Apocalyptic Language

This is a term that is used to describe de-creation language.  In other words, the words, taken literally, would demand that the very fabric of creation would be / will be destroyed.  However, apocalyptic language is the hyperbolic (exaggerated) manner of expression by the prophets to describe God’s intervention into history, not to end history.  The language is not intended to be taken literally.  See Psalms 18 as a good example, where David describes what God had done in the past to save him.  If the language were to be taken literally, then literal heaven and earth were destroyed when God saved David!


See also related “Topic Studies & Terms”:

Symbolic Language in Prophecy

Sun, Moon, Stars

Sons of the Kingdom Cast Out (Old Covenant Israel)



For a more in-depth study see the related full “Study Series”:

Study Series 5 Being a Hebrew…Audience Relevance

Study Series 5b Hebraic Language Symbolism