Left Behind III World at War
The movie begins with the time of tribulation that is nearing the end of its seven-year duration. As has been said in earlier discussions, a great number of people are missing from the earth, due to the rapture of all born again believers in Christ, to include children. Some of those whom were left behind are coming to saving faith in Christ; these people missed the rapture, but are now tribulation saints. The world is being led by people whom have no relationship with Christ; they were left behind from the rapture too, due to their lack of saving faith in Christ. Earth dweller leaders also have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ. The Anti-Christ, through the United Nations, is strengthening his grip of control and oppression over the world. Tribulation saints, Jew and Gentile, are experiencing great persecution and murders. The world has fallen into a state of extreme lawlessness. Assassinations of the enemies of the Anti-Christ have become common place. Tribulation saints are holding fast to their faith in Christ. Links at the bottom of this page provide interesting information about the team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.
A description of these future events can be found in the following chapters and verses of the Bible: Ezekiel 38-39; Zechariah 14:1-15; Matthew 24:3-31; Mark 13:5-27; Luke 21:7-19; 25-28; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-14; Revelation 13:1-8; Revelation 16:13-19:21.
The following verses of the 24th Chapter of Matthew provide a quick look at the events of the tribulation. The second coming of Christ will not occur until at the end of the tribulation (Matthew 24:29).
Matthew 24:3-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Consider the author and team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.
Dr. Tim La Haye (Deceased). Leader of the Left Behind team.