If you’ve ever wondered why European Christians are so antisemitic, but American Christians love Jews so much, read on.
More on the fearful future within the Christian comic book There’s a New World Coming, by Hal Lindsey and Al Hartley.
Other parts: 1 • 2 • 4 • 5
As I’ve said previously about those who believe John Nelson Darby’s beliefs about dispensationalism and the End Times, not all Darbyists think alike. Hal Lindsey’s beliefs in There’s a New World Coming (illustrated by Al Hartley) don’t precisely line up with those of Tim LaHaye, John Hagee, or any of the other folks who claim Jesus’s second coming comes in two parts—a secret rapture, Jesus’s actual return seven years later, and in between those events we suffer tribulation: Death, evil, natural disasters, war, mayhem, dogs and cats living together.
Y’see, a small but significant subgroup of Darbyists claim the secret rapture doesn’t take place before tribulation starts, like Hal Lindsey or Tim LaHaye or the makers of numerous Christian movies do. Christians get to experience three years, six months, of the seven-year suffering, same as the pagans. But at halftime Jesus takes us out of the game, and the final 42 months consists of great tribulation. As opposed to the bad-but-not-as-bad, first-half tribulation. “Mid-tribs,” they tend to be called.
What little there is of the fifth seal in the comic book. TNWC 13
Why do they believe this? You may recall in my previous article where, in the middle of the Lamb opening the big seven-sealed scroll of history (which Darbyists insist is the scroll of just the tribulation), the fifth seal reveals a bunch of martyred Christians asking God to avenge them.
And y’know what? Mid-tribs are actually mid-right. I’ll get to that today. Promise.