EVANGELICALS AND ESCHATOLOGY

I want to take a few minutes and address something that I believe is often overlooked and is something which leads to bad ideas with regards to how many evangelicals view the end times.

Many evangelicals have eschatological views of the last days which are steeped in conspiracies fueled by political issues and current events. This is partly why so many evangelicals embraced Donald Trump. They believe Trump was standing against the political system that will give rise to the Antichrist. It’s truly a sad representation of how Christians ought to look forward to the coming of Christ.

Consider the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 3:

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Notice that Paul speaks of increasing in love towards one another and towards all men (all men would include the democrats, the LGBTQ community, etc., which many evangelicals think they are justified in hating). On the contrary, God desires to make us abound in love towards one another and towards all men for this purpose (to this end) – that he may establish our hearts unbameable in holiness before God, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

An important truth in real Biblical eschatology is that we are called to be blameless when the Lord comes. Consider for instance the words of the apostle John:

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. ~ 1 John 2:28

Notice that John’s word’s are consistent with those of Paul’s. Why should Christians be concerned about being blameless in holiness and not being ashamed at the coming of the Lord if the coming of Christ is all about defeating the Anitchrist, taking over the world, and ruling during the millennium?

The real truth is too many evangelicals miss the real eschatological message given to the church in the epistles and are convinced that Bible prophecy justifies their engaging in a political end-time holy war. Consequently they spew out all manner of venom in support of their political and social views. This is often evident in the things they post on social media sites.

On the contrary, the New Testament epistles teach us to live holy and godly lives in the fear of the Lord as we patiently await the coming of Christ. Nowhere are we taught to engage in physical holy wars against the government.

Finally, consider the words of the apostle Peter:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ~ 2 Peter 3: 9-14

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