This article presents a critique of Robert Peterson who defends the traditional interpretation of eternal torment against the challenge posed by annihilationism. The author critically examines key features of Peterson’s case and suggest that it has some major shortcomings and is ultimately unsuccessful. Annihilationists admit that the Bible teaches eternal punishment. They differ with the more traditional view of what this punishment entails.
In this chapter Haykin reveals John Calvin's approach to Scripture and theology that was clearly pro-missions and pro-evangelism. While Calvin was concerned more directly with purifying the church than initiating a worldwide missions movement, his interpretation of the Bible was consistent with a free proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of the lost.
What should be imagined is new about the new heaven and the new earth, proclaimed in Revelation 21:1-8 and 2 Peter 3:10-13? Does Revelation portray God as creating a new heaven and earth ex nihilo? Will the new earth be a reproduction of the pre-fall original creation, or will it somehow be a renewal of this present creation after the fall?
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.