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  • rm
    This sermon makes the assumption that the era messages only apply to the Armstrongite branch of the Sabbath keeping church. As that just happens to be the branch that we have evolved from, this is a very convenient, albeit shortsighted, determination. It's more than a shame that HWA hid the fact from his followers that there were thousands of Sabbath keepers in post reformation England. Some of these kept (and were arrested for) keeping holy days as well. Bryan Ball's "The Seventh Day Men" is a incredibly detailed book listing over 60 Sabbath keeping congregations in England and Wales from the years 1600 to about 1800. These people endured much persecution from the "synagogue of Satan - Rev 3:9) and are far better candidates for the term "Philadelphian" than the post industrial revolution generation. The fact that HWA was able to preach through various media channels around the world shows that by his time the Philadelphian era had passed, otherwise the forces of the synagogue of Satan would have withstood him. The SDA'a say that the Loadicean era began with them in the mid 1800's, and that is most likely correct.
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    The World Wars are mentioned here, but not their purpose in God's plan. WW1 liberated the Holy Land from it's long time Islamic occupiers, while WW2 liberated the Jews from the persecutions of false Christianity, but not before one third of Jews in the world were killed in the Holocaust. All this as Judah and Benjamin's 2520 years of punishment were coming to an end, and they received their country back. A lot of prophecy was fulfilled in these momentous events.

  • rm

    This article is correct. A total falling away from Christian standards is predicted before Christ's return. Why then do we at the same time proclaim a great Christian revival to take place involving the "ten toes". It just doesn't fit. These prophecies needs to be revisited. Christianity in Europe, the seat of the Papacy, aka Babylon, is in absolute freefall. Hundreds of church building are being closed every year. Depravity of all types in the new standard. At the same time the continent has been overrun by ten of millions of non-Christians. Clearly, "Babylon is fallen" "and become the hold of every foul spirit" (Rev 18:2).

  • rm

    It's funny how we always like to assign these prophecies a place in the future. The Bible is a Jerusalem focused book. The longest rule of any Gentile power over the city of God was that of Islam, starting in the 7th century, ending in the 20th century. The last tentacle of this Islamic rule was that of Ottoman Turkey. In Rev 16:12, it is said as part of the sixth plague on the Beast powers, that the Euphrates river is dried up. Like so much in Rev, this is very figurative language. The Euphrates emanates from Turkey. A major river denotes a major power source. The Ottoman Empire ruled Jerusalem for about 400 years, but it's power over Jerusalem was "dried up" in WWI. The British captured Jerusalem in late 1917, but the final battle that determined the fate of the Ottoman Empire was fought in Sept 1918. It is known as "the Battle of Megiddo", is which area it was fought. Just google "Battle of Megiddo 1918". Jerusalem's liberation from the Beast powers opened the way for the return of the Jews later in the 20th century. This is what Rev 16:12-17 is about.

  • rm

    We're in a post-Christian world: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit" (Rev 18:2)

  • rm
    Greetings Dr Ward, I realise that you are the chairman of the "twelve" and as such are crucially important to the spiritual wellbeing of the United Church of God. As such, I was truly astounded to hear you in the final minute of this sermon quote the message to the Laodicean Church era as a message from God to the world. Surely these are messages to the Churches, detailing the things Christ is either pleased with or not pleased with in His people. Surely He is addressing us in this final era as the ones who say (and think) we are rich (in understanding), increased in goods (know better than those of previous eras) and have need of nothing (all our doctrines are correct), thereby largely shutting Christ out of our thinking process? Regards, Ron Mey
  • rm

    Excellent article. However, if as you say 1260 "days" means years in Rev 12, why not be consistent and apply it the same way in Rev 11 and Rev 13? Surely that would be logical.

  • rm

    The tithe designated for widows etc is the third tithe. It is not payable every year, so if you were paying 7.65% every year you would be exceeding the Biblically required amount.