The author of this article reminds believers of the right attitude they should have as they wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Based on Peter's prophetic announcements in 2 Peter 3:10, the author attempts to prepare believers for the end time when the Lord Jesus will return to take his people. The article emphasizes the fact that it will not just be a quiet end: it will be disastrous for those who are not in the Lord, but joyful for those who are in the Lord, who are already anticipating meeting the Lord.
In this article Harvey makes a distinction between the "with Christ" and "in Christ" motifs as used by the apostle Paul. In studies when the "with Christ" concept is addressed, it is frequently associated with Paul's eschatology. This essay wants to examine the available data and reach some conclusions about how Paul uses the phrase.
What did the early church believe about the second coming or return of Christ? This paper explores the views of the ante-Nicene fathers on this topic and touches upon the conditions of his return, the result of his return, personal preparation for his return, relationship to the first resurrection, tribulation, etc.
What happens if we are not anticipating the return of Christ? This article explains what we can expect, and how Scripture warns against this apathy.
With 1 John 3:1-2 as framework, this article explores the tension for the believer between the "already" and the "not yet."
The Bible clearly teaches the reality of the second coming of Christ. This article looks at the nature and purpose of his coming.
Why did God not reveal the day of judgement? God chose not to reveal this, which means that Christians must always be ready. The author of this article issues a warning to the unprepared.
This article is on the topic of eschatology. Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the challenges posed by tribulations during the last days, this article calls Christians to persevere in light of the certainty of the victory of Christ over the devil. Prayer is essential to perseverance. In this waiting period Christians must learn to live sacrificially and remain active in the world.
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the tension Christians are called to live in, the tensions as a result of being citizens of heaven and this earth, living with the risen Christ and being in Him while facing sin and death, this article shows that Christian are called to live in this tension as people of the wilderness an pilgrims. Read on
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the relationship between eschatology and the kingdom, this article shows that the first coming of Christ ushered in the kingdom of God which will be completed when He returns. This has bearing on the Christian life, because Christians live their lives looking at the completed work of Christ while waiting for the full realization of it.
The author demonstrates that the binding of Satan has already taken place. This becomes evident when Jesus announced that his coming meant that he had first bound the strong man, Satan, before he plundered his house.
The author clearly states the eschatological position of Amillennialism. This view is supported by the Reformed creeds, as well as the outplay of natural events in history.
This article outlines the various views on the millennium.
How can believers be certain that Jesus will return? It is certain that Jesus will come again, because Jesus is controlling everything in this world to advance the day of His coming. Secondly, Jesus' first coming serves as a sign, since it was a fulfillment of prophesy. Similarly, the second coming of Jesus and judgment day has been prophesied.
Was there a development in the eschatology of Paul? This article examines 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, highlighting three issues arising from the passage that are relevant for this discussion on the development in Paul's eschatological thought. First, the author reflects on Paul's personal relationship to the return of Christ. Next, it considers the time of the receipt of the spiritual body.
This article refers to apocalyptic speculation in the present context of a generation of prophets, whether religious or secular, who are annoucning the coming of the end of the world. This article is directed against current misdirected apocalyptic speculation in the light of a similar development during the time of the French Revolution in the 18th century.
This article offers a thoughtful analysis of the postmillennial and amillennial views in light of Scripture and the outcome of events in history. While appreciating the effort among postmillennials to understand Scripture, the author sees the amillennialist view as correctly reflecting the prophecy of Scripture. The author also includes a discussion on the interpretation of such difficult Scriptures as Revelation 20.
The article treats the subject of the millennium by reflecting on the interpretation of some parts of the book of Revelation as well as two Old Testament passages commonly viewed as predicting an earthly millennial kingdom, and by offering a short description of amillennial eschatology and a sketch of some of the implications of this position,
The author emphasizes the point that the binding of Satan narrated in Revelation 20 was effected through the ministry, sacrificial death, and exaltation of Jesus Christ. Further in this article, the author discusses the identity of the souls who had been beheaded, who were reigning with Christ in the millennium.
The author continues on the topic of millennialism and here criticizes the dispensationalist view, that the current age is a kind of a parenthesis, a period made necessary by the failure of the Jews to come to Christ at his first coming. This view further states that when Christ comes for the second time, the Jews will have been evangelized and come to faith, and there will have been a period of severe tribulation.
As the author continues with a defence of amillennialism over against postmillennialism, the argument turns to the amillennial view itself, which emphasizes the rule of Christ Jesus in the present age. Thus, this view is opposed to a specific time period of a literal 1000 years of Christ's rule, as advocated by many postmillennials.
In the part of the continuing discussion, the author turns to the strongest source for the support of postmillennialism, the Old Testament prophetic texts. The author criticizes this over-reliance on Old Testament passages. The author also makes an specific analysis of the postmillennial interpretation of Isaiah 65.
Looking at the relationship between Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21, this article shows how both these scripture passages highlight the presence of God as the center of everything. This perspective allows us to view God as the Creator of our hope. This is the second in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Though commending the effort by Neo-Calvinists to raise the Lordship of Christ in all of life, this article shows that this has the tendency to root Christian hope in this world. This article calls for a balanced perspective in which the Lordship of Christ in all of life will not blind Christians to the reality of their spiritual hope. This is the first in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
The focus in chapter 4 is Paul’s view of heaven. The author reflects upon the eschatological aspects of heaven, notably the final state of believers. He first notes the Old Testament background to Paul’s understanding of heaven, then the basic structure of Paul's thought, and finally a focus on the believer’s final, future state prior to and after the return of Christ.
The aim of this essay is to survey approaches to the parousia (return of Christ) in modern theology. It wants to describe and assess these modern approaches within their own proper theological and historical context. It is followed by the author's own approach to the subject, showing where he thinks he may draw fruitfully upon modern insights and where we must take warnings from modern misunderstandings.
The resurrection of Jesus is central to the Christian faith. This article argues that resurrection is essentially a feature of the last times and the outstanding aspect of the Christian hope. The New Testament makes it evident that the resurrection of Jesus was linked not only with his death but also with his parousia. The major theme of this study is the nature and significance of this connection.
This article argues that the Gospel of Mark’s sayings on the coming of the Son of Man (Mark 8:38, Mark 13:24-27, and Mark 14:62) refer to the return of Jesus. This is argued against the view of R. T. France and N. T. Wright according to whom these sayings call attention to the vision of Daniel 7:9-14.
This is a continuation of the role of Revelation 20:4-6 in the debate on amillennialism, or other theologies such as premillennialism and postmillennialism. The author focuses on the believer's reign with Christ, explaining the identity of the saints, the nature of the first resurrection, and the role of the "rest of the dead."
The author continues to deal with Revelation 20 as a Scripture text supporting amillennialism rather than premillennialism. Specifically, the issue of the binding of Satan for a thousand years is dealt with. The issue of the literal or figurative interpretation of the thousand years is also discussed.
In these four articles the author discusses the Millennium from the viewpoint of Revelation 20:1-6. The first article is about the premillennialists' reading of Revelation 20. The author then continues to look at the structure of the book of Revelation and what this means for the understanding of Revelation 20:1-6. After this he expounds Revelation 20:1-6 (third and fourth article).