Ruth displays a faith perhaps even greater than Abraham's.
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For the good to begin, the bad must end.
Thankfully, there is a simple solution: Jesus.
An angel never arrives, God never speaks, and a miracle never happens in Ruth. But God was quietly, subtly and certainly at work.
We don't have to stoop to Jewish mysticism to recognize the Antichrist's number.
Perhaps no other series of numbers has caused so much speculation and suspicion for millennia as the beast's mark.
God does allow or even cause some things that are painful in the short term but helpful in the long term.
Ironically, when Jesus was crucified, His closest disciples hid in fear while other "secret disciples" came out of the shadows.
We cannot fathom what awaits us.
You can find it right in the Word of God. And yet so many Christians miss it.
What if it's not just about Israel's failures?
I believe the answer is found in Galatians 3:6.
Let me explain.
This question requires a healthy tension.
Here's how Paul's letters challenge some of our assumptions about Satan.
Do the words "anti-Christ," "mark of the beast," "bowls of wrath," "wars," "famines," stir up fearful emotions in you?
Is this just prophetic sensationalism? Or is it something more?
Warning! Are you learning truth the way Satan wants you to?
Jesus is coming very soon. Are you ready?
This has always been the purpose of the Torah. And it always will be.