June 28, 2012
Beyond Today to Air on International Christian/Family Broadcasting Network
We are very pleased to announce that the United Church of God will expand its reach to additional television viewers in the United States and many nations around the world through a Christian/Family network operated by LeSEA Broadcasting (www.lesea.com).
World Harvest Television
Beginning July 8, 2012, Beyond Today will air every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on the World Harvest Television network which reaches 25 million households in the United States. This network is carried by DirecTV on satellite channel 367 to 19.9 million households and on AT&T U-Verse to an additional 5.1 million homes—plus on 130 cable TV systems. It can also be seen on Digital 2 broadcast via LeSEA’s independent stations in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; South Bend, Indiana; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. (A full broadcast log will be published soon on the Beyond Today website and in The Good News magazine).
Here is a television log summary of the new World Harvest coverage:
- World Harvest TV
- Sunday, 11:00 a.m. (EST)
- View on various cable channels (check local listings), on DirecTV ch. 367 (satellite) and AT&T U-Verse channel 578
- Honolulu, TV14.2, Sunday, 5:00 a.m.
- Indianapolis, TV40.2 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
- South Bend, TV46.2 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
- Gary (south side of Chicago), TV18.1 11 a.m.
- New Orleans, TV20.2, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
- Tulsa, TV47.2, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Additionally, beginning on July 8, 2012, Beyond Today will air at 1:00 p.m. GMT+2 each Sunday on LeSEA Broadcasting’s Middle East Television (www.metv.org). Based in Cyprus, this 28-year old station is available in every television home in Israel via cable and over-the-air. It also reaches a potential audience of 200 million viewers in 22 Muslim countries—from Iran to Egypt and from Turkey to Saudi Arabia.
Our telecasts will be subscripted in Arabic at no additional cost to the Church. Middle East Television is popular with U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Since it is one of the only American-owned broadcast facilities in the region, it also carries the NFL, NASCAR, NCAA college sports, the PGA tour and other prominent sporting events.
Far East Television
Finally, also starting July 8, Beyond Today will air on LeSEA Broadcasting’s “Family Entertainment Television” channel, Far East Television (www.fetv.tv). This will be every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. GMT+2 via satellite on Intelsat 10. Our programs will reach viewers in nations throughout Asia and Europe, including Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and many more. Our programs will also be seen in many countries throughout the African continent.
See all country listings at www.fetv.tv/Satellite-Coverage.cfm. It totals 135 countries at present. Far East Television has a potential audience of 4.3 billion people, equaling about 60% of the world’s population. Beyond Today will follow a very popular Asian televangelist, Joseph Prince, which places our programs in a position to spread the gospel to his large audience.
We hope you are as pleased as we are by these excellent, new opportunities to reach many additional viewers throughout the world with the good news of God’s soon coming Kingdom. Thank you for your ongoing, diligent prayers for His vital blessings on all of the Church’s expanding media efforts.
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services
June 18, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Bible Study Course lesson N°7, on the relevant topic of “God’s Calling,” is now available in the French language. Printed copies are being mailed to our French Bible Study Course subscribers.
We hope this will be a meaningful tool to help people understand the relationship God wants to have with all human beings. Please pray that God may bring new people to Him, as well as edify and build His Church in the French speaking world.
Maryse Pebworth—French Publications Coordinator
June 13, 2012
The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, June 13. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.
The series on the Gospel of John will cover chapters 15 and 16. These passages are often focused upon during the Passover season. Presenters will be Steve Myers and Peter Eddington.
Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.
Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East
June 9, 2012
We’re approaching seven years of Beyond Today television production and have almost 200 programs recorded.
The program airs nationwide weekly on WGN America and on the WORD Network. The WORD Network also offers us global satellite coverage in almost 200 countries. Plus, Beyond Today can be seen on Velugu TV on I.P. platforms around the world.
Our presenters—Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and Gary Petty— look back on this time period and give their perspective and offer lessons learned in the Friday, June 8, edition of BT Daily. It’s been a very profitable seven years for this important United Church of God proclamation effort.
BT Dailies are posted five days a week and offer analysis of breaking news and prophetic events, and also answer viewers biblical questions. You can subscribe to receive a notice from YouTube whenever a new video is posted on our Beyond Today YouTube channel.
Please continue to ask our Father in Heaven to bless this and other efforts of UCG to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God in print, on the air and on the Internet.
Peter Eddington—Producer, Beyond Today
June 8, 2012
The year 2012 will long be remembered throughout Britain and the Commonwealth as the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne.
Diane and I were privileged to be in London for the highlights of the occasion—the River Pageant on the Thames, the special service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the procession ending with the Queen and members of the royal family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The last (and only) Diamond Jubilee was in 1897 when Queen Victoria was on the throne. Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee has been described as “the climax of Empire.” The new century soon saw Britain in terminal decline, and the empire fall apart.
History often is simply fulfilled prophecy.
In 1897 when Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was being celebrated, Great Britain was at the height of its power, a direct fulfillment of the prophecy in Genesis, chapter 48, when “he [the biblical patriarch Jacob] set Ephraim before Manasseh” (verse 20). Victoria was the Queen-Empress who ruled over the prophesied “multitude of nations” (verse 19), a quarter of the world’s people.
At the time of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne 55 years later, that empire was still largely intact. It was soon to be dismantled, again fulfilling prophecy. The multitude of nations was Britain’s strength; it’s dismantling could only result in weakness. Britain is not the great power it once was. Manasseh replaced Ephraim as the global superpower and international policeman.
This is exactly as God said it would be.
Prior to visiting England, we were in South Africa, another part of the world that has seen prophecy fulfilled in recent years. We were invited down there to spend Pentecost weekend with most of the church members at a resort in Drakensville, where I spoke to the church on both the weekly Sabbath and the Day of Pentecost. Behind me when I spoke was one of the most magnificent backdrops ever seen in a church meeting hall—the Drakensburg Mountains. To everyone’s amusement the mountains were not there Sunday morning—obscured by a mist that hid them from our view!
The church in South Africa is growing, and I was able to talk with some of the new members there. Their stories of how they came into the United Church of God were very interesting and most encouraging.
Only 20 years ago, South Africa was ruled by people of Israelite descent. Prior to 1961 it was one of the “multitude of nations” with Queen Elizabeth as Head of State. Then it went its own way. In 1994 the ruling Nationalist Party handed power over to the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela became President. Jacob Zuma is the third native African president. The country is a very western-oriented nation, with a great deal of prosperity.
But the change in 1994 was a fulfillment of prophecy—the end of Israelite domination. The blessings to Israel were prophesied to be withdrawn as the people turned away from God. Deuteronomy chapter 28 is a warning to the modern Israelites of the negative consequences of sin. The Israelites were told they would lose control of their nations to non-Israelites: “He shall be the head and you shall be the tail” (verse 44).
The fulfillment of prophecy is very real to Church members in South Africa. But fulfilled prophecy has not stopped with the end of the British Empire. Further developments are taking place that once again shows the hand of God in world affairs.
Although the news in Britain was dominated by the Jubilee, there was also news of Europe’s ongoing serious economic problems. England is going through a period of austerity and economic decline, with rising unemployment a major problem. But the 17-member eurozone is in deeper trouble. There is speculation that bankrupt Greece may pull out of the single currency. Spanish banks appear on the verge of collapse. Some even think that the euro as a currency is doomed.
What is clear is that the continuing financial crisis that began well over two years ago has had one significant prophetic result—Germany has emerged as European leader.
Historian Niall Ferguson predicted in an interview in the London Sunday Times on May 20 that only a federal super state could save Europe and the euro. “I am not a federalist,” he says, “But the costs of the single currency disintegrating are really so high and would impact so many people, that the only responsible thing for me to do is to argue urgently for the next step to a federal Europe. I see no alternative at the moment that isn’t a great deal worse.”
Germanforeignpolicy.com led with the following startling paragraph on May 21: “In the run-up to new elections in Greece, the German elite is discussing various scenarios involving the use of force to ensure control over Athens, including the establishment of a protectorate or the deployment of ‘protection forces’ in that southern European country.”
England may soon have a German-dominated European super state on its doorstep.
Please note I said “England” and not “Britain” or the “United Kingdom.” In two years, Scotland is set to vote on independence. A “yes” vote would result in an isolated England, surrounded by potentially hostile powers, weaker than it’s ever been since the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth over 400 years ago.
Hosea 5 reminds us that Ephraim, Manasseh and Judah will all fall at the same time, within a period of 30 days (a “New Moon”). ‘The pride of Israel testifies to his face; therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them…They have dealt treacherously with the Lord. For they have begotten pagan children. Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage” (Hosea 5:5, 7).
Israel here most likely refers to the U.S., as it is the chief nation of modern Israel. Remember that Jacob (Israel) said: “Let my name be named upon them” (Genesis 48:16), referring to the two sons of Joseph—Ephraim and Manasseh.
With a European super state about to rise, it’s not too difficult to see how England can fall. But what about the United States?
A read of postwar British history shows that the loss of empire was primarily due to the country’s financial problems. The U.S. is now going through exactly the same problems Britain faced in the aftermath of war—having to face the consequences of military overspending. The need to balance the budget will become more urgent, and military spending will inevitably be cut, curtailing global American power just as it did British power.
The scene is clearly set for the rise of a European super state and the collapse of American power. History in the making—prophecy fulfilled!
The good news is that this new superpower won’t last long and will be the final human-led government before the return of Jesus Christ to sit on David’s throne, the very throne that was the center of the world’s attention last weekend.
“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast…These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of Lords and King of kings” (Rev 17:12, 14).
It won’t be long before we can say that the Kingdom of God is prophecy fulfilled!
Melvin Rhodes—Chairman, United Church of God, an International Association
June 5, 2012
Can We Know When Jesus Will Return?
By Dennis Luker
Serious students of the Bible know full well that the return of Jesus Christ and the establishing of His Kingdom represent the culmination of this human age. We eagerly desire and anticipate this! As Christians we are urged to maintain a sense of spiritual urgency, constantly overcoming and focusing on daily, continuous transformation in becoming more like God our Father and His Son, our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ.
With such an intense focus on the return of Jesus Christ to this earth—this time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)—it can be tempting and even easy to begin to speculate when exactly Jesus might initiate this long-awaited event. This is especially true when the Bible itself provides many prophetic markers and trends that will presage the end of this age (not the “end of the world”) and the coming of Christ.
But My Father Only
But even as Jesus emphatically instructed His disciples to “watch”—to prepare themselves as a spiritual Bride to be collectively bonded to Christ for all eternity—He also immediately said “you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42). Earlier, after outlining specific trends that would be obvious before His return, Jesus noted concerning the actual date of His return, “Of that day and hour no one knows, no not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (verse 36).
These and other Bible verses make plain that not even Jesus Himself knows the precise day and time when Jesus will return. Asked one final time by His disciples about the divine timetable for prophetic events, Jesus declared: “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (Acts 1:8).
We Don’t Set Dates
Accordingly, as directed by Jesus, the living Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23), the United Church of God does not set prophetic dates or times for future events. This has been a hard lesson for some, as during the past 2,000 years a number have violated this teaching of Jesus. They have unfortunately set both specific dates and times for the return of Christ, reaping a whirlwind of contempt and ridicule when these dates passed with no prophetic results.
Consider this historic example: In 2011, Harold Camping, a religious figure in California, attracted international attention with his unequivocal prediction that Jesus would return on May 21 of that year. Of course, nothing prophetically significant happened on that date, earning Camping and his failed prophecies a considerable amount of public scorn.
This leads us to an interesting question: why did God send prophets with a message about the Kingdom of God if we can’t know the date upfront when it will come? As the Bible clearly shows, prophetic outcomes are the result of either obeying or disobeying the word of God. God reveals that many blessings will come to humanity if it yields itself to God’s way of life. God also reveals that many prophetic curses will come if humanity rejects this way of life, particularly if it is laid out in front of them in advance. That is why God declared first to the ancient Israelites and today to us: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19, emphasis added).
Because prophesied tragedies reflect a willful spirit of disobedience to God, the United Church of God recognizes that it is the duty of the Church to make plain the consequences of this continued willful disobedience. God and Jesus are quite clear: if you keep God’s commandments and produce spiritual fruit that reflects the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, then you are promised many good things, both in this life and in the life to come. If not, then you come under a curse of your own doing.
One of the major roles of the Church that Jesus founded is to demonstrate—in this present life—a taste of the coming Kingdom. God’s way of life works! This is why Jesus thus commanded His disciples: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Seeing people quietly but effectively live God’s way of life strengthens the prophetic message of the Bible.
Let No Man Take Your Crown
So what if you find yourself in one of these groups that unfortunately likes to set dates? The Bible is plain: God is a God of mercy and love. If such a person humbly recognizes that they may have fallen under a deception, well-intentioned or not, and want to move on, then the path opens for them to receive mercy, be pardoned, and restore their relationship with the living Head of the Church, Jesus Christ and His Father, God Almighty. We are all called to repent—even daily as a continuous act of spiritual transformation—to change, receive mercy and grace, and to advance toward the future Kingdom of God (Acts 2:38; Romans 12:1-2).
Don’t allow a man or an organization to “steal your crown” (Revelation 3:11) by violating the teachings of Jesus. If you’d like more information about what the Bible really says is the exciting and vibrant future for humanity, write for or download our free booklet, God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind.
June 3, 2012
The Good Works program of the United Church of God has been helping brethren around the world for nine years. We have collectively and positively impacted our brethren in some of the most remote parts of this world.
But not everyone can financially contribute, and that’s understandable. However, now there is an opportunity for everyone to serve in a meaningful way. We’re launching a new facet of Good Works—the International Sister Congregations program.
This new program provides hands-on opportunities for members to reach out to international members in non-monetary ways. This program will match participating congregations where they can begin to establish a growing network within the whole body of the United Church of God, providing brethren a greater sense of international community.
Please look for more details on this program in the next edition of the United News. In the meantime, please take a moment to vierw this short video clip about the Good Works program because, after all, we’re in this together!
Ed Dowd—Good Works Coordinator
June 1, 2012
Beyond Today Now Reaches India, United Kingdom and North America on Additional Cable/Satellite/Internet Television Network
We are pleased announce that on Sunday, May 27, the United Church of God began airing Beyond Today television programs on Velugu TV, a religious television network reaching India, the United Kingdom and North America.
The Velugu Television Network, is India’s first Christ-centered family-friendly channel. It will telecast Beyond Today internationally twice a week via satellite on IPTV, MelaTV and JadooTV (also available on Roku) and via cable in four Ohio communities on TV8 and TV39.5. Below is the television log showing the channels and stations.
- IPTV, Sunday 8:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
- MelaTV, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (EST)
- JadooTV, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (EST)
- Columbus, TV8, 39.5, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
- Delaware, TV39.5, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
- Kenton, TV39.5, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
- Marion, TV39.5, Saturday 11:00 p.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
As we take the new step of testing Beyond Today on the Velugu Television Network, we ask for your prayers that many people will not only watch our programs but respond to the magnificent good news of the coming Kingdom of God.