An Open Appeal to Leading Men and Chief Women in the Christian World
by Mark Mountjoy
Eschatology (the study of last things) is a subject that is, by and large, considered to be a proverbial "third wheel" a "caboose" or an unexplainable, complicated "appendix" to the truth. For many, it is such a contentious and touchy subject that we would be better off without it. Or, eschatology can be thought of as a thorny issue never to be discussed in polite company. What do we do when we find out this subject—like every other major aspect of the New Testament—is none of the above? What if we find that the Apocalypse is NOT a third wheel, but an impressive, INTEGRAL part of the overall narrative? What if we find and are able to define a finite number of strongly attested clues which, considered together, form a powerful argument to the New Testament's inner structure, unity and intent? What if the history assumed by conventional wisdom turns out to be quite the opposite of what the internal (and historical) evidence directly suggests? What if we have numbers of Christians (perhaps as many as fifty thousand) convinced of the validity of this but, for a variety of reasons, don't know what to do in terms of what is most important to human existence and, for all intents and purposes, are stranded and squandering time, energy and opportunities?