Jesus and the Future
What He Taught about the End Times
Andreas Kostenberger Alexander Stewart Apollo Makara
Jesus was a prophet who often spoke about future events. Some readers apply all of Jesus's teaching about the future to the distant future: his return, the future resurrection, and final judgment. Other readers contend that virtually everything Jesus taught about the future was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. The authors conclude that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. As a prophet, Jesus spoke both about the near future events of AD 70 and the distant future events surrounding his second coming. The challenge lies in determining when he was speaking about near instead of distant future events.
The authors examine everything Jesus said about future events as recorded in the four canonical Gospels. This includes the famous Olivet Discourse along with many other parables and sayings. The authors situate Jesus's teaching in its original literary and first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman context.
Jesus and the Future is designed to discuss Jesus' teaching about the end times in a way that is (1) accessible, (2) biblical-theological, (3) exegetical, and (4) devotional and spiritually nurturing. Written with a scholar's mind but a pastor's heart, the book is geared for a popular audience interested in making sense of end-time phenomena and conflicting teachings on the end times.