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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 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.

Old Testament Problem Texts #3

by David Kortum

Gideon was a mighty man of valor (Judges 6:12). Because of their national sins, Israel was being oppressed by the Midianites. God raised up a champion to deliver Israel from their hand. That champion was Gideon. Thirty-two thousand Israelites volunteered to fight with Gideon, but God said that was too many (Judges 7:2-3). The number… Read More

Old Testament Problem Texts #2

by David Kortum

As we continue in the examination of problem texts, we find that Numbers 21:8-9 certainly falls into this category. Let’s begin with verse four: “And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the… Read More

Old Testament Problem Texts #1

by David Kortum

Many Old Testament texts are somewhat obscure and Bible commentators vary widely in their interpretations. This series will attempt to find the most logical meaning of some of these verses with the hope that it will add interest and a better understanding of the Sacred Word. This is not to say that the exact meaning… Read More

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

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.

Understanding the Bible

by David Kortum

Is the Old Testament necessary for Bible understanding? Or just portions of the New Testament? Why study all the Bible if it isn’t necessary? Find out the truth in this article.

Fundamentals of Belief of Bethel Church of God

by David Kortum

1.  We believe in God, eternally existing in the heavens, who is Spirit, a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power, and authority, the Creator of the heavens and the Earth and all that in them is, and the source of life (Deut. 6:4, Isa. 57:15; 40:28, Ps. 63:3, Col. 1:16, Ps. 36:9)…. Read More