Let’s face it. All Christians believe Christ will return, vanquish all evil and resurrect the saints in a glorious future that we are all literally dying to get to.
But does this mean we should just sit back and let the inevitable all unfold before us?
It Will All Work Out?
Maybe you think, “Eschatology is something I don’t care for because it's all going to work out in the end”.
Perhaps you think this because you believe the scriptures are not clear on this topic- so why debate over minor details that have little to do with what is plainly commanded in scripture: preaching the Gospel and making disciples?
Can I encourage you to re-examine this position? Jesus said we could be certain about the signs of His coming! He gives us the command to “not be deceived” (Matthew 24:3-4). This presupposes that we can be certain about the details of His return.
Jesus also rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognising the signs of the times they were living in during His First Advent,
"You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." Matthew 16:1-3
Consider Matthew's admonition to the reader (you) in Matthew 24:15. It seems that Matthew too believed we could recognise the signs of the times.
Remember, all scripture is given by God for us to be instructed in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-17). That includes the prophetic parts!
Simple Questions, Simple Answers
For all my Amil and Postmil friends here are some things to think about. I'm not necessarily looking for answers but I hope such questions will get you into the scriptures! Be like a Berean who:
“received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” Acts 17:11.
If your doctrine of end times is true you should have simple answers to these questions- answers so simple that a child could understand. This is why I love apologetics. Questions that challenge our doctrinal beliefs only make our doctrine stronger and strengthen our faith!
Have fun searching for these answers:
1. No More Deception?
If Satan is bound for a thousand non-literal years to no longer deceive the nations (Rev 20:2-3), how can he roam around like a roaring lion seeking whom he should devour (1 Peter 5:8) and take people captive to do his will (2 Tim 2:26)?
2. The Throne of King David?
If Luke 1:32 is currently being fulfilled, when did King David ever sit at the right hand of the Father in the heavens?
3. Ruling from Jerusalem?
You are probably familiar with Psalm 110:1, but have you considered verse 2? The Messiah will rule from Zion (Jerusalem) with a rod of iron. God ruling over His enemies from Zion and judging the kings of the earth is also reiterated in Psalm 2:6,9. If Jesus is ruling from “Zion” in a heavenly sense and these verses are already fulfilled, why have the nations not been judged?
4. Psalm 72?
Read Psalm 72 and ask yourself, “when did or when will any of this happen?”
5. Feasts of Israel?
We recognize the fulfilment of the spring feasts in Christ’s First Advent:
What about the autumn/fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles?
6. Restoration of the Kingdom of Israel?
If the restoration of the Kingdom has come or has begun, why do the Apostles ask if Jesus is going to restore it post-resurrection (Acts 1:4-8)?
7. Ante-Nicene Fathers?
If you are to get your hands on the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers you will quickly see that Premil was the dominant view in the Early Church. Why?