Bible Study Outline on Eschatology
by Ven Dr I. U. Ibeme P a g e
FOUR VIEWS OF THE END TIMES
Amillennialism Postmillennialism Dispensational Premillennialism Historic Premilliennialism
Will Jesus return physically?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
When will Jesus return?
Anytime; a detailed time frame is not important. After the millennium. After a 7-year tribulation; before the millennium. After tribulation; before the millennium.
Do the rapture as in 1Thes 4:15-17 and second coming of Christ occur at the same time as in Matt 24:25-31 and 2Thes 2:1-3?
Yes. Yes. No; they are events separated by either 7 years (pre-tribulation rapture) or 3½ years (mid-tribulation rapture). Yes.
Will there be a great (Antichrist, worst, final) tribulation as spoken in Matt 24:21-25; 2Thes 2:1-12?
Tribulation occurs anytime Christians are persecuted or wars and disasters occur. Tribulation is either the first century Jewish-Roman War or the on-going conflict between good and evil prior to millennium. Yes. Yes.
Will Christians suffer during the tribulation?
Yes, Christians will suffer and endure persecutions until Jesus returns; persecutions will increase in the end. Yes, Christians are called to share the gospel and tribulation will occur when that gospel is opposed. Christians are either raptured before the tribulation (pre-tribulation rapture) or 3½ years into the tribulation (mid-tribulation rapture). Yes, Christians will go through the tribulation
but “sealed” to endure
suffering and persecution for the cause of Christ.
Will there be a literal 1,000-year millennium as in Rev 20:1-6?
No, the millennium refers to the reign of Christ in the hearts of believers. No, the millennium refers to a period of peace when the gospel reaches all people. Yes, after the 7-year tribulation, Christ will return and reign for 1,000 years. Yes, after the tribulation, Christ will return and reign for 1,000 years.
Who is saved?
Christians only. Christians only. Christians only. Christians only.
Is the modern state of Israel relevant to the prophecies in Revelation?
No. No. Yes. No.
Did the 70 weeks of Dan 9:24 end with the desolation of Jerusalem Temple as spoken by Daniel in Dan 9:27 and by Christ in Matt 24:1-4, 15-18?
Yes. Yes. No; the 70
week or the last half of the 70
week was suspended for latter fulfilment in future modern Jerusalem Temple. Yes.
When was this view most held?
Well known from the AD 300s. It became widespread since the AD 400s. Continues to be accepted today. Popular in the 18
century missionary and colonisation Europe but lost popularity after the two World Wars. Became popular in the 19
century Adventism circles. Has increased in popularity since after the two World Wars and birth of modern Israel. The earliest popular view of the end times at the end of the first century, through the ministry of Apostle John. Still accepted today.
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