Eschatology

This a theological term referring to matters concerned with the end of the world or of humankind. The Bible has much prophecy, as God frequently told people what would happen in advance. He did this as warning, judgment, direction, and confirmation of His truth. People react very differently to God’s prophetic message. Some give heed, some disbelieve, and many reject it completely. Often prophecies were given months, years or centuries in advance of their ultimate fulfillment. The Jewish Messiah’s coming to redeem Israel was proceeded by over three hundred specific prophecies regarding the timing, nature, place, and consequences of His birth. Moreover, many prophecies detailed His actions, life style and details of His death and resurrection. In fulfillment these prophecies are overwhelming evidence of God’s truth and authority. 

The end of the world and humanity have many details described in advance through prophecy. The books of Daniel, Zechariah and Revelations have a great deal of these interrelated details. Unlike other prophecies, end times prophecy uses symbolic language to describe nations, peoples, and events that could not be otherwise described in advance. Moreover, much end time prophecy is hidden until it is revealed in reality. God’s purpose requires faith and without faith there will be no understanding of God. (Heb. 11:6)

Ezekiel prophesied of the Nation of Israel being reestablished on their land. “I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.” (Ezekiel 36:8-12) On May 14, 1948, after 2000 years in exile, the Jewish nation was reborn in the land God gave their ancestors as a homeland. The surrounding Arab nations tried to destroy them and continue to this day, but each attempt ends in failure. “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. So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matt. 24:14-16) Advances in travel and communication are facilitating preaching the Gospel around the world. Soon perhaps, the whole world will have had access to the Gospel message, but dreadful times will follow.

“Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Rev. 16:16-21) The Battle of Armageddon, catastrophic earthquakes, flooding, and hail stones will signal the end time period of great tribulation.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10) Ultimately, the world and everything in it will be destroyed by fire. These are just a few prophecies that have been and will yet be fulfilled. All the world’s prophets are frauds, but God knows the end from the beginning and proves it with prophecy. Look into God’s word with faith and you will find the truth.

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