Imagining the Apocalypse. The genre of apocalypse. Influential genre c.250BC – 200AD Maccabees Different literary forms Visionary experiences Symbolism Political application Can be ‘vertical’ (gnostic) Or ‘horizontal’ (historical). Distinct themes. History coming to an end
Last time we met was a low-lit roomWe were as close together as a bride and groomWe ate the food, we drank the wineEverybody having a good timeExcept you…You were talking about the end of the world
The time has come.
The Kingdom of God is near.
Repent, and believe the Good News!