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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Isaiah one is a very strong post explaining why God hates our Sabbaths and Feasts and what we can due to make our Sabbath and Festival observance acceptable to him.
God is very angry with the way we live and place our traditions above his word; and despises our Sabbaths and Festival observances, because of our self centered attitudes and lack of zeal for his commandments and teachings.
This is a very strong call to repentance.
I began the main site in July 07 with an announcement that a Middle East regional war would defeat Islamic extremists in Palestine and bring regime change to Iran; to reset conditions for a genuine dialogue for peace in fulfillment of 1 Thess 5:3.
After posting more than 200 articles on Doctrine and Prophecy; events in UCG began to become obvious and I began this blog in March of 2010 with reports on a coming split of UCG. I was called a false witness, nevertheless the split came and I covered it in detail.
I then began writing about doctrinal change in UCG and again was called a false witness, nevertheless last May Bill Eddington bragged about the progress made during the previous 18 months in changing the attitude of UCG brethren and elders toward organizational unity and the love love evangelical heresy, prophesied of by Jude. Which separates love from law and teaches that love allows people to habitually break the law and God will understand. This resetting of the corporate attitude of tolerance of sin for the sake of organizational unity and growth, instead of unity with God and his commandments is almost complete now.
Bill also said that UCG was reexamining all doctrine with a mind to root out the errors of the Armstrong era. He was not talking about a revival and a greater zeal for God’s commandments, but rather about loosening the practical application of God’s commandments even further.
I said that by the 2012 Feast or shortly after, this would become clearer. In fact this Feast has made the direction of UCG abundantly clear in many areas. They are definitely on a evangelical love love roll, substituting a false, without substance, emotional feel good, for the solid foundation of obedience to God and his law of love.
All of the major COG Groups have followed HWA in his apostasy of the 70′s and are very lax and lukewarm in the practical application of God’s commandments. All of them exalt their leader and their traditions ABOVE the word of God, and now UCG is becoming the worst; apostatizing from even those things that Herbert had correct.
All of the major COG Groups, call the Sabbath holy, as they openly and shamelessly pollute it; they all do the same with the High Days, and they all reject the Biblical Calendar that God restored to Moses, in order to follow apostate Judaism which openly and forcefully rejects our espoused Husband.
All the major groups allow divorce and remarriage at will, with many elders and brethren openly living in adultery according to Jesus Christ. None of them have any understanding of the Festivals and High Days because they will not observe them as God commanded, and because they have cut themselves off from any understanding by preferring their traditions over the word of God, and because they will not obey God and his commandments with any kind of real zeal; doing only what “the church says” and following men rather than God and his word.
All of the major COG Groups reject any advance in understanding [which was promised by God for the end times in Dan 12], and rejecting knowledge they are rejected by the God whom they reject, and instead they water down what they had to the point that they are in danger of being rejected by Christ Rev 3:14.
Hos 4:3 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest [We are all called to be kings and priests of Christ] to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
People should now be coming home from the Feast of Tabernacles on a spiritual high; filled with new things to think about and study out; filled with solid spiritual meat in its season and filled with the joy of understanding a little more of the true compassion and perfect plan of a mighty and merciful God!
Instead many are coming home filled with what the COG has labeled the “post feast blues”. WHY? There should be no such thing! God never intended his festivals to be depressing or negative, they were intended to be times of great joy! And they were intended to give us truths of God to think of and assist us in spiritual growth, filling us with great joy through the coming months to the next Festival!
Clearly something is very wrong if we leave the Festivals depressed when we should be filled with the meat of God’s word and food for thought and personal growth.
To say that some are depressed at going back to a mundane life, is to admit that they received no spiritual meat to digest through the coming months!
What do I mean?
I mean that the Feasts of God have become a cotton candy affair as people are taught sugary sweet appealing things that look good, sound good and appeal to the carnal appetite of I, Me, Myself, Mine; and have NO spiritual substance.
We have been fed spun sugar which seems so tasty and good but has no practical substance and is entirely lacking in spiritual nourishment.
We are being taught false traditions that appeal to our personal ego instead of the truth of God. Our Feasts are about US, about ourselves and the fulfilling of our desire to dominate others.
We are told that the spring harvest pictures the first fruits and the fall festivals pictures the main harvest; and then we assign a meaning exclusively referring to ourselves to every Festival; and yes allowing only one day for the bulk of humanity.
The major COG Groups are all about themselves; their love of and for themselves, their friends, leaders and organizations, and for what they dream God will give them if they are loyal to their groups.
Mat 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
I tell you the truth; many in the COG Groups talk about love while they reveal themselves as almost totally selfish in their attitudes and actions.
Yes, we should love our own! But we should also not neglect a deep and passionate love for God and his teachings and commandments, and we should not neglect love for humanity, even our enemies.
This shameful going to lawsuits against our brethren is appalling to God and is absolutely contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Where is the love of the UCG CoE when they sue in New Zealand and in Zambia? They are all talk and their works deny their talk!
1 Cor 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
There is NO understanding of most of the Festivals, because we look at them through the glasses of tradition and selfishness, instead of keeping them as God commands they be kep; with humility before him and contrition of heart [our pride crushed to powder], as we come before the Great and mighty King of the whole Universe.
See this overview of the Festivals for their true meanings, and then look into the many studies on the Festival details. An Overview of the Biblical Holy Days and Appointed Times
We come before God on Sabbaths and High Days filled with personal pride in how we shall rule with rigor like pharaoh, over the world, and thereby show that we know NOTHING of the ways of God. We and our Sabbaths and Feasts are all about ourselves and what we think we are and shall become, instead of learning the ways of God and seeking to please our espoused Husband.
We use the name of God to aggrandize ourselves and in so doing besmirch the Holy Days of Almighty God
Jesus Christ says that he is about to vomit us out of his body because we think the world revolves around us; when instead we are lax and lukewarm for the things of God. Read it in Rev 3.
Why Does Our Creator Say That HE HATES Our Sabbaths and Feast Days?
And we in our self righteousness say that God must be talking about someone else, or some pagan festival! Absolutely NOT!
If we kept God’s Sabbaths and Feast Days in the manner and attitude that God has commanded we do well.
If we keep the Sabbaths and Feast Days according to our own ways and traditions, then we have taken God’s Sabbaths and Feast Days; and made them OUR Sabbaths and Feast Days; and in doing so we sin and provoke God be rebelling against his commands on how to observe these days.
2 Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The Holy Scriptures were written for us to be our foundation.
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Isaiah was a messenger to BOTH physical Israel AND spiritual Israel.
Hear the words of our Creator and espoused Husband from the pen of Isaiah!
ISAIAH 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
God has called us out and delivered us from the slavery of sin; and we have set our traditions and our own ways above the word of our God.
1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Spiritual Israel pays lip-service to God while taking his instructions and commandments lightly and making his law of no effect by our traditions.
We use God’s name, yet we have forgotten to do as he commands, instead doing what WE think is right.
1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
1:4 Ah sinful nation [BOTH the physical and the spiritual nation], a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
We are intoxicated with the sense of our own righteousness and filled up with pride; saying “We are God’s people and no evil shall come upon us”, yet we are a backsliding heifer from our God in that we have lost pour passionate love and zeal for our espoused Husband and his teachings. We say “He will understand and forgive if we sin”, and then pollute his Sabbaths and Festivals, and reject him for the love of our leaders and organizations, making these men and organizations our idols.
1:5 Why should ye be stricken [taught and corrected] any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
Jesus Christ will instead reject the unrepentant among us consigning us to Satan’s wrath and the great tribulation to afflict the body in hopes pof saving the spirit.
Rev 3:14 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it [US]; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores [the blemishes of sin]: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment [WE have not repented].
1:7 Your country is [Will soon be] desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
The sinful shall be corrected while the faithful and zealous for their espoused Husband and his words shall be preserved as a few hairs were preserved in the skirts of Ezekiel.
1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Yet some of spiritual Israel will repent in tribulation, and shall be lifted up in the resurrection to spirit; even as some of the physical nation will also live until Christ comes and will repent, rejoicing over their Messiah!
1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Hear the word of God you wicked nations BOTH spiritual AND physical:
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
God is sick of our fake repentance as we speak words and do not do them. How can he forgive when our repentance is not sincere and after mouthing our words we then go out and repeat our deeds?
1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
WHY do you come before God on HIS Sabbaths and Solemn Assemblies and do not do what he has commanded. Your offerings are as vain and meaningless as your prayers of repentance.
God hates our Sabbaths and Solemn Assemblies because we keep them as we decide and NOT as he has commanded; because we pay lip-service to him while making his commandments of no effect by our traditions.
We come before God in our vain pride and sinful hypocrisy and offend our God by the attitude and actions of our lives.
As has been taught for a long time by some UCG leaders: “We do not obey God because we have to; we obey because we want to”.
YES, we should want to obey God; yet we also HAVE TO OBEY GOD to receive salvation!
These two things are NOT mutually exclusive! We should want to obey God and we should KNOW that God REQUIRES us to keep all of his commandments and to be filled with passionate love for God and his commandments for salvation.
False teachers in UCG and other groups [as prophesied by Jude and others] have divided these two mutually essential teachings; and in separating them, have made obedience to all of God’s commandments a matter of OUR PERSONAL CHOICE! They are teaching the “We can decide for ourselves which commandments we should obey and with what zeal! Because after all, “we do not have to, we just want to”.
Consider this comment from a UCG person this Feast:
Thanks to UCG member 2 and others for posting their comments about this year’s UCG feast messages. I thought last year’s UCG feast messages and that UCG feast film was the writing on the wall and I observed Gods feast with another Church. Without doubt and from what I read here it’s the best decision I’ve made.
UCG are well and truly on the slippery road, in Day of Atonement the speaker [in UCG] where I attend, didn’t teach anything about Day of Atonement AT ALL !! He even stated twice that Gods Holy Days are very similar to pagan days and even quoted Isaiah 1:13-14 on Day of Atonement.
UCG protest too much about love when they are the least loving around.
1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense [your prayers] is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies [festivals], I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands [to pray], I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Therefore REPENT of your commandment breaking in sincerity and truth; CHANGING your behavior to regain your zeal for your God, and your passionate first love for your espoused Husband and his ways. Then you will be accepted and the sacrifice of Christ the Lamb of God will be applied to you cleansing you from your lukewarmness and laxity for the things of God.
1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Be warned you in the nations, BOTH the physical and the spiritual nations of the Father’s calling.
1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The faithful have become as harlots; giving their love to men and organizations instead of to their espoused Husband. Many organizations prostituting themselves by watering down doctrine and the practical application of God’s commandments to gain numbers and donations.
Leaders becoming spiritual murderers by leading the brethren AWAY from God.
1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
Your wealth is an abomination to God; for it comes through watering down his word, and seeking after the physical and not the spiritual wealth of the Great God. Look and see what God did to the WCG Pasadena when we began to idolize it and say; “see what great buildings we have built”. Almighty God did not consider them great at all.
The grandest palace in the world is as excrement to God, compared to a genuine sincere contrite heart before him!
Many dare not preach the true Gospel of Warning and Repentance; and who is zealous for all the commandments of God. Indeed who does not persecute the zealous driving them out of their synagogues [Assemblies] through pressure or outright expulsion
1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
God will therefore correct his people BOTH physical and spiritual and bring them to true sincere repentance.
1:24 Therefore saith the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
The restoration of the repentant
1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
The destruction of the unrepentant.
1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
1:30 For ye [the disobedient] shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
1:31 And the strong shall be as tow [straw], and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.