruit 100 fold, some
60 and some 30. They are saved by God’s free grace, but in the
next life in God’s kingdom, shall be rewarded or given positions
of responsibility and power according to their works.
That means according to fruit borne. And fruit borne
means more than regular Bible reading, prayer, church attendance
or volunteer church duties. It means “the fruits of the
Spirit” as explained in Galatians 5:22-23— showing more love
or outgoing concern toward others, growing in joy, which is
happiness running over, in peace with your own family, with
neighbors, with all others. Growing in patience, being more
kind and gentle toward others, goodness and faith, as well as
meekness and temperance.
The Church, then, is that body called out from Satan’s
world being prepared to restore, with and under Christ, the
government of God. That shall be a time when Satan shall
have been removed. It shall be a time when all living shall be
called to repentance and salvation with eternal life through the
Holy Spirit of God! The Church, immortal, shall be ruling
with Christ—replacing the present rule of Satan!
The Church, then, is that body of called-out-ones, who at
the resurrection shall form the firstfruits of God’s harvest.
That harvest is the reaping of physical flesh-and-blood, mattercomposed
humans converted into divine immortal God
Beings—those in whom God actually has reproduced himself!
Why has God in wisdom gone slow—a step at a time? Few
realize how great is God’s purpose!
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After all these years of sinning, human life cut off from
God, even with God’s own Holy Spirit given to those changed
by initial conversion, those in the Church are initially “babes in
Christ”—still far more carnal than spiritual.
Understand this!
The Church, as initially called in this life, is not yet
capable of ruling the earth—of sitting with Christ in the
throne where God originally placed Lucifer—of administering
the government of God.
And that is WHY God has placed his government in his
Church. That is WHY God’s Church government is theocratic
instead of democratic. That is why God has set ranks of government
in his Church, apostles, evangelists, pastors, elders, both
preaching and non-preaching, “till we [in the Church] all come
in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). It is not a matter of having
“made it into the kingdom” upon being baptized, but a matter
of spiritual growth and development in knowledge and in
righteous character. That is WHY it is hierarchical in form—
government from God at the top on down, not from the bottom
up. Otherwise those at the bottom would be ruling God!
It is the same government by which Christ shall rule all
nations beginning with the millennium!
And that is WHY Satan has subtilely influenced dissidents
in God’s Church to become resentful and bitter over God’s
government—why some have gone out of the Church!
The churches of this world—“traditional Christianity”—
not speak of the government of God. They do not picture Jesus
as coming world ruler. They do not preach Jesus as coming
King—but only as Savior. They overlook—reject—scriptures
speaking of Christ as King and coming Ruler, and government
rule in the kingdom of God. And that is to say, they deliberately
reject and omit the gospel message of Christ in their
teaching and preaching! They teach that one is already saved on
“receiving” (getting) Christ!
I repeat, the individual whom God calls and adds to his
Church is not, at initial conversion, remotely capable of being
given power of rule over nations!
He is called a “babe in Christ.” He has, if repentant and
really converted in this preliminary human state, actually
received a portion of the Holy Spirit of God. Indeed
in Romans
8:16 we read: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God.”
But we need to grow spiritually before we are qualified to
rule over cities and nations and teach those being converted.
As the apostle Paul said to those in the first century Church
who were not growing spiritually: “That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the
promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because
he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely
blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee”
(Hebrews 6:12-14).
We are already, though yet unborn, the begotten children of
God. By direct comparison the impregnated embryo or fetus in a
mother-to-be’s womb is already the child of its parents, though not
yet born. Therefore I remark, in passing, abortion is MURDER!
But this brings us to a most important purpose and function
of the Church!
Beginning verse 22 of Galatians 4 is an allegory about
the two covenants—the Covenant made with national Israel
at Mount Sinai and the New Covenant to be made at Christ’s
return. However, ministers in the Church are “able ministers of
the new testament” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
The Church is a part of, and preliminary to the final
making of, the New Testament.
In this allegory of the two covenants, the Church is called
“the mother of us all”—that is, of those in the Church.
So notice the direct comparison. God is reproducing
himself through humans. He endowed us with power to reproduce
ourselves. And human reproduction is the exact type of
God’s spiritual reproduction!
Now see and understand how human reproduction pictures
spiritual salvation!
All human life comes from a tiny egg, called an ovum. It
is produced inside the human mother. This ovum is about the
size of a pin point. Inside it, when highly magnified, can be seen
a small nucleus. But this ovum has a very limited life, of itself!
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Some doctors and scientists believe it has a life of only some 24
hours, unless fertilized by a sperm from a male.
But human life may be imparted to it by a sperm cell,
produced in the body of the human father. The sperm cell is
the smallest cell in the human body—about one fiftieth the size
of the ovum. The sperm—technically named a spermatozoon
(plural, spermatozoa)—
on entering an ovum, finds its way to
and joins with the nucleus. This imparts life—physical human
life—to the ovum.
But it is not yet a born human being. Human life has merely
been begotten. For the first four months it is called an embryo.
After that, until birth it is called a fetus. This human life starts
very small—the size of a tiny pin point—and the sperm that
generates it is the smallest cell in a human body!
Once begotten, it must be fed and nourished by physical
food from the ground, through the mother. From this physical
nourishment it must grow, and grow and grow—until physically
large enough to be born—after nine months. As it grows,
the physical organs and characteristics gradually are formed.
Soon a spinal column forms. A heart forms and begins to beat.
Other internal organs form. Then, gradually, a body, a head,
legs, arms. Finally hair begins to grow on the head, fingernails
and toenails develop—facial features gradually shape up. By
nine months the average normal fetus has grown to a weight of
approximately six to nine pounds, and is ready to be born.
A human has to be begotten by his human father. To be
born again of the Spirit—of God—one must first be begotten by
the spiritual Father—Almighty God.
Now see how human begettal, period of gestation, and birth
is the astounding identical type of spiritual salvation—being
born of God—being given eternal life in the kingdom of
God—the God family into which we may be born!
Each adult human is, spiritually, an “egg” or “ovum.” In this
spiritual ovum is a nucleus, the human mind with its human
spirit. This spiritual “ovum” has a very limited life span, of
itself—compared to eternal life—an average of some 70
years. But spiritual, divine immortal life may be imparted to it
by the entrance into it of the Holy Spirit, which comes from
the very Person of God the Father. This divine Spirit of God
joins with the nucleus of the human ovum, which is the human
spirit and mind, and imparts to us also the divine nature
(2 Peter 1:4). Heretofore we have had only human, fleshly or
carnal nature.
As the human sperm cell is the very smallest of all human
cells, even so, many newly begotten Christians start out with a
very small measure of God’s Holy Spirit and character. Many
may still be, at first, about 99.44 percent carnal! Apparently
those in the Church of God at Corinth were (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
The apostle Paul said he still had to feed them on the spiritual
milk—not yet adult spiritual “food.” They certainly were not yet
“born again.”
Now, as the physical male sperm finds its way to, and
unites with the nucleus in the ovum, so God’s Spirit enters
and combines with the human spirit and mind! There is,
as explained before, a spirit in man. This human spirit has
combined with the brain to form human mind. God’s Spirit
unites with, and witnesses with our spirit that we are, now,
the children of God (Romans 8:16). And God’s Holy Spirit,
now combined with our human spirit in our mind, imparts
to our mind power to comprehend spiritual knowledge
(1 Corinthians 2:11)—which the carnal mind cannot grasp.
Now we have the presence of eternal life—God-life—
through God’s Spirit. In like manner the human embryo was
an actual human life as yet undeveloped. But we are not yet
immortal spirit beings—not yet born of God—just as the
human ovum was not yet born of its human parents—not yet
inheritors, and possessors, but physical heirs (Romans 8:17). But
IF God’s Holy Spirit dwells in us, God will, at the resurrection,
“quicken” to immortality our mortal bodies BY his Spirit that
“dwelleth in us” (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:49-53).
Now we see how the astonishing analogy continues!
As yet we are not born divine beings. We are not yet
composed of spirit, but of physical matter. The divine life has
merely been begotten. This divine character starts so very
small it is doubtful if much of it is in evidence—except for the
glow of that ecstasy of spiritual “romance” that we may radiate
in that “first love” of conversion—spiritually speaking. But so
far as spiritual knowledge and developed spiritual character
goes, there is not much, as yet.
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So now, once spiritually begotten, we are merely a spiritual
embryo. Now we must be fed and nourished on spiritual food!
Jesus said man shall not live by bread (physical food) alone,
but by every word of God (spiritual food)! This we drink in
from the Bible! But we drink in this spiritual knowledge and
character, also, through personal, intimate, continuous contact
with God through prayer, and through Christian fellowship
with God’s children in his Church. And also by the continual
teaching imparted by the Church.
Now the physical embryo and fetus is fed physically through
the mother. God’s Church is called Jerusalem above “which is
the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26).
Notice the exact parallel! The Church is the spiritual
mother of its members. God has set his called and chosen
ministers in his Church to feed the flock—“for the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of
the body [Church] of Christ: till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”
(Ephesians 4:11-13).
It is the duty of Christ’s true ministers (and how scarce
today) to protect the begotten but yet unborn saints from false
doctrines, from false ministers.
The human mother carries her unborn baby in that part of
her body where she can best protect it from physical harm; and
that protection is part of her function, as well as to nourish the
unborn child! Even so, the Church, through Christ’s ministers,
instructs, teaches, counsels with, advises, and protects from
spiritual harm the unborn members! What a wonderful
picture is human reproduction of spiritual salvation!
Continue further! As the physical fetus must grow physically
large enough to be born, so the begotten Christian must grow
in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18)—must
overcome, must develop in spiritual character during this life,
in order to be born into the kingdom of God!
And as the physical fetus gradually, one by one, develops
the physical organs, features and characteristics,
even so the
begotten Christian must gradually, continually, develop the
spiritual character—love, faith, patience, gentleness, temper-
ance. He (or she) must live by, and be a doer of the Word of
God. He must develop the divine character!
Then in God’s due time—though the person may die meanwhile—
by a resurrection, or by instantaneous change to
immortality at Christ’s coming, he shall be born of God—into
the kingdom of God—because God is that kingdom! He is no
longer material flesh from the ground, but composed of spirit,
even as God is a Spirit (John 4:24).
How wonderful is the truth of God!
Yet, by his dastardly deceptions Satan has deceived the
world—has blinded humanity to the fact that God IS this
kingdom Jesus proclaimed—and that we may be born as spiritual
individuals—as part of that divine family—as part of the
God kingdom!
How precious is God’s truth! God designed reproduction
to picture his truth in physical manner and to keep us
constantly in the knowledge of his wonderful plan of
It is the function of the Church—as the spiritual mother
of Christians in it—to develop holy, righteous and perfect godly
character in those God has called—those God has added to
the Church.
Remember, none can come to Christ, except called
and drawn by God the Father (John 6:44). Newly converted
members are not brought to spiritual conversion by “salesmanship”
of human evangelists—are not “talked into” being
“converted”—are not emotionally high pressured by highpowered
evangelistic oratory or fervor—or by emotion-packed
“altar calls” in evangelistic crusades to the moanful strains of a
choir singing, “Just as I am, I come, I come.”
You cannot find that sort of MODERN “Old-Fashioned
Gospel” crusading either taught or used to set us an example in
the New Testament! Yet people today suppose falsely that is the
way Christ intended—the way Jesus initiated.
Jesus DID NOT come on a “soul-saving crusade!” to try to
save at that time all those in Satan’s world. He came to call
out of Satan’s world a people predestinated and specially called
and drawn by God. Jesus said it was impossible for others of
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Satan’s world to come to him for salvation unless specially
called by God to become kings and teachers when God’s world
tomorrow has replaced Satan’s world. Never did Jesus beg
or plead with anyone to “give one’s heart to him.” At Jacob’s
well in Samaria Jesus spoke to a woman about the Holy Spirit in
terms of “living water.”
The woman said to Jesus, “Sir, give me this water, that I
thirst not.” Here was a direct request from an unconverted
woman for salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But Jesus
only told her of her sins—of what she had to repent of!
He did not say, “Come to me, just as you are, in your sins.”
None can come to Jesus except God the Father draws him!
All have sinned. Sin is against God the Father. Sin must first be
repented of—turned from! It is much more than remorse for
guilt. It is a matter of being sufficiently sorry to turn from
the sin, overcome the sin. This reconciles one to God on faith in
Christ. It is God the Father who adds to the Church such as he
calls to be saved (Acts 2:47). It is God who sets members in the
Church (1 Corinthians 12:18)—not the emotional oratory of the
evangelist in the emotional altar call!
God sets individual members in his Church in order that
his holy, righteous perfect character may be developed in
them. And why? To prepare them to become God Beings in
the kingdom (family) of God, to govern and rule the whole
earth with the government
of God!
But how does the Church as the spiritual mother of its
members develop that spiritual character?
This brings us to the real purpose of the Church. This
brings us to an understanding of why one cannot be born
again outside the Church.
Now most important of all—what is the real purpose for
the Church? Why did God have Christ raise it up?
The Church is the spiritual mother of human converts.
They are the spiritual embryos and fetuses as yet unborn,
although begotten by God’s Holy Spirit— already children of
God.The Church is God’s spiritual organism, well organized,
for feeding on spiritual food, training and developing in spiri-
tual righteous character the future God Beings—sons of God
the Father!
For that training—that spiritual development of God’s
character, God has given his Church a dual responsibility:
1) “Go ye into all the world” and proclaim the good news—
announcement—of the coming kingdom of God.
2) “Feed my sheep.”
But in feeding the “sheep,” developing in them God’s spiritual
character, God has given them their part in supporting,
backing up, the great commission: “Go ye into all the world.”
This first and great commission was given to the apostles.
To a lesser extent evangelists were used in carrying forth the
message. Other leaders—ordained ministers—were stationary,
yet even the local pastor of a church may hold evangelistic
services in his area—not the “soul-saving crusade” type, but
lectures announcing
and proclaiming as a witness the
coming kingdom of God (the true gospel)!
This entire great commission—proclaiming the good
news of the coming kingdom, and “feeding the sheep”—is a
combined administration and function of the Church.
The individual lay member has his vital part in
proclaiming the good news (gospel) to the world. How? Not
by going out and himself proclaiming Christ’s message to the
neighborhood or to the world. That is done primarily by the
apostles, to some extent by evangelists, and to even a lesser
extent in local areas by local pastors. (The chief responsibility of
local pastors is supervision of and preaching to the local church.)
But the entire church operation is one whole, organized
into various operations and administrations (1 Corinthians 12:5-6).
For example, what part does the individual local member have
in taking the gospel message to all the world? This is done
primarily and directly by the apostle. In this latter half of
the twentieth century it is done also by radio, television and in
In the first century it was done by personal proclamation.
Then what part did the individual lay member have in it?
Much! Without this larger body of lay members the apostle
could do nothing!
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Notice a scriptural example: Peter and John had been
proclaiming the message at the Temple in Jerusalem. A miracle
had been performed by Peter and a large crowd had gathered.
As a result Peter and John were thrown in prison overnight,
and severely threatened. Their lives were in danger. They were
They went immediately upon release to the lay brethren
(Acts 4:23). They needed the backing, support, encouragement
of the brethren. They fervently prayed! Peter and John sorely
needed this loyalty, backing and the prayers of the lay members.
They were all a team together!
Take a recent modern example.
The office of the attorney general of America’s most populous
state—California—had made a sudden, unexpected massive
armed assault on the headquarters of the Worldwide Church of
God at Pasadena, California. They claimed, in violation of the
U.S. Constitution, that all church property and assets belong to
the State, and a court had secretly appointed a receiver to take
over, run and operate the Church of the living God!
But when the receiver was about to enter with his staff and
deputy sheriffs the Hall of Administration and other headquarters
buildings, some 5,000 lay members, with children and babies,
crowded these buildings in extended and continuous prayer
services. The doors were locked. The armed officials did not
quite dare to break down the doors and disturb these massive and
orderly prayer services. After three days they gave up. The receiver,
an ex-judge of a non-Christian faith, resigned. The civil lawsuit
went on “the back burner.” And the operation of the Church
continued! The higher appellate court later ruled that this lawsuit
was without foundation and never should have been started.
The author, Christ’s apostle, can say emphatically that the
apostles, evangelists, pastors and elders could not carry on the
work of God without the loyal backing and continual encouragement
of the lay members.
Neither can the individual lay member develop and build
within him God’s holy, righteous and perfect character
without the operations of the apostle, evangelists, pastors and
elders. All these various members God has set in his Church
are interdependent—
mutually dependent on one another. They
form a team—an organized spiritual organism—utterly
different from any secular and worldly organization!
How, more specifically, does this mutual dependency
In general, the whole operation of the Church costs money in
this late twentieth century world. Facilities and methods are
available to the Church for performance of its commission that
did not exist in the first-century world. Without the tithes and
generous freewill offerings of lay members the Church commission
could not be performed in today’s world.
Without the fervent and prevailing continual prayers of
all members the work could not be accomplished. Without the
continual encouragement of lay members and those over them
locally, those of us operating from headquarters could not bear
up under the persecutions, oppositions, trials and frustrations.
Also in reverse, the lay members need just as urgently
the encouragement, teaching, counseling and leadership from
headquarters and local pastors.
An example of the former: I frequently receive large
cards—often beautifully illustrated or decorated—signed by the
hundreds of local members of churches, giving encouragement
and assurances of loyalty, backing and support. Lay members
scattered over the world simply cannot conceive fully how
much encouragement and inspiration this gives the one Christ
has chosen to lead this tremendous worldwide activity, God’s
Church! The assurance of the earnest prayers crying out to
God continually from these thousands from all parts of the
earth inspire the confidence of faith to persevere in the direction
and oversight in this great work!
Specifically, how is God’s Church organized today—how
does it operate in this modern late twentieth century?
Christ’s gospel message—the kingdom of God—goes out
worldwide in dynamic power by radio, by television, and by
the mass-circulation magazine, The Plain Truth. This unique
magazine of more than seven million copies monthly, in seven
languages, is full color, effectively and interestingly carrying
Christ’s gospel. Then, sent free on request are millions of copies
of attractive booklets and even full books. A campaign of
dynamic full-page messages appeared as advertisements in
leading newspapers, The New York Times, The Wall Street
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Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other
daily newspapers. Large space has been used in the London
Then to encourage local church members and the ministry,
a 14-to-20-page mimeographed Pastor General’s Report
is mailed from headquarters weekly to all ministers. Twice
monthly a tabloid newspaper The Worldwide News goes out
to all members. Monthly a handsome full-color magazine
The Good News is sent to all lay members, ministers and nearmember
co-workers. And finally, Christ’s apostle sends out
monthly a mimeographed Co-Worker letter to all members and
co-workers reporting on progress in the work, current activities
and needs.
And we must not overlook a very important department,
the Bible Correspondence Course, sent free on enrollment to lay
members, and the public, giving monthly lessons in-depth of
basic subjects covered by the Bible.
The author’s personal travels to all parts of the world representing
Christ’s message personally before kings, emperors,
presidents, prime ministers and leaders under them in
numerous nations perhaps ought to be mentioned.
All this is a well-organized operation carrying out the
purpose of the Church, 1) proclaiming the coming kingdom of
God to the world and 2) feeding the flock.
The “loner”—the “individual Christian,” who wants to
climb up into the kingdom some other way than by Christ and
his way through his Church—is not being trained in Christ’s
manner of training, to rule and reign with Christ in his
Now what about the “private,” or “individual Christian,” who
says, “I don’t want to be a part of the Church—I want to seek my
salvation direct and alone with Christ.”
The answer is this: God himself laid out the plan and the
method by which humans may be, after begettal, trained and
prepared to become part of the divine personnel of born God
Beings that shall form the kingdom of God!
The kingdom of God will be the God family—a superbly
and highly trained and organized family of God Beings. The
Church is God’s special school for training those he has selected
and called to be trained in his Church—to be kings and priests,
to rule and to teach—for their part in that kingdom. Only
those so trained in the Church will be kings and priests in the
kingdom of God.
The person who says “I will get my salvation alone, outside
of the Church” is totally deceived. This is not the time when
salvation is opened to those in Satan’s world. Those called now, I
repeat emphatically, are not called just for salvation. They are
called for a special training provided only in God’s Church.
Those in Satan’s world cannot train themselves outside of
the Church for the special calling of being rulers and teachers
in God’s kingdom when Satan is removed and the world has
become God’s world.
The Church is organized on God’s pattern of mutual
teamwork and cooperation to function perfectly together. They
shall become the God family as it shall exist at the time of
Christ’s Second Coming. Remember God IS that divine family!
Take an analogy from Satan’s world. A football player says:
“I want to play in all of the games, but I’ll train alone. I don’t
want to be part of the team until the games start.” Would the
coach let him be part of the team in the games, without having
learned teamwork during practice season? Neither will God let
one into his family at the resurrection who refused to be part of
it now—in the Church—in the spiritual “training season.”
To those chosen to be apostles in the start of the Church,
Jesus said, speaking of the Church:
“I am the vine, ye are the branches.” Those not joined with
others of the branches, all joined to the main vine, were no
part of the Church, and God the Father will cast them away
as dead branches. The life (spirit life impregnated now) is
received along with all other “branches” from the main vine—
Christ, the Head of the Church!
What about one who has been in Christ’s “spiritual body”—
the Church—and is put out for cause (causing division or
rebellion or opposition to Church government)? The Church
is like a human mother who is pregnant. If there is an abortion,
the human life departs totally from the fetus. There is,
however, perhaps one difference in this analogy. A human who
goes out, or is put out of God’s Church, could, on repentance
and renewed belief, be admitted back into the body again.
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What about the millions of members of other churches or
Satan is the great counterfeiter. Satan has his churches,
his religions, and his ministers in those religions and churches
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15). What about the millions of people in
traditional established “Christian” churches? In the book of
Revelation, the true Church is pictured in the 12th chapter
as the persecuted “little flock,” many martyred—put to death
for their faith—having to flee for safety from persecution,
torture and death. In chapter 17 is pictured the big, politically
and worldly powerful churches, headed by “mother” “Babylon
the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth”
(verse 5). In other words, the ancient “Babylonian Mystery” religion,
out of whom have gone daughter churches in protest. This
politically great church was the persecutor of “the saints” (verse
6). This false church, politically great, sits astride a “beast”
pictured in chapter 13 as a government ruling by power of “the
dragon” who (Revelation 12:9) is Satan the devil.
This is shocking, but plainly revealed in God’s Word!
What about those, in such churches, who profess being
“born-again Christians”? They are deceived! They may be
ever so sincere. They do not know they are deceived and wrong
in their beliefs. But they are not now being judged! They are
neither condemned to the lake of fire nor “saved.” They are
among the whole world, swayed by the deceptions of Satan,
cut off from God!
It must be repeated—they shall have their eyes opened
to God’s truth if still living after Christ comes and Satan is
removed—or, if dead before then, resurrected and called to
truth and salvation in the Great White Throne Judgment resurrection
(Revelation 20:11-12).
Again, the reader is urged to read the free booklet Just What
Do You Mean—Born Again?
Yes, the whole world is deceived. But praise God! Satan
soon shall be removed from earth, eyes shall be opened to
astonishing truth, and ultimately everybody who ever lived
shall have been called to salvation and eternal life! But when
called, each must make his own decision. Sorrowfully as I say it,
some will not repent, believe, and be saved. This book emphati-
cally is not teaching a universal salvation. Some are going to
finally perish in the lake of fire.
Meanwhile God’s glorious purpose must be worked out
here below according to God’s wonderful master plan—a step
at a time!
Now we must summarize the teaching and beliefs of God’s true
This, naturally, is related directly to the purpose of the
Church—to call out of Satan’s present world disciples (students,
learners) to be trained to become kings and priests (teachers)
in God’s world tomorrow when God will open the tree of life
(salvation, immortality) to all flesh.
But doctrinally, remember what the Church is called to help
restore—the kingdom, government and character of God. What
was taken away? God’s law, the foundation of his government
and the very essence of God’s character and divine life.
In other words, the pivotal point is the SIN question. Sin is
the transgression of God’s spiritual law (1 John 3:4).
Satan has deceived this world’s churches into the belief that
God’s law was done away—that Jesus, rather than paying the
price in human stead for transgressing the law, did away with
it—“nailing it to his cross.”
The expression used by Protestants “nailing the law to his
cross” can mean only one thing. This is Satan’s teaching that
by being nailed to the cross, Christ abolished the law, making
it possible for humans to sin with impunity. What actually
was nailed to the cross was Christ our sin bearer, who took on
himself our sins, paying the death penalty in our stead, so that
we are freed from the ultimate penalty of sinning, not made free
to sin with impunity.
The very basic teaching, belief and doctrine of God’s true
Church therefore is based on the righteousness of and obedience
to the law of God. That law is love. But it is not human
love. Human love cannot rise above the level of human selfcenteredness.
It must be “the love of God … shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy [Spirit]” (Romans 5:5). Ancient Israel could
not really obey God’s law—they could have kept it according
to the strict letter of the law. But since love is the fulfilling of
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the law and they had only human self-centered love, they could
not have kept the law according to the spirit—because the Holy
Spirit had not yet been given.
This basic teaching includes, therefore, all the “fruits of the
Holy Spirit”—love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance, etc.
The teachings of God’s true Church are simply those of
“living by every word” of the Holy Bible.
The first man, Adam, chose to decide for himself right from
wrong—to decide his own teachings, beliefs and ways of life.
The world has followed that same course for 6,000 years. The
Church is called out of the world to live the way God, through
the Bible, teaches.
Finally, we come to a brief history of the Church from its foundation
in a.d. 31 to the present.
The Church started on the day of Firstfruits called
Pentecost, in June of a.d. 31. The Holy Spirit came from heaven
upon the 120 disciples assembled in Jerusalem with a miraculous
display such as has never before nor since occurred.
The 120 were all of “one accord.” Suddenly “there came a
sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2).
Have you ever been in a tornado or a hurricane? I have. Wind
can make a very loud sound. This sound filled “all the house
where they were sitting.” Next “there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they
were all filled with the Holy [Spirit], and began to speak with
other tongues [languages], as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Never has such a supernatural display occurred before or
since. Yet the modern sect calling themselves “Pentecostal”
claim to repeat this experience.
But in their meetings no such sound comes from heaven.
No supernatural divided tongues of flaming fire sit on their
heads. Some do break out in a kind of gibberish supposed to be
some foreign language, but emphatically not anything like that
happened on this one day of Pentecost in a.d. 31. Notice what
kind of languages were spoken at the Church’s inception. Many
besides the 120 were present from many countries speaking
different languages. Notice particularly, of these strangers,
“every man heard them [the 120] speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying to one another,
Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear
we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”
Now notice carefully. Every man—that is, each individual—
heard them, the 120, all speaking in his own native language.
The Greek heard the 120 speaking the Greek language. The
Parthian heard the same 120 speaking in the Parthian language.
The Mede heard the 120 speaking the language of the Medes.
They understood what was being said. They got the message!
Today, in “Pentecostal” meetings one person may break out
in a kind of gibberish that others in the meeting do not understand
(1 Corinthians 14:28). It says if one speaks in a foreign
language there must be an interpreter so the others can understand.
“But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the
church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.” In verse 33 it
says God is not the author of confusion. In verse 19, God shows
the relative unimportance of “tongues” by saying: “Yet in the
church I had rather speak five words with my understanding,
that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand
words in an unknown tongue.”
When I speak to an audience in Japan or some other
country, I always have an interpreter who will interpret into the
language of that country, every few words, my message in their
language. When I speak in this kind of “tongues” I speak with
understanding, and the people get the message.
This entire modern “Pentecostal” movement is based on a
total misunderstanding and a deception of Satan in relation
to the true meaning of the baptism of—or, more correctly,
by—the Holy Spirit. Christ said through the apostle Paul that
by one Spirit are we all baptized into the one body—the Church
(1 Corinthians 12:13). The word baptize means “immerse” or
“plunge into.”
“Pentecostal” people have been deceived into thinking that
one is what they called “saved” when one receives Jesus Christ
as his personal Savior. They consider “the baptism of the Holy
Spirit” evidenced by speaking in “tongues” as a subsequent
imbuement of power. I have had a great deal of experience with
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these people. This “baptism” as they call it seems to loosen their
tongues in what they call an “imbuement with power,” which, in
practice, means power to speak emotionally, often braggingly.
The above explanation will not change those already hooked
on this deception, but hopefully it will prevent others from
becoming misled by this counterfeit emotional “spirituality.”
Today’s customary gospel about Christ believes that simply
“believing on Christ,” which is professing Christ as personal
Savior, means that one is already saved. Yet Mark 7:7-9 shows
that many even go so far as to worship Christ, and all in vain
because they do not obey God’s commandments—especially the
Sabbath—but follow the traditions of men by which Satan has
deceived the whole world.
In John 8:30-44 the Jews who “believed on Christ” but who
did not believe Christ or keep his commandments
were called,
by Jesus, the children of their father the devil. In 1 John 2:4 it
shows that he who claims to know Christ as Savior, but does not
keep his commandments
is a liar and the truth is not in him.
On the original day of Pentecost, of these Jews from other
countries, some three thousand were baptized after a real repentance
and belief in Christ and in his Word, on that same day. A
day or two later, after Peter had healed the lifelong cripple at the
gate of the Temple, 2,000 more were baptized. The new fledgling
Church grew, not merely by addition, which God added to his
Church, but by multiplication.
But this phenomenal growth was not to continue long at
such an amazing rate of growth.
Remember, these in the Church were being specially called by
God out of Satan’s world. Satan was sitting on the throne of this
earth. He fought fiendishly to protect his reign and upset God’s
purpose to redeem mankind. Satan had sought to kill the Christchild.
Satan tried desperately to tempt and disqualify Jesus at
age 30. Satan did not give up, nor has he to this very day. He now
sought to destroy the Church and if he could not destroy it, at
least counterfeit it and deceive his world into a false Christianity.
At the very outset Satan moved on Jews to fight the Church by
denying Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. At the first the Church
was almost wholly Jewish. The unconverted Jews fought to retain
the physical rituals and animal sacrifices of the law of Moses.
Very soon, while the membership in God’s Church was
being multiplied (Acts 6:1), there was a great persecution against
the Church (Acts 8:1). Members were all scattered abroad
throughout Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Soon a violent controversy arose over whether the gospel to be
proclaimed was the gospel of Christ (which was Jesus’ gospel or
good news about the kingdom of God) or whether they should
preach a gospel about Christ, merely preaching the acceptance
of Christ as Savior. As apostasy from Christ’s truth gained
much of the Church was turning to a different and
counterfeit gospel, proclaiming Christ as Savior, but omitting
entirely that sin is the transgression of God’s spiritual law, and
the good news of the kingdom of God, removal of Satan, and
restoration of the government of God over the earth and the
final opening of salvation to all of humanity, who, when judged,
would repent, believe and receive eternal life as sons of God—as
actual God beings.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4: “But I fear,
lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds [those in the early Church] should be
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that
cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or
if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another
gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Then Paul goes on and describes the false preachers as
stated previously, that were coming in and changing the gospel
of Christ right at that time.
Then we turn next to Galatians 1:6-7. Paul wrote: “I marvel
that ye are so soon removed from him that called you [you had
to be called to become a member of the Church—no one can
come to Christ, except those that are called] into the grace of
Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be
some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
The gospel of Christ was the message about the coming kingdom
of God. They were already turning to a different gospel.
Already the curtain was rung down on the history of the true
Church. You read of it in the book of Acts, but it doesn’t go
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much beyond that. But the curtain seems to lift, and we begin
to get a little bit of the history in about a.d. 150. There we see a
church calling itself Christian, but it’s a totally different church,
as different as night is from day, down from up, or black from
white. But it called itself Christian.
Now we quote from a book of history, The Decline and Fall
of the Roman Empire, Volume I and chapter 15: “The scanty and
suspicious materials on ecclesiastical
history seldom enable
us to dispel the dark cloud that hangs over the first age of the
Church.” I have often called it “the lost century,” because the
history of that Church was lost at that time.
Scholars and church historians recognize that events in the
early Christian Church between a.d. 50 and 150 can only be seen
in vague outline—as if obscured by a thick mist.
The noted English scholar Samuel G. Green in A Handbook
of Church History wrote: “The thirty years which followed
the close of the New Testament Canon and the destruction of
Jerusalem are in truth the most obscure in the history of the
Church. When we emerge in the second century we are, to a
great extent, in a changed world.”
In Lectures on Ecclesiastical History William Fitzgerald
wrote: “Over this period of transition, which immediately
succeeds upon the era properly called apostolic, great obscurity
hangs. …”
In The Course of Christian History William J. McGlothlin
wrote: “But Christianity itself had been in [the] process of transformation
as it progressed and at the close of the period was in
many respects quite different from the apostolic Christianity.”
In History of the Christian Church Philip Schaff wrote:
“The remaining thirty years of the first century are involved in
mysterious darkness, illuminated only by the writings of John.
This is a period of church history about which we know least
and would like to know most.”
But if we look closely through this mist, we can begin to see
what was happening.
The world in which Christ founded his Church was the
world of the Roman Empire—the greatest and most powerful
empire that had ever existed. It stretched from Britain to the
far reaches of modern-day Turkey, encompassing
peoples from
many different backgrounds and cultures under one system of
Rome’s ruling hand was firm but the subject peoples
enjoyed considerable freedom, within the compass of Roman
law. Providing all citizens and conquered peoples paid due
homage to the Roman emperor, they were also allowed to
practice their religious beliefs and worship the gods of their
After the day of Pentecost, the apostles began to follow
Christ’s instruction to go to all the world preaching the gospel of
the kingdom. Once Christianity spread from Judea to the gentile
lands to the north it began to encounter those who practiced the
pagan religions of Babylon, Persia and Greece.
The apostles came in contact with Simon Magus, a selfproclaimed
leader in a cult that was deeply rooted in the
mystery religion of ancient Babylon.
Simon Magus’ plot to buy himself a position of influence
in the early Church was foiled by Peter (Acts 8). But other false
teachers soon followed.
In his early epistles, Paul warned the fledgling churches of
Greece and Galatia that they were in danger of turning aside
after another gospel—a false concept of Christ and his message.
The gospel of Christ was being diluted as false ministers
with their teaching, heavily influenced by the beliefs of Babylon
and Persia, steadily infiltrated the congregations.
As the first century wore on, the original apostles encouraged
the members to stay faithful.
Jude, the brother of Jesus, urges the membership to strive
for the faith that was once delivered (Jude 3).
The apostle John warns the brethren to have nothing to do
with those who are bringing in false doctrines (2 John 10).
Many who called themselves Christian had not been truly
converted. But throughout this period, all who called themselves
Christian suffered greatly from the Roman authorities, because
they refused to worship the emperor.
The mad Nero in a.d. 64 blamed the burning of Rome
on the Christians and persecuted them savagely. Thousands
suffered martyrdom.
Shortly afterward, the Jews of Palestine rose in rebellion
against the Roman authorities. The rebellion was suppressed
and Jerusalem destroyed in a.d. 70.
A small number of true Christians in Jerusalem fled over
the mountains to the safety of Pella.
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The book of Revelation records seven messages to seven
churches that existed in Asia Minor toward the end of the first
century a.d.
These churches—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira,
Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea—were located along one of
the mail routes of the old Roman Empire.
Riders would follow the route—carrying messages from
town to town.
The messages to the seven churches have words of both
encouragement and correction and they clearly show the dominant
characteristics of each of the congregations at that time.
But these messages were intended for a wider audience than
the Christians in these small towns.
They are a series of remarkable prophecies, by which the
future of the true Church was foretold in outline form, from the
day it began on Pentecost, a.d. 31, until the Second Coming of
The history of the Church would fall into seven distinct
eras—each with its own strengths and weaknesses
and its own
special trials and problems.
Just as a message could pass along the mail route from
Ephesus to Laodicea, so would the truth of God be passed from
era to era.
It was like a relay race—in which the baton is passed from
runner to runner, each one doing his part, until the finish line is
Some time during the early decades of the second century,
the baton was passed from the Ephesian era to the people that
God had called to the Smyrna era of his Church.
Powerless, often persecuted, and rejected as heretics, the
world lost sight of them. Instead, there emerged from the lost
century a church that was steadily growing in popularity but
growing further away from the gospel that Jesus taught.
Persecution continued at various times under the Romans
until the fourth century, when Constantine recognized the
degenerate Church of that period as an official religion of the
But the Church that he recognized was by now very
different from the Church that Jesus founded. The doctrines
and teachings that he had taught his apostles were now buried
amid the trappings, ceremonies, mysteries and rituals of a
church that called itself by the name of Christ. It was essentially
the Babylonian Mystery religion, now being called Christian,
accepting the doctrine of grace but turning it into license. In
other words, it was the old pagan Babylonian Mystery religion
wearing a new cloak: “Christianity.”
Once Constantine recognized them, this Church threw
renewed energy into taking its message to the world. Teachers
and preachers went to all parts of the Roman Empire with a
message about Christ. Thousands—
maybe millions—heard
this gospel and believed it. But it was not the gospel Christ
preached—his prophetic message of the coming kingdom of God.
What happened to the true Church during those centuries in
which the gospel was suppressed?
Emperor Constantine died in a.d. 337, just over 300 years
after Christ was crucified. He had given his blessing to a church
that claimed to be the one that Christ founded.
Now that they were free from fear of oppression—the persecuted
became persecutors. Those of the true Church who dared
to disagree with their doctrine were branded as heretics, worthy
of punishment.
In about a.d. 365 the Catholic Council of Laodicea wrote
in one of its most famous canons: “Christians must not judaize
by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather,
honouring the Lord’s Day. But if any shall be found to be judaizers,
let them be anathema
from Christ.” This was a virtual
sentence to torture and/or death. The false church did not
herself put true believers to death, but caused them to be put to
death (Revelation 13:15). This decree of a.d. 365 definitely shows
that there were true Christians observing the Sabbath.
The small remnant of Christians of the Smyrna era fled
once more—to seek the religious freedom they needed to practice
their beliefs.
They left few records. Occasionally they appear as a footnote
of history, rejected as heretics, ridiculed, and hounded by
their enemies. But their strongest testimony comes from Jesus
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himself, in his words of encouragement
to the Church that was
at Smyrna. “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty. … Do
not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. … Be
faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life”
(Revelation 2:9-10, Revised Authorized Version).
And so the baton passed from the Smyrna Christians to
those of the Pergamos era.
These had been called to carry the truth through one of
history’s most difficult periods—the Dark Ages.
The power and influence of the great universal church
spread far and wide, driving those who clung to the truth of
God ever further into the wilderness.
But they were never far from threat of persecution and
And so very few of the Pergamos Christians remained
One thousand years after Jesus had founded his Church, the
exhausted remnant of the Pergamos era handed over the baton.
The Thyatiran era got off to a vigorous start, preaching
repentance throughout the Alpine Valleys of Southern France
and Northern Italy. Many heard and were converted.
The religious authorities quickly reacted to this challenge.
Leaders of the true Church were arrested. Some were
After the death of its first leaders, the Church went into
a temporary decline—but emerged once more under the
dynamic leadership of Peter Waldo. For several years in the
12th century, these Waldensians f lourished in the Alpine
Valleys, preaching what truth they had. Booklets and articles
were written and copied by hand. This was still before the days
of printing.
As Jesus prophesied of the Thyatiran era, they had faith and
they worked hard. Their latter works were greater than the first.
But once again, persecution followed, as the full force of
the Inquisition was felt in the peaceful valleys that had once
provided a safe haven for the work of God.
Many that remained began to adopt the customs and traditions
of the world around them.
Europe now had many scattered groups of people calling
themselves Christians.
Meanwhile, the world was changing. Printing had been
invented—and knowledge began to be increased. The Protestant
Reformation broke the monopoly of the Church of Rome.
As religious wars swept across the European continent
during the Middle Ages, many refugees fled to the relative
safety and tolerance of England. Among them were members of
the true Church. They brought with them their doctrines and
beliefs, especially the knowledge of the Sabbath.
The strict Sunday-observing Puritans resisted, but in spite
of a rising tide of opposition, in the early 17th century, there
were several small Sabbath-keeping congregations in England.
Jesus was raising up the fifth era of his Church—Sardis.
Protestant England became increasingly intolerant of
dissenters, including Sabbath keepers.
The true Church in England withered. But across the ocean,
men were beginning to discover a New World.
Stephen Mumford, a member of a Sabbath-keeping church
in London, left England for Newport, Rhode Island, in 1664.
Rhode Island was the smallest of the American colonies, and
had been founded by Roger Williams, a Baptist fleeing persecution
from the Puritans of Massachusetts.
Rhode Island was the first place in the world to guarantee
freedom of religion as a basic tenet of its constitution. Finding
none who kept the Sabbath, Mumford and his wife began to
fellowship with the Baptist church in Newport. He did not proselytize,
but quietly maintained his own belief. Several members
of the Sunday-keeping congregation became convinced that
they, too, should observe the Sabbath.
They became the first Sabbath-keeping congregation in
At first they met in private homes. In the historical museum
at Newport, their record book is preserved—containing names—
their contributions—even records of their ordination services.
Also preserved is the simple, but elegant, meeting hall that
they built in Newport in the early years of the 18th century.
Others joined them in their belief, as God began to call more to
his work in the New World.
A second congregation was established at Hopkinton.
This soon became a thriving church of several hundred. A
bridge today marks the spot where their meeting house once
stood. Several thousand were baptized here on the banks of the
Pawkatuk River. Then spiritual decline set in.
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By the mid-1800s, vigorous new Sabbath-keeping congregations,
raised up as a result of the preaching of William Miller,
1831-1849, could be found throughout the American Midwest.
At Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1860, many thousands were
persuaded to accept the beliefs of the followers of Ellen G. White.
They departed from the true name—the Church of God.
Instead of the true gospel, the kingdom of God, they substituted
doctrines of Ellen G. White, called “the shut-door policy,” “the
investigative judgment,” a “2,300 day” doctrine and “the spirit of
prophecy,” identifying Mrs. White as the church’s prophet who
actually set the church’s doctrine.
They adopted the name Seventh-day Adventists, by which
name they are known to this day. But those who remained of
the true Church of God refused to accept these teachings and
doctrines and restored certain truths that had fallen into neglect
in the previous century.
They moved their headquarters to Marion, Iowa, and then
to Stanberry, Missouri. A magazine, The Bible Advocate, was
published. Their efforts bore some fruit—small congregations
sprang up across the nation.
And so it was that some time in the 19th century, a small
congregation of the true Church of God was established in the
peaceful Willamette Valley in Oregon.
They were farmers, without formal education. They lacked
trained ministers to teach and guide them. But they had the
name, Church of God, and they faithfully kept the Sabbath day.
God’s Church had come a long way across the turbulent
centuries since the day of Pentecost.
It was weak, and lacked influence. Years of persecution and
compromise had taken their toll. Much truth had been lost. But
they had stayed the course.
In the Willamette Valley, they waited. It was nearly time for
the baton to change again—into the hands of those God would
call to do his end-time work.
From the year 1931, exactly 1,900 years (a century of time
cycles) from the foundation of the Church, this small remnant
of the original true Church of God began to take on new life
as the Philadelphia era. It had come to the “time of the end.” A
new spiritual vitality was infused into it. The time had come
for Jesus’ prophecy of Matthew 24:14 to be fulfilled—“this
gospel of the kingdom shall be [proclaimed] in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
Such vital truth that had been lost was gradually revealed and
This Philadelphia era is described in verses 7 to 13 of
Revelation 3. The Sardis era (Revelation 3:1-6) was by this time
spiritually dying and had become impotent in spreading the
true gospel of Christ. Indeed they had by this time lost knowledge
of the true meaning of that gospel. They knew they were
approaching the Second Coming of Christ, but they had no
knowledge of what would happen during the thousand years
millennium, further than the fact Christ would rule.
Of the Philadelphia era of God’s true Church we read: “To
the angel of the church. …” This word angel translated from
the Greek aggelos means messenger or agent. This is not necessarily
always referring to a spirit angel but can refer as well to a
human agent. It is possible that God’s principle of duality may
apply here. It may apply to an actual spirit-composed angel
that has been assigned as an overall agent or helper of this
particular era of the Church. Or it may also apply to the human
messenger or agent God has raised up to lead this era of his
At the same time another principle of duality may apply to
verses 7-13. It may apply to the Church of this era as a whole, and
also it could apply to the human leader God had raised up to
this era of his Church.
Continue with verse 8: “I know thy works: behold, I have set
before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast
a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my
This era of the Church was to produce fruit. To this era—or
to its human leader—God had set before it an open door. It is
recorded in 2 Corinthians 2:12 and also Acts 14:27 how Christ
opened the door for Paul to go into other countries to preach
the gospel. This Church and/or its leader had but little strength.
Neither were of great and powerful stature in Satan’s world
but those of this era were faithful to the Word of God. Though
much of the original gospel truth, imparted to the original
apostles by Jesus in person, had been lost, it was restored
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through the Bible to this era of God’s Church who were faithful
in keeping it.
It is revealed in Malachi 3:1-5 and 4:5-6 that God would
raise up one in the power and spirit of Elijah, shortly prior
to the Second Coming of Christ. In Matthew 17:11 Jesus said,
even after John the Baptist had completed his mission, that this
prophesied Elijah “truly shall first come, and restore all things.”
Although it is plainly revealed that John the Baptist had come in
the power and spirit of Elijah, he did not restore anything. The
human leader to be raised up somewhat shortly prior to Christ’s
Second Coming was to prepare the way—prepare the Church—
for Christ’s coming, and restore the truth that had been lost
through the preceding eras of the Church. Also a door was to be
opened for this leader and/or the Philadelphia era of the Church
to fulfill Matthew 24:14: “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.”
It was to be at a time when, for the first time in the history
of mankind, the weapons of mass destruction were produced
that could erase all humanity from the earth (Matthew 24:21-22).
This also was to occur just before the Second Coming of Christ
(verses 29-30).
These prophecies have now definitely been fulfilled. The
true gospel has been restored and has now gone in power into
every nation on the face of the earth.
The Church has taken on a new Spirit-empowered life.
All the technological advances and facilities are being
First radio was used, beginning on one of the smallestpowered
stations in Eugene, Oregon. Then the printing press.
This started with an old secondhand Neostyle, ancestor to the
mimeograph. In due time the printing press was used. The
advent of television came in 1945—immediately after the end of
World War ii. The Church began using television in the summer
of 1955. The true gospel, for the first time in 1,900 years, has
finally been proclaimed and published into all nations of the
earth. The Church has grown. For the first 25 years it grew at an
average rate of 30 percent per year.
The first apostles would be astonished to see the size and
scope of the work now. The means of communications, the
technology and the modern resources that God has given to his
end-time work would indeed be strange to those men who first
received the commission to take the gospel to the world nearly
2,000 years ago.
But some things would not be strange—the Sabbath and
Holy Days, the name, the Church of God, and the gospel of the
kingdom—these they would recognize—handed down through
the ages from the time of Christ to the time of the end.
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7 Mystery of the
Kingdom of God
Just what do you mean, “The kingdom of God”? That,
too, is an unsolved mystery, not only to all in the world but to
the world’s churches, theologians and “Bible scholars” as well.
Actually that mystery is connected with its associated
mystery, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why do the churches disagree on what actually is “the
gospel of Jesus Christ”? During the first twenty or thirty
years after the founding of the Church in a.d. 31 a violent
controversy arose over the very question of what is “the gospel
of Jesus Christ.” There ensued a hundred years in which all
history of the New Testament Church was destroyed. It has
been called “the lost century of Church history.” When the
curtain lifted, about the middle of the second century, there
appeared an entirely different type of church calling itself
Christian, but in the main preaching its own gospel about
Christ, not the gospel of Christ. The gospel of Christ was the
gospel Christ proclaimed. Jesus was a Messenger sent from
God with a message, and that message was the kingdom
of God. Christ’s message was Christ’s gospel—the gospel of
Christ. It had not been proclaimed to the world until the first
week in 1953, when for the first time in about 1,900 years—a
century of time cycles—it went out on the world’s most
powerful radio station, Radio Luxembourg in Europe.
It seems that today all churches have lost the gospel of Jesus
Christ. They preach primarily their gospel about Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
God. Yet few preach about the kingdom of God today, for they have
lost all knowledge of what it is! But does any, except God’s true
Church, proclaim the true gospel of the kingdom of God today?
A prominent evangelist said to a worldwide radio audience
that the gospel of the kingdom of God is not for us today. Some
denominations proclaim a “gospel of grace”; some what they call
a “gospel of salvation”; most a gospel about Christ; some a social
gospel; some the “Science of Mind” or “Religious Science.”
Some churches claim either that their particular denomination,
or “Christianity” as a whole, constitutes the kingdom of God. A
prominent television evangelist said, “The kingdom of God is
within you.” Some have even quoted Luke 17:21: “The kingdom
of God is within you.” The marginal correction as well as the
Revised Standard, the Moffatt and other translations all show it
should read, “in the midst of you”—that is, Jesus Christ was in
the midst of them. He is the King of the future kingdom of God,
and the Bible in Daniel 7 and other places use the terms king
and kingdom interchangeably, that is, the king is, or represents,
the kingdom he rules.
Not one is right! Could anything seem more incredible? Yes,
to the mind reared in this world’s concepts, one thing is, indeed,
still more incredible! And that is the plain truth about what
the kingdom of God really is!
The truth is not merely surprising—it is shocking—staggering!
It is a Great Mystery! Yet it is truly good news—the
most glorious good news ever to enter human consciousness!
What is the one and only gospel of Jesus Christ? The world
does not know! It has not been preached for 19 centuries,
strange as that may seem. Look into your Bible. Look at it from
the very beginning!
“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ” you’ll read
in Mark 1:1. “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came
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into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).
It is necessary to believe that gospel to be saved! And how
can you believe it, unless you know what it is? And for l,900
years, the world did not know. That gospel was suppressed and
replaced by man’s gospel about Christ.
Jesus went everywhere preaching the good news of the
kingdom of God. He taught in parables about the kingdom
of God. He sent out seventy men preaching, and commanded
them to preach the kingdom of God (Luke 10:9). He sent the
apostles, on whom the Church of God was founded, to preach
only the kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-2). After the resurrection,
before ascending to heaven, Jesus taught his disciples about the
kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).
Isn’t it amazing that the world has lost the knowledge of
what it is?
The apostle Paul preached the kingdom of God (Acts 19:8;
20:25; 28:23, 31). And God Almighty, through Paul, pronounced
a double curse on man or angel that would dare preach any
other gospel! (Galatians 1:8-9.)
Why, then, do so many dare to preach so many other
gospels? The good news of the kingdom of God is something
you must understand, and believe, in order to be saved! Jesus
Christ said so! You had better be finding out what it is!
That gospel—the kingdom of God—is the subject of this
chapter. It follows the chapter on the mystery of the Church,
because the kingdom of God follows the Church. The purpose
of the Church, remember, is to prepare “called-out-ones” to
teach and to rule in the kingdom of God.
Haven’t you heard men speak of the kingdom of God something
like this: “By Christians everywhere working together to bring
about world peace, tolerance and brotherly love, the kingdom of
God may at last be established in the hearts of men.”
Because they rejected Christ’s gospel 1,900 years ago, the
world had to supplant something else in its place. They had
to invent a counterfeit! So we have heard the kingdom of God
spoken of as merely a pretty platitude—a nice sentiment in
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human hearts—reducing it to an ethereal, unreal nothing!
Others have misrepresented
that the “church” is the kingdom.
Others confuse it with the millennium. Still others have, in
the early twentieth century, claimed the British Empire is the
kingdom of God. But no one makes that claim any longer. How
deceived can this world get?
The prophet Daniel, who lived 600 years before Christ,
knew that the kingdom of God was a real kingdom—a government
ruling over literal people on the earth.
Jesus Christ brought additional knowledge about it that the
prophet Daniel might not have known. Still, Daniel knew there
was going to be a real, literal kingdom of God on the earth.
Daniel was one of four extraordinary, intelligent and brilliant
Jewish lads in the Judean captivity. These four men were
stationed in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar
of the Chaldean
Empire, in training for special responsibilities in the Babylonian
government. Daniel was a prophet who had been given special
in visions and dreams (Daniel 1:17).
Nebuchadnezzar was the first real world ruler. He had
conquered a vast empire, including the nation Judah. This king
had a dream so impressive it troubled him—moved him to
tremendous concern. He demanded that his magicians, astrologers
and sorcerers tell him both what he had dreamed, and what
it meant. They could not. They were baffled. Then Daniel was
brought before the king.
Daniel disclaimed any more human ability to interpret dreams
than the Chaldean magicians, “but,” he said, “there is a God in
heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king
Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days” (Daniel 2:28).
First, God’s purpose was to reveal to this world-ruling
human king that there is a God in heaven—that God is
supreme Ruler over all nations, governments and kings—
that God rules the universe! It was God who placed the
cherub Lucifer on the throne of the earth and Lucifer, who
has become Satan the Devil, remains on earth’s throne only
because God allows it, and only until God sends Jesus Christ
to sit on that throne when he removes Satan. This Chaldean
king knew only about the many pagan demon gods. He knew
nothing of the true living Almighty God. Like people and
rulers, even today, he did not know that God is the living,
real, active, ruling and governing Personage who actu-
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ally and literally governs not only what is on earth, but the
universe entirely!
The whole purpose of this dream was to reveal God’s
government—the fact that God rules—the truth of the
kingdom of God—the very thing that is the one and only true
gospel of Jesus Christ! And, secondly, to reveal—preserved in
writing for us today—what is to happen “in the latter days.”
This is no dry, dull, dead writing for a people of 2,500 years
ago. This is living, tremendous, BIG NEWS for OUR DAY!
It is advance news for us, NOW. News before it happens—of the
most colossal event of all earth’s history certain to occur in your
lifetime—during the very next few years!
This is the true gospel! It is the very gospel Christ
preached! It is intended for you and me today! It is vital that
you understand!
Read, in your own Bible, Daniel 2, verses 28 through 35. In
his dream, this king had seen a vast statue—larger than any
image or statue ever built by man—so tremendous it was terrifying,
even in a dream. Its head was of fine gold, its breast and
arms of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, legs of solid iron,
feet a mixture of iron and clay.
There was a time element. Nebuchadnezzar had viewed it
until a supernatural stone came from heaven, smashing the
statue on its feet. Then the whole of the statue broke into small
pieces, and was actually blown away by the wind—it disappeared!
Then this stone expanded miraculously and quickly
became a great mountain—so great it filled the whole earth!
What did it mean? Did it have meaning? Yes, because
this was God’s doing. Unlike ordinary dreams, this one was
caused by God to convey the message of God’s sovereignty to
Nebuchadnezzar—and, because it is part of the written Word of
God, to us today—to reveal important facts of the true gospel!
“This is the dream,” said Daniel (verse 36), “and we will tell
the interpretation thereof before the king.”
This, then, is God’s interpretation. It is decidedly not
Herbert W. Armstrong’s interpretation. Men ought never to
interpret the Bible. The Bible gives us God’s own interpretation!
Here it is:
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“Thou, O king, art a king of kings”—he was the first real
world ruler over a world empire! “… for the God of heaven
hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.”
God was revealing himself to this human world-dictator as the
most high Ruler over all.
People today, like this Chaldean king, seem not to think
of God as a ruler—as the Supreme One who governs—as
the Head of government. The Eternal was revealing himself
through Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar—
and through the Bible
to you and to me today—as a sovereign, all powerful,
GOVERNING God who is to be obeyed!
“Thou,” continued Daniel to this human emperor, “art this
head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom
to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall
bear rule over all the earth” (verses 37-39).
Notice! This is speaking of kingdoms. It is referring to kingdoms
that bear rule over the people on earth. It is speaking of
governments! It is not speaking of ethereal sentiments “set
up in the hearts of men.” It is not speaking of churches. It is
speaking of the kind of governments that bear rule and
authority over nations of people here on earth. It is literal.
It is specific. There is no misunderstanding, here, as to what is
meant by the word kingdom.
There is no misunderstanding the interpretation. God gives
his own interpretation through the prophet Daniel. The great
metallic image represented national
and international governments—
real, literal kingdoms.
It represented a succession of world-ruling governments.
First was the head of gold. That represented Nebuchadnezzar
and his kingdom—the Chaldean Empire. After him—later, in
time sequence—was to come a second, then a third kingdom
“which shall bear rule over all the earth”—world empire!
Then, verse 40, the legs of iron represent a fourth world
empire. It was to be strong, even as iron is strong—stronger militarily
than its predecessors. Yet, as silver is less valuable than gold,
brass than silver, iron than brass, though each metal was harder
and stronger, the succession would deteriorate morally and spiritually.
The two legs meant the fourth empire would be divided.
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After the Chaldean Empire came the still larger Persian
Empire, then the Greco-Macedonian, and fourth, the
Roman Empire. It was divided, with capitals at Rome and
Now—verse 44! Read it! Get your Bible. See it with your
own eyes in your own Bible. Here, in plain language, is God’s
explanation of what the kingdom of God is:
“And in the days of these kings …”—it is here speaking
of the ten toes, part of iron and part of brittle clay. This, by
connecting the prophecy with Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and
17, is referring to the new United States of Europe that is now
forming, out of the European Common Market, before your
very eyes! Revelation 17:12 makes plain the detail that it shall be
a union of ten kings or kingdoms that (Revelation 17:8) shall
resurrect the old Roman Empire.
So, mark carefully the time element! “In the days of these
kings”—in the days of these ten nations or groups of nations
that shall, IN OUR TIME, resurrect briefly the Roman Empire—
notice what shall happen:
“… shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall
never be destroyed … but it shall break in pieces and consume
all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever”!
Now here we have described four universal world empires—the
only four that ever existed! Revelation 13 and 17 show that,
after the fall of the original Roman Empire, there would be
ten revivals—seven of which would be ruled over by a gentile
church—the “daughter” of ancient Babylon—a church
claiming to be Christian, but actually named by God “Mystery
Babylon the great”—or, more plainly, Babylonian Mysteries!
Six of those have come and gone. The seventh is now
forming—the last, final, brief resurrection of the Roman Empire
by ten European groups or nations. These are revealed in Daniel
2 as the ten toes of iron and clay mixed.
In their days—and they shall last but a very short space,
possibly no more than two to three-and-a-half years—shall
the God of heaven set up A KINGDOM that shall never be
This, then, shall be the kingdom of God!
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Compare with Revelation 17. Here is pictured a church. Not
a small church—a great church. She rules over “many waters”
(verse 1), which are described in verse 15 as different nations
speaking different languages. She posed as the Church of God—
which Scripture says (Ephesians 5:23; Revelation 19:7; Matthew
25:1-10; etc.) is the affianced “bride” of Christ, to be spiritually
married to him at his Second Coming.
But she has committed fornication. How? By having direct
political union with human governments of this world! She
“sat on” (Revelation 17:3) all seven of these resurrections of the
Roman Empire—called the “Holy Roman Empire.” She ruled
over the human kingdoms—
as a common-law and unmarried
“wife” ruling her paramour “husband”—a totally unnatural and
ungodly relationship.
She is, therefore, to “sit on” this last “head of the Beast”—
this final resurrection of the Roman Empire. It will be a union
of church and state. It is to endure but a very short time. It is to
fight against Christ at his Second Coming! That will be
its end.
We see it in process of rising, now. (The members of the
European Common Market are probably not the same ten that
will resurrect the Holy Roman Empire.) Therefore we are close to
the coming of Christ! We are now very near the end of this world!
When Christ comes, he is coming as King of kings, ruling
the whole earth (Revelation 19:11-16); and his kingdom—the
KINGDOM OF GOD—said Daniel, is to consume all these
worldly kingdoms.
Revelation 11:15 states it in these words: “The kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his
Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever”!
This is the kingdom of God. It is the end of present
governments—yes, and even the United States and the British
nations. They then shall become the kingdoms—the governments—
of the Lord Jesus Christ, then King of kings over the
entire earth.
This makes completely plain the fact that the kingdom of
God is a literal government. Even as the Chaldean Empire was
a kingdom—even as the Roman Empire was a kingdom—so
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the kingdom of God is a government. It is to take over the
government of the nations of the world.
Jesus Christ was born to be a king—a ruler!
When he stood, on trial for his life, before Pilate, “Pilate
therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered,
Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this
cause came I into the world.” But Jesus also said to Pilate: “My
kingdom is not of this world”—(John 18:37, 36). How amazing—
what a tragedy—that in church services and gospel preaching
today, one seldom, if ever, hears of Christ as a coming king and
world ruler. Spiritual principalities and powers of evil (Ephesians
6:12) are ruling the world today. It is these earthly governments
of Satan that will be destroyed and replaced by Christ at his
Second Coming. Christ’s kingdom is of the world tomorrow!
Have you not read what the angel proclaimed to Mary, the
mother of Jesus, prior to his birth? Jesus told Pilate he was born
to become a king. The angel of God said to Mary: “… thou shalt
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the
Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of
his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for
ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).
Why do the churches of this world never mention any of
these scriptures? Millions have attended churches all their lives
and never heard any of these scriptures about Christ becoming a
king or about the coming kingdom of God.
These scriptures tell you plainly that God is supreme
Ruler. They tell you in plainest language that Jesus was born
to be a king—that he is going to rule all nations—that his
kingdom shall rule eternally.
But all this is only part of the fantastic, amazing, actually
shocking truth about the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God will rule over the peoples and nations
of the earth. Yet these mortal peoples and nations will NOT be
the kingdom, not even in the kingdom of God. They shall be
merely ruled over by it!
But now let’s be specific.
Let’s see just how tomorrow’s utopia is to be ushered in.
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Remember, this wonderful world-state will not be achieved all at
once. Every major step of these soon-coming events is laid bare
before our eyes in biblical prophecy.
The same Jesus Christ who walked over the hills and valleys
of the Holy Land and the streets of Jerusalem more than 1,900
years ago is coming again. He said he would come again. After
he was crucified, God raised him from the dead after three
days and three nights (Matthew 12:40; Acts 2:32; 1 Corinthians
15:3-4). He ascended to the Throne of God, Headquarters of the
Government of the Universe (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 10:12;
Revelation 3:21).
He is the “nobleman” of the parable, who went to the Throne
of God—the “far country”—to be coronated as King of kings
over all nations, and then to return to earth (Luke 19:12-27).
Again, he is in heaven until the “times of restitution of all
things” (Acts 3:19-21). Restitution means restoring to a former
state or condition. In this case, the restoring of God’s government
on earth, and thus, the restoring of world peace, and
utopian conditions.
Present world turmoil, escalating wars and contentions will
climax in world trouble so great that, unless God intervenes,
no human flesh would be saved alive (Matthew 24:22). At its
very climax when delay would result in blasting all life from
off this planet, Jesus Christ will return. This time he is coming
as divine God. He is coming in all the power and glory of the
universe-ruling Creator (Matthew 24:30; 25:31). He is coming as
“King of kings, and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16), to establish
world super-government and rule all nations “with a rod of
iron” (Revelation 19:15; 12:5). Why do the professing Christian
churches omit all these scriptures about Christ coming and of
his ruling the earth? Jesus’ very Gospel was that of the kingdom
of God he shall then establish on earth. The millions of church
members have never heard these scriptures or the actual gospel
of Jesus Christ.
Think of it. The glorified Christ—coming in all the splendor,
the supernatural power and the glory of God Almighty—coming
to save mankind alive—coming to stop escalating wars, nuclear
mass destruction, human pain and suffering—coming to
usher in peace, abundant well-being, happiness and joy for all
mankind. But will he be welcomed by the nations?
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World famous scientists now say frankly that the only hope
for survival on earth is a supreme world-ruling government,
controlling all military power. They admit that is impossible for
man to accomplish. Christ is coming to give us just that.
But will he be welcome?
A leading American newsweekly gave the following
surprising appraisal of man’s only hope: The once optimistic
hope of Americans, the article said, for a well-ordered and stable
world, is fading. Expenditures close to a trillion dollars have
failed to provide stability. Rather conditions have worsened.
This appraisal indicated that among officials, the prevailing
view is gaining acceptance
that tensions and world problems are
becoming too deep-seated to be solved “except by a strong hand
from someplace.”
“A strong hand from someplace.” God Almighty is going to
send a very strong Hand from “someplace” to save humanity!
But will humanity shout with joy, and welcome him in frenzied
ecstasy and enthusiasm? Will even the churches of traditional
They will not! They will believe, because the false ministers
of Satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) have deceived them, that he is
the Antichrist. The churches and the nations will be angry at his
coming (Revelation 11:15 with 11:18), and the military forces will
actually attempt to fight him to destroy him (Revelation 17:14)!
The nations will be engaged in the climactic battle of
the coming World War iii, with the battlefront at Jerusalem
(Zechariah 14:1-2) and then Christ will return. In supernatural
power he will “fight against those nations” that fight against
him (verse 3). He will totally defeat them (Revelation 17:14)! “His
feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives,” a very
short distance to the east of Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4).
When the glorified all-powerful Christ first comes again to
earth, the nations will be angry. The military forces gathered
at Jerusalem will try to fight him! I said “try.” But far more
powerful armies follow Christ from heaven—all the holy angels
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(Revelation 19:14, identified in Matthew 25:31).
Want to see a description of that battle—and what will
happen to those hostile human armies?
In Revelation 17, the armies of the now-rising United States of
Europe—the resurrected Roman Empire—are referred to in verse
14: “These shall make war with the Lamb [Christ], and the Lamb
shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings. …”
But how will he overcome them? We find that in the 14th
chapter of Zechariah:
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite
all the people [armies] that have fought against Jerusalem; their
flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and
their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue
shall consume away in their mouth” (Zechariah 14:12).
Perhaps it is even plainer in the Revised Standard Version:
“And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will smite all
the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall
rot while they are still on their feet, their eyes shall rot in their
sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths.”
This rotting of their flesh off their bones will happen almost
instantaneously—while they are still on their feet.
What a divine retribution against armies that will fight
against Christ. What a demonstration of the divine power with
which the glorified Christ will rule all nations. Rebellion against
God’s law and God’s rule must, and speedily will be, put down.
Can you realize that every unhappiness, every evil that has
come to humanity, has been the result of transgressing God’s law?
If no one ever had any other god before the true God; if all
children were reared to honor, respect and obey their parents,
and all parents reared their children in God’s ways; if no one ever
allowed the spirit of murder to enter his heart, if there were no
wars, no killing of humans by humans; if all marriages were kept
happy and there were no transgressions of chastity before or after
marriage; if all had so much concern for the good and welfare
of others that no one would steal—and we could throw away all
locks, keys and safes; if everyone told the truth—everyone’s word
were good—everyone were honest; if no one ever coveted what
was not rightfully his, but had so much outgoing concern for the
welfare of others that he really believed it is more blessed to give
than to receive—what a happy world we would have!
In such a world, with all loving and worshiping God with
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all their minds, hearts and strength—with all having concern
for the welfare of all others equal to concern for self—there
would be no divorce—no broken homes or families, no juvenile
delinquency, no crime, no jails or prisons, no police except for
peaceful direction and supervision as a public service for all, no
wars, no military establishments.
But, further, God has set in motion physical laws that
operate in our bodies and minds, as well as the spiritual law.
There would be no sickness, ill health, pain or suffering. There
would be, on the contrary, vigorous, vibrant good health, filled
with dynamic interest in life, enthusiastic interest in constructive
activities bringing happiness and joy. There would be cleanliness,
vigorous activity, real progress, no slums, no degenerate
backward races or areas of earth.
As the resurrected Christ ascended to heaven in clouds, so he shall
return to earth in clouds (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30). Just as he
is returning (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17), the dead in Christ—those
who have received and been led by God’s Holy Spirit (Romans
8:11, 14)—will rise in a gigantic resurrection, made immortal—
including all the prophets of old (Luke 13:28). Those who have the
Spirit of God, then living, shall be instantaneously changed from
mortal to immortal (1 Corinthians 15:50-54) and, together with
those resurrected, shall rise to meet the descending glorified Jesus
Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:17) in the clouds in the air.
They shall be with him, where he is, forever (John 14:3).
They shall—with him—come down out of the clouds, and stand
with him, therefore, that very same day, on the Mount of Olives
(Zechariah 14:4-5).
These changed, converted saints, now made immortal,
will then rule the nations—nations of mortals—under Christ
(Daniel 7:22; Revelation 2:26-27; 3:21).
This most glorious event in all earth’s history—the supernatural
majestic descent to earth, in the clouds, of the glorified allpowerful
Christ—will at long last put an end to the subtile,
deceitful, invisible rule of Satan.
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The coming of Christ in supreme glory as King of kings
and Lord of lords is recorded in Revelation 19. But what other
great event will have to take place before there can be peace,
happiness and joy on the earth? Satan the devil will have to be
removed from the throne of the earth.
But in Revelation 20:1-3, the advance news is recorded: “And
I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold
on … that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound
him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and
shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the
nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and
after that he must be loosed a little season.”
The day of man, swayed, deceived, misled by Satan for 6,000
years, will be over.
No longer will Satan be able to broadcast through the air
into the spirit in man. No longer shall he be able to inject into
unsuspecting humans his satanic nature—which we have been
misled into calling “human nature.”
But that does not mean that the acquired satanic attitude will
disappear from human minds immediately. The multiplied
millions shall have acquired it. And even though Satan will then
be restrained from continuing to broadcast it, what has been
acquired as habit will not be automatically removed.
Yet God has made us humans free moral agents. He has
given us control over our own minds, except as we may be
blinded by Satan’s pull of evil by deception.
But no longer will earth’s mortal humans be deceived! Now
the all-powerful Christ, and the immortal saints ruling under
him, will begin removing the scales that have blinded human
That is why I say complete utopia cannot be ushered in
all at once. Multiple millions will still hold to the attitude of
rebellion—of vanity, lust and greed. But with Christ’s coming
shall begin the process of re-education—of opening deceived
minds—of undeceiving minds, and bringing them to a voluntary
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From the time of Christ’s supernatural takeover, and Satan’s
banishment, God’s law and the word of the Eternal shall go
forth from Zion, spreading over the whole earth (Isaiah 2:3).
The 6,000-year sentence God placed on Adam’s world, of
being cut off from God, will be ended. Christ will begin calling
all mortals on earth to repentance and spiritual salvation! God’s
Holy Spirit shall flow out from Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:8).
What glory! A new day shall have dawned. Peace shall
soon come. Men shall turn from the way of “get” to the way of
“give”—God’s way of love.
A new civilization shall now grip the earth!
But what kind of a new world tomorrow will from then
be developed? In Isaiah 2:2-4 and in Micah 4:1-3 it says: “And
it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the
Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow
unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us
go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of
Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we shall walk in his
paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations,
and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares,
and their spears into pruninghooks: nation
shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn
war any more.”
Think of it! No more wars. No fear of man or beast. World
peace at last. Something will have to cause that peace. The law
of God, which a professed “Christianity”
teaches was done away,
shall go out from Jerusalem and the earth will be as full of the
knowledge of God’s way of life as the ocean beds are full of water.
Even the wild animals will be tamed and at peace: “The wolf
also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the
bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the
lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play
on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand
on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my
holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of
the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:6-9).
Now picture the changed conditions!
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Look now at the solved problems!
See, now, a glimpse into a world of no illiteracy, no poverty,
no famine and starvation, into a world where crime decreases
rapidly, people learn honesty, chastity, human kindness and
happiness—a world of peace, prosperity, abundant well-being.
God predicts vast reforms everywhere in the wonderful utopian
era he says will soon break out on this earth.
Can you imagine it? A world of great strides in solving the
most crucial problems facing mankind.
Today—the greatest and most awesome problem of all is the
population explosion. Growing populations in all nations are
rapidly outstripping the ability of the world to sustain them.
And the areas of the greatest rise in population are the
underdeveloped parts of the world—the “have-not” nations
of poverty, illiteracy, disease and superstition. Remember, not
more than 10 percent of the earth’s surface is tillable, or arable,
land. And now the latest UN figures indicate the world will
double in population in about 34 short years.
The daily, ominous pressure of people is one of the truly
incomprehensible problems today.
But God has the solution, and how simple it is. Simply make
most of the earth cultivatable. Reduce the bare, snow-swept and
craggy mountains, raise up some of the deep, arid desert valleys,
change the world weather patterns. Make all the deserts green
and fertile. Open up huge slices of the earth, like the Kalahari
Desert, the Lake Chad basin and the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi
Desert in Asia, and the great American deserts. Make green and
verdant the vast wastes of Mongolia, Siberia, Saudi Arabia and
much of the Western U.S.
Thaw out the deep ice packs and snowdrifts, the permafrost
and tundra from the vast, almost limitless expanses of Antarctica,
North America, Greenland, Northern Europe and Siberia. Make
level the awesome Pamir Knot, the huge giants of the Himalayas,
the Atlas, Taurus, Pyrenees, Rockies, Sierras and Hindu Kush—
level the immense sweep of the Andes, and all the other forbidding,
towering, virtually uninhabitable mountains of earth.
Then, provide good, gentle rainfall, in right balance, just at
the right season.
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And what happens?
Multiple millions of acres of unbelievably fertile, productive,
wonderful farmland suddenly become available—just waiting to
be discovered, and pioneered.
In the hands of man—certainly.
But look what God promises. “Fear not, thou worm Jacob,
and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy
redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
“Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument
having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them
small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them,
and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall
scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory
in the Holy One of Israel.
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none,
and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I
the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in
high places, and fountains [artesian wells] in the midst of the
valleys: I will make the wilderness
a pool of water, and the dry
land springs of water.
“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah [acacia]
tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the
fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree [cypress] together: that
they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of
Israel hath created it” (Isaiah 41:14-20).
Can you imagine such a fabulous scene? Deserts becoming
green, fertile, garden lands of trees, shrubs, bubbling springs
and brooks; mountains brought low, and made inhabitable.
Notice how God describes these conditions in many parts of
the Bible.
“Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of
the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and
streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a
pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of
dragons [jackals], where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and
rushes” (Isaiah 35:6-7).
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Read the whole 35th chapter of Isaiah.
God says: “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be
glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the
rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and
singing …” (verses 1-2).
Some years ago, in a dry, dusty canyon deep in the profusion
of hills between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, a
minor earthquake struck. The proprietors of a small resort, now
almost totally ignored, and nearly always deserted because of
the parched conditions of the area, were considering closing up
and moving elsewhere.
Suddenly, a groaning, jolting earthquake rippled through
the arid hills. Not long after the earth rocked and groaned
beneath their feet, they heard a faint gurgling sound. They
ran to the dry, dusty creek bed that coursed through their
property—and were utterly amazed to see water flowing swiftly
along. As the creek gradually cleared up, they found the water to
be crystal clear and pure—sweet and refreshing to drink.
Needless to say, their business picked up again.
Somehow, the earthquake had broken open an underground
water source, sending it cascading through their property.
Think about the vast wastes of this earth. Does it sound
incredible, unbelievable that God could make them blossom like
a rose? Why should it?
The mountains were formed. Great forces caused gigantic
upheavals, or huge cracks and slippages in the crust of the earth.
Massive blocks of granite lunged up into the sky—the earth
rocking and reeling in the throes of the greatest earthquakes in
its history. Mountains were made—they didn’t just happen.
The God of all power, who formed the hills and mountains
(Amos 4:13; Psalm 90:2), will reform them—will reshape the
surface of this earth.
Read of the huge earthquakes yet to come that will directly
accomplish much of the rehabilitation of the land surfaces. (See
Revelation 16:18; Zechariah 14:4.) God says, “The mountains
quake at him, and the hills melt …” (Nahum 1:5).
Man recognizes much of the wealth of the world lies beneath the
seas. Oil, gold, silver, and dozens of minerals—
these all remain
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unobtainable today, lying untapped deep under the vast oceans.
Also, seawater contains a great deal of gold and most of the
world’s gold supplies are under the oceans.
Many areas of the earth are ravaged by tidal action—by
the ceaseless pounding of the surf that gradually wears away
additional land. The lowlands of Europe, Holland in particular,
consist to quite an extent of land reclaimed from the sea.
Think of the multiple millions of additional acres available
to mankind if some of the world’s oceans were reduced in size.
And God says they shall be! Notice it, “And the Lord shall
utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his
mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall
smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod”
(Isaiah 11:15).
Sounds incredible—but it’s true!
When Jesus Christ becomes the great Ruler of this earth, he
will use that great power. In vision, John saw the angels praising
Christ at his coming to rule this earth.
They said: “We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to
thee thy great power, and hast reigned” (Revelation 11:17).
The combined force of right education about true health,
and healing of all sickness, when it is repented of, will mean
perfect, utopian health.
Notice how God describes it.
“But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad
rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither
shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the Lord is our judge, the
Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
“And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isaiah 33:21-22, 24).
Listen to this wonderful promise: “Strengthen ye the weak
hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a
fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come
with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and
save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears
of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as
an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing …” (Isaiah 35:3-6).
God describes the rewards for obedience to his laws of mercy
and love. Notice Isaiah 58:8: “Then shall thy light break forth as
the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily. …”
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In describing the conditions of good health and plenty to be
ushered in upon the earth, God says, “For I will restore health
unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds …” (Jeremiah 30:17).
“Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of
the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they
shall not sorrow any more at all.
“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men
and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and
will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my
people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the [Eternal]”
(Jeremiah 31:12-14).
And why not have good health?
Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state
of health and joy is impossible? Why are all these scriptures
ignored by professing Christian preaching?
Instead they picture
going to heaven with idleness and ease and no accomplishment.
There are blessings for observing the laws of health—absolute
guarantees good health will result—and that sickness and
disease will become in the third and fourth generations a thing
of the past.
Notice what God promised his people: “… if thou shalt
hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe
and to do all his commandments which I command thee this
day … all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee,
if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
“Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be
in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of
thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine,
and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy
store” (Deuteronomy 28:1-5).
Also, God shows individual races returning to their own
lands, repopulating them. “He shall cause them that come of
Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face
of the world with fruit” (Isaiah 27:6).
God says the wastes will be rebuilt.
“For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye
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shall be tilled and sown: and I will multiply men upon you, all
the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited,
and the wastes shall be builded: and I will multiply upon
you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I
will settle you after your old estates …” (Ezekiel 36:9-11).
Read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 36. God says: “… I will
also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be
builded. … This land that was desolate is become like the
garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are
become fenced, and are inhabited” (verses 33, 35).
And what about all other nations?
Notice: “In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt
[Egypt still exists as a nation] to Assyria [many of whose people
migrated centuries ago to northcentral Europe—modern
Germany], and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the
Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the
Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and
with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the
Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people,
and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance”
(Isaiah 19:23-25).
Think what an almost unbelievable step forward it would be, if
all nations and peoples everywhere spoke, and read, and wrote
the same language.
But today, vast areas of the earth do not even possess a
written language. Millions upon millions are illiterate—cannot
read or write, even their own names.
Once the returning Christ conquers this earth, he will usher
in an era of total literacy, total education—and give the world
one, new, pure language.
This subject by itself needs a book to describe. The whole
literary processes of the whole earth changed. Today, all
languages are corrupt. They are literally filled with pagan,
heathen terms—superstition—misnomers—exceptions to
rules—peculiar idioms.
God says: “For then will I turn to the people a pure
language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to
serve him with one consent” (Zephaniah 3:9).
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Think of the new era of good literature, good music, and of
the avoiding of duplicated effort, misunderstandings
linguistic difficulties and thousands of painstaking hours of
translations. What an age it will be, when all the world becomes
truly educated—and speaks the same language.
God shows Jerusalem will become the financial capital, as well
as the spiritual capital, of earth.
The Creator says, of the newly built city: “Then thou
shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea [the world’s gold and
silver reserves are mostly under the seas] shall be converted unto
thee, the forces [wealth, margin] of the Gentiles shall come unto
thee” (Isaiah 60:5).
But, as we’ve read, God Almighty says he’ll raise many
places now covered by waters of the oceans; that he’ll make
much more land available. Scientists know most of the earth’s
raw materials lie in the strata beneath the depths of the seas.
God says this vast wealth will become available for use
during the reign of Jesus Christ on this earth.
God says the wealth of the world will be centered in
Jerusalem, and that the vast rebuilding programs, rehabilitation
processes and new-age pioneering that begin will be backed by
that wealth.
“… Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens,
and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all
nations, and the desire [desirable things, margin] of all nations
shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of
hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of
hosts” (Haggai 2:6-8). But God’s great treasury will be for public
display. No gold bricks, reposing in deep, subterranean vaults—
utterly useless except for their meaning—no fear of thievery, or
robbery. But breathtakingly beautiful decorations for the capital
building, the Temple in which Christ will dwell.
A fixed standard will be set up, and values will never
No more speculating or gambling on other people’s ability.
Never again will any person become rich from investing in
the labors and creative ability of another person. No more stock
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markets, world banks, financing centers, insurance companies,
mortgage companies, loan agencies, or time payments.
In God’s abundant government people will buy only what
they need, when they can afford it, when they have the cash to
pay for it. No more interest. And no more taxes.
But the tithing system will be universal.
Today’s governments demand up to 40, 50, and even 90
percent in inheritance taxes, income taxes, hidden taxes; federal,
state, county, school board and city taxes.
But God requires only ten percent. And out of that ten
percent will be financed the entire governmental, educational
and spiritual leadership of the whole earth.
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say,
Wherein have we robbed thee? [And God answers] In tithes
and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed
me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove
me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you
the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:8-10). That’s a
prophecy for now.
And what a blessing that will be. None of the financial
burdens that curse most peoples today.
God says financial blessings are to become the order of the
Take away thievery, robbery, accidents, weather damage,
rust, rot and decay, from plants, stores, manufacturing
concerns. How much less could merchandise then sell for—and
at how much greater profits?
Take away weather problems, insect damage, blight and fungus
from farmers—losses through government price controls and
overflooding of markets—and what would be their lot in life?
God will accomplish these things.
Our God is a multibillionaire heavenly Father. “The gold is
mine,” he says (Haggai 2:8).
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And God wants every child of his to truly prosper. “Beloved,
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in
health …” (3 John 2). Christ said, “I am come that they might have
life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
God wants fullness, abundance in every life.
But look at the material “successes” you’ve known. How
truly happy are they? As J. Paul Getty, one of the world’s richest
men, is reputed to have said, “I’d give all my millions for just
one happy marriage!”
In God’s kingdom, commands of his will be obeyed. They’ll
become the standard for regulating commerce, business,
finance, and the entire economic structure of the world.
And all will be on the giving basis. Christ said: “Give, and
it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your
bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall
be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
The giving standard will be followed in God’s rule on this
earth—not the grasping, conniving, striving, deceitful, clandestine,
furtive, scurrilous, devious, cheating and lying chicanery
that is commonplace in today’s business world.
But when God converts rebellious mankind by the display
of his mighty power—when he brings to pass his promise: “As
I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every
tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11), when he humbles
the vain, proud spirit of man—then man will be made willing
to give.
And until God breaks the haughty spirit of man (Isaiah
2:10-12, 17)—the peoples of earth will not be ready to accept such
a wonderful, loving, generous, honest, giving standard for the
whole economy.
It would require a thick book to begin to describe the
wonderful conditions that could prevail on this earth—and
that will finally prevail, when the human heart is humbled,
converted—given the very nature of God (2 Peter 1:4).
Never again will anyone build a building he can’t afford,
and doesn’t need, to lease and rent to tenants who help him
pay for it. No more interest. God says it is sin to lend money at
“usury” or interest.
Once each fifty years, all debts, public and private, will be
canceled, completely.
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Since governments will be in the hands of the spiritual family
of God, and partially administered by those human leaders
directly under that great ruling family—and since there will
be no huge bureaus watching other huge bureaus, which are
suspiciously watching other bureaus; no military establishment;
no “intelligence” (spy) agencies or members of Interpol; no huge
cartels, monopolies, unions, or giant government spending—the
economy of the world will be healed.
Think of it. No more foreign aid—none of the wasted
billions to buy “lovers” (allies) (Ezekiel 23:9, 22; Lamentations 1:2,
19; Ezekiel, 16th chapter) who turn and rend you later. No more
strings-attached government grants to industry, to science and
space technology, to schools and institutions
for research.
Instead, every necessary industry, educational institution,
and business will be in sound financial condition.
What a world that will be!
Now notice just how the new world government will function
during the next thousand years. It will not be so-called
democracy. It will not be socialism. It will not be communism or
fascism. It will not be human monarchy, oligarchy or plutocracy.
It will not be man’s government over man. Man has proven his
utter incapability of ruling himself.
It will be divine government—theocracy—the government
of God ruling over humans. It will not be government from
the bottom up. The people will have no votes. It will not be
government of or by the people—but it will be government for
the people. It will be government from the top (God Almighty)
down. It will be hierarchy in form.
There will be no election campaigns. No campaign fundraising
dinners. No dirty political campaigns, where each
candidate attempts to put himself forward in the most favorable
light, defaming, denouncing, discrediting his opponents. No
time will be wasted in mudslinging campaigns in the lust for
No human will be given any government office. All in
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government service will then be divine Spirit beings, in the
kingdom of God—the God family.
All officials will be appointed—and by the divine Christ, who
reads and knows men’s hearts, their inner character, and abilities
or lack of ability. You’ll find a description of Christ’s supernatural
insight into the very character of others in Isaiah 11:2-5.
Notice it: “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the
spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and
might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and
shall make him of quick understanding
… and he shall not judge
after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his
ears [hearsay]: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and
reprove with equity for the meek of the earth …” (Isaiah 11:2-4).
Remember, God is the Supreme One who is love—who
gives—who rules with outgoing concern for the ruled. He will
rule for the highest good of the people. The most able, the most
righteous, those best fitted for office will be placed in all offices
of responsibility and power.
There will then be two kinds of beings on earth—humans,
being ruled by those made divine.
Some resurrected saints will rule over ten cities, some over
five (Luke 19:17-19).
Think of it—no money wasted on political campaigns.
No splits in political parties with quarreling and hatreds. No
political parties!
In short, under the New Covenant, which Christ is coming to
usher in, what we shall see on earth is happiness, peace, abundance
and justice for all. Did you ever read just what this New
Covenant will consist of? Did you suppose it will do away with
God’s law? Exactly the opposite. “For this is the covenant [that
Christ is coming to establish, you’ll read in Hebrews 8:10] … I will
put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts. …”
When God’s laws are in our hearts—when we love God’s
ways, and in our hearts want to live by them, human nature will
be put under subjection—people will want to live the way that
causes peace, happiness, abundance, joyful well-being!
But remember, the humans remaining on the earth after
Christ’s return—ruled then by Christ and those resurrected
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or changed to immortality—will themselves still have human
nature. They will be still unconverted.
But Christ and the governing kingdom of God, then set up as
the governing family, will bring about the coming utopia by two
basic courses of action.
1) All crime and organized rebellion will be put down by
force—divine supernatural force.
2) Christ will then set his hand to reeducate and to save or
spiritually convert the world.
Notice, first, how the social and religious customs will be
changed by divine force.
God gave seven annual Festivals and Holy Days he
commanded to be observed. They contained great and important
meaning. They pictured God’s master plan for working out
his purpose for humanity. They were established forever. Jesus
observed them, setting us an example. The apostles observed
them (Acts 18:21; 20:6, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8). The true,
original Church—including gentile converts—kept them.
They were God’s way—God’s customs for his people. But
people rejected God’s ways and customs, and turned, instead,
to the ways and customs of the pagan religions. People did what
seemed right to themselves. And since human minds in this world
have been hostile against God (Romans 8:7), attitudes of hostility
against God’s way of life have prevailed. The ways that seem
right to a man have been ways contrary to the ways that produce
peace, happiness and abundant living. These same wrong ways
seem right to most people today! We realize they seem right—not
wrong—to most who will be reading these words.
But can we realize that “there is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”?
(Proverbs 14:12). And if you turn to Proverbs 16:25 you will see
the same thing repeated: “There is a way that seemeth right unto
a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
God said through Moses: “Ye shall not do after all the
things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right
in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8). And again: “Take heed
to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [pagan
religious customs] … and that thou inquire not after their gods,
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saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do
likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every
abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto
their gods …” (Deuteronomy 12:30-31).
Today the professing Christian world rejects God’s Holy
Days; holy to him, but which a deceived “Christianity”
They observe instead the pagan days—Christmas, New Year’s,
Easter, and others—“which God hateth”! Many know and
confess that these are pagan—but they argue, “We don’t observe
these in worshiping the pagan gods, we use their customs in
worshiping Christ and the true God.”
That is the way that “seemeth right” to people. They may
not mean any wrong. They are deceived. A deceived man
doesn’t know he is wrong. He thinks he is right. He may be as
sincere as those who have found God’s way and obey it. Yet God
says he will not accept that kind of observance or worship. It is
an abomination to him— “which he hateth.”
But it is those who have been deceived, whose eyes God
will open to his truth when Christ returns to rule all nations of
mortals still left alive.
People will no longer be blinded and deceived in regard to God’s
commands and ways. Then he will enforce obedience to his
Go back to the 14th chapter of Zechariah:
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all
the nations which came against Jerusalem [that is, those who
were not in the armies supernaturally destroyed] shall even go
up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and
to keep the feast of tabernacles” (verse 16).
This Feast of Tabernacles is one of the seven annual
Festivals God commanded his people to observe. But ancient
Israel rebelled. They rejected God’s Festivals, and turned to
pagan festivals. The Jewish people, after Ezra and Nehemiah,
observed them. But false “Christian” ministers taught that God’s
Festivals were “part of the old Mosaic system—not for us today.”
The clergy deceived and prejudiced the people. The people were
deceived into believing that Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, etc.,
were days Christ ordained.
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But now Christ is returning to earth to restore God’s
ways—including God’s Festivals. Those who rebelliously
keep God’s Holy Days now—who sneer at them in scathing
contempt—will observe them when Christ returns. Notice what
this scripture says:
“And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the
families of the earth [including gentile nations] unto Jerusalem
to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall
be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come
not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the
Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast
of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the
punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of
tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:17-19).
These passages give us the method by which Christ will
“rule with a rod of iron”—of how he will use supernatural force
to bring people of all nations to his right ways—ways that are
the cause of real blessings.
Yes, Jesus Christ very soon is going to return to this earth. He is
coming in power and glory. He is coming to rule all nations!
But he is not going to do this ruling, supervising, all alone,
by himself. He is coming to set up world government. It will be
a highly organized government. There will be many positions of
Right here, it is time we stop to explain the mechanics
this perfect form of government.
First, it is the government of God—not human government.
Man won’t acknowledge it yet, but man has demonstrated by
6,000 years of inefficient, bungling,
wasteful efforts of human
government that mortal man is utterly incapable of rightly
governing himself.
As for man being qualified to rule and administer government,
God says of government officials today: “None calleth
for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity
and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
… Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent
blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and
destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not;
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and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them
crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”
Then the people, under this human misgovernment, say:
“Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake
us: we wait for light [solution of civil, personal, national
and world problems], but behold obscurity; for brightness, but
we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and
we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the
night; we are in desolate places as dead men” (Isaiah 59:4, 7-10).
Then, in this chapter foretelling our time, the final solution
is given: “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion …” (verse 20).
And, continuing: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the
glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1).
The only hope of justice—of peace—of truth—of right solutions
to all this world’s problems—is the coming in power and
glory of Christ to set up world government. Right government.
The government of God!
In this, and many other passages, God shows in his Word
to mankind how utterly helpless man is to govern himself and
his fellows. Now 6,000 years of human experience have brought
mankind to the very brink of world suicide.
So, in other words, the first 6,000 years of God’s 7,000-year
plan were allotted to allow Satan to labor at his work of deceiving
the world, followed by 1,000 years (one millennial day) when
Satan shall not be allowed to do any of his “work” of deception.
Put another way, God marked out six millennial days to allow
man to indulge in the spiritual labor of sin, followed by a millennium
of spiritual rest, under the enforced government of God.
And now comes a wonderful truth.
Now we come to a revealed insight into the wonderful
planning, preparing and organizing of the perfect government
of God.
There will be no incompetent and selfishly ambitious politicians
seeking to get their covetous hands on the throttle of
government power by the deceptive political methods of this
world. Today people are asked to vote into office men they know
little about—men whose qualifications
are largely misrepresented.
In the soon-coming government of God, every official
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placed in authority shall have been tried and tested, trained,
experienced and qualified, by God’s qualifications. The fact
illustrates the purpose and necessity of the Church. The function
of the Church is not merely to convert the “firstfruits”—not
merely to bring about salvation to those specially called out of
the world and into the Church, but to prepare and train them
for these positions of leadership in the kingdom when salvation
will be opened to all the living.
God has planned ahead, but not only for his government to
rule the earth. He had said to Adam, in effect: “Go, plan your
own human governments, create in your own imaginations
your own gods and religions; develop your own knowledge and
educational structure, plan your own social systems (in a word,
organize your own human civilization).”
But in sentencing man to 6,000 years of being cut off from
God, he reserved the prerogative of calling to special service
and contact with God such as he should choose for his purpose.
During this day of man, God has prepared for his own millennial
civilization, in all its phases—governmental, educational,
religious—his whole civilization.
It all began with Abraham.
In his day, there was only one man on earth who was at
once a man of strong character and at the same time meekly and
wholly submissive and obedient to God—to God’s laws and his
direction and rule. That man was Abraham.
God began training men for top positions of authority
his coming world, with Abraham. Abraham lived in the most
“advanced” civilization—the most developed
and, as people
thought, most desirable locality.
God said to Abraham (then named Abram), “Get thee out of
thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,
unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1).
There was no argument. Abraham didn’t say, “But why?
Why must I give up all the pleasures of this civilization—
give up
even my relatives and friends?” Abraham
didn’t argue or delay.
It is written, simply, “So Abram departed …” (verse 4).
Abraham was put to severe tests. But, after he died, God said,
“Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments,
my statutes [of government],
and my laws” (Genesis 26:5).
Abraham was being trained for high position in the government
of God, now soon to rule the world. He believed in, was
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obedient and loyal to, God’s government—
its statutes and laws.
Abraham was given the promises on which the salvation of
every person, through Christ, is based. He is called the father
(humanly) of the faithful (Galatians 3:7). To the gentiles of
Galatia, the apostle Paul wrote: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye
[gentiles] Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”
(Galatians 3:29). In the 16th verse, he had said: “Now to Abraham
and his seed [descendant—Christ] were the promises made. …”
God was starting to prepare for his kingdom—to train
topflight personnel for positions in God’s civilization—with
Abraham. When Abraham proved obedient, God blessed his
labors and allowed him to become wealthy. God gave him
experience in the wise handling of wealth and in directing a
great force of men.
Isaac was reared by God-fearing, God-obeying Abraham,
in God’s ways, obedient to God’s government.
He became heir
along with his father Abraham. He too, was trained in obedience,
and also in directing and ruling over others.
Then Jacob, born with this rich heredity, was educated to
follow through on the same pattern Abraham and Isaac had
learned. Even though his father-in-law deceived him, and held
him down, Jacob also became wealthy. He was human—as were
Abraham and Isaac and all humans. He made mistakes. But
he overcame. He repented. He prevailed with God. He never
quit! He developed the qualities and character of leadership.
He became the father of the twelve greatest nations-to-be in the
soon-coming world tomorrow.
God has not told us, in so many words, precisely how his
coming world super government will be organized. Yet he has
given us the general pattern. He has told us specifically where
14 high executives (including Christ) will fit in. And from them
we may deduce a great deal of the remaining governmental
structure. Much of the coming structure of government is at
least strongly indicated by what is plainly revealed.
We know it will be the government of God. God
Almighty—the Father of Jesus Christ—is Supreme Lawgiver,
and Head over Christ, and over all that is. We know that Jesus
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Christ is to be King of kings, and Lord of lords—over both
state and church, united through him.
We know that King David of ancient Israel (details later)
will be king over the twelve great nations composed
of literal
descendants of the twelve tribes of Israel. We know the twelve
apostles will each be a king, sitting on a throne, over one of
those great nations descended from the tribes of Israel.
We know it will be government from the top down. There is
to be a definite chain of authority. No one will be elected by the
people. Mortal humans have proved they do not know how to
judge qualifications, and do not know the inner minds, hearts,
intents and abilities of men. All will be divinely appointed
from above. All, in positions of governmental authority, will be
resurrected immortals, born of God—no longer flesh-and-blood
With this in mind—with the knowledge that Abraham is
(humanly) the father of all who are Christ’s and heirs of salvation—
it becomes plain that Abraham will be given a greater
position of authority in God’s kingdom than David—and that
he will be over both Israelites and gentiles. He is “father” of
gentile converts as well as Israelites.
Then again, repeatedly the Bible uses the phrase, “Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob,” grouping them together as a team, and calling
them, together, “the fathers.” For the promises were repromised,
also, to Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.
What is plainly revealed indicates, then, that Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob will function as a topflight team, with Abraham
as chairman of the team, next under Christ in the coming world
government of God.
Jesus himself said, definitely, that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
shall be in that glorious and glorified kingdom (Luke 13:28).
Joseph qualified in a very special way, but we shall come
back to him a little later.
Another principle is made clear in God’s Word: church and
state will be united under Christ. There will be one government,
over all nations. There will be one Church—one God—one
religion—one educational system—one social order. And, as in
God’s original pattern in ancient Israel, they will be united.
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Three men—Peter, James and John, among the original
twelve disciples—were privileged to see the kingdom of God in
a vision (Matthew 17:9). In this vision, Jesus, who was actually
with them in person, became transfigured—appearing as the
glorified Christ. His face became bright, shining as the sun,
his clothing white as light. Two others appeared with him in
this vision—this glimpse into the coming kingdom—and they
were Moses and Elijah. These two, in the vision, represented the
offices of church and state, with and under Christ, as they will
be in God’s kingdom. Both Moses and Elijah qualified in their
human lifetime for very high positions in the kingdom of God.
Moses was the one through whom Christ (yes, he was the God
of the Old Testament, as many, many scriptures prove) gave the
laws and the statutes of government for the nation Israel. Moses
was trained as a son of a pharaoh (king of Egypt). His training
and experience were among gentiles, as well as the children of
Elijah, above all others, is represented in Scripture as the
prophet who restored the worship of the true God—and obedience
to his commandments. When Elijah ordered King Ahab to
gather on Mount Carmel “all Israel” (1 Kings 18:19-21) and the
prophets of Baal and of Asherah (Easter), he said: “How long
halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him:
but if Baal, then follow him. …” (verse 21). And when, at Elijah’s
18-second prayer (verses 36-37), the fire fell miraculously from
heaven consuming Elijah’s sacrifice, the people fell on their
faces, and said, “The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the
God” (verse 39).
The vision of the Transfiguration (Matthew 16:27 through
17:9) gave the apostles Peter, James and John a preview of Christ
coming in his kingdom—as he shall come. The indication is
thus given that Moses and Elijah represented the heads, under
Christ, of state or national world government (under Moses),
and church or religious activity (under Elijah).
These two men, like the “fathers,” Abraham, Isaac and
Israel, will then be resurrected immortal, in power and glory.
Certainly the indication is given us that, under Christ as King
of kings, and under Christ’s top team—the “fathers”—will be
Moses over all organized national and international government;
and Elijah, over all organized church, religious and educational
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Actually, the gospel and religious development is merely
spiritual education. And it is significant that Elijah had organized
and headed three schools or colleges (2 Kings 2:3, 5;
4:38—at Bethel, Jericho and Gilgal) teaching God’s truth in a
world corrupted by false pagan education.
Now we gain further insight into God’s coming world government
On the purely national level, the nations descended from the
two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (descended from Joseph),
will become the two leading nations of the world (Jeremiah
30:16-18; 31:4-11, 18-20; Isaiah 14:1-2; Deuteronomy 28:13).
But, next to them will be the nations descended from the
other tribes of Israel. And, after them, but still prosperous and
full of abundant blessings, the gentile nations.
King David, resurrected, immortal, in power and glory, will
be king, under Moses, over all twelve nations of Israel (Jeremiah
30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25). Each of the original twelve
apostles will be king, under David, over one of these then superprosperous
nations (Matthew 19:28).
Under the apostles, each now king over a great nation, will
be the rulers over districts, states, shires, counties or provinces,
and over cities.
But, in every case, these kings and rulers will be resurrected
immortals, born into the kingdom (family) of God as Spirit
beings—not flesh-and-blood mortals. And, in every case, they
will be those who qualified not only by conversion, but by
overcoming, spiritual character development, growth in Christ’s
knowledge—training in being ruled by God’s law and government,
as well as learning to rule.
The parables of the pounds (Luke 19:11-27) and talents
(Matthew 25:14-30) makes this very clear. The one who multiplied
his spiritual abilities ten times over is pictured as ruling
over ten cities. The one who developed only half as much in
God’s character and abilities is pictured as being given rule over
five cities. The parable of the talents shows the same thing, but
also we are to be judged by how well we do with what we have to
do with. That is, one of lesser ability will be judged according to
motivation, application, diligence and persistence according to
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ability. To whom much—in natural ability, and spiritual gifts—
is inherited and given, much will be required. The one of lesser
ability stands just as good a chance for reward in God’s kingdom
as the one of great ability—if he tries as hard.
But what of all the gentile nations? Who will be given top
positions of rule over them?
There is strong indication—not a definite, specific statement—
but indication, according to principles and specific assignments
that are revealed, that the prophet Daniel will be made
king over them all, directly under Moses. What prophet—what
man of God—did God send to be trained at top-level government
authority, in the world’s very first world empire? And what man
refused to follow pagan ways and customs, even while serving
next in authority to the king himself? What man proved loyal to
God, and the worship of God, and obedient to the laws of God—
even while serving at the top in the first world empire?
Why, of course, it was the prophet Daniel.
At first thought, one might suppose Christ will put the apostle
Paul at the head—under Moses and under Christ—of all gentile
nations. And indeed Paul qualified for high position over gentiles.
But Daniel was thrown into almost daily contact with the
king in the world’s first world government. And though that
was human government, Daniel proved completely loyal and
obedient to God and God’s rule. He was used, to reveal to King
Nebuchadnezzar, and immediate successors, that it is God who
rules over all kingdoms. Daniel refused the king’s rich food and
delicacies—including what was unclean according to God’s health
laws. He prayed three times a day to God, even though it meant
being thrown into the den of lions. He trusted God to protect and
deliver him from the lions. He gained knowledge and wisdom in
the affairs and administration of government over nations.
When God, through the prophet Ezekiel, named three of
the most righteous men who ever lived, he named Daniel as one
of them. The other two were Noah and Job (Ezekiel 14:14, 20).
And it is evident that God will assign Noah and Job to offices of
very great magnitude. More of that, later.
God in his Word gave Daniel the assurance that he shall be
in the kingdom of God, at the time of resurrection (Daniel 12:13).
It is an interesting possibility, in passing, to consider that
Daniel’s three colleagues in this Chaldean Empire service—
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego—might serve as a team
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directly with and under Daniel, even as the three “fathers” very
possibly may serve as a team directly with and under Christ
himself. In fact, there are a number of such teams that appear to
be possibilities.
But what about Paul? As the twelve original apostles were
sent to the lost house of Israel, Paul was the apostle to the
gentiles. That is the key. Christ himself said specifically that
each of the twelve shall be a king over one of the nations of
Israel. It is inconceivable
that Paul would be over no more than
one gentile nation. It might even be inferred that Paul rated a
little higher in ability and accomplishment than any one of the
twelve apostles. And, again, no gentile nation will be as great as
one of the Israelite nations.
The indication, then, seems to be that Paul will be given
position over all gentile nations, but under Daniel.
Of course there will be kings appointed by Christ over
every gentile nation. And district rulers under them, and rulers
over cities. There is no indication as to the identity of any of
these, except that those apostles and evangelists who worked
with and directly under Paul—Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Titus,
Luke, Mark, Philemon, etc.—undoubtedly will be given offices
of importance. And what of other saints of that same time, in
the first flush years of the Church, when its membership at first
multiplied in number of converts? And what of many converted
since, and down to our present day?
We can mention, here, only what seems to be rather clearly
indicated from what God has already revealed.
Besides these revealed and indicated assignments of government
over nations and groups of nations on the national level, there
will be positions of great magnitude on the international level
in the areas of scientific and social functions. And there are a
few indications of what some of those operations will be, and the
possible—if not probable—personnel.
Since Noah lived first, we now take a look at Noah. In Noah’s
day, the chief cause of the violence and chaos of world conditions
was racial hatreds, interracial marriages, and racial violence
caused by man’s efforts toward integration and amalgamation of
races, contrary to God’s laws. God had set the boundary lines for
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the nations and the races at the beginning (Deuteronomy 32:8-9;
Acts 17:26). But men had refused to remain in the lands to which
God had assigned them. That was the cause of the corruption
and violence that ended that world. For 100 years Noah had
preached God’s ways to the people—but they didn’t heed.
At that time, even as today, that world faced a population
explosion. It was when “men began to multiply on the face of
the earth” (Genesis 6:1). Jesus said, of our time, right now, “But
as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37)—or, as in Luke 17:26, “And as it
was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son
of man.” That is, the days just before Christ returns. Today race
wars, race hatreds, race riots and race problems are among the
world’s greatest social troubles.
Noah merely preached to people in his human lifetime. But
Noah, in the resurrection, immortal, in power and glory, will be
given the power to enforce God’s ways in regard to race.
It seems evident that the resurrected Noah will head a vast
project of the relocation of the races and nations, within the
boundaries God has set, for their own best good, happiness and
richest blessings. This will be a tremendous operation. It will
require great and vast organization, reinforced with power to
move whole nations and races. This time, peoples and nations
will move where God has planned for them, and no defiance
will be tolerated.
What a paradox. People are going to be forced to be happy,
to have peace, to find abundant and joyful living!
Above, we said we would come back, later, to Joseph, son of
Israel and great-grandson of Abraham.
Joseph became food administrator of the greatest nation on
earth of that time—Egypt. Joseph was synonymous with “prosperity.”
“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous
man; and … the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand”
(Genesis 39:2-3). He was made actual ruler for the pharaoh of the
world’s greatest nation. But his specialty was dealing with the
economy—with prosperity. And what he did, he did God’s way.
It seems evident, therefore, that Joseph will be made
director of the world’s economy—its agriculture, its industry,
its technology, and its commerce—as well as its money and
monetary system. These systems will be on the international
level, the same in every nation.
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Undoubtedly Joseph will develop a large and perfectly efficient
organization of immortals made perfect, with and under
him in this vast administration.
This will be an administration
that will eliminate famine, starvation, poverty. There will be no
poverty-stricken slums. There will be universal prosperity!
Another tremendous project on the worldwide international
level will be that of rebuilding the waste places, and the
construction of whatever really great and large buildings or
structures Christ will require for the world he will create. “And
they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former
desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations
of many generations” (Isaiah 61:4).
Job was the wealthiest and greatest man of the east (Job 1:3)
and a noted builder. (Compare Job 3:13-14 with God’s challenge
in Job 38:4-6.) He was so upright and perfect, God even dared
Satan to find a flaw in his character. Actually, there was a
terrible sin in his life—self-righteousness. But God brought him
to repentance. (See Job, chapters 38-42.) Once this man, of such
strength of self-mastery that he could be so righteous in his own
strength, was humbled, brought to reliance on God, filled with
God’s Spirit—well, surely no man who ever lived could equal
him as an engineer over vast stupendous world projects.
Indication is strong, therefore, that Job will be director of
worldwide urban renewal, rebuilding the waste places and the
destroyed cities, not as they are now, but according to God’s
pattern; vast engineering projects, such as dams and power
plants—or whatever the ruling Christ shall decree.
At least one other man seems indicated as a top assistant
in this vast administration. That is Zerubbabel (Haggai, and
Zechariah 4).
So much for the new world super-civilization on the
national and international level.
Now we come to the world tomorrow on the individual
level—the Church—the religion—the educational system.
When Jesus Christ returns to earth in the full supreme power
and glory of the Creator God, he is coming, this time, to save the
world, spiritually.
When he sits on the throne of his glory, in Jerusalem, all
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nations composed of flesh-and-blood mortal humans will be
there before him. He shall begin dividing the “sheep from the
goats.” To the sheep, on his right hand, “Then shall the King
say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world” (Matthew 25:34).
Those converted, now, are heirs. We shall inherit the
kingdom at Christ’s coming. The dead in Christ shall be resurrected,
rising first—changed to Spirit immortality. We that are
then alive, in Christ, shall be instantaneously
changed to Spirit
immortality, and caught up with the resurrected ones, to meet
the descending Christ in the air.
We shall then be separated by immortality from the mortal
humans on earth.
Wherever Jesus is, from there, we shall be ever with him.
Where, then, will he be? His feet shall stand that same day on
the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
It is after this that he separates the sheep (those who repent,
believe, and receive his Holy Spirit) from the goats (those who
rebel). This separation—this educating of converts for God’s
kingdom—will continue throughout
the entire thousand years
of Christ’s reign on earth.
Christ will give to all nations a new and pure language: “For
then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all
call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent”
(Zephaniah 3:9).
The pure truth of God will be proclaimed to all people. No
one will be deceived any longer. But “the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).
Christ is the “root of Jesse,” father of David. To Christ, then,
will the gentiles seek (Isaiah 11:10). Christ will set his hand to
save all Israel (verse 11). (See also Romans 11:25-26.)
But all this work of world evangelism—of spiritually saving
the world (as a whole, not necessarily every individual but surely
a majority)—will require, simultaneously,
reeducating the world.
One of the great problems facing the returned glorified
Christ, will be that of reeducating the supposedly educated.
These minds—and they are, indeed, the world’s finest and best
minds—have become so perverted with false education that
they will be unable to accept truth until they first unlearn error.
And it is at least ten times more difficult to unlearn error, firmly
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imbedded in the mind, than it is to start from “scratch” and
learn new truth.
It may actually take them longer to come to a knowledge of
truth—to become truly educated—than the illiterate of this world.
God’s inspired Word, the Holy Bible, is the foundation of
knowledge. But they have been trained to hold this true foundation
in prejudiced contempt.
Yes, indeed, the educating and reeducating of the world
will be one of the most important tasks the kingdom of God
will face, after Christ returns to rule. Today people follow the
false and deceptive values. Their entire thinking will require a
reorientation—a change of direction.
We have seen that the earth, after this thousand-year period
begins, will be as full of the true knowledge of God as the oceans
are full of water (Isaiah 11:9). How will this be brought about?
The prophet Micah gives part of the answer: “But in the
last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house
of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and
it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it”
(Micah 4:1).
Prophecy uses “mountain” as a symbol of a major nation,
and “hills” as a symbol of smaller nations. In other words, the
kingdom of God, the kingdom of resurrected immortals—the
ruling kingdom—will be established in complete authority
over the major nations (of mortals) and exalted above the small
nations—and people will flow to God’s kingdom. Now continue:
“And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go
up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of
Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his
paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [the Church], and the
word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he [Christ] shall judge
among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and
they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears
into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (verses 2-3).
This knowledge—this teaching—and even knowledge
of God’s law—shall go forth from the Church—and from
Jerusalem, the new world capital.
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Christ, himself, will be ruling from Jerusalem. Stationed
there with Christ, under immediate direction of Elijah, it is indicated,
will be those immortals chosen by Christ to constitute
the Headquarters
Church. Revelation 3:12 indicates those of the
“Philadelphia era” will be pillars in that Headquarters Church.
Next, in this all-important Headquarters Church organization,
working with and directly under Elijah, it appears, will
be the resurrected John the Baptist. He came “in the spirit and
power of [Elijah]” (Luke 1:17). Of him, Jesus said, “Verily I say
unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not
risen a greater than John the Baptist …” (Matthew 11:11). He was
the Elijah prophesied to come (Matthew 11:7-11).
Jesus said that no man who ever lived was greater than John
the Baptist. Yet, even the least in the resurrected kingdom will
be greater (Matthew 11:11). It is evident that John the Baptist will
be placed in very high office. It seems logical that he should be
placed with, or immediately under, Elijah.
Remember, once again, God’s principle of duality. As Jesus said
in Matthew, the prophecy of Malachi 3:1 applied to John the
Baptist in type; but if you will continue reading through verse
5, it becomes very clear that the prophecy is speaking of one
to prepare the way before the Second Coming of Christ. John
the Baptist was a voice crying out in the physical wilderness
of the Jordan River, preparing the way for the First Coming
of Christ, as a physical human being, to his physical Temple
at Jerusalem and to the physical people of Judah, announcing
the advance good news that the kingdom
of God would in the
future be established. But also preparing
the way before his
Second Coming was a messenger of whom Elijah was a type.
A voice crying out in the worldwide spiritual wilderness of
religious confusion, preparing the way for the spiritual glorified
King of kings and Lord of lords to come in the supreme power
and glory of God to his spiritual temple, the Church (Ephesians
2:21), to actually establish the kingdom of God.
Further, in Matthew 17:1-8, Peter, James and John saw the
vision of Moses, Elijah and Christ glorified in the kingdom of
God. Then in verse 10 the disciples asked Jesus, “Why then say
the scribes that Elias [Elijah] must first come?” Remember John
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the Baptist had finished his ministry and had been imprisoned
before Jesus even began his ministry. At the time the disciples
asked this question, John the Baptist had come and been put to
death. Yet Jesus answered, speaking of the yet future, “[Elijah]
truly shall first come, and restore all things” (verse 11).
This could not possibly refer to John the Baptist. John
the Baptist restored nothing, but called on people to repent in
preparation for the First Coming of Jesus as a physical human.
In the first few years of the New Testament Church, Jesus’
true gospel had been suppressed and supplanted with a false
gospel—not the gospel of Christ (the kingdom of God) but
man’s false gospel about a Christ who did away with his Father’s
Also Malachi 4:5-6 pictures the Elijah to come at the very
end of the Church age—at a time when, if this end-time message
were not proclaimed, the glorified Christ would come and smite
the world with total destruction. (The word curse in this verse
is translated from the Hebrew, which in Moffatt’s translation is
given the meaning total destruction.)
This Headquarters Church, at Christ’s own world capital of
Jerusalem, then, undoubtedly will be given the administration
of the world’s new system of education.
Also the indication is that the teaching of spiritual truth—of
the true gospel, the spiritual conversion of the world—will be
directed, worldwide, from this Headquarters
Church, under
Elijah and the overall direct supervision of Jesus Christ.
The principal purpose for which Christ is returning to earth
is to spiritually develop in humanity godly character,
and to
save the world. Most religious people, ministers, and evangelists
(fundamentalist) have supposed that this time, now, is the
only day of salvation.
The verse of Scripture they rely on is a
(2 Corinthians 6:2). It should read “a day of salvation,”
not “the” (quoted from Isaiah 49:8, where it is a not the). If
Christ had been trying to “save” the world, he would have saved
the world. It hasn’t been “saved.” God doesn’t use a babylon
of confused, disagreeing religious organizations,
divided into
hundreds of different concepts of theological doctrine, as his
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But the real world evangelism will be administered by this
Headquarters Church, composed of resurrected immortals,
under direct personal supervision of Christ himself.
One thing there will not be in the millennial Headquarters
Church is a doctrinal committee of intellectual “scholars” to
decide whether Christ’s teachings are true doctrines.
There was no such doctrinal committee in the first century
Headquarters Church at Jerusalem. All teaching came from
Christ through the apostles—and a few times Christ communicated
to apostles via the prophets. God’s Church today, as in
the first century, receives its teachings from the living Christ,
through an apostle, just as in a.d. 31.
One other tremendous organizational function will be
directed from this Headquarters Church—that of direction of
all the local churches over the world. These churches will be
composed of those who become converted—
begotten of God by
receiving his Holy Spirit—though still mortal.
Just as the converted Christian in this present age must continue
to live a life of overcoming, and of spiritual growth and development
(2 Peter 3:18), so will they in the millennium. Happily they
then will not have to overcome Satan. But they shall have to
overcome all evil impulses, habits or temptations, innate within
With only one Church—one religion—one faith—there will
be many church congregations in every city, others scattered
through rural areas. There will be district superintendents over
areas, and pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses in every
local church.
This, then, gives an insight into how the world will be
This shows how a super world government can, and will, be
established on earth.
The very purpose of the Church of this present time is to
provide God’s training school or teachers’ college to train in
spiritual knowledge, education and godly character, to supply all
the positions at the beginning of this wonderful 1,000-year reign
of Christ on earth.
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After the end of this coming millennial rule of Christ on
earth, will come the final judgment.
I have mentioned in this book that at the time of the first
Adam’s sin, God closed off from humanity as a whole the “tree
of life” symbolizing God’s gift of his Holy Spirit and begettal
of immortal God-life, until Christ the second Adam shall have
replaced Satan on earth’s throne and come to reign over all
nations on earth.
Meanwhile, we have covered how the prophets were a
pre-foundation of the Church of God. And the apostle Peter
mentioned (1 Peter 4:17) that the judgment had begun with the
Church. Those God has called to come to him through Jesus
Christ during this Church age have been here and now judged,
during this life. But judgment has not yet come to the world.
Does that mean the world is freed to commit sin? Not at all.
God allows people to sin, but they are not now as yet judged for
their sins.
Following the millennial reign of Christ and the Church on
earth, however, shall come the time of God’s judgment on this
world. A criminal may have committed a great crime—even
murder. But until caught, and brought to trial before a judge, he
has not yet been judged or condemned.
In the final judgment, with Christ on the judgment seat,
every human who has lived in this world shall be brought back
to life (Revelation 20:11-12). They shall then give account for
their sins committed in their first life.
The dead in Christ at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming
shall be resurrected to immortal God-life if they shall have
died, and those still living who are in Christ at his coming and
led by his Holy Spirit shall be changed instantly into immortal
God-life. They shall rule and teach with and under Christ
during the thousand years. But all others who have died shall
not live again until the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:5).
The 37th chapter of Ezekiel also shows the resurrection at
the time of the judgment. This 37th chapter is the prophecy
of the “dry bones.” The Bible itself interprets these dry bones
in verse 11 where it says these dry bones are the House of
Israel: “… behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope
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is lost. …” Like the prophecy says: “Again he said unto me,
Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones,
hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these
bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall
live: and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon
you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall
live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (verses 4-6).
Next this prophecy tells of the Great White Throne
Judgment when this whole house of Israel, who sinned so greatly
against God, shall be resurrected.
The prophecy continues: “So I prophesied as I was
commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold
a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And
when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them,
and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in
them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy,
son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God;
Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these
slain, that they may live.
“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath
came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an
exceeding great army” (verses 7-10). This shows being brought
back to mortal life, sustained by breathing of air, just as in their
original life. That is, mortal life—still unconverted. Then God
says, “Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause
you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land
of Israel.” This is the resurrection in the Great White Throne
Judgment. All the ancient Israelites are resurrected mortal,
precisely as in their first life. Then what? “And ye shall know
that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my
people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put
my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your
own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and
performed it, saith the Lord” (verses 13, 14).
In other words, in the Great White Throne Judgment after
the millennium, Old Testament Israel will be resurrected; then
they shall come to “know the Lord.” God’s knowledge will
come to them. The resurrected then will read this: “And there
shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye
have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own
sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall
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know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my
name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according
to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord
God” (Ezekiel 20:43-44).
Then upon this repentance, notice again in Ezekiel 37:14:
“And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall
place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord
have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.”
Thus, in the Great White Throne Judgment, they will come
to know that Christ the Savior had come and died for them. And
upon their repentance they shall receive the Holy Spirit and with
it salvation and eternal life.
All who had lived, previously unjudged, not only Israel, but
of all nations, will be resurrected mortal, physical, as they were
in their first life up to the time of death. Those in this judgment
will be mortals. They will then give account and be judged.
Concerning this Great White Throne Judgment Jesus said: “The
men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation,
and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching
of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen
of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation,
and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of
the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater
than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:41-42; also in Luke 11:31-32).
Also: “But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that
day for Sodom, than for that city. … But it shall be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you” (Luke
10:12, 14). There will be punishments. Those who have sinned
little will be beaten with few stripes, but those who have sinned
greatly, knowing God’s will, with many stripes (Luke 12:47-48).
But the penalty for sin is death in the final last judgment.
Since all have sinned, all shall be judged guilty and sentenced.
But they shall learn that Jesus Christ paid their penalty in their
stead. And in repentance, demonstrated by performance, they
will be given an opportunity yet at that time to choose life, and
be made immortal.
What a merciful God is the Creator, whose mercy is as great
toward us as the heavens are high above the earth. And he is
able to remove our transgressions from us as far as the east is
from the west (Psalm 103:12).
But there is more! Much more!
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In the book of Hebrews we read: “For unto the angels hath he
[God] not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we
speak” (Hebrews 2:5). The theme of the context here is “the
world to come.”
There is but one earth, but the Bible speaks of three worlds,
ages or civilizations on the earth—the “world that then was”
(the antediluvian world from Adam to Noah); this “present evil
world” (from the Flood until Christ’s return, yet future); and
“the world to come” (which will start when Christ comes and
sets up the kingdom of God).
This verse speaks of angels as if the world had been put in
subjection to angels; in fact, in the very beginning of this book
of Hebrews, the first chapter, it is speaking of Christ and angels
and the relation of angels to humans. This was explained in
Chapter 2 of this book.
But bear in mind the general theme here, or context, is “the
world to come, whereof we speak”—not this present age, now
coming rapidly to its end! Continue on in verse 6: “But one in a
certain place testified, saying. …” Then follows a quotation from
the first six verses only of the eighth Psalm.
In this psalm, David continued showing specifically that
God has now placed in subjection under man the solid earth,
the earth’s atmosphere or air, and the sea. But now the writer of
the book of Hebrews is inspired to expand David’s prophecy to
add something radically different—something to happen in the
world to come!
This revealed knowledge of God’s purpose for mankind—of
man’s incredible awesome potential—staggers the imagination.
Science knows nothing of it—no religion reveals it, so far as I
know—and certainly higher education is in utter ignorance of it.
Nevertheless, it is what God says he has prepared for them
that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
I have said before that God revealed necessary knowledge to
our first parents, but they didn’t believe what he said! Some 4,000
years later, Jesus Christ the second Adam appeared on earth
with a message direct from God the Father in heaven, revealing
the same necessary knowledge—but only a handful—a hundred
and twenty—believed what he said, though many professed to
“believe on him” (as in John 8:30-31, 37-38, 40, 45-46).
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Today science, religion and education still do not believe
what he said.
But now let’s see what is said in this passage in Hebrews,
beginning where Hebrews leaves off quoting the eighth Psalm:
“Thou hast put all things in subjection under his [man’s] feet.
For in that he [God] put all in subjection under him [man], he
[God] left nothing that is not put under him” (Hebrews 2:8).
Is it possible God could mean what he says (“all things”)?
Nothing excluded?
In the first chapter, the Moffatt translation of the Bible
renders the Greek word translated “all things” as “the universe”
(verse 8).
In other words, for those willing to believe what God says,
he says that he has decreed the entire universe—with all its
galaxies, its countless suns and planets—everything—will be put
under man’s subjection.
But wait a moment! Before you disbelieve, read the next
words in the same eighth verse: “But now we see not yet all
things [the endless universe] put under him [man].” Remember
(verse 5), this is speaking of the “world to come”—not today’s
world. But what do we see now, today? “But we see Jesus, who
was made a little lower than the angels [or, “for a little while
lower”] for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
honour.” Man, other than Christ, is not yet “crowned with
glory and honour.”
But see how Christ is already crowned with glory and
honor. Continue: “For it became him, for whom are all things
[the entire universe] and by whom are all things, in bringing
many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings. … for which cause he [Christ] is not
ashamed to call them brethren” (verses 10-11).
In other words, Christians having God’s Spirit are joint heirs
with Christ to inherit all that Christ already has inherited. He
is now in glory! He has already inherited the entire universe. He
sustains it by his power. Man, if he is converted, having God’s
Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9), is now only an heir—not yet a possessor.
But see now how Christ already has been crowned with
glory and honor—and is already in possession—has already
inherited. Begin with Hebrews, chapter 1:
“God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
whom he has appointed heir of all things [the entire universe],
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by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of
his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding
[sustaining] all things [the entire universe] by the word of his
power …” (Hebrews 1:1-3).
The living Christ already sustains the entire universe by
his limitless divine power. The passage continues to show his
superiority over the angels—he is the begotten and born Son of
God—angels are merely individually created beings. Angels are
now administering spirits (invisible to us), ministering to us—to
us who are now in lower status than angels—but who are heirs
of salvation, when we, like Christ, shall become born sons of
God (Hebrews 1:4-14).
Now put this together with what is revealed in the eighth
chapter of Romans.
Here it speaks of Christ as God’s Son: “… that he might be
the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). Humans,
having God’s Holy Spirit, are heirs of God and joint heirs with
Christ—who, alone of all humans, has already been born as
God’s Son by a resurrection
from the dead (Romans 1:4). He
is the first of the human family to be born into the family of
God—the kingdom of God. He is our pioneer who has gone on
before. We shall follow at the resurrection of the just at Christ’s
return to earth in supreme power and glory.
This eighth chapter of Romans, verse 9, says if we have
within us the Holy Spirit of God we are his begotten sons, but if
we do not have his Spirit we are none of his—not Christians at
all. But verse 11 says that if we have God’s Holy Spirit growing
within and leading us we shall be raised from the dead by his
Spirit—(or if living when Christ comes we shall be changed
from mortal to immortal).
Now continue: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God. … The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children,
then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ … also
glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall
be revealed in us …” (Romans 8:14-18).
Continue, Revised Standard Version: “For the creation
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with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the
creation [all the suns, planets, stars, moons] was subjected to
futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected
it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its
bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children
of God. We know that the whole creation [stars, suns and moons
now in decay and futility] has been groaning in travail together
until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves [we Spiritbegotten
humans], who have the first fruits of the Spirit [the
very few now being called to salvation—the “firstfruits”], groan
inwardly as we wait for the [birth] as sons” (verses 19-23).
What an amazing marvelous revelation of knowledge!
No more amazing, awesome, eye-opening passage could be
It is so astonishingly revealing, one doesn’t fully grasp it just
reading quickly through.
First I quoted from verse 29 of Romans 8 stating Christ was
the firstborn of many brethren.
In Hebrews 1, we see that Christ, the first human to be born
by a resurrection from the dead, has been glorified and now
sustains the entire universe. He is our Pioneer who has gone on
ahead. At his return to earth in power and glory, those who have
been converted and received God’s Holy Spirit shall be born into
the God family by a resurrection. Then the entire universe will
be put into subjection under them!
Then, from Romans 8, if we have and are led by the Holy
Spirit of God, we shall be raised to Spirit composition and
immortality in the God family even as Christ was in a.d. 31
upon his resurrection.
Now once again from verse 19: “For the creation waits with
eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (rsv). This
shall happen after the time of the resurrection, when those who
are human actually become—by a resurrection or instantaneous
change from mortal flesh to Spirit immortality—sons of God.
Now understand please. Why should the whole universe—the
creation—be waiting with eager longing for the actual birth and
appearing of all these sons of God, to be born into the family of
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God? The following verses portray a universe filled with planets
in decay and futility—yet as if subjected now to this dead state in
hope! “Because the creation itself [the universe not now capable
of sustaining life] will be set free from its bondage to decay and
obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
How did all the planets fall into the bondage of decay?
Surely God did not so create them!
Decay signifies a state or condition caused by degeneration
and decomposition from a previous undecayed state. God, then,
created these planets in a state of nondecay.
But something caused deterioration to set in.
What could have caused all this “bondage to decay”?
It cannot be the state in which God created them!
Everything we read in God’s revealed Word about God’s
creation shows it to have been a perfect creation. The earth was
first created a perfect creation of glorious beauty.
We see that angels inhabited the earth prior to the creation
of man. Angels, who were perfect from the creation until iniquity
or lawlessness was found in them, caused the whole surface
of the earth to turn into a state of decay, confusion and emptiness,
as shown in chapter 2.
Could the whole universe with its myriad of other planets
have been created for the eventual purpose of sustaining life?
We are not told specifically by revelation in God’s Word whether
it was or not, but what we are told throws additional light on
why God decided to create man!
Continue this passage in Romans 8:22: “We know that the
whole creation [universe] has been groaning in travail together
until now.” Consider that the creation is compared to a mother
about to be delivered of her child. The creation is pictured as
groaning in travail in hope (verse 20), awaiting the birth by
resurrection to immortality, of the children of God. It is as if
the creation is the mother and God is the father. Anyway the
whole thrust of the passage is that when we (converted humans)
are born of God—then having the power and glory of God—we
are going to do as God did when this earth had been laid “waste
and empty”—Hebrew, tohu and bohu (Genesis 1:2). Christ, who
renewed “the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30), was renewing
what had been destroyed by the rebellion of the sinning angels.
What these wonderful passages imply and indicate goes far
beyond the amount specifically revealed.
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This passage indicates precisely what all astronomers
scientific evidence indicate—the suns are as balls of fire, giving
out light and heat; but the planets, except for this earth, are in a
state of death, decay and futility—but not forever—waiting until
converted humans are born the children of God; born into the
very divine family of God, forming the kingdom of God.
Jesus’ gospel was the kingdom of God. What I am showing
you here is that Christ’s gospel of the kingdom actually includes
all this knowledge here revealed—even the whole universe is to
be ruled by us, who, with God the Father and Christ, become
the kingdom of God.
God is first of all Creator, but God is also Ruler. And he is
Educator, who reveals knowledge beyond and outside the scope
of human mind of itself to comprehend!
Put together all these scriptures I have used in this chapter,
and you begin to grasp the incredible human potential. Our
potential is to be born into the God family, receiving total
power! We are to be given jurisdiction over the entire universe!
What are we going to do then? These scriptures indicate we
shall impart life to billions and billions of dead planets, as life
has been imparted to this earth. We shall create, as God directs
and instructs. We shall rule through all eternity! Revelation 21
and 22 show there will then be no pain, no suffering, no evil,
because we shall have learned to choose God’s way of good. It
will be an eternal life of accomplishment, constantly looking
forward in super-joyous anticipation to new creative projects,
and still looking back also on accomplishments
with happiness
and joy over what shall have been already accomplished.
We shall never grow tired and weary. Always alive—full of
joyous energy, vitality, exuberant life and strength and power!
Finally, even God the Father will come to this earth. His throne
over the whole universe will be established on this earth.
Notice in 1 Corinthians 15:24, after speaking of the various
resurrections, it is recorded: “Then cometh the end, when he
shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and
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In Revelation 21:3: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will
dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself
shall be with them, and be their God.”
And further in Revelation 22:3: “And there shall be no more
curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and
his servants shall serve him.”
When it speaks of God and the Lamb, the Lamb represents
Christ and God refers to the Father.
Finally the at-one-ment shall be completed. Both God the
Father and the Son Jesus Christ in us and we united with them
as the one great supreme God family.
How wonderful beyond the ability of words to express is
the glory of God and his wonderful purpose actually now in
progress. Praise, honor and glory be to God and to Jesus Christ
forever and forever.
With God’s great master plan of seven thousand years
finally completed—the mystery of the ages finally revealed,
and with the re-creating of the vast universe and eternity lying
ahead, we come finally to
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1:1 31, 35, 38
1:26 36
2:4 35
17:23-24 40
38:7 35
33:9 34
1:2-4 24-25
40:25-26 30
41:21-24 30
1:23 36
1:1-4 31, 33, 39, 44
1:14 31
4:24 32, 35
7:37-39 44
8:28-29 34
14:9 36
1:15 30
2:2-3 43
2:18 43-44
8 40
8:10 40
10:45 44
Scripture Index
1 18
2:7 17-18
111:10 5
40:3, 9-10 7-8
1:7 10
18:4, 20 17
12:9, 10 4
3:1 8
3:13 18
2:34 18
9:1 10
6:23 17
1:11-12, 15-17 22
2:21-22 8
17:18-19 26-27
17:22-26, 28 26-27
17:28 26-27
1:4 44
1:18-22 25
1:25 26
1:28 27-28
8:7 29
8:14, 16 33, 39
8:29 44
11 41
3 38
1:6-7 41
3:9 33
1:12-13, 15-17 34
1:15 35
7:3 32
1:3 43
3:2 33
5:7-8 43
4 40
6 35
1:14-16 36
12:9 25, 39, 42
17:5 39, 42
17:8 42
1 48
1:1 54, 72
1:1-2 57-58, 66
1:2 68, 71
1:2-4 58-59
1:2-25 67
1:26 67
2 48
2:4 55
6:8-9 56
6:11-13 56
19:26 58
25 47
25:10, 18-20 65
25:20 70
16:9 52
1:6 47
38:1-7 48
38:4-7 55, 68
91:11 53
104:30 58
14 56, 60, 64
14:1-11 61-62
14:3-6 60
14:7-8 61
14:12 53, 61-62
14:12-14 63
14:12-15 71
14:13-15 62
45:18 58
26 63
27 63
28 56, 63
28:2-8 63-64
28:11-12 64
28:12-17 71
28:13 64
28:14 70
28:15 59, 65, 70
28:16-17 66
8:16 53
9:21 53
10:2-13 53
10:13 53
10:21 53
12:1 53, 63
12:1-2 62
4:10 52
9:29 50
18:10 53
1:19 53
1:26 53
1:1-5 47, 72
1:14 72
5:17 47
12:15 53
14:33 58
15:24 73
2:11 73
4:3-4 46
2:2 46
3:9 72
6 45-46
2:5 67
1:15-16 46
1:16-17 72
2:3-4 64
1 45
1:3-10, 13-14 47-48
2 48
2:7 46
2:4-5 56, 71
2:11 48
3:4 57
3:22 50
6-7 57, 71
9 53
1:4, 16, 20 52
2:1, 8, 12, 18 52
3:1, 7, 14 52
5:6 52
12:4 57, 59
12:7 53, 62
12:7-9 62
17 60-61
18:9-19 63
21:12 53
1:1 103
1:1-2 76-77
1:2 78
1:3 78
1:20, 21, 24 78, 80
1:26 79
2 88
2:7 78, 80, 83
3:22-24 92, 93-94
104:30 78
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9:5 98
9:5-6 96
9:10 96
12:7 97
28:9-10 77
59:1-2 98
2:28 101
4 100
11:25 81
7:7, 9, 13 102
10:22 98
3:13 97
5:28-29 97
6:44 94, 101-102
2:29, 34 97
13:22 97
5:5 90
5:10 100
6:23 95, 96
8:9, 11, 14 102
8:16 85-86
11:33 103
13:10 91
2 86
2:9 86
2:10-11 86
2:14 86
3:19 87
15 103
15:22 95
15:22-23 103
15:45-46 85
2:2 90
2:5 90
1:27 90
2:13-14 90
9:27 95, 101
4:17 102
12:9 76, 94, 99
13:8 94
20:11-12 103
20:11-13 103
4:21 112
6:2 114
6:5 113
6:9 113
8:4 115
10:8-9 116, 117-118
11:1-2 115
11:4 116, 117
11:6 117
11:8 117
17:1 113
20:4-5 118
23:28-29 116
22:21 113
32:8 114
16:29 107
1:1 111
104:30 106
127:1 112
14:14 117
7:18 118
7:24-27 112
11:27 111
24:14, 31-41 122
24:21-22 115
24:38 114
4:24 118
1:23 118
5:10 111
15:22 110
5:21 114
2:2 110
9:27 110
2:5 113, 118
13:8 110
20:11-12 113
12:1-2 124
12:1-3 127
17:1-5 128
17:6 128
17:7-9 128
22:18 127
24:3 130
48 145
48:14-16 143, 152
48:18-20 144
49:22 145
19:8 133
31:12-18 140
26 140, 144
26:1-2 137
26:3-4 137
26:6 137
26:7-8 137
26:9 137
26:14-17 138
26:18 138
26:19 148
27:30 148
33:51-53, 55 134
16:6 123
9:2 135
10:10-11 135
33:10-19 148
43:21 126
3:20 134
25:31-32 151
30:5-7 152
31:31 135
22:26 148
2 140-141
7 141
12:1-2 153
9:9 145
5:7-15 146
5:9 147
5:10-11 147-148
5:15 150
3:8-10 148
24 153
24:14 153
24:21-22 153
13 153
21 153
1 150
2:13 136
5:5 136
15:8 129
3:8, 16 127
3:29 128
2:20 135
8:6, 10 135
11:13-16 126
2:9 128
13 141
17 141
23 156-157
28:26 181
6:16 169
111:10 178-179
7:14 163, 173
9:6-7 165, 173
28:9-10, 13 195
49:8 195
52:14 164
53:5 164, 173
37 185
40 190
2:28 195
3:1 172
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3:1-5 224
4:5-6 224
1:21 166
2:13-15 168
4 168-170
4:23 172
13:1-9 196
13:10-17 180, 197
13:18-23 196-197
16:18 161, 165-166
17:11 224
24:5 193
24:14 194, 223, 224
24:21-22 224
24:29-30 224
25 196
27:50 165
1:1 172
1:4 174
1:14-15 172
3:14, 16 171
7:7-9 214
1:31-33 163
19:11-27 196
24:49 181
1:42 171
3:5-6 174
3:8 174
4:24 203
6:44 167, 177, 186, 190,
7:37-39 162, 178
8:30-44 214
15:16, 19 172
17:11-17 191
18:36 163
18:37 162-163
2:2 212
2:47 204
4:23 206
6:1 214
7:38 162
8 217
8:1 214-215
11:18 184
14:27 223
20:28 191
5:5 211
5:10 185-186
8:7 185
8:11 201
8:16 199, 201
8:17 201
8:29 185
11:16 195
11:25, 30-32 182
1 192
1:2 192
1:10 190
2:11 201
3:1-3 201
3:11 178
10:32 191
11:16 192
11:22 191-192
12 160
12:1, 4-6, 11-13 188
12:5-6 205
12:13 213
12:18 190, 204
12:20 188-189
12:25 189
12:27 178
14:19 213
14:28 213
14:33 213
15:9 192
15:23 185
15:45 162
15:45-50 175
15:49-53 201
16:1 189
1:1 192
2:12 223
3:6 199
4:3-4 154, 157
4:4 167
6:2 195
11:3 215
11:3-4, 13-15 193, 210
11:28 189
1:6-7 215
1:13 192
4:22 199
4:26 202
5:22-23 197
1:11 195
1:23 178
2:19-21 172, 178, 181,
2:20 178
3:9 163
4:11 189
4:11-13 202
4:13 198
4:15-16 190
5:23 161, 172, 178
2:5 184
2:14 192
1:4 192
3:5 192
3:15 192
6:12-14 199
9:27 166
12:23 179
2:24 164
1:4 201
3:18 202
2:4 214
3:4 211
10 217
3 217
2:9-10 220
2:26-27 183
3:1-6 223
3:7-13 223
3:21 183
5:10 180, 183
12 210
12:9 157, 167, 181, 193,
13 210
13:15 219
14:4 195
17 210
17:5 193, 210
17:6 210
20:11-12 210
1:2 277
6:1 263
12:1, 4 256
26:5 256
39:2-3 263
12:8 252
12:30-31 253
28:1-5 245
28:13 260
32:8-9 262-263
18:19-21 259
18:36-37 259
18:39 259
2:3, 5 260
4:38 260
1:3 264
3:13-14 264
38 264
38:4-6 264
39 264
40 264
41 264
42 264
8:1-6 273
90:2 243
103:12 272
104:30 277
14:12 252
16:25 252
2:2-4 240
2:10-12, 17 249
11:2-5 251
11:6-9 240
11:9 265, 266
11:9-11 265
11:15 244
14:1-2 260
19:23-25 246
27:6 245
33:21-22, 24 244
35 243
35:1-2 243
35:3-6 244
35:6-7 242
41:14-20 242
49:8 268
58:8 244
59:4, 7-10, 20 255
60:1 255
60:5 247
61:4 264
30:9 260
30:16-18 260
30:17 245
31:4-11 260
31:12-14 245
31:18-20 260
1:2, 19 250
14:14, 20 261
16 250
20:43-44 272
23:9, 22 250
34:23-24 260
36 246
36:9-11 246
36:33-35 246
37 270-271
37:14 271, 272
37:24-25 260
1:17 229
2 232
2:28 229
2:28-35 230
2:36 230
2:37-39 231
2:40 231
2:44 232
7 227, 232
7:22 238
12:13 261
Scripture Index 285
4:13 243
4:1-3 240
1:5 243
3:9 246, 265
1-2 264
2:6-8 247
2:8 248
4 264
14:1-4 236
14:4 243, 265
14:4-5 238
14:8 240
14:12 237
14:16 253
14:17-19 254
3:1-5 267
3:8-10 248
4:5-6 268
11:7-11 267
11:11 267
12:40 235
12:41-42 272
16:27-17:9 259
17:1-8 267
17:9 259
17:10-11 267-268
19:28 260
24:22 235
24:30 235, 238
24:37 263
25:1-10 233
25:14-30 260
25:31 235, 236-237
25:34 265
1:1 227-228
1:14-15 228
1:17 267
1:31-33, 234
6:38 249
9:1-2 228
10:9 228
10:12, 14 272
11:31-32 272
12:47-48 272
13:28 238, 258
17:21 227
17:26 263
19:11-27 260
19:12-27 235
19:17-19 251
8:30-31, 37-38, 40, 45-
46 273
10:10 249
14:3 238
18:36-37 234
1:3 228
1:9-11 235, 238
2:32 235
3:19-21 235
17:26 262-263
18:21 252
19:8 228
20:6 252
20:16 252
20:25 228
28:23, 31 228
1:4 275
8:7 252
8:9 274, 275
8:11 275
8:11, 14 238
8:14-18 275
8:19 276
8:19-23 275-276
8:20, 22 277
8:29 275
11:25-26 265
14:11 249
2:9-10 273
5:8 252
15:3-4 235
15:24 278
15:50-54 238
16:8 252
6:2 268
11:13-15 236
1:8-9 228
3:7, 16, 29 257
2:21 267
5:23 233
6:12 234
4:14-17 238
1 273, 274, 276
1:1-3 274-275
1:3 235
1:4-14 275
1:6 273
2:5 273, 274
2:6 273
2:8 274
2:10-11 274
8:1 235
8:10 251
10:12 235
4:17 270
1:4 249
3:18 269
2 249
2:26-27 238
3:12 267
3:21 235, 238
11:15 233, 236
11:17 244
11:18 236
12:5 235
13 232
16:18 243
17 232, 233
17:1 233
17:3 233
17:8 232
17:12 232
17:14 236
17:15 233
19 239
19:7 233
19:11-16 233
19:14 236-237
19:15 235
19:16 235
20:1-3 239
20:5 270
20:11-12 270
21 278
21:3 279
22 278
22:3 279
Scripture Index 287
Subject Index
to destroy an embryo or fetus in
a mother’s uterus is to murder
a potential God Being, 84
dual promises made to, 126-127
man of destiny, 124-126
believed Satan, 29
cut himself and his family off
from God, 26
disobeyed his Maker, 90
had the opportunity to unseat
Satan, 94
rejected God’s law and government,
sons of, separated and given each
his own inheritance, 114
the first created man, 26
took to himself the fruit of the
forbidden tree, 26
what if he had taken of the tree of
life?, 89-90, 108-109
willingly, not wilfully, sinned,
90, 109
reveals to Daniel that the words
given to the prophet are “sealed
till the time of the end,” 4
are immortal spirits, 35
are invisible agents, 48, 52-53
assigned great responsibilities,
each individually created, 46
God’s purpose for, 69-70
Jesus, as a human being, was
made “a little lower than the
angels,” 46
may have dwelt on earth for millions
of years, 35
messengers from God, 45
mystery of, with evil spirits, is
second in order, 3
needed to develop perfect, holy
character, 53
one-third “kept not their first
estate,” 35
one-third sinned and became
demons, 55-57
personal experiences with, 48-49,
placed on earth before the creation
of man, 35, 56
possessed immense powers of
mind, 54
sons of God by creation, 47
why created, 47-48
are souls, 80
devoid of human spirit, 81
have no awareness of God or of
spiritual knowledge, 82
share the same breath of life with
man, 84
began in-depth study of Bible in
summer of 1926, ix
Bible had been an enigma to, as a
youth, ix
brought by circumstances to a
mission God had in store for
him, 10
business of, disintegrates, 14
challenged on theory of evolution,
ix, 14-16
confronted with a mind-disturbing
challenge, x
craved understanding, x
determined to find whether there
is absolute proof of existence
of God, xi
discovers Bible to be a coded
book, xi
marriage of, to Loma Dillon, at
stake over question of Sunday
observance, x
never heard deepest mysteries
explained in church when a
youth, x
offers himself to Christ as a living
sacrifice, to use as Christ
willed, 21
reared in Protestant church
(Quaker) until age 18, x, 11-
12, 158-159
studied works of Darwin, Huxley,
Haeckel et al, xi
supposed the source for Sunday
observance was the Bible, viii
vistas of spiritual knowledge and
understanding become clear
to, x
why impelled to write this book
late in life, x
would never have discovered
the great Biblical truths by
himself, 9
in a matter of days after her
marriage had a dream that
seemed like a vision, 12-13
wife of Herbert W. Armstrong
(1917-1967), 12
no one can have the Holy Spirit
without an implicit, 4
authority of, questioned, xi
cannot be read like any other
book, 4
carelessly taken for granted by
many, xi
coded book, xi-xii
different translations useful, 18
God’s own written revelation, 2
interprets itself, xiii
is basic mystery that reveals all
other mysteries, 2
not intended to be generally
understood until latter half of
twentieth century, ix
positive proof of, found, 20
positive proof of, sought, xi
preserved revelation of paramount
mysteries confronting
all humanity, xi
the Word in print, 4
why so little understood, x
written as if it were like a jigsaw
puzzle, xii-xiii, 4
Jesus was the first person, 44
truly converted Christians shall
be, at the resurrection, 44
misunderstood by modern theologians,
what Jesus really said, 174-175.
why Nicodemus misunderstood,
its teachings rejected by scientifically
oriented minds in recent
centuries, 2
with Protestantism, has dominated
thinking of Western
world, 2
definition of, 53
Subject Index 289
must be developed over time by
experience, 53-55
one quality that God’s creative
powers could not create
instantly in either angels or
humans, 53
humanity’s sinbearer, 95
humans must yield to believing
Jesus the, 4
is in the image—form and
shape—of God, 34
not possible to have the Holy
Spirit without belief in, 4
the firstfruits, 103
the second Adam, 98
to come again to rule over all
nations, 8, 233-234
who can come to Jesus, 203
why the second Adam, 101-103
worshiped in vain by millions,
called to be saints, 238
true ones, draftees—not volunteers,
what about “individual Christians”?
what is a real, 101-102
a “Teachers’ College,” 176-177
an English word derived from
the Greek word ekklesia,
meaning called-out-ones, 155
commissioned to proclaim what
gospel? 160
how organized, 187-189
in relation to past history, 159-
institution of, is sixth basic
mystery, 3
is it a building? 155
not founded until Christ ascended,
of Old Testament times, 161-162
real purpose of, 155-157, 196-197,
spiritual mother of human converts,
still carnal, 197-199
the first harvest, 179-182
the temple to which Christ shall
come, 189-191
true name of, 191-192
what kind of institution? 157-158
why called first, 185-186, 195-196
why Jesus founded it, 161, 175-
an organized spiritual organism
to do Christ’s work, 206
Herbert W. Armstrong finds the
one true, 23
infiltrated during first century by
another gospel, xii
its teaching and belief, 211-212
modern methods provided to do
the work of God, 207-208
revelation of mysteries lost in
earlier centuries even to, xi
seven eras of, 218-225
synoptic history of the, 212-225
the name of the Church as an
institution, 191-192
antediluvian world, 113-115
at the crossroads today, 121-122
began after the Flood, at Babylon,
beginning of, 111-112
founded on city life, 115-116
fourth basic mystery, 3
man-built and Satan inspired,
tower of Babel symbolic of,
clergy (see also traditional Christianity)
interpret scripture to say what
they have been taught and
believe, xiii
read an already-believed false
teaching into each particular
scripture, xiii
well-meaning men among,
received their teaching from
other men, xiii
Christ is supposed to have done
away with his Father’s, 102
good understanding comes from
doing God’s, 5
traditional Christianity has generally
denied God’s, 5
not merely “receiving Christ,”
thorough one necessary for the
Church, 183-184
chief characteristic of God, the
Personage who became the
Father, 33-34
how Jesus Christ was, 33-34
preexistence of, generally rejected
by rational, scientifically
oriented minds, 1
reveals himself in the Bible, 2
theory of evolution invented to
explain away the need for, 2
could not understand much of
what was given to him to
write as part of the Bible, 4
co-inventor of theory of “survival
of the fittest,” 2
died unsure of his own theory, 2
his writings appear convincing
on the surface, 16
ancestor of Herbert W. Armstrong
on mother’s side, 11
is not ascended into the heavens,
18, 97
plagued by questions about man,
the wages of sin, 17
followed Lucifer into rebellion,
origin of, 71-72
the angels that sinned against the
government of God, 57
angels to add their own workmanship
to surface of, 60
became waste and empty as a
result of the sin of angels, 57-
58, 68, 76-77, 78
how sin entered, 70-71
not created waste and empty,
not initially a completed creation,
planet suffers cataclysm, 71
surface of, renewed for man,
to become universe headquarters,
based on memory training, 18
diffusion of , did not begin until
well after invention of printing,
emphasizes acceptance of what is
taught, 18-19
generally denies the invisible and
the spiritual, 27
has not taught who and what
God is, 2
has sought to erase the mystery
Subject Index 291
about God by giving virtual
unanimous acceptance to
theory of evolution, 1
in the days of the Greek philosophers,
in the Western world today, 27
knows nothing about the spiritual
nature of world evils, 86-87
materialistic, 27, 75
no longer considers the possibility
of a designed and planned
creation, 75
remains in utter ignorance of the
mystery of mankind and of
human civilization, 75
teaches nothing about spiritual
life and problems, 87
foretold by the prophet Malachi,
8, 267-268
one who prepares the way before
Christ’s Second Coming, 8
refers to John the Baptist as a
forerunner, 8
confession of, to be followed by
believing Christ, 4
of belief and conviction must be
confessed, 4
the most difficult matter for a human
being to admit, 4
elieved Satan, 29
was deceived by Satan, whereas
Adam was not, 90
wife of the first man Adam, 29
connection between contentious
attitudes and unseen world, 45
with angels, the second mystery, 3
agnostic’s explanation of a creation
without a Creator, 16
challenge on theory of, x
evolved in thinking, yet ignorant,
minds filled with intellectual
vanity, 2
invented in an effort to explain a
creation without a Creator, 2
positive proof of fallacy of, 16, 80
earth, the
at first was the abode of angels,
a gift of God, 17
began to be preached as a counterfeit
by the middle of the
first century A.D., 41-42
inspired by Simon Magus, 40
not one is right, 227
proclaimed to the world by a
counterfeit Christianity, 215
composed so far of only two
Persons, 39
will be composed, at the first
resurrection, of all who shall
become born sons of God, 39
will be composed of all who are
being filled and led by God’s
Spirit, 39
will rule all nations with the government
of God restored, 39
all will keep God’s festivals,
commanded forever, 156-157
reveal God’s master plan, 178-179
revealed to ancient Israel, 156-157,
brought worldwide termination
of early civilization, 56
intermarriage before, 114-115
a divine family since the begettal
of the Word as Jesus Christ,
33, 38-39, 44, 72
a kingdom from all eternity, 33
a law-giving family, 37-38
name of the Person we know now
as God the Father, 33
nature of, 36-37
no being less than, could be
relied on never to sin, 72
translated from Hebrew word
elohim, 72
a mystery not understood by any
religion, 2
author of government, 37-38
became the Father through the
begettal of the Word in the
flesh, 32, 33
created all things by Jesus Christ,
existed eternally with the Word,
from eternity a Personage in the
kingdom of God, 33
has form and shape, 35-36
his reality provable, 17
imparts life, 31
in absolute authority over all the
universe, 37-38
in history of higher education, a
mystery, 1
irrefutable proof found of the
existence of, 16
is Spirit, 32
is the great giver, 31
knowledge of became distorted,
not a Trinity, 31
not unfair, 99-100
reproducing himself, 72-73, 78,
124, 132
revealed only in the Bible, 29-30
truth about, is mystery number
one, 2-3
unexplained by science, 2
untaught by higher education, 2
was with the Logos in prehistory,
why deliberately coded his book,
why unreal to most people, 25,
Daniel knew, 228-230
false ones masquerade under
name of “traditional Christianity,”
for us today, 230-231
Jesus preached the kingdom of
God, 226
necessary to believe, 228
based on the laws of God, 38
both church and state, 258-260
has existed from all eternity, 37
is of necessity from the top
down, 37
is perfect when directly administered
by Christ, 254-258
never dictated by the governed,
on the international level, 262-
on the national level, 260-262
to supervise education and religion,
under the supreme command of
God, 37
a doctrine about the forgiveness
of sin, 40
turned by Simon Magus into
license to disobey God, 40
Subject Index 293
headquarters of the universe, 65
no man has ascended to, except
Jesus, 18
created simultaneously with the
earth, 35, 55
the whole material universe, 35
baptism of, 213-215
can enter and combine with the
human spirit, 86
no third Person of the trinity,
opens the human mind to understanding
the Word of God, 4
“Pentecostals” misunderstand,
“poured out,” 43-44
the power that responds and does
what Jesus commands, 34
truths of the bible revealed only
through the, 4
wrongly translated Holy Ghost, 31
national name for the northern
ten tribes, 139-140
not the same as the House of
Judah—therefore not Jewish,
almost universally assumes what
is believed, without question
or proof, 9
by itself cannot understand spiritual
truth, 131, 194-195
how functions, 80-81
incomplete without the spirit of
God, 85
not by nature equipped to manufacture
truth, 9
often embarrassed by the subject
of God, 29, 76
spiritual truth hidden from it
unless revealed by God, 9
how it originated, 90
not to disappear at once, 239-241
cannot of itself think, 81
cannot see, hear, taste, smell or
feel, 81
imparts the power of intellect to
the brain, 81
incredible human potential,
is designated to be entered by
and to be combined with the
Holy Spirit, 86-87
is not a soul, 81
makes possible a personal relationship
between human man
and divine God, 81
makes possible in man a direct
contact from the Spirit God,
provides the real value of a human
life, 83
without the Holy Spirit, lacks
spiritual discernment, 131
believes Satan, 26
blinded as to who, what and why
man is, xii
cut off from access to the Spirit of
God, except for the few who
are especially called, 92-93
does not know way of peace or
true values, 7
its number one concern today, 6
originally created a little lower
than angels, 48
passively hostile toward God, 29
receptive to the sway of Satan, 90
seems not to want to know the
most important knowledge, 25
why cut off from God, 98-99
why put on earth, 72-73
a free gift of God, 17, 90
by a resurrection, or by instantaneous
change at Christ’s
coming, 203-204
offered to Adam through the
symbolic tree of life, 89
birthright promises conditional,
136-138, 144-147
demanded a human king, 139
festivals given to; ordained forever,
fifth basic mystery, 3
fulfilling their role despite themselves,
her husband came to die for her
and proposed a new marriage
covenant, 131-132
married to God the Logos or
Word, not to God the Father,
punished seven prophetic times,
138, 140-141
racial intermarriage forbidden
to, 129-130
racially-nationally-religiously to
be separate, 134-135
split into two nations, 139-140
stole the tithe from God, 148
to become many nations in the
latter days, 128-129, 144-147
to demonstrate that the mind of
man, with its one spirit, could
not have spiritual discernment
without God’s Holy
Spirit, 131
type of the kingdom of God,
why called the Lost Ten Tribes,
beaten for our healing, 164-165
died painful and despicable
death, 165-166
is High Priest, 32-33
long-haired, semi-effeminate
picture of Jesus not intellectually
satisfying to rational
minds, 2
qualifies to replace Satan in
titanic battle, 168-170
spiritual Saviour, 166-167
to be earth ruler and king, 162-
was God, 163-164
was Melchisedec in Abraham’s
day, 32-33
was the Word in Person, 32,
why he came the first time,
why Pharisees opposed, 172-173
foretold by the prophet Isaiah,
prepared the way before the First
coming of the Messiah, 7
his descendants identified today,
his descendants to face sudden
destruction, 147-148, 152-153
his sons given the name “Israel,”
inherited the birthright, 136-137
ancient Israel a type of, 132-133
announced over 1,900 years in
advance, 8
government in the, 133-134
its laws originate and are handed
down from God, 37
Jesus’ gospel message, 3
the seventh basic mystery, 4-5
what is a kingdom, 231-232
Subject Index 295
humans must learn true, 4
humans must unlearn false, 4
can be summed up in one allinclusive
word, 38
death penalty of, paid in our
stead by Christ, 103
is spiritual, 38
love is the fulfilling of, 38
to be applied in principle, 38
engulfed in mysteries, 1
became flesh, 31
became the Son of God, 32
is a Personage, 32
is God as much as the Father is
God, 32
is the Word of God, 31
was not the Son of God from
eternity, 32
a created being, 63-65
an archangel or cherub, placed
on the throne of the earth, 56,
61-63, 106-107
became Satan the devil, 57, 60-
61, 70
name applied to Satan before his
rebellion, 56
name is a late Latin form of an
original Hebrew name meaning
“bringer of light,” 62
rebelled, 106
symbolically designated the king
of Tyre, 63-65
trained at universe headquarters,
what caused him and his angels
to sin, 66
his creation not yet completed,
is mortal, 83-84
lack spiritual life apart from the
gift of the Spirit of God, 86-87
leads a temporary physicochemical
existence, is kept alive
only by the oxidation of his
circulating blood, 115-116
made in the form and shape of
God, 46
mystery of, is third in order, 3
mystified by his inability to solve
his problems, xii
not merely the highest animal
species, 96
shares the same breath of life
with animals, 109
the male, not physically complete
without woman, 88-89
unable to find answers to perplexing
questions, x
what is he—in the vast expanse
of the universe? xi
why put on earth, 72-73
why the creation of, 67-68
abides a priest continually, 32-33
became Jesus Christ, 32
was “like unto the Son of God,” 42
was without beginning of days, 32
was without father or mother in
Abraham’s time, 32
after the, 269-272
could never, by himself, discover
the truths he wrote in the first
five books of the Bible, 9
did not seek God before he was
drafted into service, 10
concern lives of every human on
earth, 4
revealed in the Bible, 4
were purposely hidden until
modern times, 4
a just man and perfect in his
generations, 56
averted universal destruction of
all flesh, 56
perfect in his heredity and ancestry,
walked with God, 56
breaks out openly in days of
Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna,
exploded in days of Polycrates of
Smyrna and Victor, bishop of
Rome, 41
settled for traditional Christianity
by the authoritative leadership
of Emperor Constantine
in A.D. 325 at the Council of
Nicea, 41
Jesus revealed to him many spiritual
truths, 10
never would have come to know
God’s truths of his own will, 10
was instructed by Christ in
person, 10
chosen by Christ to be part of
foundation of the New Testament
Church, 171-172
name is a title designating leadership,
God in, 31-32
the kingdom of God in, 33
the Logos in, 31
with Roman Catholicism has
dominated the thinking of
the Western world, 2
a God composed of invisible
spirit not intellectually satisfying
to, 2
existence of God, as presented by
religion, is unacceptable to, 2
filled with vanity, 2
finds long-haired, semi-effeminate
picture of Jesus unsatisfying,
reasoned out self-satisfying,
materialistic explanations of
origins and life, 2
tries to evade the mystery of
the universe on the basis of
materialism, 2
unable, generally, to reconcile
new knowledge about the
universe with traditional
teachings of religion, 1-2
what it involves, 7
can only follow admission of being
wrong, 4
how Herbert W. Armstrong
came to, 20-23
involves admission of both
wrong doing and wrong
believing, 4
no one can have the Holy Spirit
without a complete, 4
each human being will live again
in one or another resurrection,
of the Great White Throne, 113
Subject Index 297
of the saints, 238
to judgment, 97
to life and immortality, 203
filled with idolatry because it did
not know who or what God
is, 28-29
final restoration, 232
its leaders suppressed the truth,
to be restored ten times—seven
of which would be ruled over
by a gentile church, 232-233
breaking it is rebellion against
God, 21
keeping it holy brought an
anathema, and punishment
from traditional Christianity,
a time order for, 167
closed off to humanity after Adam
and Eve stole the symbolic
fruit of the tree of knowledge
of good and evil, 93-94
is now the only day of, 100-101,
not merely “accepting Christ,”
now for only a minute few, 181-182
pictured by human reproduction,
through resurrection, 95-96
allowed to approach Adam and
Eve, 29
an invisible spirit being who
injects human minds with
hostile attitudes, 46
archkidnapper of all times, 90
broadcasts his attitudes to human
minds, 90
first recorded lie of, 96-97
has been winning a contest
between himself and God
according to traditional
Christianity, xiii
holds the world captive through
sin, 90-91
lied to our first parents, 29
master broadcaster, 110-111
originally a super archangel or
cherub, 47
removed at last!, 238-239
tries to destroy the Christ-child,
of Christ, 107-108
the last generation before, 107-108
to be preceded by the appearance
of an Elijah, 8
aspired to turn his pagan
religion, under the name
“Christianity,” into a universal
religion, 39-40
attempted to supplant the Christian
Passover with ceremonies
now called Easter, 41
leader of the Babylonian mystery
religion in Samaria, 40
sought to buy the power of apostolic
office, 40
turned the doctrine of grace into
license to disobey God, 40
and sexual promiscuity, 149-151
and “the new morality,” 149
given public acceptance today, 149
homosexuals, 150
the transgression of the law of
God, 55-57
wages of, brings death, 17
angels are, by creation, 46-47
shouted for joy at the creation of
the earth, 55
truly converted Christians shall
become born as, 44
Adam became a living, 17-18
can die, 17, 83-84
each animal is a, 18
is mortal, 80
is physical—formed from matter,
translation of the Hebrew word
nephesh, 18, 78
authority for, assumed to be in
the Bible, x
enforced by Council of Laodicea
in fourth century, 219-220
Herbert W. Armstrong challenged
on question of, x,
condition of restraint for sinning
angels, 56
referred to in only one passage in
all the Bible, 56
a counterfeit, 193-194, 215-217
an error of, merely to “accept
Christ,” 184-185
assumes a contest between God
and Satan, xiii
blinded to a time order for salvation,
deceived by Satan, xi, 210-211
does not understand the mystery
of God, 2
has generally denied God’s commandments,
one modern example, 160-161
says, generally, that God’s commandments
were nailed to
the cross, 5
seems not to have comprehended
the seven great mysteries, 4
source of its popular belief and
practices, 20
teaches that God is desperately
trying to “get the world
saved,” xiii
teaches that “whoever will may
come” and be “saved” now, xiii
why, cannot understand the Holy
Bible, 5
epitomizes human self-reliance,
forbidden to man, 88
represents the getting ways of the
present world, 252-253
symbolic of human-created
knowledge under Satan’s sway
and rejection of reliance on
God’s revealed knowledge, 93
freely accessible to Adam in the
Garden of Eden, 89-90
represents way of love and giving,
symbolic of immortal life, 89
a doctrine that destroys the very
gospel of Jesus, 39-40
a word not found in the Bible,
31, 42
by it Satan has deceived all traditional
Christianity, 39
false scripture added to Bible to
bolster doctrine of, 42-43
false teaching that limits God to
three Persons, 34
how introduced by Satan into
“Christianity,” 39
not supported in any early Greek
Subject Index 299
New Testament manuscript, 43
originated in the latter half of the
second century, 42
the doctrine of the great false
religion called “mystery
Babylon the great,” 39-40
could have saved humanity, if
acted upon, from threat of
annihilation, 6
explanation of, seldom found in
any one biblical passage, xii
like a jigsaw puzzle, xi-xiii
not able to be manufactured by
the human mind, 9
not to be generally understood
until latter half of twentieth
century, xii
revealed in the Bible, here a little,
there a little, 4
revealed only through the Holy
Spirit, 4
revealed to apostle Paul, xi
revealed to David, king of Israel, xi
whole world deceived about, xiii
latter half of, is time for spiritual
truth to be understood, xii
paradox of technological advancement
and appalling evils, vii
doing God’s commandments
results in, 5
created perhaps millions of years
ago, 55
has new beginning, 278-279
headquarters of, to be the earth,
to be renewed, 276-278
was a perfect creation as far as
its creation was a finished,
completed work, 55
definition of, 5
born of the virgin Mary, 32
composed of spirit in prehistory,
created angels before the creation
of matter, 35
divested himself of his glory as a
Spirit divinity, 31-32
means spokesman or revelatory
thought, 31
is a Personage who was made
flesh, 31
is the Logos, 31
is translated from the Greek
logos, 31
was begotten by God the Father,
in the womb of Mary, 32
was God, 31
was made God’s Son, 32
was not (yet) the Son of God in
prehistory, 32
was with God in prehistory, 31
cut off from God, 87-88
foundation of, 109-110
giving it up is like dying, 21
held captive by Satan through the
power of sin, 90-91, 109
how its evils developed, 119-120
punishment coming on all,
remains a mystery to most of
mankind, 1
sentenced by God to 6,000 years
of punishment, 92-93
a headquarters church in, 266-
education in 268-269
how it will come, 234-236
what it will be like, 235, 241-251

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life—from personal and family relationships to national
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