Sermon – “A Scattered Church” – Garner Ted Armstrong Sermon, 1997

The Bible long ago prophesied that the Church of God, the ecclesia of Christ, would in the end time be a scattered weakened force with little power and almost no influence. Has that happened?

Following on from Daniel 11, the longest prophecy in the Bible, of which verse 40 onwards relates to this end time, then follows Chapter 12 and verses 5 to 7.

“5Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”

The last 40 years or so in the history of God’s church has been something to behold. Ranging from complete rejection of the doctrines of the Church of God and the return back into the swill of the world of a large slab of church members to splits and schisms of those who even seek to maintain the truth once delivered. And then of those (now many) groups who maintain a core of true doctrines -bickering, back stabbings, efforts to differentiate on the basis of “new” doctrines – dates, calendars, different times for Feasts, arguments over the Passover, strange rapture like teachings, false teachers stealing members of other churches based on false doctrine. Indeed, the Church of God at large has seen it all. “Scatter the power of the holy people”? Has God ever!

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