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It has been nearly two years since the day of the mass disappearances. In one cataclysmic instant, millions all over the globe simply vanished, leaving everything but flesh and bone behind. Global war has erupted, and the Tribulation Force sets a suicidal course that places them in direct opposition to the rise of Antichrist. A repackage of the third book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series. Tyndale House Publishers

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It has been nearly two years since the day of the mass disappearances. In one cataclysmic instant, millions all over the globe simply vanished, leaving everything but flesh and bone behind. Global war has erupted, and the Tribulation Force sets a suicidal course that places them in direct opposition to the rise of Antichrist. A repackage of the third book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414334929
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Left Behind Series , #3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 43,409
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.07 (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.


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 29, 2011

    Great End Times Fiction, Just like the Others!

    This third book in the "Left Behind" series is an awesome read! If you've read the first 2, you've definitely got to read them all. And if you've seen the 3rd movie, please be aware that movie did not follow the book/s at all! This book continued where the last one left off and made me so excited for Jesus' return, making me want to dig deeper into my bible.

    The plot is good, the good characters are likeable, the evil characters hate-able (Nicolae is so much more creepy in this book than in any of the movies!), and it stays as true to God's word as possible... if you're a pre-millenial rapture kinda believer. Even if you don't know where you stand on that issue, this book is still a must read. It's not only good entertainment but is also very thought-provoking whether you believe this it the way it will all happen in the end or not. Any book in this series is a great gift for a non-believer, too.

    The reading level is pretty low, I'd say, which is why I give it 4 stars. However, the low reading level can definitely be a good thing considering that people who don't often read can be drawn into this story and become hooked. My mom read this book and she never reads! In that case, I was glad for the writing style.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Get saved

    I am 11 years old and am a devoted christian and i tataly agree with the person who wrote the end is near. The world is turning evil and all of the chriatians out there need to be spreading the word of christ before the rapture not hiding your faith like it will kill you because if the end is as near as alot of us may think you will feel guilty if you havent at least tried to help someone get to know christ. Ok now you may be thinking thats a lot to say for an 11 year old well i am a straight a student and i have been a believer since i was 4 years old. I have one last thing to say i have been reading these books and i am on appolyon now and i brought a classmate to christ after reading tribulation force and she was baptized but never really new the concept of being saved so to say if there are any kids out there who want to make a difference in someones life bring someone to christ and just know that no matter how young you are you are never to young to do a good deed fore God!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    The end is near!!!!!!!!

    I havent read the book yet, but the first two were amazing. An easy read and awesome read! Im twelve, a devoted christain, and i love to read! Harry potter, twilight, anf the hunger games shouldnt even be called books, yet alone bestsellers when this is an option to read. I havent read the three series i mentioned before and im glad. Magic and vampires are evil, and i didnt approve of all the killing in the hunger games. I
    had to stop reading the eragon series because the magic that i was reading about actually had me wanting to do magic. The bible says to resist wizards and mediums. With all this evil going on, im sure the rapture is near. Though no one knows. Only almighty God knows. Not the most favored of his servants, nor the angels by his side. This book really entertained and enlightened me. Recieve God now! You never know when his church will leave and the tribulation will begin.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014


    This is such a great series that I am reading the whole series again. My biggest question and the.reason.for my confusion is 1) How do I know which is the next book in the ssseries and... 2) Why would an E-Book cost more than a papereback? Yes, I discovered this while carousing through the many, many pages to try to confirm the sequence of this series. HELP, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014


    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    The first two books of this series did a wonderful job about rea

    The first two books of this series did a wonderful job about really integrating Christian faith into a fiction novel without being overwhelming,
     preachy or  forgetting about great  character development and what seemed like honest reactions to the beginning of the end times.
    Nicolae fails to keep up with that  and is sorely disappointing, enough to lose a reader to quit the series well ahead of the end. 
    It simply does not grab you and falls short of how well written the first two were. The characters suddenly seem very hollow and strange
     even  though you've followed them for about two years now. 

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Fanciful retelling of Revelation

    Although the vast history of eschatological research denies the pre-tribulation rapture and the oldest written Christian constitution, the Didache, circa 50 CE specifically denies the pre-tribulation rapture, the author has presumed that point of view is correct. Upon that fanciful presumption, he builds a well-written description of what Revelation might mean for the world and for a small group of evangelical Christians. Nicolae, who they say is the Anti-Christ, does not meet many of the most important requirements of the holder of that office. His name does not transliterate into Hebrew with a value of 666. He does not go around doing miracle upon miracle to persuade the people. He seems like an Obama-like parody, before the time of Obama. I am reading it because I like alternative history and that is a good description of this attempt at ferreting out the meaning of Revelation. However, my bias must be made clear, Eusebius, the Archbishop of Caesaria Maritima and the first great Christian historian in his Historia Ecclesiastica declares that Revelation is a false prophecy and no one believes it.

    With that said, I think many with open minds will be able to read the book for its entertainment value without buying into its false theology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Dear 5th grader

    There are only 12 book in the seris
    6th grader

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Nicolea the Rise of the Antichrist

    This is the third time I am reading the Left Behind series. As usual I am finding things I didn't see the first time I read the books. Jenkins & LaHaye are very creative in their writing. I can see Nicolea., Rayford and the rest of the characters. They also follow the Revelation prophesies. Definately recommend this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    God is proven RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

    For those who don't even know God, get to know God.

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  • Posted November 3, 2012

    A Must Read!

    Nicolae shows how evil can be very compelling to those who do not understand that the people involved are really evil. The good people in the story have to hide from the evil ones to do the Lord's work, trying to save as many souls as they can before Jesus comes back in 7 years after the Anti-Christ signs a peace treaty with Israel.

    This is the third book of the series that tells the story about the 'End Times' that the Bible tells about in Revelations. To me it helps you to understand what is going to happen during that time.
    I think it is a great series and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Action packed!

    Book number three in the Left Behind series. Nicolae Carpathia has declared himself the Grand Potentate of essentially the entire world, whom he has dubbed the Global Community. Rayford is still employed as a pilot by GC and as such has access to important information for the Tribulation Force. We meet some new characters (Mac, Ken Ritz, Amanda) and Hattie returns....

    Where book number 2 was my transition book, Nicolae is full of action. War and bombings everywhere, a major worldwide earthquake occurs (which kills about 1/4 of the world's population), our main Trib Force members are scattered all over the world and major chaos ensues.

    I resisted reading this series for the longest time and when I finally got started, had trouble stopping. However, I was ultimately glad I waited - because by then I wasn't forced to stop until the "next" book came out to keep going! :)

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  • Posted July 15, 2011


    "Nicolae" is the third is the series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins chronicling the events that take place in the world during the end times. The books follow several main characters as they fight for their lives and for their faith as the world makes its way to the last days. In this book, the Tribulation Force that was brought together in the previous book continues to fight the evil that is coming to the world. Nicolae Carpathia is now potentate of the Global Community. He publicly is seen as a charming and benevolent leader. But there are a few who know his true identity and how ruthless he can be. The Tribulation Force realizes that catastrophe in the form of an earthquake is in the world's future, and they continue their fight for survival and for the cause of Christ. This series of novels is a fictionalized account of the events of the end times. I enjoyed the whole series. This novel shows the gradual process of how the fictional Global Community is coming together under its leader, Nicolae. It was chilling to see how easily the world at large could be deceived by just one person and his contingency. While this book is geared towards Christians, there is enough action and depth to it that should appeal to all.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Nicolae, adventure from start to cliff-hanger finish

    Nicolae, book three in the Left Behind Series, was especially exciting to re-read. Bombs are dropping where Chloe and Buck live in Chicago. Rayford is flying Nicolae Carpathia around to New Babylon, Iraq, and other exotic places, while spying on the man he's convinced will soon be revealed as the Antichrist. The story expands to include Ken Ritz, Mac McCullum, and Amanda White, and returns to a familiar character, Hattie Durham, to give her another shot at redemption.

    In Israel, biblical scholar Tsion Ben-Judah is hiding out from the men who murdered his family and wish to silence him. Buck attempts a daring rescue of Tsion, and they both become wanted men. Even natural disasters come into play. It's non-stop action from start to cliff-hanger finish.

    This episode of the series illustrated something that amazes me about Bible prophecy. The story shows how so many will experience cataclysmic events, see all the norms of life change before their eyes, understand that in their humanness they can do nothing to help themselves, and yet turn to a human man to save them. While all the time God will continue to reach out to them through supernatural means and through the lives of Tribulation saints.

    I believe that whatever the Bible says will happen in the future is just as settled as what has already happened in the past. So the first time I read this series, I remember being so thankful that two authors, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, had taken literally the Scripture I've built my life upon and crafted a story from it. I felt that same thanks as I re-read each book. While other speculative fiction is fantasy, I know that the concept behind these books is based on truth. This gives each exciting installment eternal consequence.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    The Tension Mounts - An Exciting Thriller

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

    "Nicolae" depicts the events in the Bible book of Revelation Chapter 6, verses 12-14, where the sixth seal is opened, "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood-red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place." It is time for the rise of the antichrist. Now all antichrist means is Opposed (anti) to the Messiah (Christ)It is a title and in this book it belongs to Nicolae Carpathia. Carpathia continues to consolidate his power, unifying political states ("Global Community"), media ("Global Community Network," "Global Weekly"), and religions ("Enigma Babylon One World Faith") under a Nicolae-appointed supreme pontiff. Nicolae himself is grand potentate of the global community.

    The Tribulation Force, Captain Rayford Steele, his daughter, Chloe and Buck Williams not only must deal with the knowledge of who Carpathia is and spread the truth about him but they also must deal with the death and destruction that the opening of the sixth seal brings.

    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"Nicolae" 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 four in this series.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011


    This book in the Left Behind series is called Nicolae but Nicolae is harldy even in this book. Again, this entry in the series focuses
    almost entirely on the private lives of Rayford, Buck and friends. It further details the trials that they go through after the rapture.
    These books are not written to convince people of one Rapture doctrine or another. Rather, they have the message of God's love for his
    people thoughout.The book follows Rayford Steele and Buck Williams as they work for Nicolae Carpathia, whom they realize to be the
    Antichrist. The story has some major conflicts, and some serious tension, while still maintaining the facts and message of Revelations.
    The action and suspense of this third book are mesmerizing as well as entertaining. The "evil one" is portrayed magnificently. The members
    of the Tribulation Force become truly identifiable as real people.I enjoyed this book because it is a fascinating look at what COULD
    happen at the end of time. How the "Rapture" will effect the global economy, politics, and families. How easily people can be deceived
    and killed with kindness. It makes the reader reflect on what he or she would do in that situation. It was a very easy read, and very
    entertaining. I will absolutely be reading the next in the series.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Nicolae my review

    All seems to be coming into place as Potentate Carpathia begins ruling with an iron fist. The tribulation force joins together to try to win souls while Buck risks his life for a fellow believer. The wailing wall becomes a place of controversy, curiosity and media intervention as two individuals create quite a stir in those left behind while attracting the attention of Carpathia. Another extremely hard to put down novel, the 3rd in the series. If you have not started reading this series as of yet drop the book you are reading and dive in, I highly recommend them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Suspense and action

    I have read the first two books in the series and this is my favorite. Please read it and give your life to Christ.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Gripping read with many twists

    Nicolae is an engaging read that is hard to put down. The character of Nicolae Carpathia is becoming more and more familiar as the Antichrist. It would be extremely hard to live during this time, especially for those Christians who have discovered the true nature of Nicolae. It was hard for me to read about his double life of faking compassion one minute and acting callously toward those who were suffering the next without getting extremely angry. With shocking events and unexpected outcomes in every book, I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011


    The writers just make you feel like you are in the story and somehow you begin to see how it is possible for one man to rule the world. Makes you wonder if the Anti-Christ is alive today. It is scary to think about and helps you to see that no one would want to be here when he does show himself. Christ is coming soon!

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