I watched these movies when I was a teenager. I would like to point out that Matt. 24 is referring to Christ’s Second Coming (after the 7-year tribulation), NOT the rapture. Other than some minor errors, these movies seem the most Biblically accurate to me. I hope with my Silver Skies novel to write the most Biblically accurate novels about end times yet. My novel Silver Skies is set right before and during the tribulation. I will also be writing a sequel set in the millennium. I don’t believe any major novel has been set in Christ’s millennial reign (according to the pre-tribulation, dispensational position). That book will be truly groundbreaking. The novel is still in progress. . .I will try to create a story that will resemble what I feel the tribulation will be like, based on my conversations with Jesus (2012 to now) and my deep knowledge of Bible prophecy. I hold to the premillennial, pretribulation rapture view, which is the only view that makes sense if you are an honest Bible student.
I believe the rapture will happen in the spring (Song of Solomon 2:10-13) and probably within the next twenty years or less. The Antichrist is already on the scene!
The cars and technology in these movies are definitely 1970s, but they depict a pre-tribulation rapture and the global government (which is Biblically accurate), that is a lot closer now than it was when the movie was made.
The movie jumps ahead right after the rapture to the mark. But the Bible seems to indicate that the mark system won’t start until mid-tribulation or at least 3.5 years AFTER THE RAPTURE. Also, we don’t know if the 7 year tribulation (which starts when the Antichrist signs his 7 year peace treaty with Israel) starts right away after the rapture. https://countdown.org/en/entries/features/when-does-mark-beast-begin/
Those who know Bible prophecy will have at least 3.5 years (after the rapture) to set up hiding places and areas to escape from the Antichrist BEFORE HE COMES TO FULL WORLD POWER. Once he comes to full world power, only a miracle of God can protect you from him, cuz he’ll have mind-reading technology and could probably find you anywhere using scanning technology. So those who know in advance who he is and where they are on the tribulation timetable could hide in areas possibly protected by a shield, blocking the Antichrist’s scanners. The rest must die or submit. So those who know the Bible will have some advantages over those who don’t during the tribulation. If a person has not figured out who the Antichrist is and what he’ll do (before he comes to world power), by the time they figure it out, it will be too late to hide from him.
Only Jesus Christ can kill the Antichrist. That will happen at the Final Battle at the end of the 7 year tribulation.
Those who make it through the 7 years without taking the mark, must still go through a judgment where Christ will judge them to determine if they were righteous (tried to resist the Antichrist and opposed his wickedness). If they pass this judgment, they go into Christ’s 1000 year millennial reign in their mortal bodies, which will be transformed somewhat when they enter the millennium. The rest will go to hell.
These movies go more into how the Bible depicts the tribulation than most movies out there. So just ignore the 1970s technology and pay attention to the rest of it, and it’s pretty accurate I think of the future tribulation. This is a sobering reminder to be ready or you’ll be left behind. If you have not accepted Jesus, it’s not too late. https://gabriellechana.blog/2017/04/01/how-to-find-heaven-and-god-in-the-church-age/
However, I disagree with some theologians who believe that you cannot get saved after the rapture. However, you may have to give your life to do so! If you take the mark of the beast, you’ll go to hell. Loree McBride has Antichrist powers, so the tribulation is not far off, folks.
Most Bible movies that depict the tribulation don’t go into a lot of detail about Bible prophecy. My Silver Skies’ series will be different. I will have the Antichrist, his False Prophet, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, Elijah and Moses as the two witnesses, the Jewish nation making their pact with the Antichrist, the abomination of desolation (when the Antichrist enters the Jewish temple and desecrates it), the rapture, cloning technology, the big battles (Gog or Russia leading a Muslim hoard against Israel), the Final battle where Christ defeats the Antichrist, the beheadings of true believers, as well as some scenes that show the strange creatures, signs in the heavens, earthquakes and calamities that occur during this time. I am not sure how I will depict the mark, though, of course, if you don’t have it, you can’t buy or sell anything. The main story is a romance, but it will be set against this background. This book is very hard to write. Going to take me awhile.
These 1970s movies do a pretty good job of capturing the tribulation though. They are my favorite tribulation movies thus far for this reason.
For those unfamiliar with the tribulation period depicted in the book of Revelation, the films A Thief in the Night, A Distant Thunder, Image of the Beast and The Prodigal Planet depict with pretty good accuracy what it will be like to be a believer in Jesus Christ during the tribulation. Gail encourages anybody who is not sure if they will go to heaven when they die, to visit her main web page to read about how to go to heaven today, during the Church Age. Those who are saved and pray the sinner’s prayer to accept Christ will not go into the tribulation, but will be raptured off the earth beforehand.
The plan of salvation changes and the Church Age ends after the rapture. The time to accept Jesus is now. After the rapture, if you take the mark of the beast (Antichrist) you go to hell. But if you don’t take the Antichrist’s mark, you may very well be beheaded and will die as a martyr for Jesus. Gail’s novel Silver Skies also deals with tribulation themes. View the following movies and read Revelation and Daniel in the Bible for more information:
The following message by Andy Woods is very relevant, because he points out that the Antichrist will defame the church that has been raptured, claiming they were removed to eliminate impurities in the New Age. This definitely sounds like Satan to me! However, I do believe the plan of salvation changes somewhat after the rapture, cuz the Bible states clearly that those who take the mark of the beast go to hell. So that means you need some good works (refuse the mark) to be saved after the rapture.
The Church and the Kingdom (why I hold the pre-millennial, pre-tribulation position):
Can also listen to this here: https://www.garbc.org/commentary/baptist-bulletin-podcast-the-church-and-the-kingdom/
What does the Bible mean when it speaks of a coming Kingdom? And how should Christians understand the Church’s relationship to that Kingdom? David Gunn discusses these questions with Andy Woods, author of The Coming Kingdom.
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