HBO's "The Leftovers" is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create: Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if the rapture takes place.
When the show kicked off, we analyzed the relevance of this show to Christianity and now with four full episodes, believing viewers can get a better feel of what's going on in the series and if it's worth checking out as the season progresses.
The third episode titled "Two Boats and Helicopter" features a character named Reverend Matt Jamison who now pastors a church that has dwindled down to a handful of folks. Matt struggles to keep his church by gambling to win the money he owes the bank for the lease, but eventually loses the building to the cult group The Guilty Remnant. more >>
Episode 2 of HBO's "The Leftovers" digs a bit deeper into the psyche of those left behind from the rapture-like event shown in the pilot.
The people in this small Mapleton town cope with this disaster by acting out in bizarre ways. Would an actual rapture cause those left behind to stop speaking completely, see things that aren't there and use sympathy as a means of getting ahead? Or would it be the beginning of Armageddon as many dispensationalists believe it would?
Kevin Garvey, the show's main protagonist, bottles up most of his negative emotions caused by his son and wife who defected to cult groups after the incident. He hallucinates, fights toasters and seeks advice from a father who was thrown in a nursing home for hearing voices. more >>
Evidence of what one bishop described as the "end of the world" plague has been unearthed by Italian archaeologists in Egypt.
Archaeologists with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor [MAIL] recently discovered a large monument used as a burial site in modern-day Luxor. The monument contained some human remains covered in lime, as well as bones charred by a giant bonfire. The archaeologists believe this evidence, along with the nearby discovery of three kilns used to make lime, are proof that the momentous plague of the 3rd Century A.D. that wiped out vast portions of the Roman Empire, including Egypt.
Francesco Tiradritti, director of the MAIL, told LiveScience that in ancient times, the lime was considered to be a disinfectant, and was likely used on the bodies in an attempt to halt the spread of infection. The bodies of plague victims were also burned, again to stop further contamination. more >>
NEW YORK – Members of several of the world's main religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, warned that the grave prospect of a nuclear weapons catastrophe looms dangerously over the world, and urged leaders to move toward disarmament at a United Nations conference on Wednesday.
Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that although religious leaders are not experts on nuclear weapons, they still have the responsibility to speak out and take the floor on this particular issue.
"We know that we are not experts on disarmament, we do not have technical solutions, but we do have a voice to act," Chullikatt said, adding that the group of religious leaders have taken on the subject partly so that future generations do not accuse them of not doing anything. more >>
The producer behind the upcoming Christian movie "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, said that he believes the world is currently living in the end times before the Rapture, the prophecy where believers are said to be taken from Earth to heaven at the Second Coming of Christ.
"It's prophesied in the Bible and the Bible says that before the beginning of the tribulation which will be in the end times, which I have no doubt we are living in the end times so therefore it could happen tomorrow, that the church is going to be called home and caught up in the air and taken to heaven and that's what this movie's about," Paul LaLonde, the producer and writer behind the "Left Behind" remake, told The Blaze in an interview on Wednesday.
The movie, which is a remake of the 2000 version starring Kirk Cameron and is based on the book series by the same name, focuses on the hours immediately following the Rapture, where millions of people vanish and the world is left in chaos. The latest remake is set for an Oct. 3 release, and stars Nicolas Cage as pilot Rayford Steele and Chad Michael Murray as journalist Buck Williams. more >>
As "Noah" hit theaters nationwide this past weekend, author Jeff Kinley suggested that the modern world may be exercising the same End Times behavior that God alluded to in the biblical account of Noah. Kinley noted that the film's failure to use the word "God" proves the world is living in a "godless culture."
Kinley, author of As It Was in the Days of Noah, told Fox News on Monday that in the Bible, God points to several things that will signify the End Times, including a godless culture, senseless violence, rampant immorality, and falling away from a true faith.
"When Jesus' disciples came to him, they asked him, 'Lord, what will be the sign of your Second Coming at the end of the age,' and Christ responded by basically overviewing several of the events that we find in the book of the Revelation," Kinley explained. "But then he pauses and he says, 'Guys, it's going to be just as it was in the days of Noah.'" more >>