END-TIMES CHRISTIAN MOVIE SERIES ‘LEFT BEHIND’ SET FOR HOLLYWOOD REBOOT (& STARRING NICOLAS CAGE?)
I’ve read the first couple of book in the Left Behind series and although it seems to be good fiction – I believe that is exactly what it is (at least this version of the 144,000 rapture). I believe what the Book of Revelations states about the 144,000 – but there are other religions out there (Jehovah’s Witnesses for example) that take that number literally and believe that those are the only ones who will be taken into heaven and reign with Christ. They state that the 144,000 have the ‘heavenly hope’. Those who are not among the 144,000 will enjoy what they call the ‘earthly hope’ – a paradise on earth ruled by Christ and the 144,000. What’s interesting to note here, is that the 144,000 number is for ALL TIME – and that the 144,000 will rule over the people still reigning within the ‘earthly hope’. The thing is – is that I believe Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will reign – not the 144,000 of my fellow brothers and sisters. So, with all the people who have lived on earth, from the beginning of time – only 144,000 people will be allowed into heaven? Highly doubt it. Why would God only want just 144,000 of his children to return to heaven to live with him again? His whole purpose of us being here is so that we ALL can live righteously and return to live with him again.
Reference for the numbers and Jehovah’s Witnesses information: http://www.gotquestions.org/144000.html
I do think that it’s an entertaining book series and movie – and I’m sure that the newly re-made version will be just as good – but I don’t think that it should be considered scripture or something to put into stone and worship by.
But read the Bible yourself and come to your own conclusions. Ponder and pray upon these things and ask God to give you clarity about what the Book of Revelations states. Never stop asking, never stop searching. A quote that was given by Neal A Maxwell at a BYU Devotional in Feb. 1990 was on the Book of Mormon – but I believe it can also translate to the Bible as well.
“There is so much more to the [Bible] than we have yet discovered. The book’s divine architecture and rich furnishings will increasingly unfold to our view, further qualifying it as “a marvelous work and a wonder” (Isaiah 26:14). As I noted from this pulpit in 1986, “[Bible] is like a vast mansion with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings (Book of Mormon Symposium, 10 October 1986). All the rooms in this mansion need to be explored, whether by valued traditional scholars or by those at the cutting edge. Each plays a role, and one LDS scholar cannot say to the other, “I have no need of thee” (1 Corinthians 12:21).”