All Articles For Vol 61 Issue 19 8/1/1985

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Picture this scene in your mind. A married man enters the living room, picks up the Standard Bearer, and after reading the News From Our Churches throws down the magazine, grumbling about the outdatedness of the news. Here are Staff suggestions given to me to improve the news reporting from our churches. 1. Get a little more variety in your news. (Something difficult, because you are dependent on people furnishing you with news.) 2. Try to avoid outdated news . . . . 3. Spark up the account a bit for the sake of interest. These are worthwhile suggestions which point...

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And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.  Matthew 24:14 In Matthew 24 God teaches us that all of history must be understood in the light of its end. False prophets and apostasy, wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, tribulation and iniquity, even the rise and rule of Antichrist himself are signs of Christ’s second coming. They can be understood properly only when we look at them as progress towards the goal of the fulfillment of God’s purpose: the glory of His...

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The coming of Antichrist is one of the signs of the second coming of Christ. The Bible teaches us that the last days will be characterized by wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, apostasy, great tribulation, and more. The coming of Antichrist, however, is one of the most important of all these signs. Jesus warned us about Antichrist when He said, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:24). These false Christs and false prophets are...

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That we are living in the last times is a plain fact. Every sincere Christian knows that soon his Lord will appear to make all things new. Before the Lord’s coming Antichrist must appear. During his brief reign the remnant according to God’s gracious election in Christ will suffer in what Scripture calls the Great Tribulation. While it remains true that no man knows the day nor the hour of the Lord’s return, we do know that it is very near. Scripture itself states, “But the end of all things is at hand . . .” (I Peter 4:7). Literally...

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“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many . . . . And there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:11, 24). Our Lord Jesus Himself prophesied of the cult explosion now occurring in the proliferation both of world-religions and the major and minor cults. In this article we are interested in what the Bible has to say of this dark side of apostasy; and since the Bible, in general, may be divided thus—prophecy (the Old Testament),...

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In Revelation 13:11-18 we read of a second beast which arises out of the earth. A first beast (Rev. 13:1-10) came forth from the restless sea. He represented the development of the antichristian world power, and the antichrist who controls this. That first beast comes from the unstable waters—representing the restless nations of the world—and establishes a measure of stability and order among men. This first beast makes possible the rise of the second one. We read of that second beast: “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he...

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Without signs it would be very difficult for us in this complex life, which is ours today. Signs give us valuable information, help us find our way, keep us from getting lost, prevent us from suffering injury, and assure and comfort us in many ways. Signs are also valuable in our spiritual life; and for them we may be thankful. The sacraments are holy signs which the God of our salvation uses for the strengthening of our faith, and for our comfort in this vale of tears and sorrows. But there are other signs which the Lord our God gives...

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The Scriptures are very clear that one of the signs of Christ’s coming is the prevalence of war in this world. Jesus emphatically states this in Matthew 24. Puzzled and perturbed by Jesus’ prophecy of the destruction of the temple, the disciples asked Jesus, “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt. 24:3). Among the many signs of which Jesus spoke, He mentioned also this sign: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must...

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This issue is devoted in its entirety to the themeCurrent Events In The Light Of Prophecy. I may add that it is not, and is not intended to be, an exhaustive treatment of the subject; rather, the planning committee of our staff chose what it thought to be certain key aspects of the general subject and asked various writers to contribute articles. However, the theme presupposes that current events can and may and should indeed be viewed in the light of prophecy by God’s people. Implicit in that presupposition, therefore, is the truth that prophecy speaks of and sheds light...

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Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Matthew 24:32, 33 Learn the parable (not: “a parable”) of the fig tree. It is right before your eyes. And it is very simple and easy to understand—if only you have eyes to see and ears to understand. The things of the kingdom of heaven take place in parables. The latter are not merely contrived earthly stories with...

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