February 16, 2017 by J.A. Hardgrave
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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