Biblical Symbolism: Symbols of the Church

Bible Study by Staff

The church plays a major role in God's Word, so it is no wonder that the church is represented by literally dozens of symbols.


The Goodness and Severity of God (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

The Bible oftentimes speaks in polar opposites: good and evil, light and darkness, heaven and earth. A pair of opposites like these, called a merism by theologians, is destruction and restoration. Citing many prophecies, Charles Whitaker points out that restoration often follows swiftly on the heels of God's wrath, providing us …


Melting with Fervent Heat

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster, suggests that there will be far -reaching consequences to the environment, as well as the immediate site. Water must be flushed on the hot reactor continually, creating a supply of radioactive water. The plant cannot be repaired, but must be abandoned. The …


The Goodness and Severity of God

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker observes that modern Israel, instead of expressing righteous indignation at the breaking of God's Covenant expresses a juvenile anger about the consequences of what their sins brought about. Sighing and crying involves far more than wallowing in worldly sorrow. As God's called-out ones, we must realize that on …


Christ Our Rock

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When Moses uses the metaphor of a rock, he thinks of the connotative qualities of enduring, unchanging, solid, awesome, strong, majestic, and beautiful.


The Woman Atop the Beast (Part 2)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In this second and final installment in a series on the great harlot of Revelation 17, Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on her wealth and her bloodthirsty persecution of God's people. A Christians we must watch world events and come out of her ways!


The Foundation of the World

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh observes that people tend to ignore things they do not see at once, having a superficial perspective. Whether we view a painting, architecture, or a NASCAR race, most of us will fail to see the intricate details involved in their assembly or execution. One example of this is the Burj Khalifa, remarkable for …


The Beast and Babylon (Part Three): Who Is the Woman?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Is the Woman depicted in Revelation 12 the church, as the church has dogmatically taught? Or is she another prophetic entity that is active today?


The Beast and Babylon (Part Ten): Babylon the Great Is a Nation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Most commentators identify the Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18 as either a church or a broader cultural system. However, the Harlot is a powerful nation.


The Two Witnesses (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The seven golden lamps symbolize 7 churches, empowered by abundant oil, manifested as spiritual words. Zerubbabel is a type of Christ, finishing the Temple.


The Prime Directive

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker recalls some of our previous fellowship's mistaken concepts about the Millennial rule of Christ, including the notion that this time will resemble Dodge City, Kansas of the 1870's, but without the need for Matt, Doc, and Kitty. Chester will be able to walk without a limp. In reality, the Wonderful World Tomorrow …


Start Now to Begin Walking

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that the people of faith walked to their destination, focuses on both the literal and metaphorical contexts of walking in the Bible. In the scriptures, walking refers to interacting with a person, and as a way of life, implying conduct and habitual behavior. Regarding the impending worsening …