The Late Great Planet Earth
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This DVD released in '78 is a visual restatement of Hal Lindsay's prophetical teachings. Now that some 27 years have passed since it's release the information contained upon this disc is far from cutting edge material. It does however serve as a fascinating timecapsule concerning many of the current events of that generation and the theological underpinnings of how the Church interpreted those events from a Biblical perspective.
Whether you buy into the "End of the World" scenario as presented by Evangelical Christianity or not it's worthy of at least one viewing. There might even be a few surprises that you didn't expect.
This is a subject matter, in my opinion, that should be researched further by Christians in the way of sound intruction from reputable seminarians. There are some that tend to deminish the message. But this movie tells what world events are of importance and of the things to come in dramatic documentary style.
directed by Robert Amram & Rolf Forsberg
approx. 1 hour 26 minutes
"The earth is defiled under the inhabitants
thereof; because they have transgressed
the laws, changed the ordinances, broken
the everlasting covenant. Therefor hath
the curse devoured the earth and they that
dwell therein are desolate."
This is the video adaptation of Hal Lindsey's hugely successful book of the same name. The Late Great Planet Earth book popularized the dispensationalist interpretation of prophecy. This movie version is features narration by the great Orson Welles, and the production value is surprisingly high.
The first twenty minutes is made up of a reenactment of John the Apostle's visions on the Isle of Patmos as recorded in the Book of Revelation. After this reenactment we see the first onscreen appearance of Mr. Lindsey. He explains how two of three major events that were predicted in scripture have occurred during the twentieth century. These are the forming of the nation of Israel in 1948 (Ezekiel 38) and the Six Day War of 1967 (Luke 21)*. The effect of the latter was the capture of Jerusalem. Lindsey says that the next event to occur will be the the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple atop Mount Moriah. Today, the Islamic Dome of the Rock occupies this space. How a new temple will be built on this space is not dwelled upon in this video.
Next we move onto an as yet unresolved situation involving power plays for Jerusalem. Lindsey believes that the energy crisis will lead to strong tensions between the oil states and the West and that this will be used as leverage in gaining territory.Read more ›
Some parts of the film are forward looking (cloning is mentioned long before there was a "Dolly".) Computers are identified as a way to control the masses--and that may yet come to pass. However the film doesn't see the Internet and the personal computer revolution.
The cold war, Russia and the fuel shortage of the early 70's figure heavily into the film's predictions of the immediate onslaught of the seven-year tribulation period. (Which the film boldly states will begin in 1982.) Opps!
As a period piece, this film is interesting. It also gives pause to think about prophecies yet to come to pass, but watching it is like getting into a time machine.
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This movie was bad when it came out and is still bad now. It was fun to watch it again after about 35 years but still is not a very good movie.Published 9 months ago by Vernon
It arrived quickly! The movie was good it did not seem to have been a copy. My Husband wanted it and was willing to pay the money which I thought was too much. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Calverta HT
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