Heaven’s War

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Trapped between worlds! After a terrorist bomb explodes, US senator Jonah Thomas is forced into an epic battle fought somewhere between life and death, Heaven and Hell.

While FBI agents and terrorists fight for his life in one world, angels and demons wage war for his soul in another. Will Jonah learn the truth and find his way home before it’s too late?
One of the most powerful presentations of the gospel ever produced in film.”
– Tim Utekal, Secondly Magazine
“Awesome! A supernatural thriller that beautifully presents the gospel.”
– Jonathan Falwell, author, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church
“A powerful story of the spiritual battle that rages around us for every human soul.”
– Edwin L Carpenter, Dove.org

General Observations:

The movie tackles the problem of sin and the reality of hell. In fact, at one point we see screaming people falling into a flaming hell, inducing corrupt politicians..

The truth that everyone will one day stand before the Judgment and give account for all deeds done in this life is well presented.

The power of prayer is presented mainly through Jonah’s dying mother and his wife.

The movie presents the message that Christ died for the sins of the world. The archangel Gabriel presents John 3:16 to Jonah Thomas while they are in the spiritual realm where Gabriel, with a little help from his friends, does battle with demons, over Jonah’s soul.

Jonah finally sees the truth (Gabriel’s goal) and surrenders to Jesus, giving his life to the Savior.

Spiritual warfare over the souls of men is the overarching theme of the movie. Some might think the spiritual warfare theme, complete with ‘battle’ scenes and CGI effects overshadow Jonah’s giving his life to Jesus.

There is a happy ending of course, with Jonah, his wife and daughter walking off into the distance and shining sunlight, the“light of Christ”.

The final narrative quote was interesting. As the trio are walking away into the light, we hear the narrator say:

“But for those who do the will of God, they will one day have every tear and every sorrow wiped away and they will live forever in the glory and love of our Lord Jesus.”

Personal Observations:

I purchased the DVD because I kept getting ads on Facebook (must be an algorithm). But rather than pay the full ‘sale’ price, I bought 4 DVDs. Other short reviews might follow this one. We actually watched one of the other DVDs first.

As with other contemporary ‘Christian’ films, I watched this one wondering whether there would be a clear presentation of the gospel. Oftentimes it’s missing. By that I mean a gospel message that included the issue of sin, the need for repentance, and the solution of Christ’s death for sin. For that, the film gets high marks. Christ’s death for the sins of the world was clearly presented. That Christ’s death was for the sins of the whole world, without further clarification, is typical when the intent is to communicate that Christ died for all of the sins of all men, a matter of debate between Calvinists and Arminians.

The film clearly communicated that Christ’s love can breach any obstacle to believing in his sacrifice for sins. And although final judgment is depicted, along with unbelievers being cast into hell, the fact that Jesus is both savior and judge seemed to be blurred. While Christ’s love is clearly presented, Jesus is not presented as presiding at the final judgment. Nevertheless, judgment for sin is clearly presented.

At the end of the day, salvation is presented as the result of Jonah’s free will decision, thus making human decision the determining factor in salvation, which is probably the prevailing opinion of the vast majority of evangelicals.

While salvation is rightly presented as a ‘free gift’, the final narration could communicate that final salvation is conditioned on ‘obedience to the will of God’, possibly conflating law and grace. Here again is the ending:

“But for those who do the will of God, they will one day have every tear and every sorrow wiped away and they will live forever in the glory and love of our Lord Jesus.”

The film seems to teach that although salvation is a free gift to be received by ‘giving one’s heart to Jesus”, living for eternity in the presence of Christ depends on human obedience.

It is my belief, from scripture, that genuine salvation unfailingly produces a life of obedience to the will of God, and naturally results in eternity with Christ. Perhaps the film’s producers also believe that, but it just could have been better communicated.

All in all, it was much better than most of today’s Christian film offerings, which are mostly adventures in missing the point of the gospel message.

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