We should labor as if we were laboring to make Christ's kingdom come here on earth—because that's what we are doing.
Though most Christians refrain from predicting exactly when our world will end, many believe that when earth's finale does arrive, it will be a catastrophe. They expect that before Christ comes back to reclaim His own, Satan will escape his chains and return to wreak havoc on our planet. Details vary, but the general assumption is the same: things will get much, much worse before they get better.
But is this really what the Bible teaches? Leaving aside the theological terms that often confuse and muddle this question, Douglas Wilson instead explains eschatology as the end of the greatest story in the world—the story of humanity. He turns our attention back to the stories and prophecies of Scripture and argues for "hopeful optimism": the belief that God will be true to His promises, that His will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, and that the peace and good will we sing about at Christmas will one day be a reality here on earth.
What People Are Saying:
"When we think of the End Times we usually think of earthquakes, floods, and nuclear explosions.... But what if we’ve got it wrong? What if the events leading up to the Second Coming aren’t as grim as we suspect?... It is this question that Douglas Wilson explores in his recent book, Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth. His answer? Before anyone goes to the Kingdom, the Kingdom is going to come to us—and with force." -Joseph Sunde, Remnant Culture
"Essential for anyone wanting to actually understand postmillennialism enough to expound and explain it to the average person. What Wilson undertakes is not a scholarly survey of eschatology, but a pastoral survey of the overall Christian message, with a goal of making the optimism and victory of Christ in history that is at the heart of postmillennialsm. This is compelling and interesting Bible study, with short chapters, topical summaries and discussion questions." -Michael Spencer, Internet Monk
Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.
PAGE COUNT: 142 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591280-83-4
PUB. DATE: December 1, 2008