COGaIC Wins Telly Award for Message to 7 Churches

Modern Izmir (Anciently Smyrna of Revelation 2) 

The above is an old photo we took of modern Izmir during the Feast of Tabernacles in 1990.  Izmir was anciently called Smyrna, which is one of the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3 (you can click here for more of Joyce’s Photos of Smyrna).  

Although I mentioned that COGaIC won the following award some time ago, the following is what their Edwin Stepp posted about it:

Message to the Seven Churches Wins Telly Award

Second Award for the most recent documentary from Vision Media Productions

Vision Media Productions has been awarded a Bronze Telly award for work on its latest production, Message to the Seven Churches.

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Founded in 1978 by David E. Carter, a past Emmy and Clio winner, the Telly’s honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. Non-broadcast video and TV program categories are also judged in the awards. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. Judges evaluate entries against a high standard of merit to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries are scored on a performance scale and can win either a Silver or Bronze award based on the combined scoring of the judges who evaluate each entry.

Message to the Seven Churches.examines one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible, Revelation, in a unique way. Mention the apostle John’s book of Revelation, and the images that commonly come to mind are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Earth’s last great crisis, culminating in what is popularly thought of as the Battle of Armageddon. Vision Media Productions looks at another side of the book that is often overlooked—the letters written by John to the first century congregations of the Church of God in Asia Minor.

While COGaIC has one an award for their production, the sad truth is that they do not officially seem to teach Church Eras and seemed to ignore teaching Church Eras in their “award-winning video”.

While David Hulme was president of UCG, UCG had began to distance itself from teaching the 7 churches of Revelation 2 & 3 as a major part of Church history like HWA’s WCG did.  And this continued under his COGaIC as well as currently in UCG.

Select positions of the Hulme presidency UCG, the post-Hulme UCG, and the current COGaIC on Church Eras are cited in the following articles:

In Their Own Words: Doctrinal Differences Between the old United Church of God and the old Global Church of God Older quotes from the leadership and some of the membership of these two organizations are included without added commentary (until the end and the 7/31/98 update) which highlighted some of the differences between them.
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
Church of God, an International Community (COG aic) This is the group led by David Hulme.

Those more interested in the biblical truth of the seven Churches of Revelation 2 & 3 may wish to read the following articles:

The Churches of Revelation 2 & 3 from 31 A.D. to present: information on all of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3.
1. The Ephesus Church Era was predominant from 31 A.D. to circa 135 A.D.
2. The Smyrna Church Era was predominant circa 135 A.D. to circa 450 A.D.
3. The Pergamos Church Era was predominant circa 450 A.D. to circa 1050 A.D.
4. The Thyatira Church Era was predominant circa 1050 A.D. to circa 1600 A.D.
5. The Sardis Church Era was predominant circa 1600 A.D. to circa 1933 A.D.
6. The Philadelphia Church Era was predominant circa 1933 A.D. to 1986 A.D.
7. The Laodicean Church Era was predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present

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