John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

The Temple of God and the Synagogue of Satan

The Temple of God and the Synagogue of Satan

 

Brethren, we have entered a new year and a new decade, and Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, has NEW, very important information for us—NEW EXCITING TRUTH!

The Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are less than three months away, and we want to focus on the wonder of the spring Holy Days and their great meaning. We will get into that in the Bible Study today. Everything in God’s great Plan begins with Christ! And we will see today that God’s Plan has come to a point where He is giving us NEW astounding TRUTH that has been hidden from us since our beginning in 1997.

“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.”                      (Prov. 14:12)“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). When God, in His mercy, began drawing me into His Truth through the ministry of the end-time Elijah, I was pretty set in my own ways—they seemed right to me! I sincerely thought I was right in my religious convictions and beliefs. It was not that I had studied to prove them—it was the way my family believed. But in the 1950’s, God began working with me through a series of trials and tests, and I was plunged into studying the Word of God. As I studied, I was surprised and shocked that many of my long held beliefs were only ideas of men, not the Truth of God.

My wife was a successful manager for Stanley Home Products and had hired a young woman who was a Seventh-Day Adventist and brought the question to me, “Which day is the Christian Sabbath?” I had never seriously considered this question, but it was the big question! I was sure in my mind that I could prove that Sunday was the Christian Sabbath, and that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath. But what I proved is that the seventh day of the week is God’s Sabbath and man is commanded to keep it holy.

God led me to His One True Church, the Radio Church of God, through the World Tomorrow broadcast, the Plain Truth magazine, and the powerful voices of Herbert W. and Garner Ted Armstrong. It did not take me long to realize that “my ways that I thought were right” were only preconceived ideas in my mind. These ideas or misconceptions were taught to my parents from deceived ministers following their traditions instead of the commandments of God, and I followed right along until my mid-twenties when God began to open my mind.

...my biggest problems in learning New Truth was that the “ways that I thought were right” kept interfering...I learned about the sign of the prophet Jonah and how that sign applied to the exact time when Jesus, our Savior, would be in the grave. I zealously devoured the truth of God’s Holy Days and the Plan of Salvation revealed in them. And with the knowledge from Jesus Christ about the United States and Great Britain in Prophecy, the Good News of the Kingdom of God was indelibly placed in my mind!

Mr. Armstrong cried aloud, “Don’t believe me—or any man—believe your Bible,” and this is the Godly advice I followed. My mind was opened to the Truth of God little by little, step by step! And I realized that one of my biggest problems in learning New Truth was that the “ways that I thought were right” kept interfering with accepting what was new to me.

Preconceived ideas or misconceptions can cloud our minds. Plain scriptures can often be ignored because they do not fit our preconceived ideas.  I have seen this through the years, and especially since God has brought about the Church of God’s Faithful (CGF). The CGF is “set apart by truth,” as God has revealed to us at least 75 New Truths since the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.

 

Satan’s Fate!

Many of the revealed New Truths required simply believing the scriptures and eliminating the preconceived ideas that had clouded our mind. For example, we believed that Satan and his demons, being spirit creatures, cannot die. The WCG taught that spirits cannot die, and I accepted this for years! Nevertheless, Jesus who was the Word of God from the beginning, who created all life except God and Himself, became flesh and died! He gave His life! Thus if God could die, why could not angelic beings also die?

The WCG [World Wide Church of God] taught that spirits cannot die, and I accepted this for years!The scriptures in Ezek. 28 are clear that Lucifer, the anointed cherub, had possessed the King of Tyre. Thus, in verses 12 through 19, Lucifer/Satan is being addressed, not the human king. I will use only part of verse 12, for space sake.

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

The CGF questioned the WCG teaching on Satan’s fate because of the plain scriptures of the Word of God in Ezek. 28 and the common sense question asked by a member, “If Jesus could die, why couldn’t rebellious angels die?”With these plain scriptures, it was not difficult to believe that Satan and the demons’ fate was death in the lake of fire. But, although Satan’s fate and Ezek. 28:12-19 were preached by at least one former WCG minister, it did not “seem right” because of Mr. Armstrong’s teaching on Luke 20:35-36:

But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Mr. Armstrong and the WCG ministry believed and taught correctly that the resurrected sons of God were granted immortal life (I Cor.15:52-54 and Mark 10:30). They concluded from the statement, “…they are equal to the angels…” that angelic beings were eternal beings who cannot die. Nevertheless, we must always remember Mr. Armstrong’s wise words to always believe the Bible instead of any man. This is particularly true when there seems to be a contradiction of scripture—when not all of the scriptures on a given subject have been considered.

The CGF questioned the WCG teaching on Satan’s fate because of the plain scriptures of the Word of God in Ezek. 28 and the common sense question asked by a member, “If Jesus could die, why couldn’t rebellious angels die?”

Matt. 22:30 and Mark 12:25 are clarifying scriptures for Luke 20:35-36:

For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven (Matt:22:30).

 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven (Mark 12:25).

Understand this very vital point! The angels of God in heaven have not sinned as Satan and his wicked demons have done, and will live forever. The wages of sin is death, and that is Satan’s sure fate—death in the lake of fire at the conclusion of the 1000 years of the Last Great Day.

Erroneous misconceptions and preconceived ideas can and must be dispelled from our minds by the light of God’s Word!

 

The Day of the Lord

“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day”… (Rev: 1:10). This is a very simple statement...Another example of preconceived ideas is to believe that a plain scripture means something other than the intended meaning. We have seen many of these in the past 12 years.

“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day”… (Rev: 1:10). This is a very simple statement, when the misconceptions are dispelled. The “Christian” world wants to place the Apostle John in the spirit on Sunday, their “Lord’s Day.” There are ways that seem right—but the end is death! Rev. 1:10 has nothing to do with any day of the week.

Mr. Armstrong forcefully taught that the Lord’s Day was not Sunday, but is the time spoken of so often in the Old Testament—the Day of the Lord. However, Mr. Armstrong was puzzled as to how to fit Rev. 1:10 into the story flow of the Book of Revelation. He wrote an article on the subject in 1977, expressing his interest in verse 10. But he was unaware that the Day of the Lord and the Day of the Lord’s Wrath were two separate events. He believed they were one and the same occurrence. He believed and taught that the Day of the Lord was the final one year of the Great Tribulation, the Seventh Seal—the Trumpet Plagues—that ushers in the return of Jesus Christ and the First Resurrection.

Yet, verse 10 clearly has John in the Day of the Lord before any of the seals are opened!Yet, verse 10 clearly has John in the Day of the Lord before any of the seals are opened! This Truth was not open to Herbert Armstrong! It was part of the great secret known only by God the Father when Mark recorded in chapter 13, verse 32: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Matthew 24:36 adds the word “ONLY” the Father will know.

This New Truth could not be understood until the very time for it to be revealed—October 1, 1997. God used preconceived ideas to hide the great truth that the Day of the Lord and the Day of the Lord’s Wrath are two separate events, until that evening, which was the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets!  6000 years of time granted to man to go his own way came to a sudden end. Then God’s time—the Day of the Lord—began once again. The Day of the Lord came as a thief in the night (II Thess. 2:1-3) and Jesus Christ came secretly and suddenly as a thief to His Temple (Mal. 3:1). This great Truth was reserved for the CGF as an identifying sign of the True Church of Jesus Christ.

 

Other Misconceptions that Cloud the Mind

Other examples of misconceptions or preconceived ideas that stem from man wanting to go his own way and not admitting error are:

  • It is plainly seen in scripture and recent history that the “man of sin” has already come and caused the “great falling away” from Truth. Yet this obvious Truth will not be admitted by many of the major splits from the WCG. If they admitted this Truth, they would know that these were signs that the Day of the Lord was to begin very soon, as it did!
  • A Pentecost resurrection is easily proven, but preconceived ideas cloud the minds of most of God’s people.
  • Petra is not the place of safety. The Bible tells us this, but many of God’s begotten children want to cling to this old worn out misconception.
  • Man would rather believe man than the Word of God.Remember, God can hide a Truth from His people, although they may be very sincere in their searching, until a certain time decided on by God. This is very evident in the history of determining where Mt. Horeb/Sinai is located. Here is a huge, very unique mountain that has been “lost” for thousands of years! The Bible very plainly tells where it is located, but most students of the Bible (myself included) have either read right over this truth, or ignored it, not wanting to see it because we were led to believe that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai Peninsula. Man would rather believe man than the Word of God. But the Word of God states with full authority: “For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children” Gal. 4:25). The Word of God declares that Mt. Sinai is in Arabia, and recent explorations in Saudi Arabia have confirmed the Bible’s statement—no matter what the noted commentaries expound.
  • One other plain Bible statement that is completely ignored due to preconceived ideas is Rev. 14:3-4:

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

This wonderful Truth from the Word of God is not believed by most former WCG splits and splinters. 144,000 Firstfruits are not many people compared to all who have ever lived. They do not want to believe that only 144,000 are called to be Firstfruits. If they believed this and realized that only this number of people could have been called and chosen by the completion of Mr. Armstrong’s commission of proclaiming the Gospel to the world, they would see that their work of proclaiming the Gospel to the world again would be fruitless.

Considering the full scope of the WCG, the World Tomorrow telecast on over 400 prominent stations, the Plain Truth going out to 8 million monthly, the Ambassador Bible Course, books and booklets on every Bible subject, and 600 full-time ministers and 1000 part-time elders, Mr. Armstrong might have had problems accepting only 144,000 Firstfruits.

After being exposed to so many preconceived ideas and misconceptions, you would think that the CGF would not be guilty of falling for a major misconception. But we have—for 12 years! Nevertheless, Christ is the Head of the CGF, and has purposely allowed this misconception for definite reasons.  But He has now revealed this to us. And this is as exciting as any New Truth ever given to the CGF. This is definitely hands-on guidance by the Head of the Church. We walk by faith and not by sight—and this is tremendous proof of Jesus Christ leading and guiding His Church, and developing His Pillars.

This is the age of pointing fingers at others—not taking blame, but blaming others. This is seen in the political spectrum, with the current US administration blaming the former administration for all of the continuing woes that are plaguing our country and the world.

But remember, Christ is our Head!As I observe the preconceived idea that we have labored under since our organization as a Church in September of 1997, I find it distasteful to point a finger at Mr. Gerald Flurry, although this is where this misconception developed. We have detractors who will probably point fingers at us, stating that we have been wrong in our commission since day one! But remember, Christ is our Head! This NEW TRUTH is tremendously important and has been purposely hidden until this very time. It could not be known until we, the Church, were prepared for it. We are going up against “the big guns” in this battle with Satan the devil and we needed training and preparation.

 

Now Jesus Christ has us ready

This New TRUTH is so important that I must lay some groundwork to prepare you for this! It is very difficult as we have seen in the past, to remove preconceived ideas from our minds. In this writing, we have looked at several misconceptions that we have faced:

  • Satan’s fate and the problems that can develop when all scriptures on a particular subject are not addressed.
  • The Day of the Lord and the Day of the Lord’s Wrath are two different events. Mr. Armstrong did not understand this, and as I see now, even the other apostles, Paul, Peter, and James, did not understand this great truth. It was reserved to be revealed to the CGF as the Day of the Lord came as “a thief in the night.” And that was another element we learned—God keeps certain prophecies hidden until the very precise time He wants them revealed. That is an important point to keep in mind.
  • A Pentecost Resurrection is easily proven from God’s Word, but many do not want to hear of anything new. Their minds are clouded by preconceived ideas.
  • Many still want to believe that Petra is the place of safety, an old misconception based on Mr. Armstrong’s teaching. But the Bible clearly shows that Petra will be destroyed on a par with Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember Mr. Armstrong’s often-repeated statement, “Don’t believe me or any man—believe your Bible!”
  • The location of the true Mt. Horeb/Sinai is an example of very sincere people reading right over plain scriptures and just not “getting it.” This is easy to do!
  • The 144,000 Firstfruits is such a small number of people compared to all who have ever lived, that those of the split and splintered churches cannot accept it as truth, even though it is plainly stated in the Bible. To accept this number would make their duplication of Herbert Armstrong’s completed commission, trying to bring in more members, an act of futility—which it is! At this time, God is only calling replacements—from “the streets and lanes of the city” and “the highways and the hedges” (Luke: 14:21-24)—for those who were called and have cast away their crowns. Truth must be accepted, whether or not it agrees with the present policy of any church or group!

Now I want to show you some Biblical instances that will prepare you further for the exciting New Truth God has revealed to us!

Satan has been at the very throne of God. As Lucifer, before he sinned, he was called “the anointed cherub that covered the throne” (Ezek. 28:12). In the book of Job, chapters 1 and 2, he appears at the very Throne of God to make his report. Jesus Christ states in Luke 10:18 that he beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven when he had attacked the Throne of God (see Isaiah 14:12-14).

Throughout Christ’s earthly ministry Satan hounded him. On that last Passover evening with His disciples Satan was there too!

John 13:1: Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

John 13:2:  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

John 13:11:  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

John 13:21:  When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

John 13:22: Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

John 13:26:  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

John 13:27:  And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Satan will attempt to be right in the midst of the Work of God—whatever God will allow.My point here is that Satan will attempt to be right in the midst of the Work of God—whatever God will allow.

The Old Testament is filled with accounts of people turning away from the true God. Israel, and later Judah, followed their false judges, prophets and kings in the worship of Baal, Milcom, Ashtoreth and other false gods of the surrounding nations. Of course, the worship of these gods was, in reality, the worship of Satan.

I Kings 11:4-5 and 33:

For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

Verse 33:  Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

This was the example of the nations of Israel and Judah. One generation would repent and turn to God. He would forgive them and give them another chance. But the righteous leaders would die, and succeeding generations, following their false prophets, would gradually gravitate to the false gods of the nations around—just as we see today in modern “Christianity,” and as we saw happen in the Worldwide Church of God.

The “man of sin,” that wicked, the son of perdition ... sat in the ruling position in the TEMPLE of God.Mr. Herbert Armstrong died on January 16, 1986. That date was Shebat 6 on the sacred calendar, which will occur this year on January 21, 2010. At that time, we will enter the 25th year since his death. When he died, those who had “hung around like a flock of vultures” began immediately, though secretly and slyly, to dismantle and destroy the true Church of God.

The “man of sin,” that wicked, the son of perdition, appointed as the Pastor General by Mr. Armstrong in his final days, sat in the ruling position in the TEMPLE of God. The Mystery of Iniquity was at work; the synagogue of Satan controlled the Church of God—and caused the great falling away from Truth. We experienced this!

The example of wicked abominations displayed in the INNER COURT of the TEMPLE in Ezekiel 8 and 9 is prophecy for today and has been expounded by the CGF. Here are Verses 15-18 of chapter 8:

Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

We, the CGF have taught that Gerald Flurry and his Laodicean PCG ministry are represented in these scriptures. He is proclaiming abominations in the Inner Court of the Temple and in essence is worshipping Satan. Satan is there with him in the INNER COURT. These are Satan’s tactics. Daniel’s prophecy of the “abomination standing in the Holy Place” is fulfilled today in Mr. Flurry. Notice carefully—this occurs in the INNER COURT of the Lord’s Temple!

Daniel’s prophecy of the “abomination standing in the Holy Place” is fulfilled today in Mr. Flurry. Notice carefully—this occurs in the INNER COURT of the Lord’s Temple!Come over to Zechariah 3:1-2:

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

This is again an example of Satan influencing the religious head of a church. “Standing there at his right hand!” We believe Gerald Flurry is the modern day Joshua the high priest of Laodicea who is described as we saw in Ezekiel 8 as standing in the INNER COURT of the Lord’s Temple.

Maybe by now you know what I am driving at!

Let’s look at a few scriptures in regard to the “Temple.” This is where the misconception has taken root in our minds. There are two main words for “temple” in the New Testament: Strong’s #2411, herion, defined as “a sacred place, i.e., the entire precincts of the Temple; temple.” This word is used 71 times within 67 verses. It is used only once from I Corinthians to Revelation. But it was the section of the temple that Christ and the disciples were involved in.

The other word for “temple” is Strong’s #3485, naos, defined as “from a prim. naio (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple.” This word is used 46 times within 40 verses.It is not used at all in the book of Acts.

Here are some important verses using #3485, naos, for the word “temple”:

John 2:19-21: JesusG2424 answeredG611 andG2532 saidG2036 unto them,G846 DestroyG3089 thisG5126 temple,G3485 andG2532 inG1722 threeG5140 daysG2250 I will raise it up.G1453 G846 ThenG3767 saidG2036 theG3588 Jews,G2453 Forty and sixG5062 G2532 G1803 yearsG2094 was this temple in building,G3618 G3778 G3485 andG2532 wilt thouG4771 rear it upG1453 G846 inG1722 threeG5140 days?G2250 ButG1161 heG1565 spakeG3004 ofG4012 theG3588 templeG3485 of hisG848 body.G4983

I Cor. 3:16-17: KnowG1492 ye notG3756 thatG3754 ye areG2075 the templeG3485 of God,G2316 andG2532 that theG3588 SpiritG4151 of GodG2316 dwellethG3611 inG1722 you?G5213 If any manG1536 defileG5351 theG3588 templeG3485 of God,G2316 himG5126 shall GodG2316 destroy;G5351 forG1063 theG3588 templeG3485 of GodG2316 isG2076 holy,G40 whichG3748 temple yeG5210 are.G2075

1Co 6:19:  What?G2228 knowG1492 ye notG3756 thatG3754 yourG5216 bodyG4983 isG2076 the templeG3485 of theG3588 HolyG40 GhostG4151 which is inG1722 you,G5213 whichG3739 ye haveG2192 ofG575 God,G2316 andG2532 ye areG2075 notG3756 your own?G1438

Eph 2:20-22: And are builtG2026 uponG1909 theG3588 foundationG2310 of theG3588 apostlesG652 andG2532 prophets,G4396 JesusG2424 ChristG5547 himselfG846 beingG5607 the chief cornerG204 stone; InG1722 whomG3739 allG3956 theG3588 buildingG3619 fitly framed togetherG4883 growethG837 untoG1519 an holyG40 templeG3485 inG1722 the Lord:G2962 InG1722 whomG3739 yeG5210 alsoG2532 are builded togetherG4925 forG1519 an habitationG2732 of GodG2316 throughG1722 the Spirit.G4151

Rom 8:9:  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Matt.23:35:  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple [3485] and the altar. [All of that area being a part of the INNER COURT!]

Now turn to Rev. 11:1-2:

AndG2532 there was givenG1325 meG3427 a reedG2563 like untoG3664 a rod:G4464 andG2532 theG3588 angelG32 stood,G2476 saying,G3004 Rise,G1453 andG2532 measureG3354 theG3588 templeG3485 [the naos] of God,G2316 andG2532 theG3588 altar,G2379 [All of this area is the INNER COURT of the Temple] andG2532 them that worshipG4352 therein.G1722 G846 ButG2532 theG3588 courtG833 which is withoutG1855 theG3588 templeG3485 [The OUTER COURT] leaveG1544 out,G1854 andG2532 measureG3354 itG846 not;G3361 forG3754 it is givenG1325 unto theG3588 Gentiles:G1484 andG2532 theG3588 holyG40 cityG4172 shall they tread under footG3961 forty and twoG5062 G1417 months.G3376

... all those brethren possessing the Spirit of God are part of the TEMPLE, #3485, the INNER COURT—not the OUTER COURT.Mr. Gerald Flurry taught us that he and the PCG were the INNER COURT of the Temple and everyone else that he considered Laodicean was in the OUTER COURT! And we have believed that! But that is wrong! It is a misconception as we find when we truly examine that one little word, #3485, “temple.”

The scriptures we reviewed above state that all those brethren possessing the Spirit of God are part of the TEMPLE, #3485, the INNER COURT—not the OUTER COURT.

Do you see what has happened during these 12 years? We, the CGF, have gone only to Mr. Flurry and the PCG, trying to open their blind eyes, believing his idea that he alone was the INNER COURT. Verse 2 warns us not to go to the OUTER COURT, and through the preconceived idea in our minds, we thought that meant the split and splintered churches. But we have been wrong!

Christ is showing us amazing TRUTH! We are to RISE and measure the INNER COURT, which includes all those divided churches that we have ignored all these years.

Now can you believe that the synagogue of Satan could be in the Temple of God—in the INNER COURT?

We have identified the synagogue of Satan of Rev. 3:9 as the divided churches of god, but we have not realized until now that they are in the INNER COURT of the TEMPLE.

When I brought out the fact that the “man of sin,” that “wicked,”

“the son of perdition,” ruled in the Temple of God earlier in this presentation, did you have a problem with that? No! That is what the Word of God tells us in II Thess. 2:6.

I went a little further, then, and said: “The “man of sin,” that wicked, the son of perdition, appointed as the Pastor General by Mr. Armstrong in his final days, sat in the ruling position in the TEMPLE of God. The Mystery of Iniquity was at work; the synagogue of Satan controlled the Church of God—and caused the great falling away from Truth. We experienced this!”

The divided and contentious churches of the synagogue of Satan are not Christ’s Churches, yet they are made up of spirit-begotten brethren who are asleep in the INNER COURT of the Temple.That statement wasn’t hard to believe because it was true! Satan was ruling in the Temple of God! Today Gerald Flurry is identified as the “abomination standing in the Holy Place”—the INNER COURT (Ezek.8:16).

The divided and contentious churches of the synagogue of Satan are not Christ’s Churches, yet they are made up of spirit-begotten brethren who are asleep in the INNER COURT of the Temple. As this new year begins, this NEW TRUTH will be put into action. How? I do not know. Christ tells us to RISE and measure the Temple, the altar, and those who worship within the INNER COURT!  He declares that He will give some of them of the synagogue of Satan to us—and He will make them come (Rev. 3:9).

This TRUTH has been hidden from us by a preconceived notion, but has now been brought to light. This tells us that time is very short. We have waited for 12 years—we were not ready to go up against the “big guns” then, but we are now.

What will Christ do? Will he pour upon us the gifts of miracles, signs and wonders? I don’t know that either! But I do know the mind of Jesus Christ and His great desire to “do the will of God and to finish His work (John 4:34).

Let’s look at Ezekiel 40:1-3:

In the five and twentieth year of our captivity [We are beginning the 25th year since Mr. Armstrong died and the synagogue of Satan took control of the Temple of God.], in the beginning of the year, [In the ecclesiastic first month of Nisan, or in the civil first month of Tishri (the seventh ecclesiastic month)?] in the tenth day of the month [The setting apart of the Lambs or the Day of Atonement?], in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten [Fourteen years ago, in 1996, Mr. Flurry changed his commission and went to the world with MOA.], in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither. [Is God going to free all of those who are snared in the synagogue of Satan? Will the Midnight Cry ring out in great power to awaken all of those who are asleep in the INNER COURT?] In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Rev. 11:1 is about the same subject: Rise and measure the TEMPLE!

The OUTER COURT, which we will not measure, are those foolish ones who wait too long and are not accounted worthy to escape. They are trodden down by the Beast power in the Great Tribulation.

Brethren, this is wonderful and amazing NEW TRUTH! Christ is opening the door to our brethren who are trapped in the synagogue of Satan, in the Temple of God! Study this carefully. We have a GREAT WORK to do.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and continues to give us wonderful TRUTH—we are most assuredly set apart by truth!

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