2.64: What Does the Bible Say about the End Times?

This discussion with Jennifer Kaalund starts with TikTok, coronavirus, climate change, Revelation and pivots toward what the Bible really has to say about the end times.


In this episode, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Jennifer Kaalund, Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, about hope at the end of time.

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke)
  • Matthew 24
  • Mark 13
  • Luke 21
  • Book of Revelation/the Apocalypse of John
  • 1 Thessalonians 4
  • Revelation 21

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Apocalypse
  • End time
  • Eschatology
  • Mayan calendar and 2012
  • Signs of the end time
  • Judgement
  • Natural disasters, coronavirus, climate change
  • Anti-Imperial reading of Revelation
  • New heavens and new earth
  • The Already and Not-Yet Kingdom of God
  • Utopia

Historical event mentioned

  • Siege of Jerusalem and Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

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Jennifer Kaalund

Jennifer Kaalund

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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