August 20, 2021 Brethren Letter
This nation has DISOBEYED GOD! God blessed us after 1800- 1803. He caused us to WIN the first two world wars. BUT NOW WE HAVE WON OUR LAST WAR! …
OUR LEADERS HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD! And now God is de-serting our nations! (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong)
By now, most of you know that the United States recently withdrew its Amer-ican troops from the nation of Afghanistan. Within a few days, an Islamic force known as “The Taliban”, overthrew the previous Afghan government. Several thousand American citizens are still TRAPPED in that nation.
Chaos has ensued since the collapse of the former government. There are re-ports of Afghan mothers even trying to throw their babies over razor-wire fences to British soldiers, desperately trying to get their children to safety. Some of the infants sadly have been landing in that razor-wire. Americans still there are having a hard time leaving, since the Taliban are reportedly surrounding Kabul International Airport and preventing Americans from get-ting out of the country.
Here is some further information from the “Daily Express” (a news source based in Great Britain), describing the situation in Afghanistan.
…Reporters ‘gasp’ as Joe Biden walks off after be- ing ‘called out’ in briefing
JOE BIDEN stormed out of a press conference on Afghanistan, as reporters continued to pepper him with questions.
The US and other western powers are attempting to withdraw their nationals from Kabul, which is now controlled by the Taliban. On Friday the president, who has come under intense criticism over his decision to withdraw American troops, justi fied his decision at a press conference.
American and British soldiers in Kabul are attempting to evacuate their nationals, and Afghan allies, from the international airport.
Thousands of Afghans have crowded around the airport, with both the Taliban and US troops firing in the air to hold back crowds. At least 12 people have been killed in the chaos, either from gunfire or stampedes.
Heartbreaking footage, taken from the airport, showed Afghan mothers desperately trying to pass their babies to foreign troops for evacuation. Earlier this week two Afghans fell off a US transport plane, to their deaths, when in desperation they tried to cling onto the outside when it took off.
Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong often quoted Leviticus 26:19, which states, “I [The Eternal] will break the pride of your power…” Brethren, we are seeing those times now in full view, right before our eyes! Here is part of what Mr. Armstrong wrote on January 31, 1968 concerning the prophecy written in Leviticus 26…
It is the time after God had lavished upon us that unprece-dented national greatness and power. It is the time after we have abused and misused that power – rebelled against the great God who blessed us with it — departed from His ways and turned to pa-gan worship and atheistic concepts.
And now, (Lev. 26:19), God says to Britain and America: “And I will break the PRIDE of your POWER; …”
This is the time-frame we are in! It should be taken very seriously! If we draw close to God and Christ, we will NEVER be forsaken. “Let your con-duct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)
Tonight, I will also include part of a letter Mr. Armstrong wrote to the breth-ren and co-workers on December 18, 1983. It’s very much worth reading!
Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ,
December 18, 1983
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ:
Just how serious is the threat of NUCLEAR WAR? And HOW IMMINENT is such unthinkable catastro-phe?
Millions are deeply concerned. More than 100 million Americans watched the televised movie The Day After on November 20. But half — probably most of the viewers — turned off at the end of the movie and did not stay tuned for the discussion that immediately followed. This discussion was not an argu-ment, but a sobering discussion between a number of important men who have been involved as advis-ers to presidents on national foreign policy — especially in regard to possible nuclear war. This discussion panel included the Secretary of State, a former secretary of state, a former secretary of defense, a lieu-tenant general who has advised presidents on military matters, and others of similar importance in evalu-ating the nuclear danger.
That discussion was seriously significant. The discussion subject was primarily: “IS THERE TIME TO PREVENT this erasure of all humanity — this rendering extinct the entire human race?”
Not one of these experts had any solution. They were simply a group of bewildered men. They were pretty well agreed on some things: if a madman even of a smaller nation started a small NUCLEAR AT-TACK ON ANOTHER SMALL NATION, IT WOULD START A CHAIN REACTION — THERE COULD BE NO STOP-PING UNTIL ALL MANKIND WAS BLASTED OFF THIS EARTH.
Yet the brunt of the discussion was war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Already three other nations possess the hydrogen bomb and some 30 smaller nations already have nuclear weap-ons, with capacity for producing the hydrogen bomb, a thousand times more destructive than the atomic bombs that laid waste Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
How to stop or prevent a nuclear war from starting? No one had any idea. There has been much dis-cussion about a nuclear “freeze.” But that would leave the Soviets ahead of the United States and would prevent nothing. Already the nuclear stockpile is sufficiently enormous to destroy all human life 50 times over.
But there was one SIGNIFICANT FACT in all this discussion — and in all discussions on TV and the pub-lic press since. Men and women are leaving the existence of GOD totally out of their discussions. They are considering ONLY what they as humans THINK they could or could not do — and no ideas of preventing the prophesied coming nuclear war have been advanced. The world’s leaders are bewildered — HELP-LESS!
They constantly use the term “I think,” “I think.” Yet they are unable to think of any solution. They speak as if God is nonexistent — and indeed he is, so far as their thinking on this greatest of all problems facing the world today.
And yet God says he looks down from heaven, and beholds the nations and all they do. He brings to nothing what the nations plan. God determines the outcome of wars. “The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men …. There is no king [ruler of a nation] saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength [military arms]” (notice all of Psalms 33:10-20).
God made unconditional promises to Abraham of financial, economic and military power, strength and prosperity for Abraham’s descendants through Isaac, Jacob and Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manas-seh. In Leviticus 26 he promised this to Israel upon obedience. But for disobedience he promised to with-hold these national material blessings 2,520 years — which began 721-718 B.C., and the withholding ended A.D. 1800-1803. By 1800 London (Ephraim) had become the financial capital of the world. In 1803 the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase — the vast Middle West. By the end of World War I Britain and America together possessed more than two thirds of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the entire earth — all other nations barely over a fourth combined.
But our nations have not obeyed the great God who so lavishly blessed us. We have withheld God’s tithe of our individual incomes. We have failed to let our land rest every seventh year. We have polluted his Sabbath every seventh day. Our churches have preached man’s own gospel ABOUT Christ, but ne-glected to preach Jesus’ own Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which he preached and sent his apostles out to proclaim to the world. They worship Christ (Mark 7) IN VAIN, teaching the doctrines and traditions of MEN, making the Commandments of God of no effect by their false traditions. Jesus came as the DOOR to lead us to GOD. They virtually ignore God, worship Jesus merely by professing to “accept him.” But SIN cuts us off from GOD, and Jesus’ death (Romans 5) merely reconciled us to GOD — UPON REPENTANCE.
This nation has DISOBEYED GOD! God blessed us after 1800-1803. He caused us to WIN the first two world wars. BUT NOW WE HAVE WON OUR LAST WAR! We lost in Vietnam. We are losing in Central America and in Lebanon.
OUR LEADERS HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD! And now God is deserting our nations!
But God is pouring out rich blessings upon his CHURCH that is OBEYING HIM!
In the Bible God says NUCLEAR WAR IS COMING — on our present generation. He sends me to pro-claim to the world Christ’s true Gospel of the Kingdom — a VOICE CRYING OUT IN THE SPIRITUAL WILDER-NESS OF RELIGIOUS CONFUSION! The GREAT TRIBULATION — nuclear war — will come! But for the elect’s sake (GOD’S CHURCH), God will cut the nuclear war short BEFORE all mankind is blotted out of existence! Millions and billions will be destroyed — AND SOON! But God will protect us in his Church!
Brethren and co-workers, these are the most momentous days of earth’s history. NOTHING ELSE MAT-TERS FROM NOW ON! Our ALL should be dedicated to GOD’S USE, to warn as many millions as we may.
With deep love to you, in Jesus’ name,
Herbert W. Armstrong