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From the Andrew Peterson Album Counting Stars.

I can see the storm descending on the hill tonight
Tall trees are bending to your will tonight
Let the mighty bow down
At the thundering sound of your voice

I can hear the howling wind and feel the rain tonight
Every drop a prophet in your name tonight
And the words that they sing
They are washing me clean, but

How long until this curtain is lifted?
How long is this the song that we sing?
How long until the reckoning?

And I know you hear the cries of every soul tonight
You see the teardrops as they roll tonight
Down the faces of saints
Who grow weary and faint in your fields

And the wicked roam the cities and the streets tonight
But when the God of love and thunder speaks tonight
I believe You will come
Your justice be done, but

How long until this curtain is lifted?
How long is this the song that we sing?
How long until the reckoning?

You are holiness and grace
You are fury and rest
You are anger and love
You curse and you bless
You are mighty and weak
You are silence and song
You are plain as the day,
But you have hidden your face—
For how long? How long?

And I am standing in the silence of the reckoning
The storm is past and rest is beckoning
Mighty God, how I fear you
How I long to be near you, O Lord

How long until this curtain is lifted?
How long is this the song that we sing?
How long until the reckoning?

And I know that I don’t know what I’m asking
But I long to look you full in the face
I am ready for the reckoning

So yeah, I am excited! The newest Southern Baptist Journal of Theology is coming out soon and topic will be on eschatology.

But the article I am most excited about is Peter J. Gentry‘s article, “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks and the New Exodus,”SBJT 14.1 (2010): 26–45. SBJT has graciously allowed the article to go up on the internet. Thanks to Dr. Hamilton for alerting everyone to this.

“I often think we have missed the purpose of eschatology. We are not encouraged to be convinced of a system but to be comforted by a promise. Paul told the Thessalonians that he didn’t want them to be uninformed so they wouldn’t grieve like those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13) and they were to use his words to comfort and encourage one another (1 Thess. 4:18). The reason Paul explains the resurrection of Christ in 1 Corinthians 15 is because it ensures our resurrection. The entire book of Revelation was written to a persecuted and suffering church to hearten and cheer her with the good news that the Bridegroom is returning. In spite of whatever trouble we may be enduring, we have the assurance that Jesus reigns and will vanquish all enemies—especially death!

When I, as a pastor, hold the hand of a parent whose child cannot breathe and is dying in an incubator, eschatology matters desperately—but not necessarily a system or school of eschatology as we often debate and discuss. That grieving mother needs to know that Jesus has taken the sting out of death, that He is one day returning and is going to right the wrongs and defeat our enemy. That father beside her needs to have confidence in a big God who is absolutely in control and will one day send His Son to gather to Himself the very people He has redeemed from the sin that escorted death into this world.

Eschatological investigation and systemization has its place. We might find profit in studying the way events surrounding Christ’s return will unfold or the nature of the tribulation period. But when everything in life but life itself has been stripped away, when believing families huddle in grief beside a dying father, the reality of the resurrection of Christ matters far more than the identity of the 144,000. The things that the Scriptures most plainly teach are the very things we most urgently need. I do not know if my historic premillennial beliefs are more correct than my father’s dispensationalism, but this I know: my Redeemer lives!”

~From Hershael York. You can read the full post here.

I recently watched the eschatology debate hosted by John Piper. Around the table were Jim Hamilton, Sam Storms, And Doug Wilson. They each defined and gave short defenses of their eschatological position. Dr. Hamilton holds to a Historic Premillennial position, Sam Storms to an Amillennial and Doug Wilson to a Postmillennial.

I really enjoyed the exchange of ideas. I have not come down upon a eschatological position myself so hearing their views and defenses was helpful. Though, there is still so much they could not touch on based on time issues. Right now I favor either the historic Premillenniual or Amillennial view because I can see either one fitting with the both individual texts and the whole scope of the Bible.

And if you want to listen to another panel discussion on this topic Denny Burk hosted one here at Boyce College. On the Panel were Bruce Ware, Chad Brand, And Tom Schreiner.  The two main deferences in this panel are that Tom Schreiner had switched from an Amillennial to a Historic Premillennial over the summer so there is no Amillennial on the panel. And Bruce Ware is a Progressive Dispensationalist so he holds to a pretribulational rapture. You can listen to it here. (note: you can actually see the back of me in the picture. I am the guy in the black shirt to the far left.)

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