Was Herbert Armstrong Elijah?

Geoff Neilson has written “7 quick steps proving HWA is the endtime Elijah,” that Herbert W. Armstrong was the prophesied particular person to come back within the energy and spirit of Elijah, as taught by the previous Worldwide Church of God and nonetheless believed by lots of the branches of the Sabbath-keeping Church of God. However, not each particular person inside them imagine he utterly fulfilled that nice restoration function however that he served as an Elijah to the Church and there but stays for the looks and work of an Elijah to the nations:

#7–If Elijah has not already come, then (a) the endtime hasn’t began; (b)everybody within the Church’s doctrine is in a state of giant disrepair till he comes and restores all issues, (c) and no-one in our day has ever understood endtime prophecy.

That’s hysterically throwing the infant out with the bathwater and proving that too many have constructed their entire “house” upon a person moderately than the WORD OF GOD. Mr. Rupert knew, taught and noticed the biblical Sabbath, festivals, dietary legal guidelines and our Israelite identification, and prophesied of the good apostacy, lengthy earlier than God’s apostle was despatched to take these already revealed truths to the world in a BIG WAY, as prophesied, laying the inspiration (like Mr. Rupert did for him) for the TWO WITNESSES who will end the Work. Mr. Armstrong completed the Work God gave for him to do. It’s time to go ahead, to look forward, and proceed to let God’s Word appropriate and enhance our understanding.

I thank God for His apostle Herbert W. Armstrong and provides super credit score to the person, however my life and beliefs are primarily based on the WORD OF GOD that continues to be alive and lasts ceaselessly, and it has the final say on each topic.

Mr. Armstrong was given the reward of impressed understanding, however he was not a prophet or he would not have made a single mistake! As Chanah properly notes, if we are saying, towards his personal phrases, he was a prophet, then you definately’re making him out to be a false prophet, and I actually do not suppose that is your intention.

Your intention, I imagine is to honor God and His servant, however we’re to present credit score due the place credit score is due – nothing kind of. Mr. Armstrong is not anyone much less as a result of he wasn’t a biblical prophet – and prophets are despatched to the NATIONS with sturdy messages, not fairly platitudes applicable for the occasions. Mr. Armstrong wrote of the time coming when the PLAIN TRUTH would drop like a BOMBSHELL in regards to the origins of conventional Christianity.

That time has come! No extra black tie dinners and diplomatic, refined and innocent speech, now it is time to inform it like it’s, drop all pretense and ROAR GOD’S FINAL WARNING TO THIS WORLD! We will not merely say, as was applicable at the moment, “A Strong Unseen Hand from Someplace” will save us, we’ll herald the approaching of the King of the Jews, the King of Israel, who will rule with a ROD OF IRON and knock some sense into the heads of state! He will smash all opposition! He will liberate Jerusalem and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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Herbert W Armstrong and Worldwide Church of God Mentioned in Israeli Newspaper

You might say I’ve a God-given love for the Jews and the nation of Israel (Isaiah 62:6-7). That sacred bond has been strengthened through the years by the truth that I’ve been blessed to have lived throughout Israel, attending to know its land and individuals fairly properly.

Apart from 5 months as a kibbutz volunteer at Ramat Yohanan close to Haifa, I’ve additionally served as a kibbutz volunteer at Sdot Yam on the Mediterranean, subsequent to Caesarea, the positioning of my first ulpan (intensive Hebrew course), and the place Israel’s heroine, Hannah Senesh, was from; Regavim, close to Zichron Yaakov, the place I continued my Hebrew classes amid its rolling inexperienced hills; Reshafim, close to Bet She’an, with Mt. Gilboa virtually in our yard, and Jordan’s mountains in beautiful view out entrance; Adamit, on Lebanon’s border, excessive up on a mountain, from the place on clear days you may see all the way in which to Haifa’s Mt. Carmel; Shoval, a rose in the Negev desert, simply north of Be’er Sheva; Dan, approach up in the northernmost half of Israel, in between Syria and Lebanon, subsequent to the majestic snow-covered Mt. Hermon, the place I used to be residing when “Operation Desert Storm” blew in; and Ha’On, with its campground and ostrich farm on the jap shores of the Sea of Galilee, throughout from Tiberias; and final however not least, my beloved Jerusalem, subsequent to my favourite spot on earth: the Temple Mount.

It was throughout my sojourn at Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan, whereas searching for the house of the widow Simcha Gombo, a Worldwide Church of God member and mom of Michal (who was deaf) – each of whom I had briefly met throughout the 1980 Church of God celebration of the biblical Festival of Tabernacles in Jerusalem – that I met Ilan Itzhayek on the road and requested instructions, as associated in Israel Work History (Worldwide Church of God).

Ilan Itzhayek wrote the next full web page article in Hebrew that appeared in Hed HaKiryot, a newspaper in Northern Israel, simply West of the Sea of Galilee, November 19, 1982. Please notice that David Hoover is the identify I used to be born with earlier than I legally modified it to David Ben-Ariel, and forgive the imperfect translation of the Hebrew into English in this try to protect an element of the Church of God historical past in the Promised Land (and honor Ilan Itzhayek for serving to to make it).

The Drug Addict Who Discovered God and the Kibbutz

by Ilan Itzhayek

His identify is David Allen Hoover – he is 22 years outdated and was born in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

David, and different members of the Church he belongs to arrived in Israel final month as guests in Jerusalem, however David stayed behind as a volunteer at Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan. He does not thoughts any of the work they offer him to do – whether or not it is in the fields, in the manufacturing unit or in the hen incubators – he has beliefs.

David belongs to a really particular Church referred to as the Worldwide Church of God – they name themselves the true Christians and think about the traditional Christians pagan. They imagine in the Torah of Moses and observe Sabbath, in addition to all of the annual holy days talked about in the Torah. They imagine Jesus Christ is the Messenger of God. The Church has 100,000 brethren everywhere in the world. A typical perception they’ve is that they’ve been chosen by God to affix the group of believers. Their chief is Herbert Armstrong, 91, whom they admire and think about that he is come in the spirit of Elijah.

David talks fairly excitedly about his Church. He’s very affected person and prepared to elucidate his convictions to you once more if you have not understood them. His solutions are crammed with verses from the Bible and the New Testament – verses that he is aware of by coronary heart. He calls himself “chosen” as a result of in his Church there is not these “religious and not religious” – there’s solely the chosen. If you do not agree the Church does not need you – which implies that God hasn’t referred to as you.

Scar in the Heart

David hasn’t at all times been in the Church. He was raised on a farm in Ohio that belongs to his father’s household. His dad and mom had been divorced when he was 11 years outdated. A 12 months later his alcoholic father died on the early age of 36. “All I remember about my father,” David says with a form of bitter smile, “is that he was drunk and always messing up the house and arguing with my mom. He was always arguing with her. I was really young then so I really didn’t even get to know him. I almost can’t remember how he looks.”

It was a drastic change – his dad and mom divorced, the transfer from the farm to the town, a brand new faculty and then his father’s dying that deeply affected him.

Soon, with all of his being, David started to seek for a approach to assist him together with his damage. That’s when somebody talked about to him how you’re feeling “high” if you do medication. So he started to essentially search for medication. He tried to search out out who used them and the place they frolicked. Shortly after attempting tablets, pot and hash, he started to purchase them commonly.

“When I was 15 years old I stopped taking them by the mouth and started snorting them” – rapidly including ‘ “it’s far more potent that way and it affects you more quickly…money to buy drugs with wasn’t a problem for me. It wasn’t hard to get. The man my mom had remarried wasn’t rich, but he definitely wasn’t poor. The allowances I got I used to buy drugs with instead of clothes or other things. My sister and I kept it secret that we were getting high and so our parents kept giving us good allowances.”

It looks as if David will always remember a Jethro Tull rock live performance that he attended. “I had snorted some drugs, smoked a lot of pot and hash and was drinking beer until I was really high.” He remembers, “I felt really strange. All I remember is being sat down by some friends and the chair began to fall backwards…3 days later I woke up in the intensive care unit of the hospital with a heart monitor attached to me. I was in serious condition and it had been getting worse but the doctors worked hard to save me.” “Later there was a special agreement between me and my parents,” David grins. “I was promised that if I quit taking drugs they’d allow me to let my hair grow long. I promised and I didn’t keep it. My hair grew down to my waist.”

Wanderings and its Moral

A unique stage started in David’s life: wandering via totally different church buildings. He was in and out of many church buildings throughout his seek for the true morals and values. He thought of the members of conventional Christianity as hypocrites. Those church buildings had failed to meet him.

After failing to search out what he was trying to find, David got here in contact with Hinduism – the Hare Krishnas. He was attracted by its unique attraction, the incense and vegetarian members of that cult. During a particular Krishna pageant in Philadelphia, he met a well-known chief in their motion who needed him to change into his private aide and journey throughout. David determined to not be a part of as a result of he did not need to be separated from his household. “I believed in Hare Krishna,” David says assured, “I loved the religion because it was physically and spiritually attractive and I was devoted to it. I engaged in their ceremonies, singing and dancing, chanting their mantras and going into a group trance. But even though I knew their religion didn’t accept drugs, I still used them, though they were unaware of it. I was around 17 when I began to shoot up drugs.”

After awhile David started to significantly query his involvement with the Krishnas. He feared he had been flawed, had been misled in going to the guru. His quantity and use of medication started to dramatically improve, going to the bars each evening of the week, getting excessive and drunk, started to take its toll on his physique. By then it appears he had misplaced any non secular energy he had.

“God Help Me”

“I really began to think about God,” he says. “Suddenly I began to think about him seriously and wondered if I had been deceived or enlightened in Krishna. I begged God to lead me into all the truth. I had prayed about it many times and then one of the greatest miracles in my life happened” – he explains whereas getting down on his knees to indicate how he had been praying. “All I remember is that I was purposely praying to the God of the Bible and really hoped that somehow He would answer my prayer. Then it was like a hot brand was put upon my forehead. Two words were forcibly impressed upon my mind: “FORSAKE HINDUISM!” Then I actually wondered whether it was my subconscious that gave me those words. I turned to my Bible that was beside me and, unintentionally, opened it up to Psalms 115:4-8 – David’s holding his Bible and reading it out loud: “Their idols are silver and gold; the work of males’s fingers. They have mouths, however they communicate not; eyes have they, however they see not; They have ears, however they hear not; noses have they, however they odor not; They have fingers, however they deal with not; toes have they, however they stroll not; neither communicate they via their throat. They that make them are like them; so is each one that trusts in them.” “After that I did not want any additional proof to know that it had really been from God. That identical day I burned all my Hindu books, beads, posters…”.

“Dirty needles”

The drugs caused David’s condition to continually deteriorate. Everyone told him that he was destroying himself. He knew himself that he was going to die, but he wasn’t able to help himself.

“All that horrible time” – David says with a shaky voice – “I actually needed to be free. I did not need to be hooked on medication. But I additionally felt that there wasn’t something in this world value residing for. I did not have any energy however I nonetheless tried to get off medication. I ended up throwing away my needles, hoping to cease, however later I’d flip round and return and take them out and use them.” Even though his needles had been in the garbage, dirty and broken, he said he still used them up to a dozen times, even though you’re only supposed to use them once! “I used to be taking the needles in my frustration and would bash them towards the wall in order that I could not use them, however later I’d try to till it damage me and I used to be bleeding. That’s once I realized that I used to be addicted.” David says, thinking out loud: “All I knew was that solely GOD might assist me, not man!”

David experienced “virtually positive dying” another time, besides the rock concert, when he was 18, and was in his bedroom mainlining some drugs. His mother was home at the time but was unaware of what was happening to her son. “Suddenly every thing appeared unusual to me” – David says trying to remember – “the music began sounding actually bizarre…Later I wakened in the hospital and a physician knowledgeable me that I had broken my liver and that it was a miracle that I nonetheless had a mind and might suppose clearly.”

Goodbye and Good Riddance

“Those had been my occasions of wandering in the wilderness. God delivered me and took me out of Egypt into His gentle” – David says reflecting on his past. “The internal wrestle between good and evil wearied me after awhile. I had been asking God what I used to be purported to do. I requested for energy as a result of I did not have any energy and none of the church buildings I encountered had the facility essential to ship me from medication. At the time I opened up my Bible unintentionally to Isaiah 45. The first verse that caught my eye was verse 2: “I will go before thee and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron…”. That verse succeeded to do for David what he, of himself, had been unable to do for years.

“No more drugs!” David mentioned and that’s how he lastly managed to be free from medication. “Now I felt ready to begin to listen to God. Sometimes you have to first live in darkness before you can appreciate the light. I knew I wanted to live God’s ways of life so I said good-riddance to drugs and to my old friends and bad influences – to all of that I said goodbye and good riddance!”

“Drugs are a Lie”

Shortly afterwards, David found the Worldwide Church of God via their Plain Truth journal. The concepts in it appeared so logical to him and not like all of the others he had identified.

Soon David was one of its excited believers. After a complete 12 months of observing Sabbath and all of the holy days of Israel, he was baptized as a brother into the Church.

One of the Worldwide Church of God beliefs is that there shall be a politico-military mess that can happen by subsequent 12 months. In their opinion, Germany, and possibly even Italy, will try to beat the world. That try will ignite a world struggle that can take two thirds of the world’s inhabitants, however that afterwards there’ll start a real peace for planet Earth. The members of the Worldwide Church of God shall be amongst those who survive and they imagine that finally their beliefs shall be accepted by all of the Earth.

The doctrines of the Church are all biblically primarily based. Besides the above-mentioned prophecy there may be one other one which states the world leaders will sit in Jerusalem and that Israel will change into a “Light to all nations.” The complete world may have one authorities.

David is writing a e-book, from his biblical analysis, concerning the two prophets who will put together the way in which for the times to return. David can also be considering about writing an autobiography. He already is aware of what he would name it – Wanderings! He’s satisfied that he has loads of expertise to present to others, and he is very in warning those that may think about abusing medication. “Drugs are a lie” – he says – “and it would be a lot better if people would learn form the experience of others. Today I’m alive, very alive – and I feel I have a lot to live for!”

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