Glossary for Lessons 1-4

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cultural mandate

the command in Genesis 1:28 instructing humanity to develop and rule the creation to display God's glory


divine authority

God's legal and moral right to carry out his will



the study of the last things



view of the end times that asserts the visions of Revelation have not been fulfilled and will be fulfilled during the final crisis before Christ's second coming



this Greek word is used in places like Matthew 5:22 to identify a place of fiery punishment, torment and destruction

general eschatology

the study of God's universal acts of judgment and salvation in the last days

Great Commission

Christ's appointment of the eleven faithful apostles as his authoritative representatives and his charge to spread the kingdom of God throughout the whole world (Matthew 28:19-20)



in eschatology, the belief that the precursors to Christ's return were manifested in history by actual people and events


both moral purity and acceptability in God's presence



in eschatology, the belief that the precursors to Christ's return were manifested in history by abstract concepts and general principles

inaugurated eschatology

view of the end times that says the age to come has begun (been "inaugurated"), but hasn't yet come in all its fullness; the "already, not yet"

individual eschatology

the study of how individual human beings experience the events of the last days (e.g. - life, death, intermediate state, etc.)



the theological term used to describe Jesus' act of veiling his divine glory during his first advent


moral ability

the idea that regenerate human beings have the capacity to please God and merit his blessings

moral inability

the idea that that unregenerate human beings have no capacity to please God or merit his blessings



belief that most prophecies in the book of Revelation were fulfilled in the first century after Christ's birth


theological term for "the first gospel" or the first promise of redemption found in Genesis 3:15



recreated or reborn; spiritually renewed



Jewish sect at the time of Christ that adhered to the written law and did not believe in the resurrection of the dead


Hebrew term (transliteration) used in the Old Testament to refer to the place of departed spirits, both the righteous and the wicked (e.g. - Psalm 9:17)


the age to come

'olam habbah' in Hebrew, a phrase used by rabbis and leaders in Israel to describe the future age of righteousness, love, joy and peace that would follow the exile; time when all of God's purposes will be fulfilled; also known as “the last days,” “the kingdom of God,” and "the age of a new covenant"

the final judgment

the eschatological event when God will formally declare the guilt of all his enemies and the innocence of all who are in Christ

the great tribulation

a time when demons will empower false prophets to perform misleading signs and wonders

the millennium

the eschatological period of Christ's reign mentioned in Revelation 20:2-7

this age

'olam hazeh' in Hebrew, a phrase used by rabbis and leaders in Israel to describe the present age of sin, suffering and death



not recreated or reborn; spiritually dead



in the Ancient Near East, a king or nation that must submit to a more powerful emperor or king (suzerain)

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