Although by no means a wild man, John the Baptist experienced alienation from people, especially the entrenched religious and political leaders.
False prophets promote the broad way, giving people what they want to hear. They replace God's truth with human tradition. They are identified by their fruit.
Persecution is a fact of life for a Christian. Jesus Christ says we are blessed if we are persecuted for righteousness' sake — here's why.
False prophets—including the great False Prophet of Revelation—claim to speak for God, yet reveal themselves in predictable ways. Here is what to look for.
Persecution and martyrdom are not popular topics among Christians, but they are facts. The fifth seal shows the cry of the martyrs and God's response.
Jesus uses the parable of the wicked vinedressers to proclaim God's plan to take His message to others, the church, who would accept it.
Prophets, even though they may bring new messages, stay consistent with existing Scripture and doctrine as they speak on behalf of God.
A prophet is one who carries a message from another. A true prophet's message will derive from existing Scripture, even if he is breaking new, unexplored ground.
Jesus exposes the Jews' rejection of the gospel using the illustration of a king sending invitations to a wedding celebration.
God is always working for salvation. He creates situations and events—from smitten consciences to large-scale calamities—to lead us to the right path.
Though she transgressed every commandment in multiple ways, the sin through which Israel's unfaithfulness is most frequently demonstrated is gross idolatry.
Though God worked through Elijah in ways that are almost without comparison, God also left a record of a low point in the prophet's life as a lesson for us.
We often spend so much time engaged in our present-day trials that we fail to understand and learn from the experiences of Christians of the past.
John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that we are living in a time when immorality has surpassed righteousness, asks whether we have surpassed the immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah. Strangely, America has perhaps produced more Bibles than any other nation, yet it's peoples are, in the main, not even remotely convicted by the pages of the …
The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.
Richard Ritenbaugh begins by recapping the first three chapters of the Book of Lamentation: "Woe is me" (Chapter 1), "God did it" (Chapter 2), and "If God is behind it, it must have been good" (Chapter 3). He then focuses on the themes of the chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 4 is a summation of how low God …
Stephen points out that historically, God has dealt with His people without land or temple, but instead through deliverers, initially rejected by their own.
Matthew 11 focuses upon the ruminations of John the Baptist, who, even though he was close to Christ, may have misunderstood the nature of Christ's mission.
Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah, all kings of Judah, shared a common, spiritually deadly characteristic that kept them from being listed in Christ's genealogy.