what is eschatology

One of the most important words in theological conversations is “eschatology.” But what does “eschatology” mean and why is it so important? Wes McAdams and Marcus Stenson define and discuss eschatology. Marcus is the High School Minister at the church of Christ on McDermott Road and a passionate evangelist.

One important aspect of eschatology is our vocabulary. If we want to have a biblical eschatology, we should adapt our vocabulary to reflect our biblical hope. Rather than saying, “go to heaven” (which isn’t found in Scripture), here are some of the eschatological phrases from Scripture:

Eschatological Time

  • the age to come (Hebrews 6:5; Ephesians 1:21; Luke 18:30; Mark 10:30; Matt 12:32)
  • the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8)

Eschatological Event

  • the resurrection (Matt 22:30)
  • the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim 6:14)
  • the coming of the Lord (1 Thess 4:15; 5:23; James 5:7)
  • the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:12)
  • the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:5)

Eschatological Place

  • the world to come (Hebrews 2:5)
  • the new world (the palingenesia) / (Matthew 19:28)
  • the city that is to come (Heb 13:14; see also 11:10; 12:22)
  • new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13)

We hope you enjoy this conversation and that it enriches your hope.

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