Hollywood's latest action packed survival drama, The Hunger Games , has caught the attention of movie goers everywhere. Is there a biblical connection?
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[Steve Myers] Is there a connection between The Hunger Games and the Bible? The Hunger Games of course is a movie out right now based on the series of books that seems to be breaking all of the box office records. It's a compelling movie that has set in an end time theme. It's an apocalyptic government control type of an atmosphere where the story takes place. And some of the connections in this story are surprisingly similar to some of the things that you find in the Bible.
You know, is there going to be a controlling government in the end time? Your Bible says, absolutely. And of course if we look at the culture around us today, can things really continue the way they are? I think that's one of the reasons this idea keeps coming up over and over and over again in entertainment because we know our world is in trouble. And there's going to come on the scene a government that will control as much as it possibly can in every aspect of your life. Of course that's described in Revelation chapter 13, even the name itself sounds like control. It's called the beast. And it's going to control commerce, it's going to control government, it's going to control jobs, it's going to control everything it possibly can to exert it's authority over you (Revelation:13:1-18 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  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.  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If any man have an ear, let him hear.  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  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.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. )
Now, how are you going to handle that?
Now, in the movie they're challenged with this situation where they've got to survive. Well, how will you survive something like that? This isn't just a game. This is reality that's coming on the horizon. You know, how will you handle that when things are out of your control? Where will you look to? What will you do? How will you stay true to your faith and not just win the game, but survive and have a relationship with God and stay true to your beliefs.
Well, Revelation talks about how that's possible. Right in the very end of the book, the very last page in my Bible—verse 7 of chapter 22 of Revelation says, "Behold, I'm coming quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation:22:7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.). And a little later in verse 14 it says, "Blessed are those who do His commandments." It says, "They may have the right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation:22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.) .
When life is challenging around us, when we're faced with something much more serious than just a game, when our life is at stake—our spiritual life—we've got to stay close to God. We've got to keep His commandments. We've got to do His will. We've got to have a relationship that would never separate us from the One who created us. That's a kind of game you don't want to lose. That's a kind of game that we've got to stay in and have our whole heart and our mind into. We do that, we don't have to worry about the beast. We don't have to worry about the governments. We just have to stay close to God and do His will. That's a game that you can win.
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