The Blood Moon's, the events in the middle east are prime reasons dispensationalist are "again" saying that the rapture is just around the corner, the stage is set for the soon return of Christ. This expectation is further heighten by the newly released movie based of the book series, Left Behind", staring Nicolas Cage entitled, what else but, "Left Behind".
Whether you are a believer in Christ or not, you should know that Jesus' description of the rapture and its timing is NOT what what is portrayed in the movie Left Behind.
Jesus’ says: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…all the peoples of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)
Left Behind says: Before any really bad things happens...or to use Christianized language, before the tribulation...Christians will suddenly and mysteriously disappear in a secret rapture, and initially no one will know why, because no one will see Jesus in the sky.
What did Jesus say:
Jesus said it will happen after the tribulation.
Left Behind says it will happen before the tribulation.
Jesus said when it happens the whole world will see Him.
Left Behind says no one will see Him, it is secret snatching away of people.
Obviously, these two versions of the rapture event are about as different as can be! It’s up to you to decide which version you’re going to believe. I choose to believe Jesus!
The Left Behind books and movies bear no resemblance whatsoever to Jesus' teaching on the matter.
You may say: “But the Left Behind books and movies are believed by so many people from all denominations! They can’t possibly be all wrong!” Since when does winning a popularity contest make a spiritual event right. To focus on what is popular opens you up to deception. The truth is in following Jesus! If you think popularity always equals truth....you’ve got another think coming. The fact that the Left Behind movies and books are so popular while being so wrong, is a searing indictment of the deception religious denominations are in today. When Christians can write books and make movies about the rapture, and devour those books and movies and people treat them as truth by the millions without even thinking to consult Jesus’ specific description of the event in the Bible is indicative of the depth of deception the religious world is deceived by!
Why do the majority of Christians say they believe in a “pre-tribulation” rapture, while ignoring Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:29-31? Because they take for granted, and fail to “test everything” their denominated seminarian pastors tell them (see 1 Thess. 5:21).
"Man" you may say, that sounds like a nasty business!" Being persecuted? Being killed? Being hated? That’s for people in far off places like China and the Muslim world! Not us fluffy, comfy Christians in the western world! Are Christians so naive to believe that believers in the western world have a special avoid trouble badge that says, “Immune From Persecution”, if so they are in for a rude awakening?
Follow the teachings of Jesus...not religious fables.