Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist: The Movie—The Greatest Story Ever Sold is one of the most popular and influential Internet films to appear in recent years. Tragically, it has effectively deceived many undiscerning people who have been mesmerized by its fast pace and have accepted it prima facie without carefully examining the film’s claims. Sadly, the net effect has turned countless people away from Christ by using a pack of devilish lies.
Zeitgeist presents a long debunked theory that claims early Christians created a “Christ myth” that is loosely based on an alleged amalgamation of ideas that were borrowed from various pagan religions. However, serious scholars, long ago, refuted the ideas promulgated in Zeitgeist. To its own detriment, Zeitgeist quotes plenty of biased occult sources and very few, if any, primary sources.
Skeptic Magazine did a review of Zeitgeist entitled, “The Greatest Story Ever Garbled” by Tim Callahan, who made the understatement of the year when he spoke of “a certain naïveté on the part of Peter Joseph in regard to his knowledge of the Bible.” The Skeptic article stated that the worst thing about the movie is that it mixes some truth with much “that is plainly and simply Bogus.” (e-Skeptic, Vol. 15 No. 1 p. 61)In watching Zeitgeist, I personally had a hard time believing so many lies could be crammed into one film. Zeitgeist, for instance, makes the utterly preposterous claim that “Horus being the sun [god]…” was one of the myths that early Christians borrowed from when they allegedly developed the “Christ myth.” Zeitgeist claims that Jesus and Horus were sun gods that were worshipped by three kings, had 12 disciples, and were crucified, among other claims. Contrary to the misinformation in Zeitgeist, the reality is that the Egyptian god, Ra, was the sun god and Horus, was a sky god. Moreover, there is no ancient witness in antiquity that claims that the god, Horus, had 12 disciples or that he was crucified.
Historically, the Bible never speaks of three kings worshiping Jesus, but a group of magi from the east. And contrary to subsequent traditions, the Bible does not specify any number (Matthew 2:1-11). Furthermore, the Bible never portrays Jesus as a sun god and expressly forbids the worship of the sun or any other created thing (Deuteronomy 4:15-16, 19; 17:2-5; Ezekiel 18:15-18; Matthew 4:8-11; Revelation 19:10).
The most disturbing thing about this film is that Zeitgeist falsely claims that Jesus is mere ‘myth’ and not the Savior of the world. However, these claims clearly go against historical evidence to the contrary. Serious scholars and historians no longer question Jesus’ existence. Beyond reliable biblical witnesses, there are reputable first century historians like Josephus, Flavius, Pliny the Younger, Tacitus and Suetonius who make mention of Jesus as a historical figure. Josephus refers to “Jesus, who was called the Christ,” when referring to the execution of his half brother James (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, book 20, chapter 9, item 1), and Tacitus, writes of “Christ, [who] had been executed in Tiberius’ reign by the governor of Judea, Pontius Pilatus.” (The Annals of Imperial Rome, Book 1, Chapter 15)
Overall, Zeitgeist repeatedly relies on the views of Satanists and famous occultists like Madame Helena Blavatsky and Manly P. Hall. Many historians document that Blavatsky’s occult teachings inspired the occult worldview of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi movement. One of the astonishing ironies about the Zeitgeist movement is that it came under the guise of exposing pagan beliefs and globalism only to end up leading people away from the truth of God’s word and into the occult and The New World Order!
Zeitgeist takes its name from the German word which means “time spirit” and means “the spirit of the age,” which ironically sum up the very “spirit of the antichrist” that is prophesied would to delude the world at the end of the age (1 John 4:1-4).
Contrary to the lies propagated by Zeitgeist, there is absolutely no record of any God in antiquity, prior to Jesus Christ, who was said to have become a man, experience death by crucifixion, and then be raised from the dead on the third day as the Savior of the world! Moreover, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection were prophesied in the Old Testament, several centuries before He came to earth and these biblical prophecies were fulfilled when He died for our sins (Isaiah 53). Truly, this is by far, the Greatest Story Ever Told!
Roots and Fruits
We have already found that the bogus claims that Jesus Christ never existed and Christianity was some lunar myth to be totally unfounded and a pernicious lie. When we examine Zeitgeist it is important to consider the sources. If you want to find the truth behind a movement it is wise to examine the roots and the “fruit” of the movement in question. When one investigates the roots and fruits of Zeitgeist, one finds that Zeitgeist is rotten at its very core!
Zeitgeist begins with the voice of Jordan Maxwell, who is billed as one of Zeitgeist’s main “authorities” and whose bizarre views are brought to the fore throughout the film. Incidentally, Jordan Maxwell has managed to gain quite an audience despite his ludicrous claim that he was brought to planet earth by a group of aliens and that he will be presented to the world as an occult Messiah. Usually people who claim to be talking to little green men or to be the latest messiah find themselves in mental institutions, not in the forefront of the so-called truth movement!
Maxwell, like most false messiahs, seeks to trash Christ and Christianity in an effort to promote his own messianic claims. Another big flashing red light that reveals Maxwell to be a fraud is, that while Maxwell tramples underfoot the beloved name of the Lord Jesus Christ, he turns around and makes money by selling little statues of Jesus, as well as copies of the shroud of Turin, on his website. Maxwell is obviously not a man who can be trusted with truth.
Moreover, Maxwell blasphemes Christ from one side of his mouth and from the other side uses Jesus’ words as though they were his own. A case in point is the very beginning of the first Zeitgeist film, where those of us who were unfortunate enough to see the film hear Maxwell seeking to trash Christianity and then quoting Jesus’ words from John 8:32:
“The religious institutions of this world are at the bottom of the dirt. The religious institutions in this world are put there by the same people who gave you your government, your corrupt education, who set up your international banking cartels, because our masters don’t give a [expletive] about you or your family. All they care about is what they have always cared about and that’s controlling the whole [expletive] world. We have been misled away from the true and divine presence in the universe that men have called God… You have to know the truth and seek the truth and the truth will set you free.” –Jordan Maxwell, Zeitgeist-The MovieThere is an interesting and revealing side to Jordan Maxwell’s alien messiah story that has to do with his most recent alias. Maxwell’s real name is Russell Pine. Some believe that Russell Pine now goes by Jordan Maxwell (which he has shown as being trade marked on his web site) because as a con man the FTC filed complaints against him and the Federal District Court listed a number of pseudonyms he has employed. However, I believe there may be a bit more sinister reason as to why he now uses the name “Jordan Maxwell”.
The name “Jordan Maxwell” appears to have been borrowed from the Luciferian occult traditions in which he is immersed. Jordan Maxwell is yet another name for the new age occult messiah. We read in the occult teachings of Theosophical Society, founded by the confessed Luciferian, Madame Blavatsky, upon whose occult teachings Maxwell admittedly relies:
“There are three Trinities in the Nazarene system as well as in the Hindu philosophy… The third is Lord Jordan (Jordanus Maximus), the Water of Life. He is the one through whom alone we can be saved; and thus he answers to the Holy Ghost (the feminine principle) and to the Shekinah (veil), or spiritual garment of En-Soph.” (Source)
Maxwell claims that when he was a child a very evil demonic entity appeared to him in his bedroom, and that this encounter marked the beginning of his experiences with super entities and occult revelations. It was through subsequent encounters with alien beings that Maxwell alleges he discovered that aliens brought him to planet earth and have since guided his occult journey. Incredibly, Maxwell claims that one of the greatest influences on his life was the admitted Luciferian and 33rd degree Mason, Manly P. Hall, who boasted of the esoteric mason, “The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands…” (Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, p. 48).
The irony is that Maxwell warns against secret societies and their use of symbols to communicate illumination concerning the coming new world order to the elite, while Maxwell himself is reading this symbolism and claiming that hybrid super beings are going to reward him when they set up the new order. In reality Maxwell is being used to teach the doctrines of demons to lead people away from Christ and into the very new world order he claims to be warning against. (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:1-18)
Maxwell states that the world is heading toward a new world order wherein the “powers of the universe” are going to set things right and will “enlighten mankind.” Maxwell states that there will soon be a revelation of the “sons of God” mentioned in the Old Testament who will soon bring about this happy new world order. Maxwell states, “There are people on the earth that are divinely ordained in there positions of power” from “another place and another time” who have “extraordinary wisdom, power, and knowledge.” Jordan tells us that these sons of God mated with women and now “there are entities here who are not completely human, but who are a combination of the divine and human.” Maxwell tells his audience that these entities, when they come to establish the new world order here on earth, will reward him and his audience, exclaiming, “I see no problem with this. I accept that there are powers over us and I think they will reward you for your diligence and intelligence.”
Many biblical scholars believe that the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6:4-6 refers to fallen angels who were judged by God in the days of Noah. This was certainly the understanding of the Hebrew scholars who translated the term “sons of God” to “angels” in the first Greek translation of the old Testament, known as the Septuagint, and was the understanding of the early fathers of the Christian church (2nd and 3rd century). This also appears to be the apostolic understanding as well. (2 Peter 2:4-5; Jude 6)
Regardless of one’s view on the identity of the sons of God, it should be clear to those of us who are aware of what the bible says about the coming new world order under Antichrist (Revelation 13:1-18), that Jordon Maxwell is leading his audience into following the wicked “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Ephesians 6:12) and into the coming satanic age of the beast, while claiming to be exposing the new world order!Ironically, Maxwell, as a disciple of some of the teachings of admitted Luciferian, Madame Helena Blavatsky, is looking for the “sons of God” to inaugurate a new world order, and is falling into a similar lie that duped Adolph Hitler and the Nazi’s, who sought to create a new world order based on Blavatsky’s Aryan 5th Root Race of supermen.
Isn’t it incredible that Zeitgeist came on the scene under the guise of exposing a populace-controlling myth and the evils of a new world order, yet has ironically ended up leading so many people astray by employing occult myths and leading the masses into the new world order through the back door? Isn’t it tragic and strange that a film that is suppose to be about the truth has led countless people away from the truth of God’s Word (John 17:17) and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), and led many to follow the obviously fraudulent, alien-occult messiah, Jordan Maxwell? All of this screams of mass deception! Those who want truth should run, not walk, to the nearest exit when it comes to considering Zeitgeist as anything more than bad fiction and a blatant pack of lies. Indeed, Zeitgeist has the fingerprints of the devil all over it!
It is our prayer that God will guard our hearts and minds from the spiritual deceptions that Jesus warned would plague the world in the last days (Matthew 24:24-25). May God help those who have been bamboozled by the Zeitgeist deception (and similar lies) come out of darkness and into the glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:11-21). May the Lord Jesus, who died for our sins and conquered the grave, rescue them before it’s too late and they die in their sins and are sentenced to eternal condemnation for rejecting the only One who could save their souls:
“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God…. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God…. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:3, 16-21, 36)