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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our Spiritual Sabbath (rest) in Jesus Christ

Our Spiritual Sabbath (rest) in Jesus Christ

Here Eric looks at a topic which is misunderstood by many so called Christians today. Even their pastors and teachers do not have this proper understanding about God’s Holy Sabbath Days. Please read with prayer and share! SOCT Truth!

Today many so called Christians do not believe in a literal Sabbath day of rest. They do not believe in the fourth commandment. Many today say that they rest in Jesus Christ 24/7 so they do not need to obey the fourth commandment. Some have replaced God’s true meaning of the fourth commandment with this type of an excuse. People do not want to obey God…plain and simple. ~

The Bible actually speaks of more than just one kind of Sabbath. All of them are important for true Christians. In God’s Holy Feast Days we have special Sabbaths. These are additional and special blessings for the true child of God. The Holy Festivals point to God’s redemptive acts and help us understand the seven-fold plan of God. So we have the WeeklySabbath, the Holy Festival Sabbaths, and our Spiritual Sabbath rest in Jesus Christ. Let me say here that if you are truly resting in Jesus Christ you will be keeping all of God’s Sabbaths and not pagan feast days or false weekly Sabbaths. Resting in Jesus means we have learned to do things the way He did…He kept all the Sabbaths. ~

Let us here focus on what it means to “rest in Jesus Christ”. Let me say here that many in fallen apostate Christendom will argue that it does not matter which day you keep the weekly Sabbath because they have spiritual “rest” in Jesus Christ. At the same time they keep the Roman Catholic day of worship which is Sunday. Sunday worship is a pagan practice plain and simple. To have true spiritual rest in Jesus Christ means we follow His example…He kept the Saturday weekly Sabbath…not pagan Sunday. ~

Jesus said to His disciples: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” [Matthew 11:28]. At the same time He kept the Saturday weekly Sabbath and His apostles kept it with Him. Jesus never broke any of God’s commandments. So just because we have a “spiritual Sabbath rest” in the person of Jesus Christ does not do away with the weekly Sabbath day. ~

Even after Jesus’ death we find the women keeping the weekly Sabbath: “The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” [Luke 23:55-56] Yes. Even after Jesus died we find His disciples keeping the feast and weekly Sabbaths “according to the commandment”. This is extremely important. You need to inform your Sunday keeping friends that they have been misinformed. In the book of Acts we find the Gentiles keeping the Saturday Sabbath. [Acts 13: 42-46] And throughout the book of Acts we see the apostle Paul keeping God’s holy feast days. ~

So even though we still have our weekly Sabbath and Holy Feast day Sabbaths we have yet another Special Sabbath Rest in the person of Jesus Christ. Every commandment has an outer and inner obedience. We should not lust after a woman in our minds…if we do Jesus says that we are already guilty of fornication. Nor should we literally [physically] commit fornication. We must understand the Sabbath commandments the same way. We have a spiritual rest in Jesus Christ 24/7 and we have a physical Sabbath every Saturday. ~

In the New Testament book of Hebrews we find our spiritual rest in Jesus Christ explained. Let us look at this passage. ~

Talking of God we read: “Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, ‘So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” [Hebrews 5:3-4] ~

Please pay close attention and understand this scripture in context. First the author refers to the rest that Israel was to gain if they had properly entered the Promised Land. Just as entering the land of Canaan demanded faith in God and His promises so our salvation rest in Jesus Christ demands faith. The author of Hebrews then goes on to make reference in the Torah of the Sabbath as mentioned in Genesis. Please understand that the author of Hebrews knew that the Sabbath is the fourth commandment in the Ten Commandments but when referencing the Sabbath as mentioned in Genesis he says, “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words” and then he goes on to quote Genesis. ~

His point is in reference to the Kingdom Rest that we have in Jesus Christ. We teach that God IS the “the Kingdom”. He is currently a family of two [Father & Son] but when we become born through the power of Holy Spirit into that Kingdom we too become children of God. In this Holy Family we find Spiritual Rest. Israel going into the land of Canaan was a partial and temporary rest in a temporary kingdom. ~

If one truly accepts Jesus Christ and obeys His commandments he too can now enter that special rest. The child of God can have reassurance in true Christ identity. To be “in Christ” is to walk and live like Christ lived. Jesus was obedient to ALL of God’s commandments. “It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’ For if Joshua had given them rest,God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a [not the] Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” [Hebrews 4:6-11] ~

He finishes off his explanation with the idea that we will all eventually enter the Millennial Rest, the Millennium at Christ’s return. “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.” Are you obedient to Jesus Christ? We do not want to follow ancient Israel’s “example of disobedience.” Whereas God rested from the work of creation so the believer going through true conversion learns to rest from human understandings and instead relies on the way of the Lord. ~

A day to the Lord is as “a thousand years”. The final millennium will be a Millennial Sabbath for God’s true people. The Church will enter it as “kings and priests” ready to assist and teach those who will need guidance. My prayer is that you will enter properly with the rest of the saints on the Great and Glorious Day. Thank you for studying with us here at COGSR. Please continue to do so J ~

Eric W. King

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SOCT History of the Church of the First Born

All Mormon Christians should read this and pay attention. This is a foundational understanding to becoming a Seventh Message Mormon. If you do not understand this basic outline of the Christian Church as it moves through time you will not truly understand the Seventh Message which has come forth to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and indeed to the entire world in this the seventh-time. You must grasp this message and all of what it contains. You must understand just where the church is in prophetic history. May you be brought here by the Holy Spirit and may you be sealed with this final day message.

When we look at the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation they represent the Church of God through time. The historical Church of God has always taught that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation progressively represent the state of God's Church throughout history. These progressions link God's people throughout time. ~

The linkage begins in AD31 on Pentecost when the church was first organized. The chain stretches through history down to the Day of the Lord [the second coming]. This means that the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation represent the consecutive and differing spiritual states of the Church throughout time. These seven are the Ephesus period, the Smyrna period, the Pergamos period, the Thyatira period, the Sardis period, the Philadelphia period and the Laodicea schism. ~

First Era

In the book of Revelation found at the end of the Jewish record of Holy Scripture we read about the seven churches. These churches show the direction of God’s church throughout time down until our very day. The first church mentioned is that of Ephesus. This was the early apostolic time period…the apostles were busy sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. This period lasted up until about 98 AD. [Revelation 2:13] ~

The early apostles reached all the way to India and what we now call the British Isles. This early apostolic period was not easy. All of the apostles suffered and experienced hardships and died for the preaching of the gospel. ~

Second Era

The second period of the church is known as the Smyrna period. Many of the early Christians lived in Asia Minor which was a city of Smyrna. The famous disciple Polycarp appeared and worked during this era of the church. It was during this era that the Roman Catholic heresy began. The Papacy was born and became a powerful fallen church which was teaching many false doctrines. They did not have the true priesthood power. They practiced “priest craft” [false Christianity] and pretended to have authority. ~

It was during this period of Smyrna that the Great Apostasy truly began. This would last all the way up until the “dispensation of the fullness of times” when the prophet Joseph Smith would appear to restore the true Gospel and the Priesthood which occurred during the fifth era of the church, that of Sardis. ~

Third Era

We now come to the third church era known as the Pergamos era. In this period many more false doctrines crept into the church. This took place in the known area of Armenia. Symbolically referred to as the church time of Pergamos. Pergamos was the center of the Babylonian Mysteries. The Eastern fallen and pagan Church of Rome had migrated around Armenia, thus it was called, “where Satan’s seat is.” ~

This was a time when priest craft flourished. The Book of Mormon warned about this time. Ancient prophets on the American continent foresaw this dreadful time of the church which still exists today in all the false denominations. ~

Fourth Era

The fourth period of the church is known as the Thyatira era.  Though the true priesthood was lost at this time God did keep a small band of faithful Christians. These Christians had nuggets of truth and God’s Spirit was still leading a very small faithful band of true believers. God always preserves a remnant. It was during this time under a small faithful band that the issue of the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day came under attack because of the great apostasy. The Roman Church had distorted this commandment and deleted the important understanding of the Holy Feast Days. ~

A small group of Christians known as the Waldenses fought to keep the true Saturday Sabbath holy during this time of persecution. This all happened around the year 1161 AD. Today this doctrine has properly been restored through the ministry of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) under the Philadelphia era of the church. It has since been restored to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in our present “seventh church era” [typical Laodicean era] which started on October 7th 2011 and is part of what has become known as the “Seventh Message” to the church. ~

Fifth Era

This fifth era is the Sardis era. It started in the year 1585 AD and extended into the 19th century. The Christian message had extended throughout England in this era and many true and faithful Christians arrived in America as early as the 1600’s. Even the true Sabbath message had reached America during this time though not many Christians got to hear or receive it. ~

It was during this very important time of the church as it has flowed through prophetic history that Heavenly Father [God, Divine Intelligence] chose a prophet to restore the true gospel and the priesthood to the earth. This prophet was Joseph Smith. In 18 29 AD God restored the priesthood authority to His church and many other important ordinances. The visible 12 apostles were ordained, temples were built and many doctrines were restored to the church. ~

Latter day Scripture was revealed and brought forth called the Book of Mormon. The book is a record of God’s people on the American continent. ~ 

After the prophet Joseph Smith was martyred the Secret Twelve Apostles were ordained and the church broke into two main factions. Brigham Young took the bulk of the church to Utah while the secret apostles stayed for some time in the eastern states and went underground, so to speak to protect the teachings. ~

Since this time the priesthood can never ever be taken from our planet again. ~

Sixth Era

The sixth era is that of Philadelphia. This is the time that the true church holds to. This is the only church that Jesus Christ had no problems with. Even though we are in the seventh church era which is that of Laodicea we are trying to keep people in the spiritual state of Philadelphia. When God originally completed His work during the re-creation of our planet on the sixth day all was perfect and thus it was. This sixth church time is extremely important to understand and we urge all SOCT students to study this period of the church. ~

It was during this era which began in the 1930’s that God used the man Herbert W. Armstrong to restore 18 important truths to the church. God informed him to name the church, the Worldwide Church of God. This was indeed a remnant of the true church and we recognize that it was a branch of the true church. Herbert W. Armstrong was not a Mormon and neither he or his congregations accepted the Mormon message but that was not his mission. ~

*Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong also taught in agreement with the prophet Joseph Smith that America was made up and founded by the literal tribes of Israel. ~

He was an apostle who did receive secretly the priesthood but never came public with his authority to teach…instead Heavenly Father used him for specific things regarding doctrinal fulfillments. After his death the Worldwide Church of God was broken apart. This all happened for a reason. Those who experienced Christianity in the Worldwide Church of God were to go through many trials up until they were to accept the Book of Mormon along with many of the truths that God revealed to Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. This did not occur until October 7th 2011 under the calling of Mr. Eric William King. ~

So the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been given a message from this remnant known as the Worldwide Church of God and has in fact been given this new name, Worldwide Church of God in our present seventh era. Through this movement Heavenly Father has restored even more truth to His church particularly regarding God’s true Holy Sabbath Day and true Holy Feast Days. The prophet Joseph Smith saw this day coming when it was revealed to him the following in the Doctrines & Covenants: ~

“And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars…All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and SET TIMES, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fullness of times…According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.” – DC, 121:30-32 (July 8th, 1838) ~

Heavenly Father [Divine Intelligence] used the movement started by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong to bring this revelation to fulfillment. These teachings have now been restored to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in our present seventh church era…that of Laodicea. ~

The Seventh Era

Our present church era is the Laodicean era. This era comes in two parts: first the typical-Laodicean era. We are currently experiencing the typical-Laodicean era which started on October 7th 2011 when two of the secret 12 apostles appeared to Mr. Eric William King and ordained and anointed him to bring forth what we now know to be the Seventh Message. ~

It was through Sir Eric William King that Heavenly Father merged the Worldwide Church of God reformation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was prophesied to occur by Joseph Smith himself. It was revealed to Joseph Smith: ~

“God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now; Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fullness of their glory; A time to come in which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods’ they shall be manifest.” – DC, 121:26-28 (July 8th, 1838) ~

Our present Laodicean time is a time in which “nothing shall be withheld”. Only pride will prevent people from accepting this message. ~

“Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!” – 2 Nephi 28:27

“Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!” – 2 Nephi 28:29

We have yet to enter the second phase of the Laodicean era. The second phase is called the anti-typical Laodicean period and this will commence at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the finality of the end times. ~

We hope that this has helped you come to a better understanding of the Seventh Message for the Worldwide Church of God and the Latter-day Saints [LDS Church]. Christians who have accepted this message have become known as Seventh Message Mormons. ~

~May you gain peace profound.

Note: Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was the first of the Secret Twelve Apostles to be brought to the public.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the seventh church era which started on October 7th 2011 that the remnants of the Worldwide Church of God accepted the Book of Mormon under the last day ministry of “Church of God – Speaking to the Remnant” and many Mormon Christians accepted the new light given to them by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s teachings. A merging began and it was through this Divine Growth that the seventh church era began, the typical-Laodicea era. 

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1 comment:

  1. To rest in God is His will for us. To be still in His presence and be confident in Him and His power are what He truly wants us to be. He has counselled us about this long time ago, that when we rest in Him, He will save and strengthen us (Is. 30:15). But the world had taught us to run elsewhere to get help. We had learned to rely on tangible things to quieten our souls and momentarily bring peace to our minds, not quite grasping the truth about God and what He is able to do. For with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
    ~by Rina Peru