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The Late Great Planet Earth [Paperback]

Hal Lindsey , Carole C. Carlson
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May 11, 1970
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 church-going 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 which will bring humanity to the brink of destruction . . . and of incredible deliverance for a desperate, dying planet.

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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

From the Author

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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 11, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031027771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Emotions June 13, 2013
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUINTESSENTIAL END TIMES BOOK October 31, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is precious to me. August 28, 2014
By Hope
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I asked Jesus into my heart and life while reading this book at college in 1973. The Lord used it to introduce His truth into my darkened soul, and I found Jesus and fell in love with Him! I read it upon recommendation of a friend who wasn't even a Christian. He said something to me about Christ returning again and how this book spoke of prophecies in the bible coming true "today." Well, that was enough to get my attention. A few months after reading this book, with continued searching on my part, along with God drawing me I met Christians who explained more things to me and I was given grace to fully repent and gave my whole life to God. I joined in fellowship with other Christians, and the adventure of living for Jesus went into full swing. It continues to this day. Our daughter read this book about 6 years ago when she was about 24 and she found it to be relevant still.
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great stater in end times prophecy October 23, 2000
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I found this book to be an excilent start for me into the end times and Biblical prophecy. I believe that Hal has recieved a lot of flac for inacurate perdictions. He is not a prophet! He is only making educated guesses about the end times. I found his ideas to be very insightful. Because of his book, my christian life has been strenghthend and have myself researched Biblical prophecy and end times scriptures since I read the book. This was formerly a topic that I knew nothing about, and now have become pretty knowlegable.
I strongly recomend this book to any Christian who is interested in knowing more about the end times. The only down side to his book that I found is that in time it had become dated and some of the current events that he speaks about are alomost forgotten. I think some of his more recent books on the same subjects would be a good compliment to this one.
God Bless You! "With God all things are possible" - Matt. 19:26
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42 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Stuff April 29, 2004
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Whenever I think we may have actually progressed out of the Dark Ages, I remember that people actually spend good money to read Hal Lindsey's superstitious nonsense. Back in the late 1970s, I read this one, and was amused at its "predictions" for the future. The fact that none of these biblical "prophets" ever gets anything right never stops guys like Lindsey from making a fortune on books like this.
If you read the Bible, you'll see that Jesus believed he was coming right back. He says it over and over again in the Gospels. Guess what ... he was wrong. And that mistake, which Bertrand Russell (among others) has written about (see "Why I Am Not a Christian") has led Christians to wait for 2,000 years for a mythical second coming, which has become a veritable cottage industry.
Because Lindsey's always wrong, he can come out with a new book every year or so, "reinterpreting" the "facts" and make himself a pile of money from the poor benighted sheep who take this stuff seriously. This book got the "end times" ball rolling, but it will never stop, because no matter how wrong this stuff is, someone will always write another one claiming to have it right.
Someday, it will be the year 3000, and Hal Lindsey's descendants will be writing about how Jesus is coming any day now because a sheep with three horns was born in Fiji or Ecuador has just invaded Brazil ... and the Bible predicted it would happen to signal the last days.
More power to you Hal -- P.T. Barnum had it right.
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Wonderful insightful book.
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Obviously dated some since it was written in the 70's, however am able to reflect on the actual events that have transpired as to what the author was observing as situations were... Read more
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Published 22 days ago by Joann Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book by Hal Lindsey
This is a "must read" for all Christians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With today's prophetic events happening so quickly I feel it is...
I've purchased this book three times now as I've given two others away. With today's prophetic events happening so quickly I feel it is important to keep THE LATE GREAT PLANET... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Janice D. Hasselbring
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition.
Outstanding book even now many years later. Excellent condition.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Kozusko
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Great Planet
This is one of the first Christian books I ever read. Hal Lindsey did a superb job when he wrote it!
Published 1 month ago by Pete Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. I BELEIVE EVERY BIT OF IT
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK .I BELEIVE EVERY BIT OF IT.WAKE UP PEOPLE

@SEETHE LIGHT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and scary
I have read this book many times, and every time I read it I am filled with excitement. End-time prophecy is sometimes frightening, sometimes preposterous, but never boring. Read more
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Other languages please sir..
Believe me, not translating this book is a blessing for all those who do not speak English. Besides, which version to translate? The one saying the rapture would happen in the 1980's or the one saying it would happen in 1999?
Sep 18, 2006 by James Seger |  See all 2 posts
Hal Lindsey needs to issue a pubic apology.
Re-read the book.
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