New Moon Announcement: Despite hazy conditions the first light of the new moon was seen at Jerusalem this evening making sunset tonight the beginning of the first day of the second biblical month.
According the Biblical Calendar that God gave to Moses [not the modern Rabbinic Calendar finalized in 1178 A.D. which is based on the unscriptural darkness of molads] the first day of the second biblical month is expected at sunset this evening. For a study of the Biblical and modern Rabbinic Calendars download our “Biblical Sabbath and Calendar” book for free from the side bar. We are commanded to observe the New Moons with Bible Studies and with blasting the shofar in rejoicing.
Victor Kubik writes: . . . our newest 50 page booklet, Angels: God’s Messengers and Spiritual Army is about to go to press. I’ll be offering to 180,000 Beyond Today subscribers in a few weeks this newest piece of literature. All church member families will automatically receive a copy.
Feast registration has gone fairly smooth with the newly-developed festival registration system this year. We appreciate the patience of pastors, festival advisors and members in learning a new process. Last year on this date we had 5783 registered, and as of today we have 5726 registered, which is about the same. We will have upcoming reminders later this summer encouraging those not registered to do so.
Of course this is not happening in a vacuum, for the past several years a special UCG committee has been quietly conducting a systemic re-evaluation of all of UCG’s doctrines or Fundamental Beliefs and that review of all UCG teachings is approaching completion.
The key foundational doctrine is Law and Grace, or in other words: What is really binding in the New Covenant age? The position on this subject affects all else and a new position on grace could be ready for approval by the GCE as soon as next May and a new booklet on the subject is in the works.
I recommend that the present UCG position on law and grace be read and downloaded for future comparison.
Today’s post is short but there is plenty of material to study in the above links.
The Psalms study should be finished by the time the Conference Report comes out and I am planning to post that report and then do a short series, on the evangelical and the scriptural positions on Law and Grace. Then the plan is to begin studies through Acts and the Epistles to fight the twisting of the teachings of Paul.
LCG News: LCG’s failure to preach the gospel for many years is causing discontent among many LCG brethren. Gerald Weston explains LCG’s failure to preach the gospel like this: ” . . . some members think our programs need to be stronger, not realizing that we try to thread the needle between preaching the Gospel and warning the world, and maintaining our presence on television. Even the Internet is not as free as one might think. Dr. Meredith and Mr. Ames have done a remarkable job over the years in threading that needle [Admin: In other words watering down the outreach to nothing, thereby offending Jesus Christ]. Some of us who are newer at it are having to learn. And at the same time, standards of what is allowed and what is not are becoming more constrictive in our politically correct world.”
Considerable progress is being made against the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa and it appears that the Islamic State will be defeated soon although mopping up may take some time yet. If events continue to unfold at this rate it is conceivable that Israel could invade Gaza as early as this summer or autumn.
Syria is also making huge progress against the foreign sponsored insurgency in that country. A sixth round of evacuations of rebels took place on Monday from the neighborhood of al-Waer in Homs. The government will retake control of the neighborhood after the last of 12 rounds of evacuations are complete, in three to four weeks.
Areas all over Syria have surrendered to the government in exchange for exile to the rebel-held province of Idlib. Tens of thousands have also agreed to leave areas around Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Another 8,000 people have left two pro-government towns in Idlib province northern Syria, for government controlled areas.
This population transfer liberates most non Islamic State insurgent held areas inside Syria and concentrates the Western sponsored rebels in Idlib province bringing the Western created civil war in Syria to an end.
The fight is not over yet however because Israel will soon attack Gaza and Hezbollah and destroy the power of Syria; allowing the rebels to advance in strength from Idlib to change the regime in Damascus.
Trump administration ratchets up anti Iran propaganda.
UCG Doctrinal Re-evaluation: Grace Part 1 – TheShiningLight Bible School