Paper on Abraham

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When will the end come? It is human nature for humans to ask questions. Many of these
questions are without answers and there is no possible way to come up with one. A common
question that plagues the human race is “When will the world end?” For thousands of years,
astrologers and psychics have been trying to come up with clues to when it all will end.
There is a source, the Bible, which aids humans, specifically Christians, in trying to
come up with some answers. Many places in the Bible such as Revelations, Ezekiel, Matthew,
Daniel, and I Corinthians all give some clues to how and when the end of the world will
come. Two articles that give some insight on this subject are “Visions or Heaven, Dreams
of the End” by Barbara E. Bowe and “Are We Living at the End Time?” by Alfred McBride and
O. Praem. These articles help to aid us with the answers to such questions as: How will
the end time happen? Does the Bible tell more of a symbolic happening or are all of those
horrible things going to happen? They also give details and hints that happen all over the
Bible, such as the number seven. In the article “ Are We Living at the End Time,” authors
McBride and Praem look at the end time from a millenarian’s perspective and backs up their
claims with the Bible. Instead of using the Church’s four end time happenings: death,
judgement, heaven and hell, the millenarian uses it’s own four criteria: Rapture,
tribulation, millennium, and the Second Coming. Looking at these questions in a
theological way, by asking questions, the authors make these four criteria easier to
understand (McBride & Pream, 58). The first question asked is “When will we experience
Rapture?” The millenarian looks specifically at Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians and to
the Corinthians. In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he uses imagery to describe
to them what Rapture will be like when Christ returns. He tells the Thessalonians in
1Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud
command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead
Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we’ll be with the
Lord forever.” (NIV) This is what millenarians call the Rapture and think this is exactly
what will happen. They also except the concept of the three heavens. The concept is that
God has put the sun, moon, and stars into a huge dome, and above the dome is where the
Trinity, angels, and saints “live”. The Catholic Church, even though they do not speak of
the Rapture (McBride & Praem, 65) believes that we will be with God someday. They are not
sure though how this will happen (McBride & Praem, 58). The second question a millenarian
would ask is “What about the years of tribulation?” A millenarian says that there will be
seven years of tribulation. They base this claim on the happenings in the book of
Revelations. In the Book of Revelations the number seven is used several times like, the
seven seals, the seven trumpets, and so on. Nevertheless, millenarians are not sure when
all of this will happen. The Catholic Church believes though that the tribulations will
come along with the Second Coming. The third question is “What, exactly, is meant by
millennium?” In the American Heritage Dictionary, millennium is defined as “ In the NT, a
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