Poised on the brink

Clooney in Hail Caesar

Image: Universal Pictures

My husband and I went to a movie today.  That is a very rare thing for us.  We saw “Hail Caesar”.  It looked like it would be funny, but my mind now automatically looks for the underlying meaning in movies these days.  Sure, it comes off as a spoof of the 1840’s attempted Communist infiltration via the Big Movie Studios during the heyday of the big studies, but what I find interesting, is that this “movie about movies”, depicts the making of a movie about The Christ, and in which Antiochus stands at the foot of Christ’s cross and confesses that Christ is God.

Hello! Antiochus destroyed the temple 70 years after the crucifixion of Christ (see comments for correction), he was the one who committed the “abomination of desolation” by putting a pig on the altar.  He was himself a “type” of the Antichrist, (although Preterists believe he was THE Antichrist).  So it’s a movie that mocks Christ because it is a movie  about a movie in which the character Antiochus (played by Clooney) actually  recognizes Christ for Who He Is.

I find it pretty cunning on the part of Hollywood to not only depict itself as having given Christ due recognition for Who He Is, but by doing so in a spoof, and thereby modeling the “correct” way people should perceive the whole Christ-as-God concept.  That “correct way” being, as laughable, and spoofworthy.  The fact few people know enough these days about scripture to even know who Antiochus is, makes the whole thing even more odd to me.  The average (and dare I say even churchgoing) person would likely not catch ths on-purpose historical error of having Antiochus stand at the foot of the cross and make an impassioned speech in his sudden “recognition of Who He IS.  Not only that, but making light of the Communist direction Hollywood went in, is another Marxist ploy to establish what is laughable.  Because Marxist ideology, Keynesian economics, many of the very same principles are having a renewed upsurge right now and making significant inroads in America.

I come home, and realize that the reason the mall seemed so deserted, is that it is Super Bowl Sunday, which I had forgotten.  But the halftime show was all about a theme of “love” and light.  The first song was the hauntingly beautiful music and vocals of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, (Live the life?) which talks  about ruling the world, seas rise and fall as I gave the word,  missionaries, choirs, church bells, all the words one might hear from someone who once was “fooled by religion” but “escaped”.  Or maybe it’s a sincere commentary on what empty religion actually does to a person. You tell me:

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning, I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand

Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never, never a honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums

People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name

Never rule this world
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name

Never rule this world
But that was when I ruled the world

Songwriters: CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY JOHN MARTIN, GUY RUPERT BERRYMAN, JONATHAN MARK BUCKLAND, WILLIAM CHAMPION
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Like the movie we had watched earlier, I couldn’t help but notice how all of a sudden it’s very popular to create secular movies and music with religion as a central theme.

All it all, I believe it sets the stage for the acceptance of the Antichrist.  People are weary, they are looking for peace and love, and there is a man who is headed onto the world stage who will offer that very thing.

And so listening to the Prophecy Updates tonight, just reinforces what we know, and that is that this thing is really and truly about to “go live”.

Oh, and there is even a design for the new “Flag of the Planet Earth“.  Wait until you see the symbolism in that!

Are you ready?

2 thoughts on “Poised on the brink

  1. Antiochus lived and made life miserable for the Jews during the time of the Maccabees, which was before Christ. It was under Titus Vespasian that the temple was destroyed in AD 70.

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    • Oh snap, you’re right on the destruction of the temple and Tits as well as the time periods! Crossed wires in the noggin. But Antiochus is considered the pre-figure of the Antichrist and was the one who desecrated the temple by sacrifice of a pig on the altar. That’s what happens when I try to squeeze out my post when I’m already pushing past bedtime, lol. Thanks for catching that, Steve.

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