Imagining the Future: The Origin, Development, and Future of Assemblies of God Eschatology

Imagining the Future: The Origin, Development, and Future of Assemblies of God Eschatology

by Daniel D Isgrigg
Imagining the Future: The Origin, Development, and Future of Assemblies of God Eschatology

Imagining the Future: The Origin, Development, and Future of Assemblies of God Eschatology

by Daniel D Isgrigg


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Since the beginning of the Assemblies of God, the doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ

has featured prominently in their proclamation of the Pentecostal gospel. Many early believers

passionately proclaimed by the Spirit, "Jesus is coming soon!" Yet in many churches today,

teaching on the Second Coming of Christ has fallen into a period of neglect. Is the Assemblies of

God losing its faith in "the Blessed Hope?"

Imagining the Future answers this question by exploring the development of Assemblies of God

eschatological doctrines and their role as a central pillar of the fellowship's Pentecostal ethos.

Through critical historical assessment, Daniel Isgrigg sheds new light upon existing assumptions

about its dispensational orientation and the inherent incompatibility of that orientation with

Pentecostal theology. Drawing from the deep wells of the past, Isgrigg uncovers a hopeful and

Spirit-inspired eschatology that imagines the future for a new generation of Pentecostal believers.

"A thorough, comprehensive and complex analysis of the origin and development of the eschatological thinking in one of the largest and most important Pentecostal denominations in the world, Assemblies of God (AG). Isgrigg offers a fascinating, constructive proposal for a contemporary pneumatological eschatology building on the huge potential of the pneumatological imagination which leads into a consequent eschatological imagination, as the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the 'last days' and so the eschatological end is conceived as the future work of the Spirit."

Corneliu Constantineanu, Ph.D.

Professor of Pentecostal Theology, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania

"This books stimulates much needed thought on eschatology within the AG and Pentecostal communities and be a blessing to both. Isgrigg combines thorough historical analysis with informed and insightful theological reflection. He writes clearly and with an irenic spirit. The result is a wonderful encouragement to the AG community to engage in much needed reflection on the contours, purpose, and impact of our eschatology."

Robert P. Menzies, Ph.D.

Director, Asia Center for Pentecostal Theology

"This fine and multi-layered study of American Assemblies of God shows how it has adjusted fundamental interpretations of its eschatology in the face of a changing world. This is a vigorous and expertly documented account that deserves to be widely read, not least because the church has a pressing need to revisit its expectations of humanity's future."

William K Kay, D.D.

Emeritus Professor, Wrexham Glyndwr University

"Isgrigg's meticulously researched and engagingly written monograph on eschatology in the Assemblies of God provides not only the first comprehensive historical and theological treatment of the development of AG eschatology throughout the movement's entire history, particularly as it relates to dispensationalism, but also makes the important theological contribution of an emphasis on pneumatological imagination, calling for both a renewed focus on and hopeful expectation for the Holy Spirit's work in eschatological signs. I highly recommend this book for ministers, scholars, and all who eagerly await the Blessed Hope."

Alicia R. Jackson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Vanguard University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950971084
Publisher: Oru Press
Publication date: 09/30/2021
Series: Oru Press Monograph , #1
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Daniel D. Isgrigg, Ph.D., serves as Assistant Professor and Director of the Holy Spirit Research Center and Archives at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Isgrigg is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and spent twenty years in pastoral ministry in AG churches.
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