Anti-Semitism and Israel

2015-September/October A Present Problem Anti-Semitism and Israel “Jehovah builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel” (Psalms 147:2 NAS). Leonard Griehs In September, 2014, anti-Israel rallies and anti-Semitic attacks broke out across Europe. Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of Germany, observed: “Not a single Jewish institution in [Germany] can go without police protection today.” The Arab-Jewish conflict in Israel has caused tension between Muslims and Jews everywhere. Anti-Semitic chants and threats have marred pro-Palestinian protests in France, Germany, and Italy. A July 30, []

Numbering the People

2015-September/October Numbering the People Mistake and Punishment “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number the people” (1 Chronicles 21:1). What was King David’s grave sin that caused great pain to many people? What first comes to mind is the story of Bathsheba and how David caused her husband, Uriah, to be killed in battle so he could take Bathsheba as his own. But David committed another great sin which resulted in the death of 70,000 men. 70,000! The account []

Lessons from Solomon’s Temple

2015-September/October A Picture of the Church Class “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). David Stein The history of Israel has brought many wonderful lessons to the New Creation. Solomon’s Temple is an example of how God used ancient Israel to point to greater realities. The temple was one of the most beautiful structures of ancient times. King David himself gathered the raw materials to build the temple []

A Heritage to His People Israel

Israel’s Original Inheritance “To you I will give the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance” (Psalms 105:11). (All scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.) Ernie Kuenzli Listen to audio: As descendants of Abraham, Israel expected to inherit the promises given by God to Abraham. To a large extent, that was true. To Jacob, God repeated two portions of the Abrahamic covenant. These would become Jacob and Israel’s inheritance. First, God would give them the []

Called to Glory and Service

The Church’s Inheritance “Jesus said to them, I assure you that anyone who leaves home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will receive much more in this present age and eternal life in the age to come” (Luke 18:29-30, Today’s English Version). Tom Gilbert All people who identify themselves as Christians have at least a partial knowledge of and faith in God’s plan of salvation. Relatively few, however, have a deep understanding []