Looking back to the early years of Pentecostalism, it was not surprised to see the impact and impassion in their strong belief in the doctrine of eschatology that was influenced strongly by the Holiness Movement and Fundamentalism. There were already strong gravitation to living holy life and having strong expectation of fulfillment of the book of Joel before the returns of Christ. One of the few key factors in their expectations were firstly before the end time is to come there will be a great out-pouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church (Joel 2:28) it was meant to enable saints to live a sanctified life (Rom.8; Gal.5:16; 1 The.4:7, 8; Jn.16:8). Secondly, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will empower the saints to fulfill God’s purpose to reach the world before the returns of Christ (Acts 1:8; Matt.24:14). It was God’s purpose to fulfill His plan through the Church (Matt.28:18-20; Mk16:15, 16). The return of Christ was imminent. Two key reasons in their urgency in reaching out to lost-souls; concerned for their eternal condemnation and speeding up of Christ’s return through global evangelism. The interpretations of the crisis events example bad economy; unstable political conditions also affect the Pentecostal movement in the belief of eschatology.
In our present time; the teaching of eschatology has taken a back-seat. Globally the economic and political conditions generally have improved with many people affordable of luxury in life. Different philosophical mindsets e.g. influence of post-modern culture also played key role in influencing churches today. Pentecostal churches in general hardly touch on the subject unless certain unpleasant events took place – example recent tsunami (on boxing-day); September 11th event etc. There is a lack of urgency in soul-winning; holy living as been compromised with approval tolerance from churches. Hopefully the recent global economic slump might once again helps to wake believers to realization that the coming of Christ is even more imminent than 100 years ago.