THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
by Herbert W. Armstrong
This is the eye-opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus
Christ -- of how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole
It's positively astounding! It has remained undiscovered by
science! No religion has revealed it! Higher education has never
taught it! Is it possible the whole world has been
deceived -- regarding the awesome purpose of human life -- about the
WAY to world peace and how it will come? And could it be true
that the real gospel message Christ brought from heaven revealed
this missing dimension -- but was suppressed? This is the
eye -- opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus Christ -- of
how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole world
Table of Contents
..... CHRIST'S GOSPEL WAS
SUPPRESSED -- NOT HEARD FROM THE FIRST CENTURY UNTIL NOW
..... THE STARTLING
REVELATION OF WHAT WAS CHRIST'S GOSPEL
..... THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN
POTENTIAL AT LAST REVEALED
..... PRE-EXISTENCE BEFORE
THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE
..... WHAT LED TO THE
..... HOW GOD PLANNED TO
..... BRIDGING THE GAP
BETWEEN HUMAN MAN AND THE ULTIMATE SPIRIT -- COMPOSED SONS OF GOD
..... WHY TODAY'S WORLD
..... WHY THE CHURCH?
..... JUST WHAT DO YOU MEAN
..... HUMAN NATURE -- AND
HOW A WHOLE WORLD IS DECEIVED ABOUT ITS ORIGIN
..... IS THERE LIFE AFTER
..... WORLD PEACE -- HOW IT
CHRIST'S GOSPEL WAS SUPPRESSED -- NOT HEARD FROM FIRST CENTURY
PREPARE YOURSELF for the most shocking revelation of your life.
Does it come as an astonishing shock to learn that the most
important dimension in all knowledge was sent from God to this
earth by Jesus Christ -- but that message was suppressed in the
very first century? That Jesus Himself was put to death for
revealing it? That His apostles, with one possible exception,
were also martyred for proclaiming it?
Yet this message from the living God, if humanity had
received and heeded it, would have saved this world from nearly
all of its troubles, sufferings and evils.
The very word "gospel" means "good news." That message, when
fully understood, reveals a human potential so stupendous -- so
awesome -- it appears at first to be totally beyond belief, yet it
has been suppressed from the world until now.
That message reveals the most necessary facts about
humanity: what man is, the purpose for which mankind was put on
earth, where we are going, what is the way to world peace,
happiness and universal prosperity, what are the true values,
what is the awesome human potential, and how it may be achieved.
Answers to these questions form the most important knowledge
ever made accessible to man. Yet it was spurned and rejected, and
Christ's gospel message, when fully grasped, reveals what
science has been utterly unable to discover. It reveals what
religion in this world knows nothing of. It reveals what this
world's higher education has never known or taught.
It reveals the most wonderful TRUTH a human mind could ever
come to know! It reveals the missing dimension in knowledge, the
knowledge most vitally necessary to know.
It was the most monumental good news ever revealed by our
Maker to mankind! Why would men have wanted to reject it -- put to
death the messenger who brought it?
The answer is that men were DECEIVED. And all nations are
The purpose of this book is to reveal HOW men were deceived
and to make plain WHAT that good news really was. And is.
Nevertheless, it was suppressed. And that all-important
revelation from the living God was not again proclaimed to the
world until our present generation.
Even today, most of humanity has never heard the glorious
true gospel. And those millions who do hear it have been so
drugged and stupefied by false religions and counterfeit
"gospels" that they only become confused. The TRUTH, indeed, is
stranger than any fiction! Prepare yourself to read astounding
truth -- hard to believe, yet TRUE!
It is not intellectually fashionable today to believe in the
actual existence of a devil, but biblical revelation says
Biblical prophecies say plainly that in our time, today, the
WHOLE WORLD would be deceived. Notice one such prophecy in the
book of Revelation, chapter 12, verse 9: "And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world."
This Satan is revealed as the arch-deceiver who has deceived
the whole world. But how did he manage to deceive the human race?
In the third chapter of Genesis he is shown as the deceiver
of mother Eve. Through her, he caused the first man, Adam, to
commit the first sin by a human.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Satan was still here on
earth as the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4). He is also the
"prince of the power of the air" today (Eph. 2:2), holding sway
over the whole of mankind.
Christ's message revealed the advance news of the total
abolition of Satan's power over the world and his banishment from
the earth. It revealed that Christ was coming as his successor to
take over the RULE of all nations. In Satan's mind, it was
necessary for him to go all out to prevent that message from
going to the world.
But how could he do it?
First, he moved to destroy the Christ child and thus prevent
His growing up to proclaim that message. He influenced King
Herod, the Roman provincial ruler over the land of Israel, and
Herod caused all infants in Bethlehem and surrounding areas two
years old or under to be put to death. But God warned Joseph and
Mary about this, moving them to flee to Egypt with the infant
Jesus until Herod was dead.
Again, when Jesus was about thirty years old, Satan sought
to destroy Him spiritually before He qualified to preach a word
of His message. But the supreme temptation with which Satan
planned to ensnare Jesus became the very test which qualified
Christ to depose Satan and to become ruler over all nations.
Jesus thus qualified to restore the government of God on the
earth and to set up the Kingdom of God. However, it was not in
God's master plan for Christ to be inducted into that office
until the end of mankind's first 6,000 years on earth.
Nevertheless, Jesus proceeded with the mission for which He
had come to earth at that time. He proclaimed His message and
taught it to His disciples.
Satan, however, still was the invisible power that swayed
the world. Even though many of the Jews to whom Jesus preached
believed on Him as the promised Messiah, they were swayed against
believing His message -- His gospel.
How did, and does, Satan deceive, move, and sway humanity?
The amazing answer will be given later.
Christ's Gospel Rejected
Notice why and how the rejection of Christ's gospel happened.
In the eighth chapter of John, verses 30 through 46, you
will read: "As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in
my word [His message], then are ye my disciples indeed; ... but
ye seek to kill me, because my word [His gospel message] hath no
place in you.... But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath
told you the truth, which I have heard of God ... for I
proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but
he sent me.... And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me
not.... And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?"
In due time, the Romans crucified Jesus. But He rose from
the dead and ascended into heaven. From there, He sent God's Holy
Spirit for His disciples.
Christ's apostles went out, as He commissioned them, to
proclaim His message to the world. God's Church was raised up
(A.D. 31) to back the proclaiming of the message. The Church
began to grow, then "caught fire," and multiplied.
But Satan connived to set up a powerful Gentile religious
leader with a counterfeit religion -- the ancient Babylonian
mystery religion. He hatched a counterfeit "gospel." He even
appropriated the name of Christ, calling that religion
That, I know, is a breathtaking revelation, difficult today,
1900 years later, to believe. But nonetheless, it is true!
The Counterfeit "Gospel" Is Set Up
In Samaria, north of Jerusalem, lived a Gentile people whom the
Jews of Christ's day spurned, calling them "dogs." They had been
moved there from areas of the Babylonian Empire about 700 B.C. by
various kings, including Shalmaneser of Assyria (II Kings 17:18,
21-24, etc.). They had brought with them into the land of Samaria
their own Babylonian mystery religion. In the eighth chapter of
Acts you'll read of their religious leader in the time of Christ,
Simon Magus the Sorcerer.
Christ raised up the Church of God to stand back of the
proclaiming of His gospel message by His apostles in A.D. 31. By
A.D. 33, after a most amazing initial growth, a great persecution
set in against God's Church (Acts 8:1). At that time, AD. 33,
this Simon the Sorcerer was himself baptized along with
multitudes of others. He then tried to buy an apostleship in
God's Church from the apostles Peter and John -- but of course was
refused and rebuked.
Thereupon this Simon appropriated the NAME of Christ,
calling his Babylonian mystery religion "Christianity." Satan
moved this man and used him as his instrument to persecute and
all but destroy the true Church of God. Before the end of the
first century -- probably by A.D. 70 -- he managed to suppress the
message Christ had brought from God.
There ensued "the lost century" in the history of the true
Church of God. There was a well-organized conspiracy to blot out
all record of Church history during that period. A hundred years
later, history reveals a "Christianity" utterly unlike the Church
It had taken the NAME of Christ and applied it to the
Babylonian mystery religion. It had replaced the MESSAGE Jesus
brought from God with a "gospel" about the person of
Christ -- proclaiming the Messenger but suppressing the entire
missing dimension from His message.
And for at least eighteen and one-half centuries the true
gospel was not proclaimed to the world.
"Another Gospel" Gains Acceptance
By about A.D. 58, when the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the
Galatians, many already were turning to this now new counterfeit
Paul wrote: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him
that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
which is not another [it was not good news]; but there be some
that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ" (Gal.
To the Thessalonians, about A.D. 54, Paul wrote, "For the
mystery of iniquity doth already work ..." (II Thes. 2:7). It
was the Babylonian mystery religion, started by Simon the
Sorcerer (Acts 8), a religion of iniquity -- lawlessness -- a
religion rejecting the law of God. Much more of this later.
The True and the False Church
In the book of Revelation are pictured two churches, each of
which go under the NAME of Christ. One, pictured in the twelfth
chapter, portrays the true Church of God, small in number,
reduced through persecution and martyrdom, but obedient to God's
law, and hated by Satan. The other, in the seventeenth chapter,
called "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and
Abominations of the Earth" (verse 5). In other words, the
Babylonian mystery religion steeped in "iniquity" -- abolishing
During the time of Paul's ministry, these same Simon Magus
ministers were troubling the Corinthians. Paul wrote to the
Corinthians: "I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I
have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a
chaste virgin to Christ [the true Church, in the resurrection, is
to be married to Christ, spiritually]. But I fear, lest by any
means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your
minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he [a minister of Simon Magus] that cometh preacheth
another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit [of rebellion and disobedience] which ye have not
received, or another gospel ..." (II Cor. 11:2-4). (More,
later, about the connection with the deception of the first
But notice, they were proclaiming another Jesus -- as well as
another gospel -- and they followed another spirit -- of rebellion
and not obedience. That deception has continued through the
centuries and is the state today. They took the name of Christ.
They called their Babylonian religion "Christianity." But they
not only presented a counterfeit gospel but a counterfeit spirit
of self-centeredness and a counterfeit Jesus, completely
different to the Jesus of the Bible.
Of these false ministers, Paul wrote further to the
Corinthians: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness ..." (II Cor.
Peter, John and Jude Expose False Ministers
Peter wrote of these deceivers: "But there were false prophets
also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers
among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies....
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through
covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of
you ..." (II Peter 2:1-3).
John wrote of these same perverters of the true gospel,
denying obedience to the way of God. "He that saith, I know him,
and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not
in him" (I John 2:4). "They went out from us, but they were not
of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have
continued with us ..." (I John 2:19).
Jude warned us that we should "earnestly contend for the
faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are
certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to
this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into
lasciviousness [license to disobey] .... Likewise also these
filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion [government],
and speak evil of dignities.... Woe unto them! for they have
gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of
Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These
are spots in your feasts of charity... clouds they are without
water, carried about of winds... twice dead, plucked up by the
roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness
for ever" (Jude 3-4, 8, 11-13).
The Word "Gospel" Misleading Today
Even the very word "gospel" is misleading today, especially as
used by evangelical Protestants, their missionaries, their
evangelists and their literature. The world has been, and is,
full of "gospel programs" on television, on radio, in print, in
Say to almost any person, "The gospel has not been
proclaimed to the world for eighteen and one-half centuries," and
he will think you are crazy, because it is the counterfeit
"gospel" that has been vociferously proclaimed. But it is a
"gospel" about the person of the messenger, while IGNORING His
That gospel is based on the assumption that this is the
time, and the ONLY time, when God is trying to "get the whole
world saved." But those preaching such a message do not know even
what salvation is, or how it is obtained.
How could the whole world be deceived? What did Christ's
gospel MESSAGE contain that a powerful, invisible devil was so
determined to suppress and to counterfeit?
Expect some sensational surprises!