2021 Issues

News and Views

Religious The U.S. Justice Department announced the seizure of 17 funeral scrolls, manuscripts and community records that were looted from Eastern European Jewish communities annihilated in the Holocaust more than three-quarters of a century ago. The artifacts were found through a New York City auction house that offered them for sale. One item was a manuscript containing ancestry records for a Jewish community in the city now known as Cluj-Napoca in Romania apparently stolen from its original owners and not located until []

Today in Prophecy – The War in Afghanistan

“Go, behold the acts of the LORD, Who made desolations on earth, caused wars to cease to the end of the earth. The bow He has broken and splintered the spear, and chariots burned in fire” (The Book of Psalms 46:9,10 according to the Alter translation1). On October 15, 1999, The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1267, which designated Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as terrorist groups. Sanctions were imposed against cooperating governments. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who had moved his []

Jesus’ Ministry of the Waters of Life

John Chapter 7 “The officers answered, ‘Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks’” (John 7:46 NASB). by Jeff Mezera The seventh chapter of John marks a transition point in the ministry of Jesus from being mostly tolerated, to having to risk his life to continue his ministry because of threats from the Jewish officials. Introduction (John 7:1-2) Early in the chapter, the Apostle John makes a specific point about the Feast of Tabernacles. It is the only reference to []

“Before Abraham Was Born, I Am”

John Chapter 8 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56,scriptures from the New American Standard Bible, 1995). by Ernie Kuenzli In some Bible translations, John Chapter 8 begins with the story of the woman caught in adultery. However, this incident is not found in many of the oldest manuscripts. Bruce M. Metzger writes: “The evidence for the non-Johannine origin of the pericope [passage] of the adulteress is overwhelming. It is absent from []

Amazing Grace

John Chapter 9 “One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25. All scriptures fromthe Contemporary Study Bible, CSB). Written many years after the rest of the New Testament, John’s books refocus us on Jesus, our first love (Revelation 2:4). The Gospel of John provides an intimate account of Jesus as the personification of God’s loving character (John 14:9). John Chapter 9 paints a particularly vivid picture of Jesus as the source and finisher of our []