G.K. Beale – What Are the “End Times”?

6 Dec

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The popular understanding that the latter days refer only to the future end of the world needs radical adjustment. On a scholarly level, NT research over the past decades has made great strides in increasing our understanding that the beginning of Christian history was perceived by the first Christians as the beginning of the end times but not their consummation…

The NT writers assert that Christians experience only a part of what will be completely experienced in the final form of the new heavens and earth. There is what has become famously called an “already and not yet” dimension of the end times. In this respect, Oscar Cullmann has metaphorically described Jesus’s first coming as “D-day” because this is when Satan was decisively defeated. “V-day” is the second coming, when Jesus’s enemies will totally surrender and bow down to him. Cullman says it this way: “The hope of the final victory is so much the more vivid because of the unshakably firm conviction that the battle that decides the victory has already taken place.”

~G.K. Beale~

A New Testament Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2011) p. 17.

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