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Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (Left Behind Series #12)

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Thousands of years of human history stained by strife, death, and sin come to an end when the King of Glory returns to earth. The satisfying conclusion of the seven years of Tribulation covered by the Left Behind series portrays the return of Jesus Christ to earth in both glory and judgment.

At the height of the battle between the forces of evil gathered at Armageddon and the remaining Christian believers at Petra and Jerusalem, nothing seems to be able to stop the Antichrist, ...

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Overview

Thousands of years of human history stained by strife, death, and sin come to an end when the King of Glory returns to earth. The satisfying conclusion of the seven years of Tribulation covered by the Left Behind series portrays the return of Jesus Christ to earth in both glory and judgment.

At the height of the battle between the forces of evil gathered at Armageddon and the remaining Christian believers at Petra and Jerusalem, nothing seems to be able to stop the Antichrist, Nicolae Carpathia. But God has another plan. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842332354
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Series: Left Behind Series , #12
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 213,565
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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Mac McCullum scanned the Petra perimeter with high-powered field glasses. Rayford should have reached him by now.

Mac's watch showed 1300 hours-one in the afternoon, Carpathia Time. It had to be more than a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Sweat ran down his neck from the grayish red hair peeking out from under his cap, soaking his shirt. Mac detected not even a wisp of wind and wondered what his freckled, leathery face would look like in a few days.

Without taking his eyes from the lenses, Mac unholstered his phone and punched in the connection to Chang Wong in the computer center. "Where's Ray?" "I was about to ask you," Chang said. "He left here forty-five minutes ago, and no one else has seen him either."

"What do we hear from Buck?" Mac noticed the hesitation. "Nothing new." "Since when?" "Uh, Rayford heard from him late this morning." "And?" Another beat. "Nothing to speak of." "What're you sayin', Chang?" "Nothing." "I gathered. What's wrong?" "Nothing that won't be cured in a little-" "I don't need double-talk, buddy." Mac continued surveying the rocky slopes, feeling his pulse quicken despite his years and experience. "If you won't tell me, I'll call him myself." "Buck?"

"Well, who else?" "I've tried. My sensor shows his phone inoperable." "Turned off?" "Unlikely, Mr. McCullum." "Well, I should guess so. Malfunctioning? Damaged?" "I'm hoping the former, sir." "Global Positioning System active, at least?" "No, sir."

Chaim Rosenzweig had not slept, and after only two light meals of manna, he expected to feel the fatigue. But no. The best he could calculate, this was the day. He felt the swelling anticipation in both his head and his chest. It was as if his mind raced as his heart ached for the greatest event in the history of the cosmos. The old man's senior advisers, a half-dozen elders, sat with him deep in the stone compound of Petra. Eleazar Tiberias, a broad globe of a man, offered that the million-plus pilgrims under their charge "are clearly as restless as we. Is there nothing we can tell them?" "I have an activity in mind," Chaim said. "But what would you have me say?" "I am newer to this than you, Rabbi, but-" "Please," Chaim said, raising a hand. "Reserve such a title for Dr. Ben-Judah. I am merely a student, thrust into this-" "Nonetheless," Eleazar continued, "I sense the populace is as eager as I to know the exact moment of Messiah's return. I mean, if it is, as you and Dr. Ben-Judah have for so long taught, seven years from the signing of the covenant between Antichrist and Israel, does that mean it will be to the minute? I recall the signing being at around four in the afternoon, Israel time, seven years ago today."

Chaim smiled. "I have no idea. I do know this: God has His own economy of time. Do I believe Messiah will return today? Yes. Will it trouble me if He does not appear until tomorrow? No. My faith will not be shaken. But I expect Him soon." "And this activity you mentioned?" "Yes, something to occupy the minds of the people while we wait. I came across a videodisc of a dramatic sermon from before the turn of the century by an African-American preacher, long since in heaven, of course. I propose calling the people together and showing it." "The Lord may come while it is playing," an elder said. "So much the better."

"There remain unbelievers among us," Eleazar said. Chaim shook his head. "I confess that puzzles and disturbs me, but it also fulfills prophecy. There are those who enjoy the safety of Petra, even many who believe Jesus was the most influential person who ever lived, who have not yet put their faith in Him. They do not recognize Him as the long-awaited Messiah, and they have not acknowledged Him as their Savior. This sermon is also evangelistic. Perhaps many of the undecided will take their stand before Messiah appears." "Better than waiting until the event itself," someone said.

"Gather the people for a two-o'clock showing," Chaim said, rising. "And let's close in prayer." "Begging your pardon," Eleazar said, "but do you feel the absence of Dr. Ben-Judah as keenly as I do?" "More than you know, Eleazar. Let's pray for him right now, and I will call him in a few minutes. I would love to share his greeting with the people and hear what has been happening in Jerusalem." Mac's magnified vision fell upon colorful, metallic pieces glinting in the sun, perhaps a mile from his position. Oh no. A red fuel tank and a tire looked very much like parts from Rayford's all-terrain vehicle. Mac tried to steady his hands as he panned in a wide arc, looking for signs of his friend. It appeared the ATV could have been hit by a heat-seeking missile or smashed to bits by tumbling. Perhaps, he thought, no sign of Rayford nearby was good news. Mac raised Chang again. "Sorry to be a nuisance," he said, "but what does your sensor say about Ray's phone?" "I was afraid you'd ask. It's inoperable too, but its GPS is still pulsing. My screen shows it deep in a narrow crevasse a little over forty-five hundred feet below you." "I'm heading down there." "Wait, Mr. McCullum." "What?"

"I've got a lens pointed that way, and there's no room in the opening for a person." "You can see the phone?" "No, but I know it's there. It can be the only thing there. The opening is too narrow for anything else." "So have you seen his ATV too?" "I'm looking." "Well, I have. If that phone is due south of me, look about twenty degrees east." "Hang on … I see it." "But no sign of Ray, Chang. I'm going to look." "Sir? Could you send someone else?" "Why? I'm twiddling my thumbs here. Big Dog One has the troops under control." "Frankly, I'd rather you go to Jerusalem." "You gonna tell me what's goin' on?" "Come see me, Mr. McCullum. I was honoring the confidence of Captain Steele, but I think you-and Dr. Rosenzweig-should know."

Mac arrived at the tech center, deep in the bowels of Petra, a few minutes after one-thirty in the afternoon. Chaim rose to meet him while Chang acknowledged him with a look but kept turning back to his numerous screens. Finally Chang pulled away and the three sat, far from the ears of others. Mac noticed, however, that many techies and others frequently stole glances in their direction. "There's no delicate way to say this," Chang began. "Captain Steele told Naomi and me this morning that Mr. Williams had told him that Dr. Ben-Judah was killed in the fighting at Jerusalem." Mac stiffened.

Chaim buried his face in his hands. "I hope he did not suffer terribly," the old man said. "With Captain Steele missing now and-" "What? Him too?" Chaim said. "And I am unable to raise Cameron on the phone … " "I felt you both should know. I mean, I know this may all be moot by this time tomorrow." "Perhaps even by four this afternoon," Chaim said. "The question now is what to say, what to do." "Nothin' we can do," Mac said. "I've got Abdullah Smith looking for Ray. Chang here thinks I ought to go to Jerusalem."

Chaim looked up in apparent surprise. "I do," Chang said. "From the looks of what's left of his vehicle and his phone, odds are all Mr. Smith is going to find are Captain Steele's remains. I'm sorry to be so blunt." "But a flight to Jerusalem now?" Chaim said. "Just to see whether Cameron-" "It's what I would want if it was me," Mac said. "I know he may be dead, and either way, Jesus is comin', but with Tsion gone, I'd just as soon get Buck outa there and back here with us." "Even for as little as an hour," Chaim said, more a statement than a question. "Like I say, that's what I'd want." "And what do we tell the people?" Chaim said. Minutes later, Mac was in Gus Zuckermandel's quarters. He filled in the young man on his plans. "And here's the hard part, Zeke. I want to leave in ten minutes." "Can you give me twenty?" "Fifteen." "Deal."

"What've you got, Z?" Mac said, as the forger yanked open a file drawer, riffled through several folders, and slapped one open on his desk. "Your new identity," Zeke said, moving to a closet, which he opened with a flourish. There were two dozen black-on-black Global Community Unity Army uniforms, from tinted eye-shield helmets to calf-length boots. "Find one that fits while I'm working on your documents. Don't forget the gloves. Nobody's checking for marks of loyalty anymore anyway, but just to be safe." "How do you do this, Z?" Mac said, approaching garments that looked his size. "With lots of help. Sebastian's boys have killed a few of 'em, and I got me a little crew that runs out and gathers up their stuff-papers, clothes, and all." "Weapons?" "'Course."

When Mac emerged with the uniform a perfect fit, he found Zeke mixing some sort of a brew. "You look good, Mac," he said. "Problem is, you got to be black." "And you can manage that in a few minutes?" "If you're game." "Whatever it takes." Mac whipped off his helmet, jacket, shirt, and gloves. Zeke used the mix to paint him dark brown from the shoulders to the hairline. "Keep the helmet on, "'cause I haven't got time to make the hair authentic." "Check." "And let's do your hands, just in case." Zeke dyed Mac's skin from mid-forearm to fingertips. "This should dry in two and a half minutes. Then an instant photo, and you're on your way. Give my best to Buck and Tsion." Mac hesitated. "You betcha. Zeke, you're a genius." The younger man snorted. "Just here to serve." Mac was sprinting to a chopper when he reached Abdullah Smith by phone. "Nothing yet, Mac. I will let you know as soon as I discover anything." As Mac lifted off, he saw multitudes streaming from all corners of Petra and gathering at the central meeting place.

Chaim was alarmed at the mood of the throng. It was the biggest crowd he had ever drawn at Petra, and it was noisy, clearly preoccupied, antsy. He heard nervous laughter, saw lots of embracing. When one or two would look to the skies, hundreds-sometimes thousands-would do likewise. "My beloved brothers and sisters in Messiah," he began, "as well as the seekers and undecided among us. Please try to quiet yourselves and settle for a moment. Please! I know we all expect the imminent return of our Lord and Savior, and I can think of no greater privilege than to have Him appear as we speak. But-" He was interrupted by thunderous applause and cheering. Chaim gestured that they should be seated. "I share your enthusiasm! And while I know that there will be nothing else on your minds until He comes, I thought there might be value in focusing specifically on Him this afternoon. I know there remain among us many who are withholding their decisions about Him until He appears. Consider this my last effort to persuade you not to wait. We do not know what may befall us at that moment, whether God will allow scoffers and mockers and rejecters to change their minds. Pray He will not harden your heart due to your rebellion or unbelief. Surely there has been more than enough evidence than anyone could need to reveal the truth of God's plan.

"While we watch and wait, consider the thoughts of a great preacher from decades past. His name was Dr. Shadrach Meshach Lockridge, and his message is entitled 'My King Is … '" Chaim signaled for the disc to play, and it was projected off two white walls of smooth stone, each several stories high, where all could see it. The sound system carried it to the ends of the seated masses. Lockridge proved to be animated and thunderous, interrupting his own cadence of shouts and growls with whispers and huge smiles. The disc caught him near the end of his sermon, and he was picking up steam.

"The Bible says my king is a seven-way king. He's the king of the Jews; that's a racial king. He's the king of Israel; that's a national king. He's the king of righteousness. He's the king of the ages. He's the king of heaven. He's the king of glory. He's the king of kings. Besides being a seven-way king, He's the Lord of lords. That's my king. Well, I wonder, do you know Him?" Hundreds of thousands applauded, and many stood, only to sit again as Lockridge continued. "David said, 'The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.' My king is a sovereign king. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. "He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's infinitely powerful. He's impartially merciful. Do you know Him?" Many shouted their agreement.

"He's the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's God's Son. He's the sinner's Savior. He's the centerpiece of civilization. He stands in the solitude of Himself. He's honest and He's unique. He's unparalleled. He's unprecedented. "He is the loftiest idea in literature. He's the highest personality in philosophy. He is the supreme problem in higher criticism. He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He's the core, the necessity for spiritual religion. He's the miracle of the ages. Yes, He is. He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He's the only one qualified to be our all-sufficiency. I wonder if you know Him today." As the preacher continued, more and more listeners stood, some raising their hands, others shouting agreement, others nodding.

"He supplies strength for the weak. He's available for the tempted and tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He strengthens and sustains. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses the leper. He forgives the sinner. He discharges debtors. He delivers the captive. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent. And he beautifies the meek. I wonder if you know Him. "Well, this is my king. He's the key to knowledge. He's the wellspring of wisdom. He's the doorway of deliverance. He's the pathway of peace. He's the roadway of righteousness. He's the highway of holiness. He's the gateway of glory. Do you know Him? "Well, His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His life is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you."

That elicited an ocean of laughter and more applause. The same had happened with his original audience, and Lockridge had paused, allowing it to fade before he continued. "He's indescribable. He's incomprehensible. He's invincible. He's irresistible. Well, you can't get Him out of your mind. You can't get Him off of your hand. You can't outlive Him and you can't live without Him. The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found they couldn't stop Him. Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him. Herod couldn't kill Him. Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him. That's my king!" Everyone was standing now, hands raised, many applauding, shouting, some dancing. "And Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever and ever and ever! How long is that? And ever and ever! And when you get through with all the forevers, then amen! Good God Almighty! Amen!"

By the time Mac found himself within sight of the rocky Judean hills where Jerusalem lay smoking in the early afternoon sun, he had begun to despair of finding Buck. If he was all right, would he not have borrowed a phone to check in? The latest intelligence from Chang was that Buck had reported Tsion's death to Rayford from inside the Old City. Though the colossal armies of the world-now amalgamated into Carpathia's Global Community Unity Army-stretched by the multimillions from north of Jerusalem to Edom, it was clear from the air that the current major offensive focused on the Old City. Mac looked for a place to land. He had to look like a GC officer on assignment and head on foot to the Old City as if he knew what he was doing. In fact, he didn't have a clue. The Old City was only a third of a mile square. And if he found Buck alive, what was he to do? Arrest him and muscle him to the chopper? Finding Buck dead or alive, Mac decided, would be like discovering a patch of dry ground in the Louisiana bayou. Mac's phone chirped, and he saw it was Chang. "Give me some good news." "Such as?"

"Such as Buck's dead phone all of a sudden started showin' his position." "No such luck. But I do have something. Carpathia's on the rampage about the destruction of New Babylon, and he's taking heat from all over the world." "Heat?" "Everybody who depended on New Babylon is crying over the loss. I'm picking up televised reports from everywhere of leaders, diplomats, businessmen-you name it-literally weeping, decrying what's become of New Babylon and their own interests. Some are committing suicide right on camera." "No way the GC is puttin' that stuff on the air." "No, they aren't, but yours truly still has his ways." "Attaboy, Chang, but how does that help me find Buck?" "You're not going to find Buck, Mr. McCullum." "What? You know that for sure?" "I'm just stating the obvious." "Ye of little faith." "Sorry. But I figured as long as you're there and undercover, you might want to know where Carpathia is." "I don't care where he is. I'm here to find Buck." "All right then."

"But just for smiles, where is he? Last I heard he was on a bullhorn outside Herod's Gate. Moved there from his bunker near the Sea of Galilee. Unless they were just broadcasting his voice." "No, it was him all right. He's moved his entire command post inside the Old City." "Impossible. I'm lookin' down on it right now, and the place is crawling with-" "I thought so too until I heard where. Underground." "You don't mean-" "Solomon's Stables." "How do I get in there?" "Follow somebody. Carpathia's got an entire regiment there, and I got your new name on the list." "That might not have been prudent, Chang." "Why?"

"What if I choose not to go, am discovered missing, and someone sees me elsewhere?" "Well, there is that possibility, yes. Tell 'em you're on your way." "What if I'm not? I mean, I'd love to be your eyes and ears here, Chang, but my priority is Buck. And nothin' we know about Carpathia now is going to amount to a hill of beans anyway. What's gonna happen is gonna happen. Can you get me off that list?" "Not without looking suspicious. Sorry, Mr. McCullum. I thought I was doing the right-" "Don't worry about it. None of it will matter tomorrow, will it?" Mac saw GC activity and other choppers putting down at the Tombs of the Prophets, south of the Mount of Olives, east of the Old City. Caravans of jeeps quickly loaded the disgorged personnel and raced them toward the conflict. As soon as Mac stepped out of his copter at 2:45 P.M., an officer directing traffic pointed him to an armored personnel carrier. Mac saluted and jogged that way. He joined a dozen other like-uniformed soldiers, who merely nodded at each other, tight-lipped, and rode in stony silence. The cavalcade headed north on Jericho Road and turned west in front of the Rockefeller Museum onto Suleiman Street. "We headed to Herod's Gate?" someone said. "Is it open?" someone else said. "Damascus Gate," the driver announced.

As they passed Herod's Gate Mac joined the others in pressing against the windows on the south side of the vehicle. Somehow the resistance continued to hold the gate. "If you're assigned to the potentate," the driver said, "follow me to the entrance to the stables. Everybody else head for the staging area at the Church of the Flagellation. When we have enough personnel, we'll attack the insurgents from behind and blow 'em out Herod's Gate." Mac felt himself swelling with pride over what Tsion and Buck had apparently accomplished before the rabbi was killed. If they had been at Herod's Gate, they were responsible for helping hold that position against overwhelming odds. And neither of them battle trained. Mac assumed Buck would agree that Tsion would not want his body removed from the Old City. He only hoped Buck had found an appropriate spot for the rabbi. Bodies fallen in an active battle had a way of getting trampled beyond recognition. That wouldn't matter tomorrow either, but Mac knew he and Buck would be on the same page.

Mac found himself fighting anguish. No way Buck would let them worry and wonder for this long. Surely he could have found a way to check in if he was alive. When the vehicle stopped and the driver gave the order, Mac and the soldiers got out and moved as directed. Mac dropped several paces behind his group and phoned Chang, speaking quietly. "Anything?" "Nothing." "I'm not going to succeed, am I?" "What do you want to hear, sir?" "You know." "I'm past pretending, Mr. McCullum." "I appreciate that. Maybe I should just proceed to my assignment." "To the compound?" "Yeah. I know I should have my head examined, but I'd love to be with ol' Nick when Jesus gets here."

Chang felt Naomi's strong fingers on either side of his neck. "You're tense," she said. "Aren't you?" he said. "Relax, love. Messiah is coming." Chang couldn't turn from the screens. "I'd like to lose no one else before that. No matter how much I tell myself they'll be dead only a short while, it all seems so pointless now. I don't want anyone hurt, let alone suffering, then dying. Mr. McCullum's going was my idea." "But he sure jumped on it, didn't he?" "I knew he would. I wish I could have gone." "You know this place can't function without your-" "Don't start, Naomi." "You know it's true." "Regardless. I sent him for my own vicarious thrill. No way he's going to find Buck, and if he does, Buck will be dead. Then what's Mac supposed to do? If he gets found out, he's history. And for what? He could be here watching for the return with everyone else." Naomi pulled a chair next to Chang and sat. "What do you hear from Mr. Smith?" Chang sighed. "That's turned out to be a waste of time and manpower too. So far he hasn't found a thing. Either Captain Steele was obliterated by a missile or he was buried in the sand." "Could he have crawled to safety?" "There's no safety in that sun, Naomi." "That's what I mean. Maybe he found shelter or built himself some shield against the heat." Chang shrugged. "Best-case scenario, I guess. But wouldn't he think to leave some sign for us?" "Maybe he was hurt too badly or simply had no resources." "He could arrange sticks or rocks, even a piece of clothing." "If he was able," Naomi said. Chang's phone made them both jump. "Yes, Mr. Smith?" "I'm on his trail. He was on the move for a while, at least." "What did you find?" "Blood, I'm afraid."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

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    Awesome Reading

    This book and the whole set is just wonderful. The characters are so real. I could picture what was going on while reading it. The entire series is a must! It was so dramatic that I read the entire series of 12 books in 2 months. Others have told me that it took them an enire year.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    I could not put the book down.

    I really enjoyed reading all books...

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    Must read

    Loved the whole series!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Good Series, but 2 books too long.

    Each book individually had great drama and kept you interested, but towards the end the books started to drag on a bit too long. I enjoyed the series, but wouldn't read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Answer to the '216' question

    This is an excellent book and a nice wrap-up to an extraordinary series. To answer a previous reviewers question: 6x6x6=216

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Finally!

    This twelfth book in the best-selling Left Behind starts with the lament and cries of many with the mark of the Beast, for "All is Lost"; connections to New Babylon, food and water, everything depending on maintaining of life has disintegrated. Carpathia, with knowledge of everyone's despondency, then pull the plug on any computer or television connection worldwide. Carpathia meets up with his lord Lucifer and grovels at his every demand. Suddenly, Heaven opens, and on a white horse sits Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God. Evil attempts to flee the holiness of God, and those with God's mark finally get to watch the show. As the Victor defeats evil, all Trib Force and Remnant can do is to praise and worship their Glorious King. This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    An awesome read!

    This book is the best of the series. It's well done and leaves readers on the edge of their seats. That said, it does take several pages to get into the really exciting part. Once that part is reached it's incredible! The well known cast of characters return but they are no longer hiding. With hours to go before Christ's return two of the main characters are unaccounted for. Buck and Ray. While Trib force members try to find out what has happened to them, Carpathia's forces are taking over Jerusalem. The battle of Armagedon and the return of Jesus are written in such a way that will excite you to the very last word!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Dissapointed

    I was dissapointed with the coming of Christ. I expected to be wowed but it fell flat and hallow. I don't know why, but as Christ centered as I am, I did not feel Him as I expected. There was no spirit whispering to me whe He was described. I enjoyed the whole series (all 13) except this one (#12). It did not feel inspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    Hooked in a good way

    This book was one of the best i've read in my life. It was suspensful and exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Do not buy the audio version! Read it for yourself!

    I have listened to (and enjoyed) many books on CD in the past few years. This reader is among the worst that I've had the displeasure of hearing. The content of this book is great, so don't get me wrong. However, the reader makes it impossible to experience the book the way it was intended. He pronounces many character names incorrectly, including Carpathia and Adbullah. His character voices range from unconvincing to downright abrasive and/or annoying (especially Carpathia's). His voice inflection is often very wrong when reading dialogue. He also adds pauses in the middle of sentences without any obvious reason. These are just the most obvious and annoying problems. There are too many to list completely here, so please trust me and avoid listening to this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    You Have to Believe after reading this series

    I just finished the Glorious Appearing and can't wait for Jesus' return. Having only been a Christian for the last 4 years, I truly learned a lot from reading this series. I have read different scriptures in the Bible and had an idea of somethings, but reading the series helped me a great deal. I don't see how anyone would not become a believer -- but just like in the books, when all the judgments came down, you still had those whose hearts were so hard that they still would not accept Christ. Well, I'll be going up in the Rapture myself, so I won't be seeing the judgments, but for those of you who are here, keep a copy of the series handy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    The Right Idea--We need more like these!

    I am giving Glorious Appearing five stars because the idea is the right one, to spread the word of God in a fictionalized manner, and bring hope and entertainment through an innocent and moral forum. I appreciate these books and I appreciate the effort of these authors. Even though in places the diaglogue is a little underthought and the plot a tad overdone, I was able to see past that because the entatainment and inpspiration I have felt while reading all twelve of these books has already packed up so tightly that everything added to that package with this book only made the gift more bountiful...kind of like a jar filled with coins, at some point the jar will overflow and there will be too many coins, but you are still apprecative and excited to get more. I enjoyed Glorious Appearing and I think it is a worthy read for anyone seeking a book that doesn't have all the junk that fills other books on the market today, sex, violence, profanity, etc. Finally, a popular series has risen up against all the cliche, overdone, so-called desires of society, and presented a fictional tale of the ever-present force that brought us here and keeps us going, and eventually will take us home. I hope you will take the time to read Glorious Appearing. It is about 400 pages so it will take you a little while, but it is not a difficult read so it should not be any trouble. Other books I have read in the past couple of years that have really made me feel good are: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, a very popular book about heaven The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren which is more of a how-to that can be used when outlining your life Calling in the Night by Michele Geraldi which is a really good find because it pretty much encompasses everything about literature mixed with morals and 'how-to', having short stories, poems (rhyming poems, almost like kids poems, but more mature) and essays about current affairs and how they affect society. It is the best book I have read in the last six months or so--a real complete love and life type of book Also just read Best Life Now by Joel Osteen, which is another really good spiritual 'how to' book by the pastor who is on TV every week. If you want to avoid the 'how to' though, and read more stories that are inspiring and nurturing to your faith, read The End of Days Series, Calling in the Night, and the Five People You Meet in Heaven. Those books will keep you entertained and inspired for the next six months (14 books all together)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    I can't wait now!!!!

    Oh my gosh if the end days are anything like these guys have written it sure has woken up my heart and my mind. I always claimed to be a christan but never fully understood what that meant till I read this series. This final book had me nearly crying cause I could picture christ in my head saying everything and seeing his believers and everything they went through to be with him and to be rewarded just as the bible says I can't wait for him to come back and take us to heavan. What a glourious day that will be!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Got better near the end

    the first half of the book i found very boring. nothing was happening. then it got much better the second half. i wish it would have continued on a little bit at the end, but it sort of just stopped. but of course if you have read the first 11 books you will read this book no matter what anyone says. i loved the series as a whole of course. i recommend them to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    So Glorious! - and yet, I want more...

    I read each of the books in this series on average in 3 days.... this one took longer than the rest. Not because it was not a wonderful 'read', but because it didn't seem to have the dramatic ACTION of the previous books in the series. There was only one other that I could say the same about, although I don't remember which one now. What this book DID HAVE was it gave me a longing for that day, when Jesus returns, and He speaks to me! I suppose it's hard to make that sound 'action-packed' but it was so emotionally and spiritually drawing and compelling that I didn't mind the lack of action. I feel bad for those who read this book and didn't 'get it'. The Glorious Reappearing of Christ couldn't be written the same as all the trials and tribulations that lead up to it... it's a book in itself. I found myself immersed in the whole spectacle of that day when He finishes and we believers all find ourselves one with Him and each other. That's what this final book was about. To those who were so disappointed, I can identify, but only in that this book didn't grab you with it's action and imagination as much as the others. Perhaps there could have been a way to write it to include those attributes, and then more readers would have come away more satisfied with the series. But as for me, I finished this book like I do a good meal, with a sense of fullness and satisfaction... an 'I'm glad I was here for THIS meal' kind of feeling. And yet, I find myself wanting more... not from what I have read so far, but for more, nonetheless. I have and will continue to enthusiastically and excitedly recommend this entire series to anyone and everyone I meet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT

    After reading all 11 books in the series, I looked forward to the final, 'Glorious Appearing'. I thought it was awful!!! If we were able to get past the excess preaching and into the story it still was NOT GOOD. I realize it was all conjecture on the authors' parts but they (to me) made Jesus into a comical tyrant. This is not the Jesus I would like to meet at the appearance. The entire last half of the book was too theatrical and overdone. They took something that could (and should) have been wonderous and beautiful and turned it into a circus. Bad, bad ending to an enjoyable series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    okay, but not great

    I really didn't think this was the best way to end this series. Overall, the books had suspense, drama, mystery, and action. This one was almost boring for me to read, unlike the others that had me flipping the pages hungrily. Also, I don't understand that explanation of 216. What do the 6's have to do with the series?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Great book!

    This was an awesome book! I loved the whole series and this was an amazing end to it. Highly reccommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Dull Ending

    I enjoyed the whole series but this last book should not have been a book at all. It could have been summed up in a couple of chapters. The writers repeated and repeated themselves until all I wanted to do was skip ahead. Overall it was very anticlimatic and a definite disapointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Exciting!

    Who wouldn't like this book! I couldn't wait for each series to come out and this one was fantastic! It has always been hard for me to read and understand the Bible and when I started reading The Left Behind Series it became more clear to me what it's all about. God Bless Lahaye and Jenkins for their wonderful work. My children and friend's love this series.

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