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Left Behind: The Rapture

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Left Behind: The story of the end times, in which believers in Christ are "raptured", leaving the world shattered and chaotic. Those "left behind" are the lost, but an attempt at saving them is made by an airline pilot (who learns about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ subsequent to the rapture).

The Rapture is a term in Christian eschatology which refers to the "being caught up" discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, when the "dead in Christ" and "we who are alive and remain" will be "caught up in the clouds" to meet "the Lord in the air".  The term "Rapture" is used in at least two senses. In the pre-tribulation view, a group of people will be left behind on earth after another group literally leaves "to meet the Lord in the air." This is now the most common use of the term, especially among fundamentalist Christians. The other term "Rapture" is simply as a synonym for the final resurrection generally, without a belief that a group of people is left behind on earth for an extended Tribulation period.

Dispensationalism:  John Nelson Darby (1800–82) and the Plymouth Brethren movement, propagated through works such as the Scofield Reference Bible.  All dispensationalists hold to premillennialism, and most hold to a pretribulation rapture. Dispensationalists believe that the nation of Israel is distinct from the Christian Church, and that God has yet to fulfill his promises to national Israel. These promises include the land promises, which in the future world to come result in a millennial kingdom and Third Temple where Christ, upon his return, will rule the world from Jerusalem for a thousand years. In other areas of theology, dispensationalists hold to a wide range of beliefs within the evangelical and fundamentalist spectrum.