The Return of Jesus 'Could Be Any Time'
As their 'Left Behind' series comes to a close, co-authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins look forward to the end--of all time.
It is not unusual for mega-selling novels to deal in the supernatural. Indeed, Stephen King, Dan Brown, and J.K. Rowling are successful partly because they feed our hunger for all things spiritual.
Conservative Christian authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins are not the most likely members of that club, but their 'Left Behind' franchise, which offers a controversial picture of the end of the world, is among the most successful book series of the last two decades. Beliefnet has visited with the authors individually (here
), but on the occasion of the final installment of 'Left Behind,' we sat down with both authors to discuss their views on the Last Days--and their sense of how soon those days will come.
Christians hold all sorts of opinions about the End Times. How important do you think it is for Christians to agree with the version of the events as portrayed in this book?
It's not really essential. The important factor is that Jesus is coming, and almost all Protestant churches and other churches believe that, [including] many Catholic churches. It's in every covenant or council that the church has ever had.
Dr. LaHaye, do you see anything specific happening today that you feel is a precursor of the End Times?
Yes, there are many things happening today that warn us that we've got to be really prepared at any time. Daniel 12 [says that] people will run to and fro on the Earth, and knowledge will be increased. Well, look at the [today's] traffic pattern. There wouldn't be any traffic movement unless knowledge had been increased. In just the last 125 years, the speed of travel--people running to and fro--has gone up from horseback, which may be 20 miles an hour, until it just skyrocketed [to] 24,000 miles an hour today.