Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Who Were the Magi? (December 2002)

December 2002
Volume 11, Number 10

A fascinating element of the story of Christ’s birth is the sudden appearance and disappearance of the wise men from the East. This historical mystery is more intriguing than it first appears —possibly even linking the lost ten tribes to the Messiah. (Reuters)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Elements of Motivation (Part Six):
Eternal Life

If you knew you would live forever, how would you live? John Ritenbaugh explains that, biblically, eternal life is much more than living forever: It is living as God lives!

Ready Answer
Living By the Sword

by David C. Grabbe

Many Christians today believe that killing in self-defense is sanctioned by the Bible. David Grabbe explains that this is a terrible misunderstanding of Christ's teaching.

Prophecy Watch
Born of a Woman

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Though the church of God has traditionally emphasized His death over His birth, the prophecies concerning Christ's first advent are vitally important in establishing our faith in His second coming. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes twelve Old Testament prophecies and their significance to us.

Who Were the Wise Men?
by Staff

Mentioned in Matthew 2, the wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance two thousand years ago. Their visit to Bethlehem was more significant than most realize.


by David C. Grabbe

World news, events, and trends in light of Bible prophecy for December 2002.

Bible Study
Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

by Martin G. Collins

Offenses and sins against us are unfortunately common. Jesus teaches us how to deal with them in this parable, focusing on our attitude of forgiveness because of being forgiven ourselves.