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Articles by Robert L. Odom

The Revival of Romanism—No. 1 (June 1938)

The pulse of the world is violently athrob. We are keenly aware that the long-waited crisis is imminent. Humanity's mighty struggle, involving both national and international issues, is fast taking on a reli­gious hue. And the ecclesiastical power com­ing to the front is the Papacy.

Protestantism Betrays Basic Premise (October 1939)

The Sabbath issue reached its crisis hour at Council of Trent

Mithraism and the Pagan Week (January 1939)

The pagan origin of Sunday observance and the calendar names of the days of the week is unmistakably certain.

Increasing Papal Prestige (May 1941)

We may well expect that the Papacy will play a very prominent part in world af­fairs in the near future, particularly in seeking a solution to the international and social prob­lems which have turned the world upside down in recent years.

The Roman Pontifex Maximus (June 1943)

Part six: How his prerogatives were transferred.

The Roman Pontifex Maximus (May 1943)

V. Head of National Sun Worship

The Roman Pontifex Maximus (January 1943)

I. Pontifical History in Brief

The Roman Pontifex Maximus (March 1943)

III--Regulator of Holy Days

The Roman Pontifex -Maximus (April 1943)

IV—Controller of the Calendar

Romanism and Spiritism (May 1944)

A look at religious world trends.

Sabbath Prior to Captivity (October 1945)

How may one answer this argument that the Sabbath day was not originally a day of public worship?

Spurious "Dream of Pilate's Wife" (September 1945)

Why this work is not a credible extra-biblical account of Christ.

New Evidence for Our Sermons (August 1945)

Bringing forth both things new and old.

"The Epistle of Publius Lentulus" (March 1945)

Are any versions of the "Report of Pontius Pilate to Tiberius" that are in circulation genuine, or are they forgeries?

Omissions in New Revised Standard Version (July 1946)

The most perplexing aspect of the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament pub­lished in February, 1946, is the fact that the revisers have whittled down the sacred text.

Jewish Division of Day Into Hours (April 1946)

In the time of Christ it was the custom of the Jews to divide the daylight portion of the day into twelve hours.

When a Protestant Marries a Roman Catholic (January 1946)

The matter of mixed marriages has become a burning issue between Protestants and Roman Catholics in recent months.

"Thou" and "You" in Prayer (November 1947)

We should either use only "Thou" and "Thy" and "Thee" in a single prayer, or else employ only "You" and "Your." But never mix them.

When Sunday Was Kept From Sunset to Sunset (March 1947)

For those interested in the history of the Sabbath-Sunday controversy, here is an item from the article "Vespers," by Desmond A. Schmal, S. J., which appeared in The Catholic Mind (Jesuit) of December, 1946.

Two Horns of Revelation 13:11 (July 1948)

How ought we to interpret this text?

On the Change of the Sabbath (May 1948)

More evidence that the Church of Rome instituted Sunday worship.

Meats Offered to Idols (November 1949)

A look at first Corinthians 8.

Pastor-Shall We Sell Our Daughters? (August 1954)

Is it proper for a professed Christian father to sell his daughter?"

When Did Satan's Fall Occur? (January 1959)

Did Sa­tan's apostasy and expulsion from heaven take place before our world was created?

When is the Lord's Supper to be Celebrated? (January 1963)

The Lord's Supper was in­stituted by Christ at Pass­over time, on which occasion He ate it with His apostles. Ought we, therefore, to construe this historical fact to be a divinely given law requiring that the Lord's Supper be celebrated thereafter only at Passover time?

Pleas and Promises (December 1964)

The necessity of reaching the Jews.

The Lord's Supper: The First Celebration of the Ordinances of the Lord's House Communion Bread a Complete Symbol (January 1953)

Do you have a clear mental picture of the setting of the first celebration of the ordinance of humility as it is given in John 13? Some seem to imagine it something like this: Jesus and His disciples, with dusty feet, arrived in the evening at the upper chamber where they were to eat the Passover supper.

The Breaking of Bread in Acts 20:7-11 (April 1962)

In meeting the argument that Acts 20:7-11 proves that Christians observed Sunday as a sacred day in apostolic times, a few of our ministers have denied, sometimes even in print, that Paul and the believers at Troas partook of the Communion, or Lord's Supper, on that occasion. However sincere they may have been in using this counter argument, it is a mistaken one in so far as Seventh-day Adventist teaching is concerned. Hence we deem it fitting to caution our workers that such a position is not only untenable, but it may also result in embarrassment both to him who uses it and to the cause that he represents.

The Jew in the Hurricane (March 1965)

The Hurricane winds of social revolution in the twentieth century have hit all the great religious systems of the world with terrific impact.

Pulpit (September 1953)

Meditation in Church Preparation.

Presenting the Promised One (January 1965)

From the messenger of the Lord.

Seventh-day Adventists and the Parousia (September 1966)

How do we arrive at our understanding of this important word in the New Testament?

Herbert W. Armstrong and His Radio Church of God—Part II: Did Christ Stay in the Grave Exactly 72 Hours? (April 1961)

DID Christ die and receive burial on Wednesday afternoon? Did He stay in the grave exactly seventy-two hours? Did His resurrection take place on Saturday afternoon?

Herbert W. Armstrong and His "Radio Church of God": Part 1 (March 1961)

The editorial office of The Ministry has received nu­merous inquiries concerning Herbert W. Armstrong, spokesman of the "Radio Church of God," which broadcasts its teachings by radio and by mail from Pasadena, California.

The Distinction Between Clean and Unclean Animals (January 1968)

Making a distinction between clean and unclean animals, insofar as using their flesh for food is concerned, has long been a well-known practice among Jews. It has a place, too, among the beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists.

Those "Dark Spots" Before Our Eyes (May 1975)

AT ONE time the Lord's messenger was shown two maps in a vision. The first one pictured the scope of the evangelistic progress the Lord had in mind for His people. She described it this way. . .

"This Is An Hard Saying" (April 1974)

THE increasing interest of Jews in Jesus and His teachings has excited considerable enthusiasm in some quarters, and much alarm in others. . .

QUERY COLUMN: Pagan Sunday Observance (May 1950)

Was Sunday generally observed as a day of rest by sun worshipers throughout the Roman Empire prior to March 7, A.D. 321, the date when the emperor Constantine issued the first civil law forbidding labor on that day?

THE PULPIT AND THE STUDY: Caution Concerning 2 Cor. 3:7 (February 1950)

A discussion on the interpretation of 2 Cor. 3: 7

When Did Christ Begin His Priestly Ministry? (February 1960)

WHEN did Christ begin His priestly ministry? Did He enter it before His ascension to heaven?

Joshua's Long Day in the News (Concluded) (December 1970)

THE so-called British Chronological and Astronomical Association was originally established as a society in 1879. J. B. Dimbleby was still the head of it as late as as 1897, when its quarters were at Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, London, E. C. Dimbleby was author and editor of the book All Past Time, on the title page of which he designated himself as "Premier Chronologist to the British Chronological and Astronomical Association, London," and as "First Enumerator of all the Eclipses and Transits."

Joshua's Long Day in the News (November 1970)

FOR some months several periodicals throughout the United States have published in varied forms a news report saying that astronauts and space scientists at Greenbelt, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., have discovered, by means of IBM computers, the length of the day when "the sun stood still" in the time of Joshua (Joshua 10:13, 14), and also that of the day when the Lord "brought the shadow ten degrees backward" in the reign of King Ahaz (2 Kings 20:11). . .

The Lord's Day and the Lord of the Sabbath (Concluded) (April 1970)

The Gospels contain no record of any disagreement between Jesus and the Pharisees concerning which day of the week was the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week, which they observed as the Sabbath day, was also the day which He and His disciples observed as God's holy day. . .

The Lord's Day and the Lord of the Sabbath (March 1970)

Some Bible students have supposed that the expression "the Lord's day" in Revelation 1:10 means the judgment day the great day of the Lord, in which He will judge the world and reward every man according to his works. During the period from the eighth to the fifth centuries before Christ, the prophets Amos, Isaiah, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Malachi spoke of the coming of "the day of the Lord" as a time of judgment and the visitation of His wrath upon the impenitent.

The Revival of Romanism—No. 3 (August 1938)

Let us prepare the people of God to the best of our ability for the terrible ordeal of the future, rooting and grounding them in the truths of God's Word.

The Sabbath in Abyssinia—No. 1 (May 1936)

A look at how the Sabbath was preserved in old Ethiopia.

The First Civil Sunday Law No. 2 (November 1935)

Part two of our exploration of the first Sunday law.

Pagan Week, Day of the Sun, and Calendar*--No. 1 (December 1935)

In the ancient pagan concept of the universe, the fixed center was supposed to be the earth, about which revolved Saturn (farthest), Jupi­ter, Mars, the sun, Venus, Mercury, and the moon (nearest).

Keys to the Old Testament (October 1934)

The Pentateuch is the foundation division of the Bible. When read with this thought in mind, the superstructure is better understood.

Working for Roman Catholics (August 1932)

In working for Catholics many blunders are due to a failure to understand their mental attitude toward religious matters.
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