Series: Preparing for What's Ahead (Part 2) - The literary genre known as "apocalyptic" was introduced in the first sermon (September 27, 2009) of this series. In this second sermon you will learn more about apocalyptic. Ten guidelines (with thanks to Dr. David R. Mains) for understanding apocalyptic are presented and explained. These guidelines will enable you to better understand the meaning of those parts of the Bible that contain the strange symbols, numbers and events that characterize the apocalyptic literary form. You will come to know, too, why God chose apocalyptic to communicate with those who lived at the time the words were written, and why it is important for us to hear what God is saying to us nearly two thousand years later.