By Nathan Jones
How will the world respond to the Rapture after it happens?
A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.
On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.
Nathan Jones: Wow, Tim, the trailer for Final: The Rapture was intense! I just love watching it again and again, especially the professor who's sitting on a supposedly deserted island and is yelling, "I can't believe this is happening!" I would imagine after the Rapture there will be a lot of people yelling, "I can't believe this is happening!"
Tim Chey: Oh, yes, I agree. The Atheist character had just heard from a news segment where they said the Stock Market crashed. All his bank savings were on hold. Basically, the government was shutting down the banks and they are only allowing like $25 a day out in withdrawal, something crazy like that.
I think after the Rapture runs on the banks are what's going to happen. I think it's going to be total chaos, and the banks are going to be completely the first to go. If that happens, then people are going to be panicking. Scared people by the masses are going to want to withdraw all their money right away.
Nathan Jones: Runs on the banks have historically always followed national disasters.
Dr. Reagan: I think people will be doing that very same thing, particularly those who may have heard and taught about the Rapture. Maybe their husband or their wife heard a preacher on TV or whatever, and they're going to exclaim, "I can't believe this is really happening!"
Tim Chey: The first thing I would do if once the Rapture happened and I was a lukewarm believer, I would go to the bank and withdraw everything and get out of the United States. I would try to get to like Fiji. I would go to some remote place where I cannot be touched by the evil that ascending in this world. Unfortunately, that's what happens unwanted by the professor. He ends up on a remote island, though not by choice.
Nathan Jones: That would explain then why the football player was so hot to get out of the country. He was trying to escape?
Tim Chey: Right.
Dr. Reagan: What kind of explanations do you think will be given for the Rapture? Because the government is going to try to explain it away.
Tim Chey: I think there's only one explanation. I think governmental officials around the world are going to say some alien being zapped the populace. Currently, it has to be the only way to explain the disappearances of Christians worldwide.
Dr. Reagan: I think so, too, in terms of a logical explanation. There are going to be other explanations, I'm sure. One that comes to mind was back in the early 1970's with the leaders of the New Age Movement in the United States. They called a press conference and announced that the Masters of the Universe, who are the names for the demons that they channel with, have spoken. They proclaimed, "The Master of the Universe have revealed to us that a time is coming soon when those who live by faith will be taken off the earth so that those who live by reason can continue in their evolutionary development." I remember that so clearly back in the early 70's. I have no doubt that when the Rapture happens that those guys will rush to the microphone and say, "See! We told you. We told you, and it has now happened." That would appeal to the people who are more spiritually inclined, I'd guess. But, as you surmised, the explanation I think the government will give probably will involve aliens.
Tim Chey: Oh, yes, absolutely. But, I also think that there's going to be a great harvest of souls. I agree with John MacArthur when he and also many other pastors that just after the Rapture there's going to be the greatest evangelical harvest ever.
Nathan Jones: There are a lot of lines which I thought were really great in Final: The Rapture. There was one lady in particular in a scene from Argentina that caught my memory. An older woman is walking with the lead woman up the stairs and she says something to the effect, "I'm a Christian, and since I'm a Christian, this couldn't be the Rapture, because I would have gone, too, right?" There are going to be lots of people left behind who think they are Christians, but are not really. What's the difference? Why aren't they raptured with the other Christians, even though they claim they are Christians?
Tim Chey: It's interesting that you bring that up, Nathan, because a lot of pastors are coming to the conclusion lately, and this is based on even my travels around the world, that probably the majority of Christians are going to be left behind. That's kind of shocking.
Dr. Reagan: How about pastors as well?
Tim Chey: Possibly, yes, but we won't go into which ones. Yes, I agree with one of the excerpts of a best-selling book which claims that lukewarm Christians are an oxymoron. We are not going to see lukewarm Christians in heaven. That's because of Revelation 3 where Christ says He would spit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth. Then Jesus says the most shocking thing in Matthew when He says to the effect, "I don't know who you are. You evangelized. You cast out demons. But, depart from me! I don't know who you are." Do non-believers cast out demons? Do they evangelize? Jesus is talking to people who think they are believers, but they've never really in repentance accepted Jesus as Savior.
Dr. Reagan: So many people think they are Christians simply because let's say they've gone through baptism, or they go to church maybe once a month, or their names are on the church role, or something like that. I call these Cultural Christians because they really have no personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And, that's what salvation is all about — a personal relationship with the Savior of this world.
Tim Chey: That's absolutely right. David. In fact, they are not even Christians. We shouldn't even say that they are lukewarm, because they are not even Christians to begin with. They've never entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins.
Dr. Reagan: Anybody can claim to be a Christian. It's like standing in the garage and claiming, "I'm an automobile." Well, I'm not. I can say that, but it doesn't make me one just because I'm standing in a garage any more so than I'm standing in a church claiming, "I am a Christian."
Tim Chey: A lot of people sadly are Cultural Christians. They grew up like you mentioned, Nathan, the woman in the movie. The character probably just grew up thinking since she was baptized at age two, then she was saved. "I must be a Christian" they'll claim with all sorts of reasons, but they don't live or have any repentance for their sins. They don't have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Reagan: In fact, public opinion polls are now showing that even among Evangelicals many claim Jesus sinned, Satan's not real, and there are many roads to heaven. All sort of unbiblical teachings Christians are claiming. Barna and other polls are showing that only about 9% of all the people in America are true Bible-believing Christians.
Tim Chey: Yes, that's really sad. The statistics may even be smaller, we don't know. But, I know when Jesus says, "I'm coming back, and where am I going to find faith?" I think that is an extremely apropos statement.
Dr. Reagan: Well, it certainly makes it apparent that one of the richest evangelistic fields are churches themselves.
Tim Chey: That's right.
Nathan Jones: At least, Tim, your movie gave some real encouragement about the numbers of people who will be rapture. The movie's newscasters started off reporting that hundreds are missing, then thousands. Then they realize that millions are missing. I do pray that millions will be going to Heaven in the Rapture of the Church.
Tim Chey: Oh, yes, we have to be praying for that as well. No one should want to be here for the Great Tribulation. It's going to be a mess.
In the fifth and last segment of our interview with Director Tim Chey concerning his movie Final: The Rapture, Tim will tell you how you can see the movie and respond to its call to salvation.