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The End of the Age: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 1995
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The most successful and famous televangelist gives fictional expression to apocalyptic prophecy. In A.D. 2000, a flaming asteroid strikes Earth between Hawaii and California. The consequent tsunami, earthquakes, and volcanism wipe out virtually all life around the northern Pacific rim. This is only the beginning of a plot that unfolds according to the last-days scenario in the biblical Book of Revelation. Successive U.S. presidents commit suicide and are murdered by agents of the Antichrist (aka Mark Beaulieu), who then becomes ruler of a new world order centered in Babylon. Things go from bad to worse, except for the "unaffected" (i.e., those who accept Jesus Christ as their savior), and even they suffer while often becoming guerrilla warriors during the years before . . . Armageddon, of course. Finally, "the reign of Jesus Christ and His saints" begins. With little art but great sincerity and forcefulness, Robertson dramatizes an Evangelical Christian eschatological vision that many fellow evangelicals (such as Tom Sine in Cease Fire ) discount. His book is fascinating, though--all the more so because of the many political and cultural bugbears of the religious right that he manages to drag into the yarn as instruments of Satan. Members of The 700 Club will be enthralled. Ray Olson
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I first want to pinpoint the strong points of this book:
1.The beginning of this novel is very exciting; it is a real page-turner. Dr. Robertson wasted no time getting into the meat of the plot. You feel like you are in the midst of a 1970s disaster flick.
2. Pat Robertson brings out his knowledge of the workings of television in an excellent way. This is typical--authors tend to hone in on things they are very knowledgeable about. For example, in my novel, FAME AND FORTUNE TELLERS, I really major in on the little nitty-gritty bits of trivia concerning music theory.
3. He did a masterful job of portraying what the Antichrist will be like. Mark Beaulieu is an all-together despicable and abominable character--a man who is the worst possible role model. I personally believe that the coming Antichrist will be a Muslim who will be heavily involved in the Occult. He may indeed incorporate the false god Shiva into his life.
4. I like how Carl and Lori Throneberry getting born again is depicted. It is very real and encouraging.
5. I feel the best part of the novel was the part where Carl goes on a mission to Dallas, Texas in order to bring needed supplies back to El Refugio, the Christian 'sanctuary city' in the mountains of western New Mexico. His contact in Dallas is a young lady who decides to ride back with him to El Refugio. When they get back, it is revealed that this undercover girl is the daughter of John Edwards. This scene is VERY heartwarming.
6. Much factual material and preaching of the gospel is presented here. Some, who are fans of THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, may consider this too preachy and boring, but for MY tastes, it is good.
7. Much of what Pat said in this novel is good solid stuff, although perhaps a little shallow. We need to realize that there is a horrible time coming to Planet Earth. There will be a mark of the Beast, a horrible Superman and his sidekick, the False Prophet, there will be the Rapture of the saints, the nation of Israel will be ultimately blessed, and salvation through the Blood of Jesus is absolutely necessary in order to make heaven.
Now for the weaknesses of this book:
1. Some of the characters are not real; they are straw men who are not very believable. For example, Carl and Lori, Manuel and Cathy, with their three boys are escapees from Los Angeles who go through the loss of their careers and all of their possessions and narrowly escape with their lives. Yet, the first night after this disaster, we see them falling into a peaceful sleep. I'm sorry, but this is not realistic. Even the most saintly person who goes through this type of a storm would experience severe trauma that would include lack of sleep--and it would probably take years for all of the inward wounds to heal.
2. Pat Robertson is a post-Tribulational Rapturist. Like most post-Tribbers, he tends to spiritualize prophetic Scriptures found in the book of Revelation. For example, in END OF THE AGE, the 144,000 are not literal Jews or literally 144,000; they are the Church who are called "the unaffected" as opposed to the "affected" who are stung by the demonic scorpions from Hades. No, my friend. The Bible needs to be taken in its plain, normal, and literal meaning. God means the number of sealed people is literally 144,000 Jews from the twelve tribes of Israel. I am pre-Trib Rapture myself.
3. Pat gets the series of events out of order from the way they will actual happen. The rise of the Antichrist (after the Rapture) comes first. Later on in the series will come the first woe--the invasion of the demonic locusts from the Left Arm of Hell, to sting the unsealed people of the earth for five months. After this will come the second woe when in one hour, one-third of mankind will be killed.
4. Sometimes, the dialogue tends to be a bit flat. I also would have liked to see a bit more dialogue than was presented in this novel.
This is an interesting and entertaining read. When perusing this novel, relish the good things and skip over the weak things.
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