"Dawn of The Planet of The Apes"

At first blush "Dawn of The Planet of the Apes" is just another end of the world movie; except it's not, it's an end of *our world* movie...except it's not; it's an end of our *way of life movie.* And in that, it's our story.

Sure. Crazy, right? Apes? Apes plotting to take over the world? Ridiculous. Cats, yeah. Of course even. Its a given, they're evil. But apes? And TALKING apes no less!

However it may be dressed up, at it's core "Dawn" is the story of two worlds that collide; an old world, and a new world. And *that* is our story.

The Bible tells it this way: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God..." (Revelation 21:1-2a)

As I heard one pastor has describe it, "Its like the new world is crashing into the old one."

It's our story. The story of the old world and it's way of life, ours; being eviscerated by the new world and it's new way of life, His.

Its the hauntingly inescapable echo of every truly Christian message, "The old way is coming to an end."

"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17)

It's our story.

Maybe that's why we are so fascinated with the end times, doomsday, the apocalypse, Armageddon. Maybe that's why we keep telling this story over and over and over and people keep paying money to see what amounts to an incredibly horrific reality unfold. Because it's our story.

Written in the stars, in the prophecies, in the holy books...written in our hearts. Written into creation and our hearts *not just* to frighten us, but to warn us; to plead with us. To make us aware and coax us to a new life, a new way.

Maybe its the story that bleeds out from those hearts as we focus our eyes, our intellect, and our unrelentingly honest and unceasing critique of humanity at what is, and strain our tear filled gaze to glimpse our future.

"Dawn" is our story. A dressed up sci fi version of the passing of the old world and the rise of the new one.

The question seeing our story dressed up in theirs, whispers quietly, but urgently to our hearts is: "When that moment comes; when the old world stumbles for the last time to rise no more and we look up to find ourselves in the eclipsing shadow of a new world descending to take it's place; which world will be the one we call home?"