Characteristics of Apocalyptic Literature

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Characteristics of Apocalyptic Literature
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Different aspects of apocalyptic literature
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  1. Revelation through Literature
    • 1.1 The Inspired Word
    • - is 'inspired' in its day / revelation of God's WILL not WORD.

    • 1.2 A Revealing of Teaching of what will be
    • - things once hidden are now discloser.
    • - the disclosure of secrets indicates the coming of God's activity
    • - available only to those who are in the Christian faith, the chosen inner circle of people.

    • 1.3 Pseudonymous authorship
    • - they did not claim direct authority like the prophets before them; authority is in the tradition in which they stand.
  2. The Messenger of the Revealed Truth
    • 2.1 The Messenger
    • - preparations for the message
    • - ecstatic state... frantic to tell the message.

    • 2.2 The Medium of the Message
    • - often received as a dream or vision
    • - interpreted by an angel or other heavenly intermediary

    • 2.3 The esoteric nature of the message
    • - Intended for the 'wise' or chosen group
    • - the point is that only the people meant to hear it, will understand it without interpretation.
  3. The Eschatology of Apocalypse
    • 3.1 Deterministic
    • - world history pre-ordained or pre-ordered
    • - the coming act of God is inevitable
    • - teleological view of history = heading towards something, straight line rather than a circle.

    • 3.2 Predictive
    • - the signs of the coming end can be seen by interpreting the events of the current day.
    • - the pattern of the past if the pattern of the future.
    • - the act of God will break into the present.

    • 3.3 Dispensational view of History
    • - a dispensation is a period of time in human history when God deals in a special way with human kind.
    • - a systemized pattern of history is built up which 'determines' that history as a whole and its various parts had been predetermined by the sovereign will of God.

    • 3.4 Cosmic in scope
    • - it encompasses all of the known created order... stars, planets, the earth, ect.
  4. The Eschatology of the Apocalypse cont.
    • 3.5 Triumphant in Theology
    • - victory of God and his people
    • - Prophetic hopes become apocalyptic assurances

    • 3.6 Hope for the Righteous
    • - kingdom of God ushered in
    • - personal and national survival for the saved
    • -wicked are punished and the righteous are saved
  5. The Symbolism of Apocalyptic Literature
    • 4.1 Angels and Demons
    • - represents the cosmic struggle
    • - battle of good and evil exists beyond earthly boundaries
    • - is it real, imagined, or a metaphor?

    • 4.2 Numbers and Numerology
    • - 3 - Numbers of Planes (Hell, Earth, Heaven)
    • - 4 - Earth (elements, directions, ect)
    • - 12 - tribes, months, ect
    • - 6 - number of incompletion
    • - 7 - number of completion, holy number (occurs 54 times in Revelation)
    • - 10, 12, 3.5 - multiples of the other numbers

    • 4.3 Beasts and Animals
    • - representations of nations and empires or powers

    • 4.4 Word Plays and codes
    • - Magog = Babylon (Ezekiel)
    • - The enigma of 666 = the beast (Revelation)
    • - Gematria: Assigning a letter value to a number, or vice versa, to create word codes and numeric codes with literal meanings

    • 4. 5 Other Symbols
    • - Colours : Red, white, black, ect
    • - crowns : of power, of victory
  6. Apocalypse and the Changing World Order
    • 5.1 Catastrophic Events
    • - times of tribulation lead to a renewal

    • 5.2 Pessimistic Outlook
    • - hope in times of tribulation
    • - the world is hopeless until God acts
    • - there is no solution by human endeavor, only prolonging the inevitable

    • 5.3 The Triumph of God
    • - he will come to reign either directly or through a messianic agent.
  7. Dualistic Worldview of the Apocalypse
    • 6.1 Two Ages
    • - a present age is followed by a new age in the future
    • - the hopes and expectations are located in the age to come

    • 6.2 Two forces or powers
    • - God is opposed by an alternate force
    • The conflict is often fought between the agents of good and evil, or of God and the adversary, often construed of angels and demons

    • 6.3 Two Verdicts on Life
    • - God vindicates the righteous and punishes the wicked
    • - Eternal life or eternal damnation

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