Since my new novel takes place during the times of the Book of Revelation, I am going to write some posts about the End Times. The posts will give you background information to make the novel more enjoyable and will talk about this part of the Bible and about other parts related to the End Times.
Daniel, who lived between 605 and 530 B.C. (B.C. designates time before Christ’s birth.), wrote about the End Times. “After them another king will arise; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws.” (Daniel 7: 24b-25″) Although some people interpret this passage to refer to Rome in A.D. 70 (A.D. refers to time after Christ’s Birth.)*, Daniel’s description of the “king” follows John’s description of the “beast” in the Book of Revelation closely enough for me to believe the passage could alternately be speaking about the End Times.
Coincidentally, did you know that the terms used for the set times are changing? Many now use the terms: BCE instead of B.C. and CE instead of A.D. BCE means “Before Common Era” or “Before Common Experience” and CE means “Common Era” or “Common Experience.” Textbooks and other literary works are adopting this form of time notation; museums and various institutions are converting to it as well. Archaeologists especially appear to prefer this terminology since it takes the Christian aspect out of recorded historical dates. The numerical designations are the same, i.e. 2014 A.D. is the same year as 2014 CE.
My story has a “beast,” and he does make a lot of changes as the Bible says. The Book of Revelation, written by the apostle John, is the last book of the Bible. If you want to read it before you read my book (which will be tentatively released in the month of June), beware of spoilers. Enjoy!
*Fun Fact: The B.C. and A.D. calendars do not have a year “zero.”