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Revelation's Apocalypse Vision
(Revelation 1.1a)
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"The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place." (Revelation 1.1a)✞

Unseen Spiritual Realm

ApocalypseAn apocalypse was a technical name given to a particular type of literature, popular in the Apostle John's day and also interestingly enough in our own time like Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake." There were many apocalyptic books circulating at the time Revelation was written such as "the Apocalypse of Baruch." Other apocalypse books were attributed to famous people like the "Gospel of Abraham," "the Gospel of Daniel," the "Gospel of Elijah" even the "Apocalypse of Peter," and the "Apocalypse of Thomas." All of these were rejected by Christians and not included in the Biblical Canon. It was quite clear to the Apostolic Fathers as it is to us today that these were not of the same quality or authenticity as the Biblical books. On the few occasions when an apocalyptic book is read in a service today it is often to substantiate a questionable theological point. The inspired Word of God has unquestionably the special mark of authenticity which the secondary readings do not have. Genuine apocalyptic literature unveiled details of the unseen spiritual realm and its impact on history. Today, the term apocalyptic literature is often used to refer to the end of the world, which may be a shortening of the Greek phrase "apokalupsis eschaton" which literally translated as "revelation at the end of the age."

Unveiling God's Will

HorsemenRevelation's apocalypse vision is the unveiling of God's will for us. The Apostle Paul used this phrase and explained that he travelled to Jerusalem by "apokalupsis." That is, he went because God revealed to him that he wanted him to go there. Saint Paul in a similar manner received his gospel not from human lips according to Galatians 1.11-12. He wrote, "I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." Paul received the Gospel revealed by Jesus Christ, by "apocalypse revelation."

The Preacher's Message

The Apostle JohnThe message of the preacher today is also an apocalypse in one sense. God revealed to human beings his own mysteries, especially the incarnation of Jesus Christ. "Apokalupsis" was specially used in "The revelation of Jesus Christ" of the power and the holiness of God which was to come in the last days. For some, that will mean judgment and justice, but for Christians it will be an unveiling of praise and glory, grace and joy.

"Revelation's Apocalypse Vision"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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