Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Whither the EU Now? (May-June 2008)

May-June 2008
Volume 17, Number 3

Despite the European Constitution's failure in 2005, the bureaucracy of the EU made another attempt to federalize Europe through the Lisbon Treaty—and failed again. Ireland's referendum on the treaty stopped its ratification in its tracks. It is clear that not all of Europe's states agree on the EU's direction. Where will it head now? (Joesty Nestorius, Wikimedia, Public Domain)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The First Commandment

Idolatry is probably the sin that the Bible most often warns us against. John Ritenbaugh explains the first commandment, showing that we worship the source of our values and standards. God, of course, wants our values and standards to come from Him and Him only, for there is no higher Source in all the universe!

Ready Answer
Should a Christian Play Devil's Advocate?

by Staff

We frequently use words and phrases whose meanings and origins are unknown to us. What is behind the phrase "Devil's Advocate"? Should Christians be engaged in taking the wicked one's side in anything?

Prophecy Watch
God's Two Witnesses

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Two Witnesses have once again become a hot topic in the churches of God. Richard Ritenbaugh narrows the field regarding who will fulfill the roles of these two end-time prophets, and uses Revelation 11 and Zechariah 4 to shed light on their early work and fundamental character.

Herod the Great:
A Life of Intrigue, Architecture, and Cruelty

by Staff

While Herod the Great appears only in Matthew's account of Jesus' birth, he played a large role in shaping the world into which Jesus was born. Joseph Bowling recounts the long reign of Herod over Judea, Samaria, and Galilee and his lasting influence on the culture and politics of the region.

The State of the Union

by David C. Grabbe

It only takes one nation to reject a European Union treaty, even one as significant as the recent Lisbon Treaty. Ireland's referendum stopped this latest attempt to create a European state in its tracks. David Grabbe considers how likely a federal Europe is in light of present political and demographic trends.

Bible Study
The Miracles of Jesus Christ:
Healing a Cripple by a Pool (Part Three)

by Martin G. Collins

When Jesus healed the crippled man by a Jerusalem pool, His Jewish critics were more interested in attacking Jesus for healing on the Sabbath than in rejoicing that a lame man had been made whole. Martin Collins probes this hypocrisy, Jesus' instruction to the healed man, and the man's response to the Jews.