Informationsmarktverzerrung durch Fundamentalismus am Beispiel der USA

Kapitel 6: Apokalyptische Außenpolitik

3. Hal Lindsey — Bestsellerautor der Apokalyptik

von Margarete Payer


Zitierweise / cite as:

Payer, Margarete <1942 - >: Informationsmarktverzerrung durch Fundamentalismus am Beispiel der USA. -- Kapitel 6: Apokalyptische Außenpolitik. -- 3. Hal Lindsey — Bestsellerautor der Apokalyptik. -- Fassung vom 2005-03-30. -- URL:

Erstmals publiziert: 2005-03-30


Anlass: Lehrveranstaltung an der Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Sommersemester 2005

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0. Übersicht

1. Einleitung

Webpräsenz: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Zur Biographie Hal Lindsey siehe:

Payer, Margarete <1942 - >: Informationsmarktverzerrung durch Fundamentalismus am Beispiel der USA. -- Kapitel 1: Einführung. -- 4. Handelnde Personen III: Televangelisten und Evangelisten. -- URL:

Ausführlich zu Lindsey:

Sizer, Stephen R.: Christian Zionism: History, Theology and Politics. -- Chapter 6: Hal Lindsey and Armageddon Theology. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Der einflussreichste christliche Zionist der USA ist Hal Lindsey (geboren 1929). Sein Buch "The Late Great Planet Earth", erstmals 1970 erschienen, wurde auf Englisch  in über 35 Millionen Exemplaren verkauft, es wurde in 54 Sprachen übersetzt und in Übersetzung in 18 bis 20 Millionen Exemplaren verkauft.

"Who is Hal Lindsey?

Hal Lindsey is one of the most fascinating figures in the whole history of contemporary prophecy belief. A person of very obscure origins. Very little education.

Late 1960s. He's a campus preacher out in southern California. 1970, publishes a book, The Late Great Planet Earth, which is really a popularization of John Darby's system. Theologically, there's nothing new there. What he does is link it to current events: the Cold War, nuclear war, the Chinese Communist threat, the restoration of Israel. All of these events, he links to specific biblical passages in the classic fashion of prophecy popularizers. And he and his ghost writer write the book in a very almost slang-like, very accessible language. It's not a heavy theological book at all. It's a popular book. And this book just took off and became the all-time non-fiction bestseller of the entire decade of the 1970s, and it represented the point at which publishers began to realize there's tremendous potential in prophecy books. And so many other writers begin to write books in the same popular way, that have an enormously broad appeal. 

The significance of Hal Lindsey, I think, is he represents another one of those moments of breakthrough, when interest in Bible prophecy spills out beyond just the ranks of the true believers and becomes a broader cultural phenomenon. And people who had never paid much attention to prophecy at all hear about this book. They pick up the paperback. They see the way Lindsey weaves together current events and finds Biblical passages that seem to foretell those events, and they say, "Wow, this is amazing. There must really be something to this." So Lindsey's a very important transitional figure, I think. ...

Hal Lindsey seems to have had considerable influence not just on the part of the public as a whole, but at some of the highest levels of government. He's a somewhat boastful person, and it's not entirely clear how much to trust all of his stories, but he does tell of giving seminars at the Pentagon, seminars at the National War College, that were crowded, thronged with people. So there does seem to have been in the 1970s a considerable interest in prophetic interpretations, particularly as they related to Russia and the Cold War, at some of the highest levels of government.


Again, Hal Lindsey and The Late Great Planet Earth sort of set the standard for this, because Lindsey proved to be an enormously successful marketer of his product. And The Late Great Planet Earth, published initially by an obscure religious publisher in Michigan, is taken up by a mass market publisher and produced in a mass market format that is sold in supermarkets and airports and so on. A film is made of The Late Great Planet Earth narrated, actually, by Orson Welles. So it set the pattern of a multimedia phenomenon that we now see with a number of prophecy popularizers today. ..."

[Quelle: Paul Boyer. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-24]

Hal Lindsey zeigt wenig Mitgefühl mit all den Opfern der endzeitlichen Katastrophen. Er ist ein typisches Beispiel für die entmenschlichende und entsolidarisierende Wirkung des Glaubens an Gott: ein im Grunde brutaler Gott steht im Mittelpunkt des Fühlens und nicht die leidenden Mitmenschen, ganz zu schweigen von den leidenden Tieren.

"As the exclamation points march forward, it becomes clear that Lindsey finds these prospects enormously attractive. His prose pants on with scarcely a word of sympathy for the hundreds of millions killed or maimed. For him, the tribulation is grand, cosmic theatre, the ultimate Hollywood spectacle."

[Michael Barkun. -- Zitiert in: Boyer, Paul <1935 - >: When time shall be no more : prophecy belief in modern American culture. -- Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992. -- xiv, 468 S., [16] p. of plates : Ill., map ; 25 cm.  -- ISBN: 067495128X. -- S. 128. --{Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}]

2. Werke Hal Lindseys

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Lindsey, Hal <1929>: The late great planet earth, by Hal Lindsey, with C. C. Carlson. -- Grand Rapids : Zondervan,  [1970]. -- 192 S. : maps.  ; 22 cm{Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"With over 35 million in print, translated into 54 languages and produced as a major motion picture that featured the late Orson Wells, this book has been acclaimed as the cause of an international interest in Bible Prophecy concerning the last days. The book was proclaimed the best-selling non-fiction book in the world for the decade of 1970s by the New York Times. Its easy to understand style has been instrumental in bringing millions to faith in Jesus as Messiah and Savior. Amazingly, it is more relevant and up to date today than when it was written in 1969. A classic everyone should read and re-read."  -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

"The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. The New York Times called it the "no. 1 non-fiction bestseller of the decade." For Christians and non-Christians of the 1970s, Hal Lindsey's blockbuster served as a wake-up call on events soon to come and events already unfolding -- all leading up to the greatest event of all: the return of Jesus Christ. The years since have confirmed Lindsey's insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in. Whether you're a church-going believer or someone who wouldn't darken the door of a Christian institution, the Bible has much to tell you about the imminent future of this planet. In the midst of an out-of-control generation, it reveals a grand design that's unfolding exactly according to plan. 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. " --

Erschien 1971 auch auf Deutsch:

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Lindsey, Hal <1929>: Alter Planet Erde wohin? : im Vorfeld d. 3. Weltkriegs / Hal Lindsey; Carole C. Carlson. [Aus d. Amerikan. von Martin Schneider]. -- 2. Aufl.Verleger: Wetzlar : Schulte, 1971. -- 224 S. : 2 Kt.; ; 21 cm. -- ISBN 3-87739-237-7

Bis 1991 erschienen von der deutschen Übersetzung 20 Auflagen mit insgesamt 132.000 Exemplaren.

Hal Lindsey, author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, wrote The Late, Great Planet Earth as a contribution to the non-fiction pre-millennialist dispensationalist body of literature. He published it in 1970 after writing it at the beginning of the Cold War. He took the context of the Cold War and applied it to Biblical scripture, stating that the events of history, the Cold War specifically, fulfilled Biblical prophecy.

For example, he pointed to the restoration of Israel as a state in 1948 as the symbolic restoration of Israel prophesied in the Bible. The central theme to Lindsey's work was that he believed that Russia is Gog, the invader of the north about which Ezekiel prophesies.

Lindsey writes in his polemic that tribulation will soon follow, including plagues, wars, and famines; following which Jesus will appear at a period in dispensational history called the Rapture.

His work was a popular interpretation of the Bible and sold over 15 million copies in the 1970s.

[Quelle: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-05]

"Der Prämillenniarismus ist alles andere als eine esoterische Doktrin, der nur eine Randgruppe von irregeleiteten Gelehrten anhängt. Im neunzehnten Jahrhundert entwickelten John Nelson Darby und sein 1921 verstorbener Schüler Cyras Ingerson Scofield das dazugehörige Weltuntergangs-Szenario, und 1970 erschien mit Hai Lindseys Alter Planet Erde wohin? eine modernisierte Fassung davon. Dieser Roman wurde nach Angaben der Herausgeber in über 18 Millionen Exemplaren verkauft; nach der Scofield-Bibel ist es damit der wohl einflussreichste Text auf der Bücherliste der christlichen Rechten. Lindseys Buch ist eine Mischung aus biblischem Epos, Science-fiction und Katastrophenfilm. Die erste Voraussetzung für die Erfüllung der Prophezeiungen ist demnach bereits dabei, sich zu erfüllen: »Das Volk der Juden wird seinen Staat wieder auf der alten Heimaterde in Palästina errichten«, ein von »ungläubigen Juden durch irdische Anstrengung« vollbrachtes Werk. Nach der Wiederherstellung des Tempels beginnt der siebenjährige »Countdown« bis zum Entscheidungskampf in Harmagedon. Diese Schlacht wird von der »größten Vernichtung gekennzeichnet sein, die der Mensch je über sich gebracht hat. Die Menschheit wird am Rande der Selbstzerstörung stehen, wenn auf einmal Christus wiederkehrt, um dem Krieg aller Kriege, der Harmagedon heißt, ein Ende zu setzen.« Danach folgt die Herrschaft des Antichristen, eines europäischen Diktators, der »die Regime von Hitler, Mao und Stalin im Vergleich dazu wie Pfadfinderinnen mit einem Kranz aus Gänseblümchen im Haar aussehen lassen wird«. Dem Antichristen wird »absolute Macht und die Kraft des Satans verliehen sein«. Der Antichrist wird den 144000 Juden den Krieg erklären, die sich zum Glauben bekehren lassen, Jesus sei der Messias. »144000 jüdische Billy Grahams werden auf der Erde losgelassen sein«, schreibt Lindsey. »Nie zuvor wird die Erde eine Zeit der Evangelisierung wie diese erlebt haben.« Die wiedergeborenen Christen werden dann bereits verschwunden sein, da sie »entrückt« sind, also körperlich durch die Luft davongetragen wurden. »Ohne Zutun der Wissenschaft, ohne Raumanzüge oder interplanetare Raketen werden manche zu einem herrlichen Ort befördert werden, schöner und gewaltiger, als wir es je begreifen können.« Eine Beschreibung dieser erstaunlichen Begebenheit legt Lindsey einem Augenzeugen in den Mund: »Als ich gerade auf der Schnellstraße fuhr, geriet ich auf einmal in einen wahren Hexenkessel. Plötzlich begannen viele Autos ziellos durcheinander zu fahren, und in keinem einzigen saß ein Fahrer. Ich meine, es war einfach verrückt. Ich dachte, da wäre eine Invasion der Außerirdischen im Gange.« Aufkleber auf Autos in Dallas und anderen Städten des Südens verkünden oft Botschaften wie ACHTUNG: FAHRER LÖST SICH BEI ENTRÜCKUNG IN LUFT AUF."

[Quelle: Ruthven, Malise <1942 - >: Der göttliche Supermarkt : auf der Suche nach der Seele Amerikas. -- Frankfurt am Main : S. Fischer, 1991. -- 327 S. : Kt. ; 23 cm. -- Originaltitel: The devine supermarket (1989). -- ISBN: 3-10-068507-5. -- S. 198f.]

Andere vielgelesene Bücher Lindseys sind (chronologisch geordnet):

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Satan is alive and well on planet earth / by Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson. -- Grand Rapids : Zondervan Pub. House, [1972]. -- 255 S. ; 22 cm. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"No one thinks much about the Devil anymore. In fact, words like witchcraft and black magic have a strangely medieval ring to our ears. Many people even think of Satan as somehow comic-and therefore harmless. Yet admidst the tragedy and corruption of our own century, it is ironic that many people doubt whether an active, evil force really exists. In this book, Hal Lindsey outlines a battle plan for overcoming this very real and insidious enemy. The times may change, but the conflict is as old as the Garden of Eden. Whatever happened to old What's-his-name? -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16


There's a new world coming : "a prophetic odyssey." -- Santa Ana, Calif. : Vision House Publishers, [©1973]. -- 308 S. ; 21 cm. 

"Throughout the centuries of man's long history, many have sought to predict the course of human events. But none have had the incredible accuracy of the ancient Hebrew prophets. The time has come for us to wake up and realize where we are on God's timetable. These predicted calamities aren't going to happen to just anybody. They may well be your closest friends, or children, or family, or -- you, yourself! -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

When is Jesus coming again / by Hal Lindsey and others. -- Carol Stream, Ill. : Creation House, c1974. -- 96 S. : ports. ; 18 cm.

The promise / by Hal Lindsey ; illustrated by Norm McGary. -- Irvine, Calif. : Harvest House, [1974]. -- [100] S. : col. ill. ; 27 cm. 

The liberation of planet earth. -- Grand Rapids : Zondervan Pub. House, ©1974. -- 236 S. : ill. ; 21 cm.

The terminal generation / by Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson. -- Old Tappan, N.J. : Revell, ©1976. -- 192 S. ; 24 cm.

The 1980's, countdown to Armageddon. -- New York : Bantam Books, 1981, ©1980. -- xii, 178 S. : ill. ; 21 cm.

A prophetical walk through the Holy Land. -- Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, ©1983. -- 200 S. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.

Abb.: Einbandtitel

The rapture : truth or consequences. -- Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1983. -- 176 S. : ill. ; 21 cm. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

Abb.: Einbandtitel

There's a new world coming. -- Updated ed. -- Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, ©1984. -- 288 S. ; 21 cm.

Combat faith. -- Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1986. -- 238 S. ; 21 cm.

"The most important factor in a Christian's life is faith. We are brought into an eternal relationship with God through and act of faith. We are commanded to live each moment thereafter by faith. We are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. We are told, "Without faith, it is impossible to please God." Hal shares an intensely personal discovery of how he learned to 'crack the faith barrier' and live by faith in God's promises, rather than by the shifting sand of emotions and feelings. It is a doctrine that literally saved his life. If you have wondered how to grow in faith, especially during trials, this is the book for you. The book is in a beautiful gift format with a padded cover.  -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

 Abb.: Einbandtitel

The road to Holocaust. -- New York : Bantam Books, c1989. -- viii, 295 S. ; 24 cm.  -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"It happened before, and it could happen again: How false teachings about prophecy and biblical interpretation threaten our churches, our government, and our future. In clear, compelling language, Hal Lindsey sounds a vital warning about Dominion Theology-and explains why he believes it poses such a great danger not only to Israel but to every Christian as well. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Planet earth 2000 A.D. : will mankind survive?. -- Palos Verdes, Calif. : Western Front, ©1994. -- 312 S. ; 22 cm.

Amazing grace. -- Palos Verdes, CA : Western Front, ©1995. -- 303 S. ; 22 cm.

Abb.: Einbandtitel

The final battle. -- Palos Verdes, Calif. : Western Front, ©1995. -- xxi, 286 S. ; 22 cm.

Blood moon. -- Palos Verdes, Calif. : Western Front Pub., ©1996. -- 358 S. ; 24 cm.

"Blood Moon - Hal Lindsey's first novel has a unique and exciting format that will keep you turning pages to the last. It's actually based on both history and prophecy. BLOOD MOON opens in the desert tents of Abraham & concludes in the year 2014. What happens in between defies imagination. Meet Isaac and Ishmael of the Genesis account and their futuristic namesakes as a 6,000-year-old blood feud reaches its catastrophic climax. Meet Jeremy Armstrong, a U.S. special forces hero, who stumbles into the hottest war zone in the history of planet Earth. Meet Erin O'Hara, a U.N. staffer who realizes too late just for whom she is really working. Thrill to a love story between these two that begins during Armageddon and ends with marriage in the Millennium. Put on your seat belts and prepare for an action-packed apocalyptic thriller! Click here to order. Be sure to include the title in the subject line." -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Abb.: Einbandtitel

The Messiah. -- Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Publishers, [1996]. -- 189 S. ; 21 cm.

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Planet earth, 2000 A.D. : will mankind survive? -- Rev. updated ed. -- Palos Verdes, Calif. : Western Front, ©1996. -- 314 S. ; 22 cm.

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Apocalypse code. -- Palos Verdes, CA : Western Front Ltd., ©1997. -- 311 S. ; 22 cm.  -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"Hal reveals a key to interpreting the Book of Revelation, which was literally given to him by the Holy Spirit while he agonized in prayer over the meaning of certain apocalyptic symbols. This book will give you a thrilling new way to understand the Book of Revelation because it will help you to study it for yourself. Hal's insight into how the prophecies that immediately proceed the Coming of Jesus Christ are fitting into current events will greatly increase your faith and hope. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Planet Earth : the Final Chapter.  -- Beverly Hills, CA : Western Front, 1998. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"This book begins with historical evidences that prove the Prophets of the Bible are the only ones with a 100% accuracy rate. Hal takes the reader on an exciting tour of how historical trends have converged into a precise scenario forecasted by the Books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Zechariah. He demonstrates how these prophets not only foresaw the present alignment of nations and conflicts, but also the recent developments in science and technology, the global weather pattern changes, the population explosion with its consequences, etc. This book will leave you with a great sense of urgency and hope of Christ's soon return." -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Vanished Into Thin Air: The Hope of Every Believer. --  Beverly Hills, CA : Western Front, 1999. -- 396 S. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

Abb.: Einbandtitel

The everlasting hatred : the roots of jihad. -- Murrieta [Calif.] : Oracle House Pub., ©2002. -- 265 S. : maps ; 23 cm. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"On Sept. 11th an ancient fight-to-the-death conflict exploded on the shores of the U.S. Though most Americans didn't realize it, we were already involved in this struggle. A struggle driven by a hatred that goes back over 4000 years.In the aftermath of 9/11 most Americans are asking:

- Why do most Muslims hate Jews?
- Why do Islamic fundamentalists hate the United States and call it "The Great Satan?"
- Why did Islamic terrorists sacrifice their own lives to kill Americans?
- Do Islamic fundamentalists have access to weapons of mass destruction?
- Could Islamic terrorists imperil the survival of the United States?
- What light does Bible prophecy shed on this?
- Does the Koran call for violence and conquest?
- Are the Islamic fundamentalists an aberration of the Muslim religion, or are they - as they claim - the "True followers of Mohammad?"

Islamic fundamentalism's purpose is to replace the Judeo-Christian world order with an Islamic world order. Every American needs to understand the enormity of the threat we face -- and why.

This book will answer these questions with both Biblical and secular history. It will also bring new hope to the coming "perilous times.""-- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Abb.: Einbandtitel

Faith for earth's final hour. -- Murrieta [Calif.] : Oracle House Publishing, 2003. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}

"Even the secular media has called this the "Age of Anxiety." No other generation has faced so many stresses and perils. The scenario the Bible predicted for the end times has been fulfilled before our eyes. As the Apostle Paul predicted, "In the last days, perilous times will come..." They are here. This is why we need to know how to enter God's promised rest by faith. there is an experience of inner peace and power that God has promised to every believer in Jesus Christ. If we do not enter it, we not only will fall apart emotionally, but we will fail to attain God's purpose for our lives in this critical time of history. Hal Lindsey outlines in this book how to crack 'the faith barrier' and enter a whole new realm of spiritual reality. A place that will enable you to deal with your problems with God's power and not your own. A place that is free from worry and anxiety. A place where the invisible God becomes a conscious reality; where the things hoped for are a present certainty. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Daneben gibt es Videos, DVDs und Tapes. Siehe die Listen: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Hal Lindsay liest die Bibel und besonders die Apokalypse als eine Schrift, die lehrt, was wir zu unseren Lebzeiten noch erleben werden. Dabei glaubt Lindsey, dass er in der Interpretation der Apokalypse von Gott erleuchtet sei:

"I believe that the Spirit of God gave me a special insight, not only into how John described what he actually experienced, but also into how this whole phenomenon encoded the prophecies so that they could be fully understood only when their fulfillment drew near... I prayerfully sought for a confirmation for my apocalypse code theory..." (Lindsey, Apocalypse., S. 37)

Zu Kapitel 6.4.: Rapture — Endzeitkatastrophe, aber ohne uns