As we watch the terrible unfolding of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, many evangelicals in popular discourse are once again prophesying the return of Christ, the revelation of the anti-Christ, and the end of the world as we know it. Leading the way is the ultra-dispensationalist and fictional novelist Tim LaHaye. In a recent interview with Newsweek Magazine, Are These The End Times?, LaHaye suggested that the recent developments in Israel signal that Christ will return in his lifetime (we've heard that before, haven't we?). The interviewer asked LaHaye some good questions, even important interpretive questions to which his only answer was to accuse those who disagree with his erroneous interpretation as "liberal." Everytime something significant happens in the Middle East, the dispensational hawks get a boost in their ratings and the end times begin again. The Left Behind series, like The DaVinci Code, is the worst kind of fiction because it gives the resemblance of being true while seeking to deal with important eternal realities. A more balanced and biblical article on Israel and prophecy is offered by John Piper in Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East and Do Jews Have a Divine Right to the Promised Land? Also, for a good analysis of the Left Behind end times, speculative theology look for the books End Times Fiction and Last Days Madness by Gary Demar.