And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:5-8)
I used to not even care about eschatology. Pretty much all I ever knew was the Left Behind series way of thinking. The rest of the Bible made sense, and then all of a sudden, it got to the end times, and everything went to science fiction land. So I developed an attitude of not caring about that aspect of theology. I knew that we won in the end, and that's all that mattered.
Yet, over the last few years, I have come to see there are actually ways to view the last days that doesn't make you a heretic if your view is different than the popularized Christian bookstore view. On a side note, nothing against the Left Behind series or Christian book stores. The Left Behind series makes for an exciting read. But for me, a plain reading of scripture is pretty exciting, too. We can debate later. It's not my point. You would probably win anyway.
In a lot of ways, though, as I have been shaped by reading scripture, I still believe the most important aspect of eschatology is that 'we win'. We will overcome because Jesus has overcome, and because Jesus has overcome, it will be worth it to press on and persevere, even in the hardest of circumstances.
If we ever stray too far from that one main thought, then I think we have strayed too far. I almost think there should be a banner that flies over the whole Book of Revelation, "Jesus Christ, the Lord of all history has gloriously done away with all semblances of sin and evil for good, and has made all things new. Praise be his name". Or better yet, just plain, "Jesus Wins"
As far a millennial perspectives. I am kind of torn between Historic Premillennialism and Amillennialism. In a lot of ways, they seem exactly the same, except for what happens after Christ returns.
As far as Postmillennialism goes, I just can't quite get there. I wish I could, but I see too many warnings in the Bible about hard, perilous times, and the need to endure. And it doesn't seem like all the promises of peace, safety, comfort are for this side of Jesus returning but after. For now, we are called to endure, trust and be faithful.
Are we promised gospel successes here? Yes. We are promised the gates of hell will not prevail against church. We are promised that Jesus has saved his people. And that he will call them to himself as we go out into the world, baptizing and making disciples. This will happen. He has promised to be with us always as we are going about what he has commanded us to do. He will build his church.
But as far as how I see this happening in the Bible is that Christ will build his church in the midst of a fallen world. But it will be just that, in the midst of a fallen world. The fallen world will not be able to stop Christ and His church, but the fallen world will remain fallen. The world will continuously fight against us. Oh yes, there will be ebbs and flows and seasons of revival, but all throughout there will be just as much rise in evil if not more, as the gospel is going forth, until Christ returns. We will never attain complete victory this side of it.
Oh yes, we have victory because of what Jesus did at the cross and because he will one day return and make all things new. But until sin is gone, and the last enemy death is defeated, there will be no final victory here.
I could be wrong and we could have way more gospel victory in the world in this age, in a Post Mil way, and I would not be disappointed. In fact I do not think any one would be.
But the point is, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ, wins. And to be on His side, to endure in the Lord, no matter the cost. Hardest and easiest situations alike, is worth it! Jesus Christ is way more fierce and His wrath is much more severe and altogether terrifying than all and everything this world could ever throw at us. On top of that, Jesus Christ is much more fulfilling, and altogether one hundred percent more rewarding and satisfying. There is nothing or no-one more majestic and beautiful than Jesus. There is nothing or no one who will ever complete you or give your life purpose and meaning like Jesus will.
Fight the good fight, endure in the Lord, by the power of the Spirit, for the good of God’s people. Jesus Christ is worth it, and He is coming again!