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END TIMES GLOSSARY
Here are explanations and definitions of some of the important topics regarding prophecy and the End Times:
Apostasy: The abandonment or renunciation of one's religious beliefs, often associated with a period of widespread spiritual decline in End Times.
Antichrist: An evil figure, possessed by Satan, who is prophesied to rule over the whole world in the days before the Second Coming of Christ..
Apocalypse: A prophetic revelation, often related to End Times events.
Armageddon: A climactic battle or confrontation between good and evil at the end of the world, as mentioned in Revelation 16:16.
Beasts: Symbolic figures usually representing the various governments or kingdoms that will rule over the earth during various times in history.
Dispensationalism: A theological framework that divides history into distinct periods or "dispensations," often used to interpret End Times events.
Eschatology: The branch of theology that deals with the final events of human history, such as death, judgment, and the afterlife.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Four symbolic horsemen described as causing conquest, war, famine, and death, found in the first four Seal Judgments of Revelation 6.
Gog and Magog: Nations or forces prophesied to oppose God's people in the End Times.
Great White Throne Judgment: The final judgment by God in which books are opened containing the records of everyone’s deeds -- whether they are good or evil -- and God will reward or punish each one accordingly.
Millennium: A thousand-year period of peace and righteousness when Christ will rule the world following the Tribulation.
Parousia: The Greek term for the Second Coming of Christ, which is made up of a series of events.
Preterism: A theological view that many End Times prophecies were fulfilled in the past, rather than being future events.
Rapture: The prophesied event when true believers will be taken to heaven by God in a "twinkling of an eye"..
Resurrection: The raising of the dead, a key element of many End Times scenarios.
Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls: Three series of seven judgments and calamities described in the Book of Revelation.
Second Coming: The return of Jesus Christ to Earth.
Tribulation: A period of intense suffering and turmoil prophesied to occur before the Second Coming of Christ.
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