I think just about the best endtimes fiction I've read is the Brothers Grimm tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.I thought he was joking, and just indicating that he didn't put much stock in the endtimes fiction that currently fills our local Christian bookstores. But no, he was serious, and as he explained I saw why. Of course the analogy was imperfect, but it was interesting :).
Snow White lived in a world that was marred and under a curse, and one day her prince came and set things back right again. Similarly we live in a stricken world marred by the fall. Death, disease, and suffering were not part of the original creation, but a consequence of sin. We await a day when our Prince will come and set things back right again. What a beautiful hope!
Some day my Prince will come
Some day we'll meet again
And away to his castle we'll go
To be happy forever I know. . .