Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Is God to Blame? (November 2001)

November 2001
Volume 10, Number 9

The tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and on the Pentagon on September 11 inflamed a controversy regarding who is to blame: Islamic parties? American imperialism? Jewish conspirators? Satan? God? What part did God play in these catastrophes? Were they punishments or warnings?or did they catch even Him by surprise?  (Reuters)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Is God to Blame?

The September 11 bombings were certainly tragic and terrible. Some have since asked, "Was God involved? Is He to blame?" John Ritenbaugh soberly answers some of these tough questions, concluding that God certainly allowed them to occur for our ultimate and eternal benefit.

Ready Answer

by Staff

Americans and Canadians enjoy their Thanksgiving celebrations—maybe too much in some cases! This article explores why we should be thankful, how much we have to be thankful for, and how we can give God our thanks.

Prophecy Watch
Globalism (Part Five):
Globalism's Teeth

by Charles Whitaker

Globalism is not just an economic phenomenon, but it is also a strong political and military movement—and America's military gives it its teeth! Charles Whitaker provides historical background the America's warrior culture and how it is used today.

Divine Warning
by John W. Ritenbaugh

God often works through disasters, natural and manmade, letting His people know His displeasure with their sins. John Ritenbaugh argues that the terrorist attacks of September 11 are a divine warning, especially to His church, to return speedily to a right relationship with Him.


by David C. Grabbe

News, events, and trends and their link to prophecy for November 2001.

Bible Study

by Martin G. Collins

The biblical system of tithing has been a point of controversy among Christians for centuries. Does God still command them? Did Jesus approve of them during His ministry? Was the law of tithing changed for His church?