The Arise-Shine of The Church of God
"...Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest" (Jer. 26:18).
Because of it's sin and apostasy, the early Church was plowed like a field, it's beautiful government left in "heaps" and it became"as the high places of the forest" meaning that it was hidden from sight, as though it was lost in a dark forest. There God left it until the time chosen by Him for it to be found and brought to light once again.
"Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as he high places of the forest. But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and the people shall flow unto it" (Mic.3:12; 4:1). The prophet Micah saw the same thing Jeremiah saw, Zion (the Church) plowed under and hid away in the darkness of a forest. But Micah was allowed to look a little further and caught a glimpse of the arise of the last days Church, and saw that it would come forth in the top of the mountains.
Isaiah added more information concerning the location where the Church would once again be found. He foretold that the Church would arise far away from it's original headquarters in Israel: "For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away" (Isa. 49:19).
After 1578 years of the Dark Ages, the Church was destined to arise. According to the prophets, it would be found in the mountains, in a land far away from where it was originally headquartered in the land of Israel. The place place chosen by God for His Church to arise was in the mountains of North Carolina, in the United States of America. In the spirit of prophecy David cried, "I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood" (Psa. 132:4-6). On June 12th of 1903, a godly man by the name of A.J. Tomlinson came to the mountains of North Carolina to fellowship with other sincere Christians. This christian group called themselves the Holiness Church at Camp Creek. These folks already believed in salvation, sanctification & the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. But they lacked any real government. A meeting was called for Saturday, June 13th, for the purpose of prayer and study of the Bible. Early on the morning of the 13th, A.J. Tomlinson climbed to the top of Burger Mountain to spend time alone in prayer. During this prayer, the Lord revealed The Church of God of the Bible to him. After his prayer, he came down the mountain to the meeting, which was held in the home of W.F. Bryant. As he asked questions, they gave Bible answers and confirmed to him that they took the whole Bible rightly divided as their only rule of faith and practice. Tomlinson replied, "Well, if you take the whole Bible rightly divided, that makes it The Church of God." He then asked them if they would take him in as a member with the understanding that "it is The Church of God." The covennt was administered, and A.J. Tomlinson became the first member of the Church as it came out of darkness. This fulfilled the promise made through the prophet Isaiah in the 60th chapter of his writing:
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see; all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: they sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee...Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations" (Isa. 60:1-5, 15) See also Isaiah 54:1-10.
A.J. Tomlinson received a divine revelation of the Lord's Church on the top of a mountain, in a forest, in "fields of the wood", in North Carolina. He had come under the spirit of seeking out the "place" and "habitation" of the Lord: "Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me:for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the Lord. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God" (Jer. 30:18-22).
The Church of God, God's holy mountain, was to become a place of spiritual feasting for hungry souls and a place for God to open eyes to His divine plan for the last days: "And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations" (Isa. 25:6-7).
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