Announcement bulletin for august 18, 2018 — north canton, oh united church of god

Pastor’s contact information: PO Box 1474, Massillon, OH 44648. Home phone: 330-809-0566, cell phone: 740-739-7248. Email addresses: randy_stiver@ucg.org or rpstiver@gmail.com (both come to the same location). For emails regarding scheduling (church events, visits or counseling), please copy my wife Linda ldstiver@gmail.com . Announcements should be sent to my email and copied to our daughter Amanda at anstiver@gmail.com as she helps process them each week.

We have been asked by the Cleveland ladies to contribute to the luncheon meal after the service. Deli sandwich trays will be provided and we are asked to bring side dishes such as pasta salad, green salad, potato or macaroni salad, fruit trays, veggie trays, chips, dips, and of course dessert.


Also single serving size sodas, fruit juices, or bottles of water are much appreciated. Please remember to keep all perishable food items on ice.

“On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” ( John 7:37-38 John 7:37-38 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.

God has three Feast seasons. Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread occur in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It commemorates when God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt (1446 BC). The Passover lamb was slain, cooked and consumed by the families of Israelites. Those lambs were prophetic of the infinitely greater sacrifice of Christ in the New Testament era.

During early summer is the Feast of Weeks, also known as the Feast of Pentecost. It was initially a harvest-connected festival very late in the spring when the winter grains were harvested. America, Canada and some other countries grow a great deal of winter wheat and certain other grains harvested in late spring even today. It was the first harvest of the year, and smaller than the later harvest in the autumn.

The first autumn feast day is the Feast of Trumpets. It anticipates and profoundly celebrates the resurrection of those who were or are members of the true, biblical Church of God as defined in Scripture. It pictures their resurrection to eternal life in the Kingdom of God. It also marks the Second Coming of Jesus Christ who puts an end to the rebellion of the nations. Those “who are Christ’s at His coming” ( 1 Corinthians 15:23 1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Atonement does, however, have an ominous tone… for the Devil and his demons (the fallen/sinful angels). It is God’s day of judgment on those rebellious angels—to be ultimately “bound” (put in a condition of complete restraint—see Revelation 20:10 Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Physically sobered, but spiritually energized by “the Fast” God’s people then gather to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This weeklong festival pictures the 1000-year reign of Christ over the human nations (who survive and repopulate the earth after the final world war leading to Christ’s return. This is known as the Millennium (Latin for thousand-years). There is no mystical Shangri-La, but there is an era of future history when Jesus Christ rules the world literally as the King of kings for a thousand years.

Those who knowingly refused to follow and obey Christ and the Father will be mercifully ended in the second death in the Lake of Fire ( Revelation 20:13-15 Revelation 20:13-15 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

By then the mission for mankind is accomplished—all who freely chose to believe God’s truth and endured faithfully will have been resurrected into the great, spirit family of the Kingdom of God. What is left is one of the most inspiring passages of holy Scripture in Revelation 21 and 22. Jesus Christ with the resurrected saints now awaits the coming of God the Father to the new earth under new heavens with the ultimately magnificent city, the New Jerusalem. What kind of future? There is one phrase: “pleasures forevermore” (from Psalms 16:11 Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.