An asteroid crashes into the earth, killing thousands and unleashing untold havoc. Just
months earlier, millions instantaneously disappeared without a trace. Nonhuman intelligences --- extraterrestrials if you will --- finally reveal themselves to mankind, claiming responsibility for the act. The aliens contend they have done this because the vanished could no longer be permitted to hinder humanity’s evolutionary advance.
A superior genetically-engineered individual promises to usher in an era of peace and
stability --- provided the nations of the world submit to his draconian computer
monitoring system. Tiring of global anarchy, the world gladly accepts his diabolical
Are these the scenarios of the latest science fiction thrillers to hit theaters or newspaper
stands? Surprisingly, they are in fact taken from the Book of Revelation and other
passages of Bible prophecy, with modern details added as interpretative elements, to
make what many consider the most obtuse portions of the Bible a plausible blueprint for
Having jettisoned his Judeo-Christian foundation, modern man stands stupefied as he
faces the repercussions of his own moral disregard. This is increasingly evident in the
apocalyptic themes addressed in popular culture and mainstream news sources.
Viewers are left free to ponder the cataclysm of their own delight. Over the past several
years, moviegoers have seen a number of films about volcanic explosions and asteroids
careening into the earth.
The other apocalyptic horsemen needn’t feel left out. “The X-Files” regularly examines
the possibility of totalitarian government lurking under the shadow of alien conspiracies.
Other science fiction productions have examined the spate of incurable mutant
pestilences ready to lay waste to our medically impotent civilization. Terrorism experts
argue that such a weapon of mass destruction will likely be deployed in the not-too
It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between the dramas and the news
programs. This boundary was further blurred when scientists cloned a sheep, unleashing a furor over the legal status of potential human beings conceived in such a manner.
This is a legitimate concern in light of the tragedy of abortion plaguing Western society.
Yet, the path of caution must run both ways.
What protections will exist for the rest of us from these individuals of enhanced ability?
A number of these individuals will no doubt use their aptitude for evil since the fallen
parts of man’s nature defies even the most sophisticated science.
Does anyone remember the Star Trek classic “The Wrath of Khan”, the title character
himself being the product of genetic engineering run amok? And much of George Lucas’
Star Wars Saga centers around a series of events referred to as “The Clone Wars”.
Scripture foretells of such an individual --- though we know not the specifics of his
origins --- who will use cunning and intellect to subdue the earth and its inhabitants for
his own nefarious purposes.
There is nothing wrong in raising these kinds of issues as man strives to ascertain his
cosmic predicament via the venue of popular culture. In fact, the Christian should rejoice in the soul’s struggle to ponder the reality of its creator and the opportunities that open for the sharing of these truths which before now seemed unbelievable.
There is also a danger, however, as those unwilling to repent and realign their ways with those declared by God through Jesus Christ will continue along their own path despite the overwhelming evidence.
Anyone doubting this word of caution only need be reminded of the tragedy of the
Heaven’s Gate Cult back in the 1990‘s. Despite possessing advanced educations and
sensitivity to the spiritual decay around them, these souls decided to follow a real nutcase who duped them into believing salvation could be found with a group of interstellar Jack Kevorikians trailing a cold dirt wad, the Hale-Bopp Comet, circling the Milky Way.
Man has been provided the answers to his varied yet interconnected problems if he would only choose to accept Christ’s free gift of salvation and follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. Unfortunately, both the flow of history and the forecasts of prophecy seem to indicate that humanity will refuse this message despite the overwhelming consequences. Don’t you make the same mistake.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.