Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), the late-nineteenth—early-twentieth-century humorist-writer, penned his famous A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court. It was a fanciful play on the legend of Camelot and all involved in matters of King Arthur and his knights of the round table in ancient England.
The 1940s Hollywood film adaptation starring Bing Crosby by the same title was a much lighter-hearted portrayal than Twain’s book. While moments of humor dotted the book’s story, a dark, dystopian undercurrent permeated, projecting the author’s cynical, even fatalistic, view of the world.
In the film, the protagonist endures the morose evil of ancient European society while trying to improve that world with his advanced technological knowledge. In the end—and back in the future that is his own time—he lives happily (we suppose ever after) with the exact copy of the girl he fell in love with in that ancient dream-vision.
However, in the original story, his dream-vision carrying him throughout King Arthur’s kingdom with the king himself at his side ends with unfulfilled hope. The protagonist sees all he tried to accomplish back in time come to nothing. And, in his own time, he drifts into death toward an unknown hereafter.
The story, then, is really the author’s allegorical treatment of humanity going down a one-way road that, no matter the victories and even kindly intentions along the way, ends without fulfillment or hope. This, despite the famous author’s wit and humor, was the view Clemens—an agnostic, and some say an atheist—had: Life is without hope; it is without God.
Apart from God, there is no future “happily ever after,” only moments of imagined joy that are fading—they’re temporary and fleeting. At all times, there is a God-shaped void within the human soul that, through self-generated effort, can at best assuage the inner emptiness for a moment during our physical existence.
As believers who have the very essence of God dwelling in us, we can be joyful and blessed beyond measure, despite this increasingly darkening world. It is this oppressive, depressing, wicked world system that is the temporary, fleeting, sometimes nightmare-like occupation in this foreign land that believers will soon evacuate for a glorious future where joy never fades; rather, it builds in never-ending ecstasy.
As we come to the beginning of this new year, I again want to tell of another Connecticut Yankee–this one isn’t in a fictitious king’s court, but in the court of the King of all kings.
Tom, of the Watchman River podcasts—a Connecticut resident—is the teacher who stations himself beside the Connecticut River and proclaims King Jesus on a daily basis.
Many of you now know about his efforts to simply and humbly lay out truth about God’s care for you and me—His absolute love for all of humanity.
Because our website is Rapture Ready, I’m especially eager to propose going to this podcast ministry hosted by Tom each and every day when possible.
We post his links to the daily programs on a regular basis so that God’s truth is a click away at any time.
Tom presents news of the day that is filled with likely prophetic significance. He especially brings in the pre-Trib Rapture and its nearness because of the exploding news items that are literally flashing the brilliant red alert of Jesus Christ’s coming intervention into this anti-God world system.
So I call my friend Tom a “Connecticut Yankee in King Jesus’ court.”
No matter where any believer lives, he or she is a member of King Jesus’ court.
Please understand that we aren’t merely “subjects” as believers during this Church Age. We are the Bride of the King of all kings. We are the very children of God the Father. We are joint heirs with King Jesus!
Can there be a more magnificent prospect than to be in this eternal kingdom, and expecting Jesus’ any moment call for us to “Come up here!”? (Revelation 4: 1).
Here is a link to one of Tom’s most recent programs in which he speaks in eloquently simple words about the King who is about to summon us into that realm where He’s been preparing our mansions for glory in eternity.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1–3)