This past weekend I saw the movie LEFT BEHIND at the theater. Perhaps you read my blog post a few weeks ago, "God Can Use Hollywood" on this very topic. Well, I finally went to see it. I read the reviews and the critics didn't have much good to say about the movie. But I wanted to see it because I had read the book series a few years ago and I was curious to see how this huge future event would be portrayed.
Although it was obvious that this film didn't have the multimillion dollar budget production that we are used to in contemporary movies, I was able to overlook that and focus on the message of the movie.
The message of the movie, of course, is that millions of people suddenly disappear because of the rapture. Those left behind come up with a variety of plausible causes, but the main characters realize it is the Biblical event that they've been warned about.
Rather than say much more about the movie, I would prefer to focus on the event. The rapture of the church is the event in which God “snatches away” all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth during the 7 year tribulation period. The rapture is described primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50–54. "Rapture" is drawn from the Latin term - caught up.
If we truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is true, we must embrace the teaching of the rapture of the church. When I came to faith in Christ 29 years ago, I had never heard of the rapture. I had been raised in the catholic religion and they do not believe that Christians will be caught up/taken out of the world before the tribulation period. (On a side note, I met a sweet Christian woman years ago who got saved out of Catholicism as a result of a coworker talking to her about the rapture!)
When the movie was over and the lights in the theater came back on, I sat in my seat and cried. I wept for several minutes while my husband waited. I couldn't even tell him what I was feeling. It was such a deep brokenness in my heart that all I could do was cry. I thought of the scores of people I love who do not know the Lord Jesus as their Savior and how they will be left behind. I thought of the horrible events of the 7 year tribulation period and all that they would have to endure. I thought of how much Jesus loves them and their continued rejection of Him. I thought of how much I loved them and didn't want them to be left behind. Then I thought of all the opportunities I missed to tell people about the Lord Jesus. I just had to cry all my feelings out. Because after all, tears are liquid words.
I pray that we all will have more of a heart to share the gospel every chance we get. Perhaps we can use this Hollywood movie as a conversation initiator.