Eschatology is a present reality that should shape the life of the church. Beale argues that the origin of the office of elder is partly related to the inauguration of the latter-day tribulation. This article discusses this inauguration of the tribulation in some detail, and also takes a look at the motivation for godly living during these end times. The identification of the Son of Man and the tribulation in Daniel 7 is explored. 2 Thessalonians 2 and 1 John 3 are examined for an understanding of the inauguration of the great tribulation.
Source: Midwestern Journal of Theology, 2011. 26 pages.