Introduction

The doctrine of the End Times (Eschatology) includes the Return of Christ, the end of the world, judgment heaven and hell. Many Christians neglect the subject for various reasons:

  • They are almost exclusively focused upon current events and activities.
  • They don’t like thinking about death.
  • They are afraid of thinking about the End Times (which are difficult to imagine anyway).
  • They feel the return of Christ won’t happen in their lifetime because, after all, people have thought the End was near down through the centuries.
  • They are confused and put off by the strange, frightening symbolism of the Book of Revelation.
  • They are put off by people, including Christians, who have extreme – even crazy - views on the subject. 
  • They may have no assurance of eternal life (for themselves or deceased loved-ones), but rather a vague hope.
  • They have little awareness of accountability to God and the idea of judgment worries them.
  • They find the idea of Jesus literally returning to earth somewhat unbelievable.

Yet teaching on the End Times (Eschatology) is important:

  • It makes up some 9% of the New Testament, which is a very significant proportion.
  • The New Testament teaches that we should be living in the light of the End Times.
  • It is important that the Christian community has an informed hope, instead of the current ignorance or fear, and conveys a message of hope.
  • It is important that the Christian community has a proper sense of accountability to God including an awareness of the last judgment.

It is because of this that we have created this section of the website to help Christians begin to face up to and benefit from this important area of teaching.

Please also see "A Certain Hope".

If you have questions or comments, feel free to write to my blog site.

Please also see Patricia Higton’s book “Life after life” also on this website.

Maranatha Network

The Maranatha Network is a network of Christians who use a brief daily meditation for each day of the month. The Network provides a simple, brief daily procedure to encourage thought and prayer about the Return of Christ, including as an incentive to responsible Christian living.

Jesus tells us to be alert, be on guard and to watch for his Return. But how do we do so? The daily meditation is a practical, brief, daily way of doing this in just a minute or two.

It includes:

·         a relevant verse or two of Scripture,

·         a thought-provoking question and

·         a very brief prayer

for every day of the month.  CLICK ON:  Maranatha Network Daily Meditation

It is written by the Rev Tony Higton and may be freely copied so long as the footnote about Tony’s websites is included.

The material seeks to avoid dubious biblical interpretation and naive assumptions about current events. Tony’s conviction is that we don’t have to agree on every aspect of End Times teaching but rather to respect one another when we don’t agree. This contrasts with distressing controversies over aspects of eschatology caused by unwarranted dogmatism.

Please forward this information and the meditation to as many Christians as possible and please pray that they will make use of it. It could be a means of bringing a whole new perspective into their lives.


Eschatology Resources

NEW MATERIAL
"Living in the light of the End (which is a new beginning)"
covers the whole range of biblical teaching on the End Times and relates extensively to current events and trends. It is in two versions: FULL and SUMMARY.

OLDER MATERIAL
28 Articles and 1 Book Available in this Category

Articles in the older material are arranged according to subject and to whether they are:
1. Short popular articles for the general reader
2. Longer popular articles for the general reader
3. More academic articles where relevant

Revised 22nd May 2015
Secular eschatology: Dangers from AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Further Signs of the End: Persecution [including by Muslims and the growth of Islam]
Further Signs of the End: Israel

Revised 3rd May 2015: update made to the section:
Further Signs of the End: Current Anti-Semitism added

Revised 12th March 2015: updates made to the sections:

The Signs of the End: Wars and uprisings
The Signs of the End: Pestilences Part 1 Modern Diseases
The Signs of the End: Pestilences Factors favouring pandemics: Drug resistant microbes
The Signs of the End: Pestilences Factors favouring pandemics: Experimentation going wrong
The Signs of the End: Nuclear terrorism & War
The Signs of the End: Persecution & Oppression
The Signs of the End: Movements towards world government
The Signs of the End: Global warming
The Signs of the End: Secularisation

New teaching about Eschatology


Living in the light of the End (which is a new beginning

FULL VERSION

This version is a longer, more detailed and academic version with footnotes, covering the whole range of biblical teaching on eschatology (Doctrine of the End Times). It is an attempt to take a balanced view of biblical teaching in an area which is often subject to unreliable interpretations. More material will be added from time to time.
Introduction to Eschatology (Doctrine of the End Times)
Which aspects of the teaching of Jesus on the Mt of Olives refer to the Second Coming?
Signs of the End (Latest)
Will there be a sudden, secret "rapture" of believers to heaven?
Further signs of the End 1
Further signs of the End 2 Return of the Jews to Israel
The "Great Tribulation" and the Antichrist
Secular Eschatology - what secular scholars are prediction about the future of the world
The Battle of Armageddon & Cosmic signs
Old Testament eschatology
The return of Christ & Will there be a literal Millennium?
End Times Judgment
Approaching Death
Resurrection
Destruction of the world
The truth about Hell
The hope of Heaven
Understanding Revelation
Islam in the End Times

SUMMARY VERSION

This version is a shorter, less detailed version suitable for the general reader. It covers the whole range of biblical teaching on eschatology.
Introduction to Eschatology (Doctrine of the End Times) Summary
Which aspects of the teaching of Jesus on the Mt of Olives refer to the Second Coming? Summary
Signs of the End (Latest) Summary
Will there be a sudden, secret "rapture" of believers to heaven? Summary
Further signs of the End 1 Summary
Further signs of the End 2
The "Great Tribulation" and the Antichrist Summary
Secular Eschatology - what secular scholars are predicting about the future of the world Summary
The Battle of Armageddon & Cosmic signs Summary
Old Testament eschatology Summary
The return of Christ & Will there be a literal Millennium Summary
End Times Judgment Summary
Approaching Death Summary
Resurrection Summary
Destruction of the world Summary
The truth about Hell Summary
The hope of Heaven Summary
Understanding Revelation Summary
Islam in the End Times Summary

A WORK IN PROGRESS: TO BE COMPLETED
Currently the Summary Version is available at http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/blog/?p=518


Teaching about Eschatology in General

Short popular articles for the general reader.

Teaching about the Signs of the End Times

More academic article

Longer popular course for the general reader


Short popular articles for the general reader

Teaching about Different Views of the Millennium

More academic articles

Teaching on the Book of Revelation

Longer popular course for the general reader

Teaching on Judgment

Short popular articles for the general reader.

Teaching on Heaven

Short popular articles for the general reader.

More academic article

Teaching on Living in the Light of the End

Short popular articles for the general reader.

Further information on the eschatological significance of Israel see the following articles:

For more information on these articles click the above links, or visit our other website www.prayerforpeace.org.uk

BOOK

Life After Life by Patricia Higton

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