Movie Tuesday: A Thief in the Night


Keep a sharp lookout, for you do not know when I will come, at evening, midnight, early dawn, or late daybreak. Don’t let Me find you sleeping.

Today’s Movie Tuesday is a double whammy: evangelical pop culture and homework. A Thief in the Night was my generation’s Left Behind. It’s the reason Christians my age, who grew up in church experience a split second of terror when we walk into the house and it’s unexpectedly empty. (Did the rapture happen and I didn’t make it?)

So grab your Bible and your popcorn and experience Christianity of yesteryear. Look up the passages that are mentioned in the movie and read them in context. Does the movie rightly handle those passages? Do you agree or disagree with this eschatology? Why? Are movies like this helpful, or do they just scare people into becoming false converts?

And most importantly, whatever way you think the Lord is coming back, He is coming back. Are you ready?

For you yourselves are fully aware that
the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2

2 thoughts on “Movie Tuesday: A Thief in the Night”

  1. Although I love God’s words here I cannot stand by the movie. It put such terror into my wife that it took years for her to recover. That movie does nothing to promote faith, it only promotes fear and fear will not lead anyone into Jesus’ arms of love. Thief in the Night should be rightly placed in the category of a horror, fiction film.

    Homer Les


  2. Yes, I remember when this was out and watching it and the sequel. And how terrifying it was. So glad you are asking the questions. Now that we are adults and likely past middle age, how does this movie hold up biblically? Interested in reading people’s responses


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