Prophecy refers to things or events spoken of in the Bible by prophets of God which have a fulfillment at a particular time appointed by God, such as the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14), His earthly ministry (Isaiah 42:1-4), and His death on the cross (Psalm 22). The Second Epistle of Peter says that
- no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2nd Peter 1:20-21)
Paul the Apostle does affirm that scripture says that Christ died for our sins and that Christ would be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The Nicene Creed also states that the Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets (see also Hebrews 1:1).
Throughout the entire Left Behind series, there are events prophesied in the Bible that have had their fulfillment in the time period of the series, such as the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Second Coming. The series assumes a futurist (that is the events of Revelation are prophecies fulfilled in the future) and dispensationalist view of Biblical eschatology, while other Christians can be preterists (that is the events of Revelation are already fulfilled) or amillennialists. The series does emphasize a literal interpretation of the prophecies in Revelation, but the Bible does not offer a rigid and precise framework to explain the timing of the events in Revelation, such as the implementation of a literal mark of the beast. In the series, the mark of loyalty was introduced after Nicolae Carpathia's resurrection and during the abomination of desolation.
- While there is a lot of disagreement and debate, so far everything, every element of the prophecies, has been fulfilled literally, the way it was spelled out. I have to believe today is the day [of the Glorious Appearing].
The books do emphasize a literal fulfillment of scripture, but in some cases there has been artistic liberties that deviated from the meaning of the text. For example, the ten subpotentates did not eat Peter Mathews' flesh (Revelation 17:16) but they did cremate him as part of their "perfect crime" in their conspiracy to assassinate him. Also, members of the 144,000, such as Mitchell Stein and Tsion Ben-Judah, were not literal virgins since they were married and had children.
In Assassins, Tsion Ben-Judah explains to Rayford Steele that he did not place his interpretation of the Great Harlot prophecy -- that the leader of the Enigma Babylon One World Faith Peter Mathews would be murdered in a conspiracy of the ten subpotentates -- on his website because he had misgivings that he would be inserting himself into history and leave him open to objections that he was influencing history and politics. Ben-Judah does freely put prophecies of supernatural disasters, such as the Seal and Trumpet Judgments, on his website. Other believing characters did not have such reservations. These included Rayford Steele who wanted to assassinate Nicolae Carpathia, and Otto Weser who moved into New Babylon with a group of German believers in order to fulfill the prophecy of believers coming out of New Babylon before it is destroyed.