And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.― Acts 17:10 – 11, KJV
Part 2 of 2, “Road to Babylon” (Readers are encouraged to read the critique of part one “Revelation, the End of Days: Trumpets Sound”.)
[SPOILERS] Part two of “Revelation, the End of Days” premiered Tuesday, December 30th, at 9:00 p.m. EST on the History Channel. The apocalyptic fictional television mini-series abruptly changes focus. In the “Road to Babylon”, there appears to be an honest attempt to present The Book of Revelation, however Scriptural inaccuracies persist. No doubt, there are Biblical-Christian ministers who would have happily consulted with the producers of “Revelation, the End of Days” to help clarify The Book of Revelation and the Bible. Biblical prophecies can be complicated. This is why it is important for viewers to do their own Scriptural research.
In part two, “Road to Babylon”, there is less emphasis on the shaky camera filming method. This made viewing part two of the mini-series easier on the eyes and stomach. Remaining consistent with scenes helped viewers follow the storyline and characters. Despite this, part two went wrong as well:
- There is no mention of the ex-employee of Bellerophon Pharma, Meg Shepherdson (Claire Armstrong), the research scientist turned whistle-blower. This is disappointing since the 7HC sub-plot was an integral element in part one of the mini-series. Furthermore, there is no mention of missing children or the 7HC pandemic outcome.
- The “Road to Babylon” flashes ahead seven years later, though many of the biblical signs have not come to pass. It is inferred that all the tribulation prophecies occur in the seventh year.
- Most of the main characters of “Revelation, the End of Days” are of the same demographic. There is a lack of diversity.
- When the President and Vice President are unable to fulfill their duties, the role of president falls upon the Speaker of the House, not a random governmental department head.
- Why is New Orleans, Louisiana the chosen Babylon for the United States? It is a borderline insult to the real citizens of New Orleans. There is no logical explanation why this particular city is the mecca for the Anti-Christ. Why not the real Babylon in Iraq? According to the Bible, Ancient Babylon’s roots in spiritual warfare goes back to the beginning of time. Besides, how can the American masses live within one city?
- The Scriptural part about the Anti-Christ making a supernatural recovery from a fatality which leaves others in awe is downplayed. The mini-series fails to connect the Anti-Christ as the satanic head of a one world government and religion, along with the False Prophet. The False Prophet was missing from the mini-series. Nonetheless, the mark of the beast was mentioned. Citizens were tattooed with a barcode to prove they received the Panlixa vaccine. No one could buy or sell without the barcode. After this, the mark of the beast subplot dies.
- The mini-series is written from an isolationist perspective. Everything happened in America. Where was the rest of the world in this? What was going on in Israel?
- Finally, The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to defeat the Anti-Christ and the next day, life continues as usual. The Anti-Christ is simply dead in his bunker. A second chance for mankind is ushered in. There is a lot missing here. The Bible says Jesus will set up His kingdom on earth and rule for a millennium. In the ending of the mini-series, there is no mention of a personable Christ being among mankind. Where was the real Gospel of Christ? Those of the Christian faith should feel offended that The Book of Revelation, the Bible and Message of the Cross were cheapen and sold short at the end of the mini-series.
Four hours isn’t enough time to accurately explain The Book of Revelation. Viewers are left with the feeling of the storyline being rushed. It was impossible to bond with any one character because lack of character development. “Revelation, the End of Days” should have been written as a television series, but better quality. Maybe then, the other subplots wouldn’t have been abruptly cut out without closure. Perhaps, The Book of Revelation would not have been skimmed over in the ending of the mini-series.
There is an appreciation of the History Channel and producers of “Revelation, the End of Days” for bringing Scripture to the small screen. Though there are Scriptural inaccuracies, the mini-series makes a good conversation starter about faith. As stated in the first critique of part one “Trumpets Sound”, one highlight of “Revelation, the End of Days” is maybe others will read the Bible. In turn, there may be a decline in biblical illiteracy and misinterpretations. The most important lesson to learn from “Revelation, the End of Days” is the best way to understand biblical prophecies is to read The Book of Revelation and the Bible for yourself.
(Read part one, the critique of “Revelation, the End of Days: Trumpets Sound”.)
Author’s Bio: C. C. J. Vann is a writer. She writes commentary about the speculative genre in television, film and literature. Her work has been featured on numerous websites. Her blog is at ccjvann.com.