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The Appearing: In the End Is Our Beginning [Hardcover]

Kristen Wisen
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January 18, 2008 0978762088 978-0978762087 Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed
Watch for the signs. Then look for My return.

That’s what Jesus said, and that’s exactly what the church has done for two thousand years.

Still Emma Hamilton and Adam Reed never dreamed it would happen in their lifetime. However, with the Temple rebuilt and an international leader gathering the world into a unified federation, the signs are everywhere. And though one is more prepared than the other, they find themselves hiding on a mountain with their families, cut off from the world, waiting for His appearing.

But there would be another second coming before Christ’s, and this one would turn the world upside down. He has a deadline and will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal.

And time is running out.

Hurtling toward the finish line, nothing can stop these unthinkable events. The government infiltrates unsuspecting churches; no believer is safe. Overnight, the church finds itself the target of Satan himself. Emma and Adam soon discover that the plans of their congregation have been compromised, and years of preparation have been wasted.

In a time when angels deliver messages from God and demons influence the minds of men, the battle for earth is at hand. Emma and Adam struggle to believe what they know is true, though prophecy is being literally fulfilled before their eyes. One slip-up is all Satan needs to draw the church from its hiding place, and he sets a plan in motion to lure them out.

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In The Appearing, Kristen Wisen portrays biblical prophecy
through a compelling story filled with characters I cheered
for, cried for, and grieved for. Her honest portrayal gives
us a chilling look at what may happen sooner than we
can imagine. I was spellbound as I read—you will be too.
Prepare to burn the midnight oil!

Diane Noble
Bestselling Author

An intriguing exploration of end times that exposes
the inoculating nature of culture and our deadened
awareness of spiritual battlefronts. Kristen Wisen paints
a vivid picture of the conflicting motives of the heart in
a compelling story that asks the questions of faith and
commitment we all must ultimately face.

Shelly Beach
Author, Hallie’s Heart

About the Author

Kristen Wisen and her husband, David, live in Michigan with their six children. She has taught women’s Bible studies for nearly a decade and serves as a lay counselor at her church’s biblical counseling center.

Kristen and David have faithfully served in their lakeshore community, preparing believers for the second coming of Christ. This book is the result of years of teaching, discussion, and the questions that accompany end times studies. The Appearing is Kristen’s first novel.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Credo House Publishers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978762088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978762087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Appearing", the ending truly is our beginning. March 25, 2008
Format:Hardcover
In "The Appearing" Kristen weaves throughout its pages an end times timeline based on Scripture that will challenge your preparedness for the return of Christ. I encountered characters I wanted to strangle, cry with, cheer for, hug, and scold. I came across one of the best definitions of faith I've ever heard. Although the characters are fictional, they often find themselves in situations which allow them to make choices as to whether or not they will exercise that faith. Some do with good results as God promises, others don't with disastrous results. There's plenty of humor, adventure, and even a little romance. Best of all, it has an ending that will leave your imagination soaring!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not yet ready for publication January 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The characters were very static and the plot was implausible. There was too much telling and not enough showing. As hard as it is for me to write something this harsh for others to see, this book just wasn't ready to be in print.

Christians in caves having such a hard tribulation time drinking coffee, enjoying electricity, holding worship services pretty much like the ones held here and now, driving down to post offices...all this without being found out for some time by the anti-Christ (a re-animated Hitler) and his followers. The women in the book are always crying. The teenagers are always making wise choices. No one seems to have difficulty adjusting to their circumstances, I guess since everyone has done the same apocalyptic math and is now just waiting for the anti-climaxed climax.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian. Be Prepared. February 26, 2011
By J. Hans
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A simple, yet readable message of truth of spiritual and physical preparedness - why God give's us insight into the future.

Kristen Wisen's work is simple, yet holds to a clear biblical view of what we have to look forward to in the end of days, primarily from the vantage point of a small group of faithful believers. If you're looking for a book that hops all over the world shedding light on various unfolding events, this is not it. The book left out any reference of several global events that will occur during this time, such as Seal 2-War's, Seal 3-Famine, etc. Though it did elaborate very well on other key events such as image worship of the beast, the consequence of taking the mark of the beast, and the intense persecution of believers after the Antichrist reveals himself at the mid-point of Daniel's 70th Week.

However, I did not feel the more "centralized" focus detracted from the book as I began to read, primarily because it became clear that the author was trying to put out the EXTREMELY important message of believer's being prepared for the Lord's Return, not just physically, but more importantly spiritually. Additionally the book laid out quite nicely the consequences of not doing being faithful and prepared for what is to come in highlighting a compromising church and its elders.

I applaud Wisen for writing about something she is clearly passionate about and well versed in, thanks no doubt to her influential father Robert VanKampen. And I appreciate that she did not use this passion as an excuse to profit excessively by dragging the book out into a 16 part greed-fest series like some authors.

I have passed this on to my two youngest sons to read (ages 13 and 11). They are as versed in biblically tried truth about end-times as I am and I'm sure they will enjoy this stories relation to their studies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Church battle March 21, 2011
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Your church, suddenly can not agree on religion? The end has come and it is time to make a decision. All signs point there is no Rapture before Jesus returns. You will not take the mark of the beast, but your fellow church members will. How will you survive and hide from a world who wants you dead? This is a must read novel. I cant wait for more!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-tribulation rapture October 9, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Wow! This is quite a change from the Left Behind series. It is shorter, and it has a different point of view, that being a mid-tribulation rapture. There were some very interesting points made for that view that made me consider that possibility. The first section of the book placed the setting nicely, and it wasn't too boring. The intrigue pumped up about 100 pages in when the antichrist revealed himself, and the ball rolled faster from then on. Most of the characters were solid, but some at a few times wore thin with their lines. There were also a few editorial/spelling mistakes here and there. The climax was short and sweet (in a way), and had me gnawing my nails up until then!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great... September 10, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I thought the book would be good especially the high reviews it got. The book starts out really slow, its hard to get in to it,
just doesn't grab your interest. I read the whole book by pushing myself to finish it. I was greatly disappointed, what a let down this book was.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if it happened tomorrow? March 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Wow! This is quite a change from the Left Behind series. It is shorter, and it has a different point of view, that being a mid-tribulation rapture. There were some very interesting points made from that view that made me consider that possibility. The first section of the book placed the setting nicely, and it wasn't too boring. The intrigue ramped up about 100 pages in when the antichrist revealed himself, and the ball rolled faster from then on. Most of the characters were solid, but some at a few times wore thin with their lines. There were also a few editorial/spelling mistakes here and there. The climax was short and sweet (in a way), and had me gnawing my nails up until then!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!!!!!
YOU will LOVE this book! It is the BEST book I have ever read. I am not a reader but I stayed up til I finished this book! I ABSOLUTLY LOVED it! Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by Tonya Galway
5.0 out of 5 stars What if We are here for the Tribulation??
I have read a variety of endtimes/rapture type novels. Most have the Church being raptured before the tribulation begins. Read more
Published on June 30, 2009 by M. Friend
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ
My husband & I read it out loud to each other and LOVED it. Great book. I love when a writer takes truth and writes an exciting story to help us understand Bible prophecy more... Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by HOPE50
5.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of Christian fiction, with entertainment value even...
The Second Coming, the words suggest much of what Christians believe. But could other beings beside Jesus have second comings of their own? Read more
Published on November 6, 2008 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars great end of days ale
Not to far in the future Homeland Security establishes the Domestic Investigations Unit to spy on churches and close them down if they break any of the anti-intolerance laws. Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent End Times Novel!
More often than not, when Christians think about the end times they take themselves out of the picture. The tribulation is for those who are "left behind". Read more
Published on April 24, 2008 by S. Gary
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