PMW 2019-009 by various writers
Brian Godawa has written a four-volume Chronicles of the Apocalypse novel series as a dramatic means of getting across to the modern Christian what occurred in the events around AD 70. These novels are not only compelling, but also instructive. For Godawa uniquely offers copious exegetical, historical, and theological end-notes on Revelation at the end of each book. He has successfully wedded entertainment with instruction.
I highly recommend your reading this set. You might find this novelized approach to the preterist understanding of Revelation a helpful tool for recommending preterism to family and friends. Perhaps these Reviews and Endorsements might encourage you to get this set!
Amazon reviewer #1:
I have been a Christian for 40 years. My end times theology started with The Late Great Planet Earth. From that book until know I have always been an adherent to the futurist view of Revelation. However over the years I have started to doubt some of the teaching. When nothing happened in 1988 (88 Reasons Why Jesus will Return in 1988), then subsequent date setting and failures, I began to wonder.
Along comes Tyrant by Brian Godawa and my view of the end times is starting to change. Reading any portion of the Bible through the lens of the people at the time is a new concept for me. Books like The Unseen Realm by Dr M Heiser and the Nephilim Chronicles by Brian have opened my eyes to a different world of Biblical understanding, My 20th century filters are being shed and I am beginning to see the Bible through the eyes of the people of the day.
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Tyrant is an excellent read. Brian interweaves Biblical fact with a fictional narrative that keeps you engaged from beginning to end. What really struck me was the level of decadence of the Roman elite. You do not get that viewpoint from just reading Scripture. Filling out the story with actual historical occurrences and facts made the book come alive. It gave me a new appreciation for what the Christians of the day had to go through to live out their faith. In the back of my mind, I knew it was a tough life, Tyrant brings their lives into vivid detail. Our brothers and sisters suffered greatly for their faith.
The other strength of the book is the footnotes. All of Brian’s books are heavily footnoted, Tyrant is no exception. As a student of the Word, I appreciate documented sources. It helps me verify for myself the things that are being stated.
When I started this book I was a futurist. After reading the book, I sensed a turn towards preterism for at least some parts of the book of Revelation.
We should all set aside our pretense and read a book like this with an open mind. Challenges to what we believe are a good thing It is about time that someone took a different view of the end times than the common Protestant view.
Congratulations Mr Godawa on a job well done.
Amazon reviewer #2:
It is highly likely that this book is one of Mr. Godawa’s finest. You can never underestimate the power that a screenwriter can bring to what is otherwise dry, historical accounts and turn the thing into an exceptionally compelling work.
However, from the get go, I would actually rate this novel at least a PG-13. Mr. Godawa confronts a number of issues in the book — most of which are sociologically controversial — all in an attempt to show us, the reader, that ancient Rome and surrounding areas were dealing with the same types of issues that we deal with today.
Don’t believe that? It’s really interesting — I’d estimate that a good third of the book is taken up with historical notes that are meticulously tied back to where they’re used in each chapter. In other words, as you’re reading through the book, at the moment you’d think that Mr. Godawa is making something up, he links to a historical fact.
Regarding theology and eschatology, there really is nothing threatening here — unless you’re so tied down to a particular end-times interpretation that you refuse to see any other interpretations. And if that’s you, I have more news for you. Any intellectually honest theologian is going to tell you that *all* such futuristic prophecies begin falling apart at some point.
Why is this? Think about this: if what is fictionalized in this work — and the previous Chronicles books — is based on reality, and the supernatural is arguably more real than the natural, then wouldn’t it make sense that if you were given the wisdom and heavenly knowledge to know how precisely how things are going to end, there would also be evil forces who would know the same? Ever think about that?
God doesn’t work that way. Instead, I’ve learned to respect that the Lord shows us what we need to know about a given situation when we need to know it, and typically only enough to make the next step forward. After all, to know too much about the definite future risks control freaks like me wanting to hurry up and speed to the conclusion while completely missing all the divine opportunities between point A and Z.
There’s a lot to get out of this book. It’s pretty hard-hitting in issue-dealing, but that’s reality. It all simply makes me look forward to Mr. Godawa’s future books!
“Left Behind was a highly successful novelization of the dispensational understanding of Revelation. Godawa’s fictional portrayal of the actual history behind Revelation deserves to enjoy the same level of success. He has done his historical research and exegetical spadework in providing us with a fictional but historically faithful story of the drama of the Book of Revelation. From Nero’s first imperial persecution of the early church to John’s writing of Revelation about the destruction of Jerusalem shortly thereafter, Tyrant weaves a fascinating tale of the last days of the Old Covenant in the first century with compelling, gritty, biblical reality.”
Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. Th.D.
Author, The Divorce of Israel: A Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of Revelation
“One of the best ways to teach history is to develop a fictional story around actual events. The most famous example is Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur. The redemptive core of the story was enveloped by the tragedy and redemption of Judah Ben-Hur and his family as they encountered the crucified Christ. Brian Godawa has done something similar with his novel Tyrant. The story of the tyrannical reign of Nero Caesar is told against the background of people who would have been impacted by the bloody decrees and excesses of this madman. If you’re looking for some great history with compelling storytelling, you need to read Tyrant. You’ll also learn the role of this beast of a ruler plays in God’s prophetic timetable.”
Author, Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church
“I used to wonder why the Lord hadn’t returned yet, especially growing up with the constant date setting of 1988, ’89, ’94, ’96, Y2K, and ’12 that were all supposed to see the Rapture. Then, several years ago, I discovered a completely different interpretation that no one had told me even existed. That’s why I was so thrilled to see Brian’s Tyrant: Rise of the Beast, which continues his historical fiction thrill-ride begun in the Nephilim Chronicles, now focusing on the end of the New Testament era and the prophecies Christ makes about return in judgment upon that generation. Though he and I both confess Christ is still going to return bodily in our own future, I can only wish I had this series of books to give to people years ago.”
–Douglas Van Dorn
Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado
Author of Giants: Sons of the Gods and The Unseen Realm: Q & A Companion
“Brian Godawa is not only a successful Hollywood screenwriter. He is an accomplished movie critic, author (both nonfiction and fiction), and astute student of the Bible and theology. Tyrant: Rise of the Beast is a page-turner set in the first century A.D. when Satan and his minions were actively assaulting the fledgling church. The theology underlying this novel is not the pop End Times theology to which we’ve grown tiresomely accustomed. Rather, it is based on the pervasive supernatural worldview that we encounter on every page of the Bible. It’s not that Godawa doesn’t write about the End Times. It’s simply that he knows when the End Times really occurred and how and why they really ended. Understanding that sequence is what makes this novel sizzle with suspense and anticipation.”
–P. Andrew Sandlin
Founder & President, Center for Cultural Leadership
“A breathless and gritty tale crafted with skill and tension.”
“Brilliantly brings to life the supernatural worldview inherent in the Scriptures.”
Marc D. Wilson
“Entertaining, gut-wrenching, gritty, enlightening, and fun. I highly recommend it.”
“Godawa has managed to weave imagination, scholarship and theology into an enjoyable and fast moving tale that delights, challenges, and informs.”
“The author wrote the character of God so amazingly, it made me fall in love with God even more.”
“Godawa’s first century is rooted in the depravity of Rome, the steadfastness of the Christians trying to survive, and the unseen demonic forces orchestrating the demise of God’s Children.”
Jonathan R. Mills
“I recommend this book, no matter your eschatological view.”
Con, Amazon Reviewer
“What do you get when you combine Hollywood screenwriting talent with biblical and historical literacy? Brian Godawa’s Chronicles of the Apocalypse.
Michael K. Beidler
“This man knows how to write and keep you hooked! Adventure, love, evil, and selfless heroism. Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!”
Joshua B. Haines
“Tyrant clarified a lot of things about the Book of Revelation for me that used to be pretty confusing.”
Zoriana, Amazon Reviewer
“As a Bible scholar I highly recommend this as a source for understanding Revelation; written in the genre of historical fiction.”
Douglas R. Krump
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