Church Beginning in Jerusalem
The visible Church traces her beginning in Jerusalem. The Lord Christ Jesus began preaching in the first century. He promised to build His Church (Mat. 16:18) which He did, as proven by the persecution of the Church by Saul et. al. (Acts 8:1). The Church was built on the foundation CHRIST who is the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20); and, the apostles, including Simon Peter, as the pillars (Gal. 2:9). The faithful who were scattered when persecution broke out against the Church preached the words of God wherever they went and proclaimed the Christ (Acts 8:4-5), the power and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24).
Prophecy About the Church Formation in the Far East
The Lord Christ Jesus prophesied that He has '"other sheep not of this fold (or flock) and they shall be one fold (flock)..." The flock is the Church He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). The Church will be established in the Far East, in a nation composed of many islands and its people speak in various tongues (dialects) at the end of the earth (Isa, 24:15, 28:11, 43:5-7) at the time when peoples of the world are yearning for peace (Jer. 6:14,16).
Prophecy About the Church in the Far East Fulfilled
The prophecy of the Lord was fulfilled with the formation of the Church in May 1922 in the Philippine Islands (now Republic of the Philippines) through His instrumental pastor (John 10:16) Bishop Teofilo D. Ora.
This was after the formation of the League of Nations whose purpose is to attain peace and cooperation of all nations in the world in 1920 which became effective in 1921, signaling the fulfillment of a prophecy when people will yearn for peace, peace when there is no peace (Jer. 6:14). After this momentous event in this lowly world, the people of the Lord are asked to look and ask where the good WAY is and walk in it where they will find rest for their souls (Jer. 6:16). This was the same "way" which Paul persecuted (Acts 22:4) which in reality is the "CHURCH" (Acts 8:1). She was first called "Iglesia Verdadera de Cristo Jesus" (the “True Church of Christ Jesus”) or in short, “Christians” (Acts 11:26). It was not until 1935 that the name Church of God in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 2:14) was revealed to a pious deaconess from the Province of Bulacan (about 70 Kms. North of Manila, Island of Luzon in the Philippines) named Sis. Mercedez Verde and actually used in that same year through one of the Ministers in the Church, Bro. Marcelo Cabayan. When Bishop T. Ora died in 1969, Bishop Salvador Payawal took over as the Church Bishop.
Philippine Islands Church of God in Christ Jesus was registered in 1979 as the name to emphasize that the Church was to be established in a place described by Prophet Isaiah (Isa. 24:15. It was during the accession of the Church Bishop Gamaliel T. Payawal (his spiritual name is Bro. Neziah) in 1990 when the Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus (Lev. 28:27; 1 Thes. 2:14) was effected.
The march towards perfection (1 Cor. 13:10) is a change process in itself. And this process shall continue until the promises are fulfilled in the Church, which the Lord Christ Jesus has established as His spiritual body, The MOST HOLY CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
Isagani N. Capistrano
2003 - Present
Bro Hiel his spiritual name