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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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 y ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 11th 1970 by Zondervan Academic (first published January 1st 1970)
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Dave Smith I think we are still waiting for Europe to complete the ten Kings scenario, but by that time I will have been raptured, and will be watching from the …moreI think we are still waiting for Europe to complete the ten Kings scenario, but by that time I will have been raptured, and will be watching from the sidelines. For those of you who can't say this, it's time to get things right with the Lord!(less)

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Paul Bryant
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
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And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon (Revelation 13:11)


This book has been on my radar for years, always wondered what it was all about. It gets a namecheck in Fourth of July Creek (a recent 5 star novel) and that was the reminder I needed.

What’s it about? It’s about what’s happening right now, baby! Rapture! End Times! World’s greatest come-back tour! Heck! More heck!

I don’t understand how evangelicals like Hal Lin
Mar 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not recommended
Recommended to Werner by: A college classmate
Note, Oct. 16, 2020: I just edited this review (from 2008), not to change the rating or the substance of what I said, but to say it in a way that's more irenic and less combative. One lesson God has been striving to teach me, in the intervening years, is that when I try to present truth, as I see it, humility and love for those who disagree has to control the presentation, or it becomes about like "a resounding gong, or a clanging cymbal" (I Cor. 13:1).

Written in a world steeped in social injust
Susan Budd
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Lately I have been rereading some of the books of my youth, but my nostalgia has not been completely assuaged by rereading. Apparently it would also have me read some of the books I missed. The Late Great Planet Earth, published in 1970, is one of these.

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I missed this bestseller. At the peak of its popularity I would have been reading my paperback copy of The Way ~ the Catholic paraphrased Bible with the pictures of three groovy teenagers in the bubble let
Seth Pierce
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
"Interesting book isn't it?" asked the man sitting next to me on the plane.

"Um...yes" I said, unsure of how to effective communicate the reality of this book's impact on Christian eschatology and the reality of its ridiculousness.

Steeped in Scofieldian Dispensationalism, this little work inspired the Left Behind novels and has altered the landscape of Bible believing fundamentalists everywhere--with the exception of scholars who wish this theological framework had never found the light of day.
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone....
Shelves: must-have-books
This book is what answered the questions that I had about why we were here, what was wrong with the world and where we were heading...

in other words, after reading this book I gave my life to Jesus Christ... March 1975.

The problem with the world is sin. God provided a solution, found only in Jesus Christ.
Sep 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
I read this back in the late Seventies or early Eighties. It was very compelling reading at the time. Lindsey was so convincing in what he was saying, but it really was a bunch of bull.
Lee Anne
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prophecy, christian
Interesting to see the pagan reviews on this one. Funny how they say "none of this has happened". Just wait! ;-) They themselves are fulfilling scripture with their very comments! (2 Peter 3:3-14; Jude 17-19) ...more
Dec 04, 2008 marked it as misc
Just like reading the end of the year horoscopes the following year, nothing that Hal presented at prophecy ever came to pass. He simply did what a great many people did during the 70's; he rode the coat tails of former fear mongers and wrapped his book with the supposed reliability of the bible. Let's face it, the language of the Old Testament invokes fear because it is nearly always synonymous with doom, the end of things, catastrophe, disaster, etc.
Reminds of the book, "88 Reasons why t
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got right into this book at high school! It became the topic of a running debate between an atheist friend and myself. I recall making bold predictions about world events that were going to leave him speechless when they were inevitably fulfilled! Yes, well, about that... :) Let's just say I won't be recommending this book to anyone nowadays. ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the meat of the "Left behind" series. Consider it the adult version. Hal Lindsay does a great job of researching and quoting the research of others regarding the biblical prophesies of the end times. He makes it interesting by applying what he discovers to his current time,the late 60's. He is not a prophet, he freely admits that, but he tries to apply the prophesies to the then current times. Israel's emergence as a nation, the Soviet union and the rise of a European common market.

I giv
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting look at the End TImes from the perspective of the social, cultural, political climate of the late 1960's early 1970's.
I read this when I was 18 years old and had grown up never hearing about the End Times in general and the rapture in particular.
I was so facinated I became a voracious reader of anything end-times related.
Several non-Christians that I lent the book to in college ended up accepting Jesus because of the urgency of the message.
I heard Hal Lindsey speak many times
Curtis Chamberlain
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book the first time way back in 1988, I think. I was amazed then, and I am still amazed now!

What an accurate Biblical accounting of end times prophecy! Hal Lindsay leaves no stone unturned---no mystery to be discovered---in his explanation of what is to come according to the Bible.

Fact-filled, historically and scientifically accurate, this book leaves no doubt as to the future for believers and non-believers alike. Every believer should be praying that non-believers get hold of this
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much started with my high school days search for the truth. Read it and act accordingly.
Alex Stroshine
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trash theology. How, almost 50 years after the publication of "The Late, Great Planet Earth" does Hal Lindsey STILL have an audience?

But...but this is an important book to read. After the Bible it was the best-selling Christian book of the 1970s. To read it in all of its dated glory is a "trip." But one also finds clues as to why a certain strand of Christians are suspicious of the UN, EU, and the papacy, obsessed with events in the Middle East, and favour spiritual individualism as they cast as
Hal Lindsey wrote this book decades ago to warn believers and non-believers. Decades later, it still resonates with impact and applicability. It is a faith-provoking book about the end times as foretold in the Bible. Given that it cited then-current events in some instances, some may shrug this off as fantasy. But, I would argue that it is even more applicable today.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I do like this book. It is very interesting if you are interested in biblical prophecy. It is a classic and it's interesting how much of what Hal talked about 40 years ago is still applicable to what is happening in the world today. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book brought all the accounts in the Bible about the Rapture into a simple and easy-to-read book.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The 1970's were an incredibly strange time. If one wants to get a real feel for the decade, this book, arguably the key seminal text in the then-burgeoning "Born-Again" Christian movement (which quickly evolved/devolved into the Moral Majority movement of the 80's), is a definite must on the reading list. This mighty screed, perpetrated by the infamous Hal Lindsey, is one of the few books I've ever read simply to see what all the buzz was about (LGPE was quite the sensation, especially toward th ...more
Bob Ladwig
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I actually thought this book was great when I first read it as a young Christian, as I have matured and rejected dispensationalism and it's theological mother premillenialism, Lindsey's explanations of the prophetic writings of the Bible really fail to make much sense. Lindsey's interpretation is espescially meaningless to the 1st century church to whom the book of Revelation was written initially, yet the book promises to be beneficial to the readers thereof, and they were expected to understan ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
A fairly interesting read. The book is based on a fairly literal read of prophecy and an attempt to apply modern political forms to match it to an end time picture.

Oddly later I read some of the same ideas elswhere and wondered who wrote it first.

Read, enjoy. i to am a Christian and believe prophecy is in the Bible for a reason, but I also believe Christ when he said His return would be a t a time "you think not". I sort of think prophecy may be there somewhat so God can say "see I told you so."
Mae Clair
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the late 70s, again sometime after the year 2000s and now a third time. Each time I’ve read it, I’m amazed at the accuracy of the Biblical prophecies related to the end times. The prophecies from the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelations are especially intriguing, considering the author of this book analyzed them in 1970. The author doesn’t take a heavy hand at preaching, merely at sharing Biblical prophecy and examining how they measure into the core of the modern day wor ...more
Kris Middaugh
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book, Christian or non-Christian only 188 pages, it follows bible prophecy regarding the times we live in, and times to come how upcoming events will affect us and our planet. The rebirth of Israel, the threat of war and on going war in the Middle East, the problem of over-population, pollution, breakdown of the morale fiber in our Country, its all right in front of us. Although this book was written awhile ago, we’re living this right now. Fascinating, illuminating, ...more
Oct 01, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Fundamentalist claptrap...
D.G. Kaye
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Are you a believer? In the end, according to Hal Lindsey and the prophecies from the bible, the world is on a path to destruction of its own making. 

Lindsey takes us on a journey through predictions going back to ancient times - many of which that have already happened and many that portend things to come. I'm not sure if fate, man or time can stop what God has in store for the end of time, but one thing is certain: It's a good idea to become more aware and pay attention to what is going on arou
Bobby Williams
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book for those who are not to some degree a believe in Christianity. If you, like I originally thought when I read the title, thought as much, then let the previous sentence set you straight.
That said, it is a decent read to spark debate and thought, especially when you begin to apply some of the predictions and hypothesis that he paints for you in the words to our current world. It almost makes sense as to why events are going they way they are. You will find yourself wanting to have the
Solomon Weisgerber
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s interesting to see how Christians have interpreted endtime bible prophecy in the past and how it changes as world events unfold. Even if Hal Lindsey isn’t correct on all of his findings, we are certainly on the doorstep of the end times and societies around the world are quickly being confirmed and prepared for an antichrist global system that stands against God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offers many ideas of the Author’s review of Bible prophecies and for the time it was written seems to be very accurate. It probably deserves a five star rating. In many studies of the Bible prophecy it mostly runs parallel with this book. It certainly gets your attention and helps make one think about our future world. Why things are happening very near as the book has presently pointed out.
Paul P
Nov 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
A highly perverse reading of scripture, which promotes fear, irrationality, and self-righteousness.
Yelibenwork Ayele
The Late Great Planet Earth is one of the most popular and one of the most misleading books on end time prophecy.

It begins by assuming that Jesus prophesied about the last days of this world when he spoke at length in response to the disciples' questions in Matthew 24.

Hal Lindsey's inattention to the context of Matthew 24 is responsible for the errors he has sown on the pages of his bestseller. In Matt 24 Jesus had just pronounced the destruction of the temple when his disciples asked him, "Tell
Tom Lombardo
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone researching the End Times movement
Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth kicked off what has become an incredibly influential spiritual and political phenomenon in American life – namely, the belief that we are living in the “End Times.”

The End Times is a period of amoral turmoil that precedes the rise of the Antichrist and that culminates with the return of Jesus Christ. Believers are convinced that prophecies from the Apocrypha and the New Testament – especially The Book of Revelations – are coming true all around us, “prov
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Hal Lindsey is an American evangelist, best known for his books on end times prophecies, including the bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth.

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