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Michael Vlach Conference Series: Our Fantastic Future


Here’s a good recent lecture series, from Michael Vlach at the Parker Bible Church (Parker, CO) 2012 Men’s ConferenceOur Fantastic Future.  This conference series was held in April, and the four parts are available for listening to online or downloading in MP3 format.

From the first message, an introduction to eschatology:

The Old Testament predicted several things

  1. The seed of the woman who will conquer the serpent, and the future reversal of the curse: Genesis 3
  2. Abraham and the nation Israel to bring blessing to all the earth: Genesis 12
  3. Scattering and restoration of Israel: Deuteronomy 30:1-10
  4. The Suffering Servant AND the Reigning Messiah.  Isaiah 52-53; Zech. 14; 2 Samuel 7; Isaiah 9, 11, other passages regarding the reigning Messiah.
  5. Day of the Lord judgment upon the world: Isaiah 13, Zeph 1, Isaiah 24, Joel 2-3
  6. Tribulation and Rescue of Israel:  Jeremiah 30-33, Zech 12-14, Daniel 7, Daniel 9
  7. Coming Earthly Kingdom: Isaiah 11, 9, Zech 14 and others
  8. Inclusion of Gentiles alongside Israel as God’s people:   Gen. 12:3, Isaiah 19:24-25, Isaiah 61
  9. Coming Career and Defeat of AntiChrist:  Daniel 7 and 9.

Since Messiah’s coming has two phases to it, a First Coming and a Second Coming, we should expect that certain expectations of the Old Testament would be fulfilled with Jesus’ First Coming while others await His Second Coming.

Why We Should Study Eschatology

  1. So much of scripture deals with the topic. Christ thought it important
  2. Fulfilled prophecy is strong evidence for the truthfulness and supernatural nature of the Bible.  Great testimony to the inspiration of scripture
  3. Major sections of the NT discuss events still to come after the First Coming of Jesus:  Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, Luke 21, 1 Thess. 4-5, 2 Thess. 1-2, 2 Peter 3, Revelation 4-22.
  4. Christianity offers a comprehensive view of reality, a world-view, including what will take place in the future.  The Christian world view has four major aspects:
    • Creation
    • The Fall, Sin — the human problem
    • The Answer:  the God-man, His solution for mankind
    • Restoration of all things:  we know where things are headed.  Acts 3:21, Colossians 1:15-20.
  5. Studying Prophecy can wake us up and make us alert to what God is doing in the world. God IS working in our history including our own time.

Tips For Approaching Bible Prophecy

  1. Be consistent by interpreting prophetic passages as you would other parts of scripture; the hermeneutical approach.
  2. Avoid an approach that interprets most of the Bible literally and contextually, and then spiritualizes or allegorizes the prophetic sections.
  3. When scripture does use symbols in the context of prophecy, remember that there is a literal meaning behind the symbols.  Literal interpretation takes into account symbols and figures of speech.
  4. Understand that God’s purposes for the future include both spiritual AND physical elements.  Romans 8 — this creation being restored.
  5. God has plans for both individuals AND nations.
  6. Understand that the Two Comings of Christ means that certain OT prophecies were fulfilled at His first coming while other things await the Second Coming.
  7. Be familiar with the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.  The New Testament includes at least 250 quotations from the Old Testament, references which supply more of the background.  Beyond the direct quotations, the New Testament also includes many more allusions to the Old Testament.
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  1. June 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks Karen. I have downloaded the four lectures. Your work for our Lord is a blessing.

  2. June 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Sorry Lynda.
    I was just speaking to Karen

    • June 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      No problem, Bography. Hope you enjoy the lectures.

  3. June 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Wow thanks for posting this! I enjoy much of Vlach’s work.

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