An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


The term (from the Greek, eschaton, “last”) denotes the end of history when God will act decisively to establish the divine rule of justice and peace throughout the created order. Jesus refers to the eschaton as “the Kingdom of God,” which he proclaimed to have “come near” (Mk 1:15). In Christian understanding, the resurrection of Jesus was the anticipation of the eschaton. The resurrection signals a preliminary victory over sin and death and points to the final victory. The quality of life in the eschaton is shown to Christian believers by the love, justice, and peace that marked Jesus' life and death.

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