The Israel-Hezbollah Ceasefire: Aftermath or Interlude?

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The latest round of fighting between Muslims and the State of Israel has been halted by an uneasy ceasefire agreement. David Grabbe, examining the motives and goals of each side, considers the likelihood of the conflict reigniting—and wonders what agents in the background may be up to.


Israel at a Crossroads

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The State of Israel has come to a point in its history when it must take a hard look at where it wants to go in the next few years. Whatever it decides, it will likely lead to the events of the end of the age!


An Israel-Turkey Reconciliation?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Even before the 2010 Israeli commando raid on a Gaza blockade-running Turkish ship, relations between Israel and Turkey were at a low ebb. Recently, positive signs of a reconciliation have appeared, although nothing is certain. Richard Ritenbaugh provides proof that, despite the on-again, off-again nature of their ties, both …


Israel's New Crisis

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Since its founding in 1948, the State of Israel has been backed up against the Mediterranean Sea, facing a hostile Arab world in every direction. David Grabbe describes its current situation as even more dire, as the "Arab Spring" has turned some of Israel's recent allies and non-belligerant neighbors in the region into enemies.


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 …


What's in It for Us?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While in college, I took a yearlong course in International Relations under Gene Hogberg, news editor of The Plain Truth magazine. ...


The Wars of Israel and Judah

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Where God's people are concerned, military might is far less of a factor in the outcome of a war than morality. Do we still have God's favor?


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 …


The Neighbor to the South

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The United States has been blessed with more than ideal geography, but also with mostly peaceful neighbors. Yet, the latter may be changing. David Grabbe examines the current conditions in Mexico, explaining that the drug cartels' increasing power may be driving the nation toward becoming a "failed state."


All About Edom (Part Four): Obadiah and Edom's Sin

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because of the long conflict between Israel and Edom, one might think that Obadiah would gladly predict the Edomites' downfall, yet he laments Edom's horrible end.


A World Upside-Down

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Hezbollah has been successful in its public-relations coup because it set Israel up under a set of parameters for victory that no nation could accomplish.


Until Shiloh Comes

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the current Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, looks at the undaunted spirit of the Israelis, which has lasted almost three generations. They face the current conflict with resolve, as though they had planned it for a long time. God is watching and guarding Judah, making sure that the Arabs will not …