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.
17 Oct: TheShiningLight- I have discovered and corrected a confusing sentence on the tribe of Dan in Genesis 49 of the Genesis Exodus study. The free download has also been corrected today.
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.
Some time ago I mentioned starting to record programs and that project has not been forgotten, it has been delayed by a big push to complete updating the bible book studies including the books published at the Lulu bookstore which are also available for free download. Once the studies have been completely updated on my end [not necessarily posted yet but the actual editing work completed] I can devote my time to the programs.
Brethren this is a full time job and I need your prayers and financial support as never before. I am doing all of this work myself, studying through the entire bible with impaired eyesight, handling email questions and technical issues.
In the news the Israeli coalition talks are solidly deadlocked and it is quite possible that a third election will be called. At the same time Turkey has entered Kurdish Syria to block the escape of the Idlib terrorists once the main Syrian Russian Idlib operation begins. Israel has been waiting for Syria to be fully engaged in Idlib before invading Gaza so as to hopefully finish off Gaza before having to face Hezbollah and Syria. The Gaza operation will take weeks if not a few months and after that the operation against Hezbollah and Syria will take more time and any Israeli elections could be further delayed. Once the situation stabilizes there will be a genuine dialogue for peace concluding with a Middle East peace deal.
It is HIGHLY probable that this peace deal could be reached and the tribulation begin as soon as the end of 2020 (1 Thess 5:3, see Daniel 8), but things could still take longer than expected since there is no way of knowing exactly how long the conflicts and the subsequent peace talks will take.
Nevertheless we NEED to be ready! This is not the time to let down, as these events progress this work of encouraging the brethren to live by every Word of God and expounding sound doctrine must get done! We have only one year maybe two to warn and prepare the brethren before the 3 1/2 year tribulation of correction begins, we MUST be about our Father’s business!
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.”
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 (COGWA)
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.
News Flash! It looks like Netanyahu will soon be given the first try at forming a government and Likud officials have begun preliminary contacts with officials from Kahol Lavan [Blue and White] to begin talks on a national unity government.
Regardless of who gets the first try, if the corruption charges against Netanyahu are confirmed on Oct 2 it is highly unlikely that Bibi will be able to form a government and the Blue and White also has little chance. Barring a political miracle Israel is headed to a third election next year. It is also fairly certain that a multi front regional war will break out in the coming months which will have a profound effect on the Israeli electorate, breaking the deadlock in favor of a government which will conduct a genuine dialogue for peace.
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.
The Israeli cabinet and the IDF forced a postponement of Netanyahu’s plans for a pre-election war on Gaza. The cabinet, because they did not want a conflict that would delay the elections; and the IDF wanted more time for the Syrian Idlib operation to mature. For more see the September 2019 News Blog.
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!
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 email@example.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
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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 Devices: What 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 2:11; Ephesians 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.