'Left Behind' Series Sells 50 Millionth Copy

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    The blockbuster Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins sold its 50 millionth copy on Saturday, January 12. English teacher Donna Camby, of Pacolet, S.C., made the historic purchase of the 50 millionth copy at Christian Supply in Spartanburg, S.C.
     
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    Tyndale House Publishers has officially announced that the tenth book in the blockbuster Left Behind Series will release on Tuesday, July 2, 2002. Titled The Remnant, this forthcoming installment in the history-making series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins is expected to follow its predecessors in generating record-breaking numbers.
     
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    In an unrelated news item - it looks like 2001 may be the year that a Christian title heads up the end-of-the-year charts on both the hardcover fiction and hardcover nonfiction list. That would be a first. The nonfiction list is pretty much locked up by "The Prayer of Jabez" by Bruce Wilkinson. With sales of close to 8.5 million copies in the course of the year, Publishers Weekly noted that "Jabez" may be the fastest-selling book of all time.
     
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    Interesting, can we assume that God is blessing the "Left Behind" series? I'd appreciate some input on this.

    I have listened to each of them thanks to my local library. While there are some inconsistencies (at least with my Dispensational, PreTribulation perspective), yet it seems on the whole that the story is a very plausible fiction based on the very real Blessed Hope.

    Is it the opinion of any on this board that God may be using this series to reach the unchurched multitudes?
     
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    While I do not totally agree with everything in the books, I do believe that they are reaching people. Getting them to seek out more information at church.
    My son was saved after reading the first couple books, this brought about him asking us questions.
    I feel they have become a wonderful tool.


    By His Grace,
    Wilma
     
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    Pilgrim, I was one of the unchurched multitudes you mentioned. The Left Behind series were instrumental in bringing me to Christ.

    It's good to know the Lord! And I almost missed out! [​IMG]
     
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    This book (#1 of the series)was read among the youth in our youth class at church.They really enjoyed it and had a good youth discussion when the book was completed.I bought the Left Behind movie and showed it to the youth also.They then asked if they could show it for the adults.All the teens took part in presenting this to the church.There wasn't any souls saved by sharing the movie that night, but if there was any lost souls,I'm sure a seed was planted. [​IMG]
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Miss Bobbie:
    Pilgrim, I was one of the unchurched multitudes you mentioned. The Left Behind series were instrumental in bringing me to Christ.

    It's good to know the Lord! And I almost missed out! [​IMG]
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    Well, if you liked the left behind series (which is a poorly written series, but with a great message, a much needed message), you will love these books!


    The Christ Clone Trilogy - If you are like me, you will get through the first book and put it down and call it "New Age Drivel". DON'T STOP READING! I promise it is a Christian series and well worth it!

    Fire of Heaven Trilogy - Third book is great. Has a great message about how much God loves us. You will need to read the first two to completely understand the third, but it is not necassary to read all three.

    This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness - Just a classic duo that many love.


    In Christ,
    Jason
     
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    Not only am I finding the series captivating, entertaining and deep with information, but I'm also seeing many come to know Jesus thru this....wow God is really using the series and I'm so thankful it's actually got exposure in blockbuster!!!!

    Karen
     
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    http://www.nativityukr.org/various_files/Waiting_for_the_Rapture.html

    Did the Apostles, and the Early Church believe in a pre-trib rapture? Nope. It wasn't even around. There is a second coming, is there a second and third coming?? You decide. Also, to enjoy the Left Behind Series, is to believe that the Catholic Church and the Pope is the AntiChrist. Do y'all believe that? Was John Nelson Darby a prophet? So all of the Christians before us didn't need to know about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture? We only need to know now? Help me out, I must be lost.

    Most people who hold dispensational beliefs aren't not familiar with the history of those premises, assuming they are based in the Bible and have ancient roots. But dispensationalism is actually a rather recent arrival, having been around less than 200 years. The acknowledged father of dispensationalism is John Nelson Darby, an Irish lawyer who left his successful practice to become an Anglican priest. Born in 1800, Darby was a contemporary of John Henry Newman, the famous leader of the Oxford Movement in the 1830s who would later become Catholic and eventually a cardinal. While Newman's studies of Scripture and history led him to the Catholic Church, Darby's studies of Scripture, coupled with a disenchantment with mainstream Christian churches, led him to develop the idea of a "true" church and the apostasy of the established churches - especially the Catholic Church. He believed this true church was spiritual in character and should have no involvement in earthly affairs. He wrote that "that the church is properly heavenly, in its calling and relationship with Christ, forming no part of the course of events of the earth, which makes the rapture so simple and clear . . . Our [Christians'] calling is on high. Events are on earth." [1]

    In 1827 Darby left the Anglican priesthood and by 1831 was among the leaders of the Plymouth Brethren, a "non-denominational" movement which denounced mainline Christianity. He began to teach that the true church would need to be removed from the earth in order to make way for the completion of God's dealings with the Jews. He named this secret removal of the church the Rapture. This belief was something completely new in Christianity. No previous Christian, Catholic and Protestant alike, had ever proposed or taught about such an event.

    Darby, in keeping with the millennarianism so popular in Britian at that time, created a timeline which broke history into "dispensations," either six or seven in number. These indicated various ages in which God dealt with humans in distinct ways. Dispensations were "administrations" through which God tested humans and proved their utter sinfulness before him. For Darby the church formed a parenthesis between the dispensation of the Gentiles (before Christ) and the coming dispensation of the Kingdom. We currently live in this dispensation of the church, which began during the ministry of the Apostle Paul. It is an era of grace in which the rejected Messiah is building up his heavenly people, the Christians. Meanwhile, God's real issue in human history is with his earthly people, the Israelites. The Rapture will be the necessary removal of the heavenly people from the world so that God's work with the earthly people might be finished.
     
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    Not sure how to believe the Left Behind series is to believe that the Pope is the AntiChrist, but ok :D

    No, seriously, there are many different interpretations of this and even if you believe in the type of events from Left Behind, you don't have to associate them with the Pope and the Catholic church.

    Besides, it is Christian FICTION. It is just for fun. Good (well, not 'good' writing, good in content), clean fun with a Christian message.
     
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    You know I don't care if Jesus comes back before or after, or during the tribulation, all I care is He's comeing back for me.
    Left Behind, just like every other christian book is a personal interpetation of the author. Whether or not you agree with that statement depends only on whether or not you agree with the author/book being discussed. Not if it were a book favored by you, then you wouldn't agree it was personal interpetation, but truth.
     

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