Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our Enigmatic, Inscrutable God, Part 2:
Prophecy and Eschatology

By Bruce Atkinson
Special to Virtueonline
June 18, 2014

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!”

- Romans 11:33

Over a year ago, David Virtue was kind enough to post a brief essay of mine in which I attempted to explain why it is that God does not overwhelm us with evidence of His presence and power, although God surely could do so:

Recently, some article authors and commenters on VirtueOnline have been examining the difficult and controversial issues regarding eschatology and prophecy in the Bible. Those Christians who have very strong explicit opinions about how prophetic and eschatological passages should be interpreted will undoubtedly disagree with my take on the situation. However, I am motivated to present the following hypothesis.

No other area of theological study contains such widely divergent views as does eschatology and prophecy. How is it that many devout Christians (even those who are highly educated, spiritually mature, and theologically grounded in the gospel basics) are so enthusiastic about their views on eschatology and yet are so far apart from each other in what they believe? Just examine all the fairly popular but different theories regarding the Millennium in Revelation 20 (see “The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views,” by Robert G. Clouse, George Eldon Ladd, Anthony A. Hoekema and Herman A. Lloyt, 1977).

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