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Religious There were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before 2003, but by mid-2019 that figure had fallen to well below 150,000; by some estimates the number of Christians there may have fallen as low as 120,000 — a decline of more than 90 percent within a single generation. In Syria, the size of the Christian population has fallen by two-thirds since the country’s civil war began in 2011, when Christians still numbered more than 2 million. The 2019 edition of “Persecuted and []

Today in Prophecy

Revolution in Hong Kong “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1, 2 NAS). Hong Kong is thought to have become part of the Chinese empire under []

Moses and the Law

35 Centuries Ahead “The awe of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalms 111:10 RVIC2016). by James Parkinson Moses’ birth and upbringing in the royal family of Egypt are recorded in Exodus 2:1-10. Paul, educated by Gamaliel, says that Moses was opposed by Jannes and Jambres (Egyptian Seuserenre Khyan, reigned ca. 39 years, and Maybre Sheshi, 3 years; Greek Iannas and [Iambres] Assis), two pharaohs of the 15th Dynasty of Egypt (Hyksos). Jewish writings say the alphabet was invented by Moses. []

Jesus the Messiah

Evidence of the Messiah “There was written, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” (John 19:19 ASV) by Ray Charlton Undeniably, Christianity has existed since the first century. Jesus’ teachings have been preserved in the New Testament and read, and followed, by hundreds of millions. In spite of this, there are those who question his existence and others who have doubts about the veracity of his teachings. These cite a lack of early historical sources as the main reason for apprehension. []

Evidence for Israel’s Diaspora and Aliyah

Watching Israel Fulfil Prophecy “I have plucked them up, I will return and have compassion on them: and I will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land” (Jeremiah 12:15 ASV). by Austin Williams The Jewish diaspora, or exile, refers to the dispersion of Israelites or Jews out of their ancestral homeland (the Land of Israel) and their subsequent settlement in other parts of the globe. In terms of the Hebrew Bible, “exile” denotes the fate []