Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Benjamin . . . "a ravenous wolf" (January 2005)

January 2005
Volume 14, Number 1

Genesis 49 contains Jacob's prophecy of his descendants' traits and circumstances in the end time. He likens Benjamites to voracious wolves, while Moses in Deuteronomy 33:12 calls Benjamin "beloved of the Lord." What can we learn from this tribe of two extremes? (Creatas)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Beast and Babylon (Part Nine):
Babylon the Great

For being such a religious book, the Bible contains an unusual number of references to harlotry! John Ritenbaugh uses this information to provide understanding of the motivations of Babylon the Great, the Great Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18.

Ready Answer
Why Does God Keep Secrets?

by David F. Maas

Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter." Why? David Maas examines this principle from an educator's viewpoint, concluding that God does it to make us "dig deep."

Prophecy Watch
The Beast's Militarism

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Scattered within the Bible's pages are clues about the Beast, but one stands out: his frequent connection with war. Richard Ritenbaugh analyzes types of the coming Beast to build a composite picture of what we can expect of the coming world ruler.

Son of the Right Hand

by Staff

We know a lot about Joseph, but we tend to know precious little about his younger brother Benjamin. This article explores the biblical references to the man, the tribe, and two of his more famous descendants to uncover instruction for us.

Searching for Israel (Part Nine):
The Migration of a Monarchy

by Charles Whitaker

Many clues to Israel's modern identity deal with the ruling line of David—and its Zerahite counterpart. Charles Whitaker pieces together and follows the biblical and historical evidence to add more proof to Israel's whereabouts today.

How Did Europe Get This Way?

by David C. Grabbe

The Europe of the past few decades has honestly earned the label of "that vast plain of irreligion." What caused its secularization? David Grabbe shows that religion is to blame.

Bible Study
Parable of the Minas

by Martin G. Collins

Jesus gives the Parable of the Minas in reaction to the people thinking He would set up His Kingdom immediately—an event that still has not occurred. Martin Collins shows that the parable demonstrates what Jesus expects of and how He deals with His servants in the meantime.