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

News Digest — 10/23/19

Israel is readying for a direct cruise missile or drone strike by Tehran in response to recent attacks on Iranian regional proxies which have been attributed to...

Mending Fences

When President Trump abruptly pulled US forces out of Syria, leaving Kurds vulnerable to a Turkish attack, many criticized and condemned him...

News Digest — 10/22/19

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ended his quest to form a coalition - a step that pushes the country into new political uncertainty. Netanyahu fell short of...

News Digest — 10/21/19

An official in the Syrian Democratic Forces called on Israel Monday (21st) to take action against Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria. The official, who spoke...

Saudi Arabia Embassy Sends Rosh Hashanah Greetings

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Washington DC surprised many people when they sent out Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community in the United States...

News Digest — 10/18/19

Arriving in Israel from talks in Ankara on stopping Turkish military strikes against Kurds in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday (18th) in Israel with...

News Digest — 10/17/19

Tens of thousands of Jews from Israel and around the world gathered at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem Wednesday morning (16th) for the traditional...

The Rocks Cry Out

This year incredible archaeological finds continue to unfold, bringing new information about Israel’s ancient past. Two new discoveries one in the north of Israel and the other in Jerusalem...

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