Analyses Today's News, with the Prophesies of THE WORLD TOMORROW
Box 111, Pasadena, California
Publishing: The PLAIN TRUTH a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING
Dec. 18th, 1952
Here's the BEST NEWS in years!
We're on the air OVER ALL EUROPE! At last! This Gospel of the Kingdom of God IS now starting to go out with a tremendous LOUD VOICE to all the world for a witness to ALL NATIONS, just as Jesus foretold (Mat. 24:14). Now, in addition to the nations of North America, it is going to Britain and all the nations of Europe, and even of North Africa!
This is not our doing — it's GOD'S! It ought to sober us — with a very grave sense of humility and gratitude that God has chosen us to be His instruments in carrying out what He had long before determined.
Jesus said He would do it! In less than a hundred years after He brought God's GOOD NEWS and taught it to His disciples, men perverted His true Gospel, turned the Truth into a lie, buried it under an avalanche of pagan fable and superstition which they falsely labeled "Christianity." For 1800 years the world has been DECEIVED, led into false pagan teachings supposing this to be the Gospel of Christ.
But Jesus knew what would happen. He foretold it. He said, "Many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many." He inspired Paul to write, "they shall turn away their ears from the TRUTH, and shall be turned into fables." But Jesus, explaining to His disciples WHEN this world would come to its END, and WHEN He should return in Person and in Power and Glory to set up the Kingdom of God to RULE THE WORLD, also said: "This GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto ALL NATIONS, and then shall the END (of this age) come." (Mat. 24:14).
Just before His Second Coming — just before the END of this world — the very same Gospel He brought from God and taught His disciples was to be preached in all the world to ALL NATIONS — as a witness. But before this, (Mat. 24:4-5 and II Thes. 2:2-3), the great deception and falling away from the Truth was to come.
It has happened just as Jesus said. The world is deceived — spiritually drunk on counterfeit teachings and customs. The world won't receive the truth — but some precious souls here and there will — a number will be saved NOW, — and as Jesus ordained, HIS GOSPEL shall now quickly and powerfully be proclaimed IN ALL NATIONS.
WHAT A RESPONSIBILITY this places on you and me! But we need not fear, or falter. It is GOD'S doing. We are merely the instruments He has chosen. He has already raised up the mechanical instruments and power to CARRY His Message by radio into ALL nations. He will guide us and direct us. He has given us His Message — opened our understanding to His TRUTH. He has provided us with the prerequisite ability and EXPERIENCE, thru 19 years of broadcasting in America. He has given us the "know-how," and now, also the organization and the trained, consecrated, experienced HELP I need in the ministry. One of the greatest miracles in all this miraculous work of God is what He has done in raising up young ministers to assist me.
Let me tell you a bit about that. IT'S IMPORTANT! Among the students God has sent to Ambassador College are some whom our professors, who have taught at Harvard, Cornell, and similar institutions, tell me would rank at the very TOP if they had gone to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, or such universities. We have men of exceptional talents and abilities — but above all, men whom God has called, who are consecrated to Him and His mission, and whom He has given UNDERSTANDING of God's TRUTH. Yet it seems no two of these men have the same talents or abilities. God has sent to me at Pasadena that VARIETY of capabilities needed for His work. Already four of them have graduated, two more will graduate in January, and another two in June. They are learning to speak foreign languages fluently.
For example, I am starting the broadcast to all Europe with a half hour program in English. Millions will be listening who understand English. Then in June, when he expects to receive his post-graduate Master's degree, my son Dick, according to present plans, is to return to Europe to open permanent branch offices in London and Paris, and open an additional 15-minute program to all Europe in the French language, which he speaks like a native Frenchman. The following June Dick's understudy and assistant in the radio work, Norman Smith, upon graduation, is scheduled to go to Europe and join Dick in the management of the work there, and perhaps permit Dick to return home a while on vacation. Meanwhile, a third 15-minute broadcast will be scheduled over all Europe, for Herman L. Hoeh to speak in the German language. Mr. Smith, who speaks Spanish and has a fine radio voice, probably will start broadcasting to Europe and to all South and Central America in the Spanish language.
Other broadcasts to other parts of the world in other languages will follow. While in New York making final arrangements for the broadcast to Europe, I had lunch with radio station representatives who are agents for stations in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, and other parts of the world. As soon as our work expands to the place where we are ready for it, and we have men trained in fluently speaking still other languages, they will arrange for "The WORLD TOMORROW" to be broadcast in all those countries. I have already made tentative arrangements with a station representative in Los Angeles for sending Christ's true Gospel by radio to all Central and South America, to China, Japan, the Philippines, Indo-China, Burma — all the far-east.
Yes, dear Co-Workers. THIS very Gospel Jesus preached is STARTING AROUND THE WORLD — it is now to soon go TO ALL NATIONS, in every corner of the earth!
This is no little thing. IT'S A TREMENDOUS UNDERTAKING! It is developing into a gigantic enterprise. AND IT TAKES A LOT OF US TO DO IT — myself and these fine, well-trained young ministers coming out of Ambassador College — all our rapidly growing staff in Pasadena headquarters — and ALL OF YOU CO-WORKERS. It takes YOUR PRAYERS — your earnest, fervent, persevering, believing prayers. It takes YOUR FINANCIAL SACRIFICE in generous offerings beside the faithful paying of God's TITHE. It costs money, and will from now on cost more and more as this great work grows and spreads. The agents tell us we will receive no financial help at all from listeners in Europe — our own Co-Workers here in America will have to join me in SENDING THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD. We must raise the money HERE.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS of the broadcast to Europe:
The program starts on OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY OF BROAD- CASTING, the first week in the new year, 1953, a full half hour broadcast every week.
Surveys made in Europe show that in France, Belgium, and other countries, 85% of all houses have radio sets! Think of it — nearly all homes over there have radio sets — sets that really work!
Of these, 88% of the sets in France get "good" or "excellent" reception on Radio Luxembourg. It's 91% in Belgium.
In 84% of the homes of French listeners, surveys show the WHOLE FAMILY listens to Radio Luxembourg.
Surveys in Greater Paris show that the leading net-work, government owned and controlled, with 10 stations, is listened to by 83% of the people. That includes TEN STATIONS! Radio Luxembourg alone, ONE station, is listened to by 80.1% — practically the same as the total combined listening audience of all ten local French stations! The second net-work, with 3 stations, is listened to by only 45.2%. That bears out what Dick Armstrong and Herman Hoeh learned by interviewing people all over France, Germany, England and Switzerland this past summer: Radio Luxembourg is listened to by far more people than any other station in Europe — more in London than local British stations — more in Paris than any local Paris station. And it's highest percent of listeners are in the smaller towns and rural districts!
These surveys show that on any one broadcast in English we will be reaching in excess of TEN MILLION LISTENERS! Imagine talking to ten million people at one time! Yes, it's breath- taking! It's tremendous! And "The WORLD TOMORROW" program always builds up a multiplied larger audience on any station!
Soon we shall be sending out a second program IN FRENCH, and then a third one IN GERMAN. We may soon be pouring Christ's own Gospel into the ears of as many as fifty or a hundred million people scattered over Europe!
IT WILL TAKE SACRIFICE! It will take FAITHFULNESS on your part. I must now ask every Co-Worker to try to send in a little larger amounts than heretofore, and if possible even more often. WHAT A PRIVILEGE to be called of God to such a great world- wide work! WE ARE PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST! WE ARE PREPARING THE WAY FOR WORLD PEACE!
And now, second only to this great broadcast work in importance, here's THE LATEST NEWS FROM GLADEWATER, TEXAS.
I am writing this from Gladewater, on our return trip from New York and Chicago. I have just spent a few hours going over our grounds here with our architect. The first preliminary plans and architect's drawings of the new combination Tabernacle, Church and School, were submitted to me and Mr. Hammer. WE WERE MORE THAN THRILLED WITH THEM. It required a great deal of ingenuity to plan a building to serve so many purposes in the smallest possible space and at lowest possible construction cost.
Mr. Hammer now has the grounds all cleared. For the first time we could really SEE the beautiful site God has opened to us. It is even more beautiful than we thought. The building site has been chosen, atop a terraced knoll, surrounded by beautiful shade trees, overlooking the lake to be created below. The roadway has been graded all the way to the building site, and now awaits a gravel covering.
A few minor changes must be made in the architect's plans, and then I hope to be able to have the plans and sketches printed and sent to you. I do not know now whether they can be ready in time to enclose with this letter, but if not, I will send them later. It is going to be a BEAUTIFUL place, back off the highway, secluded from the world.
The building is designed in three parts, with entrance in the middle. To the rear is to be the large Tabernacle originally to contain 4800 square feet and seat 420 people. As attendance grows, this will be widened to add 210 seats to each side, until it will eventually contain 840 seats. While very attractive in appearance, this will be used only at our festivals in the spring and possibly the fall when the weather is mild. Consequently it will be very inexpensively constructed. Even so, at smallest possible cost per square foot, it will cost several thousand dollars.
The middle section, to be built next after the Tabernacle, will serve as combination school room, church, and dining room, with a kitchen separated by folding doors. This must be of sound, well-insulated construction, heated in winter and air- conditioned in summer, and is planned to contain 2,168 square feet, not including kitchen or rest rooms which are to adjoin. This room can be opened up to give us 150 extra seats opening into the Tabernacle, with grand total of 1,000 seats.
The last section to be constructed is the front lounge room, almost wholly glassed in, overlooking the magnificent terraced view and the projected lake. It will also serve as class room and for dining purposes when large numbers are attending.
WORK MUST START ON THIS BUILDING PROJECT AT ONCE! I am determined NOT to go into debt in this. We MUST have cash in advance to pay as we build. So I must now make an EXTRA SPECIAL APPEAL for special funds — LARGE funds from those who are able — for this special BUILDING FUND.
Three families already have moved to Gladewater — I have met two of them here. Many others are planning to move here, or near here. But again, let me caution you, DO NOT MOVE HERE until you have first come here and established yourself in a job, a business, or means of earning a living. Jobs around here are scarce temporarily, just now, due to the fact the big Lafourneau plant in Longview recently laid off a few hundred men. This, I believe, is a temporary condition. One of the men I have met here managed to get a good job and is now going to move his wife and children here.
Again, don't send anything for the special building fund you would have sent anyway for the GOSPEL Work. The GOSPEL work must go out stronger and stronger. We cannot take money from that for building purposes. So, try to sacrifice an EXTRA, ADDITIONAL sum for this special building fund, and state plainly in your letter how much is tithe and regular offering, and how much is for the special building fund.
My, ISN'T GOD GOOD TO US? Isn't it just WONDERFUL the way He blesses His work, keeps it growing so powerfully? How we should thank and praise Him! God bless you, I know you'll continue to stand with us! RUSH the largest amounts your means and circumstances permit.
Sincerely, gratefully, in Jesus' name, Herbert W. Armstrong