The 'Exceptional' 2007 Drought

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We tend to consider droughts like the current one to be merely extremes of the meteorological cycle. Yet, God is still at work among His people.


Famine (Part One): The Beginning of Sorrows

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Famine is caused by sin, ignorance, foolish farming practices, and inadequate means of transit. The whole world will soon suffer intense spiritual famine.


Famine (Part Two): Behold, a Black Horse

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Various famines in the last century were caused by the despicable cruelty, greed, and corruption of human beings, bringing about large scale death.


Famine (Part Three): The Abundance of God's Salvation

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

After Christ's return, famine will be the penalty for not keeping His Feast of Tabernacles. God will establish conditions in which famine will never occur again.


Fast or Famine

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God has used famine as one of the tools to get the Israelites' attention when they violated the terms of the Covenant with Him, forsaking His holy law.


During a Famine, What Is the Work?

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

God's church faces a time of trial, a famine of the Word. What should Christians be doing during such a time? The first-century church provides an answer.


Power

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

During Amos' day, people were busy making money, being entertained, and practicing their religion. But God was also busy—sending famines, droughts, and epidemics.


Your Land Shall Not Yield Its Produce

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Western world is heavily dependent on its ability to produce food. Bible prophecy predicts that famine will be part of the end-time scenario.


A Dry and Weary Land

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Drought has perennially been evidence of God's displeasure toward people who have blatantly forsaken Him for false gods.


'. . . And Not a Drop to Drink'

'Prophecy Watch' by Martin G. Collins

The scarcity of potable water will become a factor as the end nears. Martin Collins shows how world consumption of water is setting us up for major conflict over this precious resource.


Bugs and Beasts

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Through Amos, God shows us that He uses natural disasters to show His displeasure. If we believe that God is Creator, we should ask ourselves why things occur.


Sky Like Iron, Earth Like Bronze

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just about half of the continental United States suffers under severe drought conditions. And lack of water is not the only thing we need to worry about.


Divine Intervention

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Secular Americans snicker at insurance policies that refer to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters as 'acts of God.'


The Four Horsemen (Part Four): The Black Horse

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

On the heels of the red horse of conflict gallops the black horse and its rider, commonly interpreted as famine. It also includes scarcity resulting from oppression.


Scarcity Amid Plenty

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The specter of famine has again crept into the public consciousness with spiking food prices, as prophesied in the Third Seal of Revelation 6.


The Food Crisis

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on a UN News Center article on a proposed summit to be held in Rome in 2009 addressing devastating food shortages in the world (with 963 million people in the world are reported as malnourished) suggests that the UN desires to create a "new world food order ." In another article from the …


The Money Has Failed! (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, claiming that economists often refer to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe because it portrays a lone man facing a scarcity in economic goods without any means of exchange of value, suggests that one in such a situation will prioritize his needs in a hierarchy of value. In a world of limited resources, a person …


Take Heed and Remember the Less Fortunate

Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, reflecting on Amos's prophecy to ancient Israel in Amos 5:11, castigating the leaders for their shabby treatment to the poor and destitute in society, draws a parallel to America's leaders today, allowing or creating situations in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, leading to record numbers of our …


Warning in the Wind

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the violent weather this spring with over 1,415 tornadoes and 530 deaths (518 of the deaths occurred in the United States). This year alone had more deaths than the 564 that occurred over the last decade as a result of 948 tornadoes. The vortex of the Joplin tornado measured ¾ of a mile, with …


Rain

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that we take much for granted—including the weather. Weather is an element that factors in the prophecies of Revelation. The biblical image of rain derives from the desert climate of the Middle East. Israel, unlike Egypt, is dependent primarily upon the rains that fall. Israel has only two …


Responding to Catastrophe

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the Hurricane Katrina disaster, ponders the inappropriate responses of some Americans and our responsibility to learn proper responses. Negative responses include: 1) The Blame Game, exemplified by Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent for their sins; 2) It's Not Fair, seen in Cain's …


Amos (Part Seven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

God, through His prophets, warns that He will chasten His people with increasing severity until they repent and begin to reflect His characteristics.


The End Is Not Yet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God's people do a disservice to the cause of truth when they allow the media-hype to trigger a false hope about Jesus Christ's return being imminent.


Amos (Part Fourteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Amos indicts rampant, dishonest practices, placing gain above honesty, morality, or ethics, and arrogantly and covetously exploiting the needy for profit.


The Day of Israel's Calamity

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

As a nation, we have rejected wisdom in favor of foolishness, bringing about major calamities: famines, pestilence, earthquakes, cosmic disturbances.


Prepare to Meet Your God! (The Book of Amos) (Part One)

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Amos is an astounding prophecy, closely paralleling the conditions in the Western world today. Amos reveals how unrighteousness undermines society.


Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Physical hunger and thirst provide important types of the desire one must cultivate for spiritual resources, realizing that man cannot live by bread alone.


The Other Great Tribulation

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

We have anticipated the coming of the end-time Great Tribulation. However, there was a historical great tribulation, similar to what has happened in the U.S.


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.


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.


Unity and Division: The Blessing and a Curse (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker

A curious phenomenon ties together several biblical stories: God makes a judgment and divides His people into two groups, often splitting them down the middle!


How God Deals With Conscience (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting that the human conscience can be incrementally conditioned to tolerate sin, decommissioned, and ultimately put to sleep, asserts that God can restore it to usefulness as He did in the lives of Joseph's brothers, by forcing them to go to the location to which they had sold their brother. God sometimes …