Syllabus for Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology
The topic of eschatology, or the end times, has fascinated people for centuries, but what does the Bible say about this extraordinary subject? What future has God planned for his creation and his people? In this series, we examine what the Scriptures teach about the last days, including a variety of challenging topics, such as the afterlife, the general resurrection, and the consummation of Christ's messianic kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. This course is based on the lecture series, Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Matt Friedeman with contributions from a variety of professors.
Goals and Objectives
In this course, we would like to accomplish the following:
1. We hope the student will be able to trace God's goal for creation throughout history.
2. We hope the student will know how to describe the present, intermediate and final states of human beings.
3. We hope that the student will explore the final events of history surrounding Christ's return and the new creation.
When you have done the following, it will show that the goals are met:
1. Obtain satisfactory grades on the automatically graded elements of the course, demonstrating that you can: a) identify key information about the goal of creation, b) express the Bible's teaching on the afterlife, c) communicate the various biblical ideas concerning Christ's return, and d) identify the biblical teachings on the last events of history that will finally end this age and fully consummate the age to come.
2. Complete the study guides, essay questions, journal questions, and other assignments of the course in which you assimilate the information and express your own responses and opinions regarding the topics of eschatology and show how you have applied the teachings of the course to your own life.
Thematic Outline of the Course
1. The Goal of Creation
2. The Living and the Dead
3. The Coming of The King
4. The End of the Age
Explanation of Assignments
The Multimedia Lessons
1. Study the lessons, watching the video, listening to the audio, or reading the text.
2. Complete the study guides for each lesson. These study guides will prepare you for the online quizzes and help you apply the teachings of the lesson to your own life. (For those students associated with a particular institution wishing to track the completion of the completion of the Study Guides, a drop box has been provided at the end of the course.)
3. Take the online quizzes on each section of the lessons. The quizzes may be taken as many times as you want, but you must wait five days between each attempt, and the official grade will be from the first attempt.
4. Optional: We recommend that you look through the glossaries and use the learning games to become familiar with special names and technical terms used in the lessons.
5. Take the cumulative test for each complete lesson. You may take the test again as many times as you want for review, but you must wait five days between each attempt, and the official grade is from the first attempt.
6. When you have finished all the lessons on the multimedia lectures, take the final exam on the lectures.
1. Complete the supplementary lessons for each lesson. These lessons give you additional background information and provide other learning aids related to the lessons. You may repeat these lessons as many times as you want, and the official grade will be the highest score out of all the attempts.
2. Complete the questionnaires for the lessons to help assimilate the teachings and apply them to your own life. These are not quizzes. The answers are more subjective. The grade is for completing the assignment.
3. There is a final lesson based on additional readings. These are optional readings designed to supplement the main lesson materials. The student should do the reading, complete the study guides, and take the corresponding quizzes and cumulative test based on the reading. These are graded as extra credit. (For those students associated with a particular institution wishing to track the completion of the Reading Study Guides, a drop box has been provided at the end of the course.)
We recommend that you work on these reading assignments and quizzes during the entire course, instead of waiting until you finish all the lessons based on the video lectures. For each lesson, do the percentage of the work on them that corresponds to the number of lessons in the course.
Some institutions may require you to do one or more of the following optional assignments. If so, read the instructions in lesson 1 and follow the specific guidelines given in the instructions for each lesson.
1. The Written project
2. Essay Questions
3. Journal Questions
4. Optional Additional Reading
The final grade will be calculated as follows:
1) The quizzes on the lectures are each worth 10 points.
2) Each cumulative test is worth 30 points.
3) Each supplementary lesson is worth 10 points.
4) Each questionnaire is worth 10 points.
5) The final exam on the lectures is worth 100 points.
6) Each quiz on the reading assignments is worth 10 points (extra credit).
7) The cumulative test on the additional reading is worth 30 points (extra credit).
The final grade of the course will be calculated by adding the corresponding percentages of all assignments and tests, making a total of 100% possible.
A total course score above 70% is considered passing.
Greek and Hebrew
Some lessons in our courses make reference to words in Greek or Hebrew. If you have not studied these languages, you might want to at least become familiar with the alphabets.
For the Greek alphabet, see:
For the Hebrew alphabet, see:
List of Contributors to Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology
Dr. Andrew Abernethy is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.
Dr. Jimmy Agan is Associate Professor of New Testament and Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Dr. Danny Akin is President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Randy Alcorn is Founder and Director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.
Rev. José Aristides is the Dean of Miami International Seminary in Brazil.
Dr. Vincent Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College.
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. is Dean of Seminary at Africa Christian University in Zambia.
Dr. Bruce Baugus is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dr. Rick Boyd is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Dr. Gary M. Burge is Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Dr. Constantine R. Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Rev. William W. Carr, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary.
Dr. D.A. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Co-founder of The Gospel Coalition.
Dr. Matt Carter is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.
Dr. David Chapman is Associate Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Dr. Gareth Cockerill is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Rev. Larry Cockrell is Senior Pastor of Household of Faith Church and faculty member of Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Lynn Cohick is Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Dr. Saul Cruz is a psychologist and he and his wife, Pilar Cruz-Ramos are co-directors of Armonia Ministries in Mexico City.
Dr. Brian T. Fikkert is Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College and Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development.
Dr. Matt Friedeman is Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Dr. Paul Gardner is Senior Pastor of ChristChurch Presbyterian in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Gibbs is Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary.
Dr. Mark Gignilliat is Associate Professor of Divinity in Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Ben Gladd is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jim Hamilton is Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Preaching Pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church.
Dr. Dana M. Harris is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Dan Hendley is Senior Pastor of North Park Church in Wexford, PA.
Rev. Clete Hux is Director and Counter-Cult Apologist at Apologetics Resource Center, a Christian ministry which encompasses the full range of Christian Apologetics.
Dr. Thaddeus J. James, Jr. is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Lai-Chang Kang is Senior Pastor of Hsin-Yi Friendship Presbyterian Church in Taipei, Taiwan.
Dr. Riad Kassis is Regional Director for Overseas Council, an international training ministry for Christian leaders.
Dr. Craig Keener is the F.M. and Ada Thompson Chair of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Dr. Samuel Lamerson is President of Knox Theological Seminary and Professor of New Testament
Dr. Jeffery Lowman is Senior Pastor at Evangel Church PCA, in Alabaster, Alabama, and Professor of Homiletics and Systematic Theology at Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Scott Manor is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of Faculty at Knox Theological Seminary.
Dr. Keith A. Mathison is Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformation Bible College.
Dr. Douglas Moo is the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Dr. Josh Moody is Senior Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, IL.
Dr. Grant R. Osborne is Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Craig Ott is Director of the PhD (Intercultural Studies) and Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Amy L. Peeler is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Dr. Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College.
Dr. Gregory R. Perry is Associate Professor of New Testament and Director of City Ministry Initiative at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Robert Peterson is Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Dr. Richard Phillips is Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church and Chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology.
Rev. Vermon Pierre is Lead Pastor for Preaching and Mission at Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Vern S. Poythress is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary and Editor of the Westminster Theological Journal.
Dr. Charles L. Quarles is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL.
Prof. Brandon P. Robbins is Staff Apologist at the Apologetics Resource Center for Birmingham Theological Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Steven C. Roy is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken is President and Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
Dr. Timothy E. Saleska is Dean of Ministerial Formation and Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary.
Rev. George Shamblin serves at Birmingham Theological Seminary and The Center for Executive Leadership.
Dr. K. Erik Thoennes is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University.
Prof. Hezhuang Tian is Dean of China Logos Theological Seminary.
Rev. Rico Tice is Associate Minister of All Soul's Langham Place in London and Founder of Christianity Explored Ministries.
Dr. Daniel Treier is the Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert is the former Vicar of St. Luke's Church, Wimbledon Park, UK, and is presently the Vice Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and Director of the School of Preaching.
Dr. Carey Vinzant is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Dr. Guy Waters is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dr. Michael D. Williams is Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sanders L. Willson is Senior Minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN and serves on the boards of The Gospel Coalition, Union University and Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dr. Stephen E. Witmer is Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. John W. Yates is Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.