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When Jesus Christ sat on the Mount of Olives, He revealed to His disciples (who later became His Apostles) what the outline of future prophecy would be. In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, we can read in clear outline form, what the major headline news will be. Jesus Christ declared plainly through Bible prophecy, when we will know the end of the age has come. He said a clear sign would be given.
As it was in the days of Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, that generation of Christ's day asked for a sign to prove He was the very Son of God. He gave them the sign of Jonah. He told them, just like Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish, also the Son of God would be three days and three nights in the tomb or grave. In the outline of end-time prophecy, Jesus Christ said, He would give us a sign for knowing when the end has come, and how we can identify and know the last generation in end-time prophecy.
We can read in Revelation chapter two and three the prophecy of God's Church. The end is the last era of Church prophecy. It is the last period, or the end of mankind's rule. Therefore, we can now know, the return of Jesus Christ is near.
Jesus Christ said, the sign He would give this generation, that the end has come, would be the preaching and publishing of the true gospel around the world as a witness. "And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). In Mark chapter thirteen, verse ten, it reads from the Old King James Version: "And the gospel must first be published among all nations." These verses are now fulfilled prophecy. Now, we have our sign for knowing the end is here, and the Kingdom of God is drawing near.
How thankful are we for having God's wonderful love gift of Bible prophecy? Do we deeply appreciate it as a blessing that gives us insight into understanding tomorrow's news today? Remember, God is love. The purpose for having prophecy is to keep us from going off course. It is given, so we can take heed and be prepared not to be caught unawares.
Therefore, we should never criticize (but esteem) those God sends. "And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves" (I Thessalonians 5:13). But Jesus Christ said, His servants would not be appreciated for their works. "For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country" (John 4:44).
He Was God's Modern Day
"So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the
house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from
My mouth and warn them for Me" (Ezekiel 33:7)
Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong fulfilled the end-time prophecy of Revelation chapter ten. In this chapter the Apostle John was told not to write, but to eat the little book.
Why was the Apostle John told not to write the little book? The answer is very clear. It had already been written by the Prophet Ezekiel. Remember, Ezekiel was held a captive and therefore, he was not able to deliver the little book of prophecy to the House of Israel.
Revelation chapter two and three is prophecy about the one true Church Jesus Christ founded in 31 A.D. In the sixth era of Church prophecy (which is Philadelphia) God sent a modern day EZEKIEL WATCHMAN.
Let it be firmly stated, that the modern day EZEKIEL WATCHMAN was Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. It was through him, for over 50 years, God did the EZEKIEL WATCHMAN work. For a clear proof of who was the modern day EZEKIEL WATCHMAN, read the "The United States and Britain in Prophecy".
Through him, God fulfilled the great warning message (which is the little book prophecy of Revelation chapter ten) to the modern day House of Israel. Also through him, God fulfilled the prophecy of Matthew chapter twenty four verse fourteen. Now we can definitely know the end, or the seventh era of church prophecy (which is Laodicea), is being fulfilled.
Today, the modern day House of Israel can know their identity and what prophecy says about them. "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the House of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me" (Ezekiel 3:17, also see Ezekiel 33:7).
Today, the nations can know they are receiving a true witness from God's end-time Elijah. Now they can know the glorious hope that is in the true gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Today, the seventh era of God's Church can know how to discern again the plain truth of God's revelation. They can clearly know where Jesus Christ is working today.