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Signs of the Times

Global Financial Turmoil, Still

“You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you” (Deut 15:6). The promise to the nation of Israel was conditional upon their obedience.  The points we wish to draw from it: (1) When a nation is …

President Truman and the State of Israel

A number of important dates and events define the modern State of Israel, most of them wars and conflicts: the Suez War (1956), the Six-Day War (1967), the Yom Kippur War (1973), the First Lebanon War (1982), the First Intifada (1987), the Oslo Accords (1992), which provided for the establishment …

The Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24)

The parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-35 has been used many times in our public lectures to indicate approximately when Christ would return. It was especially popular in the late 1980s, as the fortieth anniversary of the re-emer- gence of Israel as a nation approached. In the author’s …

War in Israel!

Do we realize what an extraordinary time we are living in? The newspaper, the radio, the television — maybe even the talk around the office or school — all these center on one little part of the world: Israel and its neighbors. War! In Afghanistan. In Iraq. And now in …

Israel Contuinues in the Forefront

The small state of Israel is literally surrounded by their enemies. With Egypt to the south, Jordan to the East and Lebanon and Syria to the north, Israel is surrounded by countries that would like nothing more than to see her overrun. It wasn’t always this way as in the …

Russia, Iran and Hamas

As one might appreciate, having nuclear weapons developed and deployed in Iran is most dangerous for the nations that lie close to Iran, such as Russia. It was therefore a startling change when on March 8, 2006, after discussing the Iran crisis with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Russian Foreign Minister …

Hamas, Democracy at Work?

The United States and the European Unionfind themselves in an unexpected and difficult situation. Defending the democratic election process, they are now faced with a freely elected terrorist organization as the ruling party of the Palestinian people. This month’s article will look at the current Palestinian elections, one in which …

Nuclear Iran

With the price of oil hovering around $60 a barrel, most nations will do whatever it takes to find alternate sources of power. The list is wide and ranging, including wind, solar, gas and even nuclear. One can understand any nation pursing alternate methods of energy exploration unless, of course, …

Stuck in Limbo

The word “limbo” has become part of today’s common vernacular. A quick on-line search of the world’s newspapers illustrates the point. The budget is stuck in limbo, or the peace talks are in limbo. This medieval term has become a very modern word, one that is used with frequency. However, …