“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12. NIV
In the early 15th century, over a hundred years before Martin Luther opposed the Vatican, a Catholic priest named Jan Hus opposed abuses by the church and its clergy. He also advanced the cause of the Bible translator, John Wycliffe. Partly for the former, but mostly for the latter, he paid with [...]
“The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.” Daniel 8:8, NIV
The story of Thessalonica begins in the loins of Philip II of Macedon. Philip not only fathered the well-known son, Alexander the Great. He also fathered a daughter, Thessalonike. Philip fought many enemies to consolidate his power over Macedonia. At the time of one of [...]
“The Bible is the most ancient and the most comprehensive history that men possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and throughout the ages a divine hand has preserved its purity. . . . Here only do we find an authentic account of the origin of nations. Here only is given a history of our race unsullied by human pride or prejudice.
“In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, [...]
Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1
You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. But if you closed the door there was room for a wooden rocking chair where Mr. Brown sat, and room for me on a [...]
Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.
[Teaching Plan for "The Bible and History" February 29, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do you think God chooses a person to be a prophet?
Does He use prophets today, or [...]
Have you ever noticed that world history is divided by one event? That event was not the rise or fall of some major empire, as one would expect. Nor was it the discovery of a new continent. Instead, world history has been divided by the birth of a single itinerant rabbi living in a relatively obscure part of the vast Roman Empire. Considering the vast number of Jews born at this time, it’s even more revealing that this one birth, [...]
No matter how apparently chaotic, how seemingly out of control, human history is not unfolding in a vacuum. There’s a story behind it, a drama, a struggle between two radically different principles. We’re talking, of course, about the great controversy. Only with that background can we even begin to get an understanding of human history and what it all means.1
How do these texts help us understand world history? Rev. 12:7–17; Job 2:1, 2; Isa. 14:12–14; Gen. 3:15; Eph. 6:12; Rom. 16:20.
Satan is real, the battle is real, [...]
My grandmother on my mother’s side passed away a couple years ago at the ripe old age of 100. A person with so many years is quite a treasure to have, with lots of stories about the old days. However, old stories of days gone by is not what I remember about my grandmother.
When I was little I remember playing the rummy game with her. But as I got older, even until the end, I would go to see her [...]
In the 1700s, a Frenchman, an atheist, speculated that because all of the universe, including human actions, were predetermined by natural laws—then, ideally, if someone could know all of those laws and all the positions of all the particles in the universe at a given time, then that person could know everything that would happen.1
Of course, humans do have free will, free choice. God made us that way. As beings who can love, we had to be given free choice, [...]
All through the Bible, the prophets use the phrase, “The word of the Lord” (or an equivalent “Thus says the Lord, says the Lord, etc.). In short, what they are saying is, I am not speaking these truths to you; it’s God speaking them through me. So, you’d better listen.1
How is this idea revealed in the following verses? Jer. 1:14–19.
The reader is allowed to see the painful historical process by which the capital city Jerusalem is to be handed over to Babylon, in [...]
World history is usually taught as the history of civilizations. The significant facts are generally the ones that have had a bearing on the development of those civilizations. Some people argue that human affairs are, like the rest of nature, essentially cyclical in character, moving endlessly through the cycle of birth, growth, maturity, decay, and death in a series that does not have a beginning or any significant end.1
The circular dial of a watch can be deceptive; as the hands [...]
Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 104:1–9, Rev. 1:1–3, 2 Pet. 1:21, Daniel 2, Rev. 12:7–17, Rom. 16:20, 2 Cor. 5:17–19.
“ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ “ (Revelation 1:8, NKJV).
Key Thought: Our God works in and through history, and in and through history He has given us powerful evidence for faith.
Is human history a meaningless series of events, or is there a central direction toward [...]