The Duality of Prophecy

'Prophecy Watch' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Many biblical prophecies have a type and an antitype, a former fulfillment and a latter one. If we really want to understand prophecy, we need to understand this concept.


The Teaching of Jesus and Prophecy

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The teaching of Jesus is the key to Revelation. The Olivet Prophecy (the testimony of Jesus) in Matthew 24 unlocks the meaning of the seals in Revelation.


This Generation Shall Not Pass

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh re-evaluates his earlier speculation that some members of the "Great Generation" (a term coined by Tom Brokaw referring to the survivors of World War II) will likely be alive at the return of Jesus Christ. The World War II generation witnessed the horror of nuclear war and therefore lived in the era …


How Many Wars?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus tells us not to be troubled about the wars and rumors of wars, for they are like false labor pains. We are now at the beginning of sorrows.


Are These the Last Days? (Part 1)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Are we really so certain these are the last days? How can we know for sure? What does the Bible give as evidence that the last days are here?


Trumpets: Soon To Be Fulfilled?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the fulfillment of the Day of Trumpets has the biggest immediate impact on us of all the Holy Days. This day depicts the time immediately before and after Christ's return, a time that if God would not intervene, no flesh would survive (Matthew 24:22). The Baby Boomers enabled us to annihilate life …


Why Isn't Harold Camping Right?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, referring to evangelist Harold Camping's failed prophecies of the end of the world, points out the woeful ignorance of many 'religious' people, especially in regard to Christ's warning that no one will know the day or the hour, and that many will try to deceive others as to this event. Camping, following the …


The End Is Not Yet

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We must make sure that our understanding and interpretation of natural disasters and heavenly spectacles align with what the Bible says about them.


'Behold, He is Coming with Clouds'

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The passages that describe Christ's return in power and glory contain the same detail: that He will come in, on, or with clouds. Here is the significance.


Matthew 24:34: 'This Generation'

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our mind's tendency to wander when the details get too fast and furious, losing bits and pieces of the unfolding time-element, warns us that, if this happens when we study prophecy, we could be off by hundreds or thousands of years. The understanding of the "when" of prophecy is …


Where the Eagles Are Gathered

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, cuing in on verses in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, referring to the sign of eagles or vultures gathering together in the wake of God's impending judgment, corrects some misapplications of these verses, wherein people believe it refers to the Rapture. These pictures refer to the judgment against sin, providing a banquet …


Watch What?

'Prophecy Watch' by Pat Higgins

Jesus does not specify in so many words what we are to watch. The evidence points to the fact that watching has everything to do with spiritual preparation.


The Fall of Jerusalem and the Coming of the Son of Man

Sermonette by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing on Matthew 10:23, submits that the formula "the coming of the Son of Man" (in its various formats) is code for "the Day of the Lord." (Not in scope are the several non-prophetic uses of the formula). The formula, which appears most often in the Olivet Prophecy, does not support the …


The Appointed Time of the Resurrection

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

The time of Christ's return appears to be soon in the light of recent events. Watch for the gathering of armies around the future capital of the world.


The Love of Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on the frightening set of events known as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord recorded in the Olivet prophecy, describes tumultuous, cataclysmic sights in the heavens, ushering in the return of Jesus Christ to rescue the earth and its contents from certain destruction, replacing the extant …


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh explains how Jesus Christ clarifies the whole matter of His return in the Olivet Prophecy. The underpinnings of this concept of Christ's dramatic return on the Day of Trumpets refer back to the memorial of blowing trumpets recorded in Exodus 19-20, Leviticus 23:24-25, and Numbers 29:1-6. These episodes portray …


Coming to Know Him

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, demonstrating that we depend a great deal on our visual acuity, maintains that this dependence makes it difficult to understand the things we do not see, such as radio waves, electricity, the composition of gases and molecules, etc. Because God cannot be seen with the naked eye, we find it difficult to …


How Long, O Lord? (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sermon, John Ritenbaugh points out that the symbolism of the numerous (112) biblical references for trumpets suggests (1) an announcement of a specific event and (2) an alarm of what is to follow. In most cases the devastating horrendous events themselves are the figurative trumpet blasts, calling people to repent …


Where the Eagles Are Gathered

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Jesus' statement that 'Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together' is a warning that He will judge those who resist Him.


The Book of Daniel (Part Eight)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, referring to the complex prophecies of Daniel 11 and 12, suggests that much of the interpretation of many parts of this prophetic passage, except for the fulfilled prophecy in Daniel 11:2-39, has not emerged clearly, and has been subject to speculative distortion. The exploits of Alexander the Great, his four …


Enduring to the End

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure reflects that the tearful goodbyes at the close of the Feast of Tabernacles often lead to a kind of post-Feast blues. Contemplating the soon-coming Satanic festivals of Halloween, Christmas and New Year's takes the edge off the Feast—and by the time Passover comes, Easter too will be at the door! We have come …


Shock and Awe - and Speed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the shock and awe bombardment in Iraq, focuses upon the original shock and awe display on Mount Sinai, as well as the ultimate shock and awe campaign the world will experience at the second coming of Christ. Descriptions of this calamitous event abound throughout the Psalms and prophecies, …


The Handwriting Is on The Wall (2003)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon Paul's admonition about the night being far spent, warns us to make careful and judicious use of our time in anticipating the return of Jesus Christ. The death and destruction forecast by Christ would come from the hands of man, rather than from God. More pieces of this prophetic puzzle are …


Christ's Second Coming

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets memorializes God's deliverance of Israel beginning with Joseph, and looks forward to Christ's return when God will deliver His people.


The Days of Noah

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the tendency of our culture to be self-absorbed and self-glorifying, having erroneously absorbed the Darwinian concept of evolution, warns that civilization is clearly not progressing, but degenerating. The long life-spans, characteristic of Methuselah's time, have given away to a mere three …


A Place of Safety? (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has the ability to protect and save in a variety of methods. The Scriptures reveal various purposes for intervention, protection, and prudent escape.


Death, or Not A Hair of Your Head?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, acknowledging that people universally are curious about the future, asserts that prophecy is difficult and perplexing. Regardless of when Christ will return, we must be ready. False teachers, apostasy, and wars, as well as rumors of wars, will be a permanent part of the birth pangs ushering in Christ's Second …


God and Reality

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

What God puts us through is designed to reveal reality to us. Accepting His doctrine without looking for loopholes will keep us true.


Let No One Deceive You

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We live in a day of increasing knowledge—to the point that we are increasingly overloaded with information. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that these and other modern factors lend themselves to deception, yet this is one of the primary end-time trends that Jesus warns us against!


Matthew (Part 30)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The events in Matthew 24 parallel the six seals of Revelation 6 and the seventh seal of Revelation 7, showing a definite chronological progression.


The Beginning of Sorrows

Sermon by Clyde Finklea

The "last days" began with Christ's resurrection, when Satan was formally deposed as ruler of earth. God made His kingdom available at that time.


The Four Horsemen (Part One): In the Saddle?

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a terrifying image of impending doom. The hoofbeats of these fearsome figures can already be heard on the earth!


A Place of Safety? (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Obsessing about the Place of Safety is a sure way to disqualify oneself from it. God calls some faithful, zealous ones for martyrdom during the Tribulation.


The Sixth Seal and Israel

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Each depiction of the Sixth Seal also shows God's involvement with physical Israelites. John's vision precedes a glimpse of 144,000 of the tribes of Israel.


The Beast and Babylon (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Currently, some of the more important prophetic events we have been trained to watch for are just not happening. John Ritenbaugh explains, for instance, that Europe is not uniting as we once thought it would. How does this affect our interpretation of the prophecies?


Places of Safety (Part One)

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

God see His Holy Days (include the weekly Sabbath) as typical places of safety. Such occasions foreshadow a time when the wolf and lamb dwell together.


A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, noticing a recurring theme this past month in messages throughout the greater Church of God, a theme concerning the differences between the faithful and evil servants in the last verses of the Olivet prophecy, focuses on imagery from the Earnest Hemmingway short story, "A Clean, Well-lighted Place," …


A Government to Fear (Part Four): Apathy

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon an 1858 speech of Abraham Lincoln, in which he warned of a deadly enemy from within which would be many times more dangerous than any external foreign power, suggests that the attack has already begun. This deadly attack derives from the incredible apathy of the American people, apathetic to …


Hope to the End (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that the people everywhere seem frazzled, distressed, and terrified as a dark, evil, sinister force seems to be engulfing the world. The continued angst from dealing with this continual pathogenic zeitgeist threatens to render all of us, including God's called-out ones, into a state of hopelessness, …


Foundations

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid reflects on a prior cruise to the Mediterranean in which he visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Areopagus, Athens, and other locales in which the apostle Paul had walked. The pillars of the Parthenon were fitted together in sections. We, as God's called out ones, are figuratively represented by these pillars. It …


The Four Horsemen (Part Two): The White Horse

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

At God's command, the white horse and its rider ride over the earth 'conquering and to conquer.' It is a precursor of the destruction that is wrought by its fellows.


We Must Believe!

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

In an environment in which we are continually lied to (in politics, popular media, marketing techniques, insurance adjustment, etc.) it is no wonder that our faith in anything is flagging. Nevertheless, we are asked to believe in a Being nobody has directly seen or heard, whose written word has been vilified and scorned. Without …


Matthew (Part 22)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh