FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Is the current conflict in the Middle East a precursor of things to come? Did the establishment of Israel in 1948 usher in the last generation? Will there be a secret rapture of the church before the Great Tribulation?

Theologians and Bible scholars will address these questions and more during a panel discussion on eschatology, or the study of the end times, at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 27.

Sponsored by the seminary’s School of Theology and the Theological Fellowship, a student organization, the discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m. in Truett Auditorium.

The panel for the event includes Craig Blaising, Malcolm Yarnell III, and Paul Wolfe, with David Allen as moderator. Allen is the dean of the theology school at Southwestern.

Blaising, executive vice president and provost at Southwestern, is a noted author on the subject of eschatology. He co-authored “Progressive Dispensationalism” with Darrell Bock, and contributed to “Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond” from Zondervan Publishing. Blaising will present viewpoints on classic and progressive dispensationalism.

Yarnell is assistant dean for theological studies at Southwestern and director of the seminary’s Center for Theological Research. He will present information on historic premillennialism, while Wolfe, assistant dean for biblical studies, will present information on amillennialism and preterism.* Preterism is the belief that most biblical prophecy has already been fulfilled by Christ and through the expansion of his kingdom.

Panel speakers will answer predetermined questions from 7-8 p.m. Members of the audience may ask questions from 8-9 p.m.  The event is open to all Southwestern Seminary students, pastors, church members and members of the community. Students from other local graduate theological schools are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.

*Disclaimer: Discussion of these viewpoints does not imply endorsement of one, both, or either of the viewpoints by the professor. They are presented for the purposes of academic discussion.