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Was the Siege at Jerusalem in A.D. 70 the Worst in World History?

Please explain Matthew 24:21: "[F]or then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. Premillennialists claim that this prophecy cannot refer to the destruction of Jerusalem, since there have been "tribulations" much greater than those suffered in Jerusalem during the Roman invasion (A.D. 70). For example, ... read more »

Does Ezekiel 36:25 Prophesy Sprinkling?

"Does Ezekiel 36:25 provide scriptural proof for the practice of sprinkling as a form of baptism? A Roman Catholic friend of mine argues that it does. Here is what the verse says: 'Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'" In order ... read more »

A Brief Study of the Word “Kingdom”

The word "kingdom" is a prominent feature of the New Testament. The Greek term is basileia, found 162 times in the New Testament. As with most words, kingdom can be used in a variety of senses, depending upon the context. Let me provide a common example. If someone says: "I am proud of my bridge," is he speaking of the ... read more »

Stranger? Or Family and Friend?

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19). The foregoing are words that Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, a congregation with which he worked for three years (Acts 20:31). Some nineteen centuries before the birth of Jesus, Jehovah selected Abraham ... read more »

The Pentateuch: The Cornerstone of Scripture

The word "Pentateuch" is derived from the Greek pentateuchos, which means "five books" or a "five-volume scroll." This was applied to the first five books of the Old Testament, commonly referred to in Hebrew as the Humash ("the five fifths"), or the Torah ("the law"). In both Testaments, the first five books of the Bible are considered a unit. In ... read more »

Did Balaam Prophesy Concerning the Messiah?

As the Israelites made their way up the Transjordan region en route to their entrance into Canaan, they defeated the Amorite kings, Sihon and Og (Num. 21:21–35). The Hebrews moved farther north and camped in the plains of Moab on the eastern side of Jordan across from Jericho. Balak, a Moabite king, was exceedingly fearful of this great body of ... read more »

Elijah, Prophet of Confrontation

The prophet Elijah was a mixture of emotions and convictions. At times he stands as a giant of faith and courage. On other occasions, he appears to wilt in the face of adversity. Perhaps that is why so many of us are drawn to him; we are cut from the same fabric. In this study, let us survey one of ... read more »

The Regeneration – A Study of Matthew 19:28

"And Jesus said unto them, Truly I say unto you, that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28). There is much controversy as to the meaning of this important passage. What ... read more »

MASADA: The Final and Futile Stand

Over the past several decades numerous articles, books, and even a television mini-series have drawn considerable attention back to the ancient Jewish/Roman conflict that culminated at Masada (just west of Israel's Dead Sea) in A.D. 73. Unfortunately not all presentations have been accurate, thus leading to a distorted perception of that startling historical episode. The truth of the matter is ... read more »

The Establishment of the Church of Christ

The precious organism known in the common versions of the New Testament as the church of Jesus Christ is a unique entity. Its pristine integrity must ever be preserved, and its beauty valued by every genuine Christian of the modern world. Similarities Between the Kingdom of Christ and the Kingdom of Israel The church is a body of baptized believers ... read more »