Beyond Today magazine is the biblically-based flagship publication of the United Church of God, an International Association . The magazine features a variety of articles on biblical topics, with an emphasis on the 'good news' (gospel) announcement of the Kingdom of God on earth, both now and in the future under the lead of Jesus Christ.
Following are recent issues of Beyond Today. For earlier editions, please visit the Beyond Today website.
Fifty years ago this month U.S. astronauts left the shining blue ball of earth and walked on the moon for the first time. Throughout the world people stopped and watched transfixed as human beings did something only dreamed about for centuries. Today the dream continues as we plan to send spaceships to Mars and perhaps even more distant planets. We earnestly and eagerly search for life elsewhere in the universe. What drives this quest to learn and explore? Do we really even understand that what we’re really searching for is our place in the universe, why we exist and our ultimate destiny? In this issue we explore these topics and many more!
Few days have marked a turning point in human history. But one of those was “D-Day”—June 6, 1944, when Allied troops broke through Adolf Hitler’s Atlantic coastal defenses to invade and liberate France, then the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany itself. The trajectory of Europe’s history was radically changed. Now, looking back 75 years later, what have we learned? Where is Europe heading today, and what does it mean for the rest of the world? In this issue we explore these topics and many more, including the transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Download this issue in PDF or read online.
From a biblical standpoint, this is a very significant time of year. It reminds us of ancient Israel’s miraculous deliverance from Egyptian slavery, of the Passover commemoration, of the symbols Jesus Christ instituted as the ultimate Passover “Lamb of God” who gave His life for the sins of the whole world, and the fact that He is the “Firstborn from the dead” showing us how we, too, may receive eternal life in God’s family. The articles in this issue cover these and other themes important to those who take the Bible seriously. We hope you’ll read them and take them seriously too! Download this issue in PDF or read online.
The news headlines show the United States not to be united, but to be deeply divided over the nation’s past, present and future. A major reason for this is that, as the nation has drifted far from God, many have forgotten (or never knew) what the Bible says about many major cultural and societal issues. America stands at a crucial crossroads, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. You need to understand what the Bible says about the culture war transforming America and Western civilization! Download this issue in PDF or read online.
Why is marriage important? For centuries, marriage has been the bedrock of families and civilization. Now we are seeing marriage under attack from all sides. What’s behind the attack on marriage? And what can you do to strengthen your marriage and make it last? Be sure to read this issue to understand the answers! Download this issue in PDF or read online.
World War I, which ended a century ago, was so brutally horrifying that it was soon called “The War to End All Wars.” Yet it was anything but. It was followed a generation later by World War II, and countless wars since then. What is the root cause of war? Can mankind ever find peace? Be sure to read this issue to understand the answers! Download this issue in PDF or read online.
Many would have you believe that science and the Bible are inherently contradictory. But are they really? The problem is that many misinterpret what the Bible really says, and a lot of what passes for science really isn’t scientific or factual at all. Do you understand the difference? And does it really matter? Be sure to read this issue to understand the answers!
Israel is once again in the news as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding as a modern state, as the United States prepares to move its embassy to Jerusalem, and Hamas-organized protesters in Gaza pledge to overrun the border, retake Jerusalem and drive the Jews out of the land. What’s behind the ongoing turmoil in this deeply troubled region? Does Bible prophecy give us insight and understanding? Where are events here leading? Be sure to read this issue carefully to gain the understanding you won’t find in other sources!
We are living in a world of massive change. As American power and influence rapidly recedes, previous major powers such as Russia, China, Germany, and even the Islamic and Ottoman Empires seek to regain their former might and glory. What’s behind the rise of these ancient empires? Does Bible prophecy give us understanding? What does it all mean? Be sure to read this issue carefully to better grasp where our world is heading and why!
Can we believe the Bible? With so many criticizing it for so long, is it trustworthy? What does the evidence from history, science and archaeology reveal? It’s about time you heard the truth about what the evidence really teaches us—and it’s far different from what the critics say!
A century ago the Russian revolution toppled Czar Nicholas II and led to a communist takeover of the Russian Empire. How did that revolution come about? What was it like for the people who lived under the communist system? What were the results of this misguided experiment to create a human utopia without God? And why is it so hard to create a human government that really works? Find out the answers to these questions in this issue!
In a world changing before our eyes, we’d all like to know what the future holds. How will it affect us and our loved ones? Can we know where it’s all headed? This is where Bible prophecy has a message for each and every one of us. God reveals where the world is headed—and most importantly, why. You need to understand some of the key trends revealed in Bible prophecy—trends that tell us that the time of Jesus Christ’s return and the coming Kingdom of God are drawing near! Discover some of these key trends in this issue!
Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to “Make America Great Again.” America has been and remains great—but for how long? What factors made the nation the world’s greatest superpower? You might find the answers very surprising—because they were foretold in Bible prophecy! You need to understand what the Bible says about the rise and fall of nations—discover the answers in this issue! Download this issue in PDF.
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the “lamb … foreordained before the foundation of the world.” But what does that mean? Why is He compared to a lamb? And what does “foreordained before the foundation of the world” mean? Foreordained to what, and when and why? The answers are crucial to your future—discover them in this issue! Download this issue in PDF.
As Donald Trump assumes the office of President of the United States, he must lead a deeply divided nation in a deeply divided world. With the nation at a crossroads, which path will it take? What are the stakes? Subscribe, read online, or download this issue in PDF.
Did Jesus Christ really exist? Are the stories written about Him in the Bible true? Much as some don’t want to hear it, the historical evidence is compelling and conclusive. And if He did exist, who was He, really? Can we believe His shocking claims about His true identity? Discover the answers in this issue—and they have huge implications for your life! Subscribe, read online, or download this issue in PDF.
Our world desperately needs real leadership! Why is it so hard to find? One reason is that we fail to understand what the Bible reveals is at the heart of true leadership. The time is coming when the world will experience the right kind of leadership—as exemplified by Jesus Christ Himself!
The fossil evidence still fails to support Darwin's theory — showing people accept Darwinian evolution more as an article of faith rather than fact.
The current U.S. presidential race offers starkly different visions for the future. On top of this, we currently see a major power vacuum developing in the world. Does Bible prophecy give us an indication as to what lies ahead? Now more than ever is the time to understand our world, and in particular why the Middle East matters to your life. The events we are seeing should motivate us to seek the true and living God. Download this issue in PDF. Individual web articles will be posted in the upcoming days.
Change is a major theme of the Bible. “Repent” and “repentance” are mentioned more than 60 times in the Bible. These words mean to change direction, to turn, to stop going in one direction and go in another, to change our thinking, to change our actions—in short, to change our lives. How about you?
In this issue we examine one of the Bible’s most famous prophecies and explore what ramifications it has for us today. We also take a sober look at tragic events on the world scene and discuss where God is in all of it. Finally, in the The Bible and You section, we offer help in rediscovering the first love of God’s way. Download the entire issue in PDF. The individual articles will be posted online in the upcoming days.
A shocking event from the life of the biblical prophet Daniel opens a window into a different dimension—an unseen spirit world and beings who play a hidden role in events taking place around us.
Nothing could be more critical for you than to understand your future! God has a message for you: The time is now to discover the answers and begin living His purpose for you.
Although our headlines are full of terror, we can be at peace and full of hope—hope in the coming Kingdom of God, which Jesus Christ will establish on earth at His return.
Soon up to 2 billion people will celebrate one of the world's most popular religious holidays—Easter. But curiously, the Bible nowhere promotes such an observance. Where did this day come from? How did it become so popular? And is it even Christian?
If Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Prince of Peace, why does the world see so little of it? What part of the picture are we missing? If He truly is the Prince of Peace, how will peace come? Where is that hope in a world so devoid of hope?
The answer to these questions lies in a series of little-known festivals revealed long ago in the world's best-selling book—the Bible. God doesn't leave us in the dark about the solution to our many seemingly unsolvable problems. He has given us the key to understanding—though most have ignored or lived in ignorance of it!
A study of a devastating war begun a hundred years ago can be an exercise in nostalgia and academic history. Only a few people alive today can even remember this war in their earliest memories. For we who take a moment to reflect on what happened, let's be sure to take away a lesson that helps us understand our present world: History existed before our birth, it marches on now, and decisions made by people long ago and far away continue to impact our lives today.
It's the great question: If you die, will you live again? You need to settle the question in your mind. And you can! Learn the good news from the Bible that answers this question!
Where did Jesus Christ come from? Who was He? This is a mystery that far too few really understand. Do you? It does matter - your future and your salvation depend on it!
This issue highlights 5 major ideas directly related to the decline of biblical morality in our world today, and will help you identify dangerous ideas that will affect us all and take our society further from God, culminating in the return of Jesus Christ to save us from ourselves. The final outcome is certain — 'good news of the coming Kingdom of God' — but in the meantime we need to be vigilant.
With the advancement of technology and social media, the family unit is disconnecting and fragmenting. You can build or restore family closeness with five keys that can open rewarding doors to a happier family.
This issue examines how history and prophecy will have a far greater impact on us than we might realise. Do the ancient prophecies really foretell the future, and how can we know? – The answers may surprise you.