Eschatology Part V: Millennial Muddle
For the last several weeks we have been looking at the topic of eschatology – the study of last things. This has required us to delve into the meaning of the Kingdom of God – the inbreaking of God’s sovereign rule into human history in the person of Jesus. We have seen that Jesus came to inaugurate, to begin the Kingdom or rule of God. He came to break the power of the Evil One, to bind him so as to plunder his property, to plunder the nations of the earth. In Christ the Kingdom of God has come.
Further, we saw that the work begun by Christ in His 1st coming will be completed in the consummation of all things following His 2nd Coming. The principalities & powers, sin & death, and the curse on the earth – all will be completely overcome.
Today we branch out and begin to look at the continuation of the Kingdom, that branch of eschatological discussion where there is more disagreement among professing Christians than perhaps any other portion of Christian theology. Between the inauguration of the Kingdom under Christ and its consummation at the Second Coming, what happens, what are we to expect?
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.