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Monday, November 27, 2006

Apocalyptic Language in the Bible


Apocalyptic Language Used


Isaiah against Babylon in 730 BC (Isaiah 13:1)- The day of the Lord is near (v.6)
- Hands fall limp, man's hearts melt, terror (v.7)
- Stars of heaven and constellations will not flash forth their light, sun
dark when it rises, moon not shed light (v.10)
- Heavens shake, earth tremble (v.13)
Cyrus the Persian takes Babylon in 539 BC.
Isaiah against Moab in 730 BC (Isaiah 51:1)- Green grass withers away (v.6)
- Waters full of Blood (v.8)
Sargon II of Assyria takes Moab in 715 BC
Isaiah against Egypt in 730 BC (Isaiah 19:1)- Lord riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt, the idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence (v.1)
- River Dried Up (vs.5-6)
Esarhaddan of Assyria takes Egypt in 671 BC (Isaiah 20:1-4)
Isaiah against Edom in 730 BC (Isaiah 34:4-5)- Mountains melted (v.3)
- All host of heaven (stars) will wear away, Sky rolled up like a scroll, all their hosts will wither (v.4)
Nabeans conquer Edom and take the city of Petra in the 6th Century B.C.
Jeremiah against Jerusalem in 620 BC (Jeremiah 4:5) - Sound of trumpet, alarm of war (v.5,19)
- He shall come up like Clouds (v.13)
- Heavens with no light (v.23)
- Mountains tremble (v.24)
- Heavens made black (v.28)
- A people is coming from the north, a great nation: Babylon (6:1,22)
Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon takes Jerusalem in 586 BC (2 Kings 24:10, Daniel 1:1)
Jeremiah against Babylon in 620 BC (Jeremiah 51:1)- Men as Locusts (v.14)
- Sea and springs made dry (v.36)
Cyrus the Persian takes Babylon in 539 BC.
Ezekiel against Egypt in 590 BC (Ezekiel 30:3-4, Ezekiel 32:7-8)- The day of the Lord is near (v.3)
- It will be a day of clouds (v.3)
- Rivers made dry (v.12)
- Day darkened (v.18)
- Waters flow with blood (v.6)
- Light put out (v.7)
- Heavens covered, stars darkened, cover sun with cloud, moon not give light, shining lights in the heavens will be dark, darkness on the land (vs.7-8)
Cambyses of Persia conquers Egypt in 525 B.C.
Joel concerning the Day of Pentecost in 830 BC (Joel 2:28-32) - Great and awesome day of the Lord (v.31)
- Blood, fire, columns of smoke, sun into darkness, moon into blood (vs.30-31)
The Holy Spirit “conquers” the Church on the Day of Pentecost in 30 AD (Acts 2:16-21)
Amos against Israel in 755 BC (Amos 5:1 & Amos 8:9)- Day of the lord (5:18-20)
- It will be darkness and not light, gloom with no brightness in it (5:18-20)
- Sun go down at noon (8:9)
- Earth dark in broad daylight (8:9)
Sargon II of Assyria takes Israel in 722 BC (2 Kings 17:6)
Nahum against Nineveh (Capitol of Assyria) in 650 BC (Nahum 1:1)- Clouds (v.3)
- Sea and rivers made dry (v.4)
- Mountains Quake, Hills Melt (v.5)
- Flood and Darkness (v.8)
Nineveh destroyed by the Medes and Babylonians in 612 BC
Zephaniah against Jerusalem in 630 BC (Zephaniah 1:7-16)- Near is the great day of the Lord, near and coming very quickly (v.7,14)
- A day of wrath, trouble, distress, destruction, desolation, darkness, gloom, clouds, thick darkness (v.15)
- A day of trumpet and battle cry (v.16)
Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon takes Jerusalem in 586 BC (2 Kings 24:10, Daniel 1:1)
Jesus against Jerusalem in 30 AD (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21)- Sun darkened, moon turned to blood, stars fall from sky, (v.29)
- Sign of son coming on clouds (v.30)
- Roaring of sea & waves, men fainting from fear, heavens shaken (Luke 21:25)
Titus and the Romans destroy Jerusalem in 70 AD

For More Information, See:

Biblical Apocalyptics by Milton S. Terry
Biblical Hermeneutics by Milton S. Terry

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