It is time to WAKE UP!
Herbert W. Armstrong, stayed alert!
Today the Church of God is asleep or indifferent.
Yes, it is time to wake up!
Mr. Herbert Armstrong used to remind us to keep our eyes on the Middle East with special reference to Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Virtually every day Jerusalem is on the front pages of the world's largest newspapers and nightly television news brings the slaughter there into our living rooms. Yet the Church of God slumbers on, unaware of how close to the end-time tribulation we are!
In Revelation 11, we find God's two witnesses headquartered at a temple in Jerusalem throughout this coming tribulation. Yet no temple stands there now. However, in the Companion Bible, a note on verses 1 and 2 of Revelation 11 states, All these particulars refer to an actual Temple. The church of God knows nothing of an altar here, of a naos [sanctuary], of a court of the Gentiles. All point to the Temple yet to be built in the holy city, i.e. Jerusalem [emphasis mine].
Brethren, events must soon transpire to make this a reality. Already in Israel plans are moving ahead rapidly to bring this to pass. Recently Gershon Salomon, Chairman of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement, advised me that polls taken in Israel show that more than 80% support it. Today, most of the Israeli nation supports the rebuilding of the temple and the campaign of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement for this.
For some time now a local stone mason has been cutting out the stones using a laser. Priests and Levites are being trained for their duties; their clothing and many metal articles used in the sacrificial system are nearing completion.
The world war on terror, another local war, or political changes in the near future could accelerate the desire of the Jews for a third temple, a house for God among His people once again. Already the Israeli parliament is largely controlled by the ultra-orthodox religious parties.
In Daniel 8 and 9, a sanctuary and sacrificial system is mentioned in connection with Jerusalem in the tribulation period. Also note Daniel 12:11, And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Christ mentions this abomination in Matthew 24:15-21. Its setting up signals the beginning of the tribulation, and it is to be placed in the court of a temple not yet built, but which will be standing when the tribulation suddenly descends on modern Israel.
Still the Church of God slumbers on!
It seems that when Mr. Herbert Armstrong died, much of the oxygen in God's Church was expelled.
How about you, are you alive and alert to the times you are living in?
Are you prepared?
Most of the Church won't be, only a few will!
Like the Marines, God is still looking for a few good men and women in this end-time era.
If you want help and encouragement to get ready and more information about the temple and the 1290 days of Revelation 12, please write for our introductory packet and our workbook, The Revelation of the End Times.
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