I Bring You Tidings Of Great (Nay, Rapturous) Joy
ABC's Good Morning America joined CNN in featuring a segment on the potential coming of the Apocalypse, as indicated by current conflicts in the Middle East, by hosting the authors of the Left Behind Christian book series to discuss the issue.
The link has a description and a video clip of the interview, with co-host Robin Roberts asking hardball questions that boil down to: “the world's really ending! Am I right, guys?”
“Tell me a little bit about the Rapture.”
“we’re reading about this. This was not a surprise for some.”
“as my mom often says, better get right. Better get right in these times that we’re living in.”
Meanwhile, there’s file footage of apocalyptic stuff like post-Katrina New Orleans, generic palm-swaying hurricane winds, the 2004 tsunami and a glacier calving icebergs.
I. Love. This. Stuff. Having lived in God’s country (the South) during the first Gulf War, I remember mainstream local newspaper articles talking about how Saddam Hussein might be the Antichrist, because ancient Babylon is in Iraq! Alas, Babylon! It’s mentioned a lot in the book of the Revelation, you know. I have even (unwillingly) committed to memory chapter 8, verses 10 and 11 of that book
10 The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and it fell on one third of the rivers, and on the springs of the waters. 11 The name of the star is called "Wormwood." One third of the waters became wormwood.
because of the 1,836 separate incidents where people explained to me that a star is basically a nuclear reactor, so the star burning down from the sky is radioactive fallout as the poetic ancients would describe it, and do you know what the Russian word for “wormwood” is?
Chernobyl. Dude! And its fallout contaminated one-third of the water in the world known to John of Patmos. Seriously! Whoa.
Biblical prophecy is an excellent way to train a child to smoke lots and lots of pot when she grows up, if that’s what you want for the kid. By the way, the book of Jeremiah says the Messiah will come back once the Jews return to Israel. And that happened in 1948! Dude! Of the people alive during the founding of the modern state of Israel, at least one will live to see the Messiah return. Seriously.
Newsweek also has an interview with LaHaye this week, which isn’t as credulous as the Good Morning America bit. Reporter Brian Braiker asks tougher questions to which LaHaye responds with bold generalities:
How do you interpret what’s happening in the Middle East? Are you seeing signs that these are the end of days?
Biblically speaking, the very nations that are mentioned in prophecy—and have been mentioned for 2,500 years as occupying the focus of the tension of the last days—are the very nations that are involved in the conflict right now. That may be one of the reasons there’s a sudden interest in bible prophecy because all of a sudden they realize end-time events could possibly take place and break forth right now.
But first-century Christians believed that the end of the world could come during their lifetime.
We call it the belief in the imminent return of Christ. It’s a motivational factor to serve the Lord and not let the world be so much with us that we don’t serve the Lord in the spiritual environment.
That’s how LaHaye gets around Jesus’ telling people 2,000 years ago that he’d return within their lifetimes. This turned out to be not-true, but the Messiah will return within the lifetime of the people (at least infants) alive in 1948.
In fact, while I don’t want to become one of those navel-gazers who blogs about her own blog, I’m proud to say that the Messiah has already arrived and a few weeks ago announced His coming right here on my own comment board. First post!
I don’t fully understand His argument but it has something to do with Hurricane Katrina, the number of days in a Hebrew year and why it’s good to be a Leo. I am both honored and humbled that the Messiah chose mah li’l ole postin’ spot to announce His arrival to humanity, and Ah want y’all to know that His message, like LaHaye’s, is very important and (as Robin Roberts’ mama said) y’all need to get right in these times that we’re livin’ in.
(I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to talk all Southern like that. Childhood flashback — I’m fine now.)