[Mystery of the Ages Index]
How the Seven Mysteries Were Revealed
THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE concern today is the question of human survival!
technology have produced the weapons of mass destruction that could blast all
off this earth!
So many nations now possess nuclear weapons that one madman could ignite the
War III that could erase all human life from this planet.
Yet the truth of God, if known and acted on, could have saved humanity from
and all its evils!
Stop a moment.
THINK on this.
You live in a world seemingly far advanced in science, technology, higher
diffusion of knowledge. People think it's a world of GREAT PROGRESS. We send
men to cavort
about on the moon and return them safely back to earth. Unmanned spacecraft
land on Mars
and send back to earth close-up photographs of the Martian surface. Other
spacecraft fly close to Jupiter and send back astonishing pictures of Jupiter
rings of Saturn. Surgeons transplant human hearts and other organs.
It's a magic, entrancing push-button world where work is done largely by
the glamour dream world of the three "Ls" -- leisure, luxury and
But paradoxically, it s also a world of Ignorance! Even the educated know not
how to solve
their problems and the world's evils. They know not the way of PEACE or the
TRUE VALUES of
About one half of the world's population is still illiterate, in the grip of
poverty, living in filth and squalor. The grim reapers of starvation and
human lives by the millions.
It's an unhappy, restless world in frustration, staring a hopeless future in
It's a world ridden with escalating crime and violence, immorality, injustice
(even in its
courts of law), dishonesty, corruption in government and business, and
pointing now to the final nuclear World War III. WHY this paradox of
God's Truth Would Have Solved!
True religion -- God's truth empowered with the love of God imparted by the
Holy Spirit --
would have pointed the way, and led to happiness, abundance and eternal
When you see what's wrong with the world's religions, you'll have pinpointed
the cause of
all world evils!
What is religion? It is defined as the worship of, and service to, God or the
supernatural. It is man's relation to his Creator. Some religions have
definition. They worship not the God who created them, but gods which they
Religion involves one's conduct, one's principles, one's way of life and one's
The real CAUSES of all this world's religious confusion -- and all its evils -
revealed in SEVEN BASIC MYSTERIES that decry this Babylon of religious
confusion and the
resulting world chaos!
But now God's time has come! He now sends a voice to cry out with amplified
power to reveal the way out of this senseless madness, into the world of PEACE
righteousness that soon shall grip the earth!
In the book of Isaiah is a "NOW" prophecy: "The voice of him
that crieth in
the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord .... lift up thy voice with
it up, be not afraid; say ... Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
and his arm
shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before
That voice now cries out! The prophet Malachi confirmed this: "Behold, I
will send my
messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek,
suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye
behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 3:1).
The Elijah to Come
Both of these prophecies have a dual application. First, they refer to John
who prepared the way before Jesus' human ministry more than 1,900 years ago.
BUT, as a
prototype, or forerunner, these prophecies foretell one to prepare the way
Second Coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords to RULE over ALL NATIONS!
Malachi's prophecy, like Isaiah's, if you will read on past the first verse,
refers to a
human messenger preparing the way before Christ's now imminent Second Coming,
this time in
supreme POWER AND GLORY as Ruler over all nations!
Understand the duality principle here. These prophecies refer to a type and
John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the physical wilderness of the
area, preparing for the human physical Jesus' First Coming to a material
Jerusalem, to a physical Judah. But that was a prototype, or forerunner of a
"lifted up" (greatly amplified by modern printing, radio and TV),
crying out in
the midst of today's spiritual wilderness of religious confusion, announcing
the immanency of Christ's Second Coming as the spiritually GLORIFIED Christ, to his
(the Church resurrected to spirit immortality) (Eph. 2:21-22).
Jesus came, over 1,900 years ago, to announce the FUTURE kingdom of God. He's
time to ESTABLISH that kingdom. That end-time last warning message is now
worldwide in amplified power.
It's going before kings, emperors, presidents, prime ministers of nations --
and to their
peoples, on all continents and all nations of the earth!
How in this age of religious confusion could one come to know these seven
of the ages that decry this world-gripping conglomeration of beliefs?
Why, in general, are people in Thailand Buddhist; those in Italy, France and
Catholic; those in the Arab world Islamic? Primarily, of course, because they
around them grew up being taught, and automatically accepting, those faiths.
To expect one
of them to discover the TRUTH (hidden from them and also contrary to the
childhood and adulthood that engulfed them) would seem to be expecting the
Why do most people believe the things they believe? Few, indeed, ever stop to
themselves in retrospect how they came to accept the beliefs that have found lodgment
The Source of TRUTH
You probably have seen pictures of the statue The Thinker. A man sitting
forward, elbows on his knees, his hand supporting his head. There, supposedly,
he sits in
deep thought, hour after hour, day after day -- just thinking!
Supposedly that statue depicts the manner in which some of the religions of
the world came
But The Thinker had nothing to think from! No foundation for his thinking. No
which to base his conjectures.
The human mind is not equipped to manufacture truth with no basis for that
However, few, it seems, really think! Most people accept carelessly what they
from childhood. And, coming into maturity, they accept that which they have
heard, read or been taught. They continue to go along, usually without
their peers. Most people do not realize it, but they have carelessly assumed
believe without question or proof. Yet they will defend vigorously and
convictions. It has become human nature for people to flow with the stream --
to go along
with the crowd -- to believe and perform like their peers around them.
Further, most people stubbornly refuse to believe what they are unwilling to
There's an old saying, "He who is convinced against his will is of the
I was no different. Of myself, and of my own volition, I would never have
But then, the prophet Moses never would have discovered the truths he wrote --
five books of the Bible. It required a miraculous act of GOD, in the incident
burning bush, to open his mind and to reveal to him the things of GOD. Moses
did not seek
God. God called and drafted Moses. Even on being confronted by the very voice
Moses protested. He stuttered! He felt he could not qualify for the task. God
would have Moses' brother Aaron be his spokesman and brought Moses to
command was irresistible. Moses yielded.
The apostle Paul, centuries later, never would have come to know or reveal for
TRUTHS of his own will. He was "breathing out threatenings and slaughter
disciples of the Lord" (Acts 9:1). But the living Jesus struck him down
brought him to his senses and instructed him both in knowledge and in what
determined he should do. Christ in Person revealed to him many of the TRUTHS
you will read
How, then, did I come to understand the precious knowledge of the TRUTH?
Certainly not on
my own, or because I sought it or because of any virtues of my own. But Jesus
struck me down in a manner quite different from the apostle Paul's experience,
nonetheless painfully and effectively.
Such basic TRUTHS are revealed not thought out in any human mind. They come
from God, not
man! And in all biblically recorded cases the initiative was God's!
Jeremiah protested that he was too young. But God said: "Do not say, 'I
am only a
youth'; for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you
speak" (Jer. 1:7, Revised Standard Version). Isaiah protested that he was
a man of
unclean lips, but God caused him to accept the appointed mission. Jonah tried
to run away
on a ship but God compelled him to deliver his commanded message. Peter and
to be fishermen but Jesus called on them to forsake all and to follow him.
Similarly, I wanted to be an advertising man, but God brought me by
circumstances not to
my choosing to the mission he had in store for me.
I repeat, at this point, this is the crux of the whole matter: the initiative
His purpose shall stand. The world is full of religions that originated in the
imagination, reasoning and speculating of certain humans. But they had no true
reason from. The TRUTH is REVEALED from GOD!
But, does not everybody have access to biblical truth? Yes, people suppose the
teach what is revealed in the Bible.
So I give you, now, a brief synopsis of the experience by which Jesus Christ
down, so to speak, and revealed ASTOUNDING TRUTHS! Biblical truths not
believed or taught
by the churches.
The Awakening -- Spark of Ambition Ignited
I was born of ordinary but stable and upright parents, with an ancestry in the
faith. I have my genealogy all the way back to Edward the First of England and
extending back to King David of ancient Israel. I have been astonished to
genealogy and the fact that I am, on one side of my family, actually of
"the house of
David." My forebears emigrated from England to Pennsylvania with William
hundred years before the United States became a nation.
I had been reared from earliest childhood in the Quaker faith, but religious
those formative years was passive.
At age 18 I virtually dropped all interest in religion, and ceased attending
had, at 18, put myself through an intensive self-analysis, coupled with a
survey of the
occupations and professions to determine where I belonged -- to avoid being
square peg in the round hole.
Even at that age I had observed that most people were simply victims of
had ever planned intelligently their future lives. Many or most had stumbled
job they found open. They did not choose where, in what part of the country or
they should live. They had been buffeted about by circumstance. Those who went
chose whatever course or profession that appealed to them at the time.
But when I was yet only 16, a summer-vacation employer had, by praise for work
and general encouragement, aroused the burning fire of ambition within me.
Ambition is not
only the desire for accomplishment, it includes the will and the drive to pay
This self-analysis at age 18 led me into the advertising profession and a
business life. I
studied diligently, "burning the midnight oil," instead of seeking
I became unusually successful. I worked hard, had a reputation as a
studied diligently, worked toward self-improvement. All this, of course,
self-confidence, which was later to be replaced by a different kind of
confidence -- FAITH
I selected the jobs where I would learn, and "sold myself to my
choosing fields that threw me into contact with successful men.
In 1915 I established my own business as a publishers' representative in
Illinois. I managed to represent the nine leading bank journals of the United
journals read by chief officers of banks. I did business with the presidents
of many of
the nation's largest industrial corporations in the Middle West. I attended
national bankers' conventions, got to know many of the leading bankers of
Street, Chicago, and Wall Street, New York. I was making an income, by age 28,
to approximately $375,000 per year measured by today's dollar value.
It was at this height of my early business success that God began dealing with
me. I had
been recently married.
The Unrecognized Call
In a matter of days after our marriage, while living in Chicago, my wife had a
vivid and impressive it overwhelmed and shook her tremendously. It was so
seemed more like a vision. For two or three days afterward everything else
-- as if in a daze -- and only this extraordinary dream seemed real.
In her dream she and I were crossing the wide intersection, only a block or
two from our
apartment, where Broadway diagonally crosses Sheridan Road. Suddenly there
awesome sight in the sky above. It was a dazzling spectacle -- the sky filled
gigantic solid mass of brilliant stars, shaped like a huge banner. The stars
quiver and separate, finally vanishing. In her dream, she called my attention
vanishing stars, when another huge grouping of flashing stars appeared, then
separating and vanishing like the first.
As she and I, in her dream, looked upward at the vanishing stars, three large
suddenly appeared in the sky between us and the vanishing stars. These great
flew directly toward us. As they descended nearer, she perceived that they
"Then," my wife wrote a day or two after the dream, in a letter to
that I have just run across among old family pictures, "it dawned on me
was coming, and I was so happy I was just crying for joy. Then suddenly I
Herbert and was rather worried."
She knew I had evidenced very little religious interest, although we had
attended a corner
church two or three times.
Then it seemed in her dream that "Christ descended from among them and
in front of us. At first I was a little doubtful and afraid of how he would
because I remembered we had neglected our Bible study and had our minds too
much on things
apart from his interests. But as we went up to him, he put his arms around
both of us, and
we were so happy! I thought people all over the world had seen him come. As
far as we
could see, people were just swarming into the streets at this broad
were glad and some were afraid.
"Then it seemed he had changed into an angel. I was terribly disappointed
until he told me Christ was really coming in a very short time."
At that time, we had been going quite regularly to motion picture theaters.
She asked the
angel if this were wrong. He replied Christ had important work for us to do,
his coming -- there would be no time for "movies." (Those were the
days of the
"silent" pictures.) Then the angel and the whole spectacle seemed to
she awakened, shaken and wondering!
In the morning, she told me of her dream. I was embarrassed. I didn't want to
it, yet I was afraid to totally dismiss it. I thought of a logical way to
evade it myself,
and still solve it.
"Why don't you tell it to the minister of the church up on the
suggested, "and ask him whether it means anything."
With that, I managed to put it out of my mind. Let me say here that in about
out of 100,000, when people think GOD is speaking to them in a dream or vision
in this day
and age, it is pure imagination, or some form of self-hypnotism or self-
deception. But if
this was a vision from God, like Jonah, I tried to run away. But subsequent to
God's due time, God dealt with me in no uncertain terms, even as he had dealt
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Andrew, Peter and the apostle Paul.
Then came the devastating flash depression of 1920. It was not long-lived, but
for the year. My big advertising accounts were in the farm tractor and
implement and other
manufacturing fields, rather than the metropolitan banks. All my big-
including such corporations as Goodyear Tire & Rubber, J.I. Case, Moline
Deere and Company, Emmerson-Brantingham and Dalton Adding Machine, went into
hands. One nationally known corporation president of my acquaintance committed
Through no fault of my own, my business was swept out from under my feet by
Out of Portland, Oregon, where I had moved with my family, I established an
service for laundry owners. The laundry industry was 11th in the country in
of business, yet the most backward. I teamed with an efficiency expert, in my
in the nation in his field. I took on only clients who allowed us to put their
on a new efficiency basis -- both in the quality of laundering service and in
methods, which I supervised. I had to be able to make promises in the
advertising that my
clients would fulfill.
But in 1926 a national advertising agency based in the East sold the Laundry
National Association a bill of goods -- to put big-space advertising in the
women's magazines. The association had power to obligate every member to a
this magazine advertising equal to approximately 85 percent of the justifiable
expenditure each local laundry could make. I knew nothing of this until it was
deal. I had been doubling and trebling the business volume of each of my
business was growing. Again a highly successful business was swept out from
under my feet
through causes over which I had no control. But there was a reason -- God was
my advertising business.
Disturbing Dual Challenges
Then, in the fall of 1926, at age 34, it seemed that the roof had caved in and
crushed! I was assailed by very disturbing dual challenges.
My wife, after nine years of happy marriage, began keeping the seventh-day
I was aghast! I was angry. To me that was religious fanaticism! What would
contacts think? But she claimed to have found this teaching in the Bible.
All the arguments came instantly to mind. They were of no avail.
"But the Bible says," I protested, "Thou shalt observe
"Can you show that to me in the Bible?" she asked. "Well,
replied. "I don't know much about the Bible. My interests and studies
have been in
the area of business. But all these churches can't be wrong -- they take their
from the Bible, and they all observe Sunday."
"If," she smiled sincerely -- but to me exasperatingly "you can
where the Bible commands Sunday observance, I'll go back to it."
There was no dodging the challenge. My marriage depended on it!
Coincidentally, a sister-in-law, newly married and fresh out of college,
hurled at me a
second humiliating challenge.
"Herbert Armstrong," she accused contemptuously, "you are just
ignorant! Everybody who has any education knows human life has come by
I was proud. I had not neglected study and education. I thought I knew the
evolution, and I didn't believe in it. But now I had to admit I had never
thorough, in-depth research of the particular question.
Following on the heels of my wife's "fanaticism," this challenge was
humiliating. This double jolt to my pride hit me immediately after the second
business had been destroyed. The effect was devastating. It was utterly
Nevertheless I was determined to prove both my wife and sister-in-law wrong.
The dual challenge drove me into a determined almost night-and-day research.
intensive study continued for six months before I found the proved answer. Yet
has never ceased to this day.
Both challenges focused on a common starting point -- the book of Genesis in
the Bible and
the subject of origins -- although that was only the beginning.
These challenges came at a period in life when I had ample time on my hands. I
with intense concentration into the study.
Researching the Bible and Darwin
I did not begin the research in Genesis. First I delved thoroughly into the
Darwin, Lyell, Haeckel, Huxley, Spencer, Vogt, Chamberlin and More, and even
earlier works of Lamarck and his theory of "use and disuse," which
Darwin's "survival of the fittest" hypothesis.
Immediately those writings appeared convincing. (They necessarily are, to have
universal acceptance in the world of higher education.) I readily understood
how the field
of education had been gripped in the clutch of the evolutionary concept.
Evolution is the agnostic's or atheist's attempted explanation of the presence
creation without the preexistence of an intelligent Creator.
This initial stage of my research rudely shook my faith in the existence of
brought me to realization that I had assumed the reality of God, because from
had heard, and therefore assumed, it. For a while my head was swimming. Was
all I had ever
believed mere myth and error, after all? Now I was determined to know the
TRUTH! My mind
was being cleaned out from ideas and beliefs previously taken for granted.
Of all the writings on evolution, Dr. P.E. More alone had culled out many
the theory. Yet he, too, went along with the doctrine overall.
But now I had, first of all, to prove or disprove the existence of God. It was
or superficial study. I continued in this research as if my life depended upon
it -- as,
in actual fact, it did, as well as my marriage. I also studied books on the
other side of
Suffice it to say here that I did find irrefutable PROOF of the existence of
Creator -- and I found proof positive of the fallacy of the evolutionary
overwhelming array of college brainwashed minds to the contrary
notwithstanding. I had the
satisfaction of winning the admission of one Ph.D. thoroughly steeped in
thought -- who had spent many years in graduate work at the University of
Chicago and at
Columbia -- that I had definitely chopped down the trunk of the evolutionary
Dr. More, though, she had been so thoroughly brainwashed in evolution she had
in what she had acknowledged was PROOF of its falsity.
Also I had the enjoyment of being able to cause my sister-in-law to "eat
words" branding me as "ignorant." All of which was mere vanity
on my part,
which I had not yet eradicated.
I had proved the reality of THE GREAT MAJESTIC GOD! But my wife's challenge
tormenting my mind. Already, in the evolutionary research, I had studied
I knew each of the world's religions had its own sacred writings. Once God's
proved, I had expected to continue in the pursuit of comparative religions to
see if any
such sacred writings proved authoritative. Through which of these -- if any --
speak to mankind?
Since I had to research the Sabbath question anyway, and already I had delved
Genesis, I decided to continue my study in the Bible.
A Doctrine at a Time
I came across, early, the passage in Romans 6:23: "The wages of sin is
stopped, amazed. "Wages" is what one is paid for what one has done.
Here I was
staring at a statement diametrically opposite to my Sunday school teaching
(prior to age
"Why," I exclaimed, "how can that be? I was taught in church
that the wages
of sin is EVERLASTING LIFE in an eternally burning hell."
Another shock came on reading the last part of the same verse: "but the
gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"But," I questioned in disillusionment, "I thought I already
life am, or I have -- an immortal soul. Why should I need it as a gift?"
I researched the word soul by means of a Bible concordance. Twice I found the
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezek. 18:4 and 18:20).
Then I remembered I had read in Genesis 2 how God said to the first humans,
souls, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
In Genesis 2:7 I read how God formed man of the dust of the ground and
breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life, and man (dust -- matter) "became a living
This stated plainly that a soul is physical -- formed from matter. I found
English word soul is translated from the Hebrew "nephesh" and that
in Genesis 1
fowl, fish and animals -- all three -- were nephesh, as Moses was inspired to
Next, I happened to read where Jesus said, "And no man hath ascended up
but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man" (John 3:13). I
heaven and hell teaching further. I saw where the inspired Peter, on the day
the Holy Spirit, said, "For David is not ascended into the heavens"
In this in-depth study of the Bible, I had the use of all the biblical helps -
concordances, Greek-English and Hebrew-English lexicons, commentaries, Bible
and religious encyclopedias. The latter three of these, I found, were the
scholarly but carnal minds. In historical facts and matters of a material and
nature, they give help in research, but in God's revelation of spiritual
knowledge I found
them of little help.
I also used, in questionable passages, the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek
Testament, with the lexicons. And I used every translation or version then
especially the Moffatt, Ferrar Fenton, Smith-Goodspeed, American Revised and
My Experience Unique
My research was totally different from that of students in a seminary. They
they are taught in the doctrines of their denomination. Education has become a
memory training. The child, and the adult student as well, is expected to
memorize whatever is taught.
For example, in an elementary grade one of my grandsons was once asked by the
"Who discovered America?"
"The Indians," promptly answered the grandson. The teacher was
"No, Larry, don't you know that Columbus discovered America?"
"No, Ma'am, the Indians were already here to greet Columbus when he
The lad was given a zero for his answer and severely instructed to always
the book says Columbus discovered America!
A pupil, or a student in high school or university, is graded on memorizing
what he is taught by the textbook, the teacher, instructor or professor.
In the first dummy copy of the magazine The Plain Truth that I put together in
before the magazine was actually published -- I had an artist draw a picture
schoolroom, with children sitting at the desks, each with a funnel stuck into
his or her
head. The teacher was pouring out of a pitcher ready-made propaganda into each
A student enrolled at a Methodist seminary receives Methodist doctrine and
his head. A Catholic student studying in a Catholic seminary is taught Roman
teachings. A student in a Presbyterian seminary is given Presbyterian
doctrines. A student
in Germany studying history is instructed in one version of World Wars I and
II, but a
history student in the United States is taught a somewhat different version.
But I had been called specially by the living GOD. I was trying to prove the
of what I found clearly and unmistakably to be what the Bible cease! I was
Christ what I did not want to believe but what he showed me was TRUE!
Jesus Christ is the personal Word of God. He, in person, taught the original
and the apostle Paul. The Bible is the SAME Word of God IN PRINT today. Thus
it was the
same Jesus Christ who taught both the original apostles, beginning A.D. 27,
years later, beginning 1927, myself.
And let me add here that my study of God's revelation of truth has never
Christ used me in founding three liberal arts colleges -- including one in
Through constant study, teaching and collaboration with spirit-minded faculty
theological courses, my mind has remained OPEN. And knowledge of God's
revealed truth has
But in my initial six months' intensive in-depth study I was undergoing a
unlearning discovering that church teachings had been the diametric opposite
This is not the place for a lengthy, detailed account of my intensive search
in the Bible,
and of my conversion. I had been bent on proving to my satisfaction that
churches can't be wrong, for their teachings came from the Bible!" The
point here is the simple fact that I did find irrefutable PROOF of the divine
and supreme AUTHORITY of the Holy Bible (as originally written) as the
revealed Word of
God. Even all the so-called contradictions evaporated upon unbiased study.
The most difficult thing for any human mind is to admit being wrong. It was
not more easy
for me than for others. But God had brought me, through circumstances, to the
he had made me willing.
To my utter dismay and chagrin, I was forced to "eat crow" in regard
wife's supposed "fanaticism." It was not what I wanted to believe
then. But by
that time I had taken a severe beating. I had to accept PROVED truth, contrary
to what I
had wanted to believe!
It was humiliating to have to admit my wife had been right and I had been
wrong in the
most serious argument that ever came between us.
But to my utter disappointed astonishment, I found that many of the popular
teachings and practices were not based on the Bible. They had originated, as
history had revealed, in paganism. Numerous Bible prophecies foretold it. The
unbelievable TRUTH is that the SOURCE of these popular beliefs and practices
Christianity was, quite largely, paganism and human reasoning and custom, NOT
I had first doubted, then searched for evidence, and found PROOF that God
exists -- that
the Holy Bible is, literally, his divinely inspired revelation and instruction
I had learned that one's God is what a person aces. The word Lord means MASTER
-- one you
assay! Most people, I had discovered, are obeying false gods, rebelling
against the one
true CREATOR who is the supreme RULER of the universe.
The argument was over a point of OBEDIENCE to GOD. The opening of my eyes to
brought me to the crossroads of my life. To accept it meant to throw in my lot
class of humble and unpretentious people I had come to look upon as inferior.
being cut off from the high and the mighty and the wealthy of this world, to
which I had
aspired. It meant the final crushing of VANITY. It meant a total change of
Life and Death Struggle
It meant real REPENTANCE, for now I saw that I had been breaking God's law. I
rebelling against God in many more ways than just breaking the Sabbath
command. It meant
turning around and going THE WAY OF GOD -- the WAY of his BIBLE -- living
every word in the Bible, instead of according to the ways of society or the
desires of the
flesh and of vanity.
It was a matter of which WAY I would travel for the remainder of my life. I
reached the CROSSROADS!
But I had been beaten down. God had brought that about -- though I didn't
realize it then.
Repeated business reverses, failure after failure, had destroyed self-
confidence. I was
broken in spirit. The SELF in me didn't want to die. It wanted to try to get
ignominious defeat and try once again to tread the broad and popular WAY of
vanity and of
I had been part of this world. I did not realize, then, that this was not
God's world but
Satan's. I came to realize that accepting God's truth meant being called out
of this world
-- forsaking this world and its ways, and even to a great extent my friends
in this world. Giving up this world, its ways, interests, pleasures, was like
dying. And I
didn't want to die. I think one of the greatest tests that everyone whom God
faces, is giving up this world and being part of it. But now I knew that this
was wrong! I knew its ultimate penalty was DEATH. But I didn't want to die
now! It was
truly a battle for LIFE -- a life and death struggle. In the end, I lost that
battle, as I
had been losing all worldly battles in recent years.
In final desperation, I threw myself on his mercy. If he could use my life, I
it to him -- not in a physical suicide, but as a living sacrifice, to use as
he willed. It
was worth nothing to me any longer. I considered that I was only a worthless
human junk not worthy to be cast on the junk pile.
Jesus Christ had bought and paid for my life by his death. It really belonged
to him, and
now I told him he could have it!
From then on, this defeated no-good life of mine was GOD'S. I didn't see how
it could be
worth anything to him. But it was his to use as his instrument, if he thought
he could use
it. JOY in Defeat
This surrender to God -- this REPENTANCE -- this GIVING UP of the world, of
associates, and of everything -- was the most bitter pill I ever swallowed.
Yet it was the
only medicine in all my life that ever brought a healing!
For I actually began to realize that I was finding joy beyond words to
describe in this
total defeat. I had actually found GOD in the study of the Bible -- in the
new TRUTHS, heretofore hidden from my consciousness. And in surrendering to
complete repentance, I found unspeakable JOY in accepting JESUS CHRIST as
and my present High Priest.
I began to see everything in a new and different light. Why should it have
difficult and painful experience to surrender to my Maker and my God? Why was
to surrender to obey God's right ways? WHY? Now, I came to a new outlook on
Somehow I began to realize a NEW fellowship and friendship had come into my
life. I began
to be conscious of a contact and fellowship with Christ, and with God the
When I read and studied the Bible, God was talking to me, and now I loved to
began to pray, and knew that in prayer I was talking with God. I was not yet
acquainted with God. But one gets to be better acquainted with another by
and continuous conversation.
So I continued the study of the Bible. I began to write, in article form, the
things I was
learning. I did not then suppose these articles would ever be published. I
wrote them for
my own satisfaction. It was one way to learn more by the study.
And I can say now, with the apostle Paul, "that the gospel which [is]
preached of me
is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it,
but by the
revelation of Jesus Christ .... But when it pleased God ... to reveal his Son
in me ...
immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither went I [to a
seminary, but I was taught by Jesus Christ, the Word of God (in
That is why I have said the experience I was painfully subjected to in this
intensive study was unique in human life and conduct in our time. I know of no
religious leader who arrived at his teachings in such a manner. This world's
teachings did not come from GOD! Only God is infallibly correct!
I was brought, by the spring of 1927, to a complete MIND-SWEEPING! My mind was
clean of previous assumptions and beliefs -- I had been brought through a
Twice profitable businesses had collapsed, leaving me frustrated.
Then I was brought to acknowledge that whatever religious beliefs I had held
to the truth of God. Not only what I had believed, but also what the churches
I had taken a beating! I had been brought to realize my own nothingness and
had been CONQUERED by the great majestic GOD -- brought to a real repentance -
- and also
brought to a NEW ROCK-BASED SOLID FAITH in Jesus Christ and in God's Word. I
brought to a complete surrender to God and to HIS WORD.
I was baptized, and the infilling of God's Holy Spirit opened my mind to the
UNSPEAKABLE of knowing God and Jesus Christ -- of knowing TRUTH -- and the
warmth of God's
What I once hated I now loved. I found the greatest and most absorbing joy of
my life in
continuing to dig out those gold nuggets of TRUTH from God's Word. Now came a
enthusiasm in Bible study.
And I was led through the years from conversion to understand God's revelation
seven biblical mysteries that have baffled the minds of humanity and to find
that one and
only true Church of God, founded by Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost, A.D.
Evolutionists, educators, scientists, religionists have striven in vain to
mystery of the ages -- the origin of matter, the universe, and of man -- the
humanity -- of awesome human accomplishment paradoxically paralleling human
evils -- of
great minds accomplishing the unbelievable while unable to solve human
I now reveal an astounding, rational, common sense breakthrough to the reader,
SEVEN MAJOR MYSTERIES that have bewildered all humanity.
[Mystery of the Ages Index]