1. The Bible
The absolute best place to start when studying any Biblical topic is the Bible itself. The Bible can interpret itself as themes are studied throughout all of Scripture. Starting with the Bible seems obvious, however many in the church falsely assume they already know everything they need to know regarding the end times, therefore they put little to no energy into this engaging and essential topic.
Another general problem in the 21st century church is the availability of information through books and internet articles authored by both modern and historical church fathers and leaders. Though books can be a great tool and resource to see things and develop thoughts from another perspective, we must trust that the Bible together with wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit can develop sound theology and lead all humanity to come to the same orthodox conclusions. We must refrain from quick and easy answers offered up (though they could be right) in charismatic circles and test all things against the testimony of scripture. Typically we want the quick and easy answers because we don’t want to put in the time and effort for studying these things out. This can lead to serious error if we do not thoroughly test every idea and thought to the inherent word of God. There is a saying floating out there in the church world: “Milk is fed to you. But you have to hunt for meat.” Do not depend solely on what has been processed by someone else; go hunt for the meat of the Word yourself!
There are in total 150 chapters in the Bible where the central theme is the second coming of Christ. These chapters are the primary launching pad to gaining eschatological understanding. We have compiled these 150 chapters on our site in the order that they appear in the canon for your convenience.
Matt 24:15, Mark 4:23-25, Revelation 13:9
2. Gain an understanding of “End Times Essentials”
There are a few key concepts that help build a grid for us to understand prophetic Scriptures with much more clarity. These concepts are not secrets or only for those who are scholars, but overarching concepts found throughout Scripture that any believer can study for themselves.
a. Know the “Essential Rules for Studying the End Times.” There are some basic principles one should know to assist in studying the prophetic books of the Bible. These principles have been borrowed and expounded upon from Joel Richardson’s book, Mideast Beast, which is recommended reading. Dive into this topic here:
b. The importance of beginning at the beginning. There are many differing end times views taught. How did all these views originate? They originated from the way a person interprets the first few prophecies found in the first five books of the Bible. A more in-depth look can be found here:
b. The significance of covenants. There are four major covenants that all believers should be familiar with: Abraham’s covenant, the Mosaic covenant, David’s covenant, and the New Covenant. Through understanding these covenants, we understand how Scripture points to a literal return of Jesus and a literal restoration of the descendants of Abraham, the Jewish people. Find out more here:
c. The biblical theme of “The Day of the Lord.” The concept of the Day of the Lord is found throughout Scripture, starting in the Old Testament and going straight through until the end of the New Testament. To draw the correct conclusions about the end times, we need to be familiar with the Biblical motif of “The Day of the Lord.” A more in-depth look can be found here:
d. The Old Testament and New Testament concepts of “The Kingdom.” The kingdom is viewed differently in both the Old Testament and New Testament, but both of those concepts are fused together at the end of the age. This topic is essential to having a grid to understanding Jesus’ end of the age plan. Learn more here:
3. Think for Yourself
EndTimes150.com does have a specific end time point of view that we believe to be Biblical and that we believe we are to promote and communicate. However, we do not ask you to blindly accept anything we say or promote: you must whole heartily test everything against the word of God. If you do not see it for yourself, do not adopt it. We ask that you will scrutinize every idea and be fully committed to the truth, however we ask that if you disagree or have a rebuttal that you express it in the context of Ephesians 4:1-6, which is in a spirit of gentleness, love, patience and endeavoring to keep unity of heart.