This outbreak (should) be a game changer in churches who have ignored or dismissed teaching on the doctrine of eschatology. They can no longer ignore this doctrine without being derelict in their duty as shepherds of God’s people.
i. The doctrine of eschatology gives Christians hope in what the world views as despair. I am talking about their posture to world-catastrophic events. This virus is confronting people with their mortality. Christians who have the habit of studying eschatology (should) be the ones who are not afraid of death. Related to this, eschatology matters because we will have many opportunities to love those around us—believers and unbelievers—who are fretting over the tumult of the day. Many Christians are not eschatological-minded, so do not be surprised that there will be an outbreak of agonizing within the church.
ii. The doctrine of eschatology gives Christians discernment among all the contradicting voices out there. Discerning Christians can help answer questions concerning the end times. Contrary to popular opinion in the church, Jesus intends for us to be able to discern prophetic signs: “Remember, I have told you ahead of time. . . . Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near, right at the door” (Matt 24:25, 32–33).
iii. The doctrine of eschatology gives Christians spiritual vigilance. In times of tumult, Christians might have the temptation to seek safety with the government if the government makes demands that violate their Christian conscious. The devil will also use these times to tempt us to sin and compromise our faith. The study of eschatology spiritually prepares us for the certain spiritual warfare that will come our way during our vulnerability.