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Regarding the End Times, there are three
schools of Christian thought. There is amillennialism (the numbers used in the
Book of Revelation are completely symbolic, so there won't be a Rapture, a
Tribulation with an Antichrist, or a thousand-year reign by Jesus on this earth).
There is postmillennialism (the thousand-year reign is a time of peace brought
about by the spreading of the Gospel, after which Jesus comes for all
believers, which will be most of humanity). And there is premillennialism
(Jesus takes all the believers up in the air to heaven and lets the Antichrist have
his way with the rest of humanity). Only one of these theories inspired sixteen
novels written by Dr. Tim LaHaye—now deceased at the age of ninety—and Jerry
Jenkins. Given that the series was called Left Behind, you can
guess which theory Dr. LaHaye supported.
I never finished the first book in the series
and I couldn't sit through either movie version. The best unbiased praise I
could find called the series "not great literature" and the New York
Times referred to them as "grisly." The lack of literary value did
not prevent more than 62 million of them being sold. Dr. LaHaye (doctoral degrees from Western Theological Seminary and
Liberty University) also wrote sixty nonfiction works on family life, Bible
prophecy, the will of God, and secular humanism, and, with his wife, a
Christian sex manual (in toto, 76 million books published in 32 languages).
Dr. LaHaye pastored the Scott
Memorial Baptist Church for twenty-five years. He also founded two accredited
Christian high schools, a school system of ten Christian schools, and San Diego
Christian College, and helped found the Institute
for Creation Research. He and his wife were married for sixty-nine years.
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