Zehrung runs one of the many groups that broke off of Global Church of God when Rod Meredith took all of its money and ran leaving Raymond McNair up the creek. Global's implosion was just like most of the other COG implosions. Greedy self-serving men bent on having their own following and money making empire. These men always knew more about God, the Bible and "truth'" than the ones in charge they were splitting from. Each one claimed the other was now apostate and they alone were "preserving the truth once delivered."
Zehrung runs a small little sect out of Little Rock Arkansas called The Sabbath Church of God. He also has a radio program. No shock there. What legitimate holder of the truth can get by without a radio program? If Herb did it, so should I!
In one of his articles from Countdown To The Return of Jesus Christ, he has this to say:
We are given an example in the Old Testament of a people who were spared from annihilation when a terrible destruction came upon all Israel because of the abominations of the nation. “The Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4)True believers will be spared from WWIII, most likely in Petra. It's going to be a messy place when all of the hundreds of competing COG's all show up there and start claiming they are in charge.
The mark, or sealing signature, on the forehead of those who were mourning and weeping over the idolatrous conduct of the nation was reminiscent of the blood on the doorposts and lintel of the homes of those who were safe and out of danger when the death-angel passed over the Children of Israel. The sealing on their foreheads afforded them protection – and their lives were spared.
I have never yet seen a single COG member or group "weep and mourn" for the nation/s. I have never seen them in fervent prayer asking for God to forgive the nation/s. I have never seen them asking God to spare the nations/s as long as there was 10 righteous to be found. Nothing. All we do hear is spitting and shouting that death, damnation and doom are soon coming. They pound the pulpit, scream and bellow about all the vile things they want to see happen to this country and others Its concentration camps, meat hooks, slavery, invading Germans, Chinese, Muslims, or the latest enemy. I have never seen Dave Pack, Rod Meredith, Gerald Flurry or any other COG minister ever humble themselves as they prayed for, mourned for, or weeped for their country. Instead their eyes glaze in orgasmic delight as they preach death and destruction. They want to see it happen!
Of course only TRUE Church of God members will be protected. Of the hundreds and hundreds of splinter groups out there, which one is true? Warren's group? Pack's? Flurry's?
When the trumpet plagues come upon the entire earth, the faithful converted saints will be protected by God because they will have already been sealed in their foreheads....But how will a physical remnant of Israel survive the tribulation to live-over into the world tomorrow?They want to see all the young men and women carried off to slave labor camps in Germany - as Rod Meredith believes, to Muslim nations as Thiel believes or to China as other COG ministers believe. Before we know it WWIV will break out as nations start fighting over who gets all the prisoners of war.
The survivors will be the physical remnant of Jacob/Israel. They will mostly be strong young men and women who had been carried into the captivity of slave labor camps of enemy nations. “It shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob [USA, England, etc.], will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God. For though your people, O Israel [USA and the UK etc.], be as the sand of the sea, [only] a remnant of them will return; the destruction decreed [The USA and UK are to be utterly destroyed) shall overflow with righteousness.” (Isaiah 10:20-22)
How and when will this emphasized physical remnant be sealed so that they may be afforded protection from the destruction which will come upon all the earth? Perhaps we are given a clue, if not the answer, in Revelation Chapter 7. “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed [mark of preservation] the [slaves] of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the Children of Israel.” (Revelation 7:3-4)
Are you among the select few in the Church of God who will be sealed? God apparently does not give a rats ass about the Innocent little children or elderly he is about to fry. His only concern is abut a little group of Church of God members in Petra.
In order to support their malarkey they have to fall back on British Israelism as their foundational belief. They are more special than any other nation on earth. God cares more for them because they speak English than he does the Chinese, the Hindu's, the Buddhists, and the so-called Christians of Thieldumb.
The tribes of the Children of Israel are today’s physical citizens of the English speaking nations. “Sealed,” in the previous verse means that a select number of people will be protected during the tribulation, as they were in Ezekiel’s day, because they worshipped the true God. When our children, the tribes of the Children of Israel, see the destruction of the world taking place, they will sigh, cry, mourn and weep for the abominations that are in the land.Only a small remnant will be preserved alive - then Zehrung says they will have died. This is part of the reason Armstrongite scholarship is so foolish. Every single minister interprets scripture according to how he wants it to work.
When we study the chronology of events surrounding those who have washed their robes, and those who have been protected, we can see that a physical remnant is preserved alive at the last possible moment. “And I said unto Him, Sir, thou know. And He said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14) These saints referred to in this verse have died in the persecution of the tribulation, having been previously sealed with God’s Spirit of promise.All the young people sent off to slave labor camps in into German households as Meredith believes, will return to the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, and South Africa where they will build new nations. Just how they do that is not mentioned and is just as illogical as British Israelism is as a belief.
There will be a new nation, made up of our children, gathered to Palestine to once again grow into a glorious People of the Lord. “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed [children] from the East, and gather thee from the West; I will say to the North, Give up; and to the South, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for My Glory.” (Isaiah 43:5-7)