Some Christians and secular individuals predicted several momentous events that they believed are related:
These phrases are popular these days. A war breaks out in the Middle East and suddenly prophecy experts say the end is near.
Books are written and dates are set.
Fiction books and movie series bring in millions of dollars and generate media hype. But what exactly does Scripture teach us about the coming of Christ? There is no question that the New Testament writings teach that Christ will return. The disciples ask Jesus, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?
See Further Reading There Has Been A Delay Not only does the New Testament warn against such speculations and date-fixing, it also indicates in various ways that the coming of Christ may be later than first expected. A brief survey of some of the parables and sayings of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke will clearly show that by the time the gospels were written there was already an awareness among early Christians that the return of Christ has been delayed.
The Gospel of Mark, which is taken by a vast majority of scholars to be the earliest gospel, was probably written shortly before Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD In chapter 13, known as the eschatological discourse of Jesus, Mark reports what Jesus had predicted about the Temple some 40 years earlier.
Of particular significance for us is the repeated warning that the war between the Romans and the Jews and the terrible conditions surrounding the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem must not be taken to be the apocalyptic end of the world.
A bit later in the chapter, we find this astonishing saying of Jesus: This is an astonishing saying because by the time Mark wrote his gospel, Mark and his Christian community would have viewed the resurrected Jesus as the exalted Christ who would surely have knowledge of when and how the course of history would wind down.
But Mark still gives us this saying that states that not even Jesus Christ, the Son of God, knows the day of the hour. Matthew attaches several parables to the eschatological discourse of Mark that he incorporated into his gospel.
At the end of chapter 24 we find the parable of the good and wicked slave. The wicked slave says to himself, "My master is delayed. In the following chapter Matthew attaches three more parables, all of which spell out how we are to act while we are waiting for Christ whose coming has been delayed.
In the parable of the Ten Virgins Matt While they went to buy more oil the bridegroom came and the door was shut. Matthew is admonishing his Christian group to count on some delay in the return of Christ and remain vigilant in their Christian life.
But how does one wait for the coming of Christ? The next two parables in Matthew 25 spell out the answer.
The parable of the Talents urges Christians to invest what has been entrusted to them and not let it sit idle. The final parable, the Sheep and Goats, which is a parable of the final judgment, makes it even clearer what that investment is all about.Fasting, mainly as part of a spiritual discipline, can lead one into an apocalyptic prophetic vision.
One example of this is found in the Book of Daniel which is the first apocalypse in the Protestant Bible. . Christian belief systems Competing theories of eschatology, end times, and millennialism.
Sponsored link. Terminology: Eschatology is a Christian term that means the study of the end of history from a religious perspective. Probably more obscure theological text has been written on this topic than on any other belief in Christendom. “The Second Coming” was intended by Yeats to describe the current historical moment (the poem appeared in ) in terms of these gyres.
Yeats believed that the world was on the threshold of an apocalyptic revelation, as history reached the end of the outer gyre (to speak roughly) and began moving along the inner gyre.
A Poet’s Apocalyptic Vision ‘The Second Coming’ outlines William Butler Yeats’s fearful vision of the future based on the moral anarchy of the present.
‘The Second Coming’ outlines William Butler Yeats’s fearful vision of the future based on the moral anarchy of the present. Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation, but now usually refers to the belief that the end of the world is imminent, even within one's own lifetime.
This belief is usually accompanied by the idea that civilization will soon come to a tumultuous end due to some sort of catastrophic global event.