A Prophetic Itch

 

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” – Yogi Berra

This comment brought back another annoying little itch:

It remains my concern that, because the government of the USA has discounted biblical prophecy, US government officials seems to think that China (along with Russia) is the USA’s the biggest threat militarily.  – from a COGwriter post

Hmm, was following Bible prophecy ever tabled as an option in determining US foreign policy?  Not that I know of, but George W Bush claimed biblical prophecy was a reason for invading Iraq. But that was the GWB, not the HWA, version of biblical prophecy. If he had followed HWA, would he have blamed 911 on the Germans? Would he have been after Gerhard Schroder, not Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein?

I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy’s famous speech, and watching the Pentagon conferences on television when I got home from school each day. So why did Kennedy stand up to Khrushchev instead of invading Cuba?

Because President Kennedy does not understand prophecy! – GTA, PT Dec 1962

Okay, invading Cuba would have been the preferred option, because GTA explains if the Soviets retaliated, the US would counterattack, and that wasn’t in the Bible.

But President Kennedy did not know exactly what Khrushchev might do in Berlin, in India, in Formosa, or elsewhere in the world should we attack Cuba. – GTA, ibid.

Had Kennedy allowed the planned invasion of Cuba, Castro may have fired a few missiles in self-defense. Whatever the Soviet Union would do, the US doesn’t retaliate, but pummels Cuba, prophecy remains intact, but lots of people on both sides are dead. But that didn’t happen, and Khrushchev backed down, and removed the missiles…

Well, in the very next article in the December 1962 Plain Truth, Dr Hoeh informs us that while the Cuban Missile Crisis diverted our attention, China was about to invade India. So the US should have considered China a military threat. Not against the US, but against a neutral nation. And back to the present, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan are US allies, and each have issues with China. (Okay, in Taiwan, it depends on which way the political wind is blowing.)

Of course, HWA claimed his “master key” to understanding prophecy was British-Israelism. Do you know that under that paradigm Stalin invaded Israel? Yes, in 1939. But since Dr Hoeh didn’t tell us that Finland was Issachar until years later, we can let that one slip by. Besides, we’re only interested in the House of Joseph, not Uncle Joe.

HWA and his men have expounded hundreds of cases of his interpretation of Biblical prophecy that have failed miserably. For a final look, let’s go back to when it began, the years before World War II. In HWA’s one week of radio shorts in October 1933, he started with promises made to Abraham – his foundation for British-Israelism. The very first Plain Truth brought up world dictatorship. Then came the war, and everything seemed to fall into place, once earlier guesses were discarded and the key players were sorted out. Until the predictions started to belly-up.

What if FDR had set his foreign policy based on HWA’s predictions?

In 1939, Germany invades Poland, the UK and France declare war on Germany, and the US declares neutrality.

A war has started; the paradigm is that the US and UK would lose, what should FDR do in light of HWA’s spin on Bible prophecy? Perhaps he did make the right move, keep out of it! Then Japan attacks in 1941. Ooops. Germany declares war on the US, but the reason was that the US violated neutrality. You can’t remain neutral in a war while supplying one side. (Or both sides, if you consider companies like IBM and GM and their dealings in Germany).

So again, what to do if you “know” you’re going to lose? Die fighting, surrender, or seek peace?  Well, we know FDR chose to fight until the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. And that happened. Ooops again.

Even if our leaders “know” what a prophecy meant, how should they react? And HWA’s interpretations? He not only missed the mark on prophecies yet to be fulfilled, but ones that supposedly were fulfilled. Referring to a prophecy about Tyre in “The Proof of the Bible”:

This prophecy, much misunderstood, is not the challenge to the skeptic we assumed. – Herman Hoeh, “A new look at Ezekiel’s prophecy on Tyre”, GN, Dec 1980

HWA could not even correctly predict the past…

Just the Facts, Man



Sometimes I get ornery about nothing and people say I got a bee in my bonnet. It usually turns out to be a wasp in my ten-gallon hat. When I get an itch in the britches – and it’s not “the itch” (Deut 28:27) – I find the best way do deal with the little annoyance is to write about it.

Sometimes the itch is about misinformation, by neglect to verify something, and sometimes from poor scholarship. Sometimes it turns out to be giving information that is intentionally wrong. One time when I heard some incorrect claim in a sermonette. I mentioned this to another member, who responded with something like, “You should tell Mr. — his mistake, he would really appreciate getting his facts set straight”. Hmm. Like in the Spokesman’s Club “Get the facts!” speech?

One ‘sermonette fact’ was given in hysteria over gay teachers in public schools (not celibate teachers in Catholic schools). At that time, and in that city, evidence showed the exact opposite of what ‘fact’ and what the speaker implied. Some years ago a COG leader claimed, “Evolutionists are running scared of Intelligent Design!” Actually, scientists were exuberant at having unmasked ID as rebadged Creationism. They even showed books that were edits of older texts, with theistic terms replaced by benign ID jargon. A non-COG minister used fabricated facts in a debate over evolution; his opponent charged him with “Lying for God”, as if the ends justified the means (like in the “Proof of the Bible”).

A problem with some “proofs” is that parts of verses are patched together like axiomatic proofs of Euclidean geometry. Our dependency on HWA’s “proofs” slowly began to unravel after his demise, and without them, the WCG fell apart. About the only thing that remained was his autocratic form of rule.

And here is one that always gets me peeved – a minister at one of the COGs on the Silenced.co “Dying” list keeps trying to “disprove” Global Climate Change, and for no stated reason – though I privately speculate it’s seen as being contrary to “God controls the weather”. Admittedly, governments have really made a mess of carbon trading, burp tax (penalty on methane emission), alternative energy, and so on, and Al Gore told a few inconvenient whoppers.

A recent rant had to do with the ships frozen in Antarctic waters. Of course it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, some Australian states are suffering a heat wave, but Antarctica being cold disproves global warming. Despite the ice-locked ships, there were news reports of record high temperatures in Antarctica (but unconfirmed). The official summer record high temperature at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole base was in 2011, minus12 degrees C. Still cold, but warm compared to the average warm season temperature of minus 35 degrees C.  Even with Global Warming, Antarctica is still cold in the summer – colder than the Artic. And ice still melts at 0 degrees C…

Well, that itch has gone, and the bee turned out to be a just a mosquito.

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The Iceberg of Reality.

theil-torpedo
The Way of peace they know not;
there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;
no one who walks along them will know peace.
Isaiah 59:8
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The WCG experienced the calamitous collision with the iceberg of reality 28 years ago when Herbie went to his final reward.

The Beginning of the End

It was quite perplexing to watch the events of the Worldwide Church of God unfold. When the founder Herbert Armstrong died in 1986, a new leadership under Joe Tkach Sr. and company tried to correct many of the gross errors in doctrine that the cult held for so long.

After HWA’s death, despite the efforts of some, the good-ship Armstrong ground to a halt and began to sink. The flares were fired. Nobody thought she could sink. But the gates of hell prevailed and sink she did.

Some have asked if Joe Tkach so despise Herb, that he set out with a devious plan to scuttle the Armstrong empire. I personally doubt his intentions were to destroy a financial empire that would have been a cash cow for himself.

Years after the old man died, Junior waved his magic wand and created Grace Communion as a lifeboat to insure his existence and prominence after the WCG. Joe sold off what he could and scuttled what was left of Armstrongism, shoving off in his protestant lifeboat leaving behind the broken and befuddled.

Sinking Lifeboats

If we were able to obtain daily income and weekly service attendance from the current ACOG’s we would easily see that a trend is developing that will take them out of existence in the next several years. We have the break with United, then Bob Thiel’s little cult who broke from Meredith’s abomination. All these factions caused a drop in the income and influence of the COG’s. The hemorrhaging thankfully continues on. The steady stream of members are now cast in all directions, and the clueless Bob Thiel doesn’t even realized that he himself is helping to destroy the Armstrong movement. We appreciate your efforts bro! Really we do!

But wait, theres more!

The lack of a charismatic personality, leadership, and the dynamics of control cannot hold this mess together. Today, in 2014, there are three major groups attempting to function as a WCG copy-cat-cult. None of them have the successful money-making formula laid down by Herbie, and all are at war with one another competing for the ever shrinking, blue ribbon tithe payers money. One attack after another, the ACOG cults destroy the cohesion that once held them together as a family of believers. Divide and conquer should be the strategy towards ones enemies, not your brethren!

So with that in mind, open your song books to page….and sing…

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus (Your current gurus name here) going on before.

Christ, Armstrong the royal Master, leads against the foe;

forward into battle see his banners go!

(In Armstrongism, the foe is the world at large, along with the other “group(s)” the leaders and members)

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus (fill in the blank as above) going on before.

At the sign of triumph Satan’s (the competition) host doth flee;

on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver (grow stronger) at the shout of praise (self praise);

brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

(Taking ones pride and exemplifying their group above another)

Like a mighty (dysfunctional) army moves the church of God;

brothers, we are treading where the saints Satan has trod.

We are not divided, (not) all one body we,

one in hope (hopelessness) and doctrine, one in charity (poverty)

(Divided they are. No unity, no peace, slander, hatred and constant war are the fruits)

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

but the church (cult) of Jesus (Armstrongism) constant will remain (fail)

Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;

we have Christ’s (gurus) own promise, and that cannot fail.

(The Balkanization of Armstrongism is the hallmark of failure and the result of constant war)

Onward then, ye people, join our happy (oppressed) throng,

blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.

Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ (Herbie) the King,

this through countless ages men and angels (Satan) sing.

(Happy throng? Terry Ratzmann, a creation of Meredithism, a sub-cult of Armstrongism. How many more are waiting in the shadows?)

 

The U.S.S. Armstrong sunk years ago, but on the life boats the band(s) still plays on. To this very day, the groups that follow Herbert’s cesspool of doctrinal error and corruption try to mimic what was prophesied, what was said, how it was said. The very art of mimicking Herbert in every possible way has nothing to do with the following and worship of Jesus Christ, but with the worship and devotion to Herbert W. Armstrong and their leading evangelist guru.

Negativity. The Driving Force Behind Armstrongism

As the year marches on we will see the transpiring of more fear, division, competition, and much more hatred. The crap that these ignorant, godless gurus distribute to each others and their sheeple will escalate as it has in the last several years. 

Meredith and the other gurus ignore basic psychology. People need love, hope and freedom in life. All of us need the bond that only family can provide.

But when all they receive from their Master(s) is negativity, shunning, breaking up of families, fear driven faith and threats, something is going to break. This frustration and anger played out nearly a decade ago at a LCG church meeting.

Recall Terry Ratzmann.

In Terry Ratzmann’s case, the man took on the title of a mass murderer, forever enshrined in the publics memory as the guy who shot up Rod Meredith’s cult. Yes, lame excuses were passed around that there was a medical explanation behind the shooting. I don’t buy it for a minute. Like most here, we have lived this type of life. It’s a life of religious masturbation. You never get to the point of climax!

The “Flog log kid” Herbert Armstrong, always told us that the end was near, even picking dates in the future. When 1936/1972/1975 turned to shit, he threw a disclaimer into the mix saying he never sets dates. Other times he flat out blamed the membership for his gross failures. For those who read this blog and others like it, you understand that this is escape plan “B” when your prophecies crap out. Even the false prophets of other religious organizations take this exact same route of deception. It is the psychology (behavior pattern) of deceptive narcissistic men.

If Herbert W. Armstrong had lived in ancient Israel, he would have been put to death by the religious leaders of the times by the authority of the very God that he proclaimed. According to the “Almighty” of the bible, there was only one penalty for a false prophet, and that being death. So why do the people of these organization put up with these lies? Maybe they are using the “church” as a social club, or perhaps for the adrenaline rush they get from some very “scary” prophecies. Or is it because they are cowards who cannot face life and reality? I am sure there are a host of other reasons, but let us consider this matter further.

Being deceived means you do not know any better (ignorant of facts) but when the facts are made clear and are thoroughly documented, what should be your next move? Ignore them at your own peril or having some personal integrity and act on the new information? People of moral integrity are those who merit respect, having a “bottom line principle”. It is what they will accept and nothing lower. Integrity is a loyalty virtue, loyalty toward oneself. Showing fidelity to those values, principles or commitments that constitute their own identity.

The flip side of the coin, those who lack integrity, they trade their own views for the views of others who are more authoritative, and stay in step with opinions of others, being so much less demanding of themselves. These people betray action on their own views for gain, status, reward, or approval. This in itself is a serious character flaw. This is also the prostitution of oneself. A sellout.

 The War to End all Wars

The war to end all wars within the Armstrong movement will be when the people stop following and allowing these failures, these losers, these charlatans, these abusive “freaks” to use and abuse them as they get their pockets picked clean. How many times have we all heard from the miscreant’s behind the pulpit that HWA was “Gods Apostle”? The person of integrity would ask themselves “Does God use pedophiles to preach his word?” The answer to this comes in the mail when I read the letters from those who would rather kill me than to face the fact that they have been had by a con man, and continue to be had by con men, and that the Herbster DID fuck his daughter for a period of around ten years. I must say, these people lack any form of integrity. And they are suppose to rule the world under Christ? Shit, give me the lake of fire! I don’t need a push, I’ll jump in head first!

In conclusion, if America does go into a time of hyperinflation and when feeding ones family should be priority #1 (for the religious infidel it is priority #2 or #3) a decision will have to be made.

When that time comes, watch Dave Pack’s empire disappear in a flash, watch Gerald Flurry struggle with the banks that financed that white elephant in Edmond. Watch the members struggle to survive in a world known only by their fathers or grandfathers.

A time known as the great depression.

Meredith, Flurry, Thiel, Malm, all of these gurus, we can only hope that they will emulate the bankers of the 1920’s, by throwing themselves from the 13th floor of the Armstrong casino to the pavement below.

Let the Games begin…

Live video feed from the Apostle’s grave!

The Fourth Book Of John

(or: The Sex ACTS of the Apostle)
by John B

Caution!! This page is “R” Rated
(Just like the Bible)
Do not read any further if you are offended with street language.
Remember Waterhouse saying that there would be
additions to the Book of Acts? Well, here is a start

 Chapter 1

1. Brethren, I would not have you be ignorant of the travails of the end time, for it came to pass in those days that a child was born, of Quaker stock (which is not to say, chicken stock).

2. And his name was called Herbert (for he had no W), and would be a strong-arm man.  He was filled with vanity, exceedingly so, and consumed with lust.  He desired much lucre, and power, and women (but lo he was ugly).

3. Young Herbert pursued many adventures, so many that no man can know, nor can any man understand, for he was filled with a lying spirit.

4. When he came of age he labored in an occupation, which is to say advertising, for his talent as a liar was much admired.  He was betrothed to Loma, who did not know him, nor what she was getting into.

5. But famine spread across the land, called the Great Depression, and Herbert became destitute.  Loma gave birth to Richard (who was called Dick), and Ted (who was obsessed with his dick), and two girl-children. 

6. And Herbert had a vision, of a great golden mansion, a house with many rooms, and at his feet a pile of gold, and silver, and Steuben, and onyx, and all manner of cash.  And the angel said unto him,

7. Get thee up, Herbert, and go forth, and preach, and all these things shall be yours.  And Herbert said, Lo!  Goddamn, why did I not think of that before?

8. And he girded up his loins, and went forth, and preached.

 

 

 Chapter 2

 1. In those days the land was covered with darkness, for all women were exceedingly oppressed, and there was no judge to hear their cry. 

2. And it came to pass in the second year of his ministry, that Herbert fell upon his daughter, the fruit of his loins, and lay with her.  And fucked her.  And no man raised a cry, for they said, Truly, this is a man of God.

3. But Loma knew, yet Herbert did not heed, and continued for ten years.  And his daughter was sorely vexed.

4. But Herbert preached the Sabbath, and the holy days, and baptized many.  But he faced much opposition, for the prophets of the church of God (called 7th Day) murmured among themselves, saying, See, he thinks his calling is higher than ours.

5. And they were right.  But Herbert cared not, and divided them, and tore asunder that which they had labored to build, drawing many to follow him.  And the church of God (called 7th Day) was in a shambles.

6. But when the word was spread abroad that Herbert had fucked his daughter, he fled to a far province, called California, and his family followed.  And he cursed the church of God (called 7th Day), and said, Behold, their works are dead!  Follow me.  And he left behind deacons, to collect the tithes, but the deacons said among themselves, Verily, why should we give him these tithes?  See how he has abandoned the body of Christ.  And they kept the money for themselves.

7. And Herbert called them thieves.

8. There was war in the east, for a man called Adolf (who was also filled with lust and greed) said to himself, Surely I have a destiny to destroy the Jews.  And he made a great slaughter.

9. And Herbert admired him, and prophesied, saying, Surely this man shall triumph!  The end must be near.  And he made many prophecies, but none came to pass.

   

 Chapter 3 

1. In the ten and third year of his ministry, Herbert discovered a great city, called Pasadena (which in the Hebrew tongue means nothing), and in it were many great mansions on a street called Orange Grove.  And Herbert’s eyes were filled with lust.

2. And he acquired a mansion (for he was a great con man, and a liar), and built a college, which he called Ambassador.  And he preached a new doctrine, for his prophecies concerning the war did not come to pass, yet he still admired Adolf, and emulated him in all things.

3. And he started with four students, including Herman, who was called Ho, and was truly a ho.  And the college started small, like a grain of mustard seed, and flourished.

4. And more students came, and Herbert acquired another mansion, and another mansion, and he preached continually, proclaiming himself as God’s only true prophet.  And many heeded his voice, and the lucre began to accumulate.

5. And Herman, who was called Ho, and was truly a ho, and also admired Adolf (and was of the same race as Adolf, and was exceedingly proud), began to call himself a historian, and a scholar, but he was neither. 

6. Among the students came another, called Rod, of the house of Merrydeath, who some said was sly.  And Rod became obsessed with his rod, and considered the matter.  And when he was ordained, he preached about the rod of iron, and all other rods, and condemned queers exceedingly.

7. And the church of God (called Radio) began to spread, like a vine, until it encompassed the whole land.  And many believed, and gave all in tithes and offerings, and many were sore vexed, and many died.

8. And Herbert’s son Dick was sent into all the land, to witness, and to raise up new congregations, and he raised up many. 

9. Herbert sent forth many epistles, called coworker epistles, and the work continued to grow.  And Herbert was well fed, but he was not contented.

10. In the twenty and second year of his ministry, Herbert received a messenger, a bearer of bad news, and Herbert was grieved, for his son Dick was dead.  The chariot upon which Dick had ridden had struck another chariot, because the charioteer was a man called Billingsley, who was a wimp and a fool.

11. And Herbert prayed, crying with a loud voice, and said, Hear me O Lord, thou hast given me this son, as thou gavest Isaac to Abraham.  Now raise him up again to life, that he may follow in my path.

12. But God said from his throne, Fuck off, little man.

13. And Dick was still dead.

 

 

 Chapter 4

 1. And the word was spread abroad, unto all nations, and all languages, so that the church of God (called Radio) became increased in gold and silver and treasures.

2. And the ministers went among the flock, fleecing them, preaching that which seemed good unto them, for there was no law in America to prevent them, thanks to the separation of church and state.

3. And many thousands heeded the call, and gave, and attended local congregations, and gave, and prayed, and gave, and served, and gave.  And the giving came from all nations, for the voice of Herbert was heard in all lands, and he preached fear and destruction and obedience, and a great terror filled the hearts of those who heard his cry, and did believe.

4. And Herbert published his ministry in many media, which is to say the World Tomorrow, the Plain Truth, and many tablets called booklets.  Many believed, and certainly they trembled.

5. Herbert ruled as a king, from his throne, and when the talents waned he sent out more epistles, mouthing threats, and more talents were received.  But he was not content.

6. In the thirty and third year of Herbert’s ministry, Loma suffered a great affliction, because she could not shit.  Herbert drove away the physicians, and anointed her, but she was not healed.  And she lingered near death for many days, and still she could not shit, and her spirit left her.

7. And Herbert mourned her with a great mourning for part of a day, and then said to his son Ted, How soon do you think I can marry again?  And Ted was astonied.

 

 

 Chapter 5

 1. Herbert began to travel abroad, to consort with kings and princes of all lands.  For he said, Verily, I must fulfill the commission to preach the gospel unto every soul.

2. And he surrounded himself with thieves, and liars, and scoundrels of every sort.  One was called Raider (which in the tongue of the elect means one who raids), who was a thief, and did not believe, but was an opportunist. 

3. And Raider traveled with Herbert, and consumed the tithes.  Their travels cost many talents, and spread across the earth, into every land, and they witnessed many wonders.  And there were whores, and concubines, and sluts of every kind, and no thing they desired was withheld from them.

4. In a far land of the east Herbert found himself a concubine, of the land of the Filipinos, and desired that she return with him to Pasadena, where he lavished upon her very expensive gifts, and spent many hours in her bed. 

5. But the brethren knew nothing of it.

6. And during the wanderings of Herbert his son Ted looked about and said unto himself, Am I not the equal of my father?  Am I not more youthful and more becoming?  And he began to usurp his father’s throne, and to take command.  He gazed upon the maidens in the college called Ambassador, and did lust after them.

7. And he did fuck many, and also the wives of many ministers.  And he was a hypocrite. 

8. Alas, the word did spread, about Ted, that he did fuck many maidens, and wives of many ministers, and Herbert was called home.  And he was wroth.  But as the prophet Jeremy could have said, but did not, blood runneth thicker than water, and Herbert did protect Ted, and assuaged him, and sent him into the wilderness of Montana to repent, whereupon Ted enjoyed a blessed vacation, and did hunt and killed many deer and moose.

9. And the council of elders took exception to Raider, and complained to Herbert.  But Herbert rebuked them, and made his jowls shake with a great shaking, and did squeal like a pig.  And he said unto them, You want me to send him away because you like him not.  BUT I DO LIKE HIM!  And the ministers were stung, and fell silent.  And Raider continued to squander the tithes and consumed many talents upon his lusts.

  

 Chapter 6

 1. In those days Herbert was increased in years, but he did not cease in his travels.  He went forth and preached in many lands, saying, The world is sore troubled, and will surely perish, unless some great hand from somewhere should intervene.

2. But he preached not Christ, nor did he declare the way unto salvation, nor preached the gospel.  He went unto Jerusalem, and Egypt, and Gog, and Magog, and Egg Nog, lavishing upon them gifts, and cash, and receiving many whores, and became increased in vanity.

3. And it came to pass in those days that a man called Robinson did write a book, and a man called Tuit did file a suit, and the governor of the province called California did pay heed.  He sent forth magistrates, and deputies, and did seize the church (called Worldwide), and occupied it, and said, Lo, this man Herbert is a thief, and a liar, and a charlatan, and we must inquire of him as to how the talents are spent.

4. But the congregations rose up and rebelled, for they were told by the ministers that this was of Satan, and persecution, and they believed.  They resisted the magistrates and deputies, and cried aloud with a loud voice, and said, Free us O Lord!

5. And Mike Wallace came forth and communed with Raider, and noised it abroad.  And Raider was wroth, and fucked it up, and said unto Mike Wallace, Get thee out of the house of God, or I shall prevail upon the District Attorney, for thou art too close to the truth!

6. But there was a document in the land, called the Constitution, and it was the law in the land.  And it came to pass that many churches, and congregations, and cults did ally themselves with the Worldwide, and the governor of the province called California withdrew, and said, Behold, this cause is lost, and Herbert escaped justice.

7. But he was wroth, and squealed like a pig, and shook his jowls with a great shaking, and disfellowshipped many.  And began to preach about two trees, which meaning none could interpret, (for it had no meaning), and from that day forward did preach nothing else, for he had nothing else to preach.  And he put the church back on the track, which is to say, back in the hole.

8. In the sixty and second year of his ministry, when he was ninety and three years of age, Herbert did finally die.  And he was unrepentant of his deeds, and very proud and exceedingly filled with vanity. 

9. And there were many more acts of this apostle which have not been told, but truly, are they not written down in the web site called The Painful Truth?  Amen.

Source.