19 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!
18 Jan: TheShiningLight- Yesterday I had inadvertently place “a password required to open,” version of the Daniel Revelation manuscript for free download at the Literature page. This issue has now been fixed.
17 Jan: UCG- Roger Korthuis, pastor of the Sedro-Woolley (Washington) congregation, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, the 15th of January. John Elliott has been appointed the interim pastor for the United Church of God congregation in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
TheShiningLight- Our policy is to remove error and update with increased understanding on a continual bases, always being willing to learn and grow in the knowledge of godliness. Consistent with that policy a Third Edition of the Daniel Revelation study was published yesterday. A free download of the manuscript is also available at the Literature page.
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Please note that further edits have been made to the Daniel 7 post at TheShiningLight site clarifying certain points. Please take the time to reread the Daniel 7 article.
15 Jan: TheShiningLight- Today completes the Daniel studies series, tomorrow the Revelation studies are scheduled to begin, please note that on many days there will be two posts.
I have been working hard on updating the Twelve so called Minor Prophets and that project is now completed, they are available at the Minor Prophets category and have also been posted to the Literature page for free downloading. It has been decided not to post the Minor Prophets on a daily bases but to go directly into the Gospels after Revelation.
Our Revival theme for 2019 will begin at the end of January with the Gospels followed by the Spring Festivals material.
13 Jan: LCG continues to reject the scriptures still falsely claiming: “Bible prophecy proclaims that, just before the end of the age, a European army will arise and function under the auspices of the “king of the North” or “beast” power (Daniel 11:40–45). This European power will carry out a military response to provocation by a king of the South (from the Arab-Muslim world).” Of course God’s Word says that the New Europe will be allied to Turkey and the Muslim Arabs World, Psalm 83. Why does LCG [and the other groups] reject the sure word of prophecy, the Holy Scriptures?
12 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
TheShiningLight- In the Daniel 7 article I said that I did not understand about the papacy rooting out three of the ten Roman horns. Since then I have received input which I think explains the issue very well; and I have updated that article just this morning. Please take the time to reread the Daniel 7 article.
10 Jan: TheShiningLight- As part of the 2019 Revival theme I will be posting studies through the New Testament again. The intention is not just to repost, but to continue expanding and updating the studies. and as each section is completed the free downloads will also be updated with the new 2019 date.
9 Jan: Mideast Peace- The details of a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) have been worked out in talks through most of 2018 and Pompeo’s trip is to climax on 15 Jan with a formal signing. See TheShiningLight Jan 2019 news blog for more. Also see the articles at the Coming World Events category for an overview of prophetic events.
7 Jan: New Moon- The new moon was easily visible in Jerusalem, making Tuesday Jan 8 the first day of the eleventh biblical month.
The New Moon is to be observed with congregational bible studies, or personal bible studies if it is not possible to meet with a like minded congregation. I recommend that visitors go to the “Sabbath and Calendar” category and review these things this New Moon Sabbath Day.
God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem. The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar.
When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem. See Ezekiel 40-48 and the Leviticus studies.
Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons. Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
6 Jan: TheShiningLight A compilation of the 14 recent prophecy articles in the “Coming World Events” category is now available for free download at the Literature page.
5 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!
3 Jan: UCG- Victor Kubik writes- The 2018 Winter Family Weekend is the largest annual UCG event, and thanks to the work of many dedicated volunteers, one of the smoothest-running ever. The event began with a Friday evening Bible study that encouraged youth to take God’s calling seriously right now. 1,217 brethren attended Sabbath services, with 61 watching via webcast at the home office, along with more than 500 other web connections. The continued growth of this event has us considering larger venues for future years, but in 2019 the Winter Family Weekend will take place at the same location.
In the Northwest 320 people gathered to celebrate the 54th annual Northwest Family Weekend December 21-24 in Portland, Oregon.
On December 29, 2018, Jonathan Hill was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Carol, serve in the San Jose, California, congregation.
Bob Thiel- In reaction to my article of Nov 25, 2018 Bob Thiel writes “There is no possibility that the Great Tribulation can happen in 2019.” “This cannot possibly happen before 2022 and I do not believe the Great Tribulation can start before 2023.” Here is a link to the Thiel sermonette video: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?
Bob has made many failed predictions in the past, like claiming that Islamic Extremism will take over Egypt and grow to become the king of the south, even though Psalm 83 tells us that the Middle Eastern Islamic nations [except Egypt] will be allied with Europe, the king of the north.
I have been very clear in the Coming World Events category posts about the line up of events; and when the tribulation does begin Bob will be taken by surprise because he views the Scriptures through the lens of the false traditions of men and the teachings of the unconverted ancient Mayas and others. On this coming Sabbath, TheShiningLight studies through Daniel [which Bob does not understand and twists to support his unconverted views] will begin.
31 Dec: UCG- Changes are coming and rumors are flourishing. Rumor has it that Don Ward is on the way out as Chairman come May [possibly due to his advanced age and resistance to the proposed new “God of the Old Testament” heresy]. I do not say that Don is against the new heresy since Don was a major figure in making the Tkach changes, but Don remembers well the numbers who left WCG as a result and would like to avoid another exodus from UCG.
Jonathan Garnant a member of the late Ron Dart’s Christian Educational Ministries governing board, and a UCG elder, may be headed to the CoE.
29 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful! Special Music: Worthy is the Lamb.
27 Dec: For older COG News visit the 2018 COG News live blog.
Beginning 29 Dec there will be 13 articles posted over about 8 days at TheShiningLight Coming World Events category. This will be followed by studies through the books of Daniel and Revelation.
COGWA- At the annual board meeting in December, President Jim Franks said:
4) “In the next 7 to 10 years half of our current pastors will most likely retire. Not only is there a financial responsibility to provide for them when they retire, but how do we replace them? This will require judicious use of our resource,s and an increase to continue providing pastors for every congregation, which we are committed to doing.”
“Our current financial plan is to pay off the mortgage of the (new HQ) building within 6 years … this is about when we will see the largest number of men retiring.”
This concern is NOT unique to COGWA and is a pressing issue in the other groups, especially UCG and LCG. What Franks did not say is that [in the other groups as well] over the next 7 to 10 years over half of the tithing membership will also retire, pass on or leave.
Also not stated is the fact that the big three have become little more than social clubs with almost no understanding of the sound doctrine of God’s Word. In fact they resist the truth with all of their strength.
Jim Franks again:
We know that we have doctrinal challenges to contend with.
“Paul, Peter and John all warned about false teachers and false prophets. It will come from among us. We must ask ourselves if we have done the best job we can in teaching our basic beliefs, especially among our young adults. Are we doing our best to help them understand some of the most basic teachings of God’s word? We all must be on guard against heresy. It will come and it has come. We must not tolerate [any change from their own false traditions] it. We will be kind to everyone, but we will not accept erroneous doctrinal teachings.”
That is, they will not accept any truth that does not agree with their organizational errors and false traditions.