New Moon 1/5/26/120
This is the New Moon of the Fifth Month or the Month of Ab. It is traditionally a month of disaster in Israel. The month of Tammuz, which as we know is the fourth month, is so named because of the worship of the god Tammuz or Dumuzi and its association with the Babylonian mystery system. The month is named to remind us that Moses went up the mountain and stayed there for forty days from the end part of the third month until the end of the fourth month.
Moses was given the tablets of stone on which were written the Laws of God in the form of the basic Ten Commandments. Israel was tested under its priesthood for this period. While Moses was away with the elohim who was the Angel or Messenger of Yahovah of Hosts, Israel went into sin. They forgot the basic Ten Commandments that they had been given not two months before. Israel had turned back into idolatry and away from the laws of God. They had already been given the Law, verbally by Moses, before he went to the mountain. He went to receive detailed instructions on the entire system of Law and bring back the Commandments engraved by the finger of God. The elders had actually sat down and eaten with the great Angel of the Law (see the paper The Angel of YHVH (No. 24)). Aaron their high priest was left in charge of them.
This was no small matter. The Priesthood were all given clear responsibility for the welfare of Israel in Moses absence. So also the responsibility rests with the Church in the last days. The laws of God are left in the protection of the Church and the churches and their priesthood are to learn to protect their understanding and implementation. The lips of the priesthood should preserve knowledge. God will not tolerate antinomianism among the clergy and He will remove them from the true Church when they profane the teaching of the Law.
Many do not really understand what is happening in regard to the Laws of God in the Church. I have seen God act to remove those who teach against His Law.
This last week was the end of the month of Tammuz. In that week Moses returned from the mountain with Joshua and the Tablets of the Law. They were greeted by noise. The elohim we now know as Jesus Christ said to Moses after he had carved the laws of God out in stone tablets: “Go ,get you down for your people have corrupted themselves.” Joshua said he thought that there was a noise of war in the camp but Moses recognised it for what it was. The noise was revelry for the people had made themselves a Golden Calf (see the paper The Golden Calf (No. 222)). They had thrown away the Laws of God and were worshipping a false system. Aaron, when questioned said simply, “I just put it in the fire and out came this calf.” Fancy that!
I have seen ministers teach that the Laws of God were done away along the same lines. They taught that the Law was done away when Christ came to preach the coming of the Holy Spirit. Why would Christ give a set of Laws to Moses and then kill people for not obeying them only to allow his Church to ignore them when he came to give the Holy Spirit to mankind. We are taught that the Holy Spirit is necessary to the keeping of the Law properly. Without the Holy Spirit we could not properly keep or understand the Law.
The Bible is quite clear that sin is transgression of the Law (1Jn 3:4) and that we are to obey or keep the Commandments of God (1 Jn 5:2-3).
On this evening at the end of Tammuz and the beginning of the New Moon of Ab, Moses returned to find Israel in sin and he broke the tablets of the Law and held the priesthood accountable. He took a number of Levites and then began to kill the ringleaders of the heresy. He killed 3,000 idolaters and then went back up the mountain to receive another set of tablets uncorrupted by the sins of the congregation as had occurred in the Fourth month of Tammuz.
I have now seen, twice in a number of years, ministry killed or removed for teaching against the Laws of God in the Church of God. The Trinitarian system does not experience such action because God is not concerned with their idolatry at the present. However, the leaders of the Church of God are under judgment. God will deal with them and has dealt with them in that manner. I saw a church sifted for the Law recently. Some time ago I saw the leader of the Worldwide Church of God killed, forty weeks from the day to the hour, adjusted for time difference in the USA, from the time he gave a sermon doing away with or saying that the Law of God was done away. He died in agony. We in CCG simply watched in fascination knowing what had happened and knowing the errors and heresy perpetrated by that ministry under that man. Their lamp stand was removed in its entirety from their ministry everywhere.
We have seen whole churches sifted for teaching against the Laws of God, such as that which had emanated from the WCG ministry.
This year is a year of trial for the Church being the Fifth year of the Sabbatical cycle (see the paper Samson and the Judges (No. 73)). Last feast the Church elders taught the understanding of the law, and of tithing, and the function of the Commandments of God, and the operation of the Church of God. It was forty-two weeks from the week at end of the feast to the last week of the Fourth Month. Forty weeks are allowed for repentance and removal of error. The repetition of false teaching regarding the Law is then dealt with over that two-week period. Make sure that you have reacted correctly to what God has shown you to be your faults in teaching His laws and His system. The congregations that support false teachings, or which are asleep, are dealt with in this period. These actions are done, under control of the Holy Spirit. Make sure that you are acting correctly in what God has shown you to do. God will not be mocked. If you have been dealt with, then repent and obey God.
God often times His dealing with the actions of His Church to coincide with the timing of the fall of Israel at Sinai with idolatry. The period of the Golden Calf and the destruction of the tablets of the Law all occurred in that last week of the Fourth Month and the culmination was on the First day of the Fifth Month or the New Moon of Ab. In this way he brings us to repentance.
The month of Ab has seen God deal with Israel often, and the destruction of the Temple occurred in this month under the Babylonians. The Temple was destroyed and Israel was sent into captivity because they had not kept the Laws of God properly and the land had to be given its Sabbaths under the Law.
Remember that during the Month of Ab and into the Sixth Month, Moses was on the mountain again with Christ receiving detailed instruction on how to keep the Law and how the Law subtended from the Ten Commandments and how it was divided into the two Great Commandments. On these two Great Commandments hang all the Law and the prophets. Scripture cannot be broken. God will not allow any diminishing of the Law in His Church under Jesus Christ.
One thing most people do not fully comprehend is that if Christ had taught the diminishing of the Law he would have disqualified himself as the Messiah. He would be dead now awaiting the second resurrection and God would have sent another. However, God knew Christ would not sin and sent him because he would not sin. Christ himself said that until heaven and earth pass away not one jot or tittle would pass from the Law. He fulfilled the sacrificial law by giving himself once and for all time. That was the fulfilling of the sacrificial law, which stood against us and which required constant expiation and sacrifice due to our debts in sin against the Law of God. That is the only thing that was changed. Hebrews tells us the entire reasoning and the structure of the change in the sacrifices and the priesthood, which were changed also with Christ and the implementation of the order of Melchisedek (see also the paper Melchisedek (No. 128)).
Those who do not keep the Commandments of God crucify Christ again and again. Quite simple, the false teaching has no place among the servants of God and God has shown it will not be tolerated. I was amused to hear the argument dealt with among the servants of God in the following way. One man was arguing that the Law had been done away and another answered the comment simply by saying: “Oh, Ok, tonight I will be around to sleep with your wife!” The man had no answer. Because, if what he was saying was true then there was no law in the country he was in which said that could not happen. The only reason two consenting adults could not have intercourse rested solely on the prohibition of the Seventh Commandment and the attendant biblical legislation derived from that section of the Law (see the papers Law of God Series (L1) and Law and the Seventh Commandment (No. 260)).
That is why this antinomian teaching of doing away with the Law of God is being circulated in the Trinitarian Churches this century. It was never accepted by the Protestants of the Reformation, as we see from their Confessions of Faith outlined in the paper Distinction in the law (No. 96). It is essentially an argument advanced by perverts and fornicators to justify their aberrations. The problem is that many who espouse it do not understand the logic of what they say.
If you are being exposed to or are being corrupted by this doctrine deal with it before it does more damage to your congregation.
Usually it is accompanied by the control of information contrary to, or to change, what is being taught. The propaganda process starts off with a strong statement in support of what is being undermined and then the process of destruction is commenced or continued. The mental process is called cognitive dissonance. It can send some people mad.
I wrote to Joseph W Tkach of the WCG when he started out on this road to heresy and death and told him what the logical end was to where he was going. He wrote back to me, and his minions wrote back to me, denying that was the case. They consistently denied that WCG was moving towards Sunday worship and Trinitarianism and Antinomianism. He had advisors who were Protestant trained and they knew exactly where they were going. I also have university qualification in Comparative Religion and Philosophy and had seen it all before historically over the centuries.
Joseph Tkach Jnr says in his book Transformed by Truth that they were told
where they were going. Yes, I told them many times, as I told the Church of
God (Seventh Day) also. However, Tkach Jnr. claims in his book that they did
not actually know what the result would be. Now that is a truly remarkable statement.
Anyone with the basics of understanding of theology would have known immediately
where they were headed. Who commences a journey without knowing the destination?
There is no doubt in my mind that they knew. A very old friend of mine was standing
behind the stage at Pasadena in the Worldwide Church of God Auditorium when
Herbert Armstrong gave his now infamous “putting the church back on track” sermon.
In that sermon he denied all knowledge of the so-called Systematic Theology
Project or STP. My friend was with another senior minister of WCG and said to
him somewhat bemused “That’s a lie.” His friend allegedly said: “Yes that’s
As the tirade continued he states he said: “Herbert Armstrong is a liar.” His colleague reportedly answered: “Yes, Herbert Armstrong is a liar.” My friend said to me: “Wade if they say that they did not know that this would happen they are all liars. They all knew and they were simply waiting for him to die so they could implement this teaching,” or words to that effect.
Herbert Armstrong himself was behind it as he apparently thought it would increase their recruiting and tithe base and they would make more money. Instead it threatened to destroy the church and Herbert had the intuition to see the fact whereas the others did not and had no real convictions or theology themselves. My friend left the WCG in disgust. However, he did tell me this later and reduced it to writing for me.
God then destroyed that system completely because of what they had done to the Law and the Testimony. God is not mocked. His system will be implemented when Christ gets here and it will last for one thousand years and on through the General Resurrection. The world will be run from Jerusalem. However, it will not be run, not as Simon Peres of the current Israeli Knesset now suggests, as a world capital under the United Nations and its idolatrous system. That is only a short-term problem. Christ will take up rulership in Jerusalem as the centre of World Government and the entire world will follow the Laws of God or they will die. The Temple will be rebuilt and the world will keep the Laws of God and the Testimony or Faith of Jesus Christ.
Judaism and so-called modern Islam will vanish. Judah will repent and its eyes finally will be opened, as will the sons of Ishmael and Israel combined. Islam will be restored to what it was under the Patriarchs, Moses and Christ.
Nothing will be allowed to interfere with that process. The Laws will stand
and they will be explained. The Church will not deviate from the faith. It teachers
will not survive under error or in indolence.
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