Jerusalem and the Plan of Redemption

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Israel's harlotry and rejection of God's covenant gave Jerusalem an increasingly unsavory association, calling for its impending judgment and destruction.


Stay in Jerusalem

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Those who returned to Jerusalem did not completely fulfill their commission, failing to completely rebuild the walls and failing to totally rebuild the temple.


A Stone Named Jerusalem

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Catholic Church did not forbid keeping the Passover until AD 325. The controversy over Passover or Easter boils down to either following Scripture or Roman tradition.


The Miraculous Survival of Israel

Commentary by Clyde Finklea

Clyde Finklea, reflecting on the recent moving of America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, focuses on a prophecy of Rabbi Judah ben Samuel, which history has proven to be accurate. The prophecy, made in 1215 A.D. states, "When the Ottomans [Turks] conquer Jerusalem, they [the Turks] will rule over Jerusalem for eight …


Symbolism, Types, and Prophecies

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must be careful about applying a biblical symbol to prophetic events too rigidly. The term 'Zion' may apply to the church, but not all the time.


A Mid-East Mess

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The latest round of violence in Palestine highlights a major flaw in the peace process: Neither side necessarily wants peace! Both sides want control of Palestine and specifically Jerusalem. The City of Peace is the key factor in the coming world crisis!


The Capital of the World

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

New York is the current "Capital of the world" while Jerusalem is the imminent new capital of the world. The choice we have is present glitz or future glory.


Lamentations (Part Five; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Amidst the devastation, the narrator has hope that God would rescue his humbled people. Though He punishes, God is still faithful and loyal to His people.


City of Peace

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Paradoxically, Jerusalem has not been a city of peace, but a magnet for conflict, a situation which will not end until Christ returns.


The Book of Joel (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

In the fullness of time, God will pour His spirit on all peoples, including those who had formerly directed their hostility on God and His chosen people.


Refuge! Refuge! (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Realizing that men are prone to mistakes, God commanded the Israelites to have six cities of refuge to protect those who accidentally committed manslaughter.


The Beast and Babylon (Part Four): Where Is the Woman of Revelation 17?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Great Harlot of Revelation 17 has intrigued Bible students for centuries. Is she a church? What does it mean that she is a 'mother of harlots'?


Lamentations (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh warns that these laments contain little that is jovial or uplifting, but instead are saturated in despair, sorrow, mourning, and even recrimination against God on the part of a personified Jerusalem, whom God depicts as a grieving widow, blaming others for her troubles while overlooking her own sins as the …


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.


Imagining The Garden of Eden (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh maintains that God created the Garden of Eden after He had created Adam in order to provide Adam a pattern of industry and work ethic. Adam would have had the ability to reason and calculate, obviously an ability independent from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God imparted to Adam the …


Israel's Case Regarding the Land

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that Arizona is under attack from Mexico, suggests that the Federal Government is spitefully punishing Arizona for assuming the responsibility that the Federal Government refuses to enforce. Like Arizona, Israel continues to be under attack. When questioned by a British reporter as to why more …


Lamentations (Part Three; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

As Lamentations opens, Jerusalem is personified as a widow who has had to endure the destruction of her family as well as the mocking scorn from the captors.


Lamentations (Part Two; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh contends that while Scripture does allow for individuals to share their faults with one another for encouragement and brotherly advice, no man has the power to forgive sins or grant absolution, a prerogative retained by Christ and God the Father alone. Trusting human allies rather than God to also seems to be a …


Eden, The Garden, and the Two Trees (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The real cradle of civilization is not Mesopotamia, but Jerusalem, where God started His physical creation and where He will bring it to spiritual fruition.


Where God Places His Name (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The re-establishment of Jerusalem as the world capitol demonstrates that even when God is angry, He still restores His people.


In the Wake of An Unnatural Disaster (Part Six)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on an article in Christianity Today which suggests that American Christians are becoming increasingly confused about whether abortion is equivalent to murder, concludes that we live in a moral garbage dump, every bit as vile as Sodom and Gomorrah. America (and the other Israelitish nations), like …


What Is Joel 2 Really About?

'Prophecy Watch' by Mike Fuhrer

It is easy to misunderstand the literal meaning of the prophecy of Joel 2, in which God's army sweeps across the countryside and into the city.


The Harvest is Almost In

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

Without Jesus Christ ruling this earth, mankind cannot govern himself one iota. Good times are coming to the earth when God's governance will restore all things.


Lamentations (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, creating a hypothetical scenario in which God sends the Russians- to devastate America and reduce it to a vassal state, suggests that such a catastrophe would resemble the conditions described by the Book of Lamentations. The Scriptures describe the Chaldeans as a bitter and hasty nation, ruthless and …


Eden, The Garden, and the Two Trees (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We we follow God's patterns, Jerusalem becomes the likely location of the Garden of Eden and the likely location for the future, heavenly Jerusalem.


Lamentations (Part Four; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The prophets and the religious leaders bear the greatest blame for the destruction by providing a quasi-religion and not teaching the Law of God.


A Place of Safety? (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Paul gives two signs of the Tribulation: The falling away and the appearance of the man of sin who sits in the temple in Jerusalem (II Thessalonians 2:3-4).


Lamentations (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing his excursion through the Book of Lamentations, observes that the expressions of sorrow in the Psalms far outnumber expressions of praise, indicating that the Hebrew culture has almost made the lamentation an art form. An organizational pattern useful in the examination of these lamentations is …