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Apocalyptic, Mystic Gnosticism

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In Galatians Paul notes a local readiness to receive angels and their teachings and insists that his gospel was received from revelation of Jesus Christ, rather than from man. In his Revelation the prophet John, who in the Spirit had ascended to heaven, saw in God's right hand "a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals". The apocalyptic exposition of the Law and the prophets by John the Baptist rested on his own prophetic authority. The Ascension of Isaiah contrasts wisdom and lawlessness. The Testament of Lord Jesus Christ in Galilee is an apocalypse in which after the Resurrection he promises to "reveal what will happen in the world" on the last day. Eschatological secrets include judgment of angels and "and the sins of the earth" leading to its destruction by the heavens' collapse.

Keywords: eschatological secrets; Galatians; Isaiah; Jesus Christ; mystic gnosticism; prophet John



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