The reality of the kingdom of antichrist in the last days is an indisputable fact. The Scriptures, especially the book of Revelation, picture to us the rise, establishment, and inglorious end of this kingdom. All Reformed Christians, indeed, all evangelical Christians, albeit with differences, acknowledge the truth of Scripture concerning the antichrist. Since to us who live in the last times this is an important subject, it is worthwhile to examine that kingdom in the light of Scripture, and also attempt to fit present-day events into that Scriptural perspective.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” I Timothy 4:1 “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” II Tim. 4:4
In the Lord’s Prayer, that perfect and model prayer, we are also taught to pray: Thy Kingdom come. How important is this second petition of our Lord’s perfect prayer when we consider our Lord’s coming and the signs of that coming! We understand, of course, that this coming of our Lord Jesus Christ does not depend upon our praying of this petition. This coming will not come to a halt as soon as we stop praying for it. This kingdom will come and is coming. To pray, however, for the coming of the kingdom surely means, in the first place,...
In our series under the above heading, we have now reached the final article that I have been called upon to write for this rubric. And, therefore, that means that we will finish this series with the powerful Word of God as that is set forth for us in the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel.
Writing in the April 15, 1977, Standard Bearer we reflected on the subject of life after death under the title “Form Without Power.” A review was given of some features of the studies of a Dr. Raymond Moody, who published accounts of strange phenomena connected with the experiences of those who apparently died but were brought back to this life by medical science.
Over the last few years man has become increasingly alarmed about pollution. In our day and age, when man talks about pollution he is not talking about the pollution of his soul; he is talking about the pollution of his soil and of his air and water. Man’s alarm is understandable. When you talk about the earth and threats to its environment you are talking about man’s very existence. Man lives not only on the earth, but out of the earth. God made man a creature whose very physical existence is dependent upon the means only planet earth can provide.
A wise man once said, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” That wise man was Solomon; and the words which he spoke were not merely words of wisdom but the Word of God (Ecclesiastes 1:9). It is true therefore; there is no new thing under the sun. What we see happening today in the world and church has happened many times over.
The Signs of the Times which occupy our attention in this rubric are the signs which are connected with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His final appearance upon the clouds of heaven and as they are peculiarly characteristic of our present day and age. The church, of course, is vitally interested in these precursory signs, signs which precede the final coming of our Lord. They and the life of the church are inseparably connected. All our life and hope stand or fall with them. Without them we are doomed. Should they fail to materialize our situation is...
Perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Pilgrim Watcher. My God-fearing parents gave me that name as an expression of the faith that lived in them, and in order to express to me what my life must be.
“Who shot J.R.?” That question has become, whatTime Magazine in its August 11 issue calls, an “obsession” for “300 million souls in 57 countries” around the, world. Staggering figures, aren’t they? It is a question which is seen on bumper stickers; heard expressed, on radio and television; and yes, even used by the political candidates for the presidency of the United States. It is undoubtedly the case, therefore, that you are familiar with that question.