It is in Oregon that the hand of God again works mightily toward the restoration
of His True Gospel.
One day, while visiting Mr. Armstrong's parents in Salem, Oregon, Loma
Armstrong was introduced by her in-laws' neighbor, to the Truth about the
seventh day Sabbath.
As a result both Herbert and his wife Loma D. Armstrong began keeping the
Saturday Sabbath with this small group that called themselves "The Oregon
Conference of the 'Church of God' (Seventh Day)".
In Acts 12:4, the word Easter was incorrectly substituted for the word Pascha (Passover), which was used in the original Greek text.
So we see that Easter (or "Ishtar" as the Babylonian Goddess of fertility was actually called) has absolutely no biblical substantiation or relevance to Christ's resurrection -
But has been substituted for our Lord's Sacrifice - the Passover - by an ancient pagan rite of fertility.
And so, ironic as it seems, the Quartodeciman Controversy of the 2nd century that Polycarp and Polycrates carried on with Anecetus and Victor, still raged on, and was now being rebutted in the Twentieth Century by Herbert W. Armstrong.
Likewise, the Feast of Tabernacles, according to traditional church doctrines,
was said to be done away with.
Would God, who is the same today as He was yesterday, do away with the Festivals that He commanded be kept perpetually throughout all our generations, and substitute in their stead, pagan customs and man-made traditions that have absolutely no Biblical foundation at all?
"No!", he concluded.
Mr. Armstrong also proved scripturally beyond any doubt, that Christ could not have been crucified on "Good Friday" and did not rise up on "Easter Sunday Morning".
And so, in January of 1934 from Eugene Oregon, Mr. Armstrong began broadcasting these, and many other Truths on his first radio ministry, "The Radio Church of God".
Just one month later the first issue of "The Plain Truth" magazine rolled off a mimeograph machine in the Armstrong's home.
Though of humble beginnings, both "The Plain Truth" and "The World Tomorrow", which the radio (and later T.V.) broadcast came to be called, grew and prospered, bringing the True Gospel to millions, world wide.
And so for the first time in almost nineteen hundred years, the same Gospel
that Jesus Christ and his Apostles after him had preached, was fully restored
and resounding through all the world.
Through his publications -
His T.V. and radio broadcasts -
The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation -
Ambassador College -
And his own diligent evangelism -
Had in the "spirit of Elijah" restored and preached the "True Gospel" to more people than perhaps all the True Christians throughout the history of the Church. During the course of his long life, Mr. Armstrong had met face to face with as many, if not more, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens and Emperors than perhaps any prominent world figure of his time.
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