Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed [NOOK Book]

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As the world's thousands of believers gather in Jerusalem for a stadium rally, the Tribulation Force struggles with their own personal crises. Newspaper reporter Buck Williams and his wife, Chloe, question whether or not they should have a child when the future of the world is so uncertain. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele discovers the shocking truth about his wife, Amanda.
Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power, forcing believers underground. But Nicolae isn't prepared for a ...
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Overview

As the world's thousands of believers gather in Jerusalem for a stadium rally, the Tribulation Force struggles with their own personal crises. Newspaper reporter Buck Williams and his wife, Chloe, question whether or not they should have a child when the future of the world is so uncertain. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele discovers the shocking truth about his wife, Amanda.
Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power, forcing believers underground. But Nicolae isn't prepared for a plague of scorpion-like locusts tormenting his followers—with a pain so horrible that men try to kill themselves but aren't allowed to die.
A repackage of the fifth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414350165
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Left Behind Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 18,218
  • File size: 932 KB

Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
When the Left Behind series became a publishing phenomenon, no one was more surprised than its authors, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye (left) and fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. Audiences gobbled up the duo’s thrilling novels, which combine romance, morality questions, and high-tech gadgetry against the dramatic backdrop of the apocalypse.

Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

Good To Know

Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Apollyon

    Apollyon is the fifth book in the Left Behind Series and one of my favorites. This book begins with the ministry of the two witnesses, Eli and Moishe, who prophecy from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These men are described in Revelation 11:

    "And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. They are the two olive trees and the two lampstands, and they stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want."

    I so enjoyed having the plot play out against the backdrop of Israel as the characters get a firsthand view of the dramatic goings-on in the Holy City. In the following excerpt, Buck takes comfort from his interaction with the prophets . . .



    "Buck felt his knees weaken. He couldn't take his eyes off the witnesses . . . They seemed to know the people of God. Should he say anything? What does one say? . . .



    When he was close to them before, he had the wrought iron fence between them. Of course, nothing could protect anyone from beings like this who carried the firepower of God himself. Buck fell to his knees as they passed within ten feet of him, and he looked up as he heard them murmuring.



    Moishe said, 'The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.'



    At the words of God, Buck dropped his face into the grass and wept. God's very thoughts would come to pass, and His purposes would stand. No one could come against the anointed ones of God until God decided it was time."

    Being reminded of those words not only comforted Buck but also comforted me!

    The Bible says that at the root of all world events is a spiritual battle. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places." However, since God often works behind the scenes, players on the world stage are able to hide this pretty well. Only by living close to God and steeping myself in His Word am I able to catch a glimpse of the reality behind history's lies. I love how the Left Behind novels helped me envision a time when the Lord will step out from behind the curtain and take center stage. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Book Five!

    Book number five in this exciting series....Apollyon is on a fast pace and things are really starting to happen. The Trib Force has now mobilized across the world and their reach is wide with the huge influx of believers from the Soul Harvest. Both Rayford and Buck cut all ties with the Global Community - their 'double' life is just getting too close; others take their place on the inside. We still have five years of the Tribulation to go before the Glorious Appearing; Chloe is pregnant; and Hattie Durham is also pregnant with Nicolae's baby, and still resisting the truth! The Two Witnesses (Eli & Moishe) are at the Wailing Wall where Nicolae argues with them; he has openly pronounced any believers to be directly opposed to the Global Community, but he will still attend the Great Meeting of the Witnesses in Jerusalem, led by Tsion Ben-Judah and attended by the 144,000 (and more). The next Trumpet Judgment (crazy details about those locusts....creepy) begins.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Crap

    These books are nothing but fight wing teabagger crap. Dont waste your time. Irecieved this as a gift and it is going in the trash- it isnt even worthy of Goodwill. This is a poor excuse for literature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Grippping story

    Great writing and story telling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Which book is next?

    That is a retorical question. I remember that.the books used to have a list of the book titles in order. However, with the new e-books, I have yet to see them specifically in order. Except in the first post here, which is posted after she/he already read.the book. This is a little late for the person trying to purchase them in order. JUST A THOUGHT FOR BARNS AND NOBLES POSTS. Just a hopeful thoughtfor future posts of books that are part of a series. (Exmple: Pearl S. Bucks' THE GOOD EARTH, SONS AND A HOUSE DIVIDED. :-)

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Still Hanging in There

    So far, this one has been the least exciting. I was let down with the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Love it!

    Working my way through the series. They're all great. A must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Left Behind - Truth in Fiction

    I love these books and the idea that they had to write a fictional story using the Truth of God's Word - I've been able to learn so much about the book of Revelation because of these books, the 'only' thing that really bothers me - all his research was done on the truth of God's Word and not the fictional stuff like certain aircraft, and the pilots call flying, "Driving the plane" - I know many pilots out there have been cringing while reading that. ;) But, still worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Spoiler alert

    Read it and loved it. I couldnt stop reading it. I cant keep it in anylonger so hatie is pregnant but things go south and doc may have caught something. Ken dies. Cloe is in great misconfort and i am going to say one thing his name is kenneth bruce williams aka kenny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Great book

    He is coming back

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Another great book in the Left Behind series!

    Another great book in the Left behind series. I would highly recommend it to anyone that has started the series!

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Great reading

    This series rocks!! Love every book so far

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

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    Apollyon my review

    Carpathia confronts the two witnesses and was not satisfied with the outcome. Hattie feels unworthy of God's grace for her part in Carpathia's rise to power. The tribulation force plans on staying one step ahead of the danger from global community officials but is that enough? As subzero temperatures engulf the earth and frightening insects terrorize the inhabitants will this bring the people closer to God?
    Riveting, unpredictable with lots of twists and turns this novel, as the others before it, will keep you on the edge of your seat anticipating the outcome. I have grown quite fond of the characters and look forward to reading the next in the series. So intune for today's world I highly recommend this book. Read the book of Revelation in novel form, it is a fast read, and definately hard to put down, has excellent character and scene development. I as the reader felt I was transported to the different locations in the storyline witnessing the future come to life.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Great Book

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It made me feel sorry for the people who are left behind. I also have to admit that I'm anxious for the series to progress. Seems to be faltering a bit??

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Kept the surprises coming!

    Apollyon was a thrilling adventure with many twists and turns just like the previous stories in the series. I love how the stories highlight each of the judgments in the tribulation. The reader is able to see specifically what happens during each judgment and how it affects all of the characters. I thought after reading the first four books that I had become accustomed to surprises in this series. However, I never expected what happened during this fifth book. I am anxious to continue the story.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    A Page Turning Thriller!!!

    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book "Apollyon" Book Five in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us to the events of Chapter 9, verses 1-12 in Revelation, the last book of The Bible.

    In the Bible book of Revelation an Angel is dispatched to the bottomless pit with a key. Once the pit is opened out pour locusts upon the Earth unlike any ever seen before. And their sole purpose is to torment for five months "only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads". These locusts have a leader, "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:11). According to the Greek Dictionary Apollyon simply means, "Destroyer".

    Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power and wants to eliminate all the believers that are opposed to his One World Religion. The world's believers are gathering in Jerusalem for a stadium rally and Carpathia decides to wipe them all out there. Capt. Rayford Steele is now the pilot for Carpathia while Buck Williams is working for Carpathia's news network. The remaining members of the Tribulation Force must figure out a way to stop this wholesale slaughter.

    Dr. LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins provide a fictional background for the real events that the final book of The Bible, Revelation, speak about: the end times. The Biblical accuracy in"Apollyon" is flawless and the story is a page turning thriller. There are wonderful themes: salvation, faith in what you cannot see and who is in charge despite appearances to the contrary. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Jenkins is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. I am looking forward to book six in this series.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Very good volume in the series!

    I love the left behind series because it deals with the hardest to understand book in the bible: Revelation. I have always had a hard time understanding it and these books take care of that. At this point in the series the characters are dealing with so much. It is hard to believe anyone survives this time in history. These books are so good and really help you understand. I love the action and spirituality in one!

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