Thursday, April 22, 2010

HWA and 'Armistice'

Here's Herbert W. Armstrong. What is wrong with this sentence?

"It had taken Germany 21 years from the armistice bringing the end of the first round of world war -- an "armistice" is a RECESS -- to be ready to start the second round, World War II. The armistice had COME OF AGE -- 21 years!" (Herbert W. Armstrong, 'The 19-Year Time Cycles —What HAPPENED January 7th. What My Commission IS!,' Tomorrow's World, February 1972, p. 31, column 3, paragraph 2.)

Can't see it? Don't be embarrassed. I didn't see it for a long time either.

The truth is the armistice ended on...

June 28, 1919.


That's when they had the Paris Peace Conference. They made the Treaty of Versailles in that conference.

The armistice was indeed a recess. Until the leaders, the diplomats, everyone else, were able to come together and produce a Peace Treaty.

Which they did with the Treaty of Versailles.

The purpose of the armistice was complete.

That was when the armistice ended.

Not 1939.

To say that the time between World War I and World War II (1918-1939) was the time of the armistice is a lie. The armistice actually only lasted November 11, 1918-June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

By the way, the personal in question is HWA's attempt to explain away the 1972 disappointment. From 1953 onwards HWA taught that a) the second 19 year time cycle for the church ended, b) therefore the church would be unable to preach at that time, c) the church would go to the place of safety on earth, which was widely speculated to be Petra, Jordan, and d) the Great Tribulation would begin with the European Beast Power destroying Britain and America.

That is what he predicted would happen in 1972.

To explain this colossal failed prediction away HWA. But it can't change the fact that he was wrong. It proves he was a false prophet. God could not have been working with that man. We do not need to listen to him in order to follow God.

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