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The Plain Truth – September 1980
The Plain Truth – September 1980

from Herbert W. Armstrong

The campaign for the presidency of the United States. Is anyone qualified for so great an office?

MILLIONS of dollars are being donated to and spent by aspirants for the presidency of the United States. What a spectacle it is! Most who contribute to campaign expenses do so for selfish advantage, hoping to get something out of it. This world has been brainwashed by a subtle and clever devil in the “GET” principle of life.

The winner will have his hand on the greatest throttle of POWER possessed by any man on earth. And that is what the candidates COVET! It makes me think of the 15-year-old boy who can hardly wait another year to get his hand on the POWER that goes with a steering wheel. Usually those who covet power are not competent to wield it. Actually is there any mortal really qualified for the position?

Today, there are no more really “strong” leaders in the world in the government of any nation. But one is now looming on the horizon – Pope John Paul II. We may hear a lot more of him, later.

Whatever happens in the U.S. elections, the country LOSES! If there exists a man in the United States of presidential caliber, he would be big-minded enough to refuse to run for the job.

In any event, the heads of the governments of Europe – and are any of them really of adequate caliber for their great jobs? – have lost confidence in relying on the United States to protect them from communist encroachments. The Soviet Union has now made the move toward their projected WORLD DOMINATION of communism by sending, now, more than 100,000 troops into Afghanistan. They will not retreat. They are in no great hurry (a bear lumbers along slowly most of the time). One more small leap across Pakistan and they can reach for control of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf – controlling a major portion of the world’s oil. Europe now fears them. The Europeans want political and military UNION. No leader in Europe is strong enough to unite them.

BUT, Pope John Paul II is rapidly gaining stature and public acclaim. He now looms as the world’s ONLY STRONG MAN! He can bring about the prophesied resurrection of the “Holy Roman Empire” just prior to the crisis at the close of this age of man. But all this is the final gasp of the governments of this world, under the sway of an invisible Satan and his way of “GET.”

Just consider how idiotic – how foolish – it all is!

The GOVERNMENT OF GOD will soon take over. Jesus Christ, in SUPREME POWER AND GLORY, will HEAD the government of the World Tomorrow over all nations. There will be no elections. No $100-per-plate banquets to raise funds for willful aspirants who covet POWER. NO unqualified men running for office. No fear of other nations, nor of nuclear war.

Those Jesus Christ will APPOINT to the chief offices ALREADY have undergone their training in their mortal life on earth. I expect father Abraham to be resurrected to the next office under Christ. King David will rule all the nations developed out of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. Each of the original apostles will be appointed head of one of those 12 nations. Christ will be Supreme Judge as well as Supreme Executive. The “Congress,” “Parliament” or LAW-MAKING BODY will be GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. Those of us – then made immortal – who are given office of rule will rule by GOD’S LAW! All will be JUST. We shall not rule or judge as the world does now – but we shall have power to read men’s minds and hearts (Isaiah 11).

NO ELECTIONS! NO MEN inadequately qualified for office spending millions of dollars crying out, “Vote for me – I want to be President.” We now do not have long to wait. This present election may be the very LAST political election for the presidency of the United States.

There will soon be a new world with no more coveting, nor lying, nor murders, nor broken homes and families. There shall be PEACE, HAPPINESS, JOY, all living the way of “GIVE,” which is outflowing LOVE!