David Kortum, Author at Bethel Church of God

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The Beauty of the Sabbath

by David Kortum

If your Dearest Friend gave you a Precious Gift, and asked you to Remember and Protect that Blessed Gift, would you? What Will Your Response Be to God’s Holy Gift?

Acts 20:7

by David Kortum

Many have been taught, or accepted by tradition, that the Bible says Sunday is a day of worship. Christ strongly warned about errant tradition (Matt. 15:6, Mark 7:13). Christ’s strongest condemnations were reserved for those who distorted the Truth of God, while compelling others to accept their errors (Matt. 23:13-36).

The Last Great Day

by David Kortum

The Concluding Chapter of the Human Experience – A Promise God Will Fulfill

“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Rev. 21:4).

Considering all of the heartbreak and sorrow that this world has seen, this would seem impossible—were it not for the incomprehensible greatness of God—and the compassion, mercy (grace) and purpose that He holds for all humankind.

The Feast of Tabernacles

by David Kortum

The Feast of Tabernacles takes place ”at the year’s end” (Ex. 34:22). This main fall feast is also called the ”feast of ingathering.” The complete harvest year ends at the beginning of autumn. Just as Firstfruits pictures the early harvest—this church age; The Feast of Ingathering, Tabernacles, pictures the much larger fall harvest—the great harvest of souls during the millennium!

The Day of Atonement

by David Kortum

The Day of Atonement pictures a profound and necessary event, to take place after the second coming of Christ. Most of Christianity has not understood this, because of unawareness of the significance of God’s Holydays and what they portray.

The Feast of Trumpets

by David Kortum

This time and event will completely change the world. This will bring about a completely new beginning for all of humankind.

Christ will Rule as King of kings and Lord of lords (Isa. 2:2-4, Mic. 4:1-4, Rev. 17:14). The kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ (Rev. 11:15; 1:6; 5:10). He will reign, ultimately – in peace, for ever and ever (Isa. 9:7).

The Only Sign That Was Given

by David Kortum

Do “three days and three nights” occur between sunset ‘Good Friday’ and sunrise Easter Sunday?

Did Christ mean what He said, and say what He meant, when he said “three days” and “three nights”? Even as with Jonah and the great fish—so will the Son of Man be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Jon. 1:17, Mat. 12:40).

The Feast of Firstfruits, Part 2, God’s Purpose

by David Kortum

God has had a Plan in place from the very beginning—and not only was the Sacrifice of His Son the vital initial component of the Plan from the beginning, but God has had a Plan in place for those who would be called to accept the Sacrifice of His Son and to conform, transform, their lives in preparation for God’s holy world-ruling Kingdom—initiated at Christ’s return.

The Feast of Firstfruits, Part 1, The Count

by David Kortum

With all of the other Holydays—Annual Sabbaths which God has ordained and commanded—it is simply a matter of looking at a date on the true calendar and then one knows which day to keep as the commanded Annual Sabbath.

But not so with the Feast of Firstfruits. This day does not occur on a fixed date. One must count—beginning with the day after the Weekly Sabbath of the Days of Unleavened Bread—in order to ascertain which day is the Feast of Firstfruits. 

Why would God instruct His people to count, in order to identify and keep this commanded Annual High Sabbath?

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Part 2

by David Kortum

It is faithfully recorded, in the New Testament, that the Church, long after the crucifixion, was keeping these Holydays.

“We sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread” (Acts 20:6). Paul and companions plainly observed the Days of Unleavened Bread at Philippi.

The Holy Spirit would not have inspired such words—unless confirming that the Days of Unleavened Bread still existed!

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Part 1

by David Kortum

To observe Passover alone, and then fail to observe the seven days of unleavened bread, means, in the symbolism, to accept Christ’s blood, and then to continue in sin. To wrongly say we are under grace (meaning license) to continue in sin.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread depicts completely putting away sin—meaning fully keeping the Commandments of God!

The Passover

by David Kortum

Judaism considers Passover a most vital holy occasion in their repertoire of observances, while they wait for their Messiah. Christianity recognizes Christ’s Sacrifice as the central reality in their worldview and belief—yet they do not memorialize it. Seldom does either religion do genuine justice to the Truth as signified, and fulfilled, by Jesus Christ our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7). He was Immanuel—God with us—the Messiah. As the Savior He has fulfilled the most critical pivotal event in ALL of history.

Passover Instructions

by David Kortum

(These instructions are taken from early guidance provided for properly partaking of Passover in one’s own home.) The Passover In your own home If you are unable to come to a location where there are Services to observe the Passover, you may observe it in your own home alone or with your family, as follows:… Read More

Watching and Preparing

by David Kortum

How many times have we read scripture from John, Ezekiel, Daniel and Christ concerning End Time prophecy and wondered if our interpretation of the prophecy is correct? I am not going to give a prediction concerning when Christ will return. The Bible clearly instructs us in Matthew 24:36 that we would only be guessing, for… Read More

It’s Unforgiveable

by David Kortum

It’s Unforgivable His name was Karl. He was a 21-year-old German soldier who wanted to be forgiven by a Jew for the atrocities he committed against Jews during World War II. As he lay dying in a dark, isolated, hospital room, he told his story to Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish inmate from a nearby concentration… Read More

Compete Against the Self

by David Kortum

We are currently in the midst of summer, when many are able to spend a little extra time with their family or friends. Children are out of school and the days are long. It is a time when the weather affords us an opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, and hiking…. Read More

Conquer Deception Through Christ

by David Kortum

A National Geographic documentary television show called “Brain Games” delves into the human brain and its capacity to be easily manipulated. A test is conducted on the streets of America in which a random person is asked to view a photo image. The image is the famous picture of a Chinese student protestor standing in… Read More

How Does God Grow His Church?

by David Kortum

God’s Church is the body of Christ on earth. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Cor. 12:27). 1 Corinthians 6:15 states, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? …” “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…. For the body is not… Read More

The Appearances of Jesus

by David Kortum

We have long understood that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Wednesday and was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath, three days and three nights later. He was put in the tomb as Wednesday was coming to an end, just prior to sunset. He came out of the tomb seventy-two hours later, as the weekly Sabbath… Read More

Hope for Ferguson

by David Kortum

Ferguson, Missouri, received nationwide attention in 2014, but not for good things. Seldom, it seems, are places highlighted or newsworthy for good things. Ferguson received notoriety for events that occurred there, and the nation is still debating and grappling with the issues of race relations and police tactics. One side sees it as an opportunity… Read More