We are in the last days. Living well in such a time depends upon believing that Christ has conquered sin and death and is ruling today, alive at God's right hand. These essays on the end time will help Christians live like people who really have eternal life already--the life of the Spirit of Christ who lives and moves in both Christ and Christians. Whether your question is about heaven, the soul, hell, the new earth, about how believers in the Old Testament thought of these things, or about what redemptive progress God brought by the resurrection of Christ, you will find answers here. Readers will also be warmly encouraged by the practical and realistic chapters about the Christian's calling in social and political matters and about the ways that the church's worship is a participation in heavenly realities. Central to everything about the end time is the fact that by dying and rising, Jesus Christ brought the whole world forward into the last days and has in principle brought Christians into a fullness that Moses and even Adam did not yet know. Read, and be encouraged!
1. Introduction, by Dr. Theodore Van Raalte
2. Eschatology: The Letter and the Spirit in Second Corinthians 3:6-18, by Dr. Lane Tipton
3. Finding Eschatology in the Old Testament: The Psalms as Case in Point, Dr. Jannes Smith
4. Working Politically and Socially in Anticipation of Christ's Coming, by Dr. Cornelis Van Dam
5. In Between and Intermediate: Living in Heaven's Glory, by Dr. Theodore Van Raalte
6. Is Hell Obsolete? The Place of Eternal Punishment in Preaching Today, by Dr. Jason Van Vliet
7. Will We Really Live on a New Earth?, by Dr. Gerhard Visscher
8. Until He Comes: Eschatological Aspects of Reformed Worship, by Dr. Arjan de Visser.
Theodore G. Van Raalte is Professor of Ecclesiology at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the coauthor (with Jason Zuidema) of Early French Reform (2011) and the author of various essays and articles.
"This volume is an exegetically faithful, theologically sound, and practically relevant series of essays, written from a redemptive-historical Reformed perspective, on what Scripture teaches about 'the last things.' Scholars, ministers, and all thoughtful Christians who desire to live in the world but not of the world will find it edifying, illuminating, and accessible." -- John W. Cooper, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary