The concern over eschatological systems is not merely academic but deeply spiritual and practical: “When ignorance and confusion prevail regarding the optimistic hope of scripture, we witness a consequent ebbing of the power and vitality from the Christian faith itself” (Gentry, p. 59). While premillennial, dispensational, and amillennial systems have distinct … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores God’s Purpose in time-space history.
Humankind dreams of a better world, but how can that happen? God has a plan for human flourishing – a new world here and now – and it's revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. It is explicated through the biblical motif of 'Kingdom & Covenant'—God's Government and its Constitution as the genius of a New World Order.
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The fulfilment of God's Purpose invloves:
- God's Government
- Covenant Relationship
- New Earth (renovated cosmos)
- Cultural Reconstruction
- Restoration History (restored church)
Eschatologies of defeat for Christ’s victory in history Fifth, she must reject eschatologies of defeat for Christ’s victory in history. Christ’s command to his church is to occupy until he comes (Lk 19:13 KJV). Through his ascension to the Father and enthronement at his right hand the Kingdom has already been inaugurated and is advancinguntil fully realized in history. … [Read more...]
Tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity Fourth, she must reject her tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity. This is not to deny that God sets the solitary within families (Ps 68). God has ordained that his people dwell together as families, and as tribes, and as an entire holy nation. Nevertheless, where the more basic configurations degenerate into schisms and … [Read more...]
The myth of neutrality for a cultural gospel Second, she must reject the myth of neutrality for a cultural gospel. This demands an entire world-and-life-view grounded in the sovereignty of God. Without it we are not able to develop the politics of the Kingdom of God. God’s sovereignty as both Creator and Redeemer over the totality of human existence necessarily includes … [Read more...]
In 2004 I wrote that the period 1950 to 2025 represents a hinge of history, on which swings a door to a new epoch of the Kingdom of God. The Biden presidency will bring us to the brink of that new era, to 2025. But at the same time I also wrote that the “twin towers” attack of 2001 signalled an acceleration of God’s judgment on the West, already reaching through the holocaust … [Read more...]