Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Benefits of Studying Eschatology

1. Any study of any part of God’s Word is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. In addition, there is a special blessing for studying the Book of Revelation. “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are all those who hear, and keep what is written in it.” Revelation 1:3

3. The Book of Revelation in particular, provides us with a glimpse of the glory and vindication of Christ and His regency, “Him who is seated on the throne who lives forever and ever.” Revelation 4:9

4. The Book of Revelation also provides us with a sense of how the whole pattern of redemption flows from the beginning of time to the very end—thus, providing us with an essential lens through which to better understand the Old Testament, its sacrificial rituals, and its covenantal declarations.

5. The Book of Revelation also provides us with a glimpse of the worship of Heaven, where “day and night they never cease to say, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

6. This glimpse of worship in turn informs us about our own worship—and ultimately enlivens and enriches that worship as we seek to “follow the pattern of Heaven in all things.” Hebrews 8:5

7. The fulfillment of God’s prophetic promises and the outpouring of His prophetic judgment in history provides us with an understanding of both the character and nature of God but a blessed assurance of His purposes in days yet to come. Revelation 22:18-21

8. Eschatology invariably drives us back to a Kingdom perspective. Revelation 5:9-10

9. A Kingdom perspective will in turn stir in us a passion for gracious evangelism and merciful service. Revelation 7:9-12

10. All the apocalyptic literature of the Bible provides us with a vivid context within which to begin to work out the literary beauty and complexity of the Bible. Revelation 22:6-17

11. This literary beauty and complexity inevitably provokes us to a greater love and appreciation of the Scriptures. Revelation 11:17-18

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