February/March 1992

The World of the Seven Churches

Features

Ephesus, the Burden of a Lost Love Revelation 2:1–7

The church of Ephesus was the first to be seen entering a crisis condition. Although commended for a number of things, this church had left its “first love.”

Smyrna, the Suffering Church, Revelation 2:8–11

Smyrna was a major commercial center in the first century, giving it fame as the pride of all Asia. Although it was a free city, it gave total allegiance to the Roman Empire as supreme.

Pergamum, the Worldly Church Revelation 2:12–17

Pergamum was noted for its pagan religions and many heathen temples. Among others, they worshiped Dionysus, the god of vegetation, and Aesculapius, the god of healing. A medical school was attached to this pagan cult...

Thyatira, the Idolatrous Church Revelation 2:18–29

Church discipline is almost unknown in our day. If and when a church does decide to exercise discipline over backsliding members, the individuals involved often leave the church and go to another one nearby.

Sardis, Alive But Dead Revelation 3:1–6

We have all attended funeral services at one time or another. In many cases, beautiful flowers are banked along an entire wall or occasionally cover all the walls of the room.

Philadelphia, Church of the Open Door Revelation 3:7–13

Jesus’ message to the church in Philadelphia, located in the province of Asia Minor, has always been my favorite among those found in Revelation 2 and 3 for three reasons: (1) Philadelphia was the ancient...

Laodicea, the Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:14–22

Christ addressed His final letter to the church of Laodicea, which was located in the Lycus Valley of southern Phrygia, midway between Philadelphia and Colosse. It was a significant commercial and banking center and was...

The Madness and Tragedy of 1492

No single event in the history of Medieval Europe stirs the imagination more than the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492. It was the most infamous of all expulsions, striking an entire population of hundreds...

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In Search of Hearing Ears

No portion of the Word of God speaks to contemporary churches with more clarity than the messages Jesus Christ gave to the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3. Comfort, advice, exhortation, warning and threatening...

The Sea of Galilee Part Three

Transitions can be very difficult, but most of us are called upon to make them from time to time. One of the most difficult transitions to make is a change of vocations.

Israel in the News Feb/Mar 1992

More than 100 Christian leaders, representing more than 20 million “Bible-believing” Americans, visited Israel recently with the Memphis-based Religious Roundtable. They came, along with a small group of Jews, to express their support...

The Truth Will Out

For years a perception prevailed that cast the liberal wing of mainstream Christianity as the true friends of Jewry, whose dialoguing with Jews was earmarked by no mention of Christ, and who actively promoted...

Zvi Feb/Mar 1992

Since suffering a heart attack several years ago, I must go to the doctor every four months for a checkup. There are usually many people waiting in the doctor’s office, and it often takes several...

Daily News from Israel

Kinneret Rising

The water level of the Sea of Galilee continues to rise to levels that the Israel Water Authority hasn’t seen since 2004. This year, Israel is seeing up to 150% more rain...

News Digest — 4/9/20

For Israelis the first night of Passover - Seder night - was different this year from all other years due to a curfew aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of...

The Hateful Hypocrisy of BDS

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has always taken a rigid stand against Israel by boycotting all Israeli goods...

News Digest — 4/8/20

My dear people of Israel, this year we are celebrating the Passover Seder, in difficult circumstances, in the shadow of coronavirus, a plague for modern times.  It has necessitated...

News Digest — 4/7/20

The number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus passed 9,000 Tuesday (7th) as the country prepared for a nationwide curfew forcing people to stay home during the...

Help is on the Way!

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News Digest — 4/6/20

Eleven airplanes containing millions of pieces of medical equipment, including ventilators, face masks and protective suits to contend with the coronavirus outbreak, will...

Israel Economic Aid Package Announced

With fear surrounding coronavirus in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a $2.8 billion package to help their economy through this crisis...

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