Sean the Baptist has posted a blog entry on a subject that I’ve long thought about, but never written about (until now). In Matthew’s Gospel (chapter 24), the image of some being ‘taken’ and others being ‘left (behind)’ is used, but in a way that in fact suggests that those who are left are the “saved”, while those taken away are judged, like those taken away by Noah’s flood.
Sean shares what a number of key commentators have to say on the subject. On the whole, it seems like the Left Behind series may have to be rewritten (although not necessarily renamed) in order to fit this Biblical passage. Maybe that’s why I’ve always preferred Right Behind to Left Behind.