Date: 05/01/2003 Issue Number: 176
We wrote last time of the first 150 years of the rise of Islam from 612 to 762, ending with the construction of the new city of Baghdad. The capital of Islam moved from Damascus to Baghdad and became a sacred city of sorts.
During this time, Islam ridiculed the Christian West for their veneration of statues and images, calling them idol worship. The Christian response was that they did not worship them, but merely venerated them. However, the same argument might have been made by the ancient idol worshippers, wh…
Date: 04/01/2003 Issue Number: 175
Daniel 7 foretold the rise of four successive empires that would dominate the western world. They were Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Out of the fourth empire (Rome) was to come a “little horn” in Dan. 7:8,
8 While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts.
Daniel did not know the meaning of …
Date: 03/01/2003 Issue Number: 174
The Third Trumpet: Attila the Hun (451-453 A.D.)
We have so far discussed the first two trumpets which brought invasions upon the Western Roman Empire from 410-460 A.D. God’s next judgment upon them was Attila the Hun. John speaks of the third trumpet in Rev. 8:10, 11,
10 And the third trumpet sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; 11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became w…
Date: 02/01/2003 Issue Number: 173
When the first trumpet sounded in Rev. 8:7, the invasions of the Roman Empire began with Alaric the Goth, who sacked Rome in 410 A.D. This traumatic event occurred just 30 years after the emperor Theodosius made Christianity the state religion in 380 A.D. It also destroyed the Christian myth that Rome—now a Christian city—was an eternal city that God would never allow to be overthrown. Yet it happened, and it was conquered by pagans! For this reason, in 411 Augustine, bishop of Hippo in North Africa, wr…
Date: 01/01/2003 Issue Number: 172
The seventh chapter of Revelation is an interruption of the general flow of history. The chapter deals with the sealing of 12,000 of each of the 12 tribes of Israel. There are many different viewpoints about each detail. I get more questions about this chapter than from any other.
It is NOT the case that the 144,000 are all Jews who will be converted and witness to people during the great tribulation. The Jews are not Israel. At best, they would comprise only the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. They certainly…
Date: 12/01/2002 Issue Number: 171
In part one of this series we outlined the first five seals in Revelation 6 and how they were fulfilled in the time of the Roman Empire. We now come to the sixth seal, which speaks of divine judgment upon the Roman Empire, which began in 310 A.D. when Constantine became Emperor. The Empire itself did not disintegrate; rather, the new Emperor changed it into a different sort of Empire.
Constantine ended the persecutions, and formally issued the Edict of Milan in 313. It is also called the Edict of Toleration, becau…
Date: 11/01/2002 Issue Number: 170
The book of Revelation starts by telling us the full title of the book itself. Translated literally, it reads:
The Unveiling of Jesus Christ
The Greek word translated “revelation” is apokalupsis, for which reason men refer to it as “The Apocalypse.” This word is usually used today to refer to divinely-destructive events, because the book of revelation has practically become synonymous with disastrous events that are said to destroy the world, particularly during “the tribulation.&r…
Date: 10/01/2002 Issue Number: 169
“Antichrist” is a word used only by one biblical writer. John writes of antichrist five times in two of his epistles. One of these times he writes it as a plural, “antichrists” and another times he refers to “the spirit of antichrist.” John seems to speak of antichrist as an end-time individual, but also as a group of people (“antichrists”) who have “the spirit of antichrist.” But since John himself defines the term for us, let us read 1 John 2:18-23,
Date: 09/01/2002 Issue Number: 168
This will be the final bulletin of this series, and we will attempt to tie everything together that we have shown up to this point. There is much that we will summarize. We will assume you know much by now.
It is commonly taught among prophecy teachers that in 1948 the nation called “Israel” was the fulfillment of the biblical promises to Abraham and all the prophets. We have attempted to show that this is not so. The nation called “Israel” is the fulfillment of a different set of prophecie…
Date: 08/15/2002 Issue Number: 167
Lasting peace is impossible in the Middle East as long as both the Arab people and the Jewish State exist. It is even doubtful if even the establishment of a Palestinian State would resolve this problem, because both sides would insist upon having Jerusalem as its capital. Neither side will budge on the issue of Jerusalem. Thus, the war will continue until one side exterminates the other, or until all of them are dead.
As the situation exists today, it is impossible that the Jews would concede defeat and leave the…
Date: 08/01/2002 Issue Number: 166
Judaism’s sacred texts are called the Talmud, which are rabbinic commentaries on the Bible. Dr. Israel Shahak says on p. 5 of his Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel,
“Jewish fundamentalists believe that the Bible itself is not authoritative unless interpreted correctly by Talmudic literature.”
After the fall of Judea and the cessation of the temple rituals in the first century, the rabbis could not help but understand that God had done this to them because of their sin. However, they never believ…
Date: 07/15/2002 Issue Number: 165
The United Nations Partitions Palestine
By the Spring of 1947 the British government saw that its presence in Palestine was untenable. The work of the Jewish terrorists had become too successful. It should be noted that it was not Arab terrorism that caused the British to leave Palestine. It was the work of the Jewish terrorists, most notably Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir.
The British government gave the Palestinian problem into the hands of the newly-formed United Nations, which debated the resolution from…