An extremely prevalent set of beliefs in biblical times, there is strong debate over who Jesus was and, more specifically, whether he was an apocalyptic prophet. How people choose to answer this question would have strong implications for the message provided by Jesus and, by extension, their faith.
Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet
Jesus frequently spoke in ways that align with apocalyptic thought and literature, therefore he was an apocalyptic prophet.
If Jesus' beliefs were made up, they would have been more believable
Jesus often spoke about events such as all the temple being raised to the ground. If that was just retroaction, wouldn't it have been made more historically accurate?