by Editor | June 9, 2014 2:53 am
They are calling it the Nostradamus effect and the question is … Are we really facing the ‘end of days’? For many the religious teachings appear to becoming true.
Eschatology is a part of theology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the “end of the world” or “end time”.
The word arises from the Greek ἔσχατος/ἐσχάτη/ἔσχατον, eschatos/eschatē/eschaton meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”, first used in English around 1550.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as “The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell’.
In the context of mysticism, the phrase refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine.
In many religions it is taught as an existing future event prophesied in sacred texts or folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass related concepts such as the Messiah or Messianic Age, the end time, and the end of days.
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