Through the prophets, God has staked His reputation on doing something for Israel that is even more spectacular than the exodus from Egypt. This new exodus will not be just another shadowy affair that sin will eventually destroy. The Lord’s victory over sin will be so decisive that this coming kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, which will not perish, spoil, or fade (Dan. 2:44). For this reason, we say that the prophets have an “eschatological” hope—a hope that is ultimate and will never be eclipsed or surpassed by something greater.
When you walk into a movie that is almost finished, all your friends are on the edge of their seats, but you’re wondering what is going on. Much that they find thrilling you find perplexing. Likewise, when Christians open their New Testaments, they open to the climax of a story that has been going on for a long time. So much of its drama can be grasped only if we know the backstory.