It was in 1966, during a Sabbatical year, that the door of radio opened before the author to declare Almighty Yahweh's Name and the coming Kingdom of Yahweh and salvation in the Name of Yahshua the Messiah. The radio outreach expanded rapidly over the years so that this truth could be preached in various places of the world.
On February 5, 1966, The Sacred Name Broadcast was first heard over Radio Station WBMD, Baltimore, Maryland. From there we obtained time on such powerful stations as KXEL, Waterloo, Iowa; XELO, Mexico; XERF, Mexico, and other major stations whose names you have seen listed in our Radio Log over the years.
The vision of taking this dynamic message of salvation to the ends of the earth has always been in the forefront of our minds. From the moment this magnificent truth was revealed to us, we wanted all people on the earth to bear this glorious message. Consequently, we began to supplement the radio broadcast with literature, and our published literature was sent all over the United States and to many foreign countries. (At the present time over 125 foreign countries are represented on our mailing list to receive our monthly magazine.)
This message of salvation, through keeping ourselves free from sin by obeying Yahweh's covenant law, and trusting in the revealed personal Name of our Heavenly Father Yahweh, and in the true revealed Name of His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, is unique among the teachings of various religious organizations of the world. But, the end purpose is not merely to promulgate these facts that have been preached so powerfully over the Sacred Name radio broadcast and published in The Sacred Name Broadcaster magazine and our other published literature. Our primary objective is to get people to comprehend that faithful obedience to the things, which are taught by the sacred Scriptures, is necessary for salvation.
The Assemblies of Yahweh message is one of strictness through obedience. The world today wishes to liberalize religious doctrines, and therefore, many unscriptural notions are introduced to supplant plain statements in the Bible. In this manner religious bodies legitimize sin! But, the Assemblies of Yahweh confronts the Bible straightforwardly and allows the sacred Scriptures to speak with supreme authority. We humbly submit ourselves to this voice speaking to us directly from Heaven from the pages of the sacred book.
Over the years the author recognized that in order to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19‑20 a new approach would have to be taken. How would this message be proclaimed to the ends of the earth? The borders of some nations are closed to restrict information in certain forms. The Assemblies of Yahweh organization is small and not at all wealthy when compared to the worldly religious organizations.
While contemplating the progress of the Assemblies of Yahweh ministry relating to how we can fulfill our calling to send forth this message to the ends of the earth, we recognized that purchasing time on commercial radio stations would not cover all the areas necessary. Additionally, time on commercial radio stations has become very expensive over the years. It seems like the months roll by very rapidly, and sometimes income is low. Bills pile up as we seek with all our power to fulfill the mission to which Almighty Yahweh has called us. Actually, we should be sending forth The Sacred Name Broadcast right now over at least a dozen more powerful stations here in the United States alone, but the cost is prohibitive.
After much personal thought, and discussion with various brethren, we finally came to the conclusion that having our own radio station would be a tremendous asset to the ministry. With careful research we learned that Bethel is located at a very strategic position on the earth for sending out radio signals. We learned that from Bethel we could cover much of the land area of the earth because the Great Circle Line on which we are located is the one that runs through the heart of most of the land. Therefore, we could conceivably cover the land area of the world by a short-wave radio signal, which travels around the globe in a circle.
We began seriously considering the construction of a short-wave radio station here at Bethel. The needs for such a station was laid before the brethren and co‑workers of the Assemblies of Yahweh in a special communication: The brethren responded immediately! We learned that there was genuine interest in completing such a project!
The author began to search for a radio transmitter that would be powerful enough to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission. A transmitter was located in the south, and we soon made arrangements to transport this transmitter here to Bethel. Significantly, as the truck was sent to pick up the transmitter, we as yet did not have a place to situate it!
But, Almighty Yahweh moved miraculously and provided a building. Although this property was in a state of great disrepair, it came situated on about 3 3/4 acres of land. This property was located, about two miles from the Assemblies of Yahweh International Headquarters here at Bethel, Pennsylvania. By the time the truck arrived here at Bethel carrying the transmitter, we had already completed the purchase and transfer of title and we were prepared to unload the transmitter.
The first step in the construction process was to inventory the components, which we had received with the transmitter we had purchased. Additionally, we had to replace the roof on the building and renovate the inside of the entire building so that it would be suitable to function as a transmitter building. All this preparatory work took some time to complete.
The next step was to begin reconditioning each component of the transmitter. The moving parts were disassembled and cleaned. Parts that needed to be replaced, such as bearings for blowers and other items, were purchased.
In the meantime, we had to submit an application to the Federal Communications Commission for a construction permit for the station. We had to submit blueprints for the transmitter. These blueprints had to be drawn and the necessary modification of the transmitter had to be planned. A great deal of thought and study was put into this phase.
But, almost like in the days when Israel was building the tabernacle in the wilderness, Almighty Yahweh laid it upon the hearts of the brethren and co‑workers of the Assemblies of Yahweh to give generously. A lot of funds were necessary because building a radio station is not a cheap project. We learned that literally hundreds of thousands of dollars are involved.
To complete construction of Israel's wilderness tabernacle, Almighty Yahweh called several people (Bezalel and Oholiab) who had artistic expertise. Yahweh also called dedicated men into our area to construct the radio station. Gary McAvin and his family moved to Bethel to assist in this mighty project for the glory of Yahweh. The McAvins had become members of the Assemblies of Yahweh in 1975 and in 1978 they moved to Bethel. Later they moved back to their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but they returned to Bethel in April 1980 to assist me in the ministry. Gary is a journeyman electrician, and his broad experience helped to get the project under way.
In addition, Tadd Bueb and his wife had moved to Bethel from California. He had come to attend Obadiah School of the Bible, but he was knowledgeable in radio communications and his expertise proved quite valuable in completing this project. Several others also assisted in this project.
As work on the transmitter went forward, we had to consider the design of the antenna we were going to use. After a great deal of thought, study, and discussion, we came upon the design of a modified log periodic antenna, since we have limited acreage to situate the antenna. The initial drawings of the antenna looked something like a shophar (a ram's horn). As the construction on the antenna went forward, we soon realized that it took on the appearance of a ram's horn uplifted to the sky. What a thrill we all experienced as we saw the shape of this antenna! Surely now the voice of Yahweh could go out with power like the blast of a trumpet.
In addition, the steel posts that were used for the antenna construction fulfilled a prophecy found in Jeremiah 31:21. "Set yourself up waymarks, make yourself guideposts [sign‑posts]; set your heart toward the highway, even the way by which you went: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these your cities." These steel antenna posts had once been used for signposts along the interstate highway. Now they were recycled and employed to hold the antenna grid suspended in the air. Those people who are alert to the fulfillment of end‑time Bible prophecy can see how Almighty Yahweh miraculously moved to confirm His Word as a sign to those who are sincere.
As the short wave radio station construction continued, the project seemed to take quite a long time. Some of the designs had to be modified and changes had to be made after initial testing. Through test broadcasting, (which began in 1985) we found that further modifications had to be made to some of the components. (During this time of testing we were allowed to broadcast by the FCC under our CP, and we maintained a regular broadcast schedule.) But, finally the station was again tested by the FCC Engineers on August 29, 1986, and approved. On September 5,1986, WMLK Radio was granted its broadcast license to transmit programming regularly each day. Our schedule called for broadcasting six days each week, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST and 12 noon to 3 p.m. EST.
It is our opinion that Radio Station WMLK is fulfilling end‑time prophecy. First of all the call letters WMLK are significant because Almighty Yahweh pushed us in the direction of requesting them. We had other ideas for call letters. We discovered that all these call letters we had chosen were already in use, until we asked about selecting the letters MLK. These were available and assigned to the station. "MLK" stands for the consonants of the Hebrew word mal'ak which means "messenger or angel." The letters can also under a different set of vowel points mean king (melek). A vocalization of the word will also yield the definition "salt."
Consequently, we rejoice, as we understand that Almighty Yahweh had us select the call letters, which represent the voice of the angel or messenger of Almighty Yahweh heralding the good news of the coming kingdom to the ends of the earth. We are heralding the message that the Messianic King is coming to establish the Kingdom of Yahweh on this earth. It is our prayer that the words which are spoken will call out of the nations of the world such people as have prepared their hearts to be saved, people who will become members of the Body of the Messiah, the salt of the earth.
It is our hope that we can fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 14:6‑12. "And I saw another angel flying in mid heaven, having eternal good tidings to proclaim to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, and he says with a great voice, Fear Yahweh, and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come: and worship him that made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of waters.
"And another, a second angel, followed, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, that has made all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
"And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great voice, If any man worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead, or on his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints; They that keep the commandments of Yahweh, and the faith of Yahshua."
Since 1966, the message of the Assemblies of Yahweh heard on The Sacred Name Broadcast has been to inform all who will listen, that the Name of the Creator Father in heaven is Yahweh and His Son's Name is Yahshua.
Since the early days of this ministry we have been proclaiming the end of this worldly system of things, which the Bible designates as Babylon. Please note that the verbs are in the past tense in this passage although the event has not as yet come to pass. See for comparison Revelation 21:5‑6. This grammatical construction is known as the prophetic perfect.
Since the early days of this ministry the author has been preaching the warning against accepting the Mark of the Beast. He has contrasted the Mark of Yahweh against the Mark of the Beast (government).
Consequently, the messages have been flying through the air since early 1966. Now they are going to the entire world over the short-wave radio signal, flying through the air, proclaiming Yahweh's Word to all who will listen.
How do we arrive at this interpretation? Please note that seven angels guide the seven assemblies in Revelation chapter 2 and 3. These angels of the assembly are similar to the tzibor of the Jewish synagogue—meaning the overseer of the congregation. Consequently, the angel of Revelation 14 should be the overseer of the end‑time Assemblies of Yahweh.
However, let us not concentrate our focus on the messenger, but on the message proclaimed. The first message is to announce to the world that Yahweh and His Son Yahshua are the true Heavenly Elohim family. The second message is that this Babylonish System of the world will surely fall and be supplanted by the Kingdom of Yahshua the Messiah when He returns. Finally the third message, a powerful message, follows, which declares that all those who cling to this worldly system by taking its mark will be excluded from Messiah's Kingdom and the resurrection of the just.
Please note also that the preaching of this end‑time warning message follows the manifestation of the 144,000. Contextual relationships would lead us to the conclusion that from this group will come the end‑time warning. Also, compare Malachi 4:4‑6.
Today there is the voice of a messenger from Almighty Yahweh flying through the air. That radio signal is going forth powerfully and penetrating into a growing number of countries of the world. The voice of warning is heard in many different places where literature and other mediums of outreach cannot go. But, now Yahweh receives the glory all over the earth! Are you preparing yourself for the culmination of the age?
One of the most exciting factors about the short-wave radio signal is that Almighty Yahweh can push the signal anywhere He pleases! As one professor of communications told us, "Aim the antenna in the direction in which you want to broadcast and then the various heavenly phenomena will push the signal into different places. No one can control where the signal goes!" Truly the hand of Almighty Yahweh is at work with this radio signal. He will direct the signal and His mighty power will also make the voice easy to be understood, as in Apostolic days.
Have you heard Radio Station WMLK? If you haven't, why not try to pick up the signal in your area? The Assemblies of Yahweh short-wave radio station does not broadcast to the United States. But, since the station is situated within the United States, many people of the United States can hear it. The author and his family made a trip to New England last summer. With his portable short-wave receiver, he heard the broadcast, loud and clear, in Bangor, Maine, and several other places along the way. People in Canada are hearing the broadcast, although Canada is not one of our primary target areas. We have heard the broadcast in several areas of the Caribbean. Our target areas, however, are Europe and the Middle East, but many other regions of the earth hear the WMLK transmission. We receive a lot of response from Australia, New Zealand, and other places.
If you are interested in this short-wave radio outreach of the Assemblies of Yahweh, why not write in for a short-wave listener's guide? These booklets are free of charge for the asking.
In addition, we would be happy to answer any questions from the readers.
Again we invite you to take a special, personal interest in the Assemblies of Yahweh outreach. Each day various programs are heard. We transmit The Sacred Name Broadcast daily. A Sabbath sermon is aired. We broadcast "The Open Door to the Living Word" which is a Bible Study. Another regular feature is entitled "World News and Commentary, With a Focus on Bible Prophecy." In addition, you will hear various renditions of music. After each broadcast segment we believe you will be greatly inspired.
Almighty Yahweh has directed the Assemblies of Yahweh outreach and we have received many blessings for which to thank Him. But, we would like to have more people listen to the radio station and to be encouraged by the sound doctrines which are preached over the air each day. Will you join us by listening to your radio regularly?
This article was written by Elder Jacob O. Meyer and appeared in the December 1987 Sacred Name Broadcaster magazine.