Martyn Whittock is a historian who has written two fascinating books about end times expectation through history, The End Times, Again? 2000 Years of the Use & Misuse of Biblical Prophecy and its impact on the radicalisation of politics, Apocalyptic Politics: A Taproot of Political Radicalization and Populism.
In this video, he asks me all the questions he has about Israel in the New Testament, what the Bible says about the ‘end times’, and whether it predicts a return of Jews to the land and the restoration of the temple. In part I draw on the material in my Grove booklet, Kingdom, Hope, and the End of the World: the ‘now’ and ‘not yet’ of eschatology.
3.00 Martyn’s previous understanding of the end times.
4.30 The history of end times speculation and radicalisation of politics
7.30 How should we understand the language of ‘Israel’ in the New Testament?
11.00 Paul’s argument in the first part of Romans
14.00 The OT vision of Israel as a kingdom of priests
17.00 Does Judaism have a separate role in ‘salvation history’ separate from the Christian Church?
18.30 The diversity of Judaism in the first century—Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots and Essenes.
23.00 How should we understand apocalyptic language in the Bible?
24.40 How should we read OT prophesies about the return of the Jewish people to the land?
26.00 Did Jesus fulfil messianic expectations?
32.30 What is the meaning of Matthew 24 and the destruction of the temple?
37.15 How do we put together the diverse perspectives on Jesus’ return and The End across the NT?
39.30 What is dispensationalism and why is it problematic?
42.30 Should we read the Bible ‘literally’
45.00 What about the tribulation and the rapture?
47.40 Ezekiel’s vision of the new temple—fulfilled in Jesus.
51.30 What about ‘all Israel will be saved’ in Rom 11.26?