February 16, 2017
February 16th, 2017
Dear Brethren and Co-workers:
My father used to tell me that the United States would not be a democracy within 50 years. Before he died he said he wouldn’t give it 20 years. That was ten years ago. Today we see a United States no longer united. Jesus tells us, “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). For sure there have been difficult times in the past. The American Civil War saw brother against brother, and the death toll was greater than the combined total number of deaths from all other wars in which Americans have fought put together!
Yet we live in a very different age. The United States is the undisputed superpower and policeman of the world. Oceans no longer provide the level of security they once did due to modern transportation, technologies and weapons of war. This crisis descending on America is different. Those who cheer the fall of the United States, and those anarchists who are trying to bring it about, would do well to reconsider lest they gain what they hope for.
My father saw things from a secular perspective. He looked at history, and while he did not share my biblical perspective, he could see that our post-modern–world lifestyles would eventually bring us down. As he would say, “Our freedoms [to do anything without responsibility] will destroy us.”
But a man by the name of Herbert W. Armstrong was warning about the downfall of America and the British-descended peoples of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the democratic countries of Northwestern Europe long before I heard any of this from my father. Mr. Armstrong was seeing the world through the lens of biblical prophecy and an understanding of the KEY to those prophecies—the biblical identity of modern nations! Even when Germany was lying in rubble following the Second World War, he predicted it would rise again to challenge the Israelite- descended peoples. And now, from German-Foreign-Policy.com we read the following: “The weekly ‘Die Zeit,’ once considered a liberal journal, carried an article on Chancellor Merkel entitled, ‘Leader of the Free World? Of Course!’ claiming the German Chancellor could even become ‘the savior of the free world’. . . major German media organs again depicted Merkel as ‘US President Trump’s adversary’” (2017/01/26).
Dr. Roderick C. Meredith was an early student of Mr. Armstrong, and he has continued to proclaim the same message: if our modern Israelite nations do not repent, we will be overthrown and go into captivity! Once you understand the identity of modern-day Israel, not merely the tiny Middle Eastern country called Israel, but the descendants of Joseph who were given great promises of incredible prosperity and power at the end of the age, the world suddenly comes into clear focus. As a man from Colombia once passionately told me after reading our booklet, The United States and Britain in Prophecy, “Finally something makes sense. I’ve always known you guys were not smarter than us!”
I was not offended. He was correct. God tells us in His word that HE is the One who gives wealth and strength. Notice some of these statements concerning Israel, especially Joseph, at the end of the age. In 1 Chronicles 5:2, we learn about the promises that began with Abraham: “Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler [grace through Christ], although the birthright [national wealth and power] was Joseph’s.”
These birthright blessings are spelled out in a number of passages, giving ample evidence of their certainty. “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you” (Genesis 17:5-6). These promises were expanded to include control over the gates of their enemies (Genesis 22:17). In ancient times of city-states, controlling a city’s gate meant control over the whole city, but prophecy is dual and in modern times, instead of city-states, we have nations; and the control of nations is determined by controlling strategic geographical choke points, such as Panama, Gibraltar, Suez, the Khyber Pass, Hong Kong, and others that were once controlled by the British and Americans.
These amazing promises are found throughout the book of Genesis, as they are passed from one generation to another and expanded in the process. We read in Genesis 35:10 that God gave Jacob a new name (Israel) and told him that from him would eventually come a nation and a company of nations(verse 11). We see the identity of this nation and company of nations at the end of Genesis. Israel first adopted Joseph’s two sons: Ephraim and Manasseh. We then learn the following: “And Joseph said to his father, ‘Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.’ But his father refused and said, ‘I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations’” (Genesis 48:18-19).
Ephraim was to become a great company (commonwealth) of nations and Manasseh a single great nation. We often refer to Britain and America as cousins. In truth, they are brothers! Right after this was spelled out, we read how Jacob (Israel) called together all his sons and prophesied what they would become “in the last days” (Genesis 49:1). To Joseph, and by extension, his two sons, he proclaimed: “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob. . . by the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills” (Genesis 49:22-26).
Yes, it is God who has given us these many physical blessings and it is by HIS HAND that we’ve been made strong in a dangerous world. But today the sons of Joseph, as well as the other tribes of Israel, have forgotten our Creator. We have become filled with pride, thinking we have done all these things by our own strength and wit. This is true whether talking of the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia or New Zealand. It’s also true of certain northwestern European countries and Scandinavia. God warned us NOT to take all this for granted.
“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. . . then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17-19).
We have become fat and satisfied! We have not only forgotten God; we have arrogantly rejected Him. As a people, we can no longer connect the dots between the rejection of God and the terror that will descend upon us. “But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it” (Leviticus 26:14-16).
It is no longer politically correct to speak in public discourse of husbands and wives. Instead, it is the generic partner because we must not assume that two people are married. We almost assume they are NOT married, especially if they’re celebrities! We cannot even assume the partnership is made up of a man and a woman! Pronouns such as he or she are being replaced by ze, hir, and other strange pronouns. Murder of the most innocent is now referred to as a choice. All of this carefully crafted discourse is promoted by an elitist class that hates the traditional rules of behavior and promotes moral anarchy.
Dr. Meredith, the Presiding Evangelist of the Living Church of God, has for more than 64 years fearlessly and powerfully warned where we are heading. It saddens me to tell you this, but he is not well and appears to be coming to the end of his days. His mind is excellent, but his body is not. He and his family would appreciate your prayers at this time. However, he put in place a fine team of men and women to continue this warning, as well as to proclaim the wonderful news of the coming Kingdom of God, the time when Jesus Christ will return to straighten out this mess. That is the time when the true servants of God will be resurrected to assist in solving mankind’s fundamental problems.
This Work will continue with that mission. As Dr. Meredith has always emphasized, it is not any man, but Jesus Christ who is the Head of this Church, the Living Church of God. We believe you are a co-worker with us because you believe in that mission!
God is incredibly patient, and He gives mankind more time than we deserve, but time IS running out. Even though my father foresaw the coming downfall, I doubt that he understood just how morally degraded we have become. Storm clouds are on the horizon for any who have eyes to see. A time of darkness is coming and our time to finish this Work is limited. Please pray that God will open the doors and give us the strength and the courage to walk through them. May God the Father and Jesus Christ be with us to finish the Work He has commissioned us to do!
Sincerely, In Christ’s service,
Gerald E. Weston