Prince of Persia and the Bible: The Prince (Original Trilogy)

Prince of Persia Intro

*Note: images below come from YouTube, Wikipedia and Prince of Persia Wiki.

Of the many characters, games and topics written about on this site, few are actually referenced by name in the Bible. The Prince of Persia is a rare exception.

In the book of Daniel, the Prince of Persia is portrayed as a demon (the Bible uses the word devil). He is shown hindering Daniel’s answer to prayer-even fighting with the archangel Michael:

And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:11-13)

Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.” (Daniel 10:20)

Remember this verse as you read on:

[Satan speaking] “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14)

In Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame the Prince meets his dead mother:

Once this was a great city, ruled by a son of kings. He was slain and his palace laid waste by the armies of darkness. I died at his side.

You alone were spared my son. I gave you up that you might live. This was your father’s sword. Avenge us. Avenge us.

PoP Dead Mother 1

A person who communicates with the dead is known as a necromancer or consulter with familiar spirits:

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:27)

And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)

Look at what God says in Obadiah 1:3-4:

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Let’s break this down…

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high…”

The Birdmen temple encountered in Prince of Persia 2:

Bird-Men Temple 1

Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle…”

A Birdman:

PoP 2 Birdman

and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD…”

Prince killing a Birdman

In Level 12 of Prince of Persia 2, the prince can summon a genie:

Genie SummoningPotion (1) Genie SummoningPotion (2)

In Arabic translations of the Bible, the word jinn (genie) commonly points to devils or familiar spirits:

And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” (2 Chronicles 33:6)

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

In the same Birdman temple, a sign is seen:

PoP 2 Flame Sign

“He Who Would Steal The Flame Must Die”

Accordingly, the player must let himself be killed:

PoP 2 Suicide

[Jesus speaking] “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18)

The Prince does indeed “have power to take it again,” as his soul rises from the dead body…:

PoP 2 Shadow Leaving the Prince

Here is one of the places where the Bible confirms that the soul leaving the body occurs at death:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

Ecclesiastes 8:8 says:

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

The only man that “hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit” is Jesus Christ. The Prince of Persia is also shown to have this power as you’ll see later on.

After leaving the Prince’s body, his soul steals the flame:

PoP 2 Shadow Stealing Flame

It transforms into a flaming version of itself-a “pillar of fire:”

PoP 2 'Pillar of Fire'

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:” (Exodus 13:21)

Moreover thou [God] leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.” (Nehemiah 9:12)

Prince’s soul then returns to his body (lining up with the previously mentioned Ecclesiastes 8:8), resurrecting him:

PoP 2 Shadow Returning

PoP 2 The Prince of Persia Rises AgainImmediately after his resurrection, all birdmen bow down and worship the Prince:

PoP 2 Birdmen Worshipping the Prince

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.” (Matthew 28:5-9)

At the end of the game, you must cast a fireball at Jaffar (the villain) while in your shadow/soul form, burning him to ashes:

PoP 2 Casting FireballPoP 2 Jaffar Burning

And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” (Leviticus 10:2)

[God speaking of Satan] “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” (Ezekiel 28:18-19)

Prince of Persia 3D has a number of arrow types:

  • The Call of the Swarm arrow summons a group of wasps to attack the targeted enemy:

The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the Lord thy God brought thee out: so shall the Lord thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.

Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:19-20)

  • Atar’s Fiery Messenger:

PoP 3D Atar's Fiery Messenger

[Speaking of God] “Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:” (Psalm 104:4)

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)

  • Arrow of Freeze:

PoP 3D Arrow of Freeze

He [God] casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?” (Psalm 147:17)

And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 9:23)

  • The Snare of the Unwary Soul arrow allows you to possess the body of your target:

PoP 3D Possession-Snare Arrow (1)

PoP 3D Possession-Snare Arrow (2)

PoP 3D Possession-Snare Arrow (3)

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:110)

When the even was come, they brought unto him [Jesus] many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:” (Matthew 8:16)

Prince of Persia 3D has a variety of potions as well:

  • Dahaka’s Blood:

PoP 3D Dahaka's BloodWherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” (Acts 15:19-20)

  • Ahriman’s Oil (Invisibility):

PoP 3D Invisibility Potion PoP 3D Invisibility

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)

Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” (Isaiah 45:15)

Lo, he [God] goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.” (Job 9:11)

At one point in his quest to save the princess, the Prince rides a Lamassu:

PoP 3D Riding Upon the Heavens

There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.” (Deuteronomy 33:26)

[Speaking of God] “And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.” (Psalm  18:10)

A monster encountered in Prince of Persia 3D:

PoP 3D Leviathan 1

PoP 3D Leviathan 2

In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1)

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Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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One Response to Prince of Persia and the Bible: The Prince (Original Trilogy)

  1. El_Juan says:

    Wow, you have a good investigations of the video games and the Bible, In the Bible said all thoes things that you have investigated about, Prince of Persia.2 and 3D. Good bye and God bless you!

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