Eschatology (Study of the End Times)
Eschatology, or the study of the "end times," is "concerned with what are believed to be the final events in history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as ‘the end of the world.’" The root word, ἔσχατος “Eschatos” is a Greek word meaning “last” or "extreme." The individual "last things" or events are referred to as "eschata." The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as "concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell." However, there are diferent lists, for example, some list resurrection or second coming instead of death. Some list the four last things as four individual things (death, judgment, heaven and hell) and four universal things (Second Coming of Christ, resurrection of the dead, Last Judgment, and the end of the world leading to a new heaven and a new earth), making eight in total. Ironically, this phrase "four last things" has Catholic roots, not Christian or Scriptural roots, but doesn't include purgatory, a Catholic concept.
The subject of eschatology is one of the most discussed, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. I will be addressing this subject thoroughly in numerous writings including the 2012 Mayan prophecy, the Antichrist, the Apocalypse, Armageddon, End Times, Heaven, Hell, The Judgment, The Millennium, The Rapture, The Second Coming, and The Tribulation.FOOTNOTES:
1. Wikipedia, "Eschatology." Accessed November 2, 2010.
2. Strong's Complete Concordance.
3. Oxford English Dictionary, "Eschatology."
4. http://www.bible-sermons.org.uk/text-sermon/418-the-end-of-all-things/ Accessed November 2, 2010.
5. Fast Facts on Christianity.
6. Toner, Patrick. "Eschatology." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 5 Nov. 2010.
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