Jesus’ View On The End Times
Are we now living in the end times? The vast majority of individuals from different religious backgrounds and faiths all around the globe unequivocally affirm that we are. They talk about the end days, but they have, for some reason, failed to take into account what Jesus and the prophets have stated regarding the final days. Theologians refer to this subject as “eschatology,” which literally means “study of the end times.”
The terms “eschaton” and “ology” are the roots of the word “eschatology.”
- “Eschatos,” which translates from Greek as “last things”
- “Logos,” which may be translated from Greek as “word,” “topic,” or “message,”
If we do not take into account the eschatology that Jesus taught, we will develop our own eschatology, which will be incorrect, and as a result, we will not enter the kingdom. Numerous sermons and a plethora of books on topics such as the soon-to-be-revealed second coming of Christ, the impending end of the world, the millennial reign of Christ, our future abode in heaven, and many others have been preached and written by respected ministers, academics, best-selling authors, and public speakers. Many of these ideas are said to have originated from the prophecies that are found in the New Testament, particularly those that are found in the book of Revelation and in the writings of the apostles Paul and Peter.
Other than the primary topic of man’s salvation and eventual glorification, I have found that many people are mesmerised by these prophecies. The reason for this, in my experience, is that these visions and prophecies are the only significant part of the bible that appears to have the potential to directly affect the church in our day and age. This current generation is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to experience the things that the apostles in the New Testament predicted.
The Antichrist, the Beast, the Rapture of the Church, the various timelines for the Tribulation, the emergence of the modern state of Israel, the mark of the beast, the book of Revelation and Daniel, the Great Tribulation, etc. are some of the topics that are widely covered in written and spoken media today.
There has been a significant amount of effort put into attempting to demonstrate how current-day occurrences and personalities correspond to the prophecy’s signs, visions, and timeframes. These occurrences, according to all of these authors and educators, as well as the many people who believe their views, indicate that the end of the world is approaching and will occur in our own times.
Having A Comprehension Of Prophecy
The Olivet Discourse is a chronological account of the events that Jesus said would take place. Many people throughout the years have speculated that these and other predictions may be explained by current happenings around the globe. In order for us to comprehend how the predictions are being realised, we have been instructed to focus our attention on the Middle East and the State of Israel.
Scholars of prophecy and those who teach it often draw support for their arguments from passages found in both the Old and New Testaments. The mistake that is being made is that these predictions are being applied to modern times. Since I understand that prophecies are linked to a certain period of time, we need to look to the time of Jesus to determine whether or not the predictions were fulfilled, and not to the present happenings of our own day.
When properly translated, the many proof texts provide us with a revelation that is true about these predictions. When we take these prophecies out of the historical and cultural context in which they were originally written, the Bible is suddenly loaded with riddles and contradictions that have the potential to leave the mind of a reader completely confused, disheartened, or even terrified.
The Idea That Context Is Everything
In the field of hermeneutics, sometimes known as the interpretation of the Bible, there is a concept known as the “context” principle that plays an essential role. It shows that there is no one biblical verse or section that can be accurately read on its own. Each one must be comprehended in light of its own setting.
There is both a local and a broader context to consider. The verse in issue, as well as the one immediately before and after it, make up what is known as the immediate context. The phrase “general context” relates to what the Bible as a whole has to say about the issue being discussed.
If our reading of one text leads to a disagreement with another passage, then we have made a mistake in our understanding of that section. With this in mind, we shall analyse the passages by using the concept of context.
The Four Facets of Christ as a Person
In the old testament, there are four passages about the Messiah that begin with the word “Behold.” These passages are found in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. They are as follows:
- The verse “Behold your ruler, O Israel!” may be found in Zechariah 9:9.
- The book of Isaiah chapter 52 verse 13 says, “Behold, I have made you my servant!”
- “Behold the man!” is what it says in Zechariah chapter 6 verse 12.
- The book of Isaiah chapter 40 verse 9 says, “Behold, your God!”
These four prophecies made by the prophets about the role that Christ will play in the world are found in the four canonical Gospels. The four depictions of Christ that may be seen in the Gospels are as follows:
a) Christ is portrayed in Matthew’s gospel as the King;
b) The Gospel of Mark refers to Him as the Servant;
b) Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man, and;
c) John identifies Him as the Son of God in his writings.
They provide light on four facets of our Lord’s personality and character for us. Matthew and John, two of Christ’s followers, wrote eyewitness narratives that are included in the Gospels. Mark and Luke also wrote stories of the life of Christ that were handed down to them by individuals who had a personal relationship with Christ.
The book of Matthew makes the case that Jesus is both the long-awaited Messiah and the rightful king of the whole cosmos. Matthew is the only book in the New Testament in which the term “kingdom of heaven” is used more than once. The phrase occurs a total of thirty-two times throughout Matthew.
Matthew, more than any other book in the Bible, makes use of Old Testament scripture, citing around 130 references and allusions, in order to demonstrate that Jesus satisfies all of the requirements for the role of the Messiah. Matthew is the only gospel in which the phrase “what was declared through the prophet could be fulfilled,” which does not exist in any of the other three gospels, appears a total of twelve times.
May the truth make you free.