מַה־שֶּׁהָיָה הוּא שֶׁיִּהְיֶה
וּמַה־שֶּׁנַּעֲשָׂה הוּא שֶׁיֵּעָשֶׂה
וְאֵין כָּל־חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ׃
What happened before will happen again,
what was done before will be done once more,
there is nothing new under the sun. (Kohelet 1:9)
Hazarah Eschatology is not really new. First, about eschatology… While some people are preoccupied and captivated by biblical prophecy others seem not share their passion. For some Bible readers, eschatology (the study of the last days) has little to do with how they practice their faith and live their lives, while the theology and the daily practice of others is directly tied to their beliefs about the end times. There are sharp and very divisive disagreements on these issues among Christians. There are pre-millenialists, pre-wrath rapture pre-millenianists, post-milenialists, amilenialists, and countless many who are simply tired of the plethora of end-time speculations and arguments. They call themselves pan-millenialists and say that it will all “pan out” in the end.
Many modern Christ-followers are weary of the bold end-of-the-world predictions and say it does not matter what we think about end-times, whether we are incorrect or accurate about the future. They have a point. God will do what he will do regardless of the theological books men choose to write. He is sovereign. But to brush off end-time ideas entirely would be to move away from the hopeful Jewish outlook of life that nurtured Christianity to form. Hazarah Eschatology may help put things in perspective, but first, some history…