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Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind Series #11)

Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind Series #11)

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by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

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The scattered Tribulation Force is drawn toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when human history culminates in the battle of the ages.
During the last year of the Great Tribulation, safe houses are no longer safe and the world has become a powder keg of danger. Except for those already in Petra, everyone has been forced to relocate as the


The scattered Tribulation Force is drawn toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when human history culminates in the battle of the ages.
During the last year of the Great Tribulation, safe houses are no longer safe and the world has become a powder keg of danger. Except for those already in Petra, everyone has been forced to relocate as the Antichrist ratchets up the pressure in the world's most treacherous game.
As the Trib Force waits for the coming of Christ, Chloe Williams is drawn out of the safe house to investigate something suspicious. Buck and Tsion travel to Jerusalem while Nicolae Carpathia orders an attack on the city, and Rayford becomes seriously injured outside Petra. Who will survive Armageddon?
A repackage of the eleventh book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

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Execution of Carpathia opponents scheduled. Tribulation Force operative among the condemned. GC military surrounds Petra; millions face extermination.

A supernatural darkness has engulfed the Middle East. Millions of Christ-followers huddle in the red rock city of Petra and in pockets around the globe, threatened with execution for refusing the loyalty mark of Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia. The Tribulation Force, hunted as subversives and working against the forces of evil, race against time as Carpathia amasses the most powerful army in history. As the world hovers near destruction, the faithful scan the skies for any sign of their last and greatest hope—the Messiah.

Armageddon is #11 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy.

With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, the final showdown begins between Nicolae Carpathia's bloodthirsty legions and the ragtag remnant of faithful known as the Tribulation Force.
Foreign Affairs
This is the eleventh in a series of (hopefully) no more than twelve dismally written, thinly plotted novels filled with flimsy and unconvincing characters. Only popular fascination with apocalyptic prophecy can explain the series' sale so far of 5o million copies. A third of Americans believe that current events in the Middle East were prophesied in the Bible, and 44 percent expect to see the literal return of Christ in their lifetimes. Given the influence of fundamentalist Christians in the Republican Party, and the role conservative Christian activists have begun to play in forming U.S. policy toward Israel and its neighbors, foreign policy students in the United States and abroad are increasingly searching to understand their influential world view. The Left Behind books will help. They dramatize (if the word can be used for such clunky plots) the interpretation of biblical "end times" taught at the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Although other students of prophecy vigorously dispute details in LaHaye's interpretation, those wanting to familiarize themselves with the overall end-time scenario that has gripped the imagination of tens of millions of American voters would do well to start here. Interested parties can also go to the series' Web site where they will encounter one of the greatest orgies of religious marketing since itinerant indulgence sellers infuriated Martin Luther. Here the Left Behind books can be purchased in comic-book form. Although not the cheapest, this is certainly the least painful and most time-efficient way to follow the series; the videos are beginning to appear, but they take too long to watch.

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Tyndale House Publishers
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Left Behind Series , #11
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
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"That has to be Chang," Rayford said, pointing to a slight Asian hurrying toward them and gesturing wildly to open the door.

"Let me get that, Miss Naomi," Abdullah said, unstrapping himself and climbing past her. As he pushed the door open and lowered the steps, Rayford saw Chang turn to a small group of men and women in dark jumpsuits feeling their way along behind him.

"Keep your distance!" he shouted. "Danger! Hot engines! Leaking fuel!"

They turned and hurried away in all directions. "How did it land?" someone shouted.

"It's a miracle," another said.

"Did you all remember rubber-soled shoes?" Chang said, reaching to help them off the plane.

"Nice to meet you too, Mr. Wong," Abdullah said.

Chang shushed him. "They're blind," he whispered. "Not deaf."

"Chang," Rayford began, but the boy was shyly greeting Naomi. "All right, you two, get acquainted back at the ranch. Let's do what we have to and get out of here."Rayford would have to ask Tsion about this one. What was it about the darkness that was so oppressive it left victims in agony? He had heard of disaster scenes-train wrecks, earthquakes, battles-where what haunted the rescue workers for years had been the shrieks and moans of the injured. As he and Abdullah and the two young people tiptoed across the massive runways, around heavy equipment and between writhing personnel, it was clear these people would rather be dead. And some had already killed themselves. Two crashed planes lay in pieces, still smoldering, many charred bodies still in their seats.

As he moved from the dead to the suffering, Rayford was overcome. The wailing pierced him and he slowed, desperate to help. But what could he do?

"Oh! Someone!" It was the shriek of a middle-aged woman. "Anyone, please! Help me!" Rayford stopped and stared. She lay on her side on the tarmac near the terminal.

Others shushed her. A man cried out, "We are all lost and blind, woman! You don't need more than we do!"

"I'm starving!" she whined. "Does anyone have anything?"

"We're all starving! Shut up!"

"I don't want to die."

"I do!"

"Where is the potentate? He will save us!"

"When was the last time you saw the potentate? He has his own concerns."

Rayford was unable to pull away. He looked ahead, but even he had but twenty feet of visibility, and he had lost the others. Here came Abdullah. "I dare not call you by name, Captain, but you must come."

"Comrade, I cannot."

"Can you make it back to the plane?"


"Then we will meet you there."

Abdullah was off again, but their muffled conversation had caused a lull in the cacophony of agony. Now they called out, "Who is that?"

"Where is he going?"

"Who has a plane?"

"Can you see?"

"What can you see?"

The woman again: "Oh, God, save me. Now I lay me down to sleep."

"Shut up over there!"

"God is great, God is good. Now I thank him-"

"Put a sock in it! If you can't produce light, shut your mouth!"

"God! Oh, God! Save me!"

Rayford knelt and touched her shoulder. She wrenched away with a squeal. "Wait!" he said, reaching for her again.

"Oh! The pain!"

"I don't mean to hurt you," he said quietly.

"Who are you?" she groaned, and he saw the United European States' number 6 tattooed on her forehead. "An angel?"


"I prayed for an angel."

"You prayed?"

"Promise you'll tell no one, sir. I'm begging you."

"You prayed to God?"


"But you bear Carpathia's mark."

"I despise that mark! I know the truth. I always have. I just didn't want to have anything to do with it."

"God loved you."

"I know, but it's too late."

"Why didn't you ask his forgiveness? Accept his gift? He wanted to save you."

She sobbed. "How can you be here and say that?"

"I am not from here."

"You are my angel!"

"No, but I am a believer."

"And you can see?"

"Enough to get around."

"Oh, sir, take me to food! Get me inside the terminal to the snack machines.


Rayford tried to help her up, but she reacted as if her body were afire. "Please, don't touch me!"

"I'm sorry."

"Just let me hold your sleeve. Can you see the terminal?"

"Barely," he said. "I can get you there."

"Please, sir." She struggled to her feet and gingerly clasped the cuff of his sleeve between her thumb and forefinger. "Slowly, please." She mince-stepped behind Rayford. "How far?" she said.

"Not a hundred yards."

"I don't know if I can make it," she said, tears streaming.

"Let me go get you something," he said. "What would you like?"

"Anything," she said. "A sandwich, candy, water, anything."

"Wait right here."

She chuckled pitifully. "Sir, all I see is black. I could go nowhere."

"I'll be right back. I'll find you."

"I've been praying God will save my soul. And when he does, I will be able to see."

Rayford didn't know what to say. She had said herself it was too late. "In the beginning," she said, "for God so loved the world. The Lord is my shepherd. Oh, God."

Rayford jogged toward the terminal, skipping between ailing people. He wanted to help them all, but he knew he could not. A man lay across the inside of the automatic door, not moving. Rayford stepped close enough to trip the electric eye and the door opened a few inches and bumped the man.

"Please move away from the door," he said.

The man was asleep or dead.

Rayford pushed harder, but the door barely budged. Finally he lowered his shoulder and put his weight behind it. He bent and drove with his legs, feeling the pressure on his quads as the door slowly rolled the man away, and Rayford heard him groan.

Inside Rayford found a bank of vending machines, but as he reached in his pocket for Nick coins, he saw the machines had been trashed. Enough people had felt their way here to tear the machines open and loot them for every last vestige of food. Rayford searched and searched for something, anything they had missed. All he found were empty bottles and cans and wrappers.

"Who goes there?" someone demanded. "Where are you going? Can you see? Is there light anywhere? What has happened? Are we all going to die? Where is the potentate?" Rayford hurried back outside. "Where're you going!" someone shouted. "Take me with you!"

He found the woman on her stomach, face buried in her arms. She was wracked with sobs so deep and mournful he could barely stand to watch.

"I'm back, ma'am," he said quietly. "No food. I'm sorry."

"Oh, God, oh, God and Jesus, help me!"

"Ma'am," he said, reaching for her. She shrieked when he touched her, but he pulled at the sides of her head until he could see her hollow, unseeing, terrified eyes.

"I knew before everybody disappeared," she said, pitifully. "And then I knew for sure. With every plague and judgment, I shook my fist in God's face. He tried to reach me, but I had my own life. I wasn't going to be subservient to anybody.

"But I've always been afraid of the dark, and my worst nightmare is starving. I've changed my mind, want to take it all back."

"But you can't."

"I can't! I can't! I waited too long!"

Rayford knew the prophecy, that people would reject God enough times that God would harden their hearts and they wouldn't be able to choose him even if they wanted to. But knowing it didn't mean Rayford understood it. And it certainly didn't mean he had to like it. He couldn't make it compute with the God he knew, the loving and merciful one who seemed to look for ways to welcome everyone into heaven, not keep them out.

Rayford stood and felt the blood rush from his head. And that's when he heard the loud speakers.

"This is your potentate!" came the booming voice. "Be of good cheer. Have no fear. Your torment is nearly past. Follow the sound of my voice to the nearest loudspeaker tower. Food and water will be delivered there, along with further instructions."

"I'll make a deal with you," Chloe said. "I'll take over the rest of the watch, and you agree that we tell everybody in the morning that we had visitors tonight."

Buck looked to George, who pointed at him. "You're in charge when your father-in-law is away, pal."

"Only because of seniority. I defer to you on military stuff."

"This isn't combat, man. It's public relations. If you want my advice, I'd say do what you want but do it right. 'It's only fair we tell you people we saw GC around here last night, but as far as we know there's nothing to be concerned about yet.'"

"Fair enough, Chlo'?" Buck said.

She nodded. "I'd rather pray and pass the ammunition, but yes. Treat everybody like adults and you'll get the best of out them."

"If you're really talking watch," Sebastian said, "I'm going home and turning off my walkie-talkie."


Meet the Author

A prominent pastor, Tim LaHaye (1926-2016) was a New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 books, many on biblical prophecy and end-times. He coauthored the record-shattering Left Behind series (with Jerry B. Jenkins) and is considered one of America’s foremost authorities on biblical end-times prophecy. LaHaye earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Literature degree from Liberty University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read a lot of different books and this series is the only one i cant get enough of its cool how god reveals himself in fiction as well as everyday life...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I loved all the action in it and I thought the fact that it focused on God was really cool! I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Revelation and who wants to find a clean book with some action in it! I would not suggest this book to a less mature reader. It can be graphic.
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Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's not only about everything leading up to the Battle of Armageddon but, to me, it's Chloe's Book. Pretty early into the book, she's captured by the GC. The testimony she upholds as she's going through unimagineable trials and the temptations to save herself and Kenny is amazing! The way she deals with everything thrown at her speaks to me as a wife and mother. What would I do, if I were in the same situation? I pray I'd be just like her. This is my favorite book in the Left Behind series, right behind "Glorious Appearing" which is the most amazing in the series. These 2 books make the very perfect ending to Left Behind, and I highly recommend them.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
One year left to go of the Tribulation....and Armageddon (The Cosmic Battle of the Ages) is coming. When we left off in "The Remnant", New Babylon (the Antichrist's home base) was suffering from a plague of darkness. Because of this, Rayford and Abdullah are more easily able to get Chang out of New Babylon. Buck and Chloe, along with Kenny (now four) and some of the other Tribulation Force members are in a safe house in San Diego. After they see some GC nosing around, eventually Chloe's curiousity gets the best of her and she goes out of the compound to investigate - and is captured. Those at Petra continue to thrive; some of our long time friends are seriously injured, even killed; everyone is gearing up for the great battle.....we are left with a cliffhanger - who will survive and make it to the Glorious Appearing? Not gonna lie....I got a little emotional reading this one. Looking forward to number 12!
KitKatDoe More than 1 year ago
This eleventh book in the best-selling Left Behind starts with the scattered members of the Trib Force trying to get their tattered members gathered in the New Babylon of the Middle East. As the great Armageddon draws near, friendships who were thought to be safe are torn, and some safe houses and no longer safe. The millions who still refuse Christ suffer physically unimaginable boils and pain, even as Tsion continues to preach of God's hand desiring those to come to Him. Then It has come. Horsemen and weapons all advance as all of the human race fear for their lives and to be left standing at the end. This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.
kattrox More than 1 year ago
With New Babylon now shrouded in total darkness only believers can see leaving unbelievers with blinded eyes. A member of the tribulation force is taken into custody and the future of the other members seems questionable. Tsion and Buck journey to Jerusalem as the Jewish people prepare for the greatest battle the world has ever faced. Chang and Naomi have become closer. The world is coming to a climactic conclusion as the antichrist steps up his massive destruction. With love found and great loss this is one of the most tense and nonstop yet in the series yet also one of the saddest. More deaths have unfolded leaving the tribulation force with less members to fight Carpathia and his followers. This is my favorite in the series to date and I look forward with mixed feelings to the last book. I have really gotten attached to these characters and although I cannot wait to see what happens in the final book I really do not want it to end. Excellent character development and realistic scene as well as dialogue makes this one one that I will reread in the near future. Just cannot seem to get enough of this series and find that it is so relevant to today's world and current events.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book "Armageddon" Book Eleven in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us The Cosmic Battle of the Ages. Get ready for a thrill ride we are one book away from the conclusion of this series and the authors ratchet up the suspense to its highest height. All eyes are on the Middle East as Nicolae, the antichrist, prepares to do battle against those who would oppose him. One of the Tribulation Force is captured with no hope for rescue and both Captain Rayford Steele and Buck Williams are seriously wounded. In addition to all this the world has been through the tribulation, the last seven years before the triumphal return of Jesus. During this time God has used supernatural events to urge mankind to turn to Him and accept Him or face an eternity apart from Him. There were those that did accept God and those that chose the mark of the beast instead. Nobody is undeclared. That is the purpose of these books to show how terrible this last time will be and to see who will accept God now rather than wait until later and suffer through tribulation. 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"Armageddon" 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 twelve in this series. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I own this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Shaf1070 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for everyone. Makes me wonder if I would be as brave when faced with which side to choose!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great novel written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This book is suspenseful and christian. It caught me from the first word and made me stay still with anticipation. A great read that all will enjoy! Again, great job Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins! I look forward to more of your books :D
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Armageddon, the eleventh book in the Left Behind series, is great! It's action filled and keeps you on the edge of you seat. You have got to read this book!
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ReneeAnn More than 1 year ago
In Armageddon, the eleventh book in the Left Behind Series, the Antichrist prepares to launch all the forces and technology of earth against the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The people of the world who have rejected their Creator are on the brink of destroying all He has made, including themselves. As the novel begins, the whole world is in the dark, both metaphorically and literally. The Trib Force uses this judgment to operate undercover. Though they know what the Bible says about what is to come, they can't stand idly by and watch. They must prepare to face the Global Community Forces on the battle field and let come what may. During this installment, some beloved characters are martyred. So close to the time when Christ will return again, they must say good-bye to each other--and to us. Those scenes are very affecting. (I couldn't help but think of modern day martyrs who are suffering for their Lord, even as I write this.) I loved it when God dispatched His angels to make appearances at mark application and guillotine sites for all to see these saints ushered into glory. I hope this is accurate. But if not, one thing I know, the God of mercy will always make a way to encourage His children when they need Him most. In one fascinating scene towards the end of the book, Satan speaks through Carpathia to relate the history of mankind on earth from his perspective--reminding me a bit of Paradise Lost. He denies creation, shares how easy it was for him to introduce sin into the world, and discusses his attempts to eliminate the Jewish people. Of course, by this point in futuristic history, the other world leaders have no problem accepting his nefarious plan. Their complicity brought to mind a verse from Isaiah 5, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Amen!
meemaw0312 More than 1 year ago
This book is as exciting as any of the others, plain and simple, if you have read the previous ten then you probably have no need to read this review. The books are that darn good that you can't stop reading them. The imagery in this book is what makes it so good. Just picturing seeing the horses of the Apocalypse riding by you - there would be no words. There will be no denying Christ in the end days. The bible references continue in this book and I feel the book enhances the scripture and stays with it. I love the writing because it makes it real and the situations are believeable. The characters are well developed by this time if you have read the series all the way through. I love the story line and it is worth the read. With Christ's return eagerly awaited, Tribulation Force member face the greatest trials thus far in the tribulation. In this book, we see major changes in the main characters. It is difficult to say who will survive until the Glorious Appearing. As the Antichrist's armies mass on the plains of Meggido, the tension is as finger-biting level. This book is definitely one of my favorites of the series. I just love how Dr. LaHaye and Mr. Jenkins take so much scripture and turn it into a very fascinating fictional story that is highly based on truth.I loved this series, the books are exciting and are very quick reads. Pick up the first one, i'll bet you can't put them down after that!
JMDonnal More than 1 year ago
This book of the series details the final battle of the devil to keep control before Christ comes. There is some amazing imagery in this book and reading the scriptures you read about the horses of the Apocalypse riding across the earth. In this book you actually see them with the characters and feel their breathe on your face as they encounter them riding right before their eyes. All of these books are good and this is one of my favorites. Read it to learn about the word of God.
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