"When the Jews return to Zion,
And a Comet rips the sky;
When the Holy Roman Empire rises,
Then you and I must die.
From the Eternal Sea he rises,
Creating armies on either shore,
Turning man against his brother,
Until man exists no more."
The creation of the Zionist State of Israel in 1948, just after the end of World War II, heralded the return of the Jews to Zion, as stated in the above 'prophecy'. In the spring of 1997 a Comet - the Hale-Bopp Comet - 'ripped' the sky (or 'filled the sky' which was not shown in the film). The 'Holy Roman Empire' is the European Union which was founded by the Treaty of Rome. The last part of this fictitious 'prophecy' tells how the 'Anti-Christ' arises from the 'Eternal Sea', building vast armies that turn man against his brother, until man is destroyed altogether.
What I am concerned with in this post is not the film itself, nor the story that this film portrays, but the Archetypal Myth that underlies the whole thing, which itself gives rise to the story itself. The poem is made up for the film, and the apocryphal Book of Hebron that features in the film was created for the film itself and has no historical basis. Let us now consider the Archetypal Myth that comes out when this story is analysed. There are some things here that have great importance to us in these troubled times.
Damien is not the true son of the head of Thorn Industries, which is a Global Corporation, for he was substituted at birth when his wife lost the child. The child was born in Italy, and then brought up in the US. Death stalks the child from an early age when his first nanny hangs herself, and then a priest who warns the father of the true nature of his son (Father Brennan) is killed by a stake falling from a church roof. Damien's father was made Ambassador to England and moved here from the US. He was born on 6th June, but not sure if any year was given - this makes 6 - 6 so we can assume the year had the number 6.
We are told this from the Book of Hebron -
"...and The Beast shall reign one hundred score and thirty days and nights..."
This is 2030 days and nights which is just over five and a half years (not seven years which I think was given in the film). It is the nature of this 'reign' that is here of interest to us; here I am merely going to state what was happening around the figure of Damien Thorn, and you can yourselves make parallels to what is actually happening around the world today -
- Thorn Industries has as its main concern Electronic Technology; through the figure of 'Paul Buher' who became President of Thorn Industries this was expanded into the realm of buying land worldwide to grow crops for intensive farming using artificial fertilisers etc. Paul Buher's first move was to buy up land in India. Thus we have this Global Corporation holding interests in Electronic Technology and then land-buying which would be used to grow food through intensive artificial agri-business.
- At the start of Omen III we see a world-wide economic collapse, rioting on city streets, and general disorder and chaos around the globe.
- Damien Thorn moves back to England where the 'Final Conflict' will take place.
- Damien intuits that the Krist has been born and thus sets about the 'Massacre of the Innocents'; in a TV interview concerning the rise in the numbers of deaths of children born on a particular day the man interviewed mentioned that such a rise would not be surprising at the time of a 'flu epidemic'.