Pentecost 2015

False Prophet Ronald Weinland has a new post up, over 3 weeks since the last.  Seems that Ron has been using up his #2′s on occasional blog posts and therefore will not be writing a third book.

——————  Ronnie’s Post reposted here for your comments ——————–

This will be the third Pentecost that God’s Church will have observed since Pentecost of 2012, the date we had previously believed was Christ’s return. This will also be the last Pentecost in this current sixth cycle of 1260 days in the measuring of the Temple of God – the Church. In the fourth Pentecost from this one, in 2019, we believe that the “complete count” to the actual coming of Christ and the Firstfruits (the 144,000) of God will be fulfilled.

In considering these cycles of time, we have come a long way since that first one. That first cycle began with the Apostasy (December 17, 1994) and led up to the reestablishment of God’s true remnant Church on Pentecost of 1998 (exactly 1260 days later). The count to the coming of God’s Son to reign in His Kingdom, and over this earth, began on the exact day that He had predetermined long, long ago. Though we know these things, it is highly worthy, at this very time, that we review some matters regarding timing in order to come to more deeply grasp and appreciate their greater meaning and importance.

God’s Glory Being Revealed
Today, on a weekly Sabbath, as my family is continuing on with God’s work in the Church by meeting together with the brethren and the ministry in Europe, I read a sermon given by Johnny Harrell. In that sermon, he covers what Christ addresses in Matthew 12 regarding the only sign that would be given that he was the Messiah. It was that the son of man would be in the grave for precisely three days and three nights. That timing was precise and exactly as God predetermined, as with all His planning and His execution of those plans.

Such works of God glorify Him and His great majesty the more we come to see what He fulfills and the manner in which He does so. In this account concerning Christ’s death, the exact time he was in the grave was not the only precise timing fulfilled. A specific year was also chosen that then occurred (31 AD), as were the days of the week that everything should happen, even down to the very hour. All was meticulously planned and brought to pass. First, the time that Christ kept the last required observance for eating a Passover lamb with his disciples. Then, the time to institute a new Passover observance and the time needed to teach the disciples things in that one night that revealed God’s greater purpose for Christ becoming our Passover so that sin can be forgiven.

One of the most astounding things Christ taught and began to reveal on that night concerns a very great truth that has only been restored to God’s remnant Church in this end-time. It is the 35th Truth, which states: “We understand that Jesus Christ is ‘continuously coming’ in the flesh of those who are in the Church of God.” This truth that Christ taught on Passover night, which would result in one being able to be forgiven of sin through our Passover, reveals God’s great purpose of being able to dwell (abide, live, continue) in His Church – in His Temple.

Then there was more that followed in that same day on the 14th of Abib, with the betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ, then a heinous trial that condemned him to death, and finally, the hideous beating he received. All these things had to progress in a timely manner. All had to happen exactly as it did and when it did, even the timing of when Christ was impaled on a pole, and when the spear pierced his side in order to spill out his blood upon the earth, and when the veil of the temple was torn in two. This all led to him finally being taken down from the pole, some preparation being made for his burial, and then him being placed into the tomb in the exact hour needed in order to fulfill all that was necessary for him to become our Passover and much more.

The time in which Christ had to die, to the time in which he was placed into the tomb, to the moment of his resurrection had to be exact. All these accounts had to be accomplished fitting into the correct time of the week and the hour for the wave-sheaf offering to be fulfilled by him as he ascended to God and was accepted by Him as the fulfillment of that wave-sheaf, the first of the firstfruits into God’s Family.

All these events surrounding the fulfillment of Passover by Jesus Christ, his resurrection, and then his fulfillment of the wave-sheaf offering required awesome planning and coordination. It also required powerful direct involvement and work by God that had to be accomplished in the lives and affairs of many people during that period. Not only that, but all this began long before Jesus Christ was ever born. The actual countdown of those events that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ began some 487 years earlier. That was the beginning of the prophetic “70 Weeks Prophecy” given in Daniel 9.

It would be good to be reminded of that beginning as well because the prophecy is highly specific concerning the exact timing that God would fulfill in order to accomplish it all. God moved Artaxerxes in 457 BC to issue the decree that began this first countdown to the coming of the Messiah. Artaxerxes issued the decree for the rebuilding of Jerusalem that took place through the time of Ezra and Nehemiah up to 408 BC. It would be good to consider the exactness of what God said:

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem [457 BC] until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks [7 weeks x 7 days that gives a prophetic 49 years that went to 408 BC] and sixty-two weeks [434 years that went up to 27 AD when Christ began his ministry]. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times. And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off [killed], but not for himself [for all others as the Passover of all mankind]… And he [Messiah] shall confirm with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease [he fulfilled the meaning of the sacrificial system through his death, and therefore caused the laws regarding their observance to cease]” (Dan. 9:25-27).

The ability to plan and then execute such plans in such a meticulous manner over such a broad period of time serve to reveal and magnify the awesome purpose, power, and incredible glory of God Almighty to perform it. It is as Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes:

“I know that whatsoever God does [works to accomplish, labors to perform], it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it [whatever God predetermines, He fulfills exactly], and God does so that all should fear before Him [be in awe, to honor and reverence, and fear to do otherwise]. That which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been [God's predetermined plan of things to be fulfilled, will be], and God requires that which is past [that which has long ago been planned, God pursues to fulfill]” (Eccl. 3:14-15).

The Last Countdown
We have just reviewed the first great countdown to Christ’s first coming, as a physical man, in order to fulfill the Passover and Wave-sheaf Offering. It is beyond full comprehension to grasp the awesomeness of us now being in the latter end of the second great countdown to his coming, and this time in Elohim, as King of kings. This end-time countdown has far more complexity, exact timing, and coordination of precise events than the first.

We are living in a period that is working to magnify and glorify God’s incredible greatness – more than any other single period in mankind’s history. Indeed, this is very much about the 7th Thunder growing in greater power and intensity the closer we draw to Pentecost of 2019.

Much of what we have gone over in this post and will yet touch upon lightly is a review of things we already know. However, this serves to put it all into a better perspective for what we are living – for what we are witnessing – that is working to glorify the great majesty of God. This last great countdown is very much what this is all about – more fully establishing the glory of Almighty God before mankind of His performance to usher in His government upon this earth.

The final countdown to Christ’s coming had a very clear and distinct beginning. It started at an exact moment in time and yet was planned thousands upon thousands of years in advance. So very long ago God Almighty predetermined that He would give one primary sign to His Church (not to the world) when that final countdown was to begin. This was to be the only defining sign that such had begun.

This is revealed in the very first truth that God established in His remnant Church, in the Church of God-PKG. It is the first truth established after the 18 that were restored to God’s Church through His previous apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong. It is the 22nd Truth, which states:

“There has been an apostasy that is unprecedented in the Church of God as prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.”

It would also be good to quote a section of the 50th Truth regarding this chapter in 2 Thessalonians, which refers to the significance of this exact timing of a physical leader over the Church on earth who would betray Jesus Christ and cause this Apostasy.

“The revelation of this man would reveal to the Church that the end-time had now come and that the First Seal of Revelation had been opened. This man who would betray God’s government would be known as ‘the man of sin’ and ‘the son of perdition.’ As covered in the Church’s literature and in sermons, God revealed who this man was by a judgment of death that was contained in this revelation. That judgment was revealed through the number 40 (used as God’s judgment) times the seven-day week. It was exactly 280 days from the time of this man’s betrayal to the time he died. When Joe Tkach, Sr. gave a sermon denouncing the most basic laws of God, it was exactly 280 days later to the hour that he died. This timing was God’s revelation of who the son of perdition and this man of sin was.”

All that is recorded here is about one primary sign to the Church that the timing for Christ’s return had come. For nearly 1900 years, the Church waited until God revealed His timing for what He had inspired Paul to write.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by [about] the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto [preparing ourselves for] him, that you do not become soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand [that it has come]. Let no man deceive you by any means, for except [Christ's coming will not occur before this] there come a falling away [Gk. – apostasy – a great departing from the truth] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thes. 2:1-3).

A few who remain in God’s remnant Church experienced the immediate results of this moment in time that served to reveal the beginning of that countdown, which would lead up to the coming of the Messiah. This event began the process of the opening of the Seals of Revelation by Jesus Christ himself, as he and his Father began the process of intricate work that would lead up to the exact moment of his coming, which we believe will be on Pentecost of 2019.

It is becoming more and more evident that God has given an additional seven years to bring to pass those things written in 2008 – God’s Final Witness. Though we still do not know when the effects of the 2nd Trumpet are to commence, we see by the events of this world that the effects of all the Trumpets are very rapidly approaching, just as an approaching WW III is becoming more evident.

God has been revealing some of the most profound and intricate work contained in the time of the Apostasy to Christ’s literal coming, which shows the magnitude and power of His greatness to bring to pass all that He predetermined so very long ago.
It makes the word “awesome” seem so very puny and small because what God is doing goes so very far beyond such a weak description that words cannot convey it.

We have been given a great deal already concerning the unfathomable scale for the mathematical probabilities of so many events and timing to occur as they have been since the 17th of December in 1994 (the day of the Apostasy) to Pentecost of 2019 that it truly staggers the mind to try to grasp it all. As an exercise of your own, it would be good that you review some of these events and their timing that has been covered in previous posts. This time, try to look upon such events in the context of what was covered in the first part of this post concerning the events and their precise timing surrounding Christ’s first coming that God orchestrated. This should be done in the context of seeking to recognize God’s active work, and now also that of Christ’s, with such precision to fulfill all the events throughout this complete period that in reality amounts to bringing to fulfillment all that is contained in the Seven Seals of Revelation.

INSET:
There are two matters that I would like to address which need to be added to the end of this post so that all readers might be better informed, rather than simply sending it to the Church separately.

Third Book
Some time ago, I commented on the potential of writing a third book. Since there are quite a few who make mention of this in anticipation of it being published, this will serve as an update.

It now seems that such a book is not intended for this age, especially since it became clear to me that much of the content was to come from posts I have written while being here in prison. It now seems more likely that such a publication could well be a compilation of such written information that would be more beneficial to those in the Millennium.

Candidly, the book, 2008 – God’s Final Witness, will still be the primary publication needed by people over the next few years. This will be needed by many to help them understand what they are experiencing once great tribulation strikes this earth. In addition, they will also be able to place their hope in the “good news” of what will follow after the Pentecost of 2019. The only thing that will have changed is the timing that followed that publication – a period of seven additional years.

Impaled On A Pole
Another matter I would like to address concerns a phrase I have used over the past few years. I have used the phrase “impaled on a pole” when referring to what happened to Christ on Passover of 31 AD. Someone recently voiced their displeasure with the use of such an expression.

As a little background, a few years ago I became determined to get rid of the term “crucifixion,” since it is a false account that pictures Jesus Christ being nailed upon a cross. Since such a description is a perversion of the truth and the result of what the Catholic Church did to mingle pagan beliefs and practices with that of the story of Jesus Christ’s life, it is important that we do all we can to correct such misconceptions and lies.

Even Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance mistranslates the Greek work “stauroo” as “crucify,” and it states that this word means to “impale on a cross.” Although they have incorrectly given this definition to say that what took place was upon a cross, rather than a singular pole, they have correctly used the term “impale.”

The Church of God understands that he was nailed upon a straight pole through both hands together with a single nail (spike), just as his feet were nailed through with a single nail. His hands were not nailed through separately with his arms outstretched on a cross beam that was affixed to a pole.

When using the term “impaled on” or “to” a pole, God’s Church would fully understand that this is speaking in a context of the actual account where “nails” were used to impale Jesus Christ upon a pole. God’s people most certainly grasp that this would not be picturing a full body impalement on a pole. The word “impale” is a perfectly acceptable and proper term to be used in describing this account.

The dictionary definition of “impale” is to “pierce or transfix with a sharp instrument [in this case, nails]; to spike, run through, harpoon, stab, skewer, spear.” Some dictionaries also refer to the medieval use of this Latin origin in the practice of piercing with a sharpened stake trust up through the body. However, the use of the term over the centuries began to take on a much broader meaning and usage.

Although it is doubtful that any new reader would be confused by the use of the expression of Jesus Christ being “impaled upon a pole,” leading them to incorrectly conclude that this was speaking of his body being pierced through in this manner, I will add the word “nailed” to my description of this event. In other words, this account will be referred to in context of Jesus Christ being “impaled (or pierced through) with nails on a pole.”

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Satan’s Waning Power

After 22 days, some more #2 nonsense.  Wonder how Satan’s power is going to begin to diminish

—— False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s post ———————-

On the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, God began to reveal more about the deliverance of this world from the influence and bondage of Satan. The timing of this could not be more apropos.

During the sermon that was given on that day, a prophetic area of scripture concerning Satan was discussed. It was then that God began to reveal to me the deeper meaning and importance associated with these verses in Genesis. Although these verses are a broad overview of future prophetic events, they begin to reveal a part of Satan’s waning power that is now in the process of rapidly moving forward as we enter the final stages of this phase of the end-time.

Prophetic Verses
Some of the most powerful and profound prophecies God delivered to mankind were given from the very onset of human life – right after the first recorded sins of Adam and Eve. These prophecies were about the future birth and the death of the Son of God, then his rise to power, and the Church of God that followed. These prophecies also speak of Satan’s curse that would continue to the time when his power would become more fully diminished, and then finally come to the time of his destruction.

“The Eternal God said unto the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. Upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. It shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel’” (Gen. 3:14-15).

To understand these prophetic verses in Genesis it is needful to quickly review God’s predetermined plan for Christ and then His church, and how His purpose for His son and mankind as His begotten children work to accomplish God’s curse on Satan.

From the very beginning, in this account of Adam and Eve’s sin, God’s great plan and purpose is awesomely revealing. For those in God’s Church, it is not that difficult to see that before human life was ever created, it was predetermined that mankind would be created in such a manner that, by his own free choice, he would be drawn to sin – to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. It is from these earliest verses in scripture that God begins to reveal that He predetermined that mankind would need a Passover through whom their sins could be forgiven. All mankind, except Christ, would sin and come under the penalty of death – under Satan’s power of bondage.

In the Book of Hebrews, a quote of one of David’s prophecies is given when he is contemplating God’s purpose for the creation of mankind. Hebrews quotes this prophecy and states that mankind was made (created) a little lower than the angels, yet they were created to become crowned with glory and honor and to be set over the works of His hands (over God’s creation). This states God’s purpose that existed from the beginning. It then states that God put all things under his feet (under the feet of mankind to rule over), and that all was made to be in subjection to him and that nothing was left that was not put under him (under mankind). Then it states, “But now we do not yet see all things put under him” (Heb. 2:8).

The next verse is awesomely revealing because it goes on to show what we can now see at this time in the creation of mankind. It concerns the very Son of God who was begotten by God, with God being his paternal father, and then born of a woman as a physical human being so that he could live and then die in order to become the Passover of all mankind:

“But we see Jesus, who was made [created in the womb of Mary] a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor [resurrected and born into Elohim – made a spirit being in God's family], that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man [becoming our Passover]” (Heb. 2:9).

So indeed, before mankind was ever created, God predetermined (planned and purposed) that all mankind would need a Passover and Messiah who would work to deliver them from sin and then work to bring them into the God Family. Paul also speaks of this process in Romans:

“For whom He [God] did foreknow [see #1 below], He also did predestinate [see #2 below] to be [become] conformed to the image of His Son, that he [Christ] might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate [predetermine], them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified [through Christ], and whom He justified, them He also glorified [see #3 below]” (Rom. 8:29-30).

[#1] Above, the word “foreknow” [Gk.- beforehand – to know, think through, plan] is used only a few times in scripture, but its very definition is best defined by its usage in 1 Pet. 1:20 when Christ is being spoken of as being foreordained by God. “Who [speaking of Christ] was ‘foreordained’ before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

[#2] This Greek word translated here as “predestinate” [Gk.- beforehand – to determine, ordain, purpose] is again best defined by its context and usage in Eph. 1:4-5. Here it is revealed that before the foundation of the world itself was established that God determined the need for a Passover for mankind so that mankind could become part of God’s very family. “According as He has chosen us in him [in Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be [become] holy and without blame [forgiven of sin through our Passover] before Him [God] in love, having ‘predestinated’ us unto the adoption of children by [through] Jesus Christ to Himself [God], according to the good pleasure of His will.”

[#3] Those first called and justified to this time are those who are now the firstfruits and they will be in the God Family – “glorified” in Elohim. Certainly, all those in the future who go through this same process can potentially become “glorified” as well. All this was God’s plan that He determined before man was ever created, and it was predetermined that through Christ they would have the potential to become “glorified” as part of His family.

In returning now to Hebrews 2, and a few verses past what we covered in verse 9, a scripture from Isaiah is quoted that is about Christ. “And again he says, ‘Here am I [Christ] and the children [the Church – those begotten of God’s spirit] whom God has given me.’ Inasmuch then as the children [those begotten of God's spirit and given to Christ] have partaken [sharers together] of flesh and blood [made physical before being able to be born of spirit], he himself [Christ] likewise shared in the same [was born of physical life first before being born of spirit], that through death he [Christ] might destroy [bring to nothing, nullify, and eventually literally destroy] him [Satan] who had the power of death [because of sin], that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:13-15).

Genesis 3:14
In this story of the first two humans whom God created, and then their subsequent sin, God gave prophetic pronouncements that involved judgments that would be executed upon man, woman, and Satan through time. Those are described as the curses they would suffer due to sin. In previous posts, much of those things relating to curses that befell men and women already have been covered.

This post concerns the curse that was placed upon Satan. This was due to his evil work, within his evil spirit, where he harbored evil intent towards the creation of mankind, and then acted in sin to lead man and woman into sin – to also turn them against God.

“The Eternal God said unto the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field [land]. Upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life’” (Gen. 3:14).

These verses are very poorly translated into English. Not a great deal of time will be spent in covering the scriptures that strongly clarify the true meaning of the poorly translated words. Rather, an overview of basic explanation, along with a few needful verses showing greater clarification will be given.

When it says that he is cursed “above every beast,” the Hebrew word for beast should be more correctly translated as “life” or “living.” This Hebrew word is used in a few areas in reference to animals, but it is also used in specific reference to mankind as well, and such instances are a matter of understanding by the specific context. Nevertheless, it should still be translated as “life” or “living” in order to give its truest intent and meaning. This word is used twice in the scripture when it speaks of God giving life to Adam. One time it is translated as “life” and the other as “living.”

“And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of ‘life,’ and man became a ‘living’ soul [body or being]” (Gen. 2:7).

In Gen. 3:14, the word “cattle” is not about cattle at all. If it were to be read literally as being cattle, this would be exceedingly strange and it would carry very little comparative value. This usage and interpretation would almost be equivalent to saying that Satan was of the cattle kind, and this would also raise questions as to the kinds of curses that have befallen cattle, which indeed should seem weird and should bring into question such a translation or interpretation. There are specific words in Hebrew that do describe only cattle, however, this word is far beyond that specific narrow usage.

One of the more practical, easier to grasp uses of this word is found in the account of Noah and the ark.

“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing [Heb.- “all life” – that was on the ark], and all the “cattle” that were with him on the ark…” (Gen. 8:1).

It should be quite obvious that God was not merely concerned with the seven pair of cattle more than all the other animals that had been gathered together on the ark. Other descriptive words concerning the life that was on the ark is broadened when God gave Noah instruction to bring all life off the ark.

“Bring forth with you every living thing [all life] that is with you of all flesh, of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth” (Gen. 8:17).

All “flesh” in this verse is a word used as a description that includes any and all life that was on the ark (Gen. 8:17-19). It also includes human life as when Adam and Eve were told that they were to become one flesh (one body) as husband and wife.

The word “cattle” in these verses that have been quoted is used in context like the word “animal” might be used when describing life of land creatures that is distinct from birds or creeping things (as reptiles). This word in Hebrew which is translated as “cattle” is plural and is used to include a vast variety of living creatures and does not simply describe one type or a specific variety by its use. Cattle alone as a single variety could not be described by such a word when used by itself in this manner.

So in returning to Genesis 3:14, we see that God told Satan that because he had sinned by leading the man and woman into sin, he was now cursed above all that God had created in the animal kingdom. This does not mean that animals were cursed, but instead that the greatness of Satan’s existence and very life was being cursed, by a process that would begin to lower him below that of all the creation of the animal kingdom.

The contrast that is made is that Satan’s curse was akin to being lowered below that of the animal kingdom to that of creeping things, and as such, he would be so low as to symbolically be licking up the dust of the earth for the remainder of his life. Although Satan did not grasp what God told him, he certainly knows now.

There is yet even deeper prophetic meaning in what God told Satan. In this curse of being lowered to the level of licking the dust of the earth, God was prophetically revealing how He would “lower” Satan. It would be by what God would accomplish in His ongoing creation through that which was the primary purpose of all His creation. God’s great purpose in creation is in that of creating His Family, Elohim. Satan would be made to lick of the dust of the earth – lowered to have to swallow what God was accomplishing in His creation of mankind – mankind that was made of the “dust” of the earth.

Genesis 3:15
“I [the Eternal] will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. It shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15).

This verse is an outline of awesome prophetic events that cover nearly 7,000 years. Satan first led Eve, the first woman, to sin; therefore, God stated that through woman He would put (set, appoint, establish) enmity between Satan and the woman. This would be accomplished in a progressive manner through time. Through woman, as mankind began to be multiplied upon the earth, God would begin calling out those whom He would mold and fashion to become part of the firstfruits of His creation.

The means through which God would put enmity between Satan and the woman was through this process of God calling individuals out of the world – out from the ways of Satan and sin. God would forgive those whom He called and they would begin to worship Him in spirit and in truth. This process of how God worked with those whom He called automatically put them and the way of life they embraced at odds with Satan, and he with them – enmity between them.

Satan could not grasp nor fully know what God was doing through those with whom He interacted. Yet Satan was always there to fight against – to be an enemy – to those with whom God worked. So from the beginning, there began to be enmity between the woman and Satan. The process began first in the life of Abel, whom God first called and worked with.

However, the greater prophetic fulfillment would come when God created life to come into existence within Mary’s womb, as she would then give birth to the very Son of God. Satan could never destroy what God was doing, yet he was always an enemy and sought to do so. Still, this devil was allowed to influence the very killing of Jesus Christ, but he could not destroy him. He did not grasp what God was going to fulfill (to establish) through His only begotten Son.

Satan’s seed refers to all the world that has followed his ways – the ways of pride, rebellion, selfishness, greed, lust, and sin. The woman’s seed is that which is first about Jesus Christ who came to spill his blood to the earth and then die to become the Passover for all mankind. This “seed” then is broadened mightily in meaning to include all who have come from woman and have been called of God, being forgiven of sin through Jesus Christ, and receiving the life of God dwelling in them. This “seed” became the Church of God, which will soon grow in massive size over the next 1,100 years.

In reality, Satan was only able to inflict a temporary suffering upon Jesus Christ (to bruise his heel), as he was not able to destroy him. Satan did not grasp that by what he had instigated in the killing of the Son of God, he was only lowering himself to lick more of the dust of the earth, since as a result of Jesus Christ then becoming mankind’s Passover, the means was made manifest for the potential of “all mankind” to be forgiven of all sin and then to receive the life of God to dwell in them (more “licking of the dust of the earth” by Satan).

Not only did Jesus Christ then become the Passover for all mankind, but three days later he fulfilled the meaning of the wave-sheaf offering, the first of the firstfruits to be born and received into God’s family Elohim, the first of mankind to be made greater than the angelic realm. This too became more “licking of the dust of the earth” by the Devil.

Fifty days after the wave-sheaf was accepted by God, the Church of God, the Body of Christ, was established. Jesus Christ then became the High Priest of God to the Church. On that day of Pentecost, the Church was established as a spiritual mother to all whom God the Father would call into it. This is the spiritual woman spoken of by John for the end-time:

“When the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth [to lick the dust of the earth], he persecuted [the enmity – as an enemy] the woman which brought forth the man [Jesus Christ]. And to the woman [Church] was given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:13-14).

These verses and those that follow cover a period of time from the birth of the Son of God of a physical woman to the establishment of the Church, which is likened to a woman. It then continues on to reference the time of the Apostasy, which was the long awaited proclamation to the Church of Christ’s imminent return. These events all culminate with the end of Satan’s influence upon the Church and upon all mankind for the next 1,100 years. We are now rapidly moving through that transition and the greatest “licking of dust” yet by that evil being.

So the reality is that Satan was only able to bring about a temporary harm (to bruise the heel) on the “seed of the woman” when Jesus Christ’s physical life was taken from him. Figuratively, Satan was “only” able to bruise Jesus Christ’s heel, whereas this prophetic “seed of the woman,” Jesus Christ, would bruise Satan’s very head. Three days after Satan bruised Jesus Christ’s heel, he was resurrected from death and became the first of the firstfruits of the human family to enter Elohim and to receive such “glory” in the spirit-existing Family of God.

The following is a far better translation of the true context and spiritual intent of Genesis 3:15: “I [the Eternal] will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, and it [her seed] shall bruise your very head, but you shall only bruise his heel.”

Bruising Satan’s Head
As it has been covered in the recent past, Satan’s life will come to an end. It will occur at a time soon after the final 100-year period of judgment when the greatest salvation of mankind takes place. This event will be the final fulfillment of what will occur in the bruising of Satan’s head. He tried to destroy Christ, but only bruised his heel when he facilitated Jesus Christ’s human death; however, Christ will bruise Satan’s head, meaning the vulnerable part of the body that will fully end his very existence and destroy him.

Most everyone believes that since Satan is a spirit being that he cannot cease to exist. That is simply not true! For the sake of some new readers, a quick and partial overview of this would be helpful, although there is much more that has been covered on the subject.

The truth is that God alone has self-sustaining, age-lasting existence – eternal existence inherent in Himself. God not only created the physical universe and everything in it, but He also sustains it. Mankind cannot begin to remotely grasp such magnitude of power and might. Even the spirit realm was created by God, and it was created before the physical creation. It too is sustained by Him. After the spirit realm was created, God created angelic beings who were composed of spirit, but their life is not self-sustaining. God sustains it all! The reality is that the spirit life that God gave to angels can be taken from them and they can come to an end of life, just as what will happen to Satan.

Notice what God has said to Satan: “By the multitude of your merchandise, it has filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned [Lucifer sinned]. Therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God [remove him from all power], and I will ‘destroy’ you” (Ez. 28:16). God will destroy Satan and make him to perish from among the entire created angelic realm.

The Hebrew word translated here as “destroy” means just that and is most often translated as “perish.” Two examples are given below:

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly ‘perish’ from off the land whereunto you go over Jordan to possess it. You shall not prolong your days upon it, but you shall be utterly destroyed” (Deu. 4:26).

“And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to ‘perish,’ all Jews” (Es. 3:13).

This Year of Dedication
This prophecy in Genesis 3:15 actually brings us up to the present and those things that God is now doing in and through the Church to accelerate the “bruising of Satan’s head.” As it was stated at the beginning of this post concerning God revealing even greater prophetic meaning in these two verses of Genesis, “The timing of this could not be more apropos.”

For about the past three years now, the Church has been living through a very specific prophesied time of the sixth period of 1,260 days in the count to Christ’s return following the Apostasy upon the Church. This period is about the “measuring of the temple” covered in the beginning of Revelation 11.

This time for the “measuring of the temple” is about a final great cleansing of that temple, as harmful, profaning, and polluting elements are being removed from it. Some of what began to be removed early on and is still taking place to a much smaller degree is the removal from the environs of the Church of those who feign (pretend – falsely live) that they have been part of the temple. This time is also about many within the Church who have been yielding themselves to more fully measure up to their placement in the temple of God. These begotten individuals are cleansing themselves as they work to more fully “dress and keep” what God has placed before them.

Within this time of measuring the temple, and now in this final Year of Dedication, month by month the Church is being made stronger and Satan weaker. In this time of the Church being made stronger and of being prepared for what lies ahead in the next few years, as well as being prepared for Christ’s coming, Satan’s head is beginning to be bruised. Not only is God increasingly diminishing Satan’s power, but also He is preparing to have him completely removed from the presence of mankind for the next 1,100 years. When that time has passed Satan will then be released for a short time in order to meet his destruction – the final bruising of his head.

This adversarial spirit being knows that his time is short and he is striking out at God’s Church in whatever ways he can, but due to the Church being so strengthened spiritually, he is simply eating more and more dust. Yet this knowledge should sober all of us to focus even more so on putting God first in our lives and working earnestly to more fully dedicate our lives to Him and His way of life. God and Jesus Christ have granted us this most awesome opportunity to excel in that quest in the remaining time of this important and exceedingly blessed and special Year of Dedication.

There is yet one more prophetic verse that is now beginning to be fulfilled. It was recorded by Paul when he states, “And the God of peace shall bruise [KJV quote – the actual Gk. means ‘to break, shatter, crush’] Satan under your [the Church's] feet shortly” (Rom. 16:20).

This is part of what is now beginning to take place in this year and will continue through the seventh period that follows. The word translated “shortly” is not a word that means it will happen soon, but is a compound word that means, “When it is time for it to happen, it will happen relatively quickly or over a short period of time.” The next few years is indeed a short period of time when held up to the past nearly 6,000 years of Satan’s work against mankind, and short compared to the nearly 2,000 years of his fighting against God’s Church. So indeed, this time spoken of by Paul has begun and will continue to accelerate until it is complete.

The more that Satan fights against God’s Church, the more his power will become diminished and shattered. This will continue up to a crescendo when the 144,000 return with Christ and he binds Satan for the next 1,100 years. At that point, Satan’s power and influence against God’s Church will be fully crushed, broken, and shattered, as he will never again be able to harm it! As the rest of the verse in Romans 16:20 states, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you [the Church], Amen.”

Inset Post – An Apostle and Prophet

Ron was overdue for a post, longer than 3 weeks since last one.  Here is his latest nonsense, including claims about his IRS difficulties.  One of them I’ve already refuted in my post Sentencing Memorandum of Mike (DDTFA).  As far as his claim that there is a “required dollar amount” before the government can take action, I doubt that there is a legal requirement but there may be administrative standards the IRS and US Attorney has preferring to get convictions for larger dollar amounts.

Update: I failed to copy over the “introduction to the introduction” shown below in italics.  There has been criticism of his speaking of himself in the third person.  While that might be appropriate for a paragraph or two in a jacket liner, writing your own introduction in the third person is … well, rather weird.

———–  Weinland’s Post: ————

The following post has been written to inform you of the new introduction for the two books on the book website.

AN APOSTLE AND PROPHET
Ronald Weinland, an author whose books have gone into over 170 countries in 7 languages, is first and foremost an apostle to the One Almighty Eternal God. Preceded by Herbert W. Armstrong who led the Worldwide Church of God, Ronald Weinland is an apostle in a long lineage of God’s apostles, beginning with the original 12 who began their work in 31 AD, long before others emerged falsely calling themselves Christian.

Ronald Weinland is the last apostle in this final age of man’s self-rule. That self-rule will end with the second coming of Jesus Christ who returns to put an end to WW III and bring peace to this earth – peace which mankind has been unable to achieve for 6,000 years. He came the first time, nearly 2,000 years ago, as God’s Passover Lamb who made possible the forgiveness of sins for mankind. This time, he is coming as a “Lion” with great supernatural power to chasten, battle, and conquer those who are destroying the earth. Jesus Christ will then establish a one-world government under his reign – in peace – for the next 1,000 years.

Historical accounts have some variance, but it is believed that most all of the original apostles, including Paul who was the apostle to the gentiles, were imprisoned and eventually killed. The last apostle to write scripture was John, who was also a prophet, and while imprisoned by the government of his time on the Isle of Patmos, he had revealed to him the Book of Revelation, which he then wrote. Ronald Weinland is the only other apostle who has also been made a prophet by God and Jesus Christ. He is the counterpart to John, in that John was given knowledge to record the Book of Revelation for the end-time and Ronald Weinland was given the “meaning” and the responsibility to declare that “meaning” in these books, other writings, and in a vast number of recorded speeches.

Since the days of John, nearly 1,900 years ago, God’s true Church has not been accustomed to having a prophet, but God made Ronald Weinland a prophet in 1997. The first book, The Prophesied End-Time (published in mid-2004), is the product of what God gave to him concerning the beginning fulfillment of prophetic end-time events that Christ revealed were to begin first in His own Church – events that began to occur in December of 1994 with the opening of the First Seal. Since most in the world have not readily known of God’s true Church, they are largely unaware that these events involved the opening of the first six seals of Revelation. It is also revealed how 9/11 was a fulfillment of the Sixth Seal and a prophetic type of what is yet to follow on a vastly larger scale.

His last book, 2008 – God’s Final Witness, begins to pinpoint the timing of the remainder of major end-time events and adds far more information beyond what the first book covers. This book reveals the opening of the Seventh Seal (the last seal to be opened), which occurred in 2008, and the book also reveals the meaning of the Seven Trumpets, as well as the Seven Thunders of Revelation, which John was forbidden to record. However, it also needs to be made clear that all initial timing mentioned in this book has been moved forward by exactly seven years.

These final end-time events that will plunge mankind into a third world war began with the opening of the Seventh Seal of Revelation in 2008. These events have begun with the first phase of a great economic collapse, which has only been temporarily delayed by quantitative easing that will actually lead the world into a far more horrific global economic collapse. These final prophecies reveal the collapse of the U.S. Dollar, as well as the decline and eventual destruction of the United States itself. The final great war prophesied will be between temporarily united European nations and the axis powers of both Russia and China combined.

Ronald Weinland is the last apostle to be sent to this world, and as such, God has established through him a final testimony (witness) of mankind’s true attitude and spirit toward God Himself. This has been made manifest (revealed) through “the many” who have turned in bitterness, hatred, disgust, mockery, ridicule, and slander toward the one whom God has sent.

Much of mankind’s true attitude has also been revealed through Ronald Weinland’s trial and imprisonment by the government of the United States. He began serving his sentence in February of 2013, with a release date in February of 2016. God has established the true spirit of mankind through the ages by how his prophets and apostles have been treated, with so many of them being imprisoned and even many killed.

Ronald Weinland was accused and convicted of purposefully evading the payment of taxes to the federal government. It was imputed that many expenses declared as Church expenses could not be declared as such, but were personal, and therefore, taxes should have been paid on those personal expenses. The two primary expenses that gave the government the “required dollar amount” necessary to bring about such an indictment and then a conviction was based on Church beliefs and legitimate religious practices for God’s Church.

The main dollar amount was $300,000 in Church money, which was moved to a bank in Switzerland. This was made to look sinister, even though it was told to the Church in 2002 that money would be placed there in Ronald Weinland’s personal name in order to give the Church the ability to continue to function during a third world war that will engulf the world in the final years of the end-time (which will now occur within a period between November 2015 {as originally posted was 2016 but changed after a commenter pointed out the error} and May of 2019). This movement of money to Switzerland was due to the prophetic belief that the U.S. Dollar will collapse during those final years and that a meager amount of funds, along with the ability to continue doing a “religious work,” could be aided by funds deposited in Switzerland. Just as with events that transpired in part during WW II, the nation of Switzerland had been believed to be a location that would once again be considered a “safe zone” for securing deposits.

This last book, 2008 – God’s Final Witness, explains what people must do if they want to survive this last war – a nuclear war – and live on into a new age that God will give to mankind.

Did Not Leave Because of the Coffee

Here is as its own post a comment left earlier this morning.  In the past I have posted copies of such letters without revealing full names, but since Donna chose to leave her full name in the comment it is repeated here.

——————–  Donna’s comment ———————————–

Hi to all,
I have not been on here for awhile as I don’t care for people blaming God for what a man has done. We are all responsible for our own actions. GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL! I read the  post of our latest retiree from PKG. I am so glad that there is still hope for some to come to their senses. I did not leave because of the coffee. I am attaching a copy of the letter I sent directly to Ron and Laura. It is a little lengthy but I think it will let some on this blog see that we left for all  the right reasons. Please read to the end, I know it is long.

This is to the Church of God – PKG.  I am removing myself from the membership of this organization. Reasons are as follows.

Ron and Laura Weinland,

You have  proven to me that you are no longer following  the truths of God that were given to us through the scriptures.  I have been searching the scriptures daily for a time now, trying to prove what you are teaching.  I have found no proof for the words that you speak. You have as of the last few years been giving you own interpretation. 2Peter 2:20  (Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is an any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  The words in the Bible are true and right. You cannot make them fit your agenda.  I have tried now for years to believe what you are still preaching even from your prison cell but not one of your prophecies have been fulfilled.

Read what it tells us in Deuteronomy 18:20-22  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak  a word in my name , which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of others gods, even that prophet shall die.  And if thou say in your heart,  How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaks Sin the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken presumptuously: thou shall  not be afraid of him.

You tell us that when God says we are to turn to the right or left we just do it. Are we not to prove all things?  Yet the Bible tells me in  Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, (meaning is according to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) ( the function or the information-doctrine, learning ,teaching ) by the sleight of man, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. When is the last time you have told the congregation to open their Bibles and prove all things according to scripture.

I do believe that at one time you spoke the truth, but the truth is no longer in you. You are LAODICEAN, it is still the Laodicean Era. There is no other era mentioned in the Bible. Or do you think that God forgot to put that in there for our edification. When did you forget who you were to be serving? You cannot serve two masters.

When you revealed to the church that Laura was the second witness and said you were the spokesman, it tells us in the Bible that they both speak.  Where is it written in scripture? We are to  prove all things. You have lifted yourself up  and yet you tell me how humble you and Laura are. Yet I see nothing but haughtiness and pride in both of you.  There have been so many lies told that Laura and yourself cannot back track fast enough to cover yourself.  Have you read the scriptures lately as to what is to happen to the false prophets. God does not allow it for very long and I think that your time is over. At least I pray that it is. I pray that people will be able to have the scales removed from their eyes while there is still time. You have deceived God’s people for so long and now they have lifted you and Laura up and made you their idol. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. can be deceived, even you.

You and Johnny keep telling me if I am  digging in the garbage pit I no longer have God’s  Spirit. Well I am digging in the Bible, is that also what you consider the garbage pit. I have been seeking Gods truth and guidance for a couple of years now and this is where He has lead me. I am not just a dumb sheep following what you say is the truth. I am trying to prove  all things. I am now going to have to go back and prove everything that you have taught. When did the lies begin? That is what I am going to have to look for, the beginning.

I have read most of the trial transcripts on line. I do not consider them garbage as they were given by your  daughter and elders in the church, under oath, right? Did they all lie. I have caught Laura in a number of lies just recently but have tried to overlook them . But that is not what we are told to do. When did money become so important to you and your family that you forsook God? Do you realize how you have hurt the body? Those that have given their tithes and offerings with a willing heart.  And yet you have rewarded those that you and Laura PREFER above others. You give money to just certain ones that you feel are worthy, but there some who are hurting and them you leave out. They are not good enough to be part of your circle. God has always blessed me that I have been able to take care of myself, but there are others who really needed the churches help but they were never given any. Yet they follow you and Laura, just stumbling along hoping for a crumb. But they don’t look to God as their source of peace. I told Laura not too long ago that this is not the Church of Ron. I follow God. I have tried to find truth in your teaching but you have become blinded with the money you stole from God for your own gain. I wish that you would repent but I think that you have sold yourself to something different.

Proverbs 6:16 -19  These are six things that the Lord hates. Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17. A proud look, a lying tongue Hands that shed innocent blood
18. A heart that devices wicked plans,  Feet that are swift in running to evil
19. A false witness  who speaks lies  and one who sows discord among the brethren.

I don’t believe that seeking the truth and telling others to open their Bibles is sowing discord. But there is  nothing that one can say that will help someone to open their eyes. I can save no one but myself as we are told.  I do pray for the body as I think they are deceived but that is between them and God. But I think that there is going to be much blood on your hands. You were to be the head of your family but you listened to a woman. And so it all began! PLEASE  PLEASE  repent for the sake of the body. A man is to be leading his family, what has happened to the ministry?

These are the things that I see in you and in the ministry. You told me that my baptism was not legit because the man who baptized me was not a minister in the WWCG. Yet you have woman baptizing and they are not even given the right to speak in church. And I don’t believe that this means a physical place where people worship. You  made women elders so that Laura could collect a pay check. Did you not have enough money at your disposal?  You don’t even counsel for baptizing, were you just  trying to enlarge your numbers.  Was this to make you look good or was it again the money coming in that you and your family squandered on personal pleasure. How much of this do you not want the congregation to know? Is that why you keep threatening the body, is that of God? Do you think He will be pleased with what you have done?

I see where you used the churches money to fund Jeremy’s education. Could I get that to help Ethan further his education. I think that the answer would be no. And yet my son works hard and he would find a job, which is more than what Jeremy has done. As told to me by Laura. Even your daughter is not qualified to do the job she has, it is only because she is family. She is not an accountant. But then an outside accounting firm would not have lied and cheated for you. You would have had to pay your taxes just like I have to do ever year.  Maybe that is where you started to go wrong. Laura talks too much and tells too many stories, each time it has a different twist to it. She is just one of the many gossips in the church, but as I said, just one. Is that not one of the things that God hates? But for her it is okay. And the truth be told, I still love Laura very much. I counted her as a friend but I know she is not sincere. I have heard her talk about so many of the other people in the body. If she is slandering some I know she is doing the same thing with all of us. You have known this for a long time as I know people have brought it to your attention.  You even mentioned it in a sermon at one time. Yet you were not strong enough to rule your own house.

Ron I wonder if you are really that blind or if it is what you choose to believe. I don’t believe that you have the character needed for repentance, at least not that I have ever seen in you, but I hope and pray that you will. Many are called, few are chosen.  There are vessels to honor and some to dishonor. Just as I told Laura that Mr. Tkatch was put in his position in God’s church to do what needed to be done. It was all part of the God’s plan. You know Ron, I have thought on what the Bible tells us about Adam and Eve. Adam was not deceived but he followed his wife. I think the same is true for you. You knew better, but Laura was more important to you than God. Ron, I still love you both as we are commanded but I pray for God to do what He has to do quickly to wake up those that still love God more than they love you and Laura. I pray that you both repent but if not?????

I am still in the body of Christ, as He dwells in me.  Being in a physical organization does not put me in the body.  So says HWA. You have brought shame on the name of God’s church. You carry His name, how do you think He feels? Christ asked if he would find faith when he returns. My faith is in God and His son, NOT in you. You have made the body to believe that their place of safety is in the PKG. Yes, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So ends my relationship with PKG.  Good luck to you in what is to follow.
Donna Kautz

Mere Words and Promises Aren’t Cuttin’ It Any Longer

As False Prophet Ronald Weinland finishes his last year in prison, PKG gets smaller and smaller — but probably will not hit zero.

Just this week I received an email from a now former PKG member, having just left this weekend.  Here is his email in it’s entirety with the exception of redacting his last name.  Those PKG members from East coast near Pennsylvania should recognize who it is.

—————-  Bill’s email ———————————–


A Heightened Dedication – Pt 6

 

False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s pencils seem to be on a 3-week cycle: here’s his latest.

Seems that some have been disfellowshipped for being unemployed.  Gotta keep those tithes coming in!!!  As this is the last of his postings in this series, we’ll have to see what kind of nonsense he comes up with next.  And whether he’ll have another one 3 weeks from now, which will be one week prior to passover.

———————-  Weinland’s Posting ———————–

In this Year of Dedication, in the lives of those whom God has called, there are a number of areas where improvements can be made in regards to the example being set. We are ambassadors for Christ, and as such, we are to always be keenly aware of what we reflect to those in the world around us and toward one another in God’s Church.

In this very special year, God is offering us the knowledge, opportunity, help and power to make greater change in the spiritual refinement of our lives. We are the temple of God and He seeks to more fully dwell within His Church, especially at this time in the preparation and work that will usher in His Kingdom and the reign of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Although it was quoted in the last post, it needs to be quoted again what Paul instructed the Church concerning our responsibility to glorify and honor God in our life. During this year, these verses need to become much more deeply ingrained in our thinking.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own [to do as you please, as you will, apart from God's ways and will]? For you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

These are truly awesome verses and each person should strive to come to see more deeply the importance of what is being said. These verses are so important to grasp at this time that it would be good to go through them in prayer before God. In so doing, one needs to genuinely and earnestly focus on the words and what they mean for their life.

We are not only “not to defile the temple,” but we are to “dress and keep” ourselves in a way that reflects true honor being given to God through our example, which also has much to do with our very appearance. We honor and glorify God when we live in “true” moderation, soundness, and balance in life. We can dishonor God when our example reflects characteristics that are opposite or contrary to His.

In the last post, the principle of judging by moderation was addressed in the use of makeup and alcohol. That process for judgment can be used in other areas of life as well. However, it is also necessary to add to that process the need to also seek soundness of thinking and true balance in our judging. The ability to exercise these with “right reasoning” is not in mankind, but must come from God, just as it was covered concerning the ability to rightly judge moderation.

Some of the areas that can be worked upon more in this quest of seeking to reflect true moderation, soundness, and balance include matters like one’s work ethic and productivity, clothing (styles, cleanliness, and care), diet, weight, grooming, and any other area that involves the need and responsibility to “dress and keep” ourselves.

Seeking Good Health
It should be clear throughout scripture that it is one of God’s desires for His creation to be healthy. Early on, God gave Israel laws that pertained to maintaining good physical health and hygiene. God also revealed to Israel the curse of sickness and disease that would result from disobedience and negligence to live the way He revealed to them.

It needs to be recognized here that one’s attitude toward working at maintaining good physical health reveals much about the likelihood of how one will work at maintaining good spiritual health. If one is lax toward being watchful in their diet and need for exercise, then there is a stronger likelihood of that person being lax (not as watchful) toward their spiritual health. It could also be said that if one is primarily motivated by vanity in how one looks, then they are more likely to be motivated by vanity in how they act in what they perceive as being spiritual and the reflection they want to portray in how they want to be seen by others. If someone is motivated by pride in one’s own self-discipline and personal values then the likelihood is higher that such a person will be motivated by pride in their own abilities and/or self-discipline in personal study, prayer, fasting, listening to sermons, etcetera, rather than in having a true meekness, humbleness, and thankfulness toward God for the spiritual health and strength they are blessed to receive in life that come fully from God and not at all from self.

In this modern age where there has been an explosion in science and technology, we find that mankind, due to his greed, has been more greatly cursed than in any other age. Although there is much good that has come from the great advances in science and technology, the norm for mankind is to misuse such knowledge for immoral and selfish purposes.

We see this misuse of knowledge in the area of agriculture where the raising of animals and crops, as well as its distribution for consumption as food products, is steeped in greed and a reckless application of science and technology. As a result, the food we eat is not the quality God originally created for mankind. With the chemical contents alone that are contained in food items at a grocery store, people truly have no idea of the true effects of what these chemical ingredients can have on the human body and mind.

The reality is that we cannot begin to completely protect ourselves or our families from the harmful effects of chemicals and food degradation. To do so would require great wealth, years of work, land, equipment, workers, and so many other resources. In this age, it is impossible to secure totally uncontaminated, chemical-free, purified food products. We are in bondage to a corrupt world.

Nevertheless, we should strive to be healthy, and when it comes to what we eat, we should work at ever improving upon our diet – what we eat. Interjecting at this point, it needs to be said that great balance and soundness of mind needs to be exercised in such matters, and the motivation must be one that comes from God and wanting to please Him.

There are some who keep off excess weight simply by their own drive that is motivated by vanity (how they want to appear to others or how they see themselves). Such can at times become so unbalanced toward their own appearance to the point of becoming nutritionally starved, and this can even lead to some becoming bulimic or anorexic. Then there are those whose diet is governed by pride and strength of self-control as a result of their own “self-educated belief and understanding” of “proper diet.” True and sound motivation can only come as a result of one’s personal relationship with God and a right desire of humbly honoring Him in one’s life.

Great balance and soundness of mind must be exercised, because when people begin to become more informed and/or concerned about such things, the tendency is that many then become unbalanced in how they address it all. Human nature often reacts (responds) in an extreme way and not in a balanced manner. The extreme for some is that they totally ignore such knowledge because for them it is easier. They simply do not want to be bothered by such responsibility and the feeling of any guilt for what they want to eat.

While there is one group that goes to the extreme in choosing to ignore helpful knowledge, there are others that swing to the opposite extreme to the point of fanaticism. Such individuals often tend to go to great lengths acquiring only food products which are considered “natural” or only “organic.” This thinking generally goes so far that these same individuals often take this to a level of great pride. Often they feel the urge to promote and openly preach, to those who will listen, about “their” understanding and “personal practice” of such pursuits. Not only that, but they also tend to look down upon others and openly reflect their disdain, disagreement, and/or judgment against them by their condemning or condescending words and/or actions. A person exercising such pride and/or hard judgment upon others does far worse in dishonoring God by such actions than all of their best efforts they expend at eating purer foods do to honor God (if such were their true motive).

However, there is “balance” and “soundness of mind” that needs to be exercised in such matters. Much of this comes back to rightly understanding our relationship with God and what it means that we are to be seeking to act responsibly toward those things within our control. Yes, one should seek to eat in a healthy manner, and that is a personal matter for each individual to judge for themselves. It is a personal matter for each person because of one’s own unique circumstances that often vary from that of others. One must consider their own budget (financial balance), their own circumstances regarding their own health or that of other family members, a manageable stewardship of that which is within their control, etcetera.

If a person has absolute knowledge of the true quality of some food and believes it to be a healthier item that they can afford to add to their overall food budget, then that is their choice to include such to their diet, and it is good if they can do so. If someone has the same knowledge, but feels it is too expensive for them or not of as meaningful an advantage over other less natural or less organic products, then that is their free choice. One person may be able to enhance their food supply somewhat by planting a garden where they can exercise better control of the produce it yields. Others, however, may not find such a thing helpful or possible to do. Someone may have access to or ability to purchase more food items that are more natural or organic, while another may not. These are personal judgments and we should not judge or condemn others for their personal judgment in such matters.

There is also the factor of each person’s need to understand the importance of faith and that of trusting in God for protection that should always be considered when striving to be a good steward over such things in one’s family. We can and should always look to God for protection from those things that might possibly be harmful if one is striving to handle well the overall management of what they eat or feed to their family.

We should indeed seek balance in our efforts to honor God. It is far better to work toward having a balanced diet than it is to acquire the most perfect food that one can. Yet if one is able to improve upon the quality of their food, then that will indeed enhance the quality of their balanced diet.

This matter of a balanced diet also brings up a closely related subject concerning that of being overweight. Over the past several decades, the percentage of those who are overweight has grown exponentially. There are two factors that should be included in maintaining good physical health, which if omitted, often leads to one becoming overweight. These are “exercise” and a combination of “eating better food” and “portion control.”

It is true that some people have simply inherited a breakdown in genetics that has then been passed down from generation to generation, which has led to a poor functioning metabolism. If that is the case, then one should not just settle for such an outcome, but one should fight to make some improvement in their condition.

Very often, however, the condition of being overweight is simply the matter of a lack of effort being expended to exercise greater self-discipline in one’s life. Engaging in the battle to fight against being overweight is often beneficial in the development of stronger qualities of character, like that of strengthening one’s self-discipline that can then be exercised in other areas of life, and in developing or strengthening qualities, such as not giving up in battle, patience, determination, compassion, work ethic, consistency, etcetera.

Then there are those who have never had weight problems, or those who experience them to a much lesser degree than others, who themselves also have need to develop or strengthen such qualities of character, but will have to learn and develop them through other means or trials. The reason for this is because they have such a metabolism and genetic disposition where they will never have such battles or may only have to put minimal effort into losing weight.

Most who are overweight can mightily improve their overall health by losing weight through improving their diets and exercising regularly. For many, the fight against being overweight can be a life-long fight, just as many other battles are. It should be well understood that being overweight is the cause of many serious health problems in life. The issue of being overweight is one that clearly relates to what is being said when speaking of the need to seek to honor God in our physical bodies.

Excess weight does not accumulate in a week or a month and it simply will not disappear in a short time either. One must focus on changing bad habits like over eating, eating too many sweets, eating unbalanced and excessively fat producing foods, lack of exercise, etcetera.

In the environment I’m in now, in this prison system, I’ve seen a wide variety of examples that show how people address weight issues. This environment is unique in that the quality of food is quite poor compared to what the average person has access to through their local grocery store. There are those who not only go through the line at the cafeteria at every meal, but who often try to go through it two or three times. These same people also purchase sweets, soda pop, and junk foods that they eat often between meals. These individuals reflect their eating.

I’ve seen those who come in big and get bigger. I have seen those who come in average and then become big. However, I’ve also seen others lose weight, and they are those who have become more food conscious since coming here. They have tended to become more selective in what the will eat and will not eat as part of their diet. Such individuals lose weight by eating less and being more selective of what they do eat.

As common as it is for many to get bigger here, it is just as common that many lose weight also. The loss of twenty to forty pounds is a pretty regular occurrence. Yet there are some who have worked to shed much more. In addition to taking more control over their diet, all of these individuals exercise as well. There is one person I have come to know who has lost 140 pounds in thirteen months. Besides taking control over his diet, he has been faithfully walking three miles a day.

There are a wide variety of diets one can use to start the process of trying to lose weight, if one so chooses. Some may feel that there are certain diets that are dangerous, but such choices should also include the reality that failure to shed excess weight can also be very dangerous to one’s own health. All such choices are personal and others should not insert themselves into judging what another does in such instances. The focus for one’s health regarding daily diet should be to strive to eat more balanced meals and in smaller portions. This needs to be coupled together with striving to eliminate more junk foods from one’s eating habits (if applicable) and of trying to purchase the best quality foods that one can comfortably afford.

Smoking
There are also other matters that can be addressed that have to do with seeking good health, but there is one issue that has an important lesson clearly associated with it that can help one grow in understanding. It has to do with the matter of quitting the bad habit of smoking. It is an issue that has been a battle for many who have been called by God. This is still a battle for a very few in God’s Church, but it is still another area that needs to be cleansed within the environment of God’s temple.

This habit is not only a very unhealthy one, but it is also obnoxious and highly annoying for those who do not smoke. It is indeed a dirty habit that is spiritually steeped in selfishness, having a lack of love or concern and respect toward others, and of reckless disregard for being a clean temple for God to dwell. Some do indeed “seem” to perhaps escape some of the highly dangerous repercussions to their own health, such as cancers, lung disease, circulatory related conditions that affect the blood, heart, and other organs, whereas others do not “get by” and instead suffer horribly at some stage in their life.

There are many lessons that can be learned from such a foul habit, but one that will be mentioned here is important in understanding how wrong patterns of thinking conflict with that which could otherwise be in true harmony on a spiritual plane with God.

One who smokes tends to lose, or has never developed, the ability to recognize the obnoxious smell of cigarette smoke itself. To someone not accustomed to such an environment of cigarette smoke, whose sense of smell and taste are used to a far cleaner environment, such an individual is so sensitive to that smell that they can easily smell smoke on clothing, in the car, or in a home of a smoker. Yet the smoker is clueless – oblivious to such a “reality.”

This example is very reflective of other areas of life that separate the way people “think” about various matters of life. We are to seek to “dress and keep” our environment – that which is within our control – in a way that is in harmony with God and His ways. If one’s environment includes the filthy habit of smoking, then such a person will be “dulled” or fully unable to “think right” toward “why” such a thing is so wrong, unhealthy, and not in unity with what is right before God. Instead, one will see such a thing in a way that tends to justify, minimize, condone, and/or choose to ignore the truth about smoking. They simply cannot “see” what others “see” who live in a clean environment.

This same “reality” is true in nearly all areas of life concerning one’s ability to see things more clearly on a spiritual plane. The ability to best understand this is to begin seeing it here with this example of smoking and then in other smaller and more basic areas of life as well.

As with the example of makeup, those who have more fully experienced a sound balance toward its use are amply able to “see” when it is being misused and/or over used. Those who don’t see such a thing simply cannot “see,” just as one who smokes “cannot see” what others do who are cleansed or clean from it. One cannot truly see the ugliness, uncleanness, and obnoxiousness of smoking until they have been free and cleansed of it for some time. Then they can begin to grow in ability to truly “see.”

These are two very small and basic physical things that reveal a reality that is true in all areas of life. It is not until one has been cleansed from a wrong environment or practice in life and then begins to practice and live what is right that they can truly begin to “see” the ugliness of that which is not in unity and harmony with God. For those who have lived, exercised, experienced, and proven (by living and doing) things in life that are right and in harmony with God, they are able to “see” what others simply cannot until others also begin to live right and in harmony with God in those same areas of life.

We know that some might consider it a very small physical thing concerning the length for hair on a man or woman, yet God reveals that it is important in showing true and right honor toward Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Matters of hair length, hygiene, dress or skirt length, physical appearance, Sabbath wear, and other very physical things have much to do with how we think. These reveal whether our thinking is steeped in selfishness, pride, and/or vanity, or whether we are genuinely seeking to take responsibility to “dress and keep” our lives in a manner focused on true desire to honor God.

Work Ethic
Another area that needs to be considered in this very special time of a heightened dedication that we are seeking in our relationship with God is that which concerns the value of living by right, balanced, and sound work ethic. Such is not only vital to one’s own well-being, financial stability, peace of mind, strength of character, and the giving of proper family support and example, but it is highly important to the support of God’s work.

There are some who have had to be suspended or even disfellowshipped from God’s Church because they have failed to “work” as they should. Paul revealed God’s will in this matter concerning work when he stated that one who does not provide for his own family is worse than a non-believer. A non-believer has no place in God’s Church (the Body of Christ). This instruction for “family” being spoken of may include the need for a mother, a father, or of both a husband and wife who must work, if necessary, to properly provide for the needs of their family. This “family” may also be only one person who is on their own and is therefore responsible for properly providing for themselves. Providing for family is a principle to be applied to any family unit, whether it is one person or many.

There are a vast number of causes for why there has been such a dramatic increase over the past couple of decades in a rapidly deteriorating “work ethic” being taught to (or learned by) young people. As a result, today’s overall younger workforce has a very poor work ethic, and also lacks skill (ability) to plan financially for their lives.

Many employers today have to deal with workers who regularly show up late, lack motivation and drive, and are often filled with such pride that they believe they know how to better do their jobs than how they have been told to perform them. They fail to grasp the importance of unity, support, cooperation, order, consistency, etcetera, which must be maintained within a company. Many workers today will not show initiative to go above and beyond their specific duties, and not only that, they even have to be closely supervised so they will do the tasks given to them. Some have the concept that 30 hours of work per week is a full-load and they do not strive to put in 40 hours per week, let alone consider doing overtime where they would likely receive extra bonus overtime pay. Often, if one is only able to find work for 20 hours per week, there is no concept of the possibility of seeking to secure another 20-hour job to fill in a workweek and thereby be a better provider. Too many just work enough to barely get by, and even then, if they have credit cards, they live on debt.

There is an attitude among too many that once they have left home and are on their own that they should continue with all the comforts they had while at home. Such seem to have no real concept of starting out small and then working hard to build up their own possessions and to establish financial stability in their life.

Quite candidly, laziness, lack of motivation, little drive, poor planning skills, failure to exercise personal responsibility at work, and other such traits are just the opposite of the ways of God. Scripture says much about the blessings, wisdom, and peace that come from being productive and learning the value and rewarding exercise of good work ethic.

Yet even in the subject of “work” there is the need for balance and soundness of thinking that should always be exercised so that a person does not go to the opposite extreme of working too much. One is to also enjoy the “fruit of their labor” and it is always good to also learn the importance of spending time, good time, with family – both physical and spiritual where possible.

Conclusion
There is so much more that could be written about for so many other areas of our lives and even about what has already been covered, but we have already been given far more than what we are actually able to fully digest and focus upon. We should simply zero-in on addressing what we can, especially those most important areas in our individual life that need the greatest attention and focus for change and transformation at this time.

In this complete series of posts, A Heightened Dedication, we have been given many principles, tools, and lessons that can be utilized and even built upon as we seek to strengthen our lives spiritually. We are being given great opportunity to more fully dedicate our lives to God, especially within the next eight months of this awesome Year of Dedication.

God our Father and Jesus Christ are with us, more than at any other time, to give to us far above and beyond what we can currently grasp or see. We are the focus of God’s work and continuing creation at this end-time. We are the foundation of all that will continue into the soon coming Millennium. We are God’s temple!

One More Year

release_dateA brief note here to break up the prophetic blather.  Ronald Weinland is serving a 42-month prison term for 5 counts of criminal tax evasion.  He started serving just about 2 years and 2 weeks ago.  With time off for good behavior, his scheduled release date is one year from now.

But the sentencing order requires an additional 3 years of supervised release.  Which means that Ron will not be allowed to leave the Eastern District of Kentucky without permission from his probation officer.  The sentencing order also includes this provision:

13) as directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks that may be occasioned by the defendant’s criminal record, personal history, or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and confirm the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement.

Wonder if the probation officer could be persuaded that Ron is a danger to those who believe his nonsense or are likely too.