Session 28: Conclusion, God’s Endgame
If we are to please God by having faith in him and his promises, then we certainly need to understand what he has promised he will do. Christians should not consider the subject of eschatology, or the kingdom of God, an elective. It is the study of the very gospel itself, for it gets to the heart of what God as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has done, is doing, and will do. Postrestorationalism is an elegantly simple eschatology.
There are three key tenets of postrestorationalism that help one to better understand God’s endgame:
- Christ rules the world from his throne in heaven during the millennium.
- The first resurrection at the beginning of the millennium is of the natural body.
- Christ returns after his millennial reign at the final resurrection on Judgment Day to rapture the saints and take them to the Father’s eternal kingdom of heaven.
Christ can easily establish his 1,000-year messianic kingdom from his exalted throne in heaven when Satan is bound. He does not need to come back to this earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, as claimed by premillennialists.
Peter teaches that when Christ returns, the current Genesis creation is destroyed. The saints are then raptured into an eternal body like Christ’s resurrected body and taken to the imperishable new heavens and new earth—an eternal body for an eternal kingdom.