Jesus: “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:32-33; NIV). Shocking
Jesus: “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority... You will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:6-8; NRSV). Not for you to know
Jesus: If anyone tells you that they know how to interpret the signs of the end, do not believe it! (Matt. 24:26-27) Do not believe it
Eschatological Calculus 2000? Calendars 2 Peter 3:8-15
The Second Coming
The Manual position of the Church of the Nazarene Ecumenical Christian creeds Apostles’ Nicene Jesus will come again.
H. Orton Wiley, Christian Theology Fact vs. Order of Events Modesty Controversial
Dr. Wiley : The details are “not vital to Christian experience,” but merely matters of “peculiar fascination for the curious minded” (3: 245).
Why talk about the Second Coming? Inadequate attention has been given to the practical implications of our hope. Many sincere Christians are confused by overly confident, mistaken interpretations of the Second Coming.
A Wesleyan Eschatology Scripture Tradition Reason Experience faithful to Quadrilateral
Four Views: Historic Premillennialism Postmillennialism Amillennialism Dispensational Premillenialism Millennium
rapture Origin: 1830s Margaret Macdonald (14) Edward Irving (Catholic Apostolic Church) Early Popularizers: J. N. Darby (Plymouth Brethren) C. I. Scofield (Reference Bible) D. L. Moody (Evangelist) Dispensationalism