noun(the eschaton) Theology
The final event in the divine plan; the end of the world.
- The deferral of judgment, by affirming temporary human judgments while marking them off as partial and sinful, creates a hopeful space before the eschaton's final judgment in which the grace of God may work.
- Hence, this destiny in relation to God is the reason for which human beings are created; and yet this very destiny remains in the hands of eschatology, for it is only in the eschaton that God's work of creation will be complete.
- The parable of the wheat and weeds in Matthew 13 cautions against trying to separate believers from unbelievers in these centuries before the eschaton.
1930s: from Greek eskhaton, neuter of eskhatos 'last'.
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