TSoA: Chapter 2: Jesus, Man
In Babylon Rising, occasional chapters detailed the background of the brazen serpent and the fictional High Priest Dakkuri. Now, these chapters were oddly-interspersed, never quite where I felt they ought to be, but they did serve a purpose, and they were mercifully short.
NOT SO with the first Back In Time chapter of Secret, which takes almost six full hardbound pages to get where it’s going, which is nowhere we need to be.
A stranger from the country has come to Jerusalem. Pages are spent describing the city, which is about…what we would expect, and we end up knowing nothing about the stranger.
(The stranger comes from Capernaum, so I thought at first that he might turn out to be Peter, since he comes from Capernaum, too. But Peter was a fisherman, and the stranger is a shepherd. Anyone have any other ideas, or is “the stranger” genuinely a stranger?)
The stranger (I will now call him Billy Ray because it pleases me to do so) passes the Holy of Holies and then sees a crowd gathered around a man who is preaching. Billy Ray proves himself a nice guy by picking up a little kid who can’t see over the crowd, and putting him on his shoulders.
NOT Billy Ray. (Picture from Bible People)
I’m sure you will be shocked to learn this, but the preaching guy is Jesus, and he is preaching about…The End of Days.
Let’s bear in mind here that this preaching is useless to everyone in the crowd. LaHaye and his ilk think that the End of Days is right around the corner now (also in 2004, when Secret was written). So the End of Days will have exactly zero effect on these people’s lives.
Not that that stops Jesus from going on about how the world of the End of Days will be just like the world of Noah.
Which is exactly what Tim LaHaye said in the Foreword. If nothing else, you have to admire the man’s moxie.
Billy Ray is transfixed by the words, even though he will be many centuries dead before they mean anything:
[Billy Ray] gently lowered the boy down to the ground and whispered quietly to himself, as if repeating the words would reveal their meaning: “…because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him…”
Yeah, this has nothing to do with you, Billy Ray. Move along.
This has to do with much more important people. Like Michael Murphy and Rayford Steele and Tim LaHaye.