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Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed

by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

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Series: Left Behind (5)

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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Suspense. HTML:As the world's thousands of believers gather in Jerusalem for a stadium rally, the Tribulation Force struggles with their own personal crises. Newspaper reporter Buck Williams and his wife, Chloe, question whether or not they should have a child when the future of the world is so uncertain. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele discovers the shocking truth about his wife, Amanda.
Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power, forcing believers underground. But Nicolae isn't prepared for a plague of scorpion-like locusts tormenting his followers??with a pain so horrible that men try to kill themselves but aren't allowed to die.
A repackage of the fifth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind seri
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These books just keep better. I wanted to take a break from the series and read a few other books, but it doesn't look as if I'll be able to do that. ( )
  thatnerd | Mar 2, 2024 |
I've been reading through this series for the maybe fourth time... Not enjoying it that great. In fact, I don't really even care enough to leave a decent review. I'd encourage anyone actually reading this as their first intro to the books to read the other reviews here. We're all basically saying/thinking the same thing. In addition, I think I'm getting too hung up on outdated technology that just sounds silly and unbelievable. I know I should be able to look past that, but it's annoying. I need a break from these for a bit, I think. ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
Ugh! How disappointing! This book did not pick up where it left off in the last book. It had nothing more to say about the first three trumpets sounding off and the destruction that followed, which was just barely mentioned, as in a passing comment as if, nothing to see here, folks! Ridiculous! I believe they have made the characters and their silly little stories more important than the actual Biblical events the author is trying to tell us about. This book was literally all idle chit-chat about this and that as multitudes made there way to Israel, and to the Wailing Wall to hear the anointed Tsion Ben-Judah give his message to the believers. You would never know the world was in chaos and that the Lord would soon be arriving in just a few more years. It wasn’t until page 262 before there was even a mention of the 4th Trumpet.

They were now two years into the Tribulation. They had another 1-1/2 years before, what is considered the Great Tribulation, would begin, bringing on monumental catastrophe like none could imagine. Meanwhile, even the next 1-1/2 years would be worse than what they had experienced so far on earth. In those last years of the Great Tribulation, Luke 21 reminds us: "There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea in the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven would be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your head, because your redemption draws near."

Before the 4th Trumpet sound and devastation was brought against the people, Buck, his pregnant wife Chloe, Ken the saved pilot, Rayford and the anointed Tsion Ben-Judah had returned to Israel for the great gathering. Afterwards, the GC (Global Community) were onto all of them and were going to have them killed, so they had to flee in a quick getaway. Ken was shot and killed in front of Buck as Buck just landed on the airplane steps. The plane was already moving to take off, but he got caught in wiring on the step rails and couldn’t make it aboard. The plane took off and had just barely made a fence line when Buck was able to detangle himself and fall back to the ground in the brush.

Afterwards, and for some reason, a scene on page 247, actually drew some kind of emotions from me and made me cry. It wasn’t the story, it wasn’t the character cause I have no feelings for none of the characters. Buck made his way back to the Wailing Wall. He was lost, confused, disheartened, torn apart, and didn’t know what to do. He needed to be in God’s presence. He walked past the angry and scared crowd of people and up to the gate to see if Moishe and Eli would have advice for his aching heart from losing Ken. People were hollering at him to stay back, calling him a fool and idiot. Buck didn’t care. He needed God’s word. As he got close, the two saints spoke directly to him in a way that only Buck could hear. And right there, believe it or not, I started to cry and feel for the first time in this whole series. Buck was in God’s presence and receiving God’s words directly as he looked into the eyes of the two prophets, needing to feel God's touch. How I would love to see and hear God’s words and feel his touch, telling me that I am worthy too and to hold fast.

When the 4th Trumpet sounded off, it struck and permanently cut off 1/3 of the light from the sun, moon and stars. Daylight was only 2/3's as bright. The sun shone 2/3's as bright, temporarily bringing on winter-like temperatures until an angel flew through heaven and gave warning to the remaining inhabitants of the earth, an audible, out-loud warning that every human being clearly heard, before the final three angels sounded off. Woe to the people!

Buck made his way around Israel and was living temporarily in the safe haven of a new believer's home. When one morning, as he stepped outside into the clear bright sunshine, the sky suddenly darkened. Morning turned to twilight and the temperature dropped. He knew the 4th Trumpet had sounded off. (Revelations 8:12) All across the world temperatures plummeted to blizzard like conditions. Energy stores were diminished, all except for the potentate Nicolae and his people, who had directed extra capacity to their bunkers in New Babylon. Meanwhile, people were trying to keep warm and many were dying. Just like FAKE news today, Nicolae dressed up in his antarctic weather gear and put out an all-weather bulletin while in front of the Wailing Wall in an attempt to negotiate with the two prophets Eli and Moishe, who they believe had cursed the earth. But, there was no negotiating! The prophets spoke out, "Woe to you who do not lift your heads to the sky!" Nicolae walked up to the camera, and as a show of "props", denounced all the lies and blame he had laid on the previous scholarly believers. In two days, the weather and the light of day returned to normal.

The 5th Trumpet sounded off. Astronomers and scientists all over the world had their telescopes out and were following an object, known in Revelations as Wormwood, barreling straight towards earth. It landed and created a smoke so thick and far-reaching that it blocked the sun and spread around the world. End! Nothing else mentioned about this. More idle chit-chat like it was just another day in paradise.

The 6th Trumpet sound off sent a swarm of locust down to earth like never before seen. Out of the pitch black smoke came hideous black, yellow and brown little monsters, demons, with loud pitch screams like the sound of metal brushing together, here to attack everyone without the seal on their foreheads, causing great pain and the body to swell. The locust were the size of a man's hand, with the body of a horse, the face of a man and teeth like those of a lion. Their tails were translucent scorpion tails filled with venom which was clearly visible. The locusts also had a voice. They chanted, in Greek, "Apollyon, Apollyon, Apollyon." And in Hebrew, they chanted, "Abbadon, Abbadon, Abbadon."The victims wanted to die, and prayed for death, but death did not come. The Lord did not allow death at this time...nor for the next 5 months. Nicolae and his side kick, Fortunato, were well protected. All other commanding officers were attacked along with all other unbelievers.

This book ends with the warning of the 6th Trumpet and its devastation to be pronounced. Two hundred million horsemen will slay another 1/3 of the world's population. (Revelation 9:12-15)

Regardless, onto the next book, No 6 “Assassins’. I’d hate to quit now with only 3 books left in the series. Hopefully, the next book will be full of real visual action and a feel of what the real Tribulation will be like. ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
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  WBCLIB | Feb 19, 2023 |
This is the umpteenth time I've read Apollyon and the title has always made me wonder, who or what is Apollyon.

Revelation 9:11 (NIV): They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

The creepiest part of Apollyon was when the locusts call out together, "Abaddon, Abaddon." That isn't in scripture, but it is great writing.

Later in chapter 9, Revelation says that the locusts will sound like horses and chariots. I recommend watching locust swarm videos to better imagine what big locusts in a swarm would sound like. It would be deafening.

Apollyon was well-written with better tricks used to pass the time than before. Richard Ferrone made Nicolae sound more his age, which cleared up a complaint from the earlier books. Over-all I find this my favorite so far. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Suspense. HTML:As the world's thousands of believers gather in Jerusalem for a stadium rally, the Tribulation Force struggles with their own personal crises. Newspaper reporter Buck Williams and his wife, Chloe, question whether or not they should have a child when the future of the world is so uncertain. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele discovers the shocking truth about his wife, Amanda.
Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power, forcing believers underground. But Nicolae isn't prepared for a plague of scorpion-like locusts tormenting his followers??with a pain so horrible that men try to kill themselves but aren't allowed to die.
A repackage of the fifth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind seri

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