A New Generation and a New Direction in Israel’s History

Othniel and Ehud After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10, all texts from NIV unless otherwise noted.) by Thomas Gilbert Listen to audio  It is a repeated and continuing pattern in human history that a new generation, which has not experienced the traumatic events of the prior generation and consequently not learned the deep lessons and values derived from those events, []

News and Views

PBI News Listen to audio  PBI Annual Report and Financial Statement The financial report of the Pastoral Bible Institute (PBI) for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2018, appears below this year-end summary of activities. The primary activity of the Institute is the publication of The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom. Published continuously since 1918, the magazine is targeted primarily to consecrated Christians who long for the promised kingdom of Christ on earth (Matthew 6:10), and who have dedicated their lives to its []

Deborah and Barak vs. Jabin and Sisera

High Tech Cannot Defeat God “From heaven fought the stars” (Judges 5:20 ASV). by Michael Costelli Listen to audio  The account of Deborah and Barak vs Jabin and Sisera is found in Judges chapter four. It opens with the death of Ehud, a former Judge in Israel. The “sons of Israel again did the thing that was wicked in the sight of Yahweh” (Judges 4:1 Rotherham). This wicked condition was repetitive, dating from their deliverance from Egypt at the time of the Exodus []

Jephthah vs. Ammon

God Uses Whom He Will “For I have opened my mouth to the Lord and I cannot take back my vow” (Judges 11:35 NRSV). by Cecil Nordé Listen to audio  The eighth Judge from Joshua, Jephthah, a Gileadite, arrives at a time in Israel when his people, the half-tribe of Manasseh living in Gilead, were threatened by their southern neighboring enemy, the Ammonites.  The Gileadites became vulnerable because they had not given reverence to God and had not heeded his commandments. Instead, []

Today In Prophecy

North and South Korea End the Korean War Listen to audio  “He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3 ESV). In 1910, Korea was annexed by Imperial Japan.  After the 1945 Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, Korea was divided into two zones, with []