For the last several weeks we have been looking at the topic of eschatology – the study of last things. This has required us to delve into the meaning of the Kingdom of God – the inbreaking of God’s sovereign rule into human history in the person of Jesus. We have seen that Jesus came to inaugurate, to begin the Kingdom or rule of God. He came to break the power of the Evil One, to bind him so as to plunder his property, to plunder the nations of the earth. In Christ the Kingdom of God has come.
Today we branch out and begin to look at the continuation of the Kingdom, that branch of eschatological discussion where there is more disagreement among professing Christians than perhaps any other portion of Christian theology. Between the inauguration of the Kingdom under Christ and its consummation at the Second Coming, what happens, what are we to expect?