. For centuries the Church of Christ has heeded the admonition of the apostle Peter in I Peter 4:7: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” No doubt many an Old Year’s sermon has been preached on this passage. We today also hear its warning and prepare ourselves for the return of our Lord. We consider the events which take place in the world about us and quickly arrange them in their proper perspective.
Allow me to tell you a story. This story is about two families. What the names of these two families are is not important. But what is important is that each of these two families had a little child. Let us just say that these two little children were approximately six years of age. Oh, yes, there is one other fact that we ought to be aware of before we begin this story, and that is that the one family in this story is an ungodly one, while the other is a God-fearing, covenant family. With that in mind let...
. It has been over two years ago since the time of the mass murder/suicide claimed the lives of 913 people. In 1978 the world was stunned when the cult leader, Jim Jones, of the People’s Temple persuaded his faithful followers to drink the poisoned grape Kool-Aid which caused their deaths. Over 250 children were found among the corpses of their parents and relatives. Men, women, and children were led to their doom because they worshipped and trusted in this man-devil, their cult leader.
It is always fitting at the time when a new year comes upon us to reflect on all that has happened in the past, and, having done so, to look with the eye of faith to the future. With respect to the past, all of us can see what has happened in all its details. Not so, however, with respect to the future. None of us can see what the future holds in store for us in all its detail. But, nevertheless, that does not mean that we cannot see at least some of the details which the future holds...
. It is always a matter of extreme importance for us to watch for the various occurrences which give rise to the antichrist. Because of our busy everyday lives we all too often become oblivious to the many signs which surround us. Not only are these signs prevalent in the world “out there,” as we have noted in the articles which have dealt with the rise of cults and the chaos of wars, but upon close examination we find Satan works hard (perhaps the hardest) in our own churches in order that when antichrist does appear we too might be deceived and...
Are there ever times in your life when you have imagined what that very day of Christ’s return would bring? How often a child of God finds himself contemplating the events which will surround Christ’s second appearance! And is not that but natural?
When Noah, by faith, witnessed to the ungodly of the first world that God would soon send a deluge of water that would destroy the world he became the object of scorn and ridicule. These scoffers who followed after their own lusts derided Noah with these words: “Where is the promise of His coming?
Last installment we considered that in the days of Noah the mighty and noble men of this wicked world had developed God’s good creation in the service of sin and Satan. The world, had developed greatly in her technology and industry; in fact, civilization had reached the very height of its development. Jabal, Jubal, and Tubalcain, the wicked sons of evil Lamech, had made it their aim and goal to make this world useful for themselves, and useful in such a way that they might fulfill their own lusts and passions.
Concerning these articles that I have been writing in this rubric there seems to be a bit of clarification necessary. People have asked me, for example, “Are your parents really dead?’ or “Who is this friend of yours that had that terminal illness?” I am thankful to inform the reader that my parents are very much alive! But the parents of a man named “Pilgrim Watcher” are not, and possibly it is true in the reader’s life that your parents are not either.
The joy found in the hearts of godly parents when covenant seed is brought forth! The Psalmist in all his wisdom and as prompted by the Holy Spirit sang these words: “Lo children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. . . Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:3-5).