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Latter Day Saints version of the Left Behind series


Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion

A July article in Roll Call (“The Newspaper of Capitol Hill”) profiles Chris Stewart, who will be a Congressman from Utah from November:

Stewart… is a conservative Republican who surprised political observers by winning Utah’s 2nd district nominating convention with more than 60 percent of the vote, thereby avoiding a primary.

…While in the USAF, he started writing, and his list of books includes a Latter Day Saints-like version of Tim LaHaye’s and Jerry B. Jenkins’ apocalyptic Christian fiction series “Left Behind,” as well as historical novels.

The Miracle of Freedom is published by Shadow Mountain, but his “Latter Day Saints-like version” of the Left Behind series is published by Glenn Beck’s Mercury Ink. The series is entitled Wrath and Righteousness, and ten “episodes” are due to be published over the course of one year. Here’s part of the blurb for episode three:

The death of the Saudi King has removed the final barrier between peace and chaos. Prince Abdullah al-Raman, a pawn of Lucifer and the Forces of Darkness has taken over the throne and is now in a position to draw Israel and the United States into an unprecedented war. …Against the backdrop of torn-from-the-headlines Middle Eastern drama, the Wrath & Righteousness series is a fast-paced thriller that explores man’s role in the eternal battle between good and evil.

The books also come with a quote from Tim LaHaye:

“It really grips you… I lost a lot of sleep reading it.”

Beck has himself enthused over the books as “the Left Behind series for a new generation”

There is currently speculation that (Beck’s) Mercury Ink is the “much larger national publisher and distributor” which David Barton claims will re-publish his Thomas Jefferson book, following the book’s withdrawal from sale by Thomas Nelson. It seems likely: Beck regards Barton as “the most important man in America right now”, and the two men are close associates.

More, End-Times Thriller Author Published By Glenn Beck’s Mercury Ink Elected to Congress

Having read very little concerning Mormon eschatology, outside of Joseph Smith’s “white horse” prophecy, I did a quick search and came up with this; 

It’s hard to determine exactly what Mormons believe about the End Times, but having lived among them for 25 years I’ve found that there are some commonly held views, at least at the informal level. Most Mormons believe in a 2nd Coming but not a rapture of the church, and especially not a pre-trib rapture. Many believe that the bulk of end times prophecies about chaos and rampant evil will be fulfilled in the US, and that the faithful will build the New Jerusalem in Missouri before the Lord returns to live there among them. Since they believe that they are the true descendants of Israel, mainly from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, there isn’t really any end times role for Israel. You might hear about Joseph Smith’s “white horse” prophecy in the days ahead, especially if Mitt Romney’s run for President becomes a serious possibility. It’s an interpretation of Rev. 6 that speaks of a prominent Mormon saving the US from complete destruction in the last days. GraceThruFaith

This is from a Mormon website;

It is interesting to note that the term “end times” is not found in the King James translation of the Bible. Rather, the period preceding the return of the Savior is most often referred to as either the “last times” (1 Timothy 4:1;), “last days” (Genesis 49:1; Isaiah 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:1; 2 Peter 3:3–4), or “latter days” (Deuteronomy 4:30; Job 19:25). So significant and pivotal are the times and events that precede His Second Coming that the Lord chose to designate His restored Church as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thus distinguishing it from his former-day Church and the Saints who lived in that time period.

The Lord has revealed to his prophets, both ancient and modern, that the “end times” or “end of the world” (Matthew 24:3) does not mean the physical end of the planet Earth nor the extinction of human life upon the earth. rather, “end of the world” refers to the end of wickedness (ungodliness, “worldliness”) on the earth for the space of a thousand years—the Millennium—thereby permitting peace, health, and happiness to flourish. While Joseph Smith and subsequent latter-day prophets have confirmed and clarified various “end time” doctrines, three of the most pivotal “end time” scriptural prophecies have continued to be over- looked by mainstream Christianity:

1. The coming of Elijah: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5).

2. The establishment of Zion (Isaiah 52:1–2; Joel 2:32).

3. The coming of Christ to his temple: “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple” (Malachi 3:1).

Yet the Lord has revealed to his latter-day prophets when these key “end time” prophecies will be fulfilled:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:5–6)

The fulfillment of this prophecy took place on Sunday April 3, 1836, in the Kirtland (Ohio) temple. It was one of four separate visitations by four separate heavenly beings that afternoon: the Lord Jesus Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 110: 1–10); the prophet Moses (D&C 110:11); the prophet Elias (D&C 110:12); then the prophet Elijah. Joseph Smith wrote vividly of each visitation.. (more here)

Related, Wrath & Righteousness: Episode One

One comment on “Latter Day Saints version of the Left Behind series

  1. These end time books and Cds are little more than sensationalism that make the authors wealthy. This one I assume gives the United States a leading role since Mormonism embraces America as the beginning and end of history. Through the years men have played a prophetic game of pin the tail on the antichrist and although God does use such nonsense to draw sinners unto Himself, they are nothing more than spiritual hubris. Peruse the internet and you will find thousands of men and women who claim all sorts of incredible prophetic insights.
    All of them are self righteous guesses. But this one is another inroad into making Mormonism acceptable to evangelicals. I may not live to see it, but I believe, should Jesus tarry, that there will come a colossal event which is the culmination of bringing Mormonism into the evangelical fold. The stage is already set, and the Trojan Horses of nationalism, moralism, and conservatism, are already loaded and being pushed inside the tent.

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