RCG: Can you see the ‘handwriting on the wall’? Your emperor has no clothes!

Handwriting on the Wall (Rembrandt)


It is well after sunset in Jerusalem and the 24th day of the month known as Elul has begun there.  This is the day that David Pack, leader of the improperly named Restored Church of God (RCG) claimed would have a lot of developments.  Here is some of what David Pack said and/or wrote about it (the sermon comments were sent to me and I did not listen to that sermon myself):

Details may begin (and only begin) to come into view on the first of the month of Elul (in God’s calendar—August 7 in the Roman Calendar). A more complete picture will emerge by Elul 24 (August 30). Right now, all are urged to have in their thinking that they will be reassigned to a new nearby Feast site, and those who choose to return to the Body of Christ will attend with what becomes a much bigger organization—probably significantly bigger than the largest splinter! (Crucial Questions—Important Answers! July 19, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/crucial-questions-important-answers)

Which three leaders are the greatest obstructionists to God’s stated purpose in Haggai—returning HIS people to doing HIS Work? (The Final Announcement. August 2, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/the-final-announcement)

Next, the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles: This will also be among the most special and inspiring times in Church history. It will be a Feast of unity and harmony among all of God’s people. Everyone will keep this joyous occasion as members of The Restored Church of God in scores of sites across the world. At this time, we have 21 sites, but we anticipate adding many more. In some areas, former splinter brethren will attend our current sites. In other locations, we will have to quickly add new ones. In still other areas, splinter sites will simply become Restored sites. The total number of Feast sites, and where they are, will depend entirely on how many brethren answer the “stirring” of Jesus Christ to return to His Church, and in what areas they live. Details may begin (and only begin) to come into view on the first of the month of Elul (in God’s calendar—August 7 in the Roman Calendar). A more complete picture will emerge by Elul 24 (August 30). Right now, all are urged to have in their thinking that they will be reassigned to a new nearby Feast site, and those who choose to return to the Body of Christ will attend with what becomes a much bigger organization—probably significantly bigger than the largest splinter! (Crucial Questions—Important Answers! July 19, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/crucial-questions-important-answers)

All Brethren United Soon Part 12 (Sermon)

How could so many things happen in 24 hours?

Minute 26. Three men die- Elul 24, then everyone makes a decision that day.

Minute 29. Certain things about this prophesy is very complex, others are very simple.

Minute 30. No way everything could happen in one day.

Minute 32. Do you care most how the 3 Shephard’s die?  In their sleep, by fire?

Do you care who they are?

If God tells us then I want to know otherwise it doesn’t matter.

You are going to find out how they die and who they are.

Minute 33. I know their names 100% sure. Don’t want the names out yet. Now I’m certain I know.

Do you care where it happens? I don’t know where it will happen.

I know how they die and who they are. I’m certain.

Minute 34. How about when they die?  They die sooner then we thought.

Do they die together or separately. I know they die together.

Two culminating events. The death of these men is the first. The central point is God is going to bring his people back together/unify his people.

David Pack also claimed:

Saturday, August 31 will be a Sabbath unlike any other in history. It will be the first time in decades that all of God’s people around the world will be meeting together in the same locations for services. Words cannot describe the excitement and happiness that will be everywhere soon after this reunification. In many areas, much of or possibly even entire congregations might “roll over” into The Restored Church of God. Brethren will have had weeks to prepare for this and to “consider their ways” before God. Those who come will have been led to return to the Body of Christ the day before this Sabbath. Reread this last sentence.

Realize that a host of logistical details must be worked out for this to occur. God has been planning this event for thousands of years—at least 3,000—and His Church has been preparing for it for almost a year. Headquarters and our ministers will be ready to receive potentially a great many phone calls from splinter ministers and members even in the days and weeks before August 31.   (Why Reunification THIS YEAR!, posted July 5, 2013 http://rcg.org/sep/why-reunification-this-year)

However, as far as I and various others have been able to tell, this simply has not happened.  I have been in contact with leaders associated with a variety of Church of God groups in the USA, Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, and probably elsewhere and none have reported mass defections to RCG nor people indicating that they would do that.  Now that this day has officially begun, I have not seen reports suggesting that it is happening yet.

Actually, in the case of the Continuing Church of God, we have had various ones who had started to look towards RCG, reject RCG, and decide to give CCOG greater consideration.  We also just uploaded a short YouTube video that may be of interest: Leading the Final Phase of the Work.  David Pack certainly is not leading God’s work and his predictive track record is not anywhere near my own.


David Pack also claimed that God revealed to him that he was Joshua about four years ago.  Yet, while the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV) may have done that, certainly was not the Creator God of the Bible!

In one respect, today is a day of reckoning for RCG.  The “three obstructionist shepherds” he would not publicly identify will not be all together and die today.  Now, that does not mean that some COG-related minister(s) could not possibly die today, but David Pack’s interpretations of biblical prophecies in this area are wrong.

Since it is not possible that thousands of Philadelphia Christians will come to RCG by sunset tomorrow, what will you do if you are in or interested in RCG?  Can you see that this “reunification” is not happening?

Thousands of years ago, the Prophet Daniel was asked to interpret some handwriting that was written on a wall by only a hand that the king of the area personally witnessed (which is why he ultimately called Daniel to see it). The moral trend in that kingdom was not good according to Daniel (Daniel 5:22-23). After stating that, here is the interpretation that the prophet Daniel gave of that handwriting on the wall:

24 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written.

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:


26 This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 Tekel: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 Peres: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:24-28)

That kingdom was taken over that very night (Daniel 5:30-31).

Now, let us look at the words from the wall and apply them to David Pack.

  1. Mene: Your days being on the top as you view yourself are numbered.
  2. Mene: Despite signs of your failure, will you publicly repent or instead will you take steps to speed your decline up?
  3. Tekel: Your false interpretation of scripture and beliefs about yourself have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.
  4. Peres/Upharsin: Your empire will be divided by those who will see the truth and leave and those who will accept your provably blatant falsehoods and stay.  That cannot be the type of Church that God would want.

Can those in RCG begin to see this yet.

Now, a story I often like to tell people is the story about the Emperor who had no clothes.  Basically, the Emperor was very vain about his outward appearance, and some shysters persuaded him to give them a lot of money to make the finest clothes (David Pack wanted to build a facility so fine that all the “splinters” would see it and marvel–and he has built something that he has marveled about, yet Philadelphia-remnant Christians are not impressed by it).  The Emperor agreed to do this and then hold a public parade once the clothes were ready.

The shysters persuaded the Emperor and his supporters that the clothes that they were to make would be so fine that only those unworthy of their positions in life could not see them.  When the shysters pretended to supply fine clothes to the Emperor (which in reality was absolutely nothing), the Emperor and his staff commented about how fine the clothes were (the staff apparently worried about losing their jobs or influence if they told the truth out loud).  The Emperor then took off his clothes and pretended to put the new “clothes” on.  He then went outside and walked in a public parade.  A small boy, seeing the Emperor, shouted out, “The Emperor is naked.  The Emperor has no clothes!”

People tried to shut the boy up.  One or more in the audience said to him, “Boy, you are not worthy of your position as you cannot see these fine clothes.”  Others said, “Wait, he is only a small boy.  Of course, he is worthy of his position.  The Emperor is naked.”  Then, when the crowd realized that no one saw the non-existent clothes, they laughed and laughed.  The Emperor was extremely humiliated.

Can those in RCG now see that David Pack is NOT GOD’S Apostle?   Will any children ask their parents at RCG services this coming Sabbath, “Where are all the people that Mr. Pack said would come with us?”  Will adults ask themselves the same question? Will they admit the truth?

In the case of David Pack, he seemed to believe that if he had a new  headquarters’ building that this would be enough to get people to come to him and that this was God’s plan.  But it was never God’s plan, but the imagination and vanity of David Pack and many of his followers.  Can they see the truth now or how many more false interpretations from David Pack will it take?

David Pack’s interpretations and predictions about what was supposed to happen by now have been wrong.  More will be proven wrong by sunset tomorrow and later as well.

Will you personally admit the truth?  If any of you in RCG have actual facts that disprove or prove what I am writing here, please contact me.  My email remains cogwriter@aol.com.

If you are in RCG, can you see that your “emperor” is naked (which is my opinion what his improper interpretations show)?  Can you see the handwriting on the wall?

Could the following apply to you?

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked —   18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  (Revelation 3:15-19)

Turning to God is the only answer–and it is not just those in RCG that need to do that.  This is something you can do.  Do not let your own vanity get in the way.  David Pack is wrong.

Can you see the handwriting on the wall?

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Why Not the Restored Church of God? This group, led by David Pack, claims to be the most faithful. The information in this article suggests otherwise. Here is a version in the Spanish language: ¿Por qué no la Iglesia de Dios Restaurada?
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them. Here is a related article in the Spanish language ¿Por qué estar preocupado acerca de falsos y heréticos líderes?.
How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God There are many false prophets. How can Christians determine who is a true prophet? There is also a sermon-length video titled How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God. Here is a related link in Spanish/español: ¿Cómo determinar si alguien es un verdadero profeta de Dios?
Leading the Final Phase of the Work Matthew 24:14 will be fulfilled and RCG is not the group doing this.  Who is leading the final phase of the work?  What did Herbert Armstrong and the old WCG teach about that and about prophets?  Does Bob Thiel meet the criteria that the Bible and the old WCG set?  What is the proof?  What has the Continuing Church of God been doing?
The Philadelphia Church Era was predominant circa 1933 A.D. to 1986 A.D. The old Radio Church of God and old Worldwide Church of God, now basically the most faithful in the Church of God, like the beliefs held of the Continuing Church of God.
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. These are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG.
Are the Laodiceans the Modern Sadducees and Pharisees? Discusses similarities of the Sadducees and Pharisees to various COGs in this end-time.

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