Monday, May 13, 2013

Alton Billingsley On How The Church of God Saved The World Many Years Ago




Another gem from Billingsley:

God’s Work did not end at his death; it was only placed on hold for a few years due to an apostate pastor general replacing Mr. Armstrong!

The Re-Activation of God’s Work 

Jesus Christ re-activated His Work at the Passover season in 2006 choosing to use this little insignificant Faithful Flock as His instrument to fulfill end-time prophecy (Habakkuk 1:5; 3:2; Isaiah 29:14).

God’s Work is now going forth to Israel and the world by the use of satellites high in the sky by which our websites function with the “Recorded Works of the Elijah” during his life time!

They continue to serve as a witness and warning of what will happen to Israel unless they repent and return to Him.

Please note the very first thing that is connected with the Elijah’s commission:

Malachi 4:4-6 “Remember the law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was used by Jesus Christ to restore those laws and doctrinal teachings during the 52 years of his ministry, 1934-1986! And Jesus Christ restored them in 2006; and though dead, He is using that same man via of those Recorded Works on websites reaching the world more fully than during his life-time ministry).

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, LEST I come and strike the earth with a curse (meaning utter destruction).”

Did Families Come Together? 

Jesus Christ chose not to strike the earth with utter destruction due to a sufficient number of parents and children’s hearts turning back to one another. The following examples give insight to this smaller number being used to spare the earth from utter destruction:

1) The example of Abraham entreating the LORD God to spare the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, if as few as 10 righteous people were found in those cities they would be spared. Though the LORD God accepted Abraham’s plea (Genesis 18:16-32), ten righteous people were not found.

2) While considering Elijah in ancient Israel there appears to be a duality connected with the Elijah in the end-time. Though it is not explicitly said in Scripture, it appears each time God made known unless a sufficient number of families were brought together by obeying His laws, the earth could have been struck with utter destruction during that time as well. For Scripture reveals the evils of that ancient time in Israel match perfectly with the evils of today.

Elijah became very depressed believing he was all alone and his life was in jeopardy due to Queen Jezebel of Israel seeking to kill him. To encourage Elijah, God made known to him that 7,000 Israelites had not bowed their knees to Baal nor had kissed him (I Kings 19:18).

3) A sufficient number has been found in this end-time in the Tribes of Israel! The Apostle Paul makes known Jesus Christ has in reserve a remnant, very probably the same number of 7,000 Elect members of His true Church who are Spiritual Israelites (Romans 11:4-7). And because of their faithfulness and loyalty to Jesus Christ the earth has once again been spared from utter destruction.

In addition, approximately 150,000 men, women and children came to be part of the Worldwide Church of God due to the Elijah’s preaching and teachings some few years before his death.

This also made possible a sufficient number of families who accepted those teachings and became involved in programs designed to bring them together; such as the youth programs and Y.E.S. programs for the children. This kept the earth from being brought to utter destruction by Jesus Christ 

Sadly, this did not last! Shortly after the Elijah died in 1986, most of those people and their children, following an apostate leader, removed themselves from the teachings of Jesus Christ as were taught through the Elijah. They returned to the customs of their former lives in 1995.

However this added to the sufficiency at that time for Jesus Christ NOT to destroy this earth with utter destruction. But short of that utter destruction to this earth, the people who turned away, along with the tribes of Israel, are to be punished in the Great Tribulation that will soon come to pass. A most terrible and grievous time:

Matthew 24:21-22 “For then there will beGreat Tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And UNLESS those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; BUT for the Elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe many people have nostalgia for the earlier days of the WCG, the local church friendships and looking forward to the Feast etc. I am sure as these ministers age and realize that the "we who are alive and remain.." was not true when first spoken and is not true today, will feel this more and more.

All churches leave their members with experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. ALL do. The Bob Jones types around here tell the same horror stories and also have the same nostalgia for their experience even if they have moved on. They have their minister stories and college stories. And the stories are the same from what I can tell with just the names and beliefs not being the same as WCG.

I personally felt safe with the members of my congregations and the church over all for a time at least. Towards the middle to end of the time I could see that disolving. Church picnics went from wonderful and enjoyable to terrible and divisive. It was sad to me.

I haven't felt "safe", whatever that means, since. I believe that is the origin of the occasional anxiety that lurks in my psyche.

DennisCDiehl said...

meant to put my name on that post

Douglas Becker said...

"Except these days be lengthened, no flesh will completely be free of Armstrongism."

The WCG was as Sodom, taking idleness and ease in the 1970s and oppressing the poor.

End Time Elijah! Hah! Good one! Hasn't anyone who is a would be despot figured out yet that Jesus was the one who fulfilled that role?

Bah!

Steve Kisack said...

Douglas Becker said...
"Hasn't anyone who is a would be despot figured out yet that Jesus was the one who fulfilled that role?"

MY COMMENT: He did? In what way?


Anonymous said...

Oh no! Yet another end-time apostle?

Assistant Deacon said...

Billingsley forgot the good part of the tale: "Grethel emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room, and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. Then all anxiety was at an end, and they lived together in perfect happiness. My tale is done, there runs a mouse, whosoever catches it, may make himself a big fur cap out of it."

I mean, who tells fairy tells and leaves out the ending? Seriously.

Assistant Deacon said...

*tales

Douglas Becker said...

According to the Bible, Steve, not as stating an absolute fact.

It's like this: Armstrongists take Olde Testament Scriptures which were supposed to be fulfilled in Christ and apply them to 2013 (or whatever the heck year it is now) -- often proclaiming themselves to be this or "that prophet" (apostle, evangelist, etc) to establish authority in the minds of those they dupe.