The Feast Dates
The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) claims that keeping the Jewish feasts is necessary for salvation. Do they keep them correctly though? Read on to learn how to calculate for yourself, and see how they have kept the feasts of God incorrectly.
Feasts Required For Salvation?
The WMSCOG teaches that keeping the Jewish feasts (the feasts of God) is required for salvation:
Salvation is given only to the people who keep the feasts…The Bible tells us that celebrating the feasts of God is a necessary condition for entering the kingdom of heaven, and that those who celebrate the feasts are given a great blessing…
The Days of the Feasts From Scripture
So if the feasts are that important, you’d expect the WMSCOG to get them right, especially since they claim that their leader Zahng Gil Jah (whom they call “Jerusalem Mother”) is divine. If she was divine, then would she let her her church celebrate the feasts on the wrong day? Let us look at two of the feasts recorded in Scripture so that we might calculate their dates ourselves. Don’t worry, it’s very easy:
Passover is on the 14th day of the first month.
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the LORD’s Passover.
The Feast of Trumpets is on the 1st day of the seventh month. (The Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles are also in the seventh month, so it’s important to begin correctly with the Feast of Trumpets.)
Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.
How Months are Counted in the Biblical Calendar
The Hebrew calendar is luni-solar, which means that the months follow the lunar cycle, with a leap month added every so often between the 11 and 12 months to keep the holy days in their proper seasons (see the Wikipedia article on Hebrew Calendar for more information). Each month starts with the new moon (according to Isaiah 66:23).
How to Calculate the Feasts
In order to correctly calculate the feasts, we first need to know when there is a New Moon. For this, we’ll go to NASA’s lunar phase data. We’ll record each New Moon as a new month. It is also important to realize that the Biblical calendar begins around the Gregorian calendar months of March or April. (The Gregorian calendar is the one the world uses today). For the purpose of our analysis though, the differences between the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars will not have an impact because we can simply observe the number of months (or new moons) from Passover to the Feast of Trumpets.
It is important to note that the calendar of the WMSCOG does not exactly match any Hebrew calendar used by the Jewish people today. Since it is slightly different, we’ll refer to it here as the “WMSCOG calendar.” In any case, for the WMSCOG calendar to truly be “sacred” (or Biblical) as they say it is, it must begin its months with the new moons and have its feasts in the correct months. So grab your pencils and let’s start calculating!
They Get it Wrong in 2005
In 2005, the WMSCOG celebrated their Feast of Trumpets in the wrong month. Not the wrong day, but an entire month off. You can see on their website that in 2005 the WMSCOG held the Passover on March 14, 2005. We know from Lev 23:24 that the Feast of Trumpets for the Jewish people was to be on the “first day of the seventh month”, but the WMSCOG held their Feast of Trumpets on October 3, 2005, which is the eighth month in the WMSCOG calendar. The following table shows the error:
|WMSCOG Month||New Moon||Required|
|1||March 10||Passover – March 24 (14th day of the first month according to Lev 23:5).|
|7||September 3||Trumpets (First day of the seventh lunar month according to Lev 23:24)|
|8||October 3||Trumpets (When the WMSCOG held it 30 days late)|
They claim that their leader is god. They also claim that there is no salvation unless the Feasts of God are held correctly, and then they lead all of their members to hold them incorrectly. By their own teaching, this doesn’t look good, but by common sense, if you claim to have God as your leader, but then do something so clearly contrary to the Bible, then what does that tell you?
They Get it Wrong Again in 2008
In 2008 the WMSCOG held the Passover on March 21st, and then, instead of holding the Feast of Trumpets on the “first day of the seventh month” as God commanded the Israelites in Lev 23:24, the WMSCOG incorrectly held it on September 30th in the eighth lunar month. It is not difficult to calculate at all:
|WMSCOG Month||New Moon||Feast|
|1||March 7||Passover – March 21 (14th day of the first month according to Lev 23:5).|
|7||August 30||Trumpets according to Lev 23:24. (First day of the seventh lunar month)|
|8||September 29||September 30 – When the WMSCOG mistakingly held their feast of trumpets in the eighth lunar month in clear violation Lev 23:24.|
And Again in 2010
In 2010 the WMSCOG held the Passover on March 29th, and then, instead of holding the Feast of Trumpets on the “first day of the seventh month” as God commanded the Israelites in Leviticus 23:24, the WMSCOG incorrectly held it on October 8th in the eighth lunar month:
|WMSCOG Month||New Moon||Feast|
|1||March 15||Passover – March 29 (14th day of the first month according to Lev 23:5).|
|7||September 8||Trumpets according to Lev 23:24. (First day of the seventh lunar month)|
|8||October 7||October 8 – When the WMSCOG mistakingly held their feast of trumpets in the eighth lunar month in clear violation Lev 23:24.|
If you claim to have God as your leader, and claim that the Feasts of God must be kept, and then keep them incorrectly not just days, but entire months out of cycle, and these errors are so egregious and so easy to calculate that anyone with a pencil and an Internet connection can find them, what does that tell you? It tells you that your leader, Zahng Gil Jah is not God. And if she is not God, then you are worshipping a false god and you owe it to God and to yourself, to leave the WMSCOG.