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The Restoration of First-Century Christianity

When Martin Luther visited Rome in the fall of 1510, he was appalled by the spiritual laxity he observed-even in the priesthood. His dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church would eventually lead to his challenge of that system, which was culminated when he nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. But ... read more »

Dispensationalism and Zechariah 14

Dispensationalists-those enamored with the notion that Christ will return to the earth to establish a political kingdom over which he will reign for one thousand years-rely heavily upon Zechariah, chapter fourteen, as an important Old Testament element of the premillennial scheme. Dispensational writer Hobert E. Freeman characterizes this chapter as a description of "the destruction of Israel's enemies, salvation of ... read more »

Be Still and Know That I Am God — Revisited

"If you were running for your life, would it matter?" That was General Odum's motto; he learned to put everyday problems into perspective, weighing them against his World War II experiences. Captured by Rommel's infamous Afrika Korps, Odum later escaped when the German plane transporting him and other prisoners of war was shot down by Allied Forces over France. After ... read more »

Cyrus the Great in Biblical Prophecy

One of the truly astounding prophecies of the Bible is found in the last verse of Isaiah 44, together with 45:1ff, (an unfortunate chapter break). It has to do with Cyrus, king of Persia. According to the historian Herodotus (The Histories i.46), Cyrus was the son of Cambyses I. He came to the Persian throne in 559 B.C. Nine years ... read more »

The Sea of Galilee: A Silent Witness

In the northeastern area of Palestine, there is a rather ordinary body of water. The dimensional features are unimpressive. It is approximately thirteen miles in length (north to south) and some seven miles in breadth (east to west). It is in a depression, 695 feet below sea level, and it has a maximum depth of 165 feet. In the Scriptures, ... read more »

Lamentations 1:1 – Jerusalem’s Funeral

In the Hebrew Old Testament, the book of Lamentations is known as ekah, meaning "How" or "Alas," taken from this first verse. The Greek version (LXX) calls it Threnoi Ieremiou, lamentations of Jeremiah. The word threnoi is the plural form of a Greek term meaning "to cry aloud," which is indicative of the anguished nature of the document. In order ... read more »

The Fig Tree Incident—A Contradiction?

"Can you explain the apparent contradiction between Matthew and Mark? In Matthew's account, Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, and then cursed the fig tree the next day. (Mt. 21:10-22). Yet in Mark's account he cursed the fig tree first, and then drove the moneychangers out - on the same day (Mk 11:11-26)." The problem of an alleged ... read more »

Sincere but Wrong—Dead Wrong

John Wayne "Punkin" Brown Jr. was a preacher for a Pentecostal-type church. He's now dead. He still would be alive but for the fact that he believed false doctrine. Before his ascension back into heaven, Jesus commissioned his apostles to preach the gospel to the whole creation. In connection therewith, the Lord promised he would confirm the validity of their ... read more »

Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous

Balaam is one of the great tragedies of the Old Testament. He was a Gentile prophet of God (cf. 2 Peter 2:15, 16) who lived at Pethor in Mesopotamia (Deuteronomy 23:4). Because he was afflicted with the common malady of covetousness, he sold out to Balak, a pagan Moabite king, who urged him to "curse" the Israelites as they made ... read more »

The Mormons Seek a Face Lift

Our Mormon friends are opting for a "face lift." They are attempting to phase out the designation "Mormon Church" (which has a cultic connotation in the minds of many), and so popularize themselves with a more "Christian-like" designation. In a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 19, 2001), there appeared an article titled, "Don't call it 'Mormon'" ... read more »