The Elder Scrolls and the Bible Part 1: Dragon Shouts

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The Bible talks about Skyrim to an extensive degree. Turn to Revelation 12:9:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Here you see Satan clearly associated with dragons. Incidentally, Skyrim’s plot, gameplay, and overall feel revolve around dragons as well. Some examples include:

  • Your character is called the Dragonborn, having the soul and blood of a dragon and the body of a human/humanoid.
  • The cover has an image of a dragon and the collectors edition had a giant dragon statue as well.
  • The game has its own language and alphabet for Dragons, mysteriously created when a designer for the game went and brewed mead for a weekend.

Now, turn to Revelation 12:16:

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Notice the word “cast” in this verse, much like casting a spell. The Dragon Shouts (Thu’um) in Skyrim have you speak certain words of power for things to happen in the game world (with the addition of Kinect support you can say these words in real life as well). There is a shout called Frost Breath that covers your enemies with ice.

Frost Breath Dragon Shout

Since ice is water, That means users of the game are not only being identified with (and playing the part of) the devil himself, but also doing the work of the flesh described in Galatians 5:20 as “emulations.”

Furthermore, the dragon language used in-game relates the player to the false prophet of Revelation:

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11)

The false prophet’s fate:

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (Revelation 19:20)

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11 Responses to The Elder Scrolls and the Bible Part 1: Dragon Shouts

  1. Al says:

    God works in mysterious ways. I was going to send screenshots of Skyrim as well as break down lots of the plot to Pastor Mike Hoggard and send it to him for a possible watchman on the wall series, but God distracted. I thank God that I listened in as he mentioned this same exact game. I’ve purchased Skyrim about 2.5 weeks ago. And prior to doing so, I already knew that most of the epic video games (World of Warcraft, etc.) have specifically demonic undertone themes. However, I needed a break, was in need of a new video game, and wanted to try it out.

    I’ve beat the game, really enjoyed the game play, but was completely blown away by the amount of Gnosticism – (inversion of the scriptures where evil becomes good, and good becomes evil.) When you Skyrim under the guise of this context, it is absolutely evident that the Dragonborn Character in this game is a representation of the future coming of the anti-christ as described in Revelations. There simply is too much gnostic information within Skyrim to post here, but I thought that I would post some of most obvious things about the game:

    1. The Shouts appear to correlate to Revelations 13:5-6, 13 (“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”)

    2. The Guardian Stones (there are 13 of them – one apparently representing every month of the year, except for the serpent stone.) Not only does it sound eerily familiar to the recent creation of a 13th zodiac sign (Ophiuchus the serpent bearer), but these stones, represent the missing male part of Osiris (Satan). The circle in the middle of the stone represents the female part of Isis (Mystery Babylon the Great) the mandorla. ( Watch the Watchman Broadcast 5.27.12 – The Queen of Heaven Pt. 2) Both will be used to birth the antichrist, or in Egyptian mythology, Horus.

    Also, on the Ritual Stone, is the eye of Horus (the antichrist.) It’s also not a coincidence that the stone’s attributes allows you to raise a dead body to fight for you. This is straight out of Revelations 13:3 – where the antichrist’s deadly wound is healed.

    3. Lots of the armors and weapons in the game (Dwarven Warhammer for instance) has a bird on the top of it – these birds are Phoenix’s, that represent the antichrist rising out of the ashes of the pit of hell.

    4. According to a Skyrim Wiki, The Black Sacrament is done for people who seek representation into the Dark Brotherhood. Not only do they have to some kind of ritualistic stuffs (Create an effigy of the intended victim, assembled from actual body parts, including a heart, skull, bones and flesh. Encircle that effigy with candles), but they also have to whisper this song: “Sweet Mother, sweet Mother, send your child unto me, for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear.”

    The Mother is Revelation 17’s MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Isis) – and the child is the Anti-Christ. The sins of the unworthy being baptized in blood and fear is out of Revelations 13:15 and in other areas throughout Revelations when the anti-christ is going to kill millions upon millions of people upon the face of this world during the second half of the Great Tribulation.

    Based on just some of the evidence of this game, I think its also safe to conclude that the “enemy of the game,” a dragon named Alduin, whom the residents of Skyrim want to be stopped from judging and destroying Skyrim, seem to suggest that Perhaps Alduin is not literally our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but a Representation of Him. This entire game is not about simply having a good time playing a video game – but these messages are so subliminal that it is conditioning people to believe that the world is getting ready to be judged by some “angry God,” and we need to stand up and help usher in the way of the anti-christ so that he can fight and stop God’s judgements.

    Keep exposing these lies and keep up the good fight. We have to let people be aware of Satan’s devices.

    – Al

    • mrprogamer says:

      Thanks for the info! It really takes a player of the game who has discernment to find a lot of the symbolism and demonic activity.

      It’s amazing how the Bible has all the answers, and I thank you for the encouragement as well. God bless!

  2. Soldado Christiano says:

    Another subject you could mention in the game is the massive amounts of Necromancy in the game. Necrokancy is not just talking with the dead its raising them as undead too. The Draug is a prime example in the game of this, not to mentionall the quests fighting necromancers and necromancer devils, like that one Ponema. And then you have all those daedra questsor devil quests,not to mention the black mother in that assassin guild, dark brotherhood.

    And as many times before you have the cannibal cult, one of the quests in Markarth. Bethesda games had a cannibal cult in Fallout 3 if you remember,in that trainstation and Obsidian followed up with a cannibal cult in one of the Las Vegas families in Fallout Las Vegas.

  3. Soldado Christiano says:

    Another thibg are the heathen faction in the games, those in the reach wearing hides and stuff that have those hagravens as leaders, think about it, they are old crone and a bird fused together and they also create those undead warriors Briarhearts.

    Another thing remember the release date, 11 11 11…

  4. Soldado Christiano says:

    Oh and you will now embark on a very interesting journey, ask the Holy Ghost to show youand he will expose more in the games and make you remember allsorts of occult things you never thought of or saw before. Its really awesome. A hint look at game covers and see how often you only get to see one eye of the person depicted and theothereyenot even on the cover or theeye darkened, go look in zechariah about the idol shepherwith the darkened eye, same thing with the hollyweird movie covers and posters.

  5. Soldado Christiano says:

    You have to excuse my poor english above, it was written on a pad, it’s really hard typing on them things.

    So back to other things you will find in Skyrim that you find in the Bible,
    the high places, the Old Testament talks quite alot about high places.
    Leviticus 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

    Deuteronomy 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:

    Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

    do a search there’s alot about them.

    In Skyrim you have for example that daedra (devil) Azura statue which to me looks like a representation of Mystery Babylon.
    Another is all those Dragon high places where you learn those dragon words you as the antichrist character shouts with, when they are not found in the tombs they are some times found in high places, and remember where the Dragon shout monstic cult Greybeards lives, the highest mountain in Tamriel and they as you might or might not know serve a dragon. High Hrothgar is the place.

    Other occult and satanic practices is that you can become a vampire and also you can become a werewolf.

    There’s plenty of occult stuff in this game, not to mention is crafting and enchanting, something to look up in your King James the word craft (which is a form of magic, spellcraft).

    And then there’s all the other magic in the game like the alchemy which basically is the same as the King James word about sorcery, sorceries. Because sorcery comes from the greek word Pharmakaeia which is the same you use for Pharmacy which is a store that sells drugs, you use a lot of potions in this game, so you have sorcery by drinking those potions.

    Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

    People not repenting of their drug use (sorceries), just look at today when they try to legalize all sorts of drugs.

  6. Zachary says:

    Honestly, not trying to be rude. I’m a Christian myself. But I don’t think that its centered around the anti christ. In the game you are casting out evil, depending on the path you choose. I play this game and choose not to use the magic and ect. Nor is it required to… a lot of the paths I’ve chosen have lead me to defeat evil.. Also this game is based on fantasy. I believe to be honest it depends on the players intent and actions..Not to mention if your faith is in christ then faith should be strong enough and soul sound enough that no matter what surrounds you, that ultimately you make the right choices to please God. If the disgust is with the opportunity being there then I hope you also understand it is in the real world as well and

    • Zachary says:

      One more thing..Alchemy influenced modern medications. Also you may also choose to hunt for food rather then use the potions to begin with. Again ultimately not trying to be rude here but the ultimate decision is left up to the player not what’s around him in the game.

  7. Karl Givens says:

    Seven Gods of Skyrim.
    Seven Churches of Sardis.
    (1 God to each Church)
    The Last Church: Talos.
    The Imperials came to Skyrim, and they made worship of Talos ILLEGAL.
    Stormcloaks got their heads chopped off for refusing to listen.

    Replace Talos with Jesus.
    Replace Storm Cloaks with Christians.
    Like Cindy said, we’re the last church.

    • Karl Givens says:

      Whoops.. The last part about Cindy.. That wasn’t supposed to be there. I was explaining this to a friend, after we’d learned about the seven churches and I copied and pasted the message.. Haha!

  8. Autumn says:

    To be honest, I don’t believe this game is trying to copy the Antichrist and Jesus. I also don’t believe that the game itself is evil. There are evil people IN the game, like in every game. In every game there are the “bad guys”; however, Skyrim gives people the option to join with dark forces. We must keep in mind that it is an open world game with unlimited options. The game would not be as free if people did not have the option to choose between right and wrong options. i am a Christian that plays the game, and I always try to help the good people and defeat the evil people.
    Those are just my thoughts in the matter. God bless, everyone!

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