The longer I live the more convinced I am that one’s eschatology matters. As a technical study of Scripture, I understand why people avoid it and “leave it to the scholars.” But I’m not speaking of the technical aspects of the exegesis of Scripture, but of the “big picture” of where history is heading and its final resolution. When John blessed those who read and heard the prophecies (Rev. 1:3), I think he was referring to the “big picture,” and that was one of Jesus Christ victorious with all sin and evil put down.
We can leave the minutia of the text to scholars, but we should see the clear presentation of the victory of our Lord in time and eternity. Then, as John said, we should “Keep those things” – we should keep our eye on them so we do not lose sight of them.
It was not easy for the early Christians to stay focused on the certain victory of Jesus. They faced a series of persecutions designed to either end Christianity or make it secondary to the emperor cult. The same could be said for the believers of many eras in many places.
One of the parables of our Lord described the Kingdom’s growth as corresponding to yeast in rising bread (Matt. 13:33). It is just a sing verse because the image was so familiar in that era that its meaning would have been easily understood. You cannot see yeast at work, but it is there and its effect must necessarily be felt necessarily throughout the dough. Jesus also spoke a warning about the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees – their negative influence in Israel was pervasive, one of the reasons for the judgment in A.D. 70.
Not much in the early centuries of the church seemed to point to growth and victory, yet the faith outlasted all its early oppressions and grew.
It is still growing, and will continue to do so. We are on the winning side in time and eternity. If we look at the big picture, much in our current culture needs to fail because it is of no value to the Kingdom.
Chalcedon works in advancing a confident faith in the certain advance to victory of the Kingdom of God and His Christ Jesus.
- Mark R. Rushdoony
Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.
He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.
In 1998, he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at www.chalcedon.edu.
He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.
Mark Rushdoony lives in Vallecito, California, his home of 43 years with his wife of 45 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.