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All Systems Go - Eschatology: The Doctrine of the Last Things
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Mark 13:7-8 – “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.”

Matthew 24:21 – “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.”

Daniel 12:1 – “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time.”

1 Thessalonians 5:3 says – “While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
It was promised to us:
John 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
When will it happen?
Mark 13:32 – “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
a. Pre-Trib
Two main proponents:
1. Dallas Theological Seminary
2. Left Behind
Arguments for it:
1. The absence of ekklesia in Revelation after chapter 3
2. Romans 8:1
Problems with it:
1. Fairly new view (John Darby, John Walvoord, 1800’s)
b. Mid-Trib
c. Post-Trib
Arguments for it:
1. Most consistent with our worldview (Jas. 1:2-4)
2. Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24

Matthew 24:9 – “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death.”

Matthew 24:15-16 – “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Matthew 24:21-22 – “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

Matthew 24:29-31: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Arguments for it:
1. Most consistent with our worldview (Jas. 1:2-4)
2. Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24
3. The Exodus Connection
Revelation 20:4-5 – “They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.”
Important Numbers:
a. 7 - A number of perfection
b. 3 - A number of emphasis
c. 4 - A number that represents the world
d. 12 - The people of God
e. 6 - Falling short of perfection
f. 1,000 - An intensifier

Acts 17:30-31 – “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but know he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 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.”

Revelation 20:7 – “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison.”
Judgment Day:
Revelation 20:11-15 – “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”