The author of the brand-new "Noah: The Real Story," says Hollywood's version of the biblical account, "Noah," has great special effects, spectacular acting and is a good adventure film.
But Larry Stone says it's not the same as the Bible, and that's important to know because the biblical documentation offers tips for surviving the end of the world.
After all, Noah did it, the first time the world "ended" with the flood.
"How do you survive the end of the world?" he asks in a new interview about the subject. "Noah did it. God destroyed the world by the flood, and Noah survived, thanks to God's instructions."
He said a multitude of questions about Noah, the flood, the Ark and the animals are explored and answered in his book, such as how big was the Ark, how did Noah gather animals, how reliable are "flood" stories from around the globe, how did Noah feed and take care of the animals, and more.
But Stone said there are parallels between what happened to Noah and what prophecies say about the end of the world.
"Jesus says in the end of the age 'I'm going to come back,'" Stone said. "Noah warned of the flood … nobody believed him. They carried on their everyday lives. …eating, drinking,marrying and giving in marriage."
Stone said Jesus cautioned that just before he returns, it will be the same. And the world will be chiding Christians, "come on preachers, you've been saying he's going to come back for a thousand years."
He said he wrote the book so people would quickly be able to understand what's Hollywood, and what's the Bible.
"That's why I wrote 'Noah: The Real Story,'" he said.
Noah actually is a very popular subject right now.
In addition to the $125 million blockbuster "Noah" from Paramount Pictures featuring actor Russell Crowe in the title role, a second film on Noah is from Christian evangelist and filmmaker Ray Comfort, who boasts, "Theirs is a fake Noah; ours is the real thing."
Comfort's movie, "Noah and the Last Days," goes beyond retelling the tale of the famous Ark builder to reveal how the ancient story applies to both today and the near future, which Comfort says is being revealed through biblical prophecies, indicating the return of Jesus Christ is coming soon.
And while Comfort's film will be released on YouTube and DVD on the same date as Paramount's "Noah," it's being made available ahead of time, in a special download package that includes a "Noah and the Last Days" companion guide and a "Creation and the Last Days" video from Answers in Genesis.
"They [Hollywood] have no qualms about sensationalizing the story of Noah in order to make it more profitable. That's their bottom line," Comfort told ASSIST News about the Paramount picture. "But the movie strays so far from the biblical account that it omits its essential message: God's judgment for man's sin and evil. Taking 'poetic license' on this story further erodes the public's perception of the biblical account and of the Bible in general.
"That's why we produced our version of Noah, which looks at him from a different perspective," Comfort continued. "We reveal ten undeniable Bible prophecies that link to Noah, and show that we are living in what the Bible calls 'the last days.'"
The "Noah and the Last Days" website explains that in the time of Noah, people were going about their daily lives, not mindful of the impending destruction that was coming in the flood that would wipe out nearly all life on earth.
"Like them, are we ignoring warnings of God's coming judgment?" the website asks. "Don't be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready?"
On "The Comfort Zone," Comfort explained, "Our vision [for the Noah film] has been, since I talked about prophecy on my Facebook page, I realized how many people love prophecy, Christians and non-Christians. … Yet man cannot predict the future.
"Only God knows the future, and that fascinates all of us," he continued. "So we're very excited to bring ["Noah and the Last Days"] out. We've never done anything on prophecy ever before. We've stayed away from it because we're not big prophecy buffs and because there's so many different interpretations, but one thing every Bible scholar agrees on, that Jesus Christ is coming again and it's getting close."
Watch a trailer for "Noah and the Last Days" below:
But to get to the bottom line, what can people do now to survive the end of the world that both futurists and the Bible say is coming?
"Noah's secret on how to survive the end of the world is to watch, be ready, and choose now which side you are on … who you will believe and serve," Stone writes.
He quotes Christian author C.S. Lewis, who wrote, "God will invade … When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right, but … this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature.
"It will be too late then to choose your side … It will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side."
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