Actor and outspoken Christian Kevin Sorbo says that the upcoming release of his new movie, “Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist,” seems timely considering the state of the world right now—although he admits he does not know if the end times are at hand.
“I’m not one of those guys that stands at a corner and says, ‘The end is near,’” Sorbo told Fox News Digital. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen. It could be 1,000 years from now. I don’t know. I don’t pretend like I know.”
Sorbo observed, however, that “reading ‘Revelation’ and looking at what that book says, and reading the ‘Left Behind’ books, which I read many, many years ago, it just seems like wow, this is like a perfect set-up to what’s happening right now in the world with all the chaos, the anger, the hatred, the divisiveness.”
Kevin Sorbo: It ‘Seems Like the Time Is Right’
Kevin Sorbo is an actor who became famous after starring in the TV series, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” which ran from 1995 to 1999. He later starred as Captain Dylan Hunt on the series, “Andromeda.” More recently, Sorbo has become involved in faith-based films, including the first movie in the “God’s Not Dead” franchise, where he played an atheist professor. Sorbo shared with Fox that he does not like the term, “faith-based,” because “every movie’s got a faith-based element to it.”
“Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist,” which Sorbo directs and stars in, is set to release Jan. 26, 2023. The film also stars Neal McDonough, an actor known for his roles in “Band of Brothers,” “Minority Report” and “Justified.” McDonough, a Christian who refuses to do kissing or sex scenes out of respect for his wife, has also started pursuing faith-based films in recent years.
“Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist” is based on the bestselling “Left Behind” book series, co-authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, the latter of whom is the father of “The Chosen” creator Dallas Jenkins. The first book in the series was published in 1995, and the series contains 16 books total.
Christian actor Kirk Cameron, who became famous for starring in the sitcom “Growing Pains,” starred in the first three films based on the “Left Behind” series, the first of which released in 2000. Actor Nicolas Cage starred in the 2014 reboot. A press release about the latest “Left Behind” film says it “delivers an updated storyline” from the 2014 film and “shows how today’s events set the stage for the return of Christ and the coming apocalypse. “
“You look at the chaotic world we’re living in right now,” said Sorbo. “It’s almost biblical. It’s almost got a revelation theme going to it in a way.” It’s been seven years since the actor was approached about being involved in the movie, but he thinks its release is coming exactly when it should. “I don’t know, maybe this was meant to happen and come out now, but it just seems like the time is right,” he said.
Current events, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, have led some Christians to wonder if these circumstances correspond to passages in the Bible, or the “end times” as some understand it. Some church leaders believe the answer is yes, while others do not.