The Four Horsemen - Free Movie Link

James Preston Reply 10:18 PM
I receive a fair amount of feedback from people who get my weekly Email through the Blog. To each of you who subscribe to this Blog (and read it): Thank you. Sincerely. You are awesome in so many ways.

I realise I failed you in my last post.

I told you about the most important movie I have ever watched that has impacted me more than any other, and yet most of you could not access the movie from your emails.

I am so sorry.

I didn't create a link to the YouTube page for the movie. A basic error which was caused from rushing through my Post.

So if that was you... You found yourself intrigued by what I had to say regarding the movie I spoke about last week... Firstly, I am so sorry! Secondly, here are the primary details you need to know:

Movie Title:
THE FOUR HORSEMEN

Category:
Economic Documentary

Starring:
The World's Top Bankers, Philosophers, Psychologists and Sociologists (in interview format)

Message:
The world is based on a collapsing economic system that MUST be addressed.

Written and Directed by:
Ross Ashcroft

My Rating:
100% (My first ever 100% rating)


And without further adieu... here are the links to the movie's YouTube page where you can watch it there (or download it with a YouTube downloader - I hope the producers don't mind - I somehow doubt it considering they have made it entirely available on YouTube in HD):

THE FOUR HORSEMEN YOUTUBE PAGE LINK

Please. Make time to watch this movie. If you live nearby in Durban, I would be happy to give you a copy on a DVD. Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to get this message.

Thanks again for being such an awesome bunch of readers! You guys rock.




Every Human On The Planet Should Watch This Video

James Preston Reply 4:37 PM
I've always been intrigued by sociology. And the ramifications our leader's decisions have on the majority of the people. We look at systems like Communism, Socialism and the ideology that seemed the better of the evils, Capitalism. But something in our modern society went very, very awry just over 100 years ago.

I say modern society because such problems were experienced just before the fall of the Roman Empire over 1500 years ago, and of the British Empire about 300 years ago (although their demise was slightly different).

But let me not get into it too much just yet.

All I want to say to you is WATCH THIS FILM! Never has a film been so important as this. Our entire society, the world over, is governed by money/currency. And this film reveals in-depth just how poorly that governance is.

Take "Fiat money" for instance. I have always known about the theory behind physical wealth (ie. my article on Gold 4 years ago) and "ideological wealth. And in this film the theory is explained in its proper term: Fiat money.

Our current Western society (not so much China) shifted from "Hard money" (Physical wealth like Gold, Silver etc.) to "Fiat money". Wealth assigned to paper/coins/digital currency that doesn't actually hold the same value it has been assigned.

Without getting into too much detail, this is a huge eye opener to the landmine our Western Society finds itself sitting on. And this film, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, will educate in an unbiased manner and show just where we are, and what needs to be done. It is with this realisation that you will feel the desperate need for change.

I love this film. For so many reasons. I am all about changing the world. And I believe this is one of our biggest challenges our society will ever face in my lifetime.

The producers have been so brilliant as to make the entire film available for free watching (and download, really) in HD on their YouTube page.

You can watch it on YouTube here.

Or you can just watch it below in this Blog Post below.

Don't be put off by the title of the film. It is in no way religious whatsoever. The producers have just used an Biblical terminology because our society is so familiar with it. This is not some interpetation of the book of Revelation! This is a real-world look at the major challenges we face as a society.

Watch it! I implore you! Make the time! It will be one of the most important 90 mins you ever give up.

I look forward to discussing this further in future posts...



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Jesus Loves Barabbas - VIDEO by Judah Smith

James Preston Reply 6:52 AM
Happy Easter friends! I hope you've had a good time with family and friends, enjoying life and enjoying quality time together. When I think of these kind of holidays, that's what it's all about, fellowship with true friends who love us unconditionally.

I enjoyed a great Sharks victory at Kings Park with Corinne, Joel and our friend Pascal. It was Joel's first game. He was a delight! I think there are many more of those to come.

Obviously the higher purpose of it all, the true subject of what "it's all about" is of course remembering what Jesus accomplished over 200 years ago. His death and resurrection are the greatest events to ever happen in all of history. And I mean all of history. So I also hope you've been able to spend some time, any time at all, acknowledging Him for His worldchanging work, and thanking Him for what He went through for your redemption.

For the Easter version of my Blog, I thought I would share this video with you. I saw this for the first time in September last year, when I was teaching a "Grace Series" with YWAM Durban. I actually wanted to show this video for one of the classes, but it didn't work out, so today's Blog is dedicated to them. The YWAM Durban DTS Course of 2013.

This video is powerful. Judah Smith, based in Seattle, is one of the best preachers out there. He preaches a powerful message Gospel, and this video is a clip made into a "Sermon Jam" of one of those powerful sermons. Big up to my friend Adam Cruikshank who first told me about Judah Smith.

I know this video is more suitable for Good Friday, but on this Easter Sunday, the day of Christ's victorious resurrection, it still provides a powerful reminder of what this weekend is all about.

Bookmark this video and make sure you watch it!

Enjoy and have a blessed Easter!



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Noah: Perfect for Rattling Religious Cages

James Preston 3 7:00 AM
Unlike the slow emergence of the man in his time and more like the flood he is famous for being saved from, Noah the film burst onto the pop media circuit. It did so because it rattled the cages of the religious.

Bible-worshipping disciples came out in droves on Social Media to voice their dissatisfaction with a movie that was meant to be a champion for their cause.

I am here to give you an alternative perspective. Not for the sake of it, but thanks to these scathing attacks from the people I call brothers, I was provided a backdrop against which I could find and appreciate an artistic treasure. Noah is just that; an artistic treasure.

Noah is produced by the same artists that gave us the dark and twisted (and not to mention R-rated) Black Swan and The Wrestler. Two movies I am yet to see but have them on my IMDB watchlist for when my wife isn't around. Her moral boundaries stretch higher than mine.

Coming from producers and writers with such a history for objectionable material, one would expect more of the same in their treatment of an Old Testament epic: expletives, lust, sadism. But this was the first pleasant surprise. Darren Aronofsky, the film's principal writer, producer and director, treated this passage of Biblical literature with the respect it deserves without diminishing its potent portrayal of a deeply corrupt world judged by an Almighty Creator. Masterfully handled.

From the onset, Aronofsky and Handel (co-writer) introduce the audience to a world and its people created by a Personal Being of Divine Power. Christians would know Him as "God", but Aronofsky wisely refers to Him as the "Creator". Biblically speaking, the time from Adam's sin to Noah's account is one where very little dialogue takes place between God and man. Mankind didn't seem to know their Creator, and it doesn't seem a far cry that Adam and Eve would have forgotten what He was like after their fall, thus passing down only vague recollections. Making the commonly used term "Creator" in the film a fitting one.

The film's genealogical narrative of the Scripture is accurate, bringing to life the first 6 chapters of Genesis with magnificent interpretations of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, the fall, Cain and Abel, and even the nephilim.

Aronofsky knew his stuff.

Which makes sense because he is a born Jew. Not an atheist as many dogmatic Bible police seemed so quick to (incorrectly) point out. In a quote Aronofsky actually points to an earlier film of his, "The Fountain", as a not-far-off representation of his religious beliefs.

Being a man of Jewish descent explains his portrayal of a vengeful God seemingly callous to the plight of His gentilian creation. Although I would argue even this was well considered.

I don't know Aronofsky's beliefs. I haven't watched his film "the Fountain" and have only read the above-mentioned quote. But it is highly unlikely a man conscious of a God of Wrath would create such disturbing cinema as Black Swan and The Wrestler*. So, either he doesn't believe in such a God at all (thereby contradicting his Jewish heritage) or... he recognises that Old Testament Scripture provides a mere glimpse of God and His attributes, and not an exact representation; as I have so often explained citing Hebrews 1:3 in my sermons and articles.

I believe its the latter. Aronofsky takes into consideration that we don't understand exactly how or why the Noah account unfolded in the same way we don't have a full understanding of God and His ways. What is left is an interpretation of an historic event, one that must've required immense faith and inner purpose to be at the centre of. Which Aronofsky so brilliantly conveys with his lead role.

Russell Crowe provides a stellar performance that haunts the soul. This is one of the many strengths of this masterpiece. Aronofsky's ability to draw exceptional talent to his films is superseded only by his ability to draw that talent out of them. Crowe, along with Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, lead the way in this shining example of exemplary performing, leaving even the great Anthony Hopkins in their shadows. Ray Winstone is perfectly cast as Tubal-Cain, a descendant of the murderous Cain. But even his typically loud performance is overshadowed by the tight-knit trio of Crowe, Connelly and Watson. Overall the film's acting achievements alone are enough to keep you fixed to your seat. Of course the Screenplay helps. Which, as mentioned, was extensively thought out and masterfully woven together.

This is where so many of my Christian brothers and sisters have fallen off the bus. The Screenplay. I don't quite know what they were expecting in 138 minutes based on 3 chapters of Scripture. I also don't quite understand why their majority response has been so vociferous.

Perhaps it is this very point. A well thought out screenplay interpreting 3 chapters of Holy Scripture. An interpretation they didn't agree with, which in turn led to their disregard and downright offence toward the film. After all, you can't play with Holy Scripture! Right? I don't know. Ask the Indonesian and Malaysian authorities about that.

I can't seem to put my finger on it. But I lean toward it being our (Christian's) ability to deal with theology that challenges our own beliefs. We've never been good at it. Just ask Paul the Apostle, Martin Luther, and more recently even Martin Luther King Jr.

But if this is the case, and the offence does indeed stem from challenged beliefs in the Noah account, I battled to find merit to their argument. The two aspects so quickly pointed out to me are the "talking rocks" and the evolution sequence in the Creation recital.

But that's my point here! We can't be sure of either! It was clear the "talking rocks" were inspired by the Scriptural narratives of "fallen angels" along with the "nephilim". These so-called "talking rocks", or The Watchers as Aronofsky termed them, are clearly an artistic expression of what these Nephilim could have been. And I thought it was handled excellently. With this impression Aronofsky was able to deal with two common anomalies in the Noah account: 1. How did Noah build such a large vessel? 2. How did he protect himself from the hoards of people wanting to get onboard when the rains got heavy? His Watchers are able to make these anomalies palatable. Christians, quick to point out such imaginative expression, forget that trying to accurately account for what happened in Genesis 6 is no easy task without some kind of licentious interpretation.

And what of the evolution sequence? It vexes some Christians as if it were outright blasphemy. But could you have asked for more genius a portrayal? One that allowed for the inclusion of a Divine Creator, a Scriptural Creation account, and for science's great prize, evolution? I thought it was a masterstroke. One that I don't necessarily have to believe in, but one that is a lot more agreeable than the extremes of Darwinian evolutionism and the equally challenging themes of young earth creationism.

 Overall, Darren Aronofsky has presented the world with a digestible presentation of one of Scripture's great narratives. A narrative found in most major religions, including the three primary Theistic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In his presentation, he has portrayed Noah as a man not unlike each one of us. A man with the ability to hear God, yet misinterpret what He says (or thinks He is saying) and contemplate atrocities in zeal for the One he hears.

What better an illustration of religion's ugly side than a God-fearing man willing to kill his only two infant grand-daughters born to a barren woman? This mini-narrative woven into Aronofsky's masterpiece is a skilful elusion to the frightening paradox faced by Abraham and his son Isaac. I can't recount a narrative so filled with allegorical treasure.

Aronofsky's Noah is a treasure. A masterpiece deserving praise from all who appreciate the arts, none more so than we Christians. It has unintentionally placed our Creed on the world stage and reminded the world our Scripture is not some laughable myth. It may not quite reach the echelons of epics such as Braveheart, Gladiator or Titanic, but it deserves its place among the greats. It gets 89% from me.


What did you think of Noah?
Drop a comment and let me know.

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*For the record, I haven't watched either. As a morally grounded Christian (kept grounded with the help of my wife) I filter what I watch with the help of Plugged In.com, a website run by Focus on the Family that give indepth reviews of every movie released, citing its negative content right up to how many expletives are used and what kind. Thanks to their reviews of Swan and Wrestler, I have avoided watching them with my family, if I ever get round to doing so. Any film rated highly by the community (Wrestler - 98% on Rotten Tomatoes!) is one that I would love to appreciate. But at the same time have to draw my boundaries and realise not all art is worth appreciating.

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