By Henning Graf Reventlow
Papers of a symposium among the dept of Bible experiences, Tel Aviv college, and the college of Protestant Theology, Bochum, at the Jewish and Christian Biblical knowing of eschatology.
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AMIR Messianism and Zionism 29 thing, not even by our sins. For although we know from the Talmud about a situation where redemption is already due by every criterion but is impeded by our sins, this time it was 'evident' that God had decided to ignore the question of whether the present generation was 'worthy' to be redeemed. It sounds incredible with what degree of certainty those rabbis claimed first-hand inside knowledge of God's resolutions; but no less astounding is how large were the circles of people that interiorized such announcements on their authority.
The end must be discussed in relation to God's right to his creation, with man being a part of it; his right and title, bestowed on the believers as their justification through Christ. Understood this way, the end is both: the all-encompassing revelation of God's creative power and of his saving love. Its decisive content for faith in Christ consists of the expectation that Christ then will be revealed to all as Kyrios and Saviour, himself appearing as judge, but, at the same time, as confidant for those who are existing, even now, through the spirit and through faith 'in Christ' (Phil.
Dimant, 'Qumran Sectarian Literature', in M. 5 By the first centuries of the Common Era, after the destruction of the Second Temple, related mystical circles, the self-proclaimed Yordei-Merkavah (descenders of the chariot), became active. 6 In the Hekhalot literature, both the mythical eternity of the heavenly service, which had been fashioned after the priestly vocation, as well as the mystical ascent, which embodied the angelic myth, overshadow any historical or apocalyptic concerns and take precedence over all interest in mundane affairs and eschatological schemes.
Eschatology in the Bible and in Jewish and Christian Tradition (Jsot Supplement Series, 243) by Henning Graf Reventlow