Soon, those who did not lean their theology from the movie Evan Almighty will leave the new Russell Crowe movie Noah thinking that thy now know all they need to know about the Bible’s record on the event. Such are the slothful ways of pop-occulture.
As reported by Heather Clark (“New ‘Noah’ Film Starring Russell Crowe Flooded With Controversy,” Christian News, November 17, 2013 AD) the soon to be released movie:
“has stirred controversy among Christians, Jews and others who have pre-screened the film, as they state that the movie largely leaves out one important foundation: the Bible.”
But how so? The premise is the story of Noah from his childhood and, for example, has him as someone who “fights off his enemies as he prepares for a coming apocalypse, rather than a story of a ‘preacher of righteousness’ who calls the world to repentance from sin.” The un-holy-wood movie even has Noah in conflict with his brother-in-law Tubal-Cain, telling him, “to build his own ark, or die trying to take his.”
An interesting note is that within the Bible there is one reference to a “Watcher” as a celestial being as Daniel writes:
“I was looking in the visions in my mind as I lay on my bed, and behold, an angelic watcher, a holy one, descended from heaven.” (Daniel 4:13)
Apocryphal texts, such as the Book of Enoch (see our review of the book Ancient Book of Enoch) turn Watchers into the name/title of those being called “Sons of God” in Genesis chapter 6 and give them a starring role. Within the movie, the conflict erupts into an attack upon the ark:
“A number of battle scenes are said to fill the film, which in some aspects are reminiscent of Gladiator. Six-armed angels, known as Watchers, are also introduced, ‘who came down from Heaven to help fallen humanity by granting them wonders of knowledge from magic to science to stars, metal, and fire.’”
Since within the Bible one could not derive such details about the actions of the Watchers; this must be playing off of the Book of Enoch which has the Watchers, in the role of fallen angels, doing just that; granting them wonders of knowledge from magic to science to stars, metal, and fire.
Consider that the Book of Enoch’s chapter 8 it is specified that which those with such knowledge taught to mankind:
“Azazel taught mankind to make swords and knives and shields and coats of mail, and taught them to see what was behind them, and their works of art: bracelets and ornaments, and the use of rouge, and the beautifying of the eye-brows, and the dearest and choicest stones and all coloring substances and the metals of the earth. And there was great wickedness and much fornication, and they sinned, and all their ways were corrupt.
Amezarak taught all the conjurers and root-cutters. Armaros the loosening of conjurations. Baraq'al the astrologers. Kokabel the signs. Temel taught astrology. Asradel taught the course of the moon.”
Another aspect of the movie is that producer Darren Aronofsky conceived of Noah as the “first environmentalist.” Well, there is a difference between having some form of dominion over the Earth and viewing it, as the environmentalist / green movement tends to do, seeing the Earth as the goddess Gaia and seeing humanity as a problem—a problem to be reduced via depopulation.
Early report also noted that:
“Noah is also stated to be tormented with guilt for surviving the flood while others perished. It is not known whether those particular aspects still remain in the movie at this time…
Reports state that Paramount and Aronofsky have different visions for the film, and that due to some of the dissatisfaction from the screenings, the producers of Noah are working on making their final adjustments before its release next year. Some are hopeful that the changes will be more in line with Scripture.”
Hollywood being that which it is, a propaganda industrial complex, it does that which it does and it is up to us to exercise discernment and be prepared to answer questions with Biblical accuracy about Noah, the Ark, the Flood, etc.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:36-42).
Do not be found solely going about your daily grind but turn to Jesus and expect His return.
See the article, As in the days of Noah - the eschaton and the Nephilim for more details on this point.
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