It has often been observed that history repeats itself. It is part of that dreaded “tyranny of the cycle.” When the great Israeli General Joshua died around 1400 B.C., his passing ushered in nearly four centuries of horror on the people of Israel. It was only the birth of the prophet-statesman Samuel and the beginning of the Jewish monarchy that brought the nightmare to an end. One can only guess what would have happened to the Jews had not God chosen fourteen men and women to lead their nation in their darkest hour. Those fourteen were known as “Judges.” Among them were such famous names as Gideon, Samson, Deborah, Ehud and others. They will all “come alive” to you in my upcoming Wednesday night series, “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat” — the incredible book of Judges. This is an exploration into the Jews of the Old Testament that you will never forget. It begins in January.