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The Bible says in Matthew 25:31-32: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “From Tribulation to Jubilation (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
How one interprets the Revelation as a whole will determine how he or she views the two companies of people mentioned in Revelation chapter 7. Dispensationalists (who are pretribulational in their view of eschatology) see two distinct groups of people: Jews on earth and Gentiles in heaven. Nondispensationalists are forced by their own hermeneutics to view these two companies as the same people. They generally hold that the 144,000 Jews from the twelve tribes of Israel symbolize the new Israel—the Christian Church. They also believe that the great host that comes out of the “great tribulation” is representative of the Church as well in its long, historic struggle on earth.
One of the unique and complex features of biblical prophecy is that different hermeneutical models may interpret it. Eschatology is the theological term for the study of the “end times.” it comes from the Greek word es-cha-tos, meaning “last” or “last things.” Thus, it is used as a broad designation for biblical prophecy.
Within the Christian Church there have been a variety of approaches to the study of eschatology. More liberal Protestants refuse to consider it at all, preferring to dismiss prophecy as hopelessly confining or generally irrelevant. But among evangelicals, prophecy has always been taken seriously. Jesus Christ Himself predicted His return to earth, as well as several significant end-time events.
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