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Herbert Armstrong Introduction: Many are Called Few are Chosen

A large part of the lesson of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is that God has been calling out people and giving them an opportunity to be chosen as a part of the collective bride of the Son for the past six thousand years [6 days], ever since he called out righteous Abel!  Followed by a millennial Sabbath of rest.

At the resurrection and the change to spirit of those who are chosen, they will ascend to the Father in heaven to take part in the wedding feast and marriage of the Lamb!  The Marriage of The Lamb, at The Resurrection of The Chosen  before returning to the earth.

Oh what a wonderful occasion for all those who have overcome and been perfected by the Father!  To be among the chosen and to be changed to spirit, receiving the gift of eternal life; and then to become of one mind in full unity with Christ as our true and full Husband for all eternity. 

The mind is absolutely overwhelmed at this marvelous calling!  Yet neither God the Father nor Jesus Christ wants an eternal “Bad Marriage.”   That is why we are called to an espousal and testing period in the flesh; to see if we will make a suitable part of the spiritual collective bride. 

God the Father has probably called millions over the past six thousand years to a period of espousal and testing; and not everyone has overcome and passed the testing process.  As any company tests its products, so God the Father tests his called out.  Even a farmer sets aside the good from the bad apples during the harvest.  Jesus explains this when he told us that God casts a big net calling people to come to Christ, and then like a fisherman, God separates the good from the bad.  

Matthew 13:47   Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 

This separating of the chosen from the rejected comes the first time during the testing espousal period and the resurrection of the spring harvest collective bride; and happens to the rest of humanity in final judgment at the end of all things

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

Brethren the called out have been tested throughout history as to their suitability to be counted among the chosen.  God the Father is practicing “Quality Control” in the ultimate degree, because neither he nor the Son want another Satan to pop up. 

Almighty God wants a guarantee that those who are chosen to receive his marvelous gifts are totally committed, and will be unwavering in faithful loyal zeal and loving commitment to keep the whole Word of God and to obey the Father and Christ the Husband, for all eternity! 

Please understand that God cannot give the gift of eternal life and ruler-ship over all things with the Son; without first testing and being absolutely sure of us!  and because the gift is so enormous and awesome, the qualifying is also through much testing and many proofs of our loyalty, and our zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God! 

What are the tests? 

1  Satan is often allowed to buffet us to see if we will run to God, or if we will try to relieve the stress by compromise with our zeal to keep the Word of God.  Remember the words of Daniel’s three friends:  Whether God saves us or not, we will follow the Eternal.

2  Satan is allowed to tempt us with seemingly pleasant sins; as he tempted Jesus with bread, if he would only sin.

3  God may allow poverty, sickness or persecution to test our patient endurance. 

4  God may allow false teachers to try to deceive us away from our zeal to keep the whole Word of God.  Jesus said that: 

Matthew 22:11   And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment [did not have the garments of righteousness of the whole Word of God] :

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen. 

Just because you were baptized or attend some corporate social club is NO guarantee of being chosen!  Very many of the called to Christ will NOT be counted among the chosen.  The called to Christ have been called to a period of TESTING; for God wants to see what kind of people we are, and whether we are fit to be a part of the collective bride. 

In the parable of the Ten Virgins [which is about the resurrection and not the tribulation; and in other places where Christ says that one will be taken and the other left]: it is plain that no more than one half of the called out will be chosen to be a part of the first general resurrection to spirit. 

Half may possible be changed but it may well be that over 90% of today’s Ekklesia will have to learn zeal for godliness and repent in the tribulation, before being chosen as a part of the bride. 

From the very beginning with Adam and Eve and then Abel, God’s called to Christ have been continually tested as to their loyalty to keep the whole Word of God.

Remember how that Israel went through many trials in the deliverance from Egypt and during their wonderings.  How many were faithful to God and desired to enter the land?  Only four men!  What happened to the nation who refused to follow God?   That should be a lesson for us that we must be filled with enthusiastic passion to follow our Mighty God.

Remember the period of the Judges and the Kings?  The Priests and Levites went astray and led the people astray, over and over again.  Did God approve the people to follow the Priests astray from Him?  Does God approve of us following bad leaders away from our zeal for God and God’s Word today?  God is not correcting these leaders and elders yet:  because God is TESTING the called out as to whom they will follow men or God!  God is also being patient with bad leaders so that they can never say to him, that they did not have enough warnings or time to repent before he corrects them in great tribulation.

Without doubt there were many called of God during those times, who were being tested as to whether they would follow the Priests and Levites, or whether they would be faithful to God in the must difficult of circumstances.  In the days of Elijah there were seven thousand who had not followed baal.  

What did Peter say to the high priest in the first century?

Acts 4:19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

Did these disciple of Christ follow other men, or did they follow the whole Word of God whenever there was any conflict between the two?  Who should we follow?  Almighty God or idols of men? 

Most of today’s COG leaders and elders claim that we should follow them without question; they will get very persuasive about that and if they fail to pursued us, they will become very insistent; such men are false teachers who are headed into great correction and leading all who follow them into the same correction.

Brethren, today [and throughout history] we are being tested and judged as to whether we will let deceitful false teachers lead us to follow them and their false traditions; or whether we will be totally zealous and faithful to live by every Word of God. 

Brethren, not every person who claims to be godly really is godly, in fact those who make pompous claims about themselves do not live up to those claims and are not what they claim to be, but are deceivers. 

Jesus, Paul and Jude warned us that in these last days MANY deceivers will infiltrate the Ekklesia and will lead MANY astray, stealing their crowns. 

WHY?  Because God is watching and testing us; Almighty God is putting his called out through a selection process, to determine exactly who he will chose and who will be rejected from the resurrection to the Marriage of the Lamb.

Look how Abraham, Moses, Job, Joseph, Daniel and his three friends; and look how Jesus himself, the disciples and many more were tested.  Those are the success stories, while many more failed their tests; selling the birthright of their calling for a temporary respite like Esau, giving in to fear of the people like king Saul, or being deceived by smooth clever words like we are this day. 

Consider king Saul, a big very impressive man, who God chose to be king of Israel, giving Israel a king who they were greatly impressed with, but who abjectly failed spiritually.  That was a lesson to teach us the lesson that physical size or talents are not he things that we should be impressed with. 

God’s called out, are to be impressed with spiritual things and zeal for the whole Word of God; not with physical size, talents, abilities, self claimed greatness, or overpowering ego and persuasive talents.  False teachers will get very irritated if you do not follow them blindly, and will claim that to question them is to rebel against God.  Oh, they may say question them and prove them by the scripture, but if you ever do that, you will quickly discover that they did not mean what they said and that you have incurred their wrath. 

If you dare to question a false teacher he will try to reason with you and in the end he will say that he is a minister while you are only a nobody and that God cannot give you any understanding; which is a huge LIE!  We are each and every one to stand firmly on the whole Word of God, proving all things by God’s Word; proving our loyalty to our Father and the Husband of our calling.

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. 

If YOU were searching for a spouse, what kind of spouse do YOU want? 

Would you want a spouse who has eyes only for you, who loves you wholeheartedly, who is totally dedicated to you and is absolutely unflinchingly loyal and faithful to you?  Who is cooperative, helpful, affectionate, and loving, and dotes on you at all times?  or do you want a spouse who strays after everyone in sight, who cannot be trusted, who will not cooperate with you; who does not love you? 

Guess what?  Jesus Christ is no different.  He too wants a loving, caring, cooperative, faithful, loyal, trustworthy bride who will dote on him and have eyes for no other; being ONE in total unity with him always!  

For this reason he tested the first two people in the garden, by allowing them to be tempted by the Adversary.  Did the Creator really care about a piece of fruit?  or was he testing Eve and Adam as to whether they loved him enough to obey him?  The answer should be obvious! 

God the Father wants a wonderful wife for the Son, and God the Son wants a wife that will be a pleasure to be with for all eternity! 

Therefore we the called out from Abel to now, are being tested in every way to determine the kind of wife we will be. and only the persons who meets the highest standards will be among those chosen to inherit eternal life and be a part of the eternal collective bride of Christ.  

Our calling is the most awesome thing possible; to inherit eternal life and ruler-ship over all things with our Husband Jesus Christ under God the Father!  Will we despise the birthright of our calling and sell it for a physical temptation like Esau?  Will we commit spiritual adultery by following idols of smooth talking men, leading us to turn from our zeal for our Beloved and the Word of God? 

The bottom line is that we have a choice to make;: Will we follow men, or will we follow the espoused Husband to whom we were called.  Just because some man calls himself an apostle over and over endlessly, and his flatterers join in the refrain; does NOT make that he is an apostle or mean that these men are godly.  We are to determine that by proving them by their fruits, the works of faith and the zeal for God of these folks, Mat 7. 

Jesus Christ commands us to prove all men by their fruits of zeal for the Word of God Mat 7, beginning about v 15.  He also warned us directly in Mat 24 that many false teachers will enter the Ekklesia in the latter days and would deceive the majority of the brethren. 

Matthew 24:4   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Deceive WHO?  Deceive the disciples! For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

There are many more such warnings in the scriptures.  We are told by Paul that at the very end, just before the tribulation and the resurrection  of the chosen; there will be a great falling away from the faith.  Jesus puts it another way saying that “The love of many [for godliness] will wax cold.” 

Brethren, we are now in the days spoken of  in the scriptures, and God is TESTING his people!  How? 

By allowing us to be subjected to the strong delusion of very impressive talented persuasive,  deceivers in the Ekklesia; who are teaching people to follow them away from any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!  

Wicked deceivers have taken our organizations over, who appear as angels of light, while teaching loyalty to some organization some man or some false tradition; instead of teaching absolute loyalty and dedicated zeal for our espoused Husband and our Father in heaven. 

If your leader or elder teaches anyone to exalt a leader or organization above the whole Word of God; they are not godly, they are opposing God and are anti-Christ’s!

In the past I have had a person tell me that he were called through Herbert Armstrong and  will remain loyal to him to their grave. 

We ought to have a think about that.  

This logic rather reminds me of a couple who had been introduced by someone and later married.  What do you think; should each one love the matchmaker, instead of loving their spouse? 

If you were called through HWA [or anyone else for that matter];  REMEMBER to whom you were called!  and REMEMBER who did the calling! 

God the Father called you to come to JESUS CHRIST!  You were not called by any man [including HWA], and you were not called TO any man [including HWA]! 

You were called to follow and obey God the Father and Jesus Christ, not any man!  We are to follow men ONLY as they follow God, and are zealous to teach and  keep the whole Word of God!  We are to reject any teachings of men that are not consistent with the whole Word of God; and yes that includes the errors of HWA and his ordained elders. 

We are to love the truth and when we are wrong we are to admit it, repent of the error and embrace the truth of God; and in so doing grow in the grace [mercy] and knowledge of God. 

No man is God, no man can chose you for the resurrection to spirit!  Only God the Father with the Son can do that.  Therefore we had better prove out the teachings of men by the whole Word of God and hold fast only God’s Word, as we are commanded to do. 

Brethren, God permitted a very impressive high pressure salesman to stumble across the COG7 through his wife.  He studied their teachings because of pressure from his wife, and he found a product that he could sell.  he did not himself believe in that product and did not practice what he preached.  Because the man was sinful, are we to give up on God?  Of course not! 

Also, that doctrinal package was not complete nor was it perfect.  God declared to us that many things were sealed until the very end time of today, Dan 12; and could not be understood before this latter day. 

To close our eyes to the great increase of knowledge promised by God for today, Dan 12, in order to cling to decades old limited and often erroneous teachings of a man: IS IDOLATRY!  and to obey men contrary to God’s Word IS SPIRITUAL ADULTERY! 

Remember that no human being has any spiritual authority whatsoever, no matter what title they may claim.  ALL spiritual authority resides in God the Father as the HEAD of all things!  Those who are zealous for the whole Word of God the Father; have the authority of the Word of God: ONLY as long as they are faithfully keeping and teaching the whole Word of God! 

If they depart from God’s Word on any point; they immediately lose any spiritual authority on that point.  If they teach people to turn away from any zeal to put God first and to follow what men teach instead; they are FALSE teachers.

The time of the judging of the called out is NOW!  Each of us today [during our called out period of testing], is required by God to answer Peter’s question with action, to zealously learn and keep the whole Word of God, no matter what any man teaches: 

Acts 4:19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

Do not seek security in belonging to a social club organization, or by following idols of men:  Seek and FIND true security; in the arms of God our Mighty Deliverer!

Whether you will be among those chosen by God, or among those called and having failed to zealously put God first and so are rejected by God as a part of the bride; depends on your answer.

Next: The Ministerial History of HWA.

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