End-Times, or the Beginning of the World as We Know It..?

Ecological disasters, failed Israel/Palestine peace talks, refugee crises, racial tensions – these are some of the challenges facing us today as we live life in a globalized world. People of goodwill seek to increase harmony, cooperation, and the common good as we discover and enact solutions that work for all of us.

Unfortunately, a popular religious perspective on eschatology – or “the end-times” – celebrates these calamities rather than preventing them. Popularized by books like The Late, Great Planet Earth and the Left Behind novel series, this dystopian vision of catastrophic, futuristic eschatology being our inevitable, God-ordained fate has real-world consequences, sowing discord in the choices made by individuals, communities, and governments – mandating that its followers choose fear over love.

Fortunately, there is an alternative.

Spirit of Prophecy - OriginalIn 1971, independent preacher and scholar Max King rocked the Christian establishment by publishing The Spirit of Prophecy, challenging popular beliefs around this doom-and-gloom biblical interpretation. Offering a fresh, detailed, and faithful reading of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, Max shows students of Scripture that Jesus, the prophets, and gospel and epistle writers rightly understood prophecy as symbolic language uncovering the spiritual meaning of temporal events – event happening in their day, not ours.

As Jesus promised his earliest followers when referring to the end of the world as they knew it, “some of you standing here will not taste death until all these things are revealed.” (see Matthew 24) Rather than being mistaken, as some believers and critics alike maintain while envisioning an endlessly-deferred doomsday scenario involving the literal destruction of the physical universe, Max and the ongoing work of Presence demonstrates that the biblical voices had in mind a much more coherent – and inspiring – vision of a sacred Story in which divine promises are fulfilled, and the future – right now – is an open book that we co-create with God and each other.

Articles in this section share this vision through in-depth biblical study, Here are three pivotal pieces to get you started:

From here, you can explore our most recent articles below. And feel free to ask us questions – we love questions! Your question might be featured in an upcoming Presence podcast.

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Understanding Bible Prophecy: What in the World?

Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Startling Possibility of Fulfillment

Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Stunning Simplicity of Prophetic Language

The Method to Overcoming Prophecy Madness

Most Recent Eschatology Articles (See All)

The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It? - In this section we look at “the second coming” phenomenon itself. Just what did Jesus mean when he spoke of his return? Old Testament prophecy made no distinction between a “first” and “second” coming. The time of the Messiah – whatever details that time may have involved – was to bring about the change of the … Continue reading The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It?
Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be - Who or what is the ‘antichrist,’ anyway? And how many were there? John’s reference to antichrists (1 John 2:18 – see last post) is further support for our understanding of “world” as the Old Covenant system. The word “antichrist” carries the idea of rivalry with Christ, as well as opposition to Christ. According to Jesus … Continue reading Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be
John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It? - Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18). What did John mean by the expression “it is the last hour”? The “last hour” speaks of the nearness of … Continue reading John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It?
Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols - Sun and Moon Darkened Other things to transpire in the last days were the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31). These were symbols signifying the end of the Old Covenant world. Since the sun and moon are the governing bodies of the heavens (Genesis 1), they came to symbolize governments … Continue reading Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols
Holy Spirit: Down Payment Seeding New Earth - The “pouring out of God’s Spirit,” in Joel 2 corresponds to the “earnest” of the Spirit. The word “earnest” (KJV) means a pledge, or a guarantee. “In general usage it came to denote a pledge or earnest of any sort; in the New Testament it is used only of that which is assured by God to … Continue reading Holy Spirit: Down Payment Seeding New Earth