Editor’s note: In a departure from the usual type of Go Tell It post, this one simply illustrates how creative writing can teach. My friend, Cherice Ullrich, and her colleague, Chris Jones, teach Bible at Rockford (Ill.) Christian High School. They were looking for a creative way to help their students study the Book of Revelation. I think they found it.
“I was transported to another reality. I saw the 55th bowl coming down from the sky in the Sunshine State. And there was great shouting as the final battle began. Out of the southern sea came one like a goat, branded with the number 12, who had six rings on one hand and his other hand appeared deflated. He led an army of men from the sea against warriors wielding a large arrow. These were clothed in red, the color of blood, with golden hands and feet, and a head that sat on top of their other head. Their leader had only one ring on his hand.
“And I saw sitting around the warriors many holding up posters of two snakes around a staff with wings. They wore white masks and held out needles to inject the world with a life-saving potion. The battle lasted for one hour but also three hours. There were pauses in the battle, during which the multitudes were tempted to spend their money on the idols of the Bald Eagle. Many times I saw those like zebras that held out a great yellow cloth and the battle would stop.
“There were shouts for victory filling the air, when suddenly the sky went dark. Fire shot up into the clouds. Time stopped, and I was surprised that suddenly the weekend began. Out of the darkness rose a man clothed in red robes. In his hand he held an instrument that made his message heard around the world. Out of the shadows came another army. Each wore the same red robe as he, but on each of their faces was a horrendous mask. Each held a star in his hand and encircled him as he moved. While I was still pondering these things, I was blinded by the light and could not feel my face in his presence. He continued to preach to the roaring multitudes until his allotted time came to an end.
“And I looked and I saw the sea rising over the warriors, and though they shot their arrows again and again, they could not stop the rising flood. The warriors of the land were engulfed and overtaken. The goat had conquered by taking the skin of a pig near a structure made of gold four times. At the end of the battle, shards of all the colors of the rainbow in the vault above rained down from the sky. Those in league with the goat of the sea rejoiced, and he was given a seventh ring with many jewels on it to signify his reign.”