From Age to Age
The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology
For those schooled in the likes of Vos, Ridderbos, and Kline, the apprehension of eschatology broadly conceived is like Dorothy’s move from black-and-white Kansas to Technicolor Oz,” says Michael Glodo of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. “But for too long this gift has been the buried talent of its modest circle of possessors. Keith Mathison goes a long way in unearthing this gift in From Age to Age.”
Although books on eschatology often focus on the second coming of Christ and the millennium, a complete study of biblical eschatology must include Christ’s first advent, which inaugurated the last days. It must also include a study of God’s preparations throughout redemptive history for the eschatological first advent of Christ.
From Age to Age looks not only at the consummation of God’s redemptive-historical purposes at the end of history, but also at their unfolding stages. Using the narrative method of biblical theology, Mathison traces the eschatological themes of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, emphasizing how each book of the Bible develops these themes, which culminate in the coming of Christ.
“Filling a crucial gap, From Age to Age is simultaneously sweeping in its scope, deeply informed on the specifics, and so readable that I’ll be recommending this as the book to give to any Christian who asks me for an overview of the Bible. If you read, meditate on, and inwardly digest From Age to Age, you will have a deeper, richer, and fresher appreciation of the greatest story ever told.”
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“Meticulously comprehensive, this veritable compendium of biblical theology from Genesis to Revelation examines every possible nuance of eschatological insight. Mathison has provided us with an invaluable reference tool, a tour de force unlike any other on this hugely significant topic.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
“Mathison ambitiously surveys the whole Bible book by book, yet with substantial detail at some of the most critical points and does so with scholarly care, exegetical soundness, and philosophical breadth. Where one might vary from individual conclusions here and there, his survey of options is representative and his analysis well argued. Scholars, pastors, students, and learned laypeople need this kind of analysis, which relates a unified, coherent—albeit variegated—history of redemption and reminds the broader church that God is the Lord of time.”
—Michael J. Glodo, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
“A survey of the Bible that does not lose the forest for the trees. On the one hand, Mathison analyzes each book with careful attention to exegetical and critical issues. On the other hand, he identifies the entire canon’s contribution to the grand biblical theme of promise and fulfillment. I do not know of a more accessible and up-to-date introduction to the Bible from a Reformed perspective.”
—John Muether, Librarian and Associate Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
Keith A. Mathison (MA, Reformed Theological Seminary; PhD, Whitefield Theological Seminary) is dean of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and an associate editor of Tabletalk magazine at Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God?; Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope; The Shape of Sola Scriptura; and Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper. He is editor of When Shall These Things Be: A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism and associate editor of The Reformation Study Bible. He lives in Lake Mary, Florida, with his wife and children.