2. What are “the last things”?
“The last things” sometimes describe the period between Christ’s first and second comings but usually refer to the end of life, the end of the world, and the unending eternity.
The last things sometimes describe the period between Christ’s first and second comings…
Acts 2:16-17 teaches that the last days/things began with Pentecost. Other verses also teach that the kingdom has already come with the coming of Christ (Lk, 1:32-33; Mat. 3:2; Mk. 1:15; Matt. 11:12; Lk. 16:16; Mat. 12:28; Lk. 11:20; 17:20-21; 22:29). In other words, eschatology has already begun. We begin to enjoy the end of all things already in this age.
However, the Bible also teaches that the kingdom is yet to come in its fullness (Mat. 6:10; Mat. 7:21-23; Mat. 8:11-12; 19:28; 25:31; 26:29).
…but usually refers to the end of life…
In addition to cosmic (or universal) eschatology, there is individual eschatology. We will look at why we have to die and what happens at death.
… the end of the world,…
We shall look at the end of the world and whether there will be a new world.
…and the unending eternity.
We will study the two eternal destinies, heaven and hell, and who will be where.