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Church of God
by Wayne Blank
"For Zion's [see Daughter of Zion] sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of The Lord will give." (Isaiah 62:1-3 RSV).
In the Words of Jesus Christ - the Church of God:
"Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name [i.e. God's Name], which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me" (John 17:11-12 RSV)
The Church of God, the "Called-Out Ones of God"
The English word church is used to translate the original Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced ek-klay-see-ah, which means "called-out ones." They are the repentant (see Repent!), converted people who have come out from the "Babylon" of religious, political and economic confusion and corruption that exists in the world, Satan's world (see Who Still Rules The World Today?), which awaits God's wrath:
"And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird; for all nations have drunk the wine of her impure passion, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich with the wealth of her wantonness." Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues." (Revelation 18:2-4 RSV)
The Church of God was sanctified with the blood sacrifice of the Son of God:
"Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the Church of God which He obtained with the blood of His Own Son." (Acts 20:28 RSV)
Fact Finder: (a) What is the actual meaning of the word "church"? (b) God is an English word used to translate the original Hebrew (i.e. the so-called Old Testament - the Hebrew Scriptures is actually much more accurate and appropriate because much of what was written in the "Old" Testament is yet to happen e.g. First And Second Comings In Isaiah and Daniel's Statue) and Greek (i.e. the New Testament) Scriptures. What is God's Name in the original languages of The Bible?