A LITTLE "ZOMBIE-FIED" HALLOW E'EN MEDITATION FOR YOU CHRISTIANS
October 1, 2015
There has been a lot of interest in zombies over the last couple of decades, especially in the media and popular culture. The concept of zombies (so called) can be traced as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh, but the modern phenomenon started with George Romero’s 1968 film, “Night of the Living Dead.” Since then, there has been an exponential increase in “all things zombie.”
Popular films, graphic novels, and even some spin-offs of classic novels, such as a spoof on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” have deposited the zombie culture firmly into the mainstream of today’s mindset. The “Zombie Apocalypse,” the idea that a virus or pandemic that morphs people into zombies, where small pockets of normal humans are left to fend off the flesh-eating hordes, has become so mainstream that even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published a guide called “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” that provides tips on how to survive a zombie incursion as a “fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness.” Movies like “World War Z” and television series like “The Walking Dead” are both extremely popular presentations of just such a scenario.
But why this sudden interest in “all things zombie?” It seems that in the past couple of decades, the morbid interest in anything to do with the zombie genre has exploded. You can’t turn on your television set without being bombarded with programs, movie ads and music videos depicting storyline after storyline about zombie attacks. Popular art, comics, anime, gaming, and even social activism (in the form of “zombie walks”) are rife with zombie subject matter. It appears that zombies are indeed everywhere.
I don’t believe in coincidence; everything happens for a purpose. I’ve seen the rise in the zombie culture over the past years, and often wondered why something like this would gain so much popularity so quickly. A lot of monster genres have been around for quite some time, from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein to Bram Stokers’ Dracula, to the Mummy and the Werewolf, but none have seen such a dramatic rise in popularity the way the humble zombie has. What is it about these walking dead that has captured the publics’ imagination? I think the reason for all of this promotion of undead flesh-eaters is quite simple; we’re being prepared for the reality that is to come, and a clue can be found in the Bible itself. A bold statement I know, but hear me out.
When popular culture (and specifically Christian popular culture) deals with any presentation of the end-times, and more specifically the Tribulation Period as described in the prophetic books of the Bible, it is usually only with regards to the political aspects of that seven year period, i.e., the rule of Antichrist and the establishment of his kingdom. Rarely, if ever, is the supernatural aspect of the Tribulation Period presented. The Book of Daniel, the Book of Ezekiel, Jesus’ end-times Olivet discourse in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, Paul’s various references in his Epistles, and ultimately the Book of Revelation describe almost unbelievable supernatural events that will take place during the Tribulation Period. Millions of people disappearing in a split second of time, demon locusts, fire coming down from heaven, men murdered and then rising from the dead, angels flying through the air preaching and shouting warnings, water turning to blood, fiery hail mixed with blood, statues that come to life and speak, just to name a few. The events of the Great Tribulation Period will be more terrible in their supernatural aspects than the most frightening horror film ever produced. The people of the earth will be dumbstruck by what they are experiencing during that dreadful time, and films like “Left Behind” don’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the kinds of supernatural events that will be unleashed.
And so, how do zombies fit into this? Well, have a look at Revelation 9. The chapter describes the unleashing of a horde of demonic locusts on the earth. Verse 3-5 says –
“…unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.”
These locusts do not consume crops or vegetation, but rather, they have a stinger like a scorpion, and they are set about to attack a particular group of humans, namely those who are not marked by God as belonging to Him. Their sting does not kill; it only causes severe and intolerable pain. Verse 6 says –
“And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”
In other words, people will be so tormented by the pain of these demonic locusts’ sting that they will attempt to kill themselves. Verse six says “death will flee from them.” People will try to end the unbearable pain by slashing their wrists, putting a gun to their heads and pulling the trigger, or jumping from tall buildings, but they won’t die.
Normally, at death the soul exits the body, which then becomes inert and begins the slow process of decay, returning to the dust whence it came. But for some unknown, supernatural reason, the soul will remain in the mortally injured body, and it will continue to be animated. People will attempt to kill themselves, but while their self-inflicted wounds should cause instant death, death itself will not take place; they will continue to live while they bear a mortal wound. It may be possible that whatever venom the demon locusts inject into these ill-fated humans has some kind of ability to cause the body to refuse to release the persons’ soul when they attempt to kill themselves. The unfortunate result is, men will attempt to kill themselves, and will for all intents and purposes succeed, but will be horrified as they continue to remain alive afterwards in a decaying body.
Their bodies, drained of blood from the gashes in their wrists, will begin to necrotise, but they’ll still be alive. People, with half their heads blown away from a gunshot, will still be alive, but will stagger around aimlessly, having lost their cognitive abilities. Those who jump from buildings onto the pavement will crawl along the ground with their bodies split open and every bone broken. In each of these cases and any more you care to imagine, their bodies will begin the decaying process, since they can no longer function properly, being drained of blood, which is then unable to flow throughout the body providing oxygen to the muscles and organs. What you will have is, in essence, the walking dead; those who are dead, but cannot die. Sound familiar?
Will these hordes of staggering, “living” corpses desire to eat human flesh? I doubt it. But what would you do if you came face to face with a real, bonified zombie? How would your sanity fare? Would you suffer a psychotic break? If you are already familiar with the concept, having watched countless films and TV programs about them, you would probably be desensitized, and it wouldn’t be as much of a shock.
I believe that Satan is preparing humanity for the supernatural events of the Tribulation Period by saturating our present culture with all of the monster-vampire-werewolf-demon possession movies, ghost story reality programs, et al, in order to de-sensitize us to the reality of what is about to break forth on planet earth in the very near future. If all of this, including zombies, is presented as “normal,” then it won’t be as much of a shock when it actually begins to happen.
The Bible provides a long list of warning signs that point to the return of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the worst period of time in human history, namely the seven year Tribulation Period. I believe the rise of the whole zombie/monster phenomena is but one of those signs that warns us that we need to be prepared for Jesus’ return, not so that we can steel ourselves against what is about to break forth on planet earth, but so that we can -
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”