March/April 2017

Thy Kingdom Come

A Look At What the Prophet Isaiah Had To Say About the Future Kingdom of God.


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Features

From the Editor Mar/Apr 2017

My husband is a huge Bing Crosby fan. I think he has every song Bing ever sang, including multiple versions of “White Christmas.” He’s also seen a few Road to films, strictly because they star Bing. One is called...

The Great Invalidation

“Next year in Jerusalem!” As they have since the Jewish people were scattered around the world in AD 70, these words will ring out on the evening of April 10 at the close of Passover seders everywhere. Yet, if the United Nations...

Blessings Upon Blessings Isaiah 60

Famous 20th-century preacher and theologian Harry Ironside long ago noted that the book of Isaiah evokes glad anticipation in the hearts of believers who cherish “the coming day when Immanuel, of whom this prophet speaks, will take...

Isaiah’s Good News Isaiah 61

Good news comes in all shapes and sizes, and when it arrives—particularly in the midst of trying times—it is usually like the soothing balm of Gilead. The words of Isaiah 61 may have affected the Israelites of the prophet Isaiah’s day...

Sweet Beulah Land Isaiah 62

For centuries the Jewish people have waited for their Messiah to come and set up His Kingdom in Israel. At that time, Israel will receive the Land God promised them in perpetuity. That is when redeemed Israel will experience the fulfillment of...

Thy Kingdom Come Isaiah 65

In an age when Jesus is marginalized and the Bible grows more despised each day, it’s remarkable that anyone would know the Lord’s Prayer. But know it they do. It’s recited frequently at funerals—even at

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Inside View Mar/Apr 2017

A friend of mine asked me, “Is there any way to make sense of the Middle East today?” There is so much turmoil. The entire region seems ablaze in conflict; and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon,  Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt are...

Mr. Trump Move That Embassy

Israel is the only country in the world where the U.S. Embassy is not situated in the capital, close to the center of governmental affairs. In fact, virtually all embassies are situated outside Jerusalem as a bold political statement...

Israel Seeks Spot on UN Security Council

Israel is stepping up diplomatic efforts to win a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2019–2020 term. The move marks a proactive shift in longstanding Israeli policy: After years of spurning the UN...

Christian Persecution Mar/Apr 2017

A Muslim suicide bomber in Cairo recently carried out the deadliest church attack in modern history a week after the Egyptian government announced its plans to open 10 new mosques every week while remaining indifferent...

Of Whom Does The Prophet Speak? Isaiah 53

For almost two millennia, Jewish and Christian scholars have debated the question whether the prophet was speaking of himself or of Israel who suffers innocently for the nations of the world. The Ethiopian eunuch...

Identity Check

The problem of Isaiah 61: Isaiah or Jesus speaking? Ordinarily, readers would assume Isaiah is speaking, which is the position of Jewish scholars. Yet many Christian scholars say the speaker is Jesus. Earl Radmacher, late professor of...

Constantine’s Pretext

Since Jesus died and was resurrected during the Passover season, you would think the celebration of Passover and Easter would be inextricably linked. They might have been, if not for a disturbing decision rooted in church-sanctioned...

Creation Calling

The people of Israel bequeathed to the world the revelation of God through the Bible. In this revelation, the creation account in Genesis takes center stage and is recorded as a matter of protohistory. It was an accepted fact...

Ministering With Affection

1 Thessalonians 2:7–12The church is a family. People enter it by being born into it spiritually. And, as in a family, all members have responsibilities; and their commitment to and love for one another are necessary to create...

Open the Door!

Years ago, young people were always afraid of being picked last. The humiliation of standing alone while your peers pondered which team was going to be stuck with you was devastating. Even being picked second to last was...

Israel in the News Mar/Apr 2017

Following the UN Security Council’s vote condemning Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his resolve by going to the Western Wall to light the second candle of...

Apples of Gold Mar/Apr 2017

The Lord said in 1 Kings 21:19, “Have you murdered and also taken possession?” People are still killing and trying to take Israel’s land. The Arabs constantly seek to destroy us and demand that we compensate them for war...

Daily News from Israel

News Digest — 6/26/19

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday (25th) in Jerusalem that President Donald Trump is open to real negotiations and “all that Iran needs to do is walk through that open door." Bolton...

News Digest — 6/25/19

Israel announced early Tuesday (25th) that it was halting transfer of fuel to the Gaza Strip’s only power plant until further notice.  The decision was a response to a surge in incendiary balloons launched from...

News Digest — 6/24/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (23rd) pledged that Israel will listen “fairly and openly” to the U.S. peace proposals, and was sorry that the Palestinians are not willing to do even that...

A Serendipitous Find!

So many archaeological discoveries in Israel happen unexpectedly, accidentally. That is what happened recently when Israel Defense Forces (IDF) paratroopers unearthed a watchtower from the...

News Digest — 6/21/19

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday night (20th) urged Iran to come to the table to hold talks in a message conveyed through Oman, and warned that a U.S. strike against the Islamic...

News Digest — 6/20/19

Israel fears that simmering tensions between the US and Iran will boil over into its neighborhood, reports say, pointing to the unusual circumstance of the Security Cabinet meeting twice this week

News Digest — 6/19/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s Defense Minister, met with IDF commanders during an army training exercise in northern Israel Wednesday morning (19th). During his visit, Netanyahu...

News Digest — 6/17/19

Israeli troops came under Hamas fire in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night (16th), just hours after Qatar delivered $15 million to the coastal enclave.  Another $10 million, earmarked for the purchase of fuel for the Gaza...

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