Good News Magazine

March—April 2013

Despite rosy forecasts of an "Arab Spring," a cold Islamist winter grips the Middle East, as developments in Egypt make clear. What does this mean for the future of this critical region?

Winter Advisory: The Arab Spring That Wasn't

Despite rosy forecasts of an "Arab Spring," a cold Islamist winter grips the Middle East, as developments in Egypt make clear. What does this mean for the future of this critical region?

Osama bin Laden's Dream Lives On

Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaeda terror group was behind the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has been dead for almost two years. But his dream lives on, and we see this being played out in headlines across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

A Closer Look at the Muslim Brotherhood

It's important to pay attention to the organization that has made the most significant gains through the Arab uprisings—al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, the Muslim Brotherhood, the godfather of all Islamic supremacist groups. With representative political parties and social organizations throughout Muslim nations, and numerous outreach arms in Western countries, it is perceived by many in the West as a moderate, peaceable association.

Will the World See a New Caliphate?

What can we expect will happen as Islamists take charge in the nations of the Arab uprisings? Turkey and other experiments in Muslim democracy give us some precedent. And on the horizon, the Islamist dream looms—a restored empire of Islam. What does this mean for the future of the Middle East and the world?

Puzzling U.S. Support for Islamists Over Moderates

It should be pointed out that there are truly moderate Muslims and non-Muslims scattered throughout the Middle East who desire Western freedoms. They are in the minority, however—just over 20 percent, estimates Andrew McCarthy in his new book Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (2013, p. 55). But they are not the ones receiving Western support—even in places where they have higher numbers.

Israel: A Nation in Constant Peril

Hostility against the Jewish state, encircled by antagonistic countries, threatens to get completely out of control. How will Jerusalem cope with these anti-Semitic outbursts? What does the Bible reveal about this vulnerable nation's destiny?

A Biblical Prophecy of an Arab Confederation

Psalm 83 contains an intriguing prophecy of many Middle Eastern nations that appears to be as yet unfulfilled and to possibly tie in with end-time events. If so, it foretells a confederation of Arab nations that are determined to eliminate Israel. "They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.

Where Are the "Lost 10 Tribes" Today?

Where did the northern 10 tribes of Israel go after their Assyrian captivity? They became known to historians as the "lost 10 tribes." What happened to them, and how do they fit in with the present peoples of the state of Israel?

The Middle East's Family Feud

The Middle East continues to be a powder keg of violent unrest and political upheaval. What's the root cause of the seemingly never-ending conflict? And what is the solution to the world's oldest family feud?

Who Really Killed Jesus?

Jesus Christ died in fulfillment of the Passover and other Old Testament sacrifices. But who actually bears blame in His being killed?

All Bear Responsibility in Jesus' Death

It's important to understand that the blame for Jesus Christ's death did not lie solely with the soldier who thrust the spear into His side.

Did Jesus Fulfill His Prophecy of How Long He Would Be Entombed?

Jesus Christ plainly said He would be entombed for three days and three nights. Can this be reconciled with a "Good Friday" crucifixion and burial and an "Easter Sunday" resurrection, which allows for barely a day and a half in the tomb? Or do the Gospels spell out a solution that fits perfectly with what Jesus foretold?

The Chronology of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ said He would be in the tomb for three days and three nights. What is the biblically accurate chronology of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection? This time line perfectly accommodates three full nights (Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night) and three full daylight periods (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). This is the only time that fits Jesus' own prophecy of how long He would be in the tomb. And fits perfectly with all the details recorded in the Gospels.

How Much Do You Know About the Biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread?

Millions of people celebrate Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus never observed Easter, but He did celebrate the biblical Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. What relevance do these days have for Christians today?

Lessons from the Parables: The Parable of the Workers - A Fair Wage From a Fair Employer

One of Christ's parables might strike some of us as unfair, but it holds valuable lessons about God's generosity and our need to stick to the course to the end.

Follow Me... Bearing Our Cross Like Christ

Jesus tells us that to follow Him, we must take up our cross and walk in His steps. But what does that mean?

God, Science & the Bible: Hummingbirds - How Do They Do That?

The incredible aerial feats of hummingbirds are truly a marvel. But that's only the beginning of the story.

Mini-Bible Study: Real Utopia Is Coming to Earth!

Humanity is bringing our planet to the point of destruction, but the Bible shows that Jesus Christ will intervene. How will His government, laws and citizens change the world? What will the wonderful benefits of the Kingdom of God be?

Current Events & Trends: Is World War III becoming more plausible?

Could the unspeakable horror of two world wars that afflicted the first half of the 20th century actually happen again? Will many of the nations that fought in those colossal struggles enter yet another global war? Will war spread around the world or alternatively occur only in key geostrategic locations?

Current Events & Trends: Another apocalyptic threat to humankind

Disease epidemics are prophesied in the book of Revelation.

Current Events & Trends: If U.S. fades economically, will Europe rise?

Your Bible says that Europe will rise a final time but its impact will be great.

Current Events & Trends: Another dimension to 21st-century warfare

The Middle East, the historic battleground of mankind, appears to be a principal site for cyberwarfare—computer hacking for sabotage or espionage.

Current Events & Trends: Is it wise for Israel to strike Syria now?

Your Bible reveals that at the time of the end, there will be much turmoil in the Middle East.

Question and Answers: The apostle Paul and the Sabbath

However, if Christmas and Easter weren't introduced until several centuries after his death, what Holy Days did Paul observe?

Letters from Our Readers - March/April 2013

Readers of the Good News share their thoughts in the March/April 2013 issue.

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