Eschatology, the study of end times theology, is all the rage amongst Christians. Frequently, Christians make mention of being “in the last days” or the “end times.” Even Billy Graham has said in recent months, that the second coming of Jesus is very near. Paul and other apostles also thought they were living in the end times. In fact, John the Revelator wrote in the opening verses of his letter …
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Underline added)
So, 2000 years ago, John the beloved apostle of Jesus taught that His return was imminent. As did other writers of the New testament like Paul, who wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:15…
According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For me it’s rather disturbing to think that the greatest Apostles, those who walked and talked with Jesus directly got the season of His 2nd coming so wrong. But that is for another blog post. What I want to focus on in this post is the importance of knowing history, especially church history if you want to understand the prophecies of the Bible.
Below are a couple of videos that deal with the first 2000 years of church history. These videos are just to whet your appetite for doing your own research on the history of your faith. Another important study for understanding the new testament is reading about Jewish history both before and after Christ. One book I recommend is The Jews in the Time of Jesus by Stephen M. Wylen.
Christian History the First 1000 Years
Christian History the Second 1000 Years