Let us talk about Felix Manalo. In Pasugo, July 1970, page 19, it says:
Ang paglitaw ng sugo ng Diyos sa huling araw ay kaalinsabay ng unang digmaang pandaigdig.
The appearance of the messenger of God at the last day coincides with the First World War.
The First World War occurred in 1914. No need to open a World History book. If we analyze the statement in Pasugo (Iglesia Ni Cristo’s official magazine), that “the appearance of the messenger of God at the last day coincides with the First World War,” we will see that this piece of information is a grave mistake.
How can the last day and the First World War coincide? That’s impossible! If we consider the Bible, what event will take place at the last day? John 6:44 says –
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The Bible said that those whom the Father drew near our Lord Jesus Christ will the Lord raise up at the last day. So the last day in the Bible is the resurrection of the dead. To prove this, John 11:23-24 says –
“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
The last day is the resurrection of the dead, according to the Lord Jesus Christ. How then can the last day coincide with the First World War when the First World War happened in 1914? They should have used the term “last days” instead of “last day”, so that the statement becomes: “The appearance of the messenger of God at the last days…” This means that in one of the last days the messenger will appear. But this is not the case in their Pasugo. They have specifically indicated “last day.”
The last day is where the resurrection of the dead will happen. If Felix Manalo will only appear on that day, his appearance is already useless. Not only once did the ministers of the Iglesia Ni Manalo teach that “Felix Manalo is the messenger at the last day.” Even in their historical market in Punta, Sta. Ana, they had placed there “messenger of God at the last day.”
Felix Manalo is already too late if he is the messenger at the last day. If he will only appear when the dead are already rising, he’s being a messenger is useless. Maybe they made a mistake here. But we cannot say that this is typographical error that they used “last day” and not “last days”, because in many of their publications they have always indicated that their brother Felix Manalo is the messenger at the last day. If fact, they even have a publication stating that Felix Manalo is the “last messenger” of God at the last day. In Pasugo May-June 1983 issue, they even placed images of Felix Manalo.
Brother Felix Y. Manalo: Last Messenger of God
To attribute the term “Last Messenger” to Felix Manalo is not in accordance with the Bible. Felix Manalo cannot be the last messenger. If we consider God’s messengers and His salvation, Felix Manalo can never be the last. Let us read who will be sent by God unto the work of salvation last. Matthew 24:29-30 says –
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
If we consider the termination or the end part of the work of salvation, who is the last messenger whom God will send? The end part of the work of salvation is when Christ will get his disciples who will be saved. He will come down here on earth. So if we speak of the messenger of God, is there anyone who will come last other than Christ? Let us read John 14:1-3:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
When will this take place? I Thessalonians 4:16-17 says:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
So, Christ is the one to do the last act of salvation. He will get His disciples and remove them here on earth. They will be caught up in the air. How then can Felix Manalo be the last messenger of God at the last day?
Obviously, the messenger of the Iglesia Ni Manalo doesn’t know how to use the word “last”. If Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God, then Eraño Manalo is not anymore a messenger of God. If Eraño Manalo is a messenger, then Felix Manalo is not the last messenger. Isn’t it that nothing comes after the last?
When Christ said that He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, definitely He is the last of the last. But they have attributed to Felix Manalo the title of Christ! The description that is only applicable to Christ they have used to Felix Manalo that is why they have erred. If Felix Manalo is the last messenger, it would mean that all other preachers in the Iglesia Ni Manalo are not messengers of God. All those preachers taught by Felix Manalo, and all those being taught by Eraño Manalo are not messengers of God since Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God, according to them. And yet Felix Manalo is already dead.
If Felix Manalo will be sent at the last day, he is already late. So it’s too late for him, because the last day is the resurrection of the dead. Felix Manalo is the last messenger? It should have been “the messenger who was too late”. What will you profit from Felix Manalo if he comes at the last day while the dead is already being resurrected? He is not needed there.
Felix Manalo did not emerge at the last day; he emerged in 1913. He started preaching in 1913. He is not the messenger of God in the last day. The messenger in the last day is Christ, because He is the last to come here on earth to get those who will be worthy of salvation. So Christ is the last messenger in the last day, not Felix Manalo.
Even so, let us analyze their basis in saying that Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God. In Pasugo, July 1956, page 13:
Naliwanagan natin na may sugo ang Diyos sa Huling Araw, at ito’y si kapatid na Felix Manalo na siyang nangaral ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Pilipinas simula noong 1914, ayon sa bisa at kapangyarihan ng hula. Si kapatid na Felix Manalo ang huling sugo ng Diyos bago dumating ang katapusan ng sanlibutan. Bakit natin natitiyak na siya ang huling sugo? Sapagka’t sinabi ng Diyos sa hula ni Isaias 41:4, “Sinong gumawa at yumari, na tumawag ng mga sali’t saling lahi mula ng una? Akong Panginoon, ang una, at kasama ng huli, ako nga,” Ayon sa hula, ang sugong tinutukoy ay huling sugo, kung bakit, dahil sa banggit na “kasama ng huli.”
We have clarified that there is a messenger of God in the Last Day, and this is brother Felix Manalo who preached the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines starting in 1914, according to the efficacy and power of the prophecy. Brother Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God before the end of the world comes. Why are we sure that he is the last messenger? Because God said in the prophecy of Isaiah 41:4, “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.” According to the prophecy, the messenger referred to is the last messenger, because of the term “with the last.”
When they read the word “last”, they apply it to Felix Manalo. They will ask, “Who is the last? That is the last messenger of God.” But if you look close enough, you’ll see that there is no “last messenger” mentioned in Isaiah 41:4. They just inserted it. That is how they have wrestled the verse.
“Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?” The Lord. What had He wrought and done and called from the beginning? The generations. The Lord had called the generations from the beginning, and He is with the last, which last? Last messenger? No. It is the last generation. Therefore, God calls the generations from the first generation to the last generation. If He abided with the first generation that He called, until the last generation which He will call He will abide.
There is no “messenger” mentioned in Isaiah 41:4. These Iglesia Ni Manalo ministers are presumptuous and careless in using terms that are not biblical.