Eschatology is the study of The End. The End is the guy who plays at the end of the line and is eligible to receive forward passes. Oh, wait, wrong book.
If you are interested in the End Times, the rapture, the millennium, etc, then you are a dispensationalist. Covenant/Reformed people view the Bible as history, telling what already happened, not as a way to figure out the future.
Many Covenant types, as far as I understand, say the Kingdom is already here or that we are all going to live in the peaceful rule of God at some point. What you do here now physically will make it into the Kingdom.
Dispensationalists think this is the craziest thing they’ve ever heard.
First of all, believers are going to be raptured, so why should I care about what I leave on earth anyway?
Secondly, there is going to be a tremendous Tribulation where just about everything is destroyed and humanity is left in chaos and the odds of any of your work making it through that are slim to none and slim just rented a car.
Thirdly, God says He’s going to melt this place with fire and start over with a new heaven and new earth. Even if any of your stuff made it that far, it won’t make it through the fire, baby.
This has largely kept dispensationalists fat and lazy. We watch a lot of TV. Go Bears! Whoohoo! By focusing on The End, and having the timeline all worked out, we fail to take care of the Present real well.
Now, is the accepted time. Now, it is high time to wake out of sleep. There is a reason for us being here. There is a real world we are to be engaging, not just watching and condemning from the comfort of our favorite chair. “Mm-mmm, yup, you see that? One step closer to the Rapture brother.”
As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The mark of genius is the ability to hold two diametrically opposed ideas at the same time without losing the ability to function. For example, one should be able to see that the situation is hopeless without losing the will to make it otherwise.”
Dispensationalists have a great opportunity to demonstrate their genius, which is vastly different from what they’ve been demonstrating for the past 200 years.