on reaching 60 issues. May you publish 6,000 more issues as the
Lord wills. You really do make a contribution to the Churches of
God. Thanks for being there. Thanks for all your hard work.
Just a short note
to tell you that we had a most marvelous Pentecost weekend. We returned
to the Oklahoma City area, where we lived for five years and where
our son was born. We had a most gracious welcome from the elders
and brethren there.
We first went
to Enid, where Brian and Mary Beth Davis knocked themselves out
for the entire church and us in preparing food and hosting a Friday-evening
dinner for us and Gus Jacobi and John and Jean Akin.
Art and Willa
Hulet (he's the pastor of the Enid and Perry churches) participated
in a most cordial welcome. Our friendship and love go back 42 years.
We spoke in Enid
on Sabbath, May 18, and then on to Pentecost services in Oklahoma
City on Sunday. There were more than 200 people there from six states
meeting at the church building where Pastor Lesley Pope serves the
We were humbled
to realize how many miles some had traveled to be there at this
special occasion. It was wonderful to see some of the people who
were there at the beginning of the churches [of the Radio Church
of God] in 1960.
Church of God had built a wonderful facility for services, but there
was literally standing room only as people packed into the building
for Pentecost services. Pastor Lawrence Gregory [from Tulsa] and
80 people from the Tulsa congregation also came down to Oklahoma
City for the services.
was so excited and overwhelmed to be there. It was a memory that
will be with me for the rest of my life.
When in doubt,
start a new church
Protests UCG Move to Relieve Him of Duties," in the April 15
of Mr. West is that he is a man committed to peace and unity. He
appears to see his mission as a shepherd to all those assigned to
his care. If one of the sheep contracts a contagious illness, he
seeks to isolate that one, thus insulating the flock from the malady.
Mr. West, unsolicited,
removed me from the speaking schedule at one time for more than
a year. I was thankful for the rest. It freed up my time for doing
the things for which there is reward in heaven (Matthew 25:31-40;
Even if one keeps
all the right days, yet neglects to help those in need, one is taking
God's name in vain and will be held as guilty.
If Dan Cafourek
really wishes to be president of the United Church of God an International
Association, as his stance indicates, he would do well to imitate
Joe Tkach Sr., who, when he was relegated to the bottom of the elders'
totem pole, became a servant to widows and the poor.
It was in this
way he built both a reputation and a constituency worthy of the
name of elder.
As a recovering
former member of the WCG, my advice to Mr. Cafourek would be: If
you cannot bridle your tongue concerning the third resurrection
and the calendar, then start your own church.
That is the modus
operandi inherent in William Miller and James and Ellen White down
to present-day Adventist groups (including all present and former
Sabbath-keeping Churches of God).
When beliefs and
practices clash, the minority starts a new body.
I really enjoyed
the interview with Dan Cafourek in the April 15 issue of THE JOURNAL
["Elder Protests UCG Move to Relieve Him of Duties"].
Dan really does have quite a sense of humor to come up with the
"affidavit" for the elders to sign. You really put a smile
on my face.
Also, I would
like to thank Brian Knowles for his article in the same issue ["Spiritual
Effects Have Their Causes"]. It was exceptionally motivating.
His article is worth reading many times throughout the year to keep
each and every one of us goal-oriented spiritually.
As you know, Mr.
Armstrong said he was ordained 100 19-year moon time cycles after
the A.D. 31 start of the church, that the broadcast went to Europe
one 19-year cycle after its Jan. 7, 1934, official start of becoming
a regular program.
One 19-year cycle
and seven days later, Reader's Digest opened its advertising to
Between the end
of the first 24 hours of the independence of the state of Israel
on May 15, 1948, and the day David Hulme closed the auditorium (the
largest symbol of spiritual Israel on earth) for the purposes Mr.
Armstrong built it, on May 17, 1995, was exactly one 19-year moon
cycle plus one 28-year sun cycle.
From the day Joe
Tkach Sr. first went to Ambassador College as a student on July
17, 1966, until (what I take to be) the heavenly sign of War in
Heaven against the largest wandering star, Jupiter, on July 16-17,
1994which was the 9th of Abwas exactly one sun cycle.
The chief god
of the Babylonians and Romans who destroyed the first two temples
of God was Jupiter. The temple and statue of Jupiter was the chief
of the Seven Wonders of the Pagan World.
A new book says
that the face the world knows as Jesus was derived from this statue
of Jupiter (that is, Satan). One hundred fifty-three is, of course,
a biblically significant number symbolizing the sons of God (good
and evil) and involving the preaching of the gospel.
I have a burning
question for WCG members:
W. Armstrong time and again entreated the members of the Worldwide
Church of God not to believe him but to prove all things from the
Bible, how could so many of its present leaders and members have
believedfor 10, 20, 30 or more yearsthe very doctrines
they now call false?
All of them had
a Bible during the dozens of years they followed Mr. Armstrong before
discovering what they say is the "truth." Didn't they
And what do they
say of themselves? Were they just not led by the Holy Spirit at
that time? Were they unconverted? Merely following a man? Blind?
Deceived? Stupid (as they say the entire church was)?
Yet the majority
of the church did not declare those beliefs false. Hmm. I don't
There is no human
authority for determining when days, appointed times or Feasts or
was vested in the lights of heaven by God Himself.
The lights of
heaven include the sun, the moon and the stars.
In Genesis 1:14-16
it is the sun, moon and stars that were given rulership or "authority"
over the day and night, as well as being named as determining the
days, seasons or appointed times, years. They are also for signs.
Although I have
written on this subject at length in the past, I would like to say
again that the start of the new year is not dependent on "green
ears" of corn being available; it is dependent on the positions
of the sun, moon and stars.
Briefly, on the
evening of the full moon of the first month, Abib, the moon will
rise close to sunset time, as it normally does on a full-moon night.
The full moon of Abib (meaning "ear of corn") will rise just before or with the first stars of Virgo, including Porrima, but before Virgo's bright star Spica (meaning "ear of wheat").
At the first month
the full moon will rise close to due east (90 degrees) or a few
degrees past as it moves towards the southeast (135 degrees), moving
back again to east at the time of the seventh month. From the seventh
month it moves in a northeastern (45-degree) direction, coming back
once more to the east around the time of the first month.
Both sun and moon
follow this path within a few degrees on the ecliptic. This circuit,
or "turning," may relate to the "year's end,"
or tekufah, mentioned in Exodus 34.
In the month preceding
the first month, the full moon rises around sunset in the constellation
of Leo (with its bright star Regulus). Leo lies low on the horizon
at that time.
Two weeks later
the new moon following the full moon rising in Leo will be the first
new moon of the year, the 1st of Abib.
Two weeks later
the full moon of Abib will rise before or with the first stars of
Virgo, but before Spica.
of the calendar
I cannot believe
that I am reading in THE JOURNAL of April 15, 2002, from Ron Dart
and Frank Nelte [in respective essays on pages 6 and 7] that there
are no instructions for a calendar in the biblical written law.
This is incredible and, of course, incorrect. If there were no instructions
for a calendar, the holy days would not be mandatory and could not
be mandatory under God's laws of due process.
It appears to
me that they are really saying that they do not understand how to
derive the calendar of God from the Bible alone.
It would be extremely
arrogant for anyone to deny that God had made His calendar known
or knowable from the Scriptures alone. This is true particularly
in light of the simplicity with which God's calendar is placed in
the Bible and with which it can be discerned.
I hate to be so
blunt and to the point, but barley (or any other grain) has absolutely,
positively nothingzero, zilch, nadato do with determining
time ["Church of God Members Embark on a Barley Hunt in Israel,"
THE JOURNAL, March 25].
Genesis 1:14 says
it all: "And Elohim said, "Let there be lights in the
expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them
serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years . . ." (NIV)
". . . They shall serve as signs for the set timesthe
days and the years . . ." (Tanakh).
It's really simple!
The "them-they" refers to the "lights," not
barley or any other grain or anything else on the ground (including
a shadow on the ground cast by an obelisk-Asherah pole). That's
it, period, end of story.
We are to look
up to see what time it is, not look down. Where is the verse that
directly establishesnor sorta-kinda circumstantially impliesbarley-watching
to determine time?
What did people do before the phone was invented? Get smoke signals from Jerusalem?
What about living
in the tropics where things are green all year round?
Look up at the
"lights" (the stars); that's what they're there for (Psalm
19:1-4, NIV). You can see them for yourself wherever you are, and
you don't need to rely on any man or any man-made instruments.
I believe that
Genesis 1:14-16 should read: "And Elohim said, 'Let there be
lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth and separate
the day from night, and to also serve as signs to mark seasons,
days and years.' And it was so. So Elohim made two great lights:
the greater light (sun) to govern the day and the lesser lights
(stars) to govern the night."
Why is it that
none of the COG calendars uses the stars in any way to tell time?
Have the COGs been hoodwinked into equating stars with astrology?
Who would want to get God's people away from what David talks about
in Psalm 19?
This is a test
This writer showed
a gift for the use of insulting terms at a young age. As I grew
to adulthood, my talent grew exponentially.
Although I live
alone, with little human contact, my ex-wife, children and acquaintances
will all verify that I am a leading authority on and possibly unequaled
anywhere in the use of insulting terms. I humbly admit to being
a legend in my own timeline.
With my credentials
established, I present the following quiz to help your readers understand
and appreciate this vital spiritual subject. To take this quiz,
merely match the insulting terms in the first list (numbers 1-11)
with the author in the second list (letters A-K) who used the term
in his article or advertisement in the April 15 issue of THE JOURNAL.
writer is not being judgmental as to proper protocol; I am merely
verifying that the terms can be used insultingly.
The terms of insult:
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