Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have sold 42 million books by fictionalizing the Biblical End Times in the Left Behind series. But this fall their Christian publisher, Tyndale House, launched a rival series directly challenging the premise that born-again Christians will be “raptured” into heaven while those “left behind” face the anti-Christ during the Apocalypse.
While equating Jerusalem with Babylon is essentially correct, it does need some refinement. Continue reading “Duncan McKenzie: Babylon was not First-Century Jerusalem (2004)”
Revelation has absolutely nothing specific to say about events today or events tomorrow. Fundamentalists conveniently skip over the fact that its very first verse says its contents are about happenings that will occur “speedily” and verse three underlines this by saying the time spoken of is “near” at hand. Nothing could be clearer Continue reading “Tom Harpur: America obsessed with future apocalypse (2003)”
LaHaye and Jenkins invent a fictional motive for the attack, a growth-enhancing botanical compound, which is admittedly sexier than cows. But just like the plot device, the interpretation is also contrived. Continue reading “Joel Miller: Israel and End-Times Fiction (2002)”
Don’t get trapped with wooden literalism-unless you really expect to get to heaven and find that Jesus is a sheep.
Many conservative Christians believe that the prophecy was fulfilled in the church’s first century.
Thomas Ice writes that one particular branch of preterism (extreme preterism) “is growing and has made noticeable gains in recent years.” He calls preterism “a strange new fad within the field of Bible Prophecy.” Continue reading “Is the preterist view of Bible prophecy spreading among Christians? (1999)”