Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bitter Fruits of Gerald Flurry's Rantings of a Last Crusade

Back in 1998 Gerald Flurry wrote an article for the August 1998 issue of The Philadelphia Trumpet entitled The Last Crusade. (The article was later reprinted in the August 2001 issue and the January 2011 issue.)

August 1998 issue.

The article fear mongers that the Catholic Church will soon lead the European Union to embark on an unstoppable armed rampage plunging the world into nuclear World War III eventually conquering America, Britain and the State of Israel and taking the "Israelite" inhabitants into exile as slaves.

This article was later incorporated into Gerald Flurry's booklet, The King of the South, which was discussed in a previous post. In the 2003 version of that booklet it was Chapter 2. In the current 2011 version it is Chapter 3.

Here is some of what I wrote about that chapter:
In this chapter Flurry accuses the Roman Catholic Church of planning to create the European Beast Power to seize control of Jerusalem for herself. He cites the painful history of the Crusades as evidence of what the Papacy has done through history. Flurry claims the Crusades are merely faint foreshadows of what the Papacy will do in the end time while allied with the future European Beast Power. ...
Here Flurry insinuates that the EU leaders are already under the influence of Satan in choosing to accept Cyprus as a member of the EU while being more reluctant about Turkey. ... 
That chapter, filled with fact free anti-Catholic hysterics, was very hard to read. It is removed from any semblance of reality. He simply uses the doom and gloom writings of HWA and presents them yet again to readers to create a false sense of crisis in the minds of his readers. But what he writes in this chapter is nonsense. This is not to belittle what happened during the crusades but no one in the Papacy is planning to do this... It is just manipulative demagoguery to get peoples' tithes.  

August 2001 issue.

However Flurry's fearful title foretelling of a last crusade appears to have gained attention. It has not caused people to breath in relief that they had found the answer, instead this article has spread fear and discord.


Here is one article from Truth Out by an activist who advocates for the separation of church and state within the US armed forces that mentions Gerald Flurry's article. This article condemns how one "jet fighter squadron" had been renamed as the Crusaders for unnecessarily stirring up hostility among peoples who use that word as a derogatory epithet.

He happens to mention Flurry's claiming a last crusade is to occur in the future.
Christian fundamentalist extremists eagerly anticipate a new, nuclear-armed crusade, believing that it fulfills blood-drenched, biblical end-time prophecies and eschatology. In August 2001, Protestant prophecy magazine The Philadelphia Trumpet published an article opening with the lines, "Most people think the crusades for Jerusalem are a thing of the past - over forever. They are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade and it will be the bloodiest of all!" (Michael L. Weinstein, "The United States Military...A Crusader Force?" May 2, 2012, Truth Out.)
Actually this crusade is portrayed by PCG as a bad thing and as something committed by a future European superpower. Also PCG forbids members from serving in the armed forces however PCG's secretiveness makes this sort of information hard to see for those unfamiliar with HWA's dogmas.

But it must be stated that PCG and related groups do have a tendency to become excited at seeing events they think are fulfillment of their prophecies in order to boast that they are right.


Let Us Reason Ministries quotes this article as well in an article denouncing the violence used by some Palestinians during the Second Intifada from 2000 onwards. Here the article quotes Gerald Flurry's article while arguing that the Palestinian leadership under Yasser Arafat was determined to follow the path of armed combat.
“We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, Jihad, Jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater Jihad, the Jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.” (The Philadelphia Trumpet, Vol. 12, No. 7, August 2001, p. 5. Published by Philadelphia Church of God, Edmond, OK.)
Here is the words from Flurry's article in context. 
Here is what Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in 1996: “We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, jihad, jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.”

Jihad is the Arab cry for holy war. They will get their war. But it will not be holy. It will lead to the worst suffering this planet has ever experienced!
One wonders if the author from Let Us Reason Ministries was aware of the true nature of PCG. That is it anti-trinitarian, falsely condemns assembling on Sunday as the mark of the Beast, that God is a family of beings into which PCG members may be "born" into and other such heretical things.


Now here is something to worry about. Here is the Facebook account of one person from the Muslim world who seems to think that PCG's proclamations that there will be a future crusade somehow proves that the West is engaged in a grand conspiracy against the Muslim world.

This person does not seem to have posted on this Facebook account often but this person wrote about the 2011 printing of Gerald Flurry's article on February 6, 2011. It is disconcerting how often this account mentions that one article by Gerald Flurry.

This account sums up the previous posts regarding Flurry's article in this post dated October 29, 2012. (Please note: English is not this author's first language.)
The United States and the West's war against Islam, the war bucked up and delusioned by Jews in the form of stronghold over the local US politics (which furthur effects the global politics), was started in Media and Globally after the 1998's United States embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. But there are some heavly alarmed facts: 
Philadelphia Trumpet, run by Philadelphia Church of God, is an authority among the WASPs, Zionists, Freemasons, illuminaties, and the fundamental Jews and Christians of USA and the rest of the world. Its more than 75,000 copies are publishing and distributing freely, every month. 
In August 1998 publication of Trumpet, its Editor in Cheif Gerald Flurry wrote the below article: 
with the heading: "...Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past—over forever. But they are wrong. "There is going to be a final crusade, and it is going to be the bloodiest one of all!..."" 
And in the very month attacks on embassies were triggered...Was it an coincidence..??? 
Wait a minute...!!! 
He wrote the same article in August 2001... 
Got the point..?? 
In September 2001, 9/11 was dramatized....!!! Now beginning with these words: "Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past—over forever. But they are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all!" 
Please emphasize on the last sentence: "Preparations are being made for a final crusade"...!!! 
In January 2011 He again wrote the same article...!!! 
Keepind in the mind the revolutionary "Arab Spring" wave across the Arab world beginning in December 2010...... 
Now the wording was: 
"Most people think the crusades for Jerusalem are a thing of the past—over forever. They are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all! The exceedingly good news is this: The world will never again see a bloody crusade for Jerusalem. And nothing is more important than your understanding why!..." 
Were these coincidence...?? Keep in mind that Gerry Flurry is not a common man...He himself is an authority among fundamentals...Keep in ming 1994 "Clash of civilization"...USA's foriegn policy making is different from the rest of the world...They build it on the researcha and guidelines of Think Tanks...The top among which, is "RAND Corporation"...heavily influnced by the people like Samuel P. Huntington and Gerrald Flurry.....!!!! 
Do not panic and create panic...They are making their moves...But Allaah swt is making His moves....!!!
My word! One despairs seeing how PCG's madness is fueling other people to become fearful. It is sad to see PCG's writings contribute to the tensions between the West and the Muslim world. In itself this is a small thing but it is frightening to imagine how this sort of inflammatory messages contribute to the tensions within the Middle East.

On the other hand I have to give this person credit for learning that the article in question was printed three times (1998, 2001 and 2011).


Note: There are non-PCG links claiming to have the PDF file of the August 2001 issue of The Philadelphia Trumpet. Do not download them. It is just malware.


And so we see how at least one of Gerald Flurry's articles has attracted attention, in one instance causing a person from the Muslim world to inaccurately suspect that Flurry's article was evidence of some sort of grand conspiracy against Muslims. Gerald Flurry's message does not bring hope to the world, instead it has caused fear and as this particular article shows it has the potential to sow discord.


  1. With any luck at all Gerald Flurry may, single handedly, start World War III.

    That would be quite a reputation to live down.

    And if you think I'm just being funny, consider what happened with Sony Pictures and "The Interview".

    Flurry is playing with fire.

  2. As a somewhat similar example, David ben Ariel was a Zionist and a prophecy activist who could very easily have started a completely man-made "extra" war or conflict, based on his understanding of and yearning for the fulfillment of Armstrongist prophecy. At a few critical junctions, he was so foolhardy as to have called Arnold Schwarzaneggar's gubernatorial office with leading questions about fulfilling the prophetic role as the "beast", and he also went on a letter writing campaign to key members of the German government exhorting them to begin to accept and participate in their prophetic "destiny". He was certainly known to the Israelis, having been kicked out and banned.

    With the obvious total lack of understanding of prophetic timelines and identities that the Armstrong/Adventist heritage has displayed, one would think that people claiming sincerity as Christians would have learned to relax and allow God to do His will in His time. Their caution, ie letting go and letting God, would later be a testimony to the glory of God, as events would unfold without artificial human flame-fanning or intervention. Unfortunately, they seem to be more concerned with validating Herbert W. Armstrong than they are with giving glory to God. This opens the door to grave error, and a totally separate set of additional and unnecessary damages. Thus, they become part of the problems that will need to be cleaned up.

    These people are not only wrong, they are just as presumptuous as the Evangelicals who are attempting to breed the perfect red heifer, and are destined to fail, and to negatively impact the lives of their immediate worship communities, as well as the surrounding secular ones.