It is now 500 years since the singular act of the Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, ignited what has come to be known as the Protestant Reformation. Yet, Luther was not the one who started the protest that has come to be synonymous with him and a movement that has forever changed the course of human history. The ascension of the Roman Church to world dominance ushered in what we know today as the Dark Ages. The Psalmist David declared, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
There are many things that are written about Jesus Christ in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. The prophets, patriarchs and apostles all have had their say about Him and have left us an indelible record of His life and ministry. But none have more forcibly and with greater conviction spoke of Him than He Himself. God had delivered the Israelites, His chosen people, after four hundred years from Egyptian captivity. He led them to their encampment in the Sinai Peninsula, far out of the reach of their oppressors. Through the hands of His servant Moses, Jehovah had saved
In His last words recorded in the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ admonished his disciples, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). That admonition is for all His followers throughout the ages. It’s called the Great Commission. From the giving of that commission, almost two
October 31, 1517 was the date. The place was Wittenberg Castle church, Wittenberg, Germany. His name was Martin Luther. Committed to the idea that salvation could be reached through faith in Jesus Christ alone and by God’s divine grace only, Luther vigorously objected to the corrupt practice of selling indulgences by the Roman church. Consequently, he defiantly nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. His singular act is indelibly inscribed in the annals of salvation history as the event that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation. The Church of Rome responded to Luther's Reformation
A storm is coming, relentless in its fury and unimaginable in its scope. The ancient Jewish seer, Daniel, describes it thus, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” (Daniel 12:1). Unfortunately, the vast majority of earth’s inhabitants are unaware of the true nature of this conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Even fewer are prepared for what is about to come upon this world as an overwhelming surprise.
In one of His last discourses with His disciples before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ prophesied of the events that would take place just prior to His second coming back to planet earth. When asked by His closest companions what would be the signs of His return, the Savior responded, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:15). He then went on to talk about all the signs that we find so easy to talk about: pestilences, disturbances in the natural elements, and conflict between