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.
The Bible talks about several resurrections. The first resurrection, which will occur at Jesus' return, is referred to as the better resurrection. This resurrection involves those that God has called in this life and have overcome. Revelation 20:6 refers to this first resurrection this way: "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Hebrews 11:35 makes a reference to a "better resurrection" for those who did not deny the faith.
While this is a better resurrection, the Bible clearly teaches that those who participate in this resurrection are not "better" than those God will call later. In Matthew 19:30, Jesus words of "But many who are first will be last, and the last first." indicate that some called later may end up with positions of higher authority. Dr. Thiel discusses this first, better resurrection.
A written article of related interest may be "The Better Resurrection" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/better-resurrection.htm
You may also be interested in our book "Universal Offer of Salvation" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf
Booklets offered are available free at: https://www.ccog.org/books/
Should Christians keep the Feast of Tabernacles? Did early Christians observe it? If so, what did they teach it represented? What about early Church of God and Catholic saints? Have certain leaders attempted to mislead people about the Feast of Tabernacles? Did Jesus and the Apostle Paul keep the Feast of Tabernacles? Will the Feast of Tabernacless be kept after Jesus returns? Do you have to live in palm booths? Is there a connection between the millennium and the Feast of Tabernacles? Can the Feast of Tabernacles be kept in places other than Jerusalem? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
After apostasy entered the old Worldwide Church of God, most people who attended fell away from the truth. Yet between 1/4 to 1/3 did not accept the apostasy. But many of those not guilty of total apostasy became lukewarm. Why is there so much disunity today? Nearly all did not hold fast to true biblical governance. Many stopped accepting teachings like church eras. Most lost their love of the brethren when it comes to reaching the world as more than a witness of the gospel. Many became fearful of organizations and essentially seem to have 'buried their talent.' What did Herbert W. Armstrong write about being independent? Are Christian supposed to gather together in these end times? Are there warnings in both the Old and New Testaments about the generation of the Laodiceans? What about 'one man rule'? What about hirelings? What Church of God has been the fastest growing in the 21st century? Does any group have the signs of Acts 2:17-18? Where is the most faithful remnant of the Philadelphian portion of the Church of God today? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest may be "Unity: Which Church of God for You?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/unity.htm
Booklets offered are available free at: https://www.ccog.org/books/
The physical head of the old Radio/Worldwide Church of God was the late Herbert W. Armstrong. What he taught has been derided as "Armstrongism." What were some of those teachings? Was the old Worldwide Church of God some type of weird cult or did it strive to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints? Is "Armstrongism" improperly maligned and falsely described at GotQuestions.com? Are concepts such as the tribes of Israel, 'soul sleep,' and three resurrections unique to Herbert W. Armstrong or were they long part of original Nazarene Christianity? What about various holidays and Christianity? In this video, Dr. Thiel goes over his early experiences with "Armstrongism" as well as gives scriptures about persecutions that would affect Christians.
A written article of related interest is available titled "What is Armstrongism?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/armstrongism.htm
In 2019, the Feast of Tabernacles begins after sunset on October 13th. How long is it? Why should you observe it? What are some of the lessons that God expects you to learn from it? What does the Feast of Tabernacles picture? What lands does the Continuing Church of God have festival sites planned for 2019? How should you act during the Feast of Tabernacles? Is it a time to rejoice? Dr. Thiel answers those questions and more.
What has been going on with the Continuing Church of God? Have we seen signs of Acts 2:17-18? Have people been sent all over the world to work to fulfill Matthew 24:14, Mark Mark 16:15, and Matthew 28:19-20 to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and all things Jesus commanded? This video shows CCOG members such as Koang Deng from Ethiopia, Evans Ochieng from Kenya, Tiongik Sawek from Kenya, Martin Wanga from Tanzania, Aleksandar Veljic from Serbia, Radson Mulozowa from Malawi, Sani Mao from India, Herb Haddon from Canada, Jay Chiang from China in various locations. USA based members such as Richard Close, Steve Dupuie, Louis Rubin,and Bob Thiel are also shown in various places. Scenes from Haiti, the Philippines, and Mexico are also included. So, watch and see some of where the CCOG has gone into all the world with the gospel message.
What does the Bible say about the Day of Atonement? Is it mentioned in the New Testament? What does Yom Hakippurim mean? Why is fasting associated with Yom Kippur? Does everyone who observes it have to fast? Are there health and other exemptions? Why should people fast? Passover shows Jesus' sacrifice, so why do we see a second sacrifice related to the Day of Atonement? Does Jesus get sacrificed once or twice? Is there any relationship between the two Old Testament sacrifices and what happened before and after the church age? What might the timing of the atoning sacrifice telling us? Did early Christians keep the Day of Atonement. Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A related article is available titled "The Day of Atonement--Its Christian Significance" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/atonement.htm
The Bible teaches various ordinances were done by the children of Israel, including the annual Day of Atonement. Did Jesus give a better and more essential sacrifice? Can you buy God's favor with money? Does the work of God require your money? What about the widow who gave all she had? Should Christians give offerings? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
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October 31st is called Halloween, meaning All hallow's evening. November 1st is observed by Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans as All Saints' Day. November 2nd is observed by Catholics as All Souls Day, to pray for those supposedly in Purgatory. For the first two days in November some observe the Day of the Dead. Are any of these original Christian practices? If not, where did they come from? What does the Pantheon have to do with any of these? Where any pagan gods and goddesses transformed into Catholic saints? Should any pray to the dead? What about lighting candles? What have Catholics written about these matters? What have Protestants supporters stated? Can any other than Jesus the Christ be the interceder? What does the Bible teach about the dead? Should any of these "dead" holidays be observed? Does the Bible tell us what days to celebrate? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "All Saints' Day, the Day of the Dead, and All Souls' Day" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/all-saints-day-of-the-dead.htm
The Old Testament mentions a festival for the blowing of trumpets. The Book of Revelation mentions the blowing of seven trumpets. Could there be some type of connection? What does the blowing of trumpets represent? What about the watchman role? When will Jesus return? Will Jesus return on the Feast of Trumpets? Do pretribulation rapturists have their order out-of-biblical sequence? What does the name Rosh Hashana mean? Should Christians keep the Feast of Trumpets? When is the first month? When is the seventh month? What happens at the opening of the fifth, sixth, and seventh seals? What about the seven last plagues. Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and also makes some speculations that he expects to fine tune in the future.
Jesus is to return on the seventh and last trumpet. He taught that Christians are to pray for God's kingdom to come. When will that Kingdom come? Doesn't Matthew 24:14 and Romans 11:25 need to be better fulfilled? What about your part in the bride being ready? Will Jesus find faith on the earth? Will most Christians not support the Philadelphian work that God wants supported? Dr. Thiel addresses these topics and more in this offertory message.
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Herbert W. Armstrong believed that God used him to raise up the Philadelphia portion of the Church of God (Revelation 3:7-13) and that it began in 1933. Do you know how the Tkach Administration altered his 'Autobiography' after his death on January 16, 1986? What did Jesus say to the Church of Philadelphia? Why did Herbert Armstrong leave the Church of God, Seventh-day? Did dreams precede the start of the Radio and Continuing Church of God? What were the 18 restored truths? What is the Philadelphia mantle? Who has that today? Were the signs of Acts 2:17-18 expected in the remnant of the Philadelphian portion of the Church of God? Where have events prophesied in Acts 2:17-18 occurred? What are some of the prophetic errors that non-Philadelphian groups have that will prevent them from knowing when the Great Tribulation will start? What about the conversion of the full number of Gentiles (Romans 11:25), the Ezekiel warning, and the fulfillment of Matthew 28:19-20? What happens once Matthew 24:14 is fulfilled? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Herbert W. Armstrong, the Philadelphia Church, & the Mantle" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/herbert-armstrong-philadelphia-era.htm
Another article that may be of direct interest is titled "Does the CCOG have the confirmed signs of Acts 2:17-18?" URL: https://www.ccog.org/does-the-ccog-have-the-confirmed-signs-of-acts-217-18/
'The Catholic Encylopedia' calls him "the greatest preacher ever heard in a Christian pulpit." The Protestant 'Christianity Today' referred to him as the "Early church's greatest preacher." Did John Chrysostom teach the Bible or traditions of men? What did he teach about the biblical holy days? What did he teach about New Year's, Christmas, and Easter? John Chrysostom was born in Antioch in 347 and died in exile in September 14, 407. Did early Christians, like the Apostle Paul, keep the biblical holy days? Did they keep Fall holy days? What did the Catholic bishop and saint Methodius of Olympus teach about the Feast of Tabernacles? Was John Chrysostom an anti-Semite? What did he teach about the Jews? Did Jesus keep the biblical holy days? Are biblical holy days the "times" warned against in Galatians 4? Should you imitate Jesus and the Apostle Paul or follow the teachings of John Chrysostom? Is the 'Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom' the original Christian liturgy? What days, if any, should true Christians keep today? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and Antisemite" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/john-chrysostom.htm
Two free online books are available.
One titled "Should You Keep God's Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GodsHolyDays.pdf
The other titled "Continuing History of the Church of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/continuing-history-of-the-church-of-god.pdf
Do you really believe Bible prophecy? Do you know what Church of God (COG) leaders in the New Testament (NT) wrote about prophets? Were there COG prophets after the NT was written? Do we have writings from any COG prophets? What did the old Radio, then Worldwide, Church of God teach on prophets? Is there a duality to Act 2:16-18? What about the role of dreams and prophets? Based on how they react to hearing about fulfilled prophetic dreams, does it look like most Christians despise prophecies? Are the fruits of a prophet shown in the Continuing Church of God? What are some predictions that have been confirmed? Will most Christians fail to accept God's true prophets until it is a bit too late? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more. Are you willing to be like the Bereans in Acts 17?
A written article with many details is available titled "Church of God Leaders on Prophets" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/cog-leaders-prophets.htm
Both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Continuing Church of God believe that they best represent the original Christian church in the 21st century. The groups are very different in many ways, however, there are a surprisingly high number of beliefs that both groups share. This even includes beliefs that various Protestants that are unfamiliar with Christian church history tend to consider to be cultic or heretical. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel covers over 40 similar beliefs that both groups hold. These include matters related to Adam, the fate of babies, where the true Christian church began, certain saints, lack of purgatory, semi-Arian early view of the Godhead, Jesus as Savior, the original date and time of Passover, early millennium views, aspects of apokatastasis, aspects of the Last Day, the Ten Commandments, and baptism by immersion. Though they do not agree with all aspects of the similar beliefs. Which church changed? Which church still represents the original Christian church? Knowing the Bible, early church history, and these similar beliefs should help those truly interested in sincere and honest inquiry know.
A detailed related long article is also available titled "Some Similarities and Differences Between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Continuing Church of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/orthodox.htm
Several free online books were shown in this sermon message.
Titles included "Continuing History of the Church of God" (URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/continuing-history-of-the-church-of-god.pdf), "Proof Jesus is the Messiah" (URL https://www.cogwriter.com/ProofJesusistheMessiah.pdf), "The Ten Commandments: The Decalogue, Christianity, and the Beast" (URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/TenCommandments.pdf), and "Where is the True Christian Church Today?" (URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/WhereistheTrueChristianChurchToday.pdf).
Jesus taught that the Great Tribulation would come. He also taught that He would return. Does Jesus return after the tribulation or before it? Which trumpet is shown to be associated with His return and the resurrection of His saints? Did Jesus promise protection from the 'hour of trial' for all Christians or just some per Revelation 2 & 3. Does Revelation 12:14-17 teach that not all Christians are protected during the time of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When did Matthew, Mark, and Luke record when Jesus will return? Can Jesus return in 2022, 2024, or 2025? Are any Christians going to flee into the wilderness for protection from the Great Tribulation? Or is there a pretribulation rapture that will protect all Christians? What did second and third century writers say would happen to the saints during the 1260 days/forty-two months/3 1/2 years? What may happen to babies and small children of Christians? Dr. Thiel goes over many scriptures to provide biblical answers to these questions.
A written article of related interest is also available titled "Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/rapture.htm
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