In the Beginning

The Abrahamic Promise This issue considers the Abrahamic Promise and the words of twenty subsequent prophets to show the gradual unfolding of prophetic detail of this unconditional oath from God. Inserted into the center of this issue is a 29-inch foldout which arranges the Abrahamic Promise into seven doctrinal frameworks and then tracks their threads of prophecy across time: Atonement, Resurrection, Restitution, Ransom, Restoration of Israel to their land, and Restoration of Israelites back to God. How would the Abrahamic Promise be []

God’s Covenant Promise

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob “By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah … I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore … and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves” (Genesis22:16-18, RVIC). by David Rice Four thousand years ago, God chose Abraham, a man of faith, through whom God would fulfill His intention to bless “all the nations of the earth.” Three ages of God’s Plan []


Joseph, Moses, Joshua “For the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went” (Joshua 24:17. NASB for all scriptures, unless otherwise noted.) by Ernie Kuenzli At its core, the Abrahamic Promise and covenant is a story of deliverance: Abraham’s deliverance from the idolatry of Ur, the deliverance []

The Promise for Kings and Prophets

David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha “Then spake Solomon … O Jehovah God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember thy lovingkindness to David thy servant” (2 Chronicles 6:1, 42 ASV). By Jim Parkinson The lovingkindness, or mercies, shown by God in His covenant with Abraham extends more than a dozen generations to the great kings of Israel, and, also to His servants, the prophets. Consider first David, for whom both his strengths and weaknesses are recorded for all to see. David []

News and Views

Religious Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the common Orthodox character of Russia and Ukraine in his arguments for closer alignment between the countries. On one side is the Russian Orthodox Church and its Ukrainian denomination, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate. On the other is the Orthodox Church of Ukraine-Kyiv Patriarchate. Putin’s efforts to restore Russian prestige have included elevating the Russian Orthodox Church to the center of Russian identity and leveraging the potential religious soft power of the Moscow-aligned Ukrainian Orthodox []