Condensed Theology

A Primer in Systematic Theology

Eschatology
What does the Bible teach about last things?

Definition of Terms

Definition of Terms
Eschatology  The Millennium (see Revelation 20)

Premillennialism  Postmillennialism  Amillennialism  Dispensational (two redemptive purposes of God) Premillennialism

 The

(secret) rapture (see 1 Thess 4:14-17)  The tribulation period (see Dan 9:24-27)

Keys to Understanding Eschatology

Keys to Understanding Eschatology

Eschatology is understandable.
Like any doctrine of Scripture, there are aspects of eschatology that are difficult to understand;  Nevertheless, considered as a whole discipline, the doctrine of last things is in general clearly expressed in Scripture.  This even includes our capacity to understand the book of Revelation.

Keys to Understanding Eschatology

Eschatology encapsulates the Bible’s entire outlook
It must not be limited to the events surrounding the end of one’s life or even the end of history;  Rather, God’s redemption in Jesus Christ is linear and has always been heading toward its final goal.

Keys to Understanding Eschatology

Eschatology is understood in retrospect.
That is, in order to understand how Scripture anticipates the end, we need to read the Bible backwards.  The NT teaches us how to understand the OT prophetic material.  If we do not read the Bible backwards, we run the risk of falling into the same trap as Jesus’ contemporaries and missing the message.

Categories in Eschatology

Categories in Eschatology

Personal eschatology
Death  The intermediate state  The final judgment

General eschatology
The bodily return of Jesus Christ  The final judgment  The new heavens and the new earth

Conclusion

Conclusion

Terms
Eschatology  The Millennium

 Premillennialism  Postmillennialism  Amillennialism  Dispensational
 

(two redemptive purposes of God) Premillennialism
The (secret) rapture (see 1 Thess 4:14-17) The tribulation period (see Dan 9:24-27)

Conclusion

Keys to understanding eschatology
Eschatology is understandable  Eschatology embraces the Bible’s entire outlook  Eschatology is understood in retrospect

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