Throughout its history Christianity has had various eschatological views (beliefs on last things) that led it to non-engagement with surrounding cultures in favor of escapism similar in essence to Gnosticism and Platonism (from the Greek philosopher Plato). In these views the natural world is considered unimportant or evil, resulting in focusing only on the spiritual ideal and the next life.
With the current issue of Christianity Today featuring a prominent Evangelical pastor, David Jang, who many within his inner circle purportedly claim to be the second coming of Christ (you can read the article here), I have been inspired to write a brief treatise regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each of the main millennial eschatological systems students of scripture have espoused over the past 2,000 years. (Note: I make a distinction in this paper between classical premillennialism and hyper-dispensational premillennialism.)
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