PREFACE TO THE STUDY OF ESCHATOLOGY
Having just finished the study on Ecclesiology, I am very excited to
look into the future for the Church. The study of the Church was exciting
and fulfilling, but as we looked at the Word for that study we must do
the same for this study. The Church was exciting, and we know it to be
the same in our experience in local assemblies, however that is a portion
of what God has planned for us as we assemble in eternity as the Universal
Church to enjoy our wonderful Savior and Head, Jesus Christ.
God has created for us here on earth the temporal church to minister
to our needs and problems, but in Eschatology we will see that not only
is He tying up all the prophetic loose ends, but He is laying out the future
eternal habitation for those of us that have decided to follow His Son.
As this study begins, a few explanations are in order. First these thoughts
are not my thoughts alone. The Lord has led me through the theology courses
of four colleges and seminaries, so you can imagine that much of what I
relate to you is coming from many other men, and many books that I have
had the privilege of reading. As I have worked through this information,
I have evaluated and adapted it to my own thinking and theological system.
There are more complete works on the subject of future things, but I trust
this will be the most practical of these books. Eschatology should, if
nothing else demand that we change our manner of living. We say we believe
that Christ could come at any minute, yet we are amassing temporal things
by the truck load as though He has revealed to us that He will not appear
in our life time. Future things should definitely affect our present life
as well as give us great hope and joy as we look forward to that day when
we will be with the Lord.
The study will be divided into topics and as the topics are discussed
they will be related to the other areas of discussion.
I trust that the reader will gain an overall view of the subject.
I trust that not only will the reader gain a proper understanding of
what the Bible presents, but a general understanding of some of the false
teachings in the area of future things. I also desire that the facts will
motivate the life to changes that the Lord might direct in individual lives.
At the end of the book is a series of appendixes which contain some
miscellaneous information that may be of help to the reader. There is a
test to see just how much you really know about Eschatology, as well as
other information. You should browse through these to acquaint yourself
with the items.
One that might be of great assistance is a listing of authors/books
and their approximate theological positions.