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Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist [Paperback]

Tim LaHaye
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June 1 1998 Left Behind Series (Book 3)
Two years have passed since millions around the globe disappeared. Those left behind, terror stricken, suspected that the new world leader was the Antichrist. In Nicolae, the most explosive of the three books thus far in the best selling Left Behind series, the saga continues as the events of biblical prophecy unfold. Rayford Steele, his new wife, Amanda, and Buck and Chloe Williams make it their mission to win as many people to Christ as possible. The seven-year tribulation is nearing the end of its first quarter when prophecy says the wrath of the Lamb will be poured out upon the earth. Rayford and Buck work directly for Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist, who knows of Rayfords true allegiance but not of Bucks. Rayford becomes the ears of the tribulation saints at the highest levels of the Carpathia regime. Meanwhile, Buck attempts a dramatic all-night rescue run from Israel through the Sinai that will hold you breathless to the end. When you realize that this apocalyptic thriller represents the events that millions believe will actually occur, it could change your life forever.

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Antichrist. The very word send shivers through us. And Nicolae Carpathia certainly does not disappoint as Antichrist. Nicolae is the third book in Left Behind series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and is preceded by book one, Left Behind, and book two, Tribulation Force.

Nicolae Carpathia becomes the focus as he 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.

Our heroes, pilot Rayford Steele and journalist Buck Williams, along with the rest of the Tribulation Force, continue their struggle to survive and protect their families in the midst of global war and destruction. They have come to recognize Nicolae Carpathia to be the Antichrist prophesied in the Bible, and to them it comes as no great revelation that this man, who presented himself as a charming and benevolent leader, has been unmasked as a ruthless and cruel tyrant, manipulating people and events to serve his own ends. And his ends are undoubtedly evil.

It becomes apparent that the chaos and turmoil created by Nicolae are the fulfillment of John's prophesy of the seven seals as recorded in the book of Revelation. And it becomes also apparent they are now facing the sixth seal, a great earthquake which is sometimes called "the wrath of the lamb." This upheaval of the earth, with its accompanying death and destruction, is familiar apocalyptic imagery: a blood-red moon, a sun turned black, and the stars falling from the sky. And the Tribulation Force discovers that these incredible descriptions turn out to be not so very far from the truth.

Who survives? How? What does Nicolae have in mind for the world? Readers of the first two books should not be disappointed with this third installment to this chilling tale.

About the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins, former Vice President for Publishing and currently Writer-at-Large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 150 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Sixteen of his books have reached the New York Times best-seller list (seven in the number one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.

Tim LaHaye is an internationally known author, teacher, and expert on Bible prophecy. He is married to Beverly, who is the founder of the largest women's organization in America, Concerned Women for America. The LaHayes live in southern California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop, Edge of your seat thriller July 17 2004
The third installment of the Left Behind series starts at the begining of the tribulation. After the start of World War III, the Tribulation Force struggles for survival as Nicolae Carpathia (The Antichrist) unleases his war machine against those who oppose the newly formed Global Community (formally the UN). Adding a particularly good twist to the story. two of the core members of the Tribulation Force are now employed buy the Antichrist creating a high amount of tension that serves to be very infomative for the reader. The members of the trib force in this third installment are now without a leader due to their previous leader dying under mysterious conditions. The book escalates and proves to be a page turner that you will find difficlut to put down. Action and suspense are ever present, as the reader is taken to locales such as Iraq were the throne of the antichrist is, Chicago, and a harrowing escape/rescue from Isreal which is perhaps some of the best suspenseful writing of our time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHY NOT KILL NICOLAE NOW AND SAVE THE DAY? July 11 2004
The God Squad is back to (sort of) fight evil in NICOLAE. Someone else reviewed it better than I ever could when they said there was absolutely no excuse for stretching this story out over 12 novels. I could solve the problem of Nicolae Carpathia in one easy move. (See below for my brilliant spoiler.)
But first, lets review: Rayford Steele is Carpathia's pilot. Steele, his useless wife Amanda, his useless daughter Chloe, and his son in law, Buck Williams comprise the Tribulation Force (God Squad). They are convinced that Nicolae Carpathia is the Antichrist. That's pretty apparent. NC has pretty much taking control of the whole world, though the hate machine that is the Middle East is not factored in real well. I guess if you're Islamic, you don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah, so they were all left behind.
Anyway, there is a lot of hand-wringing and praying going on because except for Buck in Israel, rescuing Tsion Ben Judah (the man who broke the news to the world that as a Jew he was now convinced that Jesus was the Messiah); and Steele flying around with Nicolae eavesdropping on his conversations in the back of the plane, there is not a whole lot of action going on that the characters of this book are actually participating in.
Though the story is very interesting and I will continue to read the series, here's an idea: If Steele is Nicolae's pilot and Nicolae is the Antichrist, bent on raining death and destruction on everyone on Earth, why doesn't Steele just crash the plane into the ocean, kill Nicolae and save the day?
Probably because then LaHaye and Jenkins wouldn't be able to rake in more cash and have Jesus reappear in book 12 to defeat Nicolae.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for July 9 2004
By Jeff
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. And while I will admit that these are not as smart or engaging as some of the the better books that cover the same topic like Fire of Heaven or We All Fall Down, I still really enjoyed them. A friend introduced me to the first book and I cut through all 12 books over the past two months. In a way, it's not really fair to compare them to some of the other books because they are trying to do different things. Left Behind seems to me to try to simply tell a great story about the end of the world. It's light, but what's wrong with that? I really felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next when I finished a book and the very next day would order the next one. I call that a success. A book like We All Fall Down is obviously much more intense and thoughtful, the characters seem much more like real people, and it gives you more to think about, but why does that make Left Behind bad? Can't The Ten Commandments and The Passion both be good movies?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could someone achieve total world power? June 9 2004
The Tribulation Force now knows that Nicolae Carpathia is the Antichrist described in John's Book of Revelations, the final book in the New Testament. It is obvious to readers from the beginning that he is, but the scenes in which he takes control of worldwide leadership are shocking.
The Book of Revelations reveals seven seals that are the prelude to the last seven years of the End Times. Buck Williams, still able to maintain his lucrative position as headline writer, publishes a stunning article entitled "The Wrath of the Lamb" just before the worldwide earthquake (seal number six) flattens mountains, opens or closes streams, brooks, and lakes, and reduces the size of land mass by enveloping great sections in the churning chaos of the sea. This is prophesized by John the Revelator. These descriptions, I thought, were well written.
One of the main aspects of Nicolae's power is owning the media. Current laws do not allow one conglomerate to own controlling interests in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, or production companies. The Antichrist brings a large populace into his fold with promises and mind control. However, he owns it all. He combines all religions into one Global Religion under his appointed Supreme Pontiff, and takes on the tile of Grand Potentate of the Global Community.
While I was reading this book, there were recent political and communication changes in the United States that may allow a single entity to own more media control. These current changes made me wonder if a path is in the works for a single man to govern the world.
Again, the characters are underdeveloped. Rayford Steel marries a woman just introduced in this book while Chloe and Buck finally tie the knot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wayyyy better than Tribulation Force!
This is one of the better books for the "Left Behind" series. I dont know what it was but this book seemed to draw me in and did not let go. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by "johancornelius"
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 8 2004 by Karen
1.0 out of 5 stars A Romanian? Get real - a Romanian?
The average reader probably knows only two things about Romania -it's the country of a fictional archfiend (Dracula) and the historical archfiend who inspired him (Vlad Trepes). Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Thomas Niksa
2.0 out of 5 stars KK STORY POORLY WRITTEN
I started this series because of my friend's recommendation. The story is compelling at times but these books are very poorly written. It is sometimes tough to continue reading. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Jason Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Books 1 & 2, but...
I enjoyed this third installment of the Left Behind series better than books 1 & 2, but was more enraptured by Steve Alten's Domain series, especially book 2, RESURRECTION,... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars the rise of anticrist of nicolae crystal soignier
I like this book because it had to do with god and the devil. I love reading things about god. I love learning new thing about what mite go on or what has gone on in life. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Christ Revealed....
In this one, the Antichrist starts to take over. Immediately, you love to hate this guy. The authors build him up as an aristocratic, well-educated, dignatary, who is so... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Jason Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine being left behind and tortured for all eternity
Have you ever been put in the position where some person could destroy the world but you don't know who, and yet you must stop him or all of mankind will be destroyed? Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Sx Venom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian Fiction.
Don't believe the negative reviews you see; most are just wanna-be-writers who are upset at the success of this series.
This novel is fantastic. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Dan Blankenship
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