News Review - 3 Apr 2020
a New Year Begins

With the keeping of the Passover next week…

A New Year Begins

As we approach the Passover, we get ready to start another Holy Day cycle which pictures God’s great plan for mankind. That Plan revolves around the return of Jesus Christ to take over the government of the whole earth.

On a personal level, we look to the change when we become spirit and rise up to meet the returning Christ in the air - as immortal sons of God - as the firstfruits of the Family of God, to rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years!

This is what God has revealed to us - His incredible plan - and He gives us proof; proof in abundance!

Prove It!

The world has a problem here as Mr Armstrong points out:

“A world-famous Protestant leader writes (or has written for him and in his name) a syndicated newspaper column. It gives HIS answers to Bible questions.

A question published in this syndicated newspaper column asked whether the Bible gives any PROOF of the existence of God. The man’s answer may be summed up in one word: NO.

He answered that we must assume God’s existence – and then have FAITH. That is, have faith in this human assumption!” ( The Good News – January 1985)

We Are Told To “Prove ALL Things”

Mr Armstrong continues:

“But the Bible commands, ‘PROVE ALL THINGS.’ That includes the existence of God! In the Bible, God says, ‘PROVE me now, herewith.’ The Bible says the scoffers ‘are without excuse,’ because the PROOF of God’s reality is clearly seen, even in nature. God Himself, in the Bible, offers the PROOF of fulfilled prophecies.” ( The Good News – June/July 1981)

“Yes, prophecy is a proof of God, a proof of the divine revelation of the Bible. Prophecy is a taunting challenge that the skeptic dares not accept!” ( The Bible: SUPERSTITION OR AUTHORITY?)

Christ Tells Us To Watch!

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)

Be alert! Be praying!

Watch prophecy being fulfilled.

God is in total control of world events…

“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” (James 2:23)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John15:13-15)

God Has A Master Plan

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9)

He revealed that plan to His endtime Apostle. He called Mr Armstrong, taught him, and used him as the one that was prophesied to come in the power and spirit of Elijah. ( Just What Is An Apostle)

For Us Today

Let’s consider the amazing proofs that we have been given. Let’s take an overview of prophecy, starting in 1934, to see God’s plan in recent action!

Prophecy Is A Proof of God

From the beginning, the message has never changed!

The very first message in the Plain Truth Magazine - “Is a World Dictator About to Appear?”…

In his introduction, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Everybody senses that something is wrong with the world… that some mighty event is about to occur. We live today in the most strenuous, anxious, momentous hours of earth’s history. Today we stand on the very threshold of colossal events that will stagger the mind of mortal man. Just now it is like the lull before a great and devastating storm. Everyone senses it!” ( The Plain Truth - February 1934)

In 1984, 50 years later, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Jesus Christ gave the warning (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). And when he said, in Luke’s version of his warning: ‘watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ (at his coming – Luke 21:36), He was giving you and me a promise of divine protection from these very things he had been describing – if we do watch world events as prophesied, and remain obedient and continually in contact with God through prayer.” ( The Plain Truth – March 1984)

The Second World War

The Second World War came and went, leaving Germany totally devastated. Whole cities destroyed. Infrastructure destroyed. Industry destroyed.

But the message never changed!

Visiting Europe in 1947, Mr Armstrong wrote:

March 2, 1947 – “In America, we had heard and read about the war daily. We had seen pictures and newsreels. But now my wife and I were there, where it happened. Here was the actual devastation of war all around us. Now it suddenly became real!

The Marshall Plan and American dollars had not yet made progress toward restoration. Europe was laid waste, many of its cities in ruins. Almost no one believed, then, that Europe could ever rise again. Yet I had been persistently proclaiming for two years [since 1945], over the air and in The Plain Truth, that Germany would once again come to economic and military power, heading a ten-nation resurrection of the Roman Empire.” ( The Autobiography, Volume 2 - Chapter 54)

1949 – Germany Divided

“West Germany, or the Federal Republic of Germany, was officially established in May 1949. East Germany, or the German Democratic Republic, was established in October 1949. Under their occupying governments, the two Germany’s followed very different paths.

West Germany was allied with the US, the UK and France and became a western capitalist country with a market economy. In contrast, East Germany was allied by the Soviet Union and fell under highly centralized communist rule.” (

Churchill’s Famous “Iron Curtain” Speech

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.” (

The Berlin Wall

“1961 is the year the Berlin Wall was first built, but the conditions that led up to its construction began earlier, shortly after the end of the Second World War in 1945. The Berlin Airlift (1948-1949) was the landmark event that most dramatically signaled the growing divide between the Soviets and the other Allies.

Hitler’s war had now resulted in a divided Germany: the GDR (East Germany) and the FRG (West Germany), setting the stage for the physical barrier that would be known as the Berlin Wall and would stand as an ugly scar on the German landscape from August 1961 until November 1989.” (

A Re-United Germany

In 1985, not long before he died, Mr Armstrong told us to watch for a plan to re-unite Germany.

“Do not discount the possibility that this resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire may start by some arrangement to reunite East and West Germany first.( The Plain Truth, October 1985)

And it happened – suddenly! If East and West Germany were to be reunited, then the Berlin Wall would have to go!

In the summer of 1989, few suspected that East Germany was weeks away from collapse. At first there was incredulity. It soon gave way to wild jubilation and tears of unbridled, wholly unexpected joy. The fall of the Berlin Wall changed our world: it ended the Cold War and it remains the most seismic political event in Europe since the Second World War.” (

1989 - The Wall came down!

This event came out of a clear blue sky - another true Black Swan event!

“A picnic in a meadow on the Hungarian-Austrian border: That was the plan. But the symbolic event, a show of support for a united Europe, enabled the first exodus from behind the Iron Curtain.

Unintentionally — or not?

Even 30 years on, the question of who orchestrated the events of August 19, 1989, remains unanswered. Was it the newly formed Hungarian opposition? Or the Kaiser’s son, in absentia? Otto von Habsburg was represented at the picnic by his daughter, Walburga. Or the secret service? Or perhaps some combination of all three? The Hungarian opposition and the Pan-European Union agree on one point:

To this day, they’re both amazed at how that afternoon’s events developed a momentum of their own.(

Germany Re-United - 3 October 1990

"Germany, an economic and political colossus in the heart of Europe, was reborn today on the stroke of midnight as a single country after more than 45 years of division.

The Liberty Bell pealed throughout Berlin and President Richard von Weizsäcker proclaimed: ‘In free self-determination we have completed the unity and freedom of Germany. We want to serve world peace in a united Europe’.(

Eastern European Nations To Join The EU

Mr Armstrong told us to watch - for the Eastern European nations joining the EU!

1981 - “…when it does happen it will happen suddenly – so quickly it will take your breath, and the whole world will gasp in awe and wonder when they see the things that are prophesied. For example, ten nations in Europe – probably five of them in Western Europe and five in Eastern Europe – reviving, resurrecting the so-called Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages; and that is going to happen very soon now.” ( Sermon - October 13, 1981)

The Warning Repeated In 1985…

“The prophecies of Revelation 13 and 17 and Daniel 2 and 7 show definitely that such a reunited Europe is coming - AND SOON! That of Daniel 2:33 shows half of this united Europe will consist of Eastern European nations, and half of Western.

They comprise the toes and feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s great dream image, to be destroyed by Christ’s coming again to earth in supreme supernatural power and glory to rule all nations and bring us world peace! This reunification of Europe is in the sure word of prophecy.( The Plain Truth – October 1985)

The Fall Of The USSR

This reunification of Europe is in the sure word of prophecy

…but how could this come about, when the eastern European nations were totally under the control by the world’s second superpower, the Soviet Union, the Communist monster that controlled eastern Europe with an iron fist!

Yet again, it seemed impossible, but it happened, suddenly… out of a clear blue sky… yet another Black Swan event…

“On December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolor. People all over the world watched in amazement at this relatively peaceful transition from former Communist monolith into multiple separate nations .” (

East And West Europe Unite

Freed from the shackles of the old USSR, the Eastern European nations were now free to join the EU!

Between 2004 and 2007, most of the main Eastern European nations, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and several smaller nations joined the EU.

To those living back in the post war period – 1945 up to the 1980’s - all of this seemed unbelievable.

But we were warned.

We watched!

We saw it all happen!

Coming Financial Collapse

Back in 1984, Mr Armstrong warned:

“… I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

… I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!” ( Sermon - 7 July 1984 )

2020 - The Situation Is Serious

The media is still focusing on the situation with the coronavirus, with little focus on the world financial situation. Our whole civilisation is breaking down.

Air travel in the USA has been cut by 90%.

In Britain, the national airline has shut down 80% of all flights.

The world price of oil has collapsed – in some places in the USA, petrol/gas is being sold at under $1 a gallon!

Trade between nations is at an all time low.

Millions are out of work… businesses are going bankrupt… even some of the larger companies are shutting down.

Around the world, whole cities are locked down… and this could continue for some time!

How long can society survive in this state?

Europe – A Key Area

In Europe, the euro is under threat, with some experts saying that the whole EU political structure could collapse. This is the area to watch. If the EU falls apart – then we are probably near the formation of the end time 10 nation Europe that we were warned about way back in 1934!

Our Focus - The Return Of Jesus Christ

So as we begin another Holy Day cycle with the Passover this coming week we do so in a world in tumult – with panic regarding food supplies, job security, mortgage repayments – to say nothing of the loss of loved ones. But we can be thankful to have the firm hope – and our own part within it – revealed within that Holy Day cycle of the coming Kingdom of God, which will finally put right all the evils of the past 6,000 years, including the present chaos.

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.(Revelation 22:20)