Church of God, New World Ministries

Monthly Letter - June-July 2011

31 July 2011
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev. 17:12-13).
 
For decades the Church of God has taught there would be one final resurrection of the “Holy Roman Empire” (the Beast) with Germany (ancient Assyria) at its head. (Rev. 17:9-10). Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong called it a “United States of Europe” consisting of ten nations. The scripture (verse 12) says the ten nations will receive power with the Beast. Mr. Armstrong predicted the unification would probably be due to financial or military necessity. This combination will “make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them:” (verse 14).
 
There are many prophecies being fulfilled, even as I write. Earthquakes are occurring at an unprecedented rate, the southern part of the United States has been hit by a devastating drought, forest fires have destroyed thousands of acres here in the United States, the Middle East nations are still in turmoil and Israel’s very existence is threatened, the Eastern part of the U.S. has been under record temperatures with heat indexes being well over 100 degrees. These, of course, are all signs Christ mentioned in Matthew 24 that would occur prior to His triumphant return to this earth.
 
However, I want to focus on an article that was sent to me recently relating to the scriptures quoted in the opening two paragraphs. The article was written by Patrick O’Flynn, a writer for the Express.co.uk. Mr. O’Flynn writes, “First for the rather dramatic bad news: a United States of Europe (Mr. O’Flynn’s words) will come into being by the end of the year, perhaps even by the end of the summer. Now, for the good news: Britain won’t be part of it. (The Church has also taught that Britain would NOT be a part of the end time ten nation combine). Mr. O’Flynn went on to say, “Europe’s finance ministers are even now preparing a “big bang” solution to the debt crises that are sweeping peripheral members of the eurozone….” So in Brussels and Berlin and Paris work is already proceeding apace on a plan to solve the failure of partial economic integration (monetary union) by leaping into full integration (fiscal union). Fiscal union will mean centrally imposed public spending controls and, crucially, the acceptance that the treasuries of all eurozone countries will have ultimate liability for each other’s debts. This in effect will make mighty Germany guarantor of all weaker eurozone members.” A Beast Power with Germany at its head.
 
If this indeed does take place, the prophecy in Revelation 17 will be partially fulfilled. This, of course, will trigger many other prophecies outlined in the Bible leading to Christ’s return! No man knows the day nor hour of Christ’s return but we are told to “watch and pray.” (Mark 13:32-33). Watching is one thing but praying and overcoming is another. It will do us no good to know of his return and not be “spiritually” prepared. Are you drawing closer to God? I certainly hope so.
 
On another note, we are rapidly approaching the fall Holy Day Season. The Feast of Trumpets will be observed September 29th, Atonement October 8th, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day October 13th-20th. If you need sermon tapes for Trumpets and Atonement, please return the enclosed card requesting these tapes. Please include your return address. We will not send tapes unless requested.
 
I am presently planning activities for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. Last year many of us attended Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. I have not yet decided whether we will once again have that activity or another dinner/show. I have several more to “check out”. However, I need to know, in advance, how many of you will be attending this year’s activity. Many of these group activities have to be paid for in advance so I have to know exactly how many will be attending. If you and your family plan to attend the dinner/show activity, please indicate on and return promptly the enclosed card and please give me the number of your family that will be attending.
 
My friends, I hope you are not growing weary of hearing of all the “signs” pointing to Christ’s return. We, in the ministry, must keep you informed of events that are taking place around the world. If you are a recipient of our DVD’s you will know that we have been relentless in our messages encouraging you to “wake up”, “to overcome”, “to endure”. We should be more excited about the truth now than ever before. I realize many of you have been plagued with devastating trials and afflictions. Don’t forget John’s message in Revelation 12:12-13, “...Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” Remember Acts 14:22, …”exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Certainly, we must be nearing the end of this race, don’t stop now, endure to the end.
 
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Without you, we could not preach this gospel as Christ commanded.
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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