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St. John at Patmos: the receiving of an apocalyptic vision

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning "an uncovering"[1]) is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology (see wiki chart in this article: Series on Eschatology) and were obtained through dreams or spiritual visions. Also, it is the Greek word for the last book of the New Testament entitled "Revelation".[2] The term is also included in the title of some non-biblical canon books involving revelations.[3][4][5] Today, the term is commonly used in reference to any larger-scale catastrophic event, or chain of detrimental events to humanity and/or nature.[6] In all contexts, the revealed events usually entail some form of an end time scenario or the end of the world or revelations into divine, heavenly, or spiritual realms. For more specific examples of apocalypses, see Apocalypticism.

Contents

1 Origination

1.1 Dreams and Visions

2 Symbolism 3 Result/Purpose

3.1 End of the Age

4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Origination[edit] Dreams and Visions[edit]

Viktor Vasnetsov, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The revelation may be made through a dream, as in the Book of Daniel, or through a vision, as in the Book of Revelation. In biblical accounts of revelations the manner of the revelation and its reception is generally described. According to the Book of Daniel, after a long period of fasting,[7] Daniel is standing by a river when a heavenly being appears to him, and the revelation follows (Daniel 10:2ff). Symbolism[edit]

The Seven trumpets.

Apocalyptic writing often makes wide use of symbolism. One instance of this occurs where gematria is employed, either for obscuring the writer's meaning or enhancing it; as a number of ancient cultures used letters also as numbers (i.e., the Romans with their use of "Roman numerals"). Thus the symbolic name "Taxo," "Assumptio Mosis", ix. 1; the "Number of the Beast" (616/666), in the Book of Revelation 13:18;[8] the number 666 ('Iησōῦς), Sibyllines, i.326–30. Similar is the frequent prophecy of the length of time through which the events predicted must be fulfilled. Thus, the "time, times, and a half," Daniel 12:7 which has been taken to be 3½ years in length by Dispensationalists;[9] the "fifty-eight times" of Enoch, xc.5, "Assumptio Mosis", x.11; the announcement of a certain number of "weeks" or days, which starting point in Daniel 9:24, 25 is "the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem
Jerusalem
unto the Messiah
Messiah
the Prince shall be seven weeks",[10] a mention of 1290 days after the covenant/sacrifice is broken (Daniel 12:11),[11] 12; Enoch xciii.3–10; 2 Esdras 14:11, 12; Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of Baruch[disambiguation needed] xxvi–viii; Revelation
Revelation
11:3, which mentions "two witnesses" with supernatural power,[12] 12:6;[13] compare Assumptio Mosis, vii.1. Symbolic language also occurs in descriptions of persons, things or events; thus, the "horns" of Daniel 7 and 8;[14] Revelation
Revelation
17[15] and following; the "heads" and "wings" of 2 Esdras xi and following; the seven seals of Revelation
Revelation
6;[16] trumpets, Revelation
Revelation
8;[17] "vials of the wrath of God" or "bowl..." judgments, Revelation
Revelation
16;[18] the dragon, Revelation
Revelation
12:3–17,[19] Revelation
Revelation
20:1–3;[20] the eagle, Assumptio Mosis, x.8; and so on. Result/Purpose[edit]

Russian Orthodox icon Apocalypse

"Apocalyptic I" by contemporary Mexican painter Mauricio García Vega.

End of the Age[edit] In the Hebrew Old Testament
Old Testament
some pictures of the end of the age were images of the judgment of the wicked and the glorification of those who were given righteousness before God. In the Book of Job
Book of Job
and in some Psalms
Psalms
the dead are described as being in Sheol, awaiting the final judgment. The wicked will then be consigned to eternal suffering in the fires of Gehinnom, or the lake of fire mentioned in the Book of Revelation.[18][21][22][23][24] See also[edit]

Islamic eschatology Apocalypse
Apocalypse
Series (Kanso) Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction Christian eschatology Hindu eschatology Human extinction List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events Messianic Age Ragnarök Ultimate fate of the universe

References[edit]

^ "apocalypse Definition of apocalypse in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries English. Retrieved 2018-03-17.  ^ Oxford English Dictionary, A, Oxford University Press, p. 386  ^ " Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of Stephen".. 2018-02-13.  ^ " Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of Abraham".. 2018-02-27.  ^ " Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of Paul".. 2018-02-13.  ^ Gordon, Scott (May 1973). "Today's Apocalypses and Yesterday's". American Economic Review. Volume 63 Issue 2: 108 – via JSTOR.  ^ "Daniel 10:1–4 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2007-11-15.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
13:16–18 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. 2012. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ "Daniel 12:7 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ "Daniel 9:24–25 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ "Daniel 12:11 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
11:3 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
12:6 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ "Daniel 7; Daniel 8 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
17 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
6 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
8 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ a b " Revelation
Revelation
16 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
12:3–17 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
20:1–3 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
19:20 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
20:10 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
20:14–15 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  ^ " Revelation
Revelation
21:8 (King James Version)". Bible Gateway. Archived from the original on 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 

Further reading[edit]

Morris, Henry M (1985) [1983]. The Revelation
Revelation
Record. Tyndale House and Creation Life. 

External links[edit]

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The Apocalypse
Apocalypse
on In Our Time at the BBC. It's the End of the World: 8 Potential Armageddons, Fox, Sep 29, 2010 . Bible. N.T. Revelation. Latin. Selections. 1470. Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Germany, ca. 1470 48 leaves. illus. 31 cm. From the Rare Book and Special
Special
Collections Division at the Library of Congress

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