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I n t e r n a t i o n a l M a g a z i n e o f T H E C H U R C H O F G O D FEBRUARY, 1958 VOL. VII, N U M B E R 2 Let GOD Fight Your Battles! MANY are the aflictions of the righteous. But there i s ONE WAY to solve every one of your besetting problems! by Herbert W .Armstrong B the world you live in today is a very troabled world. YOUnot onlv, have vour own p - s n n a l pmhlerns, hut you also suffer from the deliberate OPPOSITION and ANTAGONISM of the world around you. It is time you conside
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  International Magazine of THE CHURCH OF GOD VOL. VII NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY, 1958 Let GOD Fight Your Battles MANY are the aflictions of the righteous. But there s ONE WAY to solve every one of your besetting problems by Herbert W. Armstrong B ETHREN, the world you live in today is a very troabled world. YOU not onlv have vour own p-snnal pmhlerns, hut you also suffer from the deliberate OPPOSITION and ANTAGONISM of the world around you. It is time you considered how to con- quer these troubles-how to be FREE from them-how to let GOD fight your battles instead One Lesson Not Yet Learned First, zmderstand this: If the WORLD today is not happy-if world conditions are in a chaotic state-if lives are empty and purposeless, if minds are filled with fears and worries, bodies wracked with sickness and disease-THERE IS A REA- SON Conditions are whut we mdke them Mortal HUMANS, roping in the dark- ness of confusion, have made conditions what they are. Humanity is REAPING what it has SOWN Only the direct and all-powerful supernatural intervention of ALMIGHTY OD can deliver this world from all its troubles. What the world doesn’t know is that God will not cause its present ways of wrong living to bring any human Utopia. Rather, GOD ALMIGHTY WILL SOON WoRLD-bringing it INTO THE WAYS of His just laws which alone can pro- duce this happy TOMORROW Brethren, WE, TOO, HAVE LESSONS TO LEARN. Even though stubborn and rebel- lious mankind brings upon the world even DARKER days in the immediate HAVE TO STEP IN AND RULE OVER THE future, REMEMBER,-it’s DARKEST just before DAWN. ’lake hope in the SURE knowledge, that the new world of GOD’S making nd RULING s VERY near today But in the meantime, what about YOU, and your own private life and problems? Let us consider some of your own prz- vute pcrsonal TROUBLES. I know that you have them And I want to tell you some- thing-I want to tell you GOOD news. YOU are carrying a lot of worries, and fears, and troubles that yoa don’t need to carry Life is simply filled with private, per- sonal battles. We have to battle fears and worries. Sometimes it seems we have to battle PEOPLE who appear to be enemies-ften it’s a husband, a wife, or a mother-in-law-and whether you realize it or not, YOU also have to battle YOURSELF It is like having to fight a host of ENEMIES-all these TROUBLES, these CIRCUMSTANCES, these adverse CONDI- TIONS, these TEMPTATIONS But there is a way you may FREE yourself from these troubles that confront you. There is a WAY OUT You can be FREE from fighting all of these enemies except just ONE-your own self, and you can re- ceive a lot of HELP, and KNOWLEDGE, and POWER in doing that Here’s where that help can be found Jesus Christ Is the Deliverer The Eternal Creator-RULER of the universe-the God who gives you the very air you breathe-sent His own be- gotten SON, Jesus Christ, into this world 1900 years ago to BRING YOU BRETHREN THE WAY OF DELIVERANCE from your trials, your worries, your problems. WHY, then, do some of you not LISTEN to he Way He taught us? And WHY d l so many people think of Him as a dead Christ hanging on a cross? GOD AL- MIGHTY RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD Jesus Christ is our LIVING Savior and High Priest, just as the Creator is a LIVING RULER OF ALL THE UNIVERSE DO YOU REALIZE THAT JESUS CHRIST, THE LIVING, ESURRECTED CHRIST, TO WHOM IS GIVEN ALL POWER, HAS A PRESENT MISSION TO PERFORM? Do you realize that His present mission is DELIVER You-to FREE you from all your fears, your TROUBLES, nd even the circumstanccs that bcsct you? Thousands of you would come to me for help in your troubles if I had time to see and talk to you-you’d come with husband-and-wife-troubles, funeral trou- bles-every kind of trouble. Yes, you’d come to me because I’m human-one you can ree-whose voice you hear. But, because I’m only human, I have not the ability, the strength, nor the TIME to render such a personal ministry to so many brethren in diffeient parts of the world. Now think this over carefully, and ANSWER THIS WHY o you fight your OWN battles, when HE-the LIVING Savior-is living in ALL POWER to fight them for you? He’s REAL. He’s DIVINF WHY do some of you brethren go on worrying, when HE is right there in ALL THE POWER OF THE DIVINE CREATOR o tO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU-tO  Page FREE you from all your worries? WHY? There is one of two reasons. Either you have not fully KNOWN of this great, all-encompassing DIVINE SOURCE OF POWER which YOU can call on at will-you have not REALIZED what ALL-CONQUERING HELP you can have- or else you have through lack of faith or neglect, FAILED to CALL ON that supernatural HELP in your times of need Brethren, CAN I open your eyes to see that God is a God of LOVE-that God in all His supreme power wills above all things for you to PROSPER, and BE IN HEALTH, and to find the way to the HAPPY, FULL, ABUNDANT LIFE? That Jesus Christ is a LIVING SAVIOR, to whom you can go AT ALL TIMES-a Savior to save you from your present every-day fears and worries, adverse circumstances, troubles, sicknesses, and trials, as well as to save you from eternal DEATH at the end? Notice what Scripture commands: “So let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help a~s w the hour of need (Heb. 4: 16). God Is Interested in Your Life NOW God’s salvntiuii ib NOI something you collect only after you die-IT IS salvation which starts in your everyday life R~GH‘I‘ h~h ND NOW What needless pains some have been suffering. What NEEDLESS fears and worries you may have been carrying around. What WONDERFUL TIMES- what HAPPINESS you may have cheated yourself out of, just because you have not REALIZED, and taken advantage of the very PRESENT and all-powerful HELP of your LlVliVG Savior Actually what is happening is that you may have found yourself faced with foes far more powerful than you. These foes may come in forms of troubles, of unforeseen circumstances, of worries. of sicknesses, or even of other persons. These foes NEED not make your life un- happy. Old Testament Illustrations Did you ever really think through the full meaning of I Cor. l0:ll-that the incidcnts in the lives of Gods people of Old Testament times were written into the Bible for OUR LEARNING AND HELP? I want now to turn to the experience of a man who lived in that time. This man found that he could RELY on the Almighty GOD. This man was faced with a FAR more terrifying trouble than has ever beset you. He found the HAPPY SOLUTION. His experience will show you what YOU can do, this vcry day Once you UNDERSTAND, you will have to learn to TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD--TO PRACTICAL, COMMON-SENSE, USEFUL The GOOD NEWS February, 1958 CALL UPON GOD IN PRAYER-YOU Will have to ASK GOD for what you need- and you may have to learn how to PRAY. GOD ALMIGHTY ill actually znter- vene i~ your life, and help YOU, and fight YOUR battles for you. Remember, God is no respecter of persons. He will not do more for one than another. He will do as much for YOU, as for any person who ever lived. He will do as much for yoat-if you obey Him and rely on Him -as for any ancient King of Israel or Judah You may have a problem that com- pletely overwhelms you. You may be at your wit’s end-you may not know where to turn, or what to do It may be a family problem, a personal problem, a financial problem, a problem of sick- ness or disease. But let me tell you now as God’s minister of a man who came upon a situation probably far more terrifying than yours-one that would throw fright and terror into the stoutest heart. The solution this man used will solve YOUR problems-put an END to your troubles. The same God who heard and delivered him will hear and deliver you --IF you will obey Him and trust Him. The fact that this man was an ancient king makes no difference. God is no respecter of persons-He will do as much for YOU. God is the SAME today and tomorrow as He was yesterday. This man was King Hezekiah of the ancient Kingdom of JUDAH. He was an ordinary human mortal, the same as YOU today. God Intervenes for a Man The vas armies of Assyria were marching westward and southward to invade Judah. The Jews were greatly outnumbered. They had no army or power to stand up against such a pow- erful foe. They were HELPLESS. They faced certain defeat-just as YOU may feel HELPLESS in the face of your troubles today. If some of you brethren try to solve yow problem, or overcome your bad habits, or rcsist sin in nothing more than your OWN power and strength, you, too, will find yourself outnumbered, overpowered, and doomed to defeat You must learn, as this ancient king did, that GOD stands ready and willing to fight your battles for you. Read his experience in I1 Chron. 12:l-22, from the Moffatt translation: “It was after this, after all this loyal service, that San- chtrib king of Assyria invaded Judah, besieging the fortified towns and mean- ing to seize them. When Hezekiah saw that Sanchsrib had come determined to attack Jerusalem, he and his nobles and his chiefs agreed to stop the water of the fountains outside the town . “Then, appointing officers over the citizens, he gathered them in the open space at the gate of the city, and en- couraged them. ‘Be firm,’ he said, ‘be brave, be not daunted nor dismayed for the king of Assyria or for all his host; we have with us One greater than all he has; he has a mortal force, but we have with us the Eternal our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”’ Continuing, “His officers said even worse things against God the Eternal and his servanr Hezekiah. (Sancherib also wrote letters, insulting the Eternal the God of Israel and attacking him thus: ‘As the gods of the nations elsewhere in the world have failed to save their folk from me, so shall Hezekiah’s God fail to save his folk.’) The officers shouted aloud in Hebrew tn the citizens of Jeru- salem on the walls, to terrify them and scare them, that they might capture the city. They talked about the God of Jeru- salem as one of the gods of the iiations on earth, mere handmade idols ” Now notice what the king of Judah did. “King Hezekiah and the prophet lsaiah the son of Amoz PKAYED over this and cried to heaven.” They PRAYED for help. They did not know HOW God would intervene. But they knew Gorl would ACT Here’s what happened: “Then the Eternal sent an angel who swept off all the gallant fighters, the leaders, and cap- tains in the camp of the king of Assyria, till he had to go home in disgrace. He [later) went into the temple of his god, and there his own offspring murdered him with their swords. So the Eternal rescued Hezekiah and the citizens of Jerusalem from Sanchsrib the king of Assyria as well as from all other foes, protecting them on every side.” That experience was written into the very WORD OF GOD for your learning, and to SHOW YOU BRETHREN THE WAY TODAY Perhaps YOU are faced with a foe more powerful than you. It iiiay be some TEMPTATION. It may be some cir- cumstance or condition, or trouble. Some serious WORRY. Then let me ask you, “WHAT ARE You RELYING ON, to with- stand the seige of this trouble-to de- liver you from it?” Rely 11 God and His Power What do some of you do, brethren, when some fear, worry, trouble, comes up against you? Do you not first FEAR AND WORRY, and then either try to RUN FROM this trouble, or else try to meet it in your own power and strength- with yuur own thinking and planning, and doing? Do YOU ever search your own heart and life to see if it is YOUR fault? In almost every in-law or marital trouble, for example, both are at fault. (Please continue on page 11 )    in the What Will YOUR JOB Be Kingdom? You may be surprised about what the Book of Revelation reveals concerning your responsibility during the millennium by Herman L. Hoeh wo MONTHS ago, while Mr. Arm- strong was away from Pasadena, T e called me by phone. During par1 of the conversation he asked me: “Have you ever considered what the responsibility of this Church is to be when the Kingdom of God rules this world? We’re the only Church in cen- turies that has been used to restore the truth and the pattern of God’s Govern- ment. Not sincr apostolic days,” he con- tinued, “has there been a HEADQUAR- TERS Church until now. And this Church ur Church s promised in Revelation 3: 12 a responsibility AT HEADQUARTERS-in Jerusalem-in the Government of God. Because we have restored the TRUTH we are also to be made spiritual ‘pillars’ in the Kingdom -in the administration of God’s rule at Headquarters. “Why don‘t you do further research,” said Mr. Armstrong to me, “to find why each church epoch in Revelation 2 and is given a different promise+ither a ?mall or a great reward?” What the Churches Are Promised Let us all open our Bibles now to thcse very chapiers in Revelation. In these two chapters is condensed al- most 2000 years of history Here are listed the five past epochs of the Church of God, together with the vital descrip- tion of our Church today, and that of the not-far-distant Laodicean period cli aaxing this age. Notice that at the end of each of the seven stages in the history of Gods Church there is a definite promise for the Church which carries on God’s WORK during that particular period. You will find these seven promises recorded in Rev. 2:7, 10 and 11, 17, 26 to 28; 3:4 and 5, 12, 21. Notice first that the only ones who have a right to these promises are OVER- COMERS-those who, through the power of the Spirit of God, overcome thein- selves, overcome the world about them, and overcome the wicked spirits who control the present world. Overcoming is the fundamental requirement of all Christians, but we cannot do it by our- selves alone. We need the added help of the Almighty. We must first be will- ing to resist-and actiially to resist-the degrading pull of our human nature. Theresa Goell Photo Above are the ruins of the Altar of Zeus in Pergarnos. John wrote the third letter in the Book of Revelation to this once-flourishing city. Then whenever we need the added help of God to resist our foes, He will give that added power and deliver us out of our trials and temptations. It is time we remember that we will never gain eternal life unless we do some overcoming. Each one of us must be a conperor of obstacles-a conqueror of human nature-if we are ever to receive any of the promises given here in Rev- elation 2 and 3. Notice, howcvcr, that to tilost. who are overcomers in each Church epoch there are DIFFERENT PROMISES granted That is, those who overcome are NOT ALL CALLED TO PERFORM THE SAME FUNCTION IN THE KINGDOM. Some Churches are promised a special duty. Consider the example of the Old Testament. God created the office of “king” over the nation Israel. God first selected Saul for that office. The people approved him. Had he been a conqueror of his human nature, he could have qualified to exercise that same office in the Kingdom. But Saul failed Then God chose David-a man whom the people would not have chosen. David qualified. He admitted his sins and finally overcame them. He will occupy the office of king over Israel in the millennium (Ezekiel 37:24). But notice Once David qualified for that office, no others can ewer occupy it When Jesus called the apostles, He did not call them to the same ofice as David. He called them to occupy ofices under David. Here are Jesus’ own words t3 the apostles: “Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judg- ing the twelve tribes of Israel’’ (Luke In Matthew 19:28 Jesus is quoted as saying to the apostles, “Ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Of the fourteen who accompanied Jesus, there were twelve who were ultimately chosen to rule over the twelve tribes. (See Acts 1: 15-26.) Other Offices Yet to Be Filled These offices constitute only the nu- cleus of God’s Government. Upon the foundation of the apostles mad $rophets, Jesus has built His Church (Ephesians 2:20). The apostles and the prophets are therefore in superior authority to the Church built on them. That Church has existed these nearly 20 centuries. During these centuries God purposed to divide the Church into (Please contiwe on next .page) 22:28-30).  Page 4 0 International magazine of THE CHURCH OF GOD ministering to its members scattered abroad VOL. VII NUMBEK 2 Herbert W. Armstrong Publisher and Editor Herman L. Hoeh Executive Editor Roderick C. Meredith Garner Ted Armstrong Associare Editors Address communications to the Editor, Box 11 1, Pasadena, California. Copyright, February, 1958 By the Radio Church of God Heart to Heart Talk with the Editor You are probably often asked how the Ten Commandments could be a law of LOVE. Here is a way of explaining what love means-an explanation which most outsiders probably never heard before When the Eternal RULER of the universe first placed man on this plan- et earth, all was perfect harmony and beauty. Tlirir was PEACE. There was PLENTY. There was BEAUTY. There was every need and facility for HAPPINESS. In order to make POSSIBLE for man continued peaceful, happy, prosperous and joyful existence, the Eternal God designed that all things operate accord- ing to fixed, inexorable LAWS. We have the laws of physics and the laws of chemistry. Then, of necessity, there is the great, fundarncntal, invisible SPIRITUAL LAW which regulates man’s relationship with his CREATOR, and man’s relationship with fellow MAN. The purpose of this inexorable SPIRITUAL law, like all of God’s laws is to make possible man’s HAPPINESS-to bring man PEACE and .JCJY ~~ ake life REALLY worth living When this spiritual law is broken, then varying kinds of unhappiness, fear and worry, strife and war, come in vary- ing degrees AS THE PENALTY. That great over-all SPIRITUAL law is just simply LOVE It is LOVE in con- tinual action. It is love manifest and expressed It is love, first to God the CREATOR, in reverence, adoration, grati- tude and OBEDIENCE-(because He is The GOOD NEWS the SUPREME CREATOR-RULER who alone KNOWS what is right for us and has power to give it); and it is love, second, to FELLOW MAN, expressed in peaceableness, co-operation, service. It IS a way that travels the very OPPOSITE DIRECTION from greed, vanity, hate, strife, or war. This great SPIRITUAL LAW is a PRIN- CIPLE-a WAY OF LIFE-it is an AlTI- TUDE OF MIND AND HEART. It is the correct way to think, and to LIVE. It is not merely moral principle-it is divine- ly-set-in-motion SPIRITUAL LAW, and it operates automatically and inexorably Dub ~in~e an by nature does not know WHAT LOVE IS God had to define this Princ@le of LOVE by TEN DISTINCT POINTS-the TEN OMMAND- The apostle John explained it this way: “For this is the LOVE of GOD, that we keefi Hir commandments: and His com- mandments are not grievous (I John 5:3). “Love,” wrote Paul, “is the ful- filling of the law” (Rom. 13. lo). Since no one can fulfill the law if he is break- ing it, then love must be the KEEPING of the 10 points of the law He who breaks any one is guilty ot all (James 2:10), and is therefore NOT loving his neighbor. The Creator also made man a FRFF MORAL AGENT-and for a purpose - FREE TO DECIDE WHICH WAY OF LIFE HE WOULD FOLLOW Ever since Adam in the Garden of Eden, man, somehow, has believed that the law of God is wrong and that man is sufficient unto himself. Man has followed the ways of vanity and of GREED ever since. “Why, PRIDE,” man reasons, “and the desire to GET, to accumulate, to HAVE, is the impelling motive that stimulates EFFORT, produces incentive for endeavor, spurs man on toward PROGRESS. COM- PETITION,” men believe, “is the very LIFE of trade, commerce and business. It spurs men on, leads to greater produc- tion, makes for PROGRESS ” That is the philosophy of this world That is the opposire of LOVE. That is the opposite of the TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THAT VERY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE, PUT TO 6,000 YEARS OF PRACTICE, MENTS. IS THE ONE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL OUR HUMAN WOES That philosophy means that man has REBELIFD against the rule and the law of God God rules by His LAW OF LOVE -the TEN COMMANDMENTS. ut God, for a great PURPOSE, made man a free moral agent. MAN CHOSE TO REJECT THE RULE AND THE LAW OF GOD, and instead has tried to govern HIMSELF and his fellows. THAT S MAN’S GREAT MIS- TAKE What man needs is to return to obedience to the Law of God which along can restore order out of chaos February, 1958 What Will YOUR JOB Be n the Kingdom? (Continued from page 3 ) seven epochs-or periods of time. Each Church has its work to perform. Jesus says of each Church “1 know thy works.’’ Some perform their work better than others. They overcome more. They are therefore able to handle greater re- sponsibilities in the Kingdom of God and are deserving of greater blessings. All who overcome are to inherit the Kingdom of God-they will constitute the Kingdom. But they will not all oc- cupy the same position in the Kingdom. Jesus Christ does not occupy the same position as the Father. Yet both of them have eternally constituted the Kingdom of God. The “saints shall judge the world” (I Corinthians 6:2), but somc will bc qualified to judge greater matters than others. “We shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5: o), but we shall not all reign over the same territory or people. We shall all be priests-Peter calls us even now “a royal priesthood’ (I Peter 2:9)-but some will minister in greater capacity than others. It all de- pends on how we overcome-how we strive against the attractions of the world and the pull of human nature. When Christ comes to judge us, He will “give reward unto the . . . small and great” (Rev. 1l:lS). Some of us are smaller than others in God’s sight. Some have not yielded themselves in con- formity to the law of God as much as others. Some have not worked as hard on rooting out human nature as others -they have not let God’s law govern their lives to the same degree as others. Remember what Jesus said to the dis- ciples?--“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least command- ments, and shall teach men so, he shall bc called the least in the Kingdom o/ heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). In the history of the Church of God, some periods have been characterized by great zeal, great works, great knowl- edge of God’s law. Other periods have been characterized with flagging zeal, incomplete or diminishing works, a par- tial neglect of God’s law. In the Kingdom or Family of God there will be individuals of different degree. But for each individual there will be a responsibility, a job. Not the same job, of course -for we are not all called to the same office. But every office is needed. An entire CIVILIZA- TION must be built on earth-built this time God’s way and not man’s way. It will take literally millions of different
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