In its first week of showing, The Harbingers of Things to Come was the second-highest-grossing motion picture in the nation.
Shown across 823 theaters on May 12, the explosive film discusses America's cataclysmic falling away from God and describes prophetic revelations and warnings for God's people. The movie is drawing large numbers from the faith community, including in North Central Ohio.
"We are in the Bible Belt," says one Cinemark employee. "There are a lot of church people in this area that are going to see this movie."
According to the theater manager, on the day of the showing, the theater decided to increase the number of screens the film would be shown on because of the strong response. The rate of faith-based films released in theaters annually has nearly doubled since 2012. One of those who saw the movie believes the entertainment industry should take note.
"Faith-based films will draw more people to theaters," says Steve McElhatten. "Last year the theater showed The Chosen based on the Gospel accounts of Christ and the theater was absolutely packed. Hollywood needs to open its eyes.
"The film (The Harbingers of Things to Come) certainly lived up to its hype. The film points out the amazing biblical patterns which explain why our country has come under judgment. There should be urgency for our country to repent. The film also holds out hope that if we truly repent and return to God's way, He will pour out His blessings and heal our land."
The movie is based on several of Jonathan Cahn's New York Times bestsellers. He was named one of the top 40 spiritual leaders of the past 40 years who have impacted the world. As a Messianic rabbi, Cahn also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jews and Gentiles in Wayne, New Jersey.
One local Messianic rabbi agrees with Jonathan Cahn that the ancient Scriptures hold keys to explaining mankind's past and future.
"I appreciate Rabbi Cahn's research and his attention to the biblical pattern he sets forth in the film; Scripture truly is living and active and God-breathed," says Rabbi William Hallbrook of the nearby Sar Shalom Center. "Understanding the Hebrew language can give us a deeper understanding of mysteries that many times are hidden in plain sight. When we see the fulfillment of Scripture as the film documents, it is obvious God orders our steps. Our congregation purchased 30 tickets for our folks to see this important documentary film."
Pastor Bruce Philippi of Journey Life Center saw over 55 people from his church see the film.
"I have read all of his books," Philippi says, speaking of Cahn. "What is striking in the film is how God uses irreligious political leaders in spite of themselves; God did that with the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. We will have a lunar eclipse this weekend and no one, not even the government, can stop that from happening. Political leaders can light up the White House or project graven images on the Empire State Building, but the government cannot change the color of the blood-red moon during the eclipse. We need to be warned, ultimately God's plan will be accomplished."
As Jonathan Cahn says in the movie, "The grays are disappearing, and the dark is getting darker. That means the lights have to get brighter. Let's be that people. Let's rise to it."
Because of the success of the first showing, a second showing of the film will take place next Thursday, May 19, in the same theater locations. Get your tickets, and see how America can shift back to God, by visiting harbingersofthingstocome.com/.
For the original article, visit frontlinesohio.com.
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