Eschatology

Eschatology from the Greek eschatos, “last”, concerns the anticipations about the end of the present era, or understood also of history, or of the World itself. The end of the world or of the times, a matter announced and studied by several religions (both Abrahamic and not), which claim that negative world events will reach a climax. Yet from this “end” despite tribulations will not necessarily mean that humanity will end, indeed some understand it as a new “rebirth” for a better World.

In the context of mysticism, the term metaphorically refers to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine. Many religions treat Eschatology as a future event prophesied in the Sacred Texts.

Abrahamic religions identify the end of present time with the transformation and redemption of the righteous. In Judaism, the term “end of days” refers to the Messianic Era and includes a gathering of the Jewish diaspora in exile, the coming of the Messiah, the resurrection of the righteous, and the world to come. Some forms of Christianity describe the end times as a period of tribulation preceding the Second Coming of Christ, who will confront the Antichrist along with his power structure and usher in the Kingdom of GOD. In Islam, the Day of Judgment is preceded by the return of Isa (Jesus) and the collaboration with the Mahdi to finally defeat evil. Isa will triumph over the false messiah, or the Antichrist, which will lead to a sequence of events that will end with the sun rising from the west and the beginning of the Qiyamah (Day of Judgment).

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