Spring 2016

Volume 16/Number 1

The End Times. The Last Day. Judgment Day. The Second (Final) Coming of Christ. These are all words and phrases that describe the subject of “eschatology,” that is the study of the “end times.” Forty days after His death and resurrection, Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father. The church awaits His final return when He comes again in His glory. Until that time, Christians live and die in Jesus and Jesus still comes to us through the ministry of the Gospel and Sacraments. Christians live in Jesus with the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. In this issue of Higher Things Magazine, we’ll hear the Good News of Christ is present with us in life and in death and in the world to come. We’ll explore all sorts of topics related to eschatology and answer many questions that Christians often have about death. Christ is risen! You will rise, too! Seeing how that all fits together now and through death and the end times into eternal life is what this issue of Higher Things Magazine is all about.

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The Bridegroom and His Bride

Rev. George F. Borghardt

Rev. Borghardt poignantly illustrates how marriage is a picture of Christ and His Bride, the church and how, on the Last Day, we will finally see ourselves as He does now: pure, blameless and forgiven.


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If You Love the End Times So Much Why Don’t You Marry It?

Rev. Gaven M. Mize

Rev. Mize zeroes in on the blessed gifts of the Sacraments and the Liturgy that sustain us until the end of all things…until we, the church, the Bride of Christ, set our eyes on Jesus, our Bridegroom.


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Judgment Day: You’re Ready

Rev. Aaron T. Fenker

Are you prepared for Judgment Day? That’s the wrong question to ask, according to Rev. Fenker. Find out why Judgment Day is nothing we need to fear.


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The End Times: Still All About Jesus

Katie Hill

What does the Bible really have to say about the end times and what are the keys that help us unlock that knowledge? No, it doesn’t require a decoder ring or some other gadget…just some basic principles, as Katie explains.


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Millennialitis and Its Rapture Fever

Rev. Brent W. Kuhlman

No need to look at WebMD to see if you suffer from this disease. Just read through Rev. Kuhlman’s article and get the facts and the cure.


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The Narnia Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse

Rev. Samuel P. Schuldheisz

Rev. Schuldheisz takes us through a magical tour of The Last Battle, bringing courage and comfort for the End Times along the way.


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Jesus: The Grave’s Sheol

Rev. Donavon Riley

Rev. Riley shines the bright light of Christ onto that rather dark and mysterious word we see in the Scriptures: Sheol.


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Teach Us to Number Our Days

Rev. Joel Fritsche

What happens when we die? How are we supposed to truly live when we know the Grim Reaper stands ready to pounce? Rev. Fritsche reminds us that in Christ, we live in the light of our new life in Him.


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New Heavens. New Earth.

Rev. Mark Buetow

Eternal life isn’t a floaty existence in a bland whiteness. Instead, Rev. Buetow declares, we’ll be face to face with a flesh and blood Savior, including scars, and live in a paradise that we can tangibly experience and enjoy forever.


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The Fifth Commandment: The Gift of Life

Rev. William M. Cwirla

As Rev. Cwirla explains, what makes this commandment so compelling is that it is undergirded by a love for life and a need to preserve it in every sense because that is what Jesus has done for us.


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