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THE WORD OF GOD IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL KNOWLEDGE

 

​  PREPARE THE BRIDE

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."

JOHN 10:3-5

 

    STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 
2 TIM 2:15
        PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD
1 TESS 5:21

“THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD OUR GOD, BUT THE THINGS REVEALED BELONG TO US AND OUR CHILDREN FOREVER, THAT WE MAY FOLLOW ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW”

DEUT 29:29

WHY THIS WEBSITE...

There is so much chaos in the Churches of God, since Herbert Armstrong died in 1986. Why is it, brethren cannot see that there is ONLY ONE CHURCH OF GOD, and not all these groups that is formed by men, the so called ministers of God. They all claim, to represent Gods True Church on earth, with the foundational teachings of Jesus Christ, but cannot see THEY DIVIDE THEMSELVES FROM ONE ANOTHER. Yes, since the death of Herbert Armstrong, many groups have been formed. One is called Living, the other Restored. And another is called Philadelphia. Faithful flock. I can go on and on. 34 years are passed and we have come in a time, where people believe fables rather than the TRUTH OF GOD.

Therefore, it is my prayer and wish that you, the reader, forward this website link to everyone you know in other groups of the Church of God, so they can study the material posted on this site. It is a collection of sermons, Bible Studies and articles written by servants of God in different groups. Altogether they make an awesome picture of the Plan God has for Mankind. It is detailed, and the information given makes it very clear to understand the time we live in now, when the 70 week prophecy starts, what the Abomination of Desolation is, and the start of the ministry of the two witnesses and start of the Great Tribulation. Much more topics are here as well to study. Everything is available in PDF, and free downloads are for study purposes only. Make sure you download ALL TOPICS. I believe with this information presented, the Church of God as a whole (all groups combined) will undergo a TESTING LIKE NEVER BEFORE. God is purging the Church of God before the Church goes to the place of safety. We have to make a decision to follow Christ, and ONLY CHRIST or the minister if he doesn't agree with the material published on this website. Make sure you know where you stand. Make sure you can prove what you believe is the truth. The material presented is very confronting for ALL MEMBERS IN THE CHURCH OF GOD SPLINTER GROUPS, and before you reject the facts, you need to study it in constant prayer with God. You need to ask God to open your mind for His truth, so you can understand (Luke 24:45).

Topics

Church Government

Government of God

Tithing

Offerings

Sacrificial System

Meaning of the Holy Days

Chronology of the Book of Revelation, meaning of 1260, 1290 and 1335 days of Daniël

1260, 42 months & time, times and halve a time

70 weeks Prophecy

Place of Safety

Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Overcome Carnal Nature

Health

WHAT IS THE TRUE CHURCH?

The True Church is NOT A BUILDING where people come together to worship God. The Apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and chapter 14 what THE CHURCH OF GOD is, and HOW IT SHOULD FUNCTION. This understanding was NEVER APPLIED during the time of Herbert Armstrong's "leadership". The Church of God are the people who are called out of this world (John 6:44) by God the Father. Every individual that has accepted his or her calling from God the Father, repented of their ways, were baptized and received the Holy Spirit is a Branch attached to the Vine (John 15). Jesus Christ is the Vine. We all have received the authority to pray to God the Father in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. NO ONE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST IS EXCLUDED. So, The Church of God is the Body of Christ, the spiritual temple. Each person then, who has The Holy Spirit, is a part of that spiritual temple (the Body), and Jesus Christ is the HEAD. We all (men AND women) can receive spiritual gifts to build up the Church. These gifts are not hierarchy ranking ministry positions, like the Roman Catholic or Protestant Churches believe and practices, and for men only. That is a false teaching!

It is God who gives these gifts to ANYONE as He sees fit. These gifts are only TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH OF GOD. And if we don't have a gift, we always pray for one another (Eph. 6:18), and encourage, and help our brethren in any way we can. Is someone in financial need? We give. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO IF WE LOVE GOD THE FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST. The Church of God is NOT a human organization, nor is it a ranking structure. This Ministerial Hierarchy is NOT OF GOD, but a copy of the Roman Catholic and the Protestant Church denominations! The True Church of God is a spiritual body composed of repented believers! Only God can put a repented believer, who is baptized and received the Holy Spirit INTO THE CHURCH OF GOD. And those who have received the gift of prophecy or teaching or pastoring, need to be very careful HOW THEY TEACH (1 Cor 3:11-23) and that they teach the WHOLE TRUTH and not only what they believe. I want to let you read an excerpt from The Rise of a Ministerial Hierarchy in the Church of God, written by Carl Franklin. He writes on page 29:

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The Ministry becomes a Priesthood
In his October 1957 article in the Good News, Hoeh teaches that church members must not assemble for Bible study without a minister. Thus the ministry was established as the sole channel through which truth was revealed. This practice is based on Catholic theology, which teaches that the Holy Spirit is limited to the priesthood, and that ONLY THE PRIESTS (ministers, pastors, teachers) are able to understand and interpret the Scriptures. In effect, it is a denial of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. It allows no room for members who are seeking truth to question and discuss doctrines, and NULLIFIES THE SCRIPTURAL COMMAND TO EVERY BELIEVER TO "PROVE ALL THINGS".
I advise you people to read these documents, it is important to understand what happened in the early '50s.
It seems that a lot of people have a "ministry" position all for the wrong reasons. Ambition, greed, low self esteem, want respect, because in the world you never got it. People in the world thought of you as a loser. Maybe you didn't finish High School for some reasons. Perhaps you wanted to be looked up to. Many who were ordained and joined the "ministery" (THE HUMAN ORGANIZED HIERARCHY) for these reasons will NEVER ACCOMPLISH GODS PURPOSE FOR THESE GIFTS. The gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, God gives to each person who wants to SERVE, to MINISTER, to BUILD UP THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST.
In the second chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks about a message of wisdom among the mature. I believe there are degrees in spiritual maturity, as in spiritual understanding. Please, allow me to explain.
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[a]
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:6-10

 

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14

This message of truth Paul talks about, is something the world cannot receive. The Bible is NOT WRITTEN for the world, nor traditional Christianity. In other words, teachings from the Bible can ONLY come from those who are CALLED INTO Gods Church and have received the gift of prophecy or teaching to give understanding to the WHOLE CHURCH (1 Cor 12 and 14). Not just the group they attend or lead. It would be very selfish to think that way, wouldn't it? We have come in a time, where we NEED TO PREPARE THE BRIDE. We, the Church of God, the called out ones, are that Bride, and no one else... IF WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US!

But we need to ask ourselves in all honesty this question: is EVERYONE, who attends a Church of God group, truly mature, and have received the Holy Spirit? I want to answer that question. No of course not, I do not believe that for one minute. I don't want to offend anyone, but it is just a fact. Once, I was hopeful and naïve, believed that everyone who were for a long time in the Church, or even born in the Church (some boasted even for 5 generations) had a certain degree of spiritual maturity. But now, in 2019, as I write this, I do no longer believe that anymore. I've been attending a couple of groups, and I can truly say that is NOT THE CASE AT ALL. Not everyone has the Holy Spirit. And these brethren who do not have the Holy Spirit, and are not spiritually mature, also attend Church services and go to the Feast of Tabernacles.
What are clear character traits of a person who doesn't have the Holy Spirit or a person who is not spiritually mature? These people are always complaining, and they always talk about the MATERIAL BLESSINGS they have received. These people are more focused on the earthly things in life rather than the spiritual. Some gossip, lie and so on. When they have a problem, they don't come to you personally and try to talk things out. No, they go to someone in the Church they know very well and tell what is going on, or they go to the minister and let the minister deal with the problem. So, the problem isn't solved, it only gets worse. But to be honest, is this really how Christians should solve problems among one another? NO! In Matthew 18:15 the Bible is very clear on how to deal with these situations

Dealing With Sin in the Church

15 "If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church (THE WHOLE CONGREGATION, NOT ONLY THE MINISTER), treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Matthew 18:15-17 New International Version (NIV)

Why is this not practiced in the Church of God? Because most people don't understand God expects us to READ HIS WORD AND PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. We are here to learn. The ministry should teach these to the congregations, but they don't. And therefore, Gods people are ignorant about a lot of basic teachings. Back to Matthew 18:15. To clarify this last part of verse 17 more accurate: YOU DO NOT DISFELLOWSHIP the person, but you do not have fellowship with them, so that they might repent of their ways, meaning you don't socialize with them AFTER SERVICES. Drink coffee, or have a meal with them. A MINISTER DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DISFELLOWSHIP A PERSON WHO IS CALLED BY GOD. Are you God? Only God Himself can take away His Holy Spirit if the person doesn't want to repent. When people are bitter or unforgiving, they need to realize they are on danger ground. Brethren, we have to get real, and we need to be thick skinned. Not easily offended. Jesus says that there come a time we will be hated of ALL NATIONS and we will be persecuted like He was persecuted. If we can't get our grip together with carnal nature, and overcome it, we cannot survive these persecutions outside the Church, do we realize this? How can we even love our enemies, if we cannot stand other brethren who were also called by God the Father? The Bible is very clear about it... YOU ARE STILL IN DARKNESS         (1 John 2:9).

When you read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, Jesus explains the parable as in HEARING AND UNDERSTANDING the Word. It seems that ALL THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER ARE TO SOME DEGREE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD. Some hear the word, some don't. Some understand (to a degree) the Word, and some don't. Some have the Holy Spirit, and some do not have the Holy Spirit. It seems that persecution, and deceitfulness of wealth are big factors that can cause brethren to fall away. It is in these areas where we will be tested severely. From the beginning, the start of the Church Era on Pentecost (in 27 AD or 30 AD, but definitely NOT 31 AD), it has always been a mix of converted and unconverted Christians. Not when the 120 brethren were together and the Holy Spirit came down, no, but after that, yes. Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8 is a good example. Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 are another example.  It is almost hard to believe, but even the Bible speaks about it in Matthew 25, talking about the 10 virgins (Church of God in the end time). The foolish virgins, who didn't have the Holy Spirit, were not ready (the Scriptures do not say how many were prepared when they got "in" the place of safety) when the door shut. These foolish virgins are left behind.
I rather call it the place of final training, because we all have to grow to a certain point spiritually and maturity, to receive a "personal invitation" from Jesus Christ Himself to this place. No calls will be made, no minister gets "a vision" from God to warn their group members to pack up and leave. No, non of the above. If you are a minister who has been telling your congregation these lies, you need to repent! It will be a personal invitation ONLY, because the person who goes to the place of final training has proven to Christ that he or she is worthy. This person has laid down his or her life and followed Christ where ever He went. Had gone through many persecutions. These brethren were tested beyond anything and didn't rebelled to God, but submitted in every situation. They accepted their calling unto death. They can see what this world (and its systems) is all about, and they don't accept false doctrines or teachings. They understand the depth of their carnality or carnal nature and work hard to overcome it. These people didn't loved their lives (their jobs, social status, material things like house ownership, money, didn't care what their friends and family thought of them), but loved God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the brethren, who are called out of this world with a GODLY LOVE (1Cor 13), and have an outgoing attitude towards people IN the world as brethren IN the Church of God. They learned forgiveness and didn't had any bitter resentments towards anybody. They learned to love even their enemies with a Godly Love, because these brethren understand the Plan of God for ALL MANKIND. They changed from a carnal nature to a spiritual mature level, and have an understanding of the Bible to such a degree, it is sufficient and they will be accepted by Christ to be in the place of safety together with other brethren who went through the same process. This development can take years, but it is up to the person really. Not many are up to the task. The Bible speaks about many are called, but few are chosen, and that is exactly what it is. MANY WILL FALL AWAY, only a few will hold fast to the truth. And in these 6,000 years, only a 144,000 will be in the 1st resurrection. I know, it is a shock, but that is what the Bible says.
So, back to the parable of the sower. It says that what was sown on good ground, is the one who hears the word and understands it. And they produce a crop, some thirty times, some sixty or hundred times what was sown. Here is a clear answer: there are brethren in the Church of God, who do not understand the word. They're attending church services, but really do not have a clue what the message is all about. Maybe some, can tell you what they heard, but it doesn't mean they understand the message in their minds. Are they called by God, or are they attending church services because of family or friends? And if they are called, are these brethren hypocrites? It is not up to me to say that, but I think they genuinely believe they understand what Gods Plan is (based on Herbert Armstrong material), and what God expects of those who are attending Gods Church. Like tithing, keeping the commandments, keeping the weekly Sabbath and Holy Days. But, is A CHRISTIAN LIFE a check list you keep? Sabbath keeping. CHECK. Holy Days keeping. CHECK. Commandment keeping. CHECK. Tithing. DOUBLE CHECK. That has NOTHING TO DO WITH UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. If you don't understand in the first place WHY YOU ARE CALLED, AND WHAT YOUR PART IN GODS PLAN IS, you are only warming a seat every service, year in year out.
It is clear from the Scriptures that Jesus says, that there are different "spiritual levels" of understanding, and these brethren produce a crop. So, the one who will produce a crop of thirty times of what was sown (this has to do with Bible study and practice in life, as in prayer, the willingness to learn truth and eagerness to change their view and life perspective, and be a living sacrifice as Christ was our example, and they also can see their carnal nature for what it truly is) has clearly LESS spiritual understanding than the one who produces sixty or even one hundred times. But nonetheless, is worthy to be chosen to have part of the 144,000 saints that will rule with Christ. I think it has to do with our effort on a daily base, and what we do with it when we hear a sermon, or study a transcript we don't understand. We can reject it, (saying that is no teaching from God. But because you cannot understand doesn't mean it is not true) or we can ask God to reveal to us what it means. Ask and it shall be given.

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

The promises you can read in this verse are crystal clear: when you ask, YOU WILL BE ANSWERED, when you seek, YOU WILL FIND, and when you knock THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED! Even if this means it takes years to ask, seek or knock. We need to have the desire to want to understand, want to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and we have to submit to God, an unconditional surrender to Him.

Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[c]

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4

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And most important, we have to BELIEVE God and have faith in Him alone

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

So, we have to REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, we need to submit to God, we need to ask, seek and knock in earnest prayer and believe that God will reward our requests. He wants to see if we are prepared to go above and beyond. If we do NOT have the DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND Gods Plan for mankind, or our carnality, or whatever topic we need to understand for example the Sacrificial System in the Old Testament (it is pretty dry stuff, but it IS PART OF THE BOOK), we will not understand. We will NEVER understand. We are not called just for OUR SALVATION brethren, do we get that? The Plan of God through the meaning of the Holy Days will show you exactly how God is working His Plan out in different steps, or stages if you will, for ALL OF MANKIND. We are now called to LEARN, so that in the Millennium we can TEACH the people who survived the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord. And then during the White Throne Judgement Period, when billions of people will be resurrected to physical life, those who also qualified and changed to spirit being after the MILLENNIUM, will assist Jesus Christ and the 144,000 to teach them Gods Way of Life.

​The Gospel of the Kingdom has been preached

Herbert Armstrong was a true servant of God. Yet he was, like you and me, infallible. He made mistakes too. For his time, he was speculating on many topics. I think it is okay to speculate up to a point when truth or new understanding proves otherwise, we need to study the new truth, and accept it when proven. That is the right Christian approach. The reason for these speculations was that God didn't reveal to Herbert Armstrong things that wasn't for his time (Daniel 12:9).
His commission was two fold: To restore doctrinal understanding and to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Matthew 24:14 was the marker, and when Herbert Armstrong died in 1986, that Bible Scripture was fulfilled we entered with the Laodicea Church Era (Rev 3:14-22) the END TIME. So many of God's people didn't recognize it, and therefore they are stuck in 1986, or in 2006 after the death of Rob Elliott. They can't see where they are in time, and what is about to happen. What was the Gospel of the Kingdom Herbert Armstrong preached?

 

On page 8 of the booklet What do you mean the Kingdom of God? Herbert Armstrong says in the first paragraph, and I quote: "Isn't is amazing that the world has LOST the knowledge of what it is?". Right. As far as I understand THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE CORRECT BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING EXCEPT WHEN GOD OPENS THEIR MIND TO UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES (Luke 24:25).  So, how can Herbert Armstrong be so wrong about the world LOOSING THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD? In John 3 Jesus says:

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

John 3

​Human beings cannot SEE the Kingdom of God, and human beings cannot ENTER the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom, a Kingdom of God Beings and you have to be a spirit being if you want to SEE IT AND ENTER IT. At this point there are only two spirit Beings, namely God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. They are both in the God Family, and God the Father wants more Sons added to His Family. This is where the Plan of God for mankind comes into view. It is the Human Potential for each person on earth who can become a spirit being as God the Father and Jesus Christ are. To be born of the Spirit into the God Family is what it means to be born again.
When Jesus preached the good news of the Kingdom of God, He was speaking about a ruling Kingdom of God Beings that will rule earth. He was only able to start His Ministry AFTER HE QUALIFIED FOR THAT RULERSHIP on this earth (Matt 4:1-11). Satan has been the god of this world, and still is, but he knows his days are numberd. When Jesus Christ returns to earth as King of Kings and Lord of lords with a company of 144,000 resurrected saints (true Christians who at the 7th Trumpet change from mortal human being to spirit being 1 Cor 15:51-52), Satan will be bound for a 1,000 years (Rev 20:1-3) and Jesus Christ will start His Millennial Rule on earth (Rev 20:4).

False Teachings & Doctrines

God reveals to His servants what are true and false teachings. What are true and false doctrines. It is up to us if we want to be obedient to God the Father, and have a correct understanding on this topic. Anyone who teaches that we are children of Jesus Christ or that in the Millennium and during the White Throne Judgement Period people become children of Jesus Christ is a false teaching.

Ernest L Martin The Curse of Church Authority
The Tithing Dilemma
Chaos in the Churches
Carl D Franklin The Rise of a Ministerial Hierarchy in the Church of God
Fred Coulter Why God Hates Hierarchy
F W Grant The Rise and growth of Clesiry, or Nicolaitism
Keith Hunt Disfellowship! 1 & 2
Rich Traver Examining the Biblical model of Church Government
Doctrine of Deacons
Golden Sheaves Apostacy's Accomplice
Raymond Mills Oppose Overlording Chapter 13
Breaking with Diotrephes Chapter 15
WOE be to the Shepherds Chapter 16
"... And WOE be to the Sheep" Chapter 17
Frank Nelte The name LUCIFER nerver belonged to Satan
Government of God
Seeking Gods Will about Make-Up
Our Trinatarian Baptism Formula
So you want to be baptized?
Understanding the Goverment of God
What does the Bible teach about offerings?
Was Jesus God in the Flesh?
Why I don't sing Protestant Songs
God does not love all sinners
What are the names of Blasphemy?
How do we respond to Gods calling?
Some Thoughts about Church Government
There must also be Heresies among you
How do you persuade your minister not to use Matzos for the Passover?
Are there people for whom we should not pray?
Life in the World Tomorrow

The Creation Account and Gods Holy Sabbath time

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Satan has deceived even the Church of God with MANY FALSE TEACHINGS, starting with the creation account in Genesis 1 and how God explains how He created this earth, the sun, and the moon. The stars in heaven and what they are. But, the question is: do we, in the Church want to believe that? Or, do we rather like to believe those scientists with their explanation about the universe. They confess, they know only about 4 or 5% about "galaxies", "blackholes" and other things they think is out there. Movies about space for over 50 or 60 years and going to the moon makes it hard to believe the Bible is right and true. Fake moon landings have people convinced NASA went to the moon and back. And they don't know that the US government have used tax money (billions upon billions US Dollars since NASA program was launched) to make fake images of the so called GLOBE EARTH, MOON, SUN and other "STARS". Dead planets (1 Timothy 6:20). But Gods creation is a LIVING CREATION. The creation account (seven 24 hour day periods) POINTS TO THE TRUE GOD. And HOW the SUN and the MOON ROTATES in its SEASONS (Genesis 1:14-19).

While I'm at it.... I want to tell you all that NO PERSON ON EARTH KEEPS THE SABBATH HOLY. NOT EVEN IN THE CHURCH OF GOD. I repeat that one more time, and hopefully it will sink in. NO PERSON ON EARTH KEEPS THE SABBATH HOLY. NOT EVEN IN THE CHURCH OF GOD. Since I have been keeping the Sabbath, I always wondered WHY the new day starts at sunset. I mean, isn't that weird, to BEGIN A NEW DAY AT SUNSET? To begin a new day in darkness? It is basically the same as starting new year in de middle of winter. Sure, I have been reading Herbert Armstrongs material, and I was convinced to keep the Sabbath. I was a newly baptized Christian, and I couldn't just question the booklet WHICH DAY IS THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH? I didn't had the understanding how to do a full research on the subject. Like anyone else, I ACCEPTED Herbert Armstrongs writings. However, last year, had some thoughts about keeping the Passover on the 14th Nisan. Keeping the Passover for quite some time now, somehow I just wanted to check if I was keeping it at the right time. Went through it again, and found in Exodus 12 the account where Moses is instructed to keep the Passover and HOW TO KEEP IT. We all know the verses, but I just want to show you something.

 

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

Exodus 12:1-11 

 

It says clearly that the Israelites were instructed to take a lamb on the 10th day and to keep it UNTIL the 14th day and slaughter it at twilight. So, that means WHEN the 14th day starts, and then to kill it at twilight, same day. So, now I want to take you to the creation account in Genesis and show you something, I never noticed before, until I was doing my research about FLAT EARTH.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Genesis 1:3-31

So, God creates during the DAY TIME, but a day can be a 24 hour cycle, or a specific period (like Genesis 1:5 says during the LIGHT hours). But it doesn't say at SUNSET (or after the word DAY) the first day, or second day and so on when a 24 hour day is completed. It says after EVERY CREATION DAY: And there was evening, and morning the first day, or second day etc. So, a 24 hour day is DAY, EVENING AND MORNING and it ends in the morning. At SUNRISE, when God starts to create A NEW 24 HOUR DAY, He WORKS during the DAY TIME and then there's evening and morning, again a full 24 hour day completed. Herbert Armstrong has used so many Bible Scriptures from the Old as in the New Testament to point out that true Christians should keep the Sabbath, and he was precise alright, but he NEVER USED THE CREATION ACCOUNT to verify the CORRECT TIMING TO KEEP THE SABBATH. Do you see that we not only didn't KEEP THE SABBATH AT THE CORRECT TIMING, but ALL THE HOLY DAYS as well. At Least SINCE THE START OF THE PHILADELPHIA CHURCH ERA. This new understanding has MAJOR CONSEQUENCES for each brother and sister in the Church of God splinter groups, and we need to repent of being so ignorant about something so important to God the Father and Jesus Christ! We can choose to change the timing and be obedient to Gods Word and keep the weekly Sabbath and the annual Holy Days on His time table at Saturday sunrise to Sunday sunrise, just as the creation account says, or we continue to keep it from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset as the Jews keep their Sabbath. And they don't keep it 24 hours, but 25 hours. I say "their Sabbath" on purpose, because it IS NOT GOD'S HOLY SABBATH TIME. It is really up to the reader what he or she decides to do from this time forward, but I believe, if we want to learn more about God and His creation, His timeline and seasons, we need to look at the sun, the moon and the stars! He created time, months, years and its seasons. The Julian Calendar, Gregorian Calendar and even the Hebrew Calendar are NOT OF GOD. We use the Hebrew Calendar now to figure out when to keep the Holy Days, but when Jesus start His reign on earth, He will restore EVERYTHING, including time.

Back to the Passover. We didn't kept the Passover on the 14th Nisan, but on the 13th Nisan. Are you willing to accept this new understanding, or do you want to continue with what you have done for years? Tradition of men? Or doctrine of men, I don't know what to call it, but it is certainly not of God!

Satan has deceived us, in the CHURCH with many false teachings. And I think it is time to take a stand. To obey God, and UNITE THE CHURCH OF GOD, as much as that is possible, get rid of false teachings and doctrines the Church has been plagued with, and realize we don't have much time left, because the return of Jesus Christ is at the door. We have to repent of accepting false teachings for decades, because we had to PROVE ALL THINGS in the first place, and didn't do it. I understand back in the day, nobody would dare question Herbert Armstrong or the ministry, but really, is that what the CHURCH OF GOD should be? That people should be fearful of the ministry, because they are always "right"? When there is proof for false teachings, is it only acceptable it will be announced by the ministry to the whole Church, like in the old days? As I understand Scripture, each individual has the responsibility to prove teachings and doctrine.

I have put links to YouTube video's that discuss the Flat Earth. If we want to get out of this world, we have to believe God created this earth as the Bible describes it, NOT WHAT SCIENTISTS CLAIM (I highly recommend you should watch the documentary THE PRINCIPLE) and how we were BRAIN WASHED with pictures of a globe and a solar system, and billions of galaxies in the universe on TV, in kindergarten and so on. THE BIBLE DOESN'T TEACH THAT KIND OF NONSENSE. But the question is.... do you believe de Bible, or do you believe what you have been taught since childhood? I put a picture of Ancient Hebrew Conception of what the Universe was in their time on this website. Next, I put the lyrics of the hymnals 112 (Psalm 148) PRAISE YE THE LORD and 116 (Psalm 19) THE HEAVENS GOD'S GLORY DO DECLARE below the picture, for you to see what we sing at services. Do you believe what you sing, or do you say the words without thinking what they actually mean?
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Many books and booklets written by Herbert Armstrong have a globe picture or other pictures that has space and an astronaut on it. From his world view at the time, he couldn't see. Especially with supposedly the "Moonlanding" in 1969. It probably made such an impression, he just couldn't see than that is was the truth. Why God didn't give him the understanding He didn't create a universe as the scientists today claim the universe looks like? It is up to us to not be resentful towards Herbert Armstrong. I believe He was a servant of God, as Rob Elliott who died in 2006. Rob also speculated a lot, as other servants of God have done in the past, and even today there's speculation on MANY TOPICS.

Gods Plan for Mankind

God revealed through Herbert Armstrong His purpose for mankind through the meaning of the Holy Days. After he died, Rob Elliott proved Herbert Armstrong a loyal and faithful servant of God. It was time to reveal more, and God now working through Rob Elliott on the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation. After Rob Elliott died in 2006, the baton was passed on to Mark Little. The completion of the meaning of the Holy Days, including 70 weeks Prohecy and the Sacrificial System. To put all information (2017) about the meaning of the Holy Days in the right light, this diagram below picture's Gods Plan for Mankind.

Rob Elliott Revelation Workbook
Two Witnesses and the Temple Faithful
In Heaven with the Father part 1 & 2
Mark Little Sermon transcript material Meaning of the Holy Days 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Frank Nelte The Millennium

The New Jerusalem
"NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH" REV 21:1

Warning to the Church of God Today

9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve
.”

Jeremiah 17:9-10

Every time I hear a minister quote Jeremiah 17:9, they stop right there. WHY? Verse 10 is even more important! We will get what we deserve. GOD KNOWS OUR HEART. HE KNOWS OUR THOUGHTS. He knows us better than we know ourselves. GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR AN IMPROVED YOU AND ME. HE IS LOOKING FOR CHRIST IN US. We have to humbly ask Him to reveal to us, what is in us that blocks us from growing spiritually, and then we have to repent of the sins and get rid of it. We can deceive ourselves and others in the Church, but we can NEVER deceive God the Father and Jesus Christ! I have come to believe, since the death of Herbert Armstrong, God has provided knowledge through a certain number of brethren to equip the Church of God (ALL SPLINTER GROUPS COMBINED), with Bible studies, sermons, and articles about many topics and it is up to us if we want to follow that trail or not. If we rather follow the minister of a group instead of Jesus Christ. ANYTHING PUT BEFORE GOD IS IDOLATRY, do you understand that? FOLLOWING A MINISTER WHO IS NOT FOLLOWING ALL OF CHRIST'S TEACHINGS IS IDOLATRY. Your minister is a stewart to serve and feed the flock God has given to him, nothing more. To help (to SERVE, to MINISTER, to GUIDE) the brethren, and to keep them on the right path. He has NO AUTHORITY OVER ANY ONE. If he is not doing his job, he will have to give account. It is that serious.

6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

Hosea 4:6

Overcome Carnal Nature

Sermons on how to overcome given by Rob Elliott and Frank Nelte.
 

Rob Elliott Self Image series 1 - 5
Self Delusion
Frank Nelte Beware of Bitterness
The carnal mind
God hates all forms of pride
The Parable of the ten virgins
Our eternal destiny rests in our own hands
Blueprint for a Godly Society
How do we respond to Gods calling?
Have we made a commitment to God?
The real problem with Covetousness
How well do we recognize Satans influence?
Controlling our minds
The right and the wrong types of obedience
Do you really like being blessed by God?
The difference between Peter and Judas
What is real repentance?
How Satan influences people
The spirit in Man

God demands UNITY in the Church of God

How can we expect to be ONE with Jesus Christ and God the Father, as They are ONE, if we can't be UNITED among ourselves first? Do you know it is a GREAT INSULT to God the Father and Jesus Christ when we say we are obeying God and do His will on earth while we can't even unite ourselves with one another? When we think our brethren in other groups are all "Laodicean" and are all asleep? THAT IS A DELUSION. Only God the Father and Jesus Christ can make that judgement call. We better not put ourselves in that judgement seat and spread those LIES between the brethren, or we are on danger ground ourselves. Don't we understand that? And YES... IT IS TRUE, the whole Church of God is asleep at this point alright! Even the Scriptures says it would be so in the END TIME (parable of the Ten Virgins), and what are we going to do about it? Do we have the DESIRE TO BE UNITED? DO WE EVEN CARE?

Do we pray for ALL THE SAINTS (Ephesians 6:18) or just for the people we know in the group we attend? Perhaps we pray only for our own family members. That is NOT WHAT GOD WANTS. We have to learn to see the called out ones, who also have the Holy Spirit, as if they were OUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS, because we will be a family in the near future. THE GOD FAMILY. DO WE GET THAT? How do you treat your own unconverted children, your sister, or brother, or mother or father? Probably much better than your brethren in Christ! We are here to learn NOW. God has put us together to learn, and help and pray for one another. Building a relationship takes time. Getting to know one another takes time. And we need to make that effort. If we don't see it as important to God the Father and Jesus Christ, we will not be in the Kingdom, it is that simple! We all need to, especially the ministers have to start to reach out to other groups, and try to unite as much as possible. They created this whole mess in the first place, they have to go above and beyond to fix it. Brethren who think all they need are the ones they associate with in their group, are sadly mistaken. GOD THE FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST DON'T WANT DIVISION. THEY HATE DIVISION. THIS ATTITUDE NEEDS TO GO.

We have to be ONE in doctrine and ONE in spirit and truth (John 4:24, Eph. 4:5-6, Eph. 2:20). Sure, there are brethren who probably don't have the level of understanding others have, but that doesn't mean we have to push them out because they simply just don't have the spiritual understanding others have. We are required to show patience and kindness towards one another, and with a meek attitude help them grow, and pray for them when they have difficulties

3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4

 

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Ephesians 4:13-15

What if Jesus Christ decides to return back to earth today, just to pay a visit during the Feast of Tabernacles in ALL THE CHURCH OF GOD SPLINTER GROUPS as a mystery guest, and no one would recognize Him as our Lord. As THE SHEPHERD of the LITTLE FLOCK. What would happen? Do you sometimes think about that? I do. Do you think Jesus would find good fellowship among the brethren? UNITY? Would He be given a nice meal? Would He be embraced as a brother of fellow repented believers? Would He experience a BEST FEAST OF TABERNACLES EVER? No, to be honest, I don't believe that for one minute. Most people only pay LIP SERVICE, and they don't even know it! Matthew 24:10-13 is very clear what would happen in the END TIMES. Let me tell you what I think would happen to Jesus, our Elder Brother. He would be kicked out for telling the truth, disfellowshipped. He would have been accused of having a SATANIC ATTITUDE, and being an arrogant hypocrite by the minister, because He witnessed people in their carnal behavior during the Feast and said something about it. He would be betrayed once again, because most in the Church of God do not apply Matthew 18:15 correctly (the brethren and the ministry!). He would be humiliated in public because some self righteous person thinks she can defend her friend for not being a gossiper, but she forgot she was the one listening to the gossip. And the audience who were witnessing the whole thing would look away instead of standing up and help Jesus. And some would ignore Him. Just not interested in fellowship with Him AT ALL. When He bumped into a conversation of a couple of ladies hearing them literally PRAISE JOYCE MEYER for being such a good teacher!? So, Jesus, tells the ladies to stop reading her stuff because it is garbage... Oh NO, NO, NO... Jesus was wrong, because Joyce Meyer is a really, really good teacher. In another group He would have a discussion with one of the "ministers", and the situation gets a bit ugly and the minister shouts at Him, don't you know I am a minister of Christ, and I speak in HIS AUTHORITY!!!  THIS IS THE CONDITION OF THE CHURCH OF GOD TODAY. Ministers "protect" their flock for the wrong reasons the wrong people. They ACCEPT SIN IN THE CHURCH OF GOD congregations, because they don't want to loose their friends they know for a long time. THIS IS THE WRONG KIND OF UNITY CHRIST IS LOOKING FOR. What does the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:10 and 1 Cor 4:5?

 

AM I NOW TRYING TO WIN THE APPROVAL OF HUMAN BEINGS, OR OF GOD? AM I TRYING TO PLEASE PEOPLE? IF I WERE STILL TRYING TO PLEASE PEOPLE, I WOULD NOT BE A SERVANT OF CHRIST.
 
THEREFORE JUDGE NOTHING BEFORE THE APPOINTED TIME; WAIT TILL THE LORD COMES. HE WILL BRING TO LIGHT WHAT IS HIDDEN IN DARKNESS AND WILL EXPOSE THE MOTIVES OF MEN'S HEARTS. AT THAT TIME EACH WILL RECEIVE HIS PRAISE FROM GOD.

The ministers and brethren need to see this as a REAL PROBLEM. What are you, the reader going to do about it? The truth is, Jesus Christ is sick to His stomach and ready to vomit those who do not repent of their evil ways, but think they have everything they need to know to "get into the Kingdom" out of His mouth.

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

1 Corinthians 3:11-23

Truth is much harder to absorb than lies

When Jesus Christ will return to earth, this world as we know it, will be completely destroyed because of the 7 plagues during the Day of the Lord, also known as Days of Vengeance. No building will still stand, everything will be leveled to the ground and a major earthquake will cause the surface of the earth to change dramatically. It will be a world wide GROUND ZERO case. Jesus Christ is not going to "fix" these world systems that form our present world governments. No, when He comes as King of kings and Lord of lords with a company of 144,000 resurrected saints (1 Pet 2:9, Rev 14:1), Jesus Christ will establish His Kingdom on earth and will rule and teach the remnant of mankind, those who are protected during Great Tribulation (144,000 Israelites Rev 7) and the Day of the Lord (the Great Multitude Rev 7), the true meaning of Life. For the first time in 6,000 years, the Government of God will be finally implemented on earth to overthrow all governments on earth. It means, no man will EVER rule other men again, but God alone.

What is this world, that we have to come out of? All these so called systems that formed the world we live in today. This society. It is our educational system, our legal system, political system. Our economic system. Science and medical science. Health care system. Religious confusion. Mythology. True history that has been lied about and rewritten for thousands of years. It is evolution vs creation. Everything we have been taught from cradle to grave. Do you understand that our western society is based on GREEK AND ROMAN CULTURE? And WHERE did they get it? From BABYLON. YES, Babylonian culture is intertwined in our western civilization. And the Bible says clearly TO GET OUT or we will receive the plagues. The Bible is very clear on what truth is. Jesus says in John 17:17

17 Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17 New International Version (NIV)

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So in fact, EVERY SINGLE THING we have ever learned or been taught in kindergarden, elementary and high school, college and yes... especially universities, is a lie. But, do we comprehend and believe this to such a degree we have to UNLEARN we heard in school, on TV or radio, or read in news papers, magazines and accept the Bible and ONLY the Bible as Gods Truth? Jesus says in John 8:12 that He is the LIGHT of this world, and whoever follows Him, will never walk in darkness. That is a pretty blunt claim if you think of it. And a little bit further, John 8:31 Jesus says that if you and I, who are called out of this world, hold on to His teachings (or His Word see John 17:17 again), we will understand the truth, and the truth will set us free. Free from what? Free from the captivity Satan had us in our whole lives. Our world view. Our view on life itself.
We have to let this world, this society (and each thing that is socially accepted) we live in, what we have learned or been taught from childhood to the time of our calling, we have to let it go, and start accepting the Bible as our only source of truth. That is pretty difficult to do. We have our friends, our families, people we work with etc. who still think, talk and do things that is "the normal" conform this world, but we have to get out of all that. Question: how many of us in the Church of God have this approach? I don't mean, that we have to live on an island and separate ourselves from people in the world, but we shouldn't BE (talk and behave) as people in the world. We shouldn't THINK like the world. Our citizenship is IN HEAVEN. We should be focused on ABOVE, not the things on earth. Like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all who went before us, we have to live our lives as strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Be honest to yourselves, how much of the world is still in you? Paul wrote this for us today and we better listen to his message:

Following Paul’s Example

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 3:15-21 New International Version (NIV)

We should be peace makers, help where needed and be kind to our neighbors. This seems even in the Church of God an impossible task. There is so much hurt and pain among the brethren. Because of bitterness and unforgiveness, many have left the Church, and the ones who are still  attending the splinter groups are cautious, because of the pain they went through. Paul says that MANY LIVE AS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. He is not speaking about the people in the world or people who go on Sunday to their Church. He talks about brethren IN THE CHURCH OF GOD. Are you sure you are NOT living as an enemy of the cross of Christ?

Satan deceived the whole world

Satan has indoctrinated and misled the whole world (Rev 12:9) for 6,000 years with his view of life, and that is destruction. Competition. Strive. Greed. Corruption. Jealousy. Selfish behavior. Division. Ambition. At this moment, there are ONLY TWO DIFFERENT ATTITUDES in the world today. Those who have received the Holy Spirit on repentance, and being led by it, and those who do not have the Holy Spirit. They who are in the Church and do not have the Holy Spirit, ARE JUST AS CARNAL AS THE WORLD IS. Romans 8:5-10 says

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness.

Romans 8:5-10
Where do you, the reader stand?

WAKE UP! Prepare the Bride

God expects we GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2 Peter 3:18). Every year we should see growth in our lives. Some grow fast, some do not grow so fast, but there should be more spiritual understanding, each year that passes by. That is why the Bible speaks about babes, infants, little children, children, young men and fathers. There is progression. At least, it should be a continual growth. If we don't grow, we haven't been studying or practicing the Word of God in our lives as we should. Now, I don't want to be blunt or offending any one, but if you still gossip, or lie after being 50 years being in the Church, you probably have been neglecting a lot (Hebrews 5:11-14). We now have come in a time, where we are truly being tested. God the Father and Jesus Christ are perfect, and we have to strive for perfection as well

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

Following Paul’s Example

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:12-16
 

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:44-48

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Passover 2020

I hope and pray that Passover 2020 will be a turning point for many in the Church of God. THAT WE ALL WILL EXAMEN OURSELVES WITH A HONEST APPROACH to God, that we are willing to listen, asking Him to show us what we need to change, so that some people can see their carnal nature and repent of it, some people can see they have been neglecting Bible Study and prayer.
 
People can see they have been leaning on Herbert Armstrongs material for many decades, or some have put their ministers on a pedestal. Some repent of having accepted false teachings and false doctrines. The list is long. It is up to you what you do with it. Breaking the Sabbath, not keeping it on the correct time. We all are guilty of it. I pray and hope God the Father and Jesus Christ will be pleased with the changes brethren in the Church are willing to make based on their repentance and that they will bless us with more understanding, and strength to overcome wrong habits and other things not listed here. That God would bless us with fellowship as it should be.
 
Brethren, we are together in this. We are all in the same boat. The world cannot understand what we understand. All we have is each other. WE better make the best of it and work hard to overcome, and grow spiritually to a mature stature that is acceptable for Christ, and not let is slip away. If we let it slip away, God has to correct us during the Great Tribulation, there's NO OTHER WAY. We in the Church of God have the TRUTH, and that means if we have the truth, we have to GUARD it and PROTECT it, if we don't... we eventually WILL LOSE IT.
 

"WE BETTER MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE"​
2 PETER 1:10

37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.[a]

 

1 Corinthians 14:37-38

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 1:1-2

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

2 Corinthians 2:14-16