04 Aug 2018 | 09:00 am

Eschatology [es-kuh-tol-uh-jee]: unrelated to scatology. From the Greek word eschatos, “last,” meaning the study of last things. The end of everything. In answer to the question, “How will things end up?”

One overly educated Christian asks his fellow seminarian, “So, are you pre-, a-, post, or pan-millennial” — meaning, it will all “pan out” in the end?  This dorky joke betrays the truth that, for most of us, eschatology is something marginal.  Tertiary at best.  The final chapter in our standard systematic theologies, it appears to us more like an optional appendix than the climax of the book.  Worse, many of us view “eschatology” as weird, fanatical even. I mean can you even imagine taking Kirk Cameron seriously in Left Behind?   But this is sad – a sad neglect of not only our Bibles but our hope as Christians.  Paul calls the subject of eschatology, “our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Our seminar seeks to address this weakness among us, answering what is the millennium (and what’s up with all the prefixes?), and why it matters so much – both to how we read our Bibles and how we presently engage in God’s mission as we eagerly await “our blessed hope.”

If you are coming please take a few minutes to read this excerpt good from Robert D. Culver’s Daniel and the Latter Days.

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