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Reenactment: The Two Witnesses

January 16, 2015

The Beyond Today production team staged a “pre-enactment” recently for the TV program airing this weekend “Who Are the Two Witnesses?” The full episode is online for viewing now.

To give the scene a realistic touch, Ambassador Bible College students formed an angry mob, pushing against a police barrier where the two dead witnesses lay. Several donned costumes to complete their look. Home office staff also participated, filling out the cast as the two witnesses themselves, policemen, reporters, cameramen, and even the beast and false prophet.

Watch the full episode on YouTube now.

Mitchell Moss—Editor, United News

January 16, 2015 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. Really?

    1) ANGRY MOB: How in the world is it useful, godly or wise for Ambassador Bible College students, or anyone claiming to be part of Christ’s body, to act like an angry mob that pushes against police barrier.

    2) ARROGANT SELFIE: How does God view someone in His body pretend to arrogantly jump between the dead bodies of the two witnesses to take a selfie?

    3) FALSE ACTING: Can you imagine Paul, Peter, Jesus or anyone in the Bible act like “…even the beast and false prophet” in the name of what is supposed to be a Biblically-based show (Beyond Today)?

    What is acting? Acting is a process in which actors often “create in themselves the thoughts and feelings of their characters, so as to develop lifelike performances.”

    What kind of thoughts are supposed to lodge within God’s people? Should we think angry, arrogant, evil thoughts, even if just pretending?

    Pro 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD…

    I’m sure Satan is okay with these things, but should we be? Is God?
    If you think so, how would you prove it from the Bible?

    2 Corinthians 11:3 “…I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ.”

    God’s children are to conduct themselves in this world, in ALL actions and ALL thoughts, “…in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom…” (2 Corinthians 1:12).

    Fleshly wisdom might say, higher production values and using God’s people to portray evil (“it’s just pretend”) will increase the power of the message. But does God really need His people ACTING evil in order to forward His message or fulfill His purpose?

    How many thoughts are we to bring into captivity? 2Co 10:5 “…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

    The “wisdom” that says, acting evil in a scene so that good may come is worldly wisdom, not godly wisdom.

    Right?

    Once again, “entertainment” draws God’s people away from His way to the world’s way.

    Let us pray the church will put away these things, in favor of the simple, pure sincerity that is in Christ. Let us pray the church will put away these things from our students (and staff) and instead teach them to become “…blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation…” and shine as lights in the world…and on TV (Philippians 2:15)

    Comment by MGB | January 16, 2015 | Reply

    • MGB, I have not looked at this video yet. In fact, I stopped short after reading your comment.

      But doesn’t the Bible have examples of “false acting”? Didn’t King-in-Waiting David act like he was “insane” (as NIV puts it) in I Samuel 21, while he was on the run from King Saul?

      And didn’t Joab hire a woman from another area to do an acting job in II Samuel 14, to make a point to King David?

      Were those people punished for being actors?

      Comment by Richard | January 18, 2015 | Reply

      • Hi Richard.

        Let me ask you this question:
        Would you pretend to be Satan?
        Would Christ?
        Would Paul?

        I don’t know if you have kids, but would you pretend to be Satan in front of your kids?
        Would you encourage THEM to pretend to be Satan?
        Would you encourage THEM to pretend to mock God?
        Or Jesus Christ?

        I assume the answer ‘no’.

        If neither you nor I would pretend to be Satan…if neither you nor I would pretend to mock God the Father or Jesus Christ, then what Biblical rationale can you or I or anyone make for having ABC staff or students pretend to mock God’s servants (e.g., two witnesses)? Will God’s spirit REALLY motivate anyone to pretend to be the Beast and False Prophet?

        Jesus Christ Himself warned us to be FULL of care even for every idle word (Matthew 12:36-37). To bring forth good things out of our heart (Matthew 12:35). Rather than ‘acting’ evil we are commanded to all act–with unpretended love–like GOD–and like no other.

        3 John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good…
        1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

        If Christ wouldn’t do it, neither should any of us. Ever.

        Comment by mbannenMGB | January 21, 2015 | Reply

    • This program was hard hitting and effective in getting the point across. Jesus told parables to get a point across-a method used in His day. I remember in the early 60’s when the AC students put on plays-like HMS Pinafore. I fail to understand your reasoning.

      Comment by Kathy Sanny | January 18, 2015 | Reply

    • did you EVER think that by putting bible verses to life someone might get interested in reading what the bible has to say and then get called and chosen? you can’t use 1950’s methods to get the attention on the 21st century generation.

      Comment by Karin Halvorson | January 21, 2015 | Reply

  2. Awesome what young(er) people can contribute to the church. Would you consider having a young(er) presenter and targeting a young(er) audience at some point.

    “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

    Comment by Hope | January 16, 2015 | Reply

  3. Just because the young want everything to be like the world, doesn’t make it right! This shows how much the world’s thinking IS creeping into the church these days. It’s time to stop this foolishness and get back to actually PREACHING, the truth of God. These things make me miss Herbert Armstrong even more.

    Comment by TennesseeMike | January 16, 2015 | Reply

  4. It is great that we have the ability to animate, and recreate visually, events that are pictured in the Bible, both past and future. By enacting the mob scene, another teaching ability is empowered, the visual and profound fact that the world will indeed rejoice when the Two Witnesses are killed.

    Im pleased to see the use of the Ambassador students and home office staff to be involved in the production. Involving as many members as possible in the work and aspects of the Church, whichever area it is, producing an ownership and interest in our efforts.

    Top notch production value, and I am proud of our media effort and future. The UCG is indeed preaching truth, and in new and effective ways that even 25 years ago would be considered amazing. Keep up the pace, and may all of us look to expand our participation in the Church wherever we find ourselves, with the skills, gifts and talents that God has given us for his glory!
    Your Friend,
    Bill Lussenheide

    Comment by Bill Lussenheide | January 17, 2015 | Reply

  5. This is an excellent program with much insight to help people think about how to avoid being deceived at the end of the age. Good to see a “hard hitting” program with a direct approach. It is what people need as the world gets more and more stressful–saturated with confusion.

    Jim

    Comment by Jim Butler | January 17, 2015 | Reply

  6. wow. I had a different reaction. Thought the scene gave me a sense of how it could happen and brought the pages of the bible to life. Don’t think the students did anything really distasteful.

    Comment by geraldvera | January 30, 2015 | Reply

  7. what is alarming is the negative response this piece received. But everyone has a right to their view point. ” The comment about Mr. Armstrong was very disappointing to read. He has been dead for over 20 yrs, but the truth is God is the God of the living not the dead. God is not worried about what Mr. Armstrong thinks, neither should we,

    Our main concern should be how do we reach the people of the world with God’s message in a way that pokes their interest while still being a light? It’s a fine line– but we need to be open to new approaches and keep the message fresh.

    We went from GTA to Mr. Armstrong to the four presenter’s for the world tomorrow. That set the precedent for changes in STYLE, changes in narrative, and that is all that Beyond today is trying to do.

    They are trying to find a style that has more impact to the culture of today while retaining the message that was delivered 2000 yrs ago.

    It is the same core message but I applaud them and encourage them to keep looking for a style that grabs the attention of the non bible reading majority and a message that makes them stop—
    and take interest in a book
    … they hardly read.

    Comment by geraldvera | January 31, 2015 | Reply

    • thank you geraldvera you have written my thoughts better than i can.

      Comment by Karin Halvorson | February 7, 2015 | Reply


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