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date: 22 November 2019

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Pentecostalism began early in the twentieth century in the humble beginnings of a Kansas Bible school and, especially important for its transformation into a global movement, in the Apostolic Faith Mission on Asuza Street in Los Angeles under the leadership of William J. Seymour. However, these humble beginnings among the Pentecostals stood in stark contrast to the vastness of their eschatological vision. Their doctrine of Spirit baptism, especially as evidenced by tongues (Acts 2:4), became most controversial among Christians who came into contact with the growing movement. This article discusses the discovery of eschatology among scholars of Pentecostalism as the overall context in which to understand the distinctive elements of Pentecostal theology. It then explores in light of that discussion the major issues involved in substantively constructing a Pentecostal eschatology. It also analyzes the coming of Jesus Christ, otherworldliness, and salvation.

Keywords: Pentecostalism, theology, Jesus Christ, otherworldliness, salvation, baptism, Spirit, Pentecostals

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