Announcements: This site is our COG and COG news site, and the ashininglight.info is mainly Constance’ site, while the worldwatch.is site is our world news site.
This COG news site is not advertised and allows me to post on general COG matters which should not be part of a public outreach site.
I am beginning work to set up the godourlight.info site as a public outreach site in combination with the Worldwatch news site.
theshininglight.info site features daily posts tailored to those who have a COG background while the God Our Light site will eventually feature regular posts designed to reach out to the general public who know nothing of the scriptures.
Think of TheShiningLight as being for COG folks and the God Our Light site as being set up to do the same kind of regular posting at a more basic level [and without COG news] for new folks.
I began this work by reaching out to the Ekklesia first and the time is approaching to begin expanding the public outreach. At present I am working very hard on the Gospels and Epistles and I will be working on the new project only as time allows; so this may take a few months to get fully going.
I have come to the conclusion that virtually no one in the general public will buy the books and that all publications should also be made available free at the outreach site. That said I have taken the first steps in building this outreach site by loading up and making available the Free Books on their own page which will now include a new format that also makes them available right on the front page. Please visit here to see what I mean.
As of now the Free Downloads page at ashininglight.info is being closed [the site will still be up, just not the Downloads page] and all links to the Downloads at the other sites will redirect to the new Downloads site url.
All the existing sites will still continue, this is a matter of beginning a new public outreach site and shifting the book downloads there.
The plan is that when the commentary and studies through the entire Bible are completed I want to continue with the COG site, with the world news site and also to begin an outreach site and program of – short, as easy to understand as possible – posts on the very basics of doctrine and the way to salvation. I have always thought that I have been learning all the time and once the Bible Studies are brought up to a high standard it would be time to begin an exhaustive public outreach.
This is my Plan B if things take longer than this year. I can assure everyone that as long as time is left before the tribulation, there will be continuity and stability and growth in this work, including after the basics of the thorough Bible Studies are completed.
The Developmental Priorities of This Work:
- Study the Holy Scriptures and set up a solid body of Scriptural commentary and study through the entire Bible as a foundation,
- Warn and encourage the brethren to live by every Word of God,
- Go forward into an exhaustive public outreach.
LCG News: Alarm in Charlotte
In spite of me announcing the Meredith sermon to thousands of our visitors, many of whom passed the word along to others, and LCG’s own promotional efforts; the listeners to the December 24 broadcast were less than 5,000; well down from last year’s 7,000.
Based on input that I receive many of the brethren were deeply disappointed by this December’s sermon. They found the title very misleading, having nothing to do with the presentation which many found very boring having heard the same talk many many times before.
The LCG brethren are intensely eager to see a plan for the future that would give them a sense of continuity and stability during the leadership changeover
This and the decline in Feast of Tabernacles attendance in 2016 seems a reflection of the lack of publicized plans for the next few years, due to the deep divisions in LCG.
The power struggle continues between the hard liners who would like to line up with COGWA and the permissives who are leaning towards UCG positions.
Which side gains the ascendency after Rod Meredith, will determine the direction that LCG will head, while the losing faction may bolt. Nothing is yet sure in LCG.
UCG News: Craig Clark has been hired part-time as the pastor for the United Church of God congregation in Freeland (Saginaw), Michigan. He is replacing interim pastor Steve Shafer who was filling in although retired.
After spending years to pervert Jesus Christ from a powerful enforcer of the Word of God into a tolerant of sin false evangelical Jesus, Victor Kubik is moving on to phase two which is to emphasize discipleship to his false evangelical Jesus rather than discipleship to the Real Jesus of the Holy Scriptures.
The Radical Jewish Settler Movement people are planning to present a Bill to annex the Ma’ale Adumin settlement in East Jerusalem after Donald Trump is inaugurated, and by the end of this month. The Bill is already being crafted by a legislative committee
To present such a Bill before a final status agreement is negotiated is an extreme provocation, and a violent reaction is expected which would give Netanyahu the excuse he needs to invade Gaza and destroy the Hamas Military Wing and the other Gaza militants; and we might assume that he would have Trump’s support while Obama has been holding this back.
It is also not guaranteed that the Bill would be approved by the Knesset and a new election may be coming in Israel.
Scores of thousands of Syrian rebels are being concentrated in Idlib province, Syria; as they evacuate various towns in the country. To stop the fighting in many areas the Assad regime is allowing the rebels to evacuate to Idlib and by allowing the rebels to evacuate to Idlib, rebel forces are being concentrated there. The Russian Turkish plan is to make a peace deal with these rebels in February and then destroy the Islamic State, after which Russia plans to withdraw its forces from Syria.
Once the Islamic State is on the ropes and war breaks out with Israel, Hezbollah will be thoroughly defeated and the remaining power of Syria will be degraded to the point that the peace deal will become irrelevant and the rebels will be in a position to flood out of Idlib and the Turkish border safe haven to take over Syria.
I have been warning in detail for years about what is now on the brink of transpiring and I believe a reprise of those warning is appropriate at this time.
In my first post on July 8, 2007 I wrote that the Scriptures tell us that peace and safety must come (1 Thess 5:3) and that to achieve such a peace agreement there must be a change in regional realities.
- I said that there would be a multi front war involving Israel,
- That a costly bloody war would bring a peace oriented government to Israel,
- That organized Islamic Extremism would be defeated,
- That the regime in Iran and possibly Syria would likely change,
- That a crisis probably involving East and West would open the way for the miracle working abomination to be set up and a New Federal Europe to arise.
Over the intervening nine and one half years I also said that:
- The extremist controlled Netanyahu government would need to be changed for any genuine peace dialogue,
- That these events would bring a confrontation between East and West resulting in a New Order in Europe, and
- Recently when many pointed to the election of Trump, saying that this means that there will be more time; I said no, Trump is the man who is most likely to agree to a New Federal Europe and a new configuration for NATO.
When others [including “prophet” Bob Thiel] said that Islamic Extremism would take over Egypt and all Islamic countries to become the king of the South, I pointed out that organized extremism would have to be defeated for a peace deal to be agreed. I also pointed to Psalm 83 and the fact that the Islamic nations would be allied to the king of the NORTH and have no part in Egypt or the king of the South.
Brethren, besides continually teaching the strong doctrine of every Word of God, studying chapter by chapter through every Word of God, I have consistently warned of these things in detail over the past nine and one half years.
We are very close to the fulfillment of these things.
I am planning a series through the Gospels and Epistles beginning near the end of this month.
This is more than a pre-Passover study; it is my hope that as events unfold people will be motivated into a deep serious study into the doctrine of the Word of God, especially in the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.