Yes! For proof read, Matthew 14:33, “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God” and Matthew 16:13-16 states, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
It is a commandment from God according to Genesis 2: 1-3 “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.” Exodus 20:10 states, the Fourth Commandment, “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter; thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.” Jesus also kept the Sabbath according to Mark 6:2 and Luke 4:16.
The account of creation in the Holy Bible reveals that God created the heavens and the earth over a six day period Genesis 2:1-2 and Exodus 20:11. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God (4th Commandment Exodus 20:10.) The days of the week began from the first day to the seventh day. The days were not called as they are today. They were called First Day to Sixth Day and the Seventh day was named the SABBATH. The days of the week as we know them today are named after the celestial bodies with a mix of Greek and Roman gods. For example, day one-Suns day, day two Mons day, and the seventh day is called Dies Saturnei (Rest) after Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. Various calendars have been modified to facilitate feast days such as Easter, a Pagan feast. The Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory of the Roman Catholic church in 1582 is now widely used. The calendar year has been modified but the weekly cycle has not been tampered with. Astronomers, historians, Islamic and Greek cultures, Greek Catholic, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches all testify that we have not lost track of the days of the week. It is generally understood that Sunday is the first day of the week; therefore, it stands to reason that Saturday is the seventh day of the week. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. The seventh day Sabbath was observed and kept before Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai (Exodus16:4-23, 29, and 30). Jesus Christ, a Jew and the Son of God, kept the seventh day Sabbath. After Jesus’ ascension, his followers kept the Seventh day Sabbath. Theologians of various religions, record that Saturday is the Sabbath; although some substitute the first day of the week (Sunday) as the Sabbath of worship! Thankfully the successions of the days of the week have not been altered.
Prophet William Saunders Crowdy is the founder who reestablished The Church of God and Saints of Christ in the earth. A true Prophet of God, he is the author of the Revelation of God revealed through the Seven Keys.
No! Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil”; Luke 13:33 “Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem”; I Corinthians 14:22 “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets ..” And Ephesians 4:11-13 … “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints…”
The Seven Keys are the fundamental principles that summarize the doctrine of the Church of God and Saints of Christ; revealed to Prophet William Saunders Crowdy. These principles are used to guide one's belief and behavior and are part of the Biblical School recital throughout the Church of God and Saints of God and Saints of Christ to reinforce their importance and solemn nature. The Seven Keys are explained in greater detail in The Revelation of God Revealed; written by Prophet William S. Crowdy, and copy righted December 16, 1902 in the Library of Congress.
The LORD’s Passover was observed as an ordinance according to Exodus the12th Chapter to recognize the awesome deliverance and infallible supreme power of God. We observe and teach this ordinance at the direction of the Chief Executive Officer of the Church and under the authority of the Holy Scriptures.
“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.” (Exodus 12:17-20)
“And thou shalt show thy son in that day saying, this is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth; for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt. Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.” (Exodus 13:8-10)
The Holy Convocation is an instituted week of atonement to afflict our souls and offer special offerings and sacrifice unto God (Leviticus 23). The week begins January 3 (Tebeth 3) at sunset and ends January10 (Tebeth 10) at sunset. A fast is declared on the 9th day to loose the band of wickedness that we may break every yoke of bondage; and we rejoice in victory on the 10th day with a great feast. No servile work (employment labor) is done for these holy seven days.
Different governments and powers have changed and instituted various calendars with an assortment of names to identify each month; however we follow the new year established by the Word of God according to Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” and Exodus 13:4 “This day came ye out in the month Abib.
Israelites from the beginning of time began their day in the evening as record in Genesis 1:5. This was also the practice of the Phoenicians and Athenians. The Babylonians counted their day from sunrise to sunrise. The Egyptians and Romans counted their day from midnight to midnight. Israelites further divided time into morning, noon, and night segments. There are 12 hours for daylight and 12 hours for nighttime, as recorded by Jesus in John 11:9.
Our uniforms were instituted as our holy garments; which serves as our identification as the people of God. Two of the greatest dynamics of the Church uniforms are militancy and uniformity (I Corinthians 1:1-2, I Corinthians 1:9-10, II Timothy 2:3-5, II Corinthians 6:1-10 and Ephesians 6:10-18.)
The choir marches to signify and demonstrate: Militancy of the Church of God and Saints of Christ; Transition of life, both spiritual and carnal; and Resurrection and judgment.
The militancy of the Church of God and Saints of Christ is one of its most dynamic features. In prancing, we trod under our feet, with the help of Jesus Christ our Lord; misfortune, disease, trials and temptations encountered in this present world. As the Singers of Israel march in the processional, their posture and precision exemplifies the “upright man” in his progress through life, endowed as a soldier in the army of God. In the recessional, at the sounding of the trumpet, the female singers adorn themselves with crowns (symbolizing honor and victory we shall receive). We are called by the all powerful voice of the Supreme God; it is here we bow in humble submission to the Throne of God. Then shall the saying be fulfilled, “The choir militant shall meet the choir triumphant to sing praises to God in the air.”
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