Thank you, friends, for sticking with me through these ten posts. We’ve been looking at some of the teaching of the Lord Jesus, asking how the truth He taught would “fit” into the ten categories of systematic theology. If we define systematic theology in its simplest form, it is an effort to put into logical categories the data of Scripture.
So we’ve looked briefly at what the Lord Jesus said in the areas of introductory matters (prolegomena), bibliology, theology proper, Christology, anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology. Our last area (from a systematic theology perspective) is called eschatology, the study of last things.
While there are good reasons to hold to a pre-tribulational rapture (as depicted in the painting above), Jesus’ primary passage on the end times is Matthew 24. Here are a few points that can be seen in that text:
Concerning the “end of the age,” Jesus says —
1. Many will come in His name and try to deceive the disciples (vv. 4-5).
2. His true followers will be persecuted, hated, and put to death (v. 9).
3. Many will abandon the faith and betray each other (v. 10).
4. Deceiving false prophets will appear and the love of most will grow cold (vv. 11-12).
5. This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world — and then the end will come (v. 14).
6. These false messiahs and false prophets will perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (vv. 22-25).
7. In the midst of all this distress, the Son of Man will come with power and great glory and His angels will collect the elect (vv. 30-31).
8. Only the Father knows when that day or hour will take place (v. 36).
9. The day of the Lord will catch men unawares (as God’s judgment did the people of Noah’s day) (vv. 36-41).
10. Our responsibility is to keep watch, to be ready, to be faithful and wise servants (vv. 42-51).
May He find us faithful and wise, as we serve Him, waiting for His return!