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Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins - Left Behind Series 11 - Armageddon · Read more Tim LaHaye - Left Behind 10 - The Remnant. Read more. LEFT BEHIND: A NOVEL OF THE EARTH'S LAST DAYS Book 1 of the Left Behind Series TIM LAHAYE & JERRY B. JENKINS CHAPTER ON. Why You Act the Way You Do by Tim LaHaye Tim LaHaye Why You Act the Way You Do Tim Lahaye & Jerry Jenkins - Left Behind Series 12 - Glorious.
Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene — along with a threatening message from the killer — it looks like someone has been taking notes. Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. His wife is not his wife. His son was never
To add to this guilt and regret, the authors burden their characters with fear. By becoming Christians in the post-rapture world, the characters know that severe prosecution will soon be in 2 Edmund D.
In these novels, denomination is a matter of life and death.
First, these books read much like dimestore pulp fiction. It is, after all, a fantastical adventure story with which the reader can easily become entranced. In fact, some readers who actually believe in the theology upon which these books are based, or who are on the verge of believing, may decide they do not want to be a Christian in this boring Age of Grace.
They may decide that they want to be left behind so they can experience the adventure of fighting the Antichrist. Rayford Steele is a well-to-do, upper-class, all-American airline pilot. His nineteen-year-old daughter Chloe Steele is a college student and a natural-born skeptic of religion and supernatural phenomena.
Bruce Barnes is an assistant pastor of a small church who thought he was a Christian prior to the Rapture but had a rude awakening when he was left behind, at which point he realized he was not the right kind of Christian for God. Rayford, Chloe and Buck are people who outwardly rejected the fundamentalist Christian faith of their family, friends and acquaintances. Rayford, Chloe and Bruce Barnes lived their lives surrounded by Christian influence, while Buck Williams is a wholly secular agnostic3 who has virtually no exposure to Christianity aside from a Christian colleague, and thus initially knows next to nothing about Christian theology.
Other characters are introduced in the ensuing installments, joining the cast of primary protagonists.
A clear instance of tokenism, the character of Dr. Of course, Floyd Charles is among the characters that die, in his case from 3 The beginning of the first book treats us to a backstory in which Buck experiences a close brush with death when he witnesses firsthand an attack on Israel by the entire Russian army, in fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy. When the entire massive army is miraculously destroyed by divine intervention with not a single Israeli casualty, Buck decides he might be a deist instead of an agnostic Tim LaHaye and Jerry B.
This demonstrates that LaHaye and Jenkins have no idea what deism even is. These characters are heavily stereotyped, for a simple reason that is to be expected given the nature of the case. The people to whom these books are geared are predominantly those who believe they will not be left behind when their awaited-for Rapture occurs. Thus, there is really no need to make any of the characters either believable or relatable. Indeed, the main characters are not the kind of people born-again Christian readers of the series are supposed to relate to.
It is probably no accident that novels and novellas, where motivation and character development are so important, display the most interesting Antichrists. And yet the world names schools after him! The whole reason Carpathia is pegged as the Antichrist by the protagonists at the end of the first book is because the world loves him, not 5 Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Apparently, a great politician who starts out with a sincere desire to unify the world in the midst of a global crisis and whom everybody loves is perfect Antichrist material for our authors.
Indeed, in Left Behind, the villains just happen to be the people most often demonized by LaHaye and the Christian Right in general, i. This belief opens the door for such Christians to label anyone who comes along and tries to make the world a better place as an evil person or group. This is something we hear over and over again from the Christian Right. This outlook completely inverts the progressive values and of humanitarian compassion and understanding as bad, and presents ignorance, hatred and war as good.
The Left Behind series strongly reflects this paranoia toward all things bearing even the semblance of secularism and progressivism. But I will be conciliatory here and state that Left Behind, in addition to employing end-times scare tactics under a thin marketing veneer of fiction, does misrepresent certain prominent portions of the Bible. Rosenzweig to speak for himself, but for now I can tell you that the theory that makes the most sense to me is briefly as follows: The world has been stockpiling nuclear weapons for innumerable years.
Since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Japan in and the Soviet Union first detonated its own devices September 23, , the world has been at risk of nuclear holocaust.
Rosenzweig and his team of renowned scholars is close to the discovery of an atmospheric phenomenon that may have caused the vanishing of so many people instantaneously. Where are my mother and my brother?
Where are my children? Well, OK then. This is what happens when evangelical authors attempt to drag a very old apocalyptic text into a modern setting, and then try to portray how they think fictional skeptics would rationalize what happens.
Spoiler alert: They end up creating a strawman portrayal of skeptics. Has everybody in this story forgotten about the centuries of Christian proselytizing?
Prior to the Rapture, Christians had made it their mission to save as many people as possible so that they can get zapped away to heaven before the seven years of Tribulation got to them first. In the second book Tribulation Force , our four heroes begin to settle back into semi-normal lives after the few months of worldwide chaos covered in the first book.
They decide to carry on with their various jobs as best they can, and Buck and Chloe even start a serious relationship, even though they have been made to fully understand they only have seven years at most left to live.
But they play along in order to bring the lost to Christ more effectively. Another oddity of the Left Behind novels that strains plausibility to its breaking point is that Carpathia, the charismatic peacemaker who brings the entire world under a single government and then betrays that peace three and a half years into his reign, is an obscure politician from Romania at the beginning of the series.
Even apart from any America-centric parochial tendencies here, it makes sense that in times of national tragedy, people would want to hear from their own leaders. Implicit in the Book of Revelation and according to long-standing tradition in Christian eschatology, the Antichrist is supposed to hail from Rome. See Barbara Mikkelson and David P. Does the first book depict Romania as a country that has become a world superpower?
No, Carpathia is simply really good at talking and based on the Bush Jr. But this defense falls short, because the sudden transformation is not even documented. It is simply asserted as something that happens. Are they not trying to change a fixed future and thwart what is already predicted by the very Holy Scriptures they fight for? The authors have something of an explanation for this. The reason the Tribulation Force protagonists keep on trying to either kill the Antichrist or disrupt his plans is not to actually prevent the prophesied calamities that God is dishing out to a supposedly deserving world via the Antichrist, but rather to convey the point to unbelieving people that this man, who is not being affected by their attacks, really is the Antichrist and not to be trusted.
Nicolae would come out of it more heroic than ever. At his resurrection he will be indwelt by Satan and become more powerful than ever. Do you still believe that a man who has been known to raise the dead could actually be the Antichrist? Here are 15 LaHaye and Jenkins, Assassins, p. Rayford believed God. He had faith that regardless of his power, regardless of his intentions, Nicolae would be impotent in the face of any of the , witnesses who carried the seal of almighty God on their foreheads.
The problem with wanting to shoot bullets at Carpathia just to prove to the world that he is the Antichrist is made apparent in the story itself. At the end of the seventh book, Carpathia declares himself to be God in the flesh after returning to life from a death he ended up suffering at the hands of a nonbeliever. But LaHaye and Jenkins can be credited with providing us a thought-provoking idea, although unintentionally on their part.
If one believes that the performing of signs and wonders are an indication of an evil being, or even that they can potentially be the sign of an evil being which is something almost all fundamentalists affirm , upon what grounds can that person say that Jesus must be the good Son of God simply because he validated himself through signs and wonders?
Price makes the following salient observation: It is striking that the books especially The Indwelling set up the resurrection of Antichrist Carpathia in the very terms evangelical apologists wish they had and claim to have for Jesus: his resurrection was seen by many witnesses, including hostile ones, and is even recorded on tape!
The attested resurrection is offered as confirmation by the Risen One of his own deity. Should not Rayford. Mark But just how can one distinguish between good miracle-working entities from evil miracle-working entities, especially when the miracle-worker under scrutiny is of the kind that comes as a standard-bearer of peace to the world like Carpathia?
Is it not true that the Pax Romana in the first and second centuries of the Common Era accomplished exactly what Carpathia did in these novels? Some Christians will respond by saying that God has warned us in the Book of Revelation not only that the Antichrist is coming, but also what actions he would take and how his attributes will be conducive to conquering through peace. But what if the Book of Revelation was actually written by an evil antichrist as a way of thwarting the good divinity and turning us against it when the end came?
That would be highly problematic, but I doubt most if any Christians have considered that possibility. How do I know, I got left behind. How am I supposed to know hidden meanings that will never show? Many educated Christians take the side of the vast majority of reputable Bible scholars who say that the Book of Revelation was intended to be an allegorical and devotional account of what early Christians at the close of the first century CE believed would befall the Roman Empire.
What are the theological implications of saying that Jesus could see the future only in a limited sense, and that his foresight did not extend very far into the future?
For secular and critical Bible scholars, this does not pose a dilemma, because they know the New Testament was not written by either Jesus or his closest followers. But for the majority of lay believers, the New Testament is supposed to be divinely inspired. Whenever Jesus delivers a dissertation on the end-times in the Gospels, the speech is always directly linked to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
His end-times missives are always intended to refer to events predicted to take place within the next few decades. The inference that the Temple was in danger was not an outlandish one to make; it did not take a divine prophet or seer to perceive that a bad situation was brewing and getting worse as time went on.
In the Olivet Discourse, featured in every Gospel except that of John, Jesus talks with his disciples about the signs which will immediately precede the apocalypse. When Jesus states, 20 Bart D.
Mark ; Luke , he is speaking specifically about the coming of the Messiah and the concurrent destruction of the Temple, events which the early church believed would cue the end of the world and the final judgment. This is why Christian apologists must resort to mental gymnastics when their backs are against the wall on this topic.
Greek language experts do not agree with this translation. This is supported by the context of other passages that use the word. The discourse comes right after the scene in which Jesus and his disciples come out of the Temple, which the disciples are openly admiring. And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Mark ; Luke Jesus then proceeds in verse after verse to describe the various signs that will signal the coming of the Messiah, as well as what the end-times will entail war, persecution, earthquakes, famines, celestial disturbances, etc.
Obviously, if the disciples did not think that Jesus was talking about them, they would not have asked what signs they should look for in the first place. Suppose you encounter a modern doomsday prophet who believes the world will be destroyed years in the future. If you ask this prophet what signs you should be looking out for, he would say that you need not bother looking for anything.
Our generation will not live to see the signs of the end foretold by this prophet. On the other hand, if a doomsday prophet does outline specific signs for which you should be on the lookout, he is tacitly saying that the end will come at some point during your lifetime.
This is exactly what Jesus is purported to have done in the Olivet Discourse. He laid out a description of the signs he wanted his disciples to look for. Even the evangelical authors of Left Behind subtly admit that Bible passages such as the Olivet Discourse and others similar to it pose a potential difficulty. This admission is voiced by the internal monologue of Rayford Steele, one of the main characters, who feels who feels some understandable confusion about apocalyptic theology while reflecting on the vanishing of millions of people all over the world: So Jesus said he was coming quickly.
Had he come? It must not have meant soon, unless it was from the perspective of someone with a long view of history. Maybe Jesus meant that when he came, he would do it quickly. Was that what this was all about? Rayford glanced at the last chapter as a whole. Three other verses had red letters, and two of those repeated the business about coming quickly. Bible prophecy is for this reason a completely useless exercise. Christian prophecy experts have nothing to offer but highly-subjective applications of vague symbols to current events that can just as easily be associated with the equally-vague predictions of Nostradamus.
In order for a prediction to be worthy of the name, it must make an unambiguous claim. The self-proclaimed prophet should, as a prerequisite to be taken seriously by anyone, explain what his or her prophecy means in exact terms, including what exactly is going to happen. Any prophecy that follows this criterion becomes empirically testable and falsifiable.
Hence the reason we rarely if ever see such standards met by self-described prophets. Simply spouting a string of vague statements about some future state of affairs, into which any number of subsequent events can be shoehorned, does not pass as meaningful prediction.
But in the Olivet Discourse, Jesus does what very few biblical prophecy passages do: He offers a testable and falsifiable claim. If someone claims that there is an invisible heavenly realm that guides all worldly events toward a preconceived denouement, how can anyone possibly go about testing that claim?
The believer may dress up the claim with highly sophisticated word usage that employ advanced theoretical physics, the way physicist and Christian theist Frank Tipler does in his book The Physics of Immortality, for example.
On the other hand, if someone tells us — as Jesus reportedly did years ago — that the present generation will experience the end of the world and describes all the signs that accompany it to boot, we have before us an eminently testable and falsifiable claim. This is precisely why the promises attributed to Jesus are damning to the credibility of the Christian 23 Frank J. Robert M. They cannot afford to see it.
They have altogether too much invested in their beliefs. It is a prime case of cognitive dissonance. They refuse to face a devastating truth because, no matter how guilty a conscience one may have, it is better than having to admit how wrong one was and to have to start over again.
These verses are the reason for the existence of a Christian end-times school of thought known as Preterism and its close cousin Transmillennialism. According to Preterist doctrine, the end-times scenarios described by Jesus have already happened.
The Second Coming is a matter of past history as far as the Preterist is concerned, having come to pass as promised in the first century CE. These novels are based on the Preterist viewpoint and set in the time of Nero in the first century. The upshot of all this is that the worldview presented in the novels of LaHaye and Jenkins is not even validated by the Bible itself, which is supposed to be the primary text which inspired the series.
The characters in Left Behind would be completely justified in rejecting Jesus on the grounds that he was a failed prophet, because although he does return in the story, he does so more than years after the time he explicitly stated he would in the Bible. Christians who subscribe to Preterism and Transmillennialism would agree. Obviously, LaHaye and Jenkins reject Preterism. They hold to the opposing theological interpretation known as Dispensationalism, which is rife with its own internal difficulties.
The popularity of the series is potentially alarming, because dispensational Christians, LaHaye and Jenkins included, teach and believe that these are much more than fiction novels based on their religion. They believe these books portray future events that are actually going to happen. Left Behind purports to be a primer on true prophecy dressed up as fiction. It is to this aspect of the series that we turn next.
This is made all the more fascinating when one considers the extremely literalist standpoint with regard to theological doctrine that the authors of the series assert and from which the storyline and concept is derived.
They neither acknowledge nor seek to convey anything transcendent in their subject, replacing transcendence with titillation. Their audience is never caught up in the mystery and ecstasy of rapture, only teased with the cheap thrills of a great snatch.
We will miss him. It notes: LaHaye originated the idea of a novel about the Second Coming.
Jenkins through their mutual agent, Rick Christian, president of the Colorado Springs literary agency, Alive Communications, who also negotiated the book deal. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing.
We are still in love today! Henry Morris in the founding of the Institute for Creation Research , the nation's foremost exponent of creationist materials. LaHaye has written more than 60 non-fiction books on a wide range of subjects such as: family life, temperaments, sexual adjustment, Bible prophecy, the will of God, Jesus Christ, and secular humanism with over 14 million in print, some of which have been translated into 32 foreign languages.
His writings are best noted for their easy-to-understand and scripturally based application of biblical principles that assist in facing and handling the challenges of life. His ministry obituary notes: During the s Dr. LaHaye was instrumental in gathering a coalition of Southern California pastors together to address a progressive agenda that was undermining traditional family values. He was also widely credited with garnering evangelical support behind the campaign of George W.