New Moon 1/6/38/120
The New Moon is traditionally one in which God deals with His people through His servants the prophets. This New Moon is of the Sixth month called Elul. It is the last month in which Moses was on the mountain at Sinai receiving the laws of God and preparing for the Seventh month called Tishri and the Feasts of God (see the paper Ascents of Moses (No. 070)).
Last year I wrote a message on the New Moon of Elul and attached a message that I wrote to the WCG Ministry in Australia before their conference on the Nature of God and their declaration of Trinitarianism. The Holy Spirit gave me to understand what was to happen and what these ministers of the WCG would do. Again this year a careful read of it now will show the reader that what they were told did come true. They did exactly what I said they would do and history will confirm that they did do what was stated they would do. The ministry received the letter and one chap was warned of its contents and sent it back, but they all know what was to happen and what was said and they all howled for my head and as a result I was disfellowshipped, in order to form CCG with the other brethren who also stood against them. Had I been Isaiah they would have sawn me in half as they did to him or killed me as they did the apostles and others of my family in the First Century. This is not the first time we have stood against apostasy in the Church of God and many of us have died for the faith. Their defamation of the brethren simply increases year by year and their gossip and attacks on those who speak the truth are abominable.
It is now twenty-one years and six months since they were all warned of their sin, refused to heed and removed the messenger. CCG was then formed and had its First Service on the New Moon of the 1st of Abib 1994. You will note from the letter to the ministry that the announcement by Joseph W. Tkach Snr in 1987 began the measuring of the Temple and 1994 was the beginning of the Third year of the next cycle with 1987 being the Third year of that previous cycle. God always effects great change in the Third year of the cycles. This year 2015 is the Third year of the cycle according to the 50 Year Jubilee. The Jews claim that this year is actually a Sabbath cycle in the Jubilee according to the 49 year cycle which is contrary to the Jubilee. This year the rabbis in Jerusalem have declared the coming of the Messiah on the last day of Elul and we dealt with that claim last Sabbath. The Third year is when God deals with and introduces change to the faith.
In fact Christ himself was killed and the church given the Holy Spirit from Abib to Pentecost of the Third year of the First Cycle of the 81st jubilee. The 80th Jubilee year was the year of Christ’s baptism and test and the judgment of Satan.
In 1994 Tkach and the senior ministry were judged and sentenced and removed by their own actions from the Churches of God. The WCG was condemned and it and its offshoots lost its lampstand from 1994 and the new era started. The remnant of Sardis was formed with UCG in 1995 and Living or LCG in 1996/7. In 1998 the Sabbath year saw the First Reading of the Law in many centuries and continued in 2005, and 2012 through CCG.
This is the Third year in the Fourth cycle from 1984 and the Fifth cycle of the 120th Jubilee. The next Sabbath year is 2019 and the final Third year of the Seventh Cycle is 2022. The year 2025 is the Treble Harvest year of the Jubilee. 2026 is the Seventh Sabbath and the Jubilee begins at Atonement and goes to Atonement 2027 which is the restoration of the Jubilee and the return of lands.
We will see many things happen from this Month Elul and between Tishri and the New Year of Abib 2016.
The Six Thousand years of Satan’s rule ends in the Restoration of Atonement 2027 and the First Year of the New Jubilee begins in 2028. That is the Golden Jubilee or the Fiftieth Jubilee from Ezra and Nehemiah’s Restoration of the Temple. The New Temple will be built by 2077 under Christ at Jerusalem.
Christ will cut Satan’s time short by a number of years. The time sequence is explained in the paper The Fall of Jericho (No. 142). Before the Messiah arrives there is a period of 1263.5 days when the Witnesses will preach for 1260 days and then lie dead in the streets for 3.5 days. On the morning of the fourth day they are resurrected by the advent of the Messiah. See the details in the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135).
The arrival of the Two Witnesses will most likely be from the end of the Third year of this cycle in 2015 and by the 1st Abib of the Sabbath year of 2019. The requirement of judgment and correction might well dictate the arrival and start of their ministry from end 2015 the Third year in which case we could expect Messiah by Trumpets 2018 or 2019 and at the latest Trumpets 2024.
Once the Witnesses begin to prophesy and to teach and correct Jacob that final sequence of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble referred to by the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 30 will be accomplished. The entire sequence of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble will be explained, as will the actions of the Two Witnesses also be explained again, by the next Day of Trumpets on 1st Tishri.
Over this period, as we said last year, God is about to finally deal with the ministry of the offshoots and give it its last chance to repent and we will write to them again. They will be given a full explanation of what is to happen and then one last chance to repent. Those who take it will be spared and those who do not will be removed and the sheep will be torn completely from them and what is left and does not repent under the Witnesses will go to the Second Resurrection along with the ministers who do not repent.
Those of you who are aware of the history will know that after the formation of UCG and LCG and the others the uneducated ones of the groups including the ministry began to claim Binitarianism as the original doctrines of both the RCG/WCG and also the First Century Churches of God. They did not understand that the Ditheism of the WCG was distinct from the Binitarian Doctrines of the worship of the god Attis that entered Christianity at the end of the Second Century. That doctrine resulted in the incorrect placement of Christ and the Binitarian structure which finally led to Modalism and the Trinitarian structure of the Cappadocians in 381 CE. This process is explained in the papers Ditheism (No. 076B) and also Binitarian and Trinitarian Misrepresentation of the Early Theology of the Godhead (No. 127B).
It is encouraging that a number of UCG and LCG ministers are now admitting that the Modern Jewish or Hillel Calendar was never in use during the Temple period and is wrong. Hillel II released that Calendar in its initial form in 358 CE and the ministry know that to be so and simply either lie or withhold the truth or deny there was Temple calendar, which is a blatant lie. The Calendar can be and has been restored by CCG and is available on the web at the paper God’s Calendar (No. 156) and the hopeless confusion of the Hillel system is explained in the papers The Calendar and the Moon: Postponements or Festivals? (No. 195) and Distortion of God’s Calendar in Judah (No. 195B).
The problem is that the Temple Calendar cannot be kept if the Nature of God is not correctly understood and taught. All the brethren can assist in that by forcing the ministry to acknowledge the heresy of the Nature of God in WCG and the offshoots and then insisting on the Calendar being corrected.
There is no reason why the ministry of the offshoots should not be joined together under the one doctrine, if they genuinely believe this Armstrongite heresy, which we know for a fact that they do not. We will give them a chance to unite under the correct doctrine or unite under the WCG heresies. The choice is theirs.
Their eternal lives will depend on the choice they make and we will try to assist them to teach the truth at last.
As we said last year also, Victor Kubic of UCG recently referred to a Church of God that was teaching prophecy and producing the historical charts and he compared it to Revelation chapter 10 when John was told to take the book and eat it and it would be sweet in the mouth but bitter in the stomach. He was correct. What we teach is exactly as it was referred to in Revelation chapter 10 and it will get a lot more bitter as we unfold the prophecy of God, unless he and that ministry repent and stop misleading the brethren of the Churches of God and prejudicing their place in the First Resurrection. They will get the same chance as everyone else. God is not a respecter of persons.
Letter to the Australian Ministry of WCG for the Conference of 20/2/1994 Gold Coast Australia
Batemans Bay NSW AU
10 February 1994
You are aware that the Church is facing a serious crisis over the question of the nature of God, in that the administration at Pasadena has adopted a form of Trinitarianism. You should also be aware that the majority of the brethren do not accept this position, although some Churches are asleep to the extent of the problem. The ignorance in some Churches is caused by the failure of some ministers to convey the full significance of what is happening to their flocks. Indeed some ministers are denying the fact, to their members, that the Church has become Trinitarian. Perhaps this denial is due, in part, to the psychological impact of such a profound reversal of doctrine.
This is not the first time that Trinitarianism has gained a foothold in the Church. It occurred almost five hundred years ago among the Waldensians. Christ did not intervene on that occasion. Members were forced to decide for themselves to which party they wished to belong. The Church divided and the Trinitarian faction entered mainstream Christianity. Within a short period they had ceased keeping the Holy Days, Passover, Sabbath, food laws etc. In short they became apostate. This process of reasoning occurs because the understanding of all that is Christian is predicated upon one’s understanding of the Godhead. On the first occasion that this process was manifested, namely in the Churches under the jurisdiction of John and recorded in 1, 2 & 3John, direction was given to the brethren and recorded for later brethren. In that case the heretics, who were the logical precursors to modern Trinitarianism, left the Church. They went out of us to demonstrate that they were not of us (lJohn 2:19). In later eras this was manifested by division of the Church. The elect by virtue of numbers and persecution had no administration to dispute over and so partition was relatively easy.
On this last occasion, one must consider the question of: How the Church of God came to be in such a weak state that the doctrine of the Trinity could be introduced without serious challenge, by and large, from the ministry?
There are a number of reasons for this position. The major contributing factor is that the doctrine of Church Government was altered to that of the Catholic structure. This system was perhaps that doctrine referred to as the doctrine of the Nicolaitans in Rev. 2:15. The sense is derived from the concept of the subjugation of the laity. The brethren were forced to suspend their judgment and the requirements to prove all things and to test the apostles (Rev. 2:2,9; 3:9).
The laity, and the junior ministry, were forced to adopt the unquestioning acceptance of position statements emanating from the administration which was established at Pasadena. The lower echelons suspended their reasoning processes through a system of group behavioural conditioning and the promotion of elitism and respect of persons. The ministry were silenced by tenure, financial constraint and filtered information. This process was not introduced by Joseph W Tkach. It was an integral part of the Armstrong administration. In fact the Church has not been run according to its constitution for years.
The initial conditions for the establishment of the doctrine of the Trinity were established sometime after 1940. Perhaps this was during the 1950s when Herbert Armstrong and his assistants, which included R. C. Meredith and others, began to teach that Christ was co-eternal with God from the beginning, in spite of the clear Biblical direction that stated that only God was immortal (1Tim. 6:16) and that Christ was given his life by direction of the Father (see Elect as Elohim (Rev. ed)). This error was then reinforced by subsequent influx of Trinitarians to the Church. The establishment of the position was then undertaken from Ambassador College to the extent that Platonic concepts were taught and the inerrancy of the Bible was systematically undermined. A survey of AC students over the last ten to fifteen years will confirm the point.
The question now is what to do about the matter. Each of you is faced with the unenviable responsibility of having to stand up to an erroneous administration. Some of you are of the mistaken belief, from your conditioning, that God’s church has only one administration. This is not correct. Paul stated quite clearly that there are differences of administrations but the same Lord (1 Cor. 12:5 KJV). The word is diakonioon, which relates to the administration of the Church. The next term, in v. 6, relates to operations of the ministry. Thus the variations of administration referred to by Paul mitigates against the acceptance of such a concept as advanced by Pasadena. Indeed the argument that one should suspend one’s judgment and follow the pronouncements of Pasadena to the exclusion of conscience is simply wrong.
In order to help you face the issues in a more or less informed manner, I have compiled the attached paper which deals with the early doctrines. The arguments contained in that paper will hopefully assist you in the identification of the Biblical issues and give you some sense of the history of our position. The assertion that Herbert Armstrong just got his position, that the elect would become elohim, from reformers who themselves were wrong is demonstrable fallacy. More importantly, the procedure being followed by Pasadena is one of stealth and dishonest presentation. You will see from the paper that I have written for you, examining the Pasadena position as advanced by K. J. Stavranides, that there are serious unanswered questions as to the premises behind the papers. You must demand answers to these important questions. Furthermore the “conference” you are about to attend is perhaps incorrectly termed. The presentation of questions is, as I understand the matter, perhaps orchestrated to prevent the proper examination of areas of legitimate concern. The paper may of itself act to prevent the orchestration of the conference, allowing the insistence upon the examination of the areas raised. The questions may not be satisfactorily answered, as has been the past experience of all who raise the issues. However, the fact of their existence cannot of itself be denied.
Each of you, as ministers of the living God and of His son Jesus Christ, must look to your position. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The suggestion that whether God is one in three, or two or three in one, does not affect your Christian living is not only erroneous, it is blasphemy. It is becoming obvious that some of the ministry fear men more than they fear God.
Joseph W Tkach said in his 1987 visit to Australia that he was measuring the temple in accordance with Rev. 11:1. The procedure of that measurement is outlined in, among others, Ez. 34. In the last days, the priesthood of God sets up a system which is based upon materialism and self-interest. These shepherds scatter sheep. They break the weak and the feeble. They unbiblically and unconstitutionally disfellowship or scatter those who speak against them as food for wild beasts. They rule with cruelty and in respect of persons. The Lord God measures these shepherds. He goes after his sheep himself and returns them to Israel under the Messiah.
Hear the word of the Lord in this matter.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment (Ez. 34:16).
The shepherds are first measured. The administration and all of the hierarchy of the Church of God down to Regions have been measured. You shepherds are now being measured by what you do. Soon the Eternal will wrench the sheep from the hands of the shepherds. Why? Because there was no shepherd who would take care of the flock and not himself (Ez. 34:4-5).
I am concerned about you, the Australasian ministry, because I know that many of you, personally, do not agree with this doctrine. If you do not stand up for the truth the brethren cannot support you. If you stand for the truth of God without fear, He will feed you with ravens if necessary.
Because there will, in the end, be no shepherds who will stand for the sheep, The Lord will then judge the sheep in their treatment of each other. He will judge between fat sheep and lean sheep, between the strong and the weak (Ez. 34:17ff.). When he has judged the sheep, the measurement of the inner temple will have been completed. God will then judge between the sheep and the goats amongst our people. The unconverted of our people will be judged by the way they treat the sheep.
The Lord will then hand our people to the nations in order that they can be measured by the standard of how they treat the elect of God, the brothers of Christ (Mat. 25:31-46). Thus Zech. 11:3 notes the wail of the shepherds. Zechariah (11:4ff.) goes on to note the command of God to pasture the flock marked for slaughter. The sheep are plundered and their own shepherds do not spare them (Zech. 11:5). The flock marked for slaughter is to be handed over. In one month three shepherds are nominated to be removed. The sheep will detest the messenger who then will hand them over to plunder one another (Zech 11:9). Thus the sheep are to be judged. The shepherd of the last days will not care for the sheep but will rend the sheep to the hooves (Zech. 11:16). But note that the Lord says woe to the shepherd who deserts the flock. He is handed over to the sword and to maiming (Zech. 11:17).
The sheep are to be tried by fire in the Fifth Seal of Rev. 6:9ff. This seal was opened in October last year when the last papal encyclical re-established the intellectual requirements for the last inquisition. Even Catholic thinkers such as Morris West expressed their dismay at this position. The accuser of the brethren is overcome and cast down by the blood of the Lamb and the word of the testimony of the brethren because they loved not their lives unto death (Rev.12:10-11).
Malachi shows that the wrath of God is aroused because of the contempt of the priesthood for the name of God. There is no honour shown the Father and no respect to the master (Mal. 1:6). The Lord is angry that there is not one of youwho would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on his altar (Mal. 1:10). The Lord will accept no offering from your hands. The administration says that the victims of the feasts, namely we, the sheep of God’s hand, are contemptible. There is respect of persons in that we are misinformed and an elite priesthood is established which will neither, fight for us, nor for the name and honour of God.
The Bible tells us, at 2Thes. 2:3, that there will be a falling away or rebellion (RSV) first, before the Day of the Lord. This falling away is not one of the depletion of numbers of the elect but rather anapostasia, a rebellion or apostasy from the truth. Thus the elect are betrayed by the many who fall away. (Mat.24:10 RSV; or who are repelled Moffatt or who are offended KJV) (from skandalisthesontai), or stumble, from the source in Isaiah 8:15, where many of both the Houses of Israel and the inhabitants of Jerusalem stumble and fall from the truth and are broken).
The process that the man of lawlessness uses is that of declaring himself to be God in the Temple of God: of which we are. The process is achieved by elevating Christ to co-equality and co-eternality with God. This process is non-Biblical and is admitted by theologians (Calvin, Harnack, Brunner etc.) to be non-Biblical.
This non-Biblical step is necessary to make it impossible for the non-Trinitarians to co-exist with Trinitarians and so force the elect out.
The elevation of Christ to equality with God Most High then allowed the Church to claim authority from God and thus change times (Dan 2:21) and the law as prophesied by Daniel (Dan. 7:25) and thus wear out the Saints of the Most High (ibid).
Thus the man of lawlessness seeks to appropriate to himself the authority of Christ as his specific representative on earth and hence become, in this context, God.
Obviously this procedure has not manifested itself as yet within the elect as such pronouncements within the Catholic Church have been generally agreed, by the brethren, as not occurring within the elect.
The Trinity is a theological prerequisite to lead the elect to antinomianism and lawlessness. It has so been the result in the past and will lead to an elimination of the law if it goes unchallenged this time. Moreover we have refused to accept this doctrine for over 1600 years. The questions posed to the administration are still unanswered, namely: If God has compelled them to implement these changes and;
* If the Cappadocian Trinity is correct, why did not the elect embrace this doctrine beforehand and not resist it for 1600 years?
* Why did God allow so many of us to die rather than accept it, if it was correct?
* Why did the only groups to embrace the doctrine (e.g. of the Waldensians) subsequently become apostate?
I implore you that you take steps to study the issues in the matter. There are many elemental questions which remain unanswered, some by neglect and some by deliberate refusal. Some problems are just falsely answered. Be strong and resolute. If God is for you who can be against you?