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Jerold Aust

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    Greetings,
    Thanks for your question: How can there be more than one Sabbath in a week? If you reread my article you will find the answer in the area where I quoted Matthew 28:1. Here the word Sabbath, in the Greek, is Sabbaton (Plural; more than one). That refers to more than one Sabbath and in the week of Jesus' death, there were two Sabbaths: the first one was an annual Sabbath (Leviticus 23:5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover. Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. Lev 23:7 On the first day (of Unleavened Bread which is an annual Sabbath) you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. Lev 23:8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation (during that holy week, the second annual Sabbath fell in the middle of the next week); you shall do no customary work on it.' " Most Christians haven't heard of God's annual Sabbaths...yet. But one day they will ( Isa. 66:23). May God bless you with His truth (John 8:32). Jerold Aust

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    Greetings Scott and thank you for receiving the truth of God that makes us free (John 8:32). You are already on your way to model God's truth, specifically in regards to Easter. The god of this world has tried to mimic God's Feasts and Holy Days by offering corrupting holidays that have fired the imaginations of human beings with touchy-feely substitutions such as Easter's two pagan symbols of a rabbit and brightly colored eggs. These symbols unwittingly represent promiscuous human reproduction. They have nothing to do with Christ's holy resurrection. Further, Easter Sunday morning is not based on Bible truth. Jesus' time of resurrection was at the very end of the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 12:40; three nights and three days in the tomb) during God's Feast of Unleavened Bread. Here well-meaning religions miss the mark again; they remain blinded "according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began" (Romans 16: 25b). I appreciate your stand-up comment to "stand alone for the truth than to join the crowd with a lie". All the best, jwa

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    Duane Phelps gave a really good sermonette. Well thought out and delivered with balance. Jerold Aust
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    I asked our Music Director the name of the song. He said it was titled "On This Mountain," which, incidentally, he composed. All the best, Jerold Aust
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    Hi Shelia, Thank you for your question. I checked with our music director who said the title of this song was "On This Mountain," which he wrote. I agree with you; it was a beautiful song. Jerold Aust
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    Greetings Patrick. Thanks for the compliment. Re: God use of the term lampstands in both Rev. 11:4 and 1:20. The two different verses don't apply to the same people exactly. They do apply to spiritual illumination...but one applies to the two witnesses (with spiritual illumination of God's way) and the other applies to the seven churches in Asia Minor and the seven eras throughout history who exhibited specific characteristics (lampstand equals illumination of God's way), and to seven attitudes of Christians in those eras. You also correlate Moses with nations and churches that leads to whether I'm in the right church. The short answer is yes. Thanks for your concern and interest in God's Word. Sincerely, Jerold Aust

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    Thank you Terjean Saffold for your helpful comments about the fact that we shouldn't observe Easter because is is not of God, but of man. You're also right, the Passover is not the same time as Easter. Jesus, a Jew, instituted and observed the NT Passover on what we know as Nisan 14. That's the first month of God's sacred calendar. Many Jews, however, celebrated the Passover this year on Nisan 15, one day later than Jesus and His disciples observed it. The United Church of God observes it when Jesus did. The term Christianity is generally applied to all religions; it was first used by Emperor Constantine. The term Christian is found three times in the New Testament: Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16. Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26). We hope you continue to read our free literature. In Christ's Service, Jerold Aust

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    Thank you for the kind and encouraging words about our teaching the truth that keeps us on the right path and thanks for sharing your heartfelt story. I too remember what is was like keeping Easter, as a young boy. Since I've been keeping God's true Feasts now for many decades, those memories have almost disappeared and the joy of God's Feast meanings have fully replaced those memories many times over. This takes nothing away from the love of our parents. May God share with you His divine blessings so that the days ahead will be filled with His marvelous, divine, spiritual gifts (Luke 6:38). Thank you for reading this article. Jerold Aust

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    Thank you Howard for your comment on Easter. We're not finding fault with humankind for keeping Easter, God is. God didn't institute Easter, man did. We are simply sharing what God clearly teaches. Most people aren't interested in finding out what God wants and expects from us. Since He is our Creator, He has the right to instruct us as to His festivals and holy days. The Bible is the manual for human beings as a car manual is for helping our cars run best. The Pharisees added many things to God's laws because they thought God was unfair in His dealings with human beings. This world's religions added many things to God's laws and ignored His laws because they think that He has been too harsh. We do appreciate your reading our literature and hope you continue to do so. If you desire, go to God and ask Him to show whether what we teach is His truth. You might also ask Him to show you His truth. You'll be glad you did. May God richly bless you. Jerold Aust

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    Thanks for your comments and questions. If you'll read my article carefully, you'll notice that I didn't say that Moses and Elijah were the coming two witnesses. What I did share about the two witnesses is that they, the coming two witnesses, will replicate what Moses and Elijah did in dealing with the world and those who withstood them. God uses His Word, the Bible, to teach human beings that He is constant in how He conducts Himself relative to humankind. That is to say, that if we want to know how God, in the future, will act toward those who resist Him, simply read how He conducted Himself in this regard in the past. Revelation 11:6 illustrates this fundamental corollary through blood and fire, precised what He did through Moses (blood: see Exodus 7:20) and Elijah (fire: see 2 Kings 1:10) at different times. Here Christ, the Author of Revelation, reveals how God, through His coming two witnesses, will deal with those who resist God and their witness for God. I simply showed how God works through His two witnesses AS He did with Moses and Elijah. Thanks much for you thoughts, comments, and questions. May God bless you richly with His wisdom. jwa

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    Thanks Mike. I appreciate your kind words. Credits go to my wife who spent so much valuable time training and loving our son, now Dr. Phil, and our daughter, now Dr. Crystal. All the best. Jerold Aust

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    Thanks Dan for your encouraging words. Mary Ann and I were inspired to see the hand of God in what we consider a miracle. We have been through a number of hurricanes and know how powerful and terrifying they can be. During one of the earlier hurricanes we experienced, I was shocked at how strong and menacing the winds were that blew against the front of our house. I literally thought our house would collapse; it creaked and groaned a lot. The winds clocked at 80+ mph and continued for six to eight hours; that weighs heavily on the mind and heart (we prayed a lot). A good comparison might be the sound of a train rumbling through your house with no let up, for many hours. There's no place to go. I tried to open the front door; big mistake! By God's grace I got it shut before it became impossible to close. Consider then the hurricane Michael that had measured speeds of 155 mph, but some think that it might have had gusts of 190 mph! Now consider, that our Feast site, just 10 miles west of the brunt of the hurricane, was spared with minor damage. If you see this firsthand, you can't help but see the hand of God in this. Thanks for your encouragement Dan. Jerold Aust

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    Ms. Karen Greenwood, Thank you for your kind words about the message I gave on "They Are Waiting on Us." God gets the credit for any good that He does through any and all of us. I cherish the privilege to share His holy truths to humankind. May God bless you greatly. Jerold W. Aust
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    Thanks Gary. This is such a special subject with far-reaching applications that relate to our resurrection. Have a great day! Jerold Aust