"Let’s recall again. Previous announcements explained why Haggai 1:15 describes this event as happening “in the second year of Darius the king.” For those who believe this date pertains to the Persian King Darius (who lived over 2,500 years ago), remember that the modern Zerubbabel is also described as the “son of Shealtiel” and Joshua as the “son of Josedech.”
Well no, not really. Dave has made the case that Herbert Armstrong is also described as the "son of Shealtiel" because since Herbert Armstrong is Zerubbabel, which we all know, he must in some way be that son of Shealtiel too or the setting would just be in the times of Darius...which it actually was and we can't have that. Joshua of the original Haggai is also the son of a father named Josedech and since Dave is the real Joshua, we know that, like Herbert Armstrong who was the real Zerubbabel, Dave can't possibly be that since he is the seed of Mr. and Mrs. Pack. Since we know that "Pack" (a derivative of the word "Passover" sure fine,) does not mean Josedech, it really does because it's in "God Code."
Let’s reason together. The modern types of these two men are obviously NOT sons of these two fathers of long ago. The Bible is obviously speaking in code about what are two modern leaders. Mr. Armstrong knew the ancient Zerubbabel having been born to a man named Shealtiel had nothing to do with his prophetic fulfillment of this role. The same would be true of the modern Joshua regarding the irrelevancy of the ancient figure Josedech.
Whoa..whoa....who is the type and who is the fulfillment now? I thought the originals were the type and HWA and you were the real thing? I'm getting confused. If HWA and you are mere types than I can relax a bit as types come and go. But I sware somewhere you meant that the originals were mere types of HWA and your ultimate reality of the meaning of Haggai?
Similarly, the description of the YEAR of fulfillment must also be in code.
Hey wait...now that was a leap. So Dave makes an assumption and a grand analogy about a long dead political governor (Was HWA a political type...I mean fulfillment?) and a Joshua the High Priest as being code for HWA and himself and so the next mistake must also be in code? Really? Assumption and delusional analogies which now are really true and in code now mean the next assumption and delusional analogy is in code too. Great...got it.
Now think. (I am thinking. And don't tell me what to do.)If God specified in advance the exact year, the entire world would know when the prophecy would be fulfilled! See this! (I can't see it and don't tell me what to see.) Now let’s think again. (Doh...what did I just say!) God does not name in the Bible (or need to) the modern Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11 because His Spirit will guide those who are looking to Him to see who fulfilled this role. Fruits, as well as who fit the profile, eventually revealed the man’s identity—Herbert W. Armstrong.
God is really good at not naming lots of folk. Risky business leaving it up to "fruits" as men count fruitness. Though we know the brother in law of this guy and the great grandmother of that one, God could not find the time to mention the names of any Pharoah's in stories where it would be nice to know so we could date the story. I'm thinking not actually dating the story was the reason the Prie...God, left out the names. I disagree. I believe "God" may not name this Elijah to come is because the Prie..., God did not know who it would be either. That going by the fruits thing has been tried and as with HWA and yourself, it depends on which fruits you pick. The "Spirit Leading" is a bit off putting since that "spirit leading" stuff has been used by every preacher since Paul to prove the unprovable and get people to do the ridiculous. And also send it in. As far as fitting profiles goes, one can get 128,958 other humans to fit whatever profile you wish. Just pick the right fruits and ignore the rest.
" For that matter, the same applied to Zerubbabel. The same principle would apply to the identity of the Beast and False Prophet, whom God would never name in advance—or the Two Witnesses, among others. But eventually God’s people WOULD know who these people are."
Occam's Razor , which states that the simplest answer is usually the correct one would say that the reason names aren't named is that names aren't known by anyone including by one's concept of God. It is actually the author of the book who does not know and cannot therefore say. It's code talk for "It could happen."
I suppose you'd not understand or get that in the day, when Revelation was written, many of the Jewish Christian side of the fence run by Peter, James and John as opposed the Gentile side of the fence run by Paul, considered Vespasian the Beast for taking out Jerusalem and Paul the False Prophet which the Ephesian Church found wanting and wasn't actually an Apostle to Revelation Jesus, and kicked his butt out. Even Paul lamented that "all in Asia (Ephesus) have forsaken me." He blamed them not himself of course. "God's people" have been guessing who these modern characters would be for 2000 years since the failed prophecy of Revelation, written to encourage Jewish Christians in Jerusalem fell flat on its face. I know saying Revelation is a failed prophecy of the now distant past but it is nonetheless. I think the book being given to hyperbole throws you off thinking it is all yet to come. Have you ever actually seen Mt. Zion, the Joy of all the Land? Jewish writers exaggerate.
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.
"Back to Haggai. First, to believe the prophecy is fulfilled during the reign of Darius would mean Haggai is an historical account, and not PROPHETIC.
Um...exactly, as it is an historic account of a then prophetic moment the Jews with hope for better things to come. I know that will bug ya. It was "prophetic" in the sense that Haggai was telling the people if they would get off their butts and rebuild the temple of 580's BCE, the Messiah would come and all would be well. It's how the Prophets, Priests and Kings of the OT tell their story. It's motivational to the times not the distant future. Think! (sorry, broke my own rule) , no one makes prophecy for TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED YEARS into the future. Who would care? The best you'd get out of the people of your times would be "Sure, fine..whatever you say...let's go build our own houses. Screw the temple until we have roofs over our heads in our times now." Prophecies are for "things which must shortly come to pass." It's really not koser to quote the many "soons", "day far spent," "shortly" and "it is the last hour," etc when it's not really. That would make people think the prophet, apostle or Joshua was nuts.
"The first thing the thoughtful reader understands (Watch it Dave...thoughtful readers are not always understanding what you need them to understand because they are...well...thoughtful.) is that this prophecy has nothing to do with any year in the reign of a king that lived over 2,500 years ago! (Inaccurate assumption and literally untrue) So the fulfillment comes in a year that can be known in OTHER WAYS. Thus, the day and month are seen to be easier to know than which YEAR it will happen."
Ok..let me get this straight. Since we can know the reign of Darius, it can't mean that because it's in code. Since it is in code there has to be another way to know what year is actually being alluded to. But you like the day and month given but it's that crazy "when year" that is the code stuff? Ok, got it. That' stupid. No offense.
So in current summary. Dave is not setting dates and by that he means the date for the Second Coming of Christ. And he isn't. However, God has revealed certain dates which can be transposed into August 6th and August 31st of any year. No mystery here. It's in the Book. BUT, Dave has figured out not only who the real Zerubbabel and Joshua are which maybe even Haggai had no clue as to what he was really saying (God did not reveal the code to Haggai) but Dave has divined the year these months and days will occur. And in all of human history since the 500's BCE...it's US! I mean them and Dave. Awesome!
I do have to say here that in tapes not available to the public and sought out earnestly when leaked, Dave does have a liking for his work to end in 2016ish, from what I can understand but that knowledge is not for the public at this time. It will be subject to code cracking change I am sure. It might also mess up enthusiasm for the building program. No matter, I'm pretty sure the time the Code being read will exactly match the lifetime of Apostle Joshua C Packstrong. After life moves on and we' aren't included anymore, who care what happens... Herbert Armstrong never thought 20 minutes ahead into his future because at that time the code said Zerubbabel started it and he would finish it. HWA's lack of common sense and actual planning for the church did indeed finish it. This is the future of RCG as well and it takes no code to see it coming.
The simplicity that the New Testament says is in Christ and the easy burden of it all as opposed to the heavy one Jesus rejected, shouldn't be this confusing and require belief in the unbelivable. It should not take these Davidic twistings of scriptures to make them mean what the NEVER meant. August 2013 is going to be memorable time in the Church of God experience for sure. It should be a real Uni-fiction....
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