Here it is, mid-autumn—it will be November before this letter reaches you. The brown dead leaves are falling from trees here in England—we are nearing the end of the year 1963. TIME WHIPS ON AT JET-PLANE SPEED. AND IT IS LATER THAN WE PROBABLY REALIZE!!
The college here starts a month or six weeks later than at Pasadena. Mrs. Armstrong and I flew over for the opening of the new (and 4th) college year. We were blessed with a very smooth flight by 707 jet plane. Mrs. Armstrong literally hates to fly— but she said, as we were rolling to a stop on the runway at London Airport, "This is better than being sea-sick on a ship."
Things are HAPPENING—fast—in world affairs, drawing relentlessly toward the END of this world, the coming of Christ, and the KINGDOM OF GOD. Nations and governments are literally LOSING THEIR HEADS—as NEW chiefs of state take over governments.
Only a short time ago, a new pope mounted the throne in Rome. This was significant. Already the new Pope Paul is calling for European political and MILITARY UNITY, as well as striving vigorously for RELIGIOUS UNION, under him, of course, of all "Christianity." For the prophesied resurrection of the military ROMAN EMPIRE, by uniting Europe, he said his church is now needed for "infusing spiritual vitality to that fundamental unified culture that should constitute the animation of a socially and politically UNIFIED EUROPE."
Protestant churches everywhere are gravitating toward UNION with the Roman Catholic Church.
These religious movements are speeding the fulfillment of the prophecies of the resurrected Roman Empire. For 30 years I have been proclaiming this tremendous event over the air, and in print. Until some five to seven years ago no one, it seems, would believe it. I had to stand alone in warning the world. But now it is beginning actually to take shape before our eyes!
This united Europe, revived Fascism, will last but a VERY SHORT TIME. It will fight CHRIST at His return to earth in power and glory. That will be its end. All this warns us most solemnly WE ARE NOW VERY NEAR THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!
Changes MUST take place in European and other world governments, before the climax of these events. Those changes are NOW BEGINNING TO HAPPEN! Since my last letter to you, Mr. Adenauer has stepped down in Germany. He is now replaced by the man I could foresee, five years ago, would replace him—Mr. Ludwig Erhard—the man who restored Germany to such sudden and overwhelming PROSPERITY. However, I expect one more change in Germany.
Here in Britain, Mr. Macmillan has stepped down, and Lord Home (pronounced "Hume") is the new Prime Minister. This may foreshadow a return to a labor government in Britain next year.
But IS GOD'S WORK keeping pace with world events? INDEED IT IS! God Almighty is moving this—HIS Work—forward at ever- increasing momentum. We may now have only eight or nine more years to FINISH His Work! All around the world, this Work is growing, expanding in POWER and scope.
Last week our advertising agent, financial and legal advisor, and I were in Paris and Geneva, developing what I hope will be the greatest leap ahead in broadcasting ever taken by us— and probably by any radio program in history. I can't announce it yet. Progress is encouraging.
Our "austere year" is progressing in VERY satisfactory manner. We are not slowing the forward progress of the Work—but we are getting the Work into a much improved financial state.
Here in England, the college is now using the new student Dining Hall, just completed as the school year was starting. This beautiful Dining Hall is merely the old cow-milking barns and electric power plant for the estate, converted into Girls' Dormitory and the Dining Hall.
However, the most pressing need is for the new Dining Hall for the Pasadena college. There we cannot simply convert an already-built building to a different use, but must construct an entire wholly new building. And it must be twice as large as this one in England. Architects are at work on preliminary plans, however.
Two of our men are now getting established in Geneva, opening the new offices there for the French-language work. One is a graduate of Ambassador College here in England—a married man with one child—and the other is a man who has been converted as a result of the French-language broadcast of The WORLD TOMORROW— called, in French, "Le Monde a Venir." He has resigned his position as sales manager for Volkswagen in Paris to join our staff in the new Geneva office. There were certain legal procedures it was necessary for us to attend to on this trip, before our men there could be given permission to work.
God's Work is speeding up in every department, all around the world. As Jesus Christ said it would be, the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are too few. Dear Co-Workers, I have to ask you to PRAY, earnestly, that every need will be supplied. While we are succeeding in getting the Work into sounder financial position, the NEED is ever greater and greater. Such a growing, expanding, dynamic and successful Work simply does require constantly larger expenditures—or else stop growing, and go backward. This must never happen!
Again I want to THANK YOU for your sacrifice and generosity in carrying YOUR PART, as one of God's instruments in HIS WORK. Two or three of our professors (or lecturers, as they are called in England) in our college here were saying just today, what a great PRIVILEGE it is that we are allowed to be A PART of the very Work of GOD, directed by the living Jesus Christ, our High Priest at God's right hand in heaven! We should all be SO VERY GRATEFUL, from the bottom of our hearts, that CHRIST has called us to be Co-Workers with HIM, in the WORK OF GOD!
We must now press on with greater zeal than ever! We must place GOD'S WORK first in our interest—completely above worldly pursuits, entertainments, personal desires and wants. Remember, CHRIST will not accept second place in our hearts, lives, and affections and interest. We all need to PRAY MORE for this great Work, and be even more diligent in our part.
NEVER have your tithes and offerings been more seriously NEEDED! NEVER have loans of larger sums you may not be able to give outright at this time been more vitally important than now. NEVER have your sincere and believing PRAYERS been so sorely needed.
I hope to have a nice surprise for you in another month.