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"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"
Revelation 12:9

Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie

2Thessalonians 2:10-11

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Romans 11:32







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But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:37-39


Are Homosexuals born that way? ....... Interracial Marriage




America Israel, And Great Britain In Prophecy


The Mark Of The Beast


The True Church


The Secret Rapture


The Dreadful Day Of The Lord



Answer To An Atheist


For The Evolutionist


Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Exist?


7 Proofs God Exists


The Bible Superstition Or Authority


Seven Keys To Understanding The Bible


How To Study The Bible


How To Understand The Bible


How Do We Know We Have The Complete Bible


Answers To Questions About Genesis


Why There Seems To Be A Gap In The Bible


How The Bible Counts A Generation


The Bible Verses The Dead Sea Scrolls


Should We Use The Old Testament


The Hidden Knowledge


How Religion Deceives You


A World Held Captive


The Ark And Noah


Weeks Of Daniel


The Exile In Stone





The Bible Story For Children


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Genealogy And The Bible Family Tree


God As King


Who Really Discovered America


Oldest Known 10 Commandments Were Found In America


USA And Britain's Common Wealth In Prophecy


Tea Tephi


Britain's Coronation Chair And Jacob's Pillow Stone


Jacob's Pillar Stone


The Two Witnesses


Russia In Prophecy


The Middle East In Prophecy


Who Are The Arabs


Seeing The world Throgh Islamic Eyes


The Race Question


The Origin Of The Races


Military Service And War


Why Does God Allow Wars


The Sure Way To End The Fear Of Nuclear War


What Is Armageddon?


There Is A Way To Escape


Understanding The Way To Peace


World Peace How It Will Come


The key To Human Survival


Petra The Safe Place


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



The Mark Of The Beast


Mark Of God's People


The Key to Revelations


The Book Of Revelations Unveiled At Last


Christian Symbols, The Fish, Cross, And Crucifix


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The Cross


The Council Of Laodicea



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How And Why We Know We Have The Truth


The Abomination That Maketh Desolate


God's Temple Excepts The Mark Of The Beast


Joseph Tkach Sales God's Church


WCOG Changes Name


WCOG vs. Philadelphia COG Court Records


God's Church Is The Temple


The True Church


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Where Is The Original True Church


Beginning History Of The Worldwide Church Of God


The Real History Of The True Church


Foundation, History, Authority, And Doctrine Of The Worldwide Church Of God


Philadelphia Era Of The Church


Just What Is The Church


God's Church Does Not Compromise


Worldly Churches Are Social Clubs


The Tongues Question


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Does God Exist


7 Proofs God Exist


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God Was King


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70 Weeks Of Daniel


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If You Lived At Time Of Christ Would You Have Believed Him


The Mystery Of MELCHIZEDEK Solved


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The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Why Humans Were Put On Earth


The only real value of a human life


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


What Science Can't Discover About The Human Mind


Human nature - Did God create it?


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Why Were You Born


You Were Born To Be King


The Great Purpose Of Your Life


Man To Rule The Universe


Your Children - FUTURE GODS


If You Were God How Would You Look At The World Today


God's Invisible Agents


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Lazarus And The Rich Man


Can Men Actually Communicate With Departed Spirits?


Life After Death


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Did God Create A Devil


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How Often Should You Partake Of The Lord's Supper


Should The Lord's Supper Be On The 14th Or 15th


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The Resurrection Was Not On Sunday


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The World's Oldest Surviving Inscription Of The Ten Commandments Found In America



Job, Joseph And His Brothers (Israel's Sons) Built The Great Pyramid



The Truth About The Free Masons



There Is Nothing New Under The Sun


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11



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Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


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Are We Back On Track When We Lost Faith


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Why Man Must Suffer



Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


What Is The True Gospel?


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The Ten Commandments


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A Letter From Armstrong To The Newly Converted


What Is A Liberal


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The Old And New Covenant


Let God Fight Your Battles


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Do Christians Sin


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Keep Your Eyes On The Goal


How FAR May I Safely Go, In Doing What I Want But Know I Ought NOT?


Christianity Is A Growth Process


Are You Being Tested


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What Is The Worst Sin


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Ending Your Financial Worries


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Should You Try To Change Others


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We Must All Speak The Same


The True Meaning Of Predestination


Is Your Ultimate Fate Decided For You In Advance


What Is Friendship


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The Incredible Human Potential


Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


What Led To The Creation Of Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


Why Today's World Evils


Why The Church


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



Jesus Is Coming Soon...Too Good To Be True


What Is The Kingdom Of God


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Looking Into The World Tomorrow


Where Will The Millennium Be Spent


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Who And What Is God


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Herbert W. Armstrong


Armstrong's Calling


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How Christ Educated His Apostle


This Is The Life


How I've Been Providentially Protected From Harm And Death


No! I Was Never A Jehovah's Witness Or Seventh Day Adventist


The Little Book


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The Need To Make The Truth Plain


Must God's Ministers Be Ordained By The Hands Of Man?


You Won't Believe It Armstrong's Final Sermon


End Time Elijah


Armstrong's Autobiography



Josephus Antiquities Of The Jews


Josephus War Of The Jews


Josephus Against Apion


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Josephus Autobiography




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Here I give you a glimpse into a private Bible study I had one day with our little traveling group. It happened to get into a very profound question that has puzzled scholars and theologians, as well as millions of people, for many centuries. Yet the answer is plain and simple, but of staggering importance to humanity.

Today, I find myself back in the same hotel room in Rome where I had an invigorating Bible study with my little traveling group several weeks ago. We remember things by association. This room brought that particular study lesson back to mind.

I had selected by chance two separate chapters in the Bible of which I was very fond. And it so happened that they were the very two chapters that mentioned this very disputed and almost NEVER UNDERSTOOD subject of predestination. But now I want to devote this Personal to making clear the true meaning of that perplexing question.

DOES this disputed biblical teaching say that we are PREJUDGED before we are even born? Are humans judged guilty or innocent BEFORE they act?

Most novels, movies, or TV series are built around the good guys and the bad guys. The hero and heroine always appear wholesome, honest, sincere, and upright. But the villain or the sinister seducing female can be quickly identified by their evil expression, manner, and attitude. But are all humans PREJUDGED by an angry God, even before birth, to become one of these good guys or bad guys.

I had chosen on that day in this same hotel room to go through and expound two favorite chapters - Romans 8 and Ephesians 1. I chose Romans 8 because it is the holy spirit chapter, the chapter on the incredible destiny of man. That is the subject about which I have written a series of articles appearing for over a year in The Plain .Truth. I chose Ephesians 1 because, in the Moffatt translation, I have felt for many years that it is one of the most beautiful, uplifting, and inspiring pieces of literature I have ever read.

When I sat down to my typewriter to begin writing this Personal, I did not have in my briefcase with me a copy of the Moffatt translation. But I did have a copy of this translation in the bookcase above my desk in my G-II jet aircraft. So I telephoned our plane's steward in his hotel room and asked him to make a quick, special trip to the airport and bring me the book. He arrived with it before I had written this far, although I took out time for lunch.

Listen to this beautiful bit of literature: Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints who are faithful in Jesus Christ: grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who in Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing within the heavenly sphere! (Eph. 1:1-3, Moffatt.)

It is important to note carefully to whom the apostle is speaking. He includes himself with those addressed - the saints who are faithful in Jesus Christ. He is not speaking of EVERYBODY.

Continue: He chose us in him ere the world was founded ... (verse 4). God did the choosing. Jesus said to His disciples that they had not chosen Him but that He had chosen them! But whom did God choose? Not the world, not everybody - ONLY those addressed with Paul and the saints who are faithful.

When were they chosen? Ere the world was founded - before they were born. But WHY? To be PRE-judged and sentenced to an eternity of being burned alive - yet never burning up - in the hell fire that some people teach? NEVER! Then WHY were they chosen?

Continue on: . . . to be consecrated and unblemished in his sight, destining us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ (vs. 4-5).

The King James Version has: having predestinated us. In the KJV the word adoption is wrongly translated and should be rendered sonship in the English, for it is speaking of becoming begotten and born sons of God, not adopted sons. Real sons! Nothing is said about predestinating sons to be lost, condemned or punished. But destining us in love, not in anger or hate.

Read on, and I shall emphasize the words I want you to especially notice: Such was the purpose of his will redounding to the praise of his glorious grace bestowed on us in the Beloved, in whom we enjoy our redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, by the blood he shed. So richly has God lavished upon us, granting us complete insight and UNDERSTANDING of the open secret of his will, showing us how it was the purpose of his design so to order it in the fulness of the ages that all things in heaven and earth alike gathered up in Christ - in Christ in whom we have had our heritage, allotted us (as was decreed in the design of him who carries out everything according to the counsel of his will), to make us redound to the praise of his glory by being the first to put our hope in Christ (Eph. 1:4-12, Moffatt).

Let me give you verses 11 through 12 in the King James Version: In whom also WE have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: that WE should be to the praise of his glory, WHO FIRST trusted in Christ.

Our inheritance - true Christians, are right now only HEIRS -was PREDESTINATED that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ (verse 12).

To whom is the passage speaking? Only to the saints who were faithful. Note well these points. Predestination has only to do with being called to the inheritance of becoming sons of the living God, and those PREDESTINATED are said to be the first so CALLED.

Jesus Christ said plainly, NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HATH SENT ME DRAW HIM (John 6:44). The llth chapter of Romans explains that only a FEW are called to repentance, faith in Christ, and spiritual salvation with eternal life NOW. Since none can come to Christ - become spiritually converted - EXCEPT THE FATHER DRAW HIM (called refers to those being so drawn by the Father) - it becomes PLAIN that those PREDESTINATED are those FEW predestinated to be called NOW - the FIRST to be called - to be drawn by the Father to Christ and to the inheritance of becoming begotten and born sons of God.

OTHERS are to be called later! Predestination refers to those precalled - NOT prejudged or pre-condemned. Nothing in this passage nor in Romans 8 says anything about being prejudged or pre-condemned. Therefore, it has only to do with WHEN some are specially called and only to do with those first called before the world in general, as explained in Romans 11.

Repeatedly I have said that to try to understand the Bible from today's vantage point is like going into a movie or turning on a movie on TV with the pictures half over. Not having seen what went before, you simply don't understand what you are seeing now!

Let me give you the big picture from the beginning - very briefly. Begin with John 1, verses 1-3: In the BEGINNING was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Here were from eternity two individual beings, one called the Word, the other, God. But the Word was also God. Let me compare it with someone saying, I saw Garner Ted, and Garner Ted was with Armstrong, and Garner Ted was (also) Armstrong. In the beginning from eternity the Word was not the son of God as Garner Ted is the son of Armstrong - if you are referring to myself. But later, verse 14, it is stated that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.... At which time, born of the virgin Mary, the Word became Jesus Christ, and at that time He became the son of God!

But from eternity - which means ALWAYS - there were the two, and we are made in the image and likeness of God - His form and shape - and have been given minds like - though inferior to - God, and since we think out and plan the things that we design, the Word and God first thought out, designed, and planned what was to follow.

First they designed and created angels. Apparently that was before the creation of matter. The fact of radioactivity proves there has been no past eternity of matter. God CREATED matter. But He created angels first. The Bible says MUCH about angels. They are spirit beings composed of spirit, not matter. Next we come to Genesis 1:1- compared to John 1:1: In the beginning GOD [Hebrew Elohim, meaning more than one person forming one God - that is the God family] created the heaven ['heavens' in the Hebrew] and the earth. This was after the creation of angels because God says (Job 38:7) the angels shouted for joy at the creation of the earth.

Now we read of the angels that sinned (II Peter 2:4), and verses 5 and 6 place the time of this angelic sin as prior to the creation of Adam, that is, before the span of time from Adam to the Flood. The angels were led into sin (the transgression of God's law - I John 3:4) by their king Lucifer. Lucifer (Isa. 14:12) was a great archangel, a cherub, the very most supreme type of being capable of being created. He was PERFECT and created full of wisdom, perfection, and beauty (Ezek. 28:14-17). He administered THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD over angels - over the earth that then was. But iniquity was found in him (Ezek. 28:15). The government of God was based on the spiritual law of God. Any government is the administration of a law, and without law there can be no government. The law of GOD is spiritual. It is different from any man-made law. It is A WAY OF LIFE - in fact THE way of life that produces PEACE.

There are only TWO basic, primary ways of life, God's way - God's spiritual law - is a way of love, that is an outgoing concern toward others. Toward God it is actually a return of His love given to us, expressed in love, adoration, obedience, and worship. Toward fellowman, it is outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others equal to self-concern. The other way of life I simplify by the word GET. It is toward self. It is vanity, lust, and greed. Toward others it is envy, jealousy, rivalry, competition, and strife. It is resentment of any authority - whether God's or man's. It is revengeful, hostile, and violent. God created minds in angels. He gave them the free moral agency to think, reason, form opinions, and make choices. Otherwise there could have been no personality, individuality, or character.

Lucifer was a supreme archangel, trained at the very throne of God. His wings spread over the throne of the universe (Ezek. 28:14 with Ex. 25:8, 18-22). He was thoroughly trained in the administration of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD.

But Lucifer reasoned - and falsely. He concluded that GETTING was to him more desirable than GIVING. So when he led his angels into rebellion against God and God's Way, THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD ceased to function on the earth. Few know that the government of God once existed on earth. God could create, automatically by fiat, no greater than Lucifer. This left God - not limited to one person - the only - being who had set Himself inexorably never to violate His LAW, the ONLY being who would not, and therefore could not, sin - that is, violate His GOVERNMENT. The solution that the Word and God had planned - undoubtedly long before - was that God would now reproduce Himself, and the Word God would now reproduce HIMSELF! (All of this was covered in the series on the incredible human potential published in The Plain Truth.)

Angels had been placed here for creative purposes of improving the earth. Instead they defiled it, brought it to the state of decay, confusion, waste, arid emptiness implied by the Hebrew words tohu and bohu, which are translated without form and void in the King James Version, void and vacant in the Moffatt translation, waste and empty and chaotic and in confusion in other translations.

Psalm 104:30 says: Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. In Genesis 1:2, the watery surface of the earth was covered with darkness. God is the author of LIGHT - Satan of DARKNESS! The spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And, verse 3, God said, LET THERE BE LIGHT. In six days God RENEWED THE FACE OF THE EARTH for MAN - for God's purpose of restoring His government on earth by reproducing HIMSELF by creating man in His image to have the potential of being begotten and born into the family of God.

But now Lucifer, whose name meant shining star of the dawn or bringer of light, becomes Satan the devil - whose name means adversary. He is immortal, as are all angels. He must remain on earth UNTIL a successor qualifies to restore the government of God on earth and is inducted into office.

In Genesis 1:26, God said, Let us [not me] make man in our image. God created man male and female (Gen. 1:27). He instructed them in His WAY to qualify to restore the GOVERNMENT OF GOD. It was necessary for Adam to reject Satan's WAY of GET and prove he could develop the character never to turn from God's way. God offered them SPIRITUAL SALVATION. Satan was not allowed to get to Adam and Eve until God had instructed them. Then Adam was put to the test to see whether he would believe what God said and choose God's way or whether he would reject God's way, and choose the self-centered way of hostility to God and His law. ADAM DID NOT BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAID! He took to himself the knowledge of what is GOOD and what is EVIL.

Sin is simply the transgression of GOD'S LAW (I John 3:4). God's law, is the way of peace, and when Adam and Eve took to themselves the decision of what is right and what is wrong, they rejected God's WAY and broke God's LAW.

The 7,000-Year PLAN

The first six millennial days are for man to go about deciding for himself which is the better way. God adopted a HANDS-OFF policy - except that He intervened in certain instances for His purpose, as in the Flood, in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, in the nation Israel, in sending prophets, in sending CHRIST, and in raising up apostles and His church.

What we have, therefore, is a world of man's making. And THIS is where WE CAME IN - in this true movie of God's purpose and DESIGN from the very beginning.

Satan is VERY POWERFUL. He can do nothing God does not ALLOW - but to fulfill GOD'S PURPOSE it must be PROVED by 6,000 years of human suffering, violence, and death that Satan's WAY is NOT GOOD FOR US. We have had 6,000 years during which, humanity has cut itself off from God, under the invisible and unrealized sway of Satan, trying to organize his OWN SOCIETY, his OWN GOVERNMENT, his OWN RELIGION by the way that seems right to man.

During this period, God has NOT tried to save this world spiritually. Only Abel, Enoch, and Noah turned to God's way during the first 1,900 odd years. After the Flood, Abraham obeyed, believed, and relied on God. God never promised the nation Israel spiritual salvation. If they would obey His government, God promised them national wealth, greatness; and power, but NOT eternal life.

Through all these millennia only the prophets were given God's spirit - and they only in order to carry out an assignment from God.

Jesus came with essentially the same teaching God taught Adam and Eve. But they did not believe him. Many believed on Him but did not BELIEVE HIM, To those who believed ON HIM (John 8:30) Jesus said, But ye seek to kill me, because my word [His gospel message] hath no place in you.... Because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not (verses 37,45).

After 3 1/2 years of Christ's own preaching, only 120 believed him (Acts 1:15). After 25 years or so, Christ's gospel message was SUPPRESSED (Gal. 1:6-7). AND THE WORLD DID NOT HEAR IT UNTIL 1933 WHEN I FIRST PROCLAIMED IT OVER THE AIR! THIS IS NOT THE TIME WHEN GOD IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO GET THE WORLD TO BELIEVE HIM, TURN TO HIM, AND BE SAVED SPIRITUALLY. This is NOT the time when God is sending His ministers on SOUL-SAVING CRUSADES. There is no contest between God and Satan. Satan is POWERFUL, but he can do ONLY what God ALLOWS - and for God's purpose. But today, we are very near the end of the 6,000 years allowed man to go his own way - the 6,000 years allotted to Satan to deceive the whole WORLD.

Jesus said that WHEN this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations (Matt. 24:14), then shall the end of this age come. I am proclaiming that very gospel message all over the world. Satan knows it, and he's ANGRY. He therefore knows he has but a short time yet (Rev. 12:12). But most men do not know it! Do YOU?

At the end of this 6,000-year period Christ, who qualified to restore the government of God on earth, shall return to earth in all the supreme power and glory of the great God to bring us world peace at last.

Why would God call only a few now and then call ALL later on? I think I have explained. God has let man prove that Satan's way of GET is not good for us.

He called, chose, and gave His holy spirit to the prophets. WHY? Because He had a job for them to do. WHY is He calling some FEW today and opening their minds to SPIRITUAL TRUTH which seems like so much FOOLISHNESS (I Cor. 2:14) to the world - but the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (I Cor. 3:19)? Those called NOW are called for the purpose of getting a job done. They are given the HOLY SPIRIT for that purpose. God has committed to me His GREAT COMMISSION - to proclaim Christ's gospel message of the KINGDOM OF GOD worldwide. He has called a few thous and to help me get that job done. Those predestined to be called now - instead of later when the whole world shall be called - are given the job of assisting me by heart-rending PRAYER, by their encouragement (and I need it), and by their tithes and offerings. And THIS RESPONSIBILITY is God's means of developing in us His own righteous character. Christ was required to reject Satan's way and overcome Satan to qualify to restore the GOVERNMENT OF GOD and to raise up the KINGDOM OF GOD. So are WE who are to qualify to rule with HIM.

I've said to us - those called NOW - that to him that overcometh [Satan and his way] will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I overcame [Satan and his way].... And he that overcometh, and keepeth my WORKS unto the end, him will I give POWER OVER THE NATIONS [of earth], and he shall RULE THEM (Rev. 3:21; 2:26-27).

When Christ comes, SATAN SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY. When Christ sets out to SAVE THE WORLD (spiritually), there will be no Satan to overcome, but they shall not be qualifying to sit with Christ on His throne ruling and saving during the millennium.

THAT is the true meaning of predestination.



by Herbert W. Armstrong






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