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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday Night Eschatology Study!

I’ve been challenged thus far by our study in Matthew 24 to keep my eyes open for deception and to persevere throughout the persecution of this present age.  I’m so thankful for expository preaching – if it were not for our conviction that the Word should be taught expositionally, I most likely would never have taken the time to consider in depth the doctrine of the last things.
Our current sermon series is not going to necessitate a look at a number of key questions regarding eschatology.  Some of these questions include:
What will be the timing of the Lord’s return relative to the tribulation of the last days?  Will He return at the beginning, middle, or end of this tribulation?
Will the tribulation of the last days consist of a literal seven-year period or an indeterminate period of time?
What should we believe about the Anti-Christ?  Will this be a literal person, a religious group, a secular government, or something else?
What should we believe about the 1,000-year period prophesied in Revelation 20?
Though we are dealing with quite a bit in Matthew 24, there are quite a few eschatological questions we are leaving unasked and unanswered.  Given the interest that many believers have on this issue as well as the general lack of awareness regarding the different sides of each question, we are going to do a broad survey of biblical eschatology during our Wednesday night adult bible study, beginning September 9.  We will take a look at the main eschatological passages in the Old and New Testaments.  We will cover each of the main views regarding the Millennium, the timing of the rapture, and the nature of the Anti-Christ, focusing on both the strengths and weaknesses of each position. And we will discover the things we can know for sure about the end as well as the things we should hold loosely.
Please understand that this will not be a forum for debate.  The elders remain committed to keeping this 2nd tier doctrine on the 2nd tier.  For that reason, I will not be taking a hard position on any of the issues.  This is mainly because I don’t have a strong position on many of the issues, but also because it is important that we not allow differences on a 2nd tier doctrine to create division among us.  Nonetheless, it should prove to be a challenging, enlightening, and encouraging look at the events surrounding the second coming of the Lord Jesus. 
Hope to see you on the 9th!

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