A while back I was doing some research on Mr. Armstrong's coat of arms, just to see what I may find. I found that his coat
of arms is a composite of the three original coats of arms for the "Armstrong" name. These can be viewed at: http://www.freewebs.com/southernroots/research/crests/armstrongcrests.htm
But to summarize the symbols used in his coat of arms, they basically mean a strong man, a strong leader, a faithful man.
Also in the symbols and colors are depicted the meanings of protection, invulnerability, and wisdom.
Interestingly, these were ALL qualities indeed possessed by Mr. Armstrong during his lifetime. And he certainly did
live up to those qualities and character.
While looking into these symbols and their meanings, I also looked into my family coat of arms. I had done some research
years ago on this and knew what my coat of arms was, but never really looked into the meaning of the symbols used, until I
was researching Mr. Armstrong's. Well, the results are posted below.
I have never been one to pursue geneology or things of that matter, nor do I necessarily put much stock into it. However
I see nothing wrong with tracing your family line or following up on a coat of arms, so long as it doesn't become a "religion".
Today many people literally make a religion out of their family heritage and the study of geneology. But I do know that
Mr. Armstrong took the time, or had someone take the time, to look into his lineage. I am glad he did because it just adds
another dimension of proof as to who he was.
So below I have posted three things: My coat of arms, the history of the "Cohran" name, and also the MEANINGS of the
symbols used in the coat of arms.
I found it interesting that these "meanings" tie directly into what God's Work is today. Is this coincidence? Perhaps.
I sure don't want to be making "claims" that are untrue. Time will tell. In any case, it's not for me to decide these
things. Only God knows for sure. But I do know that Mr. Armstrong's coat of arms described him perfectly. Was that coincidence?
Perhaps. Perhaps NOT.
So WHY am I bothering with all this? Well, to some it will be "amusing", to some "entertaining", to some "ridiculous",
to some "a waste of time", to some "exciting" and to some "serious". It's not for me to decide which category
you will fall into. You will know, after you read the material below.
I can assure you of one thing though, and that is that I KNOW that I am a nobody, a wretched sinner in need of salvation,
someone who has been lulled into a spiritual state of slumber and sleep in this last era of God's Church. I fell for almost
every lie and deception there was. I can only HOPE that I am waking up out of this state. If I am someone who is waking up,
then all glory and praise and thanksgiving goes to the Great God, not to any man.