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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 is 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." Some are 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" but all of these are rejected by Jews and Christian and not included in the Biblical Canon. It was quite clear to the Apostolic Fathers as it is to us today that these are not of the same quality or authenticity as the Biblical books. Genuine apocalyptic literature unveils 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 means "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 explains that he travelled to Jerusalem by "apokalupsis." That is, he went because God revealed to him that he wanted him to go there. Again, Saint Paul in a similar manner received his gospel not from human lips according to Galatians 1.11-12 where he writes, "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 or in Greek the "apokalupsis." God reveals to human beings his own mysteries, especially the incarnation of Jesus Christ. "Apokalupsis" is specially used in "The revelation of Jesus Christ" of the power and the holiness of God which is 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 © 2017

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