2019 Issues

The Disciples’ Questions

Matthew 24:1-3 “When shall these things be?” (Matthew 24:3). by Todd Alexander Listen to audio Jesus’ disciples engaged him with three specific questions about his prophecy of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus surely relished their curiosity and their great faith! Their questions may be summarized as: (1) When will it happen? (answered in verse 15) $ (2) How will we know when you are here? (answered in verse 21) $ (3) How will we know when the age will end? (answered []

Things to Happen Before “the End”

Matthew 24:4-14 “But if you keep on being faithful right to the end, you will be saved” (Matthew 24:13 CEV). by Thomas Gilbert Listen to audio Our Lord’s Great Prophecy in Matthew 24 is part of one of Jesus’ longest discourses. In the first 11 verses of this prophecy, Jesus explains the events, deceptions, and persecutions his disciples will witness and experience in the time between his impending departure and his promised return — the presence, or parousia, about which they inquired. []

Instructions to Flee

Matthew 24:15-28 “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; cleanse yourselves, ye that bear the vessels of Jehovah” (Isaiah 52:11 ASV). by Harry Wildblood Listen to audio The Lord’s Great Prophecy is one of the most insightful lessons given by Jesus during his earthly ministry. It was given in the final few days of his life among a series of events which judged the nation, taught the people, []

With Power and Great Glory

The Final Troubles, Matthew 24:29-31 “Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). by David Rice Listen to audio The text above refers to the closing work of the present harvest of the Gospel Age. Christ has been present since the opening of the harvest in 1874, []

News and Views

Religious Listen to audio In 2018, nearly 50 million more Christians were added in Africa, making it the continent with the most adherents to Christianity in the world, 631 million. In the U.S., from 1991 to 2014, the number of white Protestants declined by a third. More than half of U.S. Protestant congregations now have fewer than 100 members. Over the past half-century, 71 percent of growth in Catholicism has come from its Hispanic community. — From the book, “Future Faith: Ten []