The Rise of Pleasantville, and Terrorism - Are They Related?
Many years after its release, I finally saw the movie Pleasantville after hearing a non-Christian friend tell me about it, and his impression that it was about race discrimination.
In the movie, a black and white town full of grayscale people is suddenly disrupted by the emergence of people who are not grayscale, but are full of color. Though the grayscale folks try to separate themselves from these colored people with a line drawn through the middle of the town, it doesn’t work, and soon the colored folks are invading, and transforming the black and white half of town.
That’s when the part about this movie that my non-Christian friend missed struck me. This is the fact that - at the moment of their realization that they enjoy breaking the rules - the black and white people are transformed into the living color beings they originally shunned.
In this subtle aspect of Pleasantville, I was suddenly affronted by the movie's lacing of immorality with color - as if it is somehow more fun to be sinful than to do good, and more enjoyable to disregard, or change oppressive laws instead of being in submission to the law, and - by implication - the Laws of God.
It was then that I realized that this movie was attacking the black and white of biblical morality in favor of the “color” of the religious and moral plurality so prevalent in Western Society today.
After contemplating what religious pluralism is doing to destroy our society, and our values, it dawned on me that the rapid spread of fundamentalist Islam in the West, and its direct antagonism of it, is somehow related to the lack of morality in the West.
Could this be why God has suddenly removed His protection from the once Christian West, and allowed Islam to provoke and attack the Western countries where Christians have become lax and apostate?
Though few people know this, Sir Isaac Newton - besides being a great scientist who made some amazing discoveries - was also a staunch Christian who loved studying Bible prophecy. In fact, Newton wrote more on theology than he did on science, though his theological works were not discovered, or published until after he died.
Even more amazingly, Newton's secret theological beliefs were years ahead of his time prophetically, and more in keeping with modern Evangelical and fundamentalist Christian beliefs. In addition, Newton may have been the world's first Zionist, because he believed that Israel had to become a nation again before the end of the world.
Uncannily, just as I do, Newton also believed that the Muslims of his day were allowed to rise to power as God's punishment for the corruption in the Church. Newton also believed that the world would end 1260 years after the rise of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in 800 AD - which means in 2060 AD.
Though I have studied, and written about prophecies that suggest the current world system we live in will end sooner than that (see my book “The Language of God in Prophecy”), it’s interesting to know that Newton was targeting this century as the one that would see the Book of Revelation fulfilled a second time.
Incidentally, this information flies in the face of the many conspiracy theorists that claim Sir Isaac Newton was an occult-practicing Freemason. Doesn’t it seem odd that this supposed occultist loved Christ and the Bible, and was seeking to understand the nature of Christ’s Second Coming long before its time?
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