Monthly Archives: June 2017

Sherlocking the Bible

The histories of Judah’s kings were written in two separate accounts, centuries apart, which can be found in the book of Kings and the book of Chronicles. Some of the details about these kings are even found in certain prophets: For example, the Prophet Isaiah records much of King Hezekiah’s reign, in addition to what 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles record. Some details, especially about David, can be found in the Psalms: He included clues in the inscriptions of his psalms that show where in his life he wrote those compositions. So, if you are studying a particular king of Judah, you can “harmonize” these accounts (at least in Kings and Chronicles) by reading what both have to say. In fact, this is how you must study these accounts, since Christ said we are to live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4). Both accounts are in there to form a complete whole of what truthfully happened.

The same is true in the New Testament stories. You can find a synopsis of Jesus Christ’s life in Matthew, Mark and Luke—called the synoptic Gospels. The Gospel according to John also contains accounts of certain events, though it focuses more on the end of Christ’s ministry and prioritizes the words He preached over the events themselves. Therefore, when studying anything from one of these books, it is best to see what the other Gospel accounts have to say about it. You might find that only one or two Gospels mention a certain event or instruction—maybe three do, or perhaps all four do. This is significant information. Each account might be worded in a slightly, or vastly, different way. This is also important. As part of the inspired Word of God, it is all meant to create a more complete picture than what one account could provide.

Several authors have compiled what they call a Harmony of the Gospels—where they have taken the verses of the four Gospels and put them in order, or put the similar verses side by side.These can be tremendously valuable when studying this part of the Bible. At Herbert W. Armstrong College, A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson is the preferred edition of these books and is used as a textbook for the Life and Teachings of Jesus course.

A similar type of detective work is required when reading the book of Acts. This book largely follows the journeys of Paul, and those verses can be harmonized with his epistles. You can determine where and when he wrote certain of his epistles by piecing together clues from all over the New Testament. This kind of “harmonizing” Bible study can also reveal things about some of his ministers, or even about some of the brethren he served.


Traditional Views on Homosexuality, Pornography, Fornication and Abortion Are Rapidly Diminishing 

People in America and Britain who hold on to traditional views of morality are a rapidly diminishing group. Recent studies from the Pew Research Center and Gallup reveal that support for issues like homosexual “marriage” and abortion are increasing, especially among groups who generally hold more religious and conservative views. Why are so many in America and Britain compromising on these important issues? Is this really “progress,” or is it actually tearing our nations apart? This and more on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

Lies About Trump—‘Good for Business’ at CNN 

Earlier this week, three CNN journalists resigned after running a story that was supposed to back the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. As it turns out, the story was based on one anonymous source and wasn’t backed by any evidence. Then an undercover video surfaced featuring CNN producer John Bonifield. Bonifield admitted the Trump-Russia stories were not true and that he can understand why President Donald Trump would say this is a witch hunt. This is the new age we’re living in—where journalistic ethics are cast aside to improve ratings and rake in more cash. For more, listen to today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

After the Islamic State, Will Iran Fighters Focus on Israel? 

Things are really heating up on the Golan Heights, between Syria and Israel. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, mortars fired from Syria landed in Israeli territory. Israel’s response was immediate and effective. However, many are beginning to wonder if we are entering a new phase of the Syrian conflict; a phase where Iranian proxies fighting in Syria turn their focus on Israel. On today’s program, guest host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the powerful strategic position Iran now occupies in order to push at Israel with ground forces.

The Dangerous History of a Rogue Spy Agency 

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied on the United States government, its armed forces and even private companies for years, Speigel Online reported June 22. Yet this shocking piece of news received almost no attention in the U.S. news media.

The BND was:
• founded by ex-Nazis;
• filled with Nazi war criminals;
• run largely by ex-Nazis for the first decade or two of its operation;
• helped Nazis on the run, including the infamous Adolf Eichmann, hide from justice;
• Recruited Nazi war criminals like Klaus Barbie known as the “Butcher of Lyon”—as late as 1960;
• broke German and international law by transferring large numbers of weapons—including tanks, helicopters and fighter jets—to Croat and Bosnian fighters during the 1990s;
• spied on German journalists between 1992 and 2005;
• in 2007, destroyed files detailing the Nazi past of the organization’s founders;
• was accused of covering up for or working with neo-Nazis in 2011;
• has being spying on foreign journalists since 1999;
• was caught helping the NSA spy on other European countries, organizations and businesses.

Trumpet contributing editor Richard Palmer examines the BND’s disturbing track record and explains why you should be concerned by the latest revelations.

Nimrod, the Tower of Babel and the Babylonian Empire 

On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal talks to archaeologist Christopher Eames about the 1500 year history of both Babylon and the Neo-Babylonian empire as it relates to the history covered in the Bible.

The Bible’s Buried Civilization: The Babylonians –…e-babylonians/

The Tower of Babel: Just a Bible Story? –…a-bible-story/

Why Family Breakdown Matters – The Trumpet Daily

Strong families are what build a strong nation. Where is the moral decline in the Western family leading?

The success of any nation is determined by the success of its family life. In his first inaugural address on April 30, 1789, President George Washington emphatically stated that “the foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.” This has everything to do with the family structure, and the same holds true today. Moreover, cofounding father John Adams stated more specifically: “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.” When the family breaks down, so will the nation.

Physical family is only a type of something much greater. When we degrade the meaning of family in society, we are degrading much more than just a common moral standard. On this episode of the Trumpet Daily, we examine the rapid breakdown of family life in Western society and why family is of paramount importance. 

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