Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote in his Lamentations booklet as to whom the book of Lamentations is specifically addressed to:
Lamentations was a warning to ancient Judah that it had reached the point of no return. The nation could no longer repent to avoid being taken captive by Babylon.…Since Lamentations is prophecy for this end time, it must have a point-of-no-return lesson for us today. …Lamentations is the expression of PROFOUND GODLY EMOTION! That is because, most of all, it is about God reaching out to His own Spirit-begotten children, whom He loves with a Father’s love, and who have turned away from Him! God loves His people, and He’ll use everything He possibly can to reach out to His family members! God will do all He can to touch them with a powerful message! …Remember, Lamentations applies first of all to the Spirit-begotten people of God; it also depicts the suffering to occur in the nations of Israel, of which Jerusalem, the ancient capital of Israel, is a type. (Lamentations – The Point of No return, p. 1, 7, 8)
To fully understand this subject, we must first understand the identity of spiritual Judah in this last end, so that we may be able to know as to whom the prophecy should be primarily directed to. Again, as Mr. Flurry wrote in the Royal Vision:
THE KEY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID
Isaiah 22:20-25 contain an end-time prophecy that God has revealed a great deal about to us – about Eliakim. Verse 21 says the man who fulfills this role “shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.” There is a spiritual and physical application to these scriptures, but we look mainly at the spiritual today.
The “house of Judah” here is the faithful Church of God. You could say it is “the house of the Jews.” WE ARE JEWS – SPIRITUAL JEWS! And this man is a father to Judah.” (July-August 2012 issue, p.6)
MR. FLURRY EMPHASIZED THAT THE “HOUSE OF JUDAH” IN SPIRITUAL APPLICATION TO SCRIPTURES IS INDEED REFERRING TO THE PHILADELPHIA CHURCH OF GOD!
So when we read of the house of Judah in scriptures concerning prophecies in this end time, we can apply it directly to the Philadelphia Church of God! Then, if we shall consider what God has instructed Mr. Flurry to do:
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (Rev. 11:1-2)
God has given Mr. Flurry His government and all the revelations during this Laodicean era to measure the INNER COURT where the Philadelphia Church of God resides. He is instructed NOT to measure the OUTER COURT where the Laodiceans are found. So why did Mr. Flurry keep on pointing the finger on the OUTER COURT when it is very clear that he has been instructed by God to measure the INNER COURT only? Add to that, the ailment and death of her wife, Mrs. Barbara Flurry has happened to picture the spiritual condition of the PCG! And the very date of her death (September 5) has kept on surfacing!
Should it be appropriate to say then that the revelations that God has revealed to Mr. Flurry must first and foremost be applied to the INNER COURT? Remember that, when Mr. Armstrong was alive, there was no clear distinction between the INNER COURT and the OUTER COURT; neither was there a clear distinction as to who spiritual Judah and spiritual Israel are in Bible prophecy. It was only AFTER Mr. Armstrong died and the Church split that we have a clear understanding about those things.
Mr. Armstrong in principle even explained this fact in his book, The United States and Britain in Prophecy:
The house of Israel is not Jewish! Those who constitute it are not Jews, and never were! That fact we shall now see conclusively, beyond refute. …Jews are Israelites, just as Californians are Americans. But most Israelites are not Jews, just as most Americans are not Californians. The Jews are the house of Judah only, a part of the Israelites. But when these people are spoken of as nations, rather than as collective individuals, the term “Israel” never refers to the Jews. “House of Israel” never means “Jews.” (pp. 63, 69)
Is it correct then to say, that we can apply the end time prophecies that which are rightfully for spiritual Judah (the PCG), and respectively, those that which are for spiritual Israel (the WCG and other Laodicean groups)? Most certainly!
Weeping in Bitterness
Notice immediately the mourning and woe in the book of Lamentations. “She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies” (Lamentations 1:2). During the night, when she ought to be getting rest, this widow weeps sore. No Husband is there to comfort her. The picture here gets worse and worse.
Verse 3 speaks of Judah. Elsewhere in Scripture, God describes His people as being of the tribe of Judah spiritually— or spiritual Jews (e.g. Romans 2:28-29; Revelation 3:9). The reference to Judah in verse 3 is primarily about God’s own people who turned away from Him: “Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.” The Laodiceans are in captivity before and during the Great Tribulation. God’s people find no rest when they should be finding rest.
Lamentations 1:4 specifically mentions Zion—again, God’s own Church. “The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts ….” “Solemn feasts” is talking about God’s annual holy days, which His faithful people observe year after year to this day. But here it says no one is coming to these festivals. (p. 8-9, op. cit.)
Again who are the spiritual Jews in this end time according to Mr. Flurry? And why is no one coming to God’s festivals?
Because “the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion.” (Lam. 2:6).
Who is Zion being referred to here?
This chapter mentions the word Zion seven times. Herbert W. Armstrong taught God’s people that Zion always refers to the Church today. This can easily be proven from your Bible. This verse refers to “the daughter of Zion,” which is specifically the end-time Church of God. (p. 31, op. cit.)
Is it really true that God was the one who has caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in God’s own Church?
One might argue: Well, that could only be applied for those Laodiceans outside the PCG. It could be. But when we consider ancient Israel’s history and that of its recent counterpart, notice carefully that it was the physical human leader (Jeroboam and his end time type) who has changed the Sabbath and the holy days and he caused it to be forgotten.
Jeroboam, when he became king, changed the Sabbath and the holy days for the nation of Israel. The Worldwide Church of God leaders did the same thing inside God’s own Church, and Satan took them all captive! (p. 34, op. cit.)
While in verse 6, it is clearly stated, that IT WAS GOD WHO HAS CAUSED THE SOLEMN FEASTS AND SABBATHS TO BE FORGOTTEN IN HIS OWN CHURCH! And not any physical human leader!
Let us further understand what God has done. The word “forgotten” in verse 6 is from the Hebrew word “shakach” (H7911) in Strong’s Concordance:
A primitive root; to mislay, that is, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention: – X at all, (cause to) forget.
In the dictionary the word “mislay” mean:
1. to place or put down incorrectly
2. to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly
While the word “oblivious” mean:
unaware of or not paying attention to
lacking conscious awareness; unmindful.
Has God indeed allowed His own Church to lay or place wrongly the dates by which to observe His own feasts days?
Has God really allowed His own Church to lack conscious awareness of the correct seasons for His very own feasts?
Remember that this is a prophecy for our time right now and the people being addressed here is Judah which according to Mr. Flurry refers to the Philadelphia Church of God!
Before we go any further as to how God has caused His solemn feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten, let us first consider how God’s system of time works:
God’s System of Time
God did not leave the seasons, days and years to chance or to the devices of men. On the fourth day of creation, He established a system, visible to man, for the purpose of regulating our calendar. He aligned the sun and moon in conjunction with the universe to function as a great time clock. God also created a system of annual and weekly Sabbaths that demonstrate His great plan for mankind. By understanding His calendar and the meaning of the annual Sabbath days, we can have a better understanding of our Creator’s plan for man.
Genesis 1:14 tells us God created signs for days, seasons and years. We know that a 24-hour day begins and ends at sunset. We must be able to mark the day and the week to understand how they are signs of creation and prophecy. To keep the Sabbath day holy, as required by the fourth commandment, we must know when the day begins and ends. In fact, just to count the seven days of a week and locate the Sabbath day, we need the sign of the day.
As the sun marks the day, it also marks the year. …One year is one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One solar year is 365 days and 6 hours. The Roman calendar, used by Western civilization today is based only on this solar cycle, adding an extra day every fourth year to account for the extra six hours added yearly…
It is the Hebrew calendar which combines the lunar months and solar years to be completely synchronized—enabling God’s people to observe His holy days (as determined by the moon) in their proper seasons (as determined by the sun). In this way, God’s calendar is luni-solar, which is consistent with Genesis 1:14. God appointed both the sun and moon “for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”
God has instructed us to observe His holy days on specific days of the month, while at the same time, during appointed seasons in the year (Leviticus 23:4). The Hebrew calendar accomplishes this through a 19-year time cycle made up of 12 common years (with 12 months) and 7 leap years (with 13 months). The 19-year cycle is significant because that is how the lunar months and the solar years relate. For every 19 solar years, the moon revolves around the Earth 235 times. “This remarkable astronomical relationship,” according to John Kossey, author of The Hebrew Calendar: A Mathematical Introduction, “makes it possible to combine common years and leap years together within a fundamental pattern that repeats itself every 19 years.” (By Stephen Flurry and Mark Nash; God’s Sacred Calendar, Part 1, February 29, 2008, from theTrumpet.com)
As stated above, God’s holy days have to be observed “during its appointed seasons in the year (Leviticus 23:4)” – the Spring festivals have to fall in the spring season while the Fall festivals have to be in the autumn season.
It is true that God says keep His holy days in season (Numbers 9:2-3). In other words, His spring festivals should be kept in the spring and the autumn festivals in autumn. (ibid.)
But what happens if God’s holy days do not fall in their proper seasons? Is it possible?
Considering the current dates for the holy days of 2013, what could be the implication if those dates did not fall on its proper seasons?
“The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts:” (Lam. 1:4)
According to the prophet Jeremiah, the road that will be trodden by God’s own Church from here on shall now be one of mourning and lamentation, because no one was able to come to His feasts! This is very much related to Ezekiel 24:21 when God Himself said,
“Behold, I will profane my sanctuary.”
One may ask: How can it be, when the calendar has been preserved by the Jews? Another argument could be; Well, maybe this is just another of those calendar issues that many others have tried foolishly to comprehend in vain.
We could invite endless arguments regarding this calendar issue, but one glaring observation is this: only in the year 2013 did such a phenomenon occur. The last time it happened was in the year 1899 which could very well be in the Sardis era yet.
Another thing to consider is the Tishri 1 which is actually the Feast of Trumpets, by which all the Feasts of God are anchored to be determined correctly in their proper season is somewhat off this 2013.
The Months of Tishri and Abib
Tishre: From Aramaic sheraor sherei, “to begin” … Seventh month in the religious or festival cycle; first in chronological or civil cycle… The 1st never falls on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday. In the twentieth century, its earliest beginning is September 6th and its latest beginning is October 5th. (The Jewish Almanac, Bantam, 1980, p. 241)
But when we look at the Philadelphia Church of God’s calendar schedule for the 2013 Holy Days, the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1) fell on September 5, 2013 which is even a day earlier than the earliest beginning in the 20th century! Is this another happenstance that this date fell on the death anniversary of Mr. Flurry’s wife? No! God clearly has a message behind all this!
Continuing the quote from The Jewish Almanac:
Nisan: Related to the Babylonian first month Nisannu, “to start”, or perhaps to Hebrew nitzan, “blossoms.” Its pentateuchal name is Aviv (or Abib), “spring”. … The first never falls on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. In the twentieth century its earliest beginning is March 13th and its latest beginning is April 11th (ibid.,p. 245).
Even the beginning of the First day in the calendar (below) is March 12 which is even one day earlier than the earliest reckoning.
It is true that God says keep the holy days in their appointed seasons and that the beginning of the spring season is after the equinox, but nowhere does He say this is how the first month should be calculated. And that is exactly what the Hebrew calendar ensures—that these days will be kept in their proper season. (op.cit.)
But the question is, has the calendar been true this year (2013) that it has ensured that the holy days are indeed in their proper seasons? Now, what could be God’s message behind all this?
“Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations – I cannot bear your worthless assemblies. Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.” (Isa. 1:13-14, NIV).
This is what Barnes Commentary wrote regarding verse 13:
The new moons – The new moon in the beginning of the month Tishri (October), was the beginning of their civil year, and was commanded to be observed as a festival, Lev. 23:24-25. The appearance of the new moon was announced by the blowing of silver trumpets, Num. 10:10. Hence, the annual festival was called sometimes, ‘the memorial of the blowing of trumpets.’ The time of the appearance of the new moon was not ascertained, as with us, by astronomical calculation; but persons were stationed, about the time it was to appear, on elevated places in the vicinity of Jerusalem, and when it was discovered, the trumpet was sounded.
Mr. Stephen Flurry and Mark Nash wrote on how to calculate for the holy days once Tishri 1 is determined:
Calculating the Hebrew calendar depends on three relatively simple steps. First, the precise time the new moon appears must be determined. Anciently, this was done by sight. Today, it can be figured by simple calculations. Secondly, once the new moon (or molad) is determined for the month called Tishri (the seventh month), the Feast of Trumpets (to be observed on the first day of the seventh month) is adjusted according to certain rules… And thirdly, a leap year is periodically introduced into the 19-year cycle in order to keep the calendar in season—in harmony with the solar year…
Once these rules for the calendar were made public, anyone could determine the first day of the month of Tishri. The exact time for the new moon of Tishri the next year can be calculated by adding 356.24 days to the current time of the new moon. The holy days for the rest of the year and the next year could then be determined by calculation. Passover is always 164 days before Trumpets. Atonement is 9 days after Trumpets, on Tishri 10, etc. These rules demonstrate that God places greater importance on His holy days than He does on the calendar. John Kossey summed it up this way: “Instead of the sacred festivals being subordinate to the Hebrew calendar the latter serves the holy days.” – God’s Sacred Calendar (Part 2)
As pointed out, the Hebrew calendar is to be a subordinate to serve the holy days. For emphasis, “God places greater importance on His holy days than He does on the calendar”
Now to which of the two do we place our weight in? Is it in the Hebrew calendar, or in God’s holy days in their proper seasons?
God did not intend for His holy days to be in subjection to the calendar. It is just the reverse! And since we cannot alter the rotation of the moon or any other heavenly body, God has allowed for postponements so we can alter the calendar, while at the same time ensuring that all of His holy days are kept in their proper season. (ibid.)
Now that we have established on how the Hebrew calendar is intended just to serve and be subject to God’s holy days, and how important Tishri 1 is in determining all of God’s festivals which are anchored on it, then it follows that if someone got it wrong, all of the feast dates shall be out of its proper season and we will not be able to observe it correctly. Thus, we can deduce that when God shall appear on His appointed feast days, He won’t see any one attending it (Lam. 1:4). Hence, if we keep it on the wrong dates, then it is considered as “your new moons and your appointed feasts” (Isa. 1:14). It is not considered as God’s feasts!
Again, as we will carefully notice, Tishri 1 for 2013 fell on a September 5, 2013! This is the date by which all of the feasts in 2013 were determined. This is also the 3rd time that this date surfaced: The number 3 in the Bible means finality. This is no coincidence; it is God speaking through new revelation! Do we hear God’s speech? God is already shaking the heavens and the earth!
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” (Heb. 12:25-26)
Consider that date as it occurred through time, God was the one who designed it for us to fully understand what our spiritual condition really is inside the Philadelphia Church of God!
“O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. (Hab. 3:2)
This is a heaven and earth shaking message from the God of the prophets Habakkuk and Haggai and we ought to become afraid! Notice that BEFORE God has begun to shake the nations, He has already shaken the heavens and the earth FIRST. See verses 6 to 7 of Haggai chapter 2 for the correct time sequence:
(1st) — “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;”
(2nd) — “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.”
It just mean that when Mr. Flurry wrote about the Armstrong Auditorium as being a SIGN that God has begun to shake the nations (Haggai, God Has Begun to Shake the Nations, p. 16), there has to happen a spiritual shaking even inside the Philadelphia Church of God prior to that shaking of the nations!
“And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:27-29)
Do we hear God speaking through new revelation? And do our knees tremble as we hear His voice from heaven? Now, what possible message is God trying to convey to us? Do we have the ears to hear what God’s Spirit says unto us? As we comprehend those dates, we are obviously being pointed back to the prophecy in Ezekiel 24:16-21;
“Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: …And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary.”
God specifically wanted the house of Israel (the Laodiceans, even America and Britain) to know that He is profaning even His own sanctuary (PCG)! If God has profaned even the spiritual Jews, what then has to become of spiritual Israel? So everybody must indeed pay close attention.
“The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.” (Lam. 2:7)
Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote regarding verse 7:
The Lord Has Cast Off His Altar
The message in Lamentations is directed at the lay members of the Church. Most of the ministers and members have already rejected Malachi’s Message. Collectively, they have both reached the point of no return. Revelation 11:1 shows that when God wants His temple measured, “the altar,” or the ministry, is measured before “them that worship therein,” or the Church members. Lamentations shows God is in that final stage of measuring.
Lamentations 2:7 begins with this frightening statement: “The Lord hath cast off his altar ….” Who is the author talking about here? Who does the work of the altar? It is the priests. This is a type of God’s ministers today. Here God is reaching out to the members of His Church with the message of Lamentations, and then He makes this statement. What does God mean by saying He has cast off His altar? Cast off forever? It appears this means that many of the ministers might have already lost their eternal lives. If that is true, they have reached the ultimate point of no return! God blames the ministers most of all for what happened in His Church. (p. 34, ibid.)
But as we consider again what Mr. Flurry wrote as to whom the book of Lamentations really is for:
Lamentations was a warning to ancient Judah that it had reached the point of no return. The nation could no longer repent to avoid being taken captive by Babylon. What happened to Judah is only a type of what is prophesied to happen in this end time. (Lamentations – The Point of No Return)
Again, who is Judah? According to Mr. Flurry, it is the Philadelphia Church of God! Before this very prophecy applies to any other group or to physical Judah, it has to apply first and foremost to us in the PCG, the spiritual Judah! Now God greatly abhors his sanctuary and their appointed festivals. But why?
“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!” (Isa. 1:15, NIV)
God is seeing so much blood in their hands! The bloods of those whom Christ is coming in the flesh with has been slaughtered during the Ezekiel 4 siege!
“And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it…” (v. 2).
The word “cast” from Strong’s means,
to spill forth blood, a libation; …also figuratively to expend life, soul, complaint, money, etc.
As we have gone through the actual account of the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 4 siege around the world, we can see its fulfillment in this end time that indeed many have spilt blood, some of the ramparts became “molten images” (previously discussed about Habakkuk 2:18 as the word “libation” suggests referring to ordained ministers in 1 Tim. 5:22) the purpose of which was “to spend life, soul, complaint, money, etc.”
And we must remember that this spilt blood in verse 15 of Isaiah 1 is referring to those who observe the new moons and Sabbaths:
“Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.”(Isa. 1:13-14)
God equated their feast observances to trouble, vanity, wickedness, affliction, iniquity, mischief, mourning, unrighteousness (see the word “iniquity” in Strong’s Concordance). Let us consider again the supposed COLLUSION that had happened in the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles in South Africa:
Letter #2 to Mr. Gerald Flurry
May 13, 2013
(Mr. Rumler) explained to me that because the costs of the hall etc., in George for the Feast, is normally more than the funds received from the tithe of the tithe monies, he instructed Mrs. Wakelin to add R50 per day to the cost of each cabana for the South African brethren. He told me that they do the same in Australia and in Fiji. He said that the international brethren which attend the feast in George are charged an extra R100 per day for their cabana because the exchange rate for dollars is pretty good, he also said that if a room in the booked cabana is not occupied an additional R100 would be charged per room per day, the reason being that brethren must not think that they can book a cabana only for themselves. This additional money was imposed on each and every one of those attending the Feast without their knowledge or consent. …Some few of the brethren in the Johannesburg congregation noted the Collusion only because the Cabana cost document on the info table was the original document from the Sea breeze establishment and then a month and a half later was replaced with the one which was so painstakingly altered. That was done only because I had voiced a concern to Mrs. Wakelin. …Those who noted the huge costing discrepancy chose to keep quiet. Fearful, that if they spoke out, they would be accused of having a government problem and a bad attitude… (Alex Foster)
God is so disgusted with what was being done during the feasts and the solemn assemblies that He can only see wickedness which He can no longer bear calling them His feasts – He does not even want their offerings (oblation) because He has already labeled it as “vain” or “evil.”
And because of that, He now calls it “your new moons and your appointed feasts.” It has now become a heavy burden for God by which He is tired of carrying any longer. Even their prayers (incense) though they are many (and long), became an abomination unto God because their hands are full of innocent blood. But to whom is Isaiah’s message primarily directed to? In his booklet, Mr. Flurry wrote:
God’s Awesome Perspective
God is speaking to us today through Isaiah; the message of Isaiah is actually God’s message. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children [sons], and they have rebelled against me” (Isaiah 1:1-2).
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken”—here God gives His perspective. This is a message to all the angels, demons and mankind. God is addressing all of the inhabitants of the entire universe! It even includes the dwelling place of God! It is the widest scope possible. (Isaiah’s End-time Vision, p. 3-4)
God speaks through His prophet Isaiah whose message is directed to Judah (spiritual Jews – PCG) and to Jerusalem (PCG Headquarters). But it also addresses all of the inhabitants of the entire universe which makes this a heaven and earth shaking message! God is indeed shaking the heavens and the earth! (Hag. 2:6, 21; Heb. 12:25-29)
Remember again that this is in the context of the Ezekiel 4 siege, and the Ezekiel 24 God profaning His sanctuary theme.
And as discussed in the previous chapters, it is all because of Judah’s sin which involves the HEART that makes us guilty of God’s first commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exo. 20:3)
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; …Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:1, 5; Read also chapter 3:6-11)
The heart of the people in the PCG is focused on the power and strength of their ministers to a point that it has become their idols, thus breaking the second commandment:
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” (vv. 4-5)
The “graven image” even involves the work in Ireland! It has also come to a point where Judah’s altars (PCG ministry) have broken the third commandment: God’s name (authority) has been taken in vain – God’s government has been abused and has been brought to nothing. (Jude 1:8)
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (v. 7)
Now, what comes next? The fourth commandment:
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (v. 8)
Read that again, it says, REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY – this includes the weekly and annual Sabbaths. Does that mean that if you forget the Sabbath, it is no longer holy? But what can we do if God would be the one who has caused His Sabbaths to be FORGOTTEN?
“the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion” (Lam. 2:6)
Once the solemn feasts and Sabbaths have been forgotten, what do you think will follow? Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote in his Chronicles booklet:
Lange’s also notes that “Ezra was showing the magnitude of the festivals.” Why was this important? Because Israel went into captivity for breaking the Sabbath and polluting God’s holy days.
God’s Church must make sure those holy days are organized. Those festivals picture God’s master plan, and they have so much depth that we will never get to the bottom! We must never allow them to become mere rituals, or a major catastrophe will always strike! What causes righteous nations and churches to go astray? The Sabbath and holy days become ritualistic; the ministers’ messages become dull, boring and meaningless. We must never let that happen. Ministers are there to make the holy days deeper and more meaningful every year. Ezra was showing the Jews why they went into captivity. It revolved around polluting and profaning the Sabbath and holy days. (The Book of Chronicles, p. 21)
This is something that we must be sensitive about – that is, in offending God by polluting and profaning the Sabbath and holy days. Now let us consider one particular disturbing instance wherein the Sabbath and the holy days have been polluted and profaned even during the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles: The Jeremiah Musical was played on the 2nd day of the feast, on the eve of the Sabbath of September 20, 2013 (See the FOT 2013 schedule).
Some of the brethren who watched the said musical on that Sabbath night (Friday evening) were somewhat perplexed due to the fact that it was tagged under the Behind the Work film, but apparently, it was a musical and a step dancing performance.
That musical should have been played some other day, say, during the Entertainment Night and not during a Sabbath. As far as God is concerned, the work in Ireland is nothing but DUNG and this is the specific fulfillment of Malachi 2:3;
“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.”
It seems that God has really allowed His own Church to become unmindful and to lack conscious awareness of the Sabbath and the holy days specifically for the year 2013? Now, here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote regarding God’s Sabbath:
God commanded His people to keep His Sabbath as a sign. It is a sign between God’s people and God – “…a sign between me and you,” the commandment says. It is a badge or token of IDENTITY. It advertises, or announces, or proclaims certain identifying knowledge. But WHAT KNOWLEDGE? God answers: “…that you may KNOW that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.” (Which Day is the Christian Sabbath?, p. 38)
If God has caused us to forget His Sabbaths, do we still have that sign between Him and us? Can we still be called “God’s people and God’s nation”? Or are we the one to whom God wants the prophet Haggai to proclaim His prophecies against “this people and this nation”? (Hag. 2:14; see also Jer. 4:10 – “this people and Jerusalem.”) Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote regarding the great purpose in God’s Sabbaths:
Identifies People of God
So here we find a great purpose in the Sabbath. It identifies God! The very day which God set aside for assembly and worship points as a memorial to whom we are to worship—the Creator-Ruler of all that is!
But that is not all! The Sabbath also was given as a sign which identifies who are the people of God and who are not! Notice! Not only does this special covenant say, “… that ye may know that I am the Lord …” but read the remainder of that sentence:“… that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13)…
The Sabbath is God’s sign, which identifies not only God as Creator-Ruler, but it also identifies those who are truly His people! (The United States and Britain in Prophecy, p. 140)
Now, let’s consider a very disturbing reality that has set in for the Philadelphia Church of God. The scheduled Feast of Tabernacles of the Philadelphia Church of God for the year 2013 is on September 19 to 25, while the autumnal equinox in Jerusalem will occur on September 22 at 23:44 IDT (Israel Daylight Time).
Let us first examine what the PCG has to say on when to observe the Feast of Tabernacles how they are to be kept in their proper seasons:
By Stephen Flurry and Mark Nash
Notice Exodus 34:22: “And thou shalt observe …the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.” In most Bible margins, that last phrase reads, “at the revolution of the year.” The Hebrew word for revolution is tequfah and is used specifically for the equinoxes or solstices. This passage in Exodus is referring to God’s holy days and how they are to be kept in their seasons. The feast of ingathering, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, pictures the great fall harvest and therefore occurs every year in the fall. This verse says THE FEAST IS TO OCCUR at the turn of the year, which means AT OR AFTER THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, which normally occurs on September 23... (March 3, 2008, from theTrumpet.com)
Since the observance of the Feast of Tabernacles usually begins at the evening before the actual date, which is the evening of September 18, then it follows that the supposedly great fall harvest festival is still very much in the SUMMER SOLSTICE which is FOUR DAYS prior to the actual autumnal equinox on the evening of September 22, 2013! Thus, half of the scheduled 2013 Feast of Tabernacles will be observed during the end of the summer season while the other half at the revolution of the year! I BELIEVE THIS IS NO SMALL ERROR THAT WE SHOULD IGNORE!
Another thing to consider though, the First Day of the sacred year as scheduled in the PCG’s pocket calendar is on March 12, 2013. While the spring (vernal) equinox is yet on March 20, 2013 at 13:02 IST, therefore, it is still WINTER season and most likely, it has to be an intercalary or leap year, and thus in all probability it is the 13th month, Adar 2! Now, consider the article about this subject:
Why does this New Moon start Adar 2 instead of Aviv – The New Year?
by Mark Harris on March 14, 2013
…Because of much confusion out there on this subject, many people ask how do we know it’s the 13th month, Adar II, and Not the first month, Abib (Aviv)?
So, I’m going to give a quick answer so you can know for sure.
Well, the answer is actually quite simple. In Genesis 1:14 The Almighty states:“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
This means that The Creator designed the Heavens like a precision clock, and that specifically, the Sun and the Moon was to give us our seasons, days, and NOTICE, years!
Therefore, the ONLY biblical accurate determination of years, MUST come from either the moon, the sun, or both! Nothing else.
Now, since the new moon comes every “Moonth” or Month, and nothing different happens with the moon to tell us when the year begins, the Sun assists us by knowing which New Moon begins the New Year.
The Creator has determined that His Year will begin in the Spring. Abib (Aviv) basically means Spring, or Green-Ear-month. And in Exodus 12:2and 13:4 states that this month is the beginning of Months for you; and the month of Abib (Aviv), was that month.
But when is it? It’s obviously not determined by the Moon, and the only biblical standard of determining a year, must be the Moon and Sun as stated above.
And, from the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, when they were coming out of Egypt, even up to this day, we determine spring by the vernal, or spring equinox. This is the day when the Sun goes “exactly” from East to the West. Usually, this occurs from March 20th to the 22th. This year it’s on the 20th.
So, a New Year cannot start until spring. It’s not spring yet, so, it’s still winter. And since we’ve had 12 months since the last Abib (Aviv), and we now have a New Moon, this New Moon is the 13th Month, or Adar II.
The First New Moon AFTER the Spring Equinox, begins the New Year, so the next New Moon, begins the new year, and the New Moon, Abib (Aviv)
Even the secular world noticed the abnormal error in determining the feasts this year. It does not fall on their proper seasons. Some Jews observing the appearance of new moon in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have added a leap month (Adar 2) to correctly adjust the Hebrew calendar to serve the holy days to fall in their proper seasons, since it is the 16th year cycle of the 19 year time cycle which according to them is supposed to be an intercalary or leap year; While the current Hebrew calendar which is being used today will add a leap month on the 17th year which is prior to the beginning of spring next year (2014) or after the winter of 2013.
One observation is noticeable though, if we shall add a leap month (Adar 2) on the current Hebrew calendar, Tishri 1 will be on October 5, 2013 (new moon, Saturday) and the Passover will be on April 24, 2013 (Wednesday). This is more like the same set of holy days during Christ’s time in 31 A.D. in terms of actual week days (See illustration below for further comparison).
Moreover, there were 2 lunar eclipses that happened during 31 A.D., one during April 25 and the other on October 19. See the table of eclipses of the moon between 26 and 36 A.D. as it appears in the article of the journal Nature in 1983, written by Colin J. Humphreys and W. G. Waddington, has been reproduced:
If you will search the internet, you will find that there are also two lunar eclipses visible from Jerusalem for the year 2013: One on April 25, and the other on October 18-19!
Notice further that October 19, 2013 (which fell on a Saturday) is the supposed date for the first day of God’s Feast of Tabernacles for 2013 – i.e., all of the days will be falling in the autumn season! (Remember that the feast of Tabernacles usually begins the evening before, i.e., the night of October 18)
Not only that, there are two more scheduled set of lunar eclipses for the feasts of 2014 and 2015! (Mainstream religious groups popularized this phenomenon as “BLOOD MOON TETRAD” – moon turning to blood red and coinciding with God’s Feasts). God really must have orchestrated all of this to get our full attention! So we ought to take heed. (Consider reading this blog “It shall be for a time, times and an half” for its historic significance)
To prove that, let us consider Genesis 1: 15-16:
“And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”
God said that the lights in the firmament of the heaven – the sun and the moon are to give light upon the earth.
But notice in verse 14 His other purpose for it: “…and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
“Signs” in Strong’s Concordance is H226 (oth): a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: mark, miracle, sign, token.
Omen in the dictionary means:
1. A phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil; a prophetic sign.
2. Prognostication; portent
1. anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
2. something monstrous or abnormal
3. an act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder.
3. a portentous sign or event; an omen.
Are the lunar eclipses just strange coincidences in which they occur precisely on God’s feast days? No way! They happen for a purpose. They portend a heaven and earth shaking message. God is speaking and it shakes the heavens and the earth!
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” (Heb. 12:25-26; see also Hag. 2:6, 21)
We’d better hear what God’s Spirit says to us. The apostle Paul even admonished us:
“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thes. 5:19-21)
Now moving on; if we will compare the March 25, 2013 moon phase with that of the April 24, 2013 moon phase – you will notice a big difference in its shape: the latter was not yet in its full form while the former was comparatively much developed. (Go to the link for better appreciation: http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml)
This could very well be the specific fulfillment of the prophecy in Lamentations chapter 2 directed to spiritual Judah, the Philadelphia Church of God!
“The Lord was as an enemy: …he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion” (vv. 5-6)
Read that again, God became an enemy and the context here is the solemn feasts and sabbaths in Zion which He Himself caused to be forgotten. Again God says that we are to “remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exo. 20:8). So, if God has caused His Sabbaths to be forgotten, and we failed to remember it, is it no longer HOLY? Then if it is not holy, therefore it must be profaned. This very much the same language as in Ezekiel 24 – “Behold, I will profane my sanctuary.”
“The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.” (v. 7)
Does this mean that there would be a noise (or bleating as in crying of a sheep) in God’s Church, maybe even in the Armstrong Auditorium, during their feast? Only God knows.
“The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.” (v. 8)
One thing is certain though, God has purposed to destroy the IRON WALL – the rampart and the wall that surrounded spiritual Jerusalem during the Ezekiel 4 siege. He will make those ramparts (accomplices) to lament together with the wall (spiritual terrorists inside the PCG).
The rampart and the wall have been guilty of every point in God’s Ten Commandments including the first 4 that has been mentioned earlier in this chapter. Here are the other remaining points:
The fifth commandment: Honour your father and mother (parents fell victims and became casualties of the “no contact policy”)
The sixth commandment: You shall not steal (collusion such as the one in Seabreeze, South Africa during the 2012 Feast)
The seventh commandment: You shall not commit adultery (focus on the messenger, Jeremiah through a musical rather than his message)
The eighth commandment: You shall not kill (brethren fell by “the sword”)
The ninth commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ezekiel 4 siege – warfare based on deceit and lies)
The tenth commandment: You shall not covet that which is not yours. (Bricket Wood in Britain and an archeological work in Ireland)
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
It seems that the spiritual terrorists and their cohorts inside the PCG have been guilty on all points! Looks like the message of the prophet Malachi is more applicable today than before:
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” (Mal. 2:1-2)
What will God do if the ministry will not take heed of the warning given by the prophet Malachi?
“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.” (v. 3)
Now let’s consider a widely accepted teaching inside the Philadelphia Church of God:
“And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.” (Dan. 11:35)
Now notice in your Bible that the word “some” is in italics which means that it is not in the original Hebrew text (even the words “it is” is in italics). So it should be read like this: “And of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because yet for a time appointed” – this just mean that everybody has fallen in God’s Church – NONE exempted! And the context here is the time appointed.
The word “time appointed” here is the same Hebrew word that was used in Habakkuk chapter 2: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (v. 3)
Also in Daniel chapter 8:
“And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.” (v. 19)
From Strong’s Concordance: H4150 properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year, solemn feast, appointed season.
“And of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: yet because of a solemn feast“
Does it mean then that those with understanding inside the Philadelphia Church of God are prophesied to fall in the context of God’s festivals?
And could the four (4) BLOOD RED MOON lunar eclipses of 2014 and 2015 that coincided with God’s festivals have something to do with such prophecies?