TEoD: Chapter 6: Introducing Caiaphas
Looks like the flashback to Bible times this book will be a look back at Caiaphas, and the trial of Jesus.
I’ll admit, I’m not as up on Caiaphas as I am on some other Bible characters and stories. Still, I look forward to learning more. Especially as the whole thing seems like a delightful entry into the old the-Jews-killed-Jesus trope, and given the fact that Murphy’s best buddy is Jewish, this might be amusing.
So Caiaphas hires “two swarthy men.” (Of course they’re swarthy. Apparently they also stink and have bad breath. Because all bad guys do.) The swarthy guys are to spy on Jesus and report back to Caiaphas.
Bizarrely, the two stinky guys manage to follow Jesus and the disciples out of Jerusalem and all the way up the Mount of Olives (a 30-minute climb, we are helpfully informed) without being detected. It’s important that Jesus took the guys all the way up there…because he needs to tell them about things they will never see or experience!
“Can we tell when the end of the world will come?” asked Peter.
“Others will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah. They will lead many astray. Wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic.”
Yeah, don’t panic, Peter—BECAUSE YOU WON’T BE ALIVE TO SEE IT.
Seriously, Jesus goes on and on and ON about all this (“It sounds as if it will be a terrible time of tribulation,” Peter helpfully exposits) but never once points out to the apostles that all this will happen in a series of books published in the 1990s and 2000s.
Seriously, none of the apostles will see this, according to LaHaye. And Jesus knows that they won’t see it. So why waste their precious time together (and Jesus knows just how precious and short this time is) by informing them of this but not that it will happen far, far in the future?
Just seems cruel, is all I’m saying.