( a·POC·a·LYP·tic). From the Greek apokalypsis "unveiling" defining a work of or like any of a class of Jewish or Christian writings on divine revelation that appeared from about 200 BCE to CE 350 forecasting the ultimate destiny of the world. apocalypticism ( a·POC·a·LYP·tic·ism). The belief that the world will soon come to an end; this belief usually includes the notion of a great battle, final judgment, and the reward of the good.
Referring to the belief that the end of the world, as we know it, is imminent. When people enter apocalyptic time, their belief leads them to dramatic changes in behavior. Apocalyptic time results from religious or secular prophecy: Y2K survivalists have entered apocalyptic time.
A type of narrative literature in which an other-worldly being (such as an angel) reveals to a human the hidden truth about the world or history. It assumes the world is too corrupt for humans to solve the problems they face. Apocalyptic often employs bizarre images (e.g. seven-headed beasts), but these images can also be found in non-apocalyptic materials.
literature which claims to know the secrets of God's nature and fate of the righteous and the wicked in the End Times. It is associated with the belief in the imminent coming of the Messiah and the Last Judgement.
Referring to the belief that the end of the world as we know it is approaching, usually through a sudden, catataclysmic transformation. Comes from the Greek word apokalypsis meaning "the lifting of a veil," or a revelation. Also the name given to a specific genre of prophetic literature, of which the book of Revelation is best known. Western apocalyptic traditions tend to be dualistic, in that they view this end as the final outcome of an ongoing battle between good and evil forces, usually represented by God and Satan.
Greek for "revelation," a genre of literature common in social crises or circumstances of persecution, characterized by: 1) a method whereby a prophecy or event from the past associated with a wise figure or religious intermediary ( story) is applied to the present day ( discourse) to render the meaning of the present chaos clear; 2) mythic features such as a view of God as lord of history, a view of time divided into two ages (the present evil age and the future age of God's reign, a view of ethics that is sharply dualistic, a view of the cosmos which is also binary, envisioning a heavenly plane and an earthly plane with parallel histories, and an esoteric language of visions and symbols that communicate meaning; and 3) and a sense of urgency about time that senses an imminent end of time. Biblical apocalyptic literature flourished from 200 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.
A type of writing or religious outlook in general which focusses on the last things and the end of the world, often taking the form of visions with complex symbolism. The book of Daniel (Old Testament) and Revelation (New Testament) are examples of this type of writing.