Chapter 3: The Marvelous Wonder of God’s Work
By Gerald Flurry
The seventh and final head of the Holy Roman Empire is now rising extremely fast. God’s work is ascending at the same pace. Britain, America and the nation called Israel are about to be plunged into the greatest tribulation this world has ever known. Thankfully, it will be concluded by the imminent return of Jesus Christ to rule this Earth.
The book of Revelation teaches us how to think like God. It is the greatest prophetic book in the Bible, and the only book that puts Bible prophecy into a time frame. Revelation 1:1 shows that it came directly from God the Father. All of this prophecy—including chapters 10 and 11, and all the prophecies we talk so much about in the Philadelphia Church of God—came from the Father.
God has put His people on the world stage in this end time. They work during the most terrible of times, and also the most wonderful time in human history. We’re facing the worst suffering ever on Earth—you can see that all around—but that suffering introduces the return of Jesus Christ to save humanity from destroying itself.
God’s people are commanded, in this atmosphere of destruction, to prophesy again.
The words prophesy again imply some massive crisis in God’s work. Why else would you have to prophesy again? Something terrible happened, as we see in Revelation 10:7: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he [is about] to sound, the mystery of God should be finished. …” The crisis revolves around delivering God’s revealed mystery to the world. The leader who succeeded Herbert W. Armstrong in the wcg tried to destroy that message.
The mystery was revealed in Mr. Armstrong’s book Mystery of the Ages. We had to fight six years in court to win the copyright to that book. Only then could we give that book to the world and “prophesy again.” Once again we began to reach “the largest audience possible.”
Then the little book (verse 2), or Malachi’s Message, was revealed to explain what happened to God’s work and why we have to prophesy again. So the command to prophesy again includes old and new revelation.
Think about this terrifying warning God has given us concerning 95 percent of His people turning away in this end time. We are in a time of no more delay (verse 6), and I believe that is the major reason why our commission has changed from preaching the gospel around the world to prophesying again (with the emphasis on warning). Satan has been cast down, and the king of the north and the king of the south are rising fast. We’re in a time when Christ said that if He didn’t intervene for the elect’s sake, there would be no flesh saved alive (Matthew 24:22).
You would think, with humanity’s number-one concern being human survival, that God could get more people’s attention. Why won’t they listen to God? There is something terribly wrong with human nature!
The Beast and the Bottomless Pit
God has given me a deeper understanding of Revelation 17:7-8, and I want to share that with you.
This passage reads, “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. 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.”
John was astonished by this vision he saw—this monstrous beast that would come onto the scene in this end time. But the world is going to experience the horrifying reality, and it’s going to do much more than astonish!
This beast “was, and is not, and yet is.” That’s a befuddling statement. Many people read something like that and just throw up their hands and say, “Nobody can understand this book.” But it’s really simple, if you’ll just let God show you. Mr. Armstrong spent much of his ministry discussing this subject.
The beast disappears from the scene for a time, and a prophet must show people what the truth is. Someone is going to have to prophesy.
This revelation is about the period when Mr. Armstrong, God’s end-time Elijah, was doing this work of God. God revealed to him secrets about this sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, which “was, and is not, and yet is.”
During World War ii, we saw the Hitler-Mussolini axis, but then it disappeared from the scene. It “was not”! And yet, God says, “it is”! The Axis powers lost the war, but as Mr. Armstrong preached time and again, they just went underground—into “the bottomless pit” (verse 8). They’re still there—they’re just underground. God says, after that happens, they are going to ascend right back up! Then Christ is going to come back and destroy this beast, and it will be gone forever.
Mr. Armstrong expected the beast to ascend out of the underground in his time, but it did not. The beast rises as the Philadelphia Church rises in the Laodicean era (Habakkuk 1).
Realize where we are in the prophecy! The pcg comes onto the scene when the beast is ascending out of the underground. We warn people what is happening and give them the good news that at the end of this, the beast will go into perdition (Revelation 17:11)—it will be utterly destroyed.
As our free booklet on The Rising Beast explains, the first major step of that king of the north ascending from the underground was what happened in the Balkans. Germany, along with a mighty church, ascended up and destroyed its only strong opposition in Europe: Slobodan Milosevic. America was bullied into going along even though the whole world was against it at first.
There is a power behind this European combine—something people can’t quite understand. They worship the dragon, who gives them power (Revelation 13:4). This European power is getting its way in spite of what it did in the past, even as recently as World Wars i and ii. It is already being a bully again, in spite of its embarrassing and atrocious history.
God’s true Church has to show the world that this hidden power is rising! When you understand Revelation 17:8 and what is happening in the Balkans, you have to say, That’s it! The beast is rising up right before our eyes!
It is ascending “out of the bottomless pit,” or from its underground.
The Bible really comes alive when we know specifically what is happening. You have to admit, it is pretty impressive when prophecy gets that precise!
There are two parts of this prophecy in the end time. When verse 8 says, “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not … and yet is,” that’s the first part of it—the sixth head. But when it says, “and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition,” that is talking about the seventh head. Mr. Armstrong was on the scene for one of those heads, and now the pcg is on the scene for the seventh, or last head. There are two eras of the Church involved in this prophecy.
The Allies truly thought that since they won in World War ii, the beast would be gone forever. But this beast power “is not, and yet is.” The Nazis went underground. A great church helped them escape, and most of them got away. They considered the possibility that they might lose the war and planned for their escape during the time of the sixth head—just in case. The Allies didn’t realize that if you don’t really destroy them, root and branch, they will come right back! So we foolishly let them de-nazify themselves, and they fled over parts of South America, Europe, Canada and even the United States, hiding out right here in our midst.
And all along, Mr. Armstrong was on the scene, warning people that God had promised to use that European power to punish the people of Israel if we don’t repent of our sins!
Today, the world can “behold” the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit. It started in the Balkans and will shortly include 10 kings. Once God opens your mind to understand this prophecy, is it really that difficult to see what God is talking about here? It’s the same old system—the seventh head! It gets battered down and it comes right back. On and on it goes, and men never learn from this terrifying history.
Jesus Christ is going to return with the firstfruits, and He’s going to put that beast down so this world never, ever sees it again. This is what we have to prophesy again. Revelation 17:8 shows that the beast power is going “into perdition.” We have the honor to be here to fulfill this prophecy. We’re going to be resurrected and unite with those saints who have been martyred throughout the ages—as well as those who will be martyred in this period of the seventh head of the beast power. We’ll have the honor to rise up in the air and meet with these precious saints. Then we’ll all turn around and come back—and fight a war with God, our Commander.
One Is, the Other Is Not Yet Come
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (verse 9). What city sits on “seven mountains,” or seven hills, as some translations read? Rome. Any knowledgeable tourist can tell you that.
“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” (verse 10). Notice! This prophecy is dated. There are seven kings here, but five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come. It’s almost as if God freezes time there—during the time of this sixth king out of seven.
This prophecy implies that God is going to bring His man on the scene during the time of the sixth of the seven heads of the Holy Roman Empire. It also implies that the seventh head would not come while the end-time Elijah was on the scene. Mr. Armstrong was here when “one is, and the other is not yet come.” This prophecy refers to a specific period of time when God sends His end-time type of Elijah to explain what is happening.
That also means that there must be another man sent to explain about the seventh head. This too is something God would have to reveal to a man.
The book of Revelation puts all prophecy into a time sequence, or time frame. It is the only book of the Bible that does that.
God brought Mr. Armstrong on the scene and placed all of this into a specific time frame.
Mr. Armstrong came at the time when “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” He was on the scene when the sixth head rose to power before and during World War ii (“the beast that was”). He was also there after the beast lost World War ii (“and is not”). He was still there when the beast went underground (“and yet is”).
This prophecy could have been properly understood only if you were on the scene when that happened! This is the only practical way God could have made this clear to His people and the world!
But also note that “the other is not yet come.” So Mr. Armstrong was prophesied not to be around when the seventh head appeared. He was “taken out of the way” so the rebellious Laodicean era could unfold (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
Another messenger would come on the scene at that time—during the Laodicean era.
God always uses a man to deliver His message and people to support the messenger. By putting a man in this specific period, God makes the time frame very clear.
It is during the seventh head that God’s very elect must prophesy again.
Only God’s very elect could ever understand this truly amazing prophecy! And only God could reveal it.
If not for God’s messengers, how could we possibly understand these scriptures? God must make them clear. There must be a work during the time of these last two resurrections of the beast power so God can show us what this prophecy means! In this end time, 90 percent of Bible prophecy is being fulfilled—we can see it happening all around! God gives a mighty responsibility to one man in each of these two eras. Then God calls people to support that man and gives all of them the responsibility to get the message out and explain to the world what this means: After five are fallen, one is, and the other is yet to come.
That beast “not yet come” is coming now! The one that “is,” is gone, and so is the man who taught us about it.
This is truly an enlightening prophecy. It shows how closely tied together the sixth and seventh heads of this beast are, but it also shows how similar in their message these last two eras of God’s Church are. Just as it’s the same beast, so are we the same work. This is the same Church, same Philadelphian spirit, same Philadelphian people, the same very elect who know what God is thinking and do what God tells them to do.
2 Thessalonians 2 says that one man will be taken away. When that happens, terrible things unfold within God’s Church: a man sits in the Church, acting like he’s God, and God’s people sit there and take it! This is where the pcg comes in.
At the Center of the Story
It is astounding how totally the beast has deceived this world. Because of this deception, God must bring somebody on the scene to expose that evil, to expose the synagogue of Satan and all the evil in the Laodicean era. Someone must receive this revelation from God to help us understand what is happening. Jesus Christ is on a countdown. He’s letting His Family know exactly what is going on in the world and in the Church. He opens up everything to His Family and tells us just what is on His mind.
When that beast comes, he must continue a “short space” (Revelation 17:10)—2½ years. That will be a period of destruction unparalleled in the history of man. But we have to see beyond the beast. There is a lot of bad news in this world, but it’s about over forever. After the 2½ years, then comes the Day of the Lord and God’s plagues on this world. It all culminates with the return of Christ.
That’s what makes God’s Church so important. This stupendous revelation we must give the world! We dare not fail to proclaim this magnificent revelation. We have to give it to the people of this world regardless of their attitude. This marvelous message is for them: they will be God’s Family too, if they repent.
When you read the book of Revelation, it’s amazing how prominent God’s very elect are! We are the main characters! It’s easy to think about the beast and the four horsemen and all of those terrible things, but the real center stage is occupied by God’s people.
The Bible is filled with hard-to-understand prophecies, but God brings the very elect on the scene and instructs us to tell the world what’s really going on and what is about to happen. That truly makes us the central character in the story!
It really is remarkable just how well we understand what is happening. We see everything in superb specifics, because God is revealing it all to us. Very soon, the whole world will wish they had known what we know now.
Do the leaders on the world scene know what they are doing? In many cases, their ignorance is downright embarrassing! They are not going to save us—no man is going to save us. Only the great God can save us.
The people of this world need this message. They don’t want it, but they need it. God is going to give it to them, and nobody is going to stop it.
War With the Lamb
“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” (Revelation 17:14). Christ is Lord of lords, and King of kings—and those lords and kings under him are the firstfruits!
Not only have we been called, but we were chosen, and God says we are faithful. We are going to fight right beside the Lamb to put down this evil beast power once and for all, so the world can rest and have peace. Thank God for this great, great event.
That beast is ascending today—but this time it is going to meet a Warrior more powerful than it can imagine! As a result of this spectacular clash, there will be dead bodies lying all over the Earth and blood up to the horses’ bridles for some 200 miles in the Valley of Jehoshaphat! That’s what it will take for God to get people’s attention! That shows you how hardheaded and rebellious people can be.
God forbid that we should ever be so hardheaded because this is the end result.
Mr. Armstrong told the Church that the liberal history of the 1970s would repeat itself and laid out exactly what would happen—but what good did it do 95 percent of God’s people? That shows how even God’s people are laden with human nature that we must overcome.
God always warns Israel before He punishes. He has always warned about each head of this beast. He prophesied that He would warn about it in this end time—and now it’s ascending out of the bottomless pit, and it’s already throwing around its weight.
“The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see” (Habakkuk 1:1). Habakkuk saw this burden, and we too have seen it. What is it?
“O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention” (verses 2-3). He’s talking about the Church of God in this end time. It has become the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 3:9). This certainly is a burden! It depressed Habakkuk, as it has every one of God’s very elect today. It is so tragic that it has caused us to despair!
“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth” (Habakkuk 1:4). There is that very elect, surrounded by evil people. Some Laodicean groups want to join together and act like things are fine. But God labels them wicked—and they are encompassing the righteous!
But notice: “Behold ye among the heathen [or transgressors], and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you” (verse 5). Here God is addressing the Laodiceans, the transgressors: I’m going to tell you about this work and you still won’t believe it! Mr. Armstrong told you and you wouldn’t believe him, and I’m going to tell you another time and you still won’t believe it. That’s how hard-headed you are! God is losing patience with these people.
But some people are going to wonder marvelously because God raises up a work. This very elect is thrilled and in a state of wonder just to be a part of it! What a wondrous work it is—a little remnant doing all these outstanding works. God is using us to do a marvelous work and a wonder. Why should He even have to do that? Because the transgressors destroyed it, and it had to be revived.
Now notice, while God’s Church is rising, what else is rising: “For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs” (verse 6). Here is why we must prophesy again to the world, especially to Israel: This beast is rising up!
Revelation 11:1-2 also discuss God’s little remnant rising up, and then the times of the Gentiles, side by side—just as Revelation 17:8 does. The work of God and the beast power ascend together. And God says, I want you to prophesy again. Nobody will understand this if you don’t prophesy. We really do have to be soldiers and get behind this work of God.
“They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it” (Habakkuk 1:7-10). This is an incredibly evil, destructive force—like evening wolves that eat anything they can find, even the bones of their prey.
Do we really comprehend what a ravenous, deadly beast this is going to be? It will be far more destructive than the Nazis of World War ii.
“Then shall his mind change …” (verse 11). A man is about to enter the political scene, and we’re going to be prophesying about him. Revelation 13:4 says the beast power will be empowered by the dragon, and this leader’s mind will change. Quite suddenly, he will have more power than he had before—all directly from Satan.
The Eighth Beast
“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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition” (Revelation 17:10-11). As puzzling as this prophecy may seem, Mr. Armstrong explained it in detail.
Daniel described four beasts, representing four world-ruling empires (Daniel 7:1‑7). The third beast had four heads (making a total of seven heads), and the head of the fourth beast had 10 horns. That last head represents the Roman Empire. And another system comes out of that Roman Empire: the last seven of those 10 horns became the Holy Roman Empire—the Roman Empire ridden by the church. God calls that the eighth system (Revelation 17:11). It’s different from those seven heads of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. There has never been a system like it among these other world-ruling empires.
Here’s what Mr. Armstrong wrote about it. “The entire beast of Revelation 17—the revivals of the Roman Empire—is a part ‘of the seven’ heads of Revelation 13 and Daniel 7 because it comprises the last seven horns. Yet this revived Roman Empire is ‘the eighth’ system, differing from the seven before it (Revelation 17:11)” (Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?).
We must keep the big picture. Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 talk about four world-ruling empires that had seven heads. But then Revelation 17 talks about the seven heads that the church rode, and that’s the eighth system. Revelation 17 is all about that eighth system. Those four world-ruling empires that Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 talk about are 1) Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean Empire; 2) the Medo-Persian Empire; 3) the Greco-Macedonian Empire under Alexander and his generals; and 4) the Roman Empire. Ten horns or heads come out of that Roman Empire. The first three were barbarians that ruled Rome. Then a little horn rose and plucked them up (Daniel 7:8)—referring to the Roman Catholic Church. This church has real power—enough to just kick a politician out of office or pluck up a government. It’s a scary power.
You must make sure Jesus Christ is guiding your life, because nobody will protect you if you don’t stay within His realm of protection.
John’s Little Book
Revelation 10 also contains something more that God is revealing to me in a deeper way. “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not” (verses 1-4). God instructed John not to write down these seven thunders.
But notice further: “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (verses 8-10). John talks about the bitterness and the sweetness twice here—once in verse 9, and again in verse 10—I believe for a very good reason.
“And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (verse 11). So God told John to take this message, but not to write it down. Sweet and bitter is mentioned twice, but the second time God goes on to say, There’s somebody in this end time who I want to write it down. He is to prophesy again.
We prophesy by writing the little book down. God is saying here that somebody would have to come on the scene with the little book in the end time, and write it down, and prophesy again.
So why is sweet and bitter repeated? Probably because it was revealed to John and he was told not to write it down. This message was revealed again in this end time when it could be fully understood. And in this end time, God’s prophet was commanded to write it down and prophesy again. God revealed this end-time message to one man.
Writing this message down was the only way people could really understand what had happened to God’s own Church.
What we have is sweet, and it’s bitter. It really is sweet when you understand what God is doing. To be able to understand passages like Revelation 17 is so sweet, you just fall in love with the Bible! But then you also understand about the Great Tribulation coming upon all the world, and you see what happens to God’s Family—50 percent of them losing their salvation—and that’s a bitter message. What could be as bitter as that? When God talks about the seven thunders, He’s talking about people losing everything—people whom many of you know and have spent time with. They will disappear and never, ever live again. It is bitter when you lose members of a physical family. How much more when you lose members of God’s Family forever!
Immediately after the sweet and bitter expression, God says, in essence, Write this message down. Get it out there and let everybody who will do so read and understand this message. He’s talking about specific personalities. There is a man on the scene, and the very elect are with him, and together they do the work of God.
God is placing great emphasis on the Philadelphia Church of God—on you!
Ezekiel’s Little Book
Ezekiel also talks about that sweet and bitter little book (for proof, read our free booklet about Ezekiel).
“And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation [or nations, it should read—speaking of the nations of Israel] that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them” (Ezekiel 2:2-5). God instructed Ezekiel to say, Thus says the Eternal God! Our work is a type of his work. We really do speak for God! We’re going to have to go and tell those people what God says.
“And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house” (verse 6). We have a job to do that will naturally cause us to be afraid! But God says, Don’t be afraid! Have relaxed faith!
“And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee” (verses 7-8). It’s much worse now than when Mr. Armstrong was here. Why would God say to His people—the very elect today—don’t be like that rebellious Israel? Because most of His people are acting that way! But God is saying, You can’t get into the Family of God acting like Jonah and running away from delivering this message. Open your mouth and eat what I give you!
Where is God giving His revelation? And who are the people eating it up? I think it is easy to prove.
“And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe” (verses 9-10). This is a book, not the book. It’s referring to the little book. The lamentations are just the first part of it—the bitter part. But it goes on.
“Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 3:1). It’s not enough just to eat it, God says. If I give this revelation and this wonderful truth to you, you must go and deliver it!
“So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll” (verse 2)—just as He will to you and me. “And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness” (verse 3). The bitter was the lamentations and mourning and woe, but it’s sweet in the mouth. This understanding that God gives us really is sweet.
Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote about these verses: “The Apostle John in his vision is told to take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel, and eat it up.
“How like Ezekiel’s prophecy!”
There is a good reason Mr. Armstrong thought Ezekiel 2 and 3 sounded like the little book of Revelation 10—because it is talking about the little book! (Though Mr. Armstrong didn’t know it.)
Look again at Revelation 10:9-10: “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”
Now notice what happens: “And go, get thee to them of the captivity …” (Ezekiel 3:11). As our Ezekiel booklet explains, this is referring to God’s own Family, spiritual captives in this end time, people who have been taken captive by Satan the devil—the Laodiceans. A message of lamentation, mourning and woe needs to be delivered to them. We did that almost exclusively for seven years, and continue to do so, although primarily we are now going to the nations of Israel.
These are sons of God! That’s why the message is so bitter. Sons of God are dying! If we love them, we must go to them and help them! We warned them through the little book from the Father—a loving Father who is concerned about His sons. Oh, how God loves His Family! Oh, how He loves the Laodiceans! He’s telling us, You go to my sons! I’m going to give the message to you; you take it to THEM! Love them and love the world the way your Husband did—give your life for them! That’s why we are here! To give our lives for those who are in captivity! Do everything we can for them! This is a Family crisis! We have to thunder that message.
In our Ezekiel booklet, you can also see the prophecy in verses 14-17 about our going primarily to the Laodiceans during the first seven years of this work. It was at that point that God redirected us and ordained a watchman to the nations of Israel. God had to raise up a watchman and his supporters to watch and warn Israel and the world. So, we started printing Mystery of the Ages after seven years and said we were going to reach the largest audience possible. God prophesied all this in advance and directed it specifically. We just stepped out in faith and followed God’s direction. God is minutely showing us that He is using the pcg. He’s using you to deliver this majestic and magnificent message to a dying church, and to the world.
We are about to help the whole world come to know the true God!
Our Awesome Potential
The first chapter of Ezekiel leads into the whole discussion of the little book. And if you read and understand that chapter (which also is thoroughly explained in our Ezekiel booklet), you will see that it is all about showing our connection to the great God of the universe!
Ezekiel describes the incredibly fiery spectacle of God riding on His awesome transportation machine. This is likely the same way we’ll be transported when we are spirit beings.
Do you know what was really spectacular about this vision? Ezekiel 1:25-26 show that God looked like a man. We truly are made in the likeness of God! We look like God! And He is creating us in His image, and we will be His Sons! We are going to be God! How wonderful this truth is. That’s what Genesis 1:26 is all about, in the first chapter of the Bible. This is your potential.
How often do we just thank God for our potential?
When Ezekiel saw this just in vision, he fell over like he was dead (Ezekiel 1:28)—just as John did (Revelation 1:17). And what God has revealed to us from Ezekiel 1 introduces the story about the little book.
Are we important in God’s plan? Is each one of us important?
We need to eat that little book, digest it and prove it. Then we’ll understand what’s going on in God’s Church in this end time. We’ll know why Mystery of the Ages was destroyed; we’ll know why we were in court fighting for that book. And look what God has done! The great Creator God of Revelation 1 and Ezekiel 1 gave us the victory! God never lets us down.
But then He says, Now I want you to take all this out to the rest of the world and to the Laodiceans, who are made in the likeness of God. Prophesy again! Tell them about this message, and about their potential, and about what will happen if they don’t listen.
God raised up a watchman. There is a watchman for God who must tell people exactly what God wants them to hear.
We must prophesy again, and we don’t have much time.