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Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (Left Behind) Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Antichrist. The very word send shivers through us. And Nicolae Carpathia certainly does not disappoint as Antichrist. Nicolae is the third book in Left Behind series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and is preceded by book one, Left Behind, and book two, Tribulation Force.
Nicolae Carpathia becomes the focus as he continues to consolidate his power, unifying political states ("Global Community"), media ("Global Community Network," "Global Weekly"), and religions ("Enigma Babylon One World Faith") under a Nicolae-appointed supreme pontiff. Nicolae himself is grand potentate of the global community.
Our heroes, pilot Rayford Steele and journalist Buck Williams, along with the rest of the Tribulation Force, continue their struggle to survive and protect their families in the midst of global war and destruction. They have come to recognize Nicolae Carpathia to be the Antichrist prophesied in the Bible, and to them it comes as no great revelation that this man, who presented himself as a charming and benevolent leader, has been unmasked as a ruthless and cruel tyrant, manipulating people and events to serve his own ends. And his ends are undoubtedly evil.
It becomes apparent that the chaos and turmoil created by Nicolae are the fulfillment of John's prophesy of the seven seals as recorded in the book of Revelation. And it becomes also apparent they are now facing the sixth seal, a great earthquake which is sometimes called "the wrath of the lamb." This upheaval of the earth, with its accompanying death and destruction, is familiar apocalyptic imagery: a blood-red moon, a sun turned black, and the stars falling from the sky. And the Tribulation Force discovers that these incredible descriptions turn out to be not so very far from the truth.
Who survives? How? What does Nicolae have in mind for the world? Readers of the first two books should not be disappointed with this third installment to this chilling tale. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Global Community forces shatter U.S. cities. Carpathia promises peace, urges global unity. Military vows to eliminate insurgent ‘Tribulation Force’.
In the two years since millions vanished in an instant, a new world order has risen from the rubble. Tension crackles as the strangely enthralling leader Nicolae Carpathia consolidates his power over the new Global Community. Heads of state, financial and religious leaders, and even the media cower before Carpathia, reduced to puppets of his regime. Only pilot Rayford Steele, journalist Buck Williams, and the rest of the Tribulation Force know Carpathia for what he truly is―a dictator intent on snaring the world in his web of deceit. Amid personal heartbreak and the bloodshed and chaos of World War III, the Tribulation Force must stop him at any cost.
Evil has a name: Nicolae―#3 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.
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The Tribulation Force is getting ready for the most terrifying event human history. While they are mourning the death of Bruce who was there leader they must also continue to get ready for the tragedies that they know lie ahead. New allies are being discovered and they know they will need all the help they can get. Also Hattie Durham is back in their lives as she is unhappy with Nicolae and Rayford, Buck and the other might believe that she is ready to take Jesus into her heart. However, as you will read it might be more complicated than that.
Book three continues the tradition started with book one and continued in book two and that is on the edge of your seat suspense for Christians. And while I would consider the first fifth of the novel a little slow this is still overall and excellent novel and if you are a fan of the first two I would be amazed if you didn't love this story too.