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” I’ve been called many things over many lifetimes: Ra, Krishna, Yahweh. I was there to spark and fan the flame of man’s awakening, to spin the wheel of civilization. – Apocalypse, X-men

Wait.

To make things clear, this is neither a review nor a criticism. I watched the film and I found it consuming, though. But this is not about the movie. Alone.

The character of Apocalypse, the first mutant, has nudged me into thinking, ‘how will the world end? His deep voice resonated in my ears and left me with goose bumps. I never had a scared bone in my body. But his character pinned me to the core. Perhaps, because I just had recuperated from a 3-day flu. No. I guess, because it was a Sunday night and the idea of a working Monday horrified me. Well, yeah. The latter might be more correct.

Going back to this supervillain who called himself the ‘father’ of all. Telling the other mutants, ‘You are all my children, and you’re lost because you follow blind leaders. No more false gods. I’m here now. ‘

That was indeed creepy. When he raised his hands up, everything turned into ashes. As he uttered, ‘Everything they’ve built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we’ll build a better one!Together we will cleanse the earth for the strongest.’ 

He capitalized on the grief of Magneto to destroy the earth and crush everything he wills unto his hands. When he learned about Professor X and his cerebral, he usurped such ability to connect and control everyone to fulfill the ‘apocalypse’. The  great disaster. The end of the world.

There is another apocalypse that appalled me while watching the film. The end of the non-fiction world ( no more mutants) where God will descend from heaven to judge the living and the dead. And there will be rapture.

According to Christian beliefs, rapture forms a major part of the current teaching and expectations of fundamentalist and other evangelical denominations. The doctrine involves Jesus Christ returning from Heaven towards earth. Saving individuals both dead and alive who will rise up in the air and join Jesus in the sky.

A very brief description of the rapture is found in the Bible,( 1 Thessalonians 4)and is supported in other passages. Unfortunately, the Bible is ambiguous about exactly when the rapture will occur. Most believers in the rapture suggest that it will happen just before the expected seven-year tribulation, the largest genocide that the world has ever seen. Some suggest that it will happen just after the Tribulation when Jesus finally returns to Earth.

Revelation 19:11-21 thus says:

” And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. read more.


And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”

This is the creepiest. The most horrifying truth in the realm of belief among Christians- among humans. As the epilogue splashed on the screen, an addendum to my skepticism bubbled, ‘when will the world end?’

Whether or not the ‘end’ is near enough or    how long it will be too late is beside the point. The key is readiness. Will the Lord pronounce his judgement after a summons or will He come like a thief of the night is not for us to worry about. So long as we are ready to face him, with our faith, we shall be saved by His Grace.

In the words of Ephesians 2:8-9 it was written:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

It is by FAITH that we believe. It  is by HIS GRACE that we become – children of God. And, through His Grace, we shall be saved.

 

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