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End of Days (1999), (R)
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CAP Influence Density: 3.48
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*End of Days* (R) -- slick, really slick!
If you watch *End of Days*, my best suggestion is to not believe anything you hear -- anything! Just trust that which is said in the Bible in your hands AND the way in which it is said AND to whom AND by whom.
*End of Days* -- a fantasy about the coming of the antiChrist by Satan impregnating a human woman. Many attempts were made to stop this from happening, including attempting to murder the one chosen to be the mother of the antiChrist. At the beginning of the movie a newborn girl was taken from her mother immediately after birth to a darkened room of the hospital. There, the baby was chanted over and fed snake blood (remember the snake in the Garden of Eden?) to make her the betrothed of Satan and the mother of the antiChrist. I know of nowhere in the Bible that it tells us Satan will sire the antiChrist with a human woman -- a mockery of the human yet immaculate birth of baby Jesus? The snake in the movie was a rattlesnake. Having witnessed a rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas I can tell you rattlesnakes do not bleed like the one in this movie.
Twenty years later, suicidal Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a New York City ex-cop turned security professional left the NYPD for "personal reasons" -- some criminals murdered his wife and daughter in their home for which Cane blamed himself. Cane became the unsuspecting hero to do battle with the adversary from the sulphurous pit. Christine York (Robin Tunney), the baby from 20 years ago, was the woman "chosen" to bear the 'son of Satan' -- the antiChrist. No one knew the name of the mother of the antiChrist until her name was revealed by "Christ in york" carvings into the skin of the belly of a priest crucified on the ceiling of a New York City hospital room. Christ-in-york --> Christine York. How clever! Gabriel Byrne played the part of a banker who was first violently murdered by the spirit of the sulphurous pit-dweller then possessed by it, obsessed with finding York to impregnate her. Voila! The antiChrist. The movie portrayed the Catholic church as believing the coming of the antiChrist could be stopped if they could kill its mother before its birth, treating the Word of God as if it can be manipulated (I do NOT believe this is a doctrine of the Catholic church -- just a figment of the imagination of the movie writers). It was the search for the intended mother of the antiChrist that drew Cane into the fray -- he tried to save her, first from the murderous priests then from the possessed banker.
*End of Days* presents some of the slickest counterfeitings of the Scriptures I have *ever* seen: some of the smoothest-sounding lies ever produced. I am amazed that an actor could actually say some of the things said in this movie. Probably every warning you've ever heard about how Satan prowls to seduce and to steal, kill and devour was "fulfilled" in *End of Days* [e.g., 1 Pet. 5:8; Mark 13:22]. Just a few examples of the "slickery" of this movie included "Where was God when they killed your family" (Satan to Cane), "You died for nothing" (Cane to Jesus), and "I'll give you back everything He took away" (Satan to Cane about Cane's wife and daughter). Examples of counterfeiting of the Scriptures included man being able to stop the coming of the antiChrist by murdering its mother "in the name of Jesus"; logical-sounding arguments to make God the "bad guy"; portrayal that celestial alignment can predict the beginning of the antiChrist. God said that no man shall know the day nor even the hour which will mark the second coming of Christ [Matt. 24:36] which will precede the loosening of the beast and its antiChrist. One of the subtle visual invasions was the portrayal of a comet passing the moon as the sign of the beginning of the end of days. Recall the symbolism of the star over the crescent moon (see our Back to School Special). In a few places, the mixing of the Truth with lies, especially the Truth in Revelation, was so rapid it was impossible to log.
Unholy manipulations, evil forces, and possessions were rampant. *Stigmata* (1999) had a "cameo appearance" as a woman was portrayed graphically suffering the wounds of Christ. Satan was portrayed as having the power to resurrect the dead, to ignore and be immune to the power given to Christians, and to give animation to severely mutilated obviously dead human flesh, including the one he "possessed."
Also present was the typical dumping of ignominy: foul language, nudity/sex, murder and contemplated suicide, human incineration, gore/blood/guts, and lots of gunfire to murder/kill and attempt to murder/kill. Schwartzenegger's sidekick was incinerated by Satan (by using his flammable urine, no less). In one case of gunfire, Schwartzenegger shot his sidekick in the arm to see if he was 'real' since earlier gunfire into Satan was miraculously healed immediately with no blood. The miraculous healing of Satan's traumatized tissue was, of course, shown as the traumatized flesh crawled back together. The gunshot injury of Schwartzenegger's sidekick, while severe enough at the time of the gunfire to need medical treatment, was never treated and was quietly, subtly ignored and eventually forgotten -- that is NOT the way gunshot trauma reduce in the real world.
If you don't want to know the ending of the movie, skip this paragraph. In the end of the movie Cane, who took the spirit of Satan into himself as if to give a nice-nice "message" of self sacrifice to the movie, said "God help me" then committed suicide (shades of *The Exorcist*) by throwing himself on a sword in the hand of a church statue. And, of course, the spirit of Satan, angered by the 'defeat', wreaked havoc on the church as it spun its fiery way back into the sulphurous pit through the floor of the church. Oh, yeah! The "angels" of Cane's dead wife and daughter appeared to him as he was dying, appearing to give blessing to his suicide to save mankind from the antiChrist.
All in all, *End of Days* was a very strong movie with the power to confuse those who are not armed with the Truth and those who are yet to develop or are developing an understanding of the Scriptures.
So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):