A Call to Anguish – David Wilkerson
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In the pilot episode Cat discovers that Vincent was subject to medical experiments in the military that altered his DNA to make him into a super-soldier. In a process the show calls “cross-species genetics” Vincent’s DNA was spliced and modified to add the DNA strands of animals, giving him super human abilities. In short, Vincent is a hybrid creature. Beginning and End has covered the hybrid phenomenon in the Bible extensively. In Genesis Chapter 6, a group of rebellious angels revealed themselves to humanity and took human women as their wives and had children with them. These offspring, human-fallen angelic hybrids, known as the Nephilim, were giants with superhuman strength and abilities:
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. –Genesis 6:1-4.
Revelation 13 details the reign of the Antichrist, the satanically-empowered False Messiah who will rule the world in the final years leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah. The Antichrist is called many names in the Bible: the man of sin, the son of perdition, the Wicked and in Revelation he is known as “the Beast.” This should be the first clear similarity between the Antichrist and the character of Vincent who the show calls “the Beast.” And just like the Beast of Revelation, Vincent is portrayed as heroic, kind and loveable. He is someone that the viewers are intended to support and root for.
The Bible says the amazing supernatural powers of the Antichrist will be a key part of his deception:
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. – 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10.
Through miracles and amazing supernatural feats, the Beast of the Bible will be able to deceive those who do not know God and do not believe in Jesus Christ. They will wrongly believe that the Antichrist is the Savior. And on Beauty and The Beast, Vincent is clearly the “Savior” of Cat and has watched over and protected her for years with her not even knowing.
On the show Vincent was also declared dead at the time that his medical handlers wanted to end the experiment. When Cat is investigating a case and discover his fingerprints on the clothing of the victim, she too looks up Vincent’s records and concludes that he is dead. But soon she finds out that he is alive and faked his death and is ‘back from the dead.’ In the Book of Revelation we are told the the Antichrist will also appear to have died at some point but will come back from the dead: “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3).
We are also told in this chapter about the False Prophet, the religious leader who works to promote the Antichrist. In his account, we again see confirmation of the Beast’s miraculous return from death:
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. – Revelation 13:12-14.
It is this return from death, along with his supernatural powers that will cause the world to not only make the Beast of Revelation their political leader, but to worship him as a god. Interestingly, the Antichrist is “killed” by a wound to his head. On Beauty and The Beast, Vincent has a scar from a massive wound to his head. According to the show’s wiki, the origin of this scar is unknown.
Vincent’s mysterious wound to the head is prominently featured on the show.
There is an account in the Bible of a man who truly became part animal and that was King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. At the height of His Kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar had conquered the known world. The Lord was trying to reach him through the prophet Daniel (who lived in the King’s court) but Nebuchadnezzar had still not humbled himself before God, giving himself all the credit for the wealth and power he had amassed. As part of his punishment, God did something we only see once in the Bible:
Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him. This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. — Daniel 4:16-33.
This King, whose career foreshadowed many of the prophesied actions of the future Antichrist, was turned into an animal for seven years as his punishment. The merging of beast and human is something that is reserved for the evil. Nebuchadnezzar saw the power and wealth of his kingdom and gave himself all the credit. He made himself god. And as a result he was made even lower than a human. Pride that is so intense that it leads you to replace the true God of the Bible with your own self, or your ideas or sense of self-worth is the produce of a sinful delusion. And humanity today is headed down that same road as it seeks to try and solve every problem on Earth through scientific achievement or occult methods while rejecting and ignoring God altogether.
As the world moves closer to the end times, it is clear that a spiritual war is taking place. And the minds and souls of humanity are the prize. Jesus is spreading His Gospel through Bible-believing, born again Christians, churches and ministries. But the Devil is also spreading his false gospel to lure people into damnation. Entertainment has been a major tool for the promotion of sinful rebellion and now even more esoteric and prophetic ideas such as Nephilim hybrids, allusions to the Beast of Revelation and love between humans and other creatures are being promoted heavily. These are all seeds that will implant ideas to bring people farther from God and His truth of the Bible. Do not be deceived. Look for safety, comfort and salvation in Jesus Christ, the True Messiah, and not the Beast.
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Pastor Mike Hoggard discusses the Translation, most often referred to as the Rapture, and Return of Jesus Christ. Like many other Bible doctrines, Pastor Mike followed the Holy Ghost’s guidance in considering nothing but the Scriptures to find out the truth. Even though he had been taught the rapture since his youth, he put aside his preconceived ideas, and hopes you will too as we delve into this two, or maybe even three part series. There is no argument that the word „rapture” is not in the Bible. The word rapture is transliterated from the Latin Bible, which is a translation of the Greek word that means „to be caught up.”
Jesus said that He would return for His bride and the living and the dead would be caught up to meet Him in the air. The two angels who stood by at the Ascension provide the second witness to that statement. As to the when of the rapture, the only thing known presently is that it’s at the Last Trump. God will give His people greater understanding the closer we get to the event; prophecy is best understood after it happens. Notwithstanding, Christians are not appointed to wrath, the purpose of the rapture is not to save believers out of the earth before the really bad stuff from the Book of Revelation starts to happen.
Pastor Mike beautifully explains how the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled through the church. Christians have been going through horrible things for two thousand years, and we are no more special than those who have been burned at the stake, hacked to death or imprisoned for their faith. The translation and the return of Jesus Christ is a magnificent love story that was even foretold in the pages of the Old Testament through people like David, Joseph and Ruth. This teaching will fill your heart with wonder to realize the depth of God’s love for His people, His bride and especially for Israel.