The doctrine of eschatology is crucial to the understanding of Jesus’ message in the gospels. Jesus came to establish the eternal Kingdom of God. This kingdom is already here, but not yet fulfilled. The wait Christians have is anticipation of their Lord’s return and the reward of eternal life. The wait for non-Christians is God’s extension of mercy for them to respond to the call of salvation and escape eternal punishment.
At the final judgment…all people will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Which are you? A sheep or a goat? Blessed or cursed?
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