Bruce Baber (1 Sep 2012)
""In the Twinkling of an Eye" and "After London""


In the Twinking of an Eye is a book that was written by Sydney Watson and published in 1918. In Watson's book, he wrote about a pretribulation rapture and he used a fictional novel to convey his belief in it.  He saw the birth of the Jewish Zionist movement as the prelude to the rapture.  I can't help but think that Sydney Watson was convinced that the rapture would be in his lifetime. He would surely be astounded by the signs we are seeing nearly one hundred years later.  In the Twinkling of an Eye first came to my attention late last year and I think I posted something about it in January. 


More recently, I discovered another book.  The title is After London: or, Wild EnglandAfter London was written by Richard Jefferies in 1885.  This book doesn't seem to convey the Christian perspective that In the Twinkling of an Eye did, but it does present a dystopian view of what the world would be like after a series of catastrophic events.  I admit that I am only partially through it so I can only mention those things that I have found so far.


After London gives its readers a picture of what the world would look like after a plague has wiped out most of the population.  The breakdown of civilized society, roving bands of men who murder and pillage are some of the things that the writer included.  But, what really caught my eye was the following passage that talked about a dark planetary object that disturbed the gravitation of the earth.


"It has, too, been said that the earth, from attractive power exercised by the passage of an enormous dark body through space, became tilted or inclined to its orbit more than before, and that is, while it lasted, altered the flow of the magnetic currents, which, in an imperceptible manner, influenced the minds of men." (pg. 20).


Science fiction was in its infancy when After London was written.  It is amazing to me that this book (at least so far as I've delved into) speaks of things that we hear warnings about today. 


Neither Watson or Jefferies were prophets.  I simply found it interesting that such books were written so long ago and that they spoke about topics that were of concern today.



Bruce Baber