Friday, June 27, 2008

My View of "The Last Days" - 2 Peter 3.10-13

For many years of my Christian life, people have debated "Eschatology-the doctrine of the last days or end/final times" (From the Greek, eskhatos/last and logia/discourse) People have debated "Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, Pre-Mill, A-Mill, Post-Mill...ad nauseum...and all it has ever resulted in is debate and division.
2Pet. 3:10-13 says, "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness"
While reading this passage, I came to the following view of the last days:
1. Jesus is coming back.
2. Be holy.
3. Be ready.
That is what I believe and am "looking forward" to. You?

2 comments:

Jason said...

Johanine eschatology. :) With your permission, I will quote this as my version as well (of course, citing you...).

Sean said...

JDUB,

I love this. I surely think we have erred in our over emphasis on doctrinal issues that lead to division.

And yet I wonder if our current church situation has us swinging to the other extreme? Are we underemphsizing doctrinal truth in our "application oriented" church? I ask this as the guy passionately leading the application of truth.

Just asking,

peace from Athens!