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Of all the months of the year, none has greater significance for the church of God, has more to say to us, carries with it more sentiment, than this month of December, which is with us once again. How soon! How time does fly! First of all, first also in the minds of young and […]

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Strangers and Sojourners in the End Times (3)

Scripture speaks to us as strangers and sojourners by means of signs and wonders that foretell and bring the coming of Christ. On our pilgrim journey toward our heavenly destination we will encounter these signs and wonders. We note several of them that will take place in the world of men and in creation. The […]

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Strangers and Sojourners in the End Times (2)

Before we examine the various signs of the times, a few remarks about these signs are in order. We all know what a sign is. It is something that points to something else. For example, road signs give us directions to a destination. The signs of the end times are similar. They point to the […]

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Strangers and Sojourners in the End Times (1)

Strangers and sojourners has been the theme of the editorials for quite some time. We began with the biblical idea of strangers, sojourners, and closely connected, pilgrims. We defined being strangers and sojourners in terms of a lifelong journey with a beginning, a route, and a destination, all of which are determined by God’s counsel […]

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The Coming of Christ

In our last article we showed that the whole New Testament age is the last time, according to Scripture. The last day or last time—the end—is not only something future but something present, something with which each of us must reckon, no matter when we live. The coming of Christ must be similarly understood. As the great […]

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The Coming of Christ

In our last article we showed that the whole New Testament age is the last time, according to Scripture. The last day or last time—the end—is not only something future but something present, something with which each of us must reckon, no matter when we live. The coming of Christ must be similarly understood. As the great […]

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Two Times (2)

“So much is happening, it almost makes me afraid. The days are truly evil.” The young boy perked up his ears when he overheard his grandfather say such a thing. Grandpa was not one to be afraid. “Yes,” answered the boy’s father, “it is a fearful time to live. It seems as if we hear […]

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Something You Ought to Read

Behold, He Cometh! An Exposition of the Book of Revelation by Herman Hoeksema. 772 pp. Hdbk. $32. Available at Reformed Free Publishing Association 1894 Georgetown Center Drive Jenison, Michigan 49428-7137 Phone: 616-457-5970 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (EST) Fax: 616-457-5980 E-Mail: mail@rfpa.org Many of our readers probably have the book Behold, He Cometh! An […]

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Current Events: North Korean Struggles

Rajin, North Korea: From the Times Newspaper of London in the January 30, 2005 edition, Michael Sheradin reports on the current strife between the United States, China, and North Korea. The four-page article reminds the Christian not only of the end times, but also of Christ Jesus’ instruction unto his disciples, when he sent them […]

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The New Heavenly Earth

Dear Rev. Laning, In our morning devotions, our class came across Psalm 104:5, a reference to God as Creator. “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.” How is this verse connected with II Peter 3 where we read that “the earth shall be burned up” and “look for […]

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The Wonder of Christ’s Coming

Rev. Hanko is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Reprinted from the Loveland PRC newsletter. We should never forget that the coming of Christ at the end of the world is a wonder and a miracle—indeed the last this world shall ever see. It is a work of God and therefore wonderful in our […]

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A Sudden and Unexpected Coming

Reprinted from the Loveland PRC newsletter. If the “rapture” is not secret, why do we read of Christ’s coming as sudden and unexpected (I Thess.5:1-9)? He comes, Scripture says, as a thief in the night (Matt. 24:34; II Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:3; 16:15). What could be more secret or unexpected than that? The truth is […]

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The Signs of Christ’s Coming

Reprinted from the Loveland PRC newsletter. Scripture makes it very clear that Christ’s coming is always accompanied by signs. So it was with His coming in the flesh (Luke 1:18-20; 41-45; 2:12). So it is with His return (Matt. 24:3, 30; Luke 21:11, 25). These signs are important and must be rightly understood. The signs […]

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Shorten Those Days

The Scripture speaks to us Of many tribulations In final days the Lord Pours out upon all nations. That time will soon be here! We see the signs around, When godliness and virtue Are mocked, and sin abounds. E’en in this land of ours, Supposedly so free, There’s tolerance for sin But none for you […]

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The Coming of Our Lord

Clayton is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. A scholarship essay for 2000. Christ is coming: “for the time is at hand!” (Rev. 1:3b) It is to this end that all things exist and occur. For the child of God this is a glorious reality. However, in light of this glorious […]

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Preparing Youth for Living in the End Times

Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was written as a scholarship essay. Covenant youth are fascinated with eschatology. Little prodding to “listen up” or “pay attention” is necessary when the family meditates upon texts such as Matthew 24, II Peter 3, and Daniel 7-12 during devotions. When […]

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Preparing Students for Living in the Last Days

Dan is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. A Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. Life seems so easy for us. We live in a land where almost any dream is possible. We live in a land of cushy jobs, gorgeous homes, speedy cars with leather interiors, luxurious foods, protection from lawbreakers, and […]

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The Bridegroom Comes

The bridegroom soon shall come His bride, the church, to claim; May we await with longing hearts And reverence for His name.   Let not our earthly cares Our minds and hearts so fill That just a fraction of our time Is centered on His will   May our whole being thrill In every act […]

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Can Christ Come Back Any Second?

Question #33 I would like to ask you a question. I am having a dispute with class members with the following question. What will happen at the end of the world, and can Christ come back any second, or do signs still have to happen? Answer #33 When you ask about what will happen at […]

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Watching for the Signs (6)

“Are we almost there?” asked little Anna after they had traveled for several minutes. “No, Honey,” Mother smiled and tried to explain, “It will be a long time before we get to Grandma’s house.” Anna took the news quite well, until several more minutes had elapsed. “Are we almost there yet?” she asked again. And […]

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Called to Watch: Not Sleep

The command of Christ that we watch for His second coming is seen often in Scripture. The reason for this exhortation is that we, “know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 25:13). Because of this uncertainty on our part, we must keep a constant watch. The opposite of […]

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Persecution – A Sign of the Times

In Matthew 24 the disciples asked Jesus how they would know when the end of the world was coming. Jesus responded in verses 5-9 by saying, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be […]

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And We Shall Be Saved

The topic of “The New Heavens and The New Earth” appealed to me mainly because we are living in the last times. Many of the signs of the times which are recorded for us in Matthew 4, have been fulfilled. Today with our modern technology, the vast majority of the world has been exposed to […]

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