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We pray the Left Behind series has touched your life in a meaningful way and that the books bring a fuller understanding of the New Testament book of Revelation. And we thank you for your interest in the series and for reading this newsletter.

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Left Behind: Eternal Forces Left Behind Video Game Controversy
Jerry Jenkins

You may have seen or heard some of the public flap over the Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game. Some have said it is gratuitously violent and has Christian characters targeting gays, Muslims, Jews, devout adherents of other faiths, and even Christians who disagree with Dr. LaHaye and me over various theological issues.

This is ridiculous to the point of lunacy and clearly comes from people who have not seen the game and have an obvious agenda. If you have wondered why Dr. LaHaye and I would have anything to do with a game that would target the very individuals we are commanded to love and persuade, you are not alone. We are as puzzled as you.

From the beginning, we have been jealous about the subsidiary rights to Left Behind. We have turned down all sorts of offers to capitalize on the name with pins, pens, mugs, candles, jewelry, and even board games. Our sole purpose in the writing was to declare a message in the hope that fewer people would be left behind, so unless a product can expand that message—as have the kids books, graphic novels (comics), and movies—we have stood firm.

When first we heard of a video game, we were as skeptical as anyone and insisted on hearing the idea directly from the planners. We were pleased to find that they were thorough professionals, shared our faith, and were as committed as we were to have the message be clear. We also wanted to avoid gratuitous violence.

The result is a game that is beautifully rendered, clearly carries our message (indeed, we have already heard of one young man who has become a believer through playing it), is strategic rather than only warfare based, and is no more violent than the Lone Ranger or Roy Rogers episodes I grew up watching. Unlike typical video games that show buckets of blood and flying body parts, victims shot in our game fall in a puff of smoke.

Yes, there is killing in self-defense, but more points are scored by building the Tribulation Force and its infrastructure. There is zero targeting of specific people groups. The enemy are the forces of the antichrist who have already taken the mark of the beast and committed themselves to his service.

I hope this gives you enough information to evaluate what you hear or read, and we trust you will check it out for yourself if you have further questions. The game has been approved by Focus on the Family, which is careful about such matters.

Jerry J.

Media Alert
Jerry Jenkins and Dr. LaHaye will appear on Good Morning America (ABC) on Christmas day.

Left Behind: Eternal ForcesLeft Behind: Eternal Forces
A PC game based on the Left Behind book series

Left Behind: Eternal Forces™ is a unique PC game based on the Left Behind books created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The series has sold more than 63 million copies. Players can join the ultimate fight of good versus evil, commanding Tribulation Forces or the Global Community Peacekeepers, and uncover the truth about the worldwide disappearances.

All of your favorite characters: Bruce, Chloe, Buck, and Rayford are in the game. Of course, Nicolae Carpathia leads the Global Community Peacekeeper forces. Those who are left behind after the Rapture must find hidden clues.

"Finally, we have an inspirational game for the marketplace that challenges game makers' beliefs that gore is better, by introducing one of the first high-quality games with a positive moral message. No blood, no gore, just great fun!" said Troy Lyndon, co-founder and CEO of Left Behind Games. More …

Left Behind Prequels The Left Behind Prequels
If you haven't read them yet, it's time to get started! You'll want to know the full story before the final Left Behind book, Kingdom Come, comes out in April 2007.

The Rising: Countdown to the Rapture (available in softcover) is the first prequel leading up to Left Behind. It takes place 27 years before the main series begins. You learn about Rayford Steele's childhood and college days as well as the birth of Nicolae Carpathia who becomes Antichrist.

The Regime: Evil Advances (available in softcover) is the second prequel and covers more events leading up to Left Behind. You learn more about Carpathia's growing sphere of influence, Rayford Steele's uneasy truce with his wife while worrying about his career, and many other characters who become part of the Tribulation Force or the Global Community.

The Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye (available in softcover next month) is the final prequel, and covers events leading up to Left Behind. Nicholae Carpathia eliminates any obstacles in his path to power. Without warning, millions disappear and are welcomed into the unspeakable presence of God, but on Earth, some realize what has happened, what they've lost, and what they've missed. And the darkest days lie ahead.
Learn more.

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