Who Were the Philistines?

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

For centuries, the Philistines were a constant menace on Israel's flank. Here is what the Bible, history, and archeology have to say about this people.


Samson and the Christian (Part 6)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In his final act as judge of Israel, Samson toppled the pillars, killing more Philistines with his death than he had in his entire lifetime.


Samson and the Christian (Part 1)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asks if we have known people who seemingly had everything going for them but never reached their potential. Samson had what it took but made horrible mistakes and lapses in judgment. Nevertheless, Hebrews 11 says that he will be part of the first resurrection. Even with his dalliance with women and problems …


Samson and the Christian (Part 4)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reveals that Samson's racially, culturally, and religiously mixed sadiqua marriage created an explosive situation. After his father-in-law cheated him, Samson felt legally justified to take vengeance using disproportionate force: He wiped out the entire regional economy. When the Philistines retaliated against …


Samson and the Christian (Part 2)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Israel's culture during the time of Judges, suggests that Israelites were a poor, downtrodden agricultural people, having few luxuries. The Philistine culture (related to the Mycenaean civilization) was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Israel's arms, mainly farm tools, were primitive compared …


'How Long, O Lord?'

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The cycles of Israel's history—idolatry, subjugation, repentance, deliverance—give us a pattern for understanding the present scattered condition of the church.


Samson and the Christian (Part 3)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reiterates that during the 400-year period of the Judges, Israel experienced a perpetual rollercoaster ride in which the Israelites fared well only when a judge was in power, but tribulation and distress when there was no judge. As Judges 14 opens, God motivates a spoiled, lustful, impetuous troublemaker to …


The Proof of the Bible

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

The BIBLE—Superstition or AUTHORITY? Did you ever stop to PROVE whether the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God?


Amos (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns us that the book of Amos is specifically addressed to us- the end time church (the Israel of God) - the ones who have actually made the new covenant with God. Having made the covenant, we must remember that (1) privilege brings peril- the closer one draws to God, the closer will be the scrutiny, (2) we …


Abraham (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh ponders the qualifier "righteous" when applied to Lot. Unlike Abraham who separated himself from sinful society, Lot seemed to involve himself in the affairs of the perverted city, arrogating to himself the role of a judge, attempting to change the behavior of the people- but nevertheless, attempting to …


The King of the South

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that religious and cultural differences, especially the raging Western-Islamic conflict, will become the fault lines of dangerous conflicts and clashes of civilizations. The King of the South (Daniel 11:40) might be a confederation of Arab nations continually at war with the people of Israel. Psalm 83 …


Prophets and Prophecy (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy of the 'Elijah to come.' We must apply duality of prophecy carefully and cautiously rather than indiscriminately.


Amos (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the Gentile nations without God's revelation were held accountable for basic principles of humanity. Amon's barbarity, Tyre's faithlessness, and Moab's propensity for sustained anger (exemplified by burning the bones of Edom to lime) and the desire to take revenge - God punishes with severity. God …