Optimistic Eschatology



By Ilya on 2/17/2024, Seedling - Faith, Eschatology

Intended Audience: All, but mainly those familiar with Christianity

Eschatology is the belief (or the belief and study) of what will happen at the end, when Jesus comes back. I believe that no matter which view you take, the most important thing you should adhere to is the optimistic part. Optimistic eschatology is the idea that the gospel and the church are successful in the mission Jesus gave before he ascended to the Father, which is to:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20).

If we don't believe that (and there are many reasons that the bible gives us to believe that), it's almost a hopeless faith. While we are asking for Jesus to work in this world and in the same breath we are asking to be taken out of it. This doesn't feel like the ethos of Jesus or the bible. Are you optimistic?

Give Paradise Restored by David Chilton (free pdf download) a read, it really opens up a lot on how to read Revelation.

Also this interview (spotify) of David Shannon about Optimistic Eschatology is very good.

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