This afternoon I watched The Manchurian Candidate for the third time. The first two times, I watched the last half of the film and today I was able to watch the first half of the film. So now I have watched The Manchurian Candidate in its entirety.
The Manchurian Candidate is intriguing. The film is about these U.S. soldiers who were captured by Russian and Chinese Communists during the Korean War. They were brainwashed and then sent back to the United States after the war. One soldier, Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw was brainwashed to assassinate certain people in the film.
For most people, The Manchurian Candidate is about brainwashing and assassination. This film is also an excellent study on the Jezebel and Ahab personalities.
I Kings 16: 29-33: "And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him."
Raymond Shaw's mother, Mrs. Eleanor Iselin is a domineering (Jezebel) woman, while his step-father, Senator John Yerkes Iselin, is considered a bumbling idiot (Ahab). Mrs. Iselin is well able to control and manipulate her son and husband: she triggers Raymond Shaw to kill; she maliciously steers and influences Senator Iselin's political career.
I Kings 21: 7-14: "And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them. They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead."
Another film that reminds me of The Manchurian Candidate is The Bourne Supremacy (2004). There is a scene in The Bourne Supremacy where the guy from the CIA says, "His mind is broken. We broke it." Before someone can be controlled and manipulated by someone else, their mind/personality needs to be broken down through physical and emotional abuse and/or physical and psychological torture. In familial relationships, a Jezebel personality, who is abusive and domineering, can control a passive, Ahab personality.
People who are possessed/oppressed by a Jezebel or Ahab demon are under a curse. This curse can be broken through a relationship with Jesus Christ and obedience to the Lord.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962 film)
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