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Joyous Participation—Bright Anticipation

(Read Part 1) This was the miracle about which the angel spoke when he said concerning Mary, And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21) In the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, deity touched humanity and, from that moment on, no person can doubt the love of God. The love of God was forever presented to man in the coming, the life, the death, the [...]

A Grateful Heart

There are three main holidays which we will be celebrating in these coming days. Each one of them bears a particular message that we will find to be important to us and to the world in our time. The first of these is Thanksgiving. In a world of indignation, resentment, hatred, ungratefulness, the word thanksgiving seems like an anomaly. Nevertheless, the attitude of mind which is best described by the word thanksgiving is advocated for us many times in the Word of God. [...]

Three Woes Declared

(Read Part 36) To recap what we saw last time, the Apostle John has already laid out the seven seal judgments and the first four trumpet judgments that will result in the deaths of more than one fourth of the world’s population, under devastating worldwide conditions. The thought that might come to mind at this point is, "How could it get any worse?" Yet, John now reveals that the past judgments pale in severity compared to the judgments he is ready to reveal. [...]

Three Woes Described

(Read Part 35) Review—Introspective Challenge of the Judgment The six seal judgments (see Rev. 6) and the first four trumpet judgments (Rev. 8:1-12) will wreak havoc on the heavens and the earth in the future tribulation period. The Apostle John has yet to reveal the most horrific judgments that God will impose on those refusing to repent of their sin and turn in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. In this new article and the next, we will examine the three woes pronounced [...]

The Fourth Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 34) Introduction The old adage, “If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say that, I would be a rich person,” certainly applies to the many times friends and family members have stated to me that the lack of sunlight for a long stretch of dark and gloomy weather makes them feel lethargic—and even depressed. God reveals in the fourth trumpet judgment that a major change will one day take place with the sun, moon and stars: [...]

The Third Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 33) One Third of Rivers and Water The Apostle John reveals that not only will God allow the destruction of one third of the seas, but also of the rivers and springs by causing them to become lethally bitter as Wormwood. In Scripture, wormwood represents Divine punishment associated with bitterness and sorrow (cf. Jer. 9:15; 23:15; Lam. 3:15). Revelation 8:10-11 states: Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell [...]

The Blessing of God upon a Nation

(Read Part 1) The New Plan What then was instituted was DIVISION. God, Himself, divided the world into a whole set of new political entities which He called nations. Speaking of one segment of the family of Noah, the Bible says, From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. (Gen. 10:5) These were the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, [...]

A Call to National Righteousness

Our little systems have their day They have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of thee And thou, oh Lord, art more than they. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “In Memorium”)[1] In our generation, we have said goodbye to dozens of nations. They have dropped into the dust bin of history. This now common expression is more and more often used to refer to well-known nations of the past and present. They were once prosperous, influential, happy and apparently [...]

We Must Hold to Biblical Traditions Faithfully—Not Abandon Them Flippantly

(Read Part 4) So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. (2 Thess. 2:15) In this series, we are dealing with the concept of ministry philosophy—addressing a paradigm shift that is taking place in many churches. It includes a variety of issues which all churches, of all sizes and shapes and stripes, are currently facing. Many times today we are differing with other believers, not so much on [...]

The Second Trumpet Judgment

(Read Part 32) Last time we looked at the first of seven trumpet judgments, as illustrated by this chart: This week we turn out attention to the next judgment that follows this first one. Introduction The human body contains approximately 78 percent water at birth, with adult males dropping to 65 percent water and adult females 55 percent water.[1] Fresh water and nutritional food are essential for humans to survive. The oceans, rivers and springs of the world provide a large percentage of the food [...]