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Eschatology and Typology

There is an essential relationship between typology and eschatology. Typology is the study of those things which have a common meaning and an integral relationship in scripture. There’s a common purpose, a common pattern in all of history and all the universe. Now that pattern is at all times a discernible thread. There are strands of meaning which govern every moment of time and every atom. But at certain points strong elements of that pattern surface decisively. Thus to cite a very obvious type, Adam is the first man, the head of the humanity. Jesus Christ is the last Adam, the head of the renewed humanity.

R. J. Rushdoony
  • R. J. Rushdoony
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There is an essential relationship between typology and eschatology. Typology is the study of those things which have a common meaning and an integral relationship in scripture. There’s a common purpose, a common pattern in all of history and all the universe. Now that pattern is at all times a discernible thread. There are strands of meaning which govern every moment of time and every atom. But at certain points strong elements of that pattern surface decisively. Thus to cite a very obvious type, Adam is the first man, the head of the humanity. Jesus Christ is the last Adam, the head of the renewed humanity.


R. J. Rushdoony
  • R. J. Rushdoony

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965. His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.” He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

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