April 17, 2019
April 17th, 2019
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Thank you once again for your loyal support and the vision you have, recognizing this Work is worthy of your support. Those of you who fellowship with us in person know that we are imperfect human beings, but nevertheless, are also individuals called by our Creator at the end of this age to do something unique.
We are to preach a message of hope, the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to a troubled world. We must also warn this world of what is surely coming upon it, the greatest crisis ever known—what the Bible refers to as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord, which will descend upon rebellious mankind. Now I understand that for some, this may appear a bit unrealistic, even fantastically over the top, but is it?
Jesus Christ walked this earth some 2,000 years ago. That is a historical fact. He claimed to be the Savior of mankind who would pay the penalty for our sins and “live His life in us” through His Spirit. How could He do this? If He were an ordinary man, He might pay the penalty for one other person, but no more than one. However, as Creator, His life was worth more than all our lives put together. So how can we know whether His claim of being Emmanuel, God with us, is true?
Whole books are written on this subject but let me remind you of a few indisputable facts. There is a scroll in Israel, discovered in an earthen jar in a cave overlooking the Dead Sea. This scroll is dated somewhere between 150 and 100 BC, long before the coming of Christ, and is the centerpiece of the “Shrine of the Book” in Jerusalem. It describes in amazing detail the first coming of the Messiah. Please read it for yourself in Isaiah 52:13 through 53:12. It is a remarkable prophecy. But there are so many other predictions found in the Hebrew scriptures of One who was to come as our Savior.
This is only one reason why we need to take Jesus’ words seriously, for He foretold events for our very day. He accurately stated that we would come to the place where all flesh could be destroyed (Matthew 24:3, 21-22), something not possible, and frankly, not imaginable, until the latter half of the last century. However, He will come again, this time not as a Lamb led to the slaughter, but as a conquering King to save mankind from itself (Revelation 11:15; 19:11-16; 20:4).
He also proclaimed an event that would take place before the end: “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). Notice that it specifies what that Gospel (good news) is. It is about the Kingdom of God, and this is NOT the same message preached in today’s professing Christianity. Not only is Jesus the One who came to pay the penalty for our sins, but He is also the King of a coming divine family and government that will rule over this earth. Abundant evidence of this is found in detail in both the Old and New Testaments. This was the message of His parables (Luke 13:18-29), the message He said He came to preach (Luke 4:42-43), the message His followers understood He proclaimed (Luke 19:11), and the message His apostles taught (Acts 28:23, 31). The subject is so large and covered in such detail in Scripture that I don’t have space to explain it all in this letter. If you have not already read our booklet, Do you Believe the True Gospel? I encourage you to do so, and if you haven’t read it recently, I encourage you to review it again. If you need a copy, let us know and we will be happy to send you one absolutely free of charge.
In addition to preaching the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God, we have a responsibility to warn, primarily the Israelite nations, but also the whole world of what is to come (Ezekiel 33:1-7). Note that this passage in Ezekiel is not for the Jews, but for “the house of Israel,” who were taken into captivity more than a hundred years earlier. This warning was for the future, our time today. We are also told that if we see someone stumbling to the slaughter, we have a responsibility to hold him back or God will hold us accountable (Proverbs 24:11-12). Do we not see a world on the brink of disaster?
Dear brethren and co-workers, our world is in trouble. At best, most people in North America only hear bits and pieces of news regarding what is happening in Europe, and what happens there has great significance for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. Remember that we were drawn into two world wars on the European continent in the last century.
While the United States frets over a migration from Central America, and Congress is paralyzed to act, or better stated, refuses to act, there is a crisis in Europe that few Americans and Canadians understand. The entire European “experiment” is unraveling, and the consequences may lead to the resurrection of the end-time Beast of Revelation. Our minister and correspondent in England, Mr. John Meakin, recently described the Brexit part of the crisis this way:
This Telegraph article [“Brexit Delay,” 10 April 2019] is exceptional for Philip Johnston’s fascinating examination of [British Prime Minister] Mrs. May’s mindset. She is being controlled by her Mandarins, especially her all powerful Cabinet Secretary (Johnston calls it “the deep state”). He points out the historical precedent going back to Henry 8th and the French. “You don’t mess with good European relations”.
Whichever way things go, it all points to a constitutional crisis. This is 2019 not the 1500s and there is a lot more at stake. The will of the people versus the will of the elite. The main parties could both end up as “toast” in their current form. The EU elections in June could see the strongest protest by the U.K. electorate. The Brits will want to be as disruptive as they can be. The Tory Party is expected to be crushed!
All this seems to be playing out to our prophetic rule book. A chronically weak U.K. is foundering on a German (and French) led EU. Mrs. May is “begging” her way around Europe (the Telegraph’s term) and looking to Germany for help (our Hosea King Jareb scenario all over). Remarkable!
What Mr. Meakin refers to in his last paragraph is the prophecy in Hosea 5:13 that members of the Living Church of God have considered for decades: “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to King Jareb; yet he cannot cure you, nor heal you of your wound.” Note the contrast between Ephraim [the leading tribe of the house of Israel] and Judah [the house of Judah, the Jews]. Knowing the identity of these ancient nations is critical to understanding prophecies in their end-time context. The British-descended nations are Ephraim and Germany is the nation of Assyria. The result of Brexit is that the European Union, led primarily by Germany, has Britain over the barrel and has thus far made it impossible for Britain to leave the union without retaining the very burdens they want to get away from, but at the same time losing all influence to alter EU policies that affect them. Thus, the “begging” tour by Mrs. May. We are watching a great historic event in real time!
How God will use us to preach the true Gospel to “all the nations” and to warn the Israelite nations and the world of the disaster on our doorstep due to our rejection of God, we do not yet know—but it will be done, and our Creator no doubt will bring His Church to prominence in His own way and at His own time. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the fact that we are beginning to gain traction with our telecasts and other initiatives. In the last six months, we have seen several telecasts and other video efforts “go viral” in English, Spanish, and now in French. Our Spanish YouTube channel has now surpassed 18 million views, and our French-language YouTube channel Le Monde de Demain has surpassed 10,000 subscribers. The French telecast Sept signes identifiant l’Antéchrist (“Seven Signs of the Antichrist”) has received nearly 600,000 views. We have a long way to go, but this is encouraging, and you make it possible. These are 28-minute Tomorrow’s World telecast videos, so this indicates commitment on the part of the viewers. These responses are in addition to our worldwide television audience.
Five- to seven-minute Viewpoint videos have also done amazingly well. “Do Schools Discriminate Against Boys?” has surpassed 617,000 views, and almost all of these are young males, many still in high school. Our challenge is to know how to turn them to the biblical message now that we have their attention. “Where Did the Celts Come From?”—which advertises our booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy—has exceeded 440,000 views.
All this is possible because of your support. Thank you for the faith you have in what God is doing through us. Every one of you is important, appreciated, and valued on the team. Thank you for your support!
Sincerely, in Christ’s service,
Gerald E. Weston