Letter to the Brethren: October 26, 2017

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ:

Greetings again from Five Cities region of California.

We continue to work to serve the brethren and warn the world that it needs to turn to the true God.

We also collected some more reports on the recent Feast of Tabernacles.

More Continuing Church of God 2017 Feast of Tabernacles’ reports

Deacon Richard Close reported that we had 21 people attend the site in Wichita, Kansas. Linda Holeman sent me 24 photographs of the Feast site there. Here are two of the photographs she sent:


Alexsandar Veljic sent the following information about the Feast of Tabernacles site in Zlatibor, Serbia:

This, by far, was my best Feast ever. It was the first Feast for Luka and Filip. We were blessed to have meals together every day of the Feast and we had very moderate activities (we set aside one day for excursion to the surrounding areas). Most of the time we spent in fellowship as we had plenty of things to exchange and talk about. The spirit of family union permeated the atmosphere throughout the Feast. There was no complains of any sort and everyone expressed their joy that the Feast was kept in that atmosphere.

Here is some information about the Feast of Tabernacle in Malawi from Radson Mulozowa:

Greetings Pastor Bob. We Thank Almighty God For Having Granted Us A
Chance To Keep The Feast Of Tabernacle In Malawi.We Had A Wonderful
Feast I Believe Grantone Will Report.  Brother Grantone Was Our Guest
And Has Given Us The Real Truth About The Kingdom. We Were Able To
Learn More Concerning The Truth Of The Bible. Among Other Topics He
Was Able To Deliver Was: Baptism, Passover, Real Repentance,
Resurrection, New Heaven And Earth To Mention Few.We Had 102 Brethren
From Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique Who Attended The Feast. We Thank You
For Both Physical And Spiritual Support That You Offered To Us For The
Success Of Our Being In The Feast From The First Day To The Last
Day.We Had Chiefs Who Attended. I Failed To Send Report Early Because
Of Poor Internet Network On My Phone. I Will Send Pictures When I Go To
Blantyre. May God Bless You

This is the first time we have had any from Zambia attend.

We were sent 24 photographs from Malawi. Here are two that Grantone Otieno sent:


We were supposed to have some last year in Mozambique, and this may be the first year any from Mozambique actually attended a CCOG Feast of Tabernacles’ site. Since many of those in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia are relatively new to the Church of God, we had Grantone Mangiana Otieno, who is a CCOG host for Migori, Kenya, go to this site in Malawi to teach and assist. Grantone Otieno has been with the CCOG since 2014 (as I met him back then in Kenya) and sent in the following report:

Dear. Pst. Bob.
   It is my privilege and joyous moment to share with about my trip to Malawi to lead, teach and preach our brethren over there how to conduct the FEAST OF TABERNACLE under CCOG.
  Brothers from both Malawi and Mozambique wee able at the feast site as early as possible. We also had a representative from Zambia. So we had a total of 100 including children.
  Since it was their first time to keep the Feast of Tabernacles as they claimed, it forced me to participate in giving all sermonettes and sermons to give them appropriate  time to learn more. I was able to tackle as many topics as I could in accordance  to the true teaching of the bible as proclaimed by CCOG under leadership of Dr. Bob Thiel as a minister and Overseer.
  After teaching and preaching, many from both Malawi and Mozambique were in need of baptism, since I  had also covered the topics stressing of true repentance and true baptism, but explained to them to wait  while continuing learning to prepare … to be able to be baptized ….later so that they may not left out to partake Lordsupper/Passover as it is the first step in God’s plan of salvation to all mankind.
   We had our representative Mr.Justine Gonakumoto from Zambia who was also seek to be visited because it was not possible for the members over there to travel to Malawi since they didn’t have the relevant documents. The following are some photos I could be able to take.
 Yours in God’s g
  Mr. Grantone Otieno.

So, this was a good development for those nations.

From Mozambique, Wedson Matiya sent the following email:

Thanks Pastor Bob For The Funds You Send Which Assisted Us To Go Go
To Malawi And Attend The Feast.We Have Learned Alot From Grantone.We
Thank God For The Wisdom That God Is Giving Our Leader Radson In
Cordinating The Work In Malawi, Mozambique And Zambia In The Way That
He Is Able To Visit Us Frequently When We Need Him.The Feast Was Well
Organised In Everything.We Have Requested Mulozowa To Visit Us So That
He Can Teach Those Who Faiied Due To Travelling Document,  Your Son.

From Ghana, Samuel Ofosu Gyeabour sent in the following report:

Greetings from Ghana to Dr. Bob and brethren in Christ of the faith once delivered. We give thanks and praises to the Almighty God for His immense guidance over the church during the Feast of Tabernacles held this year. This year’s feast was a successful one irrespective of the frustration and hardship we encountered. Your support through the grace of God made the feast a reality, may the good Lord translate your endeavours into reality.

With regards to your vision to bring Africa to the light, it promoted us to have a theme”OVERCOMING THE POWER OF DECEPTION” the reason for this theme was, deception is leading some ‘Christian’ people to the wrong path. And its our duty as children of God to enlighten them to know the truth.

During the feast, we had a health talk,that gave us an insight with regards to the recent attitude of people,and it improved in our healthy living eduction.it was our utmost wish for our theme for the feast to have a positive impact in our Christian lives. Finally i will like to apologise for the late report of the feast, I say sorry for the inconveniences if any.
I once again say we appreciate and respect your offers in the vineyard. May the God who keeps us from falling continue to be with us all. Amen.

Best regards
Pastor Samuel

Samuel Ofosu Gyeabour

Between this week and last, it appears we have received reports on nearly all of our sites for 2017.

In most areas, the Feast of Tabernacles went quite well this year.

We may have sites in additional countries next year.

The locations for 2018 are intended to be announced at the link: Feast of Tabernacles’ Sites for 2018.


As mentioned last week, I was on with Dr. Deagle last Tuesday on the Republic Broadcasting Network. We discussed prophetic matters related to Pope Francis and the final Antichrist–such as was in my article Pope Francis condemns idolatrous love of money, yet holds on to Vatican’s wealth. Will the Antichrist change that? I attempted to emphasize the need to understand the true gospel of the kingdom and keep the original faith–a faith truly grounded in the word of God. It seems almost certain that the Vatican will one day use it vast financial wealth to increase its influence in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

On the program, the host and I also discussed the foolishness of scientists not accepting a Divine Creator, as was in my article CERN scientists claim antimatter proves universe should not exist. But might CERN help bring the Earth to the point of destruction?

The host scheduled me to be on his program next Thursday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm PDT to discuss matters related to the 500th anniversary celebrations related to the Protestant Reformation. We both are expected to denounce the ecumenical and interfaith agenda that Pope Francis and many other Greco-Roman leaders promote.

Google Campaign

Google reported that our campaign with them reached 2,096,853 computers last month. That is down from the previous month and seems to be related to certain Google algorithm processing issues as we are still getting as many people actually responding to the campaign.

We also, of course, are reaching others through our websites in addition to cogwriter.com.

A witness is going forth as we are working to fulfill Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20.

World News Items

The situation in Kenya remains tense because of the elections this year, including the one that was today (see Kenya’ violent election). CCOG Evangelist Evans Ochieng has regularly been asking for prayers for those in Kenya most of this calendar year because of this. This is the second presidential election in Kenya in 2017–the one in August was declared void by its Supreme Court. For the current election, the main opposition leader called for a boycott, and early indications are that less people are voting. As of the time of this writing, one person was reported killed, but that is less than what happened after the August election. Yet, the situation in Kenya is still difficult, especially for much of our membership who live in regions that tend to be more supportive of the opposition.

Kenya and the rest of the world needs the Kingdom of God.

In attempts to bring human peace another way, various Greco-Roman leaders are promoting ecumenical unity in light of the coming 500th anniversary of Martin Luther postings his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg (Germany) church on October 31, 1517. We produced videos on this before (watch Pope Francis’ Celebration of Reformation’s 500th Anniversary and World Council of Churches Peace Plan).

In Europe, journalists seem to believe that not reporting certain news items will lead to peace, whereas in the USA the government seems to believe that more surveillance of US citizens will lead to peace (see European journalists for censorship; US government surveillance of Americans; YouTube sued). Of course, neither of those approaches will work (cf. Romans 3:12-18).

But they are leading to the prophesied time of the ‘famine of the word’ that Amos wrote of (Amos 8:11).

Private organizations, such as YouTube, also are supporting suppression of information. As mentioned before, YouTube is using various algorithms to reduce the number of people to find videos that are promoters of aspects of biblical morality–we in CCOG seem to have been impacted by this in 2017 as I reported before.

Furthermore, if one is too popular, YouTube is allegedly using more direct methods to discourage people from seeing videos it does not want others to see. Last night, it was reported that Dennis Prager initiated a lawsuit against YouTube for such things (see European journalists for censorship; US government surveillance of Americans; YouTube sued). While Dennis Prager may or may not have success in the USA for this, more and more we are seeing steps in Europe for controlling and limiting free speech (see ZH: Germany has killed freedom of speech and expects the rest of the EU to do the same).

The ‘famine of the word’ is coming, and we continue to prepare for it, fulfilling Matthew 24:14 and the short work of Romans 9:28 (see also Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word).

In other news, Japan says North Korea threat is ‘critical, imminent,’ as USA prepares B52s for nuclear alert for the first time in decades. Jesus warned of wars and rumors of wars during the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:4-8).

The ‘unity’ in Europe has various cracks (see DW: ‘Trouble brewing in every corner of Europe.’ Catalonia, Brexit, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Donald Trump, Czech Republic …), but that is consistent with biblical prophecies (e.g. Daniel 2:41-43; Revelation 17:12-13).

At the same time, Russia and Germany are looking to cooperate more (see Russia and Germany). This is something we have warned about for some time (see also Bundeswehr wants EU nationals to be soldiers).

More are starting to notice that China is taking steps to dethrone the US dollar (see ‘China Makes a Move on the USD’), which we have also warned against (watch US Dollar being challenged by Gold-Petro-Yuan).

World events continue to align with properly understood biblical prophecies. Jesus told His people to “watch” and pray (Luke 21:34-36).

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is a suggested Sabbath service for this week:

  • 2-3 hymns (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, contains the materials from the 1974 Bible Hymnal from the old WCG with new covers, plus ten additional hymns; there is also some Choral Accompaniment online).
  • Opening prayer.
  • Sermonette, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one: Are supervolcanoes a real threat? Other sermonettes are available at the Bible News Prophecy channel.
  • Announcements (if any; though for many it will be this letter) and one hymn.
  • Sermon, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The one suggested for this week is:  Debunking 17 reasons to celebrate Halloween. Other sermons are also available at the ContinuingCOG channel, especially if you wish two services today.
  • Final hymn.
  • Closing prayer.

Note: If you have a slow internet connection, you can watch these by starting the video, then below it (and towards the right) look for an outline of a gear–if you click on that, it will allow the YouTube video to be played with lower video quality, but at least it will not stop often–you can select a quality as low as 144p. If your internet connection is still too slow (as my home one is) and/or you prefer audio messages to audio-visuals ones, go to the YouTube link for the message, click on SHOW MORE related to the description. You will then see something that says, “Download MP3.” Below that is a link to an MP3 file. Most computers (and even some cellular telephones) will allow MP3 files to be downloaded and played. This is an option we have made available (but we are also looking into ways to improve that as well)–and, of course, we have written article options. Some people have found that if their internet connections are not fast enough, that they can simply listen to the messages that are found at the new Bible News Prophecy online radio channel. IN CASE YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A ‘LETTER TO THE BRETHREN’ FOR ANY WEEK, REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY SERMON MESSAGES ON THE ContinuingCOG channel AND MANY SERMONETTE MESSAGES ON THE BibleNewsProphecy channel. There are also some messages at the CCOGAfrica channel.

Concluding Comments

The Apostle Paul wrote:

19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? (1 Corinthians 10:19-22)

God’s biblical Holy Days which occurred during the Roman calendar year 2017 are now past.

Most who profess Christ did not keep them. Instead, they keep holidays often originally associated with idols and demons.

The Apostle Paul also warned:

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

It is not good to participate in corrupt and pagan activities.

Christians should not attempt to deceive themselves that they are strong enough to compromise with demonic holidays.

We are to not be of the world, but to live sanctified, set apart, by the truth of the word of God (John 17:16-19)–despite the world’s holidays.


Bob Thiel
Pastor and Overseer

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