End of the age

Newsletter 116 Summer 2015

“But the end of all things is at hand therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers”. 1 Peter 4: 7. Peter wrote these words nearly 2000 years ago and yet the end has not come. Today Christians are likely to respond using Peter’s words in his second letter, “Where is the promise of His coming?” 2 Peter 3: 4. Within the Christian church many now scoff at those who teach on the Second Coming. To focus on the return of Christ is seen as a distraction.

It is in this context that, prayerfully, I believe the time has come to write the following article on the Fall of Babylon. It is a warning of things that are soon to come about. Within the article there is a challenge, do we love what God hates? When these things come to pass will we respond in fear or will we rejoice? Are we in love with the world or do we set our hope on the heavenly city? In that respect the article on the last page is a challenge to us all.

In this edition

The fall of Babylon

The Reign of Christ on Earth

the Iran Nuclear Agreement

EU moots new international formula to boost Middle East peace

The Coptic Christian Martyrs

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Signs of the end of the age 6 – Apostasy

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (the day of the Lord) will not come unless the apostasy comes first”, 2 Thessalonians 2: 3.

The Thessalonian Church had been disturbed by a message or letter falsely claiming to have come from Paul. It made out that the gathering of the believers to be with Christ had already taken place. The Thessalonian’s faith had been shaken by the report that they had been left behind. To assure the church that such teaching was nonsense Paul describes two events that will precede the day when our Lord comes for His own. One is the revealing of the man of sin. The other is a falling away from the truth. Continue reading