I talked to the people inside the building that replaced KORE about doing a mural on this wall. I collected some earth in remembrance of Ben Toney. I have to put the video on youtube. I put five scoops of dirt in bag that had these words printed on it:
“The perfect blend”
With each scoop I said;
On the land
On the sea
In the air
On the air
I am now locked into MORMON PROPHECY! I will inform Governor Mitt Romney – on many levels! We are fellow Republicans. However, he did not enter SECULAR POLITICS as a Mormon Prophet. He has been doing the CHRISTIANIZED GHOST DANCE which looks like it will do – ANYTHING to destroy the Democrats, who are the designated secular party. Lying to Democrats and about them is God-Permitted? We are looking at a REAL CHRISTIAN COUP!
Why has no Christian Leader offered comforting prayers to the People of Ukraine? The late Herbert Armstrong would be doing so – around the clock – because he predicted the U.S. would go to war with THE SOVIET UNUION. His own son turned on him after the fall of Putin’s Union – as did his church – that I claimed! Perhaps God and Jesus is gathering all the churches – no matter how false they are – because they were founded in HIS NAME? Putin is wanting to invade Ukraine – TO RESTORE THE SOVIET UNION! How many Americans had a clue anything was going on?
Maybe I made it all up that Victoria Bond and Miriam Christling are Lesbians just to throw the real enemy off, get them to drop their guard – when they dismiss me? But, now that a I am REAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, who uses Jesus-Talk, and knows his Bible – like Starfish – then you got a real prophet……don’t you? I wrote this July 12, 2018.
“Register as a Republican, because I am going to bring the House that Fremont built – down to the ground, because, they don’t Trust God! They are a pack of political tricksters who think lying will get them closer to Me.”
John Presco ‘Candidate For Governor of Oregon’
WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the Trump-era special counsel scrutinizing the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, distanced himself on Thursday from false reports by right-wing news outlets that a motion he recently filed said Hillary Clinton’s campaign had paid to spy on Trump White House servers.
Citing a barrage of such reports on Fox News and elsewhere based on the prosecutor’s Feb. 11 filing, defense lawyers for a Democratic-linked cybersecurity lawyer, Michael Sussmann, have accused the special counsel of including unnecessary and misleading information in filings “plainly intended to politicize this case, inflame media coverage and taint the jury pool.”
In a filing on Thursday, Mr. Durham defended himself, saying those accusations about his intentions were “simply not true.” He said he had “valid and straightforward reasons” for including the information in the Feb. 11 filing that set off the firestorm, while disavowing responsibility for how certain news outlets had interpreted and portrayed it.
“If third parties or members of the media have overstated, understated or otherwise misinterpreted facts contained in the government’s motion, that does not in any way undermine the valid reasons for the government’s inclusion of this information,” he wrote.
You can hear the voice of Herbert Armstrong who said we would go to war with Russia in 1971. His radio station was located on Laura Street in Springfield. My friend was looking to buy the property across the street where they got horses.
While all the Liberal Babies slept, and counted their eggs that Hen Hillary was going to lay for them, God sent his prophet to work, to prepare His Way. I was looking for a buyer for KORE, but, they tore this station down. A huge hunk of local and world history was reduced to ashes!
Now, we are about to reap the whirlwind. Who saw the rise of America’s Dictator who got real chummy with Putin and the Russians?
That’s my truck I bought with Uncle Vinnie’s money. I may run for the Governor of Oregon – as a Republican! I am a registered Republican! Stop beating about the bush. If it’s a prophet you want – then put one in office! You tried it the other way! Go directly to God! You don’t need a Get out of Jail card! After Obama won his second term, God said;
“Register as a Republican, because I am going to bring the House that Fremont built – down to the ground, because, they don’t Trust God! They are a pack of political tricksters who think lying will get them closer to Me.”
I wish I owned KORE, and my friend had bought that tiny ranch. I could hobble over leaning on my Rod of God, and shoot the fat with him and his wife. If they got a white horse, then they could get me up on it – for my Victory Parade!
Who thought that abused boy, and his abused sister, from Empty Chair California, would amount to anything.
Jon ‘The Righteous Seer’
|Will Russia Attack America?Herbert W Armstrong Many who claim to be authorities on prophecy assure people a war involving Russia and America and England is prophesied in Ezekiel 38.|
The United States, Great Britain, and the democracies of northwestern Europe are actually modern ISRAEL — descended from the so-called lost Ten Tribes. Therefore, they conclude, the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 foretells a military invasion of the North American continent from Russia.
But this is not what the prophecy says.
What Ezekiel 38 does foretell is truly astounding. Let’s understand it.The Time-Sequence of the Prophecy Ezekiel’s message is for our day — prophetic warning for America and Britain, now!
To understand the time, the place, and all the facts of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38, we need to begin at the 1st chapter of Ezekiel’s prophecy and read the book clear through.
When we do this, we find a TIME-SEQUENCE flowing thru the Book.
Let us skim thru it very briefly.
Notice, in the very first verse, Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives who had been taken in the captivity of Judah to the River Chebar. It was in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity that this prophecy began coming to Ezekiel thru visions.
It is a PROPHECY. Ezekiel was being shown things far into the FUTURE.
Notice, the prophecy was inspired and written after JUDAH’S captivity — more than 130 years after the House of ISRAEL had been taken captive to Assyria. The advance — guard of the House of Israel already had begun to arrive in the British Isles before Ezekiel’s vision and writing.
Yet, Ezekiel is a prophet to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. His prophecy applies to the far future — not to the captivity of Israel which had occurred more than 130 years before he wrote. Remember that!
Notice, Ezek. 2:3, and 3:1, 4-7, Ezekiel’s message, a PROPHECY for the FUTURE, is for the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, not the House of Judah.
In chapter 3, beginning verse 17, Ezekiel is set a watchman to WARN the House of Israel.Message to Israel, Not Judah Notice! Beginning chapter 3: After the prophet “eats the roll” — that is, receives the prophetic warning message — he is to “go speak unto the HOUSE OF ISRAEL” — not to the Jews among whom he dwelt.
Remember he is already among the captives of JUDAH. But the Eternal says to him: “Go, get thee unto the House of ISRAEL” (Verse 4).
Surely we do not need to pause here to explain to readers of The PLAIN TRUTH that the twelve tribes of Israel had long before this divided into two nations — the ten Tribes being the House of ISRAEL, while Judah and Benjamin composed the House of JUDAH, who, only, were nicknamed “Jews.” For the benefit of those readers who do not understand this vital distinction — a veritable “key” without which the prophecies cannot be opened to understanding — another edition of the special booklet “The United States in Prophecy” will shortly be published, and upon special request a copy will be sent free.
The Jewish people of today are descended from the House of JUDAH. But the white, English-speaking people of the United States and Great Britain are the leading “birthright” tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, heads of the ten-tribed HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
Ezekiel’s Message is for our day — and it is, therefore, a message for America and Britain, NOW!
Notice chapter 4. The prophet is to place before him a tile, and trace upon it the city of Jerusalem, and lay siege against it. The sins pictured are those of Jerusalem, capital Of JUDAH. But “this” (verse 3) “shall be Jig. to the HOUSE of ISRAEL.” Then follows the well-known key to the “day for a year” method of reckoning prophecy.
Continue chapter 5. “For,” comes the warning Message from the Eternal, “thereof SHALL a fire come forth into all the HOUSE OF ISRAEL” (Verse 4). Notice, this is to portray vividly a warning of some FUTURE destruction upon the House of ISRAEL! Not upon Judah, already conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and in the midst of his sieges against Jerusalem. But upon ISRAEL — the ten-tribed nation who had gone into its first and original captivity one hundred thirty long years before! The warning is not of the captivity already so far back in history. It says “thereof SHALL a fire COME” upon Israel! It is a prophecy relating to a FUTURE destruction and captivity.
No such destruction and captivity has ever yet come to the House of Israel since this was written! Therefore it is still in the future — IN OUR TIME! It is a warning to Britain and America — NOW!A Captivity of Israel Yet Future! Notice more of this grim warning:
“A third part of thee (America-Britain) shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds” (in captivity being removed from our own land and scattered over the world) (verse 12).
Coming to chapter 6, the local scene of the vision shifts to the mountainous land of Palestine — but the MESSAGE is for AMERICA AND BRITAIN, today!
Will we heed it? God help us to wake up!
Listen! “Behold I, even I,” says the Eternal God (Verse 3), “will bring a sword (invasion) upon you, and I will destroy your high places… and I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of ISRAEL before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste (atomic-bombing) … and ye shall know that I am the Eternal” (Verses 5-7).
Just a small remnant shall escape and be spared (Verse 8). These are described in Luke 21:36.
Continue: “Thus saith the Eternal God;… Alas for all the evil abominations of (not Judah, but) the HOUSE OF ISRAEL! for they SHALL” (not did, in the captivity 130 years before Ezekiel wrote, but SHALL) “fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence” (Verse 11).The TIME Is FUTURE! This is not a popular message. You probably have never heard it before. The preachers and teachers of prophecy almost unanimously will rise up to deny this warning Message — to apply it to a different time or people. But the warning is from the Eternal God, and it is sure! The reader will do well to heed:
Notice the TIME! It’s important.
“All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be as weak as water” (Chapter 7 verse 17). “Howl ye; for the DAY OF THE LORD is at hand;… therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: and they shall be afraid” (Isa. 13:6-7). Plainly, the TIME is the “Day of the Lord” — yet in the immediate future!
Continue: “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the WRATH OF THE LORD” (Ezek. 7:19). Now compare that with Zeph. 1:14-18: “The great day of the Lord is near… That day is a DAY OF WRATH … And I (the Eternal) will bring distress upon men… Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s Wrath.” Both are speaking of the same time… a time shortly ahead of us now, in this present generation!
“Wherefore,” continues verse 24 (Ezek. 7), “I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: and I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease… DESTRUCTION cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none… then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest” (Verses 25-26).
Yes, when this comes, our people finally will cry out for a true prophet or minister of the Eternal God — but it will be too late! For then shall have come the time spoken by the prophet Amos, when there shall be a FAMINE of HEARING THE WORDS OF THE ETERNAL — (Amos 8:11) — an END of true Gospel preaching! Already the people and their paid ministers have turned their eyes and ears from God’s law!
Notice chapter 11 of Ezekiel’s prophecy. It is a Message addressed to the House of ISRAEL — verse 5. “I will bring the sword upon you, saith the Eternal God. And I will bring you out of the midst thereof and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. Ye shall fall by the sword” (Verses 8-10). WHEN? It is future from the time Ezekiel wrote, and it has not yet happened since then! GOD SAYS IT WILL HAPPEN! He means it.
Chapter 12, verse 11: “They SHALL remove, and go into captivity.” It is yet future — and it is the House of ISRAEL! Not Judah.
When? “And they shall know I am the Eternal, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries” (Verse 15). The expression “They shall know that I am the Eternal” is used repeatedly thru the Book of Ezekiel — always referring to the time of the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, and Israel’s final restoration back to the land of Palestine. Many prophecies show Israel is to be scattered in this latter-day captivity when Christ comes to RESTORE them back to that land.People Won’t Believe It! Always the true prophets and ministers of God have stood almost alone, and opposed by the overwhelming majority in Israel. That is Israel’s history of old. It is true today.
The 13th chapter shows the declarations of the popular ministry of this day in Israel — in America and Britain.
“Son of man, phophesy against the prophets of Israel… Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the HOUSE OF ISRAEL to stand in the battle in the DAY OF THE LORD” (Verses 2-5). It is speaking of the soon-coming “Day of the Lord” — not some ancient event! … “They have seduced my people, saying Peace; and there was no peace” (Verse 10).
Certainly the popular ministry of today is saying to the people that we shall never be defeated in war, became, say those who understand our national identity, we are the chosen people of Israel! But we were not chosen for special favors. We were chosen for a service and righteous life we have failed to perform! Every time Israel of old disobeyed God, departed from His laws and ways, and went into the pagan customs (as we have done today, actually deceiving ourselves by calling those customs “Christian!”) they were invaded and conquered. Has God changed?
Ezekiel catalogs our sins — our customs and ways which seem right in our eyes but which are contrary to Gods laws and an abomination in HIS sight. Some of them he mentions in the 8th chapter.
In chapter 22: “Thou hast despised mine holy things, and profaned my sabbaths,” says the Eternal (Verse 8). “Thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hath forgotten me, saith the Eternal… And I will (not did, but will) scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee” (Verses 12, 15).
“Her priests” (prophetically speaking of modern Israel) “have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shown difference between the unclean and the clean (Lev. Il), and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (Verse 26). Our people today can’t see where these things make any difference! But Ezekiel says the preachers have deceived the people, and led them astray. They have condoned all these things, until the people have lost God’s pure TRUTH!
At this point Ezekiel disgresses thru eight chapters, 25 thru 32, to prophesy against a number of foreign Gentile nations who have come in direct contact with Israel. In chapter 33, the prophet returns to pleading with the House of Israel.” “Turn ye, turn ye,” God pleads, “from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?” Here, too, Ezekiel is again set a watchman to WARN Israel — AMERICA AND BRITAIN TODAY! — at the time when this prophesied foreign sword is coming! Ezekiel wrote the Message — but it remains for us to whom God has revealed it today actually to shout and proclaim it to the people. God help us to be faithful in this solemn and grave commission!
In the 34th chapter, God tells him to prophesy against the ministers of our land. They have fed themselves, and not the flocks. They have preached what people wanted to hear (II Tim. 4:3-4) in order to get their salaries.The Coming of Christ! And now the Eternal inspires the prophet to come to the solution!
“Thus saith the Eternal God: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock… Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out… and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day (the DAY OF THE LORD — yet future). And I will… gather them from the countries, and bring them to their own land (Palestine), and feed them (spiritual food) upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Verses 10-14).
Christ Himself — for He is the Eternal — shall come and rescue our people, not only from the coming captivity and dispersion, but from the false Babylonish teachings which have been palmed off to our people cloaked as “Christianity.” He will then set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people Israel (Isa. 11:11). The spiritual blindness shall then be removed, and all Israel shall be saved! (See Romans 11:25-26.) The KINGDOM OF GOD shall be established. Men shall be tired of their own ways, and seek God’s ways — and His law shall go forth of Zion (Micah 4:2-3). And the nations shall find PEACE!
The 35th chapter reveals the end of the Turkish nation, to occur at this time, because of their treachery against Great Britain — all yet to be fulfilled. This ties up with the prophecy of Obadiah.
In the 36th chapter, the Eternal addresses Palestine: “Prophesy unto the mountains of Israel… Thus saith the Eternal God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken… But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come… And I will multiply men upon you, all the HOUSE OF ISRAEL even ALL of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: and I will multiply u p n you man and beast” (Verses 1, 4, 8, 10-11).
Yes, the House of Israel is pictured returning to Palestine, sot from a condition of wealth and prosperity from Britain and America — not in the position of a people victorious in a great world war — but as a slave and captive people, scattered thru the nations of the world! ALL prophecies picturing this rescue and re-gathering of Israel at Christ’s coming give us the wile prophetic picture! Why be blinded to the truth?Both Houses United in Palestine In chapter 37, the first part pictures the “valley of dry bones.” This represents (Verse 11), the whole House of Israel — including Judah. It has a dual significance. It pictures the re-birth and resurrection of Israel as a nation, from captivity, dispersion and slavery. It pictures, too, the literal bodily resurrection of the individual who has long since died, after which the knowledge of the Truth — spiritual knowledge — shall be revealed, and he shall be converted, and Gods Spirit shall enter within, and he shall be saved.
Beginning the 15th verse, the illustration of the two sticks shows the two Houses, or nations, Israel and Judah, being once more united, under Christ at His second coming, in the land of Israel.
“…Thus saith the Eternal God; Behold I will take the children of Israel” (from the British Isles, and America — from a position of wealth and affluence recent victors in the world war? No, but) from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be King over them all: they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions… And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt… they, and their children, and their children’s children former…. Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an EVERLASTING COVENANT” (The NEW Covenant). (Verses 21-26).And Now Comes Gog! Notice, now, the story-flow — the time-sequence! The prophet has carried us thru the sins of Israel, the coming invasion and captivity and dispersion, the Coming of Christ as DELIVERER to RESTORE the fortunes of Israel. We have come to the time when both Israel and Judah shall be re-united into one nation, rescued from captivity and dispersion, and re-gathered again in PALESTINE, once again made prosperous, having learned our lesson, now living God’s way, under His laws, enjoying His richest blessings, both material and spiritual!
And now we come to chapter 38! And this chapter finds Israel restored in Palestine — “the land that is brought back from the sword,” (Verse 8). We find Israel now at rest, dwelling SAFELY, yet totally UNPREPARED for war — having “neither bars nor gates” (Verse 11); in the desolate places of Palestine, now inhabited, (verse 12) — yes, inhabited (same verse) by the people that are once again restored to great material prosperity — “which have gotten cattle, and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”
This prophecy does not picture the British Isles and America! It pictures the land of PALESTINE. It pictures our people having been taken there from a dispersion and captivity and slavery, gathered out of the nations where we had been scattered, now once again rich and increased with goods!
Notice it! The TIME of this prophecy is AFTER — not before, but AFTER the Second coming of Christ — AFTER the Great Deliverer has come and rescued our people and restored us to Palestine — AFTER Israel and Judah are re-united! Certainly the “latter years” (verse 8).
The PLACE of this battle is not Britain or America — it is PALESTINE!
“Thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, which have been always waste (once a perpetual waste — Moffatt translation)” (Verse 8). The “mountains of Israel” is an expression used all thru the Book of Ezekiel, and always refers to the literal mountainous land of Palestine.
Our people shall have regained so much wealth that Gog and allies — Russia and numerous Gentile allies — shall come to “take a spoil” (Verse 13), “to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a GREAT spoil.”Christ’s Reign Contested! But this very fact — that this invasion will not come until after the Second Coming of Christ — will seem preposterous to many, at first thought.
That is because we have been accustomed merely to ASSUME things that are not true. We have blindly ASSUMED that when Christ comes, there will be no opposition. Every person and power on earth, we have thought, will simply submit meekly and instantly to Him and His power. But that is not true!
The Gentile nations who have schemed to conquer and rule the world — they shall not submit until forced to. The European fascists shall be subdued and conquered at “Armageddon.” But Russia, and the populous Oriental nations who know not God or Christ, shall still have to be brought to submission!“Gog” Is Russia There is general agreement among all students of prophecy, that “Gog” in the land of “Magog” is RUSSIA. “Meshech” is Moscow. “Tubal” is Tobolsk. The margin says “Prince of Rosh” which is Russia.
Notice the allies who come with Russia in this future battle. You will find “Gomer,” “Togarmah,” “Magog,” “Meshech,” “Tubal,” identified in Genesis 10 as the sons of JAPHETH, father of the yellow races. Ethiopia and Libya (or Phut) are descended from Ham. Any Bible map will show that the descendants of Japheth migrated north and northeast into the territories occupied today by Russia, and the Oriental races.
Therefore, this prophecy of Ezekiel 38 shows that it is RUSSIA, not Japan, who shall finally succeed in marshalling all the yellow races into a gigantic invasion upon OUR people.
Russia is a Communist nation. Communism is atheism — it fights God! When God rules the world, thru Christ — with His chosen people restored to great wealth in Palestine, the very CENTER of the land surface of the earth (verse 13, Moffatt translation), Russia shall finally rise up with the most overwhelming armies ever assembled by man!
The mighty air-force of Russia in that day will make those of the last war look puny. “Thou shalt ascend,” the Eternal says of Russia, “and come like a storm (in the air), thou shalt be like a cloud TO COVER THE LAND” (Verse 9). There shall be so many planes then that they will hide the sun off the ground below, like a huge dark shadow!The END of World Conquest This will be the final effort of rebellious, God — resisting man to conquer the world in the lust for power and material wealth.
Our people Israel shall not be armed or prepared. “When my people Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? asks the Eternal. “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts (Russia is due north of Palestine), thou, and many people (allies) with thee… a mighty army: and thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me (note the purpose), when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes” (Verses 14-16).
But our people shall not have to fight in that battle. We shall have learned by then that God fights our battles for us!
“And it shall come to pass at that time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel (Palestine), saith the Eternal God, that MY FURY shall come up in my face” (Verse 18). “So that… all the men that are upon the face of the earth shall shake at MY PRESENCE” (Verse 20). It is AFTER Christ’s coming!
“I will summon an utter panic against him (Gog), says the Lord the Eternal, till every man in his host shall draw the sword against his fellow: I will punish him with pestilence and bloodshed, I will rain on him and his hordes and all the nations in his train an overpowering flood, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 1 will let ALL THE NATIONS See MY MIGHT AND DREAD DIVINITY — to teach them that I am the Eternal!” (Verses 21-23, Moffatt).
Notice, these heathen nations do not see and recognize the dread DIVINITY, the MIGHT, and POWER of the Eternal Christ, even after He has returned. He has to TEACH them that HE is the ETERNAL!
The 39th chapter shows in more detail the RESULT of this great battle, in which Christ, with supernatural power, causes five-sixths of these heathen armies to be slain in this battle.
Notice, again, the time: “Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole House of Israel (Israel and Judah), and will be jealous for my holy name;… when I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their ENEMIES’ LANDS, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; then shall they KNOW that I AM THE ETERNAL!” (Ch. 39:25-28).
Notice again! At Christ’s Second Coming, He shall gather Israel — our British and American people — out of our enemies’ lands, not out of our own land of wealth and power, North America and the British Isles!
But by then, we shall be thoroughly chastened. We shall have learned our lesson. We shall live by GOD’S rules, and obey His law. “For I have poured out MY SPIRIT upon the House of Israel, saith the Eternal God” (Verse 29).
And then, beginning chapter 40, the remainder of the Book of Ezekiel reveals the ideal THEOCRACY — God’s NEW ORDER of divine government upon earth — the permanent forms and institutions which shall express the ideal relation between God and man!
In the meantime, our job is to WARN America and Britain of what lies ahead! To shout the warning to come out of BABYLON (Rev. 18:4) — that those who heed may find God now — may come under His divine protection (Psalm 91), and by a true Spirit — filled life — obedient to GOD’S WAYS and laws, be prepared to become a ruler or a teacher in Christ’s soon-coming glorious Kingdom!
Royal Janitor with Royal Fleet
Posted on April 12, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press
On March 17th. I began my novel ‘The Royal Janitor’. The next day I visualized the second chapter. I have Sabrina on a couch having her vivid dream. A fleet of aircraft carriers are forming a battle line off the coast of England. I was going to gather the carriers that Caspar John, and Ian Easton, commanded, and post them on this blog. Then I realized I was having a prophetic vision.
Three days ago I discovered Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, had a collection of Augustus John’s paintings. It’s on. Be on your guard. Do your duty! Repel the enemy.
I can assure you God is on our side! Putin has no prophet. I will do holy battle with any holy man he’s got – live on CNN!
Bring out your best son of a bitch!
I see myself as the real Gandalf, the Wizard of War, standing on the prow of an aircraft carrier, waving on another wave of Jetti Warriors off the deck – and at the enemy!
“Bring me back the white beards of their fake wizards!”
Marvel comics should make me their new Super Hero.
Jon ‘The Seer’
Sabrina Victoria Eastman could not get to Osborne House fast enough. When she got behind the wheel of her 1961 Jaguar she named ‘Grey Cloud’ the young women who picked her up at the airport tried not to show that she had been warned. She was two shades a pale grey when they arrived at the palace built for Victoria and Albert. She tried to keep up on unsteady legs. The blood was returning to her hands now that she unloosened her grip. As they made their way into the basement she realized she had an experience better than sex. She was a virgin. All her blood veins were alive with an energy she did not know existed. She felt adventurous, and nauseous. She knew she would never be the same.
At the stainless steel door, Sabrina stopped, pointed up, and asked;
“What does that say?”
It says……….”I can tell that you are quite left-leaning.”
“Why is it there?” Sabrina asked.
“To remind us to never underestimate anyone. And, never think for a second a whacked-out poet-artist and Bohemian type, is not a true patriot.”
President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that US missiles were coming to strike Syria, despite Russia’s threats to shoot down incoming US missiles and even the platforms that fire them.
The US has struck Syria before, using cruise missiles from two US Navy guided-missile destroyers in the Mediterranean. But experts now say the US would have to go bigger to make an impact on Syria’s forces under Russian protection.
With no aircraft carriers currently in the region, a heavy Russian naval presence and advanced missile defenses, and only 2,000 or so US troops on the ground in Syria, the US could seem outnumbered or outgunned.
In reality, the US has massive airpower in the region that far overpowers anything else nearby.
With the presence of the US Air Force in Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as forces on the ground, the US has a multitude of options for carrying out a strike in Syria.
Take a look at the US’s firepower in the region.
In memory of my Friend, Ben Toney, and Herbert Armstrong who broadcast WARNINGS about the Russian Menace. I talked with my man, Spooky Noodles, to get Meg Whitman to put a replica of Radio London offshore of her property in Dogpatch – two years ago!
“He argued that Russia should retaliate quickly and not rush to accept Biden’s summit offer.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold,” Kosachev wrote. “I believe the saying is quite adaptable to a situation when we talk not about revenge but a due answer to aggressive action by an opponent.”
Church, State and the Pirate Ship Saga
By Neil EarleRadio Caroline was the first of the offshore “pirate ships” beaming into Britain, though the idea had been tried off California and elsewhere in the 1930’s.
(Jingle) “Radio London reminds you: Go to the Church of your choice.”
(Announce, loudly): “THE WORLD TOMORROW! Garner Ted Armstrong brings you the plain truth about today’s world news with the prophecies of the World Tomorrow!
(GTA): “And greetings friends, this is Garner Ted Armstrong with the good news of the World Tomorrow. World leaders admit that they are frightened, that they are engaged in a fantastic nightmare. They’re scared. They don’t know what to do. They’re wondering what is going to happen in the future and none of them really know.”
This was a typical opener for a “World Tomorrow” radio show beaming down on millions of Englishman in the Greater London area between late 1964 and August 15, 1967. This period is now somewhat notable in British broadcasting circles as the heyday of the Pirate Ships. A fascinating tale, this, of how the Armstrongs, Herbert and Garner Ted (successful radio evangelists based in America) ended up in a curious roundelay involving Her Majesty’s government in London, the BBC, some of Britain’s elite publications and a host of over-the-top radio personalities – some of whom ended up as legends of British popular culture.
The genius behind the pirate ship idea was the offshore positioning of creaky vessels and the occupation of abandoned World War Two-era sea forts as staging platforms to beam in the music millions in “swinging England” craved. As covered earlier, Radio Luxembourg had represented the first crack in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) exclusive monopoly over radio broadcasting in Britain. But on March 28, 1964, from a 763-ton vessel propelled by a 1,000 h.p. diesel engine off England’s southeast coast came the jived up sounds of Radio Caroline, broadcasting on 199 metres. Radio Caroline was the first of the offshore “pirate ships” beaming into Britain, though the idea had been tried off California and elsewhere in the 1930’s. 1
This British version of “offshore radio” was the brainchild of Irish entrepreneur Rohan O’Rahilly. O’Rahilly soon had competition from another swashbuckling entrepreneur named Alan Crawford. Both men came to the same conclusion about radio at the same time. An arrangement was made whereby Radio Caroline, now called Radio Caroline North, steamed to a position five miles off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea while Crawford’s 470-ton Mi Amigo became Radio Caroline South, perched off the Essex coast. A Texas businessman named Don Pierson soon got into the act and set up Wonderful Radio London that Christmas, 1964.2
The assault was on. What tart British journalist Christopher Booker dubbed as “the farce of the pirate radio stations” had begun.3
Farcial only because of the nearly three year battle that soon ensued between the British Government and the “pirate ships,” as they were soon dubbed. Though the official term was “offshore broadcasting” there was just enough “nuts to the Establishment” tone embedded in the talented tonsils of deejays Simon Dee, Robbie Dale, Kenny Everett, and others to bother Harold Wilson’s Labour Government no end. “Some tastes are worse than wild” Lord Sorenson complained in the House of Lords. The House of Lords no less! Pop music and trendy D.J. patter in a pseudo-American style wafted onto an island population seeking relief from some of the BBC’s stuffier productions. “I can’t understand the Government’s attitude over the pirates,” Beatle George Harrison declaimed in an interview. ”Why don’t they make the BBC illegal as well. It doesn’t give the public the service it wants, otherwise the pirates wouldn’t be here to fill the gap.”4
Politics and Religion
Perhaps the “quiet Beatle” had missed the point. Not only had American religious broadcasters rushed in with their programming – from The Lutheran Hour to the Seventh day Adventist’s Voice of Prophecy – but concerns were being raised in parliament about the political nature of the matters being discussed along the blue yonder.5 Though there was never direct evidence in Hansard, the official record of British Parliamentary Debates, the indirect evidence is compelling that Garner Ted Armstrong may have been a particular thorn in the flesh. A December, 1966 Good News article by Charles Hunting, then Business Manager for the RCG’s United Kingdom operation, reported on the tug of war between the pirate ships and Her Majesty’s government, with “The World Tomorrow” often caught in the middle. “The Last Battle for Britain” was the hyperbolic, but not unreasonable in terms of broadcasting, title. Charles Hunting’s centerpiece was a quote from an editorial appearing in The Guardian, one of Britain’s most prestigious dailies. The writer may have got to the nub of the issue:
One reason why the Government got shifting over radio pirates was the threat of new pirate stations pouring out political polemic instead of perpetual pop. That seems to have been forestalled, but MPs are starting to take an interest in the pronouncements of one Garner Ted Armstrong, an American evangelist… who brings “news of the World Tomorrow.” News mostly about fundamentalist religion, but news too of political trends. One recent broadcast said that Britain was about to scuttle out of Gibraltar as a result of American pressure.6
Ouch! Ted was never averse to treading on Whitehall’s toes. In some ways as a red-blooded banjo-playing American he reveled in twisting the lion’s tail. Slightly up-tight Britain was never his favorite place to visit, though he admired the stalwart British character. So it came to pass that he was pleasantly surprised and bemused to hear his own voice coming out of several car radios one evening in the middle of Picadilly Circus. Interestingly, Dr. Scott Lupo, presenting on the Armstrongs at academic conferences in England in the 1990’s, found former British listeners turned academics remembering The Plain Truth’s dire warnings against the Common Market evolving into a future danger for Britain.7 Diverse audiences decode diversely. Broadcast scholar Eric Gilder even suggests on his web site that the Armstrongs received funding from the CIA in order to keep Britain out of Europe and safely pro-American. This is certainly untrue but…in popular culture decodings take place on multiple levels.8 In the event, typical British suspicion of Americans definitely affected the way GTA’s message was being received.
Ted’s days as “Captain Outrageous” in well-targeted Britain would be numbered but not before substantial inroads had been made into British thinking-man’s culture. The faceless bureaucrats across the Channel did make a tempting target for red-blooded Brits fearful of becoming perpetual Little Englanders in Europe’s shadow. The result? Guardian editors in sympathy with an irritating American orator – good heavens!
Thus tweaked, the British lion turned this challenge from the ether into a minor comic opera of sorts. The BBC’s supporters in parliament tried to turn the screws:
April 27, 1967: M.P Mr. Faulds asked the Secretary of State: “Will he amend the ‘Representation of the People Acts’ to give him power to proceed against persons who broadcast political propaganda from illegal radio stations.” Answer: “The Postmaster General has already done so.”
May 11, 1967: Faulds was back: “This is the first time that this country has been subjected to a stream of misleading propaganda from outside our territorial waters. I do not think that this is a matter for jokes.”
June 1, 1967: Sir C. Osborne counters: “Why should pirate radio stations be denied free speech on political matters?”9
Official harassment began. The Government Post Office (GPO) cut off Caroline’s ship-to-shore telephone. The Foreign Office lodged a protest with the government of Panama, where the Caroline was registered. The Times was suitably indignant. M.P.s fulminated. British audiences, however, were distinctly unamused. They rallied to the pirates from the beginning, especially the youth. “Within weeks,” wrote Booker, “a Gallup Poll provided the evidence – the Caroline was already rivaling Radio Luxembourg in popularity with around 7 million radio listeners.” Radio Caroline spawned a host of imitators – Radio 270, Radio Scotland, Radio 370, and five others. Roger Lippross, now a California resident after serving as the church’s publishing representative, was enchanted. He had remembered the distinctive Armstrong voice from Radio Luxemburg in the 1950’s when his father had forced him to burn RCG (Radio Church of God) booklets and other “American propaganda.” Now Radio Caroline North beamed into his home between Blackpool and Liverpool and the young pre-press expert was hooked.
Today he looks back and reminds us: “It was actually illegal to be listening to pirate radio!”
The struggling Radio Church of God in Britain was quick to eye this strategic opportunity. With the appearance of off-shore radio, Ambassador College executives in England could dream of saturating the British Isles with “The World Tomorrow.” A fascinating spin-off is the fact that for all the Armstrong media dominance in the United States and Canada, some of the most insightful appraisals as to their impact on 1960’s culture would come from irreligious, slightly-jaded Great Britain. Great Britain – where radio broadcasting was state-controlled even down to the 1980’s.
How did it happen?
Charles Hunting’s article traced it to the chance meeting of two old friends on a London street in late 1964. One of them was the advertising representative for “The World Tomorrow” in England. His friend was selling radio time on a new radio station due to soon start broadcasting off shore. The Good News reported:
A hurried conference was arranged with the station manager and Mr. Herbert Armstrong flew in from the United States. It was a difficult and tense situation! Although The World Tomorrow was one of the world’s largest buyers of radio time…a very sensitive situation developed. The station wanted to get away from the staid, rather dreary broadcasting format that was the normal bill of fare for British listeners. They wanted to project a new radio image – alive, fast-moving, totally musical-type programming. Talking programs were “out!” Educational-type programs were “out!” Religious programs were totally unacceptable!10
But HWA with his blood well up was hard to refuse, as Charles Hunting reported. “After two conferences with Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and four-and-a-half hours of conversation, they were ‘in’ and probably the most costly single commercial radio contract in history was signed. Now, all stations have accepted The World Tomorrow program.” This was not an exaggeration. Robert Chapman and other sources mention “The World Tomorrow” and “Herbert W. Armstrong’s Radio Church of God” as the largest advertiser on the pirate ships.11 Edward Smith’s detailed notes of Bricket Wood Bible Studies and Church Services are eloquent on that score. Church leaders of that era were worried about cost overruns, as much of the money was coming from the United States churches.12 The Pirate Ship venture was proving expensive but, just as in America, the radio broadcast was a tremendous boon to the Work in Britain. Charles Hunting measured the sweep of that dramatic surge. “Just twenty short months ago [writing in 1966] there was no broadcasting of the World Tomorrow in England, and no possible hope of any,” he intoned,” Today, with the exception of a very few areas, the entire nation has access to the program.”
Throughout 1965 and 1966 responses to the pirate ships dramatically pushed the WCG’s work ahead in Britain. The Bricket Wood office received about 135,000 letters in 1965 alone. This meant the addition of some 53,000 people to The Plain Truth mailing list – the church’s life blood. The 1966 Envoy reported that British Mail staggered away with sixty-five tons of PT subscriptions! By the end of 1965 there had emerged a total of nine WCG churches across the British Isles, servicing some 900 people. Festival attendance figures were always a primary index of church growth. It was thus exhilarating to report that Britain’s festival attendance zoomed from 1532 in 1965 to 3350 in 1972. As early as the June, 1965 Plain Truth editor Herman Hoeh was suitably ecstatic if a little hyperbolic about potential audience:
From the estuary of the Thames River “The World Tomorrow” can now be heard on Radio London by millions all over southern England at 8 o’clock in the evening. It booms in over London as a local station. And from the Irish Sea, Radio Caroline North beams the gospel over the British Isles daily at the same time – 8 p.m. Never in all history has there been anything like it. The potential listening audience of these two superpower stations broadcasting from ships at sea, is a condensed, concentrated 55 million people! The British Isles are, in area, only about the size of the southern half of California…yet more than 55,000,000 people are condensed in that little area.13
By 1967, the growth of the British churches, fueled by the phenomenon of nationwide broadcasting, was impressive. Even more encouraging was the obvious impact of the radio program on the British Isles as a whole. Even faster than in the United States, Garner Ted Armstrong became virtually a household name almost overnight. Charles Hunting’s December, 1966 Good News report recorded a high-profile evaluation of “The World Tomorrow” from a leading medical journal. A letter to the editor penned in elegant style the listener’s pique at the seemingly indecent haste of the British Postmaster General (PMG) to ban the pirate ships:
The sudden urgency on the part of the PMG to ban “pirate” radio stations interests me. Is it because of the threat of an extra recruit allegedly about to broadcast political propaganda?…A type of propaganda is already being broadcast from private radios. Every day a remarkably attractive and compelling American orator, one Garner Ted Armstrong, puts over some extraordinarily healthy views to millions of listeners. His “plain truth” doctrine, under the generic title The World Tomorrow, always delivered with rare humor and sincerity, contains material which may well vex certain MPs [Members of Parliament] of all parties.
“Rare humor and sincerity” – a telling phrase. Garner Ted’s dramatic flair and yen for rhetorical “cut and thrust” could be quite appealing to the British temperament, American accent and all! “Heavy irony is always appreciated more in England than America,” says Roger Lippross “and Ted was almost fatally addicted to good sarcasm.” Some of his irreverent one-liners – “You could get yourself killed in a peace march,” “We can destroy the world fifty times over when once would be quite enough,” “What’s Lent? Something that sticks in your navel?” – took on legs. More highbrow listeners enjoyed the RCG’s tweaking of the accepted liberal myths of the 1960’s. That was one level. On another, worried Anglican parishioners could enjoy Ted’s witty sallies against evolution. Scoffing at evolution was particularly controversial in England, the home of Charles Darwin. Ted’s verbal Molotov cocktails were embedded even in the booklet titles he advertised over the air – the irresistible “A Theory for the Birds,” “Some Fishy Stories.” Then he would pause dramatically as a staged afterthought: “I think they call it evil-ution in England.” Or he might ask coyly: “Is it significant that the most popular idea for the origin of the universe is described as a huge cloud of gas?”
Rare humor had always been a Ted Armstrong stock in trade. But what were those “extraordinarily healthy views”? This phrase underscores just how much of a “broad text” of the popular culture the Armstrong radio insurgency had become. The upscale British listener continued his analysis:
For example, he advocates proper and reasonable discipline for children; deplores the “new morality;” is saddened by Britain’s decline as a world power; does not care for “weirdoes;” assaults sentimental Christianity as being against Bible teaching; is horrified by Britain’s obsession with gambling; considers that granting independence to unready countries is a mistake – and so on. Is this the real reason for the new drive to stop that voice as well as less attractive sounds?14
There was even subdued comedy “in house.” Herbert Armstrong with his dander up was often entertaining to watch, especially if you were well out of range. He decoded the controversy in an altogether different way. His Midwestern law and order proclivities were outraged at the mention of the phrase “pirate ships.” Pirate ships? “Pirate ships?” HWA was always ready to fulminate on the subject even years later: “They were not pirate ships!” he would protest to no-one in particular. Years later in the USBC booklet he was still settling scores. “They were not illegal! They violated no law of man,” he wrote. “But the British authorities called them ‘pirate’ ships. They were not pirates. They were not marauders…They harmed no one. But most governments of man would like to control what their people hear or do not hear.” As was not unusual, HWA’s hearers would glance down politely at the floor to hide slightly concealed smiles. In some ways this predictable Amstrong pique at Whitehall and its ways would be a rhetorical dress rehearsal for the far greater strife with the state of California in the next decade. In 1967, however, the British government was indeed able to bring pressure to bear to squelch the offshore broadcasting in the form of the Marine Broadcasting Offenses Act, to go into effect August 14, 1967. This was not, it turned out, a happy moment for the British churches. But for a while the Armstrong radio onslaught had thrown sedate Britain for a loop.
A Frenetic Summer
The implementation of the Marine Offenses Bill effectively ended the Worldwide Church of God’s radio insurgency in the British Isles. Bricket Wood Bible Studies and Sabbath services were replete with updates on this last-ditch “Battle for Britain” as the intensely mission-driven WCG put it. Elder Ed Smith’s detailed notes from the messages delivered to the headquarters congregation give some of the flavor of that frenetic summer with Pirate Ships, the Six Day War, WCG expansion into the Middle East and “end-time fever” all jumping around in the hopper:
May 5, 1967 – Good comments about HWA’s broadcast about sex. Many letters from teenagers. John Butterfield (head of Ambassador College Press) visited a printing seminar and spoke to groups of young people who had heard “The World Tomorrow” broadcast. An amendment is under way in parliament to suspend the Marine Offences Bill until BBC offers some suitable replacement. Radio Caroline vows to carry on regardless (Charles Hunting).
May 6, 1967 – Our new office being furnished in Jerusalem. The Marine Offences Bill to be raised in the House of Lords on Monday for its third reading before it goes back to the House of Commons to become law (Ronald Dart).
May 12, 1967 – Last night the first “World Tomorrow” television program broadcasted since 1955 – in USA on Channel 22; meanwhile new mail from radio ships up to 892 letters this week – third highest total ever. Radio London has the best reception; Radio Scotland heard in Glasgow… and coming through loud and clear (Charles Hunting).
May 20, 1967 – John Jewell, Mail Receiving Department head, will be going to Nicosia to assist in establishing a new office in Cyprus (Raymond McNair).
May 26, 1967 – Now nearly six weeks since Mrs. Armstrong died. New mail from radio ships now reached 897 letters this week. Only Radio 390 broadcasts once a day – all other ships twice daily (Raymond McNair).
May 27, 1967 – Middle East situation could blow up very soon, foul up God’s Work there. Remember Radio 390 and the ship situation in prayers (Raymond McNair).
June 2, 1967 – This week in U.K. the new mail from radio ships was above 1000 letters – the second highest response. Breakdown was: Radio London, 253 letters; Radio Caroline, 225; Radio 355, 190; Radio 390, 189, etc. There are only a few years left. Time has come for Israelis to take over the Temple site (Raymond McNair).
June 3, 1967 – Exciting news: entire Bricket Wood Chorale (the college choir) to be sent to Pasadena next January. Troubled situation in the Middle East – our advertising man, Milt Scott, has backed out; Stanley Rader also. We have perhaps four and a half years to go (before January, 1972); this world reeling in its corruption won’t be here in ten years; London won’t be here unless saved by God’s mercy (Herbert Armstrong).
June 10, 1967 – HWA has received many letters about Mrs. Loma Armstrong’s good example; Israelis will be building a temple very soon; perhaps only four more Ambassador graduations to go (Hebert Armstrong).
June 16, 1967 – Ship stations being allowed to carry on until BBC introduces a replacement; God had TV, radio and the press invented for the use of his church and no other purpose; God has warned the people through HWA and GTA (Hebert Armstrong).
June 23, 1967 – GTA in Texas; wife Shirley just had a still birth with normal labor but lost this little girl at five and a half months; they had hoped for a little daughter. HWA conferred today with Jordanian government representative Adli Muhktadi – “World Tomorrow” will now begin on Amman radio on July 1 (short wave and medium wave); HWA fells sympathy for King Hussein and the Jordanians; every penny they receive (from WCG) will be allocated to help Palestinian refugees; Jordanians look with favor on the Work of God (Herbert Armstrong).
July 1, 1967 – Pray for situation in Palestine; our broadcast due today on radio Amman; don’t get careless because of the Postmaster General’s latest dictum – a reprieve from banning the ship stations till September (Raymond McNair).
July 7, 1967 – The WCG’s broadcast named in the Sunday Sun newspaper; the article suggested that religion could save the North Sea radio pirates since their people could survive on “Church of God” revenues; “The World Tomorrow” has been the big financial backing behind these ships (John Portune).
July 15, 1967 – The ship stations due to be thrown off the air on August 15; all expect to end their transmissions by midnight, August 14. God can continue to hear our prayers and keep these stations open. Two new offices now established (Cyprus and Jerusalem); pray for safety of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dick and family; new office opening in Mexico City.
July 22, 1967 – Mr. Robert Boraker (Letter Answering Department, U.K.) back from seven months in Pasadena; speaks on crisis of Mrs. Armstrong’s sickness yet Mr. Armstrong very concerned about Mrs. Boraker’s health battles; Mr. Armstrong very lonesome in the evenings without his wife; a call for a further church day of fasting (re. pirate ship legislation) this week (Robert Boraker).
July 28, 1967 – Radio 390 off the air for good; their last message goes out tonight at 5:10 PM, closing with the national anthem; Radio London is also through; Radio Caroline will be on until August 15; feel a sense of loss as a part of the Work is shut down (Charles Hunting).15
A Bang Not a Whimper
The WCG’s pirate ship venture expired in fighting style. Edward Smith was in Belfast for the Sabbath of August 5, 1967 to hear local pastor James Wells report that Radio Manx on the Isle of Man will keep broadcasting. The next week, in Glasgow church, pastor Colin Adair passed on the news that the previous week was a record week for mail in the WCG’s British operation. People sough frantically to receive a Plain Truth subscription before the doors closed and 1119 of them wrote to the Bricket Wood office. The official tally went as follows:
Radio 355 – 367 letters
Radio London – 282 letters
Radio Caroline – 271 letters
Radio Scotland – 97 letters
Radio 270 – 63 letters
Radio 390 – 32 letters
Radio Manx – 6 letters
“People are hoping for an alternative to the pirate ships,“ Colin Adair commented to his congregation. “They will feel lost without the broadcast. People are very sorry at the loss of the stations. They are pleading for us to stay on.” The next week at the weekly Bricket Wood Bible Study, Raymond McNair cited a London Daily Mail headline, “Ban Silences Radio God,” a direct slap at “The World Tomorrow.” This echoed the previous week’s article in the London Observer referencing the “Pirate Radio Church of God.” As had and would occur in the United States, Herbert Armstrong’s media efforts were often underscored in counterpoint. Nevertheless, the Daily Mail and the Observer were respected British institutions. In their apparent glee at the Armstrong’s demise they were perhaps pointing up the impact the church was having in those tumultuous years. Meanwhile, one Letter to the Editor in the Daily Mail, lamenting the broadcast’s disappearance was headlined: “Final Link With Sanity Has Been Broken.”
Echoes of the pirate ship insurgency did remain, even four decades later. On September 28, 2003, a tongue-in-cheek obituary in the London Sunday Times satirized a BBC Radio 4 report announcing the passing of “one of religion’s best-known and best-loved voices.” Writer Paul Donovan asked: “What? Was Radio 4 going to say something nice about Garner Ted Armstrong, the American evangelist who believed Anglo-Saxons were one of the lost tribes of Israel and whose apocalyptic sermons on ‘The World Tomorrow’ went out for years on the North Sea pirate ships and another 300 stations worldwide?” The answer was, as expected, in the negative but a reflection, nevertheless, of one writer’s cultural memory. The February 5, 2005 Liverpool Echo Flashback, taking a look back at popular radio’s history of abundant variety, opined: “Religion was not forgotten either. At 11:30 P.M. each night the strident voice of American evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong would ring out telling us he was ‘bringing Christ to the nations.’”
Popular culture artifacts sometimes achieve a kind of lasting notoriety, as the fascination over Elvis Presley attests. As broadcasters, the Armstrongs were, in their way, unforgettable. The pirate ship era is remembered in WCG (now GCI) folk memory as one of the seminal periods of church growth in Great Britain. The ghost of the pirate ships themselves still haunt the air waves through the continuing adventures of Radio Caroline and the teasing suggestion on pirate web sites that the Labour Party’s defeat in the 1970 U.K. election could be traced to the loss of precious 18-year-old votes. These new teen voters chose to protest their government’s shut-down of one of the symbols of the Swinging Sixties. “God moves in mysterious ways” the British poet Edward Cowper had written. Thus, even in 1967, Charles Hunting could be philosophical about it all. As the WCG (U.K.) CFO he mentioned in the August 25 Bricket Wood Bible Study that the bill for the radio broadcasts in just one month came in at $65,000 – “a considerable sum: in Edward Smith’s phrase for the Britain of 1967. But one the church was more than willing to pay at the time.
(ED. – Excerpted from an unpublished manuscript “Blow the Dust Off Your Bible: Herbert Armstrong and American Popular Religion” by Neil Earle.)
1 “Radio Caroline,” Wikipeida.org/wiki/Radio_Caroline (5/3/2007)
2 “Wonderful Radio London,” Wikepdia.org/Wonderful_Radio_London (5/4/2007)
3 Christopher Booker, The Neophiliacs, page 236.
4 George Harrison quoted in “Disc” magazine, Ray Coleman interview, August 6, 1966.
5 Robert Chapman, Selling the sixties: the pirates and pop music radio (London: Routledge, 1992), page 189.
6 Charles F. Hunting, “The Last Battle for Britain,” The Good News (December, 1966), pages 8, 21.
7 Scott Lupow, personal communication, January, 2006. The teaching of a United Europe as allegedly foreshadowed in Revelation 17 and becoming the instrument of Britain’s demise was an Armstrong standard.
8 Eugene Michel, the WCG’s “Mr. Accounting” for many years, cheerfully dismisses this suggestion as he does the theories of support from Howard Hughes or H.L. Hunt (personal interview, May 8, 2007).
9 Hansard, General Index, Sessions 1966-67 (April 18, 1966-October 27, 1967).
10 Charles Hunting, The Good News (December, 1966), pages 8, 21. Most WCG details flow from this article.
12 Edward Smith, private communication, October 26, 2006.
13 Herman L. Hoeh, “And Now ‘The World Tomorrow’ Broadcast Bla