If you answered ‘yes’ to the question concerning self hatred then you’ll want to watch the History Channel’s ‘special’ on ‘Revelation’.
Q: What is REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS about?
A: Almost 2,000 years ago, the final book of the Bible, Revelation, predicted that Christ would return, but only after a period of chaos and torment inflicted on the world to test the faith of mankind. REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS is a gripping, dramatic interpretation of how those ancient predictions could unfold in our modern world.
REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS merges drama with re-purposed news archives to thrust a group of fictional characters into an imagining of the “End of Days” events.
REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS has news and documentary elements, it is enlightening and shocking, yet it is also about redemption and faith. Overall, it is a drama about biblical prophecy that is set in the future with a real world feel. The news reports shown in this program have been fictionalized.
Ick. And who, pray tell, did the producers consult?
We spoke to a number of religious scholars and historians during the course of the production, and there was an academic who advised production throughout–a Biblical historian who specializes in The Book of Revelation and its many interpretations. However, every scholar and religious leader has a different interpretation of the prophecies. REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS is just one fictional interpretation of what could happen if the prophecies of the book of Revelation began to unfold today.
I like that they don’t mention who this ‘academic’ is so that uncomfortable questions about their scholarship can’t be raised. But they did, they say, consult these ‘scholars’…
The Bible – Old and New Testament
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation – Elaine Pagels
The End Times in Chronological Order – Ron Rhodes
Are We Living in the End Times? – Tim LaHaye
The End – Mark Hitchcock
Could the Rapture Happen Today? – Mark Hitchcock
Elaine Pagels– everyone’s favorite neo-gnostic-with-an-anti-Christian-ax-to-grind.
Ron Rhodes– Fundamentalist scholar (how’s that for an oxymoron)
Tim LaHaye– non scholar and not even responsible or talented writer.
Mark Hitchcock– Lawyer become Fundamentalist Pastor
In short, the History Channel didn’t bother to get anyone who knows the apocalyptic genre or proper exegetical and historical/critical methods. They got a gnostic and a passel of fundamentalists.
So, do you really, really hate yourself enough to watch? Oh, and History Channel- here’s your Dilly. You really deserve it…