Addressing the interest in missional theology and responding to the recent coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, this research developed an apocalyptic missional theology
for our time. Whilst the Second World War inspired an exploration of the eschatological
dimensions of mission, it was argued that apocalyptic theology adds a much needed
perspective on mission. In addition to replying to the pandemic, apocalyptic missiology
proved to be well suited to speak about the challenges for the Church in South Africa, and
introduces African modes of thinking to missiology. This study comprised a qualitative
literature research method that traced the history of eschatology and apocalyptic in missional
thinking (summarised apocalyptic theology), demonstrated that apocalyptic theology
contributes to current missiology, and finally developed an apocalyptic agenda for the mission.
The research found that apocalyptic offers new ways of speaking about God that challenges
contemporary powers and power structures, and presents prophetic and ethical ways for the
church to participate in the Missio Dei. Apocalyptic extends a more universal future that
includes all peoples and creation, and it provides believers with a new identity and comfort in
our time. In conclusion, apocalyptic theology was found to enrich missional thinking,
contributing hope and joy to the Christian message.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article suggested that
apocalyptic theology adds new dimensions to missional theology, enriching the traditional
discourse. It used the insights of biblical and religious studies, and applied it to missiology, as
well as to systematic and practical theology.