of The Omega Code
Dirk Eichhorst & Scott Holmgren
"Christian" film that leaves God's Word in the lobby
15, 1999, THE OMEGA CODE opened across the country in select theaters.
Produced by Paul Crouch and TBN Films, the film stars Casper Van
Dien, Michael York, Michael Ironside, and Catherine Oxenberg, was
directed by Robert Marcarelli, and was written by Hollis Barton
and Stephan Blinn. Hal Lindsey served as a consultant.
CODE is the latest of several end-times movies that have been produced
recently, which include APOCOPLYSE and its sequel REVELATION (both
released by Jack Van Impe Ministries in partnership with the Lalonde
brothers of This Week In Bible Prophecy). But THE OMEGA CODE strays
even farther from Scripture in its attempt to entertain with the
truth. The unfortunate reality is that viewers unfamiliar with the
actual teachings of Scripture regarding end-time events will come
away with a grossly inaccurate impression of God's plan for the
end of the age.
told in THE OMEGA CODE revolves around a secret Bible code that
is hidden in the pages of Scripture. It draws heavily on theories
popularized by several recent best-selling books such as "The Bible
Code" by Michael Drosnin and "The Signature of God" by Grant Jeffrey.
The code is basically a giant "word search" puzzle that picks out
Hebrew letters in the Bible that spell out predictions for the future
and is supposedly validated by "past predictions" concerning Princess
Diana's death and the Gulf War.
As the film
opens, a Jewish scholar cracks the code but is murdered, and his
computer disk and notebook are stolen by a man who turns out to
be Antichrist's henchman Dominic (Ironside). Possessing all but
the final step in the code, the new world leader, Stone Alexander
(York), begins taking successive steps toward the end of the age.
Every now and then a laserprinter spits out interpretations of the
code, and "end-time events" unfold. But an unlikely hero, Dr. Gillen
Lane (Van Dien), aided by the beautiful reporter Cassandra Barris
(Oxenberg), holds the final bit of the code and always manages to
stay one step ahead of Alexander and Dominic.
whatever merits the film garners for its flashy production, it fails
miserably in its eschatology (the study of end times).
CODE is a theological mess, mixing genuine biblical prophecy with
fictional concoctions to advance an unbelievable fantasy. The film
leaves you with the impression that biblical end-time events are
just a big fairy tale. Rather than clarifying end-time events in
a way that viewers can understand, the film further confuses issues
by relying heavily on the "Bible Code," which is put center stage
as the sole source of plot dictation. Bits of prophecy from Daniel
and Revelation are interspersed with these fictional "Bible Codes"
which are necessary to advance the plot. The film almost seems to
make even God subordinate to the Code. The only accurate references
to Daniel's Seventieth Week include the reality of a literal Antichrist,
empowered by Satan, the signing of a seven-year peace treaty with
Israel, and Antichrist's declaration of being God at the midpoint
of that seven-year period (Daniel 9:27, cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
are just a few examples of how this film strays from what the Bible
witnesses (Revelation 11:3-12) are introduced right at the beginning
of the film, long before the seven-year treaty is signed. Revelation
11:3 says that they will "prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty
days." This period is understood to be half of the seven-year period
initiated by the signing of the treaty. But in the film, the two
witnesses are around prior to the signing of the treaty and are
therefore present for longer than three-and-one-half years (1260
events of God's wrath are confused with general worldwide destruction,
particularly a reference to the "mutating molecular structure" of
the oceans (perhaps the second trumpet judgment of Revelation 8:8),
and reference to a "meteor shower" (perhaps the seventh bowl judgment
of Revelation 16:17-21). In the film, these events occur while Antichrist
still has control of the earth. No distinction is made between the
wrath of Satan and the wrath of God as Scripture plainly does (Revelation
12:12 and 6:16-17). In fact, those realities do not exist at all
in this film. According to the Bible, the bowl events are part of
God's wrath and do not occur until after Christ takes back control
of the earth (Revelation 11:15, 17).
of God's wrath, at no time do we ever see the sign in the sun, moon,
and stars that indicate the beginning of the day of the Lord (Joel
2:31 and 3:14-15, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12-17). Given this
fact, what view of the end times does THE OMEGA CODE hold to? Pretribulationalists
say that the entire seven-year period is the day of the Lord. But
in the film, the sign in the sun, moon, and stars doesn't happen
when Alexander signs the treaty with Israel. The film literally
invents its own end-times perspective as illustrated by omitting
the day of the Lord from its story outline.
Antichrist's words of warning after killing the two witnesses, he
exacts no persecution against anyone in the film following his claim
to be God, except for the poor Dr. Lane, who still holds the last
piece of the "code." Lane spends the bulk of the middle portion
of the film running, via foot chases, car chases, and doublecrosses
from his own relatives.
to the Scriptural teaching which states Antichrist and the false
prophet will be thrown alive into the lake of fire at the end of
the 70th Week at Armageddon (Revelation 19:20), this film has the
two witnesses kill the false prophet with a Darth Vader-like suffocation
technique. Furthermore, the shockwave of a nuclear blast blows Satan
out of Antichrist's body. He feels the wound on his head and falls
dead. Amazingly, the other people in the building and the building
itself are unaffected by this nuclear blast!
At one point,
a cloud of demons surrounds Dr. Lane. He falls to his knees and
cries out to Jesus to help him, and suddenly the demons vanish.
But this "call for help" does nothing to motivate him to serve Christ,
nor does it result from recognition of his sinful condition. What
were the filmmakers trying to say here?
is completely ignored. Jesus Christ does not return to earth for
his elect. In fact, He makes no appearance at all. One could guess
that when the film starts, the Rapture has already happened (suddenly
and secretly prior to the seven-year treaty). But this completely
contradicts Matthew 24:27, 30-31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 which
show the Rapture happening after Antichrist is already on the scene
(Matthew 24:15-31 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). This point is a very
no mention of Armageddon or the salvation of Israel. Both events
are monumentally important events in the end times.
and Thumbs Down
THE OMEGA CODE is a far-fetched and sadly inaccurate portrayal of
end-time events. It is an embarrassment for Christianity and must
not be relied on as a tool for teaching the truth of end times as
found in God's Holy Word.
It is our
desire to help people understand end-time events according to Scripture.
For a detailed explanation of end-time events, the Bible itself
is our best source of truth. Be a Berean (Acts 17:10-11).