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From the Greek word eskatos, eschatology is the doctrine of “last things” or, better stated, the “goal-oriented redemptive work of the last One.” As Greg Beale points out in the excellent new book Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church (Baker Academic, 2016), eschatology does not simply include future events; it subsumes what Jesus inaugurated with his first advent.
“The great doctrine of the second advent has in a sense fallen into disrepute because of . . . this tendency on the part of some to be more interested in the how and the when of the second coming rather than in the fact of the second coming.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones