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Apocalyptic Literature

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The Bible has a large amount of stories about war and destruction. Some of the stories are historical writings, but not all. God of the bible is omniscient and God uses this to give humanity a unique look into our future. The stories of destruction that this paper will look at are some of the future visions given to humanity by God. The apocalyptic literature are the recorded visions given to believers and they are used to warn people of the impending doom of the world. The bible takes different approaches to the same topic in order to make the message fully know.
One of the approach being looked at is a more general synopsis of the end. While some scholars say the book of Joel is divided into two parts “historical part one and an apocalyptic part two” while others believe “there is unity in Joel” (Robinson, p 22). However Joel is divided it is believed, more often than not, that the end of Joel is apocalyptic literature. Joel 3, titled God judges the nations, illustrates a bleak outcome for the enemies of God. The chapter starts with God presenting his case against the enemies and he says “I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel” (Joel 3.2). This wording is important because the end of times is followed by God’s judgment of everyone. This verse is God explaining why his judgment, and the end, is coming. The section continues with the wording of judging and Gods “valley of decision” and it is followed by the imagery of the sun and the moon being darkened and the stars ceasing to shin (Joel 3.15). This is also important because it gives a physical description of what will happen. This section from the bible explains why judgment is coming and what it will look like, but it only de...

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...those struggling and it shows the love of God. If these books had ended after judgment and fire it would have left only fear, but because they end with that bit light, it leaves hope. The authors are concerned about the horrors to come, but divinity did not allow their concerns to be the sole idea.

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Cohn, Norman, James Tabor, and L. M. White. "Apocalypticism Explained." Apocalypse! FRONTLINE | PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, 1999. Web.
Esv: Study Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles, 2007. Print.
Flanders, Henry J, Robert W. Crapps, and David A. Smith. People of the Covenant: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Robinson, Sarah. The Origins of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Prophecy, Babylon, and 1 Enoch. CA: Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida, 2005. Print.
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