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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Three Great Latter-Day Messengers …and what they brought forth!


Joseph Smith

The Three Great Latter-Day Messengers
and what they brought forth!
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As many of you know COGSR/SOCT has always taught that we are the true Worldwide Church of God. We have since July 7th 2011 gone by the ministry name of Church of God Speaking to the Remnant [COGSR]. And as of the year 2014 we have taken on the ministry name of Science Of Christian Thought [SOCT]. We believe that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong ushered in the prophetic Church Era known as the Philadelphia era as mentioned in the Book of Revelation. ~

After his death the church entered a somewhat chaotic period all the way up until July 7th 2011 when we entered the final Seventh Church Era, that of Laodicea. We have detailed SOCT papers which document this history. The true Church of God has always taught since Herbert Armstrong that America is mostly made up of the lost tribe of Manasseh and that Great Briton is made up of the lost tribe of Ephraim. We have detailed SOCT papers which also document this fact. ~

Because of this fact we also believe that America has been given a record of its own ancient Scripture which we recognize to be what is called “The Book of Mormon”. This record of ancient Scripture was found by the prophet Joseph Smith back on  September 22, 1823. Please understand that though we recognize this record of Scripture WE ARE NOT MORMONS in the regular sense of the title. After the death of Joseph Smith the church scattered as it always does after the death of a great leader. We do not believe in any other prophets after Joseph Smith accept for Sidney Rigdon and Eric King. We do recognize Brigham Young to be an authentic prophet but not in the same sense as Joseph Smith and it was he who led the group of people which latter on became known as “The Mormon Church” and what is today called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”. So again, though we recognize the Book of Mormon to be an actual scriptural record of ancient America we do not call ourselves Mormons in the regular sense. ~



Our Revelations Progressive

The revelations given to us (the true Worldwide Church of God – COGSR/SOCT) have always been progressive. Many chosen church leaders of our past did not have the knowledge that we have today. We serve a Living God who continues to speak to us collectively and personally. As many of you know SOCT also has what we call “The Holy Order” and it is through this very Order that both Men and Women can receive the priesthood. This Order has three initiatic processes. The Holy Order has kept the revelation of the Book of Mormon secret from the public for over five years now; today we are bringing this forth to the public (March 22nd 2016) ~

We hope that you continue to study with us here at SOCT and live and share what you learn. Thank you so much, all of you for your interest in what we call the Seventh Message. ~
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The Three Great Latter-Day Messengers are:

1-Joseph Smith ~ Restorer of Ancient Scriptures

2-Herbert W. Armstrong ~ Restorer of proper doctrines & theology [such as Saturday Sabbath]

3-Eric W. King ~ Seventh Messenger [bringing the Final Message]

COGSR/SOCT is The Worldwide Church of God!

There is only one true Church. The Church that Jesus Christ built. The Worldwide Church of God is that one true church. It came forth like a “correcting rod” through the Latter-day Apostle, Mr. Hebert W. Armstrong. It manifested at the end of the Sardis period and grew in strength to become the Philadelphia Church. ~

There is only one true Philadelphia Church; it was given the name Worldwide Church of God. This cannot be changed. If it could how many Philadelphia Churches are there? There is only one! After the death of the Later-day Apostle many offshoot and splinter groups began under a new name. One of the reasons why they had to use a new name was because the fallen apostate church made legal rights to block any organization from using the name after Mr. Armstrong’s death. How convenient is that? ~

But here is the shocking truth! Christians can still use that name! The only ministry of the original WCG using the original name is COGSR. We, the Church of God ~ Speaking to the Remnant [COGSR] are simply a ministry of the true Church. “Ministry” simply implies that COGSR is the true remaining instrumentality of the original Worldwide Church of God. It is the remaining body of the WCG. It teaches the original teachings. We understand what church era we are living in since the death of Mr. Herbert Armstrong. The Church has since moved into the Laodicean era. The Laodiceans are Christians who have fallen away, they are spiritually asleep. The Philadelphia Church stays true to the counsel it has been given. It is the Philadelphia Church which is to call those fallen Christians out of Laodicea and back into the original Worldwide Church of God. Because we are the true remnant of the Worldwide Church of God we are also the only true body of original believers that comprise the original Philadelphia Church ~ the Bride of Christ. ~

Notice this statement from Mr. Armstrong: “….of all the religions and all the more 250 denominations and sects in ‘Christianity’ NOT ONE [this includes all present splinter groups going by another name] , except the Worldwide Church of God, knows WHO and WHAT God is.” [From: “Personal,” The Good News, April 1979] ~

All other offshoot groups have taken on a new name. This simply means that they are Laodicean churches. Look what Mr. Armstrong stated regarding the dangerous idea of one man taking it upon him self to change the name of God’s true church: “This man is NOT the Church of God. A man can incorporate himself, under man’s law, using the NAME of a Church – and he came as close to the name ‘Worldwide Church of God’ as possible, TO DECEIVE and mislead brethren into thinking his is THE SAME CHURCH. Any ‘Tom,’ ‘Dick’ or ‘Harry’ can incorporate himself, with signatures of a couple other men as ‘directors’ in the name of a church. BUT THAT DOES NOT make him a church!” [Taken from: “Christ Is the Living Head of Only One Church – Not Two,” Good News, December 18, 1978] ~

Please understand, if you are involved in any offshoot group you need to repent and join COGSR. If you study all of our material with prayer you will come to understand that we are the only true Worldwide Church of God. God has only one true Church. Listen again to what Mr. Armstrong stated regarding this matter: “God has only ONE Church, and that Church has a few hundred local congregations worldwide, all a PART – and an integral working part – of the ONE spiritual organism, the Worldwide Church of God!”  [Taken from: “Christ Is the Living Head of Only One Church – Not Two,” Good News, December 18, 1978] ~

Again , we read: “It may be that the Work God has given me [Mr. Armstrong] to do is complete, but not the Work of God’s Church [The Worldwide Church of God], which will be faithfully doing God’s Work till Christ, the True Head of this Church [The Worldwide Church of God], returns.” [From: Last Co-worker Letter, Jan 10, 1986] ~

The Church of God has crossed over to each new era. From the Ephesus to the Smyrna, from the Smyrna to the Pergamos, from the Pergamos to the Thyatira, from the Thyatira to the Sardis, from the Sardis to the Philadelphia, and from the Philadelphia to the seventh and last…the Laodicean. Each church era had a faithful angel [messenger] which helped it cross into the next phase. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was the sixth messenger in the sixth church age. Who is the Seventh Messenger? It is this Seventh Messenger who is to give the Church “meat in due season”. [Matthew 24:45-47] ~

Please understand, after Mr. Armstrong died the Seventh Messenger to help usher in the Seventh Church Age did not appear right away. It has always been this way. There has always been a testing time of faith in between each church era. I can tell you that the true Church of God, after the death of the first latter day apostle, did not just suddenly flash forth to the confused masses. This is simply due to the fact that many that were involved in the true Worldwide Church of God were unfortunately not truly converted Christians to begin with. We must remember that the apostasy began while the first latter day apostle was still alive; many had their minds twisted from the get-go. The Plain Truth [magazine] had already transformed into the Vain Truth to many. ~

What was foretold to occur in Scripture was a “great falling away”. This happened after the death of the first latter day Apostle. Most left the church not knowing where they stood in prophetic history. They fell for the fallen Protestant idea that the church was now just anybody who believed and that there was really no true church as a “visible” organization. Thus they deny the first latter day Apostle and part of his mission which was to restore true church government and usher in the Philadelphia era. So these so called “splinter groups” left the true church-body and became Laodicean. We must remember that the church was subtly being put to sleep by apostates. This was a slow but powerful process. ~

While all this was going on God had chose certain ones to begin to “test the spirits” and to “prove all things”. This was done by a small group that began to test the evolving “splinter groups” that appeared. Remember, these people who were testing the groups were God's remaining true remnant Church. This small time in Church history was a testing time for God's true remnant people. This small group of God's people truly understood God's restored church government, they understood the mission of the first latter day apostle. They also understood that the true restored Philadelphia Church could not be destroyed because that God during this time had “opened a door” which “no man could shut”. [Revelation 3:8] ~

The Church of God has always understood that God works through people. Particularly one man when it comes to moving into a new era or age. So in all the confusion God raised up one man, Herbert Armstrong. Through this one man God restored His truth and it all agreed with the Bible. Not one point was in disagreement! God through the one man Adam brought sin on the whole world. God through the one man, Abraham, gave blessings to physical and spiritual Israel, God through the one man Noah saved the earth, God through the “second Adam” gave the promise of eternal life. God through the apostle Paul gave redemption to the Gentiles, and God through Herbert Armstrong brought in the Philadelphian era of the church. ~

The Latter-day Apostle, Mr. Armstrong stated: “We need to understand a PRINCIPLE by which God always has worked through humans. He has always worked through ONE MAN at a time. He worked through Abraham. He worked through Moses, through Joshua, through one ‘judge’ at a time, through Samuel, through David, through Solomon. He worked through Peter and when Peter had left the Middle East, through Paul. These men had, in greater or lesser number, staff assistants under them, but God’s WORK was through the ONE MAN AT A TIME!” [Taken from: “Just What Is ‘The Work’?”, Good News, April 1981]. Now you must understand that after Mr. Armstrong died on January 16, 1986 people were looking for Church leadership. ~

Before Mr. Armstrong's death he gave last instructions to Mr. Tkach. He said; “I have reached world leaders, your job is to GET THE CHURCH READY.” Mr. Tkach became a “Judas” and failed to follow the apostle's instruction. Get the Church ready for what? And what Church was Mr. Armstrong talking about? Mr. Armstrong was talking about “The Worldwide Church of God”! Because Mr. Tkach failed we now find all the splinter and offshoot groups of confusion! Mr. Armstrong said to “Get the Church ready...” The Church he was referring to was the only true Philadelphian era church, “The Worldwide Church of God”! This cannot be changed! Wow! Did you get this? Do you understand now? ~

After Mr. Armstrong's death in 1986 many were left not knowing where to go. Those who left during this time were confused. Many joined false offshoot groups in haste. Those who waited patiently truly understood that nobody could destroy God's true Church! They stuck with the title: “The Worldwide Church of God”! Today God is calling those who left back into His one Philadelphian era church that was guided by the ONE AND ONLY, MR. HERBERT W.  ARMSTRONG! He fulfilled the Zerubbabel mission and “his hands shall finish it!” [Zechariah 4:9] ~

We now must understand that there is a last messenger, the Seventh. The Seventh Messenger appeared with the remnant of the true Church on October 7th, 2011. Now the Church has manifested in the seventh era. It still maintains the true name of the Philadelphia Church, “The Worldwide Church of God”. So we understand that the original Worldwide Church of God under Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong is the only true Philadelphian church. Notice what Mr. Armstrong stated here from “Good News”, personal, 1979: “Satan is pulling out all stops now to destroy THIS CHURCH OF GODbut what Jesus Christ raised up is the Church of GodToday it encompasses the Earth so we call it the Worldwide Church of God! Garner Ted bragged to me that he built this Church. It was built when he was 3 years old!” ~

How much more proof does one need! The Worldwide Church of God is God's only true Last Day church! Notice Mr. Armstrong states that "this church" IS "the Church of God". COGSR is the only true remnant that understands this fact. All offshoots are mislead and following ‘leaders’ under a different name. The Seventh Messenger speaks with authority, the authority of God’s word! COGSR has since been attacked by other groups because of our message. ~

Now let us look at something very interesting in regards to the counsel given to the Philadelphian church. Jesus gave very positive counsel to His last day church. One thing He said to us was; “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou has a little strength, and has kept my word, AND HAST NOT DENIED MY NAME.” [Revelation 3:8] During this Philadelphian era God's true church was given the name, “The Worldwide Church of God”. Any other church coming up after this with a “new name” is Laodicean or 'cult'. The name that Jesus says that the Philadelphian church has "not denied" is the name He gave us, The Worldwide Church of God! The Greek word “name” used here in Revelation 3:8 is onoma and can mean “character trait”. Because the Church of God had gone worldwide through the message of the latter day apostle, the church took on the name “Worldwide Church of God”. ~

So the title "Worldwide Church of God" we should never deny! ~

Jesus promised that only when He returns the second time can we take on a new name. Jesus also promised that only He could give us a “NEW name”. The true Church of God will take on another new name when He returns, but not until then. Look at what else Jesus promised the Philadelphian church: “....and I will write upon him [the overcomer] my NEW name.” [Revelation 3:12] ~

What is the “new name” and when does the church get it?

“And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness and all the kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new namewhich the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou thou shalt be called Hephzibahand thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.” [Isaiah 62:2-4] The Hebrew word here, Hephzibah means “my delight”. Why does the true “Worldwide Church of God” take on the character of “God's Delight”? Because they stuck with the TRUTH!  This chapter in Isaiah is talking about the time when Jesus restores His government on Earth. ~

The Worldwide Church of God will get this New Name at the Second Coming! ~

Did you just read Isaiah 62:2-4? Did you understand that GOD WILL GIVE THE NEW NAME! No offshoot group can understand this. They have become blind and full of pride thinking that their made up names and splinter groups can somehow save them..... they turn away from letting God give us His “new name”. ~

Where ever the true Church dwells shall be “Beulah”, which means “the husband [God]” is with them! The true “Worldwide Church of God” will be Hephzibah, “God's delight”! Now what you have just been taught is something that all the offshoot groups and splinter groups do not want you to know! Why? Because the offshoot groups seek glory for themselves and not God! They “know not the Scriptures”. Look at all the false names that they have given unto themselves. ~

Now we have studied the fact that during the sixth church era, the Philadelphian, God chose an apostle to direct this organization. We must understand that this true restored church government cannot be changed! During the Philadelphian era God called His church, “The Worldwide Church of God”. This cannot be changed! Many “splinter”, offshoots, groups and corporations through men have tried to change this first important fact.  Apostasy began in the 70's. It rose in 1978 and still continues today. The true Church is still “The Worldwide Church of God”. Some have tried to buy this name, some have tried to hijack this name...and most all have tried to change this name! This cannot be done! ~

Unfortunately this title [The Worldwide Church of God] cannot be used in regards to a legal organization because it is still owned by the apostates. This does not prevent free Christians from using it as a title for what they truly believe. ~

What will your choice be? If you are currently involved in an offshoot group please take what you have just read very seriously. Pray about it. We are living in the last days. It is not time to play games with God. Join with the True Remnant and begin to speak with authority! ~

A look into the 1972 and 1974 Apostasy

Many people who are in one of the many offshoot groups from the original Worldwide Church of God do not realize the true history of the WCG. We here at COGSR have been informing many about the Truth and what happened that has created all of these schisms. During 1972 through 1975 many in the original Worldwide Church of God were concerned about certain statements that Mr. H.W.Armstrong had made regarding the “entering of the Great Tribulation.” Mr. H.W.Armstrong had written previous articles and had given talks which showed that he personally believed that the world would enter Great Tribulation sometime between the years of 1972 and 1975. When those years came and went some had doubts. ~

What we must remember is the fact that God did not call Mr. H.W.Armstrong to be a “prophet”, God called Mr. H.W.Armstrong to be an APOSTLE. It is true that Mr. H.W.Armstrong longed for the appearing of his savior, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul during the New Testament era felt that he might see the return of Christ Jesus in his day. Apostle Paul wrote in terms of disciples “longing for His appearing”. This is something that all true Christians do. So we must understand that what Mr. H.W.Armstrong spoke about regarding these types of issues should more appropriately be called “predictions” and NOT prophecies. Speculation is not a sin. ~

As many of you know I too believe in the soon coming of our Lord and Savior but I do not believe in date setting nor did Mr. H.W.Armstrong. I also make “predictions” based on Biblical prophecies and current world events. I also know that God has given me the gift a “spiritual discernment”. Many of my predictions have come true. I am not a prophet nor do I claim to be. ~

So what did happen between 1972 and 1974?

Something did indeed occur during this time! Could Mr. H.W.Armstrong have been right in his famine and drought predictions for that time but in a different way? Indeed! We find that between the years 1972 and 1975 there came a drought and famine of the TRUTH due to what we call an apostasy [a falling away from “sound doctrine”]. During these years Mr. H.W.Armstrong’s son, Garner Ted Armstrong began questioning the Biblical doctrine about marriage and even the proper time of the feast of Pentecost. ~

Let us look at the Pentecost debate. Please understand that Mr. H.W.Armstrong properly kept the Monday Pentecost as God had showed him in the Word from 1937 into the 70’s. Mr. H.W.Armstrong felt so strongly about this issue that he disfellowshiped persons who fought against this truth in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. As a matter of fact one of the earliest offshoots from the true Church of God occurred in the late 1940’s and early 50’s when WCG’s trained minister, Emil Heibel started a break-away group because he had accepted and taught his congregation to believe in a Sunday Pentecost. ~

In 1972 this issue again became the subject of great discussion in the church. In so much so that the “liberal” ministers under the influence of Garner Ted Armstrong formed what they called a “Doctrinal Committee”. What is this? No where in God’s Church Government is there a so called “doctrinal committee”! Here we see the beginning of members to defy true Church Government. Instead of believing what God had revealed regarding this issue through His Word and through Apostle Mr. H.W.Armstrong certain members wanted to challenge God and His chosen servant. The true Church of God had held fast to the “faith once delivered” [Jude 3] but was now on the road to all out apostasy. ~

Also, the Biblical doctrine of marriage was attacked. Satan used the newly founded “doctrinal Committee” to pound at the “faith once delivered”. One of the unfortunate facts of this ongoing debate was the fact that the liberals received support for their error through Mr. H.W.Armstrong’s son, Garner Ted Armstrong. They felt that this gave them leverage. ~

During this time [1971, 1972] the report of “sex scandals” within the church added to the already existing doctrinal confusion. We could say that the Church of God was entering a micro-tribulation period. Today we here at COGSR understand these years [1972-74] of confusion in the true Church of God to be the predicted great “falling away” which was predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Apostle Paul and Apostle John documented in God’s word that at the end of the Philadelphian era, right before the entrance into the seventh and final church era [Laodicean] there would be a great schism, “falling away”, an apostasy! This apostasy was not to be a ‘denominational’ dilemma but a dilemma in the one and only true Worldwide Church of God. ~

Mr. H.W.Armstrong ‘gives in’…he made mistakes

Yes, even apostles can make mistakes. When we look at some of the great men and women of the Bible we find that they made mistakes. It has been stated; “Great men tend to have great sins”. Look at Solomon and King David…wow! So we should not be surprised that the latter day apostle made some mistakes. God always allows this so that we do not fall into the “worship of men”. Unfortunately many of the offshoot groups tend to “worship” Mr. H.W.Armstrong. This is a very sad condition. ~

In the early 1970’s it became apparent that there developed a difficult relationship between father and son [Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong & Garner Ted Armstrong]. This ultimately led into Mr. H.W.Armstrong himself giving in to the apostate doctrinal changes. This is such a sad period, yet predicted by God’s word that it pains me to even talk about it. We must talk about it! We must not deny the facts in light of God’s word. ~

We now realize that it was the so called “Doctrinal Committee” instigated by Garner Ted Armstrong that fused all the problems. Here is an important testimony by Mr. H.W.Armstrong himself about this “doctrinal committee”. Mr. H.W.Armstrong wrote this in 1981: ~

“In early fall of 1974…it was a time when certain “scholars” among our leaders were engaged in “doctrinal research”. I had not realized until later that most of them were actually researching to try to prove Church teachings were in error, rather than to discover truth. I ADMIT NOW AND REPENT OF THE FACT THAT, NOT REALIZING THE REAL MOTIVE, I APPROVED THIS DOCTRINAL RESEARCH TEAM.” (H.W.Armstrong) ~

We pray that God forgave Mr. H.W.Armstrong. ~

Every 40 Years…God’s People Tested

The number “forty” has spiritual significance in that this number has played prominently in the history of God’s people. Ancient Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. The Bible speaks of God’s people going into wars for forty years. Our Savior [Jesus Christ] was tempted for 40 days and nights. Now please understand. We could look at the fact that Mr. H.W.Armstrong started his ministry by “Radio church of God” in 1934. Exactly 40 years later [1974] God’s people entered another trial by way of Garner Ted Armstrong. ~

We see how this 1974 schism affected two key individuals in the true Church of God. These two people are Herman Hoeh [Hay] and Raymond Cole. These two were some of the first members of the original Ambassador College in Pasadena California back in the 1930’s. Herman Hoeh sided with Mr. H.W.Armstrong even when he made the mistake of ‘giving in’ to his son. Herman Hoeh even lowered the knowledge that God had originally gave him. Herman Hoeh started out good, but failed in the end. ~

Raymond Cole, on the other hand, knew that the so called “new understandings” were wrong and not based on God’s word and the “faith once delivered”. Raymond Cole broke away from WCG and started, “Church of God, the Eternal”. Today Pastor Jon Brisby continues to speak about this history of God’s church. Thank you for listening. COGSR is the only ministry that is teaching the true history of the original Worldwide Church of God. ~

Problems with Laodicea

Many of you have studied the septenery [outlined in seven] mysteries found in the book of Revelation. We know that the ‘seven churches’ the ‘seven seals’ the ‘seven trumpets’ etc. show a progressive unfolding of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. ~

When we look at the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation they represent the Church of God through time. The historical Church of God has always taught that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation progressively represent the state of God's Church throughout history. These progressions link God's people throughout time. ~

The linkage begins in AD31 on Pentecost when the church was first organized. The chain stretches through history down to the Day of the Lord [the second coming]. This means that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation represent the consecutive and differing spiritual states of the Church throughout time. These seven are the Ephesus period, the Smyrna period, the Pergamos period, the Thyatira period, the Sardis period, the Philadelphia period and the Laodicea schism. ~

Laodicea rejects Church Government

The title Laodicea literally means “the people govern, judge, decide”. This shows that those who have left God’s true church for the Laodicean condition have rejected God’s government as practiced and outlined in His true church, the Philadelphian. ~

One problem people have with believing Jesus and the fact that He truly has one true church is with the subject of “organization”. People do not believe in the “visible” church. Instead they use the Christendom false doctrine of an “invisible” church. Yet Jesus clearly taught us to “let our light shine” in this dark world for all to see. Jesus also ordered visible church government. Put over the church are “apostles”, “prophets”, ”evangelists”, “pastors” and “teachers.” The true church was certainly visible on Pentecost in A.D.31. The fact is the true church is still visible today, especially every Sabbath. Jesus has a very organized body of believers. Organized to make sure that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God gets out to the whole world! ~


JESUS COMES BACK FOR ONLY ONE GROUP

The fact is Jesus Christ is ruling His one true church, the one He built, from heaven. It is also a fact that Jesus will be returning only for His church. Many believe this pagan idea that Jesus is coming back for individuals....people in all the pagan Christian groups. The Bible nowhere teaches such nonsense! Not one verse! The fact is the Bible teaches clearly that Jesus comes back for His “bride”, His one true Church, the church He built. This is a shocking and sobering truth for many so called “Christians” today. Jesus comes back for a “BODY” which is organized! ~His church has been preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. ~

Yes, the Bible is very clear. Jesus does not come back for sects, groups, divisions, denominations with fake names and false doctrines....nope! Jesus comes back only for the Church of God, His church, the one He built. The true gospel hasn't changed! "There is ONE body [church], and ONE Spirit, even as ye are called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all." [Ephesians 4:4-6] So there is truly only ONE WAY! ~

So when we come to passages like this where Jesus said; “I will build my church.” [Matthew 16:18] we must understand that Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said. There is only one church, the Church of God. Christ's church has TRUTH, the RIGHT way. The Church of God is not mixed with error. Christ's church has the RIGHT stuff! There is “one body” [church] to which true Christians belong. [1 Corinthians 12:13-20]. The church is “fitly framed together” [Ephesians 4:16] and all those who belong to it “speak the same things” [1 Corinthians 1:10]. God has called His people out of Satan's kingdom of confusion and into His ONE WAY. ~

We are in the Laodicean Era

We are in the Laodicean era. Here we have some figuring out. This Laodicea era represents those who at one time were involved with Christ's church but for some reason chose to forget certain aspects of it. During and right before the Laodicea era the “great apostasy” came. Even fallen apostate Christendom agrees with this interpretation. But what was the war against? It was against the TRUTH and God's One true Church. Isn't this what all wars are truly about? If there is a “god”, and there is, what and where is this “god's” church? Where are His people? All religious wars are regarding this question. ~

What was foretold to occur was a “great falling away”. This happened after the death of the first latter day Apostle. Most left the church not knowing where they stood in prophetic history. They fell for the fallen Protestant idea that the church was now just anybody who believed and that there was really no true church as a “visible” organization. Thus they deny the first latter day Apostle and part of his mission which was to restore true church government and usher in the Philadelphia era. So these so called “splinter groups” left the true church-body and became Laodicean. ~

So, we come to a conclusion. Do you believe in the Bible and what it says? Or do you believe in your own interpretation which leads you to disobey the word of God? If you are part of God's elect you will hear this truth and be drawn into His fold. If you reject, you still answer to Him. ~

False Laodicean Organizations

All the fallen denominations make up the Laodicean schism. They have formed their own organizations and have given the church fake names. They, along with all the WCG offshoot groups, have denied the Seven Church Eras. Many that claim to teach the Seven Church Eras deny the true Philadelphian era church by giving it a “new” fake name! ~

They also have either completely rejected the Holy Feast Days or they have changed the date of true Pentecost and rejected the true doctrine of Christian Marriage. ~
COGSR’s Reward in Jesus Christ...though others have cast us out!
In many ways, those who truly have loved the “one church” that Jesus Christ built have been robbed. We have in many ways been robbed by our own brethren [offshoot, splinter & sliver groups]. They have hijacked the WCG…they have created confusion rooted in egotism. They have tried to change the name of God’s one true church. They have placed themselves in a false “seat of authority” to try to get listeners. Sad…so  sad. ~

Those of us who have held on to the Plain Truth have been ridiculed, thrown out of the Church that we have tried so patiently to defend. The sad fact of the fallen “majority” and their false leaders taking control through money and greed has not helped. The true Worldwide Church of God cares for those who are truly seeking out for the One True God. We could care less about materialism but we must admit that those who use their money and resources to try and “shut us up”, the true saints, this indeed creates a spiritual struggle. ~

Only the minority have been susceptible to present “Truth”. Jesus has always had a “small flock”. Those of us who truly believe in what Jesus taught and said have comfort in these Christian Realities. ~

It is now time for all so called “spiritual robberies” to cease! You can no longer take away from the true Remnant of God what belongs to it. We have the Truth and we will continue to proclaim it no matter what others think. ~

“Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His Word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.” [Isaiah 66:5] ~

The Book of Mormon

On March 22nd 2016 we made publically known that we recognize the Book of Mormon to be an ancient record of American Scripture. WE ARE NOT MORMONS! We are the original Worldwide Church of God [COGSR/SOCT] and we interpret the Book of Mormon much differently than the LDS church does and we do not recognize the LDS church to be a true Christian Church. ~

Our Revelations Progressive

The revelations given to us (the true Worldwide Church of God – COGSR/SOCT) have always been progressive. Many chosen church leaders of our past did not have the knowledge that we have today. We serve a Living God who continues to speak to us collectively and personally. As many of you know SOCT also has what we call “The Holy Order” and it is through this very Order that both Men and Women can receive the priesthood. This Order has three initiatic processes. The Holy Order has kept the revelation of the Book of Mormon secret from the public for over five years now; today we are bringing this forth to the public (March 22nd 2016) ~

We hope that you continue to study with us here at SOCT and live and share what you learn. Thank you so much all of you for your interest in what we call the Seventh Message. ~


Go in God’s peace,

Sir Eric William King 



SOCT History of the Church of the First Born

All Mormon Christians should read this and pay attention. This is a foundational understanding to becoming aSeventh Message Mormon. If you do not understand this basic outline of the Christian Church as it moves through time you will not truly understand the Seventh Message which has come forth to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and indeed to the entire world in this the seventh-time. You must grasp this message and all of what it contains. You must understand just where the church is in prophetic history. May you be brought here by the Holy Spirit and may you be sealed with this final day message.
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When we look at the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation they represent the Church of God through time. The historical Church of God has always taught that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation progressively represent the state of God's Church throughout history. These progressions link God's people throughout time. ~

The linkage begins in AD31 on Pentecost when the church was first organized. The chain stretches through history down to the Day of the Lord [the second coming]. This means that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation represent the consecutive and differing spiritual states of the Church throughout time. These seven are the Ephesus period, the Smyrna period, the Pergamos period, the Thyatira period, the Sardis period, the Philadelphia period and the Laodicea schism. ~

First Era

In the book of Revelation found at the end of the Jewish record of Holy Scripture we read about the seven churches. These churches show the direction of God’s church throughout time down until our very day. The first church mentioned is that of Ephesus. This was the early apostolic time period…the apostles were busy sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. This period lasted up until about 98 AD. [Revelation 2:13] ~

The early apostles reached all the way to India and what we now call the British Isles. This early apostolic period was not easy. All of the apostles suffered and experienced hardships and died for the preaching of the gospel. ~

Second Era

The second period of the church is known as the Smyrna period. Many of the early Christians lived in Asia Minor which was a city of Smyrna. The famous disciple Polycarp appeared and worked during this era of the church. It was during this era that the Roman Catholic heresy began. The Papacy was born and became a powerful fallen church which was teaching many false doctrines. They did not have the true priesthood power. They practiced “priest craft” [false Christianity] and pretended to have authority. ~

It was during this period of Smyrna that the Great Apostasy truly began. This would last all the way up until the “dispensation of the fullness of times” when the prophet Joseph Smith would appear to restore the true Gospel and the Priesthood which occurred during the fifth era of the church, that of Sardis. ~


Third Era

We now come to the third church era known as the Pergamos era. In this period many more false doctrines crept into the church. This took place in the known area of Armenia. Symbolically referred to as the church time of Pergamos. Pergamos was the center of the Babylonian Mysteries. The Eastern fallen and pagan Church of Rome had migrated around Armenia, thus it was called, “where Satan’s seat is.” ~

This was a time when priest craft flourished. The Book of Mormon warned about this time. Ancient prophets on the American continent foresaw this dreadful time of the church which still exists today in all the false denominations. ~

Fourth Era

The fourth period of the church is known as the Thyatira era.  Though the true priesthood was lost at this time God did keep a small band of faithful Christians. These Christians had nuggets of truth and God’s Spirit was still leading a very small faithful band of true believers. God always preserves a remnant. It was during this time under a small faithful band that the issue of the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day came under attack because of the great apostasy. The Roman Church had distorted this commandment and deleted the important understanding of the Holy Feast Days. ~

A small group of Christians known as the Waldenses fought to keep the true Saturday Sabbath holy during this time of persecution. This all happened around the year 1161 AD. Today this doctrine has properly been restored through the ministry of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) under the Philadelphia era of the church. It has since been restored to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in our present “seventh church era” [typical Laodicean era] which started on October 7th 2011 and is part of what has become known as the “Seventh Message” to the church. ~

Fifth Era

This fifth era is the Sardis era. It started in the year 1585 AD and extended into the 19th century. The Christian message had extended throughout England in this era and many true and faithful Christians arrived in America as early as the 1600’s. Even the true Sabbath message had reached America during this time though not many Christians got to hear or receive it. ~

It was during this very important time of the church as it has flowed through prophetic history that Heavenly Father [God, Divine Intelligence] chose a prophet to restore the true gospel and the priesthood to the earth. This prophet was Joseph Smith. In 18 29 AD God restored the priesthood authority to His church and many other important ordinances. The visible 12 apostles were ordained, temples were built and many doctrines were restored to the church. ~

Latter day Scripture was revealed and brought forth called the Book of Mormon. The book is a record of God’s people on the American continent. ~

After the prophet Joseph Smith was martyred the Secret Twelve Apostles were ordained and the church broke into two main factions. Brigham Young took the bulk of the church to Utah while the secret apostles stayed for some time in the eastern states and went underground, so to speak to protect the teachings. ~

Since this time the priesthood can never ever be taken from our planet again. ~

Sixth Era

The sixth era is that of Philadelphia. This is the time that the true church holds to. This is the only church that Jesus Christ had no problems with. Even though we are in the seventh church era which is that of Laodicea we are trying to keep people in the spiritual state of Philadelphia. When God originally completed His work during the re-creation of our planet on the sixth day all was perfect and thus it was. This sixth church time is extremely important to understand and we urge all SOCT students to study this period of the church. ~

It was during this era which began in the 1930’s that God used the man Herbert W. Armstrong to restore 18 important truths to the church. God informed him to name the church, the Worldwide Church of God. This was indeed a remnant of the true church and we recognize that it was a branch of the true church. Herbert W. Armstrong was not a Mormon and neither he or his congregations accepted the Mormon message but that was not his mission. ~

*Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong also taught in agreement with the prophet Joseph Smith that America was made up and founded by the literal tribes of Israel. ~

He was an apostle who did receive secretly the priesthood but never came public with his authority to teach…instead Heavenly Father used him for specific things regarding doctrinal fulfillments. After his death the Worldwide Church of God was broken apart. This all happened for a reason. Those who experienced Christianity in the Worldwide Church of God were to go through many trials up until they were to accept the Book of Mormon along with many of the truths that God revealed to Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. This did not occur until October 7th 2011 under the calling of Mr. Eric William King. ~

So the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been given a message from this remnant known as the Worldwide Church of God and has in fact been given this new name, Worldwide Church of God in our present seventh era. Through this movement Heavenly Father has restored even more truth to His church particularly regarding God’s true Holy Sabbath Day and true Holy Feast Days. The prophet Joseph Smith saw this day coming when it was revealed to him the following in the Doctrines & Covenants: ~

“And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars…All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and SET TIMES, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fullness of times…According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.” – DC, 121:30-32 (July 8th, 1838) ~

Heavenly Father [Divine Intelligence] used the movement started by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong to bring this revelation to fulfillment. These teachings have now been restored to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in our present seventh church era…that of Laodicea. ~

The Seventh Era

Our present church era is the Laodicean era. This era comes in two parts: first the typical-Laodicean era. We are currently experiencing the typical-Laodicean era which started on October 7th 2011 when two of the secret 12 apostles appeared to Mr. Eric William King and ordained and anointed him to bring forth what we now know to be the Seventh Message. ~

It was through Sir Eric William King that Heavenly Father merged the Worldwide Church of God reformation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was prophesied to occur by Joseph Smith himself. It was revealed to Joseph Smith: ~

“God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now; Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fullness of their glory; A time to come in which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods’ they shall be manifest.” – DC, 121:26-28 (July 8th, 1838) ~

Our present Laodicean time is a time in which “nothing shall be withheld”. Only pride will prevent people from accepting this message. ~

“Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!” – 2 Nephi 28:27

“Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!” – 2 Nephi 28:29

We have yet to enter the second phase of the Laodicean era. The second phase is called the anti-typical Laodicean period and this will commence at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the finality of the end times. ~

We hope that this has helped you come to a better understanding of the Seventh Message for the Worldwide Church of God and the Latter-day Saints [LDS Church]. Christians who have accepted this message have become known as Seventh Message Mormons. ~

~May you gain peace profound.


Note: Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was the first of the Secret Twelve Apostles to be brought to the public.


There was the “Great Apostasy” and smaller apostasies at the end of each Church Age

“Chaos always pops its head up when one thing is transitioning to another.” ~ E.W.King
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Dear saints, please understand. Those of you who have studied the Seven Church eras must understand that in between each church era there is a miniature “great apostasy” .Why? Transitioning from one major time period to another is never easy. The first “great apostasy” occurred between the first and second church age. This apostasy lasted very long and actually extended all the way up until the 5th Church Era, that of Sardis. There were of course smaller apostasies that occurred in that time between church eras. ~

The prophet Joseph Smith appeared in the 5th Church Era [Sardis] and restored the true Gospel of Jesus Christ which had been distorted in the past ages. He was lead by Heavenly Father to restore a great portion of hidden Scripture which has come to light as the Book of Mormon. ~

After his death [murder] there was of course another small apostasy as many were confused about church leadership. ~


When we entered the 6th Church Era there was even more doctrinal truth restored through the apostle Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong [18 new truths]. After Mr. Armstrong’s death the church entered yet another “great apostasy” going through the transition period into the final 7th Church period of time which we are now in. So please remember this as you study along in God’s word. ~






It wasn’t until the beginning of the seventh church era which started on October 7th 2011 that the remnants of the Worldwide Church of God accepted the Book of Mormon under the last day ministry of “Church of God – Speaking to the Remnant” and many Mormon Christians accepted the new light given to them by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s teachings. A merging began and it was through this Divine Growth that the seventh church era began, the typical-Laodicea era. 





Three messengers throughout the Seven Church Times
~Messengers who have appeared in the last three church eras~

Prophet Joseph Smith [Sardis Era]


Prophet Sidney Rigdon [Sardis Era]


Apostle Herbert W. Armstrong [Philadelphia Era]



The Seventh Messenger Eric W. King [Typical-Laodicean Era]


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    Because of this fact we also believe that America has been given a record of its own ancient Scripture which we recognize to be what is called “The Book of Mormon”. This record of ancient Scripture was found by the prophet Joseph Smith back on September 22, 1823. Please understand that though we recognize this record of Scripture WE ARE NOT MORMONS in the regular sense of the title. After the death of Joseph Smith the church scattered as it always does after the death of a great leader. We do not believe in any other prophets after Joseph Smith accept for Sidney Rigdon and Eric King. We do recognize Brigham Young to be an authentic prophet but not in the same sense as Joseph Smith and it was he who led the group of people which latter on became known as “The Mormon Church” and what is today called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”. So again, though we recognize the Book of Mormon to be an actual scriptural record of ancient America we do not call ourselves Mormons in the regular sense. ~

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