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Conclusion The Apocalyptic Cure: Recovering The Future

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The image of Zion as utilized in apocalyptic texts reconciles the apparent disjunction between sacred and profane time. Rabbinic mystical speculation are simultaneously contained in the apocalyptic Zion. If the seers' experiences in the texts examined in this study are any indication, the prohibition was meant to protect against the horrors that threatened one's view of self, God, and the Jewish people that could result from careless inquiry. The image of the Heavenly Temple punctuates Christianity's own inescapable apocalypse, the Book of Revelation, the Apocalypse of St. John. The fact that the vision of the perfect restoration of the Temple on Earth in the Endtimes is almost ubiquitous today suggests that the Jewish mourning at the center of these texts was, and is, kept alive not only in Christian apocalyptic expectation but within the very structure of Western cultures themselves, as products of Christian ideals and ideologies.

Keywords: Apocalypse of St. John; Book of Revelation; Christian apocalyptic expectation; rabbinic mysticism; Zion Apocalypses

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