The Church of God claims that Christ Ahnsahnghong is Jesus who came a second time because He restored the Passover. However, the Worldwide Church of God, which was established by Herbert W. Armstrong in the late 1930s, keeps all the festivals of the Old Testament as well as the Passover. Therefore, if we follow the logic of the Church of God, Herbert W. Armstrong should be the Second Coming Jesus, not Ahnsahnghong.
4. Armstrong does not have the Day of Resurrection
One of the biggest works achieved by Jesus 2,000 years ago is the “resurrection,” and the feast that commemorates Christ’s power of resurrection is the Day of Resurrection. However, in the doctrines of Armstrong there is no Resurrection Day. Armstrong insisted on the seven feasts through Leviticus 23, but his feasts are different from the seven feasts of the Bible. Armstrong regarded the Day of Firstfruits as part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and to fill up all 7, he separated the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Day of the Feast of Tabernacles?which is a part of the Feast of Tabernacles, and considered them as two separate feasts to make up for the loss. So, even though he claimed that he kept the seven feasts, but in actuality he kept only six feasts. The reason Armstrong ignored the Day of Firstfruits is because he did not know the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Day of Firstfruits.
The third feast in Leviticus 23 is the Day of Firstfruits. The date is the first Sunday after the Feast of Unleavened Bread [the next day after the Sabbath], and on that day the priest offered a sheaf of the first grain by waving it. And the day Jesus was resurrected was the first Sunday after the Feast of Unleavened Bread [the first day of the week] (Mk 16:9). In other words, Jesus was resurrected as the offering of the Day of Firstfruits. So, Apostle Paul said that Jesus was resurrected as the firstfruits of those who had fallen asleep (1 Co 15:20). The Day of Firstfruits in the Old Testament represents the resurrection of Jesus. Also on the day of His resurrection, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples, and then their eyes were opened and they recognized Christ. From that time on, the disciples kept the Day of Resurrection by gathering together to break bread (Ac 20:7; Lk 24:30-31). Nevertheless, Armstrong did not know this truth and ignored the Day of Resurrection when the power of Jesus was revealed. Therefore, it is certain that Armstrong did not know the feasts.
Moreover, Armstrong claimed that Jesus did not rise on the first day of the week, that is, on Sunday; rather, he insisted that he rose in the late afternoon of the Sabbath (Refer to Supplementary Explanation 2). And about Mark 16:9, he made an excuse that since
Jesus’ resurrection was already completed in the afternoon of the Sabbath, the next day that is the early morning on the first day of the week shows that Jesus was already in the state of resurrection. What a nonsensical play on words this is! If that is the case, then for the event in which Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath according to His custom (Lk 4:16), can we say that Jesus entered the previous day and He was already in the state of entrance on the Sabbath? Even through the original Greek version of the Bible, we can confirm that the record that Jesus rose early on the first day of the week means literally that He was resurrected on the first day of the week (after the Sabbath day). Armstrong did not hesitate to distort the self-evident truth to justify his claim. How, then, can that kind of man be the one who restored the feasts of the new covenant?
Armstrong argued that he kept the feasts according to Leviticus 23, but he did not understand the feasts of the new covenant that Christ made perfect, as we already explained in clauses 2 and 3. Therefore, Armstrong is not the one who restored the feasts of the new covenant.