Church of God News Blog; March 2020 to 2021

02 April: Free Download of our New Covenant Passover Service.   The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Service is also 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. Download our in depth study of the Biblical Exodus book here.

FEMA orders 100,000 body bags to be delivered as soon as possible, as fears grow of a huge spike in Covid-19 deaths in the US.

Even if this epidemic eases by July, if restrictions are loosened over the summer the public will throw caution to the winds and congregate in great crowds in celebration of the supposed end of the plague and to satiate a Christmas shopping frenzy in December.  Millions will be exposed to the disease and a few weeks later – especially if the tribulation is beginning, which seems very possible – there could be an exponential explosion of sickness with tens of millions sick and potentially many millions dying. 


01 April: As LCG prepares to fast and Passover approaches; see The Fast That God Accepts article.

Benny Gantz is now in the drivers seat.  Even if Netanyahu remains PM Gantz will control the government and is in a position to force through his own agenda. A peace capable government is about to be born in Israel. Keep up with the news and our Spring Festivals presentations at TheShiningLight.


31 Mar:  Today’s talk is “From Nehemiah to John Baptist.”  Inter-testament biblical history with a focus on the development of the Pharisees and the competition between the Hellenic and Mosaic Pharisees; the struggle with Antiochus Epiphanes, the Hasmonean’s [Maccabees] and the absorption of the province of Judea by Rome. The April 3 talk, the last in this series, will be a serious look at the commission of Elijah, John Baptist and the final Two Witnesses.


30 Mar: Keep up to date with the news and our Spring Festivals presentations at this link. We read the last teachings and instructions of Christ every Passover, how long has it been since you heard these instructions explained and expounded? Tomorrow’s post at this site will expound the last teachings of Christ in the flesh.

LCG- LCG is fasting this Sabbath. Doug Winnail writes this excellent advise.  Well said Doug,  if only LCG would turn in sincere repentance to a genuine respect for God, the Sanctity of the Sabbath and to learn and to live by every Word of God instead of equating their false traditions as being the same as holy scripture.

“Conditions for Mercy: The fear and anxiety generated by the spread of the coronavirus is causing many people to look to God for mercy and deliverance from this invisible plague. While the Scriptures tell us that God is “abundant in mercy” (Numbers 14:18), many today overlook the fact that there are actually conditions for obtaining God’s mercy. David wrote in the Psalms that while mercy is one of God’s benefits, God will grant His mercy “toward those who fear Him… and to those who remember His commandments to do them” (Palm 103:1–2, 11, 18). David also wrote that God’s “salvation [deliverance] is near to those who fear Him” (Psalm 85:9), and the New Testament records that God’s “mercy is on those who fear Him” (Luke 1:50). The prophet Jeremiah warned the backsliding house of Israel, “Your own wickedness will correct you… [because]…you have forsaken the Lord your God, and the fear of Me is not in you” (Jeremiah 2:19). When Daniel entreated God on behalf of his people, he noted that God “keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and… keep His commandments” (Daniel 9:4). When we seek God’s mercy, we must also strive to meet His requirements as revealed in the Scriptures (Deuteronomy 10:12–13; Micah 6:8). During the Passover season, we need to examine ourselves in this regard… and hopefully anyone today who is seeking God’s mercy will do the same.

Have a profitable Sabbath,

Douglas S. Winnail”


29 Mar:  With increased testing the numbers of US positives for Covid-19 have risen past 100,000.  The number of cases is likely to continue a sharp rise for the next three to six weeks before leveling off.  Most of the brethren instead of turning to obedience to God are predictably seeking comfort from their families, friends in the church and their church social circle.  This epidemic should begin to stabilize in late May and then taper off by July.  That does not mean that the problem has gone away since the virus has spread widely throughout the nation and is highly likely to reassert itself during the next winter: The next time making scores of millions of American’s ill and killing large numbers. Because of this epidemic the looming Mideast war may be delayed until summer.

I have heard that some people have fought over bathroom tissue in stores. Brethren remember what your wife does when the baby is soiled; she takes a designated face cloth wets it and washes her child. That is exactly what people did for their own personal hygiene for thousands of years until tissue came in vogue in the early 20th century. Toilet tissue is unnecessary and most certainly not worth fighting over, all we need do is wash.

Important Notice- The date of 561 B.C. at the beginning of the Nehemiah talk has been corrected to 461 B.C. Those who have downloaded copies before today should update their downloads


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


26 Mar: Today’s talk features Nehemiah being sent to help Ezra by building the city walls and assisting with the great revival restoration of true religion.


25 Mar: 12:15:  Tonight’s New Moon has now been confirmed by sightings from Jerusalem by Karen Andrews at 6:32pm (local time), followed by David McKnew, Gil Ashendorf, and Devorah Gordon.
* From Beer Sheva by Yochanan Zaqantov at 6:28pm (local time).

The first visible light of the new moon has been observed by multiple observers at Jerusalem confirming that 26 March is the first day of the first biblical month of the new year. Passover day is 8 April with the Feast of Unleavened Bread 9-15 April and Pentecost is on 31 May.

12:00 PDT:  A New Moon sighting has been reported with pics by Gadi Eidelheit of the Israel New Moon Society.  I am awaiting confirmation sightings.

This is a new COG News Blog which replaces the August 2019 to March 2020 COG News Blog.  A personal New Year message will be posted at this site as soon as the sun and moon set tonight and the first light of the first New Moon of the year can be confirmed. This year the normally erroneous Rabbinic Calendar places the High Days on the correct dates because of a double postponement in their system.

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.  Also see this article fully explaining the new moon.

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

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  1. James, regarding your 30 March 2020 post, LCG is fasting this Sabbath, you wrote:

    “Well said Doug, if only LCG would turn in sincere repentance to a genuine respect for God, the Sanctity of the Sabbath and to learn and to live by every Word of God instead of equating their false traditions as being the same as holy scripture.”

    Doug Winnail, like most xcog leaders, were taught (e.g. via correspondence course) since the days of the former WCG that ancient physical Israel could/would not repent b/c most were not led by God’s Spirit and could/would not change, as though all they could really do was to “choose death;” and they all died.

    Perhaps Doug Winnail, unless led by God’s Spirit, cannot repent and must live contrary to scripture, as you pointed out. If that is true, then perhaps Doug Winnail is putting a huge burden on the living group. If that is true, could you be asking too much of Doug Winnail? Doug has been writing virtually the same message near the time of Passover for years. You’d think those of the living group would have “gotten the point” by now, without them being bugged over and over again year after year about meeting various conditions, requirements, prerequisites.

    Acts 5 says the following about ancient physical Israel’s inability to repent:
    :29 Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
    :30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
    :31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

    It appears that a Saviour had to first be provided before repentance (and forgiveness of sins) would be given to ancient physical Israel, and that Peter/Apostles knew that those who were led by God’s Spirit in their day could/would be repentant: i.e., obey God rather than men. Peter/Apostles, as ambassadors, set the example by what they said and did for all those God would call to repentance. Obviously, the world cannot follow the example of Peter/Apostles, but it appears true Christians could do it.


    No, calling the people to fast is not out of line although fasts should not be called on the Sabbath Feast Day. Calling fasts now, teaches the people what they should do when they are truly ready to sincerely turn and seek God.

    Whether or not most cannot or can repent now or not is not important, it is up to me to do my job and it is up to elders to do their jobs which are: to call everyone to repentance and to teach godliness (2 Ti 4:2).

    First because God does call some out of each generation, second as a witness to them so that in due time they will remember and will then repent and third as serious on the job training for our possible future roles [if we make it as first fruits].

    These calls must be made continually because more people are constantly dying and others being born, for the further development of the teachers and people; and because a merciful God will give us many warnings.

    Doug and these others are trying hard within the understanding that they have, and in due time God will open their eyes and the eyes of the brethren with further understanding.

    Their hearts have been, as it were, hardened for a short time just like Pharaoh’s, to teach them powerful lessons. In fact almost no one is really being lost forever, this whole falling away of Israel/Judah and today’s Assemblies is so that they will experience the bitter end of disloyalty and sin; and thereby learn lessons of loyalty and godliness which will last for all eternity. James

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