For even if there are so-called gods,
whether in heaven or on earth…,
yet for us there is but one God, the Father,
from whom all things came and for whom we live;
and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things came and through whom we live.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:5-6 ~
Last weekend I joined dear friends to celebrate a birthday with dinner and a movie—Wonder Woman. Don’t worry, I’m not going to review Wonder Woman and spoil it for you; instead, I’m going to share what’s on my mind as a result of the things I watched in the 160 minutes worth of previews and the movie.
The previews were for Justice League, Spider-Man, Transformers: The Last Knight, Valerian, and several others. My first thought was their central theme: Someone, or the world, is under attack, falling apart, and in desperate need of saving, and only one person or group (superhero or not), machine, alien, thing can save him/her/them.
Then I got to thinking about how desperate our real world is for someone to save us from all the mayhem that “wars and rumors of wars” bring us (Matthew 24:6). The world is spinning out of control—no one is content. Struggles for power and the evil unleashed on innocent people are mind-boggling and numbing.
In the movie I saw several elements that were theological in nature and somewhat paralleled the true Savior (His compassion and love for us, His sacrifice for us, His overcoming the evil one, among other things); but in the end, Wonder Woman is still fantasy.
What I saw on the screen confirmed that the world wants a savior, but one that meets its own image. Because there’s an urgency to pursue peace, people are looking for “someone” who will come in the name of peace and unite all people together. The time is quickly approaching when the Antichrist will make his appearance to “save” the world from self-destructing.
Whether or not the Antichrist is alive today is speculation; what we do know is that he’ll prove to be something the world isn’t expecting. Many will be deceived and die. He’ll not be like Wonder Woman, he’ll be more like Ares, and so much more.
I’m not a moviegoer; this was a special occasion—Wonder Woman is the third movie I’ve seen in the past 25 years (in a theater). It was informative and opened my eyes to something that I hadn’t noticed before. Also, it confirmed (to me) that the time of our Lord’s return for us is at hand (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The time is coming when God will make His move and the 7th week of years begins (Daniel 9). Therefore, there’s an even greater necessity for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed. Peter exhorts us, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,…” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
Dear Father, “even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth…, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” There is none like You who is “able to save to the uttermost those who come to [You] through [Christ]” (Hebrews 7:25). You are the One who will save us from the wrath that is to come as You judge the world. Therefore, You alone are worthy of all praise and honor and glory and worship, for You alone are holy and are the LORD. In the name of Jesus, amen.