Hildegarde replied in an obscure, apocalyptical language: "In the mysteries of the true wisdom have I seen and heard this."
Doubtless these are only a few of the great number of apocalyptical books which those ages produced.
And the case is precisely similar when an inspired writer uses a peculiar form of literature like the apocalyptical writings.
All this wild guessing arises from ignorance of the essential character and purpose of the apocalyptical writings.
When seen in the guise of the four apocalyptical animals, they belong to a later period.
1660s, "pertaining to the 'Revelation of St. John' in the New Testament," from Greek apokalyptikos, from apokalyptein (see apocalypse). Meaning "pertaining to the imminent end of the world" evolved by 1880s.