"The WORLD TOMORROW"
A NATION-WIDE BROADCAST
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
Analyses Today's News, with the
Prophecies of The WORLD TOMORROW
The PLAIN TRUTH
a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING
November 11, 1949
Dear Friend and Co-Worker:
I wrote you co-workers a year ago today. Again it is
"ARMISTICE DAY." A tragedy is happening, and I have to write you
again. You must help me prevent it.
It seems foolish to celebrate the armistice of World War
I. Today we are in the midst of the second armistice. AND THERE
IS A REAL REASON FOR THIS PRESENT ARMISTICE! Everyone knows it's
only another "recess!" Everyone knows ANOTHER WORLD WAR IS COMING!
But there is a divine PURPOSE in this present "time-out"
between the second and third world wars! Very few know why World
War II ended as, and when, it did.
Well here's the real truth of what happened. Shortly
before the war ended some of us knew---and I said repeatedly in
my broadcast---the Germans were feverishly rushing to completion
a mysterious new SUPER-weapon. Week after week I told the nation-
wide radio audience it was a RACE AGAINST TIME---whether General
Patton and other allied commanders could close in on Berlin and END
the war before this terrible mystery-weapon was perfected. For we
knew it was so destructive that if Hitler was able to use it, even
tho backed right up against Berlin itself, he could yet turn
apparent certain defeat into total and almost instantaneous
Well, we won that race against time---but only because a
"chance lucky hit" by an American bomb "accidently" destroyed the
center of German production of that secret weapon! U. S. forces,
upon conquering Germany, soon learned what that mysterious new
weapon was! Their frightful new weapon was the ATOMIC BOMB! Yes,
the Germans were actually ahead of the U. S. in producing the
atomic bomb, by more than six months! And except for that
"accidental" bomb-hit on the very center of their A-bomb
production, WE WOULD HAVE LOST THE WAR!
But today we know that was no "accident." America was
spared from defeat only by a miracle from God!
But why? Why did God let us win? Why did He give us
this present armistice? For one purpose only, my dear co-workers
---and it's time we began to realize it---to allow time for the
very work He has called YOU and ME to DO! To allow time for the
last solemn WARNING MESSAGE to be thundered to our English-speaking
peoples! To allow time to proclaim to all the world the TRUE
GOSPEL which Christ Himself brought from God---the NEWS OF THE SOON
COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO RULE THE WORLD TOMORROW!
I know it's difficult for your mind to really grasp the
overwhelming meaning of that. Hasn't the Gospel been preached in
all the world, one will ask? EMPHATICALLY NO! Not the TRUE Gospel
of Jesus Christ! Not since early apostolic days! Astonishing,
---yes, BUT TRUE! The only true Gospel of Jesus Christ is the
Gospel CHRIST PREACHED---the Message God sent to this world by Him
---and that Message is the NEWS of WORLD RULE by GOD HIMSELF---the
Message of the overthrow of all the governments of this world--all
its nations and empires---and by the supernatural power of God ALL
NATIONS to be ruled over by the soon-coming KINGDOM OF GOD!
But Christ foretold a turning away from His Message. He
said MANY FALSE TEACHERS would rise and mislead nearly all. Paul
wrote that this "mystery of iniquity"---the old Chaldean
"mysteries" or pagan-idol-worship of Babylon---was already working
in his day. He prophesied there would be a GREAT FALLING AWAY from
Christ's true Message. He was inspired to write that the popular
churches would turn away from the TRUTH and believe FABLES. John,
in Revelation, was inspired to foretell that ALL NATIONS would be
deceived. And so today the churches preach their OWN "gospel"
about the PERSON of Christ---they continually talk ABOUT Him---but
they deny, and fight against HIS MESSAGE of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD
in our lives now, and over the whole WORLD TOMORROW! The Gospel of
Jesus Christ is not a message ABOUT Christ---it is a Message OF
Jesus Christ---the Message God sent by Him---the Message He brought
from God and which He proclaimed 1900 years ago!
AND THAT MESSAGE HAS NOT BEEN PREACHED TO ALL THE WORLD
But now, after 1800 years, THAT SAME MESSAGE once again
is going out in great power to the United States---and already to
portions of Canada and Mexico. Today God has provided FOR THAT
MESSAGE the very best and most listened-to time---8 o'clock Central
time---EVERY NIGHT over the most powerful radio station on this
continent for the dynamic proclaiming of HIS TRUE GOSPEL. And He
has provided several other powerful radio stations besides---with
more being added!
Listen to the PROPHECY-COMMAND of Jesus: He said,
referring directly to OUR DAY in this 20th century, just before the
END OF THIS WORLD: "This GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE PREACHED
IN ALL THE WORLD FOR A WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS, AND THEN SHALL THE
END (of this world) COME." (Mat. 24:14).
Not just to America---but now TO ALL NATIONS, as a
witness, just before the END of this age.
Listen Co-Workers! We must not let this startling truth
overwhelm us, or stun us into inaction---but we must GRASP it, and
let it INSPIRE US, and let us give ourselves into the hands and
power of GOD to be used of Him for this PURPOSE! Because it is FOR
THIS PURPOSE God has raised up this great work! It is for this
purpose God has made you and me CO-WORKERS together. IT IS FOR
THIS PURPOSE GOD BY THAT MIRACLE PREVENTED US FROM LOSING THE WAR
---TO PROVIDE TIME FOR THIS MESSAGE FROM HIM TO GO NOW WITH THE
LOUD SHOUT BY THE POWER OF RADIO AND THE PRINTING PRESS TO ALL THE
Yes, that's difficult for us to really grasp---that God
would choose such common, ordinary people as you and me for this
GREATEST JOB ON EARTH TODAY. But God always chooses the meek and
humble---those HE can use---those willing to yield themselves to
HIS WILL---those willing to forsake this world and its ways and
give themselves as instruments in His Hands! God never chooses the
great and powerful of this world! He calls to His service those
who will yield to HIM---sacrifice and give up all for HIM (will
you?)---and it is HIS POWER working in and thru them which makes
the accomplishment GREAT. The real POWER back of this work is not
Herbert W. Armstrong---it is not you---IT IS THE POWER OF GOD. His
power is UNLIMITED!
And so HERE ARE THE FACTS---a living reality to day!
Here is this work of GOD---dynamically proclaiming this very
Message of CHRIST, after a lapse of 1800 years, to MILLIONS here in
America Coast to Coast, by the most powerful radio stations, and
by the power of the printed word! And here in Pasadena, by a
series of unbelievable miracles is AMBASSADOR COLLEGE, started as
the smallest liberal arts college in America, but we believe the
finest, growing dynamically---and here God already has sent several
of the most unusual, converted, consecrated, Spirit-led,
UNDERSTANDING young men and women I have ever met to study and
prepare to CARRY THIS MESSAGE OF CHRIST INTO ALL NATIONS!
We here at Pasadena are working with inspired energy,
virtually night and day. The students in the college are applying
themselves to the task with a diligence and enthusiasm and purpose
I have never seen in college students before---because these young
men are energized by the power of God! Our office staff, assisting
me in the broadcast and publishing work, are laboring with inspired
zeal. We are giving our ALL!
But without YOU and our other co-workers, we can do
nothing! YOUR PART IS JUST AS VITAL AS OURS! When money drops
off, THE ENTIRE WORK IS THREATENED!
Yes, hard though it is to realize, THIS IS THE WORK GOD
HAS RAISED UP AND IS USING TO SHOUT HIS LAST WARNING MESSAGE TO A
DYING WORLD! Let us REALIZE it, and come to our senses and SPRING
TO ACTION in God's service.
THE REASON FOR THIS SO-CALLED PERIOD OF PEACE BETWEEN THE
SECOND AND THIRD WORLD WAR IS TO PROVIDE TIME FOR THIS MESSAGE TO
GET OUT, AND THIS WORK TO BE COMPLETED! For one purpose only did
God let our nations---His people Israel---win the war. For one
reason only is World War III being held back now:---to allow time
and opportunity to carry out this very mission to which God
Almighty has called you and me!
WE ARE AT THE END OF THIS WORLD---this age---this
civilization. Can you really understand that fact? can you
REALIZE it? This has been MAN'S world, under Satan's sway. All
its governments going down in final chaos. The devil knows far
better than we that we are near the END of his dominion.
Consequently he is FURIOUS against this powerful work of God
carrying to this dying world THE VERY LAST MESSAGE FROM GOD!
Repeatedly Satan has struck at this work. Everything in his power
is being done to destroy it! But he can't destroy it---for it is
the WORK OF GOD!
But that is why, my dear co-workers, we have had to face
one crisis after another. Satan never stops fighting us. But GOD
ALWAYS DELIVERS US! His work keeps leaping ahead, greater, more
powerful than ever! Often our co-workers, many of them, seem to
grow drowsy and weary with well-doing. Often they tend to ease up
in their part in this work, and money begins to drop off. That
makes it very hard and difficult for us here at Pasadena. BUT
SATAN NEVER EASES UP! He grows increasingly angry, and with
increasing fury strikes at us harder and harder! And that, when
our co-workers neglect the work, lays on us a DOUBLY sore trial and
test of faith!
Great Accomplishment of 1949
This year 1949 has seen the GREATEST LEAP AHEAD this work
has ever taken. It has produced by far greater fruit for God's
Kingdom---made far greater progress---been more blessed of God---
than any previous year.
Ambassador College has almost doubled in size.---both
student body and faculty, and in buildings and grounds. Now,
through the acquisition of the fine large adjoining property,
"Mayfair," all our students live right on the campus, and the
beautiful campus grounds are doubled in area. Yet this valuable
property was acquired on even lower terms than the original
property---on such basis that the income from rentals virtually
pays for it, thus avoiding increased expense to the work! It
greatly increases our assets and facilities, without increasing
Look at this year's great harvest of souls! Two
qualified students from the college on a Coast-to-Coast tour this
summer baptized SEVENTY-EIGHT precious souls converted thru this
work. A total of nearly one hundred have been converted and
baptized thru the entire year---BUT, MORE IMPORTANT, FOUR HUNDRED
MORE, converted, as we believe from their letters, still anxiously
await baptism as the harvest of this work for this year---A TOTAL
OF APPROXIMATELY FIVE HUNDRED PRECIOUS SOULS! The harvest is
plenteous, but the laborers are few. But now God is graciously
sending us called and qualified laborers to be trained at
Ambassador College that this harvest may be GREATLY MULTIPLIED. In
another month or so now, God willing, another baptizing tour will
be made from the college. Next summer we hope to have two or three
teams out in the field.
Today the radio program goes out over more powerful radio
station than ever before. Two stations recently were added. Now
the program goes on the air every morning in the year in the Los
Angeles district, and a powerful Chicago station has been added.
Still others will be added as soon as our co-workers make possible.
AND ALL THIS GROWTH AND INCREASED POWER AND SCOPE OF THE
WORK HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT INCREASED EXPENSE!
Look at the financial progress of this work. As your
know, the work is incorporated under the name of the Radio Church
of God as a non-profit religious association. It is officially
income-tax exempt by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and all
offerings sent as donations (including your tithes) up to 15% of
you net taxable income are automatically deductible from your
income tax. A year ago this work had NO ASSETS except office
equipment and supplies and some college equipment. Money
previously paid on the college property was then necessarily on a
lease-and-option basis. We were threatened a year ago with losing
it all. God performed a miracle last December and the obligations
were met, and the property deeded over to the corporation, the
Radio Church of God. Today, largely because we have more than
doubled the value of our properties thru improvements and diligent
labor of our students and helpers, the work of God can show assets,
over and above liabilities, in excess of $200,000! I must explain,
however, that these assets are in the form of equity in the college
properties---not in cash, and not in such form that we could
possibly get any money from these assets now to help us meet
expenses. Yet these assets represent rapid financial strides thru
this past year, and show that this work is gradually getting on a
sound financial basis. Thru such a year of trial and test, this
financial stability is almost unbelievable, and definitely shows
GOD'S GUIDANCE in good and sound business management, and GOD'S
Nevertheless, while the ACTIVITIES of this work, and the
RESULTS accomplished, and the BLESSING FROM GOD, have steadily
increased thru this year, our co-workers have at the same time
STEADILY LET DOWN!
Gradually, we have been heading toward a severe crisis.
On and on it has crept, and NOW THE SITUATION IS DESPERATELY
LISTEN, dear Co-Workers! This means we are heading
straight and rapidly toward the DEATH of this work! We do,---AND
MUST---pay our big radio stations AS WE GO. We cannot go on the
air UNLESS THE TIME IS PAID FOR! And when enough money does not
come in, all I can do is STOP! Once again we shall be cut off
XEG and other powerful stations UNLESS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ARE
RUSHED TO US IMMEDIATELY!
Co-Workers, it is MOST embarrassing for me to have to
tell you again, that unless you RALLY---unless you immediately send
in to this work money you had planned for something else,---THIS
VOICE YOU HAVE HEARD PROCLAIMING THE TRUE GOSPEL THAT JESUS BROUGHT
TO THE WORLD WILL BE STILLED! --- and this time, at this season of
the year, out time will be sold to others and we probably will
NEVER get it back!
God's work must owe no man anything! It cannot continue
on in debt! Our policy is to pay in advance, or as we go. This
indebtedness was forced on us by factors outside our control. WE
MUST NOW UNITEDLY SET OURSELVES TO PUT GOD'S WORK ON SOLID GROUND
FINANCIALLY---out of debt, and with a reasonable cash surplus to
tide over temporary slumps or unexpected emergencies. We here at
Pasadena are SET TO THAT POLICY, and that is now our one major
goal---BUT WE MUST HAVE YOUR HELP, AND IT MEANS REAL SACRIFICE ON
This is the most important work and activity on earth
today! WE ARE IN A TIME OF PEACE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING
TIE TO PROCLAIM THIS MESSAGE TO THE WORLD! In a few years YOUR
MONEY, YOUR PROPERTY, will be worthless, or blown to bits. Present
so-called "peace" won't last! We are near the end of this world---
this age---this civilization! ONLY THE WORK OF GOD COUNTS NOW!
CO-WORKERS, RALLY TO THIS EMERGENCY AS YOU NEVER DID
BEFORE! Never yet has anyone given a single contribution to this
work as large as $5,000. ONE OF YOU CAN! Will you? One man and
his wife borrowed $5,000, mortgaging their home, and loaned it to
us to pay off the last of the college reconstruction cost. Two
months ago, when the bank unexpectedly demanded the remaining
$3,000 of that loan be paid immediately, six months sooner than
originally arranged, we were able to pay only $1,500, obtaining
an extension until December for the remaining $1,500. It must be
paid then. Of course we will not let these dear co-workers lose
their home. But we now have only thirty days to raise this in
addition to these other crying needs. And somewhere among you
co-workers is one who can send this amount.
Co-Workers, would you let the broadcast stop, because of
your neglect? Would you let The PLAIN TRUTH stop? This year The
PLAIN TRUTH has grown to 16 pages every issue---its circulation
has grown much more than in any previous year.
Yet at this very moment thousands of copies of the
November number, all addressed, and in mail sacks, have been lying
on our office floor for days because of lack of money for postage.
I have the December number half written and set in type---BUT THE
PLAIN TRUTH IS HELD UP FOR LACK OF MONEY! Ambassador College
sorely needs $5,000 for library books which we cannot now afford,
and will not, until the work as a whole is "out of the red" and
in currently sound financial shape.
CO-WORKERS, all of you---we must now remove this reproach
from God's work! THE WORK SORELY NEEDS A GIFT OF $5,000 OR MORE!
But if you can't send that, or a thousand, or a hundred or more---
or even $50 or $20---at least EVERY ONE OF YOU can send the widow's
two mites! And another downpour now of widow's mites would lift
this work out of this DANGER. Remember every dollar carries the
true Gospel to TWO THOUSAND SOULS! Can you use it otherwise, and
then face God in the judgment?
Now is the time for financial sacrifice as you never did
before! WILL YOU JOIN ME IN EARNEST PRAYER OVER IT? The condition
this minute is DESPERATE! Please PRAY, and ask God to move on the
hearts of co-workers so compellingly they will respond over-
whelmingly and SAVE THE WONDERFUL WORK OF GOD. Rush the largest,
most generous amount you possibly can, AIR-MAIL---and get it into
the enclosed envelope NOW,---immediately---or the first moment you
can get the money. THANK YOU, and GOD BLESS YOU!
In Jesus' name,
Herbert W. Armstrong