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May 1993 - Editorial

In our "Remnant Times" series will be found some good lessons for the present day. The problems for the Jews returning to Jerusalem from captivity arose mainly from their unavoidable contacts with alien nations. They had tile difficult task of maintaining their holy walk in separation from unbelieving Gentiles; they must necessarily engage in civil business with them. Such associations are well lcnown to God's people today and produce the same tensions and temptations to stray from the straight paths. As we follow the struggles of this former remnant in future issues, we are likely to be impressed with some remarkable similarities with tile present day. For this reason the books of Ezra and Nehemiali, together with the prophecies of Haggai and Zechariab, supply excellent pictorial aids for teaching new disciples (and perhaps older ones too!) tile unchanging principles on which the people of God today stand. But of course we must look to the teaching of the Lord and His apostles for fnm confirmation of tilese tilings. The ancient command "Consider your ways... build tile house; and I (God) will take pleasure in it" (Hag. 1:7) is positively confnmed by the apostle Peter who, under divine inspiration, wrote "Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood..."(lPet.2:5).

Focus draws attention to the intractable problems facing negotiators searching for a way to bring an end to hostilities. Theirs is a thankless task. The Lord's words "ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars" ~at. 24:6) have been found true in man's experience ever since they were spoken. The Christian's heart cry is "Come, Lord Jesus".