Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
Much of the power of the Left Behind series is in its immediacy. It brings the biblical prophecies of the end-time, starting with the Rapture of believers and continuing through the Tribulation (time of troubles) and the rule of the Antichrist to the triumphant Second Coming of Christ and then to a contemporary setting.
In Left Behind, a seemingly ordinary day is disrupted when millions of people unaccountably vanish, leaving chaos in their wake. Their one common characteristic is their Christian faith. As the media try to explain away the disappearances of a group of Christians, protagonist Rayford Steele, an airline pilot who witnessed the weird effects of this event during a flight, seeks answers in the Bible and discovers that this event is the prophesied Rapture, the first major event of the end-time that will culminate in the triumphal return of Jesus Christ. However, before that return, all those left behind will endure seven years of disasters known as the Tribulation. Biblical prophecy, if correctly interpreted, provides a roadmap for those seven years. In Tribulation Force, a small group led by Steele forms an organization named Tribulation Force to resist the evils that will overtake the earth before Christ’s return.
By Nicolae, the social dislocation caused by the Rapture leads a new group of questionable people to emerge as leaders. At their head is Nicolae Carpathia, a handsome Romanian...
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