THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH You know, I used to come to the beach to get away from things. Just the relaxing of the waves pounding the shore. But now. Topics Hal Lindsey, Christian Eschatology, doomsday, Great Tribulation, Mark of the Beast. The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in. copy of Hal Lindsey's book The Late Great Planet Earth. A request was made of me: Would I be willing to read carefully through this book, which had made such.

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The late great planet earth by Hal Lindsey; 13 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Bible, Prophecies, Protected DAISY, Accessible book. One of the most popular books of the 's was “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal. Lindsey. Written at the height of the Cold War it captured the interest of. The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. The New York Times called it the "no. 1 non-fiction bestseller of the decade." For Christians and .

Despite its great popularity, it did not appear on best-seller lists, which tracked only sales in trade bookshops.


Between and , religious book sales grew percent, compared with an overall industry growth rate of 70 percent. Moreover, it continued to grow at approximately 15 percent a year, with evangelical books representing the fastest-growing sector of that market.

Although evangelical publishing was large and growing rapidly in the s and s, mainstream media often ignored its influence or dismissed it. Lindsey, in particular, had a significant public relations problem.

As a scholar of popular books, I was fascinated by this gap between popular celebration and frequently justified scholarly condemnation. From reader reviews posted on site before and comments collected from an online discussion group devoted to religion, I explored what this controversial book meant to readers in the s and s and how we might think about it now.

Evangelical houses were happy about the larger audience for Biblical truth, and paperback publishers were thrilled to have the profits.

Lindsey was no stranger to the youth movement. For seven years, he had been an evangelist for Campus Crusade for Christ, preaching to crowds of college students at the University of California—Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

Here, he honed his presentation style and material in lectures and Bible studies. His colloquial way of writing set Lindsey apart. In his attention-grabbing book introduction, he wrote: If you have no curiosity about a subject that some consider controversial, you might as well stop now.

Lindsey began by talking about astrology and other popular forms of divining the future before turning to Bible prophecy as a more accurate, proven method. He was also mindful of the pitfalls of engaging scholarly materials: If this is your case, you may wish to skim over the high points. For others, it will prove to be rewarding to check carefully the grounds upon which the historical case is built.

Fundamentalists have long been interested in the apocalyptic books of the Bible—Ezekiel, Daniel, Revelation—and there is a tradition of interpreting them in light of contemporary events.

Lindsey wanted to reach the not yet converted. Although his potential readers might have lacked familiarity with the prophetic scriptures that identified harbingers of the end times, Lindsey presumed that they were fascinated and terrified by the events of their own time.

Premillennial dispensationalists believe that ambiguous scriptures describe events that will happen as the second coming of Christ approaches. As the end times approach, the Antichrist, disguised as a global peacemaker, comes to power.

True Christians are transported to heaven the rapture. Lindsey also wove together contemporary accounts of nuclear proliferation and World War III scenarios with the prophetic scriptures he believed predicted them, convincing lay readers that the Bible offered a framework to give meaning to what was happening in the present.

Readers were told they had a special role in convincing others of the truth so they could accept Jesus as their savior in time to be rescued from the impending apocalypse. The Jesus Movement, a vast, amorphous revival and renewal movement among youth, had many faces churches, communes, coffeehouses, free newspapers, street ministries that shared an anti-institutional approach to religion and a fundamentalist theology.

It bore little resemblance to the controversial communes whose residents turned their backs on this world to study the Bible and evangelize on the streets. It appeared next to the Bible in almost every movement commune, church, or coffeehouse, and was responsible for drawing in converts. For them, it was engaging fiction. They found its fantastic elements appealing precisely because they offered escape from contemporary life, and certainly nobody was moved to action. One reader wrote that he discussed the book with his colleagues when he was in seminary i.

For some, its sci-fi and fantasy elements were what made the book so bad.

Readers made themselves partisans of their flag book, but did not engage with those outside their reading circles. To read and talk about these books was a way of publicly claiming a particular religious identity and membership in a community of believers. Indeed, the most striking fact about the 81 site reviews I studied is the vitriolic debate between insiders and outsiders.

On site, most of the reviews give the book either five stars the maximum or one star the minimum , with many expressing the fervent desire to award zero stars or negative numbers. In this Armageddon battle, a nuclear exchange will kill a third of the world's population.

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But just as the battle reaches its peak, Christ will suddenly appear, halting the hostilities and protecting believers from total destruction.

The critical point in this scenario is Lindsey's concept of the "generation" of Matthew 24 "this generation shall not pass away until all these take place". He defined a biblical generation as 40 years, and concluded that "all these things" could take place within 40 years of the founding of Israel.

Thus he predicted the return of Christ in and the rapture of the church seven years earlier. By Lindsey had changed his prediction of Christ's return, but he still portrayed the writer of Revelation as "an eyewitness to events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

He was to do this in "encoded symbols," and now the time has come for these prophecies to be "un coded. The rise of the Illuminati The decline and fall of communism presented Lindsey and his fellow premillennialists, such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, with a monumental problem. Almost without exception they had identified Russia with Gog and Magog, and especially the "Rosh" mentioned in Ezekiel The United States was pushed into an international confederacy that is in reality a cover for the rise to power of the Antichrist.

The fascination with end times predictions seems to have escalated as the second millennium closes. Two examples: Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, in his book ? Jeffrey, author of Armageddon: Appointment with Destiny, suggests the year as "the probable termination date for the 'last days' ".

Robert Clouse is professor of history at Indiana State University. Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Used by permission. All rights to this material are reserved.

Materials are not to be published in other media without written permission from Baker Publishing Group. Resources: The New Millennium Manual is a unique and successful blend of expert scholarship and occasional playfulness.Emphasizing various passages in the books of Daniel , Ezekiel and Revelation , Lindsey originally suggested the possibility that these climactic events might occur during the s, which he interpreted as one generation from the foundation of modern Israel during , a major event according to some conservative evangelical schools of eschatological thought.

Asking, What would Jesus read?

Not merely a matter of elite scholastic quibbling, the differences between post and premillennial views of the end contained within themselves important and divergent political imperatives. Shelves: godreads Revived review to commemorate the imminent presidency of Donald J Trump.

Still less was it about past, present or future revivals, or actual conversion to adherence in personal repentance and faith to Jesus. If that was the guaranteed path for these nations, how could the US willingly ally itself with them?

The Late Great Planet Earth

IMDb may not be a reliable source for film and television information and is generally only cited as an external link. Here, he honed his presentation style and material in lectures and Bible studies. Learn More. It quickly became one of the best-selling nonfiction books of the s, and was translated into more than 50 languages with sales of over 35 million copies.

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