God does things in DUAL stages. As Zerubbabel built the first
temple of MATERIAL stone, wood and other materials, he was a forerunner or
of one through whom Christ would raise up or build the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE
His Church of our time, prior to the Day of the Lord and Christ's Second
As John the Baptist prepared the way, in the PHYSICAL wilderness of
Jordan River for the first
coming of the HUMAN Jesus (both man and God),
coming to His MATERIAL temple, and to His PHYSICAL people Judah,
to be set up more than 1,900 years later, SO God
use a human messenger in the SPIRITUAL wilderness of 20th-century
confusion, to be a voice CRYING OUT the Gospel of the KINGDOM OF
about the SPIRITUAL CHRIST, coming in SUPREME POWER AND GLORY to His SPIRITUAL TEMPLE, to actually ESTABLISH that spiritual
KINGDOM OF GOD.
Brethren, HAS THAT BEEN DONE BY THIS CHURCH?
Did God raise up a one-man LEADERSHIP to be used by Him in
and in proclaiming after 1,900 years the true GOSPEL OF THE
KINGDOM OF GOD in ALL THE WORLD -- to even go to kings and heads
10:11) -- in bringing the Church back to the FAITH ONCE DELIVERED (Jude
HAS THIS HAPPENED, IN YOUR DAYS, AND HAS GOD BROUGHT YOU
INTO THIS PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT AS A PART OF IT?
HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE IT?
Brethren, HOW did the living Christ prepare me from youth
to lead you?
At age 16, on my first job away from my home city, my employer
spark of ambition within me. At age 18, I began fulfilling the "7 Laws of
-- all but the seventh, which is guidance from God in being led into
RIGHT goal, and general divine guidance. But I was trained in WRITING both
copy and magazine articles. I was trained in the magazine and
business. I was led where I would have continual contact
successful men who had built some of the biggest industries and biggest
in the United States or the world. I was trained in speaking to
At age 34, God had me disturbingly CHALLENGED as I had never
keeping GOD'S SABBATH. I was forced into the most intensive and in-depth
study and research of my life. I then believed just the OPPOSITE
what GOD SAYS in His Word. I was trying to prove I was right -- to HAVE MY
WAY. In that first beginning six months' deep study of the Bible, I
I had believed the very opposite of WHAT GOD SAYS.
In that period God OPENED MY UNDERSTANDING to most of the
MAJOR BASICS OF GOD'S TRUTH THAT THE CHURCHES AND RELIGIONS OF THIS WORLD HAD LOST -- indeed, even the flickering remnant
of the TRUE
He opened my mind to HIS LAW. Not only the Ten Commandments
but the annual festivals and Holy Days. I learned the truth about
GOVERNMENT having been established on earth under the archangel Lucifer,
the origin of Satan and PURPOSE of God in restoring God's Government over
earth. I learned Jesus was born to be a KING, which traditional
seems not to know. I learned our identity as being of the
tribes of Israel, and the difference between the kingdoms of Judah and
Israel. This gave me the KEY to
understanding PROPHECIES! God revealed to me
symbols and truths of the book of Revelation as revealed through Matthew
and Daniel. I learned the Kingdom of God will be ON EARTH.
NO MAN taught me these truths. As the original apostles were
IN PERSON, so was I taught by Jesus Christ IN WRITING. It is the SAME
-- the SAME TEACHING.
I LOST that challenge. I had to GIVE UP MY WAY! I had to
give up MYSELF
and give myself to Christ, who had bought and paid for me. It took an inner
-- a struggle against having my own way. I made, in my mind, heart and
intention, a COMPLETE SURRENDER to God. I told Him if He could use
a worthless life as mine, He could have it.
Two can't walk together except they be AGREED! I now AGREED
have NEVER DISAGREED. You yourself -- every begotten child of God -- does,
human weakness, commit sin even after the most deep conversion. None
lived perfectly but JESUS. But when I stumbled through human weakness,
picked me back up on confessing to Him and repenting, and asking help
to repeat the sin. At no point did I DISAGREE nor water down HIS TRUTH.
He used me in building the Philadelphia era of HIS CHURCH
-- and in
His Gospel IN ALL THE WORLD!
Now He has brought this Great Commission near its FINISH.
Neither I nor
know how much longer will be required completely to finish it!
But as I said at the beginning, some, even in the public
to ask, WHO is the "heir apparent," as the newspapers put it? WHO
rule the Church after Mr. Armstrong?
The answer is, NOBODY!
I have gone to considerable length in this letter to show
you how God
His Work among humans through one man at a time. He specially prepared me
the Work He has called me to do. I know of NO ONE ELSE who has been so
My son Garner Ted Armstrong, as I have said, and he has said,
with me as I was brought to agree with Christ. Some newspapers have
that Mr. Stanley R. Rader would succeed me as Christ's apostle. But
he himself has said before our brethren, and in the public press, his
ARE ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT. He is a man of brilliant mind and
in accounting, finance, law and in many respects in this world's
But he is not qualified to lead God's people SPIRITUALLY, nor to
the human leader of the Church under Christ, if I have the mind of
(Phil. 2:5) and I think I have.
Beginning with the massive legal attack on this Church by
the State of
January 3, 1979, sweeping changes were necessarily made in the
structure of the Church and Work. God providentially had moved
out of California to Tucson, Arizona, almost a year before. A new
was formed, the Herbert W. Armstrong corporation sole. All tithes
offerings were directed to Tucson. That, for the present, is continuing.
But while God has always worked through one man at a time
as leader over
people, He also has given wise instruction, and those He has chosen should
it. 1) We are not to put our trust in MAN, but in God. On the other hand
Solomon God says that IN MULTITUDE OF COUNSELORS there is safety.
I have always followed that principle, calling from time
to time on
ones competent in whatever field was in question, for advice and
before making the decision.
I have used the board members of both the Ambassador College
the Worldwide Church of God, Inc., board as counselors.
But now, in the corporation sole, under which the day-to-day
now conducted, there is no board of directors, and none called for by law.
lieu thereof, I have formed the new ADVISORY COUNCIL OF ELDERS. That
at present, is composed of the following experienced elders, all of
years' faithful and loyal experience as ministers in God's Church.
The Council of Elders, as of now, consists of Dibar Apartian,
Robert Fahey, Ellis LaRavia, Raymond McNair, Leroy Neff, Joseph
Leon Walker and, as adviser to the Council, Ralph Helge.
Now as to any possible successor to me. God has never removed
to a specific leadership or assignment or commission until his mission
1) Has the commission of carrying the Gospel of the Kingdom
of God to
world been completed? How far does God expect it to go? Only HE knows. It
gone to multiple millions. It has gone into all continents. It is still
I am preparing to speed up its proclamation to the world as we come in
the homestretch. But I DO NOT KNOW, nor does any but GOD know, where that
line is! WE MAY BE CLOSER TO IT THAN WE REALIZE!
2) The CHURCH for
this present era has been raised up. God's TRUTH has
restored to it. IF, and AS God may reveal any more truth, I will
share it with you. I have done, and am doing, the best I can with
help to help you all to GROW in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and
Jesus Christ. I am doing what I can to HIGH PRESSURE YOU into a DEEPER
life with Christ, a deeper, more fervent PRAYER LIFE.
Perhaps my job in these areas is not yet finished. GOD WILL
AND ON THE JOB AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME, and I will serve Him to my utmost as long as He leaves me FREE to do so, and gives
me the breath of life.
I have shown you that the book of Haggai is a PROPHECY. Zerubbabel's
to which Jesus came at His first coming, was a TYPE of the SPIRITUAL
(God's CHURCH) to which, in its resurrected GLORIFIED state, it will be
GLORIOUS TEMPLE to which Christ will come SOON NOW IN OUR TIME.
Zerubbabel, therefore, was the typical forerunner of one
to build that GLORIFIED SPIRITUAL TEMPLE -- God's Church of this END TIME.
In Zechariah 4:6 and 9, God says of this former type: "This
is the word
the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power (humanly), but
MY SPIRIT, saith the Lord of hosts." In Revelation 3:8, Christ says of the
of today's Church, "I know thy works; behold I have set before thee an
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength (only a
strength humanly), and has kept my word, and hast not denied my name."
Work in our day has not been done by human strength or power, but by
and the POWER OF GOD'S SPIRIT.
Further, "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation
of this house
first temple); his hands shall also FINISH IT!" So far as I know, GOD HAS
NOT RAISED UP ANYONE ELSE TO FINISH THIS WORK HE HAS USED ME IN DOING!
God could take my life in the next breath -- or He has power
to keep me
the job as His instrument for as long as He deems necessary.
I have NEVER SAID I expect to live until Christ comes.
But, just in case of my disability for any reason, to prevent
division, I feel God has inspired me to delegate power to the Advisory
during any such complete disability, to take full charge of the Work
all its assets and activities.
The CHURCH must not be scattered.
It must not become scattered, because
is no COMPETENT, CHRIST-CHOSEN SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, TO BECOME MEAT FOR BEASTS (human) OF THE FIELD! (See Ezekiel 34:5.) This is a safeguard for YOUR protection.
This letter is already overlong, but I felt important.
I urge all who have not already asked for it, to request
the new Lesson
of the Bible Correspondence Course.
Brethren, NEVER were your prayers so URGENTLY NECESSARY --
both for YOU
the Work -- and for me! My life has been threatened -- but by faith in God
shall be spared until my work is complete. I now have to ask you to
and send in special EXTRA generous offerings more than ever before.
is short. Soon there shall be a FAMINE of hearing the Word of God (Amos 8:11). If we work harder now, SO WILL SATAN. SO PRAY AS NEVER BEFORE!”
With deep love, in Jesus' name,
Herbert W. Armstrong
COMMENT: Isn't it INTERESTING that in the last couple of paragraphs of this letter, Mr. Armstrong
warned (prophesied!) that the Church MUST NOT become SCATTERED! And he said it was because there was no
competent SHEPHERD (to take his place) ! He quoted from Ezekiel 34, and indeed that whole chapter applies more
today than ever to the Church(s) of God. This prophecy clearly shows that there is NO shepherd or minister holding fast
at this time. But notice in this chapter of Ezekiel it does NOT say that some of the sheep or flock wouldn't be holding fast!
That's why God is addressing the shepherds or ministry. They are the ones responsible for FEEDING the flock. But it is not
being done according to God's standards or God's way. Therefore God says He will do it (the feeding) HIMSELF,
and that HE HIMSELF will gather together His flock!
the one minute sound bite below will show why Mr. Armstrong said there was no competent shepherd to take his place: