In the Beginning

The Miracle of Israel This issue celebrates the 72nd anniversary of re-establishing the Nation of Israel. It considers Ezekiel 37, the vision of the valley of dry bones. The articles follow this prophecy through seven stages, a framework forall scriptures about the restoration of Israel. This issue includes a 25-inch foldout insert, a timeline of markers in the restoration of Israel. On its back is a beautiful poem by HayyimNahman N. Bialik (1891), helpful in reinvigorating Jewish yearnings for the Promised Land. []

Parable of the Fig Tree

A Primary Sign “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:32,33). by David Rice The metaphor that Jesus draws for us in these words is about the approach of the Kingdom. When Matthew records that Jesus said “it is near,” Jesus meant that the Kingdom []

The Word of the LORD to the Bones

Stirring of the Bones “Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:4). by Todd Alexander The prophecy to the bones is the first of seven events on the timeline of thisprophecy. It is the moment that begins the restoration of Israel, one of the most dramatic events of the closing of the Gospel Age. The seven stages of the “valley of dry bones” prophecy are: []

Noise and Earthquake

Sound and Motion “As I prophesied, there was a noise, and, behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone” (Ezekiel 37:7 RVIC). by James Parkinson Until the 19th century, the Jewish population in Palestine was small. Intermittently, a few dozen Jews in the Diaspora would be allowed to immigrate to the Promised Land, but persecution, plague, and famine kept the numbers only in the thousands (with a peak of possibly ten thousand in 1741). In the mid-19th century []

News and Views

Religious Religious riots between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi, India have left about 38 people dead, and 200 injured. The protests were centered arounda new law, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which was passed in December 2019 by the Parliament of India. The CAA grants an easier path to citizenship for Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, and Parsis, who are illegally in the country. Muslims were specifically excluded from the CAA causing hundreds of Indian Muslims to protest in the streets. []