Eschatology Doctrine of the last things: 2nd coming, final state of saved and lost and death

God has planned what will finally come. He is in control of a world out of control, God alone knows the return & second coming of the Lord Jesus. Mark 13:32

The devil is predestined to lose  Revelation 20:10

The Lord Jesus is predestined to win Revelation 1:17-18

Why must a person come to faith in Jesus Christ?  An eternal destiny is at stake. One day God will clear His Name at the Final Judgement, Both the saved and lost accounted for.

What happens when we die?

Absent from the body, present with the Lord. Next will be the return of Jesus  Hebrews 9:28

Hebrews 9:27 'Appointed unto man once to die & after this the judgement.'

The only way to escape death 1 Thessalonians 4:17

What happens between our death & His return?

Both Moses & Elijah were alive when meeting with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.

Jesus said, The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, is the God of the living not the dead.

Paul had a desire to be with Jesus which is far better. Philippians 1:23 He taught absent from the body & present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6

Jesus told his disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them that where He is they might be also.

Jesus told the thief on the cross, ”Today you will be with me in paradise"  Luke 23:43

Jesus taught the Lazarus went to be with Abraham when he died  Luke 16:23 The rich man went to Hades where he was in conscious torment

The intermediate state. Revelation 6:9-11  Revelation 7:9-17

Do we have spiritual bodies?  2 Corinthians 5:1 We have an eternal house in heaven, not human.

Are we disembodied spirits?  Hebrews 12:23 'To the spirit of righteous men made perfect'

What are the redeemed doing in heaven?   'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the Throne & to the Lamb' Revelation 7:10 Worshipping God.

Waiting for arrival of others  Revelation 6:9-11 'How long O Lord?' Told to wait a little longer

Resting free from trial  & testing  Revelation 7:17 'God will wipe away every tear from their faces'

Timing? Only God knows Mark 13:32 ' No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.'

Second Coming is the personal return of Jesus Acts 1:10-11 He will return in the same way.

Final resurrection of the dead 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 'Death has been swallowed up in victory'

Final Judgement Revelation 20:11-15

Events to come? The last trumpet 1 Corinthians 15:52 Every eye will see Jesus

Revelation 1:7 'He is coming with the clouds & every eye will see Him.'

United with redeemed bodies 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 The dead in Christ will rise first, then we.

Glorified  Romans 8:30 Predestined, called, justified, glorified

1 John 3:2 'We shall be like Jesus, for we shall see Him as He is.'

All answerable to God  Hebrews 9:27 Appointed once to die & after that the judgement

Revelation 20:11

Lost sent to everlasting punishment  Matthew 25:41 'Depart from Me you who are cursed' Revelation 20:15

Saved to the New Jerusalem  Revelation 21,22. I am coming soon.

Before that happens?

Pre mil:

Jesus will return & set up His kingdom & reign for a 1000 years from Jerusalem

Rapture  preceded 7 years of tribulation  before 2nd coming & millenium

Christ’s 2nd coming  rapture & 2nd coming the same thing.

Post mil:

Return after mil. Symbolic years revival before the end

Anti Mil:

Christ reigning in believers now  Revelation 20:6 conversion John 5:24

Israel the nation?

Israel’s blindness removed when the elect of the Gentiles all home.

Luke 21:24 'Jerusalem down trodden until the times of the Gentiles fulfilled'

Romans 11:25 Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in'

God’s elect in Romans 11 The Bride of Christ.

Events before 2nd Coming of Jesus:

Arrival of Antichrist 2 Thessalonians 2:3 'Day of lawlessness & the man of sin is revealed'

Earthquakes, famines, signs in heaven Matthew 24 The Son of Man will appear in the sky Mark 13

Gospel to all nations  Matthew 24:14 Gospel preached in the whole world before the end

Latter Day glory Joel 2

Even so, come Lord Jesus. Every Christian believer expects Jesus to return in their life time.

What people we should be, should He arrive in 2020!