The Great White Throne

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Both the time element and the significance of the Great White Throne has been lost on most of 'Christianity' because it refuses to keep God's Holy Days.


Holy Days: Last Great Day

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The Last Great Day is the final holy day of the year, and it depicts the final steps in God's plan. After this—eternity!


Basic Doctrines: Eternal Judgment

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

One of God's roles is as Judge, and His judgments are eternally binding. But what does this mean? Who is judged? How? When? For what?


The Process of Righteous Judgment

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins contrasts the corrupt, perverse judgment meted out in human courts with the equitable, patient, and forbearing judgment of God Almighty. God's judgment on His called out ones has already begun (I Peter 4:17) and comes in incremental stages, somewhat like a divine installment plan. As God's spiritual offspring (or …


Why the Last Great Day?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that some words are inadequate to describe the magnitude of certain things, ponders why the Last Great Day is called great! God's great outpouring of His Spirit will be poured out upon billions—perhaps upward of 60 billion people. Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire where he will never be …


Assessment Now, Judgment Later!

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, cautioning us to properly value the infinite blessings that God has given us, warns that underestimating God's gifts can lead us to undervalue the spiritual or overvalue the physical. Esau, despised his birthright, preferring a bowl of lentils to placate his stomach; Lot's wife, preferring material prosperity, …


Death Is Not the End (Part Six)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The people who rise in the second resurrection will enjoy Millennial conditions with Christ and the firstfruits of God's Family living among them.


Judgment According to Works

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, exploring the different nuances of the word "according to," in the context of the expression, "according to their works" suggests that parallel expressions "depending on," "equal to," or "in the same measure," seem to have the best fit. God demonstrates rock …


The Small and Great Standing Before God

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, identifying a list of infamous monarchs who had the title "the Great" affixed to their names, puzzles over the criteria historians employed when giving this designation to patently blatant tyrants, and contrasts this pretentious greatness with the genuine greatness inherent in God Almighty. Ironically, …


Death Is Not the End (Part Five)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Two of history's wisest men, Job and Solomon, contemplated the possibilities of an afterlife, and both concluded that something better awaited us after death.


The Third Resurrection: What Is Its Value?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

What purpose does the Third Resurrection serve? Is it just so God can punish the incorrigible? Does it play a part in OUR salvation?


Basic Doctrines: The Second Resurrection

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

For the billions of people who have never known the truth, the second resurrection offers them an opportunity for future salvation.


The Final Harvest

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Are millions lost because they never heard the name of Christ? What about infants who died? Are the doors forever shut on those born into false religion?


Be There!

Article by Mike Ford

We often speak confidently of friends and relatives who will rise in the second or general resurrection to have their opportunity for salvation—but what a shame it would be if we were not there to greet them! Mike Ford, reminiscing about being there for his grandfather, urges us all to make our election sure!


Death: The End of the Beginning

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Looking at death as 'gain,' Jesus Christ and Paul calmly looked upon death as a natural part of life, as a transition to a better life in the resurrection.


The Second Resurrection and Union With Christ

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, returning to the saga of Captain John "Blackjack" Geary, a leader who transformed his men from reactive to thinking, teaching them more by example rather than abrasive exhortation, now is assigned the task of scouting out a sinister threat of alien species. This mission proved exceedingly dangerous …


The Blind See

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging the premature death of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, and his accomplishments, reports he had a darker side, dying as a Zen Buddhist and displaying the characteristic of a tyrant. Though he was highly successful by worldly standards, he was not called, and had no concept of God's plan. This 8th Day, …


Eternal Responsibilities

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We each have an eternal responsibility to do the will of God, continually seeking Him. Those who do not choose God's way of life will be mercifully put to death.


The Eighth Day

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Eight Day (or Last Great Day) has little written about it, but the patterns of Scripture reveal much about the abundance of this holy day.


John 7:37 Examined (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Eighth Day (or Last Great Day) is a separate festival from the Feast of Tabernacles, which can only derive its significance in the New Testament.


Benefits of the Third Resurrection

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Lake of Fire (Second Death or Third Resurrection), dreadful as it initially appears, produces both immediate as well as ultimate benefits or good.


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh contrasts the true view of the afterlife with the prevailing Protestant view as reported by patheos.com, stating that at the end time, God will judge between the righteous and unrighteous, consigning the righteous to a blissful heaven or a tormenting hell. In both Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, there is …


Standing Before God's Judgement

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, maintaining that America culture prides itself on rugged individualism and independence, cautions that in spiritual matters, dependence upon God gives us the resolve, firmness, and tenacity for our spiritual journey. None of the heroes are heroines of faith faced their challenges by themselves, but were aware of …


God of Our Salvation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, suggesting that many people go to their graves with their spiritual problems unresolved, suggests that they carelessly follow the dictates of their own hearts. Even just men fall into sin. Many people have lived their whole lives not aware of their sin, unaware of the law that defines sin. The Great White …


Fall Feast Lessons

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.


The End

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, referring to the caption, "The End," suggests that "The End" may also fill our minds with prophetic symbolism at the end of the age. Noah's flood was an end, the temple's destruction was an end, Christ's second coming will be an end, and the Last Great Day will be an end as well as a …


Acts (Part 25)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the topic of the resurrection of the dead (and the capacity of the earth to sustain the combined populations of all who have ever lived), examining pertinent scriptures on the resurrections. The scriptures suggest that massive land reclamation and landscaping efforts (coupled with dramatic climate …


Psalms: Book Four (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the life of Ryan Leif, an athlete who had all the advantages, suggested that his stupidity ended up mitigating his advantages and achievements. As he started his rookie year, he fumbled and made many errors, destroying his reputation as a sterling quarterback. His subsequent life went downhill, …


An Abundance of Living Water

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the massive drought in the continental United States, observes that nothing makes one appreciate water like drought. Water has great metaphorical significance on the Last Great Day of the Feast, symbolizing God's Holy Spirit given without measure. Prefigured by the annual Jewish water ceremony, …


The Challenge of Growth in the New Eden

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

In this sermon, Charles Whitaker focuses on the marvelous opportunities for young people in God's church who find themselves on the threshold of God's Millennium, a time population growth will take place in abundant prosperity brought about by creative God-inspired technology, refashioning and terraforming the entire eco-system. …


God's Will in the End Time

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God does not like to inflict punishment on people, but because of sin, He is obligated to correct. But as quickly as God punishes, God restores and heals.


A Millennium of Preparation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, recounting a deadly firefight in Afghanistan, focuses on parajumper Jason Cunningham's heroism during rescue mission. Cunningham bravely exposed himself through enemy lines seven times. He is said to have lived his entire life preparing for that day. Jesus Christ, too, lived His entire life preparing for His …


The Sabbath: Rest

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath is an antidote to the weariness we experience. It recalls God's pausing after completing His physical creation, focusing on the spiritual creation.


The Teaching of Jesus and Prophecy

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The teaching of Jesus is the key to Revelation. The Olivet Prophecy (the testimony of Jesus) in Matthew 24 unlocks the meaning of the seals in Revelation.


Jesus and 'the Spirits in Prison'

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Peter's statement that Jesus 'preached to the spirits in prison' has baffled many a Bible student. The traditional interpretation is woefully off-base.


The Needed Dimension

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that while Passover, not really a Holy Day, is inextricably bound to the Days of Unleavened Bread, and the Last Great Day, while a Holy Day, is bound inextricably to the Feast of Tabernacles. The Last Great Day is the capstone of God's plan, a time billions of people will be glorified and burdens will …