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.
I look at it from probably a much more pedestrian viewpoint. But, first of all, I'd like to make the Millennium without dying, so maybe that would prove that all this happened during my lifetime.
But I'm fascinated by politics, and yet I grow weary of it, too. I mean, both sides of the aisle seem to be involved in shenanigans all the time, and everyday you're saying, "I can't believe what this or that leader did or said." You're not going to say that in the Millennium unless you're an unbeliever. Jesus is on the Throne, David is his Prince, and you won't find yourself reading the paper and saying, "Can you believe what that guy tried to pull today?" You [will] just admire and respect and love and be in awe of the leader, because it's God.
You said you hoped that you reach the Millennium without dying. Do you think these events might happen in the next 30 years?
That's an interesting question we get asked all the time, and we were actually forced on television the other day to say yes or no. In your lifetime, yes or no? And Dr. LaHaye said yes, and I said no. It isn't that I don't want it to happen or don't believe it could happen. I believe we're told to look for the imminent return of Christ. It could be any time. Could be right now.
But, I also believe and hope that God in his mercy waits one more day, and scripture says to him a day is as 1,000 years. If he waits one more day, that many more people could come to Christ in the meantime.
Dr. LaHaye will be 81 this month. He'd like to have it happen in his lifetime, which means it has to be soon, but I'll let him speak to that.
Oh, it's true. I'm expecting the Lord. In fact, my wife and I have enjoyed almost 60 years of wedded bliss. We've had a wonderful marriage because we were both Christians and committed to God to begin with, and we'd like to see it perpetuated in the Millennium without interruption, be taken up in the Rapture. And we've prayed that way. It's going to happen to some generation. Why not ours?
The best is yet to come, and I can't wait to get into this marvelous experience. It's going to be better than we ever dreamed.