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David BruceThis is a fantasy story of the archangel Gabriel. Some Bible truth in it, and lots of Bible images.
Review by David Bruce
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HE PROPHECY
1995

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There is a war in heaven and hell is about to break loose. BEWARE. Centuries ago a second coming was foretold. But what's coming is more terrifying than anyone expects. Marked By Fate, Doomed By Prophecy...
Time Is Running Out For Mankind.
Cast: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Eric Stoltz and Virginia Madsen.
Directed and written by Gregory Widen.
Produced by Joel Soisson, W.K. Border and Michael Leary.
Thriller. A Miramax release.
Rated R for violence and gore, and for some language.
Running time: 91 min.
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    An ancient Bible is found on the body of a dead angel, which contains a previously unknown chapter of the Bible telling of a second war to be waged by angels on earth. That war is about to occur, led by the Archangel Gabriel (Christopher Walken), whose jealousy of God's love for humans has turned him malevolent and bloodthirsty.

     This film was hard for me to watch the first time because it seemed to be so contrary to the Gabriel of the Bible. Upon further reflection, however, I decided to view the film on its own merit and set aside my theological assumptions of the angel Gabriel. This is, after all, a "what if" fictional story that conveys many spiritual truths.

     Why did Lucifer fall from heaven? The fact that he fell supposes that other angels can fall. In fact, according to the Bible, one third of the angels did fall. Could additional angels fall? Is it possible? Could Gabriel fall? If other angels fell, why would they? The film suggests that faith is what holds everything including the angels of heaven together. To lose that faith is to fall. The film suggests that it was jealousy of humans and vanity that prompts the fall of angels.

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     Gabriel in the Bible is associated with the Virgin Mary. The film uses this same name association. Tradition associated Gabriel with the angel that blows the last trumpet sound (2nd coming), and the film has Gabriel giving trumpet lessons - a little tongue in cheek here.
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     The story centers around Thomas, a candidate for the priesthood and an authority on angels. In a research paper he documented how humans were lifted to a place next to God through the sacrificial death of Jesus. Thomas has a terrifying vision on the day of his ordination. So horrifying, in fact, he loses faith and drops out of the priesthood.  His vision concerns the heavenly battles of angels.
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     Years later, Thomas is confronted with a very important yet simple question: "Do you believe you are a part of God's plan?" It is one of life's most important questions. The answer is not complicated. All humans have purpose! There is a reason for each person's existence. It is faith that connects us to God's plan for our life. The Bible says, "For by grace are you saved through faith..." (Romans 2:8-9). Thomas believes he has lost faith, but in fact, he still believes and is still very much connected to God's plan.
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     The Bible tells us that there is a spiritual war going on right now, it says, "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms" (Ephes. 6:12 NLT). This film gives us a fictional peek of this was war in the heavenly realms. It uses the device of the discovery of a lost 23rd chapter of the book of Revelation.
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     Who but Christopher Walken could give a performance like he does? He seems to be tailored for the role of Gabriel.

    Indeed, just as the film says, humans have been brought into glory because of the death of Christ (Hebrews 2:10-11) and humans will judge angels as the Bible says (1 Cor. 6:3). This is the biblical basis for the jealousy of the angels toward humans in the film.

"...Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God... thou set thine heart as the heart of God" (Ezekiel 28:2 KJV)

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     The film attempts to give insight into the fall of Lucifer by using Gabriel to lead a second rebellion in heaven.

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit" (Isaiah 14:12-15).

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     In conclusion, humans finally are finally victorious over the evil fallen angels. The concluding words make a strong statement about the importance of faith, the human community and the spiritual dimension that connects all races together.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."
-Mark 9:23

"So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. "
-Hebrews 11:6

RELATED HUMOR

Two messengers met one day, one was a follower of Jesus and the other one served Satan.

The messenger who was serving God asked, "How are you doing?"

Satan's messenger replied" "Oh, it is terrible. We work hard all day long and we get really hungry. When Satan finally lets us have a break we go into a huge dinning room. There is a lot of wonderful food on a long table. Satan tells us we can eat all we want as long as we use our 6 foot long forks. It is impossible! We can never eat more than a bite before we are too tired to eat anymore. We stay hungry!"

The messenger of God replied, "That is funny. We have the same type of table filled with wonderful food and the same 6 foot forks. Only we eat all the food we want ... we just feed each other!"


MOVIES WITH ANGELS IN THEM:
CITY OF ANGELS
MICHAEL
DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
PROPHECY 2

INSIGHTS ABOUT ANGELS:
ANGELS AND HOLLYWOOD
ANGELS IN THE BIBLE
GABRIEL
MICHAEL
SATAN HAS FALLEN

Bulletin Board

ANGELIC SYMBOLS
Subject: prophecy
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002
From: Dawn

Dear Sir,
I have been doing research on the fate of the Nephilim, the lives of the Gibborim, the destruction of Atlantis, and how God and Angels fit into all of this. At the moment I am studying the Kabbala and Angelic script, however I am drawing a blank when it comes to finding the symbols for the angels names. I have found the symbols for the four Arch Angels, all of which match the symbols displayed in the Prophecy trilogy, but I can not find any others. If you or anyone else happens to know of a website, or book that has this information in it i would truly appreciate your contacting me.
Thank you kindly
Sincerely,
Dawn

Response: I have not a clue, sorry. -David

PROPHESY 4 ??????
Subject: .....Prophecy
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002
From: joe eddy

Hello David :) :) 1.) any word on a Walken / Prophecy 4??? ...and, 2.) will you be reviewing & sharing your thoughts on Prophecy3 with us??? Keep up the EXCELLENT work!!
- joe eddy -

Response: Yes I should do 2 and 3 -you are right. Prophecy 4? I do not know. -David

PROPHECY MOVIES
Subject: Prophecy
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001
From: "David"

I just found your site, sorry, but I am a big fan of C. Walken and the Prophecy movies. I have one question and you probably get tired of getting it, but what are the books that show the angels and their names in angelic script? I am just starting to do some biblical research and have hit alot of dead ends on that sort of thing. Seems alot of people don't believe the creator could create angels unless they are little girls dressed in cute dresses. I thought the line in the first movie was amazing."Do you really want to meet and Angel, and the comment about one wing dipped in blood"
Thanks for your time.

FEEDBACK PLEASE
Subject: Input Please Prophecy
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
From: Clay

Loved the movies and I'm doing a term paper on how The Prophecy and The Devil's Advocate relate to books such as Paradise Lost by Milton and The Divine Comedy by Dante. Any input or feedback is much appreciated as soon as possible...
Make responses to: Angec75@juno.com Thanks!!!

THE PROPHECY TRILOGY
Subject: the prophecy trilogy and some questions
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001
From: Caine

david, i have watched the prophecy trilogy and have always wondered which elements of the movie are real and which are make-believe. for instance, i've read many articles, etc... on angels but not one mentions the angel pyriel. am i to assume that the character was made up? the same goes for zophael and danyael (wong's danyael).

and about those angel books which keep popping out in all three movies (the ones with the angel names and script): do they really exist? if they do (and i desperately wish they do), where do i get them?

you see, i'm a roman catholic from the philippines. in my country, angels are afforded very special respect and even veneration. needless to say, we are a very conservative country. any mention of angels (especially the deranged ones) is almost taboo. how am i supposed to know more about these celestial beings when in the first place, my society frowns at efforts to do so? i really want to know more about catholic writings (accepted/published and otherwise). in fact, if i had my way, i would storm into the vatican (or wherever, for that matter) just to read the rich literature of my religion.

the prophecy helped in jolting me awake to what little i know. i hope this realization will not be for naught. i really, really want to know.
caine
(please withhold my full name and e-mail address for now)

WHAT DAGGETT SAID
Subject: Re: angels in the Bible.........one more time, please....
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001
From: JOE

Thank you David for your fast reply...one more question....in the movie THE PROPHECY "Daggett" says: (quote) "It is perhaps the strangest passage in the Bible in which he (St. Paul) writes: Even now in Heaven there were angels carrying savage weapons"....is this REALLY in the Bible and if so, where????? thank you thank you thank you & keep up your GOOD work!!!!
- JOE -

Response: No it is not. It is a very strange line. -David

THOUGHT PROVOKING
Subject: Thought provoking.
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000
From: Angels Cry

My name is Brett, I'm a Roman Catholic (oh shush) and certified theology buff. While I find the mechanics of this movie to leave something to be desired it certainly does provoke thought. For me it was the scene in which Thomas asks the question "Would you ever really want to -see- and angel?". It speaks volumes about what angels may or may not be like. Would they really spite us our souls? Could there really be forces alligned against humans in such a way? I cannot say that I share the view of it being 'blasphemous'. I do agree that it goes against a few of the fibers that we as christians have had sewn into us though. Insofar as its follow ups, they fall under the catagory that most sequels do for me...inadequate. Just a few thoughts...

NEW PROHECY MOVIE?
Subject: New Prophecy Movie.
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999
From: youngblood

To whom it may concern; I was wondering when and if there is going to really be a 3rd part to the movie Prophecy.If so do you knkow who is going to be in it? When it is coming out? and will Christopher Walken be in it? If he's not in it I don't think that it will be the same,because he plays the part of Gabriel very well, and I don't think anyone else could play that part as good as him.
Sincerly; Michelle Burtch

Response: Yes and it is out. Check your local video store. -David

PROPHECY 3 IS OUT
Subject: "Prophecy 3 - The Ascent" will be out on video this month!
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000
From: Lilian Vaz. lilianvaz@hotmail.com

Dear brothers and sisters of The Holywood Jesus Website, Once again Christopher Walken plays the role of Gabriel, who once was an archangel,but now became a human being in the third sequence of this classical movie in its style. He still has some of his spiritual gifts intact but now as a man he learns to do human things,as well,like driving a car,for instance. Oh,I won't say more for now,but do watch Prophecy 3! People who already had the opportunity to see it said it's a great movie and Christopher Walken's performance is once again wonderful! The actor is a real blessing! In case you want to see some exclusive pictures of Prophecy 3, please visit my page on the movie: Lilian Vaz. lilianvaz@hotmail.com Also check out my sites dedicated to the actor: http://walken.homepage.com http://walkenbrazil.homepage.com
Thanks! Lilian Vaz. lilianvaz@hotmail.com
P.S.: You can include my name and e-mail on this site.

Response:Het Lillian! Glad to hear from you again. I plan to do a review of this film in the near future. -David.

ATHEIST RELATES TO GABRIEL
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000
From: Anna-Karin
Organization: University of Boras, Sweden

I'm an atheist, but I enjoy this site anyway.
I enjoyed the movie because I felt that Gabriel was a bit like I was in my teens, angry and desperate. Somehow I think that Gabriel, of the movie, started the war because he wanted a reaction from God, that he wanted God to stop him, to show him that He still cared. I remeber throwing a glass to the floor in order to get my parents attention once when I was very, very young. I felt sad for Gabriel. That war seemed like such a desperate act to get attention.
Anna-Karin (Please do not include my e-mail address)

My response: Thanks for the kind words. Gabriel is easy to relate to in this film. He presents a strong case against God as does Lucifer. I am curious, do you relate to what they say about God?

PROPHECY INCREDIBLE
November 3, 1999. (Re: Prophecy). I thought this movie was incredible!!!! It is one of my all time favorites and I found it very thought-provoking. How do we know if the angels do or don't feel anger towards humans hmmmm? I too have to agree that Christopher Walken WAS the perfect Gabriel, the man is a genius. Viggo Mortenson (a perfectly yummy, beautiful Lucifer) and Eric Stoltz were nothing to sneeze at either. All in all, it was very well done. I will watch it over and over.
P.S. Please do not display my e-mail address. Thank you.

WHAT HELL IS ALL ABOUT
April 30, 1999. Let me just say first that I am a very religous and loyal Catholic teen. I adore these two movies! And I'm absolutely in LOVE with Gabriel. No body could play him better than Christopher Walken! This has to be one of the best movies EVER! Gabriel reminds me of a jealous older brother. Can you imagine what he must have been feeling?? To think that your God didn't love you as much as someone else? That's literally what HELL is all about! Gabriel was already living in Hell and some people wonder why he hated us "talking monkeys"; so much. I only pray that the real Gabriel doesn't feel the same way!  Gabriel, Mary, Jesus and God, Bless the path that we now trod.
-Sha-chan

EXCELLENT
April 15, 1999. I thought the movie wuz excellant.....i throughly enjoyed it!! –Christie

FAITH IS NECESSARY
March 17, 1999. I suppose I can start off by saying that I believe faith is absolutely necessary for human existence. Even those who believe in nothing have faith in something. I first saw this movie a year ago, when my father was dying from cancer...and all my prayers and tears, along with those of my family couldn't save him. For a long time after that, my faith wavered severely before I could finally grow and put my pain behind me, with the grace of God. Taking this film as "only" a film, yes it was extremely entertaining (though the sequel was inferior). As for the film's message, I believe it got across the point that the director and writers were attempting to make. As for the film's theology, you might be surprised to know that there is a religious basis for it. In the Islamic faith, the fallen angel Iblis (their Satan) was in fact thrown out of Paradise because he cannot stomach the fact that God elevated man above the angels. I thought that was a bit interesting. :) Anyway, take care, now.

WALKEN RAISED A METHODIST
March 12, 1999. This excerpt was taken from Parade Magazine interview (September 21,1997): Christopher Walken, 54, attributes his acting success to his religious beliefs (he was raised a Methodist) and his lifelong resilience. "God is very mysterious to me", he confided, "but I know the power of belief. It's my source of strength." He said he prays for harmony and humility. lilianvaz@hotmail.com

PROPHECY IS IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN
March 6, 1999. I think both The Prophecy 1 and the sequel are excellent movies. Indeed it is a perfect role for Christopher Walken. One thing I like best about The Prophecy is that it's just a kick-butt movie without really interfering with the biblical facts its based upon. Most movies based on anything religious, heaven or hell, are supposed to be entertaining because they are offensive to anyone religious (Hellraiser etc.). Indeed, the final words of Elias Koteas are a strong statement of faith and I think both movies are in a class of their own. --Ruben -

NICE MIX
This movie was a nice mixture of fantasy and biblical truths..that's all it is.. Weither or not Christopher Walken is or was a practitioner of the occult is irrelevant. The movie is true to form and delivers the ending that one would hope for. In conclusion, a movie is created as a product of society..what the public wants, the public gets..so before people start trashing simple films they should look around themselves and see the decadence that surrounds them everyday. Lord Diemos lord_diemos@hotmail.com

PROPHECY THREE???
Feb 14 1999, Prophecy 3!!! Yes,it's already in production and with Walken in it,of course! --Lilian.

PROPHECY ISN'T BLASPHEMOUS
Feb 6 1999, On Prophecy, I read a comment saying Prophecy was blasphemous,but I disagree! I am a Protestant Christian and I think Prophecy is pure fantasy,based on a real book,the bible,just that.A very well-done movie with very good performances,a classic on its genre. Note: Christopher Walken is an excellent amazing actor and he is not a practitioner of the occultic arts.It's said he is a Methodist Christian since he was a child.So,please,stop judging our brothers,ok?! --Lilian Vaz. lilianvaz@hotmail.com

BLASPHEMOUS
Dec 31, 1998. Being a Christian, I desired to see the movie, thinking it would be good. It is a blasphemous farce...And I would question weather or not the makers of the film have any hope of Salvation. They have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, calling evil, good and good, evil...
Note: Christopher Walken is a known practitioner of the occultic arts.

A FAB FILM
The Prophecy was a fab film! It was a really original slant on our ideas of angels! It was fun! And I love Viggo Mortensen, of course!!! And Christopher Walken!! Angels are really cool!!! Does anyone know the book on which "The Prophecy" is based, and who wrote it? My favourite is "The Exorcist" which I already have, but I would really like to read "The Prophecy" if it is actually a book. Can anyone help? I hope so. Cheers!!