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New Moon Questions to the Daughters

I received this article in two emails from a man with some very legitimate questions regarding the identity of YEHOVAH's TRUE Church -- and the doctrines it should be expounding. As he states below, there can be only one true Church -- the rest being false churches by definition! This article lays it on the line and clearly reveals what is probably the defining doctrine of YEHOVAH God's TRUE Church or Ecclesia. -- Editor.

by Russell Cunningham

I have a few questions that I would like to ask the daughter churches of the Worldwide Church of God

Since there was no other church like the Radio/Worldwide Church of God in comparison to any other Christian/pagan church, the Worldwide Church of God was like a brilliant light in the middle of darkness, it was very easy to spot the truth.

However since the seventies when the daughter churches begun to spring out until today, I believe that there are well over 300 churches and each one claims to be the true church inspired by Yeshua the Messiah!

As we all know, the Messiah is not divided which then tells me that at the most, only one of the daughter churches can be the true church, since the mother returned to Babylon!

Some say that the Messiah is with all the daughter churches but I think that even more would say that their church that they are in, is the true church while all the others are apostate. If it was true that most of, or all of the daughter churches were headed by the Messiah then all would become one and believe in the same, but each is held in division due to doctrinal differences, at a glance most seem to share the same doctrine but when you look closer then you see the differences.

So now more then ever we have to apply this verse:

Before the Radio Church of God, it was difficult enough to escape the deception offered by Christianity, but now that the knowledge of YEHOVAH God was increased through Herbert W. Armstrong and the advent of the multiple daughter/divisions that have taken place it seems as though Satan's deception is more then ever.

Some daughter churches claim to be the true church due to their increased member numbers, some say that they are the true church due to their revenue increase, some say, due to their almost exact image copy of the Worldwide Church of God, one church claims that it is the true church due to its following of the original Radio Church of God doctrines and its Monday Pentecost. Some say that they are the true church due to the "work" that they are doing (writing of books, journals, etc.) and continuing in Herbert W. Armstrong's footsteps.

But --

Does this mean that even all the Christian Sunday, Christmas keeping churches are of the spirit of YEHOVAH God because they confess 1 John 4:2?

But in truth they deny this because they don't really believe Him and have error in their doctrine (they deny YEHOVAH God and His image in the flesh)! And this also applies to the daughter churches of Worldwide Church of God! Since the Messiah himself tells us that when the temple of YEHOVAH God which he (the Messiah) builds, made of human stones is torn down then will many false prophets arise and many false christs will appear! This is specifically speaking of the daughter churches of Worldwide Church of God!

Most of you will agree that there can only be one true church, most of you will reasonably believe that the Church of God you are in is the true church while all the others are apostate. There can be only one of two options, either there is only one true church or there is no organized ministry at the moment! But what distinguishes the true church from all the others, is if they have the truth! (Reasonably you will believe that the church that you are in holds the truth and maybe that is so.)

And if this is the case, then that means that each church leader of each and every other church is a false prophet/minister, even if he means well.

But then who are the false christs? Well if each church claims to be "the body of Christ" and is found to be false then it is actually the churches themselves that are the "false christ" bodies and are antichrists along with the rest of Christianity, even if they swear that they are not, but they are deceived.

So for someone like me that does not belong to any of the daughter churches of Radio/Worldwide Church of God, trying to determine which one out of hundreds of churches is the true church would be tricky, especially when each has its own pitch in trying to prove that it is of the truth, yet most are near the same.

I would like to quote a verse from Colossians that would help me to identify the true body of the Messiah. And if you disagree then I would like to hear from you and what scriptural evidence you have that what I will be saying is not so!

I believe that these are the apostle Paul's words. I don't believe that he is saying that we have no need to keep the holydays or Sabbaths as the Sunday keeping Christianity would say, that proves that they are antichrist because these things are a shadow to come of the body of the Messiah! But he is saying let no one judge you on how you keep them (i.e., in the traditions of men). So it is very easy to see that Sunday, Christmas keeping churches are false christs.

What about the daughter churches of the Worldwide Church of God? Most if not all keep the Sabbath and holydays! But not all can be the true body of the Messiah, at the most only one! But Paul gives THREE CONDITIONS for the body of the Messiah -- the Sabbaths the holydays and, thirdly, the New Moon observance!

Some will say that this is not so because Herbert W. Armstrong did not keep New Moon observance -- neither was it the doctrine of the Radio or Worldwide Church of God! Well what if YEHOVAH God wants to know if you worship Him or worship Herbert W. Armstrong!

There are many verses proving that the New Moon was observed, even as a Sabbath, I will list a few --

1Samuel 20:5; 1Samuel 20:18; 1Samuel 20:29. King Saul required David to attend the new moon feast on a regular basis, David's excuse is that he needs to attend it with his family!

2Kings 4:18 to 2Kings 4:23. Elisha kept the new moon seemingly as important as the Sabbath, and why? Because the people only had access to him at these times.

1Chronicles 23:31. This verse is of David commanding the Levites to keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation!

2Chronicles 2:4; 2Chronicles 8:12; 2Chronicles 8:13; 2Chronicles 31:3. Here is Solomon confirming the sacrifice for the Sabbaths, the solemn feasts and the new moons , according to the commandment of Moses for the house of YEHOVAH God FOR EVER as is written in the LAW of the LORD.

Ezra 3:5. The book of Ezra confirming new moon observance!

Nehemiah 10:33. The Book of Nehemiah confirming new moon observance!

Psalm 81:3. King David calls the new moon "our appointed solemn feast day". this specific psalm refers to the new moon feast, not the feast of trumpets!

Isaiah 66:22; Isaiah 66:23. When the new heavens and new earth is created then will all come to worship before YEHOVAH God on the Sabbaths and on all the new moons! because as stated in psalms the new moon is our solemn feast day!

Ezekiel 45:17. The new moon along with the feasts and sabbaths are called solemnities? what does solemnity mean? it means an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; the place of meeting; -- appointed assembly, congregation, feast.

Ezekiel 46:1 to Ezekiel 46:7. Ezekiel is talking about the Temple that might have been. Can you distinguish between the importance of the Sabbath observance and it's offering at this specific gate and the new moon observance and it's offering at the same gate? they are near identical!

Amos 8:4; Amos 8:5. Again, can you tell the difference of importance between the new moon and Sabbath in the words of Amos? In these verses it is clear that the new moon is also a day of rest just as the Sabbath! Look how the wicked want the new moon and the Sabbath to be over so that they can get back to making money unjustly!

Colossians 2:16. And the apostle Paul acknowledges new moon observance.

"But why does Moses have nothing to say on new moon observance?" you might ask, well he does! How else did all these men of YEHOVAH God I have just referred to know that they are required to observe the new moon?

This next verse confirms the Feast of Trumpets in the new moon of the seventh Month:

And this next verse confirms the New Moon observance besides the Feast of Trumpets:

So what I am saying, is that if your church does not observe the New Moon along with the Sabbath and all holydays then it is "antichrist" or a "false christ" a "graven image" and not of the Spirit of YEHOVAH God!

And if you disagree then I challenge you to prove that the New Moon observance is not required, but remember only scriptural evidence can stand!

I know of no church that observes the New Moon but there may be some, perhaps the Churches of God know of New Moons but fail to see out of the Bible where certain men of YEHOVAH God observed the New Moon of every month.

King Saul required David to attend the New Moon feast regularly.

Elisha kept the New Moon seemingly as important as the Sabbath.

King David calls the New Moon "our appointed solemn feast day".

King Solomon confirms the New Moon observance.

Ezra and Nehemiah both confirm the New Moon observance.

Isaiah and Ezekiel both refer to New Moon observance in prophecy.

Amos shows how the wicked want the New Moon and Sabbath to pass so that they can get back to trading.

And the apostle Paul acknowledges New Moon observance.

These two verses that show that the king was diligent in observing the New Moon even with a feast and expected his household to attend!

And here is the excuse that David gives, he needs to attend a family congregation to give a sacrifice in the city on the New Moon!

The next few verses concern Elisha --

2Kings 4:18: "And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers."

2Kings 4:19: "And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother."

2Kings 4:20: "And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died."

2Kings 4:21: "And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out."

2Kings 4:22: "And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again."

2Kings 4:23: "And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well."

The last verse shows that Elisha could not be contacted on on all days except for Sabbaths and New Moons, perhaps because he taught the people on the Sabbath when they congregated, which appears to be the same for the New Moon, these specific events appear to be the only time the people had access to him!

This verse is of David commanding the Levites to keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation!

2Chronicles 2:4: "Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel."

2Chronicles 8:12: "Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,"

2Chronicles 8:13: "Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles."

2Chronicles 31:3: "He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the LAW of the LORD."

Here is Solomon confirming the sacrifice for the Sabbaths, the solemn feasts and the New Moons, according to the commandment of Moses for the house of YEHOVAH God FOR EVER as is written in the LAW of the LORD.

The book of Ezra confirming New Moon observance!

Nehemiah 10:33: "For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God."

The Book of Nehemiah confirming New Moon observance! 

It has been thought that this psalm may be pointing to the Feast of Trumpets, since it falls on the New Moon, no other feast that the Churches of God know of, falls on a New Moon regularly.

But lets analyze this verse a bit closer, Blow up the trumpet in the New Moon, the specific event is the New Moon! -- not the blowing up of the trumpet! It also does not say that it is the Feast of trumpets! Just blow up the trumpet in the New Moon! The blowing of trumpets was used for the calling of assemblies at all sabbaths -- weekly and annual sabbaths! So this proves that the specific event is the New Moon and not the blowing up of the trumpet! Note how the New Moon is called a solemn feast day at the time appointed, a statute and a law of the God of Jacob! Look at the last verse, "a language I understood not." How many will be able to hear this!

Psalm 104:19: "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down."

What more of a physical, in your face, through your own eye balls, is the example of a time appointed as the New Moon -- everyone can see the New Moon in the sky! Christians can argue about which day is the Sabbath, or annual sabbaths or some other so called religious days, but no one can argue about the time of the New Moon!

When the new heavens and new earth are created, then will all come to worship before YEHOVAH God on the Sabbaths and on all the New Moons! Because, as stated in psalms, the New Moon is our solemn feast day!

Ezekiel 45:17: "And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel."

What's that? The New Moon along with the feasts and Sabbaths are called solemnities? What does solemnity mean? it means an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; the place of meeting; -- appointed assembly, congregation, feast.

Ezekiel is talking of a Temple that might have been if the Israelites had obeyed YEHOVAH God. Can you distinguish between the importance of the Sabbath observance and it's offering at this specific gate and the New Moon observance and it's offering at the same gate? they are near identical!"

Again, can you tell the difference of importance between the New Moon and Sabbath in the words of Amos? In these verses it is clear that the New Moon is also a day of rest -- just as the Sabbath is! Look how the wicked want the New Moon and the Sabbath to be over so that they can get back to making money unjustly!

And in the words of the apostle Paul --

Is the apostle Paul doing away with the Sabbath or holydays? Only the ungodly would say yes!

He is saying let no one "judge" you on how you keep these sanctified days which are a shadow of things to come! But look! Even Paul acknowledges the New Moon observance! Why does he not speak more on this subject in his other writings? Because it was not an issue! Everyone kept the New Moon observance! it was no big deal."

Is it not amazing to "see" how the New Moon is classed together with the Sabbath and holydays?

And since the holydays are also sabbaths, then wisdom tells us that the New Moons are also sabbaths! Which makes them of the fourth commandment!

"But why does Moses have nothing to say on New Moon observance?" you might ask. Well he does! How else did all these men of YEHOVAH God I have just referred to know that they were required to observe the New Moon?

This next verse confirms the Feast of Trumpets in the New Moon of the seventh Month:

And this next verse confirms the New Moon observance besides the Feast of Trumpets:

The dead cannot "see" this because they have no "eyes"!

It seems as though the people in the Churches of God rely heavily on the printed out holyday calendars to tell them when is the annual sabbaths -- but take that calendar away and they will quickly forget the holydays. It is important to diligently watch for the New Moon to know where we are in YEHOVAH's year! 

The children of the bondwoman will not be able to observe them because their churches won't allow them, the churches will not acknowledge this doctrine because they have made their graven images!

And know that if they change their doctrine they will split and divide! And what they perceive as fruits will go away!

Just imagine if the churches begin to observe the New Moon, they would exact of their members to make an offering of money!

Can you imagine the burden on the sheep! "Now we have to give money twelve times in the year in addition to all the holy day money offering, we will be bankrupt, and how will we be able to congregate these extra twelve days in this world?"

But the "offerings" are to be spiritual as are the offerings at the holydays and Sabbaths, but the false christ-bodies (Churches of God) want money.

But we are the children of the freewoman that is from above and we are few!

 

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