VOL. V Number 1 January 19, 1944
Published every little while by your radio-pastor
editor, Herbert W. Armstrong, Box 111, Eugene, Ore.,
to bring spiritual edification and encouragement to
our little family of Co-workers who make possible
the RADIO CHURCH OF GOD and The PLAIN TRUTH.
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN 1944?
Where do we stand in this war, and what will happen this
President Roosevelt says military victory is now
CERTAIN. General Eisenhower has made the flat statement that we
will win in Europe this year.
Victory, our people seem now to believe, is "just around
the corner"---the Germans are almost crushed and about ready to
surrender. And consequently most people, I'm afraid, are assuming
this will be a soft, easy, rosy year---a victorious year, in which
we shall win, our boys shall come home, we shall enter into a
beautiful and harmonious peace relationship with Russia as well as
the other "United Nations," and we may begin to indulge in the
expected post-war luxurious living. It's a blissful dream---but
it's only a DREAM! And it's time we woke up, and come to a
knowledge of the true facts as they exist!
The stern FACTS are that regardless of whether the war
ends this year or not, in all likelihood this year will go down in
history as "the YEAR OF THE GREAT SLAUGHTER!"
The President, while predicting certain victory, has
tried to prepare the public for what he knows now lies immediately
ahead. In an effort to shake the American public out of its
sublime complacency and jar it to its heels, to prepare it and
brace it for the coming shock, a statement was issued the other day
in Washington that American casualties during the next eight to ten
weeks probably will be three or four TIMES as heavy as our total
war casualties during the past two years, since "Pearl Harbor." So
far our casualties have been comparatively light. But the next two
or three months will see this war brought home to all of us.
Last Fall I foresaw a possibility of this war being
brought to an armistice (temporary recess) in Europe, by
conferences behind closed doors. I foresaw the possibility that
the "trial balloon" thrown up in Italy, in which the Italians
received not only a separate peace but actually a "co-belligerent
status" with the allies, might be tried out in Germany.
The idea was that the German army generals would do away
with Hitler, disown the Nazi party, withdraw entirely out of
Russia, and seek to make peace, first with Russia, and then, on the
strength of that come to terms with the Allies on a basis that
would permit the Germans to RETAIN a considerable amount of the
conquered territory in Western Europe. THAT POSSIBILITY IS STILL
VERY MUCH ALIVE! It might still be pulled any time between now and
Spring. The Russians are already past the original Polish border
in one sector. The Russians have made public what they WANT in
Poland. It is known the Russians do not want a completely
conquered, de-militarized, occupied Germany. They want a
de-Nazified Germany, but a strong independent Germany. In a word,
they want a Germany friendly enough to permit their propagandists
to go to work inside Germany. The Communists had almost swung into
power in Germany when Hitler suddenly and dramatically beat them to
it and swept into absolute power in 1933. Goebbels's propaganda
machine, backed up by the Gestapo, stamped out Communism and swung
the German thinking to the opposite extreme of Fascism.
The Russians do not want to invade, conquer, and attempt
to rule Germany by brute force. They know too well of the secret
underground movements in every country Hitler has conquered and
tried to rule by force. The Communist method is to conquer a
country's MIND before it tries to conquer its body. The Russians
probably could keep marching right on into Berlin--but they won't.
They don't even want to occupy Germany with their soldiers in the
peace. They want merely to throw Hitler out. They know the
tendency of masses to swing from one extreme to the other. They
count on a re-action after the war. Nazism stands at the extreme
so-called RIGHT, while Communism goes to the opposite EXTREME--
extreme leftist as it is called. Now they count on turning the
German people against Hitler and Nazism, swinging them to the
opposite extreme or Communism. The Russians ARE out to communize
all Europe--and the world! Make no mistake about that!
And so, if the German generals should throw out Hitler,
give the Russians everything they want on the East, WHAT WOULD
THERE BE LEFT FOR RUSSIA TO FIGHT FOR? Russia certainly will not
go on fighting OUR battles--fighting for a war objective to which
Russia is opposed.
And, incidentally, IF one party to an agreement wishes
to break that agreement, he usually starts out by accusing his
partner of something that will JUSTIFY him in breaking it, hurling
the blame on the other party. And as this is written the Russians,
thru their largest, and official government-controlled newspaper
"Pravda", are accusing the British of talking peace with the
Germans. That gives the Russians the justification for making a
separate peace with Germany, IF SHE WISHES!
It might happen BEFORE we launch the much-advertised
second front. It might happen AFTER. If it happened before we
invade Europe across the English Channel, then we would not be able
to launch the invasion--not until we could send to England an army
of five to seven MILLION men for the task--and that would require
perhaps three times our present number of ships, and twice our
present Navy! What would be our chances, THEN, of winning the war
against Germany? Would we not be forced into seeking the best
armistice terms we could get? And perhaps, with close to five
million German soldiers released from the Russian front, the
Germans might not then WANT to stop the war!
It might happen AFTER we have launched the promised
invasion of Europe, suddenly releasing these four to five million
Nazi soldiers to be rushed across Europe to the new Western Front.
And that, very possibly, might result in utter military defeat for
Is it not true, then, that if we launch this vast-scale
invasion of Hitler's Europe at all, that we are doing it in FULL
TRUST that Russia will not stop fighting, even after she has
reached the German borders and accomplished all she wants to
accomplish in the war? Are we not TRUSTING the Russians to keep
most of three 300 German divisions occupied on the Eastern front?
Are we not forced to put our faith in Russia,--and in Russia doing
that which may be against her proclaimed objectives and interests?
And then there's a third possibility. The Germans may
actually have this secret weapon that they claim--one that, at the
last desperate moment, will turn the entire tide of war back in
Germany's favor. This idea is not being scoffed in higher miliary
circles. It is at least a definite possibility. And in that case,
the Germans probably would not consider throwing out Hitler at all.
In event of ANY of these possibilities, the outlook is
NOT SO BRIGHT AND ROSY for us, this year! And the most likely
possibility of all is that this will go down in history as the YEAR
OF THE GREAT SLAUGHTER!
No MAN can look into the future and know what lies
ahead. The outcome of wars often turn suddenly, unexpectedly, on
a hair. Some unexpected, odd, strange apparent coincidence often
alters the entire course of a war overnight, the apparent victor
becomes the vanquished. General Eisenhower does not KNOW that we
shall conquer the Germans this particular year. NONE BUT ALMIGHTY
GOD KNOWS WHAT SHALL HAPPEN! "Armies do not bring victory to a
king," says the Eternal God (Psalm 33:16, Moffatt translation). No
the Eternal God Himself brings to NOTHING what the nations plan---
and it is HE and He alone who determines the final outcome of wars!
What is prophesied for NOW? An easy, victory-laden
year? A Utopian PEACE to follow? "ALL THESE," said Jesus Christ
who KNEW the future, speaking of this very world war--of the famine
and disease now following its wake--of the EARTHQUAKES now
occurring such as the one just last Sunday in South America--"All
these are the BEGINNING OF SORROWS!" Just the BEGINNING!
Nowhere does the Biblical prophecy hold out any hope of
brighter times immediately ahead. JUST THE OPPOSITE! More chaos,
strife, bloodshed, and DEATH! More disease, starvation! Man is
reaping what he has insisted on sowing in direct REBELLION against
Almighty God. God has permitted us to live as we have pleased. We
have sown the seeds of malice, jealousy, resentment, hatred--we
have lived selfishly. Now we are reaping the HARVEST! And God
will let this world go on reaping it a little longer, to the end
that this world SHALL LEARN ITS LESSON! Yes, learn it well enough
that we shall turn to God and to His ways--and then, with Christ
once more on earth, this time as the KING of kings, ruling the
entire world, we shall at last have--PEACE!
In the meantime, it is OUR responsibility to WARN the
people of these things--to show our people that the one way to
victory and to peace is thru our GOD--thru repentance, returning to
God's laws, placing our faith and trust in HIM! Meanwhile, it is
our responsibility to proclaim to our people and to the world the
GOOD NEWS of the coming KINGDOM OF GOD, wherein we SHALL have peace
and prosperity! In other words, to proclaim the true GOSPEL of
JESUS CHRIST, and the way of salvation, that we may ENTER into that
KINGDOM of peace!
The CALL to ARMS !
I want you to notice one prophecy for THIS VERY HOUR!
It is Joel 2:1; 15-17: "Blow ye the trumpet in ZION, and sound the
alarm in My HOLY MOUNTAIN." A trumpet is a WARNING--an alarm of
war. Where are we to sound it? "In ZION"--in God's holy mountain.
That is, the true CHURCH--among GOD'S PEOPLE--the HOLY people--
those who are God's own true children. We are, therefore, CALLED
TO ARMS! True Christians are CALLED TO ARMS! We are to sound a
WARNING. What is it? "Let all the inhabitants of the land
TREMBLE: for the DAY OF THE LORD COMETH." The warning of the
trouble to come--the DAY OF THE LORD--the time of God's plagues,
now soon to follow. We, the Christians, are to warn "ALL THE
INHABITANTS OF THE LAND." Read also verses 15:17. We are to take
this call to arms so seriously we FAST and PRAY!
The nations of this world are at war. We, as
Christians, are "ambassadors for Christ." We have answered God's
battle cry! We, too, have been called to WAR! What's OUR mission?
Shouting God's WARNING--proclaiming His MESSAGE--preaching the
GOSPEL! We fight with a SWORD--the symbolical sword of the SPIRIT,
which is THE WORD OF GOD. The sword issues from our MOUTHS--by
proclaiming fearlessly and forcefully GOD'S WARNING! Yes, we're
soldiers for CHRIST! And THIS IS WAR!
It requires of us sacrifices, courage, perhaps
suffering. Shall we be any less good soldiers than those fighting
for doomed MATERIAL kingdoms, and godless satanic human leaders
like Hitler and Hiro-Hito? They fight like inspired fiends. They
offer their very LIVES--they give up EVERYTHING.
The Eternal God has placed in OUR hands, thru the WORLD
TOMORROW program over nine powerful radio stations, and thru The
PLAIN TRUTH, powerful facilities for fighting His battle--for using
His sword, which is sending forth the WORD OF GOD! Precious souls
are being converted all over the United States! Many are being
awakened! Letters keep pouring in by the hundreds testifying to
this! Already between a half and three quarters of a million souls
are reached by the broadcasts EVERY SUNDAY. The present
circulation of The PLAIN TRUTH is 35,000 copies, and this is going
up rapidly. Within three to four months we must add more powerful
radio stations to reach still other hundreds of thousands of people
with the vital message of the hour.
It is IMPERATIVE that I get out another issue of The
PLAIN TRUTH immediately--so it can be in the mails in less than
four weeks! Between a third and a half of it is already set to
type. Most of the remainder of this issue is already written. I
believe you'll find it the MOST INTERESTING issue yet! But, in
addition to our weekly expense now running into hundreds of
dollars, we must have ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS additional before this
next PLAIN TRUTH can be printed and mailed. I must order the
paper AT ONCE, cash in advance--and I do not have the cash on hand!
We have 10,000 empty envelopes addressed to ten thousand people who
have asked for the booklet "United States in Prophecy." It will
take $500 to print this edition to fill those envelopes and other
requests still to come. GOD'S WORK IS WAITING ON OUR CO-WORKERS!
We are storing up treasure in heaven, when we put our tithes and
free-will offerings cheerfully into this glorious work of the
Eternal. The need is great--it is URGENT. Let us keep up the good
fight! We're in this war, too! This is GOD'S "loan drive."
You'll be paid back with overwhelming interest--Christ will bring
your reward with Him when He comes--SOON! KEEP PRAYING! Stand by
me! And GOD BLESS YOU! In Jesus' name.
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG