Reissue cover using first edition artwork
|Author||Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins|
|Cover artist||Julie Chen|
|Series||Left Behind Series|
|Genre||Speculative Fiction, Apocalyptic fiction|
|Publisher||Tyndale House Publishers|
|February 1, 1998|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback) also Audiobook|
|Pages||448 (hardcover and paperback)|
517 (large print hardcover)
560 (large print paperback)
|ISBN||0-8423-2915-3 (hardcover), ISBN 0-8423-2925-0 (paperback), ISBN 0-613-23489-8 (school and library binding), ISBN 0-7862-2905-5 (large print hardcover), ISBN 0-8423-6553-2 (large print paperback), ISBN 0-7887-5126-3 (cassette audio book)|
|LC Class||PS3562.A315 S68 1998|
After the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake, Rayford Steele must find his wife Amanda White, who was supposed to land in New Babylon. Buck Williams must find his wife Chloe Steele, who was last seen in a house that is now a shattered ruin. The only other person accounted for is Tsion Ben-Judah, and nearly a quarter of the world's population was snuffed out by the earthquake. The GC starts a new program called Cellular Solar, aka: Cell-Sol (pronounced sell-soul), a solar powered cell phone global network. Both Buck and Tsion find a new home for the Tribulation Force, half of a duplex belonging to the late Donny Moore and his wife, after discovering the death of Loretta, a close friend to the Tribulation Force, and after Buck rescues Tsion from the shelter under the church where he lived.
Nicolae Carpathia is revealed to have believed Revelation about the earthquake, because all surviving GC in New Babylon move into a massive underground shelter. Mac McCullum, Rayford's co-pilot, wants to know what Rayford knows about Carpathia, not believing that someone who thought only of his own life (as Nicolae did during the earthquake) could be divine. Leon Fortunato, a sycophant of Carpathia and now his Supreme Commander, claims that Carpathia resurrected him from the wreckage of GC headquarters in New Babylon.
Buck searches for Chloe, discovering she is pregnant with their baby. He also meets Floyd Charles, a physician and fellow believer, who later joins the Trib. Force. Mac, becomes a Believer. Believers around the world discover that they have received a sign on their foreheads visible only to other believers, leading to the common phrase, “I can see yours. Can you see mine?” This mark becomes a central plot device, since believers are able to locate each other with ease and yet blend in with Antichrist and Global Community Potentate Nicolae Carpathia's henchmen when necessary.
Buck finds Chloe in a GC Hospital and rescues her, taking her back to the house where he and Tsion are staying. Tsion is planning to go back to Israel to teach the 144,000 witnesses. Ken Ritz becomes a believer as well. After TV signals return, they discover that the content is terrible from nudity, sexuality, torture, black arts, and more.
The Trib. Force finds Hattie Durham in an abortion clinic in Denver and discovers that Carpathia is plotting to have both Rayford and Hattie murdered there. Pretending to be Rayford, Buck rescues Hattie and unwittingly punches and kills an armed security guard intent on killing them. Later, Buck deeply regrets the guard's death even after one of his friends explains it was a "kill or be killed" situation.
Rayford, who continues to fly the Condor 216 for Carpathia, tries to find Amanda's body. He buys two sets of scuba gear to dive to the bottom of the Tigris River with Mac. Hattie is sick and Trib. Force members try to get her to accept God. Rayford and Mac find his wife's body as the First of the Seven Trumpet Judgments, flaming hailstones and blood pour down from the sky. Rayford is suicidal upon finding Amanda and tries to drown himself, but Mac won't allow it. Rayford recovers her laptop and says that the Hard Drive is intact. Rayford and Mac discuss that they didn't see the mark of the Believer on Amanda, but decide that this is inconclusive because they don't know if she died before or after the marks started appearing, or if the mark stays on the believer or goes away after they die.
The GCASA (Global Community Aeronautics and Space Administration), find that a new comet is going to crash into the ocean, killing marine life and sinking ships. This is the second Trumpet Judgment. Ten weeks later, right before the Trib. Force travels to Israel for the Meeting of the Witnesses, the GCASA find a new threat in the heavens, a star called Wormwood. The GC tries to destroy it, but before they are able to effect a nuclear strike on it, it shatters into billions of pieces that fall into the lakes, streams, and fountains, turning the water to a bitter poison. This is the Third Trumpet Judgment.
- Rayford Steele
- Buck Williams
- Chloe Steele Williams
- Amanda White, confirmed dead in this book
- Mac McCullum
- Tsion Ben-Judah
- Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig
- David Hassid
- Hattie Durham
- Ken Ritz
- Al B.
- Global Community Supreme Potentate Nicolae Carpathia
- Pontifex Maximus Peter Mathews, aka Peter II, head of Enigma Babylon One World Faith.
- Supreme Commander Leon Fortunato, confirmed dead and resurrected in this book
- Donny Moore, confirmed dead in this book
- Sandy Moore, confirmed dead in this book
- Dr. Floyd Charles
- Soul Harvest by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins copyright 1998