THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE
Armstrong's Empire Exposed
(Published in 1981)
WHAT THIS SHOULD MEAN TO YOU
SOMEHOW, IN PERHAPS MIRACULOUS WAYS, GOD WILL USE ALL THE
different groups of true worshippers to proclaim the Gospel. The
Worldwide Church should not be written off, as no one can yet
tell what the final outcome will be regarding Armstrong and
(In 1981 this was very true. I had already come to know by 1972
that Armstrong's Empire would one day come crashing down, for I
could see it going off the tracks after Loma Armstrong has died
in 1967. It was only a matter of time, before God would step in
to bring the house of cards tumbling down like Humpty Dumpty
sitting on a wall, and Humpty Dumpty would have a great fall.
Within ten years the new Humpty Dumpty would initiate that fall.
It is ironic when you think about it, that the new guy, whom the
populace of the Worldwide Church of God had in the main never
heard of, chosen by Armstrong himself, would institute the fall.
Perhaps Armstong new it would all unravel, and perhaps his vanity
of realizing he would not live to see Christ come, said, without
me there will be no WCG, if I cannot have it, no one will. What
went through the man's mind when he knew he had little time left
on this earth, will only be known for sure in the resurrection of
the righteous and the unrighteous. And only God knows which of
those resurrections Herbert Armstrong will be raised in - Keith
Evangelicals, with their love and zeal for Christ, could be
the most potent force of all. If only they would see how they are
still standing with one foot in Babylon. If the Evangelicals
would only come completely out of Babylon, and break from the
paganism of Rome, we would see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit
not seen since the notable day of Pentecost mentioned in the Book
And what does this all mean to you, the reader? When we look
at the world situation and all of the turmoil in religion, from
the largest organized religious groups to the most weird off-beat
cults, we can only conclude that we are truly in the last days.
We are near the end of the age, and in the times spoken of by
Jesus Christ in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. The ten
kings, or what would today be ten nations or groups of nations,
spoken of in the seventh chapter of Daniel and the thirteenth
chapter of Revelation, are right now forming their prophesied
alliance. This is the group of Common Market nations which have
now progressed to the point where they have a European
Parliament. It will not be long before the European nations will
have unified themselves totally, economically and politically.
And when they do, Germany will be the dominant factor in that
alliance, as is already quite apparent. Due to their great
differences and jealousies, these nations will have to give their
power over to a common unifying force, religion. That religion,
or religious organization is the "MOTHER OF HARLOTS." It will be
this great false religion that will dominate the European union,
which will then go out to make war with the nations. This will be
the final outcome of the "International Conspiracy," Satan's
final attempt to establish his world dictatorship.
(Satan is not wanting per se to establish a world government; he
is wanting to bring complete DESTRUCTION to every single person
on this earth and even its created nature - Keith Hunt)
This great false religious leader, according to the
thirteenth chapter of Revelation, is referred to as a beast which
gives power to another, the first beast, which is identified as
the leader of the European empire. This great false religious
leader will do great miracles and have great power; and nearly
the entire world will be deceived by him. (No, only the Western
world - Keith Hunt). While he represents Satan, he will claim to
represent God. He is the one who will require that in order to
buy or sell, one must have his mark on their forehead or their
hand, and that mark will be his name or the number of his name.
That number is recorded as being six hundred, three score and six
in Revelation 13:18.
The study of the Greek origin of that phrase in Strong's
Concordance will show that the words "six hundred," the words
"three score" and the word "six" are from three Greek letters,
each one of which is a variation of a cross. This false religious
leader, the beast, will occupy the religious office of a great
worldwide religious system. That office is identified by three
crosses on the vestments. We are in that time just preceding
these prophesied events right now.
(Weeelll .... we are before these events but 30 years later we
are still waiting for them to finalize. I've said many times,
that God can "lengthen" or "shorten" end time prophecies. He can
do it in many ways; so we continue to watch world events in the
light of Bible prophesy - Keith Hunt)
What this all means is very simple. God provides a way of
salvation through Jesus Christ. By repenting of your sins and
following Christ completely, keeping His commandments and doing
as He says, worshipping in truth according to the Scriptures,
rather than following a pagan religious system which masquerades
as Christianity, you can be one of those who will be given
eternal life at Christ's coming, and reign with Him as an eternal
living son of God. Those who are now in the corrupt false
religions must come out of Babylon.
If you have never given this much thought before, or have
scoffed at what has been written here as so much religious
nonsense, why not get out the Bible and read for yourself what
the Scriptures have to say? Perhaps you will not see it now, but
as time goes by, you will begin to see that the prophesies of
Scripture continue to be fulfilled.
Or perhaps you are one of the many millions who have in one
way or another accepted Christ as your Savior. If you have, are
you doing what He says? Or are you still with one foot in the
pagan beliefs that have corrupted the Christian Church? You may
be in many ways leading a good Christian life, showing the love
of Christ in your daily conduct, but Christ wants more of you
than that. Read the second and third chapters of Revelation, and
see the various spiritual conditions that Christ asks His people
to repent of. He says to the apostle John that many of the seven
symbolic churches mentioned, while they worship Him, are
nevertheless in various stages of spiritual decay. One of those
conditions is the condition of false doctrine and pagan belief.
Another quite notable one is a lukewarm condition; a lack of zeal
in serving God. And Christ says to repent of this.
Whatever you now think of God, Jesus Christ, religion, the
Bible, prophecy, salvation, or whether you are an atheist, an
agnostic, a Jew, a Moslem, a nominal mainstream Christian, an
Evangelical, a member of the Church of God, a Hindu, etc., etc.,
these things are important to you, and you should consider right
now what you are going to do about it.
Those in the Church of God, having the knowledge of God's
truth, are called by Christ to get busy and be zealous in
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. And those others who feel
that they are Christians, are called by Christ to come out of
Babylon and put all false beliefs and observances behind, or He
will not even accept your calling him Lord. "And why call ye me,
Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46) And
those who have just totally rejected Christ up to this time can
prove for themselves that these things are true, and obtain
salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
God's plan is so wonderful, His love so great, that He makes
it easy for us through Jesus Christ to reject Satan and accept
eternal life. As has often been said by many people, "Make me a
deal I can't refuse." God has made you a deal that you can't
refuse. Yet the decision is up to you.
"Whosoever commiteth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is
the transgression of the law." (I John 3:4)
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not His son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be
saved." (John 3:16 and 17)
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38)
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His
throne." (Revelation 3:21)
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no
man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in
the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will
write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my
God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from
my God: and I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:11
To be continued with "Epilogue"
Yes, when the rubber hits the road, when push comes to pull, it
does not matter what Herbert Armstrong did or did not do. He and
that era of his Worldwide Church of God is now history, that most
quite frankly will never know, nor really care about. What is
important for YOU is THE NOW! In your life, it is the how YOU are
seeking the Lord and searching His word of truth. In the end it
will not matter in your salvation as to how others stayed true to
the faith once delivered to the saints, or how they did not. YOU
have to make YOUR salvation and walk with Christ and the Father,
your PERSONAL matter, even if you think, like Elijah did, you are
the only one serving the true God in spirit and in truth. Then
again, like Elijah found out, God told him he was not alone, for
there were 7,000 others who had not bowed their knee to Baal.
Christ has built His church, and there will always be His salt of
the earth on this planet.
I pray YOU will be one of them - one of those grains of salt!