Encyclopedia > Apocalypse

  Article Content


The Apocalypse has now commonly come to refer to the end of the world. Its derivation is from the Greek word apokalupsis meaning revelation (literally, 'a lifting of the veil'). The current meaning may be an ellipsis of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton (apocalyptic eschatology), meaning "revelation of knowledge of the end of time". This ellipsis in common usage echoes the ellipsis in the title of the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, in which the end of the world is prophesied in graphic detail.

See also millennialism

Apocalypse is the name of an adversary of the X-Men in the X-Men comic books.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

... Centuries: 15th century - 16th century - 17th century Decades: 1490s 1500s 1510s 1520s 1530s 1540s - 1550s - 1560s 1570s 1580s 1590s Years: 1550 ...