The Promise of the Future

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Weight 0.81 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 3.6 cm
topic

The End Times

format

Book

isbn

9780851517933

Original Pub Date

2000

Banner Pub Date

Nov 1, 2000

binding

Cloth-bound

page-count

560

scripture

Whole Bible

Endorsement

‘I believe that you will find the study on which you are about to embark both intellectually satisfying and spiritually enriching. It will certainly inform you; more than that, it will help you to see what a glorious thing it is to be a Christian.’– SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Book Description

Though we can never, in our time-bound state, know the future in detail, God in his mercy has not left us in complete ignorance of what is to come. His revelation in Holy Scripture has cast a flood of light on what would otherwise remain an impenetrable mystery.

Even among those who accept the Bible’s authority, however, there has never been complete agreement on what Scripture teaches in this area.

This major new examination of biblical teaching on the future of the individual, of the church and of the universe as a whole will be useful both to theological students and to informed non-specialists. Ranging over the whole field, it interacts extensively with recent literature on disputed issues, such as the nature of the intermediate state, the millennium of Revelation 20 and the doctrine of eternal punishment, always seeking to answer the fundamental question: ‘What do the Scriptures clearly teach?’ The Christ centred nature of biblical teaching on the future is emphasized, as is the importance of the church’s historic confessions for an understanding of eschatology. The chief note sounded is one of hope: ‘God’s people eagerly await Christ’s return because it promises the completion of God’ work of redemption…The future is bright because it is full of promise, the promise of God’s Word.’

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Foreword ix
  Preface xiii
  PART ONE: THE FUTURE IS NOW  
1. Hope Nurtured by the Word 3
  Staying within the Boundaries of God’s Word 5
  Christ, the Lord of History 6
  Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained 9
  A Living and Certain Hope 10
 2. The First Coming of the Lord 12
  Preparing the Way in the Old Testament 13
  ‘In the Fullness of Time’ – the New Testament 23
  PART TWO: THE FUTURE BETWEEN DEATH AND RESURRECTION  
 3. The Intermediate State 35
  Two Biblical Themes 36
  Unbiblical Views of the Intermediate State 43
  The Intermediate State in Scripture 52
  What about Purgatory? 63
  PART THREE: THE FUTURE OF CHRIST  
 4. The Second Coming of Christ 79
  The Centrepiece of Biblical Expectation 79
  A Consummating Event 87
  Whose Time No One Knows 95
  PART FOUR: THE FUTURE MARKED BY THE ‘SIGNS OF THE TIMES’  
 5. Signs of God’s Grace 113
  Introducing the Signs of the Times 113
  Preaching to All the Nations 120
  The Salvation of All Israel 127
 7. Signs of Opposition and Judgement – I 140
  General References 141
  Tribulation in the Olivet Discourse 142
  Some Observations about Tribulation 146
  The Great Tribulation 150
Signs of Opposition and Judgement – II 159
  Apostasy 160
  The Antichrist 167
  Signs of God’s Judgement 178
  PART FIVE: THE FUTURE OF THE KINGDOM  
 8. Premillennial Views 189
  Introducing the Millennial Views 190
  Historic Premillennialism 194
  Dispensational Premillennialism 205
 9. Postmillennial Views  
  A Comment about Terminology 219
  A Brief Historical Overview 221
  The Main Features of Postmillennialism 223
  The Biblical Case for Postmillennialism 229
  Amillennialism 233
 10. Evaluating Premillennialism  
  The Problem with Premillennialism 245
  Christ’s Return and the Rapture 251
  Israel and the Church 261
  The Hermeneutic of Literalism 277
 11. What About Revelation 20? 296
  The Premillennialist Case 298
  The Millennium Is Now 304
  The Binding of Satan 315
  The Believer’s Reign with Christ 327
 12. Evaluating Postmillennialism 340
  Defining Golden-Age Postmillennialism 341
  Two Qualifiers 358
  PART SIX: THE FUTURE OF ALL THINGS  
13. The Resurrection of the Body 363
  Biblical Themes regarding the Resurrection 364
  The Nature of the Resurrection Body 370
  The Resurrection/Renewal of All Things 376
  A Recent Debate 378
  Pastoral Questions regarding the Resurrection Body 384
 14. The Final Judgement  
  Questions regarding the Final Judgement 392
  Degrees of Reward in the Kingdom of Heaven? 405
 15. The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment 420
  The Problem of the Doctrine 420
  Answering the Objections 428
 16. The New Heavens and New Earth 454
  All New Things? Or All Things Made New? 456
  Life in the Renewed Creation 469
  To Enjoy God Forever 482
  Selected Bibliography 489
  Glossary of Terms 501
  Index of Persons 513
  Index of Selected Subjects 517
  Index of Scripture References 525
  References to the Apocrypha 538

 

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