Then and Now! Money is the answer
In The Bible, the first book of the genre, apocalyptical and prophetical elements can be found in the books of Joel and Zechariah. The book of Isaiah, on the other hand, especially in chapters 24–27 and 33 presents well-developed apocalyptic scenarios and apocalypses. Finally, it is the Book of Daniel that will offer a fully matured and classic example of apocalyptic literature. It is only because of the non-fulfillment of the various prophecies of the early Judaic vaticinators that the apocalyptic genre was developed and popularized.
While is was becoming more and more evident everyday to everyone, that all these utopian predictions about some alleged heavenly kingdom of a so called messianic god were nothing else than pure fiction to constraint, regulate and control the behavior the citizen of the state, prophets turned themselves into high priests, politicians and legislators. The mandatory elements of the prophecies then turned into more realistic code of laws and the fictional hallucinogenic and psychedelic elements of the prophecies into science fiction apocalyptic literature.
Such ideas as those of “The day of Yahweh” and the “New Heavens and a New Earth” were then re-edited by the Jewish people with fresh nuances in conformity with their new social, political, economical and spiritual and theological settings. Later on, the early Christians would do exactly the same thing in reediting Daniel to serve a new political reality, Christianity to the service of and under the control of the Roman Empire. Thus the inner development of both, the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic was conditioned by necessity and history rather then by the words of some so-called omnipotent universal god.
Nonetheless the prophecies found in both the Jewish Scriptures and the Christians Scriptures, which have not changed over time, for the greatest financial benefit and profit of the diverse spiritual sects and religious cults leaders, are still today awaiting their fulfillment, which will never come.
To be continued…