We live in a challenging cultural moment; there are reasons for great alarm and concern in society around us and it’s easy to lose heart.
Yet the Christian hope of the last things, so wonderfully disclosed in the Scriptures and so certainly embodied in our risen Savior, is a beacon of beauty and glory shining on our way as we traverse the ugly and the gloomy.
In this book, you will encounter encouraging messages that address the end times from a variety of perspectives (exegetically, topically, historically, and experientially).
Table of Contents:
1.The Day of the Lord: Escaping the Inescapable (Zephaniah 1–2) —Michael P. V. Barrett
2. The Number of the Sealed (Revelation 7) —David Strain
3. The Last Battle (Revelation 19:11—20:15) —David Strain
4. Beauty and Glory in Revelation 21 and 22 —Daniel Timmer
5. The Signs of the Times —David P. Murray
6. Heaven —Derek W. H. Thomas
7. Jesus Believed in Hell: The Christian’s Modern Dilemma —Derek W. H. Thomas
8. The Beauty and Glory of the Puritan Millennium —Greg Salazar
9. Jonathan Edwards: Surprised by the Beauty and Glory of God —Adriaan C. Neele
10. Thomas Boston and the Kingdom of Heaven —William VanDoodewaard
11. The Marriage of Christ and His Church (Revelation 19:7–9) —Joel R. Beeke
12. The Final Victory (1 Corinthians 15) —Gerald M. Bilkes
Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also serves as a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, and as editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books.
“There have been times in the church’s history when the study of last things has been in vogue; the present day is not one of them. Hence, the vital necessity of this latest collection of essays, for the key events at the end of history, the triumph of Christ, and the cosmic establishment of the glorious city of God are central to the Bible’s historical narrative. This book is a great wake-up call to ponder afresh the great events that lie ahead and live lives of godly beauty in the light of them.” —Michael A. G. Haykin, chair and professor of church history, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“How envious we are—with a holy jealousy—of Christians in an earlier generation to ours who would walk home, hand in hand, at the end of a Lord's Day service, and, seeing the sun setting and the sky radiant with beauty, and full of the word and presence of Christ from the preaching that they had heard, they would naturally and instinctively be talking together of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ: 'What if it were tonight? We would see the face of our dear Savior!' For them it was a living hope. Did they have something essential that we have lost? I believe my life is poorer without this anticipation; let us strive to regain it. This book will truly help. Pray that this momentous event will be always the greatest reality of our futures." —Geoffrey Thomas, retired pastor, conference speaker, and prolific author