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The Last Things

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Eschatology is concerned with God's final intervention in history to bring the present evil world to an end and to inaugurate the new world. But this act of God is not confined to the future, for God began his new creation in the coming of Jesus and the establishment of the church. Prophecies relating to the last days were understood to be in course of fulfillment in the early days of the church. In order, therefore, to understand what is going to happen in the future, we need to recapitulate some of the biblical story so as to put the future into perspective.


1. The Final Manifestation of God’s Kingly Rule (Luke 1:69-79)

A. Incarnation of Jesus

B. Jesus will one day rule openly over all mankind

2. The Second Coming of Jesus (Luke 17:20-37)

A. Details are unclear

B. Jesus spoke of his second coming

C. Different views of the Millennium

D. Jesus will come as Judge and Savior

3. The Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15)

A. The resurrection of the dead at the Second Coming of Jesus

B. The fate of those who have never heard the gospel

4. The Life of Heaven (Revelation 21:1-22:25)