Monday, July 12, 2010

My Favorite Quote on Studying Various Eschatological Models

“I think it’s really important that all understand that the emphasis is not on outlining exactly what will happen in what order.  Godly scholars have differed on that topic for hundreds of years and will continue to do so.  That tells us things aren’t that clear.  What is clear is that Jesus is coming back and bringing heaven to earth and we’re to be busy working for the kingdom now.

“In some ways the reorientation needs to be away from the details of eschatology and more focused on the emphasis of the New Testament.   I would not want to go from a high emphasis on one eschatology, and then replace that with a high emphasis on some other eschatology that may or may not be correct.  My point is that isn’t the focus of the New Testament.   As you know well, this is a main point of focus for some traditions, but it does not emerge as a major area of focus in the New Testament and especially not in the epistles.  That may be the hardest change.  Not from one eschatology to another but from that as an area of focus to moving to building for the kingdom now in light of His return.”

-  Pastor Bryan Clark

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