My wife and I saw Richard Donner’s “The Omen” way back in 1976 and I remember it spooked us quite a bit. When we got home from the theater my wife quickly dug up her deceased Protestant father’s Bible so we could find the Book of Revelation and the passage about the 666 mark of the beast. Both of us came from Catholic backgrounds so we had absolutely no experience with the Bible but we were able to fumble our way to the verse. The Lord used “The Omen” and many other things and many people to draw us to Him. We both accepted Jesus as our Savior in 1983.
There were a couple of sequels to “The Omen” but they couldn’t match the original. Since then, the antichrist has been the subject of many books, films, and television presentations. References to the antichrist in the Bible are not exactly precise, leading to lots of speculation and imagination. Popular mythology depicts Satan as a repulsive, very nasty being that no one would be drawn to, but the Bible says Lucifer, the “angel of light,” appeals to our self-interest and pleasure. Through false religion, men attempt to ascend to Heaven through their own efforts.
“And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” – 2 Corinthians 11:12-15
I see that “Damien” is premiering on the A&E cable television channel tonight at 10 p.m. EST. This series ties in directly with the 1976 film, with young Damien all grown up as a 30-year-old war photographer. The audience follows him around as he begins to realize just who he is. How many episodes can they squeeze out of that concept?
A number of Christians are upset with some recent films and television shows that some would say “glamorize” Satan. But I pray the Lord will use these productions to draw people to Him. When people come to understand there is a very real evil power in this world, some may find the Lord of hope, the Rock of salvation!!!