Despite of what I wrote on the previous post, I need to clarify that indeed major world religions thrive on using this kind of eschatological language. What I mean is the founding fathers must justify why the need of new religions, and usually the answer was along the line of “previously it was bad, but now the good has come.” For example:
– The ancient Israelites: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” (Deu 6.21)
– Early church: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet 2.9)
– Buddhism: From ignorance to enlightenment.
– Islam: From Jahiliyyah to the revelation of Qur’an.
– Protestantism: From the Dark Ages (!) to Reformation.
And on and on.
My point is: I do believe in the turn of ages, but it is not to be found in Mecca nor Geneva. It is found in Golgotha.