Frequently Asked Questions
- Why does the Israel of God consider themselves to be "BIBLE CHRISTIANS"?
- Why does the Israel of God worship on Saturday instead of Sunday like most Christians today?
- Why does the Israel of God keep the Feasts of the Lord, as described in Leviticus 23, instead of the traditional holidays like Christmas, Easter, etc.?
- Does the Israel of God believe that saints, when they die, go to Heaven to be with the Lord? Is there anyone in Heaven now?
- Does the Israel of God believe in the "TRINITY"?
- Why do you call yourselves "The Israel of God"?
The definition of the word "Christian" means "...followers of Jesus Christ and His doctrine...". Christ kept His Father's commandments and we, as Christians, are to walk as he walked and teach others to keep God's laws.
In the book of 1 John (1 John 2: 3-6), it states: "..And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked."
Also, in the book of John 14: 21, Jesus states: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."
Again, in the book of Matthew (Matthew 5:19), Jesus says: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
In the book of Romans, Paul states: "For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the Law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the LAW shall be justified). -- Romans 2:12-13
Granted, no one will ever be perfect like Jesus Christ, but, it is our responsibility to God to strive towards that perfection that he exhibited! In the keeping of the Royal Law (Ten Commandments), it shows the Lord that we are trying to do His will and not sin, because the biblical definition of sin is the transgression of the law. (according to 1 John 3:4 -- "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.")
All in all, Bible Christians have the faith in Jesus Christ and keep the commandments of God (Revelation 14:12)
The seventh day of the week is the day that the Lord God of Israel rested from all of His works. If you look on any calendar, you will see that Saturday is the seventh day of the week. The Sabbath day starts on Friday at sundown, and ends on Saturday at sundown. It was, and still is, to be the day of rest (the word "SABBATH" means "to rest") for God's people to worship Him and rest from their servile work.
In Genesis (Genesis 2:1-3) it states: "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
In the book of Exodus 31: 12-17: "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is HOLY unto you: EVERYONE that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, HOLY TO THE LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed."
In the book of Acts 18: 14, it states: "After these things Paul departed from Athens and came to Corinth;..... And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks."
Also, Acts 13: 38-44 states: "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God."
Sunday is NOT the seventh day of the week and therefore, should not be considered the true Sabbath of the Lord.
In the book of Leviticus 23: 1-4, it states: "And the Lord spake unto Moses saying Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the FEAST OF THE LORD which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations EVEN THESE ARE MY FEASTS. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. THESE ARE THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, even holy convocation; ye shall proclaim in their seasons." All of the feasts are explained in detail in Leviticus 23.
In the New Testament, they continued to be observed (even after the resurrection of Jesus). In Acts 20:16, it states: "For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost." Paul was going back to keep one of the feasts of the Lord. He also exhorts us, in 1 Corinthians 5: 7-8, also to have the sincerity and truth of mind to continue in the commandments of the Lord:
"...Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
All traditional holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, New Years. etc. are not biblical and therefore should not be celebrated by the true Christian.
Jesus stated in John 3:13: "No man has ascended up to heaven but him that came down from Heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven." The only one that has ascended to heaven after their death and resurrection has been Jesus. There is no other that has rose from the grave and gone into Heaven to be with the Father. In 1 Corinthian 15: 20-23, it states,
"...But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming."
All who have died in Christ will be resurrected simultaneously ... upon His Second Coming. When Jesus comes back to establish His kingdom, the Lord will call his saints to be with Him. In the book of 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17, it states: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
In order for the Lord to do this, those that have died previously have to STILL be dead. This will begin Jesus' thousand year reign of peace. However, there are still people that are dead. Only those found worthy to be raised in the first resurrection were raised when Jesus returns. Revelation 20: 4-11 describes this in detail. When will the rest of the dead be raised? They will be raised to the White Throne Judgment.
In the book of Revelation 20: 12-13, it states: "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 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."
Currently, The saints are waiting for the Coming of the Lord so they can be "clothed upon" with their white robes of righteousness. In this carnal body, man has to work, suffer pain, tiredness, sadness, etc. Until the coming of the Lord, we will continue in our present state.
In 2 Corinthians 5: 1-10, it states, "...For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
In conclusion, all that are born of man that have died, are still in their graves until the First OR Second Resurrection.
"...Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." - Ecclesiastes 9: 7-10
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There are currently only two members in the Godhead, The Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit can be manifested to man in many forms. One form is an Angel sent from God to bring to remembrance what Jesus has told us in His Holy Word (another form of His Spirit). The Word that the Angel brings to man is the power, thoughts, and spiritual extension of God. God begets true Christians as His sons and daughters through this Spirit (God’s Word). It strengthens a Christian spiritually, converts his mind, and serves as an earnest, or beginning, of the transformation to obtain eternal life.
The Word of God does not mention a "Trinity" as being God in three persons. Most attribute the Holy Spirit as the third part of a Trinity when it is not biblical in origin.
The origin of the Trinity was first discussed and included into church doctrine by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. and 381 A.D. The Council declared:
"...that in one God there are three divine Persons - The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit). This idea declares that the Son is the same essence as the Father, and that the three persons are one God....A special activity has been attributed to each of the Persons. The Father creates, the Son became human, and the Spirit makes holy..." - World Book Encyclopedia, Inc. 1996, vol. 19, pg. 445
The Israel of God does not believe in or support the Trinity doctrine for these reasons.
"...Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.." - 2 Timothy 4: 2-4
"...If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." - 1 John 5: 9-11
God's chosen people were, and still are, the children of Israel. In order for us to be saved, we must be adopted into the commonwealth of Israel. We must also strive to keep the commandments of God.
In Romans 11:11-27, it states: "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. "
Romans 3: 1-2 states: "What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God."
Jeremiah 29: 8-22 states: "For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee. Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God."
Revelation 21: 22-26 states: "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. " All nations must become spiritual Israel.
In Acts 7:37-38, it states: "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy and upon The Israel of God."