Message of Biblical Apocalyptic Literature and its Relevance for Contemporary Christianity in Ghana

Emmanuel Foster Asamoah,ORCID iD  Joseph Williams Acheampong,ORCID iD  Emmanuel Kojo Ennin Antwi ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.6  No.8  November 2020 Issue  Article 5 pp. 386-393
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020115  |   Published online 19th November 2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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Undoubtedly, apocalyptic literature is among the difficult literature to understand and to interpret due to its literary genre and mode of communication which is often in the form of visions. Though weird symbols and images shrouded in secrets and coded language are the content of these visions, the literature [those in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures] has been both an inspiration and a mystery to Christians in particular and Ghanaian Christians in general. Apart from serving as a motivational tool for Christians to know that true authority and power belongs to God, and among others, the literature also offers hope to Ghanaian Christians of the impending judgment at the end of this age. Though the literature has not been rightly handled by some Ghanaian pastors and Christians, the unending effect has made people hope in the Lord. This paper, therefore, contributes to the general knowledge of apocalyptic literature and accentuates how its message in the Judeo-Christian scriptures have greatly influenced the beliefs, lifestyle, and thought pattern of Ghanaians in general, and contemporary Christianity in Ghana, in particular; making them live in consonance with the message of the biblical apocalyptic literature which encourage them to develop a certain kind of belief, thought pattern, and lifestyles different from an ordinary individual, and not otherwise.

Keywords: Apocalyptic literature, apocalypse, apocalypticism, apocalyptic eschatology, Ghanaian Christianity

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Emmanuel Foster Asamoah, MPhil, Research Associate, Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi., Ghana. District Pastor, The Church of Pentecost, Antoakrom, Kumasi.

Joseph Williams Acheampong, Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

Emmanuel Kojo Ennin Antwi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

Asamoah, E.F., Acheampong, J.W. & Antwi, E.K.E.,  “Message of Biblical Apocalyptic Literature and its Relevance for Contemporary Christianity in Ghana” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 6 no.8 (2020): 386-393  https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020115

© 2020 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).