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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2007, p. 472.   The Conclusion, Chapter 4:4-6 (continued)  5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. That the coming of Elijah in these last verses of Malachi is a reference to John the Baptist and...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2007, p 282. The Sixth Disputation: Chapters 3:13-4:3  13. Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? This last main section of the prophecy of Malachi is more general than what precedes. Its purpose is to make a distinction between God’s people in Israel and the unrepentant wicked. It speaks, therefore, of the spiritual difference between these two groups, of how that difference is manifest in the conduct...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: November 1, 2007, p. 65. The Character of the Movement  The Secession of 1834 was for the most part a movement among the lowest and poorest of the Dutch people. Even the ministers of the Secession were not from the higher classes, but for the most part from the middle class. Kromminga says: The National Synod of the established Church is said to have comforted itself with the numerical smallness of the secession. The seceders came then and for years continued to come...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2007, p. 201. The Fifth Disputation, Chapter 3:7-12 (continued)  10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. It is evident from verse 10 that Israel’s sin was primarily the sin of not giving the tithes at...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: January, 1, 2007, p. 150. The Fifth Disputation: Chapter 3:7-12 7. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? In this fifth section of Malachi’s prophecy he returns again to the sins of the people, this time rebuking them for the sin of robbing God in their tithes and offerings. By...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2007, p. 30. Hendrik de Cock  De Cock was the oldest of the Secession leaders, the first to take an active stand against unbiblical doctrines and practices in the state church; the first to be disciplined; the first, with his congregation, to secede from the Dutch Reformed Church; and also the first of the leaders to die, for he saw only the beginnings of the Secession, dying already in 1842, just eight years after its beginning and at the young age...

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Covenant Faithfulness and Unfaithfulness (13)

Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: December 1, 2006, p. 103.  

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: November 1, 2006, p. 57.   The Fourth Disputation: Chapter 2:17-3:6 (cont.)  In the first part of chapter 3 we come to the heart of Malachi’s prophecy. Here the Word of God through Malachi becomes not just a word of rebuke and judgment but the gospel of God’s grace. Here is the prophecy of Christ’s coming that lies at the heart of all that Malachi says, for it is His coming that delivers Israel, both priests and people, from their sins and provides...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington.   Introduction  The Afscheiding, or “Secession,” that took place in Holland in 1834, when a large group of dissenters separated from the state church, is a movement that had a profound impact on the history of Reformed churches, including that of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The historical roots of the Christian Reformed Church and of the Protestant Reformed Churches are in that Secession. The Dutch immigrants who first formed the Christian Reformed Church and then the Protestant Reformed Churches were almost all from the Secession.¹ Herman Hoeksema and George...

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Nimrod did not intend being an instrument in God’s hands, fulfilling His will. But he became the sling, and the confederate humanity under him the stone, which, hurtling out with terrific centrifugal force flew into pieces, that in turn soared in orbit around a central Semitical fragment. These fragments, to begin with, were the 70 descendants of Noah, representing as many nations. In the number 70 we may see latent something of the destiny of the world’s races and nations. In Scripture the number 70 is significant of humanity in covenant completeness with God.

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