I lectured today on cosmological and millennial eschatology at MMTC and said I’d put my diagrams on the blog for those who couldn’t read them from the back of the room (sorry!)
For anyone who wasn’t there, we covered the basics of each view and considered historicist, preterist, idealist and futurist readings of Revelation.
We considered two more pre’s:
Our presuppositions or hermeneutic will shape the way we read the text. We concluded that our we must hold millennial views tentatively as we won’t know for certain how history will work out until we get there.
With respect to the way we read eschatological texts, I suggested they are better viewed as preparation for various eventualities, as Jesus said “See that you are not alarmed” (Matthew 24:6), rather than as scenarios to be worked towards. The church should focus on making disciples of the Lord Jesus in the present, whilst being aware of what the future might bring before the return of Christ, but never working toward some goal other than maturity in Christ for all believers. The church can, therefore, legitimately encourage lawyers, politicians, teachers, bankers, nurses, doctors, businesspeople and so on to think biblically in the workplace, so that God’s will be done on earth as in heaven.
Here are my lecture notes: MMTC lecture 1 & 2 Cosmological and Millenial