Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of end times. Here is a brief overview of what will happen at the end of the world.

The Second Coming of Jesus

Jesus is coming back. His return will be with a great noise and the trumpet of God, so it won't be a secret return. The dead in Christ will rise first, and those living will be caught up into the clouds

1 Thessalonians 4.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

17 - then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we ever be with the Lord

When the last trumpet sounds, the dead will be resurrected:

1 Corinthians 15.51...but we shall be changed

52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

When the dead in Christ rise, the unsaved will also be resurrected: 

John 5. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

The day of his coming will come like a thief, which means it will not be announced ahead of time. Also, when he comes, the earth and the heavens will be destroyed:

2 Peter 3.10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

11 - Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 

12 - looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

The Judgment

God will divide the saved from the unsaved. We will be judged by our works. The saved will be sent to eternal life in heaven, and the unsaved will be sent to eternal punishment in hell.

2 Corinthians 5.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.

Matt 25.31-46 - in summary...when Jesus returns he will sit upon the throne of his glory and divide the righteous from the wicked. The righteous will go into life eternal, and the wicked to everlasting punishment.

Heaven and Hell

After the judgment, we will be granted entrance to heaven or be sentenced to hell. These are the two countries of the world to come, and our citizenship will be eternal. 

 
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