The book of Revelation in the New Testament, which introduces itself as the “apokalypsis of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1), was the first work to refer to itself as an apocalypse; indeed, “revelation” derives from the Latin revelatio, which is the standard translation for apokalypsis. For most people the term “apocalypse” summons
up images of the cataclysmic end of the world, images that derive in large part from Revelation. But in Greek the term apokalypsis has nothing to do with the end of the world. Its basic meaning is “uncovering,” thus, more figuratively, “revelation.” The associa-tion with eschatology derives not from the meaning of the term
but from the content of the book of Revelation and other related works.