to Greatly Reduce Your Standard of Living!
It's time you knew the real
meaning of the present
inflationary spiral, rising interest rates, and fears of entering a
is far more to all this economic concern than appears on the
surface. Its roots even penetrate back into ancient history and
biblical prophecy. Where are the United States and British nations
mentioned in Bible prophecy? What is prophesied about these very
What does it
all really mean? What does it portend for the relatively immediate
We in the
United States have enjoyed the most prosperous living standard of any
nation in all the history of mankind. There is a reason for this
unmatched prosperity that came to us. There also is a reason for the
devaluation of the dollar in foreign markets, for our present abnormal
inflation, and the fear in financial and government circles that we may
well be in the beginning of the most severe economic depression in
A number of
times I have published an economic analysis of the real causes of the
inflation spiral and other economic distresses in the United States.
But now the
stranglehold of inflation and other economic disturbances are
tightening around our necks. This trend is going to reach out and
greatly reduce your standard of living, in the next two years or more.
More Than Mere
Actually, what is happening to us now is much more than
purely economic causes and effects. Yet of course these have
contributed their part.
written more than once about an incident in my personal experience
which took place in early January 1914. This was before most of our
readers were born. But I was covering a significant event. I was then
an editorial representative of America's largest trade journal. I was
traveling, by train of course in those days, eastward in New York state
from Buffalo. At Utica I received a telegram from our editors
instructing me to catch the first train back to Detroit to interview
was on banner front-page headlines in that morning's newspapers. The
Ford Motor Company had just come out with a sensational new $5-a-day
Five dollars was a lot of money in 1914. My editors wanted me to cover
this story and get all the facts in person.
In a sense,
that was the beginning of the highest living standard ever enjoyed in
any nation, although the American standard was already perhaps the
world's highest. But with Henry Ford's sensational new wage scale, our
living standard was to escalate to an all-time world peak.
I saw Mr.
Ford, but learned that the whole new plan had been devised and was
administered by John R. Lee, head of the Sociological Department.
understand you are now paying by far the highest wage scale in the
automobile industry," I said to Mr. Lee.
"On the contrary," he said, "we are paying the lowest!"
I was taken
aback. "But isn't the union scale $3.75 per ten-hour day?"
"And are you
not now paying $5 per day for only a nine-hour day?"
again, but we don't figure what we really pay on that basis. We compute
it on the basis of what we get for each dollar spent. You see, our
sales volume is now great enough to enable us to install a new conveyor
belt or assembly-line system of production. We take full advantage of
the fact that fewer men can produce much more by machines than a
greater number of workmen by hand. We start each car at one end on a
conveyor belt system. Each workman has to do his part as it passes him.
This way we regulate the speed of production. Actually, we now are
getting twice the man-per-day production for $5 that our rivals get per
man per day working one hour longer than our employees.
means," Mr. Lee continued, "that other manufacturers in our industry
pay for two days $7.50 for the same production we get in one 9-hour day
for $5. So we pay $2.50 less per day for the same results as others pay
in two 10-hour days!"
It was not
long, however, until all motor car manufacturers went on the
assembly-line, mass-machine-production system. Not only them, but all
large manufacturers in the U.S.
offered her manufacturers a mass market for machine production. Other
nations at that time—Britain, Europe, Russia, Japan did not have mass
wars have changed all that!
But in the
meantime, beginning World War I, U.S. manufacturers, by this new mass
machine production, began producing much more per dollar cost. This
abnormally skyrocketed manufacturers' profits.
union leaders were determined not to allow capital and management to
keep all the vastly increased profits. The labor union movement surged,
even violently, in the U.S. Strikes everywhere sought to transfer the
huge escalating profits into the hands of labor.
labor attracted a rapidly increasing flow of the rural population of a
previously rural majority into the cities. This converted industrial
labor into America's primary consumer class. Result? The American
standard of living rose to a height never known by any nation in world
union movement did not materially improve consumer living standards in
the other industrial countries until quite recently.
Britain's Former Dominance
Prior to World War I the British Empire had risen to become the
greatest in material wealth, and even in power, in all earth's history.
economic and power dominance began in both Britain and the U.S. in
1800-1804. In those years the U.S. leaped, largely through the
Louisiana Purchase, from its original 13-colony status to a major
leaped into material greatness first. By 1804 London was the financial
capital of the whole world. The British had gobbled up large parts of
Africa and Asia, including India. They boasted that the sun never set
on their Empire.
But the top
landed barons kept largely their vastly increasing wealth to
themselves. Their wealth was not diffused among the lower classes.
Until after World War I, a youth desiring a college education could not
gain admission unless his father was university educated. The class
system in England kept the lower classes low.
class built great mansions, from about twenty rooms up to the Great
Houses, like kings' palaces. In 1959 I purchased one of the smaller of
such estates, with a mansion of some 25 rooms, besides many horse and
cow stables, and some beautiful gardens (we cleaned out the hip-high
weeds and restored their original beauty). This became the start of the
Ambassador College campus in England. Additional buildings were added
as we went along.
England has lost her Empire, is no longer a major power like the United
States and Russia. British labor has made some gains and the economy is
more diffused. But Britain has been on the way down, in national wealth
and power, since World War I.
And now the
United States is STARTING TO FOLLOW on the downward path!
Our Rise and Fall Has Ancient Roots
There is a far more important CAUSE behind
the Anglo-American rise and fall than mass machine production and labor
union action producing a greater diffusion of wealth.
There is a
far greater CAUSE that is now starting in rapid descent to BRING DOWN
YOUR PRESENT STANDARD OF LIVING.
It is true
that even though Britain as a former world empire has lost her national
greatness, yet today there is a moderately larger diffusion of what
prosperity they have left. British labor has come to receive probably
slightly more than half of America's present labor income. But Swiss,
German, Swedish and other European living standards have risen markedly.
CAUSE, however, for the rise and fall of Britain and the U.S. dates
back to centuries before Christ.
Our Ancient Roots
There is a far more significant reason—both for American ascendancy to
the highest living standard ever enjoyed by any nation in earth's
history, and our sudden PLUNGE we are now entering.
realize that hundreds of years before Christ, God had made certain
unbreakable and irrevocable PROMISES to the descendants of the
patriarch Abraham. This has never been realized or proclaimed by
the New Testament, is designated as the "FATHER of the faithful," since
all of God's promises of salvation and eternal life through Christ were
made to Abraham—and Jesus Christ was directly descended from Abraham.
But what not
even theologians understand is that God made DUAL promises to Abraham.
He made the promise of GRACE, to come through Abraham's descendant
Jesus Christ—but also He made unbreakable promises of RACE—overlooked
entirely by "traditional Christianity" and theological "scholars."
God made to Abraham of GRACE was spiritual and individual (Galatians
3:16). But the promise of RACE was purely national and material. It is
vital to the understanding of biblical prophecy to realize that God
made also to Abraham promises of RACE—entirely separate from the
spiritual promises of salvation and eternal life.
"And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make NATIONS
[plural] of thee, and kings [more than one] shall come out of thee"
(Genesis 17:6). Notice, these nations and kings shall come out of
Abraham—physical generation, not spiritual regeneration.
"And I will
establish my covenant between me and thee . . . in their generations"
[plural] for an everlasting covenant. . ." (verse 7).
Cannot Apply to Jews
This cannot apply alone to the Jews. The Jews have never been more than
Abraham to the test. And Abraham, through FAITH, passed the test of
obedience, even to being willing to sacrifice his only son. Then God
made the covenant with Abraham UNCONDITIONAL.
is a contract—usually, as in this case, between two parties. One binds
himself by contract to pay certain rewards IF the other performs
certain conditions. But God made His covenant with Abraham
UNCONDITIONAL—after Abraham had performed his part—fulfilling the
CONDITION of obedience.
have I sworn, saith the Eternal, for because thou hast done this thing
. . . that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will
multiply thy seed [descendants] as the stars of heaven, and as the sand
which is upon the sea shore" (Genesis 22:16-17). These promises passed
down through Isaac and Jacob.
prophet Israel (Jacob) laid his hands on the two sons of Joseph,
saying: "Let my name [Israel] be named on them"—that is, on their
descendants. God gave the promise that the descendants of Manasseh,
Joseph's elder son, would become a very GREAT nation, but the
descendants of Ephraim his brother would become a "company of
nations"—that is, a commonwealth of nations.
spiritual promise God made to Abraham of the Messiah, and of eternal
salvation through Him, is well known by the most superficial Bible
student. But God made also to Abraham national and material promises of
spiritual promises of eternal salvation are called the Sceptre, and the
national promises of RACE the Birthright—that which is inherited by
right of birth.
the promises of RACE, God said to Abraham: "And I will make thee
exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations [plural] of thee, and kings
[more than one] shall come out of thee" (Genesis 17:6).
Messianic promises of GRACE pertained to the tribe of Judah, who were
nicknamed the Jews. But "the Birthright [promise of RACE] was
JOSEPH'S." The national, material promise of the birthright—RIGHT of
birth—was handed down to the two tribes springing from Joseph's two
sons, Manasseh and Ephraim (I Chronicles 5:1-2).
tribes of Israel split up into TWO nations after the death of Solomon.
The nation ISRAEL rejected Solomon's son Rehoboam as king, because he
threatened to make their taxes even steeper than Solomon had. They
established a new capital city in northern Israel, Samaria, and chose
Jeroboam as king.
tribe of Judah (the Jews) seceded from the nation Israel in order to
keep their king Rehoboam and their capital city Jerusalem, calling
their nation the Kingdom of Judah.
So now the
birthright promise made to Abraham was in one nation, the Kingdom of
Israel, and the spiritual Messianic promise was in another nation, now
called the Kingdom of JUDAH. The tribe of Benjamin remained with Judah.
Jeroboam, new king of ISRAEL, threw out the tribe of Levi from the
priesthood in ISRAEL, and the tribe of Levi also went in with Judah—the
Those of the
nation ISRAEL were NOT Jews—never called Jews. The first place in the
Bible where the name "Jews" is mentioned is II Kings 16:6, where the
Jews were at war against ISRAEL.
We pick up
the most critical prophecy as to the future of the nation Israel in
Now the Prophecies
In the 26th chapter of Leviticus we find God's promises and prophecies
to Israel beginning in Moses' day.
Moses specially put emphasis on avoiding idolatry and keeping God's
Then He said
that IF they would keep His commandments and His national statutes they
should receive and enjoy the national and material promises of the
Birthright in their time. He gave them NO PROMISE of inheriting, in the
days of ancient national Israel, the spiritual promises (the Sceptre).
the promises were made UNCONDITIONAL to Abraham for his future
descendants, God now promised ancient Israel ONLY the material promises
of the Birthright—and even that was CONDITIONAL.
that Birthright phase of the promises would be withheld 2520 years and
then in that far, far future, confer the Birthright national and
material promises to the descendants of Israel through Ephraim and
them, through Moses, ON CONDITION of obedience, adequate rain, abundant
crops the year round, peace, and such military power that a hundred of
them could put ten thousand enemy invaders to flight.
under Moses DID NOT OBEY OR KEEP THEIR PART OF THE OLD COVENANT!
They did so
only at intervals during the days of the Judges. In the day when God
ruled them through the prophet Samuel, they rejected God as their Ruler
and King, and demanded a human king like the Gentile pagan nations of
already covered how in the days of King Rehoboam, after Solomon's
death, they split into TWO DIFFERENT NATIONS.
time, the Birthright promise remained with the tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh in the kingdom of ISRAEL, while the Sceptre promise, to be
realized through Christ, remained in the nation JUDAH.
In the years
721-718 B.C., King Shalmanezzar of Assyria invaded, conquered and
removed the northern nation ISRAEL from their land of Samaria, carrying
them off as slaves to Assyria.
In the years
604-585 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded and moved the
nation JUDAH as slaves into the land of Chaldea.
the Assyrians, with the ten tribes of ISRAEL, had migrated northwest.
The Assyrians settled in the land known today as GERMANY. The Ten
Tribes, now known as the "LOST Ten Tribes," moved on into western
Europe and Britain—Ephraim and Manasseh largely settling in Britain.
But they had
LOST their identifying Sabbath, their Hebrew language, and their
identity. They supposed, and the world supposed, they were Gentiles.
B.C., a contingent of Jews of the former Kingdom of Judah were sent by
King Cyrus of Persia back to form a colony in Jerusalem, under
Zerubbabel as governor, to build the second temple on the site of
Solomon's temple. It had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 585 B.C.
But NONE of
the ten-tribed "lost" ISRAEL were among those of this colony. Their
tribal names are recorded in the book of Ezra, and NONE of the
ten-tribed ISRAEL is mentioned.
outside of this colony, were scattered into various nations through the
Where the U.S. is Mentioned in
Prophecy mentions that Britain (Ephraim) would lose her first colony.
The colony that grew into the United States was that colony.
Now the 2520
years the Birthright was to be withheld from ISRAEL because of their
continued disobedience, breaking their part of the Old Covenant,
expired in the years 1800-1803.
colony Ephraim was to lose was the United States—descended from
co-Birthright holder Manasseh. The United States became the ONE
promised GREAT nation. Britain became the great COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS.
Britain nor America deserved the unprecedented wealth, greatness, and
national power of Abraham's BIRTHRIGHT. But God had promised it
UNCONDITIONALLY to Abraham. It was CONDITIONAL to ancient Israel.
two great peoples did not deserve it, God was bound, and kept His
PROMISE! Yet, once God had FULFILLED His promise to Abraham by giving
us that national wealth, power and greatness, it became CONDITIONAL on
us whether we should retain it!
Israel did not keep God's statutes, commandments, sabbaths, NEITHER
point let me bring in another bit of historic background.
Go back, for
a moment, to the first man, Adam. Prior even to Adam's creation, the
earth had been populated by angels. The angels had SINNED (II Peter
2:4). God had set over them His GOVERNMENT, administered by the mighty
archangel Lucifer (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28). This Lucifer, the most
powerful spirit being God had created, was placed on the throne of the
earth. But he rebelled against and rejected the GOVERNMENT OF GOD. He
led his angels in the opposite direction:—rebellion against the law of
God—vanity, lust and greed, envy and jealousy, competition with strife
and violence, darkness of error instead of light of truth, destruction
instead of creative construction. This Lucifer had become Satan the
devil. His angels had become demons—evil spirit beings.
successor qualifies and is set on that throne of the earth
administering the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, Satan remains, though now
disqualified—and the GOVERNMENT OF GOD not being administered over the
created the first human, Adam, He thoroughly instructed this man and
Eve, his wife. He instructed them in the law and government of God, in
the rebellion and sin of the angels. In the Garden of Eden were two
symbolic trees. One, the tree of life, symbolized the Holy Spirit of
God—the way of life of God and His law—the gift of eternal life. Adam
and Eve were created with only mortal, temporary physical life. The
other tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, symbolized the
taking to themselves—IF they disobeyed God in so doing—the knowledge of
what is good and what is evil, rejecting the gift of eternal life.
and Eve chose the forbidden fruit, rejecting God and His government,
God drove them out of the garden, and barred the way of entrance, lest
humans rejecting God's sovereignty over them go back, take of the tree
of life, and receive eternal life IN SIN. This would have brought on
all such an eternal life in the indescribable misery and torment of
unhappiness, despair in resentment and bitterness, and pain of mental
God is a God
of LOVE—outgoing concern for the GOOD OF MANKIND, created in His image,
with the potential of being BORN into the very GOD FAMILY!
not allow any such indescribable eternity of anguish and mental torment
to come to the humanity He had created.
BARRED entrance to the tree of LIFE—to an immortality in the supreme
torment of eternal anguish and frustration. That is, God put an
impassible WALL between Himself and all humanity—EXCEPT those
infinitesimally few He would specially call to Him—for 6,000 years!
Afterward—after Satan is conquered by Christ and those called to be
His, and Satan is imprisoned forever, every human who ever lived will
be called, mostly in a special postmillennial resurrection, and offered
repentance, forgiveness of sin, and the gift of ETERNAL LIFE!
WONDERFUL are the ways of Almighty God!
So God had
said to Adam, in effect: "YOU have made the decision for yourself and
the whole world that shall spring from you. Therefore, go, and devise
your own ideas of government, your own religions, form your own gods,
produce your own store of knowledge and its dissemination, during the
next 6,000 years."
CUT off from God, except those predestined to be specially called by
plainly: "No man CAN come to me, except the Father which sent me draw
him" (John 6:44). Others who think they are "saved in Christ," accept
Him IN VAIN—in a FALSE RELIGION promulgated by Satan! Jesus also said
plainly: ". . . IN VAIN do they WORSHIP me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold
the tradition of men" (Mark 7:7-8).
Now Prophesied for the U.S.A.
The United States and the British peoples did inherit the NATIONAL and
MATERIAL promises of the Birthright promised unconditionally to
Abraham. Therefore God has FULFILLED His unconditional promise of the
Birthright to Abraham.
fulfilled, in the British and Americans, retention of it by us became
CONDITIONAL on our performance.
HAVE WE DONE with all this vast wealth, economic prosperity, and world
We have made
physical SCIENCE the new Messiah—our false God—which boasted we no
longer needed to wear the swaddling clothes of superstition, or lean on
the crutch of religion. SCIENCE promised to deliver us from all our
troubles! But it failed utterly, and only produced the weapons of mass
destruction that can now erase all humanity from the earth.
educational systems worshiped at the shrine of the false god of
EVOLUTION, making it the foundational approach and basic CONCEPT upon
which all KNOWLEDGE is based! Evolution is the atheist's attempted
explanation for the presence of a CREATION, without a CREATOR!
governments have been corrupt. Our business, industrial, economic and
commercial systems have been shot through with deception, dishonesty,
adopted the WAY OF LIFE of Satan—utter selfishness, lust and greed,
envy and jealousy, competition in every walk of life—business,
politics, sports, society—leading to violence and destruction! We have
rebelled against the authority of GOD over us, worshiping the false
gods of science, evolution, and greed. We have gone the WAY of SATAN!
And Satan is the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4).
And now, FOR
OUR OWN GOOD, an all-wise and all-loving God is about to PUNISH our
nations, in order finally to bring us to HIM!
I will use
just one prophecy here. In Leviticus 26:19, God said of OUR PEOPLE,
TODAY: "And I will break the pride of your power."
given the U.S. more national POWER than any nation ever had! But since
Korea we have been afraid to use it! Small nations like North Korea,
Cuba and Panama thumb their noses at us, and we run. A gang of students
in Iran break into the U.S. Embassy, hold our U.S. staff as hostages,
and we DO NOTHING but protest.
already the noose is around our necks, and is almost daily tightening!
Skyrocketing inflation, devaluation of the dollar in all foreign
markets, other economic ills are starting GREATLY to reduce our
standard of living! I warn you, PREPARE greatly to reduce your standard
of living! Even GREATER punishments are to follow!
By Herbert W. Armstrong Plain Truth Magazine 1980