Cyrus: God's Anointed

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When we think of messiah, we think of Jesus Christ. Yet the Bible has a much broader definition. The pagan emperor Cyrus the Great was also a messiah!


Nebuchadnezzar's Image (Part Two): Chest and Arms of Silver

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the succession of empires envisaged by Nebuchadnezzar, the second to appear is represented by a chest and arms of silver, the Medo-Persian Empire.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Five): A Remnant of Judah

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Despite her former relationship with God, absolutely no nation could ever out-sin Judah, even though God had given her multiple warnings to repent.


Implications of the Gospel of the Kingdom

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, emphasizing that Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to a downtrodden people, suffering because of the power structures over them, observes that corruption has characterized all human government from the beginning of time. From the time that our original parents partook of the forbidden fruit, the human …


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.


Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Four)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of the books of the Minor Prophets were written before the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon, but the final three—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—come from the years after their return to the land. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes the final two books, showing how they create a bridge to the New Testament and …


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 …


The Bible—Superstition or Authority?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Why is the world's best selling book held in awe by some, in passive discredit by others, and understood by virtually none? Why do the many churches of traditional Christianity disagree about what the Bible says? Have you ever PROVED whether, as the book itself purports, it is the authoritative Word of the Creator God?


Stay in Jerusalem

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon the proclamations of two Gentile kings (Cyrus and Artaxerxes) in the book of Ezra, examines the impact they had on the remnant of Israel- as well as the lessons we may derive from their lack luster behavior. Those who returned to Jerusalem did not completely fulfill their commission, failing to …


The Sovereignty of God: Part Five

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Is God sovereign over angels? What about mankind's choices? God's sovereignty is absolute as He directs events toward the culmination of His plan.


The Book of Daniel (Part Five)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Daniel 7-8 is full of overlapping images and visions. Both chapters show the certainty of the end of Gentile kingdoms, replaced by God's eternal Kingdom.


The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In most biblical contexts, 'spirit' refers to the invisible, internal activating dimension of the mind. Synonyms include heart, mind, and thoughts.


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?


The Sovereignty of God and Human Responsibility: Part Eleven

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God's sovereignty and free moral agency set up a seeming paradox. Just how much choice and freedom do we have under God's sovereign rule?