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(1998), NR [G-NR*] (54.1min)

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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.

(1998), NR [G-NR*] ... some of the finest Scripture analysis I've heard

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Christiano FIlm Group
Director(s): Rich Christiano
Producer(s): Loseph G. Christiano, Rich Christiano, Wes Llewellyn, David A. R. White
Written by: Rich Christiano
Cinematography/Camera: Les Llewellyn
Music: Keith Virvette
Film Editing: Rich Christiano
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This is an edited republication of our report originally published in 2001.

End of the Harvest is a compelling presentation about how the Bible provides evidence of the end of days as we know them on earth: of how we might recognize not the day nor hour of the end of days but of the season ripe for the Rapture.

One day, Jesus will come and collect His Bride, both the quick and the dead, and the world as we know it will end. In End of the Harvest Christian college student Matt (David A. R. White) finds a topical thesis titled "When Will the World End" written by Jeffrey Bartell (Jerry Williams), a student of the same college 50 years earlier. The thesis tells of the signs of the end of the harvest ... the end of mortal life on earth when the Bride will be "harvested" -- brought home -- by our Lord.

The story begins with Todd (Zac Heath) being argumentatively ripped apart in a debate with Derek (Lance Zitron) and Greg (Kenny Jackson), leaders of a philosophy club who will not believe in God because God's existence cannot be proven. Todd was driven to finally saying that he cannot prove God exists, thus giving "victory" to the intellectual atheists. On that point, let me insert a little logic of my own.

Atheist: "Prove God exists!" Evangelist: "Prove He doesn't."
Atheist: "I asked you first!" Evangelist: "I answered. Where's your answer?"
Atheist: [Pause] Evangelist: "Prove to me you've ever had a thought."
Atheist: [Pause] Evangelist: "Prove to me you've ever had a pain."
Atheist: [Departs]

The point to this is that just because something cannot be detected with the five senses does not mean it does not exist. The non-empirical is just as real as the empirical. All you can do is claim you had a thought and use communication to express it. But communicating a thought is not proof you had it. That you had a thought cannot be empirically proven any more than you can prove you've ever had a pain. Subjective evidence of or reaction to a thought or pain might be achievable but irrefutable proof of them is not possible. Proving the non-empirical is like trying to prove you just had a thought or a pain. It cannot be done. That you had a thought or pain must be taken by others in trust ... on faith. You can bet thoughts and pain exist but cannot be proven. Nor can a feeling be proven ... an impression ... a hope ... a dream. Thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams must be taken in faith that they exist. Likewise with the face you cannot see, the voice you cannot hear, and the hand you cannot hold. So, God's existence cannot be empirically proven ... or disproven.

A third Christian college student, Scott (Brad Heller) is so bothered by the philosophy club raking Todd over the debate coals that Scott vows to get even by using Bartell's thesis "When Will the World End" as a topic for the next philosophy club meeting. But at the last moment, Scott finds he cannot go through with the presentation since the atheists had dug up some dirt in Scott's past. Scott felt he had no credibility in making the presentation due to his sinful past.

At the last moment, Matt agrees to step in for Scott and explain that Scott was unable to complete his presentation and to thank the group for coming. As Matt prepared to leave a little old lady Katherine (Blanche Tosh), the very picture of matronly wisdom, steps in and feigns an atheistic or at least antagonistic viewpoint to goad Matt into giving the presentation for Scott.

Here is where I leave the plot and leave the rest of it to your discovery. I will say that in this segment there is some of the finest Scripture analysis I have ever heard. Matt explains that Bartell revealed how God may be trying to tell us of the future by using historical events to foreshadow the future. One example was of Abraham's test of faith by sacrificing his son and how this is picturesque of God giving up His Son for our sakes.

Another example was the "rule of sevens": seven days to create the world with the seventh to rest and the seven-day workweek with the seventh to rest; seven year agricultural cycle with the seventh year to let the land rest and so on. Bartell also spoke of doing a study on "day" and "days" in the Bible: that a day is as a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years is as yesterday. [2 Pet. 3:8, Ps. 90:4] He equated the six days to create the world to six thousand years man has on the earth with the seventh day of rest equating to the seventh thousand-year period in which Jesus will reign on earth while man rests. Bartell even figured that the six thousand years of man (six "days") before the thousand-year reign of our Lord (seventh "day") is the four thousand years from Adam to Jesus plus the two thousand years Israel was scattered up to 1948 (two of the three "days" to rebuild Israel in which Israel will be scattered for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah); that the next thousand years will be the thousand year reign by our Lord as man rests after the Rapture (the seventh "day" of man's existence and the third "day" of the three days to rebuild Israel).

There is much, much more sobering and inarguable logic to this part of the film, much more solid than I can write. I am thankful for our Lord's presence in Rich Christiano who wrote the "Bartell thesis" with input from his friend Jeff Bartell. And I am thankful for His presence in David White in his dazzling delivery.

While few movies have a better message than End of Harvest, while even fewer movies are as good as a teaching tool, and while even fewer have touched me as deeply personally, there are some content matters that should be known to parents and grandparents before they decide when would be the appropriate age to share this Truth with their children just as Sunday school is engineered to prevent presentation of some subjects until the proper time. These are each matters of behavior which have the potential to proselytize and may require your intervention to prevent them from taking hold of the coping skills and behavior choices of your kids, especially kids who are entering and passing through the fires of puberty. The possibly proselytizing content matters are briefly presented below in the individual CAP investigation area discussions.

I will break with my own policy and recommend this film to all those who profess they are of themselves wise and in their self-professing of wisdom become unwise [Rom. 1:22].

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
There is no violence nor criminal activity in the entire 54.1 minutes of the program.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
Not once did anyone utter any form of profanity but Scott vehemently seeks vengeance for Todd being roasted at the philosophy club. [Rom. 12:19] Derek and his cohort use trickery to dig up some dirt in Scott's past to use to extort him into backing out of making the presentation. [Acts 13:10, Prov. 3:31]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 94 out of 100
In one scene Derek, the mastermind of the philosophy club, was seen snuggling with a girl in the privacy of a school-provided office. I am certain that scene was integral to painting the picture of Derek's character but it was a scene suggesting intimacy nonetheless. [1 Thess. 4:3].

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no instances of possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco nor are there any instances of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
A couple episodes of smooth talk and slick argumentation by the atheists might give unwelcome ideas to some impressionable kids and may fortify those who are toying with atheism [Rom. 16:17 - 18].

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides portrayed in End of the Harvest.


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  • 2 Pet. 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
  • Ps. 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
  • Rom. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,...
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • Acts 13:10 "You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Rom. 16:17 - 18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • 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.)

    End of the Harvest (1998) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • seeking vengeance using the Word as a weapon
  • extortion with threat of exposing sinful past

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 94 out of 100
  • suggestion of sexual intimacy in school-provided office

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
  • many arguments against God and faith in Him posing a risk for those not anchored in His Word

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

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