Biblical Eschatology Presentation by: D. Paul Beck May 4, 2016 Ground Rules


Doctrinal Statement (What We Teach)



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Doctrinal Statement (What We Teach)

Last Things (Eschatology)
Order of Events Scripture Reference


Physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness.

Rev 6:9-11

Upon a person's death the soul of the redeemed person passes immediately into the presence of Christ .

Lk 22:43, Phil 1:23, 2 Cor 5:8

There is a separation of soul and body that occurs at the point of one’s death.

Phil 1:21-24

For the redeemed, the saved person, such separation will continue until the rapture of the Church occurs.

1 Thes 4:13-17

The rapture initiates the first resurrection, when our soul and body will be reunited, to be glorified forever with our Lord.

Rev 20:4-6

Phil 3:21, 1 Cor 15:35-54



Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 5:8

There is a bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

Jn 6:39, Rom 8:10-11, Rom 8:19-23, 2 Cor 4:14

Dan 12:2, Jn 5:29, Rev 20:13-15



At death, the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ to salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of their glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body shall be associated with Him forever in glory.

2 Cor 5:8, Phil 1:23, Heb 9:27, Lk 23:42-43, Jn 5:28-29

The spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.

Lk 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:7-9, Jd 6, Jd 7, Rev 20:11-15, Jn 5:28-29

The souls of the unsaved, at death, are kept under punishment until the second resurrection, when the soul and the resurrection body will be united.

Lk 16:19-26, Rev 20:13-15

Jn 5:28-29



The unsaved person shall then appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into Hell, the Lake of Fire, cutoff from an eternity with God where there will be no sin.

Rev 20:11-15, Mt 25:41-46

Dan 12:2, Mt 25:41-46,

2 Thes 1:7-9


The next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ (resurrection) and the believers that are alive at His coming (translation), otherwise known as the rapture, before the seven-year tribulation period.

Jn 14:1-3, 1 Cor 15:51-53, 1 Thes 4:13-5:11

Titus 2:11-14




Christ will translate (rapture) His Church from this earth, and between this event and his glorious return with His Saints at the Second Coming, He will reward believers according to their works.

1 Cor 3:11-15, 2 Cor 5:10, Rom 14:10-12, 2 Tim 4:8, Jas 1:12, 1 Pet 5:4

Immediately following the removal of the Church from the earth, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon the unbelieving world and these judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth.

Jn 14:1-3, 1 Thes 4:13-18

Jer 30:7, Dan 9:27, Dan 12:1, 2 Thes 2:7-12, Rev 16

Mt 24:27-31, Mt 25:31-46, 2 Thes 2:7-12


This present age of grace will be followed by a period of tribulation (the Time of Jacob’s Trouble / Daniel’s 70th Week) for the world, which will be consummated by the literal, bodily Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth.

Mt 24:25, Rev 6:17, Rev 19:11-16, Joel 2:3, Zech 14, Acts 1:11

Dan 9:24-27, Mt 24:15-31, Mt 25:31-46



At that time the Old Testament and Tribulation Saints will be raised and the living will be judged (Judgment of the Nations / Sheep and Goat Judgment).

Dan 12:2-3, Rev 20:4-6

After the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David and establish his Messianic Kingdom for a thousand years on the earth.

Mk 25:31, Lk 1:31-33, Acts 1:10-11, Acts 2:29-30

Rev 20:1-7



During this time, the resurrected Saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth.

Ez 37:21-28, Dan 7:17-22, Rev 19:11-16

This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan and the world.

Dan 7:17-27, Rev 20:1-7

The kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience.

Is 65:17-25, Ez 37:21-28, Zech 8:1-17, Deut 28:15-68

The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside, but will again be awakened through repentance, to enter into the land of blessing.

Mt 21:43, Rom 11:1-26

Jer 31:31-34, Ez 36:22-32, Rom 11:25-29



This time of our Lord's reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life, and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan at the end of the Millennial Kingdom.

Is 11, Is 65:17-25, Ez 36:33-38, Rev 20:7

Following the release of Satan, after the thousand-year reign of Christ, Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and will gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city, Jerusalem.

Rev 20:7

At which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from Heaven.

Rev 20:9

Following this Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and brimstone whereupon Christ, who is the judge of all men, will resurrect and judge the great and the small at the Great White Throne judgment.

Mt 25:41, Rev 20:10

Jn 5:22


Rev 20:11-15

This resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment, they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire.

Jn 5:28-29

Mt 25:41, Rev 20:11-15



After the closing of the Millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells.

2 Thes 1:9, Rev 20:7-15

2 Pet 3:10

Eph 5:5, Rev 20:15, Rev 21:1-27, Rev 21-22


Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of Heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy fellowship forever with God and with one another.

Rev 21:2

Jn 17:3, Rev 21-22



Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled his redemptive mission, will then deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father, that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever.

1 Cor 15:24-28




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