September/October 2012

The Blessed Hope

A look at the Rapture and the coming New Jerusalem


Believers and unbelievers alike face trials and tribulations. But believers look forward to a future hope beyond this life. This issue explores the Rapture and the glorious future that awaits believers in the New Jerusalem.

Features

Defining Our Obligation Toward Israel

The United States talks a lot about being Israel’s friend. But actions speak louder than words. And America’s actions are saying plenty, with little appearing pro-Israel.

The Greatness of the Gospel

God knows what we need better than we do. And He has provided abundantly for us in many ways, as you’ll see here.

Awaiting the Bridegroom

Ever been somewhere so comforting you never wanted to leave? Well, that’s nothing compared to what lies in store if you belong to Jesus.

Just Passing Through

Is life getting you down? Don’t be discouraged. This life is not all there is. Read this, and take heart.

The Best is Yet to Come

Streets of gold, the Tree of Life, the New Jerusalem. They’re not elements of a fairy tale. They’re real, as this outstanding article explains.


More In This Issue

Inside View Sep/Oct 2012

Are your church leaders in sin? According to Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, if they want your church’s statement of faith to include...

Eye on the Middle East Sep/Oct 2012

Have you ever heard the expression “the elephant in the room”? It was used first in a 1959 New York Times article about school finance that pointed out how ignoring...

Christians and the Right to Vote

Many Christians are loath to participate in the political process. Some write it off, espousing the notion that voting is a fruitless waste of time. Others say it’s all in the Lord’s...

The Sound of the Shofar

When Jewish people hear the shofar, they know it’s a call to their people. In ancient days, it called them to prayer, safety, or war or to hear God’s Word. In June...

They Cry in Silence Sep/Oct 2012

All Egyptian Christians should flee from Egypt, and they should never look back.” The stark warning came from a commentator in the aftermath of Mohammed Morsi’s election as Egypt’s new...

Rushing to the Future

Years ago, as a young Christian attending a large Midwestern university, I slipped into the meeting of a radical group on campus to check it out. A speaker talked about the leftist...

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

It was Sunday afternoon, and my grandmother and I were seated comfortably in the high school gym waiting for the movie to begin. I was 9 years old and had no...

Radicalized Christians?

When Texas Congressman Al Green (D) chastised Rep. Peter King (R-NY) in June for holding Homeland Security Committee hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in America, he demonstrated how little...

The Seven Keys to History Part Three

Have you ever heard the expression “the then world”? It comes from 2 Peter 3: For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old...

Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?

I am not sure how my mother pulled it off, but she made Sunday dinner a special occasion. I have fond memories of the smells, tastes, and family atmosphere of the midday...

The Christian’s Commitment Hebrews 13:1–6

To this point, the book of Hebrews has stressed the superiority of Christ, while exhorting believers not to leave the church because of persecution but to go on to Christian...

The Love and Mercy of God Conclusion

The previous article cited examples of Jesus administering God’s mercy in various ways during His ministry on Earth. He administered mercy to the unsaved and guiltless and healed the blind, demon-possessed...

Israel in the News Sep/Oct 2012

A new computer virus with Persian words in its programming code has infected sensitive computers across the Middle East, including Israel, and gathered information on critical national infrastructure, an Israeli security...

Zvi Sep/Oct 2012

I have lived in the same neighborhood in Jerusalem for 37 years, and now I am becoming important to my Arab neighbors here. Why? Because I speak Arabic and am willing...

Web Exclusives

1 Peter 2:9–10

First Peter 2:9–10 proves to be one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament to interpret. Because 1 Peter 2:9–10 was written several years after...

Daily News from Israel

A Third Peace Deal in the Works?

After signing the Abraham Accords, normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, earlier this month, Israel may already...

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As patient numbers rise, some Israeli hospitals are struggling to give virus-positive children age-appropriate care.  At a new ward in one hospital, there will be...

Kosher in Dubai

For observant Jews who travel, finding a kosher restaurant can be challenging. In Dubai’s tallest building, on the ground floor of the luxury Armani Hotel...

News Digest — 9/29/20

Temple Coins has just minted a commemorative medallion in honor of the signing of the Abraham Accord between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, the coin maker...

News Digest — 9/28/20

Pedestrians and cyclists took advantage of Israel’s renewed lockdown on Saturday (26th), utilizing the quiet to stroll and bike along usually-busy thoroughfares. With synagogues...

Largest Banks in Israel and Dubai Unite

Israel's largest bank, Hapoalim, announced that it had signed a banking and finance memorandum of understanding with the largest bank in Dubai...

News Digest — 9/25/20

Israelis on Friday (25th) braced for a strict nationwide lockdown imposed by the government in an attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic from spiraling further out...

News Digest — 9/24/20

Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau hinted on Wednesday (23rd) that he would support closing synagogues on Yom Kippur if health officials decide “it’s the right thing to do.” Despite...

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