One day, Jesus will come and collect His Bride, both the quick and the dead, and the world as we know it will end. In END OF THE HARVEST, Christian college student Matt (David A. R. White) finds a topical thesis titled "When Will the World End" written by Jeffrey Bartell (Jerry Williams), a student of the same college 50 years earlier. The thesis tells of the signs of the end of the harvest ... the end of mortal life on earth when the Bride will be "harvested" -- brought home -- by our Lord.
CAP Analysis Score: 94/100
In the Beginning
The story begins with Todd (Zac Heath) being argumentatively ripped apart in a debate with Derek (Lance Zitron) and Greg (Kenny Jackson), leaders of a philosophy club who will not believe in God because God's existence cannot be proven. Todd was driven to finally saying that he cannot prove God exists, thus giving "victory" to the intellectual atheists.
A third Christian college student, Scott (Brad Heller) is so bothered by the philosophy club raking Todd over the debate coals that Scott vows to get even by using Bartell's thesis "When Will the World End" as a topic for the next philosophy club meeting. But at the last moment, Scott finds he cannot go through with the presentation since the atheists had dug up some dirt in Scott's past. Scott felt he had no credibility in making the presentation due to his sinful past.
At the last moment, Matt agrees to step in for Scott and explain that Scott was unable to complete his presentation and to thank the group for coming. As Matt prepared to leave a little old lady Katherine (Blanche Tosh), the very picture of matronly wisdom, steps in and feigns an atheistic or at least antagonistic viewpoint to goad Matt into giving the presentation for Scott.
Fine Scripture Analysis
Here is where I leave the plot and leave the rest of it to your discovery. I will say that in this segment there is some of the finest Scripture analysis I have ever heard. Matt explains that Bartell revealed how God may be trying to tell us of the future by using historical events to foreshadow the future. One example was of Abraham's test of faith by sacrificing his son and how this is picturesque of God giving up His Son for our sakes.
There is much, much more sobering and inarguable logic to this part of the film, much more solid than I can write. I am thankful for our Lord's presence in Rich Christiano who wrote the "Bartell thesis" with input from his friend Jeff Bartell. And I am thankful for His presence in David White in his dazzling delivery.
While few movies have a better message than End of Harvest, while even fewer movies are as good as a teaching tool, and while even fewer have touched me as deeply personally, there are some content matters that should be known to parents and grandparents before they decide when would be the appropriate age to share this Truth with their children just as Sunday school is engineered to prevent presentation of some subjects until the proper time. These are each matters of behavior which have the potential to proselytize and may require your intervention to prevent them from taking hold of the coping skills and behavior choices of your kids, especially kids who are entering and passing through the fires of puberty. The possibly proselytizing content matters are briefly presented below in the individual CAP investigation area discussions.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
There is no violence nor criminal activity in the entire 54.1 minutes of the program.
Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
Not once did anyone utter any form of profanity but Scott vehemently seeks vengeance for Todd being roasted at the philosophy club. [Rom. 12:19] Derek and his cohort use trickery to dig up some dirt in Scott's past to use to extort him into backing out of making the presentation. [Acts 13:10, Prov. 3:31]
Sexual Immorality (S) - 94 out of 100
In one scene Derek, the mastermind of the philosophy club, was seen snuggling with a girl in the privacy of a school-provided office. I am certain that scene was integral to painting the picture of Derek's character but it was a scene suggesting intimacy nonetheless. [1 Thess. 4:3].
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no instances of possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco nor are there any instances of abuse of prescription drugs.
Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
A couple episodes of smooth talk and slick argumentation by the atheists might give unwelcome ideas to some impressionable kids and may fortify those who are toying with atheism [Rom. 16:17 - 18].
Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides portrayed in END OF THE HARVEST.
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