For well over seventy years various Churches of God have declared that it's beliefs and understanding were products of restored truths that had been lost for over 1,900 years. Herbert Armstrong declared that his understanding was all sent from God after his yes were opened. The question that needs to be asked is just what is it that he taught that was original and his own?
British Israelism was around hundreds of years before HWA ever touched the subject. Then he has to go and copy word for word out of "Judah's Scepter and Jacob's Birthright."
Then the Church of God 7th Day revealed that HWA had copied word for word one of it's own booklets that he called "Has Time Been Lost."
The teaching that we were all to become gods, was taken from the Mormons. The Jehovahs Witnesses provided plenty of resources for prophecy and end times malarkey that HWA used. His basement safe was filled with JW books.
Now to add to that list, is an entry that James has on the Painful Truth blog about soon coming world dictator (Beast Power/European Union) soon to arise. HWA started writing about the soon to emerge European Union that would be the Beast of Revelation around 1934. Was this something new that God had revealed to HWA? Don't count on it. There were numerous articles in newspapers and magazines as far back as 1929 detailing the upcoming European Union. For more article clippings fromteh1930's click here: "Stolen Ideas" Using Newspapers to Invent Prophecy