Herbert W. Armstrong, author of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, didnot claim the British-Israel truth was some special “divine revelation” to him, but Mr. Armstrong acknowledged how he was surprised at the amount of information on this subject in his local library in Oregon and how he GLEANED from it and presented it to us on a silver platter. Some of us appreciate that fact and focus on the message – not on the messengers.
Some pitiful, petty, nit-picking, easily distracted souls either accuse of plagiarism, or of not giving credit to men like J. H. Allen or G. G. .
I’ve posted information on by John Harden Allen on my many blogs. We wouldn’t even know about Mr. J. H. Allen if it weren’t for Herbert Armstrong, would we? You would think he could have at least acknowledged a few of the British-Israel giants, but he didn’t and life goes on and the truth gets out. Blessed be the God of Israel for restoring our identity to us!
I remember borrowing Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright from Carl Fields, a local elder in the Worldwide Church of God congregation in Toledo, Ohio, at one of our regular Bible studies held in the science auditorium of a high school. He didn’t hand it to me in a brown paper bag, meet me privately in the parking lot, but handed it to me in public. We knew about Mr. Allen – who didn’t? And those who did read his book were even more grateful afterwards for how Mr. Armstrong waded through many such works and presented it in a more clear and concise manner, blessed by his background in journalism. Even A.N. Dugger, the prominent Church of God, Seventh Day, editor of The Bible Advocate whom Mr. Armstrong knew and corresponded with acknowledged: “I have seen no work near its equal in clearness and completeness. You surely are right, and while I cannot use it in the paper at the present you may be assured that your labor has surely not been in vane [sic.].”
Mr. Armstrong was the one God used – not Allen or Rupert – to restore the identity doctrine to God’s Church in a way that no others had. I trust Allen and Rupert (and many others they learned from) would praise God that Mr. Armstrong was able to get the word out! Folks who rightly focus on the message, who recognize the plain truth about British-Israel belongs to God and not to any man or organization, are grateful to God for using Mr. Armstrong mightily to share this truth with MILLIONS worldwide!
By Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986)
(United Church of God)
(Philadelphia Church of God)
(Living Church of God)
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