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When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: let him that is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. Matthew 24:15-18 Jesus spoke of various signs of His second coming, such as false Christs and false prophets; wars and rumors of war, with nation arising against nation; wickedness, hatred, and betrayals, even...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. As has been pointed out before, the destruction of Jerusalem and the persecution that the Jews experienced at that time are a type of the great tribulation that comes at the end of the ages just before the return of our Lord. The word “tribulation” means literally “pressure,” like a boa constrictor encircling itself around its victim and slowly tightening the pressure to crush him to death. Or we might use the example of a straitjacket with sharp points, used as an instrument of torture in times past to...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” Psalm 15:1 Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the psalmist writes: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:1, 2a). In the old dispensation, if anyone were to ask, Where does God dwell? he would have been informed that there was only one place in the whole world where God dwelled. He would have...

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Rev. Hanko, an emeritus minister, served as pastor of various congregations in the PRC from 1929-1977. Now Israel may say, and that in truth, If that the Lord had not our right maintained, If that the Lord had not with us remained, When cruel men against us rose to strive, We surely had been swallowed up alive. The church of Jesus Christ is a militant church. I can testify to that from my own experiences, from my earliest memories. During my teens there was in fact great unrest and upheaval in the church. That was true also in the world...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.  Isaiah 21:10 At the close of the day the prophet stands on the mountaintop of prophecy, looking into the distant future. What he beholds is so overwhelming, so deeply shocking that it brings him into great agony. Fear takes hold of him, his heart throbs, he is in pain as a woman in travail. He sees the kingdom of Judah in...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; for thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?  II Samuel 7:18, 19 King David is overwhelmed, filled with awe and gratitude! It is all so marvelous, so incomprehensible, exceeding his...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 21:4a The redeemed child of God is pictured as coming out of the great tribulation and entering into heaven with tears running down his cheeks. God Himself takes him, as it were, in His arms and brushes away the tears — forever. A vale of tears. In the well-known shepherd-psalm David describes this life as “the valley of the shadow of death,” which we enter at birth and do not leave until we die. A child enters this...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. And every one who heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rains descended, and the floods came, and...

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Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.  Malachi 3:16 Jehovah’s book of remembrance is the record of the lives of those who “fear the Lord,” since they are most precious in His sight. From His throne in heaven He listens to them when they are talking one with the other, pouring out their souls in times of...

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Forty-three years later it is still painful for me to think back upon and write about the split of 1953. This is because I was personally involved in all that took place, sat through many difficult meetings of consistory, classis, and synod, experienced that there were those, among whom were my most intimate friends ever since the student days in the seminary, who now were out to destroy our churches by opposing the truth that we held most precious. I recall the nights after consistory meetings when Rev. Ophoff and I would walk the streets of Grand Rapids in utter...

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