Though we can never, in our time-bound state, know the future in detail, God in his mercy has not left us in complete ignorance of what is to come. His revelation in Holy Scripture has cast a flood of light on what would otherwise remain an impenetrable mystery.
Even among those who accept the Bible's authority, however, there has never been complete agreement on what Scripture teaches in this area.
This major new examination of biblical teaching on the future of the individual, of the church and of the universe as a whole will be useful both to theological students and to informed non-specialists. Ranging over the whole field, it interacts extensively with recent literature on disputed issues, such as the nature of the intermediate state, the millennium of Revelation 20 and the doctrine of eternal punishment, always seeking to answer the fundamental question: “What do the Scriptures clearly teach?” The Christ centered nature of biblical teaching on the future is emphasized, as is the importance of the church's historic confessions for an understanding of eschatology. The chief note sounded is one of hope: “God's people eagerly await Christ's return because it promises the completion of God's work of redemption... The future is bright because it is full of promise, the promise of God's Word.”
Includes foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson
About the Author
Dr. Cornelis P. Venema is Dean of the FAculty and Professor of Doctrinal Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana. He is co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology and contributing editor of a column on doctrine for the monthly periodical The Outlook. His writings include two studies of creeds and confessions He gained his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary for work on the theology of John Calvin and has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church in California and Illinois. He and his wife Nancy have four children.
Publisher: Banner of Truth
ISBN 10: 0851517935
ISBN 13: 9780851517933
The Promise of the Future introduces us to the full range of biblical teaching on eschatology (the study of the last things). It rightly stresses that... as Simon Peter pointed out on the Day of Pentecost, the resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Spirit mean that the future has invaded the present, so that we are already living in 'the last days.' This helps to explain the sense of thrill and vibrancy that characterized the first Christian disciples. They realized that the new, long-awaited age of God's kingdom had already dawned in the advent of the Lord Jesus Christ... I believe that you will find the study on which you are about to embark both intellectually satisfying and spiritually enriching. It will certainly inform you; more than that it will help you to sense what a glorious thing it is to be a Christian. For this, above all, I believe you will share my gratitude to Cornelis Venema for the labor of love for Christ's people which this book represents.“
- From the foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson