November/December 2012

The 400 Silent Years

What took place between Malachi and John the Baptist?


The Old Testament closes with Malachi’s pronouncement of judgment. The New Testament opens with John the Baptist’s preaching of repentance. This issue explores the intertestamental period between those two prophets and the significant events that happened during that time. It also includes a special Hanukkah story.

Features

When God Steps In

A rapidly rising tide of aggression is aimed at Israel, and the West seems impotent to stem it. But there is One who is omnipotent, and He has made promises He intends to keep.

Before the Silence

To understand the Intertestamental Period, it’s important to look at Israel’s postexilic history and see what happened to God’s Chosen People before the silence fell.

The Not-So-Quiet Years

Some people misconstrue the term silent years. They think the absence of a prophetic Word from the Lord meant the Lord was absent. That was not the case, as you’ll see.

A Savior Who Is Christ the Lord

A few miles from the hubbub of Bethlehem, you can visit a spot where the message of Christmas remains pure and undiluted. Relax, and let this wonderful article take you there!

A Hanukkah Menorah

The menorah is the very heart of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Here is a true story about a treasured menorah whose light will shine brightly this holiday season.

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When God Broke the Silence

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The Seven Keys to History Part Four

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The Apocrypha

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Counseling the Christian Hebrews 13:7–17

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The Grace of God Part One

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