“Now, this new revelation about the prayer rock brings these prophecies into sharper focus. I was wrong in thinking the way I did about us getting that stone. God had a better stone in mind—one superior to that stone!
God is making this significant change for a good reason: We are ready to go to the place of safety, and we now have the stone of destiny! This is much more practical than what we thought would have to happen. THIS SIGNIFICANTLY HELPS OUR JOB OF PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST!
A PURER SYMBOL
Hosea prophesied of a time when Britain would be “without a king, and without a prince … and without an image”—referring to the stone of destiny. We are in that time now! Britain doesn’t possess the image, or the stone, any longer. We in God’s Church now have an even better symbol of King David’s throne.
THIS IS WHAT GOD WANTS. I realize it is radical to say that there is a new stone of destiny. But it is also radical to say that God’s people will have the throne of David, and that is straight out of the Bible! And the stone is a symbol of the throne. God used Mr. Armstrong to prepare the way for Christ’s Second Coming (e.g. Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6; Matthew 17:10-11).
Mr. Armstrong also received the key of David vision (Revelation 3:7) and was a physical descendant of King David. It would be logical for Mr. Armstrong to have a personal connection with the rock that symbolizes the throne of David that Christ will rule from. Mr. Armstrong had a special calling, and you have to be impressed with all that he accomplished.
These are the twisted and perverted words of Gerald Flurry, the leader of the dangerous Philadelphia Church of God cult based in Edmond, Oklahoma.God wants us to learn even more from what he did. Jacob’s pillar stone ties back to Jacob when he was unconverted. God changed his name to Israel upon his conversion (Genesis 32:28). That stone has been witness to generations of coronations of unconverted men and women who have carried on the royal line of David. Perhaps, in the final phase of His Work in this end time, God wanted to have a different stone—a purer spiritual symbol with God’s Church, where His people possess the Holy Spirit. This symbol embodies so much more. I believe that is why God made the change. God’s faithful people today are following through on what Mr. Armstrong did as he prepared the way for Christ’s Second Coming. We are raising up the ruins of his work, and magnifying him and what God did through him.”
Flurry had originally dreamed that the PCG would walk into Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and take possession of the Stone of Scone. The Scottish nation would be so impressed by the glorious work of Flurry that it would willingly hand it over to him, or to Lil'Stevie, the heir apparent. That is one of the reasons they bought the mansion in England to establish a "college" extension office there and to provide easy access to the Stone of Scone and the Hill Tara in Ireland where they plan on digging up the Ark of the Covenant that they believe is buried there.
It is also interesting to note that both Herbert Armstrong and Joseph Smith claim their god spoke to them as they wandered in the woods around where they lived. Both of these men created distinctly unique American religions that both had their roots in the Great Awakening and Millerite movement that swept the Eastern States in the 1800's. Both men also believed the erroneous fallacy of British Israelism. Armstrong also was influenced by the Mormons with is teaching that COG members would become God.
Why is it the so many of these delusional men who lead various splinter personality cults believe their god has "spiritualized" all kinds of physical things and has to label false prophecies as spiritual prophecies? Every time they are caught lying, their gods miraculously turn their mistakes into 'spiritual' imagined versions of reality.
The good thing in some of this is that even some of Flurry's own members think he's lost it. Most COG members think he is a candidate for the loony-bin, so it is good to see present PCG members starting to open their eyes...though don't hold your breath as corporate COG memory is short-lived.