the part of theology concerned with the final events in history

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What is God waiting for before He ends the world? [closed]

I probably have this question since I'm very young. Here are some few sample answers that I've got: He's waiting for the right time Until the whole world bow knees and worship only God IMHO, the ...
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What are the differences between the different millenialisms?

Revelation 20:1-6 tells of 1000 years in which Christ will reign. I've heard there are different views on this 1000 years, mainly premillenialism, postmillenialism, and amillenialism. What are the ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for not believing that Global Warming is occurring?

This is something that has confused me over the years. It appears that many Christians stand against the belief that global warming or climate change is occurring. But I have yet to hear any biblical ...
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What is dispensationalism?

Several years ago, I took a class on the book of Revelation and learned about dispensationalism. It made sense to me then, but I can't seem to wrap my head around it now. Also, I hear the term from ...
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What does Jesus mean with “this generation” and “all these things” in Mark 13:30

In Mark 13, Jesus tells about the last days and the tribulation. In this context, he says in verse 30 (KJV): Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be ...
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What is the endgame for sedevacantists?

"Sedevacantism" is the belief that the See of Rome is currently vacant; that is, there is no current Pope. There are not very many people who believe it, but they do seem to be pretty vocal on the ...
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What doctrine does Family Radio have of the End of the World? [closed]

I originally asked this question on October 21, 2011. I had received a link to an article on the eBibleFellowship page explaining how we'd been living the Day of Judgment since May 21, and today (ie. ...
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From an idealist perspective, what are the “seven spirits of God”?

In Revelation, we see God along with the "Seven Spirits before his throne". Revelation 1:4 (NIV) John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who ...
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What exactly did Jesus mean when He said “I am coming soon” and similar phrases?

From Jesus: Luke 17:37 (NLT)  37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked.    Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass ...
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Does the Nicene Creed condemn Chiliasm?

I've repeatedly seen it asserted that Chiliasm was condemned as a heresy in the fourth century by the Church when it included the phrase "whose Kingdom shall have no end" in the Nicene Creed. However, ...
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What did Jesus mean by “this generation will certainly not pass away..” in Matthew 24:34?

Matthew 24:34 says "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.". I am a Christian, and it is my duty to seek out truth, not plainly ...
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How many resurrections (raptures) will there be? [closed]

Revelations 20:4-6 NIV 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus ...
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Are the names of all people originally written in the Book of Life? [closed]

The Bible speaks about the "Book of Life". It seems that those whose names are written in it will have life and spend eternity in heaven whereas those whose names are not written in it will be cast ...
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What is the Biblical basis against being able to predict the date of the end of the world?

Recently, there have been a few people (e.g. Harold Camping) who have predicted the end of the world. Historically, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have also predicted ...
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What's the difference between the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment?

The Bible speaks of the "Judgment Seat of Christ" as well as the "Great White Throne" judgment. What is the difference between these two judgments and who will be at each? For we must all appear ...
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Where is the dead body in Luke 17?

Jesus talks about the coming of the Kingdom of God in Luke 17:20-37. This passage raises four related questions for me: Is this talking about the Rapture? Where is "a dead body", that Jesus mentions ...
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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describe apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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What is the “abomination of desolation”?

"'Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)'" (Matthew 24:15, NASB) I don't ...
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Who rules this Earth after the millenium?

According to premillenial eschatology, there will be a special period after Christ comes again in which He will reign on earth with His saints for a 1000 years. Their view is typically based on a ...
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What issues do Catholics representing God in fiction historically face?

I'm currently running a Role-playing game which is nearing its fourth year of play and is coming to a close. The end of the campaign will involve the passing away of this world and the prophesied ...
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Binding of Satan — for amillennialists

Revelation 20:1-3 states "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who ...
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Where are Gog and Magog located?

Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him Which are the countries/locations mentioned here in this verse? ...
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Do all Christian traditions expect a second coming of Christ?

My background is mostly in Evangelicalism and premillenialism. I am aware of other "Churches" (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, cults, etc.) and other eschatological frameworks (amillenial, ...
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What's the Biblical basis for the rapture? [duplicate]

I don't like questioning anyone's faith but one of my friends is a mainstream Christian (Uniting Church) and she believes very firmly in the phenomenon of "rapture". As I understand it, rapture is ...
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What scripture is used to support a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”?

CLARIFICATION: For those who believe there will be an event in the "end times" in which believers will be "taken up" to meet Jesus "in the clouds", and that there is yet to be a "Great Tribulation", ...
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What is the “eschatological tension”

I was listening to a recorded sermon on my way to work today and the preacher mentioned the eschatological tension. Is there a good definition of what the eschatological tension is? If it makes a ...
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If the dead are already in heaven, how do they rise at the second coming? [closed]

1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: It's ...
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Why do LDS members (Mormons) maintain a long-term supply of food?

I understand that LDS members are encouraged to build and maintain a long-term supply of food and other essentials. From where did this teaching originate and what is the reasoning behind this ...
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What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? Dispensational Premillennialism is a view of the ...
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To what do the seven churches of Revelation refer?

I have heard of the Seven Church Ages interpretation of the seven churches of Revelation, specifically that each church identified there also represents ages of the church since that time. I've also ...
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What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism? Historical Premillennialism is a view of the ...
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Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life?

The Mormon doctrine of exaltation is that we can become like God is, and in essence, attain godhood. This has sometimes been summarized, "As man now is, God once was. As God now is, man may become." I ...
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Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation? [closed]

I have read tidbits about the two witnesses in the book of revelation. What I don't know is whether or not these are Angels, or Humans and what their purpose is.
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What's the name of this doctrine and (when) did the Eastern Orthodox Church condemn it?

"God is merciful and He wants all people to be saved, thus, all the humans, even the worst ones, having fully redeemed themselves from their wrongdoings by spending some adequate time in the hell, ...
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What does this reference in the Watchtower Online Library mean?

I found the Jehovah's Witnesses Bible research site (the Watchtower Online Library) and wanted to look up their explanation regarding the year 1914. According to the section highlighted in red on ...
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If most of the Jehovah's Witnesses today are not a part of the 144,000, then what exactly are they?

I understand that the Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there are few of their members today who are part of the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations. This implies that most of their members ...
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What are the different views regarding the order of events for end-times prophecy?

As an example for this question, Jack Chick has put together some stories on the end times, which are a compilation of prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, the gospels, and some other books. However, his ...
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What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted?

What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted: For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I've read books on Premillennialism (including Left Behind) and heard many people preach on the topic but I've never heard an explanation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: 16 For the Lord himself will ...
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The extent of different approaches to Revelation

There are of course a number of different approaches to, and interpretations of the book of Revelation. When I read theological works on end times I stumble upon some of those. But I never really ...
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Is the Body of Christ the same as the Bride of Christ?

Are there any Catholic teaching that differentiates between the “Body of Christ” (Church) and the “Bride of Christ”? Eve was taken from the Body of the First Adam, will the Bride of Christ be taken ...
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Have the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the end of the world?

I have heard somewhere that at various times in the past, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have predicted when the end of the world would be and perhaps when Jesus would ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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Why is the second beast of Revelation called the Antichrist?

In many denominations of modern Christianity the Antichrist is the evil world leader who forces people to take the mark of the beast. After reading through Revelation and seeing for myself that the ...
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What is the basis for the idea of a seven year peace treaty with Israel in the end times?

I have heard the concept that in the end times there will be a 7 year peace treaty signed with the nation of Israel, and that three and a half years into that treaty, it will be broken. What is the ...
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What is the First Death? [closed]

Revelation 20 (NIRV) 4 I saw thrones. Those who had been given authority to judge were sitting on them. I also saw the souls of those whose heads had been cut off because they had given ...
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What is the biblical basis for Postmillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? What is the biblical basis for Dispensational ...
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What happens to the Vicar of Christ when Christ returns?

The Pope is the Vicar of Christ according to the Catholic church. A vicar (/ˈvɪkər/; Latin: vicarius) is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a ...
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What happens to those saved during the millennial reign that die?

From what I understand of premillenial eschatology, during the millennial reign, people who survived the tribulation will have their longevity returned like before the flood, but they will still die. ...
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What does the Catholic Church say happens on the New Earth?

There is a tiny blurb in my text book saying that Even the earth will be transformed in some way referencing revelation 21:1-3 which it goes on to quote, but not actually explain. So what ...