But then, I have inside information (Matthew 24… the book of Revelation…).
Does he know that “apocalypse” was used by Greek-speaking Jews of the first century to refer, not to nuclear war, but to the moment at which the bride and groom disrobed before one another on their wedding night? Gives a rather different hue to this much misunderstood term.
Oh, the things I could write about Revelation. Maybe I will over the next few days!
I’ll start with this: The first of the Four Essential Things that you *have* to know about the book of Revelation or you won’t even beging to be in the same parking lot of the same ballpark as the author is that the book of Revelation is rooted in and patterned on the Mass. If you don’t know that, you don’t know the first thing about Revelation. Note the structure: It begins on “the Lord’s Day” with the penitential rite (seven letters to seven Churches saying “repent”). It then moves on to the opening of scrolls which the Lamb alone can read and interpret (the liturgy of the word, in which the Old Testament is read in light of the New). Finally, it climaxes in the the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (the liturgy of the Eucharist). Note that last point as you contemplate again the meaning of “apocalypse”. If you want more to chew on, Read Ephesian 5 and note the nuptial character of the relationship between Christ and the Church.
I’ll tell you about the other Three Essential things you need to know about Revelation later.