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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 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.

Understanding the Pentecost Count

by David Kortum

One might ask “How could a doctrine or a day have any bearing on the spiritual status of the Church, or in any way be implicated regarding the fractured and weakened state that the Church finds itself in today?”

Sadly, for this generation, most have hardly heard of the early years in the revival of the Church of God in these last days—fewer still have heard or recall the details of what was once taught, believed, and lived in the true Church of God.

Yet the sobering and stark reality is that each doctrinal change is directly linked to our covenant relationship with Christ!

Critical Events Ahead

by David Kortum

Bible students are aware that near the “time of the end” the world will be facing trouble never before seen. So precarious will this time be that Christ said: ” . . . Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved . . . ” (Matt. 24:22). The Moffatt Translation adds… Read More

Why Did Christ Die?

by David Kortum

How many times have we seen billboards that read, “Christ died to save sinners.” Or bumper stickers that say, “Jesus saves”? Do most people really understand what is meant? Probably not. It is not difficult, however, to know what they mean if one is willing to examine the Scriptures. So, why did Christ die to… Read More

The Proof of Christ’s Messiahship

by David Kortum

Many believe that Christ’s signs and wonders were given to prove His Messiahship. Not so, according to the Scriptures! Christ said He would give one proof only to substantiate His Messiahship. Here it is: “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he… Read More

Seven Reasons Christ Came

by David Kortum

We have often heard the expression, “Christ died to save sinners,” yet most people do not understand what it means. Simply stated, the Bible defines sin as the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). Man by birth, and by virtue of his nature, is a sinner. Men continually transgress God’s Law-the Ten Commandments. God… Read More

The Holidays We Keep – What Needs To Be Understood

by David Kortum

What is the origin of our national holidays? Are they acceptable to God? Read this article to find out the answers.What is the origin of our national holidays? Are they acceptable to God? Read this article to find out the answers.What is the origin of our national holidays? Are they acceptable to God? Read this article to find out the answers.

God’s Holy Days – For Christians Today?

by David Kortum

Is keeping the holy days a Christian requirement? Why did Christ, the apostles, and the early New Testament Church keep the holy days? Were they a part of the Law of Moses? Should we keep them today? Find out the truth about this matter.

The Kingdom of God – What Is It?

by David Kortum

Is the Kingdom of God already here? Or is it in the hearts of men? What does the Bible really mean when it talks about the Kingdom of God? Where will it be located? Find out the truth about this matter.

Can We Rely On the Hebrew Calendar?

by David Kortum

Is there any truth to the argument that the Hebrew Calendar is unreliable, that it is unauthorized, inaccurate, and has no place in holy day observance? See what the real facts are.

The Gospel – What Is It?

by David Kortum

Did Jesus preach about Himself, or did he come with a message? What was His message? What is the Gospel Jesus preached? You may be surprised by what you read.