In this sermon Dr. Thiel mainly asks questions he has recently encountered. Questions were asked and addressed about the opening of the second seal of Revelation and its timing in relation to the Great Tribulation and the 'gathering together' (Zephaniah 2:1-3). Questions were asked and answered related to Solomon, Canaan (and it Jesus was a black African), angels, the unpardonable sin, Samson's long hair, if the Sabbath has been lost, the risks and 'medical benefits' of marijuana (including CBD oil), how far Christians should go in telling others about the truth of God, and whether or not wine (as opposed to grape juice) was discussed/used in the Old and New Testaments. The 'baptism by fire' and the 'synagogue of Satan' were also discussed.
What is preterism? Have you been affected by it? Is the Great Tribulation over? Some Catholics and Protestants believe that. Did Jesus return in 70 A.D.? Is the millennium already past? Many Catholics and Protestants believe that. Did early church writers teach preterism or futurism? What does the Bible really teach? Was the Book of Revelation written prior to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.? Could this or certain events in the Book of Revelation already happened? What do records of history show?
A written article of related interest is titled "The Dangerous Rise of Preterists" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/preterism.htm
Is everything random? Or is there a cause for every effect? How does the Book of Genesis begin? There were two trees in the Garden of Eden that humanity was to chose between, and it chose the one the serpent promoted. Has that been the case with the bulk of humanity since? Are there only two ways? The way or GIVE and the way of GET? The way of truth and the way of lies? God's way or the way of the knowledge of good and evil? The way of love vs. the way of lust? How did Jesus live? Is there a way that Christians are supposed to live? What about the Ten Commandments? Are they a burden or do they help show how to live God's way? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more! A written article of related interest is titled "The Ten Commandments: Cause and Effect" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/cause-and-effect.htm
Are Christians heirs to the promises given to Abraham? What are some of the elements and times that the Apostle Paul warned about? What are some differences between the son of the bondwoman and the son of the free? What did Paul teach about circumcision? What about the 'works of the law'? Was the Apostle Paul doing away with God's Holy Days or the Ten Commandments? Who does the Apostle Paul say will not inherit the kingdom of heaven?
This is the third part of a four-part sermon series on the Book of Galatians.
A written article of related interest is titled "Comments of Galatians" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/galatians.htm
What is leaven? What, according to the Bible, is sin? Did Jesus indicate that leaven was like sin? What are some of the similarities between leaven and sin? Are the Days of Unleavened Bread just some practice of the ancient Hebrews or were they also enjoined upon God's people in the New Testament? Did early Christians keep the Days of Unleavened Bread? Should you avoid leaven and eat unleavened bread on each of the seven days of unleavened bread? What can you do to help put sin out of your life? A written article of related interest is titled "Should Christians Keep the Days of Unleavened Bread?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/unleaven.htm
Does the one God consist of more than one Person? What do we see in the Book of Genesis? Is Elohiym some type of a uniplural noun? Is God some type of family? What does the Bible teach? What did Jesus, the apostles, and their early followers teach? What can we learn from the oldest preserved Christian sermon outside of the New Testament? What did Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Melito, Irenaeus, Origin, Heraclides, Lucian, and Hippolytus teach? Is Jesus another name for the archangel Michael? What about Isaiah 45:22? Was William Bousset right about early Christology? What are semi-arians? Was binitarianism a late 20th century creation? What did most attendees at the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) teach? Will the first resurrection be limited to unitarians? Are married couples 'one' in God's sight? Can two be one according to scripture? What have Church of God leaders taught? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more. A written article of related interest is available titled "Was Unitarianism the Teaching of the Bible or Early Church?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/unitarian.htm
Do all sin? Do all Christians sin? Is there a sin that will not be forgiven? What is the unpardonable sin? How does one receive forgiveness? What about those that backslide or fall away? Does mercy triumph over judgment? What does the parable of the prodigal son teach us? What are the two ways Christians can commit the unpardonable sin?
A related written article is titled "What is the Unpardonable Sin?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/unpardonable-sin.htm
What is the Feast of Trumpets? How can this be part of God's plan of salvation? Why do the Jews refer to it as Rosh Hashanah? What is the seventh year of release? Should it be restored and proclaimed? Did early Christians keep the Feast of Trumpets? Why should any one keep it now? What will happen with the seven trumpets of Revelation? Why do many not understand aspects of it?
An article of related interest may be "The Book of Life and the Feast of Trumpets?" Here is a link http://www.cogwriter.com/trumpetlife.htm
How is the Continuing Church of God making disciples. What has been happening in the Continuing Church of God related to this and aspects of the final phase of the work. This 'behind the work' video shows New Zealand, Africa, Jerusalem, Vatican City, the USA, and the United Kingdom as well as one from Asia. Teaching and baptisms are shown.
A written article of related interest is titled "The Final Phase of the Work" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/final-phase-of-the-work.htm
Why should there be an offertory on the Feast of Trumpets. What does the Bible teach? How is the 'trumpet' being blown now? How is the Continuing Church of God reaching the world with the gospel of the kingdom? Do those in the Church of God also need to pay attention to the trumpet? Shofar blowing is also heard in this video. Here is a link to the donation page of the Continuing Church of God, which includes the ability to use PayPal: http://www.ccog.org/donations/
Does the Bible tell of a time to come when the USA and the other Anglo-dominated nations will be taken over militarily? Will their lands be divided? Will their people be made slaves? Who will the lands be divided with? Where will the people end up? Will this coming captivity end? What does prophecy teach?
Did early Christians believe and teach that humans were immortal? Do you possess an immortal soul? Who only has immortality according to the Bible? How is immortality attained? Was deification taught by early professors of Christ? Where did the idea of humans having an immortal soul come from? What does the Bible teach?
A written article of related interest is titled "Did Early Christians Believe that Humans Possessed Immortality?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/immortality.htm
Is there a way to have an overview of God's plan of salvation? What is the fate of babies and the severely mentally handicapped who die? Was John Calvin's condemnation of infants, which many later also taught, correct? What about Limbo? Does the Church of Rome teach that it must exist or not? When did the Church of Rome begin to adopt its purgatory doctrine? Have some Catholics taught the "Gospel of Purgatory" in the 21st century? What about the influence of the condemnation of Orgenism? Did pagans like Virgil teach something that sounds like Purgatory? Was Purgatory an original doctrine of the early Christian church? Does the Eastern Orthodox Church accept the doctrine of purgatory? Will babies and others who were uncalled in this age be resurrected and have 100 years to live? Does the Bible teach this? Did Augustine of Hippo teach against those who felt God had a highly merciful plan? Is God only going to save an infinitesimally small percentage of humanity or will His plan result in the salvation of all who wish to be saved? Dr. Thiel address these issues and more in the seventh part of an eight-part series on God's plan to offer salvation to all.
A free book of related interest is available titled "Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf
Jesus spoke a version of Aramaic. The New Testament reports that the Apostle Paul spoke Hebrew and Greek. Was the New Testament, as inspired by God, originally written in Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek? Was Syrian patriarch Shimun XXIII Eshai correct when he declared that the apostles passed the Peshitta to the church and that it "has come down from the Biblical times without any change or revision"? Does the Peshitta or the Greek contain errors? Did Jesus speak the Syriac dialect? Does the New Testament use 'sacred names''? How many books of the New Testament were written to Greeks and/or Greek-speaking regions? Are the names Jesus, Lord, or Christ pagan? According to archeological evidence came, which came first for the New Testament Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic? What language was Rylans Papyrus P. 52 written in? Can we learn from the New Testament itself what language that it had to have been written in? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more. A written article of related interest is also available titled "Was the New Testament Written in Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic? " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/greek-aramaic-hebrew-new-testament.htm
In Acts 3:19-21, the Apostle Peter stated that restoration (apocatastasis) was "spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophet." Do you know what the prophets spoke about this? In this eighth part of an eight-part sermon series on God's plan to offer salvation to all, Dr. Thiel reads quotes and references from many prophets including Abraham, Job, Moses, Deborah, Samuel, David, Nathan, Ahijah, Elijah,Elisha,Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi,John the Baptist,Paul, Peter, James, John, Jude, and Jesus Himself. .Do you believe the prophets? Do you have faith in the word of God and His plan? Can the lost be saved? Understand what the word of God teaches.
A free online book of related interest is available titled "Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation " URl: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf
Did early Jewish and Gentile Christians observe Saturday or Sunday? Are you ready to give a true answer to that question? The late Cardinal Danielou claimed that the Didache and Ignatius's Letter to the Magnesians pointed to Sunday. Have those documents been intentionally mistranslated? How can someone who does not know koine Greek prove that? Does the Didache teach that Christians are to keep Sunday or might it be referring to Passover? What did the 7th cenutry Paulini teach? Does Ignatius' Letter to the Magnesians actually teach to no longer keep the Sabbath, but instead Sunday? Did Ignatius endorse all the Ten Commandments? Did Ignatius condemn those whose claimed Christianity, but would not keep "the law of Moses'? Did he condemn following Jewish traditions? Did the successors of Ignatius, such as Theophilus and Serapion keep Saturday or Sunday? What did Jerome teach about the Nazarene Christians? Did the Apostles and their early faithful follower keep the seventh day Sabbath? What is the earliest known reference to "Sunday" for professors of Jesus? What day did Jesus state was the Lord's day? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more. A written article of related interest is available titled "Another Look at the Didache, Ignatius, and the Sabbath" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/ignatius.htm
Surveys show that the vast majority of Americans believe in UFOs and aliens from outer space. Could there be any truth to reports of paranormal visits? What about the work of SETI? Are there one or more beings watching the Earth? Are we part of a 'galactic zoo'? What do Roman Catholics, Protestants, and others believe? Are there many 'UFO religions'? Does the Bible teach anything about this? What about visits from angels and demons? What about various apparitions? What about signs and lying wonders? Has Satan inspired prophecies to get people to fight against Jesus? Might the returning Jesus be considered 'the Antichrist' or possibly an attacking alien? Will the nations fail to recognize the returning Jesus and fight against Him? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more. A written article of related interest is available titled "Aliens from Outer Space?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/alien-invasion-jesus-return.htm
The Continuing Church of God invites you to share our light-hearted and somewhat humorous photo album of our 2018 Feast of Tabernacles observance as put together by Steve Dupuie. We ate with joy and gladness and praise to God. Some information on the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles for 2019 is also included.
For 2019, a written article of related interest is available titled "Feast of Tabernacles' Sites for 2019" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/fot2019.htm
Is Christ's Passover sacrifice the only thing Christians should pay attention to? What do the Days of Unleavened Bread picture? What happened historically on the seventh day of unleavened bread? Could Sodom and Gomorrah have been destroyed on the last day of unleavened bread? When and how long was the Red Sea crossing? Could Egypt represent 'sin,' Pharaoh 'Satan,' and Egypt's armies 'demons?' Are then any end time parallels to the destruction to come after Armageddon? What about prophecies in Revelation 11 and 19? How can sin be overcome? What are some of the lessons that Christians should learn from all of this? Dr. Thiel addresses those questions and more. A written article of related interest is available titled "The Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/last-day-of-unleavened-bread.htm
Exodus 21-23 focuses on judgments, whereas Exodus 24 focuses on Mt. Sinai. This is the eighth sermon in a series covering the Book of Exodus. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over each of the verses in Exodus 21-24 and ties some of them to passages elsewhere in the Bible. Topics includes not circulating a false report, accidental killing, sexual immorality, dealing with thieves, dietary items and being holy, wrong worship practices, cities of refuge, dealing with dangerous animals, usury, dealing with strangers, warnings to the Hebrews and modern Christians, and even penalties for being in a fight.
A written article of related interest is also available titled "Exodus 21-24: Judgments" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/exodus21-judgments.htm
Since the 1950s, groups like the United Nations and the United World Federalists have been working towards a one-world government. The world has problems like hunger, injustice, poverty, pollution, crime, and mistreatment. Is a one-world government the solution to these and other problems facing humanity? Will humanity bring about utopia? Will the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development succeed? What are the 17 goals and are there any problems with their attainment? Will the objectives of Pope Francis' 'Laudato Si' and other efforts bring lasting peace? What about the World Council of Churches and other pushing for a one-world religion? Is any of this in conflict with scripture? Is the Kingdom of God here now? Will there be a conflict between the true followers of Jesus and the Babylonian one-world cooperation that the UN and Vatican want? What message did Jesus come to preach? Does God have the solution? Dr. Thiel addresses these and other matters. A free online written booklet of related interest is available titled "The Gospel of the Kingdom of God" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/GospeloftheKingdomofGod.pdf
Who are the ancestors of the British peoples who went to Australia and New Zealand? Are there biblical and even non-biblical prophecies that point to the nations of Australia and New Zealand? If so, what do they teach? Have any been fulfilled? What are some of the blessings and cursings the Bible tell of? Does prophecy help explain the wealth of Australia and New Zealand? Will future prophecies still be fulfilled? Does Isaiah 49:12 refer to Australia or New Zealand? What about the Five Eyes? Are there any Catholic or Chinese prophecies that point to Australia and New Zealand? What about the Cook Islands and Australia's external territories? How will the Great Tribulation affect Australia and New Zealand? Will military alliances fail? Are Australians and New Zealanders prophesied to be slaves? Is China a real threat? What about Japan? A written article of related interest is also available titled "Australia and New Zealand in Prophecy" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/australia-new-zealand-bible-prophecy.htm
Some have said, "I'd like to keep the Sabbath, but I can't. I have to work on Saturday." Is it possible to keep your job and keep the Sabbath (and the other Holy Days)? What about getting a college or university degree? How should you approach your boss or teachers about the Sabbath? What is "reasonable accommodation'? What about working on the Sabbath during the 'busy season'? How should you act? What about the example of Joseph? Should you obey God rather than men? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues as well as relates various personal and family experiences related to keeping the Sabbath and earning degrees while also being a Sabbath keeper.
A written article of related interest is also available titled "Keeping your job, getting your degree, and keeping the Sabbath?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/sabbath-job.htm