Church of God News Blog; August 2019 – March 2020

24 Mar: A new COG News Blog has been opened, this is the last post at this older COG News Blog

A very important new year message is scheduled to be posted as soon as tomorrow’s expected new moon is observed. 

 

23 Mar: LCG-  Gerald Weston writes: “Due to the serious nature of the current crisis, I am calling for a Church-wide fast for the Sabbath of March 28. We will livestream the service from Charlotte and it will be recorded for those unable to log in live.”  LCG has also informed people not to make plans for the Feast of Tabernacles until further notice.

Gerald wisely suggests that your wine be purchased and your unleavened bread be prepared for as soon as possible due to possible market closures or shortages.

Our book which contains recipes for both baked and fried [pancake style] unleavened bread has already been downloaded 582 times.  This present situation makes the publication of our new book most timely.  The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Service is available for purchase as a  coil bound book for ease of use in a Passover service, it features red easy to read large print scripture text. This short book is also available for free download here The New Covenant Passover Service booklet.  

 

22 Mar: Covid-19

Diagnosed cases in the US have now reached 50,000 due to increased testing however the death toll remains below 500.  Experts are saying that there is very probably at least 500,000 infected persons.  The high death rate in Iran is due to a lack of ventilators to aid breathing.  The same thing is true in Europe where physicians in some countries are reserving ventilators for those under 60 years old, resulting in a high death rate among the most vulnerable elderly.

Worldwide Carona virus deaths have reached about 14,000 while in the US alone this year the annual flu has killed 22,000 people (600,000 worldwide) this flu season.

The media are panicking people and governments into creating an economic disaster. It seems very strange that the media says “Don’t panic” as they proceed to speak of nothing else but Carona 24/7. One wonders why?  Perhaps the establishment is generating an economic crisis to bring in a new international financial system? 

Your Health: Strong sunlight kills viruses. As the weather improves in your area continue to avoid crowds but do get outside in your backyard or on your balcony and get lots of fresh air and soak up those rays. With that and plenty of vitamin c your immune system will rebound strongly.

 

21 Mar:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music- Michael Card sings “God Will Provide a Lamb.

A Personal message will be posted when the New Moon is confirmed. 

The required stage of barley development to have the harvest ready by April 12 has been confirmed.  The first day of the first biblical month will begin with the next new moon sighting expected on the evening ending 25 March.

 

19 Mar: American’s told to return home immediately or be indefinitely barred from reentering the country as Trump prepares to lock down the nation. Israel locked down today.

Today’s talk is on the Great Ezra Restoration and the tremendous revival and preparations made for the ministry of Christ by Ezra.  Ezra was truly one of the Mighty Men of God!

 

18 Mar:  UCG Emergency Video Conference ReportUCG GCE to be held by video.

UCG’s Don Ward writes that UCG relies on the same old false traditions of men wrongly saying: “As frightful as COVID-19 is, it is not the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The Jews have not built an altar or temple for the reinstitution of temple worship – which includes animal sacrifices.”  No this is not the tribulation today.

In fact Herbert was correct in that the first half of the week was fulfilled in the first century; however this things were obscure to him and he did not realize that this first week was not fulfilled by the physical ministry of Christ but by the preservation of the faithful during the 3 1/2 year siege of Jerusalem and that the ending of the physical Daily was by Prince Titus in 70 A.D.

Depending on their false teachings, UCG will fall into great tribulation when it begins with the miracle working Roman Pontiff visiting the temple mount (Mat 24:15) and NO sacrifices have begun, because the Daily has already been stopped by Prince Titus of Rome in 70 A.D. as the 70 Weeks Prophecy explains

Today  UCG’s lack of understanding of the scriptures is because they refuse to respect the sanctity of the Sabbath or to live by every Word of God only paying lip-service to godliness, and they exalt their own false traditions of men above the Word of God.

 

COGWA:  The Church’s administrative team has established a plan for conducting services remotely for the next eight weeks, which includes Sabbaths, the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. For your planning, here is the schedule for the next few weeks:
• Sabbath services will be provided via webcast from the Church’s headquarters office in McKinney, Texas, on March 21, at 12 noon Central Daylight Time.
• Sabbath services will be provided via webcast from the Church’s headquarters office in McKinney, Texas, on March 28, at 12 noon Central Daylight Time.
• Beginning, April 4 local congregations will be prepared to provide their own remote Sabbath services via webcast and phone hookup. Your pastor will provide information beforehand on how to connect.
Passover
The Passover should be observed shortly after sunset on Tuesday evening, April 7. It now appears highly unlikely that in the U.S. we will be able to hold the Passover service with all the brethren in physical attendance, but each pastor will arrange to conduct the service via webcast or phone hookup. Members can arrange to get together and tune in to a Passover webcast conducted by their local pastor. Each pastor will provide you with instructions for connecting and the time that services will commence. (If you are unable to tune in to the webcast of the Passover services, we have DVDs of a full service that you can play. We also have written instructions on how to take the Passover at home if you were to have difficulty with the DVD. Your pastor can provide you with the DVD and the written instructions, and he will be able to send someone to help you if there is a need.)
Days of Unleavened Bread
 Holy day services on Thursday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 15, will be webcast from the Church’s headquarters office. There will be one service each day at 12 noon Central Daylight Time.
• Instructions regarding the holy day offering will be coming.
Connecting to the Sabbath webcast
You can access the webcast from headquarters simply by going to COGWA.TV. No password is necessary. It will also be available on your ROKU channel.

 

07:00 PDT: Breaking:  Canada and the US have agreed to close their border to all non commercial traffic.

 

17 Mar:  It took a few hours to work out every issue with the new server and I apologize for any inconvenience. Everything should be working fine now.

President Trump has asked people not to gather in groups of more than ten.

 

16 Mar:  It will take a few hours to regenerate our security certificate and the sites may load slowly other than that our server maintenance is completed.  Thank you for your patience. 

LCG held a Council of Elders meeting last Thursday where it was decided to postpone the General Ministerial Conference that was scheduled for March 16-18 in Charlotte, NC.  

They also suggested that:  “We will keep the Feast, but we may need to cancel or limit travel to some sites. Governments, at any time, may ban group gatherings where they deem necessary. Therefore, please do not make reservations or final travel plans until we see how this is going to shake out. You may even want to consider attending your locally assigned site this year rather than traveling halfway around the world by air.” 

As it happens, just today the Center for Disease Control has announced that all gatherings over 50 people should be cancelled for the next 8 weeks across the USA.  This means that my previous recommendation for larger congregations to be divided into smaller groups for the Passover and Feast was quite appropriate. 

This also means that the UCG GCE conference to launch the new reinvented UCG will probably be postponed, or could become a video conference instead..

This is exactly what I recommended for the Feast of Tabernacles a few days ago and is the wise way to go for people in all of the assemblies.  Even if the restrictions are eased, stay close to home. It would also be wise to eat and drink healthy so as not to be physically run down after the Feast of Tabernacles due to a surfeit of overindulgence.  

This is just a very very mild foretaste of the tribulation of God’s correction on his Laodicean people which is now imminent and we need to begin restoring a proper relationship with God through sincere repentance and a passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God rather than focusing on self-indulgence: BEGINNING RIGHT NOW! 

 

15 Mar: Flash!  

The Israeli President has announced that he will give Benny Gantz and the Blue and White party the first chance to form a government. Gantz will have a 28 day mandate to form a government with a possible 14 day extension.  Gantz will try to form a government as soon as possible however negotiations on the apportionment of cabinet seats may take some time.

Bibi’s playing up of the Covid-19 issue to try and get Gantz to support him has failed because Gantz knows that if Gantz can form a government then Bibi will be toppled from office. After that he will be forced to resign from the Knesset since no person under criminal charges can sit in the Knesset.   

This means that Netanyahu will do everything possible to prevent a Gantz government from being formed.  Facing a long prison term Bibi could very well invade Gaza launching a reginal war so as to have the political and legal processes suspended until after hostilities end in the hope that he can strike a plea deal by coming out the victorious hero of the nation. 

This will not work and a Palestinian backed peace making government will emerge in Israel which will resume negotiations at the place they left off when Ehud Olmert left the prime minister’s office.

At that time the deal was almost complete except for a few details. Once such a deal is made the Jewish Settler Movement Extremists will sabotage the peace and the great tribulation will begin almost immediately; as soon as the miracle working Roman Pontiff goes to the temple mount (1 Thess 5:3, Mat 24:15). Keep up with the news here.

The Passover Service article has now been download 512 times. Please do not hesitate to share this article with your friends. The Passover Service article. For more articles to download see the 11 Mar section.

Sometime early next week our sites will be down for a sort period.  I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

 

14 Mar:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

LCG leaves the decision to hold services up to local elders.  Check with someone as to local service cancellations before leaving home.

In the Proverbs 1 article, in the paragraph immediately above Proverbs 1:7 the word “NOT” has been added to the line “is [NOT] in complete unity.”  This edit has also been made to the download.  

Listen to the talk on Purim (16 Min).  Besides being a story of physical deliverance for Judah, Purim is an allegorical prophecy and also sets the stage for the great spiritual revival of Ezra/Nehemiah.  Ezra officially sanctified the fifteenth day of the twelfth biblical month to be observed for Purim. The Rabbins observed Purim on 10 March; according to the calendar that God gave to Moses, Purim was 11 March.

 

13 Mar: COGWA-  Church of God a Worldwide Association HQ, 13th March 2020
“In lieu of local congregational services in the U.S. tomorrow, March 14, the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, will be webcasting a live Sabbath message at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Doug Horchak, Ministerial Services operation manager, and Jim Franks, president, will be presenting the messages.  You will be able to access the webcast simply by going to COGWA.TV. No password is necessary. It will also be available on your ROKU channel.

The administration team will meet again on Monday, March 16, to further discuss the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and how it will affect our church services in the weeks that follow. From this meeting, we will develop further guidance and recommendations for all of our pastors early next week about the following Sabbaths, upcoming Passover and holy days.

 

12 Mar:  CGI- The COG International is recommending that its elders suspend services

TheShiningLight- The incidence of actual illness may fall off during the summer but this is not going away and the pool of asymptomatic carriers will continue to grow exponentially and a resumption of widespread illness is possible when next winter sets in. 

Described as a worst case scenario some 200 million Americans are expected to come down with the new Coronavirus disease over the next year with almost 2 million dying.  These initial worst case scenarios often end up being much too low do to insufficient information.  Panic buying is now happening in Canada and the US.

For Passover and the Spring Feast larger congregations should be split into small groups.

I personally recommend that everyone plan to remain as close to home as possible for the Feast of Tabernacles, especially avoid international travel. Also avoid too much rich foods and drink and avoid attending crowded tourist sites in favor of spending more time getting right with God.  Organizations should move away from large sites to smaller more local sites. If you are ill, STAY HOME and access the Feast presentation at TheShiningLight!

LCG- Breaking- The state governor has forbidden assemblies of more than 250 people so the Charlotte Ministerial Conference planned for next week has been cancelled.

UCG-  UCG prudently cancels services for the next two Sabbaths.

Victor writes

Since a large percentage of our church members are in the high-risk range (ages 70 and above), it is prudent that we not inadvertently expose potentially vulnerable people to the virus, especially as they travel through public places.

Therefore, in consultation with Donald Ward, Chairman of the Council of Elders, we are suspending Sabbath services in the United States and abroad for at least the next two weekends. This is an action taken after much prayer and receiving counsel from a variety of competent sources.

On those Sabbaths, in Cincinnati we will be telecasting special Sabbath services (beginning at 2:30 EDT) minus the physical attendance of brethren. Anyone can access these online services through PCs, tablets or smartphones. We invite any and all from all fellowships of the Church of God to join us.

With neither side in any position to form a government the Caronavirus has provided Netanyahu and Gantz the necessary excuse to begin talks on forming a six month duration national unity government.  Details here. 

With help from my friends the file size of the talks has been substantially reduced.  I have now added an mp3 download link to each of the Program Transcript articles.

President Trump announced during an address to the nation that he is suspending all visits from Europe to the US except from the UK, for 30 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday.  LCG’s ministerial conference is next week.

Everyone should do all they can to build up their immune system and turn to zealously live by every Word of God trusting in him.  Organizations like LCG, UCG and COGWA who claim to live by God’s Word but in reality have no respect for God’s Sabbath and prefer to exalt their false traditions above God’s Word are cut off from God and his protection.  It is far past time to sincerely and wholeheartedly repent before they are cast into the severe correction of great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22, Deu 28).

 

11 Mar: The Israeli political situation just got even more complicated with three MKs rebelling from the Blue and White bloc.  At the very least this could prevent a Blue and White government from forming quickly. At the worst if they were to support Netanyahu and Likud, Bibi could form a government and begin annexing Palestinian land which would bring violence to the Gaza Israel border.

Hamas has announced that the next major Gaza demonstration will be on Land Day 30 March.  Land Day remembers the Israel appropriation of Palestinian land

Keep up with prophetically significant news at TheShiningLight.

A reminder that this COG News Blog will close on March 25 and a new COG News Blog will begin on March 26. 

The book of Proverbs is far more than a collection of wise sayings, it is an instructional manual on becoming a fit bride for Jesus Christ. Tomorrow we will begin a 16 day completely new and updated study through Proverbs as part of our pre-passover presentation.

Free Study Downloads Associated with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

10 Mar: Those who have found the Exodus series helpful can download the Exodus book here.  The complete New Covenant Passover including the Psalms sanctified for Passover by Ezra and Jesus [by singing them at his Passover] can be downloaded here.

Listen to today’s talk on Purim (16 Min).  Besides being a story of physical deliverance for Judah, Purim is a prophecy and also sets the stage for the great spiritual revival of Ezra/Nehemiah.  Ezra officially sanctified the fifteenth day of the twelfth biblical month to be observed for Purim. The Rabbins are observing it today; according to the calendar that God gave to Moses, Purim is tomorrow 11 March.

 

9 Mar: LCG- We are expecting over 300 attendees to the Ministerial Conference March 16–18. However, the international situation with the COVID-19 virus is very fluid, and we will be prepared to adjust plans as needed, with special concern for international travelers. We urge our ministry to be aware of the COVID-19 virus situation, and how it might impact their travels, particularly if they are coming from outside the United States. 

 

8 Mar: DSTIn most areas of North America, Day Light Savings Time will bring the clocks one hour forward at 03:00 Sunday morning.

Drama in Israel as Netanyahu Reign Approaches the End-

 

7 Mar:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

6 Mar: Download the Holy Day date chart here

See the new article at this site, Harmonizing the Gospels concerning the Last Passover of Christ.  This material was sent to Aaron Dean and Doug Winnail and others four years ago. They promised to read it and get back to me but never did.

With Purim approaching next week, today’s talk is about “The Marriage of Esther.”  This program is very important because it establishes the role of Esther and Ahaseurus in the subsequent Ezra and Nehemiah great revival.

 

5 Mar:  UCG- On Sunday, we were notified about the death of Diana Marx in the United Kingdom, Bricket Wood, wife of longtime elder and pastor Gerhard Marx.

On February 25, 2020, David Chornomaz was re-credentialed by the United Church of God. He and his wife, Donna, serve in the Hartford, Connecticut, congregation.

On February 29, 2020, Marcelo Saavedra was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Marcela, serve in the Santiago, Chile, congregation.

Likud has won enough seats to bring the first mandate to form a government even though Netanyahu does not have enough potential partners to actually form a governing coalition; so Bibi has lost. The opposition does have the numbers to form a peace making government.

 

29 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! Download our book on the Ministry and Sabbath for free.

 

27 Feb: The CoE Report is now available hereMario Seiglie’s Doctrinal Committee confirms that UCG will continue to pollute the Sabbath.  This guarantees God’s correction in the tribulation for UCG, along with COGWA and LCG and all those who likewise pollute God’s Holy Sabbath Day.

Announcement: This Church of God News blog will close on 25 March; and a new Church of God News blog will be started with the new year on 26 March. 

Please remember that this work is financed by the contributions of our visitors. Visit the Donation page or the PayPal link on the side bar and help us to prepare the brethren for the imminent crises at the close of this age and the coming of our Lord.

A new program “The Life and Influence of Daniel” has been posted Visit TheShiningLight YouTube Video page.  “The Marriage of Esther”: followed a few days later by “Purim” are planned for the week after and then comes Ezra then Nehemiah followed by the period of “Nehemiah to John Baptist”  and the series closes with John and Elijah.

I have worked very hard to reveal this  history [the talks From Sinai to Hezekiah, being a foundation for the Esther to John talks] which has not been understood in the COG, and I think that people will be amazed at the impact of Daniel and Esther on the post captivity restoration of true religion, the temple, the city of Jerusalem and the ministry of Christ. In addition this series contains no less than twelve fulfilled prophecies proving the existence and power of God. 

A very important series on the way to salvation begins today at TheShiningLight with the first post “The Sovereignty of God.” 

 

26 Feb: The Israeli defense minister has warned that the present break in hostilities is Gaza’s “Last Chance” to avoid an overwhelming IDF blitzkrieg to destroy the Gaza militias. His message also contained the same warning for Hezbollah and Syria.  Meanwhile Turkey is massing large numbers of troops and tanks on the Syrian border to invade Syria once Hezbollah and Syria have been devastated by the Israeli war machine.  In concert with events in Gaza and Syria the US could well effect regime change in Iran.

The Chronicles study ends today at TheShiningLight. Since Passover is all about salvation, tomorrow we will begin our pre-Passover material with a short series on: the way to Personal Salvation.

Just in time for Passover we have a new book on the Exodus for free download

An in depth study of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Explains the confusion over Ramses, dates the exodus and reveals the exodus pharaoh and the foster mother of Moses.

Unveils some of Moses life in Egypt before fleeing to Midian, and explains the nature and meaning of the plagues, and the battle between the religions of the God of Moses and Egypt’s Amun Ra.  This book is also available for purchase here.

Also available for free download is The New Covenant Passover Service booklet.  Also available for purchase here: The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Service is a coil bound book for ease of use in a Passover service, it features red easy to read large print scripture text. 

 

25 Feb: UCG- Ken Skorseth has been named pastor of the congregations in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota, following the death of pastor Herb Teitgen. 

This evening at sunset the first day of the twelfth biblical month begins.  Purim will be on 11 March, two talks will be featured that week “The Marriage of Esther” and “Purim.”  In the following weeks talks on Ezra and Nehemiah and the great restoration of true religion and rebuilding Jerusalem will be posted.   Esther played a critical largely ignored role, in restoring true religion and rebuilding Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecies of the timing of Messiah’s ministry.

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 Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

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. 

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.

For more see the Calendar category

 

24 Feb:  The new moon was not seen this evening,this means that sunset tomorrow begins the first day of the twelfth biblical month. 

Israel is unable to invade Gaza because Hamas has carefully avoided participation in the present violence which involves only the small Islamic Jihad organization.  Only a conflict involving Hamas can justify an invasion of the whole strip.  It looks like the present violence will ease enough for the Israeli elections to take place on schedule and full scale conflict could take more time to break out.  Such a delay would allow the US buildup and preparations to be completed. 

 

23 Feb:  11:30 PST:  In a third wave of rockets, alerts have sounded in Kibbutz Nachal Oz, near the border with northern Gaza, and in Sderot and nearby Ibim. Watch Israel’s PM praying at The Tomb of The Patriarchs, Machpela in Hevron, This move is usually made before a major military operation is launched. All school classes have been cancelled and bomb shelters opened in the south.    Keep up with the news here.

09:00 PST:  Violence breaks out between Israel and Gaza.  Islamic Jihad has fired 20 rockets after two of their men were killed on the border and the IDF entered Gaza to steal the bodies.

TheShiningLight-  This coming Thursday our pre-Passover program is scheduled to begin with a 17 post series through the entire process of conversion and salvation.

 

22 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

A second article serializing the Exodus book was posted here yesterday.  The first article last week detailed the miraculously fulfilled prophecies of the Exodus.

 

20 Feb:  A new program “Rebuilding the Temple Part Two” has been posted.  Visit TheShiningLight YouTube Video page. 

UCG- The UCG CoE begins to gather for next week’s conference.

Ken Skorseth has been named pastor of the congregations in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota, following the death of pastor Herb Teitgen.
Vera Heberer, the wife of deceased elder Donald Heberer, died this past Sabbath, February 8, 2020, at the age of 92.
Retired pastor Vernon Hargrove died this past Monday, February 10, 2020, at the age of 83.

The official 2018-2019 Financial Statements can be viewed on pp. 12-14 of the January-February 2020 issue of United News. You can download the PDF online by going to https://www.ucg.org/members/united-news/united-news-january-february-2020.

Thousands of US troops and massive amounts of military equipment have been arriving in Europe since the beginning of Feb for exercise Europe Defender.  The timing of this exercise appears to be associated with protecting Europe from any Russian intervention during the coming war with Iran.

The US troops will return home later this year but the equipment will remain in forward storage in Europe.

The new US plan for Europe is to preposition massive quantities of military supplies in Europe and have a large number of troops on standby for emergency deployment to Europe in case of emergency. 

This is in fact a very old plan, the new part is that Trump wants to use the plan to withdraw most existing US European troops from Europe, thus saving money but removing the control that US European troops give America over NATO.  This is part of the process of building the New Federal Europe.

Ten nations will join a New Papal endorsed Federal Europe, giving up their armies and security to that new entity.  With access to the huge quantities of  US military equipment already prepositioned in Europe; this New Europe will become an instant super power.  

 

16 Feb: Considerably more information is coming in about the Reno situation. That post has been updated today.

New Moon-  Conditions will need to be close to perfect for the new moon of the twelfth biblical month to be seen after sunset ending 24 Feb.

Israel cancels Gaza ceasefire which was to begin his morning over two mortar shells night.

 

15 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

13 Feb 03:00 PST: A new program “Rebuilding the Temple Part One” has been posted today.  Visit TheShiningLight YouTube Video page.  Since YouTube does not count embed views I have decided to stop embeds and link directly to YT.

Remember that full book Bible Studies through every word of Holy Scripture as well as our other publications are available for free download at our Literature page.

 

12 Feb:  Do not be surprised if Israel launches a sudden surprise attack on Gaza in the coming weeks.  They are likely to try and assassinate as many officials and leaders as possible and then launch an overwhelming onslaught.

 

10 Feb: Visit and explore our Bible Study Site!

German government is crisis early elections may take place later this year.

 

9 Feb:  After my post on Reno all of Aaron Creech’s sermons have been removed from the UCG Reno site.

UCG/COGWA-  See the special post on the UCG Reno split.

Trump peace plan dead

 

8 Feb:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music “Morning Has Broken”  Praising the Creator for each new day.

UCG- I can now confirm that veteran 8 year UCG Pastor Mark Fike, who was interim pastor of Reno from Aug to November resigned last Wednesday.

I can also confirm that the majority of UCG Reno have left and joined COGWA holding their first service with David Register.  Further details will be posted after the Sabbath at about 19:00 tonight.  

 

7 Feb: TheShiningLight- Just in time for Passover we have a new book on the Exodus for free download

An in depth study of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Explains the confusion over Ramses, dates the exodus and reveals the exodus pharaoh and the foster mother of Moses.

Unveils some of Moses life in Egypt before fleeing to Midian, and explains the nature and meaning of the plagues, and the battle between the religions of the God of Moses and Egypt’s Amun Ra.  This book is also available for purchase here.

Now available for free download is The New Covenant Passover Service booklet.  Also available for purchase here: The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Serviceis a coil bound book for ease of use in a Passover service, it features red easy to read large print scripture text and is about the dimensions of your hymnal. 

 

6 Feb:  A new program “Hezekiah to Babylon” is now available at the Programs page Please note; the picture contains the series title, the program title is in text below the picture.

 

4 Feb: Veteran UCG pastor in the Upper Midwest and Manitoba Herbert “Herb” Teitgen died Feb 2.

LCG’s Randall Kobernat, a 1968 graduate of Ambassador College and long-time minister died in Florida last week.

The al Qaeda extremists are in disarray in Idlib and the Turkish army is entering Idlib in strength in support of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) officially known as the Syrian National Army (SNA). As the Syrian army collapses under the approaching onslaught of the US, and Israel against Hezbollah, Syria and Iran; US backed insurgents will rise up in the south while Turkey and her militias rise up in the north of Syria bringing an end to the war in Syria.

This conflict could begin with an Israeli attack on Gaza this spring or as soon as late this month.  The US and Israel are now hard at work preparing for the semiannual early March Juniper Cobra missile defense exercise. Even with the defense system deployed, thousands of missiles inflicting heavy damage and potentially thousands of Israeli casualties are expected. Recently 64 US servicemen were diagnosed with concussions caused by only  a handful of Iranian missile explosions. 

If this conflict happens before the Israeli election or during the coalition building period it will have a profound effect on the formation of the next Israeli government. After this a genuine peace dialogue will begin.

The peace will collapse almost as soon as it is agreed (1 Thess 5:3) and the tribulation will begin at Jerusalem when a miracle working leader from the Vatican visits the Temple Mount (Mat 24:15).

Be prepared by turning to live by every Word of God with a whole heart.

 

3 Feb: Hostilities break out between Turkey and SyriaThis may pause for awhile but will ultimately result in Turkey gaining regional ascendancy as per Psalm 83.  For years this has been an exclusive TheShiningLight position.

LCG-  Doug Winnail gives some excellent advice this week.

“Judging vs. Judgment: Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1–5). He admonished His disciples not to condemn, criticize, or sit in judgment of others, but to make sure that our own houses are in order. However, Jesus also warned that we must be able to spot false teachers who will be recognizable by their fruits (Matthew 7:15–20). This requires individuals to make decisions and judgments. A person who lacks judgment makes foolish decisions. Making wise decisions and judgments requires wisdom and spiritual discernment—and that comes from experience, from seeking and listening to wise counsel (Proverbs 11:14; 15:21–22), and from receiving, nourishing, and using the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:6–7). The Scriptures reveal that God gives His Spirit to those who repent and obey His instructions (Acts 2:38–39; 5:32). If we nourish God’s Spirit daily (2 Corinthians 4:16) and are willing to be led by that Spirit in our thinking and in our actions (Romans 8:14), we can develop the discernment that is needed to make wise decisions and judgments.

Have a profitable Sabbath,

Douglas S. Winnail”  

God does require us to warn sinners to repent which is the primary theme of the true Gospel and the prophets (Luk 3, Mat 3:2, Lev 19:17, Ezekiel 22 and Isaiah 58:1)

Which counselors are wise? Those who live by every Word of God and teach others to do likewise. Notice I said “Every Word of God,” not some tradition of men which has, over time, been proven wrong by the scriptures.

How do we nourish God’s Spirit to develop the Fruit of Discernment?  By searching the scriptures daily and always being willing to discard error and embrace the truth to live by every Word of God.

 

2 Feb: Today is a big news day with Netanyahu’s far right extremist backers rejecting the Trump peace plan and much more.

As UCG works to reinvent itself they redesigned their United News publication and have begun pushing brethren to participate in public witnessing.

The US blocks all annexations until after the 2 March Israeli elections. Tensions are building towards an explosion in Gaza and the West Bank and if war breaks out the election could be postponed. If elections do go ahead a virtual tie like the last two rounds is predicted by Israeli pundits.

 

1 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

30 Jan:  In anticipation of the present fast moving events the program on the Middle East was posted ahead of schedule on 13 Jan. See the announcement on Jan 13 below.  See the transcript here

In order to open the way for annexations the full Trump peace plan is to be approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday and presented to the Knesset for approval next Tuesday. After approval of the entire plan Israel intends to begin annexations with the Jerusalem suburb Ma’ale Adumim.

The Trump administration has begun blocking Israel from annexing land until after the March 2 election and a new Israeli government is formed. This sudden move appears to have come because the Palestinian Authority intends to present a counter proposal to the UNSC within the next two weeks.  The two proposals will then form a basis for negotiations after the Israeli election.

Israel is continuing to rush reinforcements to Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza region in anticipation of a violent reaction.

A new program, “From Solomon to Assyria” is now available.  Featured is history from Solomon to the Assyrian captivity and the origins of today’s Palestinians. 

Visit our newly launched FaceBook page.  

 

29 Jan:  See our new article analyzing the Trump peace plan

 

27 Jan: LCG- Doug Winnail writes about loving our fellow man; and he is absolutely right! 

However a problem arises when we lose focus on loving God more than loving people. We need to always keep at the very forefront, the fact that loving God comes FIRST above anything else; because God is love and living by every Word of God is the only true way to love mankind.  To put loving humanity, above loving God enough to live by every Word of God: IS IDOLATRY!

Doug also says that keeping the Commandments, Sabbath and High Days is very important, yet neither he nor LCG nor any of the major COG groups do these things.

They call the Sabbaths of God holy and then routinely pollute them! They say “obey the commandments” and they will not obey God their Father in heaven! Then when the truth is told they say “you should not judge me.” 

No, I am NOT judging them, I am only obeying God’s commandment (Lev 19:17, Is 58:1) and telling them what God’s Word says; God’s Word is judging them.

 

26 Jan:  New Moon Report- The first visible light of the new moon was seen at Jerusalem this evening.  The first day of the eleventh biblical month begins at sunset this evening.

The UCG Calendar Chaos article has now been read over 800 times. For the truth about the calendar which is really very simple and easy to understand see this article.

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 Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

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. 

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.

For more see the Calendar category

TheShiningLight-  The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Service book is now available for purchase. The book is coil bound for ease of use in a smaller service, it features red easy to read large print scripture text and is about the dimensions of your hymnal. 

The book has three sections, first a section on the Passover symbols including two unleavened bread recipes, the second section contains the complete Passover service and the third section is an Appendix on the Passover in the Gospels.  This book was produced in response to many inquiries on how to keep the Passover at home or in small groups.

Please use your tithe to purchase a copy of this very important Passover Service book containing the entire New Covenant Passover Service.  This book is available as a service to our brethren at the minimum price allowed by the printer: $13.34. Disclosure: I receive .44 cents per copy.

Program Stats- The first program on prophecy has been viewed 208 times from the website and another 110 times directly at YouTube for a total of 308 times during the first week.

UCG- Victor Kubik wrote about humility last Friday discussing the subject in a superficial manner as gentleness.  He does not make the connection that a “Fruit of the Spirit” has to do with godliness and not a human leadership trait. 

In fact the “Fruit of the Spirit” called humility, means humility before God; it refers to being completely submissive to the will of God, to being teachable and positively responsive to every Word of God, to being eagerly willing to put aside one’s own ideas and traditions and embrace and live by every Word of God.  Only by being humble before God and following God with a whole heart not turning aside on any point can we please God. It is written that we must be teachable like little children and again that: Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

25 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

23 Jan 03: UCG- Jim Tuck will now become regional pastor over the South Central region, replacing Mark Welch.

TheShiningLight- This is a very heavy news dayParts of the Trump Middle East peace plan could be revealed in Washington next week.  Trump, Netanyahu and Gantz will be present while the Palestinians have already rejected the pro Israel plan.

The first program in our biblical history series “From Sinai to Jesus” is now available at the Programs page. Don’t forget to click the CC box to activate the on screen flowing text transcript.

I expect to do about 12 programs in this series, if you watch each one by the end of this series you will have seen a whole series of fulfilled prophecies.  This series is meant to make the biblical  histories come alive and to encourage and strengthen the brethren by revealing some of the many already fulfilled prophecies of which there is absolutely no doubt. 

The struggle between east and west for control of Myanmar and its rich oil and mineral deposits is heating up,  This could have repercussions for certain brethren in the north of the country.

 

22 Jan:  The US is on schedule for a massive force surge to Europe and the Middle East in Feb/Mar, for the planned spring war. 

The US is planning a war on Iran this spring but an Israeli war on Gaza could begin sooner, subject to [depending on] the political / military calculations and state of readiness.  However it is just as likely that the Israeli elections will be held with another tie and the war will break out in spring.  Keep up with events at TheShiningLight January News Blog.

20 Jan: New Moon Watch-  Observers will be out searching for the first visible light of the new moon after sunset ending Sunday 26 January.

TheShiningLight-  Three programs of about 20 minutes each have been recorded and will begin airing on Friday’s, beginning this week. The programs “From Sinai to Solomon,” “From Solomon to Assyria” and “From Hezekiah to Babylon” are general overviews of the history of Israel/Judah full of facts which most brethren may be unaware. They have been timed to commence alongside a study through the books of Kings and Chronicles which will also begin this Friday.   

The programs will provide a solid background to understand today’s Middle East problems, subsequent programs will study the rebuilding of the temple and city and the history up to the ministry of Christ, they will then turn to the Passover and the Gospel of Salvation as taught by Jesus Christ.  

The programs are not the; take an hour to say what could be said in five minutes format.  They contain so much material that I would strongly recommend listening first and then waiting a day or more and then reading the transcript to get the most out of the material.

I am following a methodical schedule of first building Bible studies through every Word of God at the site and now each new program will build on the preceding program, therefore it would be advantageous to hear each program in the proper order. 

 

18 Jan: Jeremiah Lamentations Completely updated second edition posted 09 Dec 2019. Important Note 17 Jan 2020:At the beginning of Jer 42 a dating error of 581 B.C. has been corrected to 568 B.C.  Ezekiel In association with the Jeremiah update the words “and Ezekiel” in Ezekiel 20:1 have been deleted.  Ezekiel 20:1 refers to the seventh year of Jeconiah only, not Ezekiel. Please click the links to download the corrected versions.

A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music You Raise Me Up.”  English song introduced in Korean. Use full screen to fully appreciate the beautiful accompanying dance. If only Herbert had used his millions and his auditorium for more than producing carnal shows and operas. If only today’s Assemblies would make this kind of effort for a Feast program that could use music to get the message across.

 

17 Jan: UCG-  Victor has used a message on faith to insert the gross evangelical error that “we obey God because we want to, not because we have to.”  Of course we should want to, but we are required to obey God, whether we want to or not.

Gary Antion has been teaching this LIE to the UCG youth for over a decade; now Victor as a front man for the CoE to making this appalling LIE [which exalts people above God by making obedience to God a matter of our own personal choice] public, to indoctrinate all of the brethren into this gross evangelical heresy.

UCG Ministerial changes: 

At the beginning of January, Kent Foraker was appointed pastor of the congregations in Wichita, Salina and Meade, Kansas. Mr. Foraker and his wife, Kristy, had been assisting the previous pastor, Ed Dowd. Mr. Dowd will continue to pastor the Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, congregations.

Scott McKeon was appointed pastor of the congregations in Phoenix Northwest and Northern Arizona. Mr. McKeon and his wife, Carrie, had been assisting the previous pastor, Jim Tuck. Mr. McKeon will also continue to assist pastor Randy Schreiber with the congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Monte Knudson was appointed pastor of the congregations in Phoenix East and the Bible Study group in Show Low, Arizona, in addition to his responsibility as senior pastor for East Africa. Mr. Knudson and his wife, Susie, had been assisting the previous pastor, Jim Tuck.

Jim Tuck will continue to pastor the Hawaii congregation in addition to his service as a regional pastor.

 

16 Jan- The Syrian Idlib offensive has resumed and in Israel 30 political parties and factions have registered for the March 2 election.  Polls indicate that if there are no security issues and the election goes ahead it will be another virtual tie and deadlock in forming a governing coalition.

In February the US is deploying thousands of troops to Europe and Israel for the biannual Juniper Cobra Israel air defense exercise in March and an exercise in Europe.

An Israeli war with Gaza and Hezbollah could begin at any time this year.  See our program analyzing the situation at TheShiningLight programs page

 

15 Jan- UCG- For the record I did write Mario as head of the Doctrinal Committee who was teaching contrary to doctrine, not just once but twice before posting the UCG Calendar Chaos and Fraudulent Calendar Papers  article.  Then I wrote him a note to announce the publication.  At no time did he have the common courtesy to even reply. This article has now been read well over 600 and approaching 700 times and is having an affect across the big three.

Programs: After Monday’s short news review the first real program is now scheduled for 24 January and subsequent Friday’s. These programs will be about 20 minutes long and will be chock full of information. In spite of some initial problems with links there have already been 65 views.

 

13 Jan LCG- Our first audio program has been posted at TheShiningLightThe speaking could benefit from more practice but  I wanted to get this up quickly because of the developing situation.  I have been warning of these things in print for over 12 years in great detail, and this program is a short overview of the warnings and the reasoning behind them.  All of the major COG groups insist that Islamic extremism will grow and become the king of the south and I have stood alone as they called me a false prophet and false teacher just because I stood firmly on the Holy Scriptures.

LCG- Gerald Weston reports: “Worldwide membership is now over 12,300 in spite of many older members going to sleep and awaiting the resurrection.  We have more than 7,600 baptized members, over 2,000 prospective members, and slightly under 2,600 church youths.”  They add all of these numbers to get an LCG membership of 12,300. 

Gerald tries to say that membership is keeping pace with losses do to the aging membership, by including nonmember attendees and a seriously over optimistic number of prospective members in the total.

It is unlikely that even half of the youth will remain in LCG and there are probably not more than a few hundred really serious prospective members and many of those are followers of Dave Pack investigating a potential alternative. 

 

12 Jan:  ECOG- I have been told that former LCG elder Charles E Bryce who left to form the Enduring Church of God is nearing the end of a long struggle with cancer. 

 

11 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

08 Jan:  The main contributor [an important COG person] to the “UCG Calendar Chaos” article just mentioned this to me this morning:  The United Church of God, an International Association (UCG) now has three sitting Council of Elders members, who have been openly preaching doctrines to the membership which contradict the church’s official position about what is a “New Moon” and what begins “God’s” months. Not only are they teaching contrary to UCG’s official doctrine, they don’t even agree with each other, either!  Even more troubling, all three are now sitting on the UCG Doctrine Committee!  Dan Dowd, Jorge de Campos and Mario Seiglie.

 

07 Jan: The Twelve Prophets studies have been completed and are available for purchase or download of the manuscript at the Literature page.

While subject to various military and political calculations there is good reason to expect the general regional Middle East war to begin in mid to late February.  That initial News Prophecy program is scheduled to be followed up by a series “From Sinai to Jesus” about the reason for the captivities and covering the remarkable fulfilled prophecies of the rebuilding of the temple and city and the inter testament history up to the ministry of Christ.

 

06 Jan: See today’s new post explaining The Death of Three Shepherds and revealing who sits in Moses seat today.

 

05 Jan: TheShiningLight-  I have resurrected the facebook page ahead of launching the audio programs at Youtube. I am told that having the two running at the same time along with the website will increase the Google ranking.

 

04 Jan:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

03 Jan 01:00 PST: Breaking-  Israel is preparing for a crushing military response from Iran over the killing of the IRG commander and ten top officials by the United States just minutes ago. 

 

30 Dec: TheShiningLight- A completely new edition of the Daniel Revelation study is now available for free download at the Literature page. Like all of the other book studies revised this past year, the Daniel Revelation study is full of updated material. A published version is available here.

 

28 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath and New Moon for All God’s faithful!

 

27 Dec: New Moon Report-  The new moon was easily visible in Jerusalem this evening making the Sabbath the first day of the tenth 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 Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

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. 

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.

For more see the Calendar category

UCG-  Victor Kubik discusses the Fruit of the Spirit called Goodness and presents it as, God is Good; which is fine but only the introduction of the subject.

Victor hits only the preliminary since in fact this goodness of God is a Fruit of the Spirit which WE are to manifest, by becoming good as God is good; through learning, internalizing and living by every Word of God!

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 5:9
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
1 Peter 1:15
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [conduct]; 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

25 Dec 12:30 PST: West Coast Earthquake Warning-  At least 15 moderate earthquakes have been recorded off Vancouver, BC since Dec 23.  A 6.2 quake was felt on Monday and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean around 150 kilometres west of Port Alice, B.C., this morning. This increased activity could settle down or presage a much more serious quake.

See the new article on the Calendar Chaos in UCG.  The article was posted yesterday with a few edits added this morning including an explanation of the Philo misrepresentation.

Subject to sightings at Jerusalem, in 2020 the Festivals are expected to fall on the same days as the Rabbinic Calendar, this is unusual and due to the Rabbinic Calendar postponements.

The new moon should be easily seen after sunset ending 27 December, making Sabbath 28 December the first day of the tenth biblical month.

 

23 Dec: LCG-  This message was received from a contact in Charlotte this morning:  I don’t think that you are aware that our (Living Church of God) offices are open on Dec  25th and Jan 1st for regular business and all employees are expected to be at work unless they are sick or on vacation. It actually has been this way on December 25th for several years. it is actually quite peaceful to work on these days as there is no traffic and no outside vendors. It becomes an overall productive day.” 

This is good but still does not justify holding the WFW and refusing God’s command to hold services every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  I did reply with a few suggestions.

Repeat Announcement-  The truth is that the biblical months begin with the first light of the new crescent.  However the modern Rabbinic Calendar used by UCG, COGWA and LCG was only finalized in 1178 A.D. It departs from the scriptures and uses the average time between conjunctions when the moon is at its darkest to begin the Rabbinic months. 

The UCG paper “Should Christians Observe the New Moons” falsely claims that Israel has always used the conjunctions and to support that position they engage in wholesale  Contextomy, taking quotes out of context and presenting them as meaning the opposite of what was actually written by the scholars.

This paper and the other UCG Calendar papers [produced by the Jim Franks Doctrinal Committee] are full of deception and falsehoods.

To understand the very deceitful nature of these papers see this rough draft analysis of the misrepresented quotes from Rabbi Nathan Bushwick  in the UCG paper “Should Christians Observe the New Moons.”   Anyone who looks into the UCG/COGWA Calendar papers would quickly see that they are a complete fraud. For  more on the Biblical Calendar see the Calendar category on the sidebar.

 

22 Dec 11:00 PST:  Breaking!  Vatican/Israel-  Israel and the Vatican have agreed to a Papal visit to Israel late in 2020. 

Talks are underway to set the final date and details.  If the expected early 2020 regional war takes place, a peace agreement is reached and a pontiff is empowered to do miracles and endorses a New Federal Europe by then: The tribulation will begin when the Pontiff, either this one or a successor, goes to the Temple Mount in late 2020.  The time is rapidly approaching:  Watch for these signs and be zealous to live by every Word of God!  

 

21 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

See our article on Christmas.

The major COG organizations are having their Christmas celebrations, renamed Family Weekends, this week.  In the fourth century the bishop’s renamed the Saternalia, Christmas; to hide its true meaning.  Today the apostate corporate COG’s rename the same occasion as Family Day or Family Weekend, but it is still the birthday of the sun god which represents Satan and should be a regular work day.  No job on Christmas, then get to that “to do list” of home repairs.  Do remember that the Feast of Unleavened Bread is commanded to be observed with seven days of services before God, how is it that God’s command is rejected while the brethren are encouraged to engage in such carnal things?   

 

19 Dec:  UCG-  Victor Kubic uses birthday’s as examples of kindness.  I am glad the lad in the story was encouraged but there are many ways to do that. One would think that Victor could come up with a better example than birthday celebrations or does UCG celebrate birthdays?

TheShiningLight-   The brand new Ezekiel study has been completed and set up for downloading. A completely updated edition of Jeremiah/Lamentations and Isaiah has also been posted for free download at the Literature page.  Work has now started on Daniel/Revelation with only the Twelve Minor Prophets left. I am working as hard as possible to get the studies done so that there will be a solid body of studies to back up the planned new Programs. 

Bible Studies and World News Prophecy site

 

15 Dec:  COGWA Board meeting- Joel Meeker provides a minimal update on the Dec 9-11 Board meeting. Lyle Welty has replaced the recently deceased Richard Pinelli on the Board.

 

14 Dec:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

12 Dec: UCG-  UCG announces a total Feast attendance of 13,235 with 64 Feast sites for 2019. 

Members-  Those people on our U.S. file associated with the Church (teens, members, associated) is at 12,261.

Magazine-  Total Beyond Today magazine circulation worldwide is at 294,703—which is 5% less than the same time last year and 9% less than two years ago.  U.S. magazine subscribers are at 241,014. This is 7% less than the same time last year.

Finance- The complete audit report will be printed in the next issue of the United News.

GCE Schedule- 2020: May 2-4,  2021: May 1-3, 2022: May 14-16.

See the latest CoE Report here.

 

07 Dec:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

5 Dec: COGWA- 2019 Feast of Tabernacles total attendance worldwide was 9886, compared with 9830 in 2018. There was a 30% increase in the number of people receiving DVDs or watching the webcasts without attending a COGWA site from 841 in 2018 to 1096 in 2019.

 

4 Dec: UCG- Don Ward writes an extremely evangelical letter to the UCG brethren.  While he correctly writes: “That is, we must repent, exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ, be baptized and receive the laying on of hands.” there is not a single word in the entire letter about what we are to repent of or about being called to learn and live by every Word of God.  See this article about Don and other Tkach backers now in control of UCG.

LCG- Rod McNair writes: “It has been almost six years since the Living Church of God has had a General Ministerial Conference. We are planning one for March 16–18, 2020. Arrival day will be Sunday, March 15, and departure day on Thursday, March 19.” 

This will be the first such general conference since Gerald Weston took over LCG and will provide an opportunity for him to present his future plans for LCG.

 

2 Dec: Wes White reveals himself as a crony of the Banned crowd-  

By Wes White


There are many, many reasons why a lot of us on “Banned…” left WCG.  One of the main reasons for my departure was that I recognized the SYSTEM was bad!

The WCG system was an imperial dictatorship.  The system abused people.  It betrayed them.  It promoted lies.  It was based on the end justifies the means.

I have varying degrees of respect for those who left that organization because they recognized the system was bad.

However, when I look at guys like GTA, Meredith, McNair, Flurry, Pack, etc, I see guys who loved the system.  And they left it because they were mad that they couldn’t be IN CHARGE of that system!  

These lovers of the old system are not just the leaders of the wackadoodle COGs. These lovers also permeate the leadership of the supposedly more “moderate” COGs.

And most Armstrongite members are not aware of this because they don’t want to know.  A lot of these geezers love fellowshipping with their old friends from the old days.  Attending church services with other geriatrics is all they have to live for anymore.  

Yes, Armstrongism is in a state of hospice.  “Let’s just keep the patient comfortable.”

 

1 Dec: LCG-  UCG-  The CoE will be gathering later this week for the private get together next Sunday ahead of the Dec 9-12 CoE Conference. They will evaluate this fall Feast and then the key topic will be preparations for next May’s relaunch of UCG with their “The Next Twenty-Five Years” slogan. Any issues being considered for a GCE vote next May must be approved by the CoE and forwarded to the GCE this month. 

Your Health: Adults over 16-  If you receive less than 12 hours of sunlight per day remember to avoid crowds and take at least 500 mg 24 hour timed release Vitamin C and 250 mg Vitamin D daily to support your immune system and mitigate or avoid colds and flues.  Be kind to others; if you are sick stay home, rest,  drink plenty of fluids and air out the sick room [with outside air] thoroughly several times a day!

 

30 Nov: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

27 Nov: New Moon Report- The moon set in Jerusalem at 17:27, it is now 18:10 and no reports of a sighting have been received.  Sunset tomorrow 28 Nov will end the current month and 29 Nov will be the first day of the ninth 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 Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

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. 

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.

For more see the Calendar category

To see just how far they are willing to go to reject knowledge and defend error see this analysis of their “Should Christians Observe the New Moons?” paper.  As in other papers on the calendar they make ample use of Contextomy which is deliberately lying by taking a quote out of its context and presenting it as meaning something entirely different from its true in context meaning. 

In this case the misrepresented quotes from Rabbi Nathan Bushwick were approved by the 2002 UCG Doctrinal Committee.  While this is a UCG Paper, COGWA and LCG also adhere to the same position based on the same deliberate deception. Note: This is just a rough draft as a sample of what is coming.

 

26 Nov: UCG- More Ordinations- 

On October 26, 2019, Haiton Thungula was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the Lilongwe, Malawi, congregation.
On October 26, 2019, Cephas Chapamba was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Patricia, serve in the Nkhwasi, Malawi, congregation.
On October 14, 2019, Clive Demont was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the East London/Port Elizabeth, South Africa, congregation.

 

24 Nov: New Moon- Observers will be out after sunset ending Wednesday 27 Nov. looking for the first visible light of the new moon to begin the ninth biblical month.  Conditions will need to be perfect for a sighting, otherwise the next evening will begin the new month.  The ninth biblical month will be announced as soon as reports are received.

 

23 Nov: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

22 Nov 16:00 PST:  Internet Explorer is no longer being updated and therefore cannot access our sites because Explorer can no longer access through the RC4 Security Cipher.  This is a Google issue as they want everyone to use Chrome now.

 

21 Nov:  UCG-  Victor Kubic writesOn the last day of the [Pastoral Development] program, in the question and answer session, we discussed the next 25 years of the United Church of God and what we could do reinvent ourselves to become more effective and relevant.” 

This coming week we will meet with our North Central ministry in southeastern Minnesota for a ministerial conference.

Also see my new Personal for today here

 

18 Nov: LCG- The Charlotte congregation pastor, John Strain, has been diagnosed with lymphoma and will be replaced.

I apologize for mixing up Doug and Scott Winnail in my initial report. It is Scott not Doug who will be pastoring LCG Charlotte. Doug will remain in his present position for a few more months while the power struggle works itself out.  

Scott Winnail is being removed from the TWNow and the on-site Living Education programs and moved to handle the routine day-to-day responsibilities of serving the Charlotte congregation.

LCG is also cancelling the  TWNow program: The reason given: “our commission is to preach the Gospel to the world, and other initiatives are fulfilling that task more effectively.”  The TWNow program was an effort to feed the flock but that consideration was apparently not involved in the decision.

Important news update: It looks very much like Israel will go to new elections in spring. It also looks like Netanyahu will delay his war as long as he can so as to initiate hostilities as close to the election date as possible in order to delay the vote as long as he can.  There is a very serious chance of a peace making coalition led by Benny Gantz’s Blue and White winning the election and forming a non religious, moderate peace making government not held hostage by the far right extremists and make the peace desired by Donald Trump.

2020 could be a very significant year with developments in world affairs and in the COG.

TheShiningLight- A new edition of the Proverbs – Song of Songs study is now available for free download.

 

16 Nov:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

Breaking:  Israel attacks Hamas.

 

15 Nov: See today’s new article about becoming a virtuous bride for the Lamb.

Special Music  

UCG: Victor Kubik writes:  At the home office, the fifth annual Pastoral Development Program is in session. It started on November 11, and will run until November 20. Thirty-two people from Australia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Malawi, the Caribbean, Myanmar, Canada, United Kingdom and the U.S. are represented. We also have two veteran U.S. pastors, Vince Szymkowiak (St. Louis) and Randy D’Alessandro (Chicago), who we invited to be part of the mentorship process.

News update:  A very uneasy calm has begun with Gaza.  The Israeli president is working hard trying to establish a governing coalition with the Gantz mandate expiring Wednesday night. Gantz could either ask for a two week extension or return the mandate. 

Once the mandate is returned it will pass to the Knesset which will have three weeks to try and form a government and if they fail an election must be called within three months. The Gaza situation is very likely to erupt again and if there is no formal government the various parties would support a minority Likud from the opposition until hostilities end.

 

12 Nov 00:30 PST:  Even though Xmas is on a Wednesday LCG and COGWA go out of their way to include the day in their disgraceful WFW.  These folks reject God’s command to meet every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and instead spend their money on this; what a disgraceful affront to Almighty God!

COGWA announces it will again hold their WFW over Xmas:  “The Winter Family Weekend runs from Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, through Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2019 – so it’s more than just a weekend!”  Their WFW will once again be the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The LCG Charlotte Family weekend is to be held December 25–29 at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. and is restricted to LCG members.

At least UCG  will avoid Christmas Day this year, for its winter weekends. The main WFW will be at the major Christmas celebration site at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, running from Friday the 20th to Tuesday the 24th of December. 

 

11 Nov: LCG- Gerald Weston reports that “Overall, Living Church of God Feast of Tabernacles attendance in 2019 was 11,060—a 4.7 percent increase over 2018 and the first time in our 27-year history to go over the 11,000 mark. This year, we sponsored the Feast in 61 locations in 37 countries.”  He did not say if he was using actual attendance or the number of registered persons. He also mentioned that in some areas offerings increased by 10% but did not mention total figures.

Crossover visits between the big three seems to have been a consistent trend across the US. so Feast visit numbers are not reflective of memberships or regular weekly attendance in these organizations. It should also be noted that these figures include men, women and children and do not reflect the number of baptized persons, which is a closely guarded secret.

LCG also held board meetings in Charlotte this past week.

 

10 Nov 02:45 PST: Today we begin a new series through the book of Exodus at the Bible Study page.  This series is full of information not commonly taught including the name of the Pharaoh, the date and many other details.

After review the Passover book has been restored to the Literature page for free download. 

 

9 Nov:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

7 Nov: Feast News- UCG has published the following preliminary details.

Number of sites:
2018 — 66 sites were kept around the world (same as 2017).
2019 — 61

Registration All Sites (many international sites do not register in advance):
2018 — 8,547
2019 — 8,514

Total Attendance:
2018 — 13,453
2019 — to be determined

 

4 Nov: Feast News- COGWA’s  Jim Franks reports record offerings and attendance with more attendees than were registered, over 100 extra in Myrtle Beach alone.

LCG’s Gerald Weston reports  all seven offerings this year were slightly higher than last year and that this Tabernacles there was a “well organized Feast and a loving atmosphere.”  At the LCG Branson, Missouri site a third of the brethren failed to attend the afternoon Eighth Day service.

I am hearing that most of the extra visitors to COGWA were unhappy LCG folks taking advantage of having many of their sites in the same cities as COGWA to cross over for a visit. LCG in Myrtle Beach had an attendance of about 200 less than the number registered, with some checking out COGWA and others taking a look at UCG. 

Crossover visits between the big three seems to have been a consistent trend across the US. It also appears that many are now so uninspired by the sermons provided that they prefer to turn the Feast into a carnal vacation and engage in other activities.

 

2 Nov: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

1 Nov: TheShiningLight-  New feature at the Literature page

Access an English audio King James Bible version here.  Click on the book you want and then click the player to listen as it is professionally read. Excellent for those who have trouble reading.

 

30 Oct: UCG- The big three will be holding board meetings sometime over the next six weeks or so. The UCG CoE is scheduled to meet Dec 9-12 along with their usual premeet weekend. The UCG CoE will discuss the recent Festivals and evaluate the Oct-Nov advertising campaign of 30 million Sunday paper inserts as well the usual subjects. Any matters that require a GCE vote in May 2020 must also be prepared and presented to the GCE in December. A second stage of advertising is planned to insert 70 million adds in Sunday papers in the Jan-Feb time frame.

The May 2020 GCE conference is being billed as the launch of a new UCG era with the theme “Moving Forward with Conviction, Commitment and Courage,” and they are pushing “The Next 25 Years” very hard.  They now have most of the ministry online for the agenda of the present permissive evangelical leaning CoE and most of the brethren are sound asleep, however there are some good elders and brethren who are beginning to see the trends and deep divisions are developing. 

 

29 Oct: New Moon Report-  The first visible light of the new moon was seen by several witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea this evening.  30 October is the first day of the eighth biblical month which is to be observed with a special congregational or family bible study.

 

26 Oct: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

25 Oct: UCG- Despite stagnant membership numbers UCG has ordained a number of new elders.  The overall makeup of the UCG ministry is being rapidly changed in character towards the present leadership’s agenda.

On September 30, 2019, Neil Crane was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Rita, serve in the East Texas congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Gregory Dullum was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Marie, serve in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Brent Fogelson was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Kristina, serve in the Phoenix Northwest, Arizona, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Alan Gunn was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the Columbus, Ohio, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Dave Wells was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Carrie, serve in the Troy, Illinois, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Andy Duran was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Amber, have been transferred from Cincinnati to the Chicago area. Mr. Duran will assist Pastor Randy D’Alessandro with the Chicago (Illinois) and Beloit (Wisconsin) congregations.
On October 5, 2019, Richard Moulton was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Michelle, serve in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, congregation.
On October 21, 2019, Frank Reckerman was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Tina, serve in the Colombo, Sri Lanka, congregation.

 

22 Oct: Please see the new Personal article on how proclaiming the Gospel will unfold from now to the coming of Christ.

TheShiningLight-  The article on the Kurds has been updated with an explanation of the recent Trump maneuvering, revealing his secret strategy and goals. An important read to understand present events.

 

21 Oct:  A Blessed Feast of the Eighth Day for All God’s faithful!  May we all rejoice forever in our Mighty God!   Special Music: The resurrected of Spiritual Israel will rejoice forever!  Shouts of Joy

 

20 Oct:  In pictures; worshipers gather with their branches to celebrate the seventh and last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Eighth Day begins at sunset tonight and ends at sunset tomorrow night. Some COG groups confuse the Last Great Day of Tabernacles with the Feast of the Eighth Day; they are NOT the same occasion.

 

19 Oct:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

New Moon- Subject to observation the first day of the eighth biblical month is expected to begin at sunset ending 29 October.

 

14 Oct: A Blessed Feast of Ingathering and Eighth Day for All God’s Faithful! 

 

12 Oct: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

Thought for the day: Learn to Discern- God does not judge by sight but by careful examination of the facts to determine the truth.  The godly person must follow that example and exercise the mind to properly discern the truth. 

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

The present propaganda about the Turkish operation in Syria is a classic in obscuring the truth which becomes very clear in our posts on the operation for the last several days at TheShiningLight October 2019 News Blog

Thinking deeply and being diligent to discover the facts and learning to discern between truth and error is a vital part of following God the Father and Jesus Christ to internalize their nature and to become like them.  We should practice this love of the truth in physical things and also in spiritual matters by carefully examining the words of men, regardless of the title that they claim (1 Thess 5:22),  by the Word of God. See our article on Discerning the godly from the false teacher.

 

10 Oct: TheShiningLight-  The Daniel 8 study has been updated to clarify the ambiguous statement near the end of the article: “Antiochus then proceeded to advance on Nicomedes I king of Bythnia and the army of Gauls he had called to help him and Nicomedes of Bythnia bowed to Antiochus without a serious fight in 278 B.C.  Nicomedes then continued to rule Bythnia but accepted the dominance of Antiochus king of Babylon [Seleucid Syria].”  This paragraph gives the impression that the four divisions began in 278 B.C. therefor I have added the date when Nicomedes submitted to Antiochus which was 277 B.C.

After the Feast beginning on Oct 22 a series through the books of Moses is scheduled.  These completely updated studies are much improved and very informative.  Because I am trying to complete studies through all of the bible by the fall 2020 Festivals, I plan to begin publishing TWO posts each Sabbath and each Sunday.

 

8 Oct:  The fast of Atonement begins at sunset tonight and continues through to sunset ending 9 October.  The seven day Feast of Ingathering called Tabernacles begins at sunset ending 13 Oct. The Feast of the Eighth Day begins at sunset ending Oct 20 and lasts to sunset Oct 21.

 

6 Oct UCG-  UCG issues a Feast press release designed to appeal to Evangelicals, focusing on false explanations of the Feast and on the Christ centeredness of the Fall Festival.

This press release is more than an appeal to evangelicals, it announces to the brethren that after redefining Jesus into an evangelical false Christ, which I have been fighting for the past ten years; they are now ready to make the change over, public.  They despise me for standing up to their machinations, especially with their recent attempt to redefine the God of the Old Testament in preparation for this unveiling of their new evangelical Jesus to the public. 

Notice that nothing seems wrong with this announcement; the issue only rears up when we begin to understand that besides presenting false evangelical explanations for the Fall Festivals taken directly from mainstream commentaries, they have changed the Real Jesus into the false tolerant of sin emotional “love love” evangelical model. 

PRESS RELEASE: 14,000 Gather to Celebrate Coming Time of Christ-Centered Global Peace: Church Follows Example of First Century Disciples

 

5 Oct: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  The Fast of Atonement begins at sunset Tuesday evening Oct 8 and ends at sunset on Wednesday evening Oct 9.

 

2 Oct: UCG- Victor Kubik and UCG as well as the other major COG organizations are still teaching their gross errors that the Fall Festivals somehow are about the early spring harvest.   “First, Christ returns to the earth, symbolically depicted by the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Tabernacles that follows pictures the coming Kingdom of God. In between these events, though, is the Day of Atonement which pictures the removal of the one who has brought evil to this earth. . . ”  [For the truth about God’s Festivals visit TheShiningLight Festival categories. For an overview of the Festivals see this.].  Victor then goes on to write about Satan and pride, not seeing that it is because of pride that UCG and the other major COG organizations cling to their past false teachings and refuse to accept the truth of the Holy Scriptures about God’s Festivals, biblical prophecy [One of their major key errors is explained here.] etc.  

 

1 Oct: LCG-  Doug Winnail has a good piece on loving God’s law.  If only LCG did love God’s law enough to keep it instead of only paying lip service to it.

LCG continues to push its anti biblical prophecy error: “Bible prophecy indicates that a powerful leader, described in Daniel 11 as the “king of the South,” will eventually arise in the Middle East region at the end of the age. Could the current tensions in that region create an environment that unifies Arab nations and enables such a leader to rise? Only time will tell. For greater insight about the future of this volatile area of the globe, be sure to read or listen to our well documented and biblically focused booklet, The Middle East in Prophecy.”  

Now identify the king of the South directly from the Bible.

 

30 Sep: An Inspiring Feast of Trumpets for All God’s Faithful! See our Feast presentations here.

 

29 Sep New Moon Report:  The first light of the new moon was reported seen by at least seven persons in Jerusalem!  The Memorial of Rejoicing with Trumpets begins at sunset this evening!

UCG new Grace booklet review-  The new “Grace” booklet seems to be a compilation of extracts from the many past UCG articles on the subject and contains very little that is new. Scott has done a good job putting this material together in one article. 

The content is certainly broadly acceptable to the religious mainstream as well as the COG, with the key issue of defining the law as the entire body of law given to Moses or only the Ten Commandments not being addressed.  The only suggestion I would have besides correcting that omission is to increase the font to a size better suited to the aging membership. A larger font would also make reading easier for the general public.

Darris’s recent statements [see comment below] as well as the Grace booklet [which does not define God’s law] are a lesson in discernment; teaching us that someone can tell the truth but still mislead by telling only a part of the truth.

I am working on an analysis of the UCG/COGWA and LCG Calendar papers to be posted in future. Nearly every quote in them has been lifted out of context and twisted to appear to mean the opposite of the original, in context meaning; this is so pervasive that these Papers appear to be a deliberate and calculated attempt to deceive the brethren. Be patient on this one but the research has been done and the process of writing a post exposing the many lies will begin after the Feast.

These are very subtle tricks and we must be wise in God to discern such attempts to lead us astray.

See and download the Doctrinal Papers being analyzed here:

The Hebrew Calendar Doctrinal Statement (UCG)

Summary of the Hebrew Calendar (UCG)

Appendix to the Hebrew Calendar (UCG)

Should Christians Observe New Moons? (UCG)

The Hebrew Calendar (COGWA)

Living Church of God Calendar Articles–Part 1 and Part 2 (LCG) 

 

28 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

The Memorial of Trumpets-  Observers will be out looking for the first light of the New Moon on Sunday and the New Moon Feast of Trumpets will be announced as soon as the information is available.

UCG-  UCG brethren are beginning to receive their new booklet “What Does the Bible Teach About GRACE?” 

UCG is focusing on their 25th anniversary in May, not in terms of remembering the past 25 years but in declaring that the next 25 years will be much better.  Since they are about to experience substantial losses in income and members due to a rapidly aging organization, it is obvious that the “Grace” booklet and the focus on the Next 25 Years is conditioning people for changes as the UCG reinvents itself.  As you read this new booklet consider not only what is being said but what is being left out and not said. See how many of today’s UCG leaders reinvented the WCG for Joe Tkach before being laid off and forming UCG.

 

25 Sep:  The Seventh New Moon-  This will be a difficult sighting with less than one hour lag time between sunset and moon set.

Observers will be out looking for the new moon of the seventh month and if it is seen Monday 30 Sep will be the first day of the seventh biblical month and The Memorial of Trumpets.  By chance the often wrong Rabbinic Calendar may have it right this year.  See the Calendar category for more.  

Important:  Trumpets is only one day, however since the days of Hezekiah it has been necessary to set aside a cautionary two days for the Memorial of Trumpets just in case the moon is not seen on the expected evening. Trumpets is expected on 30 Sep but please be ready for a one day delay if the new moon is not seen as anticipated.

The Fall Festival presentations have now begun at TheShiningLight.

 

22 Sep:  UCG Ministerial change- Bart Bornhorst will be relocating from the Indianapolis area to Pennsylvania. One of the Creech Brothers is expected to replace him.

 

21 Sep: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

20 Sep: TheShiningLight– Beginning Tuesday Sep 24 the Job study will be paused to begin the Feast of Trumpets and Fall Festival presentations. Job will be completed after the Memorial of Trumpets and ahead of the Fast of Atonement. Do join us to see what the Holy Scriptures say about the Biblical Festivals and what they really mean, you might be surprised! 

See the new article “Be Strong and Mighty in the LORD.”

 

16 Sep:  There is an interesting new comment and response here.

I am working on a 2019 Fall Festivals Personal for next week.

TheShiningLight- Dear Friends, over this summer TheShiningLight has received an average of 5,000 unique visitors making many thousands of visits and reading nearly 150,000 pages each month.  This COG News site receives almost the same amount of traffic.  In spite of this almost no one has remembered that your financial support is necessary to do this work.  As the Fall Festivals approach our bank balance is shrinking towards zero and we find ourselves in serious need; please consider helping us to serve you.

 

14 Sep: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  The last post in the Psalms study is scheduled at TheShiningLight today. Beginning tomorrow a series on Job is planned which will lead up to the Fall Festivals presentations.

 

13 Sep: UCG-  In 2009 “Larry Salyer (former UCG media director) was strongly opposed to any increase in outreach expenditures beyond the 19% level in order to plough money into ministerial health care and pensions: While Robin Webber campaigned for the council with a message of “dramatically increasing the expenditure on public proclamation” in the hope of increasing income. Webber won, Salyer lost.

More money for the ministry and less money spent on a different kind of Outreach was a central part of the leadership change that led to Salyer and others departing.

UCG then very quickly increased Outreach expenditures especially on ineffective media to 31%. They tried to maintain that level, but have run into difficulties.”  UCG figures for the year ending June 30, 2018, show that it spent $5,044,659 on public proclamation, out of its total annual revenue of $19,772,322, i.e. 25.5%.

COGWA- Larry Salyer to retire. See the comment below this post.

Britton Taylor, reporting on COGWA’s audit for the year ended December 31, 2018, wrote: “… income received for 2018 was just under $12.7 million – the highest in our history. This was a 6% increase over 2017, which was a strong year with income close to $12 million. Total expenses for 2018 and 2017 were about $11.8 million and $11.3 million respectively.”

Salaries and related expenses represented 43.8% of income. The ministry is elderly, so the rate of this expense will increase in all the major corporate groups in order to fund ministerial retirement pay, sickness benefits and the recruitment of replacement ministers.

COGWA public proclamation of the gospel, the focus of most corporate churches, amounted to $1,216,976 – which is 10.3% of annual income. This low percentage is due to its public proclamation being currently restricted to its website, Life, Hope & Truth – which is not as effective as the leadership had hoped.

Visitor numbers consist mainly of members with very few others being reached. Visits have declined through 2018, so in January 2019 the media department (which is outsourced) was given the task of improving website visitor numbers and page views by refining its search engine optimization tactics, redesigning the website, adding and changing content, and other techniques to enhance its attraction.

Jim Franks, writing in his September 2019 member letter, has now admitted that it is the content that needs to be attractive:
“… we are working hard at upgrading our Internet presence. For the past 18 months, our unique visitors to Life, Hope & Truth has leveled off at just under 500,000 per month. This is about half the number we were getting at our high point. We are investing resources to develop a strategy to increase our numbers. There are some technical things that we can do with the Internet, but we also realize the need for more compelling articles that get people’s attention and that proclaim the true gospel to a world that is spiritually starving.”

Sadly these groups do not proclaim the true Gospel, but present an insipid watered down lukewarm message full of errors.

 

7 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! There will be two articles on Psalms 119 posted at TheShiningLight today.

 

4 Sep:  The COG and Prophecy-  Gerald Weston and the LCG Board have been busy discussing prophecy and I understand that prophecy will be a part of next month’s LCG Feast of Tabernacles presentation.  In the July/August edition of the Living Church News, Gerald discuss the Seventy Weeks Prophecy in his Personal message entitled Why a Council of Elders? 

He is correct in saying that Daniel 9 begins with the decree of 457 B.C. to build the city of Jerusalem.

Here is the correct explanation of Daniel 9:1 to 9:23 about the first coming of Christ the Messiah, which is largely understood in LCG. 

The 70th week of the 70 Weeks Prophecy begins in Daniel 9:24 and using the Bible to explain the Bible to clear away the confusion on the subject: here is the correct understanding of the 70th week of the 70 Weeks Prophecy which begins in Daniel 9:24.

 

3 Sep:  LCG- Gerald Weston writes:  “Last weekend we had Tomorrow’s World Presentations, mostly repeat presentations, in five U.S. cities, reaching 15 first-time and 10 returning guests.”

 

1 Sep: 15:30 PDT: It appears that both Hezbollah and Israel have declared victory and the focus will return to Gaza as Israel waits on the situation in Idlib Syria. 

The regional Israeli war that I have been warning about for the last 12 years is now at hand. Israel is calling up reserves and war can break out at any time in the coming weeks. See our Twelfth Anniversary Message to learn what is about to happen. 

 

31 Aug: New Moon Report:  Sightings from Jerusalem and across Israel have confirmed the first visible light of the new moon.  This means that tomorrow will be the first day of the sixth 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 Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

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. 

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.

 

30 Aug: UCG-  The second part of the UCG COE report is now posted: UCG Conference of Elders Report Aug 20-22 2019   This has a few extremely interesting and important items.  If you can’t change the list of fundamental beliefs then change the perspective and understanding by which those beliefs are interpreted.  This UCG big push on “Grace” has been coming for a long time now:  For the plain truth on Grace see the top four articles here.

There is nothing complicated about Grace!  Grace is: God’s merciful forgiveness for all those who sincerely repent of all past sin and make an unshakable commitment to STOP sinning and go forward to forever live by every Word of God in dedicated enthusiastic zeal!

As the sun sets May All God’s Faithful Have A Blessed Sabbath!    Special Music:  Because You Are

 

27 Aug: New Moon-  Observers will be out looking for the first visible light of the new moon at Jerusalem on Saturday night.  If seen, Sunday will be the first day of the sixth biblical month.

 

24 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Enjoy our studies through the Psalms this Sabbath!

 

22 Aug: COGWA-  COGWA posts 2018 audit.

WFW-  This year UCG is holding its Winter Family Weekend Dec 20 to 24 while LCG is holding their’s Dec 25 to 29.  They make a big deal about holding this non biblical “Church Retreat” every year at Christmas, while they refuse to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread with services on each of the seven days of the Feast as God has commanded and then they dare to call themselves God’s people!  For Shame!

UCG-  The August 19 CoE Report is now available.  

 

18 Aug:  Dear friends I am testing out a translator for TheShiningLight.  I do have some misgivings about the accuracy of a mechanical translator even though the GTranslate plugin seems like a good idea.  I request that those who are fluent in various languages give the translator on the menu bar a try and send me their input especially about translation accuracy at jddm3@hotmail.com  Thank you very much for your participation in this project.

 

17 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

16 Aug: COGWA- COGWA is to hold an International Leadership Program in the UK in a facility at Cranfield University, from the evening of Friday 23 Aug to Sunday 25 Aug.

Attending COGWA leaders include:

Jim (and Sharron) Franks, COGWA President
Leon (and Reba) Walker, COGWA International Coordinator
Doug (and Tanya) Horchak, COGWA Ministerial Services Operations Manager
Clyde (and Dee) Kilough, COGWA Media Operations Manager
Britt (and Donna) Taylor, COGWA Financial Operation Manager
Joel Meeker, Chairman, Ministerial Board of Directors, & French Language Director
Bernard Hongerloot, Translator & Administration for French Language Areas

This will be the last of ten initial regional leadership seminars, the most recent being held in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  The purpose of these seminars is to groom potential ministry for the COGWA in areas outside of the US.  They have a list of some 400 men and women, but the attendees at the UK seminar would only include the folks on the list from Europe.

Jim Franks wrote on 8 Aug:  “We have collected the names of over 400 men and women for an international leadership database. There are three requirements for participants to complete this first phase of the new program: (1) be invited to and attend the weekend seminar in their region, (2) view the seven follow-up classes from the leadership website, and (3) view the 24 Foundation Institute classes on the Fundamental Beliefs.”

With all those American leadership personalities attending it seems reasonable to assume that the European COGWA leaders and elders will be attending the seminar as well as potential new elders.

UCG- Elders are arriving for next week’s CoE conference.  First informal discussions at the Sunday retreat, followed by the formal conference 19 to 22 Aug. 

Victor Kubik of UCG writes:

I’d also like to mention that the online radio station for United Church of God is streaming 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can listen to booklet and magazine readings, Bible readings, Bible Q&As, sermons, Bible class lectures, podcasts, the BT Daily series, music and more! A radio schedule in PDF can now be downloaded which will show you upcoming programs. You can reach it easily on your computer at https://www.ucg.org.au/radio 

 

15 Aug 02:30 PDT:  The PHP has been updated on our server.  If you are having trouble accessing any of our sites please delete your computer and search engine browsing history.

 

11 Aug: LCG-  Doug Winnail misidentifies the LCG ministry with the authority of the Word of God, and in pushing people to obey LC G without question says that people who are willing to put God first and not the LCG ministry or their erroneous traditions are motivated by Satan. 

Doug very subtly exalts the “authority” of the LCG ministry above the Word of God.  See the “Binding and Loosing” and the “Legitimate Ministerial Authority” articles, or download the “Ecclesiastical Authority” book.  

Satan’s Subtle DevicesWhat motivates our thoughts and actions? Principles from God’s word or ideas from the world? Most people today, whether in the Church or in the world, either tend to forget or do not realize that Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and that he is the one who strives to influence the thoughts and actions of unsuspecting individuals (Ephesians 2:1–3). Unfortunately, even after spending years in the Church, we can still be snared by Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11Ephesians 6:11) without even realizing what is happening. Satan—who is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) and the source of doubts, divisions, and rebellion against authority—can beam thoughts into our minds that stir us to question, complain, or criticize ideas and actions of those around us or over us in the Body of Christ. When we see that Satan tempted Jesus Christ  (Matthew 4:1–10) and also stirred Peter to sharply rebuke Jesus (Matthew 16:22–23), we should realize that we are not immune to Satan’s devices. If we forget the warning that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12), we will be an easy target for Satan to manipulate. This is why we are urged to stay alert and vigilant—because we have an enemy who wants to use us for his purposes and eventually destroy us (1 Peter 5:6–9). Let’s strive to promote peace and harmony and not be an instrument that Satan can use to sow division or discord in the Church of God.

 

10 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

7 Aug:  Both Norbert Link of the Church of the Eternal God and Gerald Fury of PCG are insisting that Donald Trump will be reelected US president.  This prediction is based on their personal opinion that Trump is doing God’s will, however it assumes that God cannot use any other.  In fact Trump could still win or he could be replaced, after all politics is primarily a theatrical spectacle for the public since the Establishment owns all the important horses in the race.

 

3 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

Special Music: One of the best voices to come out of the modern Jewish State; Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza sings from the Song of Solomon. The song begins at about the 1:27 mark.  About Ofra Haza: Ofra died of aids in 2000 after contracting the disease from a blood transfusion following a miscarriage.

 

2 Aug:  The Holy Day Festival Calendar chart has been updated to add a potential early new year and Festivals for 2024. 

The new moon was seen from Jerusalem this evening making 3 August the first day of the fifth biblical month.

 

1 Aug: UCG- Does size matter?  UCG affiliated Worldwide Church of God Angola may be about to lose its official corporate status.

New Moon-  Observers will be out looking for the new moon in Jerusalem after sunset ending 2 August.  I will announce the first day of the fifth biblical month when a sighting is confirmed.

TheShiningLight- The Epistles series is scheduled to complete with Jude on 2 Aug.  There is a post scheduled for 3 Aug on Leadership which is mainly about family and child rearing as a follow up to the marriage articles which can be found in the General Doctrines category.  A series through the book of Psalms is planned to begin on 4 Aug and will last up until the fall Feast material begins. 

A superficial reading of Psalms gives the impression that they are about David’s sins and prayers for deliverance and praises to God. In fact there is an enormous amount of very deep meaning in the Psalms, which are an instructional allegory using physical struggles to teach us about the spiritual struggle against Satan and sin and the way of eternal salvation.  

 

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  1. Comment was made 7 Aug 2019 saying: “Both Norbert Link of the Church of the Eternal God and Gerald Fury of PCG are insisting that Donald Trump will be reelected US president. This prediction is based on their personal opinion that Trump is doing God’s will, however it assumes that God cannot use any other. In fact Trump could still win or he could be replaced, after all politics is primarily a theatrical spectacle for the public since the Establishment owns all the important horses in the race.”

    Some used to say something like beware of the “‘man’ behind the curtain!” How would Link or Flurry speculate to know “that Trump is doing God’s will?” Is it possible that Trump may be doing Satan’s will? Satan, god of this present evil world, has a will:

    “And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Tim 2:26

    Jesus Christ, when He walked this earth, addressed the false leaders of his day as follows:

    “Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

    Are Link and Flurry listening to lies?

    Satan operates in a stealth mode, wants to remain hidden, does not want to be exposed and oftentimes seems to be very much like a “‘man’ behind the curtain!”

    In any event, all the world is deceived, and regardless of whether God allows Satan to keep/put Trump into office or any other man/woman for that matter, nothing will thwart God’s will and His perfect plan of salvation for humanity.

    John

    You assessed this well in your last para, Satan has his own will but he is limited by God’s will and what God will allow.

    Trump is Jesuit controlled and his core support is Catholic and Evangelical, it seems that Norbert and Gerald have bought into their propaganda that Trump is God’s agent. However he is not the only person who has Jesuit support. James

  2. Regardless of who the next President will be, God’s overall will is of paramount importance. The Greater COGs have a very long list of failed prophecies, predictions and trying to second guess God and His timetable for bringing about the end of man’s rule on this earth and restoring His kingdom and government. As always, time will tell.

  3. I’ve heard Trump say more than once he might pull our troops from Europe. Imagine Europe with no US or Great Britain presence. How long would it take for the Beast to rise?

    The New Federal Europe is ready for approval as soon as the conditions are right. British refusal to accept the move to a federal Europe is the very reason that Europe and Britain are divorcing.

    Once Brexit is accomplished [probably at the end of October] some European political maneuvering will be necessary and then a final push in the form of a papal recommendation will result in ten nations coming together. As for the US and Nato or Europe, that situation could come before, during or right after the federal Europe rises. James

  4. Re: 22 Aug – To COGWA’s credit, the audit is detailed. Yet those details are revealing, and a bit sad to me.

    “Public proclamation” accounts for only about 10 percent of COGWA’s expenses. Taking care of the “headquarters office” total about seven percent.

    And under the public proclamation category, three times more is spent on “salaries and related expenses” than on internet and printing.

    With numbers that low, is COGWA really a “healthy” church in a position to grow?

    Spending millions to teach error is not healthy either. Spiritual health is measured by zeal to learn and live by every Word of God not by finances, numbers of attendees or outreach numbers.

    These folks including LCG, UCG and many others, have not grown spiritually for over fifty years; they believe that they are spiritually rich and are blind to their true spiritual condition.

    Their pride prevents them from seeing the truth so they are comfortable in their spiritual coma and resent being called to wake up. Because they reject spiritual knowledge and growth they are sleep walking to serious correction by God.

    Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    James

  5. Regarding …. 27 Aug: New Moon- Observers will be out looking for the first visible light of the new moon at Jerusalem on Saturday night. If seen, Sunday will be the first day of the sixth biblical month.

    Who said we have to look for a crescent Moon anyway??? Sounds like the worship of Nana if you ask me.

    I suggest that you read the articles at our Biblical Calendar category. https://godourlight.info/category/101-sabbath-and-calendar/ James

  6. Re: 13 Sep – Your timing is uncanny. COGWA announced in this week’s update video that Larry Salyer is retiring this fall.

    What a mixed record he leaves, especially in terms of bringing groups together (remember CBCG)? and pulling them apart (COGWA).

    Thank you, I missed that. I am always grateful to receive news I can share. Here is more on Larry Salyer https://godourlight.info/meredith-salyer-history/
    James

  7. 28 Sep 2019, comment was made saying: “…UCG is focusing on their 25th anniversary in May, not in terms of remembering the past 25 years but in declaring that the next 25 years will be much better. Since they are about to experience substantial losses in income and members due to a rapidly aging organization, it is obvious that the “Grace” booklet and the focus on the Next 25 Years is conditioning people for changes as the UCG reinvents itself…”

    I am in process of reading the latest issue of Beyond Today (September – October 2019) and the cover of the magazine says: “When Heaven Comes to Earth” and the lead article by Darris McNeely has the same title.

    Darris wrote on page 4 saying: “…We’ll look more at this parable shortly, but its message is basically this: The Kingdom of God is coming to earth…Another way to say this is that “heaven,” the divine realm of God’s reign, will come to earth…”

    Throughout the article the phrase of “heaven coming to earth” is emphasized.

    Might United be reinventing itself to appeal to Catholics and Protestants, regarding the emphasis on “heaven,” to attract more members and thus acquired more income?

    Jesus Christ prayed Thy Kingdom Come, and not Thy Heaven come.

    Instead of saying Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, is one to change their thinking and say instead: “Seek ye first Heaven?”

    John

    A change in general attitude and focus is being orchestrated as a prelude to changing the meaning and explanation of some of their listed beliefs. They may well maintain the List of Fundamental Beliefs while reexplaining and clarifying their meaning. These folks originally set up the list in such a way that the individual beliefs could be changed by reinterpreting them. That way they can say that they are not changing the list only clarifying various points. James

  8. John said: “Jesus Christ prayed Thy Kingdom Come, and not Thy Heaven come. Instead of saying Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, is one to change their thinking and say instead: “Seek ye first Heaven?””

    On the contrary John, the Kingdom of God is the same as the Kingdom of Heaven (Mat 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19-20; 7:21 8:11; 10:7; 11:11-12; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44-45, 47, 52; 16:19; 18:1, 3-4, 23; 19:14, 23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1, 14). So I’d argue that McNeely’s explanation is both scriptural and correct unless you have an issue with the gospel writer’s recording of Christ’s use of the phrase as well?

    You both have a point. The Darris issue is the exclusive use of one term over the other which places the entire focus on the one point while obscuring the other.

    McNeely’s statement is scriptural as you say but has an unbalanced focus and is definitely designed to appeal to the religious mainstream. He would have been much clearer if he had used some of these other scriptures as well, but he chose not to even though he is well aware of them. He is definitely tailoring his messages to the religious mainstream as much as possible. FYI he definitely has a very evangelical bent and is one of “the good old boys” club of evangelicals in UCG. James

  9. Job,

    We may read the following verses from the NT and the OT, respectively:

    “HEAVEN IS my THRONE, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?” Acts 7:49

    “Thus saith the LORD, The HEAVEN IS my THRONE, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” Isaiah 66:1

    Do you want to know what that Heaven is? It was not about the 1st or 2nd heavens, but the third heaven.

    What’s coming down to this earth? Heaven? Yes! Kingdom? Yes! Throne? Yes!

    My point was that Jesus, unlike Darris McNeely, EMPHASIZED that we pray: “Thy Kingdom Come” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2) and NOT “Thy Heaven Come” OR “Thy Throne Come.”

    John

    Well said. Darris’s statements as well as the Grace booklet [which does not define God’s law] are a lesson in discernment; teaching us that someone can tell the truth but still mislead by telling only a part of the truth.

    I am working on an analysis of the UCG/COGWA and LCG Calendar papers to be posted in future. Nearly every quote in them has been lifted out of context and twisted to appear to mean the opposite of the original in context meaning; this is so pervasive that these Papers appear to be a deliberate and calculated attempt to deceive the brethren. Be patient on this one but the research has been done and the process of writing a post exposing the many lies will begin after the Feast.

    These are very subtle tricks and we must be wise in God to discern such attempts to lead us astray.

    James

  10. John, I still have notes from a sermon titled, “The Days of Heaven Upon the Earth.”

    Herbert McNair gave it at a WCG Feast…. in 1983. And it’s a Biblical phrase, from Deut. 11:21. So I’d be careful about looking for conspiracies here.

    Deu 11:21 has nothing to do with any Kingdom of Heaven and it has nothing to do with this issue, which is about the exclusive use of one phrase “the Kingdom of Heaven” to the exclusion of the phrase “the Kingdom of God.” Deu 11:21 is a simple statement that they would possess the land forever if they obeyed God.

    Deu 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up 7760 8804 these my words 1697 in your heart 3824 and in your soul 5315, and bind 7194 8804 them for a sign 226 upon your hand 3027, that they may be as frontlets 2903 between your eyes 5869. 11:19 And ye shall teach 3925 8765 them your children 1121, speaking 1696 8763 of them when thou sittest 3427 8800 in thine house 1004, and when thou walkest 3212 8800 by the way 1870, when thou liest 7901 8800 down, and when thou risest up 6965 8800. 11:20 And thou shalt write 3789 8804 them upon the door posts 4201 of thine house 1004, and upon thy gates 8179:

    Deu 11:21 That your days 3117 may be multiplied 7235 8799, and the days 3117 of your children 1121, in the land 127 which the LORD 3068 sware 7650 8738 unto your fathers 1 to give 5414 8800 them, as the days 3117 of heaven 8064 upon the earth 776.

    This states that: your days on the land [the time that your generations will possess the land] will last as long as the length of time of the heavens if they obeyed God. In other words this is a poetic way of saying that they would possess the land forever if they obeyed God.

    Apparently Herbert McNair misused Deu 11:21 taking it out of context [contextomy] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoting_out_of_context and twisting it to support his own opinion. This has nothing to do with any Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. It is very important to look up the scriptures or any quotes, in their proper context.

    Note that the UCG/COGWA/LCG Calendar Papers [most produced originally under the Jim Franks UCG Doctrinal Committee] are chock FULL of the contextonomy form of deliberate deception. James

  11. Concerning UCG’s press release about the Feast of Tabernacles. They said:

    Church Follows Example of First Century Disciples

    Nothing could be further from the truth! Having a hierarchy, an exorbitant paid ministry, and abusing and lording it over the brethren does not follow the example of Jesus’ disciples. The corporate COGs still have so much to learn about Godly love and true discipleship!

  12. Rick wrote: “…Nothing could be further from the truth! Having a hierarchy, an exorbitant paid ministry, and abusing and lording it over the brethren does not follow the example of Jesus’ disciples. The corporate COGs still have so much to learn about Godly love and true discipleship!…”

    And the United Ass. has been basically stagnant, in some sort of a way like being in an aircraft flying in fog waiting for a break in the clouds and hoping to land, since they got established in 1995. And in some 24 years have not grown in the grace AND knowledge……….of Jesus Christ, something Christ’s disciples experienced in their lives daily. The organization’s leadership is still striving to figure out exactly just who they are and what they should be doing. They admit they may be in a time of “critical reflection,” something I once thought they already did before/at the 1995 Indianapolis Conference when they voted the United Association into existence and numerous hirelings, who fled the Pasadena WCG, became a part of…thinking the “grass would be much greener.”

    John

  13. Sadly, UCG has ordained so many people (many of them good people, but unqualified) that the office of elder really has no meaning in the United Church of God anymore. It would be interesting to see a total number of people United has ordained since 2011, because I believe the number would be staggering.

    Membership has fallen and yet ordinations have outpaced retirements by a substantial margin. It seems that they are are not happy to wait for a natural changeover through retirements and are building up the numbers of voting elders who would be amenable to the new UCG agenda of the present leadership.

    The CoE is making a very big deal about using the 25th anniversary GCE next May to push it as a new beginning. They have adopted the theme of “Moving Forward with Conviction, Commitment and Courage.” James

  14. Re: 7 Nov – Did you know UCG is now a “mega-church”?

    That’s what at least one pastor is declaring.

    I wonder how many other UCG Pastors would laugh at such a claim.

    Size matters more than sound doctrine to these folks. James

  15. Comment mentioned on 4 Dec said: […UCG- Don Ward writes an extremely evangelical letter to the UCG brethren. While he correctly writes: “That is, we must repent, exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ, be baptized and receive the laying on of hands.” there is not a single word in the entire letter about what we are to repent of or about being called to learn and live by every Word of God.]

    And if that weren’t enough, the photo caption repeats something Don Ward’s letter said: “God has not called you to just sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. He expects you to be in the arena fighting the good fight of faith with all your might;” however, Don does not explain how one is to be fighting some good fight with all one’s might.

    I listen to United people talk a lot about politics, attitudes of people towards one another, problems in the neighborhood, well people-problems, but the Bible says we do not wrestle flesh and blood:

    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].” [{flesh … : Gr. blood and flesh }] [{spiritual … : or, wicked spirits }] [{high: or, heavenly }

    So, fight the good fight? Well, in order to fight any good fight one has to first: “…learn and live by every Word of God,” as was pointed out by James. God has identified our real enemies in daily life.

    John

  16. Re: 15 Dec – After watching the [COGWA] report, it’s nice to know the board members didn’t have to eat out in the evening. 🙂

    But on COGWA’s four-point list of priorities, why is “preaching the gospel” third – with only a passing reference to it? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ made the top priority?

  17. Re: 19 Dec – Should a believer suspend all forms of “worship” to God on 25 Dec.? No prayer, Bible study, etc.? Would that give an “appearance of evil”?

    No, they should treat this just like any other day and not make a special occasion out of it. FYI as for a Family Day or Winter Family Weekend there already is an official one, the third Monday in February, called Presidents Day in the US and Family Day elsewhere.

    Just as big a sin is neglecting services during the week of the Feast of UB. https://godourlight.info/restoring-the-seven-day-feast-of-unleavened-bread/
    James

  18. If there is any doubt about how LCG views their Winter Family Weekend, consider these comments by Charlotte pastor Scott Winnail. These aren’t secret “insider” comments, as his message asks recipients to “share this email with the rest of your family.” Winnail writes:

    “This weekend is NOT an annual festival. However, much like the Feast of Tabernacles, it is a special privilege for all of us together and in many similar ways “come out of the world” for a short period of time as we fellowship and rejoice with God’s people of like mind.”

    Did you see that? He admits that the WFW is “much like the Feast of Tabernacles.” It’s not just a secular opportunity for church members to bond together as brethren. It is LCG’s spiritual alternative to Christmas, much like the original Christmas was marketed as a spiritual alternative to the Saturnalia. Elsewhere in his letter, Winnail praises the WFW as “a very special opportunity for God’s people to gather together, about half-way between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Passover.” Winnail writes as if God’s annual festivals aren’t enough and LCG’s Winter Family Weekend is fixing a problem God created by keeping his annual festivals so far apart. How presumptuous!

    And this while they refuse to obey God’s command to assemble every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread! See https://godourlight.info/restoring-the-seven-day-feast-of-unleavened-bread/

    In response to the LCG comment posted on 23 Dec I replied to the LCG notable suggesting that they choose a different date not associated with Xmas and said: “I also suggest returning to holding services every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread even if only with an internet site; and similarly that you set up a fall festivals internet site.” I am not holding my breath! James

  19. Scott Winnail admits that the WFW is: “…’much like the Feast of Tabernacles,’ it is a special privilege for all of us together and in many similar ways ‘come out of the world’ for a short period of time…”

    Only for a short period of time? What did Jesus say His disciples would do?

    “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19

    Those of the living group could not be more in the world, than they were at the WFW and all of the merchants there loved the living group for whatever mammon they would provide. The living parents and children must have gotten a daily mind-full of “all things XMas.” The adults and their children were exposed to the appearance of evil.

    In light of the following scripture, perhaps Scott cannot see the difference between being “in the world” and being “of the world:”

    “He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart…” Eccl 3:11

    The heart of every human being is “of the world” unless/until God intervenes further to change that heart by the power of His Spirit.

    God weighs the spirits. What spirit is obvious during XMas?

    “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?” James 4:5

    Tis the season for lots of lust for things, envy towards one another, arguments, family squabbles, etc. Most people know by listening to the news, and personal example, that there is very little good lasting fruit produced during this season of a very strong “GET” attitude towards self: the self with the world set in its heart.

    Scott, and his daddy may disagree, but WFW is nothing like God’s Feast of Tabernacles where God’s people genuinely rejoice for a much longer period than something called a “weekend.”

    If one looks more closely at the WFW one will observe many lies associated with this period of time this year. For example, the WFW took place during the midst of the week, and not during the Weekend. Scott is blind-sighted with his understanding about what it actually means to “come out of the world.”

    John

    One wonders how Scott could possibly think that going to a very Christmnassy location could possibly be a break from worldliness. This is double think self-justification.

    Personally I would not be at all surprised if these organizations are so keen because they are making a few bucks off of this activity. James

  20. Show me where the bible says the first faint crescent is the new moon.

    You could see this article. https://godourlight.info/ucg-calendar-chaos-and-fraudulent-calendar-papers/ You could even listen to Mario’s sermon!
    There are over a dozen articles here that do just that. https://godourlight.info/category/101-sabbath-and-calendar/
    If you truly wanted to acquire knowledge you would read the material or read your Bible starting with Genesis 1.
    https://godourlight.info/110-the-biblical-festival-calendar-part-1/

    If you knew your Bible you would know that commenting before gathering the facts is both shameful and foolish. Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    James

  21. in his 19 December Update, Victor Kubik wrote:

    “…This was an act of kindness . Kindness (also translated “goodness” or “gentleness”) is the fifth fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). As I have been writing before, these fruits are produced in the spiritual transformation of a disciple of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2).
    The Greek word here is transliterated chréstotés . It describes an event where someone else’s needs are met in a remarkable way, where the gift of kindness is made with no expectation that it will be returned or reciprocated…”

    Victor Kubik is going to end up confusing people. Why? How so?

    Galatians 5:22 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

    Gentleness and goodness are listed as fruits 5 and 6, respectively. Most of us are used to thinking of these fruits of God’s Spirit as presented there; however, it appears that Victor prefers changing the words found in the KJV to a different translation he prefers.

    For example, Victor prefers changing fruit #5, translated to say “gentleness,” to be translated as “kindness.”

    Sure it is a change here and a change there. Will Victor provide additional translations to replace any more of the fruits as listed in Galatians 5?

    And then, thinking ahead, if Victor can just go ahead and make such changes so easily, will he continue providing more “different translations” of other words found in the KJV. Which words should we keep in our minds? What is the next change coming along?

    In the former WCG organization we read and listened to Joseph Tkach senior quote the same scriptures as HWA, while both men explained them with opposing meanings. Both men were no longer “walking together” in harmony. People were forced to ask: “Who is right? What is the true meaning of that verse? One man said one thing before he died, and now Joe is saying the opposite.”

    It remains to be seen where Victor Kubik will end up if he continues changing words as translated in KJV scriptures to words he prefers, especially when it ends up changing their current doctrinal beliefs.

    John

    One can change beliefs about a doctrine without changing the name of the doctrine on a list. That is what I have been warning about for years; they are not changing the list of their doctrines they are changing the meaning of those doctrines! James

  22. I’m sorry ,,,,,,but all you have given me ,,,,,,is articles!!!!!!!!!!!!
    no biblical evidence…………….

    The articles are full of biblical evidence and historical facts. If you cannot take the time to look up the scriptures then you are not really serious about seeking truth and are only trolling. James

  23. To the best of my knowledge, all the major Church of God groups still teach that the day before the weekly Sabbath is the Preparation Day. Also, I appreciate that in our modern Western society the ideal of the five-day workweek has taken root. So, why don’t the corporate Churches of God give their employees a Sunday – Thursday workweek? By making their employees work until 3:30PM or 4:30PM on Fridays, the corporate churches reduce the Preparation Day to a hurried frenzy that hardly dignifies the Sabbath or allows proper preparation. Did HWA ever explain why WCG HQ employees had to put in nearly a full day of work every Friday? Have any of the splinter leaders given their own explanations?

    Your point is excellent. That is exactly what churches should do as employers. To answer your question I would be extremely surprised if they would do such a thing. James

  24. James, 15 Jan 2002, you mentioned: “- UCG- For the record I did write Mario as head of the Doctrinal Committee who was teaching contrary to doctrine, not just once but twice before posting the UCG Calendar Chaos and Fraudulent Calendar Papers article. Then I wrote him a note to announce the publication. At no time did he have the common courtesy to even reply. This article has now been read well over 600 and approaching 700 times and is having an affect across the big three.”

    What did you mean by “the big three?” Is that a reference to United’s […three sitting Council of Elder members who have been openly teaching contradictory to the church’s official beliefs about when “God’s” new months begin.]?

    Or, is a reference to three major groups of: United Ass., Living, and cogwa?

    John

    Sorry I apologize for the confusion. I mean the three largest organizations; Living, COGWA and UCG. These Calendar doctrinal papers were prepared and endorsed by the UCG Jim Franks Doctrinal Committee and CoE, and the present COGWA position is identical to these Franks prepared UCG Papers. The LCG position was and is also largely based on these extremely dishonest Jim Franks Papers.

    Yes I did write Mario in n effort to get him to look into this, but in reference to the Papers I had meant that in all three of these groups people were having their eyes opened to the extreme dishonesty that has been used to deceive them. James

  25. Concerning LCG- Gerald Weston reports: There are 7,600 baptized “members”. Prospective members and church youth are not legitimate “members” of LCG. Therefore, LCG only has 7,600 actual, real members. The corporate COGs will do anything to inflate their numbers as their “real” attendance figures continue dropping and their long-term livelihood nears extinction.

  26. The special post of 9 Feb regarding the “UCG Reno Splits Over Doctrinal Changes” stated, in part:

    “…Once established in Sacramento / Reno, Aaron Creech began indoctrinating people and preparing them to accept the coming changes, but it seems that he was not as subtle as his associates.

    Since then, 29 people have left UCG-Reno due to claimed doctrinal / false teaching issues. One should remember that these are strong UCG loyalists who refused to follow Ken Geise in 2010…”

    That all sounds very similar to what happened when many formerly of the United Ass. departed to establish Cogwa. 29 people departing out of 41 means that about 70%, a majority, of the Reno congregation left United. And to think they were at one time “strong UCG loyalists.” What happened? How strong were they really? Because now, like waving a magic wand, they are now supposedly strong CogwAss. loyalists. How strong? Who really knows?

    A question was asked: “…Is this a taste of what will happen after UCG reinvents itself in May?”…”

    It appears the answer will be yes; however, perhaps for many they will not have to wait until May. It is like history repeating itself: like “Deja vu.”

    Another United loyalist apparently hadn’t heard the news yet and commented: “If true, it’s sad to see more and more division But I think that’s what we know is going to happen.”

    So, if what is happening is not a taste of what will happen after United reinvents itself, it certainly is definitely a foretaste.

    John

  27. Hi James. I have downloaded the New Covenant Passover Service booklet but I cannot open it. My phone simply prompts that file cannot be opened. Any help please.

    The file opens with Word; right click the file name and then click “Open With” which will list your options. Check if you have the free Word online for your phone if needed download the app.
    https://www.appurse.com/microsoft-word?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi6Sw07vj5wIVCttkCh15Fw9mEAAYAyAAEgLy9fD_BwE

    I can send you a PDF if that works better for you.
    James

  28. Hi James. I have been able to open the Passover file. Thank you so much and happy sabbath to you and everyone

  29. James,

    I thought it was very interesting that President Donald Trump requested Sunday, 15 March 2020, be a day for National prayer. Here, as follows, is the reference source for that announcement:

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    Trump declares Sunday a National Day of Prayer amid coronavirus crisis
    By Louis Casiano
    Published March 13, 2020
    Fox News

    President Trump declared on Friday a National Day of Prayer for this upcoming Sunday, shortly after declaring a state of emergency amid the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

    “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….,” Trump tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”

    The annual National Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 7. Trump’s announcement came after he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to partnerships with several large companies to expand testing for the illness.

    Trump has large support from white evangelical Christians and Catholic voters. As president, he’s championed religious liberty and called for greater religious freedoms, such as strengthening prayer in public schools.

    In addition to the updated guidance on prayer in schools, the Trump administration also took action across nine federal agencies, releasing proposed rules to ensure religious organizations are not discriminated against by the federal government.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

    “In America we celebrate faith. We cherish religion,” he said during his State of the Union address last month. “We lift our voices in prayer and we raise our sights to the glory of God.”

    Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

    URL
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-sunday-national-day-of-prayer
    ***********************************************************

    John

    The man is without morals and is merely appealing to his Catholic and ecumenical base. Unfortunately neither he, nor his base nor today’s corporate COG would actually obey God. Because we do not listen to and obey God he will not help us (Is 59:2, Ez 8:18, Micah 3:4, Mal 2:2). James

  30. James, do you have a link to the LCG announcement cancelling services because of the concerns about coronavirus?

    No, I did not say that they cancelled services. I said that they are leaving it up to the local elders to decide whether to hold or cancel services. Please contact your local deacon for more information for your area. James

  31. Should COGs invoke the “second Passover” in a case like COVID-19?

    In this case there is no guarantee that the epidemic would be over within a month. It is more likely to take longer and delaying by only 30 days would not accomplish much.

    Biblically Passover observance has always been as a small extended family and neighbour type observance like the night to be observed; and the conducting of that service by a head of household. Jesus and his disciples did not hold a service of hundreds of his followers for example.

    Of course there are special circumstances, but having hundreds of people involved in a single service by WCG is more about control by the organization [through keeping people as dependent as possible] than about any biblical instruction.

    Notice that even now they insist on people tuning in to a video link instead of learning to lead in their own families, and they have always insisted that we disobey God by not discussing coming out of Egypt during the NTBO. Such large Passover services detract from the occasion. For example the time it takes to get 200 people to wash one another’s feet and they withhold any opportunity for families to develop leadership skills. James

  32. Does a second Passover exists under the terms of the Second or New Covenant. To think you can take a second Passover outside of the 8 days of the Passover season and in the middle of the seven-week count to Pentecost goes against the spiritual pattern so clearly embellished by the scriptures.
    There were two reasons why Moses allowed some to take a second Passover under the terms of the first covenant. Numbers 9:10-12, “Speak to the children of Israel saying, If anyone of you or your descendants is unclean because of a dead body, or is far away on a journey, he may still keep the Lords Passover.On the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight they may keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitterness. They shall leave none of it until morning nor break one of its bones. According to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.” Please notice that all these ordinances were to be kept when? On the 14th. No 15th allowed! God tells us in Lev 23:37 that everything pertaining to an appointed time takes place on the day He says.
    So in looking at these exceptions or conditions for skipping the Passover in the first month can we say they apply under the terms of the New Covenant?
    Can we be unclean because of a dead body? Not when it comes to the Passover for we are washed clean prior to taking it.
    Can we be exempt from it if we are on a long journey? No we can’t for Gods spirit is in us. We are the holy temple of the spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and the spirit of God dwells in you. If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy Him for the temple of God is holy which you are.” 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have from God, and you are not on your own. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Gods.”
    There are no excuses for not taking the Passover of the Lord on the 14th day of the first month in sequence with the 7 days of unleavened bread. We are cleaned by the Lord prior to taking the symbols of the bread and wine. If there is not another baptized member of the body of Christ close to us we wash our own feet as part of the very body of Christ. There are no excuses to the contrary. There is no second Passover under the terms of the New Covenant. This is a spiritual covenant, which has, and is working in our lives to eliminate sloppy behavior on our part. We all have choices to make.
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    David, you are correct in that far too many postpone Passover for trivial reasons. The only reason to take a second Passover would be if one is so sick as to be genuinely incapacitated for the first, such as a sudden heart attack, stroke etc.

    If anyone is forced to keep the second Passover they must also keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month to maintain the symbolism of the post Passover Feast. James

  33. re Don Ward, seriously your quote “the 10 foolish virgins”when was the last time you read the bible accurately. There is no such statement, maybe try 5 Foolish and 5 Wise. da….. how embarassing for a supposed church leader.

    Although Don and I do not agree on many things I have to say that this is probably just a simple unintentional slip. I have made more than one embarrassing slip in my 70 years. James

  34. @Louisa: That happens more in COGs these days than you might think. Not that many preachers end their sermons with a “clean sheet”, as they put it in soccer. Sad, but true.

  35. DFT said: “…If there is not another baptized member of the body of Christ close to us we wash our own feet as part of the very body of Christ.”

    Where does it state we need to wash our own feet in place of washing a brother’s or sister’s feet during the Lord’s Supper?

    Even the ritual of foot washing as part of the Lord’s Supper seems to be a tradition that can be traced only to the fourth century CE. It’s only mentioned by one single gospel writer i.e. John. The other gospel writers don’t mention it as part of the Passover service nor does Paul. So it begs the question whether foot washing actually was a part of the Lord’s Supper in the early Church in a world at the time of which the practice of foot washing was common whenever guests entered a house and so was only used by Christ and repeated by John as an example of, or lesson in, humility that we, as part of the brotherhood, need to emulate as our Lord exemplified throughout His ministry and especially in the end.

    Dear Sir, washing one’s own feet has no validity since it does not demonstrate the message of service to others. If anything it is a selfish act contrary to the intended lesson. I DO NOT endorse or approve of this.

    I strongly suggest that you read our article https://godourlight.info/harmonizing-the-gospels-concerning-the-last-passover-of-christ/ Which covers foot washing extensively. James

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