The 7,000 brethren of the Philadelphia Church of God are
proclaiming a powerful message "unequaled by almost anybody,"
"Among the people of God, the only ones who are having
a significant impact are this church. Now, why is that?"
When those 7,000 people flee to a place of safety, he said,
"they'll know who took them . . . When it comes to pass,
then they shall know that a prophet was among them. This is talking about
a work that comes after Herbert Armstrong [and] after the sword . . .
Then they'll really know it was a message from God."
The little book
Mr. Flurry broached the subject of the "little book"
of Revelation 10:2-10.
"There will be a little book that comes on the scene,
and what could that be? I think you know we believe very deeply it is Malachi's
Message. But it really starts with Mystery of the Ages. God uses Malachi's
Message to let the church know how they've sinned against the book and many
other doctrines and issues of God. But God warns us, whether it's the church
or whether it's the world, when that little book comes on the scene you're
going to see things speed up like never before.
". . . Now, if Mr. Armstrong was the end-time
Elijah, if that book was poured into his mind like he said it was and he
was like a scribe just typing it and writing down as fast as he could, then
that must be a communication from God Himself. It must be. It must be. And
it's already been given to this church, and it ought to be finished.
"You know why it isn't? Because the people of God
turned away. That's why the little book is necessary. I'm telling you God
poured that little book into my mind the same way. I tell you I did not
write it. That is a message from God. Most people are going to scoff at
that, but one day they're going to believe it, because it's from God."
To understand that Malachi's Message is the "little
book," one must understand the "main book," which is Mystery
of the Ages, which is "a great and wonderful message from God, a message
of hope, the second-most-important book on this earth."
What is the church's commission? "We have to finish
the job, we have to prophesy again. You know what that's really about? It's
about Herbert Armstrong, and it's about a church falling way and failing
to do what they should have done."
Mr. Flurry said he could point to scriptures that show
that every "Laodicean" will have to die, even though "all
of it is unnecessary."
"Prophesying again," he reiterated, "refers
specifically to Mystery of the Ages, as I wrote in Royal Vision [a magazine
for PCG members]. I believed that if I didn't get this book [Mystery of
the Ages] out I would lose my salvation. And, frankly, I believe this will
happen to everyone in God's church if they don't believe it. We are judged
by how we publish Mystery of the Ages . . . Mr. Armstrong said
the greatest gift I could give you is Mystery of the Ages, and the greatest
gift we could give to the world is Mystery of the Ages. That book is the
hope of this world.
"Mystery of the Ages is a summary of Mr. Armstrong's
entire work, and I don't care how much people criticize or what they say,
you can take that one book and you can evaluate your spiritual life and
you can tell how to get going spiritually, and you can't say that about
any other book. Obviously the Bible is far more important, but I believe
that the main part of this work is getting Mystery of the Ages out to this
world and prophesying again."
Mr. Flurry said that as Mr. Armstrong lay dying in 1985
and 1986 he commissioned the senior Mr. Tkach (who died in 1995) to "unify
the church." But Mr. Flurry thinks that Mr. Tkach, in relaying Mr.
Armstrong's exhortation to the brethren, left something out.
"I had a feeling he left out part of the commission,
because how do you unify a church? I believe you unify a church by telling
them to get this message [Mystery of the Ages] to the biggest audience possible.
That brings us together, and there isn't any other way to unite God's people."
Because the Churches of God haven't rallied to carry out
Mr. Armstrong's commission of unifying the church, they have become a "spectacle
to the world."
"They won't get together and rally around the commission
that God Himself has given this church."
Mr. Flurry concluded by stating his belief that "you
and I are judged by how well we do that."
By giving the Philadelphia Church of God a victory in its
day in court, God is telling the brethren to get the work done, "and
that means getting the book out to the largest audience possible. This is
our No. 1 responsibility. And, really, what a glorious calling it is to
be able to serve the great God and share the very throne of Jesus Christ
when He gets back to this earth."