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.

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

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

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

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

Chapter headings:

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