Have you ever had strange and interesting thoughts in those early morning moments between sleep and awake? Perhaps it was some revelation that you turned into a "brilliant idea" later in the day. Or maybe it was the answer to a question you had been seeking when you dozed off to sleep.
This morning, I had such a thought, albeit this wasn't so much a revelation - as it was an interesting look at things.
As you know, I have been reading the "Left Behind" series of books. In fact, I started Book Four: Soul Harvest last night. I addition, I have shared in this blog my "all star" cast for the movie I would have done based on the books.
Following that thought process, it is easy to see how I may have had some strange and interesting thoughts about the end times during my early-morning daze.
Not to jump ahead in the series, but I find myself wondering what the Second Coming of Christ might look like, following the path of the book/movie. I think my take on it all is so far-fetched that I would not ruin the end of the series for anyone.
In my mind, I picture Nicolae Carpathia as less Brad Pitt-like in his appearance. Doing so much evil has taken its toll on his looks, much like turning to the Dark Side affected Annakin Skywalker. (Sorry, I watch I lot of movies.)
Carpathia now looks more like Vince McMahon from World Wrestling than Brad Pitt. He is aggressive, evil and full of himself.
Everything has gone according to every plan in the book of Revelation. We have reached the climax of it all, The Battle of Armageddon. Those of us watching from the outside (as in reading the book or watching the movie) are anticipating the Second Coming. We all know it is about to happen, we just don't know how it will happen.
Suddenly, the eastern sky splits wide open and a light emanates from the celestial crevice.
The world goes briefly silent, and McMahon -- err Carpathia looks skyward -- terror depicted on his face.
"If you smellllllllllllllllllllllllll... what the rock is cookin!"
The announcement of His coming was undeniable. The Lord descended from the heavens -- in all His glory. He did not look like the frail image many had in their minds of the "Lamb of God," he was strong, bold and ready for a fight.
Carpathia's tried to mask his fear with indignation. "How dare you!" he said.
The Lord's eyes seemed to pierce right through him. At last the King of Kings spoke.
"Who are you?"
"I am Supreme Potentate Nicol--"
"IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!"
Right about then, two angels appeared on a mountain top -- one wearing a cowboy hat -- the other wearing a crown. They were obviously there to record the event, but when they spoke, it sounded strangely like J.R. Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. (Hey, this is my dream)
"I don't think Carpathia knows what he's gotten himself into."
"Yeah. So much for that Global Community, J.R. -- I mean Gabriel."
At that moment, Carpathia lunged for Christ, hoping to strike him down quickly.
There was no surprising this deity, as Christ caught Nicolae's arm, stretching his own across the chest of the Antichrist. In one swift move, Jesus lifted Carpathia off the ground and slammed him down to the earth on his back. The force of the take down caused the earth to split at the point of impact. The earth's opening swallowed all the armies of the unholy one.
"No that's what I call a rock bottom," one angel said to the other.
Christ stood straddled over the lifeless body of Carpathia. He looked skyward and removed his armband, revealing a "Lion of Judah" tattoo.
As he flung the armband toward the tribulation saints, Gabriel exclaimed, "We are about to witness the most electrifying move in all the universe -- The Lamb's Elbow."
Jesus ran westward, up an mountain and back. Then eastward and back. As he returned to the body of the Antichrist, Jesus kicked up one leg and flung his body down to the ground -- his elbow pummeling the chest of the former king of the world.
"And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever." -- Revelation 20:10
Yes, I know it is strange to imagine such a thing. Perhaps it is a little too worldly to think of the Second Coming in such a context. Like I said at the beginning - strange things come to mind in those wee morning moments. It could have been the pizza I ate last night.
Regardless, I think it is good to see Christ as our hero in all things. Someone we cheer for and who comes in to save the day. I know the books I am reading will not portray the Second Coming in such a manner. However, it is really THAT far fetched?
"They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ." -- 1 Corinthians 10:3-4
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