Well brethren, we need to realize the time that we are living in. The condition today is serious. In the news now we are hearing about a nuclear winter. A nuclear war, and Bible prophecy says one is coming, and all indications are that it's going to come sooner than we think. That it would create a vast cloud to cover the whole earth and it virtually shut out the sun until it would be a nuclear winter. It would be impossible to raise crops, or food.
Not only are all prognostications that perhaps anywhere from a billion and a half up to two or three billion people would be killed by the first nuclear explosions. But soon it would be impossible to raise food, and it would break shortly, very quickly, mean erasing all humanity from this earth. Now it's been several months since we had the report that the nuclear scientists have set the doomsday clock forward one minute, I had mentioned this a number of times on the air, I've mentioned it here before, from four, to only three minutes to midnight!
At midnight is the doom. That's the end of civilization as we know it. I think we're living carelessly brethren. Now our own men we had; well let me say that we had quite a conference over in London recently, on the production of 'The Plain Truth,' and we're very much concerned about 'Plain Truth' circulation now in Europe and across the Atlantic.
And we are having a big increase in circulation. As a matter of fact our production people are worried, not because the 'Plain Truth' circulation is going down, but because it's going up! And as we add another half million, or another million, to the circulation of the 'Plain Truth,' we also add millions of dollars to the cost of operating God's work in the publishing the 'Plain Truth.'
'The Plain Truth' has become bigger than I think most of us realize. Of the known magazines like 'Reader's Digest' and like the... the.... oh I can never think of words that I want, the..... oh I don't know why a word won't come to me when I think of it, that I, er..that's the one: 'National Geographic' (chuckles). The United States is one of the perhaps four or five greatest circulation magazines in the world, that class of magazines.
I think there are some that have a large circulation that we never think of, never hear of and don't know much about. We're considerably bigger in circulation than 'Time' or 'Newsweek' or 'United States News,' bigger than any of the popular magazines in the United States. We are reaching one of every twenty households in the United States. Beside heavy circulations in all countries of the earth, and the last report I had there are only two nations on earth we are not getting into.
The gospel is going to the world, and the gospel has now, the gospel of the Kingdom has been declared "in all the world for a witness to ALL nations" (Matthew 24:14)! The two we have not reached are under the communist power anyway and they are captive nations you might say; Laos and Cambodia. And so the situation is very serious.
Now our men who have been over there say that the economic crisis is really hitting Europe. It's a really serious thing, and all of the leaders of the governments in Europe want to see Mr. Reagan re-elected. The people of Europe hate Mr. Reagan and also they seem to hate Mrs. Thatcher in England. And in continental Europe there is a noticeable increase in aversion against, and hostility against the United States and Britain both.
And that is strictly according to biblical prophecy, precisely what God has said. And so I want to say that our own men, in evaluating the situation, believe that we may have not more than one more year to reach the people of Europe, Africa and Asia with the gospel. We're just getting that near to the end and I wonder if we are not asleep over here, and if we realize that time is very precious and time is running out on us.
Now I think it is time that we get back to biblical prophecy, that we see where we are now, where we stand and what is going to happen from now on. As you know, about a third of the Bible of course is history, what has happened in the past, and it's the history of Israel and of other nations as they come into contact with Israel. So it is a history of nations and of governments in this world. The whole thing is about government.
God has a government. He set a throne on this earth. He put a super archangel on that throne. His name was Lucifer, a cherub. Lucifer was perfect from the day God created him, till iniquity, or lawlessness was found in him, and he turned against God. And he said, "I'm going to ascend up to heaven, I'm going to exalt my throne [his throne was here on the earth]. I'm going to exalt it above God, above the stars, the angels of God (Isaiah 14:13 paraphrased). In other words, "I am going to be the Most High, I'm going to take over the universe". He was ruling this little earth, which is only a dot in all of the planets and the suns that compose the entire vast universe! And so he is still on that throne.
Now we know that in history, God first created one man. He was not quite complete. God didn't finish the creation instantly, and so, out of the man He took a rib and created a woman. And after that the man was physically complete. He was not complete as God first created him, but he was still not complete mentally and spiritually and he only had a temporary, physical, chemical existence.
But God offered him everlasting life. But with everlasting life went the character of God; went the knowledge of God, a revelation of God's knowledge from God, and God's love and God's Spirit, and God's mind to open his mind to the things of God, and to the kind of character and righteousness of God. The man rejected that and he took to himself the knowledge of good and evil. And so God closed up the Tree of Life, and a whole civilization has been built on this earth.
And Satan is the one who deceived Eve and led her to take of the forbidden fruit, and Adam went along with her. And the whole world has gone on ever since thinking they are doing their own thing, when actually, they have been deceived and led by Satan. And so we read in the twelfth chapter of Revelation that ALL nations have been deceived by Satan the Devil. (Revelation 12:9)
And that's the kind of governments in all different nations; men thinking that they are making and forming their own governments, their own kind of society, their own civilization. And we have been born into that type of civilization near its end. God allotted six thousand years for that civilization, and that six thousand years is just about up!
Any way you can figure it, it could not go, as near as I can figure, past the year of 1996, and we're already in '84. It isn't much longer. Now most of you are not as old as I am and you don't realize how fast days, and months, and years are whipping past. It isn't going to be long now, believe me.
So now, about a third of the Bible is also prophecy, foretelling the future. And prophecy is merely history written in advance before it happens.
Then about a third of the Bible is devoted to telling of God's purpose, of God's righteousness, of God's plan to accomplish His purpose, and of God's instruction in character and in right living in God's program, in God's plan in salvation. The churches of this world use, perhaps not over two percent, one to two percent of the Bible. They never quote more than one or two percent of the various verses, or parts of the Bible. I don't know whether you realize that or not.
Now tonight I want to go into a Bible study about what is prophesied for the whole world. Secondly, what is prophesied for the United States and Britain as nations? And thirdly, what is prophesied for us as God's Church. And I hope to give this to you in a sort of time sequence. I won't have time to bring you everything, but I want to give you at least a synopsis and cover it in a way that it has never been covered before in this church.
Now first, where are we right now in the panorama of biblical prophecy? Right now we are at the point that Jesus explained would happen, in a prophecy, in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. You've heard it time and time again. His disciples had asked Him for a sign of His second coming and the end of the world, or the end of civilization as we know it. The end of this world of Satan and the coming of Christ and the World Tomorrow, or the Kingdom of God, which is the government that will then rule the world, because this world, whether we realize it or not, has been ruled by Satan and his demons.
In the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians you read that we're wrestling with a great many problems and troubles in this world but we are not wrestling against people.
"For we wrestle not [as it says in the King James] against flesh and blood, but against principalities [and], powers... [and wicked spirits] in high places...the rulers of the darkness of this world." (Ephesians 6:12)
And Satan and his demons are the REAL RULERS of this world! You know, I was just thinking today, what is the state of mind of the average person? What do they think about? What is on their mind? What is the attitude, or what fills the mind? Well, what fills the mind of the average person is people that they see about them, things that they see about them; buildings, interiors, highways, bridges, all of the things that have been built and would make up our cities and our country, and people and the things that people do.
That's what they see on television, that's what they think about. They think about the things they see that are physical, that they see with their senses, they hear with their ears, they taste with their mouths, they smell with their noses, or they can feel and touch. They seem to know nothing of the spirit world that is invisible to them, that they don't see, they can't hear, they can't feel, they can't touch. And yet is really ruling them and putting thoughts, putting impressions, everything into their minds.
They don't think of that. You can talk to someone like that and if you accuse them and say, "You don't even believe in God do you?" And they'll be angry and say, "Oh I do too believe in God." But they really don't you know. Just who and what is God? Well they don't know. Is God real to them? No He isn't. Do they ever think about Him? Not if they can help it. You begin to mention God and they become uncomfortable and want to run away.
Brethren, then I got to thinking, what would be in the mind of one of us in God's church? If we are as converted as we believe we are and have the Spirit of God. But we have the same things in mind that they do. In a way we see these things, but we see them in a different light. And we are conscious of God and to us God is REAL. We don't see Him. We know, though, that if we could see Him, He's formed and shaped just like we are. He has two eyes and two ears, He has a nose and a mouth. He has hands and feet and fingers and toes.
He hears, He sees and He has a supreme mind, but He is composed of spirit and as a great spirit, He has all power, all power. He brought matter into existence, the great suns, and some suns are many, many, many times larger than our sun. And our sun is so big, as compared to our earth. Well it's like a great big monstrous ball compared to a little tiny pea. And other suns are many times that big. And God had the ability to produce all of that.
Not only that, He had the mind to design everything you see, all of the animals, all plant life, design the difference between a maple leaf and an oak leaf; the difference between a horse, a cow, and an elephant in animals. He designed the human body and the human mind and produced it. Now man was made to become in the image of God in character, and also in the likeness of God as to form and shape. God is our potential Father. God created us out of the dust of the ground, out of matter. But God wants us to become His children.
Now when Adam rejected Him, He closed off the Spirit of God, by which we could be begotten as His children, until Christ, the second Adam, should come. And even when Christ came He said, "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). But even so, He said no man could come to Him, that is come into the church, that's what He meant, except the Father which sent Him, would DRAW them. (John 6:44)
GOD HIMSELF has cut humanity off from HIM. Now remember, they were cut off from God, the one we regard as God the Father. They were not really cut off from the one who's called the God of the Old Testament. And in the Hebrew language it is called Yahweh, and usually you see it as the 'LORD' or the 'Lord God' in the Bible, in the King James especially. In the Moffatt translation it is the 'Eternal' or the 'Eternal God' or the 'Lord Eternal' as some cases.
But they were cut off from God, and Jesus came to reveal the Father and to reconcile us back to the Father, and it's God the Father that we need to be reconciled to. And if you stop to think brethren, the churches of this world — the Protestant churches for example — do not talk much about God and about being reconciled back to God, it's only Jesus. And they think that everybody has access to Jesus, and yet Jesus Himself said no-one could come to Him, He said God the Father would draw them. And in Revelation twelve and in verse nine you find that they are all deceived.
You know there is an old saying; it's not in the Bible, but just an old saying; that hell is paved with good intentions. And man often has — you see man chose the tree of good as well as evil. And there is human good but it's on a much lower level than divine good, or God's good. That only comes through the Holy Spirit, and there are millions and billions that are so deceived, that they don't know, and they don't let live in this world.
Now we live in this world but not off it, because in our minds is the consciousness of God and of the fact that there is a devil and demons. And that there are angels and that Michael is the super archangel assigned to protect and to lead us, and other angels under him. And that the angels are sort of custodians (or helpers) of us who are being reconciled to God.
Well now, let's go on. Right now, where are we? In Matthew 24, and in verse fourteen Jesus said: Well I know it by heart, I guess I didn't have that quoted out here. You know, I have to have the words typed out and enlarged, larger than any Bible, and then I have to have a magnifying glass to read it with, but nevertheless... you know, sometimes a handicap is a good thing, we get along anyway, we find a way around it. And I've had to do that all my life — find a way around obstacles — and poor eyesight is one of my obstacles recently. But we find a way around those things and we go on just the same. But Matthew 24:14;
"...this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)
Brethren, that has happened, and that has happened through this work, and through the telecast and through the 'Plain Truth,' and through other literature. Take our booklet 'The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy.' Over three and one half million people have written in for that book and have received it.
Now, Jesus was answering a question by His disciples. They had been down in the temple, they had gone outside of the temple and they were showing Jesus the buildings of the temple, there's more than one building. And then later they were sitting up on the Mount of Olives, and four of them came to Jesus, as you read in Mark's version, the thirteenth chapter of Mark, and, as it is in Matthew 24, verse three:
"...as [Jesus] sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?" (Mark 13:3)
Now He had said the buildings of the temple would be destroyed, that they would be torn down, not one stone would be left upon another. They said, "When will that happen?" And then they asked Him, "and the sign of your coming and the end of the world?" [or the end of the age, the end of this world of Satan] (Matthew 24:3)
Now they thought that the end of the world would come at the same time. They thought it was coming in their lifetime. All the disciples believed that, even the original apostles believed that. They were wrong, but they believed it. And so Jesus went on in verse 21...eh, in verse 14, He said that "this gospel of the kingdom [will] be preached in all the world...and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)
Now He had said in verse four or five there; "Take heed that no man deceive you." (Matthew 24:4) He said to His disciples of something that was going to happen in their lifetime and which did happen in the year of 70 AD — in their lifetime. It was about 30 or 31 AD that He was saying this to them — probably 31. And He said; "...many will come in my name saying [that] I am [the] Christ" (Matthew 24:5)
They would come preaching about Jesus being the Christ, but they wouldn't be preaching His gospel. They would have another gospel. They would have their own gospel but about Christ, about the person of Christ. 'Just believe in Christ' and 'Jesus loves you.'
That's what they're preaching still today. Protestants are preaching that, you tune into other religious broadcasts and you'll find, 'God loves you, Jesus loves you, and we want to tell people about Jesus. We must tell them about Jesus that Jesus died for them and that Jesus loves them.' AND THAT'S ALL THEY HAVE, THAT'S THE WHOLE MESSAGE.
But JESUS CAME WITH A MESSAGE FROM GOD ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD, THE CHARACTER OF GOD, AND ABOUT OUR BEING BORN OF GOD, UNTIL WE BECOME GOD, EVEN LIKE HE IS. And you don't hear any of that in the churches today. That's the gospel my brethren.
Then He went on after telling the sign of His coming, and in verse twenty-one, He said; "...then shall be great tribulation [or world trouble] such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect's sake those days [would] be shortened." (Matthew 24:21-22)
Brethren, we are the elect. Not for the world's sake, but for the elect's sake. Those that God has called and that could come to Jesus, and Jesus has reconciled back to the Father. Jesus' death does not save us. You are not saved with the blood of Christ; you are reconciled to God the Father with the blood of Christ. And then, if you believe you shall receive the Holy Spirit from God the Father and that is the gift of eternal life. That is your salvation.
And the churches of this world just don't understand it. Now that time of great trouble is what is known as the Great Tribulation. And churches all over talk about the — protestant churches — talk about the Great Tribulation, and they think the Great Tribulation is a curse sent by God. They don't understand it, and they say the church will be raptured up before the Great Tribulation, that the church won't be in it, the church will go up to heaven.
And they have a pretty way of saying it that Christ will first come for His bride and take her up to heaven, that is the church, and they think they are all going to go to heaven. And then after the Great Tribulation, some think that will be one year, some think it'll be three and a half years, some think it will be seven years, and Seventh Day Adventists think it will be one thousand years, and then He comes back with His bride after they've been in heaven.
I don't know why they want to come back to this terrible earth after they've been in heaven all this time, but apparently that's the way they teach. Now, here is this Great Tribulation, I'm going to read you other scriptures about that. But carrying right on here in Matthew 24 and verse twenty-nine: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days..."
Then what's the next thing? Now we're just right on the very doorstep of the Great Tribulation now. As a matter of fact you could say we've had some of the real beginnings of it, but they're only just rumblings ahead of the main storm, not really the Great Tribulation itself as yet, but it's practically right on us now. Times are already worse than they ever were in the history of the world.
Now, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened [and I wonder if this nuclear winter could be that. The sun will be darkened], the moon [will] not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then [what then, at that time, or thereafter immediately?... then:] shall appear [something they see now] the sign of the Son of man in heaven [that's the sign of Christ in heaven]: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and THEY SHALL SEE [now notice, they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:29-30)
The second coming of Christ to rule. Now next we want to go to Joel 2:31. I want to show you that the Great Tribulation is not the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is the time of plagues God will send. Protestants think that the Great Tribulation is the plagues that God will send. I want you to notice in Joel 2:31 that the Great Tribulation is something altogether different. It says here;
"The sun shall be [darkened, no, the sun shall be] turned into darkness, and the moon into blood BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (Joel 2:31) Now immediately after the Great Tribulation the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall (Matthew 24:29). But that'll be BEFORE the Great and terrible Day of the Lord.
Now the great and terrible day of the Lord is there referring to a sort of a prelude of the Day of the Lord. It's before the second coming of Christ and up to and at the very time of the second coming of Christ, plagues that are going to be poured out on Babylon and her harlot daughters. And Babylon is simply the church that came out of the original Babylonian Mystery Religion, and it's called Roman Catholic today, if you please. And you can guess who the harlot daughters are.
Now first I want you to notice there will be great tribulation. That comes after the gospel of the kingdom has gone to the world. For one thousand, nine hundred years the gospel of the kingdom didn't go. They preached that Jesus is the Christ. They had the message about Christ. They told people about Jesus but , they didn't preach His message. And brethren, I don't want to say anything boastfully, but it is a fact and it has happened.
It is not something I say I will do, or is going to happen, it is what has happened. That gospel of the kingdom has gone to all the world, and there is no other voice that has taken it to all the world, and that is something that NOBODY CAN CONTRADICT! THAT HAS HAPPENED. Now the next thing is that great tribulation, then after that will come the Day of the Lord.
Now let me give you the same thing in a prophecy in Daniel. The tenth, eleventh and twelfth chapters of Daniel are one long prophecy. The tenth chapter is sort of a prelude. The eleventh chapter is the main prophecy. The twelfth chapter is the conclusion, and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth chapters all go together. Now in the eleventh chapter and verse forty, it says; "And at the time of the end" certain things, and that verse goes on, and it carries right on into chapter twelve. And chapter twelve continuing right along, the time of the end, and here it says;
"And at that time [the time of the end, which we are in now] shall Michael stand up [now notice Michael is an archangel. Michael will stand up] the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people [that's Israel, and we know that we and the British peoples, oh and of course that includes the Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and so on — many in South Africa — with Michael, as our prince, or archangel which standeth for the children of thy people]: and there shall be a time of trouble [now what kind of trouble?], such as never was since there was a nation..." (Daniel 12:1)
Same thing as I read to you in Matthew 24 in Jesus' prophecy. Same thing exactly. There can't be two such times greater than ever happened or ever will.
"...even to the same time: and at that time [then what, at that same time] thy people shall be delivered, every one that [is] written in the book. And [verse 2, that was verse 1. Verse 2; and] many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth [the dead] shall awake [in a resurrection], some to everlasting life..." (Daniel 12:1-2)
I won't read the rest of it because that doesn't happen for a thousand years later. But some to everlasting life. That's the resurrection at the second coming of Christ. Now let me give you another prophecy that says identically the same thing, all talking, now in Matthew 24, Daniel 12 and Revelation 12. And look at the similarities, Daniel 12, Revelation chapter twelve beginning with verse seven in Revelation and this is after the Middle Ages. The twelfth chapter of Revelation covered ancient Israel, the birth of Christ, and then the Middle Ages and then coming, in verse seven up to our present time.
"And there was [it's all in past tense but should say 'will be'] war in heaven: Michael and his angels [now remember that in Daniel it said, Michael will stand up against someone and there will be a time of trouble since such as never happened. Now notice here. Michael and his angels] fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels [who are demons], And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast OUT [of heaven because he lost that battle against Michael] that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan [so there it tells you in plain language who this great red dragon is, Satan the Devil; the Devil and Satan], which deceiveth the WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out... and his angels [or his demons] ...cast out with him." (Revelation 12:7-9)
Now that is down to verse nine. So the Great Tribulation has been caused by Satan. If you read the rest of it you will see that Satan is the real cause of the Tribulation. That's a verse or two later, I didn't have that copied here so I won't read that. You read it from the Bible, and you will see the whole trouble was caused by Satan and by sin on the world, and that Satan influenced the trouble that's coming on the whole earth. Now the Great Tribulation was caused by Satan and by the world's evils. The Great Tribulation is on the whole world.
Now I've shown you what is going to happen to the whole world, now let's get down to what's going to happen to our people. But also, it is a time of Jacob's trouble and we are Jacob! Now the dying Jacob, before he died in Egypt, had the sons of Joseph brought before him, Ephraim and Manasseh. And he laid his hands on them and he said, "Let my name [Jacob] be named on them" (Genesis 48:16).
Now his name was changed to Israel so their name is Jacob and their name is also Israel. And the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh, if you read the book 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy' you will see it's absolutely proved is the United States and Britain. Britain is Ephraim, the United States is Manasseh, and we are Jacob. Now notice that, the Great Tribulation is especially on us. Well, let's see, that is primarily in the thirtieth chapter of Jeremiah. I'm coming to that just a little bit later.
But now, prophecies regarding United States and Britain. First of all I want to give you something about all of Israel, but it's coming right down to the United States and to Britain. Leviticus twenty-six about Israel, ancient Israel and Israel into the future in our time. Now from Leviticus 26, verse 1:
"You shall make you no idols nor graven image[s], neither rear you up a standing image... Ye shall keep my Sabbaths [notice now that's a command], and reverence my sanctuary: I am the [Eternal]. If you walk [now there's a great big 'if,' the biggest little two letter word in the English language. If you walk] in my statues, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season and the land shall yield her increase... And I will give [you] peace in the land... (Leviticus 26:1-4,6,)
Now continuing on, "But [now that was an if, but] if you will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; [which included keeping the sabbath] And if [you] shall despise my statutes [and], if [that was His national laws. And if you shall] abhor my judgments... [and] my commandments [and] ...my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and [you] shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it [they would be taken captive, and they were]. And I will set my face against you, and [you] shall be slain before your enemies [and they did go into a captivity and they lost in war from 721 to 718 BC, Israel did and were taken into Assyria. And you shall be slain before your enemies, and], they that hate you shall reign over you [and they were taken by Shalmanesar of Assyria and the Assyrians did reign over them; that hate you shall reign over you]; and [you] shall flee when [no-one] pursues you. And if [you] will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you [even] seven times more for your sins. (Leviticus 26:14-18)
Now He would punish them, and He did, that was way back seven hundred years before Christ. Now He's going to punish them seven times, and the time is a year in the Bible, and in prophecy it's a 360 day year, each day being a year being fulfilled. And that means a total of 2520 years. And God would withhold the promises that He made for 2520 years.
Now God could not withhold them forever because God had promised these blessings UNCONDITIONALLY to Abraham 400 years before Israel was called out of Egypt. And God had to keep them, but now He is going to DEFER them 2520 years, and that is from 721 to 718 BC and that brings us up to 1800 and to 1803 AD.
"And I will break the pride of your power"... (Leviticus 26:19). And that's after the seven times punishment.
And God has broken the pride of our power and the United States has won the last war it's ever going to win. Listen to me brethren; the United States has won its last war! We will not win any anymore. God did win the First World War for us and then the Second World War, but He did not win the Korean War for us, or the one in Vietnam. And He is not going to win in Central America, and He did not win when we tried to send a task force over to rescue our people in Iran about, let's see that's about three, four years ago now, ended in a terrible defeat.
How about our nations in a prophecy that comes down to our time today? Let me read you a prophecy from the prophet Micah. Micah the fifth chapter and beginning with verse eight.
"And the remnant of Jacob [now remember we are Jacob. The remnant is the last generation, getting down to our time now. This is not ancient Israel 700 years before Christ, this is our time today...the remnant of Jacob] shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the [field]..." (Micah 5:8)
Did the Jews ever become a lion compared to other nations in the world? Did they? No. But have the United States and Britain become like a lion compared to other nations? WE CERTAINLY HAVE, because after 2520 years God blessed us, beginning 1800 to 1804. In 1800 London had suddenly become the financial hub of the world. In 1804 the Louisiana purchase came to the United States, and that was all of the Great Middle West added to the original thirteen colonies, and we really became, for the first time, we had the wealth that began to make us a great nation.
And by the end of World War I, the United States and Great Britain owned and possessed more than two thirds, and almost three fourths of all the great wealth, the cultivated wealth of all the world! And all the other nations, Russia with her billion people....I mean China with her billion, and India with nearly a billion, more than three quarters of a billion people. And Russia the third largest nation in the world, and Japan and Indonesia, and others that have vast populations. And all the nations of Europe, Germany and France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, ALL other nations combined had only a little over one fourth and less than a third of the wealth of the world, and our two nations possessed it! We had the sea gates of the whole world and we're losing them, and Britain has already lost her world empire.
Now then, I want to show you in prophecy what God said He would do to Britain and the United States after we had come to that wealth which God promised to Abraham and which He gave us.
"And the remnant of Jacob [that's the last generation, that's getting down to our time now, this twentieth century] shall be among the Gentiles... as a lion among the beasts of the [field], as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: [and what would a young lion do to little lambs and sheep?] who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver." (Micah 5:8)
We were conquering every nation. We were winning every war for a while, but we were not serving God. We print on our money IN GOD WE TRUST. BUT WE DON'T TRUST IN GOD! I mean the nation doesn't. I hope we in the church do. When I said 'we' then, I was referring to the nation. And this nation is producing evil in every possible way — homosexuality, women are beginning to run everything, every kind of evil, rotten music, rotten everything;
Families breaking down, sex is rampant, drugs, crime is increasing and we are exporting the wrong everything; drugs, wrong music, everything in our American way of life. It is a stench in the nostrils of God Almighty and God is going to PUNISH OUR NATION. We'd better wake up. But brethren, we in the church don't need to be punished with it. But the nation is going to be punished and very quickly now.
"Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off." (Micah 5:9)
And that has happened, but now, you haven't heard the end of this prophecy yet. But now listen:
"And it shall come to pass in that day [in the day we are so strong. In the day when we are winning all the wars. In the day when we have all the WEALTH...in that day], saith the [Eternal], that I [notice 'I' means God] will cut off thy horses [Moffatt and other translations say your war horses. In other words our fortifications and our armaments...and I will cut off your war horses] out of the midst of you, and I will destroy thy chariots:" (Micah 5:10)
And they used chariots in war in those days when this was written; in other words implements of war and things of that sort.
"And I will cut off the cities of [your] land"... (Micah 5:11)
Now I'll show you later that our cities are going to be destroyed by nuclear warfare and nothing else could destroy them. And this can't be said of Jews, they never reached such great prosperity. They never were like a lion among other nations. We have been and this absolutely proves what is in the book 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy.'
"...and [I will] throw down all [your] strong holds [fortifications, military fortifications]: And I [meaning God] will cut off witchcrafts out of [your] hand ...[you]; shall have no more soothsayers: (Micah 5:11-12)
Now that's referring to things like astrologers and things like that. And let me just pause here to say that in the United States' adults, over thirty percent are planning their decisions of business and everything on astrology today. And among youths, over forty percent are following astrology today in this country. That gives you an idea of what we've gone into, what God says is a curse and what He is going to cut off from our land. Now verse thirteen:
"Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee [go to any Roman Catholic church and you will find those images] and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine [own] hands." (Micah 5:13)
We worship material things that men's hands make, and men's machines. Of course men's hands make the machines, and the machines make other things.
"And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so [I] will I destroy thy cities." (Micah 5:14)
Our cities are to be destroyed. Now I'll show you other prophecies saying the same thing.
"And I will execute [that is God will do it...execute] vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen [and that is talking of the seven last plagues, and the heathen means other nations now], such as they have [never] heard." (Micah 5:15)
Now we're going to go to Jeremiah, a prophecy in Jeremiah 25:31
"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD [or the Eternal] has a controversy with the nations [now that's the whole world but the 'nations' often in prophecy does refer to the nations of Israel, and] will plead with all flesh..." (Jeremiah 25:31)
Because they are sinning. God is pleading through the World Tomorrow telecast, through the 'Plain Truth.' We're trying to show the people their sins. Gods says, "CRY ALOUD and SHOW my people their sins." We've been doing that brethren and it's going into every nation on this earth.
"...he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the [Eternal] [well the sword today is nuclear warfare]. Thus saith the [Eternal] of hosts, Behold evil shall go forth from nation to nation [now this is the whole world], and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. (Jeremiah 25:31-32)
Now from that we go to Jeremiah the thirtieth for another prophecy, and I want you to notice how they all fit together.
"For thus saith the [Eternal]; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether [oh yes this is the thirtieth chapter of Jeremiah] ...ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into [the] paleness?" (Jeremiah 30:5-6)
Because of troubles that are coming. You are going to see that in the next year, or two, or three, very soon now. We're coming right down to that time.
"[And — no, Alas] Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it... (Jeremiah 30:7)
Now, have I been talking to you about a time of trouble such as has never happened since there was a nation? Here it is again, and I want you to notice that that is especially on Israel as I remarked, if you remember, a while ago.
"Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is (even) the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7); And we are Jacob!
It's the time of trouble against the United States and England and Europe is getting to rise up against us. And Europe will reunite and they will form a new Empire; a new nation, political, with one currency, one military force, one government. They have a vast, great building in Brussels, I've been there. I talked to the architect of this coming Europe. He has visited here and he has spoken to you brethren, right on this very platform.
And they're working furiously to bring this thing about. He knew that I know something about these things that are coming, and he had planned almost six months ahead to come over here on July the tenth of last year. And he did arrive on precisely that day just as he had said, months before, he would, and July a year ago, many of you heard him. And he is the real architect of this coming great nation that will be greater, probably, than either the Soviet Union or the United States, and it is the nation that is going to destroy us, not Russia, believe it or not!
Now Russia is just as evil as everybody thinks it is; that is their government and their way, and the party that is ruling it. I'm not trying to defend them at all, I'm just telling you what the biblical prophecies say. "Now that day is great, it's a time of trouble such as that never was, and it's the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be delivered out of it."
Now he'll get into it but then be delivered out of it. You see, it will be a time that if God didn't intervene, no flesh would be saved alive, but for the elect's sake. The elect is partly our people.
Now mostly... two thirds of our people are going to be destroyed in what is coming. I shall read you that prophecy a little later in Ezekiel, Ezekiel 5. But, nevertheless, a third is going to be delivered out of it.
"For it shall come to pass [that's in verse 8 now, in Jeremiah 30..for it shall come to pass] in that day [says], the [Eternal] of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck [that is the European yoke that will come], and will burst thy bonds [because the third of our people that are left are going to be in a dungeon and are going to find grace there and come back to God there; now I'll read you that a little later], and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the [Eternal] their God [finally we're going to turn to God; ...and the Eternal their God], and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." (Jeremiah 30:8-9)
By a resurrection, talking about the resurrection at the second coming of Christ. You see this is talking about our very time, and the time of the great tribulation that is coming, and it is the time of Jacob's trouble. That means the United States and Britain. And it's primarily going to be against us, but it is going to be on the whole world. And it will be nuclear war, believe me! Nothing else could do what the prophecies say is going to happen.
Now we want to go to the forty-seventh chapter of Isaiah for another prophecy. Notice I am putting these prophecies right together in a sequence and I don't think you have ever heard them put together this way before. Isaiah 47, verse 1:
"Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon..." (Isaiah 47:1)
Now Babylon, the ancient King Nebuchadnezzar's Empire, 600 years before Christ. But this is not the ancient Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar; this is the daughter of Babylon in the last days. And the daughter is a female, and that refers to a church. Political governments are referred to in the male gender in Bible prophecy, and the female refers to a church. That's in the book of Revelation, and here it is in Isaiah, and it is in other prophecies of the Bible — Daniel and other places.
"...O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans:" (Isaiah 47:1)
That's talking of the Roman Catholic Church who sat on the throne of the governments of Europe. She did in 554; she did again in 800 in the time of Charlemagne. She did in 554 at the time of Justinian. Again 800, the time of the French government. She did later; I think about the twelfth century, the time of Otto the Great, the German head. Later in the Hapsburg dynasty and it was a Hapsburg that was here just a year ago and spoke to us here, and he is the heir to that throne, that same throne, and now they want to get back into power again.
"...O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate [in other words, the church and was sitting over governments as the Roman Catholics did over all those years]. Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers." (Isaiah 47:1-2)
Speaking of one that is called a great whore in Revelation 5, I mean Revelation 17, verse five. And her harlot daughters are certainly the protestant churches. It's time for plain speaking brethren, these things are actually taking place, and they are all foretold in the Bible. And you don't find the Catholic or the Protestant churches quoting the Bible. THEY DON'T QUOTE THESE PROPHECIES. THEY DON'T DARE! And no church on earth is quoting them but this one. Now continuing verse three:
"Thy nakedness [that means sins, shame and sin] ...thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance [this is God speaking], and I [God] will not meet thee [there] as a man. As for our redeemer, the [Eternal] of hosts [which is Christ] is his name, the Holy One of Israel [which is Jesus Christ]. Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans [Roman Catholic Church]: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms." (Isaiah 47:2-5)
The church that ruled over governments. Just as plain as you can be in speaking in symbolic language. And the Bible interprets its own symbols, and interprets it exactly as I said. Now continuing in verse six. God says: "I [God] was wroth with my people [Israel, His people. United States and Britain are Israel today in the end time, this remnant...I was wroth with my people], I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand..." (Isaiah 47:6)
The Roman Catholic Church will sit on top of this coming United Europe! She did in 554, she did in 800, she did in the twelfth century, she did in the Hapsburg dynasty, she did in the time of... oh down to 1814...Napoleon. And Napoleon, when he was crowned, he snatched the crown right out of the Pope's hand, the Pope was going to crown him, and put it on his own head. And then Mussolini revived it as the sixth head of that beast, and then the seventh one is coming up now in the United Europe, a reunification of Europe.
I talked to the leaders over in Athens, Greece; they want it so bad they can eat it. I've talked to the king of Spain, King Juan Carlos, I had a long talk with him in his office privately, and a very friendly one at that. But he is very anxious for this union to come and wants to be a part of it, and is very strong for the Catholic Church.
God says; "I [God] was wroth with my people [that's our people Israel], I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand..." (Isaiah 47:6)
God is going to give us over to this United Europe. GOD GAVE US THE WEALTH THAT WE HAVE. GOD BLESSED THIS COUNTRY. WE PRINTED ON OUR MONEY 'IN GOD WE TRUST' AND WE DIDN'T TRUST IN GOD. I mean the country didn't. When I say 'we' I'm talking to the United States, not the church. I hope we do trust in God in the church, but the nation has not.
You know Abraham Lincoln called a solemn day of fasting and prayer and he had a proclamation saying, "We didn't toil to earn the great wealth we have." And we hadn't gotten all the great wealth yet at that time. He said that, "It was given to us by God." Abraham Lincoln saw that but we don't see it and our Presidents don't see it today, they see only what the protestant churches will tell them.
God says He was wroth with our people. "...I have polluted [and that means He's going to do that in the next few years] mine inheritance [I've], given them into thine hand [the Roman Catholic church will sit astride of this coming United States of Europe, and]: ...didst shew them no mercy [we will not be shown mercy in this brethren]; upon the ancient has thou very heavily laid thy yoke. (Isaiah 47:6)
We are an ancient nation, we're the descendants of that ancient nation, ancient Israel, and we're the modern descendants. Now, in Jeremiah 30, I read to you about the yoke that would be on us. This shows you who put that yoke on us, and it will be a united Europe headed by the Roman Catholic Church.
It's time we wake up and realize that these prophecies are real. They are telling us what is going to happen, and very, very shortly. Now in the fifth chapter of Ezekiel, a prophecy I've read you already, our cities are going to be destroyed, but listen to this, verse twelve:
"A third part [and this is speaking of the house of Israel...a third part] of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed... (Ezekiel 5:12)
There will be famine and it will get into a pestilence and disease, the four horsemen of Revelation the sixth chapter. The first white horse are the false prophets, and they've been here ever since the time of Christ. And then the famine and the disease epidemics that are going to take so many people are the, let's see, the red horse is war, and the pale horse; the black horse and the pale horse are the famine and the pestilence.
"...shall ...be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part [of thee] shall fall by the sword [now a third of our people are going to die by famine and pestilence and disease, a third of us by nuclear warfare and destroying our cities. There will be enough cities to take one third of our whole population by nuclear war...] and shall fall by the sword round about thee [of course the sword is the symbol of araments, and they didn't know about... to write in that day, no-one would have understood it if they had said, 'nuclear war' they didn't know what it was as they hadn't discovered it yet]; and I [God] will scatter [the] third part..."(Ezekiel 5:12)
Now a third of our people will be left alive and they're going to be scattered and taken prisoner. And another chapter, I think I am coming to that, says that in prison — the Moffatt translation has it in the dungeon — they are going to find God and going to repent and cry out finally to God. And that brethren will be the fruit-age of our labors and our work.
I want to tell you there are millions and millions of people listening to our telecast. Look, we're getting up to ten, eleven, twelve thousand telephone calls from every telecast every week now, and nearly always over five thousand. And it's alarming our people that produce the 'Plain Truth' because it's costing so much money to send so many 'Plain Truths' out, it's growing so rapidly. And still we go on every day, I don't know, I listen in to all the sermons and we've had some wonderful Bible studies Friday nights.
When I come to the Bible study I just wonder if I can produce anything as interesting to you as you've heard, as important, as valuable to you, they've been so good. But you don't hear much about the time that we are in and the sobering thought of what is coming upon us, and we've got to wake up and not be lulled to sleep.
Now a third part of thee, the famine and the pestilence, a third by the sword, and the rest are going to be scattered to the winds. In other words, they will be prisoners of war and they are going to be taken, some to South America and some to Europe. Now, continuing:
"[Then] shall mine anger [that's God's anger] be accomplished, and I will cause my fury [that's the last plagues that's coming at the time of the coming of Christ after the great tribulation...I will cause my fury] to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall KNOW that I [am] the [Eternal]..." (Ezekiel 5:13)
People don't know who God is today. As I said a while ago, you say to someone, "You don't believe in God," and they'll raise up and be angry they'll say, "Don't tell me I don't believe in God, I do too believe in God." But they really don't brethren, because to them God is some mythical, mystic something whose not real at all! To the average person, they have no real concept of what God is.
Like one woman said, not too long ago to others, two or three years ago I remember this, she said, "Well God's not real to me." God is not real to most people. Brethren is He real to you? God is so very real to me and I hope He is to you. And when God says He is going to do these things, you'll find out how real God is, and very soon now.
"...cause [His] fury [and fury means His last plagues referred to every time] ...upon them, and I [God] will be comforted: and they shall know that I [am] the LORD [they haven't know it up till now, and that I] have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury [upon] them." (Ezekiel 5:13)
Now He's going to punish the nations with fury. He's going to punish them to wake them up and bring them back to Him for their own good. A lot of people don't realize the plagues God sent on ancient Egypt when He delivered Israel out of Egypt, back in the time of Moses, was sent in God's love to teach the Egyptians a lesson, and to teach them that the gods they worshiped were not real gods and that the true God is real. God punishes those He loves, and God's punishment is always corrective, never vengeance. Now in Ezekiel 6, that's the next chapter in Ezekiel, and verse six:
"In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste..." (Ezekiel 6:6)
Now I read you that in two other prophecies before this. Our cities are going to be... nothing but nuclear warfare — hydrogen bombs — could destroy whole cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, our great vast cities. They are so big. The kind of bombs that had been used even up into World War II couldn't destroy whole cities, unless there were just hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of them.
"... [your] cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate [and so on, let me see if I don't], ...your images [will be thrown] down and your works [will] be abolished." (Ezekiel 6:6)
Now the Great Tribulation will be on the whole world, but especially on our people as I have just read to you. Now let me see. I want to read you a little later, here is some more in Jeremiah 30. What I was reading was Ezekiel...Oh here I have some more of Jeremiah 30, I thought I'd finished that. Jeremiah 30 and verse twenty-four. Oh this is the last part of that Jeremiah 30 and I didn't read all of it so now I drop down to the last verse.
"The fierce anger of the [Eternal] shall not return, until he [hath] done it [that's when he is going to...it... the great tribulation will be the time of Jacob's trouble as I read at that time in this same chapter] and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. (Jeremiah 30:6)
You see it wasn't a prophecy for ancient Israel; it's a prophecy for now. Now going right on into Jeremiah 31, following Jeremiah 30 it said it is the great tribulation of the time of Jacob's trouble. Now Jeremiah 31.
"At the same time [says], the Eternal, will I be the God of all the families of Israel [now when Israel had become a number of nations, all of the family names, all of the nations, all of the families, that's plural, meaning all of the Israelite nations that had developed into from all of the old ancient tribes of Israel] and they shall be my people [you see how it's going to finally come out?]. Thus saith the [Eternal], The people which were left of the sword [and I read you how a third will be left of the sword and be taken captive...the people that were left of the sword] found grace in the wilderness [and some say in the dungeon, they'll be imprisoned. The Moffatt translation has dungeon from the original Greek word...or the original Hebrew rather]; even Israel when I went to cause him to rest. (Jeremiah 31:1-2)
That's the time when our harvest will really come in. Brethren, there are millions of people that are reading 'The Plain Truth.' Seven million copies go out every month and in many cases, as many as four different people read every issue. Millions are listening on television. Everywhere I go in Europe around in London, in Germany, in France, in Paris, and just on this last trip in Vienna, people come up to me and recognize; "Oh I watch you on television." They're visiting over there on vacation and they see me on television.
You have no idea what a vast audience we have, but our programs are so strong on television, everybody doesn't call in and everybody doesn't... we don't hear from them. Many, many times I hear people and talk to people who will say, "Oh I have been listening to you." But they never wrote in, they never called in. I was down in the home of the Mayor of Los Angeles, and that was the time when the President of Austria was there, and since, I have had dinner with him in his own country. And a voice came up and he called me by name and I turned around and here it was Mohammed Ali. And he said "Oh Hi, Mr. Armstrong, I watch you on television. Oh yes."
Well I said, "Thank you Champ, I'm glad you do." And he was very well dressed in white, nice white suit, very snappy looking. So the Champ watches. (laughter from audience) Now in Jeremiah 31 verse three:
"The [Eternal] hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved [you] with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn [you]. Again I will build [you], and [you] shalt be built, O virgin of Israel [our people will be built again, all of the rest of them, and then during the millennium and after]: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth [for] the dances of them that make merry. [then notice] Thou shalt yet plant [vineyards] upon the mountains of Samaria [back over in the Holy Land]." (Jeremiah 31:3-5)
Well I won't read all of this, but finally it says; "...arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God." (Jeremiah 31:6)
And then coming down to verse thirty-one I didn't have that here and won't go into it tonight, but it says with them He will make a new covenant with our people, with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. And that's the same thing that you find also in the eighth chapter of the book of Hebrews. The New Covenant that'll be made after the second coming of Christ, and that is the covenant of the Kingdom of God. Now the Old Covenant He made with Moses that only made them into the kingdom of Israel, this one they come into the Kingdom of God not the kingdom of Israel.
Well let's see here's some more in verse seven and in Jeremiah 31:
"For thus saith the [Eternal]; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations [and we have been the chief of the nations, the Jews never were. This is speaking of Israel, it can't be speaking of Jews]; publish [you] praise [you] and say, O [Eternal], save thy people, the remnant of Israel." (Jeremiah 31:7)
The remnant is the last generation down here before the second coming of Christ. Then; oh yes I still have more in Jeremiah 31 here.
"Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth [some will be in South America], and with them the blind and the lame [and], the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither." (Jeremiah 31:8)
Now let me see...and carrying on, I think I have more here than I have time to read, let me see how the time's going. Time is just about up and I'm not going to be able to finish this tonight.
"They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them [that's the way its going to finally turn out, and Christ will come and]: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way [and], ...shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn" [that is of course those of Britain]. (Jeremiah 3:9)
Well I won't take time to read the rest, but Jeremiah fifty — let's see, that was in Jeremiah 31 — now here's just a little verse in Jeremiah 50, verse four:
"In those days, and at that time [says], the [Eternal], the children of Israel [that's Britain and America] shall come, they and the children of Judah [that's the Jewish people] together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the [Eternal] their God." (Jeremiah 50:4)
Then what I wanted to do and I don't have time to cover it tonight, I wanted to show you what is going to happen to the church, and — ah, here's some more from Jeremiah 50, I do want to get that in before we close tonight if I may just have that much time.
"They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the [Eternal] in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray [now people are Israel and America and Britain and the preachers, Roman Catholic and Protestant have caused them to go astray. I don't think that preachers of God's own church have caused them to go astray], they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place." (Jeremiah 50:5-6)
Well that was where...and then I was going to come to the prophecies of Revelation 3, Revelation 12 and other things, and then in Matthew 25, and Revelation 7, Revelation 5, showing what is going to happen to the church. I won't take time to go into that tonight, you've had enough for one Bible study and I don't think you have had those prophecies, or read them or studied them recently.
Now I've given nothing that is new tonight, but I don't think you've been conscious of these prophecies for several years, and it's time we are conscious of them again because we are down to that very time, and we need to realize the time, and we need to be praying more than we have been, studying the Bible and getting our thoughts and our minds on God and the things above and not the things of this world.
Maybe some of us have had our minds too much on Olympic Games lately, just game after game after game after game. I never realized there were so many things as you see on television now on the Olympics. Why we're just crazy about games and sports, and about everything except God. Let's get our minds and our hearts back on the things of God brethren.