Christian Eschatology, is the study of the end times or the final days according to the prophets of the bible. It amazes me how people can read the same scriptures and yet, there are so many different scenarios of what is to happen or how each differs in their interpretations of these scriptures.
There are those who believe in a pre-millennial view; where they teach on the rapture, the resurrection and the 2nd Coming of Christ happening all before the 1000 year reign (Rev. 20, the 1000yrs being an actual period of time on the earth). Within this view there is also a tribulation period of seven years, where Christ is to come back (and there are differing views here also, such as: pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath and post-trib.)
Pre-millennialism takes a more literal and futuristic interpretation of the book of Revelation, where they believe it was written about 96AD and the book deals mostly with futuristic events after chapter 4:1.
Then there is the post-millennial view, who teach that the resurrection and coming of Christ happens after the 1000 years of Revelation (1000 years may be or may not be an actual 1000 year period of time). Many (not all) teach some form of Preterism, where the book of Revelation was written pre-70AD., where very little is futuristic; therefore it mostly pertains to the people and events that surrounded that period of time in 70AD.
Then there is the Amillennial view, where there isn’t an actual 1000 years, but just an extended amount of time to be completed, a symbolic millennium that started almost 2000 years ago; some call it: ” the now millenium”.
Post-Millennial and Amillennials are very similar in their interpretations of the book of Revelation since many on both sides holds to some form of a preterit’s view.
You might ask, “Just what is your prediction?”
Throughout history people have tried and failed at predicting future events; such as the rapture and the 2nd coming of Christ or major catastrophes using the old testament feasts or blood moons and such.
My prediction isn’t necessarily like these, but it does have to do with eschatology and the Church. The apocryphal book, “The Epistle of Barnabas”; declares God has a “Seven-thousand-year plan”, based on the seven days of creation. Much of the early Church, as well as many in the Church of today believes in this idea. Where they also see the 1000 years mentioned in Revelation as the Seventh Day, (and that would put us near the end of the sixth day.)
The Gregorian calendar, which we use today, says we are in the 2016th year from Christ’s birth, (some suggests this calendar is off a few years). But for the sake of argument, let’s say it is correct! That means it has been about 1983 years since Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
Jesus’s death is believed to have marked the end of the 4th day (or the end of 4000 yrs.), marking the division between Old testament (The Law and Israel) and the New testament (Grace and the Church).
If all of this is true, then we only have 17 more years to finish the 6th day (or 6000 yrs.), then we begin the seventh day. Therefore if pre-millennialism is correct, then Christ’s 2nd coming is close or will happen sometime within the next 17 or so years.
What is my prediction? Well, if this is true, then all post-millennialist’s and all amillennialist’s will have to change their views on eschatology. But, if 17 years or so goes by and nothing happens, then the pre-millennialist’s will be forced to rethink their views and change.
So my prediction is there is coming a change in the Church, whether it’s because Christ’s 2nd coming happens or even if it doesn’t happen in the next 17 years. Eschatological views are about to be confirmed or disrupted and many will have to change their eschatological view.
I truly believe we are about to see some great changes in the near future; as a pre-millennialist I’m ready to see his coming, if it happens soon; but I’m also ready to change my view if it doesn’t happen as I expected it to!
My faith isn’t based on how well I understand eschatology or how well I can defend my view, it’s based on the fact that I truly believe Jesus is the Son of God. I also believe that much of the Church is looking for or has an expectation of something coming; maybe a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Revival or maybe it’s something else.
I believe it’s good to have an eschatological view as long has it doesn’t overpower one’s ability to do good or to do the necessities of our Christian walk in this present world; our view shouldn’t be creating schisms or causing hard feelings between other believers who disagree with someone else’s view.
We’re called to reach the lost and to be the “Body of Christ” while we are here in this present world. So, let’s be about our Father’s business and be ready for what’s coming; whether or not anything happens in the next 17 years! And not be argumentative with one another about how it’s going to happen. Yes, I predict a change is coming; whether you’re ready for it or not, something is about to change!