It was Tolulope Haastrup who introduced me to the “Left Behind” series. I think he loaned me his copy of Tribulation Force- the second book in the series. Well, the clarity with which the narrative and characters espoused spiritual truths, especially as it relates to the books of Revelations and Isaiah- two of the knottiest and futuristic (read prophetic) books in the Holy Writ (my opinion)- was quite captivating. So I bought the first four books in the series and kept reading. On more occasions than I care to remember, I used my “pocket money” (aka food money) to purchase these books. I didn’t stop until I had all 12 books in my library. I read it all, plus including (pardon my French) the kids version. That was how engaging it was- fast-moving fiction with elements drawn from sci-fi, romance, disaster porn and politics. “Left Behind” had the appeal of a familiar story – one that somehow inscribed my teenage realities into biblical events.
LaHaye and Jenkins, under the obvious and sometimes palpable influence of the Holy Spirit, developed characters, built scenarios and weaved stories with the kind of flourish and dexterity that ONLY the Holy Spirit can give. They exposed my young mind to a central truth of the gospel- the concept of the RAPTURE. A message conveniently ignored by men of the pulpit these days. When Jesus clearly said “I go to prepare a place for you, and I will come again…” It’s very possible for a person who came to Christ sometime during the past two decades, to never have heard of the idea of the RAPTURE. But I digress.
The “Left Behind” book series is essential reading for anyone who is serious about understanding biblical prophecy. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand current world events… #Brexit #TheRiseAndRiseOfDonaldTrump #Terrorism #WorldCurrencyMarkets #AfricaRise #TheMiddleEast #Israel #OneWorld and the likes. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to see beyond #CNN and #FoxNews. The series (aside your Bible of course) is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand in a down to earth kinda way, God’s prodigal and extravagant grace.
While the “Left Behind” series is predictive, it is also historical in a sense, because it’s based on a true story. The story just hasn’t happened yet. But the story will happen. So, if you will like to be on the good side of this unfolding story, please say this prayer with me:
Father I acknowledge that I am a sinner, that Jesus Christ died for me, that you raised him from the dead. Please forgive me. I accept Jesus today as my Lord and Savior. I am a new creature.
Tim LaHaye has without doubt “Left Behind” an extensive legacy in my mind. Rest in Peace.