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Plain Truth Magazine
January 1968
Volume: Vol XXXIII, No.1
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Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

Man has come a long way from Dr. Quack's pseudoscientific surefire snake medicine of the Old West. Today it's heart transplants and Apollo in orbit! Scientific knowledge has doubled in only a decade! But for all our advanced technology and vaunted scientific achievements something serious is lacking in science. Here is the whole picture in true perspective!

New York City,
December 28, 1967
   LEADING scientists in almost every conceivable field have assembled in New York for the 134th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
   From the scientific pulpit come amazing prophecies.
   Some tell of the strange new scientific world envisioned for us within the next 33 years, a world providing artificial organs, worn outside the body, and 3-month vacations in Bermuda after a 15-minute trip by rocket ship.
   Others tell of the latest theories of zoologists and biologists in trying to make evolution appear reasonable.

Science Dreams

   The program alone took 346 finely printed pages in a paperback book!
   Reams and reams of prepared papers were submitted for publication thousands of classrooms across the nation will be humming with the newest doctrines for some time to come.
   Such well-known figures in the scientific world as Dr. Herman Kahn, Director of the Hudson Institute, and Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus, President of the Franklin Institute, gave lectures, and held press conferences.
   I attended those press conferences, together with a full staff of researchers and writers, plus photographers and television crew.
   But amid all the scientific pronouncements something vital was missing!
   For example, in one lengthy press conference, reporters were given the outline of tomorrow's "experimental city" by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus.
   Dr. Spilhaus told of his visions of vast numbers of such cities each built no closer than 100 miles to any heavily populated center and each containing some quarter of a million inhabitants.
   To solve the vast and growing problems of U.S. cities, Dr. Spilhaus said it would take fifty such cities just to handle the increase of the next decade, alone. He envisioned underground parking and transportation; semi-private, computer-driven "coupes" to whisk people to and fro. He talked of such cities having no air pollution, no water pollution and of enabling them to find methods to reuse human and industrial wastes.
   He cited the building of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan as "ridiculous" referring to the already stifling conditions of too many people and too many automobiles in a confined area.
   Dr. Spilhaus' dream sounds, in many ways, desirable. He talked of beauty of parks, streams, lakes, lawns, and open spaces between buildings and homes. He added that to be a true experimental city there would have to be representative groups of jobless, criminals, and the like.
   But somehow, something was terribly MISSING in the learned Doctor's talk.
   It seemed he had no actual, practical, WORKABLE methods by which such could be BUILT. WHERE they could be located, and SURVIVE in today's modern world of overcrowding, land depletion, and dwindling resources. He spoke of using different fuels of solving all the terrible problems confronting cities today and yet gave NO METHODS for solving such problems.
   Attending the same convention were specialists in DIFFERENT fields.
   For example, Dr. LaMont C. Cole, professor of Ecology at Cornell. I interviewed Dr. Cole for future WORLD TOMORROW programs, both on radio and television. Dr. Cole presented a paper to the science writers entitled "Can the WORLD SURVIVE?" He dealt with environmental pollution.
   In his press conference, Dr. Cole explained how mankind is dumping up to one-half MILLION different kinds of active (biological) chemical compounds into the sea! He explained how 70 percent of all our oxygen needs come from diatoms in the sea, and how such unbridled pollution of the sea is rapidly changing the very balance of life in the sea.

Upsetting Nature's Balance

   In showing the "food chain" of the "web of life" existing in the sea, Dr. Cole explained how man upsets the balance in nature oftentimes DRASTICALLY, without realizing it.
   He gave the example of DDT, which has only known widespread usage since World War II. DDT and a whole family of chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as BHC, lindane, dieldrin, and the like, are known to be residual in the body's fatty tissues.
   He showed how, just since the war years, every living creature has been polluted with DDT. He said experiments had proved DDT to be present in the body fat of penguins, clear down in the Antarctic, and in the fat of whales, roaming the oceans! DDT can cause liver ailments and other diseases notably hepatitis.
   In speaking of air pollution, Dr. Cole cited the example of alarmed citizens who had sued a large chemical concern for polluting the air with poisonous gases. It was proved the smoke and gas emitted from huge stacks would literally cause brick to gradually disintegrate and yet, human lungs were being asked to breathe it.
   But the large company won the case by agreeing to build higher stacks.
   Dr. Cole cited the case of the Torrey Canyon the tanker that ran afoul of rocks, broke up, and deluged southern England with huge oil slicks ruining favorite beach resorts.
   Had the Torrey Canyon been carrying powerful pesticides, said Dr. Cole, it would have killed all the diatoms in the entirety of the North Sea thus literally causing OXYGEN STARVATION in Britain! Should this have happened and the seas around Britain been rendered incapable of producing oxygen for the millions to breathe Dr. Cole said DISASTER would have struck.
   I asked him what he meant by "disaster." Did he mean people dropping dead by the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS like flies? He said that is exactly what he meant!

Without an Overview

   No ONE THERE HAD THE "OVERVIEW." Each talk was dealing only in its own specific area. No one, for example, PUT TOGETHER what Dr.
   Cole warned about with the Utopian ideas of what Dr. Spilhaus HOPED would come. No one had studied the PROBABILITIES of TRULY solving the horrible problems of our growing megalopolises of today.
   No one had the OVERVIEW. No one saw the WHOLE PICTURE, in TRUE perspective.
   No one, that is, except those of us on the staff of The PLAIN TRUTH who were busily collecting information, conducting interviews, and taking photographs.
   Let me make it clearer.
   Dr. Herman Kahn, whose predictions we have quoted at some length in the booklet, The Wonderful World Tomorrow - What It Will Be Like, talked of the way the world will be, in the next 33 years. (Meaning up to about the beginning of the next century)
   He described artificial organs, worn externally; cooking instantly and automatically, private helicopters, underground transportation; three-month vacations, four-day weekends, higher salaries, and much more leisure.
   He talked of a time when the true "gentleman" would return. Higher culture, with more cultural interests such as art, literature, music occupying the time of more and more people.

... but with fewer Moral Principles

   He said the world would become increasingly sensate, and defined this as meaning "empirical, this worldly, secular, humanistic, pragmatic, utilitarian, contractual, epicurean or hedonistic."
   In other words, far more libertine, more lustful, more unbridled, giving passionate vent to human whims. Less and less morality, less conscience, less restraint, fewer controls!
   As Dr. Kahn talked, I became more incredulous.
   Was he really serious?
   It seems so.
   Not only serious but apparently believing the world WOULD survive to become as he predicted.
   But as Dr. Kahn pointed out there were MANY major factors which could totally alter his predictions.
   First was, obviously, nuclear war.
   Then he had to add major economic disasters, the population explosion, famine, massive starvation, disease epidemics, food wars, and any other method by which the whole of the human family would be thrown into chaos.
   Specifically, Dr. Kahn was asked to describe what New York City would "look like" within the next 33 years.
   He talked of all traffic problems solved. No surface traffic but all visitors (there are probably upwards of one-half million in New York at any given time) conveyed to midtown Manhattan via huge passenger helicopters atop the buildings.
   He spoke of controlled air, water and food. He talked as if ALL MAJOR PROBLEMS WOULD BE SOLVED.
   But there was something terribly MISSING.
   For instance, when I mentioned to Dr. Kahn the already stifling problem of air traffic controls including Kennedy Airport in New York with critical air traffic problems; and the huge spaces needed for so MANY helicopters (which can operate only under VFR conditions visual flight rules); and the impossibility of providing such spaces atop the broad majority of New York's buildings which certainly would not be replaced all that rapidly; and when I asked HOW so many hundreds of thousands would be whisked to their offices and shops, he replied, "In huge passenger helicopters, carrying about 500 people, landing one a minute."
   "One a minute?" I asked, incredulous. "Well, perhaps one every five minutes," he corrected.
   The utter impracticability, the impossibility of literally accomplishing such objectives did not seem to impress itself on the speaker.
   I asked Dr. Kahn whether his prognostications had included careful analysis of the many potential disasters looming ahead; including the shocking statements of Dr. Cole concerning environmental pollution, given at the same series of meetings.
   Dr. Kahn answered negatively. He said his studies only took existing conditions and tried to follow certain predictable curves into the future. He emphasized that his studies were based upon the past nine hundred years, as well as the changing present.
   Obviously, then, these rosy predictions (mixed with any number of horrendous ones) amounted only to so much GUESSWORK based on the belief that man will, SOMEHOW, find a way out of the incredible morass of his WORLD-SHAKING PROBLEMS of today.
   The predictions seemed to assume human nature would win, in the final inning.
   The Doctors seemed to BELIEVE their theories yet they admitted there were MANY sudden occurrences which could render them useless.
   Something was terribly MISSING!
   No one there had the OVERVIEW. No one seemed to SEE IT ALL in proper perspective.


   What if I had asked, "But suppose Jesus Christ returns to earth, to set up His WORLD-RULING Kingdom?" "Suppose WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAW becomes REALITY? Suppose ONE government succeeds? Suppose the KINGDOM OF GOD is set up?"
   The snorts, chortles, and guffaws would have echoed clear up the elevator shafts!
   Derisive laughter would have greeted my ears.
   "God?" "Christ?" "WORLD RULE?" the learned scientists might have replied "why, this is a conference on SCIENCE not comparative religion!"
   But when Dr. Spilhaus talked of "importing criminals" to his experimental city so all elements of society would be present; or when Dr. Kahn talked of external artificial organs, no one laughed.
   Centuries ago, quite a DIFFERENT "press conference" was held.
   Jesus Christ was doing the talking.
   He spoke before more than a hundred of His disciples about OUR WORLD, today.
   And His words were recorded. They have been preserved. They are AGAIN being "reported" to the world, and are being reported HERE, in THIS ARTICLE!
   Christ was asked about the CLOSE OF AN AGE! He was asked about the "end of the WORLD" (meaning, "Cosmos" of "society, system, culture, or civilization" not the earth itself).
   And Jesus Christ gave PRACTICAL answers.
   HIS prognostications HAVE BEEN HAPPENING! Every one of them.
   But first, WHAT was really missing from these meetings with learned scientists, and WHY?
   The MISSING ingredient was GOD!

Why God Is Missing

   Not one of the hazy plans of men for peace, for the very SALVATION OF MANKIND takes into account the CREATOR-RULER of this whole universe!
   God's great PLAN for PEACE for the SAVING ALIVE of mankind is not known by the leaders of this world today!
   God says, "The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings..." (Isaiah 59:8).
   And WHY do they not know the way to peace? Simply because they have rejected the only CAUSE of peace and the only knowledge of the true outcome of world events!
   God says, "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind..." (Romans 1:28).
   "In their KNOWLEDGE" means in their educational systems, among the educated or the leaders of the world and the backbone of education today IS SCIENCE.
   God Almighty does exist!
   God is the RULER, who is working out His great purpose here below and who WILL bring this world PEACE at last!
   When one rejects the knowledge of God, of His great purpose being worked out here below, of the good news of the soon-coming world RULE of God, then he must hopelessly cast about like a blind man, groping for solutions and answers to hideously monstrous problems, but never finding any solutions!
   These scientists are educated men. They are intelligent men. They are men of fine minds, and, obviously sincere in their convictions and beliefs.
   But they have rejected the only SOURCE of knowledge that would lead them out of the morass of inextricable problems, and into the clear truth about the future.

World Government the Only Hope

   The greatest statesmen the world has ever produced, among them Sir Winston Churchill, have recognized the only true HOPE alive for peace on earth at last is the hope of one world government!
   By the score I could fill this article with quotations from such leaders as Sir Anthony Eden, former Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, heads of universities, Nobel Prize winning scientists, chief justices, U Thant, Secretary General of the United Nations, and a host of others who would say, as if with one voice, "World government is the only solution!"
   Leaders recognize this.
   Yet, paradoxically, they recognize world government in the hands of man would be a nightmarish prelude to a nuclear bomb World War III!
   They are perplexed. They don't know where to turn.
   They see the only solution yet that solution looks IMPOSSIBLE! Yes, impossible, in the hands of MAN!
   And that brings us again to that vital missing ingredient in the plans and the "knowledge" of this world!
   World leaders see ONLY man his hopes, plans, schemes and dreams for world survival! They do not recognize GOD!
   Summing up the feelings,; of many world leaders, an issue of the U.S. News and World Report said recently those leaders see the only real solution for the ills of mankind lies in the intervention of a "strong hand from somewhere."
   Can you imagine it?
   Can you believe your own eyes?
   Leaders KNOW man does not have the answer! They KNOW humankind is headed toward a series of unbelievable disasters! Some of them have resigned themselves to being blasted into oblivion in a nuclear bomb World War III! Some philosophers, sociologists, historians and others have openly stated they see NO HOPE for man's survival!
   Yet God Almighty has opened His Truth to a few who are fearlessly proclaiming the GOOD NEWS that there is HOPE for this world!
   That one group HAS the great missing ingredient that is lacking in all science and education!
   That one group has the OVERVIEW the broad spectrum of the entire picture!
   Presumptuous as it may sound to some few, and as preposterous as it may appear there is, right now, on this earth and you have somehow come in contact with it a work of Almighty God!
   God has commissioned His newscasters, His prognosticators, His WATCHMEN to warn this world of impending calamities because of what MAN is doing and on the other hand to preach the GOOD NEWS to this world of the happy, peaceful and wonderful outcome beyond!

Christ's News Conference

   Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ held His OWN "news conference."
   Present were His Disciples scribes who wrote His Words which have been preserved down to this day.
   Today it has come God's time once again to proclaim the good news of the real solutions to this World's ills.
   And, true to what most world leaders have recognized, the answer is ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT! But, not knowing God, not retaining God in their knowledge, and not seeing the very logical and beautiful PLAN of God, these same world leaders have not remotely suspected how any world government could successfully RULE this earth, and bring it peace, at last!
   But Jesus Christ of Nazareth proclaims a world-ruling government, taken out of the hands of man. Jesus was asked what would be the signs along the way of His impending return to set up the world-ruling government of God. (See Matthew 24)
   He answered by talking first of religious confusion. (Many sections of Scripture talk of growing ecumenism, the emergence of a super-religious figure to proclaim himself God, and an increasing trend toward church unity!)
   Christ then explained how we would be living in a time of "wars and rumors of wars" with great empires and kingdoms vying for world rule!
   Hard on the heels of a time of war, with only brief resting periods in between rounds of WORLD WAR, Christ said we would enter a period of drought, famine and increasing earthquakes and natural disasters!
   Down through the past three decades and more, The PLAIN TRUTH magazine has carefully catalogued each one of these, with articles substantiating and corroborating these remarkable prophecies of Jesus Christ showing how vividly and remarkably accurate they are, and how we are, believe it or not, living in the very time He predicted nearly two thousand years ago!
   Christ said that except a supernatural intervention would occur (yes, that "strong hand from some place" that a leading news magazine mentioned!) no human flesh could be saved alive! (Matthew 24:21-22)
   At these meetings for the American Association of the Advancement of Science were some few scientists who warned of brain-defying DISASTERS in the future.
   Other scientists talked in rosy-hued terms of the emergence of virtual Utopia, but admit their plans do not take into account the warnings of disaster from other scientists, just as serious-minded as themselves!
   But not ONE of these men have taken into account the glorious GOOD NEWS of the real solution! And that solution is the only intelligent answer, it is the only POSSIBLE way out for humankind it is what is SURE to happen!
   Today, we know there are more than five separate methods by which mankind can literally annihilate himself!
   Living under the shadow of the "bomb" we oftentimes forget such growing problems as the manufacture of almost unbelievably powerful chemical and biological substances which could annihilate humankind the growing environmental pollution of our seas, lakes, rivers and streams, our lands and foodstuffs, and even the very air we breathe, which could virtually mean human annihilation!
   But these things are with us, daily.
   Jesus said they would be!
   It is not just "happenstance," or some strange "accident," that makes the prophecies of Jesus Christ of Nazareth stands so starkly fulfilled before your very eyes at this moment!

Prophecies Being Fulfilled NOW

   But just PRIOR to the truly horrifying outbreak of worldwide CALAMITOUS events, described in the Bible as "the great tribulation," Jesus Christ said the GOOD NEWS of the coming Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world, as a WITNESS and "then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14).
   And a part of that prophecy is being fulfilled before your very eyes this instant!
   Somehow, you have come in contact with the very Work of God which Jesus Christ predicted would be active on this earth at this time!
   We, of The WORLD TOMORROW program both on radio and television, of this PLAIN TRUTH magazine, and the many books, booklets, and articles on various subjects concerning this wonderful GOOD NEWS which Jesus brought, are your WATCHMEN to proclaim the impending disasters which are going to strike mankind, and which are SURE and also to proclaim the good news to you and to anyone who will listen or read that there Is a way out that there is hope of a solution in the years just ahead!
   If you want to see the step-by-step solutions, including the particular and specific solutions to such problems as the population explosion, growing drought and famine, mounting race riots and crime in our cities, and to read, in one sitting, a colorful, fully illustrated booklet which truly gives you the OVERVIEW, then read our free booklet, entitled The Wonderful World Tomorrow - What It Will Be Like!
   In it, many leading scientists are quoted, among them Dr. Herman Kahn whom I was able to speak to in New York City, government leaders, scientists and military men. THEIR plans for peace are presented and analyzed.
   The WHOLE PICTURE IS given. And then, you'll see the STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTIONS!
   You'll see a PREVIEW of the very KINGDOM OF GOD in ACTION living, governing, ruling, and bringing PEACE to this earth!
   In that booklet is a "could-be" newspaper projecting forward into the beginning years of PEACE on this earth; humorous, heartwarming, encouraging this "could-be" newspaper shows the kind of news we SHOULD be reading!
   If you haven't read this exciting booklet then read it immediately! It's free, of course.
   Keep reading The PLAIN TRUTH!
   SEE, each month, how many more questions you've always wondered about are answered! Listen to EVERY WORLD TOMORROW program you can. STUDY. THINK. COMPARE. Find out whether this is the very WORK OF GOD, or just the ideas of a handful of men!
   Your life is at stake.

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