An Apocalypse is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden.
In the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called “End Time” scenario.
In the Hebrew Old Testament some pictures of the end of the age were images of judgement of the wicked and the glorification of those who were given righteousness before God. In the Book of Job and in some Psalms the dead are described as being in Sheol, awaiting the final judgement.
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.
The Full Definition of Apocalypse ;
- A. One of the Jewish and Christian writings of 200 BC to AD 150 marked by pseudonymity, symbolic imaginary, and the expectation of an imminent cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil and raises the righteous to life in a messianic kingdom, B. Capitalized Revelation 3
- A. Something viewed as a prophetic revelation, B. Armageddon
- A great disaster < an environmental apocalyse>
The simple Definition of Apocalypse describes ‘A Great Disaster’, a sudden and very bad event that causes much fear, loss or destruction.
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