The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. The New York Times called it the "number one best-seller of the decade." This blockbuster offered Christians and non-Christians of the 1970s a wake-up call to events to come, and some already unfolding, that herald the return of Jesus Christ.
The years since have confirmed Lindsey's insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in: the rebirth of Israel, the threat of war in the Middle East, an increase in natural catastrophes, the revival of Satanism and witchcraft. These and other signs, foreseen by prophets from Moses to Jesus, portend the coming of an antichrist, of a war which will bring humanity to the brink of destruction, and of incredible deliverance for a desperate, dying planet.
- The first book to bring biblical prophecy into the mainstream
This is a book written to remind Christians to take the Bible and the Last Days seriously, not set the date of the Rapture. It is not Edgar Whisenant's "88 Reasons Why the Rapture will be in 1988."
The frequently-heard complaint against reading your Bible in one hand and the newspaper may have a grain of well-founded concern; but at the same time Jesus Himself warned His followers to watch for His coming when we see things like what He predicted coming to pass. (Luke 21:28) It's more concerning to see Christians numbed by entertainment and gossip while Christians in the Middle East are being beheaded.
Writing a book to popularize biblical prophecy is not a claim to the office of Old Testament prophet, and Lindsey did not claim the Rapture would be in 1988.
- So the "rapture" didn't occur in...
So the "rapture" didn't occur in 1988, what does Lindsey do? Instead of admitting his premise is wrong, he edited the book and took out his predictions that failed. He should have hung his head, admitted he was wrong, and shuffled out of the spotlight. In the old Testament he would have been stoned.