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Eschatology

The always present hope
WithPeter Althouse

Pentecostal eschatology has undergone significant transitions since the dawn of the movement at the beginning of the twentieth century. The chapter argues that Pentecostal eschatology as the study of the last things is restricted neither to the end of Pentecostal doctrine or to the future but is a present hope in the ongoing activity of God in history through Christ and the Spirit. After a discussion of the influence of the apocalyptic symbols in dispensationalism, the chapter explores the eschatological impulse of the full gospel, specifically the theological themes of salvation, sanctification, Spirit baptism, and healing. Integrated through the infusion of eschatological hope, the essay aims at a Pentecostal eschatology that embraces individual, collective, and cosmic salvation.