Hopefully by now, if you’ve read this blog any number of times, you can guess that this post isn’t going to point fingers and laugh in the face of William Tapley and others like him.
William Tapley, who says he is also known as the “Third Eagle of the Apocalypse,” and the “Co-Prophet of the End Times,” regularly releases videos to the internet world, and therefore ridicule, detailing how the biblical end times are set to begin any minute. In a plain, straightforward manner he lays out all the reasons, citing various biblical passages related to Armageddon, rapture and tribulation and current events.
Amongst the websites and blogs I frequent, he’s a laughing stock. He’s been pure gold for their click counts. And the rebukes are effortless.
The little ditties he writes to help convey these ideas don’t help his legitimacy, to be sure. For an example see this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5PLf-2FYIM
I’ll not be joining in on the bashing, and not because I’m trying to look holier than thou. (But it’s a nice perk).
You see, I can understand where William Tapley is coming from. I understand the way he reads the Bible (not agree with). He sees the Bible as the inerrant, inflexible literal word of God, and as such takes it as seriously as possible. When he reads the book of Revelation, he takes it literally and then makes his videos outlining the troubles ahead, year by year, event by event.
And even though I deeply disagree with that way of interpreting ancient biblical literature, as it doesn’t factor in genre, intended audience, historical context and clues, and a variety of other factors, I can understand how and why people approach the Bible that way. I can see why he’d say “Oh this is a book handed down from God, I must read it all and see what it is saying to me today. Oh this is prophecy – well I must take it word for word.”
For me, the Bible isn’t as simple of a book. However, it’d be a whole lot easier if it were. I could read the crazy images of Revelation and not need to research the backstory of the book, I could just take it and try to decipher it.
I think the story of the Garden of Eden throws us off. We read of a place where life is easy and simple, and we think that life is designed to be simple and easy, and that not much effort is required.
In my experience, it’s just not so. And maybe it’s a divine compliment, maybe God put us in such a complex, complicated world because, well, he knew we had it in us to handle it.
So I fully see this is an odd post and I make an interesting twist, but what are your thoughts? Maybe you could defend that way of reading the scriptures and point out how freaking post modern I am by mentioning genre, context and audience, or you could comment on how life isn’t simple in this arguably complex world. Take it away!…..