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Apocalyptic vision

" The Book of Isaiah refers to tumultuous times but, unlike Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the note of hope predominates more often. Thus, predicting the end of the Exile and the coming of the Lord, Isaiah gives God's command to "speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended." This is followed by one of the best known of the Old Testament prophecies believed to refer to Jesus: "A voice cries: 'In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'"

The third important prophetic source for Revelation was Jeremiah whose predictions of the imminent wrath of God were very well known. In some instances the details of Revelation reflect Jeremiah directly as with God's threat to "feed this people with wormwood, and give them poisonous water to drink" which is repeated in Revelation when John saw the blazing star Wormwood fall to earth and "a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter." It is also notable that Jeremiah was the prophet who preached against other nations who warred with Israel. Jeremiah saw the victories and the defeats of Israel as signs of God's wrath. The Babylonian victories, for example, were first a punishment of sinful Israel and then, after seventy years, a punishment against the Babylonians for daring to fight against God's people. Jeremiah preached that the exile in Babylon was a punishment, much as Ezekiel saw the exile in Egypt as a punishment.

While the promise of the wrath of God is an inescapable message to be drawn from the tympanum this interpretation does not adequately explain the iconographic program. The choices of the infancy and youth of Christ and the story of Lazarus and Dives do not relate to God's wrath as strongly as would be expected if the principal theme centered around final punishment and escape from it. The childhood of Christ implies redemption, which is appropr...

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