Tuesday, 26 October 2010
for years in The Worldwide Church of God, WCG, the events outlined in Isaiah 2:1-4 and its related texts were interpreted to occur in a Millennium on earth, after the return of Jesus Christ. Over the years, I have heard “ministers,” that have turned out to be hirelings, giving sermons at The Feast of Tabernacles trying to paint a picture of a Millennium setting using the above references.
But these texts have nothing to do with a Millennium setting, because the bible does not teach that there will ever be a Millennium after the return of Christ, where Christ will reign over physical humans on earth. This heretical opinion was the result of a total misunderstanding of what the bible actually teaches about the thousand year period, and the meaning of the above and its related texts.
Isaiah prophecy relates to the beginning of the NT church. The prophecy runs, “And it shall come to pass In the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it”(Isaiah 2:2).
“The Lord’s house” is described as a mountain because it towers over the false opinions and religions of this world, which are described as “hills.” It tower over them in wisdom, prudence and in understanding the mystery of God’s will(Eph. 1:8-9).
Also, the many people that shall say, “come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,” refers to those people who respond to the preaching of the gospel, and are called into the fellowship of Christ(1 Cor. 1:9). And after genuine repentance and baptism, the Holy Spirit will inspire them to say, “He will teach us of his ways, and we shall walk in his paths.” Then the Apostles and faithful ministers of Christ can begin to educate God’s children. For they are commanded by Jesus to, “feed my lambs”(John 21:15). They are called “lambs” because they are babes in Christ.
The prophecy goes on to say, “for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” The fulfillment of this section of the prophecy should be evident to anyone who has not been struck by supernatural blindness. Zion obviously refer to the church, which is the heavenly Jerusalem, and Jesus told his disciples not to depart from Jerusalem until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
After the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the word of the Lord went forth from Jerusalem, and over the past 2000 years has spread all around the world: even by men who have used the wholesome teachings of the bible to make money. But they will suffer the fate of the rich man.
So if there are any true Christians out there reading this, may God help you to understand what the bible actually teach, and may he also deliver you from the hirelings operating in UCG, LCG, PCG, RCG, COG/Hulme and all the other divided COGs, which are presided over by greedy men, who cannot live in peace with one another.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Word has reached me from key insiders within Grace Communion International and The worldwide Church of God, Uk, that there are deep divisions within both organisations. From what I was told, it would appear that around 50% of the membership in both organisations want to hold on to what Herbert W. Armstrong taught about the trinity and the holy days, and the other 50% are happy with the false teachings introduced by Joseph Tkach, which were expanded upon and consolidated by his son, Joe junior.
Among the 50% that wants to hold on to the traditional teachings of the church are some well know ministers. However, these ministers have been warned that if they publicly preach against the changes, they will be excommunicated. So being cowards, they have agreed to be publicly silent, and only speak, privately, to those that will listen to them. Sadly, the laity have been duped into adopting the same strategy of public silence.
Of course this is not how the apostle behaved. In the midst of severe, cruel and brutal persecutions, they never ceased to preach the true gospel, and warned God’s faithful children to have no fellowship with the works of dankness(Eph.5:7-8).