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Bible Study:“Where Are We in Prophecy?”

prophecy coverCan we predict the future? Is there hope beyond the doom and the gloomy news headlines today? People naturally want to know where we are in the march of end-time prophecy. Since the ascension of Jesus Christ at Mount of Olives (Acts 1:11), many believers have been anticipating and speculating about His return and of the “end of the world”? When will that be? When will the “second coming” of Christ? Many times these questions have been asked but only to be reminded, “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

Yet, we are also told to keep on “watching” and praying by Christ Himself (Luke 21:36). We are to discern times and seasons, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:32-33). To the disinterested, naysayers, and the clueless for the events to come, Jesus has this to say, “Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3).

What do these words of Jesus Christ mean? Just where are we in prophecy? Join us in our “Back to Basics” Bible Study tomorrow:

“Where Are We in Prophecy?”

Date: March 25, 2017 (Saturday); Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Refreshment will be served after the Bible study.

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Guidelines for "Watch and Pray"

watch-prayWhy do we need to “Watch and Pray”?

Jesus declared the following: Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’ Luke 21:36

‘Watch therefore for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming’. – Matt.24:42

‘Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is…And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!’ –Mark 13:35,37

Watchman needs inspiration from God and His word:

‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.’- Ezekiel 3:17

 I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He [the LORD] will say to me…’ Habakkuk 2:1

What do we watch and pray for?

Jesus provided us guidelines on what to watch for in the news in Matthew 24 (also see Luke 21; Mark 13):

1) Verse 4-5, Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name saying , ‘I am Christ’, and will deceived many. (Col. 2:8,18; Luke 21:8; Mark 13:22)

What to look for in the news: World leader’s statements, plans and platforms, economic and political maneuverings. Religious leaders’ actions and pronouncements in the news. Newsworthy aspiring politicians or would be ‘messiahs’ in the news with promises and programs.

2) Verse 6-7a, And you will hear wars and rumors of wars…For nation will rise against nation, and kingdoms against kingdom. (Luke 21:10)

What to look for in the news: Update on news about warfare, wars in the Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, etc. Methods and means used in warfare such as chemical, biological, latest smart bombs, etc. Major political upheavals. Watch  Israel, Middle East, Europe, rise of European economic powerhouse/union.

3)Verse 7b, And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Luke 21:11,25)

What to look for in the news: Latest outbreak of diseases, food shortages, economic abuses and sabotage. Lack of available jobs, market trends, social issues like poverty, family planning; News about nature and animals going wild, planetary alignments, news about stars and planetary discoveries. Updates on earthquakes, typhoons, latest natural and man-made disasters. Population explosion. Health news, new discoveries in medicines/sciences, battling diseases.

4)Verse 9, They will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. (Luke 21:12-17)

What to look for in the news: Religions persecutions, Christians in danger zones. Laws and policies that oppresses religious assemblies. Anti-religious legislations; news on latest religious apostasies, new doctrines; departure from the truth.

5)Verse 10, Many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. (2 Thess 2:3)

What to look for in the news: Family issues, marriage, divorce, social trends, (internet, gadgets, social media) that numb a person’s attitude/emotions toward others. Homelessness of people; family related deaths and killings.

6)Verse 11, Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many (2 Pet 2:1)

What to look for in the news: New age religions, cults, magic, deceptions about faith, quackery, sorcery, horoscope, etc. Latest religious trends/frenzy about popular and charismatic religious preachers.

7)Verse 12-13, ‘Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (2 Thess. 2:3; 2 Tim 3:1-5)

What to look for in the news: Latest update on the psychological and physiological state of person in the news. Focus on new philosophy about life, theory of evolution, scientific studies refuting God. Latest news on Human rights issues, Rights movements: women, animals,  environmental, and homosexuality. Legislations about divorce, family planning, etc. Positive/inspirational news about Christian overcoming the odds.

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We Have Moved! Announcing our New Sabbath Assembly Place

cityland-sideGreetings Everyone!

We have moved! Announcing our new Sabbath assembly place…

We are pleased to share with you our new Sabbath assembly place located at Unit 205, Cityland Dela Rosa Condominium, 7648 Dela Rosa Street, Makati City. Starting January 2014, brethren from Metro Manila and nearby cities/municipalities are invited to join us in our weekly Sabbath worship services starting at 1:00pm every Saturdays.

We are also scheduling a Bible Study for beginners during mornings of each Sabbath and conducting the following services formats in the afternoon:

·         Traditional Format (with Sermonette/Scripture Reading and Sermon)

·         Song Service (Hymns Singing and Scriptural Readings)sabservice

·         Q&A Bible Questions

·         Interactive Bible Study (Everybody participates)

Come join us in our new and easily accessible location as we openly study God’s word, worship and sing songs of praise, and offers our thanksgiving to the our Great Creator God, the Father of All Mankind by and through His Son Jesus Christ who has given us Life!

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“Breach In The Dike”

08-16-09_1758[1]Thursday, August 6,2009 – Our usual day began despite dark clouds. Children going to school in the morning and us, parents braved the traffic to go to work. At the end of the day, on my way home, I felt a certain dizziness, hot flashes on my left face that I couldn’t fathom. After dinner with the family, my husband Raul told me to rest first. But the children kept coming inside our bedroom to ask questions regarding their assignments and projects. I didn’t hear my cell phone’s message alert tone at 8:00pm. It was my son Ralph who heard the other cell phone rang and he read to me the message forwarded to us by Anna Cardona –“Dear brethren,pls pray 4 deboma family,we were advise to evacuate our house coz of possible flashflood coz of a breached dike, thanks and GOD BLESS!”


I felt a rush of blood going up my head, but still so weak that I requested my husband to call Ann Deboma. He was able to talk to Gilbert, my brother (Ann’s husband) who told him that the dike on the part of barangay San Juan was breached, so the waters of Bucao river flowed to the residential areas and were now approaching the other nearby barangays. They were advised to evacuate if the waters reached neighboring barangays Paco and Beneg. They were getting ready to go to Iba, Zambales to take refuge in Ramon Magsaysay University, where Gilbert is a college instructor.


Immediately, I called the family inside the room and we prayed. As my turn to pray came, I visualized the waters rushing and then being siphoned off by the sea, and that was what my petition to God centered, as if the parting of the Red Sea will happen again, albeit in a small scale. I asked God our Almighty Father to spare the three little men being nurtured by Gilbert and Ann for His glory and praise.

Afterwards, I called my sister Joy who said, ”Ate, papunta kami bayan para maghanap gas(olina), para kargahan tricyle. Andito kami sa bandang barangay Paco,may tubig na rin at marami nang taong nalunod daw sa may San Juan at naglulutangan na papunta dito”. I got tongue-tied that I wasn’t able to answer her back any encouraging words, I just told her to take care, then hung up .

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Church of God Sharing Village Office!

OFFICE MOVING TIME -  One week to find equipment, construct some furniture, "dress and keep it" in time for the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread 2009. If we want something done, we've got to do it!

SHARING VILLAGE OFFICE - The Church of God Sharing Village has its first real office space! In the midst of scarcity, who would think this would be the door the Almighty God would open for us? It wasn’t even the one Raul and Vivian Hipe intended to inspect, that morning they decided they were going to take the day off from work demands. “Let’s look for a [church] office...,” Vivian said, and there it was, across the street from the building in the newspaper ad... We had hit the streets before, in Manila, in Pasay, in Quezon City, but none of those places opened with the same favour and ease with which the LORD God provided this one...

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed NewsletterWith perishable glitter and pain hurling into our lives non-stop, everyone who seeks after God can't afford to stop encouraging and strengthening each other in the faith. Being free to read and listen to each other as long as we measure it up with God's Word can only sharpen us. It is golden to learn of the Good News of the Kingdom of God and have the freedom to share it. Raul de Asis Hipe has been inspired to produce one such communication tool in the Mustard Seed Newsletter. Now on its third issue, Mustard Seed features a specific theme every month, a compilation of  articles "written by seasoned writers within the Church of God community." For more information about the Mustard Seed Newsletter, simply email Raul Hipe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Write away!
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