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Eschatology

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12 June 2007

Eschatology Doctrinal

Life after Death

It is my belief that after physical death , believers in Christ will enter a serene existence while awaiting the return of Jesus and the resurrection . As described by Luke , the intermediate state is where those who are believers in Christ will enter and be in the presence of God . Here they will experience happiness and calm as they await the resurrection of their bodies (Luke 23 .43

In my view , Heaven is the residence

of God . It is a beautiful place where the faithful will gather to be with the Father for eternity . A physical heaven is described in Genesis which states , And God made two great lights the greater light to rule the day , and the lesser light to rule the night .God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the Earth .to rule over the day and over the night , and to divide the light from the darkness : and God saw that it was good (Gen 1 .5-8 . Furthermore , the Bible describes Heaven as a wonderful place in which God will wipe away every tear from their eyes and there will no longer be any death there will no longer be any mourning , or crying or pain the first things have passed away (Rev . 21 .4

Hell is the domain of Satan and all that is evil . I believe as Matthew teaches that Hell will be the destiny of all people who reject the grace and mercy God has provided

through Jesus and who chose , instead , to reject God by following Satan (Matt . 25 :46 . Hell is described in Scripture as a place of darkness and sadness (Matt . 22 :13 , a place of fire (Matt . 5 :22 , a place of torment (Rev . 14 :10 , a place of destruction (Matt . 7 :13 , and a place of disgrace and everlasting contempt (Dan . 12 :2

My Beliefs about End Time Events

The Tribulation is the first event , among many , that will lead to the end of this world as we know it . I believe the Tribulation will begin when the beast ' or the Antichrist rises up under Satan 's inspire , and takes religious and political control of the world (Abanes 6 . The reign of the Antichrist during the Tribulation is a seven-year period which will be filled with great suffering for believers in Christ Palestine will be the scene of the world 's last great battle Armageddon , in which the Antichrist 's last remaining rivals .clashed with the vast assembled forces of the Antichrist (Carpenter 90

I have faith in Jesus ' promise "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky , with power and great glory (Matt . 24 .30 Therefore , shortly after , the Tribulation has begun , Christ will return to save the world , and establish His millennial kingdom (Carpenter 90 The Bible gives us signs to heed prior to the return of Christ . Matthew tells us that many men will profess to be Christ , and shall deceive masses (Matt . 24 .4-5 , there will be great wars (Matt . 24 .6-7 Joel 3 .9-17 Matt . 24 .21-22 and Rev . 6 .4 , along with great famines (Matt 24 .7 Luke 21 .25-26 and Rev . 6 .5-6 , and plagues and pestilence will be prevalent (Matt . 24 .7 Rev . 6 .7-8 and Psalm 91 . theless "No one knows about that day or hour , not even the angels in heaven , nor the Son , but only the Father (Matt . 24 .36 . Whether the end of time is tomorrow , or many years from now , we should live our lives as if Jesus is coming for us in the blink of an eye

Upon Christ 's return , the faithful dead will be resurrected and taken to Heaven in the Rapture . My view is that Christ 's promise that all who believe in him shall have everlasting life is evidence of the coming resurrection . The second resurrection will be for the wicked who found no solace in Christ , and will face God 's wrath after the millennial reign of Christ (Rev . 20 .5

My Beliefs about the Millennium

After Jesus Christ returns to save the righteous from the throes of the Antichrist , and casts him into the Lake of Fire , He will rule from the throne of David , and the earth will be filled with holiness , justice peace , and prosperity would prevail on earth for a thousand years (Carpenter 90 . According to Matthew , after the Tribulation the sun shall be darkened , the moon will give no light , and the stars will fall from heaven . At that time , they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory . And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet , and they shall gather together his chosen from the four winds , from one end of heaven to the other (Matt . 24 .29-31 . This Rapture will occur simultaneously with the second coming of Christ , in which He will draw believers up to Heaven to save them from the earthly tribulations that will occur once the Antichrist comes to power (Carpenter 248 . I believe the Rapture is God 's reward to those who have been faithful believers in Christ , as if they were to remain on earth during the Tribulation , they would surely be targeted by the Antichrist for unspeakable acts of torture and persecution . After God defeats the beast

the earth will be filled with peace and serenity as Satan will be locked away for Christ 's thousand-year reign . However , at the end of the thousand years , Satan will be released for but one more final battle (Rev . 20 .1-6 . I don 't believe the Bible clearly tell us why the millennial reign on earth is important . However , I believe it may be Christ 's way of protecting those on earth from Satan 's grasp while He awaits the final battle with Satan at the end of the millennium

My Views as Compared to the MBI Doctrinal Statement

In general , my views are synonymous with the MBI 's Doctrinal Statements As Article I states , God is .Himself .Trinity in unity , Father , Son and Holy Spirit ' I believe in the Holy Trinity and believe these three Persons ' are one God . Additionally , I believe , as written in Article II , that the Holy Spirit inspired the entire Bible . However , I also believe that over the years translations from the original language and biases of mortal man , may play some role in various ideas or certain prejudices expressed within Scripture . theless , the Bible as the word of God is a divine revelation , and its message is to be heeded faithfully . Article III mirrors my beliefs about Jesus Christ completely , as I believe him to be God (part of the Holy Trinity mentioned , and that he died for my sins and was resurrected to ascend into Heaven . Furthermore , it is clear to me as Article III indicates He will come again to save the just and judge the wicked . Article IV continues this thought , as it dictates that Christ died for man 's transgressions . Those who do not believe in Christ will suffer eternally , while those who find Jesus as their Lord and Savior will have eternal and everlasting life . Finally , Article V supports my belief that the Church is the staple of God 's kingdom , and should spread the word of Christ throughout the world

Works Cited

Abanes , Richard . End-Time Visions : The Road to Armageddon ? New York Four

Walls Eight Windows , 1998

Carpenter , Joel A . Revive Us Again : The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism

New York : Oxford Press , 1997

The Holy Bible . Nashville , TN : Thomas Nelson , 1989 . Student 's Last Name PAGE 5 ...

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