On November 11, 2011, the Greek mythology, sword-fighting epic, “Immortals” hit theaters. The movie tells the tale of an ancient Greek peasant named Theseus who leads an army to defend humanity from the attack of the Titans, gods of ancient Greece bent on wiping out humans. In Greek mythology the character Theseus, is most known from a story called ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. While “Immortals” uses the character Theseus and his backstory, the plot of the film is completely different from the ancient myth. From the three theatrical trailers and numerous clips that have been released, the movie has a number of concepts that seem to be a spin on Bible scripture, the Nephilim, end-time prophecy and the role and career of the Antichrist.
The ancient battle between God and angels
As was the case with the movie “Legion” a film which also took its concepts from Bible prophecy and scripture and distorted it to make the fallen angels, the heroes and saviors of humanity, the Biblical concepts in ‘Immortals’ have also been altered to put fallen, evil angels in a positive light.
From the opening seconds, we see the dilemma the world is facing as the screen reads: “When Heaven can’t defend us.” The idea that God is not going to be a player in the ultimate salvation of humanity or is an enemy of humanity, is promoted in many movies (such as ‘Legion’, which we covered in a prior article, for example).
“A man chosen by the gods.” Who are the “gods” in the Bible? They are the fallen angels who in ancient times, were permitted dominion over the nations of the Earth and masqueraded as “gods.” The Bible references this era in Deuteronomy 32:
“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 32:7-9).
While the King James Version describes the division of the gentile nations as according to “the number of the children of Israel,” the Septuagint (the oldest form of the Old Testament still in existence today) has the verse differently: “When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.” It was a group of angels who were given authority over the nations of the world and God, the true God, started his nation, Israel from one man, Abraham. This is why the next verse distinguishes that Israel is “God’s portion.” The nation of Israel, was literally the portion of the Earth from which God would bring forth His way of salvation of humanity who had fallen into sin and under the deception Satan of the fallen angels. God was allowing humanity a choice. Thus occult practices and paganism spread across the world, while the nation of Israel brought the light of God’s law to unbelievers.
This interpretation is further confirmed when God warned the ancient Israelites against the worship of false idols: “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven [angels], shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:19).
The Heavenly host were divided unto all nations as a part of God’s Divine plan for humanity and angels alike. And they abused this authority to present themselves falsely to humankind as gods.
The Bible is clear. The God of the Bible, who created the universe, is the only true God. The Bible uses the term “gods” many times to reference the fallen angels, created beings, who were and still deceive humanity into believing they are gods:
10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. 11Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. (Jeremiah 10)
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. (Galatians 4:8)
So the Bible readily acknowledges “the gods” aside from the True God of the Bible. Why? Because the Biblical account is clear that the supposed “gods” of paganism were the fallen, rebellious angels. As the scriptures say, “5For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. “ (Psalm 96). The word “idols” refers to the vain, emptiness of the false gods. The Septuagint refers to them as demons. Thus any “war of the gods” from a Biblical perspective was the war of good angels who serve God and want humanity to enter heaven and evil angels, who serve Satan and want to bring humanity into damnation. We see such a war in the book of Revelation:
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael [a holy archangel of God] and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12)
So there will be a war that will result in Satan and his angels being cast out of Heaven and sent to Earth. What is important to remember is that the war taking place is for the souls of humanity. Unfortunately humans have the least amount of information on this subject as we cannot view or perceive the spiritual world. This is why understanding God’s Word, the Biblical account of angelic and human interaction and the warnings about spirits are so important.
The “Gods of the Pit”
The second set of “gods” who came to Earth and interacted with humanity were the evil angels who took human wives and had offspring as described in Genesis 6:
6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 6:3 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. 6:4 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.6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
For more details on these angels and their offspring, please see our article on the Nephilim. What is relevant is that this co-mingling did take place according to the Bible. The purpose of these relations was to corrupt the human gene pool and prevent the birth of the eventual Messiah who God prophesied would be born of a woman and eventually destroy Satan. In Greek mythology, the character of Theseus (the lead hero in the movie) was the offspring of a human woman and the Greek god Poseidon. So the protagonist of the Immortals film is a Nephilim.
The angels who carried out these acts were punished for these illicit relations with human women:
1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude)
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; (2 Peter Chapter 2)
Both of these passages confirm that the angels who sinned during the days of Noah were cast into confinement in hell. The word in Greek for “hell” in the passage from 2 Peter is “tartarus”.
The sinning angels are presently imprisoned there but will be released during the end times Great Tribulation, the prophesied final 7 years of the Earth before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ:
Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
These supernatural, evil warriors will be unleashed (this author believes by Satan) on the Earth as part of the wrath of God on the unbelieving world during the Great Tribulation. And their King, who resides in the pit with them will be the Beast spirit that will inhabit the Antichrist. The angels that were once imprisoned will have a time to return to earth and bring violence to humanity once again. And this also ties in with the Immortals movie
“Even the Gods Need a Hero”
Again just from the opening seconds we see the Biblical references abound. The war in Heaven of angelic beings taking place at some point before humanity is in line with the Bible as we see Satan for the first time in Genesis as an already evil, fallen angel. The “victors” proclaiming themselves gods is a distortion of what the Bible states, where the defeated, fallen angels masqueraded as gods. There is also a reference to the “losing angels” being imprisoned in “Mt. Tartarus” and as stated above, the place of imprisonment of the angels who sinned with human women in the book of 2 Peter is literally named tartarus. The movie is falling directly in line with the Word of God.
This image in the trailer is followed by a shot of the god Zeus falling like a star to the Earth (in similarity to Revelation 9, when the angel falls and opens tartarus to release the imprisoned evil angels). The Biblical allusions abound.
Hyperion, the villain in the film (who happens to wear a helmet that gives him 2 horns on his head like a devil-type character), is seeking to free the imprisoned evil warrior heavenly beings from Mt. Tartarus to wage war on humanity. This distorts the Biblical prophecy that those imprisoned angels will be used at a time that God determines to be freed as part of the punishment of the unbelieving world. In the film, the hero is not God Almighty and His righteous angels (the “good gods” in the film, unable to interfere in the conflict, are relegated to the sideline), but a man, Theseus endowed with supernatural power who is a Nephilim himself. He leads humanity to save themselves from doom.
In the Bible, the Antichrist, is a man who will come to be a false messiah to humanity and will be endowed with supernatural power, military ability and knowledge. He will be perceived as humanity’s savior, but in fact will be the “seed of the serpent” who will betray humanity and lead them into destruction, death and worship of himself and Satan: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9). For the false gods of this age, the Antichrist is the awaited hero they are waiting for who will restore them to prominence while helping destroy the souls of humanity.
Interestingly, the trailer says that the hero chosen by the gods “will unite us.” This is precisely what the Antichrist will achieve through a one world system of government, religion and economy (for more on this one world order, see here). He will seek to lead humanity into believing that we can save ourselves and bring ourselves into a New Age. And thus there would be no need for God. Except the Antichrist’s ultimate goal will be to proclaim himself God and force the world to worship him under penalty of death. In the movie, the villain Hyperion’s main goal is to become “immortal” and be godlike. He fails in this but Theseus, does indeed become a god at the end of the film. A final scene shows Theseus in the heavens fighting alongside hundreds of other gods. While on Earth statues are made in honor of him. Similarly, Revelation 13 details the ‘image of the Beast’, a statue or figure of the Antichrist that people of the Earth will be required to worship.
The Sibylline Oracle
More clues that the film is taking a Gnostic spin on Biblical concepts is evidenced by the character Phaedra, the female lead and love interest of the hero Theseus who is a “Sibylline oracle” (as stated in the film’s official synopsis). The Sibyls, were thought to be prophetesses in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and were infamous for uttering their prophecies in frenzied incantations. A collection of books called the Sibylline Oracles, named for their supposed prophecies, not only references the God of the Bible, it also discusses Christ, the Garden Of Eden, Noah, the flood, titans and a number of Bible verses mixed in with Greek, Roman and Jewish mythology. With respect to the judgment of evil angels, the Oracles (which were written in approximately the 7th century AD), almost takes from Bible scripture verbatim:
And deathless angels of the immortal God,
Who ever is, shall bind with lasting bonds
In chains of flaming fire and from above.
Like the Sibylline Oracles, the Immortals film borrows liberally from Biblical concepts and changes them around to suit its purposes. But the main issue remains: do not be deceived by these big budget presentations of spirituality and history. There is one supreme being who will save the world and humanity: Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews states that God: “..Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” (Hebrews 1)
Jesus created all beings and is the express image of God Almighty. He is greater than angels and the angels themselves are commanded to worship Him. He is even called “God” by God the Father. Whether it is modern-day or the end times, Jesus Christ is not on the sidelines or refusing to extend His power. He does this every day by providing salvation and forgiveness to those who believe in Him. And His message of salvation will continue into the end times, when the evil angels from above and below return. Jesus will restore order to this fallen world, defeat the Antichrist, all of the evil, fallen angels and give eternal life to all of those who believe in Him.
Another interesting (raised by one of our readers) was that the Sybilene Oracle in the movie is also wearing red. In our article on Lady Gaga’s Judas video (which can be found here), we detailed the use of the “Lady in Red” in Gnostic or Illuminati-themed movies and entertainment and explained this character appears repeatedly in different storylines. Each time the Lady in Red serves as a temptress or prostitute, who lures the hero into fornication or evil.
The Lady in Red has two other roles:
- To seduce those who are good into a new way of thinking that is against the established God and order of the world.
- To provide a pathway for her followers to obtain godhood and “liberation.”
In the film, the Oracle recruits and persuades Theseus to start the entire mission and war that leads to his godhood while at the same time, seducing him into fornication with her. She also becomes pregnant with his son, who from the final scene in the movie clearly seems to be a half-human, half-god hybrid, who possesses supernatural powers to see into the spiritual realm.
Is Zeus in the Bible?
In the film, Zeus is the good God who selects Theseus to lead the defense of humanity against Hyperion. Interestingly, there appears to be a subtle reference to Zeus in the book of Revelation (note that the book of Revelation was the last book of the Bible to be written in approximately 96 AD). In this book, John records what he heard from Jesus Christ directly. Jesus issues seven letters to Christian churches across the Middle East and writes one to the church in Pergamos:
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he [Jesus] which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
“Satan’s seat” has been interpreted by many scholars to be a direct reference to the Pergamom Altar, a massive structure built in Pergamos, Greece in the 2nd Century BC as a tribute to the god Zeus. In the passage above, Jesus is identifying Zeus as Satan and the altar in Pergamos was his chief base of operation.
The Altar, which was made to resemble a throne, was built by Eumenes II, a ruler in the Seleucid empire. It is interesting to note that Eumenes II appointed Antiochus Epiphanes to rule over the Jews in Judea at that same time. Antiochus Epiphanes is infamous for the original “abomination of desolation” in which he entered the Holy Temple of Jerusalem and offered a pig as a sacrifice in honor of Zeus. This was one of the most disrespectful, satanic acts ever committed in the nation of Israel (the subsequent rescue of the temple during the Maccabean revolt and its ritual cleansing for 8 days is celebrated each year by Jewish people with the Holiday of Hanukkah). Jesus prophesied that a similar act of blasphemy against God will be performed by the Antichrist in the temple during the end times Great Tribulation. Not only will the antichrist enter the temple of God, he will declare that he is god and demand worship from the world. The Bible says he: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. ” (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
In 1881, German archeologists excavated the altar and purchased it from the then-ruling Ottoman Empire. To this day, it has been reconstructed and kept in the Berlin Museum. Adolph Hitler (who unbeknownst to many, was a black magic occultist) once in power decades later, was obsessed with the altar. He even had a reconstruction of the Altar built to use as the basis of the design for the Zeppelintribüne, the giant stage from which he delivered many of his speeches and led rallies.
Another interesting feature of the altar is a the Gigantomachy frieze, a 371-foot long sculptural frieze, that runs along the base of the altar, depicting the war of Zeus, with an army of half-human giants, fighting against his father and the older gods. The Biblical parallels are again apparent as Satan has used the Nephilim giants in the war against his father and the creator of all angels and humanity, The Lord God of the Bible. The frieze even depicts the giants as being part-serpent, hinting at their evil ancestry and purpose. So again, we can see that far from ignoring the gods of antiquity, the Bible identifies them for their true nature and warns sternly against worshiping or even interacting with them.
The Release Date
The movie has heavily promoted its release date of “11/11/11” (for more on the occult significance of this date see here). Interestingly, in the Bible the number 11 is a number associated with the Antichrist. In Daniel’s vision of the final world kingdom before the Second Coming of Christ, a group of 10 Kings or rulers control the governments of the world. They are represented as horns on a giant beast. And then an 11th horn rises up in their place. That 11th horn is the Antichrist:
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:7-8)
This vision is explained in the book of Revelation when the Apostle John sees the same beast:
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns… And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17)
The horns are the 10 end times rulers who will be heading governments prior to the arrival of the Antichrist, who will be the 11th “king.”
In the occult, the number 11 holds the same traits. In “The Occult Power of Numbers” by W. Wynn Westcott, says this with respect to numbers: ‘Numbers are a key to the ancient views of cosmogony … spiritually as well as physically … to the evolution of the present human race; all systems of religious mysticism are based upon numerals. The sacredness of numbers …” Westcott goes on to describe the number 11 as “so 11 is the essence of all that is sinful, harmful, and imperfect.” (p. 100).
The True Final Battle of The Gods
There is indeed going to be one more battle among the angelic realm and God – the battle of Armageddon. The Bible prophesies that the Antichrist will gather armies from among the nations of the world to wage war against Jesus Christ Himself. It will be the last ditch effort of “the gods” to hold onto the power that they were temporarily granted from God. But their time will be up. And they will all be defeated quickly.
“11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he [Jesus] that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. …. 19And I saw the beast [the Antichrist], and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth..” (Revelation 19)
The Battle of Armageddon is not much of a battle at all. At Jesus’ appearance the armies of Satan will be wiped out. Jesus Christ, His believers and His good, Holy Angels will then re-establish peace and righteousness on Earth. This is the true, Biblical outcome of the war of the gods.
While cloaked in Greek mythology, the Immortals film seems to be much more of a tale that puts its own spin on the war between God and His Holy Angels and Satan and his army of demons right out of the Bible. Except they leave out the crucial points: that God created the angels and Jesus Christ will return at His Second Coming with His Holy Angels to defeat Satan, the Antichrist and all of their armies. As entertainment fills the void of spirituality for many people today, it can be a powerful tool to influence society into many false spiritual beliefs. The increasing fascination with the occult, angels, contacting spirits and Gnosticism is a direct result of the big-budget movies, books and music of the past decade. Christians should take heed to the increasing numbers of films that, like the Gnostic Gospels or the DaVinci code, seek to deceive about basic Biblical ideas and concepts. Know the truth and share it. The preparation of humanity to welcome the return of “the gods” is underway. It is time to start preparing the world to welcome Jesus Christ, the true hero and Savior, instead.