A category of prophetic pronouncement concerned with the eschatological hope in God’s blessing and vindication of the redeemed, and His righteous judgment of the wicked. It often employs hyperbolic cosmic imagery (e.g., darkening sun, blood-red moon, stars falling from the sky, foreboding clouds) and fantasy imagery (e.g., red dragons with seven heads, locusts with human faces, leopards with bear’s feet and lion’s teeth) to invest earthly, historical, sociopolitical events with their full theological and eternal significance.
[Also see: “Symbolic Language in Prophecy” also “Sun, Moon, Stars” also “Sons of the Kingdom Cast Out (Old Covenant Israel)” also “Shaking”]
[For a more in-depth study see eschatology “Study Series 5 Being a Hebrew…Audience Relevance”]
[For a more in-depth study see eschatology “Study Series 5b Hebraic Language Symbolism”]