Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a non-profit Christian outreach organization. The BGEA has a variety of aims including internet evangelism, the Decision America Tour, The Billy Graham Channel on SiriusXM, "crusade-style" events in cities around the world, disaster response through the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, television broadcasts and audio programs, Decision magazine, evangelism training; the BGEA includes the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, North Carolina and the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization was founded in 1950 by Billy Graham in Minneapolis, Minnesota during Graham's time in the region. In August 2018, six months after Graham's death, the BGEA partnered with Sirius XM Holdings to create a permanent Billy Graham Channel featuring Graham's past sermons; the organization was known for its radio program, The Hour of Decision, first broadcast in 1950 and continued for more than 60 years. Franklin Graham, the oldest son of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of the BGEA.
In 2018, Franklin Graham took his Decision America Tour to 17 cities in Washington and California. Franklin Graham visited all 50 state capitals in a 2016 tour which over 230,000 people attended, according to the BGEA. Several times a year, Franklin Graham and his oldest son, Will Graham, preach at evangelistic crusade events in different parts of the world; the events are modeled after the crusades Billy Graham was known for holding, many of which were broadcast on national television. The BGEA's internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus, was launched in 2011; the outreach is aimed at sharing the Christian Gospel with people around the world through websites in multiple languages. More than 50 million people have visited the websites since 2011, according to the BGEA; the organization produces a television special each month, broadcast on TV stations across the United States and posted online. The organization publishes Decision magazine monthly; the BGEA began an international evangelism project in 2002 called My Hope, in which Christians invite friends and relatives to their homes to watch a national telecast featuring Billy or Franklin Graham, translated into their language.
BGEA claims that the project saw more than 9.8 million people "make decisions for Christ."Billy Graham and his ministry were instrumental in founding Christianity Today Magazine, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, the Internet Evangelism Coalition. BGEA's Charlotte headquarters is the site of the Billy Graham Library, formally dedicated on May 31, 2007, with former U. S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton in attendance. Former U. S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, sitting President Donald Trump visited the Billy Graham Library to pay their respects following Billy Graham's death; the group supports gay conversion therapy. List of Billy Graham's crusades BGEA website Billy Graham Library in Charlotte Article about Leighton Ford, who preached with Billy, & was married to his sister
Ben-Hur (1959 film)
Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic religious drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with a similar title, Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ; the screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg, but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal, Christopher Fry. Ben-Hur had the largest budget, as well as the largest sets built, of any film produced at the time. Costume designer Elizabeth Haffenden oversaw a staff of 100 wardrobe fabricators to make the costumes, a workshop employing 200 artists and workmen provided the hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film. Filming commenced on May 18, 1958, wrapped on January 7, 1959, with shooting lasting for 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week. Pre-production began in Italy at Cinecittà around October 1957, post-production took six months. Under cinematographer Robert L. Surtees, MGM executives made the decision to film the picture in a widescreen format, which Wyler disliked.
More than 200 camels and 2,500 horses were used in the shooting of the film, with some 10,000 extras. The sea battle was filmed using miniatures in a huge tank on the back lot at the MGM Studios in Culver City, California; the nine-minute chariot race has become one of cinema's most famous sequences, the film score and conducted by Miklós Rózsa, is the longest composed for a film and was influential on cinema for more than 15 years. Following a $14.7 million marketing effort, Ben-Hur premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1959. It was the fastest-grossing, as well as the highest-grossing film of 1959, in the process becoming the second highest-grossing film in history at the time after Gone with the Wind, it won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography – Color. Ben-Hur won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Stephen Boyd.
Today, Ben-Hur is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, in 1998 the American Film Institute ranked it the 72nd best American film and the 2nd best American epic film in the AFI's 10 Top 10. In 2004, the National Film Preservation Board selected Ben-Hur for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being a "culturally or aesthetically significant" motion picture. In AD 26, Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, who lives with his mother, Miriam; the family's loyal slave, the merchant Simonides, pays a visit with Esther. Judah and Esther fall in love at first sight. Judah's childhood friend, the Roman citizen Messala, is now a tribune. After several years away from Jerusalem, Messala returns as the new commander of the Roman garrison, the Fortress of Antonia. Messala believes in the glory of Rome and its imperial power, while Judah is devoted to his faith and the freedom of the Jewish people; this difference causes tension between the friends, results in their split after Messala issues an ultimatum demanding that Judah deliver potential rebels amongst the populace to the Roman authorities.
During the parade for the new governor of Judea, Valerius Gratus, loose tiles fall from the roof of Judah's house. Gratus is nearly killed. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah due to his residual anger at Judah for his refusal to help. By punishing a known friend and prominent citizen, he hopes to intimidate the Jewish populace. Judah swears to take revenge on Messala; as he and other slaves are being marched to the galleys, they stop in Nazareth to water the Romans' horses. Desperate with thirst, Judah begs for water, but the commander of the Roman detachment denies it to him, he is revived when Jesus of Nazareth gives him water. After three years as a galley slave, Judah is assigned to the flagship of the Roman Consul Quintus Arrius, charged with destroying a fleet of Macedonian pirates. Arrius admires Judah's determination and self-discipline, offers to train him as a gladiator or charioteer. Judah declines the offer; when the Roman fleet encounters the Macedonians, Arrius orders all the rowers except Judah to be chained to their oars.
Arrius' galley is rammed and sunk. In despair, Arrius wrongly believes the battle ended in defeat and attempts to atone in the Roman way by falling on his sword, but Judah stops him, they are rescued, Arrius is credited with the Roman fleet's victory. Arrius petitions Emperor Tiberius to free Judah, adopts him as his son. Another year passes. Wealthy again, Judah learns Roman ways and becomes a champion charioteer, but still longs for his family and homeland. Judah returns to Judea. Along the way, he meets an Arab, Sheik Ilderim. After noting Judah's prowess as a charioteer, the sheik asks him to drive his quadriga in a race before the new governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Judah declines after he learns that Messala will compete. Judah returns to his home in Jerusalem, he meets Esther
Machine Gun Preacher
Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 biographical adventure drama film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker turned preacher and defender of South Sudanese orphans. The movie was based on Childers' book Another Man's War, it was written by Jason Keller, directed by Marc Forster, stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon. The film tells the story of Childers and his efforts to save the children of South Sudan in collaboration with the Sudan People's Liberation Army against the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army. In South Sudan the LRA force a young boy to attack a woman. Sam Childers is an alcoholic drug-using biker from Pennsylvania. On his release from prison, he finds that his wife has given up her job as a stripper, because she has since accepted Christ as her saviour. Infuriated by his wife's decision, he returns to his routine of partying and using drugs like heroin with his fellow biker friend Donnie. One night while on a bender with Donnie, he kills a vagrant, he is shaken by the experience, the day after allows his wife to persuade him to go to church with her, where he is baptized and offered salvation.
Sam soon finds a stable job as a construction worker and starts his own construction company. On a missionary trip to Uganda to build homes for refugees, he asks one of the SPLA soldiers watching over them to take him on a trip to the north, to Sudan; the soldier warns him that it is a war zone, but upon Sam's insistence they go. They arrive at a medical tent in Sudan; as the soldier moves off to talk to some people, Sam is roped in by a female doctor to help lift a lipless Sudanese woman onto the examination table. That night as they lay on their beds at the relief station, they hear noises outside, when they look out and the soldier see large numbers of Sudanese children swarming around to sleep outside the building; the soldier explains that their parents send them to sleep over here because it is safer than staying in their own village. Sam gets as many as he can fit to sleep in their room for the night; the next day Sam and the soldier follow the children back to their village only to find that the LRA has burnt it down and killed their parents.
One of the children is killed by a hidden landmine. Sam cradles the dead child and cries, the experience changes Sam. After returning home, Sam has a "vision from God" and decides to build an orphanage for the children of South Sudan, as well as a church in his own neighborhood that will be "open to all" without judgement. After its completion he begins preaching at his church, helps his old friend Donnie get sober and find God as well, he soon returns to Africa and despite vocal opposition, builds the orphanage. One night after it is built, the LRA burn it to the ground. Sam phones home, telling his wife what has happened and that he is giving up, she reminds him that the orphans have been through worse but they have not given up, that he should not give up and tells him to rebuild the orphanage. After the orphanage has been rebuilt, he and his friends from the SPLA are attacked on the road by the LRA, they manage to chase off the small force of the LRA that attacked them, they search the area and discover a large group of Sudanese children hiding in a ditch not far from the road.
Since they can not take all the children in one trip, Sam chooses to take the ones who need medical attention along with a few others on their first trip back to the orphanage. However, upon returning to the spot as as he could, he finds that the LRA killed and burnt those he had left behind; this causes Childers to lead armed raids to rescue children from the LRA. He returns home to the U. S. exasperated about the lack of money for the project. He feels disconnected from his community. Sam goes far as to neglecting his family and beating up a biker at a bar for making racist comments about the children. Meanwhile his friend Donnie breaks his sobriety and ends up dying from an overdose, this pushes Sam further into negativity and despair, he sells his business and boards a plane for Sudan. His faith and mission is revitalised; the boy tells him that if he allows hatred to fester in his heart, his fight against injustice fails. Sam rekindles his emotional attachment with his family over the phone.
The next day he engages with the camp actively. He goes out with SPLA and rescues a caravan full of children who were kidnapped by LRA; the end credits include black and white pictures of the real Sam Childers, his wife and his orphanage in Sudan. The pictures are followed by a short white home video clip of Sam talking about his work. Gerard Butler as Sam Childers Michelle Monaghan as Lynn Childers Michael Shannon as Donnie Madeline Carroll as Paige Kathy Baker as Daisy Souléymane Sy Savané as Deng Rhema Marvanne as Rik Oskam Mandalynn Carlson as Paige's Friend Filming commenced in June 2010 in Michigan; the film had a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011 and limited release on September 23, 2011. Sam Childers has shown a edited version of the film at Christian charity events. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 29% of 112 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the site's consensus is: "There's a complex man at the center of Machine Gun Preacher but the movie is too shapeless and vacant to bring his story to li
To Save a Life
To Save a Life is a 2009 Christian drama film directed by Brian Baugh and starring Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Robert Bailey Jr. Steven Crowder and Sean Michael Afable; the film was released theatrically in the United States on January 22, 2010, was written by Jim Britts. The United States rights were acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films from New Song Pictures. To Save a Life was produced on a budget of about $1 million, but nearly doubled that in its opening weekend; the film was released to 441 theaters on January 22, 2010, has grossed $3,777,210 domestically. It was received with mixed to negative reviews from film critics. Jake Taylor, a high school student in the suburbs of San Diego, attends the funeral of his ex-best friend Roger. After Roger's mom comes and asks Jake if Roger had said anything to him, she walks away, Jake remembers that this all started back when they were young boys and best friends. Roger pushed Jake out of the way of a car, crippling himself forever. During their freshmen year of high school, after Jake had made the winning basket in a basketball game, a freshman cheerleader named Amy invited him to a party that Roger was not let into.
In the years Jake joined a new popular group of friends, Amy became his girlfriend, he became star of the basketball team. Jake grew further away from Roger, who became more of a loner due to his condition which he was bullied for. Three years as a high school senior, Roger came in with a gun and began to shoot. Jake, knowing what Roger was going to do, tries to stop him, but Roger tells him that it was too late. Jake watches in horror. Roger dies from his injuries, prompting Jake to wonder if he could have saved him by being a better friend. After the final basketball game of his senior year, Jake meets Chris, a youth pastor, who had spoken at Roger's funeral. Jake goes to a party, broken up by the police and, being slow to orient himself, is the last to sneak out of the house. Amy had taken his truck, he was without a ride home. With no other options left, Jake decides to call the number on the business card. On the ride home, Chris reveals. Chris expresses guilt that no one had welcomed him there.
Jake continues to struggle in dealing with Roger's death, attending church several times and drawing concern from Amy because of his withdrawn behavior. He discovers Roger's social networking page and sees that Roger had discussed his hopelessness. Amy leaves during the service, feeling judged. Jake confronts the group angrily about their shallow failure to be inclusive and inviting. Chris asks for a solution, a girl named Andrea suggests that they all have lunch together at school. For the next few weeks, they all meet at lunch everyday. Jake becomes shunned by all of his old friends, including Amy. Jake invites Jonny, a boy, mocked by a fake invitation to a party, to join them, which he does. Jonny starts to emerge from the darkness he felt following Roger's death as he, Andrea become friends. After some time, Jonny asks Jake for advice on asking Andrea on a date, they go out for ice cream and Andrea sees scars on Jonny's wrist from cutting. She reveals that she used touching his wrist. Jonny tries to kiss her, dropping his ice cream in her lap and causing her to draw back.
Meanwhile, Jake finds out that Amy is pregnant with his baby and that she doesn't want to keep the child. He discovers that his parents are about to divorce after his father had an affair; the next day at school, Jonny wants help from Jake on what to do with Andrea after he blew his chance. Jake takes his anger out on Jonny by brushing aside his concerns humiliating him in front of his peers. Jake and Andrea attempt to patch things up with Jonny, but he ignores their calls and resumes cutting his wrists. Danny, the pastor's son, overhears Jake and Chris talking about Amy's pregnancy and posts drawings all over the school announcing the secret to the school. In the weeks that follow, Jake stops hanging out with his old friends for good and spends more time with his new friends, he gives up his dream about going to college, much to his father's disappointment, talks to Amy, who has decided. Jake promises her. Amy, having been shunned by all her old friends at school, begins spending time with Andrea and the other girls from the church.
Jake continues to call Jonny. Jonny bumps into Danny, who takes the cell phone Jonny drops. Minutes students are evacuated from the school due to a bomb threat. Danny tells the police he thinks it was Jonny; the police find horrific pictures of bombs exploding the school. They ask Jonny for his phone; the police walk him through the crowd of the entire student body. Jake realizes that Jonny didn't make the threats when he calls Jonny's phone and sees Danny answer it. With Amy distracting the teachers that guard the exit, Jake runs past them to the road and steps in front of the police car. Jonny had opened a bottle of prescription pills preparing to overdose on them, but Jake stops the vehicle just before Jonny ends up like Roger. Danny is caught by the police, but cannot bring himself to call his father, calling Chris instead. Chris leaves Danny alone; the pastor takes a leave of absence to spend time with Danny and Chris becomes the new pastor in his place. Jake's life soon begins to look up
Wymondham is a market town and civil parish in Norfolk, England, 9 1⁄2 miles southwest of Norwich, just off the A11 road from Norwich to London which now bypasses the town. The parish includes large rural areas to the north and south of the town itself, including the hamlets of Downham, Silfield, Spooner Row and Suton. Moot Hill The earthworks of what was a large, medieval ringwork survive to some considerable height; the ringwork, located in an isolated part of the Stanfield estate, is thought by some to have been built by the D'Albinis between 1088 and 1139. The feature measures 150m by 130m, with a large bank and water-filled ditch, it is thought that a gold ring of Katherine Bigot, wife of Roger Fitz-Ortet who held Stanfield Manor in AD 1306, was recovered from this area. Wymondham's most famous inhabitant was Robert Kett, who led a rebellion in 1549 of peasants and small farmers in protest at the enclosure of common land, he took a force of unarmed men and fought for and held the City of Norwich for six weeks until defeated by the King's forces.
He was hanged from Norwich Castle. Kett's Oak, said to be the rallying point for the rebellion, can still be seen today on the B1172 road between Wymondham and Hethersett, part of the former main road to London; the Great Fire of Wymondham broke out on Sunday 11 June 1615. Two areas of the town were affected. One area was in Vicar Street and Middleton Street and the other in the Market Place, including Bridewell Street and Fairland Street. About 300 properties were destroyed in the fire. Important buildings destroyed included: the Market Cross, dating from 1286. However, many buildings such as the Green Dragon pub did survive and many of the houses in Damgate Street date back to 1400, although this is now masked by brickwork; the fire was blamed on three Romani – William Flodder, John Flodder and Ellen Pendleton – and a local person, Margaret Bix. The register of St Andrew's Church in Norwich records that John Flodder and others were executed on 2 December 1615 for the burning of Wymondham. Rebuilding of the destroyed buildings was slower in others.
A new Market Cross, extant 2016, was started and completed in 1617. However, by 1621 there were still about 15 properties not yet rebuilt. Economic conditions in the 1620s could have been a contributory factor to the delay in rebuilding. Kett's Rebellion was evidence of an undercurrent of ferment in 16th-century Wymondham. Comparable discontent showed itself in the 17th century when a number of Wymondham citizens, including Thomas Lincoln, John Beal and others, moved to Hingham in the wave of religious dissent that swept England in the years preceding Cromwell's Commonwealth. In 1785, a prison was built using the ideas of the prison reformer, it was the first prison to be built in England with separate cells for the prisoners and was copied both in the United Kingdom and the United States. The collapse of the woollen industry in the mid-19th century led to great poverty in Wymondham. In 1836 there were 600 hand looms. During Victorian times the town was a backwater and never experienced large-scale development.
The town centre remains much as it must have been in the mid-17th century, when the houses were rebuilt after the Great Fire. These newer houses, those which survived the Great Fire, still surround shoppers and visitors as they pass through Wymondham's narrow mediaeval streets. Wymondham played a part in the Second World War, poorly documented, it was home to one of MI6's Radio Security Service direction finding stations. This was soon found to be unsatisfactory and was converted to the more traditional Adcock type; the station at Wymondham was located at 52.583333°N 1.121667°E / 52.583333. Based on information from one of the wartime operators it transpires that another spaced loop station was installed alongside the first in 1944 after the Normandy invasion; this may have been due to increased interest in transmissions from western Europe where the shorter distance made the spaced loop more reliable. Wymondham was struck by an F1/T2 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.
The civil parish of Wymondham has an area of 44.31 km2 and in the 2001 census a population of 12,539, in 5,477 households, was recorded, rising to 14,405 at the 2011 Census. This large parish includes one nearby village, Spooner Row. Wymondham is governed by a town council of 15 councillors; the town is split into five wards, each of which returns three members though this is due to change in the May 2019 local elections. Since the last election and subsequent by-elections, 12 councillors are members of the Conservative Party, two are from the Liberal Democrats Julian Halls & Suzanne Nuri and one is from the Labour Party; the current mayor is Tony Holden For the purposes of local government, Wymondham civil parish falls within the district of South Norfolk, returning five district councillors, one for each ward. The majority of the town returns one county councillor to Norfolk County Council, however the south part of the Town has a separate county councillor. Nationally, Wymondham is in the Mid Norfolk c
Christianity Today magazine is an evangelical Christian periodical, founded in 1956 and is based in Carol Stream, Illinois. The Washington Post calls Christianity Today, "evangelicalism's flagship magazine". Christianity Today magazine has a print circulation of 130,000, of which 36,000 is free, readership of 260,000, as well as a website at ChristianityToday.com. The founder, Billy Graham, stated that he wanted to "plant the evangelical flag in the middle-of-the-road, taking the conservative theological position but a definite liberal approach to social problems". Graham started the magazine as counterpoint to The Christian Century, the predominant independent periodical of mainline Protestantism, as a way to bring the evangelical Christian community together; the first issue of Christianity Today was mailed October 15, 1956, the opening editorial, Why'Christianity Today'?, stated "Christianity Today has its origin in a deep-felt desire to express historical Christianity to the present generation.
Neglected, misrepresented—evangelical Christianity needs a clear voice, to speak with conviction and love, to state its true position and its relevance to the world crisis. A generation has grown up unaware of the basic truths of the Christian faith taught in the Scriptures and expressed in the creeds of the historic evangelical churches." Its first editor was Carl F. H. Henry. Notable contributors in its first two decades included F. F. Bruce, Edward John Carnell, Frank Gaebelein, Walter Martin, John Warwick Montgomery, Harold Lindsell. Lindsell succeeded Henry as editor and during his editorial administration much attention centered on debates about biblical inerrancy. Editorial leadership came from Kenneth Kantzer, Terry Muck, David Neff; the current editor is Mark Galli, the publication now includes print and various ancillary products. Andy Olsen is managing editor of the print edition, Richard Clark is managing editor of online journalism. Contents of print and online include feature stories, news ranging from cultural issues from a Christian viewpoint to the global church, opinion and investigative reporting.
In Billy Graham’s 1997 autobiography, Just As I Am, he writes of his vision and history with Christianity Today and his early meeting with oil company executive, John Howard Pew, to establish the publication. Harold Myra, who became president and chief executive of the magazine in 1975, believed that a "family" of magazines would disperse overhead expenses and give more stability to the organization. At the same time, he rejected expansion for expansion's sake, writing: "our main concern was to make Christianity Today, the flagship publication effective in three basic areas: editorial, advertising. Anything which would drain off energies from the prime task was unthinkable." Christianity Today founded or acquired periodicals during the 1980s and 90s, beginning with Leadership, a quarterly journal for clergy, in 1980. In 2005, Christianity Today International published 12 magazines, but following the financial downturn of 2008 it was forced to shutter several publications. By 2017 that had further winnowed to three.
The first "sister publication" added to the Christianity Today publishing group was Leadership: A Practical Journal for Church Leaders, launched in 1980. The subtitle defined the journal's mission: it was a quarterly publication, aimed at clergy, focusing on the practical concerns of ministry and church leadership; the first issue of Leadership sold out its initial press run of 50,000 copies, the publication was in the black after a single issue. The journal continued in print for 36 years. After volume 37, issue 1, Christianity Today discontinued the print publication, replacing it with expanded content in Christianity Today for pastors and church leaders and occasional print supplements, as well as a new website, CTPastors.com. In 1982, Christianity Today purchased the magazine Campus Life, aimed at a high school audience, from its parent organization, Youth For Christ; the name of the magazine was changed to Ignite Your Faith in 2006. It ceased publication in 2009. Partnership was launched in 1984 as a magazine for wives of clergy.
In 1987 it was renamed Marriage Partnership and expanded its focus to marriage in general, not just clergy marriages. The magazine ceased publication in 2009. Today's Christian Woman was founded in 1978 and acquired by Christianity Today from the Fleming H. Revell Co. in 1985. It discontinued print publication in 2009 and was replaced with a "digizine" called Kyria, online only but still required a paid subscription to access, although at a lower price than the print magazine. In 2012 the name of the digital publication was changed back to Today's Christian Woman, in 2016 it stopped being issued as a scheduled digital periodical. Christian History was a journal of the history of Christianity, first issued in January 1982 by the Christian History Institute; each issue had multiple articles covering a single theme. Published annually, it became a quarterly publication. Christianity Today took over ownership of the magazine beginning with issue number 22 in 1989. In 2011 the Christian History Institute resumed quarterly publication of the magazine.
Christian History archives can still be found on ChristianityToday.com under its special section. Christian Reader, a digest magazine in the vein of Reader's Digest, was founded in 1963 by Tyndale House Publishers founder Ken Taylor. Christianity Today purchased the magazine in 1992; the name was changed to Today's Christian in 2004. In 2008, Christiani
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 is a 2001 religious science fiction-adventure film, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and starring Michael York, Michael Biehn, Diane Venora, R. Lee Ermey, Udo Kier and Franco Nero, it is a follow-up to the 1999 film The Omega Code, serving as part sequel. It has a larger budget than its predecessor. Lead actor York detailed the making of the film in a journal which he published in book form, titled Dispatches from Armageddon. Stone Alexander a six-year-old boy whose mother has died giving birth to David. During a party at his influential father's home, Stone is left alone with David, in his crib; as Stone stares into the fireplace, a fiery force engulfs the boy. Stone attempts to burn his baby brother, their father, sends Stone away to a military academy in Italy for his education, under the guidance of General Francini. Not long after arriving at the academy, he is drawn to a church where he meets his demonic Guardian, participates in a black mass ceremony. Years pass, although Stone is periodically abused by some of his classmates, he earns their respect, becoming the top student in his class.
After graduating, Stone meets his younger brother David, now a teenager. Soon after graduation, Stone marries his Italian girlfriend, the daughter of General Francini; the General was against their marriage, but Stone summons two smoke-like demons to intimidate the General into giving in. Stone becomes President of the European Union He uses his seat of power to dissolve the United Nations and create a world government called the World Union. To consolidate his power, Stone pressures the President of the United States Richard Benson to join his global community. Stone summons Benson to meet with him in Rome. Prior to departing for Italy, President Benson orders the U. S. Navy's Sixth Fleet. Accompanying the president on his flight to Italy is David Alexander, now the Vice President of the United States, the president's military aide, U. S. Marine Colonel Rick Howard. During an informal meeting on Air Force One and Col. Howard warn the president to keep his distance from Stone, due to a CIA report, which indicates that over 200 people who had opposed Stone in the past had died under questionable circumstances after close contact.
Benson fails to grasp just how ruthless Stone is. David is sworn in as the new President at the hour of President Benson's death. Much to Stone's disappointment, his brother refuses to join his New World Order. Secretary of State Breckenridge however, wants the United States to join the global community aligned with Stone. After failing to convince David to fall in line with the World Union, he publicizes a doctored video of David murdering his father. In reality, it was Stone. Breckenridge orders the FBI to arrest the president. After a heated exchange of gunfire between the Secret Service detail and the FBI agents, the president escapes by helicopter to Norfolk Naval Base, where the U. S. Navy brass provides him with transport to the Sixth Fleet on an amphibious assault ship. After arriving, David orders a special forces raid on Stone's castle headquarters in Rome. David finds Gabriella in the dungeon, confined there by the Guardian after she witnessed some of Stone's demonic powers, she dies in David's arms after professing her love.
Following the raid, Colonel Howard receives word that Breckenridge is sending U. S. troops to Israel to join Stone's military coalition, which are on the plains of Megiddo planning a strike on Jerusalem. Following the raid in Rome and Colonel Howard move to join with U. S. forces in Israel. Unknown to Stone, the Mexicans and Americans are there to destroy Stone and his army. David is soon captured. Chinese tanks open fire upon his European troops from one side while U. S. and Mexican forces attack from the other. Shortly afterwards, Stone's troops are hit by air strikes as well. Taken by surprise, with his forces being overrun, Stone instructs all his soldiers to fight to the death. After overrunning Stone's armored and artillery positions, the Mexican tanks charge headlong, targeting the enemy headquarters. Stone and his officers are swallowed in a huge fireball as tank shells rain in. David manages to break free and jump away before the headquarters explodes behind him. David is stunned as Stone walks out of the ashes, morphs into a massive creature with ram's horns and huge leathery wings.
Which is the incarnation of Satan. After wounding David, he summons up his dark brethren as reinforcements, revives his dead army. In a full display of his supernatural powers, he darkens the sun, plunging the whole battlefield into darkness; the reinforcements soon outnumber and overrun the Mexican and American forces. In triumph, celebrates as he cries out loudly that he is lord. At this boast, a bright white light lances down into the ruins of the headquarters, begins dropping meteors of light upon the battlefield. All of Satan's soldiers are killed, while all of the allied survivors remained untouched, are freed from their bonds. Stone's former Guardian is dismayed at Satan's defeat, tries to run from the battlefield. A globe of light chases him and impales him with sword