I finished reading the Wheel of Time series in January of this year (2020). It is considered the longest epic Fantasy available. I started it in June of 2019. There are over four million words. Each book is close to a thousand pages long. It was written by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (the last 3 books). Jordan’s world-building is amazing and comparable to anything that Tolkien or Lewis wrote. I am a big fan.
But, it’s not the most epic story out there. It is after all purely a work of fiction. It cannot compare to the reality that is The Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
I like to imagine the authors of the story; the Holy Trinity, The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, dancing and singing creation into existence from the pure force of their passion for life to exist. And, when they were finished they said it was all good. That includes humankind. We were created to be part of the family. One of the main characters in the most epic story ever imagined. And, yes we were born in the mind of God the Creator. He imagined and sang into existence an endless universe filled with glory and power. And, in the midst of that He placed man and woman.
However, every good story has elements that are there to keep the reader interested in the story. There is the Protagonist – the good guy or gal, the Antagonist – the bad guy or gal, the supporting characters, sub-plots, back-story, and the main story-line. In this case the antagonist comes in the form of pure evil. The purpose of this is to allow the protagonist to grow and shape his or her character until the successful completion of the story where it all comes together and the reader is left wanting to read more of that author’s books.
Except in this story, the ending has brutal and eternal consequences, because this is real life. Some may – to their own peril – believe that this is merely a legend or a myth propagated by some arcane Druid from ten thousand years ago. But, this epic is not any harder to believe in than the thousands of fantasy worlds created over the last few hundred years by the imaginations of the writers of the world. This epic has all the elements of a good fantasy or sci-fi novel. Time travel? This reality exists where there is no time, and the Creator of the Universe see’s everything that has happened in a continuous now. Teleportation? Light speed travel? Who needs a warp drive when you can travel at the speed of thought, ala Stephen visiting the eunuch one the road to Gaza. Immortality? Got that one in the bag. Immense glorious magnificent floating cities? The New Jerusalem. Frightening seemingly all-powerful Evil Ruler? Satan takes the cake. Even if he is somewhat of a comical figure considering we all know how it ends for him. Cataclysmic Apocalyptic final battle to determine eternity? Read the Book of Revelations.
Again, there is nothing that compares to the epic reality that is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Where are you in this epic story? There are only two places to stand in this reality. Either on the side of the good guy Jesus Christ or on the side of Satan. You can’t opt out of this choice. By not choosing you choose the second choice. You must take a stand, one way or the other. This story is not fiction, even though it has all the elements of a good epic fantasy, this is epic reality. And, you have been created to join the Good Guys and explore the Epic Imagination forever.