Authors of Left Behind Series Admit The Last Days Are Behind us

Written By J.A. Hardgrave

The other day, my wife and I were out at our local Good-Will store and as usual, I walked right over to the used-book area and began perusing the “End-Time” section.

I saw a book I had heard a lot about but never had read. It’s called, “Are We Living In The Last Days” by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins, creators and authors of the popular “Left-Behind Series”. This book was written nearly 20 years ago and the brown-tinted pages reflected it’s age.

After scanning through the pages, I came across a statement they make about “the last days” that we actually agree on, which was quite shocking since we usually disagree on just about everything under the sun.

It’s related to a well-known passage, Hebrews 1:1-2.

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

Here’s what they had to say about this particular reference to “the last days”.

“This evidently refers to the days in which they were living, for in their lifetime God had sent His Son to reveal His great love for mankind by dying for our sins. That act of divine mercy spelled the end of the Old Testament sacrificial system, which was being replaced by the new and better covenant made possible by the blood of God’s Son.” -Tim Lahaye & Jerry Jenkins. 1

I couldn’t agree more guys!

In my blog “Are We Living In The Last Days”, I go through the Biblical passages that mention “the last days”, and show how they were referring to the covenantal transition period between AD 30 and AD 70.

As Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins mentioned, the Old Covenant had been made obsolete through the shedding of Christ blood which established a New Covenant (Luke 22:20), yet God in His mercy allowed a 40 year period, one Biblical generation, to leave the obsolete Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:13) and accept the New and Better Covenant in Christ blood.

In AD 70, God allowed the Roman armies to destroy Jerusalem and the temple burning the entire city to the ground, bringing a final end to the Old Covenant world order never to be established again. 2

This time period is what I believe the original audience of Scripture understood “The Last Days” to be referring to, because it was the last days of man relating to God through continual Old Covenant animal sacrifices, in exchange for relating to God through the perfect and final sacrifice of Christ’ shed blood (Heb. 10:10). To a Jew living in the first century, the Mosaic Covenant order of living was the only world they knew, and it had finally reached it’s last days.

If the last days were referring to a future time period thousands of years in the future, they would not have been relevant to the original audience, at all.

The late Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins (living) can’t deny the clear context of Hebrews 1:1-2 that shows “the last days” are in our past, because to do so would violate the clear meaning of Scripture.

However, as opposed to seeing ALL New Testament references to “the last days” as referring to the covenantal transition period between AD 30 and AD 70 as I and many others do, Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins see Hebrews 1:1-2 as a mere “exception” to the “general rule” that the last days are always referring to a yet future time period at the end of “the tribulation period”.

My question is how?

How can “the last days” in one passage be referring to the end of the Old Covenant age which was thousands of years ago, and yet in another passage be referring to a tribulation period and the end of planet earth which would be thousands of years in the future?

I don’t understand how the statement “the last days” can have such a fluid meaning across so many verses that use the same identical statement.

I just wonder why the writers of the “Left Behind” series do not remain consistent with this interpretation of the last days across the entirety of the New Testament.

What do you think about Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins picking and choosing when to make the “The Last Days” future, or past?

Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts!

1 Are We Living In The Last Days”, Page 17. Tyndal Publishers, Wheaton, IL. 1999.

2 See “Wars of the Jews” by Josephus

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Comments

  1. John Thompson - February 16, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    It’s good to know that they got the context of that scripture right.However, it boggles my that they get so many others wrong considering they believe in futurism for most likely many other scriptures. In reality, a lot of the Church is like that. We will say we believe we’re in the New Covenant but yet hold unto so much of the Old. It’s the same here for saying we believe that scripture referred to the last days and yet still believe the last days are upon us. Non committed believers in 70 even do that which is funny. By “non committed”, I mean they acknowledge 70 ad but still use phrases like we’re in the last days.I will admit that I was hoping this article would say the author converted to preterism, lol! (I mean, Kirk Cameron did.) Oh, well Lord may more revelation by realized by you’re people!

    • Michael - February 18, 2017 @ 8:31 am

      Kirk Cameron is preterist now? Praise the LORD!

  2. mike beiras - February 16, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

    They either are purposely lying or they are delusional. It makes no logical sense.

    • J.A. Hardgrave - February 23, 2017 @ 7:17 am

      I agree, it doesn’t make sense. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Louise Pearson - February 16, 2017 @ 11:06 pm

    I totally agree with you. The last days spoken about in the Word clearly meant the end of that Jewish world.

    • J.A. Hardgrave - February 23, 2017 @ 7:19 am

      Yes! I so agree. “The End of the Age” is referring to the end of the Old Covenant Age. When we read Matthew chapters 21-23 it’s clear nothing in the context would have caused the disciples to ask about the end of planet earth. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • Jonadab - February 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am

        There is a difference between the reference of The Last Days and The End Times.

        • J.A. Hardgrave - February 23, 2017 @ 11:09 am

          Yes indeed, I agree. “The Last Days” is a Biblical term that I believe was used to signal the end of the Mosaic Covenant which reached it’s final end in A.D. 70 when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple as documented by Josephus. “The End Times” is a man-made term often used to describe a time period after a secret rapture which will supposedly include a 7-year tribulation period, 2 rebuilt temples, the rise of an “Antichrist”, a 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ from Jerusalem and many other events, all of which I do not subscribe to. I use the term “The End Times” often though in my writings because it’s a term people are already familiar with rather than attempting to introduce people to less known terms such as Pre-millennial Dispensationalism, Preterism, Futurism, etc. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Michael Napoli - February 20, 2017 @ 10:53 am

    The term “Last Days” refers to the timeframe when Jesus died on the cross, until the day he comes again. Hence when the bible uses the term “Last Days” it does not refer to only that short period of time from 30 A.D.to 70 A.D. Jesus said in John 14:3,”When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am”. With the exception of John who died an old man, the other disciples were martyred, before 70 A.D. Also Jesus refers to the great tribulation in Matthew 24:21-22, as an event that the world has never experienced and will never experience again. Unless those days of this event were shortened, the entire human race would be destroyed. This event is still future, and did not occur in 70 A.D. Jesus gave us specific signs to watch for his second coming. The celestial disturbances outlined in Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25, Revelation 6:12-13, and Joel 2:30-31. Also 2 Thes 2 told us events that must occur prior to the Lord’s second coming. 1 Thes 4:15-17 explains how we will be caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus when he returns. This event still remains future, as we live in the “Last” of the “Last Days”.

    • J.A. Hardgrave - February 24, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reading the blog. 🙂 I wanted to briefly give a few of my thoughts on a few of the things you mentioned.

      John 14:3,”When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am”.

      Where did Jesus say He was going? To the Father.

      John 14:5 “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way.”

      So Thomas had a two-part question. 1) Where are you going. 2) What is the way to where you are going.

      Jesus answers both their questions in the next verse, verse 6

      “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”

      Jesus was going to the Father, and He says the way to get to the Father was through Himself.

      Now the question is, have we been brought to the Father?

      Yes, not literally, but spiritually through the Holy Spirit.

      Jesus said in John 17:24

      “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold the glory which you have given me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

      Look at the following verses that show we have already been brought to the Father spiritually.

      Romans 8:15;16

      “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father”. The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God.”

      Galatians 4:6

      “And because you are sons; God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father.”

      The Holy Spirit is causing us to see God as Father, bringing us back into relationship with the Father.

      Ephesians 2:18

      “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”

      Paul states here that through the Holy Spirit we have “access” to the Father.

      Remember in John 4 Jesus stated “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

      When Jesus is speaking in John 13-17, I believe He is speaking about a time when He would send the Holy Spirit to restore our relationship and worship of the Father.

      Also, Ephesians 2:6 Paul says “And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

      We are with Jesus, and the Father, right now. This is a present reality through the Holy Spirit.

      In regards to your statement “Also Jesus refers to the great tribulation in Matthew 24:21-22, as an event that the world has never experienced and will never experience again. Unless those days of this event were shortened, the entire human race would be destroyed. This event is still future, and did not occur in 70 A.D.”

      If you consider the events of 70 A.D. from a covenantal aspect and what it meant for the Jewish way of life, nothing like that had ever occurred and never will again. Jerusalem was completely burned and destroyed. Their temple was taken down one stone at a time meaning there was no longer a place to make animal sacrifices. 1.1 million Jews were violently slaughtered by the Roman armies. They crucified so many of them that they ran out of crosses. Some people were forced to eat their children and eventually died due to starvation when General Titus blocked people from entering or leaving the city. The events the few years before and leading up to A.D. 70 were a blood-bath and absolutely devastating to the Old Covenant way of living.

      But it’s actually not left up to speculation as to when this tribulation happened, because Jesus tells us.

      Matthew 24:21 “For then there will be a tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

      Then right after that Jesus ends up saying in Matthew 24:34.

      “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till ALL these things take place.”

      The great tribulation happened within the generation of Jesus Christ, so it can’t be future. I am just taking Him at His word.

      Can I hear your thoughts on this?

      You also said Jesus gave us specific signs to watch for his second coming.

      I assume you are referring to Matthew 24:4-33. But remember, Jesus said all those signs would happen before the generation He was speaking to passed away, so they can’t be signs for us to look for as well.

      You made several declarative statements that sound great at the outset, but upon closer examination I feel there are several holes in your arguments. If the events you say are future are in fact future such as the great tribulation and the signs in Matthew 24:4-33, why did Jesus say they would happen before His generation passed away?

      Thanks again for your thoughts, look forward to your response!

  5. Cynthia - February 22, 2017 @ 7:57 am

    I never read the books b/c I know there is no pre-trib rapture. Scripture never says there will be one. However, the book series is merely fiction not fact. The series is no different than the “Twilight” series, which I did not read either, as the series is fiction. They used their imagination and made up these stories. You will not find these books in the non-fiction section of your library. The left behind series was mostly read by Christian believers of the rapture. Instead of reading these fiction books, they should read theScripture, beginning to end. Then they would not be deceived or mislead. How many times does the Messiah say do not be deceived? Read, study, KNOW and walk out the Scripture.

    • J.A. Hardgrave - February 24, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

      Well put, thanks for reading and commenting.

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