An End-Times book by Ronald Weinland

Rev 10:11

Chapter 3

PLEASE BEAR WITH ME at the beginning of this chapter, as I start this on a very personal level. I am not one who likes to talk about myself, especially when speaking about God, His Son, and His way of life. Too often when people talk about God, especially when it comes to preachers, or people who consider themselves to be especially religious, the tendency of human nature is to elevate oneself or one’s own self-importance before others. Doing such a thing is like the ultimate practice of “name dropping” in order to curry favor from others.

I detest such things and have, therefore, tended to swing to the complete opposite extreme, in an effort to make certain, as much as possible, that no attention is drawn to me. For over 34 years now, I have been a minister—a servant of God. It has always been a work and an honor that I have taken seriously and soberly, but also with a great sense of fulfillment, joy, and excitement. As a result, it has been my purpose to turn the attention of others to God and Jesus Christ, where it should be.

I have been blessed for a long time now to be able to readily recognize human nature. I fully understand that the only reason I have been able to see this so clearly is because I am experiencing exactly what was described in the last chapter about a new creation—another spiritual creation within the mind itself. This ability and others that I have been given come from what God has been giving me, as He and His Son work through the power of the holy spirit to transform—to completely change—my way of thinking.

As explained before, that process cannot be created by fiat from God; it cannot be instantaneously brought into existence. It requires the free will of the one to whom it is offered. It must be one’s own choice, and this individual must be filled with a strong desire to experience a complete change in life in one’s thinking, from the way of get to give, and from selfishness to outgoing love toward others.

Since 1969, I have been blessed to be one of those few, who throughout the past 6,000 years have actually been experiencing that creation and its power at work in my own mind. How can such an experience be shared with others so that they can begin to grasp and understand what I am saying? It is my deep conviction that what I am sharing will begin to resonate with many who will be given the help they need so that they can begin seeing what must now change in themselves and the whole world as God intervenes to change it.

That is why I am spending time explaining some of those things that have happened to me and the profound difference it has made on my way of thinking that is now in unity and oneness with God’s. This same process is what God is about to begin offering to the entire world, for all who are blessed to live on into the Millennium.

This “change” that I have experienced, and that others will begin to as well, is described by the first apostle to the gentile world, Paul, where he states, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be [become] you transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

The English word “transformed” comes from a Greek word that is used to describe this “change,” which is “metamorphoó.” This very word is the origin of another, “metamorphosis,” which is used in biology to describe a complete change in body and makeup that produces a butterfly.

This is an incredibly awesome verse in Romans. It is about that process of a new creation whereby God actually works over many years to help one’s mind become changed—transformed into something completely different in “how” one thinks and reasons.

Beginning of a Transformation

As I entered my teen years, the Vietnam War was being fought. It had been my dream during my early teens to become a commercial airline pilot, and at about age 15, I drove from northwestern Kansas, where I grew up, to the airport in Denver, Colorado, in an effort to find out what I could from any of the airlines about what I should realistically try to accomplish in order to better prepare for and fulfill that dream.

It was during that time that I learned that I needed to get a college education and that often a person could get “a head start” by joining the Air Force and becoming a jet pilot. And so that became my goal. I was in a hurry. I worked to graduate from our little high school in three years rather than the normal four years that were required. After this accomplishment, I then went to a local two-year college. It is what is classified as a junior college that offered an Associate of Arts degree and not a full degree of a four-year college or university.

Again, the Vietnam War was in full swing and constantly in the news. As I had just turned 17 when beginning college, I became aware of what was called ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). It was a program that one could apply for in some of the larger colleges and universities which would help pay for the last two years of college, while it also prepared one as a candidate to enter a branch of the military as a Lieutenant.

Even before I had decided I wanted to become a pilot, I had from my youngest memories always wanted to join some branch of the military. Before ever focusing on a definite goal to become a pilot, I had instead dreamed of making the military my career and of advancing as far as I possibly could. I not only thought of aspiring to become a general, I wanted to become a five-star general.

God’s Intervention

As a follow up to the last chapter, it is important to note that there is a way that God works in people’s lives to bring them to a moment in time when He offers them the opportunity to enter into a second creation. It is when God “calls” a person into that relationship where He will then work IN them—in their very mind to perform the first phase of that new creation. Over the past 6,000 years, God has only fully completed such a work in 144,000 people. God is not out madly trying to “save” the world as many in religion seem to think. If He were, He would not be doing a very good job, and God accomplishes what He sets out to do.

It is good to note here that the word that is most often translated as “calling” is from a Greek word that means “invitation.” When God begins to draw a person and reveal His truth and ways to them, He does so because that is the time that He is inviting a person to enter into a willing participation and work of a further creation in their life. It is one that is beyond physical existence, but one that potentially leads to spirit life in age-lasting existence.

These 144,000 are the ones whom God chose throughout that vast period of time and in whom He worked to perform a complete transformation in their mind and spirit essence. It is the first phase of that second creation that leads to the second phase where they then become spirit in body and composition. That does not happen for any until they are resurrected to meet Jesus Christ upon his return to earth to rule.

Each of these people had been worked with directly by God, as He helped them to change the way of their “natural” human selfish thinking and reasoning. Their thinking was changed to come into unity with God’s very thinking that is a matter of His very mind and being. It is a matter of coming into complete oneness of spirit with God through the power of His holy spirit that works in the mind. This is the first phase of the second creation.

It is only when this transformation has become complete that a person can then receive a resurrection to ever-lasting life that is spirit in composition. This is that second phase of the second creation.

Before someone can be “chosen” to receive that age-lasting life in a spirit body, and before the process of the transformation of the mind can even begin to take place, God must first “call” them, which is when He first offers them the opportunity to begin to “see” Him (spiritually) and His ways—His truth. God will begin to “draw” a person by His holy spirit and then only after, and upon their willing choice, He will begin to help their mind to change and come into spiritual oneness of mind with Him.

Many people believe they can simply choose to “accept God” and He will then “receive” them into a relationship with Him. That is not true on a spirit plane.

Jesus Christ stated that no one could come to him unless God the Father draw them (first). It is a matter of God’s calling and His personal involvement as to who it is with whom He will work. It is in God’s will and purpose to call whom He will and when He will call them.

Often, when God calls someone, that person must first be humbled before they will begin to truly listen to Him. Only when a person is of a humble enough spirit are they actually willing to listen to God. Otherwise, human nature simply resists.

Different things are stated about such a calling, but one scripture simply states, “many are called, but few are chosen.” Not all have embraced what God has offered to them because of their human pride, and many others, once they had initially accepted, became slack and did not pursue their calling as they should have, and they too became lifted up with a form of pride. God does not force a complete transformation of the mind on anyone. This creation can only occur as a matter of free choice and a continual great desire on the part of the one to whom God offers it.

The story of Job (in the Book of Job) is about this very thing. He had great pride and had to first be humbled before he would begin to truly listen to God. His story is of an individual who would have put all among mankind to shame when it came to his desire to serve God. On a human physical plane of obedience to God, he was a righteous man. But on a spiritual plane, he was not.

He was exceedingly committed and zealous in his worship and dedication toward God, but his motivation was one that was normal to human nature. It was selfish. He was not converted in the spirit in his mind. He went through the motions and practice of religious worship toward God, but he was filled with pride, self-sufficiency, self-accomplishment, and self-reliance. God then allowed Satan to take “everything” from Job, except his very life and wife. God used Satan’s attempt to get Job to curse God and His ways as a means to humble Job so that He could actually work with him on a spiritual plane. In the end, Job finally became converted and began to experience a transformation of his mind.

Confused and Uncertain

It is in such a manner that I was called, as God first humbled me over a period of several months through hardships and trials I first needed to experience so that I would listen.

While at college, I wasted no time in applying to an ROTC program geared for service to fly for the Air Force. I went to a location in Eastern Kansas to take tests for that program. In a few months, I had been told that I had been accepted and was to report to a specific location to enter a training program and then enter the university that fall after its completion. In my mind, I knew I was headed to Vietnam and I wanted to go. A good friend of mine had been drafted and he was already fighting there.

I believed that if I was going to fight there I had the opportunity to do so in a far better manner than just going into a battle with a rifle or machine gun, and I would have the bonus of being able to enter as a Lieutenant. I, candidly, had the thinking that if I am going to be involved in killing an enemy, one that the United States declared to be communist North Vietnam and the Vietcong, then I could inflict far greater harm on them by flying a jet that carried a tremendous amount of destructive killing power.

Let me add to this story that, although I was doing fairly well in those first two years of college as far as my education was concerned, I did not have my heart in the education, but in college party life. I worked at a couple of jobs to pay my way through college, but I wasted a lot of what I earned on partying and consuming alcohol, mostly beer, and a lot of it. Alcohol tends to lower inhibitions and it tends to create a more carefree, careless, unrestrained, wild, and immoral environment.

It would be good to add here as well that I had NO interest in religion at all. All that I do remember is that some of my friends were supposedly good Catholics, and some were Methodists or Lutherans. As for me, I did not have any real belief that God existed. Some had talked me into attending church services with them on occasion and even some young adult Bible studies.

Many of the kinds of questions I would come up with in those Bible studies had answers that were highly lacking and did not make much sense, as when they would try to explain the definition of “soul” and what happened to it at death. Although they believed in such things, they had no real meaningful definitions to explain their beliefs. This is the way it always was concerning nearly every subject discussed, so I simply quit, as I had no interest anyway.

The only hint of a religious belief that I had at that time was that “if” there was a God, then He likely used evolution and a “big bang” to accomplish what He did in creation. Beyond that, I really didn’t think He existed and life was the here and now.

That began to change over a period of one year, beginning while I was yet 18 (and about to turn 19) toward the end of my sophomore year. I experienced four things that were closely bunched together over about a two-month period that proved to have a pretty hard impact on my life. The year that followed these four events started out as being very unsettling but changed dramatically toward the end.

Let me interject here that if all these things had not happened to me with the kind of hard impact they had on my life, I would not have listened when God began to “call” me. It is typical that when a person begins to be “called” by God to be given opportunity of a “new creation,” most often they must first be humbled.

Only when a person is of a truly humble heart and mind can God work with them. Pride must first be knocked down through difficult experiences, hardships, and trials. If one is not humbled, the tendency is to resist and refuse God, and simply not listen to Him.

I am not 100 percent certain of the exact sequence of these events, but I believe this to be the order of how this all unfolded. Regardless, it still had the impact it did, which is what is important here.

Everything seemed to be going exceptionally well up to this point. I was graduating with the Associate of Arts degree and getting ready to enter my final two years of college while in an ROTC program at a university in eastern Kansas, and all with the hope of becoming a pilot in the Air Force. In addition to all of that, things were going so well that I believed I would be able to continue with my current plans and become married at the same time. So I became engaged.

Then one day, I received horrible news from home. The friend of mine in Vietnam had just been killed. It cut me to the core. I was highly distraught and deeply struck by how unfair life was. Here was a young man just beginning in life and it was taken from him. It seemed so very senseless, and the cost of it stirred up questions of how the war was being fought and whether the U.S. was engaged in a war that was really going to make any difference in the world.

This was my first real experience with the death of anyone close to me. For the first time I began to wonder what life is all about. Is there anything beyond this? From what I could see, life seemed rather futile. Yes, I was shaken, rattled, and in shock over this experience. I was so distraught that I remember an aunt of mine giving me a couple of Valium tablets that helped to numb my senses that first day.

For whatever reason, it seemed that this experience began to help me start looking at my future in a little different way than I had before, although still only slightly. That, in turn, began to be somewhat of a battle in my mind, because I knew that I had certain goals and that those things seemed to be on track. But “how” I was living had really never been a consideration, and I saw that there were things not good about it.

Over the next six months, this battle grew as I went back and forth with giving into my own human nature and continuing in the “party life,” and then realizing things needed to change in my life in “how” I was living it. I simply didn’t know where to go with my life next or how to address some of what I was beginning to see and feel.

During that six-month period, I was actually rather lost. I was frustrated with things that I was beginning to see around me in how people actually treated one another and in how I had been treating many around me. I was beginning to “see” my selfishness and I did not like it. The matter of my friend being killed helped bring some of this thinking to light as I thought about how life seemed so very unfair because of what happened to him. Life was here, and then life was gone; the experience of it had ended for him.

So, I went from realistic moments where I could clearly see what was before me, and at other times, I went ahead and gave into my carnal human nature and went right back to drinking, partying, and just living selfishly.

Around a week after the funeral of my friend, when I was a little more lucid and able to be more pragmatic and realistic about getting married and where that marriage would lead, I realized it was foolish, not a good mix, and didn’t hold prospects for a very good future for either one of us. So I called off the engagement just two weeks after I had become engaged.

Both the funeral and that short engagement over such a short period of time was hard. I was hurting, and I was hurting others. I did not like what I saw in my nature. Shortly after this, I wrecked my 1966 Mustang convertible. One night, while only about seven miles from getting back to where I was living near the college, I fell asleep and began to veer off the road. Immediately, I was startled awake, and in front of me was a bridge. It was too late to do anything, so the car simply struck the bridge and it was hurtled into the air, flipping it end over end two and a half times. It is likely that the only reason I was not killed is because upon hitting the bridge, I was thrust to the floorboard of the car where I rode out the entire wreck.

The car frame was literally bent in half at nearly a 90-degree angle. The salvage of $300 was enough that I was only able to find one car in the area that seemed to be a decent value for that amount. It was a 1959 Volkswagen. For a young man of that age who had one of the nicer cars in the entire college, it was a very humbling experience to now be driving that VW.

Another thing that began to affect my thinking, due to the wreck, was what happened right after. Probably because of the mild concussion I received, I can vaguely remember walking away from the wrecked car and up to a farmhouse that was right next to the area of the bridge that I hit. When I walked up to the house, a farmer living there met me at the door and told me he would drive me to the hospital. I was bleeding a great deal from my head because an eight-track stereo player in the car had broken loose and had been tumbling around on the floor board and beating me about the head, and as a result, cut it in several places. That was one beating I really needed, as it literally helped to begin knocking some sense into me, although still very slowly.

As we got in his truck, he slowed down as we were passing the wrecked car and he asked me a question that actually terrified me for a moment. He asked me if anyone else was in the car. For a moment, that really struck fear in me because I thought that maybe there was, and what a horrifying thing if I had killed someone. As we were about to stop and check, it suddenly just came to me that no one had been with me.

The fourth event that I experienced, before all this was over, was that the military sent me a letter and let me know that I was not to report that summer to the camp where I had been assigned to attend the ROTC training. I called a Major whose name was on the form and he simply stated that he had no record of this, but that if I had received the letter, then I should abide by it. I could not find out from anyone what had happened, but that basically ended my hope of entering the Air Force and of ever becoming a pilot.

God’s Calling

There was one more event that happened about six months later that finally helped me to get hold of my life. I was going back and forth between partying and that of extreme frustration about “how” my life was going and “how” I was living it. I did not like myself very much at that point, as I was beginning to see the truth of my human nature being one of selfishness. It was something I was blinded to before, but now I was beginning to clearly see it in depths that I did not like. It is not easy for any person to see themselves and their selfishness in a kind of mirror that reflects it back to them. Yet it is something that indeed all must eventually come to see. If not, then one will never recognize it for what it is nor be able to make the choice of continuing in that way or seeking help to change it.

As that first six-month period drew on, I gradually became immersed back into partying and drinking a lot. The college that I had chosen to attend had a strong party life associated with it and a very high ratio of beer consumption to student enrollment. It wasn’t a good environment for me and I easily gave into it. A custom of several of my friends and myself was that on Friday afternoon after classes we would go to a place that always had a band playing music for dancing, and there was a lot of beer consumption by students that were eager to get a head start on the weekend. It seemed that most were always highly intoxicated by 6 PM.

On one particular afternoon, I was in a rather somber mood. It was one of those times when I was seeing human nature full blown—both in myself and in others. It wasn’t pleasant. I wasn’t in a drinking mood because of this nor did I even care to dance, which was very unusual for me. There was a moment that was about to occur when this ability to see the ugliness of selfishness hit an all-time high. It was when I looked out on the dance floor at the person I had brought with me. She was dancing with another person, and I saw something that I had never seen.

As I watched, I saw something in her that reflected an ugly part of selfish human nature. She didn’t even acknowledge the person with whom she was dancing. It was as though he wasn’t even there. Yet he was doing the same thing toward her. Her demeanor was simply one of self-indulgence. She was in love with herself and how well she could dance. I looked around and saw this same thing so clearly in others. People were in love with themselves as though they were the best dancers on the floor, and not only that, but they seemed to want others to notice this about them. That was the spirit. They loved themselves and the dancing was all about themselves and whether others were noticing them.

The reason this was striking me so hard is that I saw myself. I was that way. It was ugly. Our human nature is such that we tend to really have a love affair with self. We pamper self, lift up self, give into what self wants, and want self to be seen by others as being far more important and better than we are. It is a spirit that cries out, “I want others to recognize (to see) how good I am.”

I became so sickened by what I saw, and of what I knew was in me, that I excused myself and went back to my dorm room. We had arrived at the dance at about 3:30 PM and I was now leaving at about 5 PM. This is something I would never have dreamed of doing before, but I was filled with disgust about my own nature, and the way of thinking that I was now able to see so clearly within me.

Upon returning to my dorm room and thinking about these things for a while, I did something that I had not remembered doing since I was a young child; I prayed, and I basically stated that I did not know, but if He (God) did exist, I asked that He might show me, and to then help me to hear (listen to) whatever it was that I needed to know.

It was directly after that prayer that I went down to a recreation room in the dorm where some of the people generally gathered after the dance before going out again for the rest of the night. I was talking to some of my friends and meeting some others whom I didn’t know. One was a football player that I knew of, but hadn’t yet met. As I began to talk to him, it was quite clear that he was drunk out of his mind. He suddenly began cursing at me from out of nowhere. I turned and shrugged my shoulders at some friends in a gesture of not knowing what this was all about.

As I began to turn back toward him, I had not seen that he had already reached way back and was now on an upward swing with his arm, his fist clenched tight, and on a collision course with my jaw.
I barely saw the last moment of that swing before his fist struck. The force of it spun me around and nearly knocked me over. My body was bent half way over with me looking straight down at the floor. Immediately, I could see that blood was gushing out of my mouth and onto the floor.

I turned away to go upstairs to my room where I could get cleaned up. I had several people following me and wanting to take me to the hospital. I said no, but suddenly feeling started coming back, and I realized I could not close my mouth. My jaw had been broken in two places at about two inches (5 cm) apart. That two-inch section was totally dislodged from the rest of my jaw and was protruding forward somewhat, just enough to prevent my mouth from fully closing.

At that point, I took them up on their offer and left immediately for the hospital. A dentist had to be called in and they took me to his office that night to have my mouth wired closed. It took ten weeks of drinking through a straw before the wires and braces could be removed.

Needless to say, my mouth had been shut and I was ready to listen. It was at this point that I began to make some big changes in my life, and I started thinking differently about the direction it was going. I started making changes to how I had been living, and I quit my party life and excessive drinking. I was beginning to “see” more clearly the kind of things that I needed to do to make real improvement in my life, and I had the willingness to do so. The selfishness became less and less, and I began to be more caring toward others. I slowed down immensely from my normal more aggressive, boisterous, and wild manner of living.

It was just a few months after the jaw had healed and my new way of living had become more established within me that I returned to my hometown where I was going to work for the summer. I needed to make enough money in order to return and continue in my senior year of college. I arrived home at about 10 PM that evening.

Before continuing in telling what happened that evening as I sat down to listen to some things my dad wanted to tell me, a little side story about my home life might help shed more light on why I was rather surprised that he even wanted to talk to me, let alone because of the subject matter.

Our family was rather dysfunctional as I grew up. My younger brother, sister, and I did not have much to do with each other. I was the oldest. We each grew up rather on our own, as we basically were left to take care of ourselves. We were each given chores (work to do) that had to be done each day, and we learned to make sure that we did them. A second brother was not born until I was 10, so he wasn’t around during those particular years. When I finally left home, he was only about 6 years old, so I never got to know him very well as he grew up.

Around ages eight through twelve, my workload was pretty big. During the summer we did custom hay baling. I remember learning to drive a tractor at age eight. It was an old John Deere and it had one basic gear for forward, slow travel. A large floor mounted lever had to be moved forward and then the tractor would as well. It was very simple operating. The gas throttle is the only thing that changed the speed, which had a maximum of about 5 miles per hour. At that time, I drove the tractor as it pulled a circular moving rake that would gather alfalfa from off the ground after it had been cut and left a while to dry, and the rake would then put it in a row so that a baler could come along to pick it up and make bales.

However, before going to work in the fields, chores had to be done, as well as when we returned. These same chores had to be done before and after school. We generally had three to six cows that needed to be milked (by hand) in the morning and in the evening. After completing the milking, I would use a hand-cranked separator to separate the cream from the milk, which left skim milk that would then be fed to several sows (female pigs) that were pigging (having baby pigs).

We generally had some sheep to tend to, although it took little work to care for them. The cows had to be fed. But the hardest job was feeding all the pigs, of which we had the most of out of all the livestock. We generally had anywhere from fifty to a hundred pigs, and although I may be mistaken, I believe we got up to about two hundred pigs that we were raising. Throughout the year there were always some sows that were having baby pigs. These had to be kept in separate pens during that period, and obviously, had to be fed separately each day as well.

The hardest part of these chores involved carrying water from a tank where the water had to be hauled in by a truck, since we did not have running water until about the time we moved from this home. Before that, I had to carry a five-gallon (19 liter) bucket full of water in each hand back and forth between the tank and troughs used to water the hogs. This took many trips back and forth to a few different troughs. If you have never lifted a five-gallon bucket of water (or two) you might try it some time, and then you would certainly have a much better appreciation of this part of the story. If you do this, make sure that you carry them for at least a hundred feet. For a child, this was a pretty hard job.

The summer was the worst, as these swine had to have much larger volumes of water at that time. I really learned to dislike hogs. My only regret is that my dad didn’t learn much quicker that pork is in the “unclean” category for use as food. God has given clean meats that mankind’s body was designed to be able to digest and be nourished by, while others were not created for human consumption at all and are unclean. It is clear that the world doesn’t really care what God says, even about the foods one should eat and should not eat.

When putting up hay in the summer, we often bailed a few thousand bales. That too was an incredibly hard job, because during most of those years, we did it by hand. We would pick the bales off the ground and throw them up on a truck and stack them for hauling to a different location, where we would once again throw them off the truck and stack them onto larger stacks.

I mention some of these things because it was not something that was done in balance, but something that I was given to do most always on my own when it came to the care of the livestock. My brother was three years younger, and in time, some of these things began to fall upon him as well. This environment was not very balanced for a child, which led to some of the dysfunction in our family life.

Although it was not given in balance, I did develop a very strong work ethic and am thankful for that, as it seems today that young people are not even given the simplest of chores or responsibilities. As a result, they do not develop a work ethic and this is shown readily in today’s work force.

This has been a kind of overview to show that which created a dysfunctional home life that had little interaction, but it did have a lot of work. So when I returned home one summer to work in the area, it was rather a shock to me that my dad wanted to talk, because the truth is, we rarely spoke much to each other as I was growing up, unless it was about work.

Upon arriving, my dad wanted to go to the kitchen and talk to me about some literature he had been reading which excited him. I sat down and began to listen to him talk about God and some of the things he had been reading. All this rather floored me because he had never mentioned God the whole time I was growing up unless it was to use His name while cursing. So I listened.

He had received this material from the Worldwide Church of God, and everything that he had been reading was written by Herbert W. Armstrong, whom I later came to “see” and believe was an apostle of God. My dad spoke of numerous things he had been reading, and some of those same things are referred to in this book as well. He had been reading about how the time we were living in was an end-time for mankind’s 6,000-year rule on earth and that Christ was going to return at the end of this period to establish a new era. Other things he spoke about concerned the kinds of deception that existed in religion and laws of God that had been ignored by traditional Christianity, as well as prophecies concerning the United States and Europe, and WWIII.

There is no other way to describe this but to say that I did not need to read any of this myself, though I did later, but I knew it was all true. Knowledge, truth, and much understanding were suddenly flooding into my mind as though I had always known it. It was that powerful and that real. I then began to read that literature myself and much more material. As I read more of Mr. Armstrong’s writings, the same thing was happening as I was reading. It was an incredible and fascinating thing to experience.

In time, I learned what I had been experiencing. It is part of what was described in the previous chapter. It is the way God communicates to the human mind. He can pour out His holy spirit and reveal the true meaning and even spirit meaning of His word directly to the spirit essence that is in the mind of a person simply upon a person hearing or reading His word. However, at first I did not know what I was experiencing. On one weekend shortly after this, we had a few of our relatives visiting us and I began to share some of what we had been learning.

At first, there was some interest because they had never heard such things, and knowing me they were probably a little surprised, and therefore, a little more willing to listen, just as I had been to my dad. However, as I tried sharing what I believed to be incredibly exciting, I soon learned that others did not think the same way. Not only that, but it was becoming evident that some disliked it a great deal. It took me a little while to learn that they couldn’t “see” what I had been given. That is because only God can give it.

Ability to “See” Truth

It would be good at this point to explain how one has the ability to “see” truth. The human mind cannot receive God’s word and truth through its own ability, reasoning, and studying. It is God’s alone to give, and no one can receive it unless He gives it, as it is spiritual in nature. God’s holy spirit is the only thing that makes His word come alive, which then gives one the ability to actually “see” the truth contained in those things that have been written.

Otherwise, as people look into God’s word contained in scripture, they simply come up with their own ideas, beliefs, and interpretations that are the result of their own studies, thinking, and reasoning.

That is why so many organizations exist today that call themselves Christian, and they have come up with all kinds of doctrines and beliefs that really do not exist in scripture. People tend to read their own ideas into what is being said. God’s word makes it clear that there is only one truth, one way, one gospel (good news revealed from scripture), one Church, one faith and belief that is true. Human nature does not like this truth, and generally, becomes defensive and often belligerent towards such a “suggestion.”

But it isn’t a suggestion, it is the truth. Who is right? Why so many differing doctrines and why don’t they agree with one another in all those varying organizations? There are many doctrines and beliefs within traditional Christianity that are in direct opposition with one another, but no one seems too concerned that there is only one God, one truth, one Church, and one faith, although God says so over and over again.

This ability to “see” what is true is what Paul describes in his first letter to the Corinthians. He begins by explaining that mankind has not yet been able to receive the things that God has prepared (planned) for them, except for those who have been called by Him.

“But God has revealed it [His word—those things not yet given to mankind in knowledge and understanding] unto us [the Church] by His spirit [the holy spirit], for the spirit searches all things, yes, and the deep things that are of God. For what things can a man know except by the spirit in man [the spirit essence placed in the mind of every human] which is in him?” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11a)

It is stating here that a person can only know and learn things that are on a physical plane. That is because of the spirit essence God has given every person that gives them the ability of memory, thinking, and reason that is possible only within the physical realm in which they live. Mankind was not given an ability to know what is spirit or spiritual of and by himself.

“Even so, the things of God, no man can know, but by the spirit of God” (verse 11b).

Paul is stating that the ways, truth, and word of God cannot be known by a person unless God first gives His holy spirit to them so that they can “see.”

“Now we [the Church] have not taken hold [accepted, received] the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is of God, so that we might [be able to] know the things that are freely given to us by God, which things we can then communicate [to or with others], but not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches [not of man’s interpretation, study, or reasoning], but that which the holy spirit teaches by combining [Gk.-comparing, building upon] spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man [human nature at the core of human reasoning] does not accept the things of the spirit of God, as they are foolishness unto him. Neither can he know it, because it is [it is only] spiritually discerned” (vs. 12-14).

Back to My Story

These things being given to me that I could now “see” were happening at the beginning of the summer of 1969, just as I had now turned 20. The things I continued reading led me to deeper convictions of what I knew I wanted to live. I knew that it was a right way of life and the only true way of life that mankind was supposed to be living. My thinking about many things began to change, especially after I became baptized and received God’s promise of His spirit that would continually dwell or live within me, within my mind, to accomplish a new creation in me.

Many will experience some of the same kind of things that I have. When God begins to give one the opportunity to “see” what is true for the first time in their life, then they are confronted with many challenges and choices that have to be made. It isn’t easy and it is not intended to be. It is simply that human nature just resists God and that is not an easy thing to come to grips with, let alone to begin to change. However, that is the choice every person must make once God begins to draw them and reveal truth to them that they have never known.

For those who continue forward and choose God’s way, they will experience much of what I did those many years ago.

One of the first things that began to change in my mind was a realization that I needed, and wanted, to begin honoring God’s annual Holy Days and weekly Sabbaths. I determined that I would never work on any of God’s Sabbaths, weekly or annual, which is what He commands. This led to much more that God would begin revealing to me about His way of life.

One of the reasons I spoke of this story about my wanting to become a pilot in the Air Force and my desire to kill and destroy as much of the enemy as I could is because of the dramatic change that followed my calling by God.

The way that I had thought about killing and war changed quickly. I went from wanting to kill as many Vietcong and North Vietnamese as possible to becoming a conscientious objector to the military. That is quite an extreme swing from one way of thinking to another, and one that many consider cowardice. However, it is really far from that.

Some may think that the change in thinking toward war and the military took place because of the death of my friend. That is not the case at all, because after that, my desire grew even stronger to be a pilot and have the ability to kill more of an enemy that I knew was responsible for the death of my close friend. It was God that changed my thinking through the power of His holy spirit. If He hadn’t, my thinking would have remained the same.

War is a way of the world, as it is the only way within mankind’s system to try to keep some kind of control on people and nations that seek only to conquer and destroy others, as Hitler was doing during WWII. However, many wars are simply a matter of others seeking to exert greater control over nations for selfish motivation, and often for economic reasons. The Vietnam War was senseless. It really achieved no real purpose.

Make no mistake, what is being said here about war and the military is in no way a slander to those who do not know God’s complete plan and way of life that all should be living. On a physical plane, there are many who enter military service who have given great sacrifice, been heroic, displayed incredible acts of valor, and exercised other attributes of character that are noble. It is just that these things are futile in the kind of world we live.

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East region are futile. There is no way to ensure peace for those who live there. They think differently than Americans or Europeans—quite differently. People just don’t seem to be able to actually grasp something that is so basic; you cannot “give” peace or “control” peace for those who do not want it.

The UN estimated that by the end of 2014 there had been 59.5 million people displaced worldwide by conflict and war. The civil war in Syria alone accounted for 11.6 million of that total. Syrian refugees are now numbered at 3.9 million and Afghanistan is second with 2.6 million refugees. The world is truly sick.

Military service is glamorized, even in toys and video games, and advantage is taken of patriotism, as politicians play with people’s lives in such a truly hideous manner. The truth and shame of such a thing should be seen in how those in the military are so easily discarded after they have completed their service. In large part, they are forgotten. The medical follow-up and care of veterans is atrocious and beyond reprehensible. Far too many end up suffering mental and psychological problems the rest of their lives. Far too many actually end up homeless and are forgotten as well.

What about the toll in death, dismemberment, lifetime illnesses, disabling injuries, broken homes, fatherless or motherless children, widows or widowers, and so much more that is included in the horrible and hideous cost of war? Over the past 70 years, have wars made the world any better? Or have they actually exacerbated the problems that already existed? If indeed such wars are noble and honorable, where is the honor due that is shown to those who have shown honor in service? Instead, they have become so quickly forgotten.

God revealed to me the futility, arrogance, destruction, politics and manipulation, as well as the simple evil of war. Thankfully, God is going to now stop mankind from waging any more senseless wars after this next war, WWIII, as that will be the last one. God will allow NO MORE! The next 1,100-year period will be one of peace, true peace, and not the peace of mankind.

These things that were beginning to change rapidly for me, as God was calling me, were only the beginning of a life long journey in a process whereby God has been working to create a different mind within me. It is one that is continually being brought into greater unity, agreement, and oneness with Him and His ways of life. I “and others like me” am by no means perfect, but incredible changes have taken place in the way I think.

Ministers and the Church

As I mentioned in the beginning of this chapter, I have not been one who likes to have the focus on me, and therefore, have generally steered clear of talking about myself. Yet because of what God has given me to do, I am supposed to speak about some of these things that God and Christ have done in my life and what they are doing now.

In addition to God inviting (calling) a person to take part in a new creation that is spiritual and leads to becoming spirit, God also calls some of those whom He has invited to become ministers to serve those whom He calls. In 1981, I was ordained as a minister in God’s Church. At that time, Herbert W. Armstrong was the earthly head of God’s Church, under the Church’s head, who is Jesus Christ. Herbert W. Armstrong was an apostle.

But what is an apostle? That really needs to be answered because this should scream out to people about the identity of God’s Church. Is it possible there is only one, one Church alone that is God’s? You need to answer that openly and truthfully.

You probably have never heard of apostles, except in the context of the original twelve apostles who first led God’s Church once it was formed in 31 AD. Such knowledge has become lost to the world, even in these simplest of things.

There are different levels of service within the structure of the ministry in God’s Church. An apostle is the highest of these. In
1 Corinthians 12:28, it states the order that exists in the ministry as “first apostles, secondarily prophets, and thirdly teachers.” Ephesians 4 speaks of this order in a little different manner as it lists “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.” All of these are actually teachers, but those specifically listed as teachers are often organized differently according to the needs of the Church and the service needed at a specific time or place.

You may have heard some of the other terms used in traditional Christianity, such as pastors or even evangelists, although very few have ever used the term prophet. However, there is no one that uses the term apostle, except for God’s Church.

Most people are familiar with terms like pastor, preacher, father, reverend, etcetera. Usually these are used as titles such as Reverend So-and-so, Father So-and-so, or Pastor So-and-so. Yet the New Testament does not reveal such a structure that includes a description of reverend or father as traditional Christianity uses, and no such descriptions are ever used as titles. Those which are mentioned, as in Ephesians and in 1 Corinthians, are simply job descriptions, but they are not titles and have never been accepted as such by God’s Church throughout its entire history.

It is very interesting to note one of the first things Jesus Christ had to say about using such descriptions as titles when addressing someone: “But don’t you be called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ, and all of you are brothers [spiritually, each member of the Body of Christ, the Church], and call no man your Father upon the earth for one is your Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 23:8). In other words, no one should have a religious title before their name like Rabbi, Father, or Reverend, nor be addressed in such a manner. No man is Father, and no man is Reverend.

This should begin to raise some questions about some very, very basic beliefs and practices that are clearly against Christ’s own instruction. Why is that? Does it not matter what he said? Is this important to God that we listen and do as His Son instructs?

This is actually where questions do need to begin to be asked. This is what can begin to lead a person to where God is actually working and with whom He is working. It would be good at this stage to point out another important feature that is also an identifying sign of those whom God has been inviting (calling) into a relationship with Him to become a new creation.

In his prayer on Passover night, just before he would be betrayed, bound, severely whipped and then killed by those of Judaism of that time and by the government that ruled the region, Jesus Christ expressed something important to his Father. “Holy Father, keep through your own name those you have given me, that they may be one as we are” (John 17:11).

This is exactly what God has done. He has kept all who have been and are now given to Christ in His own name, the Church of God. Notice that name that was used to describe those whom God called and delivered to the care of Jesus Christ:

“Peter therefore was kept in prison, but earnest prayer was made without ceasing of [by] the Church of God for him” (Acts 12:5).

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the Church of God which is at Corinth...” (1 Cor. 1-2). Paul was not one of the original twelve, but was called to be an apostle to the gentile world at that time.

So those whom God has called have been kept in His name, the Church of God! It wasn’t named after a man like the Lutheran Church or the Wesley Church. It wasn’t named after some doctrine like the Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists, or Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was never referred to in scripture as the Catholic Church, Methodist Church, Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Church of the Latter Day Saints, or by any other of the thousands of names that organizations have come up with to identify themselves and their specific beliefs.

Does any of this matter to you? Is this important? This may be a big mirror that you are looking into right now as you have to make a choice as to whether you believe this is important to God, and important to you, or not.

Passover of 31 A.D.

From the beginning, there has only been one Church. It began on Pentecost of 31 A.D. This Church has not only kept the name that God gave it, the Church of God, but it also knows the truth of Christ’s death and resurrection. Other churches that call themselves Christian, which began hundreds of years after Christ, do not know the truth surrounding all Jesus Christ actually fulfilled and how he fulfilled it through his death. It is important to grasp what happened on Passover of 31 A.D. from the beginning, which then led up to the establishment of the Church on Pentecost of that year.

In 31 A.D., after Jesus Christ fulfilled the role of the Passover by dying for all mankind on that exact day (Passover), he was put into the heart of the earth, into a tomb, right at sundown on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday). Jesus Christ had stated that the ONLY SIGN that he would give to the world that he was the prophesied Messiah is that he would remain in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. He said it would be for the same time that Jonah was in the bowels of the great fish.

This is another account of sheer ignorance on the part of traditional Christianity, which teaches that Jesus Christ was killed late on Friday afternoon, placed in the tomb right at sundown, and was then resurrected on Sunday morning. That is a lie! Do the math. Even if you counted all day Friday as the first day, although it was just minutes before sundown when he was placed in the tomb, and then add to that all day Saturday, then you only have two days and not three as Christ said there would be. Biblical scholars are not so scholarly or genuine in how they address these discrepancies.

These scholars suggest that you can count the few minutes of daylight on Friday, all day Saturday, and then the first rays of the morning on Sunday as the fulfillment for three days. That is quite a mathematical feat, but even that isn’t true and not what happened. Of course, they do have a problem by only being able to count Friday night and Saturday night, since that only gives two nights. How can they justify that and say it fulfills what Christ said about being in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights?

There may not be time to go more fully into this in the book, so I’ll simply give a true overview of the actual events that happened when Christ died.

First, it would be good to give a short overview of how the Jews kept the weekly Sabbath of God on the 7th day of the week (Saturday) and how they observed all the annual Holy Days which are annual Sabbath observances. There is the “weekly” Sabbath on the 7th day (Saturday) and seven “annual” Sabbaths (Holy Days) during the year.

No work was done on these Sabbaths, and they were observed from sundown to sundown. For a few thousand years, time had been kept in this manner with a day starting at sundown on one day and ending at sundown on the next day, unlike how it is kept today, with a new day starting at 12:00 midnight. For example, the weekly Sabbath would start after sundown on the 6th day of the week (Friday) and end on the 7th day of the week (Saturday) at sundown.

This method of how they counted a “day” from sundown to sundown is necessary to understand because it points to important timing that took place around the events of Jesus’s death. It is also good to note that Passover, which started at sundown, was an appointed time for observance, but was not a holy convocation, not a Holy Day, and not an annual Sabbath, therefore, work was permitted on that day.

We are now returning back to the account of the actual events that happened when Christ died.

Passover that year in 31 A.D. began at sundown on the 3rd day (Tuesday) of the week, which was then the start of the 4th day of the week. Jesus Christ was taken in the night of the Passover on that 4th day, arrested, and given a trial. He was later whipped so severely that it states he was not even recognizable. The only way the Jews could have him convicted and sentenced to death was to threaten Pontius Pilate, prefect (governor) of Judaea, by saying that Jesus had claimed to be a king. Pilate was determined to let him go free, but then relinquished to the Jews because of their threat.

“From that moment forward, Pilate sought to release him [Jesus Christ], but the Jews cried out, saying, If you let this man go, then you are not Caesar’s friend, for whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar” (John 19:12).

Jesus Christ died in the late afternoon on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday) just before sunset. Another myth of traditional Christianity is that Christ died on a cross. He did not! The Greek word translated as “cross” into English in scripture is not a word for “cross,” but for a “pole” or “stake.” This becomes very important concerning events that surrounded Jesus Christ’s actual death.

Toward the end of the 4th day (Wednesday), which was the daytime portion of Passover, a Holy Day (the first day of Unleavened Bread) was going to begin at sundown. Since an annual Sabbath was going to begin right after Passover that day at sundown, the Jews wanted to get the dead bodies down and buried so that no work was done on that annual Sabbath.

In John, it states that in the mid-afternoon on Passover day, a soldier had come by and pierced Jesus Christ in the side with a spear, and out came water and blood. He died at that time by spilling his blood to the earth. This too was prophetic fulfillment, as the Passover lambs had to have their blood spilled on the ground, and Christ was going to fulfill that observance once and for all by becoming the Passover for all mankind by having his blood spilt upon the earth.

Since an annual Sabbath was going to begin at sundown, and the Jews wanted the bodies down and buried, soldiers went by to break the legs of the thieves and of Christ. You can read these different accounts on your own that are recorded in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The soldiers broke the legs of the two thieves, but when they came to Christ, they marveled that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs, thus fulfilling another prophecy that stated there would not be a bone broken in Christ’s body.

Why did the soldiers come by to break the legs of the thieves? What did this have to do with their being able to take the bodies down to bury them before sunset?

It is because very soon after one’s legs are broken, when the body is in a certain position, death occurs. If the thieves’ arms had been stretched out on a cross, nothing would have happened to them once their legs were broken. They would have continued living until they simply died from lack of food and water, which would have taken much longer than half a day.

Before explaining further, just stretch out your own arms as if you were nailed to a cross, and then consider the effect it might have on the human body if the legs were broken. If you were hanging there with your arms stretched out wide, from side to side, would this make a difference in any bodily function? No.

Now, put your arms over your head with your hands overlapping each other, as though one spike was driven through both hands together above your head. Do you notice anything different from before? Consider what that might be like if all your weight is pulling you down. When someone is stretched out in such a manner on a pole, with one spike driven through both hands, and their feet in the same manner below them, what effect do you think this might have on the body if one’s legs are then broken?

The answer is that they would lose their ability to breathe. They would suffocate. Before one’s legs were broken in such an execution, they had the ability to push themselves upward so that they could continue breathing. However, when the legs were broken, they could no longer do so and would suffocate. Therefore, the soldiers came by and broke the legs of the two thieves so that they would die well before sunset. The legs of Christ were not broken because he was already dead.

Nevertheless, traditional Christianity insists on holding to the story of an execution that was carried out on a cross. The reason the story changed over time to the cross being the means of Christ’s death will be covered later, along with “why” they have perpetuated such a lie.

Christ’s Burial and Resurrection

As previously stated, Christ died in the late afternoon on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday) just before sunset. They took him down from the pole and placed him in a rich man’s tomb. As soon as they had placed him in the tomb, it became sundown and the annual Holy Day of the first day of Unleavened Bread, an annual Sabbath, began.

Now Christ was to remain in the tomb for exactly three days and three nights, and those cannot be partial days or nights because of the comparison to the time period Christ made to Jonah and how long he was in the belly of the great fish. The Hebrew language concerning this event is far more specific when considering this exact period of time, and it has to be exactly 72 hours—a full three days and three nights.

What is most incredible about all this is that this was going to be the ONLY SIGN that Jesus would leave that he was the Messiah, the Christ. If traditional Christianity teaches that he died on Good Friday and was resurrected on Sunday morning, then Jesus was not the Christ. So whom do they worship?

What a horrible doctrine they teach about these events, and they do so out of sheer ignorance of the annual Holy Days and how they were observed by Israel. If they observed these annual times according to God’s perpetual command to do so, they would not be ignorant of what actually happened.

Here is the actual order of events as they occurred:

Jesus was placed in the tomb just before sundown on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday). The women did not have time to prepare all the spices and different things that were customary for burying someone before Jesus had been placed in the tomb, and because of their beliefs and obedience to the annual Sabbath, they did not go out on the 5th day of the week (Thursday) to buy those necessary items they would then prepare for Jesus’ body. Again, the reason they did not do so on that day is because on all Sabbaths there is no work done or any business conducted. They waited then until the 6th day of the week (Friday) to purchase those things and then prepared them during the rest of that day.

When those of traditional Christianity read about these events, they become easily confused about the sequence, because when the scriptures are talking about a particular Sabbath, they assume it is simply about the 7th day Sabbath (our Saturday, which always begins to be observed at sundown on a Friday). However, there is an annual Sabbath in the mix of all this that they do not recognize because they have never been taught about God’s Holy Days or the command to keep them. Therefore, they simply conclude that all these things happened on a Friday. This does not have much logic to it anyway, and no wonder, because these events are only read as a story by them, and they do not bother with the details of the actual events or facts. It does not enter into their thinking.

So on that 6th day of the week (Friday), during normal business hours, the women purchased those things that they needed. Then, at sundown on the 6th day of the week, the 7th day began, which is the weekly Sabbath (Saturday). Since no work is done on the Sabbath, they would not go to the tomb at that time and do “work” of making Jesus’ burial complete. So instead, they waited to do it early in the morning on the 1st day of the week (our Sunday). Some went very early that morning just before the rising of the sun in order to finish their work. However, when they arrived, they found that Jesus Christ was not there. They were told by two angels that he had already risen—that he had already been resurrected.

This is where traditional Christianity goes off on another one of its tangents, but this one was planned for a very deceitful purpose that will yet be covered. The truth of what really happened has been kept hidden, and the order of these actual events have been twisted and fully misrepresented—on purpose!

It is taught that Jesus Christ was resurrected on that Sunday morning, but the angels simply stated that he had already risen and was not there. They did not say he was resurrected that morning just before they arrived. But this is the deceit and lie that has been handed down by traditional Christianity.

If you go back to the moment Jesus Christ was placed in the tomb, and if you believe his words and that he was the Passover of all mankind, and the Messiah, the Christ, then it should not be difficult for you to know when he was actually resurrected. To repeat, late on the 4th day he was taken down from the pole and placed in his tomb just before sundown. Then three full days later—that is, three full nights and three full days—brings you to the 7th day just before sundown.

This all starts on the 4th day (Wednesday) just before sundown. Then going from that point to the 5th day just before sundown is the 1st full day, and then going on to the 6th day just before sundown makes the 2nd full day. Now going on to the 7th day just before sundown brings you to the 3rd full day.

That is now three complete days, just as Jesus said. So he was actually resurrected just before sundown on the 7th day of the week, which is the weekly Sabbath of God. He was resurrected just before sundown when a new week, the 1st day of the week (Sunday), was about to begin. So not only is a Sunday morning resurrection a lie, he was not resurrected on a Sunday at all, but at the end of a weekly Sabbath, since he was resurrected before sundown on the 7th day.

God’s One True Church

After Jesus Christ was resurrected, the first people he communicated with on that morning of the 1st day of the week were not allowed to touch him because he said that he had not yet ascended to the Father. He had not yet ascended to God’s very throne to be accepted by Him, which was a requirement that had to be fulfilled, according to the law. The requirement Christ had to fulfill was another observance in scripture, the Wave-Sheaf Offering. That offering was always waved upward before God on a morning of the 1st day of the week that was always in the midst of the annual Holy Day season of Unleavened Bread.

As mentioned before, the 1st Holy Day of the year is the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Seven days later is the 2nd Holy Day of the year, which is the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. So every year the Wave-Sheaf Offering falls on the 1st day of the week (Sunday) somewhere between those seven days of Unleavened Bread.

Jesus Christ fulfilled the Wave-Sheaf Offering later that same morning when he ascended up before God to be received by Him, which is when the Wave-Sheaf Offering was traditionally offered. This event occurred soon after some had been made aware of his resurrection, in the very early morning of that day.

Christ then spent the next 40 days with them before ascending back to heaven where he has remained for the past nearly 2,000 years now. He gave the disciples signs that the Church would be able to recognize as being those things that would precede his second coming. Most all those signs have already been fulfilled and we are now rapidly approaching his return.

This time, Christ is not coming as he did before when he did not resist or fight back as the Lamb of God, in humility, subjection, and willingness to die for all mankind. This time, it reveals he will return as a Lion with great power and that he will use that power in order to take control of this earth. This time, he will fight and destroy those who are destroying the earth, as he works to establish God’s Kingdom, God’s government, on earth for the next 1,100 years.

Before departing the disciples, Jesus Christ told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise that God would give to them, in which He would pour out His holy spirit upon them, and upon all who would be called. After Christ left them, it was 10 days later, on the 1st day of the week, on Pentecost, that the Church began.

It was on a Pentecost that God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. It was on a Pentecost that God began to pour out His holy spirit upon those who were to become His Church. The significance of this happening on the same annual Holy Day as the Ten Commandments being given is that it signifies the only means whereby mankind is able to obey God, and that is through receiving the holy spirit which works to change and transform the very mind of those in whom it works.

Although we had believed Christ would return in 2012, it will still be a Pentecost when he returns—Pentecost of 2019! There is great purpose “why” he did not return then, and that will be thoroughly explained. Although many ridicule and mock this change, and use it to try and discredit what I speak, people will in time become astounded why that date actually did change.

All that happened on that Pentecost in 31 AD was the beginning of God’s one true Church. But who has heard of it? Most churches that do carry that name are not God’s true Church, as they observe false doctrines that they actually received from a different “old” church.

God’s Church was never well received, just as God’s prophets of old were most often not well received. Many were just killed. Jesus Christ stated that fact to the Jews by saying they were the ones who killed the prophets of old. They were also bent on killing him, the most important Prophet of God ever.

Confusion—Two Churches Emerge

Most are able to easily follow the accounts in scripture of a Church that the apostles were given power to establish beginning in 31 AD. In all the Jewish world at that time not very many who had heard Christ’s teachings actually continued to follow him after his death. Those of Judaism, especially the leaders, made life difficult, as this new sect was a great threat to them and their doctrines. Just as they used the Roman rule to their advantage to finally have Jesus Christ put to death, they also pursued those who continued to follow him and sought to eradicate them as well.

Of those relatively small numbers who did continue to follow the teachings of Christ through the apostles, many were persecuted. Some were imprisoned and killed, just as prophets of old. Being called into God’s Church was not easy on people. The Church is described as always being small, and although God called people throughout the Roman ruled world at that time, it never grew large and most accounts are of family and individuals who would meet together on the Sabbath in homes.

Jewish leaders and the Roman government set out to destroy God’s Church, and Saul is one who had been given authority to pursue the members of the Church, imprison and/or kill them.

“And Saul was consenting unto his death [speaking of giving permission for Stephen to be killed]. At that time there was great persecution against the Church which was at Jerusalem, and they scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judah and Samaria, except for the apostles” (Acts 8:1).

“As for Saul, he made havoc of the Church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women away, and casting them into prison” (Verse 3).

A minister named Philip had been among those scattered and in the region of Samaria. He had gone to the city of Samaria to preach there of Christ and found many who believed the teachings, and some began to be baptized. The apostles who had remained in Jerusalem heard of this and agreed to send Peter and John to help Philip.

It would be helpful at this point to insert some knowledge about the region of Samaria to give a better understanding of some of the content that will yet be covered.

Samaria itself was a larger region than Judah. It was just to the north of Judah, and a few hundred years before this had been where the nation of Israel was located. The first three kings over all of Israel were Saul, David, and then his son, Solomon. During their reigns, Israel consisted of twelve tribes. Tribe is the expression that is used to describe specific family lineages that became very large over time. There were twelve brothers whose individual families carried their names as their tribe. These all descended from Abraham. There was Abraham, Isaac, and then Jacob. Jacob’s name was later changed to Israel and his twelve sons carried his name as a nation of people; therefore, they were known as the twelve tribes of Israel. The lineage of each individual brother, carrying their name, was one of the tribes. For example, there was the tribe of Dan, Benjamin, Levi, etc. These tribes are the ones that had grown large as a people in the land of Egypt, and these twelve tribes collectively carried the name of Israel. When Moses came along and God used him to deliver Israel out of Egypt, they had grown to be a few million people. The Exodus itself was very large.

After 40 years in the wilderness, God led them to a promised land where they continued to grow larger until a time when they were brought together under their first king, Saul. Next, David ruled. But after his son, Solomon, there was a great conflict over who should reign as king. The kingdom split and Judah became a single nation that primarily continued to reign over the Jewish people and some from other tribes that stayed with them. However, the rest of the tribes of Israel that mostly lived in that region to the north of Jerusalem, rebelled from being under the king in Jerusalem and formed their own nation, and retained the name of Israel. The nation identified as Israel, consisted primarily of ten other tribes, the majority of them, which is why they retained the name Israel.

This is confusing to many people today, because when they hear the mention of the name of Israel, they tend to think of Israel as it is today which is comprised primarily of Jewish citizens, therefore, they tend to think that when Israel is mentioned in the Old Testament that it is about the Jewish people. That is not the case. The first place that the word Jew is used in scripture is when it states that the Jews were at war with Israel. This then tends to confuse people.

After a few hundred years, Israel was conquered by the Assyrians, and as the practice of the Assyrians, they moved another conquered people into that area that Israel once occupied. It was the people of Samaria, who themselves had been conquered and moved. When Israel was conquered by the Assyrians they were moved up into the regions of Western Europe and eventually lost all identity of who they were. Even Judah (the Jews) began to refer to them as the lost 10 tribes of Israel.

The world to this day does not know that these 10 tribes have become the modern day nations of much of Western Europe, including the English speaking nations of the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. This is also why people are largely ignorant of many end-time prophecies that specifically foretell many of the things that will happen to these 10 tribes. This is especially true concerning the tribe of Joseph, which consists primarily of these major English-speaking nations just mentioned, as well as the United Kingdom.

The nation of Judah was primarily Jewish (mostly of the tribe of Judah), and it is those same people who have reestablished the nation of Israel today.

This short history will become more important, but Judah at that time continued as a separate nation to the south of Samaria. Although they were only one of the original tribes of Israel, Judah and many of Levi and Benjamin remained as a separate nation that continued as the nation of Judah. So in the time of Christ, there was no nation of Israel, but only Samaria where the rest of Israel once had been.

It is that region that was once called Israel, and now known as Samaria, where many in the Church had scattered once the government began to persecute them. It is here that a man named Simon came into the picture and would, several decades later, become the beginning catalyst of what later contributed to a massive movement that led to an incredible volume of false doctrines creeping into traditional Christianity. This movement would eventually cause great confusion throughout the world concerning what Christ actually taught. This movement began by this individual named Simon. He was one who practiced sorcery and the mystic arts. He had a following of people as he traveled from area to area throughout the region of Samaria, and he received great gain and recognition as he worked to deceive, entice, manipulate, and entertain people.

“There was a certain man, called Simon, who was before in this same city [that Philip was teaching in] and had used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria, and giving the appearance of himself as being some great person. They all gave great attention to what he had to say, from the least of them even to the greatest, as they would say that, ‘This man is of the great power of God’” (Acts 8:9-10).

Simon traveled throughout the entire region of Samaria and far beyond with his craft, and he gained great recognition and fame as a result. He presented himself as an important religious figure as he worked to also mystify and deceive his audiences by his practices and stories. It was his livelihood and he fared quite well at it.

Simon had become enthralled by Philip’s stories and by what he had witnessed in some of the miracles that had been performed through Philip. He even wanted to be baptized as others were and so he, too, became immersed, but not for the purpose of repentance as others. Simon had other motives.

Once Peter and John arrived, Simon became even more excited as he witnessed what they were doing in laying hands on those who were being given of God’s holy spirit. He had witnessed enough to come to believe that these ministers were doing things that were not a matter of normal power that could come from man.

He believed that they had real powers and that they could pass those to others as well. The disciples spoke of this power as being the holy spirit given by God, and he wanted it. But his reasons were not because he believed the teachings of the apostles about the death and resurrection of Christ or the things they had been taught by Christ. He just wanted the same powers in order to add them to his abilities in the practice of sorcery.

Simon had for some time immersed himself in mystic practices and had been indulging himself in demonic influence and power. Since he eagerly sought out such evil practices, and very willingly gave himself to them, these beings were able to work in him in a way they could not do through others.

It finally came to a point when he had heard all that he cared to, and he now just wanted these powers that he had come to believe were very real. He offered the apostles money so that they would give him this power of the holy spirit. Upon asking them, he was immediately rebuked very strongly by them and turned away.

This didn’t stop Simon from incorporating very large portions of what he had learned into his routine. He continued his travels and even expanded them, but now he did so in a stronger religious guise than ever before.

Simon used his “mystic powers” as before, but he incorporated teachings that were about God, Christ, and many of the stories he had learned from the disciples. He presented these as though they had been his own experience, and as though he, too, had been with Jesus Christ. People actually became drawn to his stories more than they were to the truth that the apostles were teaching. His new methods and teaching gained him even far greater notoriety, admiration, financial gain, and stronger following than before.

His form of religion and religious belief was accepted by far greater numbers of people than that of the disciples because of how he would use some truth with those things he had already learned, practiced, and taught before. He had always presented himself as a religious figure who had power and importance, but he did so with teachings that were steeped in paganism and practices of Baal worship, as well as other similar gods that were extensive in the region of Samaria. He mixed many of the different pagan practices and beliefs with that of stories about Jesus Christ and the God of the Hebrews.

Since he would go from one region to another, once he left an area his absence created a vacuum for others to step into and take up his religious practice. Such individuals could mold this practice into their own style and teaching, but always with the motivation of financial gain, political influence, and notoriety, as many began to follow these religious ideas in a superstitious kind of way, just as they had been doing in their pagan practices. Since so many of them already had the pagan beliefs that they did, the addition of those things about Jesus Christ and the stories of the apostles just made it all that much more attractive and humanly desirable in a very carnal and distorted kind of way.

These practices were incorporated into religious services as was done in the worship of other gods like Baal. These services were cloaked in lavish ceremonies, brightly colored and flamboyant attire, and always with many religious relics and objects that were themselves supposed to have contained powers and/or served as a kind of talisman that was like a window or key that opened communication to God, Christ, or “saints” that were said to be in heaven. Some simply came to believe these talisman kind of objects could themselves exude special powers and favors.

These groups actually even began to call themselves Christian. In time, some even referred to Simon as being the chief apostle, Simon Peter. By about 150 AD, two distinctive kinds of people began to exist side by side and each identified themselves as being Christian. However, only one retained the name of the Church of God, and only one continued in the true teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles.

The false movement only taught “about Christ” and not what he taught concerning what they should believe, what they should obey, and how they should live. This false movement went through an evolution of its own over the next 100 years. It was not long after this that it began to gain powerful recognition in the world as these false doctrines began to be established as the official state religion—the official religion of an empire.

Herbert W. Armstrong

The next chapter will address some of the major false doctrines that became an official state religion, but for now it needs to be noted that there has only been one Church that has continued on since it began in 31 AD. It is the Church of God in which God and Christ have provided a lineage of apostles to lead it. That Church has never died out, although Satan has often tried to destroy it.

In the story flow I gave at the beginning of this chapter that was about my calling, God had finally opened my mind to understand the teachings of the apostle He had given His Church. As I mentioned, it was Herbert W. Armstrong. Although many in different areas of the world became familiar with his name because of the Plain Truth magazine and his radio broadcasts and television telecasts of “The World Tomorrow” program, most never knew the significance of who he was. Although he was identified as an apostle, traditional Christianity never acknowledged him as being every much an apostle of God as the original twelve were.

The Church of God has always remained relatively small, especially when compared to other religions in the world. The Church in Mr. Armstrong’s day grew to be around one hundred and thirty thousand, which included both children and adults. The churches of traditional Christianity, whose worldwide numbers were approaching two billion at that time, hated God’s Church whenever they came in contact with its teachings, and that is because they hated the doctrines it taught.

The teachings of God’s Church have never been popular. Quite the contrary, most people have hated the true teachings of God, Jesus Christ, and the Church of God ever since it started in 31 AD. Much of that hatred has been taken out on members, but the focus of the bitterness and hatred has always been first and foremost upon the leaders of the Church, as they have always been seen to be the blame for any such following because of their teaching.

Of the original twelve apostles, there is only one who is believed to have lived to an old age to die naturally, and that is John. He lived into his eighties and very possibly a little longer, as some details are lacking. He wrote one of the original books referred to as the Four Gospels, the Book of John, and also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John.

However, John wrote one more book that focuses on end-time events at the end of the age of mankind’s self-rule on earth. God and Christ gave John the ability to envision things depicting certain prophesied events for the future and he then wrote these things in the Book of Revelation. All that is written in Revelation was given to him on the Isle of Patmos, where he was imprisoned for a time by the Roman government. John was a very unique apostle, as none of the other early apostles held an office within the ministry of being both an apostle and a prophet.

However, concerning all the other early apostles, it is believed by much tradition and writings that all of them were imprisoned, and some several times, but then all eventually killed at the behest of the government and Jewish leaders, just as Jesus had been. Even before Jesus was killed, John the Baptist had been killed by being beheaded, and of course, Stephen was killed shortly after the Church had begun.

It states that Herod killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.

Paul, the apostle to the gentile world, was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, and then kept under house arrest in Rome for an extended period of time before he was eventually killed. Candidly, ever since that time, people have continued in great hatred of the message that God’s apostles and teachers have brought, and as a result, many other leaders of God’s Church have been imprisoned and/or killed.

At the time of my calling, Mr. Armstrong was God’s apostle. He died in January of 1986, and yet to this day the Internet is filled with written content that contains intense hatred for him. Most of what is written contains things that have been contrived, twisted, distorted, and just plain lied about concerning him and the life he lived. Yet it is amazing that most people who read such things “choose” to believe all or at least part of what is written because their mind is prejudiced against him solely due to the doctrine he taught, the truths of God, some or all of which they reject.

There are many who have written things that are on the Internet who had been part of God’s Church at one time, but in time turned against it, just as God and Christ said would happen. These are those who had been given opportunity through a direct invitation from God to enter into a new creation, yet in time began to reject what God was offering and teaching them. They turned from the grace, the favor, that God had shown to them.

Some of those have gone so far in their bitterness and hatred that they have done exactly what Lucifer did and their minds have now become set against God. God will not force anyone to receive His way of life if they do not want it, even if after having accepted His invitation, they later turn away; that is their free choice. God’s creation within the mind of mankind cannot be completed in anyone who does not want it.

Herbert W. Armstrong was raised up by God to become an apostle in His Church and to fulfill a specific prophecy that is about the end-time. It concerns what Christ gave to the disciples about signs that would precede his coming. They asked Christ, “Tell us, when shall these things be? What shall be the sign of your coming [the sign of his coming into his Kingdom as Messiah] and the end of this world [Gk. word for ‘age,’ and in this context, the ‘age’ of mankind’s self-rule]” (Matthew 24:3).

The disciples believed that these things would yet be fulfilled in their lifetime and that Jesus Christ would then take over the reign of government over the earth. They had no idea that he was going to first be killed, resurrected to spirit life, and then remain in heaven at God’s side for nearly the next 2,000 years. Even after Jesus was killed, they still believed he was going to return during their lifetime.

Mr. Armstrong understood that there was a very specific scripture that applied prophetically to him and the primary commission God had given to him to fulfill. He very often made reference to that commission and that specific verse because God had given to him to know that this was for him to accomplish. He was as certain about this being his commission from God as he was about each and every truth that had been given to him as well. He knew where it came from, and it was from God.

How could he have been so very certain and so dogmatic about such things? It may be easier for a person to understand how the early apostles were able to be so certain and dogmatic about what they taught because of the experiences they had of personally being with, and then taught by, Jesus Christ himself. Even Paul had a powerful experience that brought him to conversion after being struck blind and being spoken to directly by Christ, although Christ was not literally in front of him to perform this, but in heaven.

So what about Herbert W. Armstrong? He had an absolute “sense of knowing” because of what has already been addressed about how God can communicate directly with the human mind. People expect that voices must be heard or that the personal presence of an angel or Christ himself is the means God uses to give direction, instruction, and truth to His servants. Those are physical expectations from a very human mind and way of thinking. Yet that is not the main way God has worked with His apostles and prophets.

It is true, as stated in the Book of Hebrews, that God has spoken to the prophets in many different ways through time. Moses had the experience of hearing God speak to him directly out of a burning bush. It was mentioned earlier how Abraham was spoken to by God while He manifested a literal, physical body before Abraham that conversed directly with him. But that body was not Almighty God. It was simply a physically manifested body in human form and appearance that God used in order to visit with Abraham, or better said, so that Abraham could visit with Him.

God revealed himself to some through Melchizedek, and He sent Michael the archangel to some. There is even an account where God spoke through a donkey to a man.

For most everyone since the disciples, however, God has communicated directly to the mind of an individual. For most of the Church, it has been a matter of God using that means to reveal truth and spiritual understanding to those whom He has called. For apostles, it has been more than that, as He has also given them direction and instruction or simply the sense of knowing certain things that they are to do that is beyond simple revelation of His word in order to lead the Church in a manner that God and Christ are leading them.

Herbert Armstrong’s life was filled with experiences of God communicating His will to him of things he wanted him to do or to accomplish. So it was with this scripture; he knew it was about himself and the commission that God had given him to fulfill. Here is that verse that he so often quoted as being his commission:

“This good news of the Kingdom shall be preached in [into] all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).

It would be good to include here more about how Herbert W. Armstrong spread the gospel (the good news) of God’s true way of life and of the Kingdom of God. As it has already been mentioned, it was done in a very powerful way through printed literature that was sent out free to any who would ask for it and through the media of radio and television. But there was another means which God opened to him in order to reach out to other areas of the world, and that was done directly with world leaders who themselves were accountable to the people of their nations—accountable before God. This too was a further fulfillment of Matthew 24:14.

You have very likely never even heard of this man whom God and Christ raised up to do a work before actual end-time events would begin, when an actual countdown to Christ’s coming would start. Since his death, many things in the Book of Revelation have already been fulfilled. They are things not seen by the world, but by God’s Church. That has been changing somewhat beginning in 2008, as other prophetic events of a more physical nature began to be fulfilled. So let’s give some consideration of what God did through his apostle whom He gave to fulfill that prophetic verse in Matthew 24:14.

Although Mr. Armstrong received awards and honors from leaders of various nations, with many being drawn to him with a remarkable fondness, they still rejected the gospel message he brought them about the Kingdom of God.

Early on, Mr. Armstrong received a very unique award from King Leopold III of Belgium. It was a watch made from a cannonball taken from a battlefield in World War I by Leopold’s’ father, King Albert I. King Albert had the cannonball cast into four watch cases with the desire that they would be presented to the four individuals that he felt had made the most significant contribution to world peace. The king never found anyone he felt worthy to receive the fourth watch, and so, he passed it on to his son, who was moved to give it to Mr. Armstrong in 1970.

Mr. Armstrong became known to many as an “ambassador without portfolio for world peace.” He carried the gospel message to Prince Mikasa and a number of the members of the Japanese Diet. Emperor Hirohito conferred upon Herbert W. Armstrong the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class—one of the highest decorations that can be presented to a non-Japanese. During a period that covered two decades, seven successive Japanese Prime Ministers counted Mr. Armstrong as a personal friend and counselor. Some members of the Japanese Diet referred to themselves as being his Japanese sons. Yet none of these leaders accepted the message of the coming Kingdom of God.

Mr. Armstrong was endeared in friendship with King Hussein of Jordan, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, and Prime Ministers of Israel, including Golda Meir and Menachem Begin. Others who counted him as a personal friend were Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat; Jomo Kenyatta, Founder and first President of Kenya; Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem; and longtime friend, Nagendra Singh, who was a Justice at the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Herbert W. Armstrong also had personal meetings with leaders like Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom; Juan Carlos, the King of Spain; Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak; and Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Yet of all of these world leaders, none received the message he carried of the soon-coming Kingdom of God.

President Ferdinand Marcos decorated Mr. Armstrong with the Presidential Merit Medal “for his moral presence and compelling influence in moving people toward the creation of a just and peaceful world order.” He received the decoration of “Commander of Our Most Nobel Order of the Crown of Thailand.” Yet neither of these leaders nor their people received the message of the soon-coming Kingdom of God.

Other leaders with whom Mr. Armstrong met included President Allende of Chile; President Suharto of Indonesia; South Vietnam’s President, Nguyen van Thieu; and he was invited to Romania by President Nicolae Ceausescu. Mr. Armstrong also met with Deng Xiaoping of the People’s Republic of China and was the first recognized Christian leader to officially visit leaders inside China, yet this went unreported in the world. In this unprecedented visit, he addressed officials from 76 nations in the People’s Great Hall in Beijing. He spoke concerning the way to real peace and why humanity fails to achieve it.

Herbert W. Armstrong received numerous other honors and visited many other world leaders, but it went fully unnoticed by the western world to whom God had primarily sent Mr. Armstrong to proclaim His message. It should also be noted here that a very specific nation, to whom he had been sent, did not acknowledge or receive him. It was the United States of America, who is the beginning focal point of cataclysmic prophetic events that unfold during the final period of the end-time. Toward the end-time, God fulfilled a promise to make this specific people the wealthiest and most powerful nation the world has ever known. It was a promise God fulfilled concerning one of the brothers—one of the tribes—mentioned earlier, and yet even after these blessings, they still rejected the one whom God sent to them.

The Last Apostle

For some time after Herbert W. Armstrong’s death in 1986, the Church was without an apostle. There was a man who had been placed in the position of being over the Church, who was a minister in the Church, but he was never placed in the position of being an apostle. Much more will be said about him and the prophetic role he played in this end-time, as he was to become the second and last individual to be known as the “son of perdition.”

The first “son of perdition” was Judas Iscariot who was one of the original twelve disciples, and the one who betrayed Jesus Christ which resulted in his arrest on that last Passover night. Yet God had purposed that there should be twelve who were with Jesus Christ as “witness” of his teaching and all other things he had done during his ministry. So Judas was replaced by another man who had been with Christ, throughout that same period, along with the other disciples.

The Church of God operated under the incorporated name of the Worldwide Church of God. Within only nine years, this man who was now leading the Church, along with some other leaders, had worked to nearly destroy all of God’s Church. It went almost completely unnoticed by the rest of the world because it did not recognize God’s one and only true Church. Although it will be covered later, this event was the prophesied main sign that Jesus Christ gave in Matthew 24 about his coming. It was an event that had occurred in the Church, which began “the countdown” of specific days and specific periods of time that would exactly lead to Christ’s coming. That countdown and all those dates will be covered in a later chapter.

Some like to quote what Christ said when he referred to the timing of his return. He made the statement that no man knows the day or the hour. The reason this is quoted by others is because they do all that they can to mock, discredit, and turn people from what I have been given to say, just as it has been from the beginning. Yet they do not understand what this verse is fully saying and what other scriptures reveal about this matter. As just mentioned, all this will be covered.

When this prophetic event occurred, a second “son of perdition” had betrayed Christ and the First Seal of Revelation was opened. This resulted in the Church becoming scattered throughout the world. When this happened on December 17th of 1994, the countdown to Christ’s coming began. Within the next three to four years, the original Church had become so fragmented and divided that it split into over 600 different organizations. Yet only one group would continue on as God’s true Church.

We have now come full circle in this chapter. I am back to doing what I have always been uncomfortable doing, and that is talking about myself. Yet that is exactly what God has charged me to do.

When I wrote the first book, The Prophesied End-Time, published in 2004, God had revealed to me that I was to declare that He and Christ had made me a prophet to His Church. I didn’t really want to do this and resisted for a time before I finally realized that I really had no choice but to do what God had given me.

From the time I had come into the Church in 1969, I knew there had not been any prophets in God’s Church during that entire period. This was even somewhat of a foreign term for the Church and was basically recognized as referring to individuals like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and other prophets whom God had raised up hundreds of years prior to the time of Christ. Although John, who was among the original apostles was a prophet, the Church mostly recognized him only as an apostle. But since the time of John, God simply had not had a purpose for placing someone in that position again until he gave it to me to write that book. Even then, I was still resisting somewhat and did not claim the full role of a prophet, but only a partial definition as is written on the back cover about me: “Then in 1997, he was called to be a prophet for this end-time. A prophet, in this context, is ‘one given inspired interpretation of recorded prophecies.’”

As time continued on, I knew and was then able to accept the fact that I was a full prophet of God. I had come to see many things God was giving me to know that only a full prophet could fulfill. However, that still was not an easy thing for me, but instead, a very uncomfortable one. Even then I did not realize that He had first made me an apostle to His Church, even before being made a prophet. God had raised up one last apostle to lead the Church from the destruction it had begun to experience in December of 1994. I was given charge to raise up a prophesied remnant of the Church that would continue on to Christ’s actual coming.

So yes, I am both an apostle and a prophet of God and of Jesus Christ to the Church of God, and to the world, in this final period of the end-time. I am the last apostle in this age of mankind’s self-rule.

Yet even more, I am the counterpart of John who wrote the Book of Revelation. He was the only other apostle whom God also made a prophet. John wrote the book, but did not understand the revelation it contained. It was not for his time, but for the end-time that would lead up to the return of Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God that will reign over all mankind for 1,100 years. Nearly all of the Book of Revelation is about those things that would occur in the end-time which lead to the Kingdom of God being established on earth for 1,100 years.

Just as John was imprisoned and placed on the Isle of Patmos and then given the contents for the Book of Revelation that he wrote, I too am currently in prison as I am writing this book.

The government of the United States has convicted me of willfully and purposefully evading paying taxes. It doesn’t really matter what I say about it, as people believe what they choose. I have stated some about this on the book website. There is no purpose in trying to unravel all that has been twisted and misrepresented concerning what is true. God will do that soon enough.

However, I will add just a little more to this. Ever since I was called into the Church in 1969, I have been as faithful in paying the taxes I have believed were due the government as I have been in obeying God when paying His tithes and offerings. I have never been deceitful in figuring the payment of either. Jesus Christ said to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s (taxes to one’s government) and to God what is God’s. I have always striven to do both truthfully and faithfully.

John wrote the book of Revelation, but God has given to me to show the full interpretation and full meaning of what is written in it. God gave some understanding to Herbert W. Armstrong concerning certain sections of Revelation, which primarily had to do with a great false church and a final revival of the European Roman Empire. It had six previous revivals that have often been referred to as revivals of the old Holy Roman Empire. The sixth one was primarily under the rule of Hitler during WWII. One more is prophesied to rise and has been forming for the past 66 years now. It is prophesied to become ten nations that will form the final configuration of a United States of Europe.

There is much more to be stated about all this, but my experiences as a minister of God follow the verse that Mr. Armstrong recognized as his commission. He never went beyond that verse because it was for another time. The very next verse is where my experience and work began, and it runs through the verses that follow.

However, the commission I have been given is primarily covered in the Book of Revelation. It is in both chapters 10 and 11. Revelation 10 covers the account of a “little book” that was in an angel’s hand and that was given to John to eat. That “little book” (or little scroll) contained what was written of the Seven Thunders. John was not allowed to record what was written about those Seven Thunders, but God gave them for me to write and to reveal. All this will be covered in another chapter.

Revelation 11 is a prophecy about two prophets of God who will finish His work that leads directly to the coming of Jesus Christ. The primary work of these two people will be conducted within a very specific timeframe. It is the 7th and last period of 1,260 days that are contained in the complete count to Christ’s coming. These two prophets are also given the title of God’s two end-time witnesses. I am one and my wife, Laura, is the other.

God’s great plan concerns “family.” The real meaning of this and the fullness in life that is to be experienced in family—in both the human family and in God’s Family— has been mostly lost since the very beginning after Adam and Eve turned from God and the world has followed the same way ever since. In the Millennium, one of the main focuses of God is to reestablish what was lost and to establish and greatly bless “family.”

God worked with Abraham and Sarah and their family. It is their lineage that became known as the nation of Israel. It was a physical nation, but the prophecies concerning much of Israel are about a spiritual one that God is creating. It will be made up of all nationalities and races of people. It is often referred to as the “Israel of God” which is about a spirit born family that will live into age-lasting life. Physical Israel did not follow God’s ways, but the spiritual one will. 

The point of God working through Abraham and Sarah is given to illustrate a great desire God has to work with families, as He began to work through a physical one to teach about a far, far greater one that is to follow. It is “family” that God is getting ready to bless in the Millennium. Everything is getting ready to change mightily in families and society. One of the most exciting is the revelation that God has just revealed in the last few years.

Genesis gives an account of how the first two, Adam and Eve, who were to be the first family to be blessed in life’s experience, disobeyed God. Because of their sins, they brought curses upon themselves and all generations that followed, as all followed the same natural course of selfishness that exists in all of mankind. They did not follow the pattern God had given to them concerning how families should live His ways. Instead, they began to live their “own way” that is based on raw and selfish human nature. It speaks of how the woman was cursed from that point forward, and since that time, women have not been treated as equals with men in God’s creation, but more as servants and very largely as even sex objects. Mankind is sick and God has revealed that this curse is now going to begin to be taken away during the Millennium. God’s church has already begun the process of removing this curse.

Family is going to learn to be structured and live the way God intended from the beginning. True husband and wife teams are going to become the norm as they learn to work and share life together the way God has always intended. The woman is not servant to the man! That struggle is about to end, and thank God for that!

My wife and I have been a team in God’s Church for right at 40 years now, and I am thankful to say this is just barely the beginning. We have served in God’s Church together within the ministry for 34 years. We have been exceedingly blessed and now God has given both of us a work to fulfill together as a team. It is our commission and one that God and Christ will fulfill through us that will lead up to Christ’s literal return, and finally, the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.