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Eschatology
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The study of the end times, including death, the intermediate state, the afterlife, judgment, the millennium, heaven, and hell. Also refers to the time of Jesus’ second coming. The word eschatology comes from a combination of Greek words meaning “the study of last things.”
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Eschatology
Eschatology The study of the end times, including death, the intermediate state, the afterlife, judgment, the millennium, heaven, and hell. Also refers to the time of Jesus’ second coming. The word eschatology comes from a combination of Greek words meaning “the study of last things.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Eschatology
ESCHATOLOGY. Derived from the Gk word eschatos, meaning “last” or “final,” eschatology is teaching about “the last things.” It refers to a time in the future when the course of history will be changed to such an extent that one can speak of an entirely new state of reality. This entry surveys eschatological
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Eschatology
Eschatology. Branch of systematic theology concerned with the study of the last things, whether in relation to the individual or the world.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Eschathology
Eschatology es-kə-tolʹəjē [< Gk. éschatos—‘last’]. The doctrine of the last things. Included are two distinct but inseparable questions: the destiny of the individual—life, death, immortality, the intermediate state, and resurrection; and the destiny of history—the Day of the Lord, the end of the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eschatology
ESCHATOLOGY* Branch of theology concerned with the study of the last things, or end times, whether in relation to the individual or the world.Topics of EschatologyDeath The Bible teaches that all humans will die (Heb 9:27). The only exceptions will be those who are still alive when Christ returns (1
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Eschatology
eschatology (es´kuh-tol´uh-jee), beliefs or teaching about last things. The word derives from eschatos, the Greek word for “last.” Biblical writings often distinguish between the present age or eon, the period of history in which life is being lived, and the future, coming age, or period of transformed
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eschatology
ESCHATOLOGY. The term eschatology (Gr. eschatos, “last”; logos, “discourse”), meaning “the theology of last things,” has been used since the 19th cen. to designate the division of systematic theology dealing with all that was prophetically future at the time it was written, i.e., prophecy now fulfilled,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eschatology
ESCHATOLOGY. From Gk. eschatos, ‘last’, the term refers to the ‘doctrine of the last things’.In contrast to cyclical conceptions of history, the biblical writings understand history as a linear movement towards a goal. God is driving history towards the ultimate fulfilment of his purposes for his creation.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eschatology
EschatologyEschatology (from Gk. éschatos, “last”) concerns expectations of an end time, whether the close of history, the world itself, or the present age. Eschatological language becomes prominent in the OT prophets and later Jewish apocalyptic texts (both canonical and extracanonical) and is a pervasive
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Eschatology
Eschatology [ĕs kə tŏlˊə jē] (from Gk. éschaton “last thing”).* The biblical perspective concerning events to take place in the last days (Gk. ep˒ eschátou tṓn hēmerṓn toútōn; Heb. 1:2; cf. Heb. ˒aḥarîṯ hayyāmîm “latter days”; Isa. 2:2–4; Hos. 3:5). While the Old Testament
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Eschatology
EschatologyThe word refers to teaching about the last things, specifically to history’s consummation and the events directly associated with it. Characteristic of the Gospels is the note of eschatological fulfillment and the focus of eschatological hope in the person of Jesus. Perhaps the pre-eminent
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Eschatology
EschatologyEschatology has traditionally been understood as that branch of theology which is concerned with “final” things. Topics such as the future of the world, the parousia of Jesus Christ, the coming kingdom of God, the last judgment of humankind, the resurrection from the dead, heaven and hell,
Key passages
Is 11:6–9

And a wolf shall stay with a lamb, and a leopard shall lie down with a kid, and a calf and a lion and a fatling together as a small boy leads them. And a cow and a bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together. And a lion shall eat straw like the cattle. And an infant shall …

Da 8:18–19

And when he spoke with me I fell into a trance with my face to the ground, and he touched me and made me stand on by feet. And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what will happen in the period of wrath, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.

1 Th 5:1–11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need of anything to be written to you, for you yourselves well know that the day of the Lord is coming in the same way as a thief in the night. Whenever they say “Peace and security,” then …

2 Pe 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will disappear with a rushing noise, and the celestial bodies will be destroyed by being burned up, and the earth and the deeds done on it will be disclosed.

Re 11:15–19

And the seventh angel blew the trumpet, and there was a loud voice in heaven saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who are seated on their …