Robert Eggers’ The Witch, released in 2015, is no ordinary horror movie (ref. 1).
First of all, the film was endorsed by The Satanic Temple (ref. 1, 2). And yes, there is such an organisation that calls itself “The Satanic Temple”. Its headquarters are in Salem, Massachusetts, USA. And according to Wikipedia, today, The Satanic Temple has chapters in the USA, Canada, Australia, and also the UK.
The Satanic Temple may claim to be not about the worship of Satan, and to be merely about challenging the Judeo-Christian way of life. But some of us know, as the saying goes, “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. At any rate, the fact that The Satanic Temple would like to “inspire a satanic experience” and bring about “a satanic revolution” sort of gives the game away (ref. 2).
There is no doubt in my mind that The Witch was inspired by a demon, the work of a genie or a genius, as the ancient Greeks would say.
There is an allusion in The Witch to Job in the Bible.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.Job 1:1-3
Job was subjected to Satan’s temptation, which is another word for trial or tribulation. Satan was permitted to smite Job, taking away his health (ref. 2:7), his sons and daughters (ref. Job 1:18-19), and his wealth (ref. Job 1:14-15). Some of his property was stolen from him. The rest was destroyed.
Through it all, Job sinned not and remained loyal to God.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.Job 1:22
Now, what is not mentioned in the Bible is that before all this Job’s daughters had turned away from God to worship Satan. Job did suspect that his sons might have sinned against God (ref. Job 1:5), but he did not know about his daughters.
I know that Job’s daughters did sin against God, because when I was researching various secret societies, I found out that, today, there is a secret society called “Job’s Daughters International”. It is associated with Freemasonry. In others words, Satanists have long celebrated the fact that they were able to win over Job’s daughters.
Probably, Job’s daughters made a pact with evil to live deliciously.
In the movie, William and his family are afflicted by a demon. They suffer one problem after another, as Job did.
The mother of the family, Katherine, even says at one point, “I have become as Job’s wife”.
From the opening scene, the audience learns that William and his family are banished from a plantation in New England, because of a disagreement over scripture.
It is not revealed to the audience which side of the dispute is properly Christian and which is heretical, but if William is to be likened to Job, then William must be the one that is truly Christian.
Job, after all that he went through, remained loyal to God and he understood that he would be resurrected at the latter day upon the earth.
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me.Job 19:25-27
However, in the movie, before his death, William utters “Corruption, thou art my father”. This suggests that William is the one that is heretical, or else there is a Satanic spin and wishful thinking that Job failed his tribulation.
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said… put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.Job 1:9-11
Remember, this movie was inspired by a demon and is endorsed by the Satanic Temple.
Now, moving on to the evil that is portrayed in the film.
This movie shows to the audience all the power and wiles of the devil (ref. 3).
It is all there.
Demonic possession (ref. Mark 5:1-15): the bewitched boy Caleb who vomits out an apple, and also the he-goat that kills the father of the family William.
Manipulation of thoughts and dreams (ref. Matthew 16:22-23): the suckling dream of the mother Katherine.
Levitation (ref. Matthew 4:6): the flying coven of witches at the end.
Ritual child sacrifice (ref. Jeremiah 19:5): the kidnapping and ritual killing of the baby Samuel.
Disease (ref. Job 2:7): the she-goat that milks blood.
Financial ruin (ref. Job 1:15-19): the loss of crop at the family’s farm.
False accusation (ref. Revelation 12:10): the young girl Mercy accusing her sister Thomasin of witchcraft after the disappearance of the baby.
Tribulation (ref. 2 Timothy 3:12): the Job-like plight of William.
Temptation to sin (ref. Matthew 4:1-11) and a Faustian pact to “live deliciously” (ref. Revelation 18:9): the switching sides of the main character Thomasin at the end of the movie.
Concerning Thomasin, the name Thomasin is obviously an amalgamation of “Thomas”, the apostle who doubted the resurrection of the Son of man Jesus Christ (ref. John 20:24-25), and “sin”, which means a transgression of the law.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1 John 3:4
To be imputed of sin, one must be subject to the law, or in other words the commandments of God.
For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.Romans 5:13
The most important of the commandments is the first: thou shalt worship no other god.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.Exodus 20:3
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.Matthew 22:36-38
This is why a Christian or a Jew that makes a pact with the devil is someone that has committed sin.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning…1 John 3:8
When in the end Thomasin, who was brought up a Christian, agrees to become a witch in order to “live deliciously”, she commits sin. In the end, like the daughters of Job, Thomasin forsakes Jesus Christ and becomes a traitor.
This explains why the Satanic Temple likes this movie so much. In this movie, evil appears to triumph in the end. Even the one likened to Job supposedly gives in to evil and curses God before he dies.
By the way, in Revelation 18, Mystery Babylon who is to be burned with fire on the day of judgement is said to have “lived deliciously”.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.Revelation 18:7-10
Babylon is a place of sorceries, enchantments, and also witchcraft. Sorcery has been in Babylon “since her youth” (ref. Isaiah 47:12), since she was a “wilderness” (ref. Revelation 17:3), even when she was New England.
Now, in the book of Job, God says that at the ends of the earth, he will shake the wicked out of it through his son Jesus Christ.
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?Job 38:12-13
“Ends”, plural, because there will be two ends of the earth. The first on the day of the LORD, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (ref. Revelation 19). The second when the sun burns up the earth (ref. 2 Peter 3:10) and there is a need for a new heaven and a new earth (ref. Revelation 21:1).
I read “the wicked” to mean both the human servants of Satan and the angels who are with Satan.
Satan himself will be arrested and bound in the prison of hell at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (ref. Revelation 20:1-3), and then loosed after a thousand years, and then captured again to be cast into the lake of fire (ref. Revelation 20:10).
Some of this work of removing the wicked throughout the world will be done by Christians during the Millennial Reign.
Remember, Jesus Christ must reign here on earth as king of the kingdom of God until all enemies have been subdued.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.1 Corinthians 15:24-25
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.Isaiah 45:22-23
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:10-11
Within the boundaries of the kingdom of God, centred at Zion, the work will be completed by angels around the time of the seventh trumpet.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing teeth.Matthew 13:41-42
But elsewhere, Christians, having been changed, given a new body and made holy, will be involved.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.Revelation 22:12-13
Remember, the early apostles were given the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and so they had power over the enemy. The real Holy Spirit! Actual power over demons!
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Luke 10:19
Revelation prophesies, “And I will give him the morning star”! And furthermore “to him will I give power over the nations”.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.Revelation 2:26-28
1. Brent Lang (21 February 2016), “How The Witch Scored the Satanic Temple’s Endorsement”, variety.com
2. “The Witch Featurette – The Satanic Revolution”, youtube.com/watch?v=l2NSgA4_OlY
3. “The Witch (2015) trailer”, youtube.com/watch?v=C4otnEwIl-s