Daniel 7-12 contain visions of Daniel that are apocalyptic. What is apocalyptic literature? Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning revelation, and apocalyptic as an adjective describes the genre of literature that contains visionary or revelatory experiences. Although such writings have been known from ancient times (texts like Daniel, and the Revelation of John), discoveries since the late nineteenth century of apocalyptic texts have increased scholarly interest in the subject. The apocalyptic tradition was one of those the early Christian church rejected in the third through the fifth centuries, only to be recovered in modern times through these discoveries. The importance of revelation in the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith makes the study of apocalyptic texts as worthwhile to Latter-day Saints as it is interesting to scholars. 1
- C. Wilfred Griggs, Apocalyptic Texts, Encylopedia of Mormonism.