This is a summary page for articles concerning the end of history.
The history of the world has a beginning, middle and end. Jesus Christ has been revealed as the beginning, because he was the Word, the intelligent agent, through whom all things were made. He is also the end, because in due time all things will be made subject to him. The middle was a time of ignorance that God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere (even scientists) to repent, for he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world, in the person of the man appointed, whose authority he has vouched for by raising him from the dead.
Jerusalem is no ordinary city. Besieged, invaded, destroyed and resettled many times, it is now occupied and ruled by the people who forfeited it almost 2000 years ago. Their return is a fulfilment of ancient prophecy in our own lifetime. Although more conflict is prophesied for the years ahead, one day Jerusalem will be the capital of all nations, a place where heaven and earth meet.
Hades is the Greek name for the underworld, the place of the dead. It came into existence after the cataclysm at the end of the first geological period, called by an apt coincidence the Hadean, and lies beneath the terrestrial crust. It also exists in a spiritual dimension, since its occupants have no bodies. It will cease to exist when it is thrown into what the Apocalypse calls ‘the lake of fire’. Tartarus, the ‘abyss’ where demons dwell, also came into existence in the Hadean cataclysm. Geologically it is known as the aesthenosphere, the uppermost mantle beneath the present crust. The lake of fire has not yet come into existence. Its physical location is Gehenna, the Valley of Hinnom outside the walls of Jerusalem. It will connect with Hades and molten rock in the Earth’s crust and be a place of destruction. Eventually, it too will cease to exist.