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An extensive book on the calendar contained in the scriptures as well as the sanctity of the Sabbath is being written for publication in the coming months; but first an extensive book of about 300 – 8 1/2 by 11 pages on prophecies of the last days, tribulation, millennium and identifying the modern nations as well as much more, is to be published soon.
LCG NEWS: The issues of the sanctity of the Sabbath, the Calendar and the Names question were discussed at last weeks Council of Elders conference. While the Names issue is easily refuted they decided to address all doctrinal questions by taking the position that the LCG leadership had the authority to bind and loose God’s Word and to decide right and wrong for themselves and others. Then with straight faces they concluded with the comment that it was important to seek God. trying to appear godly as they exalted themselves above God.
Rod has recently been writing and giving sermons exalting himself above the Word of God:
Roderick Meredith of the Living Church of God, says that all authority lies with his church’s leadership.
In discussing 2 Colossians 16-17 (‘Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths. For these are a shadow of things to come, but the body of Christ.’) he says:
Who judges you? The body of Christ. Who leads the body of Christ? … The ministry leads the body, and so the Church makes decisions … [ADMIN: Of course that is the BIG LIE being slipped in! Jesus Chist is the Head of the Body not Rod Meredith or some government sanctioned corporate entity! We are to live by EVERY WORD of God in Christ-like zeal! They do have some authority, but that authority is limited to keeping within the Word of God. Therefore on doctrinal matters where they are clearly scripturally WRONG such as the Calendar and their Sabbath pollution; they are NOT to be followed contrary to the Word of God. They cannot be allowed to demonstrate contempt for the truth like UCG and COGWA and claiming that “We have decided” when they have NO right to decide anything contrary to scripture. Brethren Almighty God has decided and given us his commandments and it is up to us to follow God’s commandments and instructions and not to exalt ourselves above God’s Word to decide such things for ourselves like Eve and Adam in the garden. See how they deceitfully present some administrative things as supposed proof that they may also decide doctrinal matters any way they want! Watch out for these tricks of master deceivers!] about when they’re held and where they’re held … and how we observe these Holy Days. So don’t let any man judge you, but the body … the body of Christ does have that authority and they are given that authority by God.”
In his view, the ‘body of Christ’ is not the congregation, [ADMIN: And he seems to think that Christ is not the head of the body and is not to be listened to. The scriptures gives clear instructions defining days, weeks, months and years and we are to follow those instructions regardless of what any man says.] but he himself and the ministers whom he appoints. They are the judges over the calendar (and indeed all issues).”
This week in Charlotte, we had a very profitable three-day Council of Elders meeting. Dr. Meredith presided at all of the meetings. We heard reports on the recent Feast of Tabernacles, reports on the current state of the Work and reports from Regional Pastors and Directors from around the world. We also discussed a number of important topics including: how to reach a much wider audience using the resources we have in our modern electronic age, developing future leaders for the Work, and a number of doctrinal issues. Dr. Meredith’s concluding comments stressed the importance of earnestly seeking God (Deuteronomy 4:29) and staying focused on the mission and message that Jesus Christ outlined for His Church (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20). Your prayers for these meetings are greatly appreciated.
ANNOUNCEMENHTS: In fact COGWA and UCG have been unable to defend the unsupportable Rabbinic Calendar and are also falling back on the Word of God rejecting “We have decided” position. In view of these false teachings that Christ is the head but we must listen to them and not to the Word of God, the Malachi study beginning in a few days is of particular importance. That study will be followed up with a post on “Who is Sovereign God or Man?”
God reveals the way to the Mosaic Covenant promise of physical prosperity; a type of spiritual prosperity for those Called Out to the spiritual New Covenant: Keep the commandments and be zealous to build the house [especially the spiritual temple] of God and the whole Word of God!
Zechariah 7:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;
7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,
7:3 And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?
Then Messiah the Christ told the people that their fasting was in vain, because they did not rise up to go and sin no more.
How like the vain fasting of the brethren today, who fast for what they want and then rise up to call God’s Sabbath holy while proceeding to pollute God’s Sabbath and High Days, and returning to idolize men and many other sins!
7:4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying,
7:5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast [in sincere repentance to God] unto me, even to me?
7:6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink [at the Festivals], did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves [We use God’s Festivals to satisfy personal pleasures instead of being zealous to consume (internalize) sound doctrine and to learn of God]?
7:7 Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets [Should we not teach the sound doctrines of the whole Word of God, to sincerely repent and follow the Eternal to keep and live by his every word?], when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?
Sincere repentance from all sin and living by every Word of God, is the way to prosperity, peace and eternal life!
7:8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Our own sins will only bring correction from Jesus Christ upon us
Brethren, the wrath of Christ came down upon them in times past for their sins against the Word of God; and we are supposed to have the spirit of God and are supposed to know better! How much greater will his wrath be upon us for committing the very same sins?
7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
The soon coming tribulation is the climax of God’s correction upon his wayward people: BOTH physical AND spiritual, Israel/Judah and after them first, all nations.
As physical Israel was and will be again scattered and corrected and their nations fall; so we of spiritual Israel who are not zealous to learn, to keep and to teach the whole Word of God, shall also be scattered, as our organizational idols are destroyed.
7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear [the word of God to learn, keep and teach it]; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
7:14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
God is not a respecter of persons and today, he will treat those lukewarm and lax for his commandments as he did in the days of old: with a great correction! Yet he is a merciful God who deeply loves his people, and he will quickly forgive us when we have sincerely repented and learned the lessons that God wants to teach us by afflicting us.
Our espoused Husband is jealous because of all our adulteries with our idols of men, and our false traditions; and will correct his wayward people. Yet when they sincerely repent and turn to him; he will come to gather up his bride tenderly into his arms, taking her to the Wedding Feast in heaven Rev 15 and Rev 19, and will then return with them to bring peace to the whole earth.
The coming of Christ, and the millennial Kingdom
Zion and Jerusalem are a type of the spiritual bride being often unfaithful; but in the end becoming as full of God as the sea is full of water.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Zechariah 8:1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
When our affliction has resulted in our sincere repentance, then the Eternal will rise up to deliver us.
8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] will come to rule the millennial Kingdom
8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the [Temple Mount; and the government of God] mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
During the tribulation we may despair but we can trust in the promise of God. Jerusalem shall yet be delivered and built up in godliness!
8:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
There is nothing too hard for our Master to accomplish! What is amazing and unbelievable to man, is obvious and true to Almighty God! He shall accomplish his purpose!
8:6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
When we are in captivity; it is a time to lament for our sins, and our deliverance might seem far off and impossible to us; yet there is nothing too hard for our Lord Husband to accomplish!
In the millennium Judah and Israel shall return to their land, which is a type of spiritual Israel returning to their God!
8:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
The people who returned from Babylon were encouraged to build the physical temple; and this is only a type of the building the millennial temple and both are a type of the building of a spiritual temple of godliness inhumanity!
It is also a small forerunner of how the nations will seek out the Eternal and will contribute to building the millennial Temple; BOTH of these physical temples are only types of the collective bride [the spiritual Temple]; in whom dwells the spirit of God!
Today, the brethren MUST be about the business of building our personal dwelling place for God’s spirit; the Temple of the spirit of the Living Eternal God!
We MUST sincerely repent and turn to our espoused Husband, Jesus Christ, in enthusiastic zeal for him and all of his commandments and will!
We MUST love HIM like No Other; loving him enough to obey him and to do everything we can to please him!
And if we love him we will love the Father also.
Let us therefore Be Strong to turn to our Mighty Deliverer to Learn, to Keep, to Teach and to live by every Word of God! Let us be STRONG in the Eternal to purge out all leaven of sin and to internalize the whole Word of God, to build up ourselves with God’s power, into a fitting dwelling place for the Holy Spirit of our Mighty God!
8:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
Today we have departed from the Word of God, therefore there has been NO spiritual growth [spiritual wages for diligence in keeping the word of God] these many years. God will now correct us in the furnace of affliction if we do not quickly repent.
8:10 For before these days there was no hire [money for wages] for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.
Our Lord will bless us if we turn to him, and he shall fill with his spirit, and we shall truly become his spiritual Temple, God dwelling in us; but if we do not destroy all sin from ourselves God will destroy us.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
In that day when Christ returns with his chosen, he will bring a blessing for the sincerely repentant.
Zechariah 8:11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
The seed is a type of the word of God which shall be prosperous and bring much fruit. The true vine, Jesus Christ, will have many branches bringing forth much fruit. The dew of heaven is a type of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit of God upon the repentant remnant.
8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
As physical and spiritual Israel were a curse upon the earth when they lived contrary to the word of God; when they shall turn to God in sincere repentance they shall become a real blessing on the earth; when they become zealous to Learn, to Keep and to Teach the whole Word of God they shall become a true Shining Light of example to the earth!
8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
This is speaking of spiritual Israel/Judah as well as the physical nations.
8:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:
After our correction and sincere repentance, Jesus Christ will come to his people with a blessing!
8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Let spiritual and physical Israel/Judah turn away from the false traditions and errors of the past and embrace the whole Word of God!
8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.
Yeshua Messiah [Jesus Christ] promises to turn our mourning into rejoicing!
8:18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,
8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
The fasts of the captivities and the destruction of the Temple shall be turned into joy when we truly repent and Almighty God has delivered us.
Then all the earth shall seek the Eternal with a whole heart!
8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. [YHVH]
All nations and all languages shall turn to the Eternal in whole hearted sincerity! Oh, what a glorious time!
8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew [spiritually faithful to God], saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
And God’s spirit will be poured out on all flesh, Joel 2:28