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Scripture Memory: Rejoicing.

VERSE : Psalm 13:5 “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

16 November 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Signs of the Lord’s Coming, 2 Thes 2:1-8)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Quek KK (Godly Attitudes to Authorities, Rom 13:1-8)

23 November 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (The End-Time Deception, 2 Thes 2:9-12)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Eric Kwan (Make No Provision for the Flesh, Rom 13:8-13)

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CHRIST’S RETURN IS NEARER THAN YOU THINK

All the things that are happening in the world indicate that we are getting close to the return of Christ. The nation of Israel was resurrected out of non-existence 66 years ago. This has set the stage for the end-time events.

In His Olivet discourse Jesus mentioned that before He comes “ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars…” (Matthew 24:6). Wars have been happening in the world for centuries. But one unsettling change that has come only in recent times is that they are no longer confined to countries where there are conflicts, but also exported right to the doorsteps of peaceful countries in the form of terrorist attacks and suicide bombings.

In Matthew 24:7 Jesus mentioned that there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes. These are the ‘beginning of sorrows.’ Such natural disasters have increased from 120 a year in the 1980s to 500 a year in our present decade. The World Health Organisation estimates that since 1973, more than 30 new and highly infectious diseases like HIV, SARS, MERS and Ebola have emerged. It is also reported that many common diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, dengue fever, cholera and pneumonia are developing resistance against all available antibiotics.

There are many other signs that Jesus will return soon, but the most significant one mentioned in Matthew 24 is the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (v.14) This prophecy is being fulfilled today. The country where the Gospel is making the greatest impact is China. It is reported that 10,000 souls are being saved every day and there may be up to 100 million Christians in China today.

In Matthew 24:33 Jesus says, “When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” We cannot close our eyes to the things that are happening around us. While we should not go to the extreme of setting dates and causing false alarms, we must be very watchful because of the signs of the times.

What Should We Expect to Happen?
(see chart below)

Before Jesus returns, several powerful empires and nations will rise and fall, culminating with a very powerful rule of the whole world by one person called the Antichrist. He will make a peace treaty with the nation of Israel at first. The Jews will be able to re-establish their sacrifices in a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. But after some years he will break this treaty and will demand to be worshipped as God in that Temple. He will also require everyone to receive a mark on their forehead. Those who refuse to receive this mark and worship him will be persecuted in the Great Tribulation. They will not be able to buy or sell without his mark. This will be a time of great suffering for all true believers in the world.

However, their days of affliction will be cut short when Christ comes and takes them and all believers who had died away from the world, in new perfect bodies. They receive their rewards from Christ and then enjoy sweet fellowship with Him at a grand marriage supper in heaven.

While this is happening, God will send miraculous plagues to punish the whole world (the seven bowl judgments of Revelation 16). But the Antichrist only keeps up his ungodly campaign with the help of another end-time figure called the False Prophet. They will respond with miracles of their own done by the power of Satan, one of which may be a counterfeit resurrection of the Antichrist from the dead.

In the midst of all this turmoil, the greatest military offensive in all history will be launched against Israel at the Battle of Armageddon. And just at the moment when everything seems bleak, Christ will return to earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords, to save Israel and defeat the Antichrist and the False Prophet and cast them into the lake of fire. Then Satan will be bound for a thousand years in the bottomless pit.

During this thousand-year period Christ will rule on earth together with all the raptured and resurrected believers. All Israel will be saved and will worship Christ in a Temple described in Ezekiel 40-46. This rule of Christ from Jerusalem will result in the most perfect peace, order and harmony that this world has ever known. This peace and harmony will even extend to nature: Lions will eat straw instead of meat, children will be able to play with snakes which will no longer be poisonous.

At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released to stir up one final rebellion against God on earth, but once again God will defeat him and this time he will be cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone to burn forever. All the dead who are not saved shall be resurrected, judged and cast into the same lake. The old heaven and old earth will then be destroyed with fervent heat, and a new heaven and new earth will appear in their place, together with a new city which is the New Jerusalem where God’s people will dwell forever with the Lord.

The above is the result of taking all the prophecies of the end times found in the Scriptures plainly and literally. It is known as the premillennial view of Christ’s return because in this view, Jesus returns before the thousand years. This is the view taken by Life Church.

What Should We Do?

God has given us an important role to play – We are to warn unbelievers to flee from the wrath to come. It may not be long before the end-time plagues and judgments descend upon the world and they will be engulfed by them. It may not be long before the Antichrist subdues the whole world to worship him, and they will be deluded into receiving his mark on their right hands and foreheads. It may not be long before Christ descends for His final battle against all unsaved humanity. The door to enter into God’s kingdom may soon be shut for them. Can we just sit by and do nothing for them?

No, we cannot. We should be doing all that we can to warn them now that the End is near. We need to make them realize the seriousness of their situation. We need to tell them that “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)                       —Pastor

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th November 2014

Time: 8 am & 11.00 am

Topic: Prepare to Meet Your God (Amos 4:12)

Speakers: Rev Colin Wong (English Service)

Rev Kew See Seong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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LTF Camp 2014 (8-12 Dec)

Theme: Spiritual Exercise. Speaker: Mr. Lim Chien Chong (Grace B-P Church). All teens aged 12-17 are invited! Registration ends on 23 Nov.  To register: bit.ly/LTFcamp2014Contact Elder Lim Ching Wah (9183-6783) for more info. Love gifts to defray the cost of the camp are greatly appreciated.

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2015)

Day Time                    Course                                 Lecturer

Mon 7.30 - 9.30 pm    The OT Historical Books      Rev Charles Seet

Tue  10 - 12.00 pm     The Doctrine of the Church  Rev Isaac Ong

Wed 10 - 12.00 pm     Daniel                                   Rev Ho Chee Lai

Thu 10 - 12.00 pm      Colossians                            Rev Colin Wong

         7.30 - 9.30 pm   Equipping Lay Leaders        Rev Dr Jack Sin

Fri    10 - 12.00 pm     Westminster Standards        Rev Isaac Ong

Closing date for ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 is 7 Dec 14. Lectures begin on 12 Jan 15. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Chinese Vacation Bible School (CVBS), 3 - 5 Dec 2014.  TODAY is the closing date for registration. For enquiries, please call Weng Kit, 9621-0280. 

2) Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 21 Dec 14. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by next Sunday. Please call the Church office (65949399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Thai Service, 2.30 pm

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25