TPM Claims Herbert W. Armstrong is “Shebna”

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In the latest edition of his Prophecy Flash, TPM’s William Dankenbring declared that Herbert W. Armstrong was the specific Shebna of Isaiah 22:15-19.  Here is what William Dankenbring wrote:

A New Look at the Mysterious “SHEBNA” In Prophecy!

In the book of Isaiah is a shocking prophecy for the end time, one which has never before been understood. Many have wondered about it. But until now it has remained hidden from human understanding! Nobody has ever really understood it! But now it stands REVEALED for the very first time! Notice this amazing, dumfounding end-time Bible prophecy!

William F. Dankenbring

To many people, this will be a bombshell. It will explode all over their pet beliefs and religious convictions and assumptions. Yet the evidence is irrefutable – incontrovertible – absolutely proved by the “fruits.”

Many years ago I worked for a church whose leader was like an imperious toga-wearing Roman Senator or Caesar. He ruled the church with an iron thumb. In his private moments and sometimes public statements, he referred to the church brethren as “dumb sheep.”

He jetted around the world. He hob-knobbed with Prime Ministers and Kings of smallcountries in Asia, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and had his picture taken with royalty and heads of state…

But who is this end-time “Shebna”? Can we know the answer? Notice!

Who Is This Mysterious Shebna?

Let us notice more about the historical personage named Shebna, in order to learn more about the end-time “Shebna” who will rise, or has risen, to power, to be over the end-time “Work of God” during the final generation just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

The New Bible Dictionary points out that Shebna was a high ranking minister (“which is over the house,” Isa.22:15), and also a “secretary” or “scribe” of the king (II Kings 18:18, 19:2), as well as the king’s “treasurer” (Isa.22:15) – a man of very high office and position, under Hezekiah the king. Hezekiah was a “type” or “figure” for Christ. So “Shebna” would be Christ’s leading minister over his House, the Church of God, in the end times. He would be a great “writer..” Or “scribe.” He would govern the flow of great sums of money which poured in to the church coffers in tithes and offerings.

These characteristics all fit Herbert W. Armstrong to a “T”!

Isaiah rebuked Shebna for his vanity and self-display, evidenced in his preparation of a conspicuous, ostentatious tomb or monument for himself (Isa.22:15-19).

Thus, TPM’s William Dankenbring is teaching that Herbert W. Armstrong fits the Shebna prophecies.

The Bible, however, makes it clear that Herbert W. Armstrong did not fulfill the prophecies associated with Shebna.  Notice some verses that William Dankenbring referred to but neglected to actually quote:

15 “Go, proceed to this steward, To Shebna, who is over the house, and say: 16 ‘What have you here, and whom have you here, That you have hewn a sepulcher here,As he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, Who carves a tomb for himself in a rock? 17 Indeed, the LORD will throw you away violently, O mighty man, And will surely seize you. 18 He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball Into a large country; There you shall die, and there your glorious chariots Shall be the shame of your master’s house. 19 So I will drive you out of your office, And from your position he will pull you down (Isaiah 22:15-19).

Thus, since Herbert W. Armstrong died peacefully and was not driven out of his office, he simply does not fit the role of an end-time Shebna.

I tend to avoid making many reports about the false apostle William Dankenbring, but reported this because a former WCG member that I know strongly felt that someone should expose William Dankenbring’s error on this.

William Dankenbring makes so many errors that I rarely take the time to go over them any more, but this Shebna one is so clear that even William Dankenbring should have seen it.

In the same article, TPM’s William Dankenbring also declared:

In these last days, many members of the Worldwide Church of God, and all of its split-off groups, such as Philadelphia Church of God, Living Church of God, and United Church of God, are for some reason or another BLIND to the faults and flaws of Herbert Armstrong. They are delusional. They perpetuate the cover-up. They won’t discuss the truth of these allegations. Many refuse to admit he could do any wrong, that he could have made MAJOR mistakes in his

The fact is that I and others have looked into the false accusations against Herbert W. Armstrong.  The difference between William Dankenbring and me is that I looked for actual proof and he seems to have normally accepted more heresay.

Hopefully, those who read his materials will wake up and check out the facts and ignore William Dankenbring’s inaccurate opinions.

Articles of possibly related interest may include:

Who Was Herbert W. Armstrong? How is He Viewed Today? Includes quotes from the 1973 edition of The Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong and explains how he is and should be viewed today.
15 Accusations and Truthful Responses About Herbert W. Armstrong He, even after his death, keeps being improperly maligned–here is the truth on these matters.
Teachings of Triumph Prophetic Ministries William Dankenbring’s ministry–incorrectly speculates on various dates and holds to some odd doctrines.
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them.

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