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.
Our view has been from the beginning that we love everybody. Jesus loves everybody. We do believe the Bible says that Jesus is the only way to God. That's a divisive message in a pluralistic society, in a free society where people have the right to believe the way they want. We tell it to inform, not to offend. If people still scoff and disagree, or even feel offended, all we can do is apologize for offending them, but not for telling what we believe is the truth. We still love them. We still care about them. We still pray for them.
For the characters in our books that are devout of other faiths, some come to faith in Christ and then are ushered into the Millennial Kingdom, and some are not. Now, what happens to them, I don't know. I don't know how God judges them and where.
I do know this: He doesn't send anybody to hell. If hell is the antithesis to Heaven and that's the only other option, they may go to hell, but it's certainly not because of the sentence of God. His offer is life and hope for everybody.
God is really the great Hound of Heaven, seeking to bring men to a saving knowledge of his son. People ought to remember--and we share this vision--when it comes to heaven, God is not going to be there trying to keep people out. The loving God we find in the Bible is there trying to bring people in. There's any excuse to get someone in, dry-cleaned or otherwise. Just get them in. But, always, they have to put their personal faith in Jesus. He's the way, the truth and the life.
If you were living right now in the Millennial Reign, what would you like most about it?
There are many, many things I would love about it. One is visiting with all of our friends, like David and Job and Malachi and Daniel, one of my favorites. And of course Caleb, admiring his faith.
But, I think most of all--and I don't say this to be pious--to stand before God and thank him for forgiving me of my sins and accepting me into his family and for sending his Son, Jesus.