Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
I was reading this verse thinking about it from what we had been taught and it suddenly occurred to me that when this happened the first time, it was talking about John the Baptist preparing the people for the appearance of the Messiah as the Lamb of God.
We have always been taught that Mr. Armstrong was a type of Elijah the same as John the Baptist, and I concur with that. But when John prepared the way for Christ back then, Christ began by calling the first fruits of the Kingdom and setting up the men who would build the Church. He spent 3.5 years selecting and training the Apostles and disciples.
So what about our time today. Did Mr. Armstrong prepare a people for Christ to meet Him at the Resurrection? Or, could it be that Christ will come to His church to finish the 3.5 years of His ministry with those chosen to be with Him at the Place of Safety?
This is just like what He did with John the Baptist, He comes suddenly to His Temple, His Spiritual Temple now and selects and trains those whom the Father has chosen to be taken to a Place of Safety for 3.5 years.
I know that many of us have felt that He would complete His ministry after He returns to the earth to set up His Kingdom. But wouldn’t that time be, in reality, a different age? Once He actually returns to take the Kingdom back from satan, that is a whole different time frame or reference.
However, if he completes the 3.5 years that were cut off during that 69th week of Daniel during the time of the Place of Safety it would be more true to the prophecy, in my mind.
Dan_9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Just thought I would share this to see what you thought about it.