Should You Avoid Being Left Behind?

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Although I am not certain what the exact inspiration of the naming of the Left Behind series was, I suspect that it was NOT from Matthew 24:40-41. This is because many, if not most, Pre-Trib/Pre-Mill/Dispensationalist interpreters understand those taken away as those who are taken away to judgment, and this is not anything new. For example, see Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, p. 162, published almost fifty years ago (1958). John Walvoord’s (former president of Dallas Theological Seminary) Thy Kingdom Come, pp. 193–194. This commentary was published over thirty years ago (1974). See also Stanley Toussaint’s Behold the King, p. 281, published in 1980, or Louis Barbieri’s comments in the section on “Matthew” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, p. 79, published in 1983. More recently, see Paul Enn’s article on the “Olivet Discourse” in Dictionary of Premillennial Theology, p. 288, published in 1996. You might want to check how the series actually treats this text?

  • T. Michael W. Halcomb

    I did a part series on this a while back at Pisteuomen. You shoudl check it out. Just do a search on my blog for “Left Behind”.