In the middle, Jesus' ministry was hopeful. He gives sight to the blind and heals the lame to put an end to God's rejection of those who have a blemish. Second, he would free captives. Third, he campaigned for the Son of Man's Kingdom of Righteousness.

John the Baptist and Jesus were ministering to those who could be inspired to get right with God and make the cut. Repent for the [king] and the kingdom of God is at hand, the kingdom of Heaven is near.

So far, the Apocalypse is a good experience for those who have followed the instructions of John the Baptist and Jesus; and, the Apocalypse is a bad experience for those who have not followed the instructions of John the Baptist and Jesus.

When did the Apocalypse become a bad experience for everyone? When John was killed, when Jesus was killed, when Stephen was killed, when the Jewish Revolt failed, when the Second Jewish-Roman War failed, and when the Third Jewish-Roman War failed, when the Power (God) of the kingdom went dark; when the Landowner of the Promised Land took away the land from the authorities of Judea who had his prophets and son killed and gave it to the Romans even though the Kingdom of God was to supplant the empire that worshiped other gods before the God of Israel.

We must disagree with your argument Dr. Ehrman: the apocalypticism at the beginning is quite different from the apocalypticism at the end. In the former, there was salvation and a happy entry into the kingdom of the god of Israel; in the latter there was a tragic entry into the kingdom of the god Jupiter, the kingdom of the Romans who used the spoils of their victory over the Jews to build the Roman Coliseum and tragically taxed the Jews for the benefit of Jupiter's temple.

Dr. Ehrman, you say, Jesus' ministry started apocalyptically with his association with and baptism by John, and it ended apocalyptically. We disagree with you because you present one category when there are actually two. The God of Israel is still on the throne, Temple Judaism is still the religion, and people would make the cut, gladly going into the kingdom of Israel. Contrast that with the historical Apocalypse: God has left his children; the God of Israel is defeated by God of Rome; a Roman Temple guard raises his army skirt and makes farting sounds at the people; with the blood and body "Communion" instituted by Jesus seen in light of Leviticus 17: 10, Jesus becomes an atheist, no longer wanting to seek God's face, no longer wanting to embrace Jerusalem and be a part of those people because the authorities of Jerusalem gave him to Rome for an early kill in the Apocalypse.