New Moon 1/10/33/120

Dear Friends,

We are headed into the Great Apostasy now at an ever increasing rate. The Antinomians are increasing their influence in the Churches of God so much so that one of the largest is splitting due to the influence of Antinomianism and the continuing attacks on the Law of God. We hope to get to the bottom of this insidious influence over the next few weeks and expose it.

As part of this analysis we have released this New Moon a paper titled Lord of the Sabbath (No. 031b).

The logic of the Antinomian system is intellectually absurd. These devotees of the Sun Cults and the system of the triune god would have us all believe that God gave the Law to Moses, punished all of Israel for not keeping it for the over 1500 years that the Tabernacle and the Temple stood, and punished Israel for perverting the Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts with traditions, yet sent Christ to reverse the laws of God which he had been given to establish in Israel from the beginning.

This claim is in spite of the fact that Christ himself stated that the laws of God would stand until heaven and earth pass away.

Moreover, Christ is acknowledged to have kept them all his life and the apostles kept them all their lives and the church kept them under the apostles and their disciples and they all kept them after the Temple was destroyed.

In the second century they then started to claim that Christ had the right to introduce Sunday worship even though he had NEVER even intimated that he would do so while he lived and nor had the apostles ever done so while they lived.

These Antinomian Apostates would have us believe that they had the right to persecute the Churches of God for keeping the Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts over the two millennia and they killed us in the hundreds of thousands claiming they had the right to do so. Today they now deny they did so and assert that the Churches of God cannot be trusted because they point to the history which stands in condemnation of these people.

The Bible clearly states that the Sabbaths of the Lord will be enforced at the return of the Messiah and the Sabbaths and New moons will be kept and the Feasts will be kept or the people will die from famine and disease (Isa. 66:23-24; Zech. 14:16-19; Ezek. 45:1-25)

What sort of an insane mind would be guilty of this sadistic perversion? What sort of mind would enforce the complete reversal of the laws, that were given by Christ on behalf of God, forcing people to keep one set of laws on pain of death, only to reverse them and allow so-called Christians to continue killing the same people that kept those laws and then reverse them again and commence to kill all those who it is claimed were allowed to reverse God’s law and kill those people who adhered to the laws of God for which Israel was killed for not keeping previously? Such a being with that sort of mind is not God. 

The Bible is quite clear that in the last days before the coming of the Messiah a voice from Dan/Ephraim will warn the nations that he is coming and that besiegers (watchers) come from a distant land. This entity has been termed the Antichrist by the Antinomians because that system begins the restoration of the laws of God in the Last Days. That warning precedes the coming of the Witnesses and commences the Restoration of the Laws of God. The process is covered in the paper The Warning of the Last Days (No. 044).

In that text it was noted:
Reference was made in this paper to the passage in Jeremiah 4:15ff. Jeremiah 4:15-16 contains a rather enigmatic statement.

Jeremiah 4:15-16  For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims evil from Mount E'phraim. 16 Warn the nations that he is coming; announce to Jerusalem, "Besiegers [watchers] come from a distant land; they shout against the cities of Judah. (RSV)

The footnote to the New Oxford Annotated Bible says of this and the subsequent passages:
13-18: Swiftly, like the eagle and the stormwind, the chariotry and cavalry of the enemy approach. Communiques trace this advance from Dan (8.16), through Mount Ephraim (central Palestine), Benjamin (6.1) into Judah's heartland.
19-22: Though the people are foolish and stupid (5.2-3), the prophet laments the sudden disaster which has destroyed his beloved land like the striking of a tent (10.19-21).
23-28: In a vision, the prophet sees the terrifying results of God's irrevocable judgement (7.16; 15.1-4). As if struck by a mighty nuclear bomb, the earth has been returned to its primeval state: waste and void (Gen 1.2).
29-31: Like a rejected prostitute (3.2-3), like a woman in the anguish of childbirth, like a victim helpless before her murderer, Jerusalem, the daughter of Zion, stretches out her hands in futile appeal and suffers her death throes- alone.

The references to nuclear weapons are not accidental slips of the pen.

The commentators know that Jerusalem was alone at this time because Israel had gone into captivity in 722 BCE. Dan and Ephraim were occupied by foreign vassal peoples who would not, and did not, support or warn Judah of anything. These people were enemies of Judah and remained enemies of Judah after the exile, during the Temple reconstruction mentioned in Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai and Zechariah. This prophecy has a dual application.

The significance of Jeremiah is that it relates to the lead-up to the destruction of the Temple, which has its end-time application in the destruction of the Temple that is the elect. The elect cannot be destroyed as such, they are figuratively scattered, many being killed. This is the activity that Ezekiel takes up from Chapter 34 after the process of the watchmen in Chapter 33. The sequence should then be able to be seen from the end of the Time of the Gentiles, with the last fall of Egypt, to the concentration of Middle East powers we now see coming together as fundamentalist Islam. These are gathered for the release of the four great Angels at the Euphrates River (Rev. 9:15) for the Wars of the Last Days, so that they will kill a third of mankind. This process is explained in the papers The Fall of Egypt (No. 36) The Prophecy of Pharaoh's Broken Arms.

Modern secular scholarship attempts to reduce the power and scope of biblical prophecy by isolating the application of the references to fulfilment in the initial Babylonian invasions. The traditional argument is that the northern tribal area of Dan was first to be invaded and then Ephraim, and so on. The problem with this scenario is that when the prophecies were written, the northern tribes had already gone into captivity and were beyond the Araxes, having been taken there by the Assyrians. Shalmaneser (724-721 BCE) conquered the northern tribes in 722 BCE and relocated settlers from Cutha, Babylon, Hamath and other areas (e.g. Medes) (see Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 4, p. 191). Shalmaneser conquered Israel in 722 BCE.

But the major deportations occurred under Sargon II (McEvedy, The Century World History Factfinder, 1984, p. 20). Dan and Ephraim were gone by the time of the Babylonian invasion. Moreover, it is incorrect to say that the areas were reoccupied with Israelites in Dan and Ephraim -- they were not. The Samaritan view was that they were resettled in 722 BCE but they, as legitimate Israelites, were repatriated after 55 years, that is, in 667 BCE.

The Samaritans thus claimed to be descendants of the native Israelites mixed with the tribes put there as a deliberate process of political resettlement. The Samaritans claim to be the legitimate representatives, interpreting the texts of Deuteronomy 12:5 to make it appear as if God has chosen Mt. Gerizim, and altering Deuteronomy 27:4 with the curse from Mt. Ebal and the blessings from Mt. Gerizim. The Samaritan texts of the Ten Commandments enter a text, composed synthetically from Deuteronomy 27:2-8 and 11:30, to show that sacrifice is to occur on that mountain. Thus the Samaritan view has it that they had repatriated by 667 BCE and were in occupation of Israel at that time. The Jewish view is that they emphatically were not and that they are not Israelite. Judah cannot have it both ways. Israel was either not there and the prophecy relates to the Last Days or they were there and the Samaritans are Israelites with the true blessings.

This prophecy of Jeremiah 4 refers to the Last Days. It is completely perverted by the false prophetess Ellen G. White and the SDAs in the US and white British Commonwealth. Indeed the prophecy is completely ignored by the US based Churches of God because it shows that the prophecy comes from Dan/Ephraim and that disqualifies them from the claims they make regarding Herbert Armstrong.

The text at Jeremiah 4:23 shows that the earth is rendered tohu and bohu or waste and void and there was no man (v. 25). From this text the SDAs follow White’s nonsense of a scorched earth with no life forms and hence their heavenly millennium doctrine. However, the text continues on and says: “… yet I will not make a full end” (v. 27). In chapter 5 it is clear that Israel is to be eaten by a nation from afar whose language they do not know and in 5:18, after saying that these people would eat up the sons and the daughters of Israel and their grain and their livestock, God says: “But even in those days I will not make a full end of you”.  These texts are completely overlooked by the SDAs and others.

The prophecy is ignored by the Antinomians, except in old Roman Catholic prophecies that recognised that this restoration of the Law of God was to occur from an Israelite country to the east of Jerusalem between two seas. When the prophecies were written there were no Israelite countries discovered there as yet.  They declared this restoration to occur under the “Antichrist.” They made that claim because they knew that in the Last Days their Antinomian system, under their Antinomian Antichrist leader, would be forced to face this restoration and they know, and knew then, that they would have to give way to it and the Messiah would come to save it and enforce it and destroy the Triune system and its Sun Cult religious system. Their own prophecies stated that they would only last until this last time and the last two popes were to be this Benedict XVI and then Peter the Roman who would be the last pope leading the Roman Church in a time of tribulation, and the Terrible Judge (Messiah) would then come to judge the people (see the paper The Last Pope (No. 288)).

These prophecies re “The Warning of the Last Days” are examined in the paper above (#44 loc. cit.)

The purpose of the Restoration is clear. God does nothing save that He warns the nations through His servants the prophets. The Church of God in the Last Days sets up a system that will warn the nations and restore the Temple Calendar and the true Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts of God.

The Jewish post-Temple Hillel system of 358 CE onwards with its system of Babylonian intercalations and Rabbinical Postponements has to be shown its errors and Judah warned as to what they face. Also the Churches of God that have been corrupted from the US by the Armstrong system have to be warned and dealt with. Their system has to be crushed and their people scattered so that God will filter them and restore His elect.

That system has also to be cleansed of its false doctrines and its racism and its hypocrisy. All of us are sinners. Sin is transgression of the Law of God (1Jn 3:4).  God will deal with us all in His own good time but the days are very short and those times are now upon us.

Pray they we are given the strength to endure and to reach the nations and call them to repentance.

Wade Cox
Coordinator General