The name 'apocalyptic' literature comes from the Greek 'apokalypto' meaning 'to reveal.' It was a well-known literary genre among the Jews and Christians from about 200 B.C.E. to 200 A.D., a period leading up and including the New testament era. Apocalypse as a literary genre was a response to persecution and oppression, it flourished during the most difficult time in Jewish history.
The Deuteronomic History explains the failure of the monarchy, why ISrael had lost the land of Canaan, and why it found itself in exile.
Part of the problem is people's initial and usual reaction to change. Most of us are uncomfortable when confronted with change. Let us try every available means first and adjust as we go along so no one is left behind. We learn as one!
Few days from now the term of office of the newly elected officials of our land will commence. They are the people of influence chosen by millions of Filipino voters to represent them in government.
The Triumphal Entry was Jesus’ act of proclaiming himself as the Messiah!
Week Five: Responding to Jesus and His works This week’s reflection focuses on our response to the presence of Jesus and his works found in Luke 17:11-19:27 NASB. Luke reminds his readers that Jesus “was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee” (Luke 17:11 NASB). In fact this is the final episode in the travelogue. The next passages talk about Jesus teaching in the Temple inside Jerusalem (Luke 19:45-21:38 NASB).
Week Four: Lost in His Own Home The older brother’s character shows that one does not have to leave his home in order to be lost or be called a prodigal son. A person can be estranged from God even if he is always inside the church. However, everyone is invited to return to God and repent, both the sinners and the clean ones.
Week Three: Contentment and Vigilance "God did not promise us exemption from problems, affliction and trials. It is imperative that we go through these things here on earth as followers of Christ."
Week Two: No Amount of Proof is Sufficient for those Who Choose Not to Believe