Hal Lindsey, from The
Late Great Planet Earth
Hal Lindsey, formerly a tugboat captain
in New Orleans, attended the Dallas Theological
Seminary, the heart of American Dispensationalist
apocalyptic inquiry, where he studied with
John F. Walvoord, author of the 1974 best-seller Armageddon,
Oil, and the Middle East Crisis. After
touring extensively with the Campus Crusade
for Christ, an evangelic ministry, Lindsey
established Christian Associates, a prophetic
ministry based in California. Deriving his
authority from apocalyptic scripture alone,
he has spoken on an impending third world
war (as Armageddon) to U.S. military intelligence
committees, the American Air War College
(an Air Force strategic training center),
the U.S. State Department, and the Pentagon
Lindsey's most influential book, The
Late Great Planet Earth (1971), proved
immensely popular in the troubled early
1970s. Its publishers claim that it sold
over 28 million copies; it was made into
a documentary film in 1978, narrated by
Orson Welles. The importance of Lindsey's
writing lies in his reshaping and popularizing
the elementary apocalyptic scenario into
a third world war involving nuclear weapons
and a Russian invasion of the Middle East.
The following extract is taken from the
conclusion to The Late Great Planet Earth.
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The Political Scene
Keep your eyes on the Middle East. If this is the time that we believe it is, this area will become a constant source of tension for all the world. The fear of another World War will be almost completely centered in the troubles of this area. It will become so severe that only Christ or the Antichrist can solve it. Of course the world will choose the Antichrist.
Israel will become fantastically wealthy and influential in the future. Keep your eyes upon the development of riches in the Dead Sea.
The United States will not hold its present position of leadership in the western world; financially, the future leader will be Western Europe. Internal political chaos caused by student rebellions and Communist subversion will begin to erode the economy of our nation. Lack of moral principle by citizens and leaders will so weaken law and order that a state of anarchy will finally result. The military capability of the United States, though it is at present the most powerful in the world, has already been neutralized because no one has the courage to use it decisively. When the economy collapses, so will the military.
The only chance of slowing up this decline in America is a widespread spiritual awakening.
As the United States loses power, Western Europe will be forced to unite and become the standard-bearer of the western-world. Look for the emergence of a "United States of Europe" composed of ten inner member nations. The Common Market is laying the groundwork for this coalition on earth. It will stop the Communist take-over of the world and will for a short while control both Russia and Red China through the personal genius of the Antichrist who will become ruler of the European confederacy.
Look for the papacy to become even more involved in world politics, especially in proposals for bringing world peace and world-wide economic prosperity.
Look for a growing desire around the world for a man who can govern an entire world.
Look for some limited use of modern nuclear weapons somewhere in the world that will so terrify people of the horrors of war that when the Antichrist comes they will immediately respond to his ingenious proposal for bringing peace and security from war. This limited use could occur between Russia and China, or upon the continental United States.
On the Sociological Scene
Look for the present sociological problems such as crime, riots, lack of employment, poverty, illiteracy, mental illness, illegitimacy, etc., to increase as the population explosion begins to multiply geometrically in the late '70s.
Look for the beginning of the widest spread famines in the history of the world.
Look for drug addiction to further permeate the U.S. and other free-world countries. Drug addicts will run for high political office and win through support of the young adults.
Look for drugs and forms of religion to be merged together. There will be a great general increase of belief in extrasensory phenomena, which will not be related to the true God, but to Satan.
Astrology, witchcraft, and oriental religions will become predominant in the western world.