Be Careful What You Wish For
Presentations by Pastor Holford around England 1800 are heard by a top London legal team who shift directions and help save England from internal meltdown.
This documentary explodes with great visuals which captures the viewer’s imagination! Making use of re-enactments, paintings, and narration by a distinctive voice, the history of the French Revolution and England during this period is highlighted by the memorable writings of George Peter Holford, who had studied the Jewish historian, Josephus. Published in 1805, it was titled The Destruction of Jerusalem. As Holford’s book adds, it’s about “the destruction of Jerusalem (an absolute and irresistible proof of the divine origin of Christianity”).
Holford wished to counter skepticism and the Enlightenment Rationalism. A few fascinating facts are presented in this wonderful documentary, including the fact that Thomas Jefferson chose the sayings of Jesus he liked best and would comment on them. A wonderful painting of Jefferson visually brings the narration to life. This documentary also teaches the viewer that Erskine and Kidd, a progressive law firm, learned that Christ had predicted events in Israel and they switched gears and moved toward his teachings and morality.
The vibrant visuals include breathtaking scenes of Israel, as the history lessons continue to be peppered into the film. We learn of the French radicals and Jewish zealots. In addition, authoritarians are highlighted as well as the colonies and their faith-based ideals and belief in the cross of Christ. England had achieved independence from Rome and the soon-to-be Americans wanted independence and reform. The famous Boston Tea Party is mentioned in this enlightening history lesson.
Other historical facts are included, such as Parliament passing Abolition laws in 1807. And it’s interesting to note that the belief was held that dictatorship was allowable if it was moving toward the ends men deserved. It was Holford who was instrumental in England avoiding the bloodshed of the French Revolution. And a quote from the movie The Duchess is referenced: “How can freedom or love or change be moderate?”
In a nice scene in the film, a quaint lighthouse is seen—and it’s stated that a couple were redeemed by Holford’s “light.” Other historical writings of the time are referenced. Also included is the novel More of the Same, previously titled Desolated and written by Marcus Sanford. It’s an inspiration for the film.
The changes that took place in the hearts of many are noted and a comparison is made to Saul’s conversion to becoming Paul on the road to Damascus. Also referenced is Thomas Paine’s book, Common Sense, as well as a painting of Paine. In addition, a bit of Dickens is referenced with, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
England 1800 was a vastly instrumental and interesting period of time in the world’s history. This documentary does a fantastic job in explaining the Aristocracy and poverty of the day. The images of droplets of blood hitting the ground are memorable.
This remarkable video is a terrific combination of history, visuals, narration, and brings it home in a memorable way. We are pleased with its wholesome presentation and are awarding it our Dove-approved seal for All Ages, while noting that it wasn’t made with the very young in mind.
The Dove Take:
This is a remarkable and inspiring video which presents historical events in an interesting way—it’s a powerful presentation your entire family can enjoy.