Read a great blog entry by Daniel Kirk on eschatology. Here is one of the highlights that stuck out:
The end means that God is bringing justice.
For the end to have drawn near means that the justice for which we wait in the days ahead is reaching backward and invading the days in which we live.
It is in the face of this, the advent of the justice of God, that Jesus proclaims, “Repent, for the reign of God has drawn near!”
Eschatology is not about our own movie-like scenarios playing out. Eschatology is about God putting things to rights. My apologies to my own Dispensationalist past, it is about justice not cataclysmic punishment.