Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

December 2003
Volume 12, Number 10

In the Olivet Prophecy, Jesus tells us that, as the end of the age approaches, one of our primary duties is to watch. No matter how things appear in the world, we are to stand prepared for Christ's return. (PictureQuest)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Nine):
Conclusion (Part Two)

There must be something to prove we are one with Christ, engrafted as part of Him and in union with the Father and the Son. John Ritenbaugh asserts that that something is the manner in which we conduct our life, and we must be living in conformity to the sacrificial life of Jesus Christ.

Ready Answer
Sticks and Stones

by Ted E. Bowling

As members of God's church, what are we to do when destructive words come our way? Ted Bowling advises us not to take to heart everything people say. We must learn to take everything in our lives with much patience and longsuffering, which will result in peace.

Prophecy Watch
Where Is the Promise of His Coming?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As this world keeps on turning, more people become skeptical about the return of Jesus Christ. The Bible, however, insists that He will come again and quickly. Richard Ritenbaugh advises watchful, sober expectation because the Lord does not delay His coming.

WorldWatch December 2003

by David C. Grabbe

News, trends, and events in light of Bible prophecy for December 2003. "U.S. Pregnancy, Birth, and Abortion Rates"; "Moral Decay"; "American Finances"

Bible Study
Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

by Martin G. Collins

In His discussion of the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, Jesus does not attribute tragedy or accident directly to any person's sins as the Jews did—instead, He affirms the sinfulness of everyone. The more important factor is will we repent to avoid spiritual death?

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