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In the year 1000 A.D., thousands of so called “Christians” fled to the hills of their countries. The reason for this was because they believed that Christ was coming in the year 1000 A.D. Some historians believe that there will be a repeat performance of this in the year 2000 A.D. We who hold the Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God know that no human knows of the second coming of Christ. When Christ walked on earth, He taught His disciples the signs of the times. It is the signs of the times that will give clues to the second coming of Christ. All things must come to pass that is written in heaven before Christ shall return.

Christ taught Peter, James, John and Andrew on the Mount of Olives about the last days. In Mark 13, Christ says that many men will try to deceive the elect. Men will say that they are Christ and many will follow. That is what happened in the year 1000 and maybe will happen in the year 2000 too. Another sign of the times is written in Mark 13:8, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginning of sorrows.” Isn’t this true in the Mid East, Africa, Far East, and even in the “Christian” United States.

Christ also taught of persecution. When the nations have come to peace, they will turn against the elect Church of God. The elect will be betrayed by their own brethren and kinsfolks and many will be put to death for Christ’s sake. Luke 21:12-15 says “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

I Thessalonians 5:5-8, Christ through Paul says, “Ye are all children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.” The Lord will come as a thief in the night. The Lord went on a small trip and soon shall return. The elect must be ready. Watching.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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