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Eschatology Prospectus
Grace Center for Biblical and Theological Studies

Biblical Teaching on Final THings

Eschatology: A Study of Final Things

Course Description: A biblical and theological examination of the final consummation – the return of Jesus Christ in glory and the attendant events. The Christ-centered nature of biblical teachings on the future will be emphasized, as well as the importance of the church's historic confessions for an understanding of eschatology. The course will thoroughly cover all of the important topics in both individual and cosmic eschatology: death, the intermediate state of the dead, the second coming, signs of the times, millennial views, the resurrection of the body, final judgment, eternal punishment, and heaven.

Rationale for the Course:
Mankind has always had an interest in the future especially its personal impact. However, the only one who really knows the future is the living God of biblical revelation. In his mercy and wisdom he has revealed some aspects of the future- some of which is now history (fulfilled prophecy) and some of which is to be fulfilled. Our desire to know what will take place often paves the way for much speculation. A biblical study of eschatology seeks to stay within the perimeters of progressive biblical revelation. It will be Christocentric and related to the gospel. The Christian lives in hope because there is a certain future that is the fulfillment of God’s purposes. Eschatology is related to the biblical teaching concerning creation, man, angels, demons, sin, salvation and Christ Jesus. There is an inseparable relationship between eschatology and God in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.

Scripture Foundation:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the Word… 2 Tim. 4:1 (ESV)

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28

When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Col. 3:4

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:10-13 (NIV)

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." Acts 17:30-31 (ESV)

Basic Student Books:
Paul Helm, Last Things Banner of Truth
George Eldon Ladd. The Last Things An Eschatology For Laymen Wm. B. Eerdmans.
W. J. Grier The Momentous Event Banner of Truth

Primary Teacher Textbooks:

Donald G. Bloesch The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory- Christian Foundations Series / Inter-varsity Press / 2004

Anthony A. Hoekema The Bible and the Future , Eerdmans

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Church and the Last Things: Great Doctrines of the Bible. Crossway Books

Sam Waldron The End Times Made Simple How Could Everyone Be So Wrong... (about Bible Prophecy) 2003 Calvary Press.

Dates for Winter/Spring 2005 term
Monday’s 7 to 9 p.m. from January 24 to May 9

The Last Things

God's redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, to judge all people according to the deeds done in the body and to establish his glorious kingdom. The wicked shall be separated from God's presence, but the righteous in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with him forever. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.

Article X Fuller Theological Seminary

Christ... will appear a second time... to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28