What is Eschatology
People who study the bible often ask, what is eschatology? Many have never heard of the word or can pronounce it. Eschatology, pronounced “es-ke-tal-o-je”, is made up of two Greek words. The first word is “eschatos” which means last or final. The second word is “logos”, meaning word or study.
Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the “End Times” or “Last Days”. Many treat Eschatology as an area of theology to be avoided. That does not mean, though, that it is unimportant to a Biblical worldview. How we understand Eschatology has an impact on how we should live our lives and what we are to expect to occur in God’s plan.
Here are six practical reasons why it is important to study Eschatology:
1. Eschatology helps us to teach the church
Worship should be the end of all theology, but especially of eschatology. When we think of the resurrection, the defeat of Satan, the final and perfect judgment, the new heavens and the new earth, and eternal fellowship with Christ and His Church, we surely cannot but amplify our worship of God. If eschatology does not result in greater worship of God, we are either in error, or we are approaching the truth in the wrong spirit.
2. Eschatology helps us to worship God
When we think of the resurrection, the defeat of Satan, the final and perfect judgment, the new heavens and the new earth, and eternal fellowship with Christ and His Church, we surely cannot but amplify our worship of God. If eschatology does not result in greater worship of God, we are either in error, or we are approaching the truth in the wrong spirit.
3. Eschatology helps us to serve with zeal
The fact that the “end is nigh” should not make us passive believers waiting for the inevitable, nor should we be walking in fear. Rather, the New Testament links belief in the imminent end of all things with “zealous service”. When we consider our great hope, the eternal blessedness of heaven, and the great need of fellow sinners, we should be motivated with greater passion for lost souls and the glory of God.
4. Eschatology helps us to hope in the midst of trouble
Sometimes Churches and Christians face trials from which they will not be delivered while here on this earth. In the midst of disease, pain, and injustice, it is vital to have a lively hope of resurrection life. That alone will fuel faithful endurance to the end.
5. Eschatology helps us to prepare for judgment
One of the reasons why so few are ready for judgment is that they do not know there will be a judgment. In addition to getting ourselves ready, eschatology should motivate us to help others get ready too. While obsession with the last things is dangerous, omission is even more dangerous.
6. Eschatology helps us to look forward to heaven
Sadly, even for Christians, concern for this present world too often smothers interest in the world to come. Eschatology keeps these vital ultimate truths in our view and encourages us to look beyond this world, longing for the heaven of eternal life with Christ and His people.
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Please see the attached PowerPoint files for content covered in our Eschatology Bible Study.