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What Does the Bible Say About “End Times”? 3 Historic Perspectives

What Does the Bible Say About “End Times”
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Few topics divide the Christian community as quickly as the issue of “end times” (known amongst theologians as the study of “eschatology”). Entire denominations divide over the issue, and many would argue a particular “eschatology” must be adopted if we are going to claim we are “Christians”. There are some essentials Christians must adopt related to “end times” and it turns out these essentials are relatively simple and easy to understand. Let’s take a look at some of the theories and interpretations developed over time as people have tried their best to understand what the Bible teaches, and then let’s offer an the essential truth all of us should hold as Christians.

Let’s start with the basics. All Christians agree (1) Jesus came and appeared to His followers over 2000 years ago, (2) Jesus will eventually return, and (3) Jesus will someday judge the living and the dead. We believe these things based on the clear teaching of Scripture:

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Jesus Came:
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty (2 Peter 1:16)

Jesus Will Return:
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3)

Jesus Will Judge:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war (Revelation 19:11)

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These are details all Christians affirm and these claims were supported and posited by the first believers. But one more common belief has been proclaimed from the earliest days of Christianity. It is something called “Millennialism”. The New Testament describes a period of time in which Jesus will rule the earth for a millennium (from the Latin word, “Mille”, meaning “one thousand”); a thousand year period of time (whether literally from man’s perspective, or figuratively from God’s perspective). This period is described in the New Testament book most focused on the return of Jesus, the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 20:1-10
I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Even if we agree on the idea that Jesus came to earth, will someday return and judge the nations, and will reign over the earth for a millennium, there are still a number of unanswered questions. In essence, two questions can still be asked and answered:

1) What will happen before Jesus returns?

2) What, if anything, will occur between His return and His judging of humanity?

The answers to these questions have divided theologians and believers for many years. Let’s begin a quick survey of how people have tried to respond to these questions related to “end times”.

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Three Views of the End
There are three classic ideas about what might take place at the end of time, and some of these ideas find their source in the writings of the earliest believers, even though the details in these three systems were not completely worked out until much later:

1) Pre-Millennialism

i. Post- Tribulational Pre-Millennialism

ii. Mid- Tribulational Pre-Millennialism

iii. Pre- Tribulational Pre-Millennialism

2) Post-Millennialism

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3) A-Millennialism

These three ideas about the end of time have captured the imagination of theologians and believers alike. Let’s examine the three ideas very briefly and see what we can (or should) agree on:

1. Pre-Millennialism
We’ll start with Pre-Millennialismas it appears to be perhaps the most widely accepted view of “end times” and its foundations run deep in the history of the church.

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What Does It Propose?
Pre-Millennialism simply claims Jesus will return prior to what we think of as the “Millennial Reign of Jesus”. In this view, the “Church” is seen as something distinct from the future Kingdom of God. Those who hold to this view of “end times” usually refer to the Book of Revelation to make the case Jesus will return and defeat Satan prior to the Millennial Reign:

Revelation 19:10-20:15
…Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf… (vs. 19,20)

Within Pre-Millennialism there are three separate views formed around another concept in the Scripture, the idea of a “Great Tribulation”:

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Matthew 24:21
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be”

Revelation 7:14
“These are they which came out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”

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As a result, Pre-Millennialists have formed into three camps based on when they believe Jesus will return in relationship to the Tribulation:

Post-Tribulational Pre-Millennialism
Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation to rapture the Church just prior to His Millennial Reign. In this view, believers must suffer through the Tribulation along with non-believers.

Matthew 24:6-14
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Mid-Tribulational Pre-Millennialism
Jesus returns somewhere in the middle of the Tribulation to rapture the Church after they have experienced some hardship but prior to the worst part of the Tribulation and prior to the Millennial Reign

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Pre-Tribulational Pre-Millennialism
Jesus returns at the beginning of the Tribulation to rapture the Church prior to both the Tribulation and His Millennial Reign

Isaiah 57:1-2
The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understand for the righteous man is taken away from evil, he enters into peace; they rest in their beds, each one who walked in his upright way.

Revelation 3:10
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

Who First Believed This?
Pre-Millennialists argue their view of “end times” is very ancient, tracing back the origins of Pre-Millennialism to the apostles (without making distinctions between the three distinct types of pre-millennialism). Most historians of Christianity would agree, and the earliest of believers seem to adopt and embrace some form of Pre-Millennialism. Justin Martyr (100-160AD) is among the first to write about the topic.

Who Worked Out the Details?
Over time, the concept of a future Kingdom (distinct from the time in which we live) fell out of favor within the Roman Empire, where emperors were not eager to embrace the idea some Kingdom other than the one they controlled was more important to Christian believers. But Pre-millennialism remained as a powerful (if less discussed) theological idea throughout the Roman Empire and then thrived following the Reformation of the Church in the 16th century. From that time on, thinkers and theologians such as John Milton, John Wesley, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, Franz Delitzsch, Dean Alford, and Phillip Schaff wrote extensively about the view and helped to make Pre-Millennialism what it is today.

So What’s the Bottom Line?
As we try to get to the bottom of the Pre-Millennial view and what it proposes, let’s ask and answer three important questions to understand why some people would prefer this view of “end times”:

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Does History End When Jesus Comes?
No. In this view, Jesus returns first to rapture the Church, and then returns with believers to establish His Reign on earth.

Does the Kingdom of God Prevail Over the Culture of Our World?
Yes. In this view, Jesus returns a second time to establish the Millennial Reign and eliminates the world we know in favor of a future world far better. Our culture will be replaced by the Kingdom of God.

Can Evil Be Controlled Prior to the Return of Jesus?
No. In this view, the evil we see in our world is to be expected because Jesus has not yet returned to establish His Kingdom. We are patiently enduring the evil we see, waiting for the return of Jesus.

Can you see now why some might interpret the Scripture to support this view? Based on the presence of evil in our world, many cannot accept the idea we are presently in any sort of millennial reign. The peace and harmony they seek must be something still lying ahead of us. Can you also see how this view might impact our present lives? Those who hold this view really have no expectation evil will be eliminated in our present world. This will only occur when Jesus returns and establishes His Millennial Reign. Many might take this interpretation as license to do nothing about the evil they see around them, and they could justify this inaction based on their view of “end times”.

2. Post-Millennialism
The second major view of “end times” held by Christian believers is called Post-Millennialism, and this view has some support throughout the history of the Church as well.

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What Does It Propose?
Post-Millennialism claims Jesus will return after the “Millennial Reign of Jesus”. In this view, the “Church” is the force gradually bringing the Millennium into existence. As time goes by in the Millennium, the Church helps the world become a better place of increasing peace and righteousness. This view describes the Church as part of the future Kingdom and not distinct from it.

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Luke 17:20-21
Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

1 Timothy 4:1-2
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron

Who First Believed This?
Post-Millennialists have a difficult time finding their view expressly stated in the writings of the early believers or Early Church Fathers. While glimpses of this view can be seen in some writings of the early believers, Post-Millennialists usually point to Augustine (354-430AD) as one of the first proponents of the view. Augustine believed the Church and the Kingdom of God were one in the same and he believed the Church would continue to grow and influence the world right up until Jesus’ return. For this reason, Post-Millennial believers point to him as a founding thinker in this view of “end times”.

Who Worked Out the Details?
But Post-Millennialism did not emerge in the robust form it has today until much later. The first true Post-Millennial declaration didn’t appear until the 12th century when Joachim of Floris, a Roman Catholic, wrote about it. He was followed by theologians of the Reformation like Coccejus (1603-1669AD), Witsius (1636-1708AD), and Jonathan Edwards (1636-1716AD). There are a number of Post-Millennialists who wrote more recently, such as William Dabney, A. A. Hodge, Charles Hodge, William Shedd, Augustus Strong, B. B. Warfield, J. Gresham Machen, Loraine Boettner, and R. J. Rushdoony.

So What’s the Bottom Line?
As we try to get to the bottom of the Post-Millennial view and what it proposes, let’s once again ask and answer the three important questions to understand why some people would prefer this view of “end times”:

Does History End When Jesus Comes?
Yes. In this view, Jesus does not return until the end of the Millennial Reign to judge the nations. He will not be physically present during the Millennium. Only the Church will be present to influence the world for better.

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Does the Kingdom of God Prevail Over the Culture of Our World?
Yes. In this view, the Kingdom is here even before Jesus returns. The world we know is, therefore, impacted by the way the Church lives and breathes in this context. The increase of righteousness we would expect to see in the Millennial Reign is possible right now as the Church influences those around Her.

Can Evil Be Controlled Prior to the Return of Jesus?
Yes. In this view, evil can be reduced during the Millennial Reign which is actually a time when the Church influences the world for better, even before Jesus returns.

Post-Millennialists sometimes say their view of “end times” has helped them to see the importance of their efforts as Christians to change the world for better right now (in their lifetime). If Post-Millennialism is true, we are slowly bringing the Millennial Reign into existence by our efforts, and we don’t really know how far into this Millennial Reign we are today. Our efforts are important; they matter because they are connected to the “end times”. Those who hold this view see themselves as active participants in the “end times story”. Many who embrace the “social gospel” or are concerned about social injustices in our world are compelled by this view of eschatology. They want to be active participants in the Millennial Reign they believe will take place even before Jesus returns.

3. A-Millennialism
We’ll end our examination by looking briefly at the third view held by Christians as they try to understand what the Bible teaches about the “end times”.

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What Does It Propose?
A-millennialism claims there is no earthly victory of the Kingdom of God in our mortal, physical history. Instead, people who hold this view believe the Old Testament prophecies describing this victory of God in history have been fulfilled “spiritually” by the Church in the present age. Many view the destruction described by the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation to be a description of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD, rather than a future Armageddon (this view is also known as “Preterism”). In the A-Millennial view, the Church is seen as the spiritual fulfillment of the Millennial Kingdom and the Millennium itself is seen as a purely figurative period of time.

Who First Believed This?
A-Millennialists also have a difficult time tracing their roots back to the earliest believers. Some point to an early Jewish philosopher named Philo of Alexandria (20-54AD), who was one of the first to interpret the scriptures allegorically (therefore making it possible to see the Millennium as something other than a true 1,000 year period of time). But Philo was not a Christian and he did not adopt any Christian view of “end times”. He did perhaps influence Origen (185-254AD) and Augustine (354-430AD), however, and A-Millennialists will often point to these two Christians as early founders of the view, based again on the simple fact they seem to have embraced Philo’s approach and read the scriptures allegorically. But neither of these two early thinkers held a robust A-Millennial view with all of its detailed propositions.

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Who Worked Out the Details?
Reformers did the “heavy lifting” in sorting out the details of this view. Writers like Abraham Kuyper, Louis Berkhof, Oswald Allis, Albertus Pieters, William Hendriksen, and G. C. Berkouwer have all been A-Millennialists and have influenced much of the Protestant world, including the Lutheran Church, the Christian Reformed Church, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and many Baptist and Church of Christ denominations.

So What’s the Bottom Line?
We’ll once again ask and answer the three important questions to understand why some people would prefer this view of “end times”:

Does History End When Jesus Comes?
Yes. In this view (like the Post-Millennial view), Jesus does not return until the end of the Millennial Reign to judge the nations. He is obviously not present with us today and this view proposes we are presently in the symbolic Millennium! Only the Church is present in this symbolic period of time to influence the world for better. When Jesus returns, it’s all over.

Does the Kingdom of God Prevail Over the Culture of Our World?
No. In this view, while the Church certainly has an impact on the culture during the Millennium, we can clearly see the culture has not been completely overturned for the cause of Christ. The Kingdom, under this view, does not completely transform the physical culture. The Kingdom is a spiritual force.

Can Evil Be Controlled Prior to the Return of Jesus?
No. If we are presently in a symbolic and spiritual Millennial Reign of Christ as this view proposes, it is clear this reign is not capable of overturning all evil. We see that evil still exists in our world, even during this time we would call the Millennium.

A-Millennialists would say their view of “end times” (like Post-Millennialists) has helped them to see the importance of their efforts as Christians to change the world for better right now, in their lifetime. If A-Millennialism is true, we are living in the Millennial Reign of Christ. Any transformation we would expect to see in the Millennium would have to come as a result of Christ’s work through us. Our efforts are important; they matter because, once again, they are connected to our theory regarding the “end times”. Like Post-Millennialists, those who hold this view see themselves as active participants in the “end times story”. Many A-Millennialists also embrace the “social gospel” and are concerned about social injustices in our world based on this view of eschatology. They want to be an active participant in the Millennial Reign.

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So What Is The Essential Truth?
OK, we’ve looked at a number of possibilities related to “end times”, and a number of classic positions held by theologians and believers over the years. So which one of these positions is actually true? Is there a particular view mandatory in order for that person to be called a Christian? Are some of these positions orthodox and some heretical? What is the essential truth about “end times”? This is one area of theology the Apostle’s Creed sufficiently describes. If we want to get back to the essential truths about this issue, we simply need to return to the creed:

(Jesus) was crucified, died, and was buried…
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and
He will come again to judge the living and the dead

When it comes to “end times,” these are the minimal truths we must agree on if we want to call ourselves Christians:

1) Jesus Came

2) Jesus Will Come Again

3) Jesus Will Judge the Living and the Dead

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Pretty simple isn’t it? This is really all we need to affirm as orthodox Christians, and as soon as we step beyond this, we are moving from essential belief to non-essential disagreement. All worldviews have distinct beliefs characterizing and distinguishing them from other ways of viewing the world. Christianity is no different. When it comes “end times,” the three perspectives we’ve described in this post seek to provide answers beyond the essential tenets of Christianity. While it may be interesting to debate these claims with our Christian brothers and sisters, we should be careful not to allow ourselves to divide over them.

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J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. He holds a BA in Design (from CSULB), an MA in Architecture (from UCLA), and an MA in Theological Studies (from Gateway Seminary).



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  4. tim m panjkovich

    January 24, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    you neglected the pan-millennial view of the end. This view states that it will all pan out according to the purposes of God to his glory.
    1) does history end when Jesus comes? what we understand as history will be significantly different but there will still be some sort of temporal progression.
    2) Does the kingdom of God prevail over the culture of the world? the kingdom of God will be the culture of the world.
    3) Can evil be controlled prior to the return of Jesus? only the hand of the Holy Sprit can restrain evil, this will always be to the glory of God.
    We have not been given specific details about the millennium, just that it will happen, because our calling is to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.

    • Richard Jackson

      October 12, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      It will indeed pan out to be as God planned but I sure as the Word that I want to be found on the side of scripture and the truth of God when He comes. I don’t want to be one of the people called “the least of these” when I am judged. Because I did not believe the bible and taught others to do the same.
      I used to be a “pan-millennial” also because it sounded so good and loving, but then I started studying the word itself. There is no room for either A- or Post millennialism in scripture. The damage that these two false doctrines allow to a Christian worldview is not short of evil.
      If prophecy had no other purpose than to tell us what is coming I could agree with JWW’s minimal truths `
      1) Jesus Came
      2) Jesus Will Come Again
      3) Jesus Will Judge the Living and the Dead
      But there is much more to it than that.

  5. Kenley Kizer

    January 25, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article because it taught me about many different views people have. In my opinion, it can sometimes be difficult to know what the bible is saying. sometimes, I feel as if Christians should get rid of some of their silly views and just remember that Jesus is merciful and coming again for us one day. However, at the same time, I think Christians need to be mindful of what is going on around them in the world and pay attention to what the bible has to say.

  6. William T Clark

    January 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Darby was a major proponent of pre tribulation rapture and so I thought he was by default pre millennial. No pre tribulation rapture person can think it’s all getting better like Post millennial does, why would we be escaping the wrath via a rapture if the church ushers in peace?

  7. Jim Lee

    January 26, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this sir

  8. Spencer Morrison

    January 30, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Aw shucks!

    Here I thought you were going to use your skills as a homicide detective to research the 3 suspects of end times perspectives and make a case about who you think is the one guilty of being true.

    I remember you saying in one of your videos, “The Apostles genuinely thought that Jesus would come back in their lifetime.” Here is a link to your quote :

    Why would the Apostles genuinely think that?

    Didn’t Jesus say, ” But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

    This makes me think the Apostles could not have been wrong about Jesus coming back in their lifetime since the Spirit was the one who guided them into all truth and told them what was yet to come.

    • ado

      February 24, 2021 at 2:49 pm


      The “one guilty of being true” is tacitly answered by the information provided, if you follow the evidence and the earliest witnesses. Pre-Tribulational Pre-Millennialism has the largest weight of both biblical evidence, as well as the earliest support among those most directly tied to Jesus and his original eye-witnesses. It is also the most literal and logical interpretation of the source material, though the truth could always be something slightly different than what anyone theorizes.

      As for the apostles thinking that Jesus would return, you cite John 16:13.

      If you read the verse closely, you will notice something.

      He says the Spirit of Truth will, “guide you INTO all truth.” The words “guide” and “into” seem to imply a slow process of steering them toward these truths. How quickly does he say they will be guided? Some may take a moment, others may take years. Regardless, it implies a process, not always an instant revelation of exact knowledge.

      Isn’t it curious that Mark, writing from Peter very early after the death of Jesus, wrote that gospel thematically, and in a brief and “to the point” manner? This could be seen as reflective of a conviction that this needed to be written down quickly, the message taught concisely, because the return of Christ was anticipated soon.

      However, as time passed, the gospels written later on became more exhaustive. You can almost see that they were slowly being “guided into” the understanding that Christ would not return before they died, and a more complete account needed to be written and passed down, since they would not be alive to do so.

      One more thing…

      The actions and writings of the Apostles strongly suggests that they initially believed that he would be coming back during their lifetimes. Their question to him at the mount of olives (I believe Mark 24:3) implied such an expectation. They weren’t asking what the signs of his coming would be for those in the future, but what signs “THEY” should be looking for themselves. Jesus’ answer/non-answer gives the signs, and a warning, but tells them the no man knows the day nor the hour (in other words, “I won’t give that truth exactly, it’s a secret.”.

      That was one question they would not be given a direct answer to. That exact knowledge belongs to God alone. And so all Christians who have come after are exhorted by Christ’s words to conduct themselves as if he is coming back tomorrow, and expect that his return will be within their lifetimes as the apostles likely did.

      Because one day… it will be.

      • Spencer Morrison

        March 12, 2021 at 11:43 pm


        Thank you for taking the time to share your points. I’ll do a quick summary so you can see if I understood your points.

        Point #1 : Of all the views, you see Pre-Tribulational Pre-Millennialism as the one being the most guilty of being true.

        Point #2 : When God guided the apostles into all truth and told them what was yet to come He most likely took a period of time to do this instead of giving them direct revelation spelling things out for them.

        Point #3 : By looking at the gospels we get a sense that the apostles transitioned from an expectation of Jesus arriving soon to Jesus taking longer to return than they originally thought.

        Point #4 : Jesus did not give the apostles the day and hour of his return. It was kept a secret from them. So all Christians who come after are to live as if Jesus is coming back tomorrow.


        Here are some verses from the Bible that have me questioning your points :

        The author of Hebrews told Christians in the first century, “For,In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37)

        >>> The Bible teaches us Jesus did not delay his coming.

        “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the WHOLE WORLD as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

        “… In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the WHOLE WORLD…” (Colossians 1:6)

        “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported ALL OVER THE WORLD.” (Romans 1:8)

        >>> The Bible teaches us when the gospel is preached in the WHOLE WORLD then the end would come. The Bible teaches us the gospel reached the WHOLE WORLD in the first century! Was it the end of history? No the context of Matthew 24 is the destruction of the temple and the coming of Jesus. The end was the end of the Mosaic covenant that had been in effect for the previous 1,500 years. How do we know this? The author of Hebrews told us.

        “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one [Mosaic covenant] obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” (Hebrews 8:13)

        >>> Check out when Jesus said the Law would disappear.

        “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)

        >>> When was everything accomplished? Jesus told us when that would happen.

        “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment IN FULFILLMENT OF ALL THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN.” (Luke 21:20-22)

        >>> The destruction of the temple in 70 AD brought the end of the Mosaic covenant world. Their heaven and earth came down and the Mosaic covenant disappeared.

        >>> I would like to point out one verse especially in light of Jesus saying no one knew the day or hour. What if God led the apostle John into all truth and he revealed to the Christians in the first century how much time was left in the last days? You might want to sit down for this one.

        “Dear children, this is the LAST HOUR; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the LAST HOUR.” (1 John 2:18)

        >>> In light of these verses (and there are more) I have to think James W. Wallace was correct to say, “The apostles genuinely thought that Jesus would come back in their lifetime.” and I also have to think the apostles were correct. Jesus did come upon Jerusalem and he destroyed the temple. We need to change our thinking to match the thinking of our Christian brothers and sisters of the first century. They used apocalyptic language when predicting the end of the age of the Law and the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus came on the clouds in the exact same way God came on the clouds when He judged the city Babylon. Both events in history included foreign armies bringing down the city under judgment.

  9. Richard Jackson

    October 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

    When conditions in the world and in particularly in the USA deteriorate to the point that we are seeing Jesus’ and the other NT writers prophecies concerning evil being fulfilled we should realize that the importance of eschatology is much more that whether the thousand years is literal or not. It clearly spells out what is right and what is evil in the world spiritually, politically and morally. Choosing A-millennial or Postmillennial block major chunks of vision that the Scripture provides. These prophecies are for guidance and comfort more than just prediction. For example, I see A-millennialism allowing much evil done to Israel that a Premillennial would object to. I think Christians should disagree but do it as agreeably as possible. It is a lie to peruse unity at the expense of truth.

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