Waiting for Jesus’ Return (Calvin)

 The Christians from the church plant in Thessalonica didn't have perfectly orthodox views on eschatology (cf. 1 Thes. 4:13ff; 2 Thes. 2:1ff).  That's one reason Paul and his missionary team wrote them two letters soon after the church was planted.  But the Christians there in Thessalonica did get the basics of eschatology right.  When they… Continue reading Waiting for Jesus’ Return (Calvin)

The Day of the Lord (NIDNTTE)

 The phrase "the day of the LORD" (יוֹם־יְהוָה֙) in OT literature is a phrase with deep meaning and significance.  This phrase is often found in prophetic literature in the context of a significant period of time in the future.  It's a big topic! One resource that discusses this phrase is the New International Dictionary of New… Continue reading The Day of the Lord (NIDNTTE)

The Prophets, Eschatology, and Two-Ages (Vos)

Vos: Dogmatics This Q/A by G. Vos is so helpful for thinking about OT prophetic literature, eschatology, and the two-ages:  In many of these passages [Is. 2:2, Mic. 4:1, Acts 2:17, 1 Pet. 1:20, & 1 Jn 2:18], is not something entirely different spoken of than what we understand by “the last days,” namely, the… Continue reading The Prophets, Eschatology, and Two-Ages (Vos)

Eschatology, Prophecy, and Foreshortening (Vos)

 When it comes to the OT prophets and eschatology, one area of discussion is the "literalness" of prophetic language.  Though not everyone agrees, in Reformed theology we see the prophets as speaking the truth in poetic and sometimes apocalyptic ways (similar to the Psalms, Revelation, and other parts of Scripture).  Therefore we don't read the… Continue reading Eschatology, Prophecy, and Foreshortening (Vos)

Eight Points: A Critique of Dispensational Premillenialism

(This is a re-post from September, 2014) Anthony Hoekema (d. 1988) wrote a helpful critique of dispensational premillennialism in his excellent book, The Bible and the Future.  Because I think they are helpful, I’m going to summarize and edit them below.  I strongly recommend reading the entire 20-page chapter for the full discussion – along… Continue reading Eight Points: A Critique of Dispensational Premillenialism