I love FREE things. Don’t you? Last week we signed up for a FREE month of Pure Flix. If you have never heard of Pure Flix, it is a Christian company that is known for distributing movies such as God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe, I Am Not Ashamed, and The Case for Christ. Our free subscription gave us access to all of these and a multitude of other Christian and Family Friendly movies and television shows.
As we browsed the list of movies we found the end-time series that was filmed in the late seventies – A Thief in the Night, A Distant Thunder, and Image of the Beast. For us, these movies were a blast from the past because we had watched them in 1987 as part of the Bible study on Revelation that contributed to our salvation experience.
It was fun to watch the movies again. As you can image, we laughed at the seventy’s hairstyles and clothing. In many ways, all the movies were dated, but the end-time message was the same. I was especially touched at the end of the third movie (The Image of the Beast) when a young woman led a small child to the Lord with the Wordless Book. This is a timeless way to share the Gospel with anyone. It is a colorful book without words – Gold tells us of God’s Love; Dark means we have sinned against God; Red reminds us that Jesus bled and died on the cross for our sins; White means that our heart is made pure if we confess Jesus as our Savior and Lord; and Green means we are growing as Christians.
Many of you remember the wordless book from Good News Club, and most of our children know the Wordless Book by heart… just ask them!
After we watched these three movies, we decided to watch a few more “End-Time” movies such as the Left Behind Series, Jerusalem Countdown, and Apocalypse, etc...
It was interesting to see the different interpretations of the “Rapture” and the “Mark of the Beast”. All the movies staged the disappearance of Christians. Some vanished in a bright light with clothing that floated down to the ground. Others left behind a neatly folded stack of clothing. The mark of the beast ranged anywhere from a tribal tattoo to a UPC bar-code. We also noticed that the Anti-Christ in each film had a foreign accent. One of the films made a common mistake at the very beginning – They based the movie on the book of Revelations. Oops. Sorry guys… there is only one Revelation.
There is something about “End-Time” movies that stir the heart. No matter how dated the movie, each one reminds us of the urgency to share the Gospel today. Two of the films used the 1969 song by Larry Norman - I Wish We’d All Been Ready.
Life was filled with guns and war, and everyone got trampled on the floor. I wish we'd all been ready Children died, the days grew cold; a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold. I wish we'd all been ready. There's no time to change your mind the Son has come, and you've been left behind.
A man and wife asleep in bed; she hears a noise and turns her head, he's gone. I wish we'd all be ready Two men walking up a hill; One disappears and one's left standing still. I wish we'd all been ready. There's no time to change your mind, the Son has come, and you've been left behind.
These are just two of the verses. The song is quite the warning, but the line that is most poignant to me is the last line - There’s no time to change your mind, the Son has come, and you’ve been left behind.
Matthew 24:35-36 -- Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Nobody knows the day or hour that Jesus will return. Maybe it’s time that we all dust off our Wordless Books.
Remember this, you are loved, and you are always in my prayers.
In Christ, Cheryl