As we approach the turning of the calendar to the year 2000, there is likely to be intense speculation among some Christian groups about the end times. Many will be inspired by the Book of Revelation to look for particular signs of the end.
Readers of the Christian Century are not likely to hold expectations tied closely to the calendar or to the details of Revelation. Nevertheless, embedded in all Christian belief is a conviction about the last things. Christians confess in the creed that "Christ will come again in glory," and we believe that history is headed toward a consummation in God's ultimate purposes. Furthermore, biblical scholars in this century have repeatedly reminded us that eschatological expectation was central to Jesus' proclamation and that of the early church.