Go ahead and enjoy the Nicolas Cage movie remake of “Left Behind,” but don’t believe Jesus is going to snatch Christians away so they miss the Tribulation, says theologian William Craig.
Scheduled for an October 3 release in theaters nationwide, “Left Behind” tells the story of those stranded on Earth after millions of Christians suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos.
The film is based on the bestselling series of 16 novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which were adapted into three action thriller films starring Kirk Cameron, Left Behind (2000), Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002), and Left Behind: World at War (2005) – as well as a computer game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces (2006).
Built around biblical prophecies in Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah and Ezekiel, the books tell the story of what happens after true believers in Christ have been "raptured," taken instantly to Heaven, leaving non-believers behind in chaos and conflict.
However, "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation," says Craig, a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. “If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there.”
Instead, says Craig, “the idea of the rapture comes from a misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming," reports Morgan ...