Hello everyone! My name is Matt and I am an inspiring theologist with a special interest Eschatology. As this is my first post, I’ll give a quick introduction into what Eschatology is and some basic beginners information. By reading this post you will be better prepared for my future posts in which I will go in depth with my current studies or give my Biblical prospective on a current event happening around the world.
Eschatology deals with “last things”. The word derives from two Greek roots meaning “last” (ἔσχατος) and “study” (-λογία). So it’s the study of “end things” also known as Bible prophecy.
Every book of the Bible has prophecy in them but there are 4 specific books of the Bible that deal primarily with prophecy and have apocalyptic literature in them: Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Revelations.
Apocalyptic literature in Biblical terms is defined as a symbol or description used in scripture in order to convey an absolute truth. In order to interpret apocalyptic literature, you have to find another passage in scripture that interprets the meaning of the symbol or description that is being used.
The Bible identifies only 3 specific people groups: the Jews, the Christians, and the Gentiles (meaning anyone other than a Jew or Christian). The Gentiles were the first people group to inhabit the Earth. Yes, Adam and Eve were believing Gentiles.
Forward about 2000 years into the future, after the creation, and you see that Jews did not come onto the world scene until the time of Abraham who, for the very first time in the Bible, was called a Hebrew (see Gen 14:13). Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, was renamed Israel by God (see Gen 32:28), and Jacob’s son Judah was where the term “Jew” came from.
Now let’s forward about another 2000 years into the future during Pentecost in Jerusalem. There the disciples were “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). This was the start of the “Church” or Christians.
Now I gave you this quick description of the people groups because of the 4 prophetic books of the Bible I pointed out earlier. Three of them were written to each one of these people groups. Daniel was written for the Gentiles, Ezekiel for the Jews, and Revelations for the Christians.
My main prophetic studies come primarily from these 3 books, and it is important to understand which people group the prophetic passages from these books are referring to. Understand this though, just because it was written for a specific people group, that doesn’t mean we can’t use the materials in the book for our benefit as we study it.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God (us) may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
All scripture is for our benefit, including Bible prophecy which makes up about 1/3rd of the entire Bible, yet it is the least taught subject in the Church today. Why is that? Maybe some feel it’s too complicated to understand, maybe they believe it doesn’t pertain to us. Or maybe some just decide that other doctrines, such as salvation, should be higher on the totem pole while other doctrines seem to fall by the way side. The Bible makes it very clear that ALL scripture is to be taught and used for our benefit, which is why I decided to share my studies, so that all can have the opportunity to understand what the prophetic passages are trying to tell us.
Thank you for taking the time to read my first post! Please email me if you have any questions regarding the information I just shared. You can find my contact information under the “contact” tab on my homepage.
So why is it important to study Bible prophecy? Because never have we been closer than today..