November 13, 2015 Brethren Letter
A few hours ago, the nation of France was brutally attacked by terrorists. The last report stated there were at least 158 persons killed in the city of Paris. Here is the opening paragraph of a Fox News report on the situation:
Terrorists wielding AK-47s and hurling explosives executed at least 118 people inside a Paris concert hall late Friday night, in a massacre that followed coordinated attacks that killed at least 40 more people, rocking the French capital — prompting President Francois Hollande to close the entire nation’s borders and order a state of emergency.
U.S. Representative Peter King said in an interview that the terror attacks in Paris should be a wake-up call for the people of the United States. Here are some other words he said in an interview:
It’s the nightmare scenario that all of us who deal with intelligence and Islamic terrorism fear. This was terrorism at its worst. And this is what can happen really in any major, large city in the United States or in Europe. And we have to always be on our guard. I hope this is a wake-up call.
Brethren, what happened tonight will not be the last time terrorists will attack. We’ll see more attacks in the near future. We do pray for the families of those who were victims of tonight’s vicious attack, and we also must pray for God’s KINGDOM to come to this earth! ONLY God’s Kingdom will solve the evils of this current world. “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).
I’ll close tonight’s letter with some paragraphs from a Brethren, Co-Worker letter written by Mr. Armstrong in 1974.
Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ,
April 28, 1974
Dear Inner Family of Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ:
I have GOOD NEWS — but today’s newspaper does not! Listen to the front-page headlines: “ISRAELI TOLL WORST SINCE OCTOBER WAR” — “100 FEARED DEAD IN RUSS AIRLINER CRASH” — “ART THEFT ALARM DID ITS WORK BUT POLICE HAD QUIT FOR THE DAY” — RHODESIAN FARMERS LIVE IN NIGHTLY FEAR OF TERRORISTS.”
The last headline resulted from the overthrow of another GOVERNMENT — this time, Portugal, whose colony borders Rhodesia.
Just before coming to the typewriter just now, I was praying, and thinking, about these headlines and the terrible troubles that grip this entire confused and troubled world. And when I did, that part of what is called “The Lord’s Prayer” — actually His sample OUTLINE for prayer — came to mind — and I prayed, “THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.” And I knew that in that prayer is the only GOOD NEWS for us on earth today. God’s WILL is not being done on earth today.
But though I know, and teach THE WAY that will cause that glorious state, I know it will not come for the whole world UNTIL the KINGDOM OF GOD DOES APPEAR with the coming of Jesus Christ in supreme POWER and GLORY, as the KING of kings and LORD of lords, ruling all nations in the KINGDOM OF GOD!
The FACT that the time is now NEAR — the fact that it is SURE! — THAT is the big GOOD NEWS today. THAT IS the glorious silver lining behind the beclouded wretchedness of today. THAT is the world’s GREAT HOPE right now.