From Wikipedia- An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning “uncovering”), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”.
We have a neutered, culturally acceptable definition of “faith”. By faith, we are often speaking of our “religion”, more our brand of religion, our specific belief system, our “Denomination”. We have Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed faiths of all sorts (Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc.) And once you move outside of the rigorous definition within Christianity, the word almost loses meaning.
But what exactly is faith? It is believing what cannot be seen or proved, stepping out and trusting that what God has said (in scripture, and by witness of the Spirit), acting upon it. Risking your life’s direction on the faithfulness of God.
Father Steven Freeman, in “Why Does God Hide? “ says this about faith, that it is a holy exercise of hide and seek, one that requires you to make a decision. To be all in.
“The question for us is how to live there, or even just go there for once in our lives…
If you liked Ferraris, your friends wouldn’t be surprised if you had photos and models, films and t-shirts. It might become obnoxious. But if you sold your house and used the money to make a down payment on one, you’d be thought a fool, possibly insane. Seeking God is like that.
The God who wants us to seek is also kind enough to hide. Finding out where He is hiding is the first step. Finding out where you are hiding is the next. But the greatest and most wonderful step is turning the corner, buying the field, selling everything that you have, picking up the coin, making that phone call, saying “yes” and “yes” and “yes.”
Most of us would not characterize God’s apparent lack of presence as “kind”. We would say that He is not available, some may say asleep at the wheel. Not present for us, the way that an idol is. There for us to walk by and casually brush with our finger tips as we go about tending to the pressing cares of this world. No, to find Him we have to leave the place where we hide in this world, in activity, in self-definition, in chasing our existence, and seek Him out where He hides. In inapproachable light.
The definition of the Apocalypse, the revelation of Truth, is dependent upon where you stand. For those seeking God where He dwells, it is a beautiful thing to behold. It is all about the final restoration of the Creation. For those far off, chasing the world, the Apocalyspe is about TEOTWAWKI, the end of the world as we know it.