Eschatological Confusion

Haden Clark

In the Greek language, the word eschatos means “last.” Hence the theological field known as “eschatology” refers to the study of last things, or the study of the end of time. Now there are many theological issues that create debate, but there is no bigger debate than when it comes to eschatology.

As a Christian, a minister, a seminary graduate, and a PhD student, I am obviously interested in eschatology and am always trying to develop my own scriptural understanding of how things will play out at the end of time. Common questions I often ask myself include the following:

  • When will the rapture take place? Before, during, or after the tribulation?
  • How long will the tribulation last? Will it be a literal seven years, or will it be longer? Could we possibly already be in the tribulation?
  • What about the millennium (1,000 years)? Will it be a literal 1,000…

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