The Last Day An investigation of Biblical eschatology

Eschaton: A Chronology


And at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3).



Abomination of Desolation

In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus said, "'When you see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place" (Let the reader understand)" this event marks the beginning of a great tribulation. Mark writes that the Abomination of Desolation will be standing were it ought not to be. Mark also has "Let the reader understand" in his account. This suggests that spiritual insight is required. In Luke's Gospel, we read that Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies.

Tribulation

And at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time. And at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

"Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.... For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. " (Matthew 24:9-14, 21-22).

Resurrection

"For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all" (Acts 23:8).

"But when you give a dinner, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." (Luke 14:13-14).

"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). "For they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection" (Luke 20:36).

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of humiliation into conformity with the body of His glory, by the working of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21).

Judgment

"God will render to each person according to their works. To those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.... on the Day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus" (Romans 2:6-16).

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