The best-selling book on prophecy outlining God¿s program for the future.Publishers Description
The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. The New York Times called it the 'no. 1 non-fiction bestseller of the decade.' For Christians and non-Christians of the 1970s, Hal Lindsey's blockbuster served as a wake-up call on events soon to come and events already unfolding -- all leading up to the greatest event of all: the return of Jesus Christ. The years since have confirmed Lindsey's insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in. Whether you're a church-going believer or someone who wouldn't darken the door of a Christian institution, the Bible has much to tell you about the imminent future of this planet. In the midst of an out-of-control generation, it reveals a grand design that's unfolding exactly according to plan. The rebirth of Israel. The threat of war in the Middle East. An increase in natural catastrophes. The revival of Satanism and witchcraft. These and other signs, foreseen by prophets from Moses to Jesus, portend the coming of an antichrist . . . of a war which will bring humanity to the brink of destruction . . . and of incredible deliverance for a desperate, dying planet.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.96" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.52"
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 11, 1970
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
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|fascinating like a car crash Feb 4, 2007|
|This book is yet another in a long, long, LONG string of failed attempts to predict the end of the world. Christians have been predicting it for 2,000 years; they've all been wrong. For thousands of years before THAT, people wrote their predictions on clay tablets, temple walls, papyri, and whatever else they could get their hands on; they were all wrong, too. With that kind of track record, why should anyone think these predictions are going to be any better?|
The original 1973 version of this book claimed that the world would end in 1988. 19 years later, it's still here. Of course, the book has been updated so that the date is now further out in the future. Comic book readers call that sort of editing a "retcon", and it's as ridiculous in this world as it is in the comics.
It's comforting to think that our time is special. It feeds one's ego to think that our generation is the one in all of history who will face the great Biblical trials, rise to the challenge, and see God destroy the old world and create things anew. It's also comforting to think that Earth is the center of the universe, and that the sun, the planets, and the stars all revolve around us. Comforting, but not true.
I don't know if Hal Lindsey is sincere or not, and I don't care. There's no reason for any thinking person to believe that he's going to be right now when 5,000 years of doom-sayers (including Mr. Lindsey himself) have been wrong. For Christians, there's even less reason to think he knows when the end is coming, since the Bible itself states very plainly (and repeatedly) that NO ONE, not angels, not the Son Himself, knows the time. For Mr. Lindsey to claim that HE knows the time would seem to border on blasphemy.
The human race needs to stop paying so much attention to how we're all going to die, and worry a little more about how we all live. This book just completely misses the point.
|To those who sing this book's praises... Jan 22, 2007|
|...I once did, too, in addition to Lindsey's other books. I can no longer do that. The scriptural and historical evidence against the dispensationalist theology of TLGPE is nothing short of overwhelming. I give this book one star only because 0 stars is not an option here. |
Now, for a real corrective to this kind of dispensationalism, I recommend The Apocalypse: Understanding the Book of Revelation and the End of the World, by George T. Montague, S.M. It would, incidentally, also be a good corrective to the covenantal theology of mainstream Protestantism, which is also incorrect. Catholic theologians generally avoid both extremes. To wit: there is no rapture. No detailed blueprint of our future in the Bible. Israel's future and that of the Church are intertwined inextricably. Much of Biblical prophecy has already been fulfilled. But make no mistake---Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. We should all "...work out out our own salvation in fear and trembling."
|Naturally, most people just don't get it... Dec 5, 2006|
|I read most of the reviews of this superb book, and wonder why there is such vitriol - and then kick myself for the momentary lapse. When you shine a light in the dark, the bugs scurry for cover and it's much the same with people who don't want to know the truth, and spend enormous amounts of energy debunking truth that they don't want to hear. The Bible predicted it. Hal Lindsey is just a man, and as such is falible, but the underlying truth he uses to make his (necessary) assumptions is no less valid. No one in their right mind can deny that we are now in the midst of WWIII, a war that will not end until God, in the person of Jesus Christ, comes back to restore His kingdom. Iran's President is more strident than ever before in his assertion that Israel must be "wiped off the map". Iraq is a hotbed of insurrection and violence; now enters Syria who is taking jabs at Israel with Iranian funding. The snowball has started and there's no stopping it. The "Soviet Union" is just as much alive as it ever was in the nation of Russia, and just as vehemently antisemitic. Regardless of your political persuasion, Mr. Lindsey wants you to take a good, hard look around you. This book shines a light on our times by using infallible Biblical prophecies to underscore the immediacy of the moment. "In such an hour as ye think not..." Well, most people are not thinking about it, which tells me that the time is upon us. Naysayers can screech their shrill denials from the highest hill, but that doesn't change the inevitable. Hal Lindsey is a town crier who uses a catchy title to get you to consider where we are on the prophetic clock. Nothing more.|
|Wow, all the negative reviews Nov 4, 2006|
|I read this book after seeing the movie, narrated by Orson Welles, on HBO, sometime in the late 1970's. I credit it with opening my eyes to the idea that there actually is a God, as described by the Bible, and that His Son is Jesus Christ, and that idea changed my life. That being said, let me give my opinion of the book, keeping in mind all the really negative reviews. Is there anything to them? Well, yes, and they address the naivete of the author at the time of the writing of it. It was natural to assume, in keeping with the prophetic notions of the book, that the Cold War between 2 nuclear superpowers and intense competition over the Holy Land were going to lead soon to Armageddon. It turned out not to be so easy. However, some things haven't changed. Against all reason, intense hatred continues in the Middle East- after almost 6 decades the reborn Jewish state is still as much a target of vitriol as before. The Soviet Union collapsed, but the possibility of its nuclear warheads falling into terrorists' hands makes a nuclear war just as possible, if not more so. The fallacy of the negative reviews is in assuming that since the 1980's came and went, that the dangers did also. They are still very much here. How to account for that? Well, we think in terms of human lives, which tend to average less than a century, whereas millenia have passed since the prophets of the Bible. Lindsey's fault in this book is in trying to compress time, to make it seem immediate. So it comes across as fear-mongering. But to think that it's no longer relevant is a BIG mistake- the issues are still here. The 10 horned revived Roman Empire may very well be an incorrect reading- the EU has many more than 10 nations now. But the nations listed in the prophetic writings are almost exclusively Moslem nations. So, will we be Raptured before the Tribulation? I think not- the evidence from the Bible is much greater that we will be Raptured AT the Second Coming. Regardless, though, the book is still remarkable for having brought Armageddon to American consciousness, and it's because of this that evangelical Christian America supports Israel. Just because Lindsey's predictions (he says he's not a prophet) were inaccurate and the 1970's references seem dated, doesn't mean you should throw the baby out with the bathwater. Read the news- nuclear Iran, nuclear North Korea, continued attacks on Israel- is it really over?|
|Hell Awaits Sep 15, 2006|
|If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this was a book written by a Satanist. The author seems to be rejoicing in the prospect of armageddon, including mountains being blown up and the destruction of all the world's cities. I bought a tatty copy for one penny and I was somewhat surprised to see that by 1973 it was on its 27th printing. It seems reasonable then to assume that Mr Lindsey's views are fairly representative of mainstream America. |
If that's the case then that suggests that plenty of Americans are keen for armageddon to erupt in the Middle East so that the "good Christians" may be whisked off for a private audience with J. Christ while the rest of the population burns.
I would recommend this book to all Israelis. In his book The Last Days of Israel, Zionist author Barry Chamish declared that Israel's main enemies were European Socialists. Well, I reckon that Hal Lindsey and his fans present a greater threat. It seems likely that if the supposed Temple of Solomon is not rebuilt and Israel isn't annihilated then a lot of committed Christians are going to be most upset. The bit of "good news" in Lindsey's book is that the surviving Israelis will convert to Christianity with such passion that they will be like "144,000 Billy Grahames".
It seems that committed Christians are in charge of both the UK and US governments and that the US government could be described as a theocracy. I wonder if the theocrats share the views of Mr Lindsey, who states in this book that each Arab generation hates Israel more than the one before, which would be good news as it would mean that they would be more likely to attack and initiate armageddon and cause the return of Jesus Christ.
Russia is portrayed as the villain of the book, but "Red China" and the "Red Chinese" get a look-in in a chapter entitled "The Yellow Peril".
The book however does contain one true statement, on page 120: "Religion is a great blinder of the minds of men." and frankly, I hope "the rapture" does happen soon. The sooner that people like Hal Lindsey are whisked off the face of the Earth, the greater the likelihood for peace in the world!
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