Prophecy and the Sixth-Century Axial Period

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Prophecy has many purposes, but it is never intended to open the future to mere curiosity. Its higher purpose is to give guidance to the heirs of salvation.


The Sixth Century Axial Period (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Prophets, even though they may bring new messages, stay consistent with existing Scripture and doctrine as they speak on behalf of God.


The Sixth Century Axial Period (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A prophet is one who carries a message from another. A true prophet's message will derive from existing Scripture, even if he is breaking new, unexplored ground.


The Symmetry of History (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

A survey of history reveals patterns of human and national behaviors that tend to repeat themselves at certain intervals.


The Symmetry of History (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

There can be no doubt that the past five centuries or so have been markedly different from the Medieval and Classical periods of Western history. In fact, so much change has occurred in our modern era that some are positing that, since the Renaissance, a Second Axial Period has been in process. Charles Whitaker highlights many …


Don't Be Indifferent

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.


Baruch's Complaint (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

The situation that faced God's prophet, Jeremiah, and his scribe, Baruch, in the last days of Judah's monarchy was one of depravity and despair.


Prophets and Prophecy (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy of the 'Elijah to come.' We must apply duality of prophecy carefully and cautiously rather than indiscriminately.


Don't Be Indifferent (1995)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We cannot allow ourselves to become surfeited with the world's distractions, being lulled off to sleep as the foolish virgins, wasting our precious time.


Searching for Israel (Part Eight): The Scattering of Ten-Tribed Israel

Article by Charles Whitaker

What happened to the northern tribes of Israel after their captivity by Assyria? The Bible tells us where they were driven — and from where they will return.


Islam: Dark Beginnings

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Relatively few in the Western world know the origin of Islam and the Koran, and fewer still understand the implications. What is the source of this spring?


Don't Be Indifferent (2010)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Labor-saving technology seems to have had the effect of separating us from each other and making us indifferent to things that should be important to us.


Zephaniah (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Even though the Gentiles will be punished, only Israelites had a special relationship with God, and consequently were more accountable for their failure.


Baruch's Discontent

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Charles Whitaker focuses on the example of faithful scribe, Baruch, in Jeremiah 45:1-5, who has been characterized as a kvetcher or complainer. He was given the message by Jeremiah that God was going to uproot the civilization that he knew, and that he was not to attempt to take advantage of the calamity for personal gain. God …


Servant of God, Act One: Going Around, Coming Around

Article by Charles Whitaker

A little-known character from the book of Jeremiah shares the stage with more well-known figures and teaches them a lesson we can learn from today.


Zephaniah (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

German Philosopher Karl Jaspers describes a definitive period of time from the eighth century to the third century BC as an axial period, in which events suddenly rotated to a new configuration in which new ways of thinking about things displaced former accepted and traditional ways, as one empire implodes and is brutally …