In defending their claims that Ahnsahnghong is divine, members of the World Mission Society Church of God have argued (as noted on numerous sites such as here, here or here) that Ahnsahnghong “revealed the secret of the 7 thunders”. Members of the WMSCOG claim that the 7 thunders in Revelation 10, represent the 7 feasts in the Old Testament (noted on this blog here). When I was a member of the WMSCOG, I took extensive notes on this study because of the importance that high ranking members placed on this “secret”. I was told that “through this study we prove that Ahnsahnghong is god because he is the only one that could unseal the 7 thunders”.
The basic summary of the study proceeds like this:
- God told John not to write about the 7 thunders (Revelation 10:4)
- The scroll will be opened in the last days (Revelation 22:10)
- The scroll represents the Bible and only the Root of David, or God, could open the scroll (Revelation 5:1) ***Click here for an article that addresses this point of the study.***
- Jesus Christ is the Root of David (Revelation 22:16)
- 7 thunders are perfect thunders (Revelation 10:4)
- Thunder represents God’s voice (John 12:28), therefore the 7 thunders were 7 of God’s instructions/decrees
- The scroll will be sealed until the end times (Daniel 12:4,9)
- The tablets had writing on both sides (Exodus 32:15), therefore the 7 thunders, which the WMSCOG believes are the 7 feasts must have been written on the back
- Ahnsahnghong reinstated the 7 feasts in the end times, therefore he is the Root of David
To those of you who have never been a member of the WMSCOG, I apologize if your head is spinning right now. I know this is Bible hopscotch.
Do the 7 thunders in the book of Revelation represent the 7 feasts of the Old Testament? This is key to the study, and if it can be refuted, the entire study fails because if the 7 thunders do not represent the 7 feasts, then they were not supposed to be reinstated by Ahnsahnghong or anyone else. (Not that the Jews ever stopped celebrating them, but that is a topic for another article.) In order to answer the question of whether the 7 thunders in Revelation represent the 7 feasts from the Old Testament, we will focus our analysis around two claims the WMSCOG makes in this study:
- Thunder represents God’s voice. (point #6 in the study)
- The stone tablets, on which the 10 commandments were written, also had the 7 feasts written on the back. (point #8 in the study)
Numerous verses in the Bible describe God’s voice sounding like thunder to those that heard it (See 2 Samuel 22:14, Job 37:4-5, Psalm 18:13), but does this apply to God’s voice alone? Revelation 6:1 proves that the sound of thunder does not always represent the voice of God Himself:
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”
Again we can confirm that voices other than God’s can sound like thunder by looking at Revelation 19:6 :
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
In the above two verses, it is clear that other voices from heaven, not only the voice of God, are described as sounding like thunder. Therefore, the WMSCOG’s claim that the 7 thunders in Revelation 10 must be the voice of God, is not certain since the text does not say it is the voice of God. This is important because if the 7 thunders do not represent God’s voice, then the argument that Ahnsahnghong is god because he “unsealed the secret of the 7 thunders”, or 7 instructions from God, is no longer tenable. This is one possible problem with the study, but there is a far more glaring error–only the Ten Commandments were written on the stone tablets given to Moses which unequivocally refutes point #8 of the study, as we will now demonstrate.
During the study about the 7 thunders, the pastor read Exodus 34, where God tells Moses to carve another set of stone tablets after he broke the first set of tablets (see Exodus 34:1). In Exodus 34, God reminds Moses of the 7 feasts and other requirements prior to Moses writing the Ten Commandments on the second set of stone tablets. The pastor, cited Exodus 32:15 and claimed that since the tablets had writing on both sides, that the seven feasts must have been written on the back:
Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. – Exodus 32:15
The WMSCOG pastor claimed that God commanded Moses to write the seven feasts which, according to him, represented the covenant God made with the Israelites on the stone tablets in addition to the Ten Commandments. However, Exodus 34:28 says:
Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 34:28 states that only the Ten Commandments were written on the stone tablets. That’s bad news for point #8 of the study outlined above, because that means that the 7 thunders are not the 7 feasts. It gets better.
The book of Deuteronomy also describes what was written on the first set of stone tablets (Deuteronomy 4:13, 9:10) and the second set of stone tablets (Deuteronomy 10:4). Deuteronomy 4:13-14 says:
13 He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
The above verses tell us that the covenant, or the Ten Commandments were written on the two stone tablets and in addition to the Ten Commandments, the Lord directed Moses to teach other decrees and laws that the Israelites were to follow. Deuteronomy 5:1 begins with a list of the Ten Commandments and in verse 22 says:
These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. Deuteronomy 5:22
The above verse clearly says that nothing more than the Ten Commandments were written on the first set of stone tablets. But were the second set of tablets different? Deuteronomy 10:1-2 tells us that they were the same:
1 At that time the LORD said to me, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark.[a] 2 I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.”
Deuteronomy 10:4 confirms that the writing on the second set of tablets was in fact the same as the first.
The LORD wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me.
Scripture clearly tells us that:
- The covenant was the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 4:13-14 )
- God added nothing more to the Ten Commandments written on the stone tablets (Deuteronomy 5:22)
- The second set of tablets was the same as the first set of tablets (Deuteronomy 10:1-2, 4)
It is incomprehensible to read the above scriptural proof, and still conclude that there was anything except for the Ten Commandments written on the stone tablets. After concluding that the 7 thunders John heard in Revelation 10 may not have been God’s voice, and that only the Ten Commandments were written on the stone tablets given to Moses, the rest of the WMSCOG’s study becomes irrelevant.
I remember believing that the WMSCOG’s studies were perfect when I was a member. At least that’s how they were presented. I remember hearing members say that the Bible never made sense until they had studied with the WMSCOG. Today that statement seems overwhelmingly ironic after seeing other numerous examples of verses the WMSCOG has taken out of context in order to “make sense” of the Bible.
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