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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 non-Christians of the 1970s, Hal Lindsey’s blockbuster served as a wake-up call on events soon to come and events already unfolding—all leading up to the greatest event of all: the return of Jesus Christ.

The years since have confirmed Lindsey’s insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in. Whether you’re a churchgoing believer or someone who wouldn’t darken the door of a Christian institution, the Bible has much to tell you about the imminent future of this planet. In the midst of an out-of-control generation, it reveals a grand design that’s unfolding exactly according to plan.

The rebirth of Israel. The threat of war in the Middle East. An increase in natural catastrophes. The revival of Satanism and witchcraft. These and other signs, foreseen by prophets from Moses to Jesus, portend the coming of an antichrist . . . of a war that will bring humanity to the brink of destruction . . . and of incredible deliverance for a desperate, dying planet -- Publisher

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Hal Lindsey is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including Blood Moon and Apocalypse Code. C. C. Carlson is the author or coauthor of many books, including Our Values: Stories and Wisdom and The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 23, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031027771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By P. McWhorter TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have very mixed emotions about this book. I read it in the 1980's. In retrospect, most all that was taught in the book turned out to be incorrect. Hal Lindsey never claimed to be a "Prophet", therefor I will not accuse him of being a "False Prophet", but I will say that his attempt to map Biblical Events onto the headline news of the day were woefully incorrect.

Hal started an unfortunate trend of interpreting Biblical Prophecy based on today's headlines. Now, any time someone stumps their toe in Jerusalem, a new book comes out that proclaims the end is near.

In the 30 or so years since this book was published, there have been hundreds of books in a similar vein, that get people whipped up into a frenzy that the end is near, then have their faith shaken when the events do not play out as predicted by the book.

With these concerns, I will say that I did learn and grow by reading the book back in the 1980's. It was the first time that I had ever seen anyone really take the Bible seriously. The book spurred my interest in the Bible, and started me on a quest of daily time in the word which continues till today. I would bet that there are others like me out there, that were drawn into the Bible because of an interest in prophecy.

I do believe that we are living in the last days, but to understand them, one needs to not turn to these sensational prophecy books, but turn to THE book . . . the Bible. The clearest template for end times events is Matthew 24. Prayerfully read his for an overview of how things unfold. Then as you read revelation, map it back against the events of Matthew 24. Also, read Revelation in a Bible with good cross references.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mary Raynor on October 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Don't let the cover or the writing style of this book put you off. Both were meant to appeal the the hippie generation of the 60's and 70's. The book is actually biblically accurate and the author uses good sources to back up his claims. The book is more timely than ever now, since Russia looks like it is getting back on its feet. Also, the technology for much of that end-times stuff, like the mark of the beast, is here now, along with computers. scanning, GPS, and satelite tv. I cannot attest for the author's personal life; I don't know him personally, of course. But I do feel the book is accurate. It was ahead of its time, really, and seems more plausible now than it did when it was written. It goes into subjects like the rapture and a literal millennial kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ -- subjects that have been forgotten even by bible-believing churches in our day. Five stars.
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175 of 258 people found the following review helpful By Labarum VINE VOICE on August 25, 2006
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A generation before there was a Left Behind, there was The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey and C. C. Carlson. This is the book that broke the dispensationalist view of the end times into the consciousness of America. A phemomenal best seller, it was a watershed event in the growing Christian publishing industry. For many Christians, their first reading of this book was an energizing event that shaped their future. A generation later, many of its former supporters now see in its pages a complete misreading of Holy Scripture, sensationalistic attempts to correspond Biblical prophecies to current events, and an unhealthy enthusiasm for seeing the world obliterated.

So why bother with what can easily be written off as paranoid millenarianism? Well, while many have outgrown its simplistic approach to world events, it still resounds for much of the Church and this is shown in the continued audience for books by Lindsey and other "prophecy pundits." While it is certainly true that Tim LaHaye has replaced Lindsey as the popular voice of dispensationalism, it cannot be denied that Left Behind was made possible by this book.

Part of the commercial success of both authors has to do with their placing the dispensationalist view in a popular book form. For LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, it was the pulp novel. Back in 1970, Lindsay and C. C. Carlson did the same with a popular genre of their day - the sensationalistic expose. Like most books of this type (e.g., The Bermuda Triangle, Chariots of the Gods?, The Philadelphia Experiment, The Population Bomb), it is written in a breezy soundbite style that is long on conjecture and short on facts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on January 23, 2015
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THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH by Hal Lindsey (1970) was once something like a biblical concordance for me. Yes, I studied it almost hot off the presses and we read this throughout the 1970s. Back then I had fled the Catholic Church and was a fundamentalist Free Evangelical dispensationalist. We all thought Hal Lindsey was frightening yet very smart, as a biblical scholar and as an interpreter of New Testament prophecies. Now I know he was never so hot at any prophecy, including the simple prophecy he himself might have made, that his book would be mostly wrong. There, sadly yet laughably, is the 'scat' in eschatology.

Lindsey was a genius at Christian politprop and marketing for sure. This book is well known to just about everyone including Zoroastrians and the Druze of Israel. People bought this just to see if it accorded with their own religions' prophecies. Only Jews avoided it ... but those who had converted to Buddhism gave it away while keeping the receipt [insert rimshot, I made a joke]. Seriously, Lindsey tried so hard to do what Rexella and Jack Van Impe are doing as we speak: verify biblical prophecy via today's headlines. It did not work when Lindsey first tried it, nor did it ever work on a limited basis when dispensationalist kooks tried it back in the 19th century. Poor Hal: his rapture became a rupture.

Yet that is the very key. Christians are very "humble" when they make prophecy-interpreting errors; they expect to do so. Prophecy-interpreting is not their real aim. Because I do not know how on earth a lousy Christian can rightly interpret prophecies aimed at Bronze Age Israel. Anyway, Christianity's aim is always to make converts.
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