“I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” – The Nephilim Giant Goliath, 1 Samuel 17:10.
A new movie entitled The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set to hit theaters in August 2013. Based on the best-selling Mortal Instruments book series, it follows in the same line of young adult occult fiction, such as Twilight, Fallen Star and many other book series that are bombarding children and teenagers with stores of fallen angels, hybrid creatures and the occult. The film’s plot turns the Nephilim – evil half-human, half-angelic hybrid creatures of the Old Testament, into heroes who are trying to save humanity. This deception, which twists the Bible’s account of the Nephilim, serves to make them more appealing, drawing more young people into the occult and preparing them for the ultimate end-times deception of the Antichrist.
Here is the trailer for the film:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Storyline
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to Pandemonium, a club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less an murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air, It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of Nephilim warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, Nephilim warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace Wayland, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears, Clary is attacked and almost killed by a demon, and is soon pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance. (source).
The name “Pandemonium” literally means place of the demon. In the novel Paradise Lost, by John Milton, Pandemonium was the name of the capital of Hell and home of “..of Satan, and all his peers”. So from the onset, we see that Satanic references abound in The Mortal Instruments. The main character of the film, Clary Fray, discovers at the age of 16 that she is a Nephilim. The movie is then about Clary’s indoctrination into the “shadow world” where the Nephilim, known in the film as Shadow Hunters, wage war against demons, vampires, werewolves and other evil creatures. All the while, the “mundanes” – normal human beings, cannot view this taking place. And Clary is the key to finding three sacred objects that will aid the Nephilim in this war to save the world.
The Nephilim – Satan’s Plan To Destroy Humanity
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. 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. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. – Genesis 6:1-4.
Rather than being heroes who are trying to help the world, the Nephilim were Satan’s plan to destroy humanity forever. Our articles on the Nephilim and the Bloodlines of The Nephilim go into great detail on why Satan initiated the incursion of hybrid creatures into humanity.
After the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden God pronounced a judgment on Satan:
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. – Genesis 3:14-15.
This pronouncement was historic. God proclaimed that the means by which Satan would ultimately punished and destroyed would be through the seed of the woman. (It must be remembered at this point that our enemy, Satan is a far older, and vastly more powerful and evil being, so this prophecy was a serious pronouncement). A human woman would give birth to a male child who would one day destroy the Devil. This was the first prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Satan was put on notice. From then on he set out to corrupt or destroy any God-fearing child as that could potentially be the prophesied Redeemer. To no surprise the first Godly child born, Abel, was killed by his wicked brother Cain. Cain was banished and Adam and Eve bore another son Seth. At his birth Eve declared: “For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” (Genesis 4:25).
As more God-fearing sons began to populate the Earth, Satan enlisted fallen, evil angels to marry human women and have hybrid offspring with them. By corrupting “the seed of the woman”, Satan could prevent the birth of the Messiah, who of course, had to be human and not part fallen angel. Satan wants the Word of God to fail but he knew that in addition to the woman, God prophesied that Satan too would have a “seed” (v. 15). Thus the Nephilim were an attempt to thwart God’s plan of salvation for humanity. At every step, the Nephilim giants, via their evil angelic parentage, sought to undermine or undo what God had set out for humanity to be reconciled to Him. In their dominance of the Earth, they reproduced so rapidly, God proclaimed that all flesh on the Earth had become corrupted. They dominated the Earth with war, bloodshed and their pagan religion (which will be covered in Part 2 of this series).
The Nephilim giants spread so much violence and sin that: “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.”Humanity was on the verge of being wiped out with no hope of being saved from sin if every person born became part-fallen angel. If there was no Messiah, there was no chance of redemption for humanity and all people would go to Hell (one of Satan’s true desires). Thus God judged the Earth with the flood to wipe out the Nephilim off of the Earth and punish the sinning angels who had illicit relations with human women.
What The Mortal Instruments movie attempts to do, is take the Biblical account and turn it upside down, making the Nephilim noble, just characters who are helping humanity from evil beings in the spirit realm. This twisting of God’s Word as the first tactic Satan employed to lead humanity into sin:
Now the serpent was more [subtle] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. – Genesis 3:1-6.
Notice that Satan did not force Eve to eat from the forbidden tree. He merely put an idea into her head by changing God’s Word and contradicting it. God had sternly warned Adam and Eve that eating from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil meant certain death. Satan instead challenged God’s Word and declared that the fruit was actually good and could make Eve a god. This subtle deception has been a tactic from the beginning of humanity and the Devil has not relented in using it to seduce humanity into sin. Scripture says: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”(Isaiah 5:20). It is sinful to try to cast something evil as a good thing for people. Yet this is precisely what Mortal Instrument does by painting the Nephilim as heroic, attractive and cool warriors. Do not be deceived.
The Mortal Instruments similarly takes God’s Word and twists it to make the Nephilim heroes who are saving humanity. This is a synopsis on the origin of the Nephilim from the official movie website:
“Sometimes referred to as Nephilim, Shadowhunters can be traced back to the Bible. Several thousand years ago, a demon invasion threatened humans with extinction. To save the human race, a warlock summoned the angel Raziel for help. Raziel mixed some of his own angelic blood with that of a human in what became known as, the mortal cup. Those who drank the blood of the mortal cup, became Shadowhunters.” (source).
Notice the movie’s backstory is taken from the Bible, so there is no “coincidence” in the similarity of the accounts. But the movie removes the sinful disobedience of fallen angels and instead makes the angel “Raziel” a noble being who sought to save humanity by giving his blood to create the Nephilim hybrids. Also note that even though this story “can be traced back to the Bible” it was a warlock (a male witch) who rescues humanity, not God or someone who worships the God of the Bible. Thus the angel Raziel was able to create the Nephilim by having occult practicing-humans drink his blood from the Mortal Cup (something very similar to the Holy Grail of occult lore).
Interestingly, the first time The Lord put a specific prohibition against drinking or consuming blood, was right after Noah and his family stepped off of the ark:
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. – Genesis 9:1-4.
Having just stepped back on dry land for the first time since the destruction of the pre-flood world along with its Nephilim and angelic invaders, God’s first command was to not consume the blood of any creature. Because “the life” of a being is in its blood (something science has certainly borne out as we now know that blood carries our oxygen and DNA among other vital substances). The Mortal Instruments again changes God’s Word by making the drinking of blood a good thing and a means to save people. At the same time, it is promoting a practice done in the occult. For millennia, practitioners of high level magic have used blood drinking as a means to activate more demonic power.
Such a clear re-write of the Bible’s account is blasphemous and clearly takes evil and calls it good. More and more, movies, TV shows and novels are taking the history of the Biblical accounts and distorting them to promote exactly what God said was forbidden and evil. Do not be deceived.
Promotion of The Occult
Similar to the Harry Potter book series (which The Mortal Instruments borrows liberally from – prior to writing the series the author was a Harry Potter fan fiction writer), there is a heavy promotion of the occult and black magic. The Nephilim Shadow Hunters are trained in magic and combat at “The Institute” a prep school for young Nephilim (a takeoff of the Hogwarts school of witchcraft in Harry Potter). The Institute is hidden in an old church (yet another affront to the Christian faith). As mentioned above a Nephilim can be created by drinking the blood of an angel from a mystical cup. Valentine, the villain in the film was able to “create” Clary through genetic manipulation, by tricking her then-pregnant mother into eating angel’s blood with her meals. At the institute, the Shadowhunters are trained in the occult and black magic. There is a garden and greenhouse on the top level to harvest plants and herbs best used for magic potions and spells.
The main character Clary, is introduced to the Nephilim because she has the ability to see into the spirit realm – what the film calls “The Sight.” This is a much desire power in witchcraft (in wicca it is often referred to as seeing auras). Clary’s ability initially shocks the Nephilim Shadowhunters who believe she is just a “mundane” but then learn that not only is she a Nephilim as well, but in her mind is the location of the Mortal Cup (the memory of the Cup and her supernatural past were blocked in her mind via a spell from a warlock). It is through visiting her neighbor, Madame Dorothea, a psychic, that Clary learns of the block on her memories. And thus the movie teaches that the occult is a means to learning about oneself, tapping into cool, supernatural ability and becoming a hero.
All of this is sinful and absolutely forbidden in the Bible. Deuteronomy 18 says:
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. – Deuteronomy 18:9-13.
Witchcraft, which is premised on contacting demonic and fallen angelic beings, is an abomination to God. They are not a means to “fight” demons (as the movie depicts) but instead is a way to access their power and ultimately be possessed by them. In the book of Acts, the Bible makes this clear:
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. – Acts 16:16-18.
The young woman had the psychic power of divination (being able to tell future events). But she only had the power through being possessed by a demon. This is a part of Satan’s plan. By enticing people into practicing magic, his demonic forces can corrupt a person and even control them with the hopes that person will die with no faith in God and go to hell. Not only do demons, also known as “unclean spirits” in the Bible, know who Jesus Christ is – they all fear Him:
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. – Mark 1:23-28.
It is out of a desire to protect humanity from demons and evil spiritual beings that God forbids any type of dabbling with magic or the occult. These spiritual beings are far older wiser and powerful than people and seek to destroy humanity. [B&E: It is also this author’s contention that demons are in fact the spirits of the dead Nephilim].
In The Mortal Instruments the Nephilim Shadowhunters in the film also manifest supernatural powers through the use of runes – tattoos of ancient symbols that are basically spells that give the Nephilim in the film magical powers. The rune tattoos are a major part of the powers of the Nephilim Shadowhunters:
“Runes, sometimes referred to as Marks, are markings used by the Nephilim. A stele is used to draw them and they have a variety of effects. Runes were markings given to the first generation of Shadowhunters by the Angel Raziel to assist them in fighting the Demons they were tasked to eradicate. Every rune known to the Shadowhunters is recorded in The Gray Book. This is a specially crafted book with each rune place in its pages. Copies of the book are rare because each book must be specially made as many of the runes would burn normal paper.
Runes are what make Shadowhunters different from average humans as they are the only beings able to bear the Angel’s marks. Most marks can only be worn by Shadowhunters. When drawn on mundanes, they burn. However, several marks, powerful ones, would drive any average person insane. They would be turned into Forsaken, mindless servants to the one who marked them, and they would never be the same.” (source).
The Mortal Instruments book series references God’s punishment of Cain in Genesis. Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve, murdered his younger brother Abel. As a punishment, God banished him to be a fugitive on the Earth. As a sign of mercy, God then placed a mark on Cain as a warning to others not to murder the evil man in retribution. According to Mortal Instruments, this mark is “The Rune of Cain.”
The Mark of Cain, sometimes referred to as the Mark of the Wanderer, is a rune mentioned in the Bible. It was a protection mark meant to protect the bearer from anyone with the intent to harm him. Anyone who attempts to hurt anyone with the Mark on them will be punished sevenfold. Despite being a protection spell, it is also somehow a curse and punishment to the bearer as it prevents his or her death, the bearer is burdened with eternal life. (source).
Once again, the story twists the Biblical account to turn God’s mark upon Cain into a tool of witchcraft and a rune that any Shadowhunter can receive.
Below are descriptions of the magical properties of runes from esoteric sources:
“From the German word raumen, meaning ‘secret’ or ‘mystery’. . . For witchcraft a rune is a magical chant. There are various rune alphabets used by occult groups”..(Mather, George A. and Larry Nichols, The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult, p. 235)
The Runes are secret, occult symbols used by Norse runemasters until the 17th century. Modern runemasters consult the runes to communicate with the subconscious self. Cathy Burns, Masonic Symbols
“Runes are the oldest form of occult knowledge and magic . . . their use sets a person against God.” (Sean Sellers, Web of Darkness, p. 72).
Adolph Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany and the holocaust, was also a black magic occultist. Hitler and his Nazi leadership were heavily involved in black magic. And the symbol of the Hitler’s SS guard were runes.
And this symbol is what Mortal Instruments has made a major tool for the “good guys” in the film. It is again the subtle twisting of God’s Words and replacing what is good and meant for humanity’s benefit with what is evil.
In the Levitical Law in the Bible given by God to the Israelites after the Exodus, cutting into the flesh was forbidden: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”(Leviticus 19:28). The context of the chapter relates to the occult practices of the Egyptian nation the Israelites had just left in the exodus and the land of the Canaanites (the main area where the ancient Nephilim in the Bible resided), they were preparing to enter. In both nations, magic and mysticism were rampant. And cutting into the flesh or tattooing were methods of blood sand worship to the evil angels and demons masquerading as the ancient pagan gods. An example of this occurred in 1 Kings when the good Prophet Elijah, who was faithful to the God of The Bible challenges the occult priests of the pagan god Baal to a showdown to see who could call fire from Heaven.
At this point in ancient Israel’s history, the Israelite people, who God had chosen to bring His Word to the world and live as shining example of holy living, were deep into sinful rebellion, worshiping other gods and practicing all manner of witchcraft, led by the wicked King of Israel, Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Rather than serving God, Jezebel removed the Hebrew priesthood and instituted a priestly order in the worship of the Canaanite deity Baal. Just like society today, the occult had become fashionable and exciting, and people were willing to enter it, even if it meant sinning against God and risking His wrath. God sent a drought and famine upon Israel and the nation at large persisted in its sin. Soon Elijah went before King Ahab and issued the challenge for a spiritual battle against the priests of Baal:
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: – 1 Kings 18:17-23.
The challenge was for both sides to make a sacrifice of bulls on a wooden altar. And both the priests of Baal and Elijah would take turns calling on their respective gods to bring fire down from Heaven and burn the sacrifice. This contest was in front of the entire nation of Israel. Elijah, inspired by the Spirit of God, wanted to show the people once and for all, who the true God and Creator of the universe was – the God of the Bible. It was time to put the occult and black magic to test against faith in the True and Living God. The prophets of Baal went first:
And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. – 1 Kings 18:26-29.
Try as they did, the pagan gods did not respond to the prophets of Baal. All demons and fallen angels, created beings, are subject to the authority of God. And they were silenced on this day. And notice that in order to plead with their satanic lords, the priest of Baal started to cut their own flesh, to make blood sacrificial worship. So the Bible makes it very clear that this practice was done specifically as an act of worship to demonic beings.
In The Mortal Instruments one of the elite Shadowhunters, Brother Jeremiah, as a part of a special devotion to their witchcraft, enhances his power by mutilating his body, gouging out his eyes and sewing his mouth shut.
When it was the prophet Elijah’s turn to call fire, he had a trench built around the altar with water and poured water onto the wood. He left nothing to chance for any charge of “cheating.” And then he called upon the Lord:
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. – 1 Kings 18:36-39.
After this stunning victory, Elijah had the people slay all of the priests of Baal, a foreshadow of the fate of all of those who put their trust in the occult and reject God’s offer of salvation and forgiveness of sins.
Another example of flesh cutting was the demon possessed man, Jesus Christ encountered in chapter Mark 5. This man was so powerful, he was kept in a remote graveyard in chains. And he used stones to cut into his flesh.
The occult is ultimately a system of control used by Satan to lure people into sin and away from faith in God. It does not have the answers to true peace. It does not bring salvation. And it is inferior to the power of God and The Lord Jesus Christ. When a demon-possessed man encountered Jesus they shuddered in fear and worshiped him. Today many book series, movies and TV shows have promoted the occult to the extreme, luring unsuspecting viewers and readers into sin. Do not be deceived.
Clary Fray – The Prophesied “Savior”
Just like fictional character Harry Potter, Clary Fray, the lead character in Mortal Instruments, plays the role of the prophesied “Chosen One” – a super-powerful hero who her fellow god-like beings have been waiting on to determine the fate of the world. Although her life starts off as a “mundane”, Clary goes through an occult awakening that unleashes her hidden powers. The Bible prophesies that the Antichrist, the Satanically-empowered false Messiah who will rule the earth for 3 ½ years before the Second Coming of Christ, will be received as the world’s savior, dazzling the populace with his supernatural abilities: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
Clary Fray’s tremendous power is due to her own lineage. The villain in the film, who seeks to impose a Nazi-like, extermination program of all inferiors, turns out to be her father. So like the Antichrist, Clary is the seed of the ultimate villain and source of evil in the world of The Mortal Instruments.
Like Clary and the other Nephilim in the film, Antichrist will be a true occult practitioner. And his powers, including coming back from the dead, will deceive the world to the point that they worship him as god:
and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon [Satan] 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?” – Revelation 6:3-4.
In the end times, the God-rejecting world will be so deceived, they will be lured into open satanic worship, focused on the Antichrist, the “seed of the serpent.” And the Antichrist will demand this worship under penalty of death. Just like Israel in the days of Elijah, the occult will have taken over society, save for those who remain faithful to God and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. He will blaspheme the God of the Bible openly, but society, so lured into sinful rebellion, will still love their false hero.
In The Mortal Instruments film, Clary, the heroine and “good person” has an incestuous relationship with her brother, Jace. At the same time, there is a love triangle as another Nephilim, who is a gay male, is also romantically interested in her brother. Clary and her love interest/brother Jace, also happen to share their first kiss of their forbidden romance in the Garden at the Institute (yet another subtle allusion to the Garden of Eden and a perversion of the Bible). Yet all sexual immorality is overlooked (and the movie even attempts to evoke sympathy for the heroes who did not initially know they were related but still want an intimate relationship after learning they are siblings – though in a confusing twist in a later sequel they learn they are in fact not siblings). The spirit behind this film is clearly against the Spirit of God.
The Antichrist will institute a system of control over the world via the Mark of The Beast. This is a mark that goes into the right hand or forehead to control commerce:
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. – Revelation 13:16-17.
Taking the mark is a permant pledge to the seed of Satan and leads to damnation for those take it. Interestingly, in the The Mortal Instruments, it is a mystical mark in her hand that identifies Clary Fary as a Nephilim and the potential “savior” of the world.
The Desire To Be More Than Human
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. – 2 Corinthians 2:11.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.
Whether it is Harry Potter, Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries or the other numerous television shows and films that are promoting the occult, there is a strong effort in pop culture to indoctrinate society into the world of magic and spiritualism. And movies like The Mortal Instruments, excite fans and make them envy the abilities and attraction of their witchcraft-practitioner heroes.
Sinful Rebellion or Eternal Life – Make The Right Choice
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” – 1 Peter 5:8.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. – John 10:9-11.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film will no doubt be a global box office success. And while it is easy to say “it’s just a movie” what must be remembered is that it is part of an enormous trend by pop culture to promote the occult, witchcraft and distort the message of God. This film has clearly and intentionally taken aspects of the Biblical account and subtly changed them to turn those who are pure evil into good. And in the whole film, there is not a mention of God, who created angels and humans alike. As society moves deeper into sinful rebellion, remember that there is a real spirit realm. The Nephilim, evil hybrid beings who were out to destroy humanity did exist. Angels and demons are very real. But none of them will be there on the day a person is judged before God. At that point it will be you and the true Creator and God of the Bible. And since all people have sinned, that equates to a guilty verdict and damnation. But the good news is that God, in His mercy, sent Jesus Christ, the real Savior, to give His life as the perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity.
And it only takes faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins – not a sacrifice, spell or tattoo, to receive eternal life. As with most movies of this genre, the Mortal Instruments makes no mention of sin or its consequences. Because if you are god, why worry? This is Satan’s deception. The Devil does not want society to think about their guilt before God. By ignoring God’s commands, going deeper into false religions and self-satisfaction a person is more likely to ignore their fate until it is too late and they are dead in their sins and sent to hell.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” – Jesus Christ, John 6:47.
The world is indeed moving more divided between God’s righteous way and the occult. And the prophet Elijah’s question to Israel is just as relevant today: “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” All the powers of the occult are no match for the love of Jesus Christ. Choose love, forgiveness and eternal life that can be found in Him. And the true Savior will protect your soul from the forces of evil forever.