ApocalypseThe word "apocalypse" comes from the Greek word apocalupsis which means "revealing", or "lifting of the veil", and is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood, heresy, mortal sin and misconception, i.e. "the veil to be lifted" and the truth to be made known in the end times, the last days, through tribulations: "For when they shall say, peace and safety; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3), and "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21).
Apocalypse 2012?The Apocalypse, end times, last days, or simply doomsday, is an expected end of the world event that will lead to the death of billions of humans through apocalyptic disasters such as earthquakes, floods, typhoons, hurricanes and other natural events - that will be affecting people in the last days in apocalyptic ways that has never been seen or experienced before in the history of the world - and that will take place just prior to the Return of Jesus Christ to judge the remaining living and the already dead. The events believed to precede this Apocalypse or Return of Christ are now happening, and is the observable increase of natural disasters both in frequency and in intensity. 2010 might just be the most apocalyptic year on record since record-keeping began, and as time goes by, it will only grow worse. The beginning stages of The Apocalypse or the End Times are thus now being lived through by human kind.
The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apocalupsis which means “revealing”, or “lifting of the veil”, and is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood, heresy, mortal sin and misconception, i.e. “the veil to be lifted” and the truth to be made known in the end times, the last days, through tribulations: “For when they shall say, peace and safety; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3), and “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).
The Book of Revelation, also known as the Book of Apocalypse, is the last book of the New Testament. It was recorded by the Apostle John and gives an account of the future return of Jesus Christ. The book focuses mainly on God's judgment of mankind, the return of Christ to earth, the fate of Satan, and the eventual establishment of a new heaven and earth. Revelation is the only book in the New Testament to deal primarily with prophecy. The end-times events such as the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon are sometimes referred to as the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse will be the ultimate revealing of God, His wrath, His infinite justice, and, ultimately, His love. Jesus Christ is the supreme “apocalypse” of God, as He revealed God to us (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2).
God may also personally give a revelation, as is shown in the Book of Revelation through the person of Jesus Christ (who is God). Also many religious or holy persons have received revelations from the person of Jesus Christ, or from Mary or a Saint or an Angel. The Book of Genesis speaks of the "Angel" bringing forth the apocalypse. In The Book of Revelation or Apocalypse, angels play a major part in bringing about the apocalypse.
Revelation 8:5-13: “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with the fire of the altar, and cast it on the earth, and there were thunders and voices and lightnings, and a great earthquake. And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound the trumpet. And the first angel sounded the trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood, and it was cast on the earth, and the third part of the earth was burnt up, and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and as it were a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood: And the third part of those creatures died, which had life in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed. And the third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded the trumpet, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened, and the day did not shine for a third part of it, and the night in like manner. And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth: by reason of the rest of the voices of the three angels, who are yet to sound the trumpet.”
Revelation 16:1-4:8-12:17-21: “And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels: Go, and pour out the seven vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth, and there fell a sore and grievous wound upon men, who had the character of the beast; and upon them that adored the image thereof. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and there came blood as it were of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea. And the third poured out his vial upon the rivers and the fountains of waters; and there was made blood... And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun, and it was given unto him to afflict men with heat and fire: And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God, who hath power over these plagues, neither did they penance to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom became dark, and they gnawed their tongues for pain: And they blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and wounds, and did not penance for their works. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon that great river Euphrates; and dried up the water thereof, that a way might be prepared for the kings from the rising of the sun... And the seventh angel poured out his vial upon the air, and there came a great voice out of the temple from the throne, saying: It is done. And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and there was a great earthquake, such an one as never had been since men were upon the earth, such an earthquake, so great. And the great city was divided into three parts; and the cities of the Gentiles fell. And great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the indignation of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail, like a talent, came down from heaven upon men: and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail: because it was exceeding great.”
Other apocalyptic visions in the book of Revelation/Apocalypse include:
Revelation 6:11-16: “And I saw, when he had opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains: And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?”
Outside of Revelation, examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible are Daniel chapters 7–12, Isaiah chapters 24–27, Ezekiel chapters 37–41, and Zechariah chapters 9–12.