The Matrix
A Movie Review
     Well, Hollywood has done it again!  I've heard it said that the motion picture industry is often more prophetic than the church and The Matrix may just top them all in terms of being prophetic.  (Be warned, however, the movie is violent and has bad language, but no more that you hear during your day to day activities - unless of course you don't mix with sinners.  At least there was no sex scenes or nudity, in which case I would have walked out.)   At first the movie seems just plain weird, but as the plot develops it portrays a very close parallel to the world we live in where there is a spiritual war that is raging to set people free from the bondage of sin and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.  The plot is set sometime in the future where high-tech machines with artificial intelligence have taken over and enslaved the human race.  The twist is that the humans don't know it! 
     The matrix is a computer generated virtual world where people experience normal day to day activities while, in reality, they are simply being grown like crops and exist in capsules where their bodies are used to power generators  and supply the needs of the high-tech machines.  Their brains are plugged into the computer matrix and they are unaware that they are enslaved by the machines.  This is not unlike the spiritual condition of people in this world as described in the Bible.
 ...whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them (2 Cor 4:4 NKJV).
     However, there are a few humans who are free of the matrix and understand the truth.  These people have the ability to enter the matrix and their mission is to set people free.  However, the people in the matrix are so deceived, they often fight against those who are trying to set them free.  These freedom fighters are looking for one special person among millions of humans deceived by the matrix who is The One who will be able to stand against the powerful agents of the matrix.  Having found The One, a messianic type figure,  they free him from his capsule and bring him into the real world where he is trained and eventually realizes his true power and giftings to overcome the evil machines.  In parallel with Jesus Christ, The One is even killed and then rises from the dead to come into his full power.  There is even a "Judas" among those who are free from the matrix who betrays his friends for a promise of ease and pleasure offered by the agents of the matrix.  Reality doesn't matter as long as he can feel good and avoid having to fight in the war.

     Here, in a secular movie, we see a graphic demonstration of the true purpose that God has in store for those who will dare to believe in the Him.  Jesus is The One, the only One, who can set people free from the deception of Satan and bring them into reality.  Jesus said,

"I am the way, the truth, and the life.  (John 14:6).  " shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32-33).
    Though the Church should be leading the charge in the war, much of christendom, along with the rest of unredeemed humanity, is trapped in a matrix of deception and knows little of His plan to bring heaven to earth.  When will the church shake off the spirit of religion (the matrix?) that blinds them to their true purpose?  When will the church realize that Jesus did not come to make us feel good. When will the church realize that The One did not come to get us to heaven, but to get heaven here, to heal and restore the earth, to set all of creation free from its bondage to corruption.
 ...because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now (Rom 8:21-22 NKJV).
     God once resorted to using a donkey to help a self-seeking prophet see reality.   I suppose He can also use a movie. 

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Brad Sherman
Purpose Ministries