Apocalypse vs Prophecy?

Classifying the Genre of the Book of Revelation


What does Revelation mean?

The word ‘revelation’ or ‘apocalypse’ suggests that the book belongs to the genre of ancient Jewish and Christian literature which modern scholars call apocalypses, and even though we cannot in fact be sure that the word itself already had this technical sense when John used it, there is a great deal in Revelation which resembles the other works we call apocalypses.²

The apocalypses teach us that Revelation describes a moment of acute crisis for its own religious community, those seven churches in Asia. Like the other apocalypses, it critiques current events, even major political and cultural developments, from a divine perspective. And like the other apocalypses, it calls its ancient audience to rigorous, even dangerous, levels of faithfulness under challenging circumstances.— Greg Carey⁵, New Testament Theologian

Describing Revelation

What Revelation means in today’s context

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Matt. 24:44

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Rev. 3:20



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