From the Emmy Award-winning Bible Collection featuring the critically acclaimed movies, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and Paul the Apostle comes a production starring Richard Harris as the Apostle John in The Apocalypse. Detailing John's visions against the backdrop of the severe persecution of Christians in the first century, this biblically based film will inspire viewers.
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In the late first century, the Roman Emperor Domitian unleashes a virulent campaign against Christians. Held captive by the Romans on the Island of Patmos, the aged Apostle John (Richard Harris) receives strange visions, including messages directly from Jesus to the seven persecuted churches on the nearby mainland. Key aspects of the story are firmly rooted in the biblical text and historical research. To propel the story, a few fictional characters are imagined, including a young Christian woman named Irene, who becomes important to John's mission. Driven by her wish to meet the last living witness of the Lord's passion, Irene succeeds in gaining access to John's prison. Entrusting the written record of his visions to her, he begs Irene to spread its message among the Christians. These visions form the contents of the Book of Revelation, the mysterious prophecy of Jesus’ return and a spiritual message for Christians of all eras.
DVD includes optional English subtitles. Widescreen
The Apocalypse features a brilliant performance by Richard Harris in one of his final roles.
Part of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning Bible Collection series of movies, The Apocalypse is a movie on DVD bringing the origin of the biblical book of Revelation to life. In the late first century, Roman Emperor Domitian fiercly persecutes Christians. Now a prisoner of the Romans on the Island of Patmos, the elderly Apostle John receives overwhelming visions, including messages directly from Jesus to the seven persecuted churches. As the last living witness of the Lord's resurrection, John must find a way to bring these divine messages to the church. John's testimony will eventually become the Book of Revelation and the prophecy of Jesus Christ's return. Emotional and profound, The Apocalypse is especially recommended for church library DVD collections.
Dramatizing life during the early years of Christianity helps a modern audience better understand the dedication of Christ's followers and the challenges they faced in the years after his death and resurrection. The time is 90 A.D., when Domitian became emperor of Rome and began persecuting anyone who refused to worship him as the one true god. It is through the perspective of the early Christians who attempt to find John, the last surviving apostle, that we see their struggle to keep faith amid brutality and doubt.
Richard Harris, in one of his last performances before he died in 2002, skillfully plays the role of John. Other plotlines concern the love between Irene and Valerius and the attempted escape of the prisoners on the island of Patmos.
The cinematography in The Apocalypse is striking, and the presentation of John's visions is dramatic and powerful. Recommend viewing to prompt discussion of the early church.
This is going to become another great Christian Classic!!! 5 stars would still be too low for this fantastic film!!! Richard Harris gave his ultimate performance in this movie, as well as a great storyline, great supporting cast, and special effects. You won't go wrong getting this movie!!!