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Gerald Flurry and Roderick Meredith:
Caught in an Absolute Lie?

Did Herbert predict in 1952 that Germany would reunite? Following will be an email that ESN received. Our comments will follow. [all bolding and words in brackets are ours]

Regarding HWA's "prediction" of East & West Germany reuniting I originally came across it in the booklet, "The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?" published by Roderick C. Meredith's Living Church of God. On pages 1-2 they quote from an editorial [editorial writer, never in WCG] that suggested HWA made such a prediction and then back it up with other predictions of his:
[Meredith speaking:] The rapid unfolding of events in eastern and central Europe in 1989 did not catch everyone by surprise, however. As an editorial writer in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Free Press on December 7, 1989, stated:
"Like a great many Americans I have been watching the current political situation in East Germany with interest. While many have expressed surprise at the recent events and at East German cries for reunification of East and West Germany, I have to admit I haven’t been too surprised by these events. The reason I haven't been particularly surprised is that for years I have occasionally read the publications of… the late Herbert W. Armstrong… Armstrong predicted that the Berlin Wall would some day come down and the two German states would once again reunite into a powerful nation."
[Meredith continues:] As far back as the April 1952 Good News, Herbert W. Armstrong had written that East Germany would be returned to West Germany and that Russia "will be forced to relinquish her control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria" [rest of words in this sentence omitted by Meredith] (p. 16). In 1956, following Russia's invasion of Hungary, when it seemed that the "Iron Curtain" had inexorably fallen on the nations of eastern Europe, Mr. Armstrong wrote: "The way is being prepared for a colossal third force in world politics—a European Federation of Nations more powerful than either Russia or the United States!… We have shown years in advance what would happen to Russia's ill-fated Empire in Eastern Europe' (Plain Truth, December 1956, p. 3)." [end of Meredith speaking]

Note from ESN: The above words beginning with "In 1956.." are referring to a resurrected Roman Empire (i. e., The United States of Europe), not East and West Germany reuniting.

Of course it'd be easy for COG [HWA offshoot] groups to be selective and claim HWA predicted this or that, considering his wide speculation about various national and international events over the decades, and hence he must be a true prophet from God. But, as you've noted, the Bible explicitly states that even a 1% error rate is proof that a man who trumpets himself a prophet from God is a liar and a false prophet. And HWA has, by his own words, proven himself a false prophet many times over irrespective of the small number of "predictions" that his followers claim have been proven accurate. [end of email to ESN]

Note from ESN: The words which Meredith says Herbert Armstrong had written are in Meredith's March-April Tomorrow's World magazine (but without the extra comments from the unnamed editorial writer). They are found in his article, "Why I Know There is a Real God!

Here is what it says:

He [HWA] wrote, in the April 1952 issue of his Good News magazine, "Russia may give East Germany back to the Germans and will be forced to relinquish her control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria to complete the ten nation union. Europe will have a free hand to destroy America and Britain as prophesied." (p. 16)

However, The Trumpet (Philadelphia Church of God magazine), August 2010, From the Editor, "He Was Right," says these words of Herbert Armstrong are in the Plain Truth (which it is not). I quote:

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As early as April 1952, even while West Germany was rebuilding after being bombed to ashes in World War II, the Plain Truth wrote, "Russia may give East Germany back to the Germans and will be forced to relinquish her control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria to complete the 10-nation union." 

In order for us to see whether or not HWA actually said this, we decided to download the 1952 Good News which has the quote on p. 16. The article is entitled "Will GERMAN Rearmament Stop Russia?" (subtitle: American leaders have decided that Germany must be rearmed to save the world. Can Germany be trusted with a gun?).

Well, lo and behold, we found out the article which includes the quote is written by Herman L. Hoeh, not Herbert Armstrong! So is someone lying?

The article (from this April 1952 Good News) begins on p. 1 and continues to p. 16 where the quote is found.

An excerpt from page 14 says:

"Germans, who have not been converted to Democracy, are to sit in the councils of Europe soon.
Our leading Generals in Europe adamantly warn that GERMANY IS A CALCULATED RISK. What will a Germany, armed with American help, think of her new power?"

Page 16:

"Union of Ten Nations:
"Coupled with the military might that we are building in Europe for these very nations to use against us will be the scientific ingenuity of German underground scientists, in Spain and Argentina, who are now perfecting weapons secretly in these Fascist countries..."

Continuing on p. 16:

"European-Russian Alliance?
"When this union forms, Russia will fear the possibility of war with a Europe that has more military might than she has yet been able to assemble. With Gentile Europe despising America and England, the ravaged "capitalist" nations weakened by famine and depression and ripe for conquest, this European union will probably come to reasonable agreement with Russia just as Hitler and Napoleon did. Russia will need an agreement to give her time to build up her war potential."
Now for the quote that Herman Hoeh--not Herbert Armstrong--said:
Russia may give East Germany back to the Germans and will be forced to relinquish her control over Hungary, Czechoslovakia and parts of Austria to complete the ten nation union. Europe will have A FREE HAND TO DESTROY AMERICA AND BRITAIN AS PROPHECIED.

The only article by Herbert Armstrong in this April 1952 Good News where he does speaks of Germany is entitled, "And Now .... On To Europe!" (sub-title: Plans are now being laid to broadcast and publish the Original True Gospel for the first time in 1800 years to all Europe, Britain--the very lands where the Apostles preached! It must go in MIGHTY POWER!), p. 3.

Additionally, a word search for "East Germany" in HWA's April 17 and April 25, 1952 Co-Worker letters (the only ones he wrote for April 1952) is not found. Nothing about German unification.

We see now that these words in the April 1952 Good News have been deceitfully pulled out and attributed to Herbert Armstrong, when he never said them in the first place. We have to wonder how much more trickery and falsehood has been propagated by these religious cult leaders.

Investigate when a Good News or Plain Truth, etc., has been referred to in an attempt to back up a so-called prediction of Herbert Armstrong, or to claim "he was right." The magazines are archived online, along with all the Co-Worker letters. Don't just take it for granted that it must be true!

By D. M. Williams
Exit & Support Network™

UPDATE: Roderick C. Meredith died May 18, 2017.

Related Articles:

Was Herbert Armstrong Right? (June 24, 2016 letter to ESN; talks about the 6-23-16 Trumpet article)

Never Heard HWA Ever Say Anything About Germany Reuniting (June 27, 2016 letter to ESN)

The United States and Britain in Prophecy (What Did Herbert Armstrong Teach About it?)

What Happens if I Join Roderick Meredith's Living Church of God?


1 The United States and Britain in Prophecy was originally entitled The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy, 1967. Much of the material in this book was copied nearly verbatim from John H. Allen's book, Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright (written in 1902, copyrighted 1917).

2 Joseph Hopkins, author of The Armstrong Empire, 1974, states that Herbert Armstrong "fixed the date of Christ's crucifixion at A.D. 31, two years later than the generally accepted date" in order to come up with his two 19-year time cycles. (p. 56)

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