Personal March 26 2020 New Year Message

Update Breaking News 15:30 PDT: Negotiators are meeting tomorrow to finish a deal allowing Netanyahu to head a limited time emergency government after which he and Likud will be replaced by Gantz and his coalition. The deal will also see Gantz back away from a proposed law prohibiting persons being tried in the courts from forming a government. Once an agreed deal is finalized it will be passed into law by the Knesset so that neither party can renege.

Mar 25 12:30 PDT:  The first visible light of the new moon was seen directly after sunset last evening making sunset beginning 26 March the first day of the first month of the new year by the calendar that God gave to Moses. April 8 is confirmed as Passover and the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread will be 9-15 April with Pentecost on May 31. For further details see the COG News Blog.

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


Discerning the Truth

In a recent post on FB at Devorah’s Date Tree it was stated that the harvest could be reaped well before the Wave Sheaf was offered because the command only forbade the EATING of the new grain and said nothing about starting the harvest. In support of this position they quoted Leviticus 23:14.

Leviticus 23:14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

The whole truth is only found by reading the whole commandment which they failed to quote; in doing so we see that the command is to offer a sheaf of “FIRST fruits” to God.  Clearly the FIRST fruits is the very FIRST sheaf of grain to be cut and the command forbidding the eating of any part of the NEW harvest was merely an additional supporting instruction emphasizing the rule that the very FIRST fruits of the harvest must be presented to God. 

Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God.

Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

They then follow this up with Joshua 10:10-11 and the assumption that Israel ate the new harvest when they entered the land and did not make a Wave Offering first.

Joshua 10:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 10: 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.

What did the people with Joshua do?  They ate of the OLD previous year’s grain harvest, they did not break the command because they did not eat any of the NEW harvest.

Nevertheless this was not the harvest of Israel but the grain of the Canaanites, and the command did not apply to the harvest of the Canaanites, only kicking in when the people began to grow and harvest their own crops. The command was to present the first of Israel’s harvest, not the harvest of the Canaanites. Leviticus 23:10 then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest

Joshua took seven years to conquer the land and another seven years to divide it to the people;  the command regarding the Wave Offering only became obligatory on the 15th year after Israel entered the land when they began to till the land themselves. 

After all physical Israel called out of Egypt was a physical allegory of a spiritual New Covenant people, in which allegory the Canaanites had no part except as an example of what will happen to the unrepentant wicked.  

It is very important to diligently study and stand on the Holy Scriptures and not be swept away by the false ideas and traditions of men.

This error hides the spiritual meaning of the spring harvest and the Wave Offering, as representing Jesus Christ the very FIRST born of the Spring harvest of God’s faithful. A full explanation of the Wave Offering and its spiritual significance will be reposted on the Sunday during the approaching Feast of Unleavened Bread.


Comments from a Visitor

This message came in recently from a follower of an old associate of mine who has fallen into many such errors.

He opens by quoting me “There is no way that anyone could know the day of the week of the Exodus Passover since here is no way that an absolutely accurate year can be dated. This and other related questions will have to wait until Christ comes for a trustworthy accurate date and explanation. James

He then gets to his point:

“Really James? Put on the old thinking cap. Reading Exodus 19 and 20 ,God marries Israel and gives the 10 commandments on the first Pentecost in the 3rd month from leaving Egypt. Pentecost is always on a Sunday, 1st day of the week and always in the third month. Israel was told to sanctify themselves for 3 days including or in addition to that Sunday on the day they arrived at Sinai. Sanctification on Sunday, Saturday, Friday.Israel would have arrived on Thursday, the same day they left Egypt.Thursday is the day Moses went up on Sinai and received sanctification instructions from God. Since Israel left and arrived on a Thursday, that makes for a Wednesday Exodus Passover.”

My reply

Counting back 50 days from Pentecost gets you the date that the wave offering would have been made, on a Sunday plus three more days back gives a Wednesday Passover.

However this does not give a day of the week for the Passover since the Passover could have occurred on any day of the week and then it was necessary to wait for the following Sunday for the Wave Offering.

That is to say for example, that if the Passover fell on a Sunday the Wave Sheaf would take place in the following Sunday and counting three days back from there would arrive on a Wednesday yes, but the Passover really took place on a Sunday [or a Monday or even a Tuesday]  NOT Wednesday in this example. The Exodus Passover could have happened on a Wednesday however I repeat that there is no way to know for certain the exact day of the Exodus Passover without accurately knowing the precise year of the Exodus.

He also commented

How about this one, it’s a doozy-
Israel crossed the Red Sea on the 6th day from leaving Egypt and that Christ will return for His bride at the end of the 6th day of Unleavened Bread.
Scripture says in Numbers 33 that Israel crossed the Red Sea on the 4th day from leaving Egypt. Anything else is some kind of personal interpretation.

My response

FYI, Numbers gives a list of the stops they made, in Numbers 33 Moses does NOT say how long they stayed there which is given more completely in Exodus 13-14 Israel reached their last encampment on the fourth day and the Egyptian army arrived on the fifth day; the wind blew all that night and early in the morning of the sixth day Israel entered the Red Sea and crossed that sea on the SIXTH DAY of Unleavened Bread, rising up out of the Sea of Death, within which all that were a type of wickedness perished, never to be seen again.

Do put ALL scripture together on a subject or you will go astray.

Brethren we must be alert and very carefully consider and study such things to wisely discern what is correct.  Do not let aggressive false teachers who base their positions on  fantasy influence you into error.

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Israel News

Benny Gantz has been given a 28 day mandate from 16 March to form a government with a possible 14 day extension. With several of his own members refusing to sit in a Palestinian backed government Gantz is unable to form a governing coalition.

The Blue and White are therefore using their 61 seats to try to change the Speaker so they can pass legislation which will make it unlawful for a person under criminal charges to form a government.

If they manage to make their desired changes in the law, even if Israel goes to a fourth election Bibi will be disqualified from forming a government no matter how many seats the Likud wins.

After passing his desired law Gantz’s next move may be to agree to back a minority Netanyahu government and suspend political activities for a crisis period of four to six months during which Netanyahu could handle the Covid-19 situation and fight his long planned war. After which the Blue and White would be in a position to govern the nation and make a Middle East peace.

When this conflict finally comes it will spread to include Hezbollah, Syria and probably Iran; leading to the crushing defeat of Gaza and Hezbollah, the Turkish domination of Syria and regime change in Iran.

Ultimately a peace making government will emerge in Israel which could well 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 almost immediately, and as soon as the miracle working Roman Pontiff goes to the temple mount (1 Thess 5:3, Mat 24:15) the great tribulation will begin. Keep up with the news here.

Although this could potentially take another year to work out and to finalize a peace deal, the likelihood of a peace agreement being made and then the tribulation beginning near the end of this year (2020) is very high.

TheShiningLight has been warning of these things in considerable detail for the past 13 years.


Covid-19 Carona Virus

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? 

The moves to shut down economies appear to be heading nations towards economic disaster as more and more countries face an impossible task of repaying dollar debt in the coming years. This will force a revision of today’s world financial system in the near term future, which appears to be the intended purpose of today’s financial crisis. The new system could even replace the US dollar with a system of special drawing rights or something similar, something which I have written about from time to time over the years. 

Your Health: Strong sunlight and or heat 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 D and C and add a little Zinc, your immune system should rebound strongly.

While not nearly as serious a problem as the common flu so far, this virus is becoming endemic world wide.  In a normal relatively healthy population it is an inconvenience like the flu or common cold, however it does drastically affect those with serious health problems as well as the weak or elderly.
As progress is made and the numbers of new diagnosis begin to calm in the coming months [these types of ailments are often seasonal] there might be a turnaround in the economy in time for Trump to win the November election.
A very large pool of infection and asymptomatic carriers will continue to grow which could increase with the US withdrawal of troops from Europe in July and August.

The US is to withdraw the vast majority of its troops from Europe after the looming Mideast war, leaving vast billions of dollars worth of the latest equipment in prepositioned storage in Europe.  This huge arsenal to be left in Europe will make the now rising New Federal Europe an instant super power, armed with the latest and best American military equipment.


The Tribulation

After the looming war and as a peace is negotiated in the Middle East,  a miracle worker will be set up in the Vatican. He will go to the temple mount within three months of being set up and the tribulation will break out immediately (Mat 24:15).

No, America will not be devastated by a nuclear strike, she will fall into a cascading economic collapse accompanied by famine and overwhelming epidemics, along with natural and man made disasters which will be a process lasting 42 months.

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

During the tribulation, people weakened by economic collapse and malnutrition would be highly susceptible to the underlying endemic disease; it is then that this disease [and possibly other diseases] could break out explosively, just like the 2018 Spanish Flu except far worse

The Spanish flu originated somewhere in northern China in late 1917 and swiftly moved to western Europe with the 140,000 Chinese laborers the French and British governments recruited to perform manual labor to free up troops for wartime duty. The disease then spread like wild fire in crowded  military camps and from there into the general population with returning US troops.

In 1918 it infected 500 million people around the world, or about 27% of the then world population of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion, including people on isolated Pacific islands and in the Arctic. The death toll is estimated to have killed anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million,

America may claim to be the richest country in the world but their already shaky health care system is rated at number 37.  Could it cope with a serious health crisis now and an economic collapse and millions of extremely vulnerable people falling ill with an extremely contagious potentially lethal disease in the tribulation?  

In addition, remember that God will withdraw his blessings from America and the apostate COG corporations; and God will allow us to fall to humble the whole world before the coming of Christ as per the prophets (Deu 28-30). 

The present situation is a last warning from a merciful God that the correction of today’s Laodicean COG organizations (Rev 3:14-22) is at hand. Just look at the panic and restrictions in place today; this is only a tiny fraction of what is coming as soon as next winter or the following year. 

To get a vision of the tribulation just take a look around you at the state of affairs today then try to visualize a situation tens of thousands of times worse.   With economic collapse and mass sickness the supply chains would collapse and food will be scarce in the cities. In deep winter, availability of fuel and heating would be limited. Instead of a few hundred thousand sick, because of malnutrition there could be a hundred million sick with NO medical help available since the system would collapse long before such numbers were reached.

Now add millions of diabetics and others losing their medications, a collapsed medical system no longer able to provide even emergency care and millions of addicts deprived of their drugs.     If you are caught up in this and you have health problems requiring routine medication or you are over 60 your chances of surviving even the first eighteen months are slim.

There would be civil unrest and instead of thousands of deaths in America there would be many millions of deaths.  That is what is in store for the Judaeo Anglo Saxon people in the very near future, 

God wants to bring us to sincere repentance and instant nuclear obliteration would be counter to God’s purpose. 


Watch for:

  • The outbreak of a general Mideast war which will devastate the Hamas Military Wing and Hezbollah while bringing regime change to Iran and Turkish dominance over Syria.
  • The establishment of an Israeli government capable of making peace
  • Genuine peace talks and a peace deal.
  • God withdrawing his blessings and protection.
  • The setting up of a miracle worker in the Vatican who will endorse a New Federal Europe system.
  • God will then set up his two prophets while most of the corporate churches will refuse to believe and will continue to reject a zeal for living by every Word of God, preferring to trust in their own false traditions of men.
  • Faithful persons will leave such organizations in obedience to God’s servants heeding the warnings, which will bring them together
  • The miracle worker will visit the temple mount within three months of being set up.
  • Jewish extremists will sabotage the peace.  
  • The tribulation begins with the fall of Jerusalem and a Palestinian uprising backed by Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Arab States.
  • Europe will intervene to stop the bloodshed.
  • The collapse of the Petrodollar and dollar dependent economies.
  • An explosive outbreak of disease due to severe winter weather and a weakened population in America and many other places, resulting in many millions of deaths. 
  • Over the next 42 months; famine, drought, natural disasters resulting in a weakened population being overwhelmed by epidemics will bring deaths in the scores of millions. This situation will get progressively worse for 42 months from the time that the tribulation begins.
  • At approximately the two year mark [give or take a few months] the Son of Man will appear in his glory. Then many of those still in denial will begin to wake up to reality and 
  • The first 144,000 will be sealed with God’s Spirit,
  • They will then witness to godliness in a personal way during the period of the six trumpets which lasts until the resurrection and the Marriage of the Lamb in heaven after which they will return to the earth to put away all evil and establish the Kingdom of God.

The US has plans for president Trump or his successor to declare a state of emergency and take dictatorial powers, while ruling the nation via military martial law.  Although this may not happen immediately,  it is probably coming  once the tribulation begins.



Whether the tribulation begins near the end of 2020 which is entirely possible or takes another year, it is now very definitely at our door. 

I am working on a new book which should be available soon.  Titled “Biblical History From Abram to Jesus” it will begin with the question of “When Does Life Begin?” followed by the prophecies of the Exodus and continue in an historical overview until the ministry of Christ, with an intense focus on the many fulfilled prophecies during that period.

The book is intended as a strong encouragement in faith for the brethren; proving through many fulfilled prophecies that God exists, that he has the power to accomplish his will and that he can be trusted to keep his Word. 

From after Passover to Tabernacles 2020 the plan is to go through all of the prophetic books at the Bible Studies site.

These things will be hot topics during the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles, which will prepare the brethren for the appearance of God’s two servants around the Feast either this year or next.


2020 Feast of Tabernacles

In the circumstances even if things begin to change for the better temporarily, I would strongly suggest that people observe the Feast at the closest local site and not plan on international travel. 

To prepare for what is coming the most important thing is to turn to wholeheartedly embrace, learn and live by every Word of God; not to have a carnally “good time.”

As the various corporate churches cancel their services and ask that people pray for an end to this plague; TheShiningLight alone is calling on every person to sincerely repent and turn in wholehearted zeal to live by every Word of God, including embracing the sanctity of God’s Holy Sabbaths.

In fact TheShiningLight alone has been warning of the imminent trial at the close of this age of Satan’s rule; calling on every person to sincerely repent and turn in wholehearted zeal to live by every Word of God. This week Doug Winnail of LCG did write that we need to obey God but he and LCG along with the other COG organizations refuse to obey and live by every Word of God, proving once again that when they say “obey God” they mean that we are to follow their own false traditions as if they were the Word of God and Holy Writ.

Brethren, praying for deliverance or healing or a blessing accomplishes NOTHING unless it is accompanied by deep and sincere repentance and a passionate enthusiastic turning to live by every Word of God in wholehearted zeal. 

The key to God’s blessings is genuine repentance from departing from living by every Word of God, and sincere and wholehearted repentance from trusting in our own understanding and false traditions (Deu 28-30).

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Why will our assemblies be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into the severe correction of great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22)?  Because we reject the sanctity of God’s Holy Sabbaths and we reject the knowledge and practice of godliness to follow our idols of men and the false traditions of men.

Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

It is the same in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, we reject truth and knowledge of godly things for false traditions and idols of men; we are full of spiritual adultery with our idols of men, organizations and false traditions.  We are full of ourselves, convinced of our own righteousness, justifying all that we do; and the stink of  our self-righteousness reaches up to high heaven.

The teaching of tolerance for sin, our idolizing of men and our rampant Sabbath breaking has robbed us of our potential eternal lives, leading us towards destruction and death.

Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of [physical AND spiritual] Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Spiritually speaking today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is murdering their own people, leading men along the path to destruction, when they should be teaching the path to life.

Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

We see this today with influenza, the oceans being emptied of fish, and the food stocks being diminished.  Today’s issues are only a small foretaste of what lies ahead in the tribulation. 

Where is the godly man who strives for God against the wickedness in today’s Assemblies?  Indeed the people in today’s assemblies strive against godliness and against the man of God!

4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the [true man of God] priest.

Just as Almighty God sent ancient Israel and Judah into captivity, he will send modern physical and spiritual Israel into captivity for committing the very same sins; pride, adultery against God with idols and polluting God’s Holy Sabbath Days.

4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the [false] prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

Today’s physical Israel and Judah reject the knowledge of God for their own ways and false traditions, while the spiritual Israel of the Called Out reject the increase in knowledge that God has promised in Daniel 12 and is revealing in these last days.  Therefore Almighty God will reject both physical and spiritual Israel, because we have first rejected him by rejecting God’s Word. 

I warn the leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who reject the knowledge that God is revealing and who teach the brethren to follow themselves as idols of men; that they will surely be rejected by God and cast into great correction.

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.

God will forget the organizations that we have fathered, because we call God’s Sabbath holy while teaching men to pollute the Sabbath; and we teach the brethren to idolize men and false traditions, committing spiritual adultery against the Husband of our Baptismal commitment; such men and organizations will be rejected and removed as shepherds of God’s Flock.

Brethren today’s plague is God’s final pretribulation warning to his people; to repent and embrace, to learn and to live by the knowledge of godliness before we are rejected and cast into great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22). 

As this phase of the work of God enters its final months; your prayers of repentance, and for the brethren that they will likewise turn to godliness are most important. 

You can prepare yourself by going to the Literature page and downloading the studies and then seriously studying them.  You can also have an important part in this work through your prayers and financial support.

At TheShiningLight I intend to devote the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles towards achieving an Ezra like revival of godliness in the Assemblies. 


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