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The Moment After (1999), (Not Rated)
CAP Score: 91
CAP Influence Density: 0.17

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THE MOMENT AFTER (Not Rated) -- ...let there be more of them.

A possible accounting of the aftermath of the Rapture.

The story opens with scenes of the moments after people vanish. Thousands. Millions. Piles of clothes lying in perfect emulation of having been on a body. Wrecked cars smoldering with no driver. Bicycles unattended. Mothers and others screaming "Where are you." "Don't hide from me." FBI agents Adam Riley (David White) and Charles Baker (Kevin Downes) are assigned to investigate the disappearances.

At 7:32 AM thousands locally, millions nationally, and uncounted world-wide disappear in a flash of light. A panel of experts were questioned on TV about what in the world had happened. A Gaia worshiper, who incidentally was portrayed as the most reasonable and calm "professional", reasoned that Gaia, Goddess of the Earth had gotten fed up with the overpopulation and was just conducting selective cleansing. An expert in extraterrestrial matters reasoned that the disappearances were due to alien abductions. A local theologian and pastor gave the accounting of the Book of Revelation, 1 Corinthians and others telling us what had happened: that the Bible had been warning us of this for many years. And, of course, the secularists cornered the pastor and asked "Why are you still here?" which made a poignant point. Many very poignant points were skillfully made.

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Agents Riley and Baker are assigned to investigate 623 of the thousands of local cases of disappearances. The first of which involved a man who's wife vanished from behind the wheel of their car as they drove hurriedly to another late appointment, which is the first we see of how the artistry of this movie portrays the vanishing of people. As the husband in the front passenger seat covets a boat one of his neighbors just bought, his wife disappears in a flash.

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The second case was to investigate the disappearance of one of their fellow agents, George Harris and his kids. Harris and Riley had just hours before worked late together. This portrayal puts a little of a signature to the moment when people will vanish as Jesus collects His Bride, the quick and the dead. As George was reading the story of Jonah to his kids, while his daughter was brushing her teeth George and his son suddenly pause and give all attention to "something" upward with wonderment in their eyes. Then, as George looks for a moment to his wife, Catherine as if to say goodbye, he and his son vanish in a flash of light. Or maybe better stated, Light. In a very good way the choreographers and writers were effective in non-verbally expressing that we as believers will see Jesus as He comes for us but the unbelievers will not.
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What will happen to the Jews? *The Moment After* possibly answers this question as best anyone could answer it. Panning off to interrupt a Rabbi chanting to an icon (if I were Jewish maybe I would know the symbolism of this). Suddenly, the Rabbi, Jacob Krause (Brad Heller) bolts to retrieve a KJV Bible from what seemed to be secret storage. We watched as Rabbi Krause read a few Scriptures, then see him lead others into what seems to be revolt and rebellion. But as Jesus told us, let us not judge by mere appearances. Rabbi Krause was portrayed as one of the 144,000 who will lead many of those who are left behind to Jesus.
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Many of the often heard attempts at freedom from accountability are heard and in proper perspective:

  • (Riley to Baker who were both left behind) 'You're Christian?"..."Yeah. Went to church all the time when I was a kid."
  • (Baker to Riley) "There's nothing wrong with believing a little bit of everything. I *try* to keep an open mind."
  • (Baker, animatedly to his wife who had asked what they did wrong to be left behind) "We did *nothing* wrong! We're decent people! Law abiding people!"

    There was even a very clever and logical demonstration of the bearing of the mark of the beast after the Rapture. Everyone was *required* to be implanted with the much bandied microchip and were not allowed to travel, buy anything, etc., without it. And it was required as part of a world-wide effort to regain and maintain accurate consensus following the abrupt loss of census due to the Rapture. The chip was first hailed as the Biological Encoding chip capable of helping the bearer with his/her daily life. But not told to the general public was another service provided by the chip, the satellite tracking service, thus the *B*ioligical *E*ncoding *A*nd *S*atellite *T*racking chip.

    Though a quality production indeed, *The Moment After* is yet another attempt to inform people of the impending Rapture: is about a message that has been known for a very, very long time. Though this film is yet another flick about an often ignored and rejected reality, let there be more of them. How many who are finally convinced by such programming will it take to make such films worth it?

    With a CAP Final Score of 91 and an Influence Density of 0.17, *The Moment After* is *clearly* equivalent to G-rated movies. But as with any such programming which speaks to accountability to the word of God, this movie presents some programming that you may want to consider before exposing your kids to it. Several uses of the smooth talk and strange teachings of the world as sounding material for the script may tweak the impressionable the wrong way as they try to build their spiritual development [Rom. 16:17-18, Hebr. 13:9]. Firearms are used irresponsibly as control tools by some. Bandages clearly from a suicide attempt warrant close assessment by mom and dad before deciding whether the little ones are ready to incorporate the cinematic statement made by them. Several presentations of family losses could be shaping for those who have experienced the same but for other reasons. Abductions due to belief can be painted with a different brush and made to fit into unjust argumentation. And "There are worse things than dying" is an abstract thought not typically manageable by youth and can be used as selfish social ammunition by some.


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  • Rom. 16:17-18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • Hebr. 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace [by God's Word and love], not by ceremonial foods [e.g., entrainment ignominy], which are of no value to those who eat them.

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Moment After (1999) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • firearms to control and threaten
  • series of family losses
  • abductions based on faith

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • "There are worse things than dying."

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • smooth talk and strange teachings to mislead/misguide regarding the Gospel or the Word

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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