Final Fantasy and the Bible: One-Winged Angel (Sephiroth) Part 2

Final Fantasy Intro*Note: images below come from YouTube.

*Please read Final Fantasy and the Bible: One-Winged Angel Part 1 before continuing.

Since our first article about Sephiroth, we’ve discovered that some of the best evidence for Sephiroth being “another Jesus”  is found in (arguably) Final Fantasy’s most iconic theme song-One-Winged Angel (OWA).

In the first part of this new series about Final Fantasy, we compared both the official and literal translations of One-Winged Angel. Now, we’ll finish examining the literal translation.

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Here is the stanza we’re investigating from the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children version of OWA:

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*Literal translation provided by FFWiki community.

My son, come, come, come, my son
He who invited death
My son, come, come, come, my son
[Was] born with an ill-fated punishment
My son, come, come, come, my son
Don’t call his name
My son, come, come, come, my son
That [Man] will come again

Sephiroth
Sephiroth

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In the first part, we studied “My son, come, come, come, my son.” Now we’re moving on to the next line:

He who invited death

This is yet another direct parallel to Jesus:

[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)

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)

[Speaking of Jesus] “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)

By God’s design, Jesus willingly died on the cross for our sins, rising three days later.

The next line:

[Was] born with an ill-fated punishment

This goes back to the verse about Jesus being “foreordained.” As 1 Timothy 1:15 says:

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Some additional verses:

[An Old Testament prophecy concerning Jesus] “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross [the aforementioned “ill-fated punishment”], despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

The next line:

Don’t call his name

This verse is a departure from the pattern we have established thus far.

Instead of corresponding with the life and qualities of Jesus, this verse is portraying the EXACT opposite. Here’s how:

Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:5-7)

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” (Psalm 145:18-20)

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:5)

The end of our long journey lies in the last words of the stanza:

That [Man] will come again

At the end of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Sephiroth is inevitably defeated. The scene is oddly reminiscent of the Crufixion of Jesus for a couple of reasons:

1. The composition and imagery of the scene is very suggestive. Sephiroth is seen suspended in mid-air, wing outstretched, with light falling around him. This matches traditional artistic depictions of Jesus’ death.

Crisis Core FFVII Sephiroth 'Crucified' from YouTube-'karoth31' channel

Sephiroth’s death

2. On the scriptural side, the scene even has the “darkened” sky described in Luke 23:43-46:

FFVII Advent Children Sephiroth and the Darkened SkyAnd Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

As we know, Jesus’ death is not the end of the story. As he says in John 14:

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:2-4)

I will come again” not only references his resurrection, but also speaks of his second coming (or second advent).

A description of the second coming of Jesus Christ found in Revelation:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16)

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 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.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19:19-21)

Jesus, unlike Sephiroth, is real and will come again.

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About Nelson

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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