The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

DO YOU KNOW what the Ten Commandments are? You may well have heard of them, but do you know where they came from, and how many of them could you name? It’s worth a Iittle Bible research to find the answers to these questions. The people of Israel had escaped Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, and survived three months in the desert. They were on their way to the Promised Land. They now came to a mountain range well known to Moses from his shepherding days in the Sinai Peninsula. However, the hills would be awe-inspiring to the rest of the people, who had grown up in the pancake-flat, green triangle of the Nile delta. Moses knew that this particular mountain before which they were now pitched was a special place. There, only months before, he had removed his shoes in the presence of the angel of God. He had

Climate Change

Climate Change

WE HEAR SO MANY promises of changes yet to be, but the evidence of climate change is here for all to see. The greed of mankind caused this, and our planet groans in pain; can governments be trusted to restore the earth again? Can we trust mere mortals to restore what nature badly needs? I think we have to turn to God, if only we will read. It’s all there in His written word, but so few want to know. They think that they can solve the mess, but time will surely show. It must cause grief to God to see the wickedness of man. He sent His Son to save us, and look at what we’ve done! The kingdoms of the earth, we’re told, by God alone are ruled.1 Things will get worse until at last by God, the earth is cooled. You may well ask how this will

The Environmental Crisis

The Environmental Crisis

THE PLANET IS IN PERIL, and something needs to be done about it. It is generally agreed that the temperature of the earth’s surface is rising, along with the temperature of the oceans. Polar ice and glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising, presenting a danger to low-lying land, and the world is experiencing a dramatic increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. It is also generally agreed that climate change is due to humans loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as a result of burning fossil fuels, intensive agriculture and deforestation, and modern industrial processes. And most experts agree that unless swift action is taken to limit the rise in global temperature there will be an environmental catastrophe. The 2021 COP26 Climate Summit established targets which nations are working towards. All over the world concerned people are taking action, in a

Does It Matter Who Governs?

Does It Matter Who Governs?

MANY YEARS AGO there was a king who was told that his dynasty would be replaced by an inferior one. He was not prepared to accept that, and expressed his defiance very publicly. He was later made to realise the folly of his attitude. Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon at the height of its power in the 6th Century BC. Daniel chapter 2 describes a dream he had, of an immense statue with a golden head, and other parts of its body made of different metals. The dream was interpreted by the Hebrew prophet Daniel, who revealed that the statue represented four successive empires. “You are this head of gold,” Daniel explained (v. 38). That sounded promising. But Daniel continued: “But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth” (v. 39). The four empires having

The Glories of the Age to Come

The Glories of the Age to Come

ONE GOVERNMENT throughout the world, ruling solely by the law of God: its fruits, peace and fulness of life for humankind from pole to pole. That seems the most futile of utopian dreams in a world of international conflict: yet it is as sure as the unceasing roll of the heavenly bodies, for “the mouth of the Lord” by Whom they were made “has spoken” (Isaiah 40:5). Many Bible prophets speak of the splendid Temple to be reared in Jerusalem (for example Ezekiel 40–48). And the prophecies of Isaiah 2:1–4 and Micah 4:1–4 draw a picture of the new world order of which it will be the centre. With Christ’s return to the earth, the throne of King David will be restored as the seat of his rule (Luke 1:32); and people from far countries, sickened by slaughter and the ruin which humanity’s evil has brought, will turn to it

Your E-mails- May 2021

Your E-mails- May 2021

In your magazine you speak of Israelites and Jews as one and the same. They’re not! Jews are Israelites but not all Israelites are Jews. THAT’S CORRECT. ‘Jew’ actually means ‘man of Judah’, and Judah was just one of the 12 tribes of Israel. So why do we use the name ‘Jews’ to refer to all people of Israel? The kingdom of Israel began around 1000 bc. Its history is recorded in the Bible books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. In time the kingdom split in two—ten tribes formed the northern kingdom which is known as Israel, and two tribes formed the southern kingdom. Judah was the dominant of these tribes and so the southern kingdom was known as Judah. The northern kingdom was destroyed by the Assyrians around 700 bc and the ten tribes were scattered. The southern kingdom was destroyed by the Babylonians around 600 bc, but its