The Greek word for hand that is used in John 20:25-27 can also mean the forearm and hand together. Many scientists and scholars believe that the small bones in a person’s palms are not strong enough to support the weight of someone being crucified. Nails placed between the wrist bones (the radius and the ulna) would ensure that the person’s body remains securely on the cross.
Yes. We are currently developing a more diverse mix of children and characters for the modern-day scenes of future Superbook episodes.
In the script for this episode, the man is called “The Naysayer.” He represents doubt, mockery and lies. John 8:44 tells us that the devil is “the father of lies.”
The Bible does not say that Satan caused the storm; however, Matthew 8:26 tells us that Jesus “rebuked” the wind and the waves, and they became still. In other places in the Gospel, the word “rebuke” is used when Jesus takes authority over demonic power. (See Matthew 17:18, Mark 9:25, and Luke 9:42.) We used creative license to illustrate how the disciples did not display faith in God as they reacted to the chaos of the storm and their fear of drowning.
The Bible describes the demon-possessed man very graphically in both Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39. His voice sounds as if many people are speaking because he had so many evil spirits. Luke 8:31-32 refers to “the demons” (plural) speaking to Jesus.
Street magicians often use accomplices to secretly rig unsuspecting bystanders to accomplish an illusion like this.
They were fallen angels, otherwise known as demons or evil spirits. We made them darker in appearance than the heavenly angels so it would be easier for children to see the difference.
We did not want Satan to appear as a cool villain, but to be clearly evil. His expressions show his anger against God and His people.
Please keep in mind that the general target age for Superbook episodes is 7 to 12 years old. However, because children differ in their spiritual development, sensitivity to dramatic depictions, and the type of programming they are accustomed to viewing, we suggest that parents consider which episodes are appropriate for each of their children. For some episodes, we advise parents to preview the episode before showing it to their children.
It was a desolate area where Superbook brought Chris to be tested.
Satan can disguise himself to look like a heavenly angel. The Bible tells us, Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14 nlt). Christians need to discern whether supernatural things are truly of God.
He rebelled against God. Satan desired to lift up a throne for himself and be like God. The Bible tells us about Satan's evil plans: For you said to yourself, "I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13-14 nlt).
They were the scrolls on which John recorded the visions God showed him in heaven. He wrote them down so all mankind could benefit from them. At the beginning of John's visions in heaven, he was instructed, Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation 1:11 nlt). The book of Revelation also records, And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true" (Revelation 21:5 nlt).
It is a transitional visual effect to move from one time period or scene to another.
They were the eleven remaining disciples of Jesus (Acts 1:6-11).
Before Satan rebelled against God, he was a high angel named Lucifer. He might have been an archangel. Although God cast Satan out of heaven, he still has supernatural power. The book of Revelation reveals that Satan and his allies will perform supernatural feats to deceive people. Revelation 16:14 tells us, These evil spirits had the power to work miracles. They went to every king on earth, to bring them together for a war against God All-Powerful. But that will be the day of God's great victory (cev). For more examples, you can read Revelation 13:3 and Revelation 13:13-14.
It was symbolic of the temptation to be like God and for Chris to be free of guilt and shame. It is not the same fruit that was in the Garden of Eden.
It was the Holy Spirit who came to remind Chris of God's promise to always be with him. The Holy Spirit assured Chris that he should not be afraid and that God would deliver him in times of trouble.
We showed Satan transforming into the same snake that was in the episode "In the Beginning," only now it was much larger and a much greater threat. We did not want to show Satan as he is depicted in the book of Revelation because it involves a large amount of symbolism—the meaning of which can be debated.
The book of Revelation pictures Jesus riding on a white horse: Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:11-13, nlt). You can read the whole passage in Revelation 19:11-21.
In the Superbook episode "Revelation: The Final Battle!" there were archangels behind Jesus who were also riding on white horses.
The symbolism included in the depiction of Jesus is very detailed and graphic and may have been too intense or confusing for young children.
His gaze was firm and focused on the enemy, Satan and his armies.
They were added to visually depict some of the supernatural powers employed in the battle.
It was a visual representation of Jesus' supernatural and divine power. We wanted children around the world to understand that Jesus was using heavenly power.
Satan's defeat by Jesus represents Satan being thrown into the fiery lake. The Bible says, Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10 nlt).
It was the city of God, the New Jerusalem. The book of Revelation says, And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband (Revelation 21:2 nlt).
Chris saw the vision that John was describing. The Bible tells us about the wonderful things that God will do: He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" (Revelation 21:4-5 nlt).
We wanted to give it a heavenly appearance like the main street that was clear as glass. The doorway is not same as the city gates which were made of pearls: The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass (Revelation 21:21 nlt).
They were the thrones of the twenty-four elders, as the book of Revelation says, Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads (Revelation 4:4 nlt).
It was the river of life flowing from the throne of God. The Apostle John wrote, Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1 nlt).
They were the four living beings spoken of in the book of Revelation: In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back (Revelation 4:6 nlt). They were the ones singing "Holy, holy, holy..." The Bible says, Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come" (Revelation 4:8 nlt).
The Bible tells us that there is a glow like that of an emerald around the throne: The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow (Revelation 4:3 nlt).
Jesus is the holy Son of God and is now glorified in heaven. The book of Revelation says, For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him (Revelation 22:3 nlt). The Bible also tells us, Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders (Revelation 5:6 nlt).
"Revelation: The Final Battle!" is a special feature and is not a part of the Superbook DVD Club at this time. DVDs may be ordered individually at CBN.com or by calling 1-800-759-0700. DVD Club members will receive 1 DVD plus 2 free copies for each $25.00 gift.
The Bible doesn't specifically describe Satan, who is also called Lucifer or the devil; so we used creative license to show what he may look like. In the episode “In the Beginning,” when Lucifer is first shown as an angel in heaven, he is depicted as a beautiful creature with long blond hair. When he rebels against God, he is transformed into an evil creature, and his flowing hair becomes horns. Also, his body becomes reptile-like in appearance, assuming the look of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. (See Genesis 3:1.) We did not want to create Satan to look like a character that could be construed as a cool villain. We want children to understand that there is a real enemy, and he is evil.
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