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In today’s uncertain world, many biblical commentators have associated our difficult times with Revelation’s  end-times. That’s OK.

The problem lies in then miscuing what “apocalypse” fundamentally means, and how John’s Revelation (or more correctly  “The Apocalypse of John“) actually deals with this. The aim of this article is to provide new clarity on the subject.

 

 

 

Unpacking the real meaning of “Apocalypse”

For a very long time now, there’s been a prevailing association of “apocalypse” with “end-time cataclysms”. This is wrong. The error emerged out of two clear distortions of the original Greek meaning..

Firstly, the early Church elected to differentiate “apocalypse” from “apocrypha”. But as  we’ll see, they mean exactly the same thing! Secondly, where it suited them, most commentators tended to pick and choose where to apply  literal interpretations of the frightening images in John’s Revelation…even where John provides clear examples of how to interpret these images and metaphors.

In this article, we find out what the real Apocalypse is, and why it is only now quietly beginning, even as you read this

So, let us begin by more accurately breaking down this term (I’m afraid, even “experts” routinely fail to render it correctly):

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Apo (Greek): purportedly “out of, away from”*, but actually meaning “undress” or “uncover” in linguistic proto-terms .

* Good dictionary etymologies admit that “the exact meaning of this learned borrowing [from Greek] is no longer clear”

Kalypte (also Greek): “that which is hidden”, and thus also, concurringly, ga lepato in  proto-terms .

Full meaning: “uncover that which is hidden”…thus, of course, “revelation”.

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And since the original name of the biblical “Book of Revelation” is actually the “Apocalypse of John”, the  veracity  of this is crystal-clear. An Apocalypse, quite simply, is a revealing book. What happened is that after Jesus was crucified, there emerged major differences on how to interpret his teachings. As a result, a concerned grouping would then resort to writing exposés of what they saw as the misleading doctrines of others.

Popular books, blogs and movies, on the other hand, are keen to terrify us with a scenario in which the “apocalypse” fundamentally entails a world that comes to a catastrophic end. As mentioned in the intro, it is because, historically, commentators on John’s Revelation were highly selective as to what images and metaphors they should treat as such, and which to take literally. Let’s deal with that right away.

 

How metaphors in John’s Revelation are misread

John uses metaphors he essentially picks up from Daniel. An example is “Beast”, a symbol of political power. (Daniel 7:17) “Sea” is only defined contextually in Daniel 7:2-3—but is directly explained in Revelation 17:15 as meaning “multitudes, nations and tongues”. From there, things become less certain. Though Daniel and John leave certain metaphors unexplained, we were meant to take their cues, and then duly extrapolate.

Here, I must roundly correct the Seventh Day Adventist’s take on John’s metaphor of “earth”. They reason that “earth” must be the opposite of “sea”. That’s okay.

But taking that opposite to mean “previously uninhabited places”—and, from this, thus concluding that the Beast that arose out of the “earth” was the United States of America—is rather too Eurocentric an approach: America wasn’t “uninhabited” simply because no European had yet settled there at the time John wrote his Apocalypse.

New York City harbor: The USA is not actually the “Earth Beast” John writes of in Revelation

Rather, just as “sea” is what divides/distinguishes us, “earth” is what unites us: the “standing ground” of peoples: a single faith, creed or culture. As such, the “people of the earth” that rejoiced over the death of the Two Witnesses in  Revelation 11:10  were not “people of uninhabited lands”; they were the priesthood of the Church, men of faith.

Likewise, the “scorpions” that had “the power of the earth” in  Revelation 9:3 did not have “the power of uninhabited lands”; they had the stinging power of faith.` So, the Beast that rose out of the “earth” was actually a political power that arose out of faith. In The Lord’s Secret Timetable, we duly identify that “Beast”.

So, instead of extrapolating fairly and thus seeing “earthquake” as a “shakeup of faith” they see a literal earthquake. Instead of adopting the clear association of “fire” (i.e. fiery, proselytizing speech) and “double-edged sword” (sharp, inescapable logic,) with the mouth (Rev. 1:16, 19:21)—and thus duly associating it with the tongue (or speech)—they see “hell’ and “war”.

Scarier, yes. More dramatic and effective at “converting” people, yes…but not what John evidently meant.

Indeed, in Revelation 14:18, an angel “having power over fire” cries out to another who wields a sickle. When in the section below we find out exactly who this “angel” is, we will confirm that “Fire” alludes to emotion-triggering (“fiery”) speech.

If it proceeds from heaven, it alludes to a source based at a level we do not normally see, whether of God or the Drivers of Religion I expose in my Apocalypse. It’s all part of John’s caginess…as was necessary for the time. So, we need to look at the context each time. So let’s do that right now.

 

The real End-of-Days

In The Lord’s Secret Timetable, I reveal that Revelation 14:14-20 is actually describing the Seventh (and final) Chastisement of the Jews…quite in line with  Leviticus 26:21-24  (also compare Psalms 12:6). Therein, I show the secret  Timetable of Religions   as just one of the vehicles through which these chastisements could be enacted, one after the other.

So, near the start of the “end-of-days” (i.e. on  May 22,1844), an “angel” (a Driver of Religion) emerges from the Temple and cries out to the one who “…upon a cloud (i.e. a revered, lofty position)…sat like unto the son of man” (see original KJV: i.e. is marketed by the Drivers as the second coming of Jesus) saying “Thrust in thy  sickle, and reap…for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (i.e. begin your religion; the time to establish the final, summarizing faith has come, per the Timetable of Religions).

Then another “angel…having power over fire” (Dietrich Eckart: a dramatist who knew all the tricks of how to whip people up into emotional frenzy; who taught Hitler the fiery speeches and striking poses), instructs yet another “angel” (Hitler) to drive his “sharp sickle” (his penetrating ideology: Nazism) into the “vine clusters” (the Jewish diaspora in Europe), and gather the “grapes” (Jews) as they were now “fully ripe” (ready for the Seventh Chastisement).  

The Holocaust: millions of Jews died in concentration camps like this one

Next, the “grapes” were flung into the “winepress of God” so that a “horse” may then crush them outside of the “city” until blood reached the horse’s “bridles”. Here is what it means:

Quite naturally, Jews who were well-aware of this coming event needed to be comforted; told that even if they might not avoid the Chastisements, those bound to Jesus the Savior already had victory in salvation. That was the aim of John’s Revelation. He assured Jews (especially Nazarenes: the Elect) that the final exposure and collapse of the Drivers’ designs was inevitable. (Why Nazarenes are “the Elect” is treated in my next article.)

As such, although primarily an exposé, Revelation does have an element of “prophecy” in that it unsealed before due time (Revelation 6:1) all that Daniel had sealed until the end-of-days (Daniel 12:9).

 

Apocrypha: another obfuscated term

Here’s a bit of incontestable logic. The Greek terms kalypte and krypte both mean “hidden, encoded”. They are practically the same except for an l→r phonemic shift common between language dialects; that even toddlers exhibit.

The term krypte only came to be associated with writing (thus, se-krypte: “script”) because in the days when only a “scribe” (a word based on se-krypte) could read and write, the “scribbles” they wrote were a hidden, coded language to ordinary folk. (NOTE: se in Sotho-Tswana is a definite or indefinite article much like “a” or “an” or “the”.)

So, apo + krypte meant exactly the same as apo + kalypte: a revelation; “a book that revealed hidden or suppressed things”. But why is it now taken to mean something negative…as in “a book set apart from accepted works” or “a book of obscure and doubtful authorship”? This goes right to the heart of what my own Apocalypse/Apocrypha is revealing.

Dead Sea Scrolls collection was not all written by Nazarenes

“The War Scroll” from the Dead Sea Scrolls collection: The Qumran-based Nazarenes hid their scrolls in caves so as to escape persecution first by Saul (later Paul), a fanatical Jew, and then later by Rome.

Source: Matson Photo Service – American Colony Jerusalem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

In line with the powerful desires of the early Church, writers had little choice but to deliver artful and influential interpretations of “apocrypha”—hence their obfuscation of apo to now mean “away from”, and krypte to just mean “script”, thus: “away/apart from what is written”.

But as we’ll realize and appreciate in my next post, in writing their Apocrypha, Gnostics (as Nazarenes were later known by) were merely trying to alert duped Christians that the authentic teachings of Jesus had been usurped and changed through a certain sinister plan that sought to  “…leave the Messiah…with nothing” . (Daniel 9:26)  

Meantime, here’s more food for thought. Why was Eckart and his ilk called “angels”? For this, we need to look at the term from a new perspective.

 

Where “angels” shall fear to tread

Unfortunately, the term “angel” is widely explained from incorrect etymology. Here is the correct and matching etymology.

 

The Drivers of Religion were always known as “angels” or “gods”.  Legend makes no distinction between the two. Interestingly, proper scientific evidence as to why they were also commonly  giants (Titans) is well-explained in my book—even in the  Free Chapters of The Lord’s Secret Timetable, Appendix One.

My book demonstrates that they were proper humans who ancient people worshipped as “gods” simply because they kept advanced technology to themselves. I of course tender good evidence of their ancient existence, periodically unearthed in anachronistic fossil record finds millions of years old.

My game-changing retranslation of the Enuma Elish lays bare the unbelievably ancient origins of “gods” (the Eli). I welcome all efforts to confirm or refute my retranslation.

Sumerian texts have been widely mistranslated, as Author L.M. Leteane has proven in these upcoming e-books

So, an exposé (an Apocalypse) unlike any other is now at hand. And as we saw, the “fires” and “earthquakes” John foresaw as coming in his Apocalypse are not literal. But if what he predicts in Revelation 17 and 18 is anything to go by, these events will be no less traumatic for those dependent on, or bound to, the status quo…

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