"End Times"

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.”

Isaiah 2:2-3


"End Times" refers to "the final events in history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as ‘the end of the world.’"[1]The terms "End Time," "End Times," or "End of Days" refer to "the eschatological writings in the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and in doomsday scenarios in various other non-Abrahamic religions. In Christianity, the End Times are often depicted as a time of tribulation that precedes the Second Coming of the Christian "saviour" or a "hoped-for deliverer", Jesus, the Christian Messiah, who will usher in the Kingdom of God and bring an end to suffering and evil. In Islam, Yawm al-Qiyāmah "the Day of Resurrection" or Yawm ad-Din "the Day of Judgement", Allah's final assessment of humanity, is preceded by the end of the world. In Judaism the term "End of Days" is taken from the Tanakh, Numbers 24:4, as a reference to the Messianic era and the Jewish belief in the coming of Mashiach and the World to Come."[2]In this writing, we will be concerned with the Christian beliefs about the "end times," which have similarities to Judaism and Islam.

When discussing the "end times," there are many terms that used to define the Christian understanding of it. In the "end times," there are numerous events which are understood in different ways by Christians. It is important to remember that there are issues like the "end times" where there is a variety of opinion and different interpretations, but it is considered what is a commonly called a "non-essential" (see Morals/Convictions) and this variety of opinion is largely accepted within Christianity.

One of the main distinctions concerns the Millennium. A Millennium is "a period of time equal to one thousand years (1,000) (from the Latin phrase mille, thousand, and annus, year)[3] However, when the Bible uses this term, it isn't a literal 1,000 years. An example of this is Psalm 50:10, "For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills." A thousand here all of them. Another example is Psalm 90:4, "For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night." Is God saying a literal thousand years is exactly like a day to Him, or is it really saying that He is outside of time while earthly things are fleeting? Read my page on the Millennium for more information on this.

FOOTNOTES:

1. Wikipedia, "Eschatology." Accessed November 2, 2010.
2. Wikipedia, "End Time." Accessed November 2, 2010.
3. Wikipedia, "Millennium." Accessed Novenber 2, 2010.


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