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When you hear the word “Apocalypse” the first thing that comes to mind are hollywood films that portray a global catastrophic event that brings the human race to the brink of extinction. However, when we take the time to question everything we know and examine the words we frequently hear and use, we discover that the things we think we know about we actually don’t know anything about. The word “Apocalypse” comes from the Greek, “ἀποκάλυψις” orapokálypsis” and it doesn’t mean “End Times” or “Doomsday,” but rather it means “Revelation” or “Disclosure.”

JOHN OF PATMOS

The Prophet of God John of Patmos was a man after Jesus who God had inspired with great prophetic visions, he wrote his dreams and revelations down which later got incorporated into the Bible that we know today as “The Book of Revelation.” The Greek title of the Book is called “Αποκάλυψη του Ιωάννη” Which in english would literally translate to “Apocalypse of John.”

KALI YUGA

It is a common misconception that Apocalypse is completely associated with death, mahem, and destruction. For example the End Times for the Hindus is called “Kali Yuga” which literally means “The age of Strife” or “The age of Discord” but its not necessarily futuristic as many believe that Kali Yuga is our present day and age that has existed since the death of Krishna thousands of years ago. It’s known as the age of sins, corruption and darkness, but the end of the age of Kali Yuga gives birth to a golden era for humanity that will exist for thousands of years to come. For darkness to have an end there must appear the light.

We can see by the terminology of the word that “apocalypse” is not destructive in nature, although the visions revealed to John of Patmos are chaotic and destructive, we can see that the meaning behind the term has to do with uncovering or revealing something. At the start of the Book of Revelations, the visions which John sees at the very start is Jesus Christ coming to him to inform him, saying:

 “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18

SECOND CHAPTER

In the second Chapter Jesus reveals that the one claiming to be an apostle of Jesus i.e. Paul was in fact a liar. And at the same time gives the seven churches mentioned in the text advice and warnings.

It isn’t until the 6th chapter that we find the four horsemen, each that rides is accompanied with plagues, wars, and famine. But all this is because of the sins of the people that they had committed against the saints:

10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Revelation 6:10

The destruction and mayhem which takes place afterwards is justified because of their evil deeds. We read:

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. – Revelation Chapter 9:20-21

THE DIVINE JUST STATE

According to the scripture, after the Angel of the lord blows the 7th trumpet, the Kingdom of God is finally established on Earth – A Divine Just State:

15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” – Revelation 11:15

And the 24 elders have confirmed that it is not God who destroys the Earth, but rather God brings down this great punishment to those who have destroyed the earth.

16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.

18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” – Revelation 11:16-18

In Islam the end times also refers to an event in which the savior of mankind the Mahdi would appear and bring about a Golden Age:


“Allah will bring out from concealment al-Mahdi from my family and just before the day of Judgment; even if only one day were to remain in the life of the world, and he will spread on this earth justice and equity and will eradicate tyranny and oppression.” – Prophet Muhammad (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Vol. 1, P. 99)

Imam al-Baqir (‘a) said: “God will revive the earth through al-Qa’im (‘atfs). He will behave justly on earth and with the spread of justice the earth will be revived after its death from rampant tyranny.” Kamaluddin, p. 668; Al-Mahajjah, p. 429; Nur ath-Thaqalayn, vol. 5, p. 242; Yanabi‘ al-Mawaddah, p. 429; Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 51, p. 54.

Imam ar-Rida (‘a) said: “During the advent of Hadrat al-Mahdi (‘atfs), he will establish the scale of justice in society and from then on, no one will oppress anyone anymore.” Kamaluddin, p. 372; Kifayah al-Athar, p. 270; I‘lam al-Wara, p. 408; Kashf al-Ghammah, vol. 3, p. 314; Fara’id as-Samtayn, vol. 2, p. 336; Yanabi‘ al-Mawaddah, p. 448; Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 52, p. 321; Ghayah al-Maram, p. 696; Ihqaq al-Haqq, vol. 13, p. 364.

MAITREYA

In Buddhism the idea of the end of an era in place of a new enlightened one exists, Buddha said concerning the savior of the world Maitreya:

“At that period, brethren, there will arise in the world an Exalted One named Maitreya, Fully Awakened, abounding in wisdom and goodness, happy, with knowledge of the worlds, unsurpassed as a guide to mortals willing to be led, a teacher for gods and men, an Exalted One, a Buddha, even as I am now. He, by himself, will thoroughly know and see, as it were face to face, this universe, with Its worlds of the spirits, Its Brahmas and Its Maras, and Its world of recluses and Brahmins, of princes and peoples, even as I now, by myself, thoroughly know and see them” — Digha Nikaya, 26.

According to Buddhist scriptures and traditions Maitreya during an era of darkness where the true Dharma/duty is no longer practiced and he comes to bring and restore righteousness to the entire world ushering in a new era.

CONCLUSION

We can see now that the “End Times” that people speak of isn’t the end of the world but rather it’s the end of an era and the start of a new beautiful age which provides goodness, justice and equity.

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