TEC: Chapter 20: Stephanie and Babylon
Well, Murphy’s class is over, so you can guess what’s going to happen next FOR THE THIRD TIME…
Murphy and Stephanie are going to discuss what Murphy just lectured about!
Oh. They’re back at the student center.
Man, the action does not let up in this adventure novel!
Stephanie asks for an example of a prophesy in the Bible related to the re-rise-again of Babylon, and Murphy reads her verses 9-18 of Revelation. From there, apparently not caring to dig deeper, Stephanie jumps right to Europa:
“I was fascinated by the symbol of the woman riding the bull as a symbol of the European Union. Do you have any other information about that?”
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE???
Or, Steph, you could try reading a book or something. If you, yanno, wanted to know more.
But this actually turns into an opportunity for Murphy to blather on about the statue of Nebuchadnezzar AGAIN, and to do some Biblical ret-conning about the statue’s symbolism. This time, the focus is on the toes.
Every once in awhile with these books, it is interesting and instructive to take a step back and consider what is really going on in our crazy world. People are debating (like, a lot) about the meaning of toes of a statue allegedly made 2600 years ago. And intrepid reporter Stephanie Kovacs is deeply interested in this.
Toes of a statue. Upon which hang the future and fate of humanity.
But Tim LaHaye, er, I mean Michael Murphy, knows what the toes really mean:
“Many Bible scholars believe that the ten toes of the image represent ten kingdoms of the revived Roman Empire. They think that they will arise out of the European Union.” [said Murphy]
“Didn’t you mention that there were more than ten countries in the European Union?” [asked Stephanie]
Wait, intrepid reporter Stephanie Kovacs doesn’t know how many countries are in the EU?
“Yes, there are more right now. Many people feel that there are other possibilities as to what those ten toes represent. Some think that there will eventually be a merging of several countries together. Others thinks that the ten toes represent ten regions of world commerce. That’s probably the most plausible explanation.”
Of course it is. Because this is what he’s really talking about.
And unsurprisingly, this leads into Murphy telling Steph about the AntiChrist. Stephanie drops the names of Hitler and Stalin, and–
“I think [the AntiChrist will] be much worse,” Murphy said soberly.
And oh so sensitively!
“Yes, I’ve heard that discussed before. It all sounds pretty scary,” Kovacs replied. “And pretty unbelievable. Like a novel.”
This is the moment Murphy’s been waiting for, and he pounces like a hunter, with an offer GOOD TODAY ONLY to give her heart to Christ. He blathers on for several paragraphs, and genius interviewer Stephanie just lets him, until he hits the punchline–
“Stephanie, do you hear Him knocking at your heart’s door?” Murphy stopped talking.
Jesus. Finally. Seriously, this guy just NEVER SHUTS THE FRIG UP.
Of course Stephanie Kovacs, who has been an atheist all her adult life, speaks the language of RTCs with fluency, admitting her fear of “the changes I would have to make in my lifestyle.” Because that is totally language that nonbelievers use, and how they think of their own lives and choices. As a lifestyle.
But Murphy coaches her in the Sinner’s Magic Words anyway, and Stephanie does not take him up on this once-in-a-lifetime offer, because Murphy is called away by Shari.
Why do we keep getting interrupted just when I’m going to talk to Dr. Murphy about the danger he is in? It’s almost like some force is fighting against me. [Stephanie thinks]
It’s just the forces of Murphy’s Unstoppable Mouth and Author Filibuster, Steph. No use in fighting it.