NBC's 'Revelations' Reveals Little of Biblical End Times Prophecy
April 13, 2005
With the excitement of the upcoming theatrical release of the popular book "The Da Vinci Code" coupled with last year's blockbuster film "The Passion of the Christ" doing so well, NBC thinks it has a mega-hit on its hands with a heavily promoted six-hour mini-series debuting tonight at 8:00pm (EST) called "Revelations."
"Revelations" features Bill Pullman as a Harvard astrophysics professor named Dr. Richard Massey whose daughter was murdered by a Satanic madman (Michael Massee). As a result, he becomes entangled into an investigation involving paranormal activity where he meets an intelligent nun named Sister Josephine (Natascha McElhone) who has been spending time with an allegedly brain-dead child in Florida who was struck by lightning. But the child has been quoting Biblical passages and recreating drawings of Massey's daughter.
Massey and Sister Josephine begin working together to figure out from both a scientific and religious view whether these are actual signs of the end times.
While the end times theme has been wildly popular in books such as the "Left Behind" book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins in the past few years, this shaky attempt by NBC to weave a tale of apocalyptic proportions falls way short of presenting what the Bible reveals will actually happen during the last days.
It is interesting they decided to call this mini-series "Revelations" when the last book of the Bible is called Revelation. That aside, from what I have heard and read about this fairy tale of the end times, it has very little to do with the Biblical version of the end times found in the book of Revelation and more to do with fantasy and a wild imagination by its writers.
And, perhaps, that was the point. Maybe they weren't trying to make a television movie that followed Scripture, although the promotions that run every other commercial on NBC right now seem to want viewers to believe that. Maybe their intention was simply to provide an entertaining six hours of television cinema.
But I'm afraid many well-intentioned Christians and curious non-Christians will watch this show and believe it to be based on God's inspired Scripture. Unfortunately, though, it is nothing more than a twisted view of what the Bible teaches regarding end times prophecy. Unfortunately, most of the viewing public won't know that when they are watching "Revelations."
Even Jenkins, who wrote the narrative portion of the Left Behind books, described NBC's "Revelations" as "a mishmash of myth, silliness and misrepresentations of Scripture."
"Acknowledging that not everyone agrees with my particular take on end time prophecies, at least they are based on some commonly accepted study," Jenkins said in response to the NBC apocalyptic flick. "'Revelations' seems to draw from everywhere and nowhere."
And LaHaye, who made sure the Left Behind books were accurate from a Biblical standpoint, said "Revelations" appears to be "based on some writer's imagination about the book of Revelation."
"However, the writer clearly has not studied the book or, maybe even, read it," LaHaye added.
Popular Christian apologetics author and radio host Hank Hanegraaff (aka "The Bible Answer Man") said "Revelations" misrepresents Scripture because "the devil (in the mini-series) is virtually deified, manifesting near omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, creating an implicit dualism in which good and evil are equal and opposite forces."
If someone wants to watch "Revelations" for the pure entertainment value I'm sure it will represent, then knock yourself out. But if you are looking for an accurate, Biblical version of the last days, you're not going to find it in "Revelations."
I would encourage you to purchase or rent the "Left Behind" movie starring Kirk Cameron or "Revelation" starring Jeff Fahey for a better, more Biblically accurate end times movie.