Church of God, New World Ministries

Monthly Letter - January 2010

31 January 2010
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
“Jesus is coming!” exclaimed a leading televangelist. Many others are proclaiming the same message. Some have even devised elaborate numerical schemes to prove the exact year, day and hour. Well, my friends, if the Bible is the word of God, and it is, they are correct. Jesus is coming, but do any of the evangelicals know when?
 
If the Father had wanted us to know the exact day or hour he would have told us. But notice what the Bible says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Mat. 24:36). Not even Christ knew the day or the hour of His return. If you are listening to someone telling you exactly when Christ is coming and that He is coming secretly, prior to the Last Trump to rapture the Church up to the Sea of Glass, or to a physical location to protect you during the tribulation, you are receiving false information. Notice Mat. 24:26. “...if they say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert (place of safety); go not forth: behold he is in the secret chambers (rapture); believe it not.”
 
Christ said, “for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect.” (Mat. 24:24). The Greek word for signs is semeion, it means an indication. Many are pointing to various signs or indications that seem to be pointing to Christ’s return, i.e. the economy, drastic changes in the weather, or other cataclysmic events of “biblical proportions” to justify their teachings.
 
Now, don’t get me wrong, these things are part of the indicators Christ said would take place prior to His return. But, we need to understand that there is a sequence of many events that must take place prior to Christ’s return. We cannot focus on one or two singular events. These events are described in Revelation the sixth chapter.
 
The Father gave Christ, the Revelator, a scroll. (Rev. 5). The scroll had seven seals. As Christ opened each seal a condition was revealed. Chapter six of Revelation covered six of those seals. The seventh is revealed in Revelation 8, 9 and 16. At the sounding of the Last Trump, when all conditions have been fulfilled, Christ returns, not one moment before!
 
Christ revealed the meaning of these seals in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 and the sequence of events that must take place prior to His return. Don’t be deceived by a smooth talker who “seems to have the truth.” All the things mentioned in these chapters must take place, not one or two “indicators.” But notice, these are only the beginning of sorrows. (Mat. 24:8). These things will intensify until they culminate in the tribulation. Following the tribulation, Christ will intervene with the heavenly signs to prevent the extermination of all life on the earth (Mat. 24:21-22; Rev. 6:12-16) followed by the Day of the Lord. Then Christ returns!
 
God, in his tremendous mercy, did not tell any of us when He was coming. If He had, we humans would wait until the last minute and try to “get right with the Lord.” Instead, He left us the following message found in Mat. 24:42-51. We must not grow weary with well doing. (II Thess. 3:13). We must continue praying and studying daily, keeping the commandments, observing the Sabbath and Holy Days. We must continue “putting sin out of our lives.” In short, we must be prepared for Christ’s return, regardless of when it occurs.
 
By the time you receive this letter the Spring Holy Day Season will be a few weeks away. The Passover will be conducted on Sunday evening, after sunset, on March 28th. The First Day of Unleavened Bread is March 30th and the Last Day of Unleavened Bread is April 5th.
 
Please note, IF Y0U NEED A COPY OF THE SPRING HOLY DAY SERVICES DVD, consisting of Passover Services, First Day of Unleavened Bread and Last Day of Unleavened Bread, PLEASE RETURN THE ENCLOSED CARD IMMEDIATELY. Or, CALL l-865-774-8485 and request a copy. We will not be sending them out to the entire mailing list this year.
 
We must continue observing God’s Holy Days as they outline His Master Plan of Salvation to mankind. We must not forget that Plan. Let us continue on with well doing (obeying God) looking forward to the day Christ does return. Whether we be alive or dead, that day is our HOPE. Don’t be deceived by some charlatan who is preaching another gospel.
 
We have finally found a location for the Feast of Tabernacles. This year we will be holding the Feast in Pigeon Forge, TN. We have booked the Holiday Inn located at 3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. It is located at Red Light #6. If you would like to make reservations there you may call at 1-800-782-3119. The group code for the reservation is COG. If you choose to find another location we will be sending more information on other motels in the area in a future letter. I hope all of you will be making plans to attend.
 
We have been exceptionally busy fulfilling the requests for CD’s/DVD’s, Correspondence Courses, and Traditional Christian Doctrines requests. Continue praying for the success of the new radio program (www.wita1490.com) and the website. And, thank you all for your continued support.
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
 
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