Today’s post is an introduction into the strong delusion in the COG groups; which lack of understanding is caused because of their sins of doing their own thing and thinking that they know it all and no one can tell them anything, instead of being zealous for the word of God.
Because they have no zeal for the word of God to learn it and to keep it, because they call the Sabbath holy and then pollute it, because they reject Malachi and Christ, allowing divorce and remarriage in the faith virtually at will; because they idolize men and have no passion to keep the word of God; because they reject the knowledge being provided to them to keep their false traditions: They have fallen into a great deception of their own making.
Tomorrow we will get into that false tradition which has deceived the COG Groups, and will cause them to fall into great tribulation. I am not be writing of their sins here, but of the results of their sins; which is a lack of understanding of, and a rejection of a true understanding of a certain prophecy about the start of the tribulation itself.
We are all well aware of the warnings of Paul in second Thess 2:8 How that the man of sin shall be revealed and he shall deceive all those who have no love fore the truth of the whole word of God to learn and to keep it.
2 Thes 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
We know that people who do not love the word of God to learn and ot keep it will be deceived by this man, to follow him as their moral and spiritual leader as he leads people away from the word of God to follow his own ways.
Brethren, we have all experienced this in the COG Groupsd in a much smaller way, as a kind of type of what is happing in the world at the very end time. We have all been deceived by a strong delusion that various men are God’s men an d are to therefor be blindly followed without question. We have been deceived away from our love and zeal for God, to follow men; thinking that these men were godly and have not obeyed Jesus Christ to question and judge all men as to their zeal for the word of God.
Remember in your studies to also study synonyms! In Mat 7 Jesus commanded his people to judge men by their zeal for his word, or their zeal for their own ways.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
The Truth About Judging
In certain scriptures it is written that we are not to judge; and that is an instruction not to “condemn” but to truly judge and go to the wicked and warn them that they are being judged by God and the word of God for their words and actions.
Wicked men tell us that we are not to judge them as to whether we will follow them, because that would be judging them. They deceive people by that falsehood; when Jesus Christ commanded us to judge men as to whether they are true men of God or false prophets by their zeal and passion for keeping the whole word of God!
This understanding of “judging” is very important. There is the [personal judgment of what we are to do and whom we should consider following; which judgment is commanded by God. Then there is condemning people which judgment belongs to God!
It is our commanded duty to question, prove and judge all things and all teachers by the whole word of God. This is imperative if we are to be loyal to God and not led astray by false teachers. Our only standard to discern the false from the true is the word of God!
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Those who love God and his word [Ephesians] are commended for testing an ddisproving the false teachers who came to them.
Rev 2:2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
1 Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Brethren, We are being tested now! as to whether we will follow Christ and keep the whole word of God; or whether we will follow men!
The vast majority of the later day COG Groups are Laodicean. That means that they are hot for their idols of men, corporate groups, leaders and elders, and follow them blindly; while being cold for the word of God; and the mixing of hot and cold brings a lukewarm religion that is revolting to Jesus Christ.
Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Beause we are lukewarm and ave no burning zeal to learn and to keep the whole word of God; instead following and clinging to the false traditions of men; we shall be spued out of the body of Christ [the Ekklesia of the called out] andd into the great corrction of the tribulation, that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be brought to repentance and saved.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because we are vain and proud and think we know it all by ourselves; and will not accept correction from the word of God. we will be forced to be humbled in tribulation, that we might repent, and the shame of our many sins can be covered by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. We need the spirit of God to open our eyes to the truth about ourselves an dhow Almighty God sees those who reject his word for the traditions of men.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As David suffered for his sins, so we shall also suffer for ours to bring us to sincere repentance; for we are greatly loved by Jesus Christ and he will do all he can to save us.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Jesus Christ is knocking at the door of our hearts that we should let him in and eat the word of God with him!
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus Christ said that Laodicea will be judged! The True Meaning of “Laodicea!”
Herbert Armstrong even miss-defined the very word “Laodicea” to mean the exact opposite of its real meaning.
They claim that Laodicea means that the people have decided for themselves instead of following them! [What they overlook is that they themselves are deciding for themselves if they turn from God’s word!] They have tried to say that if we question their word or fail to follow them we are being Laodicean!
The exact opposite is the truth! If we follow them without question and have no zeal to follow the whole word of God instead of the traditions of men: Then we ARE Laodicean!
God’s word COMMANDS that we question and judge the words and actions of men, and follow men ONLY as they follow Christ and the Father.
Herbert and his successor organizations have faslely claimed that “Laodicea” means to decide for ourselves.
What does the word “Laodicea” really mean?
Laodicea. From a compound of laos and dike; Laodicia, a place in Asia Minor — Laodicea.
see GREEK laos see GREEK dike
Laodicea Definition http://bibleapps.com/greek/1349.htm diké: right (as self-evident), justice (the principle, a decision or its execution) Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: diké Phonetic Spelling: (dee’-kay)
Short Definition: justice, judicial hearing, punishment
Definition: (a) (originally: custom, usage) right, justice, (b) process of law, judicial hearing, (c) execution of sentence, punishment, penalty, (d) justice, vengeance. Cognate: 1349 díke – properly, right, especially a judicial verdict which declares someone approved or disapproved; a judgment (just finding) that regards someone (something) as “guilty” or “innocent.” See 1343 (dikaiosyne).
[1349 (díke) is used in classical Greek for a legal decision – a recompense (based on justice). In the LXX, dike is used nine times to translate rî, the Hebrew term for “law-suit.”]
Thayer’s STRONGS NT 1349:
A judicial hearing, judicial decision, especially a sentence of condemnation; so in Acts 25:15. An execution of the sentence, punishment, (Wis. 18:11; 2 Macc. 8:11): Jude 1:7; (Sophocles El. 298; Aj. 113; Euripides, Or. 7), to suffer punishment, 2 Thessalonians 1:9.
The goddess Justice, avenging justice: Acts 28:4, as in Greek writings often from Hesiod theog. 902 on; (of the avenging justice of God, personified, Wis. 1:8, etc.; cf. Grimm at the passage and commentary on 4 Macc., p. 318, (he cites 4 Macc. 4:13, 21; 8:13, 21; 9:9; 11:3; 12:12; 18:22; Philo adv. Flacc. § 18; Eusebius, h. e. 2, 6, 8)).
Penalty, punishment Probably from deiknuo; right (as self-evident), i.e. Justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution) — judgment, punish, vengeance.
Friends the very word “Laodicea” means that those who are zealous for their own ways and traditions, who think they know it all, and follow men; and are not zealous to continue learning things and growing out of the word to follow Christ and keep his word: Will be judged and punished [corrected].
Brethren, these men LIE when they claim that to question them is to be Laodicean! Those who follow men are true Laodiceans and will be judged by Jesus Christ in great tribulation!
I think that we all know that the abomination must be set up and go to the Holy Place, peace and safety must be declared, and a new Europe must arise before the tribulation begins. The problem is in defining these terms and how they fit together.
The 70 Weeks prophecy is about the coming of Messiah in the first century and again in our time. The first 69 weeks of days for years, reveals exactly when the ministry of Christ would begin and end, with Jesus being “cut off” at the end of the 69th week. THE 70 WEEKS PROPHECY Part 1: Dating the birth and death of Christ
The 70th week then is about subsequent events after Christ was “cut off” leading into the tribulation and the second coming of Messiah.
Herbert Armstrong taught that the ministry of Jesus Christ fulfilled the first half of the 70th week and all of the WCG daughter groups take that position; except Bob Thiel and LCG.
“The prophetic 70th week (seven years) started with Jesus’ ministry. He was “cut off” (crucified) after 3 years (“in the middle of the week”). Not only did He die in the middle of the prophetic seven-year [70th week] week, careful study shows He also died in the middle of the calendar week (Wednesday afternoon.
Thus it is clear that the work of the Messiah that was to be accomplished in the 70th week has not yet been completed. As noted earlier, the first three of the six items listed in verse 24 that were to be accomplished by the end of the 70 weeks have been partially completed, and the last three [3 1/2 years] remain. All will be completely fulfilled in the future, when the Messiah finishes the last half of the 70th week.”
This idea makes a lot of sense: They are saying that at the end of the 69th week, Christ began his ministry and after 3 1/2 years, after the end of the 69th week he was cut off and only 3 1/2 years remain of the 70th week.
In fact this is slightly off, but very very close to correct, as I will explain tomorrow, but they are absolutely correct in thinking that the first half of the 70th week was indeed fulfilled in the first century.
Despite this teaching that the first half of the 70th week was fulfilled in the first century, COGWA then buys into the idea that they will have a period of time AFTER a Mideast peace deal and before the onset of the second half of the 70th week to do what they call an “Elijah” work.
They seem to have drifted into the idea that even if the period after a peace deal is not the first half of the 70th week; a peace agreement as per 1 Thess 5:3 will be made, and after a time the daily will be stopped. For some reason they reject the fact that Paul says “Sudden” which is “surprise immediate” destruction will come when peace is declared.
The concept that a physical tabernacle must be built and a physical sacrifice will be started that will then be stopped, is the false tradition that they are fixated on; as they ignore the warnings of Paul and the words of Christ in Mat 24 that when the abomination goes to the holy place [Mat 24:15] and Jerusalem is surrounded by armies [Luk 21:20] the tribulation will begin suddenly and immediately.
They believe, contrary to scripture; which clearly says that the faithful called out, are the temple of God in this dispensation, and that the next temple will be built by Christ in the millennium.
They also contradict the fact that Jesus Christ is now our High Priest and intercedes for his people daily, which is the typical meaning of the Daily Sacrifice; by insisting that a physical sacrifice is necessary so that it can be physically stopped.
In fact, it is Jesus Christ who will stop his intercession [the spiritual daily] for those who have fallen away from zeal for his word; to reject the lukewarm church of Laodicea; which will be judged by Christ and spued out of his body to be thrown into the furnace of affliction.
That is the true meaning of the stopping of the daily in the midst of the 70th week; has to do with Christ rejecting us Rev 3:16; and stopping his mediation on behalf of Laodicea, to pass sentence on Laodicea.
The stopping of the daily has absolutely nothing to do with any restarted physical sacrifice!
In short, while the Armstrong loyal COG Groups claim that the ministry of Christ fulfilled the first half of the 70th week, they falsely claim that a peace deal will allow time for a physical sacrifice to start and then be ended to begin the tribulation.
Even though they claim that the first half of the 70th week was fulfilled by the ministry of Christ, they have also drifted into the idea of a period of peace before the tribulation, in which they can do an “Elijah” work. That leaves them open to cooperate with LCG which teaches that the whole 70th must be fulfilled in the last days.
Therefore they will not believe the warnings of God’s two servants to leave their land for the place that God has prepared for his faithful; and will rely on their false traditions, saying; there is no physical sacrifice yet so it is not the time and God’s two are false prophets.
LCG and CCOG
Some years ago Bob Thiel [now CCOG] and LCG, in his search through paganism for his prophetic mis-understandings, adopted a mainstream protestant teaching that the last days will begin with a peace pact, and after 3 1/2 years that pact would be broken and the tribulation would begin and last for another 3 1/2 years to fulfill a full 70th week of seven years.
Although CGWA teaches that the first half of the week has already been fulfilled; they also believe, like LCG, that they will do an “Elijah” work between the signing of a peace deal and the onset of the tribulation. They are at the same position, having taken two different roads to arrive there.
The real behind the scenes reason for the Thiel LCG split was the fact that LCG leadership regards themselves as a corporate “Elijah” about to do an “Elijah” work; while Bob considered himself an “Elijah” and one of the two prophets and wanted LCG to listen to him! This split was over who gets to be and do the “Elijah” work!
In the Living Church of God Weekly Update 1/24
Bible prophecy indicates that radical ideology will drive Europe in the years ahead. As the Beast takes power, he will sign a unique peace deal with nations of the Middle East, ushering in 3.5 years of peace that apparently permits ritual Jewish animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Daniel 9:27). However, this European leader will abruptly reject his own peace deal, terminate the temple sacrifices, surround Jerusalem with armies, and offer abominations upon the altar (Daniel 11:29-31; Matthew 24:15; Luke 21:20-24). For more on this coming radical European Beast power, be sure to view our telecast, “Who Is the Beast of Revelation?”
We know that this is a false teaching since it is a mainstream teaching by unconverted people who have no understanding of the word of God. In fact the first half of the 70th week of years was fulfilled in the first century; just not by the ministry of Jesus Christ.
LCG also sees itself as doing an “Elijah” word for 3 1/2 years immediately before the tribulation and so because of organizational pride they, like COGWA, consider themselves to be the ones to do the end time “Elijah” work!
LCG has turned from seeking understanding in the word of God, to heathen explanations of prophecy and clinging to their own false traditions.
All of the COG Groups falsely believe their own traditions, that a peace will be made and that a physical sacrifice will be started and then stopped, triggering the tribulation.
BOTH COGWA and LCG believe that during that period of time, they will BOTH be doing an “Elijah” work. They therefore ignore Paul that sudden [by surprise] destruction will come; and imagine that they in their pride will fulfill the end time work of “Elijah.”
Taking this self delusion only a bit further; the two “Elijah” organizations would be fulfilling the prophecy of the two prophets in an organizational way for 3 1/2 years, and then having their work stopped being figuratively dead for another 3 1/2 years.
Heady stuff for the brethren caught up in this fantasy! “We are the end time “Elijah” doing the prophetic “Elijah” work of God’s word!”
This is all about the pride of Laodicea which will be judged and punished by Christ! It is about ignoring the word of God to force God’s word to fit their own false beliefs, and about their pride that they are the greatest and know it all!
Coming next: The true Bible explanation of the 70th week, demonstrating how the first half of the 70th week was indeed fulfilled in the first century, and that the tribulation will come upon those who are not zealous for the word of God, ”SUDDENLY” and UNEXPECTEDLY!
These organizations are about as far from having an Elijah zeal for the whole word of God as can be, being full of themselves and rejecting Elijah’s zeal for the whole word of God. They imagine themselves so great, righteous and wise, knowing it all; that no one can tell them anything, and will not even listen to the word of God! They are Laodiceans indeed!
They imagine that they can do an “Elijah” work; and in their exulted opinion of themselves will be caught by surprise and fall into the strong correction of great tribulation. They think that they will do an “Elijah” work for 3 and 1/2 years, and instead will be corrected in tribulation during that time.
There will NOT be a 3 1/2 year gap between a peace deal and the onset of the tribulation; the tribulation will begin as soon as the man of sin [the abomination] goes to the Holy Mount and peace is declared, Mat 24:15, 1 Thess 5:3.
The “Elijah” work will be done by human types of Elijah and Moses; two literal human prophets sent by Almighty God!
These folks are so wrapped up in themselves and what they think they are going to do; that they will be caught suddenly, by surprise; because they have departed from their love and zeal for the whole word of God.
The best way to tell a counterfeit is to intensively study and know the real thing, and today I want to delve into the 70th Week, and follow the scripture that tells us that no scripture stands alone and therefore all scripture must fit together; and Herbert’s advice to let the Bible explain the Bible.
The explanation presented by HWA about 1953 and later reprinted, is today held sacred by COGWA, UCG and other groups while being rejected by LCG and CCOG.
Yet we know that any explanation of Daniel 9 presented so many decades ago cannot be true, simply because Daniel was told that the words [the understanding] of his book was “SEALED” until the end, at which time knowledge would be increased; i.e. the book would be unsealed.
The first key to understand Dan 9 and the 70th week is that HWA could not possibly have understood the 70th week until decades after he had died, simply because God had seaedl up the understanding of that book! The second key is that at the very end time, just when we need to know this thing; it would be unsealed, unlocked by God!
Therefore those who cling to decades old traditions and who now think that they know it all and reject the promised increase in understanding; are very proud and self willed. [Laodicean.
It for this cause; that they delight in their own ways instead of in the law of God, and have followed their own false traditions and rejected of the promised increase of knowledge that the Laodicean COG age is to be rejected by Christ, Rev 3:16.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Since we know that Daniel was sealed [concealed] by God until this very time immediately before the now imminent tribulation; and we know that knowledge is to be increased: Let us search the scriptures for GOD’S explanation of the 70th week!
The 70th week is a week of years, which is divided into two halves. Each half would be 3 1/2 days of years, or 3 1/2 years, or 1,260 days each!
It would be a good start to our study if we looked for two periods of time, each equaling one half week. And immediately we do find this example right where we would expect to find it; in Revelation!
Jesus Christ has given us HIS explanation of the 70th week in HIS Revelation, and understanding of that has been concealed until these very last days when there is a vital need to know and understand the 70th week.
GOD’s explanation of the 70th week is right there in God’s word, so let us study GOD’s explanation of HIS word!
A wonder in heaven as a woman wearing a crown of 12 stars, with the power of darkness under her feet and subjected to her; clothed with the brightness of the sun as a light to the world; is ready to bring forth the Deliverer of humanity.
12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Satan who was followed by one third of the angels stood before the woman to destroy the man child about to be born, Jesus Christ.
12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
The allegorical woman of righteousness representing the faithful brings forth Jesus Christ by the woman Mary, and Jesus overcame and was “cut off” for the sins of the world to be raised up and to ascend to the Father on high.
12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Here we have a time frame of a period after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. This is AFTER his earthly life and ministry. After Christ ascends up to the Father in heaven the woman [the faithful] flee into a place prepared of God where the faithful are taken care of for the first half of the 79th week, 1,260 days!
This took place when the faithful fled Jerusalem for Pella during and just before the final 1,260 days of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in the first century. That is a matter of historical record: The faithful [woman] did flee to Pella in Moab in the first century during the siege of Jerusalem.
Here we see the first half of the 70th week fulfilled, as the marriage covenant between us and Christ; with us as the bride pledging our uncompromising zealous obedience to his word, and Jesus pledging his love and to care for, feed and protect his faithful beloved.
What covenant did Christ confirm? The covenant that Jesus was confirming was his covenant of marriage that he made with us and we made with him at our baptism; that we would faithfully and uncompromising follow him and keep the whole word of God; and that He, as our espoused Husband would care for, provide for and protect us.
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:
12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
The first half of the 70th week is explained by the scriptures as the period of time in the first century when the faithful fled to Pella and were preserved from the first Roman destruction of Jerusalem.
This first Roman / Babylonian [remember that Rome is the feet of Babylon, Dan 2] destruction of Jerusalem, was a type of a final period of occupation of Jerusalem for 42 months, Rev 11:2, Dan 12:4-7; by this same Holy Roman Empire system in the final 3 1/2 year tribulation.
Thus we see here in Revelation 12 the first and the second half of the 70th week explained as the first and the second destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, as the feet of Babylon.
Now we jump ahead to the very last days and the second half of the 70th week.
Satan has being doing his best to unite mankind under a single government to break the end time prophecies.
The new world order of one super world government is Satan’s work, and at the appointed time Jesus Christ will say: “That’s enough” and declare that Satan will be forced to allow the prophets to be fulfilled. This will set Satan off on an attack against God.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven [for Satan and his followers].
This is explained further by what was recorded by Daniel as the last spiritual event along with the stopping of the daily, before the tribulation starts.
Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people [both physical and spiritual Israel] : and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
When Satan is cast down he has only a very short time before; the chosen are changed to spirit; Satan is removed for one thousand years; and Jesus Christ comes with his chosen to establish the millennial kingdom. Therefore while these years will be a time of terrible trial on the earth, the faithful are told to rejoice.
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
The chosen are those who are faithful and zealous to learn and to keep the whole word of God; unto death itself!
Some are zealous for God and his word now, they are a very small minority of a few hundred. The vast majority of the COG Groups today are fully Laodicean and are to be judged and rejected by Jesus Christ into great tribulation That is the stopping of the daily intercession of Jesus for them as an organization; the stopping of the daily sacrifice for them!
However once the COG Groups see how very wrong they were by the reality of what they have fallen into; most will quickly repent and turn to love and keep the word of God to the death, joining the many martyrs of the past. That is when the fruits of this warning work will become evident.
12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony [faithfulness to the whole word of God]; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Now comes the second half of the 70th week!
12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Dan 9:27 . . . . and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman [the faithful Ekklesia] were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished [a second time, probably again at Pella] for a time, and times, and half a time, [1,260 days] from the face of the serpent.
12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water [an army] as a flood after the woman, that he might cause [destroy the fleeing Ekklesia by an army] her to be carried away of the flood. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, [God causes an earthquake swallows up the pursuers] and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Then Satan is even angrier and turns back from those hundreds who have been snatched from his grasp, to pursue and persecute those thousands of Laodicea who have remained behind.
12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
It is time to turn from our past traditions and let the Bible explain the Bible!
The first half of the 70th week was fulfilled by Jesus Christ keeping his marriage covenant to care for his faithful bride for 42 months; and the second half of the 70th week he will care for his faithful bride again; to complete the full seven days [years] of the 70th week. There will be no 3 1/2 years of peace before the second half of the 70th week begins.
Brethren that is what this work is all about; to excite to zeal for God and his word, all who will respond, no matter how few; and to prepare the COG majority for the collapse of their false traditions, so that they will quickly repent and turn to God and his word, when they see these things fulfilled before their very eyes.
No, these groups of proud self willed rebels will not do an Elijah work; God will do the work of Elijah and Moses through his two servants during the second half of the 70th week.
It is my job to warn the COG Groups and to prepare the way for the setting up of the two. It is the job of the two to take the faithful to their refuge, and to then work with the repentant of Laodicea, while warning the whole world of the imminent coming of the kingdom of God.
Tomorrow the abomination and other details explained.
Each one of you can have a part in this vital work of God; warning and preparing the called out to turn to Almighty God, by supporting the effort with prayer and contributions.
Today I want to discuss the abomination and daily sacrifice and what is meant by them in the prophecies of the 70th week.
We all know that the final tribulation is the second half of a week of years; that is: 3 1/2 years. And we know that 3 1/2 years is 1,260 days or 42 months. We also all know that the tribulation will end with the false prophet and the beast emperor being cast into the lake of fire and the establishment of the millennial kingdom of God by Jesus Christ.
These facts which we all acknowledge pose serious problems for the teaching that a daily sacrifivce will be started and stopped to begin the tribulation. You see, God tells us through his angel and Daniel that from the setting up of the abomination and the stopping of the daily, it will be 1,335 days [not 1,260 days] until Daniel [and we] receive our inheritance, our kingdoms.
Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
It is obvious then, that the setting up of the abomination and the stopping of the daily does NOT begin the tribulation; and the second half of the 70th week! Lets do the simple arithmetic. Subtract 1,290 from 1,335 and we get 75 days between the time that the abomination is set up and the daily is stopped and the tribulation begins!
The Daily Sacrifice
When Jesus Christ ascended to the Father HE became our High Priest of the called out of the New Covenant. When we respond to our calling and repent ,he intercedes for us with the Father; the whole book of Hebrews.
The physical morning and evening burnt offering pictures Christ’s tireless work as our High Priest and Intercessor with the Father, going before the Father and asking him to apply the [HIS] sacrifice of Christ to all of our repented sins.
The daily sacrifice DID NOT END with the death of Messiah or his resurrection! It continued in its spiritual reality in the spiritual temple in heaven; for the spiritual temple of God on the earth, which is his faithful called out people of God.
Jesus Christ will come to his temple on the earth, which temple is the faithful to the Father in heaven.
The daily is the spiritual application of the scrifice of our ONLY Intercessor, to the repentant called out and faithful; who dedicatedly learn and keep the whole word of God and wholeheartedly follow the Lamb.
How then can a spiritual daily sacrifice, [the continual and repeated application of the one time death and resurrection of the Lamb of God] be stopped? Jesus Christ intercedes for us with the Father as our High Priest, to keep us reconciled by applying his sacrifice to our repented sins!
When we reach the point, as the Laodicean COG Groups have now reached; where we organizationally WILL NOT repent of our own ways; and insist on standing on our own ways, traditions, and leaders; and reject any zeal to learn and to keep the word of God, rejecting knowledge from the scriptures to stand on our own false traditions: We are no longer repentant as groups and the sacrifice of Christ can no longer be applied to us!
It is we who are stopping the daily as organizations with our rejection of any zeal for the whole word of God! And because of our abominations and idolatry in following men and false traditions and rejecting the knowledge in God’s word, and any zeal to learn and to keep the whole word of God we are being judged and rejected by Christ.
Because we will not repent of turning away from Jesus Christ and the word of God; Jesus Christ our High Priest can no longer intercede for us.
That is the stopping of the offering and application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for the Laodicean vast majority of the COG today.
Yet Christ can and does still apply his sacrifice and keep reconciled with the Father, all those who are zealous to learn and to keep the whole word of God. These folks [pillars] are not any one COG group, but are scattered pillars; as pillars are indeed scattered and stand on a firm foundation, which is the whole word of God!
The spiritual daily for the organizations, will be stopped by the sins and refusal to repent of these organizations; while the application of the sacrifice for repented sins of individuals personally will still be applied.
The daily was to be applied to the whole nation, while individuals could bring their own sacrifices as well.
Thus, while Laodicea is in process of stopping the spiritual daily; the pillars who are zealous to learn and repent of past sin, going forward to sin no more, will still have the reconciling sacrifice of the Lamb of God applied to them.
If the temple of God is spiritual, and the daily sacrifice is spiritual today; what then is the abomination?
Idols of metal or wood and icons are abominations to God, not because God hates art, statues or pictures; but because of what these idols and icons represent. They are false human ideas of God used by false religions to deceive people into following men away from God.
Yes, they are abominations to God; yet the ultimate abomination is Satan and his followers, who create these false teachings and lead people into rebellion against keeping the whole word of God.
It is the man who says: “Follow me for following me is the same as following God” and then leads the people to keep the words of Satan, and his own false traditions and teachings ; away from any zeal for the whole word of God; who is an abomination to God.
Here is a shocker: virtually all of the leaders and elders in the COG Groups do this very thing and are abominations to Christ; which is why they will be judged and rejected by him, Rev 3:16. The very word “Laodicea” means “to be judged by God and sentenced to punishment”; as also Rev 3 reveals that judgment.
But there is coming an ultimate man of sin, a son of perdition; who is filled with the power of Satan to deceive and do miracles, and uses that power to lead people to follow him in rebellion against the learning and the keeping of the whole word of God!
Now remember Dan 12: when the spiritual daily is stopped by Laodicea’s unrepentant following of their idols; the abomination is also set up, and the daily is actually stopped to set up the abomination together at the same day; the spiritual daily being stopped and the abomination set up 75 days before the tribulation begins.
Now the Laodicean COG Groups considers the abomination as some physical statue stopping a physical sacrifice for 1,260 days, when scripture says that the abomination will be set up for 1,335 days, and the daily will be stopped for 1,335 days as well; which is 75 days before the tribulation.
At this point let us remember the words of Christ:
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Notice that Jesus particularly points out that this abomination prophecy will be very hard to understand and will be a stumbling block to many.
Here Jesus says that as soon as the abomination stands in the holy place the tribulation will begin!
Think about this! God sent his angel to tell Daniel that the abomination would be set up 1,335 days before the KOG, and here Jesus says that the abomination will be set on the holy place only 1,260 days before the KOG!
The Laodicean COG Groups tradition, has a real problem here, for they claim that the daily will be stopped and an abomination will be set up 1,260 days before the KOG, while ignoring God’s word in Daniel 12.
Who are we to believe; God’s word by Daniel, or God’s word by Christ? The Laodicean COG Groups say Christ and reject God’s word by Daniel!
I say that BOTH are God’s word and we need to find an explanation that incorporates BOTH the word of God by Daniel and the word of God by Jesus Christ!
Now we know that statues, icons and idols have been around as long as man himself; but the ultimate abomination from Satan, is the man of sin the son of perdition who performs miracles to deceive by the power of Satan.
This man echoes the Laodicean COG groups in claiming that he represents God and fills the role of God by being God’s servant and head of God’s church; and that he must be obeyed as one would obey God. That is called: setting himself over all that is called God; as many COG Groups do.
The final abomination that is set up as a result of the stopping of the daily in heaven; is the final man of sin, the son of perdition; and the explanation to our conundrum is that this man of sin is set up in the Vatican and empowered as the miracle working son of perdition and the abomination that brings desolation in the Vatican; 75 days before he goes to the holy mount.
Thus we see the word of God by Daniel fulfilled as to when this abomination is set up, and we also see the word of God by Messiah fulfilled as to when the tribulation will begin.
The first half of the 70th week was fulfilled by the flight of the faithful to Pella and the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome in the first century. The second half of the 70th week is fulfilled by the flight of the faithful and the occupation of Jerusalem for 42 months, beginning when the abomination goes to the holy mount; 75 days after this final man of sin, the miracle working abomination, is set up in his power in the Vatican.
Just before the tribulation, Jesus Christ stops interceding [the daily] for the unrepentant Laodicean COG Groups, and allows the miracle working abomination to be set up. This abomination raises up doing miracles and calling for a new order in Europe. He brings that to pass and then as peace is declared he goes to the holy mount.
There he meets demonstrations of radical Settler Movement Jews rejecting the peace, and the New Europe’s peace keepers are forced to take action.
Then the various Islamic countries except Egypt Psalm 83, move in to join Europe in bringing down the Jewish state.
No, today’s COG Groups will not be doing any “Elijah” work for 3 1/2 years after a peace deal is made; instead they will be caught by a sudden surprise, because they have rejected and do not understand the word of God, and have instead stood on their own false traditions.
The failure of their traditions and their cherished notion that they are “Elijah”; will be a crushing blow to their pride; waking them up spiritually and bringing these warnings to remembrance.
Then very many shall surely sincerely repent and turn wholeheartedly to the Eternal; and through the change in their natures, and their now godly example, many will become beacon’s of light for God’s word, to all that see them.
When this man of sin is set up doing miracles in the Vatican; know and understand that he will go to the holy place in about 75 days, and then the tribulation will begin immediately: So says Jesus Christ!
The first half of the 70th week was fulfilled by the flight of the faithful to Pella; and their espoused Husband Jesus Christ, fulfilling his marriage covenant by caring for and providing for those who were faithful to his word and obeyed his warning to go to Pella during the Roman siege and destruction of Jerusalem.
Between the first and second half of the 70th week at the end time, the COG Groups would become fully Laodicean, and be judged and sentenced by Christ to be rejected by HIM; which is the stopping of the daily intercession of the spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ because of their unrepentant rebellion against any zeal to learn, to accept and to keep the whole word of God.
At the same time, Satan the great deceiver who has deceived the Laodicean COG and who is trying to set up a new world order contrary to the word of God, will be told: No more, God’s word will be fulfilled.
The judgment and spewing out of Laodicea, is the stopping of the daily intercession of our High Priest Jesus Christ on their behalf. It is also the removing of the restraint that has held back Satan and the appearance of the man of sin for these centuries.
It is the daily mediation [the daily application of Christ’s sacrifice to the repentant] of Jesus Christ on behalf of the collective repentant, which has kept the collective brethren reconciled to the Father in heaven; and restrained the setting up of the abomination.
The mystery of Satan has been working since Cain [actually since Lucifer rebelled], but its final appearance in this age has been restrained by the intercession of Jesus Christ for the collective sincerely repentant.
It is when the now Laodicean COG Groups have beome so self willed that they adamantly reject any zeal to learn and keep the whole word of God for thie own false ways; that they are collectively judged [as organizations] and rejected by Jesus Christ into great tribulation; that through the affliction of the flesh the spirit might be saved.
2 Thess 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [restrains] will let [continue to restrain], until he [the Intercessor stops his restraining] be taken out of the way.
The wicked one shall be revealed when the daily restraint [the intercession of Christ as High Priest for the collective organizations] is stopped; we know that the abomination will be set up doing miracles when the daily is stopped! [Dan 12:11] How obvious it is that the man of sin IS the abomination of Daniel 12!
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
When this wicked person is set up, claiming to be God’s choice to lead his church, and then leads people away from the word of God to keep his own teachings and false traditions; he will call for a new Europe and bring it to life, and about 75 days later will go to and stand on the holy mount, and the tribulation will begin. NOT 3 1/2 years later!
This lack of understanding of God’s word comes from our lack of zeal to learn and to keep the whole word of God, and from our pride and sense of self importance, that we think we know it all and think we are Elijah’s; when we are really spiritually wretched and blind and naked, full of sins that comes from our own false ways, and the rejecting of the word of God for our own traditions: just like the man of sin!
What we are doing now, which Christ is judging, rejecting and will correct us for; this man of sin will do in even greater fullness!
Why has God allowed us to fall into this error?
So that after we learn and repent, we will be able to understand and teach those who were deceived by this man of sin and all false religions!
WE will have experienced the deceptions used by Satan, learned our lesson and repented, and will be able to understand how others who may be well intentioned, as we are, were also deceived!
Brethren, God has allowed us to make our own mistakes as a learning process, to prepare us for eternity! Just like David had to learn through experience how to be a godly king, so do we!