Church of God News Blog; 2019

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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.

I urge all those who purchase our books to use their tithe to do so, in that way the books will cost nothing personally  because they are coming out of funds earmarked for this work anyway.   

This technique of providing the published works directly from Lulu printers saves this work a considerable amount in processing, mailing and maintaining an inventory.  Please do purchase from our official printer Lulu, as other sources will charge considerably more. 

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.

Pastoral Changes
We appreciate the service that retired pastor Steve Shafer has provided to four Michigan congregations as their pastor since 2016. On January 1, he transferred responsibility for Ann Arbor, Flint and Detroit to Mike Phelps, who has been named pastor for those congregations. Craig Clark has been named the pastor for the congregation in Gaylord, Michigan, in addition to his assignment as pastor for Freeland, Michigan. 

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.  


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  1. “This concern is NOT unique to COGWA and is a pressing issue in the other groups”… unless I miss my guess, there’s a very real chance that in 7 to 10 years, 100% of your ministry will be retired as well. And 50% of your donating disciples will be gone. But hey, at least you’re not a social club…

    Dear Amused I have repeatedly stated that this work is purely preparatory and is about preparing the brethren, regardless of corporate organization, for the advent of God’s two servants and the coming of our Lord by building a body of studies through the scriptures and expounding sound doctrine.

    When God’s two are set up they will take over and they can make any needed changes.

    I expect to go to the place God has prepared. I doubt very much if I will be one of these two; but who they will be is in God the Father’s hands alone. I fully expect our Lord to come well within the next 10 years, making the advent of God’s two and the onset of the tribulation probable in a year or two [as world trends and prophecy also indicate].

    A few hundred will turn wholeheartedly to God now and go to the place which God has prepared and during the tribulation many tens of thousands will turn enthusiastically to godliness.

    I have never made any secret of these things, it would be wise to at least read the material and get informed before making comments. I dare say that your amusement will evaporate quickly once this trial begins James

  2. It’s interesting that ancient Israel never went anywhere when God poured out the plagues on Egypt. Meaning that God can and does protect His people anywhere they may be. We were all duped by WCG/HWA over so many false doctrines including the place of safety. Who wants to go to Petra, which was recently flooded when a group of young people were touring it?

    It is also interesting that Israel left Egypt when God told them to; Noah built and entered the ark when God told him to; Lot left Sodom when God told him to; and the first century brethren fled Jerusalem when God told them to!

    Of course God can protect us where we are, but if God tells us to leave for another place through his two prophets, we had better obey Him! This is not a test of God’s power, it is a test of our faithful obedience!

    This all about dividing the faithful from the disobedient by forcing people to make a choice to either obey or chose to disobey God. This is why it is so very important to warn the brethren of this coming test and to properly prepare them by expounding the sound doctrine of every Word of God so that they can make an informed decision;

    The brethren must also be warned of things to come, so that when these things happen those who have made the wrong choice will remember the warnings and be convicted and turn to live by every Word of God during the period of their Job like correction.

    Further, Petra is NOT God’s prepared place, and I have never taught any such thing! On the other hand, there is most definitely a place prepared by God for his faithful.

    In the first century God took the faithful to Pella NOT Petra, and it is very likely that the faithful will return to some kind of refuge camp close to the same Pella in our time. Please read the material:

    See also Pella:…0.0..0.87.1038.19……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j33i21j33i160j33i22i29i30j0i22i10i30.IXxl-G5j-9A

  3. Jim Franks wrote: “…“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?…”

    I wonder what scriptures Jim Franks has in mind that tells those associated with cogwa that they need to provide for the retirement of others. Didn’t [couldn’t] the ministry provide for their own retirement. For example, have a reduction in pay and put that money “saved” aside for that retirement? I am not sure how social security fits into their retirement, if at all?

    God would be a god of confusion if He were indeed working with all of the split-off groups claiming to be “of God.” That would make God look stupid.

    Jim Franks was at the Indianapolis Conference when the United Ass. was created. An individual, BM, thought that the ministry of Melchizedek was “…entitled to pick up tithes and offerings from the people,” but then went on to ask a question: “…how do you present yourselves in relationship to the ministry of Melchizedek? Are you claiming that the ministry of Melchizedek has moved from Pasadena to this new board of elders?…”

    Dennis Luker said: “…if we are the ministers of Jesus Christ, then we are the ministers of Melchizedek…We’ll need to address that issue…that issue will be addressed in more detail, when we can have many of us together to discuss it, to make sure we give a proper and accurate answer…”

    To my knowledge, nobody in the United Ass. has provided any additional details to this day. And I don’t believe Jim Franks of cogwa has either, unless someone can provide those details showing otherwise.

    Their ministries all seem to be striving to take care of themSELVES, and all of those who attend must bear all of the ministry’s burdens in addition to their own financial burdens.


    This would be a corporate responsibility incurred through any employment agreements with paid employees. This has nothing to do with any God commanded retirement package for elders. This kind of corporate employment package for elders was created by Stan Rader at HWA’s request so as to keep the elders as dependent on the organization as possible.

  4. I have to agree with Bob’s interpretation James. The Great Tribulation cannot begin until the Beast and False Prophet have risen to power at least. Neither have been revealed as yet. Nor have the 2 witnesses come on the scene and surely will prior to the Tribulation since they are martyred at its latter end. Further, they’ll be prophesying against the Beast and False Prophet (so the latter two will have to be on the scene for the 2 witnesses ministry to begin).

    Sir, that is exactly what I teach so your comment is bewildering. Perhaps you should actually READ the material before commenting? Begin with this article and then go here.


  5. James with all due respect I did read your material and the reason I felt the need to comment was because you wrote: “At this time all events are lining up for the 42 month great tribulation to begin at the end of 2019, or if things go slowly at the end of 2020” ( The Great Tribulation won’t begin until the Beast and False Prophet have been revealed. They haven’t been revealed yet so until then why do you, Bob and others with a HWA/WCG background make such presumptuous predictions that the Great Tribulation will happen in 2019 or 2020?! Aren’t you setting yourself up to fail as a false prophet not unlike HWA, RCM and others who wildly speculated about the destruction of America and the return of Christ decades ago and whose predictions were proven wrong time and again? As our Savior said: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7).

    Dear Tom
    The false prophet will be set up after this coming Middle East war as a peace deal is made. God’s two prophets will be set up as this false man calls for the nations to approve the New Europe setting up the political beast.

    My positions are based on the flow of the news [everything I have said is now coming together] and on the scriptures. See

    Acts 1:7 is explained in Revelation 4 and 5. The Father revealed these things to the Son AFTER he was changed to spirit and risen to sit with the Father until he comes back; which was AFTER he said that no man knew the time when he was still in the flesh. and we have God’s promise that he would reveal these things during the very last days. See the Daniel 12 study

    I realize that mistakes are most certainly possible in historic dates and in our understanding, which is why I have never made any firm predictions.

    I do understand that Herbert and others have caused people to become gun shy, which suits Satan’s purpose in trying to obscure true warnings; on the other hand God will not leave the people without a good warning as God has promised in Daniel 12.

    I do know that people will be skeptical now and I have said these things so that when they happen people will begin to take the doctrine seriously and will turn closer to God.

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