News, events, and trends from the perspective of biblical prophecy for July 2004.
The First Amendment protects religion from government interference. However, some liberal politicians are exploiting the coronavirus crisis to erode this right.
How does Jesus Christ expect us to face persecution? The Scripture show how Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets approached the persecutions they endured.
Freedom of religion in America is being slowly eroded rather than removed en masse. However, the Bible encourages us in such times.
John Ritenbaugh informs us that the Christian religion (both nominal and actual) is the most persecuted religion on the face of the earth. Heretofore, Christians in Gentile nations have received the brunt of the persecutions, whereas Christians in Israelite nations have been spared—until now—as secular progressive …
Christians regard the religious landscape of America with dismay, seeing their freedom to worship as their consciences dictate steadily decline.
Although many have gone through sore trials, virtually no one has gone through the nightmarish persecutions suffered by the early Christians in Imperial Rome.
Under the best of times, God's people are not immune to persecution. Persecution for righteousness' sake is evidence that God's people have Christ's Spirit.
Persecution is a fact of life for a Christian. Jesus Christ says we are blessed if we are persecuted for righteousness' sake — here's why.
Just as the child of the flesh persecuted the child of promise, the spiritual children of God can expect persecution from those living according to the flesh.
Ronny Graham, citing statistics from the non-profit organization Open Doors, asserts that persecution against Christians is rampant and dramatic, escalating in many parts of the world in which professing Christians suffer governmental harassment, torture, and death. In North Korea, owning a Bible is a capital offence, bringing …
There is an ominous phenomenon gripping American culture: the imposition of government control over the way we think and act in the name of 'tolerance'.
John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that America has had in its cultural foundation a high degree of tolerance and forbearance, points out that the earliest immigrants came to this land to escape religious intolerance. Paradoxically, some of the people who espouse toleration [the Nones, Progressive secularists] have clearly emerged as …
John Ritenbaugh, commenting upon the phenomenon of dystopian novels (the antithesis of Utopian novels), suggests that we have crossed the border into the dystopian society, a society in which the Creator is disrespected, booed out of the convention of a major political party, a society in which Satan's standards (abortion, …
The letter to Smyrna contains a rarity among the seven churches: no criticism! What's so good about the Smyrnans?
Secular-progressives are increasingly winning legal cases because of the enormous ignorance of the populace of both religious and civic knowledge.
Ridicule of Christians and the biblical teachings they believe is on the rise. Christianity is under attack, putting those who believe the Bible in the crosshairs.
How do we, as modern Christians, bear our cross as Jesus commands? Christ meant far more than simply carrying a stake over our shoulders!
Although America was not founded as a Christian nation, it was designed to accommodate a sense of morality and justice based on Judean-Christian principles.
John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that we are living in a time when immorality has surpassed righteousness, asks whether we have surpassed the immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah. Strangely, America has perhaps produced more Bibles than any other nation, yet it's peoples are, in the main, not even remotely convicted by the pages of the …
Mark Schindler, focuses upon the Separatists who fled to Leyden in 1609, to escape persecution from the Anglican Church, which although broke away politically from the Roman Catholic Church, nevertheless retained some of the customs and teachings of Catholicism which the Pilgrims found repulsive. In order to preserve their …
Miraculously, each attempt to destroy the Scriptures resulted in the printers doubling their production. Christ has always supplied the means to spread the Word.
John Ritenbaugh, in his keynote "Handwriting on the Wall" message, based on Daniel 5:1-5, issues a stark warning of dire events to befall the Israelitish nations, predicting a truly menacing time when the leftist, 'progressive' powers that currently control the judiciary and the executive branches of government will …
God's command to eat unleavened bread teaches that He rescued His people from the bondage of sin, something they had no power to accomplish of themselves.
Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled His spiritual responsibilities and can now aid us in fulfilling ours, which includes keeping God's commandments.
'One nation under God' means that we acknowledge God's part in our founding and in our future. It means that Americans acknowledge God's rule over them.
Though proselytism has a poor reputation now, a time is coming when it will be used properly to bring this world peace and prosperity.
America has never embraced true Christianity as its dominant faith, nor has it ever really followed Christ, but has instead embraced a counterfeit.
Verbally vilify a homosexual, an abortion advocate, or Muslim terrorist, and it is a 'hate crime.' Do the same to a Christian, and it is free speech.
God has freed us from the bondage of sin, the breaking of His law. Liberty comes only from obeying God and accepting the positive yoke of Jesus Christ.
Though she transgressed every commandment in multiple ways, the sin through which Israel's unfaithfulness is most frequently demonstrated is gross idolatry.
Christ says that we can show no greater love than in sacrificing our lives. We must come to the point where we are doing this daily, yet how do we do this?
The US government has changed for the worse in the past 50 years, incrementally following collective dictatorships like Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.
When we are called, we are asked to count the cost and plan accordingly. We must totally give ourselves over to becoming fashioned into His image.
When the laws of God conflict with the laws of man, civil disobedience is the only correct response, as was patterned by Peter, Paul, and the apostles.
The biblical city of Smyrna may be one that many know the least about. The city's name reveals the themes that the Head of the church wants us to understand.
We can always expect new challenges, including persecution, and must never be content with standing still, but must press on to spiritual maturity.
Faith from God will be required to endure and profit from trials, bringing about character and genuineness of faith, as well as patience and trust in God.
If one does good, following God's instructions, persecution is automatically promised as a consequence, just as Christ paid with His life for His good works.
The unity of God's church does not derive from organizational expertise, the conformity of ecumenism, or the tolerance for evil, but from the family model.
We need these horrific times and conditions to learn the consequences of foolish decisions in order to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.