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.


Unity and Division (Part Two): Who Scattered the Church?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Would a God of unity scatter His own church? Or was it the work of Satan? The conclusion of many impugns God's sovereignty and exempts them from responsibility.


Scattering and Gathering: Images of History and Prophecy (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Scripture frequently employs pairs of opposites: good and evil, light and darkness, life and death. Another of these pairs is gathering and scattering, mutually exclusive actions that, though they cannot be done at the same time, can be accomplished at different times. Charles Whitaker contemplates the gathering God does to …


Scattering and Gathering: Images of History and Prophecy (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Biblical prophecy shows God scattering His people as a punishment for their sins against Him. During the end time, it appears He will scatter them into small fragments, perhaps even down to individuals alone. Charles Whitaker studies the primarily Hebrew words whose meanings suggest a coming, extensive fragmentation of end-time …


Searching for Israel (Part Seven): Seven Years' Punishment

Article by Charles Whitaker

What happened to Israel after God sent her into captivity? Did God turn from physical Israel and begin to work with spiritual Israel, the church?


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Ten): Where Is Israel Today?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

No matter how scattered Israel is, God will not lose the smallest grain. Using Jerusalem as a reference point, Israel dispersed north and west into Europe.


Israel's Restoration and the Zeitgeist of Zeal

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

After the Tribulation, God promises to restore Israel to the promised land where she will have a chance to learn and live God's truth in the Millennium.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Thirteen): Jacob's Trouble

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

During Jacob's Trouble, a confederacy of gentile peoples (particularly the offspring of Ishmael and Esau) will destroy the nations of modern-day Israel.


Searching for Israel (Part Twelve): The Sign

Article by Charles Whitaker

Most Israelites are blind to their origins, thinking that only Jews are Israelites. Here is why Israel has forgotten its identity.


Searching for Israel (Part Six): Israel Is Fallen, Is Fallen

Article by Charles Whitaker

After 200 years of rejecting Davidic rule, Israel fell to Assyria, and its people were carried to Media. Judah lasted about 150 years longer.


Globalism (Part Nine): Running To and Fro

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

In this in-depth examination of globalism, Charles Whitaker sees it as a force to bring about widespread dispersions of peoples before the end to bring about "the time of Jacob's trouble."


The Second Exodus (Part Three)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

At some point in the near future, the modern descendants of Israel will learn of their true identity—and have to face the consequences of that knowledge.


Globalism (Part Six): Tide and Countertide

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Globalism has an equal and opposite counterpart: tribalism. Charles Whitaker explains what tribalism is and how it affects the world and the church.


'Until Right Now, This Very Day'

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon Deuteronomy 29:4, where God reveals that He had not given the ancient Israelites an understanding mind "until that very day," discusses His revelation in Deuteronomy 29 and 30. These chapters have four salient themes: 1.) Today, with its counterpart "tomorrow," the future …


Suppressed Archaeology (Part Four)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing a systematic denigrating (on the part of the 'intellectuals' in the Smithsonian Museum) of evidence of pre-Columbian migration from the Old World to the western hemisphere, examines the case of the Bat Creek Tennessee stone, an artifact discovered in 1889, 'assumed' to be Paleo Cherokee. When Cyrus …


The Power of the Holy People

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Are the "holy people" in Daniel 12:7 actually the church of God? If so, what is the power of the church that is completely shattered right before the end?


Rainbow of Peace

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

As Israel comes to itself, God will gently re-gather His people from their exile, an event which will make reconciliation available to the entire world.


The Second Exodus (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The timing of the regathering of Israel is uncertain, but here are the Scriptural markers that narrow the time frame to a significant prophetic event.


Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are mandated to live by faith, being given trials of faith in order to chisel our character. We must totally and unreservedly accept God's sovereignty.


The Second Exodus (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The Bible tells us that the time is coming when God will regather Israel to the Land of Promise, a greater Exodus than that from the Land of Egypt.


The Beast and Babylon (Part Ten): Babylon the Great Is a Nation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Most commentators identify the Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18 as either a church or a broader cultural system. However, the Harlot is a powerful nation.


His Eye is On the Sparrow (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on three scriptures, Psalm 11:3-5, Luke 12:7, and Philippians 4:19, reflects on a frightening earthquake in 1971, in which he realized that he was in no way in control of the alarming situation, a relentless shaking that threatened to destroy the entire foundation. This earthquake has grounds of …


'How Long, O Lord?'

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The cycles of Israel's history—idolatry, subjugation, repentance, deliverance—give us a pattern for understanding the present scattered condition of the church.


A Search for Identity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God gave His approval for the destruction of the Worldwide Church of God into numerous groups, allowing heresies so He could see who really loves Him.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, claiming that one major reason people find Ecclesiastes to be pessimistic is that much of life also contains negativity, suggests that Solomon, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, found much of life discouraging, disappointing, trying, and fraught with vanity. Nevertheless, his lifetime observations …


Who Is the 'God of This World'? (Part One)

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Translators use a lowercase "g" in "god of this age [or, world]" in II Corinthians 4:4, yet it is the true God who blinds; He alone opens and closes eyes.


Hosea's Prophecy (Part Five)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Israel demonstrates divided loyalties, vacillating between God and the world, veering more toward the world, resembling a panting dog or a pleasure-bent prostitute.


Been There, Done That!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, reflecting on the comment, "Been there'done that," suggesting that in a very real way that expression applies to God"s Called-out ones. The cacophonic chatter over the popular media suggests a Zeitgeist, fearing a loss of our personal freedoms, a fear that we will be dissolved by an alien nation, …


Faith and the Calendar (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh takes issue with those who feel that the perennial calendar controversy was never understood, investigated or resolved by Herbert Armstrong. After a lengthy study in the 1940s, he concluded: (1) there are not enough rules in the Bible to establish a calendar. (2) God had given no authority to anyone outside the …


'Done Away' Is Incorrect

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Protestantism alleges that God's law is 'done away.' What Scripture shows, though, is that some aspects are not required presently, but God's law is eternal.


Are We Already In Captivity?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh states that Joshua read aloud the blessings and cursings pronounced on Israel (first mentioned in Deuteronomy 27). When the people of Israel obeyed, God blessed them, and when they disobeyed, God cursed them. The economic curses that the United States has received are a result of the covetousness of its …


Examining God's Judgments

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fall holy days picture various judgments by God, bringing about liberty, reconciliation, regathering, and restoration.


How to Survive Exile

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, addressing our current scattered state as a form of exile, asserts that exile has been a form of punishment God has used from the very beginning, with our original parents through the patriarchs, through the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, right up to the present time. God exiles to punish for sin, …


What Is the Work of God Now? (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh admonishes the greater church of God that we make a conscious effort to feed the flock (devoting more effort, time, energy, and money than for preaching the Gospel as a witness for the world) until we get ourselves straightened out first. To preach to the world and ignore a disintegrating flock is like a husband …


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing his exposition on Ecclesiastes, focuses on three interrelated terms: paradox (something contrary to expectation), conundrum (a riddle), and wisdom (skill in arts, such as Bezalel and Oholiab who were gifted in a specific skill—or spiritual insight). We are called into the body of Christ gifted …


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Parts of God's law are not presently required, yet not 'done away." Paul took a vow that required animal sacrifice. Ezekiel 34-48 shows the sacrificial law observed.


Living By Faith and God's Sovereignty

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Some may doubt that God is in control, but God's sovereignty over His creation is complete. The course of world events are moving according to His will.


God's Sovereignty and the Church's Condition (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

How involved in man's affairs is God? Is He merely reactive, or does He actively participate—even cause events and circumstances, particularly in the church?


Faith and the Calendar (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The real issue in the calendar controversy is not astronomical, but faith in God's sovereignty, providence, and His right to assign responsibility.


Hosea's Prophecy (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Hosea was ordered by God to make a symbolic marriage to a harlot. This heartbreaking marriage portrayed Israel's unfaithfulness to God in spite of His care.


Is God to Blame?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The 9/11 bombings were tragic and terrible. Some have since asked, 'Was God involved? Is He to blame?' These tough questions have challenging answers.