Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Appearing

The Appearing: In the End Is Our Beginning CoverThe Appearing, Kristen Wisen, Credo House Publishers, Fiction/Futuristic, 2007, 373 pages.

Here is the synopsis from Credo House:

Watch for the signs. Then look for My return.

That’s what Jesus said, and that’s exactly what the church has done for two thousand years.

Still Emma Hamilton and Adam Reed never dreamed it would happen in their lifetime. However, with the Temple rebuilt and an international leader gathering the world into a unified federation, the signs are everywhere. And though one is more prepared than the other, they find themselves hiding on a mountain with their families, cut off from the world, waiting for His appearing.

But there would be another second coming before Christ’s, and this one would turn the world upside down. He has a deadline and will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal.

And time is running out.

Hurtling toward the finish line, nothing can stop these unthinkable events. The government infiltrates unsuspecting churches; no believer is safe. Overnight, the church finds itself the target of Satan himself. Emma and Adam soon discover that the plans of their congregation have been compromised, and years of preparation have been wasted.

In a time when angels deliver messages from God and demons influence the minds of men, the battle for earth is at hand. Emma and Adam struggle to believe what they know is true, though prophecy is being literally fulfilled before their eyes. One slip-up is all Satan needs to draw the church from its hiding place, and he sets a plan in motion to lure them out.

My thoughts: Wow! This is quite a change from the Left Behind series. It is shorter, and it has a different point of view, that being a mid-tribulation rapture. There were some very interesting points made for that view that made me consider that possibility. The first section of the book placed the setting nicely, and it wasn’t too boring. The intrigue pumped up about 100 pages in when the antichrist revealed himself, and the ball rolled faster from then on. Most of the characters were solid, but some at a few times wore thin with their lines. There were also a few editorial/spelling mistakes here and there. The climax was short and sweet (in a way), and had me gnawing my nails up until then!

My rating: 5 stars

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  1. I've done some trib looking, I personally really am going pre-tribulation. If you ever want to talk about it let me know :) There are some serious reasons for believing pre-trib.

  2. Sure! Anytime you are on and there is time, we can go for it!

  3. Wow! Sounds interesting...

    PS: Just curious...have you ever heard of the Preterist movement?