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Letter from the Church - November 2021

November 2021
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
This past September 28th ended once again the physical rituals we enact throughout the year metaphorically representing the reality of God’s plan of salvation for the whole world. It is such a simple plan for those of us who understand yet it is something the majority of the world cannot see even though it is presented to us by something that all should be able to comprehend - the analogy of food and the three main harvests that are enacted each year. That being, of course, the spring, summer and fall harvests. All people understand the need for physical food but very few understand the need for spiritual food which is what we must have for this plan of salvation to become a reality and these three harvests of mankind to take place. God speed that day.
 
While acting out this plan, as the months went by (represented by God’s Holy Days) we have also had to be conscious of the world around us. It would seem the Covid virus and its variants are ever with us and according to statistics has killed more people this year in the U.S. than the last regardless of the many vaccinations. This is a plague that will ever be with us as long as our borders are open and the illegal immigrants are pouring in unchecked.
 
We’ve also had to become ever so conscious of our totally incompetent political leaders who are more concerned about their own well being than those of who they are supposed to serve. Not too unlike the Scribes and the Pharisees who twisted and used the law to their own advantage in the days of Jesus in order to maintain their power and control over the people. We would do well to notice that Jesus had a few choice words for those folks which could also be applied to our present political leaders, He addresses them as blind guides, hypocrites, serpents and vipers. Their only resort being that of Gehennah fire [Mat 23:13-33]
 
We have been awakened to the fact we are now living under a totally incompetent political and judicial system where the FBI is cracking down on parents for voicing their opinions and pushing back against the agenda the Federal Government wants to indoctrinate our children with. [Critical race theory, neutral genderism, etc.] rather than working on true crimes like kidnapping, murder, drugs and bringing to justice the rioters that are burning our cities.
 
It would seem their agenda is focused on control of the people rather than doing those things which would enhance the welfare of its citizens.
 
We now have the Top Brass at the Pentagon and the IRS trying to set up political policy for the nation, which is not their function by any means. It would seem every facet of society is now politicized. Social media has consumed our children's thoughts putting profits ahead of safety as they tear down our children’s lives.
 
There is now a supply chain crisis and many products, including food, will become in short supply. Not because it is scarce but because, in essence, our government is paying people not to work therefore the products are not reaching the consumers.
 
I tell you all this not just to rail against the government but to help us better see how frail and dysfunctional the government of man really is when it comes to serving its people—unlike God’s government which only brings justice and peace. You and I, God’s People, have to live under all this mayhem and its injustice as we try to keep the Eternal’s laws and act out His plan of salvation and I know it’s not easy. But there is a reason, a reason a lot of us would rather not discuss for it’s not a pleasant conversation. It can be better understood by going to the book of Daniel, starting in Chapter 9, verse 2.
 
Daniel tells us he understood by the writings of Jerimiah [Jer 25:12] that they were to be in captivity for 70 years. Daniel knew he would die in captivity and would never see his homeland again in this life. He says this “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession and said (and this is what he prayed) ‘O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the convenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments;
 
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled. Even by departing from Your judgments’ ” (then in verse 8) “O Lord to us belongs shameness of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against You. [vs 11] Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law; therefore the curse is poured out upon us because we have sinned against Him.”
 
Notice Daniel said “we”, “we” have sinned. He did not exclude himself so we can see we are a part of the problem, too. However, in the spring, as we begin to act out God’s plan of salvation the very first Holy Day shows us what we must do to remedy the situation which (of course) is to repent. The government doesn’t know, the people in our communities don’t know but God has given us the knowledge to know. So let us practice what we preach!
 
One last suggestion as we live in these uncertain times. Many people think that because we are commanded to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together [Heb 10:25] that we are to attend Sabbath services no matter how we feel. We forget that to love your neighbor as yourself is mentioned early on in the Bible [Lev 19:18] and quoted also by Jesus and the Apostle Paul in New Testament times. We are also admonished early on not to tempt the Lord. [Exo 17:12] And remember, quarantine was practiced extensively in the Old Testament to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. So if you feel you may be infectious please stay at home. God understands—as a matter of fact it is sanctioned by God. So stay safe and stay well and let us all pray for one another.
 
Respectfully yours:
 
 
Arden Taylor
 
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