We’ve mentioned many books along the way. But which ones seem most predictive as we read, or view, (reread or review), what will happen tomorrow?


   Here’s a general response to that, and very general reasons why:


(1)  [Christian]  Revelation (last book in the Bible)


(2)  [secular]  The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe¹



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   About #1:

   Three decades ago, when I asked a respected philosopher colleague of mine, who also had a seminary degree what did he think about Revelation (the last book in the Bible), he responded bluntly:


   It’s by no means an easy book to understand, though many, many Christians declare with great enthusiasm that they believe it’s the Word of God and contains important truth–including actual events that will happen in the future. Explaining what the Bible text actually means, however, is a different matter. “Terrible things will happen at the end of time (whatever that means), when God will punish the bad and will reward those who trust, or have trusted earlier in Him, for salvation and the hope of living eternally in great joy with Him in heaven.”

   Christians reading this last book of the Bible will read about vials of wrath and trumpets of judgment, beasts with multiple heads and horns, the fall of wicked cities and kingdoms, etc. Also, there’s the stark no-nonesense admonition that Christian faithfulness to God as the end of everything arrives is of absolute importance.

   Seven quick comments about this (for those who take the Bible seriously):

   (1)  There’s a great difference in views about how many true believers will escape calamity during “end-times”–on Earth.

   (2)  Regardless of what the apostle John saw in his visions of the future, his language (Hebrew & Greek) and knowledge of science had a limited vocabulary to express what he actually saw.

   (3)  Much that’s expressed in Revelation has to have metaphorical, or symbolic meaning. (Accepting metaphor does not ipso facto meaning “watering down” the text and stripping it of historical significance. Jesus used metaphor constantly. When Nicodemus was puzzled about the need to be “born again,” Jesus made clear it did not require reentering a mother’s womb.)

   (4)  A centralizing, and enforcing, of power over Earth’s humanity–both good and evil–is apparent throughout, increasing chapter by chapter as one follows the text to its conclusions.

   (5)  Many current trends and changes in human thinking and behavior–considered evil by the Bible–are discussed in this book

   (6)  The problem of the many who know too little by the few who know too much–for either good or evil–is explored.

   (7)  Horrific and widespread and eventually global tragedies lead to destruction on, and of, Earth dramatically reshaping all that humans know about matter and energy.


   About #2:.

   The secular book is The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy (What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny)¹.

   In short, this long riveting, though detailed, book (382pp.) a New York Times best seller written in 1997, thematically examines 7 cycles of generations and “turnings” in terms of the criteria that’s given: (1) Late Medieval (1435-1487; (2) Reformation (1487-1594); (3) New World (1594-1704); (4) Revolutionary (1704-1794); (5) Civil War (1794-1865); (6) Great Power (1865-1946; and (7) Millennial (1946-2026?)

   We are now in the “4th turning” of the 7th cycle. If you enjoy history and comparing the present with the past, you’ll be fascinated by this.


   ¹ William Strauss and Neil Howe, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny (Broadway Books, 1997). Strauss (now deceased) and Howe were prominent philosophers in the 1990s. Our 4 previously written posts are #215, #216, #217, and #218. You can reach these posts by typing the numbers as given (try the first one) in the search screen at the upper left. And after looking at that, click on the “next” button at the top right of your screen.