In his two books (which took over 20 years to write before publishing them) Joe Ortiz refutes the "Left Behind" polemics written by the likes of Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee, Thomas Ice and other known 'pre-tribbers.' In his books, Ortiz uses a succinct word comparison study that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that pre-trib authors fail to use God's words as they were initially intended. Joe does not "interpret" Bible words, he translate each word into the English idiom straight from the original manuscripts. For example, Joe points out that such words as "Left" that we see in Luke 17:34-37 do not identify people who will be "left" behind during the so-called Rapture to Heaven myth. That word (left) is defined by the Greek word "aphiemi" which means "to send forth, let go, remit, forgive, leave alone, suffer (allow), permit." The word "aphiemi" is the same word we see used in the Lord's prayers to define the words "forgive" found in Matthew 6:12 and 14.
"Can there be any doubt whatsoever that the word Left in Luke 17:34-37 mean anything else but "to forgive?" Yet, the majority of Christians choose to believe that during the so-called catching up to meet with the Lord in the air the sinner will be "left" behind while the righteous will be taken to Heaven."