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HOW WILL THE WORLD END?


Nuclear war?


Nuclear disaster?


Religious Wars?
(World Trade Center, 9-11-01)


Plagues in animals?


Overpopulation?

 
Famines?


Diseases in humans?
(Ebola virus, 50-90% fatal in 2-21 days. Transmitted by touch, bodily fluids and by breathing in close contact. Category A biological weapon.)


Pollution?


Droughts?
(dead livestock)


Floods?
(New Orleans, 2005)


Earthquakes?
(Japan, 2011, followed by a tsunami, flooding, fires, and a nuclear disaster)


Volcanoes?
(Mt. Pinatubo ash plume to 12 miles high, three days before eruption, 1991.)


Typhoons?
(Three at once in the Pacific, 2006.  The diagonal white glare is sunglint on the lens.)


Hurricanes? (Isabel, a category 2 Hurricane, did $4.2 billion in damage across 11 U.S. states and Canada, 2003.  Katrina cost $29.3 billion in 2005.)

 
Tornadoes and High Winds?
(Binger, Ok., an F-4, 166-200mph, nearly a mile wide.  On Apr. 27, 2011, there were 226 in one day.) (Microbursts of wind can reach 168 mph and last for several seconds. Downbursts can cause sustained 80 mph winds for up to 20 minutes.)  
May, 2011, winds to 100mph strike Scotland.
July, 2011, winds 75-90mph in Northern UK.
Dec. 2011, winds 104-150mph Scotland.
Dec. 2011, winds 60-140mph in CA, UT, NV, NM, AZ.


Meteors from Space?
(Willamette meteorite, 10'x6.5'x4.25', and weighing 32,000 lbs.)

Global Warming?
Another Ice Age?
Space Alien Invasion?
A Papal-led or Church-led Peace?

How will the world, as we know it, end?

The answer involves all of the above (except the last four, which are fiction).

The world, as we know it, will be on the verge of total annihilation from war, famine, plagues, and pestilence, but human life will not be wiped out, because Christ will forcefully take over rulership of the whole earth by the use of apocalyptic events (Mat. 24:22).


How will the world end?  God gives the answers in his Book, but many are reading it wrong side up (Acts 17:6). 


While the world as we know it is going to end because of all of the evil in the world, the planet will continue and human life shall continue.

"And they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations." Isa. 61:4
The elderly shall live safely and the streets shall be full of boys an girls playing without fear. Zech. 8:4-5

"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zech. 14:16

"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." Rev. 21:5

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter into though the gates into [Jerusalem]." Rev. 22:14

                     
                     FAQ About: The Church of God in America

1. "Who, or what,  is The Church of God?" 

   
Prophecies show that God's people would be "scattered" throughout the nations of the world, 
(1K. 22:17, Psa. 44:11, Psa. 60:1, Jer. 10:21, 23:2, 30:11, Eze. 6:8, Joel 3:2, Mat. 26:31, Jn. 11:52, Acts 8:1, Jas. 1:1, 1Pet. 1:1) 

   - and that they will not all be "gathered" together until the end of the world as we know it, 
(Eze. 11:17, 20:34, 41, 34:12, 36:19, Isa. 40:11, 43:5, 54:7, 56:8, Jer. 23:3, 29:14, 31:8, 32:37, Joel 2:16, Mat. 3:12, 24:31, Mk. 13:27, Jn. 11:52, Eph. 1:10, Rev. 14:18)

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and even then, they will be gathered not as groups, or congregations, or churches, but as individuals (Lk. 17:34-36, Mat. 24:38-41). 

    Jesus Christ said that the "chosen" would be "few" in number (Mat. 7:14, 9:37, 20:16, 22:14, Lk. 10:2, 13:23-24)

   - and that he would reject "many" of those who call themselves Christians (30% of world pop., 2.1 billion) 
(Mat. 7:13, 22, 20:16, 22:14, 24:10, 12).

    Prophecies show that God's chosen would include people from all twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:3-8, not just Judah), and also include "others"    (Isa. 56:6-8, Mk. 12:9, Mat. 22:8-9). 

    The New Testament explains that the righteous can be recognized by the good fruits of the holy spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, temperance, not easily angered, showing mercy, forgiveness and love toward all, kindness, humbleness of mind, always truthful, rejoicing, giving thanks always to God, obedient to parents, honoring one's parents, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, keeping the ten commandments, not greedy for money, fame or physical things, able to teach, and more,  (see Gal. 5:22-23, Col. 3:12-23, Eph. 5:9-11, 6:1-10, 1Tim. 3:2,4, 1Ths 5:11-12, Jas. 3:17-18, Mat. 19:16-17).  The part about not lying, which includes hypocrisy, eliminates "many".

     This is who we are and what we seek to become.

    The Lord gave the "wicked and adulterous generation" of the first century, only one sign that he was the Messiah (Mat. 12:39, 16:4).

    The Lord gave his people "[his] Sabbaths" (feasts, Lev. 23) as a sign  to recognize the true God, and to be recognized by Him as his true people.  (Eze. 20:12, 20, Ex. 31:13-17).  Everyone will be expected to observe them when Christ returns (Zech. 14:1, 4, 16-21).

2.  "Where do you meet?"

    Christ said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  His followers have, since the first century, met in public places when it was possible and there was enough interest, and in people's homes when they were persecuted or their numbers were few (Acts 12:12, 16:32, 18:7-11, 20:20, 28:30, Rom. 16:3-6, 1Cor. 16:19, plus others).  
Today, no one needs to feel alone (as Elijah did, 1K. 19:14-18), because fellowship is also available through the Internet. 
    Apart from God's Annual Holy Days (Lev. 23), or divinely commanded special assemblies, there are no commandments in scripture about attending weekly church services.  Fellowship is not forbidden, and Luke encouraged fellowship (Heb. 10:25), however, Paul's congregations were sharply divided (1Cor. 1:10-13) and God said through the prophet Amos, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
There are frequently some in any congregation, who will not tolerate opposing personal opinions, or the presence of those who hold them.

    This is why we encourage all to fellowship directly with our Father, through Christ, daily and continually, which is all that we should need, however, if profitable and enjoyable fellowship with others is available, then we rejoice with you, as long as it does not interfere with your personal spiritual growth. 

    If you are looking for fellowship with others who are likeminded, we may be able to help. Contact us.

3. "Are you a new church, or a split-off of some other organization?"

     We use the term, The Church of God in America, as a temporary identity, which may change as America continues to decline and fall, and as the world staggers into the Great Tribulation (described in Christ's Revelation through his apostle John, Rev. 1-22).  We use it because it is where we are.  We use it because our culture is accustomed to labels and brands, and many are easily confused when they come into contact with something different.  Consider, that when Christ establishes his Kingdom on the earth, there will be no hundreds of denominations or thousands of church names.  There will be his Kingdom and one will either be in it and subject to it, or not (Zech. 14:1, 4, 16-21).
Any question at that time, about "the name of your church," will be meaningless. It is meaningless today, except to attempt to set it apart from all the false churches in the world and that is only accomplished by good works done in faith, and not by titles.

     We have previously attended various denominational and non-denominational churches, but we are not affiliated with any corporate organization. 

4.
What is your “statement of beliefs” or “creed”?

Scripture tells us to “Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good.” (1Ths. 5:21).

Scripture also tells us that Satan has deceived “the whole world” (Rev. 12:9) except for a “few” (Mat. 20:16) who can not be deceived by Satan or by those who are influenced by him (Mat. 24:24).

No one who is deceived, knows that they are deceived. However, scripture gives us the “sign” by which to recognize God’s people, the “fruits” by which we can recognize those who are truly converted and led by the Holy Spirit, and the “works” by which we can recognize false prophets, false ministers, false doctrines, false brethren and false churches.

We believe in God the Father, who spoke by the mouth of all his prophets (Acts 3:18), who also sent his firstborn Son, in the form of Jesus Christ, who delivered the Father’s words in the Gospel message regarding the way of life today that leads to eternal life in the Kingdom of God.  We believe Christ's promise that God's holy spirit will guide us into all truth.  For more details, please see entire web site. 

5. By whose authority do you speak?  Who credentialed you?

To be credentialed by a religious organization requires submission to organizational leaders (one or more men) and conformance to their doctrinal package regardless of one's personal understanding.  Since no two people on earth (with minds fully engaged and not drinking the Kool-Aid) will agree on every scripture or every point of every doctrine, teaching and preaching according to beliefs derived by consensus, or by "private interpretation"
(2Pet. 1:20), requires a corporate preacher to sometimes remain silent, or to preach against his own conscience, and/or to believe and follow men rather than God's inspiration through the Holy Spirit of truth.  Some have actually taught that unity is more important than truth.  The worship of unity is an idolatry inspired by fear, which is a lack of faith.

If we speak the truth, then who and what we are is irrelevant.  However, to answer the question, we write and speak by the same authority as Elihu (Job 32-33) and Philip (Acts 8).  Christ gave instructions on how to recognize false prophets (teachers, preachers, writers) by their fruits and spoke in terms of absolutes (Mat. 7:15-20), not consensus or compromise.  The good fruits, proof of living according to God's Holy Spirit are given in lists (Gal. 5:22-23, Col. 3:12-23, Eph. 5:9-11, 6:1-10, 1Tim. 3:2-4, 1Ths 5:14-15, Jas. 3:17-18).  Since all have sinned (Rom. 3:23) which includes all the "righteous" named in scripture except Jesus, and since claiming that we have no sin would make us liars (1Jn. 1:8), then judging truth based on the assumed righteousness of any human leader would be futile and foolish.

We didn't write the Book, we just point out the obvious (Acts 5:38-39).  However, this is a limited time offer (Amos 8:11).
"Prove all things, hold fast the truth." (1Ths. 5:21).  "Study to show yourself approved . . ." (2Tim. 2:15). 

6.What is your church motto, or maxim?

A motto is defined as, “a sentence, phrase or word attached to or inscribed on anything as indicative of its purpose or character, a maxim adopted as expressing one’s guiding idea or principle.”

To borrow from Christ‘s words, “Man shall not live by one motto alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

More . . .


7. Do you have a church seal?

(Note: We resisted the urge to put up a picture of Flipper the seal, as some might have interpreted that as being flippant.)

What is a seal, other than one of God's creatures?

"It was usually attached to an object like a possession or a document, in order to give it authenticity, ownership or authority. It was used often in the ancient world, especially in Egypt, Babylonia and Assyria and surrounding nations including Israel."
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/seals.html

Since God's words are authentic independent of any man and, since he owns us by virtue of both Creation and Christ's sacrifice and, since all authority is derived from God,  a seal would seem superfluous, unless we were claiming infallibility in our writings, corporate ownership of God's truth, or authority over someone's faith, in which case it might be considered pharisaical arrogance.

Where an official seal would have been displayed on this site, we have inserted NASA's photo of earth from space, called "the blue marble."
We think it is much prettier than any corporate seal and fitting for God to use, should he ever feel the need for another seal.

For more information on God's seal, and seals in context of the Bible, click here.


8. "Who are you?" 

As mentioned above, Christ said his followers would be scattered and few, and so, we consider ourselves as being among those scattered "few" (Mat. 7:14, 20:16, 22:14, Lk. 13:23-24). 

Rom. 3:23 says "all have sinned".  David said, "I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me" (Psa. 51:3).  And John wrote, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 Jn. 1:8).

The parable of Luke 18:9-14 shows that only those with the attitude of the repentant and humble become "justified", so we strive to be repentant sinners and spiritually humble in God's sight. 

Those whom Christ called were referred to as "disciples" (Greek mathetes, a learner, i.e. students), so we "study" (2 Tim. 2:15) to "prove all things" (1 Ths. 5:21) . This is necessary because there are "many false prophets" (Mat. 7:15) who "deceive many" people (Mat. 24:11).

We are voices in the wilderness, crying out, 'Hey, don't take our word for it.  Look it up.  Prove it for yourself.  And don't take anyone else's word for it either.  Any similarity between what the Bible actually says and what a lot of "churches" say, seems to be purely coincidental, and rare, which fulfills Christ's prophecy regarding the signs of the "end of the world" (Mat. 24).  Christ said the "many" would be deceived, not the "few" who "find the truth", who are "laborers", and who are "chosen" (Mat. 7:14, 9:37, 20:16, Luke 13:23-24).  Christ said "many will seek to enter in" (into the Kingdom calling themselves "Christians") "and shall not be able", so he's not speaking of pagans versus Christians but of "many of those calling themselves Christians" (Rev. 2:9, 3:9) versus the "few being chosen".
We didn't write the book. We just point out the obvious.

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it."
(Pro.3:27). So we have a responsibility to share the "good news" ("gospel", Greek, euaggelion, "a good message") with others.

Sometimes the truth hurts and we regret that, but "Open rebuke is better than secret love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
(Pro. 27:5-6).  We choose to be friends who "wound" rather than deceitful enemies who 'kiss-up'.  This is in imitation of our Father (Heb. 12:5-13, Rev. 3:19, Pro. 3:11-12).  If anything we say offends someone, please remember we were probably also offended when we first heard it and didn't understand it.  We are all in this together.  

Part of the "good news" is that the truth is actually far better 'good news' than what most religions say it is!  If you thought the "gospel" is a hokey, feel-good, delusional philosophy for the ignorant masses, think again.  Read the Book.  Some really do practice delusionalism.  But what Christ actually said is not the same as what is usually being said in Sunday morning soundbites.

Christ said that everyone is "known" by their "fruits" and "every good tree brings forth good fruit" (Mat. 7:17-18, 20).
Therefore, we are spiritual "fruit" farmers, who are striving daily for a good crop. 

We are also told to not conform to this world (Rom. 12:2), and that the world will reject us as it rejected Christ (Jn. 15:18).

In summary, we are scattered, but repentant, non-conforming fruit farmers who, through much study, may offend you with God's good news, and which, if you accept it, means that the world will also hate you. 

According to Christ, that is a good thing. "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."
(Lk. 6:26).   If everyone is happy with us, then we must be doing something wrong. 


9. "Aren't you being irreverent?"

A few (less than ten) have flamed us on what appears to them to be an "irreverence" on our part for God's word.  These criticisms were made publicly in forums, and privately, in the context of some of our attempts to "lighten up" the tone.  We have heard that there are organizations whose leaders are less than happy with our comments and articles.  We feel there are several reasons for this misunderstanding.  One is that, in the daylight of God's truth, some "sacred cows" are just plain old "bull".  To point out the obvious may make us unpopular, but it does not make us irreverent.

Another is that God commands us to "rejoice always".  If we take ourselves and our opinions too seriously, then we are probably "unclear on the concept".  God created us in his image, complete with a sense of humor, irony, and sarcasm.  Many Bible passages fall within these categories and are for our benefit, unless we are blinded by pious-itis.

Much of the Bible, in view of human nature, lends itself to humor. (For example, see "Exodus: The Rest of the Story"). Remember, as long as God is laughing, he isn't hurling fire and brimstone.


10. Capital irreverence?

An observant reader wrote:
"I am fascinated and perhaps rather pleased by your use of lower case c in referring to "christian" religions on your [website].  I have long believed that Jesus would be appalled at much of what calls itself Christianity these days."

We're glad you noticed. All "Christianity" argues over truth versus heresy.  In effect, it is a mutual accusation society.  The easiest way for us to differentiate, in our articles, between those who actually imitate Christ, and those who call themselves "Christians" but who show few if any of the "fruits of the Holy Spirit" in their behavior, is by selective capitalization.  It's not irreverence and it's not an irreverent spell-checker.

"I am also intrigued by the name in your address, whitesabre, which has violent and perhaps racist overtones, a curious combination to be associated with a site having to do with churches. Or maybe not?"

Historically, violence and racism are not that uncommon in the context of "christian churches".  As a friend of ours often says, "It ain't right, but it's true."
We do not approve of violence, except as initiated by God.  Racism, which is practiced by all races, is a form of hatred, which is sin.
The word white can be associated with either racism or with religious purity.  The word sabre can be associated with either evil violence, or with the "sword of the Lord" (Jer. 12:12).
Our email address could have some subtle spiritual meaning (e.g. wreaking written, righteous violence upon spiritual heresies) or it could mean that "sabre" is from the name of a ballet suite which has personal significance for us and that "greensabre" wasn't available.  Or maybe not?  In any case, we are not associated with any video games, or any racist or extremist groups.

11. "Can you answer a question without being long-winded?"

Sometimes. ;-)

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Will the world end by Divine Apocalypse?
 
(Lightening strikes at Mt. Rinjani eruption 1994, Lompok,  Indonesia, Photo by Oliver Spalt, courtesy of wikipedia)

"Have you never read  . . .  "  -- Jesus Christ (Mat. 21:16, 42, Mk. 2:25). 

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