Archive for May, 2014

The Birth of The Messiah of God

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We can thank the Magi who came to see him who was born a king and the exactness of astronomy for being able to pinpoint the exact day and place Jesus was born. Wordlight research reveals Jesus was born on Tishri 1, September 11, 3 B.C. We have the light of Levitus 23 showing us the Feast of Tabernacles. Tishri in Leviticus 23: 23-25 is a memorial commemorated with the blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. This blowing of the trumpets and horns on Tishri 1 was also part of the coronation ceremony for a new king! We have light from II Kings 11:12-14 that all the people of the land rejoiced when the king was crowned, and there was blowing of trumpets! The reign of King David began on Tishri 1, marking the occasion as the beginning of a new civil year. Josephus the Judean (Jewish) historian who wrote the “War of the Jews” – gives us the light that Tishri 1 during the time Jesus was born marked the beginning of a new year for business and agriculture.

Tishri 1 is regarded as the Jewish New Year’s Day! On this day at the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the memorial of Jehovah God as King over all as the One True God, trumpets and horns were blown the entire day!

The star the Magi observed and followed in its course in the heavens pinpointed for them the time and place of the birth of a “King”. The Magi or wisemen were convinced by the movement of the stars that a king was being born in “Judea”. Research reveals that on August 12, 3 B.C, at 5 pm, Jupiter and Venus came into conjunction. Jupiter is regarded as the “King” planet and Venus expresses the “Bright and Morning Star” – a title of the Messiah of God. We submit the light Jesus is the only King-Priest and the only Messiah of the ONE True God of Israel in the history of the world – and that he forgave people their sins against God. We have the light the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus took place in Leo, designated for Judah as the sign of the lion. Wordlight research reveals the light of Genesis 49:  The prophecy that the Messiah of God was to come from Judah as the “King” of Israel.

Wordlight research reveals the light the Magi who came seeking a new born “King” were descendants of a group whom were taught the meaning of the stars according to the blessings given to the children of Israel as their “Birthright”. We have the light this biblical astronomy was taught the Magi by the prophet Daniel when he was  Ain capitivity in Babylonia. We have the light of Daniel 5:11 that Daniel was “Master of the Magi,astrologers, Chaldeans and Soothsayers”.

The Magi faithful to the light given by Daniel had during the time of the birth of Jesus the knowlege of the stars and it was this knowledge that prompted them to travel to find the “King of the Judeans” – Matthew 2:1-2. The Magi saw according to astronomical tables a massing of planets in conjunction with Leo on August 27, 2 B.C. In conjunction were Jupiter and Mars with Mercury and Venus and this conjunction signified to them the birth of a Messiah King. Regulus is known as the brightest star of the constellation Leo. this strongly convinced the Magi a “King” was being born in the time-frame of the prophecy of Daniel. Regulus is called the “King” star!

The light of the Scriptures shows us the events between the witness of the Magi to King Herod concerning the birth of a “King” – which was at least a year from the time they first observed the evidence of the imminent birth of a “KIng” and left their homeland to confirm this birth and the movement of the planets they observed as they traveled points to the time of the birth of the Messiah of God being in September, 3. B.C. , with the conjunction of Jupiter the “King” planet and Regulus the “King” star. The day of the birth of Jesus is pinpointed as September 11, 3 B.C.  The light given us about Jesus in Revelation 12 shows us the sun and moon activity occurred between 6:18pm and 7:39pm Israeli time in which Virgo, the woman, was clothed with the sun and the moon rested under her feet. On this day, Jupiter and Regulus came into conjunction just before dawn. Chronological charts show September 11, 3 B.C. was on a Wednesday. On that evening at 6pm began the first day of Tishri. The Hebrew calendar proves that the new year begins on the evening that the new moon appears. This gives us conclusive evidence Jesus was born on September 11, 3 B.C. between 6:18pm and 7:39pm on the first day of Tishri: the first day of the Feast of Taberacles – The Day of Atonement!

The “star” of the Messiah of God – the planet Jupiter – confirmed to the Magi that Bethlehem was indeed the city of the birth of the Messiah after they left Jerusalem.. The Magi saw the planet before them. The planet was progressing toward the meridian or horizon shortly before sunrise. It is a consensus among scholars that the Magi saw the planet Jupiter over Bethlehem between December 4, 2 B.C., and early January, 1 B.C. This coincides with the death of Herod and gives us the light how the Magi or “wisemen” saw a young child in a “house” according to Matthew 2:9.

We have the light of the prophecy of Micah 5:2 that Bethlehem was to be the birth place of the “Messiah of God”. Wordlight research and astronomy reveals the Magi whom were faithful in looking for the signs of the one to be born a “king” were rewarded for their diligence and their journey gives us the proof that Jesus was indeed born in the city of Bethlehem.
We submit that Jesus is the Messiah of God in that he fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel concerning the coming of the messiah to the exact day. We submit
that at the time Jesus was crucified that the Sanhedrin leaders were strongly convinced Jesus was the Messiah of God when he fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel on the day he rode into Jerusalem upon a donkey and was hailed as a king by the people. They wanted Jesus to prove he was really the Messiah of God by forcing him to prove it by saving himself from death by crucifixion at the hands of the Romans and delivering the nation of Israel from the oppression of the Romans.

We submit the light Jesus gave his life to ratify the New Covenant for Israel.  God accepted the sacrifice of the life of Jesus as peace between Him and all mankind and made reconciliation and spiritual fellowship by spiritual birth of holy spirit available for all mankind on the day of Pentecost;We submit the light that in the course of human events the One True God is going to send His only begotten son Jesus back to earth. This is known as the “second coming”. Before he returns there will be many signs in the heavens and the earth – Matthew 24:29-31. Angels will announce his coming and gather together the nation of Israel.
When he comes “every eye shall see” Jesus coming back to earth – Matthew 24:30, Revelation 1:7. When Jesus returns as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”, he will fulfill the “Covenants of God” and complete his role as the Messiah of Mankind. Amen.

Yours in the Bonds of Fellowship 
James R Cathey ThD PhD
Ordained Minister of Jesus our Lord since 1975

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Growing Together as the ONE Church of His Body – The Light of the World

 

Instruction gives Light for Change

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In the course of human events, the One True God of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the nation of Israel, King David and Jesus whom is declared by the light of the Holy Scriptures to be the only begotten Son of God born a male human child of the “seed of the woman” whom was Mary, established “spiritual” fellowship in the Ekklesia of Grace – literally, the Church of His Body, Jesus; duly appointed by God the Messiah of Mankind, Lord of the Cosmos and Head of the Church which was confirmed unto mankind on the day of Pentecost in the year of his death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of power-Almighty God, whose members of the Church of His Body are united by the spiritual birthright given to us by God through Jesus – the “Armor of Light” and spiritual fellowship by the gift of spiritual birth of holy spirit made available for all mankind since the day of Pentecost;
When in the course of fellowship in the Church of His Body it becomes necessary for members to dissolve their bonds of commitment to a fellowship in the Church of His Body (which bonds of fellowship they have committed to in the past) and to therefore separate themselves; a decent respect for God whom has called us unto fellowship in the Ekklesia of Grace since the day of Pentecost through His only begotten son, Jesus, and the obligations to the bonds of fellowship to Jesus as the Messiah of God, Lord of the Cosmos and Head of the Church of His Body, to the fellow members of the fellowship and to all members of the Church of His Body, requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation;

Commitments to the bonds of fellowship are based upon sacred covenants established by God and ratified by the blood of Jesus through the sacrifice of his life upon a cross for all mankind and upon the trust that the instituted fellowship in the Church of His Body serves Jesus in the Ministry of Reconciliation to reconcile people to God and in building-up the Church of His Body by the light of our spiritual birthright given to us since the day of Pentecost, endeavoring to keep the unity of our fellowship as the Church of His Body established by God through Jesus with the gift of the “Armor of Light” and our spiritual fellowship given us by the gift of our spiritual birth of holy spirit. When these trusts are breeched and covenants are changed; one’s commitments must be evaluated.

God did not lightly establish spiritual fellowship, having sacrificed His only begotten son to justly and legally establish peace between Himself and man for the disobedience of Adam in the course of his spiritual fellowship with God. Commitments to a fellowship instituted in the Church of His Body are not made lightly, nor should the dissolving of such commitments be done lightly. Without a declaration of just cause for changing commitments, obligations to the bonds of fellowship shall be remiss and fellow members shall say that those desiring a change are emotional, acting before thinking, hence volatile and deceived.
We hold these truths to be self-evident by the light of the Holy Scriptures: Almighty God, the One True God and Father of Adam, made, formed and created mankind for fellowship with Him by giving man physical life and spiritual life by the gift of holy spirit, freedom from oppression and the pursuit of happiness by living a godly life in the bonds of fellowship with Him; that Adam compromised the integrity of his fellowship with God and lost his gift of holy spirit; that Adam’s disobedience put all mankind in estrangement with God and under the oppression of Satan; that in due time the Messiah of God was born of the “seed of a woman”, a male child begotten of God whom was named Jesus; that Jesus was faithful to the truth and obedient to God his Father and sacrificed his life to make peace with God for all mankind and deliver mankind from the oppression of Satan; that God established spiritual fellowship for all peoples of the earth by the gift of spiritual birth of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost and in the course of events will judge all men impartially by His righteousness;
We hold that it is also self-evident that no fellowship of the Church of His Body or government of the earth instituted by men has the right to usurp our unalienable rights to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness endowed by God; that the purpose of fellowships and governments is to secure these rights and that those who serve to promote our rights derive their just powers from the consent of those served; We hold that those who serve the Church of His Body do so because they have shown their submission to Jesus by following Jesus as his servant by the spiritual fellowship made available by spiritual birth of holy spirit giving us light by the nine manifestations and nine fruit of the gift of holy spirit to serve the members of the Church of His Body and have been found faithful to the light of our “Spiritual Birthright” – the “Armor of Light” – given to all whom believe by grace since the day of Pentecost, and endeavor to keep the unity of the Church of His Body whereby we individually and collectively as members of the Church of His Body are the light of the world to the glory of the One True God, the God and Father of Adam and Jesus and all whom believe the light of the Holy Scriptures;
Whenever any fellowship of the Church of His Body or government of the earth becomes oppressive of our spiritual birthright and therefore destructive of our spiritual growth and unity as members of the Church of His Body and our freedom and dignity as members of humanity; obligations to the bonds of fellowship compel the members to reproof and correct that fellowship or government (reproof and correction is the way of life – Proverbs 6:23); having the unalienable right vested by Jesus as his ambassadors and ordained servants to alter or abolish that fellowship or government and institute a new fellowship or government; laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and the purposes of God in calling us unto fellowship with Him and His only begotten son, Jesus, whom we serve individually and collectively as his Ambassadors in the Ministry of Reconciliation to reconcile people to God through Jesus and as his ordained servants in building-up the Church of His Body, united as the Ekklesia of Grace by the gift of the “Armor of Light” and the gift of our spiritual birth of holy spirit available for all mankind since the day of Pentecost;
Each person is made a member of the Church of His Body by Grace from the ONE True God of Israel through your faith in the birth, life, death & resurrection of Jesus born the Messiah of The ONE True God of Israel. When YOU believe God raised Jesus from the dead and YOU confess Jesus is Lord YOU are given by grace everlasting life & spiritual fellowship in this life by spiritual birth of holy spirit since the day of Pentecost:  Romans 10:9 & 10;
Prudence, indeed, dictates that fellowships in the Church of His Body long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that the members of the fellowship are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable and forgiveable, than to right themselves by abolishing the evils that they have long endured. But, when a long train or habit pattern of abuses and usurpations occur in the fellowship; which patterns invariably pursue the same object and evidence a design to reduce the members of the fellowship to be under the tyranny and oppression of an absolute autocracy, which, of course, is done in the name of God instead of being under God’s divine authority, either that, or have spiritual anarchy; it is the right, it is the duty of the members of the fellowship and their fellow members of the Church of His Body to throw off such oppressive autocracy and to provide new guards for their future security to fulfill their commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship;
Such has been the patient sufferance of the undersigned members of the Church of His Body; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to seek reformation in the fellowships of the Church of His Body, Jesus, the Messiah of God, Lord of the Cosmos & Head of the Church duly appointed in the course of human events by the One True God of Israel his Father on the day of Pentecost;
The history of the Church of His Body since its inception on the day of Pentecost has been a long record of many goods, yet in our lifetime a strong pattern of repeated injurys and usurpations has occurred. The ruling hierarchy established by fellowships in the Church of His Body, according to their own doctrines, have turned away from the light of our Spiritual Birthright as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Thus, they have compromised the integrity of the light given us in the Holy Scriptures, allowing Satan to make of none effect the love of the One True God of Israel from whom we received the light of the truth; and have compromised their godly responsibilities as ministers of the truth to whom we are to serve as revealed to us by the Apostle Paul: Jesus, the only begotten son of the One True God, whom obtained appointment on the day of Pentecost as the Messiah of Mankind, Lord of the Cosmos and Head of the Church by his obedience to the light of the truth in his commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship;
By remaining in darkness and under the oppression of Satan whom they serve when they promote his darkness and oppression, they have betrayed the trust of the members of their fellowships in the Church of His Body. The members of the Church of His Body owes no more allegiance to these fellowships but to admonish them and instruct them as members of the Church of His Body to return to the truth with all exigency.
Are we not fundamentally responsible for the integrity of our own commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship with God our Father, Jesus the Messiah & Lord and one another as members of the Church? Are we not to be on our guard concerning those who create darkness and oppression and cause division in the Church of His Body in opposition to the light of the doctrine (teaching) that has been given to us in the Holy Scriptures? One has to ask if those who declare they are “orthodox” and are in practical and doctrinal error can be trusted to lead us to the truth if they are unwilling to change their doctrine and practices contrary to the light of the truth?
Since the leaders of these fellowships expect us to follow them because they represent an “orthodox” establishment of fellowship, is not this a most subtle form of autocracy that blinds itself and those who follow with a rhetoric that instead of enabling us to fulfill our obligations to the Bonds of Fellowship we are enslaved with despotic autocracy that makes null and void the Lordship of Jesus the Messiah & Lord and our growth together as the Church of His Body in the light of the truth? Did not Jesus say, “The truth shall set you free”? Did not the Apostle Paul say, “Whereas you were once in darkness, now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light”? Are not we to be children in malice but men in understanding spiritual matters?
In spite of a major reformation in the 16th century and current attempts of the World Council of Churches and organizations and individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D., who wrote the book – “Strength to Love” – and gave the greatest speech of his ministry – “I have a Dream” – on August 28, 1963, to expose the darkness and oppression of Satan and correct the errors of doctrines and abuses of individuals by prayers, conversations, doctrines, pleadings, reproofs and corrections: The current hierarchy of fellowships in the Church of His Body continue in their errors that put people under the darkness and oppression of Satan and cause division in the Church of His Body. To maintain themselves as leaders, they have become “Lords over God’s heritage”. They represent those who disagree with them as “heretics” when it is they who continue to misrepresent the truth and thereby cause division and confusion in the Church of His Body.
The members committed to these fellowships have been put in the position of compromising their spiritual birthright and their integrity of commitment to Jesus to build-up the Church of His Body.
To prove this, let the facts of the Faith since the day of Pentecost be submitted to the members of the Church of His Body according to the light given to us by the Apostle Paul whom received the “Armor of Light” – our Spiritual Birthright – from Jesus- Romans 1:1-6, Romans 13:12, Galatians 1:11-12 (II Corinthians 13:1- I Timothy 2:1-4 and I Timothy 5:19-20)
We, members of the Church of His Body, Jesus the Messiah & Lord, in submitting to members of the Church of His Body just cause for reformation in the fellowships of which they are members, assert that our position is that the Church of His Body is to be the light of the truth of the Faith to a world in darkness. Our obligations to the Bonds of Fellowship demand we speak the truth in love and this is our commitment in our service to Jesus to build-up the Church of His Body. It is the truth that will give us the understanding to resolve any conflict that we as a member of the Church may encounter in any fellowship established for us to come together to grow in our commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship. Only a commitment to the light of the truth with love, integrity and courage will enable us to live in the light of our spiritual birthright – the “Armor of Light” and enable us to walk in the spirit by the light of our spiritual birth of holy spirit since the day of Pentecost;
We assert any doctrine or teaching contrary to the light of the truth is darkness from Satan to lead us away from serving Jesus the Messiah & Lord in the Ministry of Reconciliation to reconcile people to the One True God, the God and Father of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Israel, King David and Jesus, His only begotten son and keep us from growing together as the Church of His Body as we endeavor to serve Jesus as he has given us capacity to edify and build-up the Church of His Body established since the day of Pentecost.
We assert there is only one Church of “His” Body which was established in the course of human events on the day of Pentecost and any fellowship in the Church of His Body must not be allowed to rob members of our unalienable rights and darken the light of our spiritual birthright – the “Armor of Light” and our unity by our spiritual fellowship given us by our spiritual birth of the gift of holy spirit-  for our spiritual fellowship with the One True God, Jesus His only begotten son and one another and our growth together as the Church of His Body since the day of Pentecost;
The light of the truth of the Faith enables us to fulfill our obligations to the Bonds of Fellowship to reproof and “Phileuo” – instruct those that oppose the truth of our spiritual birthright. The light of the truth is profitable for correct teaching, reproof of errors contrary to the truth and correction of that which is contrary to the truth. We are to take heed unto those who still oppose the truth after they have been instructed. Our only commitment is to love them as God and Jesus does. We are not to let their failure to act on corrective instruction to sway us from our commitment to the light of the truth in our commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship to be faithful in our service to Jesus the Messiah & Lord as his ambassador of his resurrection from the dead and as his ordained servant to the members of the Church of His Body established by the grace, mercy and love of the One True God on the day of Pentecost.
We, members of the Church of His Body, are to submit to Jesus and hold fast to the light of the truth of the “Armor of Light” – and the truth of our spiritual fellowship by our spiritual birth of the gift of holy spirit -our spiritual birthright since the day of Pentecost;, so that we can shine as lights in the world among people in darkness as we hold forth the light of the Faith. It is our obligations to the bonds of fellowship to respond with love to the needs of individuals to edify and encourage others to live in the light of the truth – Romans 12:2, I Corinthians 12:25, Ephesians 5:18, Philippians 2:15-16.
WE, members of the Church of His Body, committed to Reformation in the Church in the 21st Century, are therefore committed to “Exegeomai” – to expound the light revealed so that an understanding of the light revealed can dispel darkness.
God gave Adam the light of a Messiah to be born a male child from the “seed of the woman” to restore fellowship for mankind with God and bring deliverance from the oppression of Satan, the Adversary of God whom desired to usurp God as the supreme being of the universe and whom received rulership of the earth when Adam disobeyed God – Luke 4:6.
Jesus expounded the light of the Faith he was given in his ministry before the day of Pentecost. The Apostle Paul expounded the light of the Faith he was given in his ministry after the day of Pentecost. We, members of the Church of His Body, are to be inexorable to guard the light of the truth and reveal light given to us to expound the light of God’s love for all mankind through His only begotten son, Jesus, to each generation.
WE, in our commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship, are committed to the light of the Faith according to the revelation of the written word and the revelation we receive by our spiritual fellowship with God & Jesus.  The Apostle Paul stated we are to be a co-worker with God as an ambassador of His only begotten son, Jesus our Lord confirmed to be both the Messiah of Mankind & Lord of the Cosmos when the promised gift of holy spirit was poured out and made available for all mankind on the day of Pentecost;
Our focus in this declaration of independence is the day of Pentecost.

The light of the written word reveals that Pentecost is a Day of Reformation to be celebrated by all members of the Church of His Body, Jesus, duly appointed by the One True God the Messiah of God, Lord of the Cosmos & Head of the Church which was confirmed unto mankind on the day of Pentecost.

In our endeavor to understand the significance of the day of Pentecost, we find it crucial to show the light of what God provided to mankind before the day of Pentecost. The Apostle Paul gives us the light that what was written before the day of Pentecost is for our learning.

We learn from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that Jesus, whose name means ” anointed help of God”, was born of God and as the only begotten son of God is the only one qualified to be the Messiah of God. The light of the word reveals Jesus fulfilled the “Old” Covenant given in the Old Testament in his ministry to Israel in order for God to fulfill His promise to Israel of a “New” Covenant. Jesus was faithful to the light given him and established peace with God for Israel by the sacrifice of his life, which ratified or initiated the “New” Covenant by his blood. The shed blood of Jesus provided the means for God to fulfill His obligation to Israel concerning the “New” Covenant. Also, the day of Pentecost reveals the shed blood of Jesus established peace with God for all mankind which made it possible for God to bring about reformation in our relationship with Him through Jesus by our spiritual birth of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost;
The “New” Covenant promised to Israel was made known in the Old Testament, Jeremiah 31: 31-33. The light of the word reveals God has committed Himself to fulfill specific promises and “Covenants”.

God had made a promise to Adam and Eve to bring forth a messiah born of the “seed of a woman”, i.e. a child to be born of a human woman as a human child, to restore the fellowship of mankind with Himself. Adam and Eve had fellowship with God by the gift of holy spirit upon condition of obedience. They lived in a Paradise known to us as the “Garden of Eden” and had the fellowship and protection of God. Adam compromised the integrity of his fellowship with God and they became people without “holy spirit”. They died spiritually and were expelled from this Paradise lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever in their state of being estranged from God.

Abraham is given a “Covenant” by God because of his faith in the light of the “One True God” and the promise of the messiah to come from the “seed of the woman” – Genesis 12: 1-7. Abraham believed the light of the promise of a messiah and did not compromise the light given him. He believed the son Sarah and he had was the Messiah of God and he was willing to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to the light of the Faith – Genesis 15: 4-6, 17: 19-21, 18: 12-14.

After Abraham witnessed the judgement of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by God, he was motivated by love to deliver people from the bondage of Satan and was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to do so – Genesis 22:2. The record of this account gives us the light that God Himself will provide a “lamb” for the “atonement of sin” – Genesis 22:8. We have the light an angel of God intervened in the course of this human event – Genesis 22: 11-12. We have the light Abraham gave “homage” to Jehovah God – Genesis 22:14.

We have the light that because Abraham did not compromise the integrity of his commitment to the “One True God” that through the “seed” of Abraham shall all nations be blessed – Genesis 22:18.

We have the light that God considered Abraham His friend – II Chronicles 20:7. We have the light that God had Abram change his name to Abraham which means “Father of many nations” – Genesis 17: 1-27. Sarai his wife was renamed Sarah which means “Princess” – the mother of kings and the mother of the nation of Israel – Isaiah 51:2.
The people of the land promised to Abraham were of Judean descent and as a nation named Israel. The promises of the fulfillment of the “Old” and “New” Covenants are specifically to Israel.
Daniel, a prince and prophet of Israel, was faithful to the light of the Faith and because he did not compromise the integrity of his commitment to the One True God of Israel – even in the face of death – he was given the light concerning the rebuilding of the temple of Israel, the light of the coming of the Messiah of God, the light of the Great Tribulation to come in the course of human events and the emanicipation of Israel by the Messiah whose work as the Messiah of God will help God to bring about the fulfillment of the “New” Covenant to Israel – Daniel 9:21.

The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant and the fulfillment of the “New” Covenant will also be a blessing to all peoples of the earth according to God – Genesis 12:3.

The people that came to be the nation of Israel were adopted by God as His children. The “Passover” observed by those who adhere to the Jewish tradition is in commemoration of the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt by God.
The meal is unleavened bread and a lamb. The blood of the lamb is a symbol of their redemption from the angel of death. The angel of death “passed over” every home that had the blood of the lamb displayed on the door posts of the house. It is of great significance that Jesus was crucified during the day of the “Passover” – and Jesus instructed we are to remember his sacrifice in light of the “New” Covenant. Also, we should note that it is just days after “Passover” to present the firstfruits of the parley harvest. The Apostle Paul calls Jesus our “Passover” and the “firstfruits from the dead”.

Shortly after their deliverance from Egypt, God gave the people what is known as the Mosaic Law. This law includes the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. The law was the establishment of the “Old” Covenant with Israel by Yahweh according to Exodus 21-23. The Ten Commandments are known as the Decalogue and are pre-fixed as the ethical code of the Israelites to the Sinaitic legislation and the “Covenant” – Dueteronomy 9:9.

The Mosaic law prescribes spiritual and moral rules of conduct. The first commandment correctly reads, “I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt where you lived as slaves. You shall have no other gods rival to me.” Exodus 20:1. This firmly established Yahweh as the One True God of the universe and there are clauses that forbid the worship of nature and the making of images to worship. The neighbors of Israel worshipped a variety of “gods” and graven images. In contrast, the Hebrew people only worshipped One True God.
The celebration of the Jewish “Passover” is in memory of their deliverance by Yahweh from the hand of Pharaoh, who ruled Egypt as a “god”. It is of great significance that Jesus stated there is only “One True God” and that God is “Spirit” – John 17:3 and John 4:24.
A shepherd boy named David became King of Israel and established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. David paid with gold for land on which he intended to build a temple to God and house the “Ark of the Covenant”. Since King David paid for the land – the land belongs to Israel!

Solomon his son succeeded him as King and built the temple. Israel failed to heed the law given to them and the northern enemies of Israel, Babylonia and Assyria destroyed the first temple in 586 B.C.

A second temple was rebuilt according to the prophecy of Daniel, a prince and prophet of Israel. A commandment given by King Artaxeres in Nehemiah 2:1 brought to pass the prophecy of Daniel of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The light of the rebuilding of the temple and the rebuilding of Jerusalem came to pass in the exact time-frame of the prophecy of Daniel. The temple was completed in 405 B.C. The rebuilding of Jerusalem was completed 396 B.C.
His prophecy gives us the light of the coming of the “Messiah of God” – Daniel 9:25. We know the second temple was destroyed by the Romans. The prophecy of Daniel gives us the light of a tribulation temple and a millenium temple from which the “Messiah of God” will rule the nations in the course of events to come when the “New” Covenant will be fulfilled totally with Israel and all mankind.
We have the light that reveals the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel in the book of Revelation. We have the light that our final destination is with God and His “Messiah” in a new Paradise in a new third heaven and earth to come where we will live forever!
In spite of the fact that the people of Israel were disobedient to the law, God kept His promise to Adam to bring forth a messiah born of the “seed of a woman” to redeem mankind from Satan and in due time Jesus was born of Mary. The parents of Mary and Joseph fully expected the time of the messiah to be born was near according to the prophecy of Daniel and it is with this expectation that they had them betrothed, both being of the lineage of King David.
The four gospels reveal the birth of the Messiah of God, his ministry, his crucifixion and his resurrection from the dead. Before his death, Jesus, who knew the prophecy of Daniel and quoted Daniel in Matthew 24, expected to fulfill the “New” Covenant within the life time of his disciples – Matthew 16:28. Jesus expected the time of the “Great Tribulation” to be seven years according to Daniel. Thus, he expected to return soon to the earth after his ascension and his apostles also expected his imminent return based on what he told them.
It is with great expectation of the return of Jesus after they see him ascend into heaven that the Apostles of Jesus follow his instructions to wait in Jerusalem to receive the promise of the Father – the promosed “spirit” – the “power from on high” to enable them to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus.
Pentecost, also known as the festival of weeks, is a time of celebration of the firstfruits of the wheat harvest and the firstfruits of all the ground. It is very important to note that Pentecost is also the commemoration of the giving of the law at Sinai. The law that was the establishment of the “Old” Covenant with Israel. In contrast, since the day of Pentecost when the promised “spirit” was received – mankind since that Pentecost is under grace.

The spiritual life of Israel during the life of Jesus centered around the temple which was in Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem also has symbolic significance related to Pentecost. The Prophet Isaiah notes God will bring the glory of all nations back to Jerusalem and messengers would go out from Jerusalem to the lands that had not heard of God’s name – Isaiah 66:19. Jesus instructed his disciples to wait for the promise of the “spirit” in Jerusalem, and from Jerusalem, they would be witnesses of his resurrection throughout Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
All Judeans of Israel over 13 years of age were required to attend both “Passover” and “Pentecost”. Gathered together in Jerusalem for this feast of Pentecost were thousands of devout Jews from around the world. These people were eye witnesses of the “spirit” given to mankind on this particular Pentecost fifty days after the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
What happened on this particular Pentecost?

We are told Jesus was a man approved of God among the people by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him; and that Jesus was crucifed and slain – Acts 2:22-23 We are told God raised up Jesus from the dead Acts 2:32 We are told God gave Jesus the promised “spirit” to shed forth on all who believe- Acts 2:33 We are told God confirmed unto mankind with the pouring out of the promised “spirit” that Jesus has been duly appointed both the Messiah of Mankind and Lord of the Cosmos – Acts 2:36 We are told three thousand devout Jewish people believed God resurrected Jesus from the dead and duly appointed Jesus both the Messiah & Lord – Acts 2:41

Instruction in the light of the Holy Scriptures gives us the light of God’s goodness, mercy and love by His reconciling us unto Himself through His only begotten son, Jesus. God has given us reconciliation with Him through Jesus and fellowship with them and one another by giving us the gift of spiritual birth of the promised “holy spirit” since the day of Pentecost through our belief of the truth of the “Gospel of Jesus” or “Good News” of the Faith given unto us in the Holy Scriptures: Jesus was born a male human child of “the seed of the woman” whom was Mary as the only begotten Son of the One True God – John 20:31; Jesus was faithful to the light revealed to him and died for all mankind – John 3:16; the One True God his Father raised him from the dead and rewarded him by appointing him both the Messiah of Mankind & Lord of the Cosmos, which was confirmed unto mankind on the day of Pentecost in the year of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus by the fulfillment of the promise of God to send the promised “spirit” – Acts 1: 4-8.
We, members of the Church of His Body in the 21st Century since the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the Messiah & Lord, are committed to the light that the Church Epistles written to the Church have always been in the “Canon of Scripture”. Accordingly, we affirm the Church Epistles are our Spiritual Birthright and only authority for the light of the Faith for all members of the Church of His Body since the day of Pentecost.We hereby affirm the light of the Faith committed to us by the Apostle Paul in the Church Epistles is our authority as ambassadors and servants of Jesus since the day of Pentecost. For the record, Peter, an Apostle of Jesus, admonished believers to follow what Paul had written – II Peter 14-18.

The Apostle Paul has given us the following light on the reformation in our relationship with God on the day of Pentecost that:

Since the day of Pentecost there is only One True Messiah:

The Apostle Paul was given the light that the only begotten son of God is Jesus and that as the Messiah of God his blood by his sacrifice ratified the New Covenant for Israel and made peace with God for all mankind on the day of Pentecost;
and the sacrifice of Jesus made it possible for God to rescue us from the oppression and darkness of Satan in this life by the gift of spiritual birth of holy spirit, and Jesus will complete his role as the Messiah of God in the course of human events when he will administer justice to Satan the Adversary of God and destroy the last enemy, death;

and in doing so will fulfill the unconditional “Abrahamic Covenant” and the “New Covenant” wherein Israel and all peoples of the earth shall be blessed;

We submit the light that the “Great Tribulation” was referred to in the Old Testament and therefore known about before the day of Pentecost. We have the light that the Great Tribulation refers to God dealing with Israel and the ungodly. The Apostle Paul specifically refers to this time as a time of the “Wrath of God” – the Day of the Lord” in 1 & II Thessalonians;

We have the light the Prophecy of Daniel will be fulfilled when the false messiah known as the “Anti-Christ” will convince Israel to make a covenant with him and in the midst of the covenant he will betray their trust. This course of human events to come will require Jesus to intervene to save Israel. Jesus refers to the Great Tribulation in Matthew 24:21 and the “Anti-Christ” – Matthew 24:15. We submit the light Jesus will deliver Israel from the “Anti-Christ” and his army;

We also submit the light that this time of the Great Tribulation will be a time of great darkness upon the earth – for those days shall be as the days of Noah.
Jesus told the people of Israel that it was the will of God that everyone who believes on him as the Messiah of God will be given everlasting life. Jesus promised he would raise from the dead whoever believes and accepts he is the Messiah of God – John 6:35-40. Jesus told the people of Israel that he was going to establish the Kingdom of God within their lifetime but not before the Great Tribulation.
During the ministry of Jesus, Israel was blessed to have the favor of God but was still under the law. Jesus explained to the people that those who believed he was the Messiah of God had to stay faithful to the Faith and not submit to the false Messiah of Satan called the “Anti-Christ” and serve him instead of Jesus.

We submit the light the people of the Great Tribulation are under the law in the course of human events to come and that those people who believe and are faithful to Jesus and die during this time of the oppression and darkness of the Messiah of Satan the “Anti-Christ” will be raised from the dead by Jesus at his second coming. This will be the first resurrection from the dead in the course of human events that is known to us as the resurrection of the “just” – the faithful to Jesus – who are resurrected from the dead unto everlasting life – Matthew 24;37.

We submit that although the Sadducees of the Sanhedrin did not believe in resurrection from the dead and were primarily the ones we see in the book of Acts who later sought to kill the Apostles of Jesus, that many of the Pharisees of the Sanhedrin who did believe in resurrection from the dead had faith Jesus was the Messiah. Also, James, the brother of Jesus, who became a leader in Jerusalem, totally believed Jesus was the Messiah of God and that the only reason he remained faithful to the law along with others in Jerusalem is that Jesus had said the law would not pass until all was fulfilled and instructed that only those who believed he was the Messiah of God and were faithful to the end by not submitting to the false Messiah of Satan called the Anti-Christ would be given everlasting life. Jesus thought the false messiah would appear shortly after his death, resurrection and ascension – Mark 13: 14-30. James had very good reason to expect Jesus to return soon – Jesus was his brother and had told him so.
We as ambassadors and servants of Jesus whom we serve submit the light of the Faith given to us in the Holy Scriptures that God accepted the sacrifice of the life of Jesus as peace between Him and all mankind and it is available to be reconciled to God thru Jesus and receive the “Armor of Light” – and spiritual fellowship with them and one another by our spiritual birth of the gift of holy spirit – Our Spiritual Birthright since the day of Pentecost;

We affirm the light Adam was the first son of God and was made, formed and created – Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 43:7; and that it was holy spirit that God created within Adam in order for him to have fellowship with God – Genesis 1:26,27, I Thessalonians 5:23. This created spirit left Adam when he compromised the integrity of his fellowship with God through disobedience of the light given him by God and he died a spiritual death in the very day he transgressed against God – Genesis 1:27. Adam lost his spiritual fellowship with God and all human beings are born under the consequences of Adam’s transgression. All human beings since Adam are born under the oppression and darkness of Satan without the benefit of fellowship with God.
The Apostle Paul gives us the light that in order to have fellowship with God there must be reconciliation with Him – Romans 6:23, Romans 5:10-17, Romans 8:9-17. The Apostle Paul calls Jesus the “last Adam” – I Corinthians 15:45. God gave Adam the light that His messiah would be born of the “seed of the woman”. The “seed of the woman” when she gives birth is a human child. We have the light from the four gospels concerning the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of the messiah that the One True God created seed in the virgin Mary and Mary conceived with child and gave birth to the only begotten son of God – a male child whom was named Jesus.
We submit the light Jesus was born to destroy the works of Satan, the Adversary of God and all mankind – John 8:42, John 10:10, 36-38. Satan works to corrupt all human beings – Galatians 6:8, Ephesians 4:22-24 and blind all to the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus or good news of reconciliation with God through Jesus, appointed and confirmed the Messiah of God & Lord of the Cosmos since the day of Pentecost – II Corinthians 4:4.
We as ambassadors and ordained servants of Jesus submit the light Jesus is the first and the last redeemer – the only redeemer of mankind – and that he is the only “mediator between God and mankind” – Revelation 1:8, Colossians 1:14, I Timothy 2:5. Yours in the Bonds of Fellowship
James R Cathey ThD PhD
Ordained Minister of Jesus our Lord since 1975

Growing Together as the ONE Church of His Body - The Light of the World
Growing Together as the ONE Church of His Body – The Light of the World