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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Review In response to the questions of the disciples about His second coming, Jesus taught that there will be a great apostasy against which the church must fight; the Antichrist will arise as the pinnacle of this false teaching; and the saints will be persecuted in a way no one has ever seen before. Before this persecution comes, the church is called to be active in preaching the gospel to all nations (Matt. 24:14), for when the persecution comes, the gospel will be silenced: “the two witnesses”...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Entertainment. Leisure. Amusement. Recreation. Sports. Spare time. Fun. Is there any more proof needed that our day is mad for pleasure? As Matthew 24 indicates, “iniquity shall abound, (and) the love of many shall wax cold.” Paul spoke of this to pastor Timothy in II Timothy 3 when he said, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous…heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God….” Young people must be reminded that this is taking place as a sign of Christ’s coming. Paul made that clear as well,...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. One sign of the end that ought to jump right out of the news into our faces is the sign of lawlessness. When Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24that iniquity would abound, He said, “lawlessnesswould abound.” Paul emphasizes the lawlessness of the last days when he says that the Antichrist is called the “man of sin,” literally, the “man of lawlessness” (II Thess. 2:3), and adds that the Antichrist will be produced by the “mystery of iniquity”—again, of “lawlessness” (vs. 7). The very thing we see today in our...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. We have tried to answer the question, so far, that the disciples asked the Lord in the beginning ofMatthew 24: “When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” In other words, when will the end come? The Lord answered their question in a way that startles: “Take heed that no man deceive you . . . ,” He says, and then He went on to list a host of signs that would precede His...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. We have been answering the question that the disciples asked in their lifetime, the same question that arises in our souls especially aw we see more turmoil in the world, “Lord, when shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” We areinterested in these questions. The signs that Jesus showed His disciples do not point out the day and the hour of Jesus’ coming, but they do help us understand the times and the seasons so that, as...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. PARENTS! When I was leading discussion groups at the Young People’s convention this summer, I asked the young people in my group if they had read a certain article in the Standard Bearer. I was discouraged at the response; not one of them had. In fact, it was almost discouraging enough to conclude that I would not write any more. Parents, if your young people have been reading, thanks! And thanks to you too, young people! It was all worth the time and effort! But, parents, if...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Review In the last article, I began to explain the Scriptural teaching of the battle of Armageddon, the last battle that will take place on this earth. We need to remember that this is different from the view of many, who teach that there are two great battles yet to come: the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog. Others believe that these battles are separated by a thousand years, the first taking place before Christ returns, the second after the thousand-year reign of...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Jesus Christ is coming again! I believe that! Every Sunday evening, in our heart or with our mouth, we confess this: “I believe in Jesus Christ . . . he shall come to judge the living and the dead.” This same Jesus who came to planet earth some two thousand years ago, who gave Himself in love for us, will come back in that same love for us. When? The battle of Armageddon (or Gog and Magog) will be the last battle the world experiences. In this...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. No, we cannot know the day and the hour that Jesus is coming again to make all things new. We can’t know when He will return to take the church to glory. We may not try to determine the day or even the year. But, you say, if we cannot pinpoint the time the Lord will come, is there any profit in studying about those days, and even asking how close they are? Definitely, yes! It’s not for nothing that the Bible gives us information about the...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. As preparation for reading or discussing this article, read and. study the following texts in their contexts:Daniel 7:10; Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts. 10:42, Acts 17:31,Romans 2:16, Romans 14:10-12, II Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, I Peter 1:17, Jude 1:14, 15, Revelation 20:12, 13. See also Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19 and Belgic Confession; Article 37: Perhaps a good exercise would be to write out the shorter ones on a piece of paper, and summarize the longer ones in your own words. Now, with the Word of God at your hand, read what follows. When we stand before...

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