November 09, 1979  
November 09, 1979 - Brethren & Co-Workers Letter
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Herbert W Armstrong 

Herbert W. Armstrong
Post Office Box 431, Tucson, Arizona 85702

November 9, 1979

Dear PLAIN TRUTH Subscriber:

   What is happening to the United States now? Suddenly government and financial circles are sounding the alarm. The inflation spiral has now reached danger-signal proportions. And there seems no end to the skyrocketing of prices!

   The whole world is aflame with local wars and troubles here and there! The dollar, once the world's monetary standard, has skidded to its lowest value in foreign markets. United States prestige has sunk to an all-time LOW!

   A move of Iranian students, approved by the Moslem religious leader Khomaini, takes as hostages the U.S. Embassy staff, blackmails the United States, and, in effect, thumbs their noses at us! Other LITTLE nations insult and defy the U.S.—Cuba and Panama.

   God said through Moses' prophecy in Leviticus 26, that at this time of the end He would break the pride of our power! We are the MOST powerful nation on earth! We have the power, but we cringe before small nations!

   Our European allies are fast losing all faith in U.S. power to protect them from a Soviet Union attack.

   This morning, a nuclear WAR alert was sounded in the Pentagon. U.S. nuclear forces sprang instantly alert around the world. The President's special jet plane was alerted and ready to whisk him away to safety. Then it was discovered to be a false alarm. But SUCH A THING COULD HAPPEN AT ANY HOUR, BEFORE YOU KNOW OF IT! We are living in a time of extreme DANGER!

   We are living in the TIME OF THE END of this present civilization!

   Today, November 9, Rosalynn Carter, America's first lady, was experiencing the emotional experience of her life, visiting refugee camps on Thailand's border, holding some near-starving little children in her arms. It was the shock of her life to see the starving and diseased Cambodian women and children fleeing into Thailand for safety, food and medicine. Another TV shot of her today showed her with King Bhumibol of Thailand—a king I have spent a total of approximately four hours with in private on three different meetings with him.

   If the people of Iran were starving and dying of hunger and disease, the United States would be rushing millions of dollars of food and supplies to help them! But instead the Iranians are angrily burning U.S. flags before large mobs, and hanging the American president in effigy!

   Dear subscriber to The PLAIN TRUTH, it has seemed very apparent that for some 12 to 15 years, Almighty God has been HOLDING BACK the progress of prophesied world events. There is a time, foretold in Revelation 7, when He will do this again.

   But then, again, "He will finish the Work, and cut it short in righteousness; because a SHORT WORK will the Lord make upon the earth"!

   The sudden emergence of the new Polish Pope, John Paul Il, as the world's only STRONG LEADER may well presage the rapid resumption of prophesied world events! There are no more Teddy Roosevelts, FDRs, Winston Churchills, or Stalins. Be sure to read the article about the Pope's U.S. tour in the December PLAIN TRUTH. I sent our Gene Hogberg to cover the Pope's appearances in Boston, New York, Des Moines (in the very suburb where I once lived), Chicago and Washington. It is a journalistic masterpiece.

   The Eternal God has raised up THIS WORK to prepare the way for Christ's soon coming in SUPREME POWER AND GLORY to rule all nations, bring in a NEW civilization under the GOVERNMENT OF GOD over ALL NATIONS, with WORLD PEACE, and eternal salvation offered to ALL!

   Our time is now SHORT, and growing daily shorter! World troubles will mount into troubles such as NEVER WERE BEFORE, and never will be again. But then Jesus Christ will come in all His supernatural POWER to bring us PEACE, and a REAL HOPE, at last!

   I am leaving in about two weeks for a visit to the largest-populated country on earth—the Peoples' Republic of China—AT THEIR INVITATION, as a guest of the government. Several meetings with top leaders are planned, beside a banquet hosted by the government in my honor, with about 400 Chinese leaders, at which I will be expected to speak for perhaps 35 or 40 minutes. It is the FIRST TIME any religious leader from the world of Christianity has been so invited. I would like your earnest PRAYERS for my health on this trip, and for inspiration of HOW to deliver to the HEADS of this greatest of nations CHRIST'S TRUE GOSPEL! It will be the greatest test of my life—for they are atheists! But God will guide me!

   Right now, while heads-of government, news analysts and forecasters worry, wonder, and speculate on the immediate future, The PLAIN TRUTH magazine will keep you informed IN ADVANCE. We are God's chosen spokesmen for the God who controls the universe. He controls the destiny of the human race. He reveals the end from the beginning in biblical PROPHECY.

   We are now rapidly approaching the time of the world's greatest CRISIS, when this whole man-made civilization will crumble and fall—and a NEW WORLD OF PEACE AND ETERNAL SALVATION will dawn, at Christ's soon coming in POWER and GLORY! God has decreed that the warning Message must now go to the world (Matthew 24:14).

   This is the Message of the world's ONLY and SURE HOPE! We are definitely NOW at the "TIME OF THE END," when the prophet Daniel says, "none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand" (Dan. 12:10). Keep reading diligently every issue of The PLAIN TRUTH, and be one of the wise.

   Doomsday preachers now intone it. TV commentators broadcast it. All evidence seems to indicate it—pollution, unprecedented crime and violence, morals in the cesspool, wars in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, family life breaking down. ALL signs point to the END of this civilization!

   But TOMORROW a new world of PEACE, happiness, abundance and eternal salvation is coming! The glorified Christ will be here, ruling all nations. Abraham, Moses, King David, Elijah, Samuel, Daniel, Jesus' original twelve apostles, the apostle Paul—all will be resurrected to immortal life—all will be here.

   Let me THANK YOU, from the heart, for allowing us to serve you and bring to you God's precious TRUTH.

   A self-addressed envelope for your request is enclosed.

Thank you, in Jesus' name,
Herbert W. Armstrong

Publication Date: November 09, 1979
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