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I felt left out of the Bad Books Club because I completely failed to get past the first chapter of The DaVinci Code, so I read this to keep up And boy, is this one horrible book And there s at least 11of them N.B I will not be reading the rest of the series The writing is beyond terrible In a story that presents so many interesting narrative possibilities the grief of those left behind after The Rapture, the breakdown of society after a massive tragedy, the personal pain and so I felt left out of the Bad Books Club because I completely failed to get past the first chapter of The DaVinci Code, so I read this to keep up And boy, is this one horrible book And there s at least 11of them N.B I will not be reading the rest of the series The writing is beyond terrible In a story that presents so many interesting narrative possibilities the grief of those left behind after The Rapture, the breakdown of society after a massive tragedy, the personal pain and soul searching of those who believed they had faith but who were found wanting and ignores them all in favor of people sitting on beds and talking on phones The authors say that there is violence and mayhem, but don t show any of it The main characters conversions to Christianity happen as almost an afterthought there is little description of the feeling of God s love, of how they will change their lives and live by the teachings of Jesus The book could have been about 300 pages shorter for all it has of any substance, or it could have remained the same length and added some actual plot or character development.Oh my, the characters Our Two Heroes are named Rayford Steele and Buck Williams The current president is named Gerald Fitzhugh totally not supposed to evoke John Fitzgerald Kennedy, I m sure Williams s editor is named Steve Plank, and I presume that if this naming scheme keeps up, later volumes will include media mogul Robert Mudrock and sassy reporter June Heat Register There are two women in the book, and both of them are boy crazy and even find the time to get makeovers in the middle of the horrors of the post rapture world They are also wholly without personality, but so are all the male characters The Antichrist shoots his two closest business partners in order to command respect, and then uses his evil hypnosis skills to make everyone in the room forget about it So what was the point There s also a great throwaway line about how much Planned Parenthood loves its filthy abortion money, and how they re so sad they no longer have any babies to abort no mention is made of reproductive health, etc Theologically, this book is on shaky ground as well There is the aforementioned avoidance of actually describing the process of converstion, and there is little Biblical evidence given for the Rapture itself an event which many Christian sects do not believe in and see no textual evidence for Questions are brought up in the book about God s seemingly abusive role in forcing people to accept Jesus s sacrifice and love for humanity by secondhandedly killing scores of people in the aftermath of an event where drivers of cars disappeared suddenly If the seven years of tribulation are supposed to give the unbelievers a second chance, how about all of those poor souls who died in accidents, or who were stricken with heart attacks These questions are not answered in the slightest, and I was slightly thrown off by the book s refusal to capitalize Him when speaking of the divine It s an ostensibly religious book without any real faith.This could have been such an interesting story, but the writing is so utterly awful that the series stands as dangerously bad It does nothing to address the mystery of faith and the horrors of the Apocalpse it could be any third rate spy thriller gathering dust on an airport bookshelf And it s so damnedly popular I usually have students fill out a card at the start of the semester with information like their major, where they went to high school, etc One thing I always ask is what book they read most recently The Left Behind series started showing up on those cards a lot a few years ago, so I decided to read the first one to see what they were like This is absolutely the worst written book that I ve ever picked up The dialogue is painful, the characters are wooden, the descriptions are hackneyed In I usually have students fill out a card at the start of the semester with information like their major, where they went to high school, etc One thing I always ask is what book they read most recently The Left Behind series started showing up on those cards a lot a few years ago, so I decided to read the first one to see what they were like This is absolutely the worst written book that I ve ever picked up The dialogue is painful, the characters are wooden, the descriptions are hackneyed In every way this book is just too dreadful to wade through I skimmed it, right through to the unintentionally laughable end where the main characters are striding side by side down the street to go take on the evil doers as the Tribulation Force I now have a benchmark for the scale of books this is the bottom Apparently you can t give a book a rating below one star Try to forget for a minute that there are people who take this stuff literally The book actually works as a sort of sci fi novel, the kind Robert Heinlein might have written for adolescents The characters are paper thin and the truth is revealed to true believers It is a scandal that this stuff sold so many copies But it was worth the read to know what all the fuss was about Entertaining, sure, but still a major eye roller. My mother demanded I read this in my senior year of high school I was no slouch reader or anything, I assure this was indeed punishment for a handful of books the parents had found, and thrown away Henry Miller, The Story of O, Beyond Good and Evil, and for some incomprehensible reason Invisible Man, which all ought indicate the parents as not particularly illiterate people themselves aside from the Ellison, their Index Librorum Prohibitorum at least evidenced a self coherent ethos , and g My mother demanded I read this in my senior year of high school I was no slouch reader or anything, I assure this was indeed punishment for a handful of books the parents had found, and thrown away Henry Miller, The Story of O, Beyond Good and Evil, and for some incomprehensible reason Invisible Man, which all ought indicate the parents as not particularly illiterate people themselves aside from the Ellison, their Index Librorum Prohibitorum at least evidenced a self coherent ethos , and give a hint as to the bewildering nature of my formative years.It was quite possibly the very worst book I ve ever choked down, and remembering these pages of absolute shit brings the bile to my throat to this day Baby Sitters Club books of which I read about fifty, and refuse to ever list on GoodReads hadcomplex and well developed characters The previously best known novelist of the evangelical Christian slash eschatological scene, Frank E Peretti, absolutely puts LaHaye and Jenkins to shame, and has a series of childrens books with less presumptuous plots What epic trash Most people do now know that I have read 7 of the 13 Left Behind books 12 actually, but then they threw on that extra one, and this is not counting the prequels, the kids versions and the horrendous graphic novels Armageddon can pay off nicely as long as it s delayed I don t hide the fact, it just doesn t come up that often I would have read all of them, but when I went through my Left Behind phase these were the only ones out The phase lasted I think 2 weeks The books read quickly Why O Most people do now know that I have read 7 of the 13 Left Behind books 12 actually, but then they threw on that extra one, and this is not counting the prequels, the kids versions and the horrendous graphic novels Armageddon can pay off nicely as long as it s delayed I don t hide the fact, it just doesn t come up that often I would have read all of them, but when I went through my Left Behind phase these were the only ones out The phase lasted I think 2 weeks The books read quickly Why Originally I wanted to read something I knew going into the book that it would be shit I do this from time to time I also wanted to read what AMERICA was reading, and right around the time I read this there was a good deal of media coverage on the Left Behind phenomena I felt disconnected from AMERICA at the time, as I was at Grad School and spent most of my time around then reading Adorno, Deleuze and Levinas Most of AMERICA wasn t reading this, but they were reading LaHaye and Jenkins tales of a post rapture world Once I started reading the first one I got hooked on them, and read all of them that I could Were they any good No They are terrible books Awful The writing is shit, their dialog is painfully cookie cutter and except for Rayford every character sounds exactly the same These two murders of Literature also found it too time consuming to put things like, Rayford said , or Buck said after a line of dialog so to follow a conversation again and again I found myself having to count back lines to see who was talking when That most of their dialog was made up of short declarative sentences made this evenpainful I don t know why but it did The plot.All the born again christians goto heaven when the rapture happens The non believers are all left for the 7 years of tribulation Everyone gets oneshot to believe in the big G and JC, because they are kind that way The anti JC and satan though are out to make life a living hell for these new found believers Apparently there was a video game that came out, where the Tribulation Force what a fucking stupid name got to fight the minions of satan It looked like a Grand Theft Auto kind of game, and apparently you could kill the evil doers Neat, huh Did this make me a believer No What did I learn from these books That once again outlandish persecution fantasies dominate the thinking of groups of people This isn t news, but at the time I was drawing interesting parallels between left wing theorists like Ernesto Laclau, left wing theorists like Judith Butler, racist writers like George Lincoln Rockwell, and these two bozos All of them based their entire philosophy basically on the opposition where they precieved themselves to be a minority being threatened, and basically stuck on the idea of us vs them as a starting point All three types of people went in divergent directions with their theorizing, but they all seem to revel in being victims The Republican Party, and right wing talk show hosts pass almost their entire identity these days on this kind of thought You d think that they were being hunted down and killed by raving liberals, instead of living in a country where their brand of thought is pretty much accepted I ll avoid going off on my thoughts on our two party system here Liberals probably kind of do this too, but they at least have the decency to hide their paranoia by attempting to do something that isn t just whining about how they are being victimized they might point to someone like a tortured prisoner, or the poor to show how bad things are under some conservative This is going way off track This book is pop shit Sadly this is a mainstream type of thought in this country, a non thinking brand of religious mania being fed to people through shitty books like this one Instead of believing in anything this book is getting people to do the old Pascal s wager and put the insurance bet on getting into Heaven, there is nothing here about being any kind of decent human being, just a mindless automaton getting ready to kneel down and pray and preach at anyone until they are brow beaten into submission Why three stars Because they were just so much fun to read in their terribleness, I ll always be a sucker for the rapture stuff christians produce Good shit Left Behind is one of the most wretchedly awful books I have ever forced myself to read If possible, I would give this book zero stars Only by sheer willpower and by listening to the audio book one short installment at a time was I able to get through this one Whole essays rants could be written on how much this book sucks, but I ll limit myself to just a couple observations The worst thing about LB isn t LaHaye s crazy religious beliefs, it s the fact that it s such a horribly written pi Left Behind is one of the most wretchedly awful books I have ever forced myself to read If possible, I would give this book zero stars Only by sheer willpower and by listening to the audio book one short installment at a time was I able to get through this one Whole essays rants could be written on how much this book sucks, but I ll limit myself to just a couple observations The worst thing about LB isn t LaHaye s crazy religious beliefs, it s the fact that it s such a horribly written piece of garbage The only other books I have read that have been written this poorly are L Ron Hubbard s Mission Earth series which, interestingly enough, are also religious propaganda fiction written by a fanatical religious leader in his declining years C.S Lewis was a popular Christian author with whom I often disagree, but Lewis is infinitelyreadable and infinitelyenjoyable than LaHaye and Jenkins regardless of whether you agree or disagree with him Apparently, the writing process for the LB books was as follows LaHaye would write up a couple hundred page outline of notes and then submit the notes to his co author Jenkins who would turn these notes into a story Jenkins set a goal of writing 20 pages a day, which means that within less than one month s time he could crank out a whole book A real writer worth his or her salt might spend years taking notes, writing, editing, rewriting, editing some , re re writing, etc It s not surprising then that LB reads like mass produced crap, because that is exactly what it is McFiction for the McMasses No, scratch that Stephen King used to joke about how his books were the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries most of what he wrote was at least a hundred times superior to LB LB is the four day old, rotting McFiction that somebody salvaged from a dumpster A final comment on this travesty of the written word there is an almost total absence of Christian virtue or compassion in LB The Christian scriptures speak of the fruit of the spirit being love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control None of the Christian characters in this book embody these kind of virtues Christianity in LB islike a form of Manichean dualism than a religion of faith, hope, or love The so called Christians in LB are grim survivalists resigned to a fatalistic worldview of kill or be killed Their only concerns seem to revolve around taking care of their own and signing uprecruits It s no wonder that so much of what passes for Christianity in America consists of extremist, right wing militia groups holed up in their gated compound mall fortresses rather than genuine religious communities when books like this are what so many Christians imagine to be representative of their faith i read this entire series..almost non stop they came out with a prequel series, but i figured how many times can you beat a dead horse.This series was really really good I didnt know how i was going to like it, not being a practicing catholic and all, but even if it doesnt keep to scripture 100%, it gives you enough of an eye opener.I remember thinking, wow If this really happened, i would be one of the ones suffering through all this And what would it take for me turn and accept i read this entire series..almost non stop they came out with a prequel series, but i figured how many times can you beat a dead horse.This series was really really good I didnt know how i was going to like it, not being a practicing catholic and all, but even if it doesnt keep to scripture 100%, it gives you enough of an eye opener.I remember thinking, wow If this really happened, i would be one of the ones suffering through all this And what would it take for me turn and accept god.how many plauges and tribuations would i suffer through.You get to see how the whole world gets affected by this transition period, where the antichrist fights for his throne and god is ever angry a war between good and bad.Its long, theres so many books to this series, but if you are the least bit interested in what life would be like once god takes his chosen ones, and the rest of the world is left to fight off the devil antichrist give it a whirl.I am glad i did I gave it a go, I really really did The series is so popular and my ex really enjoys the books ok, they re the only books he ever read, so maybe that should have told me something so I thought I d be open minded and try it After all, I did like the movie The Rapture and I love religious science fiction.This, however, is thinly disguised right wing propaganda I can respect people who think differently than I do as long as they respect me back This book does no such thing They manage to twi I gave it a go, I really really did The series is so popular and my ex really enjoys the books ok, they re the only books he ever read, so maybe that should have told me something so I thought I d be open minded and try it After all, I did like the movie The Rapture and I love religious science fiction.This, however, is thinly disguised right wing propaganda I can respect people who think differently than I do as long as they respect me back This book does no such thing They manage to twist everything positive in the world today into proof that the devil is afoot did you know the U.N is apparently a tool for the anti Christ The plot is bad, the premise, while interesting, is poorly expanded upon and the writing is just bad bad bad.I actually read another book, also by a conservative Christian, on the same theme that was infinitely better It at least had a plot that could hold its own and left you wondering what would happen next I wish I could remember the name of it, I d recommend people who like this sort of stuff read it At least they might think at some point during their reading.Alas, this book was just inane, offensive, drivel {Download} ê Left Behind å An airborne Boeingis headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun Edit August, 2018New edit below, August, 2019List of some of the years Gregorian calendar Christian churches and their followers and various other leaders and followers of popular Christian based theological cults have announced when they believed the Apocalypse was now here or coming and Jesus came from Heaven or will come to murder us all Many followers actually killed themselves later when the Apocalypse did NOT come maybe because many believers gave away all of their goods and far Edit August, 2018New edit below, August, 2019List of some of the years Gregorian calendar Christian churches and their followers and various other leaders and followers of popular Christian based theological cults have announced when they believed the Apocalypse was now here or coming and Jesus came from Heaven or will come to murder us all Many followers actually killed themselves later when the Apocalypse did NOT come maybe because many believers gave away all of their goods and farms and houses and money in a kind of survivalist frenzy of sorts 500 Sextus Julius Africanus, Roman, based on his calculations using the dimensions of Noah s arc.793 Beatus of Li bana, Spaniard, just because a crowd was listening to him.1000 Pope Sylvester II because of the Gregorian calendar millennium date which was in use in Rome at the time did he know about the other calendars in use in the world 1260 Joachim of Fiore, Italian mystic 1366 Jean de Roquetaillade1504 Sandro Botticelli, wrote we were in Tribulation times and the apocalypse was coming next.1524 Johannes St ffler spotted a planetary alignment, predicted apocalypse was coming now then Basically, every time the planets are aligned some big and many minor churches announce it is the apocalypse.1533 Michael Stifel, mathematician, figured out judgement day was now, from Bible clues.1673 William Aspinwall, Fifth Monarchist, claimed the new Millennium was to start, from Bible clues.1694 a very popular apocalypse year, many many many people predicted it was the end of earth.1700 Henry Archer, using Daniel 12 12 as the source for his prediction.1757 Emanuel Swedenborg, who talked with Jesus every day, so one day Jesus told him the day of the apocalypse was in 1757.1793 Richard Brothers, sailor, committed to an insane asylum, shortly after nothing happened.1806 The Prophet hen of Leeds Her eggs had the words Christ is Coming written on them People came from all over England to read her eggs It was a farmer s son s prank.1814 Joanna Southcott, who also said she was pregnant with Jesus baby She was 64.1829, 1847 George Rapp, leader of the Harmony Society 1836 John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, predicted this was the year of the apocalypse based on Revelation 12 141840 Jakob Lorber, popular musician, heard inner voice telling him the apocalypse was now.1844 William Miller, founder of the Millerites When the apocalypse didn t happen, this one was called The Great Disappointment.1861 Joseph Morris, told his followers not to plant crops They died all right Starvation.1863 John Wroe, founder of the Christian Israelite Church, calculated this was the year of the apocalypse.1874 Charles Russell, first President of the Jehovah s Witness.1890 Wovoka, founder of the Ghost Dance movement.1891 Joseph Smith, Mormons, said pruning was nigh.1901 Catholic Apostolic Church prediction.1910 the comet Hailey caused many Christians to believe Jesus had finally come.1914 Jehovah s Witness, again, predicted this was the year of the apocalypse.1915 John Chilembwe, Baptist leader.1930 Sun Myung Moon said he WAS Jesus, so Apocalypse now not.1935, 1943, 1972, 1975 Herbert Armstrong, Church of God, said Jesus was here now, no maybe now, no, maybe now, no..1954 a Chicago housewife and leader of The Seekers said a flying saucer from the planet Clarion would cleanse the earth.1967 Charles Manson and Jim Jones, psychopath Christians, told believers time to go was now.1980 Stephen Swihart, author of prophetic signs book.1982 The planets aligned, which caused religious folk panic again.1982 Benjamin Creme, believes Jesus Maitreya is living here on earth in secret since 1977.1988 Edgar Whisenant, predicted the Rapture is happening now this year in 1988.1994 Harold Camping, wrote a book saying 1994 was the year of Christ s return.1995 Aum Shinriko cult, Japan.1996 Sheldon Nidle, who predicted 16 millions space ships would land, too.1997 Marshall Applewhite, Heaven s Gate, followers going to Heaven on a comet, but first, suicide was necessary 1998 a Taiwanese Christian group, the True Way , believed God would land a spaceship in Texas, kicking off the apocalypse.1999 Jerry Falwell predicted any day in the next ten years Nostradamus, as well, liked 1999 too.2000 the computer chip apocalypse prediction of the end of days, which got American survivalists scared enough to dig underground homes in the mountains and woods, and Ed Dobson, author, and Timothy Dwight IV, Yale University President, and Edgar Cayce, psychic, and James Harmston, leader of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days And Ugandan cults.2010 when the Large Hadrian Collider was turned on, which scared all of the Christians about a black hole swallowing the earth, a very upsetting usurping of Jesus role in the apocalypse.2011 the comet Elenin, by crashing into Earth Actually every comet which comes close to earth is a sign that God has thrown a rock, or iceball, at us, per every apocalyptic evangelical Christian church prediction throughout the history of every apocalyptic evangelical church since telescopes became common.2012 Planet X Nibiru will smash into earth, a warning received by several apocalyptic psychics, from aliens from Zeta Reticulan.2012 the upside down mountain a vision which was supposed to appear in a town called Bugarach, signaling the apocalypse.2012 Jack Van Impe, televangelist Well, basically every televangelist has set a date for the apocalypse at one time or another, to be fair, not only Van Impe.2011, 2012, 2013 Ronald Weinland, who was convicted of tax evasion in 2012 Why do evangelical followers give all of their money to these prophets to prepare for the apocalypse To offer Jesus a bribe to not murder them, or for some other unimaginable reason Come to think of it, would dollars be Jesus goto for cash Why not gold doubloons, or the British pound or whatever 2013 Mayan calendar would stop Time from moving forward Would that mean the end of the light wave particle physics argument at last 2015 Mark Blitz, receiver prophet of the Blood Moon Prophecy apocalypse wait, didn t we have a 2018 blood moon last month I m still breathing, and I presume so are you.2018 The war in Syria is a sign Jesus will soon be here as predicted in Isaiah 17 Several American politicians, such as George W Bush, President, believes in this one, folks.1962, 2020, 2037 Jeane Dixon, psychic.2021 F Kenton Beshore favors 2021 as a good one for an apocalypse.2025 Alice Bailey, New Age guru, thinks 2025 is the year.2028 Kent Hovind of Patriot Bible University is placing his bet on 2028 for Jesus to return.2057 Frank Tipler, physicist, says his Omega Point Theory predicts Jesus will arrive this year.2060 A prediction from Isaac Newton, who interestingly did not believe in worshipping Christ at all, yet thought the Bible pointed to 2060.Oh, and I can t leave out one of my neighbors who lived next door to me in the 1990 s, as well as assorted street people I have met wearing robes in Seattle, Washington.Stay tuned.Original review, 2008 I wondered what all the social media fuss was about so I finally read this popular religious Christian novel I have learned it is based on common evangelical teachings Fucking hell I have never read such hateful and ridiculous propaganda This is supposed to convince me of the value of being a Christian I am not exaggerating, gentle reader, when I point out the Christian idea of a sadistic apocalypse actually appeals to a sizable group of Christians The prophesy of the Devil evilly murdering sinners slowly and cruelly in the years after The Rapture is warmly anticipated by evangelical Christians The Rapture is the name of a predicted Christian event in which people will disappear suddenly all over the world even in non Christian countries, I suppose This prophecy was made before modern technology and knowledge of other religions, and it is still believed by many modern Christians despite new televised knowledge andacademic education What supposedly will happen after the predicted Rapture is vividly described in the fictional stories of the Left Behind series The Devil will have his fun torturing Mankind, then Jesus is to return, supposedly for the second time, to also murder us slowly and deliciously in as many wickedly evil ways He can devise to punish the survivors of the Devil s mayhem The point of this apocalypse is beyond me These stories were no different than the insane teachings of Charles Manson Can t fundamentalists hear themselves The Left Behind series is pure sadistic filth It is full of disgusting torture porn The series is also an utter waste of time for those looking for a literary read, unless you are one of those Christians who feels ecstasy over explicitly described gory torture and bloody broken bone and disemboweling horrors God and Jesus and the Devil will supposedly each personally perform on everyone you know, excepting fundamentalist evangelicals It scares me that many Christian people are murderously sadistic, but it doesn t surprise me, given history That the violent explicit fantasies of torture and death contained in these books is perceived by fundamentalists as righteous justice from a savior of love is fascinating and terrifying I cannot comprehend how supposedly good people of religious faith believe in these violent and sadistic prophesies The novels graphically detail throughout all eleven books in the series how the handsome main character, gravity defying glowing eyed Nick the Devil, tortures various individuals and wipes out entire nations through the authority and powers of a one world government Nick, using the military units under the control of the United Nations, and also by creating through mystical means massive earthquakes and deadly storms, fulfills various Christian prophesies such as the conversion of the Jews to Christianity Tim LaHaye holds off on writing the worst scenes of sadism and cruelty he has imagined until the last book when finally spoiler alert a giant Jesus races around stomping people with His feet or swatting people like bugs on a windshield or blowing them up as if He is setting off pipe bombs strapped to their bodies In effect, Jesus destroys the rest of Mankind in evenlengthy drawn out bloody explicit tortures outdoing Nick in every way The Tribulation force, the contrite heroes who were left behind in the Rapture, pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray and pray andthroughout the series.Our heroes pray endlessly out loud in writing for paragraphs and paragraphs and pages and pages, seemingly for hours and hours every five chapters or so throughout the eleven novels, as they witness Nick and his allies, and then also Jesus, tear people apart bloodily limb from limb in front of them Do the Force stop the apocalypse No, they cannot stop anything Save any sinners No Not All of the Tribulation Force characters do in eleven books is risk their lives traveling all over the world simply to watch the torture and violence with much avidity and joy As a force , all that these heroes accomplish in all of these novels is to place themselves in deadly life threatening situations while they race about dramatically from location to location maneuvering around destroyed infrastructure I couldn t see what was their point in traveling everywhere, except for salacious voyeurism I highly recommend this series for sadists New Edit, August, 2019I had wondered about Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church and what might be their Apocalypse predictions, but information is sparse on the ground for a non scholar Westerner as myself However learned about this in reading Edvard Radzinsky s The Rasputin File, a spirited but definitely not spiritual biography of Rasputin Because it is a translation and lively, I wasn t sure of it s accuracy However, it seems to be VERY on target There is a section on document sources in the back So.Quoted from the book As Khlyst tradition describes him, This Daniil Filippovich descended from heaven in great glory in a chariot of fire and remained on Earth in the form of man According to the same legend, fifteen years before the Advent of the Lord of hosts Daniil Filippovich, God s son Ivan Suslov was born to a one hundred year old Mother of God At the age of thirty, Suslov was summoned by the Lord of hosts Daniil Filippovich, who made him a living god Thus, both the Lord of hosts and his son Christ had appeared in sinful Rus Along with a Mother of God who had given birth to the Christ According to Khlyst tradition, the first Christ Ivan Suslov was seized by the boyars, taken to Moscow, and crucified at the Kremlin s Spassky Gate But he rose from the dead And they crucified him again, and again he rose Afterwords, both Daniil Filippovich and Ivan Suslov died, oraccurately, they returned to heaven, and like, a continuous reincarnation of sorts, my comment others became new Lords of hosts , Christs and Mothers of God In some Khlyst sects, abstention, the refusal of family sexual life was, during the rite of rejoicing radenie , transformed into group sinning svalnyi grekh into promiscuous sexual relations among the sect membership Rejoicing , the principal Khlyst rite, derived from the pagan sorcerers and shamons It was during rejoicing , in the view of Khlysty, that the Holy Spirit descended upon them And then the members of the sect would try to conceive as many new Christs and Mothers of God as possible That conceiving took place in a state of frenzy preceded by Khlyst dancing I was the witness of such rejoicing on the little island of Chechen in the Caspian Sea Old believers fled to the island in the seventeenth century But by the eighteenth, fugitive Khlysty also began to arrive, and they kept alive the ways of their ancient sect over the centuries By the way, excessive and prolonged self flagelation is a part of their rituals Khlyst communities call themselves arks Khlysty is the word for whip They call themselves God s People