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Glorious Appearing: The End of Days: 12 (Left Behind) [Kindle Edition]

Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins
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Jesus returns at last in this 12th novel in the phenomenally popular Left Behind series, vanquishing his foes and ushering in a new millennium of peace and righteousness. Ray Steele is the only member of the original Tribulation Force alive to see it, however, since Buck Williams endures a bloody death in the opening pages. The novel’s pacing suffers greatly from its own foregone conclusion. Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, once a fearsome and suave foe, is reduced to shrill hysteria in this installment, and seems more of a cartoon character than a credible instrument of Satan. And the final wars (there are four of them in quick succession) add no drama to the plot, since believers are by that point impervious to harm; neither the bullets from the Unity army or the supernatural lightning raining down from the sky can touch the Christian holdouts. It must have been difficult to imagine the words that Jesus would speak on such an occasion, but the authors’ cautious solution-to draw almost solely on the statements spoken by or about Jesus in the New Testament-feels wooden. However, the book is not devoid of humor, and fans of the series will enjoy the gentle, affectionate camaraderie that exists among the excited members of the ragtag brigade of believers. For readers who have stuck with this soap opera through thick and thin, there is a real emotional payoff in seeing the characters’ reunions with their loved ones who died during the Tribulation.
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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. A repackage of the twelfth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Jan. 6 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The last book in the series when I first reaf the books... now, of course, there are the 3 prequels and a sequel, but this remains 1 of my favorite 2 books in the series.

Read the series! Both the adult versions and the junior youth versions are well worth the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Glorious Appearing June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure what book a few of those negative reviewers read (it certainly couldn't have been The Glorious Appearing).
This book was incredibly awesome. As a reader who has consumed all the Left Behind volumes, this book was a masterpiece, probably even the best book that I have ever read. The scripture is magnificently woven into a beautiful literary tapestry. All those obscure Old Testament prophets that you come across when studying the Bible has always given me a very hazy perspective on how it all fits together. But the way the authors so beautifully weave the Word of God throughout brings the End Times into focus, thus the flow of events end up being very plausible. This book was riveting, and touched my heart deeply, giving me a view of the risen, victorious, King of Kings and Lord of Lords in a way that I had never experienced. Is this book prophetic? It doesn't claim to be, but speaking as a student of the Bible, it very well could be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Ending to a wonderful Series!!! April 30 2004
Format:Hardcover
I loved the Glorious appearing and I cried through the whole second half of the book. It was so cool to imagine Jesus's return to the earth. It was great. I thought they did an awesome job!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a Jesus I particularly want back April 18 2004
By JLT
Format:Hardcover
I read the other books on "know your enemy" grounds (and they were enjoyably bad), but this is one of the worst GD things I've read, and I mean that literally. At some point in Ch. 2, the authors crossed the line where whoever did the Biblical translation they used can sue for plagiarism. I thought libertarian SF was bad w/ the "As you know...." speeches cluttering the dialog. Ugh. This is L&J getting revenge against everyone who ever doubted them, like a kid on a playground warning that his big brother will beat you up if he doesn't get his way. Example: with the unbelievers dead, the US finally and really becomes "a Christian nation."
Want a head rush? Alternate reading Juan Cole's reports about Iraq and L&J's account of the small band of believers fighting off the World Unity Army at Armageddon.
Wrap the result in an atmosphere of "OHMIGOD THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO SHOVE OUR BELIEFS DOWN THE THROATS OF OUR READERS!!!" desperation.
And the alternating descriptions of gutted nonbelievers and God's love and mercy are priceless, for you fans cognative dissonance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of "Glorious Appearing" and publish it in Saudi Arabia, jubilantly describing a massacre of millions of non-Muslims by God, we would have a fit. We have quite properly linked the fundamentalist religious tracts of Islam with the intolerance they nurture, and it's time to remove the motes from our own eyes.
In "Glorious Appearing," Jesus merely speaks and the bodies of the enemy are ripped open. Christians have to drive carefully to avoid "hitting splayed and filleted bodies of men and women and horses."
"The riders not thrown," the novel continues, "leaped from their horses and tried to control them with the reins, but even as they struggled, their own flesh dissolved, their eyes melted and their tongues disintegrated. . . . Seconds later the same plague afflicted the horses, their flesh and eyes and tongues melting away, leaving grotesque skeletons standing, before they, too, rattled to the pavement."
One might have thought that Jesus would be more of an animal lover.
As ... David Kirkpatrick noted in an article, this portrayal of a bloody Second Coming reflects a shift in American portrayals of Jesus, from a gentle Mister Rogers figure to a martial messiah presiding over a sea of blood. Militant Christianity rises to confront Militant Islam.
This matters in the real world, in the same way that fundamentalist Islamic tracts in Saudi Arabia do. Each form of fundamentalism creates a stark moral division between decent, pious types like oneself - and infidels headed for hell.
(words above quoted from NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF's July 17, 2004
column in the New York Times. Below, my own words.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Doctrine of Ethnic Cleansing? July 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
In some ways this book is funny yet profoundly stupid. The writers Tim F. Lehaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have gloriously taken away the essence of Jesus Christ, which is Love. Their version of the bible is a doctrine of fear(almost sounds like the fear tactics of the current American Bush administration). And since when does Jesus like to kill horses? This is an important clue already that this is pure wacko stuff. Have we got another childish and primative interpretation of the bible here by these two silly-billys?
Yes,people have a right to believe in a God who likes to rip open bodies and melt flesh into bloody messes. But I only hope they can keep their religious intolerance to themselves. If there is a devil, he certainly did a good job on these pious people who claim to love the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spare me that "old-time religion" July 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
Now let me see if I got this right: Jesus returns to earth on a bloody rampage in which he lifts his left hand, a chasm opens in the earth, and every non-Christian on the planet tumbles howling into Hell.
Wow, Jesus isn't even content with that. He has to start a bloody massacre with humans and horses "splayed and filleted" like so much meat in a butcher's shop.
The Jesus in the New Testament is the God of Love. The Jesus in these pages is more like a murdering Moloch.
One can only imagine that if Jesus actually read intolerant, bigoted rant that passes itself off as a book, He might come storming back down to earth yelling, "I said WHAT?!!?"
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is an embarrassment
I'm sorry, but after reading a few pages of this book, it is apparent that the authors are merely cloaking their brand of racial and ethnic intolerance as pseudo-pious... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars ETBR - Glorious Appearing
1. Reflections: More than half of the text in Glorious Appearing are direct quotes from Scripture. Do you think this will change the fiction market? Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Benjamin Seeberger
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly dull
I had read the first five books of the series in hardback, but since my local library carried all the books on audio cassette or cd, I decided to listen to them all while driving... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by C. Pollock
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for
A lot of the reviews I have read of these books tend to put it down by comparing it to other end of the world books. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Jeff
2.0 out of 5 stars A failure
I am an ardent believer in Christ, but that does not mean that anything written about Christianity should be endorsed and embraced regardless of its quality. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Appearing: The End of Series!
Being a devout Catholic, I must confess! The series was good, this book was okay but I'm glad they finished it! Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by B. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Taking Revelations a bit too seriously
I read this series and this book as fiction. I am a recovering Catholic, who to this day still gets chills when I try to imagine a place where sinners burn forever. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Jered Wenderoth
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Catholic, fundamentalist propaganda disguised as novel
Don't buy it. To suggest that the only true "Christians" are fundamentalists is not only untrue, it is contrary to Christ's teachings. Read more
Published on July 5 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Remember, it's fiction
Given Mr. LaHaye's associations with Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church, it is difficult to accept his peculiar interpretations of Biblical prophecy as credible.
Published on July 3 2004 by tanyev
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