Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World

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Do you believe in prophecy? The Bible as literal truth? Armageddon? The Rapture? The return of the Da'jaal? Or the creation of a worldwide caliphate as a harbinger of the end of time? More important, if presented with compelling evidence, would you believe that there are today powerful forces actively conspiring to bring about these cataclysmic events within our lifetime?

In his provocative book Racing Toward Armageddon, Michael Baigent, best-selling author and one of the most ...

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Overview

Do you believe in prophecy? The Bible as literal truth? Armageddon? The Rapture? The return of the Da'jaal? Or the creation of a worldwide caliphate as a harbinger of the end of time? More important, if presented with compelling evidence, would you believe that there are today powerful forces actively conspiring to bring about these cataclysmic events within our lifetime?

In his provocative book Racing Toward Armageddon, Michael Baigent, best-selling author and one of the most controversial religious theorists of our time, turns his keen attention to modern-day Jerusalem and its increasingly important role in global affairs, exploring yet another of his explosive theories: that hard-liners within the three great Abrahamic religions, many of whom hold positions of enormous influence in government, industry, and the military worldwide, are working to hasten our end as prophesied in each of their texts and traditions of faith. Exposing these forces, the myths upon which many of their beliefs are based, the stealth action they have been taking for decades, and the insidious and potentially devastating effect they are having upon the educational, political, cultural, and spiritual fabric of our society. Baigent poses the pressing question: Can we really afford to remain oblivious much longer?

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Publishers Weekly
As in his previous books (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Jesus Papers), Baigent tries to uncover the dark forceshiding in the shadows of religion and ferret out fundamentalists whose dogmatism often turns to violence. Focusing on the end times, he warns that powerful fundamentalist sects in Christianity, Judaism and Islam are working to bring about the battle of Armageddon, when the forces of darkness will be destroyed by the Messiah, who will then bring about a new reign. All three groups want Jerusalem, where each lays claim to a physical spot, the Dome of the Rock, as a sacred place in its history; all three want a state in which politics are subservient to religion. Baigent makes the same mistake that the fundamentalists make when reading the book of Revelation. It is not a book of prophecy and “manual for frightening sinners back into the fold”; it is apocalyptic literature that uses symbols as secret codes for the state of affairs in the lives of first- and second-century Christians, offering them hope for escaping from their plights. Regrettably, Baigent's well-intentioned exposé turns out to be little more than a screed against fundamentalism that is based on a misreading of his central text. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061363207
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 632,907
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Baigent is the author of From the Omens of Babylon, Ancient Traces, and the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Papers. He is also the coauthor of the international bestsellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy (with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh). He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Timeline xi

Preface xvii

1 Taking the Temple 1

2 The Red Heifer 15

3 Destroying the Mosques 29

4 Armageddon 39

5 John of Patmos 59

6 Revelation 77

7 The Day of the Beast 93

8 Carried Away by the Rapture 115

9 Fighting for God 131

10 Planet Rushdoony 153

11 The Caliphate 181

12 Jerusalem 209

13 Welcome to the Gods 221

Notes 241

Bibliography 259

Index 265

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    A must read for every thinking person!!!

    Michael Baigent documents the scary side of all three abramhamic fundamentalist religions and shows how they are feeding on each other. He totally debunks their irrational apocalyptic agendas. This is important to all thinking people since these groups have a lot of politcal power and are intentionally leading the rest of us toward world war based on their irrational and uneducated thinking. Baigent has done the world a great favor and I hope that everyone reads this book so that we can all be part of helping these crazy people wake up before they help to blow us up.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Read it! Help stop the madness!

    I know there are those who want the world to end soon. There are those who want the rapture to come now. There are those who are willing to kill themselves and others for God.

    How do we stop them. How do we protect each other from the madness?

    Is the true rapture and the end when the madness leaves our world?

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Riding the Whirlwind

    The one thing religious extremists have in common is their belief that they alone are the keepers of the "True Faith" and it is their God given duty to bring about their version of the end times (of course, the rest of us are generously given the option of converting or facing God's wrath by their blood soaked hands). All this brings me to a highly engaging and eye opening book by Michael Baigent entitled, "Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions And The Plot To End The World" (you may remember Mr. Baigent as the co-author of the hugely popular "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Messianic Legacy"). Mr. Baigent gives us an excellent historical overview the three main religions and their claim on Jerusalem. He then leads us through their Byzantine world to induce the coming of the Messiah, but which Messiah? Is it the Messiah Ben David or the Twelfth Iman? Or is it the Second Coming of Jesus? Finally, Mr. Baigent details the objectives of each and finally, what we can do. An excellent book for those seeking to understand not just the Middle Eastern politics, but American politics as well.

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