One could wonder if this coming of Trump, Putin, ISIS, the Clintons, and the
resurge of ™ and mindfulness..are just historical bit parts of a pre-millennial
preparation? And add in anthropocentric global warming as the explosion of
materialism? ..We just have to get through this to the New Jerusalem, a heaven
Driving now on return home to Fairfield through the bible-belt listening to
the radio, of course the radio preachers are not thinking about revolutionary
transformational transcendent meditationism like some of us may but I have just
been at a conference with 2 days of scholarly papers delivered on the
millennialism in various communal groups also like ours (millenarian).
Throughout the conference papers were scattered use of academic terms of:
eschatology, millennialism, dispensation, apocalypticism, and millenarianism.
A quick review:
Apocalypse: Definitions and Related Terms
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
Scholarly Definition of "Apocalypse"(from the SBL's "Apocalypse Group";
published in J. J. Collins, Semeia 14  9):
" 'Apocalypse' is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework,
in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human
disclosing a transcendent reality which is
both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation,
and spatial insofar as it involves another, supernatural world."
The word arises from the Greek https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek
eschatos meaning "last" and -logy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/-logy meaning
"the study of", first used in English around 1550.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology#cite_note-1 The Oxford English
Dictionary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary defines
eschatology as "The part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the
final destiny of the soul and of humankind."
In the context of mysticism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysticism, the
phrase refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with
the Divine. In many religions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion it is
taught as an existing future event prophesied
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy in sacred texts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass
related concepts such as the Messiah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah
orMessianic Age https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Age, the end time
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_time, and the end of days.
600 more miles to Fairfield to go..