Book of Mormon's Success Shows Apocalypse Is Near

Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park fame are currently enjoying righteous success on Broadway with their musical The Book of Mormon, which is nominated for 14 awards at Sunday's Tonys. The two are no strangers to musical awesomeness. Cannibal! Is a fantastic romp through carnage and laughs, and the South Park film even got an Academy Award nomination for the song "Blame Canada."

From what we've been able to ascertain, The Book of Mormon is well-deserving of its success. A satirical look at missionary conversion among people more worried about AIDS, famine and, in Uganda's case, being shot by brainwashed 12-year-olds with Soviet machine guns, the show is as over-the-top as it is baldy honest. Typical of Stone and Parker's best work, you laugh because the real world is so messed up that laughter is the only cure.

Too bad the show means THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!

Studying the Book of Revelation, Rocks Off has come across several key passages that coincide with the show's run.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

- Rev. 11:15-17

Satire or not, The Book of Mormon is spreading word of the religion through the pagan lands of pop culture at a huge rate. Those who do not laugh will be those who take up the cause itself.

Note the reference to elders, a priesthood office in the Church of Latter-Day Saints. The talk of the kingdoms of the Earth becoming the kingdom of God is a clear nod to the ongoing attempt to convert other nations to Mormonism. This is particularly apt, as Uganda was still a monarchy until 1966.

The seventh angel? Well, the show took seven year to develop, finally debuting this March, and angels sing, don't they? And of those 14 Tony nominations, seven were for each of the two traditional elders in Mormon missions and 7 for the two singing leads Josh Gab and Rory O'Malley.

Reigning forever and ever could be related to the fact that most Broadway shows are open-ended without set dates of closure. Assuming the show's continued success on Broadway, on tour, and in its upcoming run in London's West End, we might in fact be caught in one perpetual interpretation of God's kingdom.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

- Rev. 1:3

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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