Dear Brethren and Friends
The Fall Festival season opens with the new moon of the seventh month which is the Feast of Rejoicing with Trumpets. Next Monday evening watchers will be out looking for the first visible light of the new moon in Jerusalem and nearby.
If the new moon light is seen, 11 Sep 2018 will be the first day of the biblical seventh month and the Feast of Trumpets. If the new moon is NOT seen, and the probability that it will be seen is slim; then the Feast of Trumpets and the new moon of the seventh biblical month will be 12 September.
I know that this is awkward but it is nothing new and the Jews and the brethren have set aside two days for the Feast of Trumpets outside of Judea since the days of Hezekiah. Yes, that Feast Day is only ONE day, but because of ancient communication difficulties it was kept on two days to be sure not to pollute God’s holy time. God may be testing us to see just how much we love his Word by allowing this difficulty.
Everyone should be aware that after this year the Festival dates are sure [except for possible cloud cover] for the next several years. Please visit our Festival Dates page which also has downloads of the Festival Dates and the New Moons through 2027.
Studies through some of the Psalms have been posted for the past few days at our main site. It is easy to get distracted into hating our enemies by David’s writings and I have tried to expound on the spiritual meaning of David’s words according the instructions of Christ and those he had personally taught. Once we realize that:
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We begin to understand that those who fight against us in this life are really people who have been misled just like we have also sinned in the past; and in fact our real enemies are Satan and bondage to sin and death, which are their real enemies as well.
Let us not hate our physical enemies but run to God for our deliverance and pray that our physical enemies will be delivered from bondage to Satan, sin and death as well. Indeed that is what the biblical Festivals are all about; God’s plan of Salvation for all humanity! Read the Psalms and the so called Old Testament with an eye to the spiritual aspects of what is being said and much new understanding will come.
In a few days I will begin posting about the fall Festivals, and during the Feast of Tabernacles our subject will be the book of Deuteronomy which we are commanded in the scriptures to read during every seventh Feast of Tabernacles: A command which is commonly disobeyed in the corporate churches.
Deuteronomy 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
After the Feast I plan to continue with the book of Joshua which spiritually, is about the fact that we must attain to the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life through much struggle.
Following on that spiritual theme, the book of Judges teaches us that when we depend on and follow our God we prosper spiritually; and when we begin to leave off on zeal for living by every Word of God we will fail.
Spiritually the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles are much more than a dry history of ancient kings; they are lessons on how to be a king, by presenting both good and bad object lessons for us to learn from.
If we want to be a ruler in the resurrection we must learn to rule in godly wisdom through learning and living by every Word of God. Studying, deep thought and prayer provide the knowledge, and then through the practical experience of living by and applying that knowledge and teaching others even if only our own families, we learn wisdom.
An important lesson to learn is that NO, we are not to “get ours” or to dominate people like the worldly rulers do.
Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The primary function of a ruler whether a king or an elder is to set a godly example and to diligently and patiently teach every Word of God. If you have not already done so, please do study through the series on the ministry and priesthood.
These studies will take us into 2019 and further plans will be announced then, but generally the book of Proverbs, articles on the Spring Festivals, the Gospels, the 12 Prophets, Daniel and Revelation and some doctrinal studies will take us up to Tabernacles 2019, the theme of which will be focused on igniting a “Revival in the Brotherhood!”
At this site the last article on the Salvation series was posted last week, from here on the “Ecclesiastical Authority” book continues with the Sabbath and man’s supposed authority to change the Sabbath for three lessons, and then for three lessons on the Biblical Calendar and man’s supposed authority to change God’s Biblical Calendar. Other Calendar lessons not in the book follow in the Sabbath Calendar category. I will not be posting these Sabbath Calendar lessons in the Salvation category as they already exist in the Sabbath Calendar category. please begin with lesson 107 and work your way through that series to complete the Salvation series.
News, Prophecy and the Tribulation
Eleven years ago I wrote that a major regional conflict would reset regional realities towards a genuine dialogue for peace. That regional war has been ongoing for the past few years in Syria and events are developing.
Syria is about to launch an offensive to destroy the Islamic extremists in Idlib province, while America is at the ready to launch a serious strike on Syria over an expected chemical attack. Exactly how and when events will play out is impossible to call, but when the dust settles and a genuine dialogue for peace begins the tribulation will be very very close.
Paul begins to instruct the pillars of our day about the onset of the tribulation, first teaching that the vast majority will be taken completely by surprise.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Paul was indeed writing to those people at that time however I would point out that all scripture was written and preserved for all of God’s people including us today. Whether Paul and the other writers knew about us is not important, the fact is that God knew the plan and had these scriptures preserved for us
Proofs of the Vatican and the Pope are in the Revelation 17 study.
The great tribulation wars at the end of this age of sin, will come as a great surprise to the vast majority of humanity, including the vast majority of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who are lax and lukewarm, rejecting the warnings and the biblical signs in favor of their false traditions.
The scriptures say that it is during a time of peace that these wars will come suddenly [unexpectedly]:
Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand [the king of the North will make the New Europe prosperous]; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince [Messiah] of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [completely unexpected, by surprise: Strong’s G1601) unexpected, sudden, unforeseen] destruction cometh upon them [Jerusalem, Judea and greater Israel], as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
After the coming bloody war and when peace is seen to be achieved and that peace is declared as the man of sin goes to the Holy Place; sudden and immediate destruction will come upon Jerusalem and Judah.
God Almighty will bring all the Islamic countries except Egypt, as well as the rising New Europe [the nations of Psalm 83], against Judah and Jerusalem and the main nations of greater Israel.
The children of light are pillars who stand unalterably on every Word of God like the Thessalonians did, and are zealous and faithful to God and his Word.
Being the children of LIGHT through their zeal to live by every Word of God, they will see and understand the signs and will NOT be taken by surprise.
The sinners of the world’s nations and the spiritually lukewarm and spiritually blind children of darkness, including many in today’s spiritual Ekklesia, will reject the scriptures and insist that Jesus was wrong in Matthew 24:15; and that there must still be 3 1/2 years before the tribulation, or that some physical temple must first be built, and so they will be deceived by their own false traditions and beliefs.
First the abomination, the man of sin, will be set up in the Vatican and then within about 75 days he will go to the holy place.
The world’s peoples and the worldly brethren will not believe the warnings and they will be caught completely by surprise.
Only the pillars of today who are like the zealous of Thessalonica will be alert and aware and will understand and will NOT be taken by surprise; they have been forewarned and when peace is about to be declared and the man of sin schedules his visit to the holy place; the children of light will know that the tribulation is about to begin.
Jesus Christ himself said that when the abomination visits the holy place the tribulation will immediately begin.
The true Gospel being preached is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation; it is the sign of the actual coming of Christ to rule this earth.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The Gospel being preached is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation.
The preaching of the true Gospel will be continued by God’s two prophets and by God’s mighty angels; until the very coming of Christ with his saints!
This will take place DURING the tribulation as well as before it, and is NOT a sign of the beginning of the tribulation.
The sign of the beginning of the tribulation is the setting up of the final miracle working man of sin in the Vatican and his visit to the holy place 75 days later.
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
This abomination is set up as pope in Rome and then goes to the Holy Place [the whole Mount is Holy] within 75 days, triggering the tribulation.
When the abomination [the final false prophet] is set up in Rome, he has only a total of 1,335 days before he is destroyed (Dan 12, Rev 19:20).
1,335 minus 1,260 for the tribulation, begins the tribulation about 75 days after the final abomination is set up in the papacy in Rome.
When you see the abomination set up in Rome, and recognize him by his miracles and his call for a New Europe; then know that the tribulation is imminent and will begin when he goes to the Mount.
When we understand that, some will leave the land to run to safety and some will not, it should be self evident that a split between the zealous for godliness, and the lukewarm [Cold for God, hot for men] of Revelation 3:14-22; is inevitable.
It should also be self evident from the obvious apostasy in the Ekklesia today; that the prophesied falling away of many from any zeal for God, has and is taking place.
The spiritually wise will know that the tribulation will begin within 75 days, when they see this abomination set up in Rome. After that God will send his Two Servants who will take the zealous to God’s refuge as one of their first acts.
The scripture rejecting wicked in today’s spiritual Ekklesia will not understand until the tribulation begins with the occupation of Jerusalem.
Then many of them will see their error and sincerely repent, only to be forced to prove the sincerity of their repentance by persevering in great tribulation. The great tribulation will begin when the miracle working false prophet visits the holy place within 75 days after being set up as pope in the Vatican.
24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
It is when this final false prophet is set up in Rome and then goes to the Holy Place within 75 days; that the great tribulation will begin: Immediately, at that time, so quickly that one should not even go home to fetch his coat! This we have on the direct authority of Jesus Christ.
This statement is repeated in a slightly different context by the apostle Paul.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [immediate, unexpected] destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For 1063 when 3752 they shall say 3004 5725, Peace 1515 and 2532 safety 803; then 5119 sudden 160 [unexpected, surprise] destruction 3639 cometh upon 2186 5731 them 846, as 5618 travail 5604 upon 1722 a woman with child 1064 2192 5723; and 2532 they shall 1628 0 not 3364 escape 1628 5632.
When we add Christ’s words to Paul’s we can see that the proclamation that peace has been achieved; and the abomination going to the Holy Place; both happen at the same time.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The beginning of the great tribulation and the time of the coming of Christ will not be concealed from God’s faithful zealous pillars. They WILL KNOW, because they are the wise in Christ; for they are faithful and zealous to live by every Word of our God!
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise [zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God] shall understand.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye [pillars who stand on the firm foundation of the whole Word of God] are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Those who love God enough to be zealous to learn and to keep his Word are instructed to be soberly watchful for the signs, and to be prepared that we not be taken by surprise by these things.
5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Let us awaken and turn to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God and watch soberly and intently for the signs which God has given to us so that we may know when these things will be fulfilled.
5:7 For they [the Laodiceans of today are drunk with pride and are spiritually asleep] that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
Those who are drunk with pride and conceit, and who say that there must be 3 1/2 years after a declaration of peace, in direct contradiction to Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15 and the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:3; will be taken by surprise for they think they know everything and really know nothing, being spiritually blind and wretched and naked, not being zealous for the Word of God and relying on their own imaginations.
Laodicea [Meaning the people will be judged]
To Laodicea Jesus identifies himself as the faithful and true witness of what they are truly like. They think themselves spiritually rich and have no idea what Jesus Christ really thinks of them. Jesus here tells them their problems straight out, but they are proud and willfully blind to reality.
Emphasizing that his message to Laodicea is true and coming from Christ’s faithful love for them so that they might repent and be saved. Jesus also calls himself the “beginning of the creation of God;” clearly meaning that Christ is the Creator who began the creation of all things.
Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while keeping the commandments according to their own imaginations instead of keeping them the way that God commands.
They pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God. Their zeal is for their own ways and what they think, and for their own false traditions and their idols of men and not for what God says. They stand on false traditions and proudly think they know it all; refusing any spiritual growth they are stagnant or even falling backward in their spiritual condition.
They are hot for their own traditions, and for the teachings of their idols of men, and cold for zealously keeping the whole Word of God as God has commanded them. This mixture of hot for their idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Words of God makes them lukewarm and revolting to Christ.
They are idolaters of men and the traditions of men; proud, thinking that they know it all spiritually and therefore they refuse correction from God or man and they reject the Word of God for their own ways, rejecting any growth in truth and refusing to turn from error, they go deeper and deeper into error and sin.
Because these folks have rejected living by every Word of God and following Christ above our idols of men, they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.
3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [they will be rejected by Christ into severe correction] .
Proud and self-willed, they think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth, and reject the promised increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days (Dan 12).
They reject any part of scripture that they do not want to follow, saying it is for others; or that it is not reliable and are so proud they have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor they really are.
They are willfully blind to their own condition and to the things of God that disprove their own false ways; They lack the garments of righteousness and are naked before God, their many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride, stubborn self will, self justification and self approval.
3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:
Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; that they may become spiritually rich.
They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins so that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God.
They are commanded to anoint their eyes and open them to see themselves as God sees them, and to sincerely repent from their pride and false ways and to turn away from their idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.
3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are so that we can repent and be saved].
Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish. They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal.
Jesus Christ tells those with this Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude in the Ekklesia today; to REPENT of their pride and self righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in their idols of men and false traditions.
Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God!
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants them to open up to him, to reject idols and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ.
They have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept them, if they would only open up their eyes and turn to Him!
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.
Those who justify themselves face severe correction in the tribulation and only those who overcome this Laodicean attitude of pride and self-centeredness will be resurrected to spirit. Those who sincerely repent of the sins of Laodicea will be in the resurrection to eternal life and will have a place in the eternal government of God.
3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
As the seventh and last assembly, Laodicea has all of the problems of all the other churches.
That is because pride is the chief cause of most of the various problems. Today professing Christianity and the Brotherhood are full of pride and idolatry, rejecting any biblical thing they do not agree with, as unreliable or applying only to others.
They think of themselves as the repository of all wisdom and truth, and refuse any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, in order to follow their corporate idols, idols of men and there own false traditions.
The pillars of God who stand on the whole Word of God, are to believe and trust in the Word of God and must never trust in idols of men and the false traditions of men.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us [the faithful pillars are not appointed to such correction] to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
The diligent for God and the whole Word of God, should comfort one another with these things.
5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Brethren, we know that the violence of today and the coming wars will reset world conditions so that a genuine peace can be made. We know this because the Word of God tells us that “Peace and Safety” will be declared before the tribulation comes! There will be an end to these wars which will bring a genuine peace deal; we have the Word of God telling us so!
As you see these things being fulfilled; as you see these wars come and go and a genuine dialogue for peace take place; as you see a peace deal ratified; as you see the abomination, that man of sin, being set up in the Vatican and bringing a New Europe to life: You can know that the great tribulation WILL begin when he goes to the Holy Place, for it is the very Word of Jesus Christ himself!
We are NOT to esteem any person who rejects and teaches others to reject any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God. We are to reject all those who teach us to make idols of men and false traditions and who compromise with God’s Word. They are the children of darkness, refusing the light of God for their own folly.
Those faithful to God and his commandments should look about and mark out those who labor to turn the brethren to God, and who admonish all the brethren to turn with zeal to their God as true godly people!
5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly [contentious against sound doctrine and conduct], comfort the feebleminded [the weak in understanding], support the [spiritually weak by teaching sound doctrine] weak, be patient toward all men.
When we are abused or rejected, always follow godliness and do not give place to anger, but do good by teaching and living godliness.
5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 5:16 Rejoice evermore.
Rejoice in your calling and pray without ceasing for God’s help through his Spirit, so that we may endure to the very end and overcome all things. Rejoice in your trials knowing that the Master Potter is moulding us into a precious eternal vessel according to his will!
5:17 Pray without ceasing. 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Be grateful to God for your calling and his many blessings and promises; which are sure, and will be fulfilled for us if we faint not. Do not quench the Spirit by compromising with God’s Word.
5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
5:20 Despise not prophesyings.
Do not have the attitude that we cannot know, so we should not even bother with prophecy. God reveals his will to those who are diligent to live by his Word when the time is at hand.
Let us learn from past mistakes and embrace the truth, discarding error, growing in knowledge and progressing in understanding. Watch diligently as these things unfold and remember the signs and warnings that God has given to those who love him and do that which is pleasing in his sight.
5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Prove all things by the Word of God!
Utterly reject any compromise with God’s Word and reject all toleration of sin in the same manner that God our Father in heaven utterly rejects any spiritual uncleanness in his temple [his people]! Avoid even the mere appearance of evil so that the light of your example may shine brightly
5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify [set yourself apart from all worldliness and sin] you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless [without any willful sin] unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Become blameless as touching the Word of God, and fully internalize the mind and nature of God the Father and the Son, so that you will come into a complete unity of mind, spirit, attitude and deeds with Almighty God!
5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
5:25 Brethren, pray for us. 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Dear brethren: pray for me also, that I may exhort according to God’s will. Pray for all the brethren; that they may all endure and overcome, being filled with the gift of God’s Spirit, and full of a tremendous zeal for our great God and his wondrous ways.
May the light of God and his ways shine brightly through his people!
Dear Brethren it is commanded to give one offering during the Fall Festivals and I ask for your help.
Thousands of people regularly visit our sites but only a small number think of sending us a contribution. Many of you send large offerings to others while receiving much benefit from these sites. This has been a very lean year and we are in genuine need.
Yes, this work will continue whether any specific person contributes or not, but I ask you to remember the wisdom of Mordecai. See the Esther study.
Brethren, we are not to keep silent about the evils in the Ekklesia today; we are to mourn over them and cry out against them in the hope that some might be saved. Knowing that God hears us and delights is those who love him and mourn [sigh and cry, Ezekiel 9] over the evil. If you cannot cry out, then support those who are sounding the warning.
4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?