Fred Clark published a new post, TFTM: Happy endings, at Patheos.com.
This week Fred writes about part 9 Left Behind II: Tribulation Force.
This question — what’s the real end of our story? — is at the heart of most apocalyptic literature.
Despite what Tim LaHaye says, John of Patmos was not writing a series of Nostradamus-like predictions to be decoded thousands of years later on a continent he’d never imagined. John’s Apocalypse was written for specific people in a specific place who were suffering through a horrible story under the heel of a triumphant Empire.
John’s contention, in spite of the way this story was going, was that the triumph of the Empire was not the real end of their story. Their story, he insisted, would ultimately have a happy ending. The Empire will fall, the horse and rider will be hurled into the sea, the first will be last and the last will be first and God will wipe away every tear.
I like John’s idea of a happy ending better than LaHaye’s.
[Fred Clark, TFTM: Happy endings, March 9, 2012, posted at Patheos.com]
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