Are these the best of times or the worst of times? Are they really different than past times? Will the decade of the 2020s be the best of times or the worst of times? Which should it be for Philadelphian Christians? It has been claimed that 2019 was "the best year in human history"--why? Forbes has claimed "The 2020s might be the worst decade in U.S. history?" What is going right? What is better now? Are the warnings of Sodom and Gomorrah relevant in the 21st century? What things are going wrong now? Is disaster coming? What are some of the indications? What should faithful Christians be doing? Should these be the best of times for you? Is disaster going to hit the USA and the world? What, if anything, should you do about it? Are you better off alone or to respond to the warnings in Zephaniah 2:1-3 as well as those Jesus gave in Matthew 24-25, and Luke 17 and 21? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this video.
A written article of related interest is also available titled "Items From 2019 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/religious-news/items-from-2019-that-are-almost-too-crazy-to-believe/
Very few people realize how a demonically- influenced leader man from Neocaesarea impacted doctrines in the Greco-Roman church. Gregory the Wonder Worker claimed to receive messages from an apparition he believed was Jesus' mother Mary. He pushed the trinity, an antichrist creed, and the immortal soul teaching. Gregory also is celebrated as a saint by the Roman Catholics for pushing profane entertainment and festivals to attract pagans. He allegedly had the power to cause death by tossing his cloak on someone. The Apostle Paul warned of signs and lying wonders--and said that started in his day--which it did with Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8) also known as Simon Magus. Gregory Thaumaturgus had demonic signs and wonders and said he learned from apparitions. The prophet Isaiah warned about the virgin daughter of Babylon who used sorceries--this is the same mystery Babylon of Revelation 17 that comes to her end in Revelation 18. In this video, Dr. Thiel gives some background about Gregory and warns about those who walk by sight and not faith.
On December 27, 2019, Iranian-connected individuals were believed to have killed an American contractor. On Sunday, December 29, 2019, US President Donald Trump ordered a strike in Iraq that killed dozens of Iranian supporting Iraqis. The next two days there were protests at the US Embassy in Iraq. Then on January 2, 2020, US President authorized a drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, a top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, at the Baghdad International Airport. Could this be related to prophecies such as Ezekiel 32:24-25? What about Ezekiel 38? Is Iran (and allies like Syria) prophesied to attack Israel and cause damage to Jerusalem? Could Iran use EMP weapons and/or terrorism in retaliation against the US? Will Iran one day be neutralized? Will Ezekiel 32 be completely fulfilled in the future? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
It has been said that bad habits are easy to get into, but difficult to get out of. Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. A 20-cigarette-a-day smoker racks up an average of 150 mutations in every lung cell each year. Many find it hard to stop smoking as the nicotine habit is a difficult addiction to break. Is smoking a sin? Can smokers quit? Why did Herbert W. Armstrong quit smoking? Are there things that smokers can do to help them quit? If you have tried to quit before and failed, should you keep trying? Does the Bible offer any help to people addicted to smoking or other vices? Does Jesus promise rewards for those who overcome? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Should Christians Smoke Tobacco or Marijuana?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/smoking-and-christianity.htm
On December 1, 2019, Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen became President of the European Commission. Her proposed platform includes raising taxes for climate matters, banking, and military plans. Could she be prophesied in the Bible? Could Ursula von der Leyen be the prophesied "raiser of taxes" of Daniel 11:20? If so, what type of leader could come next? Is any of this associated with the King of the North Beast or the final Antichrist? What did the old Radio Church of God teach about this in the old Plain Truth magazines? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
On December 12, 2019, the FCC approved a proposal for a nationwide suicide prevention hotline in the USA using the number '988'). Suicide is that nation's 10th leading cause of death. A Harris poll reveals 72% of Americans experience loneliness. Michael Synder claims Americans are lonely, miserable, and depressed. He claims that this is a legacy of a society that has rejected family, faith, and patriotism, but instead embraces an immoral anti-God agenda. Was immorality and societal decline prophesied? Where can people find the truth? Is there any good news? What about the gospel of the kingdom of God? Do scriptures offer a way to prevent suicide? What are some scriptures that give hope about being happy? Can the Ten Commandments help? What is the meaning of human life? What about love? Will you be able to give love throughout eternity and lead a happy life now? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
In this video, he referred to the following five free books that can be found online through links at www.ccog.org:
Is God’s Existence Logical? URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GodLogical.pdf
The Ten Commandments URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/TenCommandments.pdf
Gospel of the Kingdom of God URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GospeloftheKingdomofGod.pdf
Is God Calling You? URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/IsGodCallingYou.pdf
Christians: Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, Biblical instructions on living as a Christian URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ChristianAmbassadors.pdf
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
Are there demons? Are they helpful for children? Should your children try to contact demons? Well, there is something marketed as a children's book to do so. It is titled "A Children's Book of Demons." The book's author is Aaron Leighton. Is this harmless fun or is it dangerous? Are demons actually real? What does the Bible teach about them? What are some of the ramifications of summoning demons with names such as Corydon? Are there actually pedophilia (so-called "boy love"( connections that the demonic book is promoting? Is the worship of angels to be encouraged? What should Christian parents be teaching their children? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this scripture-filled video message.
A written article of related interest is available titled: “A Children’s Book of Demons” Teaches Children How to Summon Demons. URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/doctrine/a-childrens-book-of-demons-teaches-children-how-to-summon-demons/
When is the end coming? Could Jesus return in 2020? Could the Great Tribulation begin in 2020? What have those who said so written as to why? Are their reasons biblical? What about Vincent Carthane's predictions using Matthew 16:03 and John 20:20? What about certain stars? What about the Armageddon prediction by famed astrologer Jeane Dixon? How about what Protestant minister F. Kenton Behsore and Jesus' return in 2021? What about predictions from one who claims to be in the Church of God? What about the timing of the two witnesses? Is there a king of the north or king of the South yet? Does Daniel 9 or 11 have something to say about the end? Will the end come before the scheduled 2020 US election? What about Jesus' words in Matthew 24? When is the earliest year that the Great Tribulation can begin? Dr. Thiel quotes scriptures and provides answers.
An article of related interest is available titled "When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2020, 2021, or 2022?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/when-will-the-great-tribulation-begin.htm
On November 18, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the USA did not consider Israeli settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan river to be illegal under international law. This action was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A letter signed by 200 Israeli rabbis, praised US President Trump for this and said he fulfilled prophecies in Jeremiah 31. Did he? Pope Francis and the Vatican essentially condemned the move as did Euronews and the Palestinians. Foreign Policy.com stated that this action marked the end of Pax Americana. Will Pax Americana be replaced by a temporal Pax Europa? What will happen to the Middle East? Will there be a peace deal confirmed by a European leader will rise up? Will this lead to real peace or destruction? Will damage happen to Jerusalem? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A related written article of related interest is available titled "US decision on West Bank settlements is unsettling to many: End of Pax Americana?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/us-decision-on-west-bank-settlements-is-unsettling-to-many/
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report in November 2019 that stated that an American died every 15 minutes from an antibiotic-resistant infection. It reported that an additional one dies about every 45 minutes from Clostridioides difficile. Another CDC report warned of the superbug Candida auris. In China, two recently died of the pneumonic plague, whereas in May 2019, to Mongolians died from the bubonic plague after eating a rodent kidney. Dr. Thiel explained that the flu is often associated with pigs and the Ebola virus from eating fruit bats. He also cited scriptures about which animals God said could be eaten and some of which should be avoided. Dr. Thiel also went over an NPR report which stated that more who get the live polio vaccine are paralyzed from that type of polio than the 'wild' kind. Dr. Thiel explains some scriptures about preventing disease as well as those that show that humans will not sufficiently repent and solve infectious disease problems before Jesus returns.
An article of related interest is titled "Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/fourth-horseman-apocalypse-pale-horse-of-death.htm
An Amazonian synod was held in the Vatican in October 2019 that featured naked female statues called Pachamama. On October 31, 2019, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis declared a new 'holiday' for the Black Madonna known as the Lady of Loreto. This is to observed by those who follow that on December 10th each year. What are "Black Madonnas" vs. "black Madonnas"? Are there ties between Black Madonnas and black female "Mother Earth" goddesses? Could the promotion of Black Madonnas and Pachamamas be related to steps towards a one world religion? Did a Catholic archbishop state that Pope Francis is moving "towards an Indistinct Universal religion" and a "worldwide and stateless Pantheon? Should real Christians be part of this? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of possibly related interest is available titled "Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions" URL: Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions https://www.cogwriter.com/Mary-Mother-of-Jesus.htm
Does the Bible teach infant baptism? What about godparents? Are children to be blessed? Are they to be baptized? What does the Bible teach about baptism? Was infant baptism an original practice of the apostles as Origen maintained or an unwritten ordinance as the Catholic Encyclopedia asserts? Does the Martyrdom of Polycarp prove or support infant baptism? What did Tertullian and Gregory of Naziazen teach about baptizing children? What about the Flemish theologian Jodocus Tiletanus? Was baptism by immersion of sprinkling? What about mixing oil? What did Irenaeus write? Which groups supported infant baptism? Which groups opposed it? What did Protestants like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other 'reformers' teach? Did Jesus endorse blessing of children or infant baptism?
Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Blessing of Children or Infant Baptism?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/blessing-little-children-baptism.htm
Inc. magazine posted an article online titled 'How to Change Your Life in 5 Seconds.' In it, Mel Robbins explains how she developed a technique to be more productive. She observed that 95% of decision are based on emotion instead of logic, and how and why adding a five second countdown helped her life. She mentions that fear, anger, and other factors often interfere with our ability to be better people. In this video, Dr. Thiel quotes a lot from that article, including some of the science behind the technique. He also quotes Jesus as well as many passages from the Bible. He also teaches a 5 second statement to say and pray to use as a five second spiritual statement to help Christians change.
A written article is available titled "" Inc.: How to Change Your Life in 5 Seconds," URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/doctrine/how-to-change-your-life-in-5-seconds/
In front of Pope Francis, on October 4, 2019, the Vatican hosted an Amazonian tree-planting ceremony in where people bowed down to a circle around to semi-naked pagan female images. Vatican News promoted this. Some Catholics are concerned that the Amazonian synod is leading to two Catholic faiths: the traditional one and one that is being called the "Amazonian Religion." The Vatican has also been promoting an interfaith agenda with the Jews and Muslims with the "Higher Committee of Human Fraternity," and its first major project, the "Abrahamid Family House" (which is set to open in 2022). Are these good things for Christians? WIll they lead to the rise of Babylonian Beast and Antichrist power? What does the Bible warn about this? Do both the Bible and certain Catholic writings show that the Church of Rome will be betrayed by powers it will align with? Is some type of one world religion being worked on? If so, is the Vatican, World Council of Churches, certain Muslims, and the United Nations involved? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Vatican continues to promote interfaith agenda, including “Amazonian religion’ paganism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/religious-news/vatican-continues-to-promote-interfaith-agenda-including-amazonian-religion-paganism/
Related to Jews specifically, but all others as well, Dr. Thiel mentioned a free online book titled "Proof Jesus is the Messiah" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ProofJesusistheMessiah.pdf
Are German leaders serious about putting together a new world order that is dominated by Germany? At least ten statements made by Germany's current Foreign Minister Heiko Maas point to this. Does Germany want Europe to have a military which is independent of the United States? Have German elites concluded that Germany is too small to have a sufficiently dominate influence in the world without European nations to align with it? Are steps being taken to dethrone the US dollar as the world's primary reserve currency? Are statements by US President Donald Trump helping push Germany and Europe together? Is there an 'Alliance for Multilateralism'? Is there any United Nations' connection? Could a German-dominated Europe be the Beast of Bible prophecy? Does Isaiah 10 point to Germany being used by God against powers such as the United States? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "At UN, Heiko Maas contradicts Donald Trump vision and pushes for the New World Order" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/at-un-heiko-maas-essentially-contradicts-donald-trump-and-pushes-for-the-new-world-order/
Europe is in the process of building up its own military through the Permanent Structured Cooperation agreement commonly called PESCO. Is Europe trying to develop an empire? What did former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt say about the need for a European empire? Are Europeans, as well as the Vatican's Pope Francis, working towards a European utopia? Is war coming? Will Europe's plans result in a Mediterranean maritime conflict with the United States of America? Does Daniel 11:30 tell of such a conflict? Is this consistent with a latter days prophecy in Numbers 24? Is the King of the North European? Do Catholic writings confirm the view that there will be a negative naval encounter coming between Europe and the USA or its British-descended allies? Could the prophesied conflict be a trigger for a false declaration of peace and safety as foretold in 1 Thessalonians 5:3?
A written article with additional details is also available titled "Who is the King of the North?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/kingofthenorth.htm
In September 2019, the Ariel Jewish Center reported that Facebook banned an advertisement promoting two biblical holy days. The reason given was that the advertisement, which had no photographs and said nothing about sex, was that the ad was too sexually explicit or suggestive. While that was not the case, the time will come when much of the truth of the Bible will be driven off the internet. False reasons will likely be given. In this video, Dr. Thiel displays the ad, discusses it, and certain biblical prophecies.
A written article of related interest is available titled "BIN: Facebook Deems Rosh Hashannah “Sexually Provocative” " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/religious-news/bin-facebook-deems-rosh-hashannah-sexually-provocative/
Those wishing to learn more about God's Holy Days, may wish to read the free online book titled: "Should You Keep God's Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GodsHolyDays.pdf
Recently, various ones have been looking into encouraging cannibalism as a way to help reduce climate change? Is cannibalism safe for humans? What is Kuru? What about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? Is cannibalism ethical? Should Christians avoid uncleanness? What does the Bible teach about the consumption of flesh? How does the Bible teach Christians should be holy? What was Solyent Green? Is it being advocated now? Is human cannibalism prophesied in the Bible? Will famine hit the Anglo-American lands and peoples? What can you do to not have part in it? Is human cannibalism really prophesied? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Cannibalism is Wrong, But it is Coming!" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/cannibalism.htm
Is there a gene that makes people gay or other aspect of LGBTQ identies? The journal Science published the a study involving 470,000 people. What did it conclude? What did Harvard researcher Benjamin Neale concluded? What did Dr. David Curtis conclude? What has homosexual politician Pete Buttigieg asserted? Are there thousands of genetic differences between males and females? Are there brain differences between males and females before birth? Can human sexuality seem complicated? Can LGBTQ people change according to the Bible? Can LGBTQ people change according to science? Or is there some gen that prevents that? What is the truth about this? Are LGBTQ people born that way? Dr. Thiel addresses these questions and more.
A detailed written article of related interest is available, URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/homosexuality.htm
A study came out in August of 2019 showing that so many Americans are so fearful from news reports that more have become doomsday preppers. Meaning that they are storing up food, weapons, and other supplies for an apocalyptic type event to hit the USA. Jesus said sorrows and troubles would come, then a tribulation so bad that unless God intervened, no flesh would be saved alive. Is physical preparation the answer? Should Christians do any type of disaster preparations? Does God have a plan to protect some or all Christians from the coming "hour of trial" that Jesus spoke of? Who is promised protection and who is not? Is keeping the commandments enough? What has Jesus said His people should do? Are you supporting the work that needs to be completed before the end comes? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Near Petra" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/place.htm
In the Summer of 2019, two well known Protestants announced that they had lost their religion. One, Joshua Harris, who was known for his books on dating and marriage, also announced he was getting a divorce and then he endorsed homosexual marriage and other aspects of the LGBTQ agenda. The other, Martin Sampson, who was known for his writings and connections to the Hillsong church, laid out his criticisms of his Protestant faith--he said he wanted genuine truth? Is science or the word of God the source of truth? Were either of these Protestant men "true Christians"? Have they overlooked various proofs? Were there scriptures that they overlooked? If you wish to be a true and faithful Christian, are there instructions in God's word that if you follow you will never stumble or lose the true religion? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
In this message, Dr. Thiel held up numerous books with proofs and instructions that Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson did not understand. All of the books are available free online at www.ccog.org Simply click on the literature tab to find them so you can start reading them.
China has been embarking on a multi-trillion dollar project to build roads and ports to connect more of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to it. This has been called the 'Belt and Road Initiative,' Silk Road Project, Silk Road 2.0, and the One Belt, One Road Initiative. While this is expected to benefit Chinese trade (as well as provide infrastructure for the gathering at Armageddon), could this also benefit the rise of Babylon the Great foretold in the Book of Revelation and scriptures in the Old Testament? What about the proposed Polar Silk Road? Will the benefits to Europe last or will the end time 'daughter of Babylon' possibly face invasion from nations involved with the Silk Road project? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues with scriptures from the Bible.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Italy looking to support ‘Silk Road 2.0,’ the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/italy-supports-silk-road-2-0-the-chinese-belt-and-road-initiative/
From May 6th through the 11th, 2019, the Vatican hosted the '14th Course on Exorcism and Prayer.' For the first time ever, Pope Francis invited non-Catholic clergy to also attend--for the first time ever. So, Roman Catholic priests, as well as Lutheran, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox clergy attended. Were they taught biblical exorcism or something else? What are some signs that prove that? Does any of this have to do with Babylon? Was this a conference promoting original Christian practices or more like something warned against? Did Jesus say that some will say they have cast out demons in His name, but that they were not real Christians? Will people accept signs and lying wonders? A related written article is also available titled "Catholic hosted ecumenical exorcism class for the first time; Will people accept signs and lying wonders?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/news/religious-news/catholic-hosted-ecumenical-exorcism-class-for-the-first-time/
Although Church of God leaders and the Catholic "doctor of the church" Jerome taught that Daniel 11:40 points to a future King of the South having a conflict with the King of the North, some modern Roman Catholics as well as some who were once part of the old Global Church of God disagree. Some of the latter insist that Daniel 11:40 was fulfilled in 1896 or 1935. Since Jesus taught that a generation would see various end-time events, is that possible? Is there a prophesied deal in Daniel 11 between the kings of the north and south? Are the peoples prophesied to temporarily support the King of the South at all related to peoples that the Muslim Brotherhood believe need to form a caliphate under a Sunni Imam? Have Western leaders supported the idea of such a confederation? Biblically, does there need to be a coming King of the South to fulfill prophecies in Daniel 11? Could any of this be related to Psalm 83?
A written article of related interest is also available titled " Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/south.htm
The European Union is in the process of establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.This is a major, first-of-its-kind move, with the EU setting up a European-wide prosecutor’s office that will have power to investigate and charge people for financial crimes committed against the EU. It looks like this type of office may end up persecuting those that do not have the mark of the Beast when they "buy or sell" as that will later be considered a financial crime in Europe. What does 666 mean? How has that name be calculated? How can we be certain that this is a prophecy for Europe and not Islam? Is the appointment of this new office of significant prophetic importance? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more by pointing to scriptures, news items, and historical accounts.
A written article of related interest is available titled " EU setting up 666 persecution office?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/eu-setting-up-666-persecution-office/