A Future Timetable
What timetable will events follow?
Clearly, this is an area of profound speculation that human beings have been contemplating and studying throughout history. What we know from reading Scripture is that the Day of the Lord will come, but when? Let’s listen to what Jesus had to say when his disciples asked him the same question:
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:36-51
Theologians and scholars have multiple, rather clearly defined (see Definitions), perspectives on what happens during this time and how and in what manner God is involved in human affairs. It’s clear that human society has gone through some serious transitions over the millennia, some positive and some negative, and has learned a lot over the years, some of which has been more beneficial than other. As human beings and as societies, we have a tendency to learn some things that we later forget and have to learn all over again.
The Day of the Lord Will Come
Is this an important subject? We’ve just seen Jesus’ lucid, sober, and thorough response to His disciples’ question about the End of the Age in the Omega page that introduces this section. Let’s go on to read what Peter, one of the first 12 disciples to follow Jesus throughout His earthly ministry, had to say about the end of the age:
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:1-13
What we will be covering here
Following our beginning “Alpha” and middle “Kingdom” sections, our last or “Omega” section will cover from where we are now on into the Great Tribulation, through the establishment and course of the Millennial Kingdom, and concluding in the final culmination of human history at the End of the Age.