Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jerold Aust here. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and comments about Rahab. My response are intended to help, not offend. a) My research doesn’t indicate that Rahab, an Amorite, married an Egyptian Ambassador, b) well-meaning Christians sometimes attempt to gloss over uncomfortable biblical examples in order to fit a more righteous image…a natural reaction, c) notice how God instructed Hosea to marry a harlot to show Israel’s infidelity to God (Hosea 1:2), d) an innkeeper would indeed fit the narrative, e) the spies were wise to go to an Inn where most would talk freely, f) God allows people to think differently from Him (Deut. 30:19), yet free will doesn’t automatically make us right. Thank you for your interest in reading our free literature and thank you for commenting on my article.
Thanks Robert for your questions about my article on Hezekiah. I’ll keep this brief.
1. Resist Satan and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
2. Judah was taken away because they turned against God. They ignored God’s warnings through His prophets.
3. My article didn’t include the arrow event. Wasn’t that event attributed to King Joash and Elisha? See 2 Kings 13.
Read my sub-titles in this article and you’ll find some of what we can learn from his life.
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All the best, jwa