Left Behind: The Kids is a series written by Jerry B. Jenkins, Timothy LaHaye and Chris Fabry. It is about teenagers during the Rapture, with background plots from the adult series. However, the main characters are different.
"In one shocking moment millions around the globe disappear. Those left behind face an uncertain future—especially four kids who now find themselves alone. As the kids search for help and for answers, they are told the truth behind the disappearances. But are they ready to believe it?"
List of books Edit
- The Vanishings
- Second Chance
- Through the Flames
- Facing the Future
- Nicolae High
- The Underground
- Death Strike
- The Search
- On the run
- Into the Storm
- The Showdown
- Judgment Day
- Battling the Commander
- Fire from Heaven
- Terror in the Stadium
- Darkening Skies
- Attack of Apollyon
- A Dangerous Plan
- Secrets of New Babylon
- Escape from New Babylon
- Horsemen of Terror
- Uplink from the Underground
- Death at the Gala
- The Beast Arises
- The Mark of the Beast
- Murder in the Holy Place
- Escape to Masada
- War of the Dragon
- Attack on Petra
- Bounty Hunters
- The Rise of False Messiahs
- Ominous Choice
- Heat Wave
- The Perils of Love
- The Road to War
- Triumphant Return
There are also 12 volumes containing a number of these books in each to be more similar to the original series:
Book #1: Taken (Left Behind: The Kids) contains the first four books in the Left Behind: The Kids series and features background plots from Left Behind in the adult series.
Book #2: Pursued (Left Behind: The Kids) covers books 5-8 with background plots from Tribulation Force.
Book #3: Hidden (Left Behind: The Kids) covers books 9-12 with background plots from Nicolae.
Book #4: Rescued (Left Behind: The Kids) covers books 13-16 with background plots from Soul Harvest.
Book #5: Stung (Left Behind: The Kids) covers books 17-19 with background plots from Apollyon.
Book #12: Arrived (Left Behind: The Kids) covers books 38-40 with background plots from Glorious Appearing. The Young Trib Force makes their final attempts to reach those not saved before meeting Christ face-to-face.
Also, LaHaye and Jenkins with Chris Fabry in 2000 wrote A Kids Guide to Understanding the End Times, which helps readers of the series to understand the end times events, similar to Are we Living in the End Times? by the original authors.
Original members of The Young Tribulation ForceEdit
- Judd Thompson Jr.- Judd was born into a Christian family, and was once fairly devout, but he lost this quality as he matured and felt that living his life for Christ was not for kids his age, and that he was too old. He received a letter containing a typo-ed credit card—supposed to be for his dad—which had "Jr" instead of "Sr" on it. He confirmed it at the company—using his intellect and sheer common sense, he remembered to use his grandmother's maiden name and his father's birthday—and knew he was free to use it. On the night of the Rapture, he took the credit card, packed a few things such as clothes and other necessities in his backpack, and ran away, telling his parents that he was going to the library to study. He instead went to O'Hare airport and boarded a one-way flight to England. When some of the people on board the plane disappeared, leaving only their clothes, Judd realizes that what he heard all the time in church was true—Jesus had come back and he had been left behind. When he returned home and discovered that his entire family had disappeared in the Rapture—this did not surprise him at the least—he became a believer in Christ. He went to his old church, where he met Bruce Barnes—the visitation pastor, and the only member of the staff left behind—Vicki Byrne, Lionel Washington, and Ryan Daley. The four kids form the Young Tribulation Force as a co-op group with the original four adults. He allowed Vicki, Ryan, and Lionel to stay at his house until they were forced to flee because of the Global Community. Until Bruce catches a virus and is hospitalized, he and Judd go on a few international trips, which after Bruce's death in the hospital bombing in World War III, he takes later with simply Lionel and Taylor Graham—a non-believer, pilot, and the older brother of a young man who eventually becomes a great friend of Judd's—to accompany him. He fell in love first partially with a young woman he meets in Israel named Nada, and then with Vicki, the latter of whom he actually began to have interest in early on, and yet he did not show his love for her until much later in the series. He married her about a year before the Glorious Appearing of Christ, which he makes it to around the age of twenty-three.
- Vicki Byrne Thompson- Vicki grew up in a trailer park, Prospect Gardens in Mount Prospect. Vicki hated where she lived because people regularly made fun of her and the others who lived in Prospect Gardens, calling them names such as "Trailer Trash". Her parents smoked, drank, and fought constantly. Every Friday, the trailer park inhabitants would go to a dance held at the trailer park (these more often than not ended up with huge fights breaking out and the police having to break it up). Vicki would usually have to baby-sit her sister Jeanni, however, occasionally she would ditch her and run off to smoke, drink or do dope with her friends. When Vicki was twelve, a man asked to speak at the dance. Everyone was first irritated, and then quiet as he told all present the truth—that Jesus had loved them enough to die for them and He wanted everyone to accept His gift of grace and eternal life. Vicki's parents and her sister all accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, along with her brother Eddie in Michigan, while a defiant Vicki refused. Following her parents' conversion, Vicki became even more rebellious. Even though she could see the changes in her parents' lives, she refused to believe. Her parents would even have force her to go to church and Vicki would often end up being taken kicking and screaming and sulking the whole way. She refused to change, and one night she came back from partying to find the house quiet, under the impression that they had fallen asleep waiting for her. When she woke up the next morning, all her family were gone because they had been raptured. Though her best friend Shelley wondered what happened, Vicki knew the truth—Christ had come back for His own. She then accepted Christ upon meeting Bruce Barnes, Judd Thompson, Lionel Washington, and Ryan Daley, formed with them the Young Tribulation Force, and spent the next seven years spreading the message, including interrupting a concert by Z-Van (lead singer of the Four Horsemen and one of Nicolae Carpathia's false messiahs), titling herself "Vicki B," and giving the message to a crowd of thousands. She fell in love with Judd and the two were married a year before the Glorious Appearing, with Vicki herself at about age twenty-one. Vicki almost died in the battle of Armageddon by a bomb.
- Lionel Washington- His whole family, even to the largest extent, were the most devout Christians he knew, and he pretended to go along with them. The only one he could connect with was his Uncle André, who would turn into a drunk and a gambler one week and a "devout Christian" the next. All of his family (including his mother, Lucinda, who also worked as a coworker of Cameron "Buck" Williams at Global Weekly) disappeared in the Rapture except André, who died after being shot by LeRoy Banks and being caught up in a fire in his apartment complex (at the end of the series Lionel discovers that Uncle André became a believer). Lionel became a believer in Christ—he, like Judd and Vicki, knew that Jesus had raptured His church. He spent the next seven years spreading the message, spending most of his time with Judd and, until his death in World War III, Bruce Barnes. He lost his left arm in a rock slide while he and Judd were traveling back to the rest of the Tribulation Force from their adventures in the Middle East, but gained it back when Jesus's very presence healed it as it did all wounds.
- Ryan Daley- His mother and father, who were confirmed unbelievers, died in the Rapture; one died in an explosion and the other in a plane crash. He was the last one out of the four to become a believer. He was best friends with Rayford "Raymie" Steele Jr., Rayford Steele's son, and the two often had much fun together, but disagreed on faith—Raymie was devout in his relationship with Jesus, while Ryan was much more skeptical. As he and Vicki were walking, he went into an abandoned house, found a dog, and named it Phoenix. He and Lionel often clashed to the point of a brawl, yet they were still very close. Ryan died a couple days after the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake because as he was in Judd's house, a chunk of debris fell on him and the cut was badly infected. He died in a makeshift hospital, but he stayed alive long enough for Vicki to be with him while he did so.
- Shelly Brown- Old friend of Vicki's who lived in the same trailer park with her. She was babysitting during the Rapture and the two children vanished as she was holding them. This frightened Shelly, and she was reclusive for a long time until Vicki helped her become a believer after she tried to commit suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. Shelly was a believer in Christ and one of the first unoriginal members of the Young Tribulation Force. She later fell deeply in love with Conrad.
- Mark Eisman- an incoming senior at the time of the Rapture who met Judd and Vicki at Nicolae High. After graduation he joined the militia in the uprising against Carpathia (lead by former United States President Gerald Fitzhugh), but after World War III, Mark permanently joined the Young Trib Force. He was also one of the first unoriginal members and was influential in the making of an online newspaper that was originally printed and handed out at Nicolae High that was aptly entitled The Underground. He was decapitated about a half a year before the Glorious Appearing for refusing the mark of the beast. He fell in love with Vicki, but she was in love with Judd and he was well aware of it, so he took his jealousy out on her, which resulted in many fights between the two.
- John Preston- Mark's cousin who also met Judd and Vicki at Nicolae High. After graduation, he attended engineering college until he was forced by the GC to work for them. He worked on the GC ship Peacekeeper 1 until the meteor—the second Trumpet Judgement—killed almost everyone on board. The exceptions were those in a submarine, including Carl Menninger, a young man who was a friend of John's and a later believer.
- Conrad Graham- A Global Community Morale Monitor until he met Lionel, who had amnesia as a result of a blow to the head from the Wrath of the Lamb. Lionel, upon regaining his memory, convinced him that Jesus was God, and Conrad became a believer in Christ and member of the Young Tribulation Force. He fell in love with Shelly.
- Janie McCanyon- Skeptical in the beginning and was placed in North Side Detention Center where she met Vicki. Janie was later adopted by Bruce Barnes, though she eventually left the group. She met the group later in their hideout at the schoolhouse in Illinois and kept on traveling with them, though she spent the whole time complaining about it all. Though she still supported Carpathia, she at last became a believer after hearing Vicki talking with a Global Community Morale Monitor, Marjorie Amhearst. Janie became a believer and a member of the Young Tribulation Force, and was one of the many Young Tibulation Force members to make it to the Glorious Appearing.
- Melinda Bentley- Former Global Community supporter and Morale Monitor. She was taken in by the Young Tribulation Force at the schoolhouse when her partner Felicia died because she drank water that had been poisoned by Wormwood. She was stung by the locusts and was unsure of becoming a believer, but finally made the decision to follow Christ.
- Carl Meninger- Worked for the Global Community. He was on Peacekeeper 1 with John Preston, and was saved by John when John gave Carl his place on the escape submarine. Carl set out to find John's cousin, Mark, who helped him become a believer seconds before the locusts attacked him. Vicki taught him all he needed to know about the Bible, then he went back to the GC to work on the inside and help the Young Tribulation Force. Carl also helped the kids show thousands around the world see the truth through Vicki's broadcast at Z-Van's concert.
- Natalie Bishop- A Global Community Morale Monitor and believer in Christ. She met Vicki at a presentation of Global Community schools and help her escape the GC. From then on until Book 28, she was the Young Tribulation Force's link inside the GC. She helped many membres of the Young Trib Force, as well as Co-ops, escape from GC clutches. She was executed by guillotine (aptly named loyalty enforcement faciliator) for refusing to take the Mark of the Beast.
- Sam Goldberg- Friend of Judd and Lionel in Israel and a believer in Christ. Sam's father worked for the Global Community, and attempted to use Sam as bait to catch Lionel and Judd several times before Sam left Israel with them. Sam also fell in love with a much older girl in Petra named Naomi, but she did not feel the same way for him. He was one of the Many Young Tribulation Force members to make it to the Glorious Appearing of Christ.
- Nada- Also a friend of Judd and Lionel in Israel. Judd and Lionel stayed at her house for much of their stay in Israel. She fell in love with Judd, and Judd, while claiming that he did not love Vicki, fell 'in love' with her as well. The love was one-sided. She was shot by the GC while trying to save Mr. Stein from a GC prison.
- Chang Wong- Met Judd and Lionel by asking for help on the Underground website. His father was pressuring him to work for the GC, but he felt he could not because he was a Christian. His father knocked him out with a drug and had the Mark of the Beast put on him, but he did not choose it, so in the end it was prayed off of him by the elders in Petra. This was an event that puzzled many.
- Charlie- A young boy who did not know what happened when the Rapture occurred. He met Vicki at the shelter that had survived the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake and helped Vicki carry Ryan Daley's body. He met the other members of the Young Tribulation Force and wondered what the mark of the believer was that the others were talking about. He became a believer in Christ and a member of the Young Tribulation Force after mysteriously escaping the demon locusts.
- Darrion Stahley- Became a Christian after talking with Ryan Daley while they were being held hostage by two men who wanted a ransom from Darrion's father. Her father was killed by the captors, and Darrion and her mother were taken in by the Young Tribulation Force. She and Ryan fell in love,though Ryan died before it could be officially proclaimed. They used her family's cabin in Wisconsin as a hideout from the GC before it was burned down.
- Tanya Spivey - Daughter of Mountain Militia leader, Cyrus Spivey. While being held by the Mountain Militia leader, Vicki convinced Tanya, her brother Ty, and a few others in the group that Jesus, rather than the good works that Cyrus urged them to do, would allow a person entrance into heaven.
- Chaya Stein- Mr. Stein's daughter, who was the first in their family to become a believer. Because of this her Jewish parents disowned her and told everyone that she died. She led her mother to Jesus right before she died, and helped Vicki escape her parents' house when they took her in as a foster child. Chaya is killed in the Wrath of the Lamb Earthquake while trying to convince her father that Jesus is God. She was also a member of the Young Tribulation Force.
Adult Tribulation Force and Co-op members Edit
- Rayford Steele - Former pilot for the Global Community, and a believer.
- Loretta- secretary of Bruce Barnes, also a believer helps the core trib force out from time to time.
- Cameron "Buck" Williams- Former writer for Global Weekly, and a believer.
- Chloe Steele - Rayford's daughter, Buck's wife and a believer. Head of Commodity Co-Op, which sends food and other provisions to believers around the world.
- Bruce Barnes – Pastor, and a believer. He helps the kids come to know Christ.
- Tsion Ben-Judah – A Messianic Jew A rabbinical scholar. He is the main target for Carpathia.
- Mac McCullum - Pilot for Global Community. Flies plane for Co-Op.
- Chaim Rosenzweig – a.k.a. Micah, a prophet of God. He is a famous Israeli scientist. He is also the one who stood up to Carpathia. In Assassins He murders Carpathia by stabbing him through the head.
- Hattie Durham - Was once the girlfriend of Carpathia. She stood up to Leon and Carpathia. She is killed by Leon Fortunato when he calls down a ball of fire that vaporizes her.
- Ken Ritz- Pilot and friend to Buck Williams. Nicknamed "Dr. Airplane" by Chloe Williams after Buck Williams and Ritz rescued her from a hospital after the earthquake.
- Kenny Bruce Williams- Buck and Chloe's baby that was born right after Ken Ritz was killed.
- Westin Jakes- Signed up for the Co-op after Judd and Lionel's arrival at South Carolina. Former pilot for the singer Z-Van.
- Lionel Whalum- Flies Judd and Lionel Jr. to South Carolina. Takes over Chloe's co-op after her death.
- Jim Dekker- GC satellite operator helping the kids.
- Josey and Tom Fogarty- A police officer and his wife who helped the kids capture burglars after the Rapture; their children were raptured.
- Pete- A biker friend of Vicki and Judd that help them with many of their recon works.
- Zeke Jr.- He gave the core trib force fake identities and gave them the schoolhouse to live in. He often helps them by bringing them food and other supplies.
- Cheryl Tiffane- A pregnant young woman from Iowa. She gives her child to Josey and Tom.
- Colin and Becky Dial- A Wisconsin couple with an underground hideout. Colin disguised himself as a Supreme Commander of the GC to break the believers out of jail.
- Bo and Ginny Shariton, Maggie Carlson- Escapees from GC jail.
- Mr. Mitchell Stein- A Jewish friend of Young Trib Force and one of the 144,000 witnesses.
- Naomi Tiberias- Works with computers in Petra.
- Marshall Jameson- Leader of the Avery, Wisconsin believers.
- Lenore - A woman the young trib force takes in. She becomes a believer right as the fifth judgment, locusts that will sting any non-believer, are unleashed. When Vicki, Shelly and Conrad leave, she takes care of everyone at the schoolhouse.
- Pavel Rudja- Judd's friend from New Babylon. They meet on Tsion Ben-Judah's web site, and he helps Judd and Lionel while they are in Israel. He dies from the condition that put him in a wheelchair while Judd, Lionel, Sam, and Nada visit him in New Babylon.
- Ty Spivey- son of Mountain Militia leader Cyrus Spivey and brother to Young Trib Force member Tanya Spivey
- Manny Augilara- escapee from GC jail, is shot and beaten to death by former gang members.
- Zvi- Was in a GC Jail in New Babylon when Judd met him.
- Chad Harris- A fellow believer who secretly gets a GC Peacekeeper uniform from Z. He helps hide Vicki and her friends on the way back to WI. Later, he tried to get Judd for Vicki but is executed by the guillotine before he finds Judd.
Global Community and UnbelieversEdit
- Nicolae Carpathia- Antichrist (also known as the Beast), Romanian, and head of Global Community. He brainwashes non-believers. After he is killed and comes back to life through Satanic possession he claims he is God. He is thrown into the Lake of Fire at the end of the series.
- Leon Fortunato- The False Prophet, assistant to Carpathia, Supreme Commander of the Global Community, and the Reverend Father of Carpathianism. Claimed that Carpathia raised him from the dead in book 13. He is thrown into the Lake of Fire with Carpathia.
- Marjorie Amhearst- A loyal Global Community Peacekeeper. Once prayed to receive Jesus in her heart, but she didn't get the mark. It was determined after she said she wanted to go into the Global Community as a 'secret informent' that she wanted to sabotage the Young Tribulation Force.
- Dr. Neal Damosa- Has the power of brainwashing, and is head of Global Community schools.
- Z-Van- Lead singer for the popular group The Four Horseman. Judd saves him from death. He is one of Carpathia's false messiahs.
- Viv Ivins- Thought to be Carpathia’s closest living relative, but is actually not related to him.
- Suhail Akbar- Head of GC Security and Intelligence. He is killed by order of Carpathia shortly before Jesus' return.
- Peter Mathews- He is Head of Enigma Babylon One World Faith, a collection of most of the religions in the world except Christianity and Judaism. He is killed by order of Carpathia.
- Commander Fulcire- A loyal Global Community commander who causes great death and pain to non-believers. Is feared by many.
- Taylor Graham- Brother of Conrad. He was against the GC,and got killed with his girlfriend, Hasina, by the GC.
- Cyrus Spivey- Mountain Militia leader. He had taught the Mountain Militia that only good works could get you into heaven. He was caught by the Global Community and was executed.
These books were written from 1998 to 2004 and are still in print today with over 11,000,000 sold in series. Unlike the adult series, Left Behind, they have no prequels or sequels, but are a set of 40 books focused on the Tribulation. The series was originally due to have 48 books but was cut to 40 as the huge 2 year jump in Ominous Choices cut out a lot of possible material. The Left Behind: The Kids series was originally written for teen and young adult readers. However, the audience has grown to include adults, too. Many adults read The Kids series between the release of new books in the Left Behind series. Most of the audience bought the books for the Judd and Vicki relationship storyline and many were outraged when Judd and Nada became a couple. However, the faithful readers continued and to their relief Judd and Vicki were back together, keeping the interest of the readers. The Kids series has also, like the adults, a dramatic audio series released which was aired and adapted for Christian radio. These are now available as audiobooks and are also available on iTunes.
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Left Behind series
|Original series||Left Behind · Tribulation Force · Nicolae · Soul Harvest · Apollyon · Assassins · The Indwelling · The Mark · Desecration · The Remnant · Armageddon · Glorious Appearing|
|Prequels/sequels||The Rising · The Regime · The Rapture · Kingdom Come|
|Military series (Mel Odom)||Apocalypse Dawn · Apocalypse Crucible · Apocalypse Burning · Apocalypse Unleashed|
|Political series (Neesa Hart)||End of State · Impeachable Offense · Necessary Evils|
|Films||Left Behind: The Movie · Left Behind II: Tribulation Force · Left Behind: World at War|
|Youth Series||Left Behind:The Kids|
|Organizations||Tribulation Force · The Young Tribulation Force|
|Global Community||New Babylon · Carpathianism · Battle of Armageddon · Enigma Babylon One World Faith|
|Left Behind: Eternal Forces|