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A-Z: General definitions: Apocalypse
A revelation or 'unveiling' of future events; the heavenly world in a highly symbolic form. The Bible has two main apocalyptic books - Daniel (Old Testament) and Revelation (New Testament). Apocalyptic literature is concerned with the end of the world or revealing future events.
Ch 1-6 narrate stories about Daniel and his friends, exiles who remain faithful to God in the period of the Persian and Babylonian empires; includes accounts of surviving a lion's den, a fiery furnace, the story of Belshazzar's feast when Daniel interprets the writing on the wall. Ch 7-12 are a series of apocalyptic visions depicting the rise and fall of a succession of empires culminating in the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
This is an example of apocalyptic literature, full of colourful imagery and symbolism. It contains seven letters to churches in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) who are commended for their zeal or criticised for lack of it. The overall message is that kingdom of God will triumph in the battle against evil and the book ends with a beautiful description of the Heavenly Jerusalem as the symbol of God's presence among humankind in a new heaven and earth.
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