Brother Fred Franz Condemns The Rogue Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Fred Franz Slams Governing Body – Gilead Graduation Talk 1975

Highlights from September 7th, 1975, 59 th class Gilead graduation. By Brother F.W. Franz who was then Vice President of the Society.

The ingenious nature of this double meaning talk by Fred Franz is that it was setting the condemnation of the Governing Body between the lines, in the context of proving how Christ, not human “bodies”, is the authority that appoints “evangelizers” from the first century pattern onward – in time consistently overrun by Papal-like central authorities who always end up corrupting the truth. (2Thess2:1-12).

This talk was given at the time prior to the Governing Body 1976 Bethel coup, first signal “lifting themselves over everyone” some four months later on January 1, 1976.

Key:

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“Approximate transcript”; from Fred Franz talk:

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/minimoog-898174-gilead-grad-talk-59th-class/

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Brother Fred Franz: “It is a privilege that is to be esteemed for anyone to give a talk to a class of missionaries attending the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead and it is my privilege this morning to take advantage of my first opportunity to speak to this graduating class, number 59. Now this class is being sent forth in collaboration with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York incorporated by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.”
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[Set up of “evangelist” authoritative proof provides condemnatory context for exposing the “governing body” concept as unbiblical and “set in opposition” to Christ himself, just before the Governing Body seized dictatorial power in 1976]

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” Now, the question may be raised today: what right does the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have to send missionaries out into the field? Or evangelizers? The American Translation renders the word evangelizer: Missionary. Who authorized the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania to send missionaries all around the globe?”

” Now such challenging questions may be also raised with an earlier circumstance and that is based on the fact that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was founded by a man who became an evangelizer of world note one of the most imminent evangelizers of this 20 th century and especially attaining global fame when he made his trip around the world in the year 1912. That man was Charles Taze Russell of Allegheny Pennsylvania. Now, I’ve often wondered about this matter, and maybe you have too. Just how did Russell become an evangelizer – who made him an evangelizer?”

” At the time that he lived, this professed Christian organization that was symbolized in Jesus’ parable by the dragnet that gathered in fish suitable and unsuitable for orthodox Jews to eat this professed Christian organization was still in operation and was gathering in these different qualities of symbolic fish. That meant that the various religious establishments of Christendom were in operation.”
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[Franz parallels “governing bodies” with various Christendom versions of the “papacy” “central authority”:]

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” For instance, there was the Anglican Church with its ruling body and the Protestant Episcopal Church with its ruling body there was the Methodist Church with its conference, there was also the Presbyterian Church to which Russell used to belong with its synod. There was also the Congregational Church which Russell joined with its central congregation, but by none of these controlling organizations of this dragnet organization was Russell made an evangelizer or a missionary.”
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[Nicely the “Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses” and the Roman Catholic “Papacy” are implied between the lines]

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” Well now, since Russell broke away from all these religious institutions of Christendom they didn’t recognize him and he became known as Pastor Russell and I remember how the clergy would raise the question: Who made him a Pastor? So the validity of his ministry was questioned and challenged by the clergy of this dragnet organization about which the Lord Jesus Christ spoke in the 13 th chapter of Matthew. So, in view of those things I often wondered now, how did Russell become what he did become, and maybe you’ve wondered about the matter too. So I just began to think about the 1 st Century when this Christian evangelistic work or missionary work was first started.”

” Now, the word evangelizer, or evangelizers is a rare word in the Bible, it occurs only three times – twice evangelizer and once evangelizers. Now we remember how Jesus sent forth his twelve Apostles, and then he sent afterwards seventy disciples of his to go out preaching the good news of the Kingdom and these 70 disciples are generally differentiated from the 12 Apostles by being called evangelists or evangelizers. And so there were 70 of these evangelizers that the Lord Jesus Christ sent forth. Now the record says that he sent them forth by two’s. Now we’re not to imagine that by sending these 70 evangelizers – if we’re allowed to use that term – because they did preach the evangel of the good news of the Kingdom by sending them forth by two’s, the Lord Jesus Christ was not creating each two a committee, so that for the 70 evangelizers there were 35 committees of two.”

[Cleverly, next, Fred Franz warns the new missionaries of the very self-exalted attitude to stay away from that is the central feature of the Governing Body self-empowerment itself, composed of older and more experienced, supposedly anointed men:]

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” Well, you Missionaries, you’re being sent forth today after your graduation as missionaries…the last telegram we heard was about two being sent to Bolivia then there are others who are being sent, maybe four or six or eight to a different country as assignment for work. Now don’t you missionaries think because you are being sent forth two together or maybe four or six or maybe 8, that you are being sent forth as a committee to take over the work in the land to which you are assigned. No such thing. You are being sent forth as individual missionaries to cooperate together, and to cooperate with the branch of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society which is operating and directing the work in the land to which you are assigned to act as an evangelizer.”
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” So don’t get this committee idea [governing body idea related] in to your head because you are being sent out in groups to a special land.”
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” Now, Jesus Christ finished his course as the greatest evangelizer of all, and then time moves on, and there is a man who comes on the scene, and he is the only one who is directly called an evangelizer. That’s his personal title. We find it in Acts chapter 21 verse 8, and that is Philip of Caesarea. And when Paul visited him on his stop-over there at Caesarea, why, he was called Philip the evangelizer. He’s the only one Paul told Timothy in his final letter, 2 Timothy 4:5 that he should do the work of an evangelizer but Phillip is the one who is directly, and the only one thus called personally an evangelizer but of course we know there were other evangelizers. Now how did this man come on the scene, and who made him an evangelizer or missionary? Now that’s the point to observe. Well, we remember how the scripture in Ephesians 4, verse 11 tells us how the Lord Jesus Christ ascended on high and led a body of captives and how he gave gifts in the form of men. Verse 11 says he gave some as Apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelizers and some as shepherds and teachers. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Congregation, He gave not only apostles, not only prophets, but also evangelizers.”
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” Now how did this Philip become an evangelizer of note; of special mention in the Bible? Well you know how he came on the scene. Trouble arose in the Jerusalem congregation which was expanding and embracing Greek speaking Jews as well as the Hebrew speaking Jews and there was complaint made because evidently there was prejudice against the non-Hebrew speaking Jews; against the widows who spoke the Greek language which was the universal language of the day but yet there was some sort of prejudice against these foreign language talkers among the disciples. They weren’t receiving their allowance of food to their satisfaction and the problem came up before the Apostles of Jesus Christ, and what did they do?”
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Well they told the whole congregation to recommend 7 men who were really spiritual characters who they the apostles might approve over this business. And so there were 7 who were recommended and the first two were Stephen and also this Philip, and then others. And the apostles appointed them to be over this business. Well now, if you look up the McClintock and Strong’s encyclopedia of religious knowledge you find that the work that the Apostles assigned to these 7 men is called a semi-secular work. But the Apostles didn’t want that semi-secular work.  They unloaded it off on to these seven men and said “you take care of that”. Well, they said “we’re going to specialize on prayers and teaching” ”
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[Next GB slam being set up here:]

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” Now, were these 12 Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, by unloading this responsibility for taking care of tables, were they making of themselves really figure heads in the congregation of God and of Jesus Christ?” They certainly were not making themselves figure heads [as the Governing Body is doing] because they specialized on spiritual things. They were more active at the spiritual end of the matter than at the semi-secular end of the matter.”
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” So things prospered when they did that; when they rendered the things to which they had not been appointed by Jesus Christ as Apostles to take care of as his witnesses to all the congregation. And they specialized on preaching, and the Lord God blessed them. Now we find with regard to this Philip that he left this job of taking care of tables at Jerusalem. Did you know that?” [hint at doing more Bible study…]
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” He left that job, and he went down to Samaria, and when he was down there in Samaria he did a preaching work and performed many signs and wonders and it was because of the work that he did down there and afterwards that he became an evangelist. Now who made Philip an evangelist or evangelizer? Oh, you say “the Apostles ! The body of Apostles! Of course; it couldn’t be any other way”.”

” But was it? [hint at questioning first reaction with Bible information; (Rev2:2)] We read the account; let the Bible speak for itself.”
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” It was because of the persecution that was stirred up by Saul of Tarsus that the record says that all the disciples; all of the members of the Jewish congregation were scattered from the Sea except the 12 apostles and so Philip , as one of the refugees, or the fugitives he went down to Samaria and he preached just as the Bible says all the others who were scattered went preaching and Jehovah was especially with Philip and he established a congregation there, and it was only later when the Apostles heard about this; what was going on down there that they dispatched two members of the Apostolic body to go down there and see that they had the Holy spirit of God imparted to them. And then after that what happened?”

” Why, God Jehovah’s angel talks to Philip and say’s now you go, this is the assignment to you from Jehovah’s angel, you go down to the road that leads southward from Jerusalem to Gaza. And he went down there on that assignment from Jehovah’s angel! And then is when he had the encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch and he baptized him and after the baptism, why, he was quickly caught away, or led away by Gods Spirit, and he went down there to the Philistine seacoast and up the coast of Caesarea where he settled down and they had four daughters, and he was there as an evangelist when the apostle Paul came on that boat trip back to the Holy land. So that’s what happened with Philip; how he became an evangelizer. Now these are things to note friends!”
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” Then something happened right after that and the Lord Jesus Christ took action, and he took DIRECT ACTION WITHOUT CONSULTING ANY MAN OR BODY OF MEN ON EARTH!”
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[that slam of the governing body “lifting themselves over everyone” speaks for itself; (2Thess2:3-4)]

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” And that’s when He , the Head of the congregation met Saul of Tarsus the persecutor there in the road leading to Damascus. He stopped him and He said; now this is a chosen vessel under me. I’m choosing him as the Head of the church WITHOUT CONSULTING ANY PEOPLE ON EARTH.”
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” And He chose Saul to be an evangelizer to carry the message not only to the Jews but also to all the Gentile nations. Well, What about Jerusalem and the body down there?”
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[Franz uses the word “body”, NOT the so-called “governing body”.]

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” Later on the account tells us that Barnabas took Paul, or Saul of Tarsus down to Jerusalem, but they were all afraid of him. And Saul of Tarsus or Paul tells us that when they went up there to Jerusalem he saw none of the Apostles , except Peter with whom he spent 15 days, and also the apostle James. Those are the only two! Then he went back to Tarsus and he continued on in his labors. Well, later on, why, Barnabas was sent down there to Antioch and he ended up – Saul brought him there, and they taught in Antioch for quite a while. Paul became a member of the Antioch congregation, and he was one of the prophets there in that congregation specially mentioned.”
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” And then, all of a sudden as he was serving there in Antioch – in Syria NOT IN ISRAEL, BUT IN SYRIA [not Jerusalem but from Antioch], why, God’s Spirit spoke to that congregation there in Antioch and said now, of all things you set aside – this congregation in Antioch, you set aside these two men namely Barnabas and Saul for the work for which I have commissioned them, and so the Antioch congregation did that.”
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[with no mention of the mythical “governing body” of Jerusalem existence, participation or approval]

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And they [Antioch brothers, not Jerusalem] laid their hands upon Paul or Saul and Barnabas and sent them forth , as a number of translations read, sent th em forth! And then they went forth by the Holy Spirit operating through the Antioch congregation [with no mention of the mythical Jerusalem superiority] and they went out on their first missionary assignment. So you see, the Lord Jesus Christ was acting as the Head of the congregation and taking action DIRECTLY; WITHOUT CONSULTING ANY BODY HERE ON EARTH WHAT HE COULD DO OR WHAT HE COULD NOT DO!
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[This Franz salvo knocks out the mythical superiority complex of both the Jerusalem location, as well as the “Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses” concept itself.]

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” And he acted in that way with regard to Saul and Barnabas, and they were both Apostles of the Antioch congregation, and so they went out to the work and had great success. And in the course of time they completed their first missionary tour, and where did they go? WHERE DID THEY REPORT?” [original transcript recorder’s comment: “”(To a Jerusalem-based governing body perhaps?)””]
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” Well there’s a record, you read it for yourself in the closing verses of the 14 th Chapter of Acts. THEY WENT BACK TO ANTIOCH, to the congregation there and the account says, “They related things in detail to them, to this congregation that had committed them to the undeserved kindness of God for the work that they had performed”. So there’s where they reported! So, the record also says, now they stayed in Antioch “not a little time”. Well note what happened.”
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[Now we see the very character displayed after 1975 of the supposed “governing body” alluded to here:]

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” All of a sudden something occurs and Paul and Barnabas they go up to Jerusalem. Well, what’s the matter? What brings them up to Jerusalem? Well, is it the body of the Apostles and the other elders of the Jerusalem congregation that have summoned them up there and said, look here! We have heard that you two men have gone out on a missionary tour and you’ve finished it and you haven’t come up here to Jerusalem to report to us! DO you KNOW WHO WE ARE? We’re the council of Jerusalem! Don’t you recognize the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ? If you don’t come on up here in a hurry we’re going to take disciplinary action against you!”

” Is that what the account says? Well if they had acted that way toward Paul and Barnabas because they reported to the congregation by means of which the Holy Spirit had sent them out, then this council of Jerusalem of apostles and other elders of the Jewish Congregation WOULD HAVE PUT THEMSELVES ABOVE THE HEADSHIP OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!” [the very thing the Governing Body is doing now since January 1, 1976, by Fred Franz’ own juxtaposition of logic before that coup of that “Governing Body”]
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[Now we see the very issue that threatened all the congregations arose from the very location of the supposed “governing body”; Jerusalem itself:]

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” But that isn’t what occurred. You know what happened; how Jews came down from Jerusalem and stirred up the matter of circumcision and it troubled the congregation there in Antioch so much that the ANTIOCH CONGREGATION SENT PAUL AND BARNABAS UP TO JERUSALEM to have the council settle the issue, and of course being sent by the congregation of Antioch they had to come back and report and advise the congregation of the settlement of the question of the decision that was made by the council there at Jerusalem. And THEN IT WAS when they were arguing in favor of Christians from the gentiles not having to be circumcised like Jews it was THEN that Paul and Barnabas told what God had done by means of them in the Gentile world. And THEN it was that the council got the report. Then they went back to Antioch, which had sent them forth to make known the decision and the Jerusalem council, why, sent along two men Judas and Silas with them. And so they delivered the report from the [one time] council, and there was great rejoicing among the Gentile believers. Now time passes, and Paul and Barnabas are at Antioch.

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” And what occurs now? Well, do they receive an assignment from somewhere on their next move? [such as from that one time “central council” at Jerusalem?] The account says that the two men, Paul and Barnabas, Paul said to him, he said, “Of all things let us go and visit the congregations that we have established” and they were agreed on this matter, and then the matter of accompanying them came up. Who was going to go with them? And Barnabas was in favor of Mark – young Mark. But Paul didn’t want him because he had left them in Pamphylia in Asia Minor and had not gone along with them to the finish of the first missionary tour. So Paul didn’t have any confidence in Mark for the time being. And they had a great altercation, as you know and it resulted in a split and Barnabas took along Mark.”
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” And it proved to be a good choice because afterwards Paul appreciated now the faithfulness of Mark and said, he is a useful servant even to me. But what about Paul? Well, he chose Silas or Silvanus as his companion in his missionary tour. And here’s one thing we must note again – now this happened up in Antioch [not Jerusalem] – towards the close of the 15 th chapter of Acts, it says that after Paul and Barnabas had been commended by the brothers of the Antioch congregation to the underserved Kindness of God that they went forth on the second missionary tour of the apostle Paul. So again, the Antioch congregation is being used to send out missionaries of great eminence in Bible history.” [again emphasizing that the Jerusalem “central council” did not exist by implication, if it did why was Paul’s most important missionary tours dispatched from Antioch, now two times, with no mention whatsoever of any mythical “governing body” corporatized “body of directors” participation or “approval”?]
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“Then later on, after completing the second missionary tour the apostle Paul finally returns to Antioch, and then Acts 18:23 tells us that after he had spent some time in Antioch in Syria, then he started out on his 3 rd missionary tour. [with no mention of the fictitious Jerusalem “governing body” or it’s locale] And he was a man who wanted to break fresh ground; he didn’t like to build on another man’s foundation. When another man had pioneered the way as an evangelizer, but he wanted to break new ground – and that’s what he did. And so, as we examine this account of these two most outstanding among the missionaries recorded in Bible history, we find that they were sent off specially by the Lord Jesus Christ – the Head of the Church.”
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[Nicely Jesus Christ’s ultimate congregational authority from God is reiterated amidst a period in JW history that would in time become infamous in organized apostate Governing Body final cycle prophecy signal fulfillment,  formation and coup.

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“A fact which the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has upheld and accepted ever since the society was formed.”
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[and was about to change in the Governing Body dictatorial coup four months later]

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“So we see how the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church has the right to act direct without any other organizations in view no matter who we are.”
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“He is the Head of the Church, and we can’t challenge what he does.”

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Jehovah’s Witnesses In The Divine Purpose (1959); Ch. 11, Pg. 70

“Throughout the entire administration of Pastor Russell, the president and the other officers of the Society had been the ones to decide on new publications; the board of directors, as a body, was not consulted. Brother Rutherford continued this same policy as he took up the new administration.”

And now we know why the idea of a dictatorial “board of directors” “committee idea” was rejected by early Jehovah’s witnesses. Individual spearhead leaders in Charles Russell, Joseph Rutherford, Nathan Knorr and Fred Franz guided Jehovah’s witnesses from Christ’s guiding authority, not a “Governing Body”. This is why Nathan Knorr and Fred Franz both condemned the Governing Body not as a “board of directors” which they were, but as a “divine dictatorship” and a central authority of Christian anointed which they never have been (2Thess2:3-4), and will soon be exposed and removed by Divine Judgment (Dan8:13-14 – Rev8:1-6) to fulfill prophecy and begin the final cycle of 8th King and Messianic Kingdom development:

“Up to that point it had been composed of seven members who were identical with the seven members of the Board of Directors of the corporation called the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society…” – Ray Franz

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It is not here refuted that we true Jehovah’s Christian witnesses have the “faith of Jesus Christ” (Rev14:12), in fact exposing the League of Nations of 1919 as the 8th King world government (Rev13:11-15;) that must confront God and Christ and the full Kingdom of God and it’s Messianic Kingdom agency 144000 and billions of angels at Armageddon is only by Christian anointed and the full association of all Jehovah’s witnesses and others influenced by us worldwide in this ministry. (Rev13:11-15; 17:8-11; 17:12-18; Rev19:11-21);

The problem is that prophecy tracking assignment was dropped in 1990 [1], and instead lawless GB led Bethel joined the that United nations 3rd placement as co-promoters. (Dan11:30-31) The quotes from that King North/8th King UN placement of 1990 (Dan11:31b), in the Awake! 9/8/1991 issue, are from the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council as global “disgusting thing” placements, aided by, and co-promoted with Bethel, the Governing Body and it’s corrupted and infiltrated “Watchtower Bible and Tract Society” now a terminal center of organized apostasy, lawlessness and mass global stumbling.

From 1976 is when Jehovah’s witnesses have been misled into error, and it will take God and Christ to fix that “man of lawlessness” problem in final form, as the final cycle of prophecy activates to have to run a final course of a number of years. That truth is what Bethel cannot hide forever, and instead they will aid the exposure of the truth they now try to conceal from the world concerning the final cycle of 8th King world government development to Armageddon.

[1] Once Upon a Time JWs Tracked UN Prophecy Properly Bethel Apostasy 1990 – Jehovah’s Witnesses UN NGO and the UN Prophecy Tracking Lost
https://templelijah.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/bethel-apostasy-1990-jehovahs-witnesses-un-ngo-and-the-un-prophecy-tracking-lost.pdf

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Final Temple Judgment and Jehovah’s Witnesses
https://templelijah.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/final_temple_judgment_soon_and_jehovahs_witnesses-foretold_point_of_governing_body_prophetic_diversion.pdf

PDF “The Man of Lawlessness – Governing Body Based Bethel UN Prophetic Deception Operation”;
https://templelijah.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/the-modern-man-of-lawlessness-full-report-draft-1.pdf

8th King United Nations World Government Final Cycle – Final Prophetic Replication and Milestones
https://templelijah.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/8th_king_united_nations_world_government-_final-_cycle1.pdf

 

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