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1) Plain Truth Dec
1940: Britain will be conquered by Nazis
2) same: Turkey
will turn traitor to Britain; it stayed neutral
3) 1944 PT: "we
have made but the slightest dent in Jap defenses in the Pacific &
at the present rate, it will take us about 20 years" to defeat
4) 1964 Coworkers
letter: "only 7 years before H-bomb warfare breaks out"
5) May 1965 PT:
"Hitler will be falsely resurrected by the Pope"
6) Feb 1965: by
Meredith: "documented proof Hitler did not die in his bunker"
7) Nov 30, 1963,
coworkers letter: "we have only eight years to finish the Work";
Nov 22, 1963, coworkers letter: "in eight years all of our
ministers will be silenced" - religious persecution on WWCG
8) 13 Dec 1965, HWA
in co-workers letter: "We are in the grand smash climax - only 6
9) July 5, 1967,
coworkers letter by HWA: "the Jews will demolish the Dome on the
9) 1953 PT by Hoeh:
"Kremlin plans for 20 year in Korea" - Eisenhower settled
war within one month
10) June 27, 1964,
Hoeh: "Christ's apostles failed in not starting school like AC"
11) 1955 PT by
Hoeh: "within 20 years this nation will be toppled by worst
drought in its history" - note: 1975 US had one of greatest
grain surpluses and sold it to Soviets
12) 1939 PT:
"Hitler will give his power to Mussolini"
13) 1939 PT:
"Franco will give his power to Mussolini" - note: stayed in
power for 30 years after Mussolini died
14) 1939 PT:
"Ethiopia & Libya will join USSR in WW2" - note: they
were conquered from Italy by Britain within 2 years
15) 1939-40 PT:
"Mussolini will conquer Egypt & Palestine" - note: Dec
1940 30K British troops capture 250K Italian troops
16) April/May 1940
PT: "Today England is a dictatorship as absolutely as that of
Hitler or Mussolini"
17) April 1956 PT
by Hoeh: "Disease epidemics threaten US in 2 years"
18) 1959 PT: "Doom
for US within 10-15 years"
19) 1965 PT by
Meredith: "trade embargo by European Common Market will ruin
Britain and US"
20) 1962 PT by HWA:
"There is no boom in sight" - note: US was at beginning of
biggest boom in history of the world
21) 1959 PT by
Hoeh: "Red China plans spring invasion of India"
22) 1934 PT:
"Christ will return in 1936"
23) 1940 PT:
"Christ will come after 3.5 years of tribulation in October 43"
24) 1982 Coworkers
letter: (for those who claim he mellowed with the years) "I hope
to arrange for the use of Petra as a possible refuge or place of
safety during the Great Tribulation when I see King Hussein. Pray for
25) 1960's PT
repeatedly claimed 1972 would be the year of Christ's coming
26) after 1969: HWA
claimed it would be 1975
27) first half of
1950's PT: Christ would return in 1957
28) 1965 PT: east
Jerusalem would remain in Gentile hands until Christ's coming; note:
less than 2 years later Israelis conquered it
29) 1967 Passover
speaking at Bricket Wood, England: within the year Jordan would
conquer west Jerusalem from Israel; note: within six weeks Israel
conquered West Jerusalem from Jordan
30) 1927-47: 27
major false documented prophecies
already proven wrong. Explains why he had to flee Oregon for
31) 1960's through
early 1970's coworkers letters: Prince Charles will become king of
England & become the wicked prince prophesied in book of Isaiah
32) 1946/47: there
will be no Jewish state in Palestine; reasoning: since Britain &
America are really Israel Palestine must be kept for them in the
33) 1942 PT: Rommel
will conquer Jerusalem & Egypt with help of German army coming
through Caucasus and southern Russia; note - more than 1 million
German/axis troops destroyed in Stalingrad, August 1942 - Feb 1943;
British eighth army destroys Rommel's army at Alamein Nov 1942 &
then advances 1000 miles across Africa
34) 1957 PT:
predicts the Treaty of Rome creating European Common Market will lead
to Catholic/Nazi dictatorship by 1962
35) 1956-1980 PT:
Franz Josef Strauss will be the beast and the man of strife in the
book of Hosea; note - Strauss never became leader of Germany,
defeated by Helmut Schmidt in 1982, died 1988, great ally of US &
Israel all his life
Waterhouse continually: if HWA died, God would destroy the world
37) 1965 PT: by
1969 Britain will be helpless & impoverished seeking help from
38) early 1960's
PT: man will never walk on the moon
1950's/60's/70's PT: US will never win another war; note - 1982
Grenada; 1989 Panama; 1991 Iraq, then rated 4th largest army in the
world, destroyed in 40 days
40) 1982 coworkers
letter: expect Argentina to sink Britain's royal navy in Falkland
war; note - total victory for Britain in less than 2 months,
Argentine airforce destroyed, Argentine dictator falls
41) 1956 onward
after Suez: Britain will never win another war
42) 1956 onward
after Suez: Britain will never regain seagates she lost; note - 1982
Falkland Islands commanding South Atlantic regained
43) late 1960's: by
mid 1970's Britain will have lost all seagates; note - by 1992
Britain still holds Gibraltar, bases on Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ascension,
Mauritius, and other places
44) ?: before June
1944 HWA appears to have predicted on radio the D-Day landings would
45) July 1945:
although Germany is destroyed Japan will develop atomic bomb to
destroy America; note - US atomic bomb already tested in Los Alamos,
key components manufactured in Washington state north of HWA in
Oregon; August 1945 2 US a-bombs dropped on Japan to end war
46) 1956 PT:
Britain will collapse into famine & anarchy within 3-5 years
1960's/70's until 1978 in coworkers letters: he & GTA will be two
witnesses Zerubbabel and Joshua
48) April/May 1978
Worldwide News: HWA teaches you can only come to Christ through him
through government structure: cut yourself off from Christ if you
taught in books/articles: there is no intelligent life in space apart
from angels: let's see who contacts us
Britain will never join European Common Market; note - 1973 Britain
joined European Common Market
51) 1973 onwards:
Britain will leave European Community; note - after 21 years Britain
is still in community
European Community would become German dominated tyranny; note -
1992, after 35 years EC remains most democratic group in European
history & dominated by France
53) 1974 PT: US
will prove unwilling & unable to go to war to protect world oil
supplies from Persian Gulf; note 1991 Gulf War proved them wrong
54) 1934/35 PT:
Mussolini will be world dictator
55) 1948/49 PT:
Germany will become nuclear superpower within five years; note -
instead Soviet Union does in 1949 A-Bomb, 1953 H-Bomb
56) through 1950's:
man would never get into space; note - April 1961 Soviet Cosmonaut
57) Plain Truths
and radio broadcasts: 1947-57: Germany will develop super-V2 rockets
to destroy America's cities.
Instead, when the
long-feared intercontinental ballistic missile was finally developed
in 1957, the first nation to do so was - of course - not Germany at
all, nor even the United States, for that matter, but the Soviet
Union. Herbert, as throughout his long,
shameless and ludicrous career, was even blinder towards Russia than
all the other things he missed. Remember that the stupid old fool
confidently predicted throughout World War II that the Nazis would
force the Russians to their knees. As the Russians were "mere"
Slavs and not either the Anglo-American chosen race nor Hogberg's
German Aryan supermen, neither Herbert
nor his fellow whores ever took them seriously.
58) 1970's: Germany
will make a deal with the Soviets to take over Eastern Europe; note -
1989-91 US negotiates Soviet withdrawal from EE
German unification will be immediately followed by Germany becoming
fierce anti-American nuclear power; note - 1990 united Germany leaves
Warsaw Pact and stays in NATO, US more popular than ever for support
60) 1979 PT by
Hogberg: Panama Canal Treaty means US has forever lost control of
canal; note - 1989 US invades Panama, kicks out anti-American
61) 1966 PT by Dale
Schurter: prepare for famine in US within 3-5 years; note - hundreds
of WWCG farmer members bankrupted following his teaching that
fertilizer was sinful
62) 1966 sermon by
Meredith: within three years by 1969 society will have collapses in
America; millions will flee into cities
63) March 1963 by
Hogberg in first article in PT: worst weather in a decade means start
of famine cycle
64) 1974 PT HWA:
After Nixon's resignation, the United States will never again lead
the world or be effective in war.
65) 1960s-70s PTs:
The United States will never be able to reverse the tide of communism
in the world.
66) 1960s -194-75
PTs: HWA and GTA - Radical Arab threat to the oil fields will lead
Germany and Japan to rearm because America could not protect them. In
the 1991 Gulf War, the opposite happened.
67) HWA throughout
the 1950s and 1960s: When Germany becomes united, it will immediately
turn on America, arm to the teeth with nuclear weapons, and make the
whole world tremble. Instead, German unification was followed by
Germany remaining an ally of America in the NATO alliance and Germany
remained democratic and became less bold on the world stage, not
68) HWA, GTA,
Hogberg etc. al through the 1970s: Defeat for America in Vietnam will
be followed by more Vietnams in Central America. It wasn't.
69) HWA in
mid-1970s newsletter: "Ministers who rebel against me and leave
this organization are reduced to working with their hands" - an
interesting comment on how he saw "the dignity of labor" -
Instead, two of them, Art Makarow and Robert Kuhn, became
millionaires. Another, Ernest Martin, became prosperous, successful
and respected in the Biblical academic community.
70) Repeated 1950s
and 60s HWA theme: Whenever Britain loses a 'sea-gate' it never gets
it back. 1982 Falklands War, Britain regains the Falklands 'sea-gate'
71) Turkey will
prevent the United States Sixth Fleet from fleeing from Nazi European
air attacks and will stab America and Britain in the back. It will
later be destroyed for this treachery. - Plain Truth articles by
Hoeh, Herbert and Meredith in the 1960s.
It never happened,
of course. Just as Turkey never joined Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy
in World War II, despite all of Herbert's
confident and supposedly "knowledgeable" predictions than
bizarre claim, repeated in one form or another by Herbert
for more than 40 years, was based on Herbert
and Hoeh's "scholarly" conclusion that Turkey was Edom of
As usual, there is
absolutely no real evidence at all to support this bizarre
conclusion. But what else would you expect from Hoeh? This is the man
who seriously claimed that Job in the Bible built the Great Pyramid
of Giza although his only argument in favor of it was that the King
James translation of the Bible referred to a "cornerstone"
which "must" have been the capstone of the Great Pyramid.
Hoeh would explain
away all those references to the Chrysler Building being built only
70 years ago come from deceived historians of "The World"
who were part of a conspiracy to prove his two-volume Compendium
72) HWA - 1953
"Middle East in Prophecy" article predicts Russia and China
will never split but will remain united until Christ's coming. They
split in 1958 and remained bitter enemies for more than 30 years.
China never again fell under Moscow's leadership.
73) 1960s -
Predicted Russia and China would mend their split. They never did.
74) 1960s and 70s:
The fall of Vietnam to communism will be followed by the fall of the
rest of Asia. It wasn't.
75) Communism in
Russia will last in Russia until Christ comes back - Repeatedly
written and preached by HWA through 1950s, 60s, 70s and early 80s.
Instead, Communism collapsed in Russia in 1991.
76) HWA, 1956 PT:
"Who will bury who?" Predicts that communism in Russia will
outlive the United States. It didn't. It collapsed in 1991.
repeated HWA prophecy from 1940s through into the 80s: German
unification will lead to European political unity. The opposite
happened. German unification in 1990 led to the collapse of the
European monetary system 2 years later because Germany put funding
reunification first above funding a European currency.
repeated prophecy: creation of a single integrated market in the
European Community will immediately lead to immense wealth there and
America collapsing into poverty. Instead, creation of the integrated
market at the start of 1993 led to European unemployment levels
running at twice America's. While the U.S. economy recovered,
Europe's slumped into depression.
79) 1960s PTs: All
the soil of the U.S. Midwestern "Breadbasket" states will
erode by 1972, leading to famine. Instead, Midwest soil erosion was
largely reversed in the 1980s by an excellent Reagan administration
Department of Agriculture program to plant trees and take other
anti-erosion measures in the region.
80) 1960s PTs: The
new wheat and plant strains of the high-yield "Green revolution"
will cause more famine, not less. The opposite happened. Food yields
in Asia, Africa and Latin America soared over the next 20 years and
outstripped population growth.
81) HWA and Hoeh in
1956 PTs: Predicted Otto Von Habsburg would take over Hungary after
the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The revolution was crushed. 38 years
later, Otto is still waiting.
82) Also repeatedly
predicted Otto would return as emperor of Austria. Again, it never
83) 1953 PT: HWA
predicted that the anti-Communist rising in East Berlin would lead
directly to a restored Nazi Germany. The rising was crushed. 40 years
later, no Nazis have ever taken power in Germany.
84) Early 1950s,
HWA predicted in the PT that a native Egyptian would never rule
Egypt. In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser took power. Herbert
responded by claiming that Nasser was a light-skinned Arab and
not a real Egyptian. In 1970, Nasser died and was replaced by Anwar
Sadat, a black native Egyptian from southern Egypt.
repeated HWA prophecy: The European Community's currency would become
the "Mark of the Beast" - the most powerful currency in the
world. In September 1992, that currency collapsed.
86) Throughout the
1950s and 60s, HWA repeatedly prophesied that "within 3 to 5
years" the bumper grain crops of the U.S. Midwest would
"certainly" vanish. The "certain" date this would
happen by was 1972. Instead, 1972 saw record surpluses which were
sold to Russia to avert famine there.
87) 1961 PT: HWA
prophesied that the Berlin crisis would lead to the collapse of
America and the rise of a united Nazi Germany. Instead, the strong
U.S. response to the Berlin crisis confirmed U.S. leadership in
Europe for more than 30 years, Germany remained divided for almost 30
years, and when it united, it did so as a democratic, American ally.
88) Warned in 1960
that if John F Kennedy was elected president, the Pope would have a
crucial foothold to seize power in America. Again, empty fantasy.
89) He and Dale
Schurter warned farmers against using nitrate fertilizers claiming it
would ruin their lands and would cause famines around the world.
Instead, nitrate fertilizers, developed after the turn of the
century, have fed billions of people. It was farmers who followed HWA
who were ruined when they suddenly abandoned all fertilizers on his
urging and went immediately to compost heaps without easing their
land off it. Hundreds or thousands of families were ruined.
90) 1978 co-worker
letter. HWA predicted that the next pope (who turned out to be John
Paul II) would very rapidly united Europe. He didn't.
91) HWA 1950s
article, often reprinted called: "World War III: There is a way
of escape" There may be. But not through following him.
92) From 1950s
onward, HWA and Hoeh: King Hussein of Jordan will grant the WWCG a
tribulation-time "place of safety" at Petra. 1994, King
Hussein is dying of colon cancer. Extreme Islamic fundamentalists are
threatening to topple his dynasty and seize Jordan.
predicted through the 1940s through 1960s that control of Jerusalem
would be a "stumbling block" to the state of Israel and the
Jewish people. Not so. It proved one of the most powerful forces
keeping them united.
predicted from the 1950s on that "within 3 to 5 years"
Jerusalem would become an internationalized city. 1994, Israel
remains in full control.
95) Claimed in
1950s and 1960s that Britain would plead with Franz Josef Strauss and
Germany to "rescue" it from ruin. Strauss died in 1988.
Britain was riding higher under Margaret Thatcher than it had for 40
96) In 1947-48,
predicted that the violence in Palestine would result in Jerusalem
becoming an international city run by the Pope. It didn't. Jordan
controlled East Jerusalem for 19 years, the state of Israel for the
quarter of a century since.
predicted through the 1960s that the Germany army would "rescue"
the state of Israel from destruction. Again, it never happened. U.S.
military aid saved Israel in 1973 war and helped defend it in the
1991 Gulf war.
98) 1967 PT: The
Israelis will make a deal with the Vatican to build a Third Temple by
1972. Again, it never happened.
99) 1984: On his
last visit to Jerusalem, HWA, realizing that Israeli leaders don't
take him seriously, rants and raves on his last visit there before an
audience of diplomats "prophesying" ruin and destruction
will come after him. He dies in January 1986. The decade which
follows sees unprecedented prosperity and general peace for Israel
and Jerusalem. Even the 1987 Palestinian uprising doesn't dent
Israeli control. Israel gets its inflation under control for the
first time in 20 years and ends a painful 2-year war in Lebanon
successfully immediately after Herbert's
100) After Vietnam,
Britain and America will forever lose the pride in their power.
Instead, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher restored it. However
briefly, that proved this "bold prophecy" false.
101) France, from
1950s, will never again play a major or heroic role in the world.
Instead, the Fifth Republic from 1959 restored French political
102) Germany, in
prophecies from the 1950s on, will become the dominant military power
and the one major nuclear power of Western Europe. Instead, from the
late 1950s, France fulfilled both those roles, and still holds them
35 years later.
103) From 1950s
onwards, predicted that France would never win another war. Instead,
French paratroops smashed the Libyan army in Chad in 1986-87.
104) Predicted that
Germany would dominate the European Community from the 1958 founding
of the Common Market. Instead, France dominated all the main
institutions of the Community and retains this control 36 years
France would follow Germany's lead and be part of the European power
that would destroy Britain and America. Instead, in the mid-1980s,
France rejoined American-led NATO alliance.
Germany would seize the oil of Saudi Arabia. It never happened.
107) March 1950 PT:
On the United Europe: "Definitely Britain will not be in it."
1973-Britain joins the European Community; 1991-EC becomes the
European Union following Treaty of Maastricht. Britain remains a
member to this day.
108) March 1950 PT:
"One third of our people will die from starvation ... - and in
the next FEW YEARS!" Is 48 years just "a FEW YEARS!"?
109) March 1950 PT:
"Most certainly it is easily possible the thing (United Europe)
will be fully developed and ready to strike in seven years! Yes, time
is running out on us." 1957 -Six nation European Economic
Community is in fact founded by the Treaty of Rome (and how Herbert
loved that). Only one problem: it remains after 41 years entirely
democratic and pro-American, and far from bankrupting the United
States, has regularly imported more from us by far than it sells to
110) August 1950
PT: Article entitled "Hitler Did Not Die" - "Thus it
has been proved conclusively and beyond doubt that Hitler did not die
- his body was not there - HE HAD ESCAPED." 1947 - British Prof.
Hugh Trevor-Roper, a British army intelligence officer in Berlin in
1945, publishes "The Death of Hitler." It is an
international bestseller documenting the evidence Hitler died in the
bunker. But Herbert, who had never
visited Berlin when he wrote this, had no doubt he knew better than
the future Regius Professor of History at England's Oxford
University. 1996-97-Opened former Soviet secret archives reveal that
Stalin had the burnt remains of Hitler's body transported to Moscow.
Soviet forensic checks confirmed they were Hitler's remains. Dental
records among others were perfect fit. Russian historians now believe
Stalin deliberately wanted to sow confusion and fear with the
possibility that Hitler was still alive, but only herbert
and his merry men fell for it. They kept falling for it through the
111) August 1950 PT
- "The next Pope will be a miracle worker, a supposed proof that
God is using him to order and pacify the world!" 1958-62 - The
next pope was Pope John XXIII. He never claimed to be a miracle
worker and never tried to organize or pacify the world.
112) May 1954 PT:
One of Herbert's writers , surname
Kenneth Hermann writes with HWA's hands-on approval: "The idea
of men climbing around on the outside of their space suits clad in
pressurized suits is fantastic in the light of these facts."
1961-Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first man in space. 1965-
Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov becomes first human being to walk in
space. Hermann sure was no rocket scientist.
113) April 1956 PT:
Herman Hoeh: "PLAGUES coming - and, according to this prophetic
warning, in about two years from now." This from the man who
recently said, "If you believe everything we say, you're not
thinking." How true.
114) Same issue,
same "scholar.": "We have about reached our population
peak, despite the guesses of our political and industrial planners."
As usual, their guesses were a lot better than his. U.S. population
in 1956, 180 million. U.S. population in 1998, 270 million, an
increase of 90 million, or 50 percent.
115) Same issue,
same "scholar" - "Many of you will remember that over
three years ago we told you of the strong indication that the last
half of this - God's - Work of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom of
God to all the world would probably end in 1972." They couldn't
even get their own activities straight. In fact, after the fiasco of
the end that didn't come in 1972, herbert
revised his definition of what spreading the gospel meant to buy his
way into brief meetings with leaders around the world. Curiously,
many of them got toppled from office or even murdered (like President
Allende of Chile) within a month of meeting him. The accepted
worldwide line on that: "Satan is removing these men before they
can act on God's message." No one remarked that this
interpretation made Satan out to be more powerful than God. The
common sense "religious" interpretation, these people came
under a curse for meeting herbert or
listening to him in the first place.
116) Same issue,
still Hoeh: "This SEVEN YEARS of national trouble take us - if
the dates which appear so definitely indicated by these prophecies
are correct - from 1965 to 1972!" Wrong again. There a re a lot
of Americans who regarded LBJ and Nixon as "national trouble"
enough, not to mention Vietnam and race riots. But during those
years: no plague, no nuclear attacks, no military invasion of the
United States and no famine.
117) Same issue,
same author: "The sword of Communism and of the revived fascism
in Central and Southern Europe will begin (by 1965) to bring us to
our knees." No revived fascism in south or central Europe in
1965, nor over the next 30 years. As for communism, after Leonid
Brezhnev became Soviet leader in 1964, nuclear tensions with the West
dramatically eased. By 1972, Brezhnev, with Nixon, had inaugurated
the era of superpower d,tente, at the very time herbie and herman had
for so long claimed America would be destroyed.
118) Same issue,
still hoeh (If you wonder if he ever shut up, the answer is 'No'):
"In another 10 years for fear of Communist terrorism it won't be
safe to live in Asia or Africa." 1975-U.S. forces were finally
driven out of Vietnam and Indochina, but U.S. military bases remained
secure everywhere else in Asia. The only part of the world in those
years where American civilians faced a real threat of personal
terrorism was the Arab Middle East; Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia were
119) Same issue,
same hoeh, still in 1956: Refers to "the coming
Fascist-religious revival of Europe that will conquer us within a
prophetically indicated 17 years." 1973 - President Nixon and
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger proclaim "Year of Europe".
European Community expands to include Britain and Ireland among
others. Needless to say, no fascism, no conquest. The challenge to
the United States comes from the Arab and other oil producing nations
who quadruple the price of oil, crippling European economic growth"
120) August 1957
PT: Another old favorite still with us today. Roderick Meredith: "at
the conclusion of the drought and floods we are now just beginning to
suffer this nation is going to be punished by horrifying DISEASE
EPIDEMICS - plagues." When? He approvingly cites a 1956 Plain
Truth title: 'Disease Epidemics Threaten USA in Two Years!"
Clearly, 1958 was meant. Meredith continued, "In addition to
those warnings ...we will soon find that hoof-and-mouth disease will
spread COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL!" The only thing that spread
out of control, then and the next 40 years, was the disease of his
own big mouth.
121) Same article,
same Meredith: "After 1965 we are destined to run into increased
trouble with the Gentile nation. America and Britain will begin to
suffer from trade embargoes imposed by the Brown and Oriental races
and by the coming German-dominated 'United States of Europe.' ...We
will begin to experience the pangs of starvation and of scarcity of
goods." The close student of herbert-ology should note here the
extreme PRECISION with which NOT ONLY herbert BUT ALSO his disciples
got even the smallest and most unlikely points WRONG!!! 1965-73 - Not
only no trade embargoes or shortages of goods in America and Britain,
but the greatest material prosperity in history for both countries.
Far from imposing any trade embargo on dealing with the United
States, East Asia began its modern industrial "miracle"
with booming exports to America precisely during those years. Even
when an economic embargo DID rock Britain and America eventually, it
took herbert and his disciples completely by surprise. It came from
the Arab oil producers and Iran in 1973-74. The "Brown" and
"Oriental" "Races", to use Meredith's
condescending terms, had nothing to do with them at all.
122) January 1955
PT: hoeh: "We face a national catastrophe by 1975.. . we will be
totally consumed and carried away captive to other nations as slaves
within twenty years." No.
123) October 1958
PT: hoeh, whose imagination could always be relied upon to be
particularly fevered behind his "scholarly" act, writes
article entitled "U.S. and Britain and Nazi UNDERGROUND Behind
Arab Crisis." In fact, it was Arabs who were behind "the
Arab crisis." In the 40 years since then, Nazism has never been
a significant ideology in the Arab world. Instead, the crises in
Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq in 1958 were fueled by a wave of Arab
socialism, still reflected 40 years later in the Ba'athist Arab
Socialist ideologies of Syria and Iraq. And they were backed by the
Soviet Union. 40 years on, Russia remains a significant ally to those
nations. Herbie and Hermann's fevered predictions that Israel and
other countries would eventually be "overthrown" by German
or Catholic European invasion have never happened or come close to
looking as if they would ever happen.
January 1967: Hogberg - "There WILL be an end to strife and
struggle among men and nations. And in less than 10 years!" Did
strife and struggle among men and nations end by 1977? Wrong as
125) PT: May/June
1941: HWA - "Hitler now emerges as the "BEAST" of
Revelation!" Hitler certainly was a beast, but not THAT one and
Herbert was sure no Elijah."
126), 127), 128)
and 129) PT: Same issue, same self-styled "prophet" -
"Bible prophecy ... shows the Roman Axis forces will take Egypt,
Suez, Palestine - even Gibraltar."
sentence deserves to be recorded and treasured. Even for herbert, it
sets a record for outrageousness and sheer, monumental incompetence
and stupidity. Four (Count 'em, FOUR) false prophecies in one
Nazi-Italian army of Gen. Erwin Rommel in North Africa never took
Egypt, Suez or Palestine. It was virtually annihilated by the British
Eighth Army under Gen. Bernard Montgomery at the battle of Alamein in
November 1942. The British rock fortress of Gibraltar was never even
threatened by the Italians or the Germans.
prophecies looked most likely to happen in the summer of 1942 when
Rommel's Afrika Korps, having advanced nearly 1,000 miles, was only
around 100 miles from Alexandria. Then Montgomery smashed them.
raises the interesting possibility: Does the Western World owe its
deliverance in World War II to the fact that herbert was a false
prophet as God always seemed to go out of His way to prove herbert
ridiculous and wrong? If herbert had prophesied an Allied victory,
would Hitler have won? Therefore was herbert the false prophet
Churchill's most secret and powerful (not to mention loathsome)
as soon as he had printed these words, Britain started to go UP. The
German battleship Bismarck was sunk in May 1941 ending the most
serious threat to Britain's Atlantic convoy lifeline. On June 22,
1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and the year-long blitz on
Britain's cities ended as the Luftwaffe was switched to the new
Sept/October 1941: "Plain Truth readers know world events before
The only world events millions of Plain Truth
readers knew before they took place were the ones that never
132) Same issue,
same article: "Hitler MUST BE THE VICTOR in his present Russian
Don't you just love the old fool's capital letters
and exclamation marks? The bigger the lie, the more hysterical he was
in hammering it home. And he got away with this for 50 years. Indeed,
practice makes perfect, the longer he did it, the more he deceived.
But he could never stop screwing up on everything he opened his big
mouth on. Two months after that was written, on Dec. 6, 1941, the
first great Red Army counter-attack rolls Hitler's Wehrmacht back
from the suburbs of Moscow. Advance Panzer officers could even see
the Kremlin in the viewfinders of their tanks. If Herbert had not
prophesied their victory, they might even have occupied it.
133) Same issue,
same article, same "prophet": "A settlement will be
reached, giving Hitler the supplies and resources he must have and
undoubtedly part of Western Siberia."
No settlement between
Hitler and Stalin was ever reached, in large part to the flood of
American supplies to Russia under President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's Lend-Lease program, which Herbert then and later
endlessly sneered at and belittled.
134) Same sentence.
Once again we see the strange, unerring accuracy with which herbert
was unerringly wrong about even the finest and most obscure details.
Hitler never got the oil and mineral wealth of the Soviet Union. His
main effort to do so was never directed at Siberia anyway but at the
far richer and more accessible oil territories of the Caspian Basin,
but he diverted his drive there to subdue Soviet resistance at
Stalingrad and suffered catastrophic defeat. Far from Hitler winning
the resources of Siberia by his drive on Russia, it was the 50 tough
Siberian divisions of the Soviet army which were transported 3,000
miles who threw his Army Group Center back from the gates of Moscow
in December 1941.
135), 136) and 137)
Same article, same same herbert: "The Red Army is unable to
attack him as Hitler turns his wrecking machine to the British Isles,
the United States and Palestine (Herbert)."
Apart from a bombardment by V1 flying bombs in the second half of
1944, Hitler never again had the chance to turn his wrecking machine
136) The United States never suffered a single fatal casualty on its
land territory through the whole of World War II from German Nazi
actions, while an estimate 80 million people died as a result of the
There was very little air attack on Palestine, then a British-ruled
territory and not a single death from land attack during World War
repeated predictions that Hitler and Mussolini would also conquer
Syria, Jordan and the rest of the Middle East during World War II.
139) Same article,
same writer: "Hitler will emerge from this Russian campaign
stronger than ever."
Hitler emerged from his Russian campaign
dead, with his bodies burned to cinders after being doused in
gasoline as the victorious Red Army sacked his capital city Berlin.
The invasion of Russia was Hitler's biggest mistake. Maybe he did it
because he'd been reading the Plain Truth too.
140) Repeated Plain
Truths throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Former German Defense Minister
Franz Josef Strauss will unite Germany and make it the leader of the
died in 1988, two and a half years after herbert. It seemed that
German unification could not take place until both of them were dead
and and happily out of the way. The collapse of communism in East
Germany began in August 1989, less than a year after Strauss's death.
Neither he, nor Otto von Hapsburg, nor -for that matter- the pope -
had anything to do with it... (Which leads to the thought, did Franz
Josef Strauss die crying out "Armstrong, you old fool! You lied
to me! I NEVER became chancellor of Germany."?)
141) PT, March
1966: Charles Dorothy: "Hitler escaped, probably to Argentina."
142) PT, "The
Day of the Eternal ... is going to strike between 5 to 10 years from
Well, we did get a believing Southern Christian in the
White House in Jimmy Carter. But otherwise, as usual, God somehow
refused to arrange His timetable according to herbert's predictions.
United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy," 1967
events prophesied to strike the British and American peoples in the
next four to seven years are SURE! ... These colossal world events,
shrinking the first two world wars into insignificance, WILL COME, on
dead in Vietnam War, 55,000. U.S. combat dead in World War II, over
half a million. Soviet dead in World War II, 27 million. Apart from
Vietnam, during the years herbert prophesied of catastrophe: The
longest domestic economic boom in U.S. history continued and was
followed by a serious recession, but nothing remotely comparable to
any of the Boom-or-Bust cycles before the Great Depression. The
United States lands human beings on the Moon.
joins the European Community, but retains both her prosperity and her
Israel is taken by surprise in Arab attacks in the 1973
Yom Kippur War, but wins the war after throwing back Egypt and Syria.
Total Israeli dead, 3,000, out of 3 million: heavy, but much less
than the 10,000 out of 500,000 in its 1948 War of Independence.
when "colossal world events" did happen, herbert failed to
144) PT June 1934:
herbert drew a chronological chart of End-Time events. He labeled the
year 1936 as the end of the time of tribulation and "the End of
the Age."v The Book of Herbert: "In the beginning, was the
145) PT July 1962:
28 years on from the last example and neither the pitch nor its
falsehood has changed one inch.
"Do these heads of state know
that a whole third of the Bible is prophecy -m and that about 90
percent of that lays bear in advance world events that will occur
within the next ten to fifteen years from now?"
Now, here is
a challenge to put a little zest into that stale Bible study of
yours, dear reader. Since, of course, herbert MUST BE RIGHT!!! -Go
and find the fall of Richard Nixon, Watergate, the Viking probe
landing on Mars, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, the Pittsburgh Steelers
and the first Star Wars movie in the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and
Zechariah! With herbert's example in creative Bible-interpretation
before you, it should be easy.
146) Also July 1962
PT: Herman Hoeh (NOTE: Why ever bother calling him "doctor"
since it was an "Ambassador College" "degree" and
for that ridiculous "Compendium" at that which even he has
spent the past 25 years trying to bury?) "Russia and China Will
Not Split!" .... "So Russia and China are to remain
It is impossible to out-herbert herbert in
ridiculousness, but for more than 45 years, hoeh has shown repeatedly
why he deserves the silver medal as runner-up. Any disciple of
herbert WILL get the future wrong, but it takes even among them a
special genius to screw up the PAST too. The Sino-Soviet split
between the Soviet Union and China happened publicly in front of the
whole world in 1958. Four years later, hoeh had still missed it.
147) PT, January
1963: HWA - "Possibly not more than seven years from now -
America suddenly will wake up to the gigantic THREAT that shall be
rising, or even then have arisen, in Europe. ...."
proved to be one of the most peaceful, stable decades in 20th century
European history. There was economic recession and belt-tightening
from rising Arab oil prices, but no major political dislocations in
either east or west. Pro-American sentiments recovered after a surge
of popular hostility over Vietnam in the 1960s.
148) PT, March 1963
- HWA - " ... the present movement of events, together with the
prophecies, strongly indicate that the BIG CRISIS - the threatened
invasion - will not come about until 1972 (I said about). De Gaulle
will be too old by that time. THAT IS ONE REASON HE IS HURRYING"
to unite Europe and keep Britain out.
De Gaulle, the greatest French leader in peacetime in nearly 400
years since King Henry IV, resigned from office after losing a
plebiscite vote in 1969 and died peacefully a year later. He never
wavered from democratic values and freedoms.
endearingly clung to his conviction that Hitler was alive and well
and living in Antarctica (while worldwide "moderates" or
"realists" wrote only that Adolf might be in Argentina).
And, similarly here, he appears to have had a brief but blinding
"revelation" that President Charles De Gaulle was "the
BEAST." (Refer to William Dankenbring's current Triumph ministry
for his argument that King Juan Carlos of Spain is a candidate for
149) PT, June 1963
- Roderick Meredith gets his knickers in a twist claiming that a
"Protestant leader credited the Roman priests of Europe as being
'the minds behind the (European Common) Market', the real planners of
this coming Holy Roman Empire which is prophesied to arise in Europe
and CONQUER America and Britain within the next 10 to 12 years ... It
is later than you think."
34 years on from that remark,
meredith continues to sound off on such subjects, still without
humility, without shame. In fact, the true "Minds behind"
the European Community after World War II were Robert Schumann, Jean
Monnet and - most of all - Winston Churchill, whom herbert had
already predicted years before would be conquered by Hitler.
150) PT August 1963
Ron Kelly, "The prophet Jeremiah looked down into our time today
- at what will take place in America and Britain within the next 10
to 15 years."
the time you want in the book of Jeremiah looking for references to
Britain and America in the years 1973 to 1978 (Mary Tyler Moore, All
in the Family, the last time the Yankees won back to back World
Series, Earl Weaver's Orioles, Terry Bradshaw quarterbacking the
Steelers). But you'll have as much chance of finding anything to
confirm this or the similar claims as you will finding any reference
to Jeremiah tearing off to Ireland and calling himself "Ollam
Fodha" with a princess called "Tea-Tephi."
the city is taken into captivity - yet the other half is not killed
or taken away! So Jerusalem is now READY for his prophecy to be
fulfilled. It is already a divided city. The stage is set!"
than four years later, far from losing Jerusalem, Israel conquered
the other half of it and still retains control at this moment of
writing 31 years later. Not only were the Israelis not taken into
captivity or driven out, they didn't do that to the Arabs either. The
Palestinian Arab population of Jerusalem is at the time of writing
more than double what it was at the time of the Israeli conquest.
152) PT, October
1963: "ALL HUMAN LIFE will be blasted out of existence by
nuclear warfare and other means of mass destruction - perhaps not
more than twelve or fifteen years from now!"
Once again, we
see herbert's unerring ability not just to be broadly, grossly wrong,
but to be even wrong in the fine print details. The years 1975-78,
which he so specifically singled out here, were the high-water mark
of U.S. Soviet d,tente. They saw the negotiating of the two SALT
(Strategic Arms Limitation) treaties and ratification of SALT I and
the signing of the 1975 Helsinki Accords, which greatly eased
East-West tensions in Europe and encouraged the emergence of human
rights movement sin the Soviet bloc.
153) PT, January
1964: herbert prophesied very explicitly that the coming year "shall
increase drought and upheavals in the WEATHER pattern...the trend in
general will continue until - probably by 1971 or 1972 - it will
become an acute disaster, especially to the United States, Canada,
Britain and Australia."
In fact for each of those countries,
1964 was one of the most economically prosperous in their entire
histories till then. Still, doesn't it make you wonder what herbert
would have done with global warming and el nino. He'd have loved
154) PT, March
1964: hoeh, "We face a national catastrophe before 1975!
...(God) will let our own lusts cause such drought, floods,
pestilences and famines that we will be totally consumed and carried
away captive to other nations as slaves within probably eight or ten
pause, dear reader, to wonder, does God exist and does any of this
matter to Him? Herbert in his time, and today Hoeh, Dankenbring,
Meredith, McNair and the rest of them, if they had any sense, really
ought to pray that God either doesn't exist, or is NOT as the Bible,
both Old and New Testaments, portrays Him. Because if those books are
accurate, those men face fates far worse than ordinary death when
they are judged for their unrepentant lifetimes of claiming to speak
in God's name when He made it repeatedly clear by the outcome of
events that He never sanctioned or "called" ANY of them.
admittedly the United States did elect Republican President Ronald
Reagan who, along with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
forced the principles of sound currency and free markets with minimum
government investment on the industrialized world. But strangely
enough this wasn't what hoeh had in mind.
another false prophecy, another foul lie. In fact, the years 1967-70
saw the Catholic Church charity organization Caritas make far greater
and more successful relief efforts to save hundreds of thousands of
starving children (hundreds of thousands died anyway) in the Nigerian
Civil War than all other groups combined. The 1966 Medellin accords
opened a new era of respect and support for human rights in the
Catholic Church throughout Latin America.
"Babylon will never be rebuilt"
A centerpiece claim
from his "Proof of the Bible" booklet. In fact, the Iraqi
government started to rebuild the ruins of ancient Babylon in 1978.
In 1982, during the Iran-Iraq war, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein,
who came to power in 1979, massively expanded that project. It has
since become one of the biggest, most ambitious archaeological
reconstruction projects in history.
in both Old and New Testament prophecy always means Rome.
-arguably - the case in the Book of Revelation. But even there, the
"Rome" in question would not be the Catholic Christian
Church. That identification would have been meaningless to any of the
readers of the book of Revelation for 200 years after it was written.
Rather, the term would have referred to the pagan Roman Empire of the
time which had fitfully slaughtered Christians under such emperors as
Nero and Domitian.
Herbert - old "Dr. Confusion" himself - accepted that the
"Babylon" of the prophets really WAS Babylon. He took its
destruction in "The Proof of the Bible" AS a 'proof' of the
Bible. But if Babylon WAS 'Babylon' then it could NOT be ROME as
well. "Get it??" - as that repulsively stupid old loon
Gerald Waterhouse would, as ever, have charmingly said.
one dates from the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which founded the European
Economic Community, then of six nations, or the 1991 Treaty of
Maastricht which created the current European Union, the EU has been
the largest, longest lasting, most popular and most stable DEMOCRATIC
political system in European history.
behind his bluster showed the same ignorant incompetence about
macroeconomics as he had in his crackpot little private business.
adventures in Chicago and Oregon. EEC growth rates were spectacular
from 1957 to 1973 in the six nation Common Market. But after that
date, the more the Europe Community expanded in size, the slower its
growth rates became, the more it lagged behind the United States and
East Asia, and the higher its unemployment rates grew.
virtually all of the past decade, EU growth rates have been running
far behind America's, EU unemployment rates are double those of the
United States, and per capita wealth is also far less and ever
falling further behind. Also, while the United States continues to
run enormous annual trade deficits with Japan and the East Asian
nations, it prospers from a favorable balance of trade with the
the two nations by the 1980s which controlled more of the American
economy than any other were Britain and the Netherlands, both
Protestant European nations which in Herbert's interpretation -
virtually totally stolen from Joseph Allen without any
acknowledgement - are "Israelite." The third largest
overseas investor in the U.S. domestic economy is Japan.
no mere "American" department store was good enough for
Herbert, and he had to do HIS part to impoverish America by exporting
millions of dollars to buy worthless imports. But, no doubt, he could
have justified his actions by arguing that he was doing his bit to
fulfill prophecy by doing all he personally could to destroy the
163) Herbert -
again in repeated Plain Truth and radio ravings in the 1950s and
1960s - The European Commission in Brussels, Belgium which runs the
united Europe will become a super-efficient , computerized tyranny
that will keep track of every individual by a number, the "Mark
of the Beast", which will be stamped on every individual.
and lurid stuff. Instead, the European Commission in Brussels has
become a symbol of bureaucratic incompetence and selfish pork-barrel
politics, which makes our own underrated Congress look like a paragon
of super efficiency and virtue.
course, if you believe William Dankenbring and "The X-Files",
the U.S. government is more evil than Hitler. But even Chris Carter,
who writes the wonderful stories of "The X-Files doesn't believe
them, and "The X-Files" are more believable than
Dankenbring's neo-Herbertian prophetic ravings ANY day.)
164) Herbert -
Plain Truths of the 1940s and 1950s - The Pope who would follow Pope
Pius XII, who died in 1958, would mercilessly crush all dissent and
slaughter millions of Protestants in a new Holocaust which would
dwarf the Nazi crimes of World War II.
again, we must pause to appreciate Herbert's unerring ability not
just to be ludicrously wrong, but to be wrong in every minor yet
unerring detail. If God is Truth and Satan is the Father of Lies,
which one of them can possibly have been inspiring him, especially as
to the day he died he repeatedly insisted that God Himself had often
been a liar by deliberately deceiving HIM?
who succeeded Pius XII as head of the Roman Catholic Church was John
XXIII, who - far from slaughtering Protestants or stirring up hatred
against them - summoned the Vatican Two Council and inaugurated a
new, unparalleled era of dialogue, tolerance and mutual cooperation
between the Catholic and Protestant churches.
wanting to unleash a new Holocaust on the world, as Herbert
repeatedly insisted he would, John XXIII, as the papal ambassador to
Romania during World War II, was directly responsible for saving
hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination. He
brought courageous and fearlessly outspoken pressures on the Romanian
government, which was allied to Hitler, threatening divine judgment
on anyone from the king down who cooperated with the murderers.
of you, dear readers, like The Watcher who authors this report, were
subjected for decades to Herbert and Company's endlessly brainwashing
about the supposed diabolical evil of the Catholic Church, ask
yourselves the following questions:
courageous and outspoken was Herbert on the great moral American
social issue of HIS day, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s
and 1960s? In fact, he and "Doctor" Herman Hoeh repeatedly
taught through the 1950s that Dr. (a real PhD, unlike Hoeh's) Martin
Luther King was just a communist dupe whose movement would destroy
the United States from within and prepare the way for the final
Nazi-Catholic European conquest. Wrong again.
D) If you
regard yourself as a Christian, ask yourself, who is inspired by real
Christianity and who by Satan? Those who, regardless of the details
of their creed , believe the teachings of the new testament, try to
do good in the world, work to protect and rescue the sick, the
innocent and the threatened, and who try to build bridges of love and
understanding to those who believe differently from themselves?
165) Not deterred
by making such a fool of himself in his predictions about John XXIII,
Herbert applied his prophetic powers with equal confidence to the
next pope, Paul VI. In numerous Plain Truth editorials and other
articles through the late 1960s, he repeatedly predicted that Paul
would raise the Catholic Church to a level of world power and
confidence that it had never experienced in history.
Paul really wanted to achieve that goal, his best course of action
would have been to persuade Herbert to prophecy the ruin of the
Catholic Church because, of course, precisely the opposite would have
happened. As it was, Paul's pontificate was the most troubled for the
Catholic Church in a century as it was rocked by dissidents from left
and right simultaneously and lost hundreds of thousands of priests
worldwide in defections over birth control and celibacy policies and
166) Plain Truth
articles by Herbert, Raymond "Einstein" McNair and others
in the 1960s: The German army will be called in to SAVE the state of
Israel from the grievous wounds inflicted on it, presumably in defeat
by the Arab armies.
It is easy
to successfully predict the obvious, for example, in 1974, that the
Pittsburgh Steelers would go on to win more Super Bowls. A true
prophet, of course, would predict something that would appear
inconceivable, for example, saying in the late 1970s that George
Steinbrenner would bungle his ownership of the New York Yankees so
much that it would take then 20 years to win another World Series.
enough, in the middle and late 1970s, it was the ISRAELI army that
SAVED Germany! German democracy was being threatened, not by
neo-Nazis, as Herbert had for so long predicted, but by the ruthless,
highly competent extreme-communist terrorists of the Baader-Meinhof
Gang and the Red Army Faction.
commando and counter-intelligence experts from the Israeli army and
secret service helped the democratic German government of Chancellor
Helmut Schmidt set up GSG-9, an elite commando and counter-terrorist
unit, which smashed the terror groups. In the decades since then,
intelligence and security cooperation between Israel and Germany has
remained close and mutually beneficial.
167) The European
Beast power will rise by 1982 at the very latest since that comprises
the ending of the 2,520 year "Time of the Gentiles"
referred to in Luke 21:24, which began with the fall of Babylon.
Herbert crammed together even more stolen ideas, false assumptions,
incompetent fake scholarship and mutually conflicting ideas than
usual, which is really saying something.
crucial prophecy attributed to Jesus in Luke 21 nowhere refers to the
fall of Babylon, it discusses the period of time Jerusalem, not
Babylon, would be trodden under by the nations.
whole idea of 2,520 time periods comes from INTERPRETING the "seven
times" repeated in the Leviticus 26 prophecy as seven "prophetic
years" of 360 days each, as this as the length of a year in the
Five Books of Moses.
suggests either that God couldn't count how long an earthly year was;
or that He didn't inspire every word the Bible authors wrote after
all; or that God DID inspire this, and got it right, but that the
earth had a radically different orbit around the Sun in those days.
Take your pick, readers).
whole idea that the "seven times" in Leviticus 26 can be
interpreted this way at all was only cooked up by American
fundamentalists during the Second Awakening movement in the 1820s and
1830s. That was a time when even more half-baked, home spun crackpot
religious, health and other theories were spun than in the 1960s or
our own days. Obviously, it was a time when Herbert would have felt
right at home.
the Luke prophecy is a real one, and if it does refer to the Jewish
people as it appears to, then the obvious dates it would apply to
establishment of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, or the Israeli
capture of the Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967, returning it do
Jewish rule for the first time since the Roman conquest by General
Pompey in 63 BC.
BOTH these dates of intensely dramatic world events occurred during
the height of Herbert's "ministry" but the pompous, corrupt
, arrogantly ignorant old fart couldn't even see what was in front of
his eyes. As documented above, he had repeatedly prophesied that BOTH
the establishment of an independent Jewish state in 1948 AND the
Israeli liberation of the ancient Jewish capital in 1967 would NEVER
speaking at the Ambassador College Bricket Wood campus in
Hertfordshire, England at Passover, 1967 - less than six weeks before
the Israeli conquest of East Jerusalem - Herbert prophesied that
BEFORE THE YEAR WAS OUT, the army of King Hussein of JORDAN, would
capture WEST Jerusalem from Israel! Ooops. But Herbert was
undeterred. His lifelong admiring study of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' is a
repeatedly documented fact. But it seems like he'd studied George
- correctly - that Herbert had predicted that Jerusalem would be
reunified in war by the end of the year. They only left out that he
had ALSO predicted that the city would be captured BY the very nation
that in fact lost it, and that it would be captured by the very
nation that in fact won it!
of course, NO American astronaut returned from the Moon DEAD! Nine
American Apollo missions carrying 27 astronauts orbited the Moon
between December 1968 and December 1972 and 12 of them actually
walked on the surface of the Moon. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE 27
Americans returned to Earth without even a scratch, including the
three who survived the explosion that wrecked the Apollo 13
spacecraft before it even reached the Moon!
leaders of NASA and the surviving astronauts including Neil
Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and - most of all - Jim Lowell and his
crewmates on Apollo 13, owe Herbert an enormous debt. They probably
lived BECAUSE he prophesied their DEATHS! Had Herbert prophesied
American success, the Russians would probably have beaten us to the
Moon. So NASA, like the Allies of World War II, owe Herbert a great
debt for prophesying their failure. It was then a certainty that God
would guarantee their success to proclaim his rejection of Herbert
Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, "A week is a long time
in politics." For all Herbert's addiction to 2,520 years time
cycles, a week seems to be an even longer time in prophecy. You can
get away with whatever you want because the poor boobs will just
forget you ever said it in the first place. None of Herbert's
repeated arrogant stupidities on this issue seemed to dent his
following or income in the slightest. William Dankenbring, currently
dropping heavy and far from subtle hints that he is Elijah, has
adopted that principle eagerly. Four and five years ago he was
confidently claiming that the 1993 Oslo accord between Israel and the
Palestinians contained a secret agreement in which the Palestinians
agreed to let Israel build a Third Temple on the holy mount in
Jerusalem beside the Muslim mosques there. Needless to say, no such
agreement was ever reached.
was NEVER an American PATRIOT! He HATED and DESPISED democracy and
spent a quarter of a century screaming abuse at three of the greatest
presidents in our history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman
and Dwight D. Eisenhower. He repeatedly prophesied FALSE doom and
destruction on the Home Front in World War II. In Britain during that
war, he would certainly have been jailed. Had his broadcast have been
carried by Nazi Germany, he would certainly have been (deservedly)
hanged as a traitor. Now, in the 1960s, during the height of the
historic confrontation between capitalist democracy and communist
tyranny to determine the future of the world, we find him again
FALSELY prophesying the failure, humiliation and defeat of his own
country. What a repulsive little SLUG he truly was!
hell did HERBERT know about the U.S. space program? Absolutely
nothing that he didn't copy from "Reader's Digest" of
course. Or, about as much as Dankenbring seems to have known about
the Oslo peace accord. The trick for these people is to SOUND as if
they know what they're talking about. Remember, Herbert was a man
whose great "scholar" was brain-scrambled Herman Hoeh and
whose great "scientist" for decades at Ambassador College
was Hegvold, who claimed to have worked for NASA, but who sure was no
rocket scientist. He couldn't even complete a single, coherent spoken
169) NO life will
be discovered on Mars. In 1997, the National Aeronautical and Space
Administration (NASA) announced that a meteorite identified as being
from Mars that was found in Antarctica contains unmistakable
indications of organic life.
170) Assyria is
modern day Germany. - Found in "The United States and British
Commonwealth in Prophecy."
This assertion, repeated ad
nauseum for the 40 years up to Herbert's death, is still, of course,
fervently believed by the poor deluded fools who still follow Gerald
Flurry, old "Rod of Iron" (and rusting) Meredith, and
Dankenbring. But it is a classic example of the great neurologist
Pavlov's condition, and of Josef Goebbels principles of lies and
propaganda. The bigger the lie, the longer and louder you shout it,
then the MORE it will be BELIEVED!!!! GET IT!!!!
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO, REPEAT NO EVIDENCE AT ALL to link Germany
with Assyria in ANY WAY WHATSOEVER! The only thing in the way of
historical "evidence" that Herbert could even get his
endlessly inventive and imaginative chief ideologist Herman "German"
Hoeh to come up with was the typically Hoeh argument that the
Hessians of Germany who sent mercenary soldiers to fight with Britain
to crush American Independence in 1776 were descended from the
Hittites, who were the neighbors of the Assyrians because Hess
sounded a lot like Hitt-ite.(GET IT???????).
is absolutely NO historical, archaeological or mythical evidence,
EVER, ANYWHERE, that the Germans were descended from the Assyrians.
Nor is there ANY evidence that the ancestors of the Germans EVER
lived ANYWHERE in the Middle East. There is NO linguistic connection
between them either. Nor did ANY Germans EVER claim such descent,
unless you include Herbert's German-American buffoons Hoeh and Gene
"Never Saw a Nazi I didn't Love" Hogberg (Name literally
means "Pig Mountain" or "Huge Ritually Unclean Lump of
Pork" and God CALLS people WHAT THEY ARE!!!!!! As Gerald "House
of Piss" Waterhouse incontestably observed.)
the ONLY part of "US and BC in Prophecy" that is NOT
LITERALLY STOLEN - paragraph by paragraph and sentence by sentence -
from Joseph H. Allen's "Joseph's Birthright and Judah's Scepter"
is the bit Herbert stuck on to the end of it claiming that Germany
was prophetically certain to destroy Britain and America BECAUSE they
were the descendents OF the Assyrians.
this point, it is inevitable that some smart-ass Armstrong-ian
"intellectual" will ask with a self-satisfied smirk"
"Well, if the Germans weren't the Assyrians, then who ARE the
Assyrians??" ANSWER: "The Assyrians are the Assyrians,
bird-brains. They exist. They still live in the north of Iraq where
Assyria was located. " There are only a few hundred thousand of
them and Saddam Hussein has whipped them particularly savagely. But
they are there. They claim the descent. Historical records support
their claim. And so does the genetic and genealogical evidence.
to this is simple, these particular prophecies have ALREADY BEEN
FULFILLED way back in 720-700 BC when the 10 northern tribes of
Israel were conquered and deported by the Assyrians. That of course,
is for believers who believe the recorded prophecies were in fact
made BEFORE those events, and not for skeptics who believe they were
written and retroactively made to fit after the event in order to
will arm to the teeth and terrorize the world as soon as it reunites"
- Herbert and co repeatedly in the Plain Truth and on his radio
broadcasts throughout his "High Summer of Lies" from 1947
Wrong again. Germany reunited in 1990, joined the
U.S.-led North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) and promptly began to SLASH
its military expenditures, which had never been high in the first
place. NOT A SINGLE SENIOR OFFICER in the old communist, anti-Western
East German People's Army was allowed to serve in the new united
German Bundeswehr, or Federal German Army.
172) "A KEY to
understanding END-TIME prophecy is the fact that God arranged
Biblical events as a TYPE for this END TIME" - Principle
screamed out by Herbert ad nauseum for nearly 40 years until 1972
until he superficially wanted to at least appear respectable.
with the "Assyria is Germany" scam, THERE IS NOT A WORD OF
TRUTH to this claim, which is endlessly repeated by Flurry,
Dankenbring and many other "sons of Herbert" to this day.
The Orthodox Jewish commentators and rabbis never taught or believed
it. They maintained that many Biblical prophecies were fulfilled in
ancient times while many others are yet to be fulfilled before and
when the Messiah finally comes. This has also been the mainstream
position of major Christian churches across the centuries and
Herbert DID NOT
SPEAK A WORD OF HEBREW, ARAMAIC OR GREEK in his life. His chief
"scholar" was just as laughably ignorant and inept. The two
of them were even forced to admit in 1972 that they had mistranslated
an extremely common little Hebrew preposition for decades so that -
apart from all their other false reasoning - they had put their
observance of Pentecost on Monday rather than Sunday JUST BECAUSE
THEY WERE STUPID!!! Their defense of course, was that it was ALL
173) Herbert - "It
has never been our intention to SET DATES!" (capital letters and
exclamation mark in the original) - Written in "Tomorrow's
World" magazine in February 1972.
Testament repeatedly teaches us that GOD is the father of TRUTH and
SATAN is the father of LIES. In that case, which of the two of them
was Herbert's spiritual father?? This lie is SO outrageous and SO
blatant that even Hitler, Goebbels and Josef Stalin would have been
impressed. Pick up your copy at once, dear reader, of "1984"
by George Orwell (and if you don't have a copy, buy one in paperback
immediately, as a "recovering herbert-aholic THAT book, along
with "The True Believer" is essential for your multi-step
recovery program). In the middle of a rally, Eurasia stops being the
hated enemy and becomes the valued ally, while Eastasia, which had
been the hated and feared racial threat, immediately becomes the
gallant ally instead, AND NO ONE REMEMBERS THAT ONLY A MINUTE BEFORE
IT WAS THE OTHER WAY ROUND!
years, (Interestingly, that figure is two 19 year time cycles. But 19
is one year less than 20, the number of God-approved patience
according to traditional Biblical numerical symbolism - See "Numbers
in Scripture" by E. W. Bullinger. The implication therefore is
that Herbert's 38 year period of prophesying from 1934 to 1972 was
NOT a GOD-APPROVED time period and was just a trying WASTE OF
TIME!!!!. You see? The Watcher can play these mind-numbing mind games
to stupefy his readers just as well as any of Herbert's crazed
dupes), from 1934 to 1972, Herbert had deceived and ruined hundreds
of thousands of people by terrifying them into following him in order
to escape destruction and torture at the hands of the Nazis and their
supposed successors, and his entire "ministry" FROM THE
FRONT PAGE OF THE VERY FIRST ISSUE OF THE PLAIN TRUTH" "had
been based on repeated patterns of false prophecy TO WHICH EXACT
DATES HAD ALWAYS BEEN SET - within, at the very broadest margin
"three to five years from the present."
here he is, sweet as pie, bare-facedly claiming that all those 38
years of rantings "NEVER HAPPENED!!!!" Not only did the
fraudulent old fart spend a lifetime falsifying the FUTURE, he even
ended up FALSIFYING THE PAST.
also note here that Herbert's ENTIRE ministry lasted 52 years EXACTLY
from Jan. 7 (Christmas Day according to Orthodox Christian reckoning
) 1934 to Jan. 7, 1986 when he formally handed over the reins - or so
we were told - to Joe Tkach, Snr. Promptly going on to die 9 days
later. Now, 52 is four 13 year cycles and 13 is the Biblical number
for REBELLION AGAINST God's government. Wasn't Herbert's infamous
52-year career as a self-appointed prophet and apostle one long sick
joke against ANY kind of traditional Christian faith. He never
accepted a SINGLE authority over himself in his fat, fart-filled
odious and all-too-long life, filled as it was with needless luxuries
and bizarre perversions.
also note that in Aztec Mexico, the 52 year cycle was the framework
for the most long lasting and bizarre cult of human sacrifice in
modern human history. Thousands of victims were seized to be
slaughtered every year. Herbert was not that blatant. But add the
thousands of children who needlessly died because their deluded
parents refused to give them medicines or bring them to doctors to
the thousands of happy marriages needlessly destroyed. Then add the
overall toll of hundreds of thousands of lives ruined and blighted
FOR ABSOLUTELY NO SANE OR WORTHWHILE REASON. Then you realize that it
is fitting to put Herbert in such company. He was never satisfied
unless hundreds of thousands of human hearts were offered up yearly
to be destroyed on his personal altar.
174) And in the
very same "Tomorrow's World" editorial of February 1972,
the Western Christian world's most prolific false prophet makes
ANOTHER devastating admission. "In our zeal (to terrorize and
dupe the people he always referred to as "drones"), we used
"possibles" and "probably's" and even appeared to
set dates WE REALLY DIDN'T INTEND TO SET." (This time, The
Watcher added the capital letters for emphasis).
then, an admission, that the old fraud KNEW ALL ALONG that Jesus
wasn't coming back in 1936, as he had claimed in 1934, or in 1943, or
in 1975, or in any of the other dates in between we have documented
earlier in this list? Consider, dear reader, that even when Herbert
was still filling his "drones" (his own description of the
poor boobs who ruined themselves to give him the money he squeezed
out of them) with terror that World War III and the total destruction
of America was coming in 1972, he was AT THE SAME TIME, squeezing his
dupes EVEN DRYER to grab their money for the building fund to build
"Ambassador Auditorium," which, he claimed, was the one and
only "true temple of God on earth".
One thing is clear,
as we've noted above. If the Christian or Jewish faiths have any
validity at all, or if there is any validity to either the Old
Testament or the New one, then Herbert Armstrong stands condemned out
of his own mouth to be exterminated or tortured forever in hell-fire
as one of the most shameless, prolific and lying false prophets in
"Tomorrow's World" article. Yet another extraordinarily
shameless lie. Herbert claims that, in the previous 48 years of his
ministry, the subject of prophecy, of the coming hideous dooms on
Britain and America, of the supposed evils of the Catholic Church,
and the dates he set for the coming of Jesus were all matters "of
MOST MINOR consequence." And this time, the capital letters were
put there by the old liar himself.
reader? WHY did YOU join the Worldwide Church of God? And WHY did YOU
stay there during the years your family ties were being ripped apart
and those $65,000 a year pastors were abusing YOU? Were Herbert's
prophetic claims ONLY "of MOST MINOR consequence" to You
and those you knew? But then, given what we know now through his own
admissions in front of numerous witnesses about his decade of rape
and incest perpetrated on his own daughter and the weird diary he
still kept in his 60s and 70s about his own masturbation activities,
all the time inflicting enormous burdens of sexual frustration and
guilt upon those dumb enough to believe his "Missing Dimension
in Sex" (The "missing dimension," it turned out, was
entirely Satan's), he wouldn't have batted an eyelid at announcing
such a shameless lie to his millions of readers and 100,000 hard-core
dupes, would he?
This is an
enormous topic on which, for once, we will exercise some restraint
and spare you the details, dear reader. But consider this. There is,
again, not the slightest hint of evidence for such a crackpot claim
ANYWHERE in the Bible itself. The verse of Isaiah always cited about
"here a little, there a little" is very clearly NOT in the
context of interpreting the Bible, but it is, instead, describing the
child-like language Isaiah is being told to use to the people of his
time. The Jewish commentators, who, unlike Herbert, really could read
the Bible in its original languages, NEVER made ANY such claim about
Herbert wasn't even original in his own lies. This "gap"
theory was developed during the Second Awakening period in the 1820s
and 1830s by self-taught American Protestant fundamentalists to try
and make sense of hard (to them) Biblical passages. Herbert was
particularly fond of applying this passage to the prophecies of
Daniel, especially chapter 11. (In 1990s America, Chapter 11 is a key
stage of admitting bankruptcy and Herbert was spiritually bankrupt.
Those of us raised in the Gerald Waterhouse school of
far-from-logical thinking "know" that that is all the
"proof" we need to make that "point.") Now, no
one has ever come up with a convincing, coherent interpretation of
all of Daniel 11 that successfully served as a map to predict future
events. Herbert, of course, rushed in like the blasphemous fool he
was where any angels would have feared to tread, and it was his
interpretations of the kings of the North and South pushing at each
other which "inspired" his ludicrous false prophecies about
the course of World War II. When German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
failed to conquer Jerusalem for Hitler and Mussolini as Herbert had
claimed he would, Herbert just transferred his label of "King of
the North" to his imagined "Nazi-Catholic" Europe
instead. And his crazed dupes like Dankenbring and Flurry continue to
swallow and vomit out the same nonsense to their own "drones"
and dupes to this day.
repeatedly predicted that Iraq would be a weak, unimportant nation at
the "End Time" and that it would be conquered by Germany
and Europe. As usual, you've got to stand in awe at the
extraordinary, unerring precision of how Herbert ALWAYS got it 100
per cent, unerringly wrong, even to the finest details.
Iraq under Saddam Hussein built up the fourth largest army on earth
and seized fabulously oil-rich Kuwait, giving it a stranglehold on
world energy resources. It took a 700,000-man army led by the main
superpower on earth to drive it out and even then Saddam's regime
far from Germany and Europe swallowing Iraq, the nations of the
Western European Union, led by Germany and - especially - France,
have bent over backwards to get Saddam sweet in order to ensure
smooth running oil supplies and get expensive industrial contracts
from him. The French even built Saddam a nuclear reactor - the Osirak
complex - until the Israeli Air Force knocked it out.
Iraq through the 1990s has developed its own nuclear weapons program
and has acquired the largest biological weapons reserves on earth. In
striking contrast, NO Western European nation INCLUDING GERMANY has
either nuclear or biological weapons. All these developments are the
EXACT OPPPSITE of Herbert's predictions over a 52-year period.
from befriending the Catholic Church, some Vatican experts on the
Middle East privately believe that if Saddam ever got the chance to
cut loose, he would probably slaughter Catholic Christians as well as
from being conquered by Europe, by the spring of 1998 when this is
being written, Saddam's power had recovered sufficiently that his oil
rich neighbors such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the gulf states, not to
mention Jordan and Egypt, were afraid of HIM.
please note, dear reader, that NONE of these events were EVER
predicted by Herbert or his equally repulsive, false prophesying
178) Iran was also
predicted by Herbert to be weak and unimportant. He claimed it was
doomed to be swallowed by Germany and Europe too. Since the 1978-79
Islamic Revolution, many of Herbert's "sons" have
retroactively tried to jump on the new significance of Iran, even
claiming it will be their fabled "King of the South."
the book of Daniel, the "King of the South" clearly is
applied to Egypt and only Egypt. Egypt is SOUTH and slightly west of
Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Iran is DUE EAST of them! So, for
that matter, is Iraq. So even if either, or both, of those nations
becomes a mighty, anti-Western power in the years to come, those
obsessively studied verses of Daniel 11 COULD NOT apply to them.
following the genuinely infallible principle that: HERBERT WAS DAMNED
OF GOD AND DOOMED TO GET WRONG EVERY PROPHECY HE EVER MADE, we can
clearly deduce that Iraq and Iran WILL be MAJOR WORLD POWERS because
Herbert was convinced they would NOT be.
And, as is
the case with Iraq, far from conquering Iran, France and Germany -
especially France - are going out of the way to grovel and win its
favor. Meanwhile Iran, far from looking to Germany, is building a
strong alliance with Russia, something else Herbert failed to
Sino-Soviet split between the Soviet Union and China invalidated this
wildly wrong and sweeping assumption. Warm relations were not
restored for more than 30 years until after Boris Yeltsin became
president of Russia. Today, the two powers are strong allies again,
but their roles have been reversed, something Herbert and his heirs
never dreamed of. China is by far the dominant and growing partner
while Russia's future grip on Siberia and northeast Asia looks
Herbert's heirs have never woken up to this momentous and obvious
shift in world power, even though all they would have to do is throw
down a couple of bucks and pick any issue of Time or Newsweek
magazine to "watch world news" and learn about it.
the repulsive and hardly-hidden racism of Gene "Pig Mountain"
Hogberg and his daredevil band of magazine clippers at the "Plain
Truth" news bureau, this shouldn't be surprising. Hogberg NEVER,
to the best of my knowledge, EVER allowed a single African-American,
Hispanic or Jew to work there Given any choice, his "experts"
were blond haired and blue-eyed. On the few times the creepy,
bullet-headed little fart ever raised his head above the parapet to
speak in public, he approvingly quoted Friedrich Nietzsche, the
ferociously anti-Christian prophet of Nazi racialism and paganism,
far more often than he ever quoted Jesus Christ. Well, Jesus was a
Jew boy who looked like an Arab so you can't be surprised Hogberg
wanted to keep him at arm's length.