An Introduction to Christian Belief: It concerns both personal eschatological issues such as death and the intermediate state as well as themes with a more general or corporate focus. The latter would include such ideas as the return of Christ, resurrection, judgment, tribulation, the millennial kingdom, and the eternal state. Personal Eschatology There are both personal and corporate aspects to the Biblical portrait of eschatology.
A symbolic name concerning the ongoing battle between Jesus and Satan. Mystery Babylon Revelation The corrupted city of Jerusalem, who united with pagan nations of the world in their idolatrous practices and participated in persecuting the faithful Old Covenant priests and prophets, and the early church of the New Covenant.
A whore represents an apostate church. Typically, Mystery Babylon is understood to be the esoteric apostasies, and Great harlot is understood to be the popular apostasies.
Both types of apostasies are already at work, ensnaring the unwary. The Thousand Years Revelation The Millennium is a symbolic time frame, not a literal time frame.
Preterists believe the Millennium has been ongoing since the earthly ministry and ascension of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD, and is ongoing today. While the saved are gone the planet is inhabited only by Satan and his hosts, for all the wicked are dead.
However, they distinguish this from Revelation 4: The early Church was delivered from this period of judgement because it heeded the warning of Jesus in Matthew The Great Tribulation was a period of persecution for the Church for years from to AD at the hands of papal authorities.
The Abomination that causes desolation was the pagan armies of Rome destroying the apostate system of worship at the Temple in Jerusalem two thousand years ago. Ezekiel 38 refers to the Maccabees miraculous defeat of the Seleucids in the second century B.
The Sadduceeswho recognized only the Torah first five books of the Old Testament as authoritative, did not believe in an afterlife or any resurrection of the dead. The Phariseeswho not only accepted the Torah, but additional scriptures as wellbelieved in the resurrection of the deadand it is known to have been a major point of contention between the two groups see Acts The Pharisees based their belief on passages such as Daniel Intermediate state Some traditions notably the Seventh-day Adventists teach that the soul sleeps after death, and will not awake again until the resurrection of the deadwhile others believe the spirit goes to an intermediate place where it will live consciously until the resurrection of the dead.
By "soul", Seventh-day Adventists theologians mean the physical person monismand that no component of human nature survives death; therefore, each human will be "recreated" at resurrection.
Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: Purgatory Some denominations a notable exception are Seventh-day Adventists affirm the statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church abovewith the exception of the parenthetical phrase, "through a purification or immediately".
This alludes to the Catholic belief in a spiritual state, known as Purgatory, in which those souls who are not condemned to Hell, but are also not completely pure as required for entry into Heaven, go through a final process of purification before their full acceptance into Heaven.
Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism do not believe in Purgatory as such, though the Orthodox Church is willing to allow for a period of continued sanctification the process of being made pure, or holy after death.
Most Protestants reject the doctrine of Purgatory on the basis that first, Christ has already made full atonement for our sins on the cross, thereby removing all obstacles which prevent us from coming directly into the presence of God after death; and second, it is not found in the Bible.
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April Learn how and when to remove this template message The Doctrine of the Resurrection Predates Christianity[ edit ] The word resurrection comes from the Latin resurrectus, which is the past participle of resurgere, meaning to rise again.
Although the doctrine of the resurrection comes to the forefront in the New Testament, it predates the Christian era. There is an apparent reference to the resurrection in the book of Job, where Job says, "I know that my redeemer lives, and that he will stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Together with my dead body, they will arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust, for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth will cast out the dead". Over such, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him a thousand years.
According to amillennial position there will be only two resurrections, the first resurrection would be in a spiritual sense the resurrection of the soulaccording to Paul and John as participation right now, in the resurrection of Christ, through faith and baptism, according to Colossians 2: Jesus said, "In the resurrection, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of God in heaven.
For example, in the early medieval biography of St Columba written by Adomnan of IonaColumba at one point prophecies to a penitent at the monastery on Iona that his resurrection would be in Ireland and not in Iona, and this penitent later died at a monastery in Ireland and was buried there  Other views[ edit ] According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the body after resurrection is changed into a spiritual, imperishable body: So, in him, "all of them will rise again with their own bodies which they now bear," but Christ "will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body," into a "spiritual body"   Although Martin Luther personally believed and taught resurrection of the dead in combination with soul sleepthis is not a mainstream teaching of Lutheranism and most Lutherans traditionally believe in resurrection of the body in combination with the immortal soul.
We are all curious.An analysis of biblical perspectives on the Second Coming of Christ, in contrast to many popular ideas of the rapture. ESCHATOLOGY: AN OVERVIEW The term eschatology means "the science or teachings concerning the last things." Derived from the Greek eschatos ("last") and eschata ("the last things"), the term does not seem to have been in use in English before the nineteenth century, but since then it has become a major concept, especially in .
Introduction to eschatology (Doctrine of the End Times) Summary. Importance of eschatological thinking (Jesus) is a long time in coming (the Second Coming) they have stopped concentrating and don’t think about his Return.
However, Jesus’ message is for those who have not made any preparation for his Return, i.e.
have not come to faith. Eschatology Comparison This page is broken down into two sections. Chart #1 lists the main distinctives of Dispensational Premillennialism and Historic Premillennialism.
Chart #2 lists the main distinctives of Postmillennialism and Amillennialism.. This information was excerpted from For He Must Reign: An Introduction to Reformed Eschatology by Kim Riddlebarger.
The Christian Scriptures (New Testament) in particular talks extensively about the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. 1 This is usually called his "second coming," or "parousia." The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 24, is devoted to this topic, as is much of the book of Revelation, and 1 Thessalonians Most teaching concerning eschatology, or _____ things, centers around aspects of the Second Coming of Christ.
That Christ will return to earth and rule on the earth is a stated fact of Scripture. Look up the following verses and complete the statements about the teaching concerning the Second Coming of Christ.
|Rapture Theology||A large number of the denominations that began in this period are no more; nevertheless, many of their doctrines abound in denominations today.|
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|Historical Overview | A Study of Denominations||Thomas Miersma With these words from Revelation 1: When the Lord was caught up and "a cloud received Him out of their sight,|
|The Second Coming of Christ | Christian Reformed Ink Archives||He, verily, hath again come down from Heaven even as He came down from it the first time.|