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Another of holidays that people celebrate as if it was a Christian Holy Day is Thanksgiving. However Church of God does not follow this holiday because there is not a solicit text in the Bible that testify about the evidence of Thanksgiving. Church of God only follows the teachings of Christ Ahnsahnghong.

Most Protestants celebrate Thanksgiving every November; however, the Church of God does not keep Thanksgiving Day. In fact, the Church only observes God’s feasts, in accordance with the teachings of the Bible that Christ Ahnsahnghong showed to us.

It is important to understand the history of behind Thanksgiving, so that we can follow the truth.

In 1620, more than a hundred Puritans boarded the Mayflower and left England for a New World: America. The following year, they cultivated the American soil and harvested bountiful crops. They had much to be thankful for and decided to hold a commemorative feast. This is the origin of Thanksgiving Day. George Washington, the first American president, suggested that November 26th be appointed as Thanksgiving Day.

Then, in 1863, as the long and bloody Civil War came to an end, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day is one of the largest national festivals celebrated in America, but it is not a religious feast. During Thanksgiving time, most companies grant their employees long vacations. It is acceptable that Americans have a pleasant time during this national festival, but it is blatantly incorrect to assume that Thanksgiving Day was appointed as a feast by God. Moreover, it is blasphemy to teach that Thanksgiving Day originated from the Day of Firstfruits—Resurrection Day in the New Testament—or from the Feast of Tabernacles, both of which are God's feasts. God has never commanded us to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

The Church of God only keeps the feasts that the Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong commanded us to keep, the feasts described in the Bible.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that Thanksgiving is related to the Day of Firstruits, but they are incorrect. God appointed seven different feasts to commemorate the work of Moses, spanning from the time when he came out of Egypt with the Israelites, to his crossing the Red Sea and receiving the Ten Commandments, until the time of his gathering materials to build the tabernacle.

Moses’ work was a shadow of Christ’s work, from the time when Christ led His people out of the sinful world, until the time He would gather the materials to build the heavenly temple. The Day of Firstfruits is the third feast of the seven, appointed in springtime—the season when barley and wheat ripen. It commemorated Moses' crossing the Red Sea with the Israelites. On the day after the Sabbath, following the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the priest waved a sheaf of the first grain before God. This symbolically represented Jesus Christ’s resurrection as the firstfruits among the dead.

Lev 23:10-14 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: "When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath...You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God (on the Day of Firstfruits). This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live."

At this time the Israelites couldn't eat the new grains until they presented the wave offering of a sheaf of the first grain to God on the Day of Firstfruits. This prophecy revealed that no one could resurrect until Jesus had first risen from the dead.

1 Cor. 15:20-24 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [physically died]...But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits..."

Jesus resurrected as the firstfruits among the dead, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy concerning the Day of Firstfruits. In the Old Testament times, the Israelites kept the Day of Firstfruits on the day after the Sabbath, following the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This was fulfilled by Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, following the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Mark 16:9 "When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week..."

Jesus' resurrection was prophesied during the time of Moses, and the exact day of His resurrection, the day after the Sabbath, was even appointed. Now, in the New Testament times, should we still commemorate the Old Testament’s Day of Firstfruits? We should commemorate Jesus' resurrection instead.

What is the relationship between the Feast of Tabernacles and Thanksgiving Day? NONE

The Feast of Tabernacles was appointed when Moses and the Israelites were in the desert. The Feast was to commemorate the Israelites' gathering the materials to build the tabernacle. It was kept in the seventh month, from the 15th to the 22nd, according to the sacred calendar. Using the solar calendar, the feast falls in September or October. God commanded Moses and his people to build a sanctuary according to the pattern of the heavenly sanctuary, shown to Moses on Mount Sinai. The people were moved by the Holy Spirit and willingly offered materials, gold, silver, linen, and cotton, to help build the tabernacle. Eventually, Moses ordered that they didn't have to bring any more offerings (Ex. 35:4-36:7).

To commemorate the Israelites' building the tabernacle, God appointed the Feast of Tabernacles, also referred to as the feast of booths. The Israelites built booths in the inner and outer courts of the temple and rejoiced for a week (Lev. 23:34-36). This feast fell during the season in which all of the grains were harvested. Thus, the Feast of Tabernacles was also called the Feast of In gathering (Ex. 34:22).

Christ Ahnsahnghong testifies that the book of Hebrews reveals that the earthly sanctuary, built by Moses, was a copy and a shadow of the heavenly sanctuary to be built by Jesus Christ.

Heb. 8:5 "They serve at a sanctuary (on the earth) that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."

In the time of Moses, materials were gathered for the building of the sanctuary. These materials symbolized God's people, who are described as the "materials" for the heavenly sanctuary to be gathered in the New Testament times.

Eph. 2:20-22 "...with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."

Rev. 3:12 "Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God..."

In the time of Moses, the Israelites gathered materials for seven days and built the tabernacle. In the Old Testament times, the Israelites ceremonially constructed booths of grass or trees and joyfully stayed within them for seven days. These are both prophecies disclosing that the:

144,000 saints, who are described as "wood" (Jer. 5:14)
materials of the temple (Eph. 2:20-21) will be gathered.

As they are gathered, the earthly gospel work will be completed. Jesus also showed us an example of preaching during the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:14, 37).

Christ Ahnsahnghong testified that in the New Testament times, the Feast of Firstfruits was fulfilled on Resurrection Day. On Resurrection Day we commemorate Jesus' resurrection and we are reminded of God’s promise to change and to resurrect the saints living in the last days. The Feast of Tabernacles was fulfilled by the Preaching Week of the New Testament times, during which we preach the gospel to find the materials, the saints who are to be saved, for the heavenly temple.

Thanksgiving Day is an American festival, not a Christian feast. It is undoubtedly a man-made custom. A long time ago, Jeroboam, king of Israel, constructed golden calves to prevent his people from going to Jerusalem to keep the feasts of God. He said, "Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt," and instituted a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month similar to the festival held in Judah. The Bible says that Jeroboam’s actions were viewed as sinful in the eyes of God (1 Kin. 12:25-33). Jesus also spoke concerning this kind of people.

Mark 7:6-8 "He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."

Many people do not know the prophecies of the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Tabernacles, or how these feasts were fulfilled. Most continue to follow and to proclaim incorrect teachings. They even shout, "Amen!" when these false doctrines are taught. We hope that, under God Ahnsahnghong's grace, they can realize the true decrees and laws of God. The Bible says,

Hos 4: 6 "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children"

Christ Ahnsahnghong is giving a warning to those who neglect God's commands and who follow only the commands of men. Hebrews chapter nine reads,

Heb 9:1 "Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary"

This verse implies that the second covenant [the new covenant] had regulations for worship and for a heavenly sanctuary. Which covenant is more important? No one denies that the regulations of the new covenant are more important.

The teachings that Church of God follows are extrictly from the Bible. Now a days people just focus on their physical life and how to please themselves by following the customs of the world. However, through this you cannot be saved. That's why Christ Ahnsahnghong has to come, to show us the true way to eternal life. Christ Ahnsahnghong has reveal to us the Mysteries of Mysteries, our Heavenly Mother the New Jerusalem.

Christ Ahnsahnghong opened again the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.


That's why I like coming to Church of God, because Ahnsahnghong taught eveything through the Bible.

April 9, 2008 at 7:34 AM  

Christ Ahnsahnghong swiftly has gathered his children. Through the sacrifice and love of Father Ahnsahnghong we have become a mighty nation

April 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM  

Christ Ahnsahnghong has fulfilled the prophecies, believe it or not.

April 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

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