Ronald Weinland

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May 16

Chapter 7, Part 1

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 7: Countdown to Christ’s Coming – Part 1

From the prophets of old and throughout the New Testament, there have been prophecies given concerning Christ’s first and second coming and the timing regarding the countdown for each.

Through the prophet Daniel, God foretold the exact timing when the Messiah would first come to fulfill a work on earth. These scriptures also foretold when he would die. As with most prophecy, it was not written to be readily known or understood.

God also recorded another prophecy which speaks of a specific event that would reveal the beginning of a countdown to Christ’s second coming. That countdown will be covered in this final chapter. Some who do not like math or calculating dates may not like or understand some sections of this, but you can gain a profitable overview just the same. Also, the meticulous process and precision that God has revealed through this timing should prove very meaningful and hopefully stir certain awe as well. This is all quite profound and great proof of Christ’s coming.

The fact that the Messiah had a specific work to do on earth in a first coming, and the fact that he would die before establishing God’s Kingdom, was never understood by prophets or religious leaders all the way to the time of Christ’s resurrection. Even the disciples to whom Jesus Christ foretold about his own death did not understand what he was telling them, nor did they understand his work that he was fulfilling as the Messiah until after he had already died and been resurrected.

70 Weeks Prophecy
This prophecy in Daniel, often referred to as the “70 Weeks Prophecy”, gives information on the countdown of Christ’s first coming. For this specific prophecy, God reveals that each “prophetic day” in this specific prophecy is equal to a literal year.

The prophecy first begins with a specific segment of time: “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince [when he would begin his work, his ministry], there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times” (Daniel 9:25).

The first period mentioned is “seven weeks,” which is 49 days. Those prophetic 49 days are equal to 49 literal years. In 457 B.C., Artaxerxes issued the decree for the rebuilding of Jerusalem that took place through the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. It took 49 years to reconstruct the streets and walls, which fulfilled this first seven weeks prophecy (49 years) that concluded in 408 B.C.

The next period mentioned was “sixty-two weeks.” Multiplying this number by seven days in a week is equal to an additional 434 prophetic days or 434 literal years. Adding 434 years, beginning from 408 B.C., brings us to 27 A.D. (adding a 1 since there is no year 0). Jesus Christ began his ministry in 27 A.D. and was killed 3 ½ years later on Passover 31 A.D.

That 3 ½ years is what the next verse in Daniel is about: “And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off [killed], but not for himself [he was going to die for all mankind as their Passover]” (Dan. 9:26). The following verse adds even more: “And Then he [Messiah] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week [3 ½ days] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease…” (Dan. 9:27).

The prophets of old, religious leaders, and the disciples themselves did not know that the Messiah would first come to die as the world’s Passover nor could they grasp that by doing so he would cause the physical “sacrifice and the oblation to cease,” meaning his death would fulfill and do away with the laws pertaining to the sacrificial system. When scriptures speak of laws being done away with, especially in Hebrews, this is not about the 10 Commandments, but it is about the law of sacrifices, the sacrificial system and laws pertaining to it, which symbolized that which was to come.

This prophecy concerning Christ’s first coming in which he would fulfill a ministry lasting for 3 ½ years, after which he would be “cut-off” (put to death), is easily understood; however, this prophecy also contains meaning concerning the events at the end-time as well, although not all of it has been completely revealed. That which is known will be covered later.

Final Countdown Begins
Some history that will be covered in this chapter concerning a specific countdown to Christ’s second coming has already been mentioned, but it is important to receive all that has been given in a complete picture to see how all the periods of time fit together precisely so.

Even after the Church began on Pentecost in 31 A.D., they still did not know that Christ would not return in their lifetime. For generation after generation within the Church, for nearly 1,900 years, the Church waited. It wasn’t until God raised-up Herbert W. Armstrong to be His apostle that He began to reveal to the Church that they were living in the end of the age of mankind—in the end-time.

God revealed to Mr. Armstrong that there were seven specific eras for God’s Church as recorded at the beginning of the Book of Revelation. The first era during the time of the original apostles was known as the Ephesian Era. Mr. Armstrong was raised up to lead in the sixth period known as Philadelphia (Rev. 3). When he died in 1986, that era came to an end and the seventh and last era began—Laodicea.

It was about half-way into the era of Laodicea (9 years) when a prophecy that God had given Paul to write became fulfilled. This prophecy was the sign to God’s Church that Christ was now coming. This was covered in Chapter 5 concerning what was written in 2 Thessalonians 2 about an Apostasy that had to occur in the Church of God before Christ would begin his return. Because of those verses, the Church had known for decades that an Apostasy would occur in the end-time, but it had no comprehension of its magnitude or destructive power.

To understand the countdown that began at the time of the Apostasy, it is necessary to become somewhat familiar with certain prophetic periods of time that are associated with the end-time.

1260 Days in Prophecy
The Church has long understood that there are specific periods of timing associated with Christ’s coming that involve 1,260 days. In prophecy, there is a description of 42 months which is about a specific period in a countdown to Christ’s coming. That period is 1,260 days in length. In other words, 42 months is an equivalent prophetic period of 1,260 days.

Other places in scripture refer to a time, times, and half-a-time that is also equivalent to exactly 1,260 days, where a “time” is defined as 360 days, “times” is 720 days, and “half-a-time” is 180 days, which when added together is 1,260 days. These are all prophetic periods of time and have been understood by the last two eras of God’s Church to be periods of specific time that would be fulfilled at the end-time before the coming of Christ. It is just that the Church has not known how all these fit together.

Before proceeding, it also needs to be mentioned that there is additional prophetic meaning contained within these periods of 1,260 days. This period is subdivided into another count, where 280 days reveal God’s direct judgment in a matter.

This one period of 280 days stands alone as a period of judgment from God. The remaining time of 960 days (1,260 – 280) reveals more about why a judgment has been made. That remaining period of 960 days can also be referred to as “time, times, and half-a-time” when pertaining to judgment. In the case of judgment, 280 days is a “time,” 560 days is “times,” and 140 days is “half-a-time.” All these periods have significance, but God has not yet revealed all of this to His Church. Nevertheless, the complete sum is still 1,260 days (280 + 960).

In this example, 280 days is for judgment, and the period of “time, times, and half-a-time” is the remaining 980 days (280 + 560 + 140 = 980). This 980 days plus the 280 days of specific judgment is equal to 1,260 days. It is not necessary to fully understand matters about this period of “judgment” contained within the prophetic end-time number of 1,260 days, but it does help to reveal that God is very exact and methodical in all that He does. The fulfillment of prophecy is not a matter of random chance, but of order, organization, planning, design, and that which is constant.

Back to the Countdown
After the Apostasy occurred on the 17th of December in 1994, the Church learned that a countdown had begun to Christ’s return. Yet in the midst of all this we did not yet know when that would be or how all these prophetic periods of time fit into that countdown.

The first thing God revealed to His Church was a matter of judgment and the importance of a period of 280 days that revealed God’s judgment. When Joseph Tkach, Sr. gave his sermon that polluted God’s temple, the Church of God, the prophesied Abomination of Desolation of the spiritual temple of God became fulfilled. This prophecy of Paul concerning the Apostasy had begun. God revealed a powerful judgment that He personally executed upon the man of sin, this son of perdition. Exactly 280 days later, to the hour, from when Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. gave that sermon, God took his life.

Once the remnant Church became aware of the significance of this judgment upon this prophetic man of sin, the son of perdition, more understanding began to be given concerning important periods of time that fit into what the Church was experiencing.

God eventually revealed to the Church that it had experienced a specific prophetic end-time period of 1,260 days after that Apostasy. It was the first of several such periods that God would reveal. It proved to be more than a coincidence that from the day of the Apostasy on the 17th of December 1994, to Pentecost of 1998, 1,260 days had been fulfilled. God later revealed that this Pentecost of 1998 was the day that the remnant Church had been reestablished as the one true Church that God would work through until Christ returned. Although it was revealed at a much later time to the Church, it was also on this Pentecost of 1998 that God made me an apostle to His Church—the last apostle for this end-time.

This first period was also revealed to be the one spoken of in Revelation 12:14. This scripture speaks of the Church that remained after the Apostasy that was spiritually nourished and protected from Satan during a time, times, and half-a-time (1,260 days). This period of protection following the Apostasy was needful for God’s Church in order to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare it for a work that would follow.

2012—First Date for Christ’s Coming
Over the years that followed the reestablishment of the Church on Pentecost of 1998, God worked to mold, fashion, and prepare the Church for greater things it was to accomplish through this countdown. Jesus Christ inspired the Church to produce two booklets that focused on crying out to those who had become scattered from the Apostasy. The first was entitled, Time Is Running Out. It revealed to the scattered groups what had happened to them, as they had no answers. They could not even see that there had been an Apostasy, although two-thirds of the Church no longer existed, and what remained had been scattered and split into over 600 different groups.

These scattered groups did not recognize that Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. was the prophesied man of sin in 2 Thessalonians 2. It did not see that all the Church had been spewed out of God’s mouth as prophesied for the Laodicean Era of the Church.

The second booklet, Time Has Run Out, was a much stronger message toward those scattered groups and served as warning for them to address the truth of what had happened to them. This was also a strong message against all in the ministry who failed to acknowledge what God had revealed, and by doing so, they had failed to truly serve and warn God’s people.

Then the book, The Prophesied End-Time, was written and sent out to the world in several languages. It was advertised in several nations and was free of charge to any who requested it and it could also be downloaded for free.

Then God began to reveal that 2008 was the pivotal year in the countdown to Christ’s coming, and the book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, was written. It too was sent out in several languages and was offered free on the Internet or in paperback. The Church paid all cost of publication and postage. It tried to make it as easy as possible for any who were interested in knowing about the catastrophic events of the end-time to be able to receive it.

In the previous chapter, it was covered how the Church came to believe Christ’s coming would be on Pentecost of 2012. In this period from the Apostasy to this date of Pentecost in 2012, God began to reveal prophetic periods of great significance. Again, all these different counts and the dates on which they occurred became a matter of awe, as these began to reveal patterns and order that could not be by chance, but only of design. The mathematical probabilities for so many prophetic periods of fulfillment, along with the meaning associated with the dates many of these occurred, was simply dumbfounding and deeply inspiring.

As a quick review, it was previously stated that 2008 was the pivotal year that determined whether the date of Christ’s coming would remain the same and be in 2012 or whether it would be moved forward by seven more years to 2019. However, the Church did not realize just how pivotal 2008 really was.

It had been revealed that the three prophesied periods of time mentioned in Daniel 12 (1,335, 1,290, & 1,260 days) were to begin within the year 2008. The first period of 1,335 days would lead up to the specific Holy Day that God had revealed Christ would return, Pentecost 2012. When counting backward from Pentecost of 2012 by 1,335 days, the count came to September 19, 2008. This was the day for the annual observance of the Feast of Trumpets in 2008—a startling revelation. In addition, the meaning of Trumpets had great relevance here because that day’s meaning concerns the announcing (trumpeting) of the coming of the Messiah.

God then revealed that the final seal of Revelation, the Seventh Seal, would open on the 14th of November 2008 (1,290 days before Pentecost 2012). Then, on the 14th of December 2008 (1,260 days), the Seven Trumpets of Revelation were blown, and the physical tribulation they announced would occur when it was God’s time that they each should begin doing so.

70 Weeks
The time between when the Apostasy occurred up to Pentecost on the 27th of May 2012 became another astonishing revelation of time. Although God later revealed that He had changed the time of Christ’s coming in 2012 to that of Pentecost in 2019, He still clearly revealed the purpose of this first date and its great significance. This period of time contained a total of 6,370 days.

When counting up to Pentecost of 2012, the 27th is not included in the count, as Christ’s coming would have been at the very end of the 26th, just when the day of Pentecost would begin on the 27th.

This number of 6,370 is a specific multiple of three numbers that have highly significant prophetic meaning. God revealed those numbers as 7, 70, and 13. When these numbers are multiplied together they equal 6,370 days.

Earlier, God’s judgment upon the man of sin was shown by revealing he died 280 days after the Apostasy. This number is the multiple of the 7-day week times 40, where 40 is a number used prophetically that indicates judgment. The man of sin sought to change God’s Sabbath of the 7th day of the week, and God executed His judgment against him for doing so by ending his life exactly 7 x 40 days later (280 days), to the hour, from when he declared that it was no longer required to observe the Sabbath. The number 7 that was used here is the number that contains the prophetic meaning of being complete—completeness.

When used prophetically, the number 70 is one that has always been known to contain the meaning of Christ’s coming. This comes from that well-known prophecy of Daniel that is widely understood as the 70 Weeks Prophecy. For this count following the Apostasy, it was not a matter of years, but of days. With seven days in a week, times 70, which is the number for Christ’s coming, there are 490 days.

Then there is one more multiple in this sum of 6,370 days and that is the number 13. This number has great significance and has the meaning of apostasy and rebellion. This is recognized in various reference books. Beyond this, it is also a number that is prophetically attached to Satan, who is the ultimate epitome of rebellion and apostasy.

All these dates and numbers carried great meaning for God’s Church because the Church understood that Satan would be bound by Christ for over a thousand years at his coming. Satan and the demonic world will not be allowed to be in the presence of mankind during the Millennium or during the final hundred years when all “the rest” of mankind are resurrected to a second physical life.

So not only did this overall number (6,370) have great meaning concerning Christ’s coming (70), but it also reflected the meaning of Satan’s rule (13) coming to an end over this earth and Christ being established to rule instead, which completes (7) God’s plan for the establishment of His Kingdom to rule on earth (7 x 70 x 13 = 6,370).

Then, in addition to that, what had happened in the Church through a prophesied rebellion of the man of sin, the son of perdition, in an Apostasy had incredible meaning in the use of the number 13. Indeed, the great meaning for this entire period of time from the Apostasy to the first date of Christ’s coming proved incredibly inspiring to God’s Church.

These numbers continue to become more astounding and revealing the further we go into them. These are so very far beyond any possibility of coincidence or chance that it defies the imagination. The mathematical probability of these numbers occurring and with the dates associated with them continues to increase exponentially the more that is added. The numbers that have been used, which give such resulting totals is in itself astounding, but the fact that “exact meaning” is also contained in all of them carries this into a realm of incredible improbability and is a powerful witness as to who is the designer of it all.

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Apr 16

Chapter 6, Part 6 (of 6)

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 6: If You Will Listen, God Will Listen – Part 6 (of 6)

God’s Love and Mercy
If people get nothing more than only one thing from this book, I personally hope they could begin to receive an awesome truth. It is that God is just, and a God of infinite love, and great mercy. The Psalms speak often of this fact, and I am a going to quote a couple of those verses here.

“The Eternal is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Eternal is good toward all, and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalms 145:8-9). The creation and purpose God has for mankind is the greatest of all His work. This verse describes the true desire that God has for all people.

“For you Lord are good and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who will call upon you” (Ps. 86:5).

That verse says so much. God is always ready to forgive and show mercy, but the problem is with people who simply will not go before Him to repent so that He can forgive and grant mercy to them. Mankind is so stubborn, selfish, and self-willed, just as this end-time is revealing. How long will people refuse to willingly humble themselves and repent of their ways to then begin embracing God’s true ways? Mankind’s track record over 6,000 years is not good.

“The Eternal says, ‘Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Do I not rather that he should turn from his ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23).

The last section of this chapter should help reveal the greater depth and kind of love God has for mankind. People have not known the great purpose for WHY they have been created and put on this earth in the first place. They have not known why they have life. It is because of a loving Father’s plan that has been in motion now for billions of years and is only now coming fully to light.

God’s True Will for Mankind—to Become Elohim
There is so much that I would truly like to share in this book, but there is not enough space to write it all. There is much more contained in the two previous books that I do not want to repeat here either. So I am going to attempt to summarize God’s purpose and will toward mankind as concisely as possible. Yet there is so much that still needs to be told.

Some information that was given earlier in this book explains a second creation (into spirit life) that God has designed for mankind to potentially receive, and for that creation to be possible is the very reason why God first made mankind a physical creation. Let’s jump ahead a little and show what God’s will and greater purpose is for the creation of mankind in the first place. By explaining this and then focusing on the great goal that is potentially before us all, then it should make it easier to understand why God has a 7,100-year plan for the existence of physical human life on this earth.

At the very beginning of Genesis, God gives us a picture of a planet that had been created much earlier, but that was in total disarray and in a complete state of great destruction. There was no life on it whatsoever, and the rays of the sun could not even reach its surface. This chaotic and lifeless condition was because of what Satan and a third of the angels had done to it.

In the beginning story in the first two chapters of Genesis a word simply translated into English as “God” is used. This word is used repeatedly as it describes this God making the earth habitable for life once again. Then that same God creates the first two human beings. After creating the first man and woman on the sixth day, God then rested on the seventh day.

That word simply translated as “God” is the Hebrew word “Elohim.” This phase of a re-creation on earth reveals Elohim refashioning the earth to make it habitable once again and then creating life on it.

However, in some other areas of scripture in the Old Testament, God is sometimes described by the simplest and most basic Hebrew word for God, which is simply “El.” But most often, the Hebrew word “Yahweh” is used which carries the meaning of the “Eternal One,” or even more accurately, the “Eternal Self-Existing One.” Yet God’s most complete name is very often recorded throughout the Old Testament as “Yahweh Elohim.”

God inspired this very basic word “Elohim” to be used by itself in the first couple chapters of Genesis concerning Himself and what He was creating, but it also is being used in a prophetic manner to reveal so much more.

When it describes this momentous occasion of making the earth habitable for life and the creation of actual life upon the earth once again, the use of the word “Elohim” can give the sense that more than one is involved in doing this creation.
Since translators did not grasp what God was doing or why, they simply translated things in a way that reflects normal human reasoning. They translated this in such a manner that it can seem as though a conversation is taking place by more than one being described as Elohim or that some kind of relationship exists between more than one being. God used this word in these two chapters to reveal a very great purpose for His creation of mankind, and He does so in a prophetic manner.

God did not begin by identifying Himself as El or as Yahweh. Instead, God starts from the beginning—at the start of Genesis—to reveal His great purpose prophetically for the creation of mankind.

As stated before, Elohim is often used when God identifies Himself in His full name of Yahweh Elohim. Yahweh can best be translated as the single word “Eternal,” yet it is much more. It actually reveals the One Eternal Self-Existing God. That actually better describes the full meaning for the word Yahweh.

Elohim, however, is very unique. It is a uniplural word for a “family” name and carries the uniplural meaning of family. It is much like the last name of most people that reflects a specific “family” lineage—as a family name. Actually, that is exactly what this word Elohim is. It identifies a “family,” but here, it is the “God Family.” Elohim is the word that describes “God’s Family” name with its origin being El—God as the head and one through which that Family has existence. That is why mankind was created. God reveals Himself as Yahweh Elohim—Yahweh who is the beginning of the God Family.

In the book of Hebrews, Paul quotes Psalm 8 written by David. It is a quote of David where he comments on looking out into the heavens and considers the vastness of stars that can be seen. He then poses the question to God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Paul goes on to explain that God was giving that answer to David in that prophetic psalm.

These verses in Hebrews 2 explain that God did not place the world (age) to come under the subjection of angels (not under their rule). It continues on to explain how God made humans a little lower than the angels, and yet His purpose was to crown them (mankind) with glory and honor above the angelic realm. Unlike the purpose for the creations of angels, it states that God did set mankind to be over the works of His hands and that “all things” will be put in subjection under his feet and that nothing is left that will not be put under him. This means that God’s purpose, in time, is to put all things He has created under the rule of mankind, but that is in a context of what mankind can become—part of Elohim.

As Paul reveals what God gave to David to record in Psalm 8, he continues with the same kind of language explaining that we do not yet see that fulfilled, except in Jesus Christ who has already been crowned with glory and honor, and that all things have been put in subjection under his feet, and that nothing is left that is not put under him (under his rule). The point being made is that for all who enter into the God Family, as Jesus Christ did once he was raised from physical to spirit life, they too will inherit what has been given to Christ. All who become part of the same God Family will share in having all things put in subjection under them, as they too become crowned with glory and honor. So to this moment in time, when Paul wrote the book of Hebrews, only one had entered into that Family with God the Father, and that was Jesus Christ Elohim.

Angels are created spirit beings. However, those who can enter into Elohim are first described as those of mankind who can become begotten of God’s holy spirit who must then grow spiritually in embryo, and then later, become born as spirit beings into God’s Family. God’s spirit Family consists of those who are born into that Family in what can best be described as a spirit birth and not through that of a spirit creation like the angels. That is why scripture speaks of how mankind must come to a point of baptism to receive the impregnation—the begettal—of God’s holy spirit in them. It involves a spirit creation, but not one that is instantaneous in composition as when the angels were created instantly of spirit composition.

It has already been partially explained why God first made us physical so that once His holy spirit begins to work in the spirit essence that exists in the human mind (once begotten of God’s spirit) then a complete spirit transformation can begin. In this manner, begettal and then later birth on a spirit plane, better explains the creative process mankind must experience before being born into—resurrected into—everlasting spirit life IN Elohim—the God Family. Our potential is not to become God as our Father is Almighty God, but we are to become gods in a God Family. It was due to Christ revealing some of this to the Jews that they wanted to kill him for saying such things.

Satan rebelled when he learned of what God had planned to accomplish through the creation of mankind. That is why Satan has mocked God’s Family with stories and beliefs he has inspired that involve god families in religion and mythology. There is much more to learn about all this, but this has been a quick summary.

God’s love for His creation of mankind is far beyond what we are capable of grasping without His help to do so. If one can try to imagine the very best kind of love that a parent can have toward their unborn child, and the hope they hold for that child’s future, then please know, God’s love and hope for mankind is so very, very far beyond such capacity of humans in His Almighty desire and love toward all of us.

God’s will has always been that every human have the opportunity to be born into His Family—the God Family, but such cannot be for every person because mankind is a free moral agent with free will, and therefore, with free choice. Just as with Satan and a third of the angels, there will be millions and likely billions who simply will not choose God and His Family. Like Satan, these individuals will want their own ways and will refuse God’s ways.

God has no pleasure in the suffering of selfish human beings, but there is no other way that Elohim can be created except in the exact way that God is doing it through mankind first living a physical life. Human life is not easy and it was not meant to be easy. Mankind had to be created as physical beings that would develop selfish human nature, as it was explained earlier.

A Second Physical Life
God has awesome purpose in giving most who have ever lived and died the opportunity for a second physical human life. It was not God’s purpose that large numbers of people over the past 6,000 years should be called into a spiritual relationship with Him in His Church in their first lifetime. The reason for that is because if vast numbers had been called during the period of mankind’s self-rule on earth, there would have been massive loss in potential spirit life. In other words, it would have been like massive abortions or miscarriages that would never be able to come to full term.

God has “called” many more than those who were eventually “chosen” throughout the past 6,000 years. Throughout that long period, only a few (144,000) have actually been “chosen” to become those who will be resurrected first—born into His Family at Christ’s coming. Some of this process of how “many have been called, but few chosen,” and the reasons why this process has worked as it has, would take a few more chapters to adequately explain. Suffice it to say, however, God does not want to lose anyone, and being “called” while in the kind of world that has existed for the past 6,000 years has been exceedingly difficult for those individuals. The very best means whereby the maximum number of people have the opportunity to become part of His Family, is being accomplished through the exact way God has been doing it.

God called many and then chose a specific number (144,000) throughout that long period of time in order to mold, try, refine, and prepare them to serve in His government under Christ in the Millennium when all rule will be placed under their feet. Since they were called and worked with in an evil age, the age of mankind’s self-rule, they went through great spiritual tribulation, hardship, and persecution in order to become part of that future government. There has been great sacrifice to prepare that Family so that the potential to save billions could be highly enhanced and made far easier for those who live during the Millennium, and for those who are resurrected afterward into a second physical life. People who live in either of those two later periods of time will be blessed to live under a righteous, just, and prosperous rule of the God Family over them.

But what is this second life and what does it mean?

There are multiple billions who have lived over the past 6,000 years in a world governed by mankind. It has not been a good age to live through, as mankind has not chosen to live by God’s ways, which alone can produce peace, abundance, blessings, and true fullness of life. Mankind has lived just the opposite, in a world of selfishness, war, oppression, injustice, immorality, and evil.

The simplest way to explain the purpose of a second physical life is to simply say that God is providing mankind with the best possible means to judge life by making a choice between mankind’s ways and God’s ways. They will be able to compare their first experience in life and their second physical life.

Mankind’s first physical life is one that has experienced the fruit of great selfishness and pride within self and others. It is the only way that anyone has ever lived life, except those few through time who were called of God to experience and live a different life—God’s way of life that is just the opposite of mankind’s.

Satan’s way is one of pride and selfishness, so God created man to first experience what it is like to live such a life while in a temporary physical existence. Then when God gives a second life in a vastly superior world that is ruled by His ways and His government, the potential for people to then choose His way is vastly greater and much easier. It is in this manner that the greatest number of people will have the greatest potential to choose and become part of God’s Family and be able to be given age-lasting spirit life in that Family.

Most all who are going to be given opportunity for a second physical life have already experienced mankind’s selfish world in their first physical lifetime. Most will have seen and personally lived the way of pride and selfishness, except for those who were very young when they died. In a second opportunity of physical life, those who are resurrected will be able to more perfectly judge between that selfish, pride-filled, and evil way of life that mankind lived in the first 6,000 years in contrast to the way that God has given for them to live in a new and highly superior world. Most of mankind resurrected to that second physical life will have experienced the kind of life that Satan chose—the way of pride, sin, selfishness, ego, lying, cheating, immorality, etcetera.

Before the time when these billions are resurrected to a second physical life, people in the Millennium will have a very clear and truthful history of what 6,000 years of mankind’s ways produced. They will far more easily be able to learn from that past while they are living under a perfect, just, and righteous government leading them. They will not be confronted with any confusion within the world like there is today, especially from the confusion of religion. Instead, there will be one true Church throughout all the earth and one righteous government that rules and nurtures them.

Finally, after 6,000 years, mankind will be shown God’s ways and then be better equipped to make a sound choice for God’s ways rather than that of their own ways as mankind has chosen throughout the past. By the end of the Millennium—the end of the 1,000 year reign of the God Family—billions will have lived and died and will have had the potential to choose God’s way. The billions who do choose God and live faithfully toward Him will be able to enter into God’s Family at the end of the Millennium, just as the 144,000 entered that Family a thousand years earlier.

But there are billions who lived before the Millennium. This now brings us to addressing the question about their fate and the reason God purposed and planned for a second physical life to be given to most all of mankind that lived and then died in the first 6,000 years of human existence.

Scriptures covered earlier not only reveal the 144,000 who are resurrected in the first resurrection to spirit life, but they also reveal a second physical life God will give to most of mankind who lived out their lives at some span of time within that first 6,000 years.

In reviewing some of those verses that spoke of the 144,000, it stated, “…and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:4-5). It doesn’t say anyone is alive or that they went to heaven.

Most of those among the 144,000 lived and died at some period during that first 6,000 years of mankind. The exception to this is for a very small handful of people who will actually be alive when Christ returns, as they are part of the Church at the end-time and are still living. These few who will also be resurrected at that time are not part of the dead spoken of here, but are indeed part of the 144,000. God simply explains for these few who are alive at that time that they will simply be changed from mortal to spirit life in an instant, “in the twinkling of an eye,” as Paul describes it. They simply will not experience death.

However, in these verses just quoted, it also speaks of “others” besides most of the 144,000 who lived and died throughout that 6,000 year period of time: “…the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.”

These verses in Revelation are describing two main groups among all mankind that have lived and died at some span of time within that first 6,000 years of mankind’s existence on earth. The first much smaller group that is being spoken of is that of the 144,000 who are described as being resurrected first to spirit life into Elohim at Christ’s coming.

Yet there is also a vastly larger group being described: “But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.” This is revealing a large group of multiple billions are to be resurrected after the Millennium. However, since they have not yet had opportunity to be begotten of God’s holy spirit, they will be resurrected to physical life again so that they can then have the opportunity to make such a choice in their second physical life if they so choose.

The last of God’s Holy Days is called the Last Great Day. It pictures this 100-year period of time that all will be given in a second physical life. A baby who died right after birth will be resurrected as a whole and healthy baby, and there will be plenty who are related to that child, and even likely, one or both parents who will be able to raise that child in a new world.

This period is described as a time when people will be protected from death so that they can live out a full and healthy hundred years of life. Scripture speaks of special protection that will exist at that time for children. It states that nothing can harm them as in today’s world. They are described as being able to play in the hole of a viperous snake and it will not harm them.

God will provide a full hundred years for every person so that they will have that entire length of time to live and experience this new world that has been established after 1,000 years of change has occurred on earth. In this timeframe, all will then have free opportunity to choose God’s way or not.

Even the animal kingdom is described as no longer being wild and dangerous to mankind. God will actually change their nature and some of their physical makeup. It even describes a lion eating hay. Descriptions of that new world, although not yet fully understood, can be found to show what God reveals in scripture as a lion, a lamb, and a small child leading them.

People who had deformities, debilitating injuries, missing limbs, disease, mental illness, or were blind and/or deaf, or had other kinds of physical weakness in their first life will be resurrected as whole and healthy. A person who lives to be one hundred will now be far healthier when resurrected than they were when young, and they will be able to live another hundreds years in excellent health and strength.

Then, at the end of this 100-year period of time, all who have chosen to live God’s way of life and who have experienced a new creation in them through the spiritual transformation of their mind, will be able to be resurrected into the God Family. They will be able to then become spirit in composition and live everlasting life just like those in the first resurrection at Christ’s coming had received and those billions at the end of the Millennium.

It is the great and merciful Almighty God who has planned His Family, Elohim, and will bring it to pass. As our Father, He has purposed, planned, and created the best possible means whereby all who choose Him and His ways can become saved and live full, happy, and abundant lives into everlasting life, again, if they ultimately choose to do so.

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Chapter 6, Part 5 (of 6)

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 6: If You Will Listen, God Will Listen – Part 5 (of 6)

The Determining Test for The Church
Throughout time, there are things that God has done in the lives of those whom He has called that put them to the test in order to reveal what is actually deep down inside their being—in the inner most part of their mind. These tests serve as a kind of trigger to force a person to address and act upon a decisive issue in their life at that specific moment in time. Such a test will reveal openly where a person truly stands spiritually in their relationship toward God and His Church. The actual degree of strength or weakness an individual exhibits when they are confronted with such a thing will be made manifest by their response, and it is measureable by God.

There are trials and tests that can clearly reveal the strength or weakness within the spirit of a person and of where a person truly is spiritually. These things can reveal the strength of conviction, faith, and level of commitment a person has toward God. However, these may reveal such great weaknesses that it becomes obvious that they will not be able to continue to endure further testing or trials. There is no “sitting on the fence” in a relationship with God. There is no ability to continue in a relationship with God if a person is only lukewarm in spirit, and definitely not if a person is not in agreement.

A good example of such testing is where God allowed Abraham to believe he should offer up his son, Isaac, in sacrifice. Yet it should be understood that human sacrifice is against God’s will and ways, but Abraham did not know that at this point in his life. Nevertheless, God let Abraham believe this was a requirement. Abraham was so strong in his convictions toward God and believed that God was filled with such mercy and righteousness that He would resurrect Isaac if needed in order to keep His promise concerning Isaac’s future. This story tells how God stopped Abraham from killing his own son and provided him with an animal standing nearby so that it could be offered instead. Abraham was put to the test in order to clearly reveal (manifest) what was truly in the deepest part of his being concerning his faith, conviction, and dedication to God. This event was established to help teach the world of the kind of love God has for mankind because He was willing to sacrifice His own Son to save mankind.

After this account, God said to Abraham, “Now I know you.” This revealed the true mind and spiritual creation that had been developed in Abraham to that moment in time. It revealed the level of commitment which Abraham was determined to live by in obedience and oneness toward God, regardless of the obstacles or trials that might come his way.

Similar to how God worked with Abraham in this account, God also allowed the Church to believe that the return of Christ was still going to occur in 2012, even after He had judged in mid-2008 to extend it by seven more years beyond 2012. God made this judgment in mid-2008 to move forward Christ’s return after putting the Church to a test that revealed the true spiritual state and level of actual spiritual development in its members to that moment in time. This was a test to determine the kind of choices individuals would make that would reveal their true faith toward God. It was a test that would force a response to be triggered that would reveal, one way or the other, what was deep down inside the spirit of each person.

This test was when God revealed a new truth to His Church that Christ would return to this earth on a Pentecost and not on the Holy Day of Trumpets as previously believed. Ever since I have been in the Church, it had been believed and taught by the ministry that Christ would return on a Feast of Trumpets. This would not be a small change for the Church, and it would reveal where everyone stood spiritually. Matters concerning Holy Days are very foundational doctrines, and the Church knows well that God will not change any truth concerning those days and their meaning for fulfillment. Although God had given His Church much truth concerning His Holy Days, there have been some things about those days that He never fully revealed. That was by design.

Over time, God reveals more and more truth to His people. It has been that way ever since Adam and Eve were created. Over the past 6,000 years, God has progressively revealed truth of Himself, His plan, purpose, and ways of life. As an example, in the time of Moses, God revealed much more about Himself, His purpose, and true ways of life that mankind should live. God had worked with certain individuals and families for several hundred years before, but by the time of Moses, He began to reveal much more to Israel than he had to those who had previously lived.

As time continued on, God began to reveal more through His prophets and then through the greatest Prophet of all that was sent to mankind—Jesus Christ. It was at this point nearly 4,000 years from the beginning of mankind’s existence that God began to reveal a greater amount of knowledge and understanding. Jesus Christ began to reveal the spiritual intent of God’s laws and ways of life. Even after the Church began in 31 A.D., God continued to progressively reveal much more to His Church through his apostles and the prophet John.

Over the past 80 years, there was only one other change in the Church that was of such proportion with the potential for trials as this one. It was when God had given truth to Herbert W. Armstrong that the Church should be keeping Pentecost on a Sunday and not on a Monday as the Church had been observing for nearly 40 years previous to this. So in 1974, when God led Mr. Armstrong to make this change within the Church, it was a trigger that forced people to address where they stood as a matter of “faith” in God’s Church, how deeply they believed God’s calling, and of how convicted they were of how God was working with them.

When that change was made, it truly did reveal where people stood spiritually. The response from members of the Church now allowed for each of them to be easily measured by God as to where they were in their spiritual development. There were large numbers of people, including quite a few within the ministry, who left the Church over this. Yet even in this, there were people who opposed this change who were on two different sides, but nevertheless, it revealed where they truly were spiritually. Some would not make the change because they could not accept that God had revealed such a thing to Mr. Armstrong because they could not believe that they had been wrong all those years before this. Others left because they believed Mr. Armstrong had not made the change quick enough. This test was a trigger that caused people to respond, one way or the other, thus revealing their true beliefs and convictions.

God could have revealed this truth to the Church from the beginning, but He did not, and that was by design so that at a future time this might be used to test and refine His Church. This test worked to help cleanse the Church spiritually, and as a result, a stronger body remained as it continued to follow God’s apostle, as he was following Jesus Christ.

It was by this testing in 1974 that many were weeded out of God’s Church, yet the vast majority of the Church simply took this in stride, and were thankful for another great truth that God had revealed. They were excited by what God had given to them.

Such tests are designed as a trigger that forces a person to respond to something they have never yet been faced with in their life. At such a moment, they are forced to decide and choose what they will believe. In this case of a change being made concerning the day that Pentecost was to be observed, the announcement of this change forced people to respond to their true thinking and convictions. Each person was confronted with having to make a personal decision concerning what choice they would make in response to what they heard. This test, which resulted from this announcement of a big change in the observance of one of God’s Holy days, worked as a kind of trigger upon the mind. It would instantly spark a reaction that would begin to manifest where each individual stood. It would reveal one’s faith and level of conviction or the lack thereof.

Oftentimes, individuals don’t even know their own true self and actual convictions until such a test comes their way that will reveal it.

In this particular example, people were instantly tested as to their actual conviction and belief in God’s Church and of their own level of confidence that God was leading Herbert W. Armstrong as His apostle. It would reveal each person’s level of conviction, their belief in the doctrines of the Church, as well as their belief in the means through which God reveals truth to His people.

It was at Pentecost 2008 when God began to reveal a new truth—the 50th Truth to His Church concerning the Holy Day when Christ would once again stand upon the Mount of Olives at his return. The response to this truth from God’s Church would be the determining factor for what year God would send His son to establish His Kingdom on earth.

There were two objectives God had for the Church if that return was to go beyond 2012. God’s purpose wasn’t that the members of the Church just simply carry on as they had over the previous 13 years, simply continuing a process for the normal transformation of the mind that was being created within each of them. The Church had already been on a very long, turbulent journey since the Apostasy, and there was no point that it should simply suffer more unless there was some far greater purpose for it.

Instead, if the Church was going to be carried forward another 11 years, up to the Pentecost of 2019, God was first going to make it a Church that would become even far, far stronger in faith and spiritual strength than it had ever been. This would entail a creative process that had never before been done on such a level within the Church.

Secondly, God’s greater purpose for continuing forward was that if indeed a greater creation were to be worked within them, then they would also do a much greater work than could have been accomplished after 2008 and up to 2012, if that had been the time for Christ’s coming.

If the Church was not where it needed to be by mid-2008 in order for these additional things to be accomplished within it, then there was no point of continuing further. Instead, it would be more expedient to simply carry out the execution of prophetic end-time tribulation upon the world, a world that had already been judged worthy of tribulation.

This new truth that was to be a test on the Church was given to it on the 28th of June in 2008. It was then that this change about Christ returning on Pentecost was revealed to the entirety of the Church. This did prove to be unsettling for a very few, which included a handful within the ministry. These did not respond well and this began to reveal their true spiritual state. In time, most of these became weakened by other events and eventually went by the wayside. This was a test that triggered a true response within these individuals that then began to become manifest and proved to be a major turning point in their life as they turned away from God.

However, for some in the Church, this proved to be a great spiritual wakeup, as they began to recognize that a lethargic spiritual condition of Laodicea was starting to creep into their lives. This motivated these individuals to repentance and greater spiritual growth.

For most who were actively growing on a continuing basis on a spiritual plane, this new truth proved inspiring, especially as they then began to see a far greater importance in it. The Church became more excited about this change as the weeks progressed, and it proved to be a strong catalyst for far greater spiritual growth.

There was more to this new truth beyond the fact that it revealed the actual Holy Day when Christ would stand on this earth once more. It also revealed a big change that was to occur in what had been seen as the actual day when Christ would return. This in itself proved to be exceedingly exciting for God’s Church.

As it was stated, before this change in understanding that Jesus Christ would return on a Pentecost, it was believed that he would return on a Feast of Trumpets, which is autumn in the northern hemisphere. Several months prior to this change given in June 2008, the Church had come to believe that Christ was going to return on the Feast of Trumpets in 2011. The reason for seeing that it had to be that specific year was because God had revealed that 2008 was the year that a final witness to the world would begin to be established, hence the title of the second book, 2008—God’s Final Witness. Since 2008 had been revealed to be the year when God would begin to establish a final end-time witness, the Church knew that witness would be accomplished within a prophetic period of 1260 days as prophesied. The only Feast of Trumpets that could be measured from any date within the year of 2008 and out to a future Feast of Trumpets had to be the Feast of Trumpets in 2011.

So with this new truth about Christ returning on a Pentecost, this also required announcing a change to a new date for the return of Christ. The only time that could be measured to a specific Pentecost from 1260 days within the year 2008, had to be the Pentecost of 2012.

Although there was a change in our understanding about a different Holy Day being the date of Christ’s coming, this now became incredibly exciting. This count of 1260 days is one that is directly related to Daniel’s prophecy for timing of end-time events that includes the count of three specific periods of time. In addition to a 1260-day count, there is also the count of 1290 days and 1335 days mentioned in Daniel 12. All of the sudden, these days began to fit into a very meaningful pattern, whereas they didn’t before in the previous count to Trumpets of 2011.

By counting back 1335 days from the Pentecost in 2012, it leads to the 30th of September of 2008, the Feast of Trumpets for that year. This was incredibly inspiring for the vast majority of the Church, as this had awesome meaning that everyone understood. The Feast of Trumpets pictures the trumpeting of the announcement of the coming of the King of kings—the Messiah’s coming. That is the primary meaning of that Holy Day, and that is why the Church previously believed that Trumpets must be the Holy Day on which Christ would return. However, with the new truth given to the Church in late June 2008, this now took on even deeper meaning. That is because it was now believed the trumpeting (announcement) of Christ’s coming would occur on Trumpets of 2008 and then 1335 days later he would begin his return to this earth at the very moment Pentecost began on 2012.

This test upon God’s Church in 2008 was actually far more important than we ever knew. It was of double importance in one sense because it was like two tests in one. Not only had truth been changed about a Holy Day, but now the timing for Christ’s return was also altered as a result, since it was now understood that he would not return on the day of Trumpets 2011, but on the day of Pentecost 2012. This was a mighty strong and telling test for God’s Church, as it would quickly and powerfully reveal the belief, conviction, and faith of every individual.

So indeed, God triggered a response that manifested the true spiritual condition of the Church, which could then be measured. It was then that God proceeded with His plan and purpose to create something far greater in His Church, to a degree and in a way that had never been done before. Since the Church passed this test with resounding success, God would now not only move forward the timing for Christ’s coming from the Pentecost of 2012 to the Pentecost of 2019, but He would begin preparing the world to now have the potential for far greater numbers to be delivered into the Millennium.

Although God changed this timing, He did not reveal to the Church that He had done so. That in itself would become the primary tool God would use whereby He would continue an even greater spiritual creation within His Church. As a result, the Church experienced a molding and spiritual fashioning of faith and strength to a level where members were made to stand fast against Satan, the demonic world, and the world itself, regardless of what these would throw at it.

At One With God
This experience of a duel test the Church had been given at the end of June in 2008 actually worked to launch the Church forward with greater conviction and focus than ever before. After another six months had passed, the Church had grown to a much stronger level of spiritual oneness with God. This was reflected in what the Church then did in early January of 2009.

Although God had revealed an important truth to His Church that the return of Christ was now going to occur on a Pentecost, He never revealed to the Church that 2012 was no longer to be the year for Christ’s coming. It would be a few more years before God would actually reveal that everything had been moved forward by seven years.

Throughout the four years that followed the time the Church was tested, all the way up to the Pentecost of 2012, the Church still believed that Christ was coming on that day. It lived that belief as a matter of unquestioning faith, similar to Abraham who had unwavering faith that God would resurrect his son if he were sacrificed. For the Church, everything they lived was geared to that day for Christ’s coming. People made important financial, future family planning, and career decisions based on this world’s system coming to an end by late May of 2012. For many, this would later prove to make their lives more difficult in the years that immediately followed, but nevertheless, they did it all in faith.

Although the Church experienced the months, weeks, and days leading up to that day with nothing happening, this experience actually became the catalyst that would pave the way for God to do a much greater spiritual creation within them in a way that could not have been accomplished through any other means. That is the very reason God did not reveal that everything had been moved forward by seven years. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t for quite a while after Pentecost 2012 that God revealed what He had done. In all those years leading to that date, the Church grew into a more responsive and unified body that had been prepared to follow God in whatever direction He would lead it and through whatever change was thrust before it.

The Church is God’s creation and now He was going to create something on a far greater plane through this entire process. The astounding purpose behind all that God was doing within those in the Church, began to be revealed in what He inspired His Church to do soon after the Seven Trumpets of Revelation sounded in mid-December of 2008. In the beginning of January, God’s Church entered into a two-day fast. This was unprecedented in the Church. It was stated that this fast was for baptized members to participate. Yet some who where not baptized and some younger in age also joined in as well, and some of those who were young did so for one day instead of two, but nevertheless, they participated.

This fast was a powerful tool to bring the Church into far greater unity and oneness with God’s very purpose in moving forward in a second date for Christ’s coming. In this fast that the Church observed, the desire as with all fasts was to draw closer to God through humbling oneself before Him, as one would focus more on their own need for growth, change through repentance, and transformation in mind (thinking). In this fast there were also many prayers that included a petition to God that He might deliver far more people from destruction in this end-time, both in the world and in the Church that had been scattered.

That was God’s purpose all along for the world and for the Church that had been scattered. Through this fast, the Church had been brought into greater unity and oneness with God’s purpose. Yet the Church would not fully learn about all that God had accomplished until they could read the pages of this book, and this is long after God already implemented His plans to achieve the very thing this fast was directed to accomplishing—that many more might be able to be delivered into the Millennium.

God actually did reveal a portion of this to the Church before 2012 that concerned the Church that had been scattered. God revealed that far larger numbers of those who had been scattered were potentially going to be delivered, although we did not realize at that time that this was not to happen for at least seven years or more from when it was revealed. If Christ’s coming had been in 2012, only a much smaller number could have been potentially delivered into the Millennium.

There is a prophecy in Revelation that speaks of destruction that will take place in Jerusalem where a total of 70,000 people are affected. God said that 7,000 of them would perish in a great earthquake (shaking). If the date of 2012 had been fulfilled, this would have occurred within that literal physical city, as this would have then been fulfilled as a physical type for the physical city.

Since the date was changed to 2019, God then provided the means for the Church that had become scattered (a spiritual type of Jerusalem) to have the potential for 63,000 people to live into the Millennium in a continuing physical life rather than having to wait to be resurrected in the final 100 years of a second physical life. Yet this prophecy also reveals that of the total of 70,000 who are counted among this scattered group, that 7,000 notable (marked and specifically named) people from that total will definitely die. These will include many who did not “stand” as they should have for God’s Church when they had the opportunity to preceding the Apostasy and in the few years following. Although 63,000 are offered potential to live into the Millennium, it does not mean that all will accept what God offers to them, which means they must also accept His remnant Church and His two end-time witnesses, who are His prophets and the leaders He has placed over His Church.

In this two-day fast that the Church observed in early January of 2009, the Church had considered participating in a three-day fast. The reason it did not do so is because there was a desire not to take anything away from the incredible story of Queen Esther who had called a three-day fast for all the Jews who were in captivity so that they might be delivered from imminent destruction. These captives humbled themselves for three days and fasted before God by not eating or drinking for that entire period of time. It is an incredible story of how God then delivered them.

One of the most powerful means that God has given for people to use in seeking His favor, mercy, help, and intervention in life is to humble oneself before Him in fasting, prayer, and repentance. It is a powerful tool.

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