Church of God, New World Ministries

Quarterly Letter - November 2017

November 2017
Greetings Everyone,
Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! We see road signs posted alongside the highways, on barns, fence posts, on street corners, and just about any place you can put a sign, proclaiming Christ is coming. That statement is true. The Church of God has long proclaimed that Christ is coming back the second time to establish His Kingdom right here on earth (Rev. 5:10).
The difference between “traditional Christianity” and the True Church of God’s teaching is that we explain why He is coming and what His Kingdom will be like once He gets here. There is a vast difference between “traditional Christianity” and what Jesus actually taught.
One must ask the question how Christ’s coming and us going to heaven coincide. If you die and go to heaven, why I ask, does Christ have to come back? Why is a resurrection necessary when the dead have already gone to heaven, as taught in most churches today? It is true, Christ does teach that there will be a resurrection. A resurrection of the just and the unjust (John 5: 28-29). But where does the Bible teach that we go to heaven when we die? Christ said, “ man hath ascended up to heaven…” (John 3:13). (To learn the truth about the traditional doctrines taught in churches today, enroll in our Mini-Course “Traditional Christian Doctrines”).
Now, to get back to my point. Are you growing weary of hearing that Christ is coming? I have heard it all my life. The 11th chapter of Hebrews reveals that many Old Testament prophets and servants of God “looked for His Kingdom.” Read it in your Bible. “They all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.” (Heb. 11:13-14). Yes, my friends, that country is The Kingdom of God. They too looked for Christ’s coming; but He did not come during their lifetime. But they endured to their end.
Even the apostles believed, for a while, that Christ would return during their lifetime. Notice what Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica, “ But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope (those who do not know the truth). For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him (at His return). For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that WE which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep ( I Thess. 4:13-15).
Of course, as time passed, and the apostles grew older, they came to realize that He was not coming during their lifetime. When my wife and I first began attending services with The Worldwide Church of God back in the late 1960’s we were taught that Christ would be coming soon—primarily between 1972-1975. We were very excited about this great event taking place during our lifetime. But, as 1972 and 1975 came and went, we learned that He definitely was not coming at that time.
After being in the Church for quite a time, we learned more and more about the prophecies relating to the “end time” or “end of the age.” We are still in God’s Church today, and still looking forward to His coming. As the apostles grew older and realized that Christ was not coming during their lifetime, many of the church believers came to realize the same thing. Many became discouraged and left the Church. Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia and Thessalonica “not to grow weary in well doing” (Gal: 6:9; 2 Thess. 3:13).
As I said previously, I thought Christ was going to come in my lifetime. Now I am not so sure of that! Though world conditions are looking more and more like those prophesied in Mat. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and many other scriptures, the truth is we just don’t know when He will come (Mat. 24:36), and mankind is allotted only so much time here on earth (Heb. 9:27).
After Christ finished instructing His disciples on conditions that would be extant prior to His return, He admonished them as follows: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful an wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Mat. 24:42-46).
Yes, there is no doubt that Jesus is coming. I am proclaiming that now. You can quote me on that. But, the question is when? If you are one that truly believes He is coming I admonish you, as did Paul to the Churches in his day, “Be you not weary well doing.” Stay the course, stay in the race, for in the hour that you expect him not, He could come.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important message this dying world could receive. And yet, none of the traditional churches are proclaiming it. And you certainly won’t hear it on your cable or local news stations, The truth is, God has commissioned only His Church to proclaim this “good news” of His soon coming Kingdom and His imminent return to this earth. You have just heard it.
The Church of God wishes to sincerely thank all those who contribute to this Work via their tithes and offerings. Without your support, this gospel could not be preached to the world.
George Trent
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