Do not be “Left Behind”



                There are many ways to be left behind. In “Home Alone” a family leaves their child behind when they go on vacation. If you are an injured soldier or an athlete, you are left while your band of brothers goes to battle. Your family may be involved in activities and you choose instead to watch the ball game or drink with friends. There will also be the time when Jesus comes back to take all believers with him to heaven as His second return begins.

Don’t be left behind as the new movie comes to town. I believe it will be in theaters beginning October 3. I, and most folks in my church, have read the book entitled “Left Behind” and it is a great read. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins wrote it. In the great library of Valley Baptist Church, and I do mean great, not only is the book available, but so are the videos and the original film with Kirk Cameron.

The new movie, “Left Behind” stars academy award winner Nicolas Cage and the turnout for this film should be significantly better.

If you want a Biblical basis for the book and movie, don’t look up the word “rapture” in your concordance because it won’t be there. The theme of the movie, and the Bible, is that each person makes a choice whether to believe in Jesus as Savior, or not, and those choosing not, are then “left behind.”

Not only will you be left behind, but you will be left to burn. I like the bumper sticker, “Eternity: Smoking or Non-Smoking?” Another one I like is “If you don’t love Jesus, I hope you like barbeque!” For a few Biblical references to being left behind, or the rapture, go to: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where it states “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” There are many other verses: Revelation 20:2-5; Mark 13:32; 1 Corinthians 15:52 and more.

The movie, in a nutshell, is where in a “twinkling of an eye”, all those who believe in Jesus Christ or are too young to make the decision, are taken to heaven. That moment instantaneously puts the planet in chaos. Planes crash, cars crunch and children disappear. It is a shocking and revealing experience, but for those that have ignored the Word, and their friends, it is total confusion.

If you are a parent of young children, you are devastated. It is not only a great story, but also the truth.

It will happen, and I have mixed feelings about it. When I am in pain or suffering as I watch the world around me, I want Jesus to come, and come quickly. That is also a selfish thought because I know too many family and friends who will be left behind. I know He will come at the right time, and I am glad I am not making the decision. I am too concerned about my feelings and not the family of man.

Go to the movie. More importantly, take someone with you so they are not left behind from a great movie, but encourage a non-believer to come with you. It reminds me of an interview with a wealthy successful man who has accomplished most every goal he ever set for himself in his life. His response to the question “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” was, “I want to go to heaven and take as many people with me as possible.”

Sounds very wise to me. I think I will do that too! I’m going to invite family to go to the movie, but that’s not all. I’m also going to……………………….

I know, for a minute you thought I was raptured. Sorry, too much work to do before I leave.

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  1. Went to the movie “Left Behind”. My wife didn’t go. She got the better deal. The film is extremely average and on my paranoid days, I would say it was a sabatoge effort to discourage people from reading the great book entitled “Left Behind” by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Don’t go. Donate the money to missions. Watch reruns. Watch paint dry. Visit your mother-in-law. Do something but don’t go!!!!!

  2. Going to the movie tonight 10/3. “Left Behind” is in town. See “Reel Scenes” in the column section of the Desert Review for a movie review.

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