Ladies and gentlemen! Fill your lamps with new oil and light them. Gird your loins and prepare for the end is nigh!
But never fear, the righteous one is here to lead you into all truth! The one and only TRUE Church of God that has not been taken over by weak effeminate leaders is the Continuing Church of God. Only the most desiccated COG members on the earth today are part of this amazing work. With the recent humiliation of David C Pack, God has now placed his mantle on Bob Thiel unless there is another COG "organizational change."
Organizational changes have come and gone in Armstrongism. Each new alliteration seems to be wackier than the last. Bob Thiel is no exception. How long will it be till Thiel's group splinters?It is the highly dedicated in the real Church of God (COG) that will finish the human part of the final phase of the work before (Matthew 24:14-15) and during (Revelation 11:3-14) the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord. Presuming no significant organizational changes, for many reasons, the final phase of the work will be led by the Continuing Church of God (throughout Church of God history there have been significant organizational changes, so one must be cautious as more can happen).
Thiel then makes this claim about his group - which has been the claim of all 700 splinter groups over the last many decades.
Thiel has been slyly hinting that he will be one of the two witless witnesses for quit some time now. He will not directly say he is one of the two, but he feels he is. He also believes his message will lead to great persecution for some in his personality cult.
This final phase of the work seemingly will consist of identifying what is happening in the world (specifically also in Europe, the Middle East, and the Anglo-descended nations), finishing the proclamation of Christ’s gospel of the kingdom as a witness along with persecution (Matthew 24:9-14), the rise and work of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:2-12; which will likely overlap a few days with Matthew 24:14), the likely assistance to the two witnesses by the scattered flock (Revelation 20:4; cf. Luke 9:2-6), the three angel’s messages (Revelation 14:8-11; plus other angelic interventions), and the witness of those persecuted and martyred for Jesus (cf. Revelation 17:6). And then Jesus will return and establish the Kingdom of God.
Thiel thinks that because he speaks out against Catholics and those that are ecumenical, they will soon try to kill him and his followers.
Thiel obviously has been reading the Dave Pack Play Book because he too feels his ranks will soon swell to impressive numbers. COG members will soon flock to this last great work spearheaded by Thiel. The only problem with this influx of new members is that mos of them are fake Christians because they will not sick by Thiel's side in times of trouble.Being killed as the result of persecution is seemingly also part of the final phase of the work that some of God’s people will endure:
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Revelation 14:12-13; cf. 6:11)
As Bob grows into his two witless witness position he and his group will face more and more persecution. The news media and others will start going through his literature with a fine tooth come where they will mock it.It is possible that this short work will temporarily swell the ranks of the Church of God (including some Philadelphians, but perhaps with many Laodiceans and many others not truly faithful—many may well fall away—though some of the first will be last and the last first, cf. Mark 10:31). Some will be faithful and bear fruit, while many others may leave (cf. Matthew 13:18 -23; 2 Thessalonians 2:3) once the persecuting tribulation that seems prophesied to occur prior to the Great Tribulation hits (cf. Matthew 24:9-10;21). Then the end will come.
Partially because the message of the COG, the people of the holy covenant, will enrage the upcoming prince/king of the North (Daniel 11:28-30). One or more associated with the Continuing Church of God will be identifying that the European “prince” (Daniel 9:26-27) who is rising up to become a king, will not be able to truly bring peace, but instead about bring war and will be in league with the final Antichrist. This will likely trigger major media coverage. Scrutiny of real, as well as claimed, COG literature will likely happen and various aspects of real and incorrect COG doctrines will likely be ridiculed. Final Phase
Thiel continues to suffer from humiliation by Rod Meredith and others who mock his self-appointed status. He feels he is too great of man to deserve this ridicule.
Read Thiel's missive here.