ALMOST THE END
Wrapping It Up
This page, somewhat satirical, originally appeared on a different website.
Our evolution runs in circles, sort of. As we move ahead, we recapitulate where we've been, repeating (in altered condition) the past that is our future — until eventually we reach the final recapitulation in the final condition of consciousness.
But to get there, first we must negotiate the remaining conditions of life in our current condition of consciousness, and then proceed through the remaining conditions of consciousness. R. Seddon relays the following summary of the seven conditions of life within a condition of consciousness: 1st Elementary Kingdom (shapeless being [sic], physical body), 2nd Elementary Kingdom (shaping beings [sic], etheric body), 3rd Elementary Kingdom (sentient beings, astral body), Mineral Kingdom (created forms [not be be confused with stages of form] — this is where we are now, life-wise), Planet Kingdom (living forms), Animal Kingdom (ensouled beings), and Human Kingdom (ego-beings [sic]). 
(There are several pralayas along our route.  Don't pay them much heed. They are just rest stations, periods when the physical relapses into the spiritual, and/or refreshments are served.)
Note that the seven conditions of life are "kingdoms." Now, "kings" are not necessarily despots, although here in the USA we tend to think poorly of them. A "king" (bad) has subjects, whereas a republic or democracy (good) has citizens. Citizens have rights, whereas subjects are just, well, subjects. So you can see that future history will be headed in a somewhat sinister direction. But more on that later.
Let's look a little more closely at the kingdoms:
◊ 1st Elementary Kingdom. This consists of intentions that become forces that remain unshaped, such as fire, air, fluids... Our physical bodies belong here because they fall apart and blow away. 
◊ 2nd Elementary Kingdom. Tricky. Proceeding, in a sense, from the 1st Elementary Kingdom, what we get here are sort of Goethe's ideas about ideas. Plus there are gnomes, salamanders, and such. (These beings are found today in the depths of the earth, or in the water, or in the air... They are part of our past and present, and in recapitulation they will reverberate through the future.) The way is paved in the 2nd Elementary Kingdom for the glands. 
[THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER,
detail, p. 132.]
◊ 3rd Elementary Kingdom. Quick soul-stuff and -entities, shining out from within, real pretty and fast. Nerves.  Note: You may think I'm moving too fast, here, but R. Seddon crams all this and more onto a single page.
◊ Mineral Kingdom. Minerals and suchlike. This is pretty much where we stand now: "Only in our fourth (mineral) Condition of Life does there appear the world of nature all around us, which is grasped by our inorganic, mineral thinking and gives form to separate objects and our separate ego."  The reason we have trouble understanding this is that we think with the brain, a mineral construct. (Of course, if you do understand, I apologize: You may have moved along to a higher, more "organic" consciousness.)
◊ Pralaya. A millennium or so of not much. 
◊ Plant Kingdom. Living forms. (Aren't soul entities, and gnomes, etc., living forms? Well might you ask.) "The fifth Condition of Life of the earth...may be seen as a precursor of Jupiter evolution, without human beings having yet acquired the full angelic consciousness that can then be theirs ... Human beings no longer dwell within a body, but have it outside them."  Jupiter, in the sense Seddon uses here, is the next condition of consciousness, which we will consider on "The End".
◊ Animal Kingdom. Beings with soul. "In this sixth Condition of Life, which may be seen as a precursor of Venus evolution, there is no longer any mineral or plant kingdom. 'Earth and heaven have vanished' (Rev. 20:11)."  As a stage of evolution, a condition of consciousness, Venus will come after Jupiter. Steiner explained that in using the names of planets for stages of evolution he didn't mean planets. [See "Planets".] Note that the future not only recapitulates the past but it also provides precursorial variants of more distant futures.
◊ Human Kingdom. The best of the best, flashing. "This last Condition, the fastest of the seven, in which only progressive human beings take part, may be seen as a precursor of Vulcan evolution ... Humanity then becomes a god...."  Vulcan will follow Venus. "Progressive" humans are not left-wingers but good humans who can and do evolve, unlike bad humans who cannot or will not. Sadly, in other words, when we arrive at the "Human Kingdom," invidious discriminations will still prevail. There will still be bad, low races that must be set aside or suppressed. As for notion that humanity will become a god, secularists may consider this unlikely, while followers of orthodox faiths may consider it sacrilege.
In re kings: When a "king" issues a command, that's that.
— Roger Rawlings
We will conclude the story at "The End"
(which will be a relief)
You know who
Waldorf student drawing, detail.
"[G]oblins or gnomes feel themselves to be of quite special importance, for they gather together the most varied experiences from the whole of earth existence, and they hold themselves in readiness, when all earthly substance will have been dispersed into the universe — after the transition to Jupiter evolution — to preserve what is good in the earth structure in order to incorporate this in Jupiter, as a kind of bony skeleton ... [W]hen one looks at this process from the aspect of the gnomes, one gains a first stimulus, a first capacity, to picture how our earth would appear if all the water were taken from it ... You would get something like the structure of the cross in the earth." — Rudolf Steiner, HARMONY OF THE CREATIVE WORD (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2001), pp. 145-146. [R. R. sketch, 2009.]
The Last Judgment as depicted by William Blake.
Although Anthroposophy is sometimes considered a form of Christianity,
it in fact diverges far from Christianity.
The end Steiner foretold, for instance,
is quite different from the Last Judgment.
God will not judge us — we will attain
divinity as a result of our own free actions
(except for those of us who may not).
We are central now and will be even more central then.
We will become God the Father.
To visit other pages in this section of Waldorf Watch, use the underlined links, below.
◊◊◊ 11. THE WALDORF WORLDVIEW ◊◊◊
Some illustrations on each page here at Waldorf Watch
are closely connected to the essay on that page;
others are not — they provide general context.
 THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE EARTH AS FORESEEN BY RUDOLF STEINER, p. 132.
 Ibid., pp. 132-133.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 103.
 Ibid., p. 104.
 Ibid., p. 104.
 Ibid., pp. 104-105.
 Ibid., p. 107.
 Ibid., pp. 109-110.
All the best.