According to His Purpose
Whenever I tell people about this book that I’m working on that mixes Christian theology and zombie mayhem I get some rather confused looking faces staring back at me. I get responses like “how does that work?” or”why would you do that?” I figured the same questions may be in the minds of those who are reading and following online. For this reason I decided to share the preface to the book. I think it may help explain the story and intent a little more clearly. So, without further adieu here is “According to His Purpose”, the preface to And The Dead Shall Rise First…
Since the day Jesus ascended into heaven and promised to return to bring final peace and restoration to his creation, his followers have kept their eyes peeled for his return. The Apostle Paul tells the believers in Thessalonica that they are to work and maintain their lives because they were apparently sitting around on their roofs waiting for Jesus to come down from the sky into which he had only a few years earlier disappeared. There is a consistent record from that time forward of Christians attempting to understand and prepare for the return of their savior. As they and we have obviously discovered, the time had not yet arrived and over the years many of his followers have lived and died waiting in anticipation for his coming. Timelines have been drawn up, events have been interpreted, dates have been set and changed and the prophecies even remotely related to that day have been scrutinized for any shade of clues missed by their spiritual forefathers. In spite of all these well intentioned guestimates and theological structures the bride still waits for her bridegroom.
Now skeptics and hopefuls alike pray for and yearn for this end more than ever. Some see the events unfolding before us as signs that the day is fast approaching. Others aren’t so confident, but they hope he comes to claim his chosen ones before there are none left to harvest. These are dark days. These are the last days whether the Maker has intended for them to be or not. In the eerie lights of these definitive days and their events, the church is faced with a new and grave responsibility: To bring sense and hope to a situation, the likes of which have never even been dreamt up in the worst nightmares or fantasies of the most evil and destructive men in the history of this world. This is a daunting task for a church united and bound in the love and brotherhood of Christ; it is essentially impossible for a divided and violently conflicting graveyard full of bones like the once vibrant body of Christ has become. The one hope, the one saving grace was, of course, what it had always been: the presence of God among his people, His Holy Spirit. The only question remaining was whether or not his children would actually listen to his voice, assuming that his voice could even be heard through all the self inflicted devastation humanity served itself on a bloody fire-ringed platter of darkness. Would they? Could they? We must and we will if only to make this hell bearable by attaching meaning to it.
What has been said thus far is obnoxiously cryptic. I offer my sincere apologies for that, but the nature of this undertaking forces one into hidden meanings and cryptic logic. Trying to find theology in the events of any time is convoluted; trying for that same thing in events that have never been imagined only serves to exponentially increase this problem. So, I again apologize with the utmost sincerity, but ask that you stick it out with me because, while this is a story of destruction, it is also, as when anything ends, a story of hope and renewing, of rejuvenation and the New Beginning.
While my words seem cryptic, I assure you that they could not be more direct and clear. I have always been a straight shooter, a person who believes in the simplest and clearest answers to even the most difficult problems in life. If you were reading thoughts of a mystic on the events of our time I can assure you that they would be utterly useless to you. Trust me, I know mystics; they are part of this story. I hope I can translate their reasoning into something remotely meaningful to you.
There are also the intellectuals and scholars. It is their hope to break these things into formulas and charts. While there may be some meaning in such things, it is the kind of meaning that leaves one feeling more empty than they would have felt had they simply been left wondering. I hope to give people more hope than this, to reconnect meaning with the reality of facts and formulas.
There are also those who think in such simple, limited structures that the meaning of the events of our time is completely clear to them, yet their views do not hold up to the scrutiny of reason and simple logic. They obviously have a say in this story, and, while their understanding is easily overlooked for its lack of consistency with the real world, their hope to find meaning is valuable and important. It is my intent to embrace and foster that same hope in those who read these pages.
Above all else, it is my desire in sharing these things to offer real and meaningful hope, and that can only be found in beliefs based upon reality. Offering meaning simply for the sake of bringing some peace to hurt and troubled minds is of no value on its own. Hope that does not correspond to reality is only a temporary fix that will ultimately, when discovered for its emptiness, only serve to cast one deeper into the pits of despair than they were prior to ascribing to this form of an empty shell of peace.
So, I have a big vision with this work: to grant the reader meaning through Christ in the midst of devastating darkness, to do so from truth and reality, and to do all this for the sake of granting hope and strength to God’s children in this time when He seems so distant.
I pray for your sanity and survival in these dark days…
Daniel Allen Sr.
September 19th, 2022