Judeo-centric Eschatology – An ethical challenge to Reformed Theology
Eschatology, or end time events, is a biblical subject that rightly should occupy the serious study of any Christian. Of course such a pursuit is fraught with many a dangerous reef or rip tide. It is granted that the return of Jesus Christ is the great focal point of the end of this age, hence all the three main prophetic schools of amillennialism, postmillennialism, and premillennialism, are grounded upon that glorious climactic future appearance in world history. Furthermore the interpretation of Revelation 20:1-10 is also significant in this regard because of its “six-fold” emphasis upon a “thousand year” reign of the Son of God, especially in the light of the context of Revelation 19. However, while these passages in the Word of God are of great importance, yet this writer is convinced that, notwithstanding his premillennial convictions, the even more important matter that coalesces with the return of Jesus Christ concerns Israel and the Jewish people, and not preeminently the subject of the millennium. Mind you, it is also this writer’s conviction that, given a right understanding of Israel in relation to the Christian church, a premillennial eschatology will result that incorporates Revelation 20.
To begin with, the reader is encouraged to read some of the appendices since they will provide a broad appreciation of the major thrust of this work. In particular, the Annotated Bibliography should be consulted with a view to obtaining some historical perspective of the relationship between Israel and the Church.