Jesus, Resurrection and The Matrix Resurrections
Ever since the first of the three Matrix movies came out in 1999, there have been a lot of religious references to scenes in the films. With The Matrix Resurrections on the way, the messianic themes regarding Jesus, as relating to the main character of Neo, are apt to dominate internet discussion.
After all, who is more associated with the subject of resurrection in history, than Jesus?
People may question how a ‘secular’ movie can have anything truly ‘spiritual’ in it. There are also those with strong religious persuasions who have concerns over how certain subjects, near and dear to them, might be presented.
The best advice here is to keep in mind the saying that, “God works in mysterious ways.” This includes truth being spoken from someone as unsavory as Balaam in the Bible narrative, not to mention wise information coming through the mouth of a donkey, in the same story.
The fact is, a lot of people, especially younger ones, simply don’t care about discussing spiritual matters. Some are involved in church groups that offer a lot of “fun stuff,” but nothing that will stimulate their minds to “dig deeper.”
That being said, regardless of personal religious beliefs, we can ALL go further in our own understanding of spiritual matters – after all, the God we follow is ‘infinite.’ This includes being ‘challenged’ to push ourselves into the depths of greater wisdom and understanding.
Does The Matrix Have a Jesus Connection?
For those unaware of the films, they are usually classified under “science fiction.” On the ‘outside,’ the story is one where humans created a great system of artificial intelligence (AI) and machines to serve them. The humans became very arrogant, self-centered and materialistic, abusing the machines. A global war between humans and machines broke out with the machines being victorious. They then found a way to enslave and ‘breed’ humans in an environment where people are ‘asleep’ in pods while being hooked up to a computer simulation of the real world – which is the ‘Matrix.’
The machines did this to use the humans as an energy source. However, some people become aware of their “imaginary life” and escape. They have an underground city from where they work to free more humans while fighting the machines’ attempts to locate and destroy them. This goes on over a number of generations.
On the ‘inside’ there is much more than meets the eye. Some of the spiritual references are more overt, but there are also some peculiar specific images, scenes, and dialogues that are connected to deep messianic themes found in the Matrix trilogy, that set the stage for The Matrix Resurrections.
Here are five examples of things related to Jesus and/or the New Testament, as found in the Matrix films:
The Matrix Prophecy and The Matrix Resurrections
You can’t have a messiah without a good prophecy, and the Matrix trilogy centers around one that is directly tied to the coming film, The Matrix Resurrections.
In the first movie, after Neo is pulled out of the Matrix, his rescuer and mentor named Morpheus tells him the ‘inside story”:
When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was he who freed the first of us, taught us the truth: ‘As long as the Matrix exists the human race will never be free.’ After he died the Oracle prophesized his return and that his coming would hail the destruction of the Matrix, end the war, bring freedom to our people. That is why there are those of us who have spent our entire lives searching the Matrix looking for him. I did what I did because I believe that search is over.
In summation, humanity needs help. Someone who is able to usher in another age, where people no longer live in a world of concealment. A world tied to the theme of resurrection.
Yes, that does sound slightly messianic to some folks.
When Neo was first freed from the Matrix, he is brought on board Morpheus’ ship – a ‘hovercraft.’ On the wall of the entrance is a plaque that reads: “Mark III No: 11.”
Turning to the book of Mark, chapter 3, verse 11, we find this said about Jesus:
Mark 3:11 – When the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
OK, that’s interesting – but what’s the connection?
At the end of the second film, Matrix Reloaded, there is a scene where this ship is blown up and Neo plus a few others are running from these flying killing machines called ‘sentinels.’ It doesn’t look like they will escape when suddenly, Neo stops. He turns and holds his hand up to the oncoming attackers — and they all fall down before him.
You Can’t Have Jesus Without Satan
Neo’s main antagonistic and representation of ‘evil’ in the Matrix is Agent Smith. He is the ‘accuser’ of humans and their faults, making him the ‘satan.’ (Hebrew: hasatan = the accuser). Like Satan, he is also bent on destroying everything. At the beginning of the second film, Matrix Reloaded, Smith pulls up in a car with this peculiar license plate: IS 5416.
This is without doubt, not a coincidence:
Isaiah 54:16 –Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
In the third movie, Matrix Revolutions, the character of Captain Niobe, makes a supportive statement of Neo. What follows is this exchange:
Morpheus: You’ve never believed in The One.
Niobe: I still don’t.
Morpheus: Then why are you doing this?
Niobe: I believe in him.
We find a similar idea, related to Jesus, in the gospel of John:
John 10:37,38 – If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
Merovingian’s Peculiar Table Top
We will leave off with a real mind-blowing one. In the third film, Matrix Revolutions, the sinister and egotistical character of the Merovingian is sitting at a peculiar-looking table. To see what we’re about to reveal, you need to freeze the movie at the scene where a pistol gets kicked into the air and there is a top-down view of the table.
The first thing one sees is a hexagon shape carved into it, directly in front of where he is sitting. But as with most things Matrix-related, we need to look “beyond the pale.”
What is “hidden in plain sight.” is the oddly shaped ‘tracing’ on the tabletop. It doesn’t look significant, but nothing could be further from the truth.
It is the outline of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and that hexagon is where the Temple would be.
Now, why would we be presented with that? And why would the Merovingian, the ultimate example of arrogance, be sitting there as he is?
Some may find it reminiscent of this:
The son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
There are other, deeper spiritual themes throughout the movies, which we fully expect to see continue in, The Matrix Resurrections, coming this December, including the creation of a ‘new heavens and new earth.’