This is a post that helps you the reader to become more acquainted with where I – the author of this site – stand on various topics and theological points. Keep reading to see where I stand on today’s topic.
Intro & Timeline
I think this is best done by giving a timeline as to where I’ve been on the topic:
- ??? – God’s coming sometime
- Vague Premillennialism
- Dispensational Premillennialism (Dispensationalism) & Pre-tribulation Rapture (though I questioned the pre-trib. rapture)
- Progressive Dispensationalism & Post-tribulation Rapture
- Covenant Theology + Classic Premillennialism
- Covenant Theology + ???
There are many in the covenantal camp today who would be amillennial. I would not consider myself against such a view though I’m not fond of the term “amillennial”.
I am also still favorable toward a classic premillennialism which has a “rapture” right before Christ’s return–or more so alongside His return.
I put rapture in quotes as I believe there to be more evidence, both in Scripture and history, to support the idea that the rapture is not a removal from the world at Christ’s return. Instead, the event encompasses believers being caught up in the clouds upon Christ’s return as part of a grand ushering in of His return much as would happen historically when the rulers and soldiers would have happen to them when they returned to the city after warfare. Of course, the main difference being the activity is vertical rather than horizontal and it involves the King of Kings rather than earthly ones.
To give more clarity, it was typical for leaders and soldiers upon their return home to be greeted by the people before coming into the city and the people would usher them into the city in what would become like a grand parade of welcoming home. It is this sort of activity that I believe is going on at what we call the rapture as the King of Kings is returning to earth and the description speaks of being caught up in the clouds but it doesn’t speak of going beyond that.
I would have to say I’m much more entrenched into this idea of the “rapture” than I am of any particular millennial view. To be clear, I do approach things from covenantal theology – though not New Covenant theology. I am not post-millennial and I am not pre-tribulational premillennial. I do remain open to premil and amil views though. Even with that said, I would not automatically brand someone with those views that I do not agree with as heretical but simply inconsistent (or wrong).
The following are a few other items on my views related to eschatology in no particular order. These I am quite certain but I’ll admit there’s more I continue to work out.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:2 makes it very clear that the day and hour is and will be unknown to us. It is a fruitless activity for us to attempt to nail-down what is in God’s timing.
- The first three chapters of Revelation are historical. They give account of very real concerns to churches that once existed. The advice contained there is timeless and useful for instruction today as well. There is no hidden meaning there or symbolism about some specific church age or another. That portion of Revelation, though timeless, is past tense – or, in other words, events of the past.
- The events we see described throughout the middle of Revelation through the trumpets, seals, etc., and even elsewhere in Scripture about the last days, do occur even now – this much is clear. Even so, there do seem to be some unique events that I do not believe have occurred yet – like the stars falling from the sky.
As I’ve indicated, I do not have it all worked out and have every intention to continued to study this topic. I do question those who act as if they’ve had it all figured out for decades though as eschatology is a truly cross-integrative area of theology. The more I study the more it is impressed upon me that one’s eschatology must include the full counsel of the Scriptures. This means you cannot form your eschatological image purely off of one book of the Bible but must view the entire Bible as a single unit. That is a rather large undertaking which is why I am seeking out those who have gone before me and have done exactly that.
Note: I do these posts not because I think I’m somehow superior in my views or anything absurd like that but out of a desire to be up-front and honest with my readers as to where I stand. Otherwise, you’d be left to figure things out by reading between the lines and/or guessing.