Article Based On A Sermon given 27 November 2017

Back to The Beast

by Ian Henderson

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It was a very good introduction to the sermon today, the World Tomorrow 'Many Deceivers Preach in Christ's Name'; because our ears have been opened and we have been given understanding. And many prophets, indeed righteous men, have wondered about things that are in the Bible. And of course one of those men was Daniel, who as we shall see in a moment wrote some amazing prophecies and at the end he was just told; "That's it, you have done your job, off you go, you will get your inheritance at the end."

What I would like to do today is to read you something here from the back end of a sermon that Mr Armstrong gave at the Feast of Tabernacles in 1981. Because I just checked out some information recently and I saw this and thought; hmm - this is interesting, perhaps we should be doing this. He comes to the end of his sermon and he says:

"We’re to reign with Christ on His Throne, ruling this earth and the Government of this earth. I have talked with many of the kings, the emperors, the prime ministers, the presidents over nations. They’re just human beings like you and I. That’s all. But you and I are going to be sitting on those thrones ruling, brethren (Do you realize that?) if we are preparing, if we are spending our time in prayer and in Bible reading, if we’re growing closer to God."

"Have you gained knowledge of the things of God since last Feast of Tabernacles a year ago? I have. Have you? I’m in my ninetieth year now, but I’ve learned a lot in this last year. I try to pass on to you what I’ve learned, and I’m passing on some of that to you today that I did not know a year ago. Are you closer to God than you were a year ago? Just where do you stand? The Church is going to be ready, but are you going to be ready? That doesn’t mean everybody in Church, brethren. You need to realize that." 'Sermon (October 13 1981) – Given during The Feast of Tabernacles'

And I think that is rather stunning in the light of what has happened to the Church since then. He then turns to Revelation 20:4 and he reads:

"Revelation 20:4 ...and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus (they’d given up their lives in martyrdom), and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads..."

"And those are things we’re going to have to cover very soon all over again. I was covering things like that some fifty years ago [that makes that about eighty years ago now], about the Mark of the Beast and the Image of the Beast and the Beast and so on. Well, the time is coming now when we’re going to have to get back to those things again." 'Sermon (October 13 1981) – Given during The Feast of Tabernacles'

So I thought, why don't we get back to those things again? So today we will do just that. We will go through the basic framework of prophecy that Jesus Christ revealed to His end time apostle. Let's refresh the memory, because the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire may well shortly become a reality!

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So we start with 'Who Is The Beast?', this is the 1960 edition. Mr Armstrong starts by saying:

"Who is the 'Beast'? If you have his mark, you must suffer the seven last PLAGUES! Is he a mysterious superman world dictator yet to appear?... Is he the Antichrist? ...or a government? ...or a church?"

"THE MOST important question of the hour is: What, or who, is the BEAST, the IMAGE of the beast, and the MARK of the beast spoken of in the book of Revelation?"

"Whatever this weird beast – whatever the baffling IMAGE – whatever the mysterious MARK – it behooves you and me to find out!"

"For it is those of this very present generation who shall be worshiping this beast or his image, or shall have received his mark, that will suffer the unspeakable torture of the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES!"

"Ignorance will not excuse! 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,' says the Eternal, in Hosea 4:6. And the illustration of Ezekiel’s watchman shows that those who are unaware, because they are not warned, will suffer just the same. (Ezekiel 33:6; and 3:18 [just make a note of it]). God expects the spiritual leader of HIS PEOPLE to be His 'watchman' (Ezekiel 33:7) and to warn the people.

"The time is at hand!..." 'Who Is The Beast?'

Now Mr Armstrong did this. There are several booklets, going thorough the book of Revelation and talking about the 'Beast' and the 'Mark of the Beast' and so on. So what I would like to do now is; I'd like to go through some of the scriptures to start with, and then we can go through some of the explanations. Because at first glance, it sounds very complicated, and yet when you put it all together, because we have that understanding, it really isn't. And the amazing thing is that these prophecies that Daniel was given two and a half thousand years ago have been worked out to the degree - to the nth degree. We are part of that right now.

So let's turn to Daniel 2 and let's see the raw material that Mr Armstrong, when he was starting his study, what he actually had to work with. Daniel 2:1-3, the King had a dream which troubled him - I think it troubled the magicians and so on as well. Because if somebody says to you, I've had a dream and it is worrying me, and they say; "What's the dream about?" And he says; "I can't remember, but if you don't sort it out, you're for the chop, you've had it." Or as they said back in those days; "You'll be a dunghill." Let's just read it, Daniel 2:5:

"The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill." (Daniel 2:5)

That got the blood circulating. Daniel 2:12:

"For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon." (Daniel 2:12)

Which makes you wonder about his wisdom? Because you know, if you've had a dream and you've forgotten about it, how do you expect somebody else to remember what you were dreaming about? Go down to Daniel 2:17:

"Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven." (Daniel 2:17-19)

God gave him the interpretation. Down to Daniel 2:28 facing up to the king, he said:

"But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days..." (Daniel 2:28)

Right now! Isn't that amazing two and a half thousand years ago this dream that Nebuchadnezzar dreamt and forgot; and that God had to reveal it back to him, was all about now. That's incredible! Daniel 2:28:

"...Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these. [Verse 31] Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king." (Daniel 2:28,31-36)

Right, that's what you dreamt, now we will sort it out Daniel 2:37:

"Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory." (Daniel 2:37)

You see where he is all the time pointing back, which again we can take on board today. Because we realize that the world leaders are there because God put them there. And sometimes they do things that we scratch our heads and say; "Why that's like crazy?" Like letting a million Muslim young men into Germany, for instance or into Europe. But they are there, these people are there for a reason; and they are there to work out this plan that is being laid out here two and a half thousand years ago. Daniel 2:38:

"And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold." (Daniel 2:38)

That would have appealed to his vanity, wouldn't it. Daniel 2:39:

"And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken." (Daniel 2:39-42)

You can even see that already in Europe, can't you? There are some tremendous strengths in the place in many areas, and in other areas it is a shambles. Daniel 2:43:

"And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay [in other words, it is not going to work]. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these [nations], and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:43-45)

And this had a profound effect on Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 2:46:

"Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret." (Daniel 2:46-47)

So we have this amazing event here which sets the groundwork for what comes next in Daniel 7. You know you have got to feel sorry for Daniel, because he gets given all this amazing information and he hasn't a clue what is going on, he hasn't a clue. But he was faithful and he was a great man, let's face it, he was virtually running the Babylonian Empire. So he was a tremendous man, but he didn't have this understanding, which is what Mr Armstrong read in Matthew there that many righteous men would love to know what we know today. You can imagine Daniel's face when he realizes; he could sit down and somebody could explain to him, you told them this and this is what happened. And go right through that prophecy, as you can do, year upon year, decade upon decade. So Daniel 7:3, we are back into beasts now:

"And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings... And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear... After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which...beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it." (Daniel 7:3-6)

As we will see here the detail is absolutely incredible. Daniel 7:7:

"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns [so this fourth beast was just something bordering on unimaginable]. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." (Daniel 7:7-8)

We'll come back to that later on. Drop down to Daniel 7:16:

"I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others [this obviously had a bit more of an effect on him], exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows." (Daniel 7:16-20)

We are starting to get an inkling here of what this little horn is. Daniel 7:21:

"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." (Daniel 7:21-22)

Now Mr Armstrong makes a note there and he says; "Students of prophecy recognize this 'little horn' as a great religious hierarchy." 'Pagan Holidays or God’s Holy Days – Which?' It is referring to the Catholic Church.

Now we go into the New Testament and it gets more and more interesting. This is the kind of material that Mr Armstrong had when he was studying this, and he said he studied on his knees. He had to study on his knees. And God gave him the link up between these scriptures.

Now let's have a look at John's beast. And again you know, try and keep in mind, this is a man, and from what we can gather rather an old man, probably way up in his eighties or early nineties, and again he is being shown things which is just mind blowing. Today, for us, we get so used to it don't we. I noticed in the news the other day, they have got a robot now. It walks around and it climbs over things and does a back-flip, a complete back-flip, utterly amazing! Revelation 13:1:

"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." (Revelation 13:1-2)

Well I don't think we have any trouble sorting out who the dragon is. It is the god of this world – Satan; and he has given this Beast this power. Revelation 13:3:

"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:3-4)

As I said we will identify all these players in the great plan in a minute, let's keep going through the scriptures. Revelation 13:5:

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven." Revelation 13:5-6

You know Mr Armstrong was just talking about that right now wasn't he? He was talking about the churches of this world who talk about Christ, but don't to keep His law. There are no works and yet if you read the Bible, the New Testament, it is pretty obvious that there are works. It is blasphemy, they are using God's name to foist off on humanity a whole load of rubbish. Revelation 13:6:

"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear." (Revelation 13:6-9)

But as we just heard, you have got to have an ear that can hear haven't you? You have got to have the understanding to know what is actually going on here. Revelation 13:10:

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." (Revelation 13:10-14)

So here now we get the image of the Beast coming in. Revelation 13:15:

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:15-18)

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666, we will come back to all this in a minute. Let's just see what Mr Armstrong - this is the raw material that he had, that he studied. Revelation 17:1:

"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore [a great prostitute] that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." (Revelation 17:1-3)

Now here we have the woman sitting on the Beast. Now if you are sitting on a beast, you are controlling it, or you should be. When I was in my early teens I got to ride a horse, and it was quite an interesting experience if you have not had it. We went on a trek of about five or six or seven miles or so to a river and a picnic with a group and then we came back. But what nobody told me was the horse knew that the sooner he got home, the sooner it got some food, and the sooner he got some water. My horse decided it was just going to go, and got into a gallop; and I hung on for dear life. It was quite a thrilling experience. I was riding the beast and the beast was doing exactly what it wanted! But not here, this woman is riding the Beast and controlling the Beast. Revelation 17:4:

"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:4-5)

You just get the impression this person is not very well liked in God's eyes. I can't really think of anything much nastier to say about anything. Revelation 17:6:

"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns [we are getting back to heads and horns again]. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." (Revelation 17:6-8)

Do you get the impression that this is written in such a way that you have got to be given understanding? Otherwise you are not going to get it. Just check on the internet of people in the world, who try to explain this - they are trying very hard, but just can't understand this however hard they try. Revelation 17:9:

"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Revelation 17:9)

Now, I have often wondered why John was made to write like this, but you know, if you live in the Roman Empire, I don't think you would want to blurt all this out in plain English, would you? You wouldn't last very long. The court system in those days was rather swift. Not like today where they lock you up for six months before they listen to the case and then it takes three years to the case. Revelation 17:10

"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." (Revelation 17:10)

Again when you look at the meaning of this verse, this is remarkable. This was written basically to Mr Armstrong if you think about it. We will go into that in a minute. In 'Who Is The Beast?', this is the explanation of who 'is':

"The one that 'is', is the kingdom that extended from Garibaldi to the downfall of Mussolini. It was not in any sense the power-wielding old Roman Empire, so during the stage of this 9th horn (Rev. 13) or 6th head (Rev. 17) John speaks of it as the Beast that was, and is not, and shall arise once more OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT." 'Who Is The Beast?'

You see when Mr Armstrong wrote this, the Beast that 'is' - was. It wasn't until the late 1930's when that part of the Roman Empire was dissolved because they went to the king and declared it to be the 'Holy Roman Empire.' It was a very limited thing; very much limited to North Africa and so on. But nevertheless you get the impression the way it is mentioned – it was – is. What I find really interesting in Revelation 17:10 it says:

"...five are fallen [five have been], and one is, and the other is not yet come..." (Revelation 17:10)

So as Mr Armstrong was studying this, that one was extent, Mussolini was still in power until after the war. Even that is rather remarkable isn't it? Now then I have a co-worker letter that I would like to quote from here. But read Revelation 17:11 first:

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:11)

It is getting a bit complicated isn't it? So we need to sort it out. Now I would like you to make a note of this Co-worker letter; it is August 14th 1978. 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978'. I do suggest you go on the web-site, http://getbackontrack.org and get this and read it; because Mr Armstrong goes through a whole load of this in this Co-worker letter. In fact this is some of the best explanations of some of these things that I got out of this Co-worker letter; because in the booklet the explanation I just found rather confusing.

"Verse 11: And this beast 'is the eighth and is of the seven.' That is, it is of, following after, as part of, the seven heads of the thirteenth chapter 'beast' – and it is the eighth. The seven were Babylon, Persia, Greece with four heads, and the Roman Empire of 31 B.C.- 476 A.D. This is a continuation of the same Gentile system. It is the final stage of the entire system dating from 604 B.C. to Christ’s Second Coming, when it shall go into perdition! (Utter destruction!)" 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978'

In other words utter destruction! So you've got Babylon, you've got Persia, you've got the four Greek ones and you've got the Holy Roman Empire – there's your seven. But that seventh one stopped in 476 AD when Rome was destroyed; but it came back effectively becoming the eighth, that is what is actually means here. Revelation 17:12:

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." (Revelation 17:12)

There are a few things there that are rather interesting; "...are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." (Revelation 17:12). One hour is a short time – very short time. Revelation 17:13:

"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." (Revelation 17:13)

Do we see that happening in the news today? Do we see the nations of Europe now, twenty of them I believe, giving their power, their military power might into a EU army; which is, believe it or not, controlled by Germany. Just as a point of interest, we will go into some of these things a bit later. "These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." (Revelation 17:13).

Why? Do they have one mind today? No, we are struggling with that aren't we? We have Poland wanting to leave the EU. We have Mr Macron in France trying to make France great again. Not a lot of chance of that I fear. Never mind, we have got Mrs Merkel in a muddle. Giving their power and strength to the beast; this has got to come out of a disaster. You don't get a dictator coming into power when everything is smooth and we will get on to that in a minute. Revelation 17:14:

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful [see we get a mention]. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues [all symbols but they are all being explained]. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." (Revelation 17:14-16)

It seems that into the Tribulation period at some stage the beast turns on the Catholic Church. "For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will..." (Revelation 17:17). And that is something that we really have got to concentrate on. When we see crazy things going on in the world, they are not crazy; they are happening for a very sound reason. " "...God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will..." (Revelation 17:17). He is bringing it all about, He is bringing it all about to where Christ can come and destroy the vast majority of the nations, to be resurrected at a later time, they have not missed out; and to set up His kingdom on the earth.

"For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:17)

These European nations don't want to give their power to anybody. In fact at the moment they are trying to all run in all different directions. Again all because of a crazy, apparently, decision by Mrs Merkel to allow all these Muslims into Europe. It is causing all sorts of problems. She is sitting there at the moment trying to form a government and she had better form a government because if she has another election the right wing will make a bigger inroads. It looks like they're going to finally agree; but the fact it has taken so long means it is not going to be a good agreement. It is still going to be a weak shaky government.

But again God says; "For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:17). It is all part of a plan. As I mentioned some weeks back. God's plan is what Job had to learn, one of the things Job had to learn is that God's plan cannot be thwarted. Revelation 17:18:

"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Revelation 17:18)

Now we have the 'Beast.' Let's start looking at who is who in the zoo here now. This is all from the 'Beast' booklets: 'Who or What is the Prophetic Beast?.' and 'Who Is The Beast?'. We need to understand what is going on, because you can see it in the daily news now. Mr Armstrong said:

"Let us be consistent. The beast of Revelation 13 is not the woman who rode the beast – the beast is the GOVERNMENT, and the woman is the church."

"The beast of Revelation 13 is THE ROMAN EMPIRE!"

So that is the beast.

"This beast had a DEADLY wound (Rev. 13:3). That means the beast ceased altogether to exist or function as it had since 31 B.C. Yet its deadly wound was later healed, after which (verse 5) it continued to exist another 1260 years!" 'Who Is The Beast?'

Which prophetically, a year for a day is forty-two months. However, the beast also can be referred to as a man. Look at Revelation 19:20, a time when I think there will be a bit of rejoicing among the people in the Church.

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20)

So again you have the beast, and you have the image of the beast. We will go into that in a minute. There has been a lot of speculation over the years to who is going to be 'the man' – the beast. Don't waste your time and I'll show you why. Isaiah 10:5 it is quite clear, it says:

"O Assyrian [single person], the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation." (Isaiah 10:5)

Now Assyria today we know is Germany, well it not just Germany, it is quite a bit bigger than just Germany. So it is going to be an Assyrian, right? How about President Trump? He is an Assyrian, his father was from Germany, he's an Assyrian. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Assyrian. Eighty million Americans have got German descent. And of course we have got Europe; Adolf Hitler wasn't a German, he was born in Austria. So he will be revealed and his works will make him obvious.

And it is interesting, the number 666, Mr Armstrong goes into it, you can get all the details in the booklet. But 666 identifies Rome as controlling the Beast power; but it is also the number of a man! So it is apparently the number of a man, so somehow we can work it out. I would rather think that it is going to be pretty obvious who the Beast is.

He won't look like the Beast to start with. Hitler didn't did he? When Hitler started off they thought he was a saviour. The Germans had been running to the bank with their barrow loads of notes to buy one loaf of bread. I think I have said before, they buy a bottle of wine on the Friday (you had to pay a deposit on the bottle in those days because bottles were expensive), and you took the thing back on the Monday and got more money back on empty bottle than when you had it full of wine on the Friday! Inflation was ludicrous. Hitler stopped all that, brought the new Deutsch Mark in, a stable currency, prices stayed the same, got full employment, got a bit of national feeling going in people.

We are going to see nationalism here on an unheard of level and it is going to be down to virtually worshipping. There is going to be some horrendous things happen, some of them before we are taken out of all this. Really, some massive things have got to change and we have got to watch very carefully.

Right, The Beast of Revelation 13 is THE ROMAN EMPIRE! But what is the IMAGE OF THE BEAST? Mr Armstrong again in 'Who Is The Beast?' says:

"The first pope, in the real sense of the word, was Leo I (440-461 A.D.), says the Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Vol. 7, page 629. To him the form of GOVERNMENT of the Roman Empire was the most marvelous thing on earth. It became an obsession. He applied its principles to the CHURCH, organized the church into a GOVERNMENT, forming the PAPACY."

"This CHURCH GOVERNMENT or ORGANIZATION is the IMAGE OF THE BEAST!"

"This CHURCH GOVERNMENT, then, according to this historical authority, is in fact a MODEL, a COUNTERPART, AN IMAGE of the BEAST which is the Roman Empire GOVERNMENT." 'Who Is The Beast?'

From the top down, one man at the top filtering on down, but don't you understand what it is? It is a counterfeit of God's government – it is an exact counterfeit of God's government. But then again the Pope claims to be Christ on earth, doesn't he? And he claims that this is the Kingdom of God. You know if this is the Kingdom of God, I am glad I'm seventy-odd; I haven't got an awful lot longer to put up with it, because I think it is pretty bad.

Every day you look at the news, you want to cry. If this is the Kingdom of God, what kind of god is it? Of course it is the kingdom of god. It is the kingdom of the god of this world, who is so perverted. What about the other day in Sweden, they have this wonderful new book they are giving to toddlers. The main hero is a man and his friend is a horse. The problem is the man is a cross-dresser and he comes home from work and puts lip-stick on and puts women's clothes on and the horse thinks it is a dog! They are feeding that to little kids. If things were to go on – God forbid – what are those children going to be like by the time they get to teenagers, they become adults, what are they going to be like?

So the church government or organisation is the image of the Beast. So you have the Beast power – the government with a dictator, and on down and you have the Catholic Church with a Pope, and on down which is again, I say, a complete counterfeit of God's system.

"The Britannica calls it an ECCLESIASTICAL WORLD EMPIRE!"

"This IMAGE – man-designed and man-ruled church government – compelled people to WORSHIP THE CHURCH! And since the church was organized into a worldly government, this was worship of the IMAGE – FALSE worship – IDOLATRY!!"

And isn't that the key word with the Catholic Church. Have you ever been in a Catholic Cathedral? There are more idols per square inch than you can shake a fist at. It is incredible.

"But this church became a MOTHER, and DAUGHTER CHURCHES came out of her, in 'protest', calling themselves 'PROTESTANT'. And ALL have worldly, political CHURCH GOVERNMENT. 'Upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS' (Rev. 17:5). Her daughters are called 'harlots'. Together, they are called 'BABYLON.' [Confusion] They are pagan, teaching pagan doctrines and customs, cloaked in the NAME of Christianity! And ALL NATIONS are deceived!" 'Who Is The Beast?'

That is pretty bold isn't it, but it is the truth. Christmas, ancient festival; way, way back, goes long before Christ. Easter, ask a child, three days and three nights between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning – it doesn't work!

They are harlots, together, they are called 'BABYLON'; "They are pagan, teaching pagan doctrines and customs, cloaked in the NAME of Christianity! And ALL NATIONS are deceived!" I just find it so interesting what Mr Armstrong was talking about there in that broadcast, he nails it.

Back to the Beast (PLAY FROM 41:07)

Next we come to 'the Mark of the Beast' which Mr Armstrong wrote in 1952. You see this is all he had to work on. He had these scriptures, and he had prayer, and he had contact with God. And God opened his mind; Christ opened his mind, and nobody else. The truth we have came through the apostle, he said that, and he made it quite clear. Go to Revelation 13:15:

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:15-17)

Now a couple of points here: the Catholic Church never killed anybody; they got the civil authorities to do it. So the Beast power is going to do the killing. The Catholic Church just makes the rules, and if you fall foul of the rules you are 'anathema' and you are herded off and the civil authorities will exact the punishment. And we come to this 'buying and selling,' and Mr Armstrong said:

"But WHAT commandment could it be – what commandment affecting a man’s job or his business?"

"There is only one possible commandment – the one regarded by the largest number as the 'LEAST' of the commandments – and that is the fourth commandment, which says: 'REMEMBER the sabbath day, to keep it holy...' The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God." 'Who or What is the Prophetic Beast?.'

Think about it! It was created at Creation. It was created literally as man was created, part of the actual creation, the Sabbath. It is not a Jewish day. Two and a half thousand years before a Jew walked on the earth. Mr Armstrong continues:

"Why Saints Were Martyred."

"It was for obeying God’s FOURTH Commandment – keeping the Sabbath – that millions were put to death. The local Council of Laodicea, about A.D. 363, passed this decree: 'Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, resting rather on Sunday. But, if any be found to be Judaizing, let them be declared anathema from Christ [that's a death sentence]'"

"The church caused them to be killed. When the church branded one 'anathema' (a heretic), the state police of the Empire began torturing him. Unless he recanted, he was tortured until he died!"

"Laws became so strict no man could hold a job, or engage in business, unless he worked on Saturday and rested on Sunday. And the world will be so geared that it will be almost impossible for one to 'buy or sell' except he receive this MARK OF THE BEAST!"

"This is the ONLY COMMANDMENT which was altered by the Roman Empire! In Daniel 7:25 we read the prophecy of this BEAST and the little horn [the Papacy] (the political government of the church) rising up, which was to think to CHANGE 'times and laws'. That is, change God’s LAW in respect to TIME – the time for the Sabbath!" 'Who or What is the Prophetic Beast?.'

Sabbath is key! I have got a copy of the 'Beast chart'. For those on the internet if you go to: 'Who Is The Beast?' and just scroll on down and you will see the chart; and underneath you will see a link, you can click and it will print a copy off for you. The original for this was produced before most of us were born. It shows the prophecies of the kingdoms. Starting off with the first column we get Daniel 2: The head of gold, the breast of silver, and so forth. And then you get the beasts in Daniel 7 and the parallels with the beast of Revelation, and in Revelation 17, you parallel with that and there's an explanation of the actual symbols. These are all events that have been fulfilled as it says at the top. They have all been fulfilled in history.

What is rather interesting is Greece. You have Alexander the Great, who as a very young man, went charging off to conquer but do you realize how far he actually got? Many years ago I took my wife to a press conference-cum-dinner, at one of the big hotels in London and Mrs Gandhi was there. The introduction was given by the High Commissioner of India, who was not a gentleman of few words. He went on for at least an hour and a half introducing her. He started by saying that India has always been a great nation. He said "Did you realize that we were at one time controlled by Alexander the Great?" Now you look at a map. He got right through to India, and he died at thirty, one or two or something – very young. Yet in those few years he went through literally the known world, including India. Quite incredible!

And then again, equally incredible, when he died, the kingdom was split into four, and that is what it talks about in the scriptures. The leopard has four heads. And then you get the seventh head under Revelation 17, the Roman Empire, 31 BC through to 476 AD with its two divisions, East and West; hence the statute who had two legs. In 476 you have the fall of the Roman Empire. Then you have the Vandals, the Heruli and the Ostrogoths, who all tried to rule Rome and didn't and they were removed.

And then you have the 'little horn', which is false christianity and church government, or an image of the Roman Empire. That was prophesied to go on for forty-two months. If you take that out it is 1260 years on a day for a year principle. And that amazingly starts with the Imperial Restoration in 554 with Justinian. Then you have the Frankish Kingdom, the Holy Roman Empire, the German one, you have the Hapsburg dynasty and Napoleon which ended in 1805. And amazingly it works out actually to 1260 years. You see there is a God in heaven who has a plan and that plan is incredibly detailed. I don't think we realize how detailed it is. Incredibly detailed!

And then you come down to the Garibaldi, and into Mussolini. Incidentally Mr Armstrong, in the booklet, you can check it out, goes into this Il Duce if you take the numerical numbers there it is 666 again. it is quite incredible. And of course we then we come to revived Empire, which we are coming to shortly. But can you see it is a mixture of iron and clay?

I have seen that in a foundry where the wrong kind of stuff gets into the iron when it is hot; and it bubbles and bubbles and eventually it goes hard, but it's full of bubbles, it's full of air. If you just smack it with a hammer, it just crumbles to dust. There is no real strength. It looks strong. Oh yes, it looks like iron, but when you give it a good smack, it just crumbles. My Dad showed me that in the steel works, they had a foundry there, and we had just been studying this in Church. And he said; "Look there it is!" I think he gave Mr Waterhouse a big chunk of it. It is also very light, no substance to it.

That is what Europe is going to be like. These people have all got different backgrounds, the only thing in common with most, is religion. That is the only glue that will hold it together. But at one time or another they have all been fighting each other.

But have a look over that chart because it is interesting; and it is interesting that it has never been altered. Mr Armstrong got it right first time. Prophecy is a proof of the existence of God! Who could sit down 500 years before Christ and write that prophecy? The longest prophecy in the Bible and have it so detailed that the end-time apostle could be writing and sorting it out when the sixth head was there ruling, in the form of Garibaldi there and then Mussolini. That's incredible. Isaiah 46:9. We shouldn't be astonished if we just read what is in the Bible:

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me [no arguments about it], 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 46:9-10)

In other words, I will fulfil my plan and of course what it doesn't say here is, that my plan is to create a family, an enormous family. Starting with Christ as the Firstfruit, and then the Church as the firstfruits, then the people that live out through the Millennium changed into the God family, and then everybody else who has ever lived. All these people who have survived this lot; all these people that are on this chart, all through the centuries, all through the Millennium will all be given a chance to enter the family of God.

He said; "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done..." (Isaiah 46:10). I think it makes it very clear, when you look at these things and you realize it has all been intricately planned. Right down to the last jot and the last tittle. Just make a note of Amos 3:7 we have read this many times.

"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)

He revealed it to Daniel, but Daniel had no clue to what was really going on. He then revealed more to the apostle John, who really didn't understand an awful lot of what was going on. And then along comes Mr Armstrong and he had the mind, God worked with him. I think we can see more and more how God did work with him.

So let's have a look at where are we today. We have read all this, we understand the Beast is a revival of the Holy Roman Empire. The image of the Beast is the Roman Catholic Church and the mark of the Beast, which will probably be enforced in the Tribulation, will be the Sabbath. They hate the Sabbath. The Catholic Church, I have seen with my own eyes in their encyclopaedia admit that Saturday is the original Sabbath. And they admit they changed it, because that was the 'Lord's Day'; that was when the Lord was resurrected. Which of course is a load of bunkum. We go back to deception again don't we?

Let's just have a look at some of the things that Mr Armstrong has written over the years, because it is really incredible. The Plain Truth April 1952, I was 8 years old:

"Russia may give East Germany back to the Germans and will be forced to relinquish control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria to complete the ten nation union."

Mr Armstrong, as you will see later on, started to understand at that stage that the two legs were the two halves of Europe – east and west. And he is making a very bold statement there, based purely on what he learned in the Bible: what Christ revealed to him. It didn't look at all possible, at all at that time. The Russians had Eastern Europe tied up, especially after the war - it was an iron wall. The Plain Truth, June 1955; talking about the Holy Roman Empire, he said:

"In its final phase, to appear in our day, will merely be a resurrection of that ancient Roman Empire – a United States of Europe [a term which nobody else was using back then, by the way, that was one of his] which we are beginning to foster within the confines of the ancient Roman Empire! We are building the Frankenstein Monster that is destined to destroy us!"

After the war America went into Germany and they poured billions of dollars in there. Neglected their poor ally over here totally; but they had to get Germany back on its feet. And suddenly you have a Germany, by the time we got to the 1960's, you have a German nation with all the industries brand new. All the latest technology and they took off and they have never looked back.

And of course they have been protected by America, so they have had virtually no defence spending to talk about and they are wealthy. If you look at them as a trading nation: America, China and Germany are vying constantly as to who is the biggest. If you think about that, that is pretty amazing. When you look at the size of China, the size of America, and the size of Germany, who has the population of about 80-90 million or so, somewhere around there; and yet their trade is incredible. The Plain Truth, March 1962:

"United within ancient boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire [again this is Mr Armstrong looking at the map, he knew what it had been and he is looking at modern Europe]; united by the common spiritual bond of universal Catholicism; united in a burgeoning and booming industrial economy that dominates today's world; united geographically in the most productive and industrial complex on earth - at least TEN NATIONS OF MODERN EUROPE will march onto the scene of world history as the greatest single human force ever seen by man"!

Do you realize that the population of this group is bigger than America? The industrial might is much more. When you look at America, it is a massive country, but there is not a lot in it. You have got centres of industry, yes, but there is a lot of blank spots. A lot of countryside - square miles of it. You can drive all day and see nobody in some places. Quite incredible, it is a huge place, three thousand miles across. Whereas Europe, is saturated with cities and industry, all over. There is not a lot of free space.

Here is a quote; Mr Armstrong had quite a friendship with Dr Otto von Habsburg, who was one of the descendents of the Habsburg Empire, and Dr Habsburg made this comment: "The religious foundation of a society is the only real and lasting foundation that this society may have." Interesting! Of course Mr Armstrong latched on to that, didn't he? It was that glue. We have already seen with the Pope, the Pope is making comments. He has hauled the European politicians over the coals. He has told them; you are going to wrong way, you are doing the wrong things. He is telling them where they are going; and it is getting more and more obvious, that he is getting more and more involved in politics. The Plain Truth, December 1963:

"So long as present German prosperity continues - the Nazi takeover will not be possible! But - should any severe threat to that hard-won prosperity come - the picture will change - VIOLENTLY in Germany. REMEMBER! It was the aftermath of the disastrous stock market crashes of 1924 and 1929 that fanned the flames of violence in Germany to pave the way for Hitler!"

"HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, they say. And your Bible predicts a great TRADE WAR between the economic power in Europe and the United States. It predicts terrible financial collapse of this country". (USA)"

"Make no mistake! Germany and all Europe would not escape unscathed in a hot trade war between the Common Market and the United States. Terrible economic disasters would result. And the result from such disasters? A new Nazi Germany!"

Oh! They have got 92 members now in the Bundestag, and I'll tell you something, we have got Martin Schulz now wanted to go back to Mrs Merkel and have a talk about a coalition government; because they all know that if they have another election, the right-wing will make more inroads. And if they get to a certain point they could even form a minority government. Nazis not take over? Oh yes, it is very possible. Don't forget Hitler did it legally. He didn't seize power, he was given it. Once he got it mind you, he made sure he was never going to lose it; but that is another story. He did great things for the German people and they loved him, contrary to what a lot of people said. "Oh we didn't know what Hitler was doing"– Rubbish; they all knew what was going on. And I have had that from many Germans by the way. The Plain Truth, October 1964:

"Germany - a UNITED GERMANY with her former territories restored [remember at this time East Germany was a separate country] is ready to emerge as the strongest nation on earth at the head of a revitalized ... Europe! This powerful colossus is then going to deal a death blow to the United States and Britain..."

It is already the greatest trading nation virtually on the planet. Co-Worker Letter, August 14 1978:

"Undoubtedly GERMANY will head the new resurrected 'Holy Roman Empire'. Who conquered the German armed fist twice – in the two great world wars? It was Britain with the United States pouring in the real knockout power! Who will they go forth to DESTROY? Britain and the United States!" 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978'

Why? Because God said it! He said; "Oh Assyrian, rod of my anger...I will send him against an hypocritical nation..." (Isaiah 10:5-6). Aren't we, Britain and America today, aren't they not hypocritical nations; again part of the plan. The Plain Truth, January 1979, 'Supernatural Forces On A Collision Course! What Now?'

"I have been proclaiming and writing, ever since 1935, that the final one of the seven eras of the Holy Roman Empire is coming in our generation – a 'United States of Europe', combining ten nations or groups of nations in Europe – with A UNION OF CHURCH AND STATE!" 'The Plain Truth January 1979-What Now?'

1980, 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy':

"That YOKE of SLAVERY without mercy is to be laid on the U.S. and Britain by the coming united nations of Europe! It has started already, through the economic Common Market and the recently implemented EMS (European Monetary System) [again this is history already]. Its leaders talk continually of POLITICAL union – which means, also, military."

Right this morning in the newspaper it's talking about fast-tracking it now; because they know that the only way they can hold this Europe together is to get them all doing at least something together, which is the military option. I believe there are twenty nations already that have decided to go along this road. Mr Armstrong said that was going to happen back in 1980:

"So far they have been unable to bring about full political union. This will be made possible by the 'good offices' of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look." 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy'

In today's news it is; 'Full Speed Ahead for Defence Plans'. In 1981, 'The Meaning of The Feast of Tabernacles', Mr Armstrong mentioned about the 10 Nations; five from East and five from West:

"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. Satan now is sitting on the throne of this world. Now people don't understand that." (The Meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles 13 October 1981 transcript)

It looks impossible, it must have looked impossible in 1981 – but it happened! 1984, just a year before he died, the Sermon; 'Prophecy part 1':

"And so politics enters into it and politics will enter into it and I can see where it is going to cause Europe to unite and turn against the United States. And if you want to know what will happen go home and read the last chapter in the book 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy' Now you may have read it, go home and read it again. Brush up on it and refresh your mind on it, because we’re coming to the time when it is going to happen." (Prophecy part 1, 7 July 1984)

Alright 30 years ago, and it is more than that now. You see one of the big things Mr Armstrong was criticised for, was occasionally he would start putting in 'within five years', which you do, it is looking so bad. We are looking at it now and saying; "It can't go on!" It could do – it could go on another few years. On the other hand, we could be exploding on Monday morning with a collapse of the world's financial system. So we have got to just keep on going, keep our eyes open.

1985 October, 'The Plain Truth', this must have been one of the last things he had in 'The Plain Truth' I could imagine; Germany to re-unite, this is from; '40th Anniversary Conference of Drafting U.N. Charter', which Mr Armstrong witnessed:

"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. Before World War II, a mutual accord had been made between Germany and Russia. History often repeats itself."

"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!" 'The Plain Truth January 1985-40th Anniversary Conference of Drafting U.N. Charter'

Just four years later the Berlin Wall came down; and if you go into what actually happened, it was all a mistake. It was a series of the most stupid circumstances; of people making decisions they shouldn't have done, and not making decisions they should have done, and the whole thing just seemed to crumble over night. I have seen an analysis of it recently and I might even put it into an update at some stage. It is fascinating how God worked it out, because that is what happened. It shouldn't have happened in a sensible world.

1990 - Germany Reunites. On 1 October, West and East Germany were reborn as a unified nation. Less than a year after the Berlin Wall was made redundant by the opening of the East German borders, fireworks lit up the sky over Berlin and the City's streets were once again filled with tearful, celebrating Germans. Remember in 'The Plain Truth' 1952 Mr Armstrong wrote:

"Russia may give East Germany back to the Germans and will be forced to relinquish her control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria..."

How did it happen? Do you remember? In August 1991, a coup d'etat was attempted by hard-liners against Gorbachev, this is in Russia obviously, with the intention of reversing his policies. The coup failed, with Russian President Boris Yeltsin playing a high-profile role in facing down the coup, resulting in the banning of the Communist Party, up until then it had been the USSR. On 25 December 1991, Gorbachev resigned and the remaining twelve constituent republics emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet Union as independent post-Soviet states. Bulgaria, Romania and so on and all the '...stans'; this resulted in the eastern European nations gaining their freedom and then they were able to join Europe! Which they did pretty quickly, over the next few years.

It didn't seem possible. Frankly looking at it politically, it was crazy, it should never have happened. Yet it happened because it is all part of a plan that God revealed to Daniel, two and a half thousand years ago. I hope we are getting the point I am trying to get across; it is that this thing, just cannot not work because God said it was going to work. And you can go down all the way, time after time after time it comes up.

Right now Europe is falling apart at the seams. My guess is that Martin Schultz will go back and they will form a government just to keep the right wing out, but it won't be a very good government and it might not last very long. Britain is on the brink of leaving the EU. The army is being pushed forward at a terrific speed. The Pope is embroiled in politics. Do you know why the Pope wants a united Europe? It is simple. It is far easier for him to control one unit than it is 28 nations, and that's all it is about. The Catholic Church wants control. The Catholic Church rides the Beast. The Catholic Church controls the Beast. And then we have the financial collapse again Mr Armstrong in July 1984 said:

"...I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe..." (Prophecy part 1, 7 July 1984)

Of course, take this forward to where we are right now. Top people are all saying the economy in this world is absolutely crazy. The situation monetarily is far, far worse that 2008 by a country mile. It is amazing how dangerous are these banks, which have just continued on. They just keep printing money. The governments just keep on printing money. It is the only way we can get out of it. What is it costing America to keep, six or seven aircraft carriers over there by Korea? The cost per day must be staggering, absolutely staggering and what for - Mr Kim Jong-un. A tiny little republic that can't even afford to feed its own people. Mr Armstrong makes a comment here which I just feel he said:

"But 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." (Prophecy part 1, 7 July 1984)

It is going to force them together and the Pope will make sure they do. He will be the power behind the throne. Interesting that all the foundation members, bar one, as far as I remember were Catholics of this whole thing at the end of the war. All those people, they were mostly Catholics and some of them were trained as Jesuits, and I believe one of them was a Jesuit. Just add the numbers up. It is a Catholic idea. It's a Nazi idea. The departments in the present Europe, in the European Parliament are exactly the same as the Nazis there in their plan in 1943. They have been open about it. It is a dictatorship over there, those people are not elected, not by the public. It is a dictatorship.

"Well, now I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it and that is the economic situation in the world...[then later on he says] 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" (Prophecy part 1, 7 July 1984)

Think about it. It might be short and sharp and nasty but out of it will probably come a new system. I do wonder; "...when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh..." (I Thessalonians 5:3). Why are they saying; peace and safety? Well, is it because there hasn't been peace and safety for a while. Can you imagine if the whole financial thing just implodes? This world is 250 trillion dollars in debt. To whom? Well the bankers of course. It's amazing the madness that is going on. Well it is mad because the government behind it has got a problem.

So what do we do? Well we watch and pray obviously, but there is one thing we can do. We need to focus on the future.

We understand that in the short term, life could become difficult for God's people. Our focus must be on the return of Jesus Christ and on our part in the World Tomorrow as Kings and priests; rulers and teachers. And just look at what the results are going to be; this is from 'The Wonderful World Tomorrow.'

"Notice: 'In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land [which was what they were supposed to have been in the Old Testament and weren't]: whom the [Eternal] of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria, the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance' (Isaiah 19:23-25)." 'The Wonderful World Tomorrow.'

You see what I mean? This is where the plan goes. This is the direction the plan is going and we have a part in this. This will be part of our job. Mr Armstrong says:

"What a utopian prediction that is!"

"Egypt and Germany are pictured in loving, respectful, serving cooperation with the very peoples they contended with in the past." 'The Wonderful World Tomorrow.'

Think about it!! 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978' two little quotes here, Mr Armstrong says:

"Brethren, IF we are to be taken to a place of protection from the GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall have to have real faith in Christ and His promises!" 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978'

Part of the thing of going over this is to help us to understand what we are part of. We are a part of that prophecy that was given two and a half thousand years ago. Should that not give us confidence? If all that prophecy is being fulfilled, the little bit that is coming up is that not going to be fulfilled as well? Absolutely!

"A spiritual REVIVAL within the Church is virtually a LIFE-AND- DEATH matter of URGENCY NOW! I ask you, pray as never before!" 'Co-worker Letter 14 August 1978'

Did we get it – most didn't. Mr Armstrong's final warning still stands to ALL of God's people – no matter which 'group' they are in. At the end of 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy’ he says:

"By God’s direction and authority, I have laid the TRUTH before you! [Get that! I have read over that in the past, and I read it the other night and I thought wow! That is a real statement. By God's direction and authority, I have laid the truth before you!] To neglect it will be tragic beyond imagination! To heed it will bring blessings, happiness and GLORY beyond description!"

"The decision is now YOURS!" 'The United States and Britain in Prophecy