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"Hal Lindsays' teaching on Biblical prophecy as encapsulated in his best-selling book 'The Late Great Planet Earth' had a major effect on evangelical Protestantism during the decade of the '70's. An effect so profound that just about every pastor teaching prophecy today approaches the subject using the same methodological framework that Hal made so popular a quarter of a century ago.
This DVD released in '78 is a visual restatement of Hal Lindsay's prophetical teachings. Now that some 27 years have passed since it's release the information contained upon this disc is far from cutting edge material. It does however serve as a fascinating timecapsule concerning many of the current events of that generation and the theological underpinnings of how the Church interpreted those events from a Biblical perspective.
Whether you buy into the "End of the World" scenario as presented by Evangelical Christianity or not it's worthy of at least one viewing. There might even be a few surprises that you didn't expect."
Late Great Planet Earth Showing Its Age
Jeffrey N. Fritz | San Francisco, CA United States | 08/01/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The "Late Great Planet Earth", based on Hal Lindsey's book of the same name, was released in 1976. Watching this movie shows how much the world has changed in 23 years. It also shows how heavily current culture and society flavor intrepretations of biblical prophecy. Some parts of the film are forward looking (cloning is mentioned long before there was a "Dolly".) Computers are identified as a way to control the masses--and that may yet come to pass. However the film doesn't see the Internet and the personal computer revolution.The cold war, Russia and the fuel shortage of the early 70's figure heavily into the film's predictions of the immediate onslaught of the seven-year tribulation period. (Which the film boldly states will begin in 1982.) Opps!As a period piece, this film is interesting. It also gives pause to think about prophecies yet to come to pass, but watching it is like getting into a time machine."
The Later, but not Greater, Planet Earth
Jack Johnson | Beloit, WI United States | 12/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the film in 1979, and it had a tremendous impact on me. Hal Lindsey, while obviously further removed from the last days than we are now, did a tremendous job of paralleling the prophecies of the Bible with the current events of the late 20th Century. While the pace drags a bit here and there, and some of his speculations on possible fulfillments of Scripture obviously did not happen (the "Jupiter Effect"), the LGPE is still a good documentary on how the Second Coming of Christ, for the first time in history, has the potential to come to pass in our lifetime."
Outdated application of prophesy
J. Chinigo | Southwest, Florida USA | 06/26/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this video around 1979 and was impressed with it. Seeing it now in 2008 and being able to look "back" at some of the dated predictions made at the time of this films production made me shake my head. Too many liberties were taken by the writer(s) in terms of setting dates for the fulfillment of some of these prophesies. The production value is poor and the long drawn out filler scenes, such as the one at the beginning where a false prophet is chased down on foot for what seems an eternity, are boring and detract from the message of the film. The DVD "The End Times" is far better in every way. I'm sorry that I purchased this one. I was going to use it as a teaching tool but my students lost interest very quickly. I wasted my money. Save yours..."
Oscar Rojas-carrasco | El Paso, TX | 04/08/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD hoping that would have events that would be closer to our times, since the description did not say the year of production, I just based my decision on the summary in the back of the case. For a moment I thought I was watching the old "Thief In The Night" series. I wish the production would have been more updated to what we are living now on Earth. I wish Hal Lindsey would make a new one for our time."