North Korea’s Growing Nuclear Capability Is Worrisome

North Korea is led by young Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He and other North Korean leaders rule the nation unmercifully as a militant state. Its ally, China, and the UN supplies North Korea with foodstuffs because of periods of starvation in that country. Kim John-un makes very hostile threats directed to South Korea and its ally, the U.S., but sometimes also toward Japan.Even though North Korea is a very poor country, with a population of only 25 million, against United Nations resolutions … [Read more...]

No Future One-World Government Until Jesus Returns

Some Christian "prophecy teachers," such as Hal Lindsey in The Late Great Planet Earth (pp. 103-23), assert the Bible predicts there will be a one-world government and a one-world church during the latter days. To support this assertion, they usually cite as their foremost biblical text Revelation 17. But that is not what that text means; moreover, nowhere does the Bible teach any such thing.Bible readers should know that humankind long ago tried to create something like a one-world … [Read more...]

The Panama Canal Just Got a Lot Bigger

The American Society of Civil Engineers designates the Panama Canal as "one of the seven wonders of the modern world." Located in the western hemisphere in Central America, it greatly reduces the shipping route between East and West so that ships do not have to navigate the dangerous southern tip of South American--Cape Horn. More tonnage of goods is transported through the Panama Canal than any other canal in the world.So, as the world's most important waterway, the nearly fifty-mile Panama … [Read more...]

How Orthodox Judaism Has Viewed the State of Israel and a Future Temple

Jews lived in their "land of Israel" for nearly 1,500 years until the Romans ousted them following The Second Jewish Revolt of 132-135 CE. The Romans then forbade Jews to live in Jerusalem on pain of death, changed its name to the pagan name Aleia Capitolina, and made it very difficult for Jews to live in the land of Israel anymore. So, Jews dispersed into the Gentile nations, mostly in the Middle East and Europe, just as Moses had predicted (e.g., Deut 4.27; 28.63-64; 30.17-18). Thus began the … [Read more...]

Tom Wright’s Faulty Eschatology

I like N. T. (Tom) Wright, whom I know personally. He is one of, if not the, leading New Testament scholars in the world. He also was a bishop in his Anglican church, which makes for a rare combination. Besides all that, Tom is a captivating and humorous public speaker and a very prolific author. For example, his six-volume series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, is half finished with three volumes published, and they average nearly a thousand pages each in rather small print.Tom … [Read more...]

Is the Formation of Assyria Near?

Iraq is barely functioning as a state. It's parliament began and was soon canceled this week due to political upheaval. There have been large demonstrations in the streets of Bagdad, Iraq's capital. The radical jihadist organization ISIS had militarily taken over much of northern Iraq two years ago. Iraq is still trying to rebuild its previous oil-producing infrastructure that was destroyed in Iraq wars.U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden showed up Thursday to try to calm the political tensions … [Read more...]

What Did Facebook Users Talk About Most in 2014 and 2015?

What did people talk about the most last year, in 2015? The little Gaza Strip made the top ten in 2014. But then, that was because Israel was pummeling it into the ground with many missiles and bombs. How do we know it was such a major topic of conversation? Facebook has a new feature--telling us its users are talking about most.As of the third quarter in 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion users. That's more than one fifth of the world's population, even counting babies! Facebook analysts … [Read more...]

The Church’s Embarrassment About the Second Coming

In the history of Christianity, various things have happened that have caused many Christians and even whole church denominations to be embarrassed about their belief in the second coming of Christ.Many leading, writing church fathers of the second and third centuries—such as Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Tertullian, and Clement of Alexandria just to name a few—were advocates of chiliaism (=premillenialism), meaning that Jesus would return, establish his kingdom on earth, and r … [Read more...]