Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

March-April 2003
Volume 12, Number 3

The Old Testament sacrifices are largely ignored by Christians today, but we do so to our detriment. They are wonderful pictures of Christ and His character and teach us a great deal about what God expects of us as "living sacrifices" (Romans 12:1). (PictureQuest)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Two):
The Burnt Offering

The first of the offerings of Leviticus is the burnt offering, a sacrifice that is completely consumed on the altar. John Ritenbaugh shows how this type teaches us about Christ's total dedication to God—and how we should emulate it.

Ready Answer
What Did Jesus Do?

by Staff

We have all seen "WWJD?" on bracelets, T-shirts, and the like. Perhaps a better question to ask is, "What Did Jesus Do?" because He left us the perfect example of godly living in the four gospels!

Prophecy Watch
The Prophecies of Balaam (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Balaam, a Mesopotamian soothsayer, has four oracles in God's Word. These four even include a prophecy of Jesus Christ's coming! Richard Ritenbaugh explains that, despite coming from the mouth of an enemy of God's people, these oracles are true and worth our study.

Choosing the New Man (Part Two)

by Charles Whitaker

The new man is a consistent New Testament figure. Charles Whitaker shows that he is one who is reconciled to God and has chosen to collaborate with God in creating a totally new mind—one just like Christ's!


by David C. Grabbe

News, events, and trends in relation to Bible prophecy for March-April 2003.

Bible Study
Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

by Martin G. Collins

In this parable, Jesus manipulates His enemies into admitting their guilt in rejecting, persecuting, and even killing the prophets—and ultimately Himself. Martin Collins shows that Jesus uses this parable to proclaim God's plan to take His message to others, the church, who would accept it.

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