A Bible Study for Teens
"Remember, many of these are things seminary professors, pastors, and authors have trouble with. But the Bible is as much for you as it is for them—grab its truth!"
The future excites our imaginations. Many people seek out ways to find out what’s going to happen to them both soon and far later; we even make movies about the world being destroyed. Any worldview system wide enough to shape a whole life has to answer the ultimate questions of both our beginnings and the far end of history.
God knows this and gives us solid answers to both, preparing us for the distant future and helping us shape our lives today. He even presented these answers in a way that has allowed all people in every place and time to benefit. But this means many of us find his predictions of what’s coming confusing and scary.
This book walks us through the basic biblical texts and ideas to help untangle as many knots as possible, teaching us how to humbly, but boldly, learn to study our Bibles for ourselves. In this study we will take the far end of history in the same way biblical creationists take the beginning: at face value.
You will find this book a clear explanation of how futurist, premillennial, prewrath believers interpret the words of Scripture.
So, grab your Bible and a pencil and let’s dive in!
About the Author
Hi, I'm Cheri Fields, Bible nerd, mom of seven (I will be living with three or four teens until the end of the 2020s), editor, and science lover. I've got a correspondence associate's degree in Bible, but have learned far more by listening to sermons, reading books, and using tools like:
The Blue Letter Bible website and app
I love my Keyword Study Bible for collecting my ideas and surreptitious studies during sermons.
My background was attending a number of different churches that mostly ignored the prophecies in the Bible except a few who taught the Pretrib position as orthodoxy. But my mom took the promise of Revelation 1:3 seriously and made reading through the whole book a chapter at a time part of my daily schooling for around eight years. Plugging in other passages and wider themes from the rest of the Bible was relatively easy with this foundation in place.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14
While the end times (eschatology) was the first doctrine I cared enough about to weigh what I was being taught against the actual words of Scripture, this is hardly the only area I've found it takes discernment. We don't even know what we've accepted is only a tradition and not biblical until we read the entire Bible for ourselves and actively compare each idea.
My goal since around age eight has been to get to heaven with as few areas I have to adjust my thinking as possible. I am still occasionally excited to discover what I had assumed to be true does not actually match up with God's Word, but I do all I can not to tie my identity to any doctrine I haven't heard from as many viewpoints as possible and studied deeply for myself.
My prayer for you is that you will find eschatology a challenging but fascinating subject you can practice developing your own discernment on—instead of being the end, it can be your beginning!
While much of the information in my book I reasoned out with the tools I shared above, several people have helped me understand the nuances of the Prewrath position better. If you want to know more about this subject, especially passages I had to skip, you'll want to check these guys out.
When I first realized where Jesus says the rapture happens I didn't know anyone else who had seen the same thing. That is not a good position to be in—it's how heresy starts. But then I ran into these books:
The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church by Marvin Rosenthal
The Sign by Robert Van Kampen, who first puzzled out the rapture Scriptures with Rosenthal
Later I found several people who write a lot of things online. The Orange Mailman was already blogging when I first started out and he's still writing and thinking about prophetic passages I've had to skim over.
Then I found Alan Kurschner with his Eschatos Ministries. I've followed him long enough to watch him present his doctrinal dissertation on the false break between Revelation 19 and 20 and heard his first podcast episode when it was brand new. I have Kurschner's books and loved what he did enough to ask to be the editor for his magazine.
There is no one on earth I agree with 100%
This was something I realized a long time ago and it helps me relax when someone is saying something I deeply disagree with. It also means I never get to just trust any human teacher. I don't even get to just truth the Bible translators. God's Word is rich and full of meaning, his truth has facets and nuances I may never see—and the same is true for every other follower of Jesus.
May God richly bless you on your journey to understand him and his thoughts better!