Peter was the 'Apostle of the circumcision,' meaning the apostle to direct reaching people who descended from the patriarch Israel. Where did he work? Was he Jerusalem? Was he in Asia Minor? What about Antioch? Did the Apostle Peter possibly found the Church of Rome? What have Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholic scholars written? Where is Babylon of 1 Peter 5:13? Did Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God teach that Peter was the predominant chosen "one man" that God used to direct the early church when he was alive? Was he succeeded by a presbyter or the Apostle John, while John was still alive? Did Peter die in Rome? What do we learn from his writing in 2 Peter 1? Were Peter's bones found in Rome? What about the Tropaion Gaii and Bishop Cornelius? What did the archaeologist (and Catholic priest Antonio Ferrua) who found certain bone under St. Peter's Basilica state? What did F. Paul Peterson report that Pope Pius XII admitted about Peter's death and bones? Could Peter have died on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem? What about the ossuary incription “Shimon Bar Jonah” that some believe it may be referring to the Simon Bar-Jonah? What did Catholic priest and archaeologist Bellarmino Bagatti say about that? Did Peter hold doctrines that are inline with the teachings of the Continuing Church of God? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of available interest is available titled "Peter and Rome" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/peter.htm
Pergamos is the 3rd of the seven churches listed in Revelation 1:11. The Pergamos church era seems to have been predominant from c. 450 to 1050 A.D. Jesus had the Apostle John write about it in Revelation 2:12-17. Those of Pergamos were praised for holding fast, despite being where "Satan's throne" was. But they had problems accepting Nicolatian and Balaam doctrines--what were they? Those of the Pergamos era were called names like Paulicians, Bogomils, Vaudois, Nazarenes, Cathars, Patarenes, Albigenses, Bougres, Publicans, Lombardists, and Henricans, though they tended to refer to themselves as Church of God Christians. Some were in the British Isles and Celtic records showed them holding doctrines in opposition to the Church of Rome. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Fred Conybeare (Key of Truth), Eastern Orthodox, and various Armenian records gave us information about their beliefs. The faithful during the Pergamos era claimed apostolic succession for the See of Ephesus, opposed crosses, kept the Sabbath, opposed Sunday, claimed apostolic succession, opposed Christmas, kept Passover on the 14th, were binitarian, opposed Greco-Roman mass, were pacificists, opposed purgatory, were iconoclasts, had prophets, opposed Augustine, and suffered a lot of persecution because of having aspects of 'Judeo-Christianity.' Yet, even Catholic sources suggest that they were descendants of the original Christians: "Since Gibbon the Paulicians have often been described as a survival of early and pure Christianity, godly folk who clung to the Gospel, rejecting later superstitions, who were grossly calumniated by their opponents." Catholic sources also point to the Paulicians as the originators of the "papal-antichrist theory." Why? What were changes that got them to do so? Dr. Thiel goes over beliefs and problems of the Pergamos church era and ties some in with early apostolic Christianity and present day Christianity.
A written article of related interest is available titled "The Pergamos Church Era" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/pergamoschurch.htm
A free online book is also available titled "Continuing History of the Church of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/continuing-history-of-the-church-of-god.pdf
The King of the North is mentioned in the 11th chapter of the Book of Daniel. He is identified as the beast in 7th and 8th chapters of Daniel and the 13th, 17th, and 19th chapters of Revelation. He is called a prince in Daniel 9:26. What are some biblical signs to look out for to identify him? What did Jesus say? Will the King of the North attain a great army and many ships? Will he persecute Philadelphian and other Christians. What did the Catholic doctor Jerome write about him? Are there Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholic prophecies that seem to look forward to this leader? Is the King of the North prophesied to eliminate the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and/or New Zealand? What about Russia and China? Is the King of the North expected to defeat a confederation of nations in the Middle East and North Africa led by one called the King of the South? Did Catholic writer Paul Thigpen write to look forward to the Great Monarch? Is the King of the North alive now? Will a dictator be given power in Europe? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Who is the King of the North?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/kingofthenorth.htm
Solomon gave instructions and observations about life in Ecclesiastes. This sermon covers all the verses in chapters 7 and 8 of that biblical book. Reputation, and those who would tarnish it, are discussed. A focus of this sermon is dealing with anger. Is anger a sin? Can you be angry and not sin? Is it acceptable to sin when angry? Should you retain anger? How can you reduce anger? What do other passages in the Bible teach us about anger? Although Solomon wrote it would turn out well for those who obey God, did he refuse to follow some of the specific instructions for kings? Did Solomon fully understand God's plan? Do you have a better opportunity to understand aspects of God's plan than Solomon? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this third sermon in a series covering the Book of Ecclesiastes.
In Mark 13:37 and Luke 21:36, Jesus tells His followers to watch world events that will precede His coming. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over 19 items he said in 2018 to watch in 2019 and pointed out events that were related to them. Dr. Thiel goes through the following list of items to watch in 2020:
1. Scoffers and the Modern Media
2. Morality Prophecies Being Fulfilled Daily (Sodom and Gomorrah)
3. Internet Censorship
4. Weather Sorrows and Troubles
6. The White Horse of the Apocalypse (Pope Francis, Vatican, Ecumenical Movement)
7. Strife and the Red Horse of War
9. The Deal of Daniel 9:27 (Donald Trump, Palestinians)
10. Knowledge Increasing (5G)
12. US Dollar Dominance will Decrease (Instex)
13. Cash, 666 (Legal Entity Identifier), & Gold (Russia, China, Romania, Poland)
14. Europe Will Work to Reorganize
15. Europe Will Have a Great Army (Ursula von der Leyen)
16. Steps Towards the Formation of the King of the South Will Occur
17. The Time of the Gentiles will Lead to Armageddon (Belt and Road Initiative)
18. Jews Ready to Sacrifice
19. Fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 & 28:19-20 (Gospel of the Kingdom and the Short Work)
20. 2020 Presidential election.
The Continuing Church of God officially declared itself a separate legal entity on December 28, 2012. What has it been doing over the past seven years? Is the CCOG doing what God says? Is it doing things that Laodiceans overlook because of misunderstandings as well as improper traditions? What are some of the similarities between its start and the start of the old Radio Church of God? What about A.N. Duggar and the Church of God Seventh Day? Did Hebert W. Armstrong teach that his wife Loma had a dream from God? Does God still use dreams? Has the 'mantle' passed to the CCOG? Does the CCOG have more of the signs of Acts 2:17-18 than any other true COG group? Does CCOG have the growth and fruits to expect of the Philadelphia remnant? What about Romans 11:25 and Matthew 24:14? What about the short work of Romans 9:28? Has the CCOG restored doctrine and other information? What project is the CCOG working on? What does the CCOG plan for the future? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.
Should you keep Christmas? Is it truly a Christian thing to do? Why or why not? Many try to teach that it is appropriate for Christians to keep it. But what do we learn from the Bible? What can church history help us better understand.
In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over the following 25 reasons not to keep Christmas:
1. In Leviticus 23, God lists His festivals–with specific dates.
2. In Jeremiah 10, God says not to follow pagan practices, such as using a decorated tree, in the worship of Him.
3. Nowhere in the Bible is the date of Jesus’ birth mentioned.
4. Scripture opposes the view that Jesus could have been born in late December because the “census would have been impossible in winter” per The Catholic Encyclopedia and because shepherds were not spending the night outside with their flocks then.
5. Nowhere in the Bible is anyone instructed to observe the date of Jesus’ birth.
6. The Bible does not show that Jesus’ disciples ever observed the date of Jesus’ birth.
7. At the time of Christ, observant Jews did not celebrate birthdays, nor did early Christians.
8. The Apostle Paul wrote that Christians were not to use demonic pagan practices (1 Corinthians 10:20).
9. Christmas was NOT part of the ‘faith once for all delivered to the saints’ (Jude 3).
10. Early church writings do not show that any Christian observed the date of Jesus’ birth.
11. The sun god Mithras was allegedly born on December 25th as the season was celebrated as the rebirth of the sun.
12. Pagans celebrated the sun-god Mithras and the god of agriculture Saturn in late December each year with lights, wreaths, parties, and gift-giving.
13. About 2 centuries after Jesus was born, Tertullian wrote that people in what we would now call the Eastern and Roman Catholic churches, used wreaths and lights, gave gifts, etc. in late December to be like the heathen. Pagan worship really is the “reason for the season.”
14. Tertullian condemned those practices as demonic and idolatrous and further wrote that those who professed Christ should not honor pagan gods in their worship.
15. The pagan Emperor Constantine worshiped the sun-god Mithras and celebrated Jesus’ birth on December 25th starting in 336 A.D.
16. Roman pontiffs followed Emperor Constantine’s lead and in 354 A.D., Bishop Liberius of Rome ordered the people to celebrate on December 25.
17. The anti-Semite Constantinople Bishop John Chrysostom, who opposed the biblical holy days, got a December 25th celebration adopted in his area by 395 A.D.
18. The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. It most certainly did not come from the Bible.
19. The “twelve days of Christmas” originally came from the 12 days of Yuletide which began at sunset on December 20, known as Mother Night, and ended on the night of December 31, the Night of the Oak King and the Roman day of Hecate.
20. Mistletoe came from the pagan Druids.
21. Yule logs were originally a scandal to the Church of Rome, but were later embraced.
22. Roman Catholics originally condemned Protestantism as the “Tannenbaum religion” because of what are called Christmas trees. But now Vatican City prominently displays one each year.
23. It is wrong to bear false witness, including telling lies about the mythological Santa Claus.
24. Christmas is NOT a biblical nor truly a Christ-centered holiday. It is a sentimental and commercialized pagan tradition.
25. The Apostle Paul warned Christians that they were not above God’s wrath for combing pagan traditions with Christian practices (1 Corinthians 10:21-22).
Dr. Thiel cites scriptures and historical sources to explain why those who wish to obey the God of the Bible would not celebrate Christmas.
An article of related interest is available titled "What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/christmas.htm
Three free books mentioned in the sermon are also available:
Should You Keep God's Holy Days or Demonic Holidays? URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GodsHolyDays.pdf
The Ten Commandments: The Decalogue, Christianity, and the Beast
Continuing History of the Church of God URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/continuing-history-of-the-church-of-god.pdf
Which biblical figures did the Latin Americans descend from? What does the Bible teach will happen to their descendants in the future? What will happen to the non-Latin peoples in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean? Is Europe in the process of making major trade deals with Latin America? What kind of religious, legal, and cultural ties are there between Europe and Latin America? What about Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela in prophecy? What about Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama? What about islands like Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic? How about the non-Latin lands like Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana? Plus, the non-Latin island nations like Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Martinique, etc.? Does the Bible tell of specific items of trade between Europe and Latin America in Ezekiel 27 and Revelation 18? What about the impact of US President Donald Trump? Is it possible that Mexico or others in Latin America could work militarily with the coming European Beast power to attack the USA? Will the nations of Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean prosper during the time of the Great Tribulation and Mystery Babylon the Great? What happens during the Day of the Lord? Will people in Latin America respond to God's calling before Jesus returns? What happens after Mystery Babylon falls? Does God have any plans to offer salvation to Latin Americans who never had an opportunity? What is available at www.cdlidd.es and www.ccog.org? What are some of the near-term and longer term prophecies that will affect Latin America? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
Why did God make YOU? What is the biblical meaning of life? Are you supposed to do good? Is there a place for works? What will you be rewarded for? What about love and the commandments? Does God have a specific role for you personally? Do you really trust God? Will you be able to give love in a unique manner in order to make eternity better for yourself and others? What about character and deification? Why did God create anything? This is third part of a three-part sermon series by Dr. Thiel.
This sermon series is based on the following free online book: "The MYSTERY of GOD’s PLAN Why Did God Create Anything? Why did God make you?" Available free online at: https://www.cogwriter.com/mystery-gods-plan-why-did-god-create-anything.pdf
What is truth? That is a mystery to many--including many scientists and religious people. What is sin? Many do not understand that? Is there a mystery of rest? Did the Bible prophesy that? Is there a purpose for suffering? Does God want people to suffer? What is the purpose of creation of humans? What do atheists and anti-natalists teach? What do Hindus and Buddhists teach? What do Muslims teach? What do Jehovah's Witnesses teach? What do Protestants (including Baptists) teach? What does the Catholic Church teach? Is the goal of creation to glorify God while seeing the Beatific vision? Is there another purpose? What is God's plan? What does the Church of God teach? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues in the second part of a three-part series covering the mysteries of God's plan.
A related, free online, book is available titled "The MYSTERY of GOD’s PLAN Why Did God Create Anything? Why did God make you?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/mystery-gods-plan-why-did-god-create-anything.pdf
The Bible refers to many mysteries, such as the mystery of the kingdom of God (Mark 4:11), the mystery of grace (Ephesians 3:1-5), the mystery of faith (1 Timothy 3:5), the mystery of the marriage relationship (Ephesians 5:32), mystery of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:7), the mystery of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:51-54), the mystery of Christ (Ephesians 3:4) the mystery of the Father (Colossians 2:2), the mystery of God (Colossians 2:2; Revelation 10:7) and even Mystery Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:5).
In this first part of a three-part sermon series, Dr. Thiel goes over mysteries associated with the parables, the spirit world, why God made humans male and female, if God made humans and His great good, how animals differ from humans, pressure building character, and what God's purpose for human is. He also speculates why God let humans live so long before the flood of Noah's time.
This sermon series is based on the following free book titled "The MYSTERY of GOD’s PLAN Why Did God Create Anything? Why did God make you? " available at: https://www.cogwriter.com/mystery-gods-plan-why-did-god-create-anything.pdf
What is an abortion? How have they been done throughout history? How are abortions done now? What are some of women's biblical rights? Do women have a right to have an abortion? When does human life begin? Is birth control acceptable? Are some birth control techniques abortive? Did any Roman Catholic pontiffs allow abortion? What about the Church of God? Has the USA benefited economically from abortion as Chelsea Clinton stated or are there other economic costs? Does the Bible teach that the unborn are human children? What are things that God hates? What are some non-economic costs to abortion? What did Planned Parenthood co-founder want to do with 'Negros'? Do blacks have a higher percentage of abortions than whites in the USA? Are there abortion lies and suppression of truth? Does the Bible warn of that? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman's Right to Choose" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/abortion.htm
This is the second part of a multi-part series going through the Book of Ecclesiastes. In this sermon Dr. Thiel covers each and every verse of three chapters (4,5,6) of Ecclesiastes. He discusses envy, pride, and vanity. He even discusses someone who wanted to sue his parents for his own birth. Dr. Thiel discusses wealth, riches, and the "curse " of winning the lottery. He discusses living a godly life and having a Christian hope, as opposed to the vain way that many live. Dr. Thiel discusses lying, covetousness, and the commandments. He goes over physical aspects of living and what Solomon says people should do and what they should enjoy.
A written article of related interest is available titled "The Book of Ecclesiastes" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ecclesiastes.htm
What does the Continuing Church of God teach? In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes through the "Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God." He explains why the Statement exists and goes through much of what it teaches, including salvation through Jesus. He discusses the Ephesus and Smyrna eras of the Church of God,. He also discusses scriptures showing the loss of truth in the Sardis era and goes through the list of 18 truths that Herbert W, Armstrong stated that God used him to restore to the Philadelphia era. He also refers to additional books and articles for those who want to learn more.
Here is a link to the "Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God": https://www.ccog.org/statement-of-beliefs-of-the-continuing-church-of-god/
Where are we now in prophecy leading up to the fulfillment of the Holy Day known as the Feast of Tabernacles? What events have taken place? What events have yet to take place? Did Jesus tell us that we can know "summer is nigh" regarding His second coming? What did He tell us to look for? Does it matter if anyone preaches the gospel of the kingdom or will Jesus do that.
Many prophetic events have occurred since Jesus' first coming. Just wnat prophecies have been fulfilled and what prophecies remain to be fulfilled prior to His second coming and the subsequent fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is one of the Holy Days ordained by God that reveal His plan of Salvation that will be offered to every human being that ever lived. That offer is yet future for some. Biblical scriptures are cited that reveal the events that have taken place as well as those that must yet take place in the very near future.
The Millennium is fast approaching. What are some of the things the Bible teaches will happen during that 1,000 year period? Will there be animal sacrifices? Will there be a temple? Who will be present during the Millennium? Who will not be present? Do the Israelites possess the land promised to Abraham? What happens after the Millennium? The Last Great Day is the last Holy Day that God has used to reveal His plan of salvation for all mankind. What happens on the Last Great Day? Who is included in the Great White Throne judgement? What happens after that judgement? Do people have 100 years to develop Godly character? Who are Gog and Magog? When do they attack?
Is God fair? Is God partial? Are only some being called now? Why? Wouldn't it be better if everyone knew God now? What is prophesied in Ezekiel 37? What about the former and latter rain? What did Jesus teach on the Last Great Day? Do the Jews have any idea of its importance? Will idolaters be called? Does God have a time-plan different than most people do? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more?
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: Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation
Do humans have the potential to rule the universe? Why did God make people male and female? Are resurrected Christians going to help make people happy in the millennial kingdom? Is deification part of God's plan for humans? Will there be persecutions that will target Philadelphians? What about persecution during the Great Tribulation? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Difficulties and Your Role in the Kingdom of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/kingdom-role.htm
Why bother with participation in God's Holy Days? What's the point? Is there such a thing as a "better resurrection"? What is a "better resurrection" anyway? Is it only Israelites that will be resurrected? What about the gentiles? Who are the gentiles? Did God promise they would also be blessed through Abraham?
Was Jesus Christ saved by Faith or Works? What did Jesus do or not do that resulted in Him being declared sinless? Was Jesus sinless because of His works? Or because of His faith? Should Christians try to act and be like Jesus Christ. Should we do what He did? Is obedience to the two greatest laws of love still required from Christians or was it "nailed to the cross"? Was the law destroyed? Did Jesus come to destroy the law?
Is there a purpose to a Biblically defined Holy Day known as the Feast of Tabernacles? How many Holy Days are described in the book of Leviticus? Should the Feast of Tabernacles be observed today? What about in the future? Would it make a difference to you, personally, if God showed you in the Bible the answer to these questions? Would you begin celebrating the Feast if God showed you why it was commanded and that there was also a purpose to the Feast? Would it matter to you more if God gave you the answer or would it matter to you more if a human gave you the answer? This Bible study will give you some scriptures to study and think about.
Is forgiving others good for you? Does forgiving help with stress, blood pressure, depression, and anxiety? Are we supposed to learn from, and not relive, mistakes? Louis Rubin addresses these topics.