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Abomination of Desolation

Chapter 5 of The Prophesied End-Time, beginning on page 161 In the online booklet, "Time Has Run Out"

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God" (March 4, 2006)
"Birth of a New Era" (November 29, 2008)
"A Transition In Eras" (December 6, 2008)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 3" (November 14, 2009)

Adultery

Related sermons:
"No Future in this World - Pt 2" (July 1, 2006)
"Romans 14 and the Feast" (August 18, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"Right and Wrong Pt1" - Wayne Matthews" (June 15, 2013)

Alcohol

Related sermon:
"Coming out of Traditional Christianity - Pt 1" (August 25, 2007)

Anointing

Related sermons:
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 2" (November 17, 2007)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)

Anti-Christ

In short, anti-Christ means someone who was in God's true church, had the truth of God dwelling/living in them by the power of God's Holy Spirit and then chose to reject God's way of life. They are "anti-Christ" because they will not allow Christ to live/dwell in them. Anti-Christ is not one person, nor does this refer to the Pope.

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God"
"Truths Revealed during Laodicea - Pt 5" (April 2, 2006)
"Why Such Massive Destruction - Pt 2" (December 8, 2007)
"1 John - Pt 3" ( August 2, 2008)
"Perfection - Pt 3" (July 2, 2011)

Answering questions - when asked

It is good to answer questions about the hope that lies within you when you are asked, but to push upon others what you have learned is not wise. As people see the growing evidence from the thunders and trumpets becoming stronger, then you too can also become stronger in explaining to others why such things are happening. Until then, simply answer questions when you are asked. When asked a question it is also good that you direct them to the book 2008 God's Final Witness (free at www.the-end.com) and/or to the Church of God-PKG website (www.cog-pkg.org).

At this point in time it is best that you focus on your own spiritual growth by being a student/disciple and learning as much as you can while you still have access to the truth, and in this manner you can grow in greater ability to better help others in the future.

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 5"
"Judgment - Pt 1" (June 13, 2009)

Apostasy - Falling Away

Related sermons:
"The Seventh Seal - Pt 5-6"
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 2" (October 31, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 3" (November 14, 2009)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 2" (September 24, 2010)
"Vision - Pt 3" (January 22, 2011)
"Truths About the Apostasy" (August 27, 2011)
"Look at the Fig Tree" (Johnny Harrell) (December 10, 2011)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 1" (February 18, 2012)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 2" (February 25, 2012)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 3" (March 3, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 2" (April 28, 2012)
"God's Infinite Mercy - Pt 1" (May 12, 2012)
"God's Infinite Mercy - Pt 2" (May 19, 2012)
"The End of Tribulation" (September 29, 2012)

Apostle

Related sermons:
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 3" (November 14, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 4" (November 21, 2009)

Appointed Times

Related sermons:
"God's Time" (October 10, 2009)
"The Meaning of "Times" (October 17, 2009)
"More Time - Pt 1" (June 26, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 2" (July 3, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 3" (July 10, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 4" (July 17, 2010)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Time of Jacob's Trouble" (August 20, 2011)
"The Final Time" (January 7, 2012)

Atonement

Related sermons:
"Atonement" in "God's Holy Days" section of the sermon listing.
"Atonement 2008" (October 9, 2008)
"Atonement 2010" (September 18, 2010)
"Atonement 2011" (October 8, 2011)
"Atonement 2012" (September 26, 2012)
"Sin - Johnny Harrell" (September 7, 2013)
"Why Atonement? - Wayne Matthews" (September 14, 2013)

Authority - Respect for

Related sermons:
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)

Armageddon - Day of the Lord

Publications:
Mystery of the Ages, pages 252 to 254

Related sermons:
"The Seventh Seal - Pt 6-7"
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)

Awakened Brethren

It is exciting to see God working with those whom He is awakening and bringing back to His Church. But being highly weakened from being spiritually asleep (which all such individuals must come to acknowledge), there is much that such people must prove to themselves as they begin to work at catching up on all that has continued to be revealed by God since the time when they were spewed out of God's Church.

In order to be restored to the fellowship of the Church, all who were part of the scattering from the Worldwide Church of God will need to read the publications and listen to the sermons outlined below, if they are to fully prove to themselves all that God expects of them in order to come back into full unity and harmony with His Church.

Read the 2 booklets "Time Is Running Out" and "Time Has Run Out," and the 2 books The Prophesied End-Time and 2008-God's Final Witness (especially Chapter 7).

Listen to the sermon series entitled, "The 50 Revealed Truths of God," and the 2005 Feast of Tabernacles sermons. It would be good to also listen to "Feast of Trumpets 2008" (September 30, 2008), "Birth of a New Era" (November 29, 2008) and "A Transition in Eras" (December 6, 2008)

Also the sermons "Following God" (June 21, 2008) and "The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)

Once a person has read and listened to this material and believe he/she is in full unity and agreement, then a request for reinstated fellowship can be made.

Related sermons:
"The God of Eternity - Pt 3" (March 14, 2009)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 2" (March 7, 2009)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 1" (February 28, 2009)
"We Are Almost There!" (September 30, 2010)
"Begotten Sons" (October 5, 2012)

Baptism

Read the FAQ on "Baptism"
See "Underage Teens" below for those under age 18.

Related sermons:
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 1" (March 12, 2005)
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 2" (March 19, 2005)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 2" (April 21, 2007)
"Baptism" (May 12, 2007)
"Romans 14 & the Feast" (August 18, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 1" (November 10, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 2" (November 17, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 5" (March 22, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 3" ( August 2, 2008)
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 4" (January 23, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 5" (January 30, 2010)

Begotten

Related sermons:
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"Begotten Sons" (October 5, 2012)

Blasphemy

Related sermons:
"1 Peter- Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)

Bigotry - Racism

Related sermons:
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)
"Family - Pt 3" (October 5, 2009)
"This World's Passover - Pt 7" (April 24, 2010)

Birthdays - Understanding

Due to the differing teachings of churches, there is often confusion about the observance of birthdays.

For many families, a birthday is a natural time to remember the beginning of someone's life. People naturally remember the date of their birth. There is nothing wrong with recognizing such important times, just as someone would remember important anniversaries (such as a marriage). Remembering such occasions and acknowledging them is natural and good. It is good to express (verbally or written in cards or letters) love and gratitude toward others. However, sometimes people have had a tendency to carry things too far when it comes to some matters of celebration.

Some people celebrate, and sin in doing so, when excessive alcohol is consumed or underage drinking has occurred. Matters of sexual immorality, drunkenness, and other improper conduct are sometimes associated with different kinds of celebrations. This is obviously wrong.

The only caution in the celebration of birthdays is that yearly parties should not be conducted for children (or even adults) where many are invited and often times gifts are expected to be given. Such celebrations that include a kind of "party" environment often teach the way of "get", selfishness, and unwarranted "expectations" from others. It is often better to recognize special milestones in life in "special ways" when more recognition is given than at other times. For example, a milestone at age 13 (a teenager), age 21, and later in life "the big 50," etc. This is similar to the spirit that might be involved in recognizing a 25th or 50th wedding anniversary. The milestones are different according to individuality and personal choice. There is no right or wrong in such matters.

There is nothing wrong with having a special meal or even a cake made for the special occasion of an anniversary. It is perfectly fine to participate in any celebration that expresses right standards. Such celebrations might include birthdays, anniversaries, national holidays and many personal occasions, such as celebrating a graduation. Such things are a matter of personal choice based on the spirit of the matter.

Related sermon:
"James - Pt 3" (October 4, 2008)
"Satan's Confinement & His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)

Births during the 100 Years

Related sermons:
"Time Has Run Out for Man - Pt 1" (June 16, 2007)

Book – 2008 God's Final Witness – inaccurate timeline

Some have questioned selected statements in the book 2008 God's Final Witness, believing they have found a contradiction. Most misunderstandings come when people have "read into" what was written. It is easy to read our own thoughts/ideas into what we believe we "see" when we are reading. It would be good to listen to the sermon entitled, "Three More Weeks" (March 29, 2008), as it addresses this subject matter.

Related sermons:
"Following God" ( June 21, 2008)
"the 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"Half a Time" (June 20, 2009)

Book orders - 2008 God's Final Witness

You can order these books on our website at www.the-end.com by completing the section titled, "order free book." The book is available for individual orders only, as we do not offer bulk orders. The books are free of charge and will be sent to you based on their availability. On www.cog-pkg.org there are sermons covering the chapters from both books.

Book orders – The Prophesied End-Time

We have re-printed the book The Prophesied End-Time in limited quantities and it will be made available from time to time on the website, www.the-end.com. To obtain a hard copy, you will need to continue to check the website each week for its availability. It can be also be read online or downloaded for free as well.

Book orders – Arabic, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian Version

The Arabic, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish & Italian versions of the books 2008 God's Final Witness and The Prophesied End Time are only available on the website to be downloaded (pdf format) or read online.

Books – from other Religions

The Church of God-PKG teaches that only the Holy Bible is the genuine complete Word of God. The most accurately translated version into English is the King James Version, but many find it difficult to read because of the old English that is used in it. We, therefore, highly recommend the New King James Version that is translated into modern English.

The Bible tells us that all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). God does not contradict Himself and He only works in and through those who are in His one and only true Church. We do not believe any religious books outside of the Bible or those written by anyone other than a true minister of God bear the mark of God's inspiration, preservation and authority. Any book that in any way contradicts the Bible should not be referred to for religious instruction.

Ronald Weinland has continually admonished people to keep focused and learn all that they can from what is posted on this site, since there is more material here than a person can learn in the time that is remaining.

Related sermons:
"1 John Pt 2" (July 26, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"Obedient to God's Rest / split - RW" (October 23, 2010)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 1" (October 29, 2011)

Born Again

You can read about this topic in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Mystery of the Ages. This book can be found in our "Publications" section under his writings by clicking onto "Biblical Truth Website." You can read pages 137 to 138 which has a sub-heading "The 'Born Again' Question."

Related sermons:
"18 Truths Restored" series (#12 & #13 of the 18 truths restored during Philadelphia) that is located at the bottom of the "Audio" page listed in "The 50 Revealed Truths of God." "Restored & Revived - Pt 4" (July 24, 1999)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 3" (February 17, 2007)
"Who is the Church of God-PKG" (March 8, 2008)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 4" (January 23, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"God's Plan for You" (March 20, 2010)
"The Creation of Elohim" (September 29, 2010)

Calendar - God's

God's calendar is completely different to the man-made Roman calendar. The Roman calendar is regulated by different calculations and uses names that God did not establish. God's calendar and Holy Days are calculated based on His word. One such example is Passover. It is ALWAYS held on the 14th of Nisan (Abib). When you overlay God's Holy Day dates against a roman calendar, you will find that God's Holy Days fall on a variety of dates on the Roman calendar. The actual dates for God's Holy Days are listed on the website by clicking onto the "Holy Days" tab.

God's days are listed as days one through seven as listed in Genesis 1.
The seventh day is called the Sabbath, which means "rest".
God's month's run from new moon to new moon (Is 66:23). One Hebrew word, cho'dhesh, is translated as "month" (Gen 7:11) and comes from a root meaning "new", while another word for month, ye'rach, means "lunation".

There are twelve months in the sacred calendar with an intercalary month added seven times in 19 years, generally as a second Adar (VEADAR) - 13th month.

1st - NISAN (ABIB)
2nd - IYYAR (ZIV)
3rd - SIVAN
4th - TAMMUZ
5th - AB
6th - ELUL
7th - TISHRI ( ETHANIM)
8th - HESHVAN (BUL)
9th - CHISLEV
10th - TEBETH
11th - SHEBAT
12th - ADAR

The secular calendar starts from Tishri. This means that the first month of the secular calendar runs parallel to the seventh month of the sacred calendar.

Related Sermons:
"18 Truths Restored - Pt 2" (February 26, 2006)
"Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)
"A Unique Feast" (October 14, 2008)
"God's Passover - Pt 1" (March 21, 2009)
"God's Time" (October 10, 2009)
"The Meaning of Times" (October 17, 2009)

Calendar - Roman, the Origin of Names of the Month

The names of the months and their meanings are as follows:

JANUARY: Januarius, in honor of the Roman god, Janus.
FEBRUARY: Februarius, in honor of the Roman festival of general expiation and purification.
MARCH: Martius, in honor of the Roman God, Mars.
APRIL: Aprilis, which was derived from Aperio, a Latin verb meaning "to open". This is the month when the earth "opens" to produce new fruits.
MAY: Maius, in honor of the Greek goddess, Maia.
JUNE: Junius, in honor of the Roman goddess, Juno.
JULY: Julius, in honor of the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar.
AUGUST: Augusta, in honor of Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar.

The remaining months - September, October, November, December - are derived from the Latin words for the numerals 7, 8, 9 and 10. They were the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th months of the old Roman calendar

According to the Encyclopedia International article "Week", the days of the week are names for the sun, the moon, and five visible planets, all of which are associated with pagan deities. The names of the days of the week and their meanings are as follows:

SUNDAY: The Sun, in honor of the sun god.
MONDAY: The moon, in honor of the moon god.
TUESDAY: The planet Mars, in honor of the god, Mars. The Saxons named this day after their god, Tiw, and called it Tiw's day. "Tuesday" comes from the name of this Saxon god.
WEDNESDAY: The planet Mercury, later named in honor of the Teutonic god, Wedn, or Woden.
THURSDAY: The planet Jupiter,later named in honor of the Teutonic god, Thor.
FRIDAY: The planet Venus, later named in honor of the Teutonic goddess, Frigg, or Freia.
SATURDAY: The planet Saturn, in honor of the Roman god, Saturn.

How did this planetary week come to be so commonly used in the professing Christian world? The early Christians had continued God's seven-day week with its numbered weekdays, but by the close of the third century A.D. this began to give way to the planetary week.

This planetary week with its days named after pagan deities is not of God. God Almighty did create the week with seven days, but He merely numbered the days one through seven (Gen: 1; 2:1-3). The only day He named was the seventh day. He called this day "Sabbath" which means rest (Ex. 16:22-26), (Ex. 20:8-11).

Related sermon:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 5" (July 31, 1999)

Calling - From God

Related sermon:
"Called to be a Witness" (October 7, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 6" (December 5, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 7" (December 12, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 5" (January 30, 2010)
"A Time of Rest" (September 23, 2010)
"To Know the Mysteries" (October 9, 2010)
"Dwelling In God / split - Matthews" (October 30, 2010)
"Vision - Pt 4" (January 29, 2011)
"An Historic Feast" (October 13, 2011)
"True Freedom" (October 18, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 2" (November 5, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 3" (November 12, 2011)
"To Know God" (Wayne Matthews) (December 10, 2011)
"Remember Your Calling" (June 16, 2012)
"Moving Through the Wilderness" (October 1, 2012)
"The Present Truth - Pt 1" (October 3, 2012)
"A Spiritual Exodus - Wayne Matthews" (March 30, 2013)
"A Way of Life - Wayne Matthews" (April 13, 2013)
"What Profit - Johnny Harrell" (July 6, 2013)
"God is For Us - Wayne Matthews" (November 9, 2013)

Captivity

"An Historic Feast" (October 13, 2011)
"The Truth About Israel" (October 14, 2011)
"The Bondage of Abraham" (October 15, 2011)
"The Bondage of Christianity" (October 17, 2011)
"Freeing Men and Women" (October 19, 2011)
"The End of Tyranny - Pt 1" (December 24, 2011)
"The End of Tyranny - Pt 2" (December 31, 2011)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 2" (March 17, 2012)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 3" (March 24, 2012)
"True Freedom - Pt 1" (December 15, 2012)
"True Freedom - Pt 2" (December 22, 2012)
"A Spiritual Exodus - Wayne Matthews" (March 30, 2013)
"Make a Difference - Johnny Harrell" (June 1, 2013)
"To Deliver a People - Johnny Harrell" (June 22, 2013)

Catholic Church - origin

Publications:
2008-God's Final Witness, pages 176 to 194
Mystery of the Ages, pages 1, 2, 43, 44

Related sermons:
"The End Time Messiah - Pt 1"
"The Mystery of God Revealed Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)
"The Mystery of God Revealed Pt 2" (February 23, 2008)
"It Has Begun - 1260 Days" (April 19, 2008)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"The Emerging 5th Trumpet" (September 24, 2011)
"Time Is Closing In" (October 1, 2011)
"The Bondage of Christianity" (October 17, 2011)
"The Rise of Europe - Pt 1" (February 4, 2012)
"The Rise of Europe - Pt 2" (February 11, 2012)
"Late into the Night - Pt 2 " (October 20, 2012)
"Late into the Night - Pt 3 " (October 27, 2012)
"The Beast & False Prophet" (November 24, 2012)

Christmas – origin

All religious worship must be as God commands in His word. We are not to add to or take away from it. You cannot mix a little falsehood with a bit of the truth. Christmas is a man made concept. As scripture says, "No lie is of the truth."

Publications:
Children's Bible Stories - "The origin of Christmas", page 84

Related sermon:
"The Mystery of God Revealed Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)

Christ's Return - Timing

The Church believes that Jesus Christ will return on Pentecost of 2019 (June 9). Just prior to 2008, God had judged this world and first established that catastrophic end-time events would begin after November of 2008; therefore, Christ would return Pentecost of 2012. When that did not happen, the Church thought that Christ's return could possibly occur on Pentecost of 2013, as God was not giving any revelation why Christ had not come in 2012.

It was not until several months after Pentecost of 2013 that God began to reveal that He had moved that return forward by exactly seven years, and even then, it was not yet given to the Church to understand the reasoning why all this had taken place. It was only as of late 2015 that did God began to reveal those things to His Church.

Catastrophic end-time events and WW III that are spoken of in the book, 2008 - God's Final Witness, have all been moved forward by exactly seven years as well. However, not only has the timing of these events been moved forward, but some of the destruction that will come as a result of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation and the Seven Last Plagues have been changed as well. The levels of destruction that would have otherwise been much greater before, now have the potential for being far less, with multiple millions more who now can be saved alive.

One of the primary reasons God moved the time for Christ's coming is for the very purpose of giving greater potential to save tens of millions more than what would have been possible before. However, one of the highest levels of destruction prophesied about the death of 2.3 billion people from an all-out nuclear war still remains the same. When the destruction that man has brought on himself is to this point, God will then intervene and stop man's self-annihilation.

That which was scheduled to begin in late 2008 can now begin in late 2015. The first major end-time event to occur will begin striking fear into mankind, as a great economic implosion of the world's monetary and economic system occurs. This will result in the United States dollar collapsing and no longer being the world reserve currency. This collapse will be heightened by a grossly overleveraged bond market that will also crash. This leveraging that is collateral for far greater debt is now guestimated by some economists to be at nearly 550 trillion dollars worldwide.

Accompanying closely with this collapse will be an attack upon the United States that will remove her as a world power and make her impotent as a nation. Once World War III has begun, many catastrophic end-time events that are prophesied will also begin occurring. All this will lead up to God intervening to stop mankind from annihilating itself, and Jesus Christ returning to establish God's government over all the nations of the earth.

Related sermons:
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 1" (January 14, 2012)
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 2" (January 21, 2012)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 1" (February 18, 2012)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 2" (February 25, 2012)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 3" (March 3, 2012)
"The Ultimate Jubilee" (April 7, 2012)
"The End is Near" (April 14, 2012)
"Pentecost to Pentecost" (May 27, 2012)
"Day of the Lord" (June 9, 2012)

Church of God-PKG - Armstrong connection

The Church of God-PKG is a continuation of the Church that God and Jesus Christ started on the day of Pentecost in 31 AD. The Church has operated under different organizational names which all carried the name "Church of God." Mr. Armstrong was a type of the Elijah to come as stated in Malachi 4:5 and operated under the organizational name of the "Worldwide Church of God." The Church of God-PKG continues in the truth that was restored through Herbert W Armstrong.

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God" section at bottom of "Audio" page
"The Prophesied End-Time" section at bottom of "Audio" page
"Restored & Revived - Pt 1" (July 3, 1999)
"Restored & Revived Pt 2" (July 10, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 3" (July 17, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 4" (July 24, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 5" (July 31, 1999)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 7" (December 12, 2009)
"The Elijah to Come" (December 19, 2009)
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)

Church of God-PKG - Logo

Related sermons:
"The Lion of Judah - Parts 1 - 4" (beginning June 18, 2005)

Church of God-PKG - Government

Related sermons:
"The Growing Church of God" (January 12, 2008)
"Elders - Pt 1 & 2" (Jan 19 & 26, 2008)
"No Future in this World - Pt 3" (July 8, 2006)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 1" (August 22, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 2" (August 29, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 3" (January 16, 2010)
"The Restoration of Truth" (July 23, 2011)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 5" (August 4, 2012)
"The Present Truth - Pt 1" (October 3, 2012)
"The Present Truth - Pt 2" (October 4, 2012)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 1" (February 1, 2014)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 2" (February 8, 2014)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 3" (February 15, 2014)

Church of God-PKG - Incorporated

The Church of God-PKG is incorporated in order to have a physical organization that can carry out the business needs of God's Church. Also, by receiving government recognition of non-profit status, people are able to legally deduct tithes/offerings on tax returns, and this gives people the benefit of personal financial savings.

Church of God-PKG - Our Commission

Related sermons:
"Our Commission - Pt 1" (February 7, 2009)
"Our Commission - Pt 2" (February 14, 2009)
"Our Commission - Pt 3" (February 21, 2009)
"The Elijah to Come" (December 19, 2009)
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 2" (January 9, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 1" (November 13, 2010)

Church of God - PKG - Permission to use materials

We appreciate the desire some have to post (copy and advertise) pictures of the books or other written material from our websites (on personal sites, blogs, etc.), but due to far too many legal matters associated with such requests (and other potential complications), we cannot give such permission. What seems to work best, without all the complications, is for people who desire to do so, they can post a link to the book or Church site in order to help others receive the message these contain.

People do have permission to print all materials, as they are written, and distribute them to those who are interested in reading it.

Church of God-PKG – Who we are

The subject of who is the Church of God-PKG is best understood by seeking God's guidance and revelation about His own Church. God and His Son, Jesus Christ, can only reveal the true Church of God. This is a spiritual matter and not one of human logic, study, intellect, or past knowledge.

The Church of God-PKG is not "Ron Weinland's" Church. It is God's Church. We do not have "membership" in a Church. One is either baptized into the Body of Christ, the true Church of God (which is spiritual), or not. If a person has the impregnation of God's spirit (begotten of God's spirit) and has not been cut off from the flow of God's spirit into their life, then such a person is IN God's Church.

As far as the physical organization of the Church of God - PKG, it is just that - a physical organization that receives the tithes of God's people and uses such to teach and lead those whom God has called (or is calling) and pays all other expenses associated with doing the work God has given to His Church to accomplish.

Related sermons:
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 1" (January 29, 2005)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 2" (February 5, 2005)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 3" (February 12, 2005)
"No Future in this World - Pt 4" (July 15, 2006)
"Baptism" (May 12, 2007)
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)
"Who is the Church of God-PKG" (March 8, 2008)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 1" (May 8, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 2" (May 15, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 3" (May 29, 2010)
"The Death of Sardis - Pt 1" (July 9, 2011)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 1" (April 21, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 2" (April 28, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 3" (May 5, 2012)
"The Church" (June 16, 2012)
"The Remnant Church - Pt 3 – Johnny Harrell" (April 5, 2014)

Citizenship in a nation

Since there are people who misunderstand, find fault with, and falsely accuse God's Church, some jump to false conclusions or simply misrepresent the teaching and doctrine of the Church. When this is done, such people often attempt to compare God's Church to weird sects or cults that have very distorted and unbiblical teachings.

One such area of false accusation concerns the comparison of God's Church to militaristic groups who stockpile weapons and survival supplies as a kind of preparation to withstand governmental authorities if they try to intrude on their religious rights.

The Church of God – PKG teaches that all who follow the teachings of the Church should be law-abiding citizens and that all are to support and cooperate with law enforcement agencies. God's people are supportive and thankful for the difficult job law enforcement people have to help make communities safe for everyone. The Church is very vocal in such matters and it strongly teaches good citizenship in every community and with every level of government in whatever nation they live. The Church teaches against the use of any weapons toward others, even in what some would consider self-defense (See "Protection" in this "Topics" section).

The Church of God – PKG understands that the world is entering a time of great upheaval and war during the final "Day of the Lord" that ends with the return of Jesus Christ (see the topic entitled "Christ's Return – Timing"). If a country is conquered by an invading army, God's people are not to resist or fight against such military powers, but they are to be good citizens of whatever government they are in subjection (as prophecy for this time reveals that no power can prevent this). No one wants to live in a nation that is under a foreign government due to the siege of its military powers, but those things are going to happen - they are prophesied to happen extensively over this whole earth.

Yes, God's Church does teach the need to have a reserve of supplies such as water, food, health care, and other necessary items when a regional disaster does occur. Many local, state, and national agencies support the same thing. We highly recommend that people have a two to three month supply of goods, since there will be times that supplies will be scarce. Many are encouraged by government agencies to prepare for a possible pandemic or other disasters when there will be extended periods of isolation or quarantine. This is a simple matter of basic wisdom.

God's Church does discourage people from trying to stockpile for longer periods of time and from moving to remote locations (or other regions of the world) because of the end-time prophecies that are going to be fulfilled during this final "Day of the Lord" that ends with the return of Jesus Christ. Instead, God's Church teaches the need to repent and draw close to God in obedience to His ways of life, in a genuine desire for growing in a personal relationship with Almighty God. God's people understand that only God can deliver them and their loved ones through the time of tribulation that we have now entered and that such deliverance cannot be accomplished by our own efforts.

During the final "Day of the Lord", God's people are taught to render aid and physical support (whenever possible) to those who may be suffering in their community from the destruction that comes. When destruction and disaster strikes an area where anyone lives, God's Church teaches that people are to sacrifice to render help and aid to others, even if such things involve God's Sabbaths. We are entering times that are not normal for this earth and there will be much suffering. Anyone who lives by God's way of life will always render aid to any who are suffering (if they are able), whether they be friend or enemy.

Clothing Styles

See "Makeup & Clothing Styles" in this Topics section

Commandments

Related sermons:
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 3" (February 12, 2005)
"God's Love is Coming" (April 12, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 1" (July 19, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 2" (July 26, 2008)
"I John - Pt 3" (August 2, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 5" (August 16, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"How to Love God" (October 15, 2008)
"In Awe of God - Pt 1" (April 18, 2009)
"Weightier Matters of the Law" (June 6, 2009)
"Judgment - Pt 1" (June 13, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 1" (July 25, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 2" (August 1, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 3" (August 8, 2009)
"Family - Pt 1" (October 3, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)
"A Sobering Jolt" (October 16, 2010)
"Pentecost & the Law - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (May 19, 2013)
"Pentecost & the Law - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (May 25, 2013)
"Sin - Johnny Harrell" (September 7, 2013)

Conspiracy Theories

There are many conspiracy theories in the world. They allege that the bankers, Jews, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Illuminati, Masons, Bilderbergers, the Order, and/or any of a number of other groups are conspiring to control or take over the world.

The Church of God does not believe a person will benefit from studying into such conspiracy writings or theories. These theories (and they are just that, theories) contradict both Biblical prophecy and historical facts. They appear to be the devices of Satan as they offer supposed "hidden" knowledge by which people are led away from God's truth. Studying these theories is a waste of valuable time that should be spent in studying God's word - the truth. By focusing in on what is true, one will reveal the error of man's ways.

Indeed, "power centers" do exist within business, political, and economic organizations around the world. All segments of our society are subject and responsible for their national woes, sickness and immorality. The one behind it all is the master deceiver, Satan the devil, whose goal is to thwart the plan of God. As Rev 12: 9 says, "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

But the bottom line is that there is no government, organization, or secret group that will succeed in controlling events in this world in order to bring about any lasting change that they seek to accomplish through their efforts. The truth is, we are at the very end of man's self-rule on this earth, and even Satan's rule is about to end. Nothing and no one can stop this from taking place!

Daniel

Related sermons:
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 1" (January 14, 2012)
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 2" (January 21, 2012)
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 3" (January 28, 2012)

Dating

The Church of God encourages single people to follow spiritual principles when dating. Some of these principles include the following: avoid the appearance of evil (do not give others the idea that you could be sinning), avoid placing yourself or the other person in a position that could cause you or them personal temptation, dress in a moderate way so as not to provoke attention. It is always best to meet and enjoy each others' company in a public forum. The Church of God always encourages group dating so that a person can interact with everyone.

The practice of "living together" and/or having a sexual relationship before marriage is sin. Such fornication only produces wrong results in the lives of such people who practice it. Genuine happiness, trust, faithfulness, and true unity can never be reached by such practices that conflict with the laws of God.

Day of the Lord

"Pentecost to Pentecost" (May 27, 2012)
"Stand Fast" (June 2, 2012)
"Day of the Lord" (June 9, 2012)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 1"(July 7, 2012)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 2"(July 14, 2012)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 3"(July 21, 2012)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 4" (July 28, 2012)
"Between the Two Evenings - Pt 5" (August 4, 2012)

Death

Related Sermons:
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 3" (May 21, 2011)
"Attitudes Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (July 13, 2013)

Death penalty

Related sermons:
"The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"Faith - Pt 3" (August 8, 2009)
"Family - Pt 3" (October 5, 2009) "The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)

Dinosaurs

God created the universe and the earth millions of years ago. Dinosaurs also existed millions of years ago along with other plant life on the earth. God placed the earth and its care under the rule of a spirit being named Lucifer. When Lucifer rebelled (his name then changed to Satan) against his Creator, along with a 1/3rd of the angelic realm, all physical life was destroyed which included the dinosaurs. Their bones have been found spread out all over the earth and are dated as being millions of years old.

Publications:
The Prophesied End-Time, Chapter 6, "The Revelation of God's Plan"
Mystery of the Ages, Chapters 2 and 3

Related sermons:
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 4" (February 24, 2007)
"Why such Massive Destruction - Pt 3" (December 15, 2007)
"The Final 3 1/2 Years - Pt 3" (June 7, 2008)

Doctrinal Differences with other organizations

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God" series
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)
"Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 2" (February 23, 2008)

Dreams and Visions

The Bible reveals that in times past servants of God were given visions and dreams for specific reasons and to convey a special message. Today, God speaks to His people through the Bible and His true ministry. Most visions and dreams that people have are simply caused by mental or physical stress (Eccl 5:3). Sometimes Satan can cause a dream, vision or emotional sensation.

When someone has a dream, vision or a physical sensation, they are just that, a dream, vision or physical sensation. One should not read into these dreams, visions or experiences that God is involved or that He is communicating to them, as He is not. God does not work this way. God teaches the truth through His true ministry and reveals the truth to a person's mind by the power of His spirit.

Related sermons:
"God's Gift of Life" (March 3, 2007)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)

Dressing for Sabbath services – clothing, hair, etc.

Related sermons:
"No Future in this World - Pt 2-4" (beginning July 1, 2006)
"God's Gift of Life" (March 3, 2007)
"Romans 14 & the Feast" (August 18, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 5" (March 22, 2008)
"Atonement 2008" (October 9, 2008)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 2" (January 9, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 3" (January 16, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 2 (Jan 1, 2011)

Easter - Origin

All religious worship must be as God commands in His word. We are not to add to or take away from it. You can not mix a little falsehood with a bit of the truth. Easter Day is a man made concept. As scripture says, "No lie is of the truth".

Publications:
Bible Stories - "The origin of Easter", page 80 Related sermons:
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)
"The Bondage of Christianity" (October 17, 2011)

Elijah & Enoch – translated explained

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 2 & 3" (beginning April 21, 2007)

Elijah to Come

Related sermons:
"The Elijah to Come" (December 19, 2009)
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)
"The Meaning of Elijah" (December 17, 2011)
"The End of Tyranny - Pt 2" (December 31, 2011)

Esther

Related sermons:
"Esther - Pt 1" (January 17, 2009)
"Esther - Pt 2" (January 24, 2009)

Evolution

The evolutionary theory has been invented by human minds. Evolution is the agnostic's or atheist's attempted explanation of the presence of a creation without the pre-existence of an intelligent Creator. Refer to Mystery of the Ages, pages 2, 16.

Faith

Related sermons:
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 1" (August 23, 2003)
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 2" (August 30, 2003)
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 3" (September 6, 2003)
"Truth and Oneness of Spirit" (September 30, 2006)
"Righteousness through Faith - Pt 1" (October 28, 2006)
"Righteousness through Faith - Pt 2" (November 4, 2006)
"Righteousness through Faith - Pt 3" (November 11, 2006)
"Colossians - Pt 1" (June 2, 2007)
"The Last Great Day - Total Resolve" (October 4, 2007)
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"1 Peter" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"James - Pt 2" (September 27, 2008)
"Faith - Pt 1" (July 25, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 2" (August 1, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 3" (August 8, 2009)
"Faith & Works" (August 15, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 1 (August 22, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 2 (August 29, 2009)
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 1" (October 24, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 2" (October 31, 2009)
"They Followed" (November 7, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 3" (November 14, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 4" (November 21, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 5" (November 28, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 6" (December 5, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 7" (December 12, 2009)
"Romans" (May 8, 2010)
"Obedient to God's Rest / split - RW" (October 23, 2010)
"An Historic Feast" (October 13, 2011)
"A Time to be Sobered" (October 20, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 1" (October 29, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 2" (November 5, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 3" (November 12, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 2" (November 26, 2011)
"The End of Tyranny - Pt 2" (December 31, 2011)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 3" (March 24, 2012)
"Countdown to Deliverance" (April 14, 2012)
"Stand Fast" (June 2, 2012)
"A Day of War - Pt 1" (June 23, 2012)
"A Reasoned Judgment" (August 11, 2012)
"Full Circle" (November 3, 2012)
"Keep to the Map" (November 10, 2012)
"The Promise - W.Matthews" (May 4, 2013)
"By Faith - Johnny Harrell" (July 27, 2013)
"Work of Faith - Johnny Harrell" (August 3, 2013)
"Faith & Faithfulness - Willem Henderson" (November 23, 2013)
"Something from Nothing / Those Red Sea Moments" (January 4, 2104)

Family

"Family - Pt 1" (October 3, 2009)
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)
"Family - Pt 3" (October 5, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 1" (February 6, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 4" (February 27, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 5" (March 6, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 2" (November 20, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 1" (November 27, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 2 / split" (December 4, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 3" (December 11, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 4" (December 18, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 1" (December 25, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 2" (January 1, 2011)
"Freeing Men and Women" (October 19, 2011)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 1" (December 29, 2012)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 2" (January 5, 2013)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 3" (January 12, 2013)
"Family Is Built By Sharing" (January 19, 2013)

Fasting

Related sermons:
"No Future in this World - Pt 4" (July 15, 2006)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 3" (April 28, 2007)
"Drawing Closer to God" (July 22, 2006)
"Romans 14 & the Feast" (August 18, 2007)
"The Purpose of Fasting" (September 15, 2007)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 1" (January 3, 2009)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 2" (January 10, 2009)
"Esther - Pt 1" (January 17, 2009)
"A Great Fast" (January 31, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 2" (January 9, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 1" (February 6, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"A Fast With Thanksgiving" (March 31, 2012)
"Urgent Fast-Johnny Harrell" (April 20, 2013)

Fear of God

Related sermons:
"In Awe of God - Pt 1" (April 18, 2009)
"In Awe of God - Pt 2" (April 25, 2009)
"In Awe of God - Pt 3" (May 2, 2009)
"In Awe of God - Pt 4" (May 9, 2009)
"In Awe of God - Pt 5" (May 16, 2009)
"In Awe of God - Pt 6" (May 23, 2009)
"Obedient to God's Rest - Pt 2" (November 6, 2010)

Feast of Tabernacles

Related sermons:
"Focus on God's Kingdom" (June 5, 2010)
"Keeping the Feast - Jimmy Carlisle" (September 19, 2013)
"Rejoicing in Fear - Mitch Williams" (September 19, 2013)
"A New King Coming - Johnny Harrell" (September 19, 2013)
"The 1,000 Years - Willem Henderson" (September 20, 2013)
"In The Millennium - Pt1 - Wayne Matthews" (September 21, 2013)
"In the Millennium - Pt2 - Wayne Matthews" (September 22, 2013)
"Changing the World - Greg Chipps" (September 23, 2013)
"Climbing Mt. Zion - Jim Jamieson" (September 23, 2013)
"God's Blessings - William Milne" (September 24, 2013)
"Peace in God's Government - Steve Dalrymple" (September 24, 2013)
"God's Plan Continues On - Johnny Harrell" (September 25, 2013)
"Our Incredible Journey - Leonard McGlynn" (September 26, 2013)
"A Call to Remembrance - Dave Conley" (September 26, 2013)

Fellowship

True fellowship is a spiritual matter. God's Church is not like other churches in the world. Most teach that you can come "just as you are." This is a false teaching, as you cannot come into true fellowship "just as you are" in what you "think" is right before God. If one knows what is right already, then they do not need God's Church.

Jesus Christ paid for the penalty of sin by being our Passover. One cannot fully receive that Passover sacrifice until baptism in God's true Church. It is through baptism that you can have sin forgiven. God begins drawing us to His truth which in turn finally leads to the one true baptism in life. He gives those He calls the opportunity, through grace, to come into fellowship in His Church, if that person does begin to respond to Him in sincerity and truth.

Yes, there are requirements one must be living before being able to come into fellowship with others in God's Church, with those in whom His spirit dwells. One must be applying what God has given in the FAQ section of the website. If people perceive God and His Church as "elitist" then that is their choice, but the fact is God does place conditions upon us if we truly desire His true ways of life. The keeping of the seventh day Sabbath (in the way it is outlined on the FAQ) is a good example. If people are not willing to obey God in such basic ways, then they cannot be invited to be in fellowship with His Church.

A person is called into fellowship (communion) with God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. To be in fellowship with God, a person must be living in the light (truth) and have God's spirit dwelling in them. If this is the case, a person can now have true fellowship with the brethren, those in who God dwells because they are of the same mind.

Related sermons:
"The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed PT 2" (February 23, 2008)
"1 John Pt 1" (July 19, 2008)
"1 John Pt 2" (July 26, 2008)
"1 John Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"James - Pt 1" (September 20, 2008)
"Prepare for the Feast - Pt 1" (September 5, 2009)
"Prepare for the Feast - Pt 2" (September 12, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 5" (November 28, 2009)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 3" (May 29, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 3" (August 14, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 4" (August 21, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 5" (August 28, 2010)
"Going to a Brother - Pt 4" (September 15, 2012)
"Gaining A Brother" (September 22, 2012)
"Family Is Built By Sharing" (January 19, 2013)

Financial advice

The Church of God-PKG does not give personal financial advice to people other than what God requires relating to tithing, offerings and being honest with regards to taxation and other financial transactions in your nation.

Forgiveness

Related sermons:
"God Gives Favor - Pt 4" (January 25, 2003)
"Mercy - Pt 2" (July 18, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 1" (July 25, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 2" (August 1, 2009)
"This World's Passover - Pt 3" (April 3, 2010)
"Why Atonement? - Wayne Matthews" (September 14, 2013)

Funerals

The choice to attend a funeral is a personal choice that each individual must make.

The reason this question arises is because of concerns people sometimes have due to the fact that a false minister is performing the funeral (and such questions are often asked concerning weddings as well), or because of the ceremony that is conducted in some church building of a false religion. The question also arises from concerns about whether it is permissible to attend such functions on God's weekly Sabbath.

The decision is fully the choice and responsibility of the person who has to make it. Such a decision should not be prematurely made as the result of pressure one feels from outside sources such as family, nor from pressure one may feel from others in God's Church who have their own "opinions" about such matters. The decision should be made as a result of one's best judgment based on seeking to be in harmony with sound principles and a true relationship with God.

The fact that a false minister is conducting the service should have no real bearing on such a decision since we have understanding that the whole world is deceived and we can easily separate that which is true from that which is false. The primary consideration of attending either a funeral or a wedding conducted by a false minister (or even in a building of false religious system) is that one does not participate in any part of the service that is a function of that false religion. Some religions incorporate prayers in their service in which we do not bow our heads, kneel, say "amen," nor participate in any fashion. Some incorporate the taking of communion and other practices in which we do not involve ourselves. We simply remain as inconspicuous as possible while present at such function, but without participation.

Sometimes the personal choice becomes more difficult when God's Sabbath is included in the judgment. The first and most important consideration is that one listens to the Sabbath sermon given on that day. In some cases, if one is not able to easily tune into the "live service," then at least some previous sermon could be listened to on the Sabbath.

The attendance at a wedding on the Sabbath should be minimized as much as possible (only the time of the actual ceremony if possible). One should not be present during any "party" or "festive" time that includes an atmosphere of excessive drinking and/or dancing. Also, one should consider the closeness of the actual family relationship.

The attendance at a funeral can be more pressing and more needful when it comes to family. Often times family relations are strained because of a person's commitment to God and His Church. There may be family members who reject you and cut you off because of your belief. One should consider the lack of wisdom to add to that family strain by not attending, giving the appearance that you no longer care about the family and have no respect for family members. A show of genuine love and concern for family in such difficult times is a matter of wisdom and example that may indeed play a part in some being softened in their hardness toward you and the Church in the near future.

Gideon

Related sermons:
"More Time - Pt 2" (July 3, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 3" (July 10, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 4" (July 17, 2010)

God's Dwelling Place

Related sermons:
"Truth and Oneness of Spirit" (September 30, 2006)
"The Creation of the Kingdom of God - Pt 1" (September 29, 2007)
"The Creation of the Kingdom of God - Pt 2" (September 30, 2007)
"A Transition In Eras (December 6, 2008)
"Remembering God's Blessings" (October 14, 2008)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 2" (May 15, 2010)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 3" (May 29, 2010)
"The Creation of Elohim" (September 29, 2010)
"The Place of God's Rest" (October 16, 2011)
"The Remnant Church - Pt 4 – Johnny Harrell" (May 24, 2014)

God's Plan

God's plan can be understood through the Holy Days. These are explained in the book, The Prophesied End-Time, in Chapter 6, "The Revelation of God's Plan".

Related sermons:
"God Gives Authority to Christ" (October 9, 2006)
"Colossians - Pt 1" (June 2, 2007)
"The Last Great Day - AM" (October 4, 2007)
"God's Plan for You" (March 20, 2010)
"Atonement" (September 18, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"If Anyone Thirsts" (September 30, 2010)
"To Know the Mysteries" (October 9, 2010)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 3" (May 21, 2011)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 1" (July 30, 2011)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 2" (August 6, 2011)
"Trumpets 2011" (September 29, 2011)
"A Time to Rejoice" (October 13, 2011)
"The Place of God's Rest" (October 16, 2011)
"The Final Countdown" (April 13, 2012)
"Rejoice and Practice" (October 1, 2012)
"True Government - Pt 1" (October 6, 2012)
"True Government - Pt 2" (October 7, 2012)
Also refer to the tab: Holy Days / Holy Days Chart and Description found in the FAQ section.

Government of God

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 5-6"
"Do We Have Government - Pt 1" (August 7, 1999)
"Do We Have Government - Pt 2" (August 14, 1999)
"Do We Have Government - Pt 3" (August 21, 1999)
"King of Kings" (October 7, 2006)
"Lord of Lords" (October 8, 2006)
"God Gives Authority to Christ" (October 9, 2006)
"The Last Great Day - AM" (October 4, 2007)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"The Elijah to Come" (December 19, 2009)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)
"Planning Ahead / split - Harrell" (October 23, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 1" (December 25, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 2" (January 1, 2011)
"The Restoration of Truth" (July 23, 2011)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (February 1, 2014)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (February 8, 2014)
"Spiritual Government - Pt 3 - Wayne Matthews" (February 15, 2014)

Grace

Related sermons:
"1 Peter - Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)

Halloween - origin

All religious worship must be as God commands in His word. We are not to add to or take away from it. You can not mix a little falsehood with a bit of the truth. Halloween is a man made concept. As scripture says, "No lie is of the truth".

Publications:
Bible Stories - "The origin of Halloween", page 83

Healing

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"The Almighty God" (October 2, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)
"Mercy - Pt 2" (July 18, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 1" (February 6, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 4" (February 27, 2010)

Heaven & Hell – Immortal Soul

(See "Lazarus & the Rich Man" in this Topics section)

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God"
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1 & 2" (beginning April 14, 2007)
"God's Gift of Life" (beginning March, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 1" (November 10, 2007)
"Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)
"Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 2" (February 23, 2008)
"The True Messiah - Pt 2" (March 24, 2008)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)

Hell Fire

(See "Lazarus and the Rich Man" in this Topics section)

Holy Days – explained

Sixth Chapter of The Prophesied End-Time See "God's Plan" in this Topics section

Related sermons:
"God's Plan In the Holy Days - Pt 1 & 2" (beginning March 22, 2003)
"God's Holy Days" section at bottom of the sermons page
"The Revelation of God's Plan-Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"The Revelation of God's Plan-Pt 2" (February 9, 2007)
"The Revelation of God's Plan-Pt 3" (February 17, 2007)
"The Revelation of God's Plan-Pt 4" (February 24, 2007)
"The Feast of 2008" (July 12, 2008)
"Instructed to Rejoice" (October 3, 2009)
"Trumpets" (September 9, 2010)
"2012 Feast of Trumpets"(September 17, 2012)
"The Sound of Trumpets - Wayne Matthews" (September 5, 2013)

Holy Spirit - Impregnation

(See "Baptism" in this Topics section)

Related sermons:
"Dwelling In God / split - Matthews" (October 30, 2010)

Holy Spirit - The Power of God

Related sermons:
"The God named Yahweh - Pt 1" (October 18, 2005)
"How God Speaks to us - Pt 1" (August 19, 2006)
"How God Speaks to us - Pt 2" (August 26, 2006)
"How God Speaks to us - Pt 3" (September 2, 2006)
"Truth and Oneness of Spirit" (September 30, 2006)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"A Transition In Eras" (December 6, 2008)
"Revelation of Pentecost" (May 30, 2009)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 3" (May 29, 2010)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"The Creation of Elohim" (September 29, 2010)
"Walk in The Spirit - Wayne Matthews" (August 17, 2013)

Homosexuality

Related sermons:
"Coming out of Traditional Christianity - Pt 1" (August 25, 2007)
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)

Humility

Related sermons:
"Called to Serve – Wayne Matthews" (March 1, 2014)
"To Be A Servant – Wayne Matthews" (March 8, 2014)
"Humility – Willem Henderson" (March 15, 2014)

Idolatry

Related sermons:
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 3" (May 29, 2010)
"Stay Focused – Pt 1 – Wayne Matthews"(January 11, 2014)

Images

Related sermons:
"1 John - Pt 5" (August 16, 2008)
"Romans" (May 8, 2010)

Internet Forums

If someone desires to go onto and be part of any website forum the decision is theirs, as it is simply a personal matter. A person should ensure that the content on the forum is spiritually sound and uplifting to their spiritual life. If a forum becomes a place where people begin to preach to others or pull down the truth, one needs to be on guard and ask the question, "What spiritual good is this doing me?"

Related sermons:
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)

Interviews

The website www.ronaldweinland.com has been set up to give timely information. Ronald Weinland's travels and other pertinent information will be posted (especially in the future) to keep people informed quickly when important events occur that concern this end-time. Mr. Weinland has given radio interviews from time to time. Only those interviews that add value or more information are added to the website. For other relevant information you can listen to sermons on www.cog-pkg.org/audio/.

Jesus Christ

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 5-6"
"Colossians - Pt 2" (June 9, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"Atonement 2008" (October 9, 2008)
"This World's Passover - Pt 1" (March 27, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 2" (March 30, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 3" (April 3, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 4" (April 5, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 5" (April 10, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 6" (April 17, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 7" (April 24, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 8" (May 1, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 1" (July 31, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 2" (August 7, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 5" (August 28, 2010)
"Atonement" (September 18, 2010)
"The Creation of Elohim" (September 29, 2010)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 2" (April 23, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Atonement 2011" (October 8, 2011)
"The Truth About Israel" (October 14, 2011)
"The Bondage of Abraham" (October 15, 2011)
"The Bondage of Christianity" (October 17, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 2" (November 26, 2011)
"The Meaning of Elijah" (December 17, 2011)
"The Road to Crucifixion - Pt 1 - Johnny Harrell" (February 23, 2013)
"The Road to Crucifixion - Pt 2 - Johnny Harrell" (March 2, 2013)
"The Road to Crucifixion - Pt 3 - Johnny Harrell" (March 16, 2013)
"The Road to Crucifixion - Pt 4 - Johnny Harrell" (March 23, 2013)
"After the Resurrection - Johnny Harrell" (April 6, 2013)

Jesus Christ - the only one ascended to Heaven

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers, Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"Questions, Answers, Choices - Pt 2" (April 21, 2007)
"Questions, Answers, Choices - Pt 3" (April 28, 2007)

Jesus Christ the Son of God (See also "Yahweh Elohim" below)

Related sermons:
"God's Gift of Life" (March 3, 2007)
"The True Messiah - Pt 1 - 3" (beginning March 10, 2007)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"Colossians - Pt 1" (June 2, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)

Jesus Christ - was not a Nazarite

During the time that people were Nazarites, they (men or women) weren't to shave or cut their hair. They weren't to touch any dead body. They weren't to consume any wine. Neither were they to drink grape juice. Grapes, either fresh or dried, weren't to be eaten (Numbers 6:1-8). These were "signs" of their special service.

Many people have believed that Jesus Christ was a Nazarite because he was raised in Nazareth, a town in the district of Galilee about seventy miles north of Jerusalem. This is not true. People who come from or who are in Nazareth are called Nazarenes. They aren't Nazarites unless they have taken the Nazarite vow. Christ was not a Nazarite. He drank wine (Matthew 11:19). If He had been a Nazarite, he could not have drank wine without sinning.

Some who believe Jesus was a Nazarite mistakenly claim that the wine Jesus drank was grape juice - but even grape juice was forbidden to Nazarites!

Because of assuming that Christ was a Nazarite, many people have believed that he had long hair flowing down to his shoulders. Christ didn't have long hair! Pagan artists, trying to make Jesus look pious, gave him a sick, sad, effeminate appearance, and in their vain imagination they even went so far as to add long hair.

Christ was a hard-working carpenter who ate only clean foods and observed the laws of good health. We know he was a very masculine man with physical strength and endurance. Because he loved all people, he was a sociable, friendly, cheerful person who was thoughtful of others and courteous at all times. What matters most, however, is what Christ is like now. Hebrews 1:2-4 and Revelation 1:12-16 tell us of Christ's present power and appearance.

Job

Related sermons:
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 1" (August 23, 2003)
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 2" (August 30, 2003)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)

Jonah

Related sermons:
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 2" (January 10, 2009)

Joshua

Related sermons:
"More Time - Pt 3" (July 10, 2010)
"More Time - Pt 4" (July 17, 2010)
"Trumpets 2011" (September 29, 2011)
"The Final Time" (January 7, 2012)

Jubilee - Explained

Related sermon:
"The Ultimate Jubilee" (April 7, 2012)

Judaism - Messianic

Related sermon:
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 3" (March 1, 2008)

Judgment

Related sermons:
"Judgment - Pt 1" (June 13, 2009)
"Judgment - Pt 2" (June 27, 2009)
"Judgment - Pt 3" (July 4, 2009)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 1" (February 19, 2011)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 2" (February 26, 2011)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 3" (March 5, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 1" (March 12, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)
"A Fast, With Judgment - Pt 1" (April 2, 2011)
"A Fast, With Judgment - Pt 2" (April 9, 2011)
"A Passover Fast" (April 16, 2011)

Kingdom of God

Related sermons:
"Focus on God's Kingdom" (June 5, 2010)
"Establishment of the Kingdom of God" (September 27, 2010)
"The Good News" (January 22, 2011)
"What's Ahead - Johnny Harrell" (August 10, 2013)

Laying on of Hands

The laying on of hands is a symbolic act which sets individuals apart and signifies the receiving of God's spirit. The laying on of hands serves to show that God works through His ministry. This ceremony is mentioned as a doctrine in Hebrews 6:2.

Related sermons:
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 2" (March 19, 2005)
"Baptism" (May 12, 2007)
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 5" (January 30, 2010)
"Increase in the Body of Christ" (March 13, 2010)

Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16) – Heaven and Hell

(See "Heaven & Hell – Immortal Soul" in this Topics section)

Related sermon:
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 2" (February 23, 2008)

Love of God

Related sermons:
"Our Need for God's Love - Pt 1" (December 12, 2004)
"Our Need for God's Love - Pt 2" (January 7, 2005)
"Our Need for God's Love - Pt 3" (January 8, 2005)
"Our Need for God's Love - Pt 4" (January 15, 2005)
"God's Love is Coming" (April 12, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 1" (July 19, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 2" (July 26, 2008)
"I John - Pt 3" (August 2, 2008)
"1 John -Pt 5" (August 16, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"James - Pt 2" (September 27, 2008)
"How to Love God" (October 15, 2008)
"Total Resolve with Zeal - Pt 2" (November 1, 2008)
"In Awe of God - Pt 1" (April 18, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 5" (November 28, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 6" (December 5, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 4" (February 27, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 5" (March 6, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 6" (April 17, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 2" (May 15, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 2" (November 20, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 1" (December 25, 2010)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 2" (April 23, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 4" (April 30, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 1" (June 4, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 2" (June 25, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 3" (July 2, 2011)
"True Freedom" (October 18, 2011)
"Love that Transforms" (August 18, 2012)
"Walk in The Spirit - Wayne Matthews" (August 17, 2013)

Lukewarm - explained

Related sermons:
"Lord of Lords" (October 8, 2006)
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)
"The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 1" (October 25, 2008)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 2" (November 1, 2008)
"1260 Days" (December 13, 2008)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 2" (October 31, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 6" (December 5, 2009)

Makeup & 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.

Mark of the Beast – Number of the Beast 666

The beast rising up out of the earth (Rev 13:11-18) is the great whore, the false church (the Roman Catholic Church) that rides and has powerful influence, and often, full control over the government (Holy Roman Empire). The mark of the beast is a religious mark, not a governmental mark such as a Social Security number, or a National Identity number. Those who receive the mark of the beast will suffer the corrective plagues of God's Judgment and are contrasted with the saints, those who are keeping God's commandments. Therefore, the mark has something to do with commandment breaking.

A mark is an identifying sign or brand. One group is forced to bear the sign, brand, or mark of the beast to work or buy or sell. Keeping the fourth commandment, the Sabbath, is a sign, mark, or brand that identifies God's people (Ex 31: 12-17). God's commandments, especially the fourth, are a sign on the hands (actions/work) and forehead (thinking/belief) of those who keep them. The mark of the beast is the enforced observance of Sunday and Satan's holidays instead of God's Sabbaths and Holy days.

Rev 13:17-18 tells us to count (compute) the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. These verses are saying the beast has a number and it may be identified. The expression "the name of the beast," or "the number of his name" makes plain that the number 666 is the number of the name of the kingdom or empire. The expression "it is the number of a man" shows we must also count this number in the name of the king, or ruler, over the kingdom identified as the "beast."

The beast is the Roman Empire. It was named after Romulas, the founder and first king of Rome. His name, the name of a man, also is the name of the kingdom. Every citizen in the kingdom bears the same name – a Roman. The apostle John wrote the book of Revelation in Greek. Therefore, we should count in Greek, not in Latin.

This name, in Greek, is "Lateinos." It means "Latin Man" or "the name of Latium," from which region the Romans derived their origin and their language. In Greek, L=30, A=1, T=300, E=5, I=10, N=50, O=70, and S=200. They add up to 666. For 1260 years the pope has reigned and ruled over the beast. They were in effect, the religious heads of the empire, ruling over the emperors, as well as over the church.

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"It Has Begun - 1260 days" (April 19, 2008)

Marriage

A marital union involves one of the most important decisions a person will make in their entire lifetime. Therefore marriage should not be entered hastily, but with sound planning and consideration. When contemplating any marriage one must consider personality, intellect, cultural background, upbringing, character, financial habits, and even views on such matters as child rearing. The most important thing to consider is the person's religious beliefs. In short, a wise marriage is one in which each partner complements, rather than competes with the other.

Due to some cultures and religions that have racial bias, it needs to be stated that the Church of God does not view interracial marriage as sin.

Related sermons:
"No Future in this World - Pt 3" (July 8, 2006)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 3" (November 24, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"Family - Pt 1" (October 3, 2009)
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 4" (February 27, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 2 / split" (December 4, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 3" (December 11, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 4" (December 18, 2010)
"Freeing Men and Women" (October 19, 2011)

Melchizedek explained

Related sermons:
"A Relationship with God and Tithing" (February 19, 2005)
"Melchizedek" (October 25, 2005)
"The Feast of 2008" (July 12, 2008)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 1" (June 12, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 2" (June 19, 2010)

Mercy

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"Mercy - Pt 2" (July 18, 2009)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 1" (February 19, 2011)
"A Fast, With Judgment - Pt 1" (April 2, 2011)
"A Fast, With Judgment - Pt 2" (April 9, 2011)
"God's Infinite Mercy - Pt 1" (May 12, 2012)
"God's Infinite Mercy - Pt 2" (May 19, 2012)

Millennium

Related sermons:
"The Millennium - Pt 1" (October 6, 2009)
"The Millennium - Pt 2" (October 8, 2009)
"Focus on God's Kingdom" (June 5, 2010)
"A Time of Rest" (September 23, 2010)
"Last Great Day" (October 8, 2012)
"True Freedom - Pt 1" (December 15, 2012)
"True Freedom - Pt 2" (December 22, 2012)
"Urgent Fast-Johnny Harrell" (April 20, 2013)
"A New King Coming - Johnny Harrell" (September 19, 2013)
"In The Millennium Pt1 - Wayne Matthews" (September 21, 2013)
"In the Millennium - Pt2 - Wayne Matthews" (September 22, 2013)

Mind of God

Related sermons:
"Proverbs - Pt 1" (October 29, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 2" (November 26, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 3" (December 3, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 4" (December 10, 2005)
"God's Greatest Miracle" (September 28, 2007)
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"God's Purpose in the Millennium - Pt 1" (October 6, 2009)
"God's Purpose in the Millennium - Pt 2" (October 8, 2009)
"The Last Great Lesson" (October 9, 2009)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)
"Dwelling In God / split - Matthews" (October 30, 2010)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 2" (April 23, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 1" (June 4, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 2" (June 25, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 3" (July 2, 2011)
"True Freedom" (October 18, 2011)
"To be Elohim" (October 22, 2011)
"To Know God" (Wayne Matthews) (December 10, 2011)
"True Freedom - Pt 1" (December 15, 2012)
"True Freedom - Pt 2" (December 22, 2012)

Mind of Man

Related sermons:
"God's Greatest Miracle" (September 28, 2007)
"The Creation of the Kingdom of God - Pt 2" (September 30, 2007)
"The Almighty God" (October 2, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"James - Pt 3" (October 4, 2008)
"Total Resolve with Zeal - Pt 2" (November 1, 2008)
"No Place for Pride" (April 9, 2009)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"Family - Pt 2" (October 4, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 3" (January 16, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 1" (February 6, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)
"Romans" (May 8, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 1" (May 8, 2010)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 2" (August 7, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 3" (August 14, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 4" (August 21, 2010)
"A Sobering Jolt" (October 16, 2010)
"An Historic Feast" (October 13, 2011)
"The Truth About Israel" (October 14, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 1" (November 19, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 3" (December 3, 2011)
"A Way of Life - Wayne Matthews" (April 13, 2013)
"Right and Wrong Pt 1" - Wayne Matthews" (June 15, 2013)
"Right and Wrong Pt 2" - Wayne Matthews" (June 29, 2013)
"Attitudes Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (July 13, 2013)
"Attitudes Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (July 20, 2013)
The Lust of Man - Johnny Harrell" ( November 30, 2013)
"A Way of Life - Johnny Harrell" (December 28, 2013)

Natural disasters

(See "Citizenship in a nation" in this Topics section)

New Covenant

Related sermons:
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)

Night To Be Much Observed

There have been some questions regarding uniformity in how we observe what is traditionally referred to as the "Night to be Much Observed." In the past, part of that tradition was to get together in groups, small or large, and have a meal together as the primary means of celebrating this occasion. Yet there was no religious service and most often no mention of the meaning for why people were gathering together that evening. It was most often observed after sunset once the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread began.

Let's consider what God told the Israelites that led to this traditional observance in God's Church.

The Israelites sprinkled the blood of lambs on their doorposts in observance of the Passover as God instructed. The following day (daylight portion of Passover on the 14th) they prepared to leave Egypt, and then after sundown on the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread (15th) they began their journey out of Egypt.

It is made clear in Deuteronomy that they left Egypt by night, and the only night this can be referring to is the beginning of the 15th of Abib. This account is about the Feast that began directly after Passover, once animals were killed during the daylight portion of Passover in preparation for keeping the first night of feasting after sundown on the 15th.

"Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover [this holy day season begins with the observance of the Passover and then the killing of animals on Passover day that were used in sacrifices and feasting once the 1st Day of U.B. began] unto the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you forth out of Egypt by night [this is the night of the 15th that begins the Feast of UB, the same night God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt]. You shalt therefore sacrifice the passover [not the Passover lamb, as it was not sacrificed] unto the LORD your God, of the flock and the herd [clearly a reference to animals used in sacrifices and feasting once U.B. began], in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there [this was not in their homes as with the eating of the lamb on Passover night, but in Jerusalem in and around the temple region]. You shalt eat no leavened bread with it [with the feasting during these days], and for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, even the bread of affliction, for you came forth out of the land of Egypt in haste, so that you might remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life" (Deu. 16:1-3).

During the daylight portion of Passover, the Israelites prepared sacrifices and animals to be used for feasting. For them, the time of sundown that leads into the first night of the Feast of U.B. was indeed a most memorable time that readily reminded them of their deliverance from sin.

"Now the season of dwelling for the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt, and this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations" (Ex. 12:40-42).

Indeed, as the children of Israel were to observe the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread from generation to generation, the first night of feasting together (after sundown that began the 15th of Abib) carried with it special meaning and special remembrance (or observation) of God delivering them out of Egypt.

Obviously, God's Church does not observe the practice of sacrifices or feasting as the physical children of Israel did. The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread carry deep spiritual lessons that God gave to the Church. We reflect, both privately and very often in sermons, upon the spiritual meaning of our Passover and our deliverance out of Egypt during the night (spiritually in this world, in this first age of mankind). We observe God's holy days in a spiritual manner and not in a physical one, except in those things that God specifically tells us to do in a physical manner (i.e., partaking of unleavened bread and wine on Passover night and the eating of unleavened bread for seven days).

As with our observance in all of God's holy days, God's people often eat meals together, but such things are not commanded and not on the 1st night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread either. That was strictly a tradition. Our observance is a spiritual one and a private one between each of us and God. This word for "observed" in the expression "night to be much observed" of Exodus 12 is a word that is only used once. It means "night watch as in a vigil." The spiritual lesson should not escape us, just as Jesus Christ told us of the necessity of always keeping vigil and watch over our spiritual lives, especially in the "night" of this world. We are to be of the day and not of the night as Paul said we should be: "You are all the children of the light, and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness" (1 Thes. 5:5).

The conclusion is that it is good when people choose to have special meals together on God's holy days. It is a choice. It is a choice to come together on the 1st night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread to share a special dinner, but it should not be treated as a time of "religious observance" of and by itself, nor something that must be done after sundown. The period of time that is referred to as the "Night to be Much Observed" is not a commanded assembly. It is the beginning of the first annual holy day in which we do have a commanded assembly before God.

Related sermons:
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 1" (March 10, 2012)

Noah

Related sermons:
"The Almighty God" (October 2, 2007)

Offerings

Related sermons:
"A Relationship with God and Tithing" (February 19, 2005)
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)
"The Feast of Trumpets 2008" (September 30, 2008)
"A Unique Feast" (October 14, 2008)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 1" (June 12, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 2" (June 19, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 3" (July 24, 2010)

Pandemic

Due to the understanding we have about pandemics becoming more of a reality in this end-time, it is necessary to address a few matters relating to this subject.

The current strain of the H1N1 flu has rapidly spread throughout the world, but currently it is not as serious as many other flu strains of the past. The uniqueness of this strain is that it is especially dangerous to people with other ongoing health problems and weaknesses, and it is proving to be more dangerous to the young. This strain has proven to be one that replicates more easily in the lungs and can spread beyond the upper respiratory tract to go deep into the lungs, making it more likely to cause pneumonia.

God does address the matter of sickness and the principles of quarantine in scripture. The act of voluntarily quarantining ourselves from others when we have a communicable illness is simply the principle and expression of love. Love toward others should always include concern for their welfare and their protection when we are sick, especially when running a temperature, experiencing flu-like symptoms, coughing, etc., that might be passed along to another person.

In addition, if a serious pandemic does strike one's own environment, the individual will have to make a personal decision to quarantine oneself from others (such as crowds, work, etc.) if their personal environment becomes too dangerous to be mixing within it. This is a personal judgment each individual will have to make. Such decisions may have to be made for self-protection or the desire to protect one's family from possibly catching a sickness that could potentially prove fatal.

Although the current strain of H1N1 is only primarily dangerous to a narrow group of people, it is never-the-less very serious to those within that group. Out of love we should exercise the right principles of quarantine if they apply to us.

There are two main concerns with H1N1 at this time. The first is that this flu may become a far more serious problem in the northern hemisphere when the colder season begins to set in. The summer months have highly curtailed the potential for the spreading of this strain, prohibiting it from becoming far more widespread. However, this flu has been spreading more rapidly in the southern hemisphere where they are experiencing the colder seasons, and so the threat of it spreading rampantly in the winter months in the northern hemisphere is high.

The second and more serious concern is that this strain could mutate into an extremely deadly strain and do so very quickly. The potential for this is great, and with the time we live in it is likely. Even if this does not occur, a completely new strain will emerge that will prove to be much more fatal.

Although a person can apply all the principles of quarantine to the best of one's physical ability, this does not guarantee that a person will be prevented from catching a communicable illness or from passing one along to others. We are to use wisdom (depending upon our own environment) and seek God's help in all such matters. Following instruction that God gives should be first and foremost in our lives.

Compulsory vaccinations: Along with pandemics there is the likelihood of some governments enforcing compulsory vaccinations. Some will argue pros and cons to such vaccinations, but inevitably it is the responsibility of each individual to make his or her own personal decision in the matter. There can be great risk to receiving vaccinations and obviously there can be great risk in potentially catching a true pandemic illness when it strikes. In all decisions we make, we always place God first and look to Him as our provider and protector.

If a government enforces vaccinations in a time of pandemic, and you essentially no longer have free choice, then you do not change from your position of trusting in God for your protection. In such a case you will simply be trusting in God to protect you from any harm that could come from any potential risk of such a vaccination. Trusting in God for safety and protection from pandemic or from the risk of vaccination is still a matter of placing God first in your life.

Passover Observance

Non-baptized people are not to keep the annual Passover service on Passover night as it is only for those who have been baptized into the one true Church of God. Refer to Exodus 12:43-48. God does require a non-baptized person to keep the annual 7 days of Unleavened Bread. Two of these days are High Days (annual Sabbaths), the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread and the last day of Unleavened Bread. A person must eat unleavened bread each day for 7 days. All other clean foods can be eaten other than leavened bread products during this time.

Passover & Unleavened Bread

Article on Passover at bottom of "Publications" page

Related sermons:
Sermons listed under "God's Holy Days" at bottom of "Audio" page
"The Simplicity & Truth About Passover" (April 15, 2000)
"Jesus Christ Fulfilled Passover - Pt 1" (March 26, 2005)
"Jesus Christ Fulfilled Passover - Pt 2" (April 2, 2005)
"Jesus Christ Fulfilled Passover - Pt 3" (April 9, 2005)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"The True Messiah - Pt 1 - 3" (beginning March 10, 2007)
"Passover & Unleavened Bread - Pt 1 - 3" (beginning April 3, 2007)
"God's Passover - Pt 1" (March 21, 2009)
"God's Passover - Pt 2" (March 28, 2009)
"God's Passover - Pt 3" (April 4, 2009)
"A Time of Deliverance" (April 15, 2009)
"God's Plan for You" (March 20, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 1" (March 27, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 2" (March 30, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 3" (April 3, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 4" (April 5, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 5" (April 10, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 6" (April 17, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 7" (April 24, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 8" (May 1, 2010)
"The Fulfillment of Pentecost - Pt 1" (May 22, 2010)
"A Passover Fast" (April 16, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 2" (April 23, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 4" (April 30, 2011)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 3" (March 24, 2012)
"The Final Countdown" (April 13, 2012)
"Time To Leave - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (March 29, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (April 12, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 3 - Wayne Matthews" (April 15, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 4 - Wayne Matthews" (April 26, 2014)
"Striving To Be Unleavened - Willem Henderson" (April 19, 2014)
"Resist Sin - Johnny Harrell" (April 21, 2014)

Peace

Related sermons:
"The Way of Peace - Pt 1" (July 31, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 2" (August 7, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 3" (August 14, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 4" (August 21, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 5" (August 28, 2010)
"Establishment of the Kingdom of God" (September 27, 2010)
"A Sobering Jolt" (October 16, 2010)

Pentecost

Article at bottom of "Publications" page

Related sermons:
In "Holy Days" section at bottom of "Audio" page
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 3" (February 17, 2007)
"The Road to Pentecost - Pt 1-3" (beginning May 19, 2007)
"Revelation of Pentecost" (May 30, 2009)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)
"The Fulfillment of Pentecost - Pt 1" (May 22, 2010)
"The Fulfillment of Pentecost - Pt 2" (May 23, 2010)
"Pentecost - Pt 1" (June 11, 2011)
"Pentecost - Pt 2" (June 12, 2011)
"Pentecost - Pt 3" (June 18, 2011)
"Pentecost to Pentecost" (May 27, 2012)
"Follow God - Johnny Harrell" (May 18, 2013)
"Pentecost & the Law - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (May 19, 2013)
"Pentecost & the Law - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (May 25, 2013)

Phenomenon - UFO sightings - Bleeding statues, etc.

Although there are many theories that have been put forward in efforts to explain Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO's) and other phenomena, most simply deny the truth revealed in God's word about the existence of a Spirit World. God has allowed Satan and his demons to deceive the whole world: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Rev 12:9).

Part of that deception is the concept of aliens and the sightings of UFO's. Sightings of UFO's are simply perverted manifestations that Satan uses to deceive and to draw people away from the truth of God and His plan of salvation for all mankind. The bleeding statues have NO association with God or His Son, Jesus Christ. In fact, this phenomenon has been associated to tricks of men or demons intent on deceiving mankind.

Satan and demons have the power to produce various levels of visible phenomena, and often times to influence dreams and partial visions in/to some people.

Related sermon:
"God's Gift of Life" (March 3, 2007)

Place of Safety

Related sermons:
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God" at the bottom of the "Audio" page
"Truths Revealed During Laodicea - Pt 4" (March 25, 2006)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 1" (October 25, 2008)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 3" (November 14, 2009)

Prayer

Related sermons:
"The Deeper Purpose of Prayer - Pt 1-3" (December 2, 2006)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"How to Pray" (October 6, 2007)
"Atonement 2008" (October 9, 2008)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 1" (February 19, 2011)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 2" (February 26, 2011)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 3" (March 5, 2011)
"A Passover Fast" (April 16, 2011)

Predestination

Related sermons:
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)

Preparation for tribulation

(See "Citizenship in a nation" in this Topics section)

Pride - Humility

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 6" (September 4, 2004)
"Lord of Lords" (October 8, 2006)
"The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"James - Pt 1" (September 20, 2008)
"James - Pt 3" (October 4, 2008)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)
"A Unique Feast" (October 14, 2008)
"Remembering God's Blessings" (October 14, 2008)
"How to Love God" (October 15, 2008)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 1" (January 3, 2009)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 2" (January 10, 2009)
"No Place for Pride" (April 9, 2009)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 2" (February 26, 2011)
"Pray for Judgment - Pt 3" (March 5, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 20, 2011)
"Daniel's Commission - Pt 3" (January 28, 2012)
"Signs of Pride Pt 1 – Wayne Matthews" (October 19, 2013)
"Signs of Pride Pt 2 – Wayne Matthews" (October 26, 2013)
"Signs of Pride Pt 3 – Wayne Matthews" (November 2, 2013)
"Something from Nothing / Those Red Sea Moments" (January 4, 2104)

Prophet – proof of

The belief that Ronald Weinland is indeed God's end time prophet and one of the two witnesses can only be given from God. For 25 years, Ronald Weinland has been a minister in God's Church. In 1998, God made him a prophet for this end-time. His responsibility, as a prophet, is to reveal the meaning of prophecies that God has preserved for this time now. As the events written in the book 2008 God's Final Witness unfold, the world will increasingly become aware of the authenticity of the words in the book and realize that Ronald Weinland has been sent by God as His end-time prophet. Prophecies are understood and revealed through revelation to the mind by the power of God's Holy Spirit.

Related sermons:
"Our Commission - Pt 1" (February 7, 2009)
"Our Commission - Pt 2" (February 14, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 1 (August 22, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 2 (August 29, 2009)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 1" (March 12, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)

Protection – Self defense

(See "Citizenship in a nation" in this Topics section)

Some people have asked if they can defend themselves from physical violence. Self-defense is justified, but the taking of life in that process is not! It is just that simple. If you are God's and your life is in His hands (and you are faithful and obedient to Him), you will find that God will protect you from such matters. If something were to happen, then you must determine how far you would go in self-defense and what limitations you have to place on yourself. The point being, you are to place your full life into God's hands. That is your protection and your strength. It is not in what you can do to deliver yourself and your family.

Protection - What should I do?

People from all walks of life are having their eyes opened by God to see and believe what is written in the book 2008 God's Final Witness. Some people are asking, "What should I do?" Whether or not they should move location is a common concern, along with how to prepare for what is coming. There is no place on earth that will not suffer from the destruction that is coming. Therefore, there is no place to flee that can be considered "safe." The most important thing any person can do to prepare for what is coming and/or survive the final tribulation is to repent and draw close to God.

God can protect a person no matter their physical situation or location. You need to rely on God to lead, guide and direct you. The most important thing to do is to submit to God in obedience. If you are genuinely seeking a relationship with the one true God, you should begin by following the steps set out in the FAQ section of Seeking A Response.

Prove all things- explained

Related sermons:
"Colossians - Pt 2" (June 9, 2007)

Purpose of Man

Related sermons:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 3" (July 17, 1999)
"God's Greatest Miracle" (September 28, 2007)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"God's Plan for You" (March 20, 2010)
"This World's Passover - Pt 5" (April 10, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"To Know the Mysteries" (October 9, 2010)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 1" (July 30, 2011)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 2" (August 6, 2011)
"The Truth About Israel" (October 14, 2011)
"The Place of God's Rest" (October 16, 2011)
"True Freedom" (October 18, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 20, 2011)
"To be Elohim" (October 22, 2011)
"God's Infinite Mercy - Pt 1" (May 12, 2012)
"A Way of Life - Wayne Matthews" (April 13, 2013)
"The Promise - Wayne Matthews" (May 4, 2013)
"What Profit - Johnny Harrell" (July 6, 2013)
"God is For Us - Wayne Matthews" (November 9, 2013)
"To Know Why - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (November 16, 2013)

Radio Church of God

Related sermons:
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)

Rapture

The word "rapture" does not appear in the Bible. The concept of the rapture is relatively new and comes from man's own thinking and not from God's inspired word. No one goes to heaven to be protected for 7 years from earth's end-time catastrophic events. Such individuals who believe in a rapture think they will be quickly taken away to heaven at some moment in time just before mankind begins suffering from horrifying disasters of epidemics, plagues, and other large scale calamities along with great wars that will all last for seven full years. There will be horrifying events including a third world war, but those major events will last less than one year in length during a second and final prophetic fulfillment of the "Day of the Lord."

Related sermon:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)

Relationships

Related sermons:
"James - Pt 2" (September 27, 2008)
"How to Love God" (October 15, 2008)
"Total Resolve with Zeal - Pt 2" (November 1, 2008)
"James - Pt 3" (December 4, 2008)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 5" (March 6, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 5" (August 28, 2010)
"Obedient to God's Rest - Pt 2" (November 6, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 1" (November 13, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 2" (November 20, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 1" (November 27, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 2 / split" (December 4, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 3" (December 11, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 4" (December 18, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 1" (December 25, 2010)
"God's Government IN the Family - Pt 2" (January 1, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 4" (April 30, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 1" (June 4, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 2" (June 25, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 3" (July 2, 2011)
"Freeing Men and Women" (October 19, 2011)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 1" (March 10, 2012)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 2" (March 17, 2012)
"Preparing Ourselves Spiritually - Pt 3" (March 24, 2012)
"Going to a Brother - Pt 1" (August 25, 2012)
"Going to a Brother - Pt 2" (September 1, 2012)
"Going to a Brother - Pt 3" (September 8, 2012)
"Going to a Brother - Pt 4" (September 15, 2012)
"Gaining A Brother" (September 22, 2012)
"The End of Tribulation" (September 29, 2012)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 1" (December 29, 2012)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 2" (January 5, 2013)
"Strengthening Family - Pt 3" (January 12, 2013)

Religious titles, apparel and statues

Related sermons:
"The Almighty God" (October 2, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed - Pt 1" (February 16, 2008)

Repentance

Related sermons:
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 1" (March 12, 2005)
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 2" (March 19, 2005)
"Baptism" (May 12, 2007)
"God's Greatest Miracle" (September 28, 2007)
"The creation of The Kingdom of God - Pt 2" (September 30, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"James - Pt 1" (September 20, 2008)
"James - Pt 2" (September 27, 2008)
"How to Love God" (October 15, 2008)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 1" (October 25, 2008)
"Total Resolve with Zeal - Pt 2" (November 1, 2008)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 1" (January 3, 2009)
"Fasting for Humility - Pt 2" (January 10, 2009)
"Mercy - Pt 2" (July 18, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 4" (January 23, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 5" (January 30, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 1" (February 6, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 1" (May 8, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 2" (May 15, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 4" (August 21, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 2" (September 24, 2010)
"Clean or Unclean" (October 2, 2010)
"A Sobering Jolt" (October 16, 2010)
"Planning Ahead / split - Harrell" (October 23, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 2" (November 20, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 4" (December 18, 2010)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 1" (March 12, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 1" (June 4, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 2" (June 25, 2011)
"Perfection - Pt 3" (July 2, 2011)
"Truths Following Repentance - Pt 1" (September 3, 2011)
"A Reasoned Judgment" (August 11, 2012)
"Love that Transforms" (August 18, 2012)
"Late into the Night - Pt 1 " (October 13, 2012)
"Choose Repentance - Wayne Matthews" (August 31, 2013)
"The Sound of Trumpets - Wayne Matthews" (September 5, 2013)
"Time To Leave - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (March 29, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (April 12, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 3 - Wayne Matthews" (April 15, 2014)
"Time To Leave - Pt 4 - Wayne Matthews" (April 26, 2014)
"Striving To Be Unleavened - Willem Henderson" (April 19, 2014)
"Resist Sin - Johnny Harrell" (April 21, 2014)
"Everyone Must Work – Pt 1 – Wayne Matthews" (May 10, 2014)
"Everyone Must Work – Pt 2 – Wayne Matthews" (May 17, 2014)

Resurrections from the Dead

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 4"
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 5"
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 2" (April 21, 2007)
"Coming out of Traditional Christianity - Pt 1" (August 25, 2007)
"Last Great Day" (Oct 4, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed – Pt 2" (Feb 23, 2008)
"God's Purpose in the Millennium - Pt 1" (October 6, 2009)
"God's Purpose in the Millennium - Pt 2" (October 8, 2009)
"The Last Great Lesson" (October 9, 2009)
"If Anyone Thirsts" (September 30, 2010)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 3" (May 21, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 8, 2012)

Rock that followed them - Explained

Related sermons:
"The God named Yahweh - Pt 1" (October 18, 2005)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)

Sabbath – Eating Out

See "Sabbath Observance" in this Topics section

Sabbath Observance

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 pursuing 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.

Related sermons:
"Rebuilding on the Temple - Pt 1" (December 12, 1998)
"God's Plan through the Sabbath" (March 15, 2003)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 2" (February 5, 2005)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 3" (February 12, 2005)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"Sabbath Observance" (May 5, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 1-2" (beginning November 10, 2007)
"Instructed to Rejoice" (October 3, 2009)
"More Time - Pt 1" (June 26, 2010)
"A Time of Rest" (September 23, 2010)
"Obedient to God's Rest / split - RW" (October 23, 2010)
"Obedient to God's Rest - Pt 2" (November 6, 2010)
"The Death of Sardis - Pt 2" (July 16, 2011)
"The 7th Day Sabbath - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (February 9, 2013)
"The 7th Day Sabbath - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (March 9, 2013)
"What is Holy? – Johnny Harrell" (October 12, 2013)

Sacrificial system - Replaced

Related sermons:
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"Faith - Pt 2" (August 1, 2009)
"Faith - Pt 3" (August 8, 2009)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 1" (June 12, 2010)
"Thankfulness - Pt 2" (September 11, 2010)
"Atonement" (September 18, 2010)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 2" (April 23, 2011)
"Christ's 1st & 2nd Coming - Pt 3" (March 3, 2012)

Salvation

Related sermons:
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 1" (February 2, 2007)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 2" (February 9, 2007)
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 3" (February 17, 2007)
"Atonement 2008" (October 9, 2008)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"Instructed to Rejoice" (October 3, 2009)
"On the Day of Pentecost" (May 22, 2010)

Sanctified

Refer to ronaldweinland.com:
"True Fellowship - Pt 13" (April 24,2014)

Satan - Lucifer

Related sermons:
"Truth and Oneness of Spirit" (September 30, 2006)
"Passover & Unleavened Bread - Pt 1" (April 3, 2007)
"Coming out of Traditional Christianity - Pt 1" (August 25, 2007)
"The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"The Last Great Day AM" (October 4, 2007)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 2" (September 6, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"1260 Days" (December 13, 2008)
"God's Witness is Ending - Pt 2" (December 27, 2008)
"The Last Great Lesson" (October 9, 2009)
"More Time - Pt 2" (July 3, 2010)
"The Way of Peace - Pt 3" (August 14, 2010)
"Atonement" (September 18, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 2" (September 24, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"Reviewing the Curse - Pt 1" (November 13, 2010)
"The Judgment of Thunder - Pt 2" (February 12, 2011)
"The Emerging 5th Trumpet" (September 24, 2011)
"Time Is Closing In" (October 1, 2011)
"Atonement 2011" (October 8, 2011)
"A Time to be Sobered" (October 20, 2011)
"The End of Tyranny - Pt 1" (December 24, 2011)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 1" (April 21, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 2" (April 28, 2012)
"A Day of War - Pt 1" (June 23, 2012)
"A Day of War - Pt 2" (June 30, 2012)
"The Beast & False Prophet" (November 24, 2012)
"Work of Faith - Johnny Harrell" (August 3, 2013)

Sealing of the 144,000

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 2" (April 21, 2007)
"All 144,000 are Sealed" (February 2, 2008)
"The 50 Revealed Truths of God"
"Following God" (June 21, 2008)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"The Feast of Trumpets 2008" (September 30, 2008)
"Birth of a New Era" (November 29, 2008)
"Work of Faith - Johnny Harrell"(August 3, 2013)

Second Death

Related Sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 5"
"The Last Great Day - AM" (October 4, 2007)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 3" (May 21, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 20, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 8, 2012)
"The 8th Day - Wayne Matthews" (September 26, 2013)

Second Life

Related Sermons:
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 1" (May 7, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 2" (May 14, 2011)
"The Blessing of a Second Life - Pt 3" (May 21, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 20, 2011)
"Last Great Day" (October 8, 2012)
"The 8th Day - Wayne Matthews" (September 26, 2013)

Sermon downloads to computer

You can download the sermons and radio interviews and use them on your mp3 player. If you do a right click with your mouse over the mp3 file you wish to download, you will be prompted to open or save it. Choose 'Save Target As.' You will then be prompted for the location where you want to save the file. Select the directory (such as your desktop) you wish to save it to and it will then download and be saved at that location on your computer.

Sermon mp3 player - ipod downloads

You will need to consult your specific mp3 player model documentation (such as ipods) as to how to transfer files. Every mp3 player is a bit different as to how one can transfer the files over but most will use a USB cable to connect the mp3 player to the computer.

Serpent on a Pole - Explained

Related sermons:
"Time Has Run Out for Man - Pt 1" (June 16, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"Sacrifice - Pt 1" (April 19, 2011)

Sex in marriage

Concerning a husband and wife relationship, for at least 30 years the Church has taught that only those things which both a husband and wife are in agreement and comfortable with in a sexual relationship is permissible. One should not push the other to do something with which they are not comfortable (mentally) or in agreement. Certainly this does not mean people should involve themselves in perverted acts.

Simon Magus

Publications:
2008-God's Final Witness, pages 181 to 194
Mystery of the Ages, pages 43,44

Sin

Related sermons:
"Coming out of Traditional Christianity - Pt 1" (August 25, 2007)
"1 John - Pt 4" (August 9, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"Weightier Matters of the Law" (June 6, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 4" (February 27, 2010)
"The Body of Christ - Pt 1" (May 8, 2010)
"Romans" (May 8, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 1" (September 23, 2010)
"Satan's Confinement and His End - Pt 2" (September 24, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"Resistance to Sin / split - Harrell" (December 4, 2010)
"From Curses to Blessings - Pt 2 / split" (December 4, 2010)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 1" (March 12, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 2" (March 19, 2011)
"A Final Plea, With Judgment - Pt 3" (March 26, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 3" (April 25, 2011)
"Sacrifice - Pt 4" (April 30, 2011)
"The Final Countdown" (April 13, 2012)
"Urgent Fast - Johnny Harrell" (April 20, 2013)
"To Deliver a People - Johnny Harrell" (June 22, 2013)
"Rebellion - Wayne Matthews" (August 24, 2013)
"Sin - Johnny Harrell" (September 7, 2013)
"Why Atonement? - Wayne Matthews" (September 14, 2013)
"Striving To Be Unleavened - Willem Henderson" (April 19, 2014)
"Resist Sin - Johnny Harrell" (April 21, 2014)

Sin - not unto death

Related sermon:
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)

Smoking

Related sermons:
"James - Pt 3" (October 4, 2008)
"No Future in this World Pt 4" (July 15, 2006)
"Romans" (May 8, 2010)
"True Freedom - Pt 1" (December 15, 2012)

Speaking in Tongues

Related sermons:
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 2" (March 19, 2005)
"God's Gift of Life" (March 3, 2007)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"45 Days to The Seventh Seal" (February 9, 2008)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 2" (January 9, 2010)

Spirit in Man

Related sermon:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 3" (July 17, 1999)
"Truth and Oneness of Spirit" (September 30, 2006)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 3" (February 20, 2010)

Spirit World

Related sermons:
"The End-Time Messiah - Pt 6"
"The Seventh Seal - Pt 4"
The Greatest Enemy of God's Kingdom" (October 1, 2007)
"1 John - Pt 4" (August 9, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"A Unique Feast" (October 14, 2008)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 1" (February 28, 2009)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)
"The Angelic Realm" (September 26, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"A Day of War - Pt 1" (June 23, 2012)
"A Day of War - Pt 2" (June 30, 2012)
"The Road to Crucifixion - Pt 2 - Johnny Harrell" (March 2, 2013)
"Follow God - Johnny Harrell" (May 18, 2013)

Spiritual Vision

Related sermons:
"Vision - Pt 1" (January 8, 2011)
"Vision - Pt 2" (January 15, 2011)
"Vision - Pt 3" (January 22, 2011)
"Vision - Pt 4" (January 29, 2011)

Stockpiling supplies

(See "Citizenship in a nation" in this Topics section)

Suffering and Trials - Why

Related sermons:
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 1" (August 23, 2003)
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 2" (August 30, 2003)
"Suffering & Faith - Pt 3" (September 6, 2003)
"The Feast and our Name" (September 27, 2007)
"God's Greatest Miracle" (September 28, 2007)
"The Last Great Day AM" (October 4, 2007)
"Why such Massive Destruction - Pt 1" (December 1, 2007)
"1 Peter - Pt 1" (August 30, 2008)
"1 Peter - Pt 3" (September 13, 2008)
"James - Pt 1" (September 20, 2008)
"James - Pt 2" (September 27, 2008)
"James - Pt 4" (October 11, 2008)
"Pentecost: God's Power" (May 31, 2009)
"Resistance to Sin / split - Harrell" (December 4, 2010)
"Stand Fast" (June 2, 2012)
"Remember Your Calling" (June 16, 2012)
"The Church" (June 16, 2012)
"Love that Transforms" (August 18, 2012)
"Governments" (November 17, 2012)
"The Battle - Johnny Harrell" (February 2, 2013)
"Something from Nothing / Those Red Sea Moments" (January 4, 2104)

Thankfulness

Related sermons:
"Thankfulness - Pt 1" (September 4, 2010)
"Thankfulness - Pt 2" (September 11, 2010)
"A Time to Rejoice" (October 13, 2011)
"A Fast With Thanksgiving" (March 31, 2012)
"Gathering of the Harvest" (October 2, 2012)
"Stay Focused – Pt 1 – Wayne Matthews"(January 11, 2014)

Thief on the cross - explained

Jesus Christ and the two thief's were in fact impaled to a "stake" (Greek-stauros) which was an upright pole.

Related sermons:
"Passover & Unleavened Bread - Pt 2" (April 7, 2007)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 2" (April 21, 2007)
"This World's Passover - Pt 7" (April 24, 2010)

Thunders

Related sermons:
"The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal" (May 6, 2006) in "Audio" section under "2008–God's Final Witness"
"God's Witness is Ending - Pt 1" (December 20, 2008)
"God's Witness is Ending - Pt 2" (December 27, 2008)
"Vision - Pt 1" (January 8, 2011)
"Vision - Pt 2" (January 15, 2011)
"Vision - Pt 4" (January 29, 2011)
"The Judgment of Thunder - Pt 1" (February 5, 2011)
"The Judgment of Thunder - Pt 2" (February 12, 2011)
"A Passover Fast" (April 16, 2011)

Timeline Question Answered

Refer to ronaldweinland.com:
"Christ's Coming" (May 13, 2014)

Tithing, 1st

A tithe is that which involves a person's obedience to God in giving God His tithe (10 percent) of income. This is a tithe of one's net income (after taxes). Tithing is not required for those who are full-time students, receiving government assistance, receiving insurance disability, receiving unemployment, etc.

Taxes are not in our control, but belong to the government to which we are all subject. We have no power over that portion of our income that is taken as taxes, and Jesus Christ said to give to Caesar what is Caesar's. We are responsible for what is under our control and management. God's tithes are sent to God's true Church. (Church of God-PKG, P.O. Box 14447, Cincinnati, OH 45250 U.S.A.) For those who are desiring to tithe and are located outside of the USA, you can email the church at: thecofg@aol.com. We will then provide you the correct banking details for your country. Each country handles tithes slightly differently.

Related sermons:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 5" (July 31, 1999)
"A Relationship with God and Tithing" (February 19, 2005)
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 3" (April 28, 2007)
"The Feast of 2008" (July 12, 2008)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 1" (October 25, 2008)
"In Awe of God - Pt 6" (May 23, 2009)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 1" (June 12, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 2" (June 19, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 3" (July 24, 2010)

Tithing, 2nd Explained

The second tithe is an additional tithe of one's net income and is saved by the individual each year for use in joyously observing God's Holy Days. Instruction concerning this tithe is found in Deuteronomy 14:22-26. This 2nd tithe is used primarily to keep the Feast of Tabernacles which is outlined in Leviticus 23, but it can also be used to come together in fellowship during the Passover season as well as during Pentecost.

The Feast of Tabernacles is an annual festival during which the whole church has typically come together in specific, appointed locations where large numbers of members have been able to worship and rejoice before God during this period of time.

In the Feast of 2008, primarily due to the growth of the Church by nearly 300% over the preceding eight months, the traditional observation was changed. Our inability to adequately organize a large Feast observance, as we had traditionally done in the past, led to the need to improvise while keeping obedience to God as our first objective. Many new people did not have the financial ability to attend a larger organized Feast due to the fact that they, as new members shortly prior to the feast, had not kept 2nd tithe for the entire previous year. Therefore, the Feast was organized in a new manner. Half of the Feast was observed in the homes of members and the other half in regional areas located closer to members than was traditionally done in the past. The reduced travel, with reduced funds, enabled people to better stretch their available finances to observe part of the Feast with other members.

During half of the Feast, members and families remained in their own areas. They observed the Feast in a similar manner as they might observe the weekly Sabbath from their homes if they were unable to gather with a local congregation on the Sabbath. In this manner, they were able to listen to the sermons given on each day of the Feast just as they would be able to listen on a weekly Sabbath.

During the other half of the Feast, most members were able to come together in fellowship with others in regional areas located closer to them (rather than larger, more distant locations as in the past). This overall change in the traditional observation of the Feast enabled a larger number to come together to rejoice before God in the Feast of Tabernacles, although in scattered locations.

This change also enabled many long time members to share larger portions of their normal 2nd tithe with others whom God is calling into the millennial reign of Jesus Christ that is pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles itself. For three months after the Feast of 2008, all members sent in a portion of their 2nd tithe in order to continue helping in the calling of new people into the new millennial period that is now coming.

Beginning in February of 2009, all members have been asked to stop sending in any portion of their 2nd tithe in order to keep it for the observance of any of God's annual holy days that some or most may yet have the ability to observe. Since the revelation of the 50th Truth, the fulfillment of all things has moved forward by eight months. God has not revealed the specific timing or exact location for the actual fulfillment of the destruction that will result from the blowing of the Second, Third and Fourth Trumpets. How future events affect the ability to observe holy days is not now known, so we will seek to be as wisely prepared as we can be for any eventuality.

Related sermons:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 5" (July 31, 1999)
"A Relationship with God and Tithing" (February 19, 2005)
"What Has Changed - Pt 1" (October 27, 2007)
"The Feast of 2008" (July 12, 2008)
"Esther - Pt 1" (January 17, 2009)
"Focus on God's Kingdom" (June 5, 2010)
"Tithes and Offerings - Pt 3" (July 24, 2010)
"The Death of Sardis - Pt 2" (July 16, 2011)

Trinity

Related sermons:
"Questions, Answers & Choices - Pt 1" (April 14, 2007)
"The Mystery of God Revealed – Pt 4" (March 15, 2008)

Truth - Word of God

God reveals the truth through His servants (ministry) each Sabbath. It is best that a person does not try to work out what God has not yet revealed. God will reveal the truth in sermons (progressively so) through the power of His holy spirit.

Publications:
"50 Truths" and "Time is Running Out", pages 28, 29

Related sermons:
"Restored & Revived - Pt 1" (July 3, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 2" (July 10, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 3" (July 17, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 4" (July 24, 1999)
"Restored & Revived - Pt 5" (July 31, 1999)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 1" (January 29, 2005)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 2" (February 5, 2005)
"How Do I Walk in the Truth - Pt 3" (February 12, 2005)
"Colossians - Pt 1" (June 2, 2007)
"The Creation of the Kingdom of God - Pt 2" (September 30, 2007)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 5" (August 16, 2008)
"1 John - Pt 6" (August 23, 2008)
"The Feast of Trumpets 2008" (September 30, 2008)
"Total Resolve With Zeal - Pt 1" (October 25, 2008)
"Our Commission - Pt 1" (February 7, 2009)
"No Lie is of The Truth" (April 11, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 1 (August 22, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 2 (August 29, 2009)
"They Followed" (November 7, 2009)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 7" (December 12, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"The Death of Sardis - Pt 1" (July 9, 2011)
"The Death of Sardis - Pt 2" (July 16, 2011)
"The Restoration of Truth" (July 23, 2011)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 1" (July 30, 2011)
"Truth of the Good News - Pt 2" (August 6, 2011)
"Magnifying the Goods News" (August 13, 2011)
"Truths About the Apostasy" (August 27, 2011)
"Truths Following Repentance - Pt 1" (September 3, 2011)
"Truths Following Repentance - Pt 2" (September 10, 2011)
"The Final Truths" (September 17, 2011)
"A Time to be Sobered" (October 20, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 1" (October 29, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 2" (November 5, 2011)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 3" (November 12, 2011)
"Moving Through the Wilderness" (October 1, 2012)
"The Present Truth - Pt 1" (October 3, 2012)
"The Present Truth - Pt 2" (October 4, 2012)
"Family Is Built By Sharing" (January 19, 2013)
"To Know Why - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (November 16, 2013)
"To Know Why - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (December 7, 2013)
"To Know Why - Pt 3 - Wayne Matthews" (December 14, 2013)
"The Remnant Church Pt 1 – Johnny Harrell" (February 22, 2014)
"The Remnant Church Pt 2 – Johnny Harrell" (March 22, 2014)

Two Witnesses

Related Sermons:
"An End Time Witness" (December 17, 2005)
"Prophesied Truths" (April 29, 2006) under "The 49 Revealed Truths of God"
"The Seventh Seal - Pt 1-3,6"
"It Has Begun - 1260 Days" (April 19, 2008)
"1260 Days" (December 13, 2008)
"God's Witness Is Ending - Pt 1" (December 20, 2008)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 1" (April 21, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 2" (April 28, 2012)
"God's Witnesses - Pt 3" (May 5, 2012)

Unclean Foods

See a list of clean and unclean foods listed in the "Publications" page at the bottom by that subject name.

Also see publications - "Bible Stories - Clean & Unclean meats" - Page 70

Related sermons:
"Repentance and Baptism - Pt 2" (March 19, 2005)
"Colossians - Pt 1" (June 2, 2007)
"Romans 14 & the Feast" (August 18, 2007)
"Letters & Lessons - Pt 2" (November 17, 2007)
"Judgment - Pt 2" (June 27, 2009)
"Clean or Unclean" (October 2, 2010)

Underage Teens

Many young people are choosing to obey God as a result of the truth they are learning from the Church of God. It is a good thing that you have such desire.

For teens who are legally under age, we encourage you to inform your parents of your desire to live God's way of life that you are beginning to learn. Nothing should be hidden from them, and especially in a matter like this, since there are many weird religions available on the Internet, as well as others who seek to take advantage of young people.

It is right and proper before God that you be open and honest with your parents. A young person is to honor their father and mother (Ex. 20), and this means being truthful to them as well. Your parents may not agree with your newfound beliefs about God, especially since most parents have always believed such things as Sunday, Christmas and Easter observances. Although you may feel or even know that they will not agree with you, you still owe it to them to be truthful.

When you share your beliefs with them, such as wanting to be obedient to the Sabbaths of God, and they disagree, then you will have to decide how you are going to honor God the best way you can under such circumstances, until the time you are legally of age and able to pursue your own faith and beliefs in God. Without permission from your parents, you will not be able to receive more help from the Church than what is offered on the website.

All people with Internet service have access to the Church website and have much information they can read and study, as well as have the ability to listen to sermons Sabbath-to-Sabbath and on the Holy Days. We encourage you to continue learning all that you can and to hold fast to what is true through the difficult times that are in front of us over the next few years.

To the best of your ability, you should follow the instructions given on the "FAQ" section of the website. Some teens are asking about baptism, but the usual minimum age for accountability is 18, therefore people cannot be baptized until at least this age.

Related sermons:
"Our Father" (September 26, 2009)

Understanding Scripture

Only God can give a person the ability to see the truth and to correctly understand a scripture spiritually. The way God reveals truth to the mind is by the power of His holy spirit. God's spirit is given when a person is called to repentance, been baptized and had the laying on of hands by a true minister of the Church of God. Therefore, without God's spirit a person cannot come to understand the truth. Without God's spirit, one can only see scriptures in the light of their current false religious understanding and beliefs.

Related sermons:
"How God Speaks to Us - Pt 1-3" (beginning August 19, 2006)
"Our Journey of Faith - Pt 4" (November 21, 2009)
"Healing the Mind - Pt 2" (February 13, 2010)
"Living Wisdom - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (September 28, 2013)
"To Know Why - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (November 16, 2013)

United Europe

Related sermons:
"The Emerging 5th Trumpet" (September 24, 2011) "Time Is Closing In" (October 1, 2011)
"The Rise of Europe - Pt 1" (February 4, 2012)
"The Rise of Europe - Pt 2" (February 11, 2012)
"The Beast & False Prophet" (November 24, 2012)

United States & Britain in Prophecy

To understand the prophecies relating to the USA and the lost tribes of Israel mentioned in the Bible, you can read the book The United States and Britain in Prophecy which can be found in the "Publications" section in Herbert W. Armstrong's writings (www.biblical-truth.com).

Unity

"Unity of Faith - Pt 1" (August 22, 2009)
"Unity of Faith - Pt 2" (August 29, 2009)
"Dwelling In God / split - Matthews" (October 30, 2010)

Unpardonable Sin

Scripture states that blasphemy against the holy spirit is an unpardonable sin (Mat. 12:31-32). This scripture must be read with the understanding that the holy spirit is not a person in the Godhead, but it is the very power of the one true God. It is this power that a person can become impregnated with (begotten of God) after baptism and the laying on of hands. Once one is begotten of God's spirit, God reveals that He and His Son then begin to dwell in (abide in/ live in) that person. This is the very reason Jesus Christ died. He died in order for mankind to be forgiven of sin, so that He and His Father could begin to spiritually dwell in those who are begotten of God.

After someone has been begotten of God, and He and His Son begin to dwell in him or her, then that person begins to grow spiritually. If that person sins, then because of that new covenant agreement that was made at baptism, they are to repent quickly, as God cannot dwell with/in sin. That is why Christ died as our Passover, so that sin can be forgiven and then God can dwell in us.

If a person comes to the point that they refuse to repent, then they become in danger of the unpardonable sin (sin not repented of and therefore cannot be forgiven). If that person cannot be brought to repentance through the grace and mercy of God at work in his or her life, then they have committed the unpardonable sin and will suffer the penalty of eternal death (never to be resurrected to life). This is the final penalty for all who refuse to repent of sin, which is an eternal punishment (not being eternally punished).

God's desire for all is that every person repents of sin. As long as a person responds to the mercy, patience, and love of God to be able to repent of sin, then such a person will want God to dwell in them so that he or she can grow spiritually and eventually become part of God's Kingdom.

Hebrews 6:4-6 refers to a converted person (someone who has been called, repented, been baptised, and received the Holy Spirit by the laying of hands) who knowingly and intentionally rejects the truth once delivered and denies God and Jesus Christ to live (dwell/abide) in them. This is not a person who through neglect or deception went to sleep spiritually which was prophesied to happen to the Church.

Related sermons:
"The Deeper Purpose of Prayer - Pt 2" (December 9, 2006)
"1 John - Pt 4" (August 9, 2008)

Vaccines

See "Pandemic" in the Topics section.

Valentines Day - origin

All religious worship must be as God commands in His word. We are not to add to or take away from it. You can not mix a little falsehood with a bit of the truth. Valentines Day is a man made concept. As scripture says, "No lie is of the truth".

Publications:
Bible Stories - "The origin of Valentines Day", page 78

Vegetarian

Related sermon:
"Judgment - Pt 2" (June 27, 2009)

Vision - Fatima

The Bible warns that people will witness miracles and supernatural phenomena which will mislead them. We also find a biblical example of this kind of false miracle in 1 Samuel 28: 7-20. King Saul believed the dead prophet Samuel appeared, giving him a message, but it was really an evil spirit impersonating Samuel!

How do we know that Mary did not actually appear from heaven? The Bible reveals that the righteous dead remain in their graves until the resurrection at Christ's return (1Corinthians 15:22-23, 50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 11:39-40). Mary is still awaiting the resurrection and cannot appear to anyone. No one has ascended to heaven but Jesus Christ only (John 3:13; Acts 2:34).

Wave sheaf

Related sermons:
"The Revelation of God's Plan - Pt 3" (February 17, 2007)
"The 50th Truth" (June 28, 2008)
"Revelation of Pentecost" (May 30, 2009)
"The Fulfillment of Pentecost - Pt 1" (May 22, 2010)
"Fulfillment in Joshua" (May 28, 2011)
"Pentecost - Pt 1" (June 11, 2011)

Weapons (use of)

(See "Citizenship in a nation" in this Topics section)

Weddings - on the Sabbath

See the topic on "Funerals (attendance)".

Wisdom

Related Sermons:
"Proverbs - Pt 1" (October 29, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 2" (November 26, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 3" (December 3, 2005)
"Proverbs - Pt 4" (December 10, 2005)
"James - Pt 3" (October 4, 2008)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)
"Sobered Indeed - Pt 1" (October 29, 2011)
"Living Wisdom - Pt 1 - Wayne Matthews" (September 28, 2013) "Living Wisdom - Pt 2 - Wayne Matthews" (October 5, 2013)

Witness

Related Sermons:
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 1" (November 19, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 2" (December 26, 2011)
"A Witness of 6,000 Years - Pt 3" (December 3, 2011)
"A Day of War - Pt 2" (June 30, 2012)

Women - As Elders

Related sermons:
"Restoring All Things" (December 26, 2009)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 1" (January 2, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 2" (January 9, 2010)
"Ordinations & Baptism - Pt 3" (January 16, 2010)

Word of God

Related sermons:
"The Creation of the Kingdom of God - Pt 1" (September 29, 2007)
"The Eternal's Son" (October 3, 2007)
"God's Witness Is Ending - Pt 1" (December 20, 2008)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)

Yahweh Elohim

(See also "Jesus Christ the Son of God" in this Topics section)

You may or may not have difficulty understanding a major area of change in doctrine that you will need to address if you are one of those scattered from the Worldwide Church of God. The understanding of who Yahweh Elohim is was something that God simply did not give to Mr. Armstrong. This understanding was reserved for now to primarily make a distinction in where God is working in this end-time, and where He is not working in the more than 500 splinter groups that became organized out of WCG.

You will find this in the seventh chapter of the second book, 2008 God's Final Witness. In addition, you can listen to all the sermons given at the Feast of Tabernacles in 2005. When you go to these sermons, it is best that you start with the first one and work your way through them.

Related sermons:
"The God named Yahweh - Pt 1" (October 18, 2005)
"The God named Yahweh - Pt 2" (October 19, 2005)
"Melchizedek" (October 25, 2005)
"King of Kings" (October 7, 2006)
"Lord of Lords" (October 8, 2006)
"The Almighty God" (October 2, 2007)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 1" (February 28, 2009)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 2" (March 7, 2009)
"The God of Eternity - Pt 3" (March 14, 2009)
"Our Father" (September 26, 2009)
"The Spirit Realm" (September 25, 2010)
"The Creation of Evil" (September 28, 2010)
"The Creation of Elohim" (September 29, 2010)
"To be Elohim" (October 22, 2011)