Work in the End Times
October 14, 2022
Winston Zeddemore: Hey Ray. Do you remember something in the bible about the last days when the dead would rise from the grave?
Dr Ray Stantz: I remember Revelations 6:12...? “And I looked, and he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood.”
Winston Zeddemore: “And the seas boiled, and the skies fell.”
Dr Ray Stantz: Judgement Day.
Winston Zeddemore: Judgement Day.
In an increasingly secular West – one where Christianity is on a rapid decline – the representations of religious doctrines found in film and on television have become more and more formative in shaping our understanding them. In lieu of a knowledge of – and indeed a commitment to – the Lord’s scripture, Zeddemore and Stantz’s eschatological exchange in Ghostbusters (1984) has become one of the foremost references we have of the Rapture according to the Christian faith. While the skeptical Stantz goes on to dismiss John the Apostles’ account of the apocalypse as a myth, Zeddemore considers how the recent and strange supernatural occurrences that have been wreaking havoc in downtown New York may be a sign of the end times.
Today, as both natural and man-made disasters become greater and more frequent, we may be forgiven for engaging in our own soothsaying.
Indeed, amidst the pestilence, famine, war, and death, there is a palpable disquieting – the end is nigh!!?
As the conflict in Ukraine rages on – and even though the media’s coverage of the struggles has somewhat subdued in recent months – the potential for nuclear war persists. In mid-July, New York City’s Emergency Management Office delivered a stark warning of this very real threat, releasing a 90-second public service announcement giving practical guidance on what to do if ‘the big one has hit’.