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.


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.


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. Charles Whitaker evaluates the "Axial Period" idea promoted by Karl Jaspers, showing that, more than just events, ideas radically changed at the midpoint of the millennium before Christ—and such a thing …


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.


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.


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

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh notes that 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, such as family intimacy and preparing for God's Kingdom. Trumpets, a pivotal holy day and an event that looks backwards and forwards, is a holy …


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

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sobering message, John Ritenbaugh warns us about our attitude or our perception of the greatest axial period (turning point) that will ever take place on this earth. We need to be sober and alert, realizing that we don't have an infinitude of time to prepare for Christ's second coming. We cannot allow ourselves to become …


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 …


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.


Baruch's Discontent

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

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 …


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Faith is difficult enough to maintain on its own, but greatly confused when the pastor dilutes correct doctrine with 'benign' false doctrine from the world.


The Present Harvest (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Christ empowers His disciples to preach and heal. He is saying there will be an incomplete work of healing and preaching in the run-up to His return.


Life, Fortunes, Sacred Honor

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using an analogy of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, asserts that we are on the cutting edge of a tumultuous period, the greatest revolution that will ever take place on earth, when peace and prosperity will come about without war. Like the signers of the Declaration, we must also pledge our …