“But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and din not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill , one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour where you do not expect Him.” ~Jesus as recorded in Matthew 24:36-44
This past weekend my husband and I went to see the movie “Left Behind” starring Nicolas Cage, based on the best selling novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins about the Rapture. The original movie starring Kirk Cameron had been done fairly well, but with some of the stiffness of the early years in Christian film making. Having read the book and seen the original movie, I was curious to see how Hollywood had handled the story.
The story focuses on three main characters; air pilot Captain Ray Steele, his daughter Chloe, and a well known news reporter, Cameron “Buck” Williams, who are suddenly thrown into chaos as millions of people disappear off the face of the earth. In a blink of an eye, adults and children vanish, many from the airplane Captain Steele is flying from New York to London. The only evidence remaining is the belongings of those who disappeared in a flash. Captain Steele and Buck are left in the air struggling to restore calm on the airplane, while Chloe grapples with the chaos on the ground as horror and trauma prevail. Vehicles whose drivers have vanished crash into stores, airplanes fall from the sky and panicked parents look for their children, as other people respond with violence towards one another and looting. The question of what happened to those who disappeared is the central question presented.
Although there were a few “Hollywood” moments and one or two Nicolas Cage being Nicolas Cage looks, on a whole I would give the movie a strong B+. The story line was carried well, and the film was well edited, keeping the pace fast and giving a sense of the tension that would be experienced by those left behind. The producers did a fair job showing it was Christians who had vanished, and a great job showing how the world would respond.
I can easily say the movie was NOT a waste of money, and could be used as a catalyst for conversation about the Rapture. It will come. The question remaining is: Where will you be when it comes?
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:4-14