The Rise of the Caliphate

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Lately, the eyes of the world have been riveted on the Levant, the area of the Middle East that includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. The entity that is attracting attention is what is commonly known as ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda terrorist group that is growing into a state. Richard Ritenbaugh describes …


Lost Perspective

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In many ways, we have lost our perspective since those moments of clarity in the weeks following September 11, 2001.


A Little Hypocritical?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As Christians who have some idea of the course of the end time, we need to keep our eyes on the larger matters—what the nations do, not what they say.


Should We Fear Terrorism?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With terrorism taking place every day somewhere in the world, how should we as Christians respond? What is a faithful reaction to terrorism?


The Fractured Middle East

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Most Westerners tend to simplify their perception of the situation in the Middle East by using dichotomies: Israel vs. Arabs, Jew vs. Muslim, Western vs. Islamic, etc. However, as David Grabbe explains, it is not that simple, particularly on the Muslim side, where multiple factions exist.


The Burning Middle East: Revolution or Power-Grab?

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

An entire region of the world—cutting a swath across North Africa and through the Middle East to the Arabian Sea—is aflame with protest and revolution. David Grabbe analyzes the unrest throughout the Arab world, concluding that, while the geopolitics of the area have not substantially changed, Iran may benefit the …


The Paradox of U.S. Power and Defeat

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Since World War II, the United States has rarely fought a successful military action, be it Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Iran, or Iraq—yet it stands alone as a superpower on the earth. David Grabbe ponders this geopolitical paradox, one that could greatly affect our perspective of world events.


The Axis of Evil and the Western Coalition

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

"Axis of Evil" has become a byword since President George W. Bush used it in a State of the Union address a few years ago. He proposed countering it with his "Coalition of the Willing." David Grabbe ponders the West's predilection toward alliances, questioning just how effective they are.


Prudence

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, citing statistics from the non-profit organization Open Doors, asserts that persecution against Christians is rampant and dramatic, escalating in many parts of the world in which professing Christians suffer governmental harassment, torture, and death. In North Korea, owning a Bible is a capital offence, bringing …


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (2002)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 2002 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the prophecy of Deuteronomy 28:42-49 concerning the curse of the stranger rising higher and higher above us, displacing our Israelitish culture with an alien Gentile culture. Like leaven in bread dough, the minority alien cultures, further …


Anti-Americanism Abroad

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God prophesies that Israel will be conquered in the end time. Could anti-American sentiment, especially in Europe, be the beginning of the end for modern Israel?


The Haditha Non-Story

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Now that sober investigations have been done and pre-trial hearings have taken place, it seems that the media was once again horribly wrong.


All About Edom (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Esau was prophesied to be the father of a nation, Edom, and the Bible gives us plenty of clues about the character of his descendants.


The Price of Arrogance

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

No matter whether it is good policy or not, a close-to-the-vest style of governance infuriates friend and foe alike because it comes across as arrogant.


The Present and Future Crisis (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon escalating energy prices, urges caution and self-control in spending and taking on debt. If the supply of oil should be drastically cut, all vital services would shut down, and our quality of life would deteriorate. In 1971, the U.S. reached the state of "peak oil" (when supply could no …


Deception by Silence

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Those who are obeying Christ's command to 'watch therefore, and pray always' should not be so naïve as to trust any one source for news of the world.


Abraham (Part One)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Abraham came from a civilization in Mesopotamia that was highly advanced in science, including calculus and chemistry, and having indoor running water.