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Is Jesus Really God? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
The issue of the deity of Jesus Christ has been hotly debated for centuries. It was an Alexandrian theologian named Arius who popularized the view that the preincarnate Christ was a created being who was, both in Essence and in Person, distinct from God. His view came to be called “Arianism,” and was condemned by early church councils. It is one of the Christological positions that fall under the label of “unitarianism.”
Who, What, is God? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Of all the theological questions that evoked controversy in the ancient “universal church,” none was more hotly debated than the question "Who, and What, is God?" Today, the debate continues. Some claim that Jesus Christ is “very God of very God,” while others claim that He was an archangel in His preincarnate state, or that He didn’t preexist at all. Just what does the Bible say about this? Did Jesus preexist? Does He have a right to the names and titles of divinity? And what about the Holy Spirit? Does the Bible present the Spirit as the Third Person of a Trinity?
Comforter, Helper, Counselor: The Greatest of Gifts ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Many are the gifts of God, but none is greater than the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is a Comforter, Helper, and Counselor for the committed follower of Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom of God
How You Can Enter the Kingdom of God ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
What does God require of a person before granting him the gift of eternal life and assurance of entry into the Kingdom? Must the truly-converted Christian, through combining good "works" with his faith, reach a certain level of spiritual perfection before he is qualified for entry into the Kingdom?
Is the Kingdom of God Here, Now? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Jesus Christ came proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. He said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” He also said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Is the church and the Kingdom the same thing? Was the Kingdom of God inaugurated on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ? Has Christ’s Kingdom continued to expand until the present? Or is the Kingdom yet to be established?
Christ Can Be Preached From the Old Testament! But HOW, If It Is "Done Away"? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
The famous eunuch from Ethiopia was reading from the scroll of Isaiah when Philip was sent to him. Within only a few hours, the eunuch asked to be baptized. He had learned about Christ from Philip's explanation of Isaiah's prophecies. How was this possible? Could the eunuch have received Christ as his Savior, and been saved by grace, through understanding what Isaiah wrote? Isn't the Old Testament "done away"? Is the knowledge necessary for salvation to be found in the Old Testament? Read, in your own Bible, the astonishing truth!
The Seven Declarations of Jesus and Evidence of His Resurrection ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Jesus came to earth to lay down His life, but He also said He would raise it up! Are we willing to follow in His steps? Do we want to follow Him? Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (John 12:26). “And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3)."
Why Christ Must Return ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
According to a group of respected biblical scholars, Jesus Christ never promised He would return to this earth. The Second Coming, they claim, is a myth—a promise put on the lips of Jesus by His followers. But if Jesus Christ does not return, our world is doomed—there remains no hope!
Jesus Christ IS Fulfilled Prophecy! ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
In today’s world, many do not recognize the plain prophetic statements foretelling the coming of Jesus the Christ as the suffering servant. They ignore the specific declaration of His Messiahship, how it was to be accomplished, and what it means for mankind. This eye-opening article will prove from prophecies of the Old Testament that Jesus Christ is indeed the promised Messiah and Savior, prophetically validating Him as the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
The Resurrection- Real Event or Historical Hoax? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
“If Christ has not been raised,” wrote the apostle Paul to the Corinthians, “then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (I Corinthians 15:14). Yet, many liberal theologians reject the biblical accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. They claim that the resurrection narratives of the New Testament are contradictory and therefore cannot be trusted as reliable accounts of an actual event. But is this true? Do the resurrection narratives contain discrepancies? Are they irreconcilable, as the critics claim?
The Ten Commandments ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Written with the finger of God on tablets of stone, the commandments of the Decalogue are everlastingly binding on the creatures who bear God’s image. The Ten Commandments existed before Moses, formed the heart of the covenant law God gave to Israel, and were observed by Christ, the apostles, and the entire New Testament church. They are still in force today. They are for your neighbor—and they are for you!
Ten Facts You Should Know About Repentance ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
John preached it. Jesus preached it. The apostles and evangelists preached it. What is it? Repentance! It's one of the fundamental doctrines of the true Christian faith--and no one serious about biblical Christianity can afford to neglect it. Here are the facts you should know about this vital subject.
Immortality: God's Gift to the Saints ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
No question about it, the Bible clearly reveals that immortality is God's gracious gift to His saints. But if immortality is a gift that is given only to the saints, why do millions believe that it is an inherent quality of the human soul? What does the Bible say about this subject?
The Assurance of Salvation ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
What does God require of a person before granting him the gift of eternal life and assurance of entry into the kingdom? Must the truly converted Christian, through combining good works" with his faith, reach a certain level of spiritual perfection before he is qualified for entry into the kingdom? When, precisely, can a person experience the joy of salvation, with full assurance that if he were to die tomorrow he would rise to meet Christ at His return, and live eternally in the Kingdom of God?
The Questions & Answers Book ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Over the years we have received literally thousands of questions on various biblical topics from our readers and viewers. In the past, we have addressed many of these questions in our various periodicals. Unfortunately, those new to our program and literature usually do not have access to the many questions and answers we have published in past years. For this reason, we have compiled, edited, and revised a fair number of the questions and answers we have published, and are now presenting them in this volume.
Is Water Baptism Required For Salvation? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Is baptism necessary for salvation? When should it be done? Should infants be baptized? Should one be re-baptized in later years if one feels his first baptism was invalid? Should the living be baptized for the dead? What is the form for baptism? Sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Can you be saved if you are not baptized? Who should do the baptizing? What if you were baptized by a man in whom you have since lost faith? Should you be baptized again? Here, from the pages of your own Bible, is the plain truth about water baptism.
Man's Awesome Destiny ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Life, for most of us, is filled with heartaches, disappointments, grief, and even intense pain. Even the person who “wins” in the game of life—the one who is born into a happy family, gets the best education available, lands the most rewarding job, marries the right person, has a happy marriage and wonderful children—must eventually face the reality of death. One is left wondering: Is this all life has to offer? Is it worth it?
What Does the Bible Say About Predestination and Election? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Did God, before the foundation of the world was laid, unconditionally predetermine who would be saved and who would not? Has your ultimate destiny already been set? Is it true, as Calvinists claim, that the elect were not appointed on the basis of their faith, good works, character, or anything else God could see within them? What about the famous "Five Points of Calvinism"?
God's Seasonal Plan ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Man's fascination with spiritual ritual is endless. Archaeology, history, sociology and other disciplines deal with the superstitions and myths of societies which have disappeared. Museums around the world are laden with the religious figurines, idols, icons, and jewelry of buried civilizations. From their studies of these religious artifacts, archaeologists glean much information about the people who made and used them.
Who Changed the Sabbath to Sunday? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
There can be no doubt that Christ, His disciples, and the first-century Christians kept Saturday, the seventh-day Sabbath. Yet, today, most of the Christian professing world keeps Sunday, the first day of the week, calling it the Sabbath. Who made this change, and how did it occur?
Sunday, Saturday - What Difference Does It Make? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Some Christians observe Saturday as the Sabbath, while others, the majority, observe Sunday, claiming it is the “Lord's Day.” But does it really matter which day one keeps? Can we know for sure which day is the seventh day? Is there any evidence that the weekly cycle has continued intact throughout all these centuries?
Many professing Christians believe the apostolic church rejected the Sabbath and festivals of the Old Testament and adopted new customs to distinguish themselves from the Jews. But is this true? What does the Bible say about early Christian practice?
Come to the Feast! ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
In the Millennium, everyone will “go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16). But why wait? You can experience the joy of keeping God’s feast now, before the Millennium. Will you do it? Or will you let the opportunity pass you by?
The Fall Festivals - Portrait of God’s Plan for Reconstruction ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
In spite of the insurmountable problems of today’s world, your Bible foretells a time of massive economic and political reform—a time of global reconstruction, when the nations will “beat their swords into plowshares.” The fall holy days—the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles—reveal how God plans to reconstruct our world.
Recipes for the Days of Unleavened Bread ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
As the spring festival season approaches and we look forward to the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, there are preparations to be made. The rich and deep spiritual significance of this time calls for sober reflection, while the heart lifts with the joy, expectation, and gratitude for this very special time.
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The Church Of God In Prophecy ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Jesus Christ promised that He would build His church, and that "the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). And indeed, Jesus did build His church. He began building it in the first century, A.D., when He called and trained His first disciples, and sent them to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations.
Did God Put Authority And Rule In His Church? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB ) Who rules the church? Was it Jesus’ intent to create a hierarchy of human government over the individual Christian? Does the Christian ministry sit in Moses’ seat for the church? This brochure explains what you always wanted to know about church government but were afraid to ask!
A Call To Revival! ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Many are familiar with the old hymn, “Revive Us Again.” But what does this mean? Revived to what? How and when are we revived? We hear much talk, often negatively, about “revival”-about “getting right” with God-but through misuse and overuse, this term has become blurred in the minds of most hearers today. To many, a “revival” means an enigmatic, highly emotional religious meeting
The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
The book of Revelation, also known as "the Apocalypse," is one of the most fascinating books of the New Testament. It is filled with prophetic imagery—multi-headed beasts, strange celestial creatures, spectacular cosmic disturbances, and loathsome plagues being "poured out" on sinning mankind. But Revelation is also a book of exhortation and encouragement for suffering saints, as well as a book of admonition and warning for Christians who have strayed from the path of life. The book is addressed "to the seven churches of Asia" (Revelation 1:4), but its message is for every generation of God's people. It's time we listen to the voice of the Revelator! "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
Evolution: Fact Or Fallacy? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
No one can deny that our complex universe is an astounding, majestic marvel. But how did it get here? Where did we come from? Does it really matter? Can it be, as so many contend, that this all just "happened" by some fortuitous cosmic accident? Or did it come about as the result of the careful design of an infinite God? Here are the facts you need to know!
What Does the Bible Say About the Antichrist? (PDF) (EPUB)
In the Christian community today, there is much confusion surrounding the word "Antichrist." What does the Bible really say about this term? Is it something to be concerned with today? Or is it simply a quotidian expression assigned to some looming prophetic end-time leader or political world condition out in the future?
A World In Transition - A Prophetic Seasonal Change? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Many today wonder what is going on around the world. It appears socialistic principles are transforming the whole world. Over the most recent years, democratic "free market" nations have purchased overwhelming portions of their own business sectors and treasury bonds under the notion of saving the global economies. Is this a real solution? Or is there a more sinister motive working behind the scenes?
The Coming BLOOD MOONS - What Are They? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Intrigue is building around the anticipation of the blood moons’ arrival. Some of our modern-day Christian prophetic prognosticators claim we should prepare for some major cataclysmic events happen- ing to Israel over the next two years—that these moons are signs of coming calamities. Are they really? What are these blood moons? And what significance do the Tetrads have?
Can anything be more fascinating, more mysterious than some of the prophecies of the Bible? The book of Daniel, with its great image composed of various metals and miry clay; the beasts with their many horns and the “little horn” which came up among them to uproot three other beasts; the book of Revelation with its mysterious seals and trumpet plagues, great dragons, a woman clothed with the sun, a symbolic “bottomless pit”—surely there is much in biblical prophecy to fascinate, puzzle and mystify!
The Devil, You Say? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Many modernists believe that Satan the Devil is not a literal, personal being, but merely a “literary device,” or imaginary figure that personifies evil in much the same way the sickle-bearing “Grim Reaper” personifies death. But Scripture declares that a very real—and personal—devil is active in the world today, and seeks to destroy those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the teaching of Jesus.
HOW WAS PASSOVER REPLACED BY EASTER... And Who Did It? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Unquestionably, Jesus Christ was Jewish and observed Passover. Jesus never kept and Easter in His life! So how was this holy day changed? And who changed the day He observed, chose, and instituted as the holy day for taking His sacrificial emblems, representing His body and blood? Where is the Biblical record confirming the authority for this replacement?
Three Days and Three Nights - Did Christ Die On a Friday and Rise On a Sunday? ( View as PDF ) ( EPUB )
Most of Christendom traditionally believes that Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon, “placed in the tomb before sundown Friday night, rested in the tomb on the Sabbath (Saturday) and was resurrected on Sunday morning before dawn. Shockingly, either that tradition is false, or you have no Savior!
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