3designed to bring about perfect judgment, restoration and replacement (part 5), the events of eschatology (i.e., the biblical study of “last things”) can easily be misunderstood.1. Scope and Methodology: The purpose of this seven-part series is to relate the last chapter of human history as the Bible records it. The key event of history’s culmination and termination,the great watershed in the future history of the earth, is, from the divine perspective, the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (i.e., His 2
Advent). For Jesus Christ
the true focus of history, and from the point of His return onward, history’s course will be under God’s direct,overt control, with the Son of God Himself personally ruling over the earth until the day whenhistory itself, along with death, is finally swallowed up for all time (Is.25:7-8; 1Cor.15:26;15:54-55), and our God inaugurates the commencement of eternity with His creation of the NewHeavens and New Earth. The return of Christ is thus the “blessed hope” toward which all wewho believe in Him and wait for Him should ever direct our gaze (Tit.2:13), eagerly awaiting it(2Pet.3:11-12), just as we would the birth of a child (Jn.16:21-24), or the dawning of a new day(to which the 2
Advent of the true “Light of the world” is often compared in scripture: e.g.,Is.60:1; Mal.4:2; Lk.1:78; Rom.13:11-14; 1Thes.5:1-10; 2Pet.1:19-20; 1Jn.2:8).And just as the birth of a new child is preceded by intense pain, so it will be at the end of thepresent age when our victorious Lord returns and transforms our sorrow into joy (cf. Is.25:8;Rev.7:16-17; 21:4):When a woman gives birth, she is in pain, for her time has come. But when she bringsforth her child, she no longer remembers her
) onaccount of her joy, for a [new] person has been born into the world.
In this world you do have
). But be courageous. Ihave overcome the world.
And just as dawn is preceded by the darkest part of the night, so it will be at the end of thepresent age when our victorious Lord returns and turns our darkness into light (cf. Num.24:17;Is.9:2; 60:1; 60:19; Matt.2:2; 2:9-10; Jn.1:4-5; 8:12; 2Pet.1:19; Rev.2:28; 21:23; 22:16):The sun will be turned to
) and the moon to blood,before the Day of the Lord, that great and terrible [day].
) – it will cover the earth, even a deepgloom its peoples. But the Lord will rise over you, and His glory will appear above you.Nations will come to His light, and kings to the brilliance of His rising.
The wonder of the return of that One truly New Person, our resurrected Lord, will seem all themore wonderful in contrast to the pain of the Tribulation that precedes it. And the brilliance of