described as “apocalyptic.” The fire arrived at communities quickly, downing electrical lines and causing explosions, forcing people to abandon their vehicles and flee on foot. Many literally had to run for their lives before the approaching inferno.

The aftermath is evocative and shows just how easily that word “apocalypse” comes to mind. Consider, for example, this video tweeted out by Nick Valencia of CNN:

Here the reporter drives through the area around Paradise, CA, allowing us as viewers to empathetically participate. We can viscerally see the terror, the devastation. Cars simply abandoned, the blaze having passed and destroyed them, with not a person in sight and the landscape charred by an angry nature.

But why “apocalypse?” What about that word seems so appropriate to this particular situation?

From the example of the recurrent California wildfires, we seem to use the word “apocalyptic” as signaling total destruction. We see a flattened landscape not unlike what we might see after an atomic bomb. And that’s not a coincidence, as Prof. Matthew Avery Sutton has discussed. Science Fiction has a field day with this. Almost all fictional “apocalypses” in books, movies, or on TV show us images of desolation, depopulation and abandoned technology.

Even in fictional worlds that have been rebuilt, there are ruins, flattened or empty houses, cars left by the side of the road. A reminder of what was, as if a warning that it could happen again.

And this is precisely what an apocalypse is – not an end, but a moment of transformation.

Residences burned by wildfires are seen in this aerial photograph taken above Santa Rosa, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 12,2017 About 1,500 commercial, residential and industrial structures were burned. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg© 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP

To return to the wildfires in California, November 2018 isn’t the first time that the “apocalypse” or “apocalyptic” has been used to describe the impact and effect of wildfires just in California. Here’s ABC News from 2015, the LA Times on the 2016 Kern County Fire, NPR did the same after the 2017 Napa and Sonoma fires in Northern California, and then Vinson Cunningham of The New Yorker wrote a lovely (if melancholy) reflection on the imagery of that year’s spate of wildfires in California at the end of 2017.

The apocalypse seems to keep happening. And this fits with how the word was originally used.

The Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokálypsis) meant “revelation,” in the sense that something hidden is now unveiled. You can see what was there all along. The is why the last book of many Christian traditions’ Bibles (which had a long, winding process of acceptance) is alternately known as the Apocalypse of John, or the Book of Revelation. The vision that John is said to have had is called what it is because it is thought to reveal to his readers the arc of sacred history and the tribulations along the way, as it bends back finally towards paradise once more.

Even then, in its last chapters the Book doesn’t really tell about the final End so much as a final beginning, the life that awaits all after God’s judgment, the paradise of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Illustration of Revelation 13 from Commentary on Revelation by Beatus of Liébana. 10th c. Spain. Morgan Library, NYC.Matthew Gabriele

So when we see the word “apocalyptic” used to describe the California wildfires – whether in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, or in the future – we’ll continue to understand the suffering and the destruction. But I wonder if there might be another question pulling at us, buried underneath the ash and the tears. Maybe that adjective is doing more work.

Maybe describing a tragedy like the California wildfires as “apocalyptic” is really asking us to think about what comes afterward. Apocalypses are meant to teach, to make you understand something important. Ultimately, apocalypses ask both participants and viewers: now that the hidden thing can be seen, now that you understand, how will you live differently in a world transformed?

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The after-effects is expressive and reveals simply how quickly that word “armageddon” enters your mind. Think about, for instance, this video tweeted out by Nick Valencia of CNN:

Here the press reporter drives through the location around Paradise, CA, permitting us as audiences to empathetically take part. We can viscerally see the fear, the destruction. Automobiles just deserted, the blaze having actually passed and damaged them, with not an individual in sight and the landscape charred by an upset nature.

However why “armageddon?” What about that word appears so suitable to this specific circumstance?

From the example of the reoccurring California wildfires, we appear to utilize the word “apocalyptic” as signaling overall damage. We see a flattened landscape not unlike what we may see after an atomic bomb. Which’s not a coincidence, as Prof. Matthew Avery Sutton has actually gone over Sci-fi has a field day with this. Practically all imaginary “armageddons” in books, motion pictures, or on TELEVISION reveal us pictures of desolation, depopulation and deserted innovation.

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Even in imaginary worlds that have actually been restored, there are ruins, flattened or empty homes, cars and trucks left by the side of the roadway. A suggestion of what was, as if a caution that it might occur once again.

And this is exactly what an armageddon is – not an end, however a minute of improvement.

Homes burned by wildfires are seen in this aerial photo taken above Santa Rosa, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 12,2017 About 1,500 business, domestic and commercial structures were burned. Professional Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg © 2017 Bloomberg Financing LP

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The armageddon appears to keep occurring. And this fits with how the word was initially utilized.

The Greek ἀποκάλυψις ( apokálypsis) suggested “discovery,” in the sense that something concealed is now revealed. You can see what existed the whole time. The is why the last book of numerous Christian customs’ Bibles ( which had a long, winding procedure of approval) is at the same time called the Armageddon of John, or the Book of Discovery The vision that John is stated to have actually had is called what it is due to the fact that it is believed to expose to his readers the arc of spiritual history and the adversities along the method, as it flexes back lastly towards paradise again.

Even then, in its last chapters the Book does not actually outline the last End even a last start, the life that waits for all after God’s judgment, the paradise of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Illustration of Discovery13 from Commentary on Discovery by Beatus of Liébana.10 th c. Spain. Morgan Library, New York City. Matthew Gabriele

So when we see the word” apocalyptic” utilized to explain the California wildfires- whether in2015,2016,2017,2018, or in the future- we’ll continue to comprehend the suffering and the damage. However I question if there may be another concern plucking us, buried beneath the ash and the tears. Perhaps that adjective is doing more work.

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The scenes emerging from California as the Camp Fire raves are naturally referred to as “apocalyptic.” The fire got to neighborhoods rapidly, downing electrical lines and triggering surges, requiring individuals to desert their automobiles and run away on foot. Lots of actually needed to run for their lives prior to the approaching inferno.

The after-effects is expressive and reveals simply how quickly that word “armageddon” enters your mind. Think about, for instance, this video tweeted out by Nick Valencia of CNN:

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Here the press reporter drives through the location around Paradise, CA , permitting us as audiences to empathetically take part. We can viscerally see the fear, the destruction. Automobiles just deserted, the blaze having actually passed and damaged them, with not an individual in sight and the landscape charred by an upset nature.

However why “armageddon?” What about that word appears so suitable to this specific circumstance?

From the example of the reoccurring California wildfires , we appear to utilize the word “apocalyptic” as signaling overall damage. We see a flattened landscape not unlike what we may see after an atomic bomb. Which’s not a coincidence, as Prof. Matthew Avery Sutton has actually gone over Sci-fi has a field day with this. Practically all imaginary “armageddons” in books, motion pictures, or on TELEVISION reveal us pictures of desolation, depopulation and deserted innovation.

Even in imaginary worlds that have actually been restored, there are ruins, flattened or empty homes, cars and trucks left by the side of the roadway. A suggestion of what was, as if a caution that it might occur once again.

And this is exactly what an armageddon is – not an end, however a minute of improvement.

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Homes burned by wildfires are seen in this aerial photo taken above Santa Rosa, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 12,2017 About 1, 500 business, domestic and commercial structures were burned. Professional Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg © 2017 Bloomberg Financing LP

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To go back to the wildfires in California, November 2018 isn’t the very first time that the “armageddon” or “apocalyptic” has actually been utilized to explain the effect and impact of wildfires simply in California. Here’s ABC News from 2015 , the LA Times on the 2016 Kern County Fire , NPR did the very same after the 2017 Napa and Sonoma fires in Northern California, and after that Vinson Cunningham of The New Yorker composed a beautiful (if melancholy) reflection on the images of that year’s wave of wildfires in California at the end of2017

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The armageddon appears to keep occurring. And this fits with how the word was initially utilized.

The Greek ἀποκάλυψις ( apokálypsis ) suggested “discovery,” in the sense that something concealed is now revealed. You can see what existed the whole time. The is why the last book of numerous Christian customs’ Bibles ( which had a long, winding procedure of approval ) is at the same time called the Armageddon of John, or the Book of Discovery The vision that John is stated to have actually had is called what it is due to the fact that it is believed to expose to his readers the arc of spiritual history and the adversities along the method, as it flexes back lastly towards paradise again.

Even then, in its last chapters the Book does not actually outline the last End even a last start, the life that waits for all after God’s judgment, the paradise of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

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Illustration of Discovery 13 from Commentary on Discovery by Beatus of Liébana. 10 th c. Spain. Morgan Library, New York City. Matthew Gabriele

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So when we see the word “apocalyptic” utilized to explain the California wildfires – whether in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, or in the future – we’ll continue to comprehend the suffering and the damage. However I question if there may be another concern plucking us, buried beneath the ash and the tears. Perhaps that adjective is doing more work.

Perhaps explaining a disaster like the California wildfires as “apocalyptic” is actually asking us to think of what comes later. Armageddons are suggested to teach, to make you comprehend something crucial. Eventually, armageddons ask both individuals and audiences: now that the concealed thing can be seen, now that you comprehend, how will you live in a different way in a world changed?

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