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Armstrong and the old Worldwide Church of God

From time to time I have been asked my opinion of Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God.

Let me begin by saying that I do not agree with everything Armstrong taught. However Armstrong taught many truths that were definitely on the cutting edge for his time.

The very name “Church of God” though still using gentilized terminology was a Scriptural name, as the Body of Messiah is generally referred to in the Ketuvim Netzarim (the so-called “New Testament”) as the “Assembly of Elohim” (for which reason WNAE takes the name “Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim”).

Armstrong taught seventh day, evening to evening Sabbath observance, while exposing the pagan origins and nature of Sunday Worship.

Armstrong taught the Scriptural feasts (which also happen to be the Jewish Holidays) while exposing the pagan origins and nature of the Pagan holidays like Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

Armstrong also criticized pagan customs in general, not just Pagan holidays and Sunday worship.

And long before the so-called “Two House” movement, Armstrong was teaching:

“The peoples of the United States, the British Commonwealth nations, and the nations of northwestern Europe are, in fact, the peoples of the Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. The Jewish People are the House of Judah.”
-The United States and Britain in Prophecy, ninth ed. P. 144; Herbert W. Armstrong

Not long before his death in 1986, Armstrong finally came to the following far reaching conclusion:

"Satan has deceived this world's churches into the
belief that God's law was done away-that Jesus, rather than paying the
price in human stead for transgressing the law, did away with
it-"nailing it to his cross." The expression used by Protestants
"nailing the law to his cross" can mean only one thing. This is
Satan's teaching that by being nailed to the cross, Christ
abolished the law, making it possible for humans to sin with impunity.
What actually was nailed to the cross was Christ our sin bearer, who
took on himself our sins, paying the death penalty in our stead, so
that we are freed from the ultimate penalty of sinning, not made free
to sin with impunity. The very basic teaching, belief AND DOCTRINE OF
God's true Church therefore is based on the righteousness of and
obedience to the law of God."
-Mystery of the Ages; Herbert W. Armstrong p. 274

Unfortunately Armstrong died before he was able to fully explore and implement the far reaching implications of this astounding revelation. Armstrong had realized that it was not just the Sabbath we should be keeping, not just the Holy Days, not just bits and pieces of the Torah, but that the Torah had never been done away with at all. Had Armstrong lived to fully implement this revelation, the old WWCG would have started wearing Tzitzit (Numbers 15:37-41) putting a mezuzah on the door (Deut. 6:8-9; 11:18-20), wearing tefillin (Deut. 6:8; 11:18; Ex. 13:9; 13:16; Mt. 23:5) etc.

For this reason I say that in a world that was blind, Armstrong saw with blurred vision.

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Comment by Robert E. Larkin/Rosh Yisrael on June 18, 2009 at 4:27pm
I learned a lot of truth in the seventies in WWCG teachings. When the Tkatch dictatorship took over I had to leave. I was unaware of any other groups having truthful teachings or I would have left sooner. Never the less, unless Yahweh is opening your heart and mind, you cannot grasp the wonderful truth of the Torah.
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on June 19, 2009 at 8:03am
"“The peoples of the United States, the British Commonwealth nations, and the nations of northwestern Europe are, in fact, the peoples of the Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. ”
-The United States and Britain in Prophecy, ninth ed. P. 144; Herbert W. Armstrong
"

What about all of the other directions that the diaspora went into? Armstrong's Eurocentric assumption sounds eerily similar to the type of esotericism seen in the "Hebrews-are-only-black" Black Israelite movement.
Comment by James Trimm on June 19, 2009 at 12:24pm
What became of these “Lost Ten Tribes”? The apocryphal book of 4th Ezra (2Esdras) tells us that they went to a region known as “Artzaret”, but this is of little help in actually locating them, because this is simply a contraction of the Hebrew phrase meaning “another land”:

39: And whereas you saw that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him;
40: Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Hoshea the king, whom Shal’man’eser the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.
41: But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,
42: That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.
43: And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.
44: For Elyon then showed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
45: For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Artzaret .
(2nd Ezra 11:39-46 (13:39-46) HRV)

The first century Jewish writer Josephus seems to have known something of them, he says only that they were “beyond the Euphrates” and had a large population in his day:

…the ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates until
now, and are an immense multitude, and not to
be estimated by numbers.
(Josephus; Ant. 11:5:2)

According to the Midrash Rabbah the Lost Ten Tribes migrated beyond a river known as the "Sabatyon"

The ten tribes were exiled to within the region
of the river Sabatyon…
(Midrash Rabba, Sh'lach 16).

The identity of this river has remained a mystery. The primary clue to the identity of the mysterious Sabatyon river is also found in Midrash Rabbah which quotes Rabbi Akiba as saying:

...the river Sabatyon carries stones the whole
week but allows them to rest on the Sabbath.
(Genesis Rabbah 11:5)

Similarly the Talmud says:

Let the river Sabatyon prove that the
Seventh day is the Sabbath.
(b.Sanh. 65b)

The prophet Ovadyah (Obadiah) speaks of the destination of the House of Israel as follows:

And the captivity of this host of the children of Yisrael,
that are among the Kena’anites, even unto Tzarfat, and
the captivity of Yerushalayim, that is in Sepharad, shall
possess the cities of the South.
(Ovadyah 1:20)

Where is Tzarfat? Tzarfat is the Hebrew word for “France”. In fact, if you were reading a newspaper in Israel today, and it referred to France, the word used would be “Tzarfat”.

Rashi’s commentary to Ob. 1:20 says: "Tzarfat is the kingdom of France.”

Recently research has been conducted by Orthodox Jewish Israeli scholars which traces the migrations of these Lost Ten Tribes. Two of these scholars are John Hulley (Yochanan ben David) and Yair Davidy.

John Hulley recently published a paper in the Israeli journal B'Or Ha'Torah (In the light of Torah) in which he traced the migrations of these "Lost Tribes" north west, across the Bosphorus straits between the Mediterranean and the Black sea.

Yair Davidy has written three books under the Rabbinic approbation of Orthodox Israeli Rabbi Abraham Feld. These are The Tribes; Ephraim and Lost Israelite Identity. Yair Davidy's thoroughly documented research has shown that the Lost Ten Tribes, which
had been transplanted to the outskirts of Assyria came to be known as the Sakeans (they were previously known as Yitzakheans or in Aramaic Isakeans). These Sakeans are known to have migrated northwest and made their way into Europe to become the Scythians (S'kitheans) and Saxons (Saksons). Davidy's research has shown that other tribal groups of the Lost Ten Tribes also emerged in Europe under names similar to those of the Tribe of Israel, such as: Galics (Galileans); Danes (Dans); Cimereans (Simeons); Goths/Gots (Gads "Gad" is pronounced in Hebrew as "God").

Dr. James Tabor of the University of North Carolina has said:

Based on this and much additional research it can
be definitely be shown that significant portions of
the Lost Tribes migrated northwest, toward Europe
and are to be found today among the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic
and associated peoples. In other words the tribes are
largely located today in the United States, Great Britain,
northwestern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and
other scattered areas. They are primarily Protestant...
(Restoring Abrahamic Faith; James Tabor; page 46)

Dr. Tabor has also said:

This is not the so-called "Anglo-Israel" theory of many
of the racist groups. This is hard-core historical
research as to where these tribes actually migrated.
(Remarks on the Return of the Lost Tribes; James Tabor)
Comment by James Trimm on June 19, 2009 at 12:39pm
This is not to say that none of the Lost Tribes migrated anywhere else. But this is the evidence which supports the migrations Armstrong specifically addressed.

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