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(2003), NR [PG-NR*] (56.5min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2003), NR [PG-NR*] ... goes to great lengths

Production (US): Questar, Inc.
Distribution (US): Questar
Director(s): Rolf Forsberg
Producer(s): Albert J. Nader, William Mallek
Written by: Rolf Forsberg
Hosted and Narrated by: Edmond Purdon, Michael Rye
Cinematography/Camera: Steve Cardwell, George Brintup, John Henry
Film Editing: William Mallek
Viewed on Questar Home Entertainment DVD

7 Signs of Christ's Return itemizes the Biblical prophecies that herald the second coming of Jesus. Two of them, the return of the Jews to Israel and the unification of Europe have already happened. The third sign of Christ's return may already have begun as well ... the coming of the anti-Christ. The fourth sign, the rise of a world religion, is in the making as you read this. The fifth sign, the rebuilding of the Temple Mount is in the planning staqes. Yet to happen are the sixth and seventh signs, the invasion of Israel from the North and the battle of Armageddon.

The film goes to great lengths to identify many of the pieces and parts that build the prophecies as well. One in particular is the mockery of the Holy Trinity: Satan as the Father; the anti-Christ as the Son; the false prophet as the Holy Spirit.

While this film is indeed factual and descriptive. it is most certainly a violent production. The film presents scene after scene of civil unrest, chaos, disaster, military assaults and images of horror and carnage. I say factual and descriptive because each of the depictions of violence are actual file footage or recreations of historical assaults. Though the images and sequences of violence actually happened and may be cinematically necessary to tell the story accurately, they are images and sequences of violence nonetheless. You may wish to know about them before deciding on the age stratum for which this film is fit.

Because of the plethora of violent images and sequences in this film it earned an area score of zero out of 100 which gave it R-equivalence in the content investigation area of Wanton Violence/Crime (W). The Influence Density figure earned by the content of this film (2.60) is indeed rather severe. The Wanton Violence/Crime score and the ID figure are not so much due to the severity of the images and sequence of violence but rather due to the magnitude created by the sheer numbers of images and sequences of violence and horror in less than one hour. Though the violence content earned this film R-equivalence in Wanton Violence/Crime (W), its content earned it G-equivalence in all the five other CAP content investigation areas (I, S, D, O, M).


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This film is thick with showing actual file footage of or recreation of the violence and horror of our past. While this is due to the formula the creators used to tell the accounting of Christ's return, they are violence nonetheless. That the events actually happened does not absolve the images and sequences of violence and horror from being potentially negatively influential. God warns us about violence in more than 50 verses from the Old Testament to the New testament. In Proverb 16:29 God warns us that violence is enticing and can lead the observer into the path that is not good. Please choose carefully the age stratum which you feel this film is fit.

In addition to God warning us about embracing violence, man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies publishing their findings which warn that the violence in and as entertainment, especially for the young, can, among other things, lead the observer to real life violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 100 out of 100
There is no profanity or displays of impudence throughout the 56.5 minutes of the show. While there are instances of portrayal of hatred they accompany instances of violence and horror. An instance of assault on morality and wholesome ethics cannot be incorporated into more than one investigation area. Therefore, if an instance of hatred accompanies an instance of violence in the same event, the issue may be incorporated in either Impudence/Hate or Wanton Violence Crime but not both. No duplication is assured. When an instance of hatred was accompanied by violence it was incorporated by the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is nothing in this film that can apply to this investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 94 out of 100
Only one instance of smoking was noted. Possession/consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol do not appear in this film. Neither does abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
While necessary to the completeness of the presentation, the discussion of submission to the anti-Christ and the flash images of embracing tarot and horoscope may impart the wrong influence. [Eph. 5:11 - 12]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Deaths by acts of war, police action or defensive maneuvers are not considered murder and are not incorporated by this investigation area. In this film deaths are portrayed subsequent to various acts of violence described above and are therefore incorporated instead into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area. While determination of into which investigation area an act of assault on morality and wholesome ethics will affect the scoring distribution across the six investigation areas, it will not affect the final score. SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S) If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ] or bold. CHAPTER/VERSE



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Eph. 5:11 - 12 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    7 Signs of Christ's Return (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • images and sequences of violence such as civil unrest, chaos, disaster and military assault, frequent, some intense
  • firearms for offense and defense, repeatedly
  • images of a fetus being killed

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 94 out of 100
  • one instance of smoking

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • flash images of embracing tarot and horoscope
  • discussion of submission to the anti-Christ

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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