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A.D. Kingdom and Empire
or
The Abomination



AD - The Bible Continues

You could safely assume you were getting a Christian film when the title has the letters A.D. instead of the New fangled Jewish letters -- C.E and B.C.E. (Whom the Jews like to call merely the "Common Era", but  as I like to say, "Christian Era" and "Before Christian Era").

As well, seems safe to say that producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett seem to be firmly based in Christianity.

But then there is the non-Christian Jew playing the part of St. Peter which pricks your attention, and alarms go off when you find it is being produced by NBC of MSNBC fame, so you have to put yourself on guard that the Bible is about to be torn asunder, Judeo-Hollywood style.

And indeed it is, but done so subtly most would never notice.

As any propaganda piece, A.D. Kingdom and Empire currently showing on Netflix starts off with the Christian truth and nothing but the truth. The first episode deals with the death of Christ, of which most Christians are well acquainted.

By the last episode, most Christians would not recognize their own religion.


Christians and Jewish Zealots as allies?


In the first episode of A.D., Pontius Pilate is being coerced by Jewish Zealots to "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

By the last episode, Christians and Jewish Zealots are joining hands as brothers.

Now that is not at all reasonable nor biblical.

A Zealot Jew would be the one who wanted to stone a woman for being unfaithful to her martial vows, to her own husband, by being an adulterer. Christ clearly was not a Zealot in these matters.

There is no way any Jewish Zealot of that period would entertain for a moment any Jew who had become unfaithful to their much more important religious vows to God, as was proved by the words "Crucify Him!"

If Zealots thought Christ should be crucified as an apostate to Judaism, then certainly, they would be advocating Christians to be stoned, not allies against Rome, for they feared Christianity more than they feared Roman outsiders.

Jews have never feared bad guys from the outside, never enough to bow in fear, but they have a utter fanaticism for holding the Jewish nation together over thousands of years, and Christianity was such an existential threat to Judaism which no Roman could ever entertain.


Pontius Pilate was the dark soul


The honorable, rational, stoic Roman leader Pontius Pilate I read about in the Bible was the one I believe Jesus begged forgiveness as the one who knew not what he did.

Pilate had no inkling about deep Jewish history, beliefs and customs. No, that honor went to Sanhedrin High Priest Caiaphas.

So indeed, as you would expect in the first episode of the series A.D., Pontius Pilate washes his hands of this Jewish blood lust he was dragged into against his will by the High Priest Caiaphas.

By the last episode, he may as well have been Caligula's twin brother as his wife becomes almost Christian in her beliefs and asks for divorce from this mad man who becomes portrayed in the Hollywood series as the real fanatic.
 
High Priest Caiaphas was misjudged


Contrasted with Pilate's transition to the dark side throughout the series, there is Caiaphas' coming to the light. While miracle after miracle never convinces him to become Christian, such as the total about face of his personal henchman, Saul of Tarsus, who becomes St. Paul, to the Centurion bringing the statue of Caligula into the temple suddenly himself being a Christian, Caiaphas does come to see Peter and the Apostles as good Jews and promises to stop persecuting them.

So much Kumbaya happens by the last episode that Caiaphas finds himself kneeing side-by-side with Peter and all the Apostles to defend the Temple against the abomination and desecration of the same Temple which Jesus promised to destroy.

This was especially subtle Jewish propaganda, because it completely whitewashes Caiaphas, and hence completely whitewashes the complete Sanhedrin priesthood which he represented. Well, we are left to understand that as Caiaphas is coming into the light, his wife, like that of Pilate's wife, is slowly moving in the opposite direction.

This is the utmost mockery of Christianity. A mockery where most Christians will have missed the point.

Jesus Christ clearly told the Apostles that the Sanhedrin were followers of Satan. This NBC produced series thus depicts the Apostles in alliance to Satan for there is nothing in the Bible which tells us that the Jewish High Priest ever repented of his sins which would have allowed him to come into God's good graces.

If the rich husband and wife who saved off a little of their fortune, saying that they given it all for Christ, but were otherwise very good Christians, would be killed by the Holy Spirit for such a minor offense, then certainly Peter would have been killed for standing with the murderer of Christ.

Hence in the end, since Christian truths are fraudulently woven together with Jewish heresies to misguide good Christians, the end result for the Judeo-NBC series is to give the entire A.D. series the real and same name as the name of the last episode "The Abomination".



NEW YORK — The Jewish actor portraying Peter, the disciple whom Jesus Christ described as the "rock" on which he would build his church, insists that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new "A.D. The Bible Continues" series is not targeted only at Christian viewers.

"The words I use are faith, hope and love. It affects us all, so I don't think it matters what you are," Adam Levy told CP last week at the "A.D." premiere reception in New York City when asked if the series was primarily for Christians.

"At some point I will sit down with my children to watch it and I would say it's a universal story to be told to the world," he added.


Asked if "A.D." is a Christian project, Chipo Chung (BBC's "Doctor Who"), the actress portraying Mary Magdalene said, "I think A.D. is very cleverly pitched. I think it certainly is a Christian project."


Chung added, "I think that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are spreading the good news about the Bible in a way that's palatable because the Bible has so many great stories. In fact in its time, the Bible was like going to the movies, the stories that were in it.


"At the same time, it's very intricately balanced with the power play between the different factions that were causing the oppression. The Romans and the whole idea of empire, and the high priests and the machinations of power there. And there's a lot of freedom that they have with those stories. The biblical stories are very biblically accurate, and the characters who aren't as iconic within the Bible, there's an absolute freedom so you'll have never seen this story of Rome before."

Episode one of "A.D. The Bible Continues," which premiered April 5, depicts Jesus' crucifixion and the disarray and confusion his disciple's immediately find themselves in afterward. According to the biblical account, Peter denies knowing Jesus after his arrest three times. In the episode entitled, "The Tomb Is Open," the apostle is confronted by Mary Magdalene and the Apostle John about being absent during Christ's death at the hands of Rome. Peter conveys that his motivation in denying any relationship with Jesus was his desire to avoid sharing in his teacher's execution.

Levy explained his character's conflict in light of the times in which "A.D. The Bible Continues" is set.
"This is a gritty, grisly, dangerous place to be, a very very dangerous place to be. I mean you could be killed at any moment. And when you're up against the odds even more so," Levy said. "So I think for the first time, people are seeing something that is really quite hard-hitting and quite gruesome. It's a gruesome period."

Contemplating the profound effect Jesus, the son of a carpenter worshipped as God, has had on the world, Levy suggested that it was because the Jewish teacher "went back to the root of faith."
"At the time in the first century, at the time of his death there was an awful lot of corruption," the actor said, somewhat echoing Chung's remarks. "You've got the Roman Empire in there, you've got the Sanhedrin council led by Caiaphas there, and there was a lot of corruption in and around there and politics flying around. I think Jesus didn't necessarily want to carry that on, and he sort of whittled it down to its bare bones, which has to be at the end of the day belief and faith in humanity."

In addition to both of them being Jewish, Levy added that he and Peter, originally called Simon before being renamed by Christ, hold more in common simply because of human nature.

"I'm a Jew. Peter was born and died as a Jew. And I guess we all have fear. We all have denial somewhere, and there's a lot of hope and a lot of love in there and I think these are universal topics that we all (share) across the globe. So that's where the similarity is I suppose," he explained.

The British actor, whose credits include "Gladiator" and a role in 2014's "Before I Go to Sleep" alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, said he prepared for his role as Peter by looking to "great speakers, because Peter becomes this great speaker even though he's an illiterate man. He finds on his feet how to speak and how to be an orator for the faith."
"I looked to all the greats, you know, Martin Luther King, even Obama in 2004 had some amazing speeches and again great straight-talking people that I looked at and also Pope Francis. Peter allegedly became the first pope and I think that Pope Francis and this Peter that I'm getting, they have a similar ethos," he added.

Levy insisted that viewers should continue watching NBC's 12-part series because the story will surprise them. "To be honest, we don't know these characters as well as we think we know them. We only know Saint Peter. We need to see Peter the person, the guy," he said.

Chung, the actress portraying Mary Magdalene, also suggested that viewers familiar with the story of Jesus and his earliest followers might find themselves surprised by "A.D.'s" take on the Bible narratives.

"It's fun and it's edgy and gritty and there's a lot of dirt and grime and drama to it. What's most exciting is that you don't know the story. Most people don't know the story, whether they're Christian or not," Chung said.


The NBC series premiered on Easter Sunday, and was a huge draw for viewers, in comparison to the other big three networks (ABC, CBS and Fox). NBC reported that 9.5 million viewers overall watched "A.D. The Bible Continues" from 9-10 p.m. ET.


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