Introduction y In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). y In the middle, God promised to create new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17). y And in the end, John glimpsed the long-promised new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1). The story of the Bible runs from creation to new creation, from the cradle of civilization to the consummation of all things, from Eden’s garden to the New Jerusalem.
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There is so much complexity and conjecture about the end times that it’s tempting to skip ahead to the juicy parts—to debates about the rapture and Armageddon, winged beasts and darksome dragons, coded numbers and the end of all things. But the end times don’t start at the end. They start in the beginning. And, no matter how great the ending of a story may be, you don’t begin at the ending; you begin at the beginning. The ^g]mbf^l]hgm When the apostle Peter wrote about the end of time, he start at the end. urged his first-century readers to look back at the Old Testament (2 Peter 3:2–7). There, he knew that they would They start in the see the many threads that cross over, split off, then come beginning. together again to form the stunning tapestry that God will reveal at the end of time. 90
Published on Jul 20, 2011
Selected Sample Pages from the NEW Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Baptist Theolog...