Tomb Raider (2013) and the Bible Part 1: Himiko

Tomb Raider 2013 Intro

*Note: images below come from YouTube.

*interconnected verses and quotations will be highlighted in the same color.

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Long ago in ancient Yamatai, there ruled the Sun Queen, Himiko. She had power so god-like that the people of Yamatai not only feared her, but worshiped her. Let’s look at some of those powers now:

She controlled the sun: “They say she commands the sun and the rain [end quote]”

[Speaking of God] “Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.” (Job 9:7)

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:” (Amos 8:9)

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45)

Wind:

Himiko uses Wind

A scene from when Himiko used wind to extinguish the flame shown.

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.” (Amos 4:13)

But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” (Jonah 1:4)              [It’s interesting that the Sun Queen uses winds much like this to destroy ships in the present day-just look at the picture below]

Himiko breaks ship in half from YouTube

In the beginning of the game, Himiko breaks Lara Croft’s ship in half.

Thou [God] breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.” (Psalm 48:7)

Rain:

Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.” (Psalm 68:9)

[God speaking before the Flood] “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.” (Genesis 7:4)

[speaking of God] “When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.” (Jeremiah 51:16)

Speaking of rain, Mathias said this of Himiko:

6 September 1982

I am alone now. The rest of them are dead. This is for the best. I watched from the cliffs as their makeshift boat was tossed and turned by the storms. The clouds looked like a hand upon the water, desperately clawing at their doomed boat. None survived the wrath of the storm.

I observed it carefully – the storm was localized and sudden. And just as suddenly it was gone. And this is the most interesting detail; it didn’t seem random. I sensed… emotion, something deliberate. [end quote, emphasis added]”

And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.” (1 Kings 18:1)

And [Elijah] said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.

And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.” (1 Kings 18:43-45)

Himiko controls storms:

Confessions of a Solarii #3:

Something clearly controls the storms around this island and it will never let us leave.

O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.” (Psalm 83:13-15)

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)

The Sea:

O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” (Psalm 89:9-10)

For thus saith the Lord God; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living; I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 26:19-21)

Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:” (Acts 14:13-15)

Lightning:

Himiko using lightning from YouTubeThe Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.” (Psalm 18:13-14)

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.” (Psalm 135:6-7)

Clouds:

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.” (Psalm 147:7-8)

Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.” (Zechariah 10:1)

Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.” (Psalm 78:21-24)

In time, the Sun Queen looked for a successor, and found one in a girl named Hoshi. In the document Hoshi: In Her Image we see the interesting dynamics between the two:

The Sun Queen grows old. Soon she will choose her successor. I fear it will be me. I am now her favorite. She dotes on me, calls me her precious first daughter. Like a doll, she always keeps me close to her, brushing my hair, dressing me in her favorite clothes. It unsettles me beyond words.

But more disturbing, she constantly gazes upon my features as if…as if she’s looking at her own reflection. [end quote, emphasis added]”

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son [Jesus]: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” (Colossians 1:13-15)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:6-10)

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:17-18)

Rather than become queen, heir to a woman she believed to inhabited by “A twisted evil beyond imagining,” Hoshi chose to commit suicide.

Tomb Raider 2013-Bloody Japanese Dagger from YouTube

In the document Ambassador: Discoveries, we see Himiko’s relationship with her people:

…Rumors abound of the the Queen’s communion with the spirit world. They say she commands the sun and the rain, that her lands are abundant by her will alone. This is certainly nonsense, but what can be the cause of such whispers? Is this how she controls her people, by engaging their primitive superstitions?

I saw absolute reverence in their eyes when they spoke of her, yet I also sensed fear. Her people are treated with fairness, taxed reasonably and are well protected by her Stormguard. No wonder some of them even pray to her!

It’s as if she were more than just a queen to them [end quote, emphasis added]”

[Speaking of the children of Israel] “So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou [God] subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.

And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy [God’s] great goodness.” (Nehemiah 9:24-25)

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.” (Isaiah 35:1-2)

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.” (Psalm 89:7)

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

In the document General: The Conquerors, we see Himiko’s influence on her soldiers:

Tomb Raider 2013 Helmet from YouTube

Stormguard Warriors, today we stand on the brink of a great change. The enemy fleet that sails to our shores will be the last to ever attempt an invasion of our beloved Yamatai. The rage of our great Sun Queen will raise up a mighty storm”

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.” (Ezekiel 13:13)

and we will ride forth upon the winds to destroy them.”

[Job speaking] “Thou [God] liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.” (Job 30:22)

But when we emerge victorious, we will not stop. A new day will dawn as our Queen’s light will reach across the ocean to touch all lands.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

While we of Yamatai bask in the warmth of her grace, those who oppose us will burn.

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)

Everyone dies though, and as the General: Failure of Duty document shows, Himiko’s body decayed and her soul supposedly stayed bound to this earth:

I have failed my queen. The ritual was corrupted. The priestess [Hoshi] knew only death could save her and took her own life. Now the first and last Sun Queen lives a half-life, a soul in a decaying body.

She rages in storms which will never abate while her soul is tied to this earth. My Stormguard are sworn to protect her; they must continue, but I cannot.

This is the cause of the storms, shipwrecks and chaos surrounding Yamatai. Not much changes over the years-until Mathias arrives.

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*Look out for Tomb Raider and the Bible Part 2: Father Mathias and the Solarii next week!

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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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