Some on occasion ask why we don’t have any assemblies on the new moons?
The Biblical verses that would seem to imply an assembly is required are:
Amos 8:5 “5Saying: “When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit,” Continue reading →
It is common at this time of year for people to ask why we keep the Jewish Holy Days since we obviously believe in Jesus. On the other hand, they also can find that people sometimes worship on different days, close but different the same Holy Days and wonder why.
The answer to the first part, why we keep these Holy Days and not Christmas and Easter is found in much more detail in our booklets: God’s Seasonal Plan, and the ones on Easter and Christmas. The short answer is God never sets aside Christmas or Easter as a day of worship anywhere in the Word of God. Those days were created by the Catholic church and were done in conjunction with the change of the Sabbath day to Sunday. Continue reading →
Anyone who has experienced the Feast of Tabernacles, with the Church of God International, should have noted that you leave the feast each year with mixed emotions.
You have a wonderful feeling for what you have experienced the week before. You also feel great when you consider that the eighth day of the feast is when the promises to God’s Children, Israel, are fulfilled.
Revelation 21: 1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
It is a wonderful time that the Last Great Day portrays. A time of renewal. A time when we go to our eternal home – the New Jerusalem.
There is also a great feeling returning home to your own bed and your own comfortable setting.
On the other hand, there is always such sadness at the end of the feast. It is a time when you say bye to so many people you love. Some, you don’t know if you will ever see again. At most CGI feast sites you will also see youth crying about leaving new and close relationships. Knowing they will be returning to smaller churches with fewer youths and will have to deal with sticking out in a secular world. All of this is as it should be.
You see the first seven days of the feast pictured how Israel dwelled in booths until they entered the promised land. What naturally follows is the entry to the promised land. They entered the promised land by their enemies being slaughtered before them.
For Christians we see the same type of thing. We tabernacle with Christ for a thousand years and then the promised of the New Jerusalem comes. But in both cases the enemies of the Lord were cut off before they entered the promised land.
Revelation 20: 11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
There will be people that you love that will not repent, and therefore, will not enter the promised land. There are others that will be so arrogant they will not enter the promised land. To see loved ones disappear forever will be a time of great sadness and this time will occur prior to us inheriting the final promises.
Therefore, we are sad to see loved ones go and yet happy to know that we have finally made it to our Eden, our Home. It is a time of mixed emotions.
There is one thing that hits it home to me more then anything else each feast. I see that without the outside distractions so many older teens and young adults will genuinely consider there relationship with God. So many sit on the fence and don’t make a full commitment to Jesus Christ.
It is with sadness that this occurs as God’s Holy Spirit could help them in the days ahead to remain focused on their commitment, instead of the world slowly blocking out the light of the gospel within them. Sometimes it is because they don’t feel perfect enough yet – they will never be perfect enough without Christ. Sometimes it is from peer pressure. Are you going to let others decide what relationship you have with God? Sometimes it is because of difficult situations and relationships they need to resolve to find a suitable environment for God’s Spirit to act within – work diligently on this.
Whatever the case, they delay the greatest gift they could ever receive, God’s mercy, grace, love and assistance in their life. Sometimes the door closes and no one knows how much of an opportunity they will ever have again.
While we tabernacle we have great hope that ALL will enter the promised land as a huge multitude. But in Israel’s day, only Joshua and Caleb went in from their generation. So I am happy that they are actively considering their relationship with God by the time we leave, but it is with sadness that I see them pull back from a full commitment to Jesus, my friend and theirs.
The end of the feast is full with mixed emotions but from then on, let the good times roll – basking in the glow of our Lord and Saviour and in the Light of His Father and Ours.
May God have blessed your journey home with the greatest desire to take hold of the New Jerusalem. May you act upon that desire today! May it never leave your heart forevermore!
May God Be With You ‘til We Meet Again!
I receive so many wonderful cds from Cgi, I have always been wondering…
I send in offerings and Holy day Offerings to the Canadian Office,
but I receive all this info, from Cgi “Tyler Texas”. Do any of my offerings come to Tyler to help you folks out? … or should I be sending Offerings to Tyler Tx. separately?
I have been wondering this for some time now, and I’m not sure what the answer is ??
Can you help me ?
Answer (from CGI, Tyler Texas):
Thanks so much for asking. You are doing exactly the right thing…sending donations to CGI/Canada. The “mailings” are all done from Tyler, Texas (where it is most economical). We keep track of what goes to Canada, and CGI/Canada periodically reimburses us out of the offerings they receive. In addition, The Armour Of God TV program broadcasts on a couple networks in Canada, & is paid for with the Canadian offerings. As a registered charity, CGI Canada is able to issue receipts to allow donations sent to the Canadian Office to be Tax Deducible. Thank you for your question, & your support of …
the Church of God, International, for our works & outreach.
Mr. Bill Watson message was entitled “A Prophetic Warning From The Voice of Ezekiel”. Ezekiel understood that Israel would be a divided kingdom between the House of Judah to the South (its capital Jerusalem) and the House of Israel to the North (its capital Samaria). They will be reunited at Christ’s return when David will be resurrected and made king over them. This event will have a tremendous effect on the world.
Many of the early members and ministers of the Church of God International had a strong desire to keep the commandments of God and hold onto the testimony of Jesus but they wanted one more thing. They wanted a church that loved one another and loved the world enough to try to save it. That emotion and passion was something that many thought was missing in their prior church affiliation.
We usually have that passion for God and to reach out to serve others when we first see the world through God’s eyes but sometimes churches slowly cool that passion. We wanted it back again and in a big way. Continue reading →
Some will say it is all who follow a certain man, whether they are the pope or a supposed prophet.
Some would say who cares, churches are all about bondage, rules this rules that they are mean facilities.
Some would say it is the people who keep true to the teachings of HWA, Muhammed or Moses.
Who do we say is the Church? Continue reading →
The Primacy of Peter doctrine is not one that any Church of God wants to admit they have because of the Catholic Church and the Pope.
This doctrine states that in Matthew 16:15-19 that Jesus set aside Peter to the one in charge of the church. Continue reading →
In the last article I dealt with the church eras as being a non-biblical theory. It is something one must read into scripture it is not something one receives from reading scripture.
The one purpose for this theory is to be a part of the Philadelphia church promise.
Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Continue reading →