But, didn't we all know already that the Left Behind series is on par with Biblical prophecy as being an apt portrayal of things to come? For shame, for shame, that we would doubt the works of Tim LaHaye and his many peers, in their ongoing mission to warn us of that day before the Anti-Christ appears, when all good pretribs will disappear, leaving the rest of us to hold the bag in the persecution to come!
And now for something completely different...
I was blessed to have a pastor for a grandfather who never threw away any book. So many outdated exegesis on when/if the rapture would come, so many authors who boldly declared that the Beast was already here upon this earth in the form of (insert obscure European political figure here). I remember one from Jack Chick publications who told us that the Anti-Christ would be a Merovingian descended from the Blessed Virgin herself (because if you squint real hard "Mary" is the first word, and the second word is obviously a derivative of "virgin"
) , which also prepared me for the Da Vinci Code (Chick publications was more of a page turner, IMHO). So many were willing to tell us an exact date based off the "proper" reading of the most obscure numbers, involving what must have been "new" math. I remember one guy in the early '90s setting a date for the early '00s based off the number of stones and chambers within the Great Pyramid of Giza, because it was obviously built by the Hebrew slaves based on the wisdom of Joseph. Considering that more than half of these books predicted the end of the world before I even knew how to say my "ABC's" let alone read, I was well protected from certain tendencies in this regard.
Add to this conflicting theories within the pre-trib movement itself as regards those "left behind". Some believe only 144,000 Israelites will have a chance of salvation, some believe that there would be a sort of "second class salvation" open even after the rapture (i.e. those faithful are the ones the saints are prophesied to "judge" or rule), some believe that salvation is still open after the rapture and that the Tribulation is the punishment for not falling in line sooner.
I believed in staying out of those arguments. I had my hands full with our Lord turning water into grape juice