Herbert W. Armstrong
Ambassador for World PeaceMr. Armstrong became known to many as an "ambassador without portfolio for world peace." He carried the gospel message to Prince Makasa and a number of the members of the Japanese Diet. Emperor Hirohito conferred on Herbert W. Armstrong the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class—one of the highest decorations that can be presented to a non-Japanese. During a period that covered two decades, seven successive Japanese Prime Ministers counted Mr. Armstrong as a personal friend and counselor. Some members of the Japanese Diet referred to themselves as being Mr. Armstrong's Japanese sons. Yet none of these leaders accepted the message of the coming Kingdom of God.
Japanese Prime Minister Mikki with Mr. Armstrong.
Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka with Mr. Armstrong.
Mr. Armstrong was endeared in friendship with King Hussein of Jordan, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, and Prime Ministers of Israel including Golda Meir and Menachem Begin. Others who counted him as a personal friend were Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Jomo Kenyatta who was Founder and first President of Kenya, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem, and longtime friend Nagendra Singh, who was a Justice at the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
Herbert W. Armstrong presents a gift of Steuben crystal to King Hussein of Jordan, a lifetime friend.
Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem with Mr. Armstrong.
Mr. Armstrong also had personal meetings with leaders like Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom; Juan Carlos, the King of Spain; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Yet of all these world leaders, none received the message he carried of the soon-coming Kingdom of God.
Juan Carlos, King of Spain, and Mr. Armstrong converse on the King's estate outside of Madrid.
Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, meets with Mr. Armstrong.
President Ferdinand Marcos decorated Mr. Armstrong with the Presidential Merit Medal "for his moral presence and compelling influence in moving people toward the creation of a just and peaceful world order." He received the decoration of "Commander of Our Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand." Yet, neither these leaders nor their people received the message of the soon-coming Kingdom of God.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda congratulates Mr. Armstrong for the royal Thai decoration conferred on behalf of Thailand's King Bhumibol.
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Mr. Armstrong.
Other leaders with whom Mr. Armstrong met included President Allende of Chili, President Suharto of Indonesia, South Vietnam's President Nguyen van Thieu, and Mr. Armstrong was invited to Romania by President Nicolae Ceausescu. Mr. Armstrong also met with Deng Ziaoping of the People's Republic of China and was the first Christian leader to officially visit leaders inside China, yet this went unreported in the world. In this unprecedented visit, he addressed officials from 76 nations in the People's Great Hall in Beijing. He spoke concerning the way to real peace and why humanity fails to achieve it. Mr. Armstrong received many more
honors and visited numerous other world leaders.
- Excerpt from The Prophesied End-Time by Ronald Weinland
Nobel Peace Prize winner & Prime Minister of Japan, Eisaku Sato with Herbert W. Armstrong.
President Suharto of Indonesia & Mr. Armstrong.
Herbert W. Armstrong meeting with Golda Meir, Prim Minister of Israel.
Herbert W. Armstrong greets Kenyan Preisdent Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi.
Mr. Armstrong addressing Prince Mikasa and other members of the Japanese Diet in Tokyo.
Indian President V.V. Giri greets Herbert W. Armstrong.
Charles, Prince of Wales, greets Mr. Armstrong as a benefactor of the Royal Opera House in London.
His Majesty Leopold III of Belgium presents Mr. Armstrong with a watch.
After WWII King Albert I visited a battlefield and was appalled at the slaughter. He ordered a cannonball to be cast into 4 watch cases. Each watch was then presented to the 4 individuals who, he felt, had made the most significant contribution to world peace. But the King did't find anyone qualified to recieve the 4th watch. King Albert passed it to his son, Leopold III, who then presented it to Mr. Armstrong.
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