Gary DeMar has written a book critical of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left
Behind series entitled End
Times Fiction. DeMar
is jealous of the fact that people have responded to a fictionalized version of
a dispensational prophecy scenario while rejecting his own misguided belief
that these prophetic events were really fulfilled when the Romans destroyed
Jerusalem and Israel' s Second Temple in the first century. Apparently, in an
attempt to jazz up his dusty old view, DeMar creates some fiction of his own in
his book and subsequent articles about Tim LaHaye. I guess you could say that
DeMar' s recent book is aptly titled End Times Fiction.
repeatedly represents the prophecy beliefs of Tim LaHaye as far-fetched and
beyond the realm of possibility. For years, DeMar' s writing approach has been
to start his articles and books with generous heaps of ridicule upon
dispensationalists like LaHaye and then use that as a springboard to introduce
his truly ridiculous idea that almost all Bible prophecy was fulfilled a couple
thousand years ago. It appears that DeMar is incapable of simply presenting
his views in a straightforward and positive manner, without first setting the
stage with one of his negative diatribes against those with whom he disagrees.
Apparently LaHaye' s successful presentation of the gospel within the context of
a futurist view of the end times- that has resulted in thousands of people
trusting Christ as their Saviour- has DeMar very upset.
have documented- in the past- DeMar' s strange belief that second coming passages
such as Matthew 24- 25 and Revelation 19 were fulfilled in events surrounding
the Roman conquest of Jerusalem two thousand years ago. This errant view is
known as preterism. In a desperate attempt to defend this
naturalist approach to Biblical interpretation, DeMar teaches such bizarre
views as the Battle of Gog in Ezekiel 38- 39 was fulfilled by the events of
Esther 9. DeMar believes that the new heavens
and new earth of 2 Peter 3:10- 13 and Revelation 21- 22 arrived in- you guessed
it- a.d. 70. We have been living
for the last two thousand years in this time of heavenly bliss. Amazing! I
could go on and on.
DeMar has been on a kick where he attempts to make fun of people like LaHaye
and myself who believe in a national future for Israel. DeMar does not. He
believes that Israel, as a nation, is finished in history, contrary to the
teachings of the Old and New Testaments. DeMar must close his eyes
when he reads Paul saying, " I say then, God has not rejected His people, has
He? May it never be! . . . God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.
Or do you not know what the Scripture says?" (Rom. 11:1- 2). DeMar does not
know what the scriptures say when it comes to Israel' s future. His a priori
preterist beliefs filter out the
clear meaning of the Bible when he reads the plethora of passages that speak of
Israel' s future.
Dispensationalism' s Future Holocaust?
a number of occasions, DeMar accuses dispensationalists in
general, and Tim LaHaye in particular of somehow contributing to a future
Jewish holocaust because Zechariah 13:8- 9 teaches that a third of the Jews will
come to faith in Jesus as their Messiah during the tribulation. DeMar' s
twisted logic is similar to that used by liberals in the 2000 Republican
Presidential primary when George W. Bush spoke at Bob Jones University.
According to liberal thinking, Bush was identified with all that BJU was
thought to represent because he did not get up and renounce things that were
not politically correct. In a similar way, DeMar manufactures a sin that could
only make any kind of sense if one first assumes " preterist correctness."
DeMar' s article attacking LaHaye, " A Review of The Remnant," he says,
What many people who read
LaHaye' s The Remnant fail to
grasp is that two-thirds of the Jews living in Israel today will be
slaughtered, and for every three Jews who decide to make Israel their home in
the future, two will be killed during the Great Tribulation.
continues his assault on LaHaye when he asks,
Why isn' t LaHaye warning
Jews now living in Israel about this pre-determined holocaust by encouraging
them to leave Israel until the conflagration is over? Instead, we find those
who hold to LaHaye' s position supporting relocation efforts of Jews to the land
of Israel that will mean certain death for a majority of them because it' s a
" fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
are a number of things that DeMar and his followers who read him fail to grasp.
Since DeMar' s criticism is based upon the supposed logical outworking of our
futurist views, I will work within that framework. Note the following: First,
about three-fifths of the entire earth' s population will be killed during the
course of the seven-year tribulation, many of them believers (Rev. 6:9- 11).
one of the main purposes of the tribulation (the 70th week of
Daniel) is to bring the nation of Israel to faith in Jesus as their Messiah.
Jewish believer Arnold Fruchtenbaum explains this purpose for His people during
the tribulation as follows when commenting on Ezekiel 20:34- 38:
God intends to break the
power of the holy people in order to bring about a national regeneration. . . .
In this passage Ezekiel draws a simile with the Exodus . . . What is
important to note here is that after God gathers the Jews from around the
world, He will enter into a period of judgment (tribulation) with them. The
rebels among the Jewish people will be purged out by this judgment. Only then
will the whole new nation, a regenerate nation, be allowed to enter the
promised land under King Messiah.
though DeMar, as a postmillennialist, believes in a future time when a mass of
individual Jews will be converted, he rebels against the historical means
that God has chosen to bring about this end for His people- Israel.
since all unbelieving Jews will be purged out and killed by the end of the
tribulation- regardless of their geographical location on planet earth- it is
inconsequential as to whether they are in Israel or hide away in a remote
place. At the second coming all unbelievers will be killed and prevented from
going into the millennium (Matt. 13:36- 43, 45- 50; 25:31- 46). So it is just a
matter of days, weeks, or months until all unbelievers (Jew or Gentile) will be
removed from the earth in preparation for the start of the Messianic kingdom.
related to the previous point, the only ones (Jew or Gentile) who will survive
the tribulation will be those who have become believers in Jesus as their
Messiah. Yet DeMar says, " we find those who hold to LaHaye' s position
supporting relocation efforts of Jews to the land of Israel that will mean
certain death for a majority of them." The only ones that will be killed, whether
in or out of the land of Israel, will be unbelievers. The focus of Zechariah
13:9 is on the elect remnant, which says, " And I will bring the third part
through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is
tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ' They
are My people,' and they will say, ' The Lord
is my God.' " Yet DeMar attempts to turn the emphasis of this passage
upside-down with his focus upon the unbelieving element.
many modern orthodox Jews- uninfluenced by Tim LaHaye- believe that Zechariah
13:8- 9 is still a future event. Why isn' t DeMar warning them about
the coming holocaust if he is so concerned for the welfare of modern Jewry?
Are these Jews creating an attitude of " prophetic inevitability?" 
A consistent application of DeMar' s logic to this Jewish understanding of
Zechariah would mean that the Jews, along with dispensationalists, are the
facilitators of their own demise.
DeMar asks " Why isn' t LaHaye warning Jews now living in Israel about this
pre-determined holocaust by encouraging them to leave Israel until the
conflagration is over?"  (If DeMar is so concerned with a
future Jewish holocaust in Israel, perhaps he could help develop an
organization to raise money to assist Jews wanting to leave Israel.) LaHaye is
not doing that because these events cannot take place before the rapture, which
has not yet occurred. I agree with DeMar that there should be a warning.
However, it will not be given to the Jews living in the land of Israel until
the middle of the tribulation. In fact, Matthew 24:15- 16 says of that time, " Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which
was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the
reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains."
The parallel passage in Revelation 12:6 says, " And the woman fled into the
wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she might be
nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days." The woman represents
Israel, or even more precisely the elect Jewish remnant, which are the Jewish
elect that will obey Christ' s warning to head for the hills " when you see the
abomination of desolation." This remnant will be divinely protected by God in
the wilderness (just as LaHaye portrays in The Remnant) until Christ returns physically to Jerusalem and sends
His angels to gather His elect (Matt. 24:31) for His approaching kingdom.
from making LaHaye look foolish, DeMar is the one who is generating end times
fiction with his zany tales. I am convinced that at least part of the
motivation for DeMar' s cruel criticism of LaHaye is out of jealousy. DeMar
desires the limelight that God has given to LaHaye. So instead of honing an
appealing case for his own preterist views, he desperately resorts to an attack
in order to tear down LaHaye. Since his thoughts on Bible prophecy were not
deemed important enough to have been included in the front-page story that Time magazine recently did on LaHaye, DeMar
wrote an article in which he concocts a conspiracy theory to explain why he was
excluded. More end times fiction! Instead of
providing positive biblical argumentation for his views of the past, which
really are fictional, DeMar tries to hitch his wagon to the success of LaHaye.
DeMar' s desperation demonstrates that when it come to biblical interpretation
he has been left behind. Maranatha!
 Gary DeMar, End Times Fiction: A Biblical
Consideration of the Left Behind
Theology (Nashville: Thomas
Nelson Pubs, 2001).
 See our forthcoming book due out in April 2003 by
Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice, eds. Has Christ Already Come? Biblical
Answers to Preterism (Eugene, OR:
Harvest House, 2003).
 DeMar, End Times Fiction, pp. 12- 15.
 A few passages include: Gen. 12:1-3; 15; Deut.
28:58- 30:20; Isa. 14:1-3; Jer. 32:37- 42; Ezek. 36:22- 32; Zech. 8:7- 8; Rom.
11:15, 25- 27.
 See the following presentations of this view:
Gary DeMar, Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church (Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 1999), pp.
414- 16; Gary DeMar, " A Review of The Remnant," on the website of American Vision, www.americanvisiion.org/page.asp?id=13;
Gary DeMar, " It' s Time to Fold ' Em," on the website of American Vision, www.americanvisiion.org/page.asp?id=121;
DeMar brought this " argument" up in our debate at BIOLA Univ. on Feb. 25, 2002.
Preterist Kenneth Gentry also went out of his way to work this " argument" into
our debate in Wilmington, DE on Apr. 26, 2002.
 DeMar, " A Review of The Remnant" .
 DeMar, " A Review of The Remnant" .
 Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of the
Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events (San Antonio: Ariel Ministries, 1982), pp.
 See Gary DeMar, The Debate Over Christian
Reconstruction (Ft. Worth:
Dominion Press and Atlanta: American Vision Press, 1988), pp. 244- 55.
 A. Cohen, ed. and commentator, " The Twelve
Prophets," in Soncino Books of the Bible, 14 vols. (London: The Soncino Press, 1948), vol. 14, p. 325.
 DeMar, " A Review of The Remnant" .
 DeMar, " A Review of The Remnant" .
 For more answers to similar arguments put forth
by DeMar and others of similar thought look for Thomas Ice, The New
Anti-Semitism: Why The World Hates Israel (publisher and date of release to be announced).
July 1, 2002.
 Gary DeMar, " Time' s Puff Piece: The Devil is in
the Details," on the website of Planet Preterist,