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.
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.
I have just finished ready this series for the second time. I wasn't a Christian the first time I read the series as they came out. I anxiously waited one book at a time. I'm a Christian now an have read through the series again with such a different attitude. I didn't think I could enjoy it so much more the 2nd time. I'm so lucky to have a Christian husband who read it at the same time. Even more lucky to have God with me everyday and knowing I won't be living the life of the "Left Behind"
Thank you Lord!
The only reason I was able to finish this book was because I'd read so much to get this point. While the first books had a riveting storyline with excitement and excellent character development... The series than degraded into a preachy snooze fest that culminates with this absolute let down. Actual bible study is more entertaining than this. The story and characters deserved better. What a let down.
This was a good book. The scenes where Jesus was speaking to his beloved(s) were especially touching. It was good to see the original trib members reunited. The Left Behind series did a lot to draw me to Jesus. I am thankful for series.