4.01.02.01 Zoroastrianism (A.E.T.)

accounts of end times. A.E.T. 

Zoroastrian eschatology

Is the oldest eschatology

in recorded history. 1)Abarbanel on Genesis 2  2)Ramban quoting Ibn Ezra at Leviticus (25:2).  3)Bachya on Genesis 2:3 

By 500 BC, Zoroastrians had fully developed a concept of the end of the world through a divine devouring in fire.

According to Zoroastrian philosophy, redacted in the Zand-i Vohuman Yasht, “at the end of thy tenth hundredth winter…the sun is more unseen and more spotted; the year, month, and day are shorter; and the earth is more barren; and the crop will not yield the seed; and men … become more deceitful and more given to vile practices. They have no gratitude.” “Honorable wealth will all proceed to those of perverted faith…and a dark cloud makes the whole sky night..and it will rain more noxious creatures than winter.”

At the end of the Battle between the righteous and wicked, a Final Judgment of all souls will commence. Sinners will be punished for 3 days, but are then forgiven. The world will reach perfection as poverty, old age, disease, thirst, hunger, and death are halted. Zoroastrian concepts parallel greatly with those of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic eschatological beliefs

original source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_times#Zoroastrianism

References   [ + ]

1. Abarbanel on Genesis 2
2. Ramban quoting Ibn Ezra at Leviticus (25:2).
3. Bachya on Genesis 2:3