The Unseen Realm
Corbin Bernsen hosts this fascinating look at the unseen realm of the Bible. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Michael S. Heiser. This documentary features world reknown theologians and artists bringing The Unseen Realm into sight.
The Unseen Realm is a biblically based documentary that attempts to explain topics with which many Christians are unfamiliar. For example, the film discusses the literal translation of the word “Elohim,” which is the plural form for a singular God, and how that reconciles with the original Scriptures.
The setting of The Unseen Realm includes art studios, nature scenery, and three narrators on camera. The footage is sharp, and the audio is very clear. The addition of artists in studios, creating different pieces, helps illustrate the intricacy and creativity that God used when creating the universe.
While the documentary serves as a tool for expanding biblical knowledge, it’s presented in a way that makes it difficult to agree with everything that the filmmakers say. For instance, they mention gods that are under the authority of God. They mention that God has “sons” and that the direct translation of God’s “only begotten son” found in John 3:16 actually means “unique son.” The ideas of “demonic gods” and “cosmic evil powers” are mentioned throughout the film. As a Christian school kid, I had never heard of the Bible referencing “gods” that are inferior to God, God having more than one son, or many other things mentioned in The Unseen Realm.
Narrators cite Scriptures to underline their provocative perspectives. Still, it’s difficult to gauge how much is opinion and how much of this would change if read in a different translation of the Bible.
The film also weighs in on other well known stories found in the Bible, such as the Tower of Babel, David and Goliath, Joshua, the flood and others.
The Unseen Realm is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
The Unseen Realm takes lesser known biblical concepts found in Scripture and explains them in terms of context and literal translation.