Eschatology is a term used within a Christian context that means the study of the end of history. It should be noted that Eschatology is also utilized within non-Christian religions such as the Jewish or Islamic faiths. It is a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind. I think it is relatively safe to say that in all probably, within the Christian context, more obscure theological text has been written on this particular topic than on any other belief in Christendom.
This is NOT going to be a post that expounds upon my personal views of the End Times.
I don’t presume to have a particular perspective that I can confidently say I have hammered out in stone after countless hours of research and study of God’s Word. I do have a general overview that I am relatively confident in but …. due to the complexity of the subject matter, my overview is not, at least as of this particular point in time, cast in stone. In essence, I am still open to modifying my overview. And, most importantly, due to the complexity of the subject matter and the many conflicting viewpoints, not to mention, the various aspects of Christian Eschatology that come into play including (to name but a few) the role and focal point of the nation of Israel, the Time of the Gentiles, the book of Revelation itself and numerous other biblical verses that are located within the Old Testament, New Testament and other Epistles, the formulation of a biblical overview and understanding of Christian Eschatology should be, in my mind, of a very high importance to any committed Christian.
Jesus warned us about what would happen in the End Times. We need to thoroughly look at those particular warnings and carefully identify the information that He did give to us and the information that He deliberately did not give to us. There is, in my mind, absolutely no doubt that we are warned to be watching so that we are not caught, unawares, on what will eventually unfold.
What is of particular concern to me is how the study of Christian Eschatology, has and does, lead some well meaning Christians into an area of expectancy where the exact time (specific date) of the Rapture or Christ’s return is identified to the exclusion of all others. One does not have to search long on YouTube or websites dedicated to the End Times, to see examples of this reality. I personally believe and think that this has and is being continually proven to be a wrong and dangerous approach. When speculation leads to “declared knowledge” about a specific date, it has and does inevitability lead to issues where the credibility of our witness is called into question, not to mention, the personal disillusionment in having been mislead. I would caution all who read this post to earnestly take this observation of mine, to heart.
Anyone who thinks that the study of what God says in His Word about the end times is relatively straight forward, from my perspective, obviously hasn’t taken the time to actually look at the history of Eschatology, nor earnestly studied the Scriptures, nor looked at the many differing views that numerous committed Christians from many walks of life, have in times past and in the present, expounded upon.
The purpose of this particular post is to provide the Christian reader with a basic understanding of the complexity involved, that will include Internet links to explore the history of this subject and provide a selected assembly of informational links that should be beneficial to the formation of a better understanding and guidance points to form their own perspective or viewpoint on this important subject.
The following links are provided for your consideration and I will very likely add additional links to this particular post later as time permits. Please note that I do NOT necessarily agree with all of the information presented within these informational links.
reasonablefaith.org/defenders-2-podcast/s13 Includes podcast, videos and transcripts by Dr William Lane Craig – 14 Parts
https://biblicaleschatology.org/ (The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development)
tunes.apple.com/us/course/end-times-eschatology Free course by Dallas Theological Seminary
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