[read online Christ and the Future] E-pub by Cornelis P. Venema

SUMMARY Christ and the Future

Summarizes the Bible's teaching about the last things The Christ centred nature of the biblical teaching on the future is the main emphasis throughout as the author shows us the future of the individual I have heard for a while now that one of the most important books on the study of eschatology published in recent years is The Promise of the Future by Cornelis Venema My interest was further piued upon reading this clever line from one of the book s prominent reviewers If all of today s most popular books on the end times were suddenly raptured The Promise of the Future would likely be among those left behind Unfortunately the book s hefty weight and price tag scared me off Thankfully the author was persuaded to publish an abridged version to be accessible to people like me who aren t uite ready to take the plunge into such an immense and thorough exploration of a single doctrinal subject Christ and the Future is the resultEven as an abridgement this book is very intense It is definitely the most Scripture saturated eschatological study I ve read Venema explores the Bible s teachings on both personal eschatology what happens when we die and general eschatology Christ s return and the future KingdomIn the former he emphasizes the fact that all people are created for immortality and will spend eternity in eternal communion with Christ or in eternal torment apart from Him He details the Reformed teaching of the intermediate state what happens to both believers and nonbelievers between death and resurrection refuting the ideas of annihilationism which teaches that some or all people simply cease to exist upon death and soul sleep which teaches that there is no conscious existence between death and resurrection because the soul cannot exist apart from the bodyGeneral eschatology receives the greatest portion of the book however Venema devotes a chapter each to the certainty of Christ s return the signs of the times judgement the four most prominent views of the millenium which is actually explored from different angles in three chapters resurrection of the body the doctrine of eternal punishment and the new heavens earth At each point he fairly and accurately represents contrasting viewpoints while clearly and firmly stating the case for his own beliefs I won t go into a point by point analysis here but I will sum up Venema s position and my reflections on itVenema writes from a Reformed Amillenial perspective He contrasts this with Golden Age Postmillenialism Dispensational Premillenialism and Historical Premillenialism which has been my view It is at this point that I must confess to a previous gap in my theological study which I am now working to remedy I have never given myself to much study of opposing viewpoints or to Scriptural critiues of my own This is something I really need to do often as it is necessary for responsible scholarshipWhile I won t go so far as to say that I have been converted to amillenial thinking I will say that my previous understanding of the amillenial position was terribly misinformed At many perhaps even most points the difference between Venema s views and my own are negligible which I did not expect In fact the only major point of contention in Biblical interpretation is Revelation 20 When compared to all the places in which we agree personal eschatology for believers and non believers the possible imminent return of Christ complete rejection of a dispensational interpretation of Scripture final judgement and our eternal future this is a relatively minor issue in my opinion though I know to many it is a major problemThe way I see it the disagreement over the timing of the Millenium between the amillenial and Historic premillenial positions is purely academic Essentially we agree on just about everything right up until Christ returns Presumably we also agree that at that point we will know pretty much immediately which interpretation of Revelation 20 was correct Neither view has any bearing whatsoever on our responsibility to live in such a way that seeks to bring Christ glory in all we do making disciples of all nations as we look forward to His promised returnHighly recommended reading for all Christians As for me I am certainly looking forward to reading Venema s detailed treatment in The Promise of the Future at some point in the future Unless of course Jesus comes back first

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Christ and the Future

Nceton Theological Seminary for work on the theology of John Calvin His books The Promise of the Future Getting the Gospel Right and The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ are also published by the Trus Great for anyone Christian or not who desires to know what scripture says about the end times The Gospel makes a lot of sense in eschatology I guarantee that when you read this your mindset of the past present future will change I pray God would use this book to open the hearts of men to His return

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The church and indeed the whole universe Cornelis P Venema is the President of Mid America Reformed Seminary Dyer Indiana where he also serves as Professor of Doctrinal Studies he gained his PhD from Pri Solid book on the end times This is a short abridgment of his larger book on the same topic I enjoyed this book and it made me think Sadly this book was seriously lacking in end times charts but maybe this is a good thing Recommended


5 thoughts on “Christ and the Future

  1. says:

    I have heard for a while now that one of the most important books on the study of eschatology published in recent years is The Promise of the Future by Cornelis Venema My interest was further piued upon reading this clever line from one of the book’s prominent reviewers“If all of today’s most popular books on the end times were suddenly raptured The Promise of the Future” would likely be among those left behind”Unfortunately the

  2. says:

    Solid book on the end times This is a short abridgment of his larger book on the same topic I enjoyed this book and it made me think Sadly this book was seriously lacking in end times charts but maybe this is a good thing Recommended

  3. says:

    Great for anyone Christian or not who desires to know what scripture says about the end times The Gospel makes a lot of sense in eschatology I guarantee that when you read this your mindset of the past present future will change I pray God would use this book to open the hearts of men to His return

  4. says:

    Solid overview of eschatology from amil perspective It did feel like an abridged version at times but on the whole it read well

  5. says:

    This is a shorter version of the author's longer book on eschatology The author takes the position of Amillenialism but is very fair with other positions He makes a strong case for Amillenialism and shows the weaknesses of the different positions There is a strong refutation of the claims of Dispensationalism