The Theology of Jesus: Part 10 Eschatology (Conclusion)

04 Oct

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!


Posted by on October 4, 2018 in the theology of Jesus


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2 responses to “The Theology of Jesus: Part 10 Eschatology (Conclusion)

  1. wakemyear

    October 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I have a question, why do you and many others tie in Matthew passage with the catching away of 1 Thessalonians 4? Matthew’s judgment clearly is on earth and seems to be the judgment of Revelation 20:4 which is prior to the 1,000. It takes place after Armegeddon we know that because Satan has been thrown and locked in the pit for a 1,000. While the catching away had to preceed that for the wedding of the Lamb comes before Armegeddon we know that for HIS bride goes with HIM and watches HIM fight the battle singlehanded ( Revelation 19) Several judgments are spoken of in the bible and the criteria of where the judgment takes place, what is keynote of the judgment are all different. In Matthew it is how they treat the brethren, at the White throne it is who is written in the Lambs book of life Revelation 20:15; the on earth in time judgment of believers in JESUS is if they willingly judge themselves or resist conviction I Corinthians 11:31-32 and when believers are caught away to meet the LORD in the air we go through a fire and our work for GOD is assayed to see if we get rewards or meet GOD with tears (I Corinthians 3:11-15).

    please help me see what I am missing.

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      October 5, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Mrs. Manning — Thank you so much for your comment and questions. I will readily admit that end-time events (relating Mt. 24 and Christ’s Second Coming) are the hardest part of theology for me. I simply don’t have it all figured out! There are a lot of fine believers on different sides of the issues — but all agree that He is coming back! I don’t think I was specifically tying the Matthew passage with I Thessalonians 4 (wasn’t my intention). I have much to learn in eschatology. Thank you again for reading my blog. Blessings. Larry


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