Tuesday, September 10, 2013

HWA, Micah 5 and Problematic Facts

One scripture HWA loved using to prove his unfounded British Israelism beliefs (which he plagiarized) is Micah 5:7-15.

Here is how HWA described it in the 1980 edition of The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy, Chapter 14.
The Tremendous Prophecy of Micah

An important additional proof of modern Israel's identity is found in a fantastic, detailed and most specific prophecy found in Micah 5:7-15. It is speaking specifically about the "remnant" of Israel -- modern Israel today -- wherever it is. It describes the wealth, the beneficent dominance among nations, and then the coming downfall of the American and British Commonwealth peoples in detail!

Notice: "And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people [nations] as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men" (verse 7). Remember that dew and showers are absolutely necessary to agricultural productivity and are a symbol of national BLESSING and WEALTH from God.

Continue: "And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver" (verse 8).

Again, this symbolism describes the last generation of Israel as a GREAT POWER -- as a lion among the other nations of the earth.

"Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off" (verse 9). They WERE cut off from the beginning of God's birthright blessing on America and Britain starting about 1803, through the First World War, the Second World War, until the turning point of the Korean War at the end of 1950.

Since that time, however, these blessings are surely being taken away -- and neither America nor Britain has come out on top in any major skirmish since that time!

So this prophecy shows that at the very time we were receiving God's blessings, we were a tremendous BLESSING to the other nations of the earth -- for it is our peoples who have rescued the other nations of the world time and again through the Marshall Plan, the Point Four program, the Alliance for Progress, the hundreds of millions of bushels of wheat for India and other starving nations, etc. The Hoover Program saved up vast food supplies after World War I. It saved millions in other nations from starvation!

Anciently Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it available to others. MODERN Joseph did also. BUT -- we are stiff- necked and rebellious toward God and His law, while our ancient forefather Joseph served and obeyed God with a whole heart.

It is our peoples who have been like a "lion" among the other nations of the earth -- preserving in two great world wars the peace of the world and stability for all human life on this planet!

Sudden Destruction

Yet, in this detailed prophecy, God says: "And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses" ["war-horses," Moffatt translation] -- tanks, ships, rockets -- "out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: and I will cut off the cities [by hydrogen bombs?] of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds" (verses 10-11).

God says He will do this! GOD determines the outcome of wars (Ps. 33:10-19).

How plain can you get? Here God identifies the GREAT peoples of the earth who are the most wealthy and beneficent, the most POWERFUL -- yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He suddenly "breaks" the pride of their power (see Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities! Why?

Because, as the prophet continues to explain, we have too much "witchcraft" and too many "soothsayers" -- false ministers -- in our lands who refuse to preach with authority the commandments and ways of the living God!

Therefore, God will punish and destroy us -- unless we repent -- just before and leading up to the utter destruction to come "upon the heathen" (verse 15), which will take place at the very END of this age and at the second return of Jesus Christ as King of kings!

There is no other people that even remotely fulfills this great prophecy! But the American and British Commonwealth peoples fulfill it precisely!

As the "pride of our power" continues to be BROKEN, as the British continue to lose their foreign sea gates and possessions around the earth, as America signs away ownership of the Panama Canal -- control over this vital sea gate -- as our gold supply drains away from this nation, weather upsets increase, this focal prophecy alone represents giant PROOF as to where the modern "remnant" of the peoples of Israel resides today!
HWA speaks of "the beneficent dominance among nations". He often speaks of how just and righteous America and Britain were in times past, and claims that they are deviating from what made them great.

But was Britain really so good as HWA portrayed?

(Now I am going to mention a few painful historical facts. My point is to demonstrate how limited and flawed HWA's view of history is. I am not trying to do anything else.)

What about the famine in Ireland in 1845-7? Did the unfortunate Irish of that time think Britain was being beneficent when they handled the famine so badly?

What about the famine in India in the 1890s?

What about the coup in Iran in 1953 to prevent the Iranian government from nationalizing oil production? This act deeply disillusioned many Iranians and contributed to the intense hostility towards the US and British governments seen during the revolution of 1979.

Is America really so good as HWA has portrayed?

What about the military coup in Guatemala in 1954 which was initiated because some rich shareholders for United Fruit did not want to let landless peasants settle of unused land they owned. This precipitated a catastrophic period of warfare and strife that would linger on until 1996.

What about the terrible war the US fought in the Philippines in the early 1900s after the US government decided to ignore the widespread demand of the people to govern themselves?

What about the Native Americans who were systematically cast out from their land to make way for the "white men"? How can they view America as a great blessing to the world when it treated them so badly?

What about the African Americans who were shipped into America as slaves, and after being freed were denied the right to be treated as equals and often subject to severe intimidation, even lynchings? It was only in the 1960s, after a long and arduous struggle, that many wicked discriminatory laws and practices oppressing them were abolished.

Now please understand. If you look hard enough at the history of any nation or group of people you find they have some nasty skeletons in their closets as well.

I present these painful facts to question the way HWA portrayed the role of America and Britain in a positive light. His nostalgic portrayal of past American and British societies have blinded many of his followers within the COGs to the painful realities that occurred in those times.

This ignorance only history only further isolates COG members into viewing the world as a scary and irredeemably hostile place, when in reality many "hostile" people are behaving in rational ways and responding to injustices that COG members are ignorant of. 

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