True Fellowship Part 12

False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s postings now seem to be on a 3-week schedule.  Perhaps that’s 1 week of his working with a #2 pencil and 2 weeks of Laura rewriting them.

————————  Weinland’s posting of April 3 —————————

We have now come full circle in this series in order to more soundly address matters of judgment associated with discerning the differences among those who do not have “spiritual fellowship” with God at this time.

God has been revealing a clearer understanding of what true fellowship with Him entails. This has also magnified the instruction which states how someone is able to worship God (have a true relationship with Him), or if they are incapable of having such a relationship at all. For it is clearly stated that, “God is a spirit” and those who worship Him must worship “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24).

This final area that will now be covered is one in which there has always been much confusion within the membership of the Church. It is about how to judge and then to act upon such judgment concerning those who are not in the fellowship of the Church. This final section will answer many of the questions that relate to this issue.

As with the last section, where a categorization was given for those who become “set against” God, a categorization will be made here at the beginning for those who are not in a “spiritual fellowship” with God at this time. Then, each of these will be explained more fully as we proceed further into this subject. We are to learn to better discern these differences through “clearer judgment,” and then “act” upon such understanding more wisely. Within this category of those who are not in a “spiritual fellowship” with God at this time, there are two primary groups of people:

1. Those who “have not been called”
a.) Who are highly indulgent in immoral and evil living
b.) Who are among most who are “of the world,” living out normal physical lives
c.) Who are against God’s Church

2. Those who “have been called”
a.) Who have been disfellowshipped and have no active outward display of ill will toward the Church
b.) Who have been disfellowshipped and have an active outward display of ill will toward God’s Church
c.) Who became scattered after the Apostasy, but have not been formally disfellowshipped from God’s true Church

Judge Righteous Judgment
As we proceed through this final section, some will be “tried” in how they may have to make some adjustments in current relationships and/or how they currently view them. God is helping us to more fully refine our thinking about relationships, especially in how to more perfectly judge them.

God’s Kingdom will soon be established on this earth and some of the parameters here will change when that begins. For example, group #1, or those who “have not been called” will begin changing at that time, for many will have the opportunity of a calling in the Millennium. But in all of this, God is teaching us much about a process of attaining to a stronger ability to “judge righteous judgment.”

Sometimes in the beginning of one’s calling, people can struggle with some of the things Christ had to say about judging. Although he made statements such as, “judge not, that you be not judged,” he also stated, “judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment”. In all these instances, Christ is warning that we should not judge by normal human judgment based on sentiment, pride, prejudice, selfishness, etc., but that it is to be based upon God’s word and ways (purpose, design, and will).

Christ said, “You judge after the flesh (via human nature). I judge no man (in the context of ‘after the flesh’). Yet if (when) I judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone (not reliant upon self), but I and the Father who sent me” (Jn. 8:15-16). He was showing that right judgment must originate from God and through His inspiration (conveyed by His holy spirit). This is also in line with the statement he made: “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous (the source being from God) judgment” (Jn. 7:24).

Once we are more perfectly able to judge in such a manner, then we and we alone must choose if we will live according to such judgment. It is the difference between living by (or according to) “our own will” or choosing to “live by God’s will.” Our Passover stated it beautifully: “I can of my own self do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just because I do not seek my own will (to live by that), but the will of the Father who has sent me” (Jn. 5:30).

The key to the difference of living our lives our way, or God’s way, especially in all relationships, is in what was stated at the very beginning of this series.

In Part 1 under the section heading of “God First,” the following statements (in quotations) were written:

“Relationships reveal what is in the heart, desire, and ‘true’ convictions of one who has entered the Body of Christ. Jesus Christ plainly stated how important it is that God be first in a person’s life, above all other relationships, ‘if’ a person desires to remain ‘in’ true fellowship with God.”

“If any come to me (through the Body of Christ) and does not love less (often translated as ‘hate’ – but in meaning and context is to ‘love less by comparison’) his father, mother, wife (or husband), children, brothers, sisters, and yes, even his own life also, then he cannot be my disciple” (Lk. 14:26).

“Christ is clearly saying that in order to be in a true relationship of continuing fellowship with him and God that one must always place God first in all matters of life in all the closest of human relationships.”

Before proceeding, it must be stated that all too often, some people’s spiritual weakness and self-inflected trials in close relationships come from not “standing on the principle” (living by, applying it to life) that God is indeed first in their life. Too often, there is vacillation, blindness, and even downright failure to actually place God first above “loved ones.” The question must then be asked, “Whom do we truly love most (first)?”

Basic Judgment
In this series, those who are in God’s Church have had magnified to them the awesomeness, privilege, seriousness, and humbling honor it is to be granted true fellowship with the Eternal God, His Son, and His Church. In this final segment, we are focusing on learning how to better judge our relationship with those who do not now have such a relationship with God.

Making a categorized list of those who do not have such a relationship with God is for the purpose of turning our attention to a sound process for exercising basic judgment. This is because human nature tends to judge “after the flesh” – by the way “I” see it (“self” sees it). Although this has just been covered, it must be emphasized again in this manner. The reason for this is because righteous judgment requires we turn our attention fully away from how “we” instinctively see something (via human nature) to the way God shows us to “see,” which is in a sound spiritual manner.

The process for such judgment we are being shown here, concerning those who do not now have an active relationship with God, is quite basic. It is first divided into two basic categories: “those who have not been called” and “those who have been called.” Our ability to judge such matters does have a direct bearing on our overall relationship with God.

This is truly a simple place to begin, but again, although it is simple, it serves to turn our attention away from judging “by the flesh” (from carnal reasoning) to focusing on seeing such matters in light of “other’s” relationship to God, His plan, and purpose for human life.

Not Called
The first area of focus is upon those who have not been called by God. In this group, there are three basic sub groups of people to be considered. Within this, there are some things that God is revealing, correcting, and refining concerning past understanding which will help us to clarify many past and current relationships.

The first area that is listed here is not a difficult one to judge, and obviously, God’s people should not be engaged in any “relationship” with such individuals. This concerns those who are highly indulgent in immoral and evil living. This concerns those who openly and outwardly live real evil in life. However, there are biblical admonitions that God’s people should not even be in environments and close relationships with any that live highly immoral lives. There is plenty said in scripture about this so there is no need to more fully cover it here.

The second group is often more difficult for many to judge when it comes to the kind of relationship we have with them. This consists of most of those living within the “western” world around us that we see and come into contact with day by day. It is one that we would simply see as “normal,” in and of the world. They are of the same group that most of us were in until God called us out of the world. It is with this group that we so eagerly look forward to being called by God. It is with so many within this group that we hope will have the opportunity of living on into the Millennium and then being able to learn and live full and blessed lives.

It is this group that can sometimes be treated with impatience by us, as we can tend to “expect” more from people and how we are treated by them. Yet, the bottom line is that they are not yet called and “are who they are” until they can begin to be transformed into something different. So it is always expedient upon us to treat them in a right manner, with patience and understanding, as we have already been blessed to be called now. So in many ways, it is with this group that more is required of us – of how we exercise God’s love toward them and that we not “expect” something of them that they really cannot yet deliver.

Before giving some specific examples that are more “common,” over which some have difficulty judging, the third group of “those who have not been called” needs to be mentioned. The reason for this is that “those who are against God’s Church” (1c) is one of the primary “deciding factors” for judgment of those “in the world” and not yet called out of it.

Both groups of 1B and 1C are made up of people, who by nature, are at “enmity against God” (Rom. 8:7). Most know nothing of God’s Church. Some who know you may know some basic things about what you believe. It may be about you keeping the seventh day (Saturday) Sabbath, foods you do not eat, or that you do not observe Christmas or Easter. None of these “agree” with your belief (Rom. 8:7) and they most certainly do not want this for their way of life.

However, there can be big differences in how they respond to you, your belief, and/or the Church (those in it). While all who are in the world who have not been called are simply “against” God, there are many who are tolerant of different beliefs even though they do not agree with the Church and its teachings, since they do not have the ability to do so. Many simply like you as a person because they like the qualities they see in you in the way you live and how you treat them. This makes up most of those who are simply “of the world” (1b), and it is with these that we are able to interact and have some form of relationship and friendship. This is said in the context of physical human relationships (friendships) that can be rewarding and meaningful, but obviously void of the added “spiritual” level of relationship that we look forward to having with them in the future.

Standing Firm in God
This is akin to how Jesus Christ interacted with the world around him. Others around him at that time did not have God’s spirit dwelling “in” them, with the exception of John the Baptist. These relationships were more of a matter of how Jesus himself treated others, just as we should. Yet there were many who were outwardly against him and what he believed and taught. He did not seek nor work to build any relationship with them, but stood firm in his “stand” for God and the truth. He did not strive to make peace with them, as they were outwardly against His Father, himself, and the truth, and they had no desire to have any “peace” with him.

Jesus Christ actually said something that is quite contrary to what many in traditional Christianity actually believe: “Do you suppose I have come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division” (Lk. 12:51). This is actually said in the context of close human relationships, because when someone is called there will be those who they have close relationships with that will no longer be close, but instead will be filled with outwardly manifested division and void of peace. When these things occur, God’s people are tried and tested as to their true stand in faithfulness, conviction, and of placing God first in their life.

Jesus Christ was “down to earth,” as the expression goes. He had no display of superiority, pride, or haughtiness, but displayed a humble, approachable, kind, and open demeanor to those around him – in all levels of life. This is our example of how we should interact in our relationships with the world around us.

We too are to stand firm in God, with God always being clearly first in our life. For those who respond in a friendly manner (within the world) to “who we are,” without wanting to or working to “change” us, then we can have meaningful, productive, and rewarding relationships and friendships. However, these cannot be compared to the added strength and purpose that comes from “spiritual” fellowship, but at a future time that can potentially become added as well.

Most can especially relate to this desire of future hope in relationships within physical family. Although being “in” God’s Church (both a husband and wife, or other family members together), by definition, does not automatically bring about happy marriages and/or happy family life, because for such to exist, one must “live” God’s ways to attain this kind of fullness and richness in life. Candidly, I’ve known of a few marriages and families where only one person has been called and the marriage and/or families were closer, more caring, and filled with more happiness than some marriages and families in which both spouses and/or the family is together in God’s Church and had access to God’s spirit to make such fullness and happiness in life a much greater reality.

Some questions about relationships can become more difficult to judge when someone is more emotionally invested due to a marriage relationship, or that of a parent to child, child to parent, siblings, or of other close relationships. These can become very difficult because of the personal attachments and longings that exist in a marriage, family, and/or close friendships. But at the top of all such considerations is the fact that God must be placed first – that one stands firm “in God” above all else.

It would be good at this juncture to repeat some of what was written toward the beginning of this series under the heading of “Second Commandment.”

“In covering the first commandment, it was stated, ‘God is saying that no one should place any relationship (fellowship) ‘before’ or ‘in front of’ Him and His purpose in Elohim. He is stating that to do so is to place some other family (fellowship, relationship) against Him and against His purpose in Elohim – to raise up ‘other gods’ before Him – some other god family (other god elohim).’”

“It is truly one of the most heinous acts of all idolatry to ‘raise up’ some other relationship (family, fellowship) above what God has called us to become – His Family Elohim – which is currently in His begotten Church. Indeed, God’s Church is a Family!”

Those Against God’s Church
One of the most needful and yet often one of the most difficult places for one to stand firm in God concerns the situation where one’s mate or other close family member (who has not been called) takes a stand against God’s Church (against members and/or beliefs). In such an environment the only answer and action to be taken is a clear response that God and His Church come first in your life, and that this will not change!

Either the person vocalizing their disdain for God (the truth, God’s Church, towards yourself as a member, etc.) ceases doing so and agrees to love you and accept you for “who you are,” or not. If they will not accept you for who you are and love you for who you are, then their true response will be one of continuing their attacks (anger, disdain, resentment) against you and the Church. That will not change toward you unless they change toward you. If they will not change, then what kind of relationship actually exists and what kind of relationship can be built upon such a thing? If they love you for who you are, then they will respect you, be kind to you, and enjoy being with you even though they do not agree with your beliefs.

Can meaningful and lasting peace ever dwell where there is such division? It is a simple truth, a clear statement, which Jesus made about a basic family structure that also applies to the greater structure of a kingdom itself. “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mk. 3:25). Peace cannot be produced in a divided home – only compromise. Compromise can only lead the one who is called to distance themselves from much needed fellowship with God and His people. In such cases of compromise, people can tend to pull away from God (His Church and His people) in order to appease someone who is “against God.” In such a case, God is not being placed first, and all too often a person is actually directly disobeying both the First and Second Commandment, blatantly so.

God gives strength, favor, and direct help to those who grow in learning how to place Him first in their life. Each must themselves discern, judge, and apply how this is to be accomplished in their life.

Misunderstood Principles
There are some awkward, unsettling, difficult, and at times very trying occurrences in relationships that often develop within the environment of the Church when someone is called into a relationship with God. These have often proven to be very hard to address by those who are called.

Paul addressed some of the most difficult issues that can arise. These have not been fully understood within the Church; however, God is now giving greater clarity. The first issue concerns one of the closest of relationships that God has given mankind to experience. It is in marriage. Yet the lesson from this first issue can also be applied to other relationships.

“To the rest I speak (as an apostle), but not (directed of, from) the Lord. If any brother (one called who is in the Church) has a wife that does not believe, and if she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away (‘put away’ is generally translated as ‘leave’). And the woman who has a husband who does not believe, and if he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave (same Gk. word translated as ‘put away’ in vs. 12) him” (1 Cor.7:12-13).

It is expedient that these verses be looked at much more closely. In the previous verses, Paul covered several issues concerning relationships and especially marriage relationships between those who are called and in God’s Church. Verses 12 and 13 go on to address a difference where only one in a marriage is called (is believing of the truth) and the other is not a believer – not called.

If someone wants to “change you” to being someone else, then they do not truly “accept you” or love you for who you are. If they do not truly love you, they will continue their attacks upon the Church. If they accept you and love you for who you are, then they will clearly cease from all attacks. Only then can there be a real and meaningful relationship to be built upon. Each person must decide for themselves how they choose to deal with such environments. However, it should also be understood that such adversarial environments can work against one’s spiritual strength and convictions.

Many have gone by the wayside because they have not stood firm “in God” and firm against such adversarial attitudes, spirit, and actions against themselves, God’s Church, and God’s truth – against God. Over the years, due to close family ties (or friendships), there have been far too many who have worked to appease, console, compromise, and have given in to attacks from those whom they love, yet that has never produced any lasting or meaningful peace. Instead, it generally just weakens a person spiritually in conviction, faithfulness, and joy in the truth.

In these two verses in 1 Corinthians 7, the expression “put away” is generally translated as “leave,” and in this context it is about a mate leaving the marriage either by legal separation or divorce. It is about the matter of whether a person is free before God to put away – to leave – that relationship. The deciding factor here rests on whether the unbelieving mate is “pleased to dwell” with their believing mate.

The word translated as “pleased” into English is from a compound word in Greek (composed of two separate Greek words). The first word is “union” or “being close together” and is sometimes translated as “companionship” or “association.” The other word means, “to think well of,” as “in approval of,” “thinking good of,” or “to be pleased with a person.” In the context used here, it gives a complete meaning of “thinking well of the relationship – the marriage” just as it is. It is simply another way of stating that the unbelieving mate accepts their believing mate “the way they are” – for who they are, even in their own personal beliefs, although they do not believe the same.

Although Paul was not charged by Jesus Christ to add this instruction to the Church, nevertheless, he was under God’s inspiration and he was in unity with Him as he wrote this for what the Church was to observe (thus “being bound on earth”). He clearly told members of the Church that if they had an unbelieving mate who accepted them (for who they were) and thought well of them “in their belief,” that they were not to leave that relationship – not to divorce them. However, he is also showing by this that if a mate is “against God” and is not accepting them in their belief, but is instead against them (wanting them to change to something else), then they are free to make the choice of separation or divorce.

This is also obviously true for anyone who has a mate who is turning (or has fully turned) away from the truth and is not “pleased to dwell with them” in their continuing belief. In other words, the one who turns against God (and against the believing mate) begins to pressure their believing mate to change in some form or manner to begin to also turn from God (away from His truth).

The lesson contained here from this matter of how to judge such relationships in marriage is also one that individuals need to weigh, consider, judge, and then apply to other close relationships. If someone who is not pleased with you in the way you are, in who you have become as you are being transformed, and they are “against God” and want you to change, then you are certainly “free” to put away – to leave –such a friendship and/or relationship. In such cases, it is so very often spiritually expedient to do so.

Sanctified Relationship
Another issue often misunderstood and/or misapplied is in what Paul addressed that actually follows directly behind the instruction that has just been covered.

“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife (who is in the Church), and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband (who is in the Church), or else your children would be unclean, but now they are sanctified” (1 Cor. 7:14).

This verse is merely stating that an unbelieving mate and any children born from that marriage are “sanctified,” which means they are “set apart for holy use and purpose” due to that relationship. However, one must understand what that holy use and purpose is. This does not mean that the unbelieving mate or any subsequent children are being called by God or are even being offered a calling from God, unlike what previously has been believed within the Church concerning sanctification.

It would be helpful to consider what this sanctification is all about in order to more clearly understand how this is being applied to such a relationship. A simple statement about sanctification is used in Hebrews where a comparison is being made of physical sacrifices performed by the Israelites with that of the power God has given through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to forgive and remove sin.

“For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, ‘sanctifies’ to the purifying of the flesh, then how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:13-14)?

The “sanctification” being spoken of here was for “holy use and purpose” so that Israel was able to exist in a unique physical relationship with God, but not in a spiritual one.

In like manner, God sanctifies an unbelieving mate and children so that they may be in a unique and indeed special relationship with someone in whom God dwells. It is God’s presence that sanctifies, and in this case, individuals are able to enter a unique physical relationship with one who has been begotten of God (in whom God dwells), but the relationship is not spiritual, just as Israel’s relationship was not spiritual.

This sanctification is not a “calling” into a spiritual relationship with God, nor is it “offered” because of sanctification alone. So someone who is sanctified in order to be in such a physical relationship, due to the one who believes, is not being called, nor can they automatically choose at any time to be in a “called” – spiritual – relationship with God.

It is solely within God’s power, timing, and purpose for who and when anyone is called by Him.

There are potentially awesome blessings that such sanctified individuals can receive in their life, just as there were potentially awesome blessings available to the Israelites because of their sanctification. For the Israelites, receiving those blessings depended upon the personal choices of each individual with what they accepted (willingly received) from what God offered to them, and then choosing to apply it in how they would then live their life, according to what God had given. This obviously involved physical aspects of life, concerning such things as clean and unclean foods, tithing, observance of the Sabbath, and other of God’s laws. God blessed obedience, even on a physical plane.

Other nations were not sanctified as Israel had been blessed to be. God gave Israel much truth of His way in which life is to be lived. The rest of the nations were void of such knowledge. In like manner, there is no one in the world who has knowledge of God’s truth until they are blessed to come into contact with it. Those who are “called” of God to enter a spiritual relationship – fellowship – with Him, His Son, and His Church are so very profoundly blessed above all mankind. Those who are sanctified and able to come into an environment where truth dwells are also profoundly blessed, even if it is limited to a more physical plane.

(This concludes Pt. 12, as more must follow which cannot be readily received until this portion has had time to be more fully consumed and digested.)

True Fellowship Part 11

False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s posting schedule shows continuous improvement, this one now three weeks since the last one.  At this rate, how long before the nirvana of no new posts at all?

— Ron’s Rewritten Present Truth (cm) ———————-

Present Truth & Correcting Error: Before continuing with this series, it is necessary to address and clarify some past beliefs of which there have been recent corrections over the past couple of years. This involved correction to some events that we had believed would occur toward the end of the Millennium, but which actually occur after it has concluded.

In the February 1972 issue of the magazine, Tomorrow’s World, in a “Personal” of Herbert W. Armstrong, he addressed the matter of correcting error in God’s Church. It would be good to quote a portion of what he said:

“We (the Church) have not had to correct error many times. But each time we have corrected error, we have had one fewer error left. If we knew of any error still remaining, now, we would change it! If and when we find one in the future, we shall correct it! The one who follows that principle is the most free from error!”

“So, confessing such an error is one of the surest proofs to identify the people through whom the living Christ is working – and whom he is using!”

This was stated well and it is so very true concerning the importance of changing when confronted with error. Since the time that the remnant of God’s Church became fully established on Pentecost of 1998, there have been 36 new truths added to the Church. Each time a new truth has been established, some error has been exposed (revealed) and the Church has changed according to the “present truth” God has given it.

When God gives truth to His Church, it isn’t simply a matter of Him revealing everything there is to know about a specific subject. Being given knowledge is indeed a means for learning, but so often, God gives us more than just knowledge. By the way (means and process) He progressively reveals truth to us, we are able to grow in deeper “understanding” of His purpose and will of the “present truth” that He gives to us.

Instead of just being given simple “knowledge,” it is far more valuable to receive “understanding” so that conviction and agreement can become established more quickly and more deeply. This is the case concerning some of those things God has been revealing throughout this series.

Correction and Refinement
There is need, at this stage in what God is revealing, to correct a portion of “present knowledge” pertaining to how God will deal with those who have committed the unpardonable sin. It needs to be stated again that when speaking of the unpardonable sin that it is about sin from which a person will not repent, and because a person will not repent of sin, the sin cannot be forgiven – it is “unpardonable.”

The reality is that God knows when such a person will no longer or never repent because the “spirit in man” has become “set against” Him. God knows such “spirit essence” in the mind of such people. No human has such ability.

We have already addressed, refined, and corrected some knowledge from our past in this series. It has been made clear that Satan will not be released from his imprisonment that occurs at Christ’s coming until after the Millennium. Although this correction is not one of great magnitude at this immediate time, since it is so far into the future, it does lead us to now have a deeper grasp of how and why certain events will occur after the Millennium as they will.

It would be good to once again address some of this previous belief as we “then” understood it in the Worldwide Church of God. It was the long held belief that Satan and the demons would be released from their confinement toward the end of the Millennium before it was completed. It was further taken that Satan would then gather together an incredible vast army, from among mankind, in an effort to go up to destroy God’s holy city. However, it has already been addressed that this event of Satan’s release is not until after the Millennium is over.

It would be valuable to delve a little more deeply into what is actually stated in the Book of Revelation, within the context of Christ’s coming and the Millennium that will follow, concerning what happens to Satan throughout this period, including the time that follows it.

“I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be fulfilled. After that he must be loosened (released) for a little season” (Rev. 20:1-3).

As we review these verses, there are distinct events that need to be pointed out and commented upon, as these have much to do with some correction of previously held beliefs and a clearer refinement God is revealing to us. It would also be good to point out at this juncture that we are currently focusing upon verses that have been recorded now for the past 1,900 years, and during this period of time God’s Church has only been given this small amount of information about these events. It needs to be understood that once we cover more of what God is currently revealing to us, this may well be all that is given to the Church and there may not be more throughout the entirety of the Millennium. There are prophetic events that apply to Satan in the future which God will not fully reveal the meaning and purpose of until these events actually come to their time for fulfillment.

In these verses just quoted, it should jump out to you that Satan is not released during any period of the Millennium, and that clearly includes the end of that period of time as well. It states that Satan cannot be released until the thousand years are “fulfilled,” but that it will be “after” the Millennium is complete. It is important not to “read into” what these verses state, but to instead rely upon God to reveal the meaning to His Church in the same way He always has – through His apostles and prophets.

These verses do not say that the releasing of Satan will follow “immediately” after the Millennium is over or whether it will be a hundred years later, but that it is simply “after” that period of time (the Millennium) is fulfilled. However, God is now clearly revealing not only that Satan cannot be present with mankind during the Millennium, but that he cannot be present during the 100 years of judgment and salvation that is offered to the vast majority of mankind when they are given a second physical life. Satan cannot deceive nor perversely influence mankind during these specific periods of time. These verses do state that when Satan is released it will be for a limited period of time – “a little season.”

This “little season” is important in that God has inspired it to be written in this specific manner so that it is not only unspecified by Him when it is to occur, but it is also not specific in how long it will last. It could be a few months or a few years, but God is not going to reveal it until it is His time to do so, which could easily mean it may not be revealed until after it has actually taken place. This would be akin to God’s warning to His Church of an “Apostasy” that would take place before Christ’s coming which would serve as a final sign of that coming. Yet all the timing about when it would occur was not given until after it had actually happened. Then God revealed what He had prophesied about it. The Church knew it was coming at the end-time and yet it came when no one was looking for it to be fulfilled. It caught the Church totally off guard! Although God has given the knowledge about many events that would come to pass, there are those events that have not been given to us to be fully “known” until after God revealed their actual manifestation – the actual fulfillment.

Within this previously held belief that began in Worldwide, that Satan would be released toward the end of the Millennium, it was always difficult to grasp how Satan could amass such a large army from Gog and Magog. By this time, the manifested glory and beauty of God’s work would have been largely accomplished and seen (experienced) on earth over the previous nearly 1,000 years. It did not make complete sense that Satan could gather so many from that period of time who would so readily turn against God in order to bring about such destruction.

Now God is giving us to understand that this gathering of Satan from Gog and Magog does not happen until a specific period after the Millennium is over. But the question remains: “Where does this large army come from?” As we continue on with what God is revealing to us, this will become much clearer. However, another matter must first be addressed that leads to deeper understanding of God’s will, purpose, and righteous judgment involving those who have committed the unpardonable sin – whose spirit has become “set against” God.

Unpardonable Sin
A few years ago, God led His Church to see another error in belief from our past that carried throughout the eras in both Philadelphia and Laodicea. This concerned aspects of “God’s judgment” that would come upon all who have lived and died who have not chosen God’s way of life, but have committed the unpardonable sin. It was believed that all who had committed such sin would be resurrected back to a second physical life at the end of the hundred years that follows the Millennium. The purpose for this resurrection was believed to be for the sole purpose of passing a final judgment of eternal death upon all such people and that they summarily would then be cast into a lake of fire to be consumed. It was believed that in such a resurrection these people would be quickly judged, and this would be followed directly after that by the execution of this judgment, as they were put right back to death for a second and final time – never to be resurrected again.

God clearly revealed that there was not going to be a resurrection to judgment of all who committed the unpardonable sin at the end of the 100 years for the “sole purpose” of quickly casting them into a lake of fire to receive a second and final death. However, at the time God revealed this, He did not reveal the rest of the truth or the “complete truth” of the matter. So, as God’s apostle, I incorrectly saw this to mean that since “all” such individuals were not to be resurrected for that sole purpose of simply being put right back to death, thus ending their life forever (an eternal punishment), that “all” such people would simply never be resurrected again to physical life. It was incorrectly taken that “all” such individuals would simply die during the time period in which they had committed their unpardonable sin and never be resurrected to physical life again, thus, at that time receiving their final judgment of “eternal punishment.”

In the context of this series on True Fellowship, God is clarifying much of the process and outcome of those who become “set in agreement” and those who become “set against” Him. The understanding of this outcome involves God’s means or process in how He administers His righteous judgment.

God is leading His people to judge matters of “fellowship” with deeper understanding and clearer separation of how specific categories of individuals are to be dealt with according to their specific uniqueness. Not all disfellowshipped individuals fall into the same categories of how they are to be addressed and seen. God knows the mind of all people, just as He knows the spirit in us. However, as physical human beings, we do not know the spirit of the mind within a person. We do not have absolute knowledge of the heart – the true spirit of a person. Instead, we are to learn how to judge in a righteous manner by true testimony – by the true witness of things that are manifest before us. Human nature tends to judge by prejudice, personal opinion, and pride. But in God’s Church we are to learn righteous judgment as God teaches us how to do so.

Learning that there are different categories of people who commit the unpardonable sin (meaning their spirit is set against God) and how such matters are judged will help us better judge the differing matters associated with disfellowshipment and/or with those who have not been in our fellowship but are motivated to attack God’s Church through slander, evil speaking, finding “fault” (by their own distorted interpretation), and twisted accusation and judgment.

Judgment Verses Sentiment
Within “traditional Christianity,” there is a lot of sentiment and wishful thinking regarding judgment and whether people will be going to heaven or to a hell fire after death. Although it is highly regarded that extremely “bad” or evil people will go to hell, the sentiment is that most will be able to receive some form of “absolution,” or be set free from guilt, sin, or penalty, so that most can still end up in heaven. Of course this thinking then lends itself to minimizing consideration or concern for personal accountability for how one chooses to live life. So people then tend to live and do whatever they please.

This same kind of thinking has also led to a broader distortion of actual personal accountability by changing grace into a means for excusing selfish living and sin. The idea is, since God knows our weak nature, He then only requires that we simply come before Him or worship Him “just as we are” (without change).

However, within the Church, we know that there is judgment involved concerning “how” we choose to live our lives, as to whether we are in unity with God or not. Nevertheless, often times this aspect of traditional Christianity’s emotional response toward judgment can also be carried over and falsely blended-in (mixed) with truth. This then obviously makes what was true, now untrue, just sentiment and wishful thinking.

In the late 1970′s, after being in the Church for about 10 years, I was first struck by the manifestation of such false sentiments in regards to a young man who had just been baptized. He was well known and well liked within a congregation of over 500 people in one of the Houston, Texas, churches. One night, this young man, 19 years of age, was killed in a car wreck. Only two weeks earlier he had been baptized. The “sentiment” of the vast majority of people at that time was that they would see him next in the Kingdom of God – in Elohim. That was only sentiment and not sound or true judgment.

One cannot be impregnated with the begettal of God’s holy spirit and two week later be able to be born into Elohim when the first resurrection occurs. Transformation, trying with testing, and spiritual growth with maturity cannot produce a “creation” into Elohim in such a fast manner. It takes years! Sentiment has no place in judgment! This of course is using the definition of sentiment being, “judgment permeated or prompted by feeling.”

God’s Calling With Accountability
As we continue into this series, there is another type of sentiment that exists which needs to be addressed here. It is the judgmental feeling that most people from among mankind will eventually be saved and born into God’s family – Elohim. That would certainly be a wonderful thing if all were to choose God’s way, but that is not reality. This false sentiment also tends to foster the notion that during the Millennium, and especially during the final 100 years, that most people will be saved during these specific periods of time. The Millennium, and especially the final 100 years, can almost be seen as a type of utopia, and many have had that exact concept.

Certainly, the world under God’s righteous rule and government during the Millennium and Great White Throne compared to the first 6,000 years of “Babel” under Satan’s reign, will be like the difference between night and day. Although God will be offering mankind the ability to see an awesome contrast for life between His world and the one of the past 6,000 years, that does not mean that most of mankind will embrace or choose what God offers by His way of life. The reality is that there are people who choose to embrace the night.

Although mankind has the ability to embrace “good and evil,” the truth is that both are embraced from a motivation of selfishness. “Good” is not embraced because of agreement with what God has established and revealed as right or wrong, true or false, good or bad, but because of one’s own selfish interests. Man’s interests (ways) are not God’s interests (ways).

The choice between these two ways (God’s or man’s) comes head-to-head when one is given the time for their “calling” (Gk. – invitation) – when given the ability to “see” the truth. This has not only been true for people when they have been called in this present age of the first 6,000 years, but it will be true for all who live in the Millennium and final 100 years, as all will have the opportunity for a calling (invitation into God’s Kingdom) at that time.

However, just because a person is “called by God” and has the ability to see God’s ways does not mean they will choose it. The simple truth is there will be vast numbers of people from throughout the Millennium and Great White Throne who will not choose God’s interests and His ways, but will choose their own! Personal accountability for one’s own choices are real and need to be clearly seen as such.

Three Groups Set Against God
Of all those whose minds become “set against God,” there are three very separate and specific groups whose judgment is set. God has judged that all who become set against Him will receive a final execution of judgment of eternal death – a punishment wherein they will never be resurrected to life again. However, before that judgment can be “executed” (carried out, finalized), there is an additional phase of God’s righteous judgment that must be established first.

God has predetermined (purposed, chosen, willed) that such judgment cannot be “executed” until the true spirit of all such people set against Him is manifested for others to clearly see. As a magnification of His righteous judgment, God has established that there must be a clear manifestation of the outward actions of those people who choose to live against Him and His true ways. Their true spirit is to be clearly exposed – seen and witnessed by others that they are indeed against God.

There are three very distinct groups who become set against God, whose outward actions will give clear evidence (witness, testimony) of their true inner spirit, which must be exposed. In order to clearly establish and keep separate who these groups are, they will first be listed in the order that they will be explained.

1) Those never begotten of God, whose actions “against God” have not yet been manifested (exposed).

2) Those begotten of God, whose actions against God have not been “clearly” manifested (exposed).

3) Those begotten of God, whose actions against God have been manifested.

Resurrection To A “Little Season”
As it has already been mentioned, there is a group that has become “set against” God who have “never been begotten.” There are those over the millennia who have lived such evil that they have fully corrupted the mind (the spirit in man) that God gave to them. Their mind became set against anything that was truly good, although the vast majority of these people have never known any truth about God. Their minds are so corrupted and perverted toward life that they will not accept truth from God when they are shown it.

This group constitutes vast numbers of mankind throughout the millennia. The witness from clearly defined, outward evidence has not yet been established for these people, as they have not yet outwardly rejected God’s true way of life since they have never been shown it. All of these will be resurrected to a second physical life, but not during the final 100-year resurrection. Instead, these will be resurrected in order to manifest a clear witness that they reject God even after they are shown God’s great work and His ways.

This resurrection is not a resurrection to “save the spirit in the day of the Lord Jesus,” as their mind (the spirit essence in them) has already been fully corrupted through their evil choices in life. This resurrection is to establish a true witness of their own evil choice for how they want to live life. This resurrection is to establish a true witness of their choice in rejecting God, although they have already done so in the spirit in their mind, since they have already chosen “evil.” When they are resurrected, they will see what God established with mankind and the awesome changes He has brought upon the earth over the previous 1,100 years. At this time, they will also see the vastness of those born into Elohim.

God knows the spirit of this vast army of people which is fully “set against” Him and that they will never repent no matter what awesome glory of His that they see. All this will work to manifest their true spirit once Satan has been released and has influence “with them” one last time. When all is said and done, because of their “set mind,” they will choose the influence and ways of Satan over the righteous and merciful influence of God’s grace that has always been before all mankind (by His very creation and His giving of life itself).

A great clarification of truth that God is now revealing is that the period of time for this resurrection to physical life once again and of their own witness of God’s great work and true ways of life, will coincide with Satan’s final actions of gathering together Gog and Magog in an effort to destroy God’s “holy city” – Jerusalem. The length of time for this final witness, judgment, and manifestation of their true spirit is unspecified as God states that Satan is released for “a little season.”

This resurrection is not one that can occur during the Millennium, as we have already addressed this. It cannot be before or during the great resurrection of the final 100 years for salvation, as there will still be those during that time who will not choose God’s way, even after being given a “second life” to live. Those who become fully “set against” God during the final 100 years for salvation will live on into this very last time (this “little season”) in order to more fully manifest their true spirit and receive the execution of their judgment to eternal death.

Let’s look at what is written about this that will occur during this “little season.”

“When the thousand years are expired (it is not immediate, as this strictly makes it clear that it is for a time after the Millennium), Satan shall be released out of his prison. He shall go out to deceive the nations (to deceive them to engage in his final act), which are in Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth (worldwide) and encompassed about the camp of the saints, and the beloved city (the resurrected saints and the beloved city are one in the same), and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them” (Rev. 20:7-9).

This “little season” is the time of Satan’s and the demons’ release from their imprisonment over the previous 1,100 years. Directly after the final 100 years of salvation that is offered to mankind, those whose “spirit in man” is set against God but has not yet been made fully manifest (seen, witnessed, exposed) that they are actually against God, will be resurrected at this same time. These will comprise the great army that Satan gathers together to fight against God’s purpose one last time. Their choice manifests their true spirit that they will not repent and that they do not want God’s ways.

Begotten of God
Within the division of the three separate groups whose minds are set against God, the last two consist of those who have been begotten of God’s spirit, but at some point choose to turn against Him and His ways. They will never repent of their pride or of their choices.

The difference between these two groups that were begotten of God’s spirit is that one has clearly manifested that they are against God and His ways, which clearly reveals they are against God because of their outward display against His Church and His truth. The other group has not made such a “clear” display of their true spirit that is set against God.

Those who have become spiritually weak and have fallen asleep are not included with these two groups who have been begotten and then later turn against God, becoming set against God. It has already been covered how such people who are not yet “set in spirit” and then die in that state, will be resurrected again to a second physical life in the final 100 years in order to be brought to repentance and potential salvation, and at that time to “save the spirit in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Group #2 that was listed earlier consists of those who become begotten and then later turn against God’s true way of life and whose minds become set against Him, but their outward actions do not adequately establish (manifest) a “clear witness” against them that they have made such a choice. Some of these are those who strive to hide their sins and do not repent, although they may even say that they have repented, then in time they become set against God because of their refusal to repent and fight against their human nature. Others simply leave relatively quiet from the fellowship of the Church to live as they choose, never to be heard from again. Yet others are those who conform to an outward appearance of being of the same mind, and may continue due to family (or other personal selfish reasons), but inside they have fully rejected God and have become set against Him. Still there are others who make up this group, who do not manifest their true spirit outwardly in order for clear judgment to be made that they are against God.

God knows the mind of all such people who are “set against” Him and who will not repent, but for His full righteous judgment to become established, these will all have to be resurrected to a second physical life in order for their true spirit to be exposed (made manifest) that they are indeed against God. They will be resurrected during the “little season” that follows the final 100 years for salvation.

It needs to be made clear that there will be those who fit into this category who will live on into the Millennium, and also those who will be born into it (making the same choices not to repent), who will be resurrected to a second physical life during this “little season.” The purpose will be the same – to establish a clear and true witness of their true spirit – one that became “set against” God. Even during such an awesome period of time within the Millennium for mankind to be able to live, there will be people who do not want God’s ways and will become set against Him. Most of these will also simply conform in appearance while their true spirit actually becomes set against God, as they refuse to repent of their own opinions, ideas, and ways that oppose God’s truth.

Unrevealed Judgment
The final group (#3) consists also of those begotten who have turned away from God and their minds have become set against Him. Yet, the actions of this group are so strongly and perversely manifested through outward acts of hatred, evil, pride, and destructive influence and works exhibited against God’s Church that the “witness” of their true spirit has already been fully established. It is clearly manifested that they are against God.

There is no need for those in this group to be resurrected to a second physical life because their evil choices and actions have already been outwardly manifested. Because of this witness, righteous judgment has already been established that they are against God. This however, does not mean that some or all from this group will not be resurrected at some specific time.

The most notable of individuals in this category is the man of sin, the son of perdition, who instigated the Apostasy. Besides this notable person in this end-time, there are many of this group who have been part of God’s Church over the past 1,900-plus years.

As I have been writing this particular post, it has been difficult dealing with this specific group and what I am to write about them, but God has been leading me in a clear direction. God has shown that He wants the people of this group to be accounted separately from the other group of those begotten who also turned against Him. The reason for making such a distinction is that we are to first recognize there is a difference as far as the matter of “judgment” is concerned.

Next, we are to have a valuable lesson reinforced in our thinking – that all judgment must be based on what God gives us. There is a difference within this group for how they are to be judged. There remains more to be revealed by God about this group, and this is not His time to do so. Speculation serves no value, and additionally, that would be unwise.

Clarification
Since this series has been a type of progressive revelation, one section was not fully clarified at the time it was written. It will now be rewritten with further clarification and understanding. This entire series will be made into an article for the “Church Publication” page of the website. The rewrite will be a section in Post #8 that is under the heading “God’s Revelation Through Paul.” It is being posted here in the rest of this section entitled “Clarification.”

[The rewrite follows to the end of this post]

God is revealing two important matters in the latter part of this verse (referring to the verse that speaks of “the spirit that might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”). Many who have been disfellowshipped over the past 1,900 years plus will be resurrected in the final 100 years of the Great White Throne period. God’s Church has known this truth for several years now, but those scattered have not.

These formerly disfellowshipped individuals (from over the past 1,900 years) will have an opportunity to repent at this time (the last hundred years), during a time they can be more readily saved. They were not repentant when they had the ability and opportunity to do so when they received their calling in the age of Satan’s reign on the earth. God mercifully disfellowshipped them because their spirit would have more rapidly become “set against” Him if it continued to “continually react (wrong) spiritually” against His holy spirit.

During this final hundred years, these (the ones disfellowshipped from God’s Church) who are resurrected will not have to “live by faith” of God’s coming Kingdom (as they did before becoming disfellowshipped), but they will be able to literally see and witness first hand what it (the Kingdom of God) already has produced after being on earth for 1,000 years. These individuals will not need to “live by faith” concerning the great resurrection of most of mankind who have died over the millennia, for they will experience it themselves. They will know that they have been dead and now resurrected to physical life a second time.

In addition, these individuals will not only be able to witness a world filled with great peace and prosperity, but they will also experience the absence of Satan and of the demons’ influence upon their lives. At this time, God will grant them merciful access to Himself once again, as He revives (awakens) the spirit-begotten essence with the spirit of man that is in them. Although such individuals could not be saved during the time of Satan’s reign over mankind (after they had first been called and begotten), they now have a vastly greater potential to do so.

However, not all who have ever been disfellowshipped through time will be resurrected to a full second physical life for the purpose of “saving the spirit.” There are those who will not be resurrected for that purpose and will not be allowed to live out 100 years as others who are given a “second physical life.” God know the mind – the true spirit of every person! Some have already “permanently chosen” that they do not want God’s ways. Even if offered repentance during the Great White Throne in the final hundred years, they would not repent. God knows who such people are, as their spirit is “set against” Him. He knows those who have already committed the unpardonable sin – those who will never repent.

There are even vast numbers of people who have lived over the past 6,000 years who will be resurrected but will not be offered the begettal of His spirit, as God knows the minds that are fully “set against” Him and who will not respond in true repentance even if offered His spirit to transform them. Of those who have lived during the past 6,000 years, whether begotten or not, there are minds that have become fully “set against” God and will never repent by their own free will. Just as there were those in the angelic realm who rejected God’s ways, so have there been many among mankind who have rejected God and will not change, regardless of the magnitude of grace God might grant them.

(Pt. 12 will follow.)

Deuteronomy 18:20-22

Haverty has made it official, here’s a lightly redacted copy of his resignation email:

Johnny,

The purpose of this email is to inform you that I am no longer associated with cog-pkg. Please remove my name from the membership and ministry.

My reason for leaving is all contained in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. I no longer accept or support the Weinland’s claims of being God’s appointed prophets and/or witnesses.

The only administrative item to do is for you to make decisions about the scheduled meeting dates (3/22, 4/13, 4/15). Please contact Diane and let me know if I need to cancel any of the above dates.

Please be advised that you or Doris are the only ones I will accept a phone call from for the purpose of transferring responsibilities only.

Sincerely,

Jeffery N____ [now ex-elder from Florida]

I believe those in the know will understand who this is from first names and location alone.

For those PKG members who do not read the Bible, leaving it to Ron to read it and explain it to them, here’s what it says in Deuteronomy 18:20-22:

20 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 other gods, even that prophet shall die.

21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?

22 When a prophet speaketh in 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 it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Notice what the verse says.  If you prophesy in the name of the Lord and it doesn’t happen, THEN you have spoken presumptuously.  Ron clearly has done this, and his batting average for prophecy is .000.   Ron twists this verse around, claiming that he didn’t speak presumptuously and therefore is not a false prophet.  Flavor Aid is powerful stuff!!!

Christ’s Return – Timing

Seems Ronnie is not posting part 11 to his Groundhog Day series of blog posts this week.  Maybe his commissary budget is too low to be able to afford #2 pencils.

As the Present Truth (TM) continually changes, the editorial material on Ronnie’s websites falls behind.  Recently, there was an update to the Topics section on the FAQ.  The Topic “Christ’s Return – Timing” had a significant amount of text added.

Here is the original text:

In 2008, God revealed that Jesus Christ would return on an annual holy day of Pentecost. God also revealed in that same year that the 1335 days of Daniel, concerning the final sealing of the 144,000, was beginning its countdown on the annual holy day of Trumpets that year – 2008. Carrying the 1335 days forward from Trumpets of 2008 brings you to Pentecost of 2012. At the mathematical probability of such a possible occurrence, coupled with other overlapping periods of time fitting into the same time frame, we believed that Christ would return on that day of Pentecost in 2012. (For more information on this see the 50th Truth in the “57 Truths” article on the Publication page of this website.)

As the Church had the attitude and spirit to be a good “watchman” as described in Ezekiel and because of great eagerness in anticipation of Christ’s return, the Church told others of this impending date in the hope that they would listen and prepare themselves for the horrific times that precede his coming. Our desire was that not only should we physically and spiritually be prepared for worldwide catastrophic events, but we deeply desired that others would take warning and themselves prepare for such events. Before Christ returns, the physical manifestation of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation will occur, which includes massive worldwide destruction and WW III. God’s Church “lived” this belief in absolute faith in a genuine manner of “spirit and truth.”

By Pentecost of 2012, we knew that Christ was not yet returning and that we had entered the prophetic “Day of the Lord.” God reveals in scripture that this prophetic day is an actual year in length. Once again, knowing that Christ would return on a Pentecost and that this prophetic day was a year in length, we believed that Christ would then return on Pentecost of 2013. What we did not know then was that there are two specific periods of time that fulfill the “Day of the Lord,” as each has a separate purpose to be accomplished, yet involve God’s righteous judgment, vengeance, and recompense. The first prophetic “Day of the Lord” was about God’s Church and His power to create Zion – His family Elohim – through His Church. This also served as an avenging of His Church before Satan, as Satan also had now been judged. By Pentecost of 2012, God had sealed all 144,000 who will return with Jesus Christ in God’s government over all mankind, and Satan will be removed at that time. (For more understanding of that period of time from Trumpets of 2008 to Pentecost of 2013 and all that God has been doing through His Church, see the article on the Publications page entitled, “An Extraordinary 4 1/2 Years.”)

Obviously, the world never believed our warnings or that Jesus Christ was coming, let alone on a specific date of Pentecost of 2012 or 2013. Neither did the Church that was scattered believe it. The fact that it did not happen on either day has only verified their belief, as they view it, that Ronald Weinland is not a prophet and that the Church of God – PKG is not God’s Church. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.

The edit struck out the text “See Timeline Question Answered” and added all of the following:

God had great purpose in His Church believing and proclaiming those dates for Christ’s return. It served to facilitate the final judging (trying and testing) of those who should yet be sealed to fulfill the complete count of the 144,000 firstfruits of God’s Kingdom.

This also served as a witness and final judgment upon the world for their response to hearing such a message as the one contained in the book 2008 – God’s Final Witness. The message of that book was about devastating end-time events, WW III, and God’s intervention to end it all by sending His Son to take control over all government on earth and to establish His one and only Church, and thereby, end all other false religions on earth. The response of the world was the same as the previous 6,000 years. Man rejects God’s word and His servants whom He has sent to proclaim His word.

As far as Christ not returning on those dates of Pentecost of 2012 and 2013, the result would have been the same even if He had returned. People will not believe God’s word until they “physically see” massive devastation (and then it is too late to prepare). They will not listen to sound and plain truth that God proclaims to them. The reality is that this period of time was about God’s final witness and His judgment upon mankind for refusal to hear Him.

The end-time events will still come to pass. Jesus Christ is still coming to remove Satan’s rule on earth and to establish God’s government over all mankind. Refusal to believe these prophetic truths from God does not prevent them from happening, but is only a matter of “time.” It is simply that, as always, man believes what he wants to believe, and he has always chosen not to believe God.

It was mentioned earlier that there are two prophetic periods of the “Day of the Lord.” One was between Pentecost of 2012 and Pentecost 2013. It was about God’s Church and God’s power to create Zion – the Family of God – Elohim. The first phase of that family has now been established and sealed by God. His government has now been made ready to be given immortal life in Elohim and to reign with Jesus Christ. These firstfruits of God’s Family will come with Christ when he returns on an annual holy day of Pentecost. God has not revealed the specific year, but He will at the time He allows the manifestation of the Second Trumpet. Christ will then return on the Pentecost that follows this event.

Christ’s return is near – that is God’s promise, as all that now remains before his coming is the fulfillment of the second prophetic “Day of the Lord,” which is the time when the physical manifestation of the destruction from the Seven Trumpets of Revelation are revealed. The events of this final “Day of the Lord” are a matter of the judgment of God upon mankind for not listening to Him and heeding His warnings.

I would summarize all of this as: It doesn’t matter that the prophecy was false because no one was listening anyway.  And it’s all going to happen eventually anyway.  So there!!!

Here’s what the deleted section “Timeline Questions Answered” used to say:

God has revealed that there is a separation between the opening of the Seventh Seal and the start of the Great Tribulation. God reveals the truth progressively and will continue to do so through His end-time prophets: “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

1335 Days: The sealing of the 144,000 that will make up the Government of God at Christ’s return in 2013 (see topic: “Christ’s Return – Timing”) took place on September 30th, 2008, and 45 days later we arrived at 1290 days.

1290 Days: The Seventh Seal was opened on the 14th of November, 2008, which signified an end to the abomination of desolation that has been working in God’s Church. This marks the beginning of an awakening for spiritual Israel – the final remnant of the Church of God that was scattered, and will continue right up until the return of Jesus Christ. Thirty days later we arrived at 1260 days.

1260 Days: The blowing of the First Trumpet occurred on the 14th of December, 2008. That day was the beginning of a 3 1/2 year countdown that would lead into the final “Day of the Lord” (a final literal year) where world conditions will escalate into WW III and end at the return of Jesus Christ on Pentecost of 2013. From the start of this final 1260 day countdown, the process began that will lead to the complete collapse of the USA and the other Israelite countries. The Second, Third, and Fourth Trumpet will occur in God’s timing during the “Day of the Lord” (see the topic entitled “Christ’s Return – Timing”), and the combination of these first four trumpets will bring about that complete collapse. God will reveal more about these events, in His time, to His two end-time prophets (and two end-time witnesses) whose job began at the start of this final countdown to Christ’s return.

The only way a person can understand this timeline is by revelation given by God. The Church of God knows the date of Jesus Christ’s return because of the timing of the opening of the seals and the revealed truths contained in the annual Holy Days.

True Fellowship Part 10

False Prophet Ronald Weinland seems to now have an every-other-week posting schedule.  Maybe his budget for #2 pencils is on the decline with the falling membership in PKG.  And we have the travel schedule for Laura, Audra, and husband #2 must be supported.  Wonder if they had first class compartments for their current trip down under.
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The Mind Becomes “Set”: As we continue in this series, concerning the ability to have true fellowship with God and Jesus Christ, God is revealing more about what this truly means. This “fellowship” is one that must be created, as it is about an incredible process in the creation of Elohim.

This process is not a simple one for the human mind to grasp as it involves the mightiest and most profound work yet that God is accomplishing in the pinnacle of all His creation, and yet God is now giving us a clearer grasp of this creative process by showing us a basic framework – a kind of spiritual blueprint – of what this entails.

It bears repeating, although it is being stated in a different manner, that the beginning stage of this creative process is an “embryonic one” that involves “spirit begettal” and a “spiritual transformation” within the human mind. Before a person can be changed from mortal to immortal, from a physical composition to a spirit composition, which is to be born into God’s Family, the human mind must become “spiritually set” in God’s ways. That means a person is “set in purpose,” as a matter of choice (of the mind), to always be “at-one” with God, to always be in agreement with God because of the personal conviction that His way is the only way to live life.

It was stated that a person who becomes fully “at-one” with God has become “set in purpose” (in personal will – in choice) concerning living only God’s way. But it must be understood that although a person can become “set” in such purpose, in such will and conviction of choice, that person is not yet without sin even though their “will” (purpose) to be so (to be without sin) is “set.” As long as we are in a physical body, we will sin; however, when the mind has become fully set spiritually in agreement with God, then that person will always faithfully repent and will always be forgiven. Thus, such a person is ready for birth into Elohim, even though they may have several more years of human life remaining. That amount of time depends on God’s purpose for further “work” He may have for them to accomplish. God may also give them longer life in order to mold and fashion them to fit into a specific place of function within His Family.

This has been the state of every person who has ever been “sealed” as one of the 144,000. At some point in their life they became sealed, which means they became spiritually “set” at-one with God, and then they lived, or are living, out the remainder of their life in that state of guaranteed birth into Elohim in the first resurrection. This process of becoming sealed is the creative transformation of the mind that can only occur in human life. Such transformation cannot happen (be created) in a “spirit-created life,” as in the angels. This “setting,” or “sealing,” must occur only in physical life where this incredible creation can be performed.

An example of this sealing, or setting, is when Abraham acted in highly matured faith to offer his own son. God told him at that time, “Now I know you.” Abraham had become fully “at-one” with God in the “spirit in man” that was in Him.

Indeed, this sealing of each one of the 144,000 was a “sealing” into Elohim, although they may have had many years of physical life remaining after they became “set,” or “sealed”. Once a person became sealed (when the mind became set in spirit), this marked the completion of a spiritual creation – the completed transformation of the human mind from carnal motivation to spiritual motivation as a result of a “set will” being at-one with God, in full agreement with God.

Spirit Becoming Set
God’s purpose for completely cutting someone off from access to Him (with no flow of His holy spirit into their life) is most often done so that the spirit-begotten spirit in man does not become “set against” Him. That is what happened to Lucifer and a third of the angels when they chose to turn against (to think and act against) God’s ways. Their mind instantly and permanently became “set against” God – perverted from the way God had created it. The spirit in man does not become instantly “set” when someone chooses to go against God by disobeying and/or living against God’s way, even if by ignorance (no knowledge) of God’s truth.

To more fully understand that last sentence, it is necessary to now clarify some things concerning the spirit in man and it becoming set. It needs to be understood that “in time” the spirit in man does become set in one of two ways. It will become “set against” God or “set in agreement” with God.

This spirit in man can only become set in agreement with God if it is begotten of God’s holy spirit, and then only over a lengthy period of time of consistently repenting and choosing God’s way of life, can a spiritually complete transformation become established (set). This result of a spiritual begettal and a complete transformation is the only way the spirit in man can become “set” in order to become at-one with God (in full agreement). The spirit in man, however, can also become “set against” God and in one of two ways.

The spirit in man can become “set against” God as a result of personal choice at some point following begettal (usually much later). There are people who have been begotten who have made the free-will decision that they do not want God’s ways and prefer to live out their life in opposition to God’s purpose and instead follow the way of pride, selfishness, and lust. However, there is another means by which the spirit in man can become “set against” God. It is fully separate from what happens after spiritual begettal, as it occurs before even coming into the knowledge of the truth and ways of God. Spiritual begettal has not and will not be granted to every human being. Such a statement and what is stated following this needs to be read closely and not misinterpreted.

Over the past several decades, it has been widely believed within the Church that every human being will be able to become begotten of God’s holy spirit. However, God is clearly revealing that this is not true. That concept is a type of Protestant “mindset for salvation” and “perceived fairness,” which is a distortion in understanding God, His plan, and His purpose in life.

God knows the mind of every human being. He knows the “state” of the spirit in man that is in every person. God does not owe every human being the gift of His holy spirit. It is not owed to every person that they be begotten of His spirit and given the opportunity to be in Elohim.

Those Set Against God
The truth and reality is that there are people who even when shown what God has done with the earth and mankind after 1,000 years of the reign of His Kingdom and the manifestation of the God Family, they will not want to live by God’s ways. Once they are given the ability to see what is true in God’s purpose and the truth of His one way of life that is to be lived, they will not want it. Their minds became “set against” God in their first lifetime. Such a mind cannot be transformed, for it is “set” in perversion, evil, pride (its own way), and lust. Such a mind does not want God’s way, even as Lucifer and a third of the angels came to that state of thinking – of not wanting God’s way – ever.

There are people throughout history who have so perverted their thinking and have chosen such evil in life that they are “set” in that choice of life. Some people are simply set on evil by choice, and regardless of what they might suffer or experience in life, even if witnessing miracles or wonders from God, they would never be of a humble or repentant mind. They are simply “set against” God’s ways, even if they have never known anything about the truth. God’s purpose is not to force anyone to receive Him and His way of life in order to come into His Family. It must be of free choice and from a true and sincere desire.

So throughout time there are indeed vast numbers who have lived such evil in life that they have fully corrupted the spirit in man that is in them. Their mind became “set against” anything that is good. A mind so set on evil, perversion, and lust against mankind will never repent and accept the true goodness of God and His way of life. Yes, the carnal mind is by nature against God (Rom. 8:7), but there are very large numbers of people who, through time, have so deeply corrupted and perverted their carnal mind that the spirit essence in their mind became fully set in evil and can never be transformed. Such a mind will not “willingly choose” to repent of sin.

Although these people whose spirit became set in evil in their first lifetime (apart from any knowledge of God’s truth) will be resurrected at a future time, they will not be granted repentance of sin after baptism and will not be given the impregnation of God’s holy spirit, as they will never genuinely repent of sin. They simply will not want God’s way of life. At a future time, God will reveal more about how and specifically when these people will be dealt with for refusing Him, once they are brought face to face with the fullness and truth of His purpose for all human life.

As a matter of God’s righteous judgment, once He has completed His work of a complete (full) 7,000 years, He will resurrect all the rest of humanity (all who are dead) into a second physical life of those who have not yet or will not at that time enter Elohim. This will be a resurrection of all who will be granted the opportunity to repent of sin, be baptized, and then become begotten of God’s holy spirit.

In addition to this great resurrection into a second life at the beginning of the final 100 years, there will be those who are still alive when the Millennium has ended who are still too young (physically and/or spiritually) to be sealed who will live on into this period of time as well. This is the time observed in the holy day of The Last Great Day.

Over the past several decades, there has been another belief held by many in the Church that Satan is released for a short time at the end of the Millennium – before the Millennium is over. A few years ago, God made it clear to His Church that this was not the case. It clearly states in the Book of Revelation that “when the thousand years are expired (Gk- have ended, have been accomplished/completed), Satan shall be loosed out of his prison” (Rev. 20:7). This does not occur during the Millennium, but afterward.

God is not yet revealing exactly when this will occur, whether it might be at the beginning or at the end of the 100 years. There is no purpose now to know or speculate when that will be. It will simply be whatever it is meant to be when God determines to reveal it. However, it will be during this time that God, in His righteous judgment, will bring final judgment upon Satan, the demons, and all of those whose minds have become “set against” Him.

All that has been covered in this section is information that needs to be understood in the context of the powerful and delicate creation of a transformed mind that can become “set in agreement” with God. These things need to be understood in the context of what it means for the spirit in man to become “set” and why God has disfellowshiped many through time so that the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is about their resurrection to a second physical life at the beginning of the final 100 years.

(Part 11 will follow.)

God’s Government in Action

The following was left in a comment here on this blog.  While I am not in a position to verify this as an authentic communication from God’s own apostle in this post-Laodicean era, I personally believe that it is.

This relates to Deputy Sheriff Wayne’s sermon series on Spiritual Government. At the beginning of this weekend’s sermon, he starts out by saying:

There is only one true Church, and that has God’s way of spiritual government in it, and that it is the Church of God – PKG. Now, this is difficult for many people to come to grasp this, and they would see that as a statement of arrogance. But that is the truth. There is only one true Church on this earth.

Elsewhere in the sermon, Wayne made the following statements:

When we lift ourselves up against a decision made by the administration of God’s Church we are in fact mocking God! And that is something on a spiritual level to come to understand, that when we criticize the administrative decisions or any of the administration structure of God’s Church – any minister, anyone placed in a position of service by God – we, when we criticize, mock, pull down in any way, are in fact mocking God, because it was God’s decision to place them in authority. Now, they will make mistakes, but it’s not our role to judge and condemn and pull the person down because of their mistakes, because we all make mistakes, we all sin, because that’s the way we are.

I note that the last hearing for the divorce of Audra and Chris was in August, less than 6 months ago. God’s government moves quickly.

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Hello to all of you in the ministry,

Laura and I wanted to pass along a few miscellaneous items to you before she left for Australia and New Zealand. The last item concerning the Feast of Tabernacles can be announced in your areas during services.

Our love to all of you,
Ron & Laura

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Passover:

Hopefully everyone (for those who have the responsibility to do so) has completed all the necessary planning for this years Passover service such as: setting a location (hall rental if required), Passover wine glasses, et cetera. If not, then please get that taken care of right away.

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Marriage & Church Administration:

Laura and I want to let all of you know (if you don’t already) about our thankfulness and happiness that Audra has married Edwin van Horne who serves as an elder in Europe. With this computer age and the Internet, it will be easy for Audra to continue serving and working for the Church, just as she has been, after she moves to Europe. Her duties will remain the same and on some occasions will still travel with Laura on some Church visits, although fewer than before.

When it is possible for him to do so (due to his job and whether he is able to get off from work at times), Edwin will be traveling with Audra and Laura on some of those visits. Even now, Edwin will be traveling with Audra and Laura on this current trip to the Church in the Los Angeles area as well as New Zealand and Australia. The reality is that God and Jesus Christ have been working in a very large way through our family to serve Their Church. It is important to God that the Church learn from this “family” focus and service to His Church, as there is much to glean from all this, as well as to give inspiration and encouragement by what He is doing.

Jeremy also works for the Church full time and has done so now for several years. On occasion, we have had him travel to some areas in order to represent us and our leadership, and to provide encouragement and fellowship with brethren and ministers in that capacity. Such travel by our family is simply another important means of how God is working with and molding His Church.

All this brings up another matter of importance that I want to share with all of you in the ministry. As both Audra and Jeremy work full time for the Church, their jobs involve being in contact with many of you directly because of the work they do for us (Laura and myself), which is the government structure over all the Church. There is structure that is a matter of ordinations and there is another structure of government that, even regardless of ordination, is a matter of administration of government more directly from both Laura and myself, through them, to the rest of the ministry (as though directly from us). It is important to understand that both Jeremy and Audra are often “highly informed” as to that governing and functioning process and how it relates to many of you in the various areas you are located. Much of what they do is fully directed from us, while other aspects are not as direct, but still a matter of administration that comes from us. For that reason, I want to make certain that all of you understand that in their positions of service to both Laura and myself, they represent us when they are in contact with you. That contact may be by way of a visit to the region you are in or by direct contact with you via phone or email. That contact should be received as being directly from Laura or myself, as much of what they work to accomplish is part or our communication and service to the Church as well.

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Anne Wrozek:

Laura and I want to share with all of you how God and Christ have moved to have Anne Wrozek begin serving more in the Church. She has already been serving more by assisting Laura and Audra on some Church visits. Recently we have also asked for her help in reviewing sermons for the new speakers who have been asked to work on a split-sermon.

Some of you are most likely not aware of the process and format we have been using for the organizing and delivery of those split-sermons, so I think it would be good to share this with all of you. In the Worldwide Church of God, some very few who gave sermonettes (10-15 minute mini-sermons that were given before the primary sermon) were sometimes asked to give a sermon (or sermons). Now, due to our small size and ability to enhance a stronger unity in what is presented to the Church in a split-sermon format, the new speakers are asked to first submit an outline of their split-sermon. Sometimes suggestions and/or corrections are made. Once this step has been completed, then the individual prerecords their split-sermon. After this, it is transcribed into a PDF file so I can read it. Laura (and sometimes one or two others) then listens to it. We then discuss the contents and give suggestions, ideas, and/or corrections that will make it a better split-sermon. Finally, those specific sections can be addressed by the speaker and edited into the written PDF file and into the prerecorded portion in order to have a completed sermon that will then be played for everyone at Church.
We have now asked Anne Wrozek to assist in this entire process as she has a real talent for picking up on some of those areas that can be modified to make for an even better split-sermon. This is all about a teaching/training process for the new speakers, as we have no other programs in place to train new speakers.

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Feast of Tabernacles (this can be announced in services in each area):

As we do not know when the final “Day of the Lord” is (for this world), we are planning to observe another Feast of Tabernacles. This year will be one of our earliest yet for Feast information to be posted, registration to begin, and for everyone to begin making reservations. We are planning to have everything up and running by March 1st.

This year, there will be less Feast Assistance given than in the past, so we are encouraging everyone to plan wisely financially in order to insure attendance. In addition, we want everyone to know that when applying for assistance that no one should make any reservations that require any immediate financial payment. For those who apply for assistance, you should plan on attending the nearest site to you if that is the most economical, which is usually the case. Most certainly, you should not make other financial commitments such as buying airline tickets, making advance hotel payments, car rentals that may require some portion of payment, etc. as you do not know if you will be approved for assistance anyway.

Assistance request forms will not be sent out until after Pentecost, at which time, you will need to have estimated your potential expenses already and be prepared to have all requests sent in quickly. So please plan ahead wisely for all Feast preparations.

True Fellowship Part 9

After a week off, Ron the Con is back with more nonsense, repeated below for your reading and commenting.

———————-  Ron’s Post, Indigestion for the Embryos  ————————-

Inset: Before continuing in this current series, it would be good to have an “inset” in order to interject some points of importance as to why this series is becoming longer. This inset also reflects the importance that God places on what He is giving His Church at this stage, and it is good to understand why.

This subject matter is being built upon what God’s entire purpose, plan, and creation is all about – Elohim. Now, just before Jesus Christ is sent back in his role as the Messiah, God is clarifying and magnifying more about His Family. This too is very much about a stronger Seventh Thunder.

We are actually building upon what has virtually been lost and ignored in the Ten Commandments, although it has always been right there in plain sight (physically). That which has been completely ignored is the first sentence of that First Commandment.

“I am the Eternal (Yahweh) your God (Elohim – Family), who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house (Heb. – household, family) of bondage. You shall have no other gods (elohim) before Me” (Ex. 20:2-3).

The Eternal God IS our Family! Those begotten by Him into that family are the Church and God desires we be faithful to Him and His Family (the Church) above all things. Failing to do so is to break the First Commandment. If our relationship is not right with those in this family, then we are raising up something else that is of greater importance to us (whatever that is), which is idolatry. In this world, especially in this end-time of mass technology and highly intrusive communication (i.e. the Internet, Facebook, cell phones, blogs, twittering, etc.), it is easy to betray brethren and spread true and untrue information far too easily and far too quickly.

It is easy to pass something along about another member of the Body that does not contain all the facts – all the truth of a matter. Even when something is stated to others outside the Body (a previous member or in the world) that is fully true, it does not mean that it should be communicated to others, especially to those who have left the fellowship or have been officially disfellowshipped. There are many today who seek to perversely “feed” upon everything they can in order to pass it along to others in a twisted and negative manner.

The people who “feed” upon the Church are not only past members, but are often relatives or others who are still “friends” (although truly questionable) who take every little morsel they can glean (or tear away) in order to “pass it along” to others who are also desirous of “feeding upon” the Church.

As Christ was telling the disciples about events that would lead up to His coming, he gave a description of a period of time for the Church in which it would be considered “dead” by those who have hated it. We are in that very specific period right now. Even as a prophetic description of how the Church, the Body of Christ, would be looked upon and treated just before final end-time events, Christ stated that, “For wheresoever the carcass (Gk.- corpse) is, there will the birds of prey (best understood as ‘vultures’) be gathered together” (Mat. 24:28). This describes well (spiritually so) those who seek to feed upon the Body of Christ, seeking to pick away at anything they can tear away in order to consume in a perverted, foul, and stinking manner.

Any in God’s Church who pass along ANY information about anyone else in the Body (which may seem totally innocent) are foolish to do so, and by doing so very often betray faithfulness to uphold and protect God’s Family. Being foolish and irresponsible like this can easily break the First Commandment and cut oneself off from God spiritually, although they may still be physically convening with the Church. In the first few centuries of the Church, and even beyond, the spreading of any information about another in the Church did lead to the literal death of others. We live in a serious time in this end-time and need to take it seriously as part of our calling and duty toward one another to not be careless in writing or in speaking. To do so can mean being fully cut-off from God. This is how important true fellowship is to God.

We have covered this material in this inset in order to help magnify the spiritual importance of what God is giving us. To understand what has just been covered it to learn “how” to judge many of the matters that will yet be covered toward the very end of this series once we get there.

We are now going to continue from where we left off in Part 8 as to what God gave through Paul concerning the phrase, “so that the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” It is important to understand God’s purpose and love (carried out and administered by everyone God’s way) toward most all who become disfellowshipped from Him.

The Spirit Mind
Although some of the following knowledge has been given to God’s Church in the past few years, there is more to be built upon it, as God gives us more understanding of how He is creating Elohim.

To build upon what God has given His Church, it is necessary to start in the beginning. The angels were created of spirit essence – fully spirit in composition. They were not created to be robotic in nature in the sense of being programmed or given instinctive responses to various conditions in life, even as mankind was not created in such a way. The angels were made free moral agents, but unlike mankind, they were fully spirit in composition, including the makeup of their mind.

It also needs to be fully understood that while the angels were fully spirit, they were not of God’s holy spirit – of His mind or word (logos). God did not and does not “dwell in” them through His holy spirit as with those who are begotten of Him among mankind.

From the beginning, the angelic realm knew only God’s way of life. They were created in unity and complete harmony with God. They knew no other way and they rejoiced in all that God shared and taught them. We know well the story of what followed. Lucifer, one of the three archangels, decided (freely chose) to oppose God by determining for himself that He was not in agreement with all of God’s purpose, plan, and only true way of life. Lucifer turned away from God and His way to embrace “his own way” of pride, jealousy, envy, lust, greed, lying, hatred, etc. It was the way that is fully opposite of God – against God. Lucifer then became known as Satan the Devil – the Adversary of God.

When Lucifer first made the choice to oppose God’s word, his spirit mind became corrupted and defiled. That is exactly what God told him concerning his sin.

“Your heart (the most inner being reflecting will and purpose) was lifted up (pride) because of your beauty (taking unto himself the greatness God had given him). You have corrupted (Heb.- cause ruin, destroyed) your wisdom (the mind God had given him) by reason of your brightness” (Ex. 28:17).

Once Satan infected (damaged, began to destroy) his own mind (thinking and reasoning) through the choice of opposing God – through sin – his spirit mind became “permanently set” on his own course (way) of life. He became permanently opposed to God, as did all of the angels who followed him and became demons. Satan did destroy (fully corrupt) what God had given him. Nothing can change such corruption to a “spirit mind.” This was Satan’s own free choice. He did not want God’s ways – permanently so. Once a fully composed “spirit mind” sins (makes the choice to oppose God), there is no reversal nor desire or will to reverse such a course. The mind becomes “set” on some other course of one’s own thinking, but never again on God’s one true way – never again in any agreement with God.

This is sometimes difficult for people to understand or accept, as the mind of mankind is made differently. God made mankind different for a different purpose – so that mankind could be created into Elohim. The human mind is composed of a physical brain along with a spirit essence in it – the “spirit in man.” This is what Paul was referring to when he asked, “For what (does) man know (understand, see) of the things of man (the physical world around him), save (except by) the ‘spirit of man’ which is in him? Even so the things of God (all that is spiritual) no man knows, but (but by) the spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:11).

By creating the human mind to be composed of both a physical component (the brain) together with a spiritual component (the spirit in man), the spirit essence of the mind can potentially be created into something new (a new creation) – something different from what it was before a person is begotten. This is just as Paul explained concerning those who dwell in Christ (those begotten of God’s spirit): “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (Gk.- creation)” (2 Cor. 5:17).

The “spirit in man” can be changed (transformed) into something different. This spirit essence in the mind is not “set,” but can potentially be changed in thinking and purpose from that which before begettal is only motivated by selfishness, the way of get, and pride. Such a change can only happen as a matter of free choice once God calls a person, offers repentance of sin and forgiveness, and then gives the transforming power of His holy spirit to anyone who has been begotten who earnestly desires such help to be changed.

Cut Off From God’s Spirit
There are similarities between the human “begotten” mind being likened to a spiritual embryo and that of a physical embryo. They are both similar in the likeness of having a beginning stage of life that is not yet actually born, but they are able to have life (one physical and the other spiritual) because of the nourishment that is continually coming into the embryo and giving it the means to develop and grow. In a physical embryo, the umbilical cord carries nourishment for life to it through the blood. In a spiritual type of embryo God supplies nourishment for “spiritual life” (His holy spirit), which is accomplished because of the blood of Christ as our Passover. So there are similarities of design, but differences in function.

There is also likeness in how the embryo is connected by the umbilical cord, as it not only carries nourishment to the embryo, it also carries waste away. On a spiritual plane, as one is nourished spiritually, it is the blood of Christ that carries away the waste of that which is rejected that is harmful (hurtful) and worthless to the embryo. It is as John stated, “and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7).

However, there is a big difference in how this embryo is nourished. A human embryo must have a continual flow of blood through the umbilical cord in order to receive nourishment to develop and grow and to have life sustained until actual birth. If the flow of the blood through the umbilical cord is cut off, the fetus will cease developing and soon become aborted. This is not the same for how the “spirit begotten essence” (the spirit in man begotten of God’s holy spirit) actually develops and grows.

The flow of God’s spirit can be slowed and even cease, but the “spirit begotten essence” (begotten portion of the spirit in man) does not cease to exist as a human fetus would if cut-off from a continual flow of blood. Without a continual flow of God’s spirit into the begotten portion of the spirit in man, that spiritual type of a fetus simply becomes dormant with no activity and no life coming into it. This is true for someone fully (totally, 100%) cut-off from any of God’s spirit. When this occurs, the spirit in man reverts back to only having the ability to function as before begettal on a purely physical plane, with no ability to “see” or function on a spiritual plane. That spirit essence (the original spirit in man) now contains certain knowledge about God and the truth that it did not have before being begotten, but it cannot deal with that knowledge on a spiritual plane– only a physical one. That is why some people may continue in some form of observance of a seventh-day Sabbath, or tithing, and/or will not eat unclean food, etc., but they do not grasp God’s truth on a spiritual plane.

Today, we can better grasp some of these concepts because of the computer age in which we live. We have far greater ability to understand much of this more clearly now than in 1972 when God first revealed through Herbert W. Armstrong this function and truth of a “spirit (essence) in man” that is connected to the human brain.

The “spirit in man” is a spirit essence that has no life of itself. Since it is spirit in composition, it cannot be measured or seen by anything that is physical. This spirit essence gives mankind the ability for learning, memory, creativity, individual thought (thinking and reasoning), etc., that makes mankind different from the animal kingdom. Mankind was created to be a free moral agent – free to make individual choices in life. There is no such ability within the animal kingdom, as it has been “programmed” by God to instinctively react to various conditions in life and to have specific characteristics as God has created in each species.

God has miraculously designed the human brain, which is totally physical in composition, to be connected to this spirit essence so that the mind in mankind is fully unique in all His creation. God has designed and created the mind in this manner in order to accomplish an even greater creation – Elohim.

Everything about an individual is stored within and functions within the “spirit in man” that each person has in them. All that a person has ever experienced and learned (although unable to recall it all) is contained in this spirit essence. Yet, for the human mind, the “spirit in man” can only work with things within a physical world on a physical plane. There is NO spiritual knowledge, function, or insight whatsoever.

When a person dies, that specific “spirit essence” (spirit in man) is retained by God. It contains no life in it, but simply contains “everything of a person,” a kind of storage of the individual it was in. It is that same individual spirit essence that will be put back into a human body of a person who is resurrected in the second life when that life is given on the Last Great Day. The exact same person who died hundreds or thousands of years before will have life again, except they will have a new and fully healthy body and brain with the same “spirit (spirit essence) in man” placed into it that was in them at death. They will have the same thinking, the same mind, and will be the same person as before.

The Spirit Begotten “Spirit in Man”
It is within this “spirit in man” that one can be begotten of God’s holy spirit after one has been baptized, forgiven of sins, and then had hands laid upon them. It is at this time when one is able to receive the impregnation of God’s holy spirit that a “new mind” begins to develop and grow together within this spirit in man. This new portion of “spirit essence” is a component that is spiritual in nature as it is of the “holy spirit” of God. Of itself, the basic spirit in man only allows for physical interaction in life, but this “begettal spirit,” or newly added spirit essence of the holy spirit allows for spiritual interaction and fellowship, as well as spiritual insight and understanding.

This new “spiritual” component (the holy spirit) that becomes attached to the “spirit in man” has no life in itself, just as the “spirit in man” has no life in itself. Only when it is in the mind of a living individual is it able to function. But this too is unique in the way God created it to be (exist and work), as it cannot function on its own within the individual through that person’s own ability. That spiritual essence (of spiritual begettal in the spirit in man) can only function when connected to God and His Son through a continual flow of God’s holy spirit into it.

It is only by a continual flow of God’s holy spirit into the begotten spirit in man that a transformation of the mind is possible and can be actively worked upon. It is important to understand that the flow of God’s holy spirit to the begettal spirit is not always the same. This has much to do with the response of each individual (through personal choice) to God. This is affected by prayer, fasting, reading or listening to spiritual material, holy day observance, spiritual growth, fellowship, how a person is living at any moment in time, attitude, wrong thinking, sin, spiritual sluggishness or lethargy, etc.

This begettal portion of the holy spirit works to merge (to grow and develop) with the spirit in man in order to change (transform) the mind from one that only functions physically (on a physical plane) to one that functions spiritually on both a physical and spiritual plane. Yet in all this, such a mind can only function on a spiritual plane when God’s holy spirit is flowing into it. This “new mind” that is being created by God can only be developed, actually grow on a spiritual level, and actively function spiritually when connected to a good flow of God’s holy spirit into it.

If someone is totally cut-off from all flow of the holy spirit, then we should understand that there is NO function taking place on a spiritual plane and that the spirit begotten portion of the spirit in man has NO activity. It is simply 100 percent stagnant spiritually.

This varying flow of the holy spirit has everything to do with where someone is spiritually at any moment in time. This should magnify for each individual that which Christ said, “We can do nothing (spiritually) of ourselves (Jn. 15:5).” Such understanding should remove all attitudes of spiritual pride concerning how someone can take spiritual knowledge and understanding to themselves by being lifted up over others for how one thinks of (sees) themselves spiritually. This is exactly what Satan did. He became lifted up in what he believed was “his own greatness” and was not of a humble spirit, as he failed to reflect an absolute knowing that all that he had was from God. Even the Church during Laodicea (after Herbert W. Armstrong’s death) became lifted up with spiritual pride (spiritually rich and increased with goods), and it did not grasp that ALL was from God and not because of any spiritual greatness of oneself.

God’s Creation
The context of what we have been covering concerns the statement God inspired through Paul of anyone who is fully (100 percent) cut-off from God and the flow of His holy spirit into them. This statement is key to understanding the primary reason for “what is best” for any begotten individual who is “fully” disfellowshipped: “so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Cor. 5:5).

The reasons for disfellowshipping someone in order to protect, edify, unify, sober, and cleanse the Church are separate issues which were covered in large part before beginning to focus on this aspect of “what is best” for the actual individual who has become disfellowshipped. Even when someone must be disfellowshipped, God reveals that He still has a plan in which there remains a potential means to save such a person. This is based on His love for the one disfellowshipped. This involves “saving the spirit.” So what does this mean? It means that this is about “saving” the new portion of the begettal of God’s holy spirit within the spirit (spirit essence) in man that is not yet fully “set” (completed, finished, transformed).

Although portions of this “newer understanding” were given in recent Feast sermons, it would be good to repeat some of that and then add to, build upon it.

We know that in the beginning God created a spirit realm composed of spirit essence (spirit elements, spirit matter), but not of His holy spirit. This is just as God, in a similar fashion, later created a physical realm (the universe) composed of physical matter (physical elements). Our minds can only minimally grasp such a thing. There are places in scripture that describe some of that spirit creation and how it appeared. Then God later went on to create living spirit composed beings – angels. They were created of spirit essence (spirit elements, spirit matter), and their minds were composed of a spirit essence that gave them the ability for learning, memory, creativity, individual thought (thinking and reasoning), etc. But their minds were not composed of or connected to God’s holy spirit. God did not and does not “dwell in” angels as He does “in” those who are begotten of His holy spirit. So similar to the spirit creation of angels in a spirit realm, God created living physical life from physical matter within the physical realm. With mankind, God created within the mind a portion of spirit essence (spirit matter, spirit in man) to be connected to the brain.

It has already been mentioned concerning angels that if they choose any other way than what God has shown (revealed) to them that their mind becomes permanently “set” against God. That is simply the makeup and reality of such spirit created life. God’s entire purpose for physical created life is vastly different from spirit created life. His purpose is to provide the means whereby a “spirit (essence) in man” that is connected to a physical human brain can be changed (transformed) in a creative process that is “not yet fully set” in spirit. This is the only way Elohim can be created.

With the “spirit in man,” along with the begettal from “God’s holy spirit,” a literal creation of God begins on a spirit plane. This creation is not something that is instant, but rather, it takes much time and interaction (spiritual fellowship) between God and the begotten individual. This creation – the only one of its kind – is the development of a spirit mind that is “holy” in nature – fully of God and of His mind, His being, His word within the mind of the one begotten. This also enhances understanding of the unique creation of “one Son” as part of God’s plan and purpose to create Elohim in which the “word” (logos of God) was made flesh. There is much more about this awesome marvel (wonder) that will be magnified during the Millennium, but God has given us much already – the building blocks of it all.

(It is necessary to strive to digest what has been covered in this post thus far before continuing to build even more upon what is being given. That will follow in Part 10.)

Groundhog Day

In breaking news, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, foretelling six more weeks of winter.  Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions are more often wrong than right.  But still right more often than False Prophet Ronald Weinland, whose ability to prophesy anything correctly is zero.

One year ago today was Ron the Con’s first full day in Federal Correctional Institution, Terre Haute, having voluntarily reported there during the prior day (Feb 1, 2013).  In the year since then, Ron’s little religious empire has been crumbling.  He lost his evangelist Terry Wrozek, who had been with him since he left WCG following “the apostasy”.  He lost his senior elder Ralph Dowd who had been with him nearly as long.  Many others have left PKG, including several who testified at his criminal trial. Even his own son-in-law, brother-in-law, sister, and mother have left.

Ron has many Groundhog Days in front of him, with his release expected for Feb 17, 2016.  Will Ron finally get it right before being released?  I doubt it, rather expecting him to attempt to rebuild his empire from whatever ruins await when he leaves prison to return to his home on the golf course.