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Wesley on Eschatology (Part 1)

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Lesson

Eschatology comes from a Greek word meaning, “last things.” Aristotle describes physical death is when the body is separated from the soul. Spiritual death is when the soul is separated from the sanctifying presence of God. Eternal death is the eternal separation of the soul from God. Some people teach that the term “sleep” in Scripture to describe death, means cessation of consciousness and is not used metaphorically of the dead body. A belief in the unending existence of the soul raises the question of its habitat and activities in the state between death and the resurrection, generally referred to as the intermediate state. It seems then that there is a particular judgment at death that will be consummated later on in a general judgment. Jesus promised that he would come again to earth and it will be personal, visible, physical and literal.

Outline

I. BIBLICAL CONTEXT

II. DEATH

A. Physical death

B. Spiritual death

C. Eternal death

D. Death of the saints

E. Immortality of the soul

F. Soul sleep

III. INTERMEDIATE STATE

IV. PARTICULAR AND GENERAL JUDGMENT

V. SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

A. Parousia

B. The time of the coming of Christ

VI. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS