I’ve been seeing several ads and promos for the upcoming movie, Left Behind, that opens on October 3rd. The movie stars Nicholas Cage, who plays one of the lead characters, based on the best selling Left Behind series, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The book series came out well over a decade ago, and has been read by millions the world over.
The Left Behind books are based on the book of Revelation in the Bible. The book of Revelation was written by the apostle, John, concerning the end time events that would occur. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God, and the book of Revelation is God, through John, telling us what is going to happen.
The events begin with the Rapture. This is when all those who are believers in Jesus Christ, will be taken out, raptured, from this world. In less than it takes time to blink, we will be gone. Just…. like…. that. In the mass exodus of believers, there will be chaos and confusion as to what happened. We can only imagine what it will be like for those left behind. Unmanned airplanes, cars without drivers, children gone from playgrounds, or from their beds, business men and women that never make it to the meeting. Houses now empty. Family members separated. The world in turmoil, on every continent, through every time zone. Gone. All gone.
Then begins the years of Tribulation. A time like this world has never seen. A time when the earth groans under the evil that plagues it. A man will come to the people and say he is bringing peace. He says he will heal this world. He is deceptive and cunning and the masses will believe him, because they long to believe in something…someone. Yet, he is the offspring of the Deceiver and he manipulates with his lies, those that were left behind. He ushers in the most horrible time that history will ever know, until time ticks down to the great battle of Armageddon, where quite literally all 0f hell will break loose.
God will not be mocked.
The Great Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, will come in all His power and glory.
27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Jesus Christ) 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.29 “Immediately after the distress of those day “‘the sun will be darkened,and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:27-31 NIV
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair,“Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. (Jesus Christ) 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. Revelation 19:17-21 NIV
Some have heard of the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, and even the Battle of Armageddon, and yet they turn their backs on God and His Son, Jesus. They tell themselves that none of this is true. They deny God, and slander the name of Jesus. They live their lives in the most cavalier way, wasting precious minutes, until there is no more time left.
Do not be deceived.
As the producer of the movie, Paul LaLonde, said, “Left Behind is based on a true story. It just hasn’t happened yet.”