David Rice

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, []

A Distressing Storm

Fourteen Days of Peril Not long after, there arose … a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon … and when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive” (Acts 27:14,15). by David Rice Listen to Audio:  For some years, the history narrated in Acts has engaged our attention as containing pictorial lessons about the progress of the Gospel through the age. For example, the martyrdom of Stephen under Jewish hands, the death of James by Herod, []

Babylon’s Sins and Judgment

Revelation 17, 18 “Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth” (Revelation 17:5). by David Rice Listen to audio  Revelation comes in three main divisions — the Gospel Age (chapters 1-13), the Harvest (chapters 14-19), and the Kingdom (chapters 20-22). Each of these has four subdivisions. Following is a brief breakdown, for a sense of the overall plan of the book. There is some overlapping between these segments, for the []

Idolatry and the Danites

A Long-Standing Error “And they set them up Micah’s graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh” (Judges 18:31). by David Rice Listen to audio  After the narrative about Samson, the book of Judges appends three narratives that do not pertain to any particular judge. These narratives occurred earlier in the sequence of Judges, before Samson. However, they are appended at the end of the book, followed by the story of Ruth, before proceeding []

Paul’s Voyage to Rome

A Picture of the Harvest “And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete” (Acts 27:13). by David Rice Listen to audio  That fateful venture resulted in the ship that carried Paul being caught in a storm of 14 days, ending with the loss of the ship and its cargo. About 30 years ago, Br. Ray Luke suggested that this episode represents the storm of trouble leading to the establishment of []