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Listen to audio  Religious Around 260 million people in the world today identify themselves as Christian Orthodox, double the number registered a century ago, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Russia alone has more than 100 million followers, while more than 95 percent of people in predominantly Orthodox countries such as Moldova, Georgia, Romania and Greece report keeping icons at home. Yet, as popular as Orthodoxy is in Eastern Europe, this branch of Christianity seems to be losing ground in []

Zephaniah and a Pure Language

Zephaniah “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent” (Zephaniah 3:9). by Richard Doctor Listen to audio  The opening lines of Zephaniah trace back the prophet’s paternal line over four generations and no equivalent is found in any other prophet. It is reasonable to conclude that Zephaniah was a direct descendant of King Hezekiah. This prophetic book comes from the days of good []

I Will Fill This House with Glory

Haggai “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations” (Haggai 2:6,7. All scriptures are from the NASB). by Ernie Kuenzli Listen to audio  Eighteen years after Israel’s return from Babylonian captivity, the temple still had not been rebuilt.1 Even though Cyrus, king of Persia, had issued a proclamation to rebuild the temple and the foundation had been laid with much rejoicing, the effort []

Zechariah’s Eight Night Visions

Zechariah “I lifted up mine eyes and saw” (Zechariah 1:18, 2:1, 5:1, 6:1 RVIC). by Joe Megacz Listen to audio  In this article, we will consider the visions Zechariah saw, all in one night, and see in them a thumbnail sketch of the Divine Plan of the Ages. These visions are highly symbolic. Some of them can have more than one interpretation. Vision One: Horses among Myrtle Trees (Zechariah 1:7-17) In this first vision God shows Zechariah the end from the beginning []

I Have Loved You! Did You Forget?

Malachi “In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9). by Bob Gray Listen to audio  In the summer of 1986 our tour group came around to the western slope of Mount Olivet, where the bus pulled off the road. We walked a short distance, paused, and our guide asked one of []