Last days in the desert movie review

Rating: 1.5 stars

Warning to the viewer: misleading on many points-despite its claims to be inspired by the Gospels

Between 2015 and 2016, a few new movies have been released about Yeshua.

I’d advise anybody to be careful about any new film that would advertise a more  “modern or a more accurate presentations” of some episodes of  our Savior’s life.

Always remember to confront them with Scriptures, ideally replace them in their original, Hebrew context of the 1st Century.

Last days in the desert is supposed to recall the episode of Yeshua’s 40 days in the desert. Not only is this release a total misrepresentation of the 40 days in the desert that is described in the Gospels, the film is also misleading in many ways.

Here is why:

  • The scenes are total fiction
  • In the Bible, Yeshua spends 40 days alone fasting in the desert where He is confronted with Satan alone. There are no other human beings with Him.
  • our Lord wasn’t with “wild animals”, despite the fact that many translated Bibles support this statement…in the desert, Yeshua was with the Hayyot, some sort of angels and was having a mystical experience close to the experience described in Ezekiel 1. This experience is called Merkabah mystic. I can prove my point. I already worked on the subject earlier. But I didn’t expect a Hollywood producer to dig that deep anyway.
  • Yeshua is supposed to be alone. He only responds to Satan’s suggestions and resists to the temptations. This is what the Gospels are telling us.*
  • There is a scene where the young man starts farting in the desert and “Yeshua”  ( I mean Evan Mc Gregor of course) bursts out laughing in a ridiculous manner. What image does this give of the noble soul our Lord and Savior truly is to the person who has no idea about Him? This was intentional to belittle Him.
  • “Yeshua “and ” Satan” are both played by Evan Mc Gregor. This too was intentional to put the Son of Man on the same level as the devil.
  • There is a lewd scene where Yeshua caresses and kisses the widow of the family father. This is a clear attack on our Messiah’s purity.
  • There is a dead body cremation scene. The Torah forbids cremation.

In my eyes the movie is deceiving and misleading in so many ways. It mirrors Yeshua in a bad way.

Moreover it constantly reflects scared and powerless Yeshua, who doesn’t seem to know the Father.

To whom who believes and encountered our Messiah’s path, Last Days in the Desert is a joke signed by the devil. Do not fall for it.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling


Yeshua’s 40 days in the desert: singling out a misinterpreted verse

ויהי שם ב מדבר ארבעים יום והשטן נסהו ויהי עם החיות ומלאכים שרתוהו

Mark 1:13 He was there in the wilderness forty days, Satan tested him and he was with the Hayyot (guttural pronunciation) and angels (Malakhim) were serving Him. (Franz Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels)

a representation of the angelic creatures ( “Living Creatures”) called Hayyot

(See Ezekiel Chapter 1 and Revelation, Chapter 4)

My very recent acquisition of Hebrew Delitzsch Gospels confirms what I already knew deep in my heart: the Gospels are not a Western document. Not only are they interconnected with Torah and other Scriptures of the Old Testament, they are also deeply rooted in Jewish customs.

If we really want to understand what rabbi Yeshua our Messiah actually meant in His words and how He lived in the 1st century, we must make the effort to understand the Gospels in their original context. I might displease some of you, but this is not an option, otherwise you’ll miss the same direction of the Gospels that are too often interpreted in a very simplistic and completely drawn out of context.

My grandfather used to have the most beautiful garden in his quarter. People used to admire how he managed to make fruit and vegetables grow and how he took care of flowers and plants.

He spent hours digging the soil and watering it. And I think that his hours of digging, along with regular watering, made his garden look really beautiful. Similarly, we need to step away from classical theology and read the verses we think we know with new eyes and a humble spirit. We must make the effort to dig deep into the Jewish background that birthed them, possibly with a rabbinic approach. We must dare to question the text, with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is what verses are meant for. Do not accept an interpretation, because it is popular. It might be wrong.

Humble yourselves before Yeshua. Ask Him and He will reveal the treasure of the Gospels.

A new perspective on brand Mark 1:13

Most of you know the episode of Yeshua in the desert. It was indeed a testing time for Yeshua, which is symbolically linked to the 40 years that the Hebrews  spent in the desert.

Based on translations of the Greek version, most translations render the verse of Mark 1:13:

“He was in the wilderness forty days, enduring temptations of Satan. He was with wild animals, and the angels did minister to his needs. “

The regular translation of Mark 1:13 is based on the misinterpretation of the word “Hayyot” which means “Living Beings” and refers to a type of angels are distinct from the main angels or Malakhim serving Yeshua.

Actually that one word Hayyot, changes the whole meaning of the verse and lets us know that Yeshua was experiencing a supernatural vision of the throne of Hashem, similar to Ezekiel’s description.

Description of the Hayyot and vision of the glory of Hashem’s throne

Here is a YouTubeVideo that will help you become familiar with the mystical experience of Ezekiel (Merkabah mysticism). Yeshua saw the same type of angelic creatures and the glory of Hashem.

One may ask: why did Yeshua have this experience in the desert, in the middle of the trial of the enemy?

Many supernatural mystical experiences occur when we are ALONE with Hashem and entirely focused on Him. Many individuals are actually missing them, because of their fear of the desert.

When I speak of “desert”, I am not speaking specifically of the physical desert, but I am referring to a complete isolation space and silence where we welcome the presence of Hashem with a committed heart.

Like Yeshua, our Messiah,  be open to welcome the desert experience. May our hearts be committed to Hashem and  our minds open to learning more of His Word. Amen.

Copyright © Isabelle Esling