Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets hang on the two great commandments of loving God and neighbor. The first four of the Ten Commandments hang on the injunction to love God, and the last six of the Ten Commandments hang on the injunction to love our neighbor. In addition, certain Old Testament statutes and judgments hang on each of the Ten Commandments, in that they tell us specifically and in detail as to how we are to keep them.
The weekly and annual Festivals and Holy Days describe God’s plan for mankind, but very few understand. We are going to review the prophetic significance of each Holy Day and Festival season and point out the many human errors which have replaced these days or modified their meaning. We must be very vigilant not to fall for any of these misconceptions, as there is still going to occur a falling away from the truth just prior to Christ’s return.
A Christians duties are mentioned many time throughout the Bible. But one of the earlier leaders of the New Testament church gave four very clear instructions for Christians - an in depth look into how we can achieve the high standards that Peter gave.
America’s new war in Iraq and Syria does not seem to have any chance of success. Statements in numerous papers allege that “Obama leaves behind a world of chaos”; that America “will be at war for generations to come”; that the “military campaign against ISIS will fail, possibly with disastrous consequences”; and that “the West is irrevocably set on another bloody adventure in the Middle East.” How should a true Christian view this situation? Is there ever justification for us to fight in war? We are quoting extensively from Herbert W. Armstrong’s writings on military service and war and from our free booklet, “Should You Fight in War?” We point out that historically, true Christians have steadfastly refused to fight in war—but that many nominal Christians compromised in the face of political propaganda and persecution.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17 to “take the helmet of salvation.” What else are we to “take” from God, and what is the connection with the helmet of salvation? Why are we reading about the cup of salvation; the shield of salvation; and the garments of salvation? The Bible speaks also about the helmet of the hope of salvation. What exactly is this hope? What exactly is salvation? And what is the only way to obtain salvation?
Once we acknowledge our meek human existance, we may wonder how valuable we are to God. However, according to His plan, He needs leaders to help Him rule His soon coming Kingdom. Those who are called to that duty are very valuable, indeed.
God has established Holy Days which lay out in great detail the plan of salvation which He is offering to mankind. There is tremendous, unquestionable PROOF of God's role in human history, and the Holy Days give witness to this fact!
When we give, what is our attitude? An attitude is not just conjured up. The proper attitude takes time to develop. When we give to God we should be thinking about this before hand. We should also be happy when we have the opportunity to give.
The Feast of Trumpets symbolizes the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life. The book of Revelation contains seven messages to seven congregations of the Church of God. What relationship exists between the last four of those seven messages and Christ’s return? What does the Bible say about the time of Christ’s return? Is that time already fixed? Why does Christ say that even He does not know the exact time? Is the time of His coming conditioned upon certain events which have to take place first? What does it mean that the time of Christ’s return is solely within the authority of the Father?
We all face trials and must stay resolute in relying of God to guide us through them. Paul faced many trials, including very difficult physical ones and he stayed the course in his focus towards God. We must do the same, especially in the festival season.
Are we struggeling with trials and weaknesses? Are there reasons for them? The Bible reveals examples of individuals who struggled with weaknesses and trials and how they were able to overcome them.
Ephesians 6:15 tells us that we must have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. What exactly does this mean? What about our feet; our preparation or readiness; and the gospel of peace? What is that gospel? Paul warns us not to accept a different gospel, another Jesus, or a different spirit. He also shows us that the belief in the true gospel is absolutely necessary for salvation; and that we ourselves must have peace if we want to stand up for the gospel of peace.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."-Matthew 5:14