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

Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)

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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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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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Unity Army destroys Petra. Armies amass at Megiddo for ultimate showdown. Cross-shaped lightning illuminates night sky.

Storm clouds gather over the Valley of Megiddo as the fiercest military battle in history is about to commence. The lone surviving member of the original Tribulation Force lies broken and bleeding. Can he rally one more time before the Unity Army annihilates Petra, killing the believers seeking refuge?

Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia vows a decisive victory, ensuring his ascension as divine ruler over the new world order. But in a blinding instant, a strange, shadowless light blankets the earth as the true Victor comes at last to claim His throne.

Glorious Appearing is #12 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy.

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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 28, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Just as a preface, I found the previous books in the Left Behind series flawed but engaging enough to warrant reading. For a lengthy and relatively faithful rendition of how Revelation might play out in our world, I thought the books were suitable--though I would love to see this story retold more realistically and not in a preaching-to-the-choir sort of way.

All that said, Glorious Appearing was a large disappointment for a variety of reasons, most of which are problems in the writing rather than the content of the source material. The first major problem is that there is zero dramatic tension once Jesus shows up. You know the good guys won't get touched and you know all the bad guys will get what's coming to them. You also know exactly what's going to happen, because all the characters have been studying the Scriptures and talking about the prophecies which will be fulfilled. I know that the fulfillment of prophecy is very important for eschatological writing, but novels need dramatic tension to keep the reader's interest. I think it would have been much more interesting to have the focal point characters NOT always in the know, and have them struggle through these experiences without knowing all the answers before hand.

The second major problem is how Jesus and the angels speak: almost entirely in passages lifted straight from the Bible. I'd imagine Lahaye and Jenkins wanted to err on the side of caution here, not wanting to ascribe to Jesus anything that he might not say. That was a mistake for two reasons. From a dramatic standpoint, it made Jesus and the angels dull, their dialogue stale and tedious because we've heard it before (and in this very book series, too). From a theological standpoint, it's troubling because it feels like it's limiting Jesus.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like waiting for paint to dry May 20, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Whoo boy, what can I say about this one? I am a Christian and it's nice that Christian themes are getting a lot of attention these days. But this book committed a cardinal sin in fiction - it bored me nearly to death. The writing is so poor that during the reading of the book on a CD version my daughter and I listened to on a cross-country car trip, we ended up fast-forwarding lots of it, and even skipping whole CD's, just so we could finally hear what happened at the end.

I read several of the early books in this series, and they seemed to get more padded with each installment. I gave up in frustration some time around book 7, but decided to try this one to see how the whole thing ended. That turned out to be a mistake.

As far as what exactly is wrong with this book, it's hard to know where to begin. The characters are all two-dimensional for starters. They talk in speeches and platitudes for pages at a time. When they are brief they sound like comic book characters, and poorly-written ones at that.

In stories like this, the villain is very important. He provides the sense of menace that gives the story its tension. One wonders how the heroes are going to defeat such an awesome adversary. In this story the villain, Satan himself, comes off as a buffoon. He is mostly comic relief, thus depriving the reader of any sense of foreboding.

Any other possible drama is diffused by the characters in this book telling us ahead of time exactly what is going to happen. And they're usually right. So where's the drama? It's like watching a football game where the good guys are ahead 1 million to zero in the 4th quarter. And we're supposed to be holding our breath.

Read your Bible instead. It's written a whole lot better.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly dull July 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 or working around the house.
Each book held my interest for the most part, but Richard Ferrone's reading of the books was atrocious. The two books read by Frank Muller were much more enjoyable as he had a wonderful knack for accents and actually modulates his voice to depict emotions.
I was very much looking forward to the last book in the series when Jesus returned. But LaHaye's and Jenkins's Jesus? Is dull. They put nary an original word in Jesus' mouth. It was as if they took a bible with "Jesus' words in red" and just copied it verbatim. Perhaps they felt unworthly of giving Jesus original speach. If so, they should never have written this book. I've read the gospels and Paul's letter. I own several bibles. I didn't need to reread the entire new testament in this book. By the time the Saints returned from heaven, I could have hardly cared less. I just wanted the torture of listening to this book to be over!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Different Things to Many Different People May 9, 2004
By Old Set
Format:Hardcover
First, I won't use my review to editorialize, as many others have done. Second, it's difficult to relay to an anonymous person how they will enjoy this book. If you are a fundamentalist Christian who believes in a literal Rapture, you'll either love it for it's religious plot or hate it because you find something wrong with the authors' interpretation of biblical prophecy. If your something else, you'll probably find the violence and self-righteousness of the book sickening. The author's repeatedly belittle the beliefs of others in the most hateful way. For example, Satan claims that he evolved and wasn't created, and then is promptly tossed into Hell. This the author's spiteful revenge on modern science's concept of evolution, which calls into question the fundamentalist's belief in a literal interpretation of the world's creation in Genesis. A far as style goes, the books are not in any way great literature. Many times the plot is simple minded and the prose is inferior to most popular fiction novels. For such a controversial book and series, this is the best information I know to give.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY IMPACTED ME, BUT SOME BOTHERSOME IDEALS.
l won't lie, in the summer of 2003, as a church attendee, this series DID push me over the edge to salvation. Read more
Published 6 days ago by AtLorrieLife
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Appearing
Very good ending to a superb series! The Left Behind series should be read by everyone. For those who do not know or believe in God, this is an eye opener.
Published 6 days ago by Karen Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm finally finished!
I began reading the Left Behind series several years ago, but never read the last book. Well I finally read it and it was great!
Published 21 days ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure
It is so hard to give a valid review on this book. It almost seems like fantasy because we know so little about that 1000 year period of time.
Published 25 days ago by carlinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good books
The was a very good book series. I am looking forward to reading it again. Book was in good shape
Published 28 days ago by Janet M.T. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars He's got the whole world in His hands
What A hopeful vision for God's love & reappearance. What a terrible life should we miss the rapture. Wraps up the prior books & delivers a soul searching narrative.
Published 1 month ago by Fresnosam
5.0 out of 5 stars Exasperating! Exhilarating!
Just when you think the series couldn't get any better... it does! A must read for anyone living on this earth. Although a fiction story, it is based on Biblical facts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kevan
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star
My wife has been using reading this series for several years and she simply loves them. Looking to expand your thoughts on life after death? Check it out.
Published 1 month ago by Changing a Generation
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to a Great series
Although this is the last book of the original twelve books in the Left Behind series, the authors decided to add a 13th book that goes beyond Christ's return. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Horton
4.0 out of 5 stars great series
I would recomend this series of books to any one that likes to be captivated in there reading this will do it
Published 1 month ago by Gabbi
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