True Fellowship Part 14

After a nearly two-month interlude, False Prophet Ronald Weinland continues his epic series of mind numbing posts on True Fellowship.

Reposted here for your commenting pleasure.  Have at it, heinous vultures!!!

—– Ron’s posting ————————–

Summary: In writing this series, True Fellowship, God has been revealing much to us that we have not known or understood in the past.

From the time the writing on this subject first began, I believed that this would be a short series of two or three parts. As I continued writing, I consistently believed we were near the completion, but God kept revealing more and more. This has continued in that same manner until we have finally come to this ending summary of “Part 14” in this series.

In addition, this series had begun with the primary focus being on the subject of “disfellowshipment.” As I began writing, it quickly became clear that the way God was going to address this negative, unpleasant, and often very hurtful subject of those who become disfellowshipped, was to instead address this in the context of the positive, exciting, inspiring, and incredibly awesome focus of what it means to have “true fellowship” with God, His Son, and His Church. Once a person “sees” more fully the magnitude of what a blessing it is to have such fellowship, then the purpose (need) and deeper shame of disfellowshipment can become clearer.

As we have progressed through this series, it is important to grasp just how much God has been revealing that we have not known or fully understood in the past. If we are not careful, we can begin to take for granted what God is giving us and then fail to be deeply moved, inspired, and truly thankful for the riches He is pouring out upon us in order to more fully strengthen and encourage (give courage to) us. If we are not watchful and alert, we can begin to drift, become spiritually sluggish, and blind to the power of God that is at work right before our eyes, right in front of us.

It is only the Church of God – PKG that is experiencing such a fast pace of revelation (or any revelation) of truth being given, which is for the very purpose of more rapidly preparing (for those who will receive it) His people for the Millennium, which is still fast approaching. Now is the time to wisely use this opportunity to grow and prepare, because as the inset post, “Christ’s Coming,” indicates, we will not have the same continuing process of truth being revealed (as it is now) once this world is plunged into the time in which the Trumpets will become manifest.

Newly Revealed Knowledge
It is good to pause here and more sharply focus on what has been given in this series alone. Even as new knowledge and understanding is going to be reviewed, the large volume of clarifications that have been given will not be mentioned, as it would require far, far too much quoting from the previous 13 parts of this series.

1. First Commandment
God magnified understanding of the First Commandment by showing that when the commandment is quoted, often a phrase from those verses is omitted. That missing phrase speaks of the Lord your God “who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” The importance and deeper meaning of the term “house of bondage” has been shown to mean “household” or “family” of bondage. God’s plan and purpose for mankind is to deliver people from the “family of bondage” into His Family – Elohim.

Greater understanding was also given about this commandment in that we are not to place a value on any other human relationship, fellowship, friendship at a level of “god” (elohim), when such a relationship takes precedent over a relationship (fellowship) in God’s Family (Elohim). As it is stated, “You shall have no other gods (elohim) before me” (Ex. 20:3).

2. Antichrist – Working Against Christ
More understanding was given concerning why John made the kind of statement he did in 1 John 2:18. “Little children (speaking to the Church), it is the last time, and as you have heard that antichrist (singular) shall come, even now are there many antichrists, whereby we know it is the last time.”

After the death of the other apostles, John continued leading the Church as both an apostle and prophet of God. Even in his time, the Church was looking for the return of Jesus Christ. In this verse, John makes a statement that hasn’t been fully understood, as he stated that the Church had heard (had been taught) that in “the last time” (in reference to the end-time just preceding Christ’s coming) that “antichrist shall come.” We had not seen the obvious in this statement even though the Church has come to understand that antichrist is a term that describes anyone in the Church who turns against the truth, against God, and works in opposition to the very purpose Christ died for them – they become antichrist.

John was referring to an event that had to first occur in the Church that would reveal that Christ’s coming was now eminent. It was the coming of “the antichrist” (singular) which was a reference to Paul’s revelation in 2 Thessalonians 2 about the “man of sin” who would also be known as the “son of perdition” who would sit in authority over the Church and betray Christ by leading the Body of Christ into an apostasy – thus becoming the ultimate antichrist.

3. Spirit Saved In the Day of the Lord Jesus
One of the most important reasons God has revealed about the purpose of disfellowshipment is recorded in 1 Corinthians 5:5. It is “to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh (to suffer again in the world without God’s help), so that the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

God has a future purpose concerning many who become spiritually weak and as a result become doctrinally deceived, pulled into sin without repentance, and/or simply give up the battle against self and thereby go by the wayside. That future purpose is to resurrect these people (if they have not committed the unpardonable sin) into the final hundred years for salvation – in the day of the Lord Jesus, so that they might be saved in that final age of salvation for mankind.

The reason for disfellowshipment, of being cut off from the continuing flow of God’s spirit, is because once a person begins working against (contrary to) the flow of God’s spirit, they can become more quickly “set against” God’s ways permanently so (commit the unpardonable sin). Once a person has become impregnated with the holy spirit and then they cease to yield to God’s spirit coming into them, it is better that they enter a kind of spiritual sleep (totally cut off from the holy spirit). Otherwise, if they actively “continue resisting” the holy spirit when it is available to them, their mind will more quickly become “spiritually hardened” against God – set against God so that they cannot be saved.

4. Spirit in Man Set Against God
The human mind can become “set against” God even when it has never been begotten of God. Spiritual begettal will not be granted to every human being. There will be people even when shown what God has done with the earth and mankind after the 1,000 year of the reign of His Kingdom and after seeing the actual manifestation of the God Family, who still will not want to live God’s ways. Even once they are given ability to see what is true in God’s purpose and the truth of His one way of life to be lived, they will not want it. Their minds became “set against” God in their first lifetime. Such people have so perverted their thinking and have chosen such evil in life that they are “set” in that choice of life, and that kind of set mind cannot be transformed, for it is set in the evil, pride, and lust of life.

5. Judgment Beyond the Final Hundred Years
God has revealed that there is a period of time for a final execution of judgment that is beyond the period of the Great White Throne. There will be those at the end of the 100 years who will live on into that “little season.” There will also be others who have committed the unpardonable sin, who died during the 7,000 years of mankind, who will be resurrected to live in this “little season.” Their minds are “set against” God and they have no desire to repent of their ways.

These people comprise Gog and Magog who are the great army Satan gathers together once he and the demons are released after the final 1,100 years of salvation for mankind. Gog and Magog are not about a particular race or nation of people, but it describes those who have a spiritual mindset that is set against God. There are other such racial or national terms that we understand reveal a spiritual meaning, as with Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and even Israel.

Gog is simply a reference on a spiritual plane of those in the world who became “set against” God in their first physical life. Magog is simply a reference to those who are “of” Gog, who had been called out of the world then begotten of God, but who then became “set against” God – they then became Magog.

6. Physical Sanctification
We now understand that when one person in a marriage and/or a parent is called into the Church, the other mate and/or children of the begotten parent are sanctified to participate in a “physical relationship” within the Church, and that they have not been called into a spiritual relationship. Such individuals do not simply have an automatic choice of a calling at any time they so choose. In addition, if only one mate has been called and baptized into the Church, then the other unbelieving mate and any children can only be sanctified if they are not against God.

There is a “physical sanctification,” as the sanctification of ancient Israel, which allows such individuals to come into God’s presence within the environs of the Church. There is a separate “spiritual sanctification” that is given to those who are in the Body of Christ. Those sanctified spiritually are able to come before God on a spiritual plane and have a spiritual fellowship with Him, His Son, and His Church.

7. Most Never Called to Be In the 144,000
The Church has been given greater understanding of Christ’s words that “many are called, but few are chosen.” We more clearly see that the result of “free choice” following a calling has resulted in only a “few” who have been chosen to be in God’s government of the 144,000. The “many” are among those who were described in the Parable of the Tares, and the larger group who comprised those of the Parable of the Sower where seed fell by the wayside, upon stony areas, and amongst thorns (weeds).

There are many from the seven eras of the Church who will be resurrected in the Great White Throne who will help comprise the beginning foundation of the Church from the very beginning of that 100-year period.

Fellowship and the 63,000
There are yet two primary areas of concern and importance that need to be addressed about fellowship as this subject of true fellowship is brought to a close.

The first area involves the eventual awakening and gathering of the 63,000 who were once part of the Worldwide Church of God although, we don’t know exactly who will be chosen to be part of that group.

So how do you judge whether or not you have any fellowship with them? First, no one should seek out such individuals. If there is any purpose in their coming into contact with you, then God will see to it – He will work it out. If any such individual contacts you or you come across them in some chance manner, then there are certain criteria for judgment.

If the conversation is one of friendship based upon the past, then fellowship may certainly be good, but always understand that it will only be on a physical plane until they are fully awakened by God. They should be treated with a spirit of acceptance and genuine kindness, with the inner hope of their potentially becoming one who is part of this great group, being soon awakened just as we were.

However, if they were a minister (ordained) in the past, they should be acknowledged with kindness, but not with any purpose of continuing fellowship. They should be considered as those disfellowshipped, as they largely have a judgment upon them as spoken of in the Thunders.

In addition, one last area for judgment where some would also be seen as disfellowshipped is if an individual is against the Church of God – PKG, and also if they are teaching and pushing their own ideas or that of some other group.

Those Against God
The other area of concern and importance to be addressed here at this conclusion on true fellowship is one that carries the strongest warning and precaution of all. This concerns those who are actively engaged in a pursuit to hurt God’s Church, the Church of God – PKG. Such people fit into one of the most heinous groups of all. This is a great betrayal to God as many of these experienced being mercifully awakened from a spiritual stupor and given far greater truth than when they were first called, yet they have turned against all those truths and against God’s Church as they live as “active” antichrists.

These are those who after disfellowshipment do not simply “get on with their lives.” They do not simply leave behind that which they say they no longer are in agreement with. Instead, they become consumed with evil thoughts, hatred, disdain, and even torment concerning the activities of God’s Church (of His people).

These are those who feed upon God’s Church and who as vultures seek to pick at anything they can tear away in order to consume in a perverted, foul, and stinking manner. “For where ever the carcass (Gk.- corpse or body, as they see it) is, there will the birds of prey (as vultures) be gathered together” (Mat. 24:28). Such seek to perversely “feed” upon anything they can in order to pass it along to others in a twisted, slanderous, and negative manner. Through such actions and practice, these have unwittingly joined together to give support to the great slanderer and accuser of the brethren.

In Closing
With all that has been covered in this series on true fellowship, it bears repeating what was stated in the very beginning. It would now be good to focus more fully on what is actually stated, and not just read over it quickly.

Relationships reveal what is 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 Him (Lk. 14:26).

Not This Year

This posting is timed to publish at the same minute as sundown in Jerusalem, which is the beginning of Pentecost and the moment that False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s elder brother Jesus is scheduled to return in UFO-like fashion.  That is the moment of the Pentecost which Christ actually returns.

Trouble is that we don’t know which year, and won’t know until Ronnie tells us.  Probably not before he gets out of prison in 2016.  How many followers will he still have then?  If greater than zero, too many.  I expect he will have too many followers who will stay with him, Pentecost to Pentecost.

Laura and Her Band of Merry Women

The Trips page on False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s blog has been update with a schedule of trips this summer.  These are:

June 14   Detroit, MI – Laura Weinland & Audra Weinland Van Horne

June 28  Columbia, MO – Laura Weinland

July 19 Lubbock, TX- Laura Weinland, Lori Williams (senior elder)

July 26  Dallas, TX- Laura Weinland, Johnny & Myrtle Harrell, Lori Williams (senior elder), Anne Wrozek (senior elder)

August 9 Minneapolis, MN – Laura Weinland, Johnny & Myrtle Harrell

August 30 Spokane, WA – Laura Weinland, Johnny & Myrtle Harrell, Audra Weinland Van Horne (senior elder)

In addition, the Trips page has some travel for Wayne next weekend, which is yet another Pentecost during which Jesus Christ will be AWOL and then to the US in late November.  Other than that the only male name on the trip schedule is Johnny.  Laura is traveling with her twice-married daughter and her friend Lori.  Also on the schedule is Anne Wrozek, whose legal name is Angela.  Laura and her band of merry women.

With recent developments, Angela/Anne is freed up to travel more.  Found on the online calendar for her local courthouse.

Here is the docket from yesterday’s activities:

The Wrozeks have two adult sons and two adult daughters. I don’t know what are the specific issues that led to the termination of their long marriage, but I imagine that Rotten Ronnie’s false prophecies played no small role.

Two New Topics

A new post up, still an interruption of his epic series on “True Fellowship” which is another term for agreeing with Ron totally.  This post is to issue a couple of religious rulings.

—– Here are Ron’s fatwas ————–

Due to some recent questions concerning eating out on the Sabbath and about wearing makeup, I have written two new topics for the “Topics” section of the Church website.

These are being included in this post, as it is good for all of you to know the new topics that have been added. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to Pt. 14 of the series, True Fellowship.

Sabbath: Eating Out
God set aside the Sabbath day and made it holy. We are commanded to sanctify it – to set it aside as holy and separate from other days. If God says something is holy, it is holy. The Sabbath is for holy use and purpose, therefore, a person should strive to honor God on that day.

The 7th day (Saturday) is the weekly Sabbath. Over the past few decades, many regions of the world have changed calendars to reflect that Sunday is the 7th day of the week, instead of the 1st. This is not the true cycle of the week that God established, the one that most nations have recognized for centuries. The correct 7th day Sabbath is to be observed from sunset on Friday (6th day) to sunset on Saturday (7th day).

We are to treat God’s Sabbath differently than the rest of the week. We are not to do any work for our job nor do any work for our employer or work in a personal business – ever. Neither are we to do labor related work and time-consuming tasks, such as shopping, household chores, home maintenance, or similar types of work that should be done on the other 6 days of the week.

There are certain things we should do on the Sabbath, such as taking care of personal hygiene, preparing and eating of food, clean up and washing of dishes after a meal, making our bed, etc. However, we should not do laundry (washing of clothes), upkeep on the house (as in mowing lawns, doing yard work, or home maintenance – except in an emergency), or similar types of activities on the Sabbath. In addition, God’s Sabbath is not a time for pursing entertainment and recreation, such as watching movies, attending (watching) or participating in sports activities, playing golf, etc.

There are certain light-work routines that God has set apart as separate and distinct from other work-related activities, which are fitting, proper, and right practices on His Sabbath. Some of these were already mentioned. These perfectly permissible activities include such things as maintaining good personal hygiene and appearance, keeping the home neat and clean (such as making beds, picking up clothes, washing dishes, etc.), traveling to and from Sabbath service locations and places for fellowship. Also included in this is the preparation of meals or purchase of them in a restaurant, the consuming of those meals, and any clean up related to this.

Some people have questioned whether or not it would be permissible to eat out in a restaurant on the Sabbath. Family togetherness and fellowship, especially when centered around meals shared together on the Sabbath, enhance the spiritual intent of fulfilling much of the purpose of God sanctifying the Sabbath. This includes eating out on the Sabbath at a restaurant. Any work related to such occasions is neither pertinent nor related to God’s purpose of forbidding work done on that day. This purpose is more closely related to how the Sabbath was often one of the busiest days of work for a Levite, just as it can be one of the busiest for someone serving in God’s ministry. Such areas of work that involve serving God’s purpose and His spiritual intent are separate and distinct from other personal activities not related to direct service or participation in God’s reason for sanctification.

The primary purpose of why God gives us the Sabbath day is so that we can meet in fellowship before Him (in a holy convocation) and learn what He wants us to receive at that time. God inspires His ministers, through the power of His spirit, to preach those things that are timely and necessary for our edification, training, guidance, profitable correction, and spiritual growth. In addition, the Sabbath provides special opportunity for strengthening family and fellowship with others.

Makeup and Clothing Styles
The Church of God teaches the need to exercise balance and moderation in life. This often becomes an issue when discussing clothing styles, as well as questions concerning the wearing of makeup.

Some religious groups teach that wearing makeup is a sin and they then distort the interpretation of some scriptures in order to lend support to “their” belief. This is similar to how some religions claim that God forbids the consumption of any type of alcoholic drink.

Without going into all the places where this subject of alcohol is mentioned in scripture, it will just be summarized here. Scripture only forbids the excessive use of alcohol that leads to drunkenness. God’s Church simply teaches that it is to be used in moderation and never to excess. It is not to be used to the impairment of speech, thinking, and alertness as in reactions and motor skills. This should be obvious when considering the importance of such a thing when driving a motor vehicle.

The principle of moderation and balance should be applied to the use of makeup. It should not be used to excess, but more as a highlight or enhancement of one’s natural appearance. However, society highly misuses makeup with a sexual or provocative “intent.” Yet most people who use makeup are unaware of this spirit that underlies such promotion of its excessive use. This is so much so that many women would feel somewhat naked if they were not to use it at all. This reveals the need for more balance in one’s thinking concerning their “view” of the subject.

Clothing styles should also be viewed in the light of moderation. Biblical moderation is not a matter of a judgment that falls somewhere between a conservative and liberal mindset. True moderation is an avoidance of extremes, but even more so, it is a matter of the use and intent of it. Discerning such moderation is based more on an avoidance of many of this world’s standards, fads, and trends, coupled with the desire to more fully adhere to qualities that are reflective of a good representation of God’s people. As Paul stated, “We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20).

A good means for measurement within oneself is to ask if we are more concerned with how God sees us or of how those around us in the world see us.

There can be issues with clothing styles that the world promotes and “sells” to women. This is more of an issue affecting women because they tend to be exploited in a distorted sexual manner. This kind of thing has become more intense in this modern age of technology through the wrong use of massive forms of advertising, entertainment, music videos, misuse of the Internet, etc.

There is a continual push to highlight the sexuality of clothing in the sense of shorter dress styles, higher slits in skirts or dresses, lower or more revealing bust lines, tighter fitting clothing, and often, just less clothing. As women tend to think differently than men, due to the effect of different hormones that work on the mind, they do not always fully grasp the mind of men being lustful by nature. However, this knowledge can eventually begin to be misused in a seductive manner by women toward men. Provocative styled clothing can then tend to exploit the carnal nature of men.

The exploiting of women through clothing styles then shifts to the exploitation of men. It is a distorted cycle of life that tends to feed upon itself and fuels an ever-degenerating moral lifestyle in this present world.

Because of modern technology, this trend cannot be stopped from becoming increasingly worse in this world. Only God’s soon coming millennial reign can change this distorted course for mankind and its evil influence that is attacking and altering the mind of innocent youth at increasingly younger ages in life.

Christ’s Coming (But Not This Year)

Ron’s “inset” post is up on his blog, and now reposted here:
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Pentecost of 2014 is not the day that Christ will return to begin his role as King of kings, yet that day will prove to be one of immense importance and timing in his coming. God is now revealing some understanding about this pivotal moment in time.

Since Pentecost of 2013, the Church has not been experiencing the manifestation of the “physical fulfillment” of the Day of the Lord. God’s Church was given to know that from Pentecost of 2012 to Pentecost of 2013 the manifestation of the “spiritual fulfillment” of the Day of the Lord did occur.

As we have continued to move forward from Pentecost to Pentecost, God has continued to lead us more fully into truth and understanding concerning the time in which we are living and what we are presently experiencing.

From its 2,000 years of history, God’s Church has experienced one of its most unique periods of trying with testing, refining with cleansing, and revelation of truth with spiritual growth, during these past 5 ½ years. Some of this was addressed in the series, An Extraordinary 4 ½ Years, and now, more understanding is being given concerning another year that has now passed and of what is yet ahead.

As the Church has been rapidly approaching the Millennial period, God has poured out an ever vastly increasing amount of truth and understanding, especially since the manifestation of the Apostasy that occurred on December 17, 1994. Much of that truth had been given after actual specific events had occurred. After those events took place, God revealed their connection, fulfillment, and meaning.

For example, it was after the Apostasy, and because of it, that God began revealing much to the Church that it had not previously known. It was revealed that the “Apostasy” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians had occurred and this was the “primary sign” that a countdown to Christ’s coming had begun. Additionally, God revealed that this is when the First Seal of Revelation was opened. Yet, how many actually accepted that this prophesied Apostasy had occurred and that God was plainly revealing this to His Church? What other remote possibility was there for how this kind of devastation and mass scattering could occur, AND did take place, in God’s very own Church?

Yet there are some scattered organizations that believe the Apostasy has not yet happened. Instead, they believe that “their” church must become much larger than Worldwide was (with about 96,000 baptized members) before an apostasy can even take place. This is based on the belief that there must be 144,000 faithful baptized members who are living that will be resurrected into God’s government at Christ’s return. This would mean that the Church would have to be much larger than that, by many tens of thousands, so that after an apostasy there would still be 144,000 faithful remaining. These scattered groups do not understand that this number is a total of all with whom God has been working to prepare for that government over the past 6,000 years.

So who has accepted that there was an Apostasy and that it was headed by the man who did “sit” (Gk. – to “sit” in authority in government) in the temple of God (as though he was God) and who became this prophesied “man of sin” and “son of perdition”? This man did make himself “as God,” who alone establishes law, but this man changed the laws of God to those of his own liking. Who has plainly believed, understood, and acknowledged that it was the man Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. who perpetrated and fulfilled these things against God and Christ – who became the “principal antichrist” of all antichrists?

As God began to reveal what happened to His Church, He also began to reveal how and why it had happened. God revealed that the entire Church was fully Laodicean and had become so lukewarm that it had fallen asleep, so it was spewed out entirely from Himself, just as He said it would be. However, who among the scattered have acknowledged they were among those Laodiceans? The answer to all these questions is: only God’s true Church! Only those who are spiritually awake and alert, and remain that way, can hear Christ’s voice, acknowledge truth, and follow him.

We Want To Know
We are living what all others who have faithfully gone before us have lived. We too want to know when the Messiah will establish the Kingdom of God. The more we grow spiritually, with a world that is rapidly becoming more corrupt and evil, we are becoming ever more eager to see this age come to a close and for Christ to begin his reign. This is intensified mightily by the fact that we know we are now living in a period where the final seal of Revelation has already been opened and we are only waiting upon the physical manifestation of the Second Trumpet.

All this reminds me of a card that was sent to me by a senior elder as she expressed some of this anticipation and sentiment in a comical manner by making a statement that is something that most parents have experienced when traveling with young children. They often ask, as she stated in her card to me, “Are we there yet?” We too, as God’s children can be very much like that as we want to complete this journey as soon as possible, and we really don’t want to have to go much farther to get there, because the ride isn’t all that comfortable. We are not there and we do have farther to go.

Everyone knows the example of Daniel and how he asked God about the end (fulfillment) of what he had written concerning the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. Daniel was simply told to seal the book (that he was not to know the meaning, nor the timing) because it was to remain closed (sealed, unrevealed) “until the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9).

Over the past few years, God has been opening (unsealing, revealing) the meaning of those very things – not all at once, but progressively so. To better understand what we have lived (experienced) over the period of the 1335 days from Trumpets of 2008 (Sept. 30) to Pentecost of 2012, the year that followed, then the present year that is now coming to a close, and finally the time which is now before us, there is a need to address the varying manner and means through which God has revealed much truth to His Church. There are numerous “variables” in which God’s word is written in order to reveal truth, meaning, and purpose concerning how His plan is becoming fulfilled in the creation of Elohim – the Kingdom of God. Examples of these “variables” are replete throughout scripture, which include such things as the use of duality, types, physical/spiritual parallels and duality, repetitious fulfillment, progressive fulfillment, present truth, and more.

Examples include the comparison of such things like the church in the wilderness (physical Israel in the wilderness) with God’s Church in this world, in a spiritual wilderness: Egypt that is likened to spiritual slavery (bondage), sin, and pride; Pharaoh is a type for Satan; leaven is a type for sin; sackcloth is a type for humility; physical circumcision is a type for spiritual circumcision of the heart, etc.

There is duality in the desolation of the physical temple by Antiochus Epiphanes (an abomination of desolation) with the desolation of the temple, the Church, by the man of sin, the son of perdition. There is a type of the spiritual Eden of God (in the spirit realm) with the physical Garden of Eden of Adam and Eve.

Then there are matters of repetitive fulfillment as with the many generations (and eras) of the Church experiencing the fulfillment of the parable of the seed that is sown and that of the tares. Many scriptures refer to the repeated treatment and fulfillment of cruelty and injustice (imprisonments, beatings, and executions) exercised by governments upon God’s prophets, apostles, and people through time – repeated generation after generation.

There is a great deal of progressive fulfillment of prophecy that is especially directed toward things to be fulfilled during this end-time. The prophecy of Joel that is quoted by Peter on the first Pentecost experienced by the Church is an excellent example of such a process. Because of their inability to grasp the miracle of speaking (and hearing) in different languages, there were those who had concluded that the disciples were drunk, so Peter quoted what the prophet Joel had written concerning this event.

“For these (the disciples) are not drunk as you suppose (have concluded), seeing it is but the third hour of the day (9 am in the morning). But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel, that it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh (this was the beginning of that fulfillment). Your sons and your daughters shall prophecy (experience the ability through inspired speech to converse about God’s prophetic plan), and your young men shall see visions (able to see and experience what God has prophesied through visions to others), and your old men shall dream dreams (those who were old and died, resurrected to life again and able to live their original hearts’ dreams for life that they could not attain in their first life). On my servants and handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my spirit (God giving of His spirit to all whom He calls), and they shall prophesy (speak God’s word with inspiration, truth, and understanding). I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath of blood, fire, vapor, and smoke (actual end-time events that will usher in the greater fulfillment of God pouring out His spirit on all flesh). The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and notable Day of the Lord comes” (Acts 2:15-20).

This is a “progressive fulfillment,” as not all of Joel’s prophecy was at that moment being fulfilled, but only a portion – a beginning portion. He referred to what would come to pass in the last days. Joel’s prophecy was not only referring to the very end-time in which we are now living, but also of what was just beginning at that specific time to be fulfilled, starting then in those “last days” that would continue for the next 2,000 years plus. This was indeed the beginning of the latter days of God’s 7,000-year plan (at that time, 4,000 years had now passed).

There is also abundant use of a combination of these variables that are used in God’s word, as in the example of the use of both progressive and repetitive fulfillment in prophecies concerning the “Elijah to come.” These variables are seemingly endless in scripture, as God has chosen many means through which He has revealed Himself and His plan, purpose, and truth to those whom He calls. It is through these same type of variables and combinations that God is now revealing more to His Church about where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.

Change and Following God
There is so much that God has suddenly begun to reveal that it will be difficult to capture, summarize, and adequately explain much of it in a single post such as this. This could be written in a series with greater depth, but as Pentecost is rapidly approaching, it is best to get this written now.

God is not yet revealing specific timing of all that is now going to be covered, but He is giving us a clearer outline of events in what we have been living since Trumpets 2008 and of what is now before us. In all this, it is important to remember that there are great reasons why everything is not fully revealed to us all at one time. Some of that is for the purpose of trying and testing, some for creating stronger faith and character in those who yield to God, some for the development of truer and stronger humility, and some because of spiritual warfare and strategies. In all of this, it is good to remember that much of the warring that has occurred through time in the angelic realm is nearing it crescendo and completion, with Satan and the demons being fully restrained without power for the next 1,100 years.

To better understand where God is now leading us, we must first have a firm understanding of our recent history and of how He has been working with us. The decisions and choices we make in our life concerning how we follow God are always based on “present truth” (truth that God has revealed to us in that moment of time). Within this variable, we are generally confronted with change when God reveals more truth and gives more revelation in prophecy in the progressive manner that He does. Our decisions and choices must also change accordingly when that happens, as this is when we must determine to follow God in the direction He leads us. This is always because we are to live by the present truth (in response to it, according to it) and change our lives to be in unity with it.

Such decisions are easily understood by many recent examples. Many of these have been covered before, but one example of great importance that stands out needs to be repeated concerning events in 2008.

God had inspired the second book I was to write and directed me to give it a specific title: 2008 – God’s Final Witness. God had revealed that 2008 was the year for the two-witnesses to begin their witness, in which God would “establish” them as His two witnesses. A specific countdown was to begin from 2008, which would include the prophetic periods of 1335, 1290, and 1260 days. As God revealed that present truth, I made decisions and choices based on that revelation.

Looking back on all this, I can now understand that as an apostle, I first concluded from these things that had just been revealed, combined with the additional beliefs we held at that time, that these prophetic dates all ended at Christ’s literal return. God could have revealed otherwise, but it was within His purpose to establish His witnesses that this should be their focus and obedient belief. Therefore, it was concluded that Christ’s return would have to be on Trumpets of 2011. However, as already covered in the post of May 2013 (Extraordinary 4 ½ Years), this date of 2011 was changed in order to follow God in a new truth He revealed at that time. It would be good to quote some of that here.

“Starting on Pentecost in 2008, God began revealing more. The timing of everything was about to change as God began to reveal the importance of the timing of the wave loaves being of the same kind of importance as the timing of the Wave Sheaf that Jesus Christ fulfilled perfectly according to God’s time.”

“…So in that sermon, God revealed that Christ was not going to return on a Feast of Trumpets, but on a Pentecost. This timing was critical to God’s plan concerning the fulfillment of the wave loaves being offered up before God that pictured His acceptance of the 144,000. This was of the same importance as the acceptance of the wave sheaf during the Days of Unleavened Bread that Jesus Christ fulfilled. We then changed the dates of our previous understanding of timing as soon as God revealed the truth of this matter of Christ returning on a Pentecost. As a result of this understanding, the beginning of the 3 ½ years of witness was pushed back by nearly 8 months, to the end, rather than at the beginning, of 2008.”

After God revealed this truth to the Church, that Jesus Christ would return on a Pentecost, everything then tied together in a very inspiring manner as the 1335 days from Trumpets of 2008 (concerning the final sealing of the 144,000) came to Pentecost of 2012. This was our present truth and we acted (responded) and prepared accordingly – with great conviction. Since most of this has already been covered in that series, I won’t be repeating more of it here. Although Pentecost 2012 was not the date of Christ’s return, it was the date that fulfilled these prophecies that ultimately completed the sealing of those remaining to be added in order to finalize the full count of 144,000. That day also concluded a period to establish a prophesied “final judgment.”

In what we experienced at that time, God was leading us through a combination of “progressive revelation” and “new truth” that He added to His Church. Whenever such a thing happens, we adjust our course accordingly and change whatever we must in order to continue following God in the way He leads us.

Yet, not all changed “their” course in order to continue following God. During that 4 ½ year period following Trumpets of 2008, most in the Church yielded themselves to being refined and were made much stronger “in” God. However, there were those who chose to quit following God and the incredible 57 Truths He gave to His Church. The exact same thing will be repeated and continue to happen as we move further into the period now before us.

Before proceeding into the next section concerning what God is now revealing, certain facts need to be stated up front so that no one is confused by the reality and truth of these statements. We did experience 3 ½ years of a “final witness” that did fulfill the prophetic 1335, 1290, and 1260 days of Daniel. In addition, we also lived and experienced the year that followed, which was the spiritual manifestation of the “Day of the Lord,” which pertained to God’s Church. God is now blessing us to build upon that knowledge and experience.

Now, also, as a clarification (since there are a few who seem to misunderstand some of what has been taught), there is the period of a time, times, and half-a-time that consists of 1260 days – 3 ½ years – (where a “time” is 360 days). However, that period also had a “spiritual” intent concerning the “revelation of God’s judgment.” This was revealed through setting aside that first 280 days, which established a period of “judgment” in which a final counting of a time, times, and half-a-time followed, where a “time” was now established as 280 days. This count pertained to God’s “judgment,” with witness (testimony), during that full period.

That which God is now revealing is being done so, through the variables (and combinations of them) that were covered earlier.

Revelation 11
In this chapter of the bible, God reveals two end-time witnesses and a work He had predetermined that they were to fulfill. That work has only partially been fulfilled and a far greater work is yet to come. God Almighty is orderly, exacting, and precise in making sure those things He had before ordained throughout all the prophecy He has inspired to be written should come to pass. The calling, training, and preparing of the two witnesses includes such a process. It becomes awesomely exciting once we can “see” His work and what He is methodically bringing to pass in this matter.

Clarification
So as not to disrupt the focus of the subject matter that is about to be written, there is a need to first mention something about a statement that will be made in the second paragraph following this one. That statement is, “Toward the end of that 3 ½ year period following December 14 of 2008, which was the beginning work of the two witnesses and when the First Trumpet was blown, a final phase began in a countdown to the return of Christ…” It should be stated that at that time we believed that Christ’s return would be Pentecost of 2012. However, we learned that was clearly not the case, but it needs to be stated that December 14 of 2008 was a major marker in a precise final phase for a countdown to Christ’s coming. It was when the First Seal was opened on December 17, 1994, that the actual countdown to Christ’s return began. God is now beginning to reveal more about the final phase of that countdown to Christ’s coming.

Revelation 11 (continued)
As with the Apostasy, we did not grasp what was happening until well after it had occurred. Then God opened up (revealed) His word so that we could see how it applied to that time and what had happened to His Church. In a similar manner, God is revealing more in Revelation 10 and 11 that is about the work of the two witnesses.

We did not even grasp the deep significance of the title of the book, 2008 – God’s Final Witness, until well after it had been written. Toward the end of that 3 ½ year period following December 14 of 2008, which was the beginning work of the two witnesses and when the First Trumpet was blown, a final phase began in a countdown to the return of Christ, and especially in the year that followed, we came to “see” that a powerful “final witness” had been established against this world, as it would not listen to God now, just as it has not listened for the past 6,000 years. Such a “witness” had to be established within this “present generation” of mankind in order for God’s righteous judgment to be established for what He is now about to bring upon this earth.

God also established a “final witness” against Satan so that His righteous judgment could be firmly established in this generation for what must now be carried out against Satan and the demons.

We have also come to understand how God established a “final witness” within the environs of the Church. As a matter of fact, we came to “see” how the job (work) of the two witnesses during that 3 ½ years was on a spiritual plane, as a matter of a “witness” they established. That spiritual phase concerned the Church. It also concerned those who were largely once a part of God’s Church, including some in the world, who hate God’s final witness and who hate His two-witnesses. God revealed to us the spiritual interpretation of Revelation 11 as it applied to these matters.

However, God is now revealing that everything that has been written previously concerning the fulfillment of the work of these two witnesses is also going to be fulfilled on a “physical plane,” just as it was written of them in 2008 – God’s Final Witness. It is “dual fulfillment,” with the first phase being on a “spiritual plane” and the second and last phase to be fulfilled on a “physical plane.”

In all of this, there are timelines that God will precisely fulfill, but He is not yet “fully revealing” to the Church when this final period of a final work of these two witnesses is to be accomplished, which will be a work God does over a 1260-day period (3 ½ years). God is not yet fully revealing to the Church a specific timing as to when this physical phase of the work of his two witnesses begins.

There is important duality that needs to be noted in the following verse: “I will give unto my two witnesses that they may prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev. 11:3). This will be addressed more fully later in this post; however, it is important to first know that this is dual. This period applied to the first spiritual phase where God established His “final witness” and also established His two witnesses. Establishing these witnesses was, and still is, a matter of establishing (creating) a level of humility (wearing of sackcloth) that is needed to carry out the kind of work that will be accomplished through them.

As all this is now being revealed, there may be feelings of disappointment that Christ isn’t returning as soon as we had hoped, for we do deeply long for His coming and a new world to be established. But we have been called to fulfill and spearhead some of the most dramatic and purpose-filled events in God’s plan through time. We still have a “great work” before us and God is revealing that vision to us.

This is a time to seek greater courage and of being stronger in spirit. God is calling upon us to do more, much more! All this will become too much for some, and as it has always been, they will not choose to continue following and living the truth God delivered to them. However, such a choice will not change the struggles and battles in life that are before us, nor of what is coming, as conditions in this world are going to become much worse!

Pentecost to Pentecost
Over the past year, God gave us a direction to follow that was from “Pentecost to Pentecost” so that we would keep moving forward in a unified, and more spiritually focused manner. That is now changing somewhat, as we have made it to the Pentecost God desired for us to attain (reach in a spiritually strong fashion). It is as we are approaching this Pentecost that God is clarifying what our vision needs to be concerning Christ’s coming. Yet in all of this, we will still anticipate the Pentecost of Christ’s coming.

That which is now before us concerns a “work” that must be accomplished by God’s two witnesses and the Church. This is not a witness (testimony) that is being established, as we have already lived that! So what is before us now is not a witness, but a “great work!” For the Church, it is a work of supporting and lifting up the arms of God’s two witnesses. For the two witnesses, it will be a work of declaring why end-time events have come upon this world and it will also be a work of directly participating in some to the execution of judgment from a final witness that has now been firmly established.

At this time, we are no longer simply going to be focused on moving ahead one year at a time. After what has now been stated about a “great work” before us and the duality in the 1,260 days of God’s witnesses, it should be obvious that God is revealing a minimum period of 3 ½ years that is before us in order to fulfill the duality of the “physical phase” of the work of His two witnesses.

In all this, it is wise to remember that we willingly gave our life to God at baptism to serve Him as He wills. Our life is not our own to live in selfishness – in selfish pursuits in this life. Such pursuits would be short-lived anyway since this world will be plunged into the worst times of its history. Only the flood in Noah’s day saw more death (percentage-wise) in mankind’s history, but it happened over a much shorter period than what is about to come. Prayerfully, we will enthusiastically embrace this great work God is showing that is yet before us. We have been preparing (PKG – Preparing for the Kingdom of God) for this time and what it will usher into this world.

In addition to this final phase of the two witnesses, God is also revealing that there is another period of time that is to be fulfilled. As we go through some of these verses in Revelation, we will cover that as well. The time that is yet before us, before the final phase of this great work begins, is a period where the Church will have the finishing touches of refinement and preparation given to it for what is ahead of us to complete. We are in this to the end – the very end of this age and the beginning of a new one. So let’s consider more of what God is giving us.

As I am writing this, I cannot help but be struck that even as John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos by the government in his time, it was at that time that God gave him the words of Revelation to be written. Now, myself being imprisoned by our own government, God is giving me some of the most revealing understanding of what was written about this great work that is yet before us (all of us in the Church) that is so timely, and that which is specifically about the two witnesses.

Revelation 10
There is an account written in the bible that leads up to God revealing two witnesses who will come on the scene in world events, which begins in Revelation 10. Only the Church has seen and received them (the witnesses), but their “primary work” has not yet been revealed in world events.

Men inserted chapters and verses into scripture. For what God is now showing us, we need to see Revelation 10 and 11 as a continual story flow that unfolds before us.

This all begins by John seeing an angel who held a little book in his hand. The two words, “little” and “book,” are from one Greek word that would be better translated as “booklet” (or as a small section of scroll). Yet even the word “booklet” does not fully capture the meaning, or intent, of what is being spoken.

Within the context of this occurrence, the angel with the “opened” booklet (or small section of scroll) began to cry aloud. What did he say? He cried out the Seven Thunders, and once these had been declared, John was going to write what was stated about those thunders. However, John was told not to write them, but to seal what was declared. It is similar to what Daniel experienced when he was told that what he had written was “closed up and sealed until the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9). In John’s case, he was not even to write what had been clearly “opened up” and declared to him.

Until now, God had not revealed the connection between the “opened booklet” and the Seven Thunders that were declared by the angel, although it was always right in front of us. The angel simply declared aloud what was “temporarily opened” about the Seven Thunders. John could only record that he “heard” what was said about these thunders, but he was to “seal” them (close what had been opened), and he was not to write what they were. They were to be opened (unsealed) and written about in another period of time – this end-time. “Seal up (close) those things which the Seven Thunders declared, and do not write them” (Rev. 10:4).

Then the voice he had heard from heaven spoke again to John and said, “Go take the booklet (small section of scroll) which is open in the hand of the angel which stands upon the sea and upon the earth” (Rev. 10:8). This is then followed by John doing as he was told and of what the angel then instructed him to do with that small section of scroll that was open.

“Then I went unto the angel and said to him, give me the booklet. He said unto me, Take it and eat it up, for it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth” (Rev. 10:9). John took the booklet and ate it. He then said, “It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but as soon as I had eaten it my stomach was bitter” (Rev. 10:10).

These Seven Thunders have once again been opened by God through Jesus Christ and recorded in 2008 – God’s Final Witness. This book is not what John ate, but the small section in the book that states (summarizes) what these thunders are is what he ate. It was not that large book, but only a specific little section of it.

Indeed, when God revealed those thunders and even granted certain latitude to add more specifics to them, it was an exciting experience to consume such a thing given from the hand of God. It was also exciting to know that these events are those that would have much to do with thrusting a final great work forward so that an end to a selfish and unruly age of man could be finally brought to a close. It was even far greater to grasp that this would be followed by a very great revelation of God to all mankind.

However, as the message of these thunders was tied directly into God’s “final witness” in this world, especially as 2012 drew to a close, then the experience became bitter to digest (to experience the result of directly partaking, eating of, the message). The “witness” of this world, the scattered Church, and even a few within the environs of the Church was that the message (along with the entire book) was rejected, ridiculed, and slandered. To most in the world and the scattered Church, this became their evidence, supposedly so, that we were not God’s two witnesses, and that most assuredly I was no prophet of God. Instead, I was mocked as a “profit” from God, even by our own government.

All of this was for a greater purpose that God has been working out and some of that had to do with our learning to wear sackcloth – of becoming stronger in humility. The more we become at-one with God, the more we will be clothed in humility. The greater a task – “work” – God gives to any person to fulfill in His service, the greater the need for closer unity and of being more at-one with God, and also for an ever deepening and growing spirit of humility. This is exactly the process God is using to prepare His two witnesses (and the Church) for what yet lies ahead. The things they have experienced and continue to experience are the very things that prepare them to carry out the kind of work (task) that those final 1,260 days must accomplish.

Prophesy Again
After the angel instructed John to eat the message of the Seven Thunders, the angel continued with more instruction. “You must prophesy again before many peoples, nations, languages, and kings (leaders, rulers)” (Rev. 10:11). This instruction followed directly after those things that concerned the Seven Thunders and John’s experience of the sweetness in his mouth and the bitterness in his stomach from eating the message. That message has now gone out into the world, as a witness. It is a declaration of prophesied events that will work “against” unrepentant people, nations, and leaders.

The message from this angel is about prophecy that will be given “again.” That Greek word, “again,” carries the idea of oscillatory repetition, and when used in the context of time it literally means “once more.” The entire prophetic message of 2008 – God’s Final Witness was written and sent out into the world in seven languages. It has gone out to many people, nations (into nearly all), languages, and leaders, but when it goes out “once more,” it will be in a far more massive manner.

The angel said this prophecy must once again go out “before” many people, nations, languages, and leaders. The Greek word translated as “before” is most often translated as “against,” but often carries the additional thought of being “before someone,” as “in their presence.” This part of the verse is simply stating what must be accomplished “once more” by what was written in the book of prophesied events that will come “against” people, nations, and leaders – just as it is recorded in the Seven Thunders and the rest of 2008 – God’s Final Witness.

The first time this message went out (in that published book), which was a message that was “against” this world, it was a matter of a “witness against the world” that had to first be established. The next time (“once more”), it will be a matter of the active fulfillment of those events, as the actual execution of judgment is carried out against this world. It will be the actual manifestation of all those physical events.

In addition, more events that are against some people, nations, and leaders will be pronounced and quickly manifested as these two witnesses so choose and determine they should happen. Those events will occur only within the final phase of the 1,260 days of the two witnesses. “These have power to shut the heavens so that it will not rain in the days of their prophecy, and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they will” (Rev. 11:6).

Another Period of Time
This interaction between the angel and John is then followed by one last instruction given to John. There have been repetitious types of this that have seen partial fulfillment of such an event many times throughout the history of the Church, but there is one literal, final, and complete fulfillment that God is revealing, which is occupying the “present time” we are now living.

“There was given to me a reed like unto a rod, and the angel stood up and said, Rise and measure the temple of God, the alter, and those who worship therein” (Rev. 11:1).

The temple of God is the Church and during this period of time it must go through a final phase of cleansing, purification, growth, and preparation for “participation” in the great work before it. This is about an execution of manifested judgment – by God and Christ – that results in the true measurement of those who are truly yielded to God. This is about those who practice going before the alter of God by utilizing the sacrifice of Christ as their Passover (actively and continually seeking forgiveness of sin). These are those who seek mercy and genuine change (transformation) in order to “remain in” (to continue in, abide in) the temple to “worship” God in spirit and in truth.

“But the court which is outside the temple, cast out, and do not measure it, for it is given to the gentiles, and they shall tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:2).

This has already begun! Some have been in the environs of the Church and not really “in” (dwelling spiritually within) the Church (in the temple of God), but they are in the courtyard with an “appearance” of being among those who worship “in” the Church. Although it applies to his counterpart for the end-time, John was instructed to “cast out” (disfellowship) such individuals and count them (measure them) as gentiles – fully as non-believers.

This verse then concludes by saying, “they” shall tread under foot the holy city (spiritual Jerusalem – the Church) for forty-two months. The “they” who do this is largely made up of those who have been “cast out” of the presence of a pseudo-association with God’s people. They are clearly exposed for who they are – those who are against God, against Christ, and against His Church.

Most of these individuals who are “cast out” are those who choose to walk over (stamp under foot) everything that God has made holy – spiritually sanctified. This includes the practice of lying, slander, half-truth mixed with false stories, accusation, distortion of God’s truth, mockery, ridicule and much more that is exercised by these individuals upon God’s Church.

As it was just stated, “This has already begun.” God has not fully revealed when it began, as it may have begun on Pentecost of 2012 or 2013. I speak this as an apostle from interpretation of “present truth” God has now given. Therefore the exact year has not yet been fully revealed. In addition, God can alter His execution of timing, but He will not change the actual prophesied events that He has revealed to His prophets.

Three Clarifications
1. Seven Thunders: In all that has been covered to this point, the manifestation of the Seven Thunders needs to be understood. Once the Sixth Seal was opened, some of these thunders began to sound, and then in 2008, these began to increase. Throughout most of the time since then, that process has continued with an increase in repetition, intensity, and with some multiples of them sounding at the same time. Most of this has been for the purpose of God working to keep the Church focused and watchful during the difficult stage that was a more intense period of trying and testing.

As it has been stated many times in the past, the thunders will continue to increase in magnitude, closeness of repetition, and even with multiple thunders occurring simultaneously. This is a process that will actually become much stronger as we proceed forward from this Pentecost. The greatest power from these thunders will be poured out during the physical fulfillment of the 1,260 days of God’s witnesses.

2. First Trumpet Blown: God will not reveal the full scope of understanding in the blowing of each trumpet until after the major manifestation of each one occurs. On December 14, 2008, the First Trumpet was blown.

As it has been stated in the past, this was not the time for the physical manifestation of this trumpet blast. This trumpet sound carries a literal, physical manifestation that in itself is prophetic in nature, and it carries a “prophetically symbolic” manifestation. This is akin to the prophetic nature of the First Seal, in that once it was opened (concerning the Apostasy), its effect and continuing destruction has carried on and grown throughout the rest of the seals that have been opened.

With this First Trumpet, the result of its physical effect will build and continue to increase in its destructive power throughout the time for the manifestation of each of the following trumpets. This is a process that will continue to unfold until that which has been stated concerning this trumpet is completely fulfilled.

The “prophetic, symbolic” destruction from this trumpet was manifested beginning in 2008. It primarily concerns the destruction of the “green back” – the U.S. Dollar – and the complete economic collapse, along with the destruction of productivity of the United States. The reality is that it has already collapsed, but is presently being sustained (supported) by false (deceitful) economic policy, monetary creation, and willing complicity in the participation of these devious practices within large business (industry), banking, government, as well as by commodity and stock market participants.

This prophetic, symbolic destruction of the First Trumpet will not carry-on through all the remaining trumpets, but it will become an actual physically fulfilled reality before the manifestation of the Fifth Trumpet.

3. Fifth Trumpet: As it has been stated in the past, this is the only trumpet blast that carries a spiritual fulfillment and a physical one. This trumpet carries some duality on both a physical and spiritual plane. The spiritual fulfillment of some of the verses pertaining to this trumpet were about the Church, and these have already been fulfilled. The physical manifestation of this trumpet blast will occur in its natural order after the Fourth Trumpet blast has been fulfilled.

LGD – 2011
Lastly, in this final section of this post, I’m going to address part of what was covered in a sermon on the Last Great Day in 2011. It concerned thoughts conveyed to me deep into the night of Atonement (2011) that I shared with the Church in that LGD sermon.

Although this account could be covered a little more fully, I am simply going to quote some of what was stated in that sermon and give some basic clarification on what was involved. Looking back at what was stated throughout that sermon and the incredible timing in which God inspired it to be given, it is even far more deeply inspiring now!

That sermon was entitled, “A Time to be Sobered.” It primarily addressed the commitment of God’s people to live His way of life – His truth – with deep and genuine conviction, regardless of what happens in life.

God was both preparing us for what was to come that would bring us all the way to this Pentecost and inspiring us to complete the “witness” that was to be established by May 27, 2012.

Now I’ll give some quotes from that sermon:

“Now! Now is a time to look at yourself, to be sobered, to take a deep look at yourself and what you believe. On Atonement we were fasting in Melbourne and deep into the night of fasting, I was awakened with different thoughts. I received different thoughts that I am now going to share with you. (These) thoughts were somewhat unsettling but thoughts concerning matters that have led me to understanding what God wanted me to address here today so that I could speak to you about them. Remember, going back in history I’ve mentioned at different times, it’s been at times like that, deep into the night – that I’ve awakened and God has given me a lot of things (that have) to do with the Church, and where the Church is going, and where He is leading it. Incredible! Probably that’s when I have my clearest thoughts and calm environment and no stress and can listen a little more carefully in mind.”

“First, the though that I received: ‘May 27, 2012, is not the day of Jesus Christ’s return.’”

A couple of paragraphs later, the second part was stated:

“Second, the thought that I received after awakening that night of Atonement: ‘You have not yet started your job as a witness as you have supposed, but you will begin to do so once fully clothed in sackcloth. And Christ not returning on May 27th will be used to facilitate that reality, and people are going to hate you far more than they do at this time, in the world.’”

A thought conveyed to me in the midst of this was that there is another 3 ½ years that must be fulfilled. As many of the major things that have been conveyed to me have been given deep into the night, this occasion was different in that it “didn’t seem” the same as other occasions. Instead, in my thinking, it carried a sense of uneasiness because it didn’t seem to be conveyed in the same spirit as before, but was as if it seemed to be (by my feeling) conveyed in somewhat of a “pleased spirit,” as though the delivery of the message was being done in a self-satisfying manner. God does not convey in that manner, but in one of patience, love, clarity, and inspiration.

It was my perception that this was not communicated directly from God, but from Satan. However, I have carried some confusion over all this because I had not understood why it was allowed. One day I will learn even more fully the truth in all this, as my perception may have been my own personal response to the possibility of Christ not coming in 2012, but I don’t think that is the case.

Indeed, perhaps Satan was allowed to convey this message, as it was not a complete message. It was only partially true concerning the additional 3 ½ years to be fulfilled, as we now know the period following 2012 should be close to double that (or even somewhat more). There are more quotes concerning this coverage in the sermon:

“When Jesus was fasting, God allowed Satan to come to Him with an attempt to dissuade him from the task before him, to lead Christ away from the job he was to fulfill. Yet Christ answered Satan with God’s own words, with the answers that were the matter of truth that God gives to us to live by. That’s what he did, powerfully so. Sometimes we’re attacked and God allows some broadcasting, as we heard even in the earlier sermon.”

“Yes, I deeply believe that this was a matter of Satan’s attempt to stir up doubt, turmoil, uncertainty, weakness and anything else he could do to distract, to discourage, to torment, and so forth.”

A couple of paragraphs later it was stated: “And so Jesus Christ is far, far greater than Satan. There is no comparison in there whatsoever! …He easily outwits and uses Satan’s own devices against him to strengthen His own Body. It’s a powerful thing. Satan thinks he gets at God; he causes a disruption, a bump in the road. Never!”

Then there is this final quote to be given from that sermon:

“And so that thought that came in – what a bunch of bull! That’s what I call it, a bunch of bull! 3 ½ more years? …That leads up to November of 2015? Well, that doesn’t take much brilliance to figure out a great truth that I am so deeply convicted of in the 50th Truth; Jesus Christ returns on a Pentecost.”

So that paragraph just quoted was my answer that was based on the 50th Truth as a response to those thoughts at that time, which was a “correct response” (based on truth) to any thought concerning the possibility that Christ would return in November of 2015. This then helped us to focus more zealously on fulfilling a “great witness” that had to be established by what we were to “live,” up until May 27th, 2012.

However, God was indeed beginning to give to us and to prepare us for more truth that was to be revealed in His time, which is what this very post has covered. We will now move forward with our greatest focus (vision) yet.

In concluding, there is one more thing to tell you. A couple of weeks ago, late into the night once more, I was awakened with clear thoughts concerning much of the content of this post. In addition, it was conveyed to me that a third book is to be written, and even a title was given to me. This was just as clear and in the same manner as other names and titles that have been given to me over the years. These include: “News Watch” (for the scattered Church of God), “Time Is Running Out,” “Time Has Run Out,” Church of God – PKG, The Prophesied End-Time, and 2008 – God’s Final Witness.

[Pt. 14 on the series of "True Fellowship" will resume in a couple of weeks.]

Inset: Not This Pentecost

The following appeared on False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s blog today:

The next post will be delayed by at least two to three weeks, as it will be an “inset post,” inserted in place of the current series on True Fellowship. After this inset post, the series on fellowship will resume.

This inset post is entitled, “Christ’s Coming.” There is much God is now revealing and giving in this post that shows far more clearly where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. The first sentence of that post will be given now so that plans concerning this Pentecost can be somewhat laid to rest:

“Pentecost of 2014 is not the day that Christ will return to begin his role of King of kings, yet that day will prove to be one of immense pivotal importance and timing in his coming.”

So.  I wonder what Apostle Ronnie’s new Sign and Lying Wonder will be.

Falsely Accused of Godly Courage

While False Prophet Ronald Weinland continues to serve his 42-month prison sentence (reduced for good conduct to 36 months and change), surrogates have been filling in for his speaking duties.  This week, two of his senior elders took a turn by giving a split sermon.  I hadn’t been paying much attention, but Ex-Cogger posted a comment pointing out something that Jim Jamieson stated:

Look at the two witnesses, God’s two prophets at this time, just not only what they’ve gone through since the Apostasy and how God built courage in them and courage to, you know…”No, I’m not here for a paycheck. I’m here to obey God,” and to walk away from that, and beginning this, starting this end-time work. Look at where we’re at right now. One of, you know, God’s prophets sitting falsely accused in prison, and then his wife, the prophet of God is, you know, out there spearheading this Church and carrying it on and doing the administration and being able to get up in front of congregations as she visits and update all of us and keep us updated on Ron and whatnot. And you know, just the courage that’s there with both of them. And, you know, we need to pray for not only God’s two witnesses, to give them Godly courage, but for each and every one of us, you know. How has God prepared us with Godly courage for what is ahead, you know? And He has, and we might not realize it, but the trials we go through and overcome, well, we learn that, you know, to trust in God and have that Godly courage.

Falsely accused?  Let’s see.  An IRS agent spent 3 1/2 years investigating Ron before an indictment was brought.  This evidence was present in open court in a trial before a jury of his peers who were pretty disgusted by what the heard and quickly found him guilty.  And then his wife?  At his sentencing hearing, the judge stated that he considered Laura an equal conspirator with Ron and on that basis declined to enhance his sentence for being the leader of the criminal conspiracy to cheat Cesar of that which was his.

As far as Ron “no here for a paycheck”, here’s what else Ron had to say about paychecks.  In his sermon of December 29, 2007, he had this to say about what would be the case if his prophecies were not fulfilled:

There’s really a simple answer — he’s a false prophet. I get tons of email every day from people saying ‘We’ll, I guess in 2009 you’re going to be saying this or saying that, or trying to explain to people..” No, I’m done. Just to be real candid with you, so people know and people understand, ……, again that’s the only answer. There is only one answer. …. The world is not like that. You know people who are doing what is not right and they claim certain things or say certain things about what is given to them, and it doesn’t come to pass — then they have to madly change everything and do something else. Or say ‘God showed me this, and I just didn’t understand this, or God has revealed this to me now, and blah blah blah blah. ’ Because when it comes down to it, it’s about the paycheck. It’s about what are they going to do from here on out.

Jim, you’ve been in PKG long enough to have heard Ron make that statement.  You’ve been in PKG long enough to see Ron do exactly what he criticized other false prophets for doing.  You have court transcripts detailing Ron’s tax evasion, available on this website under “Criminal Case” linked at the top of every page on the website.  These transcripts are available directly on line from the federal court.  With all the Lies and Broken Promises Ron has uttered and you have heard yourself, you think he was falsely accused?  Willful ignorance and self deception.

Update: Jocko pointed out another segment in Jim’s sermon:

You know, I know somebody that’s left recently, that that was what they, when they read the book, 2008, they said that’s what proved to them that this was God’s Church and whatnot. But it’s still true! I mean, you know, he gave that sermon in December of ’94, and 40 Sabbaths to the hour… And we have two people that were in that audience that can witness to that, and you can pull up his death certificate. Anyway, my point being is that did happen. And that individual that I was speaking of, you know, okay, if that happened, it’s still true, and that’s what they considered to be the thing that proved that this was God’s Church. But they’re no longer with us!

Jim, maybe these people decided that Ron’s 100% failure at prophesying proved it wasn’t.  Or maybe they read the part in my Lies and Broken Promises page that proveded that it wasn’t “to the hour” when Tkach died 40 weeks later.  Jim, please: do pull up Tkach’s death certificate and see what the hour of his death was.  You should definitely do that.

True Fellowship Part 13

Ron seems to now be on a 3-week schedule for his posting.  Probably his #2 scratchings need a lot of post-editing.

——– Ron’s posting —————————–

Not Called, But Sanctified: In the last section, it was covered how that sanctification does not mean that an unbelieving mate or children are being offered a calling from God due to their being “sanctified.”

There is a sanctification that enables one to come into God’s presence on a “physical plane,” as with ancient Israel, and there is then a sanctification that additionally requires a “calling” in order to come into a spiritual relationship with God.

This has been addressed and stated in this specific manner in order to help clarify some of the “process” of how God has worked within the environment of the Church and how some aspects of this same process will work in the future. As this subject continues to unfold, it would be good to be reminded that God does not owe anyone the begettal of His spirit. Although it is God’s will and His desire that all would “receive” His favor and means for becoming part of His Family, the reality is that this brings us back to what determines such an outcome; it is a personal choice whether one will receive it or not, when it is offered.

So when considering the condition in a family where only one mate has been drawn and called by God, there is much that can be learned about a process whereby God works with those who are able to come into the environs of the Church. Some of what we are covering would not be as clearly grasped if it had been revealed during any one of the seven eras of the Church. Instead, God is giving it now as we are in the transitional period between the completed sealing of the 144,000 and their resurrection to spirit life into Elohim at Christ’s coming. As a result, we can now more readily look back at what God has created to this point concerning the God Family. We can especially come to more perfectly see how He has worked within the Church over the past nearly 2,000 years and why He has done so in the manner He has. We are being given these things now because aspects of this same process will be at work throughout the Millennium.

Before more closely examining this, it would first be expedient to focus upon the beliefs of the Church concerning this matter of sanctification of an unbelieving mate. Due to what has previously been believed about such sanctification, it has been thought that such a person (a sanctified unbelieving mate) had the choice of a calling at any time, and we were wrong. They do not! Such thinking will and has affected the attitudes, judgments, and “expectations” exercised (in treatment and acceptance) toward such individuals. The idea that an unbelieving mate or children, due to sanctification, have the ability to “see” the truth on a spiritual plane if they would just simply choose to listen to or read it is not true, nor is such judgment toward them right or even fair.

Previous to covering this matter of sanctification of an unbelieving mate, three specific groups were categorized of those who “have not been called” (1a, b, & c). A fourth group has now been introduced who would be categorized as 1d. That group would consist of those “who have been sanctified, who are not against God.” All four groups are separate and distinct, and each must be understood for who they are when it comes to judging righteous judgment.

Under this fourth group, it is very important to also make the distinction between those “who are against God,” and those “who have been sanctified, who are not against God.” The reason for this is because it must be understood that anyone who is in the state of being “against God” can never be sanctified to come into God’s presence while in that state. This means that if only one mate has been called and is baptized into the Church, then the other unbelieving mate and any children can only be sanctified if they are not against God.

Additionally, if an unbelieving mate and/or children are sanctified and then at any time turn against God, then they are then no longer sanctified and cleansed to be in God’s presence within the environs of the Church. It needs to be emphasized that they are simply in the category of those who have “not been called” of God, “who are against God” (1c). It is important to understand that these are to be clearly seen and judged as those who are “against God,” whose group and their characteristics have already been addressed.

What has now been covered to this point concerning all four groups (1a, b, c, & d) should give far greater insight and discernment for judging those who have not been called of God.

Indeed, it is an awesome thing to understand what God is saying about those who can receive sanctification in order to be in His presence. As Hebrews 9:13-14 was covered in the previous section, God is showing that sanctification (to be in God’s presence on a physical plane) to cleanse a mate or any children is not by the sprinkling of ashes of a heifer, but by the life of God and Christ dwelling “in” a believing mate, who has been sanctified to be in God’s presence on a spiritual plane.

Affect of Sanctification
It now needs to be stated that the children of two believing parents (begotten of God through the sacrifice of Christ) are also sanctified in the same manner as when one parent is “in” God’s Church. This also means that they are not owed a calling, but that God may do so according to His will.

Indeed, a sanctified mate and sanctified children are cleansed in order to be able to come into God’s presence on a physical plane in much the same manner as ancient Israel was, but with the potential of far greater blessings. Such are able to attend Sabbath services (weekly and yearly, but never Passover) and other functions where Church members gather together. They are always welcome, if they are sanctified.

God’s purpose in training, molding, and transforming a believing mate can carry determining factors for “when” the unbelieving mate might be called. Such things are fully a matter of God’s personal calling, timing, and purpose. In addition, a sanctified mate’s and/or sanctified children’s attitude and response to God concerning what they can see through physical knowledge (as with the Israelites) can also have a bearing on God’s response and grace (with a calling) that He may choose to grant them.

That is why Paul went on to explain the importance of a called mate’s “example” in faithfully living God’s way. That example and love (agape – true giving and sacrificing love) they learn to live toward others, including the example of those in the Church, which should be doing the same, can have a strong bearing on an unbelieving (sanctified) mate’s response to God and the Church. However, the “calling” is always according to God’s purpose. In some cases, He may choose to call someone, and in other cases, not to call someone at a specific moment in time. Yet, a believing mate’s “example” and that of the Church should always be a right one, even though that may have no impact on a loved-one’s life. It is still a matter of God’s calling, and in what He may have purposed for such an individual, even as to when it is the best time to grant them salvation (a calling).

“For how do you know, Oh wife, whether you shall save your husband (as explained above concerning one’s example and resulting impact it may have)? Or how do you know, Oh husband, whether you shall save your wife” (1 Cor. 7:16)?

Every baptized parent desires that their child (or children) will receive what God offers to them in knowledge and truth (on a physical plane) of how to live life, with the hope that they will then choose to live by those things. There are far too many factors to be addressed here, in any real depth, which have strong bearing upon a child’s response or even their ability to respond to truth that is made available to them through sanctification. Their learning is primarily limited on a physical plane, except where God may grant deeper spiritual insight into some things (because of His purpose in their life). Therefore, differing circumstances such as God’s purpose, the age of a child or children at the time of a parent’s or parents’ calling, the influence of friends, an unbelieving mate’s (if applicable) attitude and response to the Church, primary inherited and learned traits, parental and Church examples, etc., determine a wide variety of responses from children.

Although the sanctification of ancient Israel, and then that of the sanctification of a mate and children, has been to grant a presence on a physical plane to come before God, there is also a big difference between the two. That difference concerns the level (depth) of knowledge that God has granted to those sanctified to Himself, His Son, and to His Church. Not only can far greater knowledge on a physical plane be gleaned, but also much understanding as well. This is the result of God’s progressive revelation of Himself and His purpose to mankind ever since the days of ancient Israel. Just the simple matter of additional Biblical history that has unfolded, as well as the addition of many books of the Bible, especially of that in the New Testament writings, has incredibly enhanced the potential for far greater knowledge and understanding.

Such vastness of knowledge and understanding given within the environs of the Church are awesomely powerful because the Church has the “truth” of such matters, whereas the world does not. It is primarily the children who have been sanctified who have an ability to be molded in such truth on a physical plane. The younger a child is able to begin having such an experience, and the longer their exposure in a positive and truthful environment is, the greater the potential will be for a child to make better decisions when they are of a more mature age; however, that does not mean they will. All of this is far beyond what the ancient Israelites had.

It would also be good at this point to mention that in recent years God has made it evident that He has given children greater insight and greater ability to grasp on a spiritual plane than in times past. This has much to do with the advantage many are now being given since they will also have opportunity to be the first generation to live on into the Millennium.

It should also be obvious that a longer, more positive exposure, combined with the willing positive response of children, has much to do with God receiving them (in order to offer a calling) once they are of a matured age to choose God’s way of life for themselves. God’s will is to work in families and to grant them (primarily the children) favor (grace) if they respond in a good way toward God and His Church, and if a parent who is called is continually faithful to God.

The 144,000
Having addressed some of the varying aspects of sanctification, it is now necessary to look back over time in order to be able to better grasp and understand God’s purpose in those whom He has been calling into the environs of the Church from its beginning. Foremost, God has been calling those whom He has chosen to teach, train, fashion, and transform into a creation of the 144,000 who are to be resurrected into His Family. They will fulfill a completed and perfected number of spirit beings who form God’s government to serve with Christ at his return.

However, not all who have been called to have a spiritual relationship with God and to become impregnated with His holy spirit over the past nearly 2,000 years have been called to that specific purpose (to be in the 144,000). Presently, the strongest evidence of this is contained in the recent history of the Church. Of the many tens of thousands “called” during Philadelphia and Laodicea, God only purposed that an extremely small remnant would be awakened spiritually following the Apostasy. Then, of that small remnant that was awakened, only a fraction was to be sealed in order to fulfill the very small remaining number that would complete the final total of the 144,000.

Incredibly, God’s purpose has always been that a vast majority (63,000) of those called during Philadelphia and Laodicea and that are still alive toward the very end of this age (shortly before Christ’s actual coming) would be awakened spiritually from the sleep that followed the Apostasy. The purpose for this is so that they would be part of the beginning foundation of the Church at the start of the Millennium (Rev. 11:13).

God also predetermined that 7,000 (ten percent of a total of 70,000) would not live into that new age, but would die and be resurrected in the final 100 years. Many of these include the ministry, other leadership, and influential individuals from those two eras. The reason for this is that many of these individuals were held to a higher accountability for their actions in the time period just preceding and following the Apostasy. These individuals are not being allowed to immediately enter a greater “promised land” (the Millennium), but will have to wait until the Great White Throne to experience it.

All of this clearly reveals that 70,000 of the approximate 96,000 baptized members at the time of the Apostasy were never called for the purpose of becoming part of the 144,000. For the most part, they had been called to be among those who would live (physical lives) on into the reigning age of Christ’s rule in order to be the starting foundation of the Millennial Church at that time. However, there was a portion of these who experienced trial and testing (especially just preceding and following the Apostasy) to reveal their response (individual free choices) in order to determine if they might be among some of those who would be “chosen” and prepared to be among the firstfruits.

This group of 63,000 comprises those who fit into the categorized group mentioned earlier as “those who have been called” (2c). These are those “who became scattered after the Apostasy, but had not been formally disfellowshipped from God’s true Church.” These have been called and “chosen” to live on into the beginning of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

Having addressed the “small remnant” and the 70,000 from the time of the Apostasy, the question that still remains is, “What about all of the others (approximately 26,000) who had once been part of the Worldwide Church of God?” That answer will follow after further understanding of what God is giving concerning “how and why” He has called various ones into the environs of the Church.

The first phase of God’s plan of salvation has always been to make ready His firstfruits to reign in His Kingdom with Christ, at his coming. During the first 4,000 years, God called and worked more directly and meticulously with those who would comprise some of the major portions of the structure and organization of His future ruling Family of the 144,000. In the nearly 2,000 years following this, a far greater number of people began to be called into His Church in order to fully fill and prepare the larger remaining structure of that government, which would be finished being built just before Jesus Christ would come as King of all kings within that ruling body. To accomplish this, God began drawing and calling “many” of whom “few would be chosen,” the few He would “select” to complete the 144,000.

Ever since the Church had been established on Pentecost in 31 AD, there are “many” who have been called, of which “few” became part of the 144,000. Although called, most were not meant to become part of this governing body. There are a lot of reasons why “many” have been called. The overall, predominant reason was to provide an environment in which some parts were to be good and a lot would be bad, in order to better teach, try, and test a “select group” through actual experiences in life that would work to mold and prepare them for God’s ruling Kingdom.

The mind does not become convicted and transformed by simply receiving instruction and then growing in knowledge. Knowledge given from God, along with the ability to understand it, is more firmly established in the mind because of choices and judgments one must make through personal convictions that are formed as a result of difficult experiences in life. Such experiences are designed to produce responses (whether right or wrong – a matter of free choice) that define an individual. These are experiences that require judgment and response, which cannot be simply ignored (as even that is a choice). When yielding to God’s holy spirit, this process of “actually experiencing” the knowledge and truth God has given, enhances conviction of God’s ways, and then works to indeed transform the mind.

Not An Environment of Peace
Within the environs of the Church, God created a wide varying range of environments to be experienced, in which His called “select” (those in the 144,000) could be transformed and fitted (molded) into His ruling Family. It was not to be an environment of peace and tranquility within the world, and not even within the environs of the Church. Those in God’s Church are told that they can have real peace, but that is through being in God and Christ, which comes from living in unity with God through confidence and faith in His plan and purpose being worked out in oneself. It is a “spiritual” peace of the mind one can have in their relationship, with comfort and trust in God working in them and in the Church.

However, Christ made it clear, as we have already looked at a portion of what he said, that we were not called to have peace “in the world,” and that includes not having peace in many of the relationships that have been within the environs of the Church. It is so very important to grasp the significance in what Christ stated about a great number of our relationships, as “few” have survived this portion of the process that has “worked” in their calling.

The “many” have succumbed to strong pulls from unbalanced, unsound, adversarial, and/or improper relationships that have led to their making wrong choices. This in itself is an environment within and outside the Church that can be witnessed and/or experienced that can help produce deeper conviction and transformation “in those who yield” to God working in them. Those who make wrong choices through what they witness and/or experience, no matter why those wrong choices were made, results in not being amongst the final “chosen” of those “called and chosen” by God to be in His reigning government.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against (to not be in agreement or harmony because of the truth – in opposition due to it) his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household (family). He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me (not worthy of a relationship with God and Christ), and he who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Mat. 10:34-38).

Division, disagreement, and opposition always become manifest in close relationships once a person is called to receive God’s truth – when called into the Church. It is at such a time as this that “many” are tried and tested as to whether or not they will put God first in their life. Such division, disagreement, and opposition not only occur quickly in the beginning in close relationships in family (with those not called) and other close relationships, but in time, the exact same thing will try “many” as this also occurs in relationships within the environs of the Church itself. Too often, people have not made it clear to others that they “stand” firm in putting God first in their life. Instead, they have often been deceitful with members of the Church by making various excuses why they must limit their time with them in order to placate another. They can also become deceitful in a relationship they have with the person who is disgruntled (because of that relationship the other has with the Church) and too often they are found compromising by giving into demands, harassment, etc. Being deceitful is not of God. It is a spirit of lying.

God has given us the analogy of planting seeds and raising crops to help us better understand the necessity for the “adverse” environs of the Church to exist in order to enable the creation of spiritual growth in firstfruits. This process makes it possible to have plants that can become mature and thereby produce varying levels of yield (fruit/grain). The Parable of the Sower (Mat. 13:18-23, Mk. 4:14-20, & Lk. 8:4-15) and the Parable of the Tares (Mat. 13:24-30, 36-43) reveals much about this process. Rather than quoting here all that is stated about these two parables, a simple summarized comparison will be given to explain this process of “many” being called, but “few” who are chosen. This is all in the context of those whom God has called to potentially be among the firstfruits (the 144,000).

In the Parable of the Sower, seed is sown; some seeds fall by the wayside, some among stones, and other among areas where weeds (thorns) spring up and work to choke out the seed. This pictures the condition and effect of the world as it has been over the past 6,000 years. It is a world filled with adversity toward God, His Son, His Church, and His word. In the Millennium and the Great White Throne, these same conditions in which there is such a lack of good ground in which to plant the seed will not exist. Most of what is described as preventing growth and production is either more directly from Satan (and his demons) or is the product of what Satan has produced in the world that works directly against God’s word and spirit to produce growth.

God knows and has always known where the seed is sown. In order to be in God’s ruling government in His Kingdom (in position and placement), the 144,000 were predetermined and designed to be molded and constructed (created) in an “adverse” environment. Much of that environment is the simple result (effect) of where the seed fell, and where it fell is the result of the response – the free choice – of those who were given the opportunity of a calling. Although God knew that the result of free choice following a calling would be that only a “few” would be chosen to be in His government (the 144,000), He also provided a means to “save the spirit” of many of these in another time.

We understand that the angels and mankind were created with the ability of “free choice” by being made free moral agents. However, for the creation of a highly faithful angelic realm, God knew that for a long period of time “peace” would have to be sacrificed. From the time that “free choice” led to adversity, divisiveness, and disagreement with God, “peace” has not existed in the angelic realm (nor on earth) and will not be fully reestablished until Satan and the demons no longer are in existence. But from that time, when peace no longer reigned, until now, the angels who remained faithful to God, through all that they have witnessed millennia upon millennia, have become stronger through this time in their conviction of God’s great power, wisdom, might, and “right way” (in all His perfect ways being right).

In a similar manner, in order for the creation of a highly trained and strong government of 144,000 in God’s Kingdom, peace within the world, within families and other close relationships, and even within the environs of the Church, would not exist, but instead, much adversity. It is through the process of those who are “faithfully yielding” to the power of God’s holy spirit to work in them in this kind of adversarial environment that the creation of such a government is possible.

The Many
It is important to know that there are also “many” whom God has reserved from among the seven eras of the Church (of all who have died prior to Christ’s coming) who will be resurrected in the Great White Throne. A large portion of these were “never called” to become part of the 144,000. Yet another substantial portion of these had been called and then tried and tested to reveal their response (individual free choices) in order to determine if they might be among those who would be chosen and then prepared to be among the firstfruits. For as we understand, all who are chosen, who are of the “few” (of the many called), must first be tried and tested before being chosen. So all of these who were not called to the specific purpose of being among the firstfruits, and all of those who were called to potentially be among the firstfruits, but who were not chosen, comprise those who fell by the wayside, upon stony areas, or in areas where weeds (thorns) choked them out. All of these became those who would be witness (during the Great White Throne) of the various Church eras and of the conditions that existed for God’s Church at those times.

In a similar manner to those who will comprise the foundation of the Church at the beginning of the Millennium, there are those from the seven eras, from among the “many”, who will help comprise the beginning foundation of the Church at the beginning of the 100-year period. In all that these people have witnessed in life during the time-period they lived in, along with the knowledge they had received within the environs of the Church, they will witness and be part of a great resurrection that will (to a large degree) stir them to deep repentance. The awesome advantage of truth they had received and those things they had witnessed within the Church will work to help thrust them ahead of all others at the beginning of this Great White Throne. These will comprise that beginning foundation along with those who will continue to live on from the end of the Millennium and into that final age of salvation offered to mankind.

A very large portion of the “many” who have been called through time will be resurrected physically and awakened spiritually at the beginning of the final 100-years. There is also a sizable portion of these who had fallen by the wayside, upon stony areas, or where weeds choked them out who turned against God to the degree that they became set against Him. Such people will be in the resurrection to judgment that follows the Great White Throne.

It is this group (who became set against God) that make up “some” of the number of the 26,000 mentioned earlier that had been in the Worldwide Church of God. But an even larger portion of these (the 26,000) are from a group who are described in the Parable of the Tares.

In that parable, it shows how Satan planted seeds (tares) that were not of God’s doing (of those not called by Him), but allowed by God. Not only were those who were called by God to be tried and tested in relationships once someone began to fall by the wayside, or among stones, or weeds, but they were also tested and tried by those who were fully false members – plants of Satan. These consist of a wide variety of people of which nearly all simply left in time or were disfellowshipped (although they were never in a true fellowship with God anyway).

Those who became set against God and those who were tares comprise that number of 26,000 who had been in the Worldwide Church of God or who were pseudo-members of the organization.

Of a final note concerning the tares, it needs to be noted that they consisted of two primary groups of people. There were those who were simply deceived and influenced by Satan to feign conversion or they were of a more sinister group who were (or became) “set against” God. Those large numbers of tares that were deceived and falsely influenced will have opportunity of a calling in the Great White Throne, while those set against God will be resurrected to judgment afterward.

(Part 14 will follow.)