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Questions & Answers – Abiding Church of God

Questions & Answers

The Church of God

The Church of God

The correct biblical name for God’s Church, according to Scripture is mentioned twelve times in the New Testament. Every time it is referred to as the “Church of God”. This is the same Church that was founded in A.D.31 by Christ Himself who said that God’s true Church would never be destroyed (Matt 16:18). To learn more about this fascinating subject, read the booklet: Where Is The True Church? available free on this website.

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Consider the fact that Christ said in Matt 16:18 that He would build His Church and that it would never be destroyed by His enemies. This Church must then be in existence today, somewhere on earth, teaching the truth. Also consider that He said “Church”, not Churches (plural). This means that there are many “Churches” that say they are for and from God and Christ, but they do not preach the full truth, necessary for salvation. To learn more about this fascinating subject, read the booklet: Where Is The True Church? available free on this website.

Many different gospels are being preached in today’s Churches, most false. Some preach a gospel of love, while others focus on prosperity and yet others preach about being “born again”. The Bible, however is very specific about the gospel being the “good news” that Christ preached during His ministry on earth. He went about performing miracles, while telling people the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, to be set up when Christ returned the second time, overthrowing Satan and implementing the world-ruling Government of God: You can gain full understanding about this question by reading our free booklet: What Is The True Gospel?

Holy Days and holidays

In the Ten Commandments it is required of Christians to observe and keep the Sabbath holy. This is the seventh day of the week, in other words, Saturday. Biblically speaking, a day begins and ends at sunset, and lasts for a twenty-four-hour period. This can be a problem for Sabbath keepers in Arctic/Antarctic regions where the days are not clearly demarcated by sunsets. In such cases, it is acceptable for the person to observe the Sabbath as they would have, were they back in their home country. Where Sabbath keepers live in such areas permanently, they generally work according to the closest country to the south where sunsets are clearly visible. For more help to fully understand the true Sabbath God created, read the free booklet: Which Day Is The Christian Sabbath?

If, like most Christians, you believe that the Sabbath is only “for the Jews”, you may be surprised to learn that it is not. At the end of the 6 day creation, God rested and called the seventh day—Saturday—holy. In other words this day was created long before there were any races or nations on earth. This then means God created the Sabbath for all people, not only for “the Jews.” Man-made religions, other than the true one kept by the Church started by Christ, has perverted the truth, including the right understanding that all true Christians should be observing the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. For more help to fully understand the true Sabbath God created, read the free booklet: Which Day Is The Christian Sabbath?

Traditionally, Easter is observed as one of the most important Christian events. Sadly, the truth about this day is unknown to most who celebrate it. You may be astonished to learn that the word “Easter” does not appear in the Bible. That’s correct! Try to look it up. Easter actually originated many thousands of years ago and is really an ancient pagan tradition, not to be observed by those who follow the true God, who calls this type of thing an “abomination.” God expects all His true followers to prove all things from the Bible. For more help on this important subject, please read the free booklet: The Plain Truth About EASTER

Lent is a 40 day period of the Christian Year, preceding Easter Sunday, where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. But many do not recognize this practice today. Should you? For more help on this important subject, please read the free booklet: The Plain Truth About EASTER

Specific Scriptures

This verse reads as follows: “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” In just a few short years, the reign of Satan will be cut short. He was given the power to rule earth when mankind rejected God’s wishes in the Garden of Eden. However, the Word of God explains the good news that Satan will be “cast down” and bound at the return of Christ, “putting down” the authority and power of Satan and ending mankind’s failed self-rulership. To find out more, read the free online book: The Incredible Human Potential

Some have asked about Balaam and whether he was a false prophet or a true prophet of God.

 

The account of Balaam is primarily covered in the book of Numbers in chapters 22, 23 and 24.

Plus there are a number of references to Balaam throughout the remaining portions of the Bible.

 

We begin this brief summary of Balaam’s activities by quoting Numbers 22:1-7:

Num. 22:1:  And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

Num. 22:2:  And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

Num. 22:3:  And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Num. 22:4:  And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.

Num. 22:5:  He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

Num. 22:6:  Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

Num. 22:7:  And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

 

Essentially, Balaam was a diviner who had spiritual powers. In the last portion of verse 6 above, it notes that whoever was cursed by Balaam was actually cursed. Balaam was a false prophet who was filled with much greed. Yet, God eventually allowed Balaam to travel with a company of elders from Moab and Midian to meet with Balak—although not without incident, as one will become aware upon reading all of chapter 22.

 

Two more verses in chapter 22 help to summarize the desire of Balak to reward Balaam, who was inwardly covetous of those rewards, although he accurately quoted to the nobles of Balak what God had told him:

Num. 22:17:  For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

Num. 22:18:  And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.

 

Although Balaam was the chief religious diviner of his time, God would not allow him to curse His people, Israel. Many have become confused that this false prophet actually had some type of open channel with God. Actually, Balaam had contact with the god of the world—Satan (II Cor.4:4). This was the means by which he could bless or curse people. Again, he was of the highest order of the priests of divination.

 

Even with all the persuasion of Balak in Numbers chapter 23, Balak kept hoping that God would let him curse Israel even though God would cause Balaam to go into a trance and utter great blessings upon Israel as God caused him to pronounce—even against his will. In this case, it becomes apparent that God was exercising a sense of humor in his restraining Balaam form cursing Israel as Balaam had inwardly hoped to do. Yet, no matter how high Balak led him upon the mountain in order to view the multitudes of Israel, and no matter how many alters or sacrifices were offered, God would only pronounce blessings upon Israel through him against his will. In desperation, Balak declared to Balaam with Balaam’s frustrated reply following:

 

Num. 24:10:  And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

Num. 24:11:  Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

Num. 24:12:  And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

Num. 24:13:  If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

 

Responses of this nature have led some to believe that Balaam feared God and sought to obey Him. Truthfully, Balaam knew that he could not violate God’s will, even though he sincerely sought to do so because of his covetousness for the rewards offered by Balak. We find that his covetousness became a byword for many centuries after this event (II Peter 2:15 and Jude 11). The incidents such as his mule evading the angel with a sword served to teach Balaam that God did not allow such violations. He feared God because he knew that God would not compromise or allow any of his usual tricks or ploys. Again, all the prophecies and blessings that he had uttered in behalf of Israel were done without his voluntary control.

 

Even though he was sent back to his home, Balaam continued to devise a plan to cause Israel to sin and thus to be cursed by their own actions, rather than by his directly invoking a curse, as he had hoped to do as the high priest of diviners. Of course, this was done in order to benefit from that reward he so greatly desired. The following verses summarize his final scheme:

 

Num. 25:1:  And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

Num. 25:2:  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Num. 25:3:  And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

 

Therefore God order reprisals against the Midianites for their carrying out the plan to cause Israel to sin and become cursed of God as shown here:

 

Num. 25:16:  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Num. 25:17:  Vex the Midianites, and smite them:

Num. 25:18:  For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.

 

When the reprisals were carried out against the Midianites, Balaam was among them and was killed in retribution for his schemes with the intent of causing Israel to become cursed by their taking his bait—the young Midianite and Moabite women.

 

Num. 31:7:  And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.

Num. 31:8:  And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

 

Finally, Balaam’s schemes had become infamous across time as his deeds were mentioned in

 

Revelation 2:14: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”

 

Such were the deeds and the legacy left behind by the false prophet Balaam.

Misc. Questions

Sprinkling has been practiced as an acceptable method of baptism by most Christian Churches, but is not suitable according to Scripture. The Bible word for “baptize” comes from the Greek word, which means “to immerse”. In order to be properly baptized, one must be fully immersed in water, which symbolizes a type of death. To learn more about this crucial subject, read the booklet entitled: All About Water Baptism available on this website at no cost.

Of the many religions that practice baptism, many believe children should be baptized as young as possible. The Bible points out that Christ laid His hands on children, which led many to believe that it proves baptism should be performed on children. While Christ did lay His hands on children, it was not for the purpose of baptizing them. To learn more about this crucial subject, read the booklet entitled: All About Water Baptism available on this website at no cost.

It is easy to believe in things that we can see. On the other hand, it is not so easy to believe that something is real if we cannot see it with our own eyes. We hear so many conflicting theories about our origin and the origin of the universe and everything that exists in it. But did it all come out of an explosion—the Big Bang—or was it created by a God, the God of the Bible? Science has given us conflicting answers to this crucial question. To learn more, read the free booklet: Does God Exist?  available at no cost on this website, and decide for yourself!

Anthropologists have unearthed ancient skeletal remains of men whom they attributed as having lived over 10,000 years ago. The methods for establishing such dates have been very dubious. Such methods as radio carbon-14 dating been shown to lead to false interpretation, but still, science and evolution contain theories that man came into being almost by chance. The truth is that Scripture say—and prove that God created everything, including man. To learn more, read the free booklet: Does God Exist? available at no cost on this website, and decide for yourself!

The many UFO sightings reported over the past decades are, most likely, manifestations by spirit beings or fallen angels, rather than the presence of physical aliens from outer space. While it is true that there are mysteries that are not fully understood and explained; many of these mysteries can be accounted for by the existence of fallen angels who have possessed and influenced people with super-human power. The Bible discloses that the Earth has been chosen as the single setting for God’s working with human life and how this very planet will become the eventual headquarters of God’s government throughout the universe. No other planets are implied or mentioned in that context. To learn more, read the free booklet: Does God Exist? available at no cost on this website, and decide for yourself!

God formed man of matter, but after His own image and likeness. But the animals and man have the same breath, the same source of life. They die the same death. Human life is animal existence, but in the form and shape of God, and with the human spirit added to the brain. Man was created to have a relationship with his God. Therefore he was made in God’s form and shape, with contact and relationship with Him, made possible by the presence within him of the human spirit. But man’s creation was not completed. He was made mentally and spiritually only “half there.” He needed the addition of God’s Spirit to unite with his spirit, begetting him as a child of God—uniting him with God. The purpose of life is clearly explained in the free online booklet: Why Were You Born?

The Bible points to the fact that some is the tribes of the original nation of Israel somehow got “lost”. Even so, many believe that the nation of Israel is made up only of Jews. The truth is that those nations are not literally lost, but merely lost their identity due to the fact that they ceased to observe the Sabbath as the Jews still do today. By never moving away from the Sabbath, the Jews kept their identity and as such are very much “visible”. To learn where the lost ten tribes are today, refer to the free online booklet: The United States And Britain In Prophecy

Many different gospels are being preached in today’s Churches, most false. Some preach a gospel of love, while others focus on prosperity and yet others preach about being “born again”. The Bible, however is very specific about the gospel being the “good news” that Christ preached during His ministry on earth. He went about performing miracles, while telling people the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, to be set up when Christ returned the second time, overthrowing Satan and implementing the world-ruling Government of God: You can gain full understanding about this question by reading our free booklet: What Is The True Gospel?

Seemingly, with all the world’s unsolvable problems, God has abandoned His creation. The truth is that through sin, in the garden of Eden, mankind cut itself off from God. Currently, mankind is trying to rule itself, with disastrous consequences. Also it seems as though God is losing the battle with Satan for the souls of men. In reality, Satan has been given free reign for a time, until the return of Christ. At that time, the book of Revelation explains, that those who have overcome Satan in this life will be rewarded with rulership in the Kingdom of God. To find out more, read the free online book: The Incredible Human Potential

Some have asked about the origin and relation of the Saxons of the British Isles in respect to the Saxons of Germany.

First of all, the identity of the Saxons of the British Isles was explained by Dr. W. Holt Yates of Yale University to have descended from Isaac, or Isaac’s sons. Drop the “I” from “Isaac” (vowels are not used in Hebrew spelling), and we have the modern name “Saac’s sons,” or as we spell it in shorter manner, “Saxons.”  Those same Saxons recorded that the earlier Celtic inhabitants of Britain, whom they displaced, also came from Armenia as did the later waves of Celts. In the opening paragraph of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle we read: “The inhabitants of this land were Britons, they came from Armenia, and first settled in the south of Britain.” The fact that the Saxons, Celts and Scots all traced their origins to Armenia and the area between the Black and Caspian Seas is of the utmost significance.  It was in this precise region that the Assyrians had settled their Israelite captives.

The Behistun Rock inscription classifies the Gimiri (GHOMRI) as the same people as the Sacae or Scythians who were the ancient ancestors of the Angles, Saxons, Celts, Cimmerians, Cymri and several other groups. The Welsh, to this day, still retain the ancient name of Cymry.

Concerning the Saxons of Germany, we find that those peoples were altogether different from the Saxons of the British Isles. From the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition, Vol. 24. p.265 we read: “It is doubtful how far the Saxons who invaded Britain were really distinct from the Angli [Angles or Anglo-Saxons] for all their affinities both in language are with the latter [the Angles] and not with the Saxons (Old Saxons) of the continent.

Continuing, the Encyclopedia Britannica explains that Saxony was a kingdom in Germany bordering Bohemia to the south, Bavaria to the west, Thuringia to the northwest and Prussia to the northeast. In contrast to the Anglo-Saxons of Britain, the people of Saxony in Germany were of pure Tutonic stock with many of them being Germanized Slavs.

The connection of the Saxons of the British Isles to the people of Saxony in Germany went no further than a coincidental similarity of names as spoken in English. German and other indo-Europeans languages do not reflect such similarities.

The following book linked below will provide you with more information of the Saxons of Britain and their related peoples: The United States and Britain in Prophecy